Archive for April, 2011
May 1st: A Global Love Meditation

Three years ago on May 1st Peace and Loveism had created a meditation event that would soon become a catalyst for a collective consciousness shift. This meditation would be solely focused on projecting and radiating outward the energy signature of unconditional love for the benefit of the whole of humanity. In these times of intense change and transformation, a global meditation on love is needed more than ever. We are the key holders of our own destiny…we get out what we put in. If as a race we collectively are locked into the frequencies of anger, fear, and apathy, it is inevitable that we will succumb to things that I rather not even mention given their significantly low levels of energetic vibration. By putting our awareness on unconditional love, we are able to assist each other in avoiding a plight that would not only affect ourselves but also all others as well, not to mention the habitable environment that makes our existence possible.

The Monthly Love Meditation has occurred 35 times since its inception and on May 1st it will be the 36th such global meditation. Those particularly fond of numerology and vortex mathematics can find some interesting connections with regards to that number (think the number 9). It is our hope that long after tomorrow’s 3 year anniversary of the monthly love meditation, people will continue to partake in it, for the benefit of all. It only takes 15 minutes (longer if you wish) out of your day to be a part of this meditation that is so important these days in light of all that is happening within our personal lives, society as a whole, and the biosphere. There are no special rituals, mantras, or motions to go through when partaking in this meditation (unless you wish to)…the only thing you have to be mindful of is the cultivation and projection of unconditional love into the collective consciousness grid. If you have trouble visualizing, you can simply say “Love” over and over again in your mind or out loud, as you will be transmitting the frequency of love by simply doing this technique as well, which is something that has been demonstrated by the study of cymatics and by Dr. Masaru Emoto’s water research to work just as effectively.

May 1st was not a random choice, but actually has a significance behind it. Today we call it May Day, but it has gone by many names in the past. Nearly 2,500 years ago, the Romans started a celebration for Flora, the symbolic goddess of flowers. After that, it was celebrated in ancient Germanic countries as Walpurgis Night as a festival embracing the coming summer. In the ancient Gaelic society, Beltane was the festival embracing the cusp of summer as well. In essence, May Day symbolizes a beginning of something refreshing and positive. It captures the spirit of change and transformation, which is exactly the goal of the love meditation. With the trees & flowers in full bloom and with the weather becoming delightfully pleasant, May Day seemed like a perfect choice of a day to start what has now become a global consciousness-shifting meditation.

Meditate alone or with a group, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that your attention, mindfulness, and awareness is on love and that your intention is on radiating out that love into the collective consciousness. We are all part of the same interconnected matrix of consciousness akin to a subtle energy grid where everyone and everything that is a part of it is affected by everyone and everything else in varying degrees of significance. By elevating your own consciousness level to that of unconditional love, you help raise the consciousness of others. Find some time out of your day to take part in this important event and be a part of a social transformation that will help us all in these difficult times.

Membership is Street Theology

Toward the beginning of this series on the church we made a distinction between the church universal and the church local. The church universal is all people throughout time who have been redeemed. The local church is temporally and geographically limited. Grace Baptist church exists here in McCook, not in Zimbabwe. It exists now in the 21st century AD not in the fifth century BC. The local church is the engine, it is the workhorse, it is a concrete manifestation of the church universal. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where the living happens. This is where we put shoe leather to our theology.
You may say you believe in unity, but how are you upholding this in our local church? You may say that you believe in forgiveness, but how does that play out in real life with real people who offend you? You may say you love Jesus, but if you do not love the church, then you do not love Jesus. In Acts 9:3-4 when Paul was imprisoning Christians and approving of their execution we read: Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  [4] And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
Matthew 25:38-40 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? [39] And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ [40] And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
God views the church as an extension of himself. If we serve and love the church then we serve and love Jesus. And if you persecute the church then you are persecuting Jesus. This is where the rubber hits the road. If you claim to love Jesus and claim to value unity and claim to value patience, this is the crucible in which all of that is tested.
There are many sins that are given a pass under the claim that “I am part of the church universal.” So what? You should also be a part of the church local where you live out the Christian life. It is like the deadbeat dad who says that he is part of the universal family of mankind. Well so what? You also have a real family. There is a real wife that you need to love and care for. There are real children that you need to provide for and cherish. People who think that they can do church from home are deluding themselves. People who think they can do Internet church are deceiving themselves. That is not church. You need to be with real people showing real patience, real love, real friendship and promoting real unity, real peace, real service and real encouragement. This is where the rubber meets the road.

Creating, Defining, & Manifesting Our Own Reality

We create our own reality

There has perhaps been no other time when this phrase has been so important than now and for the coming months and years. There’s been alot of talk about 2012 lately, especially given all the novelties occurring within the domain of the human experience (earthquakes, tsunamis, radiation fallout, oil “spill” disasters, economic crises, populist revolutions, etc). It’s a definitive understanding that nobody actually knows what will occur in the next year or two and what the implications of all that is happening will be. The future is what we make it and that means that we can make a positive future timeline for humanity by creating a reality that matches such a determined wish.

If the majority of humans on this planet have their consciousness set on the thought of impending doom and disaster in 2012, then yes, we will collectively experience that. If the majority is focusing on positive things such as enlightenment, conscious evolution, oneness, pure no-mind awareness, etc, then these will certainly define our future reality. This is why it is extremely important that we do not allow negative notions or ideas get a hold of our mind concerning 2012 because this will create the very situation we are so afraid of.

Most people underestimate the immense power each one of us has to give our share of creative power to the sum of the whole One consciousness that directs the future of humanity every single moment. If it was not for the peace movement in the 1960s (an event that can be largely attributed to the youth being confronted with a very dark situation–the Vietnam war and draft), perhaps I wouldn’t be able to be here writing this article and you wouldn’t be around to read it. If we want to ensure October 28, 2011, December 21st, 2012, or some other date in the yet-to-be determined future is a date of monumental positive transformation, then we must have our minds and awareness focused on that. After all, our destiny is in the fate of our own hands.

Transforming the world is not just the responsibility of a few enlightened sages and seers. To create a better world is the responsibility of every one of us. In this struggle for survival; innocence, love and values are being lost. It is you who has to uphold these values…it is up to all of us.

Sri Amma had something quite important to say in connection to all of this:

Do not consider yourself to be ordinary beings. Each one of you has the infinite powers of the [Source] within you. You have the powers to see [Source] in the heart of every human being, and once you begin to see the [Source] in every man, you will able to love every living being, every individual. Through you, [Source's] power would flow into the world.

Do not get habituated to lovelessness. Through your words, through your loving actions and through your service you could awaken every human being from his stupor of sufferings, self created misery and ignorance. It is because of you the whole world could be awakened. Your taking up this responsibility is the beginning of the Golden Age. This is my message to you today.

Amma is right. It is up to each one of us to do our part in the conscious evolution of humanity’s transpersonal consciousness. There is seemingly little time, given what’s going on in the world, so if there was a time when you should focus on self-growth, self-realization, and conscious evolution, now is the time. Far too much rests on what the end-result of our actions today will be. We cannot continue ignoring the inevitable decisions and choices we will have to make. It is better to be prepared for chaos and confusion within the collective consciousness than to be taken off-guard and have it affect us in an intensely-negative way.

Self-Realization Through Ego Minimization

Many of us don’t realize that the question “Who am I?” is a much more difficult one that we put ourselves on to believe. The ego, the “I” or self that we feel we are, is largely a figment of our self-created reality. Ultimately, our true self is not the ego which feels it is separate from others, but a part of the undivided Whole that has the same spark of infinite love that is within everyone, even if it seems sometimes that this is not the case. The ego can become so incredibly empowered at times that we may fall into the trap of believing that it is the real and genuine “I” that we should associated our awareness with. If we have such a belief, we will be unable to become fully self-realized and live a completely liberated life that is guided by love. When we directly experience and are aware of the true Self, we find ourselves being aware of the reality that we are mirror images and sparks of the the Source of all that is.

The ego is unreal, in a way. We create it in order to cope with our social interactions. The ego is a false center, a smokescreen, and a barrier to the true Self. It’s what gets in the way of experiencing unconditional love. It’s what gets in the way of directly experiencing the Source of reality. It’s the deeply-buried but always-present intuition that we are the center of the universe/everything that gives rise to feelings and beliefs in our uniqueness and specialness. What we see ourselves as being, which is a perception that stems from our time-and-sense-bound consciousness is ultimately unreal.

All of our self-limiting activities grow out of this false picture of ourselves and because of this, we conjure up an idea of a dualistic world of self and other, of things separated and isolated, of pain and struggle, birth and death, killing and being killed, etc etc etc. This picture of reality that we paint for ourselves is untrue because it’s not seeing reality for the way it truly is. A good analogy for this is that it’s like looking at the tip of an iceberg above the water and refusing to acknowledge the most of it is still underneath the water. If we could see beyond the continuously-changing forms into the primary Reality, we would realize that fundamentally there is nothing but harmony and unity and that this perfection is no different from the phenomenal world of continuous change and transformation.

I’m not saying that the ego is inherently “wrong” to posses (we all possess it, after all). It can be likened to a tool that we have and can use and just like with any tool, if you don’t have it under control, it carries with it the potential to become dangerous, and cause you and others a great deal of harm, pain, and suffering. This is why I used the term ego minimization. As you transcend lower levels of consciousness that are firmly rooted within the domain of the ego, you become less and less prone to falling into the grip of the ego and letting it sway you every which way it pleases. Through ego minimization, we are able to become Self-Realized and directly experience the true nature of who we are. The question of “Who am I?” becomes a much easier question to answer.

Self-Realization in its fundamental and most elementary meaning, is the direct experience and awareness of the true Self (that luminous spark of the Source of all that is that is all that is within itself. The higher Self is often masked by the false self, which by now you probably see is the ego. Both transpersonal psychology and psychosynthesis explore and unravel the nature of self-realization. In Hinduism, it refers to the experiencing the reality that one’s higher Self is a mirror image and spark of the the Source or ultimate reality. By becoming fully Self-Realized, enlightenment becomes within our grasp for being a state of existence we can finally attain.

So how can we get from an ego-dominated life to a self-realized one filled with harmony and unity? There’s many ways to go about it. Some ways are the following:

  • Kundalini yoga
  • Meditations on higher levels of consciousness such as love, joy, and peace
  • Letting go of all egoistic thought forms or ideas
  • Administering the principle of oneness in everyday life
  • Transcending emotions and mind states such as anger, greed, hate, jealousy, fear, shame, and guilt
  • Brainwave entrainment

This is by no means an exhaustive list but simply a list of ways that have helped me in my own Self-Realization. In this day and age where the youth see a lack of true leaders to help them in their quest to answer the age-old question of “Who am I?” many turn to psychedelics in order to peel away the thick layers of false-self that the ego has hidden our true Self under. Although this is not a way that truly makes a person Self-Realized (enlightenment doesn’t come on a piece of paper, a pill, or a sugar cube), it still is precisely what some who are now Self-Realized attribute their eventual Self-Realization, enlightenment and spiritual awakening to. Whatever methods you use for minimizing the ego and becoming Self-Realized, it is ultimately the end-result the truly matters, not the path in which one took to get to it. Pay attention to how your ego is controlling your thoughts and actions so that you can reduce its grasp on your life. After identifying how its affecting you, you can minimize its influence on your being, paving the way to attaining an almost blissful enlightenment state of becoming Self-Realized. If you truly wish to become enlightened, Self-Realization is a fundamental step that must be taken towards attaining that blissful state of pure be-ing.