- When I stop looking to the world outside for fulfillment, I can begin to draw upon the amazing inner resources of love, wisdom, and happiness that emerge when I attend to my inner world.
- When I realize the significance of this turning away from the outside to develop a taste for going within, I can truly understand and practice what it means to “consider myself to be a soul”.
- Since what I focus upon colors my consciousness, I am inspired to conquer the many pulls of Maya upon my intellect, which means all the distractions that can come up when I wish to contemplate the deeper, subtle levels of truth.
- To turn within I practice sitting quietly and withdrawing my thoughts from the outside world. This includes the pulls of the body, possessions, and people. Then I’m able to focus on my inner identity, the spiritual aspect of the self which is pure light, like a sparkling star. This point of light, pure consciousness, is situated behind the eyes, and is I, the soul, the navigator of this brain and body. In some spiritual traditions, this point of awareness is remembered as the third eye.
- Opening the third eye is like opening a window to another world. Even while situated here in the body, I am able to take my thoughts far beyond this physical universe, into a realm of peace and stillness. I understand this realm to be my original home, home of all souls, including the home of the Supreme Soul. I think of that One as also being like a point or a star, dimensionless, but radiant with the power of truth, unlimited and eternal.
6. In Dadi Janki’s words, the 103 year old yogi who is the administrative head of the Brahma Kumaris, and who has been practicing Raja Yoga Meditation since she was 19 years old…”As my consciousness reaches this incorporeal awareness and stage, it then becomes possible to develop a relationship with God. This takes me to a higher level of energy inside.
7. Every time I remember God, the relationship between us deepens. It’s such a beautiful discovery, that I can visit the Supreme Soul whenever I want, internally…when I leave on one side all my worldly relationships and connections, I experience all God’s qualities and powers.
8. I recharge, filling with this energy of truth that is also my own truth…When I return to my responsibilities in the physical world after recharging in this way, I find I can easily and naturally keep a positive frame of mind.” (pp.41-42/Janki)