Packed with Potential.
Yet, I wonder…embracing non-judgment…and accepting ignorance of “What is the best for everyone,”…then whose to say where the potential lies?
Objectively…I’m kind of willing to say that more smiles and laughter are good. Same with singing and dancing. Smiles, laughter, singing, and dancing, these are highly conscious activities that are expression of freedom and creativity and connect with some of the highest human faculties. What’s everyone want more of? Joy! And what is more objective expression of joy than smiles, laughter, singing, and dancing?
So then…if we’re here to bring more joy into the world, let’s be the change we want to see in the world! Then the duty comes to you smiling, laughing, singing and dancing more and more. Quite the duty…ugh such a drag of a responsibility ;-)
In the past, I’ve freaked out pretty hard about the awesomeness of the Present Moment, and perhaps that is a skill – to personally be able to be aware of the miracle and awesomeness and wonder of the Here & Now, and then even another skill is to be able to share that awareness with people and bring them into the miracle. Yet, what does that awareness lead to? What’s the purpose of it, and does it add as much value as simply increasing the amount of smiles, laughter, singing and dancing in the world?
The great thing about a moment or two or twenty thousand of an awareness of the awesomeness of the Here & Now, the Infinite Goodness and Oneness of Creation, is that it frees you from a lot of egoic concerns. For example, since having these types of experiences, I no longer a desire to accumulate material possessions. I prefer wearing plain white clothes and eating simple foods like oats, hemp seeds, and bananas. I don’t even mind sleeping on the floor. And trust me when I say I used to be obsessed with material possessions. I’d buy all sorts of trinkets and clothing and shoes that I thought would ‘help me’ be better in the world. But that was all from the paradigm of separation. When you realize the awesomeness of the moment, you no longer concern yourself so much with the opinion of people – you free yourself from judgment! – instead you align yourself with higher principles such as the spiritual awakening and conscious evolution of humanity. You align yourself with Peace, Joy, Love, Happiness, Health, Harmony, Learning, Growth, Service, Generosity, Openness, etc. It’s not longer about “What’s in it for me?” but the attitude becomes “How can I serve? What can I give?” So you are so free! Because you realize that you’re inclining yourself more and more towards goodness and giving, so if you die tomorrow who cares? You were doing good. You were being good. You were loving. You were giving your best.
And this happens moment to moment to moment.
Sometimes during the day you might think ‘selfishly’ and think ‘I want food’ or ‘I’m tired’ or ‘I look good,’ and those thoughts are kinda the ego peaking back through. Nonetheless, the body thrives with proper food and sleep and movement. So, if you perceive the body as a vessel for goodness to flow through, then caring for the body is certainly important for optimizing the goodness and service that flows. No need to fault ‘yourself’ for wanting to care for the body and brain and feed it rich physical and mental nutrients. You can only give what you have, so give ‘yourself’ the best and you can share that best abundantly!
Lol just overheard awesome tutoring, “All the molecules are always vibrating and rotating and spinning.” Hallelujah Oneness!
Synchroncities so abundant!
Identity. Depending how you identify ‘yourself,’ you can be abundantly free or dreadfully imprisoned. If you are just the human body, sorry but you’re fucked! Ha, right? If you are more than the body, if you are spirit, consciousness, one with life, energy – well then, now we’re talking. Now you’re free. Hard to say one is right or wrong, who really knows? So believe what empowers you. Believe that which sets you free! Because, as Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free!” What beliefs set you free? What beliefs liberate you from fear and allow to fully thrive and flourish as an abundantly wonderful and joyous being?
Believe the best. Expect the best. Be the best. Trust that it’s all for good.
As for this Present Moment…the one moment…it’s liberating. Not crippling. Worry is crippling. “Don’t worry, be happy.” Easier said tahn done. Alas, you don’t have to look around you and sin and destruction and evil everywhere. If you were to see all that, you’d be granting yourself an immense amount of knowledge and understanding, perhaps even omniscience. Are you omniscience? If not, then judge not. Let it be :-)
If you are omniscient…now playing around with this belief…maybe the omniscience is “It’s all for good. I’m one with all of it, completely eternal and immortal, invincible and indestructible, here to play and have fun, love and give and serve and enjoy everyone and everything and flow abundantly.” Something like that…maybe that’s your Absolute Omniscient Truth…but who knows. Play with it :-)
Believing is seeing. What you believe, you will see. What do you want to see? For a while now, I’ve had the desire to see Beauty, Divinity, Spirit, God in All. Sometimes I live with this awareness, sometimes I don’t. Really, rarely do I tune into this awareness, but when I do it’s pretty awesome. It generally yields complete relaxation and some abundant joy. And…the great thing about seeing…you can only see in the Present Moment!
Seeing…such are the seers…”They live in wisdom who see the Self in All and All in them.” Mmm…Oneness?
How to live in Oneness? Detaching completely from form can help. “If someone asks of you your tunic, give him your cloak as well.” Or, just give it all away. Even food! I renounced using money for a 6 month period of living…and reflecting back on it, it does seem like the time when I was most connected with the Present Moment and the Oneness of All Life and the Goodness of Creation. Now I use money minimally, largely because I have a minimal amount of it ;-), but now I wonder if returning to that lifestyle makes sense. ‘Having money’ perpetuates the ego / a sense of separation in many ways. Alas, in the Present Moment this body is standing at a computer with simple clothes on and a gratitude rock in the pocket, not too much ‘I can give to others’ aside from hugs and smiles, which is perhaps why I feel very free right now :-) Ahhh, liberation.
Thinking about some of the most compelling teachers I know, whether living or ‘dead,’ ha dead yeah right ;-), I’m pretty sure none of them use money. Did Jesus? Buddha? Human beings…compelling examples…why not strive to emulate these holy, happy, healthy, worthy ideals? Then again, there are other wonderful role models I can think of like Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy…people who speak to thousands of people and share empowering and liberating ideas to help people live more joyous, abundant lives. Perhaps there are many wonderful ways to serve! And with whatever one does or has, it’s important that you have what you have to fulfill your higher purpose, and you do what you do to fulfill your higher purpose. As it’s been said, “Live a fully dedicated life.”
I like to think my life is dedicated to becoming more conscious and aware / realizing God Always / Becoming God-Conscious / Achieving Cosmic Consciousness, yet sometimes these aspirations to higher, holier consciousness take steps back, and I can even be aware of these steps back as I’m taking them. Like, I’ve wondered, would an enlightened person eat peanut butter? And recently I’ve thought that they may or they may not, but what’s certain is that they would eat is with deep appreciation and gratitude. Perhaps every action is performed with deep appreciation and gratitude. The enlightened person might just be someone free of the disease of ‘taking-for-grantedness.’ How wonderful it is to live in a state where you cherish each and every moment of experience and wonder at it all embracing a sort of divine ignorance in which you’re aware of the mysterious yet totally abundant and loving nature of God Present Here & Now and Forever. And I wonder…is such a state of being sustainable? Perhaps…perhaps. ;-)
Well then…time for one of my favorite questions to seal the deal…
What matters most?
Who knows! My guess is, the present moment! The quality of experience right here and right now! There are no guarantees beyond this moment. This is it. The time is now and we are here! And now I become more conscious of the breath. And the smile. And the eyebrows flashing up and down dancing in happiness. “Suddenly I become aware of every step.” Ah, what a life, Thich Nhat Hanh, to be aware of every step. And yet the yang of the world can so easily pull us away from that consciousness in every step…I digress.
What matters most?
Love. Compassion, Kindness. Gentleness towards ‘yourself,’ the human body you’re granted responsibility for while it’s alive, and gentleness towards other human bodies and all forms of life. Joy, for me, seems to come as I show and realize greater love towards everyone and everything. This love manifests in a variety of ways. The 5 love languages…acts of service, words of affirmation, gifts, physical touch, quality time…mmm that’d be a fun 30 day experiment to simply focus balancing each day by dancing between engaging in those 5 different love languages. Expressions of love! What could be better?
What matters most?
This moment! Love. Gratitude. Feeling good. When you feel good, no matter what you’re doing, it’s good. And this isn’t to say get high on drogas. But hey, maybe that’s right for you. Who knows? Feeling good by utilizing the gift of consciousness that you are. Utilizing that Power that is You! To focus on gratitude, on abundance, on beauty, on grace, on forgiveness and compassion and connection to one and all. To appreciate and revere life and creation and the universe and God. The Natural Way. Feel Good :-) And if you want, find something to dedicate your life too, and plan each day so that it can realize that dream more and more. The Universe and God want us to dream big dreams, and I think one of the biggest dreams is that all human beings become conscious of consciousness itself, so that we realize our Divine Nature and the awesomeness of the Universe and our Power to create and love and grow and learn and change for the best! The dream is for all of us to love one another like we love that person in our life who is dearest to us, whether a brother, mother, sister, father, or ourselves…to love all equally abundantly! Like a Universal Family. No Separation. It’s a shift in consciousness, and as big as the dream might be, the best part is that it always starts and ends with ‘You.’ Of course, along the journey your conception of ‘You’ might change and almost certainly will change as you become more conscious and aware, yet that’s all part of the fun :-)
Perhaps the most liberating sentence I’ve ever read was something like this…
“The best thing you can do for everyone is to become enlightened.” The best thing you can do for all of us is to raise your consciousness and awareness. Sounds like a selfish focus, but it’s also entirely selfless. Because that’s the best way you can serve! Becoming more conscious and aware means experiencing and realizing more love, more peace, more joy, and the more you cultivate those abundant qualities, the more you share them abundantly! So the journey of becoming more conscious and aware does seem like a worthy cause.
What are the next steps along the journey? Well…if you want more joy in your life…if you want more anything in your life…you’re going to have to make some space for it, which means you might have to give something up. You might even have to undergo a ‘pain period’ where perhaps you flex a bit of your mental muscles to overcome the body’s desire to rest complacently. Personally, I’m fairly confident that eliminating processed foods including wheat, dairy, and sugar from the list of foods one consumes is a most definite step towards higher consciousness. At some point, I think eliminating consuming meats is also on the journey, but this time not necessarily for greater health/energy reasons but more so because one is growing in compassion towards all living beings and seeks to act compassionately towards all. That being said, I think there is a way to eat an animal compassionately, so perhaps rather the elevation of preferences would be to not purchase animal meat, because that act perpetuates the system of slaughter and violence etc. and not sure if it is possible to compassionately slaughter an animal, but if it is, I’d love to witness you doing it ;-) Always open to learning! (I guess that’s what Jewish Kosher ‘laws’ are all about…)
Alas! Steve Pavlina has been a great teacher for me on the journey to become more conscious and aware (wow seeing 2222 now…love it :-) Hallelujah!) A foundation for becoming more conscious and aware is to increase the amount of compassion in your life you show towards yourself and all living beings. More and more, lead with love and compassion and act with gentleness and universal kindness and forgiveness to all. That’s an abundant way to become more conscious :-) As always, baby steps. Step by step by step by step we go along this journey.
I have a theory that by simply treating your physical body with unflinching compassion and unconditional love and non-violence, I think that might definitely reflect out towards your actions towards all beings. At least, starting with yourself is always good :-) Right now, this moment, I’m noticing that these fingers hurt a wee-bit from all this typing, and now I wonder if non-violence means ‘no-pain,’ and eh…who knows? Perhaps it means n meaninglessness pain, but a bit of physical pain for the greater good (how I see typing this goes), that can be great! I mean, clearly Jesus wasn’t the biggest advocate of no-physical-pain-for-self…haha if that was his core guiding principle then there’s no way he would have donned a crown of thorns or carried a cross or been nailed to it…oww. Ahh but just writing that opens the heart, such a wonderful example of the great love and potential that lives in each one of us :-) To die for another, that is a sure expression of love! Undergoing a bit of physical pain for the benefit of another, why not? The body heals :-) Nonetheless…perhaps the key to non-violence towards the self means contextualizing all pain, so that it’s connected with your Higher Purpose. Like Jesus was physically suffering while aligned with Serving / Glorifying God and the Truth, soooo obviously that takes precedence :-)
Freedom and Peace come when you align with serving something greater than the small physical human body. Align with glorifying God and serving the Truth no matter what and you’ll willingly carry a cross,at least that’s what the example of Jesus suggest. Hallelujah!
A great question that can spur a lot of introspection…What are you willing to die for? Now consider, how can you live for it? Studying martyrs is inspiring business, and a great way to become more conscious and aware and overcome fear and realize your Power and Potential!
Becoming more conscious and aware…Higher Consciousness! God / Truth / the Very Best rests abundantly at the top :-)
Breathe and smile. Build your foundation on some rocks, align, let go, flow. Trust completely. Live a fully dedicated life.
What are you willing to dedicate your life to? And…let’s pretend…you only have 5 years left to live! Because really, who knows? Even 5 years is a lot.
What are you willing to dedicate the next 5 years of your life to? How will this dedication of yours manifest internally with the quality of your consciousness and externally in the quality of your actions?