There are only two ways, one is not really a ‘way’ at all, it’s an illusion, but it shows up as the belief in separateness. The true way, the only real way is oneness with God, that’s who you really are. That’s who all your brothers and sisters really are. The only right minded thing you can do is to decide for God but you will need help to keep on deciding for God. That’s what The Holy Spirit is for. To decide for God just requires a nod to God, a holding out your hand to God. It’s a beautiful moment of surrender, it’s a beautiful moment of realising actually you’re not surrendering anything. The only barometer you can use to test if you are on the right path is:
‘are you experiencing a peace that goes beyond your normal egoic understanding, and is it void of guilt or fear?’
If you’re not experiencing this peace, it is a sure sign that the ego has hitched a lift. But don’t fear, it’s just another amazing opportunity to turn, ever so slightly, towards God and He will take care of the rest.
The sensations of the body often go unnoticed; the two Nile in the toes, the electricity in the hands. Doing a body scan of such sensations, starting at the toes and scanning slowly to the head can help you anchor your awareness in the present moment rather than chasing the monkey mind of incessant thinking. Being aware of what is right now can help you still your mind and listen the present moment. The spirit can finally be heard, the still small voice can remind you who you really are and love can extend its helping hand.
In today’s session, we focus on the sensations in our body to experience who we are in the present moment. When asked “who are you?” we may use words to convey a concept of who we are: ‘l’m a teacher’, ‘I’m a happy person’ l’m a very busy person’ and inevitably, they focus on past or future thought patterns. There’s nothing wrong with these descriptions but they cannot convey the true depth and mystery of who who you really are. We can, however experience a rest from such mind activity and become aware of our being in the present moment. This meditation can help us to take time out and replenish our energy by focusing on only what is taking place right now. Even a short time spent being aware of the present moment can have a positive impact on the rest of the day. So welcome, and enjoy your mini mind holiday!
Grievances are not real – merely phantoms; wisps of delusional smoke. My quest is to shine bright which is not possible as a separate little ego, bereft of any source but as a child of God, a vessel; a lamp ready and primed to receive God’s fire. My job is to look at my grievances and let them dissolve away and my motivation is to enable my brothers and sisters to see their way too. It’s not my strength alone I share but the gift of grace I pass on to my brothers and sisters. The Christ Jesus is that light. The source of all that is.
Your light is dearer to me than all the trinkets I may play with to keep me from seeing your light and the adornments I use to hide the light within me. Salvation is my only need. This is it. So simple yet so alludes the ego mind. I do not need to search for my purpose or meaning in this world. I have always known it really.
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
Difficult if not impossible to maintain for more than a moment if my focus is on my ego mind. My ego mind justifies my grievances because my body feels threatened. How can I not hold a grievance if I feel threatened, small and vulnerable. Because I am not all knowing, all present and all powerful, guilt and shame are inevitable consequences as I realise my errors. In reality, I truly do not know what I do.
I trust in you, oh Lord of Peace, I am not just a body. My body is merely a communication device to express the glory of God’s love in the world. I am in my Father’s image, therefore I see. I am awake. I cannot be anything other than awake. When I am not awake, I am really, I just can see it. God forgives because it’s His nature, He cannot do otherwise. God is love. God is forgiveness. Above all, God is love. One day there will be no need for forgiveness because God never condemned in the first place. But for now, my path to the peace of God is through forgiveness.
We will all get there eventually, some soon, some when disaster strikes, 🤕 some when we take time out (take up meditation, 🧘🏻♂️ stop believing every thought as if it were a god, ⛔️ take up travelling 🚶🏾♂️ or sports ⚽️ or painting 🎨 or whatever works), some when we get older, 🙀 some on our death beds 🛏 and some when we return to the source of the universe – whatever that might be for you. 🌌
‘Make hay while the sun still shines’ – get present to all your thoughts, feelings, fears, angers, hates, loves, uncomfortable feelings – the whole bloomin’ lot!
Get present to what’s here, now both externally and within. Do it NOW; Literally – not metophorically!
❤️ Being present to it all is really true love and the kindest thing you can do for yourself and everyone else on the planet. ❤️