(1) Welcome (2) Thoughts (3) Emotions, Guilt and Forgiveness (4) Punishment (5) Why People Do ‘Bad’ Things (6) Power (7) Love and Healing (8) Kindness (9) Choices of Consciousness (10) Fear and Worry (11) How to be Happy and Healthy (12) Meditation and Gratitude (13) Time (14) Conscious Communication (15) Collective Consciousness (16) Habitual Choices (17) Dreams (18) Food and Digestion (19) Healing Foods (20) Addictions (21) The Perfection of Being (22) Death and Longevity
It is said that the most important journey to be made in life is the journey from our mind back to our heart. And it is true.
Most people are in touch with their heart to some degree and they come and go from there, depending on their surroundings, their mood, who they are with and even what they have eaten. But is it really possible – and practical – to be aware of our heart all of the time? And if so, how can we re-establish ourselves – our conscious awareness – back in the beautiful realm of peace and light that exists within every one of us?
This book will answer these questions in the most practical way possible, so that you may experience the answers for yourself. It will guide you towards bringing your body and mind back into alignment so that consciousness can flow in perfect harmony through every cell, allowing you to experience the deep beauty of who you truly are and what life truly is.
The flow of physical, emotional and mental energy within us is always looking for balance, so our primary task is to lead a balanced life so that we are not engaged in a constant struggle to bring ourselves back into alignment, which is where most of our energy is used on a daily basis.
This book will show you very clearly the ways in which we create difficulty for ourselves on the many levels of our being, and shine a bright light on the way forward – “The Middle Way” as The Buddha called it.
As we bring more awareness, more light and more love into our lives through greater care and consciousness of our thoughts, words and actions, the world simply reflects this back to us. This is evolution; a beautiful and never-ending journey toward greater realms of light, beauty, joy, peace and consciousness. And this journey is never made alone…
Chapter 1 – WELCOME
Welcome to a wonderful journey of self-discovery; a delightful journey of self-remembrance in which everything you have always known deep within your heart will be returned to the forefront of your awareness, and remain there. It is a journey to be made consciously, carefully and with full awareness of every beautiful step.
This book will show you the way back to where you truly belong – the beautiful, loving and expansive realm of your heart; the only place where ultimate Truth and Reality can be found. And as you gravitate back towards your heart’s realm, you distance yourself from the duality, conflict, confusion, frustration, separation and isolation which are created entirely by thought. A brighter, simpler and infinitely more nourishing realm of happiness, peace and freedom awaits you. A place so very familiar, yet seemingly so elusive when we need it most.
You see, we all live our lives in varying states of consciousness; for example, often our consciousness is immersed in thought – when we are thinking. This does not mean we are always aware that we are thinking, because often we are not. Sometimes our consciousness is so totally immersed in thought that we lose ourselves in it completely and we forget what is real. Our perspective shrinks so that thought becomes our total reality.
This happens quite often. But after reading this book, it will happen much less. Why? Because in this book I will be helping you to expand your awareness beyond the realm of perpetual thought, so that you can see with greater clarity the beautiful depth of who you really are. You are not your thoughts, and you are not the person that your thoughts tell you you are. You are so very, very much more.
This book is like a guide that will show you – or perhaps simply remind you – of how much more there is to life than your thoughts present you with. It will remind you of what truly nourishes you, it will remind you of your deep capacity for happiness and joy and it will remind you of the truly beautiful potential that exists within each perfect moment that we are alive.
Throughout the book, as you read, I recommend taking little breaks now and then to absorb the depth of the information that is being shared with you. There is a lot contained within these pages and within these words. If you pause every now and then and let the words sink in a little, you will notice your consciousness responding to what you have just read. If you give it a little space to do this, you will gain the maximum benefit from what has been written here, and from the consciousness that has been poured into these words. Consciousness will respond to consciousness, and realisations will come.
What exactly is ‘consciousness’? Put simply, consciousness is that part of you which is always aware. You could also call it awareness, and it is always aware of something. It may be thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, intuitive feelings, subtle energies in the ether, or the peace, warmth and love that are always found deep within the heart. Even when we sleep our awareness is still aware. It may be aware of our dreams or of other dimensions of being that we cannot comprehend with the waking mind, thus we cannot recall them. Awareness is eternally awake. It is the eternal flame that is never extinguished, even when we leave our body and depart from this material realm; there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Yet, even while we occupy a body within this material realm, our consciousness does not need to be trapped here. It can move beyond and transcend what appears to be all that is real – the material world – and access the dimensions of timelessness and limitlessness – eternity and infinity – that are experienced beyond the thinking mind. It is in meditation that we free our consciousness from its total fixation with materiality, and every human soul needs to experience freedom on this level. Otherwise, we will never know who we truly are, how vast and magnificent we are, how interconnected we are with the very fabric of reality.
The radiant, intelligent, conscious beauty of the Universe flows through us. Truly, we are not separate from it, and we cannot be separate from it because it is our essence. Separation is just an illusion – the dream that many seemingly separate individuals are currently experiencing at this moment in time, but it is not real. What is truly real – the highest Truth – is what our heart has always known deep within, and been longing for us to remember consciously. It is more than we could possibly ever dream of, infinitely more. This is why the ‘spiritual path’ – which is simply the path our consciousness takes from materiality to spiritual liberation – is such a beautiful path to walk. It is a path through increasingly radiant and beautiful dimensions of peace, joy and happiness. For me, John Lennon described this most beautifully when he sang, “Limitless undying Love which shines around me like a million suns, it calls me on and on across the Universe..”
We are all on a journey that has no ending, because consciousness is infinite. It exists above and beyond the limited realm of form (including thought) where we invest nearly all of our attention. And although infinite and eternal, consciousness has a deep intelligence that has a very specific direction it must move in. We are all moving in that direction in every moment of our lives, although we often feel like we are going around in circles. We are all learning and evolving, forever moving towards complete union with Love, where we will merge and become One with it. This is when the separate ‘me’ (the ego) disappears, and there remains only Love. You could call it our destination, but it is not the end, only the beginning…
This is what is calling us on and on, across the Universe. It is like a mother calling to her child across a crowded and noisy room. “Come this way” she calls. “Have no fear. I am here. I will meet you.” We are all finding our way home to our eternally loving parent, whose only desire is to envelop us in Love. We just need to listen to the beautiful voice that is calling to us all of the time. It is calling from within our own heart, and we simply need to remember to listen to it.
Because of our tendency to get lost in thoughts, emotions and material distractions, we are often unconscious of our heart’s simple, beautiful and pure communication, yet it never, ever stops communicating to us. This is truly the best news in the world, because it means that all we ever have to do is stop, become silent and listen.
This book will remind you how to do this, and most importantly, it will show you how to assist your consciousness to fully return back to the heart’s beautiful realm; the garden of eternal Peace, where you truly belong.”
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