Wakeful Contentment: Everything is OK– You, Your Situation, The World

Everything is really OK message

We hear a good deal about “being awake” and “being present” and “being enlightened” and “mindfulness” — or at least I do.  In places where my mind hangs out (books, twitter, facebook and forums) people toss those terms around a lot — they’re prevalent.  I contemplate this a lot since like most everyone else the outer world (samsara) keeps stimulating my own inner drama and all I want is peace and happiness like everyone else.

I have to keep coming back to it.  To what?  I’m talking about that sense of well-being that comes from mindfulness and presence.

I love that sense of well-being!  That wakeful contentment!  I call it “contented happiness” because that state of being seems to be core or the baseline state once layers of  mental ‘this and that’ thin and create an opening for that state to shine through.  Its there, it’s always been there–just like the quote on mind training from Ajahn Chah (quote below) states.

And just like  Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche  says, “We are so familiar with the tumultuous reactivity of our mind that mental chaos feels quite normal.  Opposing that or the opposite polarity to that mental chaos is joy, that profound sense of well-being that comes from being in a completely wakeful state.

You know this state, right?  You must have had moments like I’m going to describe and hopefully days, weeks or months–perhaps years or a lifetime if we’re really on the path.

We drop the anxious chatter in our mind. We release a big sigh and think, “Wow, everything is really OK: me, my situation, the world.”

This becomes my new goal, my new mantra and a feeling that I intend to expand and send out to the world.  I actually read those words that are in quotes above in a book and every level of body and mind did cartwheels and acrobatics across the room!

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YES!  I know this feeling!  this truth!  Until now, I’ve called it “contented happiness” but I do like the way it is expressed simply and recognizably:  “Wow, everything is really OK–me, my situation, the world.”

The Quote: Training this mind… actually there’s nothing much to this mind. It’s simply radiant in and of itself. It’s naturally peaceful.

Why the mind doesn’t feel peaceful right now is because it gets lost in its own moods. There’s nothing to mind itself. It simply abides in its natural state, that’s all. That sometimes the mind feels peaceful and other times not peaceful is because it has been tricked by these moods. The untrained mind lacks wisdom. It’s foolish. Moods come and trick it into feeling pleasure one minute and suffering the next. Happiness then sadness. But the natural state of a person’s mind isn’t one of happiness or sadness.

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The mind is naturally calm like a leaf that is NOT being blown around


 This experience of happiness and sadness is not the actual mind itself, but just these moods which have tricked it. The mind gets lost, carried away by these moods with no idea what’s happening. And as a result, we experience pleasure and pain accordingly, because the mind has not been trained yet. It still isn’t very clever. And we go on thinking that it’s our mind which is suffering or our mind which is happy, when actually it’s just lost in its various moods.

The point is that really this mind of ours is naturally peaceful. It’s still and calm like a leaf that is not being blown about by the wind. But if the wind blows then it flutters. It does that because of the wind. And so with the mind it’s because of these moods – getting caught up with thoughts. If the mind didn’t get lost in these moods it wouldn’t flutter about. If it understood the nature of thoughts it would just stay still. This is called the natural state of the mind.

— (Ajahn Chah, Training This Mind)

The Law of Attraction and The Secret have there place, BUT…..  there is, I feel, greater accomplishment in enhancing a state of  acceptance of things just as they are. We stop reaching for what we want. We stop trying to control our comfort zone. This letting go leaves us feeling peaceful and optimistic. We have not strategized to attain this state.   It’s more like the absence of trying to manipulate or influence our circumstance.

PS — currently transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Jupiter in my 4th house.  I’m waiting for word about an apartment to open up for me.  It could be any time but waiting is challenging.  I can see how Saturn right on Jupiter is creating a delay (Saturn often is though to carry with it the archetype of ‘delay’).  The 4th house of course is about home –THE home.  This blog post is like … well, physician heal thyself.  LOL  Accepting things as they are while I wrestle with the strong inner desire to move.  I trust astrology and that Saturn delay is beneficial/Jupiter for my future housing situation.  Meanwhile, everything is really OK–me, my situation, the world.  🙂

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Do you recognize yourself in the outer world? 7 of Cups

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Earlier this morning… a thought.

What I am attracted to in the outer world… this is me seeing myself.

What I actually do attract (like it or not)… this is me seeing myself.

Do I recognize myself in the outer world?

I am attracted to water.  I love to swim (laps at the local Y).  This water is me.  I am the water.  This is one way to see myself in the outer world, to recognize myself.

I am NOT attracted to smirk-y, snark-y judgmental types and like a smart cat or kitten, choose not to surround myself with that energy.  But I’m loosing the point, or am I?

What is attracted to me (like it or not) or what I energize with my attention, this is me seeing myself.  That, too, is ‘me’.

Hmmmm…. this must be showing along the path somewhere as something common in the archtype of life.

If this thought was a sign, I might think PISCES.

If this thought was a tarot card, it would be 7 of Cups.

What comes to me and what I’m attracted to in the outer world both represent me, who I am.

I am going to contemplate this for the rest of the day.  Consciousness!  Relationship to the world!  Today I will recognize myself in the outer world.

Trust — in Doing Psychic Work, Using Intuition and in Life Generally; Can we control the weather with our mind?

Some things we may as well trust as not.  The weather will be what it is and we trust that; mostly we trust that because we can’t do anything about it—we surrender knowing it will be whatever it will be.  Why do we humans have such a hard time trusting other parts, portions or pieces of our life?  Is it because we believe that we “do” have control?  Is that why we have such a difficult time surrendering and trusting?  Is the inability to trust the outcome of our ego-attachment to the idea that we can control life on all levels?  Do these popular new-age-ish teachings like the Law of Attraction and The Secret confuse us when it comes to ideas manifestation that rule out soul-purpose and issues of the karmic past, cause and effect, group karma, etc.?  I’m just asking because there seems to be confusion in people about all this.

I’m just asking—just contemplating this whole trust thing. We trust that our next breath will come in time and that our heart is going to beat its next.  It is something we take for granted — we don’t think much about it, we trust this mystery and magic that keeps us alive.  We breathe in and out; and our heart beats all the time without thinking about it.  Talk about the Law of Attraction!  HA! There it is; think about it.  The lungs are empty and the next breath comes exactly when needed—Law of Attraction!  Who needs to write a series of books and go on tour giving a thousand lectures about it or pretend they are channeling some master from a star system far, far away!?  We can simply observe these human body parts working in unison to know what trust is—and what it isn’t.  And while we contemplate that, we can also realize that there is a lot to be grateful for within a simple breath.

Is trust about believing in aspects of life that work without our direction and control like the breath and the heartbeat?  Intuition, I believe, is just like that—its working all the time, been there all along and most people barely realize the intuition, like the breath and heartbeat, is there and working without their interference 100% of the time.  Being psychic and intuitive is like your next breath and heart beat—it is functioning beneath your level of awareness, is automatic as well as mysteriously magical.  The questions are, “Can you trust it?” and a “Do you surrender to it?” – It’s like the weather you know?  You may as well.

Yet, I’d have to add that we learn a good deal about our life when we try to control it all and the ego takes its bows for the automatic functioning of the body, mind and spirit–really, it’s laughable if you think about it.

Sometimes, I think my strong desire and intent controls the weather—is that delusion, illusion or is there something to it?  Can I do it all the time 365 days a year or 24 hours a day?  No; and if I could, it would be 67 degrees, sunny and cloudless all the time. Yet, there are times when I need it not to rain… like when I’m finishing up my yard work, unloading a truck full of firewood or trying to get my walk in for the day.  I turn my eyes skyward and ask the nature devas (but sometimes I forget to ask and it still works anyway) to hold off on the rain until I get finished.  I cannot tell you the number of times that the second that I’ve completed the task (and I mean the second!), the rain began to fall in torrent.  If you’d have been there with me, you’d have been impressed with the timing!

At those times, however, I was willing to let be what needed to be with the weather but my surrendering to trusting that if it could be done, it would be; otherwise I surrender to getting wet on that occasion.  It gets more complicated when we see those folks who live in Florida (for a while I was one of them) who used their mind and intention to steer Hurricanes away.  Illusion, delusion, coincidence or do we have the ability to steer a storm on occasion?  Does an attempt to control the weather with the mind always work?  You tell me.  How many times have you wanted a white Christmas and gotten one and other times it didn’t snow one flake?

But then this post today is more about trust and the ability to surrender.  You’ve been breathing all the time that you’ve been reading this without thinking about it—that required a certain amount of trust and surrendering of make-believe control.  We can take the breath in our hands and control its length, duration and intensity; but we have a life!  Some things (like that) fortunately get handled for us automatically.  Life is a lot like that; we read a book or hear some inspirational speaker tell us how we can control our life and we apply the techniques and get a result here and there just the way we take up our very breath and control that and the heart rate as well with our actions and intentions.  Then we seem to try to convince ourselves that we have the keys to the kingdom so-to-speak.  How much of that is accurate?  Do we?  How much is going to happen automatically without our conscious attempts at participation and control?

As far as intuition is concerned, we will discover through our careful observations that we’ve been intuitive all along and the earth rotates on its axis and the sun rises each day and the next breath happens without our control.  It will rain or it won’t; we trust that.  If we can practice trusting our next inhalation and heartbeat and learn to observe it consciously, intentionally and if we can learn to trust these mysteries and this magic that happen naturally and unconsciously (weather is a good example), then we see that there is Divine Timing and that we participate in it and with it; we do not control it.  If we can trust that, then we can trust our intuition and we can understand the meaning of the word—trust.  Learn to do intentionally something that you usually do naturally and automatically; that is not only about trust but it is also being self-aware and awake.

Observe the divine breath within you and then you will be able to receive your own intuitive messages and have a personal understanding of what it means to trust and to be in the flow of your own intuitive wisdom. And maybe once in a while you will see that the weather, too, moves in harmony with this process called you or better said [capital Y] You, the Greater You that is We and All That Is.

Final thought–we do attract what we need (Law of Attraction if you’d like) and sometimes we need it to rain and sometimes not; sometimes we need our lover to leave us and sometimes not and sometimes we need lots of money and sometimes not.  Sometimes our breath and heart stops and sometimes not–trust is about surrendering to the idea that we receive exactly what we need–and we receive it exactly when and how we need it.  Trust that if your ego will let you. 🙂

Divination Message April 15, 2011 Power of Concentration for Inward Inspiration Leading to Outward Manifestation—is it Magic?

Power of Concentration for Inward Inspiration Leading  Outward for Manifestation—is it Magic?

The Magician!  Today’s message is about aligning the ego with the soul or aligning the will of the ego with the will of the divine.  Don’t like that terminology? How about aligning the left brain with the right? The Divine Messengers today say:  Balance all areas of life and then surrender.  That last bit may be easier said than done.  My job is to disseminate today’s cosmic broadcast, but in the spirit of divine order, whichever day you come across this post doesn’t matter.  It will always apply to NOW.  On to the divination message…..

If a person is aware in the least bit and paying attention to Life at all, there absolutely positively have to be moments when something undeniable happens to clearly communicate that there are mysterious forces at work in their life—unexplainable events or circumstances—which clearly demonstrate that there’s… well, “magic” and we could call that divinity if we’d like.

Essentially, there are two types of magic that most people talk about—white and black.  What are the differences?  It’s about who’s got the power.  Ego or Soul? Higher will or lower will?  Left brain or right?  Earth or the Heavens?  Who has the control?  How much can we control and manipulate energy or manifestation exclusively from ego?  I’d bet that followers of “The Secret” or “Law of Attraction” who are not working with “white” magic will tell you of their limitations. 

Personal will and divine will intersect—and it’s the age-old story of light and dark, good and evil, separation and return as we walk in this world of duality.  Here’s a good phrase to exemplify my meaning:  “The power of love trumps the love of power”.  So when we talk about manipulating and controlling others or any energy, this could be considered black magic since we are not coming from the “power of love” when our intentions are self-serving or when we are stealing energy from another… no matter which kingdom we’re referring to—plant, animal, human, etc.

When we, as humans, betray one another intentionally for our own self-gratification or ego-inflation or in any way try to pry power away from another [and we do this all the time and disguise it with a myriad of excuses], then this, too, could be considered a type of black magic.  Again, it goes back to that simple line and to do a reality check about this, one could ask oneself, “Are my intentions and actions coming from the power of love or the love of power?”  And then watch how the ego jumps in with the litany of excuses and “but’s”.  Listen carefully and you will nearly hear yourself say it—“I know this is wrong but I want what I want because _______________.” 

Whether we’re trying to manipulate energy for the purpose of proving our ego power using the so-called “Secret” or the so-called “Law of Attraction” or we’re stealing it from other people through manipulative tactics which interfere with their free will in order to empower ourselves with their energy—it’s a form of black magic.  However, when we surrender and release our own control over outcomes simply by aligning within with the power of love and the inner intention that however the energies play out, whether you get what you think that you want OR NOT, that the outcome be what is natural, what is divine, what is in alignment with the souls of all involved, then the alignment the other force, the force of love, is activated [white magic].  That last part, people really have trouble with that letting go and surrendering part—and right there we have it!  Have what?  Have the core of meaning that is being conveyed in this writing here… that age-old struggle of good and evil and light and dark and so on. 

The Magician Card in Tarot relates to Mercury which is associated with left brain, communication, writing, speaking, thinking, information, messenger, logic, opinions, intellect, paradox and interesting enough “trickster”.  Looking at the image on the Magician Card itself, we see the concentrated effort of manifestation but with the symbols of the four elements of earthly life—water (cups), air (swords), earth (pentacles), fire (wands) and with one hand raised to the heavens and the other lowered to the earth, the Magician himself is but the channel uniting the two forces of heaven and earth.  Yet, giving recognition to the power above him is depicted and many times that power connection has to do with being joyful, loving and accepting in certain ways.  I’ll give an example…

joyful, loving, simple acceptance while being the best human being possible

I remember one of the first times that I was aware that I manifested a desire. Perhaps it would be more correct to say I was blissfully UN-aware.  I was a late bloomer an didn’t begin to really awaken until my late 40’s and at that time I had a strong desire to be able to give my daughter’s a computer although I had no money to purchase one.  That’s when computers were much more expensive than they are now and were just beginning to become available for individuals in the home.  I had no idea what I was doing as far as the manifestation process is concerned.  All I possessed was a strong desire that was heavily laced with emotion and because I, the “little me” could not see any way to make such a purchase there was no choice but to release my attachment to the outcome and surrendered to the way things were.  Yet, and I think this is the important part, at this time in my life, I was also very balanced and very joyful otherwise.  I had accepted how it was and otherwise my simple focus was to be the best human I could be.  Self-improvement was my focus and I was beginning my spiritual journey in that sense as I felt great love for life and other people and began to devote myself to daily meditation.  I wasn’t trying to manifest anything or manipulate energy—I was simply being accepting, joyful and loving.  You might say that I was balanced and trying to live that “heaven on earth” lifestyle on the inside, despite the outer world and was living in a state of surrender.  I still had the desire to be able to provide a computer for my daughters, but I surrendered to the way things were.  I wasn’t trying to manipulate or control energy, nor did I ever realize I could.

One day, a friend of my daughters arrived at the door with computer in hand; and gave his computer to my girls because he purchased a new one for himself!  In was a moment of awakening for me—I made the connection!  In other words, I realized that wasn’t happenstance and there was no accident and it all hit me like a ton of bricks!  That was my personal example of how manifestation works.  My letting go and surrendering was out of blissful ignorance, but now I can do it with awareness. 

Concentration (Mercury relates to The Magician) is required to hold all of those energies in balance while at the same time surrendering.  Keeping an inner attunement that is both humble and powerful while aligning with the power of the cosmos—this is today’s message.  Do this and the universe will handle the rest of the details.  Create through a joyful and loving heart… keep this attitude and surprise manifestations could happen at any time! 

The power of concentration in today’s message has more to do with concentrating on efforts to remain joyful and loving in the mind and heart… concentrate efforts there and the resulting balance creates an open and receptive channel.  I’ve said it about 10 different ways in this post; hopefully, I’ve been successful at conveying the gist of today’s cosmic broadcast; it’s one that’s not always translated easy into Mercurial words.