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Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded - Buddha
In Class 13 you will:
understand how to work easily with no stress and high
- direct your spiritual life effortlessly to
more and more of your so-called "outer life"
Often in doing these classes, a common problem is
the management of 'outer' work activities and our spiritual lives. The
overwhelming complaint is that all this meditation and spiritual activity is
fine for the time that we are not involved in our jobs and ‘outer’ lives,
but what do we do then? Obviously, the goal is not to create two separate
lives, but rather to blend a much more holistic sense of self. Put simply,
our life goal is to centre our day-to-day actions in our heart and have it
guide and direct the dimensions of our outer lives. This applies to
everything, every moment, every action, including, most importantly, our
Generally our work life is often in situations
that might seem spiritually constrained or at least inhibited by a variety of
factors. Workmates that have no spiritual inclination or perhaps are even negative
about spirituality, a boss that is severe or even ruthless in his or her demands
on our time, work that we may not particularly enjoy – are some of the multitude
of reasons we perceive that might make it difficult for us to live our spiritual
life in work situations.
This is obviously the major challenge each of us
faces, living our spiritual life amidst the hustle and bustle of a world that is
not particularly understanding or even interested.
majority of people in our world may not be trying to live with the spiritual
intensity of which we are striving. This doesn’t make it wrong, it just
necessitates more certainty.
Man's Unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his Greatness;
it is because there is an Infinite in him,
which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the
Sartor Resartus--The Everlasting Yea (bk. II, ch. IX)
So given these challenges. the one thing, the major
thing, we need to remember is the secret awareness we have, that we are all the
time living in heaven. That this place is constantly empowering us with infinite
love and infinite potential and even more infinite capacity. Contemplate this
for a moment, because it is really simple, but crucial. When we are in our
highest consciousness we realize that we are actually not doing anything, we are
just more or less the vehicle for the universe or God to work through. Our
meditation at its highest is effortless; we just shut up and allow the energy of
heaven, of God, to inundate every aspect of our being.
Do you see where we are going?
The reality is that we have the potential for
the force to power everything we do. Remember the exact nature of heaven is that
it is flooding us with love and infinite capacity and more than this it will
actually power every action if we allow it. Contemplate this for a moment and
consider the words of great artists or athletes or sports people, they all speak
of their greatest moments being effortless – as though they just connected with
some higher power – that allowed them to break that world record with very little effort.
How is this possible?
It is not only possible but exactly inevitable
when we allow the Force to be channelled through us. The great miracles of the
prophets of the past have one thing in common, they themselves claim no credit,
yet, the laws of physics, of time and space have been not only broken but
The kingdom of heaven is within. - Jesus
How does this apply to us?
Simply, within you is the infinite power of the
universe. Open yourself to it and you can channel into anything you do. This is
your natural place, your normal power, the heaven that is within you.
work is effortless.
No matter the
nature of work, whether it is cleaning the dishes or being the Prime Minister or
perhaps working for world peace, the highest action is alway effortless. It
doesn't mean to say that it does not require physical exertion but in our
consciousness, we will be centred and calm and effortless. You will also know
the action is the right for you at this moment in time, by your consciousness of
it being effortless.
So, if you are working under stress, or pain, or too much effort, relax, shut up
the noise and allow the infinite power of the universe to do its work.
The same truths repeat themselves over and over
again, that spirituality is easy and natural and effortless. Whenever you are
feeling uneasy or disconnected, simply relax, express your gratitude to God or
the universe or the Force for your privileged place and awareness and simply
shut up the noise, meditate in silence or in action and rejoice for heaven is
That man is great, and he alone,
Who serves a
greatness not his own,
For neither praise nor pelf:
know and be unknown:
Whole in himself.
Lord Lytton (Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton)
The Ego Meditation
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for your meditation as usual
When you look outside how much of 'you' exists out there? All the things
that you see, do they help define who you are? The sounds you hear, the things
that you touch, do any of those define you? Yet the mind comes out through the
physical senses. It paints pictures of the world outside of you and actually
creates a sense of 'you' that exists in that world. This 'you' is your ego. It
is nothing more than a construct of your mind, no more real than the illusion a
projector assembles from transparent plastic.
For this exercise, we will
make the leap between the 'constructed ego' and our real nature that is our heart.
Let's begin by
analyzing this idea a little more. Gently repeat to yourself "Who am I? Am I
defined by the things that I see? by the sounds that I hear? by the fragrances
that I smell?" The answer should obviously be a resounding 'No!". So then firmly
and calmly go through the process of rejecting the egoic construct of you.
"The real me is
not outside of me. The real me is not even the things that I do."
"I am not the
body" - and try consciously to let go of all your body consciousness. Your
attachment to the way you look, the food you eat, your age etc.
"The real me is
not even defined by the thoughts constructed by these things"
"I am not the
mind" - and let go of superficial and even, finally, all thought.
"I am the soul"
- and allow yourself to be intuitively guided to the real centre of your own
existence. A place beyond all the egoic constructions and free of all material,
physical or emotional attachments. A silent place within that is your window to
the kingdom of heaven within us all. Try to consciously stop allowing the mind
to flow outwards and direct it inward. Ask your mind to entertain the idea that
inside is your real self. Ask it not to travel outside but to journey within to
find the real you.
This will take
much practice as you might imagine as we have all become very accomplished at
the egoic construction of us, now we have to become experts in the heart
construction, the spiritual construction of us.
Rejoice and realize that heaven is