When we enter into the higher realms of awareness, we find that we are continuously giving up what is unreal for a greater realization of what is Real. This also includes the giving up of any attachments we may have been carrying to things that no longer serve us, such as old behavior patterns, judgments, or rigid points of views. For example we must absolutely be willing to give up the attachment to being right. We must release holding on to an I-know-it-all-mentality, and instead, as the Sufi poet Rumi put it, “sell our cleverness and purchase bewilderment.” So let us have an open and receptive mentality, and let us practice what has been called the beginner’s mind. When you make yourself empty, you make yourself available to be filled with divine wisdom, inspiration, guidance, a peace that passes all human understanding, and a deep sense of inner joy, bliss, and fulfillment. In actuality, this is who you are. To experience it, you must let go of all that you are not. Today, I embrace my true nature. I give up the lesser for the greater. I am willing to keep my eye single on the Presence of God so that I may be filled with all that I truly am, and so that my life may become a song of eternal joy and boundless freedom.
ACTIVATE YOUR POTENTIAL – YOUR DESTINY AWAITS!
As you take these next few moments to read this particular entry, allow yourself to feel good about the fact that, right here and right now, you are consciously choosing to evolve. Because that’s exactly what you’re doing. You are investing these next few minutes of your day into your Soul’s ongoing growth and evolution. Through reading material such as the content found on this blog and others like it, and through, most importantly, practicing the spiritual tools and insights that are being offered here, you are making a commitment to raise your level of vibration. As you do this, you begin to inhabit a frequency that is above that at which much of our mainstream society vibrates. Slowly but surely you begin to embody a standard of excellence in anything and everything that you do. Slowly but surely you begin to move away from living life from a fear-based perspective – thinking there’s not enough, or that you’re not good enough, or that somehow you just can’t do what in your heart you want to do – towards living life from the loving perspective of higher awareness. This living life from the loving perspective of higher awareness is what I like to call living the awakened life. And living the awakened life means that we have chosen to move out of Victimville and relocate into the Land of Empowerment. Living the awakened life means that we are letting go of being reactionaries, and instead we are embodying the empowering traits of revolutionaries.
Now I’m sure you’ve already caught onto this, but let me just say it anyway: this is a really big deal! The reason being that it will be the revolutionaries that will not only transform their own lives, but ultimately transform the entire planet and give birth to what has been called “a new heaven and a new earth.” Not in some distant future, not by waiting for God to “show up” someday to help us out – but through embodying a more conscious way of life right here and right now. A big deal, indeed!
So whereas last week’s entry had been revolving mainly around us transforming our own individual lives, this week we will be looking a little bit more at the global implications of these matters. You may even want to reread last week’s entry, particularly the part that talks about the empowering traits of revolutionaries. Because, as I’ve indicated, it will be the revolutionaries that will give birth to what we may call humanity’s next stage of unfolding.
- An Inner Revolution
There is indeed a revolution occurring on our planet at this particular time in human history. Yet this may not be apparent, as this is not a revolution that relies on the use of weapons, or on the waging of wars, or on the overthrowing of individuals in positions of power. No. This particular revolution is an inner revolution. This revolution begins within the sacred space of our own awareness – within the sacred space of every human being – as we gradually allow our level of consciousness to be raised. As we raise our level of consciousness, we begin to see things differently. In fact, we begin to cultivate within us the ability to practice the art of True Vision.
And so this revolution begins with those of us who are, first of all, receptive to the change that is occurring. As I stated, this change won’t appear obvious at first. Certainly you won’t notice it if you spend too much time watching CNN or any other news media. Furthermore, this revolution begins with those of us who are aware that this change is not something to be feared, but much rather something to be celebrated. It begins with those of us who are able to see that there is indeed a grand future that has been laid out for the human race, that the coming chapters of the ongoing unfolding of humanity’s story may surpass even our greatest hopes and dreams. That we may truly begin to anchor heaven on earth – on earth as it is in the Mind of God.
Now this grand future for humanity is not something that’s just going to happen all by itself. December 21st won’t come along and, all of a sudden, zap! – everyone’s enlightened! No, that will hardly be the case. Much rather, just as we must choose to evolve in our individual lives, so humanity as a whole must choose to make that evolutionary leap. And this is where you and I – and all of us who are making this conscious choice – come in. In order to bring about this evolutionary leap on a global scale, we must begin right at home, within the sweetness of our own consciousness. Rather than going out and trying to change the world by means of force – which is just a form of resistance – we instead embody the state of awareness that we want to see reflected back to us on a global scale. We must indeed, as the above quote by Gandhi puts it, “be the change we want to see in the world.” It is only from embodying this higher state of awareness that we can truly be of service. And it is only from this higher awareness that we will not only activate our own Soul’s Potential, but in fact help humanity to embody its true potentiality which, just as the very cosmos itself, is limitless.
So let us once more dare to have a vision. Let us dare to have a dream that will impact the entire world, a dream that in fact includes the entire world. Let us have the inner vision to dream of a peaceful, kind, and just global society; let us dare to dream of a society that is built on oneness rather than separation; let us dare to envision a society that embraces the sweet diversity found within the human race, realizing that this diversity represents nothing less than the infinitude of Divinity – it represents the beauty of God that is reflected back to us through the eyes of every individual and through the collective souls of all nations. And let us dare to see the limitless nature of the Infinite manifested through the vast multiplicity of cultures; let us dare to celebrate the sweet variety of humanity, and let us honor the beauty in all races, in all nations, in all cultures, and in all sexual orientations – for all of it represents the One Life that is the Life of God that is forever unfolding and revealing more of itself. That is the “new heaven and the new earth.” That is what is seeking to emerge at this moment in history. So let’s let that be the revolutionary vision that we hold for this planet and for the entire human race.
- The Signs of Transformation
Anytime that real transformation occurs, be it either individual or global, things may be shaken up just a tad bit. Yet this is perfectly normal as this shaking up represents the old structures falling apart. Naturally, to those who don’t know what’s happening this may seem a little unsettling. And while this “weeping and gnashing of teeth” was indicated a long time ago by one of the most evolved beings to have ever walked the face of the earth, it does not represent what we might call “the end of the world.” It is simply “the end of how things used to be.” It is the old giving way to the new.
Evolution is the natural order of things, it is the flow of the Universe. Everything in nature is always in the process of evolving. Nothing remains the same, everything is in a state of unfolding and revealing more of its true nature. And so too is humanity simply in a state of evolving. This evolution – just like the revolution – is internal, meaning it is occurring within our own awareness. And it is the collective consciousness of humanity that is seeking to evolve; it is the collective consciousness of humanity that is seeking to make the leap into the new world; it is the collective consciousness of humanity that is seeking to move away from those lower frequencies of fear, doubt, and worry; of lack, limitation, and scarcity, towards beginning to embody a powerful awareness of these higher realities.
This evolution has always been ongoing, yet it has now reached a crucial moment. It has reached a point where, energetically speaking, the old and the new are clashing. Meaning that right now on our planet the lower energies of fear, worry, and scarcity are rubbing against the higher frequencies of love, well-being, and generosity to a greater degree than ever before in human history. And with everything being energy, it is these opposite energy polarities rubbing against each other on a planetary scale that brings about these signs of transformation, which are simply birth pains. Yet, as I’ve stated last week, the higher always dissolves the lesser. That is because the higher is a presence, whereas the lesser is an absence. And so, as these opposite energy polarities rub against each other, it is only a matter of time until the higher frequencies begin to reach critical mass, and slowly but surely the lower begins to vibrate, quite literally, out of existence.
So what I’m saying today is this: Let us participate in the higher. Let us consciously participate in what is seeking to happen here. Let us embody in consciousness the change we want to see happening on a global scale. Let us be bold enough to hold in our awareness this vision of a new world – a world that truly represents humanity’s limitless potential. Let us prepare for the possibility of it turning out even better than anything we could ever imagine.
BECOMING REVOLUTIONARIES OF ONENESS
A few weeks ago we had been looking at what quantum physics calls the Unified Field. It is the vibrant field of energy out of which everything emerges and in which everything lives, moves, and has its being. You and I have not only emerged out of this Field, we also embody all of the qualities that are found within this Field. These qualities are being expressed everywhere in the cosmos, they are always life-giving and nurturing. They are what we may call divine qualities. These are the qualities of love, beauty, abundance, harmony, creativity, constant joyous expansion – things of this nature. Quantum physics also states that there are no well-defined edges in space and time. And this means that, at the quantum level, everything blends into each other. There is no one point where you end and where something else begins. There is no one point where you end and where God begins. It’s all one.
To be revolutionaries of oneness we must learn to go beyond merely intellectually grasping this – we must learn to embody this truth in our day to day lives. So how do we do this? How do we experience that we’re one with everyone and everything? Fortunately, this is very simple.
You experience Oneness by becoming the embodiment of Love. This is because Love is seeing one’s Self in the “other.” When you’re in Love, boundaries begin to melt away, and you begin to sense in a powerful way that you’re connected to All That Is.
And when we say Love, we’re not talking about love for a particular person or thing. What we’re talking about is Love with a capital “L.” This is Love as the purest state of consciousness, as our natural state of being. It is once we begin to embody this state of being, once we begin to consciously practice unconditional love in our day to day lives, that we begin to truly grasp the meaning of the beautiful quote that says, “My Love radiates from my heart like light from a bonfire; focused upon no one, and denied to none.”
So as you continue to go about your day, and throughout your coming days, allow yourself to just have an awareness that there really is no separation between you and what you perceive as being around you. And allow yourself to be aware that, while your physical senses may tell you otherwise, you actually share a very deep and intimate connection to everyone and everything in existence. So have the courage to truly look at someone, to truly see who they really are; and allow yourself to just love them.
Yet to be able to do this, you must first love yourself. It is only then that you can “love thy neighbor as thyself.” For in truth, thy neighbor is thyself. So shower yourself with love and appreciation. See yourself the way God sees you. See your own magnificence and feel how precious you are. There’s so much potential in you. There is a divine genius code within your very Soul that is seeking to be set free by means of you. Surrender to that awareness. Feel it. Embody it. Believe it. Know it. And then, let that transformative Love radiate out from the core of your being like light from a bonfire – and watch how you become a powerful force for good on this planet.
As I focus inward upon the sacred space of my own awareness, I allow myself to have a grand vision. I allow myself to see what is possible not only in my own life, but what is possible for humanity as a whole. I see the earth immersed in the white light of divinity; I see this entire planet thriving; I bless the earth and I bless all of humanity. I give thanks for the joyous unfolding that is now occurring, and I allow myself to see beyond of what my surface mind thinks is possible. I am available to more good than I have ever imagined. I am available to planetary shifts occurring beyond of what I have imagined. On earth as it is in the Mind of God. On earth as it is in the Realm of the Ever-Expanding Good. I give thanks for all that I have, for all that I am, and for all that I am in the process of becoming. And so I let it be. And so it is. Amen.
“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!
What materials – such as books, seminars, or workshops – have you found helpful on your spiritual journey?
What are some of your preferred spiritual practices?
And if you are just starting out on your journey, what are some of the questions you may have? Is there anything unclear that you’d like to have clarification on?
I would love to hear from you. So please don’t be shy, we’re all on this journey together. ;)
Much Love and Blessings!
Today, as you move through your day, give yourself permission to stop every now and then, and just take in what’s around you. Simply. Just. Stop. You can do this anywhere at any time, for this does not take long.
And as you stop, notice the nowness and the isness of the moment. Be fully here now. And then, listen. Listen with your inner ear.
Notice how you feel. Notice the Presence of that silent witness that is your True Self. And allow yourself to feel a sense of appreciation. Give thanks for the moment — just the way it is.
And take a deep breath. Let yourself to be anchored at the center of your very Being. At the center you may tap into that infinite wellspring of peace; you make yourself available to insight and guidance; and you maintain a reverential awareness of your true nature and your true identity as an individualized and totally unique expression of the One Life there is.
And with this deeper awareness you will find that – not only are you more effective and more at peace – you will also be of greater service to those whose lives you touch. You become a blessing to yourself and to everyone around you.
ACTIVATE YOUR POTENTIAL – YOUR DESTINY AWAITS!
It’s Saturday, and so that means it’s time for a new entry in our ongoing Inspiration & Empowerment Series. And the theme for the month of December will be: Activate Your Potential – Your Destiny Awaits!
As this year is beginning to wind down and we prepare to head into 2013, the timing is ideal for us to begin to focus upon the larger vision for our lives in a more powerful way than ever before. As you are reading these very words, we are deeply immersed in new beginnings. There are new beginnings that are seeking to occur on a global scale, and there are new beginnings that are seeking to occur in your own life right now. Yet on a personal level these new beginnings, as always, await our approval. Seeing as how we are beings of free will, these new beginnings require not only our conscious recognition of them, they also require our willingness. We must become conscious participators in what is seeking to happen in our lives. We must look at our dreams with a willingness to feel and truly grasp that they are nothing less than indicators, pointing towards the grander purpose of our current incarnation. None of us are here by accident. Every single Soul that has ever incarnated in this realm of physicality has done so with intentionality. Each and every one of us has a part to play in the grand unfolding of the beautiful tapestry that is the ongoing story of humanity. Whether or not our purpose seems large or small by external standards is meaningless.
What you do matters. What you do, right in this very moment, matters. And that is because every thought, word, and deed, every intentionality that emanates from your being has a ripple effect that extends far beyond of what you are able to perceive with your physical senses.
So with that awareness, let us decide that we’re going to have a beneficial impact on the world around us. For we will be impacting the world in one way or another. And let us also have the courage to give those sweet dreams that are in the treasure chests of our own Souls our Sacred “Yes!”
- Recognize Your Limitless Potential
Every single one of us is far more powerful than we may give ourselves credit for. We have all been endowed with the creative abilities of our Ineffable Source, the radiant Love Intelligence that governs the universe and which permeates everything in existence. This is the meaning of the scriptural reference that says, “we are made in the image and likeness of God.” Though we may be tempted to look at ourselves in the mirror and say, “Gosh, God’s sure looking good today!”, it is safe to say that this is not the meaning of this particular scriptural reference.
Being made in the image and likeness of God simply means that we have within ourselves the same creative faculties and the same divine qualities that are found in the Mind of the Infinite.
You may recall that we’ve been talking about the Unified Field which connects everything in existence, and out of which everything originates. This Infinite Field has remade itself in its own image and likeness and it has named itself each and every one of us. So when we say that there’s greatness in you, when we say that your nature is one of limitless possibilities, when we say that endless joyous expansion is yours for the taking, we are not just throwing around some pretty slogans. In a very real and literal sense, we are describing nothing less than the truth about magnificent you.
You have within you the same creative faculties and the same divine qualities that are found in the Mind of the Infinite.
Now, the topic of this particular installment is moving From Reactionary to Revolutionary. And the truth is that every time we merely react rather than respond to something that is seemingly outside ourselves, we are actually giving away our power.
There is a big difference between reacting and responding. Reacting, in the manner in which we are examining it here, comes from a place of unconscious programming, whereas responding comes from a place of conscious awareness.
When we simply go about our days, always reacting to the world of phenomena and sense perception, we are no longer claiming our divine right as a unique emanation of Source. Much rather are we allowing the seemingly external to control our state of consciousness, our thoughts and actions, and how we choose to treat other beings we come into contact with.
When this occurs, it may take on the appearance of something like this…
- Profile of a Reactionary
Have you ever seen anyone who resembled the individual in this particular image? If so, chances are they may have been a reactionary. Though this is only one of many forms in which a reactionary might manifest, reactionaries are typically individuals who go around constantly preoccupied by what’s happening around them, always influenced by what other people are saying or what’s occurring on the surface level of their lives. Thus reactionaries will oftentimes feel overwhelmed or stressed, such as this gentlemen in our cartoon here. As one might deduce from this image, reactionaries generally do not have any sense of authority over their lives, and more often than not they will perceive themselves to be victims of circumstances.
But you know what?
That is not you!
How do I know this?
Because you’re still reading!
The fact that you’re still reading is proof that, regardless of what your past experience has been, you are ready to evolve, you are ready to grow, you are ready to step into your potentiality, you are ready to become a revolutionary.
- The Empowering Traits of Revolutionaries
A revolutionary is someone who has claimed their spiritual authority. A revolutionary has stepped into their spiritual dominion. When we say spiritual authority or dominion, we are referring to the power that lies within every single one of us. We are talking about the authority that comes from our Highest Self, from our sacred I Am Presence, from Divinity Within.
It is from this higher awareness that we begin to comprehend the deeper meaning of this Biblical reference: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and every other creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
As I stated above, being made in the image and likeness of God means that we have the same creative faculties that are found in Divine Mind. And not just some of these creative faculties, all of them. God poured the entirety of Itself into you!
So we may begin to realize that “dominion over the earth” does not merely mean dominion in the physical sense, but much rather dominion over the illusions of space and time, dominion over the world of effects.
A revolutionary is someone who has trained themselves in the ability of thinking new thoughts, not merely thoughts that revolve around what they are capable of perceiving with their physical senses. A revolutionary is someone who is capable of, quite literally, thinking outside the box, outside of the narrow set of limitations that a reactionary might be caught up in. A revolutionary is someone who has realized that, not only do we have the ability to think independent of circumstances, our thoughts actually create our experience of life. As such, a revolutionary has made it a habit to consciously think thoughts that will serve them, thoughts that are empowering, thoughts that are in alignment with not only their dreams, but with Reality with a capital “R.”
A revolutionary is someone who has realized that, not only do we have the ability to think independent of circumstances, our thoughts actually create our experience of life.
- Let Your Personal Revolution Begin!
A Course in Miracles states that “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” This powerful statement indicates that if that which is unreal doesn’t exist – which is to say it doesn’t exist in the Mind of God – then that which is Real and Eternal, such as the divine qualities of love, peace, well-being, beauty, harmonizing prosperity, creativity, and other qualities of this nature, are able to undo anything and everything that is coming from a lesser vibration. This is something that a revolutionary is keenly aware of.
The higher always dissolves the lesser. And this is because the lesser is an absence, whereas the higher is a presence.
Darkness is an absence. Light is a presence. There is no source of darkness, darkness is merely the absence of light. In the same way, fear is the absence of love. Yet when you turn on the light, darkness disappears. And the darkness of ignorance disappears in the Light of Awareness.
Love is able to undo fear; peace dissolves confusion; compassion renders mute anger and judgment. On a scientific level, the vibrations of love, peace and compassion are simply vibrating at a higher frequency than the vibrations of fear, confusion and anger.
So it may then become apparent that, in order to begin our personal revolution, we must be willing to consciously focus upon the higher. And we must have a vision. That is because a revolutionary is someone who is able to see things as they never were, a revolutionary is someone who is able to hold onto a dream regardless of what is happening around them. A revolutionary is someone who is able to think a new thought, meaning they will not try to imitate what anyone else has done. A revolutionary has understood that they are here to shine their own unique light, to sing their own unique song, to dance their own unique dance.
Having been endowed with the full creative faculties and divine qualities of the Infinite, a revolutionary realizes that we are all here so that we may fully awaken to these faculties and qualities within, and so that we may then reflect and reveal them according to our unique pattern of perfection. And our unique pattern of perfection is simply our unique set of gifts, skills, talents, capacities, and sensibilities.
There is no one else quite like you. You are one in a kind. God does not produce reboots or remakes; God only makes originals. God only makes works of art. And so the greatest fulfillment of your desires lies in you recognizing and embracing your own uniqueness. And it is in the uniqueness of your magnificent being that your inborn genius is located.
Everything begins as an idea in consciousness. So we must learn to see our vision with our Inner Eye. We must have the courage to dream it before it can happen. We must visualize it. We must feel it. That is how it becomes real to us. We begin to embody it. We begin to take action on it. We begin to talk about it as if it’s already done. We begin to live, move, and breathe the reality of it – before the reality of it has manifested in the physical.
As we do this, we are claiming our spiritual authority. We are claiming our dominion over the world of effects. And before we know it, a powerful shift begins to occur that will result in nothing less than the birthing of a new reality. My friend, this is nothing less than your divine birthright. So as you begin to contemplate your aspirations and intentions for 2013, why not decide that you’re going to go for what is truly meaningful to you? Decide that you’re going to live your dream and allow your vision to manifest. Decide that you’re going to be a revolutionary. You will be glad you did.
It is in deep gratitude and appreciation that I turn within. As I become quiet in the stillness of my own awareness, I allow these new insights to take root within the core of my being. As I become aware, I clearly see the areas of my life where I have been holding back; the areas where I may have been harboring a reactionary perspective. All of these fear-based perceptions are being dissolved right now, and I am thinking a new thought instead. I understand that I have spiritual dominion. I have the ability and the divine right to call forth new realities. Realities of joy, realities of love, realities of beauty, realities of fulfillment, realities of health, realities of harmonizing prosperity. All of that is available to me as I am letting go of the lesser. I am willing to be a revolutionary. I have a grand vision for my life. It is my Soul’s Vision. It is my Soul’s Calling. And it is to this Soul Calling that I surrender. I believe it. I feel it. I see it. And I let it be. And so it is.
It is important that we remind ourselves from time to time that being on the spiritual path, becoming more conscious, is not at all complicated.
The contrary is the case.
As we devote ourselves to becoming more conscious, our lives do not get more complicated. Our lives become simpler.
This is because there are no complex rituals or rules that we must learn. There are no doctrines or ideologies that we must believe in or follow. Becoming conscious does not involve accumulating more “mind stuff.” Becoming conscious involves the letting go of all of that.
A simple practice that we may put to use is to simply be present. To not get caught up in the past or dwell upon the future, but much rather simply be here now. We might focus on our breath as we do this, as the breath always anchors us in the present moment.
As we allow ourselves to be present, life suddenly becomes so much simpler.
If there’s anything that requires our attention in the moment, we tend to it. If there isn’t, we simply allow ourselves to notice the nowness and the isness of the moment.
A feeling of serenity begins to flood our awareness. Ease and grace become our companions.
So let us remember that none of this is complicated.
Let us be aware that simplicity is the key, ease is the doorway, and peace and letting go are the pathway towards experiencing higher states of awareness.
It is a sweet journey. And it only gets sweeter and sweeter.
A sign that we are maturing on the spiritual path is when we begin to release our acquisitive nature – the part of us that is always seeking to get something – and instead commit to being of service.
Rather than going out into the world, believing that the world somehow holds our happiness, we instead have a very real and powerful sense that our happiness comes from within. It emanates from the core of our very Self.
And it is with this awareness that we are overcome with a palpable lightness of being, where every instant becomes a celebration, and everything we do we do with a glad heart.
Rather than asking, “How can I get what I think I need in order to be happy or survive?”, we instead approach every moment, every situation, every interaction with the question: “How may I be of service? How may I bring value? How may I be a blessing?”
We have realized that we are not here to try and get more stuff. Instead, we know that we already have it all, and it is our joyous task to simply demonstrate this truth in our experience.
We are here to freely share all of our gifts, skills, and talents; to freely shine our light, sing our song, and dance our dance.
And when we do this – which is seeking first the Kingdom of God, the Realm of the ever-expanding Good – we soon find that everything we thought we needed to chase after comes bursting into our experience.
Our lives are filled with riches and blessings beyond our wildest imagination simply because we are the blessing. And Life will always reflect back to us exactly what we are.
In Parts One and Two of this series respectively, we have looked deeply into where do our dreams come from, and we have also examined where do we come from, and how do we fit into the grander scheme of things. We had reminded ourselves that everything in the Universe is energy, and we had brought back to our attention that all of it originates within a vibrant Field of energy which science has called the Unified Field. And so we have allowed ourselves to recall that it is within this Field that we live, move, and have our being. And furthermore, that we are, in fact, intimately connected to this Field. That there is no place where this Field ends and we begin.
All of this is what we might consider a scientific way of describing God. Because as we mature spiritually, we begin to realize that God is not some external deity that we must beseech to give us what we think we need to be happy or to survive. But much rather do we begin to realize that God is the center of our very being.
And as such, it becomes apparent that all has already been given to us. We already have the keys of the kingdom. So rather than us trying to get something from the seemingly external, our task becomes to realize that all that we could ever want, hope for, or desire, we already have; and it is up to us to create the conditions within our own consciousness that will allow our physical experience to become the living demonstration of this truth.
Friends, this is what living the Awakened Life is!
Living the Awakened Life is moving beyond the superstition of materialism, and instead cultivating a very real and powerful sense of our true nature as Spiritual Beings on an eternal journey of joyous unfolding.
Oh yes, Life is very good, indeed!
All that we could ever want, hope for, or desire, we already have; and it is up to us to create the conditions within our own consciousness that will allow our physical experience to become the living demonstration of this truth.
Now, with this awareness, are you ready to examine a bit further the practicality of matters? I thought you might be. So then let’s take a look at…
5 Keys For Moving Towards Your Dreams
Ask for Guidance
You may find this first key especially useful if you’re reading this and you’re not quite sure what your vision is. Perhaps it’s been a long time since you’ve allowed yourself to even consider having a dream. Well, something within you is saying, “It’s time to get back on with it. It’s time to get back to the dream.”
Simply find a quiet place where you will be able to sit uninterrupted. Then, become still. Allow yourself to get centered so you may get in touch with the core of your being, your I Am Presence. Enter into your Soul Space.
Once you have accessed that level of your awareness – which is simply a matter of turning your attention away from the seemingly external towards the interiority of your being – you may then ask any question you seek to know the answer to. Perhaps you may want to ask, “What’s the purpose of my current incarnation? What am I to do with this lifetime? What is seeking to emerge in me, through me, as my very life? What are the dreams that are in my heart?”
And then, be on the lookout for the answer. The answer may come in the form of a sudden insight, an intuitive sense. Or perhaps it will appear in the form of a billboard, or you’ll hear it in the chance utterance of a friend or a so-called stranger. Do not try to rush the answer. Be patient. Know that it’s coming. And begin to feel that, whatever the answer is going to be, it’s going to be good!
If you are already on track with your dreams, you may want to use this process to inquire about the next step of your unfolding, or anything else that’s going on in your life about which you’re seeking a higher perspective.
Pay Attention To The Answer
After you have asked for guidance, you will want to raise your level of alertness so as to not miss the signs that the Universe will be bringing into your experience. More often than not, the answers may be subtle, and they may require our alert receptivity in order for us to notice them.
I love how Carl Jung described synchronicity as, ”…the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.”
So let us seek to pay attention whenever we have those experiences of inner and outer events coming together in a way that is meaningful to us. When this happens, let us be aware that someone’s trying to tell us something. And let’s be sure we listen.
Act On Your Hunches
The answers may come in the form of hunches and impulses that are emanating from our intuition. Regardless of how they come, the answers will not always make sense to our rational mind. The ego, in its well-meaning yet misguided way, may advise us to not pay attention to mere hunches and to instead focus our time on what it has labeled as “more pressing matters.”
We cannot serve two masters. We cannot follow our Divine Destiny and expect to get there by the means and the clever scheming of our ego. Ego invariably comes from a limited perspective, whereas our Inner Voice is the part of us that is plugged into Spirit. And Spirit has got the whole picture! Spirit is saying, “Follow me! Trust me! I’ll get you there! Come on!”
Commit To Excellence No Matter Where You Are
The “no matter where you are” part is really what we’re focused on here. Sometimes we may have big dreams and we may be committed to giving them all we’ve got, yet we may be working at a day job to temporarily supply our funding. We may be tempted to think that our day job is less important and therefore does not require that we demonstrate the excellence that is actually inherent within our very being.
Do not be fooled! Decide that you’re going to commit to excellence no matter where you are! It doesn’t matter what the job is, make a commitment to give it your all. Don’t hesitate to show up early and to stay late. Always be willing to do more than what’s expected, and do it gladly, joyfully, with a sincere heart. It is the energy that results from the demonstration of that level of excellence that will catapult us into the next stage of our unfolding.
Cultivate An Unshakable Spiritual Trust
Let’s remember to simply trust our Source. We live, move, and have our being in God. So when, in the mere outer, it appears as if something’s not working out, if it feels like we’ve hit a dead end, or if we think we’re going in circles and everything is falling apart, that’s simply a sign that it’s time to release and let go.
Not let go of the dream. Not let go of the vision. But to let go of how we think it “should” be happening.
You may recall, I said in Part One that “how” is not our business. So let’s learn to let go and let God. Remember that, no matter what the vision, in the mind of God it’s already done. So if the path towards the dream is turning out a little different from what we expected, let us seek to realize that it’s all perfect.
All of us are exactly where we need to be, right now at this very moment, in order for us to learn, to grow, to evolve, and to become who we will need to be in order to fulfill our destiny.
The following affirmative treatment, repeated with conviction on a regular basis, will anchor these new heart and mind sets in your awareness. You may want to change the wording in any way that feels natural to you. The exact words do not matter. What matters is feeling the powerful energy behind them!
I give thanks for the insights that are taking root in my awareness. I give thanks for the guidance I have received, and I am open and receptive to all the signs and all the clues that my beloved Source is seeking to bring into my experience. I give thanks that I am cultivating an unshakable spiritual trust. I KNOW that I live, move, and have my being in a field of Infinite Possibilities, and it is with this awareness that any old thoughts of fear, doubt, and worry; any thoughts of lack, limitation and scarcity, are being dissolved, for they can no longer live in the higher vibration of my being. I commit to excellence in all areas of my life. I commit to being the very best me I can be. I commit to activating my full potential. For this and so much more I give eternal thanks, and I allow it to be. Thankfully and joyously. And so it is. Amen
Much Love and Blessings to you!
The fourth and final part of this Best Year Of Your Life series is all about letting go of judging ourselves, letting go of comparing ourselves to others, and simply deciding to shine our own light fully and completely. It’s about embracing who we are, loving who we are, and then becoming the full embodiment of our highest potential through the sharing of our gifts, skills, and talents. Here are the links to the previous entries, if you would like to revisit them:
And now, let’s wrap this thing up:
- Understanding Your Uniqueness
In order for us to fully unlock all of our potential, it’s important that we realize our own uniqueness. Did you know that you are completely and totally unique? There is no one else who is exactly like you anywhere in the world. Almost seven billion people on the planet, but only one you. There is no one else who has your unique sensibilities, your unique point of view, your life experiences. You are truly one of a kind.
So easily we can get caught up in comparing ourselves to others. We notice something that we like in someone else, and then we start wanting to be like them. If only we could have their skills, their talents, their strengths. If only we could just be a little more like that. But whenever we think in such ways, we are giving away the gift of our own uniqueness. We’re trading in our own unique nature in order to try and be like someone else.
If we truly want to unleash our full potential, it’s important that we let go of comparing, and instead decide to be the only person we can ever be in this particular lifetime: ourselves.
Of course it’s great to have role models. I have quite a few of them myself. They are the ones that inspire us, we look to them as examples of what’s possible. Oftentimes they may act as our mentors, we may learn a great deal from them, and we may certainly be influenced by them. But there is a difference between looking up to a person we admire, and attempting to emulate that person.
Sure, in some cases we may even be quite similar. But we must always remember that, despite that, we are all on our own unique journey. It does no good to compare our own life journey to that of someone else. In fact, someone once said, “comparison is the fast track to misery.” And nothing could be more true.
Whenever pondering the idea of uniqueness, I love to think about the snowflake analogy.
Did you know that there are no two snowflakes that are exactly alike? Consider for a moment the countless numbers of snowflakes that form all across the world all throughout the year. At first glance they may all look the same. But if you were to examine each of them under a microscope, you’d find that not only are snowflakes made up of absolutely beautiful frozen crystal structures, but every single one of them is unique in the way and shape that these crystals are formed.
Well, and just like all snowflakes are unique, every single one of us is unique. And regardless of what experiences we may have had, regardless of what conditioning we may have picked up along the way, regardless of how flawed we may think we are, the truth is we are all perfect just the way we are.
In fact, let’s dig a little deeper into this idea of our own perfection. Are you ready for this? Are you truly willing to remind yourself of what at the soul-level you already know? Okay. Then here we go:
We are all unique ways in which Divine Intelligence is expressing and experiencing Itself right here on earth. Every single one of us is a unique idea in the mind of God, and as such we are all perfect just as we are. We are unique ways in which Love, Divine Beauty, Creativity, and GENIOSITY are happening on this planet.
Allow yourself to just take that in.
Does that resonate with you on some level?
Allow yourself to be reminded today of Who You Really Are. Allow yourself to remember that your existence didn’t begin with your birth in time in space. How could that even be? You’re not merely what you can see and feel with your physical senses. You are not a collection of flesh and bones that’s somehow learned to walk and talk and think and imagine and create and have dreams.
The truth is you are an eternal, infinite, timeless Being. You are pure Divine Intelligence. You are made up of pure one hundred percent God. That’s what’s meant by we are made in the image and likeness of God.
And, friends, you’re not here because you fell off a cloud, or because you have to prove yourself “worthy.” You are here BECAUSE YOU CHOSE TO BE HERE!
You’re here because you knew that coming here would be a great adventure! You knew at one point that life is an adventure that’s forever unfolding, and you knew that the very life you’re living right now would add immeasurably to your own joyous growth and expansion, and to the expansion of ALL THAT IS!
You came to this planet at this time in human history because you said you were going to express your gifts, skills, and talents; you said you were going to be a blessing by simply being yourself; you said you were going to become the embodiment of the Divine Qualities of Love, Joy, Health, Well-being, Prosperity, Harmony, Creativity, Beauty, Wisdom, Peace, and Eternal Joyous Expansion! You said you were going to let it rip!
You chose the exact time in history in which you’d be born; you chose your gender, your personality traits, your dreams and preferences; you chose your gifts, skills, and talents. And you made all of these choices from a vantage point that’s not limited to space, time, and the five senses. Much rather, you made these choices from the full, wondrous, limitless vantage point of the Infinite Being that you truly are!
Now. Ain’t it just grand to actually know this? Seriously. Isn’t it amazing to just even be considering the possibility?
Because the truth is, most people have become so fully absorbed in matters of space and time, the material things of life, that they’ve completely forgotten that they came from beyond space and time. They’ve lost touch with their connection to this broader perspective.
Let’s make a decision that that’s not going to be you and me!
Let’s decide that we’re going to live our lives from this place of heightened awareness, this place of remembrance. Let’s decide that we’re going to live what we’ve been calling the awakened life. Let’s decide that we’re going to live a conscious life.
A life lived consciously is one of the greatest gifts we could ever give to ourselves, and one of the most magnificent blessings we could ever receive.
- Fall In Love With Your Magnificent Self
Once we’re able to get back to remembering the truth of ourselves and our reality, it becomes easier to perceive our own intrinsic perfection. Once we can truly begin to grasp that our life is not an accident, and that we are not at the mercy of forces that are external to us, we can begin to see that just perhaps we’re okay just the way we are. Just maybe we can start to let go of looking at what we think are our flaws and shortcomings, and we can start to notice that we’re actually doing just fine.
As I sat down to write this article, I felt guided and inspired to simply just remind us all of Who We Really Are. Because if we want to make 2012 our best year yet, if we want to go beyond all past limitation, if we want to live our lives at our highest potential, it’s important that we can love that person that we see every time we look in the mirror.
Begin to embrace the fact that your journey is uniquely yours. Realize that, just like the snowflake, you are completely unique, one of a kind, and like the snowflake’s crystal structures, absolutely beautiful and magnificent.
Start to consider that all the experiences you’ve had were necessary to simply get you to where you wanted to go. Start to realize that whatever your dreams are, whatever your aspirations, you are never as far off course as you may have thought. In fact, you are exactly where you need to be right now.
The entire Universe, All That Is, is supporting you in getting you to where you want to go. The life of your dreams truly is the life you came here to live!
And if you’re facing a challenge, have the courage to open yourself up to the idea that just perhaps there’s something for you to learn, just perhaps there’s an opportunity there for you to become more fully yourself. Start looking for the gift. Begin to ask, “What Divine Quality is seeking to emerge through me here?” And then make yourself available to it. By doing that, you are letting go of being a victim, and instead you begin to take charge of your life once again.
- Shine Your Light, Sing Your Song, Dance Your Dance
Remember some of these questions that I asked in the post on moving into your Excellence Zone?
What are the things you enjoy doing?
What are you drawn to?
What are you passionate about?
What is it that you absolutely love?
The answers to these questions are signs that are pointing you towards your very reason for being here. So decide that you’re going to shine your light, sing your song, and dance your dance. Decide that you’re going to do what you came here to do. And let’s together declare these statements of intent:
“I choose to embrace the unique and wondrous nature of my own Being! I love myself, I appreciate myself, and I choose to fully shine my Light in my own, wonderfully unique way! I am available to what wants to unfold in my life! I am available to become the full embodiment of my highest potential! I know that I am One with All That Is, I know that my nature is one of Love, Light, and Beauty; and I am open to receiving the guidance and direction of my Highest Self! I am here to live an extraordinary life! I am here to live a joyous life! I am here to fully express all of my gifts, skills, and talents! I give thanks that this is now so, and with deep appreciation, I simply allow it to be! And so it is!”
- Wrap Up
I hope you’ve found this Best Year Of Your Life series helpful. Of course all of this applies at any time throughout the year, so regardless of when you read this, I hope you find it helpful. ;)
Feel free to post comments, responses, or questions in the comments section bellow. Naturally, everything that’s said here can only truly be beneficial if it’s applied on a regular basis. So experiment with it. Take what resonates with you and put it to use in whatever way feels right to you. And please also feel free to share any of the material on this blog as you see fit. The idea is to collectively create this shift in how we look at ourselves and our life, break past any and all old limitations, and start living the extraordinary lives we’re all here to live.
May you be blessed beyond your wildest expectations!
May 2012 be your best year yet!
Much Love and Blessings to you!
This is a continuation from Part 1 which gave us some suggestions for how to move out of the comfort zone of our thoughts, words and deeds into our Excellence Zone.
The aim of this Best Year Of Your Life series is to provide practical and easy to implement steps that we can take to shift our thoughts to change how we look at ourselves, the world, and our place in it. What we’re doing is breaking free from any and all old thought patterns of lack, limitation, and scarcity, and returning to our natural state of Love, Joy, Appreciation, and Well-being. So let’s evolve together and make 2012 our very best year yet.
- Enlarging Our Capacity To Receive
Most of us place limits on how much good we’re willing to allow into our lives. We decide how blessed we’re going to be, how healthy our bodies will be, how much money flows to us, how fulfilling our relationships will be, and how many of our dreams will come true. This usually applies no matter where we are in life. No matter if you’re just starting out, or if you’ve already achieved a considerable amount of success in your life, chances are there’s a limit as to how far you’re willing to go.
Now, I do want to make sure there’s no misunderstanding here. I am not talking about merely chasing after more stuff; more money, bigger houses, more expensive cars. What I’m talking about is becoming greater expressions of ourselves. Material wealth can certainly be a part of that, but this also includes becoming more loving, having peace of mind, living in perfect health, having meaningful and fulfilling relationships in all areas of our lives.
Remember, we’re not here to try and make it. We are here to live extraordinary lives!
Reaching our fullest potential is all about releasing what’s been blocking us up until now. These blocks are usually unconscious, which means that becoming more conscious and deepening our awareness must be part of the process.
I believe in order for us to reach our fullest potential, we have to be willing to enlarge our capacity to receive. What I mean by that is that oftentimes we may be blocking what wants to come into our lives by thinking thoughts like, “it’s just too good to be true. This couldn’t possibly be happening to me.” Or perhaps we feel uncomfortable with receiving too much because we don’t think we deserve it. We’re afraid that by allowing too much good into our lives, we’re depriving someone else of their good.
All of these are thoughts that are born out of an erroneous belief in scarcity and judgement.
Scarcity because we think there’s a limited amount of good to go around, which has created an us vs them mentality where we imagine that there’s others with whom we must compete for these goods.
Judgement because we believe we must live up to some kind of ideal and prove ourselves worthy before we can receive all that we’ve desired.
I would like to invite you today to let go of this kind of thinking once and for all!
No matter where you’ve been in the past, no matter how many setbacks you’ve had, no matter how many mistakes you think you’ve made, you are meant for Greatness right here and right now!
Be willing to enlarge your capacity for how much good you’re going to allow into your life. Break past those past limitations, and realize that anything you can dream or imagine the Universe is well able to bring into your life.
Listen to what it is that wants to emerge. And then make yourself available to it.
Surrender to it by reminding yourself, “Today I am available to possibility! I am available to what wants to unfold in my life!”
And instead of saying, “it’s too good to be true,” turn it around by declaring:
“It’s so good, it MUST be true!”
Make this your new response whenever an unexpected blessing or an opportunity comes into your life. Repeat it as often as you must to allow it to become a natural part of how you view life. Say it until you really believe it. Make it your mantra: “It’s so good, it MUST be true! It’s so good, it MUST be true! It’s so good, it MUST be true!”
And once we’ve began to enlarge our capacity to receive, our next step becomes surrendering. Surrendering to what? To the Great Unfolding.
- Surrendering To The Great Unfolding
Did you know that there’s an everlasting and eternal unfolding of good that’s happening all over the cosmos? Most people are not only unaware of this, they’re also not used to even considering the possibility. So let’s examine this a little closer for a moment.
I think we can all agree that everything in the Universe, seen and unseen, can ultimately be traced back to one Source. Whether we call this Source God, Allah, the Christ Presence, Infinite Intelligence, Divine Mind, the Infinite Field, or any other name, isn’t really important. But what we can easily deduce from just looking at the world around us is that this Source must be loving and benevolent. There is evidence for this all over the place. The most obvious being that the universe is even here in the first place, able to sustain itself. If the Source behind its creation was malevolent, evil, or destructive, by its very nature, the universe would have self destructed a long time ago.
But instead, the universe not only continues to exist, it expands at an astronomical rate. Isn’t it amazing that the gravitational forces in our solar system are so precise that all of the planets remain in perfect orbit around the sun? And this isn’t just a random occurrence; there’s billions of solar systems like ours all across the galaxy.
The New Testament quotes Jesus as asking us to look at the lilies of the field, stating that they do not labor or spin, but not even King Solomon in all his splendor was dressed as magnificent as they. He then went on to say, if that is how God takes care of the grass in the field, how much more will God take care of you?
I love that analogy. The same applies all over nature. And it invites us to surrender and simply trust the Source from which we came.
Look at the birds, they don’t worry about what they’re going to eat next, and yet, they’re always taken care of. Their needs are always supplied. The same goes for any animal anywhere in nature. Have you ever seen a stressed out duck? Or a worried penguin? Of course not! Everything in nature is part of what I like to refer to as the Great Unfolding, or the Great Cosmic Unfolding.
The Great Cosmic Unfolding is the eternal unfolding of Good, Love, Joy, Well-being, Health, Harmony, Prosperity, Beauty, Creativity, Generosity, and Freedom!
All of these are what we can look at as Divine Qualities. And each and every one of them is your birthright.
But here’s the twist. What’s the difference between the duck and the penguin who are never worried, and the human being who walks around in fear and anxiety?
The human being has something that the duck and penguin do not: self-reflective awareness.
Self-reflective awareness means you’re able to think about what you’re thinking about. You’re able to look at yourself and observe yourself. The duck and the penguin (as far as we can tell) can’t do that. The duck has no choice but to be a duck, the penguin has no choice but to be a penguin. You, however, always have a choice. You’re free to choose what you’re going to be, by choosing what you’re going to think. And there’s another term for this: free will.
Free will is what makes us different from everything else in nature. Free will gives us a choice. It gives us the choice of whether we’re going to participate in the Great Unfolding, or not.
Consider the sun. The sun always shines. It’s bright, radiant, it lights up the entire sky. But here’s the thing: the sun has no choice but to shine. That’s just what the sun does. It doesn’t get up one morning and say, “I don’t really feel like shining today. In fact, I’m getting a little fed up with this whole shining business. You know what? Screw this, I think I’m just gonna quit shining all together!”
That would be ridiculous, wouldn’t it? But you see, that is the choice that you get to make each and every day.
You get to choose whether or not you’re going to shine your light. You get to choose whether or not you’re going to be kind, loving, and compassionate; you get to choose whether or not you’re going to share your gifts, skills and talents; you get to choose whether or not you’re going to be available to the bountiful supply of good that wants to emerge in your life.
Make a choice today that, just like the sun, you’re going to shine your light!
We enlarge our capacity to receive by letting go of scarcity and judgement, and then we surrender to the Great Cosmic Unfolding by making ourselves available each and every day to the Divine Qualities that are seeking to emerge.
Get up every morning and say:
“I am available to the Good today! I am available to Love! I am available to Joy! I am available to Well-being! I am available to Prosperity! Today I am going to be a channel to allow these Divine Qualities to express and reveal themselves! Today I am going to shine my light!”
And then watch what happens. As you go about your days, you’ll start noticing these little changes. Doors will open for you, opportunities will appear, dreams and desires that you’ve held will suddenly start manifesting, and before long, you’ll find yourself looking around, wondering, “how did I ever end up HERE? How did my life ever get THIS AMAZING???”
So remember that you are a Limitless Being, and that the life of your dreams (whatever that may be for you) is the life you were meant to live!
Much Love and Blessings to you!