The Way…

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That which cannot be seen is called invisible.
That which cannot be heard is called inaudible.
That which cannot be held is called intangible.
These three cannot be defined;
therefore, they are merged as one.

Each of these is subtle for description.
By intuition you can see it,
hear it,
and feel it.
Then the unseen,
unheard,
and untouched
are present as one.

Its rising brings no dawn,
its setting no darkness;
It goes on and on, unnameable,
returning into nothingness.

Approach it and there is no beginning;
Follow it and there is no end.
You cannot know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.

Discovering how things have always been
brings one into harmony with the Way.

–  Tao Te Ching, Verse 14 by Lao Tzu –

This verse by Lao Tzu is taken out from Living the Wisdom of The Tao by Dr Wayne Dyer. It really spoke to me and made me think about trust and trusting in something bigger than us. There is a Higher Intelligence to Life that is always working for us yet we are conditioned from a young age to believe differently – unless we see it we cannot believe it right?

What if that which we are seeking was always there all long waiting for us to open the door of awareness to bring forth that which we always have been?

I am allowing the space of inquiry as I take in the energy of this verse and invite you to do the same if it calls to you.

Have a great week.

Love and light,
Lisa

 

 

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Be My Guest…

The Guest House by Rumi

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This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

I absolutely love this poem by Rumi and like to revisit it from time to time. I came across it about four years ago on a mindfulness course. It was a revelation at the time as it taught me new ways of relating to myself and what’s going on in my body and mind. I was at the very early stages of my spiritual path and was beginning to make connections of how the body and mind were linked. After being taught otherwise for most of my life, this was amazing to realise. Even so, I find that no matter how far along the path you are, it is still good to be reminded of the basics and come back to what you once knew.

We all want to feel good yet no matter how positive you are things can creep up on you. It’s part of being human. I don’t always like some of the things that do creep up but I try to make a conscious effort to invite them in like Rumi says in his poem. I try to lighten it up by envisaging a tea party situation in my head. If joy knocks on the door I go hey come on in and have a cuppa. With each feeling I may have on a particular day I do the same to each one including the eeekky ones, especially the eeekky ones. I have to admit I do get a bit hesitant at first. If it’s a depression or shame or guilt or something on those lines I want them to go away but I figure if I ignore them they will never go away so I say hey, what gift do you have for me today… come on in and join the party. They all get a special party hat and converse with each other. Yes, this really does go on in my head sometimes but I don’t mind sharing if it’s helps somebody reading this. Either that or you can embrace the crazy madness inside my head 🙂 It all turns out well in the end.

Sending many blessings your way.

Love and light,
Lisa

 

 

Wake me up before I… buy buy!!

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Money is the root of all ______.

As you read the above sentence how did you fill in the blank and end the sentence? I bet it was in the same way as I did. It is such a common phrase that is instilled in many of us from a young age that you would think nothing of it, just like a lot of other phrases drummed into us as children. They get stored deep in our subconscious mind without us even realising it and the result may be that we see that belief manifest in our lives as we get older. It then proves that belief or a set of beliefs we think to be true. But was it that truth? How can we really know or prove what is real? It is a great question to live and is part of my inquiry into life. If you read my previous post about my experience of living the questions then yes, it is another question to add to my list 🙂

I started reading a book called ‘How To Make One Hell of a Profit and Still Get to Heaven’ by Dr John DeMartini a few months ago. I am new to this author’s work but that is one heck of a title right?! When I read that title, at first it sounded like one of those books that give a ‘how to guide’ or ‘ten keys to [insert subject]’. I am still in the early stages of the book but there is a good reason for that (besides having many books on the go lol). More than just a set of ideas and a philosophy to follow, I am slowly realising this book is about a change in consciousness, so that each person can lead more fulfilling lives and reach the financial freedom that seems to be only dreamed about.

We live in an abundant Universe that wants to give to us always, yet somehow it doesn’t feel like it at times. I don’t know about you but that’s what it has been like for me, especially lately. Since everything starts from thought, what we think about and what we actually want may be very far apart. Everything has an energy or a certain frequency and our thoughts are included in this. The question is how can we get what we want and what our thoughts are to align?

I believe the key is to work on a deeper level to reach the causal, i.e. the root of the belief and where it came from. It is something embedded in the subconscious mind which we may not even be aware of. I can’t say I have all the answers. Just like you, I am human and always learning. That never stops. The more we learn, the more we can understand ourselves and dissolve some of the blocks that inadvertently impede our lives.

In chapter 3 of the book, The Power of Appreciation, there is an exercise there in which you are asked to make a list of everything you own (including any investments and insurance policies). In doing so, it is about getting a better picture of your assets: to see where you are now and where you want to be. I didn’t think anything of it until I started this exercise. That’s all I can say is WOW. I am absolutely flabbergasted by the results and I am not even half-way through the exercise yet. I was amazed at what I had accumulated despite decluttering many times over and the worth of my possessions.

For a long time, because of my current financial situation, I felt like I didn’t have enough. Although I know intellectually that the Universe is abundant, deep down there is a part of me that doesn’t believe it. From a young age I was taught that life was hard and that money was hard to come by. Despite being financially secure as a family, I grew up with a huge fear surrounding money and that has stayed with me into adulthood.

This seemingly small step in making a list has instilled something new for me, besides attuning to the part of me that loves to be organised (that will need another post just by itself 🙂 – and also just to note the exercise is not about being obsessed with your assets but moving you through the appreciation of what you already have). Somewhere along the line as I was making my lists I felt this amazing feeling through my entire body. I am so deeply grateful for everything I have. There right in front of me and my surroundings was living proof of my financial abundance and an open path to heal the poverty consciousness passed down through the generations. It is an interesting path for sure. The story (and the lists) continue…

Thank you for reading.

Love and light,
Lisa

P.S. I invite you to try out this exercise, even if it is just one room or drawer in your house. Let me know how you get on in the comments box below. I always love to hear from you.