Posts Tagged ‘consciousness’

Remove the Rock From Your Shoe

July 15, 2010

Journey within, and your enthusiasm builds as you glimpse the infinite beauty and joy that await you just beyond the far reaches of your consciousness. You are no longer satisfied being dissatisfied. You embrace continual self-improvement instead of constant self-criticism.

Remove the rock from your shoe rather than learn how to limp comfortably.
Stephen C. Paul



You praise rather than blame. You look for solutions instead of excuses. You see opportunities instead of obstacles.

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s (more…)

Collaborating With Fate

July 5, 2010

Live with greater reverence and you begin noticing subtle evidence of divine guidance at work. You bump into an old friend who had popped into your mind an hour before. You receive an unexpected check that is precisely the amount you need to get your car repaired. A chance encounter in a restaurant leads to a terrific job opportunity.

When I’m trusting and being myself as fully as possible, everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
Shakti Gawain

Taken separately, these happenings can be dismissed as happy coincidences. Yet as your (more…)

Pointing the Way

May 24, 2010



Your conscience flows from and is an expression of your intuition, which in turn flows from and is an expression of divine consciousness.

Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
Florence Scovel Shinn




Intuition is pure truth, pure knowing. It is Truth with a capital T. It (more…)

Love, That You May Live More Fully in the World

May 10, 2010



Consciousness is a continuum, ranging from complete non-awareness to unity with the Divine Mind.




The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Lao Tzu

Your level of consciousness is defined by your level of self-awareness, presence, and alignment with the Source of all that is.

Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.
Julius Charles Hare

When your level of consciousness reaches critical mass, you can (more…)

Every Moment, Every Day Is Spiritual

April 17, 2009

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Brother David Steindl-Rast (photograph by Jim Nichols)

Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate
 department of life, the penthouse of our existence.  But rightly understood,
 it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being.  Someone 
will say, “I come alive when I listen to music,” or “I come to life
 when I garden,” or “I come alive when I play golf.”  Wherever we
 come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual.  And then we
 can say, “I know at least how one is spiritual in that area.”  To be
 vital, awake, aware, in all areas of our lives, is the task that 
is never accomplished, but it remains the goal.
Brother David Steindl-Rast


Wise words. Spirituality is (more…)

Eckhart Tolle on Alleviating the Suffering of the World

March 27, 2009
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Eckhart Tolle







So many people are so eager and passionate about helping those who are suffering that they lose themselves in others’ pain and end up suffering themselves. The answer? I like this Q&A excerpt from Eckhart Tolle‘s masterpiece, The Power of Now.








But there shouldn’t be any hunger and starvation in the first place. How can we create a better world without tackling evils such as hunger and violence first?

All evils are the effect of unconsciousness. You can alleviate the effects of unconsciousness, but you cannot eliminate them unless you eliminate their cause. True change happens within, not without.

If you feel called upon to alleviate suffering in the world, that is a very noble thing to do, but remember not to focus exclusively on the outer. Otherwise, you will encounter frustration and despair. Without a profound change in human consciousness, the world’s suffering is a bottomless pit. So don’t let your compassion become one-sided.

Empathy with someone else’s pain or lack and a desire to help must be balanced with a deeper realization of the eternal nature of all life and the ultimate illusion of all pain. Then let your peace flow into whatever you do and you will be working on the levels of effect and cause simultaneously.


Is pain truly an illusion? Is suffering a choice? Clearly, any attempt to understand the horrors of war, the injustice of tyranny, and the ravages of disease has its limits; and any purpose behind such incomprehensible suffering may remain beyond the capacity of human beings to grasp. But a purpose we cannot wrap our minds around is a purpose nonetheless.

It is insensitive at best and cruel at worst to (more…)

Eckhart Tolle on Becoming the “Light of the World”

March 26, 2009
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Eckhart Tolle





In his spiritual tour de force, The Power of NowEckhart Tolle wrote: that the most effective way to contribute to the world is by transcending it. You then become a de facto instrument of peace and healing.





You may remember that we talked about the dual nature of true compassion, which is awareness of a common bond of shared mortality and immortality. At this deep level, compassion becomes healing in the widest sense. In that state, your healing influence is primarily based not on doing but on being. Everybody you come in contact with will be touched by your presence and affected by the peace you emanate, whether they are conscious of it or not. When you are fully present and people around you manifest unconscious behavior, you won’t feel the need to react to it, so you don’t give it any reality. Your peace is so vast and deep that anything that is not peace disappears into it as if it had never existed. This breaks the karmic cycle of action and reaction. Animals, trees, flowers will feel your peace and respond to it. You teach through being, through demonstrating the peace of God. You become the “light of the world,” an emanation of pure consciousness, and so you eliminate suffering on the level of cause. You eliminate unconsciousness from the world.


power-vs-forceBeautifully said. As more minds and hearts generate positive thoughts and loving energy, we inch ever closer to critical mass and lasting cultural change. Indeed, your next loving thought may tip the scales. In his groundbreaking book, Power vs. Force, Dr. David R. Hawkins scientifically substantiates how the most enlightened 15 percent of the world’s population counterbalances the negativity of the remaining 85 percent of the world’s people. 

Another world is not only possible, she’s on her way. Maybe many of us won’t be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.
Arundhati Roy

 

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Marianne Williamson

Tolle’s words reminds me of the following widely quoted passage from Marianne Williamsons classic 1992 book, A Return To Love

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and (more…)