“You are a Human Being. These two words not only describe who you are as a member of a particular species but, if examined more deeply, also point to the twofold nature of your identity. Human is who you are on the level of form; that is to say, your body and mind. Those two aspects of your form identity make up your conditioned self. That self is conditioned by genetics and the environment, as well as other factors as yet unknown to science.
Being, on the other hand, points to the essence of who you are as timeless, formless, and unconditioned consciousness.
Human and Being, form and essence, are ultimately not separate, in the same way that a wave or ripple on the surface of the ocean is not separate from the ocean or from any other wave or ripple, although it may appear to be so.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
I’m feeling very Human right now as I get ready for a vacation in Scotland and with my Mum on a river cruise in the Netherlands. Lots of distractions in getting ready and anticipating the days ahead. There is also the conditioning of genetics, culture, familial roles and the environment that pulls me away from the contentment of Being.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing my favorite posts to inspire us all in our Being and to Find our Middle Ground.
Enjoy Danna Fauld’s words embracing the surging energy and potential that is Spring here in the northern hemisphere.
From Root to Bloom
Sap is flowing once again
from root to trunk, from
trunk to branch, to every
leaf and bud and blossom
on the tree. The frozen days
Now is the season
of flowering, when the full
force of energy moves up and
up to manifest its destiny.
It is everything to me, this
new life springing forth from
ash and compost, this chance
to nurture, weed, and prune,
to patiently receive the
miracle that blooms as if
no force on earth can
turn aside its beauty.
~ Danna Faulds
Time to nurture, weed and prune our outer and inner garden.
What does it really mean for human beings at their current evolutionary stage to “become more conscious” or to “awaken”? If I had to put it in a nutshell, I would define it as “disidentification from thinking.” When you realize that the voice in your head, your incessant compulsive thinking, is not who you are, then you have begun to awaken.
A new dimension of consciousness has arisen, which we could call awareness, presence, or wakefulness. You haven’t fallen below thought; you have risen above it. Now you can use thought instead of being used by it. Your sense of self shifts from identification with your mental positions and narratives to the alive presence within you, which is consciousness itself.
You realize the being behind the human, so to speak. Something that transcends your conditioned personality begins to emerge. You realize your essential identity as unconditioned consciousness itself, and you can verify within yourself the truth of Jesus’s words: “You are the light of the world.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
A hundred daffodils
lift their faces
to the sun,
their own golden light
~ Danna Faulds
I shared this yesterday with a wonderful group of yoga teachers. May we all wake up and notice our own golden light.
This has been an interesting week, time wise. Two of my watches and a wall clock stopped while I have been teaching yoga classes. I’m curious to know what some of you may think this might be about… Time will tell eh?
I also wanted to share my new purchase of a swatch watch. I’m grateful it’s still ticking away!
I chose the design of a flower and bees because it makes me smile. Every time I look to see what time it is, I smile and think of our hardworking bees emerging from their winter pause.
It gives me pause as well. To stop and appreciate, and to bee in the moment. 😉
It’s like a mini mindful moment during my day.
And so much better than picking up the iPhone and getting caught in the web of distraction.
Go ahead and embrace the importance of negative emotion. Your emotions and the way you feel is your guidance system and it is telling you everything you need to know.
If you feel negative emotion, then you are either resisting how things are in the present moment, resisting something that was in the past, or resisting something that you think might be in the future.
Take a moment to reflect on this and see if this is true for you.
As human beings lost in our own stories, we immediately point to the outside world to create excuses as to why we can’t be happy and at peace right now.
We tell ourselves ”If that had turned out differently, then I’d be happy.
If he/she hadn’t done that to me, then I’d be happy.
If this goes the way the I want it to go, then I’ll be happy”
The moment you stop resisting life and pointing fingers at the outside world, the more a deep sense of joy and inner freedom will arise within you.
You’re an eternal being. Your consciousness cannot be destroyed. The greatest joy that you can feel is when your being comes into alignment with the very deepest, eternal, aspect of your consciousness.
What’s the one thing that you can do to allow your soul to come into alignment? Resist nothing. Surrender to everything that arises in the present moment without judgment.
Everything that you are searching for will arise from within you at a deeper and more profound level when you stop resisting what is happening.
This morning I woke up and decided I will have a day where I am curious.
People who are curious tend to:
To be curious we must pause in the moment.
No longer skipping and skimming our lives into the future or letting ourselves be stuck in the mud of the past.
To be curious brings us to our Middle Ground and we flourish here. It awakens creativity, gratitude and our inner Presence. It is the gateway to transforming all parts of our lives and awakening our spirit.
Why not join me in seeing how curious you can be today? We might surprise ourselves and each other!