40 Day Meditation Retreat 2011 - Day 2 - Sunday March 27, 2011
TRUE WELL-BEING - THE POSSIBILITY
Yesterday I spoke about that place within. Whenever I use the word “within”, I mean in the consciousness, not in the physical body, in the being, in the consciousness - that place within us where there is no sickness, no disease, a place of constant well-being. I was asking you to consider this as a possibility. That is why I brought it up. Because it is a possibility that can help us, in all the challenging situations we have with well-being. Total well-being, meaning physical, emotional, mental, intellectual, social, and spiritual.
I have spoken about the human being as a multi-dimensional being, We exist and operate at different levels. If there is a place of constant well-being within us, even when the body is challenged that place continues to be well. If the mind is challenged, that place continues to be well. If your emotional being is challenged, that place continues to be well. Wouldn’t you want to know that place? Wouldn’t there be a desire in you to want to know this place of constant wellness within you, in the human experience? Wouldn’t that give the possibility of freedom from disease? I am asking you to consider it as apossibility. if you do not even consider it as a possibility, then how can you begin to experience it?
Be prepared for life’s challenges
In my many years of the human experience I have seen around me all kinds of suffering. I have seen situations where there is no hope for physical survival. There is the need for strength, there is the need for comfort, there is the need for understanding in these distressing situations. I have seen people helpless in these situations. I have found a place inside that can give us continuous strength, even in these most challenging situations. I have experienced a place inside from where we can draw energies when challenged, from a deeper space. That makes me unafraid of any of the challenges that life will bring to me. I know in this world that Ihave seen, and experienced, we can expect any challenge any time. Wouldn’t you agree that life is unpredictable? So the need to be prepared, the need to understand, and the need to be wise, is important.
I am inviting you to consider that there is a place of well-being within you that is untainted by the entire human experience. I am saying to you that in all aspects of healing, all aspects of comforting, all aspects of well-being, we need to understand this place. That is not going to happen unless we have a desire to understand more. That is not going to happen until we consider it apossibility. And that is not going to be experienced until we shift the consciousness. Do you understand what I mean? Until we shift the consciousness, until we realize, not intellectually only, but in experience.
Experience beyond intellectual understanding
That place inside where there is no disease, is called the Source of our being. Difficult to understand, difficult even to appreciate, and to some it is totally non-existent, they would not even consider it a possibility. Do not wait until you are challenged to begin to ask these questions and look for that place. Do you know why? Because even if you consider it a possibility, and even if intellectually you have an idea of where this place is, when you become challenged, you do not believe in it anymore. You never made it an experience. You will say to yourself, “but I can’t feel it”, rightly so because you never went to the experience.
I remember this story about a rich man who was going across the river on a little ferryboat. This poor little ferryman was taking this rich man across. The rich man is looking at the ignorance of the little ferryman, asking him about his education, if he went to school and what he learned. The poor ferryman could only say, “No, I didn’t go.” He [the rich man] was telling him [the ferryman] how much of his life had been lost. Suddenly the boat sprung a leak, and the ferryman asked the rich man, “Do you know how to swim?” The rich, very educated man said “No.” The ferryman said, “Well, all of your life is going to be lost! ”The ferryman, though he did not have the education that the rich man did, knew how to swim. That was the only knowledge necessary in that situation, not how educated the rich man was.
The need to go to that place of Higher Consciousness
You need to learn how to swim to that place inside, now, while you are healthy, because when challenged with anything, you will know how to find that place, and how to operate from there. So you need to learn how to swim to that centre of being whilst you are healthy. Can you imagine the joy? Whilst you are healthy, you can be healthier; you can make yourself better to meet the many challenges oflife. That is the place of Higher Consciousness.
When I use the word “higher”, it is only relative. It does not mean that some of us are in “low” consciousness or “high” consciousness. When I use the word “high”, it can also mean “deeper”. When I use the word “low”, it can also mean “high” in terms of “superficial …. just on top”. So do not get caught in my “high” and “low”. Try to understand the intent of the word.
We need to go into that place of Higher Consciousness, where we can be more aware of who we are in the human experience. Some call it “Enlightenment”. I think it is then that we really understand our humanity. We become normal. This state of ignorance is an abnormal state in the human consciousness, for our soul that is.
Be inspired by human beings who have touched that place
How do we get to that place inside? We will never consider it a possibility if another human being has not touched it. Then it is not real for us. People are speaking about it, but no-one has touched it. Is it ever possible? But if a human being has touched it, known it, then we may consider it a possibility. There are beings who live there, when challenged with any form of illness they show a constant state of inner joy and positive thinking.
We need to inquire from those who have touched the space of perfect health. To inquire from them, see how they live, how they think, what they know, be in their presence, be inspired by it. Then we will begin to feel that there is a place like this. That is how I learned. In the beginning you will get an intellectual understanding, try to understand well with the mind.Then when you understand well, you go after it. Your soul knows it, so the inspiration will come from your soul.
Desire to know the place of constant wellness within you
My message today is simply to consider this place of constant wellness within you. Begin to inquire, generate a desire, to want to know that place and to want to go there. Look for those who have touched it, even to a certain extent. Be inspired by them. Be motivated by them. Go after it whilst you are healthy. Then you will meet any challenge in the human experience from a place of freedom, a place of wisdom, a place ofself-empowerment, where anything is possible. I will leave you with that today.