Most people on a spiritual path
don’t feel that life will ever get to a point that it is free of challenges –
but do feel that challenges will no longer confuse them out of what they know to be true.
When we have some glimpse of Wholeness – this ‘All is Well’ sense of life –
it's very helpful to then see challenges as opportunities
to find out if Peace is fleeting or ever present.
Not to assume either way but to directly find out in the moment.
Is Peace, our true nature, based on certain conditions
(my body being healthy or my loved one being sensitive)
or is Peace actually unconditional (present regardless of any condition)?
This we can’t fully discover by only sitting on a meditation cushion.
We can only discover if Peace is unconditional
in the midst of all kinds of conditions
such as an illness or a loved one’s insensitivity.
May all those reading this who are on a spiritual path
not waste this challenge we are now collectively facing
but fully open to it gifts.
Just as the sunflowers' inclination is to turn toward the Sun
regardless of what is happening around or within it,
may our intention for Truth hold steady
no matter what is happening.
Recently, a friend said something like
"It takes a kind of fearlessness to stay open to this inner work."
It's so easy to get sidetracked when things don't go as expected.
It's easy to close down to the inner 'work' and go into fear, resistance, judgment -
the 'This is awful' kind of story - when things are challenging.
We're all now experiencing a challenge that we've never faced before.
And for many the global spread of the C-19 virus is bringing up a lot of fear-
so how can we be fearless in the midst of fear?
Fearlessness is not about experiencing no fear -
it's about being fully open to the experiencing of fear.
Fully feeling the fear - yet without identification with the fear.
This distinction is so key.
When you notice fear - stop everything and feel all feelings fully.
Like a welcoming host to these visitors - allow them to be felt wherever and however
they want to move in your body.
And at the same time or when the feelings have largely subsided -
notice the One who is hosting them.
Notice if that One is diminished in any way whatsoever by any fear passing through.
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?
The universal principle that peace is not only the end but the means
makes complete sense - when it relates to world peace.
But somehow when we turn within to inner peace
the understanding that peace is also the means
doesn't seem to make sense to many.
Many seekers continue to believe that they need to
change, fix, eliminate or fight with their thoughts and feelings
and don't consider the possibility of simply being peaceful with them.
Notice - how when you're not fighting with thoughts and feelings
you can sense a space around them.
Notice how powerful this peaceful noticing is -
and what it reveals.
If we believe we are evolving to become something we are not
right now in this very moment
then life will continue to feel frustrating, confusing and never quite complete.
And when we have a glimpse that what we are is whole and complete
right now in this very moment
it is then our understanding of that reality
that is ever evolving, deepening, expanding, widening...
Without looking to thought for any answer
sense Life directly right now.
Notice any tension in your body and see how it relaxes naturally.
Notice your breath and see how it deepens naturally.
No effort needed - the noticing does it all.
Allow Gratitude to flow into this Noticing.
Soften your eyes. Notice your breath.
Sense Life Directly.
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."