~Rather than react negatively to people and events, we can include them and mould with them. Through acceptance, our consciousness jumps to another level of perception (understanding) and we realize that what we might have previously regarded as a problem can, if handled correctly, be a means to develop our strengths and remove our weaknesses. Whether a situation is a problem or a gift depends on our perception. The choice is ours.–
It is not a destination and it holds no title. It is not a time or even intelligence, and it is not limited to the confines of some singular path. I ask the questions . . . how do we find it, how do we define it, and where does it lead us to? In bond to our sincerity and goodness of heart, let us now begin an exploration of that precious yet mysterious thing we might call the journey of spiritual awareness.
In attempt to simplify a complex subject, I believe we can divide the issue into two general arenas: awareness of the self, and external awareness. If we clarify external awareness as an understanding of others and the reality that surrounds us, then awareness of the self would most obviously be an understanding of our individual souls. By an on-going study and comprehension of both of theses aspects of awareness, I believe a broader vision can be achieved with which we can gain higher levels and insights to spiritual evolution . . . an evolution which not only can redefine our very character and purpose, but steps us into the expanse of new and greater dimensions.
Spiritual awareness seldom comes easily for with it are the tests and trials of individual experience. Perhaps for most of us, it is external awareness which is more comfortable to confront for it is more removed from the challenges of our egos. Self-awareness relies predominantly on our personal ability to be objective, responsible, and honest in evaluation. It requires discipline to the maintenance of our clarity towards our content and choice of direction. It is usually easier to spot faults and qualities elsewhere than to turn the mirror around and face them within ourselves. In my opinion it is the added challenge of self-awareness which makes it all the more important for us to deal with, and is therefore to be the prime focus of this article.
In my opinion, self-awareness is actually more than an understanding, it is also a feeling. It is a connection to a grand wisdom . . . a strength of divine love . . . God, cosmos, call it what you may. It is an empowering feeling and a compassion. Humble yet grand, it is a feeling which transports us beyond mundane and three-dimensional life to a pure freedom and peace and expansion of spirit. The threats and hardships to our lives become somehow removed from company of fear and join with a certainty, a faith, a sense of protection with the knowledge that we are actually far more than what might seem from the limits of our five senses. Self-awareness is, at its heart, a confidence in our totality as truly multi-dimensional beings.
Fear is the great inhibitor. Some much of the negative forces within us stem from this primal misdirection. Fear in the form of ego tries to steer us from honesty towards ourselves. Fear limits our perceptions, our value, and our will to keep progressing. It is the control mechanism used against us by the institutions and individuals who desperately wish us never to find the potential of our self-empowerment. So long as that potential is never realized, we remain to be defined as they would have us . . . as slaves whose life and power are sacrificed to their appetites of control. We are as food to a parasite, fed upon and herded by their orders, and made as pawns to a game of ambitious evils. Fear is the chains of our imprisoned souls. It is all around us, attempting to saturate us through the subtle mediums of media, religions, governments, and social conditioning.
A careful discernment needs to be employed here with the subject of fear. Elimination of fear can so often be corrupted by ego into an elimination of wisdom. What I am not suggesting here is a bravado imbued delusion of invincibility. Not fearing the guns on the hill is not the same as painting a target on your head and stepping into the line of fire. Circumstances may or may not require you to face those bullets, but don’t be a fool by daring them. Sometimes the line between fearlessness and foolishness can be a thin one, and there is no formula I can think of to always and conclusively know that point. All I could recommend here is to employ both your logic and feelings to the balance of necessity. Be willful in resolution, but not so stubborn as to deny future understanding.
Finding fears and interferences within you can be a challenging task, for many of them hide in the camouflage of subtlety. For myself, I have often found as well, that what might be thought of as resolved may surface again to be understood at yet deeper levels than before. We are complex beings, especially when you realize we are far more than what might be perceived, and therefore the path of self-awareness truly is a journey without ultimate conclusion. No matter how far you travel there will always be another hill ahead. As human beings we traverse but a small section of the map of full reality and truth. Beyond the human experience lies more, and still more after that. This shouldn’t give you a feel of futility, rather a drive of intrigue. Don’t worry yourself over where you may be at, just motivate yourself to find and maintain the right direction. Know, in time, that you will keep progressing if it is your will to do so. Knowing where you are currently is just a reference point . . . a guide of orientation to help you get to the next point. So, stay positive and optimistic the best that you can.
Perhaps the best advice that I could give to anyone, based on my own opinions and experience, is to monitor your thoughts and feelings. Think, think, and think some more . . . and keep on thinking! Ask yourself questions and quest for answers. Why do I feel as I do? Why do I believe as I do? Are my reactions what they should be? Think about it, then have the will to act and change according to your discoveries. See your shortcomings and mistakes not so much as faults but as opportunities for improvement. Guilt that is truly valid serves only as a reminder not to repeat your mistakes, and should be grown out of by learning from it. Change doesn’t need to be feared. Each of us is, in our own ways and conscious of it or not, on a soul’s journey. The importance is simply to keep moving forward not backward, and keep expanding in the power of goodness. Maintain that connection to a higher source. Focus your will to a noble and righteous cause. Keep steady and determined with every step across the terrain of reality on this, the journey of spiritual awareness.
Dan Thomas – About the Author:
Dan Thomas is a writer and truth seeker. He is the author of the metaphysical science fiction novel, Inner-Tech.
We are creators of our life. Our life is created with the choices we make. However the power to exercise choice is only available upon the things that we are aware of. The dimensions of life of which we have no awareness happens automatically outside of our control. Thus the less we are aware, the less we feel we are in control. The more we become aware, the more we know we are in control. The quality of our life is thus directly proportional to the level of awareness of our own selves, as whatever we are aware of, we automatically make wise choices that serve us instead of self-sabotaging ourselves in ignorance. Spirituality can thus be defined as an attempt to become more aware of ourselves as each day goes by.
Inspired by Sudhir Krishnan
The purpose of this short paper is to inform the reader of what their ego is, the difference between their ego and themselves, and teaches one how to separate themselves from their ego. This paper is inspired by a good friend of mine who had many questions concerning this very topic. I decided to take the log of my response to him and transform it into an article format.
The Aspects of Oneself
A person has many aspects of themselves. For the purpose of keeping this simple, and to help the reader to understand and comprehend the importance of this article, I will only focus on two aspects that make up their collective. One is known as “ego” and the other is known as “soul“. What is this ego though? The ego can be defined as the material and worldly aspect of yourself. Herein I will list a few common definitions found on the web detailing what the ego is….
1. An exaggerated opinion of your own importance
2. An inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
3. A conceited and self-centered person
4. Characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance
5. Characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
Ill stop here but I think you can grasp the general idea of what the ego is. Now your ego is not the real you. Its the materialistic worldly aspect of yourself. The ego is your body and your mind, which includes thoughts and their resulting emotions.
Your soul may be defined as the immaterial part of oneself. Your soul is the real you, inhabiting this body. It is your consciousness, your awareness. The part of you that is aware of your existences, aware of your thoughts, your body etc. The soul itself is just the part of you observing. It is NOT the part that makes judgments such as, “I can do this”, “I can’t do that”, “This is good”, “That is bad.” etc. That is just your ego, part of your minds thoughts. That is just your brain. Your soul is just the part of you that is aware that you have these thoughts.
I Can’t Do This!
So, some people will say, “But Sy, I can’t meditate, it’s too hard.” *sighs* It is your mind… you see? If you can’t control it then how are you going to do psionics or any other magical practice? Think of your ego as a little untrained horse. It just runs around and does whatever because you haven’t trained it to obey you, the soul. You are the one in control, not the ego. And this is where you need to make the separation. You are not your ego, you are not your body, you are not your thoughts, you are not your emotions. You are aware that you have them, but you are not them and therefore you are not controlled by them.
For example… and this could be anything, but here is an example. Let’s say you have trouble visualizing your energy shape into a psi ball. Well… maybe your brain is thinking, “I can’t do this.” “This is hard.” “I can’t see a sphere in my mind.” This is where you are letting that little horse have it’s way. You need to step in and train it right there. The way you do that is like this. First… you need to sort of step out of your ego, and into your soul. Thus, observing your thoughts/feelings. So as you meditate or relax, then mentally go into the back of your head and observe your thoughts. Don’t judge them, because then it’s not really you the soul. Just watch them, you aren’t there to be a critic. So just observe your thoughts, and the feelings that result from each particular thought.
I Am In Control 😀
You need to come to the point where you realize, that your thoughts do not control you. It is your mind, you control it. If you haven’t trained it properly, it will be like a disobedient child. So if you think something like, “I am losing control.” Just stop your mind right there and say something like, “Wait…”. And then replace that negative thought with one that you choose. This is pretty much how you detach, just be the observer of your ego, step into the soul the real you. You are in control, sometimes though, our minds misbehave because we have neglected to train them. Kind of like a kid, or a horse. One important thing you need to do while doing this, is to breathe deeply into your stomach and relax all of your muscles. Don’t breathe into the chest, always breathe deeply and into the stomach. That will help you get out of the ego and into your soul.
The point of breathing into your stomach is that, when we normally breath into our chest, we do not fill our lungs totally, which doesn’t give us our full supply of oxygen. It only fills the top section of our lungs, the mid and lower section doesn’t receive as much. Breathing in through the lower stomach section allows us to take in more air and oxygen which promotes further relaxation and blood flow. By breathing deeply into your stomach(not too deep but what feels comfortable and not straining), you will also notice that your mid section and part of your chest if not all, will fill as well. There is a technique that is taught and known as, the Yogi Complete Breath. The Yogi Complete Breath utilizes the teachings of low-breathing(breathing in through the stomach), mid-breathing(the middle section of our lungs), and high- breathing(inhaling air into our chest), bringing into use the entire respiratory apparatus(your lungs).
I personally find that such precise breathing exercises are not really my forte and I would rather breathe in the way I am comfortable with and what works best for me instead. This is in no way discrediting or shunning Yoga, or exercises such as the Yogi Complete Breath, I simply find that my way works better for me.
When learning to detach and navigate your own mind, you will find that you are also able to choose your thoughts. It might be hard at first if your mind is untrained, but after a while it will become very obedient to your will. This is probably the reason alot of people suck at psionics. They aren’t aware of this, and go around as if they are slaves to their own mind/emotions. They act like they have no control over this. They act like victims to their own mind. If you ever feel depressed, stressed out, happy, sad, good, bad. Remember you are choosing to feel that way. What you feel is a result of what you are thinking. It is completely your choice.
To me, this is pretty much the basics of everything psionic. All energy working is based on control over your own mind and intents. So if you do or don’t like something about your life, its probably your responsibility and your choices that got you there. If your spells/constructs fail, again that is your own responsibility. If you want to have a failure/success mindset and thought patterns, it is entirely your choice. It’s your choice what you want to do.
I have come across few articles or papers that touch on this subject, and unfortunately many practitioners go throughout their paths not learning or acknowledging this fundamental lesson. It is my hope that the reader has been able to get something out of this paper which will assist them in their spiritual journey in whichever path it is they are on.
Sylar – About the Author:
The internet alias that I go by is Sylar. Like most people who search and are interested in things of this type, im a knowledge freak who desires to know how everything works. Obviously this has caused me to stumble upon occult knowledge and learning about the occult sciences. I have always had experiences that would be classified as psychic and paranormal throughout my life, and have taken it upon myself to teach others about hidden knowledge and occult studies.
I run an organization called Psionics Institute. Psionics Institute is a non profit organization and community dedicated to the study and attainment of knowledge in the occult sciences. There, I teach anyone who wishes to learn about psychic abilities and occult phenonema.