Sunday, 7 August 2016

Role of Media & Media Policy

Media plays a significant role on developing the minds of the nation. I have been noticing that media highlights all issues that may capture masses attention with out taking notice how it would effect the nation on a broader level. The emphasis on negative propaganda and negative news develop despair and hopelessness and it also nourishes nation to look at the negative side of any aspect.
I feel that there should be a policy where media should especially focus its role as a nation builder. The sounds, the ads, the programs we watch continuously effect our psychological mind. When media would only highlight the deprivation, people would ultimately feel deprived. Media has the responsibility to develop healthy minds. Masses are innocent, they cannot monitor such deep after effects but a nation's attitude reflects its psychology. 
It should be an international law that media must play positive role. It also comes under violation of basic human rights when one's psychology is developed negatively unconsciously. We must play the role to make our masses positive. We have to educate them. Its media that keeps playing 27/7 hours in our homes and its this voice that we regularly and continuously hear without any effort. There should be some especial focus on this. 

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” Peter Drucker

By definition, innovation is the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay. The actions required to create new ideas, processes or products which when implemented lead to positive effective change. While invention requires the creation of new ideas, processes or products, innovation moves one step further and requires implementation of the inventive act.

Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. It is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned and practiced. Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation, the change and their symptoms that indicate opportunities for a successful innovation. And they need to know and to apply the principles of successful innovation.

One of the most common forms of innovation is the creation of new product. The new product may exploit an established technology or it may be the outcome of a whole new technology. This newer idea may also define the need of the people that has not been yet transferred into a business and an entrepreneurial mind may convert the existing need into a business that may benefit as basic rule of business is to fulfill the need of the customer.

Entrepreneurs through innovation may fulfill an already existing need or they may create a new need by innovating a unique inspiring idea that may appeal a lot of customers and can result into a profitable business.

Any new business has to define the new idea it is presenting in order to persuade its customers; how is it unique from the rest of its competitors. Once an entrepreneur would be successful in bringing forward the unique innovative aspects for which customers are willing to pay, it becomes an entrepreneurial idea.

Innovation starts with creativity. Creativity is the capability or act of conceiving something original or unusual. Innovation is the implementation of something new. Invention is the creation of something that has never been made before and is recognized as the product of some unique insight. Entrepreneurs are the people that innovate, and entrepreneurship is doing this through the vehicle of a new venture, hence innovation is the process of entrepreneurship.

Innovation is a dual process, it is invention and implementation and is an important characteristic of an entrepreneur. The entrepreneur sees new opportunities to exploit and is willing to bear calculated risk. Hoffman (1998) found that the entrepreneur’s innovation can be explained by his or her educational level.

" Everybody wants to be innovative; many companies and ideas are proclaimed to be innovative and no one doubts that innovation is a money spinner." James Dyson

 Creativity leads to Newer Ideas: 

Let us have a review of the process of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Creativity is marked by the ability to create, bring into existence, to invent into a new form, to produce through imaginative skill, to make to bring into existence something new. Creativity is also an attitude, the ability to accept change and newness, a willingness to play with ideas and possibilities, a flexibility of outlook, the habit of enjoying the good, while looking for ways to improve it. The creative person realizes that there are other possibilities like peanut butter and banana sandwiches, or chocolate-covered prunes.

Creative thinking brings solutions to Problems: 

Creative thinking is the art of generating solution to problems by the force of imagination and reasoning. It is an activity of the mind seeking to find answer to some of life’s questions. There are great business opportunities in applying creative thinking to solving mankind’s crying need for basic products and basic support services, better homes, better jobs, and a better way of life. 
There are people who have converted their creative thinking into visible products; e.g. Bill Gate and the computer, Graham Bell and the telephone, Michael Faraday and electricity, Isaac Newton and physical law of science, etc.

Entrepreneurship and Creativity:

The entrepreneur is primarily concerned with developing new products, processes or markets, the ability to bring something new, product, processes into the market. The entrepreneur indulges in original thinking more than any other person thinks and he is able to produce solutions that fly in the face of established knowledge.

Creative outcomes begin with recognition of a problem or anticipation of an opportunity, and then, through understanding the situation and reflecting on the issues, new linkages are contemplated and possible new combinations of components are aired: From this emerge visible solutions or possibilities that are subjected to valuation, which may be continuous with judgment being suspended while the search process is prolonged in pursuit of genuine newness. Entrepreneurs take bold creative steps but situations encourage creativity.

Creativity and Innovation:

 Innovation is the process of bringing the best ideas into reality, which triggers a creative idea, which generates a series of innovative events. Innovation is the creation of new value. It is the process that transforms new ideas into new value- turning an idea into value.

Innovation requires a fresh way of looking at things, an understanding of people, and an entrepreneurial willingness to take risks and to work hard. An idea doesn’t become an innovation until it is widely adopted and incorporated into people’s daily lives.

A key part of innovating is convincing other people that your idea is a good one – by enlisting their help, and, in doing so, by helping them see the usefulness of the idea- Art Fry.

Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship and Innovation:

Entrepreneurs have been described as people who have the ability to see and evaluate business opportunities, gather the necessary resources to take advantage of them and initiate appropriate action to ensure success. Creative entrepreneurs possess high levels of energy and great degrees of perseverance and inauguration, which combined with a willingness to take moderate, calculated risk, enable them to transform what began as a very simple ill- defined idea or hobby into something concrete.

Entrepreneurship the whole process whereby individuals become aware of the opportunities that exist to empower themselves, develop ideas, and take personal responsibility and initiative. In a broader sense, entrepreneurship helps young men and women develop new skills and experiences that can be applied to many other challenges in life. Entrepreneurship is therefore a key priority area with the potential to stimulate job and wealth creation in an innovative and independent way.

Innovation is the key to entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurs are the “dreamers”, who take hands on responsibility for creating innovation. It is the presence of innovation that distinguishes the entrepreneur from others.

Successful entrepreneurs require an edge derived from some combination of a creative idea and a superior capacity for execution. The entrepreneur’s creativity may involve an innovation product or a process that changes the existing order. Or entrepreneur may have a unique insight about the course or consequence of an external change. Entrepreneurship is the vehicle that drives creativity and innovation. 

Innovation creates new demand and entrepreneurship brings the innovation to the market. Innovation is the successful development of competitive edge and as such, is the key to entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is all about an idea that creates differentiated business value to one's customers. N. R. Narayana Murthy

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Power of Sub-conscious Mind and its Positive Use

I was going through the book “Think and Grow Rich” written by Napoleon Hill and really learnt many rules I never came to know before. I am feeling so lucky to read this book and would recommend you to surely read it. You will surely learn a lot … if you read for the sake of learning …

Everything a person begins or is created starts in the form of desire. Desire leads us towards the further actions of accomplishments. And we all have desires for multiple things, we all have wishes to achieve certain goals in life. Those who have clear goals get successful in attaining it, but the ones who never determine for themselves can never reach the destination …. Because they never set the destination for themselves.

So for achieving goals, the book elaborates certain points to follow.  The first point is to achieve any goal one must have a burning desire … and the beautiful example of it is of a leader who burnt all the ships after landing on enemy’s land and left no option except other than to win. And that team won the battle because all its members had burning desire to win.
The second important factor for success is to develop faith and development of faith is very important however not easy. The rule to develop faith to achieve the burning desire is the affirmation or constant repetition to the subconscious mind, and with the repetitions, sub conscious mind accepts it and works upon the available plans to make convert the faith into a reality.

All religions have taught in one way or the other to have faith. One needs to have faith in oneself, in the infinite, faith is the starting point of all accumulations of riches, and is the basis of all mysteries and miracles that cannot be analyzed by the science. It is faith when it is mixed with the prayer; we are able to communicate directly with the infinite. A human mind attracts all the similar vibrations related to the dominant thought already existing in the mind. Any idea or plan that is placed in our mind is because of repetition of thought. It is this reason,  that it is suggested to write a definite goal that you want to achieve in your life so that it may be repeated again and again audibly until these vibrations reach to the subconscious mind. We are what we are because of the daily vibrations that are reaching to our sub conscious mind. 

Auto suggestion is the self suggestion that is an essential part of reaching the success.  Our personality is mostly what we repeat mostly to ourselves or in routine basis. This is the reason, the people who keep calling themselves poor remain poor because they keep suggesting their minds a situation and watch themselves in it. Success begins with the state of the mind. It all starts from what you suggest to yourself. If you think you are outclass, you are, you have to think high to rise, you have to be sure of yourself to win a prize and this all starts with self suggestions of affirmation, or belief and burning desire to have it. Once this suggestion reaches the subconscious mind, it plans how to reach the plan.  

Another important element of self suggestion is to add emotion into affirmation. If we repeat the most famous words, “ Every day in every way I am getting better, better and better” without any emotion, and with our mind busy somewhere else, we won’t find the desired results. 

It has been said that a man can create anything what they can imagine. The impulse, the desire and faith is given shape and action.  If you want achieve something, exercise daily imagining that what you desire as a clear picture. Imagine what kind of a person you want to be and imagine yourself daily how you want to see yourself. If you want to achieve riches, imagine how much money you want and imagine it into a physical form before your eyes watching it. 

Making the plans for your desire is a crucial part towards having it. Let us see how can we make a plan. 

  1. Ally yourself with as many people as you can for the creation of your plan.
  2. Before forming your master mind aligned, decide what benefits and advantage you would offer to the individual members who would be grouped with you in return for their cooperation as no one works for any without any compensation, compensation cannot be always in the form of money.
  3. Arrange to meet with the people of your master mind at-least twice a week or even more until you definitely make a plan for the accumulation of money.
  4. Maintain perfect harmony between yourself and every member of your master mind group. Perfect harmony amongst all the members is vital for achievement any goal. If you do not have it, you may lose the results.
  5. You must have plans which are faultless and take advantage of experience and knowledge of other minds. No person have got perfect knowledge to have all the knowledge of the perfect plan and this is why cooperation and harmony amongst all members is necessary.
  6. Make multiple plans, if your first plan does not work successfully; replace it with the new plan until you find the perfect plan that suits the situation or your goals. The biggest reason of failure is we get hopeless with few failures, failure is just a temporary defeat and in-fact is an experience. Accept the defeat as a signal that the plan is not sound and rebuild the plan.

Another step to reach the riches or successes is mastery of procrastination.  Lack of decision is one of the major causes of decision. People have   the habit to delay the decision that is the enemy of achievement. You have to quickly analyze and have to make the decision what you need to do. Everyone of us have got the opportunity to test our abilities and we must take quick decision in making them happen. A survey report says that all the achievers had the habit of reaching the decision quickly and changing the decision slowly. People who failed to accumulate money without exception had the habit to make a decision if any very slowly but were habitual of changing the decision very often. The successful people make the decisions soon but become definite and change it very slowly if it is required at all.

The ones who fail are observed are easily influenced by the public opinion. They are not definite about their decisions once made. They easily become victim of public gossip. If you are influenced by others opinion, this means you have no desire of your own. The principle is to reaching your own decision and following it. Make your decision and share it with the members of the council and choose the members of the counsel who are in harmony with your purpose.  

 There are thousands of people in the world who carry inferiority complex because of others’ opinions. You have a brain and mind of your own, use it, and get the council from the people in harmony with your plans. 

A common habit of people is that when they are near some knowledge, they voice a lot and give an impression that they are very knowledgeable. They adopt the habit to speak more and listen less. For making a prompt decision, make a habit to keep your ears open and mouth close. Those who talk do little. So do more and talk less.

When you open your plans to the all, it opens an opportunity to ones to delight and make gossip who envy you and they try to discourage you with their opinions. So disclose your plans to the ones who are in harmony with your plans. Show people with your actions and deeds, the people of deeds are more appreciated than the people of words.

Those who reach the decisions, promptly and definitely know what they want and generally get it. The leaders in every walk of life decide quickly and firmly. That is why they are leaders. The world has a habit of making room for a person who knows where his words and actions are going. Indecision is a habit that usually develops in the youth. This habit becomes permanent when children go through the school and high school and the university without definiteness of purpose. 

The major weakness of all the education systems is that they neither teach nor encourage the habit of definite decision. Schools and universities must also add classes to teach the students to make definite purpose of their lives. It is this lack of habit that all the youth seeks any job that they find after education. They do not know how to choose the employer. Financial independence, riches, desired position are not in the reach of a person who neglects definite planning and demand these things. All this knowledge would be useless if you do not make a plan of action.

Persistence is another step to riches and success. The basis of persistence is the power of will. Those who accumulate great riches are generally misunderstood as cold blooded. Most people give up their plans at the first glance of opposition. To take advantage of this book one must apply the six rules of success with persistence that are:

  1. To have a burning desire
  2. To develop Faith,
  3. Decision Making
  4. Organized Planning,
  5. Making Master Mind Group
  6. Persistence

Persistence is a major aspect of success. No matter how slow you are, but stay persistent. Those who pick themselves up after defeat and begin again achieve results. The knowledge of every failure that it brings with itself is the seed of success.

The subconscious mind is the focus of all these principles as this is the connecting link. The subconscious mind is the field of consciousness in which of the impulsive though reaches the any of the five senses and it is like a record of files from the thoughts can be recalled or withdrawn like taking a file from the cabinet. It receives all the files regardless of their nature. You can voluntarily plan any of the thoughts or plans by using the techniques of auto-suggestions, you can imprint belief, desire and persistence. All the planning is to be saved in the sub conscious mind through repetition that let us move towards the plan of action. The subconscious mind connects first with the dominant desires that occupy the mind. It is this reason a burning desire for the plan of action is required. One cannot completely control the subconscious mind but one can handover a file of plan for the subconscious mind to take action.

The subconscious mind is mostly affected by the impulses of thought or the feeling mixed with emotion. It is most commonly known that most people are ruled by emotion or thought. In this context, the subconscious mind is more susceptible to be influenced by the thought or the feelings mixed with emotions. Therefore it is important to be known with the positive and negative emotions. These emotions can be called the language of subconscious mind. In order to understand and have control over your subconscious mind, you must understand the language it understands. The positive emotions can be added by using auto suggestion. The negative emotions should be avoided. It is to remember that either positive or the negative emotions can dominate your mind. Both cannot stay in your mind at a time. Here you can use habit as a tool to control your mind. It is a habit that either you stay in positive emotions and either in negative emotions.  Make a habit to stay in positive emotion so that negative emotion could not dominate the mind.

Brain is a broad casting and a receiving station for the thought. Every human brain is capable of receiving the vibration of thoughts released by other brains. Through the emotions the vibration of thoughts can be increased. Thought is an energy that is traveling at an exceedingly high rate of vibration. Therefore, our thoughts can be received by the other brains like a broad casting machine and universally we are connected with the people having the dominant emotional either positive or negative. However, it is in our control, what emotion we train our mind to work upon.  This philosophy can effectively be used for master mind for getting connected with the people of similar thought to carry out your plan.

There are three biggest enemies that must be cleared out from mind and these are INDECISION, DOUBT, and FEAR. Our sixth sense would never work if any of these enemies are present in the mind.

Let us clarify the function of above three … Indecision is the seedling of fear … indecision crystallizes into doubts and when indecision and doubt both get blended it causes fear in human personality that creates obstacles in attaining any goal.

The biggest enemy of success is fear. There are six types of common fears and conquering all these kinds of fear is important.  It is important to recognize them as they remain hidden in the subconscious mind and deceive us. So before they deceive us, let us conquer them by recognizing them. Each one of us is affected by one or the other kind of such fears except the few lucky ones who are not affected by these. The fears are; fear of poverty, the fear of criticism, the fear of ill health; the fear of loss of love of someone, the fear of old age and the fear of death. 

The most common fear is fear of poverty and it is this reason that this book has been written because people feel insecure without money. It is said that a person having money can rule the whole world, and even would die with respect mostly but a poor person can face the extreme disgrace due to lack of money. And for each fear, there are multiple symptoms showed in the personality like not willing to take initiative, uncertainty of purpose, procrastination, lack of enthusiasm. It further destroys ambition, leads to sleeplessness, misery, unhappiness. Fear of poverty is most destructive of the six fears.  All these fears are labeled as ghosts that stop you from doing anything. They all need to be conquered to proceed to the path of accumulation of riches.

In addition to the six basic fears, there is another devil that works like rich soil upon which all kinds of fears easily grow. This is so hidden in human personality that it is sometimes hard to recognize it. It is known as susceptibility to the negative influence. 

People who get successful and get rich always protect themselves from this evil. It sometimes comes through others comments and sometimes appear from within. It has as many forms as possible. One must take a complete self analysis very often to monitor its existence and remove it from the personality. Make use of your will power and build a wall of immunity against the negative influences of your own mind.

The book very beautifully ends with the note that Life is a Checkerboard and the player opposite you is TIME. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, you will be wiped out of the board by TIME, because you are playing against a partner, who will not tolerate INDECISION!

Create a Burning desire for your plan, wish to achieve, Have faith, use autosuggestion to develop faith, make a master mind list and get connected, make an organized plan, share with only master mind, avoid procrastination and keep firm decisions, if rule 1 does not work, use rule 2, if rule does not work use the next until you get the right plan, stay persistent and avoid fear!  Success will come to you !!!
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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Success Comes to Those Who Become Success Conscious!

I am going through the book “Think and Grow Rich” written by Napoleon Hill following a mandatory rule by our innovative office “Super Technologies Inc.” that asks each of its companion / employee to go through certain sets of books to be in accordance with office environment.  

Going through these books proved to be a great blessing for me to know great secrets of success. We keep sharing quotes, we keep talking about success but we never ponder what success is and how to be successful.
Once I said, I want to be successful, somebody asked me "define success"? Do you know success? To this I would say success depends upon person to person and it changes its shapes at different stages of life.

For a New born, opening the eyes and taking breaths is a success to have life. A school student would consider it a success if getting top grades. Parents consider their children’s success their success. So basically success is an aim that we set for ourselves and then attainment of that very goal is called success. It keeps changing shapes and keeps coming because we keep making goals after goals. 

Most of the people in the world think of getting rich. I would say, many secretly wish and does not express openly but always work for it or wish for it. “Think and Grow Rich” is an amazing book in this regards. It brings you to the reality of knowing the fact “Know what it is that you want.” It tells us the basic rules of what is required to be rich. 

The goal is definite; that is to be rich. But what does it require to be rich, how, by what means, up to what time is all that YOU have to determine and decide.

One of the important points that the book reveals is to “make a definite purpose of your life and work on it with persistence.” Definiteness of the goal that you want to achieve is crucial to decide to have it. Until and unless you do not know what you want, how can you determine a path for yourself?
So clarity to yourself is a must and then it requires determination and persistence to achieve it.

Now opposite of success is failure, and why failure comes is also defined remarkably. Napoleon Hill defines failure as a “habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” And almost every person has gone through this experience of quitting when one leaves due to discouragements. A beautiful example is present by him of uncle of R. U. Darby as “THREE FEET FROM GOLD”. 

"An uncle of R.U. Darby was caught by the “gold fever” in the gold rush days, and went west to DIG AND GROW RICH” He had never heard that more gold has been mined from the brains of men then has ever been taken from the Earth. He stalked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel. The going was hard but his lust for gold was definite. After week of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of the shining ore. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. 

Quietly he covered up the mine retraced his footsteps to the home Williams-burg. Maryland, told his relatives and a few neighbors of the strike. They got together the money needed for the machinery, had it shipped. The uncle and the Darby went back to work the mine.
The first car of ore was mined and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved that they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would have cleared the debts.

Down went the drills and up went the hopes of Darby and Uncle. Then something happened! The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rain bow and the pot of gold was no longer there! They drilled on desperately trying to pick up the vein again all to no avail. 

Finally they decided to QUIT. They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars and took the train back home. Some “junk” men are dumb but not this one! He called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed because the owners were not familiar with the “fault lines”. His calculations showed that the vein would be found JUST THREE FEET FROM WHERE THE DABYS HAD STOPPED DRILLING. That is exactly where it was found. 

The “junk” man took millions of dollars from the same mine because he knew to take experts advise before quitting." 

Napoleon Hill stresses that tricks of opportunity are often strange. It often comes from a backdoor, from a direction from where you least expect it to come. Sometimes apparent misfortunes are also an opportunity, but the mistake we often do is to never recognize it. The richness or success comes to those who believe in hard work consistently for a longer period of time. 

What happens is that mostly mankind is familiar with the word “impossible”. The failure comes to those who think all the time of all the things that are not possible. They keep analyzing the rules that would become a reason of failure but they forget to ponder on the reasons of success. Due to this our brains become magnetized with our dominating thought and that dominating thought further attracts all the circumstances of life, people and experiences that harmonize with the thoughts. 
Success comes to those who become success conscious and failure comes to those who become failure conscious. 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Why Negativity Effects us and How to Conquer it?

Every one of us is going through some kind of pain and this pain is deep rooted in ourselves and become a cause of unhappiness. The pain is the reflection of some past experiences and gradually leaves effects on our personality and gets absorbed in the unconscious mind.

We even sometimes do not want to accept or confront this existence of pain but it is reflected in the form of anger, irritations, impatience, the somber moods, rage, the need to have trauma in your life. This all is happening because pain is existing in the unconscious mind and it cannot nourish upon joy, pain needs pain to nourish upon. 

Consciously no one wants pain to continue, as it’s a form of insanity to desire pain, and “unconscious pain” existing in human body is afraid of being found out. It’s a state when we never accept that some past experiences are still affecting us and certain behaviors of ourselves are the result of past experiences. That again means that we are not living in the present state. Past is still leading us and is wasting our present time as well.

Once we learn to release ourselves from our thoughts, we actually are on the way to conquer pain, negativity, frustrations.  We learn to live in “NOW” that is present. Mostly when anyone of us starts THINKING some past experiences and based on that they decide to avenge, then it’s the past pain that is making one do that evil. So to shun all the anger, all the frustrations, all the negativity we have to train our mind to stay in “NOW” state.
How to be in NOW to Conquer Pain that causes Negativity?
Eckhart Tolle in his book “The Power of Now” explains a brief practice to control one’s mind, and recognizing the pain body that is coming from the past experiences.
  1. Focus attention on the feeling inside you.
  2. Know that it is the pain body and NOT you.
  3. Accept that it is there.
  4. Don’t think about it.
  5. Don’t let the feeling turn into thinking.
  6. Don’t judge or analyze.
  7. Don’t make an identity with yourself out of it.
  8. Stay present and continue to be the observer that it is happening inside you.
  9. Be aware not only of the conscious pain but also of the silent observer, the watcher that is you. 

This is how you can see what is happening inside you and who is controlling you. Once you learn to be in the present and realize that you and your thinking are two different things, you can successfully control the negativity existing within you. It will no longer remain powerful to control you. You can observe your pain existing within you and can deal with it. You can see what is causing a certain feeling and reaction. 

Why is Anxiety Created?

Anxiety is created when we are in the present whereas our mind is working on some future projects. The body is in the PRESENT that is NOW, but mind is existing in the FUTURE that we have no control over. As a result, there is anxiety in the body because mind is active, ahead of physical existence and body cannot be in the time that is not “NOW”

So living in the past or future does not bring solutions to the pain or problems. The solution is to be in NOW, the present. Once we learn to live in present, it leads us towards enlightenment, the joy, the state of happiness and peace where there is opportunity to work upon.

Learning from The Power of Now

Saturday, 30 November 2013

How to liberate Yourself From Your Thoughts

 A beggar had been sitting at the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by, when the beggar mechanically mumbled: "Spare some change?" The stranger answered as he has nothing to give him, and in return asked the question about the box the beggar was sitting on since years. The stranger asked, did you ever look within? The beggar refused and upon insistence of stranger he opened the box. To his astonishment the box was filled with gold.

The Power of Now is an amazing book written by Eckhart Tolle who is a German-born resident of Canada. In the year 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world.

The short story narrated above is the essence of the whole book elaborating the inner treasure that are mostly unknown to us only because we never bother to look within to explore the treasure we have been bestowed with. The condition of any person who did not explore inner wealth is same like the beggar who is sitting on box of gold and is begging and looking for it somewhere else. 

“Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth.”

The Power of Now

The author stresses to have the experience of being united with “Being” that is beyond the imagination and very vast, yet everyone have created their own perceptions. When one identifies oneself with the perception of what one THINKS, it creates obstacles in the form of images, labels, words, judgments, opinions that blocks the truth, the reality and everyone judges the truth as per their perceptions, as per the thought created by their mind. This way we cannot be benefited with the gold that is there in the box but we only perceive as per the thoughts created in our mind based on our past experiences.

When we are able to get the message that we are not our mind, we are not what we think, we are a separate being and mind is like an instrument, then we become successful in liberating ourselves. The author says we should use our mind, but what’s happening is our minds are using us. The thoughts continue to come in our minds like a disease and we are never free from what we think. The question of freeing yourself from your mind is beautifully asked as:

“Can you be free of your mind whenever you want to? Have you found the "off" button?”
The Power of Now

The idea is to liberate you from the thoughts that are consistently being created in the mind and change the meaning of any situation. We look at anything through the perception or lens of past experiences.

The remedy of liberating the self from thoughts or to find the off button is to start watching your thoughts as a watcher and notice all the thoughts that had been there since years. This sense of “I am” who watches the thoughts coming in the mind, arises from beyond the mind. This way the thought loses its power over you because now the thought and you are two different objects.

When you realize the thought as a separate object, it starts liberating you and you find mental peace gradually. This is the beginning of feeling oneness with being that is within you that eventually leads you towards the present moment.

This is the state when you are highly alert and aware but not thinking, that is the essence of meditation. The core idea is to be in the present moment, to be in the "NOW" and the success would be measured with "the degree of peace that you feel within" as a result of liberating yourself from your thoughts 

“Learning from The Power Of Now”