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The 52: WHO is Reading These Words?

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butterflyblueskyThere is a presence within you

that has never suffered.

It lives in joy that has no cause.

                                      It is who you most deeply are.

These are the words of Jan Frazier, the author of When Fear Falls Away and The Freedom of Being at Ease with What Is.  Jan writes and speaks with a depth of authenticity that is often breathtaking. I met Jan a few months ago when she spoke in New York City, but I have long been impressed by her writings and her experiences.  She encountered and describes a spontaneous enlightenment and, with it, all fear fell away from her.  She was transformed.  I would like to say, she learned ” in a twinkling of an eye,” just who she is and what truly matters.  Spiritual change can occur like that — without warning or expectation — the spark is ignited and nothing is ever the same again.  Jan knows this.  I know this.  Do you know this?  Do you think you have to be someone special for this to happen? 

Imagine being at ease, no matter what happens in your life.  A good beginning in finding this kind of peace is in finding out just who you are.  There are time tested methods that can encourage such an awareness.  Meditation is perhaps the most well-known and has the capacity to draw inward enough for the True Self to become better known to you.  Some people find being in concert with nature as a viable means to bring about the connections.  Or it could be through chanting, dancing, singing, or doing nothing out of the ordinary at all.  Sometimes we remember who we are completely by surprise, as if Grace descends upon us in all its glory and for no reason at all.  You weren’t even trying.

It helps to be open to this kind of wisdom and changes.  Just to know there is someone other than your most commonly accepted self, in the world, opens the door.

So please re-read the last lesson.  Entertain the notion that you are as magnificent and full of love as you can imagine.  Just because you don’t see this side of yourself at this moment, does not mean it is not true.  Even if you find this incomprehensible or ridiculous, does not mean it is not true.  Caste as much cynicism upon it (I did that for years), but all the skepticism I could muster did not mean it was not true. 

You are beyond any dream you could ever have about yourself.  Believe it!  Then see what happens next.

With love and namaste, Deanne

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The 52: Lesson Eighteen — Just WHO Do You Think You Are?

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Just WHO do you think you are?

Here is the answer most people give to this question.  “Well,” they might say,”My name is Jane Doe.  I live at x address.  I am x years old.  I was born in x town.  I went to x school.  I am a (fill in what you do — a doctor, a plumber, a housewife, a  yoga instructor, etc.)  My hobby is x.  I am married to x and have x children. I am single.  Etc.  Etc.

You are describing who you are in the world.  But is this who you really are?

LESSON EIGHTEEN

THE TRUE SELF

In yoga and the spiritual world, those descriptions are interesting but not indicative of who you are at the core of your being, on a transcendent level.  Those answers are good to know if you are at a party and someone asks who you are.  You would probably not say, in the mix of meeting new people at some social function, to your inquiring new acquaintance, these words.  “Well, I am a transcendent and eternal being, completely perfect and bathed in the Light of Consciousness and God.”  Your new acquaintance would more than likely excuse himself rather quickly and move onto the next person and avoid you for the rest of the evening. You might want to stick to the conventional answers discussed earlier.

But what if the answer I just described (the spiritual one) is actually who you are?  What if you are, in some way, both of these?  As a human being in the world , you are the commonly described one who performs functions in the world.  But, on another level, you are much more than this?  Could you imagine that you are the first one, we will call the small “self”, and at the same time you are also the Eternal Self?  And knowing this to be true, you can be in both dimensions.

Does this all sound a little crazy?  It certainly did to me, in the beginning. What does it mean if you thought of yourself as only the one you believed yourself to be all those years, (the small self) when you are actually, in truth, something far greater and luminous than you could have ever imagined?  There was a time when I would have seen this as total nonsense.  During one of my many readings in The Yoga Sutras, the classic book that defines the true essence of yoga, I actually GOT this reality, but it was not easy.  I remember wailing and crying and trying to figure out just who this “Deanne” was and what it meant if that was not who I was.  I grieved for her and wondered what everything meant.  Then, by some odd twist (or maybe it was Grace), I fell silent and into an exquisite state of unfathomable peace.  Some might call it a peace which passed all human understanding.

Swami Muktananda wrote:

You, the traveler, are what you are seeking.

Everything is within you.

The supreme inner stillness…is your destination.

It is God,

The Self,

Consciousness.

In his excellent best selling book, Proof of Heaven, Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon who was steeped in scientific theory, writes of his unexpectedly long and vivid near death experience.  He encounters realms of existence and consciousness he could never have fathomed.  After his recovery, he courageously examined what happened to him and comes to the conclusion that the “lessons” he was given, while out of his body and which can be applied to all of us, were essentially these:

You are loved and cherished.

You have nothing to fear.

There is nothing you can do wrong.

These, I would call, lessons that describe true consciousness, the Supreme Self, which is who we are — far beyond our names, what we do, where we went to school and how much we have “accomplished” in the world.

Think on these ideas and take them to heart.  Don’t start judging them. Just for now, accept them at face value.

  • I am loved and cherished just as I am right now.
  • I have absolutely nothing to fear.
  • I am already perfect at the core of my being.  There is nothing I can do wrong.

Just try these ideas on for size.  Imagine that the YOU who lives in this reality is always the YOU every day and minute.

Can you possibly love and accept yourself this much?  Maybe you should get used to thinking this way.  What would happen then?  Maybe YOU, yourself are perfect, just as you are right now.

I think you are!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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