After sipping ginger tea on the grass this afternoon, it came to me that when walking a spiritual/holistic path, one is likely to arrive at a time when one realises that this is more difficult than first imagined; and then to top it all – the realisation that one cannot, in fact, turn back the clock after having allowed Spirit “in”, so to speak.
Sometimes one just needs to sit back and look at the trees to admit that life is actually a wonderful process if one simply allows universal intelligence to run life.
Overcoming the self (with other words, freeing yourself from the expectation of others) and putting your true self out there is a frightening thought, and yet, totally liberating. That saying of “moving on” with your life; “pull yourself toward yourself and get over yourself” is when mastery is found in not being any particular identity – and just being that. Not so? And a master knows that he/she decides that for themselves.
One finds structure within this knowledge and action of no-identity – even in the face of a world that attacks everything with a labelling machine.
Your true identity only lies with you. To live this knowledge throughout your life is to live life from the soul’s perspective.
To put it simply – it’s all in the attitude.
Taking the above said under advisement; where does that lead one then? Saints and sages from yesteryear like Ghandi and more modern writers like Deepak Chopra, all spoke and speak of the essence of love in that the essence of love is the expansion of your own identity as the lover. Wonderful! Really nice! But what does it actually mean?
The person who is going to end up walking a balanced life is the one who has mastery on the inside – the one who realises that they are an equal partner with God – taking the hand (so to speak) of that which we cannot see in our 3D linearity and not put it on an unreachable pedestal and make of it an unattainable goal. That’s the person who has mastery and that’s the one everybody ultimately wants to be with.
There must be no misunderstanding; the passion for a spiritual path that enhances a person is the result of the melding of the human heart with the love of God.
A person who is bound to the sway of life-drama – thus living to survive – is the one who will place stock and expectancy in being let down by others, including the one closest to them. Your heart will be broken many times and you will break other’s hearts. You will allocate blame – including blaming new loves for past lovers’ transgressions.
Roots are for insecure people. Your “rootedness” must lie in yourself and not in outer structures and external ideologies. A belief in exterior “rootedness” (when others’ opinions mould our identities) will lead to a letting go of your dreams and ideals – replacing your creativity with dogma. Once you have assumed a particular definition, you will feel strongly inclined to defend this assumptive identity – this is furtive ground for the ego. All possible strategies will be devised by your egoic mind to convince you that you are not capable or self-sufficient.
If you believe that you are inadequate, other people will believe it also.
Living from the perspective of your soul is to know and accept others as they are, really! Not just saying it, and always meaning and knowing it. It is a life style, a way of life and part of your outlook on life. It will be with you every waking moment and transfer to every conscious and unconscious act. From there you will understand where others have been in life and you will accept who they have become. You will also, without question, accept who you have become and allow and invite others to grow.
And above all, you will gain immense respect for other people; you will acquire an unfathomable respect for life (understanding that everything comes from the one Life that is universal energy in its various states of motion); you will be awed at your part in all of this – and you will come to know that wisdom is truly much more than intelligence.
To be consciously aware of whom you are in relation to others, you will have to be your own best friend.
“The man who views the world at fifty, the same as he did at twenty, has wasted thirty years of his life.”
- Muhammad Ali
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