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Day 11 – The Embrace of Oneness

Sep 4, 2011

The goal is to achieve  “a state of being where your mind is open, receptive, and nonjudgmental—no rejection, no preferences. When you achieve this state, you’re able to experience reality as it is, not as you would like it to be. Your transformation involves going from resistance and rigidness to deep openness and expansion, allowing the flow of Life to move through you.”
This one is much  more difficult and take some conscious practice.  I’m much better, but still  [seeing] ” life as a witness and a participant, exploring the dynamic relationship between the two. [Noticing] any propensity to judge your emotions, sensations, or thoughts. When you do so, bring yourself back to a state of gentle awareness. Soften the hard edges of judgment with the breath of compassion.  [Allowing] yourself to ride the wave of your life with the grace and agility of a seasoned surfer.” is all much easier said than done.

I’ve gotten much better at the stop judging others, but I’m always stuck on the judging of me.

The Embrace of Oneness

“Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it.”
— Lao-tzu (translated by Brian Walker)

“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
— Albert Einstein

“Within us is an all-embracing light overflowing with love from God that illuminates a divine path mysterious and beautiful. If we acknowledge that light, we create a new humanity of divine unity and everlasting bliss.”
— Micheal Teal

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Exercise

Today’s practice invites you to fully embrace your life with naked, nonjudgmental awareness. The embrace of Oneness moves you beyond acceptance into a full and embodied experience of your emotions, sensations, and interactions in each moment. In the embrace of Oneness, you greet all things with open arms, ready and willing to be present with what is.

The practice begins by creating a “naked awareness” mind-set: a state of being where your mind is open, receptive, and nonjudgmental—no rejection, no preferences. When you achieve this state, you’re able to experience reality as it is, not as you would like it to be. Your transformation involves going from resistance and rigidness to deep openness and expansion, allowing the flow of Life to move through you.

This is the freedom that the embrace of Oneness offers you. It’s a state of being, a place of presence where you discover your wholeness and the wholeness of life in each moment. This is the liberation from your enslavement to expectation and attachment, which are barriers to Oneness. In the embrace of Oneness, despair may be a precursor to unimaginable joy. And if you reject that despair, the joy is also suppressed. Oneness invites you to be in communion with what is and welcome the totality of your experiences with a compassionate and loving embrace.

This practice has no beginning and no end. It is fluid and depends upon your willingness to create a receptive embrace of the truth of your moment-to-moment experiences. It requires your willingness to see yourself as you truly are. Thus, the embrace of Oneness is a “dyanmic” meditation, as it follows the ebb and flow of your life.

For today, be fully present and attain a calm and naked awareness of your surroundings. See life as a witness and a participant, exploring the dynamic relationship between the two. Notice any propensity to judge your emotions, sensations, or thoughts. When you do so, bring yourself back to a state of gentle awareness. Soften the hard edges of judgment with the breath of compassion. Allow yourself to ride the wave of your life with the grace and agility of a seasoned surfer.

Whenever you have difficulty openly accepting what is, breathe in and out, and whisper the words of the mystics: All is well. In all matters of life, all is well. Practice the following steps to tap into the embrace of Oneness and surrender to the natural flow of the river of life:

• Create a calm mind (a naked, nonjudgmental awareness), a sanctuary of unconditional presence.

• Use your breath to create the willingness to sense and feel the reality of your life.

• Lovingly embrace everything you encounter, be it joy or despair, grief or elation, agitation or harmony, confusion or clarity . . . allow what is to dynamically flow into the next what is.

• Remember that all is well. In all matters of life, all is well. Amen.

Affirmation

I AM lovingly embracing every experience of my life, which flows in dynamic surrender and in perfect beauty.

Em

I'm Me!

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