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PRESENCE, THE MOMENT, TRUTH; ALL LEAD TOWARDS HIGHER AWARENESS
Posted on October 25, 2014 by Ines
In my own life, I took a conscious decision many years ago that I wanted quality in my life. It was a conscious decision that I wanted people around me that are prepared to say “yes” and to take responsibility for themselves – and who do not just take energy by saying “no”, not taking responsibility for themselves and resist being present in different way.
Truth is a quality in the moment. It arises when we have trust to what happens and when we are in contact with what Existence wants us to do. This quality makes the moment shine with an inner joy and satisfaction. It gives a deep inner satisfaction, which radiates on the outside as love like pebbles creates waves on water.
When we say “yes” to the truth of the moment, our whole being expands.
Presence is about daring to stay in a quality of “not knowing”. Presence is about resting in the silence and emptiness within without knowing what the next step will be. Presence is about daring to rest in the emptiness within, which has no past or future and where authentic impulses arise in the moment.
In the therapeutic process based on love and awareness, there exists no “I” – just a presence, a love and a truth in the moment.
It is to live in trust and appreciation for what life chooses to offer. It is to float with the river of life; it is to rest on the river.
The depth in healing – and therapeutic work comes basically from the capacity to allow things to be as they are, without any wish that they should be different than they are and without any will to change them. This means for the therapist to develop an accepting attitude, a trust and a compassion, for how life develops moment to moment.
To work from our inner being is to meet another person in love, joy, meditation and silence without any barrier in-between.
When the therapist can rest in himself without intention, without ambition, without trying and without fighting, then every new opportunity to meet a client becomes a source of joy.
It becomes a joy to work with people on a spiritual plane, to act for that which is larger than ourselves.
Presence is about finding our own unique way of being and working with people. It is about working from the authentic inner being from the meditative quality within us, from the inner source of love and truth. It is about discovering what we really want to share with other people. It is about discovering that which really touches us and awakes a deep feeling of joy and meaning to share with other people.
When we are authentic, when we act from presence and awareness, it also gives nourishment to the inner being of the people around us.
Life doesn’t come with a manual. The challenge of life is to learn to trust life. I try to teach my clients to discover their own inner being and to learn to listen to their own heart, to trust their own intuition, joy, intelligence, inner light and understanding. Working with people from awareness is based on the understanding that our advice is only authentic when it comes from our own insight, understanding and experience.
The spiritual exercises work because we are all ONE. It’s basically working out of that which is already perfect within a person. Working with people from awareness is basically about seeing what develops and expands the inner being of a person. It is about bringing forth into the light of awareness the unconscious psychological patterns that prevents a person from being in contact with his own authentic self. It is about seeing what prevents a person from being nourished from his inner source of love, joy, acceptance, truth, silence, wisdom and wholeness. It is about seeing what expands the total being of a person both in relation to himself, in relation to other people, in relation to creativity and in relation to the Whole to be able to take further steps in his spiritual growth.
Neuroses and psychiatric problems basically have its roots in a feeling of not being love, of not being part of the Whole. People with psychiatric problems have lost their contact with their own roots. They have lost contact with the inner being, with their inner center. They have lost contact with their own inner source of love, truth and wholeness.
In reality, we are really one with the other person. We are not separated from the other person. Through giving love to the other person, we are really giving love to ourselves. When we give love to another person, we are really giving love to the WHOLE. We are all ONE.
So, here are some exercises that I used and still use on myself and suggest them to my clients.
- What does it mean to be present?
An exercise that you can do alone or together with a partner is to discuss what it means to be present for yourself and for another person. If you do this exercise for yourself, you can write one page on this question.
[*]Inner Presence – thoughts, feelings and body
Begin this exercise by sitting comfortably, close your eyes, allow yourself to sink into yourself. Tune in with a feeling of presence, with an inner space, which can include and embrace everything that happens inside yourself right now. Let this inner presence contain an accepting attitude that everything that happens within yourself right now is perfect exactly as it is. Let this presence be a soft inner space to be conscious about and to watch what happens inside right now without any desire to change what is happening within and without any wish it should be different than it is. When you have found this inner presence, then first go with your attention to the thoughts and watch what is happening in the thoughts without any judgement or evaluation. You are practising being an observer, let the thoughts be like clouds that comes and go on the sky of consciousness without any wish to stop them or prevent the clouds from coming and going. Then go with your attention to the feelings and be aware about and watch what is happening in the feelings right now.
Finally go with your attention to the physical body and be aware how the body is feeling right now and what physical sensations you can experience without any wish to change these sensations.
[*]Presence – The Inner Source of Love, Truth and Wholeness
An exercise that you can do for yourself or together with a partner is to explore what stands in the way of being in contact with your inner source of love and truth. If you do this exercise for yourself you can write one page about this question.
[*]That which is already perfect within
This meditation aims on developing our presence, the inner “yes”- quality, the meditative quality within. Begin this meditation by sitting comfortably, close your eyes and watch everything that happens inside yourself in the thoughts, the feelings and the physical sensations with an accepting attitude that everything that happens within right now is perfect exactly as it is. This accepting attitude develops the inner being and creates a larger space and a freedom within ourselves.
[*]To listen from the heart and the mind
This exercise together with a partner aims on exploring the difference between listening from the heart and the mind. Begin this exercise by sitting opposite of your partner, and then your partners begins to talk on a subject; for example: “My relationships” or “Parenting”. You first begin to listen to your partner only from the mind and then slowly change to listening from the heart. Then share with your partner how you experienced the different between listening from the heart and the mind and how your partner experienced the difference between talking to a partner that first only listens from the mind and then from the heart.
Then change roles so that the partner who listened is now talking .
These exercises are not going to change your life overnight nor are they going to fix everything, but they are good start to partake with yourself and keep your mind from wandering to things that are not important. The moment is important, the presence of now is all that is real, the past is done and the future doesn’t exist. It’s a good start to learn how to live in the presence of your greatness and grandness, your own divinity that you have forgotten you have and that what you truly are.
Thanks to Ines at: http://inesradman.wordpress.com