We Are Swimming in An Ocean of Goodness

I got my initiation into a brave new world a few days before Christmas.  I had driven my son up to a ski resort, and while he was on the slopes, I drove over the pass to the nearby town of Truckee. Around 4 o’clock he called me, saying he was ready for me to pick him up. In the meantime, a snow blizzard had started. As I drove back onto the freeway to go get him, the traffic was very backed up. To go over the pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains in a snow blizzard requires 4-wheel drive or snow chains. On this occasion they had put up a road block, so that only one car at a time could pass through after being checked.

It took me one and a half hours to drive the three miles from Truckee to the roadblock. By the time I finally did get through, I had maybe six feet visibility in front of me. I drove up the mountain through the heavy snow. Somebody behind me must have gotten stopped for having no chains, because once they let me onto the pass, nobody else followed for several minutes.

It was then that my clutch started to misbehave. I was hardly moving in second gear, so I changed to first. But the more gas I gave the engine, the more the clutch was slipping, and the car was moving more and more slowly. It was right on the peak of Donner Summit that I completely lost power, right in the very middle of the freeway. I put my blinkers on.  It was a couple of minutes after that that the cars started to come again. One by one they came up behind me, and only in the last minute realized that there I was, in the middle of the freeway, not moving.

Finally the highway patrol arrived.  I heard through the megaphone “Pull over to the side of the road.” Of course there was nothing I could do. “Pull over to the side of the road,” came the voice again. I got out of the car to walk back and explain. “Get back in the car and pull over to the side of the road.” Finally the cop came to my window. I explained to him that I couldn’t move because my clutch had gone out and he pushed me over, bumper to bumper.

I was stuck at the top of Donner Summit in a snow blizzard for four and a half hours. My ex-wife had to go and pick up my son from the ski resort. It was during those hours that my initiation into a new world began. The engine was still working fine, so I had my heater. I was warm. This also meant the engine was recharging the battery, I could keep my iPhone plugged in. I spent those hours calling random people that I loved: my wife, Chameli, my other son, old friends. Outside the car was a raging snow blizzard with no visibility, but I was warm, safe and magically connected to people I loved, and who loved me, all over the world. Every ten or fifteen minutes a kind, loving, caring angel, in the form of a highway patrolman or a snow truck driver, would come knock on my window to see if I was ok, and to reassure me that a tow truck would be there as soon as possible.

The tow truck finally arrived at 10 PM. I do not think I have ever felt so happy to see anybody in my entire life. He welcomed me into the cab of his truck and put my car on the back. Right away we got to talking. “Where do you live?”  “Truckee, how about you?” “Nevada City. You got kids?” “Yeah, two, how about you?” Like long lost friends who have missed each other painfully for years, we got caught up on all our details. Then he came to tell me about the crescendo of his life. He announced to me how much he loved Jesus. Now prior to this initiation into a world of goodness, I must admit that I might have found this a little off-putting. Oh, a fundamentalist Christian… religious fanatic… etc… etc…  But it just drew us closer. “I love Jesus too,” I admitted to him proudly. It seemed hardly relevant to mention that I also love Buddha, and Rumi, and Lao Tzu and Quan Yin. Jesus was quite enough at this point. “Whenever I think of Jesus I feel such love.”  “Yeah man, that’s it. Jesus is love.”

And so we basked together in Christ consciousness for a few minutes. I wanted to know more about him. It was just a few days after the tragic shooting of kindergartners in Connecticut. “So I’m curious,” I said, “What do you think about guns? I always wonder how people can love Jesus and also support violence. To me, Jesus was — is rather — the ultimate pacifist.” 

The bond of brotherly love was threatened for a few minutes there. “Well no, I believe in every citizen’s right to bear arms,” said my new brother. “We need to defend ourselves against evil.” But then I realized it was a minor detail. We could disagree about guns and come back to our shared love of Jesus. What was more important, to be right or to feel connection?

When he dropped me off at a hotel in Truckee, it was a painful parting.  But the goodness just went on and on. There was nobody there at the reception in the hotel, and the restaurant had already closed its kitchen. Another angel, this time disguised as a young waitress, told me to go get myself some food in another restaurant, and she would contact the hotel manager.

It turns out that every single restaurant in Truckee had already closed its kitchen, it was after 10 o’clock. I remembered then that I had not had lunch either, when I was driving my son, it was during lunchtime.  I hadn’t eaten since breakfast. Here I was, in Truckee, in a snow blizzard, with nothing to eat, and nowhere to sleep. But even that could not shake the dawning realization that I was swimming in an ocean of goodness.

I went back to the hotel, she hadn’t been able to find the manager. I told her I had not been able to find food. So she went into the kitchen and brought out a bowl. It was the food set aside for the restaurant workers, after all the guests had gone. It was not exactly what I would usually choose to eat. Very, very gristly meat served with dumplings, that I think might have been made out of cardboard. But it didn’t matter, it had been given with love, it was somebody else’s food that they were sharing with me. I ate it, along with the white bread and butter on the plate beside it, with gratitude and relish. The waitress called all over town to find me a hotel and a taxi. When I arrived, they were waiting for me, like a family greeting a soldier home from the war. They found me toothpaste and a tooth brush, and when it turned out they had no dental floss, the woman on reception gave me some of those little floss sticks that her own mother had given her earlier that day. I tried to refuse, but no, the angels would not let up their kindness.

This was just a regular hotel chain. But when I got to the room and found the bed turned down, and the remote kindly left on the bed in case I wanted to watch TV, and the little bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and the tea maker, I was close to tears. We are living in a world overflowing with goodness if our eyes are only washed clean enough to see it.

The next day, it turned out they could not tow my car back home yet, the blizzard was still going on. I called the rental car company, they were completely out of the 4 wheel drives, which is what I would need to get over this summit. I was stuck in Truckee maybe for many days. They told me there was a Greyhound station across town, but it did not answer the phone. So I set out to walk there. It was a few miles. Within a minute or two, a police car pulled over. “Where are you going?” he asked. I explained. “Hop in,” he said, “I’ll drive you over there.” Another angel. He asked me why I was walking in the snow and I explained that my car had gotten stuck the night before on the summit. “Are you the man with the green Subaru?” he asked. “We all know about you. You were the talk of the police radio last night.”

The policeman handed me over, like a swaddled new born baby, to the woman at the Greyhound station, who also seemed like she had been waiting to greet me forever. We got everything sorted out.  It went on and on and on: at the diner where I had breakfast, in the ride from a total stranger on the trip back to get my stuff from the hotel.  I couldn’t resist it anymore. We are swimming in an ocean of goodness.

Just in case I had missed the point from this initiation into a new world, a large, black SUV with government number plates that bore the initials ‘DHS’- Department of Homeland Security – was parked outside of the hotel. I have no idea why they were there, but when I walked into the lobby of the hotel, there was a man in a black suit, a government-y looking coat, talking on a cell phone. He looked worried, afraid, he looked urgent. In a flash, he showed me the world we create when we see it through the eyes of fear. Then everything is a danger, everything becomes a reason for more guns, for more protection, for more distrust of “them.”

When the Greyhound bus arrived on time, I climbed aboard. I must admit I have not been on a Greyhound bus for a long time. I have a car, and for longer trips I travel by airplane. As I looked down the aisle, I realized that the Greyhound bus is mostly frequented by my fellow human beings who have been less lucky than I have been. People looked cold, a little broken, kind of hopeless. The seats would accommodate two people on either side of the aisle, and every seat down the whole bus had at least one person sitting in it, so I had to take my pick of who to share it with. I chose an old man, about half way down the bus, who was looking out the window and muttering to himself.

“Hello,” I grinned enthusiastically, “may I sit with you?” He grunted and huddled to himself more tightly. “Where are you going?” I asked, by way of introduction. “San Francisco,” he muttered.“Oh really? What are you going to do there?” Slowly we started a conversation, his body uncurled a bit, and he told me about the misfortunes that had besieged his life, but also his hopes of putting it back together again. I saw that he was also an angel, his heart was also full of loving kindness, only it had been temporarily hidden under a mantle of protection. It only took a little massaging and encouragement to bring the loving kindness forth again.

Since my adventure in the snow in Truckee, I feel like I am living in a different world. I think I heard a prophecy somewhere that the world was going to end on December 21st, 2012. I am pretty sure that it did, at least for me. The world that I live in now is safe, and benevolent, and populated by kind and caring people. My job is just to remember to wash my eyes regularly, so I can see them for who they are.

It is true that recently two people got pushed to their deaths on the subway in New York. But it is also true that millions and millions of people did not. It is true there was a tragic shooting in Connecticut a few weeks ago involving children, and it is true that there have been thousands of other gun-related deaths in the United States this year. But it is also true that kind and intelligent and caring people are thinking twice about having semi-automatic weapons available to just about anybody, and are ready to make changes. We are also re-thinking our responsibility to take care of the mentally ill. It is true that a woman was brutally raped in India in the middle of December, and subsequently died. But it is also true that hundreds of thousands of people rose up in the wake of that event and demanded that we take more care of each other, that we re-think a culture that is sexually repressive, that we think twice about the effect of widespread pornography.

I know now that when I see the world as dangerous, when I see that I need to protect myself against “them,” I become part of the danger itself. If I had seen my tow truck driver as a religious fanatic, instead of a kind man who loves Jesus, I would myself have become part of a prejudiced world. If I had seen the lonely man on the Greyhound bus as someone to keep at arms length, I would have become part of a world that breeds loneliness. By opening our eyes to the innate kindness hidden in every human being, we live in a brave new world. 

Then we can gladly remember that the world as we knew it indeed did end on December 21st, 2012.

We have the choice to dance with the angels now.

 

OK.  You know how much I love to hear your thoughts.  I just wrote 2350 words for you. Now its your turn.  Tell me your thoughts in the comments box below. Catcha soon!

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77 Responses to “We Are Swimming in An Ocean of Goodness”

  1. Martin January 3, 2013 at 8:08 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna! first i like to wish you a light- and peaceful new world! Whenever it might have begun! Thank you very much for sharing your initiation with us! i entered this “new Dimension” in a “frame” of more harmonic circumstances…and it felt the same…still does…that we entered a new level of humanity…thank you very much…glad and very happy to see you in april! All the best to you…lightful greetings Martin

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    • Cheryl January 4, 2013 at 2:02 am // Reply

      Thank you for sharing that beautiful story..how heartwarming it is. The world is always beauty full when seen with the eyes of Loving Awareness..and it is our choice to see the world in that light..or to be blinded by the darkness that is projected to us by others. When we learn to see the world via our hearts…the veil of ugliness is lifted. Namaste

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  2. Sunil January 3, 2013 at 8:44 am // Reply

    Great to know the new world has begun…..

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  3. Rick January 3, 2013 at 9:51 am // Reply

    Thank you for sharing your heart-felt story with us Arjuna and the reminder to always keep our eyes clean and our hearts open.

    Happy New Humanity!!

    With love & gratitude,

    Rick

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  4. Kevin January 3, 2013 at 11:12 am // Reply

    Hello Arjuna, Thank your for sharing this most wonderful and amazing part of your life. These pleasures/pains we enjoy/suffer can shift our center from head and our “emotional programs for happiness” to heart and compassion for the universe and everything in it. The physical experiences that beget significant emotional events are, for many, the surest way to open eyes and ears to the world of great spiritual truths. Contemplation and prayer is another sure way. Do people make these shifts any other way?

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  5. Inge Dyan January 3, 2013 at 11:28 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna,

    thank you so much for reminding me to see the whole picture. Before I read your post, I read about cruelty agains animals and the Fatwa agains Syrien Women and a few other things, going on right now in the World. But in my heart I’ll agree with you, the old world is going to an end. It’s our choice on what we are focused. God bless all and everyone in this new world. with light, love and gratitute Inge Dyan

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  6. Carmen January 3, 2013 at 11:28 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna, I can imagine you in the middle of the Blizzard and the sprinkling light shining in your eyes while making all these experiences… Yes, we have the choice and we cannot remember it again and again and again… love Carmen

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  7. Sylvia Häusler January 3, 2013 at 11:30 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna,
    in reading your story – Thomas Kohlwein postet it on fb – I feel quite moved and nourished. We really have a choice – and are able to switch our point of view in every instant. You wrote about your feelings and how life offered you the chance to get “stretched” into… Now I wish you and me and all of us, that we enjoy the openings in between – and how they keep our heart-eyes open 🙂

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  8. Peter January 3, 2013 at 11:37 am // Reply

    Oh what a great story. Touched. And that is real? Ooh, I am going to enter this world right now!!!

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  9. Kathy grundy schneck January 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm // Reply

    Thank you Arjuna,
    This story you shared was a great way for me to start my 1st day back from winter break on a very cold Wisconsin morning at the middle school I work at. Morning duty requires me to direct parent traffic and sleepy eyed children back into the routine. With a new perspective in mind…I’m ready and happy to guide them with loving kindness and true appreciation! Thanks!

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  10. Mena January 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm // Reply

    What a great article! I just happened to see this on fb. So glad I clicked! Just for the story it’s entertaining. But there’s so much more. What a great experience you had. And I love that you point out that the world changed on Dec. 21. Now all we have to do is see it! Beautiful!

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  11. Nancy January 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm // Reply

    Thank you so much, this moved me to tears. This is the feeling I have as I move through my day. It is as though angels are parting the way for me at all times. The seemingly smallest things touch me deeply. Connecting with the checker in the grocery store. Listening to their story and loving them for just being them. The world is filled with such joy and goodness everywhere.

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  12. Kate January 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm // Reply

    I started reading your story while waiting for my car to warm
    Up. Car is very warm now and tears streaming down my face.
    Bless you for sharing your story. It will stay with me forever.

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  13. Andrea January 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm // Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing…
    I love what you wrote…
    thank you
    Andrea

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  14. Margo January 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm // Reply

    Thank you so much, Arjuna, very moved by your story, which is all the more meaningful to have happened in such circumstances that would have most of us totally stressed out and disconnected. This is the real meaning of grace, and such a perfect Christmas story.
    I’m going to hold this story in my heart in this new year.
    Thank you.

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  15. Christina Maria January 3, 2013 at 11:05 pm // Reply

    Thank you Arjuna! I am with you in this new world 😉

    http://youtu.be/zNpeK7sDLzE

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  16. Filiz January 4, 2013 at 12:16 am // Reply

    indeed!
    Brave New World in Three Minutes
    https://vimeo.com/56699141

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  17. Julie January 4, 2013 at 12:18 am // Reply

    Wonderful story!

    What a powerful experience which could have a been a difficult/frustrating but instead turned out to be full of love and small miracles…Amazing and thank you for sharing.

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  18. Lili January 4, 2013 at 12:33 am // Reply

    I loved this story! It has been mine in the past, long ago and recently… though the gift didn’t stick. This story made me smile, it made me cried, I felt myself as you experienced it and I felt myself as you could have experienced it. It spoke to me in a deep and personal way and you became my angel, offering once again the gift of clarity. Lovely!

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  19. Clare Rosenfield January 4, 2013 at 12:35 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna, I loved your story and thank you for reminding us to see through the eyes of love and gratitude for the angels that cross our path as if sent by the Source to help us on our way. The only thing I wondered was–did you ever pick up your son? How did he get home from the ski place? Did someone let him know that you were stuck on the highway in a blizzard? Love you, Clare

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  20. Zoe January 4, 2013 at 12:42 am // Reply

    Well done brother! What a fine telling of a true story of gratitude/ Thank you for sharing all these people’s kindnesses and gifts to you on that night. You tell the story exceptionally well in a way that we can all feel.
    Bill and read the whole thing and felt it as a bright spot; the brilliance of kindness.

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  21. Theresa January 4, 2013 at 12:59 am // Reply

    Thank you Arjuna
    Thank you everyone who has left a comment

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  22. Juliana January 4, 2013 at 1:08 am // Reply

    Arjunah! What a powerful example of staying present in the moment, and setting an intention of good all around you! No wonder the Angels showed up in droves! You are correct, the world is being ushered into a new era, an era of hightened Christ consciousness and angelic support! Happy New Year !

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  23. Kate January 4, 2013 at 1:12 am // Reply

    Nice story. Thanks for reminding me that every single person on this earth is on an equally valid journey, and our hearts can be touched at any moment.

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  24. Brecken January 4, 2013 at 1:20 am // Reply

    This is beautiful! The telling connects me to many such serendipitous moments in the past…. Gratitude indeed colors even the tiniest miracles with brilliant love! <3

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  25. Kamala January 4, 2013 at 1:29 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna,

    What a wonderful story! I’m so grateful
    for this opportunity to contact you personally again,which I have been meaning to do for a long, long time. You are a true
    artist in revealing the Light that is forever revealing Itself to Itself,to the only One that IS!

    With love, Kamala

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    • Alex Gillo January 4, 2013 at 11:39 am // Reply

      Dear Kamala
      Reading Arjuna’s story brought me to tears but
      I also remember a wonderful course with Living Essence I did long time ago where I met a lovely person called Kamala, wondering now if that is you?
      If it is you hope you get in touch with me, either on FB or email.
      Alex

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  26. Lion Goodman January 4, 2013 at 1:33 am // Reply

    Arjuna:

    A touching story, well told. I was with you through the entire journey, and came out with the same feelings you had. Thanks for sharing your life in such a way that we, too, can see through your eyes and feel through your experience.

    Lion

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  27. Jenny January 4, 2013 at 2:01 am // Reply

    There is so much gratitude for the beautiful way you write that accompanies the expansiveness felt upon reading. You share wondrously how experience is truly a matter of perception. As William Blake wrote: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
    Namaste

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  28. Narayani January 4, 2013 at 2:03 am // Reply

    Such a wonder*filled, well-written post – THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Indeed we are all Angels and can only see Angelness everywhere. . . I too felt such an immediate shift in energy, back in early December, where it literally felt like an updraft caught me under my wings, lifting and soaring and lifting some more. Such intrinsic optimism flooded me and continues. Jai to Evolution. . . and thanks so much for your contributions,
    Narayani – laura

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  29. Erin January 4, 2013 at 2:22 am // Reply

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story of human goodness that you experienced on the day the world was supposed to end.

    My husband and I took our granddaughter into the city of Chicago today. She wanted to ride the train so we decided to take public transportation for the first time in all of our lives. We did indeed feel brave to be trying something new to us. And we did indeed experience a new world where every time we needed help to figure out what to do next people responded with kindness and even went out of their way to be helpful. I feel heartfelt agreement with your comment, “The world that I live in now is safe, and benevolent, and populated by kind and caring people”.

    I feel gratitude, my teacher, for this beautifully told lesson about looking for the innate kindness within every human being.

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  30. Diann January 4, 2013 at 2:57 am // Reply

    I have spent many hours traveling the roads you describe – literally and figuratively. I have found several instances in the past few days to accept (even more than just allow) that what I perceive as negative or hurtful in some way is really a way FOR me – everything is FOR me – to see another perception of the “story” that popped up so automatically. I’ve been giving people more credit and space so that they may find more joy and peace for themselves and less self judgement. We’ve all been down that road enough for a Mayan Long Calendar.
    Happy New Year – thanks for writing down this story and sharing it with us.

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  31. Kathy January 4, 2013 at 2:57 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience. Very beautiful reminder to ‘change the prescription of our glasses’ (Baba Muktananda) and see the world through loving eyes — offering smiles and friendship, expecting the best from others, being kind, noticing little acts of kindness, feeling gratitude. Thanks for this great reminder at the beginning of 2013 !

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  32. Alvaro Lopez p January 4, 2013 at 3:09 am // Reply

    Thanks so much for this beautiful and inspired story…
    so much love is around,just to see it with eyes of our heart…

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  33. Morty Lefkoe January 4, 2013 at 3:44 am // Reply

    Arjuna,

    Thanks for sharing your experience and your point of view. And that point of view is a choice that we all have. Thanks for reminding us of that choice.

    Love, Morty

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  34. patrice January 4, 2013 at 3:53 am // Reply

    such a great piece, arjuna, thanks SO MUCH for sharing. i have a big smile on my face that doesn’t want to leave = >

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  35. Mino January 4, 2013 at 4:30 am // Reply

    Thank you so much for providing a further springboard for all of us to make this wonderful and long awaited quantum leap…Namaste

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  36. KRISHNA January 4, 2013 at 7:27 am // Reply

    Thanks Arjuna. Let me start working practically and see the angels.

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  37. David January 4, 2013 at 8:19 am // Reply

    as i sit in McDonalds (the lengths i go to for free wifi, fenced playground and clean toilets – oh the shame!) i’m listen to a large woman verbally abuse her 4 kids for ‘droppin’ the f%#ken drink’ and ‘changin ya f%#ken minds. Do yas wan’t a f%#ken happy meal or not?’….i thought of your article. For me goodness is hard to find in this moment. At least i guess its not loathing and disgust. Not long ago it would have been and maybe even now on a happy’bad day’. I do feel concern and something in the ballpark of compassion. And since typing this, she has taken the kids home ‘for f%#ken swearin”. I wonder why they would do that.

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  38. Mike January 4, 2013 at 8:35 am // Reply

    This is a great story Arjuna. It shows so clearly that life itself is always helping and teaching us. If we can avoid getting into our habitual ideas about things then we become aware of the interconnection between everything and that the very nature of life itself and ourselves is love. Life, and life events and conditions are the greatest teachers we could ever have.

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  39. Heike January 4, 2013 at 10:36 am // Reply

    beautiful, Arjuna! love this! thank you for sharing and reminding 🙂 indeed, there is so much goodness everywhere, yes, let’s LIVE it! bless you

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  40. Marian January 4, 2013 at 10:48 am // Reply

    What a moving and important message. Thank you.

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  41. Brahmani January 4, 2013 at 10:57 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna, you wrote 2350 words…and I cannot write a single word after reading yours. Tears of joy-gratitude. Silence. And after all some words: oh! my friend: everyday i’m going nuts saying: look: the world is FULL of good persons,what’s preventing us from living it from seeing this rather than from horrors, thereby feeding the horrors? If you or somene reading this has a tip for me to read some answer that you might have already written to this question: grateful thank you

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  42. Bob January 4, 2013 at 11:12 am // Reply

    Thank you Arjuna for a wonderful story about “seeing with different eyes”.

    I live in England and so we don’t have the same gun problem that you have in the states. Although people still have shot guns to shot birds and small animals which I think is weird – but they are all us whether we like it or not. One day I hope they wake up and stop shooting animals for “pleasure” as a sport.

    Yes – 2013 is going to be a great year and things will transform quickly – it is already happening.

    So wishing you and your family lots of love and light.

    Namaste

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  43. Laura January 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm // Reply

    Lovely – I’m so moved to read your story, it has so many echoes of my recent experiences and the choice to keep seeing it all through the eyes of love. I sit here with tears flowing – Thank You.

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  44. Peter Baelde January 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm // Reply

    Dear Arjuna, A warm story about the cold in nature but warmth in the heart that is what we experienced reading your article, many thanks for writing it ! A different feeling and view of people and the world, your story is a perfect example of a different consciousness in action. So let all join and support this shift in consciousness (2012 !) and get awakened. Personal problems will be solved and the world will become a wonderful place to live in. In love and gratitude to all the wise enlightened man that support the world in this transition. For us this is Sri AmmaBhagavan from Oneness University. Namaste !, Peter & Frederika Baelde.

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  45. Tanja January 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm // Reply

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I read your story in the middle of some difficulties. I felt already mistrust and fear, but now your story reminded me of having the choice to decide for love. And I will go for it…
    With gratitude, Tanja

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  46. xear (@xear) January 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm // Reply

    I call BS on this story. How angel like do you think these people would have been had you been black and shabbily dressed? Or if you couldn’t pay for the bills?

    Are egos even capable of doing anything but looking out for their own self interests?

    And why didn’t you fearlessly say you find Buddha as significant as Jesus… was it because you wanted a tow and may not have gotten one without appearing Christian?

    Every person you met was perfect but they were not angels. All of these angels we meet are the same ones who crucified Jesus and would do the same to you or me if we pressed the right buttons.

    Pollyanna is great but as soon as you believe in good there is also bad and we all know what happens when you eat from that tree.

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  47. Angelina January 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm // Reply

    Dear arjuna
    first i love that u are sharing your experiences -that u honour them enough to share them – and it turns out to be so inspiring and connecting – because i find myself in them.
    thank u so much. i would never have thought of “initiation” when i travelled the world for 3 and a half year and met this loving kindnes, jesus, metta all over.. it opened my heart and eyes for the goodness…
    i was not awake enough to think like this
    ( 30 years ago) – but my heart was touched – just as yours.. and yes .. yes..
    it is my choice to belief thoughts which are born from fear
    or to see the ocean of abundance and goodness in which we live… including violence..without it the goodnees would not be seen.
    thanks a lot for your bountifull-ness in sharing

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  48. Angela January 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    Thank you for your story. I wish every one I meet a happy new year and they first of all look surprised that I have actually spoken to them. Then they smile as if they had just been validated, that they are appreciated, that it doesn’t take a lot to wish them well….its easy….Happy New Year fellow readers…are you smiling??? I guess you are..

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  49. Gail January 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm // Reply

    What a beautiful picture you have given us. You were awake in every moment to seeing the goodness in others. Checking your own potentially fear-based responses and moving quickly to being open and non-judgmental. You have clearly added to the ocean of goodness and allowed others to flow in that ocean with you.

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  50. Janey January 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm // Reply

    Dear Arjuna

    Thank you for sharing this lovely story of your experience. Reminding me to see with the eyes of the heart…In my life generally I find people so ready to help – it’s almost like everyone is waiting to be given a chance to share their love.

    Many blessings for the new year and love you to and Chameli.

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  51. Jan January 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm // Reply

    Thank you for your wonderful story and experience, and ability to share that hope and joy with us. There is a bigness and opening of love around me these days that is phenomenal. Thanks for being a part of that. I pray that I may receive this Love as well as share it to the fullest.

    Blessings

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  52. Valeria January 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm // Reply

    Thank you for reminding me to look others’ beyond their bodies and egos and connect to their very sacred essence.
    If I change the way to see the world, the world changes…
    Thank you Arjuna for providing me such a wonderful pair of glasses!
    🙂

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  53. Tim Richardson January 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm // Reply

    Brilliant, funny, pointed, kind, honest, uplifting, encouraging, blessing – Thank you!

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  54. Louise Wilson January 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    Thank you Arjuna for reminding us there is always another way of responding to situations and people.

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  55. alayton January 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm // Reply

    Wonderful story. There is so much good in the world if we have the eyes to see it and the hearts to absorb it. What a blessing each day is! It is when we are so desperately needing help that we open our hearts to seeing others as worthy individuals – my hope is that we would always be willing to stop, listen, and care about others that have so much to offer when we do. Thanks for sharing a story that shows how God provides even through strangers.

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  56. Edu January 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm // Reply

    Thank you for the lesson. We people of the World shall be humble enough to trust each other by seeing what we have in common, rather than the differences that separate us, whatever they are. And that commonality is pure Love which expresses simply by bringing a hand happily. That way we help others, and also get ready to open our souls to miracles that appear out of loving experiences such as those you shared.

    Happy new Era!

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  57. Shawn January 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    Hi Arjuna,
    What a powerful story! And timely, I stayed up in bed last night discussing with my partner about my parents, and how frustrated she is that they don’t make more effort to come and visit our son, living quite some distance apart in Canada. And I wasn’t drawn into the negative aspect, and was filled with only love for them, as imperfect as they are. Both stories are a simple reminder that we have a powerful choice to make in each moment!

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  58. Bohlenn January 5, 2013 at 12:37 am // Reply

    Yep, it’s all in consciousness. The lens we look through is the lens we experience. Thanks for sharing. As Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take.” Decide to see kindness and the angelic nature of everyone around you, and that’s what you’ll experience from them.

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  59. Barry January 5, 2013 at 1:50 am // Reply

    Thank you, Arjuna. Like you, my world changed with the “new age” shift. I have a brother who has been a fundamentalist christian and right winger for nearly thirty years. He has been going through changes this last year and came to visit me for the first time in three decades. We barely talked to each other during that time. This time, we got along great. He now accepts that I, and all others, have my own journey with God, and he respects it. That’s a far cry from his previous stance that I am a tool of Satan. Things are indeed changing…and more easily than we might have imagined.

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  60. Anya Shekina January 5, 2013 at 6:48 am // Reply

    Thank you for this, Arjuna. The reminder of all the angels in the world, is so important in the context of destructive role played by the politicians, corporations,rapists, and mass murderers. It is good to remember that by their existence we get the chance to rise up out of caring and love. I love how you handled everything and how blessed you were as a result.

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  61. Grace Chatting January 5, 2013 at 9:19 am // Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to share your story from that “sea of goodness” perspective. I guess we all have a choice of whether we see the events of our lives through that lens, or the lens of a Victim. It is nice to be reminded of the upside of what is happening in our world. Thanks again.

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  62. Diane January 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm // Reply

    Thank you Arjuna for the entire telling of a beautiful story. I heard the abbreviated version at Lisa’s home on the 21st. If I recall correctly, the moral of the story for you was: “If I can just get out of my own f**king way, I am surrounded by magnificent beauty, light, love and angels!” Your willingness to be open to that opportunity is wonderfully inspiring!!

    Many Blessings…
    Diane

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  63. Beverlea January 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm // Reply

    Wow….Thank you so much for sharing your story It uplifted me and is changing the way that I look at what comes into my life… seeing things from a different, more loving perspective. Feeling love and gratitude and to living life more open heartedly. ♥

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  64. Joe Worley January 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm // Reply

    That’s nothing!

    We went to the most crowded shopping center with the smallest parking lot in all of San Diego. Wow! an open space, one space within the front door! If this wasen’t enough the cars on either side of this empty space pulled out before I could pull in!

    I wanted K2 vits at 25% off, coulden’t find any. A smiling clerk said “Oh they just came in, they’er over here on the stocking cart”. I am called Joe

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  65. Darshan January 6, 2013 at 1:50 am // Reply

    often when we find ourselves in a difficult situation it is easy to become frustrated and start blaming the world and see all the events as a negative occurance. It is an art to see that in all situations there is a scope for love and surrender and then ‘angels’ start to appear.

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  66. Jen Klarfeld January 6, 2013 at 3:43 am // Reply

    You are a LOVE & an Earth Angel & I relish each moment of your adventure. Yes, we are truly living in this New Earth, as we have assisted in the birth of! Happy Trailblazing Arjuna FRIEND!

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  67. Lynda Star January 6, 2013 at 4:13 am // Reply

    Your Story is So Amazing!! I Loved it!! Thank You for Sharing it!! It is a New Beautiful World out There!! Everyone working for Peace and Helping Each Other!!
    When People say 2013 is going to be better than 2012, I say GREAT!! I LOVED 2012!!! Better Than That? Can’t Wait!!!;} But the biggest thing that I caught that showed us we were in the New Earth or New Era, or Golden Age,,,Whatever you want to call it,…is that the Movie “Cloud Atlas” made it to the Big Screen…A movie about Past Lives…So Cool!!!! YES!!! Lynda*Star

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  68. Astarte January 6, 2013 at 4:29 am // Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I think everyone can relate to your story. It’s inspiring the perspective you had when meeting the people that you did on your adventure. It makes me want to strive to be a better person, light and love to you my friend.

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  69. Larry Sweet January 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm // Reply

    Dear Arjuna, I enjoyed reading your adventure. It is amazing how when we change our perception of things our experience of the event and the outcome change. We are blesed with the gift of choice and I now, so much more, prefer the experience of love, appreciation and compassion and the outcomes of events are so much more positive.

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  70. Lisa Lindenlaub January 7, 2013 at 2:05 am // Reply

    I so loved this writing and feel a great appretiation and adoration for you and your sharing.
    Love…

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  71. akkam January 7, 2013 at 6:21 am // Reply

    Hi Arjun
    Enjoyed reading your true life story. Let me Wish you all the Best for the New year and for the rest to follow. My year has started off with a lesson or two. I feel down as is usual for this time of year. I never get to that really great party where i will celebrate totally and maybe meet my next love. Even worse i behaved badly with one. At least i was able to apologize and she was gracious enough to tell me not to worry that we all make mistakes. But also said she would have to pull back. Leaves things hanging but i am fine with that.
    I really need to do some work on myself. My finances do not permit me to take on this commitment but jerets see when the time is right. I dont see myself as a coach before i am healing myself. I have such basic issues i dont see myself as a coach. Making friends just being social. . Not easy.
    Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading more from you.
    Best Regards
    Akkam

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  72. Silvia January 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm // Reply

    What a nice way a nice view to jump into another year thank you for sharing it is always great to get a fresh breath of america’s spirit of kindness especially when across the oceans it is greatly missed in where i am at
    the atmosphere can be quite different around you when you see a European Union so shattered by fear poverty …and more as i am writing this i am watching a commentary on the european union mostly on its economy all the countries involved and a suppose referendum for england in september 2015 to leave the union which is only half way in since it as been placed and i can’t even swim as much as i use to….wish for brotherly love to show up where it does not exist

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  73. Chris January 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm // Reply

    Thanks!
    Are you a little more angelic these days than when we met 8-10 years ago i Sweden?
    During the same days… Dec 21-23 I had a number of psychedelic visions (without drugs) telling me about the new age transition.
    Love /Chris

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  74. Nina Spitzer January 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm // Reply

    Thank You.

    And again,Thank You.

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  75. Tap February 24, 2013 at 3:14 am // Reply

    Three simple words from the Bible are “God is Love.” That is what Arjuna reflected from Him—then he gave that same light of love out to others—it surely bounced back to him and all his needs were met.

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