The Essential Way

 

 “God has no realign.” - Gaudi 

Yet man has developed all these misguided sectors of religion and called it his.  – dbA

 

My philosophy for religion derives from the simplicity, non-judgment and fragments of the person that I am. It is a union of beliefs, molded from many means that emerged into, the Essential Way. Practiced and shared each and every day, living would care for self and there would be no requirement for more.

 

I Applaud Anyone That Has Faith

I have my beliefs, my faith. They are mine, and I doubt if they are anything like yours. I might use part of yours, as I will use any segment of any belief or religion as long as it keeps me true and on the path towards the higher self.

 

The Zen Way, The Way of Toa and The Way of Christ, from these centers came the The Essential Way

 

The Journey towards Spirit is a personal and individual journey and what must be remembered is when anyone communicates their religious or spiritual ways; by no means is it the absolute. A spiritual path cannot be controlled with rules and laws, nor should a path be walked that is worn smooth from the complete and total ways of another. Listen carefully, discover your own truth and allow what you hear to guide you towards your own destination.

 

Just as the study of Zen, The Tao, Hinduism and the Way of Christ, the Essential Way is nothing more then a glimmer of direction. By no means is it the absolute. This is the way I have found to achieve a truthful path to a higher consciousness and Spirit. If something that I may offer will promote a small step for you to close the gap towards Spirit. Then I will be blissed with gratitude and happiness.

 

 

The Essential Way

Accepting certainty and extracting and implementing simple beliefs of core doctrines has simply minimalized my spiritual beliefs. In the simplification of passionate belief, founded from the core of faith; they have been purified into the Essential Way.

 

The Essential Way is merely seven fundamental components that need no named religion to follow; yet if they were followed, would eradicate negativity and hate and the world as a whole, would become free. Knowing, feeling and constantly projecting, Calmness, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Mindfulness is the “Way,” a way that holds no reason for anything else to be done.

 

The 7 Elements Of The Essential Way

With each step of each day, with each breathe of each day, try with all that is to put into practice these important Essential Elements Calmness, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Mindfulness. Think about each of these words and what they mean. Receive the all of what is being said and if we hear it enough, maybe the way of the 7 Essential Elements will start to grow and thrive.

 

 

Calmness

Calmness is the foundation, the mental state of peace the mind being free from agitation, or disturbance. It is a state of serenity, tranquility, and peace. Calmness can most easily occur during a state of relaxation, but to own calmness, is to find it during the times of agitation and regain calmness you wish to live. 

 

Calmness is a rare quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the atmosphere of a life self-reliant and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute confidence, and conscious power. With calmness any situation or crisis can be addressed.

     Calmness is the mental state of peace, the mind being free from agitation or disturbance. It is a state of serenity, tranquility, and peace. Calmness can most easily occur during a state of relaxation, but to retain calmness, is to uncover it during the times of agitation and retain your way of being. Calmness is the Foundation. It is the beginning where all the other elements become attainable.

       No one lives a life more fully, more intensely and more consciously than the person who is living a life with the foundation of calmness.

Compassion

Compassion is ignited with the emotional aspect of feeling and doing. Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another.

Kindness

Kindness is known and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. Kindness is having a pleasant disposition, and concern for others. Being kind is just about the easiest thing there is to do and if you implement it into your life, you will quickly find how it makes you feel and you will start doing it without thought. Kindness will always return to you in great depths.

Forgiveness

We are humans and we screw up. Knowing that our human choices and mistakes will not cost us love and acceptance is a huge builder of trust and safety. We have to be on a truthful path to our destiny. One of the grandest things that we can do is to forgive someone. Forgiveness sits us free and removes the boiling festering black wad that can sit at the base of our spin, corrupting the person we are meant to be.

Forgive the people in your life, even the ones that have no remorse for their actions. Holding onto anger is feeding that black wad and in the end will only hurt you. Forgiveness cannot be something that you do occasionally. Forgiveness has to be something important in your life and a way of constantly being.

Forgive yourself, forgive the other person and forgive the situation.

Gratitude

Gratitude is an emotion for what one has that will truly lift ones heat.  Real gratitude of what you have, as opposed to a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants.  Cultivating gratitude, and increase your well-being and happiness, in addition to your gratefulness.

 

Choose a time of day when you have several minutes to step outside your life and to reflect.  Ponder a few things for which you are currently grateful, from the mundane to the magnificent. 

 

Paths to Gratitude 

The particular means by which you go about counting your blessings will depend on your individual personality, goals, and needs.  Choose a fixed time simply to contemplate each of your objects of gratitude and perhaps also to reflect on why you are grateful and how your life has been enriched.  Just identify one thing each day that may be taken for granted and that ordinarily goes unappreciated. 

Express gratitude directly to another. 

If there’s someone in particular whom you owe a debt of gratitude, express your appreciation in concrete terms.  Write a letter now, visit and read the letter out loud in person. I doubt there is a better way to say, “Thank You’” and show gratitude.

 

Love

Unconditional love is the simplest of acts that can be taught to us by observing the actions of your dog. Being loved and accepted for who we are is normal human desire we all want and strive for. When we can offer unconditional love and acceptance to others we share an immense gift that can be easily be passed on. That is how we serve others to heal and grow. Love is our natural state!

Say I LOVE YOU anywhere and everywhere it is needed. Say I LOVE YOU over and over. Mean it. Feel it. There is nothing as powerful as Love. But most important, mean it when you say it.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is awareness. It is to know, feel and see what is happening now in the moment. To arrive here you have to first stop, look, feel and recognize the uniqueness of the moment. Including the connection is has to everything.

 

Mindfulness simple means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong”. When practicing mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

 

You can think of mindfulness as simply being fully in the moment. That might be the simple definition, but being engaged 100% doesn't come easy, especially in our world of distractions. It means actively listening and not zoning out (even a little). It means using all your senses in even mundane situations like washing the dishes or walking the dog.

 

The Benefits of Mindfulness

Increased mindfulness could help you become more focused, more creative, happier, healthier, more relaxed, and in control. It can also help you more fully appreciate each precious current moment (which is all we have, really).

 

How To Practice Mindfulness

Unfortunately, mindfulness isn't a switch you can just flip and then all of the sudden your Mindful for the rest of your life. But it's something you can cultivate.

Curbing distractions and saying no to multitasking can help you focus. Mindfulness requires you to be more aware even in the busiest and most stressful situations (and that's when it comes in most useful too).

 

A simple way to get started is to set up triggers or cues to pull you back into the present when your mind starts to wander throughout that day. For example, while eating, remember to savor each bite every time you put your fork down. You can set an hourly chime or other reminder to pause in the moment. Pausing before you respond to children—or adults—can also help you become more mindful in your relationships, including practicing appreciation and letting go of control.

 

Remember if only we could live the 7 Elements of the Essential Way

Each day we wake and allow our feet to touch the ground. Pause for just a moment for we alone have the choice feel and say this mantra.

 

Today I choose to know Calmness.

Today I choose to have Compassion.

Today I choose to show Kindness.

Today I choose to give Forgiveness.

Today I choose to feel Gratitude.

Today I choose to project Love.

Today I choose to live with Mindfulness.

 

 

Defense of Self

When living the Essential Way, sadly, we must still protect the true person you are. This is something that has always been and will be, until all can find their own path to Spirit. In the “Defense of Self ” apply the protection of; Choice & Situation

 

Choice and Situation

The manner of security of self that I have chosen is, Choice and Situation. I live by choice, even when choices are heavily influenced with chance. I have no control of any situation but my own. Your situation, or the influences that are in your setting are completely out of my power and jurisdiction. What I do have is choice. I can choose to be involved and subjected to the many different elements that may be included in your situation, or I can choose to turn and walk away. I do not have to be involved, even if I cannot literally leave the area, I can leave. I can retreat to my own place while circumnavigating your situation. I can travel freely here until I can literally turn and walk away. This is self-preservation and will keep us completely clear of the negativity and drama that so many have welcomed into their space of being and seem to enjoy floundering in in the negative quagmire.