to have seemingly lost everything. It helped to have help. It isn’t
always pleasant to be suddenly confronted with the loss of just about
everything one treasures, but it is a start if one desires self
realization and to walk the path of being one with all things.
Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Paramahansa Yogananda, Confucious,
and countless others have described becoming one with the universe, (or
the infinite present), and have given instructions on how they achieved
For this journey
to the essence of life, you cannot take any baggage. Any physical,
mental, or spiritual trappings will hold you back. Had events and
circumstance not stripped away most of the stuff that I thought defined
‘me’, I don’t think the rest would have sloughed off as readily as it
to having studied various philosophies, religions, and meditative
techniques for most of my life, (at least since I was 13 or 14 and was
advised to seek enlightenment in all possible ways), I have been close
to some divinely gifted people who have nudged me along toward my path
Over the years
I have experienced various upward manifestations with friends and
acquaintances. These shared awakenings have bonded us for life. They
might have been magical moments in love, sports, or music. They could
have been shared ‘near death’ experiences that sparked the desire to
revisit that moment of light, or the promise that there was even more if
one stepped through that opening to a higher plane of existence.
I have been
wondering why some of the people I know, don’t seem to be getting any
farther along the path than the point where they stepped on.
In the AA
big book the inability to ‘trudge’ along on the path of enlightenment is
attributed to holding on to old ideas and behaviors. I can see my
progress improve each time I cast aside another negative concept or
wasteful habit. It works. Life gets better after the first 12 steps point one in the right direction.
Silly, comic relief
In the past,
I have tried to force enlightenment by the strength of my will. But of
course that just pushes me farther away from the realization I seek. The
way to enlightenment is the complete absence of will, ego, or any other
thinking by which I define myself or my place in this world.
I have found
that trying to achieve ‘nirvana’ by squinching up my face, forcing my
muscles into knots, huffing, puffing, sweating and straining,
accomplishes little more than physical discomfort. This is why most
meditation methods are designed to achieve total relaxation of body and
Even the most strenuous tasks can be more competently dispatched when approached with a happy attitude.
what I am trying to say is that it would not have been so easy to
surrender all the things that were important to me had they not been
torn from my grasp. The way to enlightenment includes abandoning all
that defines who we are in this world and very few of us would
voluntarily give up all our earthly possessions, desires, and sense of
Since there was
so little of ‘me’ left, it was my time to grow. Once one is released
from those things that bind us to the life we have, we can begin to
reconstruct who we are potentially capable of being. What a wonderful
and timely gift. ( although I didn’t see losing all that was near and dear was a gift at the time ).
that having written this post tonight, I can let go of any further need
to explain in my words, what has been explained by many men and women
ever since explaining began.
Today’s Instructive Video;
It’s Easy, Once You Get It