Imagine that Buddha and other enlightened ones from humanity's past are taking you out to dinner tonight to discuss the state of the world. You will be pondering all kinds of solutions to resolve the world's growing array of crises. How do you suppose they are going to respond to our current pressing issues? What jewels of enlightenment would they advise for these modern times?
What questions would you like to ask? Allow a few questions to come naturally into your mind right now. Go with the first ones you think of, trusting your inner knowing to reveal to you some issues you often ponder. Of your list of questions, which one seems the most urgent, the most crucial, and the most pivotal to your success? Which question relates to present moment concerns? Which one is really more of a "what if," connected to something that might happen? Which question seems to repeat like a broken record in your head, perhaps keeping you awake at night?
Contemplating your life questions can provide useful clues about your own inner process. This can be valuable information as you seek to better understand yourself, your world, and your role during these pivotal moments of history.
The idea is to become more present with what is occurring in your outer world, seeing the connection between these things and what's going within your mind, emotions, and body.
When you are able to regularly get in touch with your response to today's huge changes, the insights can help you to transmute fear and shift your focus into more positivity. Look for patterns and themes as you consider your questions.
Examples of possible themes that can be at the root of questions:
1. Energy - how do I find my center and sustain my energy levels?
2. Fear - what can I do to become less fearful when there's so much to worry about?
3. Health - how do I prevent a health crisis when under so much stress?
4. Perfectionism - will we get it right this time?
5. Safety - will I be safe?
6. Survival - will I have enough?
7. The Old Paradigm - how do I progress when I feel limited by the old paradigm?
8. Time - is there enough time for me to fulfill my purpose?
9. Trust - how do I know who and what to trust?
10. Unknown - what will survive the great reconfiguration?
11. Value - what really matters?
12. Why - what is the point and why bother to care?
If you personally relate to a number of these example themes and questions, you are in good company. It's natural to have such questions when so much is changing and you are enmeshed in your own personal upheavals of change. Most of the people around you are asking at least one of these questions regularly. Even those still asleep to the bigger picture of what's going on are regularly focusing on some of these themes.
There are many details and convoluted issues you can explore here. Know that it is very useful to unravel them, shining light on each one as it comes up within your awareness.
You can greatly accelerate your spiritual progression by doing this,
PS: Much of what those enlightened masters at your dinner party would say might not sound that different from their timeless teachings that are thousands of years old for they arose out of a quest for truth and understanding about human suffering.
Buddha is but one of many ordinary humans over the ages who discovered how to master the duality of the Earth plane. In fact each master became enlightened in a process that involved recognition of universal truths, and the application of these truths to living in the ordinary world. They came from diverse heritages and parts of the world. A number of religions prevalent today were started by their followers. Those followers recognized the truth and light in their teacher, and sought to preserve and spread the teachings to help others.
These enlightened elders who found liberation from human suffering have left you a path to walk. To understand that path and walk it with ease and grace, you will want to discover and learn to embody the teachings they left behind. These teachings include simple universal truths about life and the nature of reality. The Buddha and other enlightened beings did not intend to establish rigid religions on the Earth. They did not seek followers or to be worshiped. They simply shared what they had learned about the path of awakening.
To travel the path these wise ones laid out, there are no rigid rules to follow. The approach of this path is not linear. It is not a path with a "destination," or involving a timeframe you can force with your human will.
How do you go about walking this path, with ease and grace, and what is required?
God is all, form and formless, inside and outside. Wherever I am, it's there.
I find that I am remembering this more and more. Even when chaotic conditions seem to be everywhere, I have the choice to remember the perfect infinite self within. And I do so choose.
In the silence, I discover that the support, wisdom, peace, and healing I may need is present. The inspiration, the filling up, the release is there. I go to this silence, this stillness, often, and let it reveal the truth that is within. Rather than being an insulating silence that removes me from the world, it is a silence that carries forth with me - my mind is still, my heart is at peace, in the middle of everyday activities.
No matter what I'm doing, this stillness is there, supporting my life and revealing the truth. I thank God for it. And so it is.