Discover the Fullness of Possibilities


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That centre of conscious being is all powerful; it is connected to the essence of the Universe. Do not belittle yourself that you are a physical being. You are having a physical experience but you are not a physical being. Your Being-ness is Divine, immortal, imperishable. 

Clear the mind of thoughts that limit your consciousness. You clear the thoughts by observing them remotely. Thoughts are your creations – do not give your power away to them. Observe them, detach from them, and stay centered in silence; the all-powerful silence. Silence is not emptiness – it is fullness of possibilities. Sri Vasudeva

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Are we Happy with the Road we are On?


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Namaskar Everyone

I got a lot of private messages saying that some of you did not understand the story that I posted yesterday. I’m sure there are many perspectives on it, I’ll explain how I see it.

The story talks about someone who is in a forest, encounters a tiger and seeks to escape from the danger by running away and ends up falling off a cliff. At the bottom of the cliff are serpents. Could you imagine a more challenging life circumstance? In your life have you ever been in a difficult situation? Have your ever tried running away and the situation became more complicated? Does it ever feel that no matter where you turn there is challenge? The person in the story is in such a situation but as he falls off the cliff he notices a vine with some wonderful sweet fruits and he spends all his efforts trying to grasp the fruits. In the midst of his challenge he is focused on the pleasure of the senses, in this case he is motivated by how he anticipates the fruits will taste, and how much he will enjoying eating those fruits. He is so caught up in his efforts to have the fruits he pays no attention to the danger of the serpents that he is about to encounter.

Sri Vasudeva then invites us to reflect on our lives. Are we caught up in the pleasure of the senses? Have we ever noticed when we are caught, how fleeting that experience is? The pleasure never lasts, pain is always around the corner just like the person in the story.

Sometimes in the midst of pain we start to seek another way of being, we realize that we are disconnected from our Source, we feel we cannot access wisdom, peace, love, and we feel burnt out, then we begin to seek that connection. Once we start to seek that light we find some glimmer and even the smallest connection rejuvenates us. But we become easily distracted and become caught up in the senses once more and inevitably land up in pain and suffering. We might remember that glimmer we once experienced and we begin to long for it and start seeking the light. But once we are refreshed, we can fall back in the trap of the senses.

So the cycle of pain and misery continues unless we see the choices we make that take us along that path. Maybe we might then realize we need to take another road. Eventually we might become curious about how we can sharpen our choice maker and what we can do to stay in the light.

I hope there is more clarity for you about the story and I wish you a very peace filled Sunday.

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How Free are We from the Sensory Cycle?


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There is a story of someone who is running in the forest, and suddenly finds himself on a cliff. He is going over the cliff but there is a branch, so he holds the branch. Down the cliff there are serpents waiting, and a tiger is chasing him – that is why he fell off the cliff and is hanging on to the branch. Whilst he is there in those moments, he sees a vine with some wonderful fruits. So forgetting about the tiger who is coming and the serpents below, and trying to grab onto the little pleasure that is there, he grasps for the fruits.

That is how some of us are; we try to eke out every bit of pleasure in the journey, knowing that pain is also going to come, but we stay with the pleasure. Some of us really do not like the pain and we search for something different, so we want to look for the true Source of command. 

Every now and then we go up to the Source and we see some clearing there, some light, we begin to feel a little better. Then when we are a little bit refreshed, we turn the chariot around and head down the road again; a little refreshed, we want to go back into sensory delight. Then pain comes again, and we begin to look for the road, “Where is that road again?” We go up the road to the Source and go just a little further, we feel a little more refreshed, but we head down the road of sensory delight again, never really learning. We are so caught up in the senses,  the pleasure consciousness and the power we feel, and every time we get a really strong dose of pain and suffering, we head slowly back up and we journey a little further to the Source. But every time we go a little further, we get some new power, some renewal, and we head down to the sensory delight again. Sri Vasudeva

What is Sādhana?


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What does self-discipline mean? Does it mean to impose some kind of strict sādhana so that we stop speaking, we stop eating, we sleep on hard floors, we punish the body?  True Sādhana means being mindful in every moment of all that is happening in your inner space and continuously striving to let the light grow within your being, not the darkness. You know very well the tamas, (inertia, darkness ignorance)  you know very well the rajas – that activity that brings us out of the tamas. It can be chanting, it can be meditation, it can be seva, or community work, all of these help to bring us out of the tamas. And we know the sattva; it creates harmony, light, peace, contentment, kindness, charity – we know it very well. 

We know the tamasic (destructive) quality across nature  that comes from the ignorance. But there is destruction that comes from sattva; when you destroy things that limit you and that destruction allows for the birth of new things and opening up to new spaces, that is sattva in the tamasic mode. We need sattva in the tamasic mode to destroy, to empty, to cleanse. And we need sattva in the rajasic mode to do, to become active. Do not fail to do because some of us, when we are in the tamas and we think that we can just go straight to the sattva, we end up sleeping in the meditation. We end up eating all the foods and then meditating. We like to meditate after we have had our stomach filled, then we feel the pleasure of meditating; we can snore as much as we want. That is when we try to bring sattva into tamas, leaving out the rajas. We need to become active, we need to do things. Sri Vasudeva

Have A Stress Free Day!


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Learn how to change your point of view quickly so there is no stress… Sri Vasudeva

Observe Consciousness and Energy in Meditation


Let us centre in conscious being. We are conscious beings. Let us stay centered in that awareness of conscious ‘being’, keeping that space clear as much as we can. That is the centre of your existence; ‘conscious being’.

And that centre of conscious being is a centre of an energy experience. You are having an energy experience in that consciousness centre. Begin to observe the qualities of both. Consciousness is not energy; consciousness is awareness of Self, awareness of being. Energy is the experience of the body. Energy is an experience of a thought. Energy is an experience of an emotion. Energy is the experience of an intention. Let it be very clear in your consciousness what energy is. Sri Vasudeva

 

 

How to Stay Empowered


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We all want to feel loved, but the purest of love is coming from the deepest place in us.  There is a child inside us: one that wants to be cuddled; one that wants to be nursed; one that wants to be protected; one that wants to be nourished.

But there is also the nourisher inside of us. So where do we want to stay? In the powerlessness of the child? Or in the power of the one who is nourishing? Sri Vasudeva

The Joy of a Transparent Ego


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When the ego becomes completely transparent on its journey, so that only the Self is shining through it, you lose ‘you,’ the ‘I’ becomes annihilated. You lose ‘you’ in the sense that the potency or the selfish nature of the ego is destroyed, and the Self shines in and through the ego as an instrument. Ego loses its sense of individuality, as it comes into a consciousness of being an instrument. It is not powerless by giving up its selfish existence, its individuality; it becomes supremely empowered by allowing itself to be an instrument. That has tremendous possibilities; the power of being an instrument and the joy of being an instrument, as opposed to individual and selfish thinking. Sri Vasudeva

 

Greet the Day as an Instrument of True Love


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Yesterday when I spoke about love and its beauty, everybody was having the best day. Today, we may realize that our white sheet has some dark spots, how excited are we about the cleansing? “Wow, I want to know these dark spots really carefully. I want to clean every one of them, because my sheet cannot be fully white and clean if I do not give attention to the dark spots.” When you look at the whiteness of the sheet, because it is dominant, the dark spots look so big, distasteful. Can we begin to see the dark spots in us? It requires really sober thinking. It requires us to detach and take a remote view and really observe from a bigger space, otherwise we do not see it; we become blind. We do not see those dark spots. We think it is all white but the dark spots are there, so it requires very keen observation. To be the ultimate lover, you need to see those dark spots. 

Does attachment and unfulfilled desires drive anywhere within your soul, so that you are attached to comfort, to recognition, to pleasure, to power, and when unfulfilled, you become frustrated and angry and want to dominate even more or manipulate even more or exploit even more? Do we do it even subtly? 

There is going to be pain in the transformation of the ego, but it is sweet pain for the seeker of true love.

Cleanse me. Cleanse me. Purify me. Nothing is too difficult, take every stain away from me.

I centre myself in the source of all love within me. My soul knows true love. I seek to be an instrument of perfect love. I am open for every cleansing action, every kriyā that may enter my space as I surrender to the evolutionary power of the Universe, that is seeking to manifest within me, so that I may be an instrument of true love. Sri Vasudeva

Be Lifted in Love Today


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May you be lifted in love today. May the mind be illumined with love. May your every breath be a breath of love. May your every footstep be a step of love. May your hands hold and hug with the power of love. May everything your hand touches be blessed with love. May you love today, differently to how you have ever loved, knowing that love is sacred, love is divine. Sri Vasudeva

Catch that Experience of the Quantum Space


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Observe the physical experience of being. Observe the human body and the experience of the human body in the consciousness space – weight, gravity, heat, movement of fluids, taste in the mouth. Observe the human experience. The goal would be to observe in a pure way, no judgement, no labelling, moving away from conditioning.

If you observe carefully, there is an experience of lightness of being. There is an energy experience in there that we do not see if we do not focus beyond the humanity, beyond the physicality. Observe and see if you can catch that experience of the quantum space, the energy space, the subtle energy space. Mind is subtle energy; mind moves in waves. Emotions are subtle energy; they move in waves. The vital energy that moves the core of the body, that feeling of vitality, that experience of vitality; it moves in waves. Your intent generates waves; the intention of being loving, being peaceful, being vital; they are waves that permeate the physical, so learn to observe.

Breath moves because of a wave of energy; it is called a vāyu, prāa vayu and apāna vāyu. So breathe out and breathe in, observing the movement of the breath. There is an energy experience behind the physical movement of the breath, so sharpen your observing skills.

Sri Vasudeva

 

Observation can Create an Inner Shift


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To observe means to look carefully at a particular object.. There is an observing consciousness, but the one that is observing can shift its centre of observation, its centre of viewing, its centre of experiencing can shift. The quality of the observing shifts, but the observer and the observing remain.

The one who is observing can become more detached in the observation and more and more centred in a Divine Space. That brings a big transformation in the one who is observing. The quality of the consciousness of the observer changes, not the observer, not the observing, not the observed,  but the quality of the one who is looking. By that I mean the ego is the one who observes so the quality of the ego changes; the quality of this ‘’I’’, of this observer is changing. Sri Vasudeva

For more read here.

How to Find the Pure Observer


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Are we ready for a shift? Can we entertain the possibility that the Observer within us can move away from its selfish existence? Can we begin to be that pure Observer that detaches and observes the conditioned ego at play and how the Observer creates its realities through this ego consciousness that we experience? Can we, observing that, make a shift in the Observer to pure observation? In making that shift, we need support; that is why I had to find a Master. So the Observer is essential to this enlightenment experience.

Patanjali, the great master of yoga, said that when we can still the energy waves or vrittis in the consciousness, then we will have a chance to experience the pure Observer. He calls it tada drashtuh svarupe avasthanam. He says when we still these ego waves in the consciousness, yogash chitta vritti nirodhah. In the chitta, the consciousness, if we still the waves, the vrittis, we get a chance for the drashtuh, the Observer, to observe in a pure way, to stand in the glory of its own light. That is the way to the enlightenment experience. It is possible for all of us.  (Patanjali Yoga Sutras Ch 1 V1.2-1.3)

Excerpt from Day 1 of the 40 days retreat 2018 with Sri Vasudeva,  for more go to https://www.blue-star.org

Humbly Acknowledge that Great Power Inside


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Observe that Self inside of you that you are trying to uncover, trying to know fully and to unite with. It is just behind your thoughts. It is behind your emotions. It is behind your vitality. It is right there. It is quiet, silent. It is ever loving. It is holding you, even when you do not know it. Sri Vasudeva

Let Your Love Flow


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Lengthen the breath so that you may draw more prāa (subtle energy behind the breath) in. Give attention to the gut as you fill it with loving energy,  and the heart as you open up the love, generating it. Love is also balm for the mind. So you experience love as the healer, the nurturing power.

Breathe deeply into the third eye using the power of the heart so that you may feel that your heart is in the brain, coupled powerfully with it. Let your heart transmit energy to the cranial brain. Love brings gentleness, patience, grace. Observe the beauty it creates in the landscape of life. The mind becomes more nourished as love saturates it. Love is a great pacifier to the mind.

Now if you find that there are limiting patterns of emotion in you, so that a little difficulty is there, just hold it lovingly. Like water flowing around a rock, it can slowly erode the rock whilst holding the rock. If you find patterns there that are limiting, blocking, use your intellect and surround it with love.

And use love as a communicator with the space around you. It is the very powerful language of the heart. Let love flow through your every limb, through the entire body so that it creates a presence and it fills the entire space around you. It colours every mental pattern, every vision you have. Let it flow, let it colour, let it light up. It becomes a fire burning brightly, sustained by your attention and intention.  Sri Vasudeva

How to Honour the Heart


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Open the palms of the hands as the energy of the heart is related to touch, and through the intention of loving, prāa flows though the emotion, coming to the hands, flowing to the body, flowing to the brain. Observe what is passion and feeling and its power. It is with those same hands we touch and hold and hug with the warmth of the heart. Observe the skin. Skin becomes energized it is the organ of touch, just hold this awareness.

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Stay in the present moment. You are experiencing the power of the open heart. With every out-breath, breathe away any limitation you may be experiencing in the heart and with every in-breath, open up the space of the heart. No matter what you experience there, accept it. But seek to bring light in there and lightness of being.

Observe how light you feel. Observe how more complete you feel as a being in the human experience. Observe how more together you feel. Observe how the mind becomes quiet in the joy of the heart. Observe how more into being you become. Honour the power of the heart. You can see how heart that is held by the mind in an open space of being, nourishes, sustains, nurtures.

Breathe…it is the flow of life.

The Possibility of an Enlightenment Experience


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Modern physics has the idea that the essence of existence is undifferentiated, but the Observer is what creates the reality. The moment it observes, it begins to change and creates its own reality from the undifferentiated source or matrix of existence. So the Observer within us is where we need to be centered, and to shift that Observer from creating these realities and notions, to a place of pure observing. And that is when we have a chance to experience that radical shift in consciousness, where the Observer begins to not be caught in the ego identities, but moves into a space of pure observation. Then we have a chance to experience the enlightenment experience. Sri Vasudeva

What are your Intentions?


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Sri Vasudeva: During the 40 Days of 1978 my intentions were and have always been to get to the highest state of consciousness.   During those days of 1978 I was so focused on reaching the highest point inside of me, to recognize the grace that surrounded me and to do only what the Universe wanted of me.  Those were my goals.  I wanted to follow to the letter, all the instructions I was given, and I did.  They were 40 Days of tremendous transformation.

I wish the same blessings for you.  I do believe that this period is extremely sacred and is supported by so many heavenly beings.  I know that if you create the right intentions that they will be fulfilled for you.  And even if you don’t create the right intentions, the wisdom will come to change them.  That is how blessed this period is.  So enjoy these days.  We begin the first day of our 40 Days tomorrow morning.

You can register and find out more information at the bluestar website.

The Power of One Thought


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“I have faith that in every day and in every way, my Universe is taking care of me.” When you begin your day with that thought and you keep that thought throughout your day, you will be amazed how your Universe will respond.

 Just a single thought in your mind, without doubt, because doubt is like the rubber that steals your energy away. No doubt. You learn to have no doubts when you are around positive people. If you are around positive people, you pick up their spirit and you lose the fear. Just one thought in the mind continuously. That sort of mental training is important. One thought in mind- continuously, continuously, continuously.

 Why do you need so many thoughts in your day? You can have a household that is cluttered with all kind of things that you like to keep, but you do not need. And the moment you clean up the house and give away everything that you do not need, see how light it feels? Or the same in an office, when you have all the information around you and you do not need them, you clear them up, you put the things that you do not need away and you deal with only the things you need right away. See what happens? You are more organized and more energised.

 It is same with the mind; you do not need so many thoughts. That is inefficiency if you need so many thoughts for all the actions you do every day. Just use the thoughts that are necessary and you will see what happens to you. You become more powerful.

You have a number of unimportant thoughts in your mind every day, plenty of thoughts! Do you really need all of that? Do you? I doubt it. So, clear up the clutter of the mind, fewer thoughts are better and one thought continuously in the mind when the mind is idle is a good thing. Let us practice keeping one thought in the mind. Sri Vasudeva

Living the Way of the Enlightened


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You are invited to participate in 40 days of retreat starting March 25th, led by Sri Vasudeva. We have been exploring his teachings so you already know who he is. The theme of these 40 days will be “Living the Way of the Enlightened.” You can listen to free meditations and talks in preparation for these days on sound cloud.

You can register here.

On the night of March 25th there will be a satsang at 6:00pm EST to launch us into the 40 days. Sri Vasudeva will introduce the theme, and a little about how he will explore it in the days ahead. Plus I think he will share in satsang, some of his experiences during the 40 days of 1978 when he entered the start of an amazing experience which left him in a state of inner freedom and bliss. There will also be powerful chanting which can be an entry way into the sacred space within. You can read more about his personal story and learn how to prepare for the retreat here.

On March 26th and every day until May 4th, we start the day with a beautiful Sanskrit chant called the Guru Gita at 5:15 am EST, which is a hymn talking about the role of the outer spiritual guide and the waking up of our inner guide. Even if you don’t know the song, the vibration of the chanting can awaken subtle energies.

Then there will be an inspirational talk and guided meditation at 6:15 am where he will give details about the self transformation process. Transcripts of this talk and meditation will be available on Sri Vasudeva’s organization www.blue-star.org

Then there is a silent meditation from noon till 12:30pm. There is another silent half hour meditation at 6:00pm. While these will not be streamed I am telling you about it so that you can tune in, if only for a moment, by simply thinking about it and taking a pause in your day.

At 3:00pm there is the opportunity to join in Sacred Conversation as the morning talk and meditation is discussed and practical tips are shared on how these spiritual concepts can be implemented in daily life. You can have your questions answered too by sending them in via the contact info on the Blue Star website.

We end the day with a Sanskrit evening chant at 8:00 pm called the Shiva Mahimna Stotram and the Shiv Manas puja ending with a silent meditation. The beauty of the Sanskrit is the effect on the chakras.

Lets participate in some or all of the spiritual discipline during these 40 days, as together we make strides on our spiritual journey.

Look Around With Fresh Eyes


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Today just a word to you about the Grace of the Universe in supporting us on the journey. Many times we isolate ourselves from that grace. We shut ourselves from that grace because we are so caught in the idea of wanting to do things ourselves which, of course, is not a bad idea but the Universe is so full of support at every turn. When the Universe gives so much support, why should we isolate ourselves from it?  When wisdom can flow from every voice, why do we avoid relationships of support?  When there is an invisible dimension of sacred beings supporting our world, why don’t we open ourselves to it?  When there are so many books and literature about the path to freedom, why don’t we use the information from them, rather than keep on reading them, and seeking to read more?

I do believe that we need only a few principles to live by, just a few.  But what is more important is putting them into practice so that we can develop our own experience; not the reading of so much.  During my own journey the only kind of reading that inspired me was the lives of great Masters – those who have made the journey. That is what inspired me. I did not want to hear the core teachings over and over.  I had no interest in that. An application of the teachings was more important to me.  How do I apply the teachings into practice?

The entire world became my learning ground, and that was exciting to me. Every person became a messenger to me, and I could see my Universe supporting me at every turn. Everybody brought me a message and I learned to see that message. I denied nobody the right to be in my space.  If you came into my space, I looked for the reason. Until this day I do the same. No matter how free I am in my inner being, I seek to listen to the voices around me, more so because I serve them.  I honour them, and they are the Divine to me. Sri Vasudeva

How Does your Space Support You?


When you create an intention it needs to lift you, it must take you to another level. And you should look to see how you can use the space around you to support your intention. “How does my intention connect with the space around me? How can it support my intention?”
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The Specialness of Today


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Can you see that the role that you have in your lifetime was specially selected for you, and the Divine is holding your hand in the Play and is just behind you? Can you feel worthy and special, however it is? Can you meet life seeing every situation as a Divine orchestration that you accept willingly, and hold the hands of the Divine as you meet with it? Can you do that? That makes every day special. Sri Vasudeva

How to have Strength & Faith


water-lilies-3199516_960_720My strength and faith is that the Divine is with me and behind me, so I do not carry any burden. Immediately a task is before me, I hold on to the Divine; “This is what You want me to do. You are sending this person to me today. You are sending this challenging situation, but I know that You are going to solve it. You are going to give me all the answers that are required.” So a little excitement comes in there however the situation may be. And when I meet the person, I begin to see why they came. I begin to see why I am needed in the play, and everything that is required unfolds. So it is never a burden for me, absolutely never. The meaning becomes very obvious, the solutions are there, and then I feel grateful for being an instrument in the play, that the Divine would choose me. Sri Vasudeva

Accept Every Page in the Book of Life


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Every day presents a new page in the book of life. You never know how the day is going to feature. You may have an idea, but it may not turn out exactly as you want it to be. It may be better or it may be challenging, not as you expect it to be, but it is a new day.

However my day features, I know it is a day that was prepared for me by the Universe, so I am in absolutely no conflict with my day. However challenging it may be, however rewarding it may be, it is a day that was prepared for me in the book of life, and it is all based on karmas. Sri Vasudeva

First Steps in Mind Training


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I see many people having greater control over their pets than their minds. For example they invest time training their beloved dog, so eventually when they tell their dog, “sit” the dog sits immediately and remains sitting until the next command.

In order to gain better control over our minds we too need to invest time in the training. That training works best if we start with a simple request, “mind focus only on this one thought”. Every time the mind runs away with a distracting thought, gently bring it back to the thought of choice.

How about if we choose a training thought that will give power to the mind while it is being repeated? A two for one deal. 🙂 A thought that can remind us of our true nature like, “I am divine.” Or we can choose an ancient Sanskrit mantra, so we get an additional freebie, we get the benefit of the energy that has been invested in that mantra by its countless repetitions over the ages. We can choose one like “Om namah shivaya”, I bow to that universal consciousness. Or we can use soham, “I am that”.  Choose something from your tradition that creates an inner response. Let that inner prompt help in the choice of the mantra.

Now  we start our day with this training. Settling in so that the body is comfortable. Just like we need to pay attention while dog training, so too we need to look to see how the mind is doing as it repeats its mantra. We need to closely observe our mind.

After a while when the mind starts getting it 🙂 we can go deeper. Listen to the mind repeat the mantra. Later we can combine the mantra with the breath. When mind is more advanced we can listen to the reverberations in the mind after each repetition. Then follow the silence as the sound subsides. Repeat the mantra once more and observe the vibrations, like the way a string when plucked, vibrates for a while before becoming still.

I find it very helpful to repeat the mantra as often as possible during the day. Especially if I am busy. Once I create such an intention I discover many idle moments when the mantra can be repeated. It is in such idleness the mind loses it’s energy. Shall we engage in some mind training today?

First Step In Meditation


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At the start of any meditation, the first step is to quiet the mind. We do that by bringing the attention into the present moment. We let go of thoughts, giving attention to the silence in the consciousness space. Then we notice the consequence of that choice by observing the peacefulness in the mind when thoughts disappear. This step awakens us to our potential power – the power to think, to will, to feel, and to influence the body.           Sri Vasudeva

Opening the Floodgates of our Heart


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Do we challenge ourselves to embrace another into our world? Or do we allow fear to push us into contraction? Do we have criteria that has to be satisfied before we will allow our love to flow? Is our love a commodity up for trade? “If and only if you approach me with this kind of attitude, if you say these kinds of words, if you perform these actions  will I love you, if you don’t I won’t love you.” Don’t we long for another way?

Whenever we are together with others, whether they be family, colleagues or community members, we often experience irritation or impatience as we discover the limits of our love. We are invited into a more expansive inner space but we often misunderstand this prompt and become sucked into a blame game.

We’ve been talking about centers of intention. There is a powerful plexus of love that is located in the chest area. It is not physical but it certainly influences the physical organs and tissues in the region. It is like a vortex of energy. By tapping into this center we can connect with an ocean of love, a place of unconditional loving, no contracts. Our essential nature is love. We are all connected in that Source of infinite love. We are one in spirit. The Divine resides in all of us, freedom from emotional burdens of anger and depression lies in recognizing that.

I am reminded of the beautiful song by Parmahansa Yogananda:

Door of my heart

Open wide I keep for Thee

Wilt Thou come, wilt Thou come?

Just for once come to me

Will my days fly away without seeing thee my Lord?

Night and day, night and day

I wait for thee night and day

Door of my heart open wide I keep for Thee

Lets us breathe in the love of the universe and breath out, opening the floodgates of our heart, sharing our love with our world.

How to Power Up your Intentions


Sometimes we set intentions and we are not able to follow through with them. For the past two days we discovered that we have the power to intensify our intentions. We did a practise sending a thought of love and energizing it from every energy centre in our being.

Today lets pause a moment and choose a personal intention we would like to energize. Maybe you set some new years resolutions but found it hard to follow through with them. Let us choose one of those intentions and do the practise. That way we can test how effective this process is.

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We know where to find the centres of intention; at the base of the spine, in the sacral or genital area, the navel area, in the chest or heart area, the throat, brow and top of the head.  They are ours to tap into, to energize ourselves for our daily lives. Shall we explore these centers some more?

Let us build on our practice of yesterday.  Lets “prime the pump” so to speak by seeking the help of Evolved Souls, that they may lend their energetic support to us. This time let’s make the body as comfortable as possible, in a steady posture that we can keep  throughout, as we get ready to embark on our adventure. Isn’t it exciting?

Lets begin by focusing on one of the most powerful tools that we have at hand, the breath. As we breathe out,  let go, empty ourselves. As we breathe in embrace all the energy in the Universe. Lets do this cycle of emptying and filling until we feel an inner prompt to go deeper.

Now lets begin to listen intently to the breath as we continue to do the cycle. If we like we can use a mantra that we feel drawn to, like the soham mantra. “So” means the “universe” and “ham” means “I.” For the length of the inhaled breath repeat silently “Soooooooooooooo”, embracing the energy of the universe and for the duration of the out breath silently repeating “Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam” thinking about “I”. In fact soham means I and the Universe are one. Take a keen interest in the sound of the mantra as it harmonizes with the breath.

Now  let us focus on the base of the spine, traveling up through the sacral, navel centers and noticing how the experience changes at each center of intention. Continue the journey through the heart, throat, brow and crown centers. Lets be like tourists on vacation, enjoying every center, lingering where we are drawn, soaking up the experience. Marvellous, isn’t it?

Let us remember our personal intention and visit every centre powering it up as we travel upward.

Doesn’t the physical body feel better? Doesn’t the mind feel more focused, more organized? Overall isn’t there a feeling of more synchronization, greater uplift?

Have a blissful day everyone!

How to Intensify Intentions Pt 2


In yesterday’s blog we started talking about the possibility of varying the intensity of our intentions. Today I’d like to explore this topic some more. Once I realized that intensity can be varied then the natural question is can I add different qualities to that intensity and what will be their effect? You see, curiosity leads to extension of the practise.

This is how I do it. I start by observing myself as I send out waves of love and make a wish that a special person  feels uplifted today. I note my inner state before I send the wish, I notice that I experience subtle changes during the wish sending, and even after the wish there is a shift in my inner space. The shift is so subtle that if I am not watching for it I might miss it.

Now I do a second practise.  This time I relax my body first. Then I focus on my breath.    I breathe out letting go of all other thoughts, emptying myself of stress. I breathe in filling myself with the love and vitality of the Universe.

On an out breath I focus on the base of my spine. I ground myself in the source of divine energy. As I breathe in I bring the focus up along the spinal column following an energy pathway which runs parallel to the spinal column. Allowing my awareness to travel up through the sacral area, vitality at the navel,  the ocean of love in my heart center, upward through the expansive tranquility of the throat, the focal point between the eyebrows and to the crown of the head. I breathe out going back to the base center and repeat the cycle.

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I am very interested in the process. Looking to see what happens in each area. I don’t need to do anything I only watch the process. The body already knows how to breath. I am the observer.

When I’m comfortable with the cycle and I’m at the base of the spine I introduce my wish to send love to a special someone. I observe the influence on the thought as I ground in the base. I see the thought taking on greater power and vitality. I witness how it becomes infused with love. I see how focus and attention strengthens the intention. I picture that special person seeing them uplifted by divine love. I do this practice until I feel fulfilled.

The experience of sending the thought in the second practise is very different, much more nuanced, deeper and really soul satisfying. Try it and see for yourself.

How to Refine the Power of Intention


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This morning we are having light flurries of snow and it brought to mind the intensity of intentions. Let me explain some more. While at this moment we’re having light flurries, later this could intensify into heavy snow fall. It’s the same if we talk about rain. We could have a light drizzle or heavy showers.

Likewise the intensity of our intentions can also vary. We can increase the power of intention and will. We can consciously intensify desire. I find it very interesting that intensity is under our control or another way of putting it is that we have the power of intention.

My personality does not like to just hear intriguing ideas such as this, I want to know it, to experience it for myself. So I devised a little experiment for myself. I choose someone who I find it easy to work with. Then I send a conscious wave of love to them. Then I try to send a bigger wave. I look at the process that is happening in me, so that I can understand what it means to intensify my intention, and bring the process more into my awareness.

Shall I stop here? You try it!

How to Expand Awareness


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What does it mean in a practical sense to expand our awareness? We can observe how we use our energies during our day; the way we treat people, people’s responses to us, how we impact on our environment and how the environment impacts upon us.

It might also be interesting to look at how we are using our energy. Are we looking for all the ways that we are sharing energies and trying to express them most powerfully from the deepest place within? Does our look have love? What kind of energy do our words carry? Have we ever thought about the kind of energy our hands carry? What about the energy of our thoughts?

When we become more aware of our soul’s identity, we begin to realise that we are beings of light, beings of energy, and there is more in terms of communication – that we do not communicate with words only,  we communicate with the power of intentions.  Just to intend or to think about something, energy is already in motion.  Just the intention to love channels love.  We may start to feel the energies of people,  to pick up the energies of ideas  around us and we relate to our world differently – this is energy awareness.

How Will We Dare to Be Today?


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We carry the power of the Universe in us. How will we use that power in an innovative, creative way today? How will we dare to be different? How will we break free from our conditioned thinking? How will we roar like a lion instead of bleating like sheep?

We have the power to change our life, to change our world! We have the power to dream, to create powerful visions, and we can materialize them when they are aligned with the Universal will.

Are we ready for an exciting day, full of possibilities?

See From A New Perspective


 

spring-flowers-355858_960_720.jpgAre we caught up in specific roles, coming alive in a space based on those roles? Do we respond to our world predominantly from the view of  one who gives advice to others, one who needs advice and help, one who supervises, one who is a pacifist or a warrior, one who cleans, heals, cooks, designs, parents?  How do we habitually view our world? This world is like a mirror; it tells us about ourselves. Can we come out of the box and consciously adopt another view? This is a world of infinite possibilities.

It is not easy to see ourselves in the box. When I consciously decided consciously adopt one view for an hour it shocked me to find out how my habits had controlled me in the way I interpreted what was happening around me, how much my view was biased, how much I missed out on. I invite you to try this practice.  Decide which primary role you will play for a specific period and then consciously let go of the role at the end of that time. Then review what you discovered. Was it easy? What was challenging and how did you deal with that challenge? It is a real eye-opener.

Let us  begin to honor our purpose, to  serve the world in the best possible way instead of being caught in only one possibility.

Where to Find Solutions


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All the problems we have can be solved by the Divine entering our space. When you are confused, indecisive, if you only open your mind to a Great Source Being, you will experience profound responses entering into your space. It is because we are so wrapped up with the ego, ‘I want to solve this, I have to solve this, I have this knowledge, and I have this experience’. We do not allow ourselves to experience the grace of the space.

We need to think in the Divine, we need to reason in the Divine, we need to explore in the Divine, and we need to make decisions in the Divine. Not outside. Not separating our consciousness from the Divine but in the Divine.  Sri Vasudeva

How A Phone can Remind Us of the Divine


lake-2822394_960_720.jpgWe are eager to have the latest smart phones, we keep alert to the many features available. We constantly are aware of opportunities to take video or photographs of what we are experiencing as we want to capture the moment to upload on social media sites. What if we tuned into our Higher Self with that same zest? What if in every moment we check in with where we are in terms of alignment with that greater power in the Universe? Are we picking up a good signal? How connected are we to that Infinite Divine? We carry the power of the Universe inside! How do we use that power?

We’re constantly checking our pockets and bags to make sure we have our phone. Many of us constantly hold it in our hands as we want it ever ready. Can we check for our Inner Guide with that same constant awareness? Can we  do an internal check to see where we are centered?

Consider the amount of time we spend with the cell phone, even in our idle moments, playing with it, looking at new apps, new ways we can have fun with it. Can we show an even great interest in expanding our awareness? We have a consciousness that can hold itself in limitation, or can expand itself infinitely; to dream of whatever we want to, to create whatever we want to in our consciousness and to bring it into manifestation.

We use the cell phone to receive messages, to keep in touch with, to get love and support from friends and family. What if we open ourselves to receive messages from the Infinite Field of wisdom, to feel carried in love and support? Let us work on growing the self-awareness of who we are and the powers that we carry and not be ignorant in the use of them. We are door ways to the infinite!

What if we related to our Higher Self like we can’t live without knowing it, like we can’t seem to live without our phones? We become so distracted from our own journey, so much so, we get caught up in what is happening outside and we lose focus of our connection with that field of infinite possibilities.

How A Sip of Water Can Help You Meditate


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I had a lot of private feedback about the last blog post on Diet As Spiritual Practice in addition to the marvelous comments posted here. It seems like that post hit a chord. Some of you were asking about how I learned to become so in tune with my body. You said that you don’t pick up the signals of the body the way I talked about in that post.

One thing to keep in mind is that I have developed a close relationship with my body over time. This closeness didn’t just happen, it has deepened over the years. I really believe in investing in a relationship, because one of the great values that I hold strongly to, is that I can make a difference in my life.

When I was very young I couldn’t stand pain in the body. Someone said to me, “Get used to it. That’s how life is.” I just couldn’t accept that life would throw pain to me at random and there was nothing I could do about it. It was pain avoidance that got me started in observing how my actions affected my experience of my body. I feel like my body speaks to me all the time, the thing is that I have to learn to listen to the body. This practice of listening and adjusting my behavior based on the feedback I am getting, also translates to every other area of my life, including my sitting meditation. It is a life skill! As you know listening is vital in every relationship.

So lets talk about how to start listening to the body’s signals. Today notice when you feel thirsty. What does thirsty feel like? I notice the dryness in my lips, mouth and throat. There is discomfort in my skin and internal organs but that is harder to describe and a much more subtle signal to pick up.

Then as I take a little sip of water at a time, I see the changes start to happen immediately as the dryness gets washed away. It’s like I can almost feel the cells in my body becoming more turgid as the water gets absorbed in the body because I feel more alert, refreshed.

Notice the feeling in the body that tells you how much to drink, that you have had enough.  As the water works its way through the body you might not notice it, but when it is time to eliminate the waste, notice what that feels like.

Now look back from the times you drank  water during the day, even if you can only remember one time when you consciously did it, to now that it has been eliminated.

What impact did this water have on you? What adjustments need to be made for a better experience? Even if I don’t feel I have the answers clearly, I might experiment by changing the temperature of the water, the quantity I drink, the quality of the water, my mood when I was drinking and any other factors I can think of that might affect the experience.

Do you see how the practice of observing the body signals can translate to other areas?  Don’t you feel more aware of the power of choice, not just in drinking water but in so many other moments in life? Do you see the same conscious way of observing ourselves as we drink water, is the same way that we observe ourselves in sitting meditation? Training yourself to consciously engage is a marvelous life skill. Consciously drinking water is a fairly safe practice ground. What do you think? Have I given you a good starting point?

 

Openness & the Art of Exploration


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I am going to assume that you have the curiosity to know and that you are willing to investigate more. I am going to assume that you have the strong desire to learn and to grow, so that you are very interested in learning the art of exploration.

One of the powerful qualities of our consciousness is that it is able to look at an experience objectively; even whilst we are experiencing something, there is a part of us that can observe it. But sometimes we become so caught up in the experience that we limit the power of observation to what we want to experience, what we want to know, and we are not fully open to all possibilities. So in critically observing – for our development, for our growth, for our learning – it is important to always be open and not think that we know. We always like to operate with the idea, “I know.” Even if we want to learn a little more, we think we know exactly how to learn that little more. Some of us want to direct our process and even make it happen the way we want to make it happen.

So learn to be open – even though you have a good knowledge of something, it is always extremely important to say, “I am sure that I am not seeing everything” – and to be humble enough to observe the Universe and all the information your Universe is bringing towards you, being completely open to every communication that is coming to you.

Now apply that to yourself; are you open? When you listen, are you continuously open? When somebody is speaking to us, often we are already thinking, concluding and preparing our response. It requires listening; having ideas, but keeping them in suspension, no judgement, no conclusion. Even if ideas are coming and we want to conclude, to hold that space of being completely open.

I love to listen to everyone, trying to see more. Whenever the tendency from the conditioned mind is to make me believe,  I check it and say “No, open up a little more,”  I am always willing to listen to my Universe. And no voice is insignificant. So listen to everyone.         Sri Vasudeva

Where to Focus in a Challenge


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In this co-existence, life has given us the opportunity to work in and through relationships to grow in consciousness. How can we do this consciously, instead of being pushed and prodded by life?

Where can we start?… One powerful way is to look for what causes stress inside in relating to our world. Where do the challenges lie?  Workplace? Community? People not making the same choices as ours? People close to us not following spirituality as we do? A habit that needs changing?

When  the world challenges us, then in our meditation, we take all those challenges with us and surely our meditations will not be very good because we did not meet our tests well. In our meditation we can think that we have arrived somewhere but we know where we really are when we are tested.

We need to focus our attention on the impact the challenge has on us rather than blaming  those around us. Focus on the gains that we have made by the test of the relationship.  How have we become stronger?

How many times do we say, “I wish this other person would be more aware, more loving, more responsible, would listen more, more …..” ? We keep giving responsibility to the other to change the relationship, when in fact the Universe is prompting us to be the change that we are wishing for. The lack that we observe in the space need not stress us out or put us into a self-righteous mode of wanting to preach to anybody, the lack could bring compassion from our being to want to serve and to help, to lift the consciousness.  Sri Vasudeva

How to Jump to Transcendence


passion-fruit-2378091_960_720You cannot just jump from all the ups and downs.  You need to build a framework of understanding.  “I have to observe how the ego gets caught in the mind and the senses.  And I have to use my reasoning to come out of it.”

If  you are constantly watching the patterns and you are using that framework of understanding the play to come to another space, then you are earning the merit to make a jump.  So the shift happens not only out of dissatisfaction with the play,  it has to have a framework of understanding.  Otherwise you’ll fall again and again if you haven’t made a foothold to stand on that is based on the transcendental Self.

When you do that you will be constantly surrendering to that Self saying “This negative pattern is yours O Divine One and this positive one is also yours.  In the Maya you put me into the state of ignorance where I am creating both.  Now I’m tired of this duality.  Take me away from it.”

“I don’t even want to have a good ego.”  Because you see the futility of the elation of the victory.  And you see the futility of being possessed by the negative patterns. “What would it be like if I can let go of both?”   So you need to build that framework that you will have the understanding that there is a transcendental space to go to when you’re caught in the see saw of life. Sri Vasudeva

May everyone everywhere be happy. May everyone everywhere be healthy. May no one have a share in sorrow. Om peace, peace, peace. May we co-create a world of peace, love and harmony in 2018. Happy new year everyone!

Ananda vs Kama


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Look at what our world caters to; going after sensory pleasure as a way to happiness. If you eat this, you will be happy. If you take this drug, you will be happy. If you take this alcohol you will be happy. We have created so many substances of all kinds for the sensory pleasure of the body, thinking that is the way to happiness. Is it really? Or does the pursuit of excess pleasure, kama, sap away the vitality from our nervous system.

Of course it may fulfill the ordinary person. They do not mind the weakening of the nervous system, until the body cannot handle it anymore. But for the true seeker of happiness, they will see the folly in the pursuit of pleasure. At some point, the body is not going to be able to handle all this pleasure seeking, and a lot of people begin to lose their joy because they cannot seek the pleasure anymore; the pleasure of food, the pleasure of sex, the pleasure of drink, the pleasure of substances. They become very unhappy.

Sensory pleasure depletes the nervous system. But when you get the ananda inside what we call the nadis, the pathways of the prana, they become supercharged, and it gives a different kind of experience within the body itself, that is called ecstasy. It is a superconscious experience of joy. It charges up the whole nervous system. The pleasure experiences that we seek will never hold us again when this super pleasure enters.       Sri Vasudeva

What is it that Creates Fear?


branches-3019065_960_720.jpgIt’s ignorance that creates fear.  So what is the solution to ignorance?  It’s more consciousness!  So fear is an expression of ignorance.  When you don’t understand something you fear it.  The more understanding you have around anything, the more you can become excited about it.  So if you really understand what I mean when I say “go to the root of a thought” it is to take you to an exciting place, because thoughts stress us out at the end of a day.  Some may uplift us but we have to be careful about being too excited.  If you’re able to go to the root of thought, where thought begins or where emotion begins, the landscape there is amazing, it’s pure potentiality, it’s pure consciousness and that can be a wonderful experience.

When you begin to realize how stressful a thought could be and you let go of thinking, everything becomes silent, the space becomes different.  The cultivation of a silent mind is an amazing experience, a desirable one.

I’m not sure how conscious you are of what carrying thoughts all day in the mind can do.  Even though we are excited about thoughts it still impacts our nervous system, when we’re depressed or too excited.

When we’re able to keep an even keel it’s different. We need to really appreciate what it means to be aware; and to be silent.  To come to the root of thought is to come to the silence with a high awareness of being.  You do not become less, you become more, you experience more.  Some of us thrive on thinking but that’s stressful.

Register now to receive study materials for a free 3 day workshop on “How to Create a Silent Mind” December 27-29th with Sri Vasudeva https://www.blue-star.org 

A Whisper Behind the Mind


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Guru is not a man.

 Guru is that Grace bestowing power to guide us.

It can appear in the pages of a book.

It can appear in a form in a dream.

It can appear in a whisper behind the mind.

The Universe is filled with this guiding power.                                                                               Sri Vasudeva

The Art of Observing


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Consciousness has a transcendent quality, it is apart from everything, and it has an immanent quality, it is involved in everything.                                                                    That same nature is within us.                                                                                                       We have a transcendental aspect of our consciousness, where we can observe the object whilst feeling apart from it, and yet we can identify with the experience that we are having with the object.

Observe how the consciousness operates within us, in our experiences.                          Some of us do not give attention to it, but we are constantly observing the experience. That is why we can say, “I am going to change the way I feel, or change the way I think, or change the way I experience something”; because we are observing.                            The more we observe, the more we can see, and the more we can change.                         So the goal is to observe the experience of conscious being, and one may call that “witnessing”.                                                                                                                                        Sri Vasudeva

 

Maya: The Gaming Nature of the Universe


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Maya is nothing more than the creation of a very powerful game. A lot of time is spent in this generation to create games, especially now with the computer; amazing games that draw so many people into the gaming habit. It just shows our typical nature to get involved in a game. Now the games are very involved; more complex, challenging, exciting.

Where did we get that quality of gaming? Why do we enjoy games, in particular hide and seek? Hide something, and then there is the thrill of finding it. Maya shows the gaming nature of the Universe. Maya is nothing more than the Universe in play, and you had to don this suit [the physical body] to come in this earthly plane to engage in this play.

But it is not you who are playing; it is the Universe in you that is in play.                               It is not you, the ego, the apparent self, but the real self that is playing.                                        It is the Universe that is playing in you.                                                                                         The Universe is very much in a hide and seek; it has hidden itself as us, inside of us.    And in the play, we have lost the sense of Self, so it is very much like hide and seek.       Sri Vasudeva

How Will we Know we Have Arrived?


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No matter how much peace or power we feel on the inside, when we have arrived we’ll know, because the humility will be tremendous.

We will not feel that we have caused the arrival, or that suddenly we have become greater because of the arrival, but we have become a greater instrument of that which is, and we could have only arrived because of That.                                                                      Sri Vasudeva

Abiding Peace and Love


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If your love is a changing love, if your peace is a changing peace, then it isn’t the peace or love that I speak about.

I speak of something that is abiding, that remains the same.

When love gets into a space of constancy, when the manifestation of it is the same in all conditions, then that is it.

When the peace is the same under all conditions, then that is it.                                              Sri Vasudeva

How Real is a Dream?


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I remember as a young boy, looking up at the sky, looking at everything around me – so beautiful – and thinking, “This moment is going to pass,” and I am telling myself, “I want to remember this when it changes. I want to remember that I was lying on this grass, looking up at the sky and thinking that this is only for a moment; the physical experience.” I still remember that. And I remember very clearly being conscious in dreams of finding a priceless coin. Repeatedly I would want to wake up from the dream holding the coin and thinking, “Oh my God, now I will wake up with this coin,” the coin was so real. Then waking up and no coin.

We live in this experience every day. Why is it that we do not contemplate the temporary nature of life around us? It is so changing, it is so unpredictable. That is the Maya; we are so held in what is not real as real, and we do not even think that we are held in this false reality. We are so gripped by it that we do not even think. Those who have made the journey appear in the space reminding us, “Hey, what you are looking at is not real! What you are experiencing is not real. There is a greater reality.” Only those who are ready and receptive will begin to see the truth of that. Sri Vasudeva

All of Life is Energy


 

nature-3184889_960_720In the consciousness space, in that space of being, in that space of awareness; energy creates the drama that we call existence. All the thought forms, the emotional forms, the vital forms, even the physical forms, are energy at different levels of vibration, gross and subtle. So today, we look at the energy play in the consciousness. 

If we are a spark of the Infinite, if we carry in us the consciousness of immortality, if we have within us unlimited potential in being, if we have the power of intention to tap into energies from within us and manifest them on the outside, what does it say? It says, that we are in contact with an energy field in our infinite being, and we are able to manifest from that unlimited potential. All of what we are seeing, all of what we are projecting into the space,  everything is energy based. Everything that is created has a life period, and then ultimately it will be dissolved. It is time based, and it is also energy based.  Sri Vasudeva