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June 2016

I am who I think you think I am

@JasonSilva

There are no others.

Just our thoughts about others.

Echoing and reflecting

There is no thought, other than our own.

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Reflection of the Source

If we look on the Self as the ego then we become the ego,

if as the mind we become the mind,

if as the body we become the body.

It is the thought which builds up sheaths in so many ways.

The shadow on the water is found to be shaking.

Can anyone stop the shaking of the shadow?

If it should cease to shake you would not notice the water but only the light.

Similarly to take no notice of the ego and its activities,

but see only the light behind.

The ego is the I-thought.

The true ‘I’ is the Self.

– Ramana Maharshi

We become whatever we look upon.

We see the shaking.

We see the illusion.

That is the way we know it is a reflection.

Without the shaking,

We see the source,

The light.

We do not see the reflection.

The ego is the reflection.

The true ‘I’ is the light

Eternal Present

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/26/alan-watts-hurrying-timing/ “For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing.” BY MARIA POPOVA Among the...

For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing. No rush. No dawdle. Just the sense of flowing with the course of events in the same way that you dance to music, neither trying to outpace it nor lagging behind. Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.

~ Alan Watts

Whatever I am doing, that is the process.

This moment, now is what I am doing.

This is the process.

This is now.

The sense of flow.

The grind.

In the zone.

It comes by many descriptions, but it means the same thing.  Total immersion in the moment.  At times of heightened adrenaline, we are pushed into the moment, but this can be achieved with any activity.  Me writing this is me coming into connection with the steam and putting thoughts into actions into keystrokes into words on the screen.  To be totally present is to be totally present in every moment without loss of the flow.  This can be done.  This is what Alan describes.

I have said it before, but I consider him the closest thing to my guru.  He isn’t alive, but his words still speak to me.  I mean, couldn’t a guru transcend death? The appeal of a live spiritual guru is one that can affirm or challenge me.

Bank of America Keeps You in Debt

I don’t usually write personal posts.  Well, at leasts posts about my personal life, but I want to post something here to draw attention to it.

I have been trying to right my credit wrongs over the past few months.  One of my credit cards had a balance that I missed, and so I was charged late fees.  These late fees surmounted to more than $500.  I finally saw the notice from Bank of America, and I contacted them to see if they would refund some of the fees since I was trying to pay off my debt. They said that they could not do this because it was more than 2 payments missed.

I complained at how this was ridiculous to forgive within a 2 month time frame, but not longer.  I am trying to make good here.  The representative offered up a payment plan to get the credit in the good.  With the plan she offered, I would still accrue late fees because it was under the minimum due that month.  So with the plan I actually accrue more debt.  WTF?

I opt to pay the current minimum due since I have some free savings.  It is not ideal, but better than getting deeper.  At no point did the rep offer up a plan to reduce my debt.  The plan was to help me out by increasing my debt to them.

Forward a couple weeks… I decide that I want to setup automatic payments so that I don’t miss any more.  I do that and then I use the chat feature on the site to ask to close the account.  The rep is really slow in responding to me.  She tells me that the account is already closed.  I tell her that it does not show on my screen that the account is closed.

“Oh, after the next billing cycle you will no longer be able to access the account”

“So, how do I may payments?”

“You will have to call Bank of America at …”

Seriously?  How about some ethical banking?

It is my top priority to pay off that card, and never do business with Bank of America again.

I know that I should have done a better job at watching my cards and not getting to this point, but I am trying to right my wrong.  Bank of America did nothing to help that.

Shame on them.

http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Money-is-a-form-of-energy-20130609

I’m trying to get control of my finances.  I think that I must do that before I can open myself up to abundance.  Not worrying about money is the goal.  To do this I must put my debt into a payment plan by consolidating my and not adding to them.  I must have a strict, but reasonable monthly budget.  And I need savings to cover monthly fluctuations.

Once I stop worrying about it, I stop fearing it.  Once I stop fearing it, it stops controlling me.

Clearing Negative Beliefs About Money

Money is a form of energy.
It is completely neutral.
It has no control over me.

I am in control of how much money I wish to receive.

I am completely calm and at peace when it comes to money.

I am letting go of the belief that I have to do anything I don’t want to do in order to have enough money.

Money comes to me in easy ways, unexpected ways, and for what I truly love doing.

My birthright is to have enough money and do whatever I want with it.

Enough money will cover everything I want to buy.

I will receive enough money in ways that I’ll love.

I am attracting enough money to come to me in ways that I’ll love.

 

It’s Never Too Late

It is never too late to go for it.  A moment, and an opportunity pass.  Instead of regretting something missed, prepare for the next time.  Be ready.  Do what feels right.

It is never too late, until it is.

There is something finite in it all.  But even then, with regret, I have to believe that there is something that will make it right.

It may seem that it could be done quicker, with less repetition,,but it still gets done the same.

If I have regrets, those regrets will eventually, always, go away.

One way.

Or another

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/26/alan-watts-hurrying-timing/ “For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing.” BY MARIA POPOVA Among the...

For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing. No rush. No dawdle. Just the sense of flowing with the course of events in the same way that you dance to music, neither trying to outpace it nor lagging behind. Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.

~ Alan Watts

Whatever I am doing, that is the process.

This moment, now is what I am doing.

This is the process.

This is now.

If we look on the Self as the ego then we become the ego,

if as the mind we become the mind,

if as the body we become the body.

It is the thought which builds up sheaths in so many ways.

The shadow on the water is found to be shaking.

Can anyone stop the shaking of the shadow?

If it should cease to shake you would not notice the water but only the light.

Similarly to take no notice of the ego and its activities,

but see only the light behind.

The ego is the I-thought.

The true ‘I’ is the Self.

– Ramana Maharshi

We become whatever we look upon.

We see the shaking.

We see the illusion.

That is the way we know it is a reflection.

Without the shaking,

We see the source,

The light.

We do not see the reflection.

The ego is the reflection.

The true ‘I’ is the light

There are no others.

Just our thoughts about others.

Echoing and reflecting

There is no thought, other than our own.

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