Letting go of grudges, negative stories, & traumatic events can be hard to do. But it is possible. This story keeps appearing to me through various YouTube Videos. It’s everywhere lately (Month of September 2021). So, I figure I’d tell it to you. It’s a nice way of seeing how easy and how hard it is to let unwanted thoughts go away.
Two Monks, one Lady, a River and the Forest
Dressed in Orange robes, two monks set out on a long hike through the forest. The two hiked for a few miles through the dense green forest. They arrive at a bustling greenish brown river, where they encounter a beautiful woman. She says that she has been there for hours, unable to cross the rough river by herself.
Knowing that they are not supposed to touch a woman, the first Monk takes a look at her and crosses the river. The other, asks her name and where she’s from. She responds and asks for his help in crossing the river. With compassion and fortitude Monk number Two picks her up and carries her on his back across the raging river. He stops every 20 feet or so to rest, since it is quite a journey to cross the river with the weight of the woman on his back. He eventually makes it to the other side where he lets the woman down. He says Goodbye and she gives him a very gracious Thank You. He then catches up with Monk One and they continue their hike through the vast forest.
They walk through shrubs, bushes and prickly twigs. One Mile, two miles, three miles. Not talking much, just enjoying nature, listening to the birds and continuing on their journey for the day. Monk Two all the while a bit more happier than Monk One. Monk Two even whistles a sweet little tune here and there as they tread across the the uneven terrain. Somewhere around Mile six, Monk One stops and tells Monk Two to also stop. He looks at him and exclaims: What’s going on here? You know we can’t touch women. And you, You carried that lady all the way across the river. What’s your Problem? Monk Two replies. I haven’t a problem, I was just being nice and helped a lady in distress. It is you who may have a bit of a problem. I dropped the lady off 6 miles ago and you are still carrying her!
It can be very easy to let things go or as Monk One shows us, quite hard to do this. But as you can see by the story, letting go is the way to go. Let go of old fears, let go of disliking others, let go of negative thoughts, let go of everything that does not serve your higher & highest Good. You’ll feel much happier, freer and sublime. Let Go and Let God take care of Everything for you Now.
Story as told by Huna Das from hearing it on 5 different platforms in the Month of September 2021. Took what I heard and added in a bit of flavor so that your mind could picture the story in your imagination. I do hope it helps you and encourages you to Let Go of any and all unwanted thoughts.
“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your Destiny.”
The 5 Hindrances to self-mastery. Shi Heng Yi…A Ted Talk
I’ve been without a remote for a few days. Thus, I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube. Mainly talks and exercises by Shi Heng Yi. The videos just keep playing one after another, after.. It’s a new path for me. But like all spiritual paths, it can and will help you if you apply it. As I’ve said before, All spiritual efforts lead to one place-GOD. I believe, take the tools that resonate best with you and mix and match them for your own spiritual success or as they say in 2021-Your own Self Mastery. Everyone is different. Take what works for you and Use it. The main thing to do is to do whatever it is. Don’t just read about it.
Much of the info I wrote out is from Shi Heng Yi and some is the authors own thoughts. Just want to let you know that ahead of time. Because Yi does mention, he isn’t going to show you the way, just give suggestions. Thus I added on some decent definition to help you out. If you want just Yi’s information the video is down below
When you see more clear. Human interactions become easier. Goals and Inspirations become easier to attain
Find a Way to get to do the things you like to do
Clarity: You see more clear, You feel more clear, you can decide for yourself what to do to reach your goals and aspirations
There are two mistakes along the way to Self-Mastery: Not starting it and not going all the way
The Shaolin Temple Europe labels 5 states of mind that you don’t want to be in, which are the 5 hindrances. Being in any of these 5 states makes it difficult to find your way
The 5 Hindrances
SENSUAL DESIRE: A Positive emotion that can appear through the 5 senses. Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, & Feeling. These can be good for a while. But once you follow the temptation too many times and want to stay too long in this area, it becomes an Obsession, which is bad. It’s hard to find clarity by staying to0 long in Sensual Desire. Stay for a bit then get out. Like 2 drinks in a night might be ok, but becoming a hardcore alcoholic is not what you want to do
ILL WILL: State of the mind that provides negative emotions. A dislike about an object, a situation or a person. If you dislike something, You must learn to let go of Ill Will. One of the reasons I’ve watched this video 5x today, is during my day today, I got stuck getting irritated with a situation at work. I did the Shaolin Qi Gong for an hour. Meditated 3 times and took a walk. These all aided me to get rid of my ILL Will. But after writing this I will do one more thing, Yoga Nidra. Some days, it’s just harder to get peaceful. Today was one of those days for me. But I took action and am almost at peace. I know I should just say, Peace is within me now and be done with it. That’s supposed to work from all that I teach and think. Just sometimes, you or I need to do more to chase the Ill Will away
DULLNESS/HEAVINESS: Sleepiness, lack of energy, non motivation, can manifest into depression. You feel imprisoned. And it it hard to make a mental or physical decision. You need to Find a way to get out of this state of mind
RESTLESSNESS: An unsettled mind that worries about the future or travels to the past. This is the monkey mind. Jumping around from past to future without staying long enough in the present moment. Try not to judge things and get out of this state of mind
SKEPTICAL DOUBT: Indecisiveness. Lost in thoughts. Can I do this? What will people think? Is this the right path? You may have many doubts and get stuck instead of moving on. Too much doubt will get you stuck. Get Out and feel decisive, positive and free
What to do about the 5 Hindrances. Prevent them from arising. Use techniques to rid yourself of them. In other videos Shi Heng Yi teaches various movements of the body while breathing. Meditation is also good, so is doing a hobby like sewing, painting and sports. These keep your mind calm and in the present moment. One does not need to do real mediation (but it does help). You can do your hobby and it will work very well also. Or of course you can mix the 2 options. I personally do the Calm app SOS, Yoga Nidra, Kirtan, write, read, walk, play basketball and sometimes paint and surf.
4 Things to do about the 5 Hindrances
Recognize: What state of mind you are in
Accept: Learn to accept how a situation is, why people are like this. Allow things to be how they are, let people be as they are. You can not change them. but you can change how you perceive them. Stay calm when faced with verbal bullying. Learn martial arts for physical attacks.
Investigate: Your emotional and mental state and question it. Ask questions? Why? What will be the consequence when I stay like this
Non Identify: It is the practice. I am not the Body, I am not the Mind, I am not my Emotions. I can see these 3 aspects about me, but they are not me. I am a spiritual being living in a human body
Be Unique. Try not to copy others. Bring meaning to your life. Learn and master yourself and don’t let the hindrances stop you. Learn to live a healthy life. Healthy Body and Healthy Mind
Three Main Things to Do:
Physical Movement Qi Gong, Kung Fu, Martial Arts
Intention of the Mind/Mind action/control
Learn How to use your Breathe
I know it’s a lot of words today, take what works for you and leave the rest on the page. Or watch the video and formulate your own plan. Today, I needed to do what I like to do to get our of a hindrance. And that is to write and to hopefully help someone else on their journey.
For more on Shi Heng Li, check out his website here
Here is the Mind, Body and Soul exercise session that I did today to help me get out of Ill Will. It helped but did upset my back a bit, so be careful when doing any of the various trainings. Glad I didn’t try the Kung Fu today.
As of today (Friday 6/4/21) I can claim that I have the worst backache in my entire life. But that won’t do be any good in healing it. I need to think thoughts of healing and health. Not only do I need to think these thoughts, but I need to say them out loud. The quickest affirmation I use personally is “I am 100% Healthy Right Now”. I said this many times daily during the pandemic and even simple as it is, it works. I say it even more times today as I heal my body into complete health and wellness
I also take action to improve my health to optimal performance. I apply ice to my back for 20 minutes, then I heat it for 20 minutes all day everyday. I take the healing efforts as close the NBA level as I can. I take turmeric, eat fruits + vegetables + anti-inflammatory foods, drink lots of water and take a bit of medicine. But mainly I think my way to perfect health. I have a choice to dwell on the pain or take action to improve my well being with positive, health filled thoughts
FILLING MY MIND WITH PLEASANT THOUGHTS IS THE QUICKEST ROAD TO HEALTH – Louise Hay –
When I feel myself going the wrong way, I turn to Eric Butterworth’s You Always have a Choice video. Butterworth was a Unity Minister and new thought teacher for over 30 years. And he says the number one thing he would like to let the world know is, You Always have a Choice
Here is the video for reference. Or you can read his thoughts and mine below the video if you are in a hurry.
Eric Butterworth’s Highlights of the video above: (I’m sure I added a few things here and there, but that’s ok. Its all good, just adding to the Good Vibes attitude of Today’s healing choice filled energy)
One simple Idea. The most important insight is Y0u Always have a Choice. There is no such thing as a choice-less Life
Things may happen around you or to you. But you Always have a choice to how you react to your surroundings. Choose to be Positive, Happy and Calm
You can’t regulate the weather, but you have a choice on how your react to it. If it rains, bless the plants, think of the drinking water the rain provides. You don’t have to complain about the rain.
If someone gets under your skin. You let them do it to you. You can Always choose not to let them inside your thoughts. You can hate or you can Love, you can choose which to do.
The incident is external, but the reaction is internal. And it is for you to choose. Reminder: It is Always your choice to choose your own thoughts.
He made me mad! No he did not! You Chose to be Mad. Don’t let others decide that you are mad! Stay calm, think peaceful loving thoughts.
Life without emotion has no zest. But watch your emotions and change them to good thoughts. We can correct the situation. You are not your emotions. You control your emotions. Don’t let them get out of control. You Always have a choice
No matter how bad things may seem. You can Always turn on the LIGHT. Choose to turn the Light on now
Age-Education-The Economy-Disease: Whatever is is that you are thinking, you can Always change your thoughts. Change a minus into a positive. Color your thinking with the Colors that you choose
Don’t react with hostility. It just brings more negatives. Choose to stay calm. You Always have a Choice!
Smile, be happy, enthused and Loving
Do you worry about money? Like you don’t have a choice? You do have a choice. Don’t worry, Bless what you do have. Be in the flow of substance. Like the vast ocean, there is a limitless abundance of wealth to be found by you, if not today, tomorrow. You can choose abundance over lack
All things work together for the Good. Remember Good is God and God is Always Good
Consciousness can Always be changed. Choose your attitude. Choose your mood. Rise above. Sit on Top of the World. No matter what happens in and around you, all that matters is what you think within your own mind. You Always have a Choice. Good, bad, Happy, sad. Choose wisely. Choose Good over evil. Faith over fear, Love over hate. You do have options. Live in the flow of God and the Good. Remember you ALWAYS have a choice and the choice is yours and only yours to make, and As Wham would say: Choose Life
A Couple of final thoughts, just in case you may need them today
WORRY IS A NEGATIVE FORM OF PRAYER. DON’T WORRY, PRAY FOR THE GOOD AND BE HAPPY NOW -Huna Das-
HEAVEN OR HELL…YOU CAN CHOOSE. NO MATTER WHAT COMES YOUR WAY. CHOOSE HEAVEN ALL THE TIME. ANYTIME + ANYWHERE -Huna Das-
The Huna Das website and blog posts are designed to help you and me navigate the New World we are living in now and will live in the future.
It contains tools and tips to create abundance in your life. Along with keys to calming your mind. Actions to take to reduce anxiety, stress and pain.
It’s based upon 20 years of classes at Unity Church. Chanting with Krishna Das. YouTube Videos by Wayne Dyer, Alan Watts, Teal Swan, Anthony DeMello, Sky St. John, and Richard Levy. Along with many, many books I’ve read, listened to or studied over the years.
On this site, you will find written stories and learning, relaxing pictures, delightful quotes and recommended videos to help better your daily life experience.
The goal is to give you a go to place to find solutions to every day unease you may feel. And down the line, we will be adding some pretty cool Up beat, Kirtans mixed with Ultra Banging beats with DJ Huna Das.
Stop by and say hello anytime you feel bad or glad. Hopefully this blog will help you as we journey through 2021 and beyond.