Today marks the Autumnal Equinox and the official start of a new season. Today, the amount of “dark” and “light” are equal. Today is all about balance.
So today, take a moment to notice the balance that is the Universe. Take a moment and breathe deeply, slowly. Take a moment to slow your racing mind and your raging emotions. Today, take a moment to reflect upon this summer – what you did, what you may have learned, or how you grew and expanded as a person, how you felt, what you accomplished, what you enjoyed.
Breathe… and absorb the knowledge and understanding you need and want to take with you going forward. These experiences, these accomplishments – they’re yours. Own them.
Breathe… and then let go of everything from the summer that you don’t need or want, or that does not serve your higher sensibilities, and your higher self. Let go of anything that does not help you going forward. These things are part of your experiences, and now, they are part of your past. They had their role and now they are done. Let them go.
Breathe. Take a moment to think about where you want to be, what you want to do, or pursue, or accomplish during this new season. Consider your personal goals, and then release them to the Universe with the knowledge that the Universe has its own sense of Timing, its own Natural Flow. Be open to this. Be at peace with this. Find the Balance between “letting go” and “actively pursuing” your goals.
Breathe. Remember this sense of peaceful resting between action and inaction, between the dark and the light. Remember this sense of Balance.
Breathe, and slowly recenter yourself in your physical reality. Breathe… and then go on with your day, knowing… remembering Balance.
Experiences on this planet are not optional. We are all affected by the world around us. It’s what we signed up for. Our reactions to the experiences of the world vary person to person, depending on our personal temperament, our cultures and environments, our emotional well-being and self-control, the amount of personal stress we may be experiencing, and many other factors, but we are all affected by the world in which we live.
Our society seems to have this idea that we have very little, if any, choice about our experiences. We still seem to believe that there is some “destiny” that we can not escape, made manifest through our personal experiences… Or, if not fate, there is at least some source of “lessons and opportunities” where events and circumstances are intentionally placed in our path as a tool for personal betterment. Either way you look at it, the underlying belief is that things happen TO us.
If this is to be believed, humans are doomed to be narcissistic victims of circumstance.
But is this really the case? Are we really just unwilling victims of circumstance? Of events? Do we really have zero power over our experiences on this plane?
No. No. No… and No.
So… the truth? Things happen. Period. It is the nature of the Universe to change, to evolve, to grow, to “stretch” and “explore” and “push”. It is the nature of the Universe to have things happen… to change. The truth is that the events and circumstances we experience on this Earth are, by their nature, impersonal. They simply exist. They do not have an agenda. It is our interaction and our perception that determines the effect these events have on our lives. We give them power. We assign value and importance to the impersonal events of Life. Things happen. Things are always happening. But we are the ones who choose the effect these things have on our lives.
Don’t believe me?
Watch yourself (your own mind, your own reactions), and even watch others, when faced with something unexpected. There is a fraction of a heartbeat… the barest of moments… between when events “happen” and you realize that something is going on. It is this moment… this pregnant pause… where you choose the experience you want, given the circumstances of the moment. It is a moment where all things are possible. It is a moment of manifestation. It is a moment of choice. It is a moment “inbetween”… a moment that is full of magic… full of potential… full of everything and full of nothing. It is in this moment that you make your choice. It is this moment that you can change your perspective and you choose your experiences.
If you watch closely… if you practice… if you can catch yourself in this moment, in this heartbeat of potentiality… you can change your world… because instead of being a victim to random circumstance and events, you choose your own outcome.
And that’s pretty powerful.
Laughter –genuine happy laughter– is said to be good for the soul. And this is absolutely the case, but there’s also more to it than that. Laughter is not just good for the soul… Laughter *is* the Soul, expressing its most basic essence in an audible form! It is our true nature to be happy (and to express and to share this happiness) and laughing is the natural, physical extension of this Truth. Laughter, very simply, is a way for the Soul to express itself. Laughter is the innate, purest JOY… the music… of our souls, of our Selves, and of our Natures, expressing itself in this physical world. Laughter is Love, Joy, and Peace… and it is who we truly are.
So laugh! … and share the Joy of your Soul with the World!
Thought for the day:
“Serenity… the practice of holding peace in your mind and in your heart, despite the circumstances of the given moment.”
Patience – is knowing that what somebody else does or says does not have to affect you in any way. It is a level of detachment from others’ emotions and experiences that creates a certain “resting space” in your own serenity and sense of self. It is knowing that all things have their lessons to be taught and/or learned, should you choose them as part of your path. It is knowing that you do not have to choose all the lessons or experiences that may appear in front of you. It is discretion and choice.
Karma – is created through your actions, reactions, and through what you focus your energy on. It is the manifestation of your thoughts, ego, emotions, and perspective. It can be changed, just as your thoughts and reactions can be changed.
Ego – the sense of and drive and/or “need” for personal power that puts “I” and “me” above all else. It is the attempt at control (of situations, people, etc.) to compensate for the superficial and erroneous belief that we are separate beings. It is disconnection from the Whole. It is isolation. It is illusion -deception- that creates the void of ego, separating each of us from the others, from the Whole. It is lack of compassion, lack of understanding. It is separation from the Light.
Mindfulness – that state of being in which every moment is noticed, appreciated, and lived to the fullest extent possible, with complete attention. It is awareness that time and physicality are illusions; that all things change one breath to the next. It is understanding that events and circumstances that have passed no longer truly exist. It is recognizing that the future is not yet here and so does not yet exist. It is knowing that the only thing that truly exists on this plane is our true awareness of and connection to each specific moment in time. It is a conscious attempt to wholly connect to each moment and to live each moment to its fullest.
Spirituality – the acknowledgement that “something” exists beyond the experiences of this simple physical existence. It is the knowing that there is more to life than societal and cultural expectations or the “daily grind” of the physical world. It is belief in the subtle, unseen, “unknown” connections between people, events, and circumstances.
Authenticity – is your true heart, your true passion, your true self, and the expression of that truth within the world, without ego. It is your personal, innermost, truest sense of self.
Following your Path – is the ability to let Shine the unique vibration that you alone hold in this world. It is the ability to act upon those skills, knowledge, talents, abilities, experiences, etc., that drive your innermost self. It is Authenticity in action.
You are already perfect.
You are here, on this plane, to experience your perfection in a different environment than that to which you are naturally accustomed and acclimated. That is all. This physical Earth environment is simply a different experience, and does not limit or hinder or otherwise restrain your inherent perfection or the strength of your Light.
You are a perfect example of the Divine, of the True, of the Universal Light.
Remember and have faith that your Light shines True. Have the confidence necessary to let your Light shine in all its radiant perfection … in honor of the One, who you represent, and as a beacon to others, who need the ‘nudge’ of your guiding light to let their own Light shine upon the world.
Be the Light that you truly are.
Silly humans… don’t you realize yet that you can’t evolve through coercion or with agendas of any kind? Don’t you realize that true evolution will only happen as an authentic expression of ourselves and our true light… without ego, but with a genuine, sincere (ego-less) morality and ethics… ?
Just because… I believe in things such as independence, equality, love, and peace, and you somehow know or assume this, does not make me an automatic, passive, or accepting target for your aggression, violence, hatred, rudeness or inconsideration.
Just because… I believe in and try to live by my principles and ethics daily, in every way, does not mean that I must accept the abuse you may send my way for no other reason than you want to, assume that you can, or have no self-control.
Just because… I am a “whole”, fairly well-adjusted being who recognizes that the inner world is just as important (if not more so) than the emotional and physical world in which we live, does not mean that I do not value the physical, or that I don’t want or deserve “nice things”.
Just because… I do not like violence does not mean that I will not fight or defend myself or others, should you choose to turn to violence as a way of self-expression.
Just because… I am usually understanding, patient, and compassionate does not mean that I will tolerate abuse, harassment, or degradation of any kind.
Just because… I do my best to control my ego and emotions does not mean that I won’t assert myself.
Just because… I assert myself does not mean that you can’t also be assertive or expressive.
Just because… I recognize my own gifts and talents does not mean that I disregard or do not value your gifts and talents.
Just because… I hold sacred a certain set of beliefs and have my own version of the truth does not mean that I do not or can not also recognize and respect yours.
Just because… we disagree on something does not mean that we can not honor and respect each other, or honor and respect our differences.
Just because… I may be willing to listen, to help, to guide, or walk with you a while down this part of the Path does not mean that I must -or should- continuously coach you through every step of every experience that you are here to learn. Some things you need to do on your own. It’s the whole point.
Just because… you may feel alone, overwhelmed, or ill-equipped does not mean that you are any of those things. You are intensely Loved and you have much more ability than you give yourself credit!
Just because… we are different on some levels, does not mean we are anything other than different parts of the same Whole.
… because we are One.
There is a sense of “Universal Timing” in this world… a sense of things falling exactly in to place, in exactly the right time, and with exactly the right circumstances. It is a sense that everything is “just right” and that everything truly is exactly where -and how- it needs to be. It is a flow… it is a meditation… it is reality beyond this shrouded, limited, physical reality. It is life with and within the natural flow of the Universe. It is Zen. It is Mindfulness. It is detachment. It is Trust. It is Tao. It is perfection. It is simply what it is.
This “magical” timing exists in that place of personal, peaceful, patient, knowing stillness and connection to the Universe; it exists in that place within ourselves that is intimately connected to the Divine. Sometimes we can see the mechanisms of this Universal Timing clicking in to place; sometimes we can’t. It’s an ongoing process, happening for all of us, all the time, whether or not we are aware of it, and even if we can’t see the specific details of the path being laid out before us.
Sometimes we can get in our own way of experiencing this Universal Timing… this Divine Flow. In this day and age of instant gratification, when we are often emotionally and psychologically overrun by our perceived wants and needs, of our own uncertainties and fears, it can be difficult to trust in much of anything. And so we get in our own way of seeing it, of feeling this Flow. But it’s there. And if you can relax… if you can find the stillness within yourself… the patience, the breath, the space within the moments of your life… it becomes possible to feel it, and with this knowledge, it becomes possible to truly trust in the idea of Universal Timing… of everything! Strife and fear move away from us, because we know… truly, deeply know… that there’s more going on “behind the scenes” than most of us can usually see, and we know that ultimately, that things really do work out for the best for all.
So breathe. Trust. Know. And let the Joy and the Peace of this knowledge guide you onward…
We are all connected.
This is a common-enough sentiment, echoed throughout the ages within different cultures, religions, thoughts, practices, ideologies, etc. We readily admit that there exist connections between parent and child, family and community, region, nationality, and the World. There are connections of friendship, connections of love, there are philosophical and intellectual bonds, and there are innumerable other connections that exist between the peoples of this planet. We tend to acknowledge most of these connections pretty readily.
We accept the connections that suit us in some way… those connections in to which we are born and raised and conditioned to accept… those connections that validate our beliefs, our experiences, our goals, our wants, our desires. Why do we do this? Why do we acknowledge the bonds of family, or those of community, for example? Some of this is conditioned (we are generally taught to love the people in the family in to which we are born, for example), but there’s a greater truth: we acknowledge our connections to each other because deep down, we acknowledge that we are intrinsically connected to each other.
Let me say that again… On a very basic, essential, elemental level, we recognize that we are connected to each other. We recognize that we are all different aspects of the same Whole.
But what about those connections that are somehow a little less obvious, or for those connections that we have not been conditioned to immediately see or acknowledge? For those, we have a choice. We can either choose to see the connections, or we can choose to see what appear to be the differences. We can choose to look deeper, beyond the apparent and superficial differences between us to see the connections that exist… or we can choose to use these “differences” as a starting point for ego, division and hatred. We can choose. We do choose… each and every day, within each and every situation.
The truth remains: We are connected. But the choice about whether or not to acknowledge this wholly, partially, or not at all, is entirely up to us.
The choice is ours. Choose well.