Wednesday, May 9, 2007 1:37 PM
Are YOU Awake Yet?
Although you believe you woke up this morning it is highly likely that you are still fast asleep. Not the kind of sleep that kept you unconscious during the night, but the kind of sleep that has overcome us all, to some extent or other, during our waking hours. It is the sleep of the unenlightened, it is the sleep of ignorance, it is the sleep of the unaware, it is the sleep of a consciousness that thinks it is awake and aware and knows not that it is deluding itself. It is the kind of sleep that generates its own form of nightmare, a nightmare that seems so real that it perpetuates itself.
Are you awake or are you still asleep? Here is a brief checklist of seven of the many signs and symptoms of someone who is sleepwalking through their life.
1 Stress Projections
You are still asleep if you blame others, situations or events for your stressful feelings. Stress is a form of pain or discomfort that comes to tell you there is something you need to change in yourself, not in another. All stress is self created regardless of the circumstances. Every time you blame others for what you feel it means you are asleep to the truth that your feelings are your response, therefore your responsibility or response ability. The awakened soul accepts full responsibility for their thoughts/emotions/attitudes/actions?everywhere and always!
2 Self Comparisons
You are still asleep whenever you compare yourself with another person. It means you have not yet realised your own uniqueness and value. In effect you are saying, "I want to be someone else". Which of course is impossible. Or you are unconsciously thinking, "I am unworthy, I am of less value than them". Which is untrue! The awakened soul knows their value and is able to affirm their own worth. They never aspire to be someone else. They are constantly rising to the challenge of expanding their capacity and awakening their own true potential.
3 Controlling Behaviour
You are still asleep whenever you attempt to control or manipulate others. You are under the illusion that others should do your bidding. Sometimes it looks like they do, but they don't. The truth is everyone makes their own decisions on how they will act and interact. If you are a clever sleepwalker you may sense the numerous vulnerabilities of others and be quite adept at exploiting them to your own ends. But that only keeps you locked in a false power trip that is actually draining your power. Deep down your conscience knows you are taking advantage and acting against the grain of right relationship. The awakened soul never takes advantage of other sleepwalkers. They know their role is to awaken others, not exploit them.
4 Emotional Indulgence
You are still asleep when you indulge your emotions, when you go searching for some stimulus to invoke the feelings of certain emotional states. Perhaps you like to argue because is seems to enliven your day, which means you are indulging in anger. If you keep talking about what went wrong, what you lost, then you are wallowing on sorrow. And if you keep looking into the future with trepidation and anxiety then you are likely to have an addiction to fear. The awakened soul has broken their dependency on emotional stimulation from outside and inside. They have relearned to chose and create their feelings at each moment in every scene. They also recognise this ability is not easily learned or quickly perfected, and they privately know that they help themselves by helping others.
5 Happy Purchasing
You are still asleep if you go shopping to be happy. It means you are still attempting to complete yourself with something that is not you! It means you are still trying to find fulfillment by filling your life with stuff. The awakened soul knows they are already complete and can never be diminished. Their only effort is to remember and reconnect with their already full filled self!
6 Problem People
You are still asleep if you believe the 'other person' is the problem. You have not yet realized that it's not what others say or do that is the problem, it is how you judge them that creates your negative feelings about them. In effect it's how you see them that's the real problem. You have not yet learned to choose how you perceive others, you are still at the mercy of old conditioned perceptions. One clear sign of this is the absence of compassion. To the awakened soul the 'other person' is never the problem.
7 Detached Expectations
You are still asleep if your happiness is dependent on your expectations being met. You probably have not yet seen that your expectations are really desires in disguise. And all desire has fear (stress) built in ? fear of not getting what you want. And when your expectations are not met you get upset and chase your own happiness away. The awakened soul has expectations but if they are not met it's OK, they don't lose the plot, because their happiness is not dependent on their expectations being met.
Question: Which of the above symptoms do you display the most ? rate each one (1 is low and 10 is high)
Reflection: Take one of the above each day for the next seven days and visualise the awakened state and see how well you can practice it during the day.
Action: Send this to a friend and begin a conversation entitled "Waking Up ? Do You Agree?" and in so doing support each other as you develop your mutual understanding of how to change the above 'sleepy' patterns.