What do we really want?

Happiness.  Freedom.

Freedom.

Freedom from all fear, freedom from all worry.

Freedom from all attachments, freedom from all aversions.

Freedom from the mind, the thoughts, and the endless drama of how we’re right and others are wrong, of how we’ve been wronged, of how terrible things are, stories of unfairness, stories of victimhood, stories of blaming, stories of judging and criticizing and condemning, stories of lack…even the stories of abundance, the stories of joy and peace and prosperity, the stories of laughter, the stories of service…it all comes from the past or is something projected onto the future, and by future what we’re really talking about is – imagination!

Freedom from the past, freedom from the future.

Freedom from the intellect.  Freedom from the burden of ‘knowing’ anything, or more accurately, ‘knowing about’ anything.  Freedom from all the intellectual arrogance!

Freedom the dualities: you vs. me, us vs. them, right vs. wrong, good vs. bad…freedom from all the thoughts!

Freedom from all worry, from all fear, from all concern.

Freedom from all willfulness.  Freedom from any sense that there is anything wrong.

Freedom to bask in the totality and completeness, wholeness and fullness and absolute perfection of what is here, now.

Freedom from desires.  Freedom from wanting things to be different than what they are.

Freedom from expectations. Freedom from memory.  Freedom from labels and concepts. Freedom from opinions.  Freedom from appointments and disappointments.

Freedom to be totally present.  Freedom to just be.

Freedom to prioritize our own happiness and peace above all else.  Freedom to prioritize God above all else.  Freedom to prioritize our own personal truth above all else.

Freedom to act righteously if we feel there is something to be righteous about.  Freedom to flow and express however is most natural and effortless.  Freedom to live spontaneously.

Freedom to watch and witness the grand show, the Divine Play, without getting caught in it, and without identifying with any of it.

Freedom to surrender everything to God.  Freedom to let go entirely of everything and just let God.

Freedom to let go and forgive the entire past, and let go of any thoughts about the future.  Freedom to be with a mind as blank and pure and empty as a newborn baby.  Freedom to know and be only Love and that is it and that is all.

Freedom to smile and not only act cheerfully but to be truly joyful and cheerfully even in seemingly bad circumstances.  Freedom to enjoy every moment, no matter what is happening.  Freedom to know God in everyone and everything, and to bask in the glory that everything is God, and/or everything is God’s Will, and everything that happens is for the very best.

Freedom to relax into the glory of the great Spiritual Teachings and Truth shared by so many and affirmed regularly throughout history: the Truth shared by Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, the Upanishads, the Vedas,

Freedom to not know anything.  Freedom to see the absolute highest good in everyone and everything.  Freedom to relax like a baby in the arms of the Mother, in the arms of the Lord.

Freedom to let go and let God.  Freedom to surrender all thoughts and thinking to God.

Freedom!!!

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

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No Thinking is Necessary. All Thought is Vanity!

Om 🙂

What is the purpose of this life?

What is the highest goal a human being can aspire toward?

Knowledge (via direct experience) of God, the Supreme Truth, Infinite Love and Peace, the Highest Good.

The Spiritual Goal!  Kind of like…seeing the Unseen.  That’s greater than billions of bucks, right?

So then….

If the goal is to know God, that which is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient, then that same Power would infinitely support us on the journey to That.

With the awareness that we are infinitely supported by the Supreme & All-Powerful One, then we can fully commit our every moment of consciousness to That without concern for anything outside of That.

Ultimately, nothing is actually outside of That anyway, so let me explain further.  The mind likes to think, and the mind/ego thinks that it is separate and lives and dies and therefore it thinks to perpetuate its own survival, so it thinks.  Really, survival is totally up to God, and basically the ego/mind doesn’t have any authority over the matter.  Alas, the ego/mind loves to think that it has power and sovereignty, when in reality all power is God’s.

So – we’re dealing with the ego/mind that is totally caught in an illusion of separateness which results in fear which leads to selfish, even destructive behavior.  The ego/mind loves to spend its time thinking about material gain, be it money or food or developing new skills and abilities and learning new things that will all serve to perpetuate its own survival, sometimes at the cost of hurting others.  But, really, the ego/mind doesn’t care so much about others, except to the extent that others serve its own survival and thriving.  The ego/mind’s anthem is, “I, me, and mine!”  The ego wants and wants and wants.  It is focused on gaining and getting, not giving.  So, beware!

In Reality, the Highest in us has no needs or wants or desires.  All is already total and complete and perfect.

So then, what are the consequences of this for us?

It means, in Reality, totally truthfully and with supreme, unshakeable faith, we don’t ever have to think about food, money, sensual pleasure, education, other people, etc.  Truly, we don’t have to think about anything.  All thinking is ultimately a vanity – a vanity because thinking presumes there is a need to think because there is some sense of doubt that which is All-Powerful and Perfect caring for one and all every moment.  With absolute, total and complete faith in God, there is no reason to think.  God takes care of what needs taking care, and all the power is God’s anyway, so what purpose could our thinking possible serve?  It is a vanity!  Thinking is vain.

Whenever we think, whenever we catch the mind thinking – we don’t have to be hard on ourselves for forgetting the infinite power and perfection of God.  Ideally, just be aware!  Watch the thinking.  Witness the ego/mind perpetuating its illusion of separateness and fear and anxiety and worry and doubt…and on some level allow for a deep relaxation into the arms of the Lord.  Just relax.  The ego/mind thinking is like a clenched fist – and on some level the Higher part of us is to unclench the fist and just relax.  Trust in God.  What good will thinking really do?

As you are probably well aware, the mind thinks, seemingly endlessly.  So, our mission isn’t to stop the mind thinking entirely, but instead, to just be aware of it.  And, if we find being aware of it is too challenging, we can at least re-direct the thoughts to something more spiritual and less vain and selfish.  So, direct the thoughts to some spiritual practice – like self-inquiry, or focus on God or qualities of God.  Inhale Love, exhale Peace.  You can spend the rest of your life doing that.  Just Trust.  Or, simply ask, “What am I?” and whenever a thought arises, just ask again, “To what does this thought arise?  To me! Well…what am I?”  The true answer to “What am I?” is silent and non-verbal.  So don’t allow the mind to verbally answer it without questioning t again.  Our task is to not let the mind get away with any of its vain nonsense.  Master the mind, purify the thoughts, transcend all fear and the desire to think, and be free.  Relax in the infinite love and peace of the Lord.

Hallelujah!

What Really Matters?

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What really matters?  What a great question to bring the Truth to light.

When it comes down to it, every person might give a different answer to the question, “What really matters?”

Offering an idealized answer to the question, I’d say, “Love. Peace. Truth. Goodness. Freedom. Compassion. Happiness.”

But – alas! – sometimes life is not idealized, and sometimes – in moments – I wouldn’t internally accept that Love is really what matters, and not whatever ego-drama that I’m juicing.  The ego loves its drama, and if we are caught in the drama of the ego, we won’t have the awareness to sincerely surrender to the Truth that Love and Peace is really what matters, not our own greed, selfishness, anger, righteousness, etc.

So…God help us in those moments when we don’t accept that Love and Peace and the Supreme Truth is what really matters.  God help us when we get caught in lesser, petty, illusionary ego-truths and dramas.

All the Spiritual Teachers of every tradition basically say the same thing…and it is something like:

  • Love and Peace is the Ultimate Law of the Universe
  • All fear is an illusion.  Perfect Love casts out fear.
  • Walk straight ahead – no matter what – committed to Spiritual Truth
  • Value that which is unseen and permanent, not that which is seen, ever-changing, and impermanent.  Store up treasures in Heaven, not on earth.
  • You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.
  • The Best do not compete.
  • Love everyone and everything, unconditionally, no matter what. Unconditional Love is possible for us all!
  • Peace is Within.  Happiness is Within.  The Kingdom of God is Within.  Everything that you truly and most deeply seek, you already have – in fact, thou art that!  You are not separate from that which you seek.
  • We are all One.  There is no other.  Separateness is an illusion.
  • Judge not.  Instead of judging and trying to change and control others, be the change you want to see in the world.  Give up trying to save the world and do the inner-work that transforms all of life.
  • Reality is already perfect, total and complete.  So are you.  Only illusion would tell you otherwise.  God is all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere present.  Ultimately, there is nothing but God – everything is God – and God is Love and Peace and nothing else.
  • One sure sign of spiritual growth is beginning to realize the inherent perfection and beauty of everyone and everything – even dented old trash cans down dark alleys.  Perfection, Beauty, and the Glory of God shines forth from everyone and everything.
  • All the Power and Glory is God’s.  Without God, not even a speck of dust moves.  Nothing happens without God’s Will.  Ultimately, everything that happen is God’s Deed, and it is all for Good.  Everything is for Good – even if our limited human intellect and ego cannot see it or understand – everything serves its divine purpose. Even Hitler and his story now clearly serves all humanity and is learned about in classrooms worldwide.
  • There is a part of us (ego) that needs purifying and ultimately transcending.  The spiritual journey is not a process of acquiring but rather one of letting go and surrendering.  We give up everything that stands in the way of us and God, which ultimately is just ignorance.  We surrender our ignorance and intellectual arrogance to God, and in return we realize the state of Enlightenment.  Everything is already Perfect and Beautiful, we just don’t realize it because of our intellectual ideas and thinking process.
  • The primary error we all suffer from is ignorance of the Supreme Truth.  The ignorance we live in generally consists of identifying with a physical body and mind rather than an invisible, eternal Spirit, and we perpetuate feelings of separateness which lead to fear and generally negative experiences of Reality.  When we come into the Truth which transforms our relationship and understanding of Reality, there is only Love, only God, only Goodness.

Om 🙂

Disclaimer: some of the above points might not be corroborated by every major religious tradition across the world, but my guess is…they are.  Every one of the points at least comes from some verified spiritual text or teacher and none were ‘made up by me.’  So, God’s Will whatever happens 🙂

Thank you for being that which you are!

Thou Art That!

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

The Key to Happiness

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Happiness is not dependent on anything outside of ourselves.  The Source of Happiness is Within.  We need not go looking for Happiness – it is with us always.

To access this ever-present Happiness, the key is – awareness.  As Bob Proctor says, “All you will ever need for fulfillment in life is awareness.” Similarly, all you will ever need for happiness in life is awareness.

What is awareness?  You can think of awareness as the prevailing context of life which you experience.  Awareness is similar to our attitude.  For happiness, focus awareness on the Presence of Happiness.  Act as if Happiness is already present, and soon it will reveal that it has, in fact, always been present.  It is not anywhere outside, but it is entirely within and accessible every moment.

Another way to access this ever-present Happiness is to shift one’s attitude.  The attitude represents the context which we think we live in.  Do we play the role of victim regularly?  Or do we own responsibility for everything we do, or even for everything others do too?  The level of responsibility we accept in our lives reflects the level of empowerment we feel, which reflects our attitude.  Everything reflects!  The more we accept responsibility for everything about our lives, the more we own the Reality that awareness of Happiness and the experience of Happiness is a choice we can make moment-to-moment-to-moment.

To cultivate an attitude of Happiness, focus on the positive.  The mind is a double-edged sword.  It can be used to invent atom bombs or cure disease.  It is up to us how we put it to use.  The mind is a tool for us to use – so let us rise to the level of responsibility where we train the mind to be used only for good.  To train the mind to live in an awareness of Happiness, look for the good in everyone and everything.  Look for the Beauty. Honor the Sacredness.  We need not focus on people’s negative qualities.  We can choose to focus on all the things we admire in others – and if we keep on looking – we will certainly find things to admire in everyone and everything.  We begin to appreciate everything around us, and feelings of appreciation uplift us to higher realizations of Happiness.  We can look at a trash can as trash or we can see it as a Divine Sculpture.  It is up to us.  We have that freedom.  Train the mind and all the senses to be aware of that Divine Essence in All, and Happiness is guaranteed.

If Happiness is always available and present, why don’t we continuously experience?  Desires, opinions, judgments – in a word – ego.  The Buddha said the source of all suffering is desires, and desires arise from our opinions and pseudo-knowledge about things.  Really, it is all just ignorance.  We desire things that aren’t really good for us, but we think they are.  The big leap of faith and liberation comes when we say, “Not my will but Thy Will Be Done.”  We trust in God.  We see that the ego/mind is constantly playing a game of sense gratification and selfish gain, and we accept that there is something far greater than these fleeting phenomena.  When we say, “Thy Will Be Done,” we are surrendering our intellectual arrogance and vanity, and in turn we realize our freedom.  One of the greatest reliefs is to fully accept and embrace, “I know nothing!”  Try it out.

When we look at things thinking we know something, we judge them and set them up as good or bad.  Ultimately, we suffer.    The ego loves to have a sense of being right, but the Higher Self can accept all things are equally created and Divine by Nature.

So, the key to Happiness?

Accept it!  It is already present.  Just be aware of it. Enjoy its Presence!

Look for it everywhere in everything.  It is always Present.  Goodness abounds – Beauty abounds!

Trust in God.

 

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

For Happiness, Give Up the Selfishness

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Joy in life comes from living for the welfare of all.” – Gandhi

How does selfish spoil your happiness?

Isn’t focusing on getting and gaining and experiencing things just for ourselves exhausting?

A neat trick for increased energy, perhaps unlimited, is to let go of all selfish concern and align totally with serving and giving.  In a pure, dedicated, devotional spirit of serving and giving, the human vessel becomes like the Energizer Bunny.  It can keep going on and on and on!  Selfless service, giving, and generosity are incredibly energizing.  Connected with a pure intention, we hardly ever need to sleep.  And, when we do sleep, even that sleep is aligned with the pure intention, and we honor that by sleeping we are serving.  Every moment is an opportunity to align with the pure spirit of serving and giving.

Even eating can be performed in a spirit of service. Enjoying the food and being in a relaxed state of peace while eating is a service itself, and the eating can also be understood to nourish the body so that it can continue to serve, physically and mentally.  The spiritual service is every moment, internally a matter of attitude and awareness, and then whatever acts happen externally on the physical plane of the world are just a way that pure internal intention manifests.  Ultimately, the service is in being joyful and peaceful itself, and only goodness can flow from that internal awareness.

Sometimes, in the moment, we might pose the question, “How can I serve?” and we might find it seems like there is nothing externally to be done.  In moments like those, we can simply direct the awareness within, do our best to abide in a peaceful and loving energy field, and perhaps – if you feel so inclined – send out silent blessings to everyone and everything around us.  Silently blessing is a service opportunity available to us every moment.  And when we bless something, it doesn’t even have to be an animate object, much less a human.  We can always bless inanimate objects like computers, mugs, cell phones, sidewalks, etc.  So, as you can see, the opportunities to bless are limitless!  As are the opportunities to serve and give 🙂

When we align with the spirit of service and giving, we free ourselves from the limited confines of the small human identity.  We realize we are here not just for our small selves, but we are here for the whole.  What good are we if we are not of service to the whole?  If we are only focused on gaining for ourselves and experiencing pleasure for ourselves, who really cares if we are around, anyway?  It is a joy to be a service, and truly the gift is in giving itself.  The giver of a gift is actually the one who receives, because every time we give is an opportunity for us to get outside of our ego and our selfishness and expand our identity to that of a servant of humanity, a spark of the Divine.

Selfish thoughts and acts are painful.  Selfless thoughts are painless.  The Supreme Truth lies beyond both.  “Unselfishness is God,” says Swami Vivekananda.  If God isn’t Supreme Happiness, what possibly could be?

So forget about being happy – in many ways that is a selfish concern.  Rather, just focus on serving and giving and loving, regardless of whatever brings you – just focus on being a servant of all humanity and loving all of life – and all the happiness will follow.  So yes, you might say you are serving to be happy – and really that’s all fine because it all leads us to the same Supreme Truth, and that pure loving energy that is beyond all thoughts and beyond all selfishness.

“The Dedicated ever enjoy Supreme Peace; therefore, live only to serve.”

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

How to Unconditionally Love; Giving; Joy

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Remember the goal of life.  It is not for gain, but for giving.  By giving, we purify the ego and ultimately transcend the illusion of fear and the illusion of separateness and we realize our Oneness with One and All.

Giving, Giving, Giving.

Totally let go of concern about personal gain, and, “What’s in it for me?”  Instead, only think of, “How can I serve?  What can I give?”  Giving, giving, giving.

Let your life always be about giving, every moment focus on it.  Forget about gaining anything for yourself.  Trust that in your alignment with serving and giving every moment, you’ll be provided for by that which you’re serving and giving to.  Ultimately, you are not serving and giving to anyone personally, but you are serving and giving to the All, so the All will take care of you.  Trust completely – and through direct experience, by totally alignment with a spirit of service, giving, and generosity – very soon you will know beyond a doubt that you are taken care of.

As the saying goes, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all else shall be added unto you.” What do you think is the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness?  The Kingdom of God is freedom from all fear, and all fear arises from the illusion of separateness, thinking that we have to focus on gaining for ourselves to survive and keep on living.  In the Kingdom of God, we are free from all fear and sense of separateness; we are One and Eternally Safe and Supported.  And what happens when we know we are Eternally Safe?  His Righteousness!  What is His Righteousness? Giving, giving, giving.  Serving, loving, giving.

When we really we are safe and supported no matter what, then we give up the silliness of focusing on personally gaining and acquiring things for ourselves; we realize the great joy and freedom of living only to serve the entire creation and all humanity.  We transcend all petty-mindedness and connect with our True Nature which is in everyone and everything.  There is nothing to fear.  There is simply joy waiting forever, waiting for us to realize it when we surrender our ego and our fear and open to the grace and glory of God – which is the freedom from worry over any ‘person,’ and instead living for the sake of living, because living is inherently joyful.  Only when the ego stirs up all kinds of stories and dwells on the past and worries about the future do we lose touch with the inherent Joy always present.

Joy is ever present, available to us always.  It is what we are.  We don’t have to do anything for joy. We simply have to be aware to not get caught in any illusions that would disturb our awareness of the Joy.  One of the grand mistakes and illusions that catch so many people is thinking that happiness is outside of ourselves.  We project happiness and value onto things, people, experiences, etc.  We think happiness is something to be gained in the world, when really it is always within us.  It is our True Nature.  Nothing outside can bring us happiness.

As Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj says, “Happiness dependent upon anything is utter misery.”  At the very least, it is rude for us to attribute the source of our joy and happiness to another person or anything outside of ourselves.  Imagine projecting all your happiness onto a relationship with another person….how stressful that would become!  We think, “Only if I’m in a relationship with this person in this way can I be happy…otherwise I’ll be miserable.”  Truly, we’re already making ourselves miserable if we’re thinking that way.

It is sad to think how we can so easily lose touch with our happiness because things don’t seem to be the way we want them.  Such is the nature of the mind that is programmed to keep an animal alive.  It is always focusing on gaining and experiencing pleasure.  It fears for its own life.  Poor little ego mind! With higher awareness, we can melt the ego with compassion, and let it know truly there is nothing to far. Through direct experience, we can educate the ego and awaken it to the great joy in giving, the joy that is always present and reveals itself whenever we let go of focusing on our own wellbeing and instead, focus on others. As Gandhi says, “Joy in life comes from living for the welfare of all.”

 

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

 

Give Thanks; Love Your Enemies

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Realize that the goal of life is something like spiritual growth, which means aligning more and more with Truth and the Power of Love.  The goal, ultimately, is to become increasingly more loving, to the point where our love becomes unconditional.

In times of challenge and adversity, that is when our ability to love is tested most.  Can we love someone who is being mean, even hateful?  Yes!  It is possible.  “Hatred does not cease by hatred; hatred ceases only by Love,” says the Buddha.  Jesus says, “Love your enemies.”  It is perhaps the greatest challenge to love those who seem to wrong us or do ill to us, and the greatest challenge to love in those circumstances is also the greatest gift, because in those moments we have the opportunity to truly be channels for Divine Love, Infinite Love.  In those moments of greatest challenge, we can embody the Pure, Unconditional, Love of God.  Of course, we can embody that Love all the time, but in those moments it becomes particularly clear whether we are divinely loving or not.

How can we be unconditionally, divinely loving in the time when it seems like all our buttons are being pushed at once, when it feels like we’re being hated and wronged in every way?

One of my favorite ideas around love is the idea of agape.  I understand agape to mean a love for another not based on what they have or what they do or who they are, but a love for the infinite potential and divine essence of the other.  Whether or not that other is currently being a totally open channel for the Holy Spirit and God’s Love and Will is not our issue to discern or not – we simply acknowledge that everything has that capacity, and we love for love everything for that capacity.  The Divinity of all shines forth.  Even if another seems hateful, we Love because we know they have the capacity to be a perfect channel for Divine Love, because they are Divinely created, and even we love them because by being hateful, they are giving us all the greater opportunity to practice unconditionally, universally, divinely loving.  It is easy to love virtuous and happy people, and we know we’re making progress when we find ourselves experiencing immense love and compassion even for those who seem wicked and hateful.  We can have divine compassion for them and for all humans dealing with the human condition.  It is not easy!

Ultimately, we can realize that everyone is our teacher, and they are teaching us love.  We can see that those who have caused us the greatest challenges in our lives are truly the greatest gifts from God.  They give us that crystal clear opportunity to practice unconditional love, or to become all the more brutally aware of our blocks to love.  Are we really going to withhold our love from someone because they are screaming or yelling or cursing? Because they call us names or steal from others or hurt others?  Have we not done the same?  As Jesus said to those who were ready to stone the prostitute, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”  We have all trespassed against the natural law of Love, have we not?  So we can have compassion for ourselves and for all – and we can see that none of the sin is really personal – it is just a result of the human condition.  We love and have compassion for all embarked on the journey of life with the human condition – and we can choose to love no matter what, connected with the divine essence present with them always.

We love our enemies because they are our greatest teachers and provide the greatest opportunity to practice unconditional love.  Our love does not have to be dependent on anything.  Even to those that hate us, we can seek to give them something, to be generous toward them, and to love them.  That is true freedom, peace, and joy.

We can always give thanks for the grand opportunity we have to love, to give, to serve.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!