The above is a quote from a former friend of mine who died at the age of fifty-seven. This male, I will call him Jandy, was a person who was short and bald with acne. So Jandy did not have one somewhat less than “perfect” physical feature to come to terms with, he had three. Jandy died of COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common conditions that make up COPD. In her groundbreaking book, YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE, Louise Hay mentions that people with emphysema may have, “Fear of taking in life. Not worthy of living.”(163).
Jandy, like the rest of us, was struggling to realize himself/ourself within his given physical vehicle. Not realizing it, Jandie was struggling to realize the Universal Self that we all share. The Self is the same in everyone. The same Self that we share makes a survival adjustment to the given body of the person. We adjust or do not adjust to our bodies. Put simply, Jandy was struggling to become conscious or awakened to our interpersonal or psychological reality or the soul sight between Us. The Universal Self or Holy Spirit is in you as this same Self that we share and will activate more in you as you break through illusions. This is called God Consciousness by people. It is reasonable to assume that “God” is in everything. It is easy to intuit that “God” is in everything. My upcoming book directs you to awareness.
The Holy Spirit/Universal Self-Mind-Consciousness is in you. It tries to break through in you all of the time. The Holy Spirit resides in you and is behind your ego/personality so to speak. This is the same for everyone. You do not let higher Spirit breakthrough in you enough! Breaking through illusions is necessary. Sometimes where we stop in thought is where we should keep going!
Jandy suffered greatly from having to accept himself. It helps to understand what your “ego is” along with knowing about “psychological conditioning.” Everybody is going through it. It is Universal. The more illusions that you break through the happier you will be. You have to find the final point of surrender. True humility is born with a devout surrender to everything. Self-acceptance is the ground floor of humility. “I accept myself within everything” and so may higher thoughts and feelings come through me helping everything.” I turned over my ego power. When you make this devout-true-surrender you are stepping out of the ego of “self” to our SuperSelf or Universal Self. Self-acceptance grants you the ability to look others in the eye and say “I’m me!”.
We all go through the struggle of self-acceptance. You know you are there when you stop pretending. There are a lot of people like Jandy out there. Jandy was making the statement that we are all stuck with ourselves. Knowing that self-acceptance is going on with everyone you meet makes you more sensitive to everyone. Knowing that self-acceptance is going on with everyone makes you care more for others through empathy. Realize that others are struggling. This is not just “your secret struggle party” this is “our struggle party.” I am writing about being conscious of being nice to others. I am talking about the virtue of Charity. The virtue of Charity leads to our Universal Self.
YOUCAN HEAL YOUR LIFE, Louise L. Hay, (163), 1987.
I was born in Wisconsin to a Roman Catholic family. My mother June was a talented writer and started her own service club. My father Joe was a Right-of-Way agent for Bell telephone. Joe was an avid golfer and overall sports enthusiast. Joe would play sports with me and I became a life-long athlete.
I was known as a rebel and was expelled from the Catholic school I attended at the age of fourteen. I was arrested at nineteen for being a thief and was placed on probation. Around this time, not being happy, I turned inward. I worked at different jobs that did not satisfy my budding inner life. I traveled down south several times reading books trying to find myself. In 1980, at the age of twenty-seven, I enrolled at a local college. I was now in an interesting environment. I was curious about almost everything and I eventually majored in speech and psychology or speaking and thinking.
Many people told me that I was funny. I was able to make them laugh about unusual subjects. In the summers of 1981 and 1982, while still a college student, I traveled to Minneapolis and pursued the art of stand-up comedy. During these summers I would write comedy, run twenty-five miles a week and perform comedy at night. I was also a juggler but did not juggle in my stand-up act. I took up Hatha yoga and studied nutrition. In Minneapolis, I interacted with the local up-and-coming comedians. Minneapolis at that time had a small close-knit comedy culture that produced a good number of comedians and some became quite famous. I was making audiences laugh shortly after I started. During this time I was also performing comedy in other cities. I planned on being a professional comedian.
Catholicism conditioned me to have a clear inner voice. I had to make people laugh and the only way I could see to do it was to be brutally honest with myself. I thought honesty would align me with common reality. The Sisters of St. Agnes, who taught me, always told me to tell the truth. So I was continually examining myself and weeding out delusional thinking. This became my way of life.
One day in 1983, I was alone at my parents house and all of a sudden I had a massive spontaneous kundalini awakening. The awakening of this spiritual energy made me realize my self. I achieved the ability, among others, to see through other peoples egos or read their hearts. I was forever changed. In 1983 there was no internet or otherwise easily accessible information for me to be able to find out what had happened to me. Because of the massive explosion of energy my nervous and digestive system had to rebuild.
Due to what happened to me, I changed my plans and soon moved in with my best friend and her son. We lived together for many years. I hid out in college going on and off for thirteen years. I read one book after another to understand what happened to me. I eventually received an M.A. in Speech/Rhetoric and also amassed many extra college credits. Currently I am an investor and forever a student.
I am repentant of the trouble I got into years ago and the embarrassment it brought to my parents. People that knew me when I was a kid remark that I sure changed my ways. I went through what I call psycho/spiritual/physical alchemy or I transformed myself by healing the past and living in the ongoing present.
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