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hafizMany go through times of feeling lost and confused, or just have those off days when they seem to face more inner doubts than normal. You may sometimes even wonder, “what is my purpose?” It’s normal to ask these sort of questions.

Should you be ambitious and aim to reach some sort of high spiritual state of enlightenment or relax and enjoy life by accepting your foibles, while acknowledging that there’s always your next lifetime to come to master all these lessons! Enjoy the moment!

The journey of life is mysterious and filled with moments of crystal-clear clarity and joy, amidst the confusion and suffering.

Throughout your life, you may find yourself asking “How do I cultivate wisdom, and start listening to my inner voice, in the midst of a thousand voices?” Or, “How do I become more enlightened,” “How do I find myself if lost,” How do I find inner peace when suffering?”

It’s natural to have some cravings and addictions to overcome and it’s natural to strive to be more. That’s what our life is about — constantly learning more about ourselves and our role in life, bringing more light to shine on the darkness and knowing that consciousness is always expanding.

In Buddhism, attachment to Vedana (a Sanskrit term referring to sensations or feelings that occur when our internal sense organs come into contact with external sense objects and the associated consciousness) leads to suffering. On the other side, concentrated awareness of Vedana also leads to enlightenment and the end of suffering.

Vedana is crucial to your growth and expansion, wherever you are on the scale or pathway to enlightenment.

All of us are seeking pleasure and an end to pain suffering, and ultimately, “wholeness”. Yet, we get caught up in life’s dramas by judging others and ourselves and crave empty substitutes for living our truth authentically. It is not in denying ourselves that we find a pathway to inner peace; it is in the very experiencing of ourselves that we find authenticity and wholeness. This is the path.

Seeing beyond the veils of illusion reveals our true selves, what is inside—our authentic self. This is always present and always wholly authentically real — I like to call it your “essence.”

The mirror that life presents to us never lies. In our frenetic 21st century lives, it is more important than ever to change what is not working from the inside out—and not look for empty feel-good substitutes for doing the work. When we get out of the way of our ego, we can learn to truly experience love from the inside out as an intrinsic part of all creation—as an intrinsic part of our nature.

The heart is a vessel for love.

When you look within and live from the heart while expecting miracles—watch what unfolds. As Einstein said:

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Heart intelligence goes beyond our traditional comprehension—reopening our childhood imagination. It softens our way of being and brings kindness and compassion to our way of life.

The heart’s vibration extends far beyond our physical bodies. It’s vibration (electro-magnetic field) goes beyond our personal boundaries into the ethers of space; we can feel the energy around us when we attune this sense—often known as the sixth sense.

There is always something for you to learn and heal from—and always more to unfold. Yet, you need to forget your ego…just be still. In silence is found true healing.

Life becomes resistant when you resist what stares you in the face. See the light beyond the bars of separation. All it takes to break down the bars, is an open heart and courage to face the truth.

When we experience love from the inside out as an intrinsic part of all creation, we find our calling – experiencing ourselves as love. This is living our lives authentically. This is living our bliss.

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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher, Energy Healer;
and Celebrity Therapist.

Find out more about me: http://www.findshambhala.com

Inquire about arranging a retreat: http://www.mretreat.com

To send a question for Q&A with David, please email David – david@mretreat.com

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via flickrWhen we get out of the way of our ego, we can learn to truly experience love from the inside out —as an intrinsic part of our nature, and as an intrinsic part of all creation.

When we experience love this way, we find our calling. This is living our lives authentically. This is living our bliss.

Here are six ways to becoming more enlightened:

1. Accept there is no escape from yourself.

You cannot escape: not through drugs, sex, alcohol or junk food. While you may feel like you’ve escaped, the effects will soon wear off. And once again, you’ll find yourself in waiting.

As the Buddha said, “Our life is the creation of our mind.”

2. Find your true identity.

It’s amazing how everything will change when you change. Societal conditioning has misrepresented who you are. So many things in our life have been based on things that aren’t even true.

Keep asking:

Who am I?
Who am I?
Who am I?

3. Consciously reduce your attachment to material comforts.

Be aware that attachment to things outside of you will not lead you to happiness—they’re just an escape from facing yourself in the mirror.

As a society, we have become receptive to media messages about external comforts—non-attachment requires not chasing after these shadows, counterfeits and luxuries. If you find yourself attaching to objects, it may be helpful to repeat this:

I have needs; I am not those needs.
I have desires; I am not those desires.

4. Be the love you’re seeking.

You cannot love another more than you love yourself. Loving yourself leads directly to loving choices for yourself and for others.

Know thyself. Loving yourself gets you to the true source of who you are. This is the start of consciously awakening to who you are. You become your own healer.

Positive self-esteem is an essential foundation that should be installed in your internal software from the earliest age. Without this foundation, people will always seek external methods of validation. Yet, love is always the answer.

5. Stop Resisting.

Since the human body is made up of over 70% water, it’s helpful to meditate on and bring into your awareness the qualities of water. Be open to new beliefs and insights. Take on the qualities of water to soften your alignment. Stop resisting and intend to consciously and unconsciously live effortlessly.

On the deepest level of choice, we are the masterminds of creation.

Surrender to the flow~surrender to your flow.

Water is boundless, effortless, graceful, spontaneous, fluid and always changing. How many of these qualities are you incorporating into your life, so that boundaries disappear and limitations fall? To offer no resistance to life is to be like water.

What are you resisting?

6. Create your life how you want it.

Are you choosing your experience?

Once you realize you’re dreaming, then you have the ability to choose what you dream.

If your life were a story and you were the author, what would you put inside that story, what experiences would you create—who would you be being inside your story?

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These are my top ways of becoming more enlightened, what are yours?

Is becoming more enlightened one of your goals or secret ambitions?

Do you have your own “authentic code of honor” that you live by?

When you follow your own bliss, do you feel enlightened?

 

Are you ashamed of your secret ambitions, ashamed of wanting more money, more power, more sex?

Do you find bliss in unexpected places?

Is enlightenment something you feel when you come into contact with your true nature?

What is your true nature?

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Photo Credits: Image by Sarah Ann Loreth, Via Flickr

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You are awesome as you are, and I love you!

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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher, Energy Healer;
and Celebrity Therapist.

Find out more about me: http://www.findshambhala.com

Inquire about arranging a retreat: http://www.mretreat.com

To send a question for Q&A with David, please email David – david@mretreat.com

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The state of the world is under serious threat. My hope is that we will come together and turn swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks as per the biblical prophecy.

How will we handle this crisis in the foreseeable future? Our individual, social and political choices stand before us as a test of will.

What is inside reflects exactly the outside. The external mirror reflects what is internal, and the exchange between what is within and what is without is a portal to primary reality.

It is only peace that leads to peace, that encompasses peace, that is the way to peace. It is only by sincerely being peaceful can anyone claim to want peace. Can anyone claim they want peace when launching missiles at their neighbour? Until both sides stop demonizing each other, we will never get peace.

It is a source of sadness and shame that those describing themselves as liberals have taken on issues of great complexity and have sought to paint one side as evil or another side as victims. This is not a mindful approach.

Historically speaking, there has been a racist tendency amongst humankind that is animalistic. Animals will often seek a “scape goat” or prey on weaker animals. It is an animal instinct to be tribal and territorial. So too, people have attacked ethnic minorities, homosexuals, witches and other outsiders. Hitler sought to murder anyone inform, feeble-minded, or mentally ill.

In essence, what we are still seeing is demonisation of one another. There is no way that we can advance as a civilization if we continue to characterize each other as evil. It feeds into the whole cycle of fear, trauma and collective disempowerment.

Crudely speaking, two main political groups have resided over much of the rhetoric in the media, both based on fear and alienation of each other. Neither is awake or awakened as the one system feeds of the other, coming at the expense of the opposition. When one has an enemy, one has a focus outside of the self. One can always blame and use the other as a scapegoat, whilst avoiding self-responsibility and correction. The political structure has placed power and its continuity as its most important goal. A battle for dominance is hence fomented in perpetuity.

Humankind is suffering from collective trauma. Our vitality and sense of self has been taken away from us. What we are seeing is a discharge of energy, which us both terrifying and also liberating. What do we perceive to be negative or positive? Who holds power over us? Are we victims of oppression? Do we have the power to create our reality?

What are our choices now? Will we continue to declare war?

Will we declare war on… war on drugs, war on terrorism, war on cancer, war on alcohol, war on depression, war on immigration, war on communism, war on insects, war on weeds, war on the homeless…(a list that never ends)?

New solutions based on common respect and a genuine goal of peaceful resolution – is the only way forward. The moment we demonize each other, is the moment we declare war on each other, fomenting the seeds for more terror. Hatred and fear only strengthens war, division and the cycle of violence.

If one can imagine that all our thoughts and feelings are known and loved without condition. If one can let go of all judgment and criticism of the self. If one can learn how to love the entirety of one’s self without condition. Then one will know peace.

Dharma is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice. It’s all about harnessing our energies and focusing them on that which we wish to achieve.

“I have omnipotence at my command and eternity at my disposal.”
~ Eliphas Lévi

Thoughts grasp one’s energy and consciousness away from the now, away from love, away from silence. This moment is the only true reality. Finding oneself in this eternal now, is the most liberating thing we can ever do as individuals and a society.

The great goal of life is not to win, not to counteract, not to disturb, not to cause another pain, not to speak badly of another, and not so stand in judgment of others. Our goal is simply to love.

May all beings be happy.

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Photo Credits: Sculpture by Yevgeny Vuchetich, 1959, Via Wiki Commons

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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher and Energy Healer
Find out more about me: http://www.findshambhala.com

Inquire about arranging a retreat: http://www.mretreat.com

To send a question for Q&A with David, please email David – david@mretreat.com

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Most of the daily challenges we experience as human beings originate from a lack of understanding.

The way to cultivate refinement of the mind and uplift the human experience from ignorance and suffering, is to practise dharma.

The Buddhist concept of dharma has a central philosophy that all is whole and complete as it is. There is no accident in the entire universe.

What is this cryptic notion of dharma and is there a way to decode it for modern consumption?

Dharma is a broad concept with many understandings and definitions, very much like the word “tao.” Like tao, dharma supports the natural order of the universe and those who are in harmony with it. Dharma could also be described as the nature of “what is” and in Buddhism, refers to the practice of following the Buddha’s teachings. The diligent observance and practice of these teachings, is the way to enlightenment.

“There is no term in Buddhist terminology wider than dharma. It includes not only the conditioned things and states, but also the non-conditioned, the Absolute Nirvana. There is nothing in the universe or outside, good or bad, conditioned or non-conditioned, relative or absolute, which is not included in this term.” ~ Walpola Rahula

One could argue that dharma is a truth, a teaching, a practice and enlightenment itself.
Everything is expressing itself fully according to its nature, and thusly there are no duplicates and no failure. All that is created is unique. As individuals in this perfect whole, we are all ingredients that perfectly express themselves – every nuance and character contributes to the overall manifestation. As James Hillman said (in The Soul’s Code), “You are born with a character, it is given, a gift as the old stories say, from the guardians upon your birth.”

Living in dharma means living ones’ purpose, bringing forth one’s personality and expressing it in the world. By living on the quiet, in fear, limitation, or otherwise, we are denying the world our one-of-a-kind gifts. So, too, living from the ego denies the full expression of our talents for the benefit of others. The purpose of dharma is to allow the world to evolve to its full potential.

“We know we are in dharma when we cannot think of anything else we would rather be doing with our life.” ~ David Simon

How does one relate to the seemingly mystical and intangible elements to finding one’s dharma?

Since there are no spare parts to the universe, then each individual part is needed by the whole, it is necessary, it is wanted. For the whole symphony to vibrate at its most refined and poetic, it requires all instruments to play their part. Thus, one thing is essential for the greater good – each person must follow the authentic path that is most wholly-speaking “theirs” and only theirs.

It reminds me that I am nothing, I am everything, I am here for a purpose for all, I am not here by mistake. And neither are you. On this point, the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson are worthy of contemplation ~
“Standing on the bare ground…a mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.”

The whole universe supports me when I act according to my nature, my calling, my purpose, my reason for being.

Living a meaningful life requires that I live in dharma to the whole of creation. Dharma is an opening, a mission, a doorway, a purpose, a destiny, an active element and a passive process of surrender. Could anything be more important?

 

To find your dharma, here are 4 Questions to Meditate on:

  1. Do you know what your dharma is? Have you found it yet? Where have you looked?
  2. How would you live differently if you knew your days were numbered?
  3. Which people do you admire most and why?
  4. When did you have the most fun? What memories come to mind – what were you doing at the time?

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What do you think? Feel free to comment down below!
You are awesome as you are, and I love you!

And if you love me back, please click ‘share’ up at the top!

David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher and Energy Healer
Find out more about me: http://www.findshambhala.com

Inquire about arranging a retreat: http://www.mretreat.com

To send a question for Q&A with David, please email David – david@mretreat.com

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