The Presence of Peace
The Fundamental Error
You are not who or what you ‘think’ you are.
Consequently life is not about what you think life is about.
The fundamental error is believing that life is about satisfying the needs of a thought-constructed separate ego self that you are not.
Satisfying this unreliable illusion of self creates an unreliable and ultimately unfulfilling and unsustainable world of illusion.
We’re witnessing the crumbling of that fragile world today.
We have a precious and unprecedented opportunity now to awaken our most divine and substantial nature of being.
We have the opportunity to embrace and embody the true loving consciousness that we are, which exists prior to and beyond any diaphanous story of self that the mind is constantly reconstructing.
We have the opportunity to reshape our lives and the world based on the Imperishable Truths of Love, Unity and the Divine Nature of One Consciousness.
You Can Use a Thorn to Remove a Thorn
You can use a thorn to remove a thorn.
In a meditation of inquiry, you can use the mind as a tool to point to a revelation of Self beyond mind.
This revelation of Self is experienced as a “sense” or “essence” within and not as a conceptual idea about self that appears in the mind or intellect.
A good inquiry, asked with a deep devotion to knowing truth, has great power.
The inquiries are what wake up the True Self.
Sit and inquire…
“What is the nature of the Self that exists prior to or beyond all thoughts, beliefs and conditioning about who I am?”
“If there were not a mind generated story of self, would I still exist? And if so, what does the nature of that ‘something’ feel like?”
“What is the nature of the presence which is aware of all my transient ideas about self?”
“What is the nature of that which is eternally stable and whole and always present no matter my emotional, mental or physical state of being?”
It is not a failure if the “answers” are not immediately and clearly felt. Typically that which is first encountered with such inquiries is experienced as an emptiness or void, which can be very disconcerting. This discomfort with emptiness typically engages the mind to resolve the emptiness with thoughts and concepts. The mind is more comfortable with objects with which it can relate. It struggles with formlessness.
Any answers that the mind quickly conjures to resolve such inquiries are typically just more concepts and thoughts.
Let the mind ask the questions with devotion and curiosity and then set the mind aside so that the answers may reveal themselves in actual felt experience.
You can use a thorn to remove a thorn.
You can use the mind to point to and reveal the True Self beyond mind.
The Unification of God and Soul Within the Human Experience.
The journey and experience of awakening to divine consciousness as our larger and eternal truth is not an easy experience to describe. Even that sentance right there will evoke within most a doggish tilt of the head and a confused “Whaaaaa?”
Truly, awakening needs to be experienced to be realized. But, for anyone who is experiencing awakening and wants to share the experience with others, the best we can do, shy of guiding the meditative journey itself, is to use as descriptive of words and analogies as we can to give a sense of what is happening.
And in these descriptions, we are using limited words to point to some of the ethereal dynamics at play. It’s a bit like describing the taste of peanut butter to someone who has never eaten peanut butter. Or describing blue to a blind person.
But, it is helpful to get a sense of this new and unfamiliar territory being navigated and to learn how we might wield our awareness and presence so that we might notice what we may otherwise miss without someone pointing us to where and how to look. Tilt of head – “Whaaaaaaa?”
But for those of us in the journey, certain experiences reveal themselves with great clarity. Most often within the meditative experience. Like a math equation suddenly coming into focus for one who is familiar with the language of math.
So, perhaps this will make some sense if you’re beginning to experience what opens up and reveals itself as you point your awareness beyond the mind and peer into the eternal nature and vastness of BEing.
Here’s how it revealed itself to me this morning…..
As the personal identity collapses or thins, there is a unification of Soul and God within the human experience.
The story of self that we have created as our identity is a thick veneer that blinds us to our wholeness. It is like a layer of smog between heaven and earth that keeps the two from coming into divine union. When that layer is purified or collapsed, God can be in clear communication with the soul and the soul can once again know the love of God.
This unification is the natural wholeness that we are and that is calling to be realized.
This is the inherent yearning that moves within us and prods us to wake up beyond the dream of self that keeps us from knowing our true divinity.
This collapsing of the personal identity that allows the unification of Soul and God destroys the illusion of separation and brings into the human experience deep peace, unconditional love and a profound equanimity of presence.
The temporary and finite person is merely a vehicle of consciousness where the divine and eternal dance of God and Soul may be fully realized, lived and celebrated.
The confluence of God and Soul is the confluence of unconditional love (God) and divine purpose (Soul). It is the confluence unwavering stillness and divine passion. It is the confluence of infinite silence and pure desire.
Within, there is our aliveness, our vitality, our drive, our passion and our purpose. This is the pure soul realized.
Feeling outward into the expanded consciousness there is unwavering grace, pure silence and stillness, and the purity of unconditional love.
When the temporary story of self is collapsed, the infinite love converges with the eternal passion.
This is when life becomes most full, alive, rich and vast.
Your Soul is a Temple of Grace
When you step into the courtyard of a temple or a beautiful sanctuary, you are transformed. A great peace descends upon you.
You cross a threshold from the mundane into the sacred.
You enter a place of intentional and conscious presence, love, peace and devotion.
And in that short crossing of a threshold your entire world is, if even for just a few moments, transformed.
When you step into the temple and majesty of nature, a vast grace sweeps through you & washes away your worldly concerns.
We go to the temple of nature to return to God, to surrender to grace, to commune with love.
The same is true when you rest in the stillness of your own heart, through which you may step into the embrace of your own divinity.
Your own soul is the temple, the sanctuary and the nature of infinite peace, love and grace.
It’s so close, so immediately available, so unwaveringly present.
But we must choose to enter our own sacred truth. We must seek out those who may help us make that short yet epic journey into our own grace. Most pass right by that entrance to their own sanctuary. They are seeking what is within, but they seek outside of themselves.
It is often a matter of simply turning away from the noise of the mind’s perceptions and turning instead toward the stillness. It is a matter of choosing in what direction you place your next step, and then the next.
The temple of infinite love is always only a step, a breath, a choice away.
We need only to turn gently within the stillness to meet ourself, the true self that is patiently waiting and always holding open the invitation for us to enter our divine grace.