A Life unfolding from your own authority, not relying on external guidance
Here is a chance to gauge yourself. Where are you on the spectrum described below?
Your life definitions are a result of the teachings that you follow/recite. What road are they taking you down? Are you permanently on a high flying disc? Have you ever given it enough time, (sustaining openness) to see if openness is a self-reinforcing feedback loop?
1. I have never given much time to listen to Ester Hicks. But I want to use this audio to demonstrate a life of openness, which as she describes it, leads to ever-more openness.
She calls it living on a “high flying disc”. You know it because it feels good. She mentions that you are choosing your conversations, (with self and others) meaning that you choose your thoughts. Maybe you’re not choosing the exact content of thoughts, but choosing the quality of thoughts.
2. This is what I have been calling a life lived on its own authority. You need nothing else. No finger pointing at the moon.
Thoughts are either closing or opening. She defines the “vibration” of the thoughts, which is one step removed, and makes it too esoteric and kind of unapproachable. How are you going to decide, that now you are going to raise up your vibration???
Ditch the word vibration and just look at bodily contraction. Beliefs (life definitions) played on the mind are thoughts, life definitions played on the body are your level of contraction. IT”S EASY.
3. She makes it very difficult with many fancy concepts. Without them, people might be sustaining openness in great numbers. She says mystifying things like:
a) In sync with infinite intelligence, how do you do that?
b) A high flying disc effects your point of attraction (like you have to be met by something coming down the road).
c) Your emotional inner guidance system works by noting the difference between you and your invariable source.
d) The inner never deviates, so you see the vibrational variance.
4. For me there is a much more practical route to take. Just look into these beliefs which take you continuously down a limiting path.
a) Yes, I go with what feels bad so that I can stay with my friends, or with the dinner conversation.
b) There is a lot of conspiracy out there, shouldn’t we discuss it?
c) If someone is mean, they should get that reflection back.
d) Then I want to teach someone a lesson.
e) I haven’t figured out that the one I am teaching doesn’t care, and only I get damaged?
f) When certain things occur to me, I have the right to react without thinking.
5. It’s all your thoughts my friends. The best way to put non-contracting thoughts into practice is to call them an experiment. We have gone the anxiety route for decades, and we see the kind of life that it produces. What would it be like if my thoughts were different?
6. I suppose that we can mention the value of flowering in life. Some will argue that this puts too much premium on change for the better. Then I judge that my changes are not enough, or they are going the wrong way, and I feel worse.
Change is relative, perhaps to how much you're enjoying what is here. I remember times in my life where I wanted to slow down change, because I was enjoying my life at the moment so much. (Please give me more time to love this.) Life was great after the changes too.
We can also say that frozen in the movie “Ground Hog Day” is not pleasant to anyone. Of course greater and greater velocities are taken as catastrophe. So the rate of acceptable (pleasant) change is different for everyone.
Then people are also visited by catastrophe. Doesn’t that give me the right to react in a negative way? Well let’s just stay with the practical. Does that negative reaction help the situation in any way? I think that you’ll be hard pressed to see where it does?
7. In this scenario what is the drive for enlightenment? It is a desire to jump off the wagon (to who knows where). Basically you’re not enjoying anything about yourself. The whole foundation of the enlightenment drive is skewed by dissatisfaction.
Maybe you have had a spiritual experience or satori, that has demonstrated there is something way more. I think that it is always your responsibility to put that experience in its place, (as the gift that it was) and manage it such that all of life doesn’t go sour.
For me this kind of seeking is a bogus activity assured to produce misery. If true enlightenment is an accident, then let it happen when it happens. That is soon enough for me.