Until the mind is completely satisfied


When it comes to aligning the mind more consciously with reality, the mind won’t rest until it’s completely satisfied.

Why would we want to align the mind more consciously with reality? Aligning our mind more consciously with reality is the essence of emotional healing, and it’s the essence of befriending life (aka awakening). It’s what we are drawn to beneath all our surface desires, wants, and perceived needs.

What does it mean that the mind is not completely satisfied? As long as we are consciously out of alignment with reality, in one or more areas of life, or parts of our human psyche is out of alignment with reality, our mind will be dissatisfied. It will be restless, uneasy, caught up in perceived neediness, and more.

It will keep showing itself what’s left, what’s still unaligned.

It seems like an impossibly tall order to have our conscious view and the orientation of all parts of our human psychology aligned with reality. And, yes, it is. It’s a direction more than a goal. It’s a journey that’s endlessly fascinating (at least for me), challenging, and rewarding.

When I do The Work of Byron Katie, I notice this in miniature. If there is something important I haven’t discovered yet in the inquiry session, I feel it. My mind and body is still tense. There is unease. There is a sense of missing something. So I keep going until I find it, often with the help of an experienced, skilled, and patient facilitator.

How does our mind, in general, show itself what’s left? It does so any time anything is triggered in us, any time we are reactive, any time there is a sense of stress, unease, and discomfort.

Note: I noticed I wrote “my mind and body is” even though I know it’s grammatically incorrect. I decided to keep it. It’s accurate in that the mind and body are just labels of aspects of the same seamless system. It’s singular and not really plural. Of course, all of existence is singular in that sense.

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Using Ho’oponopono as a test


I find myself often using ho’o as a test. 

I wonder how my relationship to something is, and then use ho’o towards it to see what it may rub up against.

I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. Said with heart and repeated many times, perhaps even through the day. 

If there is anything left – of lack of clarity or emotional issues – I keep doing it until I notice a deeper shift. And I may also take it to inquiry or explore it further using Vortex Healing. 

And “something” may be another person, myself as a whole, parts of myself, someone or a situation from my past, an imagined future situation, or anything else. 

This is one of the benefits of heart-centered practices in general. They  tend to show us what’s left.