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https://www.flickr.com/photos/tais/24762390Manchester in tears, yet another attack and more senseless violence. I breathe in and I breathe out.

Manchester is in chaos as intense energies and raging wings storm the planet whilst some are still sleeping. Is there any sense to be made of this event? In times of upheaval, people seek answers and seek comfort in a higher power.

Who is the real enemy – external or within? Who are we fighting against? Perhaps it is our light that we fear most?

In the years to come, it seems inevitable we will face more tribulations. Will we see beyond the illusion or be sucked into a vortex of shadow? Will we react fearfully or respond with grace?

We are all under attack from extremism from the Middle East to America, Asia, Russia, Europe and all the world. We are all targets of the dark forces and that actually unites us. Humanity is at war with the darkness and in our plight, we are one. The real enemy is darkness. The faceless enemy is within just as much as it is on the external plain of existence. Something unites us all—that is love. It does not have a religion, nor a philosophy attached to it.

What is darkness – what is it inside that corrupts a human soul? What is it that ignites the flame of tyranny, the evil of wanting to harm others? Inside our soul, where is the light? The forces of darkness and derision have always been here. We all have something to look at within. And we know that it is the love (or lack thereof) that drives evil onward.

Blame is too easy. Doubts are all over, everywhere. People doubt and want to think negative things; when suspicion prevails, all we get are the same empty sound-bytes.

These forces that want to destroy life are fearful of the light, fearful of love, they feel such emptiness that they want to destroy the light. They do not love themselves, but feel a hatred of life itself. Only a mind under a cloud of fear and suffering would support such evil acts.

The cleansing is difficult as catharsis must involve a shedding of the old—a releasing and letting go of fear, grief, and so many old beliefs. We cannot escape our individual responsibility as all of humanity is under attack. When one person suffers, we all suffer. We are all inwardly responsible and outwardly influential. Purging is only a part of the process, it is not perpetually in motion. Collectively, we are co-creating all of this. We can change what we see now with love.

The human community must ask ourselves who we are. Our self-identity is key: how do we define ourselves? Are we divine souls united under One Creator, or are we divided and separated predators battling amongst each other for limited resources?

Our true nature is not evil, violent, wicked, or devious. Within all of us is the seed of God, the seed of goodness, light, unconditional love and purity. We each have a saint glowing within, a shining star of grace inside. Our essential nature is not darkness, it is starlight. May we see our light manifest in the world and shine upon all those who suffer.

Outside of the energy of fear, we have bountiful reminders that expand our ability to worship the Creator, to raise one’s affirmations to the stars. The only true religion is love. Uniting against hatred is not to pretend that hatred doesn’t exist—it is to raise and elevate human possibility, to reach for greater achievements—more love, more forgiveness, more grace—not for ephemeral, vain and selfish attainments like revenge.

Now is the time to be enter the love vibration that will unify and elevate us all.

Illumination comes from stillness. Peace arises naturally after a raging storm has swept across the landscape. One cannot force peace as it comes from within—it comes from the heart. It’s important to recognise that spreading the message of peace expands the vibration of peace. Then it follows that peace lives in our actions.

We will arise like doves again from the ashes renewed and reinvigorated, ready to love all that is with our passion undimmed. We will step into the light again, this time taking all of humanity with us.

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Animals (including the human being) have two guiding polarities and co-creating energies called masculine and feminine. These energies are unfolded within each being. In the external world, they fuse and synthesise in the sexual union between male and female, as well as in sexual unions between any grouping of people (notably including gay and lesbian).

The physical world is a manifestation of the inner world.

Masculine energy is active, outward, demonstrative, strong and characterised by being a ‘protector’ of the weak. A healthy masculine has a warrior spirit brought out when appropriate, whereas an unhealthy masculine is a self-serving aggressor. According to Ronna Herman, spiritually the masculine “is divine will, power, and purpose-mental and outward focused attributes of the Creator.”  

Feminine energy is receptive, inward, nurturing and characterised by being intuitive. Her compassionate nature serves others before herself. An unhealthy feminine is weak and insipid. Edith Stein (St Theresa Benedicta of the Cross) wrote, “Woman naturally seeks to embrace that which is living, personal, and whole. To cherish, guard, protect, nourish and advance growth is her natural, maternal yearning.” Stein believed that a “woman’s soul is more intensely present and lives in all parts of the body.”

The Divine Sexual Union brings these two forces of masculine and feminine together. It is crucially both a physical, emotional and spiritual force of creation. The sexual energy unlocks a powerful and explosive force that remembers the force of our creation.

Our energy bodies wish to dance in emptiness. Our physical bodies yearn for communion with the Great Earth Spirit, the cosmic force called “Oneness.” Oneness is a unified force of awareness, where masculine and feminine creative forces collide, connect, flow into each other, and start the dance of love called sex.

This suppressed force still has great power as even though society keeps trying to control it and pervert it, it is still our link to our primal origin. We all come from the union of masculine (father) and feminine (mother). We cannot escape this, even if we are created via IVF (In vitro fertilisation). Our origin is within the divine feminine womb. Our earthly mother, through the force of life, nurtures us into existence. And then we become creatures of Earth, in the endless cycle of moving spirit and life cycles. We are born in innocence, and our yearning always to go back to the Great Earth Mother Spirit, the womb-space that kept us safe.

There is this grand unifying force in sexuality that binds us to another human oasis.

How do you use your sexual energy? What does it mean to your life?

What could be more sacred than allowing your soul to melt into the arms of another soul?

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https://pixabay.com/p-2176668/?no_redirectIn my feeling-body, I have an awareness–call it being mindful of the sensation or lightness of being. My feeling-body is that essence of personality and feeling that I carry with me wherever I go. In this space of feeling, resides my inner child, because it is this energy that we have carried with us since birth and into previous lifetimes. Having the sensitivity to be in tune with this feeling-body, we may go to either extreme of dancing in celebration, or imploding in despair, and usually residing somewhere in between.

And in this way we search for wholeness.

It’s a riddle being in a human and searching for happiness, for enlightenment and for wholeness as we are body and soul, physical and spiritual beings, embodied and incorporeal.

For what is all the searching we do to find wholeness–to find ourselves–to end our suffering? The author Adyashanti speaks of reaching the climax of his search and arriving defeated at the realisation that he had achieved nothing…“in the moment I realized there was literally nothing I could do, everything changed. And then this great revelation occurred where I realized that I was both nothing and everything, simultaneously.”

If we are still searching, we are still striving to find something, then “something in us is still struggling against what is.” (Adyashanti)

With the agility of a kōan, questions arise from the depths of searching, yet once one stops searching, one discovers one knows nothing. Then everything becomes clear.

It is a kōan that the more one searches, the less one finds.

Zen Buddhism offers stories that open and reveal some inner wisdom that unlocks an awareness. These conundrums or kōan are signposts towards enlightenment, or what the Japanese call satori.

“Out of nowhere, the mind comes forth.” – The Diamond Sutra

A kōan is a riddle that takes a person outside of logical thinking into the “great doubt.” In this state, he may cultivate awareness. Traditionally, a kōan resembles a dialogue designed to break through rational habits and reach into the unreachable emptiness or stillness of enlightenment. In satori, we can meet the Great Emptiness or Oneness, the Eternal flow, the Endless Ocean and the Infinite Desert.

The interaction between Zen master and student was designed to test the progress of the student toward insight. A kōan, by-design impossible to solve with reasoning, relies on stopping the thought-process to introduce a new state of consciousness.

‘What was your original face—the one you had before your parents gave birth to you?

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When I was much younger, I remember being mesmerised by adult interactions. Not for the content, what interested me more was the emotional responses. I couldn’t understand why certain ideas would create vehement emotions, often with seemingly instantaneous and irrational exuberance. It made no sense why adults took themselves so seriously, and stuck to emotional and thought-patterns that seemed intractable. It seemed more dangerous than thought was. Even the most unfeigned emotions gathered pace and at times, the result was anarchy.

As I developed, I notice it wasn’t just emotions that were unstable, sometimes mercurial, and often irrational. I started to understand and experience the range of thought-systems around me, and the amazing certainty adults had about particular ideas.

Why do people believe their thoughts or feelings?

Or perhaps a better question – why do they take so seriously their thoughts or feelings?

When we are believing thoughts or strung by feelings, we are not experiencing life as it is, Endless Openess. We fall into grace when we let go of the pull of the mind and become what the author Adyashanti calls “emptiness dancing.”

It is not that thoughts or feelings are not valid – they are always valid. Yet when we take them as reality, then that is when we suffer. This preoccupation with forms as we experience them has the potential to spiral into an abyss of our creation.

The moment a thought comes into our mind, it limits our experience and takes us out of the opportunity of being in the present moment, true reality.

We tend to see our patterns as stuck in concrete, unchangeable realities, when in fact any pattern can be changed or at least, adjusted. The personality is not set in stone.

What is it to be endless openess, free of personality and closed concepts of the self? Then we can move within life from a space that is full of love.

Adyashanti points out that,“When we believe what we think, when we take our thinking to be reality, we will suffer.”

According to this concept, we are suffering simply by believing our thoughts to be real. I would qualify that with it depends on the quality of our thoughts and whether it is appropriate to keep repeating the same ones. Some thoughts can actually create peace. The core takeaway idea is that thoughts are not real. Thoughts are not unchangeable. Thoughts are only signposts to show us patterns in our personality and non-acceptance of past experiences. A similar argument can be made and understanding reached about our feelings, because thoughts and feelings are intertwined.

What about the quality of our thoughts?

Underlying our unwholesome thoughts, is the feeling of not being whole – not being part of the whole creation. Deep within the recesses of our subconsciousness, the seed of unworthiness has been planted by traditional religions.

Much angst is caused by disconnection – disconnection to others, disconnection to ourselves and our intrinsic nature, and linked to all of these – is disconnection to life itself, or God nature. It is we who have created a primitive version of God nature that is dark, jealous and vengeful. God is not dark – it is we who have judged ourselves – it is we who have collected shame and guilt through judging our nature and our behaviour as unworthy or unforgivable. Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke famously wrote: “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

We are here to be, not to do – we are here in love.

Because our social conditioning has brainwashed us into believing that “doing” is more important than “being” and more than that, that “being” is a character flaw, we are struggling with the pressure to “do” more. The basic void is in our self-identity as not being good, not being worthy enough. We start from this feeling of lack, a deficit in perception. We are feeling we are not and have not achieved enough. The source of these trends comes from the over-dominance of the left-hemisphere of our brain versus the right. A left-brain functioning society views feeling and being in our bodies as “lesser” than manifesting or achieving some goal.

By such thinking, the perfection of imperfection and the wholeness of being alive is diminished.

Would a loving God frown on us for being less than who we are for not having achieved some social status or monetary goal?

It is how we are perceiving ourselves that is at fault – and the whole capitalist marketing system that is based on creating demand. It is a simple strategy to send the message – ‘you are not enough’ – and hence need a branded product to feel OK.

Outside of consumerism, where would we be as a society?

If we refine our idea of joy and fulfilment, it leads us down the path of consuming less and residing in more spaciousness, increasing the room we allow for silence. If achievement defines our self-identity and meaning defines our goals, through a spiritual “sadhana” practice, we can shift our identity into something more pure, refined and long-lasting.

Then we can move within life with the wisdom of humility and the courage of love, from a space that is full of love. It is the empty space that is abandoned that feeds unhealthy behaviours. The cultivation of one’s internal space is much like a garden. It can be cared for and developed and made into something beautiful, or neglected and the weeds allowed to take over.

It takes mental agility to reframe our self-view and a willingness to morph our view that the personality is unadaptable. It takes a new way of seeing things, to remove the barriers and step forward into a new sense of self.

Nisargadatta Maharaj offers a spiritual guideline of what life may look like on the other side of ego:

“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves.”

The key guideline is to simplify one’s sense of self, be open to change the understanding of what we considered our intractable “personality” – and not take too seriously any particular thought or feeling – to welcome in the fresh pastures of love for ourselves and compassion for others. As one invites in new possibility and the potential for changing personality traits and habits, one enters the field of endless openess.

 

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