Reflect on the nature of your Real Presence, Essence, and Being while considering teachings of A Course In Miracles about what the Real World is and where you think you are. According to A Course in Miracles, your Real Identity is Christ and you are One with God. That is who you are. Other traditions might call your True Nature, The Atman, The Self, The Higher Self, The Buddha Nature, or the Inner Guru. Explore ideas surrounding what is the Real World versus what is considered to be illusion and mere appearances seeming to exist as form. You are here for a short time, are stuck in cycles of death and rebirth, but have never truly left your True Home in the Paradise State of Awareness known as Heaven.
We must do shadow work, to go down into the depths of our psyche in order to the work of Transcendence. We must clear our subconscious debris, go down into the tomb, die to the false self, so we can rise up in glory and radiance and truth. Without doing depth work, we are shallow people. We must acknowledge our “weeds” of darkness, let them grow along side the “wheat” (light) in us, and be transformed through a process of coming into greater awareness. Bryan talks about Jungian Psychology, the shadow, and talks about the path to the True Christed Self. He talks about how suffering is a choice that we make, not a necessity. Recognizing darkness in us helps us to evolve and grow by shining light on our shadow nature that we repress from conscious awareness. The songs you hear in this program are written, composed, and sung by Bryan. Check out all Bryan Rice’s published books and music at bryanrice.org.
Pain and the ego are equated and you have a choice whether to suffer or not. Anytime you are in pain of any kind, you are experiencing the ego. We have the ability to program ourselves with happiness. When we are in Pure Presence or Essence, we are not identified with the ego. Though most therapeutic systems will tell you that you need to have healthy ego boundaries. Spirituality would say that you first need an ego in order to transcend an ego. We need to command a new Presence. The “Is-ness” of our True Nature is Presence and suffering is not desirable as is taught in many Eastern Spirituality traditions. Suffering is self-created. Bryan encourages people to put aside ingrained beliefs about suffering being somehow a sign of “holiness” or “worthiness”. We do not need to crucify ourselves and need to take the crown of thorns off of our head and take the nails out of our hands and feet. Most of us in the West have been conditioned to believe that suffering is somehow admirable in the eyes of God. We are Infinitely Blessed, Loved, and “Need Do Nothing” to experience our Divinity. Pain comes from fear and emotions such as anger are draining to our life force. Anything that causes “dis-ease”, is not from our True Self. Only our egos can be offended. According to A Course In Miracles, God, who is beyond all gender, does not condemn nor inflict vengeance and suffering onto anyone out of punishment. We are whole, we are One, we are Innocent. Seeming to fall from grace is an illusion, it is not real, it is a “side show”. There is a way to live in moral harmony. When we hear words like “yield” and “surrender” yourself to a loving God. What it really means is being open and receptive to the Divine Flow of Life Force in our Being. We live in maya, or delusion as is spoken of in the East and God and the “Devil” are not outside of you. Choosing to live in duality creates suffering as well. Bryan talks about the movie “The Passion of the Christ” and how its depiction of the suffering of Jeshua (Jesus) was an extreme portrayal of what the human ego does to humanity.
Explore with Bryan Rice, the ideas surrounding grace and evolution of consciousness and how important it is to try and maintain grace in seemingly disastrous and unpleasant experiences. It is all a matter of perspective and about changing your perception on how you view what to one person may seem to be unfavorable and challenging, but to another with a transformed perception, one can see such circumstances as opportunities for grace to flow into one’s life and raise one’s awareness to Higher Consciousness. Check out all Bryan’s published books and music at bryanrice.org. The songs you here on this program are written and sung by Bryan.
During this season of light, remember to “Choose Peace” in your life, the peace of Divine Presence. The Divinity of All There Is to illuminate your path and bring you contentment and joy. Join Bryan for this new episode today, an updated episode from a 2015 broadcast on Divine Realization Radio. This episode is brought to you by Ashram Christ Realization, Project New Humanity Communications, and Miracles New Humanity, and promotes a course Bryan took from the ministry he is studying to become a part of, Pathways of Light. Their ACIM Practitioner Course 902, inspired this talk. He highly recommends that course to others. Check out Bryan’s music and information about his books and previous CD Release of audio book “Light Transmissions”, a compilation of meditations, affirmations, and self-initiations known as dikshas set to music. The book “Light Transmissions” is meant to be heard for maximum effectiveness. It is doing well in the digital and streaming market and hopes to uplift as many souls as possible. To listen to, try, then buy “Light Transmissions” visit bryanrice.org.
How does desire drive our lives? Desire is a gift from the Divine, a fiery energy. How does desire aid in our awakening? Can desire energy, when harnessed allow us to evolve? Desire energy when not harnessed can lead to suffering. Bryan promotes a form of meditation he was taught that deals with desire energy taught by Anmol Mehta (anmolmehta.com), the Silent Mind Meditation Technique, a seven step process. The Cosmic Play of Forces within us causes the process of involution and evolution. Taking two steps forward, and three backwards at time. We can be taken hostage by our desires and the fluctuations of the mind. Bryan mentions the Yoga Sutras (Pantanjali) and how stilling the fluctuations of the mind brings peace. But our constant pursuits stemming from desire can bring suffering and dis-ease. Desire is a power that is operative in our conscious and subconscious minds. We are driven to excel and to accomplish. This is a good thing. What are some pursuits to let go of? The attachment to needing to be special or an individual (constant need to be affirmed for our identity through self-definitions), our attachment to needing to be successful at all costs, the attachment to excessive self-promotion and inflated self-worth, the desires for fame and recognition (very hard to let go of this need to be recognized and important), the incessant need for acceptance and praise (things that we let define our self-esteem), we can be driven by the need for false joy to counteract pain through indulgence, we can be driven by the need to avoid reality, to power, to be needed by others, obsessions with sensual pleasures, emotionality, external stimulation, co-dependence on others, the need to exert control, and more. How can we meditate on ways to harness our desires to reduce and eliminate suffering, or currents in the mind that drive us to pursue certain ideals. Most of our ideals are illusory however noble they may seem. We need to release the thoughts that say we “should” do something to be happy. Find out what stands in the way of being in the present moment.
Why do we burn candles, light fires, and use the imagery of light in sacred events, to speak of the aura, celestial beings, or is frequently recalled in near-death experiences? Why do visionary experiences speak of an influx of inner light? Light is infinitesimal, vast, and beyond comprehension. We seek to grasp and understand, some truths, some mysteries to our existence and we can know deep within that we are and we became and were begotten by One Light, that of which is Whole and “Is” always. The field of Light from which we came is a constant and will continue to be a constant and forever, because it is everlasting. We live in a world of separation, but in reality we never separated ourselves from the Infinite and the Unified Field of God Awareness. Many forms seem to exist, but all that is came from One Source. An illimitable Source. Light comes into the world through us. We will forever be light and lit by the experience of Love. Nothing can change that. We exist in the first Primordial state of Oneness. In the midst of that original state, our True Nature is found. We are not separated from Light, though we may seem to be caught in darkness at times in our life. Light is the One uniting commonality of all things. Light is our Essence and what we celebrate during festive holiday seasons, celebrating inner light. Light has come through individuals and will always come through individuals. The One Source, the Unified Field of Awareness emanated us and light seems to come into this world through gradations of the one Light Continuum. Light is power. We have within us, the inner “guru” which means the “light that dispels darkness”. This source within transforms us. Light in this world seems to be fractured, but light is All-encompassing and over-powering. It is fascinating to explore and brings a comfort in times of sorrow. Light enables us to celebrate and dig deep within ourselves. Consciousness and Light are both ever-expansive. We seek Light-bearers and many have come into the world as avatars. The Allness of Light Presence is expressed as the True Self, called by many names, The Atman, The Self, The Christ, The Buddha Nature, Krishna Consciousness. No matter who we are, where we are, what we’ve done, we will always be an illumined source of light. Light is used to represent Spirit during holiday seasons. Light is eternal. And Oneness and Light are synonymous and interchangeable. There is nowhere that Light is not.
While living in this earth plane, the experience of loss is guaranteed as nothing in the world of form lasts. Though we come to inhabit bodies, we eventually lay them aside and transition back Home to the place where we came from and never truly left in actuality. Grief can stricken our psyches and make the human experience a burden at times. Bryan explores the topic of loss from a standpoint of what it means to heal and process grief with the help of others. Since loss is an experience that is universal to our human nature, we all are somewhat bound by our attachments to loved ones and to the memories we carry about those whom have passed on. Time does heal all wounds. Bryan shares the experiences of healing that his wife has gone through in dealing with her grief process. It is important to uplift others in our lives that we still have here while present on the earth plane. Letting go is not easy, by any means. Grief and attachment are temporary and are sources of suffering. True Love is eternal and cannot die, even when we lose someone who transitions from life within the human body. We need to know the difference between attachment to memories, neediness, co-dependence, reliance on others for certain forms of affirmation, self-identity, acceptance and the Reality of True Love that lives on after seeming to be separated from another through the process of death. Breakthrough moments require recognizing our attachments and releasing them in Love for the gravity of loss to be transcended.
The extraordinary can be found in the ordinary. Living lives of fame, recognition, and status in the world doesn’t guarantee specialness or an exalted nature of any kind. Self-importance doesn’t translate to the spiritual journey. Bryan shares his experiences of having wrestled with this temptation when he was looking to pursue a career in acting and was wrapped up in himself. We all like to be the center of our own universe, but we are not the individuals we think we are. We are all the same, come from the same Source, and should not define ourselves in terms of our differences or uniqueness. The need to be “different” or to stand out is something we all are susceptible to and this is a drive of type fours on the Enneagram. We have no reason to feel inferior to others or to have to compare ourselves to others to find self-worth. The myth of specialness can be demystified by coming into the awareness that nothing we lack nothing as Creations of Divinity and do not need praise, fame, or elevated status to feel worthy of what comes from our True Nature (Infinite Love). We are all important in the eyes of the Divine’s plan for each one of us, but again, are not more special or more important than anyone else in this dream world. Being in the public eye does not set a person apart or make them superior. Specialness is debunked by the great text A Course in Miracles. Bryan urges listeners to be humble and to count their blessings if they do hold positions of status in this world. Are you comfortable being on the fringe and living in vitality? Live in your excellence and be thankful and transcend all illusions of the need for approval, praise, and inflation. Observe yourself, not exalt yourself. You will be forever, all that you are, all that you need to be happy. The meditation and affirmation by Bryan shared at the end of the episode “Allowing and Accepting the Now” is from his album “Light Transmissions” available as an mp3 for purchase on bryanrice.org, amazon mp3, iTunes, and streams on various sites as well.