I saw this posted on Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Facebook page, and loved the clever way the words pointed towards the truth! When I experience pain, there is that still small voice at the back of my consciousness reminding me that suffering is created by the ego. My true self is still whole; nothing can be given or taken away from being. When in pain reminding myself that my attachment to the situation is causing the suffering, and that the situation already is how it is regardless of my reaction, a small space opens up around the pain that allows healing to work its way through. To paraphrase Tolle, suffering is ego created but is ultimately ego destructive. To say it another way, no matter what you are going through a world of greater peace and joy is perpetually blooming in the midst of the ashes.
The other week I talked about the difference between feeling and knowing. When it comes to creating your own reality, I think this difference is the key component. For example, I can say in my head all day, “I am rich, I am rich, I know I am rich,” when inside I still feel like that is not true. That feeling of lack on the inside aligns me with a world that demonstrates lack. When I feel I don’t have enough, everything around me reminds me of that truth. I’ll see people with fancy cars that I don’t think I can buy, or see high price tags and feel like I will never be able to afford expensive items.
Although the disparity between what you want to have, and what you feel you have, can prevent you from manifesting your desired reality, there is a real choice when it comes to how you feel. In this video Dr. Wayne Dyer talks to Oprah on Super Soul Sunday about how to manifest your dreams by coming into alignment with them. When you decide to feel abundant, grateful, and peaceful, you are in alignment with all that is created out of abundance. When you feel peace inside, you attract more peace. When you feel infinitely whole and abundant on the inside, you will attract wholeness and abundance into your life. Wishing for a new car, when you feel like you’ll never afford it, will keep that wish unfulfilled. So if you want a new car, or whatever it is you’re believing for, start by simply telling yourself that you are everything you will ever need. Tell yourself you already have everything you could ever want, residing within you. Suspend your disbelief long enough to feel like the world has more than enough for you and everyone in it. Bask in that feeling of abundance and gratitude. The consequence of such a feeling is seeing that reality manifest in your life.
Per the advice of spiritual teacher Wayne Dyer I decided to start reading E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout. I am so excited about this book. I can barely put it down. In the coming weeks I will talk more about creating dreams, and living the highest potential of each moment. I have been blessed already with seeing my inner dreams manifest in my out outer reality in ridiculously amazing ways, but as is the nature of life, it is a moment to moment practice. As I was reading, this particular passage moved me:
When I find my consciousness operating outside “the now,” which is unfortunately a great percentage of the time, I gently remind myself of this analogy: The UPS driver just delivered to my house every single thing I’ve ever wanted, but because I’ve left the building, I don’t even realize it. I’m out hunting for paltry substitutes. Everything is right there, once I bring my consciousness back to the timelessness of “now.” (Grout 12)
Keeping your attention on the now opens up endless possibilities for your good, it is the only place of power, the only moment you’ll ever actually experience. I was reminded of a post I wrote a couple weeks ago but hadn’t yet published. As I re-read it now, I see that the practice of letting go I was experiencing, was the practice of moving back into the present:
I was on a walk today and some anxious thoughts were running through my mind. Some were trying to figure things out, some were about my health and what I should and should not be doing. (For you those thoughts may manifest differently.) As I was walking along it dawned on me that I could make the decision to let go of the anxious thoughts, to not create problems with my mind. This realization dawns on me quite often, which I appreciate, because every moment is a moment to let go of.
I then began thinking that letting go of something, ultimately leads to letting go of everything. Eventually when you discorporate you will be given the opportunity to let go of all things. The peace that comes with such a radical relinquishment can be enjoyed now, while still in this reality. As I walked, new thoughts kept coming into my head and I kept saying, “I can let go of this too.” Then I would place my attention on my immediate surroundings, moving more deeply into the now. Each thing that came up that I let go of gave me a new sensation of peace and appreciation for the experience of the present moment.
Then my mind said, “What about your loved ones? Can you let go of them?” And I tried to figure it out. I had more thoughts trying to reason how I would be able to let go of the people I loved when they passed on. I couldn’t figure it out. So that became what I let go of. I let go of not knowing how to let go. The brilliant thing about the universe is that when you can’t let go of something it helps you along. Someday I may be in a position to let go of those who I love and am extremely attached to in their current form. But that doesn’t exist for me in my current now. And when it does, it will still be the now, the place where all miracles, love, and power reside. I haven’t let go as of yet, haven’t accepted that we all change forms, and that I can accept and let go of.
And with that as I walked along, I was brought back into the timeless, deathless now, the radiant glow of existence revealing its majesty more and more with each “letting go.”