Turning Your Life Around

No matter our circumstances or life /body condition, we cannot give up living life to its fullest. What that means is we continually look for ways to heal our circumstances or body and we find ways to live life to its fullest each day within our current situation.

When we recognize that we are guided and helped by something greater than ourselves we no longer feel alone or forsaken. That may mean something different for each of us depending on our beliefs and conditioning.

The most important thing is to use your awareness and condition to learn about yourself and your life. This will allow your life to expand and become more fulfilling even when it may seem more difficult. The more you are able to do this the better your life will become, because now your problem has become an opportunity. Because of this change in perception, your life will be different and it will change completely over time.

 

We Are All Part of the Divine

What we tend to forget is that we are all part of the Divine, not just some of us, not just the ones who believe in this religion or that religion. Not just the people who belong to this political party or that political party, we are all part of the Divine. Not just the straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, we are all part of the Divine. Not just someone who is Caucasian, Black, Brown, Red or Yellow, we are all part of the Divine. We must stop seeing just our differences and see what resides in all people and all things, the Divine.

If we do not recognize this in others and ourselves then we are at war within and blocking the Divine. Being at war is what we seem to do the best these days, we have the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, we go to war with anyone or anything we do not like or want in our lives, including ourselves.

What we should really focus on is being better at living life from the Divine and shining this part of ourselves, this light, out into the world no matter who we are or what we believe. Remember today when you feel angry with someone or do not like him or her for any reason at all, they are part of the Divine just like you.

Do you want them to see this part of you or the part that is angry, hateful or mean? The choice is yours in each moment and you can start again fresh each time you slip back into war, just reconnect with the Divine again. If you do this reconnection enough times, eventually you will only act from the Divine with kindness and love in life. This may happen quickly for some and take years for others, but the more of us who reconnect the easier it will be for everyone because we are all part of the Divine.

What kind of world do you want to live in? You cannot rely on someone else to do it for you. You have to make the choice. Will you start today or not at all? Because if you do not start today and at least try your best, then we will all continue to suffer because we are all part of The Divine.

Awaken to the Present Moment

Today is your day, your best day. Why, because it is the only day you have for sure. Do not compare today to some place in the past that you thought was worse or better. When you do, you have left the present moment and are now residing in the past. Do not look for your peace and happiness in the future, because once again you have left the present moment.

What you seek already lives within you, whether you seek peace, security, happiness, love or the energy to create. It is here in the present moment and nowhere else.

When we are in a state of worry or struggle, it is because we have left the present moment and stepped into the past or we are looking to the future because this moment does not meet our expectations. When we stay in the moment, our worry and struggle fall away. It is only when we want something different from what is, that we suffer. Accepting what is, along with gratitude, brings peace and allows us to create from the field of all possibilities.

Accepting the truth does not mean we have to like it or that it will be perfect in our eyes. Furthermore, it does not mean that it will always be that way. In fact, things are always changing and once we embody this truth, we will begin to allow and co-create something different with the Creative Energy of the Universe.

We must begin to look into the face of what is and trust that all will be well. If we are unable to do this, then we have lost our faith. I am afraid that faith is one of those things that if we try to live without it, we may find ourselves getting lost in life.

How many times have you been worried, struggling in life or endured difficult times? Remember these times and the struggle you have already experienced. That struggle brought you to this place and made you who you are at this very moment. You survived it all and if you leave your struggle and worry behind you will move through whatever challenges you face going forward in life with more ease and grace.

As long as we look through the eyes of our conditioning, we are guided by the False-Self. However, when we see things honestly and look through the eyes of truth, we are connected with our True-Self.

It is through awareness that we begin to see this conditioning and are able to release it forever. This process of letting go or more appropriately said, waking-up helps us to become more connected to the present moment and our True-Self. We are then able to live our lives more fully, with ease and grace, with more opportunities to create from the field of all possibilities.

 

The Path to Peace

Our suffering, hate and anger is birthed in thought, even war starts here. We must learn to let these thoughts go. Our fear of what might happen will never bring us peace. We must learn to drop into our hearts, why, because this is where our empathy lies. This is where love begins to flow and the suffering, anger and hate begins to dissolve. Too many of us spend our day in our heads, worrying about what might happen or thinking about what has already happened to us. If we continue to listen to these misleading thoughts, then we are destined to suffer individually and collectively.

You may think this is an impossible task. Do you want to follow that thoughts direction or the direction of your heart? If you want to follow that thought, then you are part of the problem. If you want to follow the path of the heart then you are part of the solution. It really is that simple. You have already picked one of these paths. Are you aware of which one you are choosing?

 

A Higher Truth for the New Year

This will feel contrary to all that you know. All that society has taught you. However, this higher truth can bring you more peace than all your seeking put together. We are so conditioned to think that we are not good enough, that we have to change in some way to become something better; to do more and if we do, our reward of peace and happiness will come.

Have you ever wondered what makes us think this way?

When in fact, what we seek we already have, but we cannot see it because of all our busyness. All the searching you have done, even all the letting go has not led you to the place you seek.  Has it? There is always more letting go; more seeking to do.

So what is the answer? First, begin the New Year by setting aside some time to be quiet. This means doing nothing. It will only be in this space that you will reconnect with your True-Self. Then, throughout your day just be with what is. Do not wish it to be different. Do not try to make it different. This will not be easy at first for many of you, but I can assure you, this intention to breathe the life of each moment has what you seek already in it.

Your thoughts and habits will try to carry you away and sometimes they will. When you wake up and find yourself carried away by them, do not beat yourself up. Remember, you are not your thoughts or habits, and they are not in charge of you. Bring yourself back to the calm and peaceful being that you are deep within and feel the presence of your True-Self once again. This ongoing, even intermittent experience with the Divine presence within is all that is needed to feel and experience this higher truth for yourself.

External Pursuits

When our external pursuits become more important than our internal exploration, we will eventually feel lost in life. Even when we follow the path of external pursuits and our life seems good, we will wake up one day and feel that something is missing in our life. If we continue to pursue this missing thing “out there”, then we will begin to feel stress, melancholy, worry and other uncomfortable feelings.

Our sole purpose is to reconnect with our God energy, the True-Self. Without this awareness, there will always be internal disturbances that create external upset in our lives. It is important to know that religion alone will not offer you the answers you seek, unless it teaches you this truth. Otherwise, it too is just another external pursuit.

Therefore, whether you are religious or not, believe in God or not, LIFE requires that you let go. It is only through the process of internal exploration and letting go that we can ever finally find what we are looking for and in the end, you will realize that what you were looking for was never lost, just covered up by the thoughts that you believed to be true, that said otherwise.

The Only Surefire Way to End Gun Violence

What I am about to tell you can change your life forever. In fact, it can change the world! On the other hand, you can let your ungoverned thinking stop you before you read another word and just go about your business. That means you and your life will remain the same and so will the world. At some point, each one of us has to take responsibility for waking-up to the real issue of gun violence. What is the real issue? Well, it is not what you might think, but first let’s look at current talking points and why they have not worked.

We could say that a majority of adults, including gun owners, support common sense gun control such as background checks, bans on assault weapons, and bans on high-capacity magazines. We could say that gun control laws will not prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws.  We could also say that the Second Amendment was intended to protect the right of militias to own guns, not the right of individuals or that the Second Amendment was intended to protect gun ownership of all able-bodied men so that they could participate in the militia to keep the peace and defend the country if needed. [1] The argument here is that this was before we had the military.

Many argue that eliminating guns will solve the problem, but this is just not realistic and will never happen at our current level of consciousness. Thinking that adding more background checks will solve the problem is also not a complete solution.

When we reach a place where all sides have valid points and we are unwilling to see the other side, it becomes polarizing and this makes it impossible to move forward. Therefore, we have to find another way, because we have not made any real progress in years. Gun violence is getting worse and not just in the US, but in many places around the world.

“Peace is not an absence of war. It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, trust, and justice.” – SPINOZA

So again, what is the answer? Now be careful because this is where your thinking and conditioning might raise objections. The true answer is that this is a spiritual problem and it will take some inside work to solve it. Logic alone and outside blame will not work. If they did, then I would have no need to write this article because there would be very little — if any — gun violence in the world today.

We have to recognize that the problem is not what we think it is and we have to approach the solution from a different place. Then and only then will we be able to find a solution that works.

When we look at our problems, we often look at what we think we need to change in the world; this means, outside of ourselves. We point at this person or that thing as being the problem. We do not see the real problem, because we are too busy placing blame elsewhere; we think it is out of our control or we feel so removed from the problem that we do not engage.

We fail to see that the real problem does not reside out there, but instead it resides within us. This is the last place we want to look, but I have learned it should be the first. No matter what the issue is, if we trace it back to the real source, we will find it has something to with one or many of us.

For example, we want to blame Monsanto, the pharmaceutical industry, our government, or a terrorist group. What do these examples have in common? Individuals, just like you and me make them up. We can always lay blame at someone else’s feet, but it is only when we awaken to our own participation or lack thereof that we will begin to find our way to the truth. Ignoring something that we are aware of is indirectly participating in the problem and therefore, not a valid excuse for not getting involved in some way.

Getting involved means that we look inside first, which makes this a spiritual issue. Once we recognize it is a spiritual issue, we will eventually see that it is rooted in fear. We keep it alive by not questioning our lives or taking the steps to let go of who we have become. Too many of us are stuck in routine and mediocrity; this of course leads to being passively involved in the problems of the world. We feel our lives are too overwhelming and life is complicated. This is not because we are not capable of more, because we are all capable of living happy fulfilling lives. However, we have stopped going deep into our own lives; we live on the surface, repeating habitual patterns in our daily lives. We are too afraid to let go of the person we have become and we are too conditioned to see, feel and connect with our True-Self completely.

Once we become connected with our True-Self, we would not want to shoot other people, take their money, seek power for personal gain or do anything that was not supportive of the whole. It is simply not a possible or a soulful action.

Is it OK for a Christian to shoot another person or a Muslim to blow people up in the name of religion, personal gain or even protection? I ask you, would Jesus or Mohammad do these things? Of course not, they would forgive and they would act from love. Furthermore, this is the only place we would act from if we were connected more deeply to our True-Self.

We are mistaken to think that peace will come to the world through outer pursuits and at some future time because of these pursuits. The only way to have true peace in the world is to be peaceful ourselves and this will only happen when we wake up to the peace that already resides in us, which will only occur when we let go of who we have become.

This is not some lofty idea. This is in fact the only way. Some of you will immediately become angry, defensive or think I am just another kook who does not know what he is talking about and people like me are the problem. I would only ask if you feel this way to stop and question why you are thinking this thought; where did this belief come from and is it still valid? Likewise, if you agree, ask yourself the same question. Find a way to go deeper and do not move on so quickly to the next thing, just because you agree or disagree with someone.

As long as you are on this planet, you can connect more deeply with your True-Self. Be grateful and know that no matter your situation there is always something to be grateful for in your life. Know that you can create what you want in this life without doing it at the expense of another person. In fact, being of service to another or to the world in some way will bring you your greatest blessings. Follow your heart, be kind and act from your True-Self. Some day when enough of us do this consistently, we will put an end to gun violence and all the things we see and experience in this world that do not come from love.

Remember, problems like terrorism, human trafficking, war, and of course, gun violence, will never be solved as long as we perceive the problem to be out there. Just look back through history, the landscapes may have changed, but the problems have been here for centuries and as Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”[2]

I say, that we will never solve these world problems with thinking alone. In addition, as long as we are led around by our egos seeking power, greed and control, we can never live in the kind of world where we give more than we take or want. Since you cannot fix someone else, the only thing that you can do is become more awake yourself. If you are on this planet, then you are actively or passively participating in our problems. We are all good people at heart and everyone is doing the best that we can at their current level of awareness. However, you can always wake-up to a greater level of awareness. So I ask you to take an honest look at your life, what part are you playing in your current level of evolution? Are you actively involved or just passively letting life go by?

Healing is an inside job, so look there first before you point the finger somewhere else. Always ask what you can let go of to become more connected to your True-Self. Ask how you can be more loving, kind and accepting. We all have purpose and we all come from the same source; so no one deserves to be killed, mistreated or unloved. A tall order I know, because our conditioning runs so deep, but one we are all capable of doing better and when we know better, we do better. That is a fact!

We say, “Oh, Can’t we all just get along!” However what we really mean is, “Just do things the way I want.” Then we will have world peace. Do you think that conformity is what creation has in mind for us? If that were true, then everyone and everything would be the same. Would that be a fun world to live in?

Remember, the only solution to this problem is a spiritual solution. We need to let go of who we have become by becoming more aware of our thoughts, questioning our beliefs and letting go of those things that we recognize are no longer true for us. We need to make choices that are not only in our best interest, but also in everyone else’s best interest. This is how we end gun violence and improve our lives individually and collectively. This is how every problem that started in the past, that still exists today is finally solved. Moreover, it is the only way that we will not create problems for future generations and avoid self-destruction.

[1] http://gun-control.procon.org/ [2] http://www.thequotepedia.com/