Wednesday, January 14, 2009

#14 (11:03 - 11:38)

minimalist "Let go of the concept that 'more is better'. This idea keeps us exclusively in the physical domain. You can replace the 'more is better' belief with an inner serenity that does not need more to be acceptable. Let me ask this rhetorical question as you consider this transforming thought, 'Where is the peace in 'more is better''? And of course you know the answer. There is no peace in 'more is better' and if it doesn't bring peace to your life then it is something you want to discard."

When I read this lesson, what comes to mind is 'wantingness'. To be in a state of wantingness', that is, always wanting more and more of anything, keeps you in that state indefinitely. It is important for us to realize that we are already whole and there is nothing to want. Once you fully understand this, all that you desire actually comes to you with relative ease because you know that you are complete and total, so everything just flows to you as a synchronous process. Is this an understanding that cannot be achieved in the world we currently live in? We always have to strive to be better, to improve, to outperform, to achieve high standards. One's success almost depends on it; how much better are you than the other guy.

I think even though this is the way things are, it all depends on us. We have the choice to define our own definition of success. We have the choice to be grateful for what we have now and not be attached to what we want in the future. If we achieve things, great. If not, well it's ok. The most important thing to realize is that we are complete and everything we desire is already on its way, therefore, you don't have to want anything, just be. Let's be grateful for what we have in this present moment. Let's always be in a state of gratitude.

Thank you.

God bless.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

#13 (10:33 - 11:03)


"Remember that what you think about expands. Since you have the power to make the inner world work with you or against you, use it to create the image of bliss that you want to occur in your material world. Eventually that inner bliss will be the blueprint you will consult as the architect of your everyday life. Your thoughts create your reality. Once you know this you will be very careful about what you think about."

I really understood the power of thought when I listened to various Buddhist teachings and lectures from Dr. Dyer. This message is also expressed through Esther Hicks as well. Thoughts create our reality. Therefore, change your thoughts about the world, and the world you experience changes simultaneously. Amazing stuff when you think about it. No pun intended.

If we delve deeper into the meaning of this lesson, we will realize that we are in total control of our lives. Since we experience our lives through thought, then once we learn to control and be careful about what we think about, we can truly experience the bliss and harmony we desire in our everyday lives. Change the very thoughts we have and we change our world.  A very simple concept; however, we do find difficulty in its application to our daily lives. The Buddha said it correctly "All we are is a result of what we have thought." Also, everything we experience in life, we have attracted towards ourselves. Think about this deeply and the meaning will shine forth.

I recently posted a great video by Napoleon Hill on Great Talks; The Power of the Mind. He talks about the great gift we were all given by our Creator; the ability to take control of one's mind and direct it to whatever ends one desires. Check it out. I highly recommend this video.

God bless.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

#12 (9:48 - 10:32)

"Work at being content with who you are rather than pleasing others by being unauthentic. Say to yourself 'I am what I am' and it is ok as long as I am not hurting anyone else in the process. You have a right to be who you are and the only morality you have to be concerned with is if somebody else is being hurt with you being who you are. You don't have to apologize for anything or anyone. You don't have to apologize to anyone for anything that you are. It is a wonderful affirmation, 'I am what I am' from La Cage Aux Folles. I am what I am; say it over and over again today."

The importance of this message, as expressed in the song, is to be true to yourself. You should walk to the beat of your own drum and not anyone else's. This is the only way to live your life. You are free to express yourself any way you see fit because you are a manifestation of God. However, as Dr. Dyer said, the only consideration you must make is if you are in fact harming anyone by doing so.

Life is truly a blessing and our purpose here is to find our true nature. We can only do so by being ourselves. It is only through radical subjectivity can we really experience and come to know who we are. Most of the time, we find ourselves doing things to please others, even though, deep down, we don't agree with it. We have this fear of things turning out wrongly if we don't do so. However, it is most important for us to go within ourselves and do what we feel is best rather than looking for the answers or joy on the outside. It is an amazing practice to begin.

'I am what I am' and cannot be anything other than that. Can a dog be a cat? Can a duck be a cow? I am what I am. I am not what someone else thinks of me; I am not the name that someone calls me; I am not what my reputation is; I am not my grades or awards, I am not the job I do. All these are things outside of myself. To know who I truly am, I must go within. I believe I understand. I will reflect on this idea today; Everything is a perfect expression of its own essence.

Thank you.

God bless.