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What is your definition of spirituality? What is your idea of a leader?
Where does your spirituality come from, where does it live in your body?
Can loving connection come from the mind or is it an action that is taken when the heart becomes activated and does the interpreting along with the head?
As with Byron Katie’s teaching and that again of Marshall Rosenberg, our thoughts must be interrupted in order for the heart to engage. To question: from whence our thoughts arrive, where were they learned and what are they serving, can bring great personal wisdom. Often, because of our cultural education, the heart does not lead in communication. We must give the heart an opportunity to work in tandem with the mind. The mind has to be taught how to forge a perception that is greater then self -protection.
This is where you’ll develop the ability to ask, what is my motivation, what shall be my guide?
As long as your decisions lead you to a place of heart motivated answers, any safety you desire in life will have a chance to build and grow from within.
The choices we make moment by moment are what develop how we become and perceive the world around us. Is it a world whose only purpose is death and destruction or is it a world of continual growth and evolution? Mind abandoning heart or heart engaging with mind? Which will lead you? Yes, the mind can see the “truth” of the everyday atrocities, and using the heart as a perception device may look like an airy-fairy sugar coated version of that view-but that’s if that’s how you choose to see it.
The heart provides profound moments of truth when given permission to speak. We’ve all seen photo’s of devastation, suffering and pain and among them we’ll see a single flower cutting through the soil, in it’s own equal struggle for life, it reveals it’s quiet knowing beauty. That single flower could bring your mind to its knee’s, or rather, into the heart; as this expression of life, which blooms so innocently, is the divine’s challenge to show us beauty amongst the destruction, if we choose to see it. We are given the task to rise above the moment, to not judge what we cannot understand without the clairvoyant view from the heavens.
This is our work as a species and in many ways what Barbara Marx Hubbard espouses.
How to get in contact with God, the real truth of God? Not the man made with human traits of hate and jealousy and justice God- but the divine knower of all that is (which resides within us), the God that quietly resides in moments of connection, contentment, safety. Each traits of trust or even more confronting: blind faith. You would be mistaken to consider faith as passive. It takes diligence of mind, the act of conscious directing and choosing what thoughts and idea’s one will serve.
It is my guess that even when there is death and destruction that the God energy of this planet does not wail in grief and misery but simply goes about knowing the ultimate Truth. Knowing that in time our species will set aside the pettiness of personality differences and embrace the unique expression that comes forward as an I.
As that begins to happen over and over and over and….over…then the Christ Consciousness seed that is felt within so many of us wandering souls will unfold fully and the upliftment referred to as enlightenment will have it’s day among humanity and the planet Earth. The divine beings whose presence surrounds and guides us, does not fret, the discovery of self as God beings in harmonious action and perceptions can come.
Listen to the heart and what it has to say when you are in communication with those around you who are yet unable to listen for themselves (what you are yet to do for yourself), love unconditionally. Listen to their desire to be held and see that same desire within you. Look to their pain as a plea for acceptance. Honor that plea and give it. It’s damn hard, but you can do it. Break into the heart and do it; lead.
We are each prisoners of judgment, shame, guilt and fear. I sit and I watch the defensive postures of those around me in the café, each unaware of that very fact. Each believing the defensive mechanism they have chosen truly hides their insecure condition. The tattooed man with his armored ink believes he cannot be seen, the rabbit hidden within the bush holds stone still, but those of us skilled in sight spot the vulnerable creature nonetheless.
The fear that carries us daily propels us into the hardened world we continue to create. The one faced with deathly images of children, men and their mothers being raped, murdered and killed right next door to us and yet, nothing stops us long enough to feel their death upon our hands. We continue forth believing we are innocent because we are suffering too, but we do not stop long enough to accept this fact. Rather we move forward with our hard bodies, hard minds, hard breasts and ever growing hardened hearts.
Perhaps the ink on the next tattoo will actually penetrate the veins of life and pull blood from ourselves, a blood that within it’s vibrant red flow causes us to pause and feel the trickle of life it provides. We rush past and through our existence either praying it will end or believing we are invisible (I meant to write invincible, do you suppose that’s a glorious faux pas of the unconscious trying to teach its lesson?) and never really ever feeling the glory of God within.
The struggle runs so deep because we carry so many layers of pain of mis-belief. We store lies within our system of judgment. They feel like truths because they have logic and sense attached to them, or so we think. They make sense because they are true for us. The words we hear in our head we automatically accept as true. How often do we question the thoughts we carry. We see someone look at us and make an instant deduction of what the persons could be thinking and of course, whatever it is, it’s generally about us. About our good looks or fat body, about the bad hair we feel we have or the great sense of style we project. I wonder how many times that person we believe is thinking about us in that moment, is actually looking past us and wondering about what the person behind us is thinking about them!
How often do we have a thought that actually is incorrect? How often is our perception of why what another person does is actually being colored by your current mood ? Have you ever noticed that your mood actually is the determining factor of what someone is thinking? Have you ever noticed that your own guilt can provide the very reason that the person before you is being judged?
May want to visit the Byron Katie website for more info. on questioning thought patterns. She is genius.
What is your definition of spirituality?
What is your idea of a leader?
What qualities does that person possess?
Where does your spirituality come from, where does it live in your body?
Is it motivated by your heart or head?
Can it really come from the mind or is it an action that is taken because the heart becomes activated and does the interpreting along with the head?
As with Byron Katie’s teaching and that again of Marshall Rosenberg, the thoughts must be interrupted most often in order for the heart to engage. They may not say it in those words but they do suggest to question from whence our thoughts arrive, from where have they been learned and what are they serving? Often, because of our cultural education, the heart does not lead in communication but must be given the opportunity to work in tandem with the mind. The mind has to be taught how to forge a perception that is greater then self -protection. This is our work as a species. How to get in contact with God, the real truth of God. Not the man made in the image of self God, but the divine knower of all that is, of all that is which creates from a sense of joy and connection. It is my guess that even when there is death and destruction that the God energy of this planet does not wail in grief and misery but simply goes about knowing the ultimate Truth. Knowing that one day our species will set aside the pettiness of personality differences and embrace the unique expression that comes forward as an I. As that begins to happen over and over and over and….over…then the Christ Consciousness seed that is felt within so many of us wandering souls will unfold fully and the upliftment referred to enlightenment will have it’s day among humanity and the planet Earth. The divine beings whose presence surrounds and guides us does not fret, for they know the Truth and are allowing us our own timing of the discovery of self as God beings in harmonious action and perceptions.
Listen to the heart and what it has to say when you are in communication with those around you who are yet unable to do for themselves what you are yet to do for yourself, love unconditionally. Listen to their desire to be held and see that same desire within you. Look to their pain as a plea for acceptance and honor that plea and give it.
Hear their words and know, they do not yet themselves know how to love and be loved and are looking for you to be their leader.
I have often observed persons who have a superior intellect apply it towards diminishing others self esteem rather then uplift and support. It’s the way our whole male dominator paradigm has operated in the world for centuries and it’s my intention to challenge the way we use our minds (as does Gary Zukov, Eckhart Tolle, Carolyn Myss, Byron Katie and my current favorite, Marshall Rosenberg all do with such brilliance).
My hope is to get people to actually think about supportive dialog when interacting with others rather than the current unconscious training from which most of us speak, which is of the “divide and conquer” model. As our society teaches, winning is right, and the most important goal to accomplish. Winning is the cause of righteous self- grandiosity with little regard for the well being or nurturing of the heart of self or others.
Wouldn’t it be a rosy (or maybe a real time slap in the face) world if we actually could hear/feel how our words affect those around us? I do include myself in this by the way; I know I am far from pure and clean. I do occasionally throw the verbal dagger on purpose, but mostly jab without even realizing (as most of us do). My success with this post would come if I can assist in creating that brief pause before a person speaks, a second to re-choose words that have an arc (as opposed to a piercing thrust) during the invisible path from mouth to ear, cause a softer landing and less damage to the heart of the other person. That being said, we can’t take responsibility for how one choose to hear us, but we can be as clear and clean as possible when we speak, knowing our intentions are purely for connecting, educating, uplifting, supporting, sharing and when necessary finding a way to get our needs met that won’t jeopardize the other persons self worth.
How do we unwittingly patronize, degrade or dismiss others?
We rationalize our approach in logic and fact and believe our perceptions. We do very little listening to how our facts or opinions may effect the other. Recently I watched, Burn After Reading. In it, the wife states to the husband (in reference to him being black mailed for his memoirs), “why in the world would anyone think they have value?” Yes, it causes a laugh from the outside, as the raw, blunt honesty of her thoughts slaps him mercilessly across his already self- loathing face. For her, the confusion was true, as her respect and care for him at this point diminished to nothing. Yet, would she have hurt him (chosen that approach) to this degree if she were aware of how devastating her words sounded to his ears let alone to the ears of a passerby? If nothing at all, merely due to the selfish and fearful thought of how others would perceive her? Perhaps that’s the one instance where grace and ego can actually serve each other. If she thought for a moment her words were over heard by a stranger, would she have said them?
We’ve been taught that to hate upon the self (or to give a cold honest opinion to others) is the key to self-awareness or “perfection”, if you will. Yet, I dare ask, how is it possible to pick on, belittle and criticize while never allowing the human attributes of compassion, gentle communication, loving connection and guidance be felt for the self and others and yet expect the end result to equate to perfection? What an oxymoron. Isn’t “perfect” really an opinion anyway and a reflection of an individuals value system? What I deem as perfect for me, may be true (but really just a mind training I’ve bought) but to apply that to others is just a form of narcissism (an exaggerated sense of self importance) isn’t it? I learned this with the most non-consequential of examples.
We are taught as women to wear our nail polish (and wear it we must if we are to be considered a woman of status) without chips, makes sense, right? The chipped and tattered nail is often associated with the unkempt and unclean, perhaps even the street -walker types. I agreed fervently. Until I met a girlfriend, an artistic old soul whose passion for God and beauty, whose sustained belief of man as beings of light, regardless of their unconscious actions, wore chipped nail polish… on purpose. She felt it was (quite simply put) cool. With this, I have grown exponentially in my judgment of what perfection really is anyway. One person’s or maybe one organization’s thought (generally with a self serving agenda) pushed upon the human race so strongly (via media, which generates peer pressure, yes, even upon the adult population, I mean, look at UGGS, could they have ever become “hip” otherwise?) that we’ve all slowly started to accept the views of others over (or as) our own. Thankfully my girlfriend has maintained a strong connection to her artistic self and hasn’t fallen into the trap of the group mentality. Thankfully, I was wise enough to respect her own wisdom and allow it to chip away at my idea of what perfection really means.
To bring this to the basics, why do we want to be viewed as perfect? We believe that if we are perfect, we will get all the love and support, understanding and compassion we desire, yet without providing it to the self first, it will never be given by other’s. That’s what the mirror theory is all about, we teach others how to treat us. How we talk to self, the vibration of who we are exudes out to those around us. They pick up on that self talk, on the invisible realm we have termed, someone’s “vibe”.
Hence the adage, you can’t truly love someone else until you love yourself. How we talk to the self is how we talk to others. Want to know what you think of yourself? Look and listen. Do you ridicule, complain and feel like a victim to the circumstances of your life or do you explore, seek to understand and view challenges and heartache as gifts from the universe that provide you with an opportunity to learn and grow? Neither is wrong, but my guess is, one will provide you with a more enjoyable or in the very least, compassionate viewpoint of life. I was raised in an environment of great sorrow, repression and pain. It’s what I knew and spoke for the first forty years of my life. I write these words due to the trial and error of seeking inner peace. I am far from the “enlightened” status of the master and teachers before me but then again, perhaps my idea of enlightenment equates to perfection and if so…who am I to judge what that looks like and really what does that mean? Acceptance of self seems to be the key factor in achieving perfection.
Although The Power of Now, has been out for years, I often refer back to it when I find my mind contracting and attempting to keep me stuck. I would like to post a few of the key phrases that help me remember how to move beyond the ego’s hold over my heart.
“Choice means you are using a high degree of consciousness”. What he’s saying here, is that when we are partaking in our patterns, we are not conscious, that we aren’t really choosing at all. We like to think we are choosing, as it gives us a false sense of power. However, if you can be in a pattern and change your reactive behaviors, then you are choosing in those small moments of awareness. This is where your power can be derived. Don’t worry so much about not being in your patterns, so much as learning how to break out of them moment by moment. this is the most powerful thing you can do for yourself, small changes can lead to permanent ones!
“Unconsciousness is what allows us to be caught in our habits, patterns and beliefs of the mind”. Again, which is why small steps towards watching yourself is what’s needed. Our beliefs are what get us into trouble. It’s what Byron Katie bases all her work on and how we shift is by challenging what we believe. It’s the minds hold on us that keeps us from stepping into the heart. I have recently discovered that all my years of therapy have truly kept me trapped, teaching me that analysis would be my savior, when in fact it’s kept me caged in a logic that holds no ability to see the other person in a kind way. I’ve often used it as a sword rather than a balm. I hope to shift that now that I understand how I’ve used analysis as a shield from exploring the hearts ability to love regardless of another persons actions.
“Forgive for they know not what they do”, Eckhart quoting Jesus. What’s he saying? That even when we believe we are choosing something, we often are just reacting. We usually step forward with the validation of what the mind can muster up as justification for our behaviors towards others. When we are ready to experience self acceptance, when we are ready to feel peace, we can allow it. I have been struggling with this within myself. I have been doing Byron Katie’s worksheet, “one belief” and it’s been profoundly helpful in revealing the lies within my mind that I’ve so strongly clung to in order to stay justified in my anger or pain. I want to give that up.