Ahhhh (sigh), The City of St. Francis of Assisi – San Francisco – what a charming place named after a Saint who epitomizes Forgiveness.
Growing up in San Francisco, I naturally have a lot of fond and formerly, not so fond memories. When I say formerly, I had made peace with the past, am now facing the present and very much, look forward to the future. The City by the Bay gives me the maximum opportunities to heal the past when exposed to family, friends and environmental interactions.
Forgiveness comes from burning karma with the fire of unconditional loving Awareness. The feeling of salvation that arises from letting go of s#it brings about a transformative shift from the revelation of Omnipresence. Even billionaire Warren Buffet recognizes the power of Unconditional Love in his life.
Spiritual work is not for the faint of heart. Many people are content floating along life in the unconscious holding pattern of automatic pilot mode. Whereas spiritual seekers are courageously willing and ready to grow, despite the pain and suffering, to look in the mirror, grab the wheel of life and go pedal to the metal. They know that dissolving illusory ill-lose-sory negative karma always reveal the Win-Winning Positive. With experience, comes the knowingness, confidence and trust to declare, “Bring it on!” With Divine Guidance, we can overcome all negative karma and generate equity, assets & abundant flow in our positive karmic bank account to draw upon whenever necessary.
Total healing is realized when old memories and fears that surface are healed while giving way to Humor. The personal threshold of suffering is expanded with absolute acceptance for the way the world is. All past experiences are contextually reframed from continual non-attachment, allowing the density of the ego to be lifted by the Wings of Grace.
As with any skill, forgiveness and the burning of negative karma improves with the practice of each testing encounter. These tests are challenging opportunities to exorcise all old demons and closet skeletons with Angel Intervention. See your life as releasing the proverbial onion peels – that releasing each one, regains the spiritual core of Existence.
My spiritual teacher points out that when you burn enough negative karma, you reach a point where you are above it – this is akin to taking flight above the clouds to reveal the sunny Heaven within…that is, until the next set of dusky karma descends, ready to be faced and healed with Love and Light.
So, see the pain of the past and the fear of the future as the doorway into Enlightenment. Say “Thank you, Lord, for bringing up that which needs to be healed so that I can know that I AM always, Whole ‘n’ One.”
That is true Salvation. 😉
Maui has been love at first sight ever since soaring above her clouds and touching her soil nearly 13 years ago. I had my first of two ever anxiety attacks in my life when I left her the first time after a 10-day immersion with da magical Aina (means “land” in Hawaiian) before boarding the plane to fly back to San Francisco. This was pre-9/11 when relatives and friends could walk you to the gate to say goodbye. Before hopping the plane, my hands and then my body began to shake. I asked my buddy, “What’s happenin’ to me?” He calmly replied, “Tone, now you know why I stayed.”
“Like, Whoa!” His statement hit me like a ton of coconuts. I instantly remembered and realized what Love truly IS ~ like the energy of a Divine motherly embrace. I felt the Aloha Spirit! The same thing happened to me when meeting my wife for the very first time in Canada and proposing to her only two months afterward while nearly passing out in a cold sweat. Both her and Maui never judged me for being afraid. They both wholeheartedly and unconditionally took me into their loving arms.
It is the things in life that scares us the most that we must go for if we truly want to live and be free. Unfortunately and fortunately, one eventually realizes the paradox between fear/fearlessness after Wholy Stretching! enough times. You recognize that the old definition of fear was mislabeled. The perceived emotional feeling of the word “fear” is actually an energy of Aliveness.
This energy has now become meaningful and significant as it is recontextualize and transmuted into Courage & Love to guide and direct your life toward the total fulfillment of your potential. What used to be the painful past is now laughed at as a hilarious comedy. You are no longer that same person that once identified with the negativity toward an unfavorable situation.
With a knowingness and trust, you embrace all challenges as an opportunity to stretch toward positive growth. You are grateful for the TEST – “Am I going to unconsciously and naively react to this situation with force? Or…because I seen this same movie played out enough times, I now have the wisdom to instead choose to lovingly respond with Power!“
No matter which river you decide to flow through, eventually it will all merge back into the Almighty Ocean. You can, however, decide how fast you want to accelerate the process by Wholy Stretching within. The growing pains you’re feeling are angel wings emerging from your back. 😉
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Being in the presence of an enlightened teacher is inexplicable. Words cannot adequately explain this transcendent experience. I highly suggest you find out for yourself. 😉
Although it was my third time seeing Dr. David Hawkins speak, it was the first time I personally asked him a question. The prior two events, I was five people away from the stage when they decided to conclude the event. Aw Shucks! Third time’s a charm, right?
The funny thing is that since the reintroduction of Hawkins’ spiritual work in my life last year, whatever questions I did have about life would spontaneously be answered on their own.
Speaking to a lady I met at the June 9, 2010 satsang event near Sedona, I told her my dilemma. She told me that she would hold it in her silent intention that I would ask a question that would benefit the entire audience.
So, my opportunity finally arose to step on the stage and instantly, I was transported into da Zone. It felt like I was floating toward the table where he was sitting like little Yoda with his wife, Susan. I walked toward the table oblivious of the audience, fixed upon his unwavering unconditional loving eyes. I glanced down briefly but the pull of his loving eyes were so magnetic. As I sat down, I realized the questions I had in mind were lost as it went blank and I giggled in the Presence.
With the camera rolling, the anticipation of audience on the left and a brief pause, a question slowly arose from the depth of my heart and blossomed through the mic. The question was: “Being a former athlete, I had experienced the Zone numerous times where everything was unfolding effortlessly on its own. Would you say that enlightenment is a permanent state of the Zone?”
Dr. Hawkins’ response: “Ah yes, they have their similarities. Um hmm. (pause)…When I was a young man working at a factory during World War II, I lifted heavy wooden crates for hours, um hmm…All the sudden, the crates felt like feathers?! I observed myself performing the act all on its own as I worked tirelessly without fatigue.”
I sat across from him transfixed with awe of the rainbow twinkles radiating from his eyes. We sat in momentary silence – what felt like the infinite peace of eternity – although only a few seconds had elapsed. We nodded to each other as I thank him and his wife.
As I was exiting the stage, Doc Hawk asked the audience if they had experienced such a state in their lives. Almost the entire audience had raised their hands. During the intermission, while speaking to the lady that held the intention for me, a gentleman asked me what sport I played. I told him that I played ice hockey and surfed mainly. He thanked me for asking the question because he, too, had experienced the Zone but never made the connection to enlightenment until then. He was looking forward to experiencing more of this Flow of Grace in the future. I’m sure he was speaking for all of us. 🙂
May humanity become anchored in the autonomous Joy, Peace and Wholeness that we already are, more frequently and eventually, permanently in this lifetime. Amen.