Surrender is Winning

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In this relative world of duality and opposites, winning not only creates winners, it creates losers. We can’t have one without the other because winning is a competitive thing. We define it as beating someone else. Whether it’s in business, sports, or any other contest, the winner triumphs over the competition, charges ahead of the opposition, or out-thinks the challenger.

When we win in this world we feel good about our self, and we may even brag a little. When we lose we often feel bad about our self, and may complain a lot! Feeling like a winner creates confidence that Life is on our side. Feeling like a loser creates self-doubt, and often self-pity, because we’re convinced that Life is against us.

We read in the Book of Romans, “What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” How we respond to people, conditions, situations, and events in our life is our choice, and it is the choice we make that works for us or against us. We can choose to respond with trust that if God is for us we have all we need in every moment to get us through with flying colors. Or we can choose to respond with fear convinced that there is some power that is opposing our good and keeping what we need from us.

If we were to judge our self, and what we are capable of accomplishing in life, by the fluctuating situational facts of this world that can go either way in any moment, it might seem to us the problems in our life are beyond our ability to respond with confidence and positivity. The challenges that seem to keep coming our way may seem to have the power to stop us from succeeding and living a life in which we feel healthy, happy, peaceful, and free. In this world of contrast and opposites we’d all be winners if there were no losers. But, as A Course in Miracles reminds us “The world is insane, and what can be expected from insane premises but insane conclusions.”

It is important for us to remind our self every day, and often throughout the day, that we do not live at the whimsy of this world. We live by the Authority of God, and God is always for us because God is Love. There are not winners and losers in a Universe without opposition or separation. Because we are One with a Pure Positive Energy of Love that created us to win by supplying everything we need to succeed at being the Being we are, only God has boasting rights to our successful self-expression here…and hereafter.

The spiritual teacher, Osho, said, “Love is the first step toward the Divine, surrender is the last, and two steps is the whole journey.” We win, not by charging ahead of each other but by surrendering to the Love that embraces us all. We make our Earth Journey hard, long and tiresome, repeating the same steps over and over again, getting nowhere. Whereas, as a Divine Spark of Holy Light in human form, we are here not to keep tripping over our own feet, and not to compete with the world and each other, but through our self-expression to extend and expand the Love that created us, and share it each other. We came to live in Joy that adds Joy to the world, and to live in Peace that adds to Peace on Earth.

Deepak Chopra wrote, “Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything even when you cannot for-see the outcome.” We came into this human experience to learn through the unique way this diverse and contrasting environment can teach us, to trust the Universe by surrendering to the Love that created It and us in It. When we learn to trust that Life is for us, we gain greater awareness of our Divine Identity as the Thought of Universal Love in form.

Earth Life as a borderless classroom designed for the learning we came to learn. Everyday this living classroom gives us an opportunity to gain greater inner knowledge about who we already are and what our relationship to each other already is. Everyday, if we choose to take them, we can learn powerful lessons of Love. We feel it within when we’re ready to learn those lessons, and we feel it within us when we’re not. One is a feeling of excitement and possibilities, while the other is often a feeling of self-doubt and even dread.

It’s not like like the days in school when we often felt forced to learn things we weren’t interested in. We’re here in this Earth Class to learn lessons that we, alone, call to us along our Earth Journey. Every relationship, condition, situation, and event, no matter what it is, is there to help us to win greater freedom to express more and more of the Being within us that desires to express as us. Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” But sometimes it seems our lessons come to us whether we’re ready or not. Sometimes we don’t feel like learning from a particular challenge, we feel more like blaming the world and those in it for challenging us. When we do, it’s like being in school and blaming our teacher or the other students for our poor grades.

When we resist learning the very lesson we’re asking to learn through the vibration of our thinking, life becomes a struggle. And, as we struggle against life, we miss the higher lessons that the challenges in our life are there to teach us. When we look at things that go well in our life as a matter of good luck, and the things that don’t go well as a matter of bad luck, we cheat our self out of experiencing a greater awareness of the Divine Love that is always for us.

Osho said, “If you trust, everything that happens will help you grow. Life will provide you with everything. Whatever you need at a given moment, you will be given fair at that moment. This is the beauty of trusting. Little by little you’ll see how existence gives to you, that it takes care of you. You are not indifferent to existence. You are not ignored by her.” Everything that happens will help us grow, if we let it. When we trust life is for us and takes care of us, everything that happens teaches us exactly that. If we want to feel a sense of well-being, peace and ease in our mind, if we’ve been longing to feel Love and Joy in our heart, every life situation has a lesson of Love within it designed especially with us in mind.

The Persian Poet, Rumi, wrote: “There comes a time when nothing is meaningful except surrendering to love.” If we can remember that everyone in this human experience with us is here to live and learn just like us, we can learn what we desire to learn from everyone around us. And, then we can demonstrate what we’ve learned of Love by expressing the compassion, forgiveness, kindness, reverence, humility, peace, and happiness that flows naturally from the Love within us into the world around us.

The Dutch Priest, Henri Nouwen, wrote: “Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: “These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I may not feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity.” We’ve never been hurt by trusting Love. We’ve only been hurt by those who could not offer It to us. It takes trust to surrender pain when what we want to do is blame. But we hurt our self when we withhold Love. It takes trust to surrender to Love when we can’t for-see the outcome. But when we surrender to Love in any given moment we win because we learn the lesson of Love we came here to learn.

Are You Ready for Revelation?

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If we liked school when we were a child, then it’s likely that the month of September has an exciting feel to it still. Back then it was the start of new classes, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, discovering new things we could do that we didn’t know we could do before, and learning new things about life we didn’t even know existed before. Some of our teachers may have been fun and funny, some may have been wise but more serious, and some may have seemed just plain mean and scary. But, if we loved learning we embraced them all.

This Earth Life is like a borderless classroom. Every day there are new life lessons for us to learn. We often learn them with old friends we’ve been learning with for lifetimes. Sometimes we meet new friends for a particular lesson at a particular time. Either way, every moment is designed for our learning, and everyone is our teacher if we allow them be. Fun, serious or scary, it’s important for us to embrace them all with gratitude because through the life lessons they offer to us we can learn powerful things about our self and what we’re capable of spiritually that we didn’t know we were before, and we can learn more about the Reality of Life, Itself, than we knew existed before.

It’s been said, “The difference between school & life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” The good news is we choose every lesson before the teacher and learning experience comes along. All our life lessons are electives because we came into this human experience to learn what we wanted to learn about our self, and then express what we learned by being a deliberate creator of a life we enjoy living and then blessing the world with our joy. The beautiful Spiritual Teacher, Mooji, said, “Don’t strive to try to improve this world. First know yourself completely. Then your actions will rise from this spontaneity, this depth, this understanding of the Real, and they will cast a blessing upon this world.”

These are certainly challenging times for we, humans beings. It’s challenging for those who desire to live a life of well-being and happiness through a deep understanding and trust that, despite appearances, it’s All Good because God is Good. It’s even more challenging for those who desire to live a life of well-being and happiness, but live without a deep understanding and trust. Trust is vital because God doesn’t speak to us directly through external means. In fact, if we were left alone to learn about our Divine Power through external means, these would be frightening times, indeed, because it surely seems that there is a power in opposition to Good: a power of disease, disaster, conflict, and war; a power of anger, hatred and separateness; a power that appears to have power over us as we live this human experience.

That is why it’s important for us to remember that we perceive what we believe, and that through the experiences our perception creates, our hidden beliefs are unveiled and revealed to us. We must believe it to see it, whatever “it” is. If we don’t like what we see, we must learn to perceive life differently. We read in The Way of Transformation, “Learning is necessary in the field of perception. You have placed yourself within that field. So why not get on with it and let perception be healed?” September came in with such clear skies and cool crisp breezes, it seemed to say “Why not get on with it? Clear the mind of false perceptions and live in the ease and joy of Life.”

We’re never left alone with the confusion of who to trust in this world when it comes to what is True about our self and life. No matter what appears to be, we have an Inner Connection to Spiritual Reality that reveals Itself through the Power of Spontaneous Revelation. Revelation comes to us through an intuitive feeling that is unquestionable, a mental image that is irresistible, or as a powerful, authoritative thought we can’t disown or oppose. Divine Revelation isn’t just a suggestion. It is the clear, definite, undeniable Voice of Truth, Itself, speaking to us from within us.

In The Way of Transformation we read, “Consciousness is the only place learning can occur and all learning is designed to translate perception so that it becomes more and more and more and more like Reality Itself.” If we want to know “more and more and more and more” about Reality Itself, we can get It first hand from the Holy Consciousness that created us. We can’t learn it from the world because as Book of Ecclesiastes tells us “There is nothing new under the sun.”

It is so vital for us to remember that we perceive in the world around us what we already believe within us. It is already “done unto” the world as we believe. Any doing of anything new “unto the world” we see must first be revealed to us from within us. If we want to learn something new so we can express it “under the sun,” which is to say in this human experience, we need to look within us where newness exists.

We attract to us teachers in this world who will show us, just by being themselves in our life, that if we want to be consistently happy, peaceful and filled with love we must not depend on anyone outside of us because nothing outside of us is unchangeable. Though we’d like to believe that those we love have our happiness in mind, when it comes to happiness in this world, it’s every man for himself. No one can “make” us happy or unhappy. Happiness is an inside job. If we want to feel consistent joy, unshakeable peace, and unconditional love, we must get it, first hand, from the One within us that always wants that for us too. If we want to know the Truth about our self and our relationship to Life, we have eternal Inner access to a Truth that doesn’t change.

We’ve all likely had an ah-ha moment in our life, an Inner Revelation we were somehow open to receiving. It was a moment when everything just seemed so clear about who we are and how precious every living thing is, that in that moment we felt an unexplainable peace, indescribable love, and extraordinary joy.We knew we knew something Spiritual, something Divinely True! Without having a clue as to exactly how we understood It, or even exactly what we understood, we knew It was True because It felt so good to know It! It was such an “OMG That’s It” moment that all we wanted to do was share it with everyone around us. But when we tried to put it into words, our words seemed flat compared to the experience. No matter how many adjectives, verbs, and hand gestures we used, we couldn’t turn our experience into words. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Revelation is intensely personal and cannot be meaningfully translated. That is why any attempt to describe it in words is impossible. Revelation induces only experience. It is literally unspeakable because it is an experience of unspeakable Love.”

A Revelation from the Divine Self of Love within us is a one-on-one communion with God that we must demonstrate with our life rather than talk about with our words. We begin to demonstrate our communion with Love by first learning to love our self from the inside out—not because of what we’ve done or haven’t done, not because of what we’ve said or haven’t said, but because we’ve had an experience of unspeakable Love that we can only communicate to others by loving them. Alan Alda once said, “At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition-What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” As we heal false perceptions about our self, we begin to heal our perception of the world around us because how we feel about the world “out there” is an extension of what we feel about our self within us.

We can inadvertently experience a Revelation “out of the blue.” But if we’d like to experience more ah-has than ho-hums in our life, it’s up to us to prepare the way for Revelation. It is up to us to open up to the Divine Truth within us, to open our mind to what our heart already knows but cannot say because the experience of Love is unspeakable. Revelation is a direct communion with the Love that lives in us, as us. We may not be able to describe It in words, but as Love speaks directly to us, we can’t help but to reveal that Love to everyone around us through the loving life we choose to live.

We’ve placed our self in this Earth classroom, in this field of perception, to clear things up. So why not get on with it and let our perception of our self and other be healed? When we’re ready for Revelation, It’s ready for us! When if comes, the preciousness of life will no longer be hidden from us. We’ll be able to see True beauty in others, and learn lessons of Love from everyone we meet.

Reality Check

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There is a natural peacefulness beneath the busyness of life that we can feel if we decide to slow down and let our self feel it. There is a calmness beneath the “storms” of life that comes to us as we simply appreciate being alive to experience our life as it’s happening. Whether the storms of life are manifesting as the weather, the behaviors of we, humans, or the noise of our personal fears, there is a Holy Quietude awaiting our focal arrival.

When we pause to feel the real beneath whatever seems to be, we feel the reality of our natural state of being, the Peace within us that is the Essence of all life. It remains just as It Is within us no matter what appears to be going on in the physical world, even if it is going on in our physical body. In the Book of Isaiah we read, “Though the mountains move and the hills shake, my grace shall not pass away from you and the covenant of your peace will not be shaken, says LORD JEHOVAH, the lover.”

No matter where we are out in the world and no matter what we’re doing while we’re there, no matter if we’re home with our family or alone and doing nothing at all, we don’t have to be doing, or not doing, anything to be loved by Love, Itself. Love is always directed our way. We are the beloved of God’s Creation, aglow with the Light of Christ that gives us life even now, in this human experience. It is not our doing that makes It So, it is our natural state of Being the Being we are. Not one us will ever find the place of our first awareness of being alive, the origin of that Holy Impulse that caused us to say “I am” for the first time. All that we can know, for sure, is that we still are. And the beautiful thing is, while we still are we are free to make the most of being alive here on Earth, no matter what current human condition of individual life or the world seems to be.

It’s been said that Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when we are the answer. Joseph Campbell wrote in The Power of Myth, “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

These days those who are choosing to be happy and peaceful are often told that they need a “reality check” because they’re just not able to see, through their rose-colored glasses, the state of things in the real world. Joseph Campbell said, “There is no way you can use the word “reality” without quotation marks around it.” Why? Because what feels real to each of us in this human experience is our own individual version of reality. It’s not only difficult to understand what anybody else’s experience of life is, it’s impossible. We each live within our individual perception of reality, and because what we perceive is what we believe, and our thoughts are creative, we create our version of reality as we go. We create our experience of being human breath by individual breath, thought by individual thought, and action by individual action.

Since there is no singular path carved in stone that everyone must follow, there is no way to tell who is not on their path. How can we really understand what anybody else is living when we’re not living their life. How can we judge each other when we don’t know anyone else’s version of reality? We’ve all heard it said by many thoughtful thinkers: “We are a human being, not a human doing.” Yet every human doing, whatever they may be doing, is animated by the being they believe themselves to be while they’re doing it, and that includes you and me.

We are each created to express our uniqueness, not to blend but to harmonize. Every life in this world is spiritually valid because within the human being doing there is a Divine Being Being. But we can’t become more of that Divine Being in the world unless we slow down, calm our mind, and let our heart beat in syncopation with the Heart of God. Only then are we able to find the peace within us that allows us to enhance the human we’re being with the resonance of our innermost Divine Being.

The spiritual practice of sitting quiet and still is a powerful one. When we’re not sitting still, we can still practice being quiet within us while we’re doing whatever we’re doing. In this way, what we are doing is in resonance with our innermost being and reality while we’re doing it. And, the amazing thing is, so much more seems to get done when we’re not stressing to make things happen. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Everything is unfolding perfectly. And, as you relax and find ease in your attitude of trust, knowing that Well-Being is your birthright, amazing things will happen. Things the likes of which you have not seen before.”

Sometimes it seems we’ve made our Earth life a living “to do list” that constantly calls to us to do many things that don’t feel good in the doing of them because we feel rushed to get whatever it is done. And, even when we get some things on the list done, it still doesn’t feel good to us because it seems that no matter what we do it’s impossible to get it all done. We might want to ask our self what we’re trying to achieve with all of our busyness. Are we trying to please others who have expectations of us to meet their needs, and when we don’t succeed meeting those needs every time, do we add “feel guilty” to our to-do list? Or perhaps we’ve turned our “to do list” into a “bucket list,” and we’re trying to prove to our self that we can “get ‘er done” before we die? Wayne Dyer said, “Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don’t, you aren’t.”

Sometimes we may busy our self doing even the most mundane task because we’re afraid of being quietly alone with our thoughts and discovering the reality we are creating with them.
Because once we discover that, that we the one creating our own reality, we can’t blame anyone else what we believe true. When we’re unhurried and unworried about what we need to be doing next that we might not get done if we don’t start thinking about it ahead of time while we’re doing something else; when we’re not so focused on what might occur in the future that we don’t want to happen that we’re worrying about it ahead of time (as if that helps); then we are free to be fully engaged, mentally and emotionally, right where we are, experiencing being our self as we’re being it. And, in this way we’re more able to take a reality check.

If we’re willing to own our version of reality, whatever it is, then we can change it into a version we’d rather experience if we want to. We can relax into a feeling of well-being by trusting that no matter what may be going on in our personal life or the world, as we allow it to, everything moves us into a greater experience of the rapture of being alive as the Divine Being we are. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “It isn’t WHAT you eat, it’s how you feel when you eat it. It isn’t WHAT you say, it’s how you feel when you say it. It isn’t WHAT you do, it’s how you feel when you do it. It’s ONLY how you feel.” It’s ONLY how we feel because how we feel is how we are experiencing what is real to us. How we feel is our reality check.

If we’ve been living as if what we do makes us what we are, it’s time for us to take a reality check. It’s time for us to slow down our doing and sit a spell, to calm our mind and feel our heart beating with “the lover” within us, the Divine Being that is the beloved of God.

 

Queasy or Breezy?

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It has been said that each of us is the author of our own life. From the beginning of our Earth days we have been telling a story about our self, to our self and others, and bringing that story to life by living it in the world. We could say that our thoughts and words write the manuscript, and that our life experiences, as they unfold visibly and physically, is the movie that is being made from the book! What is the story we’re telling about our self, in our mind and through our words, that is creating the world we are individually viewing around us? Does our book of life read like a love story, or more like a horror story? Is our movie fun to watch, interesting yet easy and breezy, like a light comedy? Or is it filled with the angst, struggle and heaviness of a drama most of the time?

Oscar Wilde wrote, “A flower blossoms for its own joy.” We are here for the Joy of our own self-expression, to blossom in our own unique way. But early on many of us started telling a story about our self that had nothing to do with our own joy. It was a story about our self given to us by someone else, someone who seemed to have convincing reasons for us to edit out the Divine Character we came into the world to tell about. So we altered our narrative about the Divine Being that entered into this human experience for the joy of blossoming.

We omitted the part about the Holy One of God’s Creation with natural powers to create whatever good, beautiful and happy Earth life we wanted to create. We changed the story line from a Self with desires fueled by Pure Positive Energy, to a story line with a more limited version of who we are. We began to tell a story about a solely human character, someone separate from everyone else and the Source of Creation. We told the story of one who needed to please others in order to blossom, a human character shaped by opinions and judgements, and vulnerable to all manner of misfortune—disappointment, failure, loneliness, lack of opportunity for joy and well-being, someone at risk for whatever may be harmful and hurtful in the world.

Even now, we may sense that there is more to us than what we’ve heard from others, that there is a Beautiful, Powerful Self deep within us worth telling about. But we can’t tell that story unless we take authorship of our life, and stop allowing others to tell us what we should write about our self. No matter how convincing anyone may seem when they claim to have inside knowledge of who we are, no one can write one true page about us because no one has inside knowledge about us but God. Only God lives inside of us and God is Love. God loves our every petal as we blossom.

We are the leading character, sent forth by Love, Itself, as the storyteller of our own Earth Life. Only we get to determine how we choose to see and interact with the supporting characters we attract into the story of our life. Oprah Winfrey said, “You are the author of your own life. Don’t let others define it for you. Real power comes by doing what you are meant to be doing and doing it well.” Does what we’re doing as we live this life feel like what we came here to do? Are we blossoming? If we came here to love, are we loving well? If we came here to express more of the miraculous nature of our Divinity, are we expressing well? We know if what we are doing is what we meant to be doing when we came into this physical experience because we feel good in the doing of it. We feel good in the thinking of it. We feel good in the speaking of it. And, we feel good in the living of it.

Does today feel like the beginning of a whole new chapter, or at least a clean page, upon which we can write something new—something good, beautiful and happy about our self in life. Or is today’s page already filled with yesterday’s not-so-good stories? Are we willing to actively take authorship of the pages we write moving forward instead of allowing past or even current events to write the next pages instead? Alan Watts said, “When you get rid of certain fixed concepts of how the world is, you find that everything is much more subtle and much more miraculous than you thought.” We have been sent forth by the Spirit within us to write an autobiography of a Divine Being having a miraculous human experience, not to live the biography someone else wants to write about us. Are we ready to make more of the subtle, and miraculous invisible, visible through us? Are we ready to tell the unseen story of our Divinity so It can be seen in this 3-dimensional world as we blossom?

Our life story, whether it is uplifting at moment or a downer, is often given color and richness, or intensity and sickness, by us through the metaphors (figures of speech) and the similes (what life is like) that we use to describe our life. For example: Are we happy as a clam or as sad as a blobfish? Are we mentally and emotionally cool as a cuke or hotter than hell? Our repetitive descriptive words of what we feel like in life, and what life feels like to us, create vivid images in our mind. As we focus on them, over and over again, they often become visible, tangible conditions in our life. Ever find yourself saying: “That just makes me sick” or “I really can’t stomach it” when someone does something or something happens we don’t like? If so, rather than a life that is breezy, we may be creating a life that is literally making us queasy.

A figure of speech often manifests in a physical condition. We don’t see words in our mind, we see images of our thoughts, and those thoughts are destined to become visible things if we don’t change them. Our intolerance in life, our reactive judgments of others, and our aversion to the ideas, lifestyles, and behaviors of those around us fill our mind with, what A Course in Miracles calls, “sick imaginings.” Sick imaginings make us mentally ill and emotionally disturbed. And, if we don’t imagine something more lovely to focus on instead, our sick imaginings could show up in our body as chronic nausea or an inability to tolerate or digest certain foods.

Leonard Cohen wrote, “If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick everyday.” Often when we talk about our being one with others, and one with the Universe, we use the metaphor “ocean or sea.” It is intended to give us a mental image of the Unending Flow of Consciousness, the Pure Positive Creative Energy that is everywhere with no separation within It. If we would be healthy in our body, we must first be healthy in our mind. And, we become healthy in our mind by surrendering the idea of a self that is separate from others and the Source of life. We must let go of the idea that we are separate from those we judge good or bad, and separate from those we admire or condemn. To take authorship for our life story, we must own what we see around us as the very images in our mind made visible to us in the world. We must become one with the story we are telling to our self and others by giving our self “rights” to the movie version we’re creating.

How do we feel our oneness with a world that seems so separate from us? A good simile can be helpful. It’s been said, “Life is like the ocean, it goes up and down.” And, it does, but only on surface like the ocean where everything appears to be bobbing up and down separately. When our view of life goes no deeper than what we see on the surface where things bob up and down, we tend to react to every wave that comes along and let it disturb us. On the surface, in the world of appearances, there are a lot of people and events making waves. Those waves may occur in our personal life as illness, inharmonious relationships, and financial problems, and in the world as conflict and war, disaster and pestilence. Surface turbulence can make for a bumpy ride that can cause motion sickness. If we stay there, focused on whatever the current worst thing is that’s being talked about, we will likely be seasick every day!

But, life is like an ocean, and as anyone who’s ever been diving knows, the deeper you dive into the ocean, the more calm it becomes no matter what’s happening on the surface. Sri Ramana Maharshi said, “When we turn the mind inwards, God manifests as the inner consciousness.” Our inner consciousness is like an ocean, the further away from the images of the world we allow our self to go by closing our eyes and turning within, the further away from the images in our own mind we allow our self to go by quieting our mind, the deeper we into dive into the Pure Consciousness of God within us and find the calmness that is always there. If we want to live a life that is light and breezy, even if it’s choppy on the surface, we must learn to live consciously deep so we can stay calm and quiet within us no matter what is going up and down around us.

If we want to tell the story of a life that is miraculous in its Divinity, we must first go beneath the surface of our self, beyond what appears to be, to find the Self of Divinity. That Divine Character still lives within us and is ready for a close up! It is important for each of us to let our Divine Self blossom in this moment in time because it is through the life that is being lived by us right here on Earth, right here within our unique physical human “vantage point,” right here from our own individual perspective of the Oneness, that the Infinite, Eternal Flow of Divine Consciousness, of which we are each a self-conscious part, is extended and expanded.That is how important it is for us to live as the Divine Being we are now.

Eckhart Tolle wrote, “You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.” Every time our individual consciousness opens into a greater awareness of the Unlimited Universe, the One Consciousness, like an endless ocean, swells right where we are. It becomes greater in the very spot our focal point expands. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The basis of your life: absolute FREEDOM. The purpose of your life: JOY. The result of your life: EXPANSION.” What an amazing miracle!

Question Everything

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“Question Everything” may sound a bit like a Hippie saying from the 60s, along with “Make love, not war” and “Hell no, we won’t go.” But it was actually the ancient Greek scholar, Euripides, who lived in this world from 480 to 406 BC, who first said: “Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.” Words of great wisdom because so often, once we believe we have an answer to anything, we close down to the more-there-is-to-know that lives within every answer. When someone says, “That’s the way it is period,” it’s not. There is no period to the Endless Flow of Life, no stopping for a pause or applause. The most we can say is “That’s the way it is right now” while remembering that every “now” flows without hesitation or interruption into “what’s next.”

Even though our Inner Being—the One that is forever one with the Infinite All Knowing, Eternal Flowing of God Energy—offers us an answer immediately to every question we ask, there is always more to any answer that is far beyond what we’re able to comprehend in our current state of mind or interpret from our current awareness. In the same way we might simplify, or lovingly “dumb down” an answer to a child, every answer given to us by Infinite Wisdom is given at the level of our ability to understand in that moment. And, it’s exactly what we need to know in that moment. “What can I see now? What can I know now? What can I experience now” is always answered in the moment…for the moment.

Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions. Do not search for the answers, which could not be given to you now because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Then someday you’ll gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers.” As we patiently live as much life as we can now, with the intention of living it at the highest awareness we have now, we will naturally live our way into every answer and every resolution in our heart. At the perfect time, always as we are ready for them, the answers come. Sometimes an answer may come as a question for us to ask our self, as if every question has a deeper question just beneath it. For example, just recently during my spiritual practice I closed my eyes, turned within, and asked God this question: “How can I feel more of You?” The answer came, “How much can you love?”

Whatever we come to know we must allow to grow in our awareness. Otherwise our awareness will stop expanding, and so will our experiences of life. We won’t experience the joyous richness of learning something, but not everything, about who we are and what life is. The important thing is for us to continue to ask and learn. Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. It’s not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Curiosity is the positive flow of Mind Energy that moves us forward into, and within, Infinite Awareness.

We were born into this world passionately curious. Most young children drive adults crazy with their constant mantra of “Why?” It doesn’t matter what an adult answers back either, because an answer for a child simply stimulates a new question. When we were young children, the world was filled with new things to learn about our self and life. We didn’t think any discovery we made was going to be the last one! We didn’t expect learning to end. We instinctively knew that for every answer a new question would arise and there would be more to know.

But once we started school, we soon learned that there were precise questions about a lot of things that had precise answers we needed to know. And, even if we weren’t interested in most of those answers, it was important us to remember what they were anyway. Being distracted by our imagination just got us in trouble because we were told that when we were off exploring the life within us, we weren’t learning the important facts about the world around us that we needed to know. Not having an answer, especially right answer, wasn’t rewarded because it meant we weren’t trying to learn and that we could and should do better.

Remembering all the right answers got us a big A+. But when we didn’t know them all, our reward went downhill. And, as our grade got lower and lower, so did our self-confidence and feelings of self-worth. And because A+ kids were teacher’s pet, and got chosen for all sorts of cool things, we began to feel left out of the cool things in life. Whether we were one of those A+ kids, or our grades hovered just above passing, we learned that having all the right answers was the way to succeed in school, with our parents, with our peers, and in life. Einstein said, “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

Even though some of the smartest people to appear in this world have been the ones who asked the most questions, as adults we often prefer to take the “I already know that” approach in life because we’re afraid of looking stupid. Have you ever had a conversation with someone whose repetitive response was “I know that.” Often our adult mantra is “Tell me something I don’t know.” But, when we think we know it all, we don’t have eyes to see or ears to hear anything more even if the Voice that tells us is within us, closer than the beat of our heart or next breath.

There will always be more to know, more to see and hear, because we live in an Infinite Universe that is endlessly creating and becoming more. We read in the Book of 1 Corinthians, “And if any man thinks that of himself he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know it.” Knowing is an experience of reality that must be lived, not a fact to collect in our head. When we live in our head, and base our life on the facts of the world, our life may go in a direction it didn’t need to go if we’d been listening to our heart. For example, a very sweet and good-humored man was feeling pretty good mentally and physically though there was disease in his body. But when the doctor told him that he had just seven weeks to live, seven weeks later he died.

When we look solely to the world for answers about our self and life and death, we’re unable to learn the more-to-know that our heart already knows because our heart beats with a rhythm that can’t be found in books, the world of facts, or the words of experts. We read in the Book of Ecclesiastes that there is nothing new under the sun. When we’re focused solely on the world for answers, we become narrow-minded and spiritually unteachable. And, the thing is, we can’t learn more from the world because it is made up of what we already know, those already thought thoughts that have become visible things. We read in A Course in Miracles, “For if you think the world you made has power to make you what it wills, you are confusing Son and Father; effect and Source” and questions and Answers.

When we stop asking for more awareness, when we lose our curiosity, we become quoters of people we admire, or quoters of the same writings and references we’ve quoted for years, without
any greater awareness of a deeper meaning to the words we have been quoting. We become a declarer of affirmations we don’t experience as real because our awareness of what is possible for us, or anyone else, hasn’t expanded in our mind.

Shams Tabriz wrote in Soaring with Angels, “Can you step beyond the limiting definitions that we have placed upon humankind and conceive of yourself as truly a seed of the Divine? And can you summon the courage and the willingness to explore this possibility?” Explorers have no doubt there is always more to know, more to see and more to experience in life. Even when they like a place they’ve discovered, they continue to explore more. Do we have the curiosity and courage to explore our Divinity? Has our curiosity survived the limiting definitions we have placed upon our self, others, and life? Or has the passionate curiosity of “Why?” of childhood turned into adult excuses, explanations and accusations of why this or that happened?

Do our questions about life and what’s next outshine our human need to have all the answers right now? Is our mind still open to the joyous possibilities of life that are available to us at any age?
We can begin to expand our experience of life right now with the question, Why not? “Why not more love, why not more peace, why not more joy, why not more health and well-being for me and the world I see?” As we patiently live those questions now, with the intention of living them at the highest awareness we have now, someday soon we will all gradually, without even noticing it, live our way into the answers.

The Power of Perception

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As the song goes, “If you’re happy and you know it then your life will surely show it.” What is your life showing you? It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about your life, how does your life feel to you? Happy? If your choice as to whether or not to feel joy in your life right now is based on the behavior of someone else, or if it’s based on the tentative steps forward and fearful steps backwards this fluctuating and confusing world is currently taking, it’s likely that much of time your life seems filled with a whole lot of joyless confusion and disillusion.

That is why it is important for us to consult a Higher Authority for the Joy we’re looking for. The Divine Authority within us, the One that rules the Universe all that live in It, never fluctuates. It is always consistent and clear, and guiding us forward moment-to-moment in joy and unopposed goodness. In The Science of Mind we read, “We will do well to listen to this inner voice for it tells us of a life wonderful in its scope, of a love beyond our fondest dreams, and of a freedom which the soul craves.”

It is a beautiful thing that we have All-Knowing Divine Guidance living within us, isn’t it? How comforting to know that there is Holy Wisdom available to us that already knows what we truly want and how to get it. So, why on Earth would we not take time to listen to and follow that Guidance?

Could it be we are too busy making other plans than to concern our self with a Divine Plan that doesn’t appear to have a visible blueprint for us to follow? Could it be we’ve convinced our self that we have too much to do—responsibilities and obligations to fulfill, accomplishments to achieve, money to accumulate, things to get—that we don’t have time to be still enough to let a life more wonderful (and far less tiring) in its scope enter our awareness? Could it be that we tell our self there are too many “real” human conditions and situations we need to focus on and get through before we can mentally, emotionally and physically rest and imagine more?

We read in The Way of Transformation, “No one will ever make this journey for you. No one you see or no one with whom you live will ever make the journey to God for you. So get clear about your priorities and seek first the Kingdom.” We might want to ask our self, “What are my priorities for this Earth life? Did I come to live, and die, without even catching a glimpse of the Truth of the Divine One living my life as me anonymously?”

Have we become so addicted to the busy-ness in our own mind that we’ve come to believe that the more we think about problems, the more we mentally chew on them like a dog on a bone, our tenacious focus gives us reason to live, and that solving the world’s problems, and our problems within it, is the reason we’re on Earth? Taking time to contemplate an inner Life may seem irrelevant, but it is the most relevant thing we can ever do for our self and the world we see because nothing changes unless we do.

As the saying goes “You’ve got to believe it to see it.” We believe what we perceive in the world around us because we perceive around us what we believe within our mind. We read in The Science of Mind, “The problem of evil will continue to be a problem just as long as we believe in it, Good will appear only as we embody it. Each soul has within a sure test, a something which directs and guides it. The problem is solved as we turn from all that hurts, all that is destructive, and all that denies the Good, and turn with our whole being into the light and toward the Truth.” When we, in our human form, are turned toward others in their human form, and then spend most our time comparing human forms and human ideas, and all the rights and wrongs, we put our self into a position of believing that is all there is to see and all there is to perceive about life. We talk about our perceptions, debate about them, argue about them, and conspire with others that agree with them, as if what we believe and perceive is a God-given Absolute Truth.

Because each of us perceives what we individually believe, and the composition of our beliefs is unique to each of us, we don’t see eye-to-eye even when we appear to agree! That’s why the only real unity and true joining is heart-to-heart. The eyes of our heart, the eyes of Love, see beyond the obvious and mundane, and perceive the Divine. There is power in our perceptions of life that perpetuates either separation, judgment, hatred, and conflict or expands unity, love, goodness, and kindness. In The Way of Transformation we read, “We must open to a new quality of awareness, a new way of being that penetrates what we believe we are seeing and reveals to us the perfect harmony of the Kingdom, the presence of the Love of God.”

What we give energy to in our mind we already believe is true. And, because our mental energy is creative, the content of our mind spills out into the world we see and appears to us as the living forms and expressions we experience. What we see around us is like a 3D movie, a 3D projection of the thoughts we give attention to in our mind. But, we can’t take off special glasses to change what we see. We must change what’s in the projector, our thoughts.

Steve Jobs said, “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice, and most important have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” To become what we truly want to become, and to live as we are created to live, it is essential for us to follow our heart—to live from the inside out, to listen to what our inner voice is saying to us through our intuition and emotions, and then courageously follow that Guidance. Whether we’ve realized it or not, there has always been a Holy Voice that speaks to us in the quietness of our soul. Even when no one else is around, we are never alone. Every inspiration and good idea, every time we’ve felt an impulse to do or not do something, has come from the guidance of the Divine Self within us. Intentionally listening for that Guidance is the most important connection, and vibrational communication, we’ll ever have.

Only Divine Guidance can tell us how to perceive Life as It was created be perceived from the High Vibration of Love where the view is crystal clear. Only Love can penetrate what we believe we are seeing and reveal to us the perfect harmony of the Universe and the Presence of the Love of God that created It. Only Love can give the consistent joy, peace, health, and well being that make our life worth living, no matter what anyone else is saying or doing, even if it seems that their saying and doing is personal to us.

In order for us to know if we have the courage to follow our heart and intuition, we must first become aware of what our heart knows and our intuition is telling us. That’s why allowing our mind to unwind is essential, and relaxing into the present moments of our life, unhurried and unworried, is so valuable. Are you allowing time each day to simply slow down the pace of your summer to-do list and simply chill? Are you taking time to consciously breathe slowly and easily, not only when you feel calm, but when you feel hurried and worried?

Since breathing is the most important thing we do every moment, if we want to continue to occupy our human form, it’s a really good idea for us to breathe in a way that will benefit us physically, mentally and emotionally. In this way we are more able to connect with what we’re feeling as we’re feeling it. We notice whether or not we’re feeling a sense of well-being. We notice if our muscles are relaxed or tense, if our stomach is calm or jumpy, if our heart is steady or racing. How we feel is an indicator of the direction our thoughts in the moment are taking us. If it’s not somewhere we want to end up, we’re not going to feel good along the way!

We attract to us what we give our attention to because what we’re focused on in our mind calls our attention to it. We perceive what we already believe is there whether we like what we see or not. If the thoughts we’re focusing on, if the behaviors we’re giving our attention to, if the conversations we’re participating in, or if what we’re watching on the news is causing us to feel bad, nothing good is going to come from that. How we’re feeling lets us know moment-to-moment whether we are opening a door to something we want to experience, or we are opening a door to something we don’t want to experience.

When we feel good we can trust that we are moving in perfect synchronicity with our soul. And, as we stay focused on feeling good, our perception of life begins to change. The most important relationship we’ll ever have is with our Soul, Spirit, Inner Being, or Intuition. It guides us with good feelings, or not-so-good feelings, to let us know if we are headed where we want to go or not. Just because we’re feeling a little disturbed doesn’t mean there is something wrong with us. It just means our Inner Being is letting us know that we’re not thinking the thoughts that will take us in a direction we want to go.

So often we look for someone to ask what we should do, or what’s right for us, when all along the One who knows is right there with the answer. Only the Divine Wisdom living in us, and sourcing us with life, knows what we truly want to become because It is the very Source of our wanting to become it. Our inner being, our spiritual being, energetic being is the cause of our being in physical form in this physical world in the first place. We are the outer physical expression of a Non-Physical Divine Self. It’s time for us to own our Divinity because what we believe about our self we perceive in others.

Eckhart Tolle wrote, “When you meet another human being, you meet the physical self. Then you meet the psychological self that is behind it, which is their mental conditioning, their patterns of behavior and so on. And then there is a beautiful deeper level to every human being that transcends all of that. I can only sense that in another human being and relate to another human being on that deeper level if I have gone deep enough within myself.” If we remain on the surface of life, judging life’s possibilities for us and others by appearances, then that will be the depth of our perception.

If we want to go deep enough to transcend our judgements, we must be willing to go beyond what we’ve come to believe is true. We must quiet our mind in order to open to a new quality of awareness, and a new way of being that penetrates what we believe we are seeing and reveals to us the perfect harmony of Life and the presence of Love of God. It is only in the vastness of the Silence within us that we are able to hear the Voice of Love telling us of the wonder and beauty of Life. And, only then are we able to perceive that Life around us.