The I LOVE Practice

The Easily Overlooked

The Easily Overlooked

MONICA SPRING, NM — #Technique #Radiance #Remember #VanDwelling

April 26, 2015 10:50 AM

The owls call to each other as the sun rises. The wind picks up and the sound, like a truck rumbling on a dirt road, causes me to look out the window expectantly for a ranger. But no, it is just the wind.

Far from civilization, I’ve not seen another soul for two days and the grip of human interaction eases as the connection with Nature—with God Herself—becomes more intimate and spontaneous. … Read more…

How To Overcome Any Negative Emotion

The Loneliness of the Bardo

The Loneliness of the Bardo

OUTSIDE DODGE CITY, KS — #MiracleLog #MyLove #Radiance #Remember #Technique

April 14, 2015 7:48 AM

I had tried every technique that I had offered to others: See the loneliness as “other,” as not-you; See the loneliness like a cloud that coats you; See the loneliness as something negative and how sucky it makes you feel and drop it because you don’t need it anymore.

And yet, I went to bed still feeling lonely.

How can I help others—authentically help them—if I can’t help myself?

I fell asleep, and in my sleep She came to me and lay with me and she whispered sweet Truths through the long, dark night and when I awoke, I washed the tears of gratitude from my face and I wrote…

I LOVE.

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At Death’s Door

Looking Toward Eternity

Looking Toward Eternity

UPPER MATECUMBE KEY, FL#VanDwelling #Soul #Technique

March 16, 2015 10:30 PM

The cop reached for his gun and shouted, “Take your hands out of your pockets!” and I smiled—not because I was trying to ease his fears, but because I felt absolutely no fear myself. A simple movement of my hand up or down would determine if my body would be wracked with high velocity 9mm bullets or not.

“What are you doing here!” he shouted.

“Reading my email,” I replied, still smiling and holding up my phone. What a wonderful experience!

He seemed to relax and explained I couldn’t sleep here, that it was OK to fish all night long, but just no sleeping—no camping. I replied I was just catching up on computer stuff while enjoying this nice cool breeze blowing through my rig. It was the truth too, I had my camping spot already picked out and—unlike this spot—it was well away from the noisy highway.

He nodded, stared at me a moment, then drove off.

One of the things Michelle and I have been discussing lately is how important it is for your beliefs to be deep—that when you deeply believe something (ie: The Eternal quality and how you-as-consciousness detach from the body at physical death), then these deep beliefs act as a foundation for your spiritual identity. We have been discussing that when your beliefs are deep enough, they will automatically affect your thoughts, emotions, and reactions.

Ergo, the involuntary smile and feeling of peace as Death Himself (and a frightened police officer) threatened this body’s existence.

All the evidence suggests that the Soul is real. No evidence supports the theory that we blink out. All it takes is a little reading and discernment for the shift from Mortal to Soul to occur.

On Apathy And Inner Peace

The Cafe Counter

The Cafe Counter

MELBOURNE, FL#Remember #Technique #Soul #Radiance

March 7, 2015 9:27 AM

At the cafe counter of the local Barnes and Noble, five strangers converged at the empty order register at the exact same instant. The barista, with her back to us while she rinsed off some dishes, jumped in shock when she saw the crowd which had mysteriously appeared out of nowhere. Without a word, we all smiled.

I’m conflicted.

On the one hand, what I’ve been contemplating lately could lead directly to inner peace.

On the other hand, it could lead to apathy.

Screw it, I’ll practice it for a bit and see what I find. All my readers are big boys and girls, they’re old enough to deal with the implications on their own:

If you truly live as a Soul, then this life is no more real than a dream.

Why? From my previous post, To Thrive:

Reincarnation implies that our current (seemingly all-important) life will soon feel like a dream.

All the evidence suggests that we are disincarnate, intelligent (but confused) entities currently driving around temporary bodies in a temporary physical world and that we will take on new bodies/worlds again and again and again. This experience is almost exactly like a dream: We participate in a dream. We consider it real. We wake up and realize the “real” reality. Then we fall back asleep and do it all over again.

Oddly enough, the inner peace that this perspective generates is the main attraction—the main benefit—of enlightenment. Indeed this Soul-perspective coincides with what the Buddha hinted at when he said, “Life is like a dream.”

Inner peace via a higher vantage point.

I’m going to practice this for a few days. To strive to keep this perspective—that all this is but a dream that I will soon wake up from—and see how it affects me.

My conflict? Without Love—without Radiancethis insight could very easily lead to apathy. I’ve already started to notice this apathy—this “it’s just a dream inner-peace defense”— when the emotions well up when hearing about ISIS atrocities, broadcast “news” exaggerations fill the airwaves, and my “distancing reactions” to differences of opinions.

Still, when you combine this insight with Love—that what I am experiencing right now is a shared dream by all of us-as-Souls—man, then it is so beautiful it’s heartbreaking.

Right now, I’m not sure how to resolve the conflict—the conflict of apathy and inner peace. Maybe with practice…

The Trials

Seeing the Tree thru Obstacles

Seeing the Tree thru Obstacles

MELBOURNE, FL — #Surrender #FourthWall #Technique

February 20, 2015 11:03 AM

My intention was to work on my taxes this morning but I ended up working on the book instead.

In the book, I’m addressing the Trials phase of awakening, how—as the personal self fades and TaoGodHer becomes an active participant in the Mystic’s life—She puts the seeker through a series of tests. Tests and trials that are designed to help the newbie Mystic learn the power of surrender—of flowing with Her Will—and the consequences when Her Will is ignored.

In the book, I used these blog posts as examples of how I finally came to learn this painful lesson:

Michelle is going through a tough time, and I suspect it is part of her Trials phase—that she’s being taught the art of Surrender and Flow.

If you’re life isn’t flowing, then there’s egoic fear (me-me-me) involved in the mix somewhere (either your’s or someone else’s).

Flowing—the art of Divinely guided, stress-free, effortless living—is not about going in the direction that you want to go, but in the direction that TaoGodHer wants you to go.

It’s not at all easy—and it often takes a tremendous amount of faith—but it is, eventually, very rewarding.

As Often As I Remember

The Interconnected Nature of Being

The Interconnected Nature of Being

MELBOURNE, FL — #MiracleLog #Remember #Technique

February 17, 2015 1:11 PM

Some validation of the “expect good things to happen” item from my List of Truths and Practices:

At the moment, Mom’s only comfortable driving short distances, so this morning I drove Dad to get some blood work done at the hospital. The parking guy pointed me to a spot right next to the entrance and even though it was the morning after a long weekend and appointments aren’t taken for lab work, there was zero waiting and Dad and I were in and out of there in less than ten minutes.

Here is my revised list and how I remember it:

  • C: COMMUNE with God.
  • S: SURRENDER your will.
  • I: The INSIGNIFICANCE of thoughts.
  • E: EXPECT good things to happen.
  • D: You’ll be DEAD soon.

To remember the list, I pronounce it “CSI, IED” (there’s only one “I” (Insignificance), but it’s easier to remember with two).

COMMUNE : I visualize TaoGodHer as a column of Light shining down through my head, filling and dissolving my body and radiating outward. We become one.

SURRENDER : I surrender my personal will to whatever is going on at the moment.

INSIGNIFICANCE : I (try) to remember how insignificant my thoughts are.

EXPECT : In any situation that I am participating in, I expect it to work out well (see this morning’s example above).

DEAD : I try to remember that I’ll be dead soon which acts as a compass for my actions (Is whatever I am doing right now what I want to or should be doing?).

I do these practices as often as I remember—at least as long as I don’t have something more pressing to focus my mind on.

Relationships: Mystical and Otherwise

An Example of a Fear-based Relationship.

An Example of a Fear-based Relationship.

MELBOURNE, FL — #FourthWall #MyLove #Technique #Intimate

February 16, 2015 9:18 AM

Relationships can be tough, particularly of the human kind.

Here’s a simple Truth:

Love flows and opens. Fear struggles and contracts.

If I’m feeling open, then I’m acting from Love. If I’m feeling contracted, then from Fear.

If my life flows, then I’m on course. If it’s a struggle, then I’m not.

According to Vedanta (according to Deepak Chopra), there are two symptoms of enlightenment: A lack of worry, and an increase in synchronicity.

The open, flowing nature of unconditional Love explains the lack of worry.

Since my main squeeze is TaoGodHer (and She always acts from Love), this makes my life incredibly easy and stress-free. When in doubt, all I have to do is a quick gut-check (Am I feeling open or am I feeling contracted?) and I get instant feedback.

Contrast this stress-free relationship with the chaotic (sometimes breezy, sometimes tumultuous) energy of most human relationships.

Big difference.

For the Mystic in a human relationship, not only do they have to gut-check their own motivations (open or contracted), but they have to guess at their partner’s motivations too: Is their partner acting from Love? or from Fear?

Lucky for you, here’s another simple Truth:

STRESS in any relationship (human or otherwise) means someone is acting from Fear.

A List of Truths and Practices

"Please Don't Eat Our Trash Can"

“Please Don’t Eat Our Trash Can”

MELBOURNE, FL — #Surrender #Technique #Remember #FourthWall

February 15, 2015 2:14 PM

This morning, I did a little research for the book, trying to find some quotes from Mystics about evidence of the Divine. After about an hour, I had only found a couple. Maybe I’m using the wrong search terms.

Later, in the van, I made a sandwich and a list. The idea is a single, short document—a list of truths and practices—that I can review every day to remind my mind of some key things I want to #Remember:

  • Commune with God. Idea from St. Teresa of Avila. I’ve been very passive about my communion with Her, maybe it’s time to be a little more proactive.
  • Surrender your will to this moment/Her. Amazing how difficult this is to remember.
  • Expect good things to happen. This is one of the implications of God (the less there is of me, the more there is of Her, …). Hat tip Dave.
  • The insignificance of thoughts. Seriously, everyone I saw today will have at least a thousand of them. How many will they act on? How many will come true?

To the readers: I suggest you make your own List of Truths and Practices based on your personal spiritual issues. Try to limit it to the top five stumbling blocks which consistently trip you up. Edit it as necessary to keep it fresh and applicable to your current stage of development.

The Shadow and the Light

A Door and a Window.

A Door and a Window.

MELBOURNE, FL — #Radiance #Technique

February 10, 2015 8:41 AM

Michelle—who has been wrestling with her shadow—”leveled up” the other day with a powerful opening.

It’s rewarding to see such simple advice help someone so profoundly:

Treat them, these angry entities, as your children and Love them. They are not YOU, they are part of your burka.

Obviously it wasn’t just my advice—as you can see from Michelle’s post she’s very good about “polling” multiple sources and gathering evidence to satisfy the naturally doubting mind—but it’s still rewarding to be a part of it nonetheless.

Even though she was working with her shadow, she has found what lies below the shadow—found not just rationally but experientially.

She has found that at her core, she is Love (Radiance).

Helping others like this is what I live for. I want to find a way to do this more often, but somehow and someway to still fit in with my drifter lifestyle. I looked into apps like Meetup, etc., but those felt too forced… too “me-centric.”

I can wait though. I’m good at waiting.

Contentment and the Empty Room

Physical and Virtual Reality

Physical and Virtual Reality

MELBOURNE, FL — #Technique #Remember #Emptiness

January 31, 2015 2:58 PM

At various times over the day, I checked in on my happiness level and found that yes, only when I’m taking the mental noise too seriously is when I’m not feeling happy (content is probably the more appropriate word).

First thing this morning I spilled coffee on my foot as I juggled too much stuff while trying to unlock my parents’ front door. Then I unwrapped my breakfast sandwich and saw McD’s had screwed up my order. Neither of these situations caused me any aggravation, because as soon as I saw the mind spooling up to be pissed, I focused on Physical Reality.

I focused on the present moment (reality) rather than the noise in my mind.

This didn’t last long though, as I rapidly contracted when I found myself defending my actions to my mother who doesn’t agree with many of my lifestyle decisions. Not anger, just frustration while trying to explain myself. But as soon as I saw this, saw how the noise in my mind was causing the feeling of frustration, I was able to let it go, shift my attention to the physical world (the table, the pressure of the chair, …) and contentment—the stillness that all the mental noise arises within—resumed.

The day continued in this manner, the pattern consistent: Feeling discontent when I focused on the mind’s noise, and feeling contentment when I focused on physical reality.

I’m thinking—like an empty room that is still and quiet—the mind’s default nature is contentment… is stillness.

While I don’t think it is possible to silence the mind, it is possible to change our focus: Focus on the swirling noise inside the empty room and feel disharmony… or focus on physical reality and feel the emptiness of the room/mind (contentment).

That’s do-able: Sucky mental noise or beautiful Physical Reality. Hell, with a little self-monitoring, it’s even practical.

Note: Since the empty room (you-as-the-Witness) can’t see yourself, it is impossible to see the empty room, so all you can do is focus on physical reality to help empty out the room of its swirling, illusionary contents. Though we can never experience the empty room, we can at least experience the emptiness of the room (peace, bliss, contentment) that lies behind all the noise.

Regardless of the above spiritechy paragraph, there seems to be only two options open to us:

Focus on mental noise and (possibly) suffer… or focus on physical reality and be at peace.