Alexander Bell is a fully awakened, God-realised spiritual teacher, a composer of healing and transformative music, an authority on physical rejuvenation and a father of four children. He has been teaching for over 12 years, and resides in central Portugal where he lives close to nature with his wife and children. We hope you enjoy his work…
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Most people are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve being expelled from the garden of Eden, a place of total peace, security, providence, communion and bliss. We are all longing to return there, even if our longing is subconscious. It is the desire to return to the innocence, wonder and joy of childhood; to once again fully experience a world which functions upon the foundations of love, benevolence and beauty.
Yet we have all been loaded down with guilt by modern society. We are conditioned from an early age that we have to earn love by being ‘good’ and if we are ‘bad’, we do not deserve it. We are conditioned by the mentality of religion, telling us that we are sinners, we are impure, we are adulterated, we are not good enough for God, and because of this adopted belief system, we simply believe we do not deserve to return to the garden, to a life of peace, freedom and happiness. Instead, through our perception of ourselves as ‘bad’ in some way, we subconsciously believe we deserve punishment, which we inflict upon ourselves in various ways, often without even realising that we are causing ourselves suffering.
Guilt itself is a punishment. Guilt is a bad feeling, a heavy oppressive weight upon our heart which prevents us from feeling uplifted, happy, joyful and carefree. As long as guilt is present, we will remain in suffering. We will keep ourselves away from the innate happiness and joy which is our birthright.
So that weight needs to be removed, and it is the first thing we should occupy ourselves with. Looking at the world and at ourselves through the lens of guilt is a great distortion, which prevents us from taking intelligent and productive steps in life that will benefit ourselves and others. We will simply act out our sense of being a burden within this world.
But you are not a burden. You are a gift to this world. The care and compassion which reside in your heart are the most deeply valuable energies in the universe. Do you realise the profound magnificence of compassion and love in this Universe? Can you imagine a world completely without them? Yes, you are a gift to this world, but you will not see this or feel this while you are looking at all your failures, all your faults, all your mistakes, and feeling guilty about them.
The remedy is obvious, and it is totally liberating. You must forgive yourself. Only in forgiveness does the need for guilt evaporate, because forgiveness means the end of punishment. When you forgive yourself, you are saying to the real you which dwells within your heart, “you no longer deserve punishment”. This is a groundbreaking moment, to decide that you no longer deserve to suffer. It means the end of self-denial, the end of self-harm, of pushing yourself beyond what is physically and mentally good for you.
It means that you no longer agree with that voice in your mind which says “You are bad. You don’t deserve the goodness. You don’t deserve love, happiness and kindness. You should feel bad about who you are. You deserve to struggle and suffer.”
Once you learn to ignore that voice, once you stop seeing yourself as a ‘sinner’, a bad person, then you are able to see your goodness. You are able to recognise that you have a heart that cares, even though it may be struggling to show itself. You have goodness within you, and that goodness is who you truly are.
You are not the addiction that you have picked up within this addictive society. You are not the compulsion, the greed or the selfishness. Our society encourages those traits. You simply absorbed them from the collective social environment which you grew up in.
Our society and our culture are overflowing with corrupting influences, which are very difficult for a human being to not absorb, especially an open, innocent and vulnerable individual, which everyone is at heart. So, inevitably we get affected by these corruptive influences, we absorb them and they play a significant role in shaping the person we become. We become addicted, corrupted, selfish, greedy and uncaring all to varying degrees, because of the influence of our societal environment and our culture.
Then, to compound this, our social morals of justice tell us that we should feel bad for our imperfectness, for our compulsions and addictions. We should feel guilty that we are not a ‘perfect’ person, that we are addicted, that we are selfish, that we don’t care as much about other people like we are told we should.
Guilt is like the nails in the coffin, whereas our addictions and compulsions are the coffin itself. This doesn’t mean that we are going to die because of them; it means we cannot truly live in happiness, peace and freedom because of them.
So the first step to getting out of the coffin is to remove the nails, which is the guilt. We have to stop feeling bad about how we are. It is simply not our fault. We are very much products of the society and environment we grew up in. See this, and you will have compassion for yourself. You are not to blame.
However, you are the one who must liberate yourself. You are responsible for responding to your situation in the most intelligent and beneficial way. Once you have forgiven yourself by seeing you are not the bad, mal-intentioned person that society had gotten you believing you are, you must address the addictions and compulsions that have been ruling your behaviour and your thinking for so very long.
You must observe and learn which choices you habitually make are having a detrimental effect on your wellbeing, mentally, physically and emotionally. We are subtly addicted to so many habits that do not encourage and support our health and happiness, that this takes time, but it is a joyful and rewarding process because we are learning to make more inspiring and more healthy choices, that make us feel happier, healthier and freer.
It is a path of increasing beauty and joy, because we are letting go of all the habits (including mental and emotional ones) that have perpetuated our suffering in some way. There are usually deeper layers of guilt that arise along this process, guilt that formed in our early years, and as we let go of these deep-seated inner oppressions that have weighed upon our heart for decades, we regain our sense of child-like playfulness, our innocence, and our joy for being alive.
We realise that life on this glorious planet is a gift to enjoy, but not selfishly. It is a gift that we are meant to enjoy together, as one human family, always reaching out to those in need, always at the ready to support those who are struggling. We will find that this is a deeply instinctive characteristic of our heart, as it opens and grows in strength and compassion.
Indeed, our heart is the key to our return to the metaphorical Garden of Eden, this heartfelt reunion with the loving benevolence of the natural world, the deep peace, security and joy that comes from releasing all of our guilt, our fear for the future, our self-judgement and condemnation. Our heart is the gateway, the portal to our renewed perception of the divine beauty which has always surrounded us, and has always been available to us. The only difference is that now we realise we are worthy of it. Now we have abandoned the old guilty self, which was literally just a spectre, a figment of our self-judgemental imagination, sustained by a belief system instilled by our culture and society.
We have regained our sanity, our correct perspective on the innocent child which operates at the heart of every one of us. We were never expelled from the garden because we were never guilty. We were only talked out of our right to be there, by the divisive voice of judgement and guilt that was installed into our psyche at a young age. We were merely ill, at the mercy of this mental manipulation which convinced us we were fallen, and that we might as well surrender to our nature as a sinner; we might as well enjoy the world of sin, over-indulgence, self-gratification, and self-obsession, because the garden of beauty and peace was no longer an option.
But it is. It is available to you right now. You were never been rejected or ousted; you were merely turned in the wrong direction at a young age, by your society and your culture, and you were told “walk in that direction and you’ll find fulfilment”. You were told to pursue education, success, ambition, material wealth, notoriety, and just keep going in that direction.
It never occurred to you to simply turn around, and walk back in the direction from which you came; back to your joyfulness, back to your innocence, back to your vulnerability, back to your playfulness. Yet this is all you need to do.
You may have long-ago given up your rightful place in the garden as lost, but nothing is lost. You are awaited there, just as your heart awaits your attention in this and every moment. All you have to do is abandon the false ideas of who you are, and remember the true you, the innocent you which dwells there, as it always has. You are being called home. It is time to turn around…
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Human beings want to understand everything. Yet there comes a point when mental understanding becomes detrimental to our simple enjoyment of life and to our appreciation of the deep beauty which exists beyond the thinking mind.
And the truth is, almost everything exists beyond the thinking mind! Yet we allow the realm of thought to become our entire world by limiting our perspective to such a degree that we often find it difficult to see past it.
It is like getting lost in watching a television screen. Essentially, you are staring at a piece of glass with moving coloured lights behind it. These lights form images which stimulate your mind, captivate your attention and lead you to completely forget the outside world as you get absorbed in the content being shown on the screen. It takes you into an illusory realm which is so compelling and interesting, that you just keep on watching it. There is drama, sometimes laughter, happiness and sadness – all range of human emotions are evoked by what is on the screen – and the body feels it all as if it were really happening.
In this way, our feelings are very much at the mercy of what is being shown and told to us, like a news report showing pictures of unhappiness and suffering, whilst informing us that unhappiness and suffering is becoming more widespread, and that we should become concerned about our own safety and well being, as everything is unstable and there is potential threat everywhere around us. This is not ‘the truth’, it is just a perspective, a lens through which we can view the world, if we choose to believe it.
When we finally switch off the television, its effect Still remains in our consciousness. We go outside and instead of fully seeing the beauty of the natural world, the potential for growth and change that exists absolutely everywhere, we continue to be influenced by the negativity that we absorbed from the television. It literally clouds our perception of reality.
The commentary from the television becomes the commentary of our own mind. It is like we super-impose the reality from the TV screen over everything, and it becomes the lens through which we view the world. Thus, we see a world of threat, of suffering and unhappiness. Even when we are in a beautiful place, surrounded by beautiful sounds, feeling the beauty speaking to our heart, our mind will try and invalidate and spoil it with negative ways of thinking, bringing back into our awareness the negative information that we have previously allowed into our consciousness at some point.
With this negative perspective of the world, the mind tries to undermine any real experience of beauty and happiness because it simply cannot accept that the world is a safe place, that the deep beauty of the world has any real value to us, when it seems that our existence, our happiness and our well-being is constantly at threat. We live in anxiety about what may happen, when we could just as easily live in peace.
In this way, the mind tries to dominate our life with its perpetual insecurity about everything: our safety, our health, our finances, our social position, our appearance, our personality… in fact, absolutely everything. Because it is the lens through which we are looking that affects what we see. Looking through a lens of insecurity and fear, we feel that nothing in the world is enough, including ourselves. An almost imperceptible veil of darkness appears over everything, making us blind to the reality which is not dark at all, but in fact full of light.
The clear lens of our mind, which perceives the true light and beauty of reality, is tainted and coloured by the negative perspectives which are encouraged in our mind through the “bad news media” – on the television, radio and in the newspapers. Even if we don’t take it too seriously, it still affects our consciousness. The wisest thing to do would be to no longer subject yourself to its influence by removing negative media sources from your life.
Given its highly compelling nature, especially when shown on a screen in dramatic fashion, we need to be strong enough to move our attention elsewhere, away from the drama, sensationalism and endless negativity of the bad news media, which can be very convincing. It is insidious and specifically tailored to grab our attention and to not let it go, lest we switch off the TV or throw away the newspaper and go outside into nature and experience what is truly real, and let that influence us instead.
If everyone would make this choice, much of the negativity that exists in society would vanish very quickly, to be replaced by the harmony and sense of well-being that the natural world always inspires within us.
On a personal level, we can all do this. Instead of spending our spare time in front of the television or computer screen, or reading newspapers and magazines, go out into nature at every available opportunity. Even if it looks grey and miserable through your window, the harmony of nature is always present, irrespective of the weather, and it will always speak to your heart. It is our heart that needs to be nourished.
Much of the information that we are presented with – through the media, the internet and the advertising which is seen almost everywhere in most towns and cities – speaks to our mind. Our mind is fed and encouraged to be opinionated and filled with thought, and as a result we experience a sense of ‘top-heaviness’ as our head dominates our life, while our heart takes a back seat, strapped in tightly, lest it climb into the front and take the steering wheel!
If only we would allow our heart to fully guide us on our journey through life, we would experience what life is truly about. We would see and feel the greater depth that is present in everything, the joy inherent in being alive, the perfect harmony and timing in which existence operates, in which we are constantly invited to participate.
We only need to bring our mind out of the clouds of thought, to feel our heart and see, through a clear and uncoloured lens, the light which shines through absolutely everything. This is Reality.
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“The Truth is Deep Harmony”
by Alexander Bell
Deep in the heart of every human being is the longing to remember their life purpose, their reason for being in existence, yet many people consciously doubt they have a purpose, and they spend their days, weeks, months and years simply going through the motions, finding temporary fulfilment through consumerism and distraction, trying to avoid the sense of isolation and emptiness that comes from not knowing who they truly are, and why they are really here.
But the answers are there in each one of us, and they are far less complicated than our mind expects them to be. Why? Because the answers do not take the form of thoughts, concepts, or mental understandings. The answers are experiential, and take the form of peace, joy, happiness, gratitude and inner-radiance, felt in our heart and throughout our being.
Put simply, our reason for being here is to remember these qualities and to embody them, bring them into the forefront of our lives, to the forefront of our awareness, so that they are not merely fleeting experiences, but ways of beings, facets of our true nature which shine from within us in their full beauty, unimpeded and unobstructed.
It is only when we forget our heart, our peace, our innate feelings of happiness and inner goodnes that we start thinking about life and questioning its purpose, looking for answers in our mind. But the answers are not there. All we can find in our mind are thoughts, concepts, mental understanding, opinions, beliefs and so on. Do these really help us to live a fulfilling life? Most of the time they just create disharmony within us, barriers between us and other people, and some degree of confusion. And if we believe that we’ve got the answers, the situation is even worse. We can so easily delude ourselves that we ‘know’, yet still be lost in the illusory realm of thought. What do we truly know of any value, if we do not know peace, love and deep inner happiness?
People tend to hold on to their mental perspectives rather strongly, and they can be quite defensive if they are challenged in any way. This is why mental perspectives can never bring about universal harmony, because they usually differ from person to person. Even among spiritually inclined people (i.e. people who choose to look within for their sense of fulfilment and happiness) there can be many barriers to unconditional harmony, because they hold on to strong spiritual belief systems, about God, the Universe, human nature, the meaning of life and so on…
But if we just let go of our belief systems, and come back to experiencing a state of inner harmony, we would realise that this is the most essential basic foundation of our being. Because if there is disharmony within us, how do we see and experience the world around us? How can we experience the deep beauty of life if we are experiencing inner disharmony? It is impossible. And from a place of disharmony, we simply share it with the world, even if we don’t mean to.
Therefore, if we are to live as fully conscious beings, this is the most primary and essential aspect of life that we must be aware of. Are we in a state of inner harmony, or not? Ask yourself this question right now.
Because if we are in disharmony, we are lost, adrift in foreign seas that cannot bring us home. But if we are experiencing and feeling life’s natural energy of harmony within our being, we are in touch with Truth and cannot become lost. Harmony is our compass. It will guide us back to where we belong; to the realms of deep inner peace, beauty, love and freedom.
Inner-harmony is like a simple golden thread that comes from a divine origin, down into this dualistic reality which we believe to be so real. It is the only true thread of Reality, and if it is absent, we are not in touch with what is real, no matter how convincing, deep and wise our mental perspectives may appear to be.
As we become more deeply acquainted with the presence of harmony in our body and clarity in our mind, Reality reveals itself to us more and more, until we are so familiar with what is true, that we cannot get lost in illusion again. Fear becomes a thing of the past, doubt fades away and what is left is a deep inner knowing – within our being – of who we are and what is ultimately true. The light shines bright within our heart, and we see this light mirrored in the outside world.
People argue worldwide about what is ultimately “true”, and therefore it is obvious that harmony is not at the heart of their communications! If it were, there would be no argument, no disagreement, no difference of opinion. Just a shared experience of inner harmony, mutually recognised and mutually enjoyed. This is where we all must meet. This is what unifies us all.
So, on a very practical level, it is important to recognise how we create disharmony within ourselves. There are obvious causes – like watching the news, or listening to aggressive music for example – and then there are not such obvious causes – like eating foods that the body struggles to process. I often bring food into the picture because it simply cannot be avoided. Food is one of the most influential aspects of our day to day experience. It influences our energy levels, it influences the level of thoughts we find ourselves on, it influences our emotions, our degree of calmness or reactivity. It cannot be ignored, although many people try! You can read a whole separate article on how to eat for increased inner harmony here – but suffice to say that with simple, natural, easily digestible & unprocessed vegetarian food, rich in greens, low in sugars & free of stimulants, you cannot go far wrong.
It is also important to consider what information you allow into your mind. If you read the newspapers and watch the news, you will undoubtedly be influenced to some degree by the negative messages which fill them. People who read & watch horror films and books, or listen to aggressive or depressive music and so on are not making it easier for themselves to enjoy prolonged states of inner harmony. We cannot escape the simple fact that every single thing influences us. Food, music, film, television, the way we talk, our living and work environment, the amount of technology we use, and so on.
If we pay close attention we can observe what effect all these have upon us. We can then make changes, choose differently and bring in more harmonious elements (like filling our work place with beautiful plants, or spending lunch-breaks in the park instead of the cafeteria etc.) The more we bring in more natural energies, spend more of our free time in nature rather than indoors etc, the more we can influence the degree of harmony which we experience throughout the day.
Meditation is practiced by millions of people worldwide for this very reason; it simply harmonises the body and mind, leaving us feeling balanced and positive. Most people worldwide get pulled into thought without consciously choosing to. Attention seems to get drawn into the mind automatically and before we know it, we are thinking about everything and anything, and dealing with the feelings this creates in our body, which are often not harmonious.
But what would happen if we noticed when our mind tried to pull us into thinking, and we chose not to? What if we chose instead to give our attention to our body – to enjoy relaxing it, breathing more oxygen into it, stretching it, moving it if we need to…?
Our body needs so much more attention than it usually gets, and the result of giving it more attention is – again – a greater sense of harmony, felt deeply throughout our body. Excercise oxygenates our body, gets our blood flowing, makes us feel stronger and more grounded. It is an essential aspect of living a harmonious and life.
We have become used to a more sedentary life, and the result is that we simply lose our energy. For example, what do you do with your spare moments? Do you sit down, perhaps turn on the tv or radio, pick up a newspaper or magazine, browse social media sites, grab a coffee or a sandwich, smoke a cigarette? You could just as easily choose more active or more harmonising practices, like taking a quiet walk, listening to the birds, relaxing your body, meditating, putting on some inspiring music, making a healthy juice or smoothy and so on. Why not see what you can do? You have every single day of your life to practice, and the result is simply more and more harmony, felt throughout your entire being. And do you know how deeply harmonious you can feel?
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“What is happening on Earth?”
by Alexander Bell
Many people focus on the news, reported by the mainstream and alternative media, and use it as a basis for their view of the world – be it a positive one, a negative one, or somewhere in between.
But the very most important ‘event’ which is occurring on this planet – so much more important than all the news stories – is happening right here, right now, within your own state of consciousness, which is evolving in this very moment.
Have you noticed? Slowly but surely, consciousness is intensifying. It is the very most important thing to be aware of, so I will explain what this means…
If your consciousness is invested in fears and worries, slowly but surely they will become more and more intense, until you are so convinced that such terrible things are about to occur that you will either have a nervous breakdown, a heart attack, or go crazy.
However, if your consciousness is invested in your peace, in your heart, your sense of inner joy and freedom will become more and more intense, until you feel as though you are overflowing with bliss, joy and happiness, and all you want to do is encourage everyone to open their eyes to this reality, to this truth – the highest reality we are capable of perceiving with our being.
So, it is clear that we have a choice of which experience we wish to become more and more intense. No longer can we indulge our fears and worries and tell ourselves “it does not matter what we think about”. It does matter, but up till now we have been shielded from the full effect of our choices of consciousness, because we have not been ready to use the full power of our consciousness safely and responsibly. It is like not giving a young person a hammer and nails to use, until you know for sure that they can use them responsibly and safely, without hurting themselves or someone else.
The time has come now on Earth for us to step forward and take full responsibility for our own consciousness, and thus our own experiences. No longer can we delude ourselves in blaming others, blaming God, blaming the government, the “powers that be” etc. for our unhappiness, for our sense of isolation, for our fear, anger or sadness. It is time for us to take full responsibility for all of these things, and by doing so, realise how we have been creating them with the choices that we make on the many levels of our being, in every moment, every day.
For example, we have a choice of what thoughts we believe, and in turn this influences how we behave and how we communicate, depending on the nature of the thoughts: good or bad, peaceful or not-so-peaceful. And if we transcend thought altogether and become aware of what lies beyond thought – the realm of silence, peace and inner beauty – then this awareness will also be expressed through our being in very benevolent and harmonious ways.
You see, it is the energy of harmony which it is imperative that we attune to. This harmony is experienced everywhere in the natural world, and more importantly, it is experienced within our entire being when we are in a state of peace, when we are in touch with a deeper part of ourselves than just our thoughts; in touch with our heart.
Negative thoughts are the biggest problem because of the disharmony they create within us, often without us even realising it. We might watch the news, believe the stories presented to us and think (perhaps subconsciously) “Oh my goodness, something bad is going to happen soon..”
And what happens? Fear is created within us. Deep inner disharmony is experienced, in which every cell of the body contracts in fear. What can we do? How can we deal with this?
You see, in the distant past (and this also occurs within the animal kingdom) the fear would be a result of a threatening situation – like the presence of a predator for example – and the entire body would shift into ‘fight or flight’ mode. It would tense up and energetically prepare itself for an explosive burst of energy, so that it may either escape its predator with speed, or fight it with great aggression.
So what happens when we watch the news, for example, and we are told of a major global threat – a widescale global war perhaps? If we believe the story then we will most likely fear for our own well-being. We may think “Am I safe? How can I find safety in this situation?” and start to consider how we can find security for ourselves and our loved ones. This type of thinking comes from the ‘fight or flight’ mentality. “Flight” means to find safety. “Fight” means to destroy the threat.
So what if we are being convinced by the media stories that neither is possible? – that we cannot escape, and we cannot remove the threat. What on earth do we do then? We believe we are destined to suffer in pain, and so we become consumed by fear, as every cell of our body contracts, our muscles tighten, our breathing becomes restricted, and our attention fixates completely upon this fearful scenario that has been planted and encouraged to grow in our mind. This is the grip of fear.
But amidst all of this, what would happen if you relaxed your body? If you brought your attention away from those thoughts, and allowed your breathing to flow deeply and calmly (essentially, removing all the physiological symptoms of fear)? Would fear still be there? No. Amidst all the imagined threat, you would be in a state of harmony, relaxed and calm.
Does that sound insane? I must tell you, it is the only sane course of action. Because to be in fear is to be in hell. But to be in a state of inner harmony and peace, completely irrespective of what appears to be occurring externally, is to be in contact with heaven; the transcendental realm of untouchable peace.
But really, we do not need to concern ourselves with such scenarios, because the threat we are being so thoroughly convinced of by the “bad news media” is not real. It is very convincing, and globally many people are envisaging its occurrence in the very near future because of the all-pervading influence of the media. But do you really trust the media and the news? And if so, why?
Does the media aspire to make your life richer, empower you, inform you how to be freer, happier, more loving? Or does it just present you, day after day, with reasons to be afraid? Reasons to be pessimistic? Reasons to be distrustful and suspicious?
Some people may say “well the media is just showing the facts of reality, because these bad things are happening on earth, and the world is in turmoil..” Yes, bad things are happening on earth, but in terms of ‘world events’ they are significantly in the minority because there is much goodness, and enormous positive change occurring on the planet. Truly wonderful things are happening, but if we allow our minds to be sucked into the pessimistic and fearful viewpoint propagated by the bad news media, we will have difficulty seeing the goodness. We will not become aware of the 90% positive news, occurring as the consciousness of humanity evolves towards higher realms and expressions of compassion, care, humility and peace; our minds will be fixated only upon the 10% bad news, which just so happens to be broadcast into every home, printed in every newspaper and transmitted on every radio station. No wonder people are struggling to see the light which illuminates our way forward as a species.
So what can we do? It is easy – do not rely on the media (in any shape of form) for your world view. If we spend more time in nature than we do consuming news stories, we will be informed of a much deeper truth; one that our heart instantly recognises as genuine. We will get a deep intuition of a bright and beautiful future for all inhabitants of planet earth, one that our heart has always longed for. And it will be so. The only question is whether we get there smoothly with minimal turbulence, or do we get there after much trauma and upheaval. We would be wise to choose the first, and each one of us certainly has the power to do so.
This is why it is essential that we establish a reliable way of staying connected to our sense of peace and trust in the path forward. Both will be tested, so they need to be strong to ensure we are not pulled into negativity and doubt.
For this purpose, relaxation and meditation are two of the most important tools to incorporate into our daily lives, because both restore peace to the body and bring greater awareness of our heart’s peace and our sense of inner harmony and positivity. It is these innate qualities which we need to focus our attention upon, because it is important that we are one of the people that brings hope to others who may not be so strong. This is a deeply important, yet very simple role that we can all play, just by being ourselves, relaxed and happy.
Being in nature as much as possible is also a very powerful way to support our sense of inner harmony and peace. I would say it is essential on a daily basis to spend at least one hour in a peaceful natural environment, attuning to nature’s deep harmony and absorbing its peace, because it is like food for our heart and soul.
Many people do not practice meditation because they find it difficult to address the power of their own mind, and the thoughts which come and go from there. So for those people I would say just forget the word ‘meditation’ and understand that the important thing is experiencing the peace which lies beyond thought. We cannot rely on thoughts for our peace because thoughts are dualistic by their very nature. For every positive thought, their is a counteractive negative thought, and as long as we are looking to our mind for solutions to any inner disharmony or disturbance, we leave the door open to the influence of all thoughts.
The intelligent thing to do is to go right to the source of our peace, the source of our feelings of harmony, happiness and inner strength – our heart. A very simple and practical way of doing this – which everyone can do – is to put your hand on your heart and to feel it beating. Try it now. Put your hand on your heart, and feel your heart beating. As you do so, just continue to breathe in and out gently, without getting pulled into thinking. If you notice that you get involved in a thought, just relax, stay calm and come back to your breathing and the beating of your heart. This is all you need to do, and it is as easy as it sounds. You only need to move your attention away from your mental experience, toward your physiological experience, and observe that instead.
Your natural physiological and mental state is one of total harmony, and when not interfered with by the anxious mind, this harmony is strong and deep. As we spend more time attending to this part of ourselves, nurturing it and feeding it with health and consciousness, we become like a strong tree, deeply rooted in peace and vitality, unmoved by the winds of change, no matter how strongly they may blow.
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“What is Truth?”
by Alexander Bell
Just like fish exist in water, we exist in Truth. We are surrounded by it, immersed in it. But what exactly is Truth?
Conscious, Loving Intelligence.
Consider these words and these attributes for a moment…
Truth is the essence of reality. It is Reality. But why don’t we always perceive it? Are we afraid of it? Are we afraid of being totally transparent to this Conscious, Loving Intelligence?
Yes, many people are, and they hide from it. Where do they hide? In thought. They hide from the light of Reality in the shadows created by thoughts, by doubts. And even when the light of Truth is perceived, many people choose to return to doubt, return to thought, so that they simply do not have to face the light of Truth. But why, when Truth offers no threat to us whatsoever? Quite the opposite…
We have been taught collectively from a young age about a vengeful and punishing God that judges us, and this is embedded deep in our subconscious. We expect to be judged and punished at some point – perhaps on judgement day? But what people call “God” is the Conscious, Loving Intelligence that is Truth, that is Reality. It is all encompassing Love. And love does not ever judge.
This luminous, loving intelligence is the living fabric which reality is made of. Awareness of the fabric, the luminous essence of reality brings us into a heavenly state. And that is all that is needed. Awareness.
There have been many wise teachers over the centuries who have taught us about Love, Peace, Truth and the ‘Divine Reality’ – the kingdom of heaven which exists within all of us, which is projected outwards creating the reality we perceive as being ‘external’.
Different as they may have been, all of these teachers had one thing in common; they were all looking in the same direction. They were all looking within and speaking of the reality they encountered there; a reality of peace, light, harmony and sanctity.
Were they “special” people? Were they perfect human beings? It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we turn our attention to what they themselves were focusing upon, what they were speaking of and encouraging us to look towards – the light within, the realm of total peace and magnificence within our own heart. It is there within you, right now.
We are all perfectly able to see the same reality that these teachers saw, because it is not hidden. We are all capable of experiencing the same sense of union with a greater universal force that they experienced. It is fully available to us. So why do we not all experience it?
Put simply, we choose not to look there. Instead we focus upon other things – our material desires, our material obligations, our thoughts. So many thoughts – about our self, about each other, about the world – about anything and everything! Thought is the greatest distraction in the universe, yet thought is virtually insubstantial – like the clouds in the sky – and the reality it creates is totally unreal. Even so, many human beings seem compelled to give all their attention to the thoughts that come into their mind.. Are you free to choose not to think if you wish?
This is why all the great teachers of the past have encouraged us to quieten our mind, so that we may become receptive to a more subtle, more real, and more illuminated reality – one that does not come from the mind. It is the reality of the heart. The illumination of consciousness which emanates from our heart comes from beyond the material world – it is a fully spiritual experience, but a totally natural and essential one. Without it, we would not be alive.
The more we bring this awareness into our life, the more light we experience in our being, which we feel as happiness, joy, freedom. This is what makes the birds sing and the flowers bloom. The energy of joy, present in the very fabric of reality. Joy does not mean a state of excitement. It means a state of radiance, experienced as we fully allow our heart to shine. And why would we not?
Many people are afraid of letting their heart shine, because they fear ridicule, or they fear pain, hurt, or sorrow – things that in the past were experienced in connection to what should have been happy experiences. And so our desire to feel and express our happiness and joy gets supressed. Our heart’s desire to radiate happiness – like a flower radiates beauty – gets ignored.
The heart is like a beautiful rose, that needs the light of the Sun to enable it to open up its petals and radiate its beauty. Our heart simply needs our attention. When our heart does not have it, it begins to wither. Our attention becomes entangled in the realm of thought – a very poor substitute for the heart’s realm of peace and beauty – and in the process we simply create more tension and contraction in our heart. This is how we become afraid of life. We make life seem so threatening, when it is not remotely so. Quite the opposite in fact. It is deeply benevolent.
So the good news is that all the heart needs – all that any heart needs – is for the Sun (our attention) to shine upon it once again and it will come back to life. Perhaps slowly, perhaps quickly, but it is guaranteed to happen. It is very important that this our focus: shining our attention on the realm of our heart, so that we can live a peaceful and fulfilled life. With our attention in this place, we will never forget what is real, we will never forget who we are, we will never be afraid of life.
Self-knowledge (which is essentially full reacquaintance with the illuminated realm of our heart) fills us with a deep sense of trust and security. If there is no trust in our life, then we simply feel insecure. The less we trust, the more insecure we feel. Everyone knows this feeling of insecurity, but does everyone know the feeling of total security? It is what so many people are seeking for in their lives, without even knowing it. Every living creature needs to feel secure. It is so deeply primal that it influences everything we do, everything we say and everything we think. Once total security is realised – through knowing what is real and knowing our relationship with reality – happiness and joy are a natural consequence. We can only find our full freedom through finding total security, just like a tree’s deep roots allow it to reach out to the stars. Until we find our deep sense of inner security, we cannot do the same.
So how can we feel totally secure in a world that seems to offer so much threat? We simply distance ourselves from that which creates the sense of insecurity. We free ourselves from the influences that feed anxiety and fear in our lives. There are many of these influences in our media-rich society, and they all feed our mental insecurity. We consume the information they present without even realising the degree to which they are spoiling and undermining our Peace and happiness.
Therefore we must nourish ourselves more consciously. We must allow ourselves to be nourished by more harmonious energies, such as that which we experience in nature, or through beautiful music. Our communications should focus on positivity, rather than negativity, inspiration rather than gossip. It is easy to do this, but it does require a little self-discipline. We are so used to negative input – from the media, from our communications, from unhealthy foods – that our mind has simply gotten used to thinking in negative ways. Our body responds with illness, malady and disease in various forms.
The simple power to change this very common way of experiencing life is just a choice. We must simply be conscious to make positive choices in every area of our lives. For example, we decide that we will not speak negatively. We decide that we will not eat unhealthy food. We decide that we will not watch or listen to negative media. This is actually very easy to do, because there is a wonderful incentive and the consequences of doing so are most enjoyable. There is no greater incentive than more happiness in our being, more joy in our heart, more positivity in our mind, with fear and worry becoming a thing of the past – just an old habit that we allowed ourselves to get sucked into through our choices.
We are totally free to experience the life that our heart longs for; a life of happiness, freedom and complete security, lived in the full light of of consciousness, rather than in the shadows of doubt, fear and uncertainty. Why on earth would we choose illusion over truth, when the Truth is everything that our heart desires, and so very much more…
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