Monday, December 24, 2012

You Are Always In Good Hands

When you feel some kind of discomfort, call it depression, sadness, worry, frustration, anger, uncertainty, in one word, fear, remember that what you are experiencing is nothing but a passing wave. So simply feel it, and breath into it. Just quietly breath.

That passing wave has nothing to do with your present circumstance(s), whichever it may be. As the course reminds us, "I am never upset (depress, sad, angry, frustrated, etc.) for the reason I think." W-pI.5

Your Self is in charge of your life and all is perfect as it is supposed to me. This also reminds me the line from A course in miracles which states, "All things work together for good. There are no exceptions except in the ego's judgment." T-4.V.1:1-2

Learn to little by little trust in each moment, which would be the same as to say, to trust in your Self. And like everything, that experience is nothing but an obstacle that it is being brought to your conscious awareness in order to disappear into the light of Truth. In other words, in order to be healed.

So with patience and tranquil surrender, breath, feel, and do not focus on any specific circumstance or event. In other words, do not fix your attention on any story the mind is trying to built around whatever it is you are feeling, and you'll see how everything is flowing perfectly.

Simply do that, and before you even know it, you'll once again begin to feel wonderful, and will remember that it is all a passing wave.

If on the contrary you focus on the circumstance, the problem, the story (the wave), assuming that the reason you feel the way you do is because of whatever experience you seem to make responsible for your feelings, basically, if you keep focussing on the passing wave, all you'll be doing is surfing it.

That being the case, you'll continue experiencing more and more of that which makes you feel the way you are feeling now. In that moment you are simply forgetting that what you are feeling is simply and obstacle that as I said before, is coming up for healing.

Let it heal. That's why you are experiencing it. Otherwise it would not be there. Don't judge it, don't analyze it, don't make a story around it, just let it heal. Or as the Beatles would say, "Let it be".

If it is there, is because that is how it was supposed to be. That's all. There is nothing to do or to fix, just feel, and allow.

Although the experience may be uncomfortable, while we are taught to be "grateful" in order to have certain experiences, which for the most part are ways to hide the obstacles that are buried deep within, learn to be grateful for that healing, learn to be grateful for that stuff that is coming out so you can liberate  yourself once and for all from it.

Simply breath, and feel. That the only thing you need to do. Trust the process, because the One Who is in charge is your Self, not you.

Therefore, enjoy the fact that you are always in Good Hands. ;o)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

It Is All A Thought by Nick Arandes

When I close my eyes and rest in that space, it becomes easier to recognize that everything is a thought. Therefore, I can observe the thoughts while at the same time being conscious of that what bothers me as well as what excites me, whatever the emotional reaction may be as a result of having that thought, is not the thought that causes me to feel or to react that way, but the meaning I am projecting unto it. Or to be more specific, my unconscious desire to want that thought to have some kind of meaning for me.

However, at least by being aware of this, it gives me an opportunity to observe the thought as well as my physical reaction to it, without giving it (projecting) any meaning, therefore being able to continue resting in that space of awareness. That way, the Holy Spirit can undo the unconscious meaning (guilt) I am projecting unto it, and that thought will cease to have the power to affect me. I will not find myself reacting to it.

Nevertheless, when I open my "eyes" and look at the "world" around me, including "myself", I forget that it is all a thought, therefore I find myself falling into my own trap of projecting meaning unto everything, and therefore, reacting to everything I seem to "see", "hear", "feel", etc.
So my daily practice is to commune with that space of silence as many times as I can during my waking hours, with my eyes closed, and to remind myself again and again and again that everything is a thought, and to let the Right Mind (Holy Spirit, Christ, Essence, whatever you want to call it) to do Its work. Then when I open my eyes and return my attention to the world "outside", to keep that awareness during the rest of the day.

That way I experience myself less and less affected by my illusions because I find myself resting ore and more in my Self. And when I fall of the wagon, it becomes easier to stand back up again because something within me recognizes that it is all a thought.

Friday, December 7, 2012

You Are Not The Rope by Nick Arandes

Imagine that you think you are a rope from which all sorts of things are hanging. All these hanging things are our problems, our pains, our pleasures, our thoughts, our beliefs, pretty much everything that somehow makes up for our identity as a rope.

Some ropes are white, some are black, some are male, some are female, some are depressed, some are "happy", some are rich, some are poor, some are sick, some are "healthy", or a combination of some or all, depending on the kinds of things that are hanging from each rope.

The poor rope for example hopes to exchange all his hanging things (thoughts of lack) in exchange for other hanging things (thoughts of "abundance") in order to feel like a rich rope. A depress rope hopes to exchange all his hanging things (thoughts of depression) for other hanging things (happy thoughts) in order to be "happy", or at least not to feel like a depressed rope.

When these ropes can't seem to find a way to be able to become a different kind of rope, they seek for help. Where? To other ropes who think they can help. Each of these ropes may take the form of spiritual teachers, experts, psychologist, therapist from all sorts of modalities, friends or anyone whom we can go to for advice.

Nothing wrong with that, it is just that a rope who think it is a rope, and that sees you as a rope, for that is what he / she believes himself / herself to be, cannot truly help another liberate from any hanging thing.

It may help bring some temporary relief by exchanging one hanging thing ("negative" belief) for another ("positive" belief), just like a pill may relieve you from a headache, until a new headache shows up since the cause of the headache has not changed.

Well, we can try to change the things hanging from our rope, we can try to fix them, but we cannot let go of them for in doing so, we would be letting go of our identity. Not our true identity, but the one we belief ourselves to be, a rope.

And the problem is that as long as we identify ourselves with being a rope, there is no way for us to get rid of the things that are hanging from our rope because once again, without them, who would we be?

However, there is one permanent solution, in which all of our things (problems) would immediately vanish. And that is, to let go of the rope, for in doing so, all the hanging things (all of our problems, mental, physical, and emotional) would fall away.

They have to! If there is nothing from where to hang them, they would have to drop, to fall away. Makes sense, wouldn't you think?

But still, even when it makes perfect sense, why it is so hard to let go of the rope?

Because we forgot that who we are is not the individual rope but the Awareness in which all the ropes appear to be. And to let go of the rope means letting go of my individual self (ego), which means death.

Therefore, in a very masochistic way, I rather hang on to my identity with all its pains and suffering, which is temporarily covered up with some distracting pleasures, as opposed to letting it go in exchange for permanent peace, happiness and joy because again, I am afraid to die (to let go of the ego, to let go of my identity as a rope).

So if I think I am a body for example, I must think that I am a rope. If I feel I have some kind of trouble, and since only ropes perceive themselves as troubled, I must think that I am a rope.

So to let go of all of the hanging things (problems, thoughts of depression, fear, judgment, etc.) there is only one simple thing to do, which I mentioned earlier, to let go of the rope!

And how can we do so? We can start by practicing on a daily basis, through silence, through meditation, through introspection, or whatever vehicle that may be suitable, to identify with the Awareness in our mind, which is what we truly are.

Only then we will find ourselves observing how the hanging things begin to fall away naturally, by themselves, without our intervention, until the time comes that we are so excited about having discovered Who we truly are, that we will be glad to let go of the rope, for we have come to realize that the rope is nothing compared to our True Identity, which is the experience blissful peace, pure love and joy, for that is Who we truly Are.

In other words, simply rest in the peace of God, for there is nothing else to do. Right this moment, take a deep breath, and even if it was for just this moment, you just had the experience of what it is like to not have any hanging things (problems). You have for this moment, healed!

Do this more often, and that will be your constant experience, or you can continue to identify yourself with the rope, and if that is the case, good luck finding any "solution" to any of your "problems."

Remember, darkness can't lead darkness to light. However, only the awareness of light, removes all darkness.