Impermanence

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Gestures of Balance  Tarthang Tulku, Dharma Publishing, 1977.

“Impermanence is the essence of our human condition.

It controls more than just our lives; it holds sway over the entire cosmos- all the stars and planets, as well as our earthly environment..

But the most devastating change in human life – death- always catches us by surprise.”

“In this society, almost everyone is afraid of death- but to appreciate life fully, we have to face reality. Impermanence and death are integral parts of being alive; this realization can vibrate within us and wake us up.. we see that although our lives are very dear to us, they do not last forever.

To be born a human being is a very rare privilege, and it is important that we appreciate our lives and take advantage of this opportunity.

With an understanding of impermanence, many aspects of life that one ordinarily finds fascinating, no longer seem so appealing. We become able to see through them and find that they are not actually that satisfying.

We can then more easily let go of our attachments and fears, as well as our own little shell of protection. Thinking about the impermanence of our life wakes us up; we realize that at this very moment we are actually alive”

 

“Still there is struggle, for we find ourselves wanting things that we know will cause us pain or frustration. Our habit patterns are very hard to break, and even when we try, obstacles always seem to appear- our desires and attachments push us to repeat the same destructive patterns.

Our emotional needs habituate us not only to material things, but very subtly to our self-identity. We do not want to lose our sense of control over ourselves, our environment, or even over other people. But until we let go of our attachments to personality and self-image, it is difficult even to see these life patterns, let alone to change them.”

“Instead of wasting our energy and human potential in useless thoughts and actions, we begin to act constructively, for the basis of the spiritual path is the development in ourselves of what is truly balanced, natural, and meaningful.

We can begin by accepting each moment and enjoying it, but most of us don’t know how. Enjoying life may be extremely important to us, yet too often when we experience pleasure, our minds project the satisfaction into the future, so our lives become filled with empty dreams that never materialize.

It is difficult to truly accomplish anything in the present when our minds are always oriented toward some future goal.

This does not mean that we should avoid making intelligent plans for the future; it only means that we must live more fully in the present.

When we endeavor to develop ourselves in the present, we will grow toward our future goals until they are accomplished. The present naturally leads us to the future, and the future changes according to how we live in the present.

When we are confident in whatever we do, and all our actions are meaningful, then not only our daily lives, but our future lives as well, will be balanced and harmonious.

When we open ourselves to our present experiences, we can realize that right now we can enjoy our lives… right now we have the opportunity. We do not need to be too concerned with the future- the present will lead us there no matter what we do.” p.8

Authenticity

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“The magic lies in your authenticity.

It brings the shine in your voice as you express your authentic, true nature.

Follow it. Trust it.

Fall into it.

Let this voice carry into your every thought and into your every action.

Drink it slowly like hot tea.

Sipping, embracing, allowing it to nourish your thirst.

What is it that you need?

What do you crave?

Sink into each craving like an anchor tossed aside to find the quiet depths of your true nature. Find the source of each craving and nourish yourself with the love and patience we all deserve.

The best part is that the universe will hear you. She will provide the wealth you crave, infinitely.”

James Allen

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As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. 1968, Missouri.

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.

The man who shrinks from self-crucifixion can never accomplish the object upon which his heart is set. This is as true of earthly as of heavenly things.

Even the man whose sole object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object.”

“…Man is the cause (though usually unconsciously) of circumstances, and that, while aiming at a good end, he is continually frustrating its accomplishment by encouraging thought and desires which cannot possibly harmonize with that end.”

 

“Circumstances are so complicated, thought it so deeply rooted, and the conditions of happiness vary so vastly with individuals, that a man’s entire soul condition (although it may be known to himself) cannot be judged by another.

A man may be in honest in certain directions, yet suffer privations; as a man may be dishonest in certain directions, yet acquire wealth.

 

But the conclusion usually formed that one man fails because of his particular dishonesty, and another prospers because of his particular honesty, is the result of superficial judgment, which assumes that the dishonest man is almost totally corrupt, and the honest man almost entirely virtuous.

In light of a deeper knowledge and wider experience, such judgment is completely erroneous. The dishonest man may have some admirable traits the honest man does not possess, and the honest man obnoxious vices absent in the dishonest.

The honest man reaps the good results of his honest thoughts and acts; he also brings upon himself the sufferings which his vices produce. The dishonest man likewise harvests his own suffering and happiness.

 

It is pleasing to human vanity to believe that we suffer because of our virtue.

But not until a man has uprooted every sickly, bitter, and impure thought from his mind, and washed every single stain from his soul, can he be in a position to know and declare that his sufferings are the result of his good [or] his bad qualities.

Yet long before he has reached that supreme perfection he will have found, working in his mind and life, the great law of justice in which good cannot produce evil, nor evil good.

Possessed of this knowledge, he then will know, looking back upon his past ignorance and blindness, that his life is, and always was, justly ordered, and that all his past experiences, good and bad, were the equitable working of his evolving, yet unevolved self.” p.28-29

 

Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu

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The Psychology of Enlightenment  by Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu. 1979, Berkeley

“The whole world is divided into three kinds of people.

First and most common are those whose life-energy is spent killing time. For them, life has no meaning other than eating and drinking and grasping for enjoyment, which always eludes them. They are like human machines, seeing and suspecting nothing beyond the limited scope of their own machine. Killing time, they kill their own energy and drain the energy of those around them. Time merely passes for them.

The second kind are those who want to do something with their time and energy, but don’t know what to do. They are confused in their pursuit of various techniques and books and in their choice of paths. Lacking direction, they do not grow. Though they may read a great deal, their reading does not bring inner nourishment. These people lack the sense of discrimination, so their search leads them nowhere.

The third kind are those individuals who turn to their own inner experience for counsel.. They have embarked on a real journey to the inner Self wherein lie all of life’s answers. They know that if the answer is not found within, it surely cannot be found anywhere outside.

When we consider the example of those dynamic individuals like Einstein, for instance, who have brought some gift of themselves to mankind and changed the face of the world, we must realize that we, too, possess a hidden treasure within: the gift of infinite potential. We have the same capacity for unfolding our latent talents and energy as they do. What is possible for one human being is possible for each of us.

Then what can we do to manifest our infinite potential? We begin by believing that this capacity exists within us. Stop relying on something outside of yourself. We must believe, instead, in our infinite reservoirs of strength and vitality.

What kind of person do we want to be? The decision is up to us. Shall we simply pass the time allotted to us in a meaningless round of temporary pleasures? Shall we scatter our precious life-energy in a dozen directions that lead nowhere? Or shall we choose, instead, to go in the direction of growth, to gain wisdom, and insight from our experience of life, and to discover and unfold your unique qualities?

To reach our goal, whatever it may be, it is necessary that we remain single-minded in our effort, although the mind will no doubt tempt us to go in a hundred different directions.

My teacher once asked us, “If you were looking for water, would you drill fifty holes of one-foot depth, or one hole that was fifty feet deep?” In either case, the effort is the same, but the results are different.

We can choose to dissipate our energy in a variety of fruitless, incomplete attempts to find water, or we can concentrate our attention, time, and muscle-power on digging in the direction of water until we tap it. The choice is ours.

To move in the direction of growth requires the persistent study of one’s own Self.

How do you study the Self?

Begin simply by asking, “What is man? Who am I?”

“When we seriously ask ourselves, “Who am I?” we become aware of the conflict between what we have been taught to think we ought to be and what we really are.

It begins to dawn on us that we have not been living correctly. That is when we turn inward to discover the exact nature of our body, our mind, and finally, the inside dweller which is our true Self.”

“The first step is to consider the body. It is composed of four essential elements which ancient traditions called earth, water, fire, and air. You will not find any organism in which thse four elements are missing. Now, each of these elements has its corresponding element in the universe. The earth element within the body, for instance, corresponds or vibrates with the earth element throughout the universe.”

Let’s first concentrate on our own Earth element, our muladhara.

Muladhara, mula: root, adhara: support

“The whole structure of our bodies is balancing itself on that support which is the lowest vertebrae of our spinal column. Earth element.

This is the first point of awareness; transform the feelings of insecurity into a solid foundation of self-reliance.”

“We are investing our energy in the fear of future want. Our habit of comparing what we have now with what others possess produces this sense of insecurity, which denies us the capacity to enjoy what we have already. It is a kind of addiction which brings anxiety and drives us to amass more than we need. With this mental addiction to achieving a sense of security through possession of more and more things, man no longer remembers what he originally meant by “more”.

Focus on planting seeds of what you want to manifest and create. Enjoy what you have and focus on what is working. Eliminate the unnecessary. Let it shed off like snake skin.

Let the negativity shed away, any guilt, shame, fear, or anxiety. As long as you don’t think negatively about yourself, negativity cannot affect you.

Instead, accept the divinity within you and your divine nature will gradually become apparent.When you acknowledge and respect your true self, the world, in turn, will acknowledge and respect you.

“So our first step is to give up this insecurity which spoils our ability to enjoy what we have right now.

Meditation: I shall now become in touch with my Earth element. I know this whole universe belongs to me and I am a part of the universe. Acquiring things will not bring me real security. I know that I am always secure when I feel my one-ness with the universe.”

Straight spine, “Shivam Shanti”: Benediction and peace. No fear, no anxiety, just be. Let go.

Be nothing but flowing energy.

Your body is a frame of beauty with pure consciousness dwelling within.”

 

 

Blossoming

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“In Sufism, we are taught to remember three things that we love but will never be ours: Our Egos, our Bodies, and our Belongings.

We put so much energy into these things but time is passing and we forget what we actually have, and how rich we truly are.

The more we acquire, the emptier we become.
We are only distracting ourselves from our own inner harmony.

Strive to create, to find what nourishes you, and to persevere into bringing forth your gifts.

Grow into the human you have always wanted to be.

Spread your limbs of authentic expression out into the light. Flowers will blossom, emanating the fragrance of your genuine truths, and the fruits of your integrity will eventually drop down to nourish others, so they may plant their own seeds of hope and inspiration.”

Choices

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“We always have a choice.

At every present moment we can decide how we want to perceive the situation. Then we begin to remember that we can create our own vibrations we want to contribute to the situation at every moment.

When we remember that we are simply bodies of energy, (vibrations of life), then we remember that our emotions (the vibrations we are presently experiencing), are our decision to feel.

Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, but on its most subtle level, as a vibration, it can be altered. So, as living, walking bodies of energy, it is up to us of which vibrations we want to embody and contribute to our environment for all of the bodies of life around us to experience.

If you want peace, then choose for your own energy to be peaceful.

Your perceived universe will only become vibrations of peace if you, the body at the center of your universe, chooses to become a body of peace.

If it is irritation or sorrow your body feels, acknowledge it. There is a reason why it was brought into your energy field. Acknowledge it and ride it like a wave. You can choose how you want to respond to it. It is a living, tangible vibration that wants to be heard and felt. So give it the recognition it is asking for.

But with careful patience and compassion, find the source of this energy. Once the source comes to the awareness, the symptoms will subside. The energy will fade, and turn back into the peaceful state you naturally are.

Let the waves of energy flow into your vibrational sphere, sadness, fear, anger, anxiety.. Let them flow around you and be consciously aware of each one. Find its source, and then let it fade as naturally as it arose.

Deep down below the commotion of the waves, the quiet waters of content reside. Remember this is your truest nature, the vibrational awareness of the ocean’s still depths. The vibrations above are but temporary, influenced simply from day to day interactions. It is the immortal depths of below that you will find your inner stillness.”