Sunday, October 22, 2017

When Buddha and Christ Shook Hands

Atonement:Christian theology - the reconciliation of God and humankind through Christ
At-One-Ment: old English - the Buddhist experience of being at ONE with the world and GOD 

The Sages of the East were scientists of sorts. Lao-Tzu’s Tao Te Ching and Buddha’s Four Noble Truths are observations about the workings of our psyche and the laws of life that we experience. They found that we are in fact ONE, powered by a magnificent FORCE permeating everything and everyone. They discovered the state of being Awakened.

Joshua got the same insight from a different vantage point. In his 40 days in the desert he heard the VOICE of his FATHER who told him that the founding principle of GOD’s Kingdom is love. Follow the love in your life and you will find the WAY, that’s how Buddhism and Christianity can be unified. When the world is ONE, love is our connecting principle.

It is interesting to note that Siddhartha and Joshua more or less experienced the same temptations before their Awakening, a last upheaval of the psychological force that claims to be us. Lust, power, fame, philosophy, no matter what the voice came up with, both spiritual giants kept marching on with unwavering faith. Eventually the self melted in the magnificence of the SELF.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Make it Real

A college friend told us a somewhat embarrassing, but very insightful story. She said one former boyfriend had sex with her and initially it felt pleasurable enough, but somewhere in-between all the 'banging, uh -and ahing' she thought to herself, "heh, he is just on his own trip!" So she tapped him on the shoulder and asked, "What about me?"

When I first heard the story I felt painfully sorry for that guy. How embarrassing! Today, some thirty years later, I feel very differently. So what, he got a cold shower when he least expected it, but afterwards hopefully learned a lesson for life. Sex is a dance between two soul partners; the sooner we learn this fact of life the better.

How many think that porn, sex chats or other adult only entertainments are  just pleasurable outlets to let of some steam. This isn’t the case at all. These clips are cleverly guided pleasure tours which have nothing to do with the real experience of sex. Don't be on your own trip please. You don't want the hottie next to you tap on your shoulder telling you to snap out of it. 

Make it real!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Passion and Purpose (New)

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
(R. Buckminster Fuller)

I was sitting in my office reflecting on my professional direction, as well as the group's in the firm I am working for. Dark energy had descended in recent months. The business model was under attack. The fear that gripped many had brought out bad behavior. I was sitting there and asked myself whether I should quit or not. An expression from the Course in Miracles popped into my head, ‘GOD will not be mocked ... ‘ but I couldn't remember how the sentence ended so I googled it. As I opened my phone, the time was staring at me in bold letters, 

11:11 - the familiar symbol of synchronicity that many other spiritual travelers report to see as a blessing all the time as well. The sentence I was looking for read, ‘GOD is not mocked, is not a warning but a reassurance’. So just relax when you see thunder clouds on the horizon. Either way you will be fine. When it is your job to continue to serve others, the blue sky will return before you know it. And when it truly turns out that love is no longer being served at the place you have been working for, GOD will instead send you to a place that is truly worth your while. Either way, you will be just fine!

The world is ONE, so every crisis can also bring out the good in us. For every cancerous and criminal force, kindness and righteousness will rise in response. Some light workers may feel called to fight the old and corrupt, but the other choice is simply to build the new that is about to replace the old. There is no ‘wrong’ or ‘right’, there is only the mission that we perceive. Whatever it is you feel called to do, know that whenever there is passion and purpose, GOD will assist you in building something beautiful with it. In my case the decision to move on to something better and brighter was easy in the end. No more any conflicted energy. My 22 year gig in the financial industry is now behind me. From here on I embark on my next career as writer and spiritual coach. Let’s build something beautiful, shall we?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Not a Drop

Not a drop of blood,
no animal, no fish, 
and certainly no fellow human being.

Not a drop of semen,
no masturbation, no ejaculation,
instead a vertical explosion of energy.

Not a drop of a tear,
no harmful word, no unkind deed,
instead only tears of joy and compassion

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Doing GOD’s WILL

When man’s will is aligned with GOD’s WILL, it is an effortless existence.

They say Buddhist monks build beautiful sand castles at the beach and then see the incoming flood consume it all. It is a reminder that everything - no matter how loving, beautiful and meaningful - will eventually whither away.

Doors open, doors close. Friends die and babies get born. Every occurrence has meaning and allows us to advance spiritually by leaving something that we have outgrown and outlived behind.

Live the WAY of purpose and passion. The WAY will show you GOD’s WILL moment by moment. There is nothing to anticipate and nothing to fear. SHE will show up next to you and dance with you.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Self Improvement - Don't even Bother!

The SELF cannot be improved upon. All we can aspire to have a glimpse at our ever-present GOD CONNECTION. What we can do though, is to cut out our self-imposed interferences. That’s all! We can't will ourselves towards GOD. How can we trust the self - the ingenious, self-preserving force - to guide us towards holiness? 

When we cut out negative people, we may sever the connection that tells us that something inside is not quite kosher. When we focus on positive thinking, we might simply run away from the dark cancer cells that grow inside of us. Yes, we can awaken to our SELF, but the best way of getting there is by jumping over the same hurdles that life throws at everyone. 

Life is the best life-coach there is. All we have to do is to choose a mission of passion and purpose and then see where life takes us. The pain we experience in order to fulfill our mission merely shows us the interferences that are still holding us back. There is nothing to complain about, the harder life pushes us down, the more forceful we splash to the surface.

Spiritual travelers are in the same league as everyone else. Life alerts everyone to the VOICE. It is just that most are too busy to notice. The pain everyone has to shoulder peers a hole into the veil that we mistakenly took as reality before. Again, most people are too busy plastering over the pain so they miss the opportunity to look at what lies beyond the self.

Our mission, our ability to go within, and our realization that life looks out for us rather than pushing us down, is the WAY. Yes, we can position ourselves for the Awakening by following the WAY moment by moment. We can be the artist who has a VISION of GOD's KINGDOM every day. We can learn to hear the VOICE in life's messiness and busyness.

We don’t have to improve on anything. Let’s open our eyes here and now and let’s hang out with HER messengers. All the positive attributes that our self improvement books talk about come naturally along the WAY.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Express Your SELF

We may be so much more than our body but everyone has to admit, our body perception is a fairly persistent experience.

Our SELF is beyond the psychological perception of the 'I', but again, it is a fairly persistent thought and feeling.

Transcendence is the WAY. Let’s accept and appreciate our body and express our SELF in that beautiful manifestation.

Acknowledge the fears and the longings of the 'I', be open to life and just see what happens. Chances are the SELF will shine through one way or the other.