“A man must learn to understand the motives of human beings, their illusions, and their suffering.” ~Albert Einstein
What do you do when your alarm clock goes off in the morning? I bet a survey would show that 99.9% of people hit the snooze button. The other 0.1% throw it across the room. I know I always did when I was working that 7am to 3pm day shift. Every morning at half past dark the alarm would ring and I’d growl or groan or grumble and hit snooze. It’s just not natural to have a ring or a buzz or a piercing alarm wake you up out of a dead sleep. It’s a hostile world out there.
Our first thought upon realizing it is once again time to get up and go to work is one of resentment and anger. Unless, of course, you got a great night’s sleep and love, love, love your job. But, if like many, you do not, then it’s a rude awakening. Nothing makes one want to stay in bed more than the untimely sounding of an alarm clock.
You guessed it, that’s what life is like. No one wants to be awakened with a harsh lesson. We all want to learn our lessons the easy way and slowly wake up to them without any consequences for not understanding them sooner, yet we keep oversleeping. Our life is like a dream that we aren’t aware of most of the time. We do things without considering how they affect our life or others around us. We make the same mistakes over and over. We let life lead us, just as in a dream we follow along.
Lucid dreaming is when we have a dream while we are sleeping and suddenly we are aware that we are dreaming. From that point on in the dream we are able to make decisions and change anything we want. Like we can fly away from a monster, which, seriously, is what I did in a dream once. I’m not sure if it was a monster, but I knew something horrible was chasing me through a science research center. I was running as fast as I could, careening down long corridors with closed doors on either side, flourescent lights overhead, until I reached a huge lobby with three stories of glass in a semi-circle in front of me. The monster was close when I realized I was dreaming. I was so excited. I realized I could do whatever I wanted. So I flew, crashing through the glass soaring into the beautiful blue sky above the trees.
This dream was about fear. I was being chased by an invisible monster, an invisible fear, an unknown fear. There was nothing visible chasing me and yet in the dream I was terrified that I would be killed if I let it catch me. We do the same thing in life. We let our imagination conjure up invisible demons. We let our worries destroy our faith. We suffer from unspecified anxiety. We run from the fear of failure or success. We are afraid to have it all and afraid to have nothing. The glass wall represented my third eye, my soul, my spirit. In the dream I realized I could escape by crashing through the glass. It was symbolic of me recognizing the powerlessness of my fear when making contact with my higher self. When we are connected to spirit we have no fear.
In our waking life we sometimes act as though we can’t make any changes in our lives. We continue to do the same stupid things over and over. We continue to follow old patterns of actions and thinking. It’s time we tried lucid waking. It’s called mindfulness and it’s amazing! We can learn without making the same mistakes over and over. As the Professor said, we must try to understand our illusions and our suffering. Self awareness is a beautiful thing and allows us to live a much happier life.
Life reviews are good for us. Taking a look at patterns in our thoughts and actions is very revealing about what we believe and what illusions we continue to hold onto. You would think that after we found out about Santa Claus we would question everything, but we don’t. Start to question everything. Everything. If Quantum Physics is teaching us anything, it is that it’s all a matter of perception. Our consciousness impacts everything we think about, observe, or act upon.
Start to see with your third eye. This is the vision of your being, your intuition, your consciousness and the only true reality. Let go of illusions and you let go of suffering.
And how do you see with your intuition and consciousness? Here’s that word again, meditation. I will be doing a post soon on how to meditate that’s a little more in-depth. For now, try sitting comfortably, relax, close your eyes, take three deep clearing breaths and then just notice your breathing. Don’t change your breathing. Don’t try to regulate the pattern of your breathing. Just watch it. Experience how it feels through your nostrils, notice how your abdomen moves out when you inhale and moves in when you exhale. Observe your breathing quietly. If thoughts come up, just return to your observation. Just keep returning to the breath. Do that for at least twenty minutes a day.
Practicing mindfulness is simply being aware of your thinking. Choose thoughts that work for you and not against you. Never denigrate yourself. See the good in yourself and when you slip up, let it go and realize that you just learned something new. Isn’t that great!
Soon, you’ll be seeing patterns in your thinking and that knowledge and insight will help you to develop new beliefs and new thought patterns that are empowering and life affirming. Make sure that what motivates you comes from a desire within you and not from the need for external approval.
When you can be yourself, when you are motivated by your intuition, your suffering will end.
Some empowering affirmations:
- I am aware of my thoughts and use them to my advantage.
- I do what I love.
- I am connected to the energy of the universe.
- I am a wonderful person and deserve to do what I love.
- I am filled with the energy of love and creativity.
- I am one with All.
Imagine you are walking on the beach and you see God walking towards you. When you ask “Who am I?” what does God say?