The whole process of spirituality is not to become a better person, to have metaphysical experiences or even to find God. The process is about knowing the self for in that knowing all is revealed. More precisely, it's about learning all that you are not - the sorrows, the personas, the occupation, the possessions, and the one thousand other labels we use to define who and what we are. As a starting place, use these definitions that you once used to define yourself and try re-using them to evaluate what you are not. See who is left...
The question was posed: Lately I'm having a difficult time quieting my mind. Any tips you can share for basic meditation? Specifically, my body seems to be resisting it, so I'm patient and letting it be.... but eventually I need to harness it and start to go deeper.
The question was posed:
"How do you explain what is happening in the world today from a spiritual point of view? How do we best keep our balance in the chaos?"
Question: Dear Sevara ~
Dear Sevara ~
I read an article recently in which it was stated that "Recession is a fear-based reality."
In today's complex world of finance, this does not hold true. The author of that statement is basically referring to what know in Economics as The Paradox of Thrift, in which the populace migrates towards the mentality of the "saver," no longer spending money on useless things. In a society dependent on consumerism for growth and stability this could indeed create a recession. But what we have today is far more serious and far more sinister.
It is clear that modern man is setting the stage for his own demise due to his careless squandering of the earth's natural resources. and lack of governments global concern. The destruction is most clear in the many cosmopolitan cities that dot the face of the planet where the plethora of cars clog the highways and the towering smoke stacks fill the air with toxins and pollutants from the ever-present industrial ‘parks’.
I was shocked to read a recent article about a Rhode Island school district's planned pilot program to monitor student movements by means of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted in their schoolbags. This is a frightening indication of what's to come. Big Brother wants to know where you go, what you do, who you associate with, what you purchase, what books you read, and if you pay all your taxes. Friends, beware: you freedom is erroding.
If we want to make something of this life, to give it meaning, we must seek to become graceful, blissful, compassionate, and aware, not out of coercion but by our own virtue. A dog can be trained to be obedient, but if the command of its master is not present the dog will fall back to its instinct. Only through constant and persistent chipping away at what we call ego, self-observation, and meditation, can we go beyond instinct and move towards ever-increasing awareness and intuition.
This message was sent to me today. I didn't agree, so I wrote a rebuttal which is included below. Please feel free to add your own commentary.
"Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult—once we truly understand and accept it—then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters. "
Ever since The Secret became such a huge success, I noticed that all kinds of "salesmen" are appearing trying to capitalize on the theme of manifestation, each with their own set of "secrets" guaranteed to make your life fabulous and more prosperous. They cunningly market their books and workshops to the consumer and laugh all the way to the bank. These are the "spiritual salesmen"
O Divine Consciousness and Sustainer of Life,
We thank thee for the opportunity to exist in this Time and Space, to learn and grow from both joy and sorrow, to experience the depth of our own Infinity.
May we honor and serve all humanity by seeing with our eyes the Beauty, Sacredness, and Divinity inherent in all beings.
Through our mouths may we speak words of Kindness, Encouragement, and Wisdom.
Through our hearts may we resonate with Love, Compassion and Forgiveness - not only for others but also for ourselves