God is Closer to You than Your Self
One's own existence seems self-evident....
And yet there really isn't any proof -
not objective proof anyway -
that you exist.
Posted on July 28, 2016 at 9:00pm — 43 Comments
I went skydiving for the first time in tandem and the parachute did not open properly. We jumped from over 2 miles up in the sky out of a small aircraft and at about 3,000 feet the instructor cut the chute loose. I asked him what was going on and he didn't answer me. I could see the ground coming at me fast. When I jumped out of the airplane, I knew to expect a feeling of free fall, but I did not expect to have that feeling twice. It was as if I had been pushed down an elevator shaft. I kept asking the instructor what was going on and still there was no answer.
Then I felt this tremendous tug at my rib cage as the free fall slowed down. The instructor had dispatched the emergency parachute. All of the little squares down on the Earth below had…Continue
Posted on July 28, 2016 at 7:51pm — 14 Comments
Over a long enough period of time, the survival rate for your body is zero. Contained within the body is the brain and one of the functions of the brain is the ego. The ego is the self concept of the brain-body organism and it does not like what was just said one bit.
And there are different states of consciousness than just ego. The ego is like a dog you bring with you on a journey. Untrained, it will run off, bite others and come back to bite you. But trained and disciplined it knows its place. It can sense things, warn you of danger, protect you. As the saying goes, "Ego is an excellent servant and a horrible master". …Continue
Posted on July 28, 2016 at 7:49pm — 97 Comments
With each passing day, as I look inward and as I take in what is going on with the world outside, my heart opens. And the more it opens the more I understand why I have kept it shut for so long. The more my heart opens, the more I understand why the world has closed its heart.
I find it harder and harder to criticize the world from a place of anger or disappointment. The screwed up world and the screwed up self are not only reflections of each other, they are one in the same. I am the suffering and the beauty and everything in between - not as some new philosophy but as a felt experience, moment by…Continue
Posted on July 28, 2016 at 7:48pm
If you consider yourself to be on any kind of spiritual path, you very likely have had a tendency to be too hard on yourself. You try not to think negative thoughts, to avoid judging others, to avoid "sin". One definition of the word "sin" is "separation from God". We want to avoid our dark side and become more of "how we are supposed to be". This way of thinking occurs probably not as the result of religion, but rather religion has sprouted as the result…Continue
Posted on July 28, 2016 at 7:47pm — 24 Comments
When it comes to the subject of Enlightenment I am no authority. I do not possess special knowledge nor do I profess to speak to you now from some elevated state. On all matters Divine there is but one authority and that is The Great Mystery.
Enlightenment is often said to be a state of conscious communion with Divine Source.
According to some spiritual traditions this state is something of a finish line. One's existence is seen to be a cycle of birth, death and rebirth as one's soul perfects their karma and eventually reaches a state of Nirvana or pure…Continue
Posted on July 28, 2016 at 7:43pm — 13 Comments
Art by Alex Grey
In order to answer the question, "What happens when I die?" I feel it is important to take a look at something a bit less speculative and that is the question of what happens when we live.
There is no way to understand death if you don't know what life is. What happens between the moment you take your first breath and the moment you draw your very last?
Who is it that is looking out through your eyes?
Is it not the same quality of awareness that existed right before you read these words? Is that quality of awareness not the same quality that existed yesterday and the day before?
And that awareness, the pure state of awareness was there before you could form words or even knew your name. It is independent…
Posted on July 28, 2016 at 7:41pm — 8 Comments
Someone asked me recently about the connection between spiritual awakening and the actual state of the world. I don’t see any disconnection there. The root of political and social activism is freedom, and the root of spiritual awakening is freedom.
Freedom is really just the beginning. We need social and spiritual freedom to consciously evolve. We need to be free of the burdens of dogma and social constraints (internal or external) to consciously discover. We need to be free as spiritual beings and we need to be free as human beings…Continue
Posted on July 28, 2016 at 11:30am
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj