Can You Get Addicted To Self-Bliss?

Can You Get Addicted To Self-Bliss?

Previously we learned that many traditions (Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Sufism, etc.) describe similar paths of spiritual development, which include a painful stage called the dark night of the soul. But Do-It-Yourself (DIY) meditators might also encounter some pleasurable stages at some point on their path. Is that the goal? Following your bliss?What is the point of being here?We know that all learning and evolution involves a level of “suffering” while we exist on the physical plane. That’s why we’ve had incarnations of various entities to help us navigate through our path. In “The History of God,” Guy Needler wrote:Jesus taught us the Golden Rule of treating others as you’d like to be treated, and the importance of forgiveness instead of persecution of others.Buddha taught us how to use a mental vehicle for true enlightenment, which is the ability to contact the higher self and to understand the real meaning of life on Earth.But in the past, even Buddhists in the same country couldn’t communicate with each other, because of geographic barriers among them. Various groups developed their own practices.

Nowadays, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, because we can share our experiences and learning with many other people, who are able start at a higher level than we did.That’s progress for the individual and the species, unless they’re resistant to it (below).

The whole point of us being here is to gain experience or “evolutionary content” that we can share with others, not just humans but many other beings in our universe and beyond.What might we experience on our path?…

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Beyond the Glass Ceiling

by Steven S. Sadleir –
As we learn, grow and evolve ourselves and are guided to the fulfillment of our life purpose we inevitably come to areas where we appear to get stuck or stagnate. Whether it is in our career, our relationships or spiritual development we rise to the capacity of our own awareness and any resistance or lack of awareness creates what feels like “a glass ceiling.” 
You may not even know what it is that is keeping you from moving forward, but you just are not satisfied or at peace. You’ve reached a plateau, you’ve reached that glass ceiling, then what do you do? You don’t do. The doing is what got you stuck to begin with. This is the time to release the doing and the doer and shift your energy to allowing.
Your mind will not necessarily listen to this advice, not initially for it will surely have many rationalizations, justifications and defenses for whatever you are thinking and feeling but through your life experience you will see that to the degree that you are open to receive, you will receive. You are always being directed and guided, and whenever you are feeling anything other than happiness and peace (your natural state as spirit) it is only serving as a reminder to get back in touch with yourself. 
This is where meditation comes in. 
Most of you already know meditation of some sort. Most of you who have been drawn to read this would likely have done a lot of work on yourselves already and have a higher degree of awareness (or you would not have been drawn to be reading this). But are you living your dreams? Are you enlightened? Are you in bliss?
Your mind cannot conceive God. Your brain will never understand what enlightenment is. The glass ceiling for most of you who are already more spiritually aware is that you may be stuck in what you already know.
This was the case for me after studying and writing about world religions and teaching meditation for so many years, I thought I knew something and it kept me from opening to receive even more. I was stuck in what I thought I knew as well as with what I thought I didn’t know. It was only through the grace of my guru that I was able to breakthrough. I prayed to God to send me a teacher, I prayed to Jesus to guide me and I got a vision of my teacher and the very next day came upon a flyer in Los Angeles announcing his arrival the very next day. It wasn’t until I met my Swamiji and let him guide me by the heart and through his Shakti, I broke out of the glass ceiling and into the bliss.
Life is blissful. 
Not just alright or ok, blissful. If you are not in bliss you are not awake, you have fallen asleep and are under the influence of your mind. When you realize the true nature of yourself, as spirit, when you realize God’s presence within you and around you, you enter into the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and experience bliss. If you are not in bliss I need to talk to you. I want to help you find the love and joy and peace that lies within you, it is your own nature. 
You are not your mind or body, you are spirit, living in a world of spirit and when you enter this world you find happiness and peace. I would like to invite you into my world; I invite you into the bliss.
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Creating Bliss Every Day

How to Create Bliss Each and Every Day In 3 Simple Steps:

Bliss came to me spontaneously as an energetic experience 15 years ago, which changed my life forever.

All I could feel was the divine perfection in myself and everything else. I felt totally alive with energy, joyful and complete, flowing effortlessly with life. Later I discovered I had experienced an awakening—what the yogis refer to as ‘ananda’, meaninglimitless, full, and complete. This state is one of deep peace, beyond the instability that thoughts and emotions can create. Since then I share philosophies to help others create a blissful life.
We feel blissful when our energy system is open and expanded, flowing from our heart space connecting us to our natural state of love, kindness and compassion. The more conscious we are of our inner world, the more able we are to make choices that allow us to experience bliss. Our inner world consists of thoughts, that create our feelings, when unobserved can unconsciously drive our behavior. However, when we learn to observe our thoughts and feelings, we can consciously choose our behavior; responding to life in an empowered way.
No one consciously creates a life of pain and suffering, this type of life is created unconsciously. Developing awareness of our inner world makes it possible to consciously create a life that we love.

3 Steps to Bliss: 

1. Honesty to Look At Our Inner World

Looking at our inner world can require courage (meaning heart, or innermost feelings), as we may find emotions, such as sadness, anger and fear that we may prefer not to face.
It may seem easier to deny them or push back down within (known as repression). We may even want to blame others for our feelings. Both these approaches keep us stuck in our pain, as holding onto emotions, blocks our energy system. When we push against things we create pain: all pain is resistance to what is.
Observing and validating all our feelings with love (even the uncomfortable ones) allows emotions to flow through our energetic system and us to return to our natural loving state.
Consistently held negative thoughts create limiting beliefs which are responsible for uncomfortable feelings. While we are observing our feelings, we may become aware of the accompanying limiting beliefs, as we make the shift from unconscious to conscious. This new awareness gives us the opportunity to create positive beliefs that support us in creating the life we desire.

2. Finding the Stillness Within

We find this when we go beyond the instability that thoughts and emotions can create. When our mind is still and calm, we are free of stress and worry. There are lots of wonderful ways to train our mind to be free such as meditating, yoga, qi gong, gardening, sports, hobbies, being in nature, and doing things we love.

Consciously deciding to calm your thoughts can in fact be done anytime, anywhere – even while walking or driving, for example. I call this, “meditation on the go!”

“To a mind that is still, the whole Universe surrenders.” 
–Lao Tzu

When we are empty of restless thoughts and emotions, there is space for us to receive the wisdom of the Universal intelligence, allowing us to create a life far more magical that we could alone.
When we connect to this wise, loving energy we are able to co-create our life consciously in a way that allows us to feel happy and blissful.

3. Connnecting to Love

Love is all around us all the time when we tap into it. In fact, we are love. Love is our essential nature, a way of being, who we truly are. When we are still and calm, we connect to our natural loving state. This the home of our intuition (the universal intelligence speaking to us); our wise, loving voice that guides us safely on our path through life.
Love is a verb a doing word. Ways we can experience the joy and bliss of expressing love are:
  • Using our gifts and talents to make the world a better place.
  • Doing kind deeds for others.
  • Unconditional kindness and compassion towards ourselves.
About the Author: Deborah Fairfull brings to people simple, practical and powerful ideas to enhance their every day lives. She has written the books and eCourses: She is a trained kinesiologist with a background in counseling and psychology and is passionate about sharing the skills to make our lives easier—to help us return to our divine, natural, loving state.

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Embodiment is Interconnection

by Sabrina Page – 
Embodimentliving in awareness through your body – is also the way to feel interconnected to everything and everyone.  As I turn my attention within my body, beyond my skin into my tailbone for instance, and I begin to explore how my tailbone moves ever so gently, I feel how it is connected to tissue and fluid, how the small muscles hold it in place, how there is a living web of aliveness inside my pelvis.  Just as there is a world of beauty under the still surface of a lake, or the waves of the ocean, there is a world of unimaginable complexity within us – a living breathing ecosystem.
As we connect up the dots in our own bodies we become aware, in a tangible physical way, that we are a part of everything.  Our breath, our blood, our hearts are totally dependent on the air and water which surrounds us.  Our bodies are supported by the ground – the living Earth – through our feet and legs. 

We are warmed by the sun, and soothed by the moon.  As I consciously begin to acknowledge the ways in which I am intricately interconnected, I enter into deeper and more alive part of myself.Feeling and sensing are the ways we embody – feeling an emotion, feel into how it lives in my torso, how I tense or erupt in laughter when hearing someone speak. A gentle doe bounds across the yard, and I soften in sweet connection.  

We are inextricably linked, and by attending moment to moment, we become aware of the living web that holds us.  As I write this on the page my muscles are firing and my breath is moving, stirring the fluids inside me.  If I am engaged and excited, my breath moves in deeper waves.  If I am bored or angry, my breath takes on a different shape.  I look out the window, called by the insistent pecking of the woodpecker, and my breath changes again.  I am amused and delighted, and ripples swirl in my belly.  All the while I am connected through my bones to the chair, held in gravity and the embrace of the air around me.
In the morning I write and move, exploring on the large area rug in my living room, noticing what words come without agenda, following the voices in my body.  An ache or a stiffness somewhere in my body, or a sensual stretch, each morning some new way in.  Extending my fingers, the skin on my arms gently pulls over my muscle, I am drawn to my ribs and the movement of my breath.  My heart stirs in recognition of the subtle effort.all around its resting place. 

All of this and more in a moment, then in the next moment I become aware of the birdsong outside. If I follow the feeling evoked by the sweet tones, I will feel a corresponding movement inside me.  Life can be very simple if I begin by noticing what is within and around me.  It is a path that never ends, deepening in embodiment I grow in ever expanding joy, held in a web of interconnection, grateful for each moment.

Gratitude is another way to enter the web of connection.. When I feel stuck or disconnected, gratitude can be a way to reconnect.  Thich Nhat Hanh speaks of moving from the top of the head down, feeling grateful for each part of your body.  Or I feel my gratitude for the tree outside my window, for the shelter from the sun and wind it provides, or its gentle beauty and presence.  
In that moment I once again feel interconnected and held by my surroundings. I am not moving through the world, over a landscape, I am embodied and embedded within its contours. I become aware that I am a small part of a vast and intricate living Earth, wild and free, changing moment to moment and yet held in an elemental web of mystery.
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Transforming Doubt, Activating Joy

Behind every genius idea, act of courage, work of art, budding love relationship and step into the unknown, doubt lurks. Following an ahha moment where the clouds of confusion part and we see with clear awareness, there often comes a time of questioning. 
Self-doubt can make you feel as if you are inwardly divided and at odds with what you know to be your truth. Your creative, inspired and intuitively insightful spirit and your cautious, fear based ego mind seem to be at war with one another. Which one you listen to and act from, depends in part of your past experiences and your self-awareness.
Doubt traps us in a small and dark corner. 
A form of judgment, doubt arises when we expect certain outcomes. For years I wanted to write a book. I had a lot of ideas but whenever I started to write them down I doubted my abilities. I would torture myself with questions like: What if I failed? What if I spend months and maybe years writing a book and I cannot get it published? What if no one reads it or likes what I write? 
My expectations were high. If I wrote a book I wanted it to be published, read and successful. Doubts plagued me.
Lacking the conviction that I could be a successful writer, I turned my attention to other areas. I devoted myself to becoming a better and more accurate intuitive and medium and increasing my clientele. I also worked part time as an art therapist at a treatment center for troubled youth. 
It was in this unlikely environment that my fears and anxiousness about writing was transformed. 
A large part of my work as an art therapist involved creating stories. To keep the young people engaged and participating I had to creatively dig deep. When they enthusiastically engaged with one of my tall tales, usually an outrageous and ridiculous one, I quickly wrote it down. Hopeful that the next class would also find it as interesting, 
I began to write without noticing that I was writing. No longer feeling pressure to perform and be successful, my relationship to writing changed. Writing, I realized, helped me to feel alive, vibrant and full of energy. It was a transcendent experience where all of me came together with passion and purpose.
The dread of publishers, others opinions and my own perfectionist self-judgment began to fade and be less important. Writing was no longer felt like a choice. I wrote for my soul, it was the elixir that I needed to feel fully alive.
If doubt is plaguing you here are a few suggestions:

  • Take a break and get away from the project or issue that you feel doubtful about.
  • Do something that helps you to feel confident and happy, It doesn’t matter what it is. Go for a walk, play your favorite sport, listen to music, watch a good movie or go to a museum.
  • Be honest about your expectations. Ask yourself the following questions. What are my expectations? Are they realistic? Am I expecting too much of myself?”
  • Be with others who love and encourage you.
  • Share your feelings with someone that you can trust and who is supportive. Be careful not to confide in those who may have their own doubts and a negative perspective. Learn how to take care of yourself and share your dreams with those who have followed theirs.
  • Be with those who uplift you and will love you for who you are.
  • Listen within, for what is right for you.
  • Spend some time alone. Listen to your heart and your gut. Ask yourself: “If I knew that I would succeed and that everything is possible what would I do?
  • Trust your intuition.
  • Make plans and take baby steps.
  • Write down a plan for what you would like to accomplish and experience. Break it down into manageable steps. Give yourself small daily and weekly goals. Celebrate your progress. 
  • If you begin feel doubt take a time out. 
  • Refocus on what you have accomplished and what your next steps will be.
  • Give it your all and remember that choosing the safe sure thing does not necessarily mean that you will be happy, successful or better off. You cannot control outcomes but you can choose to participate in what brings you joy and what feels right for you.
–Sherrie Dillard
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Rediscovering Your Inner Child

When was the last time you had a really good laugh? You know the kind I’m talking about – those laughing fits you get where you can’t stop laughing even though your stomach hurts and tears are rolling down your face and you can’t even speak. Those are the best laughs, and when you think of a situation that made you laugh like that, it can’t help but put a smile on your face.
Is it me, or do those really good laughing fits seem to diminish with age? 
A sad thing for sure, because I think as grown-ups with all the things that we preoccupy ourselves with, we need those laughing sessions now more than ever! Why do we find it so hard to lose control? Why can’t we let go of more than a smile or a moderate chuckle? Why has something that was once so easy become so hard?
At a certain point when we were kids and our egos hadn’t taken over so fully, we didn’t worry about what other people thought. We were able to laugh at ourselves without berating us for being stupid or clumsy. We knew that people were laughing with us and it never entered our minds that they were making fun or laughing at us. So why did we go and make our lives so complicated?
I think part of the problem is that we take ourselves way too seriously. 
It would seem that all the challenges in our lives are so dire that they could truly result in the end of the world at any given moment. No one has time for “silly childish games”. But why is that? What’s so wrong about reconnecting with that part of you who knew how to lose yourself in laughter? Rediscovering that part of you that hasn’t learned to be concerned with what was considered “unacceptable” or “making a fool of yourself” could actually be a really good thing!
Now I’m not talking about bringing a whoopee cushion into your next business meeting, but I am talking about making time in your life for real fun! Whether it be tossing water balloons among friends on a hot summer day or making snow angels in the winter time, I think we forget about how simple it was to find joy and laughter when we were younger. You don’t have to go way on an expensive vacation or have pricey toys to have fun. You just have to find something you really like to do and do it without any kind of filter. 
Don’t think that you’re too old, or that you’ll look ridiculous doing it, just do it! Sometimes the attempt alone will give you material for your next really good laugh!
You may argue that there is no time for childish fun once we’re all grown-up. Adults have responsibilities that must be taken care of; rent or mortgages have to be paid. Groceries need to be bought, the kids need to go to dance or football practice – no time for games! But I would argue the contrary. It is precisely because our lives are so hectic that we need to make an effort to inject some fun into them. We are all so stressed. We go from stress at work, to stress on the roads, to stress at home. If we don’t find a way to lighten things up, all these stressors are either going to make us very sick, or worse.
There are very few people who enjoy being around someone who doesn’t like to have some fun. 
I think we all need to learn how to lighten up, to rediscover joy in the simple things, to be silly and not worry so much about what everyone else is thinking. 
I believe when we make a little more room for fun in our lives, our problems won’t seem so apocalyptic and life can actually start to be a joyful experience again. We can’t turn back the hands of time and reclaim our youth, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy life with child-like abandon!
–Sandra Nicholl Dawes
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