Your Success and Leaps of Faith, an Awakened Journey Towards Enlightenment series
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Each step of our life’s journey, whether we are aware of it or not, is a series of leaps of faith. Certain moments of our life, seemingly dramatic in nature, serve to punctuate and mark major turning points that define who we believe we are, what we have accomplished, relationships of meaning and opportunities that lead to a particular experience.
We are always guided. Some pay close attention to the clues that help us to discern which paths we take, that most serve our highest learning and greatest good. Others give occasion to such awareness, and as a result, happiness and life’s successes seem hit or miss and/or like a game of chance. Still, others appear to live in a state of sleepwalking, their lives are filled with dramatic experiences, a rollercoaster of great emotional pain and suffering.
Along our life journey, with each step we take, we present ourselves with clues that point the way towards our ultimate goal of learning, BEING and re-remembering the love we already are.
In the book “Island” by Aldous Huxley, the story revolves around a group of enlightened people who once lived on the mainland and now had collectively chosen to live on an island where they believed would be less worldly distractions. Their collective desire is to remain in an enlightened state of consciousness. The island, isolated as it is from the rest of humanity, turns out to offer its own set of distractions. Ever conscious of their commitment toward enlightenment, the islanders decide to meet and create a strategy to keep them collectively focused and empowered towards their goal. Deciding that they collectively required reminders to remain in their enlightened state they noted that their island is filled with thousands upon thousands of parrots. Brilliantly, they decided to teach the parrots two words which they know the birds will repeat twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The two words, PAY ATTENTION.
Our awareness and paying attention to our feelings and flow of information that we are constantly receiving and transmitting, nanosecond after nanosecond, provides us with detailed clues about the direction and progress we are making towards love, our ultimate life mission and a more enlightened state of awareness. These clues or spiritual road signs are designed to guide us onto the highway of our life’s mission and so that we, as Joseph Campbell reminded us, follow our bliss. When we fail to pay attention and heed these signs, we eventually discover that we have driven ourselves off the main road and are dramatically now driving to avoid the obstacles of fear and states of attached suffering.
As our thoughts consider a particular person, a past or future event, a subject matter or planned activity, etc., certain feelings arise and come into the frame of our consciousness through our body’s five senses, and more importantly, the intuition. When this information shows up, it is always accompanied by certain feelings and emotions. Feelings represent our interpretation of energy vibrations. Emotions, represent the way our mind aggregates, assembles and interprets vibrations into a scripted form from which the mind better understands the information. When feelings and emotions are properly tuned into and guided by the intuition, we have a precise way to find the true course of love.
Our intuition extends our awareness far beyond the reaches of our body’s senses. It is the soul’s tool, liken to a tribal scout who travels great distances beyond the reaches of its people in search of food, water, shelter, safety and other resources. Miles away, the scout communicates telepathically back to the tribal leader, they have no other way. In one book called “Mutant Message Down Under” by Mario Morgan, a female city person (her claimed biographical journey), observes this phenomenon as she travels with Australian Aborigines. As the tribe eventually catches up with the scout, she inquires with him to see if he was indeed communicating telepathically with the tribal leader. The scout replies, Yes, in a very matter of fact way. He further states, “You could do this too, but you have lies in your consciousness”, “Lies” meaning, none truth and/or attachments to fear and drama.
Therefore, the quality of our mental stillness and aware mindfulness is what determines the level of clarity from which we receive and transmit information and navigate along our life’s journey. If our mind resides in a place of lies, then it is like our consciousness is being tuned into signal of static that resides between a true TV or radio channel of content. When we are present, peaceful and mindful, we readily tune into the Divine broadcast of love. In this space of mental tuning, we do have the ability to transcend the intuition and experience KNOWING, the awareness of pure truth, non-duality and only love.
In this state, our thoughts begin to manifest into a form that represents that which we most want and lovingly desire to create. In other words, we create from what ultimately serves our highest and best good. In an unconscious and fearful state, the exact opposite occurs, we get what we do not want. All thoughts and spoken words are really prayers. They are spells or incantations. They are mantras. Our thoughts, which represent a certain frequency of causation, draw in matter in the form of people, situations, material objects and/or circumstances. When we speak our thoughts we amplify the frequency of our creative intent and thus accelerate the reality of this same matter into taking form.
Ultimately, our thoughts, our prayers (or spells, incantations or mantras) call into form the specific realities of either LOVE or fear. These co-created realities of are always our choice, whether we’re consciously aware of this or not. As such, the choices we make can be seen as a series of leaps of faith. Anyone who has ever achieved anything of importance and noteworthy has made the conscious choice to take a leap of faith towards their envisioned dream.
In the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, the actor Harrison Ford, plays the role of Indiana Jones (Indie) who leads a team of fellow adventurers and archeologists to find the Holy Grail. They are in a race to find it before German Soldiers who had prior stollen the ancient and secret map from Indie which pointed to the location of the Grail. Arriving at this location first, the Germans begin their search of a special passage within the cave which the map said would lead to the Grail.
Indie and his team hide carefully above and watched the scene of the German soldiers attempting to get to the Grail. Unable to interpret the spiritual meaning and symbolism of the ancient map, one German soldier after another is commanded to enter the cave passage. Each soldier literally looses their head in an attempt to enter the boobytrapped special passage. Suddenly, one of Indie’s team members accidentally steps on and dislodges a stone which rolls down to the Germans below. Indie and his team are discovered, captured and brought down to the German commander.
Once there, the German commander demands that Indie retrieve the Grail. Having just watched one German after another die after entering the special passage, Indie refuses. Immediately, the German commander turns his gun to Indie’s father, played by Sean Connery, and shoots him in the stomach. The German commander now says to Indie “it’s your choice, either your father drinks from the Grail and lives, or does not and dies.” Indie has no choice. He is forced to take the Hero’s journey.
The ancient map that disclosed the location of the Grail, that which originally launched Indie’s quest, is now returned to him. Carefully reading the map and deciphering its message, Indie is able to avoid the first booby trap of decapitating blades as he enters the tunnel. Next he must step on specific stones that spell out an ancient and old dialect name for God. A misspelling and misstep, which he almost does, is designed to cause the stone floor to fall away and plummet the spiritually unworthy to their death.
Having passed what he thought was one of the greatest challenges, Indie now comes to the end of the cave’s special tunnel. There, between where he stands and the opening to the cave of the Grail, is a crevasse hundreds of feet across and thousands of feet down. On the other side, Indie sees the last of the mystical Knights of King Arthur’s Round Table. He still stands as a watchful guard over final entrance to cave of the Grail. Suddenly and at the same time of this observation, Indie hears the cry of his team who yell through the tunnel, that time is running out your father is near dying, “hurry!”
Frantically, Indie looks for a way to cross to the other side. There is no rope to swing across and clearly no way to jump across. He consults the ancient map. It clearly depicts a person walking in midair to the other side. Indie has no other choice and steps to the ledge of the crevasse. His facial expression quickly shifts from fear and panic to a fearless resolve and KNOWING that he has no other choice. He commits to taking this leap of faith.
Bravely, Indie courageously steps his foot out to what appears to be a perilous fall. Instead, as he steps out and down, his foot is met and supported by an illusionary bridge, a bridge that could not have been seen nor experienced unless someone had first had the courage to take the leap of faith.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patañjali, the compiler of the Yoga Sutras (Sanskrit: 150 BCE)
Step out to the edge of your heart’s greatest calling, brave and courageous adventurer. Still your mind, listen deeply within, follow your intuition and take the leap of faith that will always bridge you from fear of the unknown, to the KNOWN and Holy Grail of your life’s loving purpose and realized bliss.
From this moment forward, observe and take note of any and all things that appear to be providing you clues about what your life purpose is and what actions to take to bring this into reality. The Universe is always providing us clues. The more we PAY ATTENTION, the more the clues show up. The greater the action we take on these TRUE and INTUITIVE CLUES, the faster things manifest into form.
In order to manifest your life purpose and dreams come true, knock on the inner door of your heart with the greatest of intensity and ask, “Reveal to me what my life purpose is and show me how to use my talents to make a loving contribution to our world?”
Next, listen with great discernment for any and all messages that come back to you. You will know them because of their loving and inspiring nature. Follow only these!
Next, once you have received this guidance, prepare yourself to take any and all lovingly guided leaps of faith. This could mean that you make a phone call to someone you thought would never give you the time of day and/or take your call. This could mean that you express a deep and/or loving thought to someone you feared might judge or reject you. This could mean to go someplace that seems completely illogical and yet, at the same time, this thought at your gut, feels both fun, exciting and sure.
Know, that taking a leap of faith towards the fulfillment of your life purpose may feel scary. Ultimately, you will wisely come to know this feeling is really, great excitement. “Be bold”, as Goethe said, “and mighty forces will come to your aid.”
Always remember that persistence and tenacity are water and fertilizer that will sprout your ideas into reality. Let your mantra always be, “Success is my only option!!! Read and reread the inspirational quotes below from some of our world’s greatest thinkers. Anytime you feel yourself stumble, immediately pick yourself up, brush yourself off, get altitude and perspective on the experience so that you understand the gift and the wisdom that it has shown you and then, take another step.
“You don’t have to see the entire staircase, just take the next step.” Martin Luther King
Write your thoughts in the books you read. Underline important points that call to your attention. Remember, Remember, Remember these inspired truths and act from them.
Spend regular time in nature and listen deeply to it. Listen to beautifully inspiring music. There are many free d o w n l o a d s o f s u c h m u s i c o n o u r w e b s i t e : ProjectPeaceOnEarth.org
Spend quiet time with yourself everyday.
Turn the TV off and if you can, keep it off.
Be very mindful of the films you choose to watch and any other media you watch or listen to. Choose mindfully to watch or expose yourself to media that is loving, empowering and educational.
Pay attention to your breath and breathe consciously moment after moment.
Drink lots of water everyday.
Be mindful of what you eat and give prayers of thanks over your food at each meal.
Avoid eating sugar or drinking alcohol.
Attempt eating a plant-based-diet for a while and see how you feel with it.
Meditate in the morning, immediately upon waking up and then meditate before you go to sleep. Meditation is what brings a clearing and an awareness of the present moment to yourself. It is a beautiful way to begin and frame each experience of your day. By meditating at night, just before you go to sleep you clear yourself to be a dream catcher.
Be grateful every single moment of the day and see everything as a miracle. Tell people you love them, allot!
Give people Hugs, lots of them!
Look people in the eyes and connect with them with great sincerity.
Listen carefully to what people say, be very present and PAY ATTENTION to them.
Speak only when you are guided to do so.
Be kind, caring, considerate and respectful of everyone and everything. Speak lovingly, kindly and compassionately to all, all the time.
Help those who are challenged and homeless in any way that you can. This could be expressed through the simple kindness of extending a smile, or having a conversation with them or sharing with them food. Share with them an article of clothing that you have intentionally carried with you in your car for this purpose.
Be very reverent towards mother earth and all of it’s loving creatures. Choose to BE LOVING, because this is the ultimate choice of the Heretic and the PRIMARY LIFE LESSON TO LEARN.
You are powerful beyond all measure!!!
You will succeed at discovering and realizing your life purpose!!!
Fulfilling on your Life Purpose Mission is the only reason that you, or any of us, are here.
May you go out into the world and shine the love of your heart to everyone and everything.
You can and will make a difference!!!
The Salvation of the world, according to A Course in Miracles, depends on YOU!!!
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