Archive | February 2013

Power of the Heart

As we have been looking at the power of the heart and the role it plays in the law of attraction, here is a great video from spirit science which further discusses the power of our heart from both scientific and spiritual perspectives, and why ultimately the future of humanity rests in understanding and reconnecting with the power of the heart. 

Love and the Law of Attraction – Part II

Fire-heartMost of you are probably aware that there is some subtlety to the law of attraction.  It is not as simple as just “wanting” something.  If it were that simple, we would all have exactly what we want, all the time.  It is true we can manifest anything, it is possible, however the most powerful manifestations, those which truly bring joy and balance to your life, are always those which are in line with the divine whole or source – in other words, it should be connected to your life’s purpose, which is the aspect of source that you came here to express.  This is the wisdom of many faiths which finish their prayers with “thy will be done.”  In the end, your desires must align with the universe.  This is why sometimes you start off on a path of something you think you want, only to be met by numerous obstacles and difficulties.  It can feel as if God does not want you to do what you are doing, and in a way that is not far off the mark.  Sometimes what you think you want is not exactly what the universe had in mind (or in heart, as it were).  It is not aligned with your soul’s purpose, and so the universe has ways of pushing you onto your destined course.  When you are on your destined path, you will find that the universe conspires with you to create it – if you are not in resistance.  Resistance can manifest as a belief that you cannot have it, a belief that it has to be hard, or fear of how you would make it work, or even fear of the responsibility that would come with success.  

It can be tricky to tell the difference between when you are on your right path and things are going wrong because you are in resistance, and when you are just on the wrong path and the universe is trying to nudge you back in the right direction.  However, if what you truly want is coming from your heart, then it will always be aligned with your soul’s higher purpose.  If you are meant to be a musician, you will be born with music in your heart.  It will be unstoppable, you will desire it all your days.  The problem is that you may, like the majority of people, choose to ignore your heart and follow your head instead.  Your head which says – ‘no, that is not practical, you need to do X instead since that is what everyone else does’.  Then you find when you try to do X, it does not work out.  You may be able to manifest some degree of X, but it will be less than perfect, because it does not come from the true desire of your heart which is aligned with the source and your purpose.  Instead of fulfilling you, it will feel hard, like you are fighting an uphill battle.  This is because you are manifesting X from your mind instead of your heart, and because your heart will always be in music, the universe gives you mixed results for X which is coming from your head.  If you follow your bliss, what is truly in your heart, and you do not resist it, you allow the universe to show up and help you, then you will manifest your desire. 

The key here is the heart.  The reason many fumble is because they are making decisions from their head.  Most of us live in our heads.  The heart, however, is so much more powerful than the head.  This is shown even scientifically – the heart has a stronger magnetic field than the brain, and the heart has a cellular memory.  People who have heart transplants will find that they suddenly have a love of and aptitude for music or art when they didn’t before.  Then, not surprisingly, they find out that the heart donor had the same gift.  We come here with the pre-programming for our destined path.  We are born wired with our destinies, but that wiring is not in our brains, it is in our hearts.  The key is to tap into that wiring and follow it to its outcome.  That is when you will find the law of attraction working for you, because it is coming from love, which is the essence of source, and thus source is called to show up for you.  Figure out what it is that you love, that you truly love.  Not what others told you that you should love, not what you think you should love, but what you actually love.  What gives you a feeling of bliss?  Seek that out and sit with it.  Let it in fully with no resistance.  Any resistance is coming from your head, not your heart.  Allow yourself to feel that bliss with your whole heart.  This is a feeling universe, not a thinking one.  The universe will respond to your feeling a thousand times more strongly than to your thinking, especially if that feeling is bliss that comes from love.

Love and Light

Rhea Jamil

Avoid Extremes

Teachings Of Masters

The mind always wants to be doing something. When it attaches itself to the objects it cherishes, the mind feels amused and happy. There can be attraction without attachment. You can be attracted to a beautiful rose, but you are not attached to it. Attachment comes after possession and enjoyment.
Attachment, love, ananda (bliss), all go together. You are attached to your wife and children and so on. You love them because they give you ananda. As this world is illusory and as, through this illusion, pain appears as pleasure, you must cut asunder all worldly attachments ruthlessly. Direct your love and attachment towards the reality, towards Brahman, towards the substratum which lies at the back of all objects, which is the witness of all activities taking place in the buddhi (intellect).
It is difficult to divert the mind which from early childhood has fallen into the pernicious habit of…

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The Sum Total of Creation

Bee-flowerA single and separate omnipotent being is how many envision God. However, on the mystical path one’s view of God expands and it becomes apparent that the creative power of the universe is shared, not controlled by one being. All things in existence have a piece of the universal power – from the smallest bee visiting a flower to the largest of celestial bodies, to all the divine and mortal beings in between. Creation is not limited to a separate omnipotent being. A bee visiting a flower is an act of creation. All life is capable of creation, and in that way the divine creates itself over and over, every second of every day. Creation is not something that happened one day in the distant past, it is something that is inherent in every moment of this experience we call life. All beings are cut from the same divine, eternal cloth. We are all one, and all our energies together are the sum of the whole universal creative omnipotence.

Rhea Jamil

What is Ego?

noisy-neighborsEgo is identification with form. Form includes not just the body and physical forms, but also thought forms and mind constructs. This extends to your ‘story’ which is a thought form about your past which you may take to be who you are. Who you actually are is formless. Who you actually are is the observer behind the thought form. Think for a minute about the fact that you can observe your thoughts. If you are your thoughts, how would you be able to step outside of them and observe them? The one who is doing that observation is you. The thoughts are not you. Elizabeth Gilbert in her book “eat, pray, love” mentions at one point that after she underwent her spiritual transformation, she began to think of her thoughts as ‘noisy neighbors.’ These neighbors are not you. They are forms which are temporary, they come into form and out of form and they only linger when you allow them to. When you can get to a point where you are able to observe your thought forms, rather than be caught up in the endless stream of the babble inside your head, that is where you begin to let go of Ego and find your true self and your true source of power.

Going Through “Withdraw”

Enlightenment2On the one hand, changing your thinking is pretty easy.  You just make a choice.  When you encounter a stressful situation, you choose to think “it’s all going to work out” instead of “#@$% why does this always happen to me!!” It is a simple choice, however as you begin to observe your thoughts and change your thinking, you might find that you are met with some internal resistance.  There will be part of you that rebels against “it’s all going to work out” and desperately wants to go to the “@#$%!” place.  You might even feel it physically.  You might feel panicky, or ill, or just not right when you attempt to shift your thinking like this.  This is because you are, in a certain way, addicted to your current way of thinking.  The reason it takes time and effort to change thinking is because your neurons have specific relationships with one another and with certain brain chemicals.  If your knee jerk reaction to stress is anger (“$#@&*”), or self-pity (“poor me”), or self-depreciation (“stupid me”), it is because your body and your brain have become accustomed to, or addicted to, the neuropeptides which are associated with those emotions.  Overcoming that addiction is like overcoming any addiction.  On the surface it seems easy, you just choose something different.  You choose to stop drinking.  However as any recovered addict will tell you, it is also not that easy.  Now, I do not want you to go away believing this is hard, because it is easy once you recognize what you are dealing with.  Just like a drug addict will recognize the withdraw symptoms, and will stay the course in spite of them if they are determined, so you can recognize the symptoms of your own withdraw from patterned thinking and choose to stay the course in spite of them (and they are not nearly as bad as drug withdraw.  If people can give up a drug addiction, you can certainly change your thinking.  If you’ve given up an addition you may even have an advantage here, since this is immeasurably easier).  Recognize the resistance for what it is, a withdraw, and just tell yourself “this is the withdraw, and I’m OK with that.”  Then keep thinking your new thought.  Eventually, the new thinking patterns will become your norm.  When this happens, you will begin to see things shifting all around you.  You will begin to experience synchronistic events, even miracles.  You will begin to realize that you do indeed have a real power within you.  You are no longer at the mercy of patterned, unconscious thought.  You instead are consciously choosing how to think and how to respond to any given situation instead of being at the mercy of your own unconscious wiring.  You will be free from thought addiction, and it is well worth the discomfort of your temporary withdraw.

To illustrate this a bit further, here is an entertaining clip from the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know?” about the nature of addiction to thought and emotion.

Namaste

Rhea Jamil

Having a bad day?

Finding inner peace, enlightenment, or the Eden within, does not mean you will never have a bad day again.  One of the wonderful things about finding the flow in your life however, is that when you do have a bad day, the universe has a way of sending messages to help you through.  This can manifest in a person showing up at the right time, a song on the radio that speaks to your problem, stumbling across a blog post or video that gives you the right kind of guidance at the right time. The trick is staying present enough during your bad days to recognize these miracles.   Remaining present during a bad day means that you acknowledge what is going on in the moment and be present with it, in a state of non-resistance.  Allow it to be.   Step back and observe your thoughts about the moment, without judgment.  Breath through it.  Notice that you – the essential you – has not been destroyed by the negativity.  When you do this, you may find the ‘bad stuff’ in the moment will have less power over you, and you will be able to remain open for guidance.  This does not mean you will magically be ‘happy’ in the midst of a bad day.  It does mean that it will not consume you.  Here is a wonderful video from Teal Scott on this topic.

Namaste – Rhea Jamil

Thought Seeds

SeedsThoughts are a lot like seeds. You produce countless thoughts every day, just like a tree produces countless seeds. When the seeds of the tree get disbursed, a few of them will land on fertile ground, sprout and grow. However, most of them will not. Most will scatter to places where they will not be able to sprout, or an animal will eat them before they have a chance, and they never become trees. Our thoughts are much the same. The majority of your thoughts don’t go anywhere, they simply come, then go. They don’t do much harm, nor do they create much. Some of our thoughts will sprout initially, but then wither and die before becoming anything more. Then some of your thoughts will take root in fertile soil and grow into a tree. It may be a small birch tree or a giant sequoia. An example of a thought which became a great sequoia is the Wright brothers’ thought that flight was possible. That thought started as a seed in their minds, was fertilized and fed by belief, was given the sunlight of action and persistence, and became the reality of modern aviation. Any book that was ever written, any work of art, any movie, any company, any invention, any scientific theory, any building or monument, began as a seed in someone’s mind. Look around you right now. What do you see? Especially if you are indoors or in a big city, you are seeing the results of someone’s idea, someone’s seed which was tended, sprouted and grew into whatever it is you are looking at. It all began as a thought, nothing more, nothing less. Likewise, failures begin as a seed in someone’s mind as well. What happens to most of us is that we do not pay attention to the seeds that we tend vs. the seeds we cast away. Some of us give much more fertilizer of belief to seeds of doubt, of insecurity, of ill health etc., than to the seeds which would bring us wealth, health and happiness. Somehow, we just don’t believe those good seeds will sprout, so we cast them away. You have a great idea for a business, but cast it out with the thought “oh, but I could never make that work.” We plant and nurture the seed that says “I can’t” instead of the one that says “I can,” without fully realizing that the choice is ours. We make the choice of which thoughts to nurture and which not to.

Try this visualization exercise: as you begin the practice of watching your thoughts, when you notice a negative one, turn it into a seed in your mind, then thank it for what it has taught you but tell it very clearly that it will not be planted, and cast it away. You can even blow it up in your mind. I like to blow mine up like a pretty firework and watch the sparkly trails fizzle out. The reason for thanking the seed is to release your resistance to it. Resistance to a persistent thought will only cause that thought to come back again and again. When you thank it, it helps you let go of it. That thought is not there to torment you, it is there to teach you. Thank it for that, then cast it away or blow it up. Also, you can put the seed in a rose and blow up the rose. Roses seem to have a unique power when used in visualization exercises, we will explore more rose visualizations in later posts. If you have trouble with the idea of blowing it up because it seems violent, remember that what you are doing is simply transmuting the energy of that thought. You are not destroying anything, for destruction is impossible since energy cannot be destroyed and thoughts are just a form of energy. What you are doing is taking the energy of that thought and allowing it to be recycled back into the greater good. Once you’ve blown it up, it no longer holds that form which was harmful to you, it has the opportunity to be recreated, reabsorbed into the whole and be reformed as something else. Once you’ve done this, then find the thought seed you want to plant, tell it you believe in it, put it in the soil, give it water and sunlight and watch it grow. If you’ve already planted the seed in previous visualization, you can water the sapling or tree it is becoming. Watch it become bigger and bigger in each visualization. Send it love, remind it that you believe in it.

This practice takes time and patience. You may have a lot to clear out. Often, you may not even be sure what you need to clear out, you just have a bad feeling which tells you that your thoughts are not in line with your best interest and with source, since feelings are your best feedback mechanism to let you know when your thoughts or energy is not in line with what you want. In that case, you don’t have to even know what the thought or energies are exactly, you don’t have to name them, just set the intention to rid yourself of the thought, energies and associated feelings that you don’t want and don’t need, then perform the seed and/or rose blowing visualization. Part of what is so wonderful about this is that you are working with the higher intelligence, you are working with the field of consciousness which connects to everything in the universe. This field already knows what you want, need and don’t want and need. You don’t have to be specific, you just have to set your intention toward getting rid of what you don’t want and brining in what you do, even if you are not sure what that is at first.   It will become less muddled with time.  If you feel stressed, edgy, just not right – then start blowing seeds, start blowing roses. You will feel your energy start to lighten.

Namaste

Rhea Jamil

Choice vs. Victimhood

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Everything in your life is a choice.  What you have created in life is what you have attracted to you, by virtue of your own choosing.  The unconscious or ‘unenlightened’ state is one of being unaware of this fact, and believing instead that you are a victim of the world.  For many of us, it is difficult to come to terms with the idea that we have chosen all of our suffering.  We often feel like victims, and indeed we wonder ‘why on earth would I have chosen that? No one in their right mind would choose that!’  Let me offer an example to help reconcile this paradox.  Imagine you are in a car with some friends and you are driving.  Your friends tell you to drive faster, and you do.  They continue to egg you on to drive faster and you comply.  Then, a cop pulls you over.  Who gets the ticket?  You do. You are the one who pays the consequence (endures the suffering) because you are ultimately the one who’s foot was on the accelerator and thus it was your decision.  However there is another point of view that would say that your friends are to blame, because if they had not told you to go faster, you would not have.  This is also true, however your friends are not the ones who suffer the consequences.  From this perspective, you look more like the victim.  There is also a way in which you are both.  Yes, you should not have listened to your friends, but your friends should not have been egging you on either.  You and your friends co-created the situation, but you did have a choice.  In this analogy, your friends are the larger influence of the unconscious world driven by ego.  We are here to learn to stand up for our truth and say to our ‘friends’ ‘no – I’m not going to drive faster.  This is the speed I want to go, this is my truth.’  It can be very difficult when you friends are yelling in your ear and if you believe your friends are the final authority on everything, i.e. if you believe the power in the world is greater than the power in you, you are very likely to go along.  It is only when the consequences start showing up that we begin to learn that we need to stand in our own truth, even if it takes us out of our ‘comfort zone’ at the time.  When you learn to do this, it will be uncomfortable for a while, because you will have to withstand the ‘friends’ onslaught while standing by your truth.  However, you know that they are not the ultimate authority, and this gives you the strength to do this.  

The world (by which I specifically mean the illusionary world which is driven by ego) will try to push you in directions that do not feel right to you, it will try to convince you that it is the ultimate authority and the ultimate reality.  It can be very convincing.   You could decide to blame the world, as in the above scenario you would blame your friends.  You can decide that you are the victim.  That decision is not entirely untrue as in the example above, from a certain perspective yes, you are the victim, however that is also the position in which you negate your own power.  If you focus on the power the world has over you and decide you are the victim, you give away your own power.  At the end of the day, you – your essential, highest self – is the one who has the power.  You are the only one who can stand in your truth, you are the only one who can control your perception, your reaction, your inner state.  The key is finding your inner knowing, the part of you that is capable of withstanding peer pressure is also the part of you that knows your own truth and knows your own power.  It is the part that knows you are the one in control, no matter what the rest of the world is trying to convince you of.

There is a very real way in which the human race is like a teenager who is finally growing up and realizing, “hey, I know who I am, I know what I’m about, I don’t need to give into pressure from others, from the outside world, or from the ego, I do have my own power, within me.”  We are waking up from the ‘victim’ mode of being and beginning to find our power, which we had the whole time we just did not realize it.  We are like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, who had the power to go home the whole time, she just didn’t realize it.  However by the same token, if she had realized it and gone home immediately, she would not have learned the valuable lessons that she needed to – about her own mind, heart, and courage – reflected back to her by her friends the scarecrow, tin man and lion.  So, we needed to learn some things, and we found the perfect reflections in each life to learn what we needed to, but we have had the power to enlighten ourselves (go home) the whole time, we are just finally waking up and growing into it. 

-Rhea Jamil