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Welcome to all.  This blog is specially for BKs and friends.  Many have requested access to my classes, writings, etc.  This is my way of making these available to my friends and contacts.  There are different formats, written texts, images, meditations, and mp3 audio files of lectures and classes delivered in different countries on a wide variety of topics. The aim is to provide additional perspectives to BKs and other interested people who wish to cultivate their spirituality.

Transiting from Anxiety to Balance

The Power of Discrimination

(From a lecture at Brahma Kumaris, Buenos Aires, July 4, 2018)

Anxiety arises from a lifestyle where there is anguish and it is difficult to handle stress. Anxiety is connected with imbalance and occurs in environments that do not correspond to who and what you are in your essence.  It arises in different ways for different people.

Children experience anxiety when there is violence in the home, and when their parents divorce.  They experience anxiety when there is violence at their school.  Students experience anxiety when graded in a way that makes them look bad.  Many educators believe the system of exams is flawed because it neither proves nor disproves whether a student is intelligent or competent.  Exams simply indicate whether or not a young person has been prepared to handle exams.  This system of socialisation reveals that children are routinely trained and prepared to anticipate a life of pressure and varying degrees of violence.  It also predisposes young people to rely on psychotropic drugs whether provided by the pharmaceutical industry through the health care system, or on the streets through illicit drug dealers.  We have created a global social environment where most people are anxious most of the time.  Anxiety is embedded in modern cultures and the levels are increasing as time goes by.

Anxiety is connected with over-population, the great problem of the modern world.  Overpopulation has contributed to human driven climate change issues.  The global economic system creates anxiety because it is antagonistic to human happiness.  It is biased to benefit a few privileged ones and harm the many who are under privileged. People in general are progressively diminished in their personal spiritual power. Anxiety occurs within the human spirit as a response to what is occurring in the social and physical environment, and to being internally disempowered.

It is neither humanitarian nor realistic to euthanise half the population.  Situations where large numbers of people die, have not resulted in a reduction of the population.  For example, in the Second World War 80 million people were killed in six years.  This is almost double the current population of Argentina, yet human population continues to increase exponentially.  Ethnic cleansing and other efforts to remove or displace populations do not reduce the population.

Self-Empowerment in the face of Violations

Spiritual knowledge says that every person who dies also reincarnates.  Following a violent death, the spirit reincarnates in a state of anxiety, because the soul carries the imprint of the experience.  Individually, we can rarely influence external situations, but we can reinforce and empower the spirit within.

Anxiety is connected with how we think and feel.  Confusion arises when we fail to use precise vocabulary to describe what we are feeling.  Anxiety also depends on how we interpret external situations. We can strengthen the soul through meditation and cultivate various spiritual powers.  A situation that triggers anxiety requires us to discern the subtle and hidden details and determine how and why the situation is causing anxiety.  It could be a life situation of extreme change.

According to psychologists, the most stressful situation is to get married and the second most stressful is to get divorced.  Getting forcibly displaced through war or climate change is even more stressful.  These events change your circumstances dramatically, impacting financial and social responsibilities, and your sense of identity. They catapult you into unknown territory.  This also happens when fired from your job, or you experience a sudden illness or accident.  You had set up your life with the expectation of a certain income, then all of a sudden there is nothing.  You suddenly find yourself with a debt that you cannot pay.  Suddenly you are no longer in a high position, you are in no position.  Your social identity is connected with your professional position.

Serious accidents can result in inability to return to work even after a long rehabilitation. It can take several months to recover from the injuries and, even if you can move around normally, you are no longer able to do that job.   Your entire identity is affected, you no longer know who you are.  You may think: I am the same person, yet the other people treat you differently.  You may be a highly educated and competent person, yet suddenly you are in a situation where the people think you just imagined it and you are not really that.  There are artists and intellectuals who are suddenly marginalised when the regime in their country changes.  All of a sudden, your position is very ordinary or very low.  This usually creates an internal reaction of anxiety.

You could be targeted by an enemy or competitor who is jealous of your competence and talent, and injures you physically or destroys your reputation through character assassination. You can do nothing to restore your reputation.  You made no mistake, yet you have to deal with the resulting anxiety.

What spiritual powers are used to handle the situation?  First evaluate the situation with precision.  Experientially you would say: I am being ill-treated, and unjustly discriminated against.  Look more deeply.   OK, you are being mistreated, but why?  Some wonder, what did I do to deserve this?  Some think that such situations could not occur unless they did something bad to merit such punishment.

Detecting Devious Behaviour

Our culture declares that if you are good, then nothing bad can happen to you.  It implies that if something bad is happening to you, then that must be correct.   However, it may not be. It is possible that something bad happens to you that is not due to you having done something bad.  If you discern the situation incorrectly you will also respond to it incorrectly.  If something happens to you and you believe you deserve it, but you don’t deserve it, this will create anxiety and confusion.  In that case the situation is not a karmic return but a test.

Discerning a violation where the perpetrator disguises it well, is subtle detective work.  Those who attack you do it secretly because they do not want to get caught or exposed, and they wish to gain an unfair advantage.  If they get caught they lose their advantage.  You have to discern that their strategy is to avoid discovery and benefit from an unfair advantage, as well as by disadvantaging you.  This is very common human behaviour.  But our culture discourages analysis of such things, claiming this does not exist.  Human behaviour is defined as simplistic.  In reality, it is devious rather than simplistic.  Many are clever at hiding unclean motivations and become expert in the art of intrigue.  Do not expect the behaviour of competitors to be clean or according to your moral logic.  Expecting people to be honest and clean is naïve. The social system is set up for victims and perpetrators.  Perpetrators need victims.  Victims experience anxiety.  It is not necessary to be a victim.  You must discern whether someone wants to victimise you and cut you down.  First think, “I am OK.  This is a subtle or disguised attack.  The violation does not make me not OK.”  Anxiety and confusion are greatly reduced when you change your thinking in this way.

In a situation of competition, anxiety is only one of your options.  If someone is attacking you, create your defence.   You need to discern all the many aspects of the situation so that you can see the exact nature of the field.  You also need to discern many invisible aspects about yourself.  First discern that the attack is not because you are weak or bad, but because you are very good and someone is jealous.   Maybe everyone looks at you as bad, but you know inside that the reality is: I am good.  It strengthens you to think: I am good.  A person who is connected to God would also think that God can see that I am OK.

A culture where people believe that nothing bad can happen to you unless you first did something bad, would also believe that God is also part of that equation.  In spiritual practice, the relationship with God is not like that of people in conventional religions.  You make God your ally.  God is capable, intelligent and strong.  You are not alone.

The feeling of isolation creates a state of anxiety.  Someone who targets you will also isolate you.  They destroy your reputation so that the people around you dislike you and withdraw their support from you.  This weakens you and increases your anxiety.  Then you can say to yourself: OK everyone dislikes me, but God likes me, so I am OK.  You need strong faith in yourself.  The basis of your faith in yourself is that you know yourself and what kind of person you are.  You do no action against your principles.

The people who target you want to break your spirit.  It is up to you whether you allow it or not.  If you are strong in your spirit, you will understand that no one can break your spirit unless you give them permission.  They also try to corrupt you.  They come along and say: Aha, I can help you.  This is a traitor, and you must also discern treachery.   Say: Thanks very much, but no thanks.  Have a good day.  God plus one, is a lot more powerful than another person minus God.

When you orient yourself this way and position your opponent with precision, you prevent anxiety from arising.  Anxiety is a position you adopt in your mind.  It depends on your thinking.  This is subtle and can neither be proven nor disproven.  If you know and believe in yourself and you have a connection with God, it changes the game.

In a state of anxiety, confusion gives way to the emotion of fear and mitigates against making good decisions.  In a state of fear and anxiety you are less likely to make a decision that is favourable for you.  Positioning yourself as good, with pure intention and supported by God, gives you distance from the situation, a broader overview, and more options are available for you.   With courage, you can discern what action or strategy to adopt for the most favourable outcome.

You have to take a risk.  When anxious, it is hard to take a risk.  Create an attitude in your mind where you are ready to take a risk, you feel good about yourself and you take that step.  You may succeed or fail, but if you are anxious you will not even try.  If you are courageous and you try, and it succeeds that is good.  If it fails, then you try something else.  If you fail, you can analyse the details of what happened.  Play it like a game of football or tennis.  It is a competition that requires good strategy.

People in positions of power declare that competition is bad and discourage you from being competitive.  This mentality is taught to people in weak positions to prevent them from asserting their rights.  It is propaganda.  Do not be deceived.  Be competitive, there is nothing wrong or unspiritual about it.  It would be unspiritual to cheat at the competition, but expect your opponents to cheat.  Obviously, other people will cheat, but don’t be afraid of them cheating, otherwise you will get anxious.  It does not matter if someone lies to you.  It matters that you discern that they are lying.  Then you are not deceived.  Much depends on how you feel about yourself – be creative, and take courageous steps.

You can replace the word competition with competence.  If you say competence that is considered very good.  If you are competent you can cooperate, you have no issues.

In a marriage, if one is dominant and the other is dominated, the partnership will not endure.  You need to be collaborative.  The relationship must be made equal.  For that you must achieve competence in maintaining the balance of both collaboration and competition.  Our culture tries to make one party dominant and the other subservient.  It is a power struggle that involves weakening and controlling the other party.  Another way is to maintain a balance of power and thus live together effectively.  It is political.   You keep your self-respect, you command the respect of the other one.  You respect the other one, and you can live together for a long time.  Otherwise your life resembles a Tom and Jerry cartoon.  It’s amusing but that is not how you want to live.  It is very important to be competent to live well.

What arises in your mind depends on your perception, and on how you interpret what you perceive.  You have more jurisdiction over what happens in your mind than you may believe.  Your mind is fed by your sense perceptions, also by your subconscious. How you feel is dictated by the thoughts that arise.  Within your consciousness you have the intellectual capacity to evaluate your thoughts and select which ones to act on.  Most people have a certain amount of trauma, and this trauma resides in your subconscious.  It engenders thoughts and drives how you feel.  Because the origins are subconscious, you can neither identify why you feel or think this way, nor recognise where it comes from.  In addition, your personality and character are created by acting in particular ways in certain situations over a long period of time.  These patterns of character influence your thoughts.

Establishing Neutrality

Perform a SWOT analysis.  Identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  It is useful to know where you are weak.  Your enemies will find out where you are weak and strike you there.  They are unlikely to vanquish you if they strike you where you are strong.  They will plan to win by striking you where you are weak.  Have you thought about your relationship with your weaknesses?  Some deceive themselves, thinking that by hiding their weaknesses, no one will notice them.

You frequently encounter people with ego problems, and have to deal with them.  False ego is a mask that covers character weakness.  They present their ego mask as something very strong, but it is just plastic.  You can break it easily, but then they get angry.  Weakness and violence are connected.  People use violence because it is effective to control other people.  We must not be afraid of their violence because behind it is weakness.  If they threaten you and you don’t feel threatened, they are ineffective.  This puts you in a more powerful position.  If you don’t know your weaknesses and they do, then you are vulnerable.

Through spiritual practice, you learn that your relationship with your weaknesses needs to be neutral.  If you think your weaknesses are bad, you will become anxious and even weaker.   Any weakness you have is due to some valid cause, or injury to your psyche.  When you go deeply into your weakness you can transform it into a strength.  The process of transforming your weakness into a strength is part of spiritual practice. If you understand your weakness and reinforce yourself in that area, then your overall position is not bad.  Your conclusion about yourself is positive and respectful to the self.  When you face a situation of conflict, you enter into it strong, not weak.  You feel good about yourself and you can take risks.  If you face the risk of death it does not phase you because you consider yourself, your spirit, to be immortal.  When you think you are a spirit you are not afraid of death.  This changes your response and your attitude.  If someone threatens to kill you, you can think: “Watch out because I will come and haunt you.”  You play the game with a positive attitude of courage.  You do not perceive your condition as a weakness.  Your position may be weak, but you are strong.  You have greater self-respect and you command the respect of others.

The Laws of Nature

People speak of the law of the jungle.  Nature has its laws.  There is a natural balance, and it includes violence.  Animals must be vigilant always.  Just recently we were in Paraiso, our retreat place near Buenos Aires.  There are many owls.  This is the season when they get their young.  The owl can rotate its head all round.  Very few creatures can do that.  In nature, there is always someone looking at you as lunch.  You have to watch out for predators.  It is normal for there to be predators.

Humans have propagated the idea that there should not be any predators.  To deal with the reality that there are human predators, some are criminalised and others are legitimised.  Usually the weaker ones are criminalised and the stronger ones are legitimised.  This is an incoherent way to handle society.  We are in trouble because we do not understand the natural laws.  Violence in modern humans is often gratuitous, which puts us outside the law of the jungle.

They look at it differently in traditional societies.  For example, I spent a little time with the people of the Masai Mara in Kenya, Africa.  They live with lions and other dangerous creatures.  A lioness is a strong, fast predator with big teeth and big claws.

Humans are traditionally considered the stewards of the earth.  In primitive societies, to assert their superiority, they must be knowledgeable and skilful.  The environment is hostile and you will only survive if you truly understand, love and respect the environment.  You must understand the law of the jungle, which is merciless.  I have a friend who is initiated as an aboriginal in Australia.    He knows how to swim through a river full of crocodiles and not get eaten, but there is a risk at every second.  He described his training to me.  It is a very good training for any kind of human situation.   In conventional modern cultures, you get no training on how to handle human crocodiles.

Flawed moral philosophy

By declaring that modern humans are by nature non-predatory, and disguising the reality by legitimising the big predators and criminalising the small ones, the dominant culture of the modern world has created a flawed moral and legal philosophy.  This is because the concept and definition of a human being is erroneous.

The social rules we have created have led us to our social problems.  The root causes of anxiety lie in our definitions of what a human being is and the consequent social rules.  We need to re-think our moral and legal philosophy.  This is a big challenge and a lot of work.  In the face of such a huge problem when people ask what is the answer, generally we will say, “well, God knows.”  When we say God knows, we mean no one knows.  And we do not expect to find a solution.

If God knows then perhaps we would also want to know what God knows.  Knowing that information would be very convenient.  At least we could evaluate it and experiment with it.  We could evaluate what happens when it is applied, and if it looks effective then we could use it.  Compare two definitions of a human being.  Consider us as spiritual beings functioning through physical forms governed by the laws of spirituality on one hand.  On the other hand, consider us as physical forms operating according to the laws of physics.  Human generated moral laws were devised to address social problems; however, these have ultimately failed us.  The implications and consequences of the second option are the intractable problems we face in the world today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boost Your Self-Esteem

Opinion

 

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From the Hallfax coast

A brisk walk next to the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia, near Halifax in Canada

Increasing Your Resilience

Audio track of a talk given at Brahma Kumaris San Francisco Centre on June 18, 2018

Salient points:

Fear is normal and not a vice.  In the face of fear, you may either act with cowaradice or with courage.  Remember: When you take one step of courage, the Supreme Being hands you a thousand steps of help.

 

Why would a person perform any act that is against the voice of conscience?  The fundamental cause is not that they are bad, but that they had a moment of weakness.  They need power not punishment in order to act correctly.

 

Yoga is skill in actin

Yoga is to have a stable steady mind.

Yoga is being connected to the Suprme Being who is your support system.

 

Pain is mandatory, suffering is optional.

 

I will not suffer for your negative karma.

 

Most people do not know that you are not compelled to act according to your personal tendencies or Sanskaras.

 

Often it costs you more to do the right thing than to do the wrong thing.  Most people do not know this.

 

Ever Tried to Change Someone?

How can we stop the negative influence of people who are close to us and enable them to change their thinking pattern?

This is a curious question.

I don’t know if you have ever made the attempt to change anyone.  I don’t believe I have met anyone who has been successful in that effort.  In fact, it is possible to expend a great deal of time and energy in such pursuits, without getting any success.

If you feel someone is having a negative influence on you, if you feel someone close is having a continuous negative influence on you, you do have a few options.

One possibility is to ascertain what you think you are gaining by remaining close to that person.  Is it possible that on some level you are attached to their negative influence?  Is it possible that their negativity offers you an excuse to criticise them and complain?  Some people even have a need for someone to criticise and complain about.  Perhaps there is a habit of finding it good to blame someone close.  There could even be a compulsion to exert an even more negative influence on the designated close person than they have on us, and we want to somehow outdo them.

Sometimes it is even possible to believe, to know that we are right, and that we have the duty to correct another person and help them to conduct their life in a better way.  Some even feel that others should not be so independent that they can conduct themselves however they want.  We can even find ourselves so caught up with how badly-behaved others are that we become willing to sacrifice ourselves in order to improve them.  We may feel this is a very charitable and responsible act.

In the process, we can fail to live our own lives.  We may fail to understand that each person has their own destiny which they are playing out whether we like it or not.  We may fail to realise that like attracts like, and that if they are so negative, then it may be a sure sign that we might be equally negative.

We may think we are so powerful that we can take over another person’s mind and alter their thinking patterns, change their karmic history and submit them to our superior will.  We may continue with this activity for months, or even years.

We may get frustrated that our efforts are not bearing the fruits that we desire.  We may decide that they need to be forced to behave other than how they are, through exerting pressure on them, manipulating them, threatening them or devising ways to scare them into complying with our higher wishes for their benefit.

These are a few common practices that some people like to do for those who are close to them, but who are exerting a negative influence.

Alternatively, we could opt to mind our own business and get on with our own lives.  We might even check whether we can get close to any individuals who are not negative and would not be offended by any negativity we may be harbouring within ourselves.

It is said that you can judge people by the company they keep.

What is the most valuable and useful way to use our mind, our intelligence and our time?  Thought, breath and time are considered the most valuable assets.  So, when we take time to think about a question, we might want to calculate whether it is worthwhile taking up that question.  How will it benefit me to spend time on this or that question?  What can I learn that profits me?  Should I really take up questions that are of no concern to me?

It is said there are three kinds of sins.  One which is well known.  We should not do what we are not supposed to do, we should not give sorrow.  Second, we should not fail to do what we are supposed to do.  Third, which is not so well known, we should not take sorrow.  If we are negatively influenced by a close person, it means we are repeatedly taking sorrow from that person by our own volition.  We do not wish them to give us sorrow, but we believe we are obligated to take the sorrow they are dishing out to us.

According to the third variety of sin, it seems that we should be exercising our right to not take the sorrow.  It that seems too hard, then probably we are not strong enough to handle the situation.  A good solution would be to increase our personal strength and resilience.  Then their negativity will not have a negative influence on us.  Thus, our problem is solved.

 

BK Sister Denise on set at Godlywood Studio

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Still from Episode 20 of The Gita Decoded: Achieving Perfect Balance

Why Yoga

Raja Yoga is the Yoga of the Mind. It brings evenness of mind. It strengthens your intelligence, refines your conscience and provides you with an endless source of inner power.

The inner self, the spark of life, the being of light within is not your body. Your mind operates between your soul and your body.

Inside your being is your Will – the power that leads your mind. Yoga means what your mind is connected to, and then, what you experience in your mind. Yoga with the Supreme Being enables you to experience peace, love, bliss within your mind. Otherwise you experience physical sensations in your mind.

How do you practice Yoga of the Mind? You focus your mind upon itself, turning your attention within. Then you focus your mind towards the light beyond – the Source, the Force, the origin of all virtues and inner powers. You taste the sweetness of that peace and love, and draw it into yourself. You fill with that spiritual strength and become empowered to be your true self.

Actor, Entertainer and Ego

Denise Lawrence describes the emergence and the influence of the self indulgent actor who resides in all of us.

Satellite dishes perch on the shanty towns of Rio de Janeiro, Calcutta and the Indian reservations of Arizona, next to piles of corrugated iron and cardboard where people attest to the great power of entertainment and its hold over the world. The entertainer has enormous influence. However, little is known about how far the performance reaches into individual lives all over the world.

A blues guitarist recently on radio describes how sometimes his performance can be so perfect that the audience is totally moved and the other musicians entranced. It is as if he moves beyond performing, and observes from somewhere else; where the ego-consciousness is not involved. He can be moved to tears by his own music as if he were in the audience – an amazing, almost mystic experience.

Michelangelo, too, said of his sculptures “The figures are already in there, l just peel of the excess marble. ” Statues , though perhaps more in his time, continue to have a strong impact on people’s lives.

Most of us have had similar mystical moments. The difference between someone good and someone great is the ability to completely detach from their creation or performance. Though we may not exactly be remembered in history as great, whenever we experience that detachment we move into the dimension of greatness for a while. That sense of greatness is very real and an important spiritual component in a person’s life.

All of us are actors. If we look within, we are bound to discover a crowd of charachters. Within a single day, one plays such a variety of parts. Some parts are played in the same costume and sometimes costumes must be changed. At every change of scene, a new charachter within is projected into the drama of our lives.

We adopt certain postures that are peculiar to ourselves and certain situations. If we are in a business situation, our businessman will come out and we will talk in our business voice, we will dress, hold our body and be tough in a certain way and when the businessman’s part is over he merges within. The next situation calls forth forth another charachter inside us. We will find a few dozen charachters inside. Eventually the moment comes when we ask which one is me, or ” Will the real me please stand up ?” It’s one of the hardest questions to answer.

Humans are creatures of habit. Our inner charachters have their habits too, and every so often one will come out to say ” l am going to be here all day ! I don’t care what the situation is ! ” Some of us have a policeman inside and whether or not it is appropriate he could preside over the entire day. When we use a charachter inappropriately, it is inevitable that something will go wrong. If our observer self stays asleep, our various charachters, out of pure habit, may continue to act unsuitably. But if our observer awakens, he would ask “Hey, what’s going on ? This is not what you should be doing. ”

Being locked in a role makes us pretentious as we try to impress others, using our act to get everbody’s attention. When we are ‘on form’, and ‘on a roll’, indulging in our acting, we don’t care whether the situation merits it or not, we are having a good time and are not going to quit. We quickly tread on someone’s toes, become out of sync with our real self, our spirituality.

Our purpose in meditation is to awaken the observer self. Our alertness enables us to send the charachter whose time is up backstage, and to call the next player. When the observer is skilled, responsible and confident, this works well. The actor and observer are complementary opposites. A spiritual master is skilled in moving between the two and balances both to perfection.

Normally in Western culture, perfection is an extreme end of the scale and anything that is not at that extreme is not perfect. However, in truth, perfection is dead centre of the balance. We become out of balance when we move towards extreme success and perpetuate this display. This is called an ego problem.

Ego is slippery and difficult to see in the self, while it is easy to see in the next person. Spiritual study and practice invites us to work at very deep levels; deeper than those of the ego.

Our conscience can act as a barometer to identify instantly when we are wrong or right. A wrong act is produced by false ego. Spiritual work increases or sensitivity and skilfulness in reading our barometer and seeing our activity each day. When we are putting on an act, this is the last thing we want to do. The observer needs to be there with sufficient potency to counterbalance our self-expression when it moves into self indulgence. The observer will then send a message to the director.

How do we know when we are acting properly ? It feels right. The sensibility to recognise the line between what feels intuitively right and when it is wrong can be developed. Whenever we use the expression “It seemed like a good idea at the time…..” it indicates to our observer, who is connected with our conscience, the intellect and understanding, that we were being egotistical at the time.

We must also learn to observe our thoughts, and that includes comments on what we have done. Whether private, internal comments, or words that come out of our mouths, they are all tell-tale. We need to know what words are signs of. Then we can master the ‘production ‘ of the mind, body and soul.

The fundamental discernment we need to have is that the charachters inside us are not the essence. Each one is merely a projection of a facet which may be suitable for particular expression. Our problem is that we go overboard, or out of line.

Ultimately, we are the directors, and it is through our mastery and self-regard that we can ensure that the entire play, performed by ourselves as the main actors, unfolds to our total satisfaction.

 

 

The Contrast of Soul Consciousness and Body Consciousness

Soul consciousness is derived from experiencing the self as the soul, having understood its definition. I am a point of incorporeal conscient light. The essential elements of my own self are purity, peace, love, power and bliss to the fullest extent. Recognising that the self is this, practicing to be like this, evokes the experience of being jut this. Using the mind to envision the self as invisible, immortal and ultra-subtle enables the self to experience itself. I am Me… or OM.. I am Peace. Om Shanti becomes your self-introduction. You introduce yourself to yourself as a peaceful being… detached.

Body consciousness is the endless whirling of the mind from one thought to another, associated or disconnected, thought. You identify yourself as your body, seeing your persona in comparison with others. Perceiving yourself to be greater than or less that the other. Negative emotions fuel your inner landscape yet you use a variety of tactics to avoid feeling your feelings. You find yourself constructing plausible masks, which you refine or replace when their luster dims. You find reasonable justifications for your weak actions.

Your Approach

The recommendation is this: Consider yourself to be a soul and focus your mind on the Source, the Supreme Power, the Higher Intelligence, God. Go within, stay within and savour your inner self. Be with yourself and keep the outside on the outside. Sitting in the consciousness of the soul, you gradually become silent. That is, the mind quietens down. I sit in the silent space mid-point between the extremes of happiness and sorrow that spin around noisily. Being still means just being… not doing.

Everywhere, souls seem to be impregnated with materialism… arrogance, greed or violence. Body Consciousness devours the higher aspects of your soul, drains its energy, and compels you to act against your own interests. The soul becomes burdened, bows under the weight and drags on. Body consciousness compels you to lay blame, generate complaints and criticisms to create the illusion of being OK. You, the soul, forget your essence and sink into lethargy, craving stimulation. In that state, many conclude there is no soul at all. There is only matter, electricity, self-gratification. Only soulless matter is real.

Your Lifestyle

Soul Consciousness generates a balanced and disciplined life. Your daily routine is natural. You rise early to sit in contemplative silence, filling the self with light and power. You prepare and clean your body… make your mind ready to absorb wisdom and higher teachings. You move into the active day, serving to create a better world… attending to duties conscientiously detached… from time to time moving your mind beyond, ensuring that you don’t get caught up in the drama of action and reaction.

As the day draws to a close, you give time for your family, and turn your thoughts in service of the wider world. You review the ups and downs of your day, turn within for rest and recollection. You lay your body down and return to the realm of silence beyond.

Body Conscious life is random and undisciplined. You awaken when your work dictates, tumbling into coffee, shower, clothes, car, office addictive ways, your mind chattering and getting hyper. You take uncalculated risks, sometimes bellowing from the top of mountains, other times getting ground between mill stones of disastrous failures. You lose your sense of self, and avoid remembering your higher priorities. You may live in a state of denial, rejecting the voice of your conscience. You easily get bored with yourself and everything around you. You cry out for love, but can’t recognise it. You get drawn into temptations and emptiness. You sleep to forget and awaken late, perhaps a little shocked.

Your Effort

Soul Consciousness means to come to terms with all aspects of the self. The effort of soul consciousness is to become neutral in the face of all the good and bad that arise within the soul, and focus on your original eternal condition of purity, peace, power, love and bliss. Soul Consciousness means to become still and melt the effect of negativity, the weight that presses down upon the mind as a dark shadow of ill feelings. Spiritual depletion occurs when the soul has acted against itself repeatedly.

Soul Consciousness is being in your power. I , the soul, observe the performance of the other, detached and dispassionate, knowing who I am. Being in your power is an attitude, a position adopted vis-à-vis the other, or independently, so that no activities or behaviour impact you, or cause you to change your position. Self-identity and feelings of self are not subject to the attitude or position of the other. Inner power levels are high. Energy drainers cannot draw your vital essence because you do not permit it. You are naturally and consistently linked, and feel the presence of the Supreme Being with you.

Body Consciousness is to forget who you are and become as the other sees you or wants you to be. In Body Consciousness there are victims and perpetrators. In Soul Consciousness you are equals, comrades at arms addressing a common task, facing a common challenge and enjoying the fruits of shared victory. In Body Consciousness you fall into traps on the pretext of respect, love or honour. Your intellect ceases to serve you, your conscience has stopped functioning and you allow unhealthy relationships to occur. Your energy gets drained and your happiness has been robbed. You did not protect yourself due to lack of subtlety. You have all the information you need, but fail to use it. Your inner functioning is paralysed.

Your Awareness

In Soul Consciousness you remember the Supreme Being. You view your priorities and interactions with others through the lens of the awareness of God. Your mind’s eye does not rush to people, places and things, assignments, failures or successes. Your inner eye sees the soul in front of you. Your soul is alight and empowered. You are aware. In Body Consciousness you lose yourself and cannot see who is in front of you. You have no sense of God. Your soul is dark. Soul Consciousness makes your intuition sharp and accurate. The right things happen fortuitously with the right people. Everything has meaning nd signals your forward movement. It verifies your steps.

In Soul Consciousness you don’t take sorrow. Your connectedness keeps you alert, mindful and careful. Someone may say something hurtful and you immediately rise into your power of tolerance. The electric bolt passes right through leaving no impact or impression. It does not lodge into your heart. In Body Consciousness you take on the negativity and take it in. You are super sensitive and have no resistance or resilience. Your mind gnaws wounds and increases their impact. You form a debt because you accepted sorrow without noticing.

Your Task

Soul Consciousness gives you the power to flex with any scene within the Drama. Inner power is a set of tools, attitudes and poses that protect the soul. Pain taken into the soul at any point in life distorts and corrupts the essence. As long as there is pain, it drives character defects. The process of removal of pain from the soul is painful therefore tolerance is required. Tolerance means to detach and to surrender, letting go of all forms of ego. Ego is resistance, covering up, avoiding realities. Alternating, you have to face and tolerate. Discrimination and discernment, self-diagnosis of your character is required. See: what did I do to myself… what was done to me? Put it into perspective; see the origin, emergence and dissolution of all occurrences. Discern the patterns, and adjust. Neither you not anyone else is to blame. You become reconciled to the paradoxes of happiness and sorrow, justice and injustice.

Soul Consciousness gives you enough distance to judge yourself accurately through rigorous self-checking that reveals the true nature of your motivations. The effort of Soul Consciousness is to become honest. Soul Consciousness tunes you to the original essential frequency of your being… a soundless harmonious note exclusive to you. Any dissonance becomes tangible and the conscience catches the force that drives the soul to perform negative actions. The activated conscience upholds the harmony and integrity of the soul, refusing all thoughts that lead to dissonance. The intellect begins to work.

Body Consciousness is self-sabotage… you undermine yourself, deliberately, knowingly, yet unconsciously. You know, but don’t know, you see, but don’t see yourself. Body Consciousness raises excuses. I had to because… I couldn’t because… I can’t because… Soul Consciousness says: I can… I will… I am…

Body Consciousness sees no way out of dilemmas. Alternately it paralyses the soul or takes you into depression. Your courage ebbs away and is replaced by moral cowardice. You begin to lie and turn your back on truth. You lose your ability to empathise and may become cruel in the name of social conventions. You begin to accumulate debt and your mind creeps into unconsciousness. Your heart no longer has a place for God as it fills with waste and negativity. Now you avoid the disturbing sound of silence.

Your Experience

Soul Consciousness is satisfaction. It is an inner state of total acceptance of the self, or all others and of all scenes of the drama of life. In Body Consciousness you flip flop on the roller coaster of the pairs of opposites, loving and hating, exuberant and in despair. In Soul Consciousness you are calm, deep, and beyond storms. You are balanced in the knowing that nothing can destroy you, nothing can corrupt you and nothing can break into your harmony. You are fully integrated. You are ready. You can leave and return in your perfected state, both physical and spiritual.

Om Shanti