The inner buddha


There exists within every one of us, a mentor. This guiding voice has been with us since the dawn of our time and will be with us to the end. It is our best of friends, and at times may seem our worst friend, but it never abandons us; it remains forever at our side. 


The voice within can be called the inner buddha; it is a direct channel to wisdom and right being. When we live rightly, it goes silent and blissful peace and wonder shine bright. When we're conflicted, it presents multiple perspectives for us to choose from. When we're making tremendous mistakes, it blocks our peace, incessantly teaching in hopes that we'll hear. If we ignore it, the tone of the wisdom changes from support and love into whatever will drive us to listen. The inner buddha that lives in a positive environment of compassion responds tenderly; while another may chide because reprimand, threats, and reprisal are its means to be heard. Our good demeanor then, is vital to realizing a positive relationship with the inner buddha.


We all choose the tone of the inner buddha through our thoughts, actions, and intent. Genuine healthful intention demonstrates respect and directs that voice to be supportive and kind.





Take a moment, this very moment, to address the inner buddha and share your conviction to be your greatest self with the following statement: 


"I am on a journey to be my greatest self. My desire is to heal and live true the goodness that lives in me. I know you have loved me since the dawn of time and I know you love me still. Thank you for standing with me even when my choices hurt others. You truly are a valued friend. I will consider your words when you are guiding me. I will always do my best to be my greatest self. I will trip up, but I will not give up. I ask you now to be supportive as you help me to be my greatest self. I ask for your kindness, compassion, and love. I ask that when I don't listen, you remind me of this vow."

Our guide's role

There is an aspect of being a buddha some don't realize, and it causes confusion with respect to how the inner buddha teaches. A buddha does not supply the answers. It details perspectives that we may adopt, helps test our resolve to ensure we're true to our divine nature, and gives us koans (puzzles) designed to reveal aspects of our selves we can learn from. It knows every answer, but its role is not to tell us the answers; we need to discover these for ourselves.

 

Sometimes it appears that the inner buddha is giving us bad advice. We're faced with a choice we have met before and it involves suffering. We're about to make a mistake and our inner guide is going along with us. Oh, we know it'll chatter incessantly afterwards to complain, but its nearly silent now. Perhaps we've got a defective guide. "Aherm... Mr. maker sir... my buddha's defective; can I get a new one?"

 

When we have an important choice to make in life, our inner buddha, our guide, is present. The choice is entirely ours; the teaching role of our guide would be compromised if it decided for us. A good choice shows our guide that we are progressing in our resolve. When we test firm, the attribute of character is aligned and we move to address other aspects of right being. If we waffle on our decision, we're not testing firm in our resolve and the inner buddha will provide us options to consider. Our guide knows what we need to do, but its role is to help us realize that for ourselves. The inner buddha will present many options, often detailing potential outcomes, and we'll choose. We have free will and it won't interfere; our guide goes along with every decision we make. If we steer the ship into the rocks, so be it; our inner guide remains with us. It still loves us and will never give up on us.

 

Throughout our lives, our guide is at work, both seen and unseen. Some methods of guidance are life experiences, déjà vu, out-of-body and near-death experiences. Events in reality hold lessons, and we attract many we are in need of. The dreams we have during sleep provide a way of running test scenarios wherein we confirm our alignment without affecting others. Dreams sometimes hold encrypted keys to current problems or those we'll soon encounter; they're the inner buddha's way of giving us one up on a persistent or arduous challenge. Deja vu arises when our buddha has determined that precognition is the most effective means of helping us evolve. Near death and out of body experiences are interventions that teach us something critical; we may be way off course, non-responsive, or trapped by trauma. At times, we may be a channel of love as a tool to teach us, but we may just as well experience this as a means of giving spiritual support to another. Everything we experience in life has purpose. Even the dreadful events contain value and help us evolve. We'll move to discuss these great tribulations further in our journey... and fear not... we will demolish these paper dragons and laugh in glee as they fall.

 

I hope you can see at this time, that it's all up to us. We choose our thoughts and our actions; our evolution is in our hands. The sooner we move towards authenticity and living our virtues, the sooner we're free to chart our course to the ultimate life.

Checkpoint


It's time to grab your journal and lock in a few great advancements. Write what you've learned, what your introspection has led to, or words that strike your heart from another source. If you aren't sure what to document, the end of a chapter often summarizes key points... and if you're still unsure, record three things in your journal that you are grateful for. Whatever you write, be sure to reflect on each point as it reaches the page, giving thanks. Gratitude is a vital aspect of healing. It helps secure our hearts in loving space, opening them to the joys that surround us every day.


What have we learned?

We have a guide within who loves us unconditionally. It can be referred to as the inner buddha, because it is wise as a buddha, and its approach to teaching is that of a buddha.


Our guide brings awareness to choices we may make so that we can direct our lives and grow. It is friendly if we respond to kindness, harsh if we're persistent, chattering if we've no resolve, and supportive if we ask for help. It will make no decisions for us, but it will use all its power to help us realize and embrace our divine nature. Our inner buddha will always stay by our side, through every decision good or bad, and love as it guides us to wisdom and healthful expression.

I'm ready... Show me my dragon!