Sunday, November 27, 2011
We live in a world of thought. Our entire lives exist within this world of conditioned thoughts and programmed beliefs. It is a limited world of fear, ego, regret, frustration and dread of the future. Every once in a while a sliver from the Ocean of Who We Really Are enters our world in the form of an intuition, premonition or feeling of love or oneness. We either forget about it ten minutes later or fail to acknowledge it at all. It is time to acknowledge and accept who we really are.
We are connected to and nourished by an Ocean of unlimited love, peace, joy and wisdom. It is our very nature, our very selves. All we have to do is remember it. By surrendering our thoughts, judgments and beliefs to the Great Unknown, we are one with the limitless Ocean of Being.
Let's remember who we really are.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
When we bring our attention to the present, we experience the isness of life. We accept the world just as it is. We surrender all of our stale thoughts, beliefs and judgments. Once we accept life as it is, we can make conscious choices that we have previously made unconsciously. The best course of action for us becomes readily apparent. The world seems more alive. We do not feel the need for our senses to be stimulated all the time. Our bad habits fade away. Our relationships are different. We lose the desire to judge and criticize others (and ourselves) so harshly. We see the beauty in simple things. We are content just being. We do not have to constantly be doing something.
Let's explore the isness of life by being.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
If we were electricity instead of who we are, we would not be able to describe ourselves. We could say that we are very powerful and we provide the energy to make machines work, but it would be impossible to describe our essence accurately.
We are electricity and it is impossible to describe or think about who we really are.
Just as electricity animates machines, The Infinite Energy Source animates our physical instruments. The Source passes through the filter of our belief systems and comes out as happiness, unhappiness, frustration, rage, insecurity, joy, passion, fear, elation and all of the other manifestations of the human experience. The energy that we receive is filtered through our programming. We can receive unfiltered energy and wisdom from the Infinite Energy Source, which is our very essence, and experience joy, peace, love and freedom. We can receive the unfiltered energy and information and become one with the Source by surrendering all of our thoughts, judgments, ideas and beliefs about who we are and what we think the world is. We become pure awareness and experience the world as if we were born anew.
Let's surrender to the Infinite.
Freedom is the ability to make choices. We make choices hundreds of times a day whether we know it or not. Everything we experience is filtered through our belief systems. The vast majority of our choices are ones consistent with those systems. Our belief systems have been programmed into us since birth. Once we bring awareness to our thoughts and beliefs, we can begin to consciously choose which thoughts and beliefs help us create the life we intend to live. We can surrender and release those thoughts and beliefs which no longer serve us. The more we consciously choose our thoughts, beliefs and actions, the more life will unfold before us and we will discover our life's purpose.
Let's choose freedom.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The recipe for enlightenment is simple. Becoming enlightened is difficult.
First, we need intention. We have to want to become enlightened. I say intention rather than desire because if we desire something, we tend to push it away from us.
Once we have the intention, we need to choose the tools we need to become enlightened (Eckhart Tolle calls them signposts). The tools available for us to choose are infinite. We can meditate, bring our awareness to the present, bring our attention to our bodies and release everything that we are holding, we can be fully aware of what our senses are experiencing, we can surrender all of our thoughts, beliefs and judgments, etc., etc. Finding the tools we are looking for is easy because once we are on the path to enlightenment, the Universal Infinite Energy Source is there to help us. We will find the tools that are perfect for us once we are open to finding them.
Once we choose our tools, we need discipline to consistently utilize them. The pull of compulsive thinking is strong. It is like a magnetic field. Our ego constantly tries to pull us back into the world of obsessive thinking, the belief systems of the various tribes that we belong to, and fear-based judgments about ourselves and the world.
Once we become aware and begin to release the thoughts that we have buried deep into our subconscious, it takes courage to be able to face them without judgment or fear.
Of course, there is no path to enlightenment. If we consider ourselves on the path, we will always be on the path. Enlightenment can only occur in the present moment. This is where words reach their limitations. Enlightenment can occur in an instant without any effort or intention.
Let's be enlightened now.
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The key to abundance is gratitude. The world that we experience is a perfect reflection of our inner thoughts and belief systems. If we are constantly in a state of desire and envy, we will always be frustrated and not experience fulfillment in the material world. When we are grateful for everything that we have, the universe will manifest that state by providing abundance. No matter how much money and material possessions a person has, if he is constantly unsatisfied and wanting more, he is poor. The person who is satisfied with what he has, as meager as it may be, is truly rich. If we want to be satisfied, we need to feel satisfied. If we want to be fulfilled, we need to feel fulfilled.
Let's be grateful.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
We can choose a different course. We can choose a loving attitude towards every situation we face and every person we encounter. When we do, the world is brighter. People react differently to us. Most importantly, we owe ourselves the same loving attitude that we offer others.
Let's make every decision from love. Let's greet every person with a loving attitude. Let's treat ourselves the same way. We deserve it because love is our very essence.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
This makes no sense. If we are entirely unhappy and fed up with our lives, it makes sense to try another way. Instead of trading one set of beliefs for another, what if we gave up all our beliefs about how things are and how they got that way? We would accept reality just as it is. We would not be overly concerned with how things got the way they are. We would surrender our lives to what is. Our lives would become synchronized with the Universal Energy of All That Is. Our frustrations would fade. We could begin to affect real change in our situation. Every activity we do would enhance our lives. We are in harmony with ourselves and Life. It all starts with acceptance.
Let's accept things just as they are.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Life seems so oppressive sometimes. It seems as though it is working against us. Sometimes the smallest thing will bring us to rage or depression. Life seems pointless and we are filled with frustration and hopelessness.
There is an escape from this belief system. It is a cliche, but it is also true. The answer lies within. Our natural state is joy. We can access our natural state of joy by shedding our beliefs about what we think life is. When we fearlessly surrender our thoughts and bring our attention to the present moment without judgment, we find peace, love and joy. It is not something that we have to look for because it is what we are.
Let's surrender to joy.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Awareness is attention to the present moment without judgment. It is like working out a muscle. The more time we spend bringing our attention to the present, instead of being lost in obsessive thought, the easier it is to do. The more often we bring our attention to present, the more we are in harmony with Infinite Energy.
When we are aware of our thoughts, we soon realize that almost all of them are gibberish. The thoughts that we have make no sense and do not enhance our lives. Our thoughts primarily consist of remembering past events and imagining how the future will unfold. They are filled with regret, envy, worry and fear. When we bring our attention to what we are doing, our thoughts fade into the background. Our fear subsides and our compulsion to be lost in thought fades.
Let's bring awareness to our thoughts and actions.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
We can find peace. It does not require effort. However, it requires a determination to surrender all of our thoughts and beliefs and be open to what is. The information and advertising rolls off us and is never absorbed into our psyches. We consistently bring our attention to the present. We reject all thoughts and belief systems which we do not consciously choose to enhance our lives. We receive more joy from being present with Source than we can ever receive driving a new car or wearing new clothes. When we realize that, material things lose their pull over us.
We find peace in the simple things of life. The simple act of breathing consciously makes us feel whole. Peace is not something that we have to find. All that we have to do is shed all of the extraeneous material clogging our minds. Peace is never far from us because peace is what we are. We only have to recognize it.
Let's surrender to peace.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
We cannot comprehend concepts of God, Nirvana, Heaven, Universal Energy, or whatever labels we use to describe our spiritual nature. We cannot explain what happens to us after we die. We know that Spirit seems to embody certain characteristics, such as Love. But the totality cannot be "figured out." Our labels and beliefs hinder our understanding.
It is not merely that it is too vast or complex to comprehend. It is that it cannot be understood through thought. It cannot be explained through language.
However, it can be known through experience. We can experience it by living beyond thought. We can become one with All That Is by releasing our thoughts, ideas, judgments and beliefs and becoming present. We can be comfortable with the idea of not knowing.
Let's surrender to the Great Mystery.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
We can only awaken right now, this very moment. It is not something that we can work towards. It is not something that we can achieve in the future. Practice is not going to help us to awaken. It is now or never. The past is dead. The future is an illusion.
Let's awaken now.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Second, when we bring our awareness away from our compulsive thinking about the past and present and bring it to the present moment, painful memories will arise into our consciousness, memories that we have been hiding in our subconscious in order to protect ourselves from pain. We may feel abandoned and alone.
We are not alone. There is great power and wisdom flowing from being connected to All That Is. We will feel alive and energized by living in harmony with the Source. There is nothing to fear. As old relationships fall away, new ones that resonate with our new vibration will appear. We will find new careers and interests. A new world will open to us. One not based on fear, frustration, and anger, but on love, peace and freedom.
The pull of compulsive thinking is strong. The ego is afraid to give up its long held beliefs. The Divine Energy that we yearn for is much stronger. Once we start, we cannot turn back. There is nothing real to turn back to.
Let's embrace the present moment without fear, judgment, or expectation.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Let's enjoy stillness.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
We project images of ourselves to the world that we believe best reflect what others expect to see. The images were created by societal programming.
We could change the images which we project to the world in order to create a better projection of who we would like to be. We could project images of positivity, courage, success, etc. However, whatever image we choose to project will be hollow and unconvincing because they are only thought projections. They do not have the power and energy to back them up.
When we release our images of ourselves, we can relate to the world as we really are. We cease to be an image. We become real. Our physical manifestations have the infinite energy of Source behind them. We project peace and quiet power. Our lives become more positive because we are in harmony with Source.
Let's release our thoughts about who we are or who we want to be or who we want others to believe that we are. We will be transformed by becoming who we truly are, beings of infinite energy manifesting our divine energy in the physical realm.
It takes courage to release our images of who we think we are. Painful memories that we have been repressing come to the surface. Thoughts of dread about the future may surface as well. We have nothing to be afraid of. No thought can harm us unless we let it. As we drop our belief structures about who we think we are and how we think the world works, we become one with the power of Presence. We will transform ourselves and the world.
Let's release our thoughts about ourselves and reality and allow Presence in.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Peace is what we are, our natural state. If we do not feel peaceful, it is because we are telling ourselves stories of who we think we are. The stories often involve worry about the past or dread of the future. We tell these stories to people that we encounter and people repeat these stories back to us. The cycle of reinforcement (and conditioning) started when we were babies and continues until we wake up to what we truly are: love, peace and joy.
How do we break the cycle of addictive thought? By bringing awareness to our thoughts, our emotions and our actions. The light of awareness will allow us to release our stories and surrender to our natural state, which is peace. What is the light of awareness? It is simply attention without judgment. Let's be aware of our conditioned thoughts and beliefs, look at them without judgment or labels and let go of our stories, which are boring anyway.
Let's return to what we are. Let's embody peace.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Let's bring awareness to our physical manifestations.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Let's bring our attention to the present moment.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Stress is caused by the accumulation of "negative" thoughts (mostly fear) reinforced by our present thoughts. The only value stress has is to give us a shot of adrenaline when we are being chased by a sabre tooth tiger. We do not have to live with stress. When we surrender our thoughts and feelings and bring our attention without judgment to them, they will start to dissolve under the light of awareness.
Let's release our fears and replace them with love for others, for animals, and for ourselves.
Friday, February 25, 2011
The concept of "Enlightenment," like the word "God," is so loaded with judgment and dogma, as to be almost unusable. When we think of the concept, different stereotypes enter our mind. We may picture someone meditating Buddha-like in nature. This is an outdated and superficial description. It is much easier to be centered away from the media and other distractions of modern society. Those who are tested by society's relentless conditioning are often the ones who are truly awake.
Enlightenment is the realization and embodiment of who we truly are. It is not something that can be learned. It is not something that can be accomplished. There are no rules as to how to obtain it. How do we know when we meet someone who is enlightened? It is not simply someone who is charismatic and magnetic. Hitler was magnetic. Movie stars are charismatic, but often are devoured by ego. A CEO of a corporation could be as self realized as a zen monk living in a cave.
There are vast differences among people who are self realized. Their personalities differ wildly. However, as different as they are, there are several traits which are shared by all those who are self realized. They always embody peace, love and joy. We can spot enlightenment in others, as well as ourselves, when we are in the presence of those traits. When a leader does not embody those characteristics, they will not lead us where we need to go.
There is nothing we have to learn or do or be to become enlightened. It is what we are. The time is now to realize our true Selves.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Let's take time to rest in stillness.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
We pretend to be happy when we are not. We pretend to like someone when we do not. We keep our anger and frustration hidden from the person who is causing it. We may be afraid to express ourselves or not want to hurt someone's feelings. We may act the way someone wants us to act in order to have them like us. Every time we do this we create a split in our personalities.
We have the courage to be who we really are in all circumstances. When there is no difference between who we are and how the world sees us, we allow the energy to flow through us unimpeded. It is so much more relaxing to be ourselves. Our stress is released because it takes so much energy to pretend to be something that we are not. If people do not like who we are, that is their problem, not ours. We may lose friends, but we will find other friends, ones who resonate with us and who like us for who we are.
Let's be who we really are.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Every moment is a new opportunity to be reborn. Why not this very moment?
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
If we take a few minutes of every day to simply sit in silence, everything will be different. There will still be the noise, but we will be less affected by it. We will be bemused by it instead of it carrying us away. We will choose to watch a pigeon or an insect, rather than the loudness of watching television. We will appreciate the simplicity of life. We will see through the conditioned layer of society to the inner core of our being. When we quiet the mind, thoughts that we have been avoiding come to the surface: thoughts that make us uncomfortable, thoughts that make us angry, thoughts that make us afraid. We acknowledge these thoughts without judgment and release them.
Let's choose stillness.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Let's be grateful for all that is.
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