By living aligned with the present moment, you also align your will with the universal will which you could call “the will of God”. The separate will wants to enhance or strengthen one’s sense of self. The separate will is concerned with the “me”, the “I”, the ego. But there is a divine Consciousness, the one Consciousness, there is an evolutionary impulse. What we are doing here at every moment, is to align ourselves with that.
Non-resistance is vital because as long as you are in resistance to the present moment, you will be trapped in the little egoic will. The egoic will needs to subside – that’s surrender to the present moment, and surrender to what is. When you align yourself with what is internally, it looks at first almost like a position of weakness, and it can be misinterpreted as something that prevents you from taking effective action. But the acceptance of what is, is totally compatible with responding to whatever the present moment requires. Whatever wants to be created, manifested, done, at this moment – to be aligned with that, you need to first accept whatever form this moment takes.
Single out this moment only. For example, when you are ill, you don’t say “I need to accept this illness, the fact that I am ill, that I am suffering from this” because that is a whole conceptual story. All you need to accept is this moment as it is. There is never actually an illness in this moment, there is only a physical condition.
There may be pain, there may be weakness, disability, discomfort. Those things may be there and that’s the only thing you accept. This moment is as it is now.
If you are stuck in the mud somewhere, you don’t say, “Okay, I am in the mud, I have to accept it, and here I am – I’m not taking any action because I have to accept what is”. This moment is already always as it is, and there’s nothing you can do about that. That’s what you accept. Then, action that arises has a different energy to it. The will that flows into what you do is no longer egoic. When you have not accepted this moment, the will goes against the Universe – that is what the ego does. It is negative, it fights something that it says shouldn’t be there.
If you use negativity, you are trapped in ego. The “little will” has to subside for the more powerful will to flow through and deal with the situation. It creates, it is not isolated from the totality. It is one with the totality.
When that operates, another word for that universal will is intelligence. It’s only when you look at a situation, completely accept the is-ness of this moment, and then of course action may be required.
RIGHT ACTION: Once the opening is there, through acceptance, the next step that you take will be much more powerful. There’s a Buddhist term “right action”, that can only arise out of the right state of Consciousness. You have to get out of the ego first before you can have right action. The Buddha was talking about that which flows from the awakened state of consciousness. To surrender the little will is to say ‘yes’ to the present moment. It’s not a big thing, just say yes to what is – because it already is anyway. Why complain about something that is? It’s insane, but normal.
To give up the egoic will, all you have to do is not complain about what is. Be aligned with the isness – people, situations, whatever – this is already as it is. It’s the inevitability of is. Become friendly with what is, and you become intelligent for the first time.
With the simple act of surrender to the inevitability of the present moment, another energy comes. You could call that universal will, you could call that intelligence, you could call that the creative solution to whatever the so-called “problem” is.
You could call that power coming in, that is greater than the limited power of your mind. Or it may use your mind, and suddenly you say the right thing, if that’s what the situation requires. Suddenly the words come – where do the words come from? You don’t know what you’re going to say next. They come from a deeper level because that intelligence uses the mind.
You and the Universe become one, and as such it creates through you as this form. That’s the beauty of it. When the unmanifested flows into this world, it assumes form. Most thoughts that people have in the unawakened state are repetitive old thoughts, conditioned thinking, conditioned by the past. All you can rely on then is what you have accumulated in the past, you deal with things through conditioned thinking.
When the simple act of surrender opens your mind, it can then be used as an instrument. Then, a thought may come in that is original and fresh and new. That is the birth of form. The birth of thought creates the birth of form. The Universe uses you as a vehicle or a channel through which to create. You are one. It can use your mind, and become thought, words, physical things. That’s the way in which the mind can actually be a helpful tool – alignment with the greater Intelligence, the One Consciousness.
It all starts with the present moment and your relationship with the present moment.
Friend or enemy? Are you allowing it or are you fighting it, resisting it? That’s the end of ego – because the ego needs resistance. The ego survives through complaining, it survives through denying or wanting something else.
The present moment is the teacher. Work with that – that’s all you need, really. That’s the end of the “little will”, which isn’t all that powerful anyway. Whatever it creates, creates more problems.
It seems so simple and it is simple. And yet, because of the many thousands of years of habit-patterns, often people tell me “It’s so difficult to be in the present moment and allow it to be”. Of course, the opposite is true. Life becomes difficult if you don’t.
What you accept is the form of this moment. No more. Then, see what’s needed. You are not truly intelligent until that happens. Sometimes holding that space of simple Presence activates other factors that then come in, seemingly from the outside to change the situation.
You have activated the intelligence of the totality.
It’s not necessarily coming through this form. That is why people speak of synchronistic things happening, suddenly a helpful factor comes in, suddenly the right person appears, the right thing happens. Almost miraculous when you don’t know that it’s natural, it seems like a miracle at first because most humans are not used to that.
When you hold Presence, sometimes the change may not happen through your action. There are many situations where action at this moment is not possible. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do, however you can continue to be present. Then a greater intelligence is activated. Very often you will find change happening in the situation.
This greater intelligence is not the conceptual intelligence that you can measure with IQ tests. It is non-conceptual intelligence. Conceptual intelligence is the ability to retain information, analyze, compare and so forth. It’s a tiny fragment of what intelligence is. There is a vastness of non-conceptual intelligence.
Our destiny is to be in that way, so that our whole life is to become a work of art. Not just be confined to that state of consciousness when you do your creative work. Any creative thing has a spark, an aliveness, a quality, a newness, a freshness. You connect with non-conceptual intelligence in the alert Stillness within. Everybody has that, as their essence. That is true intelligence. To what extent you are connected with that could not possibly be measured through any IQ test. Ultimately you cannot measure creativity.
Very often, the form of the present moment seems like a limitation on your life, something that is impinging on your freedom. The body could become ill, you may find it hard to move. When something drastic happens, if you can learn to accept it, a little bit of spaciousness comes into your life. You say, “this is what is”. A little bit of space just opened up, and you’re no longer just a resisting entity. Then, you realize that you are essentially formless space. In other words, you find inner peace.
At first it is very gentle in the background in the midst of any situation. That peace is powerful. It can become so powerful that is obliterates almost anything. Peace is the formless in you. By accepting the form, the formless within you opens up. This is how something seemingly bad – a limitation – becomes an opening for realization of who you truly are.
by Judith Orloff, MD –
Going with the flow safeguards your life force. Here’s a basic law of balancing energy: to realize your dreams, you must give them some breathing room. Do the footwork–but also stand back a little, let the universe work its magic. Paying attention to these signs about flow gives you a choice of behavior.
Intuitive signs you’re in balance with the flow:
* You’re happy or at least able to accept what is, without engaging in an unrelenting internal battle.
* You go after what you want, but back off if you’re pushing too hard–that tense, obsessive sense of being in overdrive.
* Your energy is high; you have an ease in relating with people and yourself. If conflicts arise, you breathe deeply, work towards resolution instead of getting rigid or retaliating.
* Hours pass, and you may not even notice. Kids get into a flow-consciousness when playing, artists when creating.
* You evaluate the timing of situations, rather than simply trying to break doors down.
* Flow can feel like coasting, a deeply spiritual state because you’re trusting the energy of the Now.
Intuitive signs you’re pushing against the flow
* There’s an energetic line you cross here between happiness and misery that you must recognize. It’s when you go beyond being healthily assertive to forcing the flow–a form of insanity in which you do something over and over again with the same negative results.
* The give-away is that your well-being suffers: you’re energy is frazzled, physical symptoms are aggravated, you’re impatient or desperate. A constant uphill battle can make you sick, instigate a cycle of frustration, blockages, and emotional pain.
* Giving the issue you’re fixated on a rest may feel intolerable or evoke tremendous anxiety.
* Typically, others are irritated by your pushing, and relationships linked with the desired outcome are strained.
* You deal with conflict by fighting it and clenching, instead of working toward the best possible compromise. In unavoidable, stressful situations you hate every minute of the “ordeal”–rather than flowing with it–and thus inflict suffering on yourself or others.
* Overall, going against the flow feels horrible, is a life force drain. It’s about fearfully clinging to self-will, and losing temporary touch with a compassionate intelligence, your Higher Power. This will help you find incredible balance in your life.
Once you make a habit of looking within and focusing on your spiritual nature, you open up your awareness to the intuitive information that comes from your soul consciousness. Intuitive insight is available to both men and women and, with it, you can achieve more than you had ever imagined possible.
Intuitive Reasoning – The conscious, reasoning mind assesses a situation using the physical senses as well as past information. Intuitive reason is possible when you include intuitive information in the process. Intuition comes from your inner, soul consciousness and it is tuned into the thoughts and energies that surround any situation. Intuition brings direct information on the nature of any situation. With intuition, you know what will best work and when.
Intuition adds to your knowledge and understanding of a situation, allowing you to achieve objectives with greater ease and harmony than before. Intuition can warn you about danger ahead and reveal what hidden risks you can avoid in order to stay safe. Intuition prompts you to take actions which will help you in ways that you had not been able to detect using the physical senses alone. It also puts you in touch with the natural flow of unfolding situations.
Effortless Action: There is a flow to events; a timing that, when understood, makes tasks much easier to achieve. The key to gaining this information is to tune into your inner, soul consciousness. This inner work need not be a one-way street of receiving inside information. You can also take the initiative by using the principle of effortless action. Instead of trying to make something happen by the usual efforts of planning, willpower and determination, you begin by going within and seeing the action as accomplished. When you begin by seeing the action as completed, something very different happens. The action doesn’t mysteriously become accomplished by magic or by non-effort, but you experience a state of flow which enables you to move through the task with ease, grace and incredible efficiency.
To invoke a state of flow, go within and attune with your inner being and the intended task. Then, come out into the world of action and follow your intuitive guidance every step of the way until the task becomes physically completed.
This is how synchronicity happens and you will notice coincidences becoming commonplace in your life. People, ideas and resources all come together at the exact right time and in the right place because flow is an orchestration of the many, not just the one. Like water finding the shortest and easiest path down a slope, your intuition will reveal the shortest and easiest route to the successful completion of any task.
Your Everyday Messages from God – What does it mean to hear God’s voice? Is it possible for every-day people to hear from God? Do you get messages from God? Read on!
Many people have been told that hearing from God is unlikely, or even impossible. Prayer is okay, many people think, because that means a human is talking. But, actually hearing a message from God is suspect – some may even call you crazy if you claim such a thing!
You may have grown up believing that only certain people (priests, for instance) are able to know God’s words. These special people then have to pass on God’s words to the rest of us. Or, you may believe that God’s thoughts, words or guidance are simply a mystery. These are things that humans aren’t meant to know, or can’t fathom, because they are too high above us.
Do these beliefs and opinions sound familiar? Traditional religion has perpetrated these ideas for many years. Luckily, there is a growing group of people these days that knows and teaches that it is not only possible to hear God’s voice, it is natural and in fact it’s our birthright!
The truth is, Spirit will use every possible opportunity to communicate with you. Messages are all around, all the time, if you know where to look. Each of us is not only able to hear spiritual messages, we are hardwired for it. It is impossible for us to be disconnected, no matter how confused or lost we may feel at any particular moment.
Answers are always available, and Spirit finds many large and small ways to speak to us all day, every day. Here are some ways you are probably already hearing God’s voice – you’re just calling it something else!
*Intuition – that little knowingness that clues you in to information you would have no other way of knowing. This is the voice of your inner guidance speaking.
*The still, small voice – sometimes called Holy Spirit, or Higher Self, this voice speaks inside your head to provide inspiration, guidance or reassurance. The voice usually speaks softly to provide a spontaneous answer, or some needed information.
*Dreams – have you ever asked for an answer from your dreams? Try it before going to sleep – this is an easy way to get an answer that is for your highest good. Inspirational and precognitive dreams are very common for many people.
*Signs – noticing and even asking for a sign is an ancient art. This can work spontaneously, or purposefully. Some people invent a special sign for a special purpose, or just to reassure themselves that they are being guided to a right decision or path.
*Songs/art works/poetry – all art forms are great ways for God to speak to humankind. As examples, think of inspiring songs like “Give Peace a Chance,” and the poetry of Rumi, for instance. All art works that inspire are guideposts, messages, reminders of higher consciousness.
*Feelings – one of Spirit’s favorite ways to contact us! Your feelings won’t steer you wrong – even those we call ‘gut feelings’ are from God! In fact, in ancient times, it was believed that part of the brain was in the gut because of this very phenomenon, and modern science is confirming this fact.
*Other people – yes, any kind, loving and wise words are straight from God. The other kinds of words aren’t! So, if a friend (or relative) offers advice that makes you feel closer to God – those are words you can trust! On the other hand, if someone’s unsought counsel makes you feel fearful, or guilty, or anxious – feel free to ignore it. You can even get a message from an overheard conversation, if you’re paying attention.
*Life experience – your whole world is a message from your Higher Self to you, if you have ears to hear and eyes to notice.
As you can see from these examples, Spirit is always communicating. Are you getting the message?
by Owen Waters –
Life can be a treadmill of mundane details or it can be an inspiring adventure of uplifting experiences. Through the regular, daily practice of meditation, you can start each day by raising your frequency of consciousness above the mundane, work-a-day level into the spiritual realms of consciousness.
Here are seven facets of spiritual awareness which unfold as a result of daily meditation. Any technique will work. The Infinite Being meditation technique is particularly effective.
Facet Number One – Flow: A sense of flow attracts synchronicity into your life’s events. This almost magical sense enables you to always be in the appropriate place at the appropriate time in order to gain the most out of the experiences that the complete you, your inner self, planned for this life.
Facet Number Two – Unconditional Love: You develop a sense of unconditional love for the inner, spiritual essence of all the people that you connect with in your life. Even the difficult people, as they are often holding up a mirror for you to understand an aspect of past habits which, deep down, you would like to examine at this time.
Your sense of unconditional love naturally includes full acceptance of yourself, just as you are, with the personality that you adopted for this lifetime of experience. You can catch those old thought patterns of self-criticism and remember that you live in a universe which is naturally full of love and unconditional acceptance.
Facet Number Three – Abundance: Accept abundance as the natural flow of the universe. Forget those opinions about there being something wrong with money. It’s a form of energy and the universe is filled with energy. Life gets a lot more convenient when you are abundant. It gets really inconvenient when you are not.
When you follow your innermost joy, you find yourself doing work that you love and find absorbing. When you find your work absorbing, you become very good at it, without feeling that it took a lot of effort to become that highly skilled. When you are good at your work, employers and customers alike hear about you by word-of-mouth recommendation and they seek you out. The more in-demand your services become, the more they are worth. Following your inner joy is the secret to finding and developing an occupation which brings natural abundance.
Facet Number Four – Intuitive Insight: Both men and women find that, with regular spiritual practices, their sense of intuition develops smoothly and naturally. Soon, your insights grow to become very valuable in dealing with the challenges of life.
Facet Number Five – Creativity: A growing sense of creativity becomes apparent when spiritual practices become your daily routine. You discover new ways to achieve results because you see situations from a broader perspective.
Facet Number Six – Wisdom: Advances in spiritual wisdom and understanding come with deep meditation. In meditation, it is important to let distracting, surface thoughts dissipate so that deeper realizations may surface at the time that they are needed.
Facet Number Seven – Raising World Consciousness: When you detach from worldly concerns and express a higher frequency of consciousness, the conflicts of the lower frequencies of consciousness become automatically healed. When you let go of any form of conflict within yourself, you are able to rise to a higher frequency of consciousness in a state of harmony and balance.
Higher frequencies of consciousness hold a higher power. Not just a slightly higher power. The power ratio of spiritual consciousness to conflict-oriented consciousness is many thousands to one. If you allow balance to enter your life through a spiritual state of consciousness, it will manifest immediately and very powerfully in your daily life. You will also be helping to raise the global consciousness in a very powerful and constructive manner.
by David Richo, PhD –
Synchronicity is a word made from two Greek terms meaning “joined with” and “time.”
Synchronicities cluster around significant events. Many meaningful coincidences occurred for instance, when the Titanic sank and when Lincoln and Kennedy were assassinated. Personal disasters or crises in our personal life will also invite synchronicity. Norma orders a red dress for a party but a black dress is delivered to her. As she is about to phone the store to report the error, her sister calls: “Mother has died. Come for the funeral.” Norma thought she was in control of her life; she thought she knew what would happen next. The synchronous event told her otherwise and outfitted her for what was actually coming next: something much deeper was about to occur.
Synchronicity is the surprise that something suddenly fits!
Jung called synchronicity: “A non-caused but meaningful relationship between physical and psychic events…. A special instance of acausal orderedness…. Conscious succession becomes simultaneity…. Synchronicity takes the events in space and time as meaning more than mere chance.”
Synchronicity gives us a clue to the deep underlay of purpose and meaning in the universe and how that purpose is working itself out in our lives.
Things happen as they need to for the best purposes of the universe.
Yet synchronicity cannot happen by any conscious intervention of ego since it is a phenomenon of grace: an entry of the transpersonal world onto our personal turf. It is a moment that manifests the unity that always and already existed between psychological and spiritual, mind and universe, you and me, me and everything. It occurs when our unconscious is ready for a step into wider consciousness. The ancient oracles were about precisely this!
Synchronicity is the special moment in which destiny summons us to move forward.
Many psychic events do not occur instantaneously but undergo an incubation period in the unconscious. Something has not yet happened but is in the works. Synchronicity cuts across time-bound warps. It transcends the limits of being and becoming. This is because in the inner world there is no separation between past and future, time or timelessness, what is happening, what is about to happen, and what will happen. Only the present exists, which contains it all. In synchronicity, we meet our future—or our past—in our present. “To transform itself in us the future enters into us long before it happens,” Rilke wrote.
Synchronicity is the strikingly meaningful coincidence of two events or of a series of events.
Synchronicity occurs in a dream that reveals what is already true or about to become true:
Synchronicity appears in our work on ourselves.
When we are ready to learn, a teacher appears.
Synchronicity also occurs in looking back upon your life and seeing how it all prepared you or instructed you for the fullest fruition of your potential.
Everyone and every event in life’s drama is part of the metaphor of our journey.
Finally, there is synchronicity in divination devices such as the I Ching or the Tarot: one ineluctably chooses the hexagram or card that coincides with one’s circumstance. This meaningful coincidence is based on the belief that the psyche will direct us to the exact information that we need when we need it.
IS IT FATE OR DESTINY?
What we refuse to bring into consciousness, comes back to us as fate.
Each generation presents to the universe a population of people who have just the right ingredients in them to make the world better. Each person is a crucial cell in this mystical body of humanity. There is synchronicity in the fact that here and now the world always has just the human resources that it needs to further its evolution as is fitting for this epoch.
Destiny is often connected to career. Our work in the world is often our form of service or of actualizing our potential. Jonah is the biblical archetype of refusing one’s destiny. Since he was needed as a prophet, his refusal of the call to become one was disregarded. He was swallowed by a whale and forced to swallow his pride. There are also times in the course of life when refusals are allowed to stand and then “a great prince in prison lies,” as Donne says.
Jung said: “We find our destiny on the path we take to avoid it.”
How does chance figure in?
Perhaps Ghandi expressed this tension between our existential display and our essential design most accurately: “I see that mankind still survives after all its attempts to destroy itself and so I surmise that it is the law of love that rules mankind. “