Awareness is Everything

Do you realize that ” hardly anyone understands what a soul is. It is a very subtle aspect that has to be understood.  Souls are extremely subtle and imperishable. Neither a soul nor his part can be destroyed.  It is very difficult for those with gross (purely material) intellects to understand these things. This is why the Divine Father, the Father of all Souls, comes at this time and makes you realize this”. {Murli, 5/29/2015}

 How lucky we are to be given a chance to understand what the soul is, from  the True, Divine Teacher who promises to teach us all the secrets of life, death and so much more.  The source of this knowledge began in the ’30’s in a sweet spot in Karachi, India.

 The Murli or God’s Flute, as this precious guidance is called, is the basis of the teachings of Raja Yoga.   The murli tunes one into the wavelength of the Creator’s Mind.  It is fresh everyday.  As one thinks about the murli and remembers the Almighty, the subconscious is cleared, day by day, moment by moment, drop by drop.

 The subconscious as you know is full of old patterns, our deepest images, ingrained habits, belief systems, and conditionings from our many lives.  What you may not know is that all of this is located (recorded) within the soul.

Also within  the soul is the intellect or conscience;  the part of us that knows better and can discern right from wrong.  The intellect can  give direction to the mind and the subconscious and absorb truth,power, and values from the Highest on High.

The third aspect of the soul is the mind.  The mind’s main function is to generate thoughts.  During the course of our incarnations, the intellect has grown weak and taken a “back seat”, resulting in the mind being left with functions of discernment, which it is not designed to handle.  While the mind is great at creating thoughts,  the role of discerning which thoughts to act on belongs to the intellect.

The soul contains all this and more!  Along with volumes of  recorded impressions, stored over lifetimes of experiences, the soul also contains knowledge. Nonetheless, a soul does not take up an iota of space.  The soul being bodiless, takes a body on loan in order to play its role upon the earth.  Most of us have come to identify more with our temporary ‘costume’ than with the eternal, unlimited aspect of the Self.  Because the soul is subtle and invisible, we have literally lost “sight” of it and have come to consider our identity as limited, material beings.

Raja Yoga Meditation is the divine art of giving power back to the intellect, so it may responsibly and lovingly guide the wildness of the mind into peacefully churning true, powerful thoughts and insightful questions.  For example: what is the simplest, truest statement that can be churned about the nature of the soul?  What quality, most lacking in the mind, is, in fact, the core quality of every soul?

The answer is peace.  Peace is our true and natural state, the original religion of the soul.

Raja Yoga is the method of turning your attention inward, of moving your awareness to the center of your forehead, where YOU, the living soul sit, as the driver of the vehicle of your body.

Feel into this space, to know your true nature. Turn away from all other thoughts for just a minute.  What are you feeling?  Peaceful? Loving? Powerful? Blissful?

All of these states are aspects of you, the invisible, eternal being.  This is where  you’ll find the peace and love and power and bliss that you have been seeking outside, in the transitory world!  Its all within you.  No wonder you wish to experience it again.

Peace, serenity, stillness are often the first states we experience when we journey inward.

Try this thought out. “I am a peaceful soul”.  Repeat it again, quietly, confidently.  Say it  from the depth of your being.  Feel the reality behind it. Feel that you are a peaceful soul.  As your awareness of your Original State increases, it begins to color the atmosphere around you and everything becomes touched by your peace.

This peace then leads us deeper into a place of true silence which lies “far from the maddening crowd”.

This question of “who am I?” is realized as we sit with it each day. “Since the soul can not be seen with the physical eyes, it must be realized.” (murli)

This practice will change the way you see yourself.  As you meditate deeply on the thought that you are a peaceful soul, your consciousness opens the channel allowing peace to flow into your thoughts, words, and deeds.   You will begin to see yourself as a spiritual being interacting with the physical world.  Your state of peace will begin to affect the world around you, rather than the other way around!  Peace is contagious. As you emanate the quality of peace, many around you will also be inspired to experience peace within.

There is a “time for everything” and “everything has its time”.  Both in the physical realms as well as in our spiritual endeavors, “timing is everything”. So is there a moment when meditation and self- inquiry can be most fruitful? Yes, it is well known and  understood by yogis and avid mediators that the early morning hours from 2 to 5 a.m.are the sweetest for revealing the Self and its connection with the Divine.

This is the best (but not only) time for receiving nourishment and power from the Ocean of Peace.  Sunset from 6:30pm to 7:30pm is another potent time.  Also spending time right before sleep connecting with your peaceful core is also very valuable to insure deep, peaceful rest.

Link with the Supreme

You will find very sweet and powerful guided meditations at: http://www.justaminute.org  or http://www.ariellehecht.com/spiritualnourishment also at:http://www.meditateinhawaii.org

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Trick Question: Can You See Your Own Blind Spot?

Another place to start is by taking a good, long, look at what you do everyday that isn’t benefiting you or anyone else. It might not become conscious to you until you take time to “Stop and Look”. Once you find a few things that you do everyday that are of no value to you or anyone else, plan to restart, reset your day by beginning with something that is beneficial to yourself or to another.

This doesn’t mean to take a different route to work or to have one cup of coffee instead of two, or even to start exercising. All of that is great, but that is more in the line of your limited life. We want to switch from the limited into the unlimited which means the new thing we choose to implement will be on the subtle level of thoughts, attitudes, and perceptions, mindsets. Once you begin, you may find yourself really going for it by initiating an overhaul of worn out/overused perceptions of yourself, others, and even the very meaning of life itself. You may find yourself investigating your own reason d’etre… a fancy, French way of saying taking another look into the purpose of your life. Really? you might be thinking…where will all the energy come from, for such a deep transformation? Through the course of these writings, you will begin to “see” where it comes from, in case you don’t already have a good inkling!

In order to switch, to make a change in consciousness, we must bring a new level of awareness to what is actually going on in our consciousness. This often includes the things we do daily that have become so unconscious it is as if they are happening to us, as if we were in a trance state. Sound familiar? This is an opportunity to take a good look and choose one or two habits which do not bring benefit into one or two that do, i.e. the creation of one or two beneficial habits.

Meanwhile, still lurking in the background are questions: where will all this energy for self-transformation come from? How come I have not been able to get a grip on these things before? Why will this time be different?

Quantum Physics has scientifically shown that when we focus on something, anything, the very nature of giving it our attention in some way changes the object positively or negatively. Case in point is Dr. Emoto’s work with the frozen water crystals. He showed the world how intensely water crystals respond to positive statements as well as negative statements by creating either stunningly beautiful patterns or murky, distorted patterns. We can witness consciousness in action in our own lives, by simply noting how when we give positive attention to a plant, a child, or a problematic situation, a change happens over time that produces a desirable result.

In the Hindi language, there is actually a word for this, it is “drishti” which essentially means vision. To “unpack” that a little more, it means that the way in which we look at something has a definite effect on that something, be it a plant, animal, or another human being. Change happens through our “drishti”. This is the power of the human soul; our vision is powerfully creative or powerfully destructive! Recognizing this power fully is great motivation for taking the challenging first step of embracing full responsibility for our thoughts and our vision (drishti) about things in general.

How do we choose to see other humans, the situations we encounter, or even ourselves, especially ourselves? Do we consistently see the best in things or do we tend to focus on the worst. Are we stuck in the limited or have we developed a practice which allows us to enter the unlimited? Do we see another as a soul or only as a composite of facial expressions, muscles, bone structure, hair, and skin? Since the way we “see” actually impacts the well-being of what we are looking at, it is time to recognize and realize the importance of taking a good look at how we see ourselves, our life as it is, our aim in life, our objectives, and our progress. A good place to begin is always with the Self, no matter what is going on externally!

This brings us to the crucial topic of self-image, or rather inner self image. What is the vision (drishti) that we hold within of our self? Often we are not aware of the very thing that is coloring our every move, thought, and feeling. We all know how dangerous a “blind spot”can be when we are driving, parking, or backing up. How much more dangerous it is to have a blind spot when it comes to the way we see ourselves on the inside.

Taking a look at what we do on a daily basis that may not be beneficial actually has its roots in that unknown entity, the inner self-image. What a wonderful opportunity to have an inner journey into the archive of images that you, unwittingly collected over time and which have been making you tick without your conscious knowledge, much less agreement.

VERY IMPORTANT: please remember on this journey, no one is to blame! The main thing is to begin. It may take many journeys into yourself. Allow yourself the time to dive deep into your inner world. There are many methods to do this; you can explore your own depth through guided meditation, silent meditation, contemplation, or even by noting down you dreams in a journal. You may find a combination of the above works best for you.
WARNING: Consistency of effort is needed. Consistency is very beneficial to the Self.

Once you identify the images you are holding of yourself, you have the opportunity to change and update these images with ones that you consciously choose, based on spiritual knowledge and worthy goals and direction for the unlimited being that you are. You are giving yourself such an enormous gift if you choose to take this challenge. You are giving yourself the chance to restore your own innocence and self-sovereignty. So often the images we are holding subconsciously were not self chosen, but rather picked up as an innocent, trusting child from the culture, the family, our schooling, our friends and enemies, and even TV, movies, and other forms of mass media. It is time to do some inner house cleaning and rummage through the backlog of what has been collected in our life. Surrender what you would not consciously choose now (some would call that process, “CANCEL AND DELETE”) and begin recreating who you, the Soul, are meant to be from the inside out.

Have a lot of fun with this!

I sincerely hope, you take one step in this direction, for when you take the first step, only then can the Universe (read the Highest on High) irresistibly take a 1,000 steps to your assistance. Make this into an experiment. You and your consciousness are the “subject”. The outcome of this experiment is unknown; however if you begin making the effort in the direction of benefiting yourself and having compassion and mercy on yourself, I guarantee you will love the results.

Fill Yourself and then fill others.

I study everyday. I am a student of the Highest on High. I am learning to switch my identity from the limited to the unlimited…from being a body of flesh and bones to being a body of light, actually a point of light, a soul.

Flesh and bone are limited. Light is unlimited, eternal, imperishable, everlasting, so am I.  So are you!

Raja Yoga Meditation is a method to make this switch from limited to unlimited.  This switch is going against the grain of what most everyone else has thought, including me, for many lifetimes. That is why I practice being a bodiless being of Light everyday. I am establishing a way of being in the world, which is quite foreign to most. Thinking one is a limited body of flesh and bones is a big part of why most of us are caught up in some form or other of suffering.

The soul is invisible; you can not see a soul when you  look into a physical mirror.  The soul, can only be seen when one looks into the cleansed mirror of the heart.

How does one clean the mirror of the Heart and start enjoying its magic?

The magic is turned on simply by reflecting on the virtues and powers inherent in being a soul, our eternal virtues of peace, love, happiness, wisdom, purity, and bliss.

When on reflects deeply on the truth of the Self, remembrance of the Divine Benevolent One comes naturally.

Remembering the Self  and remembering the One who is constantly shining, the Beautiful One , is paramount to our spiritual cleansing.

Where do I begin?

I can begin with the virtue of kindness and the power to co-operate.

Firstly I am kind to the Self and learn to co-operate with the Divine within me.

Divinity is the opposite of Devilishness…devil or angel???
What will it be?

What are devilish traits?

Thinking unkind thoughts about the Self or others is devilish and impinges upon your Self Respect.

So are impure thoughts about bodies. Bodies, in all their usefulness in being the chariot for the soul, can also be an aspect of illusion, a trap (Maya) which captures the unlimited intellect of the soul and reduces its awareness to the physical senses.

In so doing, a vast ocean of subtlety is lost from our experience of life…the ultimate robbery of the awareness of our spiritual power, serenity, and bliss.

We get so caught up in the limitations of the physical that we lose the true essence of who we are! Fortunately, it can never truly be lost; it has only become covered over.

Ultimately, remembering is  a process of uncovering the truth of who we are, deep within.

As a child, I truly wondered why I was alive?

This churning was not out of depression, social deprivation, or anything  adverse. It just occurred to me that life seemed to be so much about eating in the day and sleeping at night.

This seemed quite senseless to this sensible old soul who know there must be something more.

However, this question went on the “back burner” of my intellect as the demands of the unreflected life, inevitably, took their toll. Using the senses as my touchstone of satisfaction, created feelings of great dependency on people, places, and things and on more and more external stimulation.

“Constant Craving”, as one songwriter put it, became the apt theme song to the life I had unwittingly created.

What a box!

A box full of unlimited distractions, diversions, and desperation. The 3-D world, no matter how good or bad one has it, is still a world of limitations.

Where do we go from here? How to make this switch in consciousness and stay in this elevated awareness of the unlimited?

Asking the right questions at the right time often opens up doorways which previously didn’t seem to exist; and if it is in your fortune, which would include lifetimes of such asking, you may very well be blessed with the Truth and have the resources to recognize it as Truth.

In other words, the Truth will seek you out, find you, and introduce itself to you, for you are a special child!

Then you will be faced with the mission of”Remembering”.  Remembering to remember the Truth, remembering to stay in the Company of the Truth, and remembering to help others to remember too.

For this, great courage is necessary.  Courage to take the first step, for when you do, the Universe (read God) will applaud and assist you a thousand-fold  for your move!!!

That’s when the impossible becomes possible, when the game of life takes on altogether new dimensions.

This is why I study and meditate everyday.
It is also called “swinging in the swing of supersensuous joy”, the joy beyond the senses, the yoga of the ancients, the gateway to Heaven on Earth, knowing the beginning, the middle, and the end of Time, and becoming  Masters.

It is yours for the taking, oh soul!!! Each day becomes so precious; study and meditate, meditate and study, remember to share with others, think BIG, tap into bliss and your original perfection, think outside of the 3-D box!!!

Sending you unlimited good wishes on this unlimited journey! Go, team!!!

On Perfection

ArFeatured Image -- 347e you attracted to perfection?  Or do you feel life will always be imperfect and flawed? Chances are high that if you are from the East, India in particular, you will hold perfection to be a pure desire, a “bhavna”, and a worthy and achievable goal.  In India, perfection is a great aspiration; many souls devote themselves entirely to becoming perfect!

In our Western religions, there is not as much  focus or attention placed on the goal of perfection. As a child of Catholicism, I was indoctrinated with the concept of “original sin”, and so I believed for a very long time, that I was flawed before I was even born! We, in the West would do well to revisit and readdress our belief systems about perfection and imperfection.

Nowadays, thanks to my recent study of Raja Yoga, I have learned that the Creator’s task is to bring about perfection and to remove all sorrow from this world and from the souls of this world. In other words, each one us will be liberated from sorrow and each one will become perfect once again. Certainly a task only the Benevolent Creator could fulfill!

 We, who resonate with this task of perfection, then become the bridge that shows that perfection is coming.  Our task is to embody the vibration of perfection that will attract others to do the same!  We are being called to do the real, genuine work of connecting with perfection in order to reemerge from the deep core of our souls the memory and reality of perfection.  The more integrated we become, the more we can embrace this reality and let the world feel the truth.  If you don’t believe you can become perfect, i.e. your original Self, take a good, long look at changing the inner belief system that keeps you hooked into imperfection!  Also do the important work of identifying the traits of personality that are not leading you to your own perfection.  Surrender these dis functional beliefs and personality traits to the Almighty One who will gladly relieve you, His Perfect Child of them!

Though we don’t see ourselves as perfect,  yet when we look at a baby, perfection seems to ooze out at us, helping us to recall and feel the accessibility of perfection.  The memory of perfection is within the soul. The true healing we are being called upon to do is related to this. To become aware of our innate state of perfection, to feel what that perfection feels like is part of each soul’s awakening.  Through meditation and contemplation of our past and future perfection, the soul is reawakened and reignited by the belief in its own perfection.  the soul is then allowed to create its own version of perfection.

A simple, but powerful affirmation on perfection could go something like this:

I, the soul, am entitled to experience my own past and future perfection. I am reawakening to the perfection that was me and will be mine again.  Perfection is my birthright.  I know what it feels like to be perfect and whole once again.  {Please feel free to improvise with words, images, and music that help bring out your memories of perfection.}

Victory is…

Victory is when the Soul has its way of purity, power, purpose, and progress through the body. I am pure power and purpose today. What I think about doing will be done!

{ comment made while on retreat at the Brahma Kumari World Spiritual University, Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India on October 26,2012}

Worthy of rereading and noting as a pure plan for each day!

From the Land of Sorrow to the Land of Happiness

rainbowMany are searching.  We search for the secret to happiness, for the way of the peaceful pilgrim, for the known and unknown secrets to self progress.  Understanding is just the first baby step. Knowing who I am is the predominant key. The most sorrow we can make for ourselves is when we depend on other human bodies for happiness, love, security, etc.   Have you noticed this? The human body, you may be giving all your love to, may not know who she/he truly is.  Double Jeopardy!!!

Depending on others is so easy and so dis-empowering for those of us who seek self-sovereignty.

Oh but love, the richest experience of life: something everyone seeks, finds, and then often loses in the ever-changing  world of humans being bodies.  The sweetest thing is to fill one’s Self with the everlasting, overflowing love of the Highest on High.  As a soul, my true original self, I can develop a very deep relationship with this One, in whatever form I need at the moment.  Mother Love is there, Father’s Guidance is there, Companionship is ever ready, the Beloved need only be invoked.

This is the spiritualization of Love. What does it mean to make something more spiritual? Is it possible to spiritualize even our relationship with the Almighty?

I am not referring to asking, pleading, begging, or even praying for love from the One.

I am suggesting that we embrace the knowledge that we, as children of this One, have the right to all the treasures that Our Mother, Father, Beloved wants to give to us.  Spirituality comes to mean filling yourself with God’s Love and moving in the world according to that!  This does require effort.

It means paying full attention to keeping my heart clean, clear, and open so I can receive everything that God is offering, keeping my eye on the wondrous gifts, which are constantly appearing, which are truly meant for me!

No matter what test is in front of me, only see and feel God’s Love to get through it.

The only effort is to catch what God is giving in each moment…the rest becomes easy.  The secret effort is to spiritualize everything. Check yourself to see if what you’re going to do is in good relationship with the Highest on High.

Even something as simple as having your morning brew can be spiritualized when  you  remember the truth that you are a deeply beloved child and that you can claim love from your Beloved Parent today as you sip your cup of joe!  You can remember that with My Parent, the impossible becomes possible.   Be open to the wonders that will  show up with this awareness throughout the day!  Your main effort is to remember, remind yourself~ this is true, and to give thanks!

After all, Life is consciousness.  So check to see where yours is at!

Most of us have not paid a lot of attention to our state of consciousness, but it is not yet too late to begin!  You can change it as soon as you notice it  going in a direction not worthy of a highest on high child.  Granted much of our experiences in the world, up to this point, may not have been worthy of a child of the Highest on High.  Therefore, as a self-sovereign, we must claim it by changing our thoughts and changing our direction from living in the land of sorrow to entering into the new world of Happiness.

To change thoughts,  keep the Highest on High close by.

The powerful rays of the Beloved’s Love and Purity will be your guide.  Its up to you  how you harness your consciousness…a good practice is to talk to yourself lovingly and firmly.  Take time, preferable in the early morning to sit and be with yourself.

Once you have your clear attention and have calmed the chattering mind down, tell yourself “I am an imperishable soul and I am listening to my Mother/ Father.”

Then wait patiently, pen in hand and write what comes into your mind.

Look for the jewels of truth that the Holy of Holies bestows upon you.   Now live according to this awareness; make this knowledge stick in your heart.  Give it a very special place within, from which you cannot deviate. You have to make effort to have remembrance and change your consciousness.

Have this type of spiritual conversation with yourself.

You are now becoming soul conscious.  See your invisible face in the mirror of your heart!  Know that you are a living, eternal being, live with self respect, self honor. Refrain from talking down to yourself.  Check and change is good, but let it be swift and loving.

The highest of all is the communion between you, the Soul and your Beloved Parent.

Only this awareness, this union will take you from the Land of Sorrow to the Land of Happiness.   Then you will be free.  You are now preparing yourself for this Land of Liberation.

Check and see how much freedom in life you presently have.

Ask the Beloved how to increase it?   How to emerge your original and true nature?  This is the stuff of Raja Yoga.  This is a teaching that directly addresses our time, now.

Many are searching; therefore Our Parent has come to bring us benefit, to give us direction, and to bring us into union.

For more information contact a Raja Yoga Center in your area…check out this website, to find one close to you!    www.bkwsu.org

And the mountain said YES.

Sitting on the bluff, being blessed by the view of  Hanalei Bay and the breath-filling vista of the mountain range (the Na Pali) which extends all the way to Mt. Makana, (“Hollywood’s Bali Hai)  at the “end of the road”, at least 15 miles from here.

Gently, slowly my head turned away, as if by a source other than my own. From the ocean~my gaze was  pulled towards the lioness in the mountain of  this magnificent mountain range behind my home.  Mamalahoa, who stands at attention on the North Shore of Kauai,  close guardian of my hale (home) had magnetized my attention.

My eyes were transfixed upon Mamalahoa when I heard these words, so clearly in my head, “My beloved, you are protected.”  Inside I jumped as I looked even deeper at the mountain and said out loud: “are you talking to me!!!”, in a slight case of shock.    Again the same voice said, “Bring the children here”.

I gasped, swallowed hard, knowing exactly what the mountain meant.

“You can do it”, said another voice.  “Take back your power now.  It is now or never.  This is a magical opportunity to be well…happy, contented and in service.”  I felt as if the Highest on High was now directing my thoughts as I heard:

Be Mine in Your Mind, Remember Me Alone

Manmanabhav

Tell them the mantra that disciplines the mind.

Go for it. You can do it.

I burped deep in the throat and said “excuse me” ever so politely.  Then a flood of resistance came up…the ego shuddered and said: Go away from here!  Cleary this was the voice of the frightened ego, overriding me, the soul!

Quietly shocked, I realized how much I wanted to surrender, to give up the ego that blocks the passage of breath (‘ha’ in Hawaiian), to give up the ego that silences the quest for authenticity, truth, magnitude, to give up the ego that dances with fear!

I wanted so deeply to come home to myself.

  Then I heard another message:

                   ” Let it Be.  Be Your Self and Be Free.  “You can do it,”  said the mountain, my friend in need.  Yes, my friend, my neighbor, my beloved, my strength, my power personified in 3-D through a mystical sound system.

“Go within and find your inner mountain of Truth and Stability; the place that spurs you on to take the next step even in the face of fear and loathing. Go Beyond Everything and Come Back Clean. Take Others with You…Give them a chance, an opportunity,to rise up with the Father.  Don’t wait, Don’t hesitate.”

Such was the birthing of “Sunset Meditations on the Bluff” back in May of 2015.  An auspicious beginning which has attracted tourists and locals alike, both young and old to sit on the bluff, close to our mountain ally and remember who they are.

Seekers of themselves, of a Higher Power, of Beauty, of Peace, of True Love, of Truth.  This is the gift, the Gift of Mamalahoa, the one who believes in me so deeply, the one who waits patiently for humankind to wake up, the one who encourages us with her beauty and power to live up to our own true infinite worth.

Whenever your journey leads you to this precious Island~ Island of the Golden Light~ Kauai, and to her  magnificent mountain ranges of the north, be sure to listen for the message that will bring you home to your Self.

And if you happen to see our meditation flyers on the bulletin boards around the island, at the health food store in Kilauea and the  yoga studios of Hanalei that mystically pull at your heart strings, then give a call to Shivalaya and join us in meditation every Friday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Treehouse Sanctuary sitting directly across from beautiful Mamalahoa on one side and Hanalei Bay on the other side.

Come for a deepening into your own truth, a deepening into peace, and an opening into a self-respect that comes purely from the inside.  Allow these virtues and qualities to become unshakeable within you~like the mountains who embody stabiity and a royalty all their own.

Shivalaya 808-639-9436~~~give a call~~~

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