Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What is Self Realization?

By Paramhansa Yogananda in "The Essence of Self-Realization".

Self-realization means realizing your true Self as the great ocean of Spirit, by breaking the delusion that you are this little ego, this little human body and personality...

The wave must realize that its reality, as a mere wave, is temporary. It may appear again and again as other waves, but in the end it has to realize that its reality lies not in its separateness as a wave, but in the ocean of which the wave is a manifestation. Realization of its true identity demands merging into the ocean and becoming one with it.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

We All Have a Space Here

(This article was first published in September 2006 Metta Center Newsletter.)

Recently, on a labyrinth walk at Sibley Regional Park in Oakland, I received a profound insight from Mother Earth that I would love to share with you.

As I walk inwardly toward the center of the labyrinth, I noticed a yellow jacket buzzing around me. At first, I was apologetic to it. I said I was sorry that I was bothering it. When the insect still buzzed around me, I started to feel angry and told it to buzz off itself. Then, I started wondering if there was a "better", different, way to respond than the ways I had responded: either being apologetic to or being upset by this insect.

As I thought that question out loud, I heard this thought within me that said, very gently, "We all have a space here."

The yellow jacket came back and started buzzing again around me. This time, I quietly said to it "We all have a space here, you and me." Then, to my surprise, the yellow jacket went away and didn't come back during my whole sojourn into and out of the labyrinth.

At the heart of the labyrinth, I contemplated this statement. This profound truth that is a huge reminder to me. It dawned on me that if we all have a space here, this applies to not just living beings, but also to all energies, experiences, decisions, deed, etc. I asked "You mean, that mistakes also have a space HERE?" The answer came back: "Why not? What is the beautiful gift in the mistake that you just made, Christine?" I was truly touched and clearly saw the value of the mistakes I made, even though I wished I didn't do them. I now understood the meaning of self-forgiveness. It is seeing that my mistakes have a sacred space here, on earth, even if I didn't like them.

We don't always understand the purpose or the value of everything that existed or exists, and we might be prone to judge the existence of things or events or energies we don't like or feel good towards. What if they are valuable in ways we don't yet understand but Mother Earth does?

What if the Soul of the Earth welcomes us all because we all serve a divine purpose? When I say us, I mean us and the various energies within and outside of us, the light and the dark. What if all that has existed, still exists, and will exist on earth is called forth by the All Knowing, Wise and Compassionate Soul of the Earth to serve a plan where we all play a bit part?

I enjoy the thought that the yellow jacket has a space to be here, and as do I, and as do you. There is enough space for everyone. And, I felt a peaceful feeling gently embraced me as I permit myself to accept, appreciate and honor our divine right to be here. And, I thanked the yellow jacket for being my wisdom teacher.