Love and Light Blog – 10/13/2018
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.
The Toltecs from Mexico say that our life is a waking dream, an illusionary reality made up of our beliefs. The whole world is made up of over seven billion people each having their own personal dream, while engaging in and believing in some of the collective dreams such as fear, greed, lack, competition…various religions, rules and expectations.
The aborigines from Australia talk about dreaming as the place of no time, the place that always has and always will exist. They believe you can live your life from this spiritual place of dreaming. Mystics and various scriptures talk about the Kingdom within as opposed to the kingdom without. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21, KJV) Esoteric philosophies talk about the microcosm of the macrocosm or “as above, so below.” Quantum mechanics, the theory of the microscopic world has revealed to us an underlying reality that is affected by our attention upon it.The quantum world operates in ways that are foreign to the outer way of seeing and hearing our illusionary dreams.
The ordinary reality of every day dreams include all the beliefs and labels we learn to place upon our experiences. I think of the quantum world, nonordinary reality and the Kingdom of God as sort of the matrix upon which we create our illusionary dreams. In order to wake up to the real world, one can practice suspending the belief of knowing. Yes, it does take practice because our beliefs are very convincing. When you practice for a while for example, you can actually look and hear past stories like abandonment, rejection and disappointment. The words, “I know nothing” are much more relaxing and peaceful, leaving room for love and miracles to present themselves.
I had a story, a dream of abandonment. I remember the time I was taught to believe it and I accepted it as my dream. I was about four years old, sitting on a step by a concrete porch. My dad was giving me his abandonment dream, my story of abandonment. He said he was leaving the country and wouldn’t be back for a long time. He was most likely devastated. My mother was divorcing him. His mother died when he was ten years old. He poured all his abandonment on me and I accepted it as my story. Finally, when I was eleven years old, he died and the story was completely verified for me. It was my story and still would like to convince me that it is true. Fortunately, by finding a focus on the real world, practicing letting go of my beliefs and filters, today, I know the story is just a dream, no matter how much pain I associate it with, no matter how believable it appears to be, it is just an unhappy story.
The story is just the story. It is an illusion of this outer world that can be sensed. It is a belief about a sensory experience. It is not the matrix of infinity and immortality of the divine.
When you practice, “I do not know” how would you know what to do, where to go, and how to focus your attention? The answer is simple. Allow yourself to meld with reality, the dream that has been and always will be here, the divine energy of the oneness matrix. Becoming this energy, you become a light for the world that appears to be lost in the wilderness of sad and fearful beliefs, creating sad and fearful stories. Become the world of miracles. If reality is affected by our focus on it, then row your boat merrily, merrily, merrily down the stream. Focus on love.
Today the daily meditation from Living a Life of Awareness – Meditations on the TOLTEC Path by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. is titled “Living Your Life As a Work of Art.”
Ruiz said, “The word Toltec means “artist” in English, and life is the canvas for a Toltec’s art. I am aware that knowledge is an instrument by which I am able to interact with the world, and my yeses and no’s are the chisels or paintbrushes with which I create. I engage in the Toltec tradition by choice, fully aware that the name Toltec refers to an action or agreement belonging to a philosophy.
“Not calling myself a Toltec wouldn’t lessen my agreement or the lessons I learn from this oral tradition. This means my agreement is not subjugated to an identity. I am free to choose to agree, disagree, scrutinize, and engage with Toltec philosophy, or any other, as much as I want. I am free to relate and engage in relationships with people who have a preference for another tradition or philosophy.
“This is true for every one of my beliefs: I engage it for as long as I want to, knowing full well that I am a living being with the full potential to experience life with or without that agreement. This is what gives power to my agreements; I make them because I want to. This is my art, my agreement: to allow myself to experience life in its ever-changing truth with love.”
Ruiz Practice- “ Today, remember that your beliefs exist only because you exist. Therefore, no belief is greater or more important that you are. This is true for every human being.”
Today, I will close with an indigenous blessing said to be from Mexico.
Close your eyes as I read it for you and take deep connected breaths. Continue breathing deeply, in through the nose and out through the mouth, relaxing all the while.
“I release my parents from the feeling that they have already failed me.
I release my children from the need to bring pride to me; that they may write their own ways according to their hearts, that whisper all the time in their ears.
I release my partner from the obligation to complete myself. I do not lack anything, I learn with all beings all the time.
I thank my grandparents and forefathers who have gathered so that I can breathe life today. I release them from past failures and unfulfilled desires, aware that they have done their best to resolve their situations within the consciousness they had at that moment. I honor you, I love you and I recognize you as innocent.
I am transparent before your eyes, so they know that I do not hide or owe anything other than being true to myself and to my very existence, that walking with the wisdom of the heart, I am aware that I fulfill my life project, free from invisible and visible family loyalties that might disturb my Peace and Happiness, which are my only responsibilities.
I renounce the role of savior, of being one who unites or fulfills the expectations of others.
Learning through, and only through, LOVE, I bless my essence, my way of expressing, even though somebody may not understand me.
I understand myself, because I alone have lived and experienced my history; because I know myself, I know who I am, what I feel, what I do and why I do it.
I respect and approve myself.
I honor the Divinity in me and in you.
We are free.”
(This ancient blessing was created in the Nahuatl language, spoken in Mexico. It deals with forgiveness, affection, detachment and liberation).