From April 24, 2014
The Fundamental Nature of Reality and the Key to Enlightenment
This week was transformational for me. Buddha has graciously worked with me through what has been the most difficult issue of my life. What that issue is for me doesn’t really matter; please substitute whatever your most difficult issue may be – whether it is self-esteem, life-threatening disease, loss of a loved one, financial fears, feelings of inadequacy, fear of being alone, desperation in romance, career failure, addiction, failure in important relationships, or whatever the biggest challenge of your life might be.
This week, my desire for a certain really important outcome in my life was thwarted (again), so it seems. I felt deeply hurt. For one night, I could not sleep (which is rare for me – I usually sleep peacefully). Yet, in the early morning hours as I struggled with life, I clearly heard the affirmation, “All is well.”
I have heard that affirmation many times before: from other people, from the Ascended Masters or angels and whoever has helped me at different times. This time, of course I found it difficult to feel and to believe, although I knew it to be true.
After a few hours and attempts at meditation and prayer, I picked up a book called Buddha, which my daughter had given me for Christmas. Flipping through, I felt drawn to the definition of dhamma. The glossary stated that dhamma’s original meaning was something along the lines of the fundamental nature of reality, although the meaning has become something like truth or teachings, like dharma.
At that point, I suddenly realized that “All is well” is the fundamental nature of reality. That is the Divine State of Being: All Is Well. However, at that moment, I was not feeling it.
I then experienced Buddha telling me that the reason that I was suffering was, of course, because I was holding onto desire. I acknowledged this, but said, “I don’t know how to let go of the desire. Please help me.”
I then heard: “Let go of the desire by knowing that all is well.” I realized that choosing to believe and to trust that all is well is the same as choosing non-attachment, and that non-attachment leads to bliss, which of course, is the same as the state of “All is well.”
I laughed with delight.
This is the simple path to Enlightenment: let go of the desire by knowing that all is well. The full circle consists of letting go of desire by knowing that all is well, then choosing to remain in a state of non-attachment (grace), and then non-attachment leads to bliss, which is the same as being in that state in which all is well.
This “simple” path to Enlightenment often feels anything but easy. But this is the secret – just do it, and then do it again, realizing that the true and fundamental nature of reality is “All is well.”
I had been experiencing the truth of that statement through the stresses of traveling to and through New York City. When I’m there, I’m constantly looking for trees – feeling anything but at home, precisely because there is so little greenery there. I also did not know how to navigate around NY very easily, being unfamiliar with it, so I found it very helpful to be mindful of “All is well.” The really amazing truth is that, when we choose to acknowledge this fundamental basis of reality, life becomes a flow of love and joy.
I almost feel as though the name of the Divine is actually “All is well.” It reminds me of my experience in African-American churches where the pastor will often say, “God is good,” and the congregation responds: “all the time.” Then the pastor says, “All the time,” and the congregation responds, “God is good.”
May you discover the blissful, peaceful, fruitful and freeing state of “All is well” all the time!
Love and Light,