Open up to Being


“There is no place to go, there is only opening up to be all that you are.”
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Love is the Way


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Be a disciple of Love.

Be an instrument of Love.

Be an agent of Love.

Experience the limitless power of your inner being.

Love is the way to freedom.

Sri Vasudeva

You might enjoy reading my article on the experience of having Sri Vasudeva as a Guide. It’s posted on the Blue Star blog.

Aspire to a Shift in Consciousness


pexels-photo-206756.jpegLet us hold the intention of transforming the inner space, trying to rise above the human consciousness, to experience more and more of our spiritual nature. We need to be patient with this, as we have had life times of conditioning that hold us in the grasp of material thinking. To transform this consciousness it takes a shift. Let us aspire to shift the consciousness. It is simply an awakening, nothing else but an awakening more and more to our true nature. And the more we come together and do this; the shift will become easier for us as individuals. Sri Vasudeva

Join in 40 Days of Retreat


You are invited to participate in 40 days of retreat starting March 25th and led by Sri Vasudeva. We have been exploring his teachings for the past few weeks so you already know who he is. The theme of these 40 days will be “Lifting Maya’s veil – a guide to Self Transformation.” You can listen to the free meditations and talks in preparation for these days on sound cloud.

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 that 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 is an inspirational talk and guided meditation at 6:15 am where he will give details about the self transformation process. I hope that we will discuss this talk here,  how we could live the concepts and ideas and may be we could help each other with the challenges in doing so. Transcripts of this talk and meditation will be available on the website of 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. You can also post comments and questions here on the blog so we can have lively sacred conversations going on here too.

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. 16864734_1353612277994512_7347639737419263776_n.jpg

All of Life is Energy


images.jpegIn 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

Steps to Intuitive Learning


Intuition is that ability to open up the space to the Universe communicating with us through so many Beings. The Divine has instruments everywhere. All we need to do is open up the field, and all the information we can ever need and want will come to us. That is intuitive learning.

But it requires tremendous humility of the intellect. Because the tendency in all of us, with the ego, is to think that “we know.” So I love that statement, “He who knows that he knows not, really knows.” Then that is a platform for learning, that is a platform for intuitive awareness. And he who thinks he knows, really has closed the field, knows not.

Orchids-in-their-Natural-Environment-900x581.jpgSo where are you? Are you open in every moment, to every instrument, to learn from an ant, to learn from a fly, to learn from a bird, to learn from human beings who we consider ignorant and uneducated? We can learn from everybody. The moment we begin to respect every being in the Universe, and to realize they can teach us, we have become a true student of life. Open your space to intuitive wisdom, to intuitive learning, and you will realize that information is always available from the Universe. 

We are in a time period now, where there is an amazing store of information about spirituality, about consciousness development. Just open your mind, create a genuine desire, and you will see how much information will come towards you. It is in the field!

So be intuitively receptive, and you will be nourished from the information field. Do not embrace poverty in terms of knowledge. There is an ocean of knowledge in the Universe. Open your vessels and you will be filled to your maximum!  Sri Vasudeva

Tuning into the Universal Mind


When I go into any space where there are people, I am excited about the opportunity to learn so much from all these minds gathered there. I am excited about tuning in to that space before I begin to converse, I can pick up a lot of information about what the space already has. Simply tuning in with the idea that there is so much to learn, happy with what I know, but knowing that I don’t know the All, and opening up my field to learn. I can learn from anyone, everyone! So I am humble to learn. My field is always open. That is how we can begin to pick up from that Universal mind. Sri Vasudeva

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Accessing the Universal Mind


Intuition, or inner learning, is a way of accessing a universal store of information that is Unknown.jpegheld in a Universal Mind and it is accessible to us all! When someone makes a discovery, they think in their little minds that they have made the discovery. It could have been an idea already floating in the space, and they picked it up. It came through them. Well, of course, they did make a discovery, but does it belong to someone? The idea was already there in the Universe, it was already in the space, they were just open to picking it up. So all information is there in this Infinite Mind that contains all minds.

In our ignorance we are unable to access this space. It requires a very keen intellect. But the tendency is to get caught up in our intellect and think that we know. The moment you think you know, you close off this field. Of course, if you think you know so much, there is much more to know if the ego continues to stay open. You know so much within your experience, but you can open to learn so much more.

When we come into a space, we think we know, so we are going to present what we know into the space. We do not think for a moment that the space is full of information, and if we just become open to the space, we can become humbled to know how much information is there. Sri Vasudeva

Possibility of Tapping into Unlimited Information


It is possible to develop the amazing power of focused attention, focused awareness, and to bring all of our resources to bear in that focus.

We have the power in the consciousness to access an unlimited store of information but we are ignorant about this. We rack our brains trying to figure out things, when we can open the field and access any information we want, if only we know this secret. Our soul knows how, but we have forgotten!

I remember when we had no internet, we had to go into many books to research research_library2 (1).jpginformation. Of course, the library that we had access to was limited. Today, we can just go on an internet browser, type in any subject we want, and we find loads and loads of information, endless as it were. So much information, from so many people on the internet, freely given. Amazing isn’t it? I would have never believed that in my time of study at university, but look at what is there. Is it possible that there is a source of  information of the mind, where we can access all the information we need? Yes, there is! More on how to access this information tomorrow. Sri Vasudeva

 

The Power of Focused Awareness


As a young person I was fascinated with the way a lens and sunlight can burn a newspaper without lighting a match. I would take this piece of glass, put it over the newspaper, bring it into focus,  keep it there long enough, then see a bright little point as the paper starts to burn.  This lens had the power of focusing the rays of light, creating a flame. When it focused those scattered particles of light into one focal point on the newspaper, it created such heat with the rays of light, that it burned the paper.

When we bring our awareness to one point, can you imagine the power that it has? Let us say you have a diseased organ in the body, and you bring your focus there and you keep an image of a healthy organ. You keep that positive thought “this organ is going to be transformed.” In your mind, with image and thought and the power of belief, it is going to happen. 

You apply that focus, staying with it, one thought, no other thought, no conflict,  even if there is conflict, it is easy to push away, that is training. Bring that point of focus continuously, “I am healed. I am healed.” Say it enough times that you believe it, “I am healed.” Keep the image there, “I am healed.” Do you know what is happening with the body when you do that with total focused awareness? If your belief is strong, if your focus is strong, the cells begin the regenerate. Then you see the marvellous power of focused attention.

If you apply it to another person and you think, “I am holding this person in the Light. May they continue to grow in love and peace.” And you hold that. Do you know what power you are extending to them? If you keep that thought and image strongly, do you know how much you are uplifting them? 

 

Practises to develop focused awareness

15747817_1654929434533346_7887573456716839793_n.jpgHow do you develop focused awareness? You can begin with simple practises like observing and just staying with the breath. It is an easy practise because a rhythmical breath, a full breath, relaxes you; brings more stability in the inner space; releases stress. So it is a wonderful focusing tool. Just begin to do breath awareness and after a while, you will be amazed at the kind of focused awareness you will develop.

Or, you can use a sacred word like a mantra, and you begin to repeat the mantra together with the breath. Open the space of the mantra into full zoom, so you can feel that this mantra is being said in an infinite space of peace, in love. Just begin the practise of holding this one thought in the consciousness, in this open field that is peaceful, with the breath that relaxes you. With this practise, you will develop a great sense of focus. Sri Vasudeva

Developing Focused Awareness


As we consider this subject of conditioning this consciousness that we have in the human experience, we need to develop certain life skills for the game of life. Skills that will help us to meet this challenge with courage, determination, confidence and with excitement! When we are well equipped for any challenge, how do we feel?  We feel excited to explore, to manage, to experience and to be on top of things!

Today we look at one of those critical life skills: developing focused awareness. How do I keep my attention on what I am doing with my total being, meeting a situation, with everything that I have; and in doing this, not losing my awareness of the totality, not losing my awareness of the full potential of being?

Digital-Camera-Photo-Taking.jpgMany of us fear that when we narrow the view in the consciousness, we lose the rest. Actually we don’t. We are the rest! We have just narrowed the view with our remarkable ability to zoom. When a camera is zooming, does it lose its ability to get back to the totality in a moment, to full zoom? We trust the camera to move quickly – zoom, zoom, zoom,  getting into the detail, or getting the overview. We have that ability with the consciousness to zoom into detail.

Seeing the whole in the detail

There is magic because when we zoom, we can amplify into microscopic detail. When we come into a situation, we can open it up; we can look clearly; and we can see into the infinite microscopic world. Amazing! Even in the detail, we begin to see the whole.

When I zoom the consciousness, into that amplification; “Wow, I can see infinity in that person! I can grab infinity in this moment! I can look into that flower and I can see a whole Universe!” We begin to see the whole even in the tiniest particle.  If we can look into an atom with the right equipment, wouldn’t we see a whole solar system? Wouldn’t we see the Universe? Do we really lose anything, or do we gain when we narrow the focus?

Fine-tune the focus

When we are in that zoom mode, when we take our focus into anything, don’t we have our full resources at our disposal: the power of the mind; the power of vitality; the power of emotion in the zoom? Can’t we bring all our resources into that point of focus, meeting whatever challenge we have, with the ability to open up the zoom at anytime?

And you know how we can play with the zoom, we bring it to one focus, “Is it good?”  bring it to another focus, then change it to a bigger focus, “Is it better? Let me go back, let me fine-tune, let me find the exact setting.” We human beings have that power in the consciousness: the power of focused awareness; the power of zoom; the power to go into detail and to find our Universe there as well; and, the power to bring all the resources we have into any point of the zoom. If we have that incredible power, shouldn’t we be excited about using it? If you have a phenomenal camera with such amplification and zoom and high quality, wouldn’t you be excited about using it? That is what you have!                          Sri Vasudeva

Conditioning for Fluctuating Energies


When we go out into our world, meeting with fluctuating energies, challenging thoughts and ego energies in a space, how do we condition our Being to meet with these various challenges? A ritual in the morning of preparing ourself for the challenges of a new day is needed. Any form of meditation where we condition the consciousness is important in those moments. So condition your body, prepare your body, and prepare your consciousness for a new day.

Stay aware throughout the day

Throughout the day, let us keep that awareness of protecting our consciousness, protecting that sacred space inside. Whilst we are engaged in daily activities, let us stay in the awareness of our inner space. It is our space! Let us stay in the strength that we gained from our morning ritual. We can keep refreshing it on the go, because we have so many idle moments. Look for the thought wasters, those thoughts that sap our energy away! And when you notice them, begin to recognize their lack of value. Choose the thoughts that will keep you at a high level of energy.

Importance of an evening ritual

If you think that the morning ritual was important, you will agree that an evening ritual is also important! How we go into our restfulness is extremely important! I like to think that what we go to bed with, is what we are going to wake up to. If we go to bed with a worrisome mind and scattered energies, what is going to happen to our sleep? And how are we going to wake up in the morning? A lot of us look at the television or other devices then our thoughts are scattered and we jump into bed to rest with all those thoughts.

Don’t you think it is important to cleanse the mind and go to sleep in a space of restfulness, resting in the consciousness of the Universe, resting in a space of deep peace, in a space where we have faith that “I am taken care of” and resting in that promise of waking up to a new day that will be bright, full of light, with the hope of learning and growing and being a blessing to the world! So an evening ritual is also important.

If we are going to condition our consciousness, we need to look at our morning ritual. We need to look at the consciousness space throughout our day, and we need to look at our night ritual, before we put this body to sleep. Then we will be amazed at how we can maintain a phenomenal consciousness throughout the entire day!

Now if you reflect on what I have just said, you will see how many weak spaces you have in your structure. It is natural. But let us arm ourselves! Let us condition ourselves for every day, for every moment! In the same way rest in a conditioned space, in a protected space, in the space where we can hold our universe in peace, in love, feeling the total security that we are taken care of, conditioning the consciousness for the ultimate sport in the game of life. Sri Vasudeva

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Importance of Conditioning


Today, let us look at conditioning the consciousness space to meet with the challenges of daily life with the objective of evolving in the consciousness. But how do we condition our Being to meet with this goal?

Do you think that conditioning is important? We may condition our physical body if we are going on a tough trip, like climbing a mountain, or swimming in a competition. To meet various challenges in our daily life, we may need to physically condition the body, to meet with the challenge. Do we have to condition our consciousness to meet with the challenges of daily life? If we are conditioning the physical body for a journey then we do a specific set of exercises that will tone the body up, that will harden the body, and prepare it for the task ahead.

So when we go out into a world, meeting with fluctuating energies, and challenging thoughts and ego energies in a space, how do we condition our Being to meet with these various challenges?  Do you think that conditioning is necessary? I certainly think so. Because if you enter a challenging space in vulnerability, in lack of preparation what is likely to happen? If a sports person enters a competition without sufficient training, what is likely to happen?

 Is there a ritual that we should use to condition our being as we begin our day? Wouldn’t you say that when we wake up in the morning it is a vulnerable time? We have just woken up from a space where we went into a deep sleep so we have to refresh the inner space! Hopefully we get up in a safe space, a known space, so there is no challenge there. But we have to think of our day ahead, it can be a challenging day, it can be an easy or restful day. So we need to meet our day from the best inner space. Sri Vasudeva

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Readiness for the Game of Life


mp900431269.jpgWe need to come into unity consciousness and then personal integrity will be strong, then we are ready for the game of life. It is important to understand we are always in this personal space which can be huge if we are in the hub. Then we can see every part of the space and everything appears in slow motion. Can you imagine in a sport if the player is well centered, remembering everything, “The manager is with me, the captain is with me, every player is with me, I just have to be aware. So I can feel the spirit of the manager. I can feel the intelligence of the captain, I can feel the emotion of every player. I can feel the spirit of all the stakeholders in this sport” and every player is carrying the consciousness of the all! 

Then the game becomes exciting. There is no poverty consciousness, there is no lacking. There is integrity within and manifested on the outer. Every player is fully spirited, carrying the consciousness of the whole. He or she vibrates with the manager, with the captain, with every player, and knows exactly what is expected of each. So when you are operating in this field of life, in the collective space, you need to remember that personal integrity. Intellect has to be used keenly when it is required, emotions to be used appropriately, vitality is to be sustained, physical body ought to be travel-worthy, respected and ego needs to be nourished by the whole team. Then it becomes really exciting!

I hope this is not just a story. I hope that you can actually be excited as I am, because this is the space I live in! But these models give me an idea of looking at it with excitement! No hierarchy in the inner space: I respect my body, I love my body, I love my emotional being, I love my vital being, I love my intellect and I am in the hub. I will allow each one to come in when it is necessary, and let the others rest on the bench waiting to come in but totally involved and invested in the play. Life is a marvellous play! Sri Vasudeva

 

Equality in the Inner Space


wooden_wheel_194628.jpg               We tend to think in terms of spatial existence and linearity: that one thing is here and then it is displaced, so another one takes its place, there is a linear distance between them. 

But let us consider for a moment, a wheel. Can you observe that in a wheel there is a part that doesn’t move at all? It is changeless, it is fixed,  while every other part is moving. For that wheel to function, the hub or the centre of the wheel, has to stay in connection with all the outer parts for it to operate as one unit. But in that hub there is a changeless nature. The hub is centred and everything spins around it. Now that hub does not have a linear existence. It is always in the same place and it is supporting every part of the wheel. In fact every part of the wheel is connected to that hub. 

Now, which part is unimportant? Every part of the wheel is like a link in a chain so every part is essential. If we were to compare that to the components on the inner field – intellect, ego, vitality, emotion, body – they are all connected to the same Source! Every one of them! Where does the intellect get its power from? Where does the emotion get its power from? Where does the body get its power from, as a unit, every cell, every atom? You will see that every one of these components are fed from that hub, that we call “the Source of consciousness,” or “the Source.”

So no one is superior to the other, they all have a connection to the Source, and what is required is for each one to realize how important the other is, not thinking one is higher, one is lower, no hierarchy. It’s like the wheel. How can you have hierarchy in a circle? If you have a meeting and everybody is in a circle, who is at the head? When you have a rectangular table, you have a head and you have a tail, as it were, but in a round setting, each is a head.

So if you were to look at this inner play field, each one is important! Without the body, without emotions, without the intellect, we don’t have a perfect team. And so do not think in terms of linearity, do not think in terms of spatial existence, but think, “When my intellect comes in, it is coming from the Source. When my emotions come in, they are coming from the Source. When my body is featured, it exists in the Source. When my vitality comes in, it is coming from the Source. When my ego comes in, it comes from the Source.” And the Source is the changeless consciousness. Sri Vasudeva

 

Integrity in the Game of Life


Peace Garden.jpgWe often talk about the “the game of life”. So we continue a little further in looking at this play. You will agree with me that the “field” is consciousness, the source of all possibilities, that is the field that we are playing in.

Can we look at the possibility of a personal field, the field in which we operate in, the inner space; and the collective field of the consciousness, the space that is outside of our personal space? So we have two fields in which we play and both contain all possibilities because both are the consciousness field. We have an inner field that is personal and private to us. And we have a collective field, the external, that we play the game of life in, where we interact with other conscious beings in the field of life.

Yesterday, we were considering the play in the inner field, the personal field. We can call that “the training field,” it’s a field that we are in every moment. I have often remarked that you can be in the midst of a crowd and still be alone, if you are very conscious of your personal field and how huge it is, and how it contains all possibilities.

In fact when all the players that we identified yesterday in the personal field are working together in harmony, how do we call that? Personal integrity – when all the intentions are noble and this team on the inner space is working together in perfect balance, harmony, helping each other, supporting each other, understanding each other, respecting each other, really team playing. Intellect, ego, emotional being, vital being, physical body; the whole team is vibrating with one energy, one goal, which is the noble intention.

Then we have what is called personal integrity, that is strength. Integrity means “whole.” So we are united in the inner space. How does it feel when all these players come together very powerfully in the inner space? You can well understand what happens in an actual game of sport when every player is working in harmony with the whole, very united, full of noble purpose, respecting each other, supporting each other, conscious of each other, and realizing too that each player has a skill and a role that is important in the space. We need that kind of unity consciousness on the inside. Sri Vasudeva

Sharpening the Intellect


imagesIntellect is an important function. It has the power to discriminate, to decide “I don’t want this, but I want this, this is more valuable to me.” It has that power in every moment. It has the power to analyze: “Why don’t I want this? Why do I want this?” So it can be sure about what it wants. It has the power to reflect: “I made this decision before, should I stay with it? Or should I improve it?”  There is the power to introspect: “Let me observe how we have played so far. Let me see if I need to change tactics a little bit.”

A dull intellect is one that is pulled by the thoughts and the emotions wherever they go, like a lion being controlled by a mouse.The ego’s intention should be, “How can I make my intellect sharp?  How can I get my discrimination strong? How can I get my powers of analysis strong? How can I make my reflections worthwhile? How can I have a powerful introspection?”

So intellect needs to be sharp, then the mind can be trained easily, and then the emotions can be trained easily and the vitality can be worked to the level it needs to be and then the body can be taken care of. 

That can only happen by learning to stay with “what is” and learning from the experience of “what is.” Even though dull, beginning to use the power you have, so if you reflect now on your life, there is a lot of learning from the experiences that you have. That is the only way the intellect can learn. Of course it can begin to seek in the space for help, for guidance. But it has to stay with “what is” and it has to develop its expertise from experience. Sri Vasudeva

 

Team Players in the Inner Space


In the game of life we need to have the perfect team on the inside if we are to win this game. So consider this scenario within your inner being, and the players in the inner space. 

You need to have a main person on the team, for example, the captain. The captain has to be very watchful – overlooking, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of everyone, and trying to co-ordinate the game as best as possible.

We have several players because we have several different positions in the game. Every player has an important role. And the team of course, needs to work together; otherwise surely the match is not going to be won.

All of this is happening because you have a manager of a team who has a purpose – this game has to be won because there are so many shareholders involved who are supporting this team – so the manager represents all of them. 

Let us say the manager is the ego, the one who identifies with winning the game.  Of course the captain is going to be the intellect. So the captain has the intelligence of the game. He is vested with that role to overlook all the players, keeping a strict eye on them.

Every player is important in the game. There must be respect for each other. If one player decides that this one is too weak and he wants to do the role, and this one is confused and there is no communication, you can imagine what is going to happen. If someone gets emotional in the game and they become caught up in the emotion, they may lose the aspect of team playing. So there must be a lot of respect for each other in the space, for each other’s abilities. There must be powerful communication and there must be a support. If we have a well integrated team, then certainly it’s unbeatable!

The importance of training                                                                                                                But how do we get a team to actually get to that state of great communication, developing skills for each role, and working together as a team? Training no? Can you imagine without training what is going to happen?

Is the Captain in good condition? Is he well informed? Is he in sync with the manager and the shareholders? Is he sharp in his skills to look? Is he in good communication with the manager so sometimes he can get a tip?

Are all the players well informed and have they practised enough that they can manage their roles masterfully? Is the mind and emotional being well trained within you? Is your vital being well trained within you? Is the body well trained to support?

Who is going to do this training? It has to be the manager and the captain working with the team. It has to be the intellect, together with the one who is identified with winning the game – the ego. The intellect and ego, must work together because they are major team players. We need to have the sense of victory. We need to identify with winning the game, that’s the ego. We need to have the skills of the captain, the intellect.

And we need to train the mind excellently! Zero defect. Zero failure. That is what we are looking for. Of course, failure can be an important learning experience, but that’s for the training, not for the match.

Emotional being has to be appropriate; we need emotional intelligence in the space. Vitality has to be sustained, we need to be vital and body needs to be supporting this.

So there we are. How’s your team? What are the team needs? How confident is the ego in the game – the manager and all the shareholders who identify with the winning? How strong is the captain? How confident is the captain?

Taking stock of our team                                                                                                                  How are we going to train these players? When you look in the inner space, certainly our players need a lot of training. It is good when you can assume that they know nothing, so we train them from the basics.

The mind needs to be trained. When you observe the inner space, how scattered is the mind? How fluctuating are the thoughts? How much silence can we generate? How open is the mind? And how is the intellect holding the mind in the discipline of training? Of course ego wants to be confident of winning the game.

How is the emotional being? Is it scattered? Is it full of fear? Is it lonely? Does it have low self esteem? Does it need to shape up? And how is the vitality, the fire, is it high, is it low, is it struggling? How is the physical body supporting? Is it strong? Is it travel-worthy? Is it being managed well?

There we are. We need to really take stock of what is happening to this team inside, and pull this team together, otherwise, what is going to happen in the game? Sri Vasudeva

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Managing the Inner Space


Before I can even begin to create powerful intentions,  I realize that I have to learn to manage the inner space.

I realize the need for staying in the present because the memory can take me back into the past and hope can take me into the future. So I am realizing that the inner space can be influenced by past and future. Now I have to learn how to stay in the present.

So it is a rich space for observation and for learning! I am staying only with “what is.” I am not going to use any kind of belief or theories that do not apply to “what is,”  and I may learn a lot of things about the inner space. Sri Vasudeva

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Exploring the Mind


If I want to create an intention and tap into this energy that I have heard about inside myself, then I need some kind of focus! How strong is my mind in focusing? Can it stay attentive? Hmmm, I have to look at this. I have to look at my attention span!

During my activities there are so many thoughts in the mind! Oh yes, I can worry! I can agonize about the past and worry about tomorrow! I have to understand this mind! And I have to learn how to focus!

What if I don’t have any thoughts in my mind? Can I have no thoughts? What will happen? What can silence do? Can I be silent? Does silence have power? Does it have value? What if I try to be silent? I want to be silent. I am thinking I want to be silent, but thoughts are coming up into my mind! This is not so easy to be silent. I can focus on silence. I can perceive more. I think I can explore this silence. Sri Vasudeva

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Making the Shift


We want to make a shift. We understand the power of this consciousness field. We realize we have to be responsible for our intentions. So how do we begin? There are so many teachings! There are so many teachers! There are so many theories! There are so many possibilities! Where do we begin? How do we choose?

Why don’t we start with “what is” before me? Why am I not present to “what is”? Can “what is” before me, help me to know more? Is it a game of hide and seek, that life is putting everything before me, and I need to begin with “what is”? This seems to make a lot of sense.  I find it to be very practical – stay with “what is,” and explore the possibilities that emerge.

What is the scenario before me? Hmmm – well, I am aware, I am aware of my world. I am aware that my human senses bring information to me: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching.  I am also aware that I can process this information inside, and make opinions, form judgments!

I can create thoughts: “This is a fellow human being; this is a musical instrument; this is a floor; this is a ceiling.” Then, if I want to remember: “The floor was blue in colour. The ceiling was another shade of blue. What was the colour of the musical instrument? Oh, it was brown. And then the fellow human beings … oh, they are different.” My memory is bringing back images. So I can think and I can imagine.

I can recall – hmmm, that is “what is.” And how do I know the difference between a musical instrument and this box? There is a keyboard there, and a bellows. So it draws air in, and air comes out with a sound. This other box has electronic equipment. It is different. Now, I am using reasoning. So there is reason within me.

And who is asking all these questions! “Who am I? I have a human body. I have a mind. I can think, and I am an “I.” I have an identity! I am male, in human body I am tall. This is the colour of my skin. This is my hair. I have an identity! I am different! So there … I have an identity, I have the power to reason, I have the power to think, I have the power to imagine, I have the power to remember. Hmm, I have a lot of power! Sri Vasudeva

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Identifying Our Life Purpose


In this lifetime we have come with a certain purpose, which can be identified if we look very closely at the talents we have come with, the people who surround us. Somehow, life placed us in certain relationships, with certain talents, with certain challenges.

If you look very carefully, you will begin to see that this is a very intelligent Universe, setting up the exact scenario for us to fulfill our life purpose. If you look carefully at what is before you every day, you will begin to see a purpose emerging. Whether it’s a challenged relationship, whether it’s an inner struggle to be more unselfish, to be more loving, to give up anger, to be more understanding. You will see right before you in the things that you struggle with, you will see a purpose. If you begin to identify that, and to work with it, you may find the Universe very supportive, because it’s based on a plan. We came here with a life plan, with a life purpose.

It’s extremely important to understand our life purpose. Whenever we are focused on that, we begin to feel that some part of us inside is being supported – that the Universe is supporting us in doing this. So as we begin to tap into that unlimited power that we are, we need to identify our purpose. And this purpose must drive the intentions that are able to tap into that unlimited power. Sri Vasudeva

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Self knowledge Reveals Nature of the World


We may think becoming a better person is selfish – in a way it is – but in going within to really know ourselves more, it’s really an unselfish pursuit. In knowing ourselves more, we understand and are able to relate to the world better. So though it may seem selfish because we are giving attention to “us,” as we know ourselves more, we find that pursuit really becomes unselfish, because the more we know ourselves, the more we know others. The more we understand the nature of our own being, the more we understand the nature of the world. Sri Vasudeva

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How Is my Purpose fulfilling me?


Those purposes that are driven by survival needs and the pursuit of power and pleasure, bring a kind of happiness but also bring a lot of pain and misery in the human experience. Because in pursuing those purposes sometimes we do not give attention to the welfare and well-being of others. And once we do that, some part of us will never be fulfilled when we act selfishly.

And when our purpose is to become better, to know ourselves more, to live more in the light of understanding and love and wisdom, we find that some deeper part of us is fulfilled by doing this. And when we try to make our world a better place – to co-create spaces of love and harmony and peace – we find that a quality of happiness emerges in our being that fulfills us. So we should be very observant as to where our purpose is coming from. Is it selfish? Is it unselfish? Sri Vasudeva

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What is Driving our Purpose?


As we seek to tap into that unlimited power within us we need to be purpose driven. When  we have a meaningful purpose, then it’s easy to drive any desire, any intention in the human experience, so it’s important to have purpose. If we do not have any purpose, then we find that the drive is not there; life is meaningless.

We need to observe what this purpose is all about. If we are finding that there is some purpose that is within us, we need to explore where this purpose is being driven from. Where is it coming from within us? Is it based on survival? Is it based on the pursuit of personal power? Is it based on the pursuit of selfish pleasure? Is it based on trying to accumulate more, so we never have needs, to the extent where we do not care about others as we do this? What is our purpose? If we observe carefully, is that purpose based on being a better person, improving who we are, knowing who we are, and helping our world to be a better place? Sri Vasudeva

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Make a Positive Impact


How do we tap into this power inside to impact our world positively, so that we can create a world of peace, love, and harmony? Of course, you will agree with me that’s a better world, that’s the world we are all seeking, whether we know it or not. Even those who are in a negative bent, they are seeking the same, but they don’t know it. They feel that by destructive means they are going to have power and happiness and freedom. But, no, no, destruction is never the answer!   

So as we tap into this unlimited potential, we need to be benevolent. We need to be kind towards our world. We need to be well intentioned to our world and then all the forces of the Light will support us. The entire Universe will support us.   

We can be destructive in very visible ways and very subtle ways. In the way we defame others, in the way we insult others, in the way we make them inferior, in the way that we take their power away; these are very subtle ways and sometimes we don’t see it.  Of course we do it in very visible ways too by hurting someone physically. When you are destructive pain is eventually going to come. Whenever we create hurt and harm in the human experience it’s going to come back to us. In harming another, we are harming a part of ourselves. So in tapping into “that potential that we are,” and experiencing a higher power, that we use it for the good of our world, it is extremely important to be aware of this. Sri Vasudeva

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In Essence we are One


We have been speaking about the greatness of our inner being – that we are all great. We all have unlimited potential in our being. And I say “unlimited,” because we really do not know the vast potential of the inner space that is called “consciousness.” The space from where the Universe emerged, the space that continues to support this entire Universe. And you see consciousness abounds this Universe; it’s everywhere. This is a conscious Universe.

This consciousness is also imbued with intelligence; it has the power of intelligence. And every life form has the experience of “identity.” But underlying all those separate identities is an essential unity that makes us all one. We may appear to be different in the external parts of this form, but on the internal, in our essence, we are all one – absolutely one. Sri Vasudeva

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Celebrated & Lowly have the Same Tools


What is there, in this amazing space of consciousness? How can some people achieve so much? Olympians, great musicians, artists, what makes them different to us? We are all the same! From the saint, the celebrated ones in our world, to the seemingly lowest, we are all the same! No one is greater! We are all blessed with the same tools. Sri Vasudeva

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The Tools of Self – Discovery


What is the secret to going inside and finding the tools that we can use to discover who we are? It is right before you!

You have the power of intention. The power of intention is magical. It can help you to bring energies into the space from within you, from that source of unlimited energy. The power of reason to investigate, to analyze, to discriminate. The power of passion to enjoy what you do, to love what you do, to desire it with everything that you have. The power of wisdom, discrimination, to not be distracted and to stay focused. The power of discipline to hold you in that space, in that desire, that you may sustain yourself every day. And, the strength of wisdom to meet every adversity with courage! You have all these tools within you, every one of them!

Even if we have lost a limb,  if we have lost an eye, what are we lacking? Has reason gone because we have lost a limb, or one eye has gone bad, or even two eyes? There are souls who have prevailed in the human experience without vision, some without hands, see how they write with their feet? What have we made of ourselves? How can we really account for the time we have spent in this earthly life, with all these precious tools we have been given and the field of treasure that lies within us? What have we done? How can we justify the life? What have we done with this Grace we have been given? It is time to wake up and understand that we have the tools. Sri Vasudeva

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Do We Ask for the Greater Things?


I have been humbly blessed to touch a space inside of awesome power, and I realize we all own that space! I gave up a lucrative career to come into a life where there is no salary, only the passion to give and not to receive, simply, because I want humanity to wake up and realize who we are, and the power we have to transform ourselves and transform our world! We are powerful beings! How long are we going to sleep in the darkness of ignorance?

We have a wish-fulfilling tree in our being with the ability to manifest anything that we want! What do we ask for? A house that collapses, a spouse that may leave us, food that never fulfills us completely?  We never ask for the greater things of life: a powerful mind; more wisdom, the ability to bring energies into the space; energies of light, of love, of harmony. Most of us do not ask for that in our prayer every day. Of course, I know some of you do, but how passionately do you do it? Do you use the tools that are just before you?

If life is playing a game with us, can’t we play along? Life has hidden the tools from us, can we find it? Amazing that the tools are right before our eyes, and we do not see it. Life has made the game so easy, but we think it is so complex. In ignorance we go for the little, the perishable, and we never go for the things of real value that can enhance the earthly life and thereafter, the things of real value! Sri Vasudeva

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The Ancient Masters


The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.

They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things.

Ch 15 Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu
as translated by Stephen Mitchell

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Protect that Inner Flame of Goodness


The ones who really succeed, the ones who are the great performers, and the ones we remember in the journey of history are those who are disciplined! Disciplined! Focused! Driven by their vision! Never losing it!

This is how we can strengthen the desire for the good. Sri Vasudeva

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Remember the Benefits of Nurturing the Good


We need to use discrimination to always remind ourselves in every moment of why we choose to nurture the goodness within. Why am I focused on the good? As we repeat the reasons for our choices, it will continue to energize us to want to stay with it. So we need to refresh our minds every day, refresh our conscious being every day as to why we are doing what we are doing – because it will keep us strong. Sri Vasudeva

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Quarantine the doubters


We need to protect ourselves from the doubters and those who say, “Oh, that’s never a possibility, why are you wasting time with that?” Those who tend to pull us down. We need to say … “Okay” … we need to quarantine them and grow stronger. We need to protect ourselves. Sri Vasudeva

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Associate with those who are Purpose Driven


How do you grow this little thought of goodness? First we have to give it attention. It has to become visible. The good space, the good ideas need to become important! So even though the dark thoughts still consume you, make the time to give this little flame of goodness importance.

It is like how we take care of children. We know that when they grow, they’ll become our protectors, and they will help us to create our future as we grow older. So we grow the young ones, and make them strong, educate them well. So too, this little flame of spirituality, or goodness, we need to give it attention to grow.

And how do we do that? What do you think happens when we associate with those who have positive energies, those who are centered in meaning and purpose, those who are purpose driven, those who live in a little more light? How does it feel when we come into their presence? Somehow, there is some kind of energetic boost in the presence of those who are centered in meaning and purpose, in goodness. That’s the power of association. Sri Vasudeva

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Nurturing the Flame of Goodness


Sometimes people say, “This is a hard journey! Everywhere I look there is a challenge and it seems difficult to come out of these challenges because whenever I aspire towards good, it seems then all the negative things come to me, how can I give attention to the good?” We are so caught up in looking at the negative, that the good becomes insignificant … it becomes the small. We are consumed with the negative, all day negative thinking, worry, misery, all challenges! We are so consumed that we attract negative possibilities towards ourselves, just like a wish-fulfilling tree.

If only we would grow that little flame of goodness. Begin to nurse it every day, like the way we nourish a plant. Protect it from violation. Every day nurture it,  so it becomes stronger and stronger and stronger, because we are giving attention to it and intention to it, and we are making it more powerful. Soon enough, as the goodness begins to grow, it will become as strong as the other thoughts. If we continue to let it grow, it will become stronger than the dark ones! And then, if we make it grow so huge, the dark one appears small now. That which was so big now has become so small – and this good thought that was so small, now is so huge, simply because of attention and intention. Sri Vasudeva

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Growing the Good


As we explore this consciousness space, we will see that we have the power to open up the space and not to give our power away with our attention and intention or be consumed by the things that are not good for us. We need to find thoughts and ideas, that can help to lift us out.

We all have the desire to be happy and to have freedom from any wants and needs, that drive us into some kind of slavery. We want to be free of poverty, of hard work, of sadness.

So couldn’t our desire be so strong, that all the other things that would tend to pull us into contraction would be insignificant, or meaningless, because we are so consumed with the desire for the good? If we have a desire to hold on only to that which is good, if we have a desire not to give our power away, if we have a desire to look for all the tools that can help us in doing this, shouldn’t that desire be so strong, that when we become distracted, we can easily pull back and say, “No, I don’t want to go there. Let me continue to explore how I can grow and become stronger.”

Shouldn’t we grow that desire? So that when the tendency is there to be pulled into the lower or narrower points of view, we immediately feel, “No, I don’t want to go there! This space limits me! I don’t like this space! This is a dark space! I want to go in open spaces of light. I want to see more. I want to experience more.” Shouldn’t our desire for this experience of freedom and happiness be so great that we go after the tools, making the rest meaningless? Do you see when we we give the narrow points of view so much intention and attention how they grow strong? Sri Vasudeva

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The Power of Opening the View


Let us begin to think about how we can control  fear.

If we fight fear by confronting it, and being in conflict with it, it’s not going to be solved so easily. We need to come into a space that can help us to see beyond the fear. It’s difficult, but we have the power to do it. We have the power to look at the fear, observe it – and here we are using discrimination and awareness. We have the power to accept that it, we have grown to develop a relationship with it, so it is a part of us.

We have the power to rationalize or reason. “Does this fear have any basis? Is this fear going to do me any good? Am I giving my power away to the fear? Is there another possibility where I can direct my attention and intention?” So the moment you think of another possibility, you are opening up the space of consciousness. When we think that the fear is the only possibility, we are so consumed with it, we are closed. In a space where we have the power to open up the view, we have narrowed our view.

As we explore in this consciousness space, we will see that we have the power to open up the space, and not to give our power away with our attention and intention, to be consumed by the things that are not good for us. We need to explore the power of opening up the consciousness. To find other thoughts and ideas, that can help to lift us out. We need to search the consciousness space. Sri Vasudeva

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Humility to Life Itself


Sometimes we fear that which doesn’t even exist, because we think it exists! In our conditioning, we conclude that it exists when it doesn’t. How do we know? How can we be sure? I am open to every situation with everyone.  Anyone can teach me! I don’t see the Guru or the Master only in a person. I see the Guru and the Master in life itself! I thought in my limitation that the Guru was just a human being, and I gave a lot of honour and respect to learn from the Guru. But when I really learned, I began to see that the Guru is everywhere! Everything can teach me! That is the idea of humility. Sri Vasudeva

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Every Situation in Life has been Created just for Us


Can we see every situation in life as though it has been created just for us?  Can we see as if  for the first time and look for the learning opportunity? Can we look without judgment, without label, without conditioning … thinking that we have gone through this so many times, we know what is going to happen? Do we really know exactly what is going to happen? Can we predict that this situation is going to be the same as yesterday, and it will continue to be the same tomorrow?  Or can we be open to the now, to any possibility?       Sri Vasudeva

 

Approach Evolved Ones with Humility


When we approach those men and women of wisdom … those more evolved souls … what is our posture in the learning process? Do we show respect? Do we show an openness to learn and an openness to listen, without our own opinions? How we try to test them! How we try to label them! How we try to see them as we see ourselves! And we are completely closed to “That which is” in them. Is that the way we will learn more? Sri Vasudeva

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Approaching Nature with Humility


How can we take a humble approach to all of life? If we were humble to Nature  wouldn’t we be greater friends? Humankind is so full of scientific knowledge yet look at how we are slowly destroying the earth! Look at how we are changing the weather patterns.

We who are so “learned” do not approach Nature with humility as native populations did. If we were truly wise we would never cut down trees so wastefully, so indiscreetly. We destroy the rivers, disturbing the ecosystems. We create so much garbage! Everything is biodegradable in Nature, it goes back into the system. We who are so seemingly wise, do not approach with humility, to learn from Nature.

But the truly wise ones learn from Nature – how to mix colours, how to blend things, how to see the sense of balance and how every life form is important. How much we can learn from Nature which is right before our eyes! When will we human beings become humble?             Sri Vasudeva

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Humility in the Learning Process


Let’s look at the posture, the approach and the power of humility. When we think of humility we think of being little, sometimes we think of being the doormat, offering no resistance, accepting everything. And some may even take it to the extent of gullibility – believing in everything. But what really is humility? How does it feature in this process of learning and growing, opening or shifting the consciousness?  How can we use it as a tool in the learning process? What does it mean to be humble?

One of the great qualities of humility is respect. Respect for that which is. Understanding the greatness of that which is. Understanding the power and the greater meaning of that which is. There is so much to know in life. There is so much unknown space in the learning process. There are so many possibilities in every situation. Will we ever know enough? Will we be ever able to be completely in that knowledge of everything about everything? And can we say in every situation, even when we are learned, that we really know?

When you look at those who are truly wise, even though learned, you see childlike simplicity … humility to life itself … humility to the learning process. When you meet them, they give you their full attention as though they are seeing you for the first time, and as though you are the greatest person in the world. No matter how learned they are, no matter how they are recognized and called great. Have you ever seen the Dalai Lama? Have you ever seen his approach to life?  You see humble simplicity, with such attention to everything around yet he’s considered to be such a high being, but so happy to meet with everyone, be with everyone, completely unassuming! Sri Vasudeva

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Associate With Those Who are Strong


If we are investigating out of fear, searching our way out of the misery, but we are fearful, then it’s a defensive approach. We are trying to protect ourselves, we are trying to save ourselves … but there is fear. Can that create a good learning environment? There is a need to have this curiosity that creates excitement and the desire to explore. And if we don’t, then we really need to ask ourselves, “Do I really want to know more about me, or am I happy with what is happening around me?”

So for the true seeker, there must be this desire. And if you feel you have the desire, but it’s not active, it’s not strong, then this grows by associating with those who have the strong desire. There is nothing more powerful than that energy boost we get from others who are confident about their search, who are centred in strength. Sri Vasudeva

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Analyze, Improve, Discriminate


The most powerful tool on the spiritual journey is intellect, and it is in the hands of the ego. The ego within you has the power of intellect. It is such a powerful tool. Refine it, observe it, understand it, use it!

Analyze your activities! “What am I doing? Why am I doing this?” Try to improve all the time. Use the power of investigation that is in the intellect, to ask questions to improve yourself. “Who am I? What am I doing here? How can we create a better world?” Ask yourself these questions! It is the intellect that helps you to investigate.

It is the intellect that helps you to discriminate. Is this right, is this wrong? Is this harmful, is this helpful? Discrimination – use it as a protection, as a guide. Sri Vasudeva

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We have the power to reason!


Our individual being has the power to reason, to analyze, to make decisions, to process thoughts. We have the power to discriminate between that which is destructive and that which is constructive. We have the power to protect our sacred space of consciousness. We have the power to protect our world. We have the power to make decisions for cleaner water, better air that we breathe, protecting nature and other life forms. We have the power to remove poverty from the earth.  We, humankind, have the power, and in our selfishness, our greed, our uncontrolled aggression we are slowly destroying the planet every day with our toxic behaviour.

This is a most powerful tool that we have in our consciousness. Be aware, this is your tool to discriminate between what is harmful to you, what is depressing to you, what is healthy for you, what is uplifting to you. You have the power to create change within you, because you can reason! You have the power to protect yourself from destructive energies around you, depressing energies around you. You have the power! Sri Vasudeva

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Let’s Create our Future


Let’s create a new world, where we don’t give our power away, waiting for handouts, where we can tap into our inner being, and share with each other the greatness that lies within. That is the future of our world.

“Let’s be the change that we want to see in the world. Let’s look for it on the inside. Let’s not wait for someone, some angel, or some God, or some super Guru from somewhere to bring the change to us. Let’s start today, it is right within us. And the time is right on the planet for a change in consciousness. Sri Vasudeva

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Readiness for Change


Sometimes in our search, when we find that time seems to be coming for change, should we begin to look at the holistic picture and see that we are being prepared for something different? Should we listen for every sign, even from within, so that we can really unfold like the caterpillar into a butterfly, or like the seed into the tree? Can we really unfold as we are meant to? This is what readiness is about.

If you don’t feel that the time is ready for you, don’t make the step! Be comfortable with where you are. Continue to do that which strengthens you and wait for the moment. How do we know completely when we will be ready? The signs will be there: inner and outer. Do not make a decision that brings fear or insecurity. Wait until the moment comes. Look carefully, and all the forces of life and Nature will support you on this marvellous journey of unfolding. Sri Vasudeva

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Protect the Space of Transformation


As seekers, do we need to create a cocoon, a safe space that protects our transformation being very careful who we listen to, who we allow in our inner space, being very careful with the addiction to so many things, being very careful with the indiscipline, that saps our energy away? We need to provide that cocoon that is sacred, that is protected by discipline. And inside of that space, only hold on to the words, only hold on to the information, the food that nourishes and can support our transformation. Think about this. Sri Vasudeva

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Agents of Co-creation


The Universe has not only us, but it also has so many agents of co-creation in it. We are not co-creating just with a single power, we are co-creating with all the forces in the field! So sometimes the things we desire may not come immediately because there are so many forces in the field. We need to understand how all these beings in the field are co-creating the destiny of our world with us.

My wish is that you can begin to open your eyes to see the magnificent, highly intelligent Universe that you are in and the joy of navigating in this field, not with fear, but with excitement. Sri Vasudeva  

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