This Way Of Being — evocative guided meditations

Sit and breathe. Take each of these mini-meditations on its own. Breathe with each one. To really receive the inner teachings, gently read each mini-meditation several times. Let the rhymes and resonances activate your spiritual spark. The inner shift happens naturally. Your mind, body, and soul ease into blissful harmony. Let it happen, and discover your profound fulfillment with these Ways Of Being. 

This way of being:

The vast expanse,

between moment past,

and moment now — at last,

shows you Time,

the great weaver,

who marks all by Space, 

beyond measure.

Boundless eons united, 

beyond unreal death,

show time’s own treasure:

the Creator’s Breath…

makes millennia of time, 

for your soul’s sweet leisure.

 

This way of wishing:

Your silent dream,

made newly known,

through your quiet gasp,

when you alone,

in that pure moment,

released your grasp;

your essence shone.

 

This way of feeling:

Heart dances with your warm pulse,

life essence glistens, shimmering.

You touch the memory wave, and

your soul unfolds, remembering:

As tiger, you moved over bush and sand,

a subtle forest movement code,

you were the wave the salmon rode,

upstream to its mystic soul abode:

the ancient path that nature planned.

 

This way of knowing:

Your timeless soul’s space,

its twinkling stars alight,

and shining forth from brightened face

your heartlight, radiantly glowing

like stars, and all is made aright.

For here, you are surprised to find,

your vastness bridges galaxies:

worlds spinning through your mind.

 

This way of dreaming:

Fields of possibilities growing,

as mind spark reveals storied thoughts:

your storehouse of fresh ideas,

lithe slippery notions — still uncaught.

Their mental lacework, pell-mell flowing,

while widening smile is ever showing,

your winds of wisdom freely blowing,

as soul shares now its oft dreamt knowing.

 

This way of sensing:

Touch fountain deep within to find,

mind’s richly flowered magic scent.

Love drenches fragile thoughts unkempt,

to freely and with ease unbind,

rose opens now its spacious net,

sweet flowing free abandonment.

 

This way of tasting:

Deep mind’s pungent flavor,

easily quenches lesser thought,

in the mystic bath,

of intuitive favor,

rewards flow now unsought.

 

This way of breathing:

Inhale the divine,

as ocean sprayed foam,

that holds all soul potential known.

Such sensing brings

your timeless wisdom,

flowing towards you, windblown.

Heart and mind inhaling,

what you may yet be,

from brain to bone,

from soul to heart,

your truth within rings free.

 

This way of perceiving:

The source of all thought,

fills easily the void,

where not a millimeter,

in divine measure,

has ever been destroyed.

 

This way of pondering:

Still valley, blue mountain,

where nature flows,

with fish and bird,

life’s sacred elixir fountain.

Divine moment, mystic word,

the clock tick yet remains;

its motor running, inviting next,

a pulsing heartbeat real:

life’s whispered sacred text,

when vision quest revealed,

grants life path — now unsealed.

 

This way of being:

As gleam in eye unveils,

your wizened self,

now setting sail, 

to live — this way of being.

Revelations — known as true,

when inner vision opens, seeing

your soul so vast,

rich sky of blue,

and dreams, whether they be old or new,

show cosmic soul, expressing You,

a timeless Self, yet born anew,

this path is yours,

yet known to few,

this way of being: You.

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How to explore these guided meditations for your spiritual empowerment: 

When you let the spiritual keys within This Way Of Being resonate within you, you unbind and unlock your limitations, and you more easily experience the felt sense of your true divine multi-dimensional nature.

Explore the phrases that you are drawn to. Gently and compassionately recite the words to your inner self. The mystical rhymes and resonances of each guided meditation integrate and activate your deeper cosmic potential within your body, heart, mind, and soul. 

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Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living teachings, mp3′s, and private consultations

https://cosmic-living.com/

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Cosmic Invitation — an evocative guided meditation

Sit and breathe. Be with the rhymes and resonances, and let your spiritual spark activate gently. The inner shift happens naturally, with grace. Your mind, body, and soul ease into blissful harmony. Let it happen, and open your divine heart to the Cosmic Invitation.

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When tree beckons,

sit against my trunk;

And flower invites,

inhale my fragrance;

The canyon whispers,

hear my echoes,

from mystic tribes of ancient race;

Then sky spreads starry arms, proclaims

Please roam amidst my open space.

 

This universal offering,

grants now your soul a kiss.

For when you breathe,

this moment’s miracles,

each ruby gem revealed,

as the heart of the lotus,

 

Harvest time presents

a cosmic invitation:

Gently breathe,

and please receive,

your gifts — bright karmic creations.

 

Claim now rewards that you’ve accrued,

no longer led astray,

this bank account of blessings yours,

this day,

is evermore renewed.

 

Amidst this loving tree so vast,

is the grandmother who held you,

in timeless past.

Embraced by her earthly branches,

to you this tree will say,

Take off your blinders, and

set yourself free to be,

your cosmic self,

at long last.

 

The flower sharing beauteous scent,

elevates body and soul, revealing

a perfect world unbent.

Sunlight ever charms,

your potential yet born,

feeling unity so warm,

divine harmony embodied,

in material form.

 

Sky opens doors to infinity, and

a mystic vista frees you,

that your limitations may unbind,

within sky’s revealed mirror,

see true,

the presence of your heart and mind.

 

For the sky is elder brother,

showing soul what it shall be,

as you become your true wise self,

but no other, with

clear knowing in your open gaze,

that understands life’s mystery.

 

The canyon with its ancient drumming,

humming through bloodstream,

this magic breeze,

that shows you now, and why and how,

a wind of truth through mountain trees,

deep memory revealing mysteries.

 

No invitation to this moment’s grace,

appears without a way to face,

this deeper truth of soul and self,

left long alone on mind’s deep shelf.

 

Within this grace,

life’s invitation, for when

you respond with forward step, and then

awakened to your deeper breath, you hear

the bell of self, eternal chime,

that promise,

in each lifetime kept,

to follow inner lantern lit,

remembering your soul’s true rhyme.

 

For these are gifts from You,

to you,

through countless worlds,

of timeless time,

when universe and you are one,

forever sharing truth sublime.

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Ways to explore this meditation: 

When you let the spiritual keys within the Cosmic Invitation resonate within you, you unbind and unlock your limitations, and you more easily experience the felt sense of your true divine multi-dimensional nature.

Explore the phrases that you are drawn to. Gently and compassionately recite the words to your inner self. This integrates and activates your deeper cosmic potential within your body, heart, mind, and soul. 

 

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Amazing real life story – the transforming power of a poem:

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Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living teachings, mp3’s, and private consultations

https://cosmic-living.com/

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Where Is Your Heart, and Where Is Your Mind?

That sounds like a simple question, doesn’t it? The easy answer is that your heart is in your chest, and your mind is in your head. After all, when you feel deep alignment with something, you often sense it in your chest, because that’s where you’re experiencing that deeper feeling. And when you are thinking, you probably sense your consciousness in your head, because that area seems to be the source of your thoughts.

Heart in chest, and mind in head, and that’s that. These seemingly obvious facts would be all you need to know about this topic, but reality has some deeper surprises for you. This is because heart and mind are actually energies, and that opens a fascinating doorway of possibilities.

Here’s something intriguing about energies — they don’t have to have a specific location — energies could exist anywhere. Could this mean that you can access the energies of heart and mind anywhere and everywhere?

What is the nature of energy?

Let’s explore this idea of energies, or qualities, as compared to things. An energy or quality is something that you can sense anywhere — it is a condition or characteristic, rather than the thing itself. For example, a specific apple is red, but the color red could exist anywhere. Red is the quality, but an apple is in one location — it is a thing. But what does this have to do with you?

Your physical heart exists in one place, just as your physical brain exists in one place. But the energetic qualities of heart and mind are vibrations — not objects. You know that energy qualities are not limited to one location. Could it be that the qualities of heart and mind live within every cell of your body? Could each atom of your aura carry the inner resonance of love and wisdom?

You can find the answers to these questions only through your own inner spiritual experiences. I can tell you about it, but you can only really prove it to yourself through your own personal experience. But that’s how it is with spiritual reality — no matter how many people insist that something is true, you can only verify it through your inner realizations.

Beyond thinking and feeling

Heart and mind are more than just feeling and thinking. They have deep mysterious essences that exist within you, as living consciousness vibrating within you. Your own body is a sacred temple for your soul, and your soul is made of divine substance. Your divine soul contains the energies of cosmic love and cosmic wisdom, in every particle of itself.

When you recognize that the energies or qualities of love and wisdom can be felt or sensed in every part of your body, you understand the famous statement that you are a spiritual being having a human experience.

Your body is a living tuning fork that is sensitive to divine truth. This is the reason for the ancient advice to find the truth within you. Your inner tuning fork is tuning into the deepest essence of your soul; what many people call their higher self.

Multidimensional heart: cosmic truth — or merely emotional

Your universal heart — the essential qualities you associate with Divine Heart — exist within every part of you; it is not just your heart that feels the truth of something, but a heart-like knowing that can be felt within every part of you.

Heart, in its deepest essence, knows the highest truth of everything it encounters. The deeper heart — that quality of divine heart that exists throughout your being — knows this without analyzing, and without thinking. However, this is only true for the deeper essence of heart.

The superficial aspects of heart can be fooled by an appeal to the emotions. Only the deeper essence of heart can’t be fooled. This is why politicians know how to repeat simple slogans that touch the emotions of the surface heart. They generate vague pictures of hopeful fantasy, rather than offering actual policy plans grounded in reality. Advertising and media often generate deceptive fantasies as well.

Multidimensional mind: cosmic truth — or merely logical

Your universal mind — the qualities that you associate with Divine Mind — exist within every part of you; it is not just your brain that is capable of knowing. It is the cosmic intuition — the deeper recognition of truth — that can be known within every part of your being.

Mind, in its deepest essence, resonates with the highest truth of whatever it encounters. The deeper mind knows this without analyzing, and without thinking. It does this by accessing oneness with the universal spark within whatever it encounters. However, this is only true for the deeper essence of mind.

The superficial aspects of mind can be fooled by data that seems to be logical in its conclusions, but is based on false or misleading information. Advertising and media often provide questionable details that seem to prove their point, so that the lesser aspects of mind can be guided to the seemingly logical conclusion, and have desire for the product, or to agree with a particular belief.

Two sides of the same coin

Have you noticed the curious similarity between deep heart and deep mind? It is this:

– The deep heart knowing can detect truth by deeply feeling into the essence of things.

– The deep mind knowing can detect truth by deeply knowing into the essence of things.

Well, that almost sounds the same — and this gives you a hint that at the deepest level, heart and mind are both two aspects of one deeper reality — your capacity to know reality directly.

This surprising recognition about heart and mind frees you to seek the deeper levels of heart and mind that live deep in the core of your being, far below the surface levels that can be easily manipulated. Knowing this frees you to release limited stereotypes about heart and mind.

The stereotypes that keep you from knowing the truth

You’ve noticed that many spiritual teachings advise you to feel the truth in your heart, but suggest that you avoid accessing truth through your head. This may seem to be harmless new age tendency, but it can create problems for those who take the advice literally, without seeking deeper understanding.

There is a vast difference between deep heart essence wisdom, compared to emotionally influenced heart enthusiasm. If you don’t know the difference, you are being asked to perceive everything in a childlike and naive way, without using your deeper discernment.

It’s appropriate to wonder whether this simplistic notion of always following your heart serves certain teachers and organizations, because then the students sheepishly follow along with the program, without asking questions. And if you ask questions, or if your intuition guides you differently than the teachers, then you are told that you lack faith, or it is implied that you are less spiritual.

That brings us back to the understanding that deep heart — and deep mind — both access truth in their own special ways. And it brings up the possibility that you can find deep truth in your heart and mind — assuming you’re going deep enough to transcend the surface illusions of heart and mind.

Going deep within

What about deep mind? How do you open the door to its secrets? And anyway, isn’t mind supposed to be the perpetual problem — the realm for spiritual seekers to avoid? Well, did the creator give you a mind just so you could avoid it? Or is mind, like heart, a realm that offers you infinite positive potential, assuming you learn to work with it?

Deep mind, like deep heart, lives in a world beyond words. And deep mind, like deep heart, experiences a kind of oneness or resonance with that which it encounters; it knows the essential nature of things. Here is the clue to knowing the difference between deep knowing, compared to superficial knowing:

Deeper truth resonance gives you a sense of peace, rather than excitement.

This is because excitement exists on the surface of life, where the lesser aspects of heart and mind dwell. This surface excitement is an emotional reaction to situations that seem to give the ego what it wants, or seem to provide magical simplistic answers. The ego reaction creates a kind of nervous friction that is often mistaken for truth. When something is truly in higher alignment, there is no friction, and that is why you’ve heard of the still small voice of truth. Otherwise, it would be the excitable, noisy voice of supposed truth.

A sense of gentle discovery

Your subtle recognition of deeper realities happens more easily when you approach your spiritual explorations with a sense of gentle discovery. That way, your wishes, expectations, and enthusiasms don’t interfere with your deepest discoveries. And the profound delights that result from your quiet discoveries transcend the mere excitements of the usual enthusiasm-based spiritual experiences.

Superficial enthusiasm, easily generated, can seem to the surface heart aspect to be a kind of truth. However, excitement and enthusiasm can mask the deeper ability within the heart to discern deepest truth.

The mind is affected by excitements as well. Superficial chains of logical thought, so appealing to the mind, seem to point to truth. However, these seemingly logical thoughts can be manipulated, and can obscure the deeper mind’s ability to discern the real essence of a situation. This is why seemingly intelligent people can miss subtle cues; they were so caught up in the story woven by the chain of logic that they missed, as the saying goes, the forest for the trees.

However, deep essence doesn’t get excited, because it is beyond emotional reactions, and is comfortable knowing what it knows. In fact, it doesn’t need excitement, because it just resonates with the truth of things, and that is pleasing for deep heart and deep mind. It feels a joyous unity with truth, and is content. At the core level of reality, heart and mind are one, because of these two curious qualities of heart and mind:

1. Within the love essence of the heart is divine wisdom.

2. Within the wisdom essence of the mind is divine love.

Beyond emotion and logic

If you wish to contact your essential heart and mind, choose to make personal mystical inner contact with your own deep heart and mind. Just reading about it isn’t enough. Nor can you receive the real experience if you merely hear a spiritual teacher, however inspiring, tell you about it. Such inner realizations can’t be taught through appeals to either emotion or logic, as useful as these ways of learning may be in other areas of life.

Logic and emotion cannot touch the deepest essence of heart and mind. This is because logic and emotion lead you in the general direction of a solution, but don’t directly resonate with the highest quality solutions. Essential heart and mind use resonance, and resonance exists at a refined level beyond the earthly worlds of logic and emotion.

You’ve seen resonance demonstrated, because you know that if you place a vibrating tuning fork near another tuning fork of the same size, the first vibrating fork causes the second fork to vibrate. The first fork doesn’t have to prove anything to the second fork. The first fork doesn’t have to make the second fork inspired. The resonance happens because of their similar capacities to resonate together.

Degrees of truth

The essential knowing in your heart and mind resonates with truth in much the same way that the two tuning forks do. But you may be more familiar with the earthier forms of resonance — basic emotional energy, or basic logical claims — and you might mistake this for deeper heart or mind knowing. This is because the superficial resonance fools you with its noisy excitement, emotionality, and enthusiastic beliefs.

For example, emotional reactions are a much-used lower quality resonance utilized in the media. This is how movies, for example, make you cry, even though you know it’s just a story. You are immersed in the story, you identify with the scenario, the music and lighting amplifies everything, and you have the automatic emotional response. This is not necessarily deep truth resonance. But, it does show you how heart can be easily moved.

At the center of heart and mind, there is a clear, sacred space, and it is beyond logic and emotions. You could say that it is a sacred space that just is. In that space, you find a paradox — mind is heart, and heart is mind — they are recognized as aspects of each other. Your goal is to access these deep places within your being, so that you can know your essential nature, and so that you have a means of discerning truth from falsehood in the world.

A mysterious contradiction in spiritual teachings

1. Those who favor heart-focused spirituality tend to emphasize emotionalism and blind faith — they downplay thinking and questioning.

2. Those who favor mind-focused spirituality tend to emphasize logic and mental control — they downplay feeling and subtlety.

3. These contradictions lead you to favor one imbalance over the other. Often, when two seemingly opposite paths are presented, you get swept into the confusion, and you believe that you have to choose only one path. But what if both paths presented to you are imbalanced?

The healthier third alternative that gives you deep understanding and compassion

When you experience the essence of a person or a situation with your deep heart, and when you intuitively know the deeper meaning of what is happening with your deep mind, you experience compassion. This is different than feeling sympathy, pity, or concern. And it is different than trying to immediately fix the problem. It is deep recognition and understanding, and that kind of compassionate wisdom leads to empowering solutions, rather than quick-fix reactions.

Here are ways for your heart and mind to have higher love and higher knowing regarding someone or something:

How to access your compassionate loving mind:

Deep mind wisdom is a deep love for the essential nature of what you are contemplating. This is different from simply having affection for someone. You access mind love by gently finding that sacred space in your head that transcends ordinary thinking. Use your imagination to do this…

1.  Go deep to the center of your head.

2.  Go deeper, and find the level beyond logical thought.

3.  Go deeper, and find the level that just is.

4.  At that level, you can resonate with the pure divine essence within a person or situation.

How to access your compassionate wise heart:

The essence of heart love is a deep wisdom about what you are contemplating. You access heart wisdom by gently finding that sacred space in your heart that transcends ordinary emotions. Use your imagination to do this…

1.  Go deep to the center of your heart.

2.  Go deeper, and find the level beyond emotional love.

3.  Go deeper, and find the level that just is.

4.  At that level, you can resonate with the pure essence of a person or situation.

How to go deep within your soul for profound compassionate knowing:

1. Bring your attention quietly within, as if you are stepping into your inner light — just imagine this.

2. Imagine that you are stepping even deeper into this inner light.

3. Remember – your inner light is located throughout your body — every part of you has the light of your divine soul.

4. Relax into the light, gently breathe, and let the light circulate comfortably throughout your body.

5. Let yourself do this without judging your self, or judging the process, or having expectations about how it is supposed to be.

6. And each time you think you’ve arrived at something meaningful within yourself, just quietly go deeper, because deep heart and deep mind are infinite.

The gentle path to inner peace, compassion, and knowing

You might still be wondering whether you should choose to go deeper within your heart, or deeper within your head, because the argument about heart versus head is an old pattern. As you are now realizing, there are infinitely deep levels of truth within your heart and within your head. You have the means to access them.

Deep truth discovery has little to do with excitement, enthusiasm, positive thinking, or drama and intensity. It is, rather, a quiet deliberate choice to gradually move your attention inwards, so that you can access the sublime infinite levels of cosmic self. Realize that excitement and enthusiasm can be enjoyable, but their noise obscures your search for deeper truth, so be aware of this limitation.

Inspiring mystical poetry has been written about these transcendental states of love and wisdom, but as moving and beautiful as it is, you need to access these inner places yourself.

The divine Creator that created you exists deep within all of its creations.

Being infinite, divine essence has no definite form or fixed nature. So to simplistically say that heart is love is a limited understanding. In the same way, to say that mind is wisdom is a limited understanding. Beyond wisdom, there is wisdom-love, and beyond love, there is love-wisdom. Love and wisdom are not in conflict. And when they seem to be, then you haven’t yet accessed your deeper levels of perception for the particular situation where the conflict seems to exist.

And beyond these labels of love, compassion, and wisdom, there is the quiet space where you just know that you know. The simple truth, beyond words, beyond logic, and beyond emotions, is always deep within you. But it’s not what you expect, and not as spiritually grand or exciting as you would suppose. But as you may have realized, it’s quietly sublime, rather than dramatically grand; it is balanced cosmic simplicity.

May your explorations into deep heart and deep mind bring you serene inner delight. As you gently explore the deeper truths, you resonate with the divine center of the cosmos, and the universal radiance shines forth within your infinite heart and mind. Beyond love, beyond logic, and beyond poetry — your deep center is the cosmic source of love and wisdom.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach 

Founder, Cosmic-Living for spiritual empowerment, tele-classes and self-paced mp3’s

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How To Cleanse Your Own Soul

Your soul is supposed to be perfect and divine. So why would you need to cleanse anything made from divine substance? Isn’t your perfect essence beyond the need for fixing or cleaning?

Well, it depends how you define Perfection.

Consider how your soul essence has experience after experience, lifetime after lifetime. Every experience leaves its imprint, like a muddy shoe print on your doormat. For example, that situation where you fell off a cliff in one lifetime left a bruise in your soul; the impact is still there, at a subtle level. And then, there was that situation where you were chased by the townspeople because you were a member of the wrong class, or religion, or tribe — that imprint is still there.

If you were in perfect, one hundred percent alignment with your original essence, you’d automatically re-align with your true self with ease, even after difficult events. But there’s a reason why automatic re-alignment doesn’t happen instantly. When you understand this, you can have compassion for your own self, because you will stop judging your natural reactions to events.

When you experience the difficulties of life, your emotional reactions are only human, and are nothing to blame your self about. You may be frightened, angry, sad, or confused by what is happening — likely a combination of these. You’re generating thoughts of every description as well, and these muddled thoughts get mingled into your emotions. Strongly experienced emotions and thoughts can create a pattern that makes an imprint in your aura, like a muddy footprint that makes its mark on the carpet.

Your soul expresses itself through your aura, and the brightest presence in your aura is your soul essence. Think of your aura as an energy field that expresses all that you are. Your aura reflects your divine essence, your hopes and dreams, your potential, and more. And your aura contains the patterns of all your accumulated emotions, thoughts, and experiences. These patterns can affect the clarity of your soul light, as a dirty window blocks the sunlight.

Is it enough to simply know that you are made of divine substance?

Some mystics say that your essence is divine, and that this is all you need to know. Certainly, it is very helpful to be able to confront all the troubling patterns you’ve acquired, and to contrast those patterns with your divine essence. This helps you remember your essential cosmic nature, and helps you disentangle yourself from the thousands of difficult experiences.

However, it is often not enough to simply remember your soul essence. This is because of a phenomenon called fragmentation. When you experienced all those thousands of difficult experiences in all your lifetimes — including this current lifetime — you protected yourself.

This is an automatic response mechanism that keeps you from becoming so scared or overwhelmed that your nervous system would become dangerously overcharged. The protective mechanism divides the difficult thoughts and emotions into separate fragments within your body and aura, so that their collective intensity doesn’t destroy you.

While this protective mechanism is well-intended, it creates the problem that you are dissociated from the trapped emotional energy that you need to release for optimum well-being. Also, the trapped energy thinks the problem is still happening, even though that event is now in the past — and in some cases, in a past lifetime.

When you understand that you have dispersed fragments of thoughts and emotions jumbled in your body and aura, then you start to understand how you can cleanse your soul. Recognizing your emotions and thoughts as energy is one key to liberating yourself from patterns. When you can examine a feeling or thought as a living energy presence, then you can talk to it. You can massage it, heal it, and shift it. The pattern is no longer mysterious; it is something that you can shift in healthy, creative ways.

Are you really allowed to do this? What gives you the right to shift your patterns? If an event has already happened, isn’t it locked into time and space as a permanent event? Well, it has happened, and there’s no denying that, but you don’t have to be eternally referenced to it. You can develop a neutral perspective to that event.

Remember, you are an eternal soul, and you have spiritual rights. Although your experiences really did happen, realize that these many experiences don’t have to define you. Yes, the experiences have influenced you, and you may still be carrying the patterns of those experiences. But you’re likely doing that out of habit, and not out of need. Remember that your eternal soul existed long before those experiences, and will exist long after.

Another empowering key is to recognize that events and patterns are temporary

Compared to the eternal nature of your soul, every event is a little blip in time. Tune into that the next time you find yourself responding dramatically to something or someone. Even if it feels that you’re imagining the idea of eternity, let yourself get a sense of what eternity feels like. It’s an actual spacious sense that opens up, and it helps you transcend the fears and judgments that you get stuck in so easily.

Realize that you have the right to shift your mind, and to change how you choose to interact with the items in your memory. This is not denial, but is a choice to experience life in a more empowered and centered way. As a soul, you can make these empowered choices. You can benefit your body, mind, and soul, by changing how you perceive and interact with a particular situation.

This awareness shift makes it easier for you to bring your reference point back to your essential soul energy — the timeless energy of your essence.

But why do you hold on to patterns if you aren’t benefiting from them? You have been influenced by strong, unpleasant experiences, and you temporarily forgot that your divine soul doesn’t need to keep holding on to those patterns. Of course, you experience everything to learn, but that doesn’t mean that you have to hold on to the hurt or the fear forever. If it has become pointless to hold the problem in your body, mind, or aura, then you can explore letting the pattern go.

Releasing patterns without denying the events

Of course, it’s easier said than done to let these old patterns go — but why is this such a challenge? Remember, layers of difficult situations made you temporarily forget your divine nature. And your soul, in its effort to help you, conveniently divided the pain, fear, sadness, and anger into tiny compartmentalized sections in your body and aura. And at a subconscious level, you promised yourself that you’d keep protecting yourself with fragmentation, and not remember your original, complete self.

This is one explanation of why you hold on to problems, but there is yet another reason. You have become identified with the problem. You might not realize it, and maybe it does seem a bit absurd to suppose that you are identifying with a problem that happened in a past lifetime, or an issue that happened in your childhood. When you forget your divine nature, you still need an identity — you identify with a lesser identity, and that lesser identity becomes part of your definition of who you are.

Until you re-write your definition, you’ll keep getting your sense of identity from your lesser, problem-oriented self. It would be easy if you could just reconfigure yourself today, and be forevermore enlightened, but more realistically, you’ll want to re-align with your soul identity daily. This is because these issues exist in many layers, and you gradually transform the layers over time.

You may wonder why your soul, supposedly eternal and wise, would not automatically help you with these essential understandings about your cosmic identity. However, your soul exists at many levels, and some are much more aware than others. At its essence, your soul is truly aligned with universal love and wisdom. However, your lifetimes are for learning, and the younger aspects of your soul have had many challenging learning experiences. This raises another question:

Why do you need to learn in each lifetime, if your divine essence already knows everything?

When your soul was created, it was made from universal substance — a divine spark made from the substance of the cosmic creative intelligence of the universe. This spark — you — was given a unique identity, unlike any other soul in the universe. And this individual spark was given Free Will.

Understanding this helps you know why you co-created all the learning experiences over many lifetimes. And, it helps you understand why your soul essence doesn’t automatically fix the problems in your younger soul aspects. If it did that, then the younger aspects wouldn’t grow and mature. Just as a child learns school lessons by doing the homework — if the parent does the homework for the child, then the child doesn’t learn.

Though you’re made of universal substance, your individual spark needs to learn for itself — free-will means that you are learning to make choices in each moment. You wouldn’t really learn if you were just following external orders. Divine learning emerges from your inner wisdom, in each moment, because you are discovering the universal truths for your self. In order to do this, you need to discover how everything works, and this includes finding out how your emotions and thoughts function.

When you have all the thousands of experiences that you have, each situation gives you an opportunity to be centered — or not. Will you reactively blame yourself or others — or quietly stay centered, to access your deeper understanding? So don’t blame yourself for having natural upset reactions to things — it’s not a bad thing. However, though automatic reactions aren’t exactly bad, your reactive responses do create more difficulties. This is why you are gradually discovering healthy options to your automatic reactions.

One important key to cleansing your soul is to look at a situation, and experience that situation in a fresh, new way. This is the technique that you are going to explore now. It helps your soul release the patterns that are clogging your aura with stale memories of troubling feelings and thoughts. You don’t have to know all the details of the situation that you’re healing. Even a general idea of a difficult situation is enough to practice these soul-healing techniques.

Meditation to liberate you from stuck ways of seeing a past problem:

1. Look at a situation that affected you in your childhood.

2. Imagine seeing the situation from a completely different angle — for example, imagine that you could experience that situation from a bird’s eye view, or even from outer space.

3. Notice how you breathe, and how you feel in your body, as you relax and experience the scene from these very different vantage points.

4. Now see it from yet other vantage points — from the side — from the rear view — and from various angles that are different from your original viewpoint in the scene.

5. As you play with these different vantage points, notice how you breathe, and how you feel in your body as you experience each vantage point.

6. Now you can shift the sound within that scene. Replace the sound with different voices; add an amusing soundtrack; lower the volume on abrupt noises or shouting, so that it becomes very quiet, as if you were using a volume control for the scene.

7. Notice how you breathe, and how you feel in your body as you experience the scene with these entirely different sounds. Look at any detail in the scene, and notice how that aspect begins to feel somewhat different when the scene is accompanied with a different set of sounds, or a quieter set of sounds.

8. Next, shift your size in the scene, so that you are a giant towering over the scene. See the people in the scene as if they were tiny dolls.

9. Breathe, and notice what you feel in your body when you are a giant looking down on the scene.

10. To integrate, breathe gently, breathe into your body, and notice that you are safe in the here-and-now. You are not stuck where you were; you can see and feel that situation in a new way now. You will continue to notice the fascinating shifts in your body and mind.

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Does this meditation produce a complete shift? Probably not entirely — but do notice the subtle shifts in your awareness. Is it easier to breath, and more comfortable in your body when you think of that past scene? Play with this meditation again, and each time you do it, the scene may feel lighter and easier to you.

There’s no judgment here. Your way of escaping by fragmenting is what we all do, so you’re not better or worse than anyone else. Everyone divides himself or herself in order to escape from overwhelm. At the same time, everyone has the means of using their consciousness to awaken to their potential. That means that you can bring consciousness to all your parts. You can bring your divine essence to the parts of you that need that blessing.

Meditation to bring your soul essence to your parts:

1. Imagine your soul essence as the vast, cosmic being that it truly is. Use your imagination — pretend, if you like.

2. Imagine seeing and feeling life as your soul would see and feel reality — pretend that you are actually seeing and feeling from the experience of your soul essence.

3. From that soul perspective look down on a scene from your childhood.

4. Reach down into that scene, with your mighty cosmic soul arms, and lift your younger self up and out of that scene.

5. Hold your younger self in your celestial arms, and let your cosmic love and light shine sweetly from your divine heart and mind into that younger self.

6. Say the encouraging things that you are inspired to say to your younger self.

7. Continue to re-assess the scene, making any adjustments you’d like, from the perspective of your vast soul essence.

8. Let your body and soul face each other — the body and soul are really recognizing that they are both aspects of each other.

9. Explore the shift between your soul essence perspective, and your in-the-body, here-now experience. Gently shift back and forth between your soul perspective and your here-now perspective.

10. As you move back and forth between body and soul awareness, the two begin to meld together. Don’t force it. Just gently be with the shift as your body and soul recognize their essential oneness.

11. To integrate, be in present time. Breathe into your body, and gently sweep your awareness through your body, so you can notice how you are more present, and more at peace.

12. Let yourself notice the interesting details in the room around you, and become aware of the subtle enjoyable details that you are able to appreciate more easily in the present moment.

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As you explore this shifting between soul and body awareness, you start to recognize that your soul is always available to you. You realize that your soul’s love and wisdom belongs to you. Your soul has its own empowering cosmic perspective, and that perspective is available to you whenever you choose to access it.

There is a fascinating moment when you really recognize that your soul is your true essence. And, this body is a living, breathing expression of that true essence, in the unique opportunity called This Lifetime. You can use the cosmic perspective of your soul to help shift stuck feelings and thoughts. The shift can help you look at situations that always seemed stuck or hopelessly difficult.

This earthly lifetime offers an amazing lesson in focus and alignment

By the way, what value does your body bring to your soul, if your soul is already so wise? Your body helps to ground and focus the vast and universal soul perspective. Embodiment has its own extraordinary rewards. Remember this the next time a well-intentioned spiritual expert tells you that nothing is real on this earth. It’s all relative — your body is getting a deeper divine understanding from your soul, while your soul becomes more polished and focused when it grounds itself into the slower presence of your body within this earth plane.

But, as some will tell you, you’re already clean — you don’t need to be cleaned. This well-intentioned advice comes from those who have correctly perceived that your essence is perfect. However, what they may have forgotten is that the human tendency to fragment means that you have to do a bit of inner healing work. You integrate your fragments, release the excess tension, and re-align with your divine essence. Simply knowing that your soul essence is perfect doesn’t automatically heal those fragments and make them magically unite together.

If all of this means that you now have an easier way to cleanse your soul, that’s a beautiful thing. Remember, the knowledge that your soul essence is perfect is true. And, the realization that it takes some work to cleanse your soul is also true. As you now know, that’s because your soul exists at many levels. Let yourself learn from the deeper essential soul truths that your essence shares with you. And let yourself help the less-aware aspects that got stuck.

These meditations liberate you to shift the patterns that you thought you were stuck in. They’re fascinating, and even enjoyable at times. At the very least, you’ll get a chance to play with some deeper self-healing abilities, and discover how you’re more empowered than you had thought possible.

Please share your experiences with these meditations in the comments section below. Your experiences and discoveries help the next person, and make it easier for that reader to give himself or herself permission to transform. May your body, mind, and soul unite with ease and grace.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic-Living for spiritual empowerment, tele-classes and self-paced mp3’s

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How To Enjoy This Moment

What comes to mind when you imagine the idea of enjoying this present moment? Most likely, the pictures that surface in your mind are images of what you think enjoyment or happiness is supposed to be. These are the typical images that your mind gives to you, based on how your mind has been influenced by media, by people, and by this modern world. These notions of idealized bliss are made-up — these bright and shiny faux images are merely symbols for happiness, but they are not real.

The person jumping up and down, shouting hooray, is not necessarily enjoying the moment. Rather, he or she is responding to something that seems to bring relief — the person just got a job they wanted, for example, or just received a much anticipated phone call. Well, those events are wonderful, but then what do you do in the ordinary circumstances that are more typical of daily life?

Are you supposed to behave as some positive-thinking trainings teach you to behave — as if you were a buoyantly happy cheerleader at a football game, yelling that you are having a wonderful time? That might generate a jolly spark or two for a moment, but it’s not real enjoyment. Unfortunately, such pumped-up efforts can only try to mimic happiness, and they may actually take you farther from true enjoyment. The simple reason for this is that deeper enjoyment is connected to awareness, and awareness is a subtle experience.

Awareness requires that you be present to what is actually happening in the moment, and this is why you can’t make yourself feel enjoyment. When you demand to feel good, you are making your emotions jump through a hoop like a trained seal. However, your emotions want to be charmed into enjoyment, and not forced into it. This is why the artificially happy behaviors of people who want to prove that they’re having a good time don’t generate real happiness.

Real situations

But what if your immediate situation seems boring, unpleasant, or difficult? Wouldn’t you need to be hearing good news, or surrounded by symbols of success in order to enjoy the moment?

Actually, feeling good in the present moment requires your awareness of the world around you — as it is. When you are able to sense the world around you, then you can combine that outer awareness, of whatever you find there, with your inner awareness — and that combination can bring you to some delightful feelings.

The world around you, that you can see and hear, is the world that you experience with your five senses — sight, hearing, feeling, smell, and taste.

The world within you is the realm of your emotions, your thoughts, and of your subtle inner spiritual awareness. You might call it your imagination, or your inner sacred space; it is the realm of your divine soul.

With the power of your awareness, you can comfortably combine your sensing of the outer world with your inner feelings and thoughts. This combination doesn’t produce instant delight, however, because real enjoyment only takes place over time — it evolves. That means that if you demand to be happy or relaxed right now, you’re only creating tension. But why is it so important for you to be aware over a period of time?

The key is that each moment becomes magical when you are aware of how each moment evolves from the previous moment, and evolves again into the next moment.

This is the mysterious secret of consciousness — that the subtle shifting that happens from this moment to the next is only fascinating if you are actually present to experience it as it shifts and evolves — your consciousness is required. You can’t replace that moment-to-moment awareness with anything else. You can’t buy it, and you can’t force it. You just have to be present so that you can notice the subtle shifts as they happen.

But you are already experiencing each moment, aren’t you? After all, you’re there, in that moment, so why question whether you’re really experiencing it? Actually, when you’re trying to be happy, or trying not to be unhappy, then you aren’t really experiencing the subtle energy shifts — the fascinating ones — that are taking place now, moment by moment.

And when you aren’t experiencing the subtle shifts, then everything feels coarse and somewhat unpleasant. Or perhaps it seems somewhat unreal or flat. This begins to explain why so many people think they must find a special reason to be happy. This is why they have come to believe that happiness looks like jumping in the air while shouting hooray. They missed their deeper connection to enjoyment, and they thought they could substitute an emotional fireworks display.

Since real enjoyment looks nothing like what you expect it to be, this hints that enjoyment is a subtle art, to be discovered anew each day. This art, though it takes a bit of skill, is easy to experience, especially when you discover that you have the ingredients you need already within you. But will you use them?

Let’s explore how your awareness of the outer world combines with your awareness of your inner world. To start, here is a little meditation to discover the subtle elements of the world around you. This will help you get a sense of the vital power of your conscious moment-by-moment awareness.

Meditation to awaken your senses to the world around you:

Deeper seeing:

– Notice the shapes of the objects around you. For example, the rectangular picture frame, the round clock, the cylindrical pencil, and so on, throughout the room. Do not judge them; just notice their shapes.

– Gently trace these shapes with your gaze, so that you really become aware of the designs within your environment. Don’t stare — just let yourself experience gentle focus as you explore the shapes.

– As you gently trace the shapes around you, gently breathe, so that you are aware of your body.

Deeper hearing:

– First, notice the obvious sounds, such as a car horn, a telephone ringing, or a voice nearby. Next, notice the subtle sounds around you, such as a clock quietly ticking, the breeze flowing through a tree nearby, the quiet hissing of a heater or radiator, and quiet voices in another room.

– As you notice each sound, experience it as a sound vibration — without judging it. Imagine that you are cataloging the sounds in your environment, and experiencing them as rare examples of sound.

– As you experience the sounds, breathe gently into your body, and notice that you are experiencing the sounds — but you are not the sounds; you are still centered within yourself.

Deeper feeling or sensing:

– Notice the temperature of the room, and experience how the air feels on your skin.

– Discover how each object in the room, and each person present, has an aura, or vibe. It’s OK if it seems that you’re imagining this — let your imagination give you permission to sense the subtle realities that are present in your world.

– Let yourself notice your reactions to each aura in the room. Without judging yourself or anything in the room, discover if you can experience each vibe or aura as a phenomena of energy, rather than as a label or judgment.

– Notice the feel of the neighborhood. Each locale has its own feel, or specific quality of presence. You don’t have to put this in words — just experience it, and let yourself recognize the felt sense of that place.

Seeing, hearing, and feeling — integrating your senses:

– Gently notice what you see in the shapes, colors, and textures around you.

– As you look around you, include the sounds in your environment in your awareness.

– As you look and listen, gently include your felt sense, as if you are sensing the vibe or aura around you.

– Quietly shift from seeing, to hearing, to sensing. There is no one way to do this. Explore your senses one at a time, and also combined, in any creative way that you choose.

– Breathe gently and easily as you shift your sensory awareness from looking, to hearing, to sensing. Stay centered in your body, and keep breathing.

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During this meditation, do you find that even though you are generally focusing on one sense or the other, your senses seem to combine into one large multi-sensory experience? You may find that your senses are working together, all helping you experience your environment with the deep realism of a close-up photograph — combined with a high quality audio recording — combined with the multifaceted sensory experience of a vividly rich environment, such as the forest or the ocean.

Your consciousness is the key

Now you have a deeper respect for your consciousness. You recognize that your awareness, from moment to moment, is aware of so many subtle things that transcend ordinary descriptions and judgments. The shape of the clock, when you experience it in the pure realm of shapes and colors, is expressing something to you. Not something specific like a poem, but something meaningful in a different way — it is the subtle-energy world of the clock, expressing itself. And this sharing process takes place, whether or not you personally enjoy the design or the sound of the clock.

Why is this little meditation so important to your discovery of how to enjoy this moment?

If enjoyment required the perfect situation, then you might have to wait forever. And if you could produce instant enjoyment by shouting that you are having a great day, then you would generate the superficial kind of enjoyment that only lives on the surface of reality. This meditation helps you open the door to a refined inner experience of genuine enjoyment.

Enjoyment is not something that has any particular appearance, so it isn’t obvious. It is not something that sounds a particular way. And it is not a dramatic expression that promotes its own happiness. This is the beautiful paradox — that your real enjoyment becomes stronger when you aren’t trying to feel good.

Enjoyment is your willingness to experience your world in a subtle way that lets you engage with your self and the world around you — with sensitivity, intelligence, and awareness, moment by moment.

But does this mean that you are to just passively notice the subtle details of the world around you, and that you will get delight from that only? The experience of this sensory meditation was just to help you clear your mind, and engage with your senses on a deeper level. There is more to this process, because now you are going to explore another meditation that brings your inner voice to this experience.

Although your inner voice is often the part of you that automatically comments on everything, you have other options when you use your inner voice consciously. When you do this, then your inner voice becomes part of a healthy feedback loop that unites body, mind, and environment, in support of your well-being.

Meditation for using your conscious voice to cultivate enjoyment in this moment:

1. Look at any object in your immediate environment.

2. Notice the shape — the color — the texture — and the general vibe or aura.

3. Experience this object without labeling or judging what you are looking at.

4. As you feel the presence of that object, sense or imagine its inner light or presence.

5. Now notice your own inner light or presence — imagine it if you like.

6. Notice or imagine a healthy resonance between your inner light, and the inner light of that object.

7. As you sense this subtle resonance, say:

I support this object’s right to exist, and this object supports my right to exist.

I find something fascinating in this object, and this object finds something fascinating in me.

I enjoy this object, and this object enjoys my presence.

I bless this object, and this object blesses me.

8. As you say each statement, really sense or imagine the harmony between your inner self, and the inner intelligence within that object. This is possible whether the object seems to be an ordinary chair, a computer printer, or a clock. Or perhaps you are experiencing an exotic rare goldfish in a tank, or a fragrant Hawaiian flower. No matter; they are all living expressions of the universe.

9. Quietly notice the subtle characteristics of other objects in the room.

10. As you notice these qualities, let your inner rapport with those objects resonate. Don’t try to make it happen; rather, you let it happen.

11. Discover how easily you can make those blessing statements with the other objects in the room. The inner light within you is sharing and communicating, at a level beyond words, with the inner light of those objects.

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Many pathways

Are these methods the one way to enjoy the moment? Actually there is no one particular way. There are many ways of learning to be present, but they have something in common. Any hope you have of bringing enjoyment to the present moment requires your relaxed, yet focused attention.

Talking with objects in your home or office might seem a little silly, but you are discovering the basic principle here. Enjoyment is engagement with the moment. It is participation between your conscious mind and your subtle senses. When you bridge the inner and outer self with your environment, you create an intelligent, living flow that has depth and meaning.

Does this mean that you can’t have critical thoughts? Not at all — your critical thoughts can lead to helpful solutions.

Does this mean that you have to be in a special mood or special place to practice this? At first, you may well want to explore these meditations in your own quiet environment. But consider the fascinating options available to you — the potential for subtle and enjoyable experiences exists even where you least expect to find it.

When you discover how to place your attention, and how to extend blessings to even the most mundane things in the world, then you enter the charmed world that you have been waiting for. It is the place where you can be with the world as it is, and help co-create a spiritualized world at the same time. This is not a fantasy, because consciousness is the essence of everything in the universe.

Being in this world

There is a sense that many modern people have — that they are separate from reality, or not in their real spiritual home. These feelings and thoughts may come from their lack of engagement with their environment. Honestly, many environments are challenged, and so these meditations are more easily done in some places than in others. But that doesn’t mean that the meditation can only be accomplished in a special place. In fact, maybe these meditations can do the most good in those challenged environments that are really calling for healing and harmony.

Is it possible that the lack of engagement with the world around you could relate to how you have been treating yourself? What may seem, at first, to be an irrelevant activity — tuning into the subtle energy of your environment — is actually a profound exploration in tuning into the essential nature of reality. And when you choose to bless or appreciate that subtle world around you, you are creating a deep harmony experience that uplifts you, your environment, and everyone it your world.

Every time you tune into the subtle energy of your world, it helps heal you within, because that subtle engagement with reality automatically extends to you, too. You benefit from your deeper awareness experiences, because you are learning how to bless yourself, as well.

The true location of harmony

Perhaps you had supposed that enjoyment had to be a stereotype. Maybe you’re surprised that what started as an exploration of enjoying the moment turned into a spiritual discovery session about the nature of reality. But it does make sense, because your life is an expression of a divine creative force that created your soul, and that manifested this universe. These subtle explorations reunite you with the universal consciousness that you are made of, and that everything, whether grand or mundane, is also made of.

The eternal harmony that you can discover within yourself, and within your world, is always there for you. But, being a subtle expression of universal consciousness, it speaks the language of subtlety, and not the dramatic language of fake happiness. Any amount of ceremony, noise, drunken antics, or loud demonstrations of happiness are all taking place on the surface. Deep within, enjoyment awaits you.

You can enjoy this moment when you are no longer trying to do so. It happens when your subtle senses are engaged, and you discover the resonance that harmoniously exists at a deeper level. Let yourself sense it, in your own way. This is your personally meaningful experience. It is the fulfillment and happiness that doesn’t look like what people expect fulfillment and happiness to look like.

So have your fascinating experiences, without waiting for approval and understanding. Just experience, sense the gentle smile appearing within you, and breathe this emerging delight into your being.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic-Living for spiritual empowerment — tele-classes and self-paced mp3’s

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Soul Transparency – Key To Universal Understanding

You hear much about transparency, or authenticity these days. What if there was a cosmic level of transparency, where people could understand each other instantly? If this were possible, it would take place at the soul level.

You could call this instant understanding Soul Transparency. It is real, as you will discover, and it offers intriguingly wonderful possibilities for understanding yourself, and for sharing your gifts with the world.

When you realize that your soul is radiating its divine essence all the time, you realize that it is doing this in spite of your personality limitations. Your personality, with all its limits, beliefs, and habits, may not be an accurate reflection of your soul. Could you be too referenced to your personality?

Let’s explore the potential that lives within the infinite world of the soul. You may discover a reality that transcends the ordinary limits of this earth plane, including the constrictions of the personality. And you may find the gifts of inner peace and fulfillment that you can bring into your life.

The world of your cosmic essence

Your transparent soul exists in a cosmic condition that is very different from the world that your personality exists in. For example, your personality is associated with your body, which means that it exists in space and time. Your soul, at its deepest essence level, experiences a different way of being — it lives in a timeless, limitless world. How could this be?

Your soul is an individual expression of the universe itself. That thought might seem to be too much to digest at first, so just take a breath and and relax as you consider the possibility. Your soul is the universe, expressed in your own individual form. And every other person is also the universe, expressed in their own individual form. This tells you something about all these souls:

They are all unique expressions of the same vast universe. And so they must all exist in the very same space that we call The Universe, or the All, or God, or Cosmic Consciousness — any name you use is fine. Let yourself gently breathe, so you can be with this idea and stay comfortably centered.

Your soul — a multidimensional phenomenon

The idea that you exist in the same space as another person sounds rather weird at first. After all, you know that you aren’t physically standing where another person is standing, are you? Of course you aren’t — not on the physical plane, at least. Your soul, though, is different. Although your soul is shining through your body, and each person’s soul is shining through their body, what is it that is shining exactly?

Your soul essence, and their soul essence, together share the same universal light, or consciousness. And that divine light exists throughout the universe — it is omnipresent pure awareness. It is too vast to be limited to one space, or one moment in time.

Your soul is transparent because everyone already knows your essence. Your essence, and theirs, is expressing the same deep universal intelligence. That means that your soul is more deeply understood and appreciated than you may realize. This idea might take a while for your personality to comprehend, because your personality has many reasons for supposing that your life is limited and imperfect, or that you are misunderstood.

Look at how your personality is defining reality. According to your personality, when you can have the proper weight or height, or the correct smooth personal manner, or the newest set of fashionable skills, or whatever the issue or story is supposed to be, then people will finally accept you, or will come to appreciate your soul.

What is it that makes your personality think that it has to jump through hoops so that it can eventually be perfect? What if you could save some time by helping your personality with the divine insights of your deep soul awareness?

Soul and personality — two understandings of reality

Your personality is stuck in its perception that you exist in space and time. In a way, that seems to be so, because your soul is, in fact, expressing itself into this moment of space-time. The key difference is that your soul is expressing here, but it doesn’t get its references mainly from this space-time world. Notice the difference with your personality — it is getting most of its information from this world, and that is why it gets stuck in its limited earthly perceptions.

But does that mean that if you begin to refer to your transcendental soul, then you’ll somehow disappear into space, or become disconnected with the earth? That won’t happen, because you can choose how you place your attention. You can be as integrated as you choose to be.

This might explain, though,  why some people get too spacey when they meditate. They temporarily lose their usual earth-plane references. They open up to the vaster world of universal consciousness — the timeless realm of the soul. However, they forget to include their body and personality in their meditation, with the grounded space-time focus that body and personality naturally have.

It’s fairly easy for you to include your personality, along with soul awareness, grounded in your physical body. When you do this, you find the world of infinite possibilities joining with the world of grounded, linear time. That is an empowering place to be.

You are infinite, and living in a time-space world. You are uniquely you, and also one with all. So what is a useful way to use your soul transparency? And why is it helpful to know that everyone, at their soul essence level, already knows your soul, and you already know their soul essence?

Everything you are, everything you do, and everything you create carries the essence of your infinite soul. Your personality might not be aware of this, and so you need to make the conscious choice to become aware of these cosmic essentials. If you wrote a poem, for example, everyone has access to the divine essence meaning of that poem. And if you created a product or a service, everyone already understands it, at their own deep soul level.

Your world, as your personality and soul see it

Your personality may have some doubts and limited understandings about these soul realizations. Notice how the personality can only see evidence on the material plane, and can’t yet sense the holistic soul perspective.

Personality concern 1: Many people don’t yet know about your product, your service, or your insights.

Soul perspective about 1: Actually, all people can resonate with your creations at the soul level now.

Personality concern 2: Many people might not understand your product, service, or insights.

Soul perspective about 2: Actually, all people are able to deeply understand your creations within their soul level now.

Personality concern 3: Many people aren’t yet ready for your product, service, or insights.

Soul perspective about 3: Actually, no matter what level of personality awareness people may have, their soul is ready for your creations now.

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The liberating key for you is that you aren’t limited to your personality’s awareness.

What benefit is there in knowing about your transparent soul, and the transparent divine world in which it lives? Understanding that your creations, and you yourself, are already understood by the group soul is important — you can use that realization to create a healthy bridge between your personality and your soul. And the best part is that you can use the positive resonance that already exists on the group soul level, and stabilize it into this earthly reality — the real world, time-space dimension that you live in.

To do this, let’s explore some easy meditations that help you go beyond your personality limitations, so that you can gently help your personality open to the possibilities that exist in the expanded world of the soul.

Meditation to recognize your divine oneness

Let yourself imagine…

1. Tune into your body, and notice your breathing.

2. Imagine your soul as a divine presence or light. You might imagine it either within you, or shining all around you. Just make it up — if it seems that you’re pretending that your light exists, that’s ok.

3. Imagine that all the souls on the planet — all the sparks of divine light — are all sparks coming from the same place — the infinite universe, itself. Take a moment to let this realization settle in your mind, so that the essential oneness shared by all souls begins to make sense to you. And do keep breathing, maintaining a gentle awareness of your body.

4. Realize that no matter what the condition of your life, your appearance, your weight and height, your status, or anything else may be, the oneness of all the souls already exists — you don’t have to make it happen. Notice it as a reality that is already so, and has always been so.

5. This is a subtle, but important discovery — notice the gentle feeling of resonance shared by all the souls, at the deep level of their essence. Notice how they are shining forth with the same divine light as you, and yet each in their own unique way.

6. Notice how your individual identity remains strong and bright, even as you recognize your universal unity. Keep breathing, and notice that you are still totally You.

7. Let any thoughts or feelings about these discoveries emerge in your heart and mind.

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The liberating key for you is that the feelings, sensations, and thoughts that emerge for you in this meditation create deeper understandings that broaden and heal your personality.

Your personality begins to see itself as already united with the deeper world of united soul wisdom, at a level that transcends misunderstandings.

This experience frees you to have a deep realization that you can feel in your body, and bring to your personality. That is important, because many people have an intellectual understanding of their soul, but only because they have read about it or heard about it. For these understandings to be truly useful to you, the realization needs to be experienced in your body, because this helps the personality include these cosmic recognitions in its awareness of the earth plane.

If you haven’t integrated the realizations within yourself, then you only have faith. Perhaps faith was enough in the past, but your spiritual evolution requires integrating these deeper understandings, so that they are real expressions of your own deep inner being.

When you realize that your soul essence is already transparent to everyone else, and that their soul essence is already transparent to you, then you begin to consider some fascinating possibilities. But first, there is a question that always comes up around these topics.

The personality wants to know something about these infinite souls that all people have: If people don’t have conscious awareness of their soul, then won’t their personality just block anything that happens within their soul level?

Actually, it’s not so simple, because the personality doesn’t entirely filter out the higher soul wisdom. Imagine a variable filter — some people are only letting in 5 percent of their soul guidance, and others are letting in 15 percent, 30 percent, or 50 percent. These are made-up numbers, but you get the idea that everyone is having a different response to their soul insights. And it’s not your job to insist that they should let a certain amount of soul wisdom in — just let them be where they are in their awareness.

What can you do, then? If you aren’t trying to make people be or do anything, then what are your options on the soul level? You can access the natural soul transparency that already exists between all souls, and this helps you establish a positive harmony between your soul and the soul of humanity. Here is a meditation to explore this:

Meditation to share your gifts — your special creations — on the soul level

Let yourself imagine…

1. Your inner light is your individual expression of the divine light that shines through all.

2. Everyone recognizes your soul — at their soul level of awareness. They don’t need to speak your language, understand your personality, or agree with you on anything at all.

3. Everyone can appreciate your product, service, idea, or unique contribution. Their soul resonates with the divine essence of your product, service, or special contributions.

4. Imagine the divine light within your product, service, or idea. Sense the easy resonance between the group soul, and your creation.

5. Notice how the unique light of your creation lights up the group soul.

6. Sense how the unique light of your creation is automatically understood at the deep group soul level.

7. Let yourself feel how comfortable and easy that is. Relax into the smooth feeling that your creation is already in pleasant resonance with the group soul.

8. Breathe this realization into yourself. Feel the ease and grace.

9. Realize that each soul also has its own individual identity, and so each soul has its own individual pleasing resonance with your creation. Release control of how you think each soul is supposed to respond to your creations and contributions.

10. Notice how your personality is able to release a layer of its limited awareness each time you explore these new levels of resonance and divine understanding.

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This meditation may raise many questions for your personality, because it has only known the measurable world of this physical plane. But don’t get too stuck in questions from the personality. These meditations are a deep transformational experience for your personality, and provide an expanded knowing into the ways of the universe..

Of course, the meditations might not explain concepts that the personality can entirely understand — but the personality will slowly get the general picture of the broader soul dimension. Fortunately, these experiences help your personality discover that there is something beyond this material world — a soul oneness that can be experienced, even if it is not entirely understood by the logical mind.

Does oneness mean sameness? Of course not, because oneness means that all the different souls share unity within their common divine essence. You may be united with everyone at the deepest soul level, but you are certainly not the same as anyone else.

And yet, that deep oneness level is an amazing place where profound understanding can happen. That is what you are able to access now. With that universal awareness, you can help the group soul access even deeper levels of consciousness. This is the power of sensing the harmony of your individual creations and contributions within the group soul energy field.

The power of your emerging cosmic awareness

But the personality still wants to know, what specifically will happen as a result of these meditations? The answer is easiest to discover when you notice what happens to your own awareness when you practice these simple steps:

You discover a feeling of ease that wasn’t there before.

You see yourself as already unified with the whole.

You sense that people have a deep understanding of each other, at a foundation level of awareness that you are becoming more aware of each day.

This frees you from seeing yourself as too unique, or seeing others as too different. Of course, every being has their own unique soul identity, but at the deepest universal soul level, you are as transparent and understandable as can be. And that soul transparency is shared by all at the deep essence level.

And what will come of your meditations — on the physical plane — where you live? Let yourself find out what subtle and fascinating realities result from your discoveries and experiences.

In the world of harmonious resonance, when you feel more at peace with yourself and with everyone, good emerges that benefits everyone. And wonderful possibilities, not yet known to your conscious mind, can flow in your life. Breathe them in now, for they are already happening, in response to your positive resonance that you so easily and transparently share, between your bright soul and the soul of humanity.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic-Living for spiritual empowerment, tele-classes and self-paced mp3’s

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The Felt Sense — Your Spiritual Guidepost

How do you know what you know about spiritual truth? Is it just because spiritual experts have assured you that certain things are so? Or perhaps it is that you grew up in a community where certain understandings were commonly believed, and you came to accept these understandings, too. And then there are the current trends that have become popular — but should you accept these merely because many people do?

Where is your Felt Sense amidst all of this?

These ways of innocent acceptance were OK as your soul was growing, but now you are entering your spiritual adulthood, and you are beginning to wonder about the deeper truth — what is the source of it, and how do you find your spiritual guidepost so that you can access it yourself?

The freedom to access deeper knowing — your spiritual birthright

Something remarkable awakens within you when you have your own sense of inner knowing. You discover a deeper level of your self — a cosmic presence within you that wants you to have access to your own truth. And you begin to realize that your own essence is somehow connected with the deeper cosmic truth in the universe. So this matter of sensing your truth is an important element in your spiritual evolution.

This may bring up a question in your mind, however. How can everyone have his or her own truth, in a universe where everyone is made of the same essential divine substance? Shouldn’t there be one reality that everyone can agree upon? To understand the answer to this, let’s explore your own personal path to your deeper truth.

What happens within you when you feel that you have experienced a spiritual shift in consciousness? Your own unique body-mind-spirit has its own special experience. No one else can have this exact experience, because their personal body-mind-spirit energy, called the soul signature, is only able to have its own distinctive experiences.

You can’t have their experience, and they can’t have your experience

And so, you are back to the original question — how do you know about spiritual truth, and how do you validate your understanding of things? Actually, there is a shift that happens, and it is generally subtle. It’s important to acknowledge this, because if you are waiting for huge obvious shifts, then you’ll miss most of the experiences that you are actually having. And there is a reason for this, having to do with the typical communication style of your soul.

Your soul trusts itself, and it doesn’t feel the need to shout to your personality. Your soul is generally sharing its wisdom in a gentle style, often called the small, still voice within. You may have noticed this voice before, and you probably noticed it when you were inwardly quiet enough to be aware of it. Your subtle inner truth is less available when your mind fills itself with noise and busyness.

Why are quiet moments of prayer, meditation, and contemplation so often recommended for those on a spiritual path?

It’s not that these practices are somehow good, or noble, or spiritual in themselves. It is that these practices create the conditions for you to have deeper experiences of unity with your inner essence, and with the cosmic universe itself.

But just what is supposed to happen in those quiet moments? Well, since it is different for each person, let’s explore some experiences that you might have. And let’s discover how you might cultivate these deeper understandings and discoveries more easily.

The subtle awareness that lives quietly within each moment of your life

Have you ever had the experience that you were reading a book, or listening to a speaker, and the words said something that touched a deeper part of you? It seemed to ring true. And something may have lit up within you.

The deeper something that you sensed within you was caused by Resonance. It is like a humming tuning fork that naturally causes another tuning fork nearby to start humming too. The truth that you read or heard started resonating within you, because that truth already existed within you, in its own unique way.

How did you sense your recognition of truth? This is important for your self-understanding, because if you become familiar with your way of discovering truth, you can use that awareness more often. That would really help you, because that deeper awareness helps you discover your inner spiritual truth detector.

The subtle awareness that you are exploring here is actually a shifting of awareness. With experience, you notice it more and more easily. You come to realize that it is not dramatic at all, but instead it is quite subtle. And you come to appreciate this. But how can you define something that is so mild that it creates no dramatic attention to itself?

You are looking for a subtle shift that happens within you. It is what happens when you become more aligned. And alignment is the opposite of drama or friction. This is because alignment means that you are in harmony with yourself. And, you are in harmony with the universe.

The inner power that measures its value by how quiet it is

Why is harmony still? Why is it peaceful? To understand this, imagine a squeaky wheel. You grease the squeaky wheel, and it becomes quieter. When your body, mind, and soul are in harmony, they harmonize together peacefully. This feels smooth and relaxed. It takes place within you, but at first you won’t notice it.

You are probably looking for the big effect — the dramatic evidence for something. But you might not find it, because truth generally shares its refined secrets quietly. More likely, you will gradually become aware of the subtle inner shift, the Felt Sense. And when you do, you will discover that it was within you all along, awaiting your recognition.

The Felt Sense is your recognition that you have made a shift in consciousness. Did you assume that a shift in consciousness had to be dramatic? Sometimes, it is. But generally, it is subtle. In fact, the gentle shifts are happening in each moment.

When you explore the simplest awareness methods, such as noticing your breathing, your body-mind-spirit makes immediate shifts. These are not big shifts, and that is their power. The shifts are very subtle and gentle shifts that are taking place with each breath, yet they share profound gifts with you.

Why is it so important that you notice these small inner changes?

It’s very simple:

Your conscious recognition of a small change unites your conscious mind with the deeper parts of you, and this is a co-creative key to your spiritual evolution.

These deeper parts include your deeper intuitive mind; the heartfelt knowing within your heart; the deep knowing of your body, and the divine awareness within your soul. All that deep knowing, on so many levels of your self, awaits your conscious awareness, so that it can become available to you. This seems almost too amazing to realize, at first.

When you consciously notice the small shifts, something shifts in your mind. The recognized small shifts help your mind re-orient itself in a healthy way. Before you noticed the inner shift, your mind was mostly sensing the surface of things. With the awareness of the small shifts, your mind is tracking your subtle inner world of deeper knowing.

It is the inner world of the still, small voice. And it is the inner place where your truth is known in a language that isn’t really a language at all — the language of non-verbal intuitive feelings and understandings. When this deeper non-verbal level unites with the verbal awareness of the conscious mind, you have united your logical left brain with your intuitive right brain. You have united the polarities of yin and yang; of conscious and subconscious; of yin and yang; of human and divine.

As you track these subtle shifts, you realize that each little moment of shift awareness supports you and integrates you. It carries you forward, like a sturdy flat pathway of stones across a wide lake. If you don’t keep your attention on the stone pathway, you would have nothing solid to support you. But if you worry about it, you lose your balance.

So what is the secret to calmly keeping your attention on the Felt Sense, as you walk on the stones of deeper awareness across the lake of your daily experiences?

Meditation to bring your attention to the small meaningful experiences of this moment

Let yourself use your awareness and imagination…

1. Sweep your awareness slowly through your body.

2. Notice a place in the body that seems somewhat tight or stuck.

3. Slowly, without judgment, sweep your attention through that area.

4. A gentle shift occurs — not dramatic. Let yourself notice this, however small a shift it may be.

5. Sweep slowly some more through your body.

6. Notice slight shifts in your breathing. Acknowledge it, without making it important.

7. Now you can notice these shifts as they happen — subtle shifts in the body, and gentle shifts in your breathing.

8. Each time you notice the smallest shift, quietly notice it — without making it important.

What is it about these subtle inner shifts that is so important to your spiritual path? Each time you consciously notice a subtle change, your awareness becomes a participant in a spiritual energy conversation within you. This special kind of inner conversation is between the different parts of your self, and they are acquainting themselves with each other. When they communicate together, you can experience deeper unity with your higher potential.

But why is it so important that you do this consciously? Couldn’t you just sit in the presence of a spiritual person, and receive their blessings? That would be much easier, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, though that might feel uplifting, it doesn’t build your conscious connection with your deeper potential. The way to build that connection is through practicing conscious awareness.

Your deeper truth

Although you may be inspired when you sit in a spiritual atmosphere in a saintly place, or with saintly people, your spiritual growth requires that you develop the skill to discern your own deeper truth. You can discover your inner truth when you are able to track your own subtle Felt Shifts. That subtle shift within you, seemingly so quiet and mild, becomes more obvious to you with practice, and you find that you use it more and more often. It is like a language that you become ever more familiar with.

The subtle shifts take place from moment to moment, and they require your attention. But this is not frenetic attention, because that would be trying too hard — and forced attention produces only tension. And this is why the Felt Shift is so meaningful. It is a quiet recognition that something has changed within. And it communicates to you when you recognize a slight shift in your body, or a shift in your breathing, or a slight expansion within, as if a space is opening up.

Of course, this space opening up, significant though it is, is not dramatic at all. It is, rather, the subtlest whiff of expansion. It is a quiet recognition that something that was tense is beginning to let go. This change within, subtle though it is, signifies that you are making a deeper connection. It hints that you are becoming aligned. And that is why you alone, through your conscious attention, can accomplish your Felt Shifts. It is you, the conscious self, who needs to participate for this to work.

The language that contains no words

When you let yourself track your inner Felt Shifts, an inner knowing becomes available to you. It grants you access to your inner wellspring of profound possibilities. It is a conversation, often beyond words, between your conscious mind and your super-conscious divine essence.

But is this a true meditation? You’ve probably heard that real meditation takes place with no thought. And tracking your subtle Felt Shifts would seem to involve your attentiveness, and it may well be a form of higher thought. However, when you track your inner shifts, you are attentive — but you are not thinking in the usual way. It is a deeper form of consciousness that is quietly attentive, but beyond your usual logical mind. If you want to call it contemplation rather than meditation, that is fine.

What happens when your tracking of the subtle changes within deepens your awareness? You discover that you know more, as if a deeper dimension of reality becomes available. This knowing includes many levels of self. And that occurs because your body-mind-soul alignment lets you resonate with your deeper truth, and with universal truth. And the knowing comes to you, especially if you don’t grasp for it. This is the secret of tracking the shifts.

Tracking inner subtle changes brings you to deeper knowing, until you start to get excited about your discoveries. Once your logical mind becomes too involved, you make the shifts important. And that is a problem for you. Not that it’s bad, but just that your intense interest takes you out of the subtle state of being able to track subtle shifts. So what to do?

You’ll discover that tracking the shifts is a game. It’s a serious game, and not frivolous, yet not serious or tense, either. It is, in fact, a waking meditation that flows from moment to moment. It is a contemplative way of discovering yourself, finding your truth, and linking with your universal divine source, all at once.

Your truth emerges, moment by moment

When you discover that your path to deeper knowing is so subtle, then you become wise in your way of being. You find that where you would have previously jumped into a vigorous pursuit of trying to understand something in the usual way, you now step back from the drama of that path, and track your subtle inner changes, instead. And in so doing, you discover a deeper understanding that had previously evaded your awareness.

This frees you to know your own truth, so that the dramas and excitements of the world inflame you less, and the quiet desire to know the deeper truth invites you into a subtle inner path of discovery. It is a centered path, because it involves your being present to your body, your heart, your mind, and your soul. This way of being evolves gradually, because it can’t be forced. It involves your conscious attention, and can’t be forced upon you by another, nor can you force it with your own headstrong attention.

Let your inner knowing delight you with its subtle clarity. And let your quiet, integrated presence be a force for good — a haven of kindness, clarity, and wisdom. You can be the center of the cyclone.

This non-dramatic presence may be the secret for shifting the world, without even trying to force a change. Perhaps there is no dramatic change to make — rather, the beginnings of change may start with your own deep integrations. These inner alignments with your divine intelligence ignite a tiny, yet powerful spark of cosmic potential. This happens through the universal resonance of your integrated body-mind-soul presence.

Your integrated presence generates an exquisitely subtle momentum, like the waves that emerge from a pebble dropped into a pond. Your divinely smooth actions upon this earth plane help set the stage for manifesting heaven on earth — in ways great and small. Your subtle awareness is noticing an inner shift within you as you consider this possibility. Who knows what wondrous thoughts, actions, and realities will emerge from your subtle inner knowing in this moment?

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic-Living for spiritual empowerment, tele-classes and self-paced mp3’s

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Liberate Yourself — How A Dangerous Word Limits Your Mind

What is the dangerous word? Did you think that it was No? That word isn’t a problem, because when someone says No, you can always choose Yes, or Maybe, if you like.

Or perhaps the problem words are these: can’t, or won’t, or isn’t. No, it is not those. And not words like impossible, or difficult, or challenging. You can confront these words, because you are aware of them.

Or did you think that the dangerous word was something hateful or negative? It’s not that, either. When you hear those words, you recognize them, and you can address them.

This dangerous word is different, because it seems to be quite innocent. It is a short, almost invisible word — only two letters. This word fools you, because it makes your mind reconstruct the world in a limited way. This is a form of mind magic, where your mind is led to see something that isn’t there.

This mischievous word fools your mind: is. For example: he is sad; she is bad.

The simple word, Is, often makes a bold, un-provable claim. It pretends that a person, place, or thing has a basic quality that entirely defines that person, place, or thing. For example:

He is troublesome. But you really mean, sometimes he expresses himself in a way that you find challenging. Unfortunately, now you’ve named him as being intrinsically troublesome, and this could affect how you speak to him, and that will naturally affect how he speaks to you, too.

She is petty. Well, not all the time. In fact, she may express that quality only occasionally. But the problem here is that you have named her as petty, as if that were part of her nature. And having named her as that, you’ll tend to see her as perpetually petty.

They are argumentative. Well, evidently they feel whatever they’re speaking about fairly strongly. But once you name them as essentially argumentative, then you lose sight of their motives and underlying beliefs, because you think you know all about them — they’re intrinsically argumentative, according to your label.

How does the word, Is, and its cousins Are and Am, perform this deceptive magic?

The word Is makes it seem that something is permanently true. For example, this country Is the land of the free. Or, this country Is going to the dogs. In both cases, this country, which is a multi-faceted place, is being labeled. Once you label it, your thinking becomes fixated in a particular way. This narrows your thinking, as if the country has the permanent quality that the word Is led you to be fixated by.

What is the problem with saying that the country is great, or that the country isn’t great? What you really mean is that there are certain things about the country that you admire, or certain things that you are concerned about. It’s easier to address specific issues when you name them as particular issues or qualities.

However, when the country Is this quality or Isn’t that quality, then you are behaving as if the country is intrinsically good or bad. And it isn’t, because nothing is intrinsically any particular way.

Why does the word Is barely attract your attention?

This word, Is, isn’t the main part of any statement, so you don’t notice it. It seems to be just a connecting word that strings some ideas together. Almost like a friendly, helpful word — but it may be something else entirely. It weaves a magical spell over your mind that you barely notice.

Suppose you make a statement about your friend — John is happy. You could take the word Is out of the statement, and you would still understand the sentence — you would get the general idea that someone named John is generally happy, or at least is happy now.

Well, that doesn’t seem so bad, but that is why Is creates such a difficulty for your mind. You don’t notice what it’s doing to your perception. Let’s explore how Is, and Are, and Am perform their magic manipulations upon your mind, because these words may become potentially dangerous for your mental and emotional well-being.

Suppose you are talking about yourself. Perhaps you are saying something like this:

I am happy — or I am sad — or I am mad…

You say that you Are happy — but that statement is already creating a problem for you. The statement, because of the pesky word Are, suggests that you are exclusively happy. But is that always so? No, you are a multifaceted being, capable of expressing many emotions in various circumstances. Under the surface, even when you appear to be happy, there are other emotions. And when you appear to be sad, that too is only one layer of your actual experience.

You, the multidimensional being

Why is it dangerous to label yourself? Who cares if you say that you Are this or that? The instant you make a label about what you are, your subconscious recognizes that many other descriptions are also true. That makes you feel inauthentic, because you are saying that you Are this or that, and your subconscious knows that isn’t quite so.

But isn’t it better to say that you Are something good, rather than saying that you Are something bad? Maybe somewhat better, but barely so, because both of these limiting descriptions label you, and this creates problems. Saying that you Are bad, or that your life Is bad, is like being stuck in a bad movie. And you don’t want to be programmed that way.

You might have the clever idea just now, that since you don’t want to be programmed with the discouraging idea that you Are a bad person, that you’ll say, instead, that you Are a good person. That creates problems too, because, in fact, you are beyond good and bad. You are a multidimensional being, made of divine substance, and divine substance is beyond all labels.

Once you say that you Are good, you’re creating the possibility that your subconscious will try to prove otherwise.

But if you don’t want to say that you Are good, or that you Are bad, what are you to do? Well, why let yourself be labeled as good or bad? Consider this option: Why couldn’t you aim yourself in a good direction? That might sound like the same thing, but there is a world of difference there.

When you are aiming in a good direction, then you aren’t labeling yourself. This means you aren’t creating resistance, tempting fate, creating a wall between yourself and others, or otherwise getting into emotional or mental mischief.

What happens when you label another person with the magic Is word?

For example, when you define your friend Mary in a certain way:

She is successful. But, 100 percent? And what defines success, anyway?

She is happy. All the time? Is that possible?

She is beautiful. Does that imply that you are not?

What’s wrong with saying these complimentary descriptions about Mary? Maybe she is seemingly just what your words positive words describe. The problem with saying that someone Is something is that the instant you define these labels, your subconscious makes comparisons. It looks for ways that you are less than Mary, or ways that you are equal to, or more than Mary.

And especially, your descriptions limit your ability to perceive Mary as she really is — a multidimensional being. Your labels of her limit your ability to learn from her. Labels filter how you perceive Mary, so that you don’t recognize her multifaceted nature. For example, if you name her as successful, then you might not notice that her apparent success is the result of decades of hard, focused work.

Labeling her as successful makes it seem that this is her essential nature. It isn’t, though, because she acquired what some people label as Success by following practices, strategies, and ways of living — and these ingredients to success are hidden when you label her as naturally successful.

To be fair to Mary, she is a unique individual, and is not what you have labeled her to be, even if your labels seem positive. But if you aren’t going to use positive labels, does that mean that she is unsuccessful, unhappy, and unattractive? No — those unfortunate descriptions don’t fit her either. In fact, your saying that she Is happy or Is unhappy creates a limited way of understanding her, and these limiting descriptions may affect you as well.

Why is your description of her going to affect your own mind? Is it possible that these troublesome words actually put you in an altered state of consciousness that limits you?

How labels trap your consciousness in limitation — how to liberate yourself

The instant you say that Mary Is this or Is that, your perception limits itself by seeing Mary through the limiting words you have just used to describe her. But what if you really do see aspects of Mary that are successful, for example? Let’s go back to the examples listed above, and explore options so that your descriptions don’t limit yourself, or limit Mary either.

– She is successful.

Use this opportunity to notice her behavior, her strategies, and anything that gives you insight about how she functions. This helps you discover something useful about Mary, the person whom you have labeled successful. However, when you let go of the label, you discover that Mary practices certain behaviors, specific actions and helpful habits, and useful strategies that lead to what you have labeled as success.

When you understand those habits and strategies, you learn something that might inspire you and give you valuable insights. You now have recognized potentially useful strategies. However, the successful versus unsuccessful label interferes with your clear understanding of the situation.

She is happy.

Use this opportunity to notice the actions and strategies that she is using. You may be able to learn something here about creating happiness. One thing you learn is that there is no such thing as a so-called happy person, because that implies that some people are naturally that way, and that some people are not. You may discover that so-called happy people utilize effective strategies and take useful actions. That’s important information for you — the happy versus unhappy label is not helpful, however.

She is beautiful.

The advertisers and the media love to control you with this one. When they convince you that a certain body type, or height, or weight, or manner of dress or behavior is beautiful, you are so surrounded by those messages that it is difficult to confront them.

Shifting this way of perceiving takes a bit of work. It involves making the shift back and forth between general and specific thinking. Learning how to do this helps you get your power back from the labels that limit your understanding.

The power of general and specific awareness, and how to use it

Suppose you have labeled someone — she is beautiful. The media programming would tell you that the right bone structure, right proportion, and right manner and dress are why someone is beautiful. But there is something more profound to learn here…

When you look at different people, let yourself ask this empowering question:

What unique qualities of beauty are found within this specific person?

Now you can discover different aspects of beauty that you didn’t see a moment ago. For example, you notice that beauty can express itself in many subtle ways: as quiet elegance; as a peaceful quality; as a gentle quality; as a dynamic quality; as a focused quality; and in an infinite number of other ways.

The benefit of freeing yourself from saying something overly simplistic — she is beautiful — is that you can more easily discover the many varieties of beauty within each person you meet, and within yourself. You have made the shift from a vague, general definition of beauty that limits you. You have shifted to the specific discovery about unique, real qualities of beauty that you can discover with each person, and each situation.

Does this mean that you shouldn’t practice the kind of affirmation where you label yourself in positive ways? The idea that you should question a seemingly positive practice, such as affirmations, may seem a bit surprising at first. Consider this, though. Many people find that when they do affirmations, they experience resistance — a backlash that emerges within their mind. There is a good reason for this.

The instant that you say that you Are this or Are that, your mind notices that you are making a claim that it doesn’t recognize as entirely true.

How to generate healthy affirmations

But how can you make effective use of affirmations, then? Notice the difference in each of the following affirmation groups. In each case, the first so-called positive affirmation creates limitations by using the problematic Is. Then, the options show you how to bypass resistance that the problematic Is, Are, and Am words label and limit you with:

Creates limitation: I am happy.

Allows options: I let happiness flow through me.

Allows options: I access the happiness potential within me.

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Creates limitation: I am strong.

Allows options: I breathe in strength.

Allows options: I access the strength within me.

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Creates limitation: I am a good person.

Allows options: I breathe in goodness.

Allows options: I access the goodness within me.

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Do you see the trend here? When you name yourself as something that you Are, you create resistance. When you let yourself access a quality within you, or you breathe that quality into yourself, you aren’t boxing yourself in with a claustrophobic label. You are simply letting yourself be open to something.

This is freedom. When you have access to something that you are interested in, then you don’t have to yearn for it. Now that you have a way to resonate with the energy you prefer, you don’t feel separate from it. You aren’t comparing yourself to anyone else, either. The qualities you would like more of are there for you, without striving, and without resistance. This makes the process easier and more enjoyable.

Making the shift from labeling yourself is fairly easy to do — at least, the technique is easy. But the challenge with implementing this is that the old programming is deep.

No matter what you do to find your inner multidimensional self, there will always be the ever-helpful media to imply that such-and-such a celebrity Is happier and more splendid than you are. Or, that if you would purchase a particular product, you will then be happy and fulfilled. Just like magic — deceptive magic that is ungrounded in reality, but that weaves its spell to entrance you in its magic promise of the perfect lifestyle that you supposedly desire.

Why deceptive words are negative magical spells — what you can do about it

It’s easy to say that you Are this, or that he or she Is that. Actually, it’s too easy. You do it all the time, and you think you’re being rational, but you’re not. You’re indulging in dangerous word magic, and manipulating yourself to believe in limiting nonsense that alters your perception.

If it’s deceptive nonsense to say that you Are this or that, then it’s equally ridiculous to say that he Is this or that. Or that they Are such and such. But how can you talk about reality if you don’t make those observations? After all, if a gentleman speaks to you in a rude way, what’s wrong with saying that he Is a rude character?

This might sound like a silly distinction, but consider that he is not rude. He did, of course, speak rudely to you. It sounds like a subtle distinction to say this, but making this shift could save your sanity. Here’s why:

If you insist that he Is rude, then you’re claiming that that’s what he intrinsically is. And there’s no hope for any other options to exist — after all, you’ve stated, essentially, that rudeness Is his core nature. So once you label him by saying that he Is a rude person, then you will tend to recreate that situation. It is as if you have chosen to tune into him at a certain frequency, like choosing a radio station that features rudeness programming.

But isn’t it contradictory or delusional to notice his rude statement, and then to proclaim that he isn’t rude? No — there is an important difference here: His statement may be rude, but he isn’t essentially rude. Like you, he is a multifaceted being. It’s much easier for you to address his statement, than to be confronting a person who Is intrinsically rude.

A special case

By the way, if you are wondering if this distinction also applies to sociopaths and psychopaths, consider that such persons may require special handling. However, your ability to make these subtle distinctions in labeling people still holds true. Making these awareness shifts by being aware of your use of language keeps you from being trapped in a limited universe. Basically, use the techniques to the best of your ability, but don’t get stuck in these, or any other techniques. In other words, if someone is consistently behaving crazily, keep your distance.

A challenging situation

Now what do you do with the fellow who behaved rudely? Here is a place to start: What do you have in common with someone who made a rude statement to you? Probably many things, but to start, recognize that you do have some things in common. List them, and shift from labeling the person as rude, to seeing some of his statements or behaviors as rude.

And from there, you can re-label the statements and behaviors as strong, impassioned, or emotional. Gradually you free yourself from labeling him as intrinsically rude, and he becomes a multifaceted person who has some behaviors that you don’t always agree with.

To help you access these awareness shifts, here are some visualizations to free you from some of the labels that you’ve created. You can use these awareness shifts to address your responses to people you admire, people you judge or fear, and people you don’t understand.

Six visualizations to transcend the false labels that limit your awareness:

1. Imagine people whom you label as successful

Awareness shift: Notice their posture, behavior, and any useful patterns that come to your attention.

Healthy action: Imagine these qualities as energies, and let yourself breathe in these energies. Breathe in only as much of these energies as you feel comfortable with.

Healthy action: Determine which of those empowering behaviors are within your capability, and explore utilizing them for yourself.

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2. Imagine people who have emotional qualities that you admire

Awareness shift: Pretend that those people have let themselves breathe in the energies of those positive qualities.

Healthy action: Now imagine that those positive energies are available for you, too. Breathe them in.

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3. Notice people who have patterns that you don’t care for

Awareness shift: Sense, perhaps for the first time, that such people are made of divine substance.

Awareness shift: Take a moment to notice how they are part of the fabric of universal energy.

Healthy action: Now notice how you feel about these people, now that you recognize that, though different from you, they are participating in the same universal fabric that everything in the universe consists of.

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4. Sense the qualities within you that you would like to change

Awareness shift: Notice how freeing it is to know that those are not your intrinsic qualities.

Awareness shift: They are energies or patterns that you have somehow become associated with.

Awareness shift: Notice how these energies and patterns are not you.

Healthy action: Sense yourself as part of the universal fabric of divine energy.

Healthy action: Notice how you can release some of these energies more easily now, because you know that those qualities are temporary, and they are not intrinsically you.

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5. See all of these people the ones you admire, the ones you don’t, and your own self all breathing in universal energy

Awareness shift: Notice how you aren’t a label, and no one else is a label, either.

Healthy action: Breathe in that new possibility — freedom from labels — and experience how freeing this is.

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6. See the mischievous words he Is this; she Is that; they Are such and such; I Am such and so; etc. —

Awareness shift: See these false labels for what they are — words that claim that something is so.

Awareness shift: Recognize that everything is so vast and multifaceted that it couldn’t be any particular label.

Healthy action: Breathe in the universal energy, and see these labels as the silly game that they really are.

Healthy action: Feel the universal presence within you without giving it words — just be with it as a wordless knowing.

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It would be nice if freedom from labels could be achieved with no effort. However, freedom of thought requires some attention, because you are surrounded by the phenomena — people are always labeling. People are quite willing to say that he Is that, or she Is that. And, out of habit, you may still find yourself indulging in this limiting tendency. So don’t blame yourself, and don’t blame people.

Just let yourself notice these fascinating patterns. You’ll be amazed at how you can gently free yourself from the magic words of deception when you quietly notice them every day.

It’s somewhat like noticing the sugar added to so many processed foods. Read the ingredients, notice them, but don’t judge the situation. You can quietly make your own healthy choices without drama and judgment.

Letting go of limiting language needs to be done with the same gentle skill. If you get too emotional about it, then you’re likely to become trapped. You know you’re getting trapped in the syndrome when you’re upset because of all the labels. When you’re too upset by the labels, then you’re stuck in a trap — you’re labeling the labels. Learn to be amused by the silliness of it all.

And if you get paranoid about it, then you become unbalanced. Remember that the words themselves are not bad. They are not cursed or toxic in themselves. You can even use the words Is, Are, and Am in safe ways. But be mindful that they are commonly used in ways that generate limited perceptions that ensnare you.

How will you respond when you hear Is statements? If not with fear, then how can you respond in healthy ways?

Healthy responses to limiting statements

Notice how the following limiting statements generate polarities. When you create polarized situations, you might generate the opposite of what you really want. Notice how the unlimited statements include a broader range of possibilities. Observe, too, how the word Is shifts from troublesome to helpful, depending how it is used:

1. Limiting, polarizing: God is love.

Notice how this sets up the opposite — What about flash floods where everyone drowns?

1. Unlimited expression: God is all things, including love.

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2. Limiting, polarizing: I am OK.

Notice how this sets up the question — What about those flaws and imperfections?

2. Unlimited expression: I bless my many aspects.

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3. Limiting, polarizing: This is a sacred space.

Notice how this sets up the fear — What if something in the space is holding bad energy?

3. Unlimited expression: Sacred presence flows in this space.

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4. Limiting, polarizing: I am a good person.

Notice how this sets up the opposite — What if something in me is not good?

4. Unlimited expression: I let the goodness within me flow.

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But really, are you a good person?

If you let yourself be fooled by that question, it is because the word Are makes it seem that you are exclusively good, and that creates immediate opposition. Actually, you’re beyond good. Your essential cosmic nature transcends all these pesky labels. You’re made of divine, unlimited energy, and any label that you Are this or Are that tends to limit you.

What to do? Breathe in some universal energy, and discover the deeper consciousness that you can feel in this present moment. Let yourself recognize your infinite nature — the universal quality that is too vast to ever be labeled. Maybe you can’t put it in words — but you don’t have to. Just sense it, and discover the deeper truth that has no name.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic-Living for spiritual empowerment, tele-classes and self-paced mp3’s

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Enlightenment Doesn’t Exist — But You Can Definitely Become More Enlightened

Spiritual awareness is an ever-continuing process. It is not a final attainment. That means that the people who claim that there is a final state of enlightenment are confused by a common misunderstanding about what enlightenment is. They have been taught that a person somehow becomes enlightened, as if there is a pre-enlightened state, and then a post-enlightened state.

Stories that take place in a conveniently ancient time claim that after a seeker had some special experiences, the person became totally and permanently enlightened. It is very convenient that it takes place in an ancient time, isn’t it? And you won’t be surprised to hear that this person, after their enlightenment experience, magically understood everything in the universe there was to know.

If you like to believe such stories, without asking deeper questions about the situation, then enjoy them as mystical tales, but don’t take them literally.

What really happened in those ancient stories? The person described in such stories had a consciousness changing experience. Well, that’s wonderful — for them. But there are many details left out of these stories. Most of all, such accounts seem to always assume that when someone has had a consciousness changing experience, and that experience is named as enlightenment, that this means that the person became entirely and perfectly aware of all things.

Why do these spiritual stories claim that this complete, one hundred percent enlightenment is exactly what took place? The stories have to claim that, because if the stories were realistic, then they wouldn’t become larger-than-life mythic accounts. If the stories were realistic, they would be recognized for what they really are — accounts of people who had their own personal transformational experience.

You are in a continual process of spiritual evolution

Actually, you are in a continual state of awareness expansion. You are learning in each moment of every day — your soul is maturing. You could say that the older souls who have a deeper universal perspective have a more enlightened perspective than younger souls. They are relatively more aware. And that suggests that enlightenment describes a gradual process, rather than a permanent condition.

Many well-intentioned teachers have repeated what they have been told about enlightenment. For many years, people assumed that enlightenment was a permanent condition — once you’re there, you’re automatically enlightened forever. Over the centuries, many teachers have tended to label certain people as enlightened, and most others as unenlightened.

The idea that certain people are permanently enlightened makes many spiritual students feel secure, because it makes the universe seem tidy and easy to understand — just like a school, where you take advanced degrees, and finally you graduate to enlightenment. And then, when you have that advanced degree, everyone knows that you are an officially acknowledged expert. Or, are you?

Having a college degree may, or may not, mean that you are truly skilled. Not having a degree doesn’t mean that you are any more or less skilled, either. You have to assess each person individually, and that means that your world is not quite as tidy and compartmentalized as you would like it to be.

If having a degree doesn’t prove anything, this is even truer when you consider spiritual attainment. The inability to categorize people may worry many spiritual students, and it makes them feel insecure. If there is no such thing as being officially enlightened, then how do you properly categorize people as truly spiritual?

What if you had no definite way to know if someone was enlightened or not? But maybe that is the wrong question. Here is an inspiring possibility — maybe you can stop asking whether someone is enlightened, and start asking more useful questions. But to form those questions, you need to realize that this is a universe of vibrations, and everyone is expressing their own unique combination of vibrations.

Everyone is participating in the spectrum of consciousness

There is a spectrum of consciousness, from unaware, to very aware. It is a vast spectrum, with infinite degrees of subtle variations within it. You are within that spectrum of consciousness. And everyone is participating in this one broad spectrum of consciousness as well.

You could even call it the Continuum Of Enlightenment. It is like a big community that everyone is a member of. Everyone is in that spectrum, expressing varying degrees of awareness.

However, there is no specific point on that spectrum that is definitely enlightened. Rather, there are infinite degrees of enlightenment, from low to high. But, the high range stretches to infinity, and it has no limit. That means that your task is to become incrementally more aware than you were yesterday.

If enlightenment is the gradual expansion of awareness, and if awareness is unlimited, then your explorations in consciousness have no final completion place. There is no official ending place where you graduate. You will be capable of being more aware tomorrow than you are today. Awareness is always capable of becoming more aware — it is always seeking to become more conscious.

Even the person who seems enlightened to you is only relatively more enlightened than someone else. That so-called enlightened person is on the same spectrum of consciousness that you are on, exploring how to become more aware. From that person’s point of view, they are not yet enlightened — they realize that they will always have new vistas of consciousness to explore.

Illusions about being permanently free of problems

But what about those people who are confident that they have attained a permanently enlightened status? Beware — they are making a self-deluded mistake. They assume that there is such a thing as a permanent condition of enlightenment. Consciousness expansion is not so easy, however, because as you evolve, your sub-conscious patterns gradually surface.

When your patterns surface, you are surprised to find that the issues that you thought you had addressed years ago are still surfacing. They emerge from even deeper levels in your subconscious, but perhaps in a more subtle way than before. To acknowledge that this is happening requires that you humbly recognize that you aren’t quite as supremely aware as you had assumed. This is why people who have become ego-identified with their so-called enlightened status encounter serious problems.

It is difficult to name yourself as enlightened when you are still experiencing issues — so the would-be enlightened person must deny all problems. When people delude themselves that they are free of issues, they are not able to assess their actual problems clearly. This leads to self-deception, and self-deception leads to the negative, even destructive behavior that you sometimes see in spiritual teachers who have an inflated opinion of their spiritual power, their ability, their wisdom, or their spiritual status.

So everyone is on the Continuum Of Consciousness — or you could call it the Scale Of Enlightenment. Does this mean that everyone is the same? Not at all — everyone is different, because they are all expressing their unique vibration. That means that people have varying degrees of enlightenment — and their spiritual awareness is expressed in many unique and diverse ways.

For example, one person is able to access higher consciousness through their emotions, and another person is able to access higher consciousness through their mind. One person expresses higher consciousness through one of their chakras, and another person through a different chakra. There are infinite sub-categories for accessing higher consciousness, and everyone is doing this in their own distinctive way. So it is an over-simplification to assume that enlightenment is one thing.

Learn to notice these higher qualities within others, and within yourself. Notice that people have spiritual accomplishments, but notice, as well, that people are not perfect. They are still working on many of their aspects. Becoming aware of this can free you from regarding others as perfect, and it frees you to see everyone as they really are — beings who are expressing their range of qualities, and seeking to express their deeper potential

Your uniquely multi-faceted learning process

When you find that you are experiencing higher consciousness in one way or another, that doesn’t mean that you are entirely enlightened. It only means that you have some deeper awareness today that you didn’t have yesterday — just as the people in the ancient spiritual stories had their consciousness expanding experiences. Don’t get a special attitude, because you are always discovering, and you have much more to learn. And assume that everyone else is always learning as well.

You exist on many levels, and you’ll have many opportunities to cultivate your awareness in the varied aspects of your being. And you’ll certainly meet your subconscious patterns as they surface, as well. So don’t get overly identified with your attainments as you develop deeper awareness.

If you find yourself with spiritual skills, integrate them as best as you can, and continue moving forward with ease and grace. But, don’t judge yourself if your evolution sometimes feels more clumsy and troublesome than easy and graceful.

When your friends and family tell you that these limitations do not apply to their favorite teacher, saint, or holy being, politely agree with them. Arguing about this matter is pointless, because the people who need to label their spiritual figureheads as perfect don’t want to hear your explanations about the infinite path of continuous enlightenment. They need the security of knowing that the spiritual luminaries of their spiritual path are perfect and enlightened, so let them have their belief if it makes them feel more secure.

How to sense the frequency scale of consciousness

You can learn to sense this range of vibrations that exist for humanity, and for you, by drawing a Frequency Scale. It’s easy to make one and to use it:

1. Draw a vertical line on a piece of paper.

2. You label one end of the scale as lower frequencies, and the opposite end as higher frequencies.

3. Slowly move your finger along the scale, and you’ll be surprised to discover that you can sense the varying degrees of awareness that different people have.

4. Notice the different readings you get for different people.

5. Notice the readings you get for yourself:

   5a. Check your emotional awareness level.

   5b. Check your mental awareness level.

   5c. Check your soul awareness level.

6. Notice that this process helps you learn to sense the subtle differences between different states of consciousness, so you can treat this as exercise as a meditation into the levels of consciousness.

7. With practice, you realize that you don’t need the scale, because you have learned to sense the subtle states of consciousness as multi-sensory phenomena that you can feel, see, and hear.

Your world is an ever-evolving multidimensional reality

Of course, sensing frequencies on a little scale is a rather simple way to tune into the world. Your actual experience of a person is a profound, multidimensional exploration — and that experience transcends tuning into frequencies on a scale. But this little exercise is a good place to start if you want to understand that the universe around you is made of infinite vibrations.

As you practice this sensing, you realize that you really can become aware of the subtle differences between people. And you can discover that within any given person, there is a broad range of frequencies, reflecting their multifaceted awareness.

That means that each person is not just a vibration — each person is a universe of frequencies — a rare unity of varying rates of vibration. So to label any person as specifically enlightened is inaccurate. But why is this realization so unsettling to some spiritual students?

They want to know that their teacher or saintly being is genuine — they want that teacher to be labeled as definitely enlightened. But if teachers are on their own evolutionary path, becoming ever more aware each day, then that means that teachers are imperfect, and continually growing. Recognizing this could be empowering for you — more so than your supposing that someone else has attained a special enlightened status.

When you understand that you, and everyone else, are all on the same spectrum of consciousness, then you become free of the need to put teachers on a high separate pedestal. If everyone is within the same spectrum, then there is no elevated divine tower outside of the spectrum. There are only relatively higher and relatively lower vibrations, all on the same scale. And this understanding frees you from the problems that affect you when you place teachers in a special category of ultimate perfection.

The problems with assuming that certain people are spiritually perfect:

1. If you assume that certain people are permanently enlightened, then you are probably naming yourself as unenlightened. Even if you don’t consciously intend to do that, your sub-conscious may make limiting assumptions about your supposedly low spiritual condition.

2. If you put some people on a higher pedestal, then you are probably seeing yourself as less capable, or even incapable. Some students even believe that it is improper, or unspiritual, to assume that everyone is equally capable of enlightening experiences.

3. If you are assuming that there are people who are free of all problems, then you are probably using the fact that you have problems as a way to categorize yourself in a negative, limiting way. Acknowledging that everyone is evolving and learning lets you perceive people, and yourself, in a more mature, empowered way.

4. If you designate someone as definitely enlightened, then you might not realize that his or her type of higher awareness is a uniquely personal style, and you may judge yourself for having a different style of awareness. Recognize that everyone expresses higher awareness in their own distinctly personal way. This frees you from overly simple judgments about yourself, and about others.

5. If you categorize someone as enlightened, then you will have to deny any evidence that they are imperfect, and that denial leads to many problems — for you, and for that person. Don’t participate in such illusions. Let yourself see people as individuals with a certain level of spiritual awareness, rather than as special higher beings.

How to learn from others without judging yourself

What do you do when you encounter someone who is definitely holding a higher consciousness? You recognize it as a certain level of attainment — and nothing more. It doesn’t mean that you have to regard that person as perfect. It doesn’t mean that you have to regard that person as above scrutiny. Just honor their attainments for what they are.

Learn from those who have attained something. The most important learning for you is the simple recognition that if they attained a state of awareness, then you can attain that state as well.

Do you suppose that those who have attained higher states want your devotion? If they need devotion, their awareness is actually rather limited — so don’t get stuck in that disempowering game.

When you recognize that everyone is on the Spectrum Of Consciousness, then you are empowered to truly learn from people. This is because you can tune into the higher consciousness that another person has attained, and you can activate, at least to some extent, that higher consciousness within yourself.

Learning in this way happens through resonance. You let the desired quality vibrate within you, through the intention of your imagination. You aren’t taking anything from anyone else. You are simply letting the positive energy resonate within you, to activate your own natural potential. That is the key that lets you grow spiritually, rather than stagnating in a passive state of devotion to another being.

The positive states of consciousness that another person has accessed represent what you can access within yourself. You recognize that any person with any attainment is a mirror for your own self, showing you what is possible. This is why it limits you when you label others as enlightened or perfect. They aren’t permanently enlightened. They just accessed a level of higher awareness, and they represent that you can do the same.

When you’re putting someone on a higher pedestal, you give your subconscious the message that you can’t attain what that person has attained. Unfortunately, many people have a curious sense of security when they define their teachers as permanently enlightened. Here’s why — If your teachers are permanently living in higher awareness, then you can look up to them as a substitute for becoming aware yourself. But why would that make certain students feel secure?

Are you giving your spiritual power away?

Many students have given their spiritual power away, and seem happy to do so. They feel devotion to teachers, and elevate the teachers on a pedestal. How convenient — when you name your teachers as enlightened, then you don’t have to work as hard on raising your own consciousness. You have replaced the dedication that would otherwise go into cultivating your own awareness with a substitute action. The problem with this is that your devotion, focused upon a presumed enlightened being, seems to give you a feeling of spiritual satisfaction.

Maybe devotion to a teacher or a group was acceptable in the past. Now, it can be seen for what it is. Your devotion is more appropriately dedicated to the deeper divine truth. To attain deeper cosmic awareness requires that you responsibly tune in to everything in your world. Uncritically devoting yourself to an admired teacher diminishes your spiritual power, and falsely elevates that teacher’s ego — a bad combination that diminishes everyone involved.

True devotion is when you are deeply dedicated to your daily spiritual awareness practices. Devotion is no longer sentimental admiration heaped upon a beloved teacher. When you realize that the old type of devotion takes your attention off your spiritual work, then you can realign your devotion in a healthy way. You can see teachers as showing you possibilities about your own capabilities, rather than as beings to passively admire.

The habit of giving status and power to teachers — especially those that the group mind collectively elevates as higher beings — is a pattern to observe carefully. When you find yourself giving power away, or you notice that you are passively admiring someone, shift that awareness. Recognize that you can cultivate higher states within yourself, and that you are responsible for accessing these states. Here is a meditation that will help you get your power back, while still learning from teachers whom you have admired.

Meditation to cultivate healthy devotion to higher consciousness:

1. Tune into a teacher or saintly being — either living, or from history.

2. Sense the unique brightness or presence of that teacher.

3. Notice any special qualities in that presence.

4. Now bring your attention to your own inner essence, and tune into your energy.

5. Sense that your soul essence is shining brightly within you.

6. Let yourself activate, within yourself, a similar spiritual presence or quality to that which you sensed within the teacher.

7. Let that activated inner presence flow and re-circulate through your body, mind, and soul.

8. Breathe in that newly activated spiritual presence, so that it integrates with your being on every level.

9. Acknowledge that the newly activated presence is yours — it belongs to you, because it is formed from energy that emerged from deep within you.

You can learn to be free of labeling yourself as enlightened or unenlightened. To do this, begin to notice the subtle energy shifts in your awareness, from moment to moment. A simple way to do this is to recognize that from any state of awareness that you are in, you can always make a subtle shift to a higher or deeper vibration. You don’t have to make a radical shift, and in fact a gentle shift is easier to integrate. Here is a meditation to help you explore raising your consciousness, anytime you choose.

Meditation to raise your consciousness:

1. Tune into your energy.

2. Imaging that you could turn a consciousness dial that gradually raises, or deepens your consciousness.

3. Slowly turn the dial, and gently feel higher, divine essence vibrations emerging within you.

4. Notice how this feels — with each breath, let yourself relax into the experience.

5. Gently breathe the emerging higher vibrations into your body, and feel the energies uniting your body, mind, and soul.

6. Let your body relax, so that you can experience the higher vibrations as natural and easy.

7. Repeat as needed. Each repetition may feel different — because your consciousness is ever-shifting, and ever-evolving.

Now you have had the experience of sensing how you can shift your consciousness intentionally. This practice helps you sense your own awareness as being in a continual state of evolution. That is very freeing. It releases you from the stagnant perception that you are either unenlightened, or enlightened. It brings you to the deeper recognition that there are infinite degrees of awareness, and that they are always shifting.

If enlightenment is a process, and not a permanent condition, then you can explore enlightenment in each moment. You don’t need to be on a mountaintop, or in a mystic temple. There’s nothing wrong with those environments — but why limit yourself, as if higher awareness was only available in a few locations?

Your daily exploration of vibrations lets you find higher consciousness in many places, and within many people — and especially, within your own infinite cosmic essence.

Maybe you meet someone who has their own variety of higher consciousness — in their own unique style. Perhaps you meet someone who has a way of carrying a loving vibration, and another person you meet has a bubbly sense of humor that lightens the room. You might meet someone who carries a peaceful energy, and another person who has a dynamic spiritual radiance. Tune into the essence of these energies — don’t be mystified by them, or in awe of them.

Discover spiritual mastery where you find it

You can call certain teachers masters or experts if you like, but recognize that their positive presence and spiritual attainment represents what may well be possible for you. Don’t copy their style, because your way may be different. But when you recognize excellence in any form, start to notice it as a vibration. And if you are drawn to activate that quality within yourself, do so. This practice helps you cultivate enlightenment as a daily process.

What enlightens you? That’s the question to ask yourself. It’s not one thing, one process, or one person — it’s a vast range of possibilities that exist in your world now. Let yourself discover answers to this empowering question every day.

Your evolving enlightenment is part of your life, rather than a fixed thing, or a limited concept. It’s how you approach each moment, rather than a frozen symbol or a rigid belief. And if you feel that your progress was slower today than you would have preferred, you still learned something valuable that will help you in ways that you aren’t yet aware of.

Tomorrow is a fresh opportunity — but not to be enlightened, since there is no such thing. But an opportunity to have enlightening experiences — these you can have in abundance, with each breath you take.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic-Living for spiritual empowerment — tele-classes and self-paced mp3’s

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When Is Positive Thinking Actually Negative?

And what are the steps you can take to practice healthy, balanced, positive thinking?

If you’re a positive thinker, what does that mean, exactly? Does being positive suggest that you will only entertain positive thoughts? How could you possibly do that? Some people try, unsuccessfully, to do so. The reason for their difficulty in maintaining a so-called positive outlook is obvious.

Each day, an endless number of problems occur, and those problems demand solutions. But to find solutions, you have to consider the problems, and that seems to bring up a conflict in people whose goal is to be entirely positive. After all, you can’t be aware of the need for a solution unless you’re also aware of the problem. So unless you are avoiding all problems of any kind, you’ll realistically have to think about problems quite often.

If it’s common sense that to find a solution you have to look at the problem, then where did the idea come from that you should only notice the positive? It may come from a uniquely American idealistic tendency. It’s  worth exploring how this attitude — that anything is possible if you’re positive enough — became both an asset and a liability that affects would-be positive thinkers everywhere.

This can-do spirit, when utilized appropriately, is associated with the confidence that lets you move forward, in spite of all apparent limitations. This can be a wonderful asset, at least when it gives you the strength to move forward amidst apparently challenging circumstances. Such positive attitudes have helped creative thinkers attempt bold projects that had never been attempted before, and have yielded great inventions, new styles of art, new businesses, and innovations of all kinds.

It’s a shame that this bright side of positive thinking has become so tempting to so many people that they fail to see the limitations that often surface when you’re exclusively seeing only the good aspects of everything.

It’s sobering to consider the shadow side of the can-do spirit. Consider the case of a company like Enron that refused to consider problems that their whistle-blowers were warning about. This can-do spirit, when combined with self-delusion, put the company in serious trouble, because they were so full of their own positive hot air that they considered themselves as beyond the need to listen to the warnings. Instead, they tried to escape into their own positive cloud of arrogant illusory assumptions about reality.

How a cheerful pop song illustrates the positive thinking dilemma

The willingness to deny problems is strongly expressed in the popular Johnny Mercer lyrics of the Harold Arlen song, Accentuate The Positive. It was written after Johnny Mercer attended a sermon by Father Divine, who focused on the idea of eliminating the negative in your thinking, and focusing on the positive instead. In the context of a sermon, such ideas can be helpful and inspiring.

You go to a sermon to be lifted up, inspired, and given hope to face the upcoming week. And to those who were mired in the dark cloud of their own negativity, that message was probably perfect for helping to blow those heavy clouds away. Sermons have a useful purpose, and they also have their limitations when their emotionally charged enthusiasm is substituted for clear thinking.

Suppose that you do become entirely positive? Once you become inspired enough to get out of your own dark cloud, what happens when you shift to only letting yourself think happy and hopeful thoughts? There is a serious limitation with trying to cover over problems with exclusively positive thoughts. The happy talk makes you feel better for a moment, but it won’t fix your problems — they’re still there. Unless you start looking at the situation and examining possible solutions, nothing will change.

When you look at the lyrics of the Accentuate The Positive song, the urge towards Denial is made plain, because you are urged to eliminate the negative. Now that seems, at first, to be a suggestion to avoid hopelessness. And ideally, maybe that is what the song is supposed to mean. If the song were suggesting that you can learn to be positive enough to consider creative solutions to your problems, this would be helpful.

Unfortunately, you can take the lyrics another way — as a suggestion to avoid mentioning or thinking about problems. Many people take the meaning in just this way. Notice that immediately after the suggestion that you accentuate the positive, you are advised to eliminate the negative. Well, how will you interpret that suggestion? Ideally, you would eliminate the tendency to give up — you would rise above hopeless attitudes. Properly understood, you would question your excessive negative assumptions, and start looking for reasonable solutions to your situation.

However, many people take this line of the song, about eliminating the negative, as a suggestion to not bother thinking about issues, or dealing with problems at all. Such people tend to say that they are trying to stay positive. That often means that they don’t want to look at problems at all — also known as avoidance and denial. Such unwillingness to actively find solutions through honest assessment, while putting a gloss of positive spin on everything, actually leads to a downward spiral of disempowerment.

How well-intended metaphysical teachings contribute to denial, despair, and disempowerment

Metaphysical teachings seem to have contributed to this tendency towards denial, through simplistic teachings about the power of resonance. You may have heard that everything in the universe functions through resonance, where everything is compared to tuning forks that resonate with each other. Notice how this innocent belief, attempting to take a principle of physics, and use it as a metaphysical teaching, leads many people into the state of denial.

First, you are told that everything is resonating like a tuning fork. Then you are told that your positive thoughts are resonating with all the positive forces in the universe. And then you are admonished that your negative thoughts will resonate with all the negative forces in the universe.

How will you interpret that understanding? It all starts to sound serious and foreboding, and it brings up an irrational fear about discussing problems at all — after all, they’re negative, aren’t they? When you fear something, you try to avoid it. You may come to believe that looking at problems, or discussing concerns, is somehow amplifying a negative reality that will only make things worse.

Too often, the metaphysical teachings leave you with a modern version of the old-time fear of the devil. Except that now the modern fear is that if you look at a problem, or talk about concerns and issues in the world, that is somehow Negative and Bad, and must therefore be avoided entirely.

If only metaphysical teachings would share the fine points of how to utilize resonance in a balanced empowered way, that would be fine. They generally don’t. Instead they provide the ingredients for fear and denial, where everyone has to agree that everything is fine, and that everything is magically getting better.

This used to be called sweeping things under the rug, and with extremist positive thinking, that lump in the rug gets bigger and bigger.

There are entire groups of metaphysical students who think it reasonable to only respond in conversation with positive agreement. They imagine themselves as contributing to a positive universe, and see every agreement and supportive statement as co-creating an ever-better world. If only it were so simple — you could affirm your way to continual success in life, in a positive upward spiral of continually perfect improvement — with never a mention about any problems.

Regrettably, this tendency to cover it over with happy talk leads to the opposite of happiness, because you feel gradually dissociated from reality, and disconnected from useful solutions.

Maybe this reminds you of the old saying, that if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. Sounds suspiciously like disempowering denial, doesn’t it? Does anything improve through this avoidance, or does a stuck situation just stay stuck?

The ever-positive style of possibility thinking has spilled into the business world, in which the upbeat, continually positive person is considered as helpful to the business, and the employee who scrutinizes the problems, or acts as a whistle-blower, is considered as a troublemaker to be shunned. Certainly there is a place for the upbeat personality, but positive spin and the can-do spirit can never replace clear thinking. And let’s look at that phrase — clear thinking — for a moment.

Why neutrality and clarity have been wrongly judged as less effective than positive thinking

Clarity is neutral, which is neither positive nor negative. And without clarity, you are either dazzled by the cloud of positive hopeful glitter in your mind, or brought down by the heavy clouds of despair. So this fear of hopelessness is somehow connected to the self-dazzled condition of puffed-up positive thinking.

Could it be that those who dogmatically insist that everyone should be positive at all times are actually harboring despair?

No wonder they have to be so positive all the time — they fear that they will sink into a negative state. And they will, too, because they haven’t found the middle way — the state of clarity — the path that transcends positive and negative thinking. Neutrality and clarity are neither positive nor negative, and so this frees you to see your problems in a calm, clear-headed way.

Where in modern thinking is the missing neutrality — the needed clarity? Strangely enough, it shows up in the Johnny Mercer lyrics. After being told to accentuate the positive, and after being advised to eliminate the negative, you are warned not to mess with Mr. In-between. Ah ha — it seems that Mr. In-between is the code word for that neutral state of mind that is neither positive nor negative.

But is it true what the song says — that you must eliminate the in-between state? No wonder people think that they have to avoid that dreaded in-between state — the realm of Mr. In-between — so that they can enter the glorious land of the glittering positive state of mind.

But you weren’t told about the wonderful, helpful aspects of in-between thinking, were you?

Whether in a spiritual sermon, or in a new age class, or in a business seminar, you were given the clear choice to be either positive or negative. That isn’t fair to you, because most states of consciousness aren’t positive or negative — and they aren’t supposed to be. Why is that?

Beyond positive and negative

When you look at a problem, you need to consider many possibilities for what the cause, or causes of the situation may be. You need neutral clarity for that.

When you consider possible solutions for the situation, you need to be able to verify those various solutions. You need to be able to consider the solutions with the clarity of mind that lets you recognize whether the solutions are appropriate and doable. Again, you require neutral clarity — Mr. In-between.

What happens when you forget your neutral clarity?

Notice how when you replace your neutral clarity with simplistic positive thinking, your ability to scrutinize solutions becomes limited — because all the solutions look great. Every idea is genius — Not.

Likewise, when you get stuck in negative, hopeless thinking, your ability to find solutions is definitely limited — because there is no room in the mind to consider solutions at all.

But why shouldn’t positive thinking automatically give you the solutions — after all, aren’t positive energies supposed to inevitably lead in a positive direction?

The reason that positive thinking becomes negative is simple to understand, when you examine it for a moment. Positive thinking assumes that something is good, merely because you shower it with confidence and belief. And in real life, not all choices produce useful results — and some can be dangerous. Positive thinking assumes that everything will work. In real life, that just isn’t so. Positive thinking assumes that any choice, entered into in a positive frame of mind, is bound to be useful. This is not necessarily true.

Does this mean that if you let go of having to be positive all the time that you’re giving up on positive thinking? Not at all — you’re giving up on extremism. You’re giving up on denying your common sense. You’re giving up on denying your intelligence. You’re letting go of the positive thinking extremism that prohibits your right to calmly discover the solutions that are available to you — when you are willing to access them.

So what is the proper place for the can-do spirit — the anything-is-possible attitude — the nothing-will-stop-us feeling? These are all designed to uplift your emotions. When you need an emotional lift, use these positive attitudes and feelings to lift yourself out of the swamps of hopelessness. But never assume that positive thinking is going to give you wisdom, common sense, or clear answers — it’s not designed to do that.

Properly used, positive thinking sweeps the cobwebs clear, and reminds you that solutions are possible — but then, you will need neutral clarity to move forward effectively.

You need to be able to utilize positive thinking wisely, and you need to be able to use it for its intended purpose — to keep you from getting stuck. But if you let yourself get locked into happy-talk land, where no problems exist, and where all solutions are equally good, then your condition is only slightly better than when you were stuck in negative thinking.

Guided meditation to help you access effective solutions with wisdom, clarity, and grace:

1. Look at a situation that concerns you.

2. Imagine that you are containing that situation in its own bubble of energy. This gives you a bit of healthy distance, and lets you remain stable and centered.

3. Here’s where you get to be positive — tell yourself that there are solutions for this situation. Don’t start thinking about what they might be just yet — simply know that solutions can be found. That’s real positive thinking.

4. Now put your positive thinking hat aside for a moment, and put on your clear-thinking neutrality hat. Imagine that you can look at the situation with a clear-thinking set of x-ray spectacles, so that you can clearly look within the situation — and you’re still wearing your clear thinking neutrality hat.

5. Look at the obvious solutions. Don’t agree with them. Just write them down. Obvious solutions are the solutions that anyone would come up with. Just consider them, but don’t align with them yet.

6. Now consider the creative solutions. Just write them down in a list, even if them seem improbable, difficult, strange, or not typical solutions. Don’t agree with them, and just get them written down.

7. Now you’re going to look over each possible solution — the obvious ones, and the creative ones. Wear your clear-thinking neutrality hat.

8. When you look at each solution, put that solution in a bubble of light. This keeps it in its own little universe, and keeps you from getting too attached to it. In this way, consider the obvious solutions, and the creative solutions. Write any insights you have about these.

9. Look over your notes. You’re still wearing your clear thinking hat. If any of the solutions really seem inappropriate, cross them out of your list.

10. Look at the possible solutions. While still staying fairly neutral, have a bit of a creative brainstorm with the ideas. Get a sense about which solutions are doable. Sense if you’d like to combine any of the solutions.

11. In the coming days, explore — in a sensible, grounded way — the ideas that seem most useful.

12. If you find yourself getting into the dark cloud state, put on your positive thinking hat, and remind yourself that solutions are definitely available — when you access them.

13. And most of the time, you’ll be wearing your clear thinking, neutrality hat. That’s because you need to have a clear awareness of what’s happening, so that you can move forward intelligently.

Clarity and neutrality — the exciting new stars of higher awareness

If this idea of being clear-headed and neutral sounds boring, think again. Clarity is like turning up the magnifying lens on a magic microscope or telescope — you can see the beauty of the heavens, or the deeper reality of anything you choose to examine, with exquisite clarity. Neutrality lets you be totally present. It’s what the ancient sages were talking about when they told you to come out of your waking dream. They were always telling you to wake up, and now you have a sense of what that means.

Maybe it occurs to you that you can be positive and clear-headed at the same time. You can. The reason for suggesting that you put your positive hat aside for a time was so that you could get familiar with neutrality, and learn about what it can teach you. Positive expectations are all well and good, but when they interfere with your ability to have a clear sense of things, then you’re indulging in something that is no longer positive — ungrounded fantasy or denial.

Now you realize that you don’t have to puff yourself up with continually positive happy talk. But, are there people who really are too negative? Of course — they are the people who insist that there are no possible solutions, and that you have to just take life as it comes to you, since everything is futile. That’s passive, hopeless, and negative. Don’t get stuck there, either.

You aren’t one of those negative people. More likely, you’re reading this because you’d like to be more positive, but you had suspicions about whether positive thinking was the simple solution it’s sometimes claimed to be. And now you realize that you can be positive in a healthy balanced way, because you have the means of being intelligently and sensibly positive.

There is a curious sameness about the world of the positive thinkers and the negative thinkers. The earthly waking dream of the negative thinkers, surrounded by their negative hopeless clouds, is not so different from the relentlessly positive thinkers who are puffed up with continual happy talk. Both types of people are stuck in a limited, waking dream that keeps them from the rich depth and clarity that life offers in each moment.

When you explore any situation without sugar-coating it with hyped-up positives, you have the means to confront the situation and discover creative solutions that really can make your life better.

Your life is endlessly fascinating — not because you’re pumped up with happy bubbles — but because being present puts you in the front-row seat of the greatest event — your own life. When you’re present in each moment of your life, and you experience it with clarity, you realize that there is something more meaningful than dazzled happiness, and more fulfilling than a hazy hope for a miraculous fantasy future.

Welcome to this moment. Life awaits you, but it’s here now — not in a cloud of hope just down the road. Breathe into it now, let yourself look at any situation that deserves closer examination, and discover that the solutions are clearly there — when you neutrally let yourself explore them.

Many Blessings,

Joel Bruce Wallach

Founder, Cosmic Living for spiritual empowerment — tele-classes and self-paced mp3’s

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