August 28, 2006

Comfort Zone

As long as we are caught in our ‘comfort zone’ we are incapable of experiencing the ‘zone’. This ‘zone’ is variously described from the perspective of athletics, business, music, art, etc. But what is this ‘zone’ really? It is the State of Being beyond ourselves.

Beyond our ordinary state of consciousness is the extraordinary State of Being. This is the state of consciousness devoid of ego superimposition. Our real nature is suppressed in the mind due to the presence of ego: due to the false identification of consciousness with the insentient (unconscious) elements, including the body, senses, mind, memory intellect, and the ego itself. These last four (mind, memory, intellect, and ego) are called the Antahkarana Cautusthya, or ‘fourfold inner organ’.

Our mind, memory, intellect and ego are supposed to be used to express the inherent beauty and freedom of the Self, and when this happens one is in ‘the Zone’. This is the Zone of zones. All other zones are indicative of this Zone. That is, all our high experiences of having ‘gone beyond ourselves’ point to the State of Being which is always beyond our self (our small self, ego). In other words, the pristine state of Pure Consciousness already exists. It always exists and is unchangeable, indestructible, unalterable. It cannot be adulterated or modified by the mind. However, its reflection in the mind is changed according to what we ‘have in mind’. For example, we all have the potential to go beyond ourselves and achieve the ‘zone’. But if our mind is filled with self-defeating thoughts, or we are attached to our ‘comfort zone’, we will NOT be able to experience the ‘zone’. We always have the potential, but that potential is directly proportional to our determination.

We have to make up our mind to go beyond our self-imposed limitations. Our limitations include our bias, our mental images, our grudges, our laziness, and all the other ‘babies’ of mind and ego. Yes, these are our ‘babies’, they are produced by the union of mind and ego, and we are very attached to them. We identify with these (and other) creations of mind and ego and after a while we feel ‘at home’ with them; that is, we feel comfortable in our little space until something comes along to disturb it (which will always happen). This comfort zone is our own self-curse.

To reach our highest potential (in any field of life) we must break out of our comfort zone. In the field of life itself, we have to bring into play all our inherent talents and strengths, our innate knowledge, and most especially, our sincerity and humility to completely go beyond our ego and attain the highest state of Consciousness. OM

August 27, 2006

Little ‘me’ is Our Misery

Little ‘me’ is our misery, but we want to blame it on something outside ourselves. Little ‘me’ is the cause of our loneliness, little ‘me’ is the cause of our heartbreaks and headaches, but we want to blame it on the ‘other’. My mother, my father, my brother, my sister, my husband, my wife–we blame everyone and then we blame ‘life’, but the truth is we are the author of our own strife.

Our life is a fiction that we create in our mind, and everyone’s fiction is a little different, and this creates friction because we want everyone to think just like us. Even though most people are insane, everyone does not think the same.

To remove the friction and discord from our life we need to ‘get out of our head’ and open our heart to the wisdom of the Wise. Only a human being grounded in divine wisdom is really sane, and such a human being is rare to be found. Most so-called ‘wise people’ have not really ‘wised-up’ and are still chasing after name and fame. The wounded and lame flock around them like pigeons at the park, but these ‘spiritual’ pigeons remain in the dark. The blind cannot lead the blind, and the power-hungry cannot feed the hungry.

We should hunger only for the power of humility, because with that power comes the grace God. Only the grace of God can take away our misery and pain. That grace is essential, and that grace is our own Essence. When that grace flows, every trace of selfishness is removed from our nature.

Misery is of our own making; it is not superimposed upon us by others. Misery is the superimposition of little ‘me’ on the mind. If we have little ‘me’ on our mind, our mind becomes heavy and we lose all peace. Don’t you think it’s time to wise-up and drop little ‘me’? We can let it go in the blink of an eye, but only if we connect the mind to the Supreme ‘I’.

Connecting the mind to the Real Self is the only way to be happy and free, otherwise, we will remain caught up in little ‘me.’