If it is true that every thought sets the fulfillment of its desire in motion, and I believe it is, then it behooves us to make sure our thoughts are setting good motions in place. Ernest Holmes tells us that “trained thought is far more powerful than untrained....”
This means we must take steps to train our mind. Those steps are the spiritual practices of self inquiry and meditation. Done together regularly, consistently and persistently, these two practices allow for a trained mind that is supportive and friendly.
I am fond of saying that my mind is not the boss of me, but that doesn’t just happen automatically. I had to do some work to establish a positive relationship between me and my mind. You may be familiar with the saying that the mind is a dangerous neighborhood, we should not go there alone. When I first began the spiritual practices of self inquiry and meditation, it was very scary and uncomfortable. But I was told that my life would get better if I did these practices. I did, and it did.
Today, I not only DO these practices daily, but they are a lifestyle for me. It hasn’t always been like this, but I can assure you that if you make a beginning you will eventually end up with a trained mind that is a friend, not a foe.
If you have an untrained mind that seems to be against you, I can help. Contact me for more information.
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I became very aware a long time ago that life tends to imitate nature. I used to go and sit on the east shore of Lake Tahoe and watch the storms come in, because in that area, the storms almost always came from the west. As I watched the clouds move in, I would think about the clouds of life moving in. Storms sometimes bring with them great destruction. The weight of the snow and the high winds topple trees and power lines and damage buildings. The storms come through in winter and we do the best we can to clean up the messes as we go, clearing driveways and sidewalks of snow. But what happens when there is so much snow that there is no longer any place to put it? What happens in life when there are so many storms that crisis fatigue sets in? What happens when all hope is lost, when faith disappears? We do the same thing that we do when winter sets in. ...continue reading "Find and Focus on the Beauty in the Change"
I have two weddings today, with a break in between during which I will do one of my favorite things: have lunch somewhere by myself and read. And this morning I’ve begun the day’s journey with more reading. I love to read. It simultaneously changes my consciousness and gives me ideas. Reading transforms my thinking from doubt, worry, disappointment, dissatisfaction and general malaise to confidence, faith, hope, contentment and general well being. Reading also is part of my research for much of the stuff I get to do in life that pays the bills: the workshops and retreats, and my writing. I take in the wisdom of others, and let it simmer inside of me, like cooking a great meal in a slow cooker, and then, when it is ready, out pops my own unique flavor of wisdom. I have two workshops coming up, one I have designed and completed. It’s actually one I’ve been doing for years, one that was requested. When a workshop I’ve already done has been requested, I simply tweak the workshop to better represent and match the audience. So one workshop is ready to go. The other one is about fear. I only have three hours for this workshop, and fear, well, fear covers a lot of ground. Do we lean into it? Avoid it? Do we believe the teaching that fear and faith or love cannot co-exist at the same time in the same entity? How do we recognize fear in our lives and what does it have to teach us? And what do we do about it when it comes? This promises to be a doozy of a workshop and I am excited to see how it develops. I’ve got a good beginning. I’m also in the midst of creating a series of talks about abundance, and so much of my reading is on that topic. I love the weddings and portrait sessions. When I did that work full time, it not only provided my means to pay the bills, but it fed something within me and I was full up, complete. Now that I do that work part time, it still contributes to paying the bills, but it only feeds part of me. After all the training and schooling, I’ve changed. After all the inner and outer changes in my life, I’ve transformed and thus, how I show up in the world has transformed, and what I need to feel that contentment I spoke of has changed. What really feeds me is the other work: the workshops, the retreats, the teaching. What I have to say to the world is that life truly begins from the inside of us. If we don’t go within, we go without, and everything I do begins within. My life is wonderful, and being able to facilitate this transformation in other people is what truly feeds me now. So on this beautiful fall day I will go off into the world and do some wonderful work, and spend some time preparing to do some other wonderful work. Life is good.