I forget who I am all day long.
But there's a difference now.
Now I remember that I am forgetting
And I return to remembering —
All day long.
There are “sacred times” in our life, often very scary or painful times, that are meant to prompt us to move to a whole new level of awareness. There will be a set of circumstances that shake our notion of who we are to the core of our being. It is probably the thing we immediately think of, as we read these words, as being one of the most challenging times of our lives (unless there is still that to come). 🙂 These “sacred times” in our lives are called that because they are meant to shake us awake so we can remember who we truly are.
Our life challenges are designed specifically for us, they are tailor-made to fit our particular situation so that we find ourselves through them having to examine our own biases and convictions. Unique combinations of seemingly unrelated events conspire together to present us with some specific dilemma that was especially created to shake the ground from beneath all of our previously held beliefs about ourselves, life and God.
And this is how we come to be shattered by the immense and penetrating love of Universal Source.
For we have erected impenetrable towers of false beliefs about ourselves and the world. We live barricaded, totally captive behind the walls of these false notions that have us perceiving a wicked and painful world. We project these limiting stories everywhere and on everyone we know and then strike out in needless defense.
This tower of beliefs belonging to our false self is the illusion that must be shattered.
When our mind is not bogged down with the stressful, self limiting stories we habitually believe then we are free to become that which we cannot otherwise fathom as possible.
We become what in metaphysics is called a free thinker.
Otherwise we simply go on looping our painful thoughts as if they are true – never questioning them. This restricts our life expression. We limit ourselves accordingly.
The way to freedom is to constantly question our assumptions about life. Such walking meditation flexes and frees the mind so that what was previously considered unreachable becomes reality.
What is death? Here's what I think….
We preview death every time we close our eyes and go to sleep. That dream life that takes us over when we sleep is as close as we can come to experiencing death while in a body.
This is why there is no need to fear it. Who among us does not like to close our eyes and journey into the world of dreams? That is all this thing we call death is – forever flowing – on and on – on a stream of consciousness. Death is simply life without a body continuing on – alive as ever – in the One Mind – one dream after another.
And yes, you're right to wonder if perhaps this life-in-a-body is not also a dream we're currently having. I think so indeed!
Death is simply complete surrender to that Universal Mind Flow … one day it will overflow the boundaries of yourself and take you, washing you gently and persistently out to the Ocean of Universal Oneness.
What is there to fear?
Emotional and spiritual progress is a relative thing – unique to each individual. Consciousness grows in proportion to how well we relate to ourselves. The more we accept ourselves for where we are on our journey, the faster consciousness expands.
We can measure the degree of self acceptance we have by noticing how much less we negatively judge ourselves and others. Critical judgment diminishes in relation to self acceptance. When we find ourselves thinking harsh thoughts about others (or ourselves) we know that there's something “up” in our mind that's needing forgiveness and release.
The ego likes to undermine our progress through self deprecation when we recognize something that's less-than-perfect about ourselves. Instead of celebrating consciousness, we berate ourselves instead. It's not about being perfectly conscious (that's just another competition)… or never reacting out of story. It's about being aware when we react out of unconsciousness, so that we can continue the awesome process of liberating our minds from the beliefs that have kept us limited.
Our task is to learn to move in quickly on times there is a stressful reaction in us and recognize it as the doorway to freedom that it is. Let's learn to treat ourselves with gentle kindness so this we can celebrate self revelation.
Self-revelation leads to self-realization.