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Who am I and what is my purpose, are the two most asked questions on our journey of self discovery and often we do not realize that both questions are really the same.  Our primary purpose is to discover who we are and then express that.  It is not enough to think of what that ideal should be as this way of thinking creates  internal battles regarding the conflicts of how we feel, what we think and what we do.  This  self consciousness becomes our reality because when we judge ourselves for lacking in any sort of 'perfection' then that becomes our experiential reality.    Religions, dogma or any institutional teaching that tells us to change ourselves are incorrect  and only further entrenches us in the focus of the 'negatives' that we judge as our failings.  

We cannot make changes in ourselves by naming  them  as popularly thought because that feeds into our  focusing on the what we don't want rather than the vision of what and how we desire to see  and experience ourselves.   Instead we must realize that it is our concepts and beliefs about who we are that are needing change.   Emotions are states of being, e.g anger, love, depression etc.  so the key is to change our state of being and then it will naturally follow through into our outward expression of self. 

All things in the lower planes  of manifestation  (3D) are subject to change with uncertainty being the only constant, and so  a spiritual aspirant learns eventually that  we should align with our soul which is unchanging in its awareness of its divinity and capacity for true unconditional love.  Only then do we  allow our souls light to be expressed.   We do that through contemplation which  is not the same as meditation.  Contemplation uses the crown chakra and so transcends the lower awareness and transports our thoughts into the higher realms.  This level of consciousness  is not the same as imagination as we have created a bridge across the astral imaginal planes to access the soul planes of  Light. That pure God / Source / Creator consciousness Light  that does not cast shadows.

“The spiritual heart of man is the Heart of the universe, and, finding that Heart, man finds the strength to accomplish all things. He finds there also the wisdom to see things as they are. He finds there the peace that is divine. At the center of man’s being is the music which orders the stars—the Eternal Harmony. He who would find blessedness, let him find himself. Let him abandon every discordant desire, every inharmonious thought, every unlovely habit and deed, and he will find that grace, beauty, and harmony which form the indestructible essence of his own being.

Men fly from creed to creed, and find—unrest. They travel in many lands, and discover—disappointment. They build themselves beautiful mansions, plant pleasant gardens, and reap—boredom and discomfort. Not until a man falls back upon the Truth within himself does he find rest and satisfaction. Not until he builds the inward mansion of faultless conduct does he find endless and incorruptible Joy. Having obtained that, he will infuse it into all his outward doings and possessions.

If a man would have peace, let him exercise the spirit of Peace. If he would find love, let him dwell in the spirit of Love. If he would escape suffering, let him cease to inflict it. If he would do noble things for humanity, let him cease to do cruel things to himself. If he will but quarry the mine of his own soul, he shall find there all the materials for building whatsoever he will, and he shall find there also the central Rock on which to build in safety.”

James Allen 

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Comment by Eternal Flame on February 15, 2012 at 5:49am

So beautiful...I'm touched with such gratitude.... joy, and love by this post and all the comments...

Thank you Sunmover and Skywriter!!! WOW!!

Comment by Sunmover on February 14, 2012 at 6:40am

'As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounding me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.

Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is not good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything the drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”

 Charlie Chaplin 

Comment by Sunmover on February 14, 2012 at 6:25am
"A primary cause of suffering is delusion: our inability, because of subtly willful blindness, to see things the way they truly are but instead in a distorted way. The world is in fact a seamless and dynamic unity, a single living organism that is constantly undergoing change. Our minds, however, chop it up into separate, static bits and pieces, which we then try mentally and physically to manipulate. One of the mind’s most dear creations is the idea of the person and, closest to home, of a very special person which each one of us calls I: a separate, enduring ego or self. There is “I”— and there is all the rest. That means conflict—and pain, for “I” cannot control that fathomless vastness against which it is set. It will try, of course, as a flea might pit itself against an elephant, but it is a vain enterprise."

John Snelling

Comment by Sunmover on February 14, 2012 at 6:17am
"Colors blind the eye
Sounds deafen the ear
Flavors numb the taste
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.
The Master observes the world, but trusts his inner vision
He allows things to come and go
His heart is as open as the sky."

 Lao Tzu

Comment by Sunmover on February 14, 2012 at 6:15am

Sensitivity to Negative Information .The brain typically detects negative information faster than positive information. Take facial expressions, a primary signal of threat or opportunity for a social animal like us: fearful faces are perceived much more rapidly than happy or neutral ones, probably fast tracked by the amygdala. In fact, even when researchers make fearful faces invisible to conscious awareness, the amygdala still lights up. The brain is drawn to bad news.

High Priority Storage  ...When an event is flagged as negative by the brain, the hippocamus makes sure it’s stored carefully for future reference. Once buried, twice shy. Your brain is like velcro for negative experiences and teflon for positive ones - even though most of your experiences are probably neutral or positive.

Negative Trumps Positive  ..Negative events generally have more impact than positive ones. For example, it’s easy to acquire feelings of learned helplessness from a few failures, but hard to undo these feelings, even with many success. People will do more to avoid a loss than acquire a comparable gain. Compared to lottery winners, accident victims usually take longer to return to their original baseline of happiness. Bad information about a person carries more weight than good information, and in relationships, it typically takes about five positive interactions to overcome the effects of a single negative one.

Lingering Traces ...Even if you’ve unlearned a negative experience, it still leaves an indelible trace in your brain. That residue lies waiting, ready to reactivate if you ever encounter a fear provoking event like the previous one.

Vicious Cycles....Negative experiences create vicious cycles by making you pessimistic, over-reactive, and inclined to go negative yourself.

Avoiding Involves Suffering ...As you can see, your brain has a built in “negativity bias”, that primes you for avoidance. This bias makes you suffer in a variety of ways. For starters, it generates an unpleasant background of anxiety, for which some people can be quite intense; anxiety also makes it harder to bring attention inward for self awareness or contemplative practice, because the brain keeps scanning to see if there is no problem. The negativity bias fosters or intensifies other unpleasant emotions, such as anger, sorrow, depression, guilt, and shame. It highlights pass losses and failures, it downplays present abilities, and it exaggerates future obstacles. Consequently, the mind continually tends to render unfair verdicts about a person’ character, conduct, and possibilities. The weight of those judgments can really wear you down.

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