Change is in the air; now, more than ever, one’s entire life can change overnight or even in a matter of minutes!
Some say change is good, some say change is bad, some say change is inevitable!!! I say change on the inner, on the deepest levels of being takes practice and can bring the enormous benefit of inner stability, even unshakeability! The changes we create within bring about the ultimate changes on the outer, including our relationships with people and nature.
The more we purify within and return to our original sweetness, the sooner our world will transform.That is why I have chosen to study and meditate everyday. I’m learning to switch my identity from the limited to the unlimited…from being a body of flesh and bones to being a body of light, actually a point of light, a soul.
Flesh and bone are limited. Light is unlimited, eternal, imperishable, so am I. So are you!
I am establishing a way of being in the world, which is quite foreign to most. Thinking one is a limited body of flesh and bones is a big part of why most of us are caught up in some form or other of suffering.
The soul is invisible; you can not see a soul when you look into a physical mirror. The soul, can only be seen when one looks into the cleansed mirror of the heart.
Okay so how does one clean the mirror of the Heart and start enjoying its magic?
First and Foremost: the magic is turned on by deeply realizing and reflecting upon the virtues and powers inherent in being a soul, our eternal virtues of peace, love, happiness, wisdom, purity, and bliss. This step can be called: SELF RESPECT>
When one reflects deeply on the truth of the Self, happiness and joy emerge and the remembrance of the Divine, Benevolent One comes naturally.
Remembering the Self and remembering the One who is constantly shining, the Beautiful One , is the way to transform the little self and is essential for our spiritual cleansing. Through this practice it is possible to ‘imbibe’ virtues and powers from the Source of all Virtues and the Source of all Love and Spiritual Powers.
Second Step: Begin with a quality or virtue of the soul that you want MORE of… For example when I started this process, I began by focusing on Peace. I wanted MORE PEACE, so I meditated on the truth that originally I was a peaceful soul…as I concentrated on peace and stillness and remembered the Beloved who is the Ocean of Peace, I felt MORE PEACE within. With peace as a foundation, I became free to explore other qualities that are intrinsic to who I truly am, like the virtue of kindness and the power to co-operate.
Third Step: This led naturally to the third step of being kinder to the Self and learn to be with the divine qualities within me. Divinity is the opposite of Devilishness…devil or angel???
What will it be?
What are devilish traits? Thinking unkind thoughts about the Self or others is devilish and impinges upon Self Respect and Regard for others.
Likewise impure thoughts about bodies are limiting and disrespectful. Bodies, in all their usefulness in being the chariot for the soul, can also be an aspect of illusion, a trap (Maya) which distracts the unlimited intellect of the soul by reducing its awareness to the physical senses and the physical costume.
In so doing, a vast ocean of subtlety is lost from our experience of life. The ultimate robbery is this snatching away of the awareness of our spiritual power, our peace, serenity, and bliss.
We get so caught up in the limitations of the physical that we lose the true essence of who we are…immortal souls. Fortunately, our eternal self can never truly be lost; I however it has seriously become covered over and has contributed to anxiety, fear, and a sense of true awareness.
The Fourth Step involves a process of remembering and uncovering the truth of who we are and allowing it to emerge as a way of life that is gentler, quieter, sweeter, and inherently fulfilling.
As a child, I truly wondered why I was alive? Didn’t you? I wasn’t depressed or socially deprived, it just seemed to me that life was mostly about eating in the day, sleeping at night, and then getting up and doing it all again. I guess I was a seeker all along because things of this world seemed senseless to this sensible old soul who knew there must be something more. I remember pondering on this lyric, “maybe I’m like my mother, she’s never satisfied?” from one of Prince’s big hits, “The Sound of Doves Crying”.
However, the questions of why am I here and what is fulfillment all about were carefully placed onto the “back burner” of I, the soul and the physical demands and focus of the unreflected life took over and inevitably, took their toll. Left to using the senses as my touchstone of reality and satisfaction, created feelings of great dependency on people, places, and things and on more and more external stimulation. “Constant Craving”, as one songwriter of my generation put it, became the apt theme song to the life I and many others had unwittingly created.
What a box!
A box full of unlimited distractions, diversions, and desperation. The 3-D world, no matter how good or bad one has it, is still a world of limitations. Show me the way out!!!
The Fifth Step involves asking the right questions at the right time to the self (and the One Above) and opens doors which previously didn’t seem to exist. And as your fortune, would have it… you can be blessed with the Truth, especially if you have the sense and willingness to recognize it as Truth.
I truly believe that the Truth is looking for us, just as much as we look for the Truth. I consider myself very fortunate, for the Truth found me, after a long time of seeking me out. The moment was finally right, for my eyes to open and for the longings of my childhood to be answered.
Sixth Step: When the Truth finds you, your mission in life becomes focused, coalesced, and all your desires fade behind the joy of”Remembering”. Remembering becomes paramount. You are now on a Pilgrimage of Rememberance– to remember the Truth, to remember to stay in the Company of the Truth, and to remember to help others to remember too. This becomes your “to do” list and, honestly, this is when the real battle begins.
Maya and all her diversions and illusions don’t want to lose you and the battle for your attention can intensify !!!
When you chose this path, great courage is necessary. Courage to take the first step, for when you do, the Universe (read God) will applaud and assist you a thousand-fold in your endeavor!!! And yet, the One warns you that to make the battle fair, Maya stands as strong as the Light. You must take an even stronger stand and totally align yourself with the Light, the Truth, and with the Power of Love.
That’s when the impossible becomes possible, when the game of life takes on altogether new dimensions.
This is why I study and create time to practice Raja Yoga Meditation everyday.
Raja Yoga Meditation is also called “swinging in the swing of supersensuous joy”, the joy beyond the senses, the yoga of the ancients, the gateway to Heaven on Earth, knowing the beginning, the middle, and the end of Time, and becoming Masters. Sound mysterious??? Enticing??? even daunting???
Oh soul, Oh friend, it is yours for the taking!!!
Step onto this path and each day becomes so valuable. Make time for the Big Self, remember to share with others, think positive and BIG, tap into bliss and your original perfection, think outside of the 3-D box, don’t let your power go to waste by troubling the mind with ordinary, everyday meanderings!!! Whatever actions you perform, know that others will follow. So fill yourself, then fill others.
This promise is not made with words ….As soon as you recognize the Truth, the promise is made!
The Seventh Step requires complete honesty with yourself, in order to take a good, long look at what you do everyday that isn’t benefiting you or anyone else. It might not be conscious to you until you take time to STOP and look.
Then when you restart: reset your day by doing something different. I don’t mean taking a different route to work or having one cup of coffee, instead of two. That’s okay, but that is more about changing aspects of the limited life.
Do something really different! Switch your awareness to the unlimited; focus on the unseen things you value. Take a walk into the subtle level of your thoughts, check out your attitude. Clear out worn out, overused, and outdated perceptions of yourself, others, and the meaning of life.
In order to make this switch, make a change in consciousness; bring a new level of awareness to your day. Folks often write down what they plan to DO in a day, but how often have you or any of your friends and family, written down what you plan to THINK today. Becoming the director of your thoughts includes noting when those unconscious, quiet (sneaky) remarks infiltrate your thinking. These thoughts or remarks are often so unconscious, they seem to just happen as if we are in a trance state, being hypnotized to believe negative things about ourselves and others. At this moment of discovering that critical voice, ignore it, and create a positive thought in its place, such as I am a peaceful soul or I am a positive soul or my true nature is purity and kindness.
A great habit to instill is to use elevated, powerful and true thoughts along with the different activities you perform each day. For example, while driving in traffic or driving in general, you could use this thought: I am a destroyer of obstacles for my self and others. When you first wake up, before your feet even touch the floor, begin thinking that I am a soul. I have come to earth to bring light into the world. While cooking and eating you could think or say over and over again, I am a pure soul or even I am a supremely pure soul.
If you have written down the thoughts and the activities you have planned for the day, it makes it easier to instill this new habit of super charged thoughts. This is a wonderful opportunity to take charge and replace unbeneficial thoughts with beneficial ones. Give yourself credit for doing this.
You may have to do this over and over again many times for days in order to switch gears from the little self and its small, demeaning thoughts to the Big Self and its beautiful, unlimited thoughts.
Eight Step: include time to contemplate and meditate everyday. This will make it easier to spot the glitches in your thoughts by removing the Blind Spot in your consciousness. If you are a driver, you must be aware of the blind spot while driving and how dangerous it is if you do not recognize it. How much more so, if you are blind to the self-image you are carrying around!
To truly see the self, you must become the ‘detached observer’. Be as detached from yourself as you are loving. Then dispassionately see your specialites as well as your weaknesses. Make an honest appraisal of yourself. Find out what obstacles you have created for yourself.
And finally, the Ninth Step: Ask the Divine for help. Whatever you do, do not feel ashamed, guilty, hopeless, or fearful. Remember to be detached and loving.
Sending you unlimited good wishes on this unlimited journey!
For more inspiration, you may also wish to read a recent post called:”Revolution and True Freedom” on this blog.