Along the Path to Enlightenment: 365 Daily Reflections from 1 january to 31 december
Q: Where does one begin the search for spiritual truth and selfrealization calledenlightenment?A: It is simple. Begin with who and what you are. All truth is found within. Use verifiedteachings as a guide.
The world of the ego is like a house of mirrors through which the ego wanders, lost andconfused, as it chases the images in one mirror after another. Human life is characterized by endlesstrials and errors to escape the maze. At times, for many people (and possibly for most), the world ofmirrors becomes a house of horrors that gets worse and worse. The only way out of the circuitouswanderings is through the pursuit of spiritual truth.
All life ebbs and flows. Everyone is born, suffers afflictions, and dies. There is happiness andsadness, catastrophe and success, increase and decrease. The stock market rises and falls. Diseasesand accidents come and go. The karmic dance of life unfolds in the karmic theater of the universe.
To become more conscious is the greatest gift anyone can give to the world; moreover, in aripple effect, the gift comes back to its source.
The infinite field of consciousness is All Present, All Powerful, and includes All of Existence.Thus, nothing can possibly happen outside its infinite domain because it is the Source of Existence.Within this infinite field of power, there are decreasing levels of energy fields. As they are expressedprogressively in form (linearity), their relative power decreases all the way down to the individual.The giant field could be compared to an immense electrostatic field in which the individual islike a charged particle that, because of the infinite power of the field, is automatically aligned withinthe field according to its individual “charge.” The charge of the karmic spiritual body is set byintention, decision, and alignment by intention.It appears to naïve perception that what is not intellectually explicable seems to be “accidental,”especially when the event is unpredictable. Inasmuch as the infinite field of consciousness isunlimited in dimension, nothing can happen outside of it. All that occurs within it is under itsinfluence, and therefore, nothing “accidental” is possible in reality.
The goal of society in general is to succeed in the world, whereas the goal of enlightenment is totranscend beyond it.
By inner humility plus wisdom, the seeker of truth takes serious note of the inherent limitations ofthe human psyche itself and no longer relies on the impressionable personal ego as its sole arbiter oftruth.
Spiritual development is not an accomplishment but a way of life. It is an orientation that bringsits own rewards, and what is important is the direction of one’s motives.
To merely hear a great teaching is itself the consequence of spiritual merit. To act on it is ofeven greater benefit.
Q: What can we actually do to be helpful to the world?A: Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, andcompassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself.That is the greatest gift anyone can give.
Spiritual learning does not occur in a linear progression like logic. It is more that familiaritywith spiritual principles and disciplines opens awareness and self-realization. Nothing “new” islearned; instead, what already exists presents itself as completely obvious
All spiritual truth is contained in every spiritual concept. It is only necessary to completely andtotally understand one single concept to understand all of them in order to arrive at the realization ofthe Real.
All avenues of questioning lead to the same ultimate answer. The discovery that nothing ishidden and truth stands everywhere revealed is the key to enlightenment about the simplest practicalaffairs and the destiny of mankind. In the process of examining our everyday lives, we can find that allour fears have been based on falsehood. The displacement of the false by the true is the essence of thehealing of all things visible and invisible.
Classically, the readiness for serious spiritual work is referred to as “ripeness,” at which pointeven hearing a single word, phrase, or name may trigger a sudden decision and commitment to truth.The advent of spiritual dedication may thus be subtle, slow, and gradual, and then take a very suddenand major jump. By whatever route, once the seed falls on ready ground, the journey begins inearnest. Commonly, the turning point can be triggered by an unexpected flash of insight, and from thatmoment on, life changes.
Out of all-inclusive, unconditional compassion comes the healing of all mankind.
In a universe where “like goes to like” and “birds of a feather fly together,” we attract to us thatwhich we emanate.
The will is activated and empowered by devotion, and it responds with inspiration, which leadsto illumination by grace. The personal will dissolves into Divine Will, and the spark that leads to thespiritual search and inquiry is a Divine gift.January 18Every act or decision we make that supports life supports all life, including our own. Theripples we create return to us.
Everything in the universe constantly gives off an identifiable energy pattern of a specificfrequency that remains for all time and can be read by those who know how. Every word, deed, andintention creates a permanent record; every thought is known and recorded forever. There are no
secrets; nothing is hidden, nor can it be. Everyone lives in the public domain. Our spirits stand nakedin time for all to see. Everyone’s life, finally, is accountable to the universe.
Q: What should be the overall context of spiritual endeavor?A: Selfless service out of love for all creatures and creation. To pursue enlightenment servesGod and fellow humans. Be alert and attuned to the innate beauty of all that exists. See the charm andquaintness of even what the world would consider old, beat-up, and ugly.
It could be said that truth and reality represent an equivalence, and the validity of thatequivalence can now be verified by reference to a calibrated scale of levels of truth that areobjective, impersonal, and independent of the opinion of the observer. It is important to realize that astatement of an alleged truth requires specification of context.
One basic principle has the power to resolve the problems of the social marketplace: Supportthe solution instead of attacking the supposed causes.
Humanity is an “affliction” we’re all burdened with. We don’t remember asking to be born, andwe subsequently inherited a mind so limited it is hardly capable of distinguishing what enhances lifefrom what leads to death. The whole struggle of life is in transcending this myopia.
The living proof of God’s love and will for you is the gift of your own existence.
Life itself has no opinion; it just is. Life effortlessly diverts quickly from one form to anotherwithout innate reaction or resistance. It does not even register a reaction to change of form. Life, likelight, is innately formless and beyond preference, resistance, or reaction.
The human world represents a purgatorial-like range of opportunities and choices, from the mostgrim to the exalted, from criminality to nobility, from fear to courage, from despair to hope, and fromgreed to charity. Thus, if the purpose of the human experience is to evolve, then this world is perfectjust as it is.
Life unfolds of its own and does not need commentary. The habit of editorializing about what iswitnessed needs to be voluntarily surrendered to God.
Although the human mind likes to believe that it is “of course” dedicated to truth, in reality, whatit really seeks is confirmation of what it already believes. The ego is innately prideful and does notwelcome the revelation that much of its beliefs are merely perceptual illusions.
Dedication to truth itself is the rapid road to its discovery.
The mature spiritual aspirant is one who has explored the ego’s options and false promises ofhappiness.
Do not compare yourself with others regarding “holiness,” merit, goodness, deservingness,sinlessness, and so on. These are all human notions, and God is not limited by human notions.
In truth, we exist and survive, not because of the ego, but in spite of it.
Q: Where is the reality of eternal truth to be found?A: Begin by accepting the very important statement that all truth is subjective. Do not wastelifetimes looking for an objective truth because no such thing exists. Even if it did, it could not befound except by the purely subjective experience of it. All knowledge and wisdom are subjective.Nothing can be said to exist unless it is subjectively experienced.
To best serve the world, seek enlightenment and transcend illusions rather than contribute tothem.
The capacity to recognize the truth is a potential within human consciousness, and the combinedintention of the consciousness of all people in that direction intensifies the overall field. At someintuitive level, everyone knows that truth supports life and falsity brings death.
Human progress is evolutionary, and therefore, mistakes and errors are inevitable. The only realtragedy is to become older but not wiser.
Acceptance is the great healer of strife, conflict, and upset. It also corrects major imbalances ofperception and precludes the dominance of negative feelings. Everything serves a purpose. Humility means that we will not understand all events or occurrences. Acceptance is not passivity, but non-positionality.
To even hear of enlightenment is already the rarest of gifts. Anyone who has ever heard ofenlightenment will never be satisfied with anything else.
The benefit of accepting one’s defects instead of denying them is an increase in an inner sense ofself-honesty, security, and higher self-esteem, accompanied by greatly diminished defensiveness. Aself-honest person is not prone to having his or her feelings hurt by others; therefore, honest insighthas an immediate benefit in the reduction of actual, as well as potential, emotional pain.February 9Realize that the depiction of God as a “judge” is a delusion of the ego that arises as a projectionof guilt from the punishment of childhood. Realize that God is not a parent.February 10How best to “serve the highest good” is in accordance with the prevailing level ofconsciousness of the observer. There is no single answer for everyone.
Spiritual progress ensues automatically from choosing goodwill, forgiveness, and lovingness asa way of being in the world at large rather than viewing it as a gain-seeking transaction.
Spiritual evolution is the automatic consequence of watching the mind—and its proclivities as an“it”—from the general viewpoint of the paradigm of context rather than content. Instead of trying toforce change, it is merely necessary to allow Divinity to do so by deeply surrendering all control,resistance, and illusions of gain or loss. It is not necessary to destroy or attack illusions but merely toallow them to fall away.
To transcend the world requires compassion and acceptance, the result of inner humility, bywhich the world is surrendered to God with increased peace of mind.
It is not the world that is a trap, but one’s attachment to it, along with one’s observations thatcloud the search for Truth.
Attachment is a very peculiar quality of the ego. It can be totally undone in all of its pervasiveand multitudinous forms of clinging by simply letting go of one’s faith in it, or belief in its value as areality. The attachment to “self” or “me” or “I” is a basic trap. One can seek out its fantasy value—theself gets attached to what it values.Note that attachment requires and is sustained by an energy and an intention. The mind isattached to the very process of attachment itself as a survival tool. Letting go of the ego is based onthe willingness to surrender attachment to it as a substitute for God.
What the ego cannot lift with all its might is like a feather to the grace of God.
The best attitude is one of devotion to truth rather than being contentious toward falsehood.Open-minded curiosity leads to progressive discovery of information never before available, whichmay therefore seem confrontational upon first exposure.
Appearance is not essence, perception is not reality, and the cover is not the book. Error is quiteoften convincing, which is an unpleasant fact to consider and accept. Everyone secretly believes thathis or her own personal view of the world is real, factual, and true.
Spiritual progress is based on acceptance as a matter of free will and choice, and thus everyoneexperiences only the world of his or her own choosing. The universe is totally free of victims, and alleventualities are the unfolding of inner choices and decisions.
The less the “wants” prevail, the greater the experience of freedom.
It is helpful to remember that value and attraction are in the eye of the beholder and are notqualities of the world itself. What is imagined to be “out there” stems from “in here.” The sameapplies to cherished positionalities and seductive presumptions. There are no temptations “out there,”and their attraction diminishes by simple refusal and renunciation.
Accept that the concept of “the fear of God” is ignorance. God is peace and love, and nothingelse.
Traditionally, the pathways to God have been through the heart (love, devotion, selfless service,surrender, worship, and adoration) or through the mind (Advaita, or the pathway of nonduality). Eachway may seem more comfortable at one stage or another, or they alternate in emphasis.Whether you take the pathway of the heart or the mind, it is a hindrance to consider that there is apersonal self or an “I” or an ego that is doing the striving or seeking or which will becomeenlightened. It is much easier to realize there is no such thing as the ego or an “I” identity that is doingany seeking; instead, it is an impersonal aspect of consciousness that is doing the exploring andseeking.
To strive to know God is in itself pristine and the ultimate aspiration.
A useful approach is to let the love for God replace the willfulness that is driving the seeking.One can release all desire to seek, and realize that the thought that there is anything else but God is abaseless vanity. This is the same vanity that claims authorship for one’s experiences, thoughts, andactions. With reflection, it can be seen that both the body and the mind are the result of theinnumerable conditions of the universe, and that one is at best the witness of this concordance.Out of an unrestricted love for God arises the willingness to surrender all motives except toserve God completely. To be the servant of God becomes one’s goal rather than enlightenment. To bea perfect channel for God’s love is to surrender completely and to eliminate the goal seeking of thespiritual ego. Joy itself becomes the initiator of further spiritual work.
One is not “forced” to feel resentment by a negative memory, nor does one have to buy into afearful thought about the future. These are only options. The mind is like a television set running itsvarious channels for selection, and one does not have to follow any particular temptation of thought.One can fall into the temptation of feeling sorry for oneself, or feeling angry or worried. The secretattraction of all these options is that they offer an inner payoff or a secret satisfaction that is the sourceof the attraction of the mind’s thoughts.
Within limits, we tend to experience the reflection of what we have become.
The source of joy is always present, always available, and not dependent on circumstances.There are only two obstacles: (1) the ignorance that it is always available and present; and (2)valuing something other than peace and joy above that peace and joy because of the secret pleasure ofthe payoff.(BONUS REFLECT ION FOR LEAP YEAR DAY)
The teeth of spiritual work occur when we are confronted with that which we cannot avoid. It isthe direct confrontation that requires a leap in consciousness.
The experience of the presence of God is available and within at all times, but awaits choice.That choice is made only by surrendering everything other than peace and love to God. In return, theDivinity of the Self reveals Itself as ever present—but not experienced—because it has been ignoredor forgotten, or one has chosen otherwise.
Q: What characteristics facilitate comprehension and transformation?A: Dedication, devotion, faith, prayer, surrender, and inspiration. When the barriers arerelinquished, Truth reveals itself spontaneously.
Disruption of life by the unexpected also creates anxiety at the forced readjustment, which mayrequire major decision making. It is important to know that spiritual research indicates that allsuffering and emotional pain result from resistance. Its cure is via surrender and acceptance, whichrelieve the pain.
The realization that there is a source of joy and happiness that is beyond the ego is a major step.Then curiosity and an interest in how to reach spiritual goals arises. Belief also arises, which is thenbolstered by faith, and eventually by experience. Next follows the acquisition of instruction,information, and the practice of what has been learned. By invitation, the spiritual energy increases,followed by dedication and the willingness to surrender all obstacles.Even the decision to turn one’s life over to God brings joy and gives life a whole new meaning.It becomes uplifting, and the greater context gives life more significance and reward. One eventuallybecomes unwilling to support negativity, within or without. This is not because it is wrong, butmerely futile. Although the journey to God begins with failure and doubt, it progresses into certainty.The way is really quite simple.
To win in life means to give up the obsession of “who’s at fault.” Graciousness is far morepowerful than belligerence. It is better to succeed than to win.
By its naturewillingness, and forbearance. It is strengthened by humility and a benign conscience.
An extremely valuable insight that is learned by all spiritually evolved persons in the course oftheir development is seeing one’s own personal consciousness as the decisive influence thatdetermines all that occurs in one’s life.
Holding a goal in mind is inspirational and actually helpful to its accomplishment, because whatis held in mind tends to actualize. However, it is a mistake to attack oneself with guilt for failing toachieve the ideal. Upon examination, it will be frequently discovered that it was not really the goalthat was desired, but the satisfaction that was associated with it.
Effective spiritual endeavor is a consequence of constancy and persistence rather than fits andstarts of enthusiasm.
Inner satisfaction becomes more important than worldly gain or the desire to control or influenceothers. Attraction replaces promotion. Eventually, resistance is no longer related to worldly life andits perceived values. Instead, the inner intention is one of purity and selflessness. Thus, evolutionbecomes the consequence of the process itself rather than a consequence of “seekingness” oracquisition.
Along the spiritual pathway, blocks and temptations appear, as do doubts and fears. Classically,they have been termed the “tests” that arise from the ego, which does not relish relinquishment of dominion. These are overcome by reaffirmation of goals and commitment, as well as by reinforcingcounterbalancing principles such as dedication, tenacity, constancy, courage, conviction, andintention. The greater the challenge, the greater the development of inner strength, decision, anddetermination. By persistence and discipline, it can be seen that temptation is an option to merelyrefuse rather than an impulse that calls for attack or negation.
Attachments are illusions. They can be surrendered out of one’s love for God, which inspires thewillingness to let go of that which is comfortably familiar.
Subjectively, all that is needed to progress are patience, prayer, faith in the process, and thesurrendering of resistance. Confusion, like a change in the weather, is a transitional condition thatclears with patience and also with emergence into the next stage, whereby the confusing condition istranscended.
It’s pleasing to discover that it isn’t necessary to drive oneself forward; instead, one can simplyallow oneself to move forward as blocks are removed. Thus, one becomes attracted by the futurerather than propelled by the past.
With spiritual maturity, one understands that this lifetime is precious and too valuable to wasteon the ideas of being superior or other ego-inflating, vainglorious illusions.
The best defense against the development of anger is to see others as equals, lessen expectations,and, via humility, surrender the fulfillment of one’s wants to God. With progressive detachment andrelinquishment of the ego’s demands and expectations, anger diminishes.
One does not become a success by envying and vilifying success, but by imitating it. Thus, theangry person has to go back and make up for what was missing in his or her own education anddevelopment.
There is no art without love. Art is always the making of the soul, the craft of man’s touch,whether that touch is corporeal or the touch of the mind and spirit—so it has been since Neanderthaltimes, and so it will always be.March 19True asceticism is simply a matter of economy of effort. It is not possessions themselves but thepresumed importance or value projected onto them that is significant. Therefore, it is recommendedthat one “wear the world like a loose garment.”
rustration results from exaggerating the importance of desires.
Awareness of the overall silent contextual field is facilitated by a contemplative lifestyle thatcould be likened to shifting interest from details to “the big picture.” It “gets” overall qualities ofatmosphere without going into specifics, and therefore intuits generalities rather than thinking oranalyzing.The resistance of the ego/mind is that it is afraid it might “miss” something, as it is addicted toprocessing the details of the content of form, which is the attraction and lure of the world. To“renounce the world” means to withdraw energy from it and decline activities that require attention tospecifics, thereby abiding in the Self rather than in the amusements of the self.
We witness, observe, and record apparent processions of experience. But even in awarenessitself, nothing actually happens. Awareness merely registers what is being experienced; it has noeffect on it. Awareness is the all-encompassing attractor field of unlimited power identical with lifeitself. And there is nothing the mind believes that is not erroneous at a higher level of awareness.
The process of creativity and genius is inherent in human consciousness. As every human haswithin himself the same essence of consciousness, so is genius a potential that resides withineveryone. It simply waits for the right circumstance to express itself.
The processing out of anger requires inner honesty and the willingness to surrender what islacking integrity and essentially unworkable, and replace it with self-confidence. Compensatoryattitudes that are far more powerful than anger are dedication, reason, humility, gratitude,perseverance, and tolerance.
Everyone already at a certain level knows that they “are”; the ego then quibbles about the detailsof definition, but the Self is not fooled by the ruse. All false identifications can be dropped in aninstant with the willingness to surrender all “mentalizations” to God.
The mind is caught between desires and aversions, both of which are binding. An aversion isalso innately an attachment to a conditional perception, and it is disassembled by acceptance
All the mind’s statements are provisional at best, and an awareness of that limitation is anintrinsic quality of wisdom. Wisdom denotes a degree of humility as well as flexibility. It alsoimplies a conservative, cautious attitude that is aware that further information will accrue over timeand experience. Thus, wisdom considers all knowledge to be provisional and subject to change, notonly in meaning but also in significance and value
March 28All things are self-created by Divine expression as existence. Therefore, each “thing” can onlybe what it is because of the totality of the entire universe.
The dualistic mind sees what appears to be an event, a happening, or a thing and hypothesizesanother concept, that of “change.” The mind seeks explanations and is naïve as to its own structure,motivations, and limitations. In language, it is said that the “I” or an “it” caused a “that,” much likethat which is intrinsic to sentence structure in which a subject acts on an object via a verb. The selfthen presumes that there is an inner primary causal agent, such as the “doer” of deeds, the “thinker” ofthoughts, and the “deciders” of decisions. Without such a dualistic explanation, the linear mind is at aloss to explain the appearance of phenomena.
Spiritual work involves withdrawing attachment to, or identification with, content—and thenprogressively realizing that one’s reality is context. The briefest explanation is that the self is contentand the Self is context.March 31The destiny of the spirit will be, for better or worse, depending on the choices and decisions onemakes.
The level of consciousness is determined by the choices made by the spiritual will, and thereforeis the consequence as well as the determinant of karma. Freedom to evolve requires a world thataffords the greatest opportunity to ascend or descend the spiritual ladder. Viewed from thatperspective, this is an ideal world, and its society is constituted by a wide range of experientialoptions.April 2Until one acknowledges the intrinsic genius within oneself, one will have great difficultyrecognizing it in others—we can only acknowledge without what we realize within.April 3One’s range of choice is ordinarily limited only by one’s vision.April 4Freedom is the opportunity to fashion one’s own destiny and learn the inherent spiritual truthsthat are essential. For merit or demerit to occur, the choices have to be made in a state of belief andexperience to be considered “real.” Thus, even illusion subserves spiritual growth, for it seems realat the time.
To consistently choose love, peace, or forgiveness leads one out of the house of mirrors.
Human life subserves the spirit. The world is less painful to witness if it is appreciated as theultimate school wherein we earn salvation and serve each other through our own lives.
Awareness is a quality of consciousness itself that is not encumbered by having to “do” anything.It just “is,” and by virtue of its innate capacity, apprehends essence directly. The presence of Divinityas Self is effortless.
Actions are the automatic consequence of the integration of context, field, and intention. Allaction is actually spontaneous and reflects karmic propensities and local conditions that may or maynot favor expression. To depersonalize actions, it is only necessary to let go of the belief that there isa separate, independent causal agent called “I” or “me.”
Actualization is an option and a choice as an aspect of the will. Each positive choice increasesthe likelihood and probability of additional positive choices. Each positive choice moves one closerto a higher attractor field of consciousness.
Q: How should one envision spiritual work?A: The process is one of discovery and is thus directed within. It is by influence of the Self thatspiritual endeavor becomes chosen as a life goal. It is primarily a decision.
April 11As the ego’s dominance of perception recedes, so does the appearance of the world and themind’s interpretations. Decisions are based on projected perceptions. Thus, the mind perceivesendless illusions, including classifications based on judgments. Those that are interpreted as “good”options are attractive to choice and agreement. Therefore, all perceptions reflect content.
Commitment is to the core of truth itself and is free of seduction by proselytization or secrecies.All that is necessary is curiosity and an attraction to truth, which is complete, total, and selfsufficient.
Objectively, it can be seen that thoughts really belong to the consciousness of the world; theindividual mind merely processes them in new combinations and permutations. What seem to be trulyoriginal thoughts appear only through the medium of genius and are invariably felt by their authors tobe a gift, found or given, not self-created. It may be the case that we’re each unique, as no twosnowflakes are alike . . . however, we’re still just snowflakes.
There is no inner “thinker” behind thoughts, no “doer” behind actions, no “seeker” ofenlightenment. Seeking occurs on its own when the time is right, and it emerges as a focus of attention. All aspects and qualities of consciousness are self-actuating and energize each other under the generaldirection of the will.
In Reality, everything occurs of its own, with no exterior cause. Every thing and every event is amanifestation of the totality of All That Is, just as it is at any given moment. Once seen in its totality,everything is perfect at all times, and nothing needs an external cause to change it in any way. Fromthe viewpoint of the ego’s positionality and limited scope, the world seems to need endless fixing andcorrection. This illusion collapses as a vanity.April 16Nothing in the universe happens by chance or accident. The universe is a coherent concurrenceand interaction of innumerable conditions attendant on the infinite number of energy patterns. In thestate of awareness, all this is obvious and can be clearly seen and known. Outside that level ofawareness, it could be likened to innumerable, invisible magnetic fields that automatically coalesceor repel one’s position, and which interact according to the positions and relative strengths andpolarities. Everything influences everything else and is in perfect balance.April 17When one realizes that one is the universe, complete and at one with All That Is, forever withoutend, no further suffering is possible.April 18By observation, it can be seen that beneath the images and words themselves, there is a drivingenergy, a desire to think, to keep busy with any input the mind can find to fill in the gaps. One candetect a drive to “thinkingness” that is impersonal. With observation, one can detect that there is no“I” thinking the thoughts at all. In fact, the “I” rarely intervenes.April 19What is searching for higher truth is not a personal “I” but an aspect of consciousness itself,which expresses as inspiration, devotion, dedication, and perseverance—all of which are aspects ofthe spiritual will. Therefore, the source of the search for the Self is the Self itself actualizing thenecessary processes by virtue of its own qualities, which are facilitated by Grace.
Like springtime, the promise of a new era in man’s understanding of God is emerging. Now thelevel of consciousness of mankind is high enough to be able to recognize the truth of a God of Loveinstead of worshipping the god of guilt and hate.
All “problems” are products of mental processing only and do not exist in the world.
In Reality, everything is automatically manifesting the inherent destiny of its essence; it doesn’tneed any external help to do this. With humility, one can relinquish the ego’s self-appointed role assavior of the world and surrender it straight to God. The world that the ego pictures is a projection ofits own illusions and arbitrary positionalities. No such world exists.
Q: Is a contemplative lifestyle possible in today’s world?A: With strong intention, daily life conforms. Contemplation implies nonattachment, which doesnot preclude activity.
True happiness is always in the “right now” of this moment. The ego is always anticipatingcompletion and satisfaction in the future “when” a desire gets fulfilled.
All fields of human knowledge change over time, and even the reporting of history itself issubject to revision based on new discoveries and methodologies. Thus, all beliefs and informationare tentative in that even if the facts don’t change, their significance or meaning is subject to changeover time.
People with adequate self-esteem have no need to hate others.
Like a cork in water or a balloon in the atmosphere, each spirit rises to its own level ofbuoyancy within the infinite realms of energy fields of consciousness. No external “judgment” orDivine coercion is involved. Each being radiates forth its essence and so determines its own destiny.Thus is Divine justice perfect. By choice, each spirit becomes what it has chosen. Within all realms,there exists the moment-to-moment choice of the absolute reality that is ever present and whoseabsolute choice results in liberation.
In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves theworld at large for everyone. We all float on the collective level of consciousness of mankind so thatany increment we add comes back to us. We all add to our common buoyancy by our efforts to benefitlife. What we do to serve life automatically benefits all of us because we are all included in thatwhich is life. We are life. It’s a scientific fact that “what is good for you is good for me.”
A question cannot be asked unless there is already the potentiality of the answer.
The major limitation of consciousness is its innocence. Consciousness is gullible; it believeseverything it hears. Consciousness is like hardware that will play back any software that’s put into it.We never lose the innocence of our own consciousness; it persists, naïve and trusting, like animpressionable child. Its only guardian is a discerning awareness that scrutinizes the incomingprogram.
Independent of content, the capacity to be, to know, to exist, and to be aware are the a priorisubstrates to life in its expression as consciousness. To exist and be conscious of existencesupersedes all logic, reason, or proof. Awareness is aware that it is aware. To know God, it is onlynecessary to know and fully comprehend the significance that one exists.
An analysis of the nature of consciousness reveals that redemption occurs as the result of thereturn of consciousness to its original pristine state of nonduality. It can do so only by the“obedience” of surrendering the dualities of will and willfulness of the ego to the nonduality of God’sTruth. The return from the duality of the ego to the nonduality of the spirit is so difficult and unlikelythat only by Divine Grace is it even possible. Thus, man needs a savior to be his advocate, hisinspiration, and the fulcrum of his salvation from the pain and suffering of the ego.
Q: What does “surrender to God” really mean?A: It means to surrender control and the secret satisfactions of the ego’s positionalities. Turnonly to love and to God as the source of life and joy. This choice is available in every instant. Whenfinally chosen, the reward is great. By invitation, spiritual awareness illuminates the way. The key iswillingness.
To surrender what one thinks one is to God does not leave one as “nothing,” but quite thecontrary: it leads to the discovery that one is everything.
In and of itself, anger is merely a subjective emotion that does not actually accomplish anythingin the world, as the use of reason and restraint would. Anger is used by the ego as a substitute forcourage, which really only requires being resolute, determined, or committed.
Whereas the goal of the ego/mind is primarily to do, act, acquire, or perform, the intention ofcontemplation is to “become.” While the intellect wants to know “about,” contemplation seeksknowingness itself and autonomous wisdom. Rational thinking is time related, sequential, and linear.Contemplation, in contrast, occurs outside of sequential time—it is nonlinear and related to comprehension of essence. Devotional contemplation is a way or style of being in the world wherebyone’s life becomes a prayer.
Spiritual progress occurs in stages: In the beginning, one learns of spiritual realities and studiesthem. Then comes the practice and application of the teachings in every aspect of life, and eventuallyone becomes the prayer. Through devotion, commitment, and practice, spiritual concepts becomeexperiential realities.
That which manifests and is then said to exist is knowable by virtue of awareness alone, whichis that quality of consciousness that allows the knowledge, experience, and awareness that one existsor that one is. To be is one thing, but to know that you are is another.
Serious inner spiritual work may sound tedious and demanding (to the ego), but is exciting to thespirit, which is eager to return home. Consciousness innately seeks its source.
The most important element in facilitating an upward movement in consciousness is an attitude ofwillingness, which opens up the mind through new means of appraisal to the possible validity of newhypotheses. Although motives for change are as multitudinous as the innumerable facets of the humancondition, they are most often found to arise spontaneously when the mind is challenged in the face ofa puzzle or a paradox. In fact, certain disciplines (such as Zen) deliberately create such an impasse inorder to finesse a leap of awareness
To contribute to the welfare and happiness of others is gratifying and leads to the discovery thatgenerosity is its own reward.
All mental (linear) depictions of spiritual/religious truth are subject to invalidation, argument,and dispute. In contrast, consciousness itself (nonlinear) is beyond definition or description, and thusnot subject to skepticism, doubt, or disbelief.
As spiritual awareness advances, the flow of spiritual energy increases and enables transcendingprior, seemingly insurmountable obstacles. As the attractions of the world and emotions decrease,there is a progressive attraction to qualities such as beauty, lovability, and peace, rather than “things”or seeming gains. Forgiveness becomes a habitual attitude, and the innate innocence of all creationshines forth. The teachings of great saints and teachers become one’s own from within.
Spiritual commitment is energized by the alignment of the spiritual will with the attributes ofDivinity, which are truth, love, compassion, wisdom, and nonpartiality. Devotion prioritizes one’slife and attracts that which is of assistance. To be a servant of God is a dedication whereby the goaltakes precedence over all other positionalities, attractions, or distractions.
Without consciousness, there would be nothing to experience form. It could also be said thatform itself—as a product of perception with no independent existence—is thus transitory and limited,whereas consciousness is all-encompassing and unlimited. How could that which is transitory (with aclear beginning and ending), create that which is formless (all encompassing and unlimited)?However, if we see that the notion of limitation itself is merely a product of perception with nointrinsic reality, then the riddle solves itself: form becomes an expression of the formless.
We influence others by what we are rather than by what we say or have.
When examined as a function of the ego, opinion reveals itself to be nothing more than an idea towhich self-importance has been added because it is “my” opinion. An opinion is an idea that hasacquired the glamour of self-importance and is therefore more attractive than just reason, logic, orfacts.
Although inherent to consciousness itself, context is usually not stated, identified, or defined.Therefore, there has previously been no actual science of truth itself, much less a means ofverification or confirmation. So it is inevitable that humanity flounders and repetitively falls intoendless disasters (such as repeating the same mistake over and over, hoping for a different result).
God’s grace could be understood as the absolute certainty of the karmic coherence of the entireuniverse in all its expressions as realms and possibilities. Grace is the provision within the realm ofconsciousness, for the availability to use all the means to salvation and absolute freedom. By choice,one determines one’s own fate. There are no arbitrary forces to be reckoned with.
In gratitude for the gift of life, one dedicates that life back as a gift to God through selflessservice to His creation as all of life.
That which has existence is already total and complete or it would not exist. Existence does notrequire dependence on some other condition. Conditional existence is therefore an illusion of theego/mind, which believes that nothing exists except as dependent on something outside itself.Existence is self-complete and unconditional. Existence is solely by the grace of God, by Divineordinance.
If the essential dynamic of one’s spiritual seeking is not spiritual ambition (to get somewhere)but the progressive surrender of the obstacles to love, then that which is called “spiritual ego” doesn’tarise as an obstacle later.
Q: How can one prevent the development of a spiritual ego? Each success seems like it wouldfeed it.A: Realize that there is no such entity as the doer of deeds or actions. There is no doer/self totake blame or credit. Progress is the result of a quality of consciousness that has been activated by theassent of the spiritual will. Spiritual inspiration becomes the energy that is operating; it doesn’temanate from the ego/self.
Emotion is not an indicator of truth, as it is both reflective and determinative of positionalitiesand conditioning.
Q: What is the most serviceable presumptive view of the world for a spiritualstudent/devotee/seeker?A: Presume that the world’s actual “purpose” is perfect and fully known only by God. See it asneutral overall, but with the benefit that it provides optimal opportunity for spiritual growth and theevolution of consciousness. It is a school for enlightenment and the revelation of Divinity, wherebyconsciousness/ awareness reawakens to its source. Thus, to pursue enlightenment in and of itselfserves the world and God.
True generosity expects no reward, for there are no strings attached.
A self-honest person is not prone to having his or her feelings hurt or “having a bone to pick”with others. Honest insight has an immediate benefit in the reduction of actual as well as potentialemotional pain. A person is vulnerable to emotional pain in exact relationship to the degree of self-awareness and self-acceptance.
The key to painless growth is humility, which amounts to merely dropping pridefulness andpretense, and accepting fallibility as a normal human characteristic of self and others.
It is of great value to select a basic dictum to live by, such as the decision to be kind and ofgoodwill toward all life in all its expressions.
It is helpful to remember that neither truth nor enlightenment is something to be found, sought,acquired, gained, or possessed. The Infinite Presence is always present, and its realization occurs ofitself when the obstacles to that realization are removed. It is, therefore, not necessary to study thetruth, but only to let go of that which is fallacious. Moving away the clouds does not cause the sun toshine, but merely reveals what was hidden all along.Spiritual work, in other words, is primarily a letting go of the presumably known for theunknown, with the promise by others who have done it that the effort is more than well rewarded atthe end.
Selecting a basic spiritual dictum to live by operationally becomes a set of attitudes that changeperception. It is a style of positioning oneself and relating to life rather than a set of linear beliefsystems. Attitudes tend to generalize as discernment rather than definable perception.
The decisions to “be kind to all of life” or to respect the sacredness of all that exists arepowerful attitudes in spiritual evolution, along with the virtues of compassion, the willingness toforgive, and seeking to understand rather than to judge. By constantly surrendering, perceptionsdissolve into the discernment of essence.
Judgmentalism is the great vanity of all egos. Scripture says, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”Also, “Judgment is mine, sayeth the Lord.” Christ said to forgive. The Buddha said that there isnothing to judge because perception can only see illusion. Perception is always partial and limited byan arbitrary context. In truth, no judgment is possible.
Q: What about Judgment Day?A: Man extrapolates the ego’s qualities to God and then fears God. Judgment Day is every day; itis already here and is constant and unending.
While it is obvious that there are many elements and forces in the world that are deleterious tohuman life and happiness, it isn’t necessary to hate or demonize them—instead, merely makeappropriate allowances and avoid them.
By observation, one will see that the good/bad dichotomy is merely the reflection of an overallcontextualization based on unexamined presumptions. With deep humility, one will soon realize thatunaided, the mind is really unauthorized, ill equipped, and incapable of making such judgmentaldiscernment. It can make this discovery by just beginning to ask for whom is it good, for whom is itbad, when, and under what circumstances. This eventually leads to examining one’s overallcontextualization of the significance and meaning of human life itself as a transitional learningexperience.
It is unrealistic as well as eventually injurious to believe that other people “should” adopt andlive by one’s own personal standards, morals, and code of conduct as well as interpretation ofreality. Projected moralism is always expressed as “should” and often leads to resentment, hatred,grudges, or even retaliatory vengeance—and, of course, war (such as the naïve American view thatall other nations “should” be democracies). One can, by choice, reject the temptation to habitualjudgmentalism. The result is a great inner peace.
Every advance that we make in our awareness benefits unseen multitudes and strengthens thenext step for others to follow. Every act of kindness is noticed by the universe and is preservedforever.
Simple kindness to one’s self and all that lives is the most powerful transformational force ofall. It produces no backlash, has no downside, and never leads to loss or despair. It increases one’sown true power without exacting any toll. But to reach maximum power, such kindness can permit noexceptions, nor can it be practiced with the expectation of some selfish reward. And its effect is asfar-reaching as it is subtle.
Humility removes the ego’s underpinnings of judgmentalism, positionality, and moralizing.
Detachment from positionalities—and especially the positionalities occasioned by labeling—leads to serenity, freedom, and security. Greater serenity arises from relating to the context of liferather than to the content, which is primarily a game board of interacting egos. This broader style ofrelating to life leads to greater compassion and emancipation from being at the effect of the world.
Like any limiting ego position, it is not the position itself that requires relinquishment but theemotional payoff or energy that holding on to that position provides to the ego.
This moment is the only reality that is being experienced; all else is an abstraction and a mentalconstruct. Therefore, one cannot actually live 70 years at all; only this exact, fleeting moment ispossible.
Personal judgment is based on perception that is reinforced by belief and prior programming, allof which are held in place by the payoff of the negative energies of the ego. The ego just “loves”suffering a “wrong,” being the martyr, being misunderstood, and being the endless victim of life’svicissitudes. Consequently, it gets an enormous payoff—not only from the positionality itself but alsofrom sympathy, self-pity, entitlements, importance, or being “center stage” in which the self is thehero or heroine of the melodrama.
June 14The world is actually entertainment. Like amusement, it is meant to be worn lightly. Heaven iswithin and is revealed by awareness. The world is merely an appearance. Its melodrama is an artificeof the distorted sense of perception. It leads one to think that the world is large, powerful, andpermanent and that the Self is small, weak, and transitory; exactly the opposite is true.
The option for truth, peace, and joy is always available, although seemingly buried behind anignorance and non-awareness that results from having chosen other options as a habit of thought. Theinner truth reveals itself when all other options are refused by surrender to God.
By internal observation, one can differentiate that the personality is a system of learnedresponses and the persona is not the real “I”; the real “I” lies behind and beyond it. One is the witnessof that personality, and there is no reason one has to identify with it at all.
The truly successful have no inclination to act arrogantly, for they consider themselves not betterthan others, just more fortunate. They see their position as a stewardship, a responsibility to exercisetheir influence for the greatest benefit of all.
At first, spiritual purification seems difficult, but eventually it becomes natural. To consistentlychoose love, peace, or forgiveness leads one out of the house of mirrors. The joy of God is soexquisite that any sacrifice is worth the effort and seeming pain.
Peace can be the consequence of surrender to the inevitabilities of life. The religious/spiritualskeptic can look within and observe that the inner fundamental irreducible quality of life is thecapacity of awareness, consciousness, and the substrate of subjectivity.Without consciousness, we would not “know” or even “know if we know,” so thatconsciousness is the determinable awareness of existence, irrespective of the content of thatexistence. Thus, consciousness itself can be accepted as an obvious reality, without the elaboration ofbeing Divine (as recommended by the Buddha). To “be” is one thing; to know that one “is” obviouslyrequires a more transcendent quality.June 20To surrender a goal does not mean to automatically lose it. What is illusive via greed ofteneffortlessly materializes as a consequence of evolving to a higher level of consciousness.
There is a peaceful relief when judgment and criticism are abandoned, since they cause constantunconscious guilt as well as fear of retribution.
One can ask oneself the question, Is this worth giving up God for? Thus, ego positionality has aprice, which is where the willingness should be addressed. Each positionality is based on thepresumption that its fulfillment will bring happiness. Thus, nothing is really valued aside from theillusion that it will bring that about.
Without belief in its appearance as defined by perception, the world we thought was realdisappears. When one chooses to be at one with the inner, ever-present potentiality of joy and peace,the world transforms into a humorous amusement park; and all the drama is seen to be just drama.
Existence is its own reward. It is more gratifying in the long term to fulfill potentiality than to tryto achieve results. Therefore, one becomes aligned with excellence of performance for its own sake.
Rational humility, through which the mind becomes teachable, is basic to learning. The mind canthen absorb, incorporate, and identify with verifiable and true knowledge. The key to success is tostudy and imitate a truthful authority rather than resist or attack it through competitive envy, jealousy,or hostility.
The higher the level of consciousness, the greater the likelihood that what is held in mind willactualize. Thus, to see solutions that “serve the highest goal” is more powerful than simply projectingfulfillment of merely personal selfish desires and gain.
Partial and limited positionalities create the illusions called “problems.” In reality, no such thingas a problem is possible; there is merely what we want and what we don’t want. Suffering is due toresistance.
One “owes” contrition and confession only to the Self. One “owes” the undoing of “sin andguilt” to the Self. One “owes” the obligation to change one’s ways to the Self. One “owes” it to theSelf to give up positionalities. Suffering only serves the ego. Of what use would it be to God, Whohas no needs or emotion, and Who would in no way be pleasured by human agony?
A helpful source of strength during the processing out of painful emotions is to identify with allhumanity and realize that suffering is universal and innate to the phenomenon of being human and theevolution of the ego.
Success in any venture is simply the automatic consequence of being the best that one can be as alifestyle, without looking for gain.
The linear domain entails suffering; thus, the best Teachers throughout history taught the ways ofsalvation or enlightenment as the only answer to escape from that suffering.
Accept that all sentient beings live by faith. Despite naïve and pretentious claims to the contrary,all people live solely by the principle of faith—it is only a question of faith in what. Faith can beplaced in the illusory, the intellect, reason, science, progress, political and worldly power, egosatisfactions, pleasure, wealth, or hope (such as “tomorrow”).
Dedication is a more important sign of integrity than enthusiasm. It is necessary to have faith in apathway and clear away doubts to ascertain if they are realistic or merely forms of resistance. Aseeker should have the security and support of inner certainty and firm conviction that are consequentto study, personal research, and investigation. Thus, a pathway should be intrinsically reconfirming bydiscovery and inner experience. A true pathway unfolds, is self-revelatory, and is subject toreconfirmation experientially.
Simply stated, integrity is strong, “works,” and is constructive and successful, whereas itsopposite fails. Integrity is therefore practical; its absence leads to weakness and collapse.
By being loving toward others, we discover that we are surrounded by love and lovingness.When we unreservedly support life without expecting gain, life supports us in return. Whenever weabandon gain as a motive, life responds with unexpected generosity. And when we perceive in thisway, the miraculous begins to appear in the life of every dedicated spiritual aspirant.
The more educated spiritual seeker takes responsibility for what seems to be happening “outthere,” since inner investigation always reveals that the perception and source of the “out there” isactually “in here.”
There is no opposite to the Allness, Love, and Totality of God. Unless one is unreservedly willing to surrender one’s very life and die for God, then spiritual purification should be the goal ofone’s endeavor instead of enlightenment.
Problems cannot be solved at their own calibrated level of consciousness, but only by rising tothe next higher level.
An individual’s level of consciousness is determined by the principles to which he or she iscommitted. To maintain progress in consciousness, there can be no wavering from principle, or theindividual will fall back to a lower level.
In reality, it is the forgiver and not the forgiven who benefits most.
The narcissistic core of the ego is aligned with being “right,” whether being “right” means beingin agreement with wisdom or rejecting it as invalid. With humility, the serious searcher discovers thatthe mind alone, despite its education, is unable to resolve the dilemma of how to ascertain andvalidate truth, which would require confirmation by subjective experience as well as objective,provable criteria.
Q: The attractions of the world seem endless. Is it really safe to go there? I often just want toescape.A: The attractions are not innate to the world, but reflect projected values and the expectation ofthe payoffs of ego satisfactions. In actuality, joy stems from within and is not dependent on externals.Pleasure is associated with what is valued and esteemed. Much of projected value arises fromimagination, and values reflect desires. In reality, nothing is more valuable than anything else otherthan spiritual fulfillment.
When one willingly lets a hated perpetrator “off the hook” by forgiveness, it is not that personwho is taken off the hook, but oneself.
To choose to forgive by giving up the “juice” of justified resentments and grudges disconnectsall the associated thoughts and grievances from them, along with their multiple rationalizations andmemories
The ego is clever. It substitutes spiritual pride for personal pride. It goes right on, undaunted. Ittakes personal credit for spiritual comprehension instead of realizing that the capacity forunderstanding itself is a spiritual gift from God.
Q: What prayers are useful?A: Ask to be the servant of the Lord, a vehicle of Divine love, a channel of God’s will. Ask fordirection and Divine assistance, and surrender all personal will through devotion. Dedicate one’s lifeto the service of God. Choose love and peace above all other options. Commit to the goal ofunconditional love and compassion for all life, in all its expressions, and surrender all judgment toGod.
Supplication and prayer to Divinity are facilitated by a profound and deep surrender to humility.This humility is merely the truthful acknowledgment of the actual fact that the ego/mind, by virtue ofits structure and design, is intrinsically incapable of being able to differentiate truth from falsehood(that is, essence from appearance).
Courage implies the willingness to try new things and to deal with the vicissitudes of life. At thislevel of empowerment, one is able to cope with and effectively handle the opportunities of life. . . .There is the capacity to face fears or character defects and to grow despite them, and anxiety does notcripple endeavor as it does at the lower stages of evolution.
Courage does not mean absence of fear, but the willingness to surmount it—which, whenaccomplished, reveals hidden strength and the capacity for fortitude. Fear of failure is diminished byrealizing that one is responsible for the intention and effort but not the result, which is dependent onmany other conditions and factors that are nonpersonal.
At every instant, one is really making a choice between heaven or hell. The cumulative effect ofall these choices determines the calibrated level of consciousness and one’s karmic and spiritual fate.
Q: Is the ego the source of karma?A: It is its locus and repository. It is very important to realize that the ego and karma are one andthe same thing.
The capacity for forgiveness arises from accepting with honest humility the limitations inherentin the human condition itself— which is, after all, merely on a learning curve of the evolution ofconsciousness.
Compassion arises from the acceptance of human limitation and by seeing that everyone is reallythe captive of his or her own worldview. With nonattachment, there is no longer the pressure to try tochange the world or other people’s viewpoints, or to make them wrong by virtue of disagreement.
The difficulty with a closed mind is that it is innately prideful.
If unimpeded, the human psyche is creative and inventive. Each level of consciousness has itsown innate problems, but also its concordant solutions. The desire to undo the past is understandablebut futile, and blinds one to the opportunities of the present.
The mature mind knows that it is evolving and that growth and development are satisfying andpleasurable in and of themselves. Maturity implies that one has learned how to be comfortable withuncertainty and has included it as a legitimate ingredient. Uncertainty leads to discovery, whereasskepticism is stultifying.
The downside of pride is arrogance and denial. These characteristics block growth.
The evolution is to turn one’s life into a prayer/contemplation/ meditation/supplication andsurrender. One’s life becomes the prayer—the prayer is the contemplation.
Every act of kindness, consideration, forgiveness, or love affects everyone.
Our perception of events happening in time is analogous to a traveler watching the landscapeunfold before him. But to say that the landscape unfolds before the traveler is merely a figure ofspeech: Nothing is actually unfolding; nothing is actually becoming manifest. There’s only theprogression of awareness.
The ego/mind presumes and is convinced that its perceptions and interpretations of lifeexperiences are the “real” thing and therefore “true.” It also believes by projection that other peoplesee, think, and feel the same way; and if they do not, they are mistaken and therefore wrong. Thus,perception reinforces its hold by reification and presumptions.
Q: How should one best relate to the world?A: To be “in” it but not “of” it. Remember that the world is a means and not an end. Nonattachedinteraction reveals habitual styles and attitudes that are consequent to inner ego positionalities.
Meaning is so important that when life loses meaning, suicide commonly ensues. When life losesmeaning, we first go into depression; when life becomes sufficiently meaningless, we leave italtogether. Force has transient goals; when those goals are reached, the emptiness of meaninglessnessremains. Power, on the other hand, motivates us endlessly. If our lives are dedicated, for instance, toenhancing the welfare of everyone we contact, our lives can never lose meaning.
If we examine much of what the world traditionally calls “evil,” what we discover is not evil,which is an abstraction, epithet, and label. Instead, we see behaviors that could be described asprimitive, infantile, egotistical, narcissistic, selfish, and ignorant, complicated by the psychologicalmechanisms of denial, projection, and paranoia in order to justify hatred.
Pride in the form of the vanity of thoughts, concepts, and opinions are all the basis of ignorance.The antidote is radical humility, which undoes the domination of perception. Ask for truth to berevealed instead of assuming that you already know it.
The most important quality necessary for true growth and evolution is the practice and principleof humility. It is far less painful to voluntarily adopt a fundamental attitude of humility than to have itthrust upon oneself as the painful consequence of ineptitude. Despite its negative public and socialimage in some quarters of society, humility is indicative of expertise, wisdom, and maturity. Becausetruth is the very bedrock and ultimate reality upon which humility is based, it is not a vulnerability inand of itself. Rather, humility reveals that the mind can only “know about,” and that it cannotdifferentiate between appearance and essence.
The ego relies on force; the spirit influences by power. Awareness knows that it is not what youdo, but who you are and what you have become, that counts in the long run.
I, of myself, really know nothing is factual, for at best, the mind has only impressions andpresumptions. Life “makes sense” solely in retrospect.August 8Humor is a means of detachment or recontextualizing the events of life. It is a way of beinglighthearted and “wearing the world like a loose garment.” It leads to compassion for the totality ofhuman life and reveals the option that one can play at life without getting involved in it as though itwere an exhausting life-and-death struggle.August 9Humor is important to the maturation process, whereby we learn how to not take ourselves soseriously and to laugh at ourselves, thus decreasing narcissistic defensiveness. To be prone to “hurtfeelings” is egocentric and a form of social paranoia. When we admit our downside and learn tolaugh at it, we are no longer vulnerable to slights and insults.August 10Malice literally makes us sick; we are always the victims of our own vindictiveness. Evensecret hostile thoughts result in a physiological attack on one’s own body.August 11Spiritual teachings need to be accepted to become integrated. Resistance comes from the ego,which lacks humility and which, out of pride, resents being “wrong.” It is better to realize that one isnot giving up wrong views but is instead adopting better ones.
The wise know that the intellect can take one only so far, and beyond that, faith and belief mustsubstitute for knowledge.
The spiritual information necessary for advanced states should be learned early and stored awayfor when it is needed. The possible downside of hearing advanced information early is the intellect’spresumption of the prideful I know that. It is better to hold the information as I have heard that. Totruly “know” is to “be,” at which point one does not know; instead, one is.
Most humans believe that love is something you get, that it is an emotion, that it has to bedeserved, and that the more they give away, the less they will have. The opposite is the truth.Lovingness is an attitude that transforms one’s experience of the world. We become grateful for whatwe have instead of being prideful. We express our lovingness when we acknowledge others and theircontributions to life and to our conveniences. Love is not an emotion, but a way of being and relatingto the world.
Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in theworld, a way of seeing oneself and others. Love for God or nature or even one’s pets opens the doorto spiritual inspiration. The desire to make others happy overrides selfishness. The more we givelove, the greater our capacity to do so becomes. It is a good beginning practice to merely mentallywish others well throughout the course of the day. Love blossoms into lovingness, which becomesprogressively more intense, nonselective, and joyful.
One has to see through the mind’s illusion that it knows anything. This is called “humility” andhas the value of opening the door for realizations, revelations, and intuitive knowingness.
Strong intention plus dedication assisted by inspiration can surprisingly bring success, despiteprior failures. This reveals the inner capacity for bravery and fortitude that greatly increases self-esteem and confidence. Many of life’s travails can only be traversed by “white-knuckling it,” whichbuilds self-confidence.
The antidote to pride is to choose humility and integrity instead of a positionality such as beingimportant or right, getting even, indulging in blame, or seeking admiration. All credit foraccomplishment is given to God as the presence of the Divinity within instead of to the ego; therefore,accomplishment results in gratitude and joy rather than vulnerable pridefulness.
Courage arises from commitment and integrity of alignment and dedication. A valuablecharacteristic of dedication is felicity, which eventually becomes empowered as a quiet but persistentinner fervor. The value of watchful witnessing is that even just awareness of an ego defect tends toundo it. By surrender and prayerful invocation, Divine Will facilitates transition from the lesser to thegreater, for the Self effortlessly supports and energizes intention.The Self is like a magnetic attraction by which the personal will is progressively surrenderedand resistance is weakened. Thus, the pathway itself is self-fulfilling and gratifying, and revealsprogressive rewards. Each step, no matter how seemingly small, is equally valuable.
Love is the leading edge of reality and the oneness and essence of the spirit. To deny love is todeny God.
Lovingness is a way of relating to the world. It is a generosity of attitude that expresses itself inseemingly small but powerful ways. It is a wish to bring happiness to others, to brighten their day andlighten their load. To merely be friendly and complimentary to everyone one meets in the course of aday is revealing.
When one’s attitude toward everything becomes a devotion, Divinity reveals itself.
Through compassion arises the desire to understand rather than condemn.
A source of regret and loss is the unrealistic expectations of the self and others. Nothing in theworld of form is permanent. Eventually, all has to be surrendered to the will of God. To succeed atsurrendering, it is necessary to realize that God’s will is not personalized to suit individual wishes.The will of God is really the karmic design of the entire universe. To surrender to God’s will is tosurrender to the truth that nothing other than the Ultimate Reality is permanent. All that arises in formpasses away. A loss is an opportunity to become freed from an attachment.
The spiritually evolved person who has few wants or attachments is relatively immune to grief,as the experience of the source of happiness originates from within and is not dependent on externals.If the source of happiness is acquired through ego mechanisms, it is based on imagery, belief systems,and projected values rather than on Absolute Reality itself, which is invulnerable to loss. Objects,qualities, or relationships become overvalued by virtue of the mechanism of attachment and the
To sincerely dedicate oneself to be a servant of the Lord and ask what is His will is sufficient.The answers reveal themselves without necessarily even having to be formulated. To be “spiritual”simply means an intention.
One must remember that love and peace are the greatest threats to the ego, which defends itselfby resorting to entrenched positionalities that lie hidden in the unconscious.
Love is the opportunity to surrender the personal will to God and to reassess what is the overallpurpose of the gift of human life.
Humility is not just an attitude, but also a reality based on facts. With inner honesty, a devoteeneeds to realize the limitations inherent in just being human.
Spiritual purity is the consequence of self-honesty, which is a result of true devotion. To be aservant of God is to align with Divine guidance, which leads to looking to the Self rather than cateringto the self or the world.
By virtue of devotion, there is alignment with inner integrity that results in the self-honesty andconviction necessary to transcend the seduction of transitory emotional payoffs of the intransigent ego
Devotion is of the heart—for at times, it is solely via the power of the heart and Divine love thatan obstacle can be transcended.
What the people in the world actually want is the recognition of who they really are on thehighest level, to see that the same Self radiates forth within everyone, heals their feeling ofseparation, and brings about a feeling of peace.
Peace is absolutely a choice and a decision, although not a popular one in our society, despiteall the rhetoric about the term. The decision to overlook the seeming inequities of life instead ofreacting to them is certainly a choice.
The true source of joy and happiness is the realization of one’s existence in this very moment.The source of pleasure always comes from within, even though it is occasioned by some externalevent or acquisition. In any one instant of time, no such thing as a problem can exist. Unhappinessarises from going beyond the reality of the now and creating a story out of the past or the future—which, because neither exists, has no reality.
Joy arises from within each moment of existence rather than from any outer source.
Inner peace results from surrender of either attractions or aversions. Perceived values areprimarily projections of “wants” and “not wants.” The fewer the “wants,” the greater the ease andsatisfaction of life.
Fear itself actually precludes the awareness of the presence of God. Only when it is abandoneddoes profound surrender of the resistant ego reveal a peace beyond understanding.
Power comes from integrity and accepting responsibility for the consequences of one’s ownactions, choices, and decisions. All choices have inherent risks, and to pretend otherwise lacksintegrity; in fact, it is game playing for gain.
One mechanism the ego uses to protect itself is to disown any painful data and project it onto theworld and others.
By committing to inner honesty, it will become apparent that the underpinning of the ego’sresponses is the pleasure that is derived from them. There is an inner satisfaction that is the payoff ofself-pity, anger, rage, hate, pride, guilt, fear, and the like. This inner pleasure, as morbid as it maysound, energizes and propagates all these emotions. To undo their influence, it is merely necessary tobe willing to forego and surrender these questionable, inner secret pleasures to God and to look toGod only for joy and happiness.
It takes inner discipline and surrender of attitudes not to fall into the temptation of identifyingwith a position about world events.
The events of the world trigger responses based on perception. It is a great theater that invitesexpressions of perceptions, illusions, and projections of positionalities. As such, one can either turnoff the television and avoid it or see it as a major teaching tool.
Safeguards against being programmed by society are: (1) emotional detachment, in which allinformation is viewed as provisional; (2) awareness that ordinary mentalization is unable to discernperception from essence; and (3) knowing that the wolf often hides beneath sheep’s clothing. Thissuspension of belief is the practical application of the basic dictum to “wear the world like a loosegarment.” To “be in the world but not of it” is a mode of attention that nevertheless still allowsspontaneous interaction and function in society.
It is of little benefit to be personally self-critical or think that one “should” be farther along theroad than one is. Spiritual evolution is irregular, and at times often seems sporadic and at other timesstationary. Realize that guilt is a narcissistic indulgence.
Forgiveness is an extremely important major tool, especially when it is combined with thewillingness of humility and acceptance of human fallibility and susceptibility to error. From spiritualintention, the surrendering of egoistic options may seem like a sacrifice—but when recontextualized,they are revealed to be a hidden gift.
Once one becomes willing to give love, the discovery quickly follows that one is surrounded bylove and merely didn’t know how to access it. Love is actually present everywhere, and its presenceonly needs to be realized.
Our experience of the world and life is totally the result of inner beliefs and positionalities. Outof love and respect for God arises the willingness to surrender all these prejudgments, and thehumility that ensues opens the doors to the splendor of reality, which is the revelation of the Self.Love is the magic catalyst that brings about the awareness. In the end, faith is replaced by certainty,and therefore it is said that God is found by those who seek Him.
Consciousness research confirms that death is not a possibility. Life itself is supported by itseternal source, from which it cannot be separated. That which is linear, circumscribed, and limited intime comes into existence because of what is eternal and nonlinear.
Underlying all fears is the primordial, instinctual fear of death itself; therefore, much inner workcan be bypassed by de-energizing this fear as early as possible in one’s spiritual work. The fear ofphysical death arises from the animal instinct plus the narcissism of the ego, which is in love withitself. Death implies an end of experiencing, and experiencing is equated with life; thus, the ego clingsto that which is linear and familiar.
The presence of God as love is self-revealing, since the duality of perception ceases as aconsequence of surrendering positionalities. Love is therefore the doorway between the linear and thenonlinear domains. It is the grand avenue to the discovery of God.
If one looks at the feeling of happiness, it becomes clear that it is in fact located within. Althoughthe trigger may appear to come from outside oneself, the sensation is totally an inner feeling ofpleasure. The source of happiness is within, and it is released under favorable circumstances whenthe mind experiences a desired outcome. Through inner examination, one will discover that the eventmerely triggers an innate capacity. With the discovery that the source of happiness is actually withinone’s inner self and therefore cannot be lost, there is a reduction of fear.
To choose the love for God activates the love of God by prayer and worship.September 23What the world ignores as a weed is of beauty equal to that of the flower. The living-sculpturedesign of all nature is equal, without classification, and everything is realized to be of the same meritor worth. All is an expression of Divinity as creation—all is equally sacred and holy.
To the spiritual aspirant, desire and attachments are deterrents to progress, and as they arise,what they symbolize can be surrendered to God.
An illusion that drives desire and craving is that the object of desire has become imbued with anexaggerated importance and significance, resulting in an inflated value and attractiveness. Once theobject has been acquired, it loses its magical aura, and that seductive image is now projected onto thenext object of desire.
The discovery of the presence of God is not due to fear but to the surrender that was precipitatedby the fear.
Attachment is the process whereby the suffering of loss occurs, irrespective of what theattachment is to or about: whether internal or external; whether object, relationship, social quality, oraspects of physical life. The ego perpetuates itself through its elaborate network of values, beliefsystems, and programs. Needs thus arise that gain more energy as they become embellished andelaborated, sometimes to the point of fixation.The source of pain is not the belief system itself but one’s attachment to it and the inflation of itsimaginary value. The inner processing of attachments is dependent on the exercise of the will, whichalone has the power to undo the mechanism of attachment by the process of surrender. This may besubjectively experienced or contextualized as sacrifice, although it is actually a liberation. Theemotional pain of loss arises from the attachment itself and not from the “what” that has been lost.
The world and everything in it is transitory; therefore, to cling to it brings suffering.
Temptation, seduction, desirability, and allure are all projections having to do with appearanceand presumptions. These are associated with programmed fantasies of gain. Satisfaction of projectedvalues constitutes the world of illusion.
Meaning is defined by context, which determines motive, and it is the motive that establishesspiritual value. To dedicate one’s actions as a service of love to life is to sanctify them and transformthem from self-seeking motives to unselfish gifts. We define excellence as dedication to the higheststandards. Every act can then be held as an opportunity to glorify God by sheer purity of endeavor.All physical tasks and labor can be ingredients in one’s contribution to the world. Even the smallesttask can be seen as serving the common good and, if viewed in that light, work becomes ennobled.
Conflict exists in the mind of the observer and not in that which is observed.
How life is contextualized can bring either joy or resentment; stinginess can be replaced bygenerosity. If others benefit from one’s efforts, so much the better. Everyone has the opportunity tocontribute to harmony and beauty by kindness to others and thereby support the human spirit. Thatwhich is freely given to life flows back to us because we are equally part of that life. Like ripples onthe water, every gift returns to the giver. What we affirm in others, we actually affirm in ourselves.
Remember that allegiance is due only to God, to one’s relationship with Him, and to purity andholiness. No organization has any special favor with God, and all organizations as such are based onego premises and illusions.
It is to be emphasized that that which is truly holy and of God brings only peace and love.
If the desire arises to surrender all obstacles to love and to God, then God is already present inthe form of willingness. When one reaches devotion, there is already quite an advanced presence thatis dissolving the ego and illuminating the way. Spiritual progress and discovery are accompanied byjoy, which is the radiance of the Self, and quickly replaces the surrendered ego’s positionalities.Spiritual inspiration increases in intensity each step along the way. When the self stops looking to theworld or to the ego, it discovers that its source has been the Self all along.
The limitations of love have to do with perceived qualities and differences. Through inner self-honesty and examination, these areas of limitation are revealed, usually as residual judgments or asthe impact from prior experience. A key to making love unconditional is the willingness offorgiveness to undo past reservations or experiences, or viewing people as unlovable.
The source of resistance to spiritual endeavor is the narcissistic core of the ego itself, whichsecretly claims sovereignty and authorship of one’s existence, decisions, and actions. Thus, despiteone’s best efforts, willfulness and desire for gain or control have continued to erupt repetitiously.This pattern can be diminished simply by accepting that it is natural for the ego to be vain,greedy, hateful, prideful, resentful, envious, and more. These were learned accretions to the egoduring its evolutionary development over eons of time. Therefore, it is not necessary to feel guiltybecause these primitive emotions merely need to be outgrown and discarded in the transition fromself-interest to Self-interest.
What needs to be surrendered are not the objects of desire, but the quality of desiring and theimbuing of the objects with the magical inflation of value.
It is only necessary to shift from devotion to the world to devotion to God and the spirit.
Like matter and energy, life cannot be destroyed but can only change form. Thus, death isactually only the leaving of the body. The sense of identity is, however, unbroken. The state of “me”(self) is constant and continues after it separates from the physical expiration; that is, there has to be a“who” that goes on to heaven or other realms or chooses to reincarnate.
Excessive desire creates the illusion of lack, just like seeming money problems are created byspending faster than income.
The essential fundamental principles for spiritual endeavor are the time-honored ones, such asdevotion, humility, fortitude, willingness to surrender, and faith and trust in God. These are reinforcedby dedication, prayer, and the supplication and invocation of God’s Grace by an act of the spiritualwill. . . . These are empowered by intention, which results in alignment and integration whereby thebasic principles become operative. Devotion is a consequence of assent by the will. Complete andtotal surrender to God can eclipse the process at any given point along the way.
To align one’s life with spiritual intention expands its meaning and significance. While theego/body/mind’s life span is limited and temporary, the life of the spirit is eternal, and its importancethus eclipses transitory gains of ego satisfaction. The lesser is then surrendered to the greater byalignment, commitment, and agreement—because it is freely chosen rather than imposed, there is alessening of resistance.
As we get closer to the discovery of the source of the ego’s tenacity, we make the amazingcritical discovery that we are enamored with ourselves.
October 15The ego clings to emotionality, which is intimately connected with its positionalities; it pretendsto think that it has no other choices. To “surrender to God” means to stop looking to the ego for solaceand thrills and to discover the endless, serene joy of peace. To look within is to find the underlying,ever-present source of the illumination of the mind itself.
As the true source of happiness stems from within, desire cannot be satisfied—it is a constantprojection of specialness onto the external, and is thus the pursuit of a fantasy. As one desire becomesfulfilled and satisfied, the focus then moves on to the next object of desire in an endless procession,like a carrot on a stick.
The common element of most fears is that they are based on the illusion that happiness isdependent on externals and therefore vulnerable. To overcome the illusion of vulnerability bringsgreat relief and the correction of being run by fear. Life becomes benign and filled with satisfactionand an easygoing, confident attitude, instead of constant guardedness.
To undo shame, it is helpful to realize that it is based on pride. The loss of status is painful to thedegree that the ego relies on pride as a prop to self-esteem. Were it not for narcissistic pride, amistake or negative feedback would be experienced only as a regret and ascribed to human frailty andfallibility. Mistakes help one retain humility.
All forms of loss are a confrontation to the ego and its survival mechanisms. All aspects ofhuman life are transient, so to cling to any aspect eventually brings grief and loss. Each incident,however, is an opportunity to search within for the source of life, which is ever present, unchanging,and not subject to loss or the ravages of time.
Relief of guilt and greater compassion for oneself and others occurs through realizing that theindividual person did not volitionally create the structure of the ego, nor did anybody else. The humancondition is primarily a karmic “given”—it can be accepted compassionately as such withoutcondemnation, and is therefore neither good nor bad. Mankind lives in the realm of tension betweenemotional instincts and the counterbalancing power of spiritual awakening (that is, the animal/angelconflict).
There is no indication from any source of higher truth that God is influenced or assuaged by guilt.The great sages of history do not speak of guilt but instead refer to “sin” as being due to ignorance.
In the reality of nonduality, there is neither privilege nor gain nor loss nor rank. Just like a corkin the sea, each spirit rises or falls to its own level in the sea of consciousness by virtue of its ownchoices, not by any external force or favor. Some are attracted by the light and some seek thedarkness, but it all occurs of its own nature by virtue of Divine freedom and equality.
There is absolutely nothing in ordinary human experience to compare with the joy of thepresence of the love of God. No sacrifice is too great nor effort too much in order to realize thatpresence.
To understand the nature of God, it is necessary only to know the nature of love itself. To trulyknow love is to know and understand God, and to know God is to understand love.
To know that the Self is context—and, in contrast, the self is content—is already a huge leapforward. The naïve seeker merely keeps reshuffling the content.October 26The Self is like a person’s inner grandmother who watches over him so he does not forget to takehis raincoat or mail the rent check. God is not ominous but loving; fear arises from the imagination.
The innate qualities of Divinity are mercy and compassion. There are no favors to be sought. It isonly necessary to accept what already exists as a given.
One makes a gift of one’s life and endeavors by sanctifying them with love, devotion, andselfless service. That is the way of the heart to God. In that way, domestic life becomes a form ofworship and the source of joy to all. When one seeks to uplift others, everyone is uplifted in theprocess. Giving is therefore self-rewarding, for there is actually no “other” that is being given to.Every kind thought or smile is therefore spiritual and benefits oneself as well as all the world.
Spiritual devotion is a continuous inner lifestyle that incorporates constant watchful awareness.External occurrences are transitory, whereas inner qualities of consciousness are more permanent.Inner work is a constant learning process whereby there is pleasure and satisfaction in discovery andthe unfolding of insight.
Cessation of fear is the result of learning that the source of happiness is within. It stems fromrecognizing that this source is the joy of one’s own existence, which is continuous and not dependenton externals. This results from surrendering expectations and demands on one’s self, the world, andothers. The thought I can only be happy if I win or get what I want is a guarantee of worry, anxiety,and unhappiness.
Fears are eliminated by graceful acceptance of the qualities inherent in the human condition,which brings to awareness the comforting realization that one’s discomforts are shared equally by all.This results in a healing compassion toward all life. To become loving brings an end to the fear ofloss of love, for lovingness engenders love wherever it goes.
All that is truly of God brings peace, harmony, and love, and is devoid of all forms of negativity.A spiritually aware person realizes that he or she can only carry the message, for it is the inner truththat is the teacher.
Divinity knows its own; therefore, to accept that truth is to already feel joy. To not experiencejoy by understanding this means that it is being resisted.
Enlightenment is not a condition to be obtained; it is merely a certainty to be surrendered to, forthe Self is already one’s Reality. It is the Self that is attracting one to spiritual information.
In Reality, there are no events; there are no beginnings or endings. The backdrop is silent, still,and undisturbed by the movie. One’s reality is the context and not the content. The oneness of lifeappears to perception as multitudinous. What makes the appearances of the world seem real is aprojection of the radiance of the Self. The movie itself has no intrinsic reality as perceived. Theactual locus of the sense of realness lies totally within consciousness as subjectivity. Even if therewere such a thing as an independent, objective reality, it would only be knowable because of one’sinternal subjectivity.
The radical Reality is that to understand the essence of anything is to know God.
Complete surrender to God unveils the truth; nothing is hidden. Only the ego is blind, and Realitylies just beyond the mind. Out of the fear of becoming nothing, consciousness denies its only realitythat it is everything—the infinite, everlasting Allness out of which existence itself arises.
Realization is not a “gain” or an accomplishment, nor is it something that is “given” as a rewardfor being good. These are all notions from childhood. God is immutable and cannot be manipulatedinto granting favors or seduced by bargaining or adulation. Worship benefits the worshipper byreinforcing commitment and inspiration. God is still, silent, and unmoving.
Realize that if you are something, there is nothing to understand about it. Reality is the ultimatein simplicity.
The development of a spiritual ego can be avoided by the realization that spiritual progress isthe result of God’s Grace, not the result of one’s personal endeavors.
The ego often seems to collapse in a piecemeal fashion. Once faith in the reality of the ego asbeing the true self is undermined, its dissolution has already begun. When one’s loyalty and allegianceis shifted from the ego to the ultimate reality of God, a space is created. Into the opening flows God’sGrace as represented by the Holy Spirit.
It is well to keep in mind at all times that the ego/mind does not experience the world but only itsown perception of it.
The ego gets a grim pleasure and satisfaction from suffering and all the dishonest levels of pride,anger, desire, guilt, shame, and grief. The secret pleasure of suffering is addictive. Many peopledevote their entire lives to it and encourage others to follow suit. To stop this mechanism, thepleasure of the payoff has to be identified and willingly surrendered to God. Out of shame, the egoblocks out conscious awareness of its machinations, especially the secretiveness of the game of“victim.”
We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.Thus, every spiritual aspirant serves the world.
The way out of conflict is not to try to eliminate the negative, but instead to choose and adopt thepositive. When one views that one’s mission in life is to understand rather than to judge, thisautomatically resolves moral dilemmas.
Everyone is exposed to life in its expression as nature, as well as in that human interactioncalled society. Such interaction is impersonal, and the vicissitudes of life are inevitable andunavoidable—this can be either challenging or depressing, depending solely on one’s point of view.Without positionalities, life is experienced as serene and interesting. This point of view fostersgrowth and (hopefully) wisdom, rather than selfpity or bitterness. Everyone is free to make a choice.The rain does not determine whether one will be happy or disappointed. The surrender ofwillfulness/positionality brings peace in all circumstances.
To endeavor to evolve spiritually is the greatest gift one can give. It actually uplifts all mankindfrom within because of the nature of power itself. Power radiates and is shared; whereas force islimited, self-defeating, and evanescent. All society is subliminally and subtly influenced by everykind and loving thought, word, or deed. Every forgiveness is a benefit to everyone. The universenotes and records every action and returns it in kind. Karma is actually the very nature of the universebecause of the innate structure and function of the universe itself. In the universe, time is measured ineons. Beyond that, it doesn’t even exist at all. Every kindness is therefore forever.
This process of spirituality, in which one works through the obstacles, may seem painful attimes, but it is only transitional. The mistakes now reappear and are recontextualized from a higherunderstanding. This process is shortened and less painful if it is realized that habitual responses arenot truly personal, but are part and parcel of the inheritance of being human.
The source of joy of spiritual endeavor stems from the work itself and is not dependent onoutcomes or the achievement of goals. Each movement forward has an inner delight. There is, forinstance, an inner pleasure that accompanies progress. The replacement of resentment with peacefulacceptance is its own reward. There is a progressive alteration in one’s view of self and others.When this happens, one’s own life story can then be reinterpreted from a more compassionateunderstanding.
The average person’s psyche is overwhelmed by layers of programmed belief systems of whichthey are unaware. Out of naïveté and the belief in the principles of causality, the supposed causes andtheir solutions are sought “out there.” With maturity and the wisdom of spirituality, the searchbecomes directed inwardly, where the source and resolution are finally discovered.
To spiritualize one’s life, it is necessary only to shift one’s motive. To constantly be aware ofone’s actual motive tends to bring up positionality and pairs of opposites, such as gain versus serviceor love versus greed. These then become visible and are available for spiritual work because one isnow conscious of them.
Spiritual reality is a greater source of pleasure and satisfaction than the world can supply. It isendless and always available in the present instead of the future. It is actually more exciting becauseone learns to live on the crest of the current moment, instead of on the back of the wave (which is thepast) or on the front of the wave (which is the future). There is greater freedom from living on theexciting knife-edge of the moment than being a prisoner of the past or having expectations of thefuture.
If the goal of life is to do the very best one can do at each unfolding moment of existence, then,through spiritual work, one has already escaped the primary cause of suffering. In the stopframe of theradical present, there is no life story to react to or edit. With this “one-pointedness” of mind, it soonbecomes obvious that everything merely “is as it is,” without comment or adjectives.
There is no timetable or prescribed path to God. Although each person’s route is unique, theterrain to be covered is relatively common to all. The work is to surmount and transcend the commonhuman failings that are inherent in the structure of the human ego. One would like to think that one ispersonal, yet the ego itself is not personal—it was inherited along with becoming a human being.Details differ based on past karma.
When the mind stops talking, one is aware that one is life. One is immersed in it rather than beingon the surface, talking about it. Paradoxically, this enables full participation. When egocentricitydiminishes, the joy of freedom and the sheer flow of life sweep one into total surrender. One thenstops reacting to life, so it can be enjoyed with serenity.
We honor that which we esteem in others as well as ourselves. Out of this, one honors one’sown humanity and that of others and ends up honoring all of life in all its expressions by resignation to Divine Will. With surrender of the ego, the spirit becomes aware of the sanctity of existence.
Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anythingnew. Devotion enables surrender of the mind’s vanities and cherished illusions so that the mindprogressively becomes more free and open to the light of Truth.
Just one instant in a very high state can completely change a person’s orientation to life, as wellas his goals and values. It can be said that the individual who was is no more, and a new person isborn out of the experience. Through hard-won progress on a dedicated spiritual path, this is the verymechanism of spiritual evolution.
Experientially, guilt is an operational “reality” until the underpinnings of the ego are removed.Spiritual seekers are sometimes prone to look back critically on their past actions from theirnewfound spiritual position. All self-examination should be done with compassion, keeping in mindthat past errors arose within a different context. The best resolution of guilt is to rededicate oneself toGod and one’s fellow man, and to the forgiveness of self and others.
Wallowing in guilt is feeding the ego and is an indulgence. Therefore, there has to be thewillingness to surrender it.
As evolution expresses itself in gradations, some people will be farther along the road thanothers. When we see this simple fact, forgiveness and compassion replace anger, fear, hatred, orcondemnation. The willingness to forgive others is reflected in our own capacity for self-forgivenessand acceptance.
Q: What is a workable goal?A: To verify spiritual truth experientially and to become it rather than just conform to it. Theprocess is an unfolding of discovery resulting in greater happiness and diminution of fear, guilt, andother negative emotions. The motive is inner development, evolution, and fulfillment of potential,which is independent of the external world. Life becomes progressive rather than just repetitive. Allexperience is of equal value and innately pleasurable so that life stops being an endless sequence ofalternating pleasure and displeasure. With inner progress, context expands, resulting in greaterawareness of significance and meaning—and, therefore, gratification of potential.
Human life offers the maximum opportunity for spiritual evolution. Perception sees personal aswell as social/political/ideational conflicts as obstacles to peace and happiness. In contrast, thespiritual Self sees perfection in the very same world.
As the payoffs of the ego are refused and surrendered, its grip on the psyche lessens, andspiritual experience progresses as the residuals of doubt are progressively relinquished. As aconsequence, belief is replaced by experiential knowledge; the depth and intensity of devotionincreases and may eventually supersede and eclipse all other worldly activities and interests.
The basic purpose of spiritual work and dedication is to transcend the innate evolutionarylimitations of the ego and thereby access and develop the nascent capacity of consciousness itself,which bypasses all the limitations of the ego/self. Truth then presents itself by virtue of Divine Grace.Divinity reveals Itself to those who call upon It in God’s time. The pace of spiritual evolution canseem slow, but spiritual endeavor is never futile. Progress can become very sudden and very major indimension and impact.
Spiritual evolution is a lifetime commitment and a way of life by which the world and allexperience subserve spiritual intention. There is no greater calling than to choose to be a servant of God. With spiritual progress, each increment is of equal importance—for, analogously, it is onlythrough the removal of a single brick that an entire wall collapses, and the seemingly impossiblebecomes possible.
Choose to be easygoing, benign, forgiving, compassionate, and unconditionally loving—towardall life, in all its expressions, without exception, including oneself. Focus on unselfish service and thegiving of love, consideration, and respect to all creatures.
Value, from the ego’s viewpoint, is an emotionalized mentalization, and Reality does not requirementalization. With humility, one can honestly state and witness that everything merely “is as it is,”independent of projected worth. Its intrinsic “value” is that it “is”; that is, existence is completewithin itself and is not needful of projected nominalization as “special.” When the Divine Essence ofAll of Creation shines forth without obstruction, then the ego/ mind goes silent in awe.
Reality needs no agreement. Reality is not an acquisition, but is instead a purely spontaneous,subjective realization when the positionalities of the dualistic ego are surrendered.
Appreciate that every step forward benefits everyone. One’s spiritual dedication and work is agift to life and the love of mankind.
In true spiritual endeavor, no actual sacrifices are necessary or expected. Sacrifice in ordinaryterminology means loss or even painful loss. True sacrifice really means the letting go of the lesserfor the greater, and is self-rewarding rather than depleting
Devotion dissolves fear, doubt, and hesitation; and it clarifies uncertainty. Intention alsobecomes even stronger, as does trust in God. Then arises the inner decision to totally abandon oneselfto God.
Truth prevails when falsity is surrendered. To do this, however, requires great dedication,courage, and faith, which are supplied by Divine inspiration in response to surrender. The trigger isthe consent of Divine Will.
Great leaps in levels of consciousness are always preceded by surrender of the illusion that “Iknow.”
The first illusion to surrender is the belief that there is such a thing as “mind.” Experientially,one can only state that thoughts, feelings, images, and memories come into one’s awareness in anendless progression. The word mind is therefore only a concept, as is the word ego.
Trust in the love, mercy, infinite wisdom, and compassion of Divinity, which sees through allhuman error, limitation, and frailty. Place faith and trust in the love of God, which is allforgiving, andunderstand that condemnation and fear of judgment stem from the ego. Like the sun, the love of Godshines equally on all. Avoid negative depictions (jealous, angry, destructive, partial, favoring,vengeful, insecure, vulnerable, contractual, and so forth) of God as an anthropomorphic projection.
Traditionally, the relinquishment of the ego’s programs has been described as arduous anddifficult, requiring many lifetimes to accomplish. On the contrary, a profound humility and thewillingness to surrender all to God at great depth make it possible for the transition to occur in a splitsecond. Thus, the pathway to enlightenment may be viewed as a slow process or a sudden one.
To consciously choose alignment with Divinity and truth is reempowering and shifts identityfrom the self to the Self, resulting in an increase in confidence, courage, and personal dignity ratherthan self-abasement or self-denigration. Total surrender brings peace; partial or conditional surrenderbring lingering doubt.
Surrender of the personal will to the will (wisdom) of God (or Providence or Higher Power)signifies relinquishment of control. One can expect the ego to resist doing so, and it invents excuses,counterarguments, and multiple fears in order to maintain illusory control. The ego’s positions arereinforced by pride as well as desire for specific results. Thus, to the ego, to step back and invite theintervention of Divinity seems like a loss; whereas, to the spirit, it is definitely a win.
Truth is recognized. It presents itself to a field of awareness that has been prepared in order toallow the presentation to reveal itself. Truth and enlightenment are not acquired or achieved. They arestates or conditions that present themselves when the conditions are appropriate.
Imperfection exists only in the mind’s thoughts. No imperfection exists in December the world asit is.
Ignorance does not yield to attack, but it dissipates in the light, and nothing dissolves dishonestyfaster than the simple act of revealing the truth. The only way to enhance one’s power in the world isby increasing one’s integrity, understanding, and capacity for compassion.
The absolute subjectivity of revealed truth precludes all considerations or uncertainties, whichstem only from the ego. When the ego collapses, all argument ceases and is replaced by silence.Doubt is the ego.
The primary defect now is, as it always has been, that the design of the human mind renders itintrinsically incapable of being able to tell truth from falsehood. This single, most crucial of allinherited defects lies at the root of all human distress and calamity.
The person who has found inner peace can no longer be intimidated, controlled, manipulated, orprogrammed. In this state, one is invulnerable to the threats of the world and therefore has masteredlife.
The energy field of love is innately gratifying in and of its own quality. It is discovered that loveis available everywhere and that lovingness results in the return of love. Although love may start outas conditional, with spiritual intention it becomes a way of life and a way of relating to life in all itsexpressions.
Q: How can one facilitate progress?A: That is a natural curiosity. Choice results in proclivities that become habitual mind-sets ofattention. Within each moment are all of the necessary elements for realization. Look for essencerather than just appearance. Everything is perfect if seen as it really is. Everything is exactly the wayit is “supposed to be,” whether it is shiny and new or rusty and dusty.Avoid adjectives, for they are all projected, mentalized qualifications. Later, you can even dropverbs and adverbs, for nothing is actually “doing” anything; it just innately is. Transition is aphenomenon that stems from within the observer, who sees sequence as a verb. If seen in less than1/10,000th of a second, everything appears to be stationary.
All reactions to life are subjective. There is nothing happening that is awful, exciting, sad, good,or bad. It is pointless to hold a position that catastrophes shouldn’t “happen” or that the innocentdidn’t deserve it, or isn’t it awful, or it must be somebody’s fault. With a broad view, one can remainunperturbed by either the content or the context of life. That requires giving up judgments,expectations, or sensitivities.
Persistent devotion to spiritual truth and love allows for the dissolution of resistances.
Surrender is a constant process of not resisting or clinging to the moment, but instead,continuously turning it over to God. The attention is thus focused on the process of letting go and noton the content of the “what” that is being surrendered.
The spirit and the heart are one. It is the heart that is at one with God, not the mind. To discoverone’s own heart is to discover God.
The truths learned have to be put into daily practice to be effective, and they exist beyond thewords. If this is done, change takes place. The purpose of information is for it to be absorbed withfamiliarity and then mature into understanding.
Text Source: Along the Path to ENLIGHTENMENT