Sunday, March 29, 2009

Life Itself is a Pointer

Self Realization is an all consuming experience. It is occurring with each breath, and in each moment. We often believe that we need to attend satsang and retreats with a realized teacher, read books, listen to recordings, watch videos and meditate in order to deepen into the truth of one's being. These resources are all very helpful on the journey, yet, on a daily basis, we are being asked to surrender in countless ways. These small surrenders seem insignificant, yet they are profound. Instead of looking into the future for the next satsang with a teacher, simply notice, right now, what is calling you. What are you being asked to acknowledge? Is there resistance appearing? Is there a need to control a situation? Is there unmet pain, such as fear, sadness or anger? Are you holding back love somewhere, even with yourself? Right now, are you willing to let go?

Life is the true teacher, life as you. There is no need to look to the apparent outside for the next moment of deepening. Simply use this moment, whatever is here, as an opportunity to surrender. In this portal of time, allow what is arising here, and then see. Sometimes allowing may mean we change our perspective on the situation and it naturally shifts. Other times we may make a choice to actively change the situation, yet the decision is not based on fear. It comes from a place of peace and knowing. The more we trust this, the more we can live from here with each breath. We know we are being guided by our true nature.

Our daily experiences are pointers, calling us to rest in who we are and to trust That. When we surrender to being held in the arms of Oneself, life transforms into a mysterious play. It engages us in unknown ways, asking us to let go again and again. Eventually, we realize there is no end to the opportunity to surrender and no one here to resist it. In this life, this play, there are simply innumerable doors opening to be even more quiet, more still and to dissolve more into Love, as our Self.

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