靈魂的覺醒-我們為什麼而來?將去哪裡?Why are we here, where are we going? I think I get it now.

一直以來都覺得哲學很虛無縹緲,都會問念這個科系的朋友們,學了可以做什麼?以前我覺得沒有什麼用。現在卻覺得好有趣,當然也可能是自己的環境不同了,生理上的需求不用擔心,開始有時間空間去追求另一個層次。我感謝病毒來襲,使我的心智豐富了。

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柏拉圖的靈魂循環不滅性

古希臘的哲學家柏拉圖曾說 “Thinking is talking of the soul with itself” 思考是身體與靈魂的對話,他也提出靈魂循環不滅性、同類互知等學說。他說:「我們現在清醒著,但之前的我們在熟睡,我們從睡的狀態進入到醒的狀態,接著我們又從醒的狀態回到睡的狀態,周而復始,這就是循環。靈魂是組成我們的一部份,會在我們身體死亡之後繼續存在,像車報銷不能開後,零件還在,這就是靈魂的不滅性。」

心靈或心智,若與身體分開能獨立存在又叫靈魂,是人們用來思考認知的,來組成中心思想、觀念、價值觀、人生觀和信仰等。柏拉圖說,通常我們的思考會被身體的一些需求打亂,比如對吃、喝、性、睡眠、舒適等慾望,但是透過脫離肉體的需求,心靈和靈魂就可以更好地專注,如果你善於在活著的時候練習,將你自己與肉體分離,那麼當你的身體死去,心靈就可以前往那個柏拉圖的極樂世界。如果你太過於陷入身體的渴求,在你死後你的靈魂會被吸回這個世界上,可能會轉世進入另一個肉體,再次轉世成人,或變成不同的生物繼續學習。 柏拉圖說,你的目標應該是活著時練習把心靈從身體分離出來。像佛家說的空,不受七情六慾而支配,身體受苦的時候,用念經打坐修行降低痛苦。專科的時候,曾和一位信佛的朋友聊到,如果佛家說修身不要大喜大怒,一切平平就是福,不是很無聊嗎?我寧願大吵之後,達到共識合好,享受人生的大起大落。現在想一想,要做到平平的是心境,其實很難,但有了比較全面的了解,能夠Zoom out,就比較不會在一個結骨眼糾結。

靈為什麼要來到世上學習?天堂那麼好的話,為什麼要下來受苦?

就像打電動一樣,你希望透過破關,玩完整個遊戲,若能整個遊戲達到無所不知的境界,就有圓滿的滿足。如果有不同的角色扮演,你不也會想試試,看生在不同的條件資源下,對你想達到的結果會有什麼不同的影響?

生物會因為自然演化而改變,靈呢?透過不同角色學習生命的不同課程,之到修完畢業。在那之前會不斷循環,以不同的狀態存在,這就能讓我們在柏拉圖所謂同類互知的情況下,真正設身處地的感受。最後就會發現,自身的認知是限於自己的經驗,別人也是,所以沒有對錯進而取得「雅量」與「大愛」的徽章。經過愛自己,但自己曾是不同的植物、動物,進而愛所有的生命,學會對所有事物持有感恩的心。

如果說到處去旅遊是為了增廣見聞,培養雅量。
那靈的世界也是如此…

當你抱持這樣的見解,去看待生命的事件, 美麗不美麗,有不有名,錢多不多、家人怎麼看你、朋友怎麼評價你,你就能排出優先順序了…看到還在掙扎在各個環節的人們,短暫的生命,自然流出憐憫之心,他們正在修他們的課,破他們的關,不成功按下重來鍵繼續。如果能做到充份地感受生命,不受軀殼限制,隨時能抽離,不受逆境影響,這就是靈的終極之戰,在個體和整體間轉換,是真正的自由。

最後再談一下家人能永遠在一起嗎?有群體轉世之說,比如說去世的外婆回來當你的孩子,這樣不也是以不同的身份永遠在一起嗎?如果大家都修完生命的課程,還是可以以靈的形式繼續在一起。我甚至覺得這有可能只是說,愛能穿越時空,如果你的親人好友離開但你還能感受到你們之間的愛,這也是一種連結。

好吧,我原諒所有在我身上發生的不好的事,對我不好的人…
感謝所有讓我學習到的人事物…這樣我們之間就只存在正向的連結…

Why I started this blog? 為什麼開始寫網誌呢?

English text followed by Chinese
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The truth is that I have recently been through some of the major changes in life so now I have a lot of stories to write.

  • Quit my job and left the company where I worked for 5 years
  • Moved away from the country I was living for 10 years
  • Started living in the biggest city in the world in another continent as a housewife, a volunteer, and a student of the local language
  • Ended my long-term relationship and sold the house
  • Back to my homeland after being gone for 11 years
  • Sailed out for 4 months with Peace Boat as a volunteer
  • Began my new life yet in another country so I have to learn another language (again!)…

Luckily the series of events did not all happen at the same time. But my life seems to lack stability. Only that this is not new to me. I will write another chapter about that later.

Anyway, I have always enjoyed writing although the last time I had a blog was before 2008 during my exchange student years. I stopped blogging as I joined Facebook and because I felt quite occupied with my full-time job. However I never quit keeping my diary ever since I was 11 (maybe I should call it my journal as I don’t really write daily). This is a wonderful way for me to organize my thoughts, to reflect and internalize my learning.

In January, I told my brother that I am learning Spanish and have started looking for a job. He asked weather or not I have acknowledged these changes in life and let them sink in. It hit me…

Indeed time passed and the feeling of fulfillment at the end of the trip and the excitement about starting a new life have both faded away. I was left with the pressure thinking about it’s time to start the new life I wanted. I also talked about this with my roommate back on the boat. Now I am in Spain and she’s in Australia. It seemed that our journey did not come to an end and it was just another yet longer stop of Peace Boat.

So when is this trip going to end? Maybe the journey will only be finished technically when I get home. But then again, where is my home? I used to say that home is the place where love is. So aren’t I feeling at home now? Bingo! The truth is I am now at someone else’s home and I am no stranger to this feeling. It is easy to fall into the trap of making myself very little and feeling unimportant. Only it all takes time.

Another two months have passed, I feel much more at home now. I decided to widen by social circle by starting language exchange and tutoring. If fact all I want was to talk to people. Now that I feel calmer and things are more in place, I don’t necessarily have to push myself to go ahead anything. I would like to take a step back and look back on what happened to me. That’s why I started this blog. Some friends told me that I should write a book about my life so more people can read. Well…I write basically because I like it. If this could be of any use for other people that maybe they can feel or learn something through my stories, I would be even more happy. So leave a comment to let me know what you think about my article!

I plan to document my trip around the world, places I’ve been, things I’ve learned and people I got to know. Maybe you have seen some of my articles already. Later I would like to look back even further to write about my other stories.

我為何開始寫網誌呢?


因為最近人生遭遇到重大改變,所以有很多故事可以寫…

  • 離開了工作5年多的公司
  • 搬離了住了10年的國家
  • 在另一個洲展開了家庭主婦、當志工、學習語言的生活
  • 結束了佔生命中三分之一的一段感情,房子也賣了
  • 在離家11年後,暫回到家鄉2個月
  • 在和平號遊輪上擔任志工,在海上航行了4個月
  • 再度踏上一個新的土地,展開新生活,學習另一個語言…

幸好這些事件並沒有在同一個時間點發生。但這些事件看得出來我的人生似乎缺少穩定性,只不過這也並非是第一次如此漂泊。有機會再和大家分享小時候的故事。

話說回來,我一直都很熱愛寫作,只是距離上次寫網誌有一段時間了(那時是在大學交換學生時期)。後來有了臉書Facebook工作也忙,也就不寫了。 反正自己也愛寫文章,平時寫寫日記 (不是天天寫,那應該叫雜記吧?!)。寫著寫著也從11歲開始寫到現在, 這是一個讓我心情沉澱、內化學習的好方法。

2019/01
今天和老弟微信,我說我在看工作一邊學西班牙語。他說我是不是這幾個月的旅行還沒消化,現在休息?其實真是沒消化,剛結束時有學習到的充實感但都過去了,應該馬上展開想要的生活才是,不過一切都需要時間適應和演進。

也和室友談過現在我在西班牙、她在澳洲,好像是和平號停靠的一站只不過停留的時間長了點,旅程好像並未結束。到底什麼時候旅行才算結束呢?應該要回到家才完結吧?但人生不就像個旅程嗎?我之前說有愛的地方就是家,現在不算在家嗎? 沒錯!我現在在的是別人家,又回到了寄人籬下的感覺。而我對這種感覺並不陌生,很容易陷入將自己縮小感覺自己不重要的假象。有機會再寫幾篇小時候的故事。

2019/03
3月份開始覺得有家的感覺了,想擴大社交圈,做語言交換、當家教等…其實還不是只想和人說說話。現在覺得生活和心情穩定,可以不用慌張地向前看,所以想回顧人生才開始寫網誌。記得有幾個朋友說過我的故事應該拿來寫書,讓更多人看到。不過我寫文章主要因為自己喜歡,如果能讓人們透過我的敘述也感受到、學習到什麼,就更有意義。

目前規劃將最近出遊的故事寫一寫,內容包含:

  • 和世界做朋友-系列
  • 一起環遊世界-系列
  • 讀萬卷書走千里路 當翻譯口譯的學習
  • 船上的活動
  • 船上的朋友們…

如果有機會,也想寫寫我曾經到過的地方與我其他的人生故事。
歡迎大家在下方留言讓我知道你對我文章的感想。