Stop!

I know you’ve been surfing the web, reading your email, checking out recipes, and now have seemingly, surprisingly, stumbled upon this blog post. It’s fun, right? It takes you out of your head, away from the stress and bother of the day-to-day. I love the Inter-webs!

Now, I invite you to stop for a moment and consider…. What is the status of the five aspects at this exact moment? How does this surfing behavior affect the alignment and activation of the five aspects?

Where are you right now? Can you feel your body in space and time? The physical aspect is often the first to be ignored when sitting at a computer or interacting on the web. Other than your fingers swiping and tapping the screen, your body disappears and the physical reality of the moment fades. Close you eyes for a moment and reconnect with the physical aspect. You don’t have to stop reading or surfing. Attempt to connect your actions with where you are in space and time. (Wiggle your toes to remind yourself of the rest of your body. Take three, strategic, deep breaths. Look around you and select an object to connect with.)

Is the energy you are experiencing your own? Or, is it coming from external sources? If, for example, you are sitting in a coffee shop while reading this, the energy may be coming from the space. Name it, and then Set an intention for the next best positive energy you can produce.

If you have been surfing for very long, your intellect may be in “receive only” mode. Is everything going straight to memory, or are you processing, discerning, discriminating? What do you think about this post? Send me a comment!

What do your know? What secret is your heart ready to reveal right now? Sit with this truth until you are ready to accept it.

And know this too: everything is perfect, just the way it is. All is Well. All is Love.

May peace be with you, and with all the world.

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Happy New Year 2014

Wishing you bliss, heartfelt connections, mindful communication, beneficial relationships, and manifestation of your heart’s desires.

 

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Wisdom At Work Poem

I wrote this poem for the closing at the October 2011 Wisdom at Work luncheon. It’s yet another variation on the theme.

Bring your body to work

- be present where you are

Bring your energy to work

- feel the flow of love in what you do

Bring your Intellect to work

- for the clarity to choose well

Bring your Wisdom to work

- to inform your choices with deep seated knowing

Your work is then bliss

- where source manifests with abundance and compassion

 

 

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The Universe and You

There is a school of thought that the universe operates as a hologram: the whole is encoded in the part (see Holographic Universe). If this is true, then you are not only in the universe, but the universe is in you. Some people call this wholeness “God”. I like that word. That’s why I say in my prayer, “God that is in me, God that I am in.”

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How to Use the Five Aspect Meditation

Although I live a busy live, like I’m sure you do, I am usually able to find time for a 20-minute meditation each day. When given more time, I will take it to luxuriate even more fully in the aligning of the aspects. I usually set a timer because time passes so quickly in the “alpha state” produced by the meditation.

I follow the meditation, from physical to energetic, intuitive, intellect, bliss, to God. At each level, I feel myself aligning and clearing the aspect allowing the next aspect in to be accessed. Reaching the final level, I sit with God and experience the God that I am and the God that I am in. When the timer bell chimes, I begin to ascend through the aspects, polishing them with gratitude. This full meditation is a practice that never ceases to amaze me with it’s power.

Besides my daily practice, I also find myself using the five aspect meditations several times a day. More on stressful days, and more when I am putting myself in situations where I need to be at my very best self. Whenever I feel that I’m getting caught up in, and simply reacting to, the external reality rather than coming from my innermost core and God reality, I stop for a moment of meditation. After using the meditation for so long, I can literally just think of the levels by number and say to myself, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0-God that I am, God that I am in.” As I say the number of the level my consciousness retreats from a place of physical reality to energetic reality to intuition, then intellect, to bliss, and finally back to were it begins: with the God that I am and God that I am in. I say and feel the truth of, “I Sit With God.” After resetting my center there, I come back through the levels, one breath at a time “1 bliss, 2 intuition, 3 intellect, 4 energy, 5 manifestation.” This takes approximately 3 minutes to complete. I feel clear and focused, with God shining through the aspect lens.

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Love as Manifesting Energy

Here’s a fabulous piece about the aspect of energy, and how it is related to the emotion and associated feeling of love. I’m sure we’ve all felt it… that surge feeling, the rhythmic pulsation of love. You know it is real because it is palpable and visceral sensation.

LOVE AS ENERGY

We are accustomed to consider (and with what a refinement of
analysis !) only the sentimental face of love, the joy and miseries
it causes us. It is in its natural dynamism and its evolutionary
significance that I shall be dealing with it here, with a view to
determining the ultimate phases of the phenomenon of man.

Considered in its full biological reality, love-that is to say,
the affinity of being with being-is not peculiar to man. It is
a general property of all life and as such it embraces, in its varieties
and degrees, all the forms successively adopted by organised
matter. In the mammals, so close to ourselves, it is easily recognised
in its different modalities : sexual passion, parental instinct,
social solidarity, etc. Farther off, that is to say lower down on
the tree of life, analogies are more obscure until they become so
faint as to be imperceptible. But this is the place to repeat what
I said earlier when we were discussing the ‘ within of things ‘.
If there were no real internal propensity to unite, even at a prodigiously
rudimentary level-indeed in the molecule itself–it
would be physically impossible for love to appear higher up,
with us, in ‘ horninised ‘ form. By rights, to be certain of its
presence in ourselves, we should assume its presence, at least in
an inchoate form, in everydung that is. And in fact if we look
around us at the confluent ascent of consciousnesses, we see it
is not lacking anywhere. Plato felt this and has immortalised
the idea in his Dialogues. Later, with thinkers like Nicolas of
Cusa, mediaeval philosphy returned technically to the same
notion. Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world
seek each other so that the world may come to being. This is
no metaphor ; and it is much more than poetry. Whether as a
force or a curvature, the universal gravity of bodies, so strilung
to us, is merely the reverse or shadow of that which really moves
nature. To perceive cosmic energy ‘ at the fount ‘ we must, if
there is a within of things, go down into the internal or radial
zone of spiritual attractions.

Love in all its subtleties is nothing more, and nothing less, than
the more or less direct trace marked on the heart of the element
by the psychic convergence of the universe upon itself.

http://docs.google.com/View?id=dfd5nxc_205gksxh2fz
THE PHENOMENON OF MAN, Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/The_Vision_of_Teilhard-de-Chardin.png

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You Are God

Know this: You Are God. If God is infinite, everywhere and everything, then by definition you are also God.

Now, don’t let this go to your head. Remember also this: God is Everywhere and Everything is God. So the rude guy that lives next door is also God. The chair you are sitting in is also God. Your Dog is also God, of course. Everything and Nothing is God. Even the spaces between things are God.

It is very much like a hologram. If you are familiar with the physics behind these laser created 3D images, it seems that if you create a 3D holographic image of a rose, and then you cut that image in half,  you can still see the 3D rose. In fact, you can continue to cut the image into smaller and smaller bits, you will still see smaller, but intact, images of the 3D rose. Every part of a hologram contains all the information possessed by the whole.

(If you are a bit of a geek like me and love the science behind our spirituality, read the book The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot)

This is why I say: God that I am. God that I am in.

This mantra reminds me that God is in me and I am in God. When I align and polish the five aspects it aligns my inner hologram with the greater hologram of God the images are magnified and I can “see” the image of God within me.

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Lenses

In Light on Life, BKS Iyengar says, “Consciousness can be compared to a lens. Its inner surface faces the soul itself, and its outer surface comes into contact with the world. Inevitably a degree of grime attaches itself to that outer surface and obscures our vision. In fact it prevents us from seeing clearly what is outside, and it equally prevents the light of our soul from shining out.”

The practice of polishing with gratitude through the 5 Aspects Prayer and Meditation is designed to clear that grime from the lens of the soul and helps that little light of yours to shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

Polishing with gratitude:

God that I am, God that I am in:

Thank you for coming forward, and becoming BLISS.

Thank you for deep seated guidance and WISDOM.

Thank you for clarity of INTELECT to choose for my highest and greatest good.

Thank you for beneficial ENERGY that flows into this energetic grid.

Thank you for MANIFESTING abundance and compassion.

Thank you for the blessing of your friendship.

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Interfaces

There are five aspects of God that can be thought of as nested layers.  They most outward aspect is physical… this is what we see and feel on a day to day basis. And just beneath the surface of this physical reality is an energetic reality that swirls and flows.  How do these two aspects, or layers, connect to each other? I believe that it is from pure energy that the physical reality is manifested. If you’ve ever studied the law of attraction, you understand that the vibrational quality of your energy field is what brings your reality to you. However, there is a connection the other way as well.  What you do in a physical sense affects your energy. What you do with your body, and how you live in space are physical realm actions that affect the energetic reality. If you choose to drink coffee, alcohol, or water will determine the vibrational qualities of your energy. The pollution or contaminants in that water will also affect your vibrational qualities.  Feng Shui practitioners will tell you that how you arrange your physical surroundings will affect the energy and, in so doing, affects what you further attract into your physical reality.

Between each aspect there is an interface. It is a two-way flow from one aspect to another. Each aspect influencing the next, and being influenced by the previous.

When we experience wholeness, when all five aspects are clear, and our God light shines through, the purest and best of all the aspects becomes apparent. The interfaces between the aspects function at the highest level to bring truth, beauty, and goodness into our life, our mind, our intellect, our energy, and our world.

<Need to do: a graphic with the five aspects and their interfaces. Possibly mandala like…?>

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Aspect Definition

I chose the word “Aspect” deliberately for this purpose as it has  several definitions that work in describing our relationship to God.

Here’s how the Merriam-Webster defines the word Aspect:

Main Entry: as·pect Pronunciation: \ˈas-ˌpekt\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin aspectus, from aspicere to look at, from ad- + specere to look
Date: 14th century
1 a : the position of planets or stars with respect to one another held by astrologers to influence human affairs; also : the apparent position (as conjunction) of a body in the solar system with respect to the sun b : a position facing a particular direction : exposure c : the manner of presentation of a plane to a fluid through which it is moving or to a current
2 a (1) : appearance to the eye or mind (2) : a particular appearance of the face : mien b : a particular status or phase in which something appears or may be regarded
3 archaic : an act of looking : gaze
4 a : the nature of the action of a verb as to its beginning, duration, completion, or repetition and without reference to its position in time b : a set of inflected verb forms that indicate aspect

There’s a lot to work with here! First, the word’s origins mean”to look at more.”  This would indicate that the 5 Aspects of God would be five ways to look at God more… more deeply, more closely, more clearly.

The first definition, “a position” of astrological bodies, or facing a certain direction suggests to me that the Aspects of God are ways of facing, or relating to, God. This works nicely with the presentation of various practices for each of the Aspects. The practices are ways of relating to God.

The second definition, “appearance to the eye or mind” correlates nicely to the aspects being the five “illusions” of separation from God. We appear to be separate beings, separate energies, separate intellects but in God’s reality we are all One. The illusion of separateness appears to our eye or mind.

The third definition, “an act of looking : gaze” reminds me that the Five Aspects are ways in which we look past the illusions to the reality of our union with God.

The fourth definition, “the nature of the action of a verb as to its beginning, duration, completion, or repetition and without reference to its position in time” … well that’s pretty abstract… but it sounds pretty groovy. Time is part of the illusion, after all! If you have a succinct way to explain this one, please comment here!

Namaste.

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