After a phase when the darker impulse was gaining on the lighter impulse and those attuned to the destructive current were momentarily with power, the light returns now, causing harmful elements to recede and magnificence to reign in your life once again.
Archives for July 2016
Wanting things is intrinsic to the human state. It’s a potent force and lies at the heart of the thrust for progress but if your relationship to want is unbalanced it can lead to great distress, especially if compounded by a lack of confidence in your ability to manifest what you want. Yet learning how to handle this potential self-destructive force of wanting things is not taught at school, so let’s look at the Taoist approach.
When want for something arises within, train your mind to observe the physical sensation in the belly and chest the wanting produces. Rather than lose yourself in the thoughts associated with the object of your desire, train your awareness on the physical sensation the wanting produces.
Next step is to use your mind to relax that sensation enough to make it disperse.
In its place you’ll feel a subtle burst of energy in your belly and chest.
Next determine the emotional state you believe having the object of your desire will produce for you – satisfaction and fulfilment, say.
Now picture yourself looking and feeling totally satisfied and fulfilled, as if you’ve already manifested whatever it is you want and sit that image of you feeling that way on top of the energy burst in your belly and chest and say thankyou to Big You (the Tao) for it, as if your circumstances have already changed for the better.
Repeat this procedure every time you notice distress building up in relation to the object of your desire and augment the positive effects of that by affirming to yourself that the Tao, the Great Path will always lead you to your highest good, no matter how apparently circuitous the route it causes you to take, implying if you don’t get whatever it is you want, you’ll get something even better.
May what you get so far exceed your expectations you never question the Tao again.
Self-conflict lies at the heart of the human state. No one knows how it got there. But without friction there can be no real growth, so rather than bemoan it, let’s celebrate it, dear Member for nothing generates friction like a bit of self-conflict. However when
Self-conflict lies at the root of human experience. I recall once doing a corporate gig, a motivational session for a few hundred sales people, mostly in their mid-thirties, all looking successful, well-turned out, prosperous and pleased with themselves. Straight after the session, as I was standing in the corridor outside the conference venue, a line of people formed spontaneously, waiting to have a brief chat with me. One by one, they each revealed their story and I was stunned to learn that these successful, pleased-with-themselves looking people had the most awful situations to deal with in their personal lives. Each was in a state of profound self-conflict in one way or another. It’s not that I hadn’t known this was the case – the shiny surface of things always masks a can or worms – I knew this from having treated well over a hundred thousand people during a 17 year span working on the front line as a doctor of Chinese medicine. But seeing them all sitting there looking pleased as punch and then privately revealing their personal nightmares really brought it home to me.
I see it in myself too – at every turn, I notice my mind dealing with various aspects of my psyche in conflict with each other.
Now the Taoist approach to this, and the one I employ to keep my own state of mind regulated, so I know it works, is rather than attempting to resolve the conflict with the mind, to observe how and where self-conflict is causing my body to tense. Then all you do is use your mind to release that tension. You don’t even have to address the various issues involved in the self-conflict. You merely have to let go of the tension it’s producing in your body (usually mostly in the belly and chest). And as soon as you do, the conflict resolves itself. It may take numerous repetitions of the procedure but with only a little practice you’ll find yourself far less self-conflicted and far more trusting of life from step to step.
May this serve you well, and may you find yourself surprised and delighted by the deeper level of inner and outer peace it affords you.
Healing energy is present ubiquitously. It is intrinsically intelligent and responsive to thought. You can summon it at will, either to use for yourself or for others, or both, simply by visualizing it enter you or the other via a choice of access points or gates and watching it circulate from there to all parts and especially any parts particularly affected by illness.
On a flying visit to London for a meeting a few days ago, I used the tube (metro/subway) to get about as I usually do, one because it’s relatively quick, though not cheap, in fact you could take a taxi across most countries from one end to the other for the same price as a day pass on the London tube, and two because it’s a great way to take the pulse of the city, to get a feel for the general state people are in. And what I saw, unsurprisingly, was people looking stressed, fighting with themselves and uncomfortable in their skins. In fact during the course of a single ride, I had close encounters with two different guys at different moments of the journey across town, who were actually twitching and convulsing more or less discreetly, one who sat next to me and the other opposite.
The one who was convulsing may have been a crack addict, I wasn’t sure – he was certainly well out of it and sitting next to him, I noticed fear within, until I remembered that by training and inclination, I’m a healer with a fair amount of front line experience dealing with so called mental health patients, so sent him a wash of healing energy which seemed to calm him momentarily. With the other, a businessman engrossed in the spreadsheets on his laptop, twitching like someone about to explode with the internal pressure of keeping it all together, I felt a dark fascination until I remembered he was suffering and sent him calming energy which did seem to reduce the twitching a tad.
This made me think to remind you that you’re a healer too, if you want to be – we all are potentially - and that whenever confronted by someone scary or acting creepy, rather than fear or judge them, heal them. You only have to intend it and send them a wash of healing light by visualizing it. It’s certainly better than sticking to fearful or judgemental thought, which merely separates you from the rest of humanity and leaves you feeling cold and alone. By sending healing it warms you up and definitely helps the other, if only subtly.
Every healing thought informed with love adds to the beneficence of the universe.
Instructions for sending healing effectively the Taoist way are to be found in today’s Members’ Wisdom Drop.
May your universe be so beneficent today, meanwhile, you hardly know where to put all your blessings.
This is more a reminder article, dear Member, for if you’ve been following these drops awhile, you’ll be fairly familiar with the notion that you can directly determine the sort of day you have and even the sort of life you have, by actively, consciously choosing which mode you wish to experience any given time span in.
I remember the day when I was a kid at school that the truly horrific Mrs Reeves, the first of a string of mildly psychopathic, sadistic teachers, who used to spit big globs of saliva onto my exercise book with every ‘s’ as she leaned over to tell me off about whatever I wasn’t doing exactly as she’d instructed, introduced us to what she called our rough books and though I still find it hard to see the Buddha in Mrs Reeves, I will always be grateful to her for the rough book as concept.
The rough book was where we were to take our notes about the notes we were taking in our non-rough books. The rough book even had a rough cover and poor quality paper and in it I could write as roughly as I wished and even do doodles. This was my personal writing space. It would never be appraised. This was the inner sanctum of my laboratory where I did all my experiments with life. This was where I made the vast amounts of gobbledegook that was being crammed into my young, fast-forming intellect, my very own, or at least notating my interpretation of it. And it established a lifetime’s (so far) relationship with a series of rough books in which as an adult I have faithfully written my never-ending list of things to be done that day, that week, that month, that season, that year, that decade and so on. And these lists along with numerous mind-maps and diagrams of complicated systems of ropes and pulleys have always provided the bedrock upon which stand my agreements with myself to undertake the various tasks required to create an adventure of my life.
While you’re on the planet, your list of things to do is possibly one of the most sacred relationships you have. By writing down what you intend to get done, you’re forming a contract with yourself to do it. Some days the relationship needs work and items need carrying over to the next day and often the day after and so on, other days it flows smooth as silk and all the items get crossed off.
But I’ve learned not to get precious about clearing the list, because I’ve understood, that no matter how conscientious, the chances of dying without any items left to do on my list are slim. I’ve realized it’s just a game but one that works to steer my passage to where it needs to go to keep me sufficiently fulfilled and amused to be appreciating being alive from day to day. And I’ve found that the attitude with which I approach my rough book in the morning totally determines the sort of day I’ll have. If I take a moment to love and cherish each item and regard it as an opportunity to unravel the great mystery of life, specifically in terms of the ability to create something out of a mere idea, then the day flows with utter magic. If on the other hand, I approach my rough book with any degree of disdain, reluctance, or resistance, the day tends to stick in its own throat.
So this is really to exhort you to take a moment now to love and cherish your list of things to do today and give thanks for each item as an opportunity to create magic.
Merry Monday wish: that you create enough magic today to transform your whole life for the better by a quantum jump.