What does it mean to be present? Is it posture dependent? Is it something we can strive for is it something we find when all else falls away? The Buddha said that the root of all suffering is desire. When I meditate can I let go of craving? When I sit and lean forward do I lean into the future? When I lie down do I immerse myself in the ocean of the past?

What does it mean to be present? When the bird sings does it do so to attain something or does it sing for the pure joy of being alive?

What does it mean to be alive? What is required? Is breathing enough? Or is to be alive to be present? Is not everything contained within this moment? Is not every historical conquest contained within one conscious breath?

And what is a conscious breath? Is there anything else I really need to do in this life? Is there anything I can do to change the circumstances of this life? Do I need to?

Can total acceptance of all that is and of who I am be attained through one conscious breath?

Enlightenment is never further away than the next conscious breath.

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To be free of the past is to breathe deeply of the heavenly fragrance of the now.

Have you ever stopped to think about how much of what you think and believe is based on conditioning derived from the ideas of your family, your teachers, your church, the media? It’s all based on experience, on memory, on the past. It is based on time. But it can be said that where time is not, God is. So, all that we believe may be a great lie. If you want to realize, if you want to be, your God nature, you may have to let go of a lot. You may have to let go of everything. How would that feel? Have you the courage to step into that place of ‘not knowing’?

How would it feel to not have a past? I don’t mean you need to forget what happened yesterday. I don’t mean you need to discard the memories of your childhood. But do memories need to influence who you are and the decisions you make today? Imagine waking up at dawn and not being surprised if the sun rose in the west. Imagine taking a bite from an orange for breakfast and tasting its exquisite sweetness as if for the first time, as if you’d never had an orange before. How would that be?

This awareness of stepping into a timeless realm, of stepping into a world without memory, while still functioning in the world of time is possible. In fact, it is an inevitable part of the journey of every human soul. To release the past is to collapse into the present; a present swollen with the richness of infinite possibility. A present released of the perceived burden of responsibility. After all, responsibility is almost always derived from the beliefs, ideas and experiences of the past. Could it be that your only true responsibility is to be happy? Can you imagine that? Can you imagine how much better you would serve those around you and the planet if the only responsibility you had was to be happy? Would you still be doing what you are doing today?

To be free of the past is to breathe deeply of the heavenly fragrance of the now. To be free of the past is to greet each moment with joyful anticipation. To be free of the past is to free of the mind. To be free of the past is to be happy. 

Affirmation:

I Am free of the past. I Am the living Creativeness of the Present.

 

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In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

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In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

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Have you ever thought what forgiveness means? You, your own self, your own personality, needs your forgiveness. Your spirit is divine, but until you have overcome, your personality remains human and needs the forgiveness of your spirit. As you forgive, as your spirit forgives your personality, so also you will learn to forgive your brother man for all his seeming errors. If you will train yourself to think in terms of love and forgiveness every moment of your life, a most beautiful healing will take place in you.

The Quiet Mind: The Sayings of White Eagle

Two nights ago, while chanting with friends, and in an ecstatic state I was suddenly embraced by the Light. The Great Masters, gathered together at the portal to eternity, were laughing with me, and welcoming me home. Their message, spoken with tremendous merriment and not even a hint of judgement was, “We’ve been watching you getting mired in the pulls of your ego. A few times we thought you might not make it. But you have and we are pleased.” My mental response was, “You don’t seem to be judging me at all.” Amidst more laughter they said, “Of course not. We’ve been there. We know what life on Earth is like, how challenging it is.”

Many of us are burdened by guilt. It appears to be a major stumbling block to the freedom each of our souls is seeking. Is this a holdover from Adam and Eve and original sin? If the Great Ones can laugh with me and accept my foibles, surely I can do the same with my personality and the personalities of others. We’re all in this thing together; we’re manning the oars of a great craft speeding towards our collective awakening. Let’s release the guilt and embrace the underlying perfection of the soul. Let’s laugh and play together. It is we that make mountains out of molehills. It is we too that can transcend them.

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I remember my friend, Anne Marie, recalling the big turning point in her life. She was still a young adult at the time, growing up in France. She looked out at the adults around her. She saw being striving for the perfect relationship, the secure job and for material security. She thought, Is this it? Is this why I’m here? Her inner answer was, ‘No, this is not.’ From that moment forward she was on a spiritual quest. She found a teacher, turned to a steady meditation practice, hung out with other spiritual aspirants…

Each of the great Masters has encouraged us to hitch ourselves to the wagon of enlightenment; to embark on the journey home, to awaken to the greater reality, to discover who we are. Each of these Masters has also said there also comes a time in every person’s awakening to let go of even this goal and recognize this journey back to the place from whence we began is the shortest journey we’ll ever take. It is the journey into the heart and into complete acceptance of things as they are; into the place of total surrender.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

In the end, does it really matter what the outer circumstances of your life might be? the nagging illness, the broken relationship, the pain in your back, the shattered dreams.

There is a part of you which transcends all these earthly challenges; which observes them dispassionately; which smiles softly on your sorrows; which lovingly caresses you in your darkest hour; which encourages you to get up again each time you fall.

Fix your goal on God, on Self-realization. Let nothing stand in your way. And, recognize the time when even this goal must be relinquished. All things are possible. Awaken to the reality and the immensity of who you are.

 

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

 Albert Einstein

Here in New Zealand they call this the winterless north. The last two winters defied such a claim. People living inland experienced hard frosts. Friends in Takahue Valley watched with growing dismay as three consecutive nights of frosts last winter brought their banana palms to the ground (they’ve since regrown and are laden with new bunches of ripening bananas so all is not lost, but our friends have had no fruit from them for a year.) In our nearly six years at the coast we’ve never experienced a frost. Our coldest recorded temperature was 4 degrees Celsius.

Yesterday morning, we were hammered with heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning. It was cold and damp. The wood stove brought warmth to the lounge and kitchen. The rest of the house was, frankly, uncomfortable. That’s just how it is with these old un-insulated villas.

Yesterday afternoon the storm cleared and the temperature rose with the advent of a warm, gentle, life-giving sun. It was shorts and T shirt weather; the kind of day that justifies the moniker ‘Winterless North.’ It was magic.

The owners of this house we’re living in have been working in the Middle East all the time we’ve been here. We’ve encouraged them to stay away as long as they like. We love their house and garden and treat it as our own. But it looks as if they’ll finally return here next year. So, we’re in a protracted process of cleaning out that which is no longer needed. We’re making space for the next step in our lives. Parts of what I am addressing are the piles of papers covered with ‘important’ scribblings that I’ve not yet input into the computer. I found some such words this morning I’d like to share with you now.

You could say I march to a different drummer today than I did earlier in my life. A drummer tapping with a soft thrumming in my heart and in the hearts of all people. A drummer rhythmically asking us to awaken from the dream, from the illusion we call reality. A drummer encouraging us to shift from hatred to love, from separation to unity, from falsehood to truth. A drummer urging us to move beyond the paradigm of competition (in our schools, sports, politics and the workplace) to a world of cooperation between all peoples and all nations.

I encourage you to take time to hear the drummer drumming, to hear the caller calling. Stop giving attention to the insistent staccato of the illusory man-made world. Tune in to the gentle rhythms of the natural world. Allow these rhythms to serve as subtle bridges to the world of Reality, to the Absolute. Get out from within the walls of your ‘built’ environment and the noise of the flickering tube. Allow nature to guide you to the threshold of your inner heart.

What will you find there? You are an infinite being, as is everyone else and we all willingly participate in the illusion. You are a being of infinite power and love, of infinite potential. You can’t make mistakes, only temporary diversions from the path of truth. This illusory world has been constructed for your enjoyment. Do what you are inspired to do and enjoy every step along the way. Take a chance. Walk on the wild side. Anything is possible. Even if the world we share is an illusion, as Einstein so eloquently stated, it can still be a great adventure. Go for it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I wish you peace, prosperity and joy. May you live always in the awareness of the inexpressible Presence that you are.

John

 

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In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elizabeth Kubler Ross

 

To be Awake is to be sensitive. To be sensitive is to be vulnerable and to be vulnerable can be challenging in a world of insensitivity.

Lucia and I were approached the other day by a young man who’s had his competency questioned in his workplace. He’s a gifted, talented and sensitive man and he feels hurt by the accusations he has received.

The world we come from, our true home, the world we’ve, in fact, never left knows only love. Fear, accusations and questions of competency, these elements and others like them only exist in the minds of men.

In order to know our true spiritual world, to know who we are, requires sensitivity. With sensitivity comes vulnerability. Herein lies one of the key challenges of human existence. How to be sensitive, vulnerable and safe in an unfeeling world?

To be sensitive and vulnerable in this world connects us with our spiritual heritage and is the source of inspired creativity. It can also lead to confusion and hurt if we let it. There are those in this world who’ve forgotten their deeper heritage. These people, often unintentionally, can prey on vulnerability.

Negotiating skilfully through this world of fear, hate and manipulation requires knowing who we are. Herein lies the dilemma, the crux and purpose of human existence. In awakening to your sensitive, creative nature you will be misunderstood by some, by those still mired in forgetfulness. Remember, you are not the first to experience this. Was Jesus understood by those who nailed him to the cross? Was the Buddha understood by those who poisoned him? You are in good company and you are never alone, so please don’t be daunted by the task at hand.

The solution? Dive deeper and find that place within you that loves and forgives all people, whether they are kind to you or not. Learn to see the light in everyone. In doing so you will touch the hearts of even the most insensitive, armoured individuals and you will assist in their awakening.

Be the Light. Your light and your beingness is your protection. Accept that others may not understand you. Remember, they too, one day, will awaken. Your job is not to question the timeliness of each individual’s awakening.

Tread lightly. Be gentle. Forgive. And, most of all, be patient with yourself and others.

Remember, deep down, in your true home, in your heart of hearts, you are perfect just as you are. So is everyone else.

Be creative. Find ways to serve and work without expectations of receiving acknowledgement or payment.

Awakening while in this world is not always easy. You will be tested and questioned. But remember you are never alone. Nothing anyone else says or does can hurt who you are. You can only be hurt by your own wrong actions, reactions or inaction. Be strong. Be sensitive. Be vulnerable and be loving. Only then can you skilfully navigate the sometimes stormy oceans of this world.

Consider the following affirmation:

Nothing in this world can hurt who I Am.

I am sensitive, creative, loving and strong.

I Am Immortal, Eternal, Unlimited, Absolute.

And consider the following quote by Pearl S. Buck. Can you now see beyond the pain of the overt sensitivity and creativity of which Pearl writes?

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
To him,
a touch is a blow,
a sound is a noise,
a misfortune is a tragedy,
a joy is an ecstasy,
a friend is a lover,
a lover is a god,
and failure is death.
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create – so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”

~Pearl S. Buck

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1. Your health is your most important asset. You should dedicate at least 1/10 of your day to your physical, mental and spiritual well being.

2. Having a solid spiritual practice is the key to surviving challenging times and there’s little doubt we live in challenging times.

3. Starting your day with mantra and meditation brings clarity and purpose to the other important goals of your life. Sadhana (or spiritual practice) is an anchor for the rest of the day. Beginning the day on a high note sets the tone for the rest of the day.

4. Sadhana is the time you develop your relationship to your Self. Maintaining a healthy relationship with your Self, is the key to strengthening your relationships with others. It’s your light that others feel. Turn it on.

5. The early morning hours have less electrical and mental activity in the air, allowing the mind to focus better and deep awareness to be obtained.

6. Your subconscious mind absorbs so much unconscious information. Conscious relaxation of the mind through yoga, meditative chanting, and deep meditative silence provides the best avenue to consciously enlighten yourself.

7. Great things come with depth. All masters have transcended through the depth of their practice be it in music, business, sports, science, spirituality or Love. The cure for bitterness and disillusionment is discipline. Daily practice with discipline leads to enlightenment.

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