This post is part of a series of posts that was initiated by Barbara of Me My Magnificent Self. In this challenge each blogger writes of their own experience and then highlights the blogger that will be posting the next in the series. For all the original detail please see the January Challenge on Barabra’s own blog and for the next in this series please go to DottaRaphels. I am posting after the insightful, stupendous, marvelous, magnificent madam M. A very tough act to follow. For a full schedule of contributors scroll down to the bottom of this post.
So, what is awakening? I will skip looking up the Webster’s dictionary definition of the word and go to the heart of how I define awakening. To me, being awake is being aware and mindful that reality is deeper than what we perceive on the surface. I keep wanting to assign additional attributes to this that are more feelings than realization of the true nature of things.
Based on this simple definition, am I awake? I would have to say no, but I think the key here is to look at this as a verb and not a noun. I am not awake, but I am awakening. This is a process. One of growth and determination. One where I must drop the search to truly find. I am awakening. I am.
“That which makes you think that you are a human is not human. It is but a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing; all you can say about yourself is: ‘I am’. You are pure being-awareness-bliss. To realize that is the end of all seeking. You come to it when you see all you think yourself to be as a mere imagination and stand aloof in pure awareness of the transient as transient, imaginary as imaginary, unreal as unreal.”
Do you see yourself only when you look in a mirror? Or do you also see yourself when you look at everything you encounter? Just as a mirror reflects a physical representation of how you view yourself, the world reflects your true nature. Your immediate surroundings represent, in physical form, things that you like. You surround yourself with things that make you happy and things that you think you need to live the life that you think you want.
Your surroundings can be neat or cluttered, also representing the state of your being. You can take actions to change your surroundings by creating or destroying. Your actions reflect your mind state and your reaction to those actions may represent something else entirely. There can be a conflict between the action and the emotion related to that action. That must surely represent that you are out of harmony with yourself (Karma). At this point you have to step back and feel the emotion, but not judge it. With awareness, you can change your actions.
In this crudely drawn chart I am trying to show that karma is based upon what we have vs. what we want. If we want more than what we have then we have bad karma. If we want less than we have, then that is good karma. And having karma is OK. A person that is grateful for they have, still has karma since they still perceive that they have something. There is still abundance with karma. And of course good karma is better than bad, but why compare or regret anything at all?
Happy new year, but what a great “old” one too!! I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone that follows this blog. Your support through, likes, comments, follows, views, really helps me feel good about what I am writing. I know that I probably clash or challenge some of your beliefs at times, but the interactions here have really helped me to grow and develop myself and my path. Just looking at the graph of views and visitors this past year really speaks to me. I have had a steady stream of views and visitors since I started posting regularly and interacting more.
There is an anger inside of me that I cannot explain
It robs the current moment of the joy it should have
I look for something missing and I find it
We always find what we are looking for
But the perfect moment isn’t there
It is here
My anger comes from me wanting what I cannot have
The perfect moment outside of this one
This moment with all of its scars and stars
Is the perfect one
Everything is just a pattern
Is this where déjà vu comes from?
The recognition of the pattern can cause the pattern to change
The awareness was not there before and it is now
The awakened being sees all patterns
And exists in a patternless state
With knowledge of all patterns
Of all possibilities
To think different is to forget
Forget that we are part of one
That separation is an illusion
That everyone we meet is a mirror of ourselves
And of everyone else
Of how we see the world
And if everything is part of the same
How can anything not be perfect?
Matter has consciousness because we give it consciousness
It is our consciousness
Everything is consciousness or awareness
It exists because we exist
And we exist because it exists
Maybe it is time to stop questioning existence
And just exist
This has been a very involved week at work. I was promoted to manager a few months ago, and I have felt under the wave for a while. We have been completing the testing on a product that I am responsible for and we need to be able to hit a certain date and everything is production ready. On top of this I am interviewing people for my old position and working customer enhancement requests.
This is a lot, and just seeing it all written out makes me realize that. The only thing that is getting me through is constant prioritization of what is to be done now. The top thing for me was getting the product release out the door. This release needs to be stable and support the new features that have been requested by the various groups. At the same time I identify the next priority and try to push it along a little bit. I do that on down the line pushing things along as I see opportunities.
Pretty soon the effort required for my top priority goes down and I am able to shift and expand my focus. My goal is to have a more balanced focus across what I am responsible for instead of trying to focus all energy on one single priority for a long haul. It is a constant re-prioritization, but it should always start in the now. Determine the immediate need, and address that. Then feed and care for the rest.
I have been seeing a lot of videos lately for pineal gland activation. The pineal gland is what is commonly called the third eye or the Anja Chakra. This is essentially the center of our being. Surprisingly this was theorized in Ancient Egypt, but I guess if you cut open enough people, you will start to see some crazy patterns. In the video above, Infinite Waters/Ralph Smart explains that the pineal gland is actually made out of rods and cones, like your eyes. Very interesting.
The pineal gland is responsible for our vivid, lucid dreams and really acts as a conduit to our infinite self. Unblocking the pineal gland is key to exapnding your mind and getting in touch with what is beyond these finite trappings. Ralph shares five techniques that he has used in his journey to unblock the gland. This is the first video that I have seen about pineal gland de-calcification that really explains some of the actual science and reasoning for doing the decalcification.