Thoughts change from moment to moment. Emotional Commitment makes it REAL!
In 1994, I spent 3 weeks in a blissful state I call Powerful Peace. It came after four months of basically screaming to the Universe that I needed to know if my life had meaning.
Victor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, teaches there are 3 ways humans find meaning in life:
1st — Creating a work or doing a deed.
2nd — Experiencing relationship with a person or thing.
3rd — The attitude we choose when experiencing inescapable suffering.
My arrival at meaning took the third, and in my opinion least desirable route.
I was 33 years old and had just learned that both of my surviving sons, Jacob and Zakary, were cognitively disabled. I say, surviving sons, because when I was 24, I held my 17-day old son, Joseph, as he died of a heart defect.
I officially reached a point in my life that I was done and didn’t want anything to do with my beating heart, my thinking brain or my shitty life.
But after my amazing experience of Powerful Peace, I absolutely knew one thing –
ALL of Life is Meaningful!
In my business career I was as left brained as they come. Ernst & Young CPA’s audit department was where my Magna Cum Laude, BA in Accounting got me. Although I have stayed employed (mostly), the importance of that world fell by the wayside as I spent the last 25 years trying to figure out what happened to me during those 3 Powerfully Peaceful weeks.
Gratefully, I can say that I’ve found some answers and one of the most important answers I’ve found is this — If you have enough egoic chutzpah to dare think that the Source of your consciousness is Divine and thus logically, your own consciousness is Divine, shouldn’t you experience the benefits of that choice, which is to FEEL Divine!
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
I’m going to suggest that “Happiness is when you FEEL the harmony of what you think, what you say and what you do.”
What I mean by this comes from experience in my own personal relationship, along with 25 years of wisdom seeking. Once I started having mystical experiences, I wanted to share them with people in the hopes of helping everyone feel better. Soon I realized however, that I needed to attain a much better ability to feel at peace consistently over time, especially with my beautiful wife. How could I ever talk about living in peace if I couldn’t do it consistently with the one I love?
Fast forward 25 years to 2019 and now I can say unequivocally that the key to Powerful Peace is emotional commitment…which interestingly enough, is the key to all fulfilling relationships of any kind with any person, thing or ideal.
Consider your own experience with personal relationship, whether current or past. All you ever want, is to feel sure about the reality of the love in the relationship. If pain is/was part of your relationship, which is probable, that pain is typically due to the inability to live in true emotional commitment.
Contemplate emotional commitment. What are you emotionally committed to right now?
What person or thing can count on you to consistently show up with an open and caring heart, every minute of every day no matter what? That is emotional commitment and it’s not very common.
This gets us to the point of this post.
If you’ve had some moment in your own life that caused you to dare to think that your own consciousness had its beginning from an Infinite Source of Intelligence then you should reap the benefits of that Universal Truth and FEEL like Divine Consciousness walking this path of Infinite Evolution.
What would it mean to truly feel Divine?
Self-aware Divine Consciousness living on earth feels safe at all times, even when its temporary life here on earth is threatened. The knowledge of a forever future mitigates feelings of fear from all threats, be they physical, financial, emotional, etc.
Understanding that all consciousness surrounding you, every atom, molecule, plant, animal or human are all in the same boat of evolving consciousness prompts empathy and understanding for the challenges you witness them going through. Lack of that awareness leads to judgment and criticism, which end in pain for all.
The benefits of daring to feel Divine are many. The most important benefit is the capacity to feel elevated emotions!
“Can you accept the notion that once you change your internal state, you don’t need the external world to provide you with a reason to feel joy, gratitude, appreciation or any other elevated emotion?” ~ Dr. Joe Dispenza
Learning to choose and eventually feel elevated emotion is the harvest we reap when we sow thoughts of our individual Divinity and combine it with emotional commitment. Unfortunately, we leave all of our money on the table when we’re unwilling to emotionally commit to the reality and thus receive the benefits of that level of thought.
My morning meditation has changed powerfully since this realization.
Take a few minutes now and contemplate the people, animals or ideals to whom you are truly emotionally committed.
Now contemplate what it would mean if you emotionally committed to yourself. The moment we emotionally commit to keep our hearts open and caring every minute of every day for ourselves our lives change. Emotional commitment to yourself creates a space for you to escape the inescapable suffering so many people live in as modern life generates higher and higher levels of stress.
Each morning declare your emotional commitment to yourself. Declare your heart to be open and caring for you all day, every minute of that day. In the moment your monkey mind of judgment and stress starts to chatter, remind it that this day, you are emotionally committed to feel Divine all day!
Stop thinking you’re Divine.