Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sixth Key: See The World In Yourself

Your perception of reality changes according to your state of consciousness. Your consciousness creates the reflection of your inner and outer reality. If your consciousness vibrates at the level of love, then you will experience love both inside and in the outer world. A conscious change in the reality to realize more joy requires you to go deep within and transform your inner core.

The highest level of consciousness is pure being which may manifest as spontaneity, wonder, joy and playfulness.

Pure being leads to the highest level of feeling. Four values which constitute the high level of feeling include: (1) Loving kindness (2)Compassion (3) Joy at the success of others and (4) Equanimity, peace.

The highest level of feeling creates the highest level of thinking and doing. At the highest level of thinking is a constant flow of creativity accompanied by feelings of joy and compassion. At the highest level of doing, your actions extend beyond personal advancement and reach to benefit everything around you.

The first step to take is to be mindful. Awareness of breath is one of the initial recommended practices of mindfulness.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fifth Key: Focus On The Present

We often need reasons to be happy. We find the reasons by remembering the past or anticipating the future (The same process works when we find reasons for worry/anxiety). Happiness without reason is referred to as bliss. Moving neither forward nor backwards, makes bliss available. You become free from the constant loop of thought, evaluation and analysis. The silent state of being is the home of bliss.

As an initial step you must cultivate a new sense of awareness and practice mindfulness in your daily activities. You must be aware of what is and not overshadow it with what was or what could be. Slowly a realization develops that there is fullness in every present moment.

The empowering ability to separate the moment from the situation then develops. The still point in midst of the endless transformations is identified.