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Let’s begin by first understanding exactly what “spiritual awakening” is. We are hearing this term more and more, as spiritual teachings become more mainstream, but do we fully understand it, and are we sure we want to experience it?
Once we understand exactly what it is, how it occurs and what it entails, we can choose to put more energy into bringing about our own spiritual awakening, as we take simple steps in the direction of greater consciousness, greater freedom, greater compassion and selflessness.
Spiritual awakening is the most natural and important process that occurs within a human life, after birth itself. It could be seen as a second birth, or a rebirth in which we open our eyes to a light-filled reality which we always sensed existed, yet always remained just out of our awareness, except for a few brief glimpses if we were lucky.
It could also be seen as the flowering of our True Self, the blossoming of our heart as it opens its petals fully to the warming light of reality, allowing it to shine upon its very core, so that its deep inner beauty can be illuminated for all to see.
This experience is a very tangible one. We feel it within our heart, as well as perceiving the Truth within our mind, and thus it brings and experience of total balance, wholeness and inner completion.
There is a path to walk, and along the path we must learn how to let go of our mental fears and anxieties, because it is these which keep our heart in a state of contraction and prevent it from opening fully. There are many fears that arise on the way, and the important thing to learn is how to not engage with them when they do. We must learn how to choose to remain connected to our peace and to Truth, rather than give our power away to thoughts and energise them with our attention.
This is much easier than it sounds, because it is actually a very natural thing. Choosing to invest our energy in thought instead of peace and happiness is just a tendency, a bad habit that was started in our formative years, as we were surrounded by thinking adults who demonstrated to us that this is normal human functioning.
But of course, it is not, even if most of the human population do it. This is why meditation and yoga have now become mainstream, because they are deeply valuable tools and practices that are helping people re-establish a healthy way of functioning, mentally, physically and emotionally. People are using these practices to help themselves return to a state of sanity and clarity, balance and peace, and to liberate themselves from the pull of negative tendencies that create struggle, unhappiness and suffering in their lives.
So as we use these tools to help ourselves awaken from the realm of perpetual thought – which is where fear, stress and mental suffering originate – we simultaneously awaken the heart also. The heart wants to be free, to be awoken and liberated from the constriction that fear creates within it. The heart wants to be free to experience joy, happiness, peace and love. It wants to give, to care totally and unconditionally, and feel deep compassion and connection to all that lives.
To allow the heart freedom to fulfil its purpose in our lives is the most intelligent thing we can do, because it benefits absolutely everyone. We feel a deep fulfilment within ourselves, as well as the deep freedom and joy that naturally bubble up from a healthy heart. Others feel the care and compassion that flow from us, and we enrich the world and those around us simply with our presence on this planet.
If you consider that the realm of thought has created certain structures on this planet, such as mainstream society for example, which operate on logic, limitation, punishment and reward, and most significantly, money as a means of fair exchange. Such a structure has a modus operandi that dictates that if you want something, you must earn it. You don’t get something for nothing, and you must sacrifice your own happiness in the process.
Such structures comes from unawakened minds; minds which see things in terms of right and wrong, good and bad, and other such dualistic qualities. Yet an awakened mind does not see reality in this way, because it is no longer divided. It perceives reality from the unified perspective of the heart, and thus always considers what is the most loving course of action in any given moment. Imagine a society based on such a principle?
Punishment would not exist. Instead we would have corrective procedures for those who were disturbed or mentally ill enough to hurt another individual , or exhibit any other socially inappropriate behaviour. Such behaviour obviously does not come from a happy, well and balanced individual. It comes from someone who is probably angry, desperate or troubled in some way. Such an individual certainly has the capacity to be healed of their troubles, because healing is always, always possible, no matter how extreme or depraved the person’s mind may be.
And again we come back to the source of the problem, which is the unawakened mind which is split, confused and agitated, experiencing a distorted view of reality and thus naturally resulting in volatile and irrational emotions and behaviours. There is no balance, no perspective on the thoughts and emotions which are arising, and thus the human has a tendency to be possessed by whatever energy arises, whatever thoughts whisper in their ear.
So when the mind is healed, and when traumatic emotions are resolved and released, balance always returns. And when balance is supported by a healthy lifestyle, it grows stronger, more deeply rooted and unshakeable. An awakened mind does not sit on the clouds, indifferent to the world, but rather it sees the solutions which are needed in the world. The primary one being more care, compassion and understanding between all people.
When the mind and heart join forces, the full creative power of the Universe is harnessed and we are able to create new social structures based on the rock-solid principles of compassion, tolerance, healing and love. Such structures cannot fail to work for everyone, because everyone needs such principles to guide them in their life. Such principles ensure that people do not suffer, and it is plain to see that there is far too much suffering in the world at this time.
Can we really look forward to a future free of suffering? Yes, absolutely, but we must all play our part in the collective shift of attitude that is so desperately needed now. It is happening, and we are being asked to awaken from the old paradigm of intolerance, punishment, and heartlessness that had ruled humanity for so long. Love, understanding and compassion for all beings without exception is the new paradigm, and we must establish this in our own lives first, before we see society change dramatically.
How do we do this? Simply observe the mind’s tendency to judge and to condemn others, even if it someone who has wronged us in some way. Because as soon as we engage with such a mental perspective, we keep ourselves locked in the old paradigm, which is a paradigm of suffering.
Instead, we always strive to understand what has motivated another human to behave in a certain way. It is usually hardship, frustration, suffering and emotional or mental disturbance of some form. When peopled are troubled to a greater or lesser degree, they behaviour always reflects this, and what that person truly needs is not hostility, judgment or punishment. They need help
The new paradigm asks us to help each other, rather than to punish each other. To understand rather than to judge. To care rather than condemn. And such things are starting to happen in the minds of billions of men and women around the planet on a daily basis, as we move forward collectively into the new era of peace which awaits us.
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In our life, we open the door of our mind to all sorts of different thoughts. As a result we feel all sorts of different things in our body and in our emotions.
So, if we wish to feel only Peace, then we must distance ourself from all thoughts which are not peaceful. It is simple.
But we can even soar completely above all the clouds of thought, and experience the heavenly realm of light which exists there. As we leave all thoughts behind us, we are lifted by the winds of our breath into a place of total clarity.
Here you feel the sun shining, but not above you. It shines within you. Because in this heavenly state, you become the sky itself. You are transformed into spirit and you become aware of the vast space which exists within every cell of your body. This space is infinite, and thus connects you with infinity, which you can feel in a very tangible way.
And within that space is the energy of Life. We need not think about it, because thought only brings stagnation, conceptualisation, lifelessness. We must feel this energy. It is like a gentle fire burning within, fuelled entirely by each fully conscious breath we take.
And for each breath you take, there will be a thought that wants to take your attention away from this spacious awareness, this state of presence. And this never stops, because the thoughts do not run out. So we must be vigilant to keep the wind beneath our wings, and to allow each breath to lift us higher than any thought that may arise.
It is like the eagle, and the crows that pursue it. The eagle doesn’t not surrender to the crows when they chase it. Neither does it fight with them, or try and fly faster than them. It simply lets the air currents lift it higher, where the crows cannot fly.
So be like the eagle. Each deep breath is like a strong and steady flap of the wings that lifts you above the clouds of thought. As you remain in a state of calm relaxation, no matter what thoughts appear, let that flow of breath be consistent and steady.
Bring your attention to the feeling in your heart, and bring relaxation into the depth of the heart. The body may shiver of shake, and more thoughts may arise as you release deeply stored fears about letting go, but just let them evaporate in the fire of your focused awareness, fuelled by the free flow of oxygen you bring in with your breath. Simply remain above all thought, and let breath awareness keep you there.
It is a natural thing, because your heart has wings, it just requires that you breathe life into it, so that it may ascend into the heavenly realm, where it belongs.
The Bell Foundation For Inner Peace
“Imagine if someone told you that in 3 days time, the world would separate into two new planets. On one planet would be only selfish people. On the other planet would be only selfless people. Which planet would you want to be on?”
Consider the messages of Buddha and the messages of Jesus…. messages of Love, compassion, humility, inner peace and purity of heart. These messages are deeply important to all of us – not just to think about and preach to others – but more importantly to experience for ourselves, to feel within and embody fully.
For example, it may be comforting knowing that “the kingdom of heaven is within”, but we have to go there. We must go within. If we don’t go there, then where are we? We are obviously not in heaven!
If we want to go there (and who would not want to exist in a heavenly state?) we must choose to do so with our actions, not just our thoughts. We must ensure that loving intentions are the guiding force in our life, so that everything we do, say and think is deeply imbued with the energy of love.
You could call this a kind of purification of our life, because as love replaces the ego and all it’s selfish and underhand motives, we become transparent and clear, like a flow of crystal clear water, a beautiful waterfall.
This is purity of heart – unmuddied by the pollution of selfish thought. If such thoughts arise within our mind, including thoughts of judgment – of rightness and wrongness about others or about ourselves – we should not to believe what they are saying to us.
It’s a little bit like the snake in the garden of Eden, whispering selfish ideas into the ear of Eve, telling her “Put yourself first… Satisfy your own desires… Please yourself…” The apple she tastes creates the desire for knowledge, innocence is lost and the ego is born.
It is symbolic, but we all need to return to our innate state of grace, to our place in the Garden, to the innocence, sanctity and selflessness of our heart.
The heart does not entertain thoughts of taking and wanting, like the ego does. It is totally preoccupied with giving. For this reason, we should be wise and use our life as an exercise in giving, an exercise in selflessness, as this is what aligns us and connects us with the kingdom of heaven, the infinite realm of peace, light, and love within our heart. It is the only way to return to Eden, by giving yourself in service to Love. Helping others, caring for others, giving to those in need, without desire for reward or recompense. It is what we are here to do.
It is selfish thought that is the greatest cause of weakness in our lives. As a result, the mind grows strong and forceful, while the hearts innocent desire to give and share unconditionally is oppressed. Thus the heart is weakened, and selfish thought dominates. This can easily be reversed though, because in any moment we can stop thinking about ourself, and do something selfless instead.
Imagine if someone told you that in 3 days time, the world would separate into two new planets. On one planet would be only selfish people. On the other planet would be only selfless people. Which planet would you want to be on?
The Bell Foundation For Inner Peace
There is a powerful biological drive within every living creature to remain alive. We have a deep inbuilt desire to live and to thrive, because this is the very nature of existence, the essence of being. It is awake, alive, dynamic, energised, and totally conscious.
Yet, what happens when human beings start to choose unconsciousness in various ways? They simply create their own demise, by resisting the flow of Life which is pulling them to return to a state of conscious wholeness, free of the illusion of separation, back to unbound consciousness.
Consciousness is not a finite “thing”. It is a limitless ocean of intelligence; it is infinite, it is all that exists, it is absolutely everywhere and it permeates everything. All that we see in this apparent world of separation is but a wave upon the ocean of consciousness. It appears to have a separate form, but when we explore more deeply, we find that everything is connected, because at the basis of everything is energy. From a tiny grain of sand to the enormous creatures that swim in the ocean. Energy is the substance of all creation, and quantum physics has proved this as fact.
And this is why human beings suffer.. They are an embodiment of an energy that is very alive and does not want to stagnate. It needs to flow, and also to grow in its intelligence. As human beings become more intelligent with their life choices, they choose things which encourage greater inner-harmony and balance, greater flexibility and fluidity, greater consciousness and awakeness, which leads us onwards in our journey towards reunion with the source of life, which is eternally alive, eternally conscious.
Therefore, to make the opposite kind of choices – choices which create dis-harmony and imbalance, stubbornness and stagnation, unconsciousness and sleepiness – is to invite suffering, illness and premature death upon ourselves. Yet this is what most of the world population is doing. Why?
Because of the ego.
As I mentioned at the beginning, our innate biological drive is to live. Our body wants to thrive in good health, to enjoy a sense of vibrant aliveness within every cell, to feel the joy of living. That is the capacity which every living creature has, and there is a strong momentum that pulls us towards experiencing this. It is the pull of Life, calling us to fulfil our potential, in a very simple, effortless and experiential way.
However, the ego wants something completely different, and thus conflict is created within the human being. The ego does not want to jump into the river of life and flow towards full consciousness (which is our destiny). The ego wants it’s own little warm pool, separate and cut off from the energetic and vibrant flow of Life. Thus, the ego chooses stagnation for us, even though we are often not aware that this is happening. But we feel it; as a lack of joy, a lack of energy, a lack of light in our perception of the world, and of ourselves.
Why does the ego choose this? Is it ‘evil’? No, it is not. It is simply afraid. The ego is simply a product of fear. What is it afraid of? It is afraid of being hurt, of experiencing pain and suffering (although ironically it the ego which actually creates such experiences for us.)
In its desire to avoid pain, the ego creates a barrier between us and life – the realm of thought – so that we have a filter through which the powerful force of Life must first go through before it reaches us – a bit like airport security – so that we can feel safe that life is not going to harm us. When we perceive there is no threat, only then do we open up to whatever is coming our way, because the ego is actually very innocent and simple. It’s only desire is to avoid pain (and to choose pleasure instead). It believes that if it doesn’t do this, it will not experience any goodness, any happiness, any pleasant experiences.
You see, the ego perceives Life as a threatening force. It doesn’t see that Life is actually a benevolent force, bringing positive experiences for us to grow in happiness, joy and love. It is blind to this. It sees that life brings mostly painful experiences, so in response, the ego wants to take control of the vehicle and choose what happens to us, choose what experiences we have, what people we meet and so on. It simply wants to choose safety, so that we can feel secure. In truth, the ego just wants to protect us, but in reality it prevents us from feeling the deep joy and happiness that only come from opening up our heart to the experience of being alive.
Yet the ego believes that if we open up to life, pain is inevitable. Why does it believe this? It comes from our childhood. Children are naturally open hearted, innocent and vulnerable. They feel life’s joy and wonder unfiltered. But at some point, they are hurt by the harsher energies that come from the people they love and trust most; their parents. The very first time a young child gets shouted at or scolded by their parent, it is very shocking and painful for them. They burst into tears and the heart instinctively contracts. They are not used to the fiery energy of anger that comes from adults, and it is strong. So every time it comes, the foundations of the protective ego are built up more and more, because the child wants to protect itself from feeling pain. And strong adult emotions are painful and scary for them, like being subjected to a huge tidal wave. Children are deeply sensitive creatures (as adults are at heart), yet we forget this.
The stresses of adult life build up within people daily, and the demanding nature of parenthood stretches them even further, and they lose our patience and tolerance with the ones they care about most. So the child learns to keep a protective barrier around itself, so they can feel safe. The ego comes into play. The child starts to think: “If I behave like this, I am less likely to get shouted at” and they start to control their behaviour. They begin thinking about everything they do, monitoring the likelihood of it leading to good feelings, or bad feelings. Adults do exactly the same. This is the ego choosing its reality, and it is motivated by a fear of pain.
But what happens in our life if the ego is not choosing what we experience? What if the mind is not in control of the steering wheel, but the heart is instead? This is where the word ‘courage’ comes from (‘cour’ being French for ‘heart’). Because it does take courage to allow the heart to be in control of your life, when the mind is telling you a thousand reasons why this is a dangerous thing to do.
But I assure you, it is not dangerous to give the heart control. It is very important we do so. Why? Because the heart is attuned to something that we cannot be aware of through our mind. It is the guiding force of Love, which flows through Life like water flows through a river. It is conscious, it is intelligent and it knows where it is taking us.
From the mind’s perspective, it can sometimes be hard to see that life is bringing us exactly what we need, and leading us in the direction we need to go. But when we come back to our heart and look around us from this perspective, everything makes much more sense. We see that Life is calling us to be courageous, to open up our heart and to experience the depth of Love which is available to us at all times. For this to happen, we need to move away from the fearfulness of the ego, with it’s anxious and doubting thoughts, and once more discover the place of trust and security within our heart.
It is a choice, to be made over and over and over again. Each time we make the choice to trust, our heart becomes stronger, and we restore our faith in something that has been with us since before we can remember. A force of Love, which gives, protects and cares for us deeply. To experience this consciously, we need only to be courageous enough to relax our heart just a little more every day. The reward for doing so is fulfilment on the deepest level of our being. Reunion with Love, peace in our heart, and peace in our soul,
Life can be challenging. We all want to live in a world of kindness and warmth. We all want to live in happiness and harmony, appreciating the deep beauty of life, without getting tangled up in the struggles and complications that modern living brings. So why does it sometimes feel so very challenging to do this, when surely it should be the most natural thing in the world?
We get distracted from what is really important in life, and we set the wrong priorities in our life. If we would prioritise treating people the right way, with kindness and tolerance, prioritise taking time and care with all the things we do, prioritising living simply and healthily, we would enjoy the fruits of such practices.
Our happiness is enriched by having friendliness and warmth and in the relationships with all the people around us. Everyone knows what it is like to have a dispute with a friend, or a heated exchange with a stranger. It doesn’t leave us feeling good at all. Rather, it leaves a residue of dis-harmony within us, which we can sometimes struggle to free ourselves of. Conversely, when we are brave enough to smile warmly at all the people we meet, helping anyone whom we can see needs a hand, our heart feels deeply enriched, and happiness and joy flow freely, even if the people don’t smile back!
So if we can learn how to avoid conflict with others, how to avoid differences of opinion, our life would be infinitely richer. It is challenging, because sometimes it seems that some people are just waiting to vent their frustration upon another person. They may often be in a bad mood, and therefore lack tolerance and patience with the people around them. They may be struggling with an emotional issue of their own, which makes them irritable. Who knows… but we have to learn to be careful with our communications and discerning also, because another persons inner dis-harmony can easily be passed on to us, if we are not careful.
We have all experienced this happening to us – and we have all been the perpetrator at some point also, hurting someone close to us. Therefore we can understand what leads a person to be hostile and unkind. It is usually frustration.
Have you ever been frustrated about something, and then lost your patience with the most loving person around you, perhaps even a child? Sometimes we justify this to ourselves, saying “he/she deserved it” or something similar. But even if we are dishing out what we think other people deserve, where is the harmony in our lives? Does it really feel good to be cold and cruel with our communications? What happens to our heart amidst this type of behaviour? Does it increase our sense of inner-harmony and happiness? No. We just remain bad-tempered, blind to the true beauty of life and of other people also.
This is why developing patience, tolerance, understanding and love are absolutely essential, and should be at the top of our priority list. This is a daily practice, and there is no more rewarding practice we can engage in. When we do this, we simply bring more compassion into our lives, more love, harmony and happiness. This is why – even if someone is very rude or unkind to us – we should let go of the feelings of anger or injustice as soon as we can, because they are very damaging. What do we replace them with? Compassion, understanding and forgiveness.
When we understand that someone’s behaviour is a result of their own inner-disharmony, frustration, unhappiness or suffering (which we know it is, from our own experience), then compassion is the natural consequence. Rather than hoping they get “taught a lesson” for being unkind to us, or wishing suffering upon them, or punishing them with our angry thoughts, we must find the way to come back to the innate compassion in our heart. Understanding and forgiveness are the ways to do this.
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It is the primary nature of our heart to be caring and to be giving, and we all know the deep importance of both.
If we stop caring, the heart starts to wither and grow cold. Life loses its depth, it’s light and beauty. If we stop giving, we begin to isolate ourselves on an island built of our own personal desires, and self-gratification begins to take a grip on our life, as we forget the deep fulfilment that comes from freely giving our time and energy to those around us who are in need of help.
For example, do parents care for and help their children because it is a well paid job? No, they do it because there is a bond of love between them. They simple care deeply in their heart for the well-being of their child, and to neglect this bond and this responsibility actually causes suffering for both. The child needs to be helped, and we need to be caring.
It is vital to our sense of humanity, and to our sense of purpose also. What really is the point in being here if no-one needs our help? Is it to just be a good consumer, to try and fill all the gaps inside with personal gratification of the senses? Everyone knows where this leads – a dead end, to a sense that life lacks any true meaning and purpose. Sadly, many people find themselves at this point, because society encourages the fulfilment of personal desires, mostly through consumerism. It tells us “you will be happy once you have everything you think you need.”
Yet the opposite is true, and everyone knows this. True happiness does not come from accumulating, consuming or achieving. It comes from giving. Everyone knows this because everyone has a heart, and the heart’s basic nature is to give, to care for and to help others. When we do so, our heart is filled with a deeply rewarding sense of purpose, a sense of joy and fulfilment than cannot be experienced in any other way.
So we are designed to care. And not just about our children, our partner, close family and friends, but about everything, and everyone. Does that sound like too much caring to you? This is compassion, and the truth is, when our compassion knows no boundaries our heart simply keeps expanding, our love grows stronger and stronger, along with our sense of freedom, joy and purpose also. As we allow the momentum of compassion to build up within us, we simply want to keep giving of ourselves because nothing us satisfies this deep need of the heart.
You see, our heart is not designed to only care for certain things and people, but not for others. It is the mind that makes such decisions, and imposes them upon the heart. Why does it do this? Because it is afraid. The mind wants to keep things under control – even the amount of love we feel – because as our love and compassion grow more, our ego disappears in direct proportion, and it is the ego which desires to maintain control of our lives. But it does this at the expense of our heart. The heart desires to be unlimited, unrestricted and selfless, because in truth, the self created by the ego is the prison that our hearts longs to be freed from.
The egoic ‘self’ is a separate self, a false self that simply makes us feel separate and isolated. It is very much a prison, constructed of limiting thoughts and fears, yet we feel secure within it because it repeatedly tells us “if you let go of being in control, something that you don’t want to happen might happen to you.”
But this is merely the voice of fear, and it only creates the illusion of security. It does this by subconsciously creating a perceived threat “out-there” and then tells us what we need to do to avoid that threat; how to behave, how to present ourselves, where to go, what to do. The ego sees threat in every single situation; even social threat, where we are afraid of behaving the ‘wrong’ way, saying the ‘wrong’ thing, or not appearing to look the right way to others. As i said, it is prison made up of false ideas that we believe make us feel safer.
But where is the threat? From the perspective of the ego, it is absolutely everywhere (especially in other human beings), but from the perspective of the heart, there is no threat anywhere. As you can see, these are two very different realities, and they bring with them two completely different ways of feeling inside, and of relating with the world. Can you imagine relating to the world through a sense of total trust? You would feel completely free, there would be no perceived threat, no anxiety, no fear. You would feel 100% safe and supported to follow your heart, no matter where it led you, experiencing deep happiness and joy along the way.
Our heart cares, and it cares deeply. If we felt completely secure, we would not spend our time satisfying personal wants and desires in an attempt to make our heart happy. It is the ego that does this, in an attempt to create greater feelings of security and inner-satisfaction. But the heart is only truly satisfied when it is giving, caring and helping others. This is simply it’s purpose.
So as we devote more of our time and energy to helping people (without always thinking of payment) we experience a greater and greater sense of purpose and fulfilment within our heart. A far deeper sense of satisfaction is experienced that cannot be experienced in any other way. This is the joy of freely giving and caring, and we should never attach a price tag to this. This is what love is all about, and it needs to be unconditional if we are to experience the true freedom of our heart. As soon as the mind puts a limit or a condition on how far our Love can go, we lose our true freedom. Therefore we need to put our faith in our heart, in Love, and whole-heartedly trust it to lead us forward in our life, without the limiting interference of anxieties, doubts, fear of lack and worries about the future. Because to trust means to not engage with these negative mental tendencies when they arise in our mind. If we do, they simply create contraction within our heart and thus, contraction in our entire being. Instantly, our experiences of Love, happiness, and inner freedom disappear.
So it can be seen very clearly that it is not our purpose in life to contract; we are here to expand, because in expansion all restriction, limitation, separation and division disappear and we come to realise that life is a unified experience. We are not truly separate from anything or anyone because on the deeper level – which we perceive through our heart – a loving, intelligent and creative energy is responsible for and flows through all that exists. This is the unifying force of creation, and it can be perceived, witnessed and experienced from the perspective of our heart. It is a very natural perspective, because it is the only true perspective.
From the perspective of the heart, we come to experience that separation does not truly exist in any realm of Reality; it is just a creation of the mind. Through increased awareness of this (which requires disciplines such as meditation and healthy living to be present in our lives), our awareness moves beyond our mind and re-establishes itself back in our heart. From here we can see that Love truly is the essence of Life. In fact, it is the very fabric of Reality.
Love is the powerful energy force behind all of creation. It flows through every cell, every atom, and it is constantly calling us to come back home to our heart, so that we can see things clearly.
Human beings so easily get lost in personal desires and dreams of ambition and achievement. They get so tangled up in trying to prevent negative situations occurring in their lives (such as social rejection, poverty etc.) that the experience of Love gets forgotten and relegated to being just another ‘nice idea’ in the mind.
So we have to remind ourselves of Love very regularly. The moment Love is fully remembered, we cannot believe we allowed ourselves to forget it again! We cannot believe that we allowed anything else to become more important. Because when Love is forgotten, Reality is forgotten. What is left is the empty shell of an unfulfilling dream, in which we blindly grope around for the light switch, so that we can wake up once more, and feel the fulfilment of full consciousness.
This is why our life needs certain disciplines, to make it less likely that we fall asleep into unconsciousness of Love again. If we are to remain conscious of Love’s truth, we need to nourish ourselves lovingly with the things our body really needs: Plenty of oxygen from outdoor activity, pure water, simple and basic plant-based nutrition, and most importantly, a spiritual practice to prevent our mind from wandering into thought.
Because more than anything else, it is the veil of thought that makes us blind to Love’s reality. We get lost so quickly, tangled up in the spiders web of thought and forgetting that further thought cannot free us from our struggles. This is why meditation is essential, because without it, how do we transcend thought? We may think we are transcending thought, but the mind is very tricky and very clever and will tell us we are just fine, even though we may be asleep. It will say “there’s nothing wrong with being asleep. It feels okay to me…”
Yet where is the full depth of Love? It remains unconscious, we remain just on the surface, aware of only the tip of the iceberg of our being. We miss the beautiful depth of who we really are, and we will not know what we are really here to do. We actually have a purpose, a very important purpose, that only Love can reveal to us.
Our mind may think it knows our purpose, but it cannot. Because our most primary purpose is to remain in a space of Love, and anything which regularly pulls us out of this space is not a part of our purpose. Children are a wonderful reminder of this. We may be lost in our ‘important’ work, staring at our computer screen while our children are desperately trying to get our attention, to connect with us from their innocent heart. But we say “Not now! I’m busy with some important work.” But what is truly important in that moment? Love. And our children are here to remind us of this.
So, we may believe we have a very important purpose to be a healer, a therapist, or something similar. But if in any moment we forget the Reality of Love, we are of no great use to anybody! Because what everybody truly needs is to open their eyes to Reality. And this can only happen if we have the help of someone who is not also lost in the dream (or the nightmare, in some people’s cases).
If you are also tangled up in the dream, who can you help to awaken? At this point, only your own awakening takes precedence. It must occur first, and everything you need to awaken will come into your path. It may take the form of frustration with something which you thought was ‘important’, which simply isn’t flowing or working out. It may be losing something that you felt was essential to your happiness. It may be illness. In truth, Love uses everything in our Life to wake us up from our dream. All that really matters is that we open our eyes…
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The Light of God, which some call “Universal Consciousness”, is aware of our heart at all times. When there is contraction in the heart, this Divine Intelligence simply brings us the life experiences that will result in our heart opening more.
They could even be very difficult experiences if we truly need them, but thankfully most of us do not. When the arrogance of the mind has turned to humility and the heart has fully opened, we simply perceive the Truth – the Light of Divine Consciousness which is everywhere – without creating further shadows, through doubt or fear.
The heart fully embraces and says “yes” to full consciousness, allows is to permeate the entire being, and delights deeply in the joy created just by being fully open and receptive.
There is no reason in the universe why we would not want to experience this, because it is everything that our soul longs for…
So how do we consciously become more open to Truth, to consciousness, so there are no pockets of darkness within our being? It is simple, once we understand what Truth really is…
Truth is a flow of consciousness, a flow of loving intelligence, deeply alive, like a sea of energy. We could see ourselves like a river, through which this intelligent, loving energy flows, carrying consciousness back to the Source, back to the Ocean of Truth.
If the flow is restricted within us, we experience unconsciousness. It is as simple as that. Therefore it is very easy to eradicate unconsciousness, just by re-identifying ourself with that flow of energy, rather than the ego which is a static 2-dimensional image, which exists only in the mind.
The rigidity and lack of fluidity of the ego impresses itself upon our physical being, and we then experience ourselves as 2-dimensional also. We forget our depth, we forget how it feels to be flowing with energy, and we become stagnant. Frustration naturally develops. Yet it can vanish in an instant, along with the ego, just like that!
In identifying ourself with the flow of life-energy, the static pictures of the ego just get washed away effortlessly. But we have to make sure we let go of them , otherwise we may feel like we are going down the drain hole with them!
When we let go of the ego-related thoughts, through simple processes like relaxation, meditation, yoga, harmonizing with nature etc. we come back to our heart, which is our life-raft. We float back to the surface, to bask once more in the warmth of Love, of Reality, and feel it also flowing within our being. There is no longer a differentiation between outside and inside. There is only the light of love, everywhere.
The ego is allowed to fully dissolve because we have opened our heart to the degree where we can merge with Love, no longer needing the safety barriers of the mind to keep it at a distance, because we are no longer afraid of it. Fear was just a dream, a misunderstanding, and it vanishes along with the ego. Only Love remains…
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