Aren’t you tired of working so hard… trying to do better… trying to change… trying to get ahead… ahead of what? Who? Where are you going? Do you think you’ll be happy when and if you get there? It’s exhausting, isn’t it? Is life supposed to be this hard? Why don’t you just give up?
I know, that’s absurd, we can’t just give up… can we? But what if the problem is… we just started from the wrong place? What if… why it isn’t working is because we started out wrong? If that’s the case… no matter what we do we can’t win, can we? There’s no peace to be found, anywhere. It’s a hard pill to swallow, I know, but think about it for a second… if your thinking is off from the get go… any ‘idea’ you come up with will be off too. It’s no wondering the systems we’ve created, political, healthcare, penal, you name it, don’t work. We started out wrong. Any attempt to repair a system that doesn’t start from truth will fail. So why don’t we just give up and start over? Of course the mind will balk at such a proposal. Our ‘thinking’ will dismiss this whole concept as ridiculous. (if you continue reading this, consider yourself fortunate… most won’t… the authority of self doesn’t like to be questioned)
We’re raised to believe, you never, give up! It’s our culture, if we give up we lose, we’re told. Apparently at times, that seems true. Here’s the question: Is there a higher reality than apparent reality? Is there a higher truth than what is apparent to us? Our minds tell us no… if I can’t see it, it’s not true. But, aren’t we more than our minds? Maybe it’s time we questioned that authority?
What if… everything we will ever need we already have? Is that possible? Don’t think! Just consider… is it possible that maybe we don’t know something, right from the outset, and if we knew that something consciously, everything would change? Consider what that might mean in terms of the way we look at our life. If you had access… within yourself… to answers, to any question you could possibly ask, related to your experience of life… there would be no cause for worry, fear, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or greed… no need to condemn or defend.
You do have that access, we all do, it is our birthright. There are many methods available to help us live that experience. Some involve many years of study just to make a beginning. I’d like to offer a very simple one here, but don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself, see if it isn’t true in your experience.
Because we tried to build our life having the feeling that something was missing and we didn’t know what it was, and no one told us about it… at least not in a form we could use. Our foundation was insecure and that’s how we grew… insecure. (something’s missing and we just need a little more)
We can learn, however, to take it A.P.A.R.T. so it can come together. I didn’t say make it happen, I said it can come together. It can and will do it on its own. All true paths are about removing the blocks we have created to the awareness of the presence of who we really are.
The first part in this process is: Awareness, that something is missing. The main indicator of awareness is pain, sometimes pleasure but primarily pain. We don’t like a situation, person, or thing that is being presented to us… this can take unlimited forms.
Awareness does not come from the mind, it comes from something else. That something goes by many names, the watcher, the witness, or higher self. We all experience awareness, we just don’t often recognize it as a gift, and we fail to utilize it, so we become unconscious of it. It’s still there we just aren’t conscious of it. (It may be the death of a loved one… or you can’t pay the rent… it could be anything that produces the pain.) The pain re-presents an opportunity to re-member once again, who and what, we really are. The pay-in is the still small voice with-in, saying… I am all of this event but this event is not all I am. Behold, that is, just be… feel what you need to feel… let it go… don’t freak out… you’ll get through this even though you don’t think so… and hold onto the knowing that I am with you always and in all ways.
The mind balks at this idea and may say something like; “How do I utilize this ‘gift’ of awareness, I’m in pain dammit… what are you talking about?”. So, awareness, as awesome as it is, doesn’t seem to do much good on its own, but it is absolutely required.
That leads us to the second part: Pause. Stop whatever activity, speech, and thoughts you are having. I’m not talking ten seconds; I’m talking about sitting quietly, connecting with your breath (or anything else you have no control over or didn’t create) until you become still… calm. Once we become still, it brings us into the present moment.
Only when we are present can we begin a conversation with that part of ourselves that is awareness. By clearly identifying our concerns, we can Ask our question, only in relation to what, if any, our next step might be.
Sitting in the stillness, not thinking, we will Receive an answer, an insight, a thought, idea, or something. It’s important to remember that what we receive, in all probability, will not make sense to our mind because… it didn’t come from our mind.
The last part of the process is to Trust, what you receive, (if it’s not injurious to anyone) by taking action on it. Will you make mistakes? Absolutely, but by repetition, a living relationship with the truth in you is being built.
These principles applied, in that order, are what begin the process of living from a new starting point. We begin to rely on who we really are instead of who we think we should be. They work each and every time in that order form. Why? We’ve been living at the effect things have on us and we have to stop, and be(at)cause, not effect:
… there’s nothing to Trust if we don’t receive anything new… we can’t Receive anything new if we don’t ask… we won’t Ask if we don’t pause and let go of everything we “think” we know… we won’t Pause unless we have the awareness we need to… and we don’t become Aware unless we’re in some form of pain.
No belief is necessary, just a willingness to try the process. The more passion, we apply to living these principles the more who we really are is revealed and a brand new world opens up to us, each and every day!