Monday, September 18, 2017

Worry

So if we are always only Divine Consciousness, what’s happening when we are worried or afraid?


Most of the time we identify with ourselves as an individual, separate from other individuals and the surrounding world. When we are afraid or worried we contract even further into our own little world. In this way we limit the amount of Divine Consciousness or Divine Energy that flows through us. It’s like closing down the aperture of a camera lens which allows less light in.


The best way I know of to open your Divine Energy aperture, is to focus your awareness on the sensation in your body associated with your worries or your fears. For most of us these sensations are located in our chest, in our gut, or in a constricted feeling in our throat. So, start by sitting quietly where you won’t be disturbed. Turn your attention to these worrying sensations inside your body. They should be easy to locate because they are usually uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Focus your attention on these feelings without trying to get rid of them. This is important. We want to feel these fears and accept the sensations associated with them without any judgment or attempts to change them at all. “But I don’t accept them, I don’t like them and I want to be rid of them. I want something to be different”. I know, but when you are feeling a worrying sensation and wanting to get rid of it, you are looking from it and identifying with it. When you look at a sensation, not judging but accepting it, you are not identifying with it. This is a new and different activity. Your identity moves back and expands as it looks at your worrying. You have opened your identification and your energy flow. Awareness with acceptance is a very powerful tool that you may not have not been consciously using up to now. Also, for the moment anyway, you are not feeding uncomfortable sensations with disturbing thoughts.


“But this exercise doesn’t solve my problems.” Well, you may be in for a surprise. Once you have expanded your awareness and are no longer identifying with just your own problems and your separate personality, you have opened yourself to your true identity: Divine Consciousness AS individual. Acceptance is a form of Divine Love and it has the power to release resources  that you didn’t know you had.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Unmonitored Creativity

Our awareness, the consciousness of everyone of us, is a spark of Divine Consciousness. We are God manifest as individual beings playing around in a sea of Divine Consciousness. If you look for the source of your consciousness, you won't find it because it has no objective qualities. Our Consciousness is shining out of the unknown, illuminating the known. Consciousness cannot be seen as an object but we are obviously aware of it; self aware.

One part of consciousness (in the thinking area of this Divine-pretending-to-be-an-individual), is our creativity. Our minds are free to think creatively. But we let our creative abilities unintentionally wander into ideas and beliefs that may not be true. For instance we have the choice to create Love, to appreciate our lives and the world around us. Or we have the freedom to think thoughts that make us feel separate from our Divine Source and our fellow humans. Believing this we feel alone and vulnerable. We become afraid and so we fear the world and the people around us.  We forget that we are all made out of the same stuff and that we are all in this together.

Divine Consciousness is totally loving and trusting of itself, so it allows us to do this. This gets us in trouble ONLY because Divine Consciousness has chosen to play this game of forgetting it's true identity. If we realize that we are here to remember who we are and enjoy this incredible experience, then there is really nothing to fear except for our own unmonitored creativity.

So if you hear anyone saying that you should fear or hate any people or groups of people, they are not speaking from truth. They have forgotten who they are, and are speaking from a belief system created from confusion and misunderstanding.

Each one of us has the power to let Truth guide our thoughts to create Love and share it with those around us. This is how we increase the amount of Love in the world which is definitely what it needs right now.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This Election

If you find yourself upset and angry about the election, there is something very important you can do. This recent election is not something terrible that just happened to us, nor is it a harbinger of something terrible that is just beginning to happen. Instead it is a barometer, a gauge of sorts that is telling us where we are as a people, and as a country. This is where we are, right now. And if we want to move from where we are, we must acknowledge and accept where we are. Acceptance is one of the shapes that Love takes. In order to move forward, we must realistically accept where we are and move forward from here, not from where we believed, or hoped we were.

So try not to react to these events with anger. Do not feed this situation with fear, but embrace where we are as a people with Love. Love is Divine. Love is power, and if we now embrace who and where we are and love each other right now, where we are, we will move in the direction of Love.

You will experience fear and anger in others but try not to be swayed by the judgments of others. Do everything you can to embrace life now, as it is, with love and acceptance of all of us as a people; a people who need more Love. Be that Love.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Atheists

There is a wonderful discussion going on on the Internet and news programs between a brilliant religious scholar Reza Aslan and some well known atheists, Bill Maher among them. I won't go into too much of the details of this discussion; you can read the latest on the Salon website. But it has really got me thinking.

Recently Stephen Hawking stated that he had proof that God did not exist, something about there being equal parts matter and dark matter so nothing had to be created. Thus no need for a Creator. I'm not a physicist so I'm sure there are parts to this logic that I don't understand, but it occurs to me that it's much easier to "prove" that something exists than it is to prove that it doesn't exist. If someone says something does not exist, doesn't it seem possible that they perhaps haven't found it yet using the tools and methods that they've been using so far?

The experience of God is not discovered in the mind, in thoughts and logic, so scientists are at a real disadvantage. God can't be talked about or repeated in a way that someone else can see in print or  hear as a listener. God has no objective qualities, at least none that can be distinguished from all the rest of the objective world. God is pure subject, pure experiencing, consciousness itself. The light of awareness shines out of the unknown, the unknowable in fact. So It cannot be named nor described. But God can be experienced and each one of us has that capacity, because we too are experiencers. But it must be explored and discovered by each individual.

Each one of us is aware but we don't "do" awareness, we just "are" aware. Awareness happens effortlessly. Our awareness is a light that shines out of nowhere, out of the unknown. When Jesus said, "I am the light", he was identifying with himself as pure awareness. If we pay attention to being aware and not just what we are aware of, we to can feel peace and love emanating out of that Unknown. Sages and wise men for thousands of years have referred to that as feeling Divine Presence, our true identity. Jesus also said "I and my Father are One". So when we identify with the light of pure awareness and not with the objects of that awareness, the thoughts and sensation entirely contained within our bodies, we feel our relationship with God.

And that sets us up to be accused of being self-delusional, right? Well, I guess I would rather be free to explore all the possibilities of life's experiences and end up loving it, than fearing exploration because what I mght find can't be trusted.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Asking for Help

One off the things that becomes apparent as we explore the whole realm of Spirit, is that help for us and our problems is always available. It is actually hard wired into the whole system, into who we are. Because we are not separate individuals as we have assumed all our lives, when we ask for help, we are recognizing that part of us that we previously thought was outside of ourselves, but is really the expanded, Divine part that just isn't as visible.

What I do when I feel isolated is close my eyes and simply say "I need help". And then I wait and watch inside and it always happens that the sensation of "something is wrong" or "something is missing" becomes just that: merely a bodily sensation. As I watch that sensation, it gradually changes into a sense of peace, "a peace that passeth understanding".

With that peace comes a knowing that everything is alright.

Ask and it shall be given.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Feeling Separate

All of the crap in the world and inside each one of us as individuals, is a result of not realizing that we are one with Divine Consciousness...God. But why, if all of this is God, did God decide to allow or cause so much pain and suffering? Good question.

I can only imagine (as many before me have imagined) that God being creative energy got bored with being ONE and sitting contentedly in that knowing. So It decided to explore the creative possibilities of the world of TWO, or as the Tao calls it, the beginning of the 10,000 things.

Now to really explore the possibilities of the dualistic realm, good and evil, likes and dislikes, me and not me, God had to forget that It was all of the universe and really believe that it was something separate, individual. We are that forgetting. We believe that we are separate beings totally contained within our bodies and our minds. Our job is to find our way home.

The key to overcoming the suffering of that separation, is to first realize that everything in our experience is our Divine Self doing and exploring exactly what we are meant to be doing at each and every moment. That has the effect of shining the light of truth into our experience and availing ourselves to the unlimited power and resources of who we really are.

Second, don't take your mind and it's thoughts too seriously. The mind specializes in distinguishing between things; between what it likes and doesn't like, chasing those it does and trying to avoid those it doesn't. Begin looking at emotions and bodily sensations as something to be explored and not necessarily acted on. Look at them, love them, but don't struggle to make them go away. Accepting them activates your Divine love light which knows more what to do with them than you do.

The third thing is to persevere. Don't be discouraged if life doesn't instantly and permanently turn into Heaven On Earth. We have generations of mental habits that we slip back into the minute things don't go quite the way we want them to. This takes time but by loving and accepting yourself, you will begin to feel the peace and happiness that is the ground of our true identity coming through. God works in rhythms and seasons. You don't cut down a fruit tree in January because it bears no fruit.

Finally don't be afraid to ask God for help. Because your consciousness is really Divine Consciousness, help is hardwired into who you are. It is saying I believe that I am more than I used to assume that I was, and I am now reaching into THAT part of me for guidance. Then sit quietly and listen.

It might help to see all of the physical world and the world of the mind and senses as the waves on the surface of the ocean. We only see the surface, the disturbance, and don't see or understand what is beneath it. But it is ALL water. We just can't see the source and cause of the waves. It is possible however to feel our waterness, the connection to the source of our concsiousness. When Jesus said "I and my Father are one", he knew what we all can know.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Worrying


Here’s an exercise .

Imagine for a moment your life without worry. Just for a moment, look at everything that you have, everything you are doing, your plans for the next few days, weeks, month, but look at it without the element of worry in it. Don’t worry about money or security or whatever you worry about. Just look at your life at this moment with only the worrying removed.

How does it look? Oh, and by the way, don’t worry about not worrying, you can reintroduce worrying back into your picture in a moment. But for right now, just a few minutes, think about your life as if there was nothing to worry about.

How does it look? How do you feel?

When I do this, I realize how good I have been at creating a very nice life for myself. I get to meditate a lot during the day; we have a nice apartment in a cool neighborhood, in a very cool city. We go for a long walk everyday with the dogs down to the waterfront, sometimes stopping to have a drink overlooking the marina. We eat out a lot because Kim is blogging about Vegan food in Portland. We have plans for traveling to visit family in the next month and more.

Now comes the amazing part. I have been able to manifest all of this very cool life… all the while worrying about it at the same time.

Now I wonder what would happen if I didn’t waste so much time worrying and spent more time creating. How much more productive could I be without worry taking up so much of my time? Worrying doesn’t seem to be particularly destructive or dangerous; it just takes up so much valuable creative time. How much more wonderful stuff would be happening in my life if I didn’t waste ANY time worrying?