Look in Wonder~Beyond Ego

Featured Image -- 6124“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast expanse of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” St. Augustine

Are you willing to see yourself?  Are you willing to know who you really are?

Can you look at your face in the mirror of your heart?

Do you listen to your conscience? Or does the ego, the belief in a false self, rule?

Embrace courage and take the first step.  You will be met a hundred fold and then a thousand fold by the Highest on High who is waiting for each soul to take this important step.

To look inward isn’t always easy, perhaps only because it hasn’t become a habit. It means you must love your Self more, have mercy on your Self as if you were a child, and allow your Self to be supported by the Highest on High to make the changes to free the Self from the ego’s control.

Have you heard the expression: Edging God Out?  The belief system of the conditioned ego is:  I’m all alone in a big world and I must protect myself at all costs to survive.

Remember, you are not your ego.  You are a soul.  A soul contains love.  Become an embodiment of love.  Make this The Year of Love!

With Love of the Divine anything is possible.

Where there is the Beloved’s Love, the impossible becomes possible.

I believe in Love.  I believe in doing what is good for the soul.  I believe in the power in the soul.  I know that changing yourself is the way to change your destiny.

Be willing to let the ego die and do what’s good for the soul!  Doing what is good for the soul is often a direct blow to the ego.

Let your joy rise to the surface and let go of all things in the way.

The Magic arises when the soul awakens from its long slumber to become the detached and loving witness.  As you act through the body, become the observer and the doer at the same time.

At the end of your day, have the determined thought to let go of a weakness that caused pain or distress, before sleeping;  replace it by tuning into a virtue that can fill in the space where the weakness was.  Receive the virtuous quality by connecting with the Divine Source of All Goodness.  (see Guided Meditations at the end of this article to help you in this process)

Here are some examples of what to surrender and what to replace it with to feel lighter : let go of arrogance and the feeling that you have to be right and replace it with humility.

Before sleeping, come to terms with the  judgments you have passed upon yourself and others. Then let go of  the judgments passed upon you.  The virtue of forgiveness from the Mother Father of all souls can be visualized and felt coming into the soul like streams of cleansing sun light, washing away criticism, anger, sadness, and pain, replacing them with the balm and healing power of forgiveness.

Let go of bossiness and control by visualizing and feeling the patience of the Supreme Mother.

To become a spiritually powerful soul make this practice of replacing weak, negative thoughts and feelings with powerful thoughts a habit. Fall asleep in peace each night.  Grow strong in mercy for yourself and others.

We are unlearning the ways of the ego and replacing them with the ways of the heart and soul.  This takes time and practice.  Some are ahead and some still have a ways to go.  Don’t judge yourself or another.

amazing roseKeep  encouragement alive in yourself and others.

Thank you for the work you are doing to free your Self!

Here are some helpful guided meditations to listen to before bed.

http://www.ariellehecht.com/soulnourishment

youtube/Anthony Strano Meditations:linkoflife

http://www.meditateinhawaii.com

AN INVITATION~

Beloved Souls~Lovers of the One~

This is your invitation to join with a small group of like-hearted and light-hearted souls, in the world’s oldest sacred ceremony, a ceremony that was the first to be celebrated from time immemorial and is still being celebrated til this day.  It is called Rakshabandhan which refers to tying a Bond of Love and Protection with the Highest on High…the Renewal of your personal promise to that One.

This is a ceremony which has its origins in Mother India.  It is an opportunity that comes around once a year, as special holidays do, to renew our most sacred relationship.  It is a time of reflection, resolve, and renewal of our deepest vows, promises, and commitment to ourself and to God.

This ceremony represents the sacred movement of the Soul on it’s Journey back to its original pristine state, back to the purity with which this whole play began.  Who were you before your many spins around the sun?  It is a ceremony of renewal of the spirit, of courage, and of love.

For it is this deepest divine love, as well as courage which propels us forward, step by thoughtful step.  On Kauai, we are holding this ancient and unique ceremony on Sunday, August 30, from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Please do let us know that you would like to attend by calling me, Shivalaya at 639-9436 for directions and parking info.

You are Blessed and can add to Your Blessings by sharing with us in this sacred act of expressing our deepest resolve to the One who wishes us ALL THE BEST AND MORE!!!

A good portion of the ceremony will be spent in silent meditation connecting our hearts to the Heart of the Comforter of Hearts, also known as the Purifer of Hearts.

raidiating white heart on gold!This is our time to listen to our deepest longings.

Looking forward to hearing from you~

Many Blessings,

Shivalaya on behalf of Inner Peace Kauai

Why do You Meditate? Imagine finding a Well of Unlimited Inner Peace and Silence

Imagine how it feels when peace arises from the depths of your soul.

Where do you begin when you wish to turn inward?  Do you have a well worn path that brings you into the nourishment of silence easily?  Or do you find that there are many distractions such as dead end trails of thought patterns and uncomfortable feelings that must be weeded out and surrendered first?

In these times, when many feel overwhelmed, meditation is gaining in popularity. However, where do you turn and what do you find when you wish to enter your inner sanctum?

The only reason I ask such an intimate question is that I have found some solutions which I gratefully share with others.  Think of me as a helpful guide in facilitating your process of letting go, gently surrendering all that may be in the way of truly remembering who you are.  I help point you inward to the seat of the soul; this kind of meditation guidance poises you for success and self respect.

Here is a sample of how to begin.

Start to relax, let go and wind down by connecting with the rhythmic pattern of your own breath…deep inhalations and deep exhalations. Use your breath to breathe in to areas of tension and pain that have collected in the body. Starting out this way helps the body to let go and thereby free the attention of you, the soul, the inner consciousness, to begin the process of clearing and surrendering any bothersome thoughts and images, as well as unproductive thought patterns that stem from the subconscious that may have been triggered by some conversation or interaction during the day.  It is very beneficial to surrender such interference so that you the soul may experience your innate state of peace and your naturally loving state.

    ~~NOW~~

Turn your intention inward to the center of your forehead; see yourself as a point of  light,  radiating brilliantly like a star or a diamond.

(Hold this awareness of the Self for 2 minutes).

Now using the power of the mind, let your thoughts focus on limitless Divine light,.

(Hold this awareness of being immersed in Light for 2 minutes).

Be receptive to this Limitless Light.   Feel how this powerful, loving current is embracing you in deep peace.  This peace is filled with silence, the silence that is in the center of every soul.

When we transcend the physicality of the body and the senses, we can experience our own unlimited nature, our eternalness.  This is a very liberating experience and often something very new to the soul.  For so long, the soul has identified with being a body that this experience of it’s Self has been lost.

 Such experiences of the true Self never leave you the same. Once tasted, you will want to dip back into the awareness of who you truly are for longer and longer periods of time…a free, peaceful, silent, loving, and blissful being of light.

When you return, notice what has changed. You  may notice you have gained energy and enthusiasm and that your inner resource of peace has been awakened.

As you continue your experiments in meditation, know that connecting with the self and then the Source of Light is the method for regaining inner powers of the soul such as acceptance, loving tolerance, the capacity to let go easily,  intuitive understanding, discrimination, fearless courage, humility, and more.  With daily practice, you will attain a renewed sense of cooperation with all there is.

 

“The Power of Love”

The Power of Love by Simone Boger came highly recommended by a sweet sister I met at Anubhuti Retreat Center in Novato, California, this summer.

She and I came to know each other as we spent early morning hours in meditation, afternoons with a Great Yogi, and  evenings singing, as we washed mountains of pots and dishes.

Chapter one called THE ONE begins by honoring Divine Love with the following verse:

Free Love

“By all means they try to hold me secure,

those who love me in this world.

But it is otherwise with Your Love

which is greater than theirs,

for You keep me free.

Lest I forget them, they never venture to leave me alone.

 But day after day pass by

and You are not seen.

 If I do not call upon You, if I do not keep You in my heart,

Your Love for me keeps waiting for my love.”

                                                                                    by Rabrindath Tagore

From: The Power of Love by Simone Boger~

Love is the greatest force in existence; it is the heartbeat of life.  It is the most elevated flow of feelings and the purest energy within our souls.

 It simultaneously radiates and attracts, transforming whatever it meets, melting or washing up areas of darkness. No wonder all of us wish to remain in the bliss of this experience.  And it is the arena of relationships where we are most likely to seek it.

Yet, the more we humans modernize, the less available heartfelt, spontaneous love seems to be.

 Have we missed some point along the journey or is this just the expected outcome of the values and interests of a material age? 

For ages, spiritual love has been the focus and fuel of mystical experiences.  This is the kind of love that is unlimited and leaves us with a sense of fulfillment that is nourishing and empowering…  We must learn to dive deeply in order to emerge with the jewels that are  found beneath the surface.

Boger’s spiritual journey and meditation practice  is focused on “experiences based on knowledge/knowing, rather than on devotional practices.  She proclaims that: Once the flame of the soul has been ignited, the love of the spirit keeps burning in the heart. The quest was long, yet the needs of the spirit were finally met. I now know that meeting the Beloved is the path itself.” {p16 Boger}

In a straightforward manner she states that: “The One I understand and experience as the Highest Being is a pure, peaceful, powerful consciousness, with no human form/ physical or subtle.  No head, arms, or legs; just a point-form of conscious light.

 She goes on to say: Because life through the physical senses has become so deeply rooted in our nature, we have lost the art of experiencing pure awareness.  

Gods’s love and kindness manifests in waves of rarefied, subtle light and feelings.  To catch them, we need to tune our minds first.

She quotes from Dadi Janki:

It is the inner eye that sees God.

The physical eyes cannot see Him.

It is the eye of experience that knows and recognizes the One.

And it is the heart that wishes to stay in His company

and let Him guide our life.

Boger continues:

Like us, God is also a soul, who is perfectly capable of hearing and responding to our inner feelings.  

Being pure consciousness, without a body means our communication with this One has to happen on another level…

Because His/Her part is played so silently, this Beloved often seems to be out of reach.  This is why we need to learn to delve into this Supreme Soul’s subtlety.  This has in fact been at the basis of ancient yoga and all mystical paths.  

The meditative experience is essential, for it allows us to transcend, even if temporarily, the density and limitations of corporeal existence.

 Though meditation has gained in popularity, it is still not practiced on a large scale. Ours is a world that thrives on activity and its results.   Meditation means we put ourselves in a quieter and more receptive mode.

Extraordinary experiences may be just around the corner, but they require an internalized approach to life.

I love the next chapter called:  Getting The Vibes

The Supreme Being has a mind that is always constant, emanating vibrations of the highest frequency.  These vibrations reach us as waves of subtle, yet potent energy, originating in the Beloved’s pure and loving “heart”.  To catch and absorb this penetrating power, we need to have a basic understanding of spiritual reality and its laws.

Connecting with or remembering the One (communion)  is a matter of feelings and is therefore very personal.  Still, there is a method for tuning in directly to the One’s frequency, which works like operating a radio.  If you only have an AM radio, you cannot expect to tune in to FM stations.  

To tune in to a more refined mind wave, we require a refinement of our own thoughts and feelings, which means we need to select and at times filter what we constantly feed our minds.  Whatever thoughts we radiate continue to create and sustain our energy field, impacting the self and other minds.

Whether we are conscious of this or not, we constantly create an atmosphere around us through our thought waves.  

Now imagine the Supreme’s thoughts as the highest, purest vibrations traveling across this vast Universe.  Clearly our inner chatter, the AM radio, will not be able to catch this One’s frequency.  Have you ever seen an image of ordinary thought patterns measured in the brain by an EEG?

So, it is a question of giving some attention to refining our thoughts, and this requires some effort.  To tune in to powerful waves of peace and love and make the most of the experience, we need to upgrade our energy first..  To do this, we have to bring some lightness into our being, even if only a little, and especially while in the middle of chaos.

 In terms of tuning in, we are the ones who have to do it first.

The Beloved is happy with the slightest effort we make in His/Her direction. One step from us and the Beloved will walk all the way to meet us.  … All we need is to remember that One with sincerity, patience, and depth.

This refinement of our physical and mental energies creates inner stability.  We become open to creating thoughts and feelings that are purely related to nurturing our deep self and others.  

It means consciously producing the good wishes we expect others to have.  This changes our vibrations.  

The purer our thoughts, the lighter and stronger we feel.  The more peace, joy, and kindness we experience, the easier it is for our mental fields to be free and powerful enough to catch higher spiritual vibrations.  

It is a  question of like attracting like.  

This aim of loving remembrance exists at the heart of all faiths and is also the basis of spiritual yoga.  

It is this loving, receptive attitude that can bring us a multitude of qualities and experiences directly from the Source.

Love is the attraction and the purpose of a relationship with the Divine.

Reality is NOT What You Perceive through the Physical Senses~

Red luminous heartLove is the gateway to Faith.  All things are possible for those who love God!

Reality is not what you perceive through the physical senses.  It is not what you think you understand through the specialized lens of your education.

The  way to true reality is to go within.

All ten commandments are contained within the first two.   Thou shall love thy God with all they heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength, and with all thy mind and Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.

Love, actually is a fulfillment of the law. If you love others, you do not want to hurt them, lie to them, or cause them sorrow of any kind.  Love is the key and love is the law.  It is love that releases us from bondage of any kind. When you love someone, you do not see their faults, imperfections, or bad habits. You only see their goodness; you see them as the Beloved sees them.

To be detached is to be loving.   To be detached does not mean that you are distant and cold, it means that you rise above and beyond the shortcomings of others.  To be both detached and loving allows you to see people as wonderful, beautiful, healthy, good, and most of all, changing!

“By saying that someone is very good, they will become good.  By saying that they are weak, they become weak.  If they are already weak to begin with and then someone says it, they will become unconscious.  No matter how unconscious they may be, you should teach them about the life giving herb of an elevated consciousness, the consciousness of their own speciality (specialness).  Then the unconscious ones will become alive again…Keep a mirror of their specialties in front of you.  They have simply forgotten their specialties at this time… By reminding them, they will become special souls. And the more you speak about their specialties, the more they will realize their weaknesses.  You will not need to make them realize.  If you tell someone their weaknesses, they will try to hide it and hide from it.  They will say, “I am not like this”.  If you speak about specialties, they will realize their weakness on their own.  And until they realize their weaknesses, they cannot transform them, even if they make effort for 50 years.”    Murli 2/20/86

Love is the gateway.  Become like the Almighty Beloved.  “He/She is a very simple teacher.  Worldly teachers punish children, but this One only gives love.  He/She says: Sweet children, remember Me and become pure.”    Murli 6/19/00

Love is the way.

 

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