In the legacy of life, I will have received two gifts: what I gave to myself and what I brought to this world. I will remind myself daily how I intend to live my life: boredom and fear, struggle and suffering, are prompts from Soul to move beyond my present life experience and perception, to the next adventure in my own “evolution”. I will stop living my life vicariously, I will abandon who I was and surrender to who I can be.
I will practice taking care of myself first and from this place of Knowingness, find the energy, vitality, inspiration and integrity, to be of service to others - where needed.
I will take care to not be distracted, to lose my sense of self in the noise and nonsense that may appear to be part of my experience. I will not be discouraged, I will not allow myself to be overshadowed by thought or feeling, emotion or perception; to become a slave to circumstance or situations that present themselves as part of my daily life.
I will be clear and consistent, I will be constant in the discovery and expression of my authentic Self, I will listen to the validity of my own inner voice - to guide and support. I will listen to the wisdom of my own inner integrity, I will thrive on the commitments I have made to what feels important, right and true for me; I will become what I already/always Am.
While life may feel like a struggle, I will remind myself of its promise and potential. I will be conscious of my current life experience and the present set of beliefs I harbor towards myself, others, and the world I live in.
Sooner or later, I will learn to question all beliefs I have about myself and the world I live in. I will examine, reflect, and revise those beliefs; I will recognize them for what they are: a set of self-engendered, impermanent ideas, which can only guide and inform.
In Spirit, I believe without a doubt all things are possible. I choose to believe in a future unshaped by external circumstance: I choose to see it shaped instead by the creative capacity of my own inner wisdom and Self.
Self-intimacy demands I live “my” truth regardless of the consequences. I was born to cultivate a dream, to share it with humanity. To know is not enough, I will take mindful action towards the intentions and desires, the dreams and visions, which speak, call, and inspire. The quality of this journey proceeds from the quality of the choices I make for this adventure.
Every choice I make is an action, every step I take - perfect. I will pursue choices in life that cultivate my dreams; I will live those aspirations like no other. I will elevate the gifts and talents I have been given, to create the world I envision.
What dreams and visions do I have for my life now?
The innocence of desire is the language of Soul; I will listen. What I desire, I appear to become. Where I find inspiration, I will also find joy; where I find joy, I will find the life throb of the ages. I may not know where I’m going, but I can always listen softly: I can let the miracle of inspiration and intuition guide me.
I will weave a dream of greatness by living a life fulfilled desire.
I will be aware of the fact I am aware, I will be mindful of where I place attention. I will notice Who I Am Being in every moment. I will be witness to every thought and action. I will attend to each moment with an attitude of acceptance and allowing, and practice compassion when I appear to fail.
I will define Self by Who I am Being - not by what I am thinking or doing.
I will rest in Self and in this silence - remember. In silence, I will remember the Universe dwells within me - as me. I will come to know this One Self through the wisdom of experience and Knowing, which lies here and now - everywhere and always. I will awaken to the ever-present silence behind a so-called mind.
My authentic Self is intuitive, creative, nourishing and wise.
I will meditate on this Self, I will rest quietly in this Self, I will center as THAT Self. Daily, I will rediscover the life expression of this One Spirit. I will connect easily and effortlessly with the inner wisdom and Knowing that is THAT Self. I will find peace and thrive; Knowing I AM THAT Self.
I see THAT Self reflected in the numerous leaves and branches of a single Oak tree. I walk its path on the top of a hundred glacial mountain peaks. I experience THAT Self on the shores of a thousand ocean beaches and in a million beams of sunshine.
A single moment of Self-awareness is worth a thousand good deeds. Mastery of the mind awakens the magic of the One Great Soul. The purpose of meditation is not to acquire, gain or attain - but reveal.
Realization lies in stillness. My mind is still, my breath is deep, my body is quiet. In silence, mind remembers and body knows.
Self-knowledge produces the wisdom of wholeness and the experience of inner perfection. When mind is quiet and still - there can only be joy, in silence - there can only be bliss, in solitude - there is a simplicity and contentment in Being. In solitude, Self is already awake; in solitude, Self always belongs to Self.
Awareness within is the source and substance of all my good. I express gratitude and reverence for Self.
Innocence, joy, and freedom dwell within THAT Self.
What brings meaning and purpose - also brings joy. In awareness, I find infinite, unbounded freedom. All life flows from me - not to me. I AM the source of joy and suffering in life. As I cultivate inner awareness of Spirit - as joy, I need no outside stimulus.
Life is effortless when I am aware of my own inner perfection; peace exists here - in this ever-present moment called now.
I surrender to the nobility I AM - I abandon all that I’m not.
Words/Images by michael sean symonds