Maintaining a Balance

The Buddha refused the kingship in order to dive deeply into the nature of suffering. He did that because he felt driven to help others become free of suffering.

It all comes down to desires, expectations, and attachments causing suffering.

It sounds so simple in theory, but it is not in our human nature to just suddenly decide to let go of desires, expectations, and attachments.

So, what is the answer to this complex riddle called the human condition?

My answer is we have to do our best to maintain a balance between awareness of suffering (in ourselves, in others, and in the world), and creation of fun… We don’t have to go searching for suffering because it is all around us, so what we have to do is continually strive to happy up, to have fun, to get creative, and to do whatever it takes to feel inspired, juicy, and alive!

Are you having any fun lately? Do you feel sparked by the life force within you? Are you keeping a sense of humor in the midst of your challenges?

In 2020 (as per usual), I am feeling most inspired and juiced up by writing and reading… To that end, I’m going to take a few days off from blogging in order to re-read the books I published last year… If you also get inspired through reading, and you haven’t ordered my books yet, they are available on Lulu and Amazon!

(By the way, I make almost seven times as much on Lulu, as compared to Amazon, but I’m super grateful for all sales anywhere!)

Dear reader, thank you for reading this post!
I hope you have a great week… 🙂

May the Force of All Light be with you!

With happy high vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

Fun Buddha image by geralt (Gerd Altmann) on Pixabay.

 

Who (or What) Is Your Light Saber?

Dear readers,

This afternoon on my walk something triggered fear in me, and I began crying, and then I said out loud, “How can I face this fear, I don’t have a light saber!” (Yes, I have Star Wars on the brain right now!)

As soon as I said that, it came to me that God is my light saber!

In my Hindu-influenced conception of God, I spontaneously saw this vision of myself as the Pure Shiva Consciousness and Shiva’s light saber is Rama, the Force of All Light! So when I am in the Pure Shiva Witness Consciousness, watching everything (including the fears), then the Pure Light of Rama – the light saber – shines forth and conquers anything that needs to be conquered, like fears, anxieties, griefs, traumas, desires, attachments, and expectations.

So! The way for me to face my fears is to relax into the Pure Consciousness and watch the fears, and allow them to be transformed by the light saber!

Dear reader, who (or what) is your light saber?

With love and light sabers,
StarFire Teja

 

Awesome photo* of red rocks (with shafts of light that remind me of light sabers!) by Madhu Shesharam on Unsplash.

* If you are viewing this post in an email, please click on the title’s article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can see the amazingly perfect photo I found to go with this post! 🙂

 

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Commit to Living Your Ideals

 

May you align with your beliefs and visions.

May you be a resolute person.

May your weekend be blessed with even the smallest ways of contributing something of value.

May you commit to living your ideals.

 

In a recent post (“Half-Way Through 2019: Goals Review Time!”) I shared that for many years on my spiritual journey I straddled two worlds… In one world I wanted to be a nun, and in the other world I wanted to find prince charming. In 2011 I ordered a gold snake ring (with amethyst crystal eyes) and placed it on my wedding ring finger to signify that I was married to Lord Shiva (an aspect of God in the Hindu trinity)… And I wore that ring for five years, during which time I continued dating earthly guys! Finally one of my sons convinced me to take off the ring and surrender to my desire for a partner…

Fast-forward to 2018, when I decided to renounce that desire and go fully for nunhood… One year ago today I put that snake ring back on my wedding ring finger, and for this whole year I have remained resolute in my decision to live in one world rather than straddling two worlds… And it has been hard work to get to where I am now, but it has been worth it. Lately I am feeling happier and happier (knock on wood!), and I am truly enjoying the happiness of the Spiritual Life.

Do you have any inner conflicts about your desires and visions? What are your ideals? What can you do today to live your ideals more fully?

May you feel happier and happier,
every day in every way!

 

“I wish…”

On January 11th I posted my favorite blog article ever (“Into the Fire”) in which I celebrated that I no longer have the desire for prince charming, and I am finding happiness inside my own being. Well, thankfully the desire for prince charming has not returned… but, as per human nature, other desires have grown in its place…

So, on March 11th as I sat in meditation nurturing one of those desires, I remembered the opening song of Into the Woods, in which the characters sing “I wish…” and I spontaneously took myself on a guided imagery voyage. In my mind I took my wish into the woods, where I said it to the trees… and then I took that wish out into the universes, where I said it to the stars… and then I took that wish out to the ocean, where I said it to the waves… and then I took that wish to Sedona, where I whispered it to the holy red rocks… and then I took that wish out into Space, where I shared it with the blue space beings of the Highest Love… and as I spoke my wish to each, all the while tears were just streaming down my cheeks…

The tears were a mixture of the depth of desire I was feeling for that wish, along with the sorrow of the desire not being fulfilled… Can you relate to this? Do you have any wishes that you fear will never come true? If you answered yes to these questions, then the solution for you, as well as for me, is to remember that true happiness is inside of us. When we attune with our inner selves it becomes easy to throw all the desires into the Fire of Love that is ever burning inside us.

Please read my post “Into the Fire” and let me know if it is helpful to you. You can comment down below where it says “Leave a Reply” or you can send me a private message via the Contact tab up in the top right corner. I would love to hear from you!

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering (from desires)
May All Beings Be Happy (inside their own beings)

 

Image from Pexels Public Domain Pictures

Into the Fire

As the musical fantasy film begins, each character sings “I wish…” setting the stage for the Disney movie’s central theme: angst over desires. When I saw Into the Woods (Christmas 2014 with Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp), I loved it so much that I went to see it again the next week. At that time I was forty-four years old, and I had been consumed for decades by a burning desire to meet a charming prince on a white horse who I was just sure would complete me and make me happy. So that movie really touched some deep chords. For me it was a profound external acknowledgement of the unsatisfied yearnings inside me. Anyone who is suffering over unfulfilled desires can find comfort by watching that movie. And, at the same time, it is possible to change our desires and free ourselves of that misery.

For years I prayed to be free of that desire for prince charming. It seemed hopeless because the desire was so strong, but then, by a series of what seemed like unfortunate events, my desires changed. Now I am writing my own new movie called Into the Fire, in which I have taken responsibility for my own happiness. I am married to God and the Spiritual Life, and I now see that as a blessing.

The ancient sages and mystics in India taught the same thing that Jesus taught, that the Kingdom of God is within. The Fire of Divinity is inside each of us already. We just have to sit still and tune in, inside, to that Fire. Everything in all the universes is inside each of us already. When we go inside ourselves regularly, in sitting meditation, or walking in nature, with practice we begin to find more happiness within our own beings than we could ever find with another person.

In the Radiance Rising section at the beginning of my new book (before I begin the fascinating story), I offer an extensive list of spiritual practices that will help you to also find happiness within. To order your copy now, please click on the book’s title here, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.

So, we have a choice. We can go Into the Woods, crying about what we want and can’t seem to find. OR, we can go Into the Fire, burning through the desires for external things, and finding our happiness inside our very own selves.

I bow to the human condition, and I pray for the happiness of all beings.

 

 

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech