by Nick Andrea
Good morning, dear friends, and happy December 21, 2012 to you all. On this “end of the world,” let us begin creating a new world based in universal human consciousness, where the care and concern of all beings, regardless of race, creed, caste, or species, is ours.
How do we create this new world? Actually, we don’t have to. It’s already here. It’s been here since the first perceiving consciousness appeared on this planet to witness it. It hasn’t manifested by and large, however, for one primary reason: thinking.
Thinking obscures the voice of our true selves. It is therein that our ego, or the illusion of our separateness, exists. The goal of meditation and spiritual practice, therefore, is to drop the thinking. In that simple act do we find ourselves in the moment, the only place the divine exists.
Now, I used to think it takes a great deal of commitment and discipline to accomplish this, and I have discovered that, in fact, it does. Except, it has nothing to do with sitting on a mat 10 hours a day, extensive fasting, or any such outer discipline. It is the discipline to be in this moment, perpetually; to trust the moment enough to surrender to what is. Then, what is needed in that moment is clear and intuitive. If we are hungry, eat, if we are tired, sleep, if there is a dog in front of us, play with it, if we are on vacation with our family, be with them.
Non-thinking, we already know what to do. Universal human consciousness already is. The most profound act is to just be in this moment. We will know what to do.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: the neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” (Luke 12:22-24)