A greater intelligence exists in the universe than our human intelligence. Some call it God; others call it the Creative Energy of the Universe or Divine Source. There are many other names used to describe this force. We humans forget that we are not the most intelligent and productive force at work in the cosmos.
We are failing to take care of the gift this greater intelligence gives us, which is our human experience and all the life on Mother Earth. It will still be here creating and expanding long after we are gone. We must wake up to our ignorance if we want to continue to survive and thrive. If we work with it, instead of against it, we will be blessed more than we can imagine.
Unfortunately, as history has shown us, we prefer to go our own way. We believe that we are smarter than what created us and because of this, we are sowing the seeds of our destruction.
However, hope should never be lost, but we must wake up to this truth. We must begin to see the damage we cause in the name of power, money, and our righteousness. We must not wait to think about the future. We must take action now so that the generations that follow us not only have a place to live, but they can continue to co-create and expand with this Divine and intelligent energy.
How do you define true success in your life? Many think that their accomplishments are the sign of a successful life. We are conditioned to believe that the job we have or the money we earn determines our level of success. We are taught to think that the size of our house or the number of possessions we have, signifies success.
Have you noticed that everything that I mentioned above can be taken away at any moment? If it were, would you still consider yourself a successful person or are you now a failure?
The idea that things define our level of success is all based on our conditioning and beliefs that we developed at a very young age, and that gets passed down from generation to generation. Then we carry these beliefs throughout our entire lives without ever exploring what might lie underneath the person we have become and our beliefs. We just assume that this is who we are and that we formed these beliefs out of our own free will.
When we put too much emphasis on what we have acquired or even accomplished, we can tie our identity to them, and when we find ourselves without them, we feel lost in life. We put so much energy into finding, getting or caring for these things, that we do not know who we are without them.
A successful person knows who they really are, their very essence and that allows them to be grounded in the present moment. This requires waking up to our conditioning through awareness and then releasing it.
The conditioned self is called the False-Self. It is the person you have become through your conditioning; an artificial persona that you created to protect yourself.
The True-Self is ever-present awareness, and from this state when something or someone is lost to you, you do not become a casualty of your experience. You are still able to embrace the gift of your life fully, and all that means. You realize that each experience in your life has something to offer you, and that is for your highest good. Even in those times when you do not like it, or it hurts.
Without a keener sense of awareness, you are destined to continue repeating your conditioned behaviors until you die. Without ever knowing true success in this life and what living life to the fullest feels like. You will be fooled by your False-Self into thinking that what you are experiencing now in your life is all it has to offer. This erroneous thinking will keep stuck in a repetitive loop, a sort of sleepwalking, and you will never be able to see true success or enjoy the experience of it.
Have you ever awakened to your generosity being taken advantage of, and then feel guilty for not helping anymore? This is not unique to you and happens too many of us. It is in our nature to be kind and helpful.
When we become co-dependent with a friend or family member, it is easy for them to expect our generosity every time they call on us. They can even become upset when we do not give them exactly what they want. A sure sign the relationship is co-dependent, and you need to wake up.
The hardest thing to do is to let go, but that will be the most helpful for everyone involved.
When you put everyone else first, you risk your physical and emotional well-being, then what will you have to offer anyone who actually can benefit from your help. Usually, once we let go the other person steps up and takes responsibility for their problems. However, we do not have control over their choices and the path they are on in this life. They must be free to make their own mistakes and learn from them. Otherwise, they will never realize how powerful they are and what they are capable of in this life.
When the fear of feeling our emotional and physical pain becomes more significant than our intention to heal, we fall into a state of resistance and contraction. When we resist and contract we fail to release the energy of this pain entirely, and part or all of it remains in the body.
The ongoing presence of this energy in our body literally influences our lives on a daily basis through our thoughts, choices, and actions. It can also affect the physical body in a myriad of ways including illness.
It is not until it comes back into our awareness through self-inquiry or another event that brings it up into our conscious awareness that we can release it. At that time it must be felt and released, or it will remain stuck indefinitely and impacting our lives in some way.
We are often tricked by the mind to think that we have to figure things out or understand them to let go and heal. The truth is when we think this way; we are destined to hold onto our problems in hopes of finding the answer. However, what if the answer never comes; this is how we become saddled with our problems.
What I’ve learned through my work and life is that if we are meant to know something, the information will always show up. You must ask yourself what is more important, to figure it out or to let it go. Your answer should always be to let it go and then trust that if you are meant to know something useful, it will come to you with ease. Do not make the healing process more difficult by always having to know everything because sometimes you will never figure it out.
Whether you call yourself religious or not, do not forget that compassion has no hierarchy of worthy and unworthy, and it makes no distinctions between the deserving and the undeserving. Wherever there is suffering, there is a need for compassion. We often forget this and instead spue hatred toward those in need. We are so busy protecting what we think is ours and ours alone that we cannot see the suffering of others. We are all here experiencing our humanness together, and we must support one another if we ever want to live in peace. Putting up imaginary walls to protect ourselves or a real one will not protect us, we only think it will. What happens instead is that we lose our humanity; our compassion and most of all our ability to see the truth.