As a being of self-reflective awareness, you have the ability to consciously choose what thoughts you will think and what beliefs you will hold. I invite you to release any thoughts and beliefs that do not serve you, and replace them with ones that do. It’s really that simple. A belief is merely a thought running on auto pilot. Change the thought, and over a period of time you will shift the belief. Now of course there’s this miss-perception in the world that beliefs are based upon external conditions. In other words, you have a condition or circumstance, and then that condition or circumstance causes you to take on a certain belief. Yet that is a distortion of the way Reality actually works. Conditions do not create beliefs, beliefs create conditions! The thought, the belief, always comes first. Consciousness always precedes form. So in other words, there’s no excuses here for why we should hold onto beliefs that do not serve us. Today, examine what beliefs you hold. And then uproot the ones that are not in alignment with your limitless potentiality as an individualized expression of the totality of Life—a unique emanation of God, here to express and reveal the magnificence of the Divine Presence in a wonderfully unique way.
“Most people spend their entire life imprisoned within the confines of their own thoughts. They never go beyond a narrow, mind-made, personalized sense of self that is conditioned by the past. In you, as in each human being, there is a dimension of consciousness far deeper than thought. It is the very essence of who you are. We may call it presence, awareness, the unconditioned consciousness. In the ancient teachings, it is the Christ within, or your Buddha nature.”
Eckhart Tolle — Stillness Speaks
The above quote points to a powerful truth that is at the essence of living the awakened life. And that truth indicates that it will be to our benefit if we learn to transcend the world of thought, and instead enter into the realm of experience.
The importance of this cannot be overstated. And that is because if we do not learn to transcend the world of thought, we may always get caught in yet another belief system rather than actually having a powerful experience of that which is Real and Eternal. It is certainly true that, if we are to be caught in a belief system, it is beneficial for us to be caught in a positive belief system – it is better to have a belief system that works, that is life-nurturing and all inclusive, rather than one that is based upon an exclusivist mentality. Yet the truth is that, sooner or later, as we mature on the spiritual path, we must learn to move beyond mere thoughts and ideas, and turn to experience.
When you have beliefs, all you ever have is a theory. Yet when you have experience, theory begins to blossom into a way of life. And that’s why, as I’ve stated before, it is only in the realm of experience that transformation can occur. Transformation is not an intellectual exercise. Transformation does not occur in the mind. Transformation always occurs within the core of your very Being.
The topic of this particular entry is “Transcending Thought.” And this also includes transcending positive thought. Let me explain what I mean by that.
Very often we might mistake having a higher state of awareness with simply offering what we may call positive thinking. Yet there is a big difference between positive thinking and being tuned into the unadulterated consciousness of the life-giving, all-sustaining Source of All That Is. In other words, positive affirmations are good, and they are certainly useful tools as we progress on our journey into living the sacred and empowered lives we are here to live. Yet affirmations, no matter how positive, are still thoughts. And that makes them tools, much in the same way that language itself is a tool that we use in order for us to connect, to articulate and share our feelings. So too is positive thinking a tool that we may use to catapult us out of a narrow perception of fear, doubt, and worry into an awareness of Life as it really is.
And here’s how Life really is: the entire Universe is for you, and nothing could ever be against you other than your own perception. You are a creative being, meaning that your thoughts, beliefs, and expectations are always being mirrored back to you – regardless of whether or not these thoughts, beliefs, and expectations are conscious. You are fully equipped with the faculties and the qualities found within the Creative Impulse of the Universe, and you are here so you may express and reveal these faculties and qualities in your own unique way, utilizing your unique set of gifts, skills, talents, capacities, and sensibilities.
Now at first this may seem like yet another belief system. Yet as we begin to mature and evolve, and as we begin to practice certain spiritual tools and principles, we begin to realize, in our own experience, the powerful truth behind these statements. And we may also realize that this is merely one way of articulating the deeper nature of Reality. There are many ways in which we may go about putting this to words. The words aren’t really all that important.
So until we arrive at this realization, it may be a belief, and that is all well and good. Because, remember, a positive belief system is always better than a negative one. Yet, sooner or later, we will come to realize that what surpasses even the best of all belief systems is having the actual experience. Once we have the experience, belief is no longer necessary. Just as belief in electricity became unnecessary once Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, so a belief in the deeper truths of Reality becomes unnecessary once we have the experience. And it is the experience itself that will lead to a powerful transformation occurring within the sacred space of our own awareness. Slowly but surely, our lives will begin to change as we learn to embody more of our true nature.
So as you use your affirmations, as you train your mind to consciously think positive and empowering thoughts, let yourself be aware that the affirmations and the thoughts are tools that you’re using. They are powerful tools, which is why new affirmations are being posted here on Awakened Life Now every Sunday. Yet as we let these affirmations speak to our hearts and minds, let us always remember to maintain an awareness of that sweet realm that lies beyond thoughts and beliefs. For it is only in that transcended realm that we will meet in joyous communion with our sacred I Am Presence. It is in this blissful awareness where we may access the unconditioned consciousness that was referenced in the quote that began this entry. And it is in this state of tremendous peace that passeth all understanding where we find our Christ within, where we discover our Buddha nature, and where we unveil our Krishna awareness.
Fellow travelers, what a sweet, sweet journey we are on, indeed!
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Much Love and Blessings!
The world does not need a new belief system. The world does not need more doctrines, rules, and ideologies. What the world needs is for individuals to wake up to their True Nature.
This True Nature is not found within the confines of beliefs, so we must be mindful to transcend mere belief systems, and instead to enter into the realm of experience.
It is only in the realm of experience that transformation can occur. It is only in the realm of experience that we are able to move away from having a mere intellectual understanding of our oneness with All That Is, and instead cultivate a very real and powerful sense of this oneness.
Once we have the experience belief is no longer necessary.
Once we have the experience, letting go of fear based judgments becomes natural and easy – we find within ourselves a deep well of compassion. When we look into the eyes of another, we see our own Self looking back at us.
We begin to realize that we are all here for the same reason: to become more, and never less, of our True Selves.
Enlightened individuals create enlightened societies.
Enlightened societies create enlightened nations.
Enlightened nations create an enlightened world.
An enlightened world demonstrates a peaceful, kind, and just global society.
Every single one of us has a role to play in this sweet unfolding, simply because this vision begins with every individual. So let us be mindful today, and let us be the very change we want to see in the world.
Life exists so that the Ineffable Divine Presence may know Itself more fully.
All of Life is sacred. All of Life is precious. All of Life radiates that sweet Presence of Divinity.
Sometimes our perception of Life may become clouded. When our perception becomes clouded, we have gotten lost in the drama.
When we get lost in the drama, we no longer see what is before us. Instead we perceive but a mere mental image of what we think is there.
We may then judge this mental image as good or bad, we may label it as this or that. But the truth is undeniable. We have lost our Selves. The ego has tricked us into buying into its belief in separation.
So our practice becomes to see beyond the labels and judgments the ego has conjured up, and instead work within our own awareness so we may begin to catch glimpses of this animating Presence that is radiating from All That Is.
We will not find this Presence through the mind, and the ego may even question whether or not It’s there. So we must learn to go beyond the mind, and we must learn to not take the ego’s ramblings so seriously.
Find someone in your life today, and allow yourself to just look at them.
Just look them in the eye for a moment, and appreciate them. Appreciate who they are. Appreciate that they’re in your life.
As you do, give yourself permission to acknowledge that there is a Holy Presence emanating from that Being.
That Presence is nothing less than the Presence of God.
And that Presence is everywhere.
It is in you and around you.
It is… All There Is.
All of Life is precious. All of Life is sacred beyond measure.
We live, move, and have our very Being in a Field of Plenitude.
Lack, scarcity, and limitation do not exist in God’s World. For how could there be any concept of limitation in the Mind of the Infinite?
Yet for us to live in this awareness of plenitude, it is crucial that we not rely on seemingly external circumstances and conditions to supply our needs.
Our good does not come to us from other people.
Our good does not come to us from the world.
Much rather is the level of good that we experience a direct result of our ability of being able to receive what Divine Mind is seeking to bring forth through us.
Knowing this brings great freedom, for we no longer feel that we must manipulate things in the seemingly external world. Instead, we work within our own interiority. Rather than focusing on externals, we focus on raising our level of awareness.
It is always done unto us as we believe. So let us cultivate the kind of awareness, a level of faith, that will move mountains. And let us give thanks that whatever we’ve asked for is already done in the Mind of God.
As we do this, rather than perceiving ourselves as separate from our good, we begin to inhabit a mental atmosphere of gratitude.
We become what we may call Jubilant Souls, always finding something to appreciate while joyously anticipating what is flowing into our lives.
There is something timeless and formless that exists within all of us.
This deeper Realm is beyond the five senses. It is birthless, deathless, and eternal. And It is in a process of forever unfolding and revealing Itself throughout the Cosmos.
If we are to seek true fulfillment, we must learn to regularly withdraw our attention from the world of the senses, the world of effects, and instead turn within.
As we turn within, we access this sweet and delicious Presence that is forever shining forth within us. It is from this Presence that we may draw whatever is required at any given moment.
We are indeed fueled and funded by the all-giving Spirit of Life. This Divine Spirit has remade Itself in Its own image and likeness, and It has named Itself each and every one of us.
As our awareness is flooded with this realization, all the stuff that we thought mattered, all the drama of the world of effects, begins to lose its appeal.
We have become but a field of radiant peace.
Our hearts have become an open doorway that lets Love flow to and fro.
We have truly become the Light of the World.
So with this joyous promise awaiting nothing other than our conscious realization of it, let us regularly turn within so that we may access that part of us that was never born and which will never die.
Let us walk in an awareness of our True Nature, and let us freely shine our light upon everything and everyone that enters our field of awareness.
Everything flows from the unmanifested into the manifested. Everything we see first began in consciousness. This is also true for abundance.
True abundance means there is more than enough for everyone. We are able to freely share and joyously give from the overflow.
And though abundance often expresses in all manner of material forms, it is actually a Divine Quality that begins in consciousness. Abundance is a vibration, a feeling tonality which, when actualized, manifests all throughout nature.
We may see this when we look at the countless grains of sand spread across beaches all over the world.
We may see it when we contemplate the limitless blades of grass or the vast number of leafs growing from trees.
And we may see it as we consider the billions of galaxies, each containing billions of stars, spread across a universe that is expanding at an incredible pace.
There is no concept of lack or limitation in God’s World.
Yet for us to be in alignment with this truth, we must learn to train ourselves to notice abundance rather than lack, to look for what’s already there rather than dwell upon what we think is missing.
A good way to start is to find some area in our lives where we are already experiencing some sense of having, no matter how insignificant or little our surface mind may have labeled it.
Gratitude is the key. As we give thanks for what we already have, we are opening a space through which more good can flow into our lives.
So let us become joyful appreciators. Let us be aware that Divine Mind knows no shortage. And let us be receptive towards all the good that is seeking to flow into our lives, if we will but let it.
We see the world as we are.
What we see in others is in ourselves.
And so as we learn to be more loving and compassionate towards ourselves, we find we are able to be more loving and compassionate towards our fellow travelers on this great adventure called Life.
So love yourself.
You are one in a kind.
Realize that God could never make a mistake. And as such, when God remade Itself in Its own spiritual image and likeness and named Itself you, It could have only done so according to Its own divine pattern of perfection.
So we may reason that there could not possibly be anything wrong with you.
You truly are a unique way in which Love Intelligence is being expressed and experienced right here on this planet at this time in human history.
And you are here so you may use your unique set of gifts, skills, talents, and sensibilities to contribute to this planet in a beneficial way.
Allow yourself to feel into that.
Allow yourself to see that there’s something magnificent in you.
As you tune into this awareness, you will be able to see this same magnificence in everyone else.
That is because, in truth, there is no one else.
There is only God. There is only Love. There is only Beauty. And all of it is seeking to be expressed and revealed through you!
Now is Life grand, or what?
Relationships are the great mirror of self.
Our relationships demonstrate to us which areas of our life are working well, and which areas require further attention.
Our intention should be to bless all of our relationships. Not merely the ones that are working well, but especially the ones that we experience as a challenge. The challenge is an indicator that there’s something to be learned, there is a seed of growth awaiting to blossom into the experience of more love and compassion.
The truth is the issue lies never within the other individual, but merely within our own perception. This is because the ego tends to project what it has disowned onto others.
Yet as we begin to evolve and mature, as we begin to grow more conscious, we start to see right through the ego’s faulty perception.
So rather than speaking badly about other individuals, rather than engaging in blaming and faultfinding, our approach becomes one of self-inquiry.
We may turn within and ask, “What aspect that I have denied within myself am I projecting onto this other being? What story am I telling myself that is keeping me from demonstrating my true nature of love, kindness, and compassion? What quality of consciousness must I cultivate to be at peace in this situation?”
The answer may surprise you.
Yet the answer is a pointer.
The answer is an invitation.
It is inviting you to become more of your True Self. It is inviting you into moving to the next stage of embodying your highest potential.
Will you accept this invitation?
Bless all of your relationships. For they are the great mirror of self.