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A Practice for Being Present
A Practice for Being Present
I want to talk with you today about being simple and give you a practice that will help you be more present and enjoy life more.
Simple is not something the ego generally aspires to, since it implies less of something—less stimulation, fewer things, less activity—less of what the ego likes. “Simple” seems like a loss or lack of something, and the ego is programmed to want more, to go for more.
That’s the ego’s point of view, but the ego doesn’t see clearly. It doesn’t see the whole picture, and it doesn’t know the pleasures and joys of less, the joy of being simple. So, that’s what I want to point out today, because joy often resides in less, particularly in less mental stimulation and less activity, not in more thinking and doing, as the ego assumes. That’s what I mean by simple.
Because joy is inherent in life, in every moment, joy exists even in the simplest moments, when not much is going on. I would even argue, and am arguing, that joy is more present, or at least more available, in simple moments than when a lot is going on.
Joy is the experience and expression of your true nature, which is why it is always available. Who you are—your true nature—is always here (how could it not be?). So, joy, love, peace, acceptance, compassion, and wisdom must always be here, or at least available. And that’s true.
These are part and parcel of the gift of life. Life comes wrapped in these gifts. Life is inseparable from the experience of the joy, love, and peace of your true nature. However, these subtle, inner experiences are often covered over, or obscured, by the illusory world spun by the voice in your head and by too much ego-driven activity.
It’s as if you live in two worlds: the world described by the voice in your head, which is the voice of the ego and conditioning, and reality: how life really is. The world described by the voice in your head seems complicated, scary, tense, and problematic, and it is consequently full of drama and negative emotions. Reality, on the other hand, is simple. It’s not scary, not tense, not problematic, and free of drama.
What makes reality simple is that it is uncomplicated by thoughts and negative emotions. Unlike the mind’s virtual reality, reality is primarily a sensory experience and a deeper knowing of what to do or say and when to move or speak. Reality is also where you can experience your true self and the gifts it has to offer, which are not available in or through the mental realm.
You can’t get to reality and its gifts—love, peace, and joy—by thinking. And, paradoxically, you can’t access wisdom, which comes through the intuition, through the mind either. You can only get to reality and these gifts by dropping out of the mind and its world of imaginations, beliefs, opinions, dreams, desires, fears. The exception to this is that you can experience joy, peace, or love by thinking about a loved one or a time when you felt joy, peace, and love. However, most of your thoughts are not about love but about negative experiences and feelings, and that’s the problem.
If you are willing to be simple, you can experience reality and its gifts, including wisdom. Willingness is key because that’s often all that stands in the way: Most people aren’t willing to stop thinking and doing and just be long enough to experience the joy, love, and peace of just being.
By being simple, it’s true that you lose something: What you lose is your false self and, along with it, your fears, your problems, and the desires you suffer over. In losing the false self, you gain so much more! But unless you spend some time just being, you won’t realize how much can be gained from just being.
To reap the benefits of just being, you often have to stop all doing and involvement with thoughts for more than a few minutes. The catch is that most people aren’t able to remain detached from their minds even this long. Most people have been “practicing” being engaged with their thoughts all their life, and they haven’t learned how to disengage from them and stay disengaged for extended periods. This, of course, is what meditation teaches you.
I’m going to share a practice with you that will help you experience the simple joy of your true self. It is essentially a practice for becoming more present and experiencing Presence. It will take about ten minutes to do this on your own before you reap the benefits. It’s something you can do anywhere and anytime. Here are the instructions, so let’s do this now together.
With your eyes open, choose an object to focus on. It could be a tree or anything of nature or something manmade that you find beautiful or attractive for some reason, perhaps just because of its color.
What’s important is that you are choosing it; you are choosing to give your attention to it. This is an act of love, to choose to give your attention to something. Can you feel that? Can you feel that that choice comes from attraction to and love of that object? Just sit with that subtle feeling of love briefly. (pause) Notice what this feeling of love is like and where you feel it in your body. (pause)
What is it that is attracted to and loves something? That is your divine self. It loves everything. And in any moment, you can become aware of what its particular focus is in that moment—what it’s loving in that moment. This is always happening: Your divine self is focusing on and loving something. But usually this subtle experience is quashed or not noticed because you’re giving your attention to some thought, something in the mental realm.
It’s fine to give your attention and love to your thoughts. You (your ego) are free to do that. But giving your attention and love to thoughts exclusively leaves out so much, particularly your real, here-and-now experience and all the joy, love, and peace that has to offer. The point of the practice I’m introducing you to today is to help you be in real life in a way that brings you more joy, love, and peace.
To return to the practice... Again, bring your attention to the object you’ve chosen and experience the subtle flow of love flowing to it. Notice the pleasure your being has in attending to that object and flow of love. This flow of love is pleasurable. Most people feel this pleasure in the center of their chest, in the spiritual Heart.
Now ask yourself: “Who or what is this ‘you’ that made this choice? How did it land on that object? Who or what did that?” (pause) This is a great mystery. This mysterious chooser is who you really are. It moves and chooses without thought preceding that movement or choice.
Now, just to experiment, allow your attention to move freely. Don’t force it or try to hold it anywhere. Just allow it to move as it will and just notice that. It might land on something else in your visual field, or it might land on a sound or a sensation. Notice how quickly your attention, or Awareness, lands on one thing after another. It moves around so rapidly that it can be difficult to keep track of everything it’s taking in. Just notice this for a few moments. (pause)
This natural and pleasurable movement of attention from one thing to the next—a touching lightly on one thing after another—is what your true self, your being, is always doing when you’re at rest and even when you aren’t. But it’s especially easy to see that this is going on when you are at rest. As a kind of meditation, you can watch your attention move from a sound to a sensation to a sight to a thought to an intuition to another sound, and so on. You are simply noticing whatever you are aware of but not getting stuck anywhere.
You (or your ego) might be saying, “What’s the big deal”? And your ego would be right that this is no big deal to the ego because there’s nothing in this for the ego, and your ego surely won’t encourage you to spend time noticing the subtle movement of Awareness in life, which is essentially what you are doing in most types of meditation.
But doing this is a big deal in terms of realizing the deeper nature of life and of who you really are. And most of you, I’m sure, are quite interested in that. The ability to notice life from this deeper Awareness rather than through the lens of the ego is the key to joy, peace, love, and wisdom. Tuning in to this simple experience of looking and sensing what Awareness with a capital “A” is taking in, in any moment is the experience of your divine self, and there’s great, although subtle, joy in this experience. This is also the doorway to the intuitions and wisdom that will help guide your life.
Becoming aware of what Awareness is taking in is a new way of being in life. Your being has been doing this all along, but usually without enough awareness on your part to impact you. If you practice being in life this way, this will eventually become how you are in life. You will discover that you have never needed all the thoughts that run through your mind. They have only complicated your life unnecessarily, not improved it in any way.
Begin living in a new way. This is the way human beings will relate to life in the future. It is where humanity is headed in its evolution. You can be the forerunners, the ones who help everyone else evolve in this direction. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.
Being truthful means being true to the Truth, being filled with Truth. The problem is that in this world, where you experience yourself as both the ego (the false self) and divine, you experience two versions of the truth: your ego’s truth and the Truth, with a capital “T.”
When I say “truth,” I’m not only referring to facts, such as the Sun being 93 million miles from the earth, but the truth about life, about reality. That is where there are two versions of the truth, because the ego sees life through a distorted lens. It can’t see the truth about life. It sees only its truth, its narrow, distorted and, therefore, untrue perspective.
For example, the ego sees others as separate and different from itself, while the truth is that everyone is an expression of the One, although appearing different. The ego sees life as cruel, while the truth is that life is benevolent. The ego sees the situation as “me against the world,” while the truth is that guiding forces are directing help and support to you every moment of your life. The ego sees something as dirty, broken, or old, while the truth is that everything is just so: perfect in its imperfection, perfectly falling apart, just as it is meant to be.
These two viewpoints result in very different inner experiences. Seeing the Truth with a capital “T” results in peace and contentment, while seeing through the ego’s eyes results in discontentment, dis-ease, and unhappiness.
The ego’s truth is not the Truth, and the proof of this is that seeing through the ego’s eyes feels terrible most of the time, while seeing through the eyes of Truth with a capital “T” feels good. You feel at peace, restful, at one with life. You fall into the Mystery, and the Mystery is good.
How your body feels is an excellent guide for gauging whether you are aligned with the Truth or not: Are you relaxed or are you tense? It is that simple. Tension signals identification with the ego, while relaxation is a sign you are aligned with your divine self.
It is also simple enough to shift your inner state by doing something that causes you to go from tense to relaxed. Any number of things can perform this magic trick: stopping whatever you’re doing and just being for a few moments, taking some slow deep breaths, smiling, reciting a mantra or an uplifting phrase, praying for help, paying attention to the sounds in your environment or the sensations in your body, putting on some music, shifting your attention to something that is beautiful in your environment, sending love to someone or something or just thinking of someone you love, even dancing or singing a favorite song.
There are many, many things that can shift your consciousness, and some will work better for you than others. So, experiment and discover what techniques for shifting your consciousness—causing you to relax—work best for you, and then incorporate them into your life.
How hard is it to relax? It’s really very easy. If you stop often enough in your day to take a moment to relax, you’ll learn to relax quickly. However, if you let yourself remain stressed out for extended periods, becoming relaxed will take much longer. Relaxing is a skill that is developed by practicing it, and it helps if you practice it regularly throughout your day.
There isn’t much encouragement in the world, among egos, to do this, so you are going against the crowd when you make relaxation part of your life. But it’s important to just stop and check in periodically and relax if you need to. If everyone in the world practiced relaxation more and could do it more readily, this would be a very different world! This is something that could easily be taught to children, and it would help them gain some control over their emotions, as it does for adults.
If you practice relaxing throughout your day, you will find yourself aligned with your divine self more and more. Doing this will help you see life through your divine self’s eyes, and that changes everything! It changes how you behave, and that in turn, changes how others behave toward you.
When your internal climate changes from tense to relaxed, from negative to positive, so does your life. When you start living in the Truth with a capital “T,” you will finally be happy and in the flow. You will get more done and do it more efficiently, and you’ll spend less time dealing with negative emotions, which sap your energy and take up your time.
What exactly do I mean by living in the “Truth with a capital ‘T’”? I mean living without buying into the voice in your head’s ongoing commentary and evaluation. The voice in your head is how the ego is able to control you. The voice in your head is the ego’s perspective—it is not yours, not your true self’s.
You cannot maintain the ego’s perspective if you don’t buy into the thoughts that run through your mind. All of the ways I just mentioned for moving from tension to relaxation accomplish the same thing: They get you out of your head and into your body and spiritual Heart.
When you stop identifying with the voice in your head, you are free to see life through the divine self’s—your true self’s—eyes. And, through its eyes, life is good and you are happy!
When you are truth-full (full of Truth), you are seeing life through the eyes of your wise self, which sees the bigger picture—the whole truth. For instance, the voice in your head might say, “That shouldn’t have happened,” while truthfully, given all that came before that event or any other, that had to happen.
This is not to say that life is predestined, but that your desires are not the determinant of what should or should not or will or will not happen. Things happen because everything that came before—everything, going back throughout history—led to that happening. That is how the cards fell, and the falling of each card led to that result. That is the truth, and your desire or opinion or belief do not have the power to change that.
Sometimes you are most truthful, or full of Truth, when you say, “I don’t know.” From the perspective of your human self, you don’t know very much. The ego doesn’t know very much. But that doesn’t stop the ego from pretending to know, even though much of what it “knows” or believes to be true is simply an opinion, a guess, or an assumption.
For instance, the ego often pretends to know what’s in someone else’s heart or what someone else is thinking and then states it as a fact: “She’s doing that to get attention” or “He doesn’t respect her.” This is how the ego makes itself superior to others. Most of what the ego pretends to know is in service to feeling superior or right. These so-called “truths” from the voice in your head are not the truth.
Here’s another example: When you say, “That dress looks terrible on her,” that is not the Truth with a capital “T” but the ego’s truth. You might justify this by saying, “I’m just being honest,” but that isn’t honesty. Honesty involves integrity: Truth with a capital “T.” Rather, a statement like that is just the ego’s opinion, formed as the result of conditioning, and that opinion has no value. It’s being judgmental and unkind, and that is not being truth-full: full of Truth.
Honesty is not about speaking the ego’s truth but about speaking the Truth with a capital “T.” As I said, you know when you are speaking the Truth and when you are not by how it feels. When you are speaking the Truth (your divine self’s truth), it feels good and everyone relaxes; and when you are not, you don’t feel good and no one relaxes.
Desires are another example of the ego’s truth, and they also aren’t true. It may be true that you, your ego, wants some particular thing to happen, but that means nothing in the scheme of things if your soul doesn’t also want that outcome. The Truth with a capital “T” is what the soul wants, not what your ego wants. And the only way you know what the soul wants is by observing what is actually happening. What is actually happening is either what God wants or what God is allowing to happen, and your desires often have little to do with that.
So, you could say that the Truth is what is happening here and now and what has actually happened. Who knows what will happen? That is not something anyone can know. What people desire or like or don’t like about what is happening or about what did happen is irrelevant to the Truth. The Truth is reality, what is real, not what’s in someone’s mind. Desires are not real. Opinions are not real. Assumptions are not real. These are all stories the mind tells—part of the illusion spun by the mind—which interfere with experiencing the simplicity of real life: what is actually happening here and now.
What is real and happening here and now in addition to your sensory experience is the experience of love, peace, acceptance, compassion, and wisdom of your true nature. These are ever-present and ever-available in the here and now. Although they, like thoughts, are not tangible, love, peace, acceptance, compassion, and wisdom exist in a realm that is actually more real than the physical realm.
They exist in the realm that underpins and gives birth to the physical realm. Love, peace, acceptance, compassion, and wisdom are the expression and experience of God as God interfaces with form. God exists within form, and that is how God’s existence is experienced: as love, as peace, as acceptance, as compassion, as wisdom.
When you are experiencing and expressing these, you are in Truth; you are being truth-full. Whatever comes out of your mouth, then, will be Truth. But as soon as you identify again with the voice in your head and believe you are that self, the false self, then you are no longer in Truth, and you are bound to express yourself in untruthful ways. You will express the ego’s truth.
You can realign yourself with Truth anytime by simply noticing that you are caught in illusion—caught in the ego’s illusory world of desires, opinions, assumptions, and imaginations—and then stopping whatever you are doing, taking a few slow, deep breaths, and remembering love and peace.
You can use your mind to remember the experience of love and peace. You can remember a time when you felt love and peace—when you were aligned with the Truth—and that will help you return to that state. This is a good use of your mind and imagination. Make an intention to experience love and peace and spend a moment imagining your way back to it. Imagine a time when you were happy and in the flow, and that will help you find your way back to the Truth. Be a lover of the Truth. Be full of Truth. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.