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Monkeys in the Mirror: A Reflection on Simplicity and Being Human

Did you know that monkeys are superior to us in one way? When a monkey looks in the mirror, all it sees is a monkey. But for us humans, it's not that simple. We often see so much more - judgments, preconceived ideas, and interpretations of what should be. We make things complicated for ourselves and end up causing our own misery.

Life used to be less complicated and the world felt larger. Our grandparents and great-grandparents had an easier time because their world was bigger than life. But now, with technology connecting us all and making the world feel smaller, we've become more impatient and stressed.

But here's the thing, having a human experience doesn't mean we're doomed to always make things complicated. It's a common misconception that being human means we're forever fated for failure and craziness. And when we falter, people often give us the excuse of "you're just being human." But that shouldn't be an excuse to not do better.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have perfectionists who won't allow themselves to make mistakes. And that inevitably leads to misery and disappointment in themselves and others. They're the ones who say "I'm not good enough, I can't make any mistakes."

But what I'm trying to say is that swinging to either side of the spectrum makes us stuck on this idea that being human means we can never reach our full potential. And that's not true. The human experience, from drama to enlightenment, is a pathway for us to become our highest potential.

In ancient Egyptian times, the sound HU was the sound of divinity. And when sounded, it allows us to connect to the inner core of our beings and bring us back to the essence of our power and where/when we were created within our hearts. When combined with the word MAN, HU-MAN means we are mortal beings with our core connected to the sound of divinity.

Isn't that interpretation divine? I love to think that all the dramas we experience will eventually bring us to enlightenment. And that's what being human is all about. Our experiences are merely opportunities for us to find our way. There is no other way to learn and grow except to experience the lessons.

So when we say we're just being human, we need to remember that in all the complications we experience, it's our inner urge and desire to become more enlightened. An enlightened mind simplifies and comes full circle with their human experiences and becomes a HU-MAN BEING in the most real sense.

It's like, imagine if we could just be like that monkey in the mirror, seeing ourselves for who we are and not getting caught up in all the judgments and preconceived ideas. That would be a beautiful thing. We're not monkeys, we're humans, so we have the capability to reach a higher state of consciousness.

Let's embrace our human experience and use it as a tool for growth and enlightenment. Let the monkey idea serve as a reminder that we should strive for simplicity and not overcomplicate things. And being human is not a curse but an opportunity to reach our highest potential. So let's make the most of it.


©2018, edited in @2023

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Shamala Tan is an author, spiritual entrepreneur and healer. Her work focuses on transforming the lives of others on the spiritual, emotional, mental and earthly levels.

One of her success stories as an author is to be featured alongside New York’s bestsellers Sonia Choquette, Robert Allen, Arielle Ford, Marci Shimoff as well as Christine Kloser in the book Pebbles In The Pond.

Shamala’s clients include small business owners, holistic practitioners as well as those seeking to find more significant meaning and value in life. Shamala offers laser coaching to her clients on a one-to-one basis or in a group environment, offline as well as online.



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