Monthly Archives: June 2008

What Now

Seeing clearly now, things are not what they once appeared to be. The distinctions between yourself and things around you are not so sharply defined. You become aware of the deep connections between inner and outer experience.

Quieting your mind from moment to moment has enhanced your perception. The first few times you achieved a state of complete relaxation you became more aware of occurrences just below the level of conscious awareness – your breath and your beating heart, for example. And now, you notice you are generally more aware than you used to be.

This new awareness has a tendency to recreate your experience of the world. How could it not? Becoming more aware you notice things you had not paid much attention to before. Your very breath is felt as a connection to and through the world. You literally breathe the world in and out on a moment-by-moment basis.

Sensing your connection to the world is an empowering experience. It is something significant to move through the world feeling connected to it in subtle, yet very deep, ways. The old you – the disconnected, separate, isolated individual was a weakened near-powerless version of yourself. To the new you, identifying with the world is a source of unlimited strength, power, and potential.

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Living Creatively

Creativity occurs in the present moment. Living creatively, your life becomes a work of art – a consciously crafted movement of positive energy in which you are guided by feelings of positive inspiration rather than impulses motivated by the desire to negate feelings of inadequacy. Acting in the present is – by definition – acting creatively. Without the baggage of the past, your full human potential is available.

What you notice when you observe your thoughts from within is that they are disordered, random, often negative and defeatist. This is the result of years of conditioning in which you have been told you do not measure up to external standards imposed upon you by others – family, peers, cultural institutions, mass media.

You have been told many times that you do not measure up, that you are somehow deficient, that you lack some necessary qualities without which you can not succeed. This nonsense has become so much a part of your self-image that you do not think to question it. Instead, you find evidence all around you to prove your flawed nature. Everywhere you assess others to be better and more successful than yourself.

Advertisers strive to inculcate further negative self-image messages in order to create desire for products. You are led to believe you are not beautiful enough, not strong enough, and not well enough to be happy without possessing the things that are marketed to you. You fall prey to these messages because you feel insecure and have come to identify with a flawed self-image.

But you are not who you think you are. You are not a flawed creature filled with self doubt and conditioned by years of negative messages. That is not a person – it is a fictional identity. It exists because you have succumbed to it and believe it to be a description of your essential self.

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However, now that you have experienced the real you, the space of silent witnessing awareness within you has become a familiar experience in your life. With practice, you have become more able to easily experience your inner self as a zone apart from the welter of the world and the world-wound thoughts spinning endlessly within you.

This inner sanctuary is available anytime you need the strength and power that comes from being clear and feeling centered, focused, and calm. From this sense of your truest self arises a wellspring of creativity which can serve you well for the rest of your life.

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Sit quietly now…

Consider the simplest realities of being alive and aware. See the world surrounding you in all of its three-dimensional clarity. Note your acuity of vision, hearing, smell, and touch. You are in the midst of a sea of sensations at all times. Your experience moves outward like concentric circles of awareness from near to far. You exist within a veritable sensorium and there at the center – at the very center of your being – resides your awareness.
Observe the difference between awareness and thinking. They are not the same thing at all – not the same process. Awareness is simple experience, observation, monitoring all that occurs in the present moment. Thinking is the process of abstracting experience into language, sound, feeling, image – the bits and patterns of thought and emotion. Thought considers the past and the future. Awareness considers only the present.

What we’re concerned with here in these moments of reflection is coming to better understand the place of pure awareness within us – and to become more familiar with getting there and being there. It is always right here – nearby and available.

The place where you are most truly and unconditionally yourself, that calm place within can be a source of strength and power – the foundation of a newer, truer, more creative you.

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