Love opens the way…..to truth,to life and living….fear has no part to play when the heart loves,when the heart is tender and loving and kind……nothing blocks its path.It does not say, I will be friends to only those I like or to those who give me what I need( selfishly)……….Love opens to all,just like the rain and sun supplies the earth with nourishment,love will help and be an aide to anyone,to everyone without wanting anything back…….it stipulates no conditions!
Resurrection of the Self
To resurrect means to bring back something or someone from the dead.In the spiritual sense,it means to raise the the ignorant(dormant/dead) consciousness into a higher level of conscience,therefore raising awareness!
After the death of the ego-centered self,there comes an arising……
A new consciousness,an awakened state of heightened awareness.The state of ‘waking up’to the truth.
In this state there is the feeling of losing everything,being nothing,being no-one,yet it feels at the same time like having everything and being everything…..the Oneness and totality of existence is experienced.The body,mind and soul have integrated to become One…..there is no fragmentation of thinking and feeling,the mind has been quelled and the heart has regained its purified status and capability of loving without conditions and limitations….it has become Infinite,Eternal…..an end to samsaric phenomenon(a continuous recycling of birth and death).
This is the meditation of Self awakening………..to be reborn….as Jesus says..”unless anyone be born again,he cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven”.Here Jesus talks about being born in the Spirit…..in today’s version,its about transformation of the self,a new growth,a shift of consciousness ,a renewed life,death to the old habituated ways of life/living and deluded perceptions.Death to the old-self has occured in resurrection of consciousness.
In the dying process,it has emptied and purified itself of all afflictive states……its original innate states of love and wisdom are restored!
Like a child being born into the light after being in darkness in its mother’s womb for all those months………..
Contemplate a child at play….the purity of heart at the way it runs and plays carefree and unburdened,the innocence of the child as it looks at everything in awe and wonder,it laughs and giggles when it sees a butterfly flitting by…it is not afraid to simply be,to trust,to know that it is being taken care of and guarded.It carries no worries or anxieties over what to eat or where to sleep……….
So too is the new Self,is child-like(trusting) and pure of heart(sincere) in all endeavours.Like a snake that has undergone the painful process of shedding its old worn out skin,it is triumphant to show the new one.
After its rebirth, the new Self will only live in the Present…it has died to the past and knows that the future is unpredictable,uncertain and unknown……..everything is impermanent……its status is in the constant Now!
The new Self does not partake in the influences and chaos of the world,it understands and feels compassion towards it…as Jesus said…..”be in this world but not of it”…………………
The tomb is empty…….do not look for the old self there…it has Risen(transcended)…it is free!
Slowly when we realise all those that no longer benefit our spiritual growth towards peace, kindness,joy and love……let them all go! Be like the tree that sheds its dead leaves! New leaves will grow ………………..
Each and every human being carries within us the Divine masterpiece, a collage of kindness, tenderness, mercy,forgiveness,joyfulness,peacefulness and love………….so why do we need to compete, be envious and selfish,to be fooled by the false glitters of the world,to hold grudges/aversions and animosity,why are we against one another,why are we aggravated by the slightest annoyance of each other….when we are filled with treasures that is compared to the kingdom of Heaven that even sovereigns cannot contain within their palaces……why then we not want to undertake this great task of uncovering/discovering,displaying these innate riches within the self?
Are we ready for healing……
When we are sincere, ready and willing…….when we free ourselves to be open minded and to put down our own desire to control and think we already know everything and let go of holding on to our habituated ideas and notions about our lives….even a simple positive word such as ‘love’,’kind’,’forgive’,’tenderness’,’peace’,etc……can bring us to our knees to surrender to be inwardly touched/moved to create a space for meaningful change and spiritual growth and betterment…………………………
On the other hand,no amount of religious practises and promoting all sorts of pious projections ,beliefs,acts and displays of pretentious goodness, and piety will open the door of our hearts for true healing, compassion and wisdom for the absolute truth if the self remains complacent, fettered to fears and still wants to cling to mere egoic ideologies of self and others.
In order for true spiritual growth to be effective and be inculcated,the self must be onward and forward with sincere, fearless and selfless actions and practises to living out,facing and experiencing all manner of life’s lessons as it arises without putting barriers, limitations and conditions on all phenomenon, in order for wise heart to exercise true understanding and knowledge.
When I stood at the door of the church some 21 years ago, I knew within the depths of my heart I was ready and willing to put aside all my worldly egoic selfish habituated beliefs of all sorts in order to open my mind and heart to learn the ways of healing,new life and new birth to anything that might help me end suffering ……………….although I did not know what or how am I to proceed along this new route…..the main thing was taking the first step to be humbled and with the sincere and right intention of letting go of all false beliefs and the need to hold and control things that have already gone out of control…………….I surrendered and took courage to allow myself to walk thru the door of the unknown……………….
Taste the fruit of experiences and relish in its sweetness!
When we dare to be different,to be like the one lost sheep who strayed away from the herd,we can emerge from the cocoon to be our own true selves……
Parable of Jesus on the lost sheep according to the gospel of Luke…“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.”
Like the one lost sheep,who is curious,who bravely ventures on its own to move away from the crowd,we can take courage and have the opportunity to stand alone and act independently from the chivalry of our hearts, to be in search of something mysterious, unknown, unfamiliar,we are going in the direction of seeking and wanting to be found……..the true experiencing!
When we are unafraid to knock on doors to be humble and say”I dont know,I need help me,please show me the way”……..its the beginning of allowing each door of experiencing to open one at a time, paving the way for inner questions to be answered ….it is the true asking!( if we don’t ask, we would not get answers!)
We are so easily indoctrinated, we so easily follow and believe what the others tell us in any way,shape or form……..whether in religion,in the media,in our own family dynamics,in the social/political/environmental circles how we should live our lives what we can or cannot do,how to raise our children,various ideologies of the world with marketing strategies telling us about beautifying ourselves, being rich, smart ,healthy,encouraging multitasking in our lives to generate material/consumer productivity and also to engage in various fun/exciting activities/adventures in order to find happiness,etc,etc,etc.Have we found true lasting happiness, peace and joy that way yet?
Yet still we seek happiness, peace, healing,and love!…………….…
Even the Buddha himself told his followers not to simply believe solely in his teachings but to experience its truth!
When we rely on beliefs alone, following,thinking like the crowd of any sorts,we become dependent on the opinion of others and cannot therefore have faith and trust and believe in our own heartful endeavours which we can in turn take responsibilities for.As long as we are ‘blindly’following what the others are saying, doing/living and projecting,we are truly drifting our selves further from the truth that which lies only within us and hence we feel the dichotomy,feeling of separation and confusing disturbances we are plagued within ourselves endlessly.
There is this analogy of tasting the mango fruit…..if we dont know what a mango is and if someone told us where its tree was planted and that the fruit tasted so deliciously sweet and juicy,we cannot simply go around promoting and telling others about this fruit….unless we undertake the time and effort to find that tree,climb up and pick the fruit and then taste it for ourselves first to see if what the other had said of the fruit was true!
The wise heart observes with care and guidance,it waits in patience to act and exercise its all encompassing and empowering love in order for the self to experience truth………..
Only Love in courageous,selfless action can guide us along any path,any situation, any uncalled for circumstance and lead us out of unecessary suffering with compassion, tenderness and forgiveness and true understanding.When we witness our own altruistic,noble and loving qualities,our own faith, strength,courage,forebearance and trusting capabilities ,we truly come to know ourselves ,we dont have to believe in anything outside of ourselves…..when we act in love,for love and by loving intentions all outcomes become blessed and accepted,surrendered and empowered…there is no failure or success….we simply lived out the moments and learned its lessons and can embrace ourselves in compassionate tenderness for having endured its difficulties and hardships!
While we do not make self assertions but remain fearful of not wanting to open doors into the unknown to taste all experiences for ourselves directly, to learn and grow from it,we do not live in the wisdom of our own hearts which hold the key to truths to set us free from worldly illusions,delusions and ephemeral pleasures!
All we need is the desire to start and end the suffering we carry …we can make an effort to find some time to sit in contemplation, in reflection and meditation to take stock of our lives.My wish is for the healing for all human …beings….in your own time and phase…..healing is in our hands if we want to …it can happen and it will happen to benefit all beings.We are part of the universal consciousness, we need to help propagate peace and healing first within ourselves and in our homes and outwards to all………….first we can start being aware of how one person’s suffering including our own affects all those who are close to us as well as others…….for example,if we are ill,surely,those close to us feel the effects of worry and anxiety and concern,so they suffer with us too!
We can start here and now! Everyday, every moment is a chance to make a change in our lives, no matter how busy,how tired, how bogged down we feel,how disturbed
and messy our lives are……this is the moment for finding a little time to rest the soul….the soul is in desperate need for comfort and nourishment.
How long and how much we have separated our soul from its Divine Spark that we forget who we truly are! We dont have to be hard on our lives, we can start to learn to be gentle and loving and tender with ourselves thru the practise of meditation and we can start to spread that loving-kindness outwards onto to others ……just as all those compassionate teachers who are doing for us,sharing the way of healing………..we are only but human beings…all of us the same in need of healing from pain and suffering…….
So however very little effort we put in to sit we grow each time and go deeper within ourselves to witness our own truth.
If I did not take the chance to change and do something for myself,what would I be,where would I be in terms of my mental, emotional and spiritual state??This much I can know, I will be struggling in utter desperation to find happiness and peace and healing and not knowing that Love resides within my being…