You are Goodness

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What is your spiritual priority? Is your priority to find the truth, know the truth of who you are? Is that a goal? What happens after the goal of knowing the truth is reached? Is the priority happiness? To be happy, to live as a happy person? To live as a free person? To love everything that appears?

It's important to look past the end goal. It's good to know what all of this seeking is for. And it's also good to know that the journey doesn't end when the goal is reached.

The goal is knowing the truth of who you are. This is not a static knowledge — it is an expanding one. This means that it's impossible to get all of it through the intellect. The intellect has to be on board, at the beginning, but the real expansion comes when the heart becomes involved. Your emotional truth — LOVE — will become more and more lived and experienced as your heart learns this piece, the emotional piece of the knowledge. This piece — the expansive love of Goodness — just keeps growing in you forever. It has no end. There is no limit to the amount of love God has in mind for you, for your experience.

So happiness and freedom are not prizes at the end of the search which can be plucked off and kept in your pocket. They are invitations to expand and explore your relationship with the love of Goodness, God's love. Happiness can't be yours as a static thing belonging to a person — happiness can only be in the dynamic expression and outward flow of love, through you and into the world. That is where you see the love appear, and where others also see it appear, through you. The goodness in the world is because of YOU.

There is no end to God and no end to Goodness. After the seeking is over, the journey to Goodness begins, and there is no end to this magnificent, brilliant journey.

Your Body is the Light

This body of yours is God. How could it be anything else?

Perhaps you have an image of your body that it is a separate thing. Perhaps you think of your body as an illusion. But your body is neither an illusion nor a separate thing.

Your body is an invitation to recognizing God's love and God's light in everything and every person. It may currently feel like your body is small, constricted, heavy, even ill or failing. But it is none of those things. It may feel like you are incapable of seeing the light of God in every person, every situation, but you are not. Not only are you capable, but this is who God intends you to be.

You have an idea about God, about God's infinite love and light. Hold your body in that same idea. Breathe that love and light into your body. This is the invitation. Your body is calling to you to recognize its God-presence. It calls to you with pain, with disease, with depression, even just with the gravity of daily life. Don't ignore the signs.

You have no power to bring God into the world any other way but through your very own body. This is your vehicle for light and love. You entered this world as pure light, but over time the circuits got conditioned to be constricted through your exposure to other people in the world. It does not have to remain that way. Your body can return to light just by your intention and thoughts.

Haven't you always known this? Haven't you just forgotten? I'm just reminding you that you can begin to re-remember your nature as light anytime you want. Maybe now.

Does Your Spiritual Life Feel Good?

What makes you feel good spiritually? Do you have passion in your spiritual life, excitement? If not, then you probably need to move on and find something else. Above all other considerations, your spiritual life should make you feel wonderful. It should be nourishing to you as a person. Isn’t that the point?

Do you feel like you are on an endless intellectual treasure hunt and always feel close, but never really get any increased satisfaction? Waiting for one final answer to appear is exhausting and unsatisfying. It can end up feeling like drudgery. And is it realistic?

The idea of enlightenment – a final goal – implies that everything will be finished. Your suffering as a person will be over forever, and you will know yourself to be free. So, is that static? Is freedom a frozen thing? What is “not suffering” supposed to look like, and to whom?

Freedom is not living as a non-person. Freedom is living as a human being, unlimited by assumed parameters, journeying with God as your guide to a deeper and deeper understanding of what your role is here on Earth, as an outpicturing of God’s love in form, and trying to live up to that responsibility. Every moment of your life can be the joyous exploration of this privilege, of being human and divine at the same time.

You choose what your spiritual life is going to look like. If it is feeling dry or unsatisfying, uninspiring, it’s time to put some juice back into it. Feel wonderful! Don’t be a seeker, be a journeyer. It’s the journeying – the excitement of growing into your divinity – that alleviates the suffering, not the destination.



Boundless

There is no boundary between me and the boundless love of God, the boundless intelligence of God, the boundless energy of God.


When is the Search Over?

When do we stop searching? When is it over? Is there some definitive sign? Is there some kind of dramatic shift or change in perception to let us know? Is there a subtle but unmistakable “click,” as we sometimes read about? It’s certainly an appealing notion, and it keeps us striving for that finality, but I don’t think it holds water, and does us harm in the end.

Is there a final door through which we walk, which when we turn around to see where we came from, we see that there was never a door to begin with? In my experience, there were dozens of those doors. Every door felt like the final door, but there was always another door. Why? Because it is the nature of the mind to look for doors, to look for mysteries and try to solve them.

When does it end? I found that it ended when I stopped looking for doors. Of course, this took a lot of preparation, but I believe that if you are reading this website, you yourself have already had years, perhaps decades, of preparation. It may be that for you, the only thing standing between you and the end of seeking is simply not knowing you can stop.

The act of stopping is an important one. Stopping is letting go of resistance to what is, right now. Resistance is painful, and yet we hang on to it, in the belief that there is more, there is better – some final, perfect, permanent knowledge or state, and we will find it, if only we keep looking. And we feel we are close – oh so close!

But “close” is the epitome of the pain of separation. Just out of my reach. “Close” says “I am not that.”

It’s important to stop feeding this painful misconception. Stopping is an act of faith. It’s stepping off the edge of the cliff, and seeing if our wings will carry us. It may be that this is not even a choice that we make ourselves. We might get pushed.

It’s funny that when we jump off this cliff, we’re actually jumping back into the world. What we are is evidenced here in the world. The holy Presence that is our true nature is here, in the infinite variety of expression, and we are privileged to enjoy the fullness of this expression in every moment. It is in this fullness that our true nature is known, when the resistance to it is abandoned. Our wings are fully extended, are proving themselves to be strong and trustworthy, and are carrying us to new heights indeed.

There is an irony to this, and a sense of coming full circle – what we wanted so badly to transcend in the first place becomes the heaven we were looking for all along.