This is a note from Leslee.
I’ve been reading quite a few books, blogs, and websites in the past several months, and I’ve noticed some patterns. Also, a dear friend asked me recently if I could help them learn how to better connect with their spiritual guides.
When we feel confused, we become particularly susceptible to thinking that another person holds the answers for us. Sometimes I feel like I’ve spent most of my life in that state!
It helps me to view teachers as stepping stones, rather than destinations.
I sure haven’t figured it all out, but over the years I’ve become happier, so I figure something’s working. Since I’ve noticed some patterns, I’ll share some observations:
1. Please follow what you feel best suits you, in your heart, as often as you can.
2. Please read this post in my blog All About Enlightenment, about what to look for in a spiritual guide.
3. Please turn your back peacefully and confidently on anything or anyone who seems to encourage you to feel fear, guilt, regret, or inadequacy.
4. Please try your best to reach an understanding of how none of us actually exist. None of our joys or sorrows or accomplishments or failures or possessions or losses have any power over us, other than the power that we give them.
5. You have nothing to fear.
6. There is no one to criticize.
7. No one can send you to heaven or hell; only we can do that to ourselves.
There exist beings “out there” that we may not be able to see or sense. ‘Out There’ simply means that we don’t recognize them as parts of our Self.
But that’s what they are. We’re all connected in so many ways… Usually on levels that we, in our ‘gross’ bodies, find elusive.
We all bear light, and we all harbor dark sides, too.
This creates balance. This allows us to make choices.
We arrive here swaddled in forgetfulness, and choose whether to exit this moment in confusion, or with wisdom and joy.
No politician, disclosure, stock market, currency, teacher, relative, boss, judge, doctor, offspring, failure, success, meal, muscle, organ, weather, conquest or evasiveness offers true relief or condemnation from our choice to have appeared on this planet, in this moment, with this set of conditions and riddles.
Because we’re born into forgetting, we may find ourselves at the mercy of a few who have figured out a bit more of the game.
Some people get a taste of power and that fall into the trap of thinking that the adrenaline rush is the prize.
Knowledge produces strength. Some might say that ‘knowledge is power’, but power distorts.
Strength multiplies itself when shared with others.
When we meet people who relish their own power as a means of bending others to their will, we can recognize this in many forms.
Some are obvious, and these usually provoke anger. We can deal with that easily enough.
The ones that can lead us ’round the bend into the dark noggy place are the ones who pose as teachers and healers, while withholding the means we can use awakening ourselves.
Or, who pose as teachers and healers just because they seem to have more knowledge than some others. Et cetera.
Fact: as long as you’re in a body, you’ve still got something to learn.
Accept and enjoy.
Don’t let anyone intimidate you with rank or knowledge.
At the same time, maintain humility, because…
Fact: As long as you’re in a body, there will always be another ‘body’ that knows something you don’t.
We designed the Universe that way.
(‘We’ as in all of us.)
We can access all the knowledge we need; we’ve taken the first step when we dare to believe this might be possible.
We’ve taken the second step once we become willing to trust in ‘the unknown’.
With two steps, we find our feet planted on a completely new path.
Don’t worry – you’ll find friends and kindred spirits quickly.
It’s one amazing ride – relax and enjoy!