What does the resplendent life look like?

It looks like your life now, but in this way:

  • You are engaged. You smile and cavort. You hum like a finely tuned engine of joy. 
  • The resplendent life is the life of the uber-you. The you that emanates pure gooey goodness, sometimes so much you make others chirp like a bird.


I think it’s like Jeannine Perlman, who one day took the time to listen – to really engage
– with a customer who could be a drag. She would normally duck away from this time-sucking individual but that day she decided to be there for him. She listened. At length. At lengthy length.

Afterward, as she was parting to go back to her work, he thanked her. Whatever had transpired in their talk had lifted a burden.

That is what your resplendent self looks like in action. And it spills over to others without you always knowing it.
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Spirituality, sexuality

The spiritual domain is broadening. 

The New Age may have brought in dust bunnies of absurdity in its wake, yet its extension of the spiritual self to include – gasp
– sexuality is refreshing.

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I’m Hindu in this way . . .

I’m Hindu in this way: If another culture or religion reveres a person as an incarnation of Spirit, I see no reason not to look to that individual as a source of insight also. 

Of the religions I’ve studied, Hindus are the most embracing of religious figures outside of their own school of thought. When I was reading The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, it was touching to see how completely Jesus was accepted
– even subsumed
– into their pantheon of divine embodiments (along with Buddha and countless others). 

Since we are all divine embodiments of Brahman, the ultimate reality, this makes it easier for a Hindu to see divinity expressed in a figure from another religion (or any person for that matter, regardless of religion). A Hindu will interpret those teachings in light of their own understanding
– just like the rest of us.

I am Hindu (when I embrace insight from other spiritual paths) 

I am Muslim (when I connect frequently throughout the day) 

I am Christian (when I love beyond my known limits) 

I am Native American (when I undertake a spirit walk)

I am Buddhist (when I still my mind)

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On change

“It’s always easier than you think.”

~ Gil Vega, on change once you commit to it. 
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Spirit walking

Have you embarked on a spirit walk lately?

In the (exceptional, gripping, tender, tough) narrative Wild about her solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail at the age of 26, Cheryl Strayed meets a Latino man who firmly tells her: You are on a spirit walk.

She hadn’t thought of it that way, yet she was – she was attempting to reclaim her life. She’d lost her locus upon her mother’s death, her family’s disintegration, heroin, unmoored sexuality . . . .

What is a spirit walk?

A Spirit Walk is when you heed the calling of your spirit, journeying where your spirit leads you, so that you may experience that which you to need experience in order to realize your reason for being here.

~ Spirit Walk Ministry

So this Latino man with the long black ponytail was dead on. As an emphatic gesture he gave Cheryl a Rastafarian t-shirt with Bob Marley big and bold on the front. She wore it the next day as she set out on the next segment of her trek.

A spirit walk is most often a solo journey, though I am sure there are many who embark on a path of the spirit with others and each comes to grips with their own stuff en route.

(An excellent example of this in film is The Way.)

A spirit walk need not involve travel. My friend Gil goes on fasts and I would consider those spirit walks. It might be a juice fast or a restricted vegan diet, but its purpose is cleansing. Re-ordering. Waking up from the habitual moves one makes almost as if sleep-walking through the day.

Your spirit walks

If you look back on your life you may be surprised to find you’ve spirit walked unknowingly. For example, when you took up a vigorous yoga or meditation practice all of a sudden. Or when you decided to take off on some kind of venture alone. Or made a sharp break with your past self, exploring a new you.

Starting a business is it’s own kind of spirit walk when it is a mission of the heart. Maybe it’s when you gave up drugs or drink and the circle of people associated with that downward path.

There are many ways to undertake a spirit walk. All involve a sloughing off of something no longer meaningful, and all involve an exploration of a new possible you.

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Every moment

For the soul every moment is play time~

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Wu Wei and the Law of Attraction

In Taoist philosophy there is this enigmatic concept of wu wei. Translated it means not action. Without effort. Non doing.

There are some things you do that flow so naturally effort is non-existent. That is wu wei. Making love is this way.

When you make love (not the first time, the three-hundredth time), especially with one with whom you’ve become entrained, there is a suspension of effort. Thought itself goes supra. Thought merges with sensation and intent so thoroughly you lose yourself. Your normal sense of self. 

When you are aligned with the Tao, the energy that is the source of all being and non-being, you live in this mode. You live naturally. Your actions are wu wei, effortless. Everything flows like water flowing downhill. Effortlessly, naturally, perfectly.

Water doesn’t care if there’s an obstacle or a grooved trough for it to follow. It flows or pools in concert with what is before it.

When I am wu wei, I am centered. When I am wu wei, I am borne along in the eternal flow. 

When I am wu wei, I may imagine a future destination, yes, though I don’t labor in thought or deed to get there. Natural action presents itself and I find myself getting there without struggle. In the spirit of wu wei I have flowed so thoroughly into the motions that brought me there that whether it took a week or a year or a decade was immaterial. It is the alignment with the Tao that matters.

A key concept within the Law of Attraction is that of allowing. It is surrender to the flux of life energy. Allowing is a state of getting out of the way of your desires. Allowing is a releasing of your intention, knowing that divine grace will coalesce around it, bringing the right actions and people and ideas to you in perfect order. Allowing is faith so thorough the word faith is discarded and in its place you use knowing.

Do you have faith you’ll get there . . . attain this thing . . . meet that mate . . . become that which you wish to become?

No, I know it. 

Those who speak of the Law of Attraction speak of being in alignment with Who You Are. Who are you? You are an aspect of that eternal essence, that spirit flow. You are encapsulated Spirit shot like a projectile into this realm to experience that which you wish to experience!

How do you do it? Wu wei. Tune in, open up, allow it. 

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The ache

It is said that God is whole, God is complete. I disagree. I think God has an ache, hence we are here. This is why existence exists. All That Is aches to create, and does, and is thus fulfilled.

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“I could have been a multi-millionaire”

A couple of weeks back Ann met one of the perpetually cheerful, a woman at a FedEx store.

They got to talking and this woman related how she’d quit the business she’d started up years ago despite its success.

It was raking in money faster and faster and she was going faster and faster.

“I could have been a multi-millionaire.”

But, she told Ann, when she looked around at her life and her absence from her family it was an easy decision:

“I can always raise more money but I’ll never get a second chance to raise these kids.”

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Meditation cures baldness

Not!

For example:

Gandhi

Me (I’d be bushy headed by now)

Wayne Dyer (would have a ‘fro)

Meditation does cure the greatest disease, however, from which the great heft of all illness originates: Too-much-world-too-much-thought syndrome.

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