As I unite in consciousness with my own Loving Presence, I unite with Divine Mind. Divine Mind is Infinite Being—it is now, here, always. I exist in Divine Mind, as it does in me, united forever—One. It leads me to itself through my consciousness of my Self. My consciousness of my Self as Infinite Being is Oneness with Divine Mind, is my Peace, is my wholeness, is my Unity with All.
Just before contemplating today’s Guiding Thought, I had been reading Bodhisattva Attitude by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In it, he mentions “sleeping yoga with creativity”. This means as you fall asleep, you “visualize yourself as the deity in the mandala.” At first I thought, “I as deity…isn’t that sacrilege?” (This is my Christian background talking). But then I thought about this in terms of this Journey and used this idea about visualizing myself as the deity in the mandala to enhance today’s Guiding Thought.
First, let me say that I don’t really know what deity in the mandala means to Lama Zopa Rinpoche (he does not explain this in the book). For me, it meant to visualize myself embodying (literally, in-bodying—taking on the body of) one of my highest teacher-gurus, and also taking on the qualities of that teacher-guru. I have several teacher-gurus, who I turn to and learn from regularly: Jesus, Shakyamuni Buddha, Kuan Yin, Avelokiteshvara (the Dalai Lama), Shiva Nataraj, Haidakhan Wale Baba (aka “Babaji”), to name a few. They all have wisdom, lessons, and insight that I find useful, valuable, and in the service of All.
During the Guiding Thought, I began to visualize myself as the “deity in the mandala”—as my guru-teacher Babaji. Only he wasn’t the deity in the mandala (whatever that means), he was my own Loving Presence. It was like my consciousness stayed as a shadow of myself as me, while my own Loving Presence, in the form of Babaji, stood towering over-in-behind me. He was me, but I was also watching him from my consciousness.
While standing there, he-as-me became very much like the analogy of “one coin, two sides”. His/My front was still “me” in consciousness, but his/my back opened and flowed into infinity. He, as my own Loving Presence, was also my union with, my connection to, Infinite Divine Mind. In that image the sentence of the Guiding Thought, “I exist in Divine Mind, as it does in me, united forever—One” became real. And I saw/understood how Infinite Divine Mind does lead me to itself through my consciousness of my Self. Divine Mind needs me. It needs me to be aware of it, to use my consciousness to recognize it, to see it, to know it is there connected with me, connecting me with All. In that moment there was Peace… real Peace. “My consciousness of my Self as Infinite Being is Oneness with Divine Mind, is my Peace, my wholeness, and my Unity with All.”
Finally, Lama Zopa Rinpoche also sums up the connection between today’s Guiding Thought and the meaning of healing. He says, “Freeing yourself from the concept of permanence, attachment and so forth means also freeing yourself from anger and all the problems that come with anger, such as jealousy. You free yourself from all those sicknesses and chronic diseases of the mind and open the door to peace…You give yourself peace and from that great inner peace come a healthy mind, and a healthy body. That’s how it works.”
May all the activities of my body, mind, and speech become the cause to achieve enlightenment and to enlighten all sentient beings.