Ruthless Passion

No matter how far you have come, remember this. You still have a world of infinite potential to explore.

“Intimacy is a totally different dimension. It is allowing the other to come into you, to see you as you see yourself, to allow the other to see you from the inside, to invite somebody to that deepest core of your being.” 
~Osho~

When you love and accept yourself, there is no fear. You allow others to experience the truth of who you are. You share your light with the world without seeking outside validation, for there is no need. You are safe in your expression of the Divine.

Life is a dance of contrasts, experience and expansion. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the mystery of love in motion. Everything provides an opportunity to bring the best version of ourselves to the present moment. Allow love (for the planet, for yourself and one another) to guide your choices.

It’s easy to be open with someone who accepts and understands you. It becomes a little more challenging with those who judge or even attack you, and harder yet with those who trigger old wounds. However, each of these situations teaches something different. See these moments as opportunities to bring the best version of yourself to your life situation. Act with integrity, do your best, accept what is.

Participation

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Is your life a celebration or a heartache?

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”   
~Rumi~ 

So many live on the outside of life. They miss the beauty of discovery and the joy that arises from participating in the dance. Don’t sit on the sidelines. You have the ability to contribute something unique to the world.

A synergy occurs when we come together to share energy, vision and passion. Collectively we create something precious and complete that is far different from anything that we can create alone.

See this moment as an opportunity to step into the love, light and laughter of the universe. All of existence is celebrating. Honor all that you see and experience as sacred. Purposely open your heart to receive the light and energy of the sun and allow it to replenish your spirit.

The past has no power over you. All that matters is this moment and what you choose to do with it.

Transformative Change

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We have received so much. Now is the time to give.

“If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating fundamentally the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.” 
~Eckhart Tolle~

Transformation begins within. A new insight arises that sparks the possibility of change. And what might we do with that inspiration? File it away for future consideration? Wish we could create change while continuing to approach life as we always have? Talk about our dreams?

The most important aspect of creating the new is consistent action. Whether you are exploring nuanced aspects of your spiritual journey, expressing artistic talent, seeking joy in relationships or embracing healthier choices, what you do daily matters. The transformative energy must become your priority.

The key is to keep it simple. Bring in one conscious change and immediately see it as a vital aspect of your daily routine. Repetition creates a flow of energy that makes the new action easier each time it is repeated. Once mastered, bring in another conscious action and add that to your experience. This makes huge changes seem easy and empowering rather than overwhelming.

 

Be Love

Rather than seeking to find love, be love.

“Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. the world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.”  

~Marianne Williamson~

To be love is to honor the sacredness of all you encounter. It is only possible when you have learned to love yourself and dropped the layers of pain that keep you separated from life. This experience of love demands nothing. It allows, supports, gives space and sees past dysfunction when another misses the mark.

The way to remind others of their beauty is to act as if it is all you see. When you choose not to react to the ego, it begins to dissolve more quickly. Your acceptance will give their ego nothing to fight against.

Kindness and compassion create a space where transformation is possible.

Our spiritual practice is about entering into love – love for one another, the planet, life, passion. How can you demonstrate love in this moment? Who may need to be reminded that they are wonderful? Sprinkle little acts of kindness throughout your life and observe what unfolds.

Open to Life

You are more powerful than you realize.

“Concentration can silence the world, but true spiritual practice is about opening to life, not shutting it out.” 
~Ezra Bayda~

Observe words that cause limitation. There are many, who upon contemplating change or spiritual transformation, block their own growth by stating limiting beliefs. They express a desire to evolve or to heal and then sabotage any possible momentum by verbalizing why it likely won’t work.

Others, in the form of jest, belittle themselves or their ability to break free from old patterns, never realizing how powerful their words are. It can be challenging to notice a habitual way of being or speaking that you have lived with for a long time. Give someone who loves you permission to point out limiting statements when they arise. You may be surprised how often you anchor negative beliefs or circumstances in place.

It’s important to suspend disbelief and open yourself to the possibility of a miracle or breakthrough. Our purpose is to awaken. Whether or not we do so is a personal choice that we must make again and again upon the journey of discovery.

Mastery and Miracles

Life is not happening to you. Life is responding to you.

“When I see someone smile, I know immediately that he or she is dwelling in awareness.” 
~Thich Nhat Hanh~

One of the most important aspects of mastery is being willing to take responsibility for your own state of consciousness. What would your experiences be like if you viewed everything as a miracle? Every interaction and every breath would simply become a loving conversation between you and the Divine.

This connectedness shifts our perceptions in a profound way. In order to remain aware, we must learn to rise above the mechanisms of the mind which seeks only to remove the magic and mystery from life.

Choosing to see the magical is the difference between viewing a tree and quoting all the facts that you may know about it compared to quietly opening your heart to it in order to experience its essence, patience and wisdom. Each approach comes from a different level of consciousness. The latter, more expanding experience brings a sense of awe, sacredness and respect into the equation.

Practice experiencing the mysterious in nature. Move gently through the world and allow your vision to transform the mundane into the miraculous.

Seek the Lesson

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Every experience, without exception, plays an active role in your awakening.

“The more we practice with our own struggles and relate to them as our vehicle to awakening, the less we will judge our struggles as defects. Likewise in relationships: the more we can remember that others also have the wish to learn from their struggles, the less we will judge others as defective when we see them caught in their distress.” 
~Ezra Bayda~

When in the midst of a challenge, it can sometimes be difficult to recognize the lesson or the gift within the situation. One way to open yourself to receive clarity is to include any challenges that arise in your daily gratitude moments saying, “I’m grateful that this situation with so-and-so has occurred. Even though I may not see the gift contained within it yet, I know that there is one and am grateful for the opportunity to grow from this experience.”

If you are fortunate enough to recognize the lesson while the situation is in play, own it, accept it and embrace it. Observe the aspects that you already handle consciously as well as those that may require a purposeful and mindful approach in order to rise above the mechanisms of the ego. When you seek the lesson, your growth is assured. Everything and everyone in this vast universe conspires to assist in your awakening.

Resistance keeps challenging situations in play. Acceptance creates the space in which a transformation can occur.

New Vision

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Choose to recognize the sacredness in all that you see.

“Spirituality is not the practicing of any virtue; spirituality is the gaining of a new vision. Virtue follows that vision; it comes on its own accord. It is a natural by-product.” 
~Osho~

This moment is filled with limitless possibility. It offers a new beginning and a new way of being. We must become aware of and disconnect from the patterns, thoughts and behaviors that distract us from seeing clearly. Mind-made burdens often keep us from recognizing the sacredness that is within us and all around us.

As we learn to rise above the mechanisms of the ego, we bring a new vision to life. There is vast potential within you and all around you. Surrender to the present moment, seek to honor its perfection and discover the joy and empowerment that acceptance brings.

When we stand in the presence of the Divine, our humility and gratitude open portals to higher levels of existence. Seeing with the heart transforms everything in your experience. A sense of awe and wonder is the result of living an awakened life. Imagine how your relationships and interactions would be transformed if you purposely recognize the sacredness in another and choose to respond to that rather than interacting from the level of ego and desire. That is the space in which a transformation can occur.

The Beauty of Contrast

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Your awareness and attention bring deeper meaning to all you experience.

“There is a rhythm in life, a certain beauty which operates by a variation of lights and shadows, happiness alternating with sorrow, content with discontent, distilling in this process of contrast a sense of satisfaction, of richness that can be captured and pinned down only by those who possess the gift of awareness.” 
~Louise Bromfield~

Every situation contains gifts of insight and awareness. As you search for meaning in the exploration of life, you’ll come to realize that your consciousness and perception gives meaning, rather than seeking it from outside yourself.

As we evolve, we see things differently. The chaos of modern life makes the stillness of a tree even more beautiful. We can lose ourselves in the contemplation of a flower – it’s sacredness and energy – and ultimately learn to bring that awareness and stillness into daily life.

Observe things around you without labeling them. Simply see and experience them without the mind’s interference. This can take you deeper within the truth of your own nature. Imagine how you would walk through the world if you saw only the energy of the Divine in its various forms.

Discomfort

Challenges spark exploration into places we would not normally venture.
“As much as we deny it, we still believe we’re supposed to be perfect. Our ongoing anxiety and sense of inadequacy testify eloquently to this unexamined truth. In spiritual practice, this trap takes the form of making one attempt after another to measure up to some ideal of how a spiritual practitioner is supposed to be – more calm, loving, wise, or simply more together. Yet becoming truly calm and loving requires that we first see clearly the extent we still punish ourselves by clinging to ideals of perfection” 
~Ezra Bayda~

Perceived failure, embarrassment, obstacles and challenges often allow us to strengthen the lessor used facets of our personality. They force us to pivot into unexplored territory. And yes, this can be uncomfortable. It’s important to remember that your soul knows exactly what it is doing and facing your fears will allow you to emerge transformed.

Ruthless self-observation is required in order to enter new realms of experience. When you’re ready to recognize the places in your life situation where you may feel stuck, it can be uncomfortable. The ego will create stories which promote procrastination and it’s important to push through to the next level of your evolution. When you love yourself enough to face your fears, you’ll discover that the past has no power over you. Trust that the processes of life will align you with whatever is required for the next stage of your souls evolution.

Even though discomfort is an indication of growth, that doesn’t mean that we will never feel safe, secure and happy. We most certainly will. The concepts of embracing uncertainty, facing our fears or transforming our challenges into aspects of personal strength and empowerment ensure that any discomfort will not be extended by buying into the stories of the mind.

Remember that “this too shall pass” and simply take one more conscious step forward. As you awaken to the infinite potential of your true nature, you will discover that you have the tools to navigate through anything life throws at you.