Posts by Christiana Snyder:
From Riaz: Thou art created noble
We all have Life Changing Moments – pivotal moments in life that change you and that moment happened on October 8, 2017 when my mother passed away. I was holding her hands and looking into her eyes as she drifted away.
This moment changed the way I saw life, how fleeting and temporary in its nature. I decided to re-evaluate what I do and how I live my life. I choose now to focus on the things that have more meaning and purpose; and to make a difference in the lives of other.
Work And Life Experiences: For over 20 years I have worked in the fields of behavioural change, coaching, leadership development and entrepreneurship.
I began my real world education at the age of 15 when I started working in my family business. I spent my weekends and holidays helping the business to become a success. At the age of 23, I opened a franchise outlet on my own – with guidance from dad – and I learned many valuable lessons in life about working with people, what motivates and what drives them to do better in life.
My work has taken me all around the world. From China, setting up franchises and training new business owners; to Australia where I worked with middle and senior leaders worldwide on leadership development programs at Mount Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne Business School (MBS) and Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney.
One of the many insights gained from meeting people from around the world was how beliefs people held about themselves affected both their personal and professional lives. I was intrigued as to why individuals that held influential roles in organisations and managed thousands of employees, who are considered successful, struggled to cope with anger, personal relationships issue, marriage break-ups, self-sabotage and addictions.
I learned how past events shaped their beliefs which in turn affected their behaviours and how these recurring beliefs held them back in life. They were aware of their behaviours and the impact they had on others, yet very few successfully changed their habits in the long term. I have witnessed the impact of anger and depression had on lives, how it derails careers, marriages and relationships.
Regaining My Inner Strength Just like these leaders, I too struggled with various issues. The beliefs adopted when I was young have had a tremendous impact on my life. I too struggled with anger and anxiety. By working on myself, I was able to turn things around, by taming my anger, healing my pain and feeling calm even when I didn’t feel in control.
My Service To You Through coaching, therapy, breathe work, meditation and self-reflection, I learned many tools and techniques to change how I live my life and control my mind. I offer my learning and experience to you in hope to design a better world for yourself and those that you love.
In my work, I often refer to the wisdom of many spiritual ideas and concepts. I found they have deep influences assisting my clients in breaking through the challenges they face in life.
Dedication I dedicate my work as a Life Coach and Rapid Transformational Coach to my mother. Her life was one of service. She was a very kind and generous person, helped many individuals live a more fulfilling life. I also honour my father who educated me, brought me up to be respectful to others, to work hard and to persevere no matter what odds one faces in life. And finally to my loving wife and wonderful children – the pillars of my strength and my everything.
- M.A. Human Development, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
- Bachelor International Business Relations, Griffith University, Australia
- Graduate Diploma in Chinese Language, Griffith University & Sun Yat Sen University, China
- Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Melbourne
- Rapid Transformational Therapist
- Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Psychometric Tools / Certifications:
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- Skillscope 360° Feedback
- FIRO-B Certification
Dear Bahá’í Friends,
Europe has suffered so appallingly in past centuries from persecutions and conflicts inspired by religious differences and fanaticism that there has been a revulsion against religion. Many Europeans have become sceptical, scornful of religious practices, and reluctant either to discuss religious subjects or to give credence to the power of faith. This turning away from religion has been powerfully reinforced by the growth of materialism, and has produced a combination of physical well-being and spiritual aridity that is having catastrophic results, socially and psychologically, on the population.
This intellectual and emotional atmosphere creates problems for the Bahá’í community in two ways. Its effect upon a large portion of the non-Bahá’í population makes it difficult for Bahá’ís to convey the Message to others. Its effect upon the Bahá’ís is more subtle, but not less harmful: if not consciously combatted, it can lead the believers to neglect those spiritual exercises which are the very fountainhead of their spiritual strength and the nourishment of their souls.
Bahá’u’lláh has stated quite clearly in His Writings the essential requisites for our spiritual growth, and these are stressed again and again by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in His talks and Tablets. One can summarize them briefly in this way:
- The recital each day of one of the Obligatory Prayers with pure-hearted devotion.
- The regular reading of the Sacred Scriptures, specifically at least each morning and evening, with reverence, attention and thought.
- Prayerful meditation on the teachings, so that we may understand them more deeply, fulfil them more faithfully, and convey them more accurately to others.
- Striving every day to bring our behaviour more into accordance with the high standards that are set forth in the Teachings.
- Teaching the Cause of God.
- Selfless service in the work of the Cause and in the carrying on of our trade or profession.
These points, expressed in other words, have already been conveyed to the friends in Europe by the Counsellors, but the House of Justice wishes to stress them, because they represent the path towards the attainment of true spirituality that has been laid down by the Manifestation of God for this age.
It is striking how private and personal the most fundamental spiritual exercises of prayer and meditation are in the Faith. Bahá’ís do, of course, have meetings for devotions, as in the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar or at Nineteen Day Feasts, but the daily Obligatory Prayers are ordained to be said in the privacy of one’s chamber, and meditation on the Teachings is, likewise, a private individual activity, not a form of group therapy. In His talks ‘Abdu’l-Bahá describes prayer as “conversation with God”, and concerning meditation He says that “while you meditate you are speaking with your own spirit. In that state of mind you put certain questions to your spirit and the spirit answers: the light breaks forth and reality is revealed.”
There are, of course, other things that one can do to increase one’s spirituality. For example, Bahá’u’lláh has specified no procedures to be followed in meditation, and individual believers are free to do as they wish in this area, provided that they remain in harmony with the Teachings, but such activities are purely personal and should under no circumstances be confused with those actions which Bahá’u’lláh Himself considered to be of fundamental importance for our spiritual growth. Some believers may find that it is beneficial to them to follow a particular method of meditation, and they may certainly do so, but such methods should not be taught at Bahá’í Summer Schools or be carried out during a session of the School because, while they may appeal to some People, they may repel others. They have nothing to do with the Faith and should be kept quite separate so that enquirers will not be confused.
The House of Justice is confident that if the believers throughout Europe will conscientiously strive to increase their spirituality in the six ways outlined above, and become aware in their inmost beings that in all their services they are but vehicles for the confirming power of God, they will attract the hearts of their fellow citizens and penetrate the miasma of materialism that veils the sight of so many of their countrymen. Effort, activity, unity and constant reliance on the power of Bahá’u’lláh will assuredly overcome all obstacles.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Department of the Secretariat
The Month of Asmá' (Names) Feast Pages for Kids are available for free again.
The month of Asmá’ (Names) begins at sunset on August 18th, 2021. We would like to start offering our 19 Day Feast Pages for Kids Volumes 1 & 2 as free gifts again. We’re so happy to share these pages from Auntie Lili Shang with you again on our new website platform.
Story 09 | The Station of Quddús
Lionhearts from the Time of the Báb | Story 09 | The Station of Quddús
Dear friends, we’d like to share a short article inspired by the recent letter from the Universal House of Justice about the passing of Mr Hartmut Grossman, a dedicated servant of Bahá’u’lláh, former Universal House of Justice member and the son of Hand of the Cause of God, Mr Hermann Grossman. Please feel free to share with children and junior youth at your next Feast, children’s class, reflection meeting, etc. Also included is a copy of the letter from the Universal House of Justice and several follow up questions. We would love to hear from you – please feel free to post your thoughts on our Facebook page. Download the 2-page pdf here.