This practice, our lives, is how (and where) we seek to release our demands on the moment. Our practice is how we seek to be released from our ideas of achievement. It is how we seek to be released from the limited perspective we are using to interpret the dream we think we are seeing and find The Last Dream at the end of all dreams moving at last… and forever… into complete Peace of Mind.
Our judgments must be surrendered again and again and again and after that...again, into the hands of Wisdom. When we give everything we do or say the purpose of locating genuine happiness, time will be able to show us what we are not seeing now. When we offer everything we do or say to the Wisdom that directs us to our Peace of Mind, time will finally be able to show us that if we are not experiencing Joy, it is only because we are not able to see what is Now. And the only thing that can block the experience of our Happiness, is our demand on the moment.
An honest practice humbly aimed at Truth, is simple and patient. We may not make spiritual home runs, we may not have Oprah coming to ask us how we did it, but if we remember the whole world is watching and the whole world is learning from everything we say and do, we can choose to release our demands on the moment, and listen. When we listen, we can learn about Happiness, instead of how to try harder.
Our practice delivers us to what ever we have our hearts aimed at.
A heart aimed at Happiness requires us to surrender our agenda and trust what comes. All the words and actions aimed at our ideas of success will sabotage real Happiness. We may think we are getting somewhere and invest our energy in capitalizing on some sense of gain, when we are actually shooting the means to our happiness, right in the foot.
Our fears operate on the belief that we need to take care of ourselves and to do so we need to get something. This willfulness is satisfied through our imagined ideas of achieving success according to our fears. The achievements that satisfy our fears come in a million colors and shapes and they are all a carrot on the end of a stick. This willfulness generates constant demands on the moment and continually feeds the fearful need to control what is happening.
We can get excited when we think we are coming very close to actually getting our hands on a carrot. When we feel we are finally on to something, we can let enthusiasm for the idea of gain run rough shot over our Peace. We can let our fear driven ambition block the Son of our Trust in something larger than our small idea of ourselves. Under the influence of fear we must strive and then try to imagine happiness coming through our striving. And when we stumble upon some form of what we think is going to take care of us, we can be blinded and walk right past the hand that will truly feed us. When we find ourselves engaged in trying to get ahead, we must pause and surrender our efforts into the hands of our faith in what we are not able to see because we are so busy striving.
It is our fear that we are lost from God that destroys our Peace of Mind. It is our sense of being lost that makes us strive to find Peace when in Truth, it has already been given to us. And it is our idea of needing to get somewhere that generates our demands on the moment. While we are still in doubt about what we truly need, we will keep pouring our energy into our plans for survival. It is the act of striving that denies the fact that we are, in fact, in essence, the very Peace we seek.
In survival mode, everyone is seen as either for us or against us. Surrounded by enemies, we cannot find the company that blesses us and reminds us we are blessed. We cannot find the enlightenment that will release us from our struggling.
Money and position unto themselves will not answer our whole heart, yet all the money that comes to us, and moves through us can be given the purpose of serving true happiness, but not without trust. We must trust the moment. We must let It come, and let It go with our blessing. We must learn and trust that money will come, and it will go. Relationships will keep changing, and the Love will stay the same.
When we receive and trust everything that arrives in the moment and bless It as it goes it’s way, we locate the way to live in Peace. We only need to watch for our inclination to strive, and let our practice calm the fear that spurs that inclination. Our practice can help keep us aware that we can always take comfort because comfort is always being offered through forgiveness. We can let Love carry Us along the Way instead of fearfully working our agendas.
Surrender your demands on the moment. Surrender your ideas of what you think you need, of what you think should come next, of what you think others, enlightened teachers, or bumbling dunces (as you name them-so you name yourself) are doing to you, or for you. Stay awake, notice when you are not happy, when you are not relaxed… pause…trust…and listen. Return to the moment in front of you with as much humility as possible and let yourself dance with the moment and all it has carried to you, without expectation, without judgment.
Every time you look back at the dream you call your life and see, in hindsight, you had the choice to trust in every instant were you choose to worry and manipulate. You can look back and see it was not exactly fun trying to control everything, and it is tiring seeing everything as an attack because of your doubts.
Everything teaches. You will come to the lessons you need, and you will listen, or you will not, until you do. Keep in mind that the most powerful addiction in this world, in my opinion, is the addiction to spiritual experiences. These are sometimes the hardest to surrender into the hands of Widsom. And so you must, in the name of the Peace that you seek, faithfully and patiently, surrender it all… and keep surrendering.
Through practice, you will eventually see, and feel real ground to stand on, real ground to live on. Trust that every other is doing what they know to do, and bless them, nothing more is needed. In doing so, you find all the blessing you need.
Are your actions humble and simple?
Are you working to get somewhere?
Are you seeing even those you call beloved, those you call your teachers in this world, as a way to get a leg up, or a way to let your legs be still and find more faith instead?
There is no place to get to in this world. Striving is a vicious cycle and you will burn down your road to freedom with your own ambitions.
Who would like to be completely Happy?
Who would like to be permanently on vacation from worry?
Who would like to awaken each morning with their hands faithfully open to the day and all it brings, trusting that everything needed is present, trusting that everything happening is in the perfect order of Love?
Releasing our demands on the moment according to our fearful striving will deliver us from the war of fighting for what can never be true. Dropping our judgments and the perspective that tells us we need something other than what is, will uncover the path out of Hell.
In the name of Happiness, seek to be free and you will find the means arrive. Trust and let these means be built into your life, into your practice. Let your practice support you as you release your demands. Let it support you as you release your doubts, and deposit your life into the hands of Love.
Until we surrender our ideas of time-It will appear to take a long time. Surrender this idea as well and breathe… Ask for patience in the name of Happiness and listen. Open to receive the answer to every question you feel you are holding through your listening and let them all melt into a single request for the Peace that has already been given to you. Let your listening be a call number to pick up your Peace of Mind at last and forever! Your practice amplifies my own. I am so thankful for your company.