Blog by Diane Donovan-Vaughn 9/15/2018
Let us begin with power. Where is it and how do we find our power?
“According to an old Hindu legend…
“…there was once a time when all human beings were gods, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from them and hide it where it could never be found.
“Where to hide their divinity was the question. So Brahma called a council of the gods to help him decide. ‘Let’s bury it deep in the earth,’ said the gods. But Brahma answered, ‘No, that will not do because humans will dig into the earth and find it.’ Then the gods said, ‘Let’s sink it in the deepest ocean.’ But Brahma said, ‘No, not there, for they will learn to dive into the ocean and will find it.’ Then the gods said, ‘Let’s take it to the top of the highest mountain and hide it there.’ But once again Brahma replied, ‘No, that will not do either, because they will eventually climb every mountain and once again take up their divinity.’ Then the gods gave up and said, ‘We do not know where to hide it, because it seems that there is no place on earth or in the sea that human beings will not eventually reach.’
“Brahma thought for a long time and then said, ‘Here is what we will do. We will hide their divinity deep in the center of their own being, for humans will never think to look for it there.’
“All the gods agreed that this was the perfect hiding place, and the deed was done. And since that time humans have been going up and down the earth, digging, diving, climbing, and exploring–searching for something already within themselves.
Some of you may recognize this story as a version of one I tell at the Destiny Retreat. However, another version of this story of man’s divinity also suggests that the gods hid man’s power inside his throat or voice because the words you use in life will create your reality. Where can you find words to use that will create happiness in your life today?
Your true power lies inside you. As you think and speak throughout the day, you either speak with power of divinity inside you or you speak from your human ego and survival system. This why I suggest that you continually observe thoughts and words to help you to see the underlying motivations either based on love or fear. If you are not relaxed, then look for the fear.
The Art of Spiritual Peacemaking says to “See, hear, and know as God Sees, hears, and knows” and to allow your goals, intentions, discussions and actions to be guided by this hidden divine power deep within you. Begin to speak as God would speak to create a life of joy.
You can easily become aware of how the words coming out of your mouth feel weak or strong, positive or negative, loving or fearful. Yes, it requires that we speak with mindfulness, truly being present with our energy as well as present and listening to the energy of the ones around us. Your true divine power is already inside you. Allowing it to express from your throat creates a life based on your divine nature, increasing happiness and peace.
Even as life offers us many challenges from a minor irritation to a major loss, we do not benefit from speaking words that god would not speak. I often change my negative words to what I call a positive affirmation or lie. Since depressed and anxious people have many intense negative feelings and emotions, it has been very helpful in my life to hear a positive statement that does not yet exist in my life. For example, if my mind and/or mouth said, “I am broke,” I would say, “I am rich.” Then, I would laugh and please notice that the positive words caused me joy instantly.
Now, if I were to use positive words for severe grief, they might not be so beneficial simply because I might be trying to escape a real emotion about my loss. When we lose someone or something and have severe pain, it is not helpful to simply try to affirmation it away. Grief is about love we have inside us. It is about a void we feel in our life every day. Finding an affirming statement requires a trip inside the heart and the ability to listen to the Divine inside. Please do not believe me without really looking inside. When you have grief and pain, the comforter is inside you. Get to know your comforter and your divinity inside constantly so that it will be easy to access when you really need it.
If you find yourself angry with someone else saying placating words that irritate you with some metaphysical mumbo jumbo, it simply means the other person needs you to escape your pain because they do not like it. Just bless anyone who irritates you and send him or her light because that is the act of divinity from inside you. Running them over with your car, not so much.
Remember the gods purportedly hid our divine power because we misused it. How do you misuse power? It is simply by allowing the ego to be in charge of our creations that we all misuse power. It is a simple act of taking all of our vocal power and turning on someone with fear and hate that power can be misused and it is in believing that we have any right whatsoever to control others that we misuse power. Notice even as I talk about the misuse of power that the energy drops and joy leaves.
Here is an experiment to try when you are tempted to control, fix, judge or in any way fear another person: Say silently in your mind, “I love you and send you the love of God (or Christ or the Universe) and “You love me.” Just silently repeat it over and over to drown our any negative thoughts and feelings you have and then wait for it. Just wait for it. The miracle happens so fast it makes your head spin.
Your words have the power to create happiness right now. Your ability to rest inside your own divinity, to see as God sees, to hear as God hears and to know as God knows is inside you right now. Move your attention to your divine self and know joy. Ah! There it is. Happiness.
Today the daily meditation from Living a Life of Awareness – Meditations on the TOLTEC Path by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. is titled “Practicing Nonattachment” (page 6).
Ruiz said, “It’s often said in spiritual circles, ‘don’t be attached to things.’ But in reality, we’re often not attached to the thing itself but to the idea of that thing. We have a compulsive belief that we must acquire something outside ourselves to make us complete.
“Any time you hear yourself say, ‘I need this” or “I need that,’ you know you are attached to that idea. You have made your happiness and self-love conditional on the acquisition of that thing.”
Ruiz Practice: “With awareness today, remember that you need nothing outside yourself to be complete. You are already complete and perfect exactly the way you are at this moment.”
Remember with affirmations and intention setting, you can counteract your willful attachment to a particular outcome by adding the words, “for the highest good” or by checking in again with your higher self and inner divinity to correct your so-called need. The Despacho we make every Saturday is designed to correct your intentions through the ritual itself as it reaches into the divine and pulls out what will most benefit our personal journey in life.
Let’s practice power and happiness for a moment:
Close your eyes and take deep connected breaths. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Inhale love, light and energy. Exhale fear, tension and tiredness. Relax and send love, life and energy to all your cells and atoms. Say to you, “All my cells and atoms are filled with love, strength, energy, healing and light.” Place your attention on the center of your being, the center of your chest and find your divinity inside. Rest here as you listen to any guidance it gives you about your life, your intentions, your words and your experiences. Listen to what your higher power says that you are here on earth to do or be. Finally, allow the joy and happiness that exists inside this divine space to permeate all your thoughts, cells and atoms. Exhale and breathe your joy into the world.