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?
Humans often confuse the intellect with intelligence.
The “intellect” is the faculty of thinking; believing, analysing, conceptualizing and understanding. Although important, it is limited to what is already existing. we sense and then we think.
By contrast, “Intelligence” is the capacity for thinking; an expansion that extends into Infinity. Intelligence is “Creative” and comes prior to sensing because it produces what we sense and then think about with our intellect. Watch your intellect question this, reasoning that there is no proof.
But the intellect can’t prove Cause from the position of the result. Therefore, the intellect cannot be Intelligent.
Luckily You are not the intellect.
You are Intelligence Itself!
Fear is faith in your antagonist, otherwise why respond?
You cry; “my loss proves fear was justified”
Does fear need justification?
Suspicious eyes, shoulders turned, fear shuns the Life that would dispel it.
Life breathes even while your contrived smiles hide the dread.
Life’s Heart beats in spite of threats; Flowers bloom, Sun shines, Earth rotates.
Fear hopes you won’t find out.
Your response is everything.
Smoke fear out of its hole and Live!
Last weekend, all over Australia, people took to the streets to “March in March”. It seemed they were furious with a relatively new prime minister for reasons that displayed a clear lack of Gratitude for a political system that works very well compared to many in the world, and was marked by hateful angry attacks on the man himself.
Of course, in a democracy, it is everyone’s right to voice their opinion. But, i wondered about the benefit of such a vitriolic display on the protesters themselves. There’s a Zen proverb that says “Hate injures the hater, not the hated.” The hate-mongering represents a symptom of a growing trend, the refusal to take responsibility for our woes and to blame government. In fact, social ills are not the government’s fault. Government is a handy scape-goat until you really See what is responsible; the collective human mind that believes its Good is separate from its Self.
We, not Knowing this Truth, fall under the unconscious veil of blame for the apparent lacks we suffer. What is the remedy? Not venomous protests. Gratitude dissolves hate because it dissolves the forms of hate, but you can’t be hateful and Grateful at the same time. Can you be Truly Grateful for your job and simultaneously hate corporate profits? Can you be Grateful for your spouse while you hate your in-laws? Can you be Grateful that you live in a democracy and hate the incumbent leader? No. It’s contradictory and hypocritical. Gratefulness and hatefulness are mutually exclusive, so while we hate, we cut ourselves off from our own Good. While we hate, forms of hate will keep surfacing for us to hate.
Hate turns our efforts to be grateful into ineffective and disingenuous lip-service. The venomous emotion that we hold under the surface actually feeds the collective human psyche and creates discord. Gratitude dispels it. But the way forward is not to create a new subject for blame by hating the protesters. They are only doing what they believe to be right. Forgiveness is the sister of Gratitude because both emanate from Love.
Be Grateful for whatever you receive, Forgive those who you believe are withholding. That way, we open Consciousness for the Infinite Gifts of Love to fulfil every need.
Let’s not march to complain, let’s march to be Grateful.
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,
- 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”.
- 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?”
- 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 Sixth Limb of Yoga: Where Meditation Begins (mycrazyhealthylife.com)
Mind is an instrument of Consciousness or Awareness, an avenue to tell Us something “we” do not already know.
Do you know the meaning of Infinity? we have a word for it but it has nothing to do with space going on and on forever.
Do you know the meaning of Eternality? we have a word for it but it has nothing to do with time going on and on forever.
Do you know the meaning of Immortality? we have a word for it but it has nothing to do with not dying.
If we don’t understand Infinity, Eternality and Immortality, how will we understand Peace, Justice, Abundance, Love and Life?
Yet we go around purporting to know about these things despite our failure to demonstrate them.
Let’s admit we don’t know the meaning of Peace, Justice, Abundance, Love and Life because actually, they have something to do with Infinity, Eternality and Immortality.
Let Consciousness Reveal these Secrets. How? Through Your Mind because that is what the Mind is for.
The Mind is not meant to be used for something “you” thought of, or that is all you will get!
How long has it been since you had a day without talking?
What about a day without thinking?
How is that possible?
Well, ponder this…
When you are thinking and talking,
You can’t See the Invisible,
You can’t Hear the Inaudible,
You can’t Feel the Intangible.
Well, how else will You find out what you’ve never Seen, Heard or Felt?
Shhh… Silence. Didn’t you know?
The Unthinkable and the Unspeakable Is Within your own Being,
With Secrets even more Beautiful than a sunset!