As a leaf falls into the stream and it floats downstream meeting the river……it simply flows where the river current rushes…..there can be no going upstream…….finally the river opens out into the sea and the leaf is freed into the vast ocean……………
As the saying goes…”what we resist,persists”…….when there is resistence there is always tension,unhappiness and discord.When we start to understand the underlying cause of all discords,we see in that understanding,there is that need for control,a selfish need to ‘not give in’,holding back,unable to make it easy to accede …..we fight a futile battle within ourselves because we think we can make ourselves ‘happy’by making others unhappy or perhaps we get a ‘kick’ out of witholding truth and kindness and love.Instead we are truly causing more damage to the injured soul,in other words we self imprison ourselves to a life of continuing unhappiness and misery!
Like a beautiful bird in a cage who is fed,cared for and admired, one day the owner feels sorry and comes to a realisation that this bird is trapped and feels that it is in need to be free in nature,so the owner opens the cage door and allows the bird to fly free,but ironically,the bird is afraid and forgets its true nature of freedom,it doesnt want to budge and chooses to stay in the cage!
Like the bird we forget the truth of our innate nature…..free to be,free to live in love, free to act courageously and consciously,free to know that we can only be the master of our being,nobody has the power or control of our rights to live….we can only take responsibility for how we choose to live…….in wisdom or in foolishness…..
Once we can courageously see and accept this truth….we can start learning and be willing to let go of anything ……. and feel the relief and peace that come with it…………..we can start to come out of the conditioned mindset.
A lot of people have this concept that freedom to live is about running wild and easy and enjoying life frivolously and affecting others lives unconsciously without any concern. Freedom is rather an unconditional state of awareness where one will not allow to be controlled or wanting to control any longer………its consciousness is not imprisoned or affected by external factors and circumstances…it acts according to its own independent conscience for the good and benefit of all,even if that situation will not seem to have a favourable outcome…in other words it will accept good or not so good situations and live accordingly…it accepts and allows everything to be as it should be with no distinctions.
Freedom will not be affected by blame,praise, losses and gains,good or bad …..it will joyously mingle with friends and foes alike….it knows no separation….it holds all humanity and creation within that Freedom….it knows that the suffering and the joy of one person is the joy and suffering of all beings the same………………
True Freedom comes from the Joy of having seen our inner states,with all its flaws and all its goodness and having taken the courage to make the journey and effort to be truthful and learn from the past,make amends and to love ourselves for it……….then letting go and being freed from it….the Presence of freedom also allows the truth of allowing the future to unfold as is…………it will not try to make excuses of the what ifs,what should and should not be….it will simply be a learning of lessons and a continuation of moving forward to betterment…..
Freedom holds the being in self-aceptance of whatever will be will be!
Freedom will not resist,deny or resent any good or unsatisfactory situation…………..freedom is conscious fearlessness!
Freedom allows each being including ourselves to live and act freely without judgements,finding faults, passing comments and looking at the speck in another’s eye. it will act fearlessly to take courage to pull out the log in our own eye first!
When we are free to look into our own being…we can be free from the attachments of worry(especially so in terms of loved and dear ones),free from grasping to be needy of anothers attention,from needing recognition and importance,free from imposing conditions on others…eg,if you do something for me,I’ll do something for you kind of attitude(whats in it for me!).We actually free ourselves from emotional, mental and physical entanglements …it allows others to simply be with a knowing that they too have the potential and capacity for their own freedom.
Freedom from attachments doesn’t mean we feel cold/numb,aloof,uncaring and indifferent to the welfare of others.Freedom from attachments matter of fact allows that divine space within us to act and engage wisely depending on the circumstances without expectations of the outcomes,without obligations to be further dragged into the drama and of not being severely affected/disturbed whereby we become traumatised and be tormented ‘permanently ‘by the situation.In other words we will feel compassionately and understandingly and be respectful of the impermanence of the nature of the human journey and life and living.Yes the pain of feeling another’s suffering can be overwhelming(like a sword piercing through the heart) but freedom from attachments allows pain to be buffered and healed accordingly at its own pace and time…………………
Freedom is truly about having the courage to go deep into ourselves and touch that sacred chamber within and love ourselves with all its imperfections and goodness…..
To live in freedom is like the leaf flowing with the natural current of the river…..not struggling against the flow until it finally reaches the ocean to become One with it!
Living in freedom means we are able to recognise our individuality and our independence and we acknowledge no matter what each being possesses the same quality with no need to possess or to have control/power over,we are unique on our own yet we remain interdependent upon each other to help facilitate spiritual growth and human evolvement.
As we recognise the freedom of detachment, we can nourish and nurture our inner states of well-being without being affected by extenal ideologies,beliefs and influences of others…just the same we will not infringe or impose upon others what they need to experience or learn for themselves………we allow the understanding that each person will evolve accordingly to their own time,pace and karma(reap what you sow,cause and effect).
No one belongs to anyone….not even our children,lovers,family,friends,students and teachers……we are all individuals……yes, we can take care,we can love, we can help,we can share with each other,but we cannot possess or say anything belongs to me or I belong to them.When we see this positive truth of detachment we can be engaged to love fully without fear of losses and dissapointments and allow ourselves and others to just Be!…………we cannot stifle the growth of others,eg,we expect our children to be doctors,but deep down the child wnats to be a ski instructor….so unhappiness is created both ways…..the parents’high expectations and the child’s inner conflict!
To live in freedom is learning to accept and surrender to the present moment,trusting in the flow of life…..and letting go……nothing is wrong or right,good or bad,we can always make changes,learn from mistakes, find solutions and work our way through it!
December 1998……..a few days before Christmas,I felt like a lost sheep who had come back from working in Saudi Arabia,jobless,broken, depressed,in severe physical bodily pains and financially broke…………..with my heart wide opened and humbled and surrendered…….I sat in Saint Anthony’s church,Vancouver quietly praying after I had attended an evening Mass.In my prayer that evening….…my heart implored!
I remembered asking sincerely,”give me something to do!”( I was not asking to have a job or to be healed of my pains or anything to help my finances…….(I knew it was not the right thing to ask at that time),but what I actually wanted was to be of service,for my heart and talents to be utilised..…
I surrendered that prayer and was walking out the church when at the door I was approached by a choir member who was looking for singers for Christmas day morning Mass(which was only maybe 3 days away)….I said,”I dont sing but I play the guitar”…she said “thats what we really need is a guitarist for the choir”…..and asked if I wanted to give my time to play for Christmas and on a regular basis……..I said yes but I didnt have a guitar at that moment for practice…….she said she could get one………and there I was practising with the organist and choir………..then I remembered my prayer to be of service.
Yes I was honored and played my guitar happily for that Christmas Morn,1998!
I was not satisfied simply with playing the guitar for Mass, I knew there was more of my heart that could be used….so I kept on asking in my dedicated self prayer petitions and quiet sittings in the austeriy of the church………one week later just before the New year(1999)…I saw a poster on the church door which read…….’The Door is open’,volunteers needed for soup kitchen to feed the needy.”I immediately felt a bell ring in my heart and went home to give them a phone call……..…
A few days later,I started humbly in the soup kitchen,serving the poorest of the poor,the uncared for,the forgotten and the diseased(HIV/Aids).As I served them, I looked through their eyes and hearts and felt their suffering and I saw myself in each one,I witnessed myself looking at each one with tenderness and respect…we shared the same suffering but in a different picture,a different scenario….each one of them needed love and happiness and to be cared for… and I realised too that I needed the same.I noticed my heart opening with compassion and kindness and a reaching out to love…….that reaching out was not only to them but towards myself…….I needed to love myself ,I needed to care and nurture for my damaged soul,the damage only I myself could undo and make reparation for.
One day I brought my guitar along to the soup kitchen and sang a few songs for them while they ate,to hopefully bring some music and comfort for their troubled souls…..
A few months later after serving the soup kitchen,I then went on to walk on the streets of Eastside Vancouver for the downtrodden,prostitutes,heavy hardcore drug users and those forgotten by society,there my own broken-ness was further healed by the horrible suffering I witnessed,my body pains began to vanish,I got a job as a RN in a rehabilitation hospital and worked hard at it, my true spiritual journey began.I stayed on in the choir for one more year and later donated my guitar to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd(Toronto)……………I had to learn when to give up and let go of everything I enjoyed and loved as soon as I learned that whatever I needed to do was done…..I allowed myself to feel all emotional attachments and then to let it go,it is a way of the so called dying to ego,to self glory and gains…..just as the Buddha had said…….”when we have crossed the river using the raft we had built,we let go of the raft,we do not lug it around onwards in our journey.”
Prayer will help open the door to the next realm needed for us to do whatever is necessary for our own healing processes.It is the raft that will help us cross the river of our lives and help us grow,change and evolve for a higher purpose.When we pray,we not only express out words in our minds and hearts but we become aware of everything happening within us and around us because every corner of our being and surrounding is calling for attention and warrants us to stop and see how we could be of service to self and others….we need to see and put in action what the Universe(God, Divine Source,Allah, Atman etc.) calls us to do…it might be a simple matter as being more attentive,kindly and caring to people we say we care,our spouses,children,mothers/fathers,brothers/sisters,friends,etc….and when we see ourselves care more towards others, we can acknowledge the goodness that resides within us.We can then say our prayers have been answered!
Prayer helps us to keep vigilant of our inner states!
___the kingdom of heaven is within us_____Jesus
_____the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, when a man realised what was in that field,he went to sell everything he had with joy and bought that field____The Parable of Jesus according to the Gospel of Matthew
Here in this parable, Jesus is talking about that innate unconditional Love and Wisdom and Joy that lives in the very core of each and every human being.And here he is speaking about what are we willing to give up and strive for to reach,discover and uncover in this chamber within each being……………
All enlighten Beings teach the same thing…..to look inside of us!
What is it like to undertake a self-discovery journey into oneself?
November 17th 1998…………….the day I made a resolute commitment to change my whole being…….to say yes to the truth of that Inner call …….to hear the ‘still small voice’beckoning………….it was not easy to hear that voice but because I was literally brought down to my knees in intense suffering and broken-ness…….that I had to open up Within and look deep inside myself to truly see who I was,who I am,what did I do to come to this point in my life,why was I suffering,is there a way to undo all this and is there a better reason and purpose for my life/living/existence…………….the questions and self inquiry were many that I introspected within myself.I spent hours and hours in quiet meditation, contemplation/reflection and visualizations …..again,the quietude of the church was a place I used for this sublime intention.There was never a moment that I never stopped the investigation within………..as I enquired…….answers came flooding in………..revelations were shocking,baffling,confusing and wondrous too.I had to analyse all situations of my life as they revealed and opened up……it was never all at once but slowly and accordingly………(it took years!)………
I got to regress backwards into childhood/adulthood memories and see where similar situations that I had faced before was happening in present day….who said what to me and how I had reacted.I realised habitual patterns tend to repeat thru-out our lives,and I thought that is the way I was …….I learned that from my past traumas,good/bad memories,family,educational,social,cultural and religious upbringing had so much part to play in the then present day life/living…..how it had been ingrained in my psyche and how I had acted/reacted emotionally,socially,physically,spiritually and mentally thru out my life up till the time of my spiritual transformation.
Of course at first I had no idea or inclination of what was I suppose to do,to go through,to experience …..but as I made a conscious effort to warrant a change and to recognise and admit my frailties,my faults,my transgressions and also my own capabilities of goodness……I dared continue to walk into a beautiful journey of self purification, transformation and realization leading to Freedom………….As I saw all my mistakes and dents in my life…..I strove to purify it by either sincerely offering forgiveness to the person/people themselves or in silent symbolic ways…..and mostly to forgive myself with understanding and reverence…….as I saw myself becoming humble and ‘pure of heart'(the simplicity and sincere expressions of honesty)in doing little noble deeds and sacrifices….I learned to love myself(not in a narcissistic way) but in a way of dying to ego,dying to falseness,to pride, arrogance,ignorance,self hatred,resentments,anger,jealousies,greed,need for control,neediness for recognition/self importance,cravings and attachments.I saw my vulnerabilities and imperfections!
When I learned to love myself for the goodness I saw within me,I saw the powerful potential in all of human nature for Unconditional Love to be manifested,in each and every human being!….I saw the capability of each one to transform and bring forth peace and goodness to humanity.I was witnessing the purified Inner Self…….the Self that was not living in duality(separateness)but only one-ness with all of creation.I saw no distinctions between good or bad,homosexual or heterosexual,saint or terrorist,black or white,politician or priest,believer of religious traditions or non-believer,the beautiful or the ugly and no one going to ‘heaven’or ‘hell’….we are all one in this human journey of suffering,challenges and the propensity to Love,we are all capable of change and transformational spiritual growth and at the liberty to choose our destiny……………………..
Going within myself was also about quietly watching,my thoughts,actions(deeds),speech and fluctuations of emotional states and moods without judging,without being harsh and punitive on myself but gently noticing and acknowledging its contents and letting it be…..slowly I noticed as I watched my restless mind without acting on anything,it was becoming still and harnessed,thus Awareness arised.Awareness helps bring clarity to our actions/reactions …how we act towards others and others to us……….
I was being true to myself,I was not running away from challenges……I was not hiding from any hidden agendas from anyone or anything….everything was becoming authentic and real……..not fleeting and not illusory!
As I uncovered the cause of my own sufferings,I could only feel compassion and kindness for myself and others…. I treated myself with care as I would with others….
I did not have a spiritual teacher on this awe-inspiring, wondrous journey to guide and support my inner growth and flowering…..but I realised that there is an Inner Teacher/guide/wisdom already within each and every human being,ever-ready to act and light the path when we truly say our ‘Yes”to move in an inward journey.Of course there were the many,many highly spiritually adept teachers that I accessed thru books(from the library) of various spiritual/religious traditions as well as self-help books(books on chakras and kundalini helped with the happenings/going-ons within the body)…….as I read their books,I felt as though I was sitting at their feet listening to them expound their teachings, it helped me unlock the times when I felt stucked,confused,helpless and hopeless and inspired me to carry on and persevere the self realization journey…..in lay man’s term…….to find God!
I went on several silent and directed spiritual retreats…….to reflect and to stay focused on inner growth.I also discovered that moving into the inner being also entailed looking at myself with lots of light-hearted humour and amusements(simplicity of the stilled mind)….to ease into the discovery passage….with enthusiasm and engaging curiosity.
Self-discovery is a passage from the restlessness of the mind into the wisdom, Love and compassion of the restful/peaceful heart,whereby during that journey,we cleanse ourselves of the impurities of past/present guilts,shames,fears,unwholesome activities/addictions,bitterness and all negative/afflictive traits……we recover our true selves,we uncover who we were……to who we are,we become whole(undivided) in body,mind and spirit(heart)….Love is revealed and animated………………..
The spiritual journey is a transformation process…..it is one of simply becoming HUMAN and relating with humanity in compassionate understanding and respect……………….
Picture above is titled….The hidden treasure by Rembrandt
Why is the mind in so much turbulence?Why are we always trying to escape any form of unhappiness/uneasiness/discomfort?Are we afraid to face our ‘demons’( mostly from the past…mistakes and regrets,hurts and hidden lies/secrets/jealousies ,dissapointments and shattered dreams,phobias and dark agendas)Are we afraid of our own self…..of being alone?
In times of loneliness(lonely feelings can arise even when surrounded by people,feeling lonely can also come about when one is busy doing something but feeling a meaninglessness within)….the mind is wandering,it is not Present! When the restless and disturbed mind goes into ‘fear’mode(triggered by guilt/shame/helplessness/anxiety,anger)…………..stop!……look at it…it is asking of something,healing perhaps?….it warrants our attention and not go to look for temporary reliefs.
How to calm this restlessness?
We have only our natural given resources right here where and who we are already…. Within ourselves!
The greatest self given tools are the gifts of the breath,the mind itself and the human heart(the seat of universal consciousness and conscience) holding the full capacity of Love,compassion and wisdom…….
Whatever we need to do, we need to be in a train of continuous mindfulness of all that we do…….we become mindful of the mind itself and be watchful of its thoughts…..when thoughts come in,we simply know and say to ourselves that we are thinking,and become aware we are thinking,but don’t identify with its contents,otherwise we get caught in its fear/anxious/worry driven components.
Mindfulness also encompasses the ability to be aware of everything that we do in the moment…….if we are sitting simply know we are sitting,if we are washing dishes, simply bring the attention to know that we are washing dishes in the moment,if we are looking at the sky simply know we are looking at the sky and nothing else!The whole truth is to be aware of everything we are thinking, saying, doing and feeling and knowing as of in the Now!
Training our minds like this brings our focus to only this moment and we can bring the wandering mind to be attentive and present………there is no need to be forceful,defensive or resistive …..just allow to be,so the mind is not in control but learns to come back to the present moment.There is no hard and fast rule to follow….just simply be and the mind will co-operate.Most importantly don’t be hard on oneself…..Do NOT try to force any thoughts,good or bad to stop or be suppressed,no matter what,it only gets stronger and harder to let go…..thoughts are meant to be acknowledged and slowly let go.The more you watch the mind/thoughts and allow it to be…….it gets ‘shy’ and will no longer want to appear and be a distraction!
And be on guard with falling into the trap of fantasizing and daydreaming while watching the mind.
The breath is our life force,are we aware that we are breathing?Again we can learn awareness and presence from the breath.
Stay connected with the breath,become aware of the breathing,take a deep breath,be mindful of the air that goes in thru the nostrils and the rising of the abdomen,stay with that in-breath and feel the pause of relief……say to oneself……’inhaling,I breathe in peace……let the breath out slowly,follow the flattening of the abdomen……say to oneself….’exhaling,I let go of the restlessness’…… become aware of all that is going on,the thoughts,the feelings, the physical sensations…….name it if possible,be honest,if feeling angry, say to oneself’angry’….look where these sensations are coming from,why it is coming on,what is the underlying reason for the restlessness….does it need acting out,does it need to hurt oneself or others?
The tendency here is,it might bring on some knowledge where addictions and habitual patterns arise.Addictive behaviours are not exclusive only to drugs, alcohol,gambling,sex,food but include,use of technological gadgets, gossiping, selfishness,meanness,being angry ,flaring tempers,annoying and ill-will to others,causing problems for others thru words and deeds(even intentions),ignoring to help others,rudeness, crudeness,busyness,with work,self hatred/loathing,etc…..What does it feel like……..be with it,stay with it,know it!
Remember not to identify with all afflictive states,they arise and they can be subdued and healed when we are ready to be sincere and make amends.
With the constancy of being in awareness,it brings understanding and this leads further to the wisdom of the healing process.
Constant practise of mindful breathing and looking into the thoughts,actions, sensations and feelings,we will slowly bring the mind to some concentrated silence and peacefulness.Every time the mind is disturbed with thoughts bring the mind back to the awareness of the breath…….to know when breathing in and to know when breathing out.With each breathing in we can say something like ‘breathing in I feel comforted, breathing out,I let go of discomforts’…etc,
Through this practise, meditation can begin naturally as the mind gains some degree of concentration where it can be further trained to be silent(stilled).Sitting upright is imperative for breathing and meditation, whether on a chair or cross-legged on the floor or with a cushion.Personally I could not crossleg and sit on the floor so I always sat on a chair with my back not slouching on the backrest of the chair and the feet firmly grounded on the floor/ground with hands on my lap on top of each other,eyes could be focused on an object( for concentration) or simply open looking straight..
Meditation is awareness itself….the awareness of presence outside of ourselves and inner introspection where we are in tune with ourselves and is attentive to all our thoughts, emotions,physical conditions and attributes without making judgements,comments,self criticism and fault finding( in other words examining our conscience to the full extent of truth).
We will discover and uncover insights and analysis of the whys,hows and understandings of the true nature of our own self.We will also soon discover that the mind is the main cause of unecessary sufferings.As the mind gets stabilised in being stilled through devout meditation practices,the heart will take over and love can prevail.
Find a comfortable,nurturing spot(at home,walking, nature,anywhere that feels safe)to ground the self and be in quiet understanding and remembrance of why we dedicate the time to practice doing good for ourselves…to end unecessary sufferings for ourselves and others………………..
Connect to the innate loving heart,become aware that there is a caring,forgiving,compassionate, understanding and merciful Presence Within….become aware of that energy that allows kindness and benevolence to flow……..allow the self to ‘cry’ in tenderness knowing it wants to heal but needs strength and guidance and courage to do so.Allow for the sacred silence within to speak and it will if one is sincere and humble to know one’s weaknesses and in need of help.Resistence, defensiveness,denials, self doubts and limitations are hindrances to progress for peace,calmness of mind and the heart to love unconditionally.
People have this tendency to get disheartened when things don’t seem to progress.All endeavours take time,with faithful and trusting perseverence, all efforts will pay off sure enough……………….As sentient beings we are always looking for quick fixes and solutions to all problems and think that self healing takes place in a day or two!Again here we might allow the restless mind to take control and churn stories in the mind to giving up when things don’t seem to change for the better or improve…let the mind be on guard again…..know what is happening and start again……….when we give up, the mind takes complete control and restlessness looms again!
In truth we all can curb the restlessness and disturbances of the mind and cultivate loving kindness and enjoy peacefulness in every aspect of life for ourselves and others.We can use the loving creativity of the heart to pursue healthy activities and spiritual practices like joining a meditation/spiritual community,learning breathing techniques,volunteering(church,temple,soup kitchen,animal shelter),yoga,getting counselling help,reading books of self help/growth/meditaion,listening to spiritual talks,spending time in nature,nurturing relationships/friendships/children,nearby or faraway travels,silent/directed spiritual retreats and of course spending time alone for reflections and introspections,taking up a course that is of interest to oneself….cooking, gardening,animal care/grooming etc………and I am sure many more………….sometimes,we have to open ourselves to the enhusiasm of trying something we have never done before.Most importantly generating kindly actions and intentions to everything that we do,allows a healthy inner growth…………..
Cultivating a moral lifestyle helps foster the mind mature with understanding and respect for oneself and others.In the Buddhist teaching,these are known as the five precepts of training in self discipline namely…..
to not steal/taking away of things that do not belong to you…..(coveting others as well),
to not kill and to do no harm(violence),
to not gossip and tell lies(causing trouble and problems)
to not take intoxicants,drugs/alcohol(they could distort the mind to be aware of dangers to self and others),
to not participate in sexual misconduct(without respect and loving kindness)
Opening into the heart
In my own compassionate experience journey, I found out that the power of visualisations helped enhance my spiritual growth rapidly and with devoted practices, it helped open my mind and heart to see the immense suffering I was undergoing and it aided to open my heart to love and forgiveness,I learned to understand the sufferings of others just the same.
The power of the breath,mindfulness,meditation and visualisation can help rid of this false ideology that the end of unnecessary suffering is impossible.Active visualisation helps one make positive changes/transformation to benefit ourselves and others.We could be followers of various religious practices,but our true direction is to follow the inward journey from the restless mind to the loving wise heart…where we actually witness our own divine spark and come to the full knowledge of who we truly are and the understanding that we are One with the whole of creation,there is no separation.
We allow ourselves to find the time and sacred space to do this……….again,anywhere that we can find a quiet spot,where we will not be distracted.I used to do in this in a quiet church.We can simply sit,breathe in and out,become mindful of the breath,come to a remembrance of this sacred time and why we do this….so we can find harmony within.When we are ready,we become aware, we start to imagine/visualise and see ourselves,in sincere humble supplication sitting, kneeling,lying prostrate,head bowed down(although we may be sitting upright). In front of us there we imagine the image of a deity,Jesus, Buddha,Mother Mary,saints of any religion,Wise Being or even someone we knew/know who embodies kindness, love, mercy, understanding,tenderness, compassion,goodness and peacefulness(we can use one image or more if we like).
We visualise ourselves being loved and cared for and forgiven for all our past and present actions/mistakes and imagine how we are truly loved unconditioned and being tended to in a kindly manner and that we are being understood of our struggles, difficulties,weaknesses and mistakes,we can start allowing ourselves to be truly repentant of our faults.We start visualising our heart area opening up and being transmitted with love and forgiveness and understanding from the heart of the deity.We imagine,ourselves interacting with peace,joy and love with the deity like a lover and the beloved, like a loving mother/father and child,like loving friends,like a compassionate teacher and devoted student.
As we practise this visualisation technique with true devotion, we will witness the poignancy of Love and forgiveness opening up Within.Then only can we feel the true transformation taking place within us and experience the power of compassion for ourselves and others…………
I write from the knowledge of my own compassionate spiritual experiences of the journey from self hatred, suffering and restlessness of the mind into one of understanding and respect of all human conditions…………most of my adult life I was suffering from bouts of depression and was taking prescribed anti-depressant medication,I was seeing psychiatrists and trying to pretend that I had a normal life like anybody else,running around like a chicken without a head……I knew I was terribly unhappy deep down and was living my life carelessly/foolishly……not until 20 years ago when I was knocked down to my knees that I decided to pull myself up and do something beautiful,something transformational and thus,I learned to breathe, be mindful,silence my mind in meditation and with the power to visualise ,I discovered and uncovered unconditional love,compassion,forgiveness,wisdom,truth,and goodness to be living realities innately alive within each and every human being.
If we do not allow ourselves to be witnesses of our own true human experiences and make the effort to learn and change from it…….we will not be free from the wheel of unecessary suffering and misery.Do we really have to wait to be brought down to our knees before we will see the light?Everything that we need for this wondrous journey is already waiting Within……….
“no one lights a lamp and hides it under a bed,instead he puts it on a stand so that anyone who comes in can see it” ~~~~~ Jesus
“no one lights a lamp and hides it under a bed,instead,he puts it on a stand,so that anyone who comes in can see the light”~~~~~~~~~~~Jesus
Sometime in July of 2016, I first started to be inspired, courageous and motivated to write and pour my inner revealing story of how a human being can be pulled from the wreckage of self destruction and misery into one of radical full recovery into spiritual wholeness.I want and l need to share the compassionate human experience as how I journeyed from suffering into self discovery.I write not from read texts of books or others’ experiences,I write from my simplistic heart,an urging within myself that needs to share and make known the spiritual awareness of daily life and living.
I write with no scholarly antics but from my own personal empirical transformative spiritual journey delving into self inquiry, spiritual disciplines and practices and devoted meditative sittings/walkings.I write from the lessons and insights I had learned,understood through the hours spent in medtitation and the personal experiences that I had encountered while traversing the human realm trying to undo and change from mistakes of the past.
I write not to be liked or disliked, neither to be recognised or be known.My writing is simply put….a sharing of my insights and experiences as I walked thru the healing journey.It is not meant to say that I know everything or ‘holier than thou’ or different. I am but only human who dared take up my cross(taking responsibilities for my own actions/mistakes),following a spiritual path and facing its consequences(paying the price for unnecessary sufferings)and extricating myself from its grip……….and being free from the past or the future,to be as I am in the Now…………….
It is as Jesus says,when we light a candle/lamp,we put it out,for others to see, so that others may be in need of a spark of brightness to see ahead, so that others may have hope that the fear of darkness is not permanent.Just as a lighthouse is built so that ships would not crash on the rocks and be doomed.
I went through an intense spiritual awakening 20 years ago in 1998 while on a 1 year working contract as an emergency room registered nurse in Saudi Arabia.I came back to British Columbia,Canada only after 3 months.What I saw and witnessed over in Saudi working as an RN was very traumatic to me.I came back home to Canada to never be the same person as I was before I left for Saudi.When I came back home the calling for a deeper spiritual and meditative life opened at a fast pace and I faced many challenges,trials and going through various transformation processes.
I write here for the only purpose and intention is to share the human spiritual experiences and journey from one of worldly which I had been living,frivolous,carefree,and ignorant of all the sufferings I endured wastefully and needlessly…….and now to a simple,frugal,contented and peaceful way of living…………..
I had no particular personal spiritual teacher nor am I affliated to any one traditional religious teaching,though I was born into a Catholic family and practised Catholicism most of my life.
While opening up to my inner self journey…….I followed dedicatedly to mainly Buddhist philosophy and teachings.My teachers were many through the various books and religious traditions I read.Some of my favourite teachers were Pema Chodron,Jack Kornfield,Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Brahm.Paramahansa Yogananda ,Echkart Tolle and many others.
Sometime in 2007,I had an exhilarating priviledge of sitting with Echkart Tolle,world renowned spiritual teacher and author of the world famous book …’The Power of Now’.It was wonderful being in the presence of this lovely man and sharing our spiritual experiences in that private sitting.It was a truly blessed time as he acknowledged my spiritual progress as I needed endorsement for my continuing growth in spirit.
My true teachers were the very people I was close to,walked and worked and lived in daily life,there were difficult ones, caring ones,soft and hard hearted ones,generous and selfish ones,foolish and insensitive ones,there were many who help teach me lessons I needed to pass through.I did not reject anyone of them,some of them yes, I feared more than others but still I had to learn lessons from them…… patience, humility,courage, kindness,the chance to learn charity and generosity,fortitude,trust,the power to forgive,and the strength to let go.
Most of all, I learned how to subdue my uncontrollable temper which those close to me can attest to,I also had to admit to unhealthy addictions that only caused unecessary sufferings to myself and others,which I had to learn how to understand from where its destructive roots arised and do away with all of them.
I learned that in life, one cannot escape any given situation of happiness or unhappiness,beautiful or ugly but to face everything and surrender to whatever is present,things will unfold and we will be given a renewed chance for us to work with in order to benefit ourselves and others.
In other words, Life itself is our true teacher…….we accept and embrace all aspects of life,good or bad,there is no all good or all bad.We allow the mystery of uncertainties and the unknown open us up to the truth of our very human existence.Healing is a long process we have to go through life with and every situation,every tragedy,every joy and every person is our teacher to help mold,inspire and pave the way for a Higher Sublime purpose.
The spiritual journey is not about being holy, pious,religious or saintly, but includes everything we experience in our daily lives,where we become aware of the lessons we learn from each one and grow into compassionate human beings acknowledging our sufferings/pains and joys/happiness and relating back the same to others.It encompasses everyone we meet and to reject no one we encounter in our daily life.It includes people dear and loved,acquaintances,strangers,difficult people and so called enemies(each of these people will hold a spiritual lesson to learn from).The spiritual experience is not about picking or choosing each person or life situation as we like but facing every one and everything that opens up to us and being present(aware) to see what we can do and learn from each and the freedom to choose how we grow or not grow from it!
We are all on this human journey(no one is left out) to help each other grow in spirit and help each other to put an end to pain and suffering and live in harmony wherever we are………….
Whatever I may have written or still to write,may resonate or sit true with some,others may have doubts or indifference.I write in the hope that someone or people may benefit or relate or sit true by my sharings.
I wish only for the highest good in everyone.