You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. - Eleanor Roosevelt
In class 31 you will
- find out how to get out of a spiritual funk
- think about the right path, working at the right job and soulmates.
- widen your meditation experience with group meditation
The spiritual seekers worst nightmare
In the spiritual community, a common theme is of getting
stuck. We wonder if we are on the right path, whether we are working at the
right job, if we are doing what our heart is telling us to do, whether our
friends really understand us, whether we should move from our current location
in the city to in the country with the cows and the forests, or from the country
to the city, or from this city to another city. We wonder where our soulmate is,
or if this is our soulmate? Whether we should be Buddhist or Hindu or Christian
or Muslim or this sect or that cult.
We wonder why in every moment it is not blatantly obvious
that we are living our absolute highest?
"To progress, we have to change.."
The reality is that there is no career, there is no soulmate,
there is no place, no city, no country, no one else that can add very much to
our spiritual life if we are not present.
We must realise that every day is not rainy. Every day is
not sunny. Some days there are floods and tornados and some days there are
storms and rainbows, and some days are just like any other day.
“Perhaps each life has one sensational thought,
if acted upon will bring great meaning”
But every day is perfect and there is only one answer to
being stuck and that is the flow of love.
We cannot blame our place or our wife or our job, if we want
to live a higher life, we need to stop, be in the present moment and offer
and/or receive love. It is that simple.
If we are not happy, or indeed if we are not as happy as we
were formerly, there is only one answer, the flow of love. We need to stop and
be. In the flow of love.
We tend to believe that if we had another job with more
money and less financial strain then we would be able to meditate more. That if
my life wasn’t so stressful, then I would be able to be in my heart. That if I
find my soulmate, then I will be more spiritual. That I have so much to do to
just function in my normal day to day life that I have no time to meditate or to
be in the flow of love. That I have kids or my wife is sick or I just got fired
or I was abused when I was a kid, or I am too fat or too thin, or I am addicted
to drugs or alcoholic or whatever the story, because that is what all these
things are, our stories. The stories of our egos, the soap operas of our minds.
This is our sad, sad, mistake. Our sad delusion. We are not
just those stories. In fact, the reality is that those stories are the furthest
thing from what is real. They are about 0.0000000001% of the real nature of us.
And that is being kind.
And if you are to make the mistake of saying ‘well I don’t
know which path I should be on’ the answer is even more simple. It is not that
you should be Buddhist or Christian or new age or atheist, again the only answer
is the flow of love. To practise being. In the flow of love. The path we are on
should never be anything more than what inspires us to practise being in the
flow of love.
“You can't cross the sea merely by standing and
staring at the water.” - Rabindranath Tagore
The religion or the career or the soulmate or the place or
the money or not is not just secondary, it is the last thing that is important.
What is important is practising. Being. In the flow of love.
You can be in jail. You can be rich or poor. You can be
struggling to survive or you can be famous and waited on. You can be busy, you
can be stressed, you can be worried or anxious or bankrupt or just got robbed.
You can be in a train, in a line, at the football, driving a car. You can be
dancing or romancing. The reality is that we are all equal in the flow of love.
None of us are better or worse, none of us are more or less, we are all one in
the flow of love. And that is the joy of this.
“And as we let our own light shine, we
unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” - Nelson Mandela
It takes not even a second to be in the flow of love, not
even a moment to offer someone or something love and less time to receive it. It
is important also to spend some time in meditation once or twice or a few times
a day, but the little meditations, the little moments we are in the flow of love
are nearly as important.
For there is no other way to happiness. There is no other
way to real wisdom, real peace or understanding than the flow of love. And each
of us have exactly equal opportunity to be in the flow of love in every moment.
So to be entirely practical, all the ‘stories’ I have
mentioned are the ‘one percenters’ of the spiritual life. They can help a
little, but daily meditation in the flow of love is the ninety-nine percent. The
‘one-percenters’ might inspire us to meditate but that is all they can ever do.
“What is uttered from the heart alone, will win
the hearts of others to your own.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Our ego is the culprit in this process of telling us that we
need some outer component so that we can live our spiritual life more
effectively. It is the ego that convinces us that the ‘one-percenters’ will make
all the difference. Remember that from its perspective the more time bound it
can make us, the more it can convince us that we need something in the future or
something from the past, the more the ego can be justified in thinking it is in
control. So it has a vested interest in telling us that the ‘grass is greener’
somewhere else, in some other time, with some other people, that is the only way
it can be sure it still exists.
There is one other component to our spiritual life that is
extremely important. It will help us immeasurably to meditate in a group at
least once a week.
The simple groups are the best without too much ritual or
dogma, just sit and meditate with others. The group energy will help and you
will find that your meditation experience will be empowered and will also widen
by meditating with others. This is important, especially if we are finding
ourselves getting bored with our meditation.
As well just talking to others we will find much inspiration
in their revelations, their wisdom.
Going to a meditation intensive if it is well directed, can
also be a fantastic boost. Up against the one percenters mentioned previously,
group meditation once a week at least is worth 50% of our meditation practise.
It is extremely important.
Try this with a group of other meditators if you can. If not, imagine
that you are with your deepest and best friends and/or your family.
Sit in this group energy and just allow your consciousness to roam to
each of the other souls in the group.
Imagine, or make yourself aware, of their highest dreams for themselves.
Do not let any judgement or analysis creep in, just feel their highest
aspirations, and if possible widen your experience to theirs. Feel how
they love. How they would offer and receive love and allow your own
experience to broaden to embrace theirs. This is not a process of
labelling or naming what they do, rather, it is of intuitively feeling
their experience and just letting it be, inside of us.
We are all one. So eventually the perfect us will experience love in all
the ways every single living thing experiences love.
Feel that your meditation is not your single meditation but the
meditation of the whole group and you are a witness.
Try to go to each person in the group in this way and contribute and
Then when you feel that you are completely in the group energy, feel the
enormous power coming from the group, that is powering your meditation.
You are not one person meditating, but you are this one group meditating
with all its depth and width. Allow your meditation to become effortless
as you just let yourself be led by this powerful energy, this powerful
Feel the space and freedom of this experience. You are a part of
something magnificent and whole.
You may even notice how the meditation evolves as more and more
meditators deepen their experience and contribute more and more
powerfully to the group energy.
Then when it is time to finish your meditation take a moment to inwardly
stand before each of the souls of your group and offer your reverence
With all your love and gratitude don't forget to offer your highest
soulful reverence and gratitude to your own soul. Take a moment to
really love yourself, for it is the divine with you that is the doorway
to this incredible magnificent reality.