The purpose of this post is to act as a reminder of the truth in the now and its homeostatic bliss. It is an ongoing practice that we all have access to. You owe it to yourself (and you deserve it immensely) to allow and implement the practice of cultivating the inner love, joy, peace, happiness, and harmony that is omnipresent. It is with great celebration that I share these words with you in the hopes that they shine on the truth within to enlighten the powerful being that you are. Through this self-work, you may come to discover many habits that bring eternal happiness to the world, yourself, and to those that you love. You may also discover some of the habits that have led to painful, confusing, and broken ways of living. The following is a practical collection of wisdom inspired by Eckhart Tolle, a contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth". He went through a deep internal transformation and continues to follow the guidance that he has been given providing a catalyst for universal healing. We can all benefit from cultivating these practices by being willing to experience and practice what Eckhart Tolle teaches as the only source of peace: the present moment.
These words are not concepts or ideas to play within your head. They should not provoke a sense of agreement or disagreement. They are about finding yourself. Read through this post with a sense of deep recognition of the self that dwells within. Only at that point can the truth be discovered. This information is not meant to add new information or beliefs to your mind or try to convince you of anything. Nothing here can be learned that you do not already know. It is simply meant to bring about a shift in consciousness for you to wake up. You are invited to pause and reflect when you recognize this for yourself. To those who are ready, and many people are, these words will provide glimpses into an awakening. For each person who awakens, it causes momentum in the collective consciousness, and it becomes easier for others to do the same.
We all have been beggars searching for the richness of life. It is the searching, in fact, that obliterates us from the richness of life that is, and has always been, us. All along. This richness includes and infinitely exceeds pleasure, fulfillment, validation, love, security, and peace. It is not something that the world can offer. It is within, at the depth of presence.
Enlightenment is not an amazing accomplishment. It is not a goal or even something obtained. It is the state of being that you are. When you notice this sense of being that you are, you will find the oneness of all forms in existence. Being is found as the ever-present life that pervades the myriad things throughout the universe which display the indestructible unifying source. It is not something to be understood or learned. It is only to be experienced by deepening your sense of awareness.
The word God has become ammunition for egoic delusions, absurd beliefs, and inspiration for terrorism, destruction, hate, murder, and war throughout our planet. The word has become vastly misunderstood, misused, misinterpreted, and excessively idolized. God is just a religious name for happiness. Happiness is the knowing of your own being as it is through presence, consciousness, or awareness. The common name for this knowing of your own being is “I” and the religious name for the same experience is “God”.
Identification of the self with the mind is to equate who you are to the mind. This is the greatest obstacle to discovering the truth in being and presence. Identification with the mind creates the illusion of separateness and blocks you from yourself, you from fellow men and women, you from nature, and you from the presence of being the conscious awareness that you are. It keeps you from God. It is the belief that you are not a part of the other or that you and/or the other does not belong to the whole. This mental noise prevents you from finding the realm of inner stillness and that creates a false mind-made shadow of fear and suffering. The light in enlightenment (pure presence) casts out this shadow.
The disease (or dis-ease) you experience in any form of pain, physical or emotional, is you being used by your mind. If you cannot free yourself or have a cessation from pain or thought, you are not using it, it is using you. The suffering is the experience of the mind-stuff effectively strengthening the ego (the false self). When this happens you become unconscious, that is to say that you are not aware that the thinker in you is but only a small layer within. Knowing this, you can now observe the thinker (ego, pain, suffering, disease, thought, mind-stuff) and in simply watching it all you begin to realize the vast realm of inner peace, love, joy, creativity, beauty, and intelligence that is beyond thought, beyond the mind, beyond the pain.
The thinker (the voice in your head) comments, judges, complains, speculates, compares, likes, dislikes, and so on. It becomes the tormentor in many people's heads. Their worst enemy. This happens through worries about the future and upset about the past. It distorts the present moment with incessant mind chatter. It is an unnecessary punishment that drains a person of vital energy causing misery, unhappiness, and illness.
Addictive behavior is the reaction to the suspicion that you no longer feel as if you have the choice to stop. It feels stronger than you. It gives you a false sense of pleasure, a pleasure that invariably turns into pain. Identification to thought becomes the addiction to thought. This is the addiction to the ego, and the ego believes (and greatly fears) that you will cease to exist without thought or reactive behavior. The truth is that without thought and reactive behavior, the ego ceases to exist, and the true and peaceful self is what emerges in its place. It wants to keep the story of your past alive by projecting itself into the future. "When this, that, or the other happens, then I will be complete!"
To free yourself from thinking and addiction you must be there as the witnessing presence of thought and behavior. Listen to all the old patterns, watch the reactive tendencies, observe them impartially, and become curious about the various qualities. Do not judge or condemn what you experience, that would be the ego cleverly sneaking its way back into the spotlight. You are the witnessing presence, build a relationship with it by knowing the truth in the phrase "I am." It is the “I am“ behind every layer, label, and idea of existence. The knowing of this is not a thought, it is having the experience of what it is that experiences.
Observe the mind-stuff to see for yourself that the ego is not that which experiences and is never truly present. Consciousness or presence that is free of the mind or ego is above thought watching it all. That doesn't mean that without thought you will not be stepping to a lower sense of being. It is not a step back into any animalistic instincts or a lowering of consciousness. Presence still allows for thought and instinct to exist, but it is in being consciously aware of the emergence of what the present moment holds that illusions being to dissolve. This is the next stage in the evolution of the human experience.
Give your fullest attention to the everyday routine activities and you will discover the source of all life and the peace in presence. To measure your degree of success in being present, become aware of the degree of peace that is felt within. This is meditation. Meditation is essentially the act of becoming intensely curious and conscious of this present moment.
Practicing awareness, presence, stillness, and peace allows consciousness to connect with the vast intelligence of the universe that is in every particle of matter, in every cell of the body, in the makeup of DNA, and in the universal nature of homeostasis. The more we look within and access this infinite realm of being, the more we realize how little it is we know or can know about the mind.
Emotion is the body's reaction to the mind: a reflection of your mind in the body. Strong emotions cause changes in the biochemistry of the body. Feeling and becoming consciously aware of the inner energy field of the body will put you directly in touch with emotions. If you really want to know your mind, look at the present emotion by feeling the inner body. It will always give you an honest reflection. If there is a perception of conflict, watch the emotion (bodily reactions) not the thought. This will allow you to understand the present state of mind instead of becoming a slave to it.
Egoic thinking and emotions have fed off of each other for so much of human existence that the loss of presence has become the norm. "Fear" and "pain" are the main umbrella terms that define a loss of the presence of thought and emotion. To simply notice fear and pain as being present in the body or the mind will bring about a cessation of identification with the fear and/or pain. Being overwhelmed with this cycle is another trick of the ego and in itself can become a doorway into the stillness of the now. Sink deeply into presence with observation and awareness to break this cycle. The ego is then dethroned as the truth of being becomes natural to you as you discover the peace beneath suffering.
The pain created over the now is always some form of nonacceptance or some form of unconscious resistance to what is. Consciousness is the way out of pain. The pain of thought is judgment. The pain of emotion is negativity. You are not the thought, you are not the emotion, you are not the body. You are the watcher, the observing presence, of all of these things. Make a habit out of observing what is going on within each moment to be pointed in the right direction. Don't analyze, just watch. Notice.
Love, joy, and deep peace is the experience found in the gaps of the stream of thought. Love, joy, and peace are not emotions as "emotion" refers to the bodily stirrings accompanying mental feelings. Love, joy, and peace are natural states of being and have nothing to do with the body or the mind. These words have become intellectual ideas that have been clouded with the disturbances or disorders of the ego, that is thought and emotion. Know the difference between love and attraction, joy and pleasure, and peace and harmony.
Where there is one thing, there is always its opposite. Attraction, pleasure, and harmony are all things and by default contain a degree of their opposites: aversion, affliction, and conflict. "Things" are all that is without. "Being" is all that is within. Love, joy, and peace are not things and therefore have no opposite. In the journey of life attraction, pleasure, and harmony, as well as aversion, affliction, and conflict all pass but love, joy, and peace, are all always omnipresent as the path itself.
THINGS THAT ARE WITHOUT AND THEIR OPPOSITES:
WHAT IS WITHIN HAS NO OPPOSITES:
When you notice that the ego in another has been triggered, yield to it. Do not resist it or react to it, that would be the irrational ego becoming triggered in you. Catch it the moment it arrives and feed it with love, joy, or peace. It can not survive this as fear and pain can only digest fear and pain and by feeding the ego with love, joy, or peace the true being that is within will be evoked. Fear and pain appear to be big and strong and scary and monstrous, however, this is nothing compared to the light of consciousness. When you bring present attention to the fear and pain, identification with the ego dissolves and the presence from a higher consciousness comes in.
The mind and the ego cover up the present moment with past and future to remain with a sense of having control. You can never fully cope with any mind-made projections such as the past or the future. You can, however, cope with the simplicity that is this present moment. If you no longer want pain, do not create more time, at least not any more than is necessary to deal with the practical aspects of life/now. A painful, unacceptable, unpleasant, or awful present is due to judgment or negativity in the mind. Allowing, accepting, and surrendering to the present moment gives a taste of inner freedom from external conditions. Accept then act - work WITH it. Your responsibility is to not create further pain. The ego is inseparable from time, it lives exclusively through memory or anticipation - it is unwilling to honor and acknowledge the present.
Time is not precious at all; what does not exist can not be. What you perceive to be precious is not time, but it is the now: this present moment. It is the only thing. It is all that there is.
A NEW EARTH
noun -the act of bringing or recalling a feeling, memory, or image to the conscious mind.
The Buddha is said to have given a "silent sermon" once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it.
Flowers can be looked on as the enlightenment of plants leaping to an entirely different level of being: plants become flowers, rocks become crystals, some become precious stones, reptiles become birds.
They are all lifeforms that are temporary manifestations of the underlying one life, one consciousness. They all are experienced as having an ethereal quality to them.
Be with it, to know its essence, beyond the outer form (physical, labeling, naming, psychological) into its inner essence (beingness, formless, spiritual).
Being, just being, can allow humans (like flowers, crystals, precious stones, and birds) to become transparent to the light of consciousness and let in the enlightenment.
Messengers have included teachings that became widely misunderstood and often distorted greatly. Their messages did not transform human behavior, except for a very small minority of people.
Their messages may be important, yet secondary. What is primary is Being, recognition, consciousness, awakening.
The imposter pretending to be you: when it recognizes itself, awakening begins.
You cannot fight it and win like you cannot fight the darkness. The light in consciousness is all that is necessary, you are that light in enlightenment.
Looking deeply into humanities ancient traditions you find two core insights:
1) The realization that in the "normal" state of mind most humans have, although highly intelligent, contains strong elements of dysfunction or even madness. In Hinduism, they call it Maya, the veil of delusion. In Buddhism, they call it Dukkha, suffering, unsatisfactoriness, or misery. In Christianity, they call it Sin, from the original greek misunderstood translation meaning to miss the mark on being human. That is to say, to miss the purpose of human existence. It is to be understood that wherever you go, whatever you do, this dysfunction will be encountered and will manifest itself in every situation sooner or later. Some examples of dysfunction include, but are not limited to the following: destruction, war, fear, greed, desire, a need for power, slavery, torture, violence, sickness, bombs, guns, killing, extermination, poisoning, genocide, slaughter, control, ill-treatment, etc. Diagnosis of humanity as a psychiatrist would determine in a single psychiatric patient: chronic paranoid delusions, a pathological habit of committing murder, acts of extreme violence, cruelty against perceived "enemies", criminally insane, with only a few brief lucid intervals. Motivations: fear, greed, desire, need for power. All created by the dysfunction. This is seen widespread over humanity and also on the relationships of individuals and also in each of themselves. This is the ego.
2) The possibility of a radical transformation of human consciousness or enlightenment. In Hinduism, they call it salvation. In Buddhism, they call it liberation. In Christianity, they also call salvation. Liberation and awakening are other words to describe what they are pointing toward. This would be the greatest achievement in humanity. The recognition of its dysfunction and madness would take president over humanity's works of art, science, or technology. This invites an individual to look at how they live, to see what one is doing, to observe the suffering one creates.
These two core insights, through distorted, misinterpreted, and misunderstood teachings of many disciples, have paradoxically caused additional fear, greed, desire, and power complexes. Religion became a set of belief systems that people could identify with. This caused a further enhancing in the strength of the ego and empowered people to make themselves "right" and others "wrong". A set of beliefs does not make one spiritual regardless of the nature of one's beliefs, however, religions still have a truth that shines through, although dimly.
The more you make your thoughts and beliefs into an identity, the more you are pulled from the dimension of spirituality within yourself. In many religions, people are stuck at this level. Letting go of the mental identification with form, dogma, and rigid belief systems (that is your mind) will allow one to discover the original depth that is hidden within.
Humanity is now able to observe itself through science and technology in a way that humanity is now becoming aware of its dysfunction and madness. Subtle shifts are occurring here and there in the collective consciousness and we are becoming an enlightened planet. This will cause an end to mythologies, ideologies, and belief systems. It is not meant to add further beliefs.
The voice in your head is not who you are
Who are you then? The one who is aware that the question, emotion, or perception arrises.
Ego: identification with forms. This primarily means thought forms, physical forms, and emotional forms. This identification results in a disconnectedness from the whole intrinsic oneness with every "other" and as well as to the source. This forgetfulness is Maya, Dukkha, and sin. It is suffering, delusion, evils, and dysfunction.
Consciousness: the inner realm of heaven, the ether, it is not to be understood as an actual place. It is a state of peace, joy, calmness, contentment, awareness, and surrender exist.
Words (labels, ideas, titles) can cast a hypnotic spell and you might easily lose yourself in them. They make you think that you know what something is (flower, crystal, stone, bird, human) yet it, and all things are unknowable as they all have an unfathomable depth. All we can perceive, experience, and think about is only just the surface layer of reality or the beingness of all things. This beingness is what connects it all.
Instead of productively using thought, humanity became possessed by thought.
To exorcize the self from thought, you need to disentangle your sense of "I", or your beingness, from all of its "things", that is to say, its forms: thought forms, physical forms, and emotional forms. This disentanglement, or enlightenment, or awakening, is what this text is about.
Words reduce reality to a few basic sounds we can make with our tongue, cheeks, teeth, and lips, and with only a few written symbolic visual characters. Do you think that some combination of sounds or symbols could ever explain who you are, the purpose of the universe, or even what a flower, crystal, stone, or bird is in its depth?
I / ME / MY / MINE / MYSLELF
These all contain a great error and deep truth. The error is an illusion of ownership that causes a misinterpretation of all reality, thought processes, interactions, and relationships. The deep truth is that of which each of these words points to. It is the one in oneself that watches the error. In simply noticing its presence, that inner self begins to resolve the egoic error.
Identification with the label of your name can attract other identities with gender, possessions, the sense-perceived body, nationality, race, religion, or profession. Also roles such as mother, father, husband, wife, sister, friend, enemy, etc. This includes identifying with things like opinions, knowledge, likes, dislikes, and things that happened to "me" from the past. This is "me and my story".
Awakened people refer to I, me, my, mine, and myself, to refer to Being. Unconscious people refer to identity and feel threatened or angry when the separation of identity with I, me, my, mine, or myself, occurs. This egoic suffering quickly dissolves when it is noticed and the form is simply observed. Without reacting, observe the thought-form, emotional form, and/or physical form, and the suffering simply evaporates. Ultimately one would sense a shifting toward contentment, beingness, awareness, inner peace, and/or joy.
Intellect and thinking do not contain the answers to the dilemmas of human existence. Thinking without awareness is the main dilemma.
Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
The ego consists of content and structure. The content is the forms (thought, emotion, physical) and the structure is identification with form. This structure and content of the ego are conditioned by our environment, upbringing, and surrounding culture. The I, me, my, mine, or myself endow the form with a sense of self resulting in the perception that the form becomes part of the identity of who "I" am.
My toy, my car, my house, my clothes. Trying to find my "self" in things ends up causing me to lose myself in them. We see this prevalently in advertising. Its purpose is to convince others that the things they're selling will add something to the consumer's sense of self, that is to say, to enhance the way the consumer sees themselves or to enhance the way the consumer is seen by others.
When something is expensive it becomes exclusive, meaning that not everyone will have it. This fashions a desire for it within the ego. It creates the idea that one may become more fully themselves. Once these forms are obtained by the consumer, it will inevitably lack a fulfilling attribute. When this happens the consumer returns to looking for more. This keeps them buying, keeps them consuming, keeps them with a floundering sense of being unfulfilled, keeps the ego strong and the advertisements working.
We need shelter, clothes, furniture, tools, transportation, and valuable things due to their beauty or inherent ethereal quality.
Most people live in a world deadened by mental abstraction - not sensing the aliveness in it anymore - not inhabiting the reality of living and Being, but a conceptualized and thinking one instead. When you cannot feel the life that you are, you are likely to fill up your life with things. Observe how often the self uses the word "my".
"My ring" may have great monetary and sentimental value but what would happen to the self if it disappears, gets lost, or is stolen? A result of anger or defensiveness would arise. "It's more than just a ring to me!"
Do you realize that you will have to let go of "your ring" at some point? How much more time do you need before you will be ready to let go of it? Has who you are become diminished by the loss? You can care for and value things but when you get attached you will know it is the ego. You are whole without identifying with the form(s). Letting go of things and thoughts is an act of far greater power than hanging on or defending.
Being must be felt, it can not be thought. Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? This is the experience that you have having.
It isn't wrong to want, be proud of, or resent others who have a thing. It isn't right either. It is the ego. The ego isn't wrong, just unconscious; don't take it too seriously.
"I own this" or "I am this" merges the "I" with the thing. If everyone agrees with you there may be other things that point to your ownership. If everyone disagrees with you, they will reject you. Either way, it doesn't matter - the thing you identified with has nothing to do with who you are. People agreeing or not, it is always a fiction.
Wanting, or the need for more, is an addiction and, just like all addictions, leads to further dissatisfaction.
All egos want different things at different times or may not even know what they want except that they don't want what is: the present moment. The ego will always be looking for something else that promises greater fulfillment. No matter what you have, or get, you won't be happy or satisfied long term. Leading you further into wanting more.
"My body." Identification with gender is encouraged at an early age forcing you into a roll. Male and female are words. To identify with strengths and weaknesses places you into categories. Beauty and ugliness. Abilities and disabilities. Healthy and sick. All words and identities are conditioned by your environment, upbringing, and surrounding culture and your ego believes it to be true.
"I am." You just are.
Feeling your body from within (that is to say observe it from the inside) will dissolve these labels and healing will be initiated.
Labels on the body will fail as the body changes. Never weak, never strong, or beautiful, or ugly. It just is what it is at all times. Perfectly balanced.
If you don't identify with the body you can enjoy what beauty, strength, and health it has while they last. In this sense, you can also improve its condition through the right nutrition and exercise. Your sense of worth will not diminish when beauty, strength, or health decline. In fact, with not identifying with it, as the body weakens, its formless essence (beingness, consciousness, awareness) shines brighter through the fading form.
Suffering from an illness allows the ego to identify with it, and as a "sufferer". Attention from doctors constantly confirms to you your conceptual identity as a "patient". Once the ego has found an identity it does not want to let it go. This, amazingly but not infrequently, can lead the ego to create illness to strengthen its identity.
noun - a state of calm attentiveness in which one's actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort.
Feeling the inner body is the easiest way to go beyond identifying with it. You are not your body. Shift your attention from the outer form (thoughts about your body: beautiful, ugly, strong, weak, fat, thin, and so on) to the feeling of aliveness, or the beingness, inside of it.
Close your eyes and observe (find out) if there is life inside of your hands. Don't ask your mind, it will convince you otherwise or develop concepts of boredom. Be aware of the subtle feeling of the aliveness in them. Some don't even have to close their eyes, they can feel this flow of energy or tingling in them as they read this. Do this with your hands, feet, arms, legs, abdomen, chest...until you can be aware of the global sense of aliveness throughout the body.
Body awareness is the anchor to the present, a doorway out of the prison that is the ego. Body awareness strengthens the immune system and the body's ability to heal itself.
"I am." is not to be used in conjunction with a form (thought form, physical form, emotional form). When it is, the illusion of absolute separateness begins to turn reality into a nightmare.
"I am." - this is timeless and eternal.
"I am a thing." or "I have a thing." or "I need a thing." or "I want a thing." all are states of past or future. This is suffering.
Descartes said "I think therefore I am." and his discovery of the ego equates and identifies the self with Being. This is false. Thinking is to be equated with dreaming. What is aware of the thinking, is Being. When you notice this, you become aware that you are thinking. When you become aware that you are dreaming you awaken within the dream. This is awakening. This is who "I am."
You are what you are in "I am" and in noticing this you are awakened. Another dimension of consciousness comes in.
When forms that you identified with, that gave you your sense of self, collapse, are taken away, or are lost it can lead to a collapse in the ego since the ego is identification with form. This is felt as a sense of calm and as the peace of beingness. If the ego doesn't collapse it may attach immediately to the role of "victim": a thought form.
Tragedy has two reactions: resisting and yielding. To resist is to be bitter, resentful, hateful, and negative. To yield is to be compassionate, wise, loving, and positive. Yielding holds an inner acceptance of what is. Yielding is surrender.
If a response, meaning action, is necessary, resisting will cause suffering and further problems whereas yielding will cause helpfulness and cooperation. This is peace and calmness of Being. If no action is possible, you may rest in peace and inner stillness that comes with surrender.
What you react to in another, you strengthen in yourself. Non-reaction is to overlook and to be forgiving. Look through the ego into the essence.
Complaints are to be recognized as the voice of the ego.
Long-lasting resentment is a grievance. Don't try to let go, just see that each thought or action to keep it alive is to identify with the grievance, that is to say, strengthen the ego.
Only state facts. The need to be right and make others wrong is the ego. Thought can only point to the truth, Being, consciousness, or the true self. Keep this from the written practices of zen in mind: the hand pointing to the moon is not the moon.
Human action can reflect the truth, however, the action, once reduced into words is of course not the truth.
"I AM the way and the truth and the life" was said by Jesus. It is meant to be a reflection of the universal consciousness. It is not meant to be a means to act in any sort of way. When you are in touch with that dimension within yourself and in touch with your natural state (not some miraculous achievement) all of your actions and relationships will reflect the oneness with all life that you sense deep within. That is love.
"Love and do what you will." St. Augustine.
Both sides of a conflict, rather all sides, are equally identified with their own story, or perception. They each believe themselves to have the truth, and all parties regard themselves as victims and all "others" as evil. "All of this is so enormously satisfying." says the ego.
If you get angry, upset, or react strongly at all to the behavior in another, it is usually a pattern of behavior you are unable, or unwilling, to detect within yourself. You can respond to others and recognize your own ego for what it is and not react to it when you notice it in another.
Instead of making up stories, in conversation and in thoughts, stay with the facts. The more identified people are with their respective roles, the more inauthentic the relationship becomes. There is no true relationship. It is enough to recognize the ego or unconsciousness in others (parents, partners, friends, acquaintances, anyone) as not being who they are. No need to tell them about their ego or unconsciousness, simply recognize it. Give others space, space to be.
"I am unhappy" versus "there is unhappiness in me."
There are no new thoughts, only those that are conditioned by the past.
The ego might want to say something like "Guess what! You don't know yet? Let me tell you."
Homeopathy and Chinese medicine are two examples of possible alternatives to diseases that do not treat the illness as an enemy, and therefore do not create new diseases.
The truth is that you need to say "yes" to suffering before you can transcend it. Human is form, being is formless, human and being are not separate but interwoven.
To love is to recognize yourself in another, the other’s “otherness” then stands revealed as an illusion pertaining to the purely human realm, the realm of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the Devine dimension.
The thought “I am not enough” makes the ego play roles. When this thought comes in, find presence with it and your current now without reacting or resisting. The secret of all success and happiness: one with life. Being one with life is being one with now, the present moment.
In order to attract success, you need to welcome it wherever you see it. You don’t think; thinking happens to you.
Karma = thinking that you think your thoughts and being at the mercy of that voice, becoming identified and possessed by it and the mind.
Human loneliness (the feeling of alienation) comes from people identifying with thought and attention is focused on it instead on being and the beingness of “others”.
Emotion is the body’s reaction to your mind. The intelligence that runs your bodily functions (organs, nerves, reflexes, blood, electric pulses, and so on) is the same intelligence that brought plants into physical form, their flowers. It is the intelligence that manifests as Gaia, the complex being that is planet earth.
An instinctive response is the body’s direct response to some external situation. An emotion, on the other hand, is the body’s response to a thought.
Negative emotions (generalized as unhappiness) is infectious and will infect people you come into contact with. It spreads like wildfire to countless people you may never even meet.
Positive emotions generated by the ego already contain their opposite. The deeper emotions are not really emotions at all but states of being which has no opposite. The pain-body is an accumulation of old emotional suffering that one carries in their energy field. Emotional pain is felt in the body; be present enough to witness where in the body this is felt and what the quality of the feeling is without reacting or resisting.
The pain-body is the addiction to unhappiness. It is a version (or dimension) of reality that is completely distorted by fear, hostility, and a desire to inflict and receive more pain. This magnifies the ego’s need for enemies.
Pain-bodies in relationships will feed off of each other’s negative emotions and reactions. This manifests itself as arguments, fights, and violence. A pain-body is like a cat: when it is asleep it is still well aware of its surroundings ready to pounce at any second.
Glamorized violence as seen in films, news, and the media is food for the ego and the pain-body. On the other hand, factualized violence, as seen in documentaries and studies, can become fuel for reflective awakening.
Both the victim and the perpetrator suffer the consequences of any acts of violence for what you do to others you do to yourself.
The journey out of unhappiness happens with the journey into it. This is what you feel in this moment; if it is pain, wanting this moment to be different from the way that it is will add more pain to the pain that is already there. Accept what you feel, that is to surrender and not to react or resist.
Emotion + sad story = unhappiness
Emotion + presence = transcendence
Energy fields follow the pain-body. When parents say something like “we must not fight in front of the children” what they do not realize is that while they make polite conversation, the home is pervaded with negative energy anyway. The only way out is to be present. The only way out is through.
When your child’s pain-body is activated, ask them questions pointing toward presence: “what does it feel like?” Be curious, not critical.
Pain-body = emotion
Ego = reaction/resistance
The pain-body and the ego are relatives and they need each other to survive.
A person reacts negatively to others when their own pain-body is unconsciously sensed in the other. This person’s ego is attempting to allow their pain-body to feed the other’s and, in effect, to feed itself off of the other’s.
Being present is always infinitely more powerful than anything one could say or do although sometimes being present can give rise to words or actions.
Each time you are present with your own pain-body when it is triggered, some of its negative emotional energy will burn up and become transmuted into presence. Discontent, unbearable unease, torment, unhappiness, and/or unsatisfactoriness can and will be used as a tool for awakening.
Feeling the pain-body arise is not to be considered as something being wrong with you (the ego would love to think that) it is a reminder to know that it is there, and a calling to accept things as they are.
Know thyself before you ask any question of your life; ask “who am I?” Aside from any adoption of a set of ideas, beliefs, labels, words, there is being.
If peace really matters to you, you will choose it.
Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. When you think or believe someone is keeping or withholding something from you (praise, appreciation, assistance, love, care...) give it to them. You can not receive what you do not give.
Nothing you can know about you, is you. That is content, not the essence.
Using the word "maybe" instead of labeling something as fortunate (good) or unfortunate (bad) allows for an acceptance of what is. One can then enter into conscious alignment with the higher order. Using the term "is that so?" allows the form of the moment (whether "good" or "bad") to be as it is. This allows one to choose not to become a participant in human drama. Do not mind what happens.
"The snow falls, each flake in its appropriate place"
The atoms that make up your body were once forged inside of stars.
The ego will treat and relate to the present moment (now) in 3 ways:
1. As a means to an end.
2. As an obstacle
3. As an enemy.
The only direct evidence of time is now. Giving yourself more time is precisely this: giving more attention to the present moment.
Clock time = dates, hours, minutes
Psychological time = past, future
Truth = now
Something in or about dreams must be real otherwise they would not be at all. The dream = things, ideas, experiences, thoughts
The person = a form that is part of the dream watched by the dreamer
The dreamer = the one who watches the dream
"This, too, shall pass."
Your purpose in life is to be with, and do, what you are doing. Your purpose is found in the now. Your purpose is this present moment.
Inner purpose = primary
Outer purpose = secondary
What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.
If aligned into the present moment, fully awake, you will know what to do.
When the brain gets damaged it does not mean you lose consciousness. Consciousness simply can not use that form to enter this dimension.
The 3 modalities of awakened doing: acceptance, enjoyment, and enthusiasm.
Visions and goals - make sure they are not an inflated image of yourself, and therefore a concealed form of ego such as wanting to become a movie star, a famous writer, or a wealthy entrepreneur. Also make sure your goal or vision is not focused on having this or that, such as a mansion by the sea, your own company, or ten million dollars in the bank. Goals and visions should be dynamic. They should point toward an activity that you are engaged in and through which you are connected to other human beings as well as to the whole.
Choose to inspire people and to enrich their lives.
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