Transforming Consciousness through Meditation and Prayer
There is now proof that your brain changes when you meditate:
Our monthly Global Meditation-Prayer Focus is a special opportunity to serve those in need and help build a more unified, compassionate, and loving world. Energy transmissions are sent on a daily basis and the more people who join us in this focus, the greater will be the power of our attunement and the energy available for transmission.
2019 MEDITATION/PRAYER FOCI
with DENNIS KWIATKOWSKI
We’ve all experienced those moments when life flows, when it is easy to do what is right, what is good for ourselves and for other people, when applying mystical principles is easy, when the results of our training and study is effective and produces dramatic results, a time when we manifest discipline, commitment and confidence, when we seem to be in a state of grace.
And there are other times, boom! One thing after another seems to go wrong. Nothing seems to work. The news gets depressing. Life is hard, sometimes very hard. What has gone wrong? Often, absolutely nothing.
As we express more of our real nature, who we really are, we become more authentic. We resolve problems that formerly plagued us. We look for the gifts in our challenging experiences where before there was only resistance. We grow. This releases energy. It clears blockages. It enables us to do things we couldn’t do before. More energy is now available. The mental body, the ego, doesn’t like this state of affairs, especially when, through awareness, we see ego from a better perspective. Suddenly the ego realizes it is not in charge of our life or autocratically defining our life. What’s more, the ego feeds on energy. And now more energy is available.
So the ego tries to dissuade us, it creates a drama, throws a tantrum, manifests a problem so that we might start despairing and give up on our efforts and discipline, and give our energy back to the ego and start listening to it and abiding by it exclusively, which will only keep feeding it!
Sometimes, also, when things seem out of kilter, a shift in our life is simply occurring and moving us to something better but we don’t read the situation accurately. Again, the ego may try to trick us into dwelling on the negative. What we dwell on, we attract, and this can lead to a vicious destructive spiral.
Eckhart Tolle states that the cause of unhappiness is never a situation but our thoughts (and subsequent emotions) about it. While action might be needed to change a situation, if there is nothing you can do, better to face what is and say to yourself ‘this is how it is right now. I can either accept it or make myself miserable.’ A situation is neutral. Our thoughts and emotions about it lead to a story about it, such as ‘this is horrible’, ‘this shouldn’t be happening’, ‘I am ruined’, ‘this is a disaster.’
Tolle further recommends separating our thoughts and emotions from the situation without making up a story about it. We are not our thoughts and emotions; we are the awareness behind them. By embracing our experience, just the facts, we can more effectively deal with it. Freedom from unhappiness, he says, is available now by facing what is, rather than making up stories about it. Awareness, he states, is the greatest agent for change.
Oftentimes we resist unpleasant experiences because we don’t like suffering. Tolle relates that suffering drives us deeper, evolves our consciousness and eventually burns up ego, but not until we suffer consciously. In conscious suffering there is already the transmutation, he says. The fire of suffering becomes the light of consciousness.
I am frequently moved and humbled by the nobility of people who have gone through great hardship and pain who are teaching us all (by their courage, attitude and example, and sometimes by just by getting through their experience) how to navigate the difficult waters of life. If resistance creates more suffering, then embracing creates less.
There are also people who are in pain who are not suffering because they look to what they can learn from life and they realize that hidden within our experiences are gifts and opportunities. Sometimes gifts come in the form of others who can help us if we are open to receiving. People want to be magnanimous. But many find it difficult to receive. We often cannot give if we don’t know how to receive. Since we are all one, the flow should be mutual.
Every experience we go through can be turned to advantage. In his book, Illusions, Richard Bach states “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”
Finally, Helen Keller, who was physically non-sighted and non-hearing, overcame adversity to live a stunning life of love and accomplishment. She remained a total optimist. Her words, which follow below, remain an inspirational example of the life she led:
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
“My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good that it may prevail. I try to increase the power God has given me to see the best in everything and everyone, and to make that Best a part of my life.”
For our January Focus, may we envision human beings across the planet having a realization of the gifts of their experiences and truly seeing the best in everything, in everyone, and making that Best a permanent part of our world.