I have often said that awakening requires one to be present to the smallest details of one's everyday existence, moments that your ego will tell you are insignificant, unimportant, and unworthy of your attention, such as sitting at a stoplight, doing chores around the house, etc. As my teacher used to say, "Life provides you with everything you need to awaken."
I was reminded of the importance of being present to the small moments this morning while reading Your True Home: The everyday wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. It's a book consisting of 365 pages, each of which contains a few paragraphs of text designed to assist you in living a life of presence and intention. I try to read a page every morning for daily inspiration.
In the following excerpt, a Zen master is observing whether his student is or is not "awake."
If, for example, the student shuts the door noisily or carelessly, she is demonstrating a lack...
One of the many truths revealed to me when I had my spiritual awakening experience was everything, literally everything, was alive and vibrated at a specific frequency. Some vibrations and frequencies were slow and dense while others were fast and light. Nature, by and large, was lighter and finer. Most importantly, I saw individuals vibrated at different frequencies, too.
Each moment, your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual states determine the frequency at which we vibrate, be it a lower or a higher vibration, and our vibrations are not static, but ever changing.
When your ego (false personality) is dominant, your vibrations are more dense. The moment you become present and engage your soul, your vibrations immediately become lighter and finer because you are engaging the part of you that is divine.
When you are present and connected to Source (God) your vibrations move closer to the vibration that alone, is God. It is a unique...
I believe we are creative beings, each of us possessing unique gifts and talents, and I believe it’s important we share those talents to assist, uplift, and inspire others.
It’s easy to downplay our natural talents and view them as insignificant because the ego generally doesn’t value things that come easily and effortlessly. When we achieve or produce something that takes a lot of effort and/or our hard earned money, we give it more worth and significance because it literally is a product of our blood, sweat, and tears.
You may find your ego convincing you your creative gifts aren’t useful or worth expressing. To me, this is the greater crime—not sharing your knowledge, wisdom, life experience and creativity. I know this because I suffered from this, too. Long before I wrote either of my books, the critical voice in my head repeatedly said, “You have nothing original to write, nothing that hasn’t been written a...
Courage and fear...
Courage gives us the confidence to try new things. Fear prevents us from venturing out of our comfort zone.
Courage expands life. Fear shrinks it.
I often look at fear and its role in my life and ask myself, "Is fear preventing me from living life to the fullest?"
My answer may surprise you.
Tolstoy said, "When you understand your spiritual being and live with it, then instead of despairing, you understand the joy that can never be destroyed, which always grows."
In order to understand your spiritual being, you must begin to engage your soul.
In doing so, you will see that your soul can guide you. It will show you how to live a spiritual life, a life in harmony with your soul.
Of course, you must act on the wisdom you receive from the soul. That is where your real work lies.
And if you can implement your soul's wisdom into your daily life, you will find a joy that can "never be destroyed, which alway's grows."
To be able to enter into a state of mindfulness means you have gained the ability to rise above the ego and experience the Now. To me, that is not only incredibly rare, but also a miracle.
Not everyone desires to be present, which makes you and me a minority among the masses, but people are beginning to see that living the life of the ego is unfulfilling and lacking in meaning—people are waking up.
Observing yourself through mindfulness and penetrating the Now are mandatory skills one must master in the spiritual journey of awakening.
But, what's next? What do you do when you've mastered the art of mindfulness?
If you can be present at will and sustain moments of prolonged presence, you are ready to begin the next step in your spiritual journey—moving beyond mindfulness and experiencing higher states of consciousness.
In this video, I explain how I enter into higher states of consciousness to experience the mystical states spoken of...
Events occur in our lives in which we have little control. The sun rises and sets each day. Seasons come and go. We will experience major life events—some joyful, some painful—both individually and collectively with our friends and loved ones. We will experience death.
The accumulation of events in the days, weeks, months, and years between our birth and death constitute a “life".
While many events are out of our control, at least two things are within our control: one, how we choose to respond, and two, what we choose to manifest into our life—our desires, hopes, goals, and dreams.
You possess the power of manifesting great things in your life.
Manifesting your desires, goals, and dreams is all about changing your thoughts and beliefs and living each day in accordance with those thoughts and beliefs.
Anais Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
Change the way you look at the...
The most powerful tool the ego utilizes in its arsenal to keep us in a state of identification is imagination, specifically negative imagination.
I don't know of anyone who doesn't struggle with negative imagination on a daily basis.
However, not all is lost. You don't have to succomb to anxiety, worry or despair over something that may not have occurred and/or may never happen.
I hope you find my latest video helpful.
P.S. Do you struggle with negative imagination? If you have an example you'd like to share or a tip on how you work with it, please feel free to share in the comments section below.
In this video, I guide you through taking a conscious breath to assist you in quieting the mind, and then I invite you to be present with me for 60 seconds.
Caution, it might be harder than you think!
Be sure and note any intruding thoughts your ego may produce. Keep practicing until you can be present for 60 seconds with ease.
Then, take your practice into life and try to be present throughout your day.
The more I grow through presence, the more I see the common thread of divinity from which the earth and all its inhabitants—nature, wildlife, man—have been woven.
I see myself in the mountains, oceans, trees, flowers and clouds—in all of nature.
I see myself in birds, dolphins, elephants, turtles and deer—in all wildlife.
I see myself in babies, adolescents, young adults, middle-aged and elderly—in people of all ages.
I see myself in Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Lao Tzu and Krishna—in all the great teachers.
I see myself in Africans, Asians, Hispanics, Indians and Europeans—in all ethnicities.
All—nature, wildlife, man—are God manifest in various forms. All are in me and I in them.
And, all are in YOU.
When we abuse, disrespect or mistreat the planet, animals, and our fellow man, we also do it to ourselves.
This is why our heart aches when we see the oceans poisoned with trash,...