After the Buddha at the Gas Pump interview, many people were left with questions, so Cindy held this interactive webinar. The excellent questions brought forth practical pointers to inner peace and freedom. (If you haven’t seen the original Buddha at the Gas Pump interview which sparked these questions, watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn0eFE0y4gw&t=20s)
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.
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…
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?
So many people use, and abuse, the word enlightenment, that it no longer carries the meaning it may once have, long before I crossed paths with it. Now it means a glorious mental-emotional experience, and people are on the hunt for that…
Dear Self: I realized that I am in this all alone anyway, meaning that people might give you hints or tips but in the end it’s me that has to work it out. Also wondered a bit about the applicability of what otheres say. Sometimes it seems that it’s kind of like telling a person who’s stuck in the wheelchair how to walk. What I mean is that it’s not really a method or a path but a description of a way of being, which then isn’t how they got there in the first place.
What is Self-realization? Self-realization does not mean everyone around you perceives you as warm and fuzzy. How they perceive and feel is their business. This is also true before Self-realization. Each is the master and authority of themselves. Otherwise what is the point of Self-realization? Warm and fuzzy does not mean someone else is realized; it means you are feeling warm and fuzzy.