DC Vision said to me one day that I should publish a short paragraph, every day.
It became as he knew it would, a touchstone of my awareness of Self, of Self-remembering.
I continue this practice, however no longer daily. Sometimes there is nothing that presents itself.
Anxiety may be the body/brain’s way of hanging on to the illusion that it is in control of what is happening.
If this is true, then by letting go of any need to control now, the anxiety will quickly fade. So try it: read a book for ten minutes, listen to music, exercise, and see if the anxiety fades.
Even if it doesn’t, you will benefit in the long run because you have taken a step closer to how things actually are, rather than how you would like them to be, because the body/brain is never in control of what is happening.
As we progress on the path to the final stage of enlightenment, it becomes clearer how those around us are immersed in the illusions and dramas created by their personalities, endlessly complicating their lives and relationships.
The conditioned response to this is to be polite and considerate to all, excepting those in your own family. We can feel entitled and obligated to try and control the lives of those in our own family, believing sincerely and truly that it is for their own good.
A considered viewpoint would include the question “What right and responsibility do I have to interfere in my family’s lives? ”
The answer is not clear-cut. We are irradiating all people who are around us, and, by example, promoting the spiritual path as a way to live a satisfying and meaningful life. We are told that we must explain our actions and motivations to our baffled families with patience and love. So we ARE having a positive effect.
However, more direct intervention is fraught with difficulty and misunderstanding. If you want to stay on good terms with your family and see your grandchildren growing up, tread lightly and leave it to someone else.
Until they ask.
This practice (link) has recently become a part of the regular daily meditation, as well as at other times during the day. It is a way of meditating which bypasses all the usual trappings of meditation, so it is suitable for absolute beginners. The workshops (which are a pleasant experience but not necessary to begin the practice) are given free of charge by members of the foundation.
Systems of spiritual development which are not based on the Path of Devotion can be heady, using the mind as a tool and a focus, and the SOL practice adds a beneficial kinesthetic aspect to the meditation period.
Also, because it is based on setting the Intention from the heart to experience Spheres of Light, it becomes a living reminder that the meditation is not all about the development of the individual alone.
Engagement with the spiritual path consists of forcing an evolution which normally might take many lifetimes into just a few. Therefore, it is always testing, and frequently stressful.
A friend has recently begun to meditate. Previously she was healthy and appeared indestructible, and had grown used to feeling physically almost invulnerable. Recently she has been plagued by difficulty in sleeping, minor ailments such as bad colds and digestion, and some other bodily niggles.
The error is perceptual. When one learns to meditate within a developmental spiritual framework (e.g. GuidesToEnlightenment.com) one is brought quickly into awareness of ones own psychology and personality. This might lead to the mistaken belief that the changes are all psychological.
They are not. The entire body – in fact it might be said that the entire universe – alters profoundly when you begin to unfold spiritually. Every cell in your body will be transformed to support your growing awareness, and is invariably both stressful and exhausting.
In particular the endocrine system will be affected, which can give rise to such “diseases of discipleship” as hypoglycemia, anxiety, skin conditions, etc. If you do not look after your body during this time, the karmic consequences may be that it will fail to support you in your inner as well as your outer life.
Get plenty of rest. Eat mainly simple and nutritious foods that your body finds easy to digest. Find a source of holistic healing and use it regularly. The ancients used to call the body “the horse which the spiritual man rides” and it needs caring for and looking after.
The Technology Sabbath, or tech shabbat for short, is a day when the practitioner forgoes the modern reliance on computers ,smartphones, tablets and the like in order to have a day of rest. On hearing of this term the thought arose that it was perhaps describing a day for worshipping tech, but of course we seem to do plenty of that devotional practice the whole week.
Having seen the way orthodox Jews practice, the tech shabbat looks like a standard shabbat to me, but perhaps without the loopholes like timeswitches to watch tv, etc., and horrendously expensive religious tech so that baby strollers and umbrellas can be used on shabbat without allegedly incurring divine displeasure.
This is what can happen when we lose sight of the Spirit behind the dogma. The observance of the many rules within religion was designed to foster a continuous remembrance of the divine, a contemplative mindful state, and not as an excuse for exercising ingenuity to find ways of avoiding God.
Sometimes it appears deep and focused, at other times shallow and pointless. Occasionally self and time are lost to later recollection.
Who knows which might be more successful- if indeed such a term can be applied to meditation at all.
Of course it depends on the framework and definitions you are using, but it seems to fit that angels are archetypes exhibiting essentially divine qualities, whereas the gods of the Greek and Roman eras are archetypes of essentially human qualities. Where devils and demons fit in is not so clear. It has been said that demons are thought forms created by human evil, and that is as good a definition as any.
On the other hand devils exhibit archetypal qualities, and it seems to be a question of dogma whether these qualities are attributed to divine or human.
On the one hand, this body mourns DC’s passing on this anniversary of his death. That despite his readiness and his own enthusiasm to take the next step on his journey, a true friend was lost.
On the other hand, the Self celebrates the end of a great soul’s incarnation, and remains in contact with that essence to this day.
DC used to say frequently that as a human being he was utterly insignificant, but as a Self he had power beyond imagining. He said that was true of all of us, of course – that we were just spread out on the way up the mountain, whereas he was at the top of this particular one.
His dearest hope was that his reservoir of writings would help others begin to realise what life is actually about, and, if they were ready, to make those difficult and irrevocable first steps to join him at the summit.
Love and blessings to us all
(A copy of a comment made today on http://theawakeningself.com/dcs-passing/ )
This is a quote of Jeddu Krishnamurti, spoken when he decided to refuse the mantle of world teacher that some were seeking to thrust upon him.
Unfortunately, having proven that he was, despite having reached the final stage of enlightenment, unsuitable as a teacher, he still continued to teach throughout his life. Continue reading →