In CLI class we often use the phrase 'in service to yourself', and often its a student's first time hearing it.
When we are in a cycle of fear and blame we are putting something or someone other than ourselves at the centre of our lives. When other things are at the centre we are making them responsible for how we feel, and count on them to show us. This is being in service to others. When we are rooted in this circle and system of beliefs, doing something for ourselves feels selfish. Putting someone else first becomes selfless. But both of these actions are still done out of fear. (In our CLI manual, which will soon be available as a free ebook, we have a diagram that illustrates this).
When we put ourselves back in the centre of the circle and become in service to ourselves we no longer blame outwardly. In this place we know we are the universe unfolding.
Hello again! Welcome back to our blog. In this post we discuss how many of us come to a point of pain in our lives. When we experience that pain, or snap, we have a choice. We can either shut down or we can change. If we shut down we spend a lot of time and energy managing and coping through life, and how is that working for you? Or we decide we want a solution to the pain and choose to change. Why choose change? Because you can’t run away from yourself; whatever you are experiencing and coping through in this moment will follow you through any physical changes you make until it is resolved. So when we say change, we mean change on a very deep level, far beyond changing who you spend time with or where you live. Conscious Living Investigation is a simple, accessible process of creating that deep change as you become more and more self-aware. The following story is a great example of why you might choose change:
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, the villagers came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.
“We’ll see,” he replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the villagers exclaimed.
“We’ll see,” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The villagers again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
“We’ll see,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The villagers congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
“We’ll see,” said the farmer
CLI is the process of realizing you are, and always have been, the farmer. CLI teaches you that thriving in life depends on resolving all conditions and all fear. Like the farmer, you can also live unconditionally and without fear.
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