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Living From the Tree of Life

June 26th, 2012

Thinking inside/outside the BoxOur way of life is such that we have created a culture where we believe that we can’t survive without financial resources, a home and a lot of external things. Thus, these are difficult and dangerous times in which we are living. We are conditioned to believe our survival is dependent on these outer things, when our ability to thrive really depends on divine support. The true gold that facilitates survival arises from an inner connection to our unified, divine presence.

As spiritual seekers, you are required to meet the challenge of transitioning from dependence on outer forms of survival to inner reliance on the Divine. It is not easy to move out of your conditioning, for there is a mechanism embedded in the third-dimensional reality, which requires you to focus on the outside and avoid looking inside at all costs. In this system everything desirable is on the outside and you live not knowing yourself and the potential you carry within.

In third-dimensional consciousness, you live on a kind of automatic patterning that is habituated from your childhood programming—programming that you received when you entered your body. Life is largely unconscious, and you are simply living out your karma. Because the Truth exists on the inside, as long as you hold onto third-dimensional consciousness, you’re not allowed to see it. Your conditioned sense of survival feels a desperate need to remain focused on gaining possession of the outer gold and you remain cut off from your rich, inner resource. In this state of separation, you are dependent on something or someone to stay alive, and this dependency is highly misplaced.

True survival flows when you are able to allow your own Divine Self to support your life. You no longer look to another to get your needs met, for the true gold of the Divine is what will allow you to thrive. Inner reliance allows you to feel stable, supported, and at peace in life. Connected to Higher Self and aligned with oneness, you are supported even in the midst of seeming chaos. For in Truth, you are surrounded by unity and oneness.

When you move into your shushumna, the mysterious internal presence of non-dual consciousness that forms your body’s axis or center, the world is no longer what it once appeared to be. The shushumna is the Tree of Life that we see reflected in the trees around us. (note: Leslie gave this talk while surrounded by the Redwood trees.) It is easy to see the shushumna of a tree because trees are standing, living shushumnas. They bring the cosmic energy into the earth. They bring it down through their trunks and their roots and then move it into the deep, deep parts of the earth, energizing the earth like acupuncture needles. The trees are so graciously committed to this work, which is all about love. They aren’t fickle like us humans. They are steadfast. Every moment of a tree’s life is an unswerving, creative act of love, with no arrogance, no competitiveness.

Grove of Trees with Sunlight

The trees reflect the consciousness you experience when you enter your shushumna. It is time for you to drop the drama of being a slightly hysterical human and become like a tree… a very intelligent tree with mobility. You can wave your arms and legs and do things to help other people with them. But your inner reality is anchored in the Tree of Life… faithful, connected, serving. Everything else is vanity.

I want to address the speed with which we are currently moving through life. We are spinning very fast these days, and this speed is generated through the third-dimensional drive for survival. It is about getting things and about maintaining a life style that we have become much too attached to. Like the trees, we must ground into our center. All that is around us may be taken from us. It is important to recognize that this taking is likely to happen and not see it as a loss. You can adjust your thinking to see a stripping away as an up-grade.

The current speed of life generates a kind of insanity. You must slow down in order to enter the shushumna. Otherwise you’ll just be spinning around for the sake of survival—flying around your center but never entering it. It is time to slow down and remember to breathe—every time you realize you are in a spin, remember to breathe. Take time to enter your shushumna and know who you are in your Source. Go back to your origin again and again during the course of a day. Center yourself. Remember who you are, remember where you came from, remember where you’re going. There is really nowhere to go, except back to Source.

As you make it a practice to return to Source, your tremendous attachment to things will gradually recede. Your attachment to things has really been a form of entertainment you have used because you lost awareness of your inner reality. You were seduced into the attachments of third-dimensional reality, and in as much as you remain attached, you will suffer when things are swept away. There is no peace within your attachment to things. In fact, the loss of ability to live from your shushumna is rooted in your attachment.

You can have things, but the spiritual path requires that you not be attached to them. Things can disappear at any time and you are in a vulnerable position when you believe that your survival depends on them. Do an inventory of all the things that you believe your survival is dependent on. For each item on your list, ask yourself, “Do I really need this for my survival? Or am I just attached to it because it buffers my comfort zone? What would my life be like without the substance this item appears to give to me?” It helps to reflect on how each item on your list makes you feel…strong, important, special, needed, different from others, etc.

We have entered a time of a kind of insanity that requires you to be grounded in your Divine support. Anchored in your Tree of Life, you will not be drawn into the discombobulation of the insanity. Those who are not anchored will panic and forget the Truth. They will end up lost in the illusion—bound by attachment to what they think they need to survive.

So really look at how much you’re still driven by your ambition to be successful outside of your real Self. You may be driven out of vanity, the need to survive or the need to have—whatever drives your desire for success will be seen if you just choose to look. Most people do not choose to look. But based on your desire to advance in your evolution, you can free yourself from this outwardly focused drive.

We are on the threshold of the 12/21/2012 doorway into a new time. You want to be in as perfect a state of consciousness as you can be for this occasion. In addition to processing your consciousness, meditation is very important. By following these suggestions, you will find your life stabilizing quite significantly. Deepening your inner connection to Source, your internal alignment is strengthened so that you can release the outer dramas you have been embroiled in. Take in my words and make them your own. Act in your life accordingly.

The above is an excerpt from a talk given by Leslie Temple-Thurston at a student conference.

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June 15th, 2012

Synchronicities are a comforting reminder that there is a more cohesive intelligence at work than just our own limited intelligence. They show us that there is not just chaos out there, wreaking havoc beyond our control, and that there are no such things as coincidences. foot prints in sandIt is easier to remember that we are connected to a flow of inner and outer coherence when we have experiences of synchronicity. When we see and acknowledge them, we are beginning to perceive life from the level of energy. It is important to us as a species to see and feel our connectedness, because humanity is in its worst suffering when feeling disconnected. Feeling connected is a reflection of our ancient memory of knowing unity.

Quote by Leslie Temple-Thurston from the Enlightened Living Cards—messages from the book Marriage of Spirit—Enlightened Living in Today’s World

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Our Fear of Detachment

June 8th, 2012

dandelion fluffSome individuals fear that by practicing detachment they will lose everything. That is a very normal notion. It is what the ego thinks will happen. Humans fear loss above all else. In truth there is no such thing as loss, not in any absolute sense. So, when we exit the system of judgment and separation, there is no experience of loss. There is only the ecstatic light of eternal, timeless presence on the other side of the little egoic membrane that we are all locked into. Eden is on the other side of the egoic veil of fear. Detachment is a key to the doorway out of the system.

From the Marriage of Spirit—Enlightened Living in Today’s World by Leslie Temple-Thurston with Brad Laughlin

The Spiritual Warrior

June 4th, 2012

Baby Zebra with HerdTo bridge the old and the new paradigms, we take on the intermediate persona of the spiritual warrior. From this persona, we choose to live in complete integrity with our own inner truth and with the world around us. We are willing to see the world as a mirror of our own projections and not blame the outside for our own limitations. We address our unconscious egoic issues and our destructive belief systems with the intention of dissolving the old personality and moving our awareness into the heart. By adopting the persona of the spiritual warrior, we have a vehicle to help us gradually move into longer and longer experiences of the light of the core.

From the Marriage of Spirit—Enlightened Living in Today’s World” by Leslie Temple-Thurston with Brad Laughlin

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Beyond Loss and Gain is Love

June 1st, 2012

Love has the capacity to multiply itself. It has a mysterious component in that it always multiplies itself, and it never divides. This is an important thing to remember about love. Material things, when separated from the component of love, have a way of dividing themselves. If you cut an apple in half and give half away, your material eyes will see that you have only half an apple left. Your material eyes are the dual, physical eyes that choose to run things through the filters of loss and gain. paper and chocolate hearts image

But when you give love, whether the love takes the form of a generous gift of material things, or of energy, such as prayer or plain old goodwill, then that love multiplies, and the energy exchange does not involve loss and gain. If you give away material things on a flow of love, the material things will multiply, too. It is the love that multiplies them.

If you are feeling love, even if it is just for five minutes in the middle of some working day, stop and watch how all-encompassing it is. It connects and contains. Send it out in the form of gratitude, appreciation and wishes for others to receive the gift of the grace that you are enjoying in that moment. Just let your heart create the intention, and the love will do its work of multiplication.

When you suffer a loss, it is the relative mind that says, “This wasn’t supposed to happen. I don’t deserve this.” If instead, you can find the heart and say, “God’s grace gave me this experience, and I accept it with an even mind,” then the soul will take a quantum leap forward.

When you choose to buy into loss, disappointment can take over and ruin your day. Choosing not to buy into the loss allows you to see life’s grace gently guiding you through the necessary changes toward truth, to seeing a bigger picture. As it happens, allow yourself to understand that there is a lesson being given to you that will free you. In that freedom you will find the grace to express gratitude for the growth taking place in you.

This is how compassion is born in us. You can have compassion for yourself, as you would for others, for the wounding and the losses that you appear to have taken.

Decoding the Loss Matrix

The training the first key offers us is this: to give up the notion that we are locked into this little loss-gain reality and its ongoing tragedy and suffering. There are brilliant, vast forces at work at a soul level which are eternal and infinite. These forces are bringing us through wondrous experiences that evolve us. They are not out to harm us. They are only here to help us grow. And the experiences do help us grow when we do not run them through the old programming of loss and gain. The quality of our lives is defined by what we focus on in each moment. Using this key will help us to focus moment to moment on the big picture rather than on the small, limiting idea of loss or gain.

By being alert and conscious of the mental ideas and beliefs that arise in the mind, we can witness the mind creating the events of our lives. We can use these moments of clarity to choose whether or not to be in relativity—for example, relating to loss and gain.

If our witness catches the mind fearing loss on a mental or emotional level, we will not necessarily have to learn the lesson of loss as a physical experience by living it out in the world. By inquiring into what the mind is doing, by immediately detaching from the fear and by facing the unknown that the situation presents, we can discern the lesson on the mental or emotional level, which is a quicker, less painful way than having the issue manifest on a physical level.

Here is an example of how this works. I once worked with a woman who asked me to help her process her fear of losing her friends. Her childhood wounding was deep, and she complained that nobody liked her. She was lonely and depressed because she would make friends and always lose them. She knew she was somehow pushing them away, but could not fix the problem. We looked at her fear of losing her friends and processed the childhood wounding. Among other issues, we processed her neediness, which grew out of a dysfunctional relationship with her mother. Her deep desire for friends was so extreme that her new found friends were repulsed by the neediness and would leave shortly after meeting her. With processing, it was not long before she cleared deep layers of victim patterning and much of the compensatory behaviors associated with it. Her neediness dissipated. As a result, she became less afraid of losing friends. Her ability to witness her fear pattern strengthened. She developed the ability to catch the fear in her mind in the moment and not to buy into it. Now she has plenty of friends because she deconstructed much of the childhood programming that caused her to be so desperate and grasping. She learned the lesson at a mental-emotional level through the processing, and so she does not have to live it out anymore on a physical level by actually gaining and losing friends. She is a much happier person now, her life is smoother, and she has more equanimity and detachment.

Everybody, whether they are witnessing or not, whether they are on an advanced spiritual path or not, is making choices in the mind, in each moment. Even though our egos run the programming of loss, there is always an opportunity in every moment to choose not to buy into it. And that is the process of ascension—not buying into the programming.

Letting Go of Loss

Often we come up against some barriers in consciousness where parts of the ego just cannot let go. The ego simply will not release the losses that we believe we have taken in our life. The ego has made the losses a big deal or has found a pay off in some way. There is something we get from holding onto them, some way in which life reciprocates our sense of loss and deprivation. Everything is in the eye of the perceiver, however. We can choose to perceive differently.

If the losses have programmed the ego to feel inadequate, worthless, useless, or deprived, or have somehow robbed you of your dignity, it is very hard to let go of the negative image of yourself. There is also the positive side, though. This is where you feel self-importance and work really hard at trying to build self-esteem and confidence to help you feel good about yourself. It is important to remember that this positive side is all just ego, too. Old stories you have woven around losses and gains are all just aspects of the false personality, the false you. Dissolution is possible if you are willing to take a look at both the negative and the positive images that you hold about yourself and to realize that it is all egoic programming, not who you really are as eternal beingness.

Start by doing some in-depth exploring. Ask yourself, “What is this negative image I have of myself? What is the positive one?” Look at both of them and write about them in your journal. If you cannot see the negative one, delineate the positive one, because it will be the logical opposite.

Situations in life will trigger feelings of inadequacy, insecurity or inferiority, which are basically feelings of loss. Even though something outside you may trigger the program holding those feelings, it is not the outside doing it to you. Never ever! It is coming from your inner programming of the deprived child.

Almost everyone feels useless, inferior and inadequate at least some of the time. It is because that old vibratory field of the deprived child is around your body all the time, as a miasma, a veil, even when you are not focused on it. It may be mostly unconscious, while its opposite, the positive side—superiority, for example—is mostly in the conscious awareness. Then the inadequacy and the superiority flip sides when something seemingly outside triggers a reaction.

It is important to try to define the vibratory fields associated with egoic states that you hold around your body. If you can feel them and give words to them in your journal, you are taking the first step toward a major clearing.

For example, as you explore your feelings, you may find words like incompetent, useless, insecure, shy, fearful and damaged. Then you look for the antonyms of those words. For example: competent, useful, secure, outgoing, courageous and healthy. As you make the lists of opposites, it is important to remember that none of it is you. It is not who you truly are as the Self. It is simply the programmed personality. Even if you have held onto it for fifty years, you do not have to for another fifty years.

Once you have felt the vibrations and witnessed them, you can say, “I choose not to carry this field around with me.” Because you have found both the positive and negative sides of the ego, both the conscious and the unconscious, you can offer up both sides to Spirit in a prayer, releasing any attachment to both sides. As you do this, you can consciously choose not to buy into or believe the situation of loss that gave rise to the feelings. You may still have the memory in your mind, but this process will help diffuse the memory and take away the sting. In this way you can let the memory and the miasma go. They are not you.

Except from Returning to Oneness—The Seven Keys of Ascension by Leslie Temple-Thurston and Brad Laughlin. Read some chapters from the book online.

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