Commanding Your Soul, Part 1 "Continued"


 

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This is a Continuation! 

 

Please see the previous Blog: Commanding Your Soul,

Part 1, for the first part  . . .

 

 

May these words help you and your children embody and radiate love, like rays of

life-sustaining sunshine, as you navigate the unchartered waters

of daily living with clarity, confidence and ease.

 

 

Moments ago we were hearing what’s it like to walk in and as the light of our soul as we go about our daily activities.

 

Baba Muktananda continues: “When your inner Kundalini Shakti is stirred, She will release Her impulses of love throughout your body and its seventy-two thousand nerves. She will thrill your every blood cell with Her ecstatic joy. Only then will your craving for touch be truly gratified. You will recover the lost luster of your eyes. Your withered face will again glow with love and your lips will become rosy. Your world will quiver with beauty, joy, and love!”

 

Isn’t this how to live? Isn’t this the love, the ecstasy, the health, we’re all looking for and may find temporarily in one way or another, some of which are very destructive to our minds and bodies?

 

And guess what . . . we don’t have to go anywhere to experience this. It’s right inside us. We don’t have to become a monk. We don’t have to retire to a monastery or ashram. We don’t have to stand on our heads or push ourselves to the point of exhaustion.

 

Baba Muktananda says, “My dearest ones! Do not give up your worldly life, your near and dear ones. Do not waste yourselves away, rushing around in search of God in the four directions, nor lose your own souls while seeking inner peace and comfort. Live in your own homes with your spouses and children, making full use of your artistic talents, or running your businesses or factories. In whatever position your destiny has placed you, whether you are millionaires or laborers, kings or beggars, God belongs to you all. If you call Him with love, thinking about Him with devotion, He will reveal Himself to you. He will grant a vision of the divine light of His love. Then you will know that you are an embodiment of bliss.”

 

Breathe deeply in this moment and know you are an embodiment of bliss. Feel the bliss you are! Be that Smiling Body you learned how to create in last week’s program. You are a divine soul. What we’re sharing together is having a profound and transformative effect on your mind, body and spirit. We’re seeding feelings of happiness, joy, bliss, peace, contentment, and wonder that will eventually become your experience in each moment.

 

You truly can live in happiness, joy, bliss, peace, contentment, and wonder—completely untouched by the changes of childhood, youth, age, daily activities and challenges, and even world upheavals.

 

You truly can realize your most precious dreams.

 

Paulo Coelho says, “We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body” and Napoleon Hill says, “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”

 

You truly can Create and Live In and as A Smiling Body, A Blissful Heart, A Peaceful Mind, and Soaring Soul.

 

The only difference between each of us and the great masters like Christ, Buddha, Muktananda, Nityananda, Mother Mary and countless others is they firmly believe and hold the constant awareness of what it says in Chapter II:Verse 20 of The Bhagavad Gita. This Hindu Scripture says, “This Self (Soul) is never born nor does it ever perish; nor having come into existence will it again cease to be. It is birthless, eternal, changeless, ever-same (unaffected by the usual processes associated with time). It is not slain when the body is killed.”

 

During an Aikido sword class, I was partnered with this lady. We were to take turns initiating an attack with the other person defending. As she began to attack me, she froze. Tears started welling up in her eyes. She froze when she flashed back to a previous lifetime when she had slain my body with a sword. This memory brought remorseful tears to her eyes.

 

I immediately said, “You did not kill me. I’m still here. Go ahead and practice attacking.”

 

Our souls are imperishable. Our bodies are not! Neither are our emotions--we all experience how quickly they come and go.

 

In his own Epitaph, Benjamin Franklin wrote: “The Body of B. Franklin, Printer, Like the Cover of an Old Book, Its Contents Torn Out And Stripped of its Lettering and Gilding, Lies Here, Food for Worms, But the Work shall not be Lost, For it Will as He Believed Appear Once More In a New and more Elegant Edition Revised and Corrected by the Author.”

 

Ben Franklin knew the Work, his Soul, would not perish with the Old Book, his body, and that the Work, his Soul, would be back in a more elegant, revised edition, a New Book, a new body, corrected by the Author, by God.

 

When we are awake, the world and what we experience in it seem so real. But they are perishable like the Old Book. In fact, they perish every day.

 

When we go to sleep at night, our daytime world disappears, along with the physical pains and other challenges we might have had moments before. As we sleep, we awaken to two new worlds.

 

One is the world of dreams—where things can seem as real as the waking world we just left. We see things. We can feel things. We can smell, hear and taste things. Then we leave this world and venture into the world of deep sleep—where everything disappears.

 

Our waking world, dream world, deep sleep world—like our bodies--are temporary. So where is our infinite, imperishable soul during this whole process—where is our consciousness. Is it possible to hold on to that consciousness, the awareness of our soul, at all times. Can our soul be our primary experience as we are awake, dreaming, and in deep sleep?

 

The scriptures of many traditions and my experience say it can.

 

I’ve just finished eating dinner while sitting on a grass lawn at a spiritual retreat center. The sun is setting. I look down at the blades of grass before me and pluck one from the ground. I slowly and consciously pull the grass shoot from the sheath. I pluck another and slowly separate the shoot from the sheath. This continues over and over again. I remember when I used to do this as a child.

 

It’s mesmerizing. Thoughts disappear. My mind is silent. I feel no difference between me, the ground, the blades of grass, the trees, the sky, the other people on the lawn. I’m in awe. I don’t want to leave this state, this experience. I want to hold on to it.

 

I’m feeling drawn to go to bed early—right now. But my mind says everyone is suppose to participate in a community clean up of the walkway after dinner—that’s the program. I decide to honor the inner program that pulls me up to bed. I look at my body in the mirror before going to bed and there’s no difference between it and the mirror, it and my conscious awareness. And my conscious awareness surprisingly stays present as I lay down.

 

As the eyes on my body close--I’m still aware. I’m aware that I’m separating from my body. I can see it on the bed. I watched it lay on the bed all night long. I watched it sleep as I was shown things that would happen in the future. Things that had happened in the past. Shown how there is no such thing as a coincidence or trivial encounter.

 

I was taken back to a time where I stayed with a lady in Phoenix one night on the way to New Mexico. I had consulted with her on the phone several times but we had never met. She invited me to stop by if ever in the area. Her mom, who had Alzheimer’s, lived with her. As we sat out by the pool, her mom offered me a piece of popcorn.

 

Popcorn was not on my preferred food list at the time so I declined. She kept offering me popcorn as I munched on other things. I kept politely declining. Then something made me look in her eyes as she offered again. I took the popcorn. She offered another and I declined. Her daughter told her I took one so please stop asking me.

 

Thomas Merton said, “Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.”

 

As I was taken back to this precious moment, I was shown that this wonderful lady was not just offering me a piece of popcorn. She was offering me an opportunity to clear the karmic slate between us—a karmic debt that would not have been paid had I not accepted.

 

Paramahansa Yogananda said, “ . . . you live only once as any particular person, but the soul, the eternal you, . . . wears a different body in each of many different lifetimes, . . . carrying with it the cumulative personality and karmic tendencies of its past existences.”

 

Considering there was karma associated with this seemingly insignificant exchange of popcorn with someone I never met before in this lifetime, think of the karma, the things being worked out between you and your parents, you and your children, you and your beloved, and all the people you meet and interact with every day from your coworkers and friends to the clerk who checks you out at the grocery store.

 

And just like my Aikido sword partner had an instant flashback to a previous life with me, you can use your soul power to travel back in time to see how unresolved instances from the past are playing out in your current life. The reason for some of the significant challenges we face with our family members have their roots buried deep in the past. Roots we can see to gain clarity and help expand our hearts to be more loving.  

 

Paramahansa Yogananda said, “ . . . you live only once as any particular person, but the soul, the eternal you, . . . wears a different body in each of many different lifetimes, . . . carrying with it the cumulative personality and karmic tendencies of its past existences.”

 

Let’s really examine this statement, this truth. It doesn’t matter if you believe it right now. At one time people didn’t believe the earth was round or that flying was possible. In this moment, be open to new possibilities. Be open to what this great saint, this great teacher is saying. Be open to exploring a possibility, a perspective, that will revolutionize your life and remove much of the physical, mental and emotional pain you experience.

 

In this moment, ponder on the nature of your soul. Ponder on how many lifetimes have come and gone, leading to the wonder of you in this moment.

 

What was it like to pause a moment and reflect on the nature of your soul . . . what brought you to this moment in your soul’s evolution?

 

Paramahansa Yogananda said, “ . . . you live only once as any particular person, but the soul, the eternal you, . . . wears a different body in each of many different lifetimes, . . . carrying with it the cumulative personality and karmic tendencies of its past existences.”

 

Yogananda is saying your soul carried with it, brought into this life you are now living, the cumulative personality and karmic tendencies of your past.

 

Your soul constructed your life just the way it is, just the way it has been and just the way it will be to balance these karmic tendencies and realize you are a divine soul and not these karmic tendencies.

 

Your soul carried your cumulative personality into this lifetime. Your soul created your physical features, chose the parents you have, the genetic lineage you have, the time and place you were born, to balance all that has gone before you.

 

There were no mistakes made in getting the body you have and, you are far more than your body. There were no mistakes made about the siblings, or lack thereof, you have. There have been no mistakes made in whatever has happened to you, no matter how terrible and challenging it has been. Your soul chose everything to return to harmony.

 

There is not one thing that you have ever done, that was a mistake. That you could have done differently. You made the best decision you could have possibly made in each instance given your level of consciousness at the time.

 

Sure, with hindsight, there are many decisions you now see that could have been made differently. But at the time you made them, you made them based on the level of consciousness you had at the time.

 

All people, at all times, are truly making the best decision they can make at any moment, given their level of consciousness at the time.

 

That being so, there are no grudges to hold against anyone. There is no one to be angry at. No one to even forgive. If someone wronged you in any way, you contracted with them on a soul level to play that part. They may have hurt your body or emotions, but they freed your soul.

 

They allowed you to experience the same hurtful thing you once inflicted on someone else. Instead of hating them, embrace them--not necessarily physically but with your heart and soul. Thank them for playing their role so perfectly.

 

This doesn’t mean what they did is right and moral by any means. It doesn’t mean killing or injuring someone should go unpunished. While the person doing the injuring played their part perfectly, it’s also perfect for them to understand at the deepest level of their soul that such actions are not soulful, loving, and tolerable.

 

There’s truly a delicate distinction here.

 

If you can make this distinction, your soul is free. I invite you to see the perfection of everything that has happened and is happening. I invite you to ask inside to see the deeper meaning of what’s transpiring before you.

 

In this moment, I invite you to bring to mind someone or some instance that may still be bothering you. That you can’t let go of. If you think there is no one, then say to yourself, “On a deeper level than ever before, I want to forgive……..and see if a name pops up. Or perhaps there’s an interaction or a relationship that left you with unresolved feelings.

 

Whatever or whoever pops in your mind first, go with it. Picture this person, this interaction, this event, this relationship in your mind. With the sacred understanding that each of you played your parts perfectly on a soul level, thank this person with all your heart.

 

Honor this event, this interaction, this relationship. Embrace them, embrace it. Now, let it go. The divine dance between you is over.

 

You can sit quietly, create a sacred space, and do this again with other unresolved issues. When doing this on your own, ask to see what karma, what past life issues, were at play. If these are revealed to you . . . offer your gratitude. And offer your gratitude if they are not revealed as it may not be in your best interest to know.

 

Likewise, be grateful for all the blessed and wonderful things that happen to you as a result of all your past beneficial actions.

 

It’s also my experience that balancing our karmic debts isn’t as simple as me doing you wrong and then having to experience the same wrong done to me. For the karma to be totally balanced, I also need to understand at a soul level that doing such things is not in harmony with God’s nature. For instance, I shoot someone and a policeman instantly shoots me. The physical karma is definitely balanced, but somewhere down the line I need to understand to the depths of my being that shooting someone is not appropriate.

 

It definitely feels invasive and appears to be completely wrong for someone to break into your house, ransack it and steal many of your valuables. In this lifetime you may not have done anything to warrant that, but what have you forgotten from all the past lives, all the Old Book Covers you’ve worn.

 

I once did lots of energy sessions with a little boy who had a genetic disease, the effects of which started manifesting when he was about 4. Up till then he was a normal 4 year-old boy. With the particular genetic disease he had, his life expectancy was somewhere in his late teens.

 

If that wasn’t enough of a challenge, he subsequently developed leukemia. His mother traveled the world seeking help, traditional and non traditional, to no avail. He kept wasting away—down to less than 40 pounds and being fed through a tube in his stomach. At one point, his body was being sustained by more equipment than I’ve ever seen on anyone—tubes and machines for breathing, feeding, kidneys, you name it.

 

What did this little boy do to deserve this? What have any children done to deserve being born with deformities and genetic conditions or developing cancer at a young age or anything else that cuts their life short or makes it miserable? The answer is nothing in this lifetime—but we have to go deeper.

 

What I saw this little boy experiencing tore my heart apart. What brought this on? I had to know. I had to understand. I prayed to see the truth and my prayer was granted. And when I saw the whole picture, I was shocked and awed at the same time.

 

I saw how this Divine Soul chose all these major challenges to balance the horrific actions of many lifetimes. Actions that made an imprint on my consciousness—making me ever more loving and not wanting on a deeper level than ever before to cause pain to anyone in any way ever again.

 

The poet saint Brahmananda wrote a devotional song in which the Lord reminds the soul of the forgotten promise it made while still inside the womb:

 

“You hung upside down,

And went through the cycle of 8,400,00 species,

Over and over,

And when you came to your senses,

You beat your head.

You may remember it or not.

 

(While inside the womb) you remembered

All your past births, your past karmas,

And you cried out “O Lord, O Lord.”

You may remember it or not.

 

You have forgotten all these conditions

And lost yourself in worldly pleasures.

O Brahmananda, you only regret.

You may remember it or not.

 

So turn your heart away from sense pleasures

And toward Hari’s feet, God’s feet, your Divine Soul Nature.

Do not harm anyone.

You may remember it or not.”

 

Let’s chose to remember. Let’s chose to remember we are divine souls. Remember our children are divine souls. It’s no accident you and your children are together.

 

Remember to look deep inside to understand the fullness and richness of why you’re really together. What are the contracts you signed with each other? Let’s find ways to constantly nourish our souls and the souls of our children.

 

Kahil Gibran, born in Lebanon in 1883, wrote in his masterpiece The Prophet,

 

“And a woman, who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.

 

And he said:

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

 

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

 

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

 

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

 

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

 

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

 

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

 

Let your bending in the archer’s hand, be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.”

 

Let’s find ways to constantly nourish our souls and the souls of our children as we dance together within God’s love as God’s love.

 

Let’s nourish the souls of every child of God we meet.

 

For just a week practice calling your soul forth daily just like you brush your teeth, eat your meals, bathe your body, talk, walk, play, sleep, and wake up.

 

If you have any reflections or questions, I’d love to hear from you at timothy@healthykidshappyfamilies.com

 

Blessing upon blessing from my soul to your soul within the one soul we share.

 

 

 

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