Doing and Being
December 15, 2011
Quotes to Consider
"To be nobody but yourself
in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
- e.e. cummings
"All my life
I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.
- Ralph Ellison
"If you cannot be a poet,
be the poem."
- David Carradine
"I think of life
itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part."
- Shirley MacLaine
"You must give up
the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you."
- Joseph Campbell
"You must be
the change you want to see in the world."
"There is more to life
than increasing its speed."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"Every man must decide
whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"How wonderful it is
that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
- Anne Frank
"The mind can
make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven"
- John Milton
"Never seek truth.
Simply be. In being you're at one with the infinite universe... When you simply are, you are in alignment with the isness of all things...and you have to do nothing except be!"
"How much pain
they have cost us, the evils which have never happened."
- Thomas Jefferson
The Importance of Speaking Out - IV
Naturally, it does little good to prattle on about truth or honor when your audience is not able or willing to hear you. Nevertheless, action holds power that cannot be denied by detractors and naysayers.
Speaking out in this way - with words when possible and with action and being always - has two-fold power. It illuminates internally and reflects outwardly. The outward potency of this illumination is limited only by the courage and honesty of your internal experience.
Remarkably, as your inward exploration progresses, it enables you to bring strength and authenticity to your outward expression while simultaneously further illuminate your inner knowing. As you grow in the clarity and directness of your outward expression, you further your experience and understanding of truth and wisdom - you discover the depth, immediacy, and constant availability of your own connection to wisdom. In other words, your wisdom empowers you to honor your truth and honoring that truth unfolds your wisdom in your life....
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Doing and Being
It is very common to view life as a series of events that flow from one to another, passing momentum from one instant to the next, like water spilling from one pot to fill and tip another, then another, and another. Each pot represents a single moment or occurrence and if at any point, a pot is not filled enough to tip and spill its contents into the next pot, the whole sequence might be delayed or stopped altogether.
In this view, it is obviously very important to maintain and even to increase the flow of momentum from one event to the next. In this way, as thousands of moments stack up to add their contributions together, a huge volume of momentum can be built up to stream forward, ideally carrying you forward with it. Of course, it is very difficult to stem or stop such a rushing torrent, so there is always the possibility that the torrent may end up sweeping you off balance and out of control rather than launching you forward with its swell. In surfing terms, you might wipe out.
This common view of life is characterized by a perspective of events and achievements as occurrences in time. It is vitally important in this view to establish your direction and to direct your efforts to maintain and increase momentum over time. It is also obviously very important to focus your efforts so that everything that you do reinforces the direction and magnitude of your momentum. It can also be seen that discipline is helpful since through discipline, you minimize or eliminate "wasting" effort on unrelated directions. All of your energy can therefore be directed toward achieving your goal.
This view certainly resonates with what many people teach about how to achieve success. Many of these same teachers recommend specifying a clear and definite timeframe within which the desired success will be realized in addition to specifying the exact form, shape, flavor, and color of the desired outcome.
From a perspective of success as a sequence of events in time, setting a target date makes sense since doing so may help to sharpen focus and create a sense of urgency which can help you to focus more tightly and magnify the frenzied energy with which you attack any problems. This is not unlike firing the boiler on a ship. In order to turn the propeller and make the ship go, it is necessary to first build up a fair amount of steam pressure. Higher pressure can make the prop turn faster and provide more momentum. However, running the engine at elevated pressure can damage the boiler. Pressures that are too high can actually rupture the steam tank and scuttle the engine.
The perspective of success as a series of events in time implies that it is necessary to do a lot of things to maintain momentum. It also carries with it a sense that there is no set course and the sequence of events can (and usually does) go off-target at any time. This sense of infinite possibilities (many of which probably lead to unsuccessful outcomes) demands ever greater diligence and effort to maintain heading as well as momentum. Of course, as momentum builds, heading becomes even more important and harder to adjust.
In this view, life is a constant struggle to do more of the right things. Even when sufficient momentum is built up in the right direction to carry you to success, the success achieved can be so much a product of the momentum flow that you feel disconnected from it. It never seems like it's enough because it never seems quite real. People who experience great success very early in life and/or very suddenly often comment that their success doesn't seem real and they ultimately become self-destructive.
Fortunately, there is another approach and perspective. Rather than focusing on doing, focus on being. Rather than seeing events as discrete occurrences in time, recognize events as intersections between what is (truth) and your experience.
Imagine the stream of events that you experience in your life in terms of an ant crawling across a face on Mt. Rushmore. As the ant, you can't see the whole face. You can only experience it one little bit at a time. In one moment, you may crawl over the tip of the nose. Some time later, you may be on the right eye or the ear. Eventually, you may experience the whole face or enough of it to recognize it for what it is, but the larger truth will only become clear as you consider the entirety of your meanderings across the face.
If you return to the right eye again and again and never visit the left, that does not mean that the left eye does not exist. Nor does it mean that the right eye ceases to exist when you leave it for the nose or the mouth. The entirety of the face exists, with each part co-existing with all of the others at the same time. The ant experiences the face as a sequence in time because of the limited scope of its perception. It only perceives a tiny bit at a time, so it is only aware of the vast face as a series of discrete experiences in time.
In similar fashion, consider that rather than a series of events strung together in time, the entirety of your life is like the ant's path across the stone face. The stone face is analogous to the foundational truth of your being as an expression and experience of divinity. As such, this foundational truth is as eternal, complete, and unchanging as the stone face is compared to the ant's life.
Just as the ant exercises choice regarding whether to crawl to the nose or the cheek, you exercise choice in your life that determines the shape of your meandering through the breadth and depth of your divine truth. You always have choice as to what part of your truth you want to experience next and the twists and turns that these choices take you on define the shape of your life. Furthermore, just as the ant might wander off the face altogether, you are free to lose awareness of your inner truth.
However, as long as you choose to hold with your truth, your path through life must provide more experience with and opportunities to understand that truth ever more deeply, just as the ant's meandering must carry it across the face as long as it doesn't wander off the face.
Another ant wandering across a different face on the mountain has a different nose, eye, forehead, and cheek to explore - just as one person's essential truth is different from another's - even though they are doing the same things. Each person's essential truth is a unique expression of a single, universal, foundational, divine truth, just as each face on Mt. Rushmore is carved from the stone of a single mountain.
Eventually, it becomes clear that the form and substance of your as-yet unrealized success is an essential part of your greater truth. Imagine that the ant is somehow lifted off the face so that it can see the whole face in a glance. It might see that the sequence of nose, right eye, forehead, cheek, chin, lips, and nose that encompasses its entire life are not in fact a sequence of events in time. They only seemed that way because that is how the ant experienced them.
In the same fashion, you may see the events in your life as a path toward, away from, and through the truth of your being that took on the appearance of events in time only because of the way you experienced them as you created your path in life. Where you were (what you experienced) last week or last decade co-exists along with where you will be (what you will experience) next week or next year as contiguous parts of a greater whole. Your future success is also part of this greater whole. It lies at the heart of the divine wisdom of your being.
Thus, it becomes clear that there is no reason to strive or expend effort to struggle toward your desired goals. Your perfect outcome is an integral part of your being. It exists already, although you may have yet to experience it in your life. As your awareness of your deepest truth grows and you speak and act from this awareness more and more immediately, it is inevitable that your experience will intersect with your divine, perfect outcome. This is one way to understand how experience and expression are the same thing.
The prescription to hold and create your desired outcome from the vantage point of experiencing it as an accomplished fact takes on a whole new flavor when seen in this light. Rather than something that seems disingenuous and vaguely discomfiting - one more thing to struggle to maintain from the perspective of striving to build momentum in the changing currents of time - it becomes a simple statement of fact and being, like observing that water is wet and ice is cold.
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Winter Solstice Observation:
Wednesday evening 7:00 - 9:30
December 21, 2011 (details)
The term "Yoga nidra" translates as "sleep of the yogis." It is a simple, yet powerful technique available to anyone. In Yoga Nidra, the goal is to put the physical body to sleep while retaining conscious awareness. In this state, fuller, more immediate conscious access is available to the subconscious mind and all of the creative potential that lies there.
In the practice of Yoga Nidra, one works with a desire or resolve that is clearly and unambiguously stated. Once the body is asleep, the resolve is passed on to the subconscious mind, from where it can be passed immediately and directly to the Higher Self for creative resolution. Creation of new realities, such as improved health or financial success, can be significantly accelerated. Universal wisdom is also available from the same source that creates realities and can be accessed the same way.
It is best to already have a clear idea of one's resolve before beginning the Yoga Nidra practice. There will be a brief discussion focused on how to phrase resolves powerfully followed by some light movement to activate the body preceding the Yoga Nidra meditation. Loose, comfortable street clothes are recommended.
Yoga Nidra induces a deep trance-like state as the physical body is put to sleep. If possible, come to the meditation well rested to minimize chances of falling completely asleep during the practice. Bring a pillow for your head or to bolster your knees, if desired.
Recommended love offering: $10.
Wednesday evenings 7:00 - 9:30 (details)
1st & 3rd Sunday mornings
10:30 - 12:00 (details
Beginning on Jan. 5, 2012, evening satsanga will meet on Thursday evenings.
In this ongoing group,
we explore the Earth, Heaven, and Human Principles as a framework for tantric transmutation of the poisons in our lives into the water of life. We recognize ourselves as the creators of the thoughts, fears, behaviors, and habits that, although brilliantly adaptive at one time, have nevertheless become toxic and limiting in our lives now.By recognizing and owning these creations
once more, we can return to the brilliance in which they were originally created. We can see the unique strengths that made them inherently ours and so effective in the first place and we can build on those strengths without the maladaptive excess.This is an on-going group
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