Experiencing who you are

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!

ACIM Lesson 69: My grievances hide the light of the world in me

Ive been following that star all my life!

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.”

T. S. Eliot

Being present

  • 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. ❤️

🙏🏼😀🙏🏼

WEEK 7 – Stillness: true knowledge

Give up your need to know and in doing so, infinite knowledge opens up’

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  1. Read all the steps and notes below before starting this meditation.
  2. Get comfortable and completely relax remaining as still as you can. Notice your body breathing like you have never noticed before.
  3. Don’t be concerned if your mind is racing or thinking of this or that – let it – just choose to focus on your breathing for now
  4. Regardless of the activity in your mind, dedicate the next fifteen minutes to allowing yourself to experience whatever comes up for you whether it’s thoughts, feelings, visions or emotions.
  5. Set a timer for 15 minutes (choose a gentle alarm!) and start when you are comfortable and ready.

NOTES

  • Allow everything in this present moment, no matter how negative or uncomfortable – it’s all energy flowing through your body.
  • Now, without being concerned about any outcome, allow your whole focus to rest on your experience of being alive right now. Allow it all.
  • Stay with the experience as you chant in your mind the mantra ‘I am’ over and over again.
  • Let the mantra dissolve into a meaningless mumble – it doesn’t matter; what does is your undivided attention on your present moment experience. This is where your source dwells – the source of all knowledge and wisdom.
  • Do this every day of the week

WEEK 6 – There was never anything wrong

Even your resistance is manna from heaven’

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  1. Read all the steps and notes below before starting this meditation.
  2. Get comfortable and completely relax remaining as still as you can. Notice your body breathing as if for the first time.
  3. Don’t be concerned if your mind is racing or thinking of this or that – let it – just choose to focus on your breathing for now
  4. Regardless of the activity in your mind, dedicate the next fifteen minutes to allowing yourself to experience whatever comes up for you whether it’s thoughts, feelings, visions or emotions.
  5. Set a timer for 15 minutes (choose a gentle alarm!) and start when you are comfortable and ready.

NOTES

  • Allow everything in this present moment, no matter how negative or how positive. Nothing is wrong or ‘shouldn’t be’. There are no mistakes, there’s just what is!
  • Rejoice with curiosity any thoughts that may come up and allow them space to breath..
  • Without any effort or striving, know that each thought form is not just a chaotic, random occurance but carefully prepared nourishment for your growth.
  • Like the beauty of a rose needs the nourishment of manure, respect the process and let it happen. One needs the other.
  • Do this every day of the week

WEEK 5 – Allow energy to flow again

Discomfort signals a blockage of energy – the life force that flows through us.

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  1. Read all the steps and notes below before starting this meditation.
  2. Get comfortable and completely relax remaining as still as you can. Notice your body breathing as if for the first time.
  3. Don’t be concerned if your mind is racing or thinking of this or that – let it – just choose to focus on your breathing for now
  4. Regardless of the activity in your mind, dedicate the next fifteen minutes to allowing yourself to experience whatever comes up for you whether it’s thoughts, feelings, visions or emotions.
  5. Set a timer for 15 minutes (choose a gentle alarm!) and start when you are comfortable and ready.

NOTES

  • Allow everything in this present moment, no matter how negative or how positive. Nothing is wrong or ‘shouldn’t be’. There are no mistakes, there’s just what is!
  • Notice with curiosity any thoughts that may try to explain away your experience. It’s enough to simply notice these ‘explanations’ – especially any familiar or reoccurring ones.
  • Without any effort or striving, you may also notice sensations or ‘shifts’ – notice them, but don’t try to nudge or force anything.
  • Notice the eyes of compassion and grace, free from condemnation and judgement.
  • Do this every day of the week

WEEK 4 – Resting in stillness

“Stillness is not the absence of movement, rather a viewpoint from which you observe movement”

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  1. Read all the steps and notes below before starting this meditation.
  2. Get comfortable and completely relax remaining as still as you can. Notice your body breathing as if you noticed for the first time.
  3. Don’t be concerned if your mind is racing or thinking of this or that – let it – just choose to focus on your breathing for now
  4. Regardless of the activity in your mind, dedicate the next ten minutes to allowing yourself to experience whatever comes up for you whether it’s thoughts, feelings, visions or emotions.
  5. Set a timer for 10 minutes (choose a gentle alarm!) and start when you are comfortable and ready.

NOTES

  • Allow everything in this present moment, no matter how negative or how positive. Nothing is wrong or ‘shouldn’t be’. There are no mistakes.  You are never ‘doing it wrong’; there’s just what is!
  • Without engaging in any effort nor with any striving, simply choose to look deeply with curiosity at whatever your experience is in this present moment.
  • Imagine you are watching the movie of your life, the ‘little me’ life of concepts and thought forms with all its dramas and complaints; it’s upsets and it’s manic times.
  • Notice how ‘you’ are watching all this – and wonder, with curiosity, ‘how is it possible that ‘I’ can be aware of my own thoughts.
  • Notice the eyes of compassion and grace as you notice these things – rest in the awareness of all that comes up free from condemnation and judgement.
  • Do this every day of the week