Peace is not an experience. It is a lack of confusion regarding what you are experiencing. In that clarity, there is contentment and the joy of liberation from the suffering of confusion.
The human experience is filled with moments of positivity and beauty interchanging with moments of negativity and pain. This human experience is characterized by the body, its associated physical senses and sensations, along with the mind’s thoughts and moods.
When some embark on the journey to discover peace, they search for it in the world of human experience. The hope is that the experience of this body can be made permanently happy and positive, forever forsaking the negative.
Such a perspective is dependent upon your experience being a certain way; and since experiences themselves are transient, so is the happiness and pleasure they bring.
You are not your experiences and the conviction of this truth born of direct perception will take the pressure off avoiding negative experiences and clinging to positive ones. You become less fixated on your experiences, enjoying what comes and no longer lamenting letting go of what goes.
But where does peace fit in? Peace is not an experience but the way you regard experiences. It is not a thought or a mindset but rather the place of eternal awareness from which you live.
By the place, I mean your Self. When you no longer mistake yourself to be your body or mind, where does that leave you? It is the opportunity to become aware of your own existence without the context of human form.
In that clear awareness, you are at ease and at peace. Or rather, you recognize yourself as ease and peace itself. There are endless ways to release our confusion in order to re-discover clarity, and I like to recommend meditation and self-enquiry.
We are a lot less like individual beings and more like a spaceless and timeless dimension that is endlessly conscious of itself.
Trippy but true. :P
“Yoga is the work of the inner self on the outer.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The inner self often referred to in yoga is none other than your natural existence. It is that formless, shapeless nothingness that gives you the sensation of existence you have in this very moment. It was there before birth and is unaffected by the body’s death.
Many people start on the spiritual path but never make it past the outward approach. They are doing this or that to purify themselves, raise their vibration, or in some ways transmute themselves. They are of the mind that through action in the world of form, or subtle worlds of energy, that your inner will be made powerful and manifest.
However, the soul/awareness that everyone of us shares is the Divine itself, immutably perfect. It is inside us all, or rather we are all inside of it. It knows the body but the body doesn’t know it.
Rediscovering this perfect endless divinity is not a question of perfecting the divinity but rather allowing that divinity to perfect our outer selves. The touch and voice of that divinity acts on us in stillness and silence.
Meditation, prayer, devotion, and similar spiritual practices use that silence to guide us toward self-realization.
This is also why once a certain degree of effort has been made, the spiritual path can become effortless. You continue to learn from your own existence, which is to God as a ray is to the Sun.
Go inward and get an idea of what your inner divinity really is. Then regularly engage in spiritual practice to allow that divinity to go to work on you.
Namaste, sangha. Much love
Here’s a reminder - Our planet changes alignment on 6:05AM on the morning of Friday 21st December 2012. Before you ask, what we thought the Mayans said was wrong - it’s not the end of the world. But the Mayans were still right, in a sense - it is the end of the world as we know it.
The new era that we’re going into is, ideally, a more spiritual one. Some of you might’ve noticed that friends of yours were becoming more in tune with their spiritual sides. Maybe it was just weeks or months ago, or maybe it was since the year before for the folks who were more connected to the change they had to make for themselves. Maybe some of your friends have shown more enlightenment, and have played a bigger part in your life as supporters, friends, counselors and confidantes.
You might’ve also noticed some of your friends making falls lower than they ever have. You would’ve seen some of your friends have some violent upheavals, whether it was financial troubles, difficulties with keeping a job or finding a place to live, addictions and terrible mistakes, sickness and passing away… You may not have noticed that these things are the trials those people need to either break free of the bindings on their lives or to recognize those bonds and move to free themselves from them.
And, for some, this past week has either been a brilliant Blessing or a time of much more upheaval. Because, for those who have found where they need to go to, the Universe has started preparing them for that move. For those who still are where they were, the Universe is finishing the job of tearing their muscle to make them stronger.
On 6AM this Friday, you’re going to blossom into the person you will be for the rest of your entire life. And you choose where that person is, what soil he or grows on and whether you’ll get the sunlight that you need. Your petals spread apart from now, which means those decisions happen now. So, just in case you were wondering, you’re flowering right as you read this…
What kind of flower are you?