July 27, 2014

The Spirit of Love is the Spirit of God, and it is what I AM
I live and breathe and have my being AS Love
I freely choose to give love
I freely choose to receive love
I freely choose to know myself AS love
There is no other way to happiness but love.
I Am Love.

July 20, 2014

The Life of Spirit is the Life of Love;
The Life of Love is the Life of Support;
The Life of Support is the Life of Freedom.
The Substance of the Spirit is my Daily Supply
I cannot be without my Good.
I am always living in Divine Flow and Divine Support.
I freely give and freely receive all that the Universe offers me.
I am secure, knowing that Infinite Good is within and expresses through me.
I receive my good.

Deepak Chopra – There is Only One Consciousness

An Interview With Deepak Chopra:  There is only One Consciousness by the Omega Institute

Omega: You’ve had such a prolific career as an author, teacher, lecturer, and physician. How do you stay inspired and centered after all these years?

Deepak: I am always writing about things that I’m exploring; I find myself doing it quite effortlessly. I am disciplined. I practice meditation and yoga and do a workout almost every day. The rest of the time, I am writing about what fascinates me. At this moment, it’s further elaboration of understanding consciousness — its fundamental existence in the universe, and how it projects in our life as our body, our mind, our environment, and our universe.
Omega: How long do you think it will be before mainstream science accepts that consciousness isn’t rooted in matter, catching up with both ancient teachings and the latest leading-edge science?

Deepak: It almost amuses me to think that consciousness is rooted in matter. It’s a form of primitive animism to think like that.
How long will it take? It’s happening slowly. I am getting some traction in collaborating with eminent physicists and neuroscientists who share the worldview that consciousness is fundamental and everything else is an epiphenomenon, including mind and matter.
We’re getting some papers accepted in peer-reviewed journals. I had a paper accepted in the Journal of NeuroQuantology and another paper in the Journal of Philosophy.
Omega: You’ve talked about the rise and fall of what you called “militant skepticism.” Can you elaborate on that? How does the skepticism that underpins the scientific method becomes militant?
Deepak: Skepticism is actually healthy. It is not the same thing as cynicism. Cynicism is to already start with mistrust. On the other hand, skepticism is open-minded and says, “I’d like to see the evidence. I’d like to understand more and I don’t want to rely on belief.” That skepticism underlies the scientific method.
However, if you really begin to understand how we perceive anything, then you’ll realize that what we call evidence or empirical data is not really glimpsing at fundamental truth. It is a description of a mode of observation, through a human nervous system, to questions that scientific human minds ask. So, science is not looking at nature as it is, but nature as it reveals itself to a human nervous system and the questioning of a particular modality in a human consciousness by a scientist.
What we’re seeing here is that our perception is the result of a cosmic censorship. Perception is species specific. It’s culture specific. It’s a learned phenomenon. We learn how to perceive. And then we end up thinking that what we perceive is what is really there. Actually, there’s nothing out there.
All experience is created in consciousness, and the only way to explore this is through transcendence, through self-awareness, through self-reflection, through questioning perceptual reality, through making conscious choices.
Very slowly, what unfolds is the realization that there’s only consciousness. You can’t even say consciousness and its contents because the contents of consciousness are actually patterns of behavior of consciousness itself. Therefore, the universe exists in consciousness as a perceptual experience. The body exists in consciousness as a perceptual experience, and the mind exists in consciousness as a mental experience. There’s only consciousness. If you were religious, you would say there is only God.

Omega: One way to explore consciousness is through meditation. If someone asks you how to begin meditating, what do you recommend?

Deepak: Spend a few minutes every day sitting quietly and just reflecting on who you are, what you want from your life, what is meaning and purpose for you, or what you’re grateful for. And then just sit quietly, either observing your breath, or feeling your body, or if you have a mantra practice, use it. But transcendence is the key and transcendence happens if you just give it time.
I think the biggest obstacle that people have is that they’re impatient. They’re very result-oriented, and also, they’re not really diligent in their practice, even though they say they are.
Omega: If a student asks, “How do I know if I’m making progress in my meditation?” what do you tell them?

Deepak: You shouldn’t be attached to progress, but yes, there are signs. On the level of cognition, you realize that your thoughts are not who you are. On the level of emotions, you are less drawn to melodrama, but you do have experiences of joy, love, compassion, empathy and equanimity. On the level of memory, you’re not victimized. Your memory is sharp, but it’s there only when you need it, so your internal dialogue, which is mostly memory and desire, is very quiet. On the level of sensory perception, it’s a much richer present moment, multisensory experience. On the level of identity, your sense of self is no longer confined to your body.
Those are the earlier signs. Then later, there’s more synchronicity, more flow, loss of fear of death, and less identity with the personal self. That takes a while, but it does happen.

Omega: What can parents do to introduce their children to a meditation practice?

Deepak: During the first years, the more you can totally envelope them in love, attention, affection, and appreciation, that’s the most important thing. At the age of five years, you can start playing games of silence or have one minute of silence every day. Then at six years go to two minutes, and at seven years go to three minutes, like that. When they’re 10 or so, I think you can start the formal practice with them.
Deepak Chopra is teaching a workshop The Future of Well-Being, June 27-29, 2014 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.

The Thing Called You

An Excerpt from This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes –
Status Update By Ernest Shurtleff Holmes:

Believing that the Divine Mind is ever present, that Divine Intelligence is ever available, open your consciousness to Its guidance. Keep your mind steadfast and loyal to the thought that you are governed by this Divine Intelligence. Feel that you are impelled to make right decisions, that you are compelled to act upon these decisions intelligently, and know that the Power that is with you cannot desert you. Say:

My knowledge that the great I AM is ever available gives me an increasing capacity to draw upon It and to become inwardly aware of the presence of Spirit.
Through the quiet contemplation of the omni-action of Spirit, I learn to look quietly and calmly upon every false condition, seeing through it to the other side of the invisible Reality which molds conditions and recreates all of my affairs after a more nearly Divine pattern.
With a penetrating spiritual vision I can dissipate the obstruction, remove the obstacle, dissolve the wrong condition.
Standing still, I can watch the sure salvation of the Law.
I now claim health instead of sickness, wealth instead of poverty, happiness instead of misery.
Every thought of fear or limitation is removed from my consciousness.
I know that my word transmutes every energy into constructive action, producing health, harmony, happiness and success.
I know there is something at the center of my being which is absolutely certain of itself.
It has complete assurance and it gives me complete assurance that all is well.
I maintain my position as a Divine Being here and now.
I know that in this consciousness of Reality is the supply for my every need—-physical, mental or spiritual–and I accept that supply in deepest gratitude.
I am thankful that this is the way Life fulfills my needs, through the doorway of my inner self, and I am thankful that I know how to use this perfect Law.
I come to this great Fountain of Supply, in the very center of my being, to absorb that for which I have need, mentally and physically and I am filled with the sense of the Reality of that which I desire.
As I am filled with Reality I permit It to flow into my world of thought and action, knowing that It brings peace, harmony and order all around me.
There arises within me limitless faith in the unconquerable Presence, the perfect Law, and Divine Action.

July 13, 2014

I let go of my demand that anything be different and accept what is for now.
I expand beyond all judgment and allow everything to be as it is.
I let go of worrying about the shifting details of life as I trust God and I trust life.
I live in the present moment and know all is well NOW.
I am at peace.

Are You Secretly Lonely? by Deepak Chopra

If you find loneliness difficult, you are not alone. For many of us, loneliness is a crippling experience, fraught with a toxic dose of shame and self-criticism. We’d rather keep it hidden than admit that we suffer from feelings of isolation, emptiness and anxiety. Yet, when we try to wall off our painful emotions, they don’t go away; they brood and become even more painful. Over time, these buried emotions can manifest in the symptoms of physical illness.
Connecting to the Self Who Isn’t Lonely
Healing loneliness requires more than simply seeking out company. As you’ve probably experienced, you can feel lonely in the middle of a crowd, at a holiday party or with a group of caring friends. The root of loneliness isn’t the absence of other people but an inner absence — you don’t have a centered awareness of your true self.
Your true self is your spirit, which is infinite and eternal. Its qualities include love, compassion, equanimity, joy, creativity, intuition, pure potentiality and bliss. When you’re established in the awareness of your true self, you feel lovable and connected, whether you’re in a packed stadium or spending a quiet afternoon by yourself. At the most basic level, the company you enjoy the most is your own. Loneliness, on the other hand, is the condition of feeling negative about your own company and therefore requiring other people to fill that inner lack.
Feeling an inner lack is almost universal. It’s a result of a restricted state of awareness that is constricted, unable to look beyond rigid boundaries. The more you try to defend these boundaries, the more fearful and insecure you become. Loneliness is only one symptom. When your awareness is constricted, it’s easy to get lost in the drama of the ego-mind (that limited aspect of ourselves which feels separate). In a misguided attempt to feel secure, the ego-mind relies on reinforcement from other people to feel lovable, never realizing that love is our essential nature. This struggle is a crucial cause of loneliness and pain.
Practices for Healing Loneliness
The first step in healing loneliness is to offer yourself compassion and to begin to cultivate an acceptance of all your emotions. Emotions are commonly categorized as “positive” or “negative,” but in reality every emotion is valid. But when you add self-judgment, any emotion can be damaging.
Every time you feel lonely or anxious, rather than heaping judgment and shame on yourself, practice self-compassion. It can help to think of how you would treat a scared child or pet. You wouldn’t snap or speak harshly, tell them to ” buck up” and stop being ridiculous. You’d offer them affection, loving attention and gentle understanding.
See your loneliness as a messenger letting you know that your awareness of your true loving nature has temporarily become clouded by thoughts generated by the ego-mind. As you become more accepting of your emotions, the need to hide how you’re really feeling will drop away and you will find yourself relating to others from your authentic self. This self-love and acceptance is the basis of fulfilling relationships.
Finding Fulfillment in Meditation
Meditation is one of the most powerful practices for expanding your awareness of your true self and your essential spiritual nature. In meditation, you go beyond the ego-mind’s restless, confused state and experience your true self, which is calm, centered, unshakable and fulfilled. In the silent space between thoughts, you experience pure being. It is pure because there isn’t any content. Being just is. Yet this won’t feel empty like the cold void of outer space. You’ll discover that it is very full. It has infinite possibilities.
When you meditate on a regular basis, you cultivate all the qualities of spirit, including love, equanimity and bliss—not just during your meditation sessions but as you go about your daily activities. As your awareness of your inner abundance expands, the search for external fulfillment — with its inevitable loneliness and fear — will gradually drop away.
Here is a simple meditation practice you can try right now:
Meditation on the Heart
a) Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Now, gently place your attention on your heart, in the center of your chest. As you breathe in and out naturally, keep your attention there. Allow any feelings and sensations to arise and pass. If your attention drifts away, gently bring it back to your heart as soon as you notice what has happened.
b) After a few minutes, open your eyes. Rather than immediately jumping into your next activity, take a few moments to notice how you feel after the meditation. For the next half hour or so, observe yourself to see if you remain centered.
c) Almost everyone will find that the effects of this simple meditation linger for a while. Colors seem a bit more vivid, or sounds seem clearer. There’s a sense of calm inside and less tendency to be pulled out into activity. If you meditate twice a day for 10 to 20 minutes, you will start to learn the difference between being centered in your true self and being distracted by the drama of the ego.
As you cultivate self-compassion and awareness, you’ll realize that connection, love and joy are innate qualities of being. They can never be lost, only forgotten. As you remember who you really are, your loneliness will dissipate in the fullness of being and the radiance of infinite spirit.
Deepak Chopra, MD, is the author of What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center.

July 6, 2014

I am so grateful that I am Free to choose a new truth.
I know there is One Infinite Life that is everywhere Present.
This Life is whole, perfect and complete and I am One with It.
Every moment I choose to expand my awareness of my connection with the Divine.
I Am whole, perfect and complete.
All is well and so it is!