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Why Slow Is Better

With so much interest these days in mindfulness and being present, I want to put in a good word for moving slowly, for not hurrying though life. Being present is nearly impossible when we are in a hurry. Furthermore, we find that when we are present, we rarely choose to be in a hurry. Hurrying is generally motivated by the ego, by the thoughts that run through our mind. That voice pushes us to get things done asap—no matter what. The “no matter what” is the problem, because if we make life about getting things done, we are going to miss out on a lot of life.

As we hurry through our day, it’s easy to forget that being is just as important as doing, as being needs to inform our doing or life will begin to feel dry, lifeless, and joyless. If we listen solely to the egoic mind (the voice in our head), we will begin to feel like an automaton, and we will find ourselves consumed with doing things that don’t bring us joy, but only more things, more money, more power—more of what the ego wants but less of what is truly meaningful.

Slowing down our pace and just being for moments throughout our day gives us access to our true nature and its innate wisdom. Hurrying, on the other hand, keeps us tied to the ego, which barks its commands, pushes us harder, and shames us. The ego views life from a lens of fear and scarcity. It doesn’t trust life because it isn’t in touch with the truth about life. It copes with its fears and insecurities by pushing us to constantly be doing. When we are caught in the ego’s world, we can never rest and just be, and we lose touch with the deep sense that all is well.

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Noticing as a Spiritual Practice

Noticing is a profound spiritual practice in itself because it gets us in touch with what is noticing and experiencing life, with Consciousness, our true self. Consciousness notices; it is what witnesses and experiences life. It is who we are. Whenever we do what our being naturally does, we align with it. For instance, if we say something compassionate to ourselves or to someone else, we align with our true nature because our true nature is compassionate. Or if we accept ourselves or someone else, we align with our true nature because our true nature is accepting. Or if we notice our experience and fully experience it, we align with our true nature because our true nature is what is aware and experiencing life.
 
Buddhists call this practice of noticing, mindfulness. Being mindful means being aware of our present moment experience, including our thoughts, feelings, intuitions, internal experiences, bodily sensations, sounds, sights, and other sensory input. In any moment, a lot is going on, and it’s all in flux. So there’s always plenty to notice in our present moment experience. The present moment is alive with activity and experience.
 
What notices and discerns is the true self. The true self is the consciousness that makes it possible to experience life. This Consciousness is a great mystery because it can only be described by how it is experienced, since it isn’t a thing apart from everything else. The wisdom traditions say that this Consciousness is all-pervading and behind and within all creation, although it isn’t important that you believe that.
 

How Do You Know It's Jesus?

Here is a question I get asked a lot in regard to my latest book, The Jesus Trilogy: “How do you know you were receiving dictation directly from Jesus?”
 
The short answer is that I don’t know for sure. No one can ever really know who is communicating with them from other dimensions. The being who dictated The Jesus Trilogy to me identified himself as Jesus, but since con men exist even on nonphysical planes, someone’s word is not always trustworthy. However, the sincerity and devotion to Truth of the one receiving the communication does matter: Like attracts like. An egoic nature will attract manipulative entities. When the egoic nature is purified, higher beings begin to transmit more and more through us, whether we are aware of that or not. Furthermore, someone who is developed spiritually “feels” and may even see the energy of the being s/he is communicating with and, with practice, can discern the level of that entity from such subtle experiences.
 
Another short answer I like to give is: “The proof is in the pudding,” meaning that the truth of a communication can be determined by observing its effects: Does it help you live a more loving, peaceful, and compassionate life, all values that Jesus and religions in general espouse? Or to put it as Jesus once said: “By their fruits you will know them.”
 

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