All posts by Jerry Toporovsky

Working with Negativity

We are working with transforming our negativity, deeply.
We can experience ourselves impartially, feel our experience physically, abide with it. This is who and how we are. 
We can put the energy of our negativity; worry, inner talk, judgement, inner considering, suffering, fear – into our presence, sensation.
When our reaction is very strong, habitual, feel we can’t control it or it just keeps coming back – We can ask for help. Open to help. For example, the violet light of Rafael, healing us emotionally.
All of this applies to ourselves and our ‘gossip’ about ourselves as well. 

“Our identity does not depend on anything outside of ourselves but arises from the quality of our inner state itself.”
Resistance to unpleasant situations is the root of most suffering. At times we have to surrender to uncertainty. 

A short story from Madeline Gold, previously read:
” Lord Pentland and I are talking before heading over to the Foundation for the evening’s activities.
“What will change the world?” he asks. I complain in false modesty, “I don’t know, I have a narrow mind.” “No,”‘ he says, “you have a broad mind. What will change the world?” He asks again.
“Conscience?” I venture. “No,” he says. “Emanations will change the world.” He wants me to understand the effect that emanations have, that my emanations have. It is a different way of seeing the world, in terms of energy and vibration, rather than actions. Rather than seeing change in terms of action, morality, judgment, or duality, to understand it in terms of the unseen.
Maybe today and tomorrow I can emanate a little more love, a little more joy, a little more finer something or other.
In fact there is a lot of wisdom being spread right now, readily accessible, teachers telling truth. Mr. G. said stopping war, even if it were possible, wouldn’t be the thing. Maybe it’s in the change of vibration.”

Working now

The times we are in are unprecedented, how to work now, even thrive during these times.

One – We live a good deal of our lives in sleep, in a world of self-mechanicality. Living and being based in a higher world, the natural world, is the necessary first step in our transformation.

We have to let go of our stories and thoughts from our personality that keep us in world 48. Thoughts of being inadequate in this work, powerless, having no energy, dealing with psycho-emotional not spiritual things. This constant tape loop in our heads, emotions and body keep us stuck.

Or the opposite – For some, feeling great now, taking advantage of the times, where the pride, arrogance and self-importance is the tape loop.

We can separate our self from our self. This is our work. By observing our self  stories, stories of our history, lies, images, feelings of inadequacy, tiredness – or their opposite. All of it needs to be separated from. This is our work and whatever technique brings you this separation is good.

Two – If you are under the weight of what is going on, don’t add negativity to it. Go out for a walk, exercise. Get the blood flowing, the body moving. This is important, whether you are feeling down in the body, mind or emotions. If you can’t sit, concentrate, don’t have energy, feel scattered, get your blood moving.

Three – This is a time of opportunity. Sit and work in order to establish a touchstone of being, of your inner life in yourself. Sit and concentrate until you arrive at a place where the pull of the personality is not so present. Establish this over time.

And Then – Open to the higher, the finer in you. Learn to be in a completely receptive mode. You have to let go of everything; Your pride, feelings of self-pity, inadequacy, negativity, history, body tiredness being in control of you, worry, fear of the future and unknown. Just be, with no doing, expectation, let go of your story. Help is possible, open to it.

We are all in the same boat. The presence of the group, of the work itself can be of enormous help. Finer energy and worlds are present here and now. Always.

Working Now

A few thoughts on a beautiful day.

A good time to work, to be positive. So many of you are, I am. So many in society, paranoid, negative, understandable, but too bad. Don’t get caught up in the consensus trance of fear, insecurity and suspicion. Yes, be safe, but importantly, be positive and grateful when you can.    

The world is wrestling with the virus but with much more; climate change and the future of the planet, authoritarianism, the new age of internet and globalization, the deep nature of gender suppression and racism – With what it means to be human!

Something new may be struggling to be born. A time of spiritual crisis and spiritual flexibility.

500 years ago, during a time of great change, John Calvin and Martin Luther dealt with new forms of communication and scientific discoveries, different but with parallels to our time.

Old structures, forms of Government, religion as we know it, are bankrupt or collapsing. Something needs to be envisioned and built.

It is harder for people to hide now. There is an old saying that ‘When the tide goes out you discover who has been swimming naked.’

How is our Work relevant now, how do we work to serve the future?

A few thoughts:

Resistance to unpleasant situations is the root of suffering. We have to work on ourselves to be able to withstand what is coming, to be present, responsible.

We don’t get to choose our difficulties, but we do have the freedom to select our responses. In the moment, do we have the courage to be with our inner life.

Hope is knowing that we are getting help. That connection is key.

We have to presume we do not know as much as we imagine we do. Be ok within the unknown.

Can we forsake our self-image and all the posturing about who we think we are!

The do’s and don’ts of our work are important, but we have to be compassionate toward ourselves. It is a time of stress, we work, struggle and also need to be loving to ourselves.

Many ask about Prayer and making it real:

We have to be present to pray. In general, if we are present deeply, others do not bother us. We can pray and concentrate.

Our prayer needs to be localized in the here and now. We need to collect, to assemble our disparate forces into a point of concentration, into our relaxed being. We pass into this attention and pass over our psychosomatic self. Our breath, emotion, mind, sensation, in rhythm with our inner life, our spiritual life. We are after something that is beyond us, but within us. At the heart of this is mystery, something beyond our knowing—Not a being, an essence or an object.

The triumph of love in the midst of suffering is at the heart of our work.

Some people want to be informed, not transformed. The courage to be in the moment is key.

This is a meaningful time and it is meaning that will inspire and hold us together. In situations like this, meaning is a vital medication for the soul. A time of connection and inter-dependence.

Wish for yourself and others:

May I be well and happy.
May I have no fears or sorrow.
May I be healthy and free of illness.
May I live calmly and peacefully.