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One of the things we need to cultivate in order for us to live our lives at our highest potential is a regular spiritual practice. Spiritual practice simply means setting aside some time each day to consciously focus our awareness towards that which is Real and Eternal. Spiritual practice can include, but is not limited to, meditation, affirmative prayer, contemplation, spiritual study, as well as making ourselves available to and tuning into the highest vision for our lives.

Simply put, spiritual practice is what plugs us back into our Source and recharges our spiritual batteries! It’s what allows us to then bring this higher awareness – the awareness resulting from our fully charged and fully functional spiritual batteries – into our day to day lives. It’s what keeps us from walking around as sleepwalkers, merely coming from a place of reacting to the world of sensory phenomenon, to actually walking in an awareness of Reality with a capital “R.”

And as this higher state of awareness begins to be from where we live our lives – as we consciously begin to live, move, and have our being in it – we begin to realize that there is a perfect spiritual idea, held within the Mind of God, for everyone and everything in existence. And furthermore, we develop the ability to be able to see this perfect spiritual idea – which is the embodiment of highest potentiality – regardless of what our physical senses are showing us at any given moment.

This is what True Vision is all about. What I’m referring to as “blind sight” is simply looking at life merely through the five senses. It’s how many people still live their lives. Yet True Vision is a step up on the evolutionary ladder. It is where we begin to realize that there is much more to life than what we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. True Vision is, in fact, what Jesus the Christ alluded to when he declared, “Let those who have eyes to see, see! Let those who have ears to hear, hear!”

  • Demonstrating True Vision

So what does True Vision look like? Let’s say you’re perceiving an individual that may not be demonstrating their highest potential because, maybe they’re doing something you think is inappropriate, or maybe they’re acting in a way you’ve perceived to be rude or offensive – whatever your mind is telling you about the situation.

If you can learn to perceive this individual with True Vision, you will be able to look beyond what is seemingly happening on the surface level. You will no longer merely see what your mind may have labeled as a rude or obnoxious person, and instead you will have a very real and powerful sense that, though it might be clouded up, though it may be hard to make out, beneath the surface, beneath the debris field of past experience, there is nothing less than the Holy Presence of the Divine emanating from that being.

Perhaps they have temporarily forgotten who they are and are displaying this in their actions, but with your higher awareness you will be able to remember for them. By doing this you are imparting a great gift to yourself and this other individual who, in Reality, is not separate from you at all.

The spiritual textbook, A Course in Miracles, states that, “Every attack is a call for help.” So by perceiving this other being as who they truly are, despite of what the surface mind is telling you about them, you are in fact answering this call for help, which is nothing less than the call for love.

So perhaps the best way of summing this up is to say that instead of feeling the need to judge, you will find that you are able to feel a sense of compassion.

Compassion is simply the understanding of the lack of understanding in another.

Compassion does not mean that we necessarily condone their actions, but it does mean that we are no longer drawn into some robot-like lower consciousness reactive pattern. Instead of unconscious reaction, we find we are able to hold the space from which we are able to consciously respond.

  • Embodiment

Today I am willing to demonstrate True Vision in my life. I am able and willing to look beyond what my physical senses may be telling me, and I am open to receiving all the guidance, all the insight, and all the inspiration necessary to step up to the next level of my spiritual evolution. I release any and all thoughts of judgment, anger, or resentment, any thoughts of lack, limitation, and scarcity, and I allow my heart to be filled with peace, the very peace that passeth all understanding. I know that God, Ineffable Divine Source, Universal Beloved, only sees Beauty and Perfection, and it is with this understanding that I now heal any and all false perceptions within my own awareness. I may have been blind, but now I see. The Spirit in me is helping me to see. I can see. I can see clearly. And I’m liking what I’m seeing! For this and so much more I give thanks and I simply allow it to be. And so it is. Amen.

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One of the most powerful and most important constants at work in the Universe is the Law of Circulation, or as it’s also known, the Law of Attraction. It’s one of the most important constants because it affects our lives in each and every moment. In fact, it’s the process through which we create our lives in each and every moment, whether we’re doing so consciously or not.

For a definition of universal laws please refer to my previous post on the subject of beyond belief, Getting Down To The Heart Of Matters. But just to briefly recap, when we’re talking about universal laws, we are referring to constants that exist regardless of whether or not we believe in them. I had used the law of gravity to illustrate this. Gravity exists. We all know it does, and so belief in it is not necessary.

Just as there are universal laws in our physical time/space reality, there are universal spiritual laws. And the Law of Attraction is without a doubt the one that is at the heart of all our experiences.

The Law of Attraction has become widely known after the success of the 2006 movie, The Secret. You may have seen it. If you haven’t, you most likely have heard about it. But while The Secret was merely the mainstream population’s introduction to the idea that we create our own reality, in truth the Law of Attraction is an ancient principle that dates as far back as recorded history.

This principle says that what goes around, comes around. Our thoughts, beliefs, and expectations literally become the things and events of our life.

And this, my friends, could not be more true.

We’ve all heard it in one form or another. I have yet to meet someone who claims the opposite, that our thoughts do not impact our life whatsoever. But what I think many of us may not realize is just how powerful this principle is. Because the truth is, our thoughts do not only impact our experience of life.

Our thoughts, beliefs, and expectations are what are CREATING our experience of life!

But remember, this isn’t about merely taking on a new belief. This is about developing a knowing. Because if you want to take charge of your life, you must let go of any and all doubt. So I invite you to examine this a little closer. Oftentimes it’s easier to notice these things in others. Look at the people in your life. Aren’t their lives basically a representation of what they think, believe, and expect? You may have noticed that the people who are dissatisfied, worried, and upset, will always have something to be dissatisfied, worried, and upset about. Conversely, the people who are happy and joyous will always have something to be happy and joyous about.

But there’s something here that most of us have backwards.

We use the physical manifestations in our lives to support whatever our beliefs, thoughts, and expectations are. We look at outside reality and whatever shape it takes as the verification of our beliefs.

Yet any physical manifestation, no matter what it may be, is merely a REFLECTION of our beliefs, thoughts, and expectations.

Not realizing this always leads to dysfunction because, inevitably, we will try to change the physical circumstances without changing our internal state of being first. This creates the illusion that there’s an outside force or power that we have to overcome in order to be successful, happy, healthy, and fulfilled.

But there’s another approach to life. One that is more effective, less strenuous, and it always yields better results. And that is to look at every event, every circumstance or interaction, in fact everything that surrounds you, as merely a reflection of your internal state of being. It’s just like the reflection in the mirror.

  • The Physical Universe as your Spiritual Mirror

Imagine for a moment that you went to your bathroom mirror one morning and, for one reason or another, you didn’t like the reflection it was showing you. Maybe you felt you were looking messy or for some reason you didn’t like the way your hair looked that particular day. Now, what if your response to that unwanted image in the mirror was to simply smash the mirror, and then go about your day?

That would be pretty crazy, right?

But metaphysically speaking, people are walking around, smashing mirrors all the time, yet failing to do something about what’s causing the unwanted reflection. And the cause is always our internal state of being; it’s our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and expectations that are being reflected back to us.

Spiritually speaking, the physical universe is just like a mirror, always reflecting back to us what’s going on inside of us. As we begin to awaken to deeper levels of awareness, we start to realize that we are always at cause. As a result, we realize that complaining, faultfinding, or taking on a victim mentality, is always useless and simply a waste of time and energies. And moreover, it perpetuates the experience, always bringing us more of the unwanted.

So our task must be to instead change what’s going on inside. Rather than smashing the mirror, we can use the mirror. After all, the mirror is our friend. Imagine if you had to comb your hair, shave, or put on makeup with no mirror. You would have no way of knowing how effective your actions were, because you would have no way of knowing how you looked.

Well, in the same way that we use our bathroom mirror, we can use our spiritual mirror. We can use it as a feedback system that lets us know what our dominant internal state is.

And, as always, there is no judgement involved. The mirror doesn’t say, “Look at you, you just can’t get it right. Why are you even trying?” The mirror simply presents us with an accurate and non-judgmental reflection of ourselves.

Bellow are some easy steps that you can take on a day to day basis to start using your spiritual mirror in a way that will be beneficial to you and to what you’re seeking to create in your life.

1. Focus your attention on what you want

Most people have been conditioned to keep their attention on what they don’t want, be it through expressing their disapproval, complaining, or simply discussing it with pretty much everyone they know. A better way of using our spiritual mirror is to simply acknowledge whatever unwanted condition there is, accept it, and from this place of peaceful acceptance we then choose to place our attention on how we’d rather like things to turn out now. What we’re doing is creating a shift in energy that will begin to bring us into alignment with the change that we’d like to experience.

2. Visualize

One of the most powerful tools to help us create any change is the tool of visualization. Whenever you visualize or imagine something, your subconscious mind does not know the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined. Over time this will have a profound impact on your internal state of being. And remember, once your internal state of being shifts, the reflections surrounding you must shift as well. It’s universal law.

3. Become more aware of how you feel

Our emotions are always an indicator of what’s going on inside of us. They always let us know whether we’re focused on something wanted, or if our attention is on something unwanted. By simply stopping a few times throughout the day and noticing how we feel, we begin to raise our level of awareness. This puts us back in a place of being able to choose. Because by simply noticing that our attention has moved towards something unwanted, we can then change that by turning our attention towards something that is more pleasing.

4. Write down things you’re thankful for

This is one of the most powerful things we can do. By spending some time every day to write down things we’re thankful for, we’re training ourselves to focus more in the direction of what’s wanted. Whenever we feel true gratitude and appreciation, we’re literally sending out a signal to the Universe, asking for more things to be thankful for.

5. Think thoughts that are beneficial

We are not at the mercy of our thoughts. We can always choose to think a new thought, we can always choose to think thoughts that reflect the Divine Qualities of Love, Joy, Appreciation, and Well-being, rather than thoughts that reflect limitation. We can always choose to think thoughts of possibility, rather than thoughts of despair. Make it a habit to think more intentionally throughout the day. Rather than considering worst case scenarios, consider best case scenarios. Think about all the ways that things could turn out in your favor. Think about all the reasons for why you’re bound to succeed in whatever it is you’re pursuing. Begin to ponder your own limitless Divine nature, and train yourself to become more consciously aware that the Universe is reflecting your thoughts back to you.

As always, I hope you find this helpful. There are many more ways to create internal shifts, but these are certainly some of the more basic approaches.

I would love to hear from you with any comments or feedback you may have. Are you new to this kind of thinking? Or do you already have some experience with the Law of Attraction? Do you visualize and/or keep a gratitude journal?

Here’s to living our lives at our fullest potential!

Until next time.

Much Love and Blessings to you!

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There are certain laws, or principles, at work in the universe that are undeniable. These principles transcend belief, meaning they exist regardless of whether or not we believe in them. The law of gravity would be one of them. If I walked up to you and asked, “do you believe in gravity,” most likely you’d look at me to see if I was feeling alright. The reason for that is of course quite simple: gravity is. It exists. It’s a fact. It’s not something that we have to believe in. Because regardless of whether or not we believe in gravity, if we step off a building, it’s safe to say we’ll be going down every single time, and not up. It’s a universal constant.

There are several of these universal constants, or principles, of which gravity is only one. In order for us to truly have a better understanding of our reality and our role in it, it’s important that we have an awareness of what these constants are.

But we can’t develop this awareness through merely an intellectual understanding. In fact, merely having an intellectual understanding is never truly sufficient when it comes to spiritual matters. The reason being that if you just believe in something because it seems to make sense, or because you were raised that way, there will always be room for doubt to creep in.

Spiritual awakening is a gradual letting go of all doubt.

So instead of just having an intellectual understanding, we must instead get down to the heart of matters. And we do that through experience. The moment you have the experience of something, belief in it no longer becomes necessary. Concepts, which we derive from intellectual ideas, are something that we can either believe in or not; but experience allows us to know.

The path of spiritual growth and awakening is one that takes us from BELIEVING in something, to actually having the EXPERIENCE of it.

Going back to the example of gravity. Why do you know that gravity exists? How can you know with absolute certainty that there is such a thing as gravity? Is it because someone told you about it? Have you read a book about it? Do you believe in gravity because everyone else around you believes in it?

If I had to guess, it’s probably none of the above.

The reason you know beyond any doubt that gravity exists, is because it’s part of your experience each and every day. It’s the very reason you’re able to sit on a chair, or stand on the ground, or even walk for that matter. Gravity is what keeps you tied to the earth. It’s the reason you’re not floating to the ceiling of the room or off into space right now.

Now, the great news here is that we can develop this same kind of experiential knowing when it comes to our spiritual growth.

In fact, isn’t that what, at some level, we’re all longing for? Going from merely knowing about God as this idea, this concept of a creator in which we can either believe in or not, to actually experiencing the Divine as a very real part of our lives each and every day.

And that’s what living the awakened life is all about. Experiencing the Divine Qualities in our lives by allowing them to express and to reveal themselves through us as we become the living embodiment of them.

  • Going Beyond Belief

My intention is not to present you with something new to believe in. My goal for this website is not to promote any ideologies or belief systems, but instead to guide you beyond the world of beliefs and ideas towards a deeper reality.

This deeper reality transcends all space, time, form, and matter. And as such, it can be very tricky to try and explain it with words. For clarity purposes, I like to refer to it as Ultimate Reality.

Whenever we experience glimpses of Ultimate Reality, we experience Bliss. We experience a state of Pure Unconditional Love, a sense of Union and Oneness with All That Is. All doubt melts away because our experience has shifted to include this deeper realm. And as we make accessing this deeper level of awareness our daily practice, we begin to find that it becomes a more and more dominant part of our lives. We notice this because we start feeling more joyful, more alive, and more “on track.” Our joy starts to become independent of our outside circumstances. The reason for that is that we’re no longer looking to outside circumstances to make us happy. Instead, we’ve found the only place where any real, lasting happiness can ever come from: from the everlasting wellspring that is within each and everyone of us.

Whenever I find myself talking about these matters, I will invariably say, don’t believe what I’m saying. Don’t accept it on good faith. Instead, put it to use. Try it out. See how you feel about it. Find out if it’s true for you.

One of the greatest misperceptions in our society today is that universal truths cannot be known. After all, how could we possibly comprehend the mind of God? And even if we could, what does that even mean?

Well, the truth is that we can know the mind of God. We can know it as our own experience through turning our attention away from the distractions of superficial matters, and instead going inward. And doing that is a lot easier than many of us have been taught to believe.

Bellow are five easy steps you can take to start cultivating a deeper awareness which will help you go beyond the world of beliefs and concepts.

  • Five Steps To Develop An Experiential Knowing

1. Quiet Your Mind

One of the easiest ways to leave behind the world of concepts and ideas is to simply turn your attention from it by quieting your mind. Make it a daily practice to become quiet for at least a few minutes, twice a day. Ideally, you would do this early in the morning and then again at night before going to sleep. Simply sit for a few minutes with no intention other than to simply be with yourself.

2. Become Aware Of Your Thoughts

As you sit in silence you will start noticing thoughts as they arise. When this happens, don’t try and resist them. Instead, simply allow them to be there. Observe them. You’re now deepening your awareness. Most people are unaware of their thoughts because they’re identified with them. But by becoming the observer, you begin to separate yourself from your thoughts and beliefs, and that is the first step towards transcending them.

3. Ask for Guidance from your Higher Self

Make it a practice to ask your Higher Self, God, the Universe, Divine Intelligence, whatever you like to call it, for guidance. Make yourself available to it by saying, “I surrender to what wants to unfold in my life! I am willing to raise my awareness by going beyond any all old concepts and limitations! I am willing to see clearly!” Similarly, you would of course also ask for guidance and insight when it comes to specific events in your life.

4. Act On Your Intuitions

Whenever you put out a question to the Universe, there will always be an answer. But it’s up to us to be open to this answer, in whatever form it may come, and then, to act on it. Next time you have a hunch or an intuition, rather than try and analyze it, take action on it. See where it takes you. By making it a practice to follow your intuitions, you will deepen your receptivity and clear the channels between you and your Higher Self. Over time you will find that you are becoming more intuitive on a regular basis.

5. Be open

Finally, just allow yourself to be open. The best way to go beyond beliefs is to be open, to not put yourself and your world in this little box. Be willing to surrender to the unknown, be willing to let new perspectives and insights flow into your life and guide you. Realize that life is an adventure that’s forever unfolding. I love this quote from Rumi that says, sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment.

In my next post on going beyond beliefs, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the most fundamental and most powerful metaphysical universal constants, and how we can practically apply it in our day to day lives: The Law of Attraction and Circulation.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you find this helpful. I have been absolutely loving writing this blog so far, and I would love to hear your thoughts on it. For example, what are some of your ways of getting in touch with your Higher Self?

Until next time.

Much Love and Blessings to you!

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