There are so many amazing techniques, methods, books, steps. They can be so useful, but they can also distract us from ourselves – separates us from ourselves. Like mental candy that lures us away from our own ability to feel and sense what is real and true for us right here and now. All these brilliant, complicated processes can convince us that if we could just try hard enough and apply the latest idea in the right way, we would solve whatever “problem” we are facing in the moment. But it’s always the same problem isn’t it? Something is wrong with our lives, something is wrong with us, something is just WRONG. “Something’s wrong” becomes the general tone and foundation of life itself. So we seek solutions, we read, we are sure that the latest author is right and if we could just do what they did, then all of our “issues” will be resolved. But all these mental stories and fabulous new ideas on how to solve “the problem” all stay within the paradigm that there is, in fact, a problem. All of those methods and latest ideas just keep distracting us from the fact that there might not even BE a problem. They keep us moving, keep us in action, and keep our attention away from our own inner knowing. They can add to our stories that want us to forget the underlying truth – that all is well. All IS well. All the time. No matter what life is presenting, it is love showing up in some form or another.
What about that? What about those ancient bedrocks of mystical, spiritual, religious and inner knowing: All is well. Love is truth. We keep forgetting it. We get confused by the complicated, storytelling, identity-perpetuating mind. But in the end, everything always reduces down to love. Love is the answer. Trust only love. As a mentor of mine in Boulder used to say to me, “Any thought that isn’t loving is a lie.” Not to say that anger or sadness or any other feeling isn’t worthy of our attention. But those too are Love showing up with something FOR us. And each of them deserves to be met with love, and included in love.
All the pretty mental complications aren’t safer. Just more familiar. How funny that we are afraid to surrender to TRUST and LOVE. But in the end, everything always boils down to their truths. We can let it be that simple, pure and powerful.
Here is to all of us sinking down into our hearts and inner knowing. Here is to all of us trusting and loving ourselves and the well-being of Life itself!
Beautiful friends! This post is long, but I really want to share the HUGE ecstatic experience I had last Saturday! As you’ll read in a minute, I know that the biggest part of you already knows about it! (We are all one consciousness!) But I’m going to share it with your personality too! And honestly, selfishly, by sharing it with you, I get to re-live it a little bit!
So, as part of my morning practice, I was feeling into my future life. The biggest component of all my personal visions for the future is that I KNOW myself as love. I always start by imagining myself standing with my hands on some kind of balcony railing or low wall, looking out over a gorgeous view and feeling myself radiating love effortlessly, just because I now know it is me. It is All. I feel myself fountaining love, being love, and having a felt sense of that experience radiating into all things. It washes over me, emanates from me, it is me and I am completely aware of my wholeness. I am aware that All things are in one, whole, and that wellbeing is the true reality. I stand there as Divine wellbeing and Divine Union. And because I truly know it, I naturally make that frequency more accessible and real for all people and things. AND I feel life itself adoring me back. It’s all one.
When I envision this, I usually tap into a fair amount of emotion in that moment of meditation. But on Saturday morning the vision came and TOOK me. I was completely flooded with so much bliss and ecstasy that I started sobbing and laughing at the same time. The Vision was visioning ME. It felt like it was informing me and expanding my consciousness about this reality. The “intelligent ecstasy” started revealing to me little – and big – details that were new to my vision, and each one sent new waves of wild joy and tears through me. Regardless of big or small, every one of them sent bursts of radical bliss through me because they were so perfect and I hadn’t ever envisioned those specifics before. Things that I or other people in the vision said, details about the way things looked, about or the environment I was in. And other very real, “big” knowings were “downloaded” into me about the quality, effect and psycho-spiritual-somatic experience of actually living that kind of love. My body and being experienced how it would be to co-radiate that love with a partner and others in my life…. On and on! It was like angels running around, striking bells of rejoicing in my body! Waking up frequencies and activating them in me.
Whatever I experienced in the vision itself, I was actually feeling “real time” as I sat there in the chair! It just kept coming in waves! The vision, and all that love, all that bliss and felt experience wouldn’t turn loose of me. The vision “kept me” focused on it and all its details for a good 45 minutes. Then the specifics of the images themselves drifted away and I was left in a massive field of pure ecstasy. I just sobbed and laughed and was in an altered state for most of the day. It faded and returned me to “regular” reality by late afternoon, but I was still vaguely unfocused.
This is almost an incidental side note: In that Oneness, I was aware of EVERYTHING. I was effortlessly aware that I stood in the endless field, the infinite existence of All Things. Almost lazily and out of vague curiosity, I tuned in to All–Health. Just being curious and giving it some thought, Health came into focus and emerged out of the field – distinguishable from the rest of the All for a moment, but it really was just one of the faces of inseparable Wholeness. The awareness of health flooded my body, dancing and playing! But nothing was “healed” because I was already whole of course. Again, out of a mild curiosity, I turned my attention to the inherent wealth aspect of All Things. Like health, the infinity of abundance came into focus, showing its obvious eternal presence. I had no need for these things. In the state of ecstatic Oneness I knew with cellular certainty that these things were already fact. Kind of like knowing full well that we are surrounded in air and breathing all the time, and yet deciding to take a deep breath on purpose. Miraculous! And it’s simultaneously no big deal. That’s just how it is. Never ending miraculousness, bliss, love, health, wealth, and, and, and…. is the true norm.
At one point my brain popped in with the urge to call several folks and tell them. But it instantaneously struck me as a completely hilarious, ridiculous idea!! It just sent me into more laughter and sobs of joy. I knew that calling anyone was so completely unnecessary since we are already one!
I can generate feeling with the best of them, but THIS level of being VISITED by bliss has only ever happened once before. I called it my “walk of ecstasy,” which I was gifted with when I went to Maui a couple of years ago. That one came very unexpectedly, without me having sat down to participate in any kind of conscious spiritual practice! And THAT one had me sobbing and laughing for about 5 hours, then turned me loose into “functional” bliss for about 3 days. It faded the day after I got home.
“Functional bliss.” I guess that’s pretty much what I’m aiming for! So that the “altered state” that I experienced last Saturday becomes common. The “norm.” They say there’s no roof to ecstasy and joy. Imagine the new heights of bliss they could come visit if my altered state was every day ecstasy!
I’ve been engaging in some new-to-me spiritual practices that I am sure helped open me so that I could fully receive the gorgeous experience last Saturday. I’ll try to post soon and share some of those in case those sound useful to you too.
In the meantime, SO MUCH LOVE to you all!
As my dear friend Ruth says: This is our Oneness made visible in a really beautiful way!!