Monday, September 09, 2013

Course Note #198: Devotion of Know thy Self

Here is #8 installment of my series on “The Brain Tumor Chronicles”.  Again the theme Holy Spirit is focused on is devotion and practice, and this one also includes some good stuff on healing relations, and we even get into sugar addiction – HA!
Thank you dear Inner Teacher for leading me and guiding me each week to deeper practice and thus…more bliss.

The other day I was prompted to pull a book off one of my shelves called “God Calling” and read this:

August 6: Rest more with Me. If I, the Son of God, needed those times of quiet communion with My Father, away, alone, from noise, from activity – then surely you need them too.  Refilling with the Spirit is a need.  That dwelling apart, that shutting yourself away in the very secret place of your being – away alone with Me.  From these times you come forth in Power to bless and heal.

And yet we hear the voices in and around us that say practice is not necessary, especially hear this on FB! Lol!  All the great spiritual leaders/teachers, or at least the ones I am directed to advocated some sort of spiritual practice .

We Just heard Jesus, and recently I read a biography on Ramana Maharshi  who was definitely all about Self-abidance and silence practice
My fave: Nisgardatta Maharaj – turn away from outer preoccupations and focus within on the I Am

In “The Teachings of Inner Ramana” it says: “Since the idea of ego has been deeply learned through repetition, deep and consistent unlearning must result.  Makes perfect sense to me!


There is a story in the Bible that speaks of this, and I’ll bet many of us can relate: the story Martha and Mary

Bible that I particularly enjoy, the one about Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38.  In the story, Jesus goes to the home of two sisters, Martha and Mary.  Martha welcomed him to her home, but then became overly occupied and distracted by things she had to do in the kitchen.  Mary sat at his feet, hanging on his every word.
            Later Martha came to Jesus and said, “Lord, is it nothing to you that my sister has left me to do all the work? Tell her to help me.”
            Jesus replied: “Martha! Martha! You are anxious and troubled about many things.  You’re getting yourself worked up over nothing.  There is need of only one thing, and Mary has chosen it.  It is the main course, and it won’t be taken from her.”

            If I were in that situation what I would do is order a pizza, bring out the wine and sit down and listen to the Teacher! Ha!
            I have found the stories in the Bible hold richer meaning for me when I look at all the characters in the story as facets of myself.  Martha symbolizes the self that is distracted by the world and all the things that need to be done in it; and Mary represents devotion to the “one thing”, to the one purpose: Know thy Self.  And of course, the Teacher leads us to know the true Self that we all share.

What’s missing is the connection with the true Self that we all share.  What’s missing is the love and devotion to the one true thing: know thy Self.  In our willingness to focus on the one true thing, everything else will take care of itself.  All these problems and conflicts are indeed distractions that move us away from the one true thing – the Self.

            I was also reminded this week of a passage in the Bible that asks that we give no thought to your life, what you will eat or drink, to your body or the things of this world.  For a moment I wondered how to “give no thought” and the answer that came to me was this: Give no thought means that I will consciously and with vigilance not engage in “thinking” about person, place or thing.  As I put this into practice, I noticed how all my “thinking” was caught up in persons, places or things. 

I am willing to let every voice but Love be still in me.

            The true Self is here now.  I can be clothed in personality that hides my truth, or I can be clothed in the silence of Self. 

            As I go about my life this week, I am willing to be Mary.  Mary…who sits at the feet of the Teacher (Heart); Mary…who lets go of all distractions and instead, focuses with pure devotion and love on the one true thing.

I Love this from NTI:             “You will seem to have many temptations.  You will seem to forget My thoughts completely for a time.  Do not let that distress you.  The thinking you do apart from Me cannot hurt you.  It can only delay your healing for a little while. So when you have forgotten, shake off the past… Now is a new moment!  You help yourself by choosing My thoughts again now.”  (NTI Luke 10v1-24)

                Healing occurs in the present.  In any present moment that we remember to let go of ego, and instead, listen to the voice of Truth, in that moment, we have stepped forward once again. 
In any moment that we fall into berating ourselves, a helpful hint: Remember that you are listening to ego – choose again.  We can learn to listen to the Voice that does not crucify.

             Ah ha!  I don’t have to use my slip back into ego as an opportunity to berate myself.   So often in spiritual communities we see, what I like to call, spiritual tyranny.  People are judged by themselves or others, for being angry, upset, judgmental, afraid, sad or worried… Ego loves to do this, but it is just more ego. 
“In The Teachings of the Inner Ramana:  devotion is defined as the practice of slowing the mind and pulling focus inward.  We can do this with the mantra, with prayer, with meditation and contemplation. As I end, I’d like to share a “thought of awakening” with you, received by Regina Dawn Akers.

~310~

Devotion is an act of silence.
It is a decision
to stop the flow of thoughts
and return to the wisdom of stillness.

Thoughts shall start again,
and your attention will drift to them,
if you are interested.

But if you are also interested in devotion,
you can again make the decision
to return to the Heart.

In this decision,
thoughts are not fed.
That which is not fed
must eventually die.

~From our Holy Spirit

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