On the Practice of Radical Acceptance
Discover Your Self and Fulfill Your True Desires
Understanding Soul Power
The Positive Negative
Finding Our Inner Dignity
The Importance of Self Realization
The Discipline of No Discipline
On Energy as the Bridge between Spirit and Matter
Why the realities of the Sufi Path begin and end with Muhammad
On the Practice of Radical Acceptance
Practice Radical Acceptance
Don't fix em.
Don't fight with Ego.
If you're fighting with someone else's "ego",
you're fighting with your own.
Have you not yet accepted
that Ego is not going anywhere?
Enjoy it and it will dissolve.
Fight it and it only gets stronger.
After all, that's what it's there for - to fight.
Give your clients enough space
and they will reveal their truth
to you and to themselves.
They are paying for skilled and realized listening.
Listening without the skill of self-realization
will be distracted, distracting and off the point.
Believe me when I say,
It's not about what you do,
It's about what you know.
To know Oneself
is to Know Everything.
But we Must Understand
The Samyama Process!
means that your job is
not to battle with illusion,
but simply to recognize
the reality when they reach it,
and know it even when they don't,
because you know yours.
Show them their choice
to stay in it or not,
and where they go
when they leave it,
Is that really where they want to be.
When they discover
that their Reality is better
than their illusion,
because they feel better in truth
than in falsehood,
they will learn to make the effort to stay there,
and discover that it helps
to help others to discover it too.
It's simply a matter of leading them
out of their illusions of happiness,
through their depression
to their genuine reality -
Deep Soulful Sobriety.
That is the Beginning of Learning.
For it is the distraction of our desires,
both conscious and unconscious,
that prevents us from focusing
upon learning the means
by which we can obtain anything.
This is How You Will Obtain Your True Heart's Desire.
CLASS - THE REALIZATION PROCESS
- Putting It All Together -
The Power, Purpose, Principles, Process and Practice of Comprehension
A Series of Counselor Training and Planning Sessions
On The Realization Process - Comprehending Comprehension
Discover Your Self and Fulfill Your True Desires
Comprehension is Acquisition. If you can comprehend it, you can have it. Projection into the future comes from a relaxed mind, not from desperation. A relaxed mind dwells in and knows only God. And from that All Good Things Ensue. To free your Noble Self from the grips of desperation and fear requires only the comprehension of this process.
I, for example, see and know that you are in reality quite free and making the choices of your choosing. You, on the other hand might choose to argue with me on that point. I would then observe that what you are really desperate for, in need of and crying out for, in spite of the fact that you are receiving it, is what we call Reality Therapy, and tell you that in the course of that therapy you will gain the above mentioned Comprehension by which you would identify the nature of your slavery and the sources of your desperation as other than your TrueSelf, which would thereby set you free to do what you really want to do in life, instead of wasting your time putting out self-created fires.
Understanding Soul Power!
Finding Your True Love & Success through the Power of the Silent NO!
Are we listening to our Souls,
or are we listening to our Fears and Desires?
The Thinking after Surrender is Entirely Different
from the Thinking Before.
This page will attempt to explain in words what becomes very obvious in consulting, that there is a power beyond our conscious comprehension, often considered negative, yet gently guiding us to our Selves, our True Lovers, and sometimes even forcing us to pay attention to it.
It is this force that often thwarts our desires, just when we think we've got what we want - the force that lets us learn but not exploit, always there, always loving, greatly underappreciated, and often not wanted.
This is the Force of Reality and Truth, always arguing against our fears and desires. This is the force I call The Silent No!
It would not really be called "No", if we were not so driven by Yes! For what is it that we need to say "Yes" to, since when we relax we realize that all is simply there? And what is it that we are saying 'yes' to when in the process of overcoming our 'no', except to our fears and desires.
Fear and Desire are the cause of anxiety. Anxiety interrupts and prevents relaxation and true perception.
The Silent No is that which opposes our drives and desires, and challenges the assumptions of our fears. We spend our lives trying to overcome it and in the end never quite succeed.
Read the Tao Teaching, "What we resist persists." Why then has all of a sudden the teaching of Surrender become so popular?
THE POSITIVE NEGATIVE
In Honor of the Primal No!
Skepticism, doubt and negativity are the inherent basis upon which anything positive is built, because we are told in the teachings of our faith not to accept what does not pass by our reason, so things that pass by our reason are going to increase our reason. Our Reason is the Crowning gift of God. It teaches us to distinguish what is true from what is false. And our Reason is going to choose what it accepts and what it rejects based upon its increasing stage of development. So basically it's saying no to everything except that which fits into it's already established knowledge base. It accepts only what it accepts, only what passes the test, so to speak, of our negativity. So our negativity is the basic positive attraction from which we draw our conclusions of everything else. This is upheld by several evident truths and can be gone into to great depth. Just ask!
More on the Positive Negative and the Power of Radical Reversal
Ego is automatically negative since it's built upon the rejection of the soul. It thinks itself to be the positive one, however, as it is always seeking and adding more positives, but what it seeks is just reinforcements. Ego is also logical and rational; it just makes sense of everything as that is its job, its raison d'etre, so to speak. It is entirely left-brained as it is rational, perceptive and sense making of the outside world.
Soul is entirely positive as it is there and cannot be moved or changed, simply added to and thought about, or not. Completely neglected for the most part, yet nonetheless loving caring and persistent. She is the source of all intuition, loving support and nurture.
Do you not see how we turn things around, how things are not as we think they are? Do you not see why the mystics focus on the loss of the "Divine Feminine"?
Soul is Atman. It's Your Portion, neither increased nor decreased. If you're content with it, you're Krishna! (The Khalif)
Liberation is Freedom. It's freedom from controlling or being controlled. Our feelings - are they controlling us or do we control them? Do we control them because they control us? So that everything becomes a control issue? That's not Liberation.
Recognition and acceptance, practiced properly, leads to freedom from control - from control, controlling or being controlled.
Loss of Inner Dignity Causes Grief and Rage
(Read "Finding our Inner Dignity" appended)
We study a sect or a branch of knowledge for the purpose of integrating it, not for the purpose of proving it's superiority over others. Integrating it into universally acceptable truth.
I may feel bad, but I feel, and that's good. Feeling is Good.
We must be the masters of nagging doubt and emotional hooks.
The death of the fighting spirit
You won't give it up your habits until your physical body no longer finds comfort in them. But the search is for comfort and the belief is that you cannot find it or do not deserve it except under the excuse of a habit. And there's a suspicion that you're still using them as a ploy for love, and certainly for understanding. But you have to respond to that ploy yourself. Give yourself the compassion the love and understanding that you need in order to understand why you are doing it to get what you want from it without doing it any longer. You're doing it for a reason, and if that reason is that you want something, i.e. love and understanding, then you have to give yourself that love and understanding by finding it in yourself. If you feel love coming from you then that feeling is for you.
Finding Our Inner Dignity
A SUFI METHOD FOR DISCOVERY AND MAINTENANCE
OF SPIRITUAL HEALTH IN THE WAY OF THE PEACEFUL HEART
A PEACEFUL HEART IS THE BASIS FOR SELF-REALIZATION,
AND SELF-REALIZATION IS THE BASIS OF PHYSICAL HEALING
Bringing Peace to the Heart - Healing the heart is the process of finding our Inner Dignity. Souls are quite dignified, and Soul heals! For Soul is the manifestation of The Divine. Allah created all souls in His Image. This means - that he created our ultimate perfection from His Essence to be a perfect embodiment of all of His Divine qualities.
"All your images of winter I see against your sky.
I understand the wounds that have not healed in you.
They exist because God and Love have yet to become real enough
to allow you to forgive the dream."
Why can't we find our Peaceful Heart? For the most part, life in this world of illusion is a sham. Confidence built upon confidence, where there is none in reality. Everyone in his mask, his forward 'persona', knowing and believing that everyone else is there too, and no one in his truth. It's the way of the "world". Illusion supporting illusion, game supporting game, all in the name of mutual benefit, when all we need is a crust of bread. A constant negotiation for things we think we need. "If I help him get that, he'll help me get this."
Consistently, habitually and chronically off-balance, we can't even find, let alone stay in touch with, our own inner dignity. We are so out of touch with our deeper truth (we are eternal beings) and reality that there is no longer any mention of it at all in our personal lives or childhood educational systems, and we have totally abandoned the search for it. And we do not perceive that our physical lives are in jeopardy only due to this negligent oversight. Natural living has become not just a joke but an impossibility. Diseases that were seen only rarely in the very aged are now commonly accepted as inevitable possibilities in our infants. We are a marketer's dream. Our lives are now committed entirely to the pursuit of outward values.
Our hearts will never find peace until we change our intention from living in show and hypocrisy to living in reality and truth. We ask ourselves how can we know what's real, and how can we find it? With question after question, we continue the attempt to convince ourselves that we do not know. We force ourselves to remain in victim mode (or in the 'empowered victim' mode) in the false belief that it is the only way to get what we want, but within our hearts, there is still an inkling of doubting truth.
What can we do? Understand the Nature of Surrender. If we are truly sincere and recognize the difficulty we are in, then we will seek at all costs to find and know our spiritual truth and reality, and it's not far away. All true spiritual teachers can show you that even temporary divestment, a specified time for a guided inner seclusion, a trained withdrawal of the senses from outside glitter and personal concerns, and a moment of singularity of focus will be a sufficient beginning and lead to an increased awareness of possibilities. That's your Spiritual World. They will invite you to sit quietly in the same light that they are in, and to allow it to shed over you until you can feel it. Then you will be helped and know how to discern the healing light for yourself. Thus begins a new life in a New World - a life of spiritual wonder and freedom from the burden of overwhelming responsibility.
An increasing awareness of the Divine Nature of Creation and its Author is the process of life and the basis of all healing. It can be catalyzed or accelerated by associating with those who are living in it. All real religions, paths and spiritual teachers are about providing an opportunity for truth, soul recognition and self-realization, spiritual health, peaceful loving hearts and heavenly co-existence in our world.
True Self-realization is the key to the whole-hearted joy of life. It necessitates understanding and accepting our fears. That's why we all need help.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-REALIZATION
Surrender is the means to Self-Realization. Self-Realization is a Functional Awareness of Soul, i.e. Soul-Recognition. Soul-recognition is the source of health and healing. Soul is each individual's manifest portion of unlimited divine love. It is maintained by the constant, unfathomable, unending outpouring of divine love that maintains creation and everything in it in perfect, beautiful, seamless harmony.
Self, the physical body, is the means by which we perceive Soul, and thereby receive divine love, hence the importance of cleaning it and keeping it pure, for God alone. This purification implies the investigation and removal of the inner causes to not receive divine love that have been planted there by environmental inheritance.
Surrender means letting go of the fight, laying down the weapons of war, allowing God's will to unfold as it may, and relinquishment of preference or attachment to outcome. Enough surrender and your true self will finally emerge. Your true self, or soul, is the means by which your body receives love. Your false self (ego) is the means by which it receives the punishment that it is due in your mind. If you use your body for the accomplishment of artificial goals for the sake of artificial responsibilities, then in effect you are saying that is what this body is for, it is not worth anything else, and that's certainly a form of self-punishment.
People will lay their bodies on the line for their ideals, no matter how perverse those ideals may be. The last thing on their minds is the concept of laying down the struggle. They call it "giving up" and will "never" do it.
But peace is a requisite for health. A peaceful heart is the absolute requisite for a peaceful body. Without peace there can be no perception of love and it is the perception of love that heals the body, heart and mind. And where does this love come from? What is the means by which we can attain to it and perceive it and receive it? It is not outside of us, so we have to stop looking. It's only when we stop seeking that we can feel. As long as we are seeking we're still in our minds and projecting a time or a place when or where we will discover something. But that "something" is not "located" in any place or time. It is not "out there" somewhere to be "found". "The goal is not found by seeking, but only the seekers find it".
Soul does not need healing. That would be like saying God needs healing. God does not need healing. God is the healer. It is from God that the energy of love, support and maintenance of the soul comes. So the Soul, created in God's image and supported completely in its capacity as the highest and most perfect manifestation of God's Self-Recognition, Love and Perfection, does not need healing. It has and is everything we need. But the self needs to discover the soul completely in order to rise to its fullest potential. And it does this by means of dissolving itself in the remembrance of God.
"Healing the Body through Healing the Heart" is the fastest and most effective means of healing physical and emotional difficulty I know. It is the essence of all true healing, and I would like to show you how it works.
To that end, I offer evening classes and personal consultations in spiritual healing through reflection of soul-power and recognition of truth. These classes or consultations will help you to discover your sense of purpose and deeper personal worth, establish peace in your relationships, strengthen your connection with love and beauty, and confirm your surrender to truth.
This is the very essence of success and personal healing. It will be of immediate usefulness to you in your personal life, your business or your healing practice.
How many people would you like to help? Do you know anyone who does not feel the desire to discover, establish, strengthen or confirm his or her sense of physical strength, spiritual power, personal truth and inner connection? So please talk to me if you are interested in discussing classes, groups, business or personal sessions. For a personal appointment or to schedule a phone session, call 503.548-3769. I'd love to help you get to know yourself better.
THE DISCIPLINE OF NO DISCIPLINE
Yoga Teachings of a Dharma Bum
"In it what's in it."
Dharma is Truth. It exists. Irreverently disrespectful of our opinions, yet comprising more reverence and respect than we could possibly imagine.
Truth is for each of us to perceive. It can be a formally accepted scripted and transmitted doctrine, but is certainly not limited to that. We can study all of the scripts, but eventually it boils down to what we know and how we each practice it. And how we describe it to others, for each of us is always being asked to teach or at least live well, what we know.
There is the Tao, which requires no knowledge. Not just that no knowledge is required, but that in order to live it perfectly, it requires that no knowledge be implemented. For in the moment, the use of knowledge posits one's intelligence, and the Tao cannot be posited.
Want you to be aware, that awareness does not increase, nor does our capacity for it, except inversely proportional to our letting go. And what do we let go of, and who are we to let go of anything?
Studying the combination of Zen Taoism, Buddhist teachings of Sanskrit Yoga Vipassana Sufi Christianity makes me want to write it all down once and for all beginning with personal definitions of Sanskrit Tibetan Pali words that are by now immortal in the minds of Hindu Tibetan Buddhist saints and scholars of the aforesaid scriptures.
It starts with Avidya, loosely translated as ignorance but ignorance of what the scholars say, of self. "A" in Sanskrit implies absence of and Vidya means according to some knowledge of self. The masters says that Sanskrit is the language of self. It is the voice of the soul explaining itself to itself and to mortal learning ignorant men and women scholars and would be saints and mystics all. And that knowledge of self is the ultimate destiny of all.
Avidya Absence of knowledge of self is the root cause of suffering the base existence of which is undeniable since we have all experienced and witnessed it. This Suffering is called Dukkha, interesting to note the phonetic similar in Arabic is Dukhan which means smoke, i.e. the product if fire, along with ashes. And Holy languages and scriptures are revealed to alleviate ignorance, and such is the drama of life.
So the first of the four noble truths as determined by was it Siddharta is the existence of suffering. Immediately followed by the statement that there is an end to suffering which can be brought about by determining the cause of suffering - which there is one - which statement is the third noble truth and by the following of the eightfold noble path which is the statement of the fourth noble truth. The eightfold noble path consists of three divisions of teaching, the following of moral discipline, the attainment of right focus and concentration, and the development of wisdom or insight.
The first third comprises three of the eight and it is called Sila or moral discipline comprising right speech, right action and right livelihood. It is interesting to notice that the precepts of these three moral disciplines are based on negation of their damage. It means for example non-violence, no thievery, no bad word like slander etc. It occurs that good and morality and decency are more difficult to describe and may indeed be endless but they are more easily understood by alluding to the elimination of their opposites since everyone knows what it is to be bad and may indeed be even more familiar. So that it is implied that what is meant by moral and decent behavior is simply the eradication of harmful traits harmful to self and others. The similarity to the Ashtanga or the eight limbs of yoga is striking in that there again the eradication of 'negative' or harmful characteristics is how the morality is described.
The Yoga path is described similarly with almost the same characteristics but the language is different although the similarity in meaning can be easily distinguished. For example the second of the three trainings in Vipassana Buddhism is the third in yoga but they are both characterized as concentration and both use the common word Samadhi as the third and final goal of the discipline the discipline of focus, concentration and absorption. More on that later.
There is a similarity to this process not only in the Sufi teachings of lillah, billah and fillah and `ilmul yaqin, `ainul Yaqin and Haqqul Yaqin, which are similitudes of the highest order and usage of the terms and are only mentioned here for the interest of the students of that science and will not be explored in depth since it is a momentous task and far beyond the intention of this paper, but also in the most common and ordinary of tasks. Thinks of it like this. We discover a word that we know nothing of or an object or a word in a foreign language that we'd like to know how to use more effectively. So we place it in front of us, so to speak, and practice using it, saying it, contemplating it and we simply do not give up until we 'got it'. By that I mean thoroughly comprehend its meaning significance and usage to the degree that we are no longer interested in it any longer by virtue of the feeling of its complete mastery, comprehension and inclusion of its principle so that we are then free to move on and discover something else to which we might apply the same diligence. This process of gaining comprehension including its conclusion is called Samyama.
It would be nice to mention the definitions of some key yoga terminologies also. Where the threefold process of Samyama comprises Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi (sometimes thought of as contact/focus, connection/contemplation and the bliss of satisfaction/comprehension) in the Sanskrit Yoga passages, they are called in Buddhist Vipassana language Samma Vayana - right effort, Samma Sati - right awareness, and Samma Samadhi - right concentration. Although I will definitely modify this book writing to conform more to my own perception.
The eight limbs of Yoga are
1) Asana (posture requiring a Taoist balance of Yin and Yang, called sthirasukha, the balance between softness/comfort (sukha) and alertness/tension, and requiring vinyasa krama, special (unique to you) steps, starting where you are in truth),
2) Pranayama (self-control, unlimited energy, much more on this later),
3) Yamas, or social constraints, rights to society and practice of moral virtues (similar to Shari`at is Sufi lore),
4) Niyamas, or personal development, rights to self, similar to tariqat in sufi lore. Each has five components.
5) Pratyahara, withdrawal of senses, cessation of lust for sensory pleasure, redirection of focus and separation from outward to inward. And now
6, 7 and 8 are what can be done as a result, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. Focus Contemplation and Comprehension, together called Samyama.
The eight limbs are similarly broken down into three groups. They are Tapas (disciplines, i.e. asanas and pranayama) Svadhyaya (self-investigation or introspection), and Ishvarapranidhana, or devotion to God. Summed up as Health, Inquiry and Quality of action.
Samadhi has the beginning quality of absorption beginning with 'got it' or comprehension, but if the focus is right and the effort is right, there is a continuing effect of understanding that leads to bliss by virtue of continued abidance in original nature.
Kaivalya is the natural freedom of the fully liberated organism.
On Energy as the Bridge between Spirit and Matter
Lahut (ahadiyyat) the unique realm of pure intangible omnipresence. Known only to itself. He who must exist when and where nothing else is possible.
Jabbarut, The realm of first manifestation - the realm of pure and unmanifest will and power.. the Primal Power The beginning of motion, the source of energy, which is spirit set into motion by will.
Malakut, the "Divine Imagination" (of God), the realm of ideas and form, through which energy must pass to become matter.
Mulk - the realm of dominion, the world of matter/substance in form
The sifat ud-dhat - essential attributes - are
1. Being, His Existence is compulsory. His Uniqueness (ahadiyyat) is defined as "that which is when nothing else is." Creation neither adds to nor lessens His Being. He is now as he was.
2. Life, omnipresence
3. Will, Power, Omnipotence
4. Knowledge, conscious awareness, omniscience
"I was a hidden treasure and I loved that I be known, so I created the creation in order to be known."
In the beginning of creation there was the logos - that point for the sake of which all of creation was brought into existence. This is the Divine Idea (of Man as the Image of God), the Reason, the Point, of manifesting His Self-Knowledge, Self-Adoration and Self Worship, of Becoming a God.
Divine Consciousness knew Itself completely. Eternally Self-Aware is one of His Essential Qualities, and a definition of Omniscient. It is explained that Allah took a handful of light from His Face and said "Be Muhammad". There is a Sufi chant in Arabic "Awwaluna Muhammad, Akhiruna Muhammed, fa kulluna Muhammad, La ilaha illa 'llah." "The first of us Muhammad, the last of us Muhammad, So all us Muhammad, there is no god, only The One."
Quoting Donna Eden in her new book "Energy Medicine" p20 - "The deeper you enter into the life of your personal soul, the more fully you identify with your roots in the life of a Universal, Unifying Intelligent Spirit. And the better your body will fare. When all your energies are brought into harmony, your body flourishes. And when your body flourishes, your soul has a soil in which it can blossom in the world."
Why the realities of the Sufi Path begin and end with Muhammad
Even though the realities of God in His Primal form exist in every self, if we do not know the secrets revealed to us through Muhammad, then our knowledge of God is incomplete. Why would we choose to overlook another valuable source of knowledge from God?
It is not the realities of God which we quest, for in reality we already have them. The problem is all in the mind and always with the mind. If we cannot correct the mind then we cannot remedy our imagined problems. If we cannot posit an objective truth towards which we approach through approximation, then there is in reality no recourse except to abide forever in our struggle with our minds. But through the search for and judicious use of truth, the existence of which we must posit first, we can then correct our minds from incorrect and detrimental beliefs to useful ones. It's a matter of self-perfection, and it begins in the mind.
The first steps of self discovery are all about leaving the driving forces of the mind to discover the peace in the heart. This is the healing, the Surrender which is the beginning of the path, the Islam. But the next step is that of coming to grips with what we believe and why we believe it and whether that belief truly serves us or not.