You already are the change you seek.
As illustrated above, greeting and holding all parts of one's self and appreciating the the "realities" or "conditions" under which each operates is what an empathic loving presence can offer. Change automatically begins where judgement (of both self and others) and resistance-to-what-is ends. With regular "radical acceptance" practice deep transformation is possible and merges into a flow of being and becoming that exists outside of any familiar sense of personal identity. For more in depth understanding of why and how this works view my two free Ebooks, I Simply Am ...not who I think I am and ï»¿Discovering Life Before Deathï»¿.
You are built both to have an identity and to let it go, giving up the separation that it engenders. Be the change you seek.
LOVE: Not what the mind is accustomed to.
Love is the expression of life energy that makes all possible. Love is inherently welcoming, accepting, inclusive, holding and appreciating of all, no exceptions. Love is infinite and absolute. It has no opposites, for it includes all. Love is beyond the mind's comprehension, because human thought (a creation of love, of course) is designed to sense differences, make distinctions, form judgements, and manipulate stories, all as a means of enhancing the survival of the species. Because of the enormous power and success of the mind, we humans define who we are and how we operate on our individual thoughts and related emotions. The seed of our success has turned into the root of our suffering. To find out more about how this works and a way to rediscover the power of unconditional love, transcending fear and insecurity, view the "Sense-Books" in the right column.
Life energy in disguise.
How often do you find yourself displeased with feelings or emotional states that arise in response to life situations? Imagine what it would be like if you were to greet every emotional response (yours and others') with acceptance & curiosity. Every emotion is an expression of life energy, which is inherently good. When we reject, manage, or ignore feelings we are practicing a form of self oppression, limiting the flow of life energy within us. By acknowledging and sensing into them as they are and, in turn, into other parts that want to change them, we begin a process of self-liberation, loosening tangles, shifting perspective, and moving forward freshly in relationship to being and becoming.
Establishing a regular practice of compassionate self inquiry eventually changes neural pathways and how the brain operates, experienced as transcending old patterns of feeling and thinking. In addition to ï»¿my Ebooks, viewable on this site, a well written, recently published book that explains how to establish a mindful approach to all that arises in the body is ï»¿ï»¿Your Body Knows the Answer: Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativityï»¿
by David I. Rome
Albert Einstein offers some guidance
You may already know by following this journal that I have been advocating a regular practice of self inquiry based on the power of compassionate self acceptance, the "goal" being self-liberation. When we liberate ourselves from past conditioning, dualistic thought, and survival preoccupations, affirming that we are safe, significant and connected, another perspective of life becomes possible, one that may seem quite foreign, disorienting, or disconcerting. Why the hell would anyone choose to give up a path that is so familiar in order to plunge into an unknown way of being in the world?
Presently, we are discovering that our prevailing human mindset has propelled us "headlong" toward the brink of ecological destruction and never ending violent conflict. And it seems to offer no path out. It is precisely a new mode of operating that is needed, but it is not possible without liberating ourselves from what is familiar. Albert Einstein left us with some guidance on this subject:
"The significant problems of our time cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them." "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create."
"Whatever there is of God in the universe, it must work itself out and express itself through us."
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