The Ego and The Spirit : Voices We Need to Hear

Voices We Need To Hear

This post is a follow-up to Hope’s Wisdom Dialogues Episode Called How the Ego Controls our Minds, written by Gail Florence.

Humans are beings who are most conscious of their decisions, beliefs and feelings. The human mind has a capacity for a person to choose among many possibilities. However, how much is the human aware of his freedom of choice? In this blog, it delves into some insight on what goes on in a person’s mind. It shares about the ego and the spirit that guide humans throughout their lives. Read more to find out the difference of these two special voices within us.

The Ego

First, we look into the ego. In a spiritual context, the ego is a voice that seems so natural to us because we always listen to it. Hope Johnson describes it as the voice controlling our mind, choices and beliefs. We are even unconscious that we are always following the musings and conniving of the ego.

To make an analogy, Hope Johnson shares a story where one of her friends talked about a guy who stole from her. This friend decided to go around and warn everyone about it. There’s a belief in the friend that if the guy gets away with stealing, he’s going to continue doing it. The ego works this way too. It convinces us that our assumptions are real. It is “teaching your mind that you are a separate self and you’re vulnerable to someone stealing from you”, (Johnson, 2019).

The ego convinces us to believe in illusions…

The ego, a voice which has grown into us, convinces us to believe in illusions. Illusions such as we will receive punishment when we make a mistake, we are inadequate so we need to gain and gain, we are … so we feel guilty. Once we allow the ego to determine our actions, we feel anxious, fearful, and little. Because of it being a part of us our entire lives, we choose the illusions offered to us no matter if we feel scared about them. We do this because we believe they are normal. Many people choose the same decisions, ambitions and vulnerabilities, we are hesitant to unbelieve the ego.

Hope Johnson continuous to explain that the ego seems real in the moment. So, we are convinced. She adds, “You’re choosing to use illusions to make you into something you’re not because you’re afraid. You think that you’re guilty for having separated yourself from reality. And in thinking this, you believe that you deserve punishment. So this world is a substitute for that. You are running away from this punishment, which is what you think and believe is a punishment by death, a certain death,” (Johnson, 2019).

Understand too, the ego is protective. It wants to preserve the thoughts it projects. Because it appears that way, Hope Johnson adds, “…you follow the ego’s guidance. Otherwise you’re not going to do it right. You’re just going to lose in the world. It looks like you have to go that way,” (Johnson, 2019). What happens then, we don’t discern the truth anymore because we cling to the protection or defense that the ego projects.

For example, when we eat because of stress, the ego will convince us that it is all right to consume a bunch of fatty and sugary treats. It will tell us, “I will protect you from the emotional pain you are going thru by allowing you to eat all the ice cream”. We do get a momentary joy or relief but, once the ice cream is gone, is the pain gone too? Unless we resolve what pains us, we know, deep in our hearts, the pain is just lurking within us. The reality is, ache is our real feeling, but the ego convinces us that we can escape it thru consuming ‘happy’ food. The question now is, are we enjoying ice cream as it is while we use it as a defense? Is there are true relishing of the sweetness, fruit or cookie tidbits, and creaminess constituting the ice cream? Are we honoring the ice cream as it is or are we using it simply as a tool to make us escape from a trapped feeling?

The influence of our decisions and beliefs…

Why do we need to hear the ego at this moment? It is for us to realize that it may be the voice that has been influencing our decisions and beliefs throughout our lives. So, how do we unlisten from the ego? We listen to the spirit voice. Just like the ego, it is a guidance. What makes it different and way better than the ego is, it is a guidance that comforts. Hope Johnson describes, “…the Spirit’s guidance, it’s like a still small voice, like a still small voice and it feels like a comfort that doesn’t have anything to do with the world though. It’s like this tiny voice telling you, ‘You’re beyond the world, you’re beyond the world’”,(Johnson, 2019).

The spirit voice gives us a relief after listening to all the constricting thoughts created by the ego. It is a calm that feels nothing happened or is happening. People believe this comfort is an, “idea that they’re going to get what they want in the world. That’s not the kind of comfort because it always has an opposite to it. … The comfort the spirit is offering you is that you are beyond the worlds. You are beyond the world and whatever occurs in the world, does not ever touch you,” (Johnson, 2019).

Lean to the spirit’s guidance

Once we lean to the spirit’s guidance, “everything is a benefit,” (Johnson, 2019). We start to see that even undesirable circumstances in our lives are teaching us something. Rather than seeing them as mistakes, we start to see them as opportunities for learning. When we flow through those moments of learning, we laugh at those we believe were mistakes. It is a laughter that allows situations to let them be. We are not controlling them anymore but just allowing them to flow.

When we listen to the spirit’s guidance, we are surrendering our want to control or hold on, our fears, anxieties, and reasons of our sadness and anger. We simply allow for the natural to just flow through.

“And that’s where the fun comes in. That’s where the fun of it all comes in when you recognize that you don’t have freewill like that. You have freedom of choice, freedom of choice, but not free will. And you recognize that. That’s where the fun comes in because this illusion what’s occurring on the surface can play out any way. You’re still always free to be yourself. You’re still always free to make that choice that serves you and everyone else at the same time who’s actually you and is undoing that self – belief and as that self-belief is getting undone, you get to have all of the fun. …things get more and more joyful for you because there’s not this fear of, ‘What’s going to happen to me?’”, (Johnson, 2019).

How does the spirit voice start to grow on us? When we are willing to listen to it, that’s where it starts. Recognize and accept your spirit voice for how long you want until it is your natural. If you have obeyed your ego your entire life, now is the moment for the spirit to sweep it away. Gift yourself the calm and peace that your mind wants to return to. Remember that it is up to us to accept the truth that nothing happened. Hope Johnson encourages us that it only takes a willingness, even a little, to start believing it instead.

The Truth of Choice

Truth Of Choice

This post is a follow-up to Hope’s Wisdom Dialogues Episode Called How the Ego Controls our Minds, written by Gail Florence.

One of the timeless questions asked is the existence (or non-existence) of free will. Some believe in it, the others don’t. Are we beings who simply follow the ebb and tide of life? Do we really make choices as we move along each day? Let’s find out more as this blog talks about the real meaning of choice.

We think we are making a choice when we choose between two things. For example, Am I going to eat chocolate or vanilla ice cream?,Am I attending to this event? Am I marrying this person? Am I going to work today? The list goes on but all these are just choices from the surface. They are simply illusions of choice, worldly thoughts that we give so much meaning and time. Hope Johnson enlightens us that there is a deeper choice – making, an orchestration from a higher place in the mind. It is listening and agreeing to the voices of our minds. There are two important voices we are offered – the ego and the spirit.

Ego provides with meaning to our thoughts

To put it simply, the ego provides us with meanings to our thoughts. It makes us believe that our feelings are effects of different situations. When we believe these illusions are real, we become vulnerable. On the other hand, the spirit provides us with the truth. It allows us to just feel our emotions. It also gives us choices where we feel happy, relieved, and content.

Naturally, we think of so many thoughts. It is the most automatic function of the mind. It is not about it being the brain or a bodily organ, but as its essence. Whatever thoughts pop out or flow, we don’t have a choice in them. What we can do about them is agreeing, disagreeing, accepting, rejecting, believing, or shrugging them off. It is where freedom of choice comes in.

Am Unconscious Choice

Are thoughts wrong? Are they a problem? No, it is agreeing with them over and over again that is the problem. For example, when we go through a rough patch in our relationship, a lot come into our mind – the events that lead to the conflict, regrets, happy moments with the person, depressing thoughts and so on. Continuously lingering in these things and allowing our minds to constrict because we choose to just believe them, creates the problem. Hope Johnson says it becomes “an unconscious choice because people don’t realize they’re making that choice”. In reality, we are choose to think of the relationship constantly and what came along with it.

What is truth then? What is reality? Reality is the state of being natural, simply allowing the flow of life in the stream of day to day. It is recognizing our feelings and returning to them. We don’t police ourselves all the time when we are thinking this and that. It is just an allowing to let things be until we achieve comfort and inner peace. Hope Johnson beautifully adds, “You’re always making that choice and to choose recognizing the truth just takes a little bit of willingness.” (Johnson, 2019)

Recognize that our freedom lies in choosing the thoughts that will help us go through the motion of life. Become aware of what goes thru your mind and if you allow negative ones only, you have the freedom to change them. Even if the norm will persuade you to continue trusting the ego, you can always lean to the comfort of the spirit. The spirit maybe a tiny voice at first but believe it is within you. It is up to you to lift it up in your mind and make it your focus. Allow yourself to be encouraged by Hope Johnson as she explains,

You’re still always free…

“You’re still always free to be yourself. You’re still always free to make that choice that serves you and everyone else at the same time. … And as that self-belief is getting undone, you get to have all of the fun. You have to have more and more on things, get more and more joyful because there’s not this fear of, ‘what’s going to happen to me?’ … It’s just a matter of it, of looking at that thought your guidance, with your good guide. You could say it with your good guide,” (Johnson, 2019).

We conclude by giving you something to reflect on. What do you choose? Will you give in to your thoughts no matter how they constrict you? Will you choose to linger in those that make you feel guilty, fearful, and anxious? Would you rather opt for letting go of what was and what will be? Will you allow yourself to feel and just let it flow?

Diluting the Value of Thoughts

This post is a follow-up to Hope’s Wisdom Dialogues Episode Called Seeing Past Perception, written by Gail Florence.

When a situation occurs, there is always this question whether it is a blessing or curse, a boon or bane or a gift or learning. We can see having these dichotomies imply how much we interpret our surroundings and experiences. We tend to think something can be bad or good for us. Whichever seems to progress, people believe it was because of the power of the mind or thoughts. So, we can hear commentaries like, “I practiced positive visualization so, now, I reached this achievement,” or “I always thought bad things will happen and now, I failed my exam.” It even comes to a point where personalities are labelled and declared as, “I am always a negative person,” or “She is so positive all the time.”

We can also examine in ourselves what kinds of thoughts we tend to put on replay in our minds, and what interpretations we tend to claim as true. The reason we believe a thought is real is it has a feeling attached to it. For example, when we see someone as annoying, we believe she is truly so because we feel annoyance, too. Another is, when a dog passes by, we believe it is frightening because we feel frightened as well. Lastly, when we fail at an interview, we believe we are unskilled because we feel inadequate. Then, a blame-game occurs and the negativity ripples.

It is okay to choose it…

So, is it about choosing a positive outlook in life? It is okay to choose it. However, it is more on diluting the value we put into our thoughts and just feeling what we feel whenever a situation comes up. It is how negative feelings become acknowledged rather than denied or suppressed. We recognize annoyance, hurt, fear, anger, sadness and the like to see what’s causing them. We can ask ourselves, “Why is this anger arising from me?”

However, pointing our fingers to other people or a particular situation as the cause of the anger is just buying into the surface perceptions. We need to be willing to go beneath the surface reasons in order to see what’s causing the emotion.

So, when we get angry in front of someone, we can watch the angry feeling and see how it flows out. The moment of seeing is also the moment for healing. Healing it means we are recognizing we are just projecting the anger by believing in angry-inducing thoughts and no one is truly making us mad. Likewise, when we find other people judging, disrespecting, or getting pissed at us, we can heal it by seeing what it is for. We can stop believing others are victimizing us and make a choice for the truth.

Any upset feeling arising like anger, fear, inadequacy or sadness is a blessing. It is an opportunity for us to see what thoughts we are holding against ourselves and we are just making them up. It is like a miracle taking place because recognizing and undoing them changes the way we look at ourselves and the world.

Love is always present and waiting to be recognized again…

In reality, there is only love within us. It is always present and waiting for us to recognize it again. When we see through the eyes of love, we can laugh at any thought nudging in our minds and admit we are just making them up. We can also acknowledge positive and negative feelings and see what’s causing them. So, when there is an upset feeling, we can go back to the truth of our nature after recognizing what the feeling is for. We can also extend calm, joy and love at any moment to others sharing energy with us.

Freedom of Choice, Love and Food: How the Spiritual Sees Them

Freedom of Choice, Love and Food

This post is a follow-up to Hope’s Wisdom Dialogues Episode Called How the Ego Controls our Minds, written by Gail Florence.

What is the essence of choice, love and food? What does it mean to choose, love and eat? Are we just going thru life believing in ideas that seem true? This blog shares some insight in the freedom of choice, love and food. Read more and find out their spiritual importance.

Freedom of Choice

One of the most debatable issues more than politics (maybe) is the human being’s freedom. When we realize we have so much freedom, every kind of possibility pops in our minds like mushrooms. It feels like we are standing in front of a buffet table that offers every dish of each country. The numerous choices leaves us confused rather than joyful even if we are ‘free’.

Our minds are full of choices offered by two special voices – the ego and the spirit. The ego lays out thoughts that seem to be natural happenings in the real world while the spirit taps for the human being to just accept feelings. The ego will give meaning to every thought we linger in. The spirit will comfort and relieve the mind from such meanings. The ego will make us think that it is better to feel guilt, fearful, anxious, and upset because everybody else are doing so, they are the norm. The spirit, on the other hand, will just allow our minds to feel a sense of peace until we can laugh off negativity.

In Hope Johnson’s Wisdom Dialogues episode, the ego constantly convinces us of illusions that seem to be truth. For example, when we surrender to the pressure and accept a job which we are hesitant and not ready for, we just work our butts off in the company and just believe it is the most stressful activity in the world. Then, we quit, look for another job and accept another ordinary one. However, we do this because we don’t want to feel the anxiety and fear of unemployment. The cycle goes on and on without allowing ourselves to fully relish joy, gratitude, contentment and peace-of-mind. We deny ourselves of what makes us truly happy because we are afraid. By listening to the ego, whose claim is we are doing the right thing because we feel guilty if we don’t, positive feelings don’t stand a chance.

The ego convinces us that our negative thoughts are natural. However, our mind has the room for the spirit voice. When we start accepting its message, we allow situations to flow naturally. We release our control of things and simply flow through life. We take our minds to thoughts that are happy, comforting, relieving and innocent. We choose what doesn’t constricts us or scare us.

Freedom of choice comes in when deciding which guide to listen to. Hope Johnson says, “You have two guides in your mind, which thought feels better? There’s options, there’s always options. You get to decide which thought feels better. You’re not going to get it wrong. …You don’t have to go with the more fearful one. You don’t have to go with the one that feels more constrictive,” (Johnson, 2019).

It is up to us where we believe in or which we allow to flow.

Love and Forgiveness

When we allow ourselves to obey the recurring devices of ego, it affects our view and experience of love. Hope Johnson puts it as, “…love is also eternal life. Eternal life is the same thing as love.” When we separate ourselves from reality by believing the conniving and illusions of ego, we go further from love. We need to recognize that there is no separation from love and it is better for our well-being to release ourselves from believing in worldly thoughts. Hope Johnson adds, “We have to be willing to make a choice. Once we’re willing to make a choice, then we’re shortening time and we’re shortening the time it takes for this illusion to be undone and for us to finally not need the dream because we don’t want it anymore. We realize we don’t need something to substitute for reality,” (Johnson, 2019)

So, the ego projects to us illusions of fear, anxiety, being taken advantage of, guilt and so on to our own permission. Starting to recognize which you believe in – truth or illusion, you become alert on what you allow in your mind. Noticing this is an important step to welcome the voice of the spirit. It is also important to allow forgiveness. It is the kind of forgiveness where nothing happened. Hope Johnson says, “In that, you keep on getting uplifted. You become up lifted basically. You keep on getting uplifted because it’s revealed to you that you’re not anything that could be held guilty or accountable or anything like that for anything that occurs in the world, in your mind, anywhere. You just can’t get it wrong,” (Johnson, 2019).

Food

Sometimes, when we are so caught up by the stressful moments in our lives, we automatically turn to objects or activities that we assume can uplift our spirits. As humans, we consider food as a tool, somehow, to make us happy. Of course, it necessary to nourish our body. However, when we consume, for example, an entire box of chocolate because we are depressed, we are denying ourselves of reality. Though we know it is unnecessary to finish up all the chocolates in one go, we listen to the ego who says, “Finish it up because it will make you forget your pain”. We know relief was only a momentary effect because after finishing all the chocolates, we feel bloated. It is how the ego protects. It just showers us with defensive mechanisms that just makes us escape reality. So, we need to accept that our pain stops when we face it and resolve it.

We are also controlled by the idea that we need to maintain a healthy body. We pressure ourselves to fit to the ideal body type. Hope Johnson shares her personal experience and says, “When I was a little kid, it was always taught to me that in order to be thin, fit and have a good body, you basically have to eat food you don’t like… It occurred to me when I was a kid, “I bet you can eat, always eat, food that you like and still have a fit body”. And just in that, there was an energy shift and that’s why I could still recall that moment because it was such a shift. It was just like opening up to another way. It’s not taking on worldly beliefs and what’s being presented to you as if it’s true,” (Johnson, 2019).

Skinny, obese, or a healthy body are not real. They are just illusions that give room to prejudice. We need to remember that the belief of an ideal body type or size is simply to make us feel guilty when we can’t achieve it. So, let food be just food. Relish it as a gift from nature. Believe too, that, “Your mind already knows what you want, the body that you want. Even from the eagle’s perspective, the buyer, your mind already knows what you want,” (Johnson, 2019).

Seeing Past Perception | WD

Seeing Past Perception | WD
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In this episode of Wisdom Dialogues, Hope Johnson shares inspiring insights on different questions and scenarios on recognizing our innermost feelings and healing them with others. Some of the topics discussed are:

  • What can we do about judgment and tolerance?
  • Why do we project a scenario just to get a feeling?
  • Does it make a difference whether I have an emotionally charged reaction rather than staying calm and connected?
  • How do we attack our bodies?
  • Why do we still have experience of body fat, death, being not enough, bad relationships and the like?
  • What is resisting the moment?

Question (Q): What happens when we feel upset? What can we do about judgment and tolerance?


The people around us are reflections of ourselves. So, when we feel upset, they are mirroring it, too. When we recognize that, we can take responsibility for the healing among ourselves and others. The cause of the upset feeling is undone when it is acknowledged other people didn’t do anything and it is just a projection.

So, thoughts of judgement and intolerance can just occur in our minds or projected from feeling. However, the reason we project is we think the thoughts are about us. It is as if we see these traits from others and think they must be ours. However, traits don’t belong to anyone. What is shown is we are buying into something about ourselves which we can give up.

Judgement occurring to us is a blessing because it gets undone when we are aware of it. We can stop believing in it and make another choice at any moment.

Scenario: My company had a personality workshop on who’s introverted and extroverted. However, I didn’t like the idea of being labeled into a personality type because I see myself in between. I felt like being labelled than being inclusive in the class. I started to recoil because I was getting mad and it made me think if it is just my perception or my energy. I didn’t feel excited like the others. What is it about? What am I projecting?
Basically, we are perceiving feelings, and everything else are interpretations of our emotions. We can’t come into contact with others unless there is potential for healing one another. We are sensing with other people and it is a healing opportunity in our minds that is not separate with the people we perceive.
Instead, we can look at the energy playing. What is taking place is an emotional journey between love and fear. Feelings based on fear are hatred, greed, irritation and so on which we can heal with others anytime.

Furthermore, we can see concepts containing people into this or that as fun and entertaining. However, getting angry at it signifies it is being taken as real or maybe, threatening. Normally, when we feel upset, there is a sense of threat. It is the underlying belief keeping the whole world of separation going. The reason we have to run into a make-believe world is to escape the threat.

So, when we get a sense of irritation, we can be open to see what’s causing it. We need to be willing to surrender to the feeling. It is like we are dismissing the messenger by just feeling the feeling and knowing we projected the entire scenario to get the feeling.

Q: Why do we project a scenario just to get a feeling?


It because of what it is for. When the feeling arises, it gives the opportunity for healing it. It is like a miracle because it changes the way we look at the world and who we are. An upset feeling makes us take ourselves as small. However, it an opportunity for us to recognize it and the thoughts we are holding against ourselves. It is an illusion for undoing the guilty self-concept.

Rather, we are on a feeling-ride. Whatever feeling is coming up for us, other people are getting it equally. When we are in projecting mode with other people, they are also sensing it. So, we can withdraw from such energy by allowing ourselves to getting the feeling as it is.

Q: Does it make a difference whether I have an emotionally charged reaction rather than staying calm and connected?


It is all for learning so, however we react, let it occur. So, for example, when our minds are calm, we will stay calm and have the perception of it, too.

The way we react on the surface, to our emotion is not our choice. How we see our reaction is where we have a choice. It means, we remember we are on an energy ride, nothing is happening, we have dominion over our thoughts and we are not a victim of anything.

Q: How do we attack our bodies?


When we find ourselves in a body, we make it seem real. When we see we don’t have a choice on the surface then, we can use all our perceptions for healing. However, when misperceiving is permitted, basically, it is like an attack in the body.

The thoughts we believe make our bodies into something it is not. They are the cause for the body appearing at all and for it to get sick, old, weak or pass away. Nothing or nobody wears us out, only our belief in our thoughts.
When we want to see sickness to heal quickly, we can admit from moment to moment that it is only coming from our minds and we have complete dominion over it. Once the body is being perceived ill, it is all mental commentary more than taking a certain medication for recovery. When we have a hopeful thought and believe in it, we are making the body real and setting it up for sickness. Perceptionaly, it can’t have any sickness at all.

Comment: God is too pure to behold inequity. If we are innocent and pure, we see it wherever we go. Whatever is within we is what we are seeing outside as well.

Whenever we see something as not innocent, we can embrace the feeling within ourselves. It is a matter of getting the feeling of it and knowing we have dominion over it. We are given the power to see through it, and it is how it gets real forgiveness.

Scenario: I experience bloating in my belly some nights. How do I make the painful bloating go away?

The question is coming from an angle which is not helpful because it is focusing on the physical symptom as if it is not a gift. Any physical symptom is a gift of awareness. So, what we want is recovery if we take the bloating as something we want to go away. We can take the mind’s magic trick for it.

If we really want to get to the core of how we perceive bloating, we won’t really care about it because it is not really happening. The bloating is a symbol to let us see what is for. So, all we have to do is look to our feeling and recognize we are making it up.

Q: Why do we still have experience of body fat, death, being not enough, bad relationships and the like?

We have such experiences so we can see through them. We are not given more than we can handle because we can see through. We know they don’t have any power to affect us. We can just get the feeling from them and let them all pass.

Q: What is resisting the moment?

Resisting the moment is a habit pattern. Our special relationships are set-up for resisting and we can watch it. It is a gift. It is symbolizes what thoughts we believe in. When it arises in us, we can embrace it and we can feel good from it.

We interact with one another to see where our resistance is and we heal it together. Calmness comes from the willingness to embrace it. Naturally, we are calm and in reality, there is no resistance. We are just making it up. It is symbolic of the guilty thought we are separate. We don’t even need to think we need something. It only makes us dependent which we don’t have to. We can just recognize and embrace our feelings of resistance.

A Bread Offering for Disrespect

This post is a follow-up to Hope’s Wisdom Dialogues Episode Called Lifting the Veil, written by Gail Florence.

“Kung binato ka ng bato, batuhin mo ng tinapay’’ – A Tagalog proverb

The quote above is a Filipino’s way of expressing compassion. Literally, it describes a situation where if a person throws a rock at you, you throw a piece of bread back to him. This saying is oftentimes mentioned in Filipino religious classes and sermons on the topic of kindness. As a Christian country, it is an implication of Jesus’ unconditional love to everyone even to those who insulted, doubted and disrespected him.

A freshly baked bread after the insult….

If this quote is a real scenario now, it is a big question who can avenge oneself by tossing back a piece of bread if he was hurt by someone’s stone-throwing. Definitely, our attack-mode will automatically make us move sans our consciousness. Perhaps, some of us would throw back the same stone and intentionally aim where the person could get hurt, too. Some would even find a bigger stone, shout back, punch the person, call the police and do all sorts of things as defense. However, it could be a handful to none or zero at all who would just give the person of piece of freshly baked bread after the insult done.

Then, again, it is taking things literally. In our day-to-day encounters, what we experience is disrespect. It is a relative concept. For parents, rudeness is equal to kids answering in informal language. So, telling them, “I am no friend of yours. Don’t talk to me that way.” It can also be kids doing silly gestures, banging bedroom doors or throwing their stuffed toys. Meanwhile, in the office, disrespect has a wide spectrum from a boss flipping reports because he is frustrated, a coworker saying offensive things, and to a client’s non-stop invectives about product or service quality.

How we reach to situations?

It doesn’t mean we are in the wrong if we feel insulted or disrespected but it is for us to see how we react to such situations. Are we throwing back stones or pieces of bread? What can we do with our feelings when we know, if we continue seeing disrespect from others, we won’t feel happy at all?

For one thing, rather than watching others’ behavior as if we are waiting for their next move, we can watch our reaction instead. Our reaction will tell us we are resisting or embracing. Resisting will make us defensive while embracing will make us kind. When we are mindful of our reaction, we can take it as an opportunity to extend love.

People are not doing anything to us. However, our ego convinces us to attack their innocence when we perceive their behavior as disrespectful. So, we need to be mindful about our reactions. When we feel upset, we can acknowledge it and love it up. We heal through recognizing the upset feeling and we become very kind in return.

We are mirrors of each other…

When we believe our kids are disrespecting us, they are only revealing what we need to know by reflecting what we are keeping hidden about ourselves. This is because we are mirrors of each other, meaning our feelings are reflected by another through the sharing of energies. So, when we are watchful of our thoughts and emotions, we acknowledge them as opportunities for us to learn and heal rather than attacking back.

Healing is instant…

Healing is instant as long as we recognize our reactions, projections and illusions. The forgiveness taking place is as if nothing happened. We can always extend compassion rather than defenses and restrictions. So, we just need to watch ourselves and we will be guided with our movements and words. When we continuously practice this, we won’t be holding on to upset feelings as if they are reality. We can notice them and let them just flow out. What’s real are expressions of love and joy which are innate in us.

We can always choose between the light which makes us feel better, or the darkness which makes us feel guilty, depressed, and confused. We can change our perceptions of disrespect. We can throw stones or offer bread.

Lifting The Veil | WD

Lifting The Veil | WD
Wisdom Dialogues Online

 
 
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In this episode of Wisdom Dialogues, Hope Johnson and her panelists discuss about recognizing the guilt behind our projections. Hope encourages us to always notice our reactions when something comes up like disrespectful behaviors. Watch along this interactive episode and glean more insights on the following topics:

  • What relaxation and breathing can do?
  • What can we do when we have an anxiety attack?
  • Our negative feelings can’t affect us but is joy an effect?
  • How can we heal projections of disrespect?
  • What can be done when perceiving someone’s innocence is lost?
  • What’s not the ego story?
  • How can we eliminate money?

What relaxation and breathing can do?

We can love our fearful feelings because underneath it is excitement and fun. We are just buying into the thought that we are afraid. Fear is excitement without the breath. As we notice how we are breathing at the moment, we will also notice we are letting more love in. Breath is love, symbolically.

We can engage in a breathing technique that works for us. We can be aware of how and what the breath is. It can relax on its own through focusing on the senses, its sound and where the breath passes without any judgement.

We can choose whatever is appropriate for us because we can’t do anything wrong. The big ego fear is surrendering. Being watchful requires a kind of surrender in trying to take responsibility for our own life. When we surrender, we will be guided for whatever comes. So, we can just watch and see what is keeping us from enjoying. We can simply relax and laugh.

What can we do when we have an anxiety attack?

Our anxious attacks (heart beating faster, body feels warmer, agitation and shallow breathing) are all manifestations of our thoughts. It is us choosing to follow them. There is no cause outside ourselves for anxiousness, confusion and questions unless we follow the thoughts modifying ourselves away from who we are. We have to be willing to see we are buying into them.

It is like a performance. We put thoughts like they are costumes and become this or that. It means, we always have complete dominion over them. We can be our light but we tend to choose the image we painted ourselves.

The ego-victim thoughts are not true. Our experiences are just going to us so, no one’s doing anything. When we feel we are not choosing our spirit voice, it is the ego-victim thought we are believing.

Our negative feelings can’t affect us but is joy an effect?

Joy is the pure expression. It is not coming from illusion. It is not fleeting happiness but an inner joy springing from a well underneath the surface of our illusions and projections. It is like our cue to stay on purpose. So, when there are moments of depression, they can rise and pass. We can sit still, watch the sensations unfold and recognize we don’t belong to them. We can walk through them in a healing way. When depression goes to a higher intensity, we can sink back to much more joy. We can acknowledge it as a blessing as if something beautiful is coming from it.

How can we heal projections of disrespect?

When another person seems to show disrespect towards us, our resistance to the behavior is our resistance to our inner child. Kids are not doing anything if we think they are disrespecting us. They are only revealing to us what we need to know about ourselves, what we keep hidden.

When we are alert, we can seize the opportunity by watching our reactions. Feeling disrespected is us getting rid of our guilt by making others feel guilty. It is like a murderous game. We are guilty for believing we are separated from the Source. We all have such guilt and our thoughts and actions are extrapolations from it.

When someone disrespects us, notice the reaction arising from within. It is not a matter how we should behave but a matter of recognizing our reactions and loving them. We are healing what’s causing us to feel guilty which makes us kind. Whatever form of disrespect we seem to get, allow compassion for the reaction, watch the feeling, remember what’s true and make a choice for love.

We will know we are mistaken when we feel bad but no one is disrespecting us. It is only the ego wanting to fight back what we see outside ourselves. It will attack on other people’s innocence to regain ours. So, when we feel upset with people’s disrespectful behavior, we can choose what we can give them – will we poke them with a hot stick or give them a safe place in our hearts?

The sinister guarantee in projections is we are getting every bit of the punishment we want others to have through feelings of suffering, depression and confusion. However, we can repent it right now because they don’t have power over us. They don’t have creative power for our future, too. As soon as we recognize our projections, healing can immediately happen. The forgiveness feels like nothing happened. When we accept the gift of healing, it is done.

What can be done when perceiving someone’s innocence is lost?

The person whom we believe is losing innocence is us. We are sensing our own innocence has been lost. We are using our perception as if we can get our innocence back by making the person as the one who has lost it. It is like a self-reflection.

When we understand it, we don’t have to buy the idea that others are being brainwashed. We are making it up so that we can unload some guilt. However, we are just projecting and there is nothing to unload.

If we need to help in such situation, it will be presented to us and we will just know it.

What’s not the ego story?

The ego’s story is perceptions are going to stay. It can become repetitive and generates hate feelings over and over but it is a great opportunity to see such patterns. It is hard to see at the moment because of our defenses which keep us in conflict with other people. The underlying mechanism of the ego is a projection that someone has to lose to get our innocence back. We can undo it by recognizing there’s no gain from other people’s loss.

We can feel out whatever is arising in us and allow ourselves to be excited and thankful for the opportunity it gives. So, when we have thoughts like, “My son hates me,” it is not true because there is only love.

How can we eliminate money?

The thought there is something we need to eliminate gives value to the object. If it is money, then we are making money real. However, the world is just our reflection. When we lose the idea to try to improve it, we start to see the authenticity of our reflections. We will not seek to get rid of anything.

Money seems to be meaningful when it is not. It is only a manifestation of the mind. However, it can be opportunity to watch our thoughts, where they attack and can get back to us as a form of healing. When we start to see truth, we can recognize there is no guilt, money nor air. No matter what is there in the surface is not a problem. All are just equal.

It is all an energy play. The physical reality is a make-believe. All of us – beings, objects, concepts – are just one thing and for one thing.

The Business of Being Mindful of the Mind

This post is a follow-up to Hope’s Wisdom Dialogues Episode Called Undoing Guilty Perception, written by Gail Florence.

“The only place to look is inside.”

The mind is a playground. It is a wide space with so many things occurring. It is amazing! As an organ of the body, the mind becomes the brain operating all body parts from the veins, arteries, muscles, bones and senses. Then, when it comes to thinking, perception, analysis and feeling, it becomes the mind. However, it is just one doing these abilities concurrently.

We are awed by masterpieces around the world, auctioning them at rocket prices or marveling at them in galleries when within us is a masterpiece as well – our minds! It certainly deserves a round of applause, too!

However, it is not to say our minds are separate from us. We are one with all its capacities. It is us allowing our minds to drift in thoughts. So, we can say we are the masterpiece. Remember, “We are what we think”?

Be careful with our thoughts…

When we consider our minds as a masterpiece, a feeling of care develops. We become careful with our thoughts just like curators’ meticulous attentiveness towards paintings in museums. We become watchful with our thinking, and the cautiousness is not something to repulse about. It is not to say, “I don’t want to think of my mind as a masterpiece because I want to think freely.” Rather, it is encouraging us to be attentive of our thoughts and interpretations of our surroundings.

To keep the mind intact as a masterpiece, we can allow more thoughts and feelings of comfort, happiness and peace. We allow ourselves to watch the thoughts and emotions coming in, and let them to drift too. We simply recognize what plays in our minds without tenaciously believing or holding on to them. When something arises, for example, an upset feeling, we admit we are upset, look into the reason, and release it free. Physically, we can breathe out the upset feeling and then, go on with life.

Going on with life can mean a lot of things, too. With the upset feeling, we can recognize it and nonchalantly let it drift away. We can also communicate our upset feeling and see how things will go from there. We can also hold on to it and feel upset a little bit longer. What is important is we acknowledge the feeling until we see more clearly the truth behind it. In turn, the truth is what we shine out from us.

Furthermore, masterpieces, whatever they mean, depict and imply, are products of love by their creators. So, we are masterpieces of love by God, our creator. It is our truth – we come from love. Thus, whatever thoughts or negative feelings arise from us are temporary strokes to the bigger picture. As being transient, we can set them free anytime they come. We can tell them, “Hello, visitor!” (recognition), then, “Thank you, good-bye!” (learning and the setting free). We then, go back to serene joy just like the quietness of a home after having days of visitors.

Unhook yourselves from the negativity…

Recognize too, they are temporary strokes which we allow. So, we can say we are making disturbing thoughts and feelings up. Fear, guilt, anger, sadness and disappointment are never real. We are simply convinced they are because we constantly paint our minds with them. However, we can always unhook ourselves from the negativity and return to the peace within us.

So, is it just recognizing they are temporary thoughts and feelings? Yes, it is that simple but, a caveat here: It takes practice. We are gradually nudging our thoughts and feelings out of our minds by saying, “I am making them up,”, “I am okay,” or “I am just interpreting and it is not real.”

Our mind is a masterpiece of love…

Remembering the mind as a masterpiece means we are seeing the thoughts and feelings we allow it, and caring more for it. The watchfulness about what comes and goes in there means doing it to return to our intrinsic joy and love. Interpretations, thoughts and negative feelings are always temporary markings. What is permanent is our being a masterpiece of love. Our minds remain innocent so, we are innocent. Thus, the business of being mindful of the mind.

Undoing Guilty Perception | WD

Hope Johnson gives an in-depth discussion on what is ‘getting the feeling effect’. She shares her wisdom on what it means by all of us are energies playing. With panelists, Laurie Thiboutot, Bob Shine and later, Julia Shevchenko, Hope expounds more on seeing everyone through the eyes of the spirit.

Glean wisdom on the following topics from the episode:

  • The common guilty – trip of the ego
  • Getting the feeling effect of guilty thoughts
  • Laughter is the answer
  • Live free in the moment
  • See those projections
  • Together for eternity

The common guilty – trip of the ego

We tend to compare ourselves with other people and question why they are, ‘getting it’ while we don’t. Thinking this way is one of the ego’s guilty – trip. When we see others ‘getting it’, we are not seeing them clearly. Truthfully, they have ‘gotten it’ just like we do.

Feelings stemming from guilt are fear, jealousy, and being upset and undeserving. Guilt makes us believe we are only deserving of punishment through manifestations of being separated from the One Source.

Getting the feeling effect of guilty thoughts

The actions we see from other people are messages telling us what our feelings look like. Getting the feeling effect is allowing those feelings, and acting on them is not caring about them.

What really happens is an energy exchange and getting the feeling calms down energies. We can stay still and allow the feeling to come and go. Then, we become clearer for not going with it.

We need to get the feeling to know what we are projecting. When we recognize we are projecting, we return to who we are and everything shifts. It is like seeing the future. When we are simply riding the feeling, we are riding the future with it. When we start to see that, we become less motivated to write a story with such feeling. Instead, we let the story be written, and it will turn into a love story because then, we are only demonstrating to everyone they are innocent, no one can do wrong, and there is no good and bad. When we demonstrate innocence in our minds, we allow more joy and lightness until we get to see a world without separation. It can occur when everyone is looked through the eyes of the spirit.

Laughter is the answer

What we only want are truth, peace, harmony and comfort of the reality of who we are. The rest are just thoughts. They are manifesting from moment to moment and each can be used for healing.

Healing happens when we watch the thoughts play out and we choose to laugh at them. Furthermore, laughing at our perceptions brings out compassion from within. We can give ourselves a good chuckle on the ‘could’a/should’a/would’a’ for trying to get us hooked on a bad feeling.

We can allow ourselves to sink into the joy or bliss that we are at any instant or moment. If we are not able to laugh at our thoughts, it’s as if they own us. However, doing something gets easier once we get to laugh. We simply work or do activities without obliging or berating ourselves. Missing a day, week or month can be something we care less about. So, let the thoughts pass and find joy with whatever we are doing.

If we don’t allow ourselves to get released from concepts of debt, we are allowing more illusions of misery and guilt. To get released is saying, “I’m making this up so I can get this feeling.” It takes attention over time to get used to it.

Attention is taking whatever upset feeling arises and using it for forgiveness. It is admitting, “I am making this up for this feeling.” By doing so, we can see through the feeling and not have ideas about trying to make things happen to ourselves. We can only recognize things are happening for us.

Live free in the moment

The world is for demonstrating in our minds we are free. So, live free in the moment without projections. The projections are for resurrection, for more bliss. Bliss is the reality of who we are. The reason it can’t be seen is because there is preference for seeing something else, for making worldly illusions true.

Believing in illusions is like giving faith to the thoughts crossing in our minds. However, thoughts can come and go and shift in an instant. So, it is okay to admit, “I would rather see this than the truth,” because the thought is just for a moment. We can call it out anytime and we can do so for as long as we want because at any moment too, thoughts can change.

See those projections

Perceptions can shift so fast. So, we can choose what’s true in the midst of perceiving concepts that are manifesting. When we get the feeling effect, our actions are taken care of. All we have to do is realize our projections then, what’s meant will take place. The only choices we have is to project or allow healing.

Together for eternity

Existence is not the existence we believe as stoppable by death. We are never separate from our loved ones for eternity. The idea of them being vulnerable to time, aging, death, illness, accidents, sadness, and seeing them the way we do are the ones not existing.

So, when we feel sad about the idea of the existence of our loved ones, we can get the feeling effect of the sadness and see through it. It is for us to recognize the people close to us have not and will never change. Their reality is always protected.

Be Ageless, Be a Bundle of Joy

This post is a follow-up to Hope’s Wisdom Dialogues Episode Called One Thing, One Purpose, written by Gail Florence.

Ever remember your parents describing you as a bundle of joy?

When we were swaddled in a baby wrap looking like a bundle and sleeping soundly in the arms of our mom or dad, for sure, there was a moment, our parent whispered, “What a bundle of joy.” Whatever we did as babies – woke up in the middle of the night, cried for milk, relieved ourselves at different times, crawled here and there – we were only seen as bearers of happiness. We might even wish now, for whatever reason, to be just babies or children again because we yearn for their carefree and happy lives.

However, we don’t need to wish or yearn our childhood.

We can continue being a bundle of joy even at our age. Why? It is because we were created for joy so, it never left us. Unfortunately/fortunately, our different experiences and the things we learned, covered up the joy within us. Each experience (especially ones that hurt, upset, or scared us) and assumption of life was like mud thrown over the bundle until it was all concealed in filth. So, at some point in our lives, we believe there is no happiness for us anymore.

First, let’s go through why it is an unfortunate circumstance. It is okay we experience different situations. Life is colorful and we see all those colors because of everything that we go through. However, believing that what is left of us are only pain, insecurity, inadequacy, fear, sadness, and so on is the unfortunate event. When we believe in our thoughts which only make us feel guilt and self-doubt, we are burying our intrinsic joy more and more.

They are not reality…

Once our thoughts offer fear, anxiety, or sadness, they can look real because we firmly hold on to them. It is as if, we are laying out our future for negative re-occurrences because we are forwarding the same negative feelings. We forget or maybe deny that all thoughts are just perceptions. They are not reality. We deny we can still make a choice not to believe them. We can remove all the mud and bring out our being bundles of joy again.

Meanwhile, what makes our experiences and assumptions of life fortunate events? It is when we see them as opportunities for learning and recognizing truth. When we start to see what we have been believing as unreal, we are just making them up, clarity takes over our minds and happiness starts to sprout from within. We can return, then, to our being bundles of joy.

Reality is we are all one with one purpose…

Reality is we are all one with one purpose – to expand joy and love. We can say our thoughts, past and future, fear and doubt are nothing. Reality is, life is just flowing and all beings and circumstances are part of it. However, as humans with perceptions, we believe thoughts and concepts like money, sickness and death, are real. Removing all of those, what remains is an ocean of love and all are bearers of love. So, wherever we go, whatever we see, we extend love. It can also be, if we constantly hold on to our fears, wherever we go, whatever we see, we extend fear.

So, it is up to us how to perceive what thought or feeling arises within us. We don’t need to suppress or deny negative ones. We can recognize their presence, examine their root, let them play out until we see or feel the truth again. We can say, until we feel love, joy, and contentment again.

Once a fearful, sad or guilty thought spring up, we can tell ourselves, “I am making it up”. It can be difficult at first but constantly lessening its intensity, stillness remains. We will just feel calm.

If there is something to believe, it is we are bundles of joy for eternity. (Baby laughter all over)