Hot Tub Time Machine

You might think this a silly metaphor for inner work and I agree, it sort of makes me chuckle. 😉

Nevertheless, floating in a hot tub is where Epiphany, goddess of light bulbs, found me amidst my meditations. So I’m utilizing a little levity with a profound subject.

This epiphany came as I was engaging in a water emersion meditation, as employed in the latter half of Michael Brown’s 10 week Presence Process program. The intent is to immerse yourself in water and FEEL everything unconditionally. Don’t shy away from uncomfortable emotions, just be with them.

For some reason, probably habit, I had turned on the jets. As I allowed my body to float the jets started slowly spinning me until at one point a jet very nearly blasted into my ear. Annoyed, I contorted my body and buoyed myself back to where I had started.

Of course, the same thing happened again.

But I didn’t WANT to change. I wanted to be able to float freely and enjoy that feeling, not work to impose my will upon what was “supposed” to be a free flowing session.

It really wasn’t that big of a deal. I put my heels on the bench across from me and, voila, I was able to still float. Once I finished my meditation I could actually use my feet anchors to position me just so, in front of that same jet to get a nice massage.

It occurred to me that this is often how life is. If we don’t have our proverbial anchors we can be buffetted about like a ship in a storm … or a meditating floater in a jacuzzi.

In my twenties I rebelled and didn’t want anyone telling me what I HAD to do. I’ve often thought of myself during that time as someone flailing about, searching for anything to give me answers from outside of myself. Friends, drugs, sex, music, performance, etc. That was me just getting spun around by the proverbial jets of life.

When I was introduced to energy work and meditation SUDDENLY there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I didn’t have to be out of control, I could actually give MYSELF that which I was so desperately searching for.

An even deeper level of that comes when you consciously choose for yourself what you will stand for. When you declare yourself a stand for something, that is you putting an anchor down so that you are not buffetted about by the ever-changing unknown of the world around.

Stands can be tricky though. Many people stand for something, and wind up hurting a LOT of people because of what they have chosen to stand for. Their stand though has them feel like they are on solid ground, that they are right.

Usually this happens when people get their stands from outside of themselves.

Discovering a stand that is true to who you really are? Now that requires some work and diligence. It’s easy to take someone else’s stand and make it your own (a church, a mentor, a boss, etc.), but to come up with your own stand that will have you be at peace and even content whatever comes your way? That takes some deep soul diving.

For instance, I recently have declared myself a stand for my conscious way of being to be a support for anyone who, like me, has experienced abuse as a child.

Prior to that I declared myself a stand that by me staying in the present, every moment, I allow God to flow through me and that gives others the opportunity to discover their own unique spiritual connection and Guidance.

Those are stands that are deeply important to me and they also are stands that I can take with me into every arena of life. You want to discover what has deep meaning for you and then you can begin to formulate that stand.

When you can actually put your soul’s stand into words and embody it … then you will have something that sees you through, and you’ll never lose it. That’s pretty powerful.

So here’s to thought provoking hot tubbing! Have a blessed day.

Peace and Love.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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