Awakening From the Trance of Unworthiness

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I wish I could say I’d written this… but I haven’t :-)

I just wanted to point y’all to an excellent article by Tara Brach about the “obstacle” of unworthiness on a spiritual path.

When we are in the process of trying to ascend, we never arrive and always feel spiritually insufficient. This was clearly the case during my first years of practice in pursuit of becoming a more perfect yogi. The temporary and passing states of peace or rapture were never enough to soothe my underlying sense of unworthiness. I felt continuously compelled to do more. An alternative face of such insecurity is spiritual pride. The very accomplishments—like improved concentration or periods of bliss—if owned by the self, reinforce a sense of a deficient self that is moving up the ladder.

Read the full article here.

Holding On To Hate

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Do you hate your job? Your life? Injustice? Death?

It’s easy to figure out what you don’t want. It’s working out what you do want that’s hard – and therein lies the problem. When you’re surrounded by what you hate, when you’re constantly battling or sidestepping, how can you be expected to find the space or time to figure out what you want?
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Feeling Brave?

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You may feel excited! You may feel sick! Both are normal, when you’re venturing into new territory. It’s what happens right before becoming brave.

— Patty Chang Anker, Psychology Today

Self-acceptance requires a lot of bravery. Yet it is the only path to giving yourself compassion, the only thing that is every truly missing in your life.
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Daydream Believer

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Have you ever tried visualisation to reach your goals? Do you find yourself meeting inner resistance? Or perhaps simply find yourself enjoying those daydreams but eventually giving up having not seen much of it manifest anywhere in your life?

Manifestation is a tricky subject. We are constantly tugged between the philosophy of letting go and being utterly selfless, going wherever the flow may take us and accepting what the universe gives us, and the philosophy of our nature as a divine being that is capable of building our own lives exactly as we want them.

Yes, you are an individual, but you are also born and part of something infinitely great. Neither of those truths can be denied!

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Letting Go

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Searching all directions
with one’s awareness,
one finds no one dearer
than oneself.
In the same way, others
are fiercely dear to themselves.
So one should not hurt others
if one loves oneself.

The Udana

Be excellent to each other.

Bill & Ted

Why is letting go always so hard? Even when we’re attached to something damaging?

From our limited 3D perspective, it is difficult to see the underlying dynamics of attachment. Whether you’re attached to a person, a thing, an event, an outcome, or anything else, you are getting something out of it which a part of you, whether conscious or not, sees as positive. Ever seen people getting attached to an illness or condition? You probably have.
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Is Life Holding Out?

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Is life holding out on you? The dangling carrot getting a little higher every time it’s almost in reach? Perfect opportunities missed because you simply had no way of knowing until it was too late?

Grind your teeth, growl, punch things! Frustration is a strong, ugly and self-defeating feeling.
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Waiting For…?

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Are you waiting?

All of us are waiting for something. Nothing ever happens straight away in this world – life here demands a cause-and-effect of work, intention and building. There needs to be labour before we can taste its fruits. Even then, the resistance to stagnation will often breed restlessness or boredom, and the urge to build toward something new.
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Build On A Strong Foundation

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Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus had a point. What kind of a foundation are you building your beliefs and your universe on?
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