Evolving Your Spiritual Understanding

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Human consciousness is now nicely saturated with the essential understanding that this present moment is all that exists – that future and past are just mental states. So it is time for collective wisdom to advance a little, so it can move away from a purely cerebral experience of this moment, to a deeply blissful one. The collective peak of our consciousness is now being witnessed, and people are really ‘getting it’ that this very moment contains everything that we need.

But we have to do more than get it. We have to embody presence, so that we are feeling it, experiencing deeply the sense of total fulfilment and the perfect harmony of life’s energy within our body, in every cell, as they vibrate with life’s innate joy.

It feels deeply blissful, because the body is free from the smallest drop of tension (all of which is created by the mind) thus there is no interference in our cells from disharmonious energies created by thought. There is only relaxation, expansiveness and a very tangible feeling of positive energy circulating freely through our body. If you relax your body now, you can feel it. This is a very grounded state, in which the ‘divine electric current’ of consciousness can continuously flow through us, because we are connected to the Earth, through the feeling our body.

This is essential, and it helps us be free of the mental reality created by our thoughts. We are not just thinking beings, we are feeling beings, and we should remember that all the positive feelings we want to experience are available to us now, if we come out of our mind, back into our body, and enjoy the feeling of simply relaxing and breathing. It is being, but it is not thinking about being. It is feeling our being. And when we are feeling our being, feeling our presence in our body in this world of energy, a much deeper kind of understanding can occur.

We can experientially understand our true relationship to higher consciousness, which is an expression of loving, energetic intelligence, just as we are. We feel our connection to that consciousness which is greater than us, and thus our identity changes from being something separate from it, to being an undivided part of it. But this can only be felt to be truly understood, because we cannot understand a feeling. If we try, it simply ceases to be a feeling and becomes a concept. So we must keep our attention with feeling, with our sensing. Thought is not at all needed for us to do this. It merely distracts us from the realm of feeling.

So the practice to remember is simple: Relax your body, and allow your breath to flow. If your attention goes into any thought (which essentially disrupts the flow) bring it back to your breathing and to the feeling of relaxation and of energy flowing in your body.

Each breath fuels the sensation of energy flowing in your body, because more oxygen means more consciousness – both in your body and also in your mental alertness. This is why conscious breathing is the central theme within most spiritual practices. Greater consciousness is always encouraged by a greater supply of oxygen. This is one if the main reasons why we feel more alive, more alert, more grounded and more balanced in nature. Our cells are being flooded with their prime fuel, oxygen, and we feel it.

Couple this abundant supply of oxygen with a sense of relaxation and ease within the tissues of the body, and you will find that experiencing the joyful depth of fully inhabiting your body, and feeling your heart in a very tangible way in this moment, is not only totally effortless and natural, it is also completely unavoidable.

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Living In Love’s Reality

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I look at the natural beauty that surrounds us on this planet and I really feel that we are living in a paradise. Of course, the concrete jungles that we call cities and towns, in which a large percentage of the human population dwell, tend to make us forget what a deeply beautiful world this planet truly it. In these places, we don’t see the abundance of trees, plants and living creatures that populate the Earth, we don’t feel nature’s deeply harmonious and peaceful energy all around us. We see grey walls, grey roads and sharp edges everywhere. In these concrete jungles, we rarely hear the transcendental tone of a flowing river, the leaves blowing in the breeze, the magnificent birdsong echoing through the trees, the amazing night insects playing their divine orchestra.

Instead, we hear the dull monotonous drone of engines and machines everywhere, and we begin to attune to these frequencies without even realising it. We begin to feel uninspired, agitated, stressed and tired as all of these unnatural influences are absorbed by our deeply sensitive human nature. Such influences can make us forget our sensitivity, because our sensitivity is not being fed by the living, vibrant and deeply joyful energy of nature. This is essential soul food for every one of us, yet we forget it so easily. Instead we turn to entertainment and distraction in the form of technology and media. Our mind becomes hungry, and we feed upon the information that is streamed into our homes and work-places, even into our own pockets, upon our mobile devices that we carry around like holy books, checking religiously for a much awaited text, a news update, or a social media up date.

Yet when we finally get back into nature, into the sun, into the trees or amongst the grass and flowers, we realise how addicted we have become to the fast-hitting distraction and information that technology often brings us. We remember the beautiful feeling, the deep sense of peace and happiness that nature instils within us, which cannot be substituted. We remember our essential heartfelt connection to the natural world, from which we are truly not separate. We feel its providence and its deep beauty.

Being in nature is the best way to remind ourselves of what Love truly is. If Love were to have an appearance, a face which we could look into and gaze upon, it would look like the Earth. It would look like a luscious green valley, a deep green meadow abundant with wild flowers, a bluebell-thick forest floor, a stunning waterfall, a magnificent snow-topped mountain range, glowing radiantly in the setting sun. The power and beauty of the natural world clearly displays to us the power and beauty of Love. We feel its magnificence with us; it inspires us, takes our breath away, and excites our heart.

It is this sense of natural inspiration that we need to feel regularly. It is very important to us if we wish to maintain a state of inner-harmony, happiness and peace – our natural human state.

When we forget our natural state of inner-harmony, we get caught up in the expressions of an inner sense disharmony, in judgements, irritation, negativity, hostility, fear, anger, frustration and so on. These are all too common experiences in the Earth’s human population, especially in the places where people are living more separately from nature. This is why I believe that tools for inner-peace, like meditation, yoga, tai-chi and so on, are much more important in the towns and cities, where people are much more heavily influenced by dis-harmonious, man-made energies. A lot of these energies feed our mind, and make us conceptualise ourselves and the experience of life. Living becomes a thinking experience which occurs in the mind, rather than feeling experience which takes place in our heart.

We are very much creatures of the heart, yet the modern world turns us into creatures of mind. This is very clear to see and observe, especially in the way people communicate with one another. You usually hear people talking about what they “think” – their opinions about other people, about the world. It is often about who is right and who is wrong, what is good and what is bad. This is merely a reflection of the dualistic nature of the mind. It sees division and separation everywhere, thus it sees life as a process of conflict, where everything is battling with everything else just to survive.

This is very much a human perception, which is also projected upon the natural world. Thus we even allow the mind to taint the beauty and perfection of nature through it perception of life as a battle of survival. Yet the natural world is not fighting; it is simply dancing with itself. Every single living creature is but a small wave of form upon the ocean of living energy, and it is perfectly in harmony with itself. Yet the dysfunctional human mind projects it’s own inner-conflict and dis-harmony upon this magnificent theatre of light, sound and form which we call the world, and creates something which is devoid of beauty, and full of struggle and conflict.

It is a bit like taking a beautiful film of a wild sea creature frolicking joyfully in the water and then over-laying the very ominous sounding music of the shark film “Jaws”. Something of joy and beauty becomes something full of threat. This is what the human mind does with the world.

And it does not help that we endlessly consume news stories full of conflict and suffering, danger, violence and threat. Such information has a powerful effect on the way that we feel and the way that we perceive the world. It influences the collective mindset to such a degree that we sometimes feel that we are being pulled into a collective “bad dream”, which is being envisioned by millions of anxious minds as they project a future devoid of happiness and joy; and full of conflict and misery.

But it is no more than this; merely anxious minds envisioning an uninspiring and fearful future, this creating a totally uninspiring and fearful present-moment reality. After all, our reality is our state of consciousness in this present moment. One person can be in heaven while another is in hell. Which is true, which is real?

Essentially, what you are feeling is what is real for you in this moment. People often enter into debates about what is conceptually real, but opinions will always be divided within the realm of thought. But who can negate the reality of what you are feeling? It is very real indeed, because it is being experienced throughout the depths of your being.

We allow our thoughts to influence the way we feel to a very large degree, and because so many of humanity’s collective thoughts are based on fear, division and hostility we very often feel afraid, divided and hostile. We also feel insecure, incomplete, and lacking on a very primal level, because thoughts are very insubstantial things, like clouds in the sky. They cannot nourish us. Yet we so often try to get nourishment from them, feeding our mental perspective on the world, bolstering our ego, trying to find some security in our beliefs. But ultimately this cannot happen, because our true and deepest sense of security comes from our heartfelt connection to the Earth, to its providence and love.

When we feel the nurturing energy of Mother Nature in our heart, we know that we are part of her family, because it is a very tangible experience, beyond any doubt. We feel supported, we feel guided and provided for. As we attune ourselves to the guidance and love of Mother Nature, which is always communicating to our heart, we relax. We feel safe in a way that is beyond comprehension. It is simply a feeling of total security, which does not need to be sustained by thought. It is Love’s Reality, the place in which we dwelled in our joyful childhood innocence, before the mind grew sophisticated with its thought processes.

We can return there, simply by bringing our attention away from the complexity and duality of the thinking mind, and back to the undivided realm of our heart. How we do this does not matter. It can be through music, through meditation, through singing, playing, dancing, being in nature. All that matters for us is that we do it, and do it often. We do not need to dwell in isolation for a single moment more, because we are truly not alone. We simply shut ourselves off in conceptual boxes of thought, of opinions and beliefs, and we wonder why we feel lonely or separate. It is because we do not belong there, with our head amongst the clouds, unable to see the magnificence of where we truly are, unable to feel the depth of our being and it’s connection to the entirety of creation. Instead, we think about it. We talk about it. We even argue about it! Oh, humanity, how unwell you are. But the remedy is close at hand. It is the arising of your awareness of where you truly belong and what you truly need. It is Love.

As we re-attune our awareness to Love’s Reality, the Reality of our heart, we become deeply re-acquainted with what it is like to be there. We remember how totally natural it is to us. We remember how effortless it is to dwell there, because we belong there. It is not something new; it is something totally familiar on every level of our being. We recognise it instantly, and our mind, our heart, our body and our soul all join together and sing out in a heavenly chorus “Yes, yes, yes. This is it. This is what is real. This is where we belong. We are home.”

Alexander Bell

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Restoring Peace To The Heart

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There is a great deal of pain in the heart of humanity. We are all – without exception – such deeply sensitive creatures, who are intended to dwell within the gentle and peaceful realm of our heart. Yet so many of our early experiences in this world encouraged us to close our heart to varying degrees, in order to protect ourselves from further pain in what often seems like such a harsh and insensitive world.

Nobody wants to experience pain in their heart because it is pretty much unbearable, therefore closing the heart is a natural response. Yet as a result, we lose our essential connection to life and to the divine energy of the universe, which occurs through our heart. We stop feeling our heart and our attention moves out of our body and into our mind, into thoughts, and life becomes a cerebral experience. We think about everything, we try to understand and process life through our thoughts, and we experience ourselves as an expression of our mental beliefs and opinions about who we are and what we stand for.

We begin to experience ourselves as almost 2 dimensional, because we are not feeling the depth of who we are. We are not feeling our heart. We have become disconnected from our intuition, from our sensitivity and our vulnerability. We become almost machine-like, as the rigidness, efficiency and unfeelingness of the mind becomes our entire operating system, our way of relating to the Universe in which we find ourselves. This is not living. This is fearing, this is controlling, this is hiding, all because we have forgotten the total peace and security of our heart.

What is the cost of this? It is the loss of joy, the loss of freedom and happiness. It is a very big price to pay, because our heart begins to wither, our body weakens, and we sense that we are losing the greatest gift that the Universe could ever bestow upon us: Vitality, Life.

We are here to live, and to experience the divine beauty that is an expression of our own heart. We see it all around us in the natural world, which is simply an outer material reflection of the inner spiritual paradise which we all carry around within us in our heart.

So how do we allow the wounded heart to heal, so that we can open up once again to life’s richness and beauty, and experience the beautiful depth of being alive? How we can we feel the divine magnificence of Love in our heart, and let our heart shine like a beacon of light, to help others who may be lost in the darkness?

Essentially, all we need to do is release the tension which is held deep within the heart. It is this which keeps the heart tight, in a cocoon of fearful self-protection and anxiety. And as everyone knows, to release tension all we need to do is relax. But how do we relax the heart?

We begin on the outer level, by relaxing our body and letting it be free of tension and stress. We restore peace to the body. There is no rush in doing this, because it is a very enjoyable process. As tension leaves the muscles, a feeling of relief comes in because we are finally experiencing some freedom from all the inner constriction that we carry around with us wherever we go, and it simply feels good.

This is the freedom which the body really needs – freedom from tensions and constriction. As we relax and the feeling of relief spreads over the whole body, the relaxation naturally spreads inwards towards our chest and into our heart, as that also relaxes and releases its tension. It is an effortless process, because tension naturally wants to be released, and the body wants to release it, so it can feel free once again.

If we simply sit still and quiet for a few moments and notice the state of our heart, we will see if it is relaxed and open; and whether love is flowing through us. Or we will see if the heart is tense and anxious, afraid for some reason. And it doesn’t matter what that reason may be. Fear is fear, no matter how noble its justification may be.

So with this simple awareness of our heart, we can be aware of what is motivating our actions, our thoughts and our words. Are we communicating from the love we are feeling in our heart, or are we communicating because we are afraid of something?

Our communications carry the energy of where we are communicating from, so even if our intention is to help another individual, if it comes from fear of what will happen to them if we do not say anything, this fear is what is conveyed to that person on a subliminal level. This is why our own sense of trust and inner-peace should be our priority, because then we can communicate those energies to others. If we fear for the future, how can we convey a message of trust and faith? People will simply pick up on the underlying energy of fear that is present within us, motivating our communications.

So if we are to communicate a message of true peace, love and faith, we must be feeling these things ourselves. And then we won’t even need to say anything in words, because our message will be clearly felt by those around us, as their heart naturally resonates to the peacefulness which is present in our own heart. If this peacefulness is not present, no amount of clever or convincing words can be a satisfactory substitute for it. Essentially, people respond to the energy which we are embodying, rather than the words we are speaking. Speak from your heart, and the hearts of others will hear you. This is how communication can lead to communion, which is its true and original purpose.

Peace and blessings,
Alex

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The Joy of Being Who You Already Are

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“We are but children, innocently longing to find our way back to the world of joy, freedom and happiness we once knew.”

As human intellect and intelligence evolves, as it is continually doing and which can be clearly observed through our astounding technological developments & advancements as a species, we find that, in very sophisticated ways, we are also more convincingly able to distract ourselves from the fact that we are not truly embracing the wondrous gift of being alive. We try to overlook and ignore what our heart tells us, that perhaps we are not living our lives to the fullest of our potential, embracing the fullness of our consciousness, really shining like the beautiful star that we truly are.

To someone who is very comfortable in their illusion, surrounded by all their favourite distractions and comforts, this may all sound like a tremendous effort. The very thought of “shining like a star” may seem quite exhausting, but it has nothing to do with effort, and everything to do with the joy which naturally bubbles up from within a healthy heart. When joy is flowing from within, we radiate an invisible energy of light that affects everything around us, and is transmitted into the collective consciousness to uplift the entire human family. This is how important our state of consciousness is.

But even from a very selfish point of view, our joy is essential to us because it reminds us of our true energetic potential. It reminds us how deeply important it is to simply be happy and to be in a positive state, because when we are the entire universe is transformed. We often think that life is very objective, an outside experience that we don’t have much influence upon, but the opposite is true. The reality of Life is totally subjective. The world which we truly inhabit is not the world “out there” but it is the realm of our inner state of consciousness.

We attune our awareness to certain levels of consciousness, and that is the realm which we experience as our reality, our world. The material world is really just a mirror that reflects to us where we are at, as we project our state of consciousness upon it. The beauty of the natural world is also constantly reminding us of the beautiful potential that our consciousness holds to be an expression of joy, because this Earth truly is an expression of that energy. You can hear it when the birds sing. You can see it in the exquisite colours of the flowers and the blossoms. You can even taste it in the delicious fruits, miraculously produced by the magnificent trees which populate this beautiful planet. It is all an expression of joy.

Our primary task and our main purpose on earth is to re-attune ourselves to this divine frequency, so that we are working in total harmony with the natural energies that permeate the planet. It may seem like a challenge, only because we have allowed our awareness to get pulled into the muddiness of the thinking mind, with its fears, doubts, worries, judgements, hostilities, criticisms and guilt. We have created an entire other world for ourselves, made of thought, separate from the joyful beauty of the earth, which exists solely in our mind. So much of our attention is given to it, that we bring these energies into our bodies, that begin to feel almost lifeless and devoid of energy. We also project them upon the earth, creating the same dullness that exists in our consciousness in vast forms upon the external world, such as huge concrete cities the sprawl across the landscape, in which we choose to immerse ourselves, believing that there is some kind of deep pleasure to be experienced within these vast lifeless labyrinths.

Yet human beings cannot create anything that comes close to the transcendent magnificence of nature, and the state of consciousness it evokes within our being. We can spend decades within a city, seemingly enjoying all the many pleasures and distractions it offers, and yet just one day in a beautiful natural place will set our heart singing like we have never known before.

We are creatures of nature. Our heart longs to sing like the beautiful song birds. We yearn to feel within us that beautiful freedom of not being restricted, of having no boundaries, no division between us and the love of the universe, which pours upon the earth from its divine source. But we need space to feel this. We are not designed to dwell within concrete boxes, separate from the energy and sounds of nature, unable to feel it’s soothing and revitalising presence. It is more important to us that we can imagine, yet we forget and we get lost in our heavy adult world, constructed of anxious thoughts, unwelcome obligations, frustrations and loneliness. How sad this is.

We choose this for ourselves, even though it is highly encouraged that we do so in society. But when we get to an age where we truly decide how we want to live our lives, we can set ourselves free from all that we allowed to weigh our heart down, including all the sophisticated adult belief systems that reinforced our sense of duty and obligation to such a joyless way of living.

If we want to be free, then we are free to be free. We are free to change our life, to let go of the things which do not nourish our heart, to live in the environment that we know our inner child will thrive in. Because that inner child does not disappear, dissolve or die. It is there right now, waiting for the next opportunity to be awoken and express its enthusiasm and joy, its innocence and happiness. This is where the light resides within you, within the joyful innocence of your ever-youthful heart, which only ever wants to be free to express itself. All you have to do is be brave enough to ignore everything which tells you why it should not – all the self-judgement, fear and adult self-restrictions, and let yourself be free to shine in the light of your heart’s joy. It is truly all your heart has ever wanted to do.

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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.

Alexander Bell

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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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