You are a creative soul. In the purity of nature, your soul can be born anew.
Imagine you hear the sound of the flowing water. Taste it with your whole body.
Release all superfluous thoughts, emotions, and preconceptions. Let the sound of the water carry them away as you feel your brain becoming lighter and brighter.
Entrust everything to the energy. Let the flow of energy take care of it for you. You don't have to try to do anything. You are designed to heal yourself naturally.
Just as you can't see air, you can't see the divine. God exists in the air. Through your nose and mouth, air has been constantly coming into your body since the moment you first cried at birth. The first action most of us took when we were born was to expel air out of our lungs, which was expressed as a cry. You need to exhale before you can inhale. When you inhale, God comes to dwell inside your body. Even when you're sleeping, God enters you, as long as you have life.
God is life, and the source of life. Air is also the source of your life. Can you live without breathing? No matter how much money or power or popularity you had, without being able to breathe, you couldn't live at all. So standing before God, you have to be humble. And when you breathe, you need to be humble.
God doesn't come to you because you pray and say, "Please come to me," or because you pay tithes or make sacrifices. Without any conditions or strings attached, the moment you are born, God comes into you with the air that you breathe.
It is said that God is in every place. If the God of oneness is in every place, then wouldn't the God of oneness also be inside your body? God is always with you, complete and perfect.
What feels the divine inside you is your spirit. When you feel your divinity within, that's what enlightenment is. If you cannot feel your divinity within, then even if you have it, it's like you don't have it.
Because God is in all of us, we are all equal. Everyone is precious because we all have God inside our bodies. That's what makes each person divine and sacred, and that's why you deserve to receive respect. When you can feel your divinity, you have an awareness or consciousness that let's you respect all other people.
Unfortunately, we are living in a world where people are losing their love and respect for one another. When people try to possess and own other people and control them, then that is not godly. You could say that those people have fallen or become corrupt.
A sense of the divine in everything can be found in all of the ancient traditions and cultures of humanity. But that kind of spirit and sense, through the development of modernity, has been lost in many cultures. It's been overtaken by the artificial--everything has become so artificial and synthetic or processed. Through this development, we've grown more distant from the divine and the natural.
God was already there before manmade institutions such as religions and nations ever existed. The answer, then, to regaining your sense of the divinity inside you is not in manmade systems, or even in an enlightened teacher. Everything you need is already inside you. If you have a brain, then you've got it all. The answers are in your brain, beyond your preconceptions and learned knowledge. The brain was not made by human beings, but by God the creator; it's also nature. I think of nature as God.
Return to the divine by returning to what is natural. God is in every breath you take. Breathe quietly with this awareness today and be enlightened to the divinity that is always with you.
It's winter here in New Zealand, which is where I spend a lot of my time when I'm not traveling to explore or give lectures and workshops. The weather is a little cool, and although not strictly necessary, sometimes I light a fire in the wood stove here and meditate, moving with the flow of the energy I feel. For, in lighting the flames, I learn and feel many things.
For instance, kindling the fire is easy to do with some degree of training, but maintaining the flames rising from the logs requires putting a new log on the fire at a set time. It requires ongoing care and attention. If the fire goes out, using the remaining embers to rekindle the flame is also important work. Rolling up a newspaper and sticking it into the fire, blowing on the embers, reviving them, and adding more kindling seems to be enough.
But there are times when, looking back, you'll find that the kindling has burned up and the fire has gone out. It hadn't ignited completely. You have to keep checking until the kindling is fully alight, until the flames burn, rising high above the wood. And once every two hours, you have to check on it, putting another log on the fire, confirming that it's still burning. Only then will warm temperatures be maintained all night long.
The process of keeping a fire alive is the same as that of working toward a goal. To achieve a goal, you have to give it energy. You have to keep watch over it, checking your progress. You also have to take action for it regularly and consistently, or else any momentum you have for achieving it will dissipate. If it looks like you're not making any progress, you need to work harder to revive it.
In the same way, you can maintain the passion you feel for your goal, as well as the physical strength you need to achieve it. Regularly and mindfully exercising your body and mind is necessary. I normally do one minute of exercise every hour while focusing on my body, especially my breath. In one minute, I am able to recharge my energy and send more oxygen to my brain, feeding the physical flames of my body. Naturally the fiery passion in my heart renews as my pulse speeds up. I also reconnect with my spirit and revive the values and dreams that give my life meaning.
Just as I eat food at regular intervals, I also consistently feed myself positive messages through the words in my mind and the media I consume. Through positive and empowering information, I keep my mind light and bright. We all need to watch ourselves carefully and tend to our minds so that we don't get stuck in the darkness of victim consciousness and guilt, but instead change our energy and take every opportunity to break free of our habits.
An ignited fire soon goes out if left alone. A dead fire is hard to rekindle. Endless devotion and management are needed to rekindle the flame in your brain, to keep it burning until you achieve your goal. In other words, you need love—love for yourself, love for what you will create, love for all. With love and care, providence will manifest.
But this takes courage. You need courage to keep the fire burning and not give up hope, even when the fire burns out. Guard against selfishness, arrogance, laziness, fogginess, stagnation, egotism, and discrimination. Rather than being an obstacle to your goals and going against providence, choose to be the kindling for the blaze that will power your goals. Be someone who is bold and confident with a bright, shining soul, igniting the flames yourself, keeping them burning.
Though your body may suffer from the demands of the challenges you take on, your soul will grow lighter. Though your ego is in anguish, your soul will tremble, vibrating, shedding tears of joy. Live such a life. Live that way for your own sake.
When you are low on energy, it may be because you did not sleep or eat well enough. But it also may be because you've become unplugged from your power source.
We all have a connection to the source of life energy. It's within us and all around us, and it's always on. This energy comes from heaven and the earth. Our lives exist and are maintained by the circulation of heavenly and earthly energy in our bodies. I call this energy LifeParticles. The circulation and exchange of LifeParticles is the essence of our lives.
When your connection to the energy source is weakened, or when energy is not flowing smoothly throughout your body, you feel run down. Not only that, you may feel moody and short on self-confidence or passion for life.
One way to strengthen your connection to the life energy source is by consciously connecting to the natural environment. We are all part of nature; our essence is the same. Making a connection to the nature outside of us increases and stabilizes our connection to the nature within. We make that connection through energy, and we take in energy through food, through the energy points on the surface of our body, and through our breath.
Try this tree breathing meditation when you need to recharge. Through it, you will realize that trees, the earth, and even all of humanity, are one.
Go outside, somewhere with trees. If that's not possible in your current situation, then imagine a tree standing before you. Look for a tree that pulls on your heart and stand facing it. First, greet the tree as if it is an old friend you've gone to visit.
As you breathe in front of the tree, imagine the oxygen that tree gives off entering your body with your breath, and the carbon dioxide you exhale returning to the tree. Supply your body with energy, continuing to inhale the fresh oxygen from the tree. Pure life energy will cleanse your body.
The tree's life moves into you and your life into the tree. The tree is putting down roots deep into the earth. Keep breathing, imagining the flow of LifeParticles cycling from the earth to the tree, from the tree to you, from you back to the tree, and then to the earth.
The LifeParticles and soul of the earth are delivered to you through the oxygen and life energy given off by the tree. You and the tree are breathing in the same space. You're communing on a deep level. Who knows how many LifeParticles are exchanged between us and the trees? We are connected with life in this way.
Listen to the message the tree is giving you. The tree is telling us: "I am this tree and the earth and everything in the universe. I am you and humanity. If you know this, then respect and love all things the way you do me."
Everyone has the sense and ability to commune with nature this way, but often we haven't used it. When that sense revives, you can commune with the soul of the flowers, the trees, and the earth. Your own energy, your own soul, will revive as well.