Understanding that the primary way we teach is by the example we set moment-to-moment, both with our external actions and internal awareness, then to live universally means to set the highest example we are aware of every moment, in all conditions and circumstances, no matter what.
It is like the saying, “Live as if the whole world is watching you.”
Or, as I first read about in a book called Zen Golf, live as if your 5 year-old, highly impressionable child is watching you, every moment!
The greatest service we can render, as far as relating with ‘others,’ is to inspire and uplift to higher planes of living and loving. Primarily, the service is always within, freeing ourselves from attachments and aversions and aligning more and more with Love and Truth, and externally, if we are engaging with others, that can look like us inspiring positive, loving behaviors and attitudes.
So then, universally living refers to living as if the entire universe is aware of your every moment of being – which it is! – and so live with that sense of profound responsibility to set a worthy example and accountability to influencing the entire humanity all creation, for better or for worse.
What might such a universal life look and feel like?
Externally, I like to think of it as non-dependence on anyone or anything. Accepting full responsibility for one’s health and well-being on al levels. Primarily, for me, I like to think of this is being one’s own doctor, dentist, psychotherapist, mentor, etc. I probably like to think of it this way because I feel confident in my mastery of these areas of my life, yet I do notice stumbling from time to time which is probably why I felt inspired to write about these topics.
Let’s look at how one might go about being one’s own best friend, doctor, dentist, psychotherapist, mentor, etc.
Being one’s own Doctor:
- Study Health, Healing, Fasting, Cleansing and Detoxification, Nutrition, Yoga, Exercise, Laughing, Meditation. Know what foods are best for human flourishing. Let food be thy medicine! If illness, arises, be willing to fast and/or take a cleansing supplement or enema. Know that the disease came from outside, so you’ve got to get out whatever you put in you! Fasting is powerful. Take care of your body on all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Perhaps the greatest key to good health is a positive mental attitude, regular laughing and general happiness, playfulness, and gratitude for life.
Being one’s own Dentist:
- Know what foods are bad for dental health and courageously, confidently avoid them as a gift to all humanity. Mastering over the temptations of the taste buds is a quite a practice and gift of an example to set for us all. Primarily, avoid processed sugars, like any candies, baked goods, etc. Also avoid dried fruits and anything sticky or gummy. Really, my guess is avoiding processed sugar alone would let to near perfect dental health for a lifetime. Additional advice includes: consider brushing teeth after every meal, or at the very least – rinse mouth 5-6 times every time after eating. Certainly brush teeth in morning and night and floss once a day. Oil pulling might also be a pretty stellar habit for taking optimal care of one’s dental health without needing a dentist.
Being one’s own Psychotherapist / Psychologist / Psychiatrist:
- Reflect on each day. Regularly express gratitude for all the gifts of life; take nothing for granted. Ask questions, “What am I? How can I best serve the Highest Good? What is Real and Permanent? Is True and Lasting Happiness found externally or internally? What matters most?” Set goals. Have a clear direction and destination for one’s life. Know what you want and set about a plan for achieving it. With whatever the goal, learn from those who have come before you and consider surrendering totally to the path prescribed by them, especially if the goal is spiritual. Surrender to the teacher. No need to re-invent the wheel. Continue to learn and grow each day. Study spiritual texts and the words of great teachers throughout the ages like Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dr. David R. Hawkins, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Muktananda, Swami Vivekananda, Meister Eckhart, St. John of the Cross, Huang Po, etc. Let books be your great teachers. And, if you can, let your entire environment be uplifting and a reminder of your highest goal and greatest aspirations. Live in community with loving people. Give thanks every moment and for all the teachers and friends along the way. See the good in everyone and everything. Embrace all creation as your perfect teacher, each moment. Adversities are blessings in disguise. Develop a service-orientation and be inclined toward giving and serving, yet don’t get caught up in saving the world. Do small acts with great love. Prioritize your own sense of Peace above all else. Prioritize your relationship with the Eternal – with that which is everywhere and always Present.
Okay…hope that is helpful and inspiring!
Primarily, for me, and by me I mean this silly human pet, the primary practices to embrace more abundantly include:
- More gratitude! For the simple things like waking up, spiritual teachers, water, food, friendship, shelter, clothing, air, beauty, life itself, technology, etc. Really, when we are sincerely in touch with how great a gift it is to have even heard of Jesus and the Buddha and teachings of Unconditional Love and Perfect Peace, just to be able to intellectually grasp the teachings at all, and to have even a tad bit of courage to practice the teachings for a moment, or to even think of the Presence of Jesus or the Buddha with us now if even for a moment…what a gift! In Truth, with that level of awareness tears of gratitude and joy are not far away, if not present already. The Gift is truly awesome.
- Less external sugar and sweets, more internal sweetness 🙂
- Less seriousness, more playfulness and laughter.
- less pretending to save and benefit the world, more surrendering to God and loving every moment no matter what, letting go of judgments about it or projecting imperfection; just accepting all as perfect now and affirming the Divinity in all.
It is all for fun!
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!