Archive for the ‘inspiration’ Category

My father wrote an affectionate congratulatory note to a young man, son of his dear colleague and someone our family has known since his childhood. He just graduated with his PhD. He wrote back a generous and loving note in turn, and said he was “graduating with gratitude.”

What a wonderful expression! And with so many nuances. If we could all graduate with gratitude (in/from) every experience, unconditionally (i.e. no matter what it is like), we’d instantly be intimate with the truth of our being. And no PhD can teach us that… something this young man seems to be awake to!

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Many years ago, I played some squash and had the opportunity to enjoy a few lessons with the world-renowned Khan family of coaches in Seattle. I heard one of them say, “You don’t play squash to get fit, you get fit to play squash.”

Some years later when I was riding a profound low and a beloved guide wondered why I didn’t seek out music for healing, I heard my inner guru say, “You don’t do music to be healed, you must be healed to do/serve music!”  (more…)

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In motivation there is motive; in inspiration there is Spirit.

If one must be motivated to do something, there is both a doer and an agenda/condition for happiness. (Motive and motivation arise from the same root.) There’s an underlying belief that if I do X, Y will happen, and that this will be “good.” There’s a definition of good and a need to control outcomes (to feel good).

If one is inspired, there is no doer and no concept of (a self doing) good. Inspiration means to allow Spirit to flow through and arise as spontaneous action. For this, one is void of all specific motive and is an open and receptive channel for universal wellbeing, which must always necessarily include oneself.

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If something is a need, we’re singing the tune of its lack, instead of its fulfillment. And since the energy of lack must match the energy of lack, the need has no way of being met. (Something may manifest that temporarily appears to fulfill the need and “make us happy,” but soon the underlying sense of unmet need will rear its hungry head again, looking to be fed :-))

If something is a wish, and has spontaneously arisen from the expansion of joyful fulfillment that already exists, then the wish has no other way but to be fulfilled!  (more…)

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When we tune into a particular radio channel, we become extensions of that channel, channeling that content and allowing more and more of it to be created and manifest in the physical world. The channel (frequency) we tune into and align with is our contribution to creating the manifest world. And at any given moment, we can only be tuned into one particular radio frequency!

The thing that most of us find nearly impossible to perceive with our contracted 5-sense notion of reality, is that the channel (frequency) of a “problem” is discretely different than the channel (frequency) of its transformation, its metamorphosis. We remain tuned to the channel of the problem and expect a solution to come from knowledge and analysis of all the facts, the content of what is, the “data of the darkness” 🙂 And via our reactions to it all. All the while we’re only channeling (creating) more of the same into the manifest world, including via the “solutions” we invent and innovate in reaction, which are only new manifestations of the same frequency. Yes, there is “change,” and yet it’s only the same problem changing faces! (more…)

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The easiest way to recognize the ego in action? When energy-depleting and downward-spiraling feelings/emotions are generated by thoughts about oneself, another, a life situation, or the world. Essentially, any resistance to well-being and life flow.

The limitless and abundant Self couldn’t possibly generate a single thing that obstructs or separates one from the natural center of well-being – of joy, peace, inspiration and creativity.  (more…)

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Love – the core of one’s being – has no perspective. For perspective requires distance and separation from that one-pointed heart center, the svar bindu! This One-point is the beginning and the end, with nothing in between. [Tu aadi, tu ant.]

Love – the empty and limitless field of potential – also has no perspective, as there’s neither beginning nor end to the Field. [Na aadi, na ant!] (more…)

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