Delving into the second part of Wayne Muller's book How Then, Shall We Live?, we examine what we love. It is not a straightforward question to answer---sometimes, we adopt others' ideas, follow our upbringing, or find we are influenced by others' expectations. It is a beautiful journey to truly discover what we love. "At the Window" by Mark Nepo
Pulling from Wayne Muller's book How Then, Shall We Live?, we learn that our identity does not come from what we achieve, how we fail, or what has happened to us. Could we possibly be able to say to ourselves one day:
I am the light of the world.
I am a marvel.
My story is not who I am.
Let's soften the story and lighten the load, so we can grow in a beautiful, expansive way, to be the light of the world.
We all want to expand in love and creativity. We all want to explore our spiritual nature.
Our nature is that we are the Unconditioned Spirit trapped in conditions. Like the sun in eclipse, our Wisdom-Self has Its roots in the unseen world. So our Divine nature is to live in freedom, to be happy. But, often, we feel that we are trapped in conditions.
Always doing our best is about action. As we bring new awareness to our action, we can make new agreements with Fortune, prosperity, love. And in so doing, we can transcend the weight of the conditions in our lives.
We all have beliefs and assumptions about ourselves, our partners, our peers, and our neighbours. But sometimes our assumptions aren't true, and yet we believe that they are right. And when someone challenges us on a belief that we think is right, we take it personally. And then we resort to using poisonous words.
Assumptions are created in our past and projected into our future. But in living this way, we are missing our opportunity to live in the present moment.
Nothing others do is because of us. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality (the dream they inhabit). When we are immune to the opinions and actions of others, we won't be the victim of needless suffering. This is emotional immunity. We develop this through understanding and being in high relationship with ourselves. It is a process of individuation, of creating boundaries.
Let us relax into the mystery of life. Once there, the path home lights up from within.
Today is Groundhog Day, a day about being stuck in a paradigm of beliefs, causing us to have the same experience over and over. So how do we move out of the trap of repetition into newness?
As Don Miguel Ruiz wrote in The Four Agreements, the first agreement is to be impeccable with our word. Our word is so powerful. When our way of being is lined up with our word, it becomes a potent and powerful experience.
This January, we are in "Starting Over" mode. We can all start where we are. We can all start small.
So we ask, what is the one thing that we can do, to put into our consciousness, that will make everything else different from this point forward?
We must look at a thing long enough until it has no more power over us.
In this talk, the community undertakes a cleansing and visioning exercise to help break through old patterns and fears.
Our task is this: to mine the depths of our being and become more informed and intimately connected with the truth of our being. And in so doing, we will be guided in our journey. In other words, when we know who we are, we begin to live out of inspiration.
Ernest Holmes, our founder, said, "Our natural state of being is abundance and freedom." Wouldn't it be amazing to live more from our natural state? We can, if we are willing to do the following:
This year's theme is the Year of Spiritual Practice, and this month's word is study.
Inside our mind's "land of editing", we have to decide what's going to be a diamond and what's going to be a rock. We are geared for discovery, and we're designed to decide which experiences we will label as good and as bad.