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- I just got a new mentor at work and we had our first mentoring session today, to help me gauge what my next steps are in my work career. It was clear that I wasn’t 100% sure what the next steps are for me and he asked me, as homework, to come up with what I want my ideal day to look like for me in 2 years, to dream big, and to be open to the fact that it may not be in the same role, same company, or same field. I feel reluctant to do this exercise because I feel like the last 2 years of my life have been a weeding out of my dream and a push to be more humble and surrendered no matter what I’m doing. “If God asked me to do this the rest of my life, nothing would please me more,” as You’ve put it. I can feel a huge emotional response to the idea of even admitting what my dream is and where I would like to be in 2 years, especially because if I am honest about ‘my dream’ it would not be doing what I’m doing now. Now, I could answer him based on the assumption that I am still at this company and what I’d like the job to look like (what would sing to my heart if I stay in a corporate role) and that is what I will do. But ultimately, that’s not my true dream and it saddens me and feels dishonest and like I’m squashing my soul. How do I dream big at the same time as letting go of everything – it feels like an oxymoron.
- Can You please explain the cause of Anorexia & Bulimia? How can one heal these conditions? How can family and friends help a person with this condition?
- I have heard You explain Shakti, watched many people experience it around You, and experience it often myself in your presence, but also in my everyday spiritual practice. Why does it happen so powerfully only, or mainly in Your community? I have visited other Masters, followed spiritual courses elsewhere, been on retreats, and never have I seen anyone experience Shakti other than, either around your physical Presence, or from people and disciples who carry your Energy.
- There is now a mass use of mobile phones, wifi, and other electronic equipment that omit signals and radiation. How are human beings affected by these gadgets? And, if we are negatively affected, what can we do to minimize this?
- I have worked for the same company for 13 years and had a manager for three years for whom I had enormous respect and admiration. He left to live overseas with his family, and to say I was devastated at his departure would be an understatement! Seven years later he returned and became my manager again, which I was thrilled about. I see him as a father figure and he holds that energy for me even though he is my age! He is totally supportive and always there for me. I lost my father at nine years old. I haven’t quite figured out why I created him coming back into my life when I thought he was gone forever. Is it because I let go of my attachment that he was able to come back? Is it karmic? There has to be a reason this has played out this way. Can You offer some insight? Thank You Pranananda.
- I recently spent some time with my mother who is 76 and at times I felt it was quite challenging being with her. One day when I was driving, my mother kept telling me how to drive, making comments like: “You can go now, there are no cars coming. Stop, stop! Keep two hands on the steering wheel when you meet other cars,” and so on. I kindly told my mum: “Can you please let me drive,” which did not help much. For me this was a test of my tolerance and patience, but I also felt to speak up at times. I feel that she was also showing me my own control issues. Is there anything else I am to learn from this experience?
- I have felt that I am meant to open a restaurant for over 20 years now. I am a chef and have worked within the industry for 23 years. Cooking gives me a lot of joy. At the moment I am working in a hospital kitchen, where the cooking is quite “mechanical” and I feel no pride or joy in what I do. I have fears about starting my own business but can you give me some guidance on what I am to do about it?
- Was there ever a time where you wanted to give up? What got you through that experience?