3 Keys to Waking Up Early

Hallelujah ūüôā

From personal experience, to date, the following is a list of techniques that worked well to wake up early.  May this sharing serve the Highest Good!  Also, note that we are really just talking about habit development, so the guidance here relates to developing any habit.

  • Educate yourself intensely about all the benefits to developing the habit. ¬†There are tons of people on YouTube and across the internet who talk for days about all the good reasons to wake up early and how awesome your life will become when you start waking up at 5 AM or whenever it is. ¬†The more you give the mind positive reasons for making the behavioral change, the easier it becomes to act upon. ¬†What this education does is amp up the motivation which can increase your desire for developing the habit. ¬†You can even research the lives of various inspirational people throughout history: such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jack LaLanne, Swami Satchidananda, Benjamin Franklin, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., The Dalai Lama, etc., and perhaps in their biographies you find that they woke up around 3 AM every day to pray and meditate – maybe that will inspire you! ¬†If you’re sincerely interested in being of maximum service to humanity, being awake very early in the morning is a great start. ¬†Early in the morning is a optimal time to go deep within yourself and commune with Reality and Truth directly, without worldly distractions. ¬†Anyway – education ūüôā
  • Education helps build the desire. ¬†Once you have the strong desire, then commit to it for 21 or 30 days, no matter what. ¬†Give yourself the gift of simplicity by committing to developing the habit, and then after the trial period you can assess if you find the habit to increase the quality of your life and benefit others as well. ¬†To ensure the success of the trial period, consider asking a friend or family member to help hold you accountable. ¬†You can even leverage finances to help hold you accountable. ¬†For example, tell your friend that you’re committing to wake up at 5 AM for the next 30 days. ¬†Write your friend a check for $100 or some sum of money that you wouldn’t want to lose but it isn’t such a large number that it would hurt you financially – and tell your friend to cash the check if you report to them that you failed to succeed one morning in waking up at that time. ¬†You can make it easy by telling them that you’ll send them a text every day to report on the morning success, so if they don’t hear from you they can assume you failed and they’ll cash the check. ¬†Then, you could restart the habit again for another 30 days, and perhaps give your friend a check for a larger sum of money, because clearly the first sum wasn’t a great enough motivator ūüėČ ¬†Then again, when one is oriented to serving the highest good of all that is, money really isn’t a great motivator. ¬†But, honoring the truth of your word is good motivator because that is setting an example worthy for all to follow. So, perhaps honoring your word with a friend is enough and finances need not be involved. ¬†Alas, the ego is motivated by things like money, so to get your ego on board with your new habit, perhaps let the ego know that money is at stake ūüôā ¬†Accountability!
  • Have a clear, inspiring routine to embark on each morning as soon as the alarm goes off. ¬†Make sure what you’re waking up to is inspiring for you. ¬†For example, if you’ve educated yourself to the point where you’re intensely motivated to wake up at 4 AM and pray, meditate, and study for the first 2 hours of the day during the sacred hours of Brahmamuhurta, then you’ve got the all the inspiration you need. ¬†Or perhaps you’re incredibly motivated to write and know that the quietness of the morning hours is most conducive to your creative output so you’re greatly inspired to cease those moments. ¬†Or, perhaps you’ve designed an epic 3 hours morning routine that includes meditation, study, exercise, and a healthy breakfast before heading off to work each day. ¬†Whatever works for you, develop a routine and a plan that you feel aligned with and that inspires you. ¬†If you plan to wake up at 4 AM with no plan of what you’ll do once you’re awake, what will motivate you to stay awake? ¬†You’ve got to be clear on what you want to do with these extra quiet hours in your life. ¬†Be inspired by what you’re waking up to do.

Abundance!

So, educate yourself (to build the desire and give the mind all the good reasons to develop the habit), create some accountability (to inspire you through the challenging times and provide some extra motivation for the ego), and have an inspiring plan of action!

 

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Leading Guided Meditation

Hallelujah ūüôā

The past few weeks I’ve had the great fortune of leading visitors to Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville in guided meditation.

Here are a few things I’ve learned:

  • God help us if the ego gets involved! ¬†The ego loves attention, the spiritual ego loves taking credit for leading people in spiritual practices like meditation, hatha yoga, spiritual study, group sharing, etc. ¬†It is important to be vigilant and ensure the ego relaxes and surrenders its attachments and aversions to God. ¬†To protect against the ego taking over and feeling puffed up, the key is to offer up the entire practice in service to God, Humanity, All of Life – whatever resonates. ¬†As long as the intention is pure and there is a sense of a higher dedication and devotion – it is like we are handing the reins of our chariot over to God, opening ourselves to serve as channels for Divine Love, rather than trying to be that love ourselves. ¬†As best we can, no matter what we’re doing or however we’re serving, if we can acknowledge that all of the Power is God’s and that we are here to simple be servants of God, then we’ve already taken great steps to ensuring successful, humble, ego-free service where true peace and joy can flourish.
  • A short introduction to meditation and the nature of the mind is valuable, but saying too much is just another opportunity for the ego to slip in. ¬†With our words, we don’t need to sell our students on anything. ¬†We can gently plant a simple seed, but then the sprouting of the seed and the direct experience of Reality comes to them during the meditation, not through the words. ¬†Saying less is valuable and demonstrates a trust in the process. ¬†Meditation, after all, is about the direct experience – not intellectual learning via listening to a teacher. ¬†So, allow the experience to teach as it is meant to be ūüôā
  • It is much easier to lead a guided meditation or offer teachings with which you are directly familiar with. ¬†If you are not “practicing what you are preaching” then that will reveal itself through the teaching, one way or another. ¬†If you have practiced and directly experienced the benefits of whatever you are offering, then that sincerity and earnestness will come through in the teaching, and all the students will benefit from it. ¬†Especially with a highly conscious practice like meditation, students are present and can feel the presence of sincerity or not. ¬†When you teach with a sincere energy and from your own direct experience, you inspire on many levels and gain the trust of your students.
  • When both a regular meditation and a guided meditation are offered, it is safe to say that those who choose the guided meditation have a sense of curiosity about the meditative process and are likely newer to meditation. ¬†With the understanding that they are closer to beginners than advanced practitioners, it is valuable to guide the students through several different techniques in a 30 minute period, offering around 5 minutes of silence to practice with each technique. ¬†An ideal outcome for the guided meditation is that the student leaves with a technique/spiritual tool that they feel inspired to use on a daily basis – so the more you present them with a variety of tools and an opportunity to practice – the better. ¬†If, instead you only offer one technique over a span of 30 minutes, there is a chance the student doesn’t connect with that technique at all and develops an aversion to meditation overall. ¬†Better for the teacher to share a variety of practices in a respectful way, hoping that one of the techniques resonates deeply with the student and inspires them to practice and inquire more about meditation.
  • This is more of a general comment, but it is good to be on the same energy level of the students. ¬†This will help tune the teacher with the students and protect against a superiority or inferiority. ¬†As an example, the meditation this morning began at 6:40, and I woke up around 5:45, meditated for 15 minutes, drank a cup of peppermint water, and walked over to the ashram. ¬†I had a pretty simple morning ritual before leading the meditation. ¬†I could have done some pride-inflating morning ritual like waking up at 5 AM, practicing 30 minutes of stretching and hatha yoga, 30 minutes meditation, even eat some fruit and drink some tea, and then lead the meditation, but that would have created oceans between me and the students. ¬†It is valuable to be aware of the energy and recent activity of the students. ¬†If the students are just waking up and arriving at guided meditation, chances are their minds are already relatively calm since they haven’t been over-stimulated, and less introduction is necessary. ¬†In contrast, if the meditation is at 6 pm and they just drove 4 hours to arrive at the ashram, the students would likely benefit more from a centering process and formal introduction to the practice. ¬†So, by all means – meet the students where they are at! ¬†The Buddhist word for this is upaya: skillful means.
  • Remind yourself that you’re not doing anything. ¬†You are just a channel for the teachings. ¬†Stay humble. ¬†Remember and trust in God. ¬†Don’t be attached to the students experience or your own experience – know that whatever happens is God’s Will and for the Best. ¬†Trust completely. ¬†From this place of total trust, you can relax deeply and allow the Divine Love to flow freely and effortlessly. ¬†Be totally present with the ever-present Love of God and fear nothing. ¬†If nothing else, take refuge in the purity of your intention – to love and to serve – and know that you are doing the best you can – and in doing the best you can – there is nothing more for you to do. ¬†So, just relax ūüôā
  • Whatever you’re about to teach, be it meditation or something else, be familiar if not in a state of mastery with the material. ¬†You want to appear well-prepared and professional so that the students trust you. ¬†Rest well, dress well, study, practice, and perform. ¬†Prior to leading the meditations this weekend, I regularly listened to audio clips on the practice of meditation as well as read for several hours from various books on the topics of meditation. ¬†Even though much of what I absorbed was not shared directly, the energy of that commitment to leading the meditation came through in the teaching. ¬†Steeping the consciousness in the teachings builds confidence and also affirms that one is truly aligned with the teaching being offered.
  • As much as studying the material is valuable, and practicing delivering the material is valuable, the most valuable aspect is living the teachings oneself; in this case, meaning – practicing meditation! ¬†Whatever there is to teach, first, live it. ¬†Living it is the primary way we teach.
  • Arrive early and go within. ¬†Set an example right from the beginning about what meditation looks and feels like. ¬†Even if they don’t directly feel what you are feeling when you meditate, you can know that your consciousness radiates and on a subtle level they can know what you’re experiencing. ¬†Ultimately, none of it is about you anyway. ¬†You are not doing anything, anyway. ¬†All the Power is God’s and it is all for fun. ūüôā

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Why am I Here?

Hallelujah ūüôā

That’s why!

One of my favorite stories about Creation comes from Swami Satchidananda.  He says something like:

In the beginning, there was just God. God being God, God, God, God, my God what am I doing?

So God decided to create something out of Godself.  Like God created a giant piece of cardboard.

But then, what is the fun with just one piece of cardboard?  So God cut it up into pieces, 52 pieces.

Even though, 52 cards? So what!  So God painted the cards with different colors and numbers and faces, and now God can have some fun!

Of course, God is not limited and doesn’t need a deck of cards to have fun – but the story can help us understand.

The Creation is for fun!  human bodies are like cards in the cosmic deck, and God is the master card player.

Some teachers say that all we need to realize is that we are not doing anything, that we are just puppet and God is the master puppeteer, pulling all the strings and having tons of fun.

It is all for fun!  Realizing it is all for fun, that God is Infinite Love and Peace and nothing else, and that God is everywhere and always present, all-powerful and all-knowing, is a peak state of awareness and the pinnacle of understanding and realization in the human domain.

We go through life getting rubbed and scrubbed, until we surrender.  We start by operating with an idea of separateness, run by survival fear, motivated by gaining and experiencing pleasure.  That is the ego operating.  Gradually, we realize and surrender to the fact that we are more than the ego Рwe are more than the primitive animal drives Рand we realize our interconnectedness with all life.  We realize that the same Power is moving through everyone and everything.  We see that even though these human animals are painted different colors and have different faces drawn on them, they are all cards made by the same Creator and being played by the same master card player.

We are not doing anything!  We are just like tops, spinning.  God is in charge.  What a relief!  The more we surrender, the more we let go, the more we relax, we discover how wonderfully we are cared for and loved every moment.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

 

Realizing Supreme Peace

Hallelujah ūüôā

Tyagat Shantir Anantaram –¬†The Dedicated ever enjoy Supreme Peace.

For Supreme Peace, all we need to do is lead dedicated lives.

Dedicated to what?  Something greater than just our small, physical, human, animal body.

Dedicated to the good of all humanity, to freedom, to peace, to love, to happiness for everyone and everything.

Every moment, whatever we’re doing, we can dedicate our action to the service of God, to the upliftment of all humanity.

Try it now if you’d like.

Just offer this moment up as a dedicated moment to the benefit of all humanity, of all life in all of its expressions.

Notice the Peace that follows.  For me, right now, it feels like a heart-opening and an complete calmness.

When, in the Present Moment, we are consciously dedicating our being to the benefit of all life or to the service of God Рor anything far greater than that which merely comes up and goes like a small human animal body Рwe discover the freedom to relax completely.  When living a dedicated life, we are free from the illusions of doubt and worry and fear.  Living a dedicated moment is the very best we can do, and when we are doing the best we can do, there is nothing to fear.  Doing our best, there is nothing more anyone could ask of us.  Knowing that we are giving and being our best in this moment, we are free to be totally present and in love with What Is.

The dedicated ever enjoy Supreme Peace. ¬†The Sri Swami Satchidananda add-on and closure to that great scriptural testimony is, “Therefore, live only to serve.”

Imagine being able to freely and sincerely affirm the truth, “I live only to serve.” ¬†Free from all guilt, all shame, from all doubt and worry and fear. ¬†Living only to serve, every moment, the life reveals the¬†pure and complete and the Divine Love.

Realizing the Truth is simple.  It just requires total sincerity Рsuch sincerity that leads one to clinging to one spiritual practice (like dedication) at all times, in all circumstances, no matter what.  Best of all, the journey is its own reward.  Every moment of dedication returns Supreme Peace.  We realize peaceful ends by peaceful means.  Peace is every step.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Karma Yoga as a Path to God

Hallelujah ūüôā

Physical actions are neutral.  What matters is intention.  What matters is not what we do, but how we do, i.e. the attitude we hold within.

Motive matters supremely.

The Yoga of Selfless Service means the Path to Union with God by giving up all attachments and interests in the outcome of the service you render and instead dedicating every moment of service to the Highest Good of All, to God and to all Humanity. ¬†The language of the Bhagavad Gita describes this process as “renouncing the fruits of your labor.”

We can peel potatoes with love or with anger.  Potatoes peeled with love serve all humanity, far beyond just feeding people physically, the love present in the act radiates outward to uplift the entire sea of consciousness.  Likewise, potatoes peeled with anger may legitimately make the people sick who eat them, and also that anger does anything but uplift the sea of consciousness.  The real service, regardless of the action, is on the invisible and unseen level.

Being in an attitude of Karma Yoga / Selfless Service is an incredibly powerful energy.  It is a pure space of being beyond selfish desires for pleasure and gain.  Instead of focusing on what one is gaining from the service, one is focused on giving for the sake of giving, not concerned at all with the return one receives for the service rendered.

When Karma Yoga is performed to the fullest, totally selfless and free from any notion of selfish gain, it might look and feel like this:

  • Joyful; lots of smiling and feeling great
  • Total Presence; no thoughts of past or future; Just Being
  • Oneness; seeing beyond the illusion of duality, and realizing that in serving, one is served. ¬†Giving and receiving go hand-in-hand. ¬†There is no separation.
  • Beauty. ¬†The exquisite essence of all creation shines forth. ¬†There is a radiance and majesty about everything.
  • Peace and Gratitude. ¬†Every moment, you realize ¬†you are receiving equally if not much, much, more than you are giving. ¬†You realize that you are really giving to yourself, and you receive from the wholeness of Creation. ¬†You realize the great value in life in any moment is a matter of awareness and is within.
  • An Expansion of Identity. Instead of identify with the small, separate, physical, human animal self, one realizes that one is a part of the whole, if not the Whole Itself. ¬†Engaged in selfless service, the sense of a separate self dissolves and one simply becomes the witness to the natural flow of creation. ¬†One witnesses Truth.
  • Fearlessness. ¬†One realizes that service is joyful, and remaining a service-oriented space, one can live peacefully, forever. ¬†A master would be a fool to not care good care of the servants. ¬†With the humility to serve, safety is guaranteed.
  • Freedom. ¬†Awareness arises that nothing needs to be done and there is nowhere to go. ¬†Reality is perfect and complete as is.

 

As you can see, there are many benefits to entering on the path of Karma Yoga.  Whatever actions are performed, even eating and sleeping and using the bathroom, are performed as a dedication to serve the Highest Good of All Creation, All Life, All Humanity, All That Is.  One loses concern and fear associated with the small animal self, and expands into the freedom and beauty of living for the benefit of all of life in all of its expression.

Liberation from selfishness is so refreshing.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

How to Stop Thinking; Meditation

Ultimately, you are not the one thinking.

You are not the mind nor the mind.  You are the eternal witness!

You can know you’re not your mind. Just tell your mind to stop. ¬†It won’t! It just goes right on thinking. ¬†(This insight, and most of what I write, courtesy of Dr. David R. Hawkins)

You are consciousness itself.

The mind thinks. ¬†The mind identifies with the body – that which is impermanent and subject to birth and death – and so it basically operates out of fear. ¬†It’s modus operandi is subjective pleasure and gain to perpetuate it’s own survival. ¬†It justifies shame, guilt, anger, fear, pride, greed, lust, jealousy, and any and all negativity because it fears for its own life. ¬†“Mine is the saddest story ever told,” is a common refrain from the ego.

The practice of meditation begins with calming and quieting the mind.  In Hindu tradition, the first step is to choose an uplifting point of focus.  The point of focus can be the image of a great spiritual teacher, a loved one, or an inspiring idea like Peace, Universal Love, etc.  It is also common in the Hindu tradition to use a mantra, which is generally a word or phrase in the sanskrit language, such as Om or Om Shanti (Shanti means Peace). The practitioner then dwells on that chosen point of focus and allows that point to elevate their entire consciousness.  For example, thinking about Jesus or Buddha automatically uplifts the mind out of much selfishness.  The ego operates from selfishness, and by perpetually re-focusing the mind on a selfless idea that is beneficial and inspiring to all, the one experiences directly that there is something greater than selfishness, which helps transcend the ego.  First the ego is purified with repetitious pure, uplifting thoughts, then even the uplifting point of focus is let go of to allow that which is beyond thoughts and ideas to shine forth.

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To help understand the nature of the mind and letting go of thoughts…

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, he identifies five types of thoughts, which include right knowledge, misconception, verbal delusion, memory, and sleep. ¬†Let’s look at these individually.

Thoughts of Right Knowledge include accurate assessments of Reality. ¬†There are generally three sources of right knowledge: scriptural testimony and the words of enlightened masters, inferences, and direct experience. ¬†Scriptures are accepted as right knowledge by those who respect them – so thinking about the words of Jesus or Buddha would be considered right knowledge. ¬†Right knowledge from an inference would be something like seeing smoke and inferring there is a fire. ¬†Lastly, right knowledge through direct experience is like putting your hand on the stove then declaring, “It is hot!” ¬†These are the ways in which we glean right knowledge in the world.

Misconception is when we mistake one thing for another Рwe project the wrong concept upon something.  Like, if it is dark outside and we see a rope sitting in the corner of the room but mistake it to be a snake, that is an example of misconception.

Verbal delusion includes the language of metaphors as well as the imagination, what you could call futuristic thinking.  Essentially, any thoughts about the so-called future are actually thoughts about the future since the future has not yet been determined.  So even though we might fancy that our thinking about futuristic events are true and accurate, they are actually just a form of delusion.

Memory includes any thoughts of the past.  Potentially, memory is one of the most dominant thought forms Рespecially for anyone who finds themselves regularly in states of guilt, shame, or depression Рit likely arises from cultivating thought patterns about the past over and over again.

Lastly, sleep is a thought form, and it is something like the thought of nothingness – but is not of the same value as reaching a state of blankness in the mind during meditation, which requires practice, good fortune, and God’s Grace. ¬†Of course, falling asleep in and of itself is amazing and worthy of great appreciation, but it is different than totally quieting the mind in meditation.

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Now that we have some awareness of the different types of thoughts that arise in the mind, what do we do about them?

In meditation, as you practice focusing the mind, you may notice the mind wander to a thought about the future or the past, or to assessing some situation, or to poetic language, etc.  As soon as you are aware of the mind wandering, you can bring the mind back to the chosen point of focus.  However, simply bringing the mind and letting go of whatever the mind was previously thinking about can be tough.  So, it is valuable to be aware of the types of thought forms so you can briefly label them in your meditation Рseeing them for what they are Рand then letting them go.

Especially after sustained concentration for a while on your chosen point of focus, you can begin to increase the length in between repetitions, allowing for more silence to pervade.  In the silence, you may be aware of a random thought form coming up.  When it arises it, you can see which type of thought form it is, and dismiss it with a return to your chosen point of focus.

Knowing the nature of the mind and the nature of thoughts makes it much easier to let go of thoughts. ¬†Thinking is ultimately a vain process which suggests some lack of complete trust in God. ¬†To gradually surrender the thought process is akin to progressively relaxing into the arms of God, trusting completely. ¬†We don’t even need to think. ¬†And really, we are not the one’s thinking.

As the mind becomes calmer and quieter, when you notice a thought arise out of the silence, you might find it comical. ¬†In a space of stillness and silence, you are no longer personally willing the thinking process, but you can clearly witness the thinking arising out of the mind/ego’s attempt to hold on for its own survival. ¬†When the thinking slows and stops, the mind thinks it is dying and ultimately does whatever it can survive. ¬†The thoughts that arise may seem quite absurd – and laughing at that might feel appropriate. ¬†It is refreshing to be able to witness the show of the mind without identifying with it. ¬†To see clearly that you are not the mind and to see that the thoughts arise spontaneously on their own is a great relief.

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The more you flood your consciousness with ideas concerning spiritual evolution and liberation from the bondage of the ego/mind, the greater the awareness can be in the process of meditation to allow you to transcend the ego and its schemes for subjective pleasure and gain.

The work of Dr. David R. Hawkins profoundly served to point in the right direction and to educate me about the formal process of the spiritual path and transcending the ego. ¬†Not to say I’m there yet, but being familiar with the ideas is certain valuable, and at the very least has grown me in compassion and understanding for the human condition and familiarity with the ego and how to go beyond it. ¬†He says the ego is not transcended by condemning it but rather with compassionate understanding. ¬†The human is just a lovable animal. ¬†We can care for it and enjoy its company, all the while not getting caught in the drama.

Enjoy the show!

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

 

What Separates Us from God?

Nothing but illusion!

What is illusion? The idea that we need to think to survive.

If God is as the great teachers say he is – Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient – then what need is there for thinking?

When we give up the vanity of thinking, we become aware of that which is everywhere and always present, unchanging, unmoving, infinite, eternal.

What promotes all the needless thinking? ¬†Fear. ¬†Why do we perpetuate all of the endless drama about our little human and other humans around us? ¬†What is with all the endless drama? ¬†We are hooked to our own stories! ¬†We all think our story is the most important story in the whole world. ¬†We’re so obsessed with the story of our past and future that we miss the Infinite Love that is present with us now and always and forever. ¬†We are so enamored with our story that we succumb to acts of greed, anger, and fear to perpetuate the story. ¬†Without the story, what would be?

In the radical present, there is no story.  Everything simply is.  And what is but God?

As Sri Swami Satchidananda says, “God is present everywhere as everything.”

With that kind of presence being the reality, do we really need to think?  Of course not!  Alas, it is part of the game and ultimately it is all for fun.  It takes tremendous courage and profound faith and devotion to surrender all metallization and all thinkingness to God, and when we do Рwe discover a great liberation and lightness.

Thinking is actually quite a burden. ¬†So much of thinking stems from fear and worry and from cravings and desire. ¬†Much thinking also seems to be about endlessly labeling objects and judging things. ¬†Why do we feel the need to know about things on such a superficial level by projecting labels onto them? ¬†What is the Reality? ¬†Are we doomed if we don’t label every car that we see a car and then endlessly pursue our curiosity to know what make and model it is?

The process of knowing God through direct experience is one of cultivating an infinite trust – a trust so profound that one surrenders thinking about anything and everything. One trusts in God to provide perfectly every moment, as has been true for one’s entire life. ¬†There is a saying from the Bible, “God knows what you need before you even ask.” ¬†Asking is essentially thinking in the form of prayer – so the Bible says we don’t really even need to ask or pray. ¬†The prayer is essentially, “Thy Will Be Done,” as so it is always done. ¬†How could an all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere Present allow for anything less than perfection to reign supreme every moment? ¬†Only in our ignorance and illusion do we project imperfection and wrong and negativity upon Reality. ¬†Actually, every moment, all is being offered exactly what it needs to further its own spiritual evolution of consciousness.

Just look at the example of Hitler briefly. We can all see how his example has allowed for countless millions of humans to learn from it and open their minds to the downfalls of the human condition and the human ego.  We can see how powerful selfish desire can be for gain and pleasure and power.  The example, as horrific as it may look, has served to catapult all students to higher consciousness and awareness, with a heightened sense of vigilance around the quest for power Рmore aware than ever of its potential pitfalls.  We can also see that Hitler was simply a victim of societal programming Рso we can be more aware than ever to guard ourselves against negative programming and to be increasingly aware of what ideas we allow into our consciousness.  All suffering serves as a wakeup call for us to own our great responsibility to think loving, positive, thoughts and to align with the power of Truth, of Love, of Peace and Goodness.

Thoughts are like clouds that block the sun from shining forth.  We have the power to perpetuate the clouds or to allow them to dissolve.  Quite a power indeed!

When we let go of the thoughts, the clouds disappear and the sun shines forth – which is the radiance of Divinity.

So long as we lack total faith and trust in God – we’re going to be in the world thinking we need to do things and get things done. ¬†In reality, we are not doing anything. ¬†“Without God, not even a speck of dust moves.” ¬†It is silly for us to even take credit for the actions of the physical body which we often identify with and call “me.” ¬†If we look at the body, we can see that we are only capable, so it seems, of controlling very gross motor function – like moving fingers, arms, legs, twisting and bending, etc. – but how many functions are going on in the body, 24/7, without even the slightest effort or awareness on our part? ¬†We don’t make the blood flow or the heart beat. ¬† What is doing that? ¬†All of the Power is God’s. ¬†Nothing happens without the will of God. ¬†When we accept this, we can gradually let go of the burden of thinking and the illusion of correcting and saving the world, and we can let all be perfectly as it is, and we can realize that we are the witness to the great show, the Divine Play, the Cosmic Comedy, and we can sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Remember, it is all for fun. ūüôā

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!