The Light Never Leaves

When everything seems to be crumbling, dissect your experience down to the smallest pinpoint of time.  Connect to this moment with all you have.  Where might it lead you?

Could it lead you to a sweet shift of harmony?  Could the tiniest spark of hope meet you there?

Healing shifts of hope may not show up just yet, but they will not be found if your mind is churning through thoughts of the past or grasping onto the fears of the future.

Dive deeply into this moment no matter how dark.

The light never stops shining.

It shines Eternal.

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Honor it All

The root of all anger is fear.  Fear of not being seen, of not being heard and ultimately, not being loved.

Sit with that for a moment.

Where is there anger inside you?

Where are you holding onto something that needs releasing?

There is no need to change any feelings of anger, just notice where this anger might live within you.

Watch it.

Maybe it will teach you something.  Maybe it won’t.

Anger can make us feel powerful when our fear seems as if it may overtake us.  Anger seems to protect us.  Anger feels like the easier option when our authentic, hurtful thoughts bubble to the surface.

Consider anger might be masking something.  Just consider.  Honor wherever you are.  Angry, upset, peaceful, joyful, lonely, sad, happy.

Honor all of it.

We cannot know the power of our light if we do not investigate the dark.

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The Shift

Let’s get back to you.

Let’s get back to your story.

What are you telling yourself right now?

Take a deep breath and pause.

Listen.

Really listen to your story.

Is it kind?  Are roots of compassion flowing through it?  Is it scary?  Are there judgments of less-than and not-good-enough swimming through your head?

We are taught from a very young age to believe everything our minds tell us.

What if these thoughts weren’t true?

Would you feel freedom or terror?

Maybe both?

By observing the thoughts rumbling through our heads we make room for grace.

Who or what is watching these thoughts?

Is it you?  Is it me?

Is it all of Us?

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The Deep Center of Night

In the deep center of night, joy resides.  It may not feel that way as you toss and turn feeling suffocated by the weight of the world, but it is there.

Waiting.

If sleep evades you, maybe peace is knocking on your door.

If you are able, step back from the stories of your mind and watch.

Watch how your mind imagines painful situations from the past while projecting fear onto your future.  Notice that neither are true.

In this moment, you are tucked in bed breathing in and breathing out.

Nothing more and nothing less.

Let the mind do what it wants.

It can only hurt you if you believe what it is telling you.

Question everything.

Keep the thoughts that Love you.

For Love is what you Are.

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True Selves

Remembering your True Self is harrowing. You have to overcome incredible obstacles. The pain will be great. It will leave you exhausted, alone and searching for answers.

The pain lessens when the searching stops.

There are no answers to find, only Love to remember.

If Truth has found you, if it has slipped past the fortress of self-identification, there is nothing more to do.

For most of us Truth Seekers, our identity will be dismantled over time. It is so painful at first, you may attempt to do more to relieve the suffering of transcending the self. The goals of peace, contentment and joy will propel you to action.

Real Truth has no goal.

It simply is.

It exists on a plane without words, thought or doing of any kind.

Once you begin to identify that all the doing in the world will not expedite your process to Peace, that is when the healing starts to show up.

The challenges in your life remain the same but you are invested in them less.

This lessening of attachment is gradual at first but will pick up momentum.

Soon enough, you will relinquish any doing and hand it over to Truth.

Truth was always in the driver’s seat.

Maybe it is time to let go and watch the scenery pass by.

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Going or Staying

As you connect to your True Nature, you will find life does not fit you the same.  Changes often start on a subconscious level.  Subtle layers are added to and subtracted from your everyday world.  Then, after enough of these layers push and pull against your normal experience, the tides shift and sweep away what no longer serves you.

This means you may have to let some people in your life go.

Not everyone, but some.

Some may be angry with you for changing.  They may try to use guilt to keep you where they are.

You are not better for needing to go.  They are not worse for having to stay.

Both different points on the path of awakening.

I used to mistakenly attribute others leaving my life to deep, unchangeable personal flaws.  My first error was believing that my wholeness was contingent on others’ acceptance of me.  My second was not knowing that I was projecting my own non-acceptance of myself onto others.  What I saw in them was what I was too afraid to admit.  

I did not accept myself.

Then, this too, started to change and shift.

Now, I see that as a personal self, acceptance in a traditional sense is unobtainable.  Personal selves are messy.  We will never be free of mistakes.  

What remains True for Me, what holds me together at the seams is within me.  

There is such Love within, personal selves and stories dissipate in this awareness.  It makes being human bearable.  

It is steady and sure. 

If people come or if people go, this Love does not change. 

It will not leave.

This eternal surety is yours for the taking.

Standing in the Ordinary

Even though I experience Truth easily and often, I still struggle to grasp that I am awakening.  There are not a lot of ‘regular’ people talking about their Knowing of Truth.

Yet, here I am.  Standing on the cusp of enlightenment with barely a roadmap to lead the way.

I am making it up as I go.

There is a great vacillation that occurs on this path.  This is also rarely identified or discussed.  Either you are awake or you are not.

But, what if I am awake some days and not the others?

This leads to pain and confusion.  Why are there days of complete peace and days of complete suffering?

It is a process.

It is okay to get it ‘wrong’ some days and not have all the answers.

Be thankful for the ‘regular’ parts of your ‘regular’ life.  They are the glue that is holding your sense of self together until it is safe to shed your identity completely.

“In today’s society, most of us having these realizations are not living in monasteries; we are not in a particularly supportive environment.  In fact, in our society it is possible to have an amazing realization on Saturday and be back in the office Monday morning.”

-Adyashanti

‘The End of Your World’

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