How to guarantee Peace and Harmony – Consciousness Speaks Podcast Episode 6

With the theory of Consciousness behind us, let’s make It real, because Consciousness should improve your circumstances and bring a serendipitous, harmonious flow into your life. You should be able to depend and relax into this Consciousness without fear that it will be interrupted. But are you prepared to drop your preconceived beliefs about how peace and harmony are attained?

Consciousness Speaks Episode 2 – Who are You?

This episode is about connecting to your Spiritual Self and discerning the difference between that Spiritual Self, I, and the one you think is you, little i.

Consciousness Speaks Podcast Episode 1 – The book launch

In this first episode, I introduce myself by sharing an audio of the launch of my debut book, “i didn’t do It, I did”. The event was held on June 22, 2018, at Gleebooks in Sydney, Australia.

Meditation Mantras – Help or Hindrance?

Today at Sarvodaya's Early Morning meditationThe use of mantras has become a widely accepted tool in meditation. But, are they a help or a hindrance?

The purpose of meditation is to develop Receptivity to Our Soul’s “Voice”, to become Aware of Our Spiritual Self beyond the mental realm. Mere repetition of a word actually keeps us bound to mentality unless there is a clear intention to rise above it. Sadly, that is not usually the case. More often than not, we just want to make our life happier, healthier or wealthier. And, repeating a word over and over, of itself, will not do that. It will only serve to put us into an hypnotic stupor.

It’s only as a particular word or phrase is contemplated for it’s deeper meaning, a meaning that we don’t know yet, that we rise above our normal thoughts and words into a state of Receptive Silence. This is the place where something Spiritual can enter our Consciousness.

So, if  you are going to use a mantra,

  1. Choose the word wisely. It’s no use contemplating a word that you already know the meaning of; that you are not drawn to; or, that is nonsensical. For instance; you would only use the word “om” if you were curious to understand it’s meaning. And, in that case, why repeat it numbingly? If “om” doesn’t do anything for you, it might be better to contemplate the word “Love”, “Wisdom” or “I”.
  2. Don’t repeat the word mindlessly. On its own, it has no meaning whatsoever. It’s just a word. Instead, adopt a curious attitude as if you are waiting for an answer to “What is Love?”, “What is Wisdom?” or “Who am I?” Then wait. To continually repeat a word for repetitions sake would not only numb the mind, it would prevent you Hearing the Response. Moreover, you would find that you couldn’t maintain the repetition for long before you were distracted with other, more “meaningful” thoughts, like “what’s for dinner?”
  3. Do it privately. Our Soul speaks to Us through Our Individual Mind, never as a group. You can be in a group, but the group will not rise together. Beware of so-called spiritual activities like chanting. They can actually hinder your Spiritual progress by bolstering the ego. This was the reason why Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount…”But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Matthew 6:7

Therefore, mantras can be useful, not for the words we repeat, but for the Spiritual inner meaning of which we become Aware.

The Hidden Meaning of Christmas

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Is it only me? Are you groaning at the thought of another Christmas? Does anyone else yearn for a deeper meaning than consumerism offers? What is the True meaning of the word “Christ” in the word Christmas? We have a vague feeling of good-will at this time of year but “Christ” is usually buried under obligations, a trading of gifts, a holiday and a general excuse for self-indulgent behaviour.

So let’s unearth the Christ? What is It? The church has led us to believe Christ is a person who lived some 2000 years ago. But Christ isn’t a person. Christ Is the Impersonal Divine Spiritual Impulse existing as the Consciousness of every individual on the planet. In proportion to our Recognition and Conscious Realization of this Truth, the Christ shows Its Self outwardly, as the permanent Good in our lives. We can feel it as we allow the “Spirit of Christmas” to envelop us. But It is not something confined to Christmastime or any particular place. It is our own Consciousness revealing Its Self as our experience of good will. That is, our Individual Consciousness IS the Christ.

In Its completeness, the Christ manifests as the fulfillment of our every need. In fact, Its function is to provide, maintain and sustain us in Perfect Harmony. It is the Presence that goes before us to make the “crooked places straight”. It follows behind as a rear guard. All we need to do is Acknowledge this Presence as our Consciousness and It begins to make Its Self felt in and as our experience.

The symbolism of Christmas describes the process beautifully.

The Immaculate Conception didn’t just happen to Mary, mother of Jesus. It is not a physical conception. It is the Spiritual conception of the Divine Idea in Consciousness through our individual minds. The Christ is conceived in all of us, it is only the gestation period that varies. After the Conception, the birth of the Idea in Consciousness is inevitable, depending on a suitably ready mind, through which the Idea will be born. Symbolized as Joseph and Mary, the prepared Mind comes upon an “inn” which they discover is fully booked. The human mind preoccupied with its own ideas, beliefs and concepts has no room for an intangible and Spiritual Idea.

In fact, sometimes we feel the stirring of the Christ when we momentarily entertain a thought of dropping the materialism of Christmas, feeling there must be something more to it. But immediately, the human mind will throw up reasons why it should continue to engage in its old habits. “Christmas is good for the economy”, “Auntie Mable will feel offended if i don’t buy her a gift”, “i’ll be seen as mean-spirited”. The mind plays games of guilt, obligation and expectation to keep the Divine Idea at bay rather than be still and allow the “babe”, (the “saviour” to this unsatisfactory existence) to be born. Moreover, the “inn” of the mind is always full of its intellectual pursuits, self-aggrandizing beliefs and material concepts. A mind preoccupied in this way doesn’t leave any room for the “Christ” (Spiritual Discernment), to be born.

The humble and unadorned stables provide a perfect cover for an Idea likely to be judged as insignificant and thrown out by the human mind. The promise of the Christ is that once It is established in Consciousness, so is our Good.  The “Christ” will only be born in Consciousness when its pursuits and attachments are given up, when the one feeling important, obliged and expectant realizes its folly, and the humility of the “stable” is understood and embraced.

The Three Wise men come bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Wisdom Understands, Recognizes and Honours the Precious, Pure and Other-worldly nature of the Christ. But without Wisdom, Conscious Acknowledgement, Recognition and Realization of the Divine Idea is unlikely. The human mind is reluctant to give up its apparent power. King Herod, the symbol of temporal power, on hearing of the birth of the long-awaited Messiah, feels a threat to his leadership and declares that every male child be sought out and killed. Without Conscious Recognition of its Source, the human mind will be hostile to anything which threatens to dethrone it. Consequently, the bearer of the Idea is Wise to keep Its Self Secret and hidden in the safety of crude surroundings that the human mind finds repulsive.

What does all this mean in a practical sense? Well, if our minds are full of human desires and expectations, ambitions and opinions, we won’t leave any room for our Good to Reveal Its Self to us. We must be still and allow the Christ entrance into our Consciousness. When we drop “our” thoughts, we make room for the babe to be born. We allow the Christ in others to be reflected back to us as our Fulfillment. It appears as Good people and Peaceful conditions, not just at Christmas-time, but at all times.

In the absence of Consciousness of the meaning of the Christ, “we” try to be good and expect that good to be returned to “us” by “others”. But this scenario leaves out the Christ. The Truth is that “we” can’t be good or not-good. Only the Christ of our Being (and everyone else) Is Good and the “not-good” we experience is just an absence of Consciousness of the Christ.

Be still. Let us ponder the True meaning of the Christ this Christmas so that It may be Revealed as Your Consciousness – the One Consciousness where Peace, Love and goodwill to Man Is already established, waiting to be Recognized.

Why non-resistance is NOT a means to Spiritual Consciousness.

For those of us seeking Spiritual Enlightenment, we are constantly being reminded that the hurdle to our goal is “resistance to what IS”.

Surely then, the first question that arises is what is “IS”? And the second question follows – who or what is resisting this “IS”?

Let’s answer the second question first because it is the “who” that doesn’t understand the meaning of “IS” that “causes” the unenlightenment in the first place. The reason for this is that ignorance of what “IS” produces the appearance of duality which keeps humanity in the dark about the Principle of Oneness, “IS-ness”. You cannot know Oneness while entertaining twoness in your consciousness. Therefore, to tell this “who” that it is resisting what IS, is like telling the dark that it is resisting Light. Dark is a state of resistance which produces a “me” that thinks the dark is its reality. Consequently, dark isn’t resisting the Light. The dark doesn’t even know that the Light exists, so how can it be resisting it?.

Dark is just an absence of Light. That is, dark is without substance or law. It only seems to have power and jurisdiction in the absence of Light.

Nevertheless, human consciousness accepts duality, effectively giving evil (the dark) power over Good (the Light). Consequently, humans think disease, crime, natural disasters, poverty and all other discords are part of “what is”. So to tell humans to practice non-resistance is to tell them to submit to these conditions in the hope that, by accepting these conditions, we will somehow miraculously understand what “IS”. But this is like looking for Light in the dark, trying to find what “IS” in what “isn’t”, which simply feeds fear, despair and hopelessness because it can’t be done!

Therefore, from the position of duality, non-resistance only embeds the very conditions that we are now expected to not-resist.

So we come back to our first question. What is “IS”? IS is Oneness – Perfection, Peace, Love and Harmony. This is our True Nature, in fact our only Nature. Therefore we cannot reach Oneness through non-resistance because it would imply the reality of a nature lacking perfection, peace, love and harmony, thereby blocking Consciousness of what IS!

  • If we are not Conscious that Perfection IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist imperfection.
  • If we are not Conscious that Love IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist hate.
  • If we are not Conscious that Health IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist disease.
  • If we are not Conscious that Abundance IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist poverty.
  • If we are not Conscious that Peace IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist war.

Now we can see what Jesus really meant when he said “Resist not evil”. He meant that by resisting evil, we give it reality. He didn’t mean submit to evil. In the Consciousness of what IS, non-resistance is seen as a natural result of an Enlightened Consciousness, NOT a means to gain Enlightenment. Because you can’t gain something which already IS through not-resisting something that isn’t.

How to Recognise a True Spiritual Teaching.

What’s wrong with this picture? Not the lemons…that’s a picture of abundance. This…A person who claims to have become “Enlightened” ending up poor, lonely, sick, old or dead, or all of the above.

Recently i read an article written by such a person from their hospital bed. It brought to mind something a Syrian mystic wrote, “The way that provides not for the wayfarer, is no way to fare upon”. The quote spoke to me… if the Spiritual teaching we are following is not Spiritually Providing for our daily needs, if We are not being Spiritually Fed, Supported, Healed, Forgiven, Comforted and Protected, then one of two things is happening;

  1. The teaching is incomplete or false. That is, it’s not really Spiritual or
  2. The teaching is Complete but our understanding is incomplete.

Perhaps the first question we need to ask is, “What does it mean to be Spiritual Provided?”

To help us with the answer we need only to look up from “our” limited life and out the window. When we do, we notice that there is an Intelligence and Love “Providing” for every other living thing. Birds, insects and native animals have their needs met without apparent struggle or strife (until they come within range of humans). Forces such as gravity, weather, seasons and tides work cooperatively with the elements, plants and creatures of the earth and sea in a vast and generous eco-system we call Nature. In other words, every form of Life, from the smallest ant to the largest whale is Provided for, Spiritually. That is, they don’t decide to do anything separate from what their inner instincts dictate. They just go with the “flow” and that flow is Infinitely Loving and Intelligent.

However, when we look at man (not gender-specific), he seems to have been left out of the picture. Or was he?

What really happened was that man took himself out of the picture by thinking he could provide for himself. Suddenly he separated himself from the Infinite Flow of his own inner Being and experienced limitation: Limited health, limited supply, limited love, limited happiness, limited safety etc etc etc. Ignorance of this fact makes us look outside for remedies and solutions. Isn’t this a ridiculous scenario?

Now…back to the quote..”The way that provides not for the wayfarer, is no way to fare upon”. Surely then, a True Spiritual teaching will help its followers become Consciously Receptive to our very own built-in Infinitely Intelligent and Loving “Provider” (which Is our own Consciousness). This can only be done through correct and sustained meditation, because the thinking human mind has a persistent habit of judging, desiring and fearing which separates it from its own Good. Meditation quiets the thinking mind and allows “us” to become transparencies for the Infinite Intelligence and Love of the Universe to do Its thing. Eventually, We Realize that the One Infinite Intelligence and Love Is Us, Individualized (not personalized). It is already Providing, Sustaining and Nurturing, Infinitely and Eternally. “Our” role is to drop the personal sense of “us”, “me”, “we”, “i” (the one that judges, desires and fears), and Realize We are already Spiritually Provided for. That Realization translates into Harmonious conditions in our practical daily lives.

It’s worth noting that Jesus also said, “By their fruits you shall know them” – Matthew 7:16. So…is your Spiritual teaching fruitless?

 

“My Kingdom is not of this world” explained

When one of the most Enlightened Beings to ever walk the planet said “My Kingdom is not of this world”, he was not blowing a giant raspberry at all of us as if to say “I have exclusive rights to secret club to which you’ll never have access”. But that’s exactly how the religious world has interpreted it, and given atheists a perfectly valid reason not to believe in religion.

“This world” is simply our unenlightened consciousness continually throwing up its rumours for us to accept. Rumours of disease, poverty, immorality, danger and war. The religious world thinks that if it prays enough, repents enough, sacrifices enough, suffers enough or pays enough, it will somehow be freed from all its ills and gain access to this secret kingdom. But isn’t that just rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic? My Kingdom is NOT of “this world”, so why try to manipulate it?

Similarly, if we are not religious in the orthodox sense, we see a problem in “this world” and we either think it is unavoidable or we try to change it, reform it, improve it or heal it. But, in either case, isn’t this still accepting “this world” at face value?

On the other hand, the metaphysical and non-duality movements have suggested that we accept our suffering and problems as part of what “is”. By not judging these as “bad” in the “now”, our feelings will somehow evapourate into an emorphous “now”. But don’t we have the feelings “now”? By denying the evils of “this world” and our feelings, haven’t we given them substance just as much as if we accept them? You cannot deny something that you haven’t first acknowledged is there to deny, right? “Is” is My Kingdom, and it never included the “bad”.

We must recognize both the discordant conditions and the consequent feelings are a result of a “me” that has been fooled into thinking that “this world” of good and evil is real.

Jesus was giving us a Principle to live by. “My Kingdom” is a Consciousness of Love, Freedom, Peace, Wellness, Abundance and Joy (without any opposites). This is the “Kingdom” of which he was Conscious, that is accessible to everyone who also becomes Conscious. This “Kingdom” has no connection to “this world”, the world of the senses, which takes up all our attention. In other words, the “world” of which we are normally conscious, the world which we see, hear, taste, touch and smell, is a misperception of that which is Real (My Kingdom). Our senses cannot detect the Real (where no opposites operate), so they mislead us into believing that discord (which is just an effect of our mind’s misperception) is real.

Human consciousness focuses all its attention on the visible, audible, tangible world, not realizing that its own mind has “created” the world (through its consciousness that believes in both good and evil) which then grabs its attention – a vicious cycle. To clarify:

  • You cannot have a Consciousness of Freedom and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is not free.
  • You cannot have a Consciousness of Wellness and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is sick.
  • You cannot have a Consciousness of Abundance and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is lacking.

Do you see now how My Kingdom cannot be of “this world”? Our efforts and protests keep us in ignorance.

Jesus didn’t mean for you to believe what he said, he meant you to repeat “My Kingdom” within Your Secret Self, Be still, and watch “this world” melt away to Reveal Harmony.