Ahimsa

Yoga. Step 1. Compassion. Connection. Ahimsa.

Many people in the USA view yoga as a bunch of postures and breathing methods. This is Hatha Yoga – created to invite the human league to lean in closer and discover the yogas to enlightenment: Raja, Bhakti, Karma and Jnana Yoga.

All yoga has the common ground of knowledge/philosophy. All yoga incorporates the Yamas and the Niyamas. All Yoga starts with Ahimsa.

Ahimsa is 
Compassion
for ALL
  Living Beings

Animal Testing

They can't call for help, but YOU can.

There are many ways to ensure that you are doing the most you can to end animal testing.

(these are just some of them):
Only buy products from companies that are certified and labeled as vegan and cruelty-free.
Only donate to charities that do not conduct or pay others to conduct experiments on animals.
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But Chicken is Ok, Right?

Chickens enter the world on a metal shelf at a hatchery surrounded by thousands of other chicks. On their 1st day of life they are unable to see the sunlight or feel the earth beneath their tiny feet. They open their eyes and all they are able to see is darkness. On their second day of life baby chicks are shuttled along a conveyor belt of death where they are quickly sorted in a way that is completely devoid of any kind of emotion. Treated as commodities rather than living creatures, the female chicks are placed on one belt and the male chicks are placed on another, each leading to their own deaths – one, a relatively quick death, and the other, long and drawn out. All while chirping for their mothers.

Milk Comes From A Grieving Mother.....

There is no other species on the face of this planet that drinks milk past infancy from an animal of a different species than their own. Cows produce milk for the same reasons humans produce milk. Cows must give birth in order to produce milk.
But in order to give birth a cow must first be pregnant, and in order for a cow to become pregnant, she must be impregnated by a device known as a rape rack.
The first time I witness the sound of the mother cow grieving for her babies (males are dumped in a trash pile and females are immediately removed so they don't drink "your milk") I literally fell to the ground and started grieving too.

React or Respond

Responding instead of reacting is a shift. It is how we change our lives. It is how we change the planet.

How much of your day is spent reacting?
How often do you find yourself bouncing around like a pinball, leaving you drained, distracted and dissatisfied?

We’ve been conditioned to react to our circumstances and our stories. A primary example is politics, which is entirely reactive, often devolving into “You’re stupid!” “No, you’re stupid!”, leaving no room for listening or change. Circumstances define us by our gender, age, job, geographical location, political affiliation and relationship status. But those are details, they are not who we are.
We are not our circumstances.

We are dynamic beings who are here to remember who we are, share our unique gifts with the world and to experience joy. We are all ambassadors, ushering ourselves and this planet into a new era of peace. We can infuse peace into our daily lives instantly by choosing to vision instead of react.
A vision invites us to step outside of our status quo, drop our expectations, and let something better come into existence through our choices and attention. In the space created by our visions, we can choose to respond instead of react. We are used to reacting to our day from the get go. The cycle of reaction begins when we get up and instantly react to what is outside of ourselves.

We can interrupt this habit through a change in sequencing.

Beginning our day with visioning, intention and prayer creates a fresh context for the day ahead. We can choose what we wish to experience. That might sound like “Thank you for this wonderful day. Thank you for all my interactions being filled with grace. I am grateful for the opportunities to use all of myself today in positive ways.” With a context for the day in place, when something happens, we can buffer our reactions with grace, love and humor.

In the core of our being — our soul — all of us reside in a reservoir of peace.
This peace becomes available when we choose to respond instead of react. When we do, we can witness the grace and power already present in our lives. We can see how much support is in place for us. We can garner more energy and insight from nature. By noticing a hummingbird, we can experience how connected we are to everything. All of this takes us outside of a sense of separation and isolation. We are all connected and included.

When we anticipate the day ahead by visioning it first, the things that would jar us into agitation can simply be observed. We can stop being surprised by our own lives and the people in it. We know who is who and what is what. If we are experiencing something we don’t like, what we would call a bad day, we have the power and the tools to change it.

Once in New York, I was working on my computer in a cafe, feeling overwhelmed. By not doing my usual morning visioning work and saying affirmations that day, I was in a funk. A young guy walks by and says “Hey, man, what are you working on?” Some spiritual writing, I replied. He immediately lit up and said “You know what are great?? AFFIRMATIONS!!!!” He never broke his stride and kept walking, but his clarity changed my day.

by Mark Mezadourian

Together we can be at Peace in this World because we’re all One.

Be peace

LIVE and LOVE ALL….you can’t chose amongst living species what to love, its all or nothing.

Peace is not just for hippies! Living in peace is about living harmoniously with yourself, others, and all sentient beings around you. Living in peace is both an outward and an inward process. Outwardly, living in peace is a way of life in which we respect and love each other in spite of our cultural, religious, and political differences. Inwardly, we all need to search our hearts and minds and understand the fear that causes the impulse to violence, for in continuing to ignore the rage within, the storm outside will never subside.

While you will find your own meanings of peaceful existence and outward manifestations of a peaceful life according to your beliefs and lifestyle, there are some basics underpinning living in peace that cannot be overlooked, such as being non-violent, being tolerant, holding moderate views, and celebrating wondrous-life.Below are the steps which can help you to discover your journey to living in peace;

Find Your Inner Peace.Without inner peace, you’ll feel in a constant state of conflict. Trying to fill your life with possessions or improving yourself by social climbing without ever stopping to value your inner worth will leave you perpetually unhappy. When you’re angry, find a nice quiet place to stop, take a deep breath, and relax. Turn off the TV, or computer. Get out into nature if possible, or go for a good, long walk. Put on some soft music or turn down the lights. When you feel calm again, get up and get on with your life.At least once a day spend ten minutes in a peaceful place, such as under a shady tree or in the park, anywhere where you can just sit quietly without distractions.
Seek to love, not point fingers at others. Ceasing to seek power over people and outcomes in your life is the first major step to living peacefully. Surrender. Replacing a will to control with a broad approach of loving others instead, including their faults and differences, is the way to a peaceful life.

Moderate your convictions. Thinking in absolutes and holding to convictions without ever considering the viewpoints and perspectives of others is a sure way to live a life without peace. This type of extremist thinking usually leads to reactive, hasty, and driven behavior that lacks the benefit of reflection and deliberative thinking. While this may be convenient because it allows you to act with the confidence of absolute conviction, it blocks out other realities in the world and can easily lead you into conflict when other people fail to agree with your convictions. It’s harder work to remain open-minded and ready to review your understandings, yet it’s more rewarding because you’ll grow as a person and live in greater harmony with those around you.

Be tolerant. Tolerance in all that you think and do will make a difference in your life and in the lives of others around you. Tolerance for others is about appreciating diversity, the plurality of modern society, and being willing to live and let others live too. When we fail to tolerate others’ beliefs, ways of being, and opinions, the end result can be discrimination, repression, dehumanization, and ultimately violence. Practicing tolerance is at the heart of living peacefully.

Be Peace. A peaceful person does not use violence against another person or animal. While there is much violence in this world, make a choice to not let death and killing be something you perpetuate or allow in as a part of your philosophy of living.

Reflection of thought .If someone hurts you physically or mentally, do not react with anger or violence. Stop and think. Choose instead to respond peacefully.

Seek forgiveness, not revenge.Live in the present, not the past. Dwelling on that which should have been and reliving past hurts will keep the negatives of the past alive and bring constant internal conflict. Forgiveness allows you to live in the present, to look forward to the future, and to let the past settle gently. Forgiveness is the ultimate victory because it lets you enjoy life again by making peace with the past.

Live in joy. Choosing to see the wonders of the world is an antidote to violence. It’s hard to be motivated to violence against that which you see as beautiful, wondrous, amazing, and joyful; indeed, the greatest despair arising from wars comes from the destruction of innocence, beauty, and joy. Joy brings peace to your life because you’re always prepared to see what is good in others and the world, and to be grateful for the wondrous aspects of life.

Be the change you wish to see in the World.Change yourself. Violence starts with your acceptance of its possibility as a solution and often its inevitability. So it’s inside you that you need to go to stop violence and become peaceful. In seeking not to harm living beings, to live peacefully, first change yourself, and then change the world.
Broaden your understanding of peace. You’re free to choose your own path. At the end of the day, living in peace will be your own conscious..

Together we can be at Peace in this World because we’re all One.

Atenyi Solony

https://peacerevolution.net/

Gross Body vs Subtle Body

Subtle Body Yoga
The difference between the gross body and the subtle body is the perishability. Gross body perishes at the end of every birth, whereas the subtle body does not perish and accompanies the casual body and soul till emancipation.  All the souls put together is the Brahman.  In the same way, all the subtle bodies put together, is known as hiraṇyagarbha or the cosmic egg. Hiraṇyagarbha is endowed with intellect and this intellect, also known as mahat, is the cause for the physical body. Hiraṇyagarbha can be considered as the feminine energy, if soul is considered as the masculine energy.  Unless, the soul impregnates hiraṇyagarbha, creation is not possible. This is yet another instance of interdependence in the process of creation.  If one assumes the form of his subtle body, he will see two different things on his two sides.  On one side, he will find flesh, blood, bones, nerves etc constituting the gross body.  This side will be totally dark, except the nine apertures.  On the other side, he will notice his casual body in the form of diffused illumination.  The illumination of the soul is not fully visible because, it is veiled by ignorance.
Out of the seventeen components of the subtle body, the first five are the organs of perception, also known as organs of knowledge – ear, skin, eye, tongue and nose. They are also known as jñānendriya-s.  jñāna means knowledge and indriya means belonging to; therefore jñānendriya-s mean ‘belonging to knowledge’.  Since knowledge is acquired through these organs of perception – ear, skin, eye, tongue and nose, they are known as jñānendriya-s. Jñānendriya-s play vital role in acquiring knowledge about the world. The external world is made up of five gross elements ether or ākāś, air, fire, water and earth. The subtle body is made up of tanmātra-s, the subtle forms of these elements.  Tanmātra-s look at the gross elements through the five organs of knowledge also known as organs of perception.  Unless one has knowledge about the material world, spiritual knowledge cannot be extracted.
Let us take eye as an example.  Eyes look at an object, say an apple.  The image of the apple is gathered by the aperture in the gross body, in this case, eyes, which in turn pass on the gathered information to the cognitive faculty viz. sight.  The action of the organ of perception ceases immediately after it conveyed the information to the cognitive faculty, in this case sight or vision.  It is only the vision that provides input to the mind.  Organs of perception and cognitive faculties are interdependent.  Traffic between the mind and organs of perception is two way through cognitive faculties.  Eyes convey the impression of an apple tree to the cognitive faculty sight, which in turn conveys the same to the mind.  Mind analyses the impressions of the apple tree and decides to see the fruits of the tree.  The desire of the mind is conveyed to the faculty of sight, which in turn gathers information through organs of perception, eyes which look for apples. Therefore, cognitive faculties, also known as knowledge is the intermediary factor between the mind and the organs of perception.
Organs of action are mouth, feet, hands, organ of excretion and organ of procreation.  When organs of perception convey the impressions to the mind, mind finally acts only through organs of action. Organs of action are totally in the control of the mind.  Desire, created through the influence of organs of perception is executed by the mind through the organs of action, also known as karmendriya-s.  Inherently, mind is attracted more towards organs of perception as they communicate innumerable worldly impressions to the mind and the mind is too happy to enjoy these impressions.  But, organs of action cannot communicate anything to the mind.  They can only receive commands from the mind. Traffic between mind and organs of action is always one way.

Let us continue with the example of an apple.  Ego is an inherent factor of the mind.  I or me or mine arise only because of ego. At the instance of the mind, eyes again look at the apple tree and this time more specifically for apple fruits.  Organ of perception, eye conveys to the mind through cognitive faculty, sight about the availability of the apple fruit in the tree.  If mind is in confusion, it refers to the intellect.  Intellect confirms to the mind that it is apple.  Then the mind develops desire because of the inherent ego.  The desire develops in the form of tasting an apple.  Now mind sends command to organs of action to get the apple.  Receiving the command from the mind, feet moves towards the apple tree, hands pluck an apple and mouth eats it.  The cause for the movement of legs and hands is prāṇa and its five modifications.  Thus the seventeen components form the subtle body.

 

Change Your Mind, By Changing Your Brain

Change Your Mind

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When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific food or cigarettes for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits. That’s called the neuroplasticity of the brain.

I used to drive with one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator, and I wanted to train myself to drive with one foot only. It took some time, as I had a strong neural pathway for two-footed driving. But because I had the will to do it, I built a new pathway, and I rewired or reprogrammed my brain. You can remove a behavior or thought or addictions directly from the brain. Because of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ever-changing potentials, anything is possible. People who’ve had strokes can retrain their brains to function again by building new pathways. Smokers and overeaters and many others can learn new behaviors and attitudes and can transform their lives. Whether you work with others on their habits or you work with your own (or both), you can apply these understandings to boost your success. Some Powerful Ways to Retrain the Brain

1. Identity the habit you’d like to transform and set the intention.

You may remember the punch line “The light bulb has to want to change.”  You have to have a high intention to change as well. If there is this high intention, then creating new pathways in your brain is bound to happen.

2. Observe what the old habit or pathway is doing in your life.

Look at feelings, thoughts, and how the body is responding to the habit, and see what results you’re creating in your life. Be the witness, and  be aware.

3. Shift your focus.

This is very important. To create a new neural pathway, you take the focus off the old habit, and then that old habit eventually falls away. Don’t pay attention to the donuts and cakes. Take your awareness and focus it on good, wholesome, healthy delicious foods.

4. Use your imagination.

You can build new neural pathways not only with new behaviors, but through the imagination. Just imagine the new behaviors over and over and over. Keep repeating that in your mind so you build new pathways. Focus your mind and retrain your brain.

5. Interrupt your thoughts and patterns when they arise.

Say “no” or “cancel” when an old thought or impulse comes in, and say, “I don’t have to do that anymore.” Then turn toward the new neural pathway you’re building and keep on going in the right direction.

6. Use aversion therapy.

This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s an optional path. I like to call it “the maggots on the chocolate cake technique.” I used to love candies and sweets, and when I stopped eating them, I still had to pass by them when I walked by the candy store in town. I used aversion to train my brain to walk on by: “That’s junk,” I said to myself. “It’s made in factories, sickeningly sweet, makes me feel bad. The company makes it so sweet just to addict buyers. I don’t want any of that.” So I talk myself out of it. I’ve use it with many clients (only those who say they want it) on smoking, junk food, cocaine and many other behaviors.

7.  Create a specific plan and choose what to do instead.

When you get specific, it’s easier to build new neural pathways. You “make it official.”  Decide if you want to exercise instead of overeating or if you want to eat fruit instead of candy. Just keep focused on the new choice.  You may want to create affirmations and anchors to reinforce your choices. This can be “I’m free or “I’m in control.” Reinforce this with energy therapies like EFT or other techniques.

8. Transform the obstacles.

Look at what’s in the way. Look at secondary gain – what you’ve been getting out of the old habits or pathways. Look at the stress in your life and how you can handle it differently. Get your mind in the place of possibility. Handle the emotions and thoughts and get on a new superhighway in your mind.

9. Connect with your Higher Source for inspiration and support.

Listen to our guidance. Know you have the Force within you, and therefore you have great power. Meditation creates new pathways and brain changes. Actual studies have been done on the brains of monks to show meditation’s effect on neural circuits of the brain.

10. Transform and make the shift.

Know that transformation is always possible and that you can create new brain pathways whenever you’re ready to make the shift. When you keep your mind in the “I can do it!” space, you get a clear sense that you’re done with the old and on a new beam now. Some people feel we’re being rewired spiritually for anew era. There’s great upheaval now in our world. And there’s a process of transformation happening on earth in which huge changes are taking place for all of humanity. You have to be present in the moment, overcome your fears, and get to know the Infinite source so you can be a vehicle for the light to predominate on the earth. Credits: Marilyn Gordon

FEAR Underlies All Obstacles to Peace

You have lost your “Center” because that Center is now different. Also, your soul wants you to fully participate in this transformation.

Yoga Klesha

Therefore, the frequency of you that holds the primary consciousness for the physical form has the responsibility to go down into the depths of your own darkness and to bring it all the surface of your consciousness where it can be healed.

(It looks like some things never change. I just put up a welcome message on my site today saying the exact same thing.)

Because your physicality has been so involved in the process of perceiving and healing your darkness, you have felt separate from your Multidimensional SELF. In fact, your darkness is just that: “Separation from your true Multidimensional SELF.” You have been a brave warrior to go into the depths of your Self to live and relive your fears and anxieties.

Let us take a close look at your fears and anxieties so that your efforts will not have been in vain:

  • 1.  The first darkness is the illusion of separation. This illusion tells you that you are alone and that no one will be able to understand or accept you. You want to go “Home,” and Home is someplace else that is very, very far away.
  • 2.  The second darkness is the illusion of fear. Fear is a natural reaction to separation. If you are alone with no one to understand or accept you, then of course you will be afraid. Fear feels like a brewing storm that will break in the moment when you least expect it.
  • 3.  The third darkness is the illusion of “I will not survive.” This fear is very predominant at this time because, in reality, part of you will not survive. Your darkness will be enveloped within your Light. Fear will not cease to exist because nothing becomes extinct; it merely changes form. You have become very attached to your darkness. It is the part of you that tells you that you must live more deeply inside of yourself and turn away from the physical world.

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Now let us look at your fears as well as how you can transform them:

1.  The illusion of separation. In order to completely experience the third dimension, one must allow the experience of separation from the ONE. This is the last physical embodiment for you and for those who wish to return their consciousness to the higher dimensions.

Therefore, all of you who have consciously or unconsciously chosen to ascend want to savor your physical experience to the fullest.“Why, would I want to experience something that is so painful?” you ask. Because, our ONE, you wish to gather all of your third dimensional lessons around you and integrate them into your full Multidimensional SELF. As a result of your physical incarnations you have gained great independence and determination.

Again and again you have remembered to turn inwards to your Source in time of need.Furthermore, you have connected the illusion of separation with your Earthly lives. During your Ascension process you need to release that illusion and connect with Earth, Lady Gaia, as She is assisting you and you are assisting her.

2.  The illusion of fear. Fear is the opposite of Unconditional Love. Your Higher SELF has chosen for you, its physical expression, to experience fear and anxiety so that you can boomerang those emotions into the feeling of Unconditional Love.

What you resist – persists. Therefore, you need to stop resisting your fear.You need to move into it and give it your full attention. Do you hear what your fear is really saying to you? It is saying, “Do not forget me. I, Fear, have been a wonderful teacher for you. I am your warning mechanism that allows you to know when you are falling off your center. I am the portion of you that reminds you to re-calibrate yourself. “Go inside,” I tell you, “to hide from the enemy of separation.”What did you find inside? Did you find separation? NO! You found Unity. I, your fear of separation, reminded you that you are ONE with all life.

3.  The illusion ofI will not survive.” The fear of “I will not survive” will remain as a memory. This memory is important so that you can help others. You have had this fear very deeply through this Earth incarnation because you nearly died as an infant. However, the fear you have is actually reversed. The infant was not afraid that its physical body would not survive. Your infant Self was afraid that its Soul would not survive.

Now tell that infant that your Soul did indeed survive and, in fact, it greatly expanded itself. In this final physical life you, and many others, have learned and will continue to learn, that you can bring spirit into matter and thereby raise the frequency of the matter that has been imbued with the light of Spirit.

Do you see now why you have been so nervous? Feel now how your nervousness can be released into the expanded Light that you are actively allowing into your body. Remember, whenever, you bring in more Light you invite more darkness to the surface of your consciousness to be appreciated and loved freely.

Conquer Fear

Karma…what is it?

What is karma?

I’d say the first thing is to establish exactly what karma is, because you’ll hear different interpretations. To me, there is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ karma. We don’t intentionally manifest ‘good’ events necessarily because we do ‘good’ deeds. In the sense in which these statements are meant, there is no such thing as ‘good’ and ‘bad’. These are simply egoic judgments of the learning engagement our souls have subscribed to. To the soul, there is no ‘good’ nor ‘bad’ just the opportunity to learn, evolve and grow. This can be achieved in both dense circumstances and light. To me, karma occurs where the soul becomes identified and therefore attached to the physicality of life. In other words, where the soul identifies with the illusion. This might happen for example where one is in fear during death or a particularly traumatic experience such as an accident. When the soul attaches in this way, then it essentially experiences the sense of disconnection from the source, loses a ‘fragment’ of itself in an eddy current, identifies with the illusion, takes on distorted behaviours and therefore deposits karmic energy within the causal body – within the fourth density. It is this karmic ballast that ‘brings you back down to earth’ again for another incarnation. Let us be clear, this is not a ‘bad’ thing in itself. It’s purpose is evolutionary growth. As long as the soul is always learning and progressing, then it’s fulfilling purpose.

How is karma experienced?

Generally it’s my observation that people mostly experience karma in daily life. So the inner filter contained within the causal body projects this energy into the situations we manifest. It might happen within relationships for example. So now one’s relationships are filtered and interfered with because of this karmic energy. The frustrating thing is that you don’t necessarily see it. You’ll often experience some form of disharmony without realising why? Karma is the purpose of incarnation. That’s why if you’re to successfully process it, the most essential thing is to accept we create all the disharmonious circumstances in our lives exactly because of the karmic energy we’ve stored. So we have to take ownership for what takes place in our lives, confront it and work with it, in order to advance through that blockage. You can also of course regress people through their karmic past lives which tends to speed up the process greatly. It can speedily remove disharmony in life and accelerate the Ascensionary process. Although it’s my observation that it’s best not to force karma, because that could leave a person processing wave upon wave of it when they might not yet be ready for the intensity of experience. For certainty, Crossing the Red Sea of Karma is no joy ride (although the liberating expansion on the other ‘bank’ most definitely is!).

Processing karmic baggage

Spiritual Facilitators will no doubt approach the processing of karmic past lives in different ways. If you can hold the energy and catalyse the movement of soul, then people will quickly regress. My approach is to journey people through the various lower densities of the physical, emotional and mental, calming them, easing them, before then guiding a journey across the karmic plain. This is where the ‘waters’ can get very ‘choppy’. As people regress, the tide of uncontrollable emotion can arise rapidly. Suddenly people are seeing and feeling all manner of challenging circumstance. This is where you need a steady hand on the tiller, allowing the person to fully experience, yet reassuring them that this is all just an experience, that they are not the experience. It’s a subtle blend between fully honouring the pain, but not being totally lost in it. At the point where one is able to fully accept this karmic reaction and soften into it, then the fragment of soul that was buried there, is reintegrated. The attachment is lost, the soul emerges, gorgeous senses of expansion occur, the soul flows free and heals the place where the restriction once was. We’re now sailing a full breeze in the calmer waters of the Higher Paradigm. It’s pure bliss.

Nothing to be Feared

So whilst karma can generate fearful experiences it is not to be feared. All experiences are transitory. And we must transition them to truly integrate the wholeness of the One. When you contemplate for a moment the trauma of humanity’s intense history here on Earth, all the wars, blood shed and violence, then it’s no wonder we’ve stored the baggage of this within. That’s exactly why life in society is currently so turbulent. The key is to accept this turbulence, not to retract from it. Going back into ones shell simply makes the shell persist and only get thicker. We have to break the shell to emerge fully on the shore of the Higher Paradigm. And this can successfully be done by a direct confrontation of the energy within. Taking ownership in this way and being positive, is a sure way to help humanity break through this limiting barrier, ease the passage and sail swiftly into the New Paradigm. Time to stir the breeze! From my heart to yours

You Must Die to Live

Yoga is Deconstructing Process

 

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”
― Adyashanti

Awakening is not a park. It is a ride through hell. It is the tearing down of all of your cherished beliefs and everything you thought about yourself. There is no way around this. We must come face to face with our shadows. It is there that our false ideas of who we are are shattered. It is there that all of our false beliefs are destroyed. We must face these false notions and see them for what they are. This is the only way to heal, to become whole again, to live in integrity.

 

Incomplete is a  surrender, a process of brutal self honesty. It is a path of complete acceptance of the truth, no matter how difficult it is to bear. We go through life with so many false notions – of the world, of spirituality and of ourselves. We build up masks and we believe the facades. It’s all a charade. It is all based upon illusions and deceit. We deceive ourselves at every moment, and the world also deceives us at every moment. We live in perpetual cognitive dissonance, justifying the most absurd things in our minds. We constantly lie to ourselves…. and we believe it. To awaken to the truth that you seek, you must tear down the lies. But we are too attached to the lies. We want to hold on to the illusions and to become enlightened at the same time. That is not possible. But there are hundreds of phony gurus and “spiritual teachers” that will tell you it is. They offer you processes to become happy, fulfilled, calm, find your soulmate, be positive, get the right job, make lots of money, balance the chakras, become healthy and whatever else you may be desiring. This has nothing to do with awakening. This is only polishing the ego. They all lead you right back into the matrix. You may even be lucky enough to get a golden cage, but it is still a cage, and you remain imprisoned in slavery. This is the road that most people choose to follow. This road is well traveled by the herd.

It takes courage, discernment and self honesty to walk the road to truth and freedom. Not many people have that. We have been weakened by the onslaught of programming since our childhood. Most people want to remain in the herd, as they find comfort in the company of other deluded souls. It takes a certain individual to break free of the herd. The Siddhartha road is not easy. It is a treacherous road that will shatter every part of your existence. No, it takes a certain type of person to walk that road; a person that is willing to give up everything to find his true Self.

But when you do awaken, and you do see the world with new eyes, you soon realize that no one else is seeing the same thing. I tried to tell a few people what had happened to me, but no one believed me. They thought that perhaps I cracked under the pressure of suffering and had gone crazy. No one wanted to hear anything I said, as it exposed their false beliefs. So I remained quiet for eight years.

 

“I awoke, only to find the rest of the world still sleeping.”
– Leonardo daVinci

When one decides to take the Siddhartha road to the Self, he soon realizes he is alone on that road. The herd is going in the opposite direction. One must be prepared for that, to find comfort in being alone, not understood by others.

As Eckhart Tolle has stated, you don’t have to wait for the dark night of the soul to dismantle your false notions, your false self, your life story. You can consciously take that road. But it demands courage, discernment, and a brutal honesty of yourself. The mind is a very tricky opponent, and will deceive you at every step, as your awakening is the end of its control over you. But it can be done. Nisargadatta Maharaj did it. You must simply allow Grace to act within you.

“As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.”
– Eckhart Tolle

So the choice rests with each of you. No one can do this for you. All I, or anyone else, can offer you are sign posts, pointing in the direction. But you, and you alone, must take that road. It does little good to read my writings and not act upon them, to not take that road yourself. Otherwise, you are only hanging out at the signposts, believing that you have already arrived at the destination.

 

This road is not for the timid or the faint of heart. not at all. But there is no other road. No one will simply wave a magical wand over you. It is a road of destruction and the question is, “How much are you willing to give up? How much can you endure?” Because on this road, you must give up everything. Every piece of you will shatter. Can you endure that? As the great Bhaktivinode Thakur has written, “You must die to live.” So how serious are you? How much do you want it? How much will you pay for it?

This post inspired by Greg Calise