by Robert Wilkinson
Someone I know just kicked open some doors of perception and understanding, and has consciously decided to begin his spiritual quest. He doesn’t really know where he’s going or what he expects to find. I told him that’s a good thing, since an empty glass can be filled.
I reminded him that it’s really a journey out of mindlessness into mindfulness. And that any quest for “the real” involves exploring new ways of living while being mindful of the process and not automatically identifying with the rest of the outer directed world.
As I wrote him, “You're really entering into radical self-awareness, and whether you are aware of it or not, have already begun your inner preparations for the quest. It's an inevitability of your intention. Everything in our lives conspires to bring us out of ignorance and unconscious patterns into awareness of what moves us and why, and what presents itself and what we should do or not do related to that object of perception.”
Whether we know it or not, with every breath we take we are preparing to move into a deeper understanding of our Mystery, the purpose of our worldly existence. I have found that there is a curious type of detachment the longer we journey into our Mystery. That’s because the deeper we go, we stop looking to outer things to tell us what to do, or confirm our worth. Instead, we learn to view the outer world as the manifestation of signs and signals showing us the way into even deeper woods than we’ve already explored.
Here I reminded him that we are Eternals having human experiences. And part of being human is to learn what we have to learn, whether through pleasure or pain. While life can occasionally be painful, we do not have to suffer. That’s the key to transmuting unhelpful feelings into positive intention.
Mostly in this life we are unlearning unhelpful habits in action, thought, and feeling, and consciously choosing a way of Self-realization that doesn't generate habits that lead to suffering in self or others. Once we unlearn bad habits by replacing them with positive habits, down the road we begin to see real results.
Of course that takes us away from the known and familiar, but opens the door to higher awareness. And we must say goodbye to the clenched fist of things we clutch at and begin to remember that as we open to the greater, the lesser must slip down the timestream. The pleasures of a mature adult are not those of our childhood.
We have the choice to come out of attachments, aversions, illusions, and the tendency of our minds to suffer over suffering. We do this by practicing detachment, dispassion that yields radical compassion, divine discernment about what is real and what is unreal (and why), and our power to generate positivity regardless of outer circumstances. We may not have as much power as we’d like over what presents itself as a result of little k karmas or Big K Karmas set into motion in the past, but we certainly have the power to choose our response in the moment.
Regardless of where we are on our Path to Self-realization, there will always be another river to cross, another mountain to climb, another skill to master, and more love to give and receive. In entering into our Mystery, we lose our separateness and enter into the heart of the Divine process that is present in every true quest in every truth seeker. In that sense, we climb the mountain with many others, but each finds their own revelation when they make it to the top.
Just a few ideas to ponder as we sail some very mysterious seas….
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson