Perfection over the illusion, Part 1

Experience your life through the eyes, heart and light of your soul and not in the shadows of your ego. Become a master of your life.

In this series of five blog posts, I will explore the concept that “we shape and create our reality and experiences by the thoughts we focus on.” As well, I will give advice on how to master the thoughts that we have and thus create the life we want.

Usually we are quite unaware of the predominant thoughts we have. Also, we usually are unaware of the worldview and general belief systems we hold.

Most people, without questioning, just follow the dominant thought patterns and worldview of their culture, country, or family. There is little reflection about the beliefs they hold or the way they look at themselves and others. 

Their worldview has been passed down for generations or it is a mish-mash of corporate-fed faux “facts” that are often very disconnected from reality and are really just selling something. Unfortunately, most people just follow along, never questioning the dominant cultural beliefs, their lives, their own beliefs, or themselves.

But as Socrates said: “The life unexamined is not worth living.”

It is a struggle and challenge to rise above the lowest-common-denominator thinking that is so dominant in our culture. As well, it is not easy for most people to see how much their thoughts affect their reality; and, as well, they don’t see that the way their ego or “little self” interprets events in their lives is rarely how their Soul interprets them.

Our ego mind is meant to be the servant of our Soul and not the other way around. Our Soul is meant to be in the driver’s seat of our lives, for it sees the whole picture and understands the context and purpose for all that we experience. We are meant to live a life filled with inspiration and revelation, not one filled with perspiration and frustration.

Learning how to get out of your head/mind and live instead from your heart and soul can be a challenge. I have found that living an authentic and empowered life can never be achieved if I solely identify myself with my ego and with the “things” in my life. I must instead come to know my Self, that is, my higher Self; then I can live an empowered and passionate life that springs forth from the depths of my Soul and heart and is filled with life-sustaining, creative, vibrant energies.

There is a great depth and breadth to this “gift of life” that we have all been blessed with and it is only through mastering our minds and opening our hearts that we can access a fulfilled, authentic, and empowered life.

In Parts 2 through 5, I’ll share a series of techniques I have learned to master my own mind. By learning to master my mind I have begun to live as an empowered, authentic person and not as a victim. I trust that you will find these techniques and the reflections about them of value on your path up the mountain of your own Self-Mastery.

This is part 1 of a five-part blog.

Intuitive intelligence, Part 2: More fun intuitive tuning-in techniques

This is part 2 of a two-part blog. If you haven’t already, please go back and read part 1.

Here are some more fun intuitive “tuning in” techniques.

If you want to know when a certain event will occur, create three circles that represent different time frames and then see which one lights up when you quiet your mind and focus on the situation. For example, one circle can represent one month from now, another six months from now, and another circle one year from now.

When you need a Yes or No answer to a situation, just posit a big screen in your mind’s eye and then see which word, YES or NO pops up when you think about the situation.

Don’t think when you do this. Let it all be spontaneous. No thinking allowed in this process.

If you want to get a feel for the veracity or intensity of a situation, just visualize a dial that goes from zero to 100 and then see what number comes up when you focus on the situation or the individual. Zero would mean that there is no truth to what you are focusing on and 100 would mean it is totally true.

If you are hiring someone, meeting someone new, or dating someone, and you’re trying to get a sense of whether this relationship will work out in the long-term, then create the image of three different people in your mind. Each of these three will represent either: (1) a person who is totally inappropriate, (2) someone who is fair to middling or (3) exactly the person you are looking for. Use real people you know who fit these categories to represent these three images. Then bring up the individual who you want to get a “read” on in your mind’s eye and see whose face of the three images pops into your mind first. This will help you to discern if you can trust or commit to them.

Another technique to use if you want to know more about a person you meet is to visualize the person as a child. How do they look: their demeanor, their stature, their clothing, the look on their face, the setting you see them in, the people or animals that surround them, etc. All of this tells you about their past and how they experienced it.

As well, you can peer into a person’s future by visualizing the person as an older person. As above, how do they look: their demeanor, their stature, their clothing, the look on their face, the setting you see them in, the people or animals that surround them, etc. All of this gives you a hint about what the trajectory of their life looks like now.

You can, of course, do the same for yourself. You can revisit your past and see who you’ve been. It’s often quite revealing and helpful to “sense” into what your childhood was like and how far you have come since then. We often choose not to remember much about our past. As well, you can peer into the future to see where the choices you are making in your life now are leading you.

This is all meant to be fun and a way to use your intuitive intelligence to give you a better sense of yourself and others. This will give you the inside-edge on people and situations.

I’ve taught at least a thousand people these techniques and their lives have been significantly transformed, empowered, and enriched by using them.  Give it a try.

Intuitive intelligence, Part 1: Have the inside edge in all you do

Intuition is not a no-brainer; actually, it’s a right brain function. It follows a logic, albeit a logic that’s different from left brain’s. And neuroscience has found that intuition physically exists in the emotional part of the forebrain. So follow the feeling. You can learn how to access and use your “intuitive intelligence”—the essence of your emotional wisdom—and put it into action.

Our right brain or our intuitive intelligence process information by seeing the bigger picture and then deducing; our left brain focuses on details and it measures and analyzes. For example, the right brain goes up a hill, looks down at a passing train, and takes in the whole picture. It sees where the train came from and where it is heading. The left brain stands beside the tracks and counts the number of train cars and takes note of their shape and size. We need both kinds of information. Yet by the time we’re in high school, most of us have had over 18,000 hours of left-brain training and very little right-brain training.

The left brain works with the language of words, the right brain with the language of pictures. By using pictures, we can create a right-brain language that helps us get a read on a situation or person in an instant without analyses or left-brain logic. A picture is worth a thousand words. We can learn how to create this pictographic, intuition-based language.

For example, “see” or imagine a person as a car. What do you see or feel about them as you do this? Follow what you see. Trust the impressions and feelings you get. Is the person a shiny, new, yellow Porsche or an old, beat-up Volkswagen Beetle? That tells you something about them, doesn’t it? Then go inside the car and see how neat and clean it is or isn’t. That tells you something about them, too. Trust the impressions you receive.  As you keep exploring other parts of the car, the trunk, under the hood, etc., you will be surprised at how much information you pick up about the person.

Another technique: if you want to look into the future or the past for this person or for yourself, just visualize a car and imagine it in the past or future. What does it look like now?

Have fun playing with this technique. For example, as well, check out what’s in the glove compartment and in the back seat. You’ll be amazed at what you find there, what you can learn about yourself and others, and how accurate this can be.

In my next blog post I will share more fun intuitive “tuning in” techniques.

This is part one of a two-part blog.

“To Do” lists: Take your nose off the grindstone and smell the roses

For many years I was proud of the long (actually very long) “to do” lists that I carried around with me and used to structure my life and give it meaning and purpose. I felt proud of myself for how good I became at creating the lists and getting everything on them done. And I was proud that I always had lots of “things to do, places to go, and people to see.” I was really Goooood! Or at least that’s what I thought.

Over time I finally began to realize that what I was “doing” fit Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

I was a bit slow to get the point, but one day I finally stopped running around like an idiot enough to reflect on my lifestyle.

I saw that I had a “to do” list that was very, very long and my desk was stacked with huge chaotic piles of papers. It looked rather ridiculous. When I looked at the absurdity on my poor desk, I was actually quite appalled. It was quite the sight to behold.

How did I finally see the light? I would occasionally lose my precious “to do” list and then I would have to start another. In creating the new list, I would completely forget some of the things I’d had on the lost list. Eventually, I would find the original list underneath a huge pile of papers on my desk and realize, “Oh my, I didn’t do ten of those things on the old list.” At that point I’d also realize that there was only maybe one item of the ten that had really been important, and even that item didn’t matter anymore. Eventually I noticed this pattern and the message sank in.

I decided to stop making a “to do” list and to trust that I would remember to do what really had to be done and other items would be left behind. I would somehow intuitively know what was necessary and in what order. What needed attention would always appear in the foreground of my awareness and be taken care of and all the rest would fade away into the background.

I learned to use inspiration rather than perspiration to get things done. I took my nose off the grindstone and learned to smell the roses. I now get more done, but have more fun doing what really matters, and I even have more time to relax.

So, reflect on how you get things done and adjust, if need be. Learn to trust that you have an internal guidance system, your intuition, that knows how to get things done a lot more effectively and efficiently than your ego mind does.

Life is not a race. Proceed at the speed of grace.

Living as a vibrational being, Part 4: Living with greater compassion

So, let’s look more closely at what was going on energetically in the situations in the previous blog post.

Each of the people in these situations has their own energy signature. Imagine for a moment what was happening energetically as you sat at your desk while all this was going on. Your energetic body was feeling the waves of energy moving towards you well before they reached you. When the waves arrived, you sensed not only the force of the energy of the individuals involved, but, as well, you energetically experienced their thoughts and feelings. All these vibrations, negative and positive, came towards you and you experienced them on a vibrational level.

The only problem with all this was that you were not conscious of what you were “picking up” on energetically because you were not looking for it. You were not sensing it. So, you were very vulnerable to being drained. 

As a vibrational being, your energy body has a reaction to these energetic forces coming towards you. This is where your ability to make choices comes into play. Often when energy comes at us that is forceful and of a lower vibration, we usually unconsciously match the vibration we are receiving in order to reach a balance with the “invading” energy. So, in other words, when situations like the ones described above occur, we send out an emotional energy, consciously or unconsciously, in order to accommodate the new vibration we are receiving.

The difficulty with all this is that we often tend, out of habit, to match the lower energies instead of rising above them. We often take the “low road” instead of taking the “high road.”  We default into the lowest common denominator.

But we are very capable of adapting to situations in a way that chooses the highest energies. We can learn over time that we do not have to match the lower, forceful vibrations of others, but we can instead hold a vibration that is in balance and in harmony. This comes with practice and by being very energetically conscious of what is going on.

So, to accomplish this, you need to be very intentional and conscious in how you choose to respond to the energies of situations and people. You can let the lower energies simply pass through you instead of allowing them to “stick” to you. You can keep your vibration high by being conscious of the energetic dynamics of the situation you are in.

You can now integrate this “way of being” into all the interactions in your life. Understanding the energy dynamics in your life is the key to your full awakening and happiness. As well, you can also assist others with their own spiritual growth if you open your heart, trust your feelings and understand the energetic dynamics between you and others.

Additionally, as you open to being a vibrational being, a dramatic shift will occur because you will gain greater compassion for people. When you view the energy involved in a situation it will become less and less about what “he said, she said” or “me and them” or “right and wrong” and more about sensing the energy of the situation you are in.

We can help remove the confusion and judgments in our life by living as the vibrational beings that we really are. Then we’ll know what is in fact going on and will truly live an authentic and empowered life.

There is a Light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all,

beyond the heavens, beyond the highest heavens.

This is the Light that shines in our hearts.
 Chandogya Upanishad

This is the fourth and final part of a four-part blog.

Living as a vibrational being, Part 3: Choose your vibration; choose your experience.

(This is part 3 of a 4-part blog.)

In this blog post I offer examples of a series of situations that I feel could be instructive to help you to learn how to shift your way of perceiving and experiencing your world into a more energetic or vibrational way of being. Actually, learning how to “feel” your way through life rather than think your way through life can be very practical as well as liberating.

Here is a real-world example: You routinely walk into your place of work one morning and sit down at your desk and begin your normal work regimen. Within a minute or so a co-worker comes up to you and starts to very negatively complain about the boss and she just won’t stop. She is very intense and totally preoccupied. There is no stopping her, you can’t get a word in edgewise.

As this is going on, you have a choice to either join your co-worker in her vibrations of negativity and anger by joining in the conversation or you can step back and instead do your best to neutrally witness her behavior. Rather than getting caught up in the same negative vibrations which will only drain you and bring you down—no matter how justified they may seem—you can choose to hold a higher vibration and stay out of the fray. Or you can join in and get all riled up and expend and waste a lot of misdirected energies.

Now to continue the saga, a few minutes after the first co-worker leaves another co-worker comes by and starts ragging very negatively about the person you were just talking to. As this begins to happen, again, you have a choice to either join him in his vibrations of negativity and jealousy towards her or you can simply let him blow of some steam for a few minutes and then go back to work. He can either become a significant part of your experience that day or the experience with him is simply just a passing blip on your screen.

Next, he leaves and you finally get back to your work only to discover that your computer is frozen and you can’t get any work done. So, again, you have a choice to either get all bent out of shape about it and choose a series of negative currents of energy to jump into—victimhood, being overwhelmed, anger, etc.; or you can choose to accept what is happening as part of the flow of what working with computers is all about and simply get someone to fix the computer while you get some other work done.

If the above examples don’t exactly apply to you, I’m sure that you have had similar ones happen at times.

As vibrational beings we choose the vibration that we resonate with. It’s all a choice. We can choose to be conscious and intentional with regard to the energies we engage with and focus on or not.

Please note that if you had chosen to get all embroiled in the “drama” of the above three scenarios, you would have felt drained and exhausted within the first half-hour of your work. On the other hand, if you had stayed centered and in a high vibration, you would be fresh, clear and sharp and full of energy for the rest of the day.

We either attune ourselves to the highest energies; or we don’t. Our environment doesn’t determine our experiences; what we chose to focus on does.

We choose the vibration we resonate with by virtue of what we focus on. We see what we are looking at and what we are looking for. It’s all about vibration and where we focus our attention. It’s all a choice.

We can evolve into conscious creators; that is, the conscious choosers of the vibrations/energies we interact with.

This is the evolutionary path we are on. And as we develop the “heart-mind” that White Eagle speaks of, we accelerate our growth and enhance and enrich our experiences of life. It’s all an inside job!

When you have learned to think with your heart instead of with your brain,

you will have taken a great step forward.

The humanity of the future will think with the heart-mind,

for intuition is the next sense which will be developed in humankind.

This is the third part of a four-part blog.

Living as a vibrational being, Part 2: We are intuitive beings first

(Please read part 1 if you haven’t yet.)

Everyone is capable of learning to interpret and “pick up” on energy and to connect to the universal energies, if they wish. This is not only the province of psychics, mystics, healers and the divinely ordained and gifted ones. Actually, we are all evolving in this direction. It’s part of our essential nature.It’s in our DNA.

White Eagle wrote, “When you have learned to think with your heart instead of with your brain, you will have taken a great step forward. The humanity of the future will think with the heart-mind, for intuition is the next sense which will be developed in humankind.”

We are coming full-circle. Actually, we have always been able to do this, but simply forgot. We put our ego and overly rational minds in charge and forgot that our minds are meant to be the servant of our Soul/Heart and not the other way around. 

We are intuitive beings first. We are not “talking heads.” We are “feeling hearts.”

Modern science has discovered that the human heart is 5,000 times magnetically stronger than the human brain and 100 times electrically stronger. As well, the heart senses first and then sends the signals/stimuli it senses to the brain.

In other words, who is your Master: your rational, logical, analytical ego mind with its false sense of superiority and delusions of grandeur or your heart or Soul who knows who you are and why you are here and can easily “pick up” on the more subtle energies? 

The logical mind cannot comprehend that which it is not.

You can only “feel into” who you are. You can’t “think into” who you are. The mind measures, analyzes, and judges things, thus it just skims the surface of what it is observing. The heart, on the other hand, “feels” and thus becomes “one with” its object of attention and thus knows it from within—from the inside out.  It “sees” and “feels” into the whole energy of what it places it attention on. It becomes its object of attention. It knows it.

So, from my point of view, we are here to “feel” our way through life rather than “think” our way through life.

In the Cloud of Unknowing we find: Only by love can God be beholden, not by thought.

This is the second part of a four-part blog.

Living as a vibrational being, Part 1: We are conscious energy

We exist in a world with many different types of vibrations and stimulation. Our lives are filled with a surplus of energetic experiences. From the womb through infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood we are always picking up on and being bombarded by all kinds of energies.

We usually pick up on these energies subconsciously. They affect us, but we don’t realize that we are constantly picking up other people’s energies, as well as the energies of water, stones, plants, animals, electromagnetic waves, etc.

Simply stated, we are vibrational beings who continually pick up myriad energies of all different kinds.

We are entering an era now where our previously limited perceptions in this regard are expanding quantumly. Our beliefs about who we are and what we are possible of achieving and experiencing are being radically transformed to reveal that we live in a world of incredible depth and beauty that we did not previously realize existed simply because we had a very limited awareness about ourselves, our potential, and about the world we live in.

We have lived in the dark. But now it is dawning on us that we are much more than the physical eye and rational mind can perceive.

Shifting our perspective to the non-physical vibrational world that is all around us can be a bit of a challenge, given our very narrow over-reliance on empirical sciences and left-brain logic. The key is to shift gradually and to incorporate more and more of an energetic perspective about our lives and the world. By appreciating that every person and every “thing” has a unique energy signature, and that even our emotions, feelings, and words are energy, we will radically transform ourselves and our experience of the world.

Vine Deloria, a Native-American scholar wrote in this regard:

For primitive people the presence of energy and power is the starting point of their analysis and understanding of the natural world…primitive people felt power, but did not measure it.  Today we are able to measure power, but do not feel it.

As well, Rene Dubos wrote: Sometimes the more measurable drives out the most important.

By expanding our awareness in this way, we accept that we are picking up on energy and vibration throughout our day. Once we open to this paradigm, we can begin to assess how we feel in relationship to these countless energies. We can learn to trust our “gut” feelings, hunches, and instincts as a legitimate way to interpret and understand ourselves, others, and the world we live in.

Graduation from our beliefs, Part 2: Our only true reference point is within. Live from the inside out.

(Note: This is part 2 of a 2-part blog.)

When we reach the point in our personal evolution of going beyond being stuck in any particular belief system or systems, events in our lives truly have meaning because their meaning comes from within us and not from an external source. We are connected to the power and essence of our source. We no longer need to go outside of ourselves for answers or validation.

It is a wonderful stage in our growth. Our only reference point is within. We have learned to live our lives from the “inside out.”

The whole point of this is not to get identified with the system of growth you are using presently because it ultimately is temporary. Know that at some point you will graduate from relying on it and/or it may take on a form very different from what you thought it was.

Please note that I myself am presently writing this piece using a belief system of some kind, but I know it won’t last. Actually, I hope it doesn’t last very long at all.

I am climbing my mountain of mastery and mystery and each turn brings me to a new vista—a new horizon—a new perspective. One that builds to some degree on the previous one, but ultimately is very different from the previous one; and it does not allow me to “go back” any more. Once through the “rabbit’s hole,” you are in a totally new dimension—an entirely new reality or timeline—and there is nowhere else to go, but deeper.

So, what is important to understand here is that whatever system of beliefs you are using is bringing you closer and closer to who you really are and to finding your own personal meaning and purpose for your life; and that you are gaining more personal power every step of the way.

I have come to realize that as I have integrated and released many belief systems, I have come to feel so much freer and so much more empowered and authentic than I ever imagined. I have come in this process to really understand what it means to “be true to myself.” And clearly learned that, “if I follow any one other than myself, I surely will get lost!”

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The truth is that everything that is represented as what God said—every word of it—has been brought to us by men/women. Now maybe they were good men/women, well-intentioned people, but they were just human beings like you and I are who were filled with strengths and wisdom, but also with the contradictions and foibles that you and I have. They just made huge claims and they spread them and lots of folks “believed” them.

Until you can stand up to the authority of those who claim they have “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” and instead live according to the God/Goddess truth within your own heart, you’re not following your Self. You are following someone else. Period. And that will get you nowhere. Actually, it can only get you eternally and infernally lost. Remember that the view of a follower is from behind and that is not an enjoyable landscape to have in your face all the time.

You are the creator and the authority/author of the meaning and the purpose of your life. No one else is or can ever be. Claim it.

Actually, when all is said and done and I enter the world of spirit, I’m sure that I will see that I knew nothing, but perhaps there is nothing to know other than my Self?

If you follow any one other than your Self, you will surely get lost!

Graduating from our beliefs, Part I: Live a life that is true to your Self

Stop believing in anything and you may find that which is truth itself.
— Krishnamurti

If you follow any one other than your Self, you will surely get lost.
— Yannni Maniates

A belief is a thought that you repeat over and over again. Eventually you no longer question its origin or veracity. As well, in time some beliefs become “belief systems” that large numbers of people swear and live by and no longer question. 

Which of your beliefs have you consciously examined and explored to determine if they are really “true” for you or not?

Eventually there will come a time in your internal growth process when you will realize that you need to drop your “belief systems” completely—yes, all of them—and I do mean completely. Our Higher Self or our God Self does not adhere to a belief system or to a set of doctrines. Its only reference point is the God/Goddess within. Its only authority comes from within. It is its own “author.”

In order to fully develop our potential, we must free ourselves of our existing beliefs. For it’s only then when we can hear and listen to our inner guidance that we will be led by that which is for our Highest Good and the Highest Good for all.      

In the beginning of our search for meaning and purpose we need structure—a system for our healing and growth. It is a natural part of our evolution. We cannot take our initial baby steps of growth without this structure. We need a common system just to communicate the concepts. But whatever the system, there is a tendency to turn the system into a set of rigid beliefs that “know it all.” And these beliefs then validate all those who believe in them. This is when we get stuck. This is when our growth gets stunted.

Each belief we subscribe to is meant to be a stepping stone to the next. It is not meant to be a permanent landing place. Life is an evolutionary process, not a stagnant one; so is the case with truth. We are meant to take a belief, digest it a bit, integrate it, and then make it our own; that is, take the best it has to offer us and then release the rest. Then, after a while, we move on and integrate a new belief and then another and so on, up the ladder.

So, what I am saying here is that it is necessary to transcend our belief systems one by one. And then at some point we come to a place where we release all beliefs and we live our lives from pure intention and intuition by simply being connected to the inspirations that come to us from our Higher Self. Thus, it is no longer our beliefs or those of others that create meaning, direction, and purpose in our lives; it is our connection with our God Self that does. We now live a life that is true to itself.

Cease trying to work things out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Let your whole life be led by inspiration and intuition. Let you whole life be a revelation. — Eileen Cady

Note: This is part 1 of a 2-part blog.