Be A Light Unto Yourself

"Therefore, Ananda, be a lamp unto yourself, be a refuge to yourself.  Take yourself to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the Truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourself. And those, Ananda, who either now or after I am dead shall be a lamp unto themselves, who take themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, shall not look for refuge to anyone beside themselves, it is they who shall reach the highest goal."
-- Mahaparinibbana Sutta


You Can Be a Light Unto Yourself... 


To be aware is to watch your bodily activity, the way you walk, the way you sit, the movements of your hands: it is to hear the words you use, to observe all your thoughts, all your emotions, all your reactions. It includes awareness of the unconscious, with its traditions, its instinctual knowledge, and the immense sorrow it has accumulated—not only personal sorrow, but the sorrow of man. You have to be aware of all that; and you cannot be aware of it if you are merely judging, evaluating, saying, "This is good and that is bad, this I will keep and that I will reject," all of which only makes the mind dull, insensitive.

From awareness comes attention. Attention flows from awareness when in that awareness there is no choice, no personal choosing, no experiencing... but merely observing. And, to observe, you must have in the mind a great deal of space. A mind that is caught in ambition, greed, envy, in the pursuit of pleasure and self-fulfillment, with its inevitable sorrow, pain, despair, and anguish—such a mind has no space in which to observe, to attend. It is crowded with its own desires, going round and round in its own backwaters of reaction. You cannot attend if your mind is not highly sensitive, sharp, reasonable, logical, sane, and healthy, without the slightest shadow of neuroticism. The mind has to explore every corner of itself, leaving no spot uncovered, because if there is a single dark corner of one's mind which one is afraid to explore, from that springs illusion...

It is only in the state of attention that you can be a light unto yourself, and then every action of your daily life springs from that light—every action—whether you are doing your job, cooking, going for a walk, mending clothes, or what you will. This whole process is meditation...  J. Krishnamurti 

Attunement
I've been delving deep into my psyche lately and developing a whole new thing that I call Attunement.  It starts early in the morning, as soon as you open your eyes and begin to remember your dreams. 

Creating your reality begins with creating your day, and creating your day means waking up to the reality that you are a powerful being whose choices effect the outcome of everything that happens.  If I wake up before the sun and begin my journaling early enough I can get in two lovely solitary hours of self programming before the rest of the world has even started to think about their morning coffee.  As always it is the early bird who catches the worm... these precious hours at dawn find my mind lucid.  Spirit seems to send  lessons for me often, a dream, an insight, a passage from a book, finding a great new website, doors swing open and I happily absorb it into my day.  Now I want to start sharing that as it comes so that it can become part of your day too.

You enter the forest at the darkest point,
where there is no path.
Where there is a way or a path,
it is someone else’s path.
You are not on your own path.
If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.
 


"In the pursuit of knowledge, Every day something is added. In the practice of the Way, Every day something is dropped. Less and less do you need to force things, Until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, Nothing is left undone. Go up when the water goes up and down when the water goes down. There is a benevolent force flowing through all reality. When you are aligned with that force, you move forward with tremendous power."
-- Lao Tsu