“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a
speed, it feels an impulsion... this is the place to go now,
But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will
know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.“
- Richard Bach
The Force (the journey of consciousness)
In the Star Wars movies
there is the Force.
The Force has a
dark side and evil forces personified by Darth Vader, and the Emperor of
Darkness inhabit it. On the dark side there is a lot of anger, aggression, hate
and human ego.
is also a light side of the Force with a Jedi master, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kanobi and
other ‘Jedi’ knights who embody peace and love and truth.
In our classes we
speak of this Force as one interesting way to explain states of mind or
consciousness. The thoughts we allow into our consciousness will decide where
our state of mind is located.
Our low or high
consciousness will determine the way we view the world. We all live on the same
planet but according to our state of mind we can view the world in as
diametrical a manner as heaven or hell.
Simply put, if we allow ourselves to be thinking negatively, to be caught up in
hate or anger or restlessness and worry, then we are going to view the world
through that state of mind. It is as if we are wearing a pair of glasses that
warps our vision in a negative way. Our average state of mind might be -50, our
range of thoughts and experiences are limited to say -80 thru to -20. That is,
in some moments we are mildly unhappy, whilst in others we might be suicidal.
For us in that state of mind it is very difficult to even imagine what love is
and if we do touch it would only be with great effort and for a very short time
we might glimpse a low love. Reflect
also that negative people find themselves attracting negative events, other
negative people and negative futures.
Conversely if we are able to live in a positive state of mind, then the range of
our thoughts and experiences are elevated. In our bad times we might be a little
unhappy but most of the time we would feel the more 'heavenly' qualities of
love, wisdom and joy.
From here we can
also begin to understand how our states of mind affect each other. Have you ever
walked into a room where people had been fighting and immediately felt a certain
uneasiness in the air? Or conversely have you ever met a person you immediately
felt happy being with or you noticed that person made everyone feel better, just
by his or her presence. Think about this; imagine that if you are in state of
mind that is, for example, +20, what it would be like to meet someone in a +200
state of mind. Obviously, your consciousness would be raised just being with
that person. Imagine, for a moment, what it would be like to meet a real
spiritual master, perhaps his or her consciousness might be +20,000 – you might
find that you would be immediately feeling more peaceful, happier, more loving
without perhaps, really understanding why.
The soul enjoys
silence and peace, not by many reasoning's, but by simply contemplating the
truth.- St Peter of Alcantra
interesting thing about this process, is how light attracts light. Have you
noticed that when you are in +50 state of mind you attract other +50 people and
+50 situations. The ways we perceive the events of our life are reflections of
our state of mind. It is exciting to note how the more conscious we are of each
moment, the more each moment has the capacity to guide and inspire us.
The more significance we give the moment, the more the moment becomes significant.
You might also
have already discovered that people with higher states of mind inspire and
elevate you. Obviously it is important for us in pursuing higher levels of
consciousness that we choose life situations that enhance our state of mind.
becomes evident as we notice the effect of our levels of consciousness that;
- Firstly – we
view the world through our states of mind.
- Secondly – we affect each other.
- Finally – we profoundly affect our future.
is simple arithmetic to contemplate how the negatives in our lives can be turned
While we cling
to darkness we cannot release ourselves to the light.
Most of us would
be aware that we cannot conquer hate by repressing it – we must transform it,
illumine it with light. For example, if we hate someone, then it is very
difficult to raise our consciousness to any significant level because our state
of mind is being dragged by this very strong negative in our consciousness. We
cannot just repress it, for it is still a part of our nature – for us to proceed
we have to let go of our attachment to that hate and illumine it with light (in
this case, love). Very simply, we must try and move along the Force – perhaps
imagine that we only ‘don’t like’ that person, then perhaps we can work towards
being just ‘indifferent’. It is often said that we must learn to forgive our
enemies. By forgiving we are letting go of our negatives.
Finally, though we
might see that all people are inherently loving, peaceful, wise and happy souls,
some people’s states of minds are so far from the light that their outer actions
are often negative. We should identify with their real natures, rather than
their outer actions and we will find that we can then ‘like’ or even ‘love’
those that previously we had hated and our liberation from that negative is
The light side of
the Force is nothing other than your own heart. How conscious you are of your
heart reflects the height of your consciousness.
This is important: the
light side is nothing other than a heightened awareness of your heart, whilst
the dark side is ignorance of your heart. This is what is meant by consciousness
from a spiritual perspective, it is simply how 'conscious' we are of our heart.
Notice one last
That on the dark
side there is an increased rate of thinking, often with an even more decreased
degree of control. When we are angry there are so many thoughts whirling around
and so little control - whilst we are angry, we cant listen, we cant stop and
breathe, it is out of control. Come to the light side and you will see that in
love there is no thought, there is just the 'Aah' moment. As we travel to the
light side, our rate of thoughts decreases, our control over our thoughts
increases and finally we enter into the intuitive experiences of the heart when
we are fully on the light side.
The Path of the
The basis of
the Path of the Heart, is you and your relationship with your highest self, your
that all meaningful moments originate in the heart, it is also inevitable that
the spiritual seeker, growing in wisdom and confidence in him/herself, will
learn to trust and seek out more of those moments from within. It is with this
wisdom that we are finally ready to embark upon the journey.
"Once there lived
a village of creatures along the bottom of a great, crystal river. The current
of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good
and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.
Each creature in
its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for
clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned
from birth. But one creature said at last, “I am tired of clinging. Though I
cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I
shall let go and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of
creatures laughed and said, “Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will
throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you will die quicker than
boredom!”. But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at
once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks. Yet in time, as
the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the
bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more. And the creatures downstream to
whom he was a stranger cried, “See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he
flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!”>
And the one
carried in the current said, “I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights
to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this
But they cried the
more, “Saviour!” all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again
he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a Saviour."
The simple truth
is that no matter which philosophy or religion you investigate, all recognise
that within each of us, are all the qualities of heaven. It is here now, in this
place, where you sit. So I'd like to suggest that you begin to visualise
within yourself those qualities wherever you are.
When we think of
heaven, usually we associate it with infinite love, infinite peace and bliss.
There is a timelessness to it and perhaps we think of ourselves not being bound
any more to a particular place or time in history. You might imagine that there
is a golden light deep within you, that radiates these qualities and all you
have to do is to focus for it to flow out into your awareness.
So this exercise
is one of identifying the process of discovering the heaven within you, the
process of unveiling your real nature.
Please close your
eyes and imagine yourself in the most perfect situation you could create here on earth. You are trying to visualize heaven here on earth. You
might imagine yourself as being super-successful in your chosen vocation, or
perhaps a great and powerful world leader, or a rich and famous musician or
sports person. You might also imagine the perfect relationship; your partner,
your perfect soul-mate brilliantly reflecting all that you had imagined your
perfect mate to be. Or perhaps heaven for you is a quiet property in an idyllic
forest away from the rush of the city. Perhaps heaven is just being popular and
loved. Perhaps it is being close to the animals you love or experiencing the
love of your children. Everything that you want for yourself or have ever wanted
for yourself in this life you have achieved.
Glimpse yourself in this perfect place and focus all of your attention on how
you feel. See yourself in heaven here on earth, and then be supremely objective.
Realize that there is no anger or hate or indeed any negativity, that the earth
is by no means perfect but observe your consciousness, objectively inspect your
state of mind, and you will realize that in this heaven inside of you, you are
free, there is pure love, pure happiness and perfect freedom.
visualize your heart being full of light and that all darkness - your worries,
anxieties and fears - have been lifted and transformed by the flood of light
from your heaven.
I’d like you to remove the physical inspirations you used to create the vision
of heaven for you, focusing more and more on the feeling of heaven within you.
Take out firstly the place, removing your dependence for example on the idyllic
forest or the stadium for your huge rock concert. Then remove your dependence on
being materially successful, and notice that you can still feel the heaven
within you. Then remove the time, if you were imagining this in the future,
notice that you are feeling heaven now, and it is not bound to any time yet to
come, it is here, now. Then try removing your dependence on certain things
happening so that you can feel this heaven, e.g. I can’t feel heaven until my
existing partner is removed from the equation. Finally remove the physical you,
stop seeing yourself in this body with these arms and legs, and if you can try
removing even your superficial mind. Notice all that is left is the real you,
the real you.
You might try
imagining yourself as a small ball of light that is being shone through. As you
focus on this ball of light it is almost as if it is being cleaned and more and
more light can shine through it. As if heaven is not a place or a time or even a
result of some event, it is a perfect light that shines simply and perfectly
through your consciousness now, in this moment.
During this third class you will have;
the recommended meditation exercises for at least ten minutes daily -
preferably the same time each day.
power of the 'force' and the importance of your thoughts in helping to
lift your consciousness