What are we willing to let go?

When we surrender arrogance….we become humble(not as in humiliation),gentle and flexible to learn and be open to knowledge.

When we surrender the darkness of hatred….we switch on the Light of Love Within.

When we surrender selfishness and greed…..we become selfless,caring,compassionate,respectful and understanding of ourselves and others.

When we surrender unkindness…we share benevolence and goodness,joy becomes airborne!

When we surrender jealousy, we are able to see the beauty within.

When we subdue anger/aggression…we find peace and contentment!

When we calm the restless mind(thru mindful breathing and meditation)….the Heart takes over to Love with no conditions.

When we can recognize our fears,limitations and inner pains…..we can act with courage,faith,trust and perseverence to warrant healing and transformation.

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The Fear of Unknowing

As sentient beings we are affected with fear on a moment to moment basis.Fear makes us anxious,worried,agitated,losing control of our senses,losing sleep,appetite,no zest for living,joylessness,heightens our inner subtle or active aggression,etc.

Fear can either stop and limit our motivation to truly live out our full potential of human life/dignity or it can act as a catalyst to propel us to open doors into phenomenal realms.Which would we allow it to be?

There are too many types of fears we can put our finger on as we live our daily lives.In all honesty,yes, fear is a fact we can complain about or give reasons of its validity as we might say,we fear for our health,we fear the loss of jobs,of income,of our children/granchildren’s future,of the present pandemic,of being found out if we did something wrong,of rejection from loved ones/friends/associates,of what others may think/feel/will do to us,the fear of death,the fear of making decisions,of sharing and being kind, and the many many other fears,however trivial or immense.

In truth fear is about the not knowing(unknown),the losing of control of situations and persons we want attention from,the fear of giving in to something we cannot fight against,of being manipulated(taken advantage of).Fear is an energy that we have kept locked within the self which have subconsciously reminded us of pain and suffering that we do not wish to bear over and over.

Is the fear truly coming from external sources or are we experiencing it from within?

So we allow fear to take over our lives and stop ourselves from living consciously!We allow fear to prevent the freedom of our hearts to exercise and witness courage/fearlessness to be charitable/benevolent to ourselves and others.Do we allow fear to stop opening doors whereby we can discern,evolve and grow maturely/wisely as a human being on this earthly travels.What do we do to assuage it torments?We spend time observing/being aware of it’s tenacity,be with it, make friends with it,ask of it.Become tender with its energy that wants attention/acceptance and not rejecting its need to enslave.As we observe it without harsh reaction,it becomes an ally and dissipate,we live to open a new door! Nothing is permanent as the Buddha has said!

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May it be!

May we each take a teeny time to spend with ‘God’ in the silence of our hearts to quieten the mind and listen.What can be more sublime than to find time to sit quietly and be open to all the goodness that may be.Whatever religious path we may follow or not follow,whatever title we may hold,however we are,single or with family,saint or politician,we are on the Path only to Love and know that we are Loved!

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Blessings wherever we are!

I would like to share a personal glimpse of sheerblessedness while I was on a spiritual retreat in Samoa. Iwas in the Catholic Cathedral of Apia (capital of Samoa),sitting quietly meditating, when a little Samoan boy,probably not more than ten years old and still in schooluniform, walked into the cathedral and approached theVirgin Mary statue by the altar. He fell to his kneeswith his eyes transfixed, his hands clasped together,and he looked eye to eye at the statue, so intense inprayer. Tears flowed from my eyes to watch himcommunicate silently with his heart to something sodear and reverent. That was utter joy and a blessing forme to have witnessed a picture so delicate of a boy andhis sincere heart in prayer that I cannot erase this imagefrom my mind or from the tenderness of my heart.

~~~~~ excerpt from my book,’To Resurrect the True Self’,page 326-327 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

When the eyes of our hearts open to loving-awareness,we will find miracles and blessings wherever we are.Whether the world is collapsing in uncertainties around us,we will only witness beauty and tenderness within the self!

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Let the Heart be broken

Whatever we need to feel in this moment,we allow ourselves to feel.Let the pain,grief, hurt,disappointments,loss,betrayals and joys open the path into the Heart and break open its door.Let yourself be not afraid of opening into the heart,for it is wise and knows how to fully feel its capacity and work its way to healing.When we fear to break the Heart,we block the True path to God(Love).

Whereas when we depend on the continuous troubled state of the mind,it finds ways only to escape the afflictions thus prolonging pain and suffering, trapping us in clinging and hankering for happy, pleasureable and false enticements.

No matter what we may think,feel or believe ourselves to be,we are Pure energy of Love and Consciousness,incapable of deliberate injurious intentions! And while we travel along the journey of life,it is a purpose to find our way into the Heart to witness,be and live that Truth of who we are and so make the world around us a brighter place to be in for ourselves and all those we associate with.

Can we truly reflect on this…..if we do not have love,joy and kindness to offer of ourselves…who or what are we?

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The Divinity Within

When we have recognized the Divinity within ourselves,we can truly recognize another.We bow in respect and understanding of ourselves and to the beggar,the thief,the priest and the politician all the same.There is no enemy,who are we ‘fighting’against,who are we judging about,who are we condenming upon,why are we creating divisiveness about my colour and your colour, my religion and your religion,this politician and that priest,this gay or that straight person,this prostitute or that saint?We are all but One in our Divine nature of Love,Compassion, Wisdom and Pure Awareness.And when we look through the eyes of compassion and awareness,we act only with kindness and understanding for each other.

The Spiritual Love story

Some of us may have come across many times in our lives to hear of the words ‘spiritual journey’ and others may have no clue or have no regard of these words and what it means.To some it could conjure a frightening sense of it to be all a supernatural type of thing not for the faint -hearted or perhaps religious practices meant for extraordinary people or even ascertained as sanctimonious pursuits to reach a goal of ‘holiness’.So therefore we shun and disregard the word spiritual altogether.

As long as some of us might belong/practice or belief in a religious tradition or the some of us who are not affliated to any one religious tradition….we carry on with our daily lives as per usual forgetting who we truly are!

The spiritual journey is but a simple,direct, authentic process without a goal or pursuit of any kind of state or title.We can change the word journey to become adventure,thus call it ‘spiritual-adventure’.It is a True Love story,a love affair with ourselves,for ourselves to be of benefit to everyone,yes, even to those who cause harm and dislike us!We see ourselves as a noble,courageous and benevolent knight battling compassionately to release the imprisoned self from ‘demons'(the pain and suffering of fears, hatred,anger,greed, selfishness,jealousies,resentments,guilt, unhealthy habitual traits,and afflicted states,cravings/desires,attachment,etc.)The knight is seen bravely and lovingly removing toxic energies blocking the path into the knowing/witnessing of who we truly are…The True Self,we can call it ‘God/Godliness’ as in the attributes of Pure Awareness,Love(compassion), Wisdom and child-like innocent/simplistic Joy(our original state of being).

When the knight devotedly, valiantly and nobly enters the battlefield to truly,sincerely fight for the cause of Love,Peace and Kindness,the war is won and the True Self is revealed and joyously benefited by all who are wise to discern its Truth.When the battle is ‘won’,the warrior has found Freedom from unnecessary/wasteful suffering and True love(compassion),kindness and peace,the Heart is open,never to be shut again.

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Will anything last forever?

Does our ‘happiness’ depend on others and external circumstances?

When we experience any kind of loss,despair and disappointments….we grieve,we feel the aching of the heart, anger arises,we hurt,we mourn and perhaps torment others and ourselves further.The sadness looms indefinitely!

—Do we want it to last forever?

—Will it last forever?

When we experience happiness,we laugh,we feel ‘high and frivolous’,we feel ecstatic,we celebrate,we smile and perhaps wastefully treat others.

—Can it last forever?

—Will it last forever?

When the mind is busy nattering and chattering with non-stop worries,fabricating stories of past remembraces and drifting with anxiety over future endeavours.

—Do we want it to last forever?Do we want ways of peace?

—Will it last forever?

When we witness suffering within us, around us and to those close and dear to us.

—Do we want it to last forever?

—Will it last forever?

Will we want only to be an island of selfish happiness surrounded by an ocean of misery?Or can and will we make a change and be a lighthouse of Love, Wisdom, Joy and Kindness to share with others and be a source of comfort,strength,courage and hope?

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