I imagine that of the seven billion people alive today, each is gripped by fear in his or her own individual way, and those who begin to awaken from the effects of fear, do so in uniquely individual paths.
Each path I’m sure is unique, but it does seem to me that there are some realizations which are common.
I’m not certain but it seems to me that these recognitions must happen to all:
- A non-intellectual, non-thinking method of knowing can be developed, variously known as no-mind, mindfulness, effortless awareness, presence, meditation, attention, vipassana, formless meditation and so on.
To a lesser degree:
- It comes down to the self-inquiry: Who am I?
- Observation and understanding of emotions and the ability to let go of emotions
- Observation of conditioning
- Observation of ego
- Observation and understanding of how beliefs form in us and that beliefs are elastic
- An understanding of the relativity of fear and love (unconsciousness and consciousness, confusion and clarity, and so on)
- An understanding that right and wrong are only opinion. All human endeavors are legitimate. Cruelty, harm, judgment, fear, remorse, and guilt are not necessary to evolve.
- An understanding that physical reality is entirely subjective
- An understanding that experience can only be experienced in the present
- An understanding that the basic nature of human beings is to create and expand experience
- And that acceptance and gratitude and empathy are in our basic nature
It seems to me that people get serious about exploring the self when they get tired of suffering. This, though, is not enough, as we have an enormous capacity to tolerate misery. It seems to me that along with the confusion of suffering, the ego must be pliable enough to be open to a different way of seeing.
Does your path include something unique?