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.

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.

Two Truths

Two Truths

Two Truths

These days there are really only 2 truths that guide me in navigating life.

And in abiding these 2 core guiding principles, life is so much more graceful, beautiful and alive than I’ve ever known it before.

1) I am not this conditioned and habituated ego (mind constructed self) that reacts, mostly from a sense of fear or a belief in lack. I am not the restless mind that is constantly trying to GET what it thinks it lacks, trying to AVOID what it thinks can destroy it, or trying to CLING to what it likes.

2) The truth of my Being is that I am the eternal, infinite and unchanging AWARENESS within which all that is temporary comes and goes, arises and passes, is born and dies. Thoughts come and go. Beliefs come and go. Conditions come and go. Emotions come and go. All form comes and goes. EVERYTHING is passing within, and perceived by, the unchanging Awareness of Being.

That’s it. End of story.

I really don’t see much that these truths don’t address.

Eternal Presence is Our Authentic Nature.

Eternal Presence is Our Authentic Nature.

My love is more authentic than my hate.

My peace is more authentic than my anger.

My compassion is more authentic than my judgement.

My faith is more authentic than my fear.

Hate is of the conditioned mind. Love is the natural state of being readily available when the hate is not believed.

Anger is of the conditioned mind. Peace is the eternal truth that is ever present beyond the troubled mind.

Judgement is of the conditioned mind. Compassion is of the untouched and unchanging eternal presence within which the mind’s judgement simply comes and goes.

Fear is of the conditioned mind. Faith blooms effortlessly from the grace and aliveness that is the natural ground of being beyond all thought.

I am not my mind’s constructed beliefs. They are not original to my Being and therefore not authentic.

I AM THAT eternal awareness within which all transient conditions of mind come and go.

The eternal presence and Awareness is our Authentic Nature.