Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Two Of You

Two people have been living in you all your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating: the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to--you have uncovered in yourself your own wise guide. Sogyal Rinpoche

In each of us there is our ego self and our true self, and we function from both of them. Both are intrinsically good, but when the ego takes in negative and untrue information from the outside world it may steer us in directions unlike our true nature. Our spiritual journey unfolds as we work with our ego self to be more in harmony with our true self--to become an expression of who we really are. And it's important to understand both parts to work toward unity and wholeness.

Your ego is your conscious self that sees the world through knowledge learned from the outside as you developed your personality and belief system. It's the part that thinks, feels and acts. With your ego you can experience the illusion of separation and limitation. You may feel vulnerable and insecure, and use control to protect yourself. When you feel anything that you deem as negative, you're identifying with your ego. Life is not what you want it to be, and you experience mistakes, regret, guilt, etc. And this feels very real.

Your true self is completely aware of your true nature with unwavering knowledge that you're not anything that limits the expression of your spiritual self. It involves the love and peace you long for, and always promotes union instead of separation. Wisdom from your true self wants to flow freely through your ego self and be expressed in your life.

It's been said the ego should be the servant, not the master, and we need a strong healthy ego to express our true self. So if we're to find the love and peace we long for, our ego must learn to stop and listen to the voice of truth inside to lead us on our spiritual journey. And this must involve teaching our ego self who we truly are--spiritual beings with divine qualities.

If you maintain your ego perspective that's contrary to your true self perspective, there's conflict between the two. But hang on. There's hope for harmony. With time and patience, you can move out of limiting chains into freedom to express truth in your life.

Awareness is the key to change. Next week I'll talk about ways to identify and correct your ego's misguided tools for living.

Be happy.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sit Under A Tree

In every walk with nature, man receives far more than he seeks. John Muir

Sometimes life really is a bumpy road, and some of those bumps hurt. We need to find a place of rest, so when the bumps come, we have what we need to pass through them. That place of rest is within you--that place of peace, joy, comfort, wisdom and strength. It's a safe haven sometimes overlooked as we rush through life too worn out and stressed to deal with all the stuff that hits us in the face.

That place is always there, but it's not something we can tap into occasionally. It's where we need to go on a continuing basis, where we live as we meet each day's demands. We form a connection through daily prayer, meditation, happy music, and nature--whatever way pulls you inside to your quiet place.

There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. Minnie Aumonier.

Last summer while visiting in Seattle, I sat on a shady porch taking in the pristine beauty of giant northwestern trees. I've always loved trees, and just the sight took my breath. Then a nearby tree called my name, and I thought of what I'd heard about the benefits of sitting under a tree. Something shifted inside, and I was drawn to try this new way to reach my quiet place. As I relaxed against the tree, the earth poured her loving energy up through the tree and into my body, wrapping me in exquisite peace and strength. And my heart was very quiet. I'll never forget the experience.

As I sat in the quiet, I remembered singing in my school choir many years ago. We sang Joyce Kilmer's poem about trees. Now I understood his poem, and so much more.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made my fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Find your way to go within and be quiet. Listen for the truth in your heart. You really can walk through life in peace and joy when you know where to look. Look there everyday.

I wish you peaceful walks through life.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Living In Hurry Energy

Time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finding the courage to create changes in your life is good, but once you make a commitment to move on with it, you need tools to get where you want to go. And one of the greatest tools is time. We don't seem to have much of that these days. The problem is we're living in hurry energy.

Everything is energy, so everything affects everything else--including people. Dynamic changes are taking place in the universe and in the earth, and these changes are disrupting our human energy fields. According to scientific studies, our universe is rapidly expanding, the earth's magnetic poles are shifting, and the earth's pulse is speeding up. That's just part of it, but it's enough to sweep us along in a sea of fast moving energy, and it seems like most people aren't even noticing. They're just running the race to nowhere.

Sometimes I wonder how much we're missing in our fast paced lives. We get anxious, depressed, disgusted and fed up. Then we pop a few pills and keep running. When was the last time you told someone you love them? When was the last time you looked into a mirror and said, "I love you?" Do you know what quiet sounds like?

When I look back over my life--working, house cleaning, cooking, shopping, laundry, running errands, paying bills, etc, etc--these memories are a blur, all running together. But fun times with my children, PTA meetings, times spent with people I love, trips I took, books I read, and quiet time alone--these memories I hold in my heart.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

You have the power within you to decide the kind of energy in which you will live. And balance is the key. Rethinking the way you spend your time and finding ways to just breathe now and then is absolutely a possibility. But if you don't do it, it won't happen. I know someone who bought a beautiful plant, and everyday as she rushed through her house, she looked at it and intended to water it the first chance she got. Then one day she passed the plant, and it had dried up and died. Dont' wait.

Put everything aside for one whole day and use this time to carefully examine how you spend your time on a day-to-day basis. Include everything, and eliminate, organize or change whatever you can to provide some free time each day. I know it's hard to give up some things you're used to, but give them up anyway. Stop living in hurry energy, and keep working on this until you're living a balanced life with the inner peace that goes with it.

I wish you smiles along the way.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Find Your Courage

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. William Shedd

If you made a commitment to release old ways and create new ways to live your life this year, you may be running into some inner obstacles. Maybe when you look at the changes you want to make, you feel overwhelmed. How can you change the way you live? How can you let go of what's familiar and learn new ways? That's too much to expect. Yet, in some ways, you're going to change anyway. That's just the way life is.

Even though I see how I've changed and grown through some of my challenges in the past, I still sometimes resist. The I just want to put a problem in the drawer and hope it will go away. But of course that doesn't happen. Maybe learning to accept and move on is a lifetime process--something we have to keep doing if we want a full and meaningful life. So why not put ourselves in charge of our future and create what we want instead of settling for what life hands us.

Once you make a commitment and state your intention, resistance can set in. Our ego self has a way of sabotaging our best intentions. In order to keep going, that's when you need to reach deep inside to the bigger picture of yourself and your life, and see the meaning in each challenge. Know that everything you need is within you, and awareness brings the courage you need to make the changes you want. Then resistance will diminish.

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott

Look at various issues in your life, and decide what you will keep, what you will release,and what new you will create. Look at your life the way it is, and imagine the way you want it. Imagination is a wonderful tool. It comes from the soul and provides vision outside of the material world and enables us to fulfill our dreams.

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

Remember that this is a year of opportunity to turn your life around, raise your energy vibration level, and grow spiritually. But nothing gets done unless we do it. So now is the time to move along in our year of opportunity.

I wish you beautiful creations.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Flow With Change

Our world is moving quickly, and sometimes I feel like more demands are being put on my time everyday, and I can't catch up. Before I get used to one modern device, it's obsolete, and something new is on the market. I heard recently that we're even running out of air space to accommodate our technological devices, and communication will be slowed. Whew. I want to stop the clock or get off the merry-go-round, but there's nowhere to go but forward.

Sometimes I resist change, even small ones, but I know that change is inevitable whether we like it or not. It's the nature of everything in our universe to constantly move and change, so if we are to know life at its fullest, we must stop resisting and allow change to take us where we need to go. As I look back on my life, I realize how much has happened and how much better I am for it. Yes, I guess embracing change does lead me to more of who and what I want to be. And I find that as years pass, my life has more meaning with each change.

Recently I came across a poem I've had for many years, and it reminds me of how far I've come and how far I still need to go. Life doesn't stand still. We just continue in our flow with change. So we might as well make it as positive as we can.


By James Dillet Freeman

I have resisted change with all my will,
Cried out to life, "Pass by and leave me still."
But I have found as I have trudged time's track
That all my wishing will not hold life back.
All finite things must go their finite way;
I cannot bid the merest moment, "Stay."
So finding that I have no power to change
Change, I have changed myself. And this is strange,
But I have found out when I let change come,
The very change that I was fleeing from
Has often held the good I had prayed for,
And I was not the less for change, but more.
Once I accepted life and was not loath

To change, I found change was the seed of growth.

I wish you a peaceful journey.