Archive for April, 2012
The Way to Success

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Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

Swami Vivekananda

We Are at the Dawning of the Unknowing



In order to be able to find solutions to some of the present day’s most difficult problems and crises, there has to be a positive shift in consciousness within the human race. Our collective consciousness must make the transition from being egodominated and boundary-enforcing to selfless-natured and empathy-oriented. Although there is significant progress being made by humanity, there is still much room for positive transformation and improvement. One can see that the self-centered egoistic mode of existence and operation is still programmed and operating within many people. The results of this egoistic consciousness position can be seen everywhere from the declarations of war to the disharmonious attitude towards the environment.

Thanks to the present and continuous evolution of consciousness, this old autonomous ego-centered mentality is losing its power and giving way to the interconnected transpersonal mindset. It is as if people are realizing that the old way of doing things simply is not working. There seems to be a search and intense yearning for the discovery of something different and of something brighter. Many refreshing positions of awareness are being experienced by people all over the world, young and old, male and female.

There is a move towards seeking to live in harmony with nature, as was once the case, and not to treat the natural world as an enemy or something to be exploited. There is a shift to an integrated, holistic, interconnected, and transpersonal way of living, and away from the individualistic mentality that stems from a belief in separateness. There is transformation from the self-centered and ego-dominant individual to the selfless and unity-oriented being. There is a shift from the competition-based mode of operating in society to the cooperative-minded means of operation. All these shifts are occurring right now and will continue to occur if consciousness continues down its current path of positive progression into the higher echelons of beingness.

Humanity is at a defining point in its history and it has the choice to shift its collective consciousness away from the egocentric ways of old towards the unifying and selfless ways of the possible future. If such a definitive shift does not occur, we may not be able to reverse the presently occurring problems within the environment, global economies, and world cultures. If humanity chooses to collectively come together to work cooperatively so that these problems are averted and rectified, the future will indeed be a bright one. There is not much time left to make the choice that will define whether we survive and thrive, or degrade and disappear.

The choice is a serious one, but a lighthearted approach can be taken towards it. Staying positive overall is the main aspect of this shift that should be remembered. With an overall positive outlook on life and reality, this positivity will be magnified and radiated throughout the collective transpersonal consciousness of humanity in a butterfly effect of epic proportions. This shift is for the benefit not only of the individual localized field of consciousness of each person on the planet, but of the collective and unified whole of humanity.

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It is worth mentioning that our overall level of consciousness, as experienced on a day-to-day basis, is a significant factor in how we perceive reality. A person whose overall consciousness state is that of anger may view the world as a terrible and dangerous place and the people in it as deceptive and malicious, whereas someone who experiences the consciousness state of love on a daily basis may see the world and all that it encompasses as being beautiful, caring, and good.

Whatever the objective reality may be, each person focusses on certain aspects of reality and chooses to interpret experiences, occurrences, and data as defined by his or her own position of awareness. The higher the level of consciousness a person experiences, the more positive everything within one’s awareness becomes. Through this positivity, positive change can occur in the world, thanks to the elevated level of consciousness now being experienced.

There may be a perception by some that in order to have a massive consciousness shift to the point where a person becomes
Self-realized, there has to be a great deal of knowledge and information concerning concepts and ideas of higher levels of reality.
Fortunately, this is not the case and attaining higher states of consciousness permanently involves only a few basic things that a person has to do. These include the open-minded awareness of infinite possibilities, the kind treatment of oneself and others,
and the expression and experiencing of love, happiness, compassion, will, determination, and peace.

With this mental framework in place, the doors to Self-realization and even the enlightenment experience are able to be opened. If one were to read and study for hours on end each and every day, one may begin to feel a sense of pride that one knows something or understands more than someone else, and in doing so, the ego would emerge to become a dominant force within that person’s life. This is not to say that learning various subjects and matters is detrimental or something not to be done, but rather, this is stated to illustrate how knowledge does not bring about a consciousness shift; embodying the qualities of love and empathy do.

As consciousness shifts into higher and higher states, the world and the reality around us become viewed in more macroscopic terms, where the specifics simply do not matter as much as the over-arching central aspects. It is as if a person is taking away all the various components of reality and reaching into the core mechanisms that operate within it. This is the natural direction of shifts into higher states of consciousness, since specifics are seen as muddling reality and usually just creating more strife and opposition amongst people.

Concepts, ideas and thought forms that are universally understood to be real are focussed on within one’s awareness. If we are
confronted with an aspect of reality that is of a specific nature, such as the verbal legitimacy of a certain political official, it does
not even come into one’s mind to attempt to confront the other person concerning such a relatively trivial matter. A consciousness shift begins when you allow for the possibility of such an occurrence. The will and determination has to exist before such an achievement takes place. It is my hope that you will be able to expedite your own personal consciousness shift so that not only will you benefit from it, but so will the collective consciousness of the human race.

Experience the shift from fear to love. Experience the shift from anxiety to serenity. Experience these shifts and others like them, and become convinced that such a change on a global level is indeed possible.

This is an excerpt from The Creation of a Consciousness Shift by self-realization coach & author Paul Lenda out now and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.

Music for Meditation: Deuter – Yantra

Deuter - Yantra

This track may sound much more like what you probably expect to hear when someone says “meditation music” and yes, it’s probably created with a greater thought of it being used as part of a meditation than some of the other music we’ve written about on here, so we decided to focus on what this kind of meditation music can invoke within someone and how it can enrich your life and experience of existence.

True to its name, Yantra acts as if it was an audio version of visual yantra, an incredible image made out of shapes and patterns that looks like a more sacred geometric version of a mandala.The pulsating vibrations of low frequency sounds from a singing bowl permeate within the atmosphere around you. Meditating while Yantra is in the background is as if you were in a meditation and wellness center yourself with these being done by Buddhist monks. A meditation with this as a supplement will be able to take you incredibly deep, out into the infinite unknowing, as I call it in my book The Creation of a Consciousness Shift. Experience what it means to have pure awareness, or being aware of you being aware of being aware, in an ever-expanding field of awareness. This can be very powerful if listened to on repeat during a very long meditation.

Sri Yantra

Christless Christianity

The American Captivity of the Church

This is tagged as a book review, but really it is just a collection of quotes that I found particularly striking.

The focus still seems to be on us and our activity rather than on God and his work in Jesus Christ. In all these approaches there is the tendency to make God the supporting character in our own life movie rather than to be written as new characters in God’s drama of redemption. Assimilating the disruptive, surprising and disorienting power of the gospel to the felt needs, moral cries, and socio-economic headlise of our passing age we end up saying so little that the world would not hear from Dr. Laura, Dr. Phil and Oprah.18

“Lacking the confidence in our story to effect that of which it speaks, to evoke a new people out of nothing, our communication looses its nerve. Nothing is said that could not be heard elsewhere. . . In conservative contexts, gospel speach is traded for dogmatic assertion and moralism, for self-help psychologies and narcotic mantra. In more liberal speech, talk tiptoes around the outrage of Christian discourse and ends up as an innocuous, though urbane affirmation of the ruling order. Unable to preach Christ and him crucified we preach humanity and it improved. – William Willamon (p25)

Reacting against a legalistic and self-righteous tendency in their childhood, many Americans have abandoned the church altogether. Those who return often do so on their own terms. The message must be light and affirming; the form in which it is presented must be entertaining and inspirational. They are ready for something useful and helpful but not something jarring and disturbing. – 34

Growing churches and growing business follows the same standard procedures of pragmatic efficiency. Not only evangelism, but the Christian life can be accommodated to  modern secularization and routinization. There are standard procedures that work whether producing conversions and moral improvement or producing the greatest number of widgets for the least amount of expenditure. Of course no one has to explicitly deny any article of the Christian creed in order to shift the focus from the public truth content of Christianity to the subjective pragmatic and therapeutic categories of how to religion. Christ may still be called Savior but we really save ourselves by following the steps of the new birth and victorious living. 54

Similarly today, the preaching of the law in all of its gripping judgment and the preaching of the  gospel in all of its surprising sweetness merge into a confused message of gentle exhortation to a more fulfilling life. Consequently we neither know how to mourn nor how to throw a real party. – 63

When pastors are expected to be coaches sending in the plays and their parisoners are expected to be all-stars to take Jesus’ team to victory in the culture wars, the focus must necessarily fall on what we do rather than on what God has done, on our stories and strategies rather than God’s. – 106

Find me on my best day, especially if you have access to my hidden thoughts and motives and attitudes – and I will always provide fodder for the hypocrisy charge and will let down those who would become Christians because they think that I and my fellow Christians are the gospel. – 117

After a month of Sundays with exhortation without Good News, one might ask, “But what about the part of God persevering in spite of human sin and over coming it for us at the cross?”"Well of course, but everybody here already believes that. Now we just need to get on with living it out.” – 120

Our default setting is law rather than gospel, imperatives (things to do or feel) rather than indicatives (things to believe). It is the law, not the gospel that is a “Well of course but…” – 131

This means that the church is not a club for those with similar cultural tastes, political views, ethnic backgrounds, and moral leanings. They do not meet because they share a hobby called spirituality or because they have the same vision for transforming culture. . . Unlike voluntary associations (book clubs, political parties, or fans of the opera or garage bands), the church is not made up of people I choose to be my friends. -

Redefine Your Life
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If we want something new in our lives, we need to open ourselves up to possibilities — fly out of the cage of conditioning and experiences. We don’t have to be a continuation of our past or define what is next by what has come before. We can choose to make a brand new start.

Lisa Guyman

Loving Without Conditions

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I love you as you are, as you seek to find your own special way to relate to the world, or the way you feel that is right for you. It is important that you are the person you want to be and not someone that I or others think you should be.

Keeping true to the name of this website, let’s go ahead and focus our awareness on unconditional love. The world needs this more than ever. So much is at stake (perhaps our very existence) which is all the more reason why we focus on living our lives expressing this unifying state of consciousness for our personal sake and the sake of humanity. Having unconditional love means to be fully present, in every single moment…to be fully aware…to be fully open, honest, transparent. It means to be fully willing, to express the love that is in your heart full out. To be fully loving means to be fully naked, without hidden agenda or hidden motive, without hidden anything.

Unconditional love is extremely important, especially now more than ever. Not only is living a life at the level of an unconditional love a great thing to do for your personal well being but it also has a much deeper and important role in global consciousness. So how do we get ourselves to get into the feeling that we can just give love without rhyme or reason, just simply because?

How to Love Without Conditions

The first step to having unconditional love is that you must fully love yourself. This simply can’t be done as you believe that you were born into ‘sin’ or that your heart is a wicked wicked thing as some ancient religious texts may have you falsely believe (for actual science on the heart, this is a fantastic read). If you believe that humans are by nature non-trustworthy and evil (scientifically proven to be false as this article shows, you will create a society that supports that view, then enact laws, approve rules, adopt regulations, and impose restraints that are justified by it. If you believe that humans are by nature trustworthy and good, you will create an entirely different kind of society, in which laws, rules, regulations, and restraints are rarely required. The first society will be freedom limiting, the second, freedom giving.

To be fully free is to live in blissful happiness because full freedom creates the space for every happy experience. Freedom is the basic nature of The Source. It is also the basic nature of being a human being. The degree to which you are not fully free is the degree to which you are not fully joyful and that is the degree to which you are not fully loving. To be totally loving, without any conditions, means to be fully free.

The biggest punishment that we can do to ourselves is the withholding of our unconditional love. People have shown their children that if they behave in a certain way, their parents will withhold their love. It is by the granting and the withholding of that love that they have sought to regulate and modify, to control and to create, their children’s behaviors.

Unconditional love never withdraws itself…this is what loving fully means. One does not have to practice what one is, one simply is it. You must be the love that knows no condition or limitation of any kind. You should be totally loving, and to be totally loving means to be willing to give every mature sentient being total freedom to be, do, and have that which they wish. Love lets go. It’s honestly the least stressful way to live. Just think about how much energy and effort it takes to hold a grudge. Imagine trying to hold hundreds of grudges, who wants to remember so many negative things?!

What we call need and what we often confuse with love does the opposite. Need holds on. This is the way you can tell the difference between love and need. Love lets go, need holds on. To love unconditionally, let go of expectation, let go of requirements and rules and regulations that you would impose on your loved ones. For they are not loved if they are restricted. You do not love yourself totally when you restrict yourself, when you grant yourself less than total freedom, in any matter. Yet remember that choices are not restrictions. Don’t call the choices you have made restrictions. Lovingly provide for your children and all your loved ones all the information that you feel you may have to help them make good choices…”good” being defined here as those choices most likely to produce a particular desired result, as well as what you know to be their largest desired result: a happy life.

Thank you to I Love U Love for the inspiration for this article