We have so many opportunities to “Practice the Presence” in our lives. Gratefully the world is awakening to these practices more and more each day. When I first heard the term of “Practicing the Presence” it awakened something in me that held the power and consciousness that keeps giving and grows and support the deepening of my daily spiritual practice a little more each day.
When I decided to move to a spiritual community five years ago, I made that decision so that I could be in an environment that is in a continuous practice through out my day. I invite you to join (Ananda Sanga Worldwide Community) in the practice of “Reawakening the consciousness of light and joy” by using the following technique: (whenever possible – try to do this in a quiet place- never in a moving vehicle) Stop, close your eyes, and bring your energy to the spiritual eye, at the point between the eyebrows. You may find it helpful to place your fingertip there to help you focus. Now become aware of light and joy at that point. Do this for at least fifteen seconds. This is a technique that Jyotish and Devi, the Spiritual Leaders from the Ananda World Wide Community sent out in their weekly letters. Join us in lifting up our consciousness five times a day, into the light and joy and make it another way that you can “Practice the Presence” through-out your day.
Having an open heart around our hidden resistance, helps us to gently approach the inner blocks to our greater good. Are you willing to get a handle on yourself and open up to your greatest potential? The benefit shows up in my life when I am willing to look into the mirror of my thoughts, attitudes and feeling and see what I am resisting and open up my heart and surrender to the growth that is most needed. I seek to create a coherent balance between my heart and my mind.
If we are ready and prepared for growth, we wouldn’t need the universe to “push us with pain,” because we would be willing to go where the resistance is. We are being guided by our higher selves that will keep us on the treadmill until we open up the doors within us that we have glued shut.
My greatest gift comes when I am being receptive to Spirit every moment I can. The divine shines the light of awareness and it is up to us to be open, flexible and willing.
In the silence of our own hearts, we can reach an inner peace as we face the places in ourselves that we still need to grow in. Be willing. It is so much easier to be open to the guidance that Spirit is always providing. All of our challenges are a call to our Higher Selves.
What are the polarizing energies that engage our thoughts, attitudes and well being that appears to pull us up to an uplifting mood or drags us in the opposite direction with attitudes that can cause us to come sliding down in an instant. The waves of energies we are experiencing on the planet right now can stir our most human emotions and disturb the best of even mindedness. Some may call this a Shadow Effect of the collective unconscious. Others may call it the “sub” of the subconscious. We all have it to various degrees and the universe is uprooting the delusion and denial of the unhealed parts of ourselves individually and collectively.
The Subconscious holds great wisdom and intelligence within us and has the power to bring up the best that is within us when it is positive, uplifting and harmonious. Hidden within the unconscious realm of the subconscious one will also find incongruous feelings, thoughts and attitudes that we have inherited, planted in previous life times, or in moments of individual and collective confusion, sadness and fear that have programmed mixed messages within us. The current popular name for these shadows of fear, separation and delusion of separateness from one another, our Source and our planet have changed over the centuries, but essentially they are rising to the surface to be healed now more than ever.
We are One. What shows up on one level is operating for all of us on one point or another. Healing the hidden frequencies of fear and separation is the clarion call of our times. No one is exempt from the inner surrendering calling us to an urgent appeal to do something to stretch beyond the patterns that imprison our highest selves.
So if we are to heed the call of a “world that works for everyone” we must pull out the hidden awareness that is screaming for us to pay attention and heal. We need to listen to our higher selves. We need to do something different than we have ever done. We must call forth the Divine that is within us to help us to rise above the enslaving past to a new day of great peace and joy.
It is possible. It is awaiting our willingness to call forth the seeds of greater peace and well being that is within us. Isn’t it time that we loosen the grip that is imprisoning us all. With the help of Spirit we will rise above the past and soar to a new level of harmony. I will be going more deeply into this subject in future posts.