Make a Claim for Your Life

October 5th, 2015

Maybe this is obvious, but I am easily swayed by strong personalities. That may sound funny because I'm such a strong personality, but I fall under the influence of others and get confused about what I want and what I believe. And if the person is an authority figure? Forget it. I've probably already signed away my life savings because that person is an authority, they have a doctorate, and experience, and what do I know?

This week especially I've been receiving conflicting advice from seemingly every person I come across. Every person has an opinion, and I know this is partially self-inflicted because I'm telling people I'm confused, so of course they're weighing in. But then I started thinking about it and I realized it's all well and good for someone to tell me to do X, but they're not the person who will have to deal with the consequences – I am. I'm the person that will have to deal with the fallout of whatever choice I make, so it's my responsibility to make a claim for my life and myself.

Stake a claim.
Stake a claim for yourself.

It's my responsibility to do what's best for me, even if other people disagree with it. The questions I don't ask myself nearly enough are, “What do I want? What do I need?” So often I'm trying to do the “right” thing that I lose myself in the process. My life becomes a series of obligations and all the fun gets sucked out of it. Or even worse, what I want is so abstract that I don't know how to get there and am weighed down by others' opinions. For instance, I know I want and need to make more money, but I don't know how. This is where someone will chime in, “Edit research papers!” or “Write more articles!” and because I'm so desperate to reach my end goal of making more money, I'll say OK even if I'd rather poke out my eyes with rusty nails than do as suggested.

I wish I had a quote to throw out here but it's just my luck that today I can't find anything suitable, which is maybe for the best. Because what it really comes down to is knowing myself, making decisions that are best for me and my life. It's easy for me to follow rules, to walk along the path others have set for me. Much harder for me to make my own path, to figure out where I want to go, especially if other people disagree with my decisions. And especially if there are many options before me.

The tenets of my spiritual practice are self-realization and service to society. Self-realization means realizing the true Self, the divine, the blissful, the infinite, but I also have to believe part of that process is realizing my little self too. Not just the small things like what do I want to eat today, but what makes me come alive? What makes my soul sing? What is going to bring me closer to realizing that big Self? Both on and off the meditation cushion.

I dream of a world where we pay attention to ourselves, to what we want, to what works best for us. Not in a hedonistic free-for-all, but in a concerted, discerning way. In a way that brings us one step closer to realizing infinite bliss. A world where we make a claim for our own lives.

Another world is not only possible, it's probable.

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Seven Steps to Awakening, Quotes #675-676

October 4th, 2015
In this audio we looked closely at our attachment to the ego-sense.
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Read along in the journal

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Regina Dawn Akers

Spend the First Week of November with Regina in Colorado Springs

October 4th, 2015
Join Regina in Colorado Springs, November 1 – November 6,
for a retreat designed to initiate a spiritual shift for all participants.
Regina will address common spiritual questions in a practical way, questions like “What does it mean that the world is not real?” She will answer these questions in a manner that will allow you to live the answers.
LabyrinthRegina will set the stage for deep contemplation, and then she will give you time to wander the grounds of the Franciscan Retreat Center and realize profound clarity directly from within yourself.
There will be times of silence, times of communion and times of laughter as we join together this fall in Colorado. This retreat will be a break from one’s daily life, and when you leave the retreat you will take timeless spiritual treasures with you.

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This retreat begins at 6pm on Sunday, November 1 with dinner at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado and ends with lunch at noon on Friday, November 6.
OutsideAltarSingle rate* (private room) is $750 per person. This rate includes 15 meals, your own room and the retreat.
Shared rate* (two per room) is $625 per person. This rate includes 15 meals, shared room with two twin beds and the retreat. (We can match you with a roommate if you don’t already have one.)
Commuter rate (no sleeping accommodation) is $425 per person. This rate includes 10 meals (breakfast not included) and the retreat. (Nearby hotels include Hampton Inn – Central Air Force Academy, Best Western – Peak Vista, and Embassy Suites – Colorado Springs.)
*All rooms have a private or semi-private (shared between two rooms) bathroom with shower.,

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Deposits & Payment:
Deposits are $100 per person per retreat. Deposits are non-refundable. The balance owed is due within 7 days of registration. Registration deadline is October 14, 2015.
Meals at the retreat:
When you register, you will select one of three types of meals available at the retreat center: With Meat, Vegetarian (with eggs & dairy) or Gluten Free (with meat.)
Transportation to the retreat:
Optional Awakening Together van service will be available from the Colorado Springs airport to the retreat center for an additional cost. Information about this option will be provided to all registrants.
Denver International Airport is about 1 hour 15 minutes drive from the retreat center. Public shuttle service is available to Academy Hotel in Colorado Springs. Awakening Together van service can meet you at the hotel and bring you to the retreat center for a small fee.
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Only 10 Days Left to Register for the Awakening Together Fall Retreats

October 4th, 2015


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Three Fall Retreats in Colorado Springs

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A Weekend Being with Jan Frazier

Author of When Fear Falls Away & The Freedom of Being

Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1

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A Week Within with Regina Dawn Akers

Scribe of NTI & The Teachings of Inner Ramana

Sunday, November 1 – Friday, November 6

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Founder of Trinfinity Academy

Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8

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Inner Ramana at the Center for Inner Peace – Week Two

October 4th, 2015
Study of The Teachings of Inner Ramana from 9/29/15
at the Center for Inner Peace in Pueblo, CO:
The Purpose of Surrender, Part Two
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Assignment for the week:
Continue practicing surrender to the best of your ability.
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Regina Dawn Akers

Living in Heaven and Hell

September 28th, 2015

The other day I made a joke that one of Dante's circles of hell should be where a person repeatedly experiences minor annoyances like an ant invasion that doesn't respond to anything. The ants keep invading regardless of traps and deterrents. Maybe that circle would be for the “sin” of not returning a library book on time.

Shortly thereafter, completely unrelated, a facebook friend posted a quote from my spiritual guide who said, “There exists no such thing as heaven or hell. When a person does a virtuous act or enjoys the fruits thereof, the environment around him or her is then called heaven; and when he or she does an evil act and endures the consequences thereof, then the environment around that person becomes a hell for him or her.”

Is she in heaven? Is she in hell?
Is she in heaven? Is she in hell?

That quote struck me because I am experiencing a kind of hell. Not because I performed an evil act, but rather California is in a drought and the ants are thirsty so I really am experiencing an invasion that doesn't respond to anything. I finally relented and sprayed some Raid so the ants are not nearly as numerous as they were, but for a time, those ants made my life hell. When I think about that quote from my spiritual teacher some more, hell becomes whenever I experience something unpleasant, whenever life doesn't go my way. When I'm not having fun, when I'm not enjoying myself, life is hellish.

Conversely, when I experience something pleasant, when life goes along swimmingly and I'm having tons of fun, life is heaven. So really, what that means is heaven and hell are both of my own making. They are not a place to get to by dying – they are states of being.

I'm not sure I can convey why that excites me so much, but there's something about knowing heaven and hell are not only results of my actions, but they are within my perception, and within my current life, that I find thrilling. As I've been writing about before regarding my spiritual path, it's about the now. Experiencing bliss now. Experiencing enlightenment now, and also experiencing heaven now. It's a place we get to now, and not by forcing the world to conform to our whims, but rather changing our perception. Simple, but not easy.

Another point my spiritual teacher makes about hell is, “If one does noble deeds or sings spiritual songs in hell, it is the bounden duty of the Lord of hell to be there, too, and thus it automatically ceases to be a hell.”

I think his point is if we constantly remember God, any place becomes heaven because God is with us there too. And the more that I contemplate my Creator, the more blissed out I feel, the more heaven I experience.

I dream of a world where we don't wait to live in heaven. A world where we bring heaven to us in the here and now by remembering the source of infinite bliss. A world where we seek to transform even the most fiery hell into a sparkling heaven because we realize we live in both and it's up to us to decide which one we'd rather experience.

Another world is not only possible, it's probable.

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