As I inhale the universe contracts a little, as I exhale the universe expands a little; and as I interiorize that experience and reality I begin to feel the connectedness of myself to the universe because outside and inside are part of the same whole. We inhale the universe, we exhale the universe. As I touch a distant star with my consciousness and sight I am one with it. As I listen to the eternal rumbling of the universe I am one with it. As I feel the temperature of heat or cold I connect to the universe. As I taste the sweet, tart, bitter, and sour of the universe I am One with it.
we must equate abundance with the awareness of what is given to us daily and work on the ability to receive it; it is necessary to thrive and prosper and to incorporate prosperity into every aspect of our consciousness and actions, without covetness or attachments, allowing love and generosity to move freely to us and from us. Blessings. Namaste.
Seeds and Consequences:
We may plant seeds and hope that they will grow; we may tend our garden, removing weeds, watering the soil and fertilizing it, we may even bless the garden and invoke a prayer to the ‘powerful God energy’ to influence its growth, and beckon the sun to shine on our plants, but not too much, to ask the clouds to temper its heat and radiation. All this with the faith and trust that if the hail doesn’t destroy our crop or the drought create water shortages, or the cold doesn’t bring an early frost, that the fruitful productive harvest will manifest. When this preparation and maintenance is accomplished the conclusion is out of our control, left to Mother Nature and her variable essence. Life’s choices are like our garden: we make the best choices we can based on our past experiences, add some love and compassion for the best outcome, and leave the rest to ‘God’ or ‘Fate’ or ‘Destiny’. It all begins with a vision, wholesome values, and dynamic intelligence to manifest wholesome outcomes. Blessings.
there are no right or wrong choices: only better or poorer ones. the consequences will contain the learning to be had, the potential for learning depends on which we make, better or worse choices. Consequences contain potential for learnings and wisdom with no guarantees of better choices ahead, only potentials.
being blissful is currently not for the masses- I’m learning to say only what is necessary, useful, and constructive. However this making me something of a good listener, it also tends to distance me from the masses- from the 90% who conform to someone else’s template of what joy, success, and wealth resembles. Few fully understand that reclaiming freedom from dogma, tradition, and convention creates social instability. In some ways this is what societies are experiencing this year: frustration with status quo and inability of politicians and social leaders to fulfill the social and personal needs of its citizens. It is more difficult to achieve enlightenment and illumination when one is struggling with beliefs and values which priorize material accumulation, fame, glamour, and glory.
Choosing our path:
I’m quickly discovering the futility in attempting to convert, cajole, or change people’s direction in life. The freedom which this realization brings grants me room to keep the focus on myself while not judging others for where they are.
When one leads one’s life from ‘mind’ the action of judging is central to daily perceptions and reality. However as one begins to stop judging and using mind as a dualistic sword of rationalization then one becomes more peaceful and heart-directed with compassion for others’ choices to be where they are.
It’s not for me to question or judge where others are in their evolution.
When people meet me they can’t discern that my peace and joy is derived from the process of spiritual evolution.
The peace and joy which arises from having ceased questing for answers where they are not to be found is foreign to most people.
Wealth comes from gratitude for all that we are and have been given; peace comes from knowing that we are alone yet loved and that we are One;
joy comes from the hope and trust that we can share love and compassion with those in need; performing acts of goodwill builds virtue and character which are the foundation for love,(compassion) light,(intelligence) and power;(will to do good): abundance and prosperity are the fruit of that labour.
Success comes from the knowledge and truth which accompanies it.
The role of the bodhisattva is not to convert others to a morally higher state of existence but to show Humanity that there is a different path which one can choose to achieve peace, joy, and love. The choice of which values one priorizes affects all future choices and resolutions of being, whether one values the peacefulness of being over the distraction of constantly doing or working to satisfy cravings and yearnings which only yield temporary gratifications of pleasure.
The path we choose depends on what we value. What we value determines what actions we take and what thoughts we entertain. The distractions which take us away from the path of spiritual evolution are multitudinous. There are many obstacles in life to stopping and being peace, joy, and love without expectations of returns or rewards. One finds peace, joy, and love when one stops seeking it, because the mystery of life is that peace, joy, and love are found within and not without, in ourselves and not in others or in the world. For what is without is mostly delusion and has no ultimate reality, only relative and subjective apparent existence.
One has to allow oneself to become empty to receive the fullness of the Universe. The only way to go through the eye of the needle is by becoming emptiness and allowing consciousness to be the Awl.