Have you ever experienced total peace, total flow? Have you felt complete inner Silence, feeling (not thinking) completely a part of your surroundings, when time has stopped or slowed down?
Open up your senses. Meet perception half-way. Listen to the sounds around you right now. See if you can meet them half-way, so that there is no delay between sensing and hearing. There is no delay when there is no interpretation.
This experience of innate, effortless awareness is the crux of all spirituality. If we miss this core, spirituality then becomes nothing more than the chase of concepts and hierarchies.
Listen to music at this level of consciousness. See the vibrancy of colors at this level. Feel the aliveness in the inner body in this awareness.
We all run to self-help, but self-help is the advancement of the ego, and there is nothing wrong with this if we realize this. We run to books and blogs and seminars and the latest spiritual secret, and there is nothing wrong, but the crux of the living is still very, very simple. It is Awareness.
We seek peace outside ourselves, in achievements and vacations and beliefs and concepts and God and prayer, and there is nothing wrong with this, but the crux of the matter is still very, very simple.
We march to the loud drumbeats of the latest secrets of happiness. We run to positive thinking, but positive thinking doesn’t release negativity—it just covers it up if we try hard enough, for a while. We run to the likes of the law of attraction but it cannot be terribly useful to us when we are full of embodied patterns of sadness and fear.
We beat up quite a bit of foam and lather in seeking our true purpose, but when we realize our inner purpose is, and always has been, to awaken, we can happily give up the angst of seeking out our great purpose. Then, there is great purpose in everything that we do, and everyone who we meet.
We run away from pain, but pain can can only be released when we allow it, even welcome it, and watch it, with awareness.
Awareness does not require you to believe, or to have faith, or to be strong, or diligent, or to be spiritual.
Let’s try it.
Relax completely. Let go of thoughts and emotions. Let go of beliefs. Notice your breath. Notice the sounds around you. Notice the taste in your mouth. Notice where you skin touches your clothes. Notice the inside aliveness. Relax deeply, release tension, be aware of tightness in your body and let go. Be aware of the air going in your lungs. When thoughts arise, allow them, watch them, and bring attention gently back to your senses.
With short moments of self-observation, we become conscious of thoughts and emotions and fears and patterns and beliefs and egos. We become conscious of what Einstein called the “optical illusion of consciousness.” We become conscious of our delusion.