Spiritual Awakening can sneak up on you
Spiritual awakening can also be a slow and gradual process.
Many people have the idea that spiritual awakening is not only the end of a path, the great arrival point of enlightenment, but also that it is suppose to be this huge, explosive experience where we are thrown into a whirlwind of Nirvana and ecstatic bliss.
Other conceptual ideas are that it’s a state of mind where there are no thoughts (especially “bad” thoughts), where there’s eternal bliss and peace and never any anger and where we all are living blissfully in harmony with each other being vegans and concerned about the environment and so on. (i.e “perfect, spiritual, human beings”)
This can be both intriguing and at the same time frightening for the ego who doesn’t like transformation (and this can cause inner conflict) while at the same time it’s never content and always wants something else (than ‘what is’), and if it can get its hands on this enlightenment-thing then others would look at them and say “oh, look at him, he’s so insightful and wise”.
But the whole awakening thing is a complete mystery and it can’t be attained by any means of the mind, so while it may be a noble goal for the ego to one day reach enlightenment (which is never will, it’s not the person/ego who wakes up), it is all pure grace and not in our control.
Instead of indulging in mere speculation, devote yourself here and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you ~Ramana Maharshi
The awakening can sneak up upon us as well as being a huge moment in life that we always remember as the day that altered everything about what we thought life was about.
(But still, there’s a process after the awakening as well, it’s not the end of the journey so to speak, it’s the beginning of life at is it really is, and we’re all a newborn baby at this “stage”).
To some people the awakening sneaks up on them and can only be seen in retrospect how it unfolded and the transition may not have been an obvious moment at all.
Somewhere along the path something happened and everything changed, but it changed so slowly and gradually that we could only see it later on and recognized how completely changed we are.
The ‘old life’ seems to be like a dream we had almost, it’s even irrelevant to talk about in a sense because the past belongs to an old self that we now know is not real and has never been, but still, paradoxically, there’s a self that has a history, but the history is merely a dream.
The sufferer is not there, but yet the suffering happened – and all of it had to happen the way it did.
There is nothing wrong with God’s creation. Mystery and Suffering only exist in the mind ~Sri Ramana Maharshi
The awakening can happen completely out of the blue as well to some people.
Suddenly the awakening hits them, just like that.
And sometimes there can be both sudden, life altering insights and also slow changes that happen over time and that sneaks up on us, gracefully removing the false and replacing it with more and more light.
The shift (of consciousness) and the foundation life as we knew it was built upon doesn’t have to crumble in painful ways, but things, situations and people can also harmoniously begin to be replaced and shifted out to something that is more in alignment with the truth of who we are. It can all happen very slowly too.
There are no requirements; no effort to be made (only if that is part of your path, which is highly individual), you don’t have to suffer for years and years as many think, you don’t have to be a ‘seeker’ (you can be totally oblivious to any kind of spirituality), you don’t have to have meditated for years and there are no rules or steps one can take in order to attain enlightenment.
There is no direct cause and effect to any of this.
All we can know is that we don’t know anything
It’s not a thought-free state, so there is no need to try to control your thoughts, there is no need to ‘try to stay present’, but instead have a closer look at who it is that wants to be present in the first place, who does all this trying and seeking?
There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That which will be the day you laugh is also here and now ~Ramana Maharshi
The process of awakening peels away any beliefs and ideas about spirituality, it takes away our positions (in life in general) and definitions we hold about ourselves and leads to complete nakedness and an emptiness. (Which paradoxically is full of life and vibrancy).
Hats off to Reality!
In whatever way it reveals itself to us, whether it’s in a explosive way or a slow way, it’s really all about a fundamental change of identity; a change back to Self, as we really are, and that’s the miracle – it’s in the realization that what we are can’t be found nor created by the mind, we are actually beyond it.
In no way can we ever predict any of its ways.
What this journey ultimately requires of us is for us to continue being true to ourselves, for us to continue being radically honest and sincere with ourselves and faithfully follow what Life shows us, and all this without trying to control or grasp hold of any of it – only to stay true to Truth.
To have a constant intimate relationship with Life itself; where it’s speaking to itself, experiencing itself, being itself – and realizing that the truth is that the less we know (or believe) the more (Truth) is actually revealed.
The less sense it makes to us, the less we try define it, the less we try to understand it (conceptually) – the more it opens up for us, and how it opens up can be all from huge life altering experiences to the tiniest, smallest portions of wisdom and truth that is handed out to us (consciousness), bit by bit, until the revelation hits us that everything has changed.
How beautiful this life is.
It never stops to amaze me how infinite its ways are.
One of the great joys in life; to hold a week-old little hand for the first time ♥
I met my new nephew Alexander yesterday 🙂
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