The truth that I would like to share with fellow beings is that there is a source of wisdom, joy and peace that anyone can draw upon. That source has nothing to do with the desires of the physical body, or the self-centeredness of the egoic mind. Yet it is to be found within each of us, accessible by simple means and eager to sustain and nourish the part of us that aspires to a loving, compassionate connection with humankind.
Source has many names in different spiritual traditions. Some call it spirit, love or the higher self. Its name is not important, nor is there any way of defining or categorizing it. It cannot be studied or described, other than by its effects in our hearts. It cannot be compared to anything, because it comprises all things in all universes. It is the vibrational energy from which all material things and all other energies are derived.
People throughout history have known the source under different names. Some were spiritual teachers who founded great religious traditions – Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tse, to name a few. Many more have been individuals who led quiet lives as monastics, teachers, writers, or followers of everyday occupations, but through whom the light of love and compassion shone into the world, brightening the lives of those they touched. Each of us can aspire to be such a beacon of happiness and hope.
At this time in the history of humankind, there is great need for individuals to take up the challenge to renounce hatred and fear, and become teachers by example of love and compassion. In order to do so, it is necessary to establish and maintain the connection between the individual consciousness which guides our attitudes and behaviors, and the source of universal consciousness. The way to create that connection is through the twin tools of meditation and mindfulness.
Meditation is practiced in a variety of forms that have in common the technique of quieting the conscious mind. When thoughts and transitory emotions are stilled, a great discovery is made. Behind the distracting chatter of the ego and the body there is a presence, and that presence is source. When we clear away the mental obstacles that separate us from the source, we find that it emanates a constant stream of loving and peaceful energy that calms us, and creates in us the desire to share that energy with the world. Without further effort, we become the beacons of love and compassion that we seek to be.
Mindfulness is the tool we use to maintain the purity of the signal that we broadcast. It reminds us when worldly distractions have corrupted our signal, and helps us to make choices that keep us on the path of love. It tells us when we need to refresh our connection with the source by retiring into meditation for a while.
Through the tools of meditation and mindfulness, you can become a positive force for good in the world.
Bless you all.