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Spiritual Consciousness

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Sometimes on lying down on the sward, I first looked up at the sky, gazing for a long time till I could see deep into the azure and my eyes were full of the colour; then I turned my face to the grass and thyme, placing my hands at each side of my face so as to shut out everything and hid myself.

Having drunk deeply of the heaven above and felt the most glorious beauty of the day, and remembering the old, old sea, which (as it seemed to me) as but just yonder at the edge, I now became lost and absorbed into the being or existence of the universe.

I felt down deep into the earth under, and high above into the sky and farther still to the sun and stars. Still farther beyond the stars into the hollow of space, and losing thus my separateness of being, came to seem like a part of the whole.

Then I whispered to the earth beneath, through the grass and thyme down into the depth of it’s ear and again up to the starry space hid behind the blue of the day……

From “The Story of my Heart” Richard Jefferies

Illumination

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Thoughts on Illumination of Consciousness

“Illumination dissolves all material ties and binds men together with the golden chains of spiritual understanding; it acknowledges only the leadership of the Christ; it has no ritual or rule but the divine, impersonal universal Love; no other worship than the inner Flame that is ever lit at the shrine of Spirit.
This union is the free state of spiritual brotherhood.
The only restraint is the discipline of Soul, therefore we know liberty without license; a divine service to God without ceremony or creed. The illumined walk without fear – by Grace.”

from “The Infinite Way” pub. George Allen & Unwin

Questions of Consciousness

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

When beginning to question ourselves we seek to be aware of the extent of our knowledge and feel confident to dip into that pool of knowledge we already possess.
When it comes to deeper issues rather than mere practical ones, we are less sure of ourselves. Most of us have not taken time to make a study of human nature and psychology that reveals that we have different layers and degrees of conscious awareness other than the two we are in the habit of describing as states of being “asleep” or “awake” and it is understandably the latter that is our main concern here as the realms of unconsciousness demand much deeper study.
So when we are in what we consider is our normal state of consciousness or wakefulness we are selective and free to choose to focus upon whatever we wish whether it is a mundane task or a serious intellectual study. So there is potential for great differences between us as individuals in our natural inclinations when combined with the power of free will and choice.
Whatever we choose as our focus to study; whatever we choose to consciously think about; we are increasing our self confidence as our knowledge and interest grows and most importantly our direct experiences in applying what we know. This is the hardest of all but is assisted by our ability to prioritise and to concentrate with perhaps the added vital ingredient for success – to add enjoyment to whatever we are doing.
Our first discipline then is to become aware of our thought processes, to understand them and to then learn to channel them as we harness them to our ultimate life aim or aims.
Consciousness expands beyond just being aware, to a deliberate exploration and development of our human mind and its talents and capacities. Our journeying from a degree of enquiry to certainties and from certainties to further paths that in turn promise us a degree of wisdom that allows us to live at peace within our own being.
It is experience that is our teacher as it is our intuition that points the way.
That somewhat misunderstood and mysterious faculty we call our ‘conscience’ is that part of our intelligence that saves us from dangerous or impulsive choices and we must consider as our ever present friend that reminds us to be aware.
Expansion of our awareness develops ever widening sensitivity towards nature and other people so that our personal consciousness or intelligence comes to embrace a wider and wider sphere…and to fulfil the limitless potential of human consciousness to embrace Life in its totality.

CONSCIOUSNESS

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

The laws of evolution and growth encourage us all to expand and grow in consciousness towards eventual comprehension both of the internal realms of our own psyche and mental environment as well as the vast cosmic spheres of life outside our limited individuality.
Consciousness is the Experiencing and we are the Experiencer, functioning with a mixture and often a blend of sensation, emotion, thought and soul that constitute the ‘I’.
It is within the enduring and eternal aspect of the ‘I’, that we call the soul that resides the intelligence that blends all of our life experiences to arrive at a degree of wisdom. Here reside the true guideposts to help us learn and grow towards our finest capacity and expression as human beings.

SEEKING TRUTH

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Because so many have gone before us and are confident enough to offer guidance or give us a hint of what is the key to life’s mysteries, we are injected with certain courage to go in a certain direction or follow a particular method. And because inevitably we must make any method our own if we are to arrive at our own understanding, we must be able to practise and so measure it by the results.

However, because in our culture complexity is the fascination, any philosophy that prescribes simple application of universal principles tends to be neglected, in spite of the thousands of reminders we maintain in our cultural records that teach us otherwise.

In seeking how to be healthy for instance, when once the physical natural laws for health are acknowledged, application must follow and this is difficult enough; to seek in addition to apply the psychological disciplines of emotion and thought that are required for our reason and for our happiness is even more demanding; to feel free to listen to the inner guidance of our own soul and intuition is given less time and attention; to seek to identify with our experiencing soul consciousness that allows us to feel at one with the great Universal Consciousness is the most rarified aspiration and yet the most fundamental Reality a human being needs to know.

It is not by thinking but by feeling that we experience and satisfy this spiritual need to arrive at truth. We may think we are alive – but we must feel we are alive. Our thoughts may guide us but it is only by feeling that we find the key, whether from within our internal world of intuition or by expanding our love capacity to embrace life, we seek for Life to embrace us.
And depending upon aspiration and our capacity to surrender to It, whether from within or without, Life will claim us in equal measure and we will discover the truth we seek…. when we are able to be still and our scattered thoughts are silent.

CONSCIOUSNESS

Monday, August 11th, 2014

In meditating one aim is for a harmonious flow of thought awareness rather than erratic statements of thoughts and ideas without a common thread.

In meditation one’s self consciousness of thought changes to a state beyond the process of thinking – a state of higher awareness or Being.

We learn to build a bridge between the higher feeling states of Being and the earthly personality with its differing realities.

Through meditation one learns to manage the mind and its resources.

Creativity of thought is the natural outcome of meditation in an environment where the mental soil is fertile.

Our minds create the atmosphere in which our thoughts and ideals take root and grow, or wither.

To maintain a state of integrity or interconnection between the higher regions and lower consciousness ensures the ‘magical’ capacity of the mind is free to function.

We seek to blend the higher states of consciousness that we touch in Meditation with the lower spheres of our personality and to anchor them within the body so that our actions become charged with spiritual vitality, enthusiasm and power.

UNION WITH THE DIVINE

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Union with the Divine ! this is a phrase common to human aspiration and the inherent desire we have to realize truths through our own direct spiritual experience.

All of us long for profound, conscious realisation and confirmation of our beliefs. It is natural that we seek to have a direct relationship with our Maker. To have an intimate inner knowledge of the Source of our life energy helps us to feel spiritually secure. Without this inner element, life can remain incomplete.

Most of us seek a degree of spiritual knowledge and understanding and have faith that it is our own spiritual experience that will confirm that knowledge. We have already arrived at some preconception about what constitutes God and Divinity and these are exercised when we start to meditate.

Our concepts of God and our relationship with the Divine are not all identical. Some of us see the Divine as the Great Creative Fire and consider ourselves as little sparks of that same element –

As from a glowing fire, kindred sparkles come forth thousand-fold,
So from the Eternal, manifold beings are born and return also.
” Manduka Upanishad

Others conceive God as the Divine Ocean of Life and themselves as a mere droplet of that same element of water –

“The dewdrop slips into the shining sea….” Buddha

Some people consider themselves as part of the universe and all manifested natural life and may seek to experience that Oneness by achieving harmony of being amongst the outwardly manifested world of supreme Nature.

Some yearn to identify themselves with the great force of Love and seek only to free themselves from the limitations of personal love to find a new identity as part of the eternal heart -beat that radiates Divine and Infinite Love.

There are of course many approaches to this most important and sacred relationship a human being possesses. Whilst determining our approach, we claim privacy and respect the privacy of others. So often our serious thoughts and attitudes to the ultimate Creative Intelligence
are rarely expressed to others, until we feel a strong spiritual bond of understanding.

As to our manner of spiritual communing, this is also our private choice. Some of us elect to meditate in solitude, others in groups and formal religious ceremony and church ritual. No matter what way we choose, we find that meditation and prayer are inherent and are required to develop a state of stillness of both body and mind.

Meditation becomes our most vital means of distancing ourselves from worldly matters and identifying ourselves with our higher consciousness. It provides us with the opportunity to put in perspective lesser issues and to gradually elevate our minds much as the direct upward movement of an elevator lifts us to a higher level. In order to do this, we must first achieve body comfort and stillness and so rise above the body awareness to our subtler emotional and mental planes and feel in touch with our soul consciousness.

Following some degree of effort in concentration of thought is the receptive or ‘listening’ stage in meditation. This is a state of awaiting response. It is an effortless time where we experience an influx of new thoughts and experiences associated with our spiritual purpose.

There are good times when this process happens smoothly and difficult days when we cannot elevate to the desired mood. Positive experiences become our encouragement. These moments may come through psychic realization , dreams or times of clear thought and intuition. As with everything else, it becomes easier as we become familiar with our different states of awareness in meditation.

It is through meditation that we arrive at personal experience and absorption in the quality which we seek to strengthen. We have opportunity to discover a proven reality of the ideas we say we believe in. We can find proof of our philosophy or sometimes that which confounds it, to cause us to modify our attitudes towards greater issues of life.

More expansive that prayer alone, meditation offers a two way communication between our lesser self and the higher self and between our personal consciousness and God.

We are free to develop our own life link with our Creator. This is usually established best through a simple mental approach and with patience, bearing in mind that it is our breath that provides the most obvious and ever present line of communication between the physical world and the Divine.

The final key to this however is no longer thought but feeling.

BE STILL SOMETIMES

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

It is sometimes necessary and also pleasant to refrain from activity and to be still.
Body and Mind depend upon one another and degree co-operation between them will result in our states of health or disease.
We may commence the exercise at a time that is not conducive as when we have been in a rush and hurry mode and will have to persevere taking care to make sure that we have no pressing responsibilities that require action.
The restless mind becomes calm when the body sits still to gradually integrate and allow us to experience a state of peace, without disorganized thoughts.
We need a quiet environment to help us and a basic sense of inner security that will allow us to be comfortable as we just sit patiently – content just for these moments – to be still…..

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Forgiving

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

In everyday life and in healing differences between others,  the art of forgiveness releases stress from the emotions.

Not only is the attitude of silent forgiveness a gracious but also empowering gift that melts away problems so that only love remains.

We all need to possess an attitude in our emotions that is mature and generous enough to lead the way to better inner harmony as well as in our relationships. 

It is wise to remember that we are also in need of forgiveness for the many hurts we have consciously inflicted as well as those that  we have inadvertently caused others.

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

SIMPLE SPIRITUALITY

The seven stages of yoga practice or the seven stages or limbs of Patanjali’s system of training if practised as regularly as the scales of music for one who wishes to be a musician – will bring the rewards of Samadhi to the yogi.

The personality is involved in all aspects of the traditional seven stages. The eighth however, is bestowed, in the mysterious quality of Grace that comes when other factors are at the appropriate stage of preparedness. Samadhi cannot be ‘attained’ by the direct use of the Will. It comes when the soul has created the right climate for the experience that is perhaps the greatest height in human consciousness, with the simplest message yet most profound impact upon our lives.

By the natural law that requires self effort, we all must put into practice the disciplines of self improvement that are universally recognized yet require our personal will and focus. We gradually grow and change through our choices regarding exercises of qualities needed and bad habits to restrain as well as through the challenges we face in external circumstances.

Remaining faithful to our ideals and our perception of ultimate perfection , it is possible to keep a balance between spiritual and practical life, particularly if we take the time to identify in our meditations the few most intense symbols and qualities that we would wave as our invisible ‘standard’ and constant reference.

Life to maturity would seem to us to be an ever increasing complexity that if we allow it, may confuse us.

Our wisdom as we age directs us towards a growing sense of unity and simplicity as we discover the true, magical life melodies for ourselves.