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How Childhood Experiences Damage Trust

trusting lifeWe all have an ego that naturally distrusts life, but some people’s egoic minds are more negative and distrusting than others. For them, trust is an issue that deeply colors their existence and often limits their potential for happiness. This distrust has usually been caused by childhood experiences. Emotional, sexual, and physical abuse and neglect are the most obvious circumstances that undermine trust. But a number of other things can also affect a child’s trust in himself or herself, others, and life, such as a difficult birth, a traumatic injury, illness, surgery, a family crisis, a divorce, the death of or a serious injury to a parent, poverty, or even an unstable or a busy household or inconsistencies in parenting.

When we are growing up, we draw conclusions, some conscious and some unconscious, about ourselves, others, and life that affect how we see and respond to the world thereafter. Difficult experiences in childhood usually result in negative and limiting conclusions, while good experiences and nurturing parents results in confidence, good self-esteem, and trust in ourselves, others, and life.

Sojourn: A Book About Karma and Reincarnation by Gina Lake

SojournFor those who are interested in karma, reincarnation, and the evolution of the soul, Gina has just published Sojourn, a book she wrote in 1997. Through past-life stories, Sojourn illustrates how karma and reincarnation work, and how the soul delivers lessons, heals psychological wounds, and develops talents over the course of our many lifetimes. It also describes the stages of evolution and the unique perceptions, lessons, and contributions of each stage, and how soul age affects how we parent, what we enjoy doing, our choice of work, and our relationships. The stories and information were given to Gina Lake by her inner teacher. Sojourn is available on Amazon as a Kindle and paperback and in other online book stores and through Smashwords in various e-book formats ($6.99 for e-book/$15.95 for paperback)

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Love Is What Drives Life

trusting lifeFear drives the ego, but love drives life. Love drives all that matters in life. Love is the motivating force in life that creates, sustains, enhances, and gives meaning to life. There is nothing else here but love because Life is love. We are love.

This Love is hidden only by a sense of being someone who is afraid of life. Our identity as a separate individual is of someone who feels lacking, insignificant, lost, confused, afraid, struggling, and in conflict with life. So it’s no wonder the ego wants and feels it needs so much to be okay and happy. But this is a false identity and false needs—we need nothing but what we already have to be happy.

We are not the individual we think we are. We are life. It is living through us. And when the ego is put aside, Life lives through us more cleanly and purely, and with ease, gratitude, fortitude, joy, and love. When the ego is no longer dominant, it becomes obvious that all that’s here is Essence being and relishing in being.
 

Using the Mind to Unravel the Egoic Mind

radical happinessTo begin to live in the moment more fully, we have to become aware of our egoic mind, what it is thinking, and how true those thoughts are. The good news is we don’t have to do anything to develop that awareness. We have always been aware of our mind or we wouldn’t be able to recount what is in it or think about our thoughts. Something else is present besides the mind that has always been aware of it and everything else that is occurring in the sensory mechanism we call our body. This awareness, this Noticer, this observer, is you, the real you.

Exercise: Noticing the Real You

The real you is subtle. This inquiry will help you become more aware of who you really are.

Who or what is it that is aware of reading these words? Notice that awareness. How do you experience it? What does it feel like? Where do you experience it? Is it contained anywhere? Just stay with the experience of it for a moment. This is who you are. The experience of who you are is available in every moment. All you have to do is give your attention to the real you instead of to the egoic mind.

The egoic mind projects another you, the thinker of the thoughts. This is the ego, the you that you think you are: the you that has a name and looks a certain way and is a father/mother, sister/brother, and so on. (Fill in the blank with all the things you call yourself.) That you is the one that does not exist. That you isn’t real. Instead, you are the awareness of the person you think you are.

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Nothing Personal

trusting lifeWe get into trouble when we take things personally. What I mean by that, besides the usual meaning, is that we make ourselves unhappy when we personalize our experience, when we tell a story about our experience rather than just have the experience. Telling stories wouldn’t be much of a problem if they were uplifting and true, but usually our stories are partial truths and complaints about life that generate unpleasant feelings. Those complaints and feelings color life and spoil the potential happiness and grace in each moment.

For example, you notice your spouse’s clothes on the floor and say to yourself: “Those clothes were so expensive; I can’t believe he/she threw them on the floor.” That story can make you angry, and you might express that anger to your spouse or do something else in reaction to it (e.g., eat cake, go on a shopping spree, complain to a friend). Instead, if you’re able to just notice the clothing and the story that arises, then anger and any other reactions the anger might spark won’t happen. Then just pick up the clothes or don’t pick up the clothes. End of story. The anger is unnecessary and so are the other reactions. Such feelings and reactions waste our energy and get us nothing but unhappiness. What if you just noticed what you notice without telling a story about it and then just responded? Voila! No suffering!

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