Reflections on Hanalei Bay: What’s Missing?

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Hanalei Bay

This is a wonderful  “as above, so below” shot of the Hanalei Pier, the  mountains, and the ocean.  What is interesting to me is how the pier, the heart of Hanalei Bay, is not reflected in the water.  What is visible is only the physical structure; the reflection of the pier can not be seen for it has been swallowed up by the shadows of the mountains.

I found this so symbolic, pointing to what appears to be the condition of many souls today…whereby the physical structure and content of their reality is dominating their life and the spiritual reflection of who they are has been clouded over by the dark shadows and has gone missing from the picture!

The part of us that is invisible, can shine like the Sun, when we pay attention to it.  This takes some effort, in that the distractions of the ‘splendor’ of the…

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A Well-Being Barometer

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Light at NightIf you have discovered that your life has a spiritual aim and objective-Congratulations!  You can develop a sense of progress and satisfaction by coming back to your goal often during the day to see how your thoughts, words, and deeds are aligned with your spritual life goal!  For example, the Dali Lama says that “Kindness is his religion”.  Your goal may start out as simple as that and evolve into a comprehensive way of life that brings you and others great joy.

However, even if you haven’t recognized a spiritual aim in Life yet, reading this short piece, can equip you with a powerful way to end each day to insure a growing sense of contentment or happiness  with yourself, as well as the  motivation to get up again tomorrow and continue your pursuit of living a life well spent!

At the end of the day –  check inside and…

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The Divine Pilgrimage and Raja Yoga Meditation

The Supreme Soul, who is the Ocean of Knowledge, is not visible. However, it is the One who cannot be seen who is teaching you to remember Him.

from the Highest on High:

“I teach you Raja Yoga-the highest of all possible unions-the unique connection between the soul and the Supreme Soul.  I teach you to remember Me in order to remove your sorrow and lack of peace.  When you want to remember Me, you need only move your thoughts away from the physical world and all its attractions.  Having done this, you will be in a state of awareness that is only conscious of the soul and the Supreme Soul.  I say to you: Be Mine with your mind. Link your mind to My mind.  As you sit, as you move, as you walk, remember Me alone.  In remembering the name ‘God’, there isn’t the sweetness of the inheritance.  I am your Mother and Father.  You can call Me ‘Baba’.  By remembering Me as Baba, there is the experience of sweetness.  With this simple method, you will enjoy a divine relationship with Me.  I will take you beyond the consciousnss of the material world and lead you to a state of pure peace, love, and happiness.

Faith in Baba and faith in yourself is the first step.  Your thoughts will then walk towards My heart and My mind.  Then experience the result of linking your mind with My mind.  Your experience will become the proof of your relationship with Me; through this all attainments are possible.

I guarantee success to any child who comes to Me.  But I know you each come close to Me according to your role and the effort you make.  I never lose hope in any child.  You are all My children and you all have a right to connect with Me and to be with Me.  Why do you hesitate?  I only come when I am called.  I do not interfere or cause you any difficulty. I am your Obedient Servant.  I come to transform you and transform the world when you learn to connect your thoughts to Me.”

 

 

How to Know and Use Your Subtle Powers

exotic flowerThere are 2 subtle powers within every human soul which contain the secret to success in life.  On the basis of your understanding of these two powers, your  life will move forward.  These powers cannot be measured by material instruments for they are powers that exist within the invisible, spiritual dimension of the soul.

The 2 subtle powers essential to your success are your mind and your intellect also understood as your inner knowing or conscience.

In this article, we are taking a deep look at the present condition of both the mind and the intellect: as to what their respective functions are, how they differ, and how they can work closely together to create self-mastery, peace, and contentment.

Let’s take up the subject of the mind first, as you may already know the present condition of the mind is quite problematic. Take for example the moments when all you wish for is to unwind, relax, and to have a little ‘peace of mind’. In most cases, the mind is anything but cooperative.  Some practices even suggest “killing the mind”.

The perspective to be shared here is a far cry from killing the mind! Instead if we approach the mind  to understand it and  how it functions, then there is the opportunity for both cooperation and success.  Actually what many do not realize is that the mind is part of the soul.  It is not separate from the soul, its job is to assist the soul’s expression and to be used as a powerful tool to generate ideas and solutions!

So the mind’s main function is to continuously generate thoughts….and that is exactly what it does. However in these days of information overload and TMI … (too much information), scientists have found that the mind is generating twice as many thoughts every day, then it used to. (more on this later) Furthermore, most of these thoughts are repetitive and not in the field of our awareness!  No wonder at the end of a day, we often feel worn-out, both mentally and physically.

The mind is also where emotions, desires, and sensations pop up.

Okay, fair enough, however have you noticed that nowhere in this job description of the mind is there a mention of quality or quantity control!

Several years ago, scientists reported that on average, the human mind was generating 30,000 thoughts a day. Today, however, that has increased to 70,000 thoughts a day.  This more than doubling effect is due to the fact that the speed of life is increasing and the amount of information there is to process has also increased and continues to increase. In a relaxed mind there are approximately 25 thoughts per minute; when the mind is anxious this can increase to 50 to 60 thoughts per minute.  This speed of thoughts causes the mind and the body to weaken.

It is the weakness of the mind that creates problems… and a powerful mind that creates solutions.

The mind can produce energy by generating pure, positive, and powerful thoughts.  The impact of this type of thought power has not been fully understood, even though psychology alludes to the power of positive thinking. As you experiment for yourself and come into the realization of the power of pure and positive thoughts for yourself and others, you will see how even one pure and powerful thought can perform great wonders.

When you back up a positive thought with determined concentration, watch how success is created.  You can even create a boundary of pure thoughts for others by thinking positive thoughts about them.  This works like a blessing. For if someone is a little weak, this boundary will become like a canopy of protection for that soul; it will become a means of safety or a fortress.  To create a powerful atmosphere through the spiritual vibrations of your thoughts is a very elevated form of service or karma yoga.power of words

When you think negatively, your mind is weakened and continues to lose power.  Even the body is affected and gets tired and even ill.  Most of us have experienced that if we become angry, the mind becomes extremely tired and the power of concentration is lost.  These are the pitfalls of a mind creating too many low quality thoughts.

This is also the result of the mind trying to operate in a vacuum without holding the hand of another important aspect of the soul:  the intellect.  The part of the soul called the intellect is the part of you that has the wisdom to discern and then guide the mind to which thoughts to contemplate, which to act on, and which thoughts to let go of. The intellect is the mind’s quality control response.  The intellect is able to discriminate between the real truth and the apparent truth, between things of temporary value and those of eternal value, and between the superficial and the subtle. 

Falsehood often comes disguised as truth to test your level of progress.

Fast forward to today,  reflect upon the discriminating power and overall condition of the intellect of most souls. You will begin to understand how the intellect’s still, small voice has been ignored by the mind, for quite some time causing the  intellect  to withdraw, take a back seat, and leave the mind to its own devices.

Fact of life, most minds have been left without access to the wisdom and discernment power contained within the intellect.  Once this is recognized, you can begin remedying the situation.

A healthy, strong intellect is meant to guide, direct, and nourish the mind with elevated true thoughts. Since the wisdom of the intellect has been accumulated through experience and experimentation it adds great value to the mind, which lacks true discernment. Quite often, the wisdom of the intellect has come purely as a divine gift.  The relationship between the two is like a mother to a child.  The wise intellect can heal the mind of obsessive compulsive thoughts, recurring negative thoughts, and untrue, unruly, and excessive thinking.  Therefore, it is very important to restore and strengthen the valuable connection between the mind and the intellect.

Meditation done with the awareness of the intellect’s ability to guide the mind is a way to heal this relationship between the mind and the intellect.

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Science, psychologists and doctors, for the most part, have not been able to differentiate between the mind and intellect.  As you become more spiritually aware of yourself as a soul living in the body, the brain can be seen as a physical mechanism, like a computer, which the mind and intellect operate.  As you energize and empower your mind and intellect, they will in turn strengthen and reenergize your brain.  This will increase your overall power of concentration and well-being.

Raja Yoga meditation is a powerful, effective, and ancient method  which helps to slow down thoughts from a whopping 50 a minute to a manageable 10 a minute.  What many people who attempt to use meditation for stress reduction don’t realize is that it is not necessary to try to stop thinking; however, it is important for the intellect to select and feed the mind elevating,  truthful, and eternal thoughts!

Through Raja Yoga Meditation, not only is the mind controlled, but the intellect is developed and elevated.  As the intellect is used to assess thoughts, your faculty to understand deepens.   This is like nectar to the soul, for the soul ‘s m.o. is to have deep understanding and awareness.

As the soul awakens, it comes to realize that it is up to I, the soul, to direct and discipline the mind.  The moment the soul’s  intellect realizes it has power, that I am not the body, but a  non-physical eternal being of light and a focus of powerful energy, within the body, then I, the soul, am to activate that power. I now become very selective.

In this position of sovereignty over the physical senses and desires of the body, I am able to choose only those thoughts that will lead me to experience permanent happiness and contentment, instead of resorting to fleeting fixes. Now I know that it is possible to allow only pure thoughts to pass into action.  Through awareness and practice, I am able to reach a state in which my every thought is peaceful and deliberate, rather than tense and anxious.

Lotus message if we master our thoughts, we master our lives

With my intellect awake, and each thought being evaluated before mistakes occur, I am able to achieve actual changes in my life that were impossible before.

During deep Raja Yoga meditation, the mind is soothed, slowed down, and nourished with truth.  This increases the strength and accuracy of the mind.  As your thoughts slow down, and you contemplate upon inner  peace, you will come to the wonderful realization that your natural and original state is peaceful.

You don’t always have to sit for Raja Yoga Meditation.  You can also be practice keeping your mind peaceful while moving around. You will come to know a natural state of peace in action. You can experiment with this by feeding the mind peaceful thoughts while going through the activities of your day.

Start with your very first thoughts in the morning.  Feed wise, true thoughts from your intellect to your mind, such as I am a peaceful soul, I am a beloved child of God.  This can slow down the speed of your thinking.  Continue to emerge these wise and beautiful thoughts at least 5 times throughout the day.  The ‘storms of ordinary, negative, and debilitating thoughts’ in the mind will dissipate and eventually finish. Instead, you will feel overflowing love and stability begin to heal your body and mind, as well as your relationships.

 

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Here is an example of a stream of thoughts to focus your mind and intellect upon.  With your awareness at the mid-point between the eyebrows, the seat of the soul within the body,  remind yourself who you are:

I am a sparkling point of light, like a star…I am peaceful…I accept this thoughtEa… for peace is my true nature…through me the vibrations of peace are spreading out…I radiate peace all around me…

I am a loving soul…I am filled with a lot of love…I am a pure being…a child of God…My Supreme Father is the Ocean of Love…He is the Bestower of Happiness and showering me with Divine Love…

My Father is the Ocean of Peace…I am the child of the Ocean of Peace, I am being filled with Peace …my life is a gift from God.. I am emerging happiness and bliss.  I am a child of God.  God is mine…I belong to God…and God belongs to me…

 

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Knowing that you are an unlimited soul makes all the difference in how you think, act, speak, and feel.  It becomes easy to be naturally happy and content every day.

This is a major paradigm shift…the shift that transforms life,  your life and the lives of others.  This is the paradigm shift that transforms our world.

Remember you are a soul whose natural state is one of peace.  You are a peaceful soul.

Easy Raja Yoga Meditation gets you back in touch with your inner state of peace and your inner power.

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Meditations, Nightly Rituals, and Mantras to Create Lasting Changes!

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One of the many benefits of meditation is that through daily meditation one carves out time and space away from the drama of life.  This one aspect of switching out of the limited, everyday world of involvements with people, places, and things into the inner world allows the unlimited self to feel into new attitudes, reflections, and perspectives that will color and shape your outer world.  This is an ultimate form of creativity.  This is a space to reflect upon your life goals not just projects, career, and health, but to discern what is your ultimate course for happiness, eternal happiness. What is the highest aim you have for yourself, the soul, the cosmic navigator of your life. What direction will set you on your course for ultimate, everlasting happiness…

A great example of our time is the Dali Lama who says that “kindness is his religion”. This is the rudder of his ship that keeps his thoughts, words, and deeds on course. Your aim or goal may start out as simple as that. Meditation will assist you in staying true to your aim. For as you accumulate time in reflection and meditation, your thoughts will continue to decrease and slow down and you will see what patterns have been set in place that no longer usher you into the right seat.  When this begins to happen, you are in a better place to change the old patterns and create new habits that put you into the seat of self-determination, self-respect, and sovereignty.

At the end of the day –  check inside and see how this day added to or detracted from your feelings of positivity and wellness.  Where were you on course, where did you go off course… What situations, people, or tasks contributed to achieving your aim and which didn’t.  Keep an account, just as a successful business must keep accounts of profit and loss to stay out of the “red”.  Shakespeare said in one of his great plays: “All’s Well that Ends Well”. At the end of every day, ask yourself, did this day add to my account of joy or did it add to my account of sorrow? Use this end of the day reflection as a rudder to gauge what adjustments you can make to create more joy than sorrow tomorrow!  Adjustments usually involve attitude…what attitudes will I cultivate to arrive at my destination at the end of the day successfully…

To be successful at this, you must be willing to see yourself.

Ask yourself, am I willing to look into the mirror of my own heart?

If you are hesitant about looking at yourself…ask yourself another question: would I rather listen to my conscience/heart or to the ego?

Granted, it isn’t always easy to look at ourselves.  It’s much easier to see the faults of others, isn’t it?  Practically speaking, there’s not much chance that you can change anyone else. Therefore you may as well love yourself enough to make the changes in you that will bring joy and contentment.

When you have mercy and love for yourself, it makes it okay to see what mistakes are going on and to share them with a Higher Power, the One who has an overview of the situation and who has your best interests at heart!  Stay honest, clear your heart each night, and see how you will attract a shower of Divine Love and assistance as you open up each night. This kind of love makes the impossible possible.

Talk to yourself sweetly:  assure yourself that “I believe in Love and I believe I can change”.  Then you can do what is good for the soul.   Be willing to let the ego die and do what’s good for the soul!

Doing what is good for the soul can feel like a blow to the ego. In your meditations, practice being the witness, ie. the detached and loving observer. The muscle of awareness or the consciousness of being the observer, the loving witness will become stronger than the ego as it is practiced in meditation.  This awareness is your true power and will begin to be activated and available when you are in action during the day. As you witness yourself as you act through the body,  each day… as you become the observer and the doer at the same time, self-checking becomes automatic and natural.

While each individual’s aim or ultimate goal for themselves will be unique to them, a common denominator for all souls at this time is to reduce the amount of negativity in their lives in favor of creating more positivity.

A simple nightly ritual to help you with this process is to have the determined thought to let go of a weakness that you are aware of and to replace it with a virtue. This ritual can help turn the negative behavior around. For example, if you wish to let go of arrogance and its offshoots, a virtue to replace it with could be sweetness, cooperation, or humility. Rather than focus on the negative feelings and obstacles that arrogance has brought into your day, use your imagination to bring into your feelings what it could feel like to act sweetly, cooperatively, or humbly.

You may even wish to replay a scene from your day which didn’t turn out well.  See yourself replacing the old, weakening behavior pattern that emerged with its opposite…replace the arrogance with humilty, the anger with understanding and care, or the hurt or disappointment with a feeing of empowerment. Enjoy this contemplation.  Anchor in to the new feelings that may emerge, allow new patterns of response to come into play. This is using the same visualisation technique that successful athletes use regularly and frequently before a practice, a game or a match. As well as physically practicing the skills of their sport, successful athletes will also ‘see’ themselves going through the motions in detail. It all happens in the mind first. They see themselves playing the game successfully and then they go out and play to win! This is a great technique that you can use to your advantage during your nightly checking and in morning meditation as you set the tone of the day!

This is a wonderful opportunity to remind yourself that life itself can be seen as a game and that you are a player, an actor who is playing a part.  To play your part well, takes knowledge, love, determination, and lots of practice.  Be gentle and kind with yourself and the other players you encounter in this game of life.

Another end of the day reflection is to recognize what judgments or criticisms you  imposed upon yourself and/or others today .  Also check to see what judgments or criticisms were received by you from others.   In order to sleep with a clean and happy heart, visualise bathing it all away in a pristine pool or under a waterfall. Clean yourself in this way until you are left with only pure feelings of  compassion for yourself and others.

A powerful mantra that can be done seperately or in conjunction with the ‘bathing visualisation is: I am a pure soul and So-and-so (the soul that disturbed you) is also a pure soul.  Repeat it as many times as needed til it feels real and true and your negative thoughts/feelings have been washed away, transformed.

Be creative as you gain ease and success with your nightly ritual.  Take up  different themes.  For example, you may wish to bathe in the Ocean of Contentment and release all uncomfortable, unsatisfying feelings, complaints, and nagging inner voices.  As a soul, you are unlimited.  Whatever you focus upon will increase.  What will it be…contentment or discontentment… love or hurt…the choice is ultimately yours.

Self-checking is about lightning up and feeling great, not about blaming yourself (or others) or feeling guilty.

Let your nightly reflections be your rudder moving you easily to the shores of happiness, lightness, love, well-being and success.

 

 

 

 

Silence is Golden

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 Silence, once reached becomes a beautiful and accessible jewel that nurtures the soul.  Once attained, silence becomes ones touchstone of peace and stability.  What follows can be read before meditating as a touchstone pointing towards your true nature~ It is offerred as  a  BLESSING to acknowledge who you truly are.

SILENCE

“There is a part of you that is perfect and pure.

It is untouched by the less than perfect characteristics

you’ve acquired by living in a less than perfect world.

It is filled with divine qualities, so is in a constant state of resourcefulness

and well-being.

Its total absence of conflict and negativity of any sort makes this part of you

a Still-Point

a deep, enriching experience of Silence.

Make time to practice reaching this inner place of Silence.

It will bring you untold benefit.

First, it allows you to manage your thoughts better.

You will find, for example, that…

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