For the Highest Good – Amen!
Absolute Fearlessness – that is fearlessness in all conditions and circumstances, at all times – arises when one’s awareness is totally established in a consistent, never-changing Reality.
As an example, if one is totally established in the presence of God, and every moment one is awake to that Reality, then all other thoughts, opinions, and agendas vanquish. There is the established awareness in this presence of God in this moment, and no other thoughts prevail. So, there is only the awareness, moment-to-moment, and in each moment one watches as it unfolds perfectly. With this absolute present-moment awareness, one continuously accepts everything that happens, for all the events (e.g. content) falls under the context (i.e. the established, continuous awareness). The content – name and form – constantly changes – but the context remains the same. Established with an eternal context, one can be free from fear that may arise with the ebbs and flow of the content.
The key then to fearlessness is practice. After choosing a context to cultivate – be it in the presence of God, or Peace Within, or the capacity to be kind and caring to What Is, or to see the Beauty in All – whatever context one would love to dwell in eternally – begin now to live in it. Each moment one is consciously living in a spiritual context, the content that might ordinarily scare someone becomes re-contextualized and seen in a new light, so that there is no fear.
Note: the above is an idea that arose from an experience I had when walking into a room and finding myself startled by a cat. While walking into the room, I had an agenda to return a phone to its charger, not expecting a cat or any action really – just living the mundane life of doing worldly things that ‘need to get done.’ So, there I was, caught in worldly action, without holding onto the spiritual context – and sure enough fear arose and the cat jumped down from the bed and surprised me.
This isn’t to say that one should not put phones back on chargers. The point is, everything can be done in the light of a spiritual context. Everything can be done as an act of devotion and dedication to the Supreme. Even if ‘we need to get things done,’ we can still remain established in an uplifted awareness and context.
The great game and challenge of life – or at least one of them – is to hold onto our inspiring context, regardless of content. Content comes and goes, constantly changing – whereas a powerful context is permanent, eternal, unchanging, and priceless.
Great beings are aware more and more of context, and less concerned with content. As an example, with a pure heart and a desire to be of service, it is largely irrelevant how much money is in the bank account or when is the next meal. What matters is the opportunity of the moment – to be of service. Constantly orienting oneself to being of service, each moment, what is there to fear? At some point, service will look like eating food, so that the body can continue to serve, and really – when practiced at a very high level – the meal will almost certainly be had with others who are encouraging the eating – because one is so caught up in being of service that one forgets to eat. Service (which is a context for living) is infinitely more fulfilling than eating (which simply refers to content and could occur in a variety of contexts).
All content in the world of name and form falls under the umbrella of context. The real power and love in life comes from context, not content. God is the Infinite Context. Awake to that Context, the content is more or less irrelevant. It is all for fun! As the Bible says, wear the world like a light garment. That is to say, don’ take the content too seriously. Context prevails! Being awake to context – those are the enjoyable and memorable moments of life. Prayer is one way we reconnect with a higher context that frees us from the heaviness of material things. Prayer literally lightens our load as our consciousness is raised to the domains of the unseen and invisible. Aware of the invisible, the visible is seen for what it is. Forgetful of the invisible, the visible can seem more important than it really is.
A favorite quote from the Dalai Lama, “The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be.” Being motivated by love is all about tuning into a higher context. Is the purpose of your life to fulfill context or perform seemingly endless duties of content? Prioritize context, and then the content reveals itself to be all for learning and for fun.
Prayer, ‘content’ that reminds us of the ‘context,’ does not need to be relegated to the beginning and/or end of the day. It can be continuous. Remember, Omnipresence. That Infinite Love of Divinity is always present and available. Relax into that and fear not!
“Perfect Love casts out fear.”
“All fear is an illusion.”
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!