Look Around With Fresh Eyes


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


Where to Find Solutions


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 to Surrender when Challenged (Part 2)


In yesterday’s post Sri Vasudeva (SV) gave us some strategies to deal with a situation where we feel stuck. As promised today we go on to explore another facet.

M: Is it that surrender or humility is a recognition that we need help?

SV: Well of course surrendering means “I can’t do anything more in this situation. I need help.” So you’re surrendering to the forces of life, “I don’t know where I am; I’m totally lost; I’m surrendering to the process.” Surrender means that you’re giving up trying to find something, and expect that help is coming towards you. You’re giving up all the efforts that you made which didn’t work, that’s surrendering. “I don’t know what to do anymore; I can’t do anything; everything seems to not work. So I just need grace here.” So that’s a form of surrendering – helplessness – that you can’t do anything, so you give up. You give up trying to do, because in all your doing, nothing is happening.

M: So when you say “surrendering to the process, what does that mean?”

SV:  It’s surrendering the effort that is not helping…and opening up the way to something else coming to pull us out of the space. The faster you begin to recognise that all the tools that you’re using  are not working, then you have to look outside of the toolbox, “There needs to be a tool somewhere to help me.” So that means “I’m surrendering every effort to stay with my old tools.” I’m opening up now; I’m opening up to grace that a new tool will emerge.

So the surrendering there is the surrendering of useless efforts, efforts that don’t work, that’s where the surrendering is focussed on. But in surrendering there is the intention of opening up the space for a new tool, a new way of working, a new support. So there is a very powerful intention to hold on to any kind of grace that will bring me relief from the situation. So it is not that: I am surrendering hope. I’m surrendering the efforts that don’t work; I’m holding on to hope.

M: This is not the same as giving up in a disempowering way…

SV: No. It is not about giving up everything.

M: From what you’re describing it seems that it will be easier to recognise the new tool, or the new inspiration. 

SV: Right. What it does is it opens up the consciousness space. Because, on one hand, a part of my consciousness has been making effort and it’s useless. It’s not working. I’m going to another part of my consciousness that has hope and has the awareness that grace exists. So I’m opening up to that part of the consciousness. And I’m surrendering all the efforts that I tend to make with my ego, in wanting to do this by myself.

Is it like opening up to my bigger self?

SV: Well, I’m centered in the bigger self, so it is opening up to another part of my bigger self. Because I believe that I have more possibilities than just this. I believe that with my intuitive power I can find something inside of my being that will work. So I need to go into that space of grace within my being. I need to call upon the god within.

The Outstretched Hand of Grace (Part 1)


hand-1331323_960_720.jpgWe had the opportunity to be in conversation with Sri Vasudeva. I’d like to share a small excerpt that might be useful to many seekers.

We asked him, “What do we do if we are caught in a situation and we don’t know how to come out of it, no solution is apparent?”

He said, “When you’re caught, the ego is stuck, it feels like it can’t come out of the ditch, or out of the condition, then grace is required.  Choose to be in a good space, in company of more evolved people as grace can come through them. It is also important to stay with deep prayer, with mantras, seeking grace. So when it becomes very very difficult there is no other way but to seek grace, the outstretched hand of the divine.

How will we notice the loosening of the bind? What does it look like as we start to become unstuck?

SV: Loosening means that you begin to feel that you’re not backed against a wall anymore; you begin to feel that something is helping to carry you.  You begin to feel supported, like a hand comes out to hold yours and it’s outstretched. So even if the hand doesn’t grasp yours yet, but you can see that it’s stretched towards you; just seeing the hand alone can give you that lift, “Ohh, I can feel that something is happening in the space…I can’t touch it, I cannot understand it fully, but I can actually feel that the space is changing.” So that’s what happens when we go into deep prayer. Because when the ego feels totally bound and helpless it needs support. That’s why we go to church to pray in a group or we go to a therapist or we go to google…it is for that outstretched hand of grace that can come to us.

[ I will make another blog post where I ask Sri Vasudeva about the role of surrender in challenging situations. Stay tuned.]


How is Consciousness experienced in Meditation?


Consciousness is the expansive experience that you begin to have when you go deeper and deeper. But if you notice what is creating that is your surrendering, it is your opening up yourself to that infinite space, relieving yourself of thinking, because the moment you make too much effort; the mind becomes restless. But the moment you start giving up that effort and you start surrendering, “I don’t know. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you are. I don’t know what consciousness is, but I want to know. I want to experience.” It’s that yearning without trying to keep a picture and a thought and a label. It’s such yearning from inside, and that heart of surrender that will bring that experience. Sri Vasudeva

Joyfully Wait Knowing the Answer Will Come

12239684_1238574279502199_5877592475281651655_n.jpgSometimes we are so tense. “Oh God I wonder if the answer will come? Will it come now? Is it ever going to come?” How is it going to come that way? You are already creating a condition there. Just open the mind, open the heart and then intuition will come. The wisdom is there. It is simply attuning to it.

Intuition is another form of Grace and this can feature in your meditation as you go into the space. Use what you know to come into a harmonious space on the inside and then be open to the Infinite. And a lot of relevant, pertinent information comes into the space, the Inner Guide becomes even more accessible. Sri Vasudeva