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Forget everything you know: your past, your future, your beliefs. Because what happens here is a mysterious, amazing, miraculous process of becoming unburdened, of lightening up — of enlightening! — so that the light that you are actually can shine, the loving heart that you are can radiate, and you can be happy — unconditionally happy — and have a good life. Recorded 4/30/2015.
The real gift of awakening and opening is truly loving. We open into being authentically loving beings — enlightened, radiant, filled with spirit, and completely grounded in authentic humanity.
What is “awake”? Awake is when you’re connected, when you’re actually available to what you’re sensing and feeling, and to what others are sensing and feeling. When we stop, when we open, we see and feel how we’ve been holding back, and how we can begin to get out of our own way.
Connection is our true nature. It’s an aliveness, a presence, a vastness. The reason we come here — the reason we *are* here — is to discover that for the first time; or to rediscover it; or to deepen into what is already present for us.
Suffering is when we’re very identified, when we’re so contracted in our beliefs that there’s no sense of humor, no lightness. It’s heavy. It’s a bummer! But you can bring awareness in such a way that opening happens; you can question in such a way that the mind dissolves. And when you’re fully here the heart will open up, and then you’ll encounter this closeness, nearness, this intimacy with everything.
The noticing that I’m describing is free of judgment, interpretation, comparison, analysis. So bring yourself back to a place where there’s spacious awareness. Widen your field to find that place where there is no resistance. Feel your heart opening, moving, unwinding. Feel your mind relaxing.
There’s nothing like being unburdened. It’s fresh, and it’s always brand new. And you can find that bliss right now — not by trying, but by noticing with heart, with compassion; with patience, forgiveness and gratitude.
The fundamental teaching of being here is… just being here. No grasping; no holding; no trying. No understanding. No mind, no body; no nothing! Just being. Those are not concepts; rather, they are descriptions of how it is when *just being* is happening.
If you’re not here, where are you? If you have a moment, you might try arriving, and allowing yourself to become embodied. Allow your awareness to fully permeate your whole nervous system; and your amorphous emotional realm; and even your mind! That’s part of the miracle and mystery too.
Our nature is like the ocean, infinitely deep and beautiful. True acceptance is perceiving from that spaciousness, from the energetic fundamental nature that we are — from awareness itself.
There’s a magic and a power to describing what is in a space that doesn’t expect anything — a space of open acceptance that is really resonating that frequency of freedom that you already are. Describing what is lifts the veil, burns off the fog, and awareness naturally shines through.