Finding Inner Peace

ross bishopFinding inner peace can be difficult. We meditate, do yoga, read books, go to workshops, learn mantras, hang affirmations on our refrigerators and yet we remain troubled. What are we missing? Is it just that we are not sufficiently spiritual? Are we not doing it right? That is how it feels much of the time.

Years ago I learned about spirituality through Zen meditation. I sat morning and evening, religiously (if you will pardon the pun), seven days a week, at least twice a day. I got calm, my breathing deepened and the world slowed down as I began to focus on what was really important in life. My friends noticed the changes occurring in me. I went deep. I touched a place of inner peace and calm I had no idea even existed.

Bliss? Hardly. It scared the heck out of me! I had to quit for a while. I had never known that level of openness and feeling that vulnerable shook me to my core. It would be some time before I had the courage to go that deeply or feel that vulnerable again. Fortunately, the experience planted something so deep and powerful in me that I could not ignore. I had to pursue it. So here I am, 30 years later, eternally grateful for an experience that literally scared the daylights out of me. But the fear I experienced then is the same fear that keeps most people from finding inner peace today… continue article

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Masks

By Ross Bishop

Masks. What are yours? We all wear a few. You probably wear one for social occasions or dinner parties, one for meetings, another for friends, possibly one for your relationship. Or, maybe you just put on one and it never comes down . . . The question is – “Why do you need them?” Why can’t you just be yourself?

The answer is that you believe you have have something to hide. Who you are isn’t “good enough.” There is something you are reluctant for the world to see. Defects. Inadequacies. Holes in your being. . . You’re not lovable. Not deserving.

And so long as you believe that, you must try to conceal your “defects.” You become afraid of being found out and condemned so you retreat into your ego for protection. The truth doesn’t matter. Your behavior is driven by what you believe (especially about yourself). And thus the masks.

Your behavior is not perfect, but your behavior is driven by your beliefs. But that is not who you are. It’s what you do when you fear being exposed. If you knew who you really were, there wouldn’t be an issue. There would be nothing to expose!

Your behavior can be changed, once you resolve the beliefs that drive it. You came to earth to resolve the vulnerability that leads to your beliefs. And those vulnerabilities are exposed in childhood. That gives you the rest of your life to work on them.

That’s the way life works. This is not done to punish or to condemn, but to make you aware, to give you the opportunity to resolve – to heal – your vulnerable places.

You can’t be unlovable, you cannot be unworthy, but so long as you believe you could be, in addition to tearing yourself to pieces, you are capable of doing selfish and unkind things to others.

And there is no room for that in heaven.

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