So today my brother told me he saw Jane Fonda at his university, UofM, and because I had no idea who she was, I typed in her name in YouTube and found these interview videos, I found her message to be profoundly similar to Michael’s message. It’s pretty amazing. Makes me think of what Michael was saying… how we are all on the same journey, and humanity is now entering the resonance of intimacy or as Michael likes to say into-me-and-see. Anyway I found her insights delightful.
Original source: Transcript: http://onenessmovementflorida.org/Verbenia11-28-09.htm
“Bhagavan: Inner integrity is a tool to see what is happening inside us. It does not judge, it does not condemn it does not offer explanations. It is merely seeing what is going on. As you go inside, you’ll discover that there are terrible things inside you, There is fear, there is lust, there is anger, there is jealousy, there is envy, there is no love, there is no connectedness. You’ll see a lot of terrible things. You may not like what you see, but then, you must continue to see what is there.
Then you will discover that what is there is not only in you, but in every human mind. Not only in the human mind, but it has always been so ever since man came on the planet.
You will then discover that these are aspects of the human mind. It has been so for millenniums. The mind has not changed. The brain has not dramatically changed for the few millenniums. Fear is there. Desire is there. Anger is there. Jealousy is there, Love is not there, etc. Objects have changed but the structure has not changed. Might have been fear of the tiger earlier on and now fear of the stock market.
You’ll then discover that there is no change possible. When the impossibility of change strikes you, your mind falls silent. Without effort, without energy, you’ll find very naturally there is acceptance, followed by love and very soon it is followed by the presence. That is the connection between inner integrity and the presence.”
These teachings resonate with me and my life so much… and I see it as a direct reflection of what Michael Brown has been talking about…which I really didn’t understand at first but through trial and error I’m slowly beginning to realize.
I didn’t get it when Michael would say “you are not trying to get rid of anything, only to integrate it.”
“The more I tried to get rid of it, the more painful it got.”
These were the insights I did not like hearing from Michael Brown. They confused me and to be honest, frustrated me.
on one hand Michael talks about resolving your emotional charges but on the other he’s saying your not trying to get rid of anything… what is he talking about really? The issues I am facing, these terrible things, that I’ve been trying to “feel to heal”, “get rid of” …how long do I have to feel these things so I can be healed and ….’get somewhere other than this here now’??
(looking for that destination)
without even realizing it, my mind was using these things to get to another destination. Using the Presence Process as a tool to get me from somewhere other than right here, right now. I had cunningly used it to again get me what I think I need so I can feel better. “once I get rid of these things, I will feel better!”
“I want to resolve my issues.” “I want to heal.” “I need to heal” “How long is it going to take?”
“once I “be without condition” with this, I will get this resolved!”
“Ok let me respond to my heart, ok there’s a wound, that’s bad, so let me fix it!, Let me heal you!”
Insight reveals me that there were many moments where I was using “be without condition” as another form of doing… to accomplish something. To manipulate something into something else. Hindsight reveals that I was condemning certain “thoughts/feelings” as bad and using what I’d learned(even feel it to heal it) as a way to change what I was currently feeling into something else, into something I thought should be inside me.
In the article “Revelation of Being” Michael says “We are not be with it “to heal,” “to change,” “to transform,” “to feel better,” “to evolve,” “to cure,” “to know,” “to understand,” or even “to real eyes anything.””
I was thinking how can you not be doing this “being without condition” thing without trying to transform it ??? I mean I thought that’s what this work was about?!
I was revealed otherwise…
Life continuously proved to me “the impossibility of change”, The more I tried to get rid of my so called issues the more I struggled with the moment.
No matter how much I did anything, the same terrible things would still be there inside.
The futility of all effort to change really begin to dawn on me like a sobering, clear morning sun. I felt helpless. Then I became aware that I felt helpless. In moments where I wanted to die I became aware that I wanted to die. In moments where I had extreme hatred towards myself I became aware of that. I was beginning to see… In those moments of feeling helpless, I was actually saved. because I was no longer struggling with myself. I was just simply seeing what was there just as it was (all the ugliness). I was finally “Being” (I realized that through hindsight). Then I discovered that when I wasn’t struggling with myself, There was this sense of relief, then I really began to dip my toes into what is called Joy.
Life was teaching me what Michael Brown was pointing towards. “Just be with what is” I was finally started to value that as a real tangible thing.
I really like Sri Bhagavan’s take on this
“What is there is not at all important.” “Can you accept what is there?”
-The real problem was… was not in the content of my so called issues. but it was me running away from those issues. (Me trying to heal, fix, transform, get rid of, etc) That was the real cause of the distress.
This is the teachings coming out of my own life. I found one of my truths.
There is nothing to do. But to be aware.
Because with awareness came the joy. When I really saw what was there. I automatically began to accept it. And with that acceptance, I began to experience Joy. And even at times when I’m fighting what was there inside… I began to become aware of that inner conflict as well.
When I realize there’s NOWHERE to go,But become increasingly aware. then I’m truly being with what is. I’m Now Here.
(Side note: see I see a real synergistic beauty in combining Michael’s and Sri Bhagavan’s teachings. This awareness may lead to transformation and different things, for example it may lead to emotional cleansing and integration of family imprints which could improve family relationships, it may lead to more present moment awareness with all of its wonderful fruits, and the beautiful thing about Michael is that he explains this process, the downfall is that the ego turns all these things into a mental concept and makes it a goal to get to and reach for. We imagine things and how they work and try to “do” those things. When Michael’s true teaching is to come into the moment just as it is.
Sri Bhagavan I think realizes this weakness of the ego, so doesn’t bother with anything conceptual. He simply just points you to the present moment: “Just see what is there, that’s all” “You cannot change” “If there is jealousy, you stay with the jealousy.” “when you realize your heart is closed, you just stay with the fact that your heart is closed. That is the only truth. That’s all.”
another repost… yea…
Do You Radiate Self-Confidence? Here’s How You Can
If there was one thing that stood out about Jesus of Nazareth, it was his total self-confidence.
It’s reflected in the way he again and again said, “I am…,” going on to make some definitive statement about his role in life.
With Jesus there’s a total absence of I “might be,” I “hope to be,” I’m “trying to be,” or I’m “getting there.”
As I say in Your Forgotten Self:
Jesus was able to chart his own course in life with boldness. His confidence came from within, without requiring the validation of anyone else. He didn’t need his mother, his brothers, or his disciples to confirm his decisions. He didn’t need anyone else’s opinions.
The key to Jesus’ total confidence was that he knew himself to be grounded in the divine source from which the entire universe has sprung. Because he realized he was one with God—that God, who is formless, was being expressed in his form—he spoke with the full backing of the divine.
For instance, after the Sermon on the Mount as Matthew records it, we’re told that people were amazed by Jesus because he spoke with an authority that the scribes and Pharisees of the time couldn’t muster.
This unapologetic confidence and unwavering authority of Jesus is a characteristic that anyone who is grounded in the divine—who knows themselves to be a self-manifestation of the creator—can enjoy. That’s because Jesus is a reflection of our true being—a mirror of who we really are, awakening in us our own sense that we are divine offspring like him.
This doesn’t mean we become loud, bombastic, dogmatic, a show-off. These are all marks of egoic insecurity. We puff ourselves up because we inwardly feel small.
There’s nothing egoic about the self-confidence that comes with knowing ourselves to be grounded in God. Quite the opposite, there’s a flow, a gentleness, an easiness, and a humility.
By humility, I don’t mean a self-effacing attitude or apologetic behavior. Rather, there’s a calm, quiet, peaceful confidence.
In other words, we have a sense of personal power that causes us to radiate presence.
Authentic presence is powerful, authoritative in and of itself, without us having to try to push something or appear assertive or strong.
It’s the opposite of what we see in so many politicians, who often can’t make the right choices because they are afraid to be seen as “weak.” They have to be “strong on crime,” for instance, which sometimes leads to the innocent being condemned. Ego rules, not presence.
Ego is something we push, force, cultivate. Presence is something we relax into. It’s a natural characteristic of our true self, requiring no effort.
As you read about Jesus’ complete self-confidence, which was a quiet knowing, allow it to awaken the same quiet knowing within yourself. Then your presence will be felt whatever you are doing and wherever you go.
I also liked what Michael Brown had to say about Confidence. “Maybe you simply have no clue what confidence is? It is definitely not “being in control of your emotions”. Confidence comes through being at ease with our vulnerability.”
To read the whole post: http://presenceprocessquestions.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-dont-want-to-lose-my-confidence.html
Just wanted to repost this, to keep for my reference and to share with you all as well.
When we come into the world, we are coming out of our source of pure being, which is infinite and undifferentiated.
But we don’t come into the world in this infinite, undifferentiated state. On the contrary, every baby born already has a unique personality. It’s a particular expression of the infinite source.
This particularity of our individuality attracts to itself people and situations that will reinforce what’s already there—both the strengths and the weaknesses.
It’s as if we were magnetized, pulling these people and circumstances to us without any effort on our part.
Of course, this is how our weaker areas turn into wounded areas, as parents, teachers, and others in our life cannot help but interlock with these aspects of us from their own woundedness.
So the person whose makeup, as they emerge differentiated from the undifferentiated source, is one that can be easily bullied is going to attract people with a tendency to bully.
This may seem awful, and at one level it is. But it isn’t purposeless.
As I look back on my life of 63 years now, I see that all the things that I drew to myself that played into my weaknesses, reinforcing them and thereby wounding me and messing me up, have in the long run become the places in me where I am strong.
This happens because, for us to develop in the short lifetime we are given, there have to be areas in which we focus our energy.
There isn’t time for us to evolve on all fronts—to be, for instance, a dancer, a concert pianist, a violinist, a string theory physicist, a business CEO, a neurosurgeon, a psychologist, and on and on in every field of life.
We have to specialize in our particularities.
The road to the full expression of our particularities is often by way of our peculiarities. Weaknesses become wounds. Energy becomes focused in those wounds in a locked-up way.
This all serves to draw our attention to these areas—and when we then work through these wounds, integrating the energy in the way The Presence Process teaches, and using approaches such as The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process ™, we begin to shine in our particularly differentiated way.
In this way, our latent differentiation becomes actual, fleshed-out differentiation. We become strong, powerful, magnificent particular expressions of the infinite, undifferentiated source of all being. “
i like this song…
If you call me
I will hear
Think of me
I will appear
But if you’re afraid
Of what you made
You will not see me
Through your fear
You will not see me through your fear
If you believe in the world
You won’t believe in me
If you believe
In what you have been told
You won’t believe
In what will set you free
You won’t believe in what will set you free
I will not come from below
I will not come from above
I will not come from what you know
I’ll only come from
I’ll only come for love
If we want to see
What is real
We must close our eyes
For what is real we can barely feel
Is more than being wise
Feeling is more than being wise
I will not come from below
I will not come from above
I will not come from what you know
I’ll only come from
I’ll only come for love
“Whenever you say I am suffering, it means that you are running away from suffering.
Because if you could turn around and confront the suffering, soak in it, embrace it, fall in love with it, be with it, accept it, do all these things.
Then see for yourself what happens!
The best thing is to embrace it and the strangest part is you will find sooner or later you will develop this art and every time suffering comes, you would embrace it and it becomes joy.
The first thing is seeing.
When it comes to inner problems or inner growth or spiritual progress, you have to learn the art of seeing.
What is there is not important for us, but you must ‘see’ what is there.
The key thing here is you have to get into a state where seeing is occurring all the time.
When seeing happens, all suffering ceases because to see is to be free.
There is no effort involved, there is no time involved.
Confronting your self-centeredness, though the word is misleading, it simply means that you just become aware that this is what you really are and you never thought that you are that.
It is so and it is there, that is all.
The mere seeing is sufficient.”