All is well in our deepest longings, truth, meaningless, presents.
We seek what escapes us, what is momentary, status, symbols, reputation, what others think of us, it is all in vain. All of it is in vain if we do not have a strong anchor to who we really are.
When we leave all that we know, our culture, our people, our family even, we realize that happiness derives from within, from embracing the moments. And if not now, then when? Should we wait until we have it all together, until society deems our present situation redeemable? Until our community thinks we have made it? Until stability seems steady, sturdy? Until we have succeeded to climb up higher into the darkness of corporations and societal success? Until when will we let go and escape, find what we really want in life?
Some of us will never question what and why.
We will never escape into the woods, turn off electricity or connectedness to find our true connectivity. What keeps us alive, what fuels us, it’s definitely not looking at a celebrity (Renee Zellweger) who had plastic surgery. We are so concerned about what the celebrities are doing, we don’t look deeper. Isn’t it time that we question why depression and a sense of depravity has clouded our communities? Instead of judging people for changing their outer appearance, isn’t it time we have compassion on them or perhaps ask ourselves the same questions?
Why is it that people are killing themselves due to depression and why is it that people feel like they have to change themselves to please the judgements of our communities?
And hasn’t it worsened, because they tried to change their faces, they have been judged even MORE.
I have one word for our society, fucked up. And I beckon that we look within ourselves to see what’s growing there.
Please, look at our own hearts, our own words, the condition of our own soul.
So on a more prose note, OMG, I thought that Reneee had died by the facebook feeds. Seriously, turns out she just had plastic surgery. It was grotesque to read what people were writing about her while I’m here in Czech.
Letting go is not easy, but letting go, can be fun, can be freeing.
I thought I might title this blog post with a funnier title, something that would grab you. It’s almost Halloween and I am utterly amazed at how I have seen the continuous support of people, strangers. I have seen LOVE come to pass in so many ways in my travels.
I am amazed at the POWER of LOVE. Where do I begin?
Yesterday I was at the world famous Berlin club called Berghain. My new Spanish friend and I got in. I couldn’t believe it, well because apparently they rejected all these “normally” dressed people. I guess it pays to be weird. There was this “walk of shame” where the rejects would walk backward…and yes, everyone in line saw them walking away in shame….I didn’t like how the bouncer shoved me to get padded down at the women’s line.
We got in because my friend said “it’s because I’m homosexual”.
I thought about how he manifested us getting in because of his unwavering certainty in the fact that if he was gay, he would definitely get in. I believe that this power called “belief” can get us in anywhere we want. It could be as crazy as, “because I’m Asian I’ll get into any university” or “because I’m hot I get into any club” (this is a belief I have held onto and yes, it works”.
SO this blog post is called Kicking Karma’s Ass because I don’t really believe in Karma, I believe we should rename it…we should name it LOVE.
Love expands, fear constricts us.
Walking down the street, I say a little prayer for each person and I try to smile at them.
Some people don’t smile at me but some do. In Amsterdam, an angel gave me water when I couldn’t move in bed. She said, whatever you need, I’m here for you. I meet her in Berlin, by accident, by divine order, we end up in the same hostel. There is a man who is suffering from a broken heart, he lost his business and is under depression. I give him granola bars and a quote, words of encouragement. Kindness towards a stranger.
Because of love, the world is a better place. Because of love, genuine friendship, commonalities, I am invited to go to a club with a new friend. Because of love, and simplicity, I share simple moments of conversation with 3 boys from Afghanistan. They stuff my face with cake in kindness. Because of love I am able to smile at a little girl named Medino and build a relationship for a few days while I am here.
She laughs at me with genuine simplicity, love, kindness. She is a little girl, a cherished little girl. I give her pen and paper to draw, next thing you know we are eating together. We can’t communicate through language, only gestures. Yesterday she was being a little brat so I left dinner early, but she will always be in my heart, as also a reflection of the little girl in me.
I love the little girl in me, I will never neglect what that little girl wants.
All of life is love, without love and an open heart we cannot receive.
Do not keep good from those who should have it, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and return tomorrow, and I will give it,” when you have it with you.
I have found this to be true. You see, I am traveling with an insane budget, and somehow God has expanded that money. At every opportunity that I have been given to see a need, I have been able to give…especially food. I have been sharing food with those that seem hungry in the hostels. This has given me a lot of pleasure because I know that people have helped me the same….especially people who are hungover and can’t move.
I realized that when you withhold from others what you can give them now, out of fear of lack, the same will happen to you…and this isn’t karma, this is just how like attracts like. You see, I realized that when I live out of an open heart that there is ALWAYS more than enough and that material things are always circulating, you don’t hold onto much. I have also tried to see the good in people and because of that, I have almost always come into contact with strangers that have the best intention.
Now I constantly ask myself if I am acting in fear or love. In moments of fear, we constrict our bodies and we make bad decisions. It doesn’t hurt to ask ourselves, close our eyes and breathe. How does this decision make me feel?
If you feel good, your heart is expanding, you are acting in love.
If you feel bad, and your heart feels constricted, you are acting in fear.
(Pictures taken in Berlin)
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Learning to trust may not be an easy thing.
Learning to trust yourself, trust the universe, trust in your friends, trust people, trust a bus driver that almost crashed into another car, or fell asleep at the wheel, trusting that while today might not be your last day on this earth, you’ll be alright. Life is much easier when you can learn to trust people. I did not grow up trusting people, I was told to trust myself and God. People were not included in the equation. I learned to do everything myself, but realized that I became sort of a control freak.
Now it’s not always easy to let go and to trust people, but it’s always important to trust that you are trustworthy enough that you attract trustworthy people. Now, there’s something about asking for help, whether it’s at a hostel or on a street and simply being vulnerable that allows others to help you. It’s also important, if you believe in a higher power, that that higher power nudges at people and gives people the desire to help you. So actually, nothing on this earth is done without people. People are always in the equation, unless some house falls from the sky and provides shelter for you, you will always have to deal and work with people.
This means you can’t be a hermit, you’ll have to trust people you do business with, people you talk to or ask for directions, people who cooks your food, people who drives the metro, etc. Once you are out the door, you are constantly having complete certainty that you will not flip over and fall into some abyss, because you have faith that reality is real.
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Rebekka Lien (writing from Berlin)
Most people think they need thousands of dollars, tens of thousands to travel so they NEVER do it.
Well, it’s actually quite affordable if you’re willing to tumble a little in bunk beds, like little kids do. I don’t mind it, I can sleep anywhere, I’m the best plane sleeper. I fall asleep right when I buckle up and even before they make those important announcements about flotations or something. I can sleep for hours on buses and time usually goes by pretty fast for me since I do my reflection on there.
Amsterdam hostel, if you can sleep to clubbing music then you should go to this hostel. There’s a cute little cat I like to nap with.
Stay at hostels —
These are the hostels I’ve stayed at:
Hootananny hostel- about 15 pounds in the 8 bed room (London)
Leidseplein Hostel- about 9.99 Euros in a 12 bed room (Amsterdam)
Okay, get ready for this, I just booked hostels in Prague for 2.5 euros, I know, I’m not sure if I booked the right maximum amount of nights so I hope it worked, but that is about 25 euros for 10 nights.
So basically I’m staying around 15 US dollars for each night.
If you’re like me, you love cooking, well I love it.
I’ve made loads of good foods, including ramen (well, that’s not THAT great, but throw in an egg or kale and you got a gourmet ramen which would probably have cost 15 euros).
Go to free museums and free parks
Find a friend to crash with :)
Don’t drink too much —-money goes fast if you drink too much (alcohol) obviously, save your liver and pregame, or just save your liver.
OH by the way,
Drawing and lounging
I am a huge believer that your mind, your thoughts makes who you are. The very substance of your being is your mind because before you do something, you think about it. You think about getting a cup of coffee, so you get up from the couch and make coffee, or perhaps you go out to buy coffee. Everything you do forms from your mind, perhaps even deeper, your desires.
I have seen the law of attraction work in my life, though since I also believe in the existence of God, I know that God created human beings to be super powers, creators of our own lives. People like to separate spirituality from science, but I believe that with proven quantum physics, etc, that we are miracle workers, every single one of us.
Now, I have always gotten exactly what I wanted in life. Sometimes I complain that I don’t have enough, but I think that I never asked for that much because my hidden desires were not what I asked for. Instead, I asked for dollar amount. The dollar amount if empty, it has no value. It is the desire to which you would like to use the dollars for that drives the universe. For example, perhaps you want to make $500,000 or become a millionaire, but you have no reason for why you want to make that much money….then you will not attain it because you have no good reason for it.
Instead, ask for that which you want to experience in life, such as traveling, attaining some clothes, goods, having a remodeled kitchen, car, going on a trip with friends, getting a scuba diving license, etc. You see, sometimes I wonder whether I am truly a success in life, I’m 26 and some people in my life (which I have kicked out of my life) thought that I was living an unstable life. But I have been able to do everything I have wanted to do in life and the only thing that made me feel unsuccessful was thinking about what others thought about me. Why do we focus on those few leeches when most people are cheering you on? Let go of those people, fast.
Being rich isn’t about having dollar amounts in the bank account, it’s about being able to live the life you want. So you have to know what you want to do with your life, what you want and who you want to live it with.
I am truly blessed because I have always challenged the world, grasped my dreams and ran with it. Some people think I’m crazy but I’ve been able to travel to Australia, Ecuador, Brazil, Taiwan and Europe in the last 3 years while being self-employed, I’ve been able to lounge on beaches, live in bigger and bigger places with sheer will, and sometimes not knowing where money would come from. You see, the universe conspires for you, for your dreams if only you will dream, if only you will ACT upon your dreams. God is waiting to see HOW MUCH you actually want your dreams.
I was willing to clean out my apartment before I went on my trip because yes, I will sell everything I have, all my material possessions for a few days on the road, to meet strangers who become friends, to experience a transcendental transformation inside and out, to experience miracles, to challenge myself to the unknown.
You see, this is the attitude that gets you what you want in life. I am willing to do anything it takes to get what I want. Most people don’t, they’re not willing to leave their comfort zone. They say, “I want this, but only if it is easy or if I can go with a friend”. You must become the person who will be able to contain what you want, a steward of that which you attract.
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