We wanted to share with you an experience a client had that we thought would be helpful at this time. This is written by the client unedited.
"All this time I thought I understood the world. It was this dangerous place where random events occurred. Most of them were obstacles, or problems, or difficulties of one sort or another. And occasionally something supportive or positive would happen. These positive occurrences would feel like grace. Like momentary sunshine breaking through the clouds. But mostly, the world felt like a dangerous, fearful place where you had to fight to survive.
For years, Guidance has been telling me how human beings take their emotions and project them into the future. We believe our emotions are predicting what is going to happen to us. They are foretelling the future.
In my last session I suddenly realized that what I had thought was my clear understanding of the world – based on decades (if not lifetimes) of experience – was really just the product of me projecting my fear-based emotions into the future. I was taught that it is a dog-eat-dog world, and all this time I have been projecting that belief onto my outer environment. And it became a self-fulfilling prophesy. By holding that belief, and projecting it into the future, I created that reality for me. My beliefs came true.
In my last session, what I began to see is that the world is actually a blank slate. A tableau rasa as they say. It’s our beliefs that shape it. As Guidance says, the greatest predictor of the future are your own perceptions. In the ashram they used to say “The world is as you see it.”
It’s like all my life I had been walking on this bridge of fear. It wasn’t very pleasant, but it was something I knew I could walk on. I trusted it to take me over the chasm. But now I was seeing that I had actually constructed the bridge. It was made up of my own fears. And I didn’t need to use it any more. In fact, in my mind, I could tear it down. But then, I was left with just a chasm. I was standing at the edge of a cliff. Nothing in front of me. Infinite possibilities. Unlimited freedom. But there was nothing left to walk on. I would have to fly. My beliefs would be my wings. But that was scary too because I didn’t really know how to use these wings. I didn’t really trust them yet.
For so long Guidance has been asking me “Who are you that you can do this? Or do that?” And now I think I am understanding where they are coming from. It’s all about acknowledging my own wisdom, and compassion, and resourcefulness, and intuition. All the qualities that accompany my spiritual accomplishments. Tenacity, and strength, and kindness. When I own all these aspects of myself, it gives me confidence about the future. If I own these qualities in the present, than I can be confident I will have them with me in the future. So whatever arises, I will be equipped to handle it.
Moreover, the more I own these qualities, the more they become my dominant belief system. Instead of nursing the belief that I am a failure, I can step into the belief that I am a spiritually evolved, highly-effective being. In fact, during this time of Isabelle’s illness, I’ve been seeing more and more how efficient a problem solver I can be. I wasn’t able to make Isabelle better. But I have been very successful in finding solutions to support her, and ultimately (I hope) the treatment she needs to ultimately cure her.
So as my beliefs about myself change – according to these new understandings – my world around me should also change. I don’t want to set myself up for anything (as Guidance would say), but if deep down I am beginning to embrace myself as an effective, powerful, successful being, it seems inevitable that my outer life will also begin to reflect these beliefs.
And then finally there is the new understanding of karma. I had thought that karma was just a debt that you owed. You reap what you sow. And it is. That is true. But I was seeing it like a ledger inscribed in your soul. Bookkeeping.
In my last session, what I realized is karma is nothing more than the beliefs you hold. Certainly your past actions have created your current beliefs, but those actions are no longer relevant. They are ancient history. All that really matters is the present. The beliefs you currently hold. Change your beliefs, and you change your world. You are not chained to your karma. You can just become clear - change your thoughts – and your karma is resolved."
Dear Friends, or as Guidance would say "Dear Sweet Ones",
Have you ever wondered why They address us in this way?
In Their infinite love for us They consistently find ways to point us into the direction of our true nature. By doing so, it helps us gain further perspective of ourselves truthfully, rather than seeing ourselves from the angles we use that has nothing to do with truth.
I wanted to explain why you have not heard from me lately. Since September I have been taking care of my father. He had a long list of physical challenges that finally supported him in releasing his body the end of October. Since then, I have been coordinating memorials, sifting through his affairs then, finally, allowing myself to grieve.
Too much has happened to go into detail now, but suffice to say it has been an incredible journey and I will share with you what is pertinent as I am ready. Literal phenomenal occurences happened that I want to take time to explain, honoring my processing of it first.
However, I do want to say now that more than ever I am realizing how our minds take us into distractions. Distracting us from a great potential which is unfolding Now.
During this process I have continued to do private sessions when possible and so often Guidance is saying this is the year to realize their motto quite literally. "To the degree we are in perception of ourselves, is the degree we create in our reality". They are consistently saying we have the potential to realize that all is created from within. That we will no longer be grasping outside of ourselves for stimulation, answers, verification or even companionship. When we realize the fullness of this internal awareness there is no need for anything external other than that which is purely practical. Even the practical needs are not grasped for any longer for the internal awareness peacefully guides us into sustaining ourselves. No more urgency, grasping, fear or impatience. Now They are not saying we won't be in relationships, and we won't enjoy and seek the beauty of our world. Rather, out of curiosity we will observing what arises in our lives, knowing that the external is just the projection of our internal awareness. Delighting In how we create, smoothly, patiently, efficiently and lovingly from this awareness.
This recent personal journey has been assisted by being still, not doing anything but processing grief and further realizing how I have been bound by familial beliefs systems, and genetics. Guidance is saying that genetic patterning can be identified scientifically, however, we do not yet fully understand that as influential the genetic patterning is, the emotional inherited patterning is so strong it can become a separate, almost entity in and of itself. So accompanying the death of a parent or family member, one has the opportunity to release oneself from all of these influences In supporting us in realizing our true nature.
Through this process I have received enormous help from many. Know, I am not uniquely blessed. We all have such help available to us, manifesting in many different ways. Please don't feel alone. Reach out when you can, this is also a lesson for us in interdependence, and what a blessing this realization is. How comforting when we know this is arising from our creative nature, reflecting externally that which we internally experience, the oneness of all things and the divine love for oneself, from that realization - how could we not be taken care of?
During this journey, I found another profound tool to help guide me to this peaceful internal space that I am excited to share with you. Please commit to listening to this minimally 6 consecutive times, it will take about 1/2 hour. Let it penetrate deeply, listen with headphones in a relaxed position without distractions. Give yourself this gift. Please.
Go to: YouTube. Soygal Rinpoche, then click on any of the several recitations of Natural, Great Peace.
I pray, you see ever more clearly how the chatter of our minds distracts us from peace and this internal truth.
With so much gratitude for all of you, there has to be a great internal love nested within me in order to have all of you in my life.
Blessings. I will keep you posted as appropriate.