Sunday, February 21, 2010

Love is realizing there is no one to forgive but yourself. ~zenshine

Love is realizing there is no one to forgive but yourself. ~zenshine

The idea of forgiveness suggests that it is more harmful to hang on to negative feelings about someone else who we feel has harmed us, than to let go of that negativity.  It is a wonderful concept designed for those who don't take responsibility for their own feelings, and since most of us believe that someone or something else is to blame for our hurt, anger, jealousy or hate, it's good that we're offered a way to deal with our need to blame.  Forgiveness.

But what if we took it a step deeper, and look at why we feel like blaming other people or circumstances at all?  We all have emotional reactions to things that appear to be harmful to us, but we also have the ability to interpret that emotion into a feeling that is something we will carry with us, positive or negative.  An emotion is a pure reaction to a perceived event, but even here our personal perception is involved, a unique perspective that has developed out of our way of viewing the world, a series of choices we've made over time that color our judgment and affect our emotional reaction.  

For example, I see a dog and it instantly makes me smile, and I think about how much joy dogs bring to us, and how wonderful it is to have my dog Tonka in my life.  Someone else may see a dog and feel instantly terrified and panic-stricken, with thoughts of being attacked and harmed.  I may walk down the street with an intention to smile and greet everyone one day, and get nothing but smiles and happy greetings back from the people I pass, but if I start out another day feeling badly, without setting an intention to smile, I get more of the same bad feelings reinforced as I pass others by.  

The energy is tangible, as we are all made of measurable electro-magnetic energy, our hearts being the seat of power at 5,000 times more electro-magnetic energy than the brain.  Each one of the cells in our bodies has an electro-magnetic charge, so we live our lives as powerful energy beings who have mostly forgotten those abilities in favor of what Toltec nagual and author Don Miguel Ruiz calls "domestication".  (Thank you Kris and Kalyn, and to the Toltec Mystery School).

So we can see how even our pure emotional reaction is colored by who we are, our past experiences, and our personal intentions or lack thereof.  But the good thing about emotions is that they are meant to be experienced only in that moment, and after that our choices begin.  Our brains get involved with a series of thoughts on the subject, and our hearts supply us with an engine to amplify those initial emotions into feelings that we carry with us over time.  Here is where we can make the choice to love or to hate, to empower or belittle, to bless or curse, to understand or to blame.  Here is where we create our heaven or our hell.

I remember walking my dogs in the Malibu bluffs, where they could run free and play.  Most of the time they met up with other people who were dog lovers, and got lots of love and positive attention from them.  But one day I heard screaming, and ran around the path to discover a woman who was a local college student, screaming at the top of her lungs in sheer panic, face bright red, gasping in between her screams, as my dog tried to get her to pet him.  She told me between gasps that she had once been attacked by a dog.  She carried that with her and could never see the unconditional love of a dog she encountered on that path. 

Forgiveness is only necessary when we forget who we are, how powerful we are, and that we are not only capable of changing our experience, but we do it every day without a second thought.  Once we start to take responsibility for the energy we project as a result of the thoughts we choose, we can start to take advantage of intent, and practice setting intentions.  

Practice and habit is what it's taken for us to get where we are today, from the teachings of our parents, our schools, our friends, our lovers, and our enemies.  Practice will change your life if you choose your intention to love over and over again.  It may feel foreign at first, and it may feel vulnerable, but it is our place of power, of creation, if we choose to honor the purpose of our hearts and radiate love through our entire being, where it will attract the same from others everywhere, including strangers, as we find ways to mingle that energy and let the Universal energy we all share begin to create for us the world we desire. 

So in the end, any time we look back and feel the need to forgive in order to move forward, look to the source of that need, and forgive yourself, let go, take your power back, intend an open heart filled with love, and move on in peace and love in a world where your heart energy opens the doors.

Self-centered is heart-centered; self-centered is unconditional love. ~zenshine

Self-centered is heart-centered; self-centered is unconditional love. ~zenshine

The third point of reference is freedom of perception; it is intent; it is spirit; the somersault of thought into the miraculous; the act of reaching beyond our boundaries and touching the inconceivable. ~Carlos Casteneda

This is the place where we trust that what we really want is what is the core of our being, it is a place of love that draws energy into itself and transforms back again, magnified, as love. This desire that we have is real and tangible and free, and when we focus on it instead of on things that we should be doing or being or having, we magnify the energy of love, and miracles happen.

So the core of our being-ness, our authentic self, our original self, is the key.  Self-centered is not the same as selfish.  There is no place better for us to focus our attention than on our desires, those things that truly bring us joy, because if we scatter our attention to all the "what-if's", and "should-have's", and the "other shoe dropping" and the "if it's too good to be true, it is's", we are fragmenting that power of focus and intent that actually does create miracles.

We may not be able to control our circumstances in this moment, but we can choose how we feel about it if we try.  For those who say they have no choice in how they feel, just a little practice will show that they do.  I can choose to feel bad about the rain because it's interfering with my plans, or I can choose instead to think about all the good things the rain brings us, and start to feel better right away.  

When we choose joy it becomes the path to freedom and love, and anything less than that is pretending that we are powerless, when we are all infinitely powerful beings and a miracle of spirit in a physical presence, creating physically from that place of spirit.
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Understanding that we are all one eliminates choosing whose needs are supposed to be more important than our own

Understanding that we are all one eliminates choosing whose needs are supposed to be more important than our own. ~Zenshine #cZen

I grew up with the teachings of the Christian church, had exhausted parents who sacrificed so we could do better, was constantly reminded that altruism is one of the highest ideals for mankind, and eventually found myself feeling guilty if I didn't put other people's needs first.  

And how do you know if you actually are putting others' needs first?  We can hope we've picked the exact right thing to do, but the only sure way to tell is if they somehow acknowledge that they are now better off for your having made some sort of sacrifice.  This gets very confusing, because we all have so many varying wants and needs that you could spend your whole life sacrificing and never pleasing anyone.

Thanks to my grandfather I knew in my heart that things could be different.  He was always happy, lived with the energy of a child, was brilliant, vibrant and wealthy.  I don't remember ever seeing him do anything out of guilt, or because he was supposed to put someone else's needs above his own.  He just loved and lived the life he wanted.  But conditioning being what it is, I lapsed back into forgetting his example most of the time.

When I started my yoga and meditation practice, slowly it dawned on me that if we are all truly one, when I do something that pleases me, it benefits everyone.  Let me explain lest I sound like I'm promoting selfishness--the difference comes when we 'sacrifice' the ego to the authentic self that is the bigger, deeper self or soul, and we become self-centered, balanced.  When I do something that benefits me, I am talking about benefiting the authentic me that is connected with the energy that is in each of us.  

That way, when I live my life authentically, I naturally stay with the energy that connects us all, which is the energy of the heart, or love, appreciation, joy.  Science tells us that we are all made of electro-magnetic energy, and that the energy projected from our hearts is measured to be 5,000 times more powerful than the energy projected by our brains.  That makes the heart the seat of our power, and love the most healthy and beneficial expression of that power.

So when we say we are all one, we're still individuals with a unique personality and unique gifts and desires, but we are able now, more and more, to connect with our 'authentic' self and its tremendous power that is beneficial not just to us but to everyone around us.  Staying in the authentic self means that we are willing and able to let go of what the ego wants in favor of understanding the desires of our soul.

Living in the power of love is the most blissful experience I have ever come into, and as Joseph Campbell said, 'Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.'

I want to introduce you to some of my mentors who have helped me express my authentic self, my inner being, and the love that I want to share with you.  These are people who light the way, and I am deeply grateful for their influence.  To Kalyn and Kristopher Raphael (K2), Abraham-Hicks, Gregg Braden, Hemal Radia, Maja, to my yoga teachers, Erich Schiffmann, Saul David Raye, and Andres Salcedo

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

An open heart is so powerful that it needs no protection

An open heart is so powerful that it needs no protection. ~zenshine #cZen

Since the electromagnetic energy of our hearts is measured to be 5,000 times stronger than that of our brain, our hearts control and power our way through the invisible world of energy.  The way we feel is everything.  Love empowers our hearts, and fear does also.  What do you want to project into your world?

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Love is the fabric of the Universe that moves gently with the direction of your heart.

Love is the fabric of the Universe that moves gently with the direction of your heart. ~Zenshine

I've been watching a lot of Gregg Braden videos on YouTube lately and he talks about the movement of the matrix that is the energy making up the Universe, how we are all connected through it and by it, and how that energy is moved by the very powerful energy from our own hearts. We influence our surroundings, our friends, current events, and even strangers by the impulses that come from our heart, the strongest of which is that of love.

The electro-magnetic energy of the heart is five thousand times more powerful than that of the brain. It is our power center, and the way we represent ourselves to the world of energy.  It explains how some people can read minds, see someone's past or future, or heal people from a distance.

He explains that our emotions are our instant reaction to people, circumstances and events that affect us, and enter through our lower chakras. We can then process them into 'feelings' by processing that emotion mentally, then choosing the way we want to express it through our hearts. So although we may not have much of a choice about our initial emotional reaction, we have a very big choice in the way we end up feeling about it.

The way we think about things then becomes very important, because we can 'choose' our thoughts even though we may not be able to choose our emotions. Choosing to add a positive spin to a negative emotion will then transform our hearts and project a life-changing energy out into that matrix, gently moving it with the direction of our hearts.

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