Enjoy the process.
Enjoy the process.
Trinity leaned toward Neo’s ear and whispered. “You know the question.” “Yes,” Neo replied as if lost in contemplation, then spoke the unthinkable: “What is the Matrix?”
Our question today is just as reality-shaking: Who am I? What am I? In fact, our individual self-made reality pivots on these questions. Any collective cultural reality absorbs and dictates much of the individually constructed one while simultaneously reinforcing self-imagined identity. “The Matrix” is all of these.
We use all that has been learned and cultivated in our meditation and contemplation training to peek inside fundamental constructs of identity.
The confidence born of contemplation and meditation has no ego to it. Pride or arrogance have no ground with inner confidence. Why so? Because ego-based so-called confidence is predicated upon outer measures: mundane, changeable, and ultimately valueless metrics. Surety, integrity, and authenticity are emanations of Presence. Maybe Putin is an example of outer based seeming-confidence. He sits on money wrested from the coffers intended to better the needs of the Russian people; militarism that devastates cities and lives, kills people and sends thousands fleeing -mostly children, women, and elders-as been an authoritarian modus opererandi used by him for years. These signal deep insecurity not arrogance.
For me, an example of inner confidence is that expressed through the life of Richard Feynman. He was a contemplative from childhood, looked at the world with wide open eyes, and was non-religious. The confidence that he brought to any inquiry turned the question into play, fun. I mention these two men in contradistinction so that we who are exploring confidence, contemplation, meditation and doing so through the gateways of the senses and the experiences of life understand that what we are orienting toward is not religious, not special, not hard to find. We are compassing toward the heart essence of beingness. The more we habituate doing so, in all the ways possible, we will discover that even beingness is an experience and that what lies behind that set of sensations -the primordial ground so to speak- is beyond words, ascriptions, or defining of any kind. Ahhhh.
Confidence is championed within western society. Yet, all too often, the brand of confidence massaged or paraded has little to no integrity. However, when confidence radiates from the heart of Awareness, the inner essence and natural essence of Being, then peace, ease, authenticity, grounded integrity, and creative awareness easily demonstrate from someone. Confidence born from the inner state feels real to the person and to those around him or her because it is. This confidence, born of going inside, of softening and opening to inner essence and Presence is a remedy for the world’s ills – since they almost exclusively derive from bombast and aggression confidently engaged by those unaware of the interdependence of life.
BE. Radiate. Stand tall within your heart and live from essence of Being. The world will feel it!
Right to it.