A Podcast Exploring Spirituality, Mindfulness & Meditation

Groupism, Identity, and Character – Ep.191

Giraffes

Groupism: We choose our “team” in many areas of life and then stick with them and oppose all others. And worse, if we get sucked in completely, we let the group and/or its leader have total power over our own intelligence, wisdom and heart.

Human Beings as a whole make up one group. We come together after tragedies, etc. When an extraterrestrial threat happens we come together. We should live that way all the time. We have the ability to always follow the golden rule and treat others as brothers and sisters. Always. All the time.

Then Chris discussed these character traits:

Classy: adjective – 1. of high class, rank, or grade; stylish; admirably smart; elegant.

Graceful: adjective – 1. characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant.

Authentic: adjective – 1. representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified.

Kingly: adjective – 1. stately or splendid, as resembling, suggesting, or befitting a king; regal.

Royal: adjective – 1. descended from or related to a king or line of kings.

Sagacious: adjective – 1. having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd.

Wise: adjective – 1. having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.

Serene: adjective – 1. calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled.

Poise: noun – 1. a state of balance or equilibrium. 2. a dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession. 3. steadiness; stability.

Honor: noun – 1. honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions.

Chris ended this episode with a wonderful quote from Henry David Thoreau:

“I have learned this, at least, by my experiment, that if one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavors to live the life that they have imagined, they will meet with success unexpected in common hours. They will put some things behind and pass an invisible boundary. New more Universal and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within this one. The old laws will be expanded and interpreted in their favor. And one begins to live with the license of a higher order of being.

“If you have built castles in the air your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”

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Relying More and More on Your Inner Guidance, and Frustration Is a Gift – Ep.190

Sunset in Colorado Springs

After a year of not speaking publicly about it, Chris discusses his metamorphosis last year.

Frustration… Chris read from Tony Robbins’ book about the message that frustration is giving you, and the solution to handling it elegantly.

Walk on the “smoother” part of the trail (in someone else’s footsteps) for as long as that particular trail is still the one you want to be on.

Discomfort prods you — but be sure to move forward, not backward!

Chris has been on an effective spiritual path for many years. And last year his training seems to have been bumped up to the next level of progress – morphing his practice and himself into something much more subtle.

Chris read three passages from 365 Tao: 118 Guidance, 124 Defiance, and 140 Dissent.

One way of stating the goal of human life: Becoming a “perfect” human being like the great souls of the past — having no religion or politics or anything!

Also Chris touched on the role of a guide.

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Mindfulness with Bruce Langford – Ep.189

Dunes

My guest is Bruce Langford, host of the Mindfulness Mode podcast. He is also a Pause Your Life meetup facilitator.

Enjoy our chat about mindfulness – the practical application and how it can can help you, as well as some deeper ideas about how mindfulness works. Bruce has interviewed hundreds of people who are using mindfulness and he shares some of his best stories here.

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Practical Wisdom, Spiritual Determination, and Putting the Election in Perspective – Ep.188

Hackelbarney State Park

I basically did a solo Walk-n-Talk in Hacklebarney State Park in New Jersey.

I touched on several topics:

Being Considerate (one of Chris’s Driving Analogy), Raising Your Conscious Awareness, Determination, Higher Perspective, Putting the Election in Perspective, Being Open to the Flow and Influence of Nature, Accepting the Influence of Nature, Wisdom…

What are your thoughts?

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Energetic Upgrading with Yasmina – Ep.187

Sunset at Black Canyon, Colorado

Be a fly on the wall for my deep chat with Yasmina Bauernfeind, multidimensional energy-specialist. 

Yasmina tells us why this Fall of 2016 is an ideal time to raise your consciousness. Veils are thinning – grit is being taken off… Your energetic upgrading is being accelerated.

In higher dimensions, there is no time, space, duality or locality. We talk about a kind of new approach — merging from within — expanding through experience.

Support and strength from the entities/beings in the spiritual realms comes in words, feelings, images, etc. Listen to your inner promptings. Be aware that your own doubt is an obstacle. And, of course, it is not possible for the mind to comprehend higher dimensions.

Listening — sometimes we hear reflections from the lower planes which appear in the form of fear or agitation. This is not true intuition. Idea: If an intuition comes 3 times then it’s probably genuine intuition.

It’s a conducive time to claim your own authority, your own sovereignty. Get out of old ruts and the thinking that, “I’m not able to take responsibility for making my own choices.”

Self-Love is how to deal with negativity and condemnation from others. You drop into it (Self-Love) and then there’s no duality, negativity, etc.

We ended with Yasmina giving a short message to those who want to progress spiritually but may be experiencing lots of pain and suffering.

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And check out Yasmina’s websites:

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The Field of Randomness, Karma, and Superstition – Ep.186

Colorado

First Chris read a passage from 365 Tao titled Horizon, which revealed the necessity to view your life from a higher vantage point so you can see things on the horizon as they approach you. When you don’t see something coming and it hits you hard, you may feel like the universe is punishing you, but if you saw it coming you could have easily avoided it, or at least prepared for it. This is wisdom.

Lifting your gaze above small, day-to-day occurrences that may seem to be good or bad “luck.” Avoid the trap of superstition!

What Leonard Mlodinow (in The Drunkard’s Walk) calls “randomness” is the scientific word for the phenomenon/field in which “karma” is able to be delivered. “Karma” = the reflection of ourselves taking the form of circumstances.

The world is vibrating and plastic, and consciousness directs the formation of things and circumstances using the atoms, etc. as it wills. 

Like the construction of a fractal, the small happenings in life can seem random but the superstructure which they form is predictable and unavoidable (and beautiful!). Consciousness designs that form and then the universe, via its vibrating tiny parts, fulfills that design.

Chris tells the story of his finding Sahaj Marg meditation. It could have happened a month before or the year after. Or via internet or via word of mouth. But it was ready to happen and GOING to happen due to the student and the teacher being ready. Some higher intelligence facilitated that circumstance.

Pure randomness vs karma, fate, etc?

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Zach Bellows – Ep.185

fledgling bird

This is the fledgling bird that crash landed on Zach and sat beside him as we were having our chat. (You can hear when it happened in the audio!)

Enjoy my deep conversation with Zach Bellows which we recorded in a park near a coffee shop. He shares so many spiritual insights. And halfway through a fledgling bird crash landed on Zach’s head and then it sat next to him for the rest of our chat.

I met Zach at our Pause Your Life meetup group here in Colorado Springs.

Zach is a teacher, musician and composer. And a person who genuinely wants to know what’s beyond our mundane auto-pilot lives.

Here are some of the topics we discussed:

  • Continuous peace
  • The lie that creates your life – that you are separate from Love/God
  • A Course in Miracles
  • Discernment
  • The spiritual goal
  • Listen and Follow
  • What is real
  • Trust
  • The worst you can do is delay
  • Fledgling bird
  • Forgiveness
  • No private thoughts and no people pleasing
  • There is no death

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Entering the Fall of the Ego – Ep.184

Aspen Tree in the fall

Ushering in the Fall of the Ego! To reduce the ego, of course  😉

First Chris encouraged you to sign up for the Mid-Week Pause emails here

Then we discuss the Ego. How does it show up in our lives?

Blatantly: A person is disrespectful, obnoxious, they assume they are MUCH more important than others, their time is more important than other people’s time, they are totally focused on their possessions, and upset when they don’t get every little superficial thing that they want, etc.

Subtly: Me, my and mine. Identifying with and being attached to things, etc.

Then Chris made some spiritual analogies via two audio engineering terms called Signal-to-Noise Ratio, and Noise Reduction. One analogy: Signal = the heart, Noise = the mind.

Finished the episode underscoring how much nature can clear your mind…

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Serenity – Ep.183

Mueller State Park, Colorado

In this episode we complete our “Summer of As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen. This section is titled Serenity. (Actual excerpt below). FYI, if you want to start listening from the beginning of the book, we began this special series with episode 175.

What a summer — what a book! And next week we begin the next phase of The Mystic Show 😉

Serenity

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.

A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.

The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanour is strongly equable.

The strong, calm man is always loved and revered. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. “Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character, which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold—yea, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life—a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the Eternal Calm!

“How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control. How few people we meet in life who are well balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!

Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is blown about by anxiety and doubt only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.

Tempest-tossed souls, wherever ye may be, under whatsoever conditions ye may live, know this: In the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling, and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought. In the bark of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep: wake Him. Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!

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