Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Ascended Snake

The slithering snake—the scheming ego—got us unto this mess. That is the message of the fall in the Greatest Story ever told. Yet, there is a hope for us. The doors to the Garden of Eden are not locked. We just have forgotten how to get there. Some of our spiritual best have demonstrated to themselves and everyone else that the snake can ascend. We can transcend our narrow-minded human agenda, and our horizontally captured energy can climb the 33 vertebrae right into the Crown Chakra. Our human mission can be understood and aligned with GOD’s Kingdom.

I had a dream once in which I saw a snake with Angel wings. I understood that it was a symbol of wholeness and holiness. Yesterday, I went to a yard sale and found a stature that combines this symbol, yet contains so much more. Yin—the divine feminine—transformed the snake into 5 ascended snake heads (I paid 5 bucks for it!). She holds the phallus in her hand and transforms this dormant yang energy into an illuminated Crown Chakra. Asian design meets Native American Eagle wings. Psychological symbols meet Catholic holiness. C.G Jung could not have improved on this one.

Wholeness merges with holiness. Yin and yang are in harmony, and the limitless energy connection with GOD is restored. The snake is finally Home.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Natural Ascension

Your vibration is your personal energy frequency. It is a culmination of every thought you ever had, and every action you ever performed. It is the energy that surrounds and permeates every cell in your body. Your vibration is your Divine Signature, your Soul Essence and it is special only to you. Your vibration is a direct reflection of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, choices of words, how well you take care of yourself, the Earth and others. The higher your vibration, the more light you hold, the faster the light particles vibrate, the higher your Consciousness and the stronger you are connected to your Soul and GOD SELF.
(Sabrina Weber)

GOD has one promise for us. This world was made for you and I with perfect imperfections, allowing us to express our nature here and now. As we get our self out of the Way, we naturally spiral upwards and onwards right into GOD’s arms. Our past set us up perfectly for this moment to break down yet another wall that was a pure figment of our imagination. We have to do nothing, just show up here and now. GOD does everything for us.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Enlightenment Quotes

If ‘you’ are not there, enlightenment is instantaneous.
If ‘you’ are there, you have to walk till ‘you’ wear out.
( Sadhguru)

Enlightenment will be ours when we are able to care for others as much as we now care of ourselves, and ignore ourselves to the same extent that we now ignore others.
( Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

"To find a Buddha, all you have to do is see your nature. your nature is the Buddha. And the Buddha is the person who's free, free of plans, free of cares. If you don't see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you'll never find a Buddha. The truth is, there's nothing to find. But to reach such an understanding you need a teacher. And you need to struggle to make yourself understand."
( Bodhidharma)

That messy, greasy, mixed-up, confused, and awful situation you’re living through right now is enlightenment itself.
( Brad Warner)

An ordinary man seeks freedom through enlightenment. An enlightened man expresses freedom through being ordinary.

The journey of self-discovery ends with the discovery that there is no self.
(Wu Hsin)

"You will never Know Who You Are unless You Shed Who You Pretend to Be."
( Vironika Tugaleva)

"As a man's real power grows
and his knowledge widens,
ever the way he can follow
grows narrower: until at last
he chooses nothing,
but does only and wholly
what he must do."
(Ursula le Guin)

"Since things neither exist nor don't exist, are neither real nor unreal,
are utterly beyond adopting and rejecting -
one might as well burst out laughing."

"As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can't see how it is." ~ (Ram Dass)

"Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being." ~Adyashanti

"Do not take life's experiences too seriously. For in reality they are nothing but dream experiences. Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role."
( Paramahansa Yogananda)

"The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody." --RamDass

"By definition, greater awareness means less self-identity, for the sense of self continually dissolves as we merge into a vast interconnectedness with all of creation."  Rabbi David Cooper

Always remember deep in your heart that all is well and everything is unfolding as it should. There are no mistakes anywhere, at any time. What appears to be wrong is simply your own false imagination. That’s all.
 (Robert Adams)

Science says we are the body. Psychology - the mind. Religion - the soul. What are we?
( Adi Da)

"The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness."
(Nikos Kazantzakis)

"Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee." St. Augustine

"How can God's son awaken from the dream? It is a dream of judgment. So must he judge not, and he will awaken.
(A Course in Miracles)

There are, strictly speaking,
no enlightened people,
there is only enlightened activity.
~ Shunryu Suzuki

Once we
break from
our story
we will

Love Him simply as the One... in which is no trace of Duality. And into this One... fall continually ( Meister Eckhart)

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.  (Saint Augustine)

The ego is a veil between humans and GOD.

"Enlightened action leaves no trace. Enlightened action comes directly from emptiness, not from the mind. It is spontaneous. If it comes in the form of words, the words come from emptiness. If it comes in the form of actions, the actions come from emptiness—from before the personality and the mind."  ( Adyashanti, The Impact of Awakening)

“A world full of love, light and laughter....its time has come..... Let us make it happen”.

Every phenomenon on earth is symbolic, and each symbol is an open gate through which the soul, if it is ready, can enter into the inner part of the world, where you and I, and day and night are all one.
- Hermann Hesse

'I am that I am' sums up the whole truth.
The method is summed up in the words 'Be still'.
( Ramana Maharshi)

Those who are free
don’t want anything.
They don’t want anything
from their mind, they don’t
want anything from their
they don’t want anything
from anyone, and they
don’t want
anything from life.
They don’t want anything.
If you don’t want, all that’s
left is an incredible sense
of being free.

"A total acceptance of yourself brings about a total transcendence of yourself."

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Heads or Tails

I write weekly essays for a friend who runs a blog. She wants 2000 words or more, whereas I barely manage to fill a page with my concise writing style. With extreme will-power I manage to put a little essay together, only to find that these tend to be the more popular ones in the spiritual community. Sometimes I just take them as they are and use them as a chapter for my upcoming book projects.

Should I charge my friend for my services, or should I pay instead? Give or take—Spirit or ego—kindness or greed? Isn’t that what life is all about? We hold the coin in hand and life decides whether it is heads or tails. Accept life as is. Your agenda and your needs are being taken care of as long as you bring your services to the table. Accept your interests and appreciate Spirit when you meet Her.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Way of Non-Doing

Just stay at the center of the circle,
and let all things take their course.
(Tao Te Ching)

Please don’t take the philosophy of non-doing too literal. As long as we roam around on the blue planet we have a mission to fulfill. We have karma to burn, and life encourages us to express our nature. Some may be taken in by the Siren-calls of spirituality and think that they should stop working, stop facing the sometimes hostile world, and stop interacting with folks who don’t always have the highest vibrations.

Yet, the expression ‘non-doing’ speaks to all of us in the spiritual community. We have all been in these blessed situations when the wheels of life are turning, and all we have to do is to show up and occasionally add a little grease to the works. Some call it synchronicity, other law of attraction or divine guidance. Everything a higher Force manifests on our behalf. That’s non-doing along the Way.

Don’t do, be! That’s the insight of non-doing. Let life flow right through you. Enjoy the down-hill stroll of non-doing, and understand that the uphill climb of removing your own interferences are necessary steps to continue smooth sailing along the Way. We spiritual travelers also have to work quite hard occasionally, but we know what the struggle is all about. It is a journey of purpose every step of the Way.

Below a few additional quotes from the Tao Te Ching on the practice of non-doing:

Therefore the Master acts without doing anything,
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come,
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done,
She forgets it.
That’s why it lasts forever.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Mirror

You are my mirror,
my mirror staring back at me.
(Justin Timberlake, Mirrors)

I was on a trip to Florida with my family in a dark and cold New England winter. I felt incredibly excited and edited a number of my spiritual notes on the plane. I was planning to shoot a few videos in the bright Florida light for my spiritual community, and had even one Podcast lined up that I was looking forward to. Alas, the week turned out much tougher than expected. My wife, worn down by work and endless family commitments, was in a foul mood and instead of enjoying a harmonious time, we fought instead. I had to cancel all my engagements and didn’t write a single note that the entire week.

How easy would have been to say that my family is holding me back, but that wasn’t the case at all. The irritation was inside; it was subconscious. Deep down inside I knew I was in over my head. I would have been shadow boxing had I blamed this chaotic outcome on anyone else. Fact of the matter was, I wasn’t ready to do the Podcast but managed quite well a couple of months later. I am also gearing myself up these days for shooting a few videos over the summer, six months behind schedule. A twister went through our Florida apartment a few months ago, but after a couple of days everything was forgotten and forgiven and the sun was shining brighter than ever before.

Polish that mirror every day. The mirror is staring right back at you!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Part-time Lover

This life is not about winning the spiritual game. It’s about waking up from the game.

The Bhagavad Gita contrasts three inner states: the Zen-like equanimity, the strive of a goal getter, and the lazy bum energy. I possess all three natures. The reader of my notes knows that I have my Zen moments, but whoever sees me in a competitive game also realizes that I can be as alpha as they come. Lastly, I am a bit ashamed to admit, when it comes to helping our boys with their homework, I am incredibly lazy.

The road to enlightenment is tricky. Some perceive themselves as Zen, but are rudely woken up when life reminds them that they still have a job to do. Some others, in contrast, beat themselves up over supposedly being lazy, only to realize that they are but a step away from enlightenment. And as far as the goal-getters are concerned, life will be happy to give them a goal worth their while.

Let life be your life coach. I have become quite good at figuring out what lies under the hood. I would never abuse spirituality to express my competitive nature. Instead, I give myself a time-out and jump into life’s messiness to express my competitive nature on life’s battlefield. Before I know it, the Zen equanimity is back which I am happy to share with the reader. Spirituality is an avocation for me, but apparently not a profession.

When it comes to spirituality, I will hopefully always be more than a fair-weather friend. Yet, I can’t promise to be more than a part-time lover either.  I have to respect my nature. I know that I can’t win the spiritual game, but I hope that I can wake up from it.