The Presence Within

There’s no denying that there is a presence in us that’s not physical, and therefore, not detectable by our five senses. It is detectable by our sixth sense; our intuition. This is the sense of feeling – ideas, emotions, deja-vu, and, most importantly, love. It is not of the mind and not of thought. 

To be free of thought means to be free of stress; which is replaced by inner peace. This comes about by living the life you’re meant to live…from moment to moment. This means recognition of and the blossoming of your gifts and talents. We all have flaws and weaknesses and gifts and talents.

Being free of thought encourages your gifts and talents to emerge and blossom.This means following your heart (intuition), not your head: to be the best you you can be, from moment to moment, to live the life you’re meant to live.

What causes the stress that takes away from your happy moments? To be in thought rather than in meditation. Past and future robbing you of your present. To be lost in your life is to be lost in meditation – to be awake, alert and without thought. Total focus on the now…with “right activities”.

Two Monks

Tanzan and Ekido were walking and came upon a swift-moving stream. A lovely young woman was standing by the stream, crying. “Why are you crying?” asked the elderly monk. “Because I can’t cross the stream – I can’t swim and I don’t want to get my clothes wet.” “I’ll take you across the stream.” Said the elderly monk, scooping her up into his arms. After he put her safely down on the other side of the stream, she went one way and the two monks went another. After several hours, the young monk couldn’t contain himself any longer, and he said: “How could you pick up that woman? Don’t you know that monks are not allowed to touch women?” The elderly monk answered: “Are you still carrying that woman? I put her down hours ago.”

To live fully in the moment; your moment, you must get lost in your life. You do this regularly – lost in a book, a film, a hobby, a conversation, lost in thought, etc. Everyone wants to be happy. Our happiest moments are when we are lost in our own lives. This is within our control. As Abe Lincoln said: ”I think most people are about as happy as they’ve made up their minds to be.”

Spirituality is closer to psychotherapy than it is to religion. It wants to eliminate stress and replace it with inner peace. With my “Six-Step Path”, non-judgmental observation forces elimination of undesirable  behaviors.

This focused no-thought moment is ripe for enlightenment; which is recognition of the presence within; the “divinity within…our Source. We’re not physical beings, incapable or un-destined to have a spiritual awakening. We are spiritual beings having a temporary, physical experience. Life is not how you find it, but how you make it.