Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Power of Tomorrow

Sometimes the voice inside of our head is so powerful that we are simply helpless to do something about it. We know that what goes through our head is not spiritually kosher. We try to silence the voice and don't want to admit the hostile feelings to ourselves. We deep-breathe, we pray, we try to distract ourselves, but no matter what we do we just cannot stand up to the inner reasoning of despair, revenge and fear. 

So what, we have seen this movie before. Somehow since our spiritual journey started in earnest actual events always turned out a little different than we anticipated, imagined and planned for. We know that the voice in our head is not in charge, a much wiser, kinder and more intelligent FORCE is. From experience we might as well let the voice in our head cry murder today because we have faith in 'the power of tomorrow'.

Readers of Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" might cringe reading this title. Yet, I have often experienced 'the power of tomorrow', and I am sure you have to. So what if we can't stand up to our confused and conflicted thoughts and feelings today. The holy SPIRIT doesn't mind. HE designs the next encounter, plans the next break, or works out the next problem statement ready for us to solve. When the time comes everything will be different, and we shall again be ready to choose love instead. 

The voice in our head is going to be inspired by the 'here and now' on that holy tomorrow. Today, we have a great opportunity to drink a glass of wine, watch a good movie and go to bed.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Greatest

Uh-oh, running out of breath, but I
oh, I, I got stamina.
Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes,
well, oh, I got stamina.
And uh-oh, I see another mountain to climb
but I, I, I got stamina.
 (Sia, The Greatest)

My angels are telling me this is a blessed period of spiritual transformation. Yet, I go to work every day, put my best foot forward, and do actually quite well, but come home at night and fall into bed as if I was undergoing chemotherapy. After the regenerative power of a good night's sleep I get up and do it again. Not sure whether this is as good as it ever gets, or just another transition towards something bigger and better. It doesn't matter really. The transformative FORCE makes me the greatest I can be.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Never Mind Life's Little Cuts

I spent twenty years trying to get out of this place,
I was looking for something I couldn't replace.
I was running away from the only thing I've ever known.
Like a blind dog without a bone,
I was a gypsy lost in the twilight zone.
I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold.
I been there, done that,
but I ain't looking back on the seeds I've sown,
saving dimes, spending too much time on the telephone.
Who says you can't go home?
 (Bon Jovi)

You have it all wrong. Don't bemoan the fact that life ain't perfect. Accept life's little cuts. They launch you on your healing journey. They send you right in the arms of GOD.

I see the boys with their mother and their aunt. No matter what they do, they will never completely satisfy these two women, much though as they want to. There will always be a bar that they cannot reach. They are sent on a subconscious journey to keep trying. One day though, they will find out what that restlessness is all about, and on that day they will start their homecoming journey. 

The world we see has only has one purpose, to heal and to make whole. Everything that comes our way is designed to get us to that moment of truth. True, there is the time when we willingly go in the wrong direction, but the stored frustration over the little cuts and life's unfairness only propels us forward with an unstoppable force once we finally have seen the light. There is GOD and nothing else. Never mind life's little cuts, just come HOME!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Becoming the Spiritual Gem You are Born to Be

My wife and I were reflecting on the 25 years we have spent together as a couple when she remarked how much I have changed since then. This came as a surprise to me given that I feel that I am still exactly the same person with the same values and dreams that I had when I arrived as a German graduate student in the US. Today I am more decisive and assertive perhaps, but still as kind and idealistic as in the olden days.

When I asked her how, she responded that today I have a sense of humor whereas before I didn't. Well, I have to thank the Anglo-Saxon culture for this transformation. We Germans aren't exactly famous for our humor. When I thought a bit more about my changes, I also realized that today I am in touch with my feelings and understand the energy of the environment I am operating in. Then, I was mostly mind-driven and pretty clueless about how others perceived the world.

Yet all that change came at a price. Becoming a diamond takes high pressures, high temperatures and lots of time to make that transformation from coal complete. Emigrating to a different country at age 25 was certainly one of these transformative forces at work. Surviving and blossoming in high pressure work environments both at graduate school and later in the financial industry left their marks as well.

I have not given up on any of my dreams and spiritual aspirations and neither should you. Yet I would be dishonest if I didn't add that living a spiritual philosophy at times takes an iron-will commitment. The pressure will force us to find a way to remove our inner conflicts, our naiveté and all other self-imposed interferences. Yes, we can sculpt the person we are meant to be but we have to allow life to help us a little in the sculpting process. GOD will give us love, meaning and peace of mind in whatever we do but we have to see HIS MISSION through.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cheering from Across the Bridge

Your bridge is builded stronger than you think, and your foot is planted firmly on it. Have no fear that the attraction of those who stand on the other side and wait for you will not draw you safely across” (A Course in Miracles)

At work I once gave great speeches about the power of positive thinking to some colleagues when they needed a bit of encouragement. When I struggled professionally myself, what could I do but to follow my own advice?

Our boys are me, and dependent on whether or not I advance in this lifetime, they might one day be forced to do this homework for me. What choice do I have but to give it all while I still can?

My wife is the hardest working and the most loyal person I have ever met. I would be cursed for several lifetimes if I didn't carry my own weight walking next to her.

My spiritual friend Su Zhen must be the most sensitive person on planet earth. Whenever my ego gets the upper hand and when my spiritual vigilance slips, my connection with her is broken. What choice do I have but to follow the WAY every step?

One day a spiritual novice introduced herself to me. In all her struggles I see grit and potential. If she gives it all to launch her spiritual journey, who am I not to pull along?

We are surrounded by friends and are given a spiritual mission to complete. It is like a race where we hear the cheering and clapping the louder the closer we get to the finish line. Amazing what kind of power and poise we have when SHE is calling.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Finding Serenity in the Battlefield of Life

The SELF cannot be pierced by weapons or burned by fire; water cannot wet it, nor can the wind dry it. IT is everlasting and infinite, standing on the motionless foundations of eternity. The SELF is unmanifested, beyond all thought, beyond all change. Knowing this, you should not grieve. (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita)

I am in the fight of a lifetime. At work our group has been held together by some good leadership and a lot of earned good-will of the colleagues who have been working together for a long time. Unfortunately the gloves have come off recently because management has essentially given the the message that everyone that their job is on the line. They claim the group will be downsized put under new leadership. Everyone is scared as a consequence, while some hope for the chance to move up in the upcoming power shuffle. 

 I am not happy about the situation given that I have spent years trying to build it. I may lose my job anyway, but I still show up every day to see my mission through. Nothing has changed for me personally though. I still pursue the path of cooperation and collaboration, but don't shy away from conflict either. Nothing has changed in fact, the same rules of the WAY apply and I dance with life challenges just as a I would have done any time before. 

The true war happens at home. The ego fellow tells me that I am doomed and that my spiritual mindset simply doesn't work in a business setting. Success or failure, GOD will have a message for me how to proceed. Yes, it takes effort to stand up to bad energy, and yes, the ego is having a field day exploiting it. Yet, that's what a spiritual path is all about, isn't it? 

Psalm 23 maintains, "though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for THOU art with me; THY rod and thy staff they comfort me". Never mind the tunnel and the lack of light, my peace of mind shall return. The funny thing is, at work the peace of mind is always there because no matter what, I can always see the WAY, and that's all I aspire anyway.

This note starts with a quote of the the Blue Lord telling Arjun that he has a war to fight whether he likes it or not. That is the mission I am facing right now. Success or failure, I will be fine. Either you are happy here and now, or you never will.  I just show up every day and do my work. In a strange way I have found serenity in the battlefield called life.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The WAY Keeps the "I" at Bay

The ego is a veil between humans and GOD.

Rumi's definition of the ego is brilliant. The word ego is just a fancy Latin word for the "I", so his message is that more often than not our "I" experience prevents us from enjoying the GOD CONNECTION.  "I" as in interference, I would say. Or, keep the "I" at bay and you can enjoy the WAY.

We spiritual travelers have experienced many spiritual break-throughs. The blessed moments when the mind stands still and the occasions when the holy NOW completely captures us. It is in these magic occasions when the "I" experiences what the observer knows is the WAY.

The "I" need not interfere with the WAY. When we are open to the holy NOW, the "I" becomes part of something much bigger and more magnificent. The "I" simply melts in the presence of the GOD CONNECTION. The "I" becomes part of the "I AM THAT I AM" experience.

Don't try to beat the "I" into submission, it can't be done anyway. Enjoy life instead every step of the WAY. Truth be told, we can't control the "I" but we can open up to GOD's many messengers. The beauty and the magnificence of the WAY keeps the "I" at bay.