CONFIDENCE

CONFIDENCE

CONFIDENCE

Developing self confidence with the aim of stabilizing our inner sense of peace, is a flawed strategy.

A more powerful and enduring endeavor is to focus our attention on self realization – discovering the Truth of who we really are.

A byproduct of realizing our true infinite nature is confidence.

While it is certainly healthy and helpful to believe in yourself, a deeper exploration reveals that the “self” in which one endeavors to believe doesn’t actually exist, except as a collection of thoughts and beliefs. Thoughts and beliefs are ephemeral, they come and go, they are transient.

What we’re really after isn’t actually confidence, it is TRUST. We are looking for something in which we can trust. Looking to the conditioned and mind constructed self as a stable place to put our trust is an inherently unstable strategy.

What we are looking for is an eternal truth into which we can surrender, let go and simply BE. This feeling of angst that spurs a search for confidence is the nagging feeling of our soul desiring to be free of the illusion of self and reunited with the truth of our eternal nature.

Self doubt is natural and healthy.

Typically the self that we are doubting is the story of self
that we’ve constructed in our own mind.

That constructed self very well should be doubted.

Awaken the true self that is beyond doubt.

To work on self confidence while neglecting the explorations into the true core nature of our being only prolongs our seeking. Go straight to what truly brings peace – Realizing your Truth.

What we find when we stop trying to bolster the illusion of self and we begin to inquire honestly into the true nature of who we really are, before all thought and all constructs of self, is not a “thing”. We find the pure, infinite and eternal “IS-ness” of the life force that breaths us all into existence. And there, we find a sweet and abiding trust.

When we surrender the illusion of a self that needs to control and manipulate the world to generate and maintain a feeling of self-confidence, we find a natural, infinite and unshakable TRUST.

Ultimately the invitation here is not to strengthen your belief in your story of self, but to know and embody the eternal truth of who you truly are beyond the illusion of self.

Within that knowing one discovers their already present, natural and unshakeable confidence and one gains access to a universe of possibilities.

You Can Use a Thorn to Remove a Thorn

You Can Use a Thorn to Remove a Thorn

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.

Your Soul is a Temple of Grace

Your Soul is a Temple of Grace

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.

The “Me” of The Mind & The True Self

The “Me” of The Mind & The True Self

The “Me” of The Mind & The True Self

The mind needs a self, an identity, a “me”.

If we don’t awaken the true consciousness of Self, the mind will continue to cobble together a self out of thoughts, beliefs, stories, interpretations, assessments, judgements, opinions and perceptions.

This “me” of the mind will never stabilize. All creations of mind are subject to endless questioning, endless reassessment, re-creation and subtle or not so subtle thoughts of ‘not yet good enough’.

When we are disconnected from our divine truth and identified as a self separate from Source, we will innately feel “not enough”.

If we don’t realize and awaken our true eternal BEing, the mind will never let go of the only self it knows. It needs a sense of “me” and it doesn’t care if it is a fiction of its own making. The mind has no allegiance to truth. It has allegiance only to its own creations.

The absolute and true nature of our BEing is always present and so beautifully close. It can’t not be, it is the truth of us.

It is simply a matter of shining the light of awareness upon it with consistent devotion, faith and love. Meditation – the opportunity to gather our awareness and point it with gentle intention to the truth of BEing.

In each meditation you may wake up a bit from the dream of you, only to fall back asleep into the dream. Meditate again and wake up a bit more. Then walk out into the world and fall back asleep. Wake up, fall back asleep. Wake up. Fall asleep.

Wake up from the dream of you and realize the remarkable truth of you consistently enough and at some point, you stay awake. You may then find it harder to fall back asleep than to stay awake.

Why would you want to stay in a limited and unstable dream of self when the truth of you is so infinitely vast, stable and beautiful?

This is the invitation meditative inquiry – To point awareness beyond the dreamed self again and again and again and encounter the imperishable and infinite Self that is awakened beyond the dream.

Awakening to Truth is an Awakening From Fear

Awakening to Truth is an Awakening From Fear

Awakening to Truth is an Awakening From Fear

Waking From the Dream of i

“Once awakened from the dream of separation, the awakened soul can once again celebrate its most divine dance with God.”

Our fears and anxieties are the imaginings of the dreamed self that feels itself separate from the one divine consciousness.

When we awaken the unified Soul Self beyond that dreamed separate self, the construct of the dream crumbles and all the conditioning that was built within the dream falls away with it.

When you’re dreaming at night and in the dream you’re being chased by a tiger, it seems very real and you experience fear within the dream.

When you awaken in the morning into an “awake” consciousness, the dream fades away.  And with it, the fears , anxieties, confusions and other emotional states that were a part of the dream, fade away as well.

The same is true as we awaken from the dreamed or constructed self that we have created in our mind.  It seems so real.  But when we awaken to the truth of our soul and the love that moves through our soul, the constructed and conditioned dream of self fades away.  And with it goes the fears, anxieties, confusions, doubts, and emotional wounds that belong only to that dreamed self.

Your fears and anxieties are not authentic to your imperishable soul.  They belong only to the self you have dreamed into being in your own mind.

Within the stillness and presence of meditation, we can point our awareness to, and thus awaken, the true and eternal Self.  With the true Self awakened, we no longer need to continue dreaming a self into being.