Posts Tagged ‘self knowledge’

“Dance a dance of Light…and know yourself in it” Part 4

Friday, October 16th, 2015

By allowing we can in a way “sit back and watch” our own growth and, indeed, pace it to the level of our own evolutionary abilities in consciousness. It is said, “God never gives us more than one can handle.” If we replace the word “God” with “higher self” or “spiritual guidance,” then we can say that our own guidance will never give us to do more than we can handle. With this in mind, we learn the last step in the dance of Light that allows both our practical mind and our spiritual mind to co-exist together, moving as harmoniously as possible on our path of awakening. Never will it be the case that our spiritual mind will tell us something that would be good for us to pursue, without it knowing that we are ready for that pursuit. In allowing our practical mind to win when it needs to do so i.e., override the spiritual suggestion, we are learning to create a relationship with our spiritual mind, a relationship of trust that will allow us to more and more rely on our higher spiritual voice.

Indeed, as that trust grows, we soon enough find that we are listening more, hearing more, doing more and allowing more of our spiritual voice to guide us – and as we do so, our practical, day- to-day world, miraculously becomes aligned and in harmony with our spiritual world. Self-knowledge and growth lead the way as we “Dance the Dance of Light…and know (y)ourself in it”

In love and light,
Jay Allan Luboff, Author
Harry Pond Looks Homeward, The Spiritual Adventures of an Ohio Farm Boy

“Dance a dance of Light…and know yourself in it”

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

In this chapter quote, we are focused on joy. Where does it come from and what does it have to do with self-knowledge? We all know what dancing is, but we don’t often know the “dance of Light.” This dance is the most important dance I know, for it keeps me focused on what is important …self-love, self-knowledge and a loving view of self and humankind – and in my view this is the prerequisite for real joy. So, what is this dance of Light?

It is an alignment with the universe in a way that allows us to receive and accept our highest good! Dancing is always wonderful from my point of view, but to dance in the Light is a special grace that we give ourselves that requires “allowing” Great Spirit to work through us, expressing the peace and joy of the Oneness we are. What kind of dance is this? What does it look like? It is fundamentally a dance with four steps: listening to the voice of the Oneness within us; hearing what’s being said; doing the actions that we are guided to do to grow our spiritual selves; and, allowing the existence of the familiar and the new to stand side-by-side within us – as we are taken in the dance.

It has often been said in spiritual circles that being aligned with the Oneness within us puts us in harmony with a true state of peace, harmony, grace, love, and the abundance of all things Divine. Conversely, not being aligned with the Oneness within can produce chaos, separation, a sense of aloneness and poverty of spirit. So, “Dance a dance of Light…and know yourself in it,” is the call within each of us to align (once again) to the harmonies of the universe.

Well, …where do these harmonies come from? How do I learn this dance? The answer has to do, with learning to align ourselves with the four steps of the dance described above: listening, hearing, doing and allowing. Knowledge of these four “dance steps” is key to understanding not only the dance, but also our own unique harmonies that we each have come to express in it.

So, to learn this dance, let’s learn first to “listen.” And the thing we must do when we learn this step is to understand that we have two voices within us, one that focuses on our daily tasks and activities in life “just get ‘em done” – this one I call the “practical voice or mind” within us; and a second voice that focuses on guiding us as to “how” to do those daily tasks in a way that supports our ongoing self-knowledge, spiritual growth and love. To practice this step of listening, we need to focus our attention as much as we can during the day to “tune in” to that voice that wants to guide us to harmony. This, I know, is not always easy. Most often during the day, we do what we do without thinking about anything else. But to learn to dance the dance of Light,” our first step is to turn, like we do with a radio channel, our station to the one that allows us to consciously listen to the voice of our guidance.

“Nobody has a better way to see than you; nobody can ask but you”

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Who are we? Why are we here? These questions seem to be the core of so many, many philosophies, religions and other spiritual and/or Socratic inquiries. As I see it, these are THE important questions once we all decide to turn our minds and hearts away from other, more “practical” questions of life like, “How do I pay the rent?” or “What’s for dinner?” These latter questions relate to how are we going to live well today on this oft times incomprehensible and scary planet on which we live. Without a focus on these “basics,” inquiry related to who and what we are, can be felt to be superfluous to our daily survival.

So, why, you might ask, do I say that these other questions related to self and self-knowledge are THE important ones? After all, how we take care of our basic needs on the Earth really provides the backdrop for a good life, and these practical needs and focused thoughts about how to meet them are primary. And to this, I would say, “yes” and “no.” The reason is that in my view, the need to know who we are, and our purpose in life are critical factors in our success at meeting the practical needs in a way that brings wholeness, contentment, self-awareness, and love flowing into and through our lives.

We do not exist alone. “No man is an island” it is said. When I first heard this phrase, I thought it had to do with the fact that wo/mankind is a “social animal,” and like other species that have an instinct to band together, we have that same characteristic. In truth, even though I thought that that might be the meaning of those words, I simply didn’t know what they really meant. Of course, I would think, … we need each other to make surviving on Earth easier, but fundamentally, I am, and everyone else is alone!

“Even free spirits still need to free their hearts to learn to fly” Part 2

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Thought when combined with emotion, it has been said, are the drivers behind all manifestation. That is, while we may desire something in our minds, it is not until we bring our heart love/energy to bear upon it that the creation comes into place. There is an old Walt Disney song, written by the Sherman brothers, who wrote the music for Mary Poppins, that goes like this:

“Man has a dream and that’s a start
He follows his dream with mind and heart
And when it becomes a reality
It’s a dream come true to for you and me.”

The words of this song express precisely the role that the mind and heart play in “learning to fly.” In my view, all positive “dreams” come from listening and receiving visions of the path we can take that will result in our spiritual wholeness i.e., really “learning to fly” from a place of our unique Divine identity. This requires listening to the higher part of our self.

We all know, though, that not all creations on Earth focus on positive outcomes. Wars can be created with passions fueled by anger, jealousy or rage. So, “learning to fly” is really a unique goal that has to do with “spirit.” To reach this goal, following our dreams or visions and making them reality with our mind only is not enough, it takes the “charging” of our dreams with our heart’s love to really provide the impetus for creating what we want. In this regard, a “free spirited” person wishing to truly learn to “fly” will want to create a profound relationship with his or her heart. It has been said, “love makes the world go round.” For me, this is true…but it is also true that God or Great Spirit is the LOVE that moves the world. So, for those wanting to “learn to fly,” listening to the spirit within for self-knowledge, wisdom and vision on the path homeward is, indeed, the path of the heart … and as Harry Pond calls it, the Path of the Master.

In love and light,
Jay Allan Luboff, Author
Harry Pond Looks Homeward, The Spiritual Adventures of an Ohio Farm Boy

“Even free spirits still need to free their hearts to learn to fly”

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

The term “free spirit” needs to be understood in terms of its component parts and how I define the words “free,” and “Spirit.” So, let me start at the beginning. In my own learning and view, at a core place within us all, we are all “free.” To me this means that we have free will to: a) know ourselves, and b) learn to fly, once we learn to know ourselves. So, it is the “spirit” of self-knowledge within us that allows the potential within us to “learn to fly.” My definition of “flying” is to be completely full of such self-love, self-contentment and bliss that life feels like a positively magical journey in every moment, 24/7. No small task, but in the ideal, that is what “flying” means to me.

So, “learning to fly” means to me to be on the runway practicing taking off and having some real experiences under one’s belt of that positive and magical feeling towards life.

Now, this may not be the same definition that “free spirit” has in the general culture, but it is the one I like and I will tell you why. The general cultural definition (Oxford English dictionary) of a “free spirit” is a person with a highly individual or unique attitude, lifestyle, or imagination; a nonconformist; an independent or uninhibited person. That being said, that person may or may not know themselves, may or may not be constructive with their life and actions, may, or not be in a place of self-loving at all, and thus may or may not have an attitude and stance towards life that would enable them “to fly.” So, this definition doesn’t work for me because a true “free spirit” in my view wishes not only to express their uniqueness, no matter how different, but most of all also seeks that self-knowledge that can lead to happiness and the magical presence of joy.

So, what does the “heart” have to do with this. After all, the chapter quote from Harry Pond Looks Homewards says, “Even free spirits still need to free their hearts to learn to fly.” What this points to is the fact that even though we all at core are free to (learn to) fly, it is the “heart” that is the leading pathway to being able to do this. And this is what I want to talk about most in this blog: the heart.