Pausing: The Second Requirement (principle)

I can touch a principle, say, gratitude, and focus on it without stopping.  I mean no quitting.  Find the things I’m grateful for, write a gratitude list, etc., just don’t stop till I am grateful.  I can do that anytime, anywhere, if I’m willing to put the effort in, and it works, every time.  Why, because it’s a truth whether I am of aware of it in any given moment or not doesn’t matter, I am grateful.  Gratitude is a principle.  We come that way from the creator.

So I can do that anytime with any truth love, beauty, any truth.  Why can’t I stay there?  What is it I need to do to stay in the moment and feel that way all the time?  Some say it’s not possible.  I have to ask, “Says who?”.  The authority of self, that’s who.  It’s the only authority I’ve ever known, it’s my mind, it tells me what’s what and I’ve become so dependent on it I forget there is a higher authority… within me… there is a higher truth.

In fact, we are all trained to figure it out ourselves from the day we are born.  I can’t remember anyone saying to me, “just be still, get quiet and ask in the stillness what you should do”.  What I got was, “Use your head, think, figure it out, you can do it.”  I missed the critical link.  I am more than a mind.  I have to include all of who I am, body, mind, and soul, or I am not being who I truly am.  A part of me is missing and I feel it, I don’t understand it, but I feel it.

When I put a pause… before thinking, it allows for something other than my mind to be there.  Call it what you want, spirit, inspiration, God, savior, or consciousness.  Whatever name you give to it, you can only know it by experience.  Pausing, stopping all action and thoughts, makes space for that experience.  It is only when we attempt to quiet the mind that we see how addicted to thinking we are.  Don’t let that stop you.  Here’s a suggestion from CwG that I have pasted on my computer:

Just close your eyes.  Breathe.  Stop whatever you’re doing for ten seconds and find the Silence.

Visit the Quiet.  Just for ten seconds.  Do it six times today.  That’s all it takes.

One minute, divided into six parts.  Go ahead.  Do it now.

I find it works every time I apply it.  Each experience I have applying it changes me… even though my mind can’t see it… and it will never agree.

The Core of Selfishness

I woke up around 5:45 am and started planning my day, the problems I might have, how to get it all done, the regular stuff.  I managed to mumble some kind of a prayer about God directing my thinking.  When I rolled over, my girlfriend was standing there wishing me a good morning….

She lives a few houses away.  I told her a hundred times I need my space in the morning and I felt the anger start.  I wanted to yell at her and throw her out, but I ‘knew’ something else… she climbed into bed (fully clothed) and wrapped herself around me… I asked God, what is going on here?  I just let, what is, be.  I started to feel something in my stomach… it felt good… this woman loved me.  Here she is offering me all this love and I want to throw her out.  Isn’t this what I’ve wanted my whole life… someone to just love me unconditionally?  I started to ask myself, what the hell is wrong with me.  I hadn’t noticed until then that when I first woke up I wasn’t feeling anything at all… it was all thought, and none of it very good.

But now, I was feeling good…  I rolled over to face her… I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful she was… how good she felt in my arms.  She got me out of my head with all its crazy thoughts, and into my body.  When I’m centered in my body, I feel good… when I feel good, I thank God for the feeling… when I thank God for the feeling, I appreciate life… when I appreciate life, I see the beauty of life everywhere.

And then it hit me, what my problem was and always has been… I’m so dam selfish!  I’d rather hang onto my own miserable thoughts than allow myself to experience the love that is constantly being offered to me by my creator through whatever is present in the moment.  I hold onto my own ideas at all costs.  It’s like I thumb my nose at the gift of life and try to create my own version of heaven, which usually turns out to be hell.

I read recently that the highest thoughts are those that contain joy… the highest words are those that contain truth… the highest feelings are those that we call love… these things are of God… anything else is not of God.  It matters not where you begin… one always leads to the other… thought… word… deed…

When she offered me the love and I let myself have it, my feelings changed… when my feelings changed, I told her how wonderful she was… when I told her the truth, my thoughts changed and I couldn’t even remember what I was worried about… I was living in God’s world… full of appreciation and love.  And by leaving the sex out there was no danger of perverting this moment into something selfish.

I recognized that it is only my selfish pursuit of my misdirected thoughts that produce my own misery.  Thank you God for that awareness!

Creation or distortion?

I was told recently to lighten up… not the first time I’ve heard that… but something was different.  Wear bright colors… laugh a lot… cut out the red meat and junk food… eat more veggies… try to eat organic.   Let me ask you a question;  who doesn’t know that?  It only makes sense, everybody knows that.

Another thing that came up for me at the same time was meditation… hell I been trying to meditate off and on all my life… again, everybody knows this stuff is good for you.  Seems like my life, the universe, God, situations, something, keeps coming back to these simple things… and basically I’ve said ‘no’ to them on a pretty regular basis, not that I want to admit to it, but honestly that’s what I’ve been doing.

This time, so far, I started to look at it a little differently… maybe cause I’ve spent a very small time in meditation, I don’t know.  Anyway, a title to a movie I’ve never seen keeps popping up in my head; The Unbearable Lightness of Being.  In my meditations I’ve been ‘seeing’ that ideas flow from the source of everything… they are like air, actually lighter than air… shear lightness of being… these ideas of love and light, light up in my mind…  my mind works with the light and makes it dense, kind of solidifies ideas into thoughts… the thoughts get more dense as they move into the physical world called my body… my body then moves the dense material around to create what my thought of the idea looks like, creating the world as I see it.  It’s creation working through me, creating my reality.

When I have struggles or ‘problems’ in my life it is because I am trying to make changes from the dense material world, but that is not how creation works.  Life gets heavy, problems seem real, life is a struggle, I can’t feel the joy, the love, I feel separated from God, and I create a distorted reality, I don’t have time to eat right, so I eat,  fast junk food, I’m always busy trying to catch up so I don’t have time to meditate or pray.  Even when I do pray it’s often selfish or done hastily in compliance mode.

So I need to remember it’s all light and love.  Creation allows for it to become a physical experience.  When I’m in pain or problems I just need to lighten it up… be enlightenment… and not get caught up in distorted reality.  In the world I can do those things I already know to do;  eat right, see the colorfulness of life, and laugh at the joy underneath it all and most of all… live from the unbearable lightness of being!  Thank you God!!

Common Sense

Why do we call it common sense anyway… it doesn’t seem to be so common?  It’s just doing the right thing.  I know I have common sense… but I’ve been in survival mode for so long… I mix up  my instincts with what, I sense, is right.  At first I couldn’t see how that happened.  But, once I became willing to seriously look at it, it wasn’t so hard to understand.  But I have to tell you… my instincts sure don’t want to look at it.

I started with some basics, things I just know.  I know no one should go hungry… be homeless… or go without medical care… nobody had to tell me that.  But “what can one person do?” my mind reasoned.  It’s so overwhelming… just asking the question feels so… hopeless.  My instincts pop up and justify my not even looking at the question…  and so, I feel bad for “those people” who are struggling… if I have extra (a very relative term), I’m willing to help out… so long as I don’t have to give up my stuff… or any of “my” time.  Such is the way I fall into “us vs. them” mentality.  Now I ask you, ‘where’s the “common” in that?’.

That’s what instinctual living does.  I use my reasoning mind to try to make sense out of my behavior… but my ‘common sense’ knows better.  Why?  Because common sense doesn’t belong to me… it’s what’s common in all of us…  it’s what makes us human beingsnot just human doings.  It’s the sense of unity that we all have… whether we like it or not.

Growing up, I was taught to… rise above the crowd… get to the top… distinguish myself… be a winner… get ahead… and basically, be anything but… ‘common’.  Without common sense as my guide I tried to live by my instincts… and the instincts drove me further away from my commonality with my fellow-man.  The further I separated myself from my fellows… the less my life made sense.  Coming to ‘my senses’ means remembering what is common to all of humanity, and living from that place.  It requires no thought!

“So what is this thing called humanity anyway?”, I asked myself.  A group of people.  And I began to look at the “group” instead of my individual life.  Then I looked up the word group and found a couple of definitions:

  1. many components gathered together for a purpose
  2. many parts that make up a whole.

From this new perspective, we’re all just “a” part of the human group.  We are… many components gathered together for a purpose… that make up the whole… humanity.  It doesn’t require agreement… it only requires co-operation.  It simple, is.  We can choose not to cooperate with it… just like we can choose not to cooperate with gravity… but, eventually  it gets very painful…

So how do we begin to live using our common sense?

“taking it A.P.A.R.T. … so it can come together” is a method that can be used by anyone to learn to reconnect with what’s been missing in our lives, what we have in common.  Knowing about common sense is one thing, living by it requires tools, because we’ve built our character instinctively, not intuitively.  There are many methods that offer these ‘tools’.  Here is a simple one that really works:

A.wareness that something isn’t right.  P.ause and let go of everything I think I know, become still.  A.sk that part of me that is common to all the other parts.  R.eceive via inspiration, what is there already.  T.rust and take action on that inspiration.

Give it a try… try it a few times… try it when it hurts… slow it down… it works every time… the only time it doesn’t work is when I don’t apply it!

  If you’d like more information on how to apply this method in your life, or to schedule a workshop, email us at:  rethynkit@gmail.com

Common sense is what makes us sane.  Living by anything else is just plain insanity.

Re-a-son

How does our brain work?  According to an expert, and from her experience of a stoke (see video:  brain scientist insight ), our left brain processes, files, figures things out, sorts, and organizes all the information we accumulate in our life.  Our right brain is what accepts everything as it is.  All of it.  In all its splendor.  One giant cosmic whole.  A swirling mass of energy and light moving in perfect harmony.  We need both to live in the physical world.  You might look at the brain in this way; the right brain is all the information there is, and the left brain makes it useful.  We reason things out with the left brain based on the information we have, to create our lives and the things we do… the human part.  The right brain sees everything in its fullness, complete in its relation to everything else as part of the whole… the being part.

In order to experience the being part we must have the human part.  The being part inspires the human part with ideas, insights, of who we really are.  Then the human part organizes the data and brings the idea into manifestation.  When the being part is dominant, we are in la la land, peace and love and all that.  When we are in the human part, it’s all about evidence, hard facts, what we call reality.  We call right brain thinking, dreaming, and left brain thinking, reasoning.  What we are aiming for is balance.  The question is “how do we do that?”.

Why not try re-zoning instead of reason-ing.  Re-zoning some space in our left brain.  Spend some time quieting down, meditating, connecting to nature, listening to the silence. These things allow space in the left brain to receive inspiration, ideas, and concepts, from our right brain.  The things that are not part of our experience.  They have yet to be created.  The regular practice of things like this will begin to re-zone the way we think.  All great teachers throughout the ages have taught this.  Now science is saying the same thing.

All this presented me with another interesting idea.  I was writing the word reason out and it came out re-a-son.  Re means to do again…  a means singular… and son is an offspring of two things coming together.  So a singular idea might come from, all that is, in the right brain, enters into the left brain that processes that idea, which then creates a son, the offspring of the right and left brain coming together to create something man-I-festered in the physical world.  Which would make all of us, individual vehicles for the manifestation of God, all that is, expressing through us, and as us.  Or not….  you decide.    (oh, and feel free to comment on the post)

The “Fund a MentaI Ideas” of God (part1)

“Deep down in every man woman and child is the fundamental idea of God.” I never thought of God as an idea, I always thought of God as a being, a physical presence, an entity separate from me. When I began to look at that statement and consider it for what it actually says a “fundamental idea”. It says God is the “fund” of “mental ideas”, or that from which all ideas come. Ideas then are God, and thoughts are our representation of these ideas. Our con-fusion comes when we “think” we created the idea and believe we are separate from our creator.

It can be looked at as lightning. God is the lightning and we stand-under it but we cannot under-stand God because that is not our minds function. The minds function is to express the perfect idea of God experiencing itself as us and surrender the thoughts which seemingly stand in the way of its perfect expression.

These ideas, presenting themselves as us, are continuously re-presenting themselves new in each moment. Our thoughts can only appear to separate us from that which we are a part. Knowing (not a mind function and often confused with faith) allows us to not just accept each moment as perfect but to choose the next greatest vision of what we image in as possible in each new moment called now.