Transitioning From This Life

It has been almost two weeks since my mother passed from this life. I was with her for the final week 24 hours a day, seven days a week. She lived in another state from me, so I wasn’t with her on a regular basis.

When I wrote my last post, I had been in Kansas for about nine days taking care of my mother. When that time ended, we thought she was out of the woods and on the mend. But, it wasn’t too much longer until I got emergency phone calls and the final phone call that she needed to be in hospice.

That last week was a difficult week in many ways. And it was a magnificent gift. I loved my mother, as I’m sure almost everyone does. But, I didn’t always like her. She was very judgmental, racist, and always quick to tell you what was wrong with everyone. When she was alive, I often felt negative thoughts toward her because of her anger and judgmentalness. In effect, I was being angry and judgmental at her because she was being angry and judgmental at other people.

During that last week, because we knew the time was short, I didn’t find myself getting caught up in her negativity. It was still there, to be sure. But, I realized that this was truly the last time I was going to have with her here on this physical plane. I was not going to waste any of that time getting wrapped up in her negativity, or judging her negativity.

As she progressed from being lucid to being unresponsive, I found myself thinking about some of those big questions. What is life, anyway? What is consciousness? When she was dying, did the part of her that was ego – personality based give way to a higher conscious self?

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The Practice of Universal Loving-Kindness

As the world becomes increasingly polarized and the news stories are filled with hate, it is a wonderful reminder that we need to get back to practicing kindness.

We need to remember that we are all One Self. There is no “other.”

There is only one. There is an illusion of many, but just as all of the drops in the ocean are part of the same ocean, we are all the same Source energy, partially manifested in physical to give the appearance of many.

We are deeply connected to all that is. There is only an illusion of separation.

Offering love and kindness to others is an offer of love and kindness to ourselves.

I found this charming music video that reminds us of the benefits of practicing Universal Loving-Kindness.

Text Copyright © 2009 by Victoria Young

The Field of Infinite Potential

his is a channeled message I received recently:

Dear Ones,

There is a Field of Infinite Potential that exists beyond the perceptions of most people. This field is at the heart of Source. It is the place where worlds — and everything else — are created. Your scientists call it The Zero-Point Field or The Quantum Field. Your films refer to it as The Matrix.

This field is empty, yet it is the Source of all-that-is. It knows every thought that has ever been thought and every emotion that has ever been felt. Access to this field is very simple, though it is not always easy. Focused thought and belief are the keys to the field.

Do you realize that you have all of the tools necessary to create the life you desire? You have mind, thought and emotion. If you can slow down, pay attention, focus your thoughts deliberately, while letting go of resistance, you can access your greatest desires.

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Mindfulness Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn has a PhD. in Molecular Biology and teaches mindfulness meditation as a technique to help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. His methods were featured in the Bill Moyers PBS special called “Healing and the Mind.”

Kabat-Zinn deeply understands and explains very well why we benefit from meditation in terms of health, productivity, insight and general well being. I admire him, partly because he agrees with my statements that all the obsessive multi-taskers out there are suffering from ADHD. He understands the value of timelessness, stillness, pure awareness.

In this long video (over an hour) you can watch him show you how to discover your own awareness and find out who you actually are. He has a wonderful, balanced energy.

I recommend watching it many times. In parts, or all at once.

Text Copyright © 2010 by Victoria Young

Consciousness, Creativity and The Brain

This is a very long (1:49:24) video of a talk by film director David Lynch at UC Berkeley on the topic of “Consciousness, Creativity and The Brain.” He is joined by Quantum Physicist John Hagelin, Ph.D as they discuss opening up to new ways of thinking. They talk about opening to infinite possibilities.

They are both obviously practitioners of Transcendental Meditation. If you are not into that particular modality of meditation, no worries. Pay attention to the rest and the great info on creativity. Creation. Consciousness.

The first 7 minutes are introductions, if you want to skip ahead.

I enjoyed seeing David Lynch give a keynote speech at a Quicktime conference in Los Angeles many years ago. This time, he talks about enlightenment and intuition, and other things.

Text copyright © 2010 by Victoria Young

Paying Attention

This is a message I received from my guidance on June 12, 2008.

Dear Ones,

It is important for one to look at one’s life with attention and reverence.

Attention to what is.
Attention to what needs to be done.
Reverence for yourself, reverence for others, reverence for all that is.
You will treat people and things differently if you have reverence for them. You will treat yourself differently, as well.

Most people have developed the habit of taking everything in life for granted. They do not even notice how miraculous and special it is. They don’t see the amazing divine energy that flows through everything. They do not appreciate all of the many things that operate smoothly and perfectly in their lives. They do not notice that their heart is beating, their lungs are breathing, their brain is processing, the street lights are working, their car is running. They only notice what doesn’t work.

They only notice when they or a precious loved one becomes ill or when they suffer a great loss. We implore you to pay attention now. Now. Now. NOW!! Now is the only moment of power. Now is where you always are, yet you put your attention on what happened (usually troubled by it) or on what you think (or fear) is going to happen.

Surely you can see how illogical (silly, really) it would be for you go on a vacation to a paradise and put all of your attention onto some awful place? But that is what most people are doing with their daily lives. You are already living in Paradise. The Kingdom of Heaven is truly within you.

There are many petty issues and petty tyrants that you may choose to focus on, but not happily. Your focus on them will remind you what troubles you. When you are troubled, you are not acknowledging your connection to Source.

A good practice for paying attention is, of course, meditation. During meditation your thoughts and distractions, hopes, fears and fantasies will assemble a very large parade (with floats and orchestras) to march across your attention.through observing the spectacle of your mind, without engaging any of the thoughts or attaching to them, you can begin to see your thought patterns. You will begin to see how your particular mind-ego works to stay in charge. By developing this understanding, you can rise above the cacophony of the mind. when you recognize the tricks, the trickster can no longer fool you.

Copyright © 2008 by Victoria Young