December 17, 2010
Orientation 1. Toward purity and clarity. Part 1 of 3
How are we to be pure when living life as a normal person gets us so dirty? What I mean is life is messy. Things often don’t go the way you think they will. Monkey wrenches get thrown in the works and there you are monkeying around with things not intended. I get distracted and confused about what’s important and what I should be spending my energy on. How much time do I devote to earning a living, making money, acquiring the things that the average family enjoys? How much time do I spend with my family doing the things that we enjoy, entertaining ourselves, taking walks, having talks? What time is left for the consideration of adopting these dispositions and orientations? Life is messy and confusing especially when it comes to spiritual matters. Life in form has such momentum. To consider spiritual matters is to swim against a strong current and I feel weak in the face of such force. How can I be pure and have clarity about spiritual things when form life is pouring over me all the time like Niagra Falls?
December 18, 19, 21, 2010
Life Is Spirit. The momentum of life in form is the momentum of spirit taking form for the purpose of expression in terms that make everything perfectly clear with sharp contrasts between black and white, good and bad, hot and cold, right and wrong, joy and sorrow, light and dark, spirit and form, love and indifference, purity and taintedness, clarity and confusion. This is the knowledge of good and evil that you seek as you eat of this fruit called form.
If you would be pure and have clarity of perception then stand in the light of life, the light of love, the light of spirit. How does one stand in that light? Meditation upon it places you in its midst. Or, more correctly speaking – places your awareness in Its midst, My Midst – for in reality this is where you stand always, you are merely unaware of it. This is why the answer is so simple. You are where you need to be. You are right here, right now with Me, your true Self, you are merely unaware of it. This is why meditation is the simple answer. It is the path to awareness of your true status.
When you combine meditation with service – doing good things for others, your true standing is doubly reinforced in your awareness. Simple.
Service purifies like nothing else can. When you seek your own satisfaction through form by acquiring, achieving and experiencing, it leads to the dirty feelings of frustration, pain and suffering. Yes there are brief moments of satisfaction and the ego may feel for a time a sense of power, but there is no lasting joy and only sorrow in the end because you are full of your self as form which has no lasting value and rots and decays. It is defiling and painful when this is what you have attached yourself to.
Service aimed at helping others enjoy life by bettering their circumstances and so allowing them the room in consciousness to become aware of Me on their own, clears away such defilement and allows for you as well to have such space in your own consciousness to better understand My Ways.
Egocentric, self serving activity constricts My Flow of energy (from your point of view in limited awareness) to just one individual thus restricting your awareness to only lower self-interest. My Energy is powerful however and is not meant to be focused in this way. When you think only of yourself you are like a light bulb that tries to hold all its light within it and quickly burns out.
When you focus your attention outward toward others knowing that I Am Them and that I Am You, then the walls of your consciousness clarify, are purified, and My Light shines forth from you unrestricted by limited egocentric awareness. My Flow expands and your capacity expands to handle My Life and you become My Eternal Flame.
Practicing being still is the other half of the equation toward increasing one’s purity and clarity. The mind and emotions are full of forms; thought forms, feeling forms. These are just as much form as physical form. Even thoughts of Me are forms. You can only see Me clearly when all form has been cleared away, for spirit is not form. Still, there is oneness, and all form and all spirit are part of one spectrum that I Am. At any time then, I Am At Hand, even in your filth. Your stillness, your kind and loving acts toward others purify; and your resulting clarity, free of the illusion that form is all there is, will reveal Me.