Meanderings on Enlightenment 1990

I wrote straight out of a very powerful visualization meditation on a warm spring afternoon in 1990. I came across it this morning and thought I’d share.

Just in case no one else reminds you today, YOU are awesome!

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay inspired!

Ray

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The Raw Material of Your Enlightenment – Day 316 of 365 Days to a Better You

Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!

~Ram Dass

Everything, literally everything, that comes into your experience is raw material for your enlightenment. Your suffering and your joy are the very stuff of your enlightenment. Your successes and your failures are too. Your loves and your heartbreaks and your epiphanies all are ready teachers eager to show you the way to a better version of you.

There’s never a shortage of building blocks for you to gain wisdom, be more compassionate, or expand your consciousness. You simply have to show up for class and complete the assignments, however challenging.

Here are five ways to convert your raw experience into greater awakening.

  1. Stop making value judgments – good or bad – about your experiences. Simply see every one as a teacher.
  2. Ask for the lesson in the experience to reveal itself.
  3. Be more committed to to your enlightenment than to the drama in the immediate experience.
  4. Be present for the lesson so you don’t have to repeat it over and over.
  5. Be courageous. Hardship and ecstasy are common. Given the chance, they can consume your consciousness and knock you off course for a whole lifetime. Face the challenge and keep moving toward enlightenment.

The alternative is to continue allowing your experiences to feed your ego rather than your awakening. If you’re ready to level up, here’s your opportunity.

In case no one else has reminded you today, YOU are awesome!

Ray

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Open Hearts Open Minds – Day 295 of 365 Days to a Better You

Open hearts open minds. Open minds open everything else. It’s virtually impossible to create a better version of you or a better world with a closed mind or a closed heart.

Change, by definition, is about openness to new ideas and new possibilities. It’s not as if you live in a universe that gives you a choice. That universe is in constant motion whether you are or not.

Setting your feet in cemented ideas may feel safe and it may feel strong, but at the end of the day, you spend all your energy trying to stay in place against the current of change.

Now, of course not all change is automatically positive. Fortunately, you are a powerful creator able to shape the change that flows through your life and into the world.

Here are some quotes and #RayQuotes to inspire you to be more open, receptive, and co-creative in this ever-changing world.

    ANYTHING is possible for determined minds and open hearts.
    Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. -Sir James Dewar
    Open hands can capture nourishing rain water. Closed hands just get wet. Minds are like hands.
    Closed minds expand limitations. Open minds expand possibilities.
    What the world needs is Paul Reveres sounding the alarm to the closed hearts and minds everywhere that it’s time to open.
    Let us open our minds to see beyond the problems of the moment and envision possibilities inherent in our vast Universe.
    Free hearts and open open minds the world over are saying, “Enough”. The few must no longer rule the many.
    What good is an open society, if it is filled with closed minds? Let’s create a world where open minds embrace open society.
    With open eyes, is the truth seen. With closed minds, is the truth obscured.
    Open hearts open minds. Open minds open everything.

In case no one else has told you today, you ARE amazing!

Ray

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Share Your Light Once You Own It – Day 290 of 365 Days to a Better You

Good morning, my friends. There’s a challenge in our world today. Many of the people who practice personal development and spirituality tell you to avoid negativity – negative people and situations – like the plague. One common piece of advice is to drop friends and family who are negative. They tell you that once you’ve found your enlightenment, you should go blissfully about your business without touching the darkness in the world.

This is not a new problem. There’s a story in the Buddhist tradition that the Buddha, having attained complete enlightenment, looked at the darkness and evil in the world and considered keeping it to himself. It’s said the god Brahma appeared before the Buddha and pleaded with him to teach the dharma, arguing that both men and gods needed to hear it. As history tells us, the Buddha did go out and encounter that dark world with his enlightenment and transformed half this planet.

There is much darkness in our world today. Our economic, military, and even religious ideologies create havoc, violence, and injustice.

You and I have the same choice the Buddha had all those centuries ago. We can say our affirmations, meditate, develop our bodies and our minds and our spirits and keep it all to ourselves. We can say, “Thinking about or exposing myself to those realities upsets my balance, is unspiritual, or risks what I’ve achieved for myself.”

Here’s the thing. We still have to share the world with all the institutions and people who live in this negativity. Just like positive thinking, negative mindsets create in the world what begins in the mind. If you look at many of the challenges we face, you can see this at work all around us.

I believe we are called upon, having attained some understanding ourselves, to spread the light into the darkness that is hatred, war, and injustice; doing more than simply letting it persist.

Involvement in the process is actually the most enlightened thing you can do. If enough of us do it, then this world has hope of turning the ship around and heading in directions that will change everything and everyone for the better.

Engagement not avoidance is the way forward. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this below.

As always, in case I’m the only one who tells you today, you ARE awesome!

 Ray

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Humanity Awakens One Person at a Time Starting with You – Day 276 of 365 Days to a Better You

Good Tuesday, my friends. This post roams into my other main area of interest – human beings. Who are we really? How did we get here? Where are we headed? As some of you know I wrote a novel – first of a trilogy – titled Anunnaki Awakening. In that book, I go into more of the details of what I’m about to write. For me, human awakening and empowerment are massively connected to us unraveling a past far different from what many assume is true. Our awakening is literally our freedom.

The word awakening is thrown around a lot these days. People are always imploring others to “wake up” to this idea or that.

What is awakening, really? Awakening is more than recognizing the world is not ordered in a way that benefits ordinary human beings, though that’s a start. It’s more than realizing there’s a cabal of people driving much of the chaos and angst on our planet, though that’s true. It’s more than being angry about these things and ranting and raging about them because the end result of that, at best, is to replace one angry system with another.

If you understand all these things, you’ve got one eye uncovered.

Maybe you’ve picked up on the alien involvement in our civilization from the get-go and how these gods small g substituted themselves in place of the true intelligence behind this multiverse. Maybe you’ve identified how they enslaved humanity’s mind, made us feel unworthy and sinful for being who we are, and threatened us with judgement and damnation. Maybe you’ve noticed how these mindsets figure into the bloody headlines in our world today and millions of people feeling hopeless and not reaching their potential. Maybe you see its ultimate expression – a rampant blaming and hatred of our own species that leads only to us implementing our destruction for the puppet masters.

You’re starting to uncover the second eye.

Full awakening comes when we realize that we are more than the witnesses to the problems. We are the carriers of the solutions. We aren’t here in this time and place to hasten the destruction of the human race. We’re here to bring about a transformation that releases the literal and mental shackles, ends the divisions we’ve been handed to keep us weak, and allows us to take our rightful place among the sentient beings in this galaxy.

If you’re still stuck in let’s get mad, let’s burn this baby down, that’s a natural first reaction to becoming aware, but it’s not being awake. We are here to create, here to transform, here to tip the balance from fear to love.

When your mind and your heart arrive at that realization. When your hands and your feet work at it every day, that’s awakening. That’s you being the person you came here to be and making the difference you came here to make.

Keep your eyes open. Keep broadening your perspective. Keep thinking bigger then you ever have before.

Ray

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RayQuotes #9 – Consciousness Quotes

Here are some quotes I’ve coined and tweeted over the years about living consciously. May you find a gem or two for you Amor g them.

  • We are the unconscious product of our environment, until we choose to be the conscious product of our choices.
  • My life is a single and unique instance in time and space of a vast and eternal consciousness.
  • Our thoughts are tremors for the earthquake of reality. Our collective consciousness creates our collective experience.
  • One heart lifted raises the whole world’s consciousness.
  • Be conscious of the vibration you are sending out into the Universe. Remember it’s coming back to you.
  • Too much TV causes us to become vicarious observers rather than conscious actors and creators.
  • Beware of those constantly trying to plant a “sky is falling” mindset in your consciousness.
  • When we are unconscious and without focus, we are left wondering how we got where we are. Get conscious, get focused.
  • 99% of the anger, hatred, prejudice you have in your mind was planted there by others. It’s time for conscious replanting.
  • The sun is rising; the clouds have passed away. And in the minds of at least a few, a greater consciousness has arisen. RT
  • We need to get this crystal clear in our heads. The world is not something out there that happens to us. The future is not beyond our control. We are creating both right now with every thought, feeling, word, and action. They key is to get conscious about those.
  • We clearly understand that there is a conscious effort to condition us to fear each other and remain divided. We must stop allowing it.
  • Our culture is obsessed by being against evil rather than for good. Subtle difference of consciousness, massive in effect!
  • It’s not enough to just think positive. Positive thinking comes to life through action and conscious choosing.
  • We are unconscious slaves to the past, until we become conscious choosers of the future.
  • When our consciousness is focused on finding the worst in “them”, we generally expose the worst in us.
  • Fame is a fickle friend, but greatness is a daily and conscious choice.
  • Neither change for change’s sake nor same for tradition’s sake is the way forward. Let us make conscious choices.
  • There is nothing useful in conscious poverty or unconscious wealth, but conscious wealth creation helps you and helps you help others.
  • Your mind is being conditioned by someone every day. Be as conscious of the ideas you ingest as you are of the food.
  • Whatever you believe tends to come your way. Be conscious of what you’re believing.
  • Law of Attraction works for nations as it works for people. Nations constantly attracting conflict into consciousness, soon have it.
  • Conscious choices or unconscious choices; which are you building your life from today?
  • Positive thinking is a beginning, but empowered, conscious thinking is the goal.
  • We are the conscious eyes of the Universe.
  • The words you use to describe your life now predict your life in the future. Be conscious of your words.
  • Happiness is not a destination, it is a conscious decision made daily; it is a choice to be happy and it IS MY choice!
  • Empowerment goes beyond even positive thinking. It’s about being a totally conscious, sovereign human being.
  • The breakthrough is to understand we aren’t many minds seeking to be one consciousness, but one consciousness alive in many minds.

Ray

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Radicalizing Your Transformation – Day 245 of 365 Days to a Better You

Before I begin, THANK YOU. Subscriptions to this blog have doubled this year. That’s thanks to all of you spending your valuable time reading and sharing with a friend. My deepest gratitude for it.

Many of you have probably encountered the serenity prayer at some point in your lives. It’s a beautiful, inspiring prayer that many, including me have found empowering. There’s a line in that prayer that reads:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”

Today I came across a quote that twists this line in a radical way and it immediately resonated with me. It’s the rebellious cry of someone ready to challenge the status quo. Not surprising, because it was coined by a political activist and professor named Angela Davis. She spent her early life operating way outside the political and civil norms in our culture.

Here’s the quote. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

The power of the serenity prayer is its reliance on the power of acceptance and rest there are forces beyond our control. All true. At certain times in your journey, this is a needed message.

However, if you’re feeling stuck, trying the same things over and over, and getting nowhere; you may need to radicalize your mindset to the second quote. It’s a statement filled with fire and determination to overcome the obstacles that stand between your dreams and you. It’s a refusal to accept what is anymore. It’s a statement of I’m ALL IN in on changing my circumstances.

I think we can find wisdom and power in both quotes. If you’re ready to kick your status quo to the curb, the second quote may provide the fuel to inspire it. I think you’re entitled to get radical for your dreams.

Ray

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