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I don’t usually talk or write a lot about Oneness, since so many already do this so brilliantly. But I have a few musings today to offer on this subject just because Oneness has especially been in my awareness recently. I’ve been noticing how beautifully everyone plays their role in this life we are all living out on planet earth. It amazes me how I’m provided with roads, food, the internet, someone to cut my hair and fix my computer, giant trucks to pick up my trash and keep up my city, dogs to keep me company and make me smile, a husband who loves me, information that comes to me from various places. Everything that happens is support for my life and supports other people’s lives too. Isn’t it a miracle that what you and I offer the world also seems to be enough to provide us with this support? We are all contributing and we are all receiving.
We are all moved to contribute, and we are moved by something very mysterious. How is it possible for this immensely complex existence we are part of to function and actually support us? Isn’t this such a miracle! What good fortune to be born into a world that provides for us. Some would argue that it doesn’t do this very well, but truly, isn’t it amazing that it does it to the extent that it does!
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Do not limit yourself to one particular study of one particular religion or tradition. Not a single one is the Only True religion, not a single one has the sole monopoly on God’s Realization, and not a single one can claim to be the one that All people Must follow. In order to gain a real understanding of the spiritual tradition one practices, or the religion one follows a person should study world religions, and world traditions. By limiting yourself to the study of one particular religion, not necessarily the practice, a person is blinding their self to the larger picture of how God is working across the globe in all people, and how ALL of the ancient religions were born in the midst of an isolated environment, which abhorred and even feared outside influences within their local religion.
Several years ago, I found these "Key Instructions" by Lama Gendun Rinpoche. They have been a good source for contemplation or inquiry into the nature of mind.
What I like most about them is that they start with the most basic word, happiness. Also, that they emphasize a relatively non-judgmental view of the mind, one in which stability and movement are not grasped onto.
Please find these here and see if they resonate:
Are you willing to play the role the Whole has in Mind for you, no matter how big or small? Are you willing to have the experience you are having? Are you willing to see that the experience you are having serves your evolution and, in turn, the evolution of the Whole? What if you surrendered the struggle of making your life turn out a certain way and really experienced the life you are having right now—not the story about your life, but this moment free of that story?
Are you willing to age the way you are aging? Are you willing to have the amount of money you have in your bank account? Are you willing to move if you have to move or stay if you have to stay? Are you willing to be in a relationship if you are in one or not be in a relationship if you aren't? Are you willing to look the way you look? Are you willing to experience pain if that's what you are experiencing? Are you willing to feel lost or bad or confused or whatever you are feeling? Just for now. All we ever have to do is be willing, just for now, to have whatever experience we are having. When we are, the things that seem like a problem stop feeling like a problem, and we are able to experience the beauty and goodness of life.
What if all the things that were happening that you didn't like were okay with you? What would it take for those things to be okay? Isn't it something inside you that decides they aren't okay? What beliefs keep you from letting those things be okay? Does it do any good to decide that those things are not okay?
Gina Lake is a nondual spiritual teacher who is devoted to helping others awaken and live in the moment through her books, counseling, and intensives. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. Her books include Loving in the Moment, Radical Happiness, Embracing the Now, Anatomy of Desire, Return to Essence, What About Now? Living in the Now, and Getting Free.
Crystal child LENA from Switzerland shared again her freshness, love and spontaneity on the channel "2012 and beyond". Watch her speak on the theme "Be a Child". As YouTube allowed this channel to upload longer videos, enjoy the whole live recording from livestream.com of 38:46 min! More news about her activities and events here: http://lena.ch
When we are identified with the ego, we feel lacking, life feels lacking, and others feel lacking. The state of ego-identification is a state of never having enough, of discontentment, judgment, fear, doubt, and other negative emotions. When we are identified with the ego, the world revolves around "me," "my problems," and "my life." This state is a one of contraction and suffering.
The state of lack that is ego-identification is not only an uncomfortable state, but an unattractive one. When people are deeply identified with the ego, you can see the tension in their faces and bodies. You can hear the suffering in their voice and in what they talk about. Energetically, you can feel the negativity that accompanies this state. When you are around someone who is expressing and living out the ego's negativity, you feel either drained, bored, repulsed, or bad, since their energy is often contagious. Their negative inner state gets reflected outwardly and is felt energetically, and it doesn't attract support or opportunities from others. Naturally, those in such a state want to manifest or attract love, support, opportunities, and other things, but the state of lack and negativity that such people are experiencing actually repels these things. Neediness is not attractive.
Have you noticed how much your mind thinks about how your life is going? It's always checking to see how things line up with the way it wants your life to look. The funny thing is that life hardly ever measures up with how the story is supposed to go because it's a setup—even when life is good, something isn't good enough. Life doesn't line up with your stories, not because life is bad or you are doing something wrong, but because life will never line up with the stories/desires the ego has, not completely anyway. The egoic mind has desires that are destined to not be fulfilled. Meanwhile, life is fulfilling in all sorts of other ways.
Where would you be without this story about what you want and when you will get it? Does this story make your life go better? Does this story make you happier? How can a story, which comes from the egoic mind, which isn't wise, make your life go better or make you happier? The ego knows nothing about true happiness. Listening to it, only takes us out of real life, which is unfolding beautifully according to a plan we are part of. Life is happening, and it's happening as it needs to. We operate within life as it is unfolding, we act upon it, but we don't control it, nor do we know what is best for us or those around us.
Crystal child JOHANNA LACKNER from Austria, currently living of the island of Moorea (Polynesia), spontaneously speaks about love, oneness, happiness, living in the now, 2012, meditation, nature, animals and crystals... This is an excerpt of a live broadcast on the channel "2012 and beyond" from October 1st 2010.
A dialogue from satsang in Port Chester, New York in September 2009. "How can you say 'I am unhappy?' None of these states are constant! They appear, they are states, they are experiences, they have a beginning and they have an end, they are watched - because without the observer (or the watcher of experience), there is no experience to report. Unless, and until, mind says something happens, effectively, nothing happened." (Mooji)