In your experience, are you discovering that it is possible
to be open to uncomfortable feelings within
without trying to get rid of them?
And in your experience, are you discovering that it is possible
to be open to uncomfortable feelings within others
without trying to get rid of them?
Most of us – if not all of us – are conditioned to try and alleviate
uncomfortable feelings within us by any means necessary.
Whether through distractions like food or TV or exercise or even meditation –
we try to get rid of what doesn’t feel good through resisting feelings rather than allowing them to be.
And many of us are conditioned to try and alleviate uncomfortable or angry feelings within others
by any means necessary. Whether through distraction, humor or apology even though unwarranted –
we try and get things ‘back to normal’ through resisting what they are feeling and expressing
rather than allowing them that experience.
Realizing our Freedom
becoming comfortable with 'the uncomfortable'
The Divine Child
by the spiritual teacher Mooji
We are divine beings in a state of recovery,
re-discovering our divinity,
winning back ourselves from states of delusion.
However, the mind is very much a key player
in the drama called life, because without it,
the consciousness cannot experience
the necessary friction for transcendence to occur.
And transcendence is the whole purpose of the game.
It is a kingly game when seen
with eyes of understanding.
If you stay stuck in personhood, life will kick your ass.
But if you are open to Truth, then you are continuously
expanding into greater and greater seeing.
Finally, you will exclaim,
‘I love this stepping out of the shadow of myself
into the bright light of my Self.’
If my words are true,
it is you who make them true.
They come alive inside you
because you listen inside your heart and accept them.
Not just the words, but what they point to
somehow recognizes itself,
and the stagnant, the suppressed,
vanishes in the light of this real seeing.
The serpent-mind loses its tongue
in the presence of the real Self.
You are the Self.
Joy is so much deeper than the appearance of things.
Things sometimes look messy.
And sound and smell messy.
And may even feel messy -
when we're open
we can sense Joy
underneath and in
all that seems so messy.
When we're not resisting anything ...
when we're open to everything
joy, love, clarity
This week two people emailed me about insights they are having about resistance
and in a nutshell here is what they are now discovering:
Resistance is not something that’s just happening – it’s something I’m doing – or not doing.
Judgment of anything or anyone is resistance.
I’m beginning to see I have a choice to either judge - resist whatever’s happening or not.
When I do resist what’s happening it doesn’t feel good.
I feel tight - closed off to love and peace.
And when I’m not resisting there’s an open feeling … it feels so good.
Deep thanks to all you fellow explorers.
Peace and Love
The other day I got an email from a friend who believes she may have the coronavirus.
She is fully at peace with what is happening and, with her permission,
here is part of what she wrote:
Last night, I listened to an interesting perspective on what's happening, spiritually.
That the world is being forced to stop. Stop all the busyness and looking outward.
Many schools and institutions are closing, businesses coming to a trickle or stopping altogether.
Countries quarantined. We are being forced to stay home and face ourselves.
This feels huge.
Who are we when we are not constantly in motion?
Time to turn within and go a little deeper.
The stopping of so much of the external busyness
is a kind of invitation to go deeper to the stopping of the internal busyness.
When we're not in constant motion 'up in our head'
who are we really?
For decades I had a ‘monkey mind on steroids’ –
thoughts were constantly running, often repetitive
and largely negative and guilt producing.
It was not a very enjoyable way to live, to say the least.
And even after the initial glimpse of Wholeness
that monkey mind on steroids kept going.
The negative and repetitive nature of my thinking
did not slow down one bit for quite a while.
But even though all of that kept running – a few things did change.
I began to be aware of the running thoughts and
I began to be aware of my sense of Self when my attention was closed in on thoughts
and, most significantly, I began to be aware of my sense of Self
when my attention was open to simply observing the thoughts.
This was absolutely amazing!
Nothing had changed but everything had changed.
Awareness of thoughts running through rather than having attention hooked into them…
Awareness of the false sense of Self when attention is hooked into them …
And awareness of the true sense of Self when we are simply observing thoughts.
We are The Sky:
The Sky observes clouds without confusing itself to be what it is observing
It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things imagined, learn to see them as they are. When you can see everything as it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is, will also show you your own face."