No, don’t worry, we aren’t really going to! And I ain’t going to talk about nudity nor going to post any such pictures. So calm down, take a deep breath or two and relax! You will see why this title.
Quite a while back, I was asked by a friend to write something that might help those who are beginning their spiritual journey consciously or perhaps the Ascension energies are pushing them onto a spiritual path.
First things first: I am not a teacher to anyone nor do I proclaim to be one. And I do not intend to preach. I’m still in my infancy! I can only come from my experience and share out of my own lifebook! And anyway, we all have a teacher and teachings inside us, as my previous spiritual teacher Shri Bhagavan would say. Perhaps someone can show you the way to that teacher within, but we all have to walk the path ourselves.
Also, I reckon, where we, as humanity, are going, we will be in direct connection with our Source and so we wouldn’t need any spiritual organisation or teacher per se. Helpers, yes. Teachers, I don’t think so! I maybe wrong. We shall see.
And believe it or not, this Ascension thing is REAL, it is indeed happening and I guess most of us who are here on this planet at this time will be going through it sooner or later in varying degrees in our own way, in our own time, provided it’s writen in our soul plan. Check these articles here and here to get an idea of what’s happening and how it could play out in your lives.
Now that I’ve got it off my chest, I’d like to share what has helped me tremendously.
The most important ingredient in this recipe is an honest acknowledgement that life sucks! A reality check that life in the current state is not as happy and joyous as we think (and sometimes pretend) it is! To have the integrity to accept that not all our relationships are harmonious and loving but more superficial! A look in our inner mirror and saying “No, two hours of a comedy movie isn’t true happiness! No, retail therapy isn’t true happiness! No, managing my sorrows isn’t really being free and happy!”
Maybe some would argue that not all relationships are important and need to be loving. “Why would I need to be loving in my relation with my boss or colleague? It’s only a workplace!” And I ask “why not?”
Maybe some would disagree; they would say a nice movie makes them happy. Yes, I agree. But does it last long? Let us be clear in not confusing pleasure with happiness. We can have all the pleasures in life and still have a sense of emptiness inside, a sense of something is lacking, a sense of feeling incomplete, a sense of dissatisfaction.
I am not saying we should renounce the world and all the material pleasures and live like a caveman. Noooooo!!! Even this yogi is a well dressed one who likes his movies even though he lives in this digital cave (Sidenote: I was told off by someone for my pseudonym; LOL, the person couldn’t accept that yogis can be well dressed!! Oh well, old paradigm I say, I could only smile)
Right. Back on track. So, where were we? Yes, material pleasures are part of our lives here as humans. We are here on the material plane to enjoy the material life. However, we must accept and acknowledge we are leaning way too much on the material side. We have lost touch with our spiritual side. I had, until I met my spiritual teacher some 15 years ago. And this imbalance is the major cause of dissatisfaction in our life!
We may achieve success in our worldly pursuits but most times than not, we feel we haven’t quite reached there, yet. And so we go for more and more, not realising that we are imprisoned and we will never feel contented unless we switch our spiritual engine on. Unless we reconnect with our Heart in a deeper way.
Long lasting happiness seems to elude us. Pleasure is always momentary – maybe the duration of that “happiness” is half an hour or a day or a week. But then it leaves and we are back to our old grumpy, sorrowful state, trying to manage our suffering!
So, when we are ready to honestly see this reality, when we are willing to see ourselves naked in our inner mirror, then we can, no, we will want to take a step towards freedom. And the first step would be, you guessed it right, meditation.
Meditation. This one word used to scare the hell out of me (even more so than the Muppets!) It may bring up many feelings inside us, the most predominant would be, I guess, boredom and procrastination. We always want to do meditation tomorrow!! There’s always something else to do today. And there is always this one common excuse we give “I have tried it once and I couldn’t stop my thoughts!”
The matter-of-fact is our starting of meditation is the beginning of the end of the ego mind. And so to it, meditation will always be unpleasant and boring. And we are, if I may be direct, under the clutches of this mind since time immemorial. So it is actually the mind making use of us by making us think that we don’t like meditation. That’s how much we are under the control of the mind!
And trying to stop the thoughts from coming isn’t going to help either. Because that’s not going to work. The more you try to shoo it away, the more louder it becomes. That’s the way it is! That’s the nature of this bloody mind.
So how do we go about this and where do we start? We will look into that tomorrow.