Mainstream movies to inspire awakening? A crazy thought? Not so. I just returned from Los Angeles and an event where movie industry professionals, actors and the public attended. Film studio executives, plus, Jean Huston, Jim Carey, Eckart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and others gathered to speak of this turning point in human evolution.
Currently, perhaps more than ever, as a species we are acting out our sense of separation and fear, yet millions are also widely opening to our connection and oneness. Witness 7-8 million people worldwide interested when Eckart Tolle teamed up with Oprah Winfrey. It is this yearning inherent in us to find what is beyond the suffering and mind-made confusion of everyday life. It is this longing for peace ~ for relief and stillness in a world of constant noise, motion, and conflict. Deep down there is not only a yearning, but a knowing that something beyond suffering exists. It is a knowing because it is our essential nature and we somehow feel its echo in our soul. It is what unites us and is indeed the source of all. This event in LA was created to explore the media industry contributing to this transformation from fear and separation to the awakening of our oneness.
The event was created by the new organization, G.A.T.E., the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment. Needless to say, it was very exciting. Hollywood is about making stories. And so is the very creative mind. Your mind. My mind. Thoughts rise from the subconscious and create scenarios that we often live and act by, memories from the past and imagined scenarios of the future.
I included you in the title of this blog because whether you are Jim Carrey, Eckart Tolle, you or me, stories are a part of our lives. This can be a movie story or a mental story. They are both made up. You and I witness these stories and normally are moved by them, both on screen and in our minds. We are actors on this Shakesperean stage of life as much as any professional actor. Until a blessed moment or day when we awaken to the possibility that who we are is more than any story, any role we play, or manufactured identity built from our past. This awakening is the liberation point. We are indeed infinitely more than anything the mind can create or remember. Why? Because if we are able to witness its coming and going, like our thoughts or actions, it means we are here before, during, and after. We are that which remains. That which is awareness itself. We are home. Not returning home, but we are home itself.
"GATE." What a great acronym. We have been seeking a gate out of our suffering for centuries with many teachers and sages pointing us all in the same direction home. Within. But deep within, beyond the layers of thought and feelings that we have mistakenly learned to believe we are. The ocean is vast, infinite in nature, out of which waves of life appear and disappear.
This is you, dear friend, an infinite ocean of awareness in which thoughts and stories come and go. If we are to benefit from media and movies, why not enjoy them serving our awakening to this boundless beingness that we are. This includes being moved and also entertained to taste the great balm of laughter. Let us all indeed, walk through this gate, recognizing that which we have always been. Just as the wave can rise and fall, but can never deny its essential nature of water, the movies can help us celebrate both our unique and magnificent individual expression ~ and the truth of our oneness. From this understanding, we can finally have our popcorn, enjoy life, enjoy the movies, and hope that more film and media point to this truth that we’ve searched for ~ for centuries.
Imagine one morning you awaken. Thoughts of your busy life begin to fill your head. Your eyes slowly open, trying to see through the sleepiness of the morning. You slowly focus on the ceiling, then the wall, then the corner chair. And there he is, sitting in quietude, in his monks robe, just looking gently in your direction. Then he softly says, "You’re not dreaming. I’m really here." You realize that St. Francis of Assisi is sitting in your home chatting with you. Whether a dream or not, how often do you have this opportunity?
So you settle in. Quietly, he continues, "I realize you have been on a spiritual quest for a long time. How’s it going?" Still trying to grasp that you are talking to a saint from 900 years ago, you reflect upon your life journey and respond, "I’ve had some wonderful moments of profound peace here and there, but I believe there’s something even greater that I will find someday." A gentle and understanding smile crosses the lips of this warm-hearted saint. His eyes radiating a quiet knowingness you have yearned for your entire life. Softly, he says, "That’s exactly why I’ve dropped by ~ to give you a small hint for this treasure hunt you’re on." You realize you are about to receive guidance "in person" from one of the greatest sages of history.
Your heart beats a little faster. "Are you ready?" he asks with a playful glimmer in his eyes. You feel a flutter of butterflies in your stomach as his love and care moves your heart. "Yes – very ready", you respond. St Francis pauses a long time, looking at you, the room quiets to an eternal stillness. Time seems to have stopped….There is no future and no past, only now. Then, without fanfare, he says quietly, almost imperceptively, yet with a profound impact as if the words were coming from the source of the Universe itself.
"What you are looking for ~ is what is looking." You pause. Then, just for a moment, your mind stops and becomes acutely aware that what is peering out of your eyes is actually the presence of who you are, unconditioned by your past, unfiltered, just simply aware. The visitor smiles gently as he watches the impact of his simple guidance….And with that soft and timeless smile, you close your eyes for a moment of rest. Upon opening them, you see your new friend has vanished. Or has he? Is it possible that he and his message are placed eternally in your heart?
Perhaps he is right here – as you, the reader, read these words. Perhaps he is inviting you to know, that what you are looking for is actually what is looking at and reading these words in this very moment of your existence. If you are open, this may be what you have been looking for.
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For your greatest happiness,
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As the valley stretched before me across central Italy, my heart calmed and my stress quieted as I imagined St Francis of Assisi standing next to me atop the very wall I was standing on and saying, "Be still, David and know peace." As I was there in Assisi, I gained a sense of this great teacher who once voiced my favorite quote of my life, "Teach peace wherever you go and in whatever you do. And when necessary, use words."
Back in time, in a life-defining moment, St Francis stood on the battlefield and decided to walk away, against his families hopes for his reputation as a great soldier. He felt an unwavering voice inside telling him to follow peace. He definately walked the talk ~ and with violence and danger all around him.
When Lester Levenson, the creator of the Sedona Method, invites us in his teachings, to be still and know unlimited peace no matter what is going on around us, he wants us to know the peace that St Francis knew. This peace is beyond all worldly concerns. This is the invitation of the Sedona Method. Even amidst your daily trials, learn to easily feel free of anxiety, fear, anger and more.
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For your greatest life,
Unshaven and in my sweats? I know, strange for a professional like me. Here’s my point. Whether dressed to the nines or in sweats, are you happy and at peace inside? Watch this six minute video below and be guided to let go of whatever is between you and a happier day, today. Dressed up or not …
I hope this served your well-being today. Let me know if it did – or any thoughts you have. Add them below where it says "comments". I look forward to hearing from you.
Here’s to your happiness and well being, dressed up or not.
For your greatest life,
From 30,000 feet somewhere over New Mexico.
As the New Year comes, how do we gracefully complete and move on from one moment to the next, or to the next day, year, relationship, or job? Mastering change takes courage and an inner conviction to live a joyful life.
With the nearly zero degree weather and my special family holidays fading behind me in Chicago, I approach what’s next for me, teaching in Sedona, AZ. I sit in this back row seat on the plane and move on to what’s next – as all of us have done since we first traveled that long journey from the comfortable yet enclosed womb to this unlimited world outside of our mother’s belly.
Change of any sort can cause minor to major anxiety. Have you ever noticed that change often occurs – then after, we suffer. Or we suffer as we anticipate change. Sometimes the change has already taken place and the degree of suffering we feel is based largely on our longing for what was. This longing or holding onto what used to be is a kind of self-imposed hell we devise for ourselves.
I am not saying change is not challenging, I have lived through my own hellish journeys in my time. What I am saying is that our speed of transition is largely determined by the feelings we feel. More importantly, it is essential to know that feelings can easily be let go of and replaced with a deeper calm and peace, even during these rare times of global and personal change.
Lester Levenson, who created the Sedona Method, predicted these times and heartfully urged us to know who we truly are in order to make it through these days with courage and inner peace. He spoke of who we are beyond our emotional response. He was inviting you and me to let go of holding onto our rollercoaster of emotions and discover the unlimited, capable, peaceful soul that is beneath them ~ in essence, our true nature.
This may seem easier said than done. Yet, thousands worldwide continue to practice letting go through The Sedona Method and living more fulfilling lives. If you’d like to learn to let go easily and live a happier life in all circumstances, register now for a simple two day semimar that can change your life forever. See the Calendar link above for upcoming dates. If you are already a graduate, register for the advanced courses and experience a new level of ease and freedom in every area of your life, even that area that triggers your emotions the most. There is no limit to your freedom.
I look forward to seeing you face to face and supporting you in having a tremendous life.
Don’t postpone this opportunity. The door is open to your inner happiness. Just walk in.
For your freedom,
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