Whatever drew you to seeking something beyond the world, the desire for something not of the world, the desire for freedom from the world, has arisen. Yet, beyond that, there are some other “symptoms” that indicate you are ready for enlightenment, or Self-Realization.
What do you need to pop the illusion of separation, to know the One reality? You need to directly know the truth.
If someone told you “you can’t do it,” what did you do? For me, of course then I had to do it (if I remotely cared about it.) We hear a lot of things about happiness and spirituality. Like, you have to suffer, or not this life, you have more karma to burn, or lessons to learn, etc. What if you became outrageously impatient, not willing to take ‘no’ for an answer? That’s what happened to me…
Not suffering does not mean that you didn’t love, it means you still love; you just haven’t swapped love for the idea of loss. Death is not the opposite of Life. Birth is. Life has no opposite…
At its essence, the message of the loved and revered Spiritual Masters who have passed was:
If you are asking the question, then the answer is: this is not it. But the question falling away is also not enough. One can realize that they are not a thought, not any thought, and questions will subside. But do you know who you are?
What is unconsciousness, in the spiritual context? It’s not like when you get put under for surgery. Today a client said, “Something happened on our call yesterday.” I asked, “What?” They replied, “Maybe you didn’t notice. I started to get more anxious as we were talking. Started crying. Started to let thoughts take over, which I realized is my issue.”
People think you have to suffer to wake up. They hear what happened with Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie. How they suffered. But it’s not just the suffering they have in common. And suffering wasn’t the key commonality.
Ever have the feeling that something’s missing? Something is not quite right? I’ve had that feeling off and on since a child… in 2010, I realized this feeling was real, why I had it, and what was missing.
People often don’t like it (at first) when we begin to closely look at their dearly held ideas and beliefs about themselves and the world. I was afraid to let my ideas and beliefs go because I had nothing else. But we must do so, if we want Truth…