Hey gurus and motivators: Let’s take a page from Twitter and T-shirts. Why all the complex philosophies?
BY VAISHALI – Ever notice how so many of the bumper sticker messages out there are simple yet profound? I saw a great one recently that said Life is the Classroom. Love is the Lesson. That pretty much says it all.
How is it that all the great spiritual sayings can fit on a bumper sticker or T-shirt? The reason is that Universal truth is simple and straightforward. Anytime I’m looking at a spiritual point of view that is pedantically over complicated, I know the essence of the truth has gotten lost in the shuffle. Here are some of my favorite bite-sized nuggets of truth:
The great 18th century scientist/mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1682-1772), voted by Stanford University to be one of the wisest people to have ever lived, describes the human experience as coming with a built-in, self-corrective guidance system. It is better known as the nervous system, or what I like to call the “keep it real arena.”
When you give your attention to seeing yourself as something more limited than love, you feel it immediately. There is no confusion here in the planet Earth classroom. When you see yourself as the person who does not have enough money, time or opportunity, you feel that limitation right away. When you give your attention to seeing yourself as connected to the source of all abundance and wellbeing, that is what you feel.
The job description of every sentient being is to learn and grow. Whatever lesson you sign up for depends on what you give your attention to. Swedenborg wrote a great deal about this. If I were to simplify his volumes of wisdom into a bumper sticker, it would be: You are Consciousness; it is Not a Possession.
Consciousness is love. You do not have to spend your life trying to earn love. Life has never been about working to be deserving and worthy enough. How do you prove you are worthy of something you already are?
Anytime I pick up a book and the author is telling me I have to ask myself ten or more different questions in response to every life situation or relationship, I immediately become apprehensive. It wouldn’t fit on a bumper sticker. Or if I sign up for a self-improvement class and the curriculum involves taking a string of other classes in order to achieve clarity, my gut feeling is to walk away immediately.
Learning about yourself is easier and more direct than performing a never-ending series of stupid human tricks. You come direct from the manufacturer equipped with everything you need to know about what you are, why you are here and what you are choosing to learn from.
The trickier part is asking yourself these questions:
How much of my life is run on autopilot? How much of what I give my attention to is grossly repetitive and not consciously examined and updated? Am I repeatedly self-inflicting some critical or harsh words someone else put into motion? Do I still see myself through the filter of a parent’s or teacher’s opinion that defines me as incapable of doing anything right? Do I constantly tell myself I am ugly and unlovable, because this idea was solidified when I was a teenager or going through an awkward stage of development?
The purpose of life is to grow beyond anything that separates you from the truth about your identity as love. And let’s face it, life offers us many creative and “up close and personal” opportunities to do just that.
What I have learned from bumper stickers
- You are love. I can’t add anything to that.
- Love: it’s your spiritual identity. And it is experienced as consciousness, as awareness.
- What we think we become. When you give something your attention, you are giving it your love, because you are not separate from love.
- You are what you love & you love whatever you give your attention to.
- Who feels it knows it. When you give attention to limited things, you feel limited. When you focus on the unlimited, how does that make you feel?
- A day without sunshine is like, night. If what you are giving your attention to is not setting you free, you have not seen the truth yet. Keep looking.
All of this wisdom can fit on a subcompact. How good is that?! Maybe this is why bumper sticker philosophy compels us to speed up and get close enough to read it… because the truth is often simply stated and right in front of us.
So the next time you are stuck in traffic, use it as a learning experience by checking out the wisdom on the cars around you. Happy motoring!
Vaishali is the author of Wisdom Rising http://tinyurl.com/WisdomRising and You Are What You Love http://tinyurl.com/Your-Are-Love. She is also a national health & wellness speaker and radio host of “You Are What You Love” on heard weekly at www.purplev.com Sunday 11-pm PST worldwide and on Contact Talk Radio Fridays 1pm-2pm PST. Vaishali learned to transform her life from the threat of two terminal disease diagnoses, domestic abuse and financial devastation. Completely recovered, she shares her wisdom @ www.purplev.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org Join Vaishali June 17-19th at The Omega Institute http://eomega.org/omega/workshops/42497d6c3932bc64c0dde41525b4b105/
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