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Power

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When we give without expecting anything in return, we are powerful. We are in control of our destiny. We do things for the sheer enjoyment of it. Our work is of high quality because there is attention and care in what we do.

We do not wait for others to make us happy. We are happy and abundant and we share it with everyone. We give people our full attention. They feel this positive energy and gravitate towards us.

Or, if someone is blaming us, we watch the situation. We don’t react and defend ourselves against the criticism. We allow ourselves to be diminished and permit others to experience their feelings at that moment. We don’t add fuel to an explosive situation.

And the miracle is that once we allow ourselves to be diminished and let others be as they are, things start to change. Other people come to our aid. Situations suddenly turn around for the better. Why is this so? Because we permitted the hard shell of our ego to crumble so we become an opening from which consciousness flows into this world. We let the power of the universe move through us and set us free.

 


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Balanced

There is balance in the world around us. There is sadness but there is also happiness. There is darkness but there is also light. There is bad but there is also good. One cannot exist without the other. These polarities exist within our universe.

Why is it that we can’t see or feel the balance around us? Because we see the world not as it is but as we are. We are preoccupied with things or concepts that we fail to see the beauty of the present moment. And because these forms are fleeting, we are in a perpetual state of unease. We cling to one side and ignore the other side. We only see the negative but not the positive. We focus on things that are wrong instead of things that are right.

For instance, when we walk on a forest trail at dusk, we are afraid of the dark. We hurry along to get out of the darkness and into the brightness of a busy street. In our rush, we fail to see the beauty of the fireflies that lit the bushes. It seems that a million Christmas lights are strung along the bushes giving it an ethereal quality. Out of the gloom comes the glow of radiance.

How do we get in touch with the abundance that is everywhere? How do we find our balance? We start by observing things without judging them. We study and watch, without needing to change them. We become aware. Out of this awareness comes the understanding that is beyond the polarities. We are thus able to connect with our pure essence, which is one with the essence of all beings. We become balanced.


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One with life

Eckhart Tolle says that everything in nature is one with life. I was recently reminded by this when I learned about the massive flooding on December 16-17, 2011 in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines. Thousands are either dead or missing and many more lost their homes and everything they owned. A friend told me that her brother, who lives in Iligan, noticed on the afternoon of December 16th  that a very large number of black ants were coming out of the ground and were going up the tree near his house. He thought this was a very unusual occurrence since the ants live underground but now they were going above ground. He immediately called his wife and told her to get the flashlights ready because something bad was about to happen. Sure enough, disaster struck at or close to midnight.

How is it possible that the ants sensed the calamity even before it happened? This is a question that is asked by the mind that wants to understand, classify, and categorize things. But the truth is that when we are one with life, we don’t have to think–and yet we are compelled do the right thing. The ants are aligned with the universe and are connected with the whole totality of being. They didn’t think; they just went up the tree. They neither want nor fear anything because they know that life will take care of them.

We, too, can learn from nature. We can watch things unfold before us and see the beauty and glory of God in each situation. We let consciousness flow through us and infuse our being with its essence so we do the right thing at the right moment. We then experience a more wonderful and fulfilled life beyond that which is labeled good or bad by the thinking mind.