Nothing to understand, everything to enjoy

I write a lot about the garden of Eden, and for good reason. It is the most important and vital metaphorical story in the whole of human history.

Essentially, it’s message is this: Don’t try to understand everything, just enjoy everything. Adam and Eve were give paradise to enjoy, as we have been. They were told not to consume from the tree of knowledge, which means don’t attempt to understand how things operate. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents our dualistic conceptual mind. The tree of life literally represents our heart.

The message is clear. Enjoy the beauty, enjoy yourselves, enjoy paradise. Just don’t try and figure it all out, otherwise you will lose touch with the joy and wonder and beauty of experiencing paradise wholeheartedly. You will become exiled in your mind, which is exactly what happens to adults as they lose touch with the childlike innocence of their heart. They leave the garden.

The garden of Eden is a story about being a child, in a world of beauty and wonder. Being innocent, not embarrassed to be naked, not self conscious.

But once knowledge and conceptual understanding are tasted, consumed and become part of us, our innocence becomes adulterated and we become impure and contaminated with what we call knowledge. We become separate from the purity of our heart. We become ‘adults’.

From this point, all that matters is returning to the Garden, to that place of innocence, joy and wonder, because that is our home. It is what we remember deep inside, and it what our heart longs for, because it was in this place that our heart sang, and resonated like a beautiful bell. It was deep joy.

So we have to track back, and retrace our steps. Conceptual knowledge was the impure, contaminating substance that was added to us, so we must release it from our system. Everything that we think we know or understand about the world in our mind, keeps us from fully occupying the realm of our heart. We are so used to getting our security from mental knowledge, that we overlooked the much deeper security that came from knowing the divinity of our being, and our relationship with creation. This is the true security each person longs for.

So as we learn to spend more time in the space of our heart, without thinking or understanding anything, just experiencing the realm of stillness and peace, we start to retrace our steps back to our innocent state. It is not complicated, because we are letting go of all the mental complexity, and remembering the simple warm space of gratitude and love that we encounter in our heart. We have to trust that this process is a worthy one, which it truly is.

Many thoughts, doubts, and worries try to take us away from the inner space of peace and trust, so our prime purpose is to become anchored and strong in our heart-centred awareness, to re-establish ourselves there, so that we feel that is our base, that is where we keep returning to when we get pulled in other directions by thoughts and emotions.

Your heart is the tree of life, at the center of the garden, in paradise, and as you learn to dwell there, abandoning all conceptual, worldly knowledge bit by bit, you realise that you never left the garden of Eden. You were not expelled from it. You had simply become lost in a dream (or nightmare) of concepts, of knowledge.

Climb down from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, from your thinking mind, as it offers only illusion, and keeps you blind to the paradise that surrounds you in this moment. Open your eyes, and feel your innocent heart beating in your cheat. You are still that child whom you once were, and you can now begin to awaken from the poisoned dream of adulteration. You are safe, you are forgiven, you are loved, you are innocent. Enjoy this wonderful life, this beautiful planet, in peace and gratitude. It is the greatest gift in the Universe, and it is given to you to enjoy wholeheartedly.

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Feeling the Depth of Life

We can sometimes have a feeling that life is against us, trying to thwart our plans for happiness, freedom and fulfilment which we have so carefully laid out in our mind. But the truth is that there is a greater plan, and it doesn’t involve us simply getting what we want, becoming successful in our chosen field, or finding someone (or a group of people) who will appreciate us and love us.

Life is an intelligent, conscious and loving force which wants to be fully manifested and embodied through you. It wants to fully occupy your heart, to restore full health and vitality to every cell of your body, and to illuminate your mind, like the Sun shining in a cloudless blue sky.

Often we think about life, talk about its purpose, speculate on its meaning, but the true essence of life is to be felt within, experientially rather than cerebrally. We need to enliven our body, to restore its vitality, feel the joy of being alive in our heart. This is when we know we are truly living.

All the myriad mental understandings, thoughts, opinions and beliefs that we invest our energy into do not bring us closer to life , they take us further into the abstracted conceptual world. There is no joy to be experienced there, no sense of connection or fulfilment. Just some superficial sense of satisfaction or security that we believe we know something. But this is not the kind of knowledge we truly need.

Our heart needs to know and feel experientially what our relationship is within this universe, and we can experience this as we allow our heart to become stronger, more open, more active. It is our sixth and most important sense, it is our radio receiver for a deeper message that comes from life, from the universe. It is how we feel the true depth and meaning of our life. We cannot know this conceptually, and although the hungry mind would like to comprehend everything, there are some things which are out if its range.

The fulfilment and depth that so many people seek – through consumerism, through material gratification, through the pursuit of success and notoriety, and even through relationships with others – is truly a spiritual depth. It is what fulfils the deepest part of us. It is what activates our heart, and lights up the entire circuitry of our mind and body. It is connection to that magnificent and transcendent beauty which is far greater than us, and far greater than anything we can understand, and it occurs through our heart.

This is why we feel so good in nature, in the elements, in the Sun, moving our bodies and breathing oxygen. We are feeding our heart with spiritual food, and it responds by becoming more active, more awake and sensitive. Nature is the greatest tool for remembering and feeling this deeper connection to life, and at some point we realise that the natural world is actually trying to wake us up. The birds sing their perfect harmonies to us, the winds blows away our cobwebs, the Sun restores warmth to the cold and dark parts of us which are in need of healing.

Truly, this world is on our side, not against us. It just knows what we need far better than we do. Its primary agenda is waking us up to the inspirational power which is supposed to be flowing through our heart; the divine electrical current which we call Love. All we have to do is snap out of our cosy bubble of physical comfort, entertainment and distraction, go outside, breathe deeply and say yes to Life…

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Children of Eden

As a father of four children, it is easy to observe that young children do not inhabit the same world that adults do. They do not inhabit the mental world of facts, information, knowledge and conceptual understanding. Rather, they inhabit a world of wonder, fascination, play, fun, excitement and imagination. Adults often say condescendingly that children are naive to live in such a world, that they will soon enough learn the ways of the ‘real world’. But who is happier, who is freer, who is more in touch with the joy and wonder of being alive?

Adults can often be very arrogant about the superiority of their learned ways, whereas children are embodiments of humility. Wide-eyed, they accept information from their elders as facts, as absolute truths, and they assume that the adults around them are wiser than them in every way, which of course they are not. For where is the wisdom in losing touch with your joy and your sense of freedom? Where is the wisdom in becoming burdened down by so much unnecessary mental information, troubling thoughts and oppressive emotions that you can no longer enjoy the beauty of life?

This is what happens to children as they are schooled and educated to be like adults; to think like adults, to divide the world up and conceptually label it all, as adults do, to judge and criticise like adults do, to feel guilty about being who they are like adults do. To spend so much of their time wandering around in the realms of thought, like adults do.

It is very revealing that we call ourselves ‘adults’. The dictionary definition of the word ‘adulterate’ is “to render something poorer in quality by adding another substance.” Its synonyms are: “make impure, degrade, debase, spoil, taint, defile, contaminate, pollute.” My goodness, this tells us so very, very much. What substance has been added to the child to render it poorer in quality, to contaminate it? It is knowledge. Conceptual knowledge.

The story of the Garden of Eden is a perfect metaphor for this, with Adam and Eve eating from the “Tree of Knowldege” and immediately losing their innocence. In that moment of receiving knowledge, they stopped being the innocent children of God, and they became ‘adults’; adulterated, self-conscious, and contaminated by what they snake offered them: a mental realm of conceptual understanding, of dualism, of good and evil, love and hate, light and darkness, right and wrong. A world of judgement, rather than innocence.

The snake, with its forked tongue, represents the verbal imparting of this dualistic perception of the world; a conceptual world of opposites, of conflict and disharmony. Through the spoken word, through the dissemination of conceptual information, this dualistic realm is created within the mind of the listener. It is constructed entirely of thoughts, of the conceptual imagery we call ‘knowledge’, which is ultimately illusory. It is a world of abstraction, created by a sophisticated mind. It is worth noting that the word ‘sophisticated’ comes from the Latin ‘sophisticatus’ meaning ‘tampered with’.

In the garden of innocence, which represents childhood, the purity of the human being was tampered with, as the appealing words of the snake encouraged Eve to bite the apple. The biting of the apple represents the consumption of conceptual information, of ‘knowledge’, which then becomes part of our body, as food does. So not only the mind but also the body became contaminated. It became susceptible to death, to strife and suffering, to inner conflict, division and disease. It was quite literally poisoned by knowledge, as was the mind in its becoming fragmented, divided and dualistic. A divided mind can only perceive a divided world; a world of conflicting and disturbing information which masquerades as desirable and factual ‘knowledge’.

The word ‘knowledge’ makes it seem somewhat valuable, but it would be more accurate to say ‘abstraction’, which is truly an illusion. A pure, child-like mind does not perceive this illusory and divided world; it perceives a unified and divine world, undivided and interconnected. The world is perceived through the heart, rather than the mind, and because in essence this world is a material minifestation of the divine, creative and deeply harmonious energy of Love, it can only be correctly perceived with our heart. This is how we ‘see’ clearly, and it is a deeper seeing; intuitive and heartfelt, rather than superficial and conceptual.

Consider the symbolic meaning of the two trees mentioned in Genesis as being in the Garden of Eden: The Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. One tree offers eternal life, the other brings expulsion from the perfect realm which is Eden, and the end innocence. These trees represent your mind and your heart. The Tree of Life is your heart, whereas the Tree of Knowledge is your mind.

So it is made clear that Adam and Eve should steer clear of trying to understand God, to understand the nature of their existence. This is knowledge, and it comes at the great expense of the heart. They are told to enjoy the Tree of Life, which means to revel in the heart’s delights, to be joyful, blissful, happy without reason. This is why they were created; to live in communion and to enjoy the beauty of where they found themselves. Nothing more was needed, all was perfect.

But in the Tree of Knowledge (i.e. in the mind) there is a voice that speaks, (the ego) and it speaks with a forked tongue (it speaks of duality). You only have to listen to your own thoughts to see this is true. The ego divides the world. It says there is ‘me’ and then there is ‘the rest of the world’. The ego judges. It creates opposition to itself, simply by taking a position, an thus conflict is born. The ego is the voice of separation and division, and thus suffering. This is the serpent in the tree. It is the voice of the essentially fearful ego, in your own mind.

But your heart does not experience division, it experiences union. It feels your connection to higher divine forces, it experiences communion and joy. Nothing is lacking whatsoever from the experience the heart brings to us, as it is totally fulfilling. But the snake whispers on, enticing us to taste the fruit of its tree and attempt to understand it all, to understand the purpose and meaning of everything, to understand the secrets of the universe. Who can deny that this is tempting?

It sounds deeply appealing, but the reality is that it means entering a completely different, more shallow, shadowy and cerebral realm of consciousness that does not engage our heart, our ‘Tree of Life’. We must enter the realm of thought, we must climb the Tree of Knowledge to pick its fruit, and accept the great consequence of doing so: the loss of the purity of divine awareness, and the ‘falling’ into dualistic awareness, of good AND bad, of light AND dark, of joy AND sorrow, of truth AND deceit. Essentially, it is the birth of spiritual darkness, the birth of suffering, pain, isolation and despair.

If a person experientially understood the full consequences of making such a choice, they would never choose it, because it means the loss of everything that is truly sustaining to our soul. It means losing sight of the beauty and divinity of the unified wholeness, completeness and perfection of Reality.

As adults we perceive the individual waves, named in their myriad of shapes, sizes, colours and functions whereas the unconditioned child’s mind perceives the ocean as a whole, unnamed and undivided. This is very much to do with the fact that children are open-minded towards everything, holding no prejudice. They are open-hearted also, because they have no reason to expect that life will hurt them, so they do not close their hearts in fear of life as adults tend to do.

Young children do not try and hide who they truly are, and masquerade like adults do. They are genuine, open, honest and un-self-conscious. They are free. This is evident from their enjoyment and comfort of being naked outdoors (as Adam and Eve originally were); to run around, play and interact, totally free of self-consciousness. For a child, the natural world is paradise, a magical playground. It is fascinating and absorbing. They demand nothing from it, they just want to explore it and immerse themselves in it. Unless they hurt themselves in some way, there is very little concern about their own self. They forget themselves very easily.

But what does our society teach children? It teaches them to focus upon themselves; to become concerned about their appearance, to be insecure about how they appear to others, to carefully present themselves in a self-conscious and well thought-out way, not only sartorially but also in terms of their personality. The freedom and courage to show yourself exactly as you are is not encouraged. Quite the opposite.

And what does society do to the minds of children? As soon as it can, it begins to educate them in the ways of ‘knowledge’, to sophisticate their mind. Even as parents, we start to explain the world in terms of facts and information, so that our children begin to relate to the world through these conceptual filters very early on. This is totally normal in our society, and who would question the wisdom of doing so?

But what happens to our children as they absorb more and more information, facts, and knowledge about the world and how society operates? Do they become happier, more creative, more inspired, or do they become top-heavy, more cerebral, more detached from their life-force, their feelings and their enthusiasm for living? Essentially we train them to become well-adjusted, functional and productive members of society, so that they can contribute to and hopefully improve the world. But what is the cost of this overburdening of their mind?

As they lose their innocence, their joy, their passion, their sense of wonder and excitement, what are they really contributing to the world? Don’t we need more of these qualities in our increasingly pessimistic and anxious world? Perhaps it is the very absence of these essential qualities among the general population that makes us collectively so negative, depressive, pessimistic, argumentative, critical, judgmental and afraid? We have gotten trapped in an entirely uninspiring and limited conceptual world-view which exists only within our own minds, and we have lost touch with the infinitely more inspiring realm of joy, creativity, excitement, laughter and spontaneity that brings light into our lives and into the world.

We have become adulterated by the dualistic whisperings of knowledge encouraged by our fact-driven society; whisperings that tell us all the things we ought to want to know about the world, and a great deal of it is not very pleasant. We get drawn further and further into our mind, as it’s furnishings become more and more complicated, elaborate, enticing, more detailed and sophisticated. We construct a mental realm which superficially appears to have everything we need, and we try to inhabit it. It provides us with our sense of security, it provides us with all the wants and desires that bring us worldly pleasures and material satisfaction. But there is no joy to be found there; no freedom, no inspiration and awe. These come from our heart.

It is only in the mind where we encounter darkness, doubt, fear, judgement and isolation, because these are all created through the processes of thinking, and they begin to form at a surprisingly young age. Many children are afflicted by these qualities early on in their life, as the adult world encroaches on their world of innocence and wonder. Of course, we say this is just an inevitable part of growing up, but it really depends on how we want our children to mature and operate in this world.

As loving parents, we naturally want them to blossom, grow and flourish happily, to engage deeply with their creativity, with their gifts and passions – not to become anxious, troubled, depressed and frustrated. But sadly this is usually the case in our society, and it can be observed if you look at groups of young adolescents. Inspiration, joy and enthusiasm are clearly lacking. Whereas self-consciousness, anxiety and insecurity are plain to see.

Do we really want to fully ‘adulterate’ our children, and condition their phenomenally brilliant consciousness to the same extent that ours was? Or do we want to do everything we can to keep their innocence, enthusiasm and joy alive, and nurture their sense of being at one with the natural world? Keep in mind that there is literally no substitute for the heart-felt connection to the natural world which children instinctively posses. It is an essential part of our identity, as we are expressions of our natural habitat, which is what the natural world is. We are a part of it. We have a deep inter-relationship with it, that goes far beyond what we can understand, and it is vital to our creativity and to our deeper enjoyment of life.

So it is crucial to understand that if these deeply positive and essential aspects of a child’s personality fade away and become forgotten by them, it is a momentous challenge to re-inspire them. Do you know how to restore a child’s sense of innocence, joy, enthusiasm and connection with the natural world? It is a near impossible task once a child has been burdened down with the full heaviness of our conceptual interpretations of the world and the ideologies of their society.

But eventually, later on in life, healing and transformation will impose themselves in a person’s life. What usually happens is that the ‘adultness’ runs a certain course, and it leads them to a certain distance away from the innocence, vulnerability and freedom of their heart. They become so corrupted by the world (and remember, we are all adulterated children in grown-up bodies) that they will either suffer from depression, a nervous breakdown or some other life crisis, like a life-threatening illness or perhaps even a serious accident. There will be a serious wake-up call at some point in their life which will shake their foundations, and if they are lucky they will realise how deeply lost they had become in their mental mis-understandings about the nature of the world and themselves. They will realise how far away from their heart, from their true self, they had strayed and as a result they will strive to re-orient themselves within its gravitational field. This is a kind of ‘rebirth’, a new beginning where we are given the opportunity to reconstruct our dwelling-place upon the rock-solid foundation of compassion, gratitude and love, rather than upon the sands of conceptual knowledge.

We can all return to the Garden of Eden, back to a state of innocence and joy, humility and gratitude. We were not banished by a divine force; we were simply poisoned by knowledge. As a result, we became deeply mentally unwell and thus deeply lost in a very disturbing nightmare, in which we turned our back on everything that we could ever have possibly longed for (paradise) in favour of the illusory promise of something greater which never existed in the first place. It was a chase for the mirage of some future reward, some future haven, created by our own thoughts, which we could never ever reach, because it never existed.

Once we realise this, we will see that Eden exists before our very eyes and always has done. We were simply blind to it. It is the beautiful marriage between our heart and the Earth, the latter being a reflection of the former. As our heart becomes stronger, purer and unadulterated by the toxicity of conceptual ‘knowledge’, we can perceive the world through the heart’s divine lens. As love looks out upon the world, it sees itself everywhere, expressed in a way that enables it to communicate with itself in a state of deep joy and ecstasy, like two lovers caressing each other in full awareness that they are one and the same consciousness, looking out through different eyes. Indeed, we are all this, but many of us are still looking at the nightmare playing upon the screen of our own mind, believing its story, its projection of the future, when we could be beholding and enjoying the true divinity of life.

Knowledge corrupted and poisoned us all, making us argue, judge, fight, hate, and suffer when there was absolutely no need for any of this, because none of it was ultimately true. We were sick; deeply unwell, and afraid, and much of our suffering was created through our deep and primal need to feel secure in what seemed like a very threatening world.

But we will be healed of all of this, as we simply decide to renounce all that we think we know, by realising its illusory nature. If we want to know what is true, if we wish to be illuminated by the highest truth we must turn our attention towards our own heart, for it is there we find the depth and meaning that we were searching for in our understanding of the world. There is truly nothing to understand in the world that will illuminate our soul in the way we are longing for.

The sense of awe and magnificence, freedom and joy that we encounter as we learn to fully occupy our heart is indescribable. Suffice to say that it fulfils every need that we have, including the need for total security and safety. The need to hide in fear evaporates and we can live in the full presence of the higher consciousness that we have hidden from for so very long. We were never punished, and we will never be punished, for all punishment is self-inflicted.

When we are cold and we deeply crave the warmth of the Sun, it is simply self-denial to go and hide in a cave. The Sun cannot reach in there and find you. You have to step out into its light and know that it will not harm you. It will warm you to your very core, it will heal all your woes and illuminate all your misunderstandings about what is real. The shadows of doubt will vanish. The coldness and darkness will become distant memories, and you will remember once again how to dwell in the realm which is your original home, as security, trust and joy are fully restored to your loving and thankful heart.

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Time to be Free

Life’s has an agenda. It’s purpose is to lead you into full consciousness, into an awareness of the innate joy and lightness of life, and it does this by bringing the things to the surface which are keeping you trapped in limiting ways of being, feeling and seeing. Through the various life circumstances that arise, the kind of things that come to the surface for us to notice and release are our judgements, our fears, our insecurities, our limiting beliefs and anything else that weighs us down and stops us feeling free.

There is a joy to life that we often do not perceive because we are so caught up in worldly concerns. Nevertheless, it is there and we become aware of it as we begin to expand our sense of trust in life, as we worry less, as we start to notice the beauty of the world and as we begin to realise that things are unfolding in a specific way, rather than at random.

As I said, life has an agenda, and it wants to free you from all the heavy weights that you allow to burden you heart, including emotional weights, like grief and guilt. We are capable of unburdening our heart, and self-forgiveness plays a significant role in our doing this. It is essential to let go of guilt if we want to enjoy life, absolutely essential. Guilt is a bit like a self-enforced prison sentence, that keeps us away from our naturally joyful nature.

Joy is a sense of freedom, lightness and humour in our heart and it is totally natural. It arises most easily when we are in nature, carefree, perhaps being active or playing with a child. This is because our heart has not grown up, it is still the heart of the child whom we once were, which has simply been laden down with adult obligations, worries, rules and limitations. Oppressed by social behavioural restrictions, by self-judgment and criticism.

For our heart to re-establish itself in its rightful place in our life, for it to feel unburdened, inspired and enthusiastic about its creative abilities in this world, we must remove the burdens, the restricting limitations of societal shoulds and shouldn’ts, and thus express ourselves more freely.

We have to stop judging ourselves to feel free enough to express ourselves naturally and freely, because the self-critical inner voice became so imbedded in our persona, that we began telling ourselves that we are simply not an expressive person, we are not a creative person, we are not an outgoing person, and so on. But we would be amazed at the beauty, freedom, energy and spontaneity that lies dormant within our heart.

It is the true nature of the innocent child whom we once were, who resides there still, awaiting permission to be allowed out to express itself, to play, to laugh. You became the imprisoner of that child without even realising it, through your judgement, criticism, punishment and self-denial of its childish, playful nature.

But now it is time to set that child free. It is time to forgive yourself for your mistakes. It is time to stop denying yourself, to stop punishing yourself and let yourself enjoy life in any way that feels natural, creative and true. Enjoy uncovering and expressing the joy which bubbles deep down at the source of your heart. Don’t take this world and yourself so seriously. Let yourself laugh more. Enjoy being alive in this beautiful and magnificent world, because you will not be here forever…

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Return to the Garden of Eden

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 live in 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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The Deeper Meaning of Adam & Eve

The story of Adam and Eve has a metaphoric meaning. They were created in paradise, a place of pure goodness, joy, beauty and divine union. There was no duality, there was no good and bad. All was good, all was perfection. Then the snake whispered in Eve’s ear, sowing seeds of doubt, and that snake has continued to whisper in the ear of humanity ever since…

The moment those first shadows of doubt formed in Adam and Eve’s mind, spiritual darkness was born, and instantaneously they no longer inhabited Gods divine realm of light and perfection. In that moment, ignorance was born, the ability to seemingly hide from God was born. A world of duality was born, a world of good and bad, light and dark, honesty and dishonesty, love and hatred. Dark thoughts and destructive thoughts were born.

The snake, with its forked tongue, represents duality. The garden was a place of luminous unity, of perfection and divinity, of communion with and obedience to the creator, who knew precisely what was good for – and what was needed by – Adam and Eve. The mental realm of doubt which the snake proposed to Adam and Eve represents the dualistic perception of the world that most people see with their eyes today. A world of doubt, uncertainty, insecurity and fear, where people doubt the total providence of God.

Yet the pure realm of divinity, the metaphoric garden of Eden, still exists and is accessible by every one of us. All we need to do is fix the mistake of listening to the snake, which continues to talk in the ear of most human beings on a daily basis. Essentially, it is the voice of the ego which divides us from the world, divides us inside, telling us we are bad (thus creating the bad), divides us from our human brothers and sisters, and sets us against each other. The dualistic world of good and evil, light and shadow, exists solely because of the snake speech, because his words in Eve’s ear created that reality in her mind when she believed them.

The significance of the snakes forked tongue is that it represents his mode of speech, i.e. two sided. So we must ensure that we do not speak in the same manner, dividing up everything we perceive and creating conflict. We could say that there are good people and there a bad people, but in truth there are healthy people (those who live from their heart) and there are sick people (those who are alien to their own heart and are lost in the darkness of their mind). Perceived correctly, that is from a place higher than the dualistic mind, this is no longer a world of division, and conflict, and thus there is no need to fight.

The only need is for healing, and first we must heal ourselves of the division created by the voice of the ego, the snake which tells us we must be afraid, we must hide from God, from reality, from Truth. This of course is a lie, because God’s light is the method of healing, because it is Loving and transformative in its nature. We have also projected the darkness created by our doubt onto the Creator himself, perceiving him as a force of judgement and punishment, who gets displeased and angry. But this is a kind of anthropomorphism, projecting human qualities onto that which transcends the human and transcends the dualistic. We create an untrue image, which we live in fear of.

If you create an image, a vision in your own mind which you believe, then you inhabit the reality that concept creates. Like Adam and Eve did, we create the world of darkness in our mind, and we project it outwards; we perceive the outer world through this concept lens. So the opposite is true. If you ‘uncreate’ the reality you created (which exists purely in your mind) then you will no longer inhabit that world of darkness, dualism and conflict. You will no longer project it upon the outer world. This of course transforms our perception of the world we inhabit.

We no longer perceive an absence of divine light anywhere, spiritually. We no longer perceive shadows where God’s light is not present, because those shadows were only created by our own thoughts, like clouds cast shadows upon the ground. As the doubting, fearful, insecure, and mistrustful thoughts fade away – no longer fed by our attention – the shadows of doubt vanish in our experiential awareness, and we see the light shining everywhere. We see that God is everywhere, especially in our mind and in our heart, which is no longer contracted and held in tension due to fearful thinking). We see God’s light reflected in the material world around us, a world which itself is in fact a metaphor, a material projection of our heart (hence the similarity of spelling in the words “Heart” and “Earth”).

Earth is the deep beauty of our spiritual heart, made solid and tangible. We can actually use our relationship with the Earth, abundant with beauty, peace and deep harmony, as a vehicle to return to the kingdom of heaven within. It is a tool to reunie with God, and rediscover the unity of his truth; the divinity which was our original awareness in the Garden of Eden.

For we are still in the Garden. Earth is the Garden; we simply turned our mind from its perfection and beauty and instead contemplated visions of imperfection, fault, darkness and destruction, which we then manifested through our own words and actions upon the Earth plane. In a way, we spoke it into existence.

So as we look away from these dualistic mistruths, presented only by the thinking mind, and we bring our attention back to the Garden, back to our heart, back to the beauty and magnificence, back to a deeply felt place of trust, inner security, love and humility, we return home, and see that it was all just a bad dream. It can be over now, if we are willing to let go of all our doubts, and fully trust…

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The Divine Beauty to Come

I have recently had dreams and visions of a most spectacular and beautiful occurrence. It was filled with an excitement and joy which is hard to describe. In the vision, the sky is absolutely full of bright, beautiful rainbows, everywhere you look. And with this as a stunning backdrop, there are many clouds alive with lightening, flashing, sparking and zig-zagging across the sky. Whilst experiencing the vision, it was totally clear to me that this was the commencement of the second coming of Christ. But there was no doom, no dread, no sense of impending catastrophe. It was the most joyous occurrence ever to take place upon the Earth; a reason for global celebration and perfect happiness in the heart of all humans.

Recollecting this vision, it tells me that we should all be deeply excited, celebratory, filled with hope for this magnificent and momentous occurrence. Of course, any knowledge of the book of revelations in the Bible might make us deeply fearful for this event, dreading whether we might fail the test and be left behind to suffer in misery. But we have to remember that we are all invited to the party, we are invited to be a part of the joyful and peace-filled New Earth. All we have to do to accept the invitation is to accept the purifying light of Christ into our heart, not out of fear, but out of joy and gratitude.

If we wish to be part of the solution – a vehicle of peace, compassion, healing and love – then Christ is on hand, literally at our beck and call, to help us transition our personality away from the selfish, uncaring and uncompassionate tendencies that our modern materialistic, consumerist society encourages within us, towards tendencies of selflessness, gentleness, compassion and tolerance. We cannot carry destructive, selfish or hurtful tendencies into the New Earth, because it is destined to be a world of total peace. This can only occur if it’s inhabitants are truly peace loving individuals.

So what is most essential for everyone is that we have the clear desire and intention within our heart to let go of all hostility, judgement, harshness and unkindness. We must wholeheartedly want to be meek, which means to be gentle, to be free of aggression. Once we have this clear intention, then we have time to practice on a daily basis gradually letting go of everything that disturbs our inherently peaceful nature.

The intention to do so is the key, and it just a decision. But the daily practice of letting go of negativity, criticism, unkindness and judgement is the practice, the actual walking of the path, and we will not be hurried along this path. We will not be pressured. Encouraged, yes. Guided and nudged, yes. But we cannot become “perfect” in the blink of an eye. We have to see old tendencies, and choose differently. We have to see any negative consequences that come from our unconscious habits, and consciously choose differently. It is a process. This takes time. With Christ in our heart, it takes dramatically less time.

As I said, human nature is inherently peaceful, and we just have to remember this on a daily basis. We must remember the goodness of our heart, and realise that all of our unkindness is the result of experiences we have had in our life that have taken us away from our heart, and encouraged us to close our heart in the hope of avoiding pain and suffering. Understand this crucial thing about yourself, and you will be able to forgive yourself. You will be able to see your own innocence. You will be able to see that the child who you once were still resides within you, afraid, hidden, oppressed by the louder dominance of the forceful ego persona which we adopted as we matured from our childhood innocence.

All those things you think about yourself, that you think about who you are, are part of this adopted ego personality. They are but thoughts which you have believed, and reinforced with your belief. But beneath that false persona is the real you; the you that feels, the you that wants love, the you that doesn’t want to be alone or living in the darkness. That is your heart. That is where the true you resides, in its gentleness, humility, playfulness, and innocence. You know it is there, perhaps buried a little, but you have to acknowledge it. You have to see all the protective layers you have placed around it through insecurity and fear.

It is this fear we have to release, so that our true person within feels safe to show itself. It needs to feel safe enough to show its vulnerability, to reveal its innocence and joy. Because fear is the prime cause of anger and hostility. When fear fades away, so does anger. So does defensiveness. And this is the role that Christ must play in our lives. It is Christ that erases every fear, that protects us from all aspects of darkness. With the luminous power of Christ in our heart, emboldening and encouraging us, we can stand tall and strong, free of fear and doubt. This is absolutely crucial.

Not only will the New Earth be a place of peace and gentleness, but it will be a place where we live in full conscious awareness of our creator, of the Divine light which many call God. We no longer experience the shadows created by our doubts and fears about God. We open our eyes and our hearts fully to Gods radiant spiritual presence, which cannot be denied or doubted when we are fully present to him/her. It is only such doubts which keeps us in the dark, in illusory realms created by our thoughts.

We must free ourself of the tendency to retreat into the familiar and comforting realms of thought, because to do so is to turn our back on the presence of the Divine. We cannot have both. We cannot know the Divine through thought. We have to lift our awareness above it, above the clouds, to where the radiant light is shining bright and clear. Once we have encountered Gods presence, we know it is our duty to remain open and receptive. To turn our back and retreat from the Divine is to walk back into the labyrinth of forgetfulness, of self-delusion. It is like walking back into the dry desert wilderness, after finally finding an abundant life-giving oasis.

Understandably, people do this out of fear. They finally encounter Gods presence, face-to-face, yet they are so terrified of the expected judgement, condemnation and punishment they believe is sure to come, that they instantly turn away. But those are merely our own fears, because I can assure you that God is unconditionally loving, all-forgiving, and merciful. There will be no punishment. Turning away is the greatest punishment you could inflict upon yourself.

If you remain in Gods presence, awake, alert, free of doubt, you will experience the healing, love and deep joy that comes from such a long awaited reunion between a parent and their beloved child. It is your unavoidable destiny to be reunited with your divine spiritual parent, and in the process release all fear of punishment and judgement. It will not happen, because God is Love.

But we have to trust that we will not be judged or punished, so that our heart can remain open. If we fear for punishment, our heart will simply contract, and we will disconnect from Gods loving embrace. But if this happens, all we need to do is realise that we have ventured back into fear, allowing our body and heart to contract under its influence. So in remedy, we simply allow ourselves to relax once more, specifically in our heart so that we can again feel the love that is the essence of our communion with the Divine.

When we are communing with the Divine, we are communing with the loving intelligence that has been with us on every step of our life journey. God has been closer to us than our own breath, in every moment of our life, forever trying to nudge us in the right direction so that we may fulfil our loving potential. It is a deeply joyous moment when we recognise this, and let ourselves be reunited in full awareness with our spiritual parent.

Such gratitude and humility fill our heart, as we recognise how gentle and patient is Gods nature. There is no pressure. There is no disappointment if we stray into distraction or conflict. There is only Gods ever-present loving patience, combined with gentle guidance about how to regain our discipline and focus, to ensure we are unlikely to veer off course again in the future, because to do so only causes our suffering, as we resume our pursuit of all things which lead us into distraction and unconsciousness.

We need never do this again. We need never again get lost in painful experiences, in self-judgement, in self-denial, in self-punishment, in forgetfulness of Gods deep and total love for us, especially when we have Christ as our anchor and our bridge to the luminous realm of peace, joy, trust, total security and love.

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