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It’s Everywhere and It’s that Simple

When you are awake, you see the truth is everywhere, in everything.  Nothing was ever kept from you.  Nothing was ever hidden.  It’s that simple.

It’s in the pine cone you just walked past.

It’s your dog or your cat taking an afternoon nap.

It’s apple pie that just came out of the oven.

It’s there during family game night.

It’s there when you meditate (and even when you don’t).

It’s everywhere.  All of the time.  You just need to stop and look.  It’s that simple.

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Boo!

If you are anything like me there are times you like to get scared.  Halloween is always one of those times in our house.  We fill our time with scary movies, haunted houses and lots of tricks and treats.  Fear in a setting where we ultimately know we are safe can be an enjoyable experience but what happens when we dive into our deepest fears?  Those fears that keep us awake at night and the ones that we don’t feel safe with?  These fears that feel real and that can control how we move in the world, such as fear of death, fear of losing a job or fear of living life can come from different places.  They can come from a difficult past event in the form of conditioning, such as someone who has been in a bad car accident being afraid to ride in a car.  They can come from the mind, such as someone who is afraid of death because they don’t know what will become of them when they die or they fear that the people they leave behind will not be okay.

Ultimately, fear is misunderstanding.  This isn’t to downplay what can be a very powerful and real emotion, it is to bring light to a false perception, which is a gift if you allow it to happen.  The misunderstanding is generally that everything is not okay.  We tend to want things to go a certain way in life.  We want to be happy, we want to be healthy, we want our friends and family to be happy and healthy, but as we all know, this isn’t always the case.  Something happens and we think that things have gone wrong because they are not going the way we want them to.  What happens if we let go of that?  What happens when we just let things happen without the thought of “that is good”, “that is bad”  or “this is right”, “this is wrong”?  When we stop arguing with reality there is a contentment that comes along with every situation, no matter what it is.  When you stop letting your thoughts dictate the rightness or wrongness of any situation there is peace, no matter what.  For example, a friend of mine’s son just broke his arm in an accident.  It was a pretty bad break and, of course, it is never fun to see your child hurt.  The boy, who is 5, is incredible to watch through all of this.  Never does he say something like “how could this have happened?” or “why did this have to happen to me?”.  He simply goes with it.  Yes, his arm bothers him at times and yes the cast gets in the way but he doesn’t look at it as if it should be any other way.  He accepts it as it is, like most 5 year olds will do with something like this.  On the other side, my friend, the boy’s dad, is suffering greatly because he is telling himself consistently that this event should not have happened.  He’s telling himself how terrible it is that this happened to his son.  Who is suffering more?  The son, who has the broken arm and has accepted the reality of it, or the dad, who is constantly telling himself that this is wrong?

Fear manifests itself in the same way.  If you stop and look intently at your fears you can start to see the misunderstanding.  Let’s say you are afraid of death.  Hold that fear of death right in front of you.  Then, even if for only five seconds, stop thinking about it.  What does that feel like?  Five seconds is all it takes to get a taste.  Five seconds is all it takes to find out what it would feel like to be free of that fear.  Five seconds of stopping your thoughts and/or stopping the commentary that tells you something is good, bad or something that you should fear, that’s enough to get a taste and one taste of how that feels is all it takes.  From there you can let that grow into freedom.  As you practice this expand the time,  make it ten seconds…then 20…and so on.  What happens?  Feel it, get a sense for it, make it your meditation.  Before you know it you will be free from it.  The more you do this, the more you let go of the thoughts that tell you something is wrong, the more free you will be.  The thoughts may still come but you begin to see that they are not the truth.  You begin to see that everything is okay exactly the way it is.  If you were to die, everything is okay.  If you were to lose your job, it’s okay.  If you simply have a bad day at work, it’s okay.  Everything is perfect, just the way it is, no matter what.  Once we stop trying to control everything around us, once we stop labeling everything as right, wrong, good and bad we see that YES! everything is fine just as it is.  Whatever happened yesterday, perfect.  Whatever is happening right now, perfect.  Whatever happens tomorrow, perfect.

Five seconds is all it takes to get a sense.  Just five seconds.  So this Halloween when you are done watching those scary movies and walking through those haunted houses, take a moment to investigate one of those fears that you don’t feel safe with.  Take those five seconds and realize that you are always safe, always fine, and that everything is just as it is and just as it should be.  Realize you can be free from fear.


Yes…

It is that simple and that beautiful…


God?

Every now and then I jump on the blog circuit to see what’s out there when it comes to ‘Spirituality’, “God” or “Enlightenment”.  Most of the time that look is quickly ended with me shaking my head and giving a side-lined grin and a tip of my hat to the strength and cunning of delusion.

Today my search ended with a blog post by a woman who was now certain that there was no God because her cat died.  I hear this type of thing often.  Now, to preface this, I’m not saying that there is a “God” out there either because the problem with the modern-day idea of “God” is that it’s been so misused and distorted.  What people, like this woman with the cat, think God is is what is getting in the way.  Any idea of what you think God is…is wrong.  It’s wrong.  It’s a belief and no belief is true.  What this woman with the cat is upset about is that her ‘idea’ of what she thinks God is was challenged.  Her thought-up God didn’t rise to the challenge so instead of questioning her thoughts, ideas and beliefs on the subject she just dumps the whole thing altogether.  My cat died.  It’s not what I wanted to have happen.  There is no God.

The lesson here?  If you are upset that something didn’t happen the way you thought it should happen, then it’s your misunderstanding and no one elses.  It’s up to you to question your beliefs behind it because it’s your beliefs, your thoughts and your ideas that are keeping you from knowing the truth.  You are standing in your own way.  It’s as simple as that.


Truth

Truth…is right in front of you.  There is nothing to search for and nowhere to go.

 


Forget About It

Every once in a while I head to the internet with the sole purpose of checking out what information people are putting out there in regards to spiritual enlightenment and waking up.  I last did this about a week ago and the trend I found has stuck with me since then so I figured it was time to write about it so  I could be done with it and move on.

The trend basically included this: “If a person says they are enlightened then they are not enlightened.”, and/or ” If someone says that everyone is already enlightened but they just don’t realize it yet then that person is not enlightened”.  <sigh>

If you are traveling around the web and find these statements forget about them because once you get hung up on wording like this you’ve only hindered your own eyesight.  Words are incredibly insufficient in describing the truth, in fact, they can’t describe the truth.  It’s impossible.  Even the word enlightenment is a poor substitute for the real thing.

So don’t get hung up on how something is worded.  Forget about it.  Wake up yourself…then it’s incredibly easy to tell whose got their eyes open and whose still sleeping.


Fear

[tweetmeme]I’ve been hearing a lot of people lately say that you need to face your fears.  When I hear this it reminds me of a story I was once told.  Let’s say you are stuck down at the bottom of a well in the dark with a monster (your fears).  There is someone up above yelling down to you and telling you to face the monster, telling you to face your fears.  You face the monster time and time again.  You feel brave and courageous because you are facing the monster head on.  The problem with this is that you are still stuck in the well.  As long as you stay down in the well the monster will always come back in one form or another, always.  So why don’t you just climb out of the well?  Climbing out of the well into the light is where freedom is.

Fears are illusions.  They are created in your mind based on past experience and conditioning.  Instead of staying in the well, miring around with your fears and the monsters that haunt you, realize them for what they are and climb out.  If the person at the top of the well is someone who is telling you to face the monster instead of throwing you a rope to climb out I would highly question their expertise in the matter because, most likely, they are stuck in their own well.

I’ve talked about this before and a common response is usually something along the lines of, “fear can be beneficial” or “fear can be used to move us into action”.  Perhaps this is so, but when you realize your fears for what they are and climb out of the well you come to a place where action moves from a much more powerful and effective place.  You realize quite quickly that the benefits you thought you gained or the action you were moved toward was nothing compared the this new found fearless space.  It doesn’t compare.

Come and see for yourself.  Don’t believe me.  Try it.  Climb out of the well and be free.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised.  There is, quite literally, nothing to be afraid of.