Sunday, April 29, 2012

Living as if the Solutions are Here and Now

We all have problems that require real solutions. Sometimes, the problems are so daunting, so looming that any hope of solving these problems appears out of our reach and our control. Worse, we may not even imagine a solution could ever exist for some problems we experience.

There is another option: live life as if the solutions are living within us right here and right now.
Truly, any problems we experience begin and end in the mind. The mind observes the problem. The mind also holds the solution. Anything that starts in the mind also ends in the mind.

We may have no conscious idea of what a solution would look or feel like. However, if we act as if there is a solution and that we hold that solution within our life and our mind, we are creating the solution in our present. The actual solution may be obscured, but it is there; we have it inside of us, right here, right now.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Leaving Our Self-Created Box

Our environment constantly attempts to place us in the box that some call “I”. This box is a limiting box. The big box your self-created box is found within could be called your city, your town, your state, your country, even this planet. That box is one built upon ignorance of true reality.

Everything has always been here and will always be. It just looks so different; it just feels so different. The difference is simply our mind attempting to rationalize what we are from the rest of what is: a completely understandable approach. Embrace this approach, with a curiosity that, perhaps, it is mistaken.
This does not mean we ignore our reality, or our seeming separateness from others, or other things. It does mean that we honor our present understanding and open ourselves to a more whole understanding.
If we examine an organism, or even a simple object, we can see it with our own eyes, and also realize our eyes do not allow for complete understanding. We do not see the organs within, the blood that pulses through the heart, the nerves that lead up to the brain, sending signals to the rest of the body. Yet, these organs, this blood, those nerves exist.
We can look at a painting. A painting is a fabrication involving matters and energies placed on a canvas or in a space. It is meant to be a representation of some thing, some one, some of what we may not know how to describe in any other way but with matter and our energy. It gives the illusion of three-dimensional living and that those three-dimensions not actually exist within the painting itself. The mind expands the two-dimensions of the painting and allows it to expand into our three-dimensional understanding of our world and our life. Yet, the painting is inanimate, is nearly two-dimensional, yet we see depth, height, length where none actually exists in our reality.
Examine a photograph. A nearly perfect representation of a paused moment of time. There are so many aspects that are eclipsed in a photo. The camera. The picture-taker. The entire background and backdrop. A picture ignores all the moments, all the matter, all the energy that feeds into that one, paused moment of time. The picture is not perfect. Neither is our memory. A picture, like memory, ignores what’s outside the lines, or behind the lines.
Learning to leave our self-created box takes concerted effort, extreme patience and a never ending supply of attempting understanding. The box is an illusion that we believe is true. Simply, open your mind and awareness to other possibilities, to other potentials.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Unearthing the Inner Empowerment Zone

The complex world in which we live is woven by our finances, our jobs, our relationships and our families as well as by our home, our health and our wellness. At any given moment, some of these threads act to strengthen our life; at other moments, some of these threads can weaken us.

Learning how to strengthen these threads is difficult but essential in empowering our lives. If we wait for some external force to do the strengthening, we are waiting for added weakness.

Strength truly originates from how we use what we have and what is happening around us. We must begin to see what we have and what is happening as useful; we need only learn how best to wield what we have. Using a toothbrush as a hammer doesn’t work toward our success. Imagine using a hammer as a toothbrush.

We could inventory the weaves in our life basket, keeping score of what we have and what we do not have. Finances, never enough. Jobs, not good enough. Relationships, tough stuff. Home, a mess. Health, not the best. Wellness, certainly not.

Keeping a life inventory usually leads to superiority, frustration, anxiety, depression, even anger. It isn’t about enjoying any of what we do have. It does highlight what we desperately want to keep and what we most desire to have under our control. We may gain temporary relief by seeing what we have, but immediately the anxiety of losing it or having it taken away takes over our mind. This darkens our vision and limits our creative potential. What we need is to be empowered.

True empowerment starts inside of us. Empowerment is inside of us, right here, right now; it has always been there, and it will always be there. When we feel inspired by others, that feeling of empowerment is only being unearthed.

When we feel empowered, everything is useful, and we have all that we need.
When we feel empowered, we don’t see obstacles, we see opportunity.
When we feel empowered, we don’t let our lack of limit us.

When we feel empowered, we let go of what has happened and focus on what is happening.
When we feel empowered, we do.
When we feel empowered, we create.
When we feel empowered, we give.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Opportunity & Inspiration: The Return of Audacious Living

Daily living can become monotonous. Worse, our daily life can become debilitating, lacking sources of inspiration and clouding over the opportunities of living. Breaking from the monotony cycles is necessary, even daily. However, if our monotony cycle has been running steadily, we sometimes need a hard break to shake loose our mind and open up to inspiration and opportunity once again.

Returning from such a hard break can be jarring. Our energy is actively percolating, our mind is aware, our heart is open. We find ourselves fighting the monotony cycles of nearly everyone around us. Initially, we see the opportunities and the inspirations in each experience, in each human being. We wish to open these fellow beings to living life once again. Yet, often the response is non-existent; worse, the response is to shut us down.

Having patience and understanding for others is necessary. Recall how we, ourselves, had to be brought back to life by flying to the other coast or running into the woods.

We are now the open flame of the audacity of active being. We don’t have to open others up similarly, and we can certainly understand the veils draping across the life of others.

It is traumatic to have someone else lift that veil. Letting go of the opportunities and inspiration of others is difficult. It is necessary to keep our audacity flame alive in our daily life, and, keeping that flame lit is crucial for allowing others to lift their own monotony veil on their own terms, not ours.

Our audacity of living flame has always been lit.
The audacity of living flame is alive in everyone.
Conditions and people have no effect on the flame itself.
Only our own mind can obscure the brilliant, inspiring light of living.
Only our own mind can find the opportunity and the inspiration in everyone and everything.