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.

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.

Let go of you and discover the True You.

Let go of you and discover the True You.

Let go of you and discover the True You.

This video is from Satsang, April 28, 2019, a day after my 58th birthday. The aliveness of peace and surrender was flowing with such abundance.

This Satsang is primarily about surrender.

It is about surrendering all our ideas of self… Completely.  So that we may discover the imperishable self that can never truly be lost.

This faith of surrender is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do.

And yet it offers one of the greatest freedoms you will ever know.

Typically there is a panic that can accompany this depth of surrender.  But not to worry.  You won’t lose the true self. You cannot lose what you truly are. You can only discover a deeper truth of you.

Like throwing wheat into the air and letting the wind carry away the chaff…

Throw all thoughts and images and concepts of you up into the air and let all that is not truly you be carried away.

Your soul will remain.

Welcome home.

 

Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

I beg your indulgence to share a morning revelation…

Our narratives lead us away from truth.

I was presented this morning with various challenging story lines through a rapid series of received phone calls and emails.

Disappointing circumstances. Surprising circumstances. Overwhelming circumstances. Threatening circumstances.

I gave each one its own narrative. One narrative led down the path of anger / fear. Another down the path of resentment. Another down the path of lack. One more down the path of blame.

The further I rode each narrative, the further away I got from truth.

Sitting in my meditation, my mind was swimming in justification, blame, control, fixing, fighting.

My mind was swimming in mind.

What if I stopped? What if I stopped the narrative? What if I stopped manipulating for outcome with my stories?

What if I asked, what is true? Not about the situation, but what is eternally true?

What if I returned to the knowing that life is not about applying self generated narratives to fix and control each life condition? (more…)

Struggle

I sometimes use the word “suffering” to describe the human condition that can result from being over identified with the ego-mind. I often speak about transcending the human suffering or being liberated from our suffering.

For some that is too strong a word and they can’t relate. They don’t feel that an experience as strongly described as “suffering” is present in their life. Perhaps the suffering has become so normalized within the human condition that it no longer seems like suffering.

For me, “suffering” is synonymous with stuck, trapped, confined, unnecessarily limited, held down and other such conditions that inhibit living in full and vibrant expression of True Self.

But if “suffering” doesn’t quite resonate perhaps there’s another related condition that might. I would wager that for most there is some resonance with a sense of Struggle.

In a typical life there is often some degree of emotional, mental or spiritual struggle that would love to find some resolution. It is the mind that struggles. The struggle of the mind may manifest as a sensation within the body. But the genesis of the feeling is the struggle of the mind.

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