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Opening Our Eyes to the Divine Truth

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Imagine being in a deeply beautiful place, but keeping your eyes firmly closed. Why would a person do this? Stubbornness? Disbelief? An interesting dream playing across the back of their eyelids?

Our primary purpose is to open our eyes, so that we understand exactly where we are, and what relationship we have with the essence of the environment in which we find ourselves. It is conscious, intelligent, loving and all-pervading, and it is always communicating with us.

Consider a fish in the ocean. It has a living relationship with the water, because it flows through the fish’s gills, providing life and energy to it. If the fish were intelligent enough, it might recognise the intelligence that also existed within the water – an intelligence that is vast and incomprehensible to a small mind, but evident nevertheless.

We are like fish, in a vast ocean of intelligent consciousness which is not separate from us. It gives us life and it gives us inspiration. It guides us, it supports us, and it brings us what we most need to become aware of its presence. It is fully aware of us, fully present to us in every moment of our lives.

To recognise it, we simply need to be present to it, and we do this by dis-engaging our attention from everything which is not it. Like thoughts for example, which are the most compulsive of human diversions. Also, when we fixate our attention upon any material object, a person or even a particular place, we are also in the realms of distraction, because we are in the realm of form. Spiritual awareness comes from perceiving the nature of the space in which all forms (including thoughts) exist.

Everything exists within a space of consciousness, which we call the Universe. There are many seemingly solid objects existing within this space, but they are not the space; although on closer inspection you would find that on the molecular level they are more space than substance.

This goes to show us that everything is truly permeated with space, which itself is permeated with consciousness and intelligence. Therefore this intelligence is everywhere. But if we try too hard to understand this, we again stray into the realm of distraction, of mental constructs that fill up the spaciousness of our mind so that we lose perspective of the space itself.

This space is where we can look into the eyes of the divine, in the same way that when we look directly at another person, we are actually looking into a dark space in the center of their eye – their pupil. We can see them in there; we see their consciousness and their intelligence. The formless essence of that person is seen by us, through the depth of their eyes, which is essentially just a black hole.

Similarly, we look toward the spaciousness of life to see the all-pervading greater consciousness and intelligence. We cannot look with our thinking mind, because we will only be conscious of mental labels and conceptual ideas; all of which are thoughts. We need to see the space behind the thoughts. When the clouds of thought are not focused upon, and they are allowed to pass, we become aware of the nature of the sky through which they move. It is beautiful in a way which is beyond superficial recognition. Our own depth is what recognises the beautiful depth of the sky, of space, as like responds to like.

This is why looking at the vastness of the night sky fills us with awe. Something inside us responds to its vastness. Something recognises that vastness as an outer expression of itself – the same essence in fact, only projected outwardly. Consciousness recognises the deeply mysterious qualities of consciousness, and it becomes stirred up, awoken into action. It has a job to do; to see that spacious dimension within our existence – to bring it into our consciousness, our conscious awareness.

We are not supposed to be unconscious, we are not designed for it. We have just gotten side-tracked by an interesting daydream of form; a bit like a very compelling television program, which we lose ourselves in. This has happened to most of us to some degree.

Now it is time to step backwards, and see with a more expansive perspective that the content of the television screen is not actually where we are, and what is real. So we withdraw our attention from all thoughts and beliefs about the world, about reality, about ourselves, and what do we perceive? Space. A conscious and intelligent spaciousness, which only our own spacious consciousness can perceive. If we go into thinking about it, awareness of the space vanishes and we see only the content of the thoughts.

So we remain aware of the spaciousness of reality, of the universe, free from thought, and we perceive the spiritual (the non-material) dimension to existence, which is the source of our own intelligent awareness.

This is why meditation is such an essential practice in our daily lives, because it untangles our awareness from thoughts. Our mind becomes more spacious, and we become more grounded as our awareness moves back into our body as it relaxes and also becomes more spacious. Slowly, slowly we become more aware of our heart, as our breath gently brings us back to that inner realm of spacious light, of loving consciousness.

This is the inner realm, the kingdom of heaven within, from where our entire being is activated and begins to resonate like a beautiful bell, or a singing bowl. It is this resonance which opens up our perception to the frequency of divine consciousness. We become aware of it simply because we are resonating on its frequency, which is the frequency of the heart.

So, to simplify the whole process, we only need to attune our consciousness to our heart, simply by becoming aware of it. This is how consciousness works. It simply takes on the vibration – the energetic structure – of that which it is conscious of. Fear, joy, anger, sorrow, beauty… We give our attention to the outward expressions of such energies, and we resonate with them.

This is why choosing where to put our attention is the highest practice of intelligence, because by doing so, we choose the energetic quality of our reality. Our reality is simply the energetic frequency of our consciousness, and when it is aligned with the deeply harmonious frequencies which are encountered within our heart, we come to perceive the divine truth, a higher level of consciousness that simply awaits our decision to tune in to it.

So why do we postpone or avoid doing this? We are simply too attached to the lower frequencies of the material world, which bring us earthly pleasure, satisfaction, comfort and so on. We are addicted in a way to the highs and lows of the drama on the television screen of life. We are addicted to thoughts also, enjoying the illusory sense of security that they bring to our ego, and believing that at some point the realisation we are searching for will be found within them. It it cannot, because the frequency of thought does not match that of the higher consciousness, which essentially is Love. This is why we must walk through the doorway of our heart, and allow it to transform our consciousness to a state of deep harmony and peace, free of division, agitation, hostility and fear, all of which are created by the thinking mind.

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The Importance of Awakening our Heart

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We do not need to pursue enlightenment, but it is imperative that every person learns how to be peaceful human being, thus no longer creating suffering in this beautiful world. There is too much suffering here, anyone can see that, and our responsibility as mature members of our species is to assist in changing this, rather than just sitting on a cloud and believing it will just go away if we forget about it and focus on our own pleasure and enjoyment.

It is our heartfelt duty to be an instrument of positive change and healing in this world, and when we participate in this global process we rediscover our passion, power and purpose as beings of love, compassion and care. This requires that we collectively wake-up a little bit, and accept that we are part of a collective organism – humanity – that is deeply unwell. It’s condition is almost critical, but we each have such a great influence on the collective whole that there is no need for despair. Indeed, there is great hope, because the nature of the human heart is our saving grace, with its deep capacity for compassion and care.

This is the part of our being that we need to activate and become more in-touch with, so that we are no longer “part of the problem”, which is essentially heartlessness, selfishness, fear, intolerance, judgement, arrogance and reactivity. Instead we become part of the solution, which is essentially peacefulness, kindness, compassion, care and love.

No sacrifice is needed in this process, because it is only that which causes all of our inner-pain that we need to let go of – the ego. The ego encourages us to indulge in selfish gratification and thus overlook the deep inter-connectedness of all members of our species. We are all connected, and connected through our heart, which reveals to us the deep need we all have to relate to one-another in a caring and compassionate manner. We are simply designed to help and care about one-another, so if we shut our eyes in ignorance because it seems to challenging or too painful, we lose touch with the depth of who we are; we lose touch with our humanity.

We retreat into the safety of our thoughts as we justify to ourselves why we are not needed, why it doesn’t really matter what we do, what we think, what we say. This is unconsciousness, this is the ego. It keeps us unconscious of our heart and the deep capacity for compassion which exists there. We only reject it because we listen to the ego’s fears about the consequences of living from our heart. It fears that we will no longer be free, no longer have control over our life, no longer experience all the personal pleasures which it believes enrich our life so much.

But in truth it is heartfelt living – full of kindness, care and compassion – that really enriches our life and brings us the deep sense of fulfilment that we are all searching for. The ego tries to replace the heart and bring us this fulfilment, but all it can offer is self-righteous belief systems, distractions, and short-term pleasures – none of which connect us to our heart.

When we connect to our heart and we feel the sense of care and compassion that we are designed to feel, we access a greater depth to our being. We feel more real, more alive and more purposeful. We realise that our purpose is simply to care, and act from this in-built desire to help others, in any way that we choose to. Perhaps we can inspire others in some way, perhaps we can bring hope to them with our positive outlook and vision of a brighter future. Or perhaps we can help others in a more down-to-earth and practical way. It doesn’t matter how we contribute to the human collective, what matters is that we contribute something which is needed on some level.

We will discover that there exists within us a deep sense of enthusiasm and passion for some form of “love in action”, and it is important to listen to our heart to discover what this is. Of course, I can fully understand that some people will read this and feel like they are not in a position to act in this way, to live in the world with this kind of selfless focus. That is okay. You do not need to be a saint!

Essentially, we just have to remain aware of two things:
1. Are we creating suffering or making life harder for anyone (including ourselves) ?
2. Have we lost touch with our compassionate and caring nature?

These are two questions which we should ask ourselves throughout the day, and if we ever answer ‘yes’ to either one of them, we simply correct our behaviour (or our thoughts) accordingly. It is something very simple that we can all do, and it just requires awareness of ourself.

Often we are being driven by selfish motives, or motives which come from fear or stress, and the result is always inner-suffering. So if we notice that we are suffering, or feeling disconnected from our heart, we can look at our motives and see what is driving us on. What is influencing our behaviour, our words and our thoughts?

If we have an agenda to “be right” or superior in some way, this will disconnect us from our heart. If we feel insecure and attempt to create security through self-indulgence, through anxiously pursuing more money or through seeking approval and recognition from others, we will also find ourselves straying from the peace and security of our heart. This is why we must be conscious of what is motivating us, because often our motives are purely selfish, especially if they are coming from fear.

Because the selfish ego is simply a product of insecurity. When we feel lacking, threatened, anxious or insecure, our ego takes the steering wheel and directs proceedings. We make choices that bring an illusory sense of security to the ego, placating its fears and temporarily calming our anxiety about the perceived threat or sense of lack.

Yet this is only ever temporary, because the ego has only been placated with a balm for that which is was fearful about. Being a product of insecurity, the ego’s fears will arise again, seeking to be placated once more. This is a pattern which just goes on and on, until we see it occurring and we learn how not to respond so eagerly to the fears and insecurities that arise. They are simply the ego, raising its head, saying “I’m still here. What are you going to do about me?”

So of course, we have a choice how to respond to the fearful ego. We can either allow our thoughts and actions to be motivated by its insecurity, and thus enter once more into the cycle of placating it temporarily (which simply sustains it) or we can respond differently. We can learn how to avoid instinctively reacting to fear and insecurity when they arise, because they arise mostly in our thoughts, which is the realm of the ego.

Therefore, when we notice an anxious or selfish thought arise in our mind, we see where it is coming from, and we relax. The reason why we need to relax is because this is what disperses the tension and insecurity which the ego builds its foundation upon. When the body relaxes, we instantly feel more secure and more safe. We feel more at ease and more peaceful, so any perceived sense of lack usually fades away.

If the mind is deeply anxious about something, in partnership with relaxing our body we need to be aware of centering and stilling our mind, so that it doesn’t continue to encourage fear and tension in our body. A good way to center the mind is to choose something for it to focus upon. I recommend one of two things: your breathing, which is something you can do anywhere, or simply observing a candle flame in a low-lit room. This is great at the end of a busy or stressful day, especially in partnership with soft and soothing music.

If we observe our breathing when we are relaxed, we will notice that it has a steady and natural flow, inwards and outwards. If we are anxious, this flow is interrupted and our breath becomes disjointed and shallow, sometimes even stopping completely for a few moments, if we get stuck on a particular thought. It is very helpful to notice this, because by actively keeping our breath flowing, we ensure that we do not get stuck on any particular thought. The thoughts pass on by, like clouds in the sky, and we simply remain aware of the natural and effortless flow. Being in nature also greatly supports this process, because nature’s harmony encourages us to feel harmonious also, while the fresh air oxygenates our body and freshens our mind.

We must recognise that for a very long time the mind has been allowed to wander where it pleases and create suffering in our life, through its choices of thoughts. So re-training the mind to stay centred and focused is a process. Many people say “you don’t need to wait for happiness, just be happy now”, and that is true if you have a disciplined mind. If you do not, your mind will at some point engage you with thoughts which take you away from the present moment, often creating stress and tension in your body and eradicating any sense of happiness. The mind does this often.

So teaching the mind how to let go of thoughts and allow them to pass on by is an essential practice. It is the key to being free of the suffering which anxious thoughts create in our body. And not only this. When we can let go of thoughts of insecurity and lack, fear and threat, we do not feel compelled to act upon them. And it is the compulsion to act upon anxious thoughts that prevents us from acting upon the guidance of our heart.

Often we feel pulled to act from our heart, but almost immediately a thought arises which tells us why that may not be a good idea. This is doubt, this is “reason”, and it is valued very highly in our society because we have been taught to trust the mind over the heart.

Of course it is wise to consider the likely consequences of every action, but when we notice that our mind is always presenting us with scenarios of things going wrong, of things failing and us experiencing pain and disappointment, we must question if the mind is actually being realistic. Often, it is being pessimistic; simply fearing that the worst will happen and expecting further suffering for us. Again, this demonstrates the fearful nature of the thinking mind, motivated by insecurity.

Obviously, the heart does not do this. If insecurity is the nature of the egoic mind, then trust is the nature of the heart. And usually both are self-fulfilling prophecies. For example, if we are firmly trusting and without doubt, then the stability and faith this brings us are likely to ensure a positive outcome. Even if they don’t, the heart does not surrender to the pessimism of the mind, because it is very practical and flexible in its ways. It will adapt its approach, giving our mind the strength to envision a positive outcome, no matter how challenging the circumstances.

This is what we are faced with now as a species. We have many challenging circumstances on this planet, and we need the strength of our heart to bring us through them. The anxious mind will always fear for the worst, and pessimistically believe that we may as well give up on our vision of humanity as a peaceful species, enjoying life on a peaceful planet. But our heart is what absolutely guarantees that this will be so, and all we have to do is stay close to it.
Peace and blessings,

Alex

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Divine Reunion

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We are all like rivers flowing back to the ocean, learning how to end our resistance to the deeply loving and healing forces of the universe, and thus be carried along on their warm currents towards union with our divine spiritual parent, the ocean of loving consciousness which many call ‘God’.

It has only ever been our stubborn and rebellious ego that has wanted to resist these benevolent energies, for the simple reason that it did not trust them to protect it from harm. The ego is simply a product of insecurity, which developed at some point in our childhood when we realised that our parents would not protect us from energies and experiences that we did not want to be subjected to. Perhaps they were even responsible for creating them, when they became angry with us for example, and therefore we lost our essential sense of trust in our parents to be only a force of Love and protection from such harsh energies.

Thus the child realised that it had to begin controlling its environment if it wanted to get exactly what it felt it needed, and to feel secure and safe from harm, as all living creatures deeply need to feel. Naturally the child wanted to avoid unpleasant experiences (such as being subjected to anger) and to choose only pleasant experiences, therefore it needed to be able to judge all circumstances and choose only those which it felt would bring it the security and good feelings it wanted. This is the ego.

The ego’s sole agenda is to create a sense of security for us, and as we all know, it does this through control. It attempts to control our life circumstances, the things that happen to us, and the way people behave with us and treat us. It is simply afraid of pain and afraid of not getting it needs met on a very primal level, and this is the motivation behind all of its controlling behaviour – fear.

Seeing this, how can we be angry with the ego or critical of it? It is just like an insecure child that doesn’t want to feel insecure anymore, yet because it’s choices are motivated by fear, it cannot help but create a fearful reality for us when we allow it to be in charge of our life.

When we follow the will of the ego (which essentially means following our insecurity) we may feel like we are creating more safety for ourselves, but what we are really doing is affirming that we are not safe and not provided for. If our personal world was free from any sense of threat or lack, the controlling force of the ego would be totally redundant. Yet it is the ego which is creating both, because reality simply mirrors our insecurity back to us, and we get what we are expecting to get.

By listening to the guidance of the ego – which is always fear-based guidance – we create a perception of the world in which threat is everywhere, especially in other people. We are simply viewing the world from the perspective of the ego, which means viewing it from a place of fear and insecurity. Therefore we can only see things in one of two ways: threatening, or non-threatening.

The ego judges the whole of reality in this way, and through its judgement it creates for us a divided world. The world is divided up into the things which are desirable (to the ego) and the things which are undesirable.

Yet the ego has made a fundamental mistake, which creates an entire reality of insecurity, inconsistency and suffering for us. It has created good and bad. It has created a world of duality and division. Originally this occurs in our mind, but we project it onto the material world and then respond to this divided world through the way we live, through what we choose and what we resist, what we want and what we don’t want.

It is important to understand how resistance creates our suffering. Resistance is simply fear, put into action, and when it is present in our mind and body we experience a reality of tension and contraction. In our mind the universe shrinks as we see only that which is threatening to us and requiring our resistance. In our body, the cells and the muscles tighten and contract as they would if they were trying to defend themselves against something which threatened their well-being. Consequently, all positive and enjoyable feelings disappear from the body and we experience it as being more dense, lifeless, solid and inflexible, rather than soft, supple, relaxed, joyful and open.

So when we resist something, not only are we exercising and strengthening the presence of fear in our being, but we are creating threat where there may well be none whatsoever. The ego simply does not trust that we are safe without our resistance, which it feels is our most valuable tool for avoiding suffering. How ironic this is, when it is the primary cause.

Understanding this inner process of resistance, we can also understand how to be free of it in a very practical way. When we relax our body, resistance totally disappears and our energy can flow naturally. Ease and harmony are restored to our body in a very tangible way. We feel relieved, we feel good inside. In our mind, when we withdraw our attention from thoughts of threat and danger, it is allowed to expand and perceive the spaciousness of reality – the light and the beauty which is inherent in the very fabric of consciousness. Thoughts no longer appear to be our total reality, but more like little clouds that occasionally pass across the sky.

The ego is unable to perceive things from this perspective. In fact, it doesn’t even realise what it is doing. It wants to avoid suffering, but instead it creates it through its division of reality into what is desirable and undesirable. Yet it has made this judgement of desirability from its own perspective, which is one of insecurity and fear. What is desirable for the ego, is certainly not desirable for our heart, as we know only too well.

The heart desires freedom, it desires spontaneity, it desires self-expression, it desires joy and happiness. But from the ego’s perspective, even these are all laced with danger. Freedom and spontaneity may bring uncalculated error, self-expression is likely to bring judgement from others, joy and happiness will inevitably bring us pain and disappointment when they vanish. This is how the fearful mentality of the ego denies the heart everything it really needs, and thus we suffer even more intensely. Loneliness, joylessness, predictability and frustration all result from ignoring the needs of the heart, in favour of what the ego tells us is much safer.

So the intelligent thing for us to do would be to simply stop listening to the ego, thus no longer being subjected to the fear-based reality it creates in our mind with its thought processes. The easiest and most practical way for us to do this is simply to leave the ego alone, to stop energising its thoughts with our attention, and to bring our attention out of our mind and back into our body, back into our heart. We do this simply by relaxing our body and thus allowing more energy to flow through it. We bring our attention to its realm of feeling and sensation, which is full of communication and full of the enjoyment of being.

By simply moving our attention in this way, we don’t try and eradicate the ego (or resist it!) We don’t enter into any complicated thought-based techniques to undo the ego’s belief systems. We simply stop listening to its judgements, opinions, beliefs and fears, and thus they no can longer influence our experience of reality. Instead we consciously choose to listen to the deeply vital needs of our body and our heart, which is always communicating to us and telling us how we can enrich the world which we inhabit.

It is easy to distinguish between the voice of the ego and the voice of the heart. Anything which is tinged with insecurity, which tells us we are threatened, anything which tells us that we are incomplete, anything which suggests that reality is in some way lacking, comes from the ego. Anything which divides up the world, judges the world and the people upon it in terms of good and bad, right and wrong, and thus creates a sense of division between us and them, also comes from the ego.

The voice of the heart has a very different quality to that of the ego. The heart’s voice really is the voice of sanity in our world, and we would realise this if we just trusted it enough to follow its guidance sometimes. Love never gets it wrong, because Love is infinitely more aware and more intelligent than the small mind of the ego, and it is not afraid either.

The heart is really a voice for the Greater Mind, which is not thought-based like the ego, but love-based. Therefore, if the Greater Mind could be said to ‘think’, it thinks Love. And because the Greater Mind had a profound and incomprehensible overview of the whole of this reality, it guides us lovingly towards that which will fulfil our purpose upon this planet, while simultaneously healing all our inner-wounds that resulted from trying to ‘go-it-alone’ with our ego in the driving seat, without the wisdom and love of the Greater Mind to guide us.

So as we learn to trust our heart and ignore all the endless doubts and fears provided by the ego, a new perspective of the world opens up to us. We see a living planet that we are very much connected to through our heart, and we start to realise that it is communicating to us all of the time – guiding us and helping us to follow the path of joy and happiness which has already been laid for us – a path completely free of threat, danger and suffering. This is the reward for trusting the heart, for having the courage to ignore the fearful voice of the smaller mind. It is nothing less than the experience of heaven on earth. Total security, total peace, and total harmony.

We also come to realise that the Greater Mind had a desire. It has a will. You could call it the divine will, and it is very different – in fact, almost opposite – to the will of the ego, the smaller mind, which essentially only wants to control reality. The will of the Greater Mind is to bring your consciousness home, back to the Love which is its essence, so that there is no longer and sense of separation between you and it. It is the end of division, the healing of the separation in your consciousness.

There is no longer any fear, any doubt any darkness within your mind or heart. They are full of higher consciousness, full of love, full of light. Being so, there is nothing that keeps you apart as your essence is the same. The Beloved parent is reunited with its wayward child, and total healing and restoration occur. A relationship of total trust and security is restored, and we become a living vessel of light, joy and love. Our human nature transforms from being one of consumption to one of giving, as we work on behalf of the higher love which flows through us without restriction.

We can then see that every human being is undergoing this process of restoration, this process of rebuilding a trusting relationship with their spiritual parent – the Greater Mind – and letting go of their deep fears, doubts and insecurities. Seeing this, we can only want to help them with compassion in our heart, without judgement or criticism, no matter how far they have strayed from living in alignment with Love.

We must trust that the Greater Mind has this entire process in hand, because with trust comes peace. There is no weight upon our own shoulders. Our only duty is to keep our mind aligned with the loving and compassionate will of the Greater Mind and follow our heart’s guidance, rather than that of the fearful ego. But this is easy, when we see that the ego’s will is to isolate us and shut us off from the rest of the world in fear, whereas the divine will is to heal, restore and reunite us, thus bringing us back into the arms of the loving global family, so-to-speak. It is a family of unconditional love and understanding, of total providence, protection and divine security. It is everything our heart has ever wanted, and more. It is our destiny, and all we need to do is say yes to it.

 

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The Greater Mind

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QUESTION : If I am the only thinker in my world, and take responsibility for everything, where do other people and their actions fit in? … All thought produces form on some level, so is it really Just Me?

ANSWER (by Alex) : The answer lies in the collective consciousness, to which we are all contributing. It is not just you, because ‘you’ as you think yourself to be does not exist. In a way, our body is like a cell in the entire human organism, but there is just one consciousness that flows through this organism. The cell is given instructions by the body as to its function and it fulfils its purpose in total, joyful harmony. If that cell were to have different ideas which it believed to be superior to the instructions coming from the greater organism, it would cease to experience that joyful harmony, and essentially starve itself of the nourishing energy and consciousness which it receives by being part of that body.

It is not our thought that creates this world, but the greater mind of the whole organism. The smaller minds can either function in harmony with it, adding glorious detail to this beautiful tapestry, or they can go astray, looking for something superior to this, which is a fruitless search.

So all that really matters is that your mind is aligned and in harmony with what you feel life is asking you to do. You do not need to think it all up, as that has most magnificently been done for you by the greater mind. So the only real responsibility you have is to stay aligned with the greater mind and become aware of the beautiful purpose you have in its plans for humanity, which is nothing less that raising it back to its divine state of consciousness.

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Healing the Mind’s Separation

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There is a division in the mind of humanity, and it is the root cause of all our inner-pain and conflict. We collectively project this division outside into our external reality and we see a human world in great turmoil.

Humanity is at war with itself. Can you imagine an organism trying to defeat itself, believing part of itself to be bad? It would simply exist in conflict and be likely to destroy itself. Is that what we want for the human race? Because that is the trajectory which has been set by our collectively perceiving a divided world; a world of good and bad, right and wrong.

The effect that this perspective has on our own being is that we feel like a divided person. We feel incomplete because we are not accepting part of our own self. We are rejecting it because we perceive it to be bad. We have judged it, and condemned it as undesirable, thus we reject part of our own being. We feel unholy. Part of us is good, and part of us is bad. However these undesirable ‘bad’ aspects of our being are simply a product of the original division in our consciousness, the primary malady.

Therefore if we heal the original division in our mind, we will simultaneously heal all of the resulting pain, conflict and perceived external division that results from it.

Our perception of the world will be altered, so that we no longer see things in opposition anymore; we no longer see a world that has been judged in terms of good and bad. We simply see a reality which is out of balance. This balance can be extreme, or it can be mild. But it is evident everywhere in the societies and civilisation of mankind, because it is present in the individuals within that society. If it were not there within the individuals, you would not see it manifest in what those individuals created together.

Yet balance naturally restores itself when it is allowed to because that is natural law. However, if it is prevented from restoring itself by a state of consciousness that cannot perceive the wholeness of reality and thus attempts to push part of reality away, the restoration of balance cannot occur. This is why we suffer. We resist the rebalancing process of life; we resist our healing.

When we no longer create division and dis-harmony through our judging of reality, (including ourselves), we free ourselves from the feeling of being divided inside. We free our body of all dis-harmony and inner tension. All sense of inner-conflict and struggle disappear. Our body relaxes, our heart relaxes. We simply feel whole and complete.

The thinking mind is what keeps us separate from this feeling by bringing our energy into thought, which essentially operates on dualistic principles. If you are thinking, you will at some point notice yourself dividing reality, ultimately into what you do want to experience, and what you don’t want to experience. We when think about or observe the presence of something we don’t want, we internally resist it. We do this by contracting and tensing-up our body, which inevitable causes a conflict, because our body is not designed to exist in a state of tension. The body wants to be at peace, relaxed, expansive and open to the currents of life. If tension is present, energy cannot flow and circulate around our body as it is meant to.

So there is a conflict between the ego, which wants to put up resistance so that it can avoid suffering, and the entire human organism which wants to be free of tension so that life’s energy may flow freely through it. As you can see, it is the ego which creates the suffering through its resistance of the forces of life, which are actually deeply benevolent, restorative, and healing.

Consider the sun for a moment. Does it judge us? Does it withhold its warming rays depending upon our actions? No, it simply shines on, because that is its nature.

Similarly, the deep intelligence of life (which I also call higher consciousness) simply sees us in the light of pure awareness, without judgement. By fulling seeing us, by being fully aware of where we are in our mind and what is going on in our body, it can see where there is imbalance. By its very nature, higher consciousness is restorative and healing, and it does this energetically. When we open up to it, relax and allow its healing energy to flow through our being, we experience its restorative nature, as our inner balance is restored.

But if we do not open up to this process, and we keep denying ourselves rest and healing, pushing ourselves, and isolating ourselves as human beings are prone to do, then life adjusts accordingly. We find that life brings us the experiences that will bring us to a place of non-resistance. It may feel like life is “grinding us down” but really it is simply frustrating our attempts to avoid becoming aware of our deep need for love. It is bringing us to a place of humility, so that we learn we are not in total control of what happens in our life. Our ego, in its fearful way, wants us to remain unconscious, but this is not how life works, and it cannot continue for very long, because Life desires that we become fully conscious. And to become conscious means that we end our resistance to the deeply loving forces of the universe, and we let them permeate our being, so that we may merge with them.

Ultimately, we resist life because we don’t trust it. We believe it wants to hurt us, but we only experience pain because we resist what life presents us with. We perceive it as undesirable and unwanted – an enemy.

Yet when we understand how life works, how, being profoundly intelligent beyond comprehension, life orchestrates all of our life circumstances so that balance can be restored and healing can occur, we stop resisting it. We accept and welcome what life brings to our doorstep as necessary for us to open up, and become a humbler and wiser human being.

Ultimately, life’s omniscient consciousness want to wake us up to its intelligent, all-pervading conscious and loving presence, so that we can work in harmony with it, empowered and guided by it, sharing its loving wisdom, its light and its heart-centred intelligence with all those who come into our life.

When we see how life’s intelligence works, we relax totally and find it easy to put our full trust in it. It has no desire to hurt us. It only wants to awaken us to its love, to enable us to feel it’s joy, to bring us the sweetness that comes from being in a place of humility and gratitude – a place of union, where there is no division or distinction between us and the divine universal intelligence. There is simply one loving, intelligent force that we embody, allowing it to flow through us and direct our thoughts and actions.

Seeing this, we cannot help but feel totally secure, totally safe and totally protected wherever we may be. We cannot suffer in the hands of such a loving consciousness, but we must end our resistance to it for this to be so. We must allow it to embrace us if we wish to enjoy the guidance and total security it provides. And we must let go of our deep fear of its all-pervading consciousness, intelligence and power. It is a pure force of unconditional love, and it will never, ever harm us.

Alexander Bell

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How to transcend the global drama & live in Peace

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These are crucial times on the planet. Tension is increasing within many people, especially those that follow the mainstream news media channels (including social media) because a certain picture is being formed of where things are leading, and it does not look very positive. Fear is increasing as a result of this, and people are being simultaneously stirred up into states of hostility and anger in response to methods of leadership that seems to be almost surreal.

Humanity appears to be in big trouble, seemingly with another war looming on the horizon. There is a picture of reality that we are being encouraged to envision by the bad-news media, (including alternative and social media sources). It is a reality of conflict, hostility, oppression and fear; many people’s worst nightmare.

But is it true? Are things heading in the direction that the media is encouraging us to believe they are? Are things going to unfold in the way we are being shown? Are we going to experience another widespread war?

No, it certainly need not be so. But each one of us has to make a crucial decision. Who do we trust to inform us of what is true?

If we put our trust in the media, in the news reports, in the entertainment industry, in the politicians and actors (which are often interchangeable), we are obviously trusting something outside of ourselves, and most importantly we are trusting that the intentions of these organisations and those who work for them are positive. We are trusting that the information they are presenting us with is for the benefit of our happiness, our peace of mind, for the greater enjoyment of our life.

But clearly, it is not.

Is there anything that destroys our peace of mind more than following world news? It can be totally relied upon to create anxiety, fear and pessimism in even the most optimistic person, and it begs the question “Why do we follow it?”

We seem to hungrily consume stories of conflict, suffering, and hostility. Perhaps all the injustice we perceive stirs up our anger, our inner fire and makes us feel more alive, more motivated to protect the goodness of this earth. Perhaps we are afraid, and we are waiting for our fears to be proven correct by the unfolding of certain world events. Or perhaps we simply just want to know what is happening in the world?

Whatever our motivation is for following the news through all the various media channels, the important thing to be aware of is how it affects us. How does it make us feel? Are we left feeling good about life on Earth, or are we left in fear and dread about the future? Does it help us lead a more empowered life, or does it leave us feeling powerless?

An intelligent creature would not consume a food that made it sick. Yet the “bad news media” channels are poisoning our minds with negative information and dark visions of the future that are leaving many, many people living in a state of fear.

So at this point we must remember that consuming the media product, in all its different guises, is totally optional. If we wanted, we could never switch on our TV or radio again. We could choose never to buy another newspaper. We could choose not to give our attention to the political theatre, to the stories of conflict and hostility that pass before our eyes on social media and so on.

Many people might say that this is to be ignorant of what is happening in the world, but remember that this is not what is happening in the world. It is merely a collection of all the bad news, negative opinions and hostile communications that has been gathered for you to consume. It’s a bit like visiting a sweet shop, full of many colourful varieties of sugar-laden treats, and believing that was all there is to eat on the planet, and wondering why it made you feel so unwell.

We live upon a deeply beautiful planet, a planet upon which there are many species, of which humankind is but one. Do we really think human beings are in charge of this planet? They are not. There are incredibly powerful forces at work on the Earth, and they are forces of evolution, of deep harmony and creativity.

At this particular time on Earth, mankind is being required to align itself with these powerful forces. It is being asked to attune to the forces of harmony and creativity. This is being asked of us individually as well as collectively. We are all being asked to choose a state of harmony, a state of peace, rather than a state of fear or conflict. It is much like a body which has a serious disease, like cancer. The owner of the body has to choose whether they really want to live, or do they want to give up and surrender their vitality, inner strength and determination to thrive in good health?

If we are to survive and thrive on this planet, we have to attune to the natural forces of harmony which permeate it. We have to work with the planet, rather than against it, because this planet is a conscious living organism, which will not allow itself to perish. So to work in harmony with it, we simply need to be an agent of positivity and peace. An agent of creativity, rather than destruction; part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

The earth is so incredibly intelligent that it knows who is working for it and who is working against it. Those who are working for it find that their lives flow in a very effortless and beautiful way. They feel deeply supported, guided and protected by the Earth, because that is exactly what is happening. Those who working against the natural harmony of the earth – either intentionally or unintentionally – will find life to be very challenging – like walking upstream against a strong-flowing river current.

The current of human evolution is flowing towards collective peace and harmony, and we are simply being asked to go with this flow. This means letting going of all that creates dis-harmony; specifically, our fears, our ego, our conflicts and judgements. We are being required to let go of all of them so that we can be carried along on the currents of evolution, towards a reality of total, all-pervading peace.

For many people, fear is one of the hardest aspects of the ego to let go of because it has been so deeply ingrained in our psyche, from a very young age. It is this ingrained fear that the media plays up to and feeds, and we accept what is offered to us as valid information that has some bearing and importance in our life. But really, all this information only serves to perpetuate the view that the world is a dangerous place.

Human beings naturally want to feel secure, so there is a subconscious belief that by staying informed of ‘world events’ we will have greater security, as we will ‘know’ what is going in and be able to prepare ourselves for it. But do we really feel more secure when we stay in touch with the news? I believe the opposite is true. It makes us feel more insecure.

If we want a deep and lasting sense of security, we would be very wise to unplug our mind from the media stream of information about the world, and attune our consciousness to a more natural and infinitely more real level of information. It is the information communicated to us not by our mind, with its endless doubts and worries, but by our heart which connects us directly with the earth and informs our being with a more subtle and grounded stream of communication.

Our heart brings us the peace that we need to proceed in life free of fear. It shows us the vital importance of totally trusting in a power that is far greater than ourselves, and of allowing ourselves to be an instrument of positivity and light, so that we may uplift others who may be experiencing doubt, fear and insecurity.

This is our greatest purpose – to help others to find a sense of trust and faith, so that their way forward is lighted. It is not lighted by us, as our light can only awaken the light within another, so that they themselves can see through eyes which are free from the shadows of doubt and fear.

When a sense of trust in the heart is developed, through distancing ourselves from the mind’s fears and negative visions (many of which are planted by the ‘bad news media’), and through strengthening our heart with simple, natural healthy living and meditation, we get a clearer view on reality. It is not what we once believed it to be. It is now illuminated by the light we perceive shining in our heart, and we realise that it is up to us. It is our choice whether we experience a bright future or a dark future. It is up to us if this present moment is filled with security and peace, or tension and fear. We are the one who decides, through our choice of consciousness.

This is why a spiritual practice (like meditation) which elevates our mind from the collective level of fearful thinking is absolutely essential. We often think we are immune to the consciousness of others, but it creates a gravitational pull that we are often unaware of. If everyone around you is engaging with the level of thought, there will be a pull to do the same. This is why it is very beneficial to gather with like-hearted individuals, who are interested in transcending the divisive realm of dualistic thinking and connecting with the unifying realm of peace. We are supported in this process when we join with others who share the same desire. If we are alone, or surrounded by people who have very different priorities in life, it will be more challenging to free ourselves from the collective mindset, which is very much one of insecurity, doubt and fear.

The reality of peace, light, freedom and joy is accessible at all times, to everyone. But we have to choose it consciously. We must choose to let go of the realm of thought and bring our awareness to a deeper space; a place of stillness and quietness. A place of depth and fullness. This place is our heart, the place where our attention is always wanting to gravitate back to, if we would only extract it from all our complicated adult thoughts and be silent and still. It is simple.

Patience is necessary as the mind slowly lets go of thoughts, but as it realises that there is absolutely nothing to fear, that there is no threat whatsoever in the realm of the heart, it starts to say yes. It starts to embrace the realm of the heart as it’s true home, which indeed it is. As we allow this to happen, our hearts desire is fulfilled. It gets the attention it has been desperately longing for. It is given the opportunity to release its radiant peace and it fills our being with love.

As love washes through us, we finally merge with that which for so long we had been attempting to remain separate from. Divine Love; all-forgiving, all-powerful, endlessly patient, compassionate and caring. It has awaited our return since we first became lost in the realms of fear and doubt. Once we reconnect to it, our days of doubt, insecurity and suffering will be over, as we will see what is truly guiding our destiny on this planet. It is nothing external. We are not at the mercy of anything ‘out there’.

We access the heavenly realm of our heart, which envelops us with total security and lifts our consciousness beyond the drama of the dualistic world. We access the reality of peace beyond the realm of thought, now untouched by what previously seemed to be so important in the world, and we see this peace mirrored in our immediate surroundings.

Love has fully taken the reins within our consciousness, and it guides us faithfully onwards towards our destiny, in happiness, freedom and joy.

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Forgiving yourself

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Self-forgiveness requires self-awareness, because it goes quite deep, often back to childhood where certain founding belief systems were created about being good enough to be worthy of unconditional love. If any parent gets angry and punishes their child for what they perceive as ‘bad behaviour’, then not only are they demonstrating conditional love, but they are teaching the child that this is the way to treat his/herself.

Children essentially end up treating themselves they way they were treated by their parents. The parent demonstrates what the child deserves, and this creates the fundamental belief system in the child “I deserve this”. Therefore if a child was punished by its parent, as most children are at some point, you will find the deeply held sub-conscious belief “I deserve punishment”.

The most basic understanding of punishment for the child is the withholding of love, to be replaced by coldness, anger or mis-treatment. To a child, lovelessness is possibly the worst punishment, because all it wants is the love of the parent. When it is absent, immediately all the child’s thoughts turn to how can it bring back the approval and love of the parent. How does it have to be better? How can it be more loveable? Because it perceives that it is not good enough as it is.

As the child grows up, it subconsciously fulfils the belief system of “I deserve punishment” or “I do not deserve love/happiness” and self-sabotage gets played out. Love is rejected, and the individual denies themselves self-love. They opt instead to punish themselves through the denial of love, because this is exactly what was demonstrated to them by their parent(s). This also gets played out with other individuals, especially in intimate relationships with members of the opposite sex. Loving attention is asked for, but then rejected, in a strange form of power game that brings a feeling of control and security to the person playing it. However, it also brings deep loneliness and suffering, a punishment which the individual believes they deserve.

If you have an individual that believes they deserves punishment, they will punish themselves in the same manner as they were punished. They will be harsh and critical of themselves, they will create emotional pain for themselves, they will hurt others (sometimes intentionally) and they will compound it all with feeling guilty about what they have done.

So not only does the layer of guilt need to be lifted off, but underneath this the critical self-judgements need to come into awareness, so they can be challenged by the more mature adult mind. At the root of it all, you will usually find the belief “I am not good enough to receive unconditional love”, and thus we deny ourselves of it.

To remove the weight of guilt from our heart, we have to see that we are not to blame, as guilt is essentially self-blame. Why are we blaming ourselves? We believe it is our fault that things go wrong. We believe that we are to blame for the bad things that occur in our life, and around us too. This comes again from childhood, where we learnt that everything was someone’s ‘fault’. And if love was not forthcoming from those we looked up to, it was surely our fault; a consequence of our failings as a human being.

So to undo this, we have to see our goodness. We have to be disciplined in that we do not focus on any perceived failings, but we learn to commend ourselves, to see the qualities of our personality. Our guilt is always saying to us “you did it wrong”, “you messed it up again” “it was your fault” etc. but that is simply the echo of the critical voice of the parent. If we can be alert and see that voice arise, we can choose to refuse to listen to it anymore, and thus free ourselves of the effect which its condemning tones have upon our being.

When we look back, of course we have made mistakes that might have hurt others, but such things are the consequence of learning how to be a fully responsible and fully developed human being. Mistakes are made, and we do our best not to make them again. Sometimes they are made over and over again, as we are stubborn, but that is another aspect of our humanity which we can learn to let go of. As long as the desire to learn and grow is there, we should not punish ourselves for struggling to do so, as it is not easy. As we forgive ourselves, we are learning to be more patient and tolerant with our inner-child, rather than impatient, harsh and critical. Inside, we are still that small child, longing for love, yet somehow afraid of it, because when it gets withdrawn the void it leaves is unbearable.

This is why we need to open our heart to the higher love that is never withdrawn, because it is the only 100% reliable source of unconditional love. To become aware of and accept the unconditional love of our divine spiritual parent when it is revealed to us is the healing of the wounded child, because to accept it is to confirm “yes, I am worthy. I do deserve love.”

Because unconditional love is always being extended to us we have many, many opportunities to stop denying ourselves of it, to forgive ourselves and let ourselves experience it. So forgiveness occurs as you allow yourself to experience it, free of any thoughts of guilt or unworthiness.

Only the letting-in of unconditional love can heal our wounds, erase all our perceived mistakes and sins, and bestow its beautiful light upon us.

Alexander Bell

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