The big mistake

“I’m not lovable.” (Also known as, “I’m not good enough.”)

Distill any unhappiness down to its essence, and you will find some variation on this belief. Common stories go something like this: “Someone inflicted trauma, therefore I am unlovable, or not good enough.”

It is understandable how you could draw these conclusions, erroneous though they may be. However, these beliefs (lies) can only be held as long as one perceives through the lens of dualistic (small mind) thinking.

“I’m not lovable” — holding this belief requires the perception that there are two distinct entities, subject and object, and that the subject (the giver of love) refuses to give love to the object (the starving, would-be recipient of love) because the object is not worthy of receiving love.

This is the big mistake.

The truth is not the opposite– “I am lovable” — the truth is “I am LOVE.” How can one not be lovable when one IS the act of LOVE?

“I’m not good enough.” The opposite is not “I am good enough”… the truth is, “I am GOODNESS.”

These misperceptions become habitual thought patterns when you continue to look outside of yourself for validation from external sources; sensory experiences such as relationships, food, clothing, movies, travel… the list goes on.

Your journey of remembering that you are the Source of Love involves healing this misperception.

Instead of looking outward for validation, turn inward. Look to your own heart. That is where you will find the truth that has always been with you: You ARE love. You ARE goodness. You ARE compassion. You ARE hope. You ARE divine wisdom. No matter what behaviors you have or have not exhibited on this plane of existence, your divine nature is unshakable. Unquestionable. Bullet-proof.

Go inward. Turn away from all that you see, hear, touch, taste, smell, and think about. This is known as releasing attachment. It’s perfectly fine to engage in daily life– just do so recognizing that all sensory experience is to be set gently aside… they are not what is important– they are not what matters– they are not what is real. Only the internal world of the heart is real.

Look inward and remember.

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Supreme confidence. Supreme humility.

This is how we best bring our gifts to service in the world.

The voices that would have you believe you are not good enough, not smart enough, not prepared enough, not articulate enough… are actually one in the same voice– the voice of ego. The small mind.

Much has been written about the empty nature of the ego; its basis on memory. Nothing more than a list of preferences FOR and AGAINST. Put another way, a list of desires and fears. Both desire (attraction toward something) and fear (repulsion from something) are nothing more than attachment. They are two sides of the same ‘coin’. The ‘coin’ of attachment.

When you turn your attention away from the intellect, from the small mind, and toward the heart, you take the wind out of the ego’s sails.

The doubting, nagging nature of the ego, like a chameleon, changes voice, color, and tone to suit its own needs; to protect its own “survival.” Of course, in Reality, there IS no ego; not really. There is only LOVE. There is only The One. The ego is simply the name we give to a collection of thought patterns when we choose to close our eyes and turn away from our True Source.

Like a child who covers his eyes and believes the world has disappeared because he can no longer see it, we generate thoughts of abandonment, fear, pain, suffering, and tragedy. We seek solace outside of ourselves; through shopping, sex, alcohol, drugs, exercise, travel, eating… the list goes on. We imagine that the intellect and the physical body define our Being, then we spend our lives trying to protect them, believing we are keeping our “identity” alive.

And all the while, the energies of every ascended master, every guide and guardian, live within our hearts. The entire universe is located within our hearts.

When we turn our attention inward, to the heart, we open the door to these energies and sources of wisdom, which are there at all times. (Being timeless, they are ever present; time is simply a construct that we perceive and assume to be true.) If the Divine Source of Love resides within every single one of us, how can any of us ever be abandoned? How can any of us ever fail? How can any of us ever feel unloved?

Only by defining ourselves by our physical bodies and intellects (preferred thought patterns).

Supreme Confidence

Bring forth your brilliance and light with supreme confidence. This is not ‘cockiness’. This is not ego. This is simply allowing your true light to shine. Are you good at fixing cars? Fix them with passion. Are you good at teaching things to others? Give that gift away freely, as often as possible. Do you have a green thumb… love to garden? Pour your heart into it. There is no gift that is mundane or small or unimportant. Every time you step into what you love, you express the brilliance of the Source of Love.

Supreme Humility

Understanding that this brilliance shines not from the ego, but from the Source of Love, there is no need to be afraid of shining. Yes, thoughts of doubt may arise. (“Who am I to act like a writer, or a painter, a gardener, a mathematician, an inventor, a mother?”) Yes, thoughts of fear may arise. (“They will think I’m egotistical. They won’t love me. I will be alone.”) Again, these thoughts do not arise from the heart; from the Source of Love. Therefore, they are unreal. They are grounded in fantasy.

Recognizing that this brilliance flows through us from the Source of Love, we understand that we are channels for the expression of light and love. The brighter we shine, the deeper our simultaneous sense of joy and humility. We are expressions of the Source of Love.

As has been said by other masters, what is real is timeless and formless. The flipside of this is that anything that can be perceived through the senses is unreal. Anything that has a beginning, middle, and end is unreal. It is hollow, like a toilet paper roll. Our physical bodies are perfect examples. They have a lifespan; a beginning, middle, and end. They are bound by the transitory nature of ‘existence’ on this plane.

When we mistakenly identify with our physical bodies, our environmental surroundings, the material goods we claim to ‘own’, we pretend to experience birth, life, and death. By shifting our identification to the Real (that which cannot be seen, heard, touched, tasted, smelled, or imagined), we correctly perceive experience on this plane as expression of the Divine in all its forms… The Source of Love wearing 7 billion different masks at a costume party.

We go to war. We experience intense pain, suffering, tragedy. We experience hatred, fear, and endless selfishness and greed. We witness selfless acts of courage, kindness, compassion, and fearlessness. All of this, without exception, brings us back to the True Source of Love. As has been said by the masters, “Evil is Ego in the act of Miscreation.”

All souls are expressions of the One. All souls are timeless. Bulletproof. All roads lead to The One.

You simply cannot fail. You are love. So shine. As brightly as you know how. And encourage others to do the same. This is your natural state.

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Heart-Full-ness

So perhaps now is the time to manifest a new way of being in the world. A world that has no attachments to the past or the future. A place where not a smidgen of question about these things amounts to anything.

This is what we say to you. If doubt is what you choose, so you have chosen. If anger is what you choose, so you have chosen. Is this what you want? Where is your mindfulness?

Let us get to the heart of the matter. Where is your heart-full-ness? The heart of the matter — the meat. The heart does not know past and present. It simply is. The mind will play with the heart, but the heart does not change based on the mind’s experience. It stays unhurt.

Anahata. Blameless.

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Drive the bus to excellence

Dawn dawns, and all things go on, as usual. This is the way of things. It is not meant to be ugly, or controlling. It just is. If, when we walk down the street, there is nothing to think about, then is the street still a street? It is not thought of; it just is. A street. A journey path. An awakening to a newness that only comes without thought. Clouds roll. Wind blows. And in your experience, you want for other things… for the wind not to blow, or for the clouds not to block the sun. There is no sense in these thoughts of other things, for they only cause pain. Lack. Nothing of any use can come from them. How else does one think of ways of being in the world without useless thoughts? By hope of better things?

No. It is by belief.

By trust. Exuberant trust. Trust beyond all things possible and into the next millennium. Trust lays a bed out that is soft and welcoming and warm. It is the fear of lack of safety that is the enemy of trust. And trust is the stronger of the two. For it opens up the life experience to limitless… Absolutely limitless possibilities. With trust, all things become possible. Trust will drive the bus to excellence. The bus that does not know where it is going, and knows that it will eventually arrive somewhere. It trusts so much that it does not matter. There is no anxiety. No fear. No lack. Only openness to each and every moment.

“Oh. Here we are. Look at the view! See the present! Eat some delicious food. And rest and see what comes next.”

Trusting that there is only safety and security and compassion and presence. You say this trust is too difficult to find. We say it is not to be found, for it was never lost. Where is the deepest root of trust? It must be within, for it cannot come from without.

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Nothing to gain; nothing to lose

Do you feel as though you are running a race? That somehow, if you could just accomplish, gain, or achieve some worldly goal, that you could finally relax and be happy?

I remind you that on this playing field, where you perceive yourself (The One) to be manifold and separate, there is nothing to be gained, accomplished, nor achieved. Only remembered.

I invite you to ask yourself, what is mine? Is that car in the driveway mine? The day will come when it will deteriorate, cease to function, and no longer be of ‘value’ the way it is now. It is temporary. Finite. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, it is unreal.

When does this sandwich become ‘mine’? After I pay for it? After I make it with my own hands? After I eat it? It becomes part of this physical body, so certainly it must be ‘mine’, right?

No. Not only do we eliminate waste from the physical body, but the molecules of the human body are constantly being replaced, themselves. Everything we have is on loan. We are simply stewards. Even of these physical bodies. Especially of these physical bodies.

You mistake yourself to be the human body. Then you mistake yourself to be that which serves the human body. (Fashion. Status.) Then you fear losing what is ‘yours’. When, in reality, nothing is yours. And everything is yours.

On this playing field, you perceive nine players. But you are actually all of them. You are the team. And the field. There is only One, and you are that One. Not “you” as your small mind perceives, but the true You: the heart. The Source of Love.

Again, I remind you: this has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with religious belief. With cults. Or with any system of leadership or followership on the planet. This is not a call to arms against anyone or anything.

As there appear to be 7 billion lives on this planet, so let there appear to be 7 billion journeys on 7 billion separate paths, all of which lead home, back to the undeniable, unshakable truth: What appears to be 7 billion separate lives is actually a manifestation of One Life.

Live the life that is right for you, remembering that there is no “other.”

Follow the spiritual path that feels right for you (including none at all), remembering that ‘separate’ is actually an illusion.

Do the work that makes your heart sing, remembering that each face is a facet of the same diamond.

Engage in the struggles, triumphs, defeats, and sacrifices with all of your passion, remembering always that it’s happening in a dream from which you will awaken. Guaranteed.

Look inward, and seek those blind spots in your life, in your personality — those places where the small mind keeps you on edge, restless, uncertain, unhappy, stagnant, and complacent. Find these voices in you that say, “I love this; I hate that.” “I’m better than him; I’m not as good as him.” “I am right; they are wrong.”

Recognize these voices for what they are: aspects of the small mind, where the ego resides.

Remember also that the intellect is a tool, like a monkey wrench. When it’s time to do your taxes, or go shopping for food, the intellect is a valuable tool.

Need to work on some nuts and bolts? Monkey wrench is a great tool for the job.

But when we forget that the intellect was designed to be in the service of the heart, then we create our own suffering. It’s like making the monkey wrench the boss. Like trying to use a monkey wrench to hammer nails… to cut wood… to mop up water.

We end up beating ourselves over the head, trying desperately to get ahead, and wondering why we’re so unhappy all the time.

So, to review:

Step One: Get quiet and listen to your heart. There’s no gaining or losing anything real in this plane of existence. Use your talents to be of service in the world. Give love freely. When in doubt, focus on gratitude.

Step Two: Use your intellect in service to your heart.

Step Three: Relax. Your True Self can never be injured, threatened, nor killed.

Smile. Love. And remember.

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Feminine energy and radio towers

One of the most important things to understand is balancing feminine energy with masculine. Such strong identification with the physical body has taken place that you have lost the ability to balance feminine with masculine energies, and have actually moved toward fearing such expressions of balance.

This balance is not only natural, it is necessary for mastery.

Look to ancient symbolism in your human history, such as the yin/yang and the Star of David. Set aside all religious meaning for a moment and consider them simply as expressions of balance. The most beautiful art, paintings, architecture, etc… all have balance between masculine and feminine energies.

And yet the expression of balance of these energies in humans is somehow to be feared? Punished? Hated?

The balance of these energies in each of us recognizes — gives us the wisdom to recognize — that we are not our physical bodies. While the physicus is beautiful, a work of art in itself, it is but a crude vehicle for the expression of Spirit, and as I have said before, there is truly on the One, of which each of you is simultaneously a part and which you contain (the Whole).

Think of yourself as one piece of a puzzle. Puzzle pieces, quite literally, have both feminine and masculine expression: some protrusions, some recesses, in order to interlock with one another. This is regardless of what is printed on them. So a puzzle of a Monet painting can never be complete without every piece. Every one of you, without exception, is a vital piece of the puzzle, and at the same time, the whole puzzle. The duality you perceive is nothing more than a play of the Light.

To act out of fear, such as homophobia or sexism, is actually to deny the balance of masculine and feminine energies in oneself. In fact, to oppress anyone based on any sort of physical characteristic is to identify much too strongly with the physicus. It is a mistake (misperception) made early in the cycle/process of spiritual evolution/remembering.

You already have the technology to know that you are energy, and that energy can never be destroyed. The time has come for each of you to begin to embrace the expression of both masculine and feminine energies in yourselves and others. While sexual orientation and gender are part of this expression, it goes much deeper.

The feminine, or receptive aspect, is known for being passive, but there is an incredibly active aspect to this energy, as well. Need I remind you of the activity involved in the development of a child in the womb? Or the receptive power for a radio or microwave tower, hundreds of feet tall?

The tower obviously expresses masculine energy through its phallic imagery. But its tallness or height is also an expression of the Desire to Receive… the taller it is, the stronger is the desire to “hear.” Like that tower, you must each reach out, as high as you can, and listen as carefully, with as much vigilance as you can muster, to hear, see, feel, and sense the Source of Love radiating from every being on your planet.

To say the soul is bulletproof is not to suggest that striving to sense and recognize the soul is unimportant. Quite the contrary; the whole reason for your being here is to remember, and that happens through the recognition (re-cognition: re-knowing) of the true nature of things beyond the conceptual level.

You are not a physical body.

Stop attacking each other based on concepts of right and wrong, based on physical characteristics.

What is right is to love. Always.

Concepts of strength and power stem from the ego, or small mind. Is the oak tree strong, or weak? Good, or bad? Is the willow right, or wrong? Ugly, or beautiful? They simply ARE, in all their natural glory. So it is with every one of you.

When you seek to find and recognize the True Self, of which every one of you is an expression, you evolve. You remember what you have always known. You return to the Source of All, which is Love.

This is your work.

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Rain and the Divine Feminine

When is the last time you strolled in the rain, just for the sake of strolling in the rain?

When is the last time you opened your arms wide, threw your head back, face to the sky, and just invited the rain to drench you, inside and out?

Rain is a manifestation of feminine energy. Nurturing. Healing. And yet you hide from it. Scurry for your umbrella. Dodge from taxicab into nearest building to avoid getting wet. Yet “wet” is the source of life.

You are invited to go out into the rain as soon as possible. Walk. Slowly. Allow yourself to get wet. To get drenched. If so inclined, go on a hike. Near a lake, river, stream, or ocean. In the rain. Let it come down to you. Invite it in.

For just a little while, surrender the ego’s need to stay dry. To stay in control. To keep life compartmentalized. For just a little while, let it all be what it is. Recognize that in reality, it’s all running together on the plate. That’s the beauty.

To balance the feminine energies with the masculine, it is helpful to think of recesses. Space. Where can you create and honor more space in your life? More space for compassion for yourself? More space for forgiveness of yourself? More literal space to sit quietly and listen to the breath of the Divine, which breathes through you? More space for loving and honoring the True Self? (Which is never affected, hindered, nor set back by the happenings of your daily life on this plane.)

The energies of the Divine Feminine reside within you. Always. They have always, always, always been there. All you have to do is go within. Call upon them. (It can sound as simple as this: “I call upon the energies of the Divine Feminine that exist within me always.”) There lies forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, understanding, strength, hope, and wisdom. There is where the rain falls on the child’s smiling, upturned face.

You are the child. You are the rain. You are the Divine.

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