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Where Do YOU Get the Power to Change? (Part 2) & Upcoming Events

From: Janardhan
Sent on: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:42 PM

Musings on lasting change.
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Hello,​

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About three weeks ago, you received the first part of the reflection on getting the power to change, in which we looked into the causes of stress and temporarily reliefs from them.
In case you didn't see it for any reason, you can read that message here.
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With apologies for the extended gap, please find below the final part, including tips on bringing lasting change in your life.

​Special upcoming events:​
Embrace Change & Uncertainty retreat with Sr Denise, Sept 13-15
Men's Wisdom Circle with Wes Nisker, Sat., Sept 14, 2pm

Gratefully,
Janardhan

Where Do YOU Get the Power to Change?
Part 2


Belief is Not Enough
We may also recognize that such insights are also not new or exclusive to any particular school of thought, religious philosophy or spiritual understanding. They've been around for donkey's years and they've been translated into hundreds of languages in a thousand ways. But still the stress levels rise, the suffering continues, the conflicts deepen, the angst expands. Why? The lack of 'validation'. Very few people will give both the time and attention to validating such insights regardless of how right or true they may sound. Regardless of how much even our intuition resonates with the 'information' about who and what we really are, regardless of how much we may 'believe', it doesn't give us the power to perceive, think and behave so that we no longer create our own mental and emotional stress/suffering. The belief that other people and situations are responsible for our stress is so deeply rooted it takes more than just another belief to overcome it. Belief is not enough. Validation means we have to see and know for our self. Just as we may actually go to the hospital see and know the mother is there and is critically ill we need to go to the heart our being to see and know who and what we are and how we work from inside out. Only then can we 'know' our self as a spiritual entity, only then can we 'know' if our nature really is peaceful and loving. And only then can we see if life really is always a bowl of cherries, sweet and filled with goodness, despite what others may be doing around us 'out there'.
 
So, how do we validate the information that points at 'the spiritual', how do we validate what we and many others 'believe' to be true? Only by entering 'spiritual' territory, which isn't a place but a state of being. In such a territory or state there are no words, no ideas, no memories. There are no longer any concepts of self or the world. There no attachments or beliefs and definitely no attachments to beliefs. These are all the stuff of the mental territory or our mental states.

Journey to the Center
Validation of self as a spiritual being and the validation of the true nature of our being requires us to leave both physical and mental states of consciousness behind for a few moments at least. And yet our primary habits of attachment and identification are with the mental and the physical. So just as a vehicle can propel us to the hospital to see for our self, what can propel our consciousness out of physical and mental awareness and into a spiritual state of awareness? Enter the vehicle know as meditation, the vintage car of all spiritual awakening. Meditation is the ability to move through and beyond lower states of conscious awareness and into the highest or deepest state of awareness. Most meditation teachers and practitioners will affirm that the practice itself takes us beyond the awareness of time and change (i.e. awareness of the physical and the mental) and into the timeless and thoughtless dimension of being, just being. Only there can we be aware of and know our true self, for our self...so to speak!

That's probably why the 'spiritual elders', the sages and saints, and the ones who have created a legacy of spiritual wisdom down through the ages both practiced and taught some form of meditation. They knew that only in a meditative state can we 'see through' all the learned identities based on a) physical images (form/shape/appearance/fashion etc.) and b) mental ideas (profession/nationality/personal history etc.) and reveal our true authentic self based on 'no thing' i.e. no image and no idea. They knew that once memories were silent and the mind was still the 'self' was found to be beyond i.e. prior to, any awareness of the physical and mental dimensions of change. In such a state time collapses into the moment called 'now' where there is no 'then'.  The ultimate peace of this state of being is then known to be the power of our life itself. From the power of that state of being comes the capacity to 'consciously create' all that follows i.e. our thoughts, feelings actions etc. Instead or reacting emotionally to the world around us it's that 'inner power' of being that restores our ability to respond with calm consideration and focused determination.

'They' also returned from this 'validatory' journey in their meditative vehicle to tell us of the deep spiritual insights into the nature of the self and the world that awaits us all. Including the realization that life itself, despite all its varied textures and turmoils, is just a game, an amazing playful game, happening through us and around us, in which we all have the opportunity to create our own life and play any role that we choose. And that when we 'live out' that awareness, as we bring that awareness through our mind and through our behaviors into the world around us, then the world itself, which is itself just a dance of many energies, will rush to line up with us and serve the energy of our being.
 
Rumi captured both the idea and necessity to go beyond the physical and the mental in order to 'be in' and validate our own truth, our own spiritual power, when he said:

"Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I'll meet you there".

He was reminding us that 'prior to' our mental and physical awareness, prior to our intellectual judgments and evaluations, there is a state of being that restores our awareness of the truth and power of our life. But that truth cannot be known, it's power cannot change the way we live our life, until we go there and 'validate' it's reality for our self. Only then can we know the peace that 'I am/you are', only then can we know that love is what 'I am/you are', only then can we know pure joy is what 'I am/you are'. Such validation changes everything!

Some prefer not to attempt to see if they can validate such 'spiritual insights/possibilities' about the self. Perhaps because of the fear of change, perhaps because of doubt. They prefer to live in the world of beliefs. They prefer a belief based faith, never quite knowing if what they believe is actually true, never quite knowing why they still feel occasionally peaceless, sometimes a little loveless and the odd moments of joylessness. That too, like everything else, is as it is meant to be, they said!

©  Mike George 2013

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