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Outside of Our Selves

The shift into a sense of being, a sense of existence, a spatial Awareness in Eternal Space matured out of the nothingness of Pure Space and it is now the body of Awareness, it is the Source of all.  Space before particles, matter and energy essentially altered its makeup as if it had been latent in order to be Aware of its own existence.  I guess it can be viewed as a purposeful action but I think it was all by chance and the creation of particles, matter and energy is a wonderful benefit.  Either way it happened and whatever way you want to look at it there is one thing that is certain; its ability to evolve.  A chain of reactions that had to happen and it didn’t need a purpose since Pure Space does exist, and its existence naturally matures otherwise nonexistence Space means we wouldn’t be here to talk about it.

 

Eternal Space developed an Awareness of existence and it was obviously within its potential to develop the layers of growth that eventually matured into the universe.  Separate layers within its bounds but on grosser dimensional levels that scale up to the current universe, that development is really outside of its own existence, but spatial Awareness created this expansion and its expression is seen throughout in the different forms of conscious life.

 

What this tells us is God (Eternal Awareness in Pure Space) matured from within and thereby created dimensions of form that allow Awareness to individualize (Humans) and perceive outside realms of a grosser existence, even though it never leaves Eternal Space.  Those temporary connections to life are an outlet for Eternal Awareness which adds an individual touch to Awareness.  Aware Space matures now in a whole different way with the culturing of so many Aware Beings yet visually it’s the same, just empty Space accompanied by a soft Light when Awareness dawned.

 

Through act or accident this is why we exist and why it has meaning.  We all have Eternal Awareness at our Core allowing us to perceive things as conscious human beings.  That extension into outer realms is what creates Souls.  Our Soul positioned in Eternity is seeing things outside of its Self and that very act creates the expanded attention that is needed to develop Souls.  That is the glory of life and you can use it in your favor like I did and ride the wave back Home and see for yourself.  Seeing this life is seeing outside of one’s normal existence giving you the ability to look back and reflect on existence and its meaning, causing the Self-Aware Soul to mature into a Self-governing component.  When the cycle is complete and your attention retracts back into Pure Space You are now a Pure Being that can still observe, which wasn’t there before.  This also allows you to see Eternity after your attention returns Home from the particle universe.  This in essence is Self-Realization. You are given a piece of the Whole as your own existence and you have the power to return and realize your existence.

 

The ability to see outside of our Selves produces the self-directing Soul that comes into maturation when seeing through the layers of consciousness.  If you put a single word answer on the reason behind everything then God is appropriate, the ultimate common denominator behind existence.

The Moment of Death

If there was ever an opportune time to make an amazing transition in a glorious fashion this will be your shining moment to do so.  This transition has everything to do with your immediate future and your everlasting peace.   It’ll have nothing to do with the world you’re transitioning from nor the relationships you acquired.  You’re seriously on your own but you’ll have the power to rewrite the next chapter and control the outcome, or get stuck in the residue mud of life.  There will be an invisible path available for use but a visible path will be summoning your attention.  The right decision now can right the wrong way and that way will appear when the other and the connection to the other ends.  The correct decision will be the invisible path and the family or saint you expect to see in the afterlife will be the incorrect path.  This opportune moment boils down between the identity that was created through birth and the true identity which waits within the Almighty Heavens as the Soul.

 

If you want the Eternal Heavens to open the doors to Home and release you from this holding pattern called life then your time has come to act.  A practice in meditation during life can give you the strength to resist the temptation along old patterns and unveil what’s beyond.  But it is still a tough nut to crack.

 

If you are successful this moment will be monumental for you, allowing you to forego the long and confusing afterlife and break free from what transpired.  There will be a moment when the dissolving energy of life gives you the most favorable window before the afterlife closes in.  Even if you fall for the images of life that can also be your red flag by realizing the mistake you can deny the attraction, knowing full well they are just hallow images without any substance.  They are ghosts and they are your ghosts.  They are downloads of the past and they are self-created, an ongoing illusion from the physical life, however you can’t allow that to hold your attention because the window is closing.

 

Eastern Books of the Dead and Self-realized Saints touch upon this defining moment of death which your Soul can take advantage of for deliverance.  The teachers throughout time have opened this same door when enlightenment dawned, and they will use death in this fashion to bypass all else.  It all has to take place right after one stage is finishing and before the other stage completely takes over making both vulnerable to change.  The Soul at this moment can redirect its destiny beyond this accord if one knows what to do and what to look for, with a stern retraction away from the show.  A practice in meditation is a practice in the right direction because you start the disconnect process when you recede in and away from the outside world and mind.

 

Any image especially one of your Saint or God can really foil you by drawing you into its clutches out of fear from being left behind; however it’s your own conjuring, your mental world still lingering with the same positive and negative aspects of life.  You made it, and at this point only you can dissolve it by retracting your attention.  It must be ignored if you want to see Eternity because you can’t do both, time based images can’t exist in Eternity.  It’s a separate dimension all together and to enter the Pure Heavens you have to leave your personal life at the door.

 

All images must be completely disregarded to find the imageless place which is a completely empty darkish Pure Space of the Eternal Heavens.

 

The Holy Space

At our core the Soul is eternal and well beyond physical attributes. The Soul lies solely and permanently in Holy Space because it is Holy Space and nothing holy will ever leave this domain. Then again nothing unholy will ever get in. Within its eternal existence the Souls of all beings and the infrastructure for all things seem to exist there without distinction. In this Eternal Realm of the Heavens you can’t differentiate anything except Light, Dark and Space, occupying a seemingly empty universe. More Dark than Light the Eternal Realm is endless, mystifying and completely Aware. Eternally alive, it is Godly, the most Holy Place there is, and the visual effect of nothingness is the Eternal Body of God. That’s as Pure as it gets folks, where you see everything after it’s whittled down to its purest form. And despite the emptiness all are there after the layers of time and energy are pealed back revealing the eternal universe of Holy Space, or the Still Power of the Almighty Heavens.

Motionless and empty by physical standards the Holy Space is a bit pixelated with Light, however limited, distant and surrounded by Darkness, it nonetheless provides enough light. Nothing and nobody is any different from that Space and everything is grounded in that Holy Body.

They say follow the light after death but the light that is seen upon death is the wrong light to follow. The light manufactured by the energy residue of the mind is the light you need to ignore, because the real Light remains hidden within. The fake light created by you and energy is a high voltage light compared to Night Light that eternally burns. The Light we want to behold is the Soft Light of the Heavens which is only visible when the other light no longer dominates the horizon.

There is a lot of Darkness in Holy Space however You can see everything clearly which makes it a bit peculiar when there isn’t a lot to see. You would think a great ball of Light from the Almighty Source would be there somewhere. A Godhead, a Solid Core of Light somewhere in the Heavens if that happens to be true who knows what might be possible.

Maybe it will relinquish movement, although my attempt to move in Eternity was met with Stillness, and that Stillness seemed uncompromising but that could change after death. Hopefully then the Stillness will give way to a different type of travel for the Soul. I personally would like to help others find their heritage in whatever way I can but I’m afraid that’s only possible here when you’re learning with the mind, plus when I think about it everything works itself out in the end anyways. The Soul has to do the work on an individual basis, I can’t release you from what is yours that you are holding onto, no one can otherwise it has no meaning or understanding for you, which is necessary.

All that exists outside of Holy Space must perish and return to this exalted state, so the ultimate Seer must let go of what it sees in order to See the Grandeur of Eternity. All must be put aside in order to uncover your Holy Home, because everything else is an obstacle that you’re clinching too as a meaningless substitute. Don’t be distracted by anything after death, no appearances should entertain You because All are formless and Pure.

The fact that I’m using the brain/mind to decipher what was seen by the Soul is an amazing situation that holds the meaning to life and God. To be able to see the Eternal Heavens and return to the imperfect mind to make sense of Godly Perfection is unusual and remarkable, it actually brings the two universes together. It gives you a deep understanding of both that wasn’t there before. And, I don’t believe science has the ability to get any closer than that, it won’t be able to measure or prove the particle-less environment of Holy Space exists, so it’ll remain in theory to most and Reality to only a very few. Skepticism and doubt will forever dog Spiritual knowledge and the vision of Reality. The very act of letting go of the mind, body and universe in order to see beyond it is unbelievable, and then to reemerge back again is incredible but nonetheless a very real fact. And now we can use the mind in the most beneficial way to decode the illusion from Reality, which is paramount to the Seer and the seeker. While God needed nothing we need the mind to understand the ultimate meaning behind everything. We need to understand what has happened, the reason, and the decision to choose correctly is all important.

In the afterlife the particles of the mind are charged up with energy from which it came and the Soul will have to voluntarily depart from this. By refusing to take part in the afterlife dream the Soul will get a glimpse of the Heavens popping in and out of view, at this moment the wrong decision will regress the Souls attention onto the physical instead of Eternity. So, the mind in tandem with the Soul can work for you or against you, it ether propels one forward or regresses one back depending on individual choices and desires. The mind can either be the goat or the hero by surrendering all control, and the Souls visual attention is what makes ether of these happen. A decision and action coming from knowledge that the mind has garnered is instrumental to its own death. The mind is ether allowed to dominate or it’s the catalyst that opens the door to Holy Space.

God Realization and Our Link

In essence this created everything.  The ultimate beginning of all came from that realization of Supreme Existence, when Pure Space became Aware of its existence, which is the ultimate Awareness of Being, and that set everything in motion.  Pure Eternal Space lite up with Self Awareness, and the Still Soft Light that fused within Eternal Darkness is what we call God.

 

Never to be separated again Pure Light and Pure Darkness is forever linked and one of the same thing.  It is always Pure and Perfect, and it can never be imperfect despite the imperfection that we see before us.  Supreme Darkness is the founding Father* of Supreme Light and they are forever interlinked, that indispensable union ultimately birthed everything.  That Primary Union made the linking process and the universe a reality.

 

The multi-dimensions of time that spun off this eternal fusing naturally developed over but within Pure Space, and an invisible linking process resulted which connects everything together.    The universe actually exists within the bounds of Eternal Space however completely unnoticeable and hidden, but the link reveals the universe and the universe thus reveals there is a link.  This link created an elusive and unusual transition process for the Soul.  Starting from Eternal Space the link takes us up through the dimensions onto gross matter and life, and then upon dissolution it descends back to the next dimension before it ends in Eternity.

 

Each dimension is self-governed by the laws of that dimension, and no Soul literally makes the transition from one dimension to the next despite perceiving it has.  The elusive link transmits the Souls visual attention through the connection, and as we disconnect from one realm the link retracts to the next dimension.  The gross byproducts created by each dimension have to stay in that dimension, and in the finale transition all energy particles are left behind.  The link will continue to retract until it falls back into the Source where the Eternal Soul is stationed.

 

The Soul doesn’t have to wait for the long process of using up energy and retracting down, because the connection to the Source is always there for instant travel.  There for you and made for your retraction, because in essence it’s your Souls diverted Attention which keeps it a viable byway.  Self-Realization is latent in all Souls due to the original God Realization that birthed it all.  In reality it is God Realization for the Soul but on a small individual scale.  When it happens to the Soul while living it is called Enlightenment or Self-Realization, which is the result of a deep meditation practice that redirects the Souls attention back in.  The Soul then realizes its existence as Pure Eternal Space, which is an Awareness of Being that is as Pure as the Source.  The ultimate God Realization that created everything is within our grasp to experience as Self-Realization, very real and attainable by each of us.

 

The link to Self-Realization is always there when you are elsewhere because Eternity is always there.  When you stray from Eternity the link will eventually bring you back, but forced through dissolution most likely means you’ll return to living form.  The link is never visible at any moment but I can guarantee its existence and its importance is extremely immeasurable.  Its lone existence has created the re-circulation process that is evident throughout life.  A beautiful give and take process that needs no outside help for it is always self-sustaining and self-correcting.

 

God Consciousness is the answer to why anything is here at all, and Self-Realization is the answer to why we are here.  It’s the beginning and end to everything and nothing is really lost in the process except our own ignorance.  The Soul is the Eternal intermingler and it defines who we really are but we don’t realize that significance until Self-Realization dawns.

 

 

*Biblically speaking God Realization is the Father of all, and the Son is the Self-Realization of the Soul signifying solidarity with God, its inherited offspring, and the Holy Ghost is the universe, which also can be considered one of Gods offspring.  The Holy Ghost is never stable always changing and disappearing.

Your Eternal Domain

The only life that matters is the one you are living right now. Despite the circumstances and all that besieges you, this life is the only thing that offers you the ability to eternalize your domain. The very fact that you were born is the very last reason you need to live. Nothing else has any bearing on this fact that you were born and now have a chance to live forever. Forget all the spiritual things you’ve been told so far, and all the things you want out of life, because the perks aren’t fulfilling enough nor will they help you in the afterlife. Reject the supernatural spiritual beings and the superhuman stories that most spiritual books proclaim, and understand they are folklore from a bygone age. The folklores attended use is to get you through the door, scare you straight or comfort you in an hour of need, but still a dishonest beginning gives way to a misguided path. Tales of beings watching you from afar and if you believe they will help you through the afterlife or passage will be granted, however that can’t be further from the truth. The true spiritualist wants to change this contradiction for everyone so that they can reclaim their right, find out answers for themselves and live the Eternal Domain. It’s a lot more concrete than they know and somewhat scientific in nature. And, there are proven paths in world that are designed to get you There (Eternity) while still living here. It has to be a path that really works with plenty of real spiritual experiences and true results which in turn produce great teachers. These paths will put you ahead of any books or mimicking teacher in the world thereby granting you eternal knowledge of the Almighty. The spiritual need that your Soul beckons for in order to solidify Your Own Eternal Domain is within you right now, and at risk of not being recognized. A risk that will affect the very reason you were born and keeps you strapped to the carousel, the endless repetition of the same scary stuff called life. Spiritual awakening means you’re off that carousel and know your Home is where the Self is, which Eternity is.  That should be more than enough to push you onto the spiritual path because everything you’ve been accustomed too is in jeopardy.

 

Everything here and everything There is for the one cause of Self-realization and nothing else matters without it.

 

When the cause is effective then suddenly it all matters.

 

Without Self-realization all will be lost and abandoned by the Soul in the end, and only a selective few will immortalize this place eternally. Those Self-realized Souls who bear witnessed to their generation and world will be the only ones to keep the journey stored in knowing forever.* The rest of the population will continue their respective journeys replacing one life after another after the other is no longer recalled. The Soul can only know the final life that got it awakened, autonomously eternalized via Self-realization. On its own the Soul doesn’t have the capacity to know or recall anything besides the one that made it exist independently as You. Otherwise your whole life is rendered useless and discarded like it didn’t matter in the first place, and if you’re not Self-realized, or at the very least seriously pursuing Enlightenment then you didn’t serve your Souls purpose.

 

The planets in the universe that didn’t produce Self-determining eternal Souls are a lost cause forever. Not even a concern is there when there is substance without worth because the garden didn’t produce. The worth comes for the lucky Souls that use the garden in order to uncover the true Reality behind it.

 

The universe takes no hostages and all will be destroyed and wiped clean in order for the process to repeat life. Much like the death process of the universe the same cycle holds true for the Souls playing a part in its universal field only to be wiped clean before the cycle repeats itself. Much like the sustaining rains of life serving their purpose with life then cleansed through evaporation, to be reconstructed anew and redelivered all over again. The give and take of energy is relentless and getting out of the cycle of energy takes perseverance for the spiritual Soul.

 

Eternity is inherent in all the living beings but unnoticeable to a vast majority as it sits in wait for the next customer. Whole worlds may come and go without a single customer but it doesn’t matter because all it takes is one to be worth it.

 

The one redeeming value that makes the universe prolific and Eternity Self-evident is squandered by misguidance when it should be highlighted in every path and documented throughout history. Our planet gave birth to its share of Self-realized saints but still too few because most paths don’t know what it takes. Most paths are too mental, too mystical, too egotistical and too busy with life laying it prone to spiritual inactivity and ineffectiveness.

 

Eternity becomes grateful when Eternity witnesses its Perfection via another Soul.

 

All else unknowingly works towards this goal so that another Soul can uncover its permanent Home. Once uncovered that Soul takes its journey into infinity while other Souls try to regain access from scratch. Waste a good life or work at keeping it a permanent fixture from where you awakened from and who you were. Why wouldn’t you use this life to the fullest and pursue Your Eternal Domain in the light of losing everything?  You who bear witness to your generation, universe and earth history can take it with you! Who among you will complete your service and take it to the ultimate level? Your own life Eternalized will be the reason earth and all your relations will be permanently immortalized!

 

There is no greater need or glory than Eternalizing Your Domain.

 

This is the biggest event in the universe and nothing will surpass your results. You will then carry on at God’s side and nothing will ever come between you! What more do you want? Everything pales by comparison to this magnificent feat and all can be done by you! You just have to go in and do it.

 

There is no need for any ancient made-up superhuman stories when this is superhuman enough.

 

The only superhuman event that can happen is when you see Eternity and realize you are no longer human.

 

Your Eternal Domain waits in hiding for only you to uncover, waste it and waste a good life and a great generation that spawned it. We actually live at a good time where you are free to pursue just about anything, but in the long run nothing is worth it if you don’t have Enlightenment to carry it forward.

 

There’s a lot more to this charade than meets the eye and the task of spirituality is to find it, find it and you’ll unlock Your Eternal Domain forever.

 

 

*I would like to point out that my mentor Nisargadatta and I differ on this point for he believes that even this fades from knowing…I disagree because then purpose, reason and wisdom would also fade and the cycle would be endless and meaningless. Permanency in Awareness of Being gives all living beings a chance at finding that through Self-realization and it wouldn’t be there in the first place if it faded. The Almighty a meaningless void the universe would be nonexistent as it was in the beginning. I’m thinking about Jesus who talked about eternal life the way he did also believes it’s a permanent Self-determining Domain amid the Eternal Almighty Domain. To fade or not to fade is matter for debates. Now I’m thinking about Shakespeare.

The Power of One

There is one source of power that formed the universe and despite its subtle nature it is all encompassing and all powerful.

 

Bestowing eternal Awareness to nothingness is a huge result and despite its seemingly empty nature it is eternal life and it’s teeming with eternal Souls waiting to regain eternal vision.

 

The door is open to all and it never really closes and no Soul ever entered or exited just witnessed life from afar and despite the realness it wasn’t real because only one power is real.

 

Vacuum sealed in its eternal existence the Power of One allows nothing in that is not eternal so despite creating another dimension of timed life it will not be disturbed or depleted.

 

Energy will go on harmonizing and clashing but this dynamic is minor compared to the main dynamic of the Soul witnessing it and despite any briefness all the rigging’s are already rigged.

 

The Soul linking in and seeing another realm thereby creates its own independence and despite being forever locked into Eternity our final salvation one has to independently surrender to it.

 

Eternal Awareness lit the way granting vision and life to all here and in eternal Space however no forms are seen there in this visually unchanging environment despite the universe of forms.

The only vision one has in Eternity is that of the Almighty Power of One and despite the completeness of that One Power the universe brings in the Soul paradigm enriching Awareness.

 

The Soul can rely on one thing in the light of everything that being the Power of One which is always there behind the scene and despite your ideology you are that eternal Power of One.

 

The Power of One is Self-Aware of its existence and that translates to each and every Soul having that power of Self-Awareness thus realizing its part of the Almighty Power of One.

Mask Free

At the very end of the human journey you’ll see the very Beginning in silent repose.

 

The beginning and the end existing together in the same realm has no start or end.

 

You will see all it in its glory, the true Reality behind the mask, and realize you’re part.

 

Just a fraction of Eternity will be You but that critical fraction will exist Eternally as You.

 

In this realm all will be there, all will be revealed, Mask Free and striped to the Core.

 

All false notions and appearances vanish forever giving them little aberration over Truth.

 

The universe imperfect, incapable of producing perfection, hides Perfection behind clutter.

 

The visible will always be impure while the Substance and Soul are always invisibly Pure.

 

Empty space is wonderful and beautiful once you see its value within the face of clutter.

 

Once Eternity is seen, via Self-Realization, you’ll know the invisible beauty of Pure Space.

 

That Grey Black hue is eternal life and that life has a multitude of undetectable delineation.

 

All Souls are there, all the great ones will remain there, forever silent and in still repose.

 

The Soul bears witness to only one revealing quality of Eternal Space that being God.

 

That seemingly dim Light which all the profits call the Almighty God is for all to behold.

 

Simply pure it glows, the Light of Self Awareness, creating aware beings and Souls.

 

In the Mask Free state of Heaven I will always be there, and may I never turn away.

 

The Freedom you bestow on me oh God may my attention never waver and my gaze be still.

 

You’re the only reason there is one and despite the lapses I am always Home with You.

 

If my presence and gaze be all that is needed of me then let me be still upon You.

 

Never to be born again I will be there in the end and in the beginning where it all began.

 

Heirs to the Eternal Throne.

The Soul existing eternally as the Whole doesn’t know mortality until life, and the idea of death enhances a love for existence which ultimately gives meaning and legitimacy for the Soul.

 

A defined purpose for existing through the act of witnessing on the physical plane and the retraction of that link establishes an ultimate reason for the sacrifice, that being the Soul.

 

Eternity is responsible for creating life and life in turn is responsible for crafting Soul’s, the deeper meaning behind it happens when the Soul knows it’s an intricate Part of the Whole.

 

Eternity is metaphorically demarcated by the procedure of life and the Soul is the result, the Awareness of life adds an extra quality to Eternity within the knowingness that exists in Being.

 

This component to Being is the outcome of knowing that you exist and have existed for an Eternity, part of the Pure Eternal Whole but with an added cog that delivers independence.

 

An enhanced knowing is created by life and it instills a reason for the struggle that outweighs any idea that the personal life has any real need for continuance because the Soul continues.

 

That love for life is a heightened version of the greater rite to be which is never threatened by annihilation and although the byproduct is it’s nonetheless a valuable quality that qualifies itself.

 

An eternal existence for the Soul never loses that right to exist and by the very fate of that existence is thereby been lent to life so that it can exist too, but the Soul is the real profit.

 

Deep in the heart of Eternity this Awareness of Being is our Soul’s divinity and it actualizes its Self through its connection to form, and to know the Soul provides your own uniqueness.

 

An independent Part of the Whole that originally needs no purpose in order to exist but the existence of life did seed a reason by spawning the Soul creating a free rendition to Being.

 

Now Awareness of Being has a greater purpose for existing and it lies at the core of each Soul that has been actualized via the development of life reigning in heirs in the Eternal Throne.

 

The Time Traveler vs. The Timeless One

What the Time Traveler doesn’t know the Timeless One knows all too well.

 

He doesn’t speak a word or thinks a thought but he undoubtedly knows and remains silent.

 

The Time Traveler is enriched by the senses and is carried away by the sheer magnitude.

 

Forgetting his roots in the colorful flood he seemingly lost solid ground and grabs all that he can.

 

Every grip falls prey to the changing current and it seems hopeless but he continues to grab.

 

The Timeless One watches as one bad attempt after another is thwarted but never intervenes.

 

Ideologies from the changing tide provide some stability but the current is always changing.

 

He cries for help but the Timeless One refuses to answer and watches from a distance.

 

He has to wait until the Time Traveler surrenders all because the flood is ungraspable.

 

Powerless to intervene waiting and watching is the alternative that’ll outlast the struggle.

 

When the Time Traveler is ready he will start yielding grip and look for the Timeless One.

 

Until then the ups and downs in the struggle for stability will be his passing reality.

 

The Timeless One will show up when it passes but for now the Time traveler’s decisions rule.

 

Ether voluntarily or reluctantly forced through the system the Timeless One always wins.

 

Like a dream the time traveler is aimlessly wandering always in a state of conversion.

 

But the Timeless One is forever still and solid not wandering or changing, locked into Reality.

 

Seemingly locked into the changing current of energy the Time Traveler forgets it all has to end.

 

The Time Traveler wants it all and won’t let go of the past, present or future and puts up a fight.

 

The struggle is with his firm grip that’s refusing to surrender the big 3 which delays deliverance.

 

The Timeless One has Eternity to wait for the foolish traveler who picks the struggle over peace.

 

Waits for that mistake to be realized so that the big 3 dream and the Time Traveler end together.

 

That’ll be the moment the Time Traveler realizes he is the Timeless One who waits and watches.

 

At home in the belly of the Almighty the Timeless One realizes he never struggled or suffered.

 

It was only a flash of colorful light and his real life is in Eternity as the Timeless Watcher.

 

Operating from a distance within the Almighty he never was the Time Traveler to begin with.

Spiritual Practices and Austerities that are Unproductive

There are many rigid and sometimes severe practices placed on practitioners in order to become a qualified spiritual aspirant of a certain path.  Although some disciplines are actually necessary for the spiritual quest the majority of physical austerities and practices aren’t, and they’re more of a ritualistic offering.  However, offerings like this are a fleeting mind pacifier that won’t provide any lasting benefit to the spiritual path.  In some extreme cases the students vigilantly practice austerities and disciplines that seem to dwell on physical endurance, but here again little to no spiritual value is derived from this.

 

Even the information taught is used in a grading fashion in order to test the aspirant’s knowledge, but this also falls short when it comes down to evaluating performance.  This type of external grading system tends to create hierarchy within the group similar to school and the workplace generating competition and division.  This dynamic is especially hard on the mind and it’ll interfere with the peaceful mind that is needed in order to meditate.  This type of ego based on external performance can deliver a mental and spiritual road block that turns the most humble aim into arrogant gain.

 

The teacher also represents nobility and wisdom but if the teacher isn’t enlightened then it makes it extremely difficult for everyone. To Realize the Soul is hard and elusive and because the teacher is also striving they are in no position to help because the teacher has been forced into playing a role.

 

What I’m trying to say is; group dynamics, physical austerities, rituals, garments, insignias, chanting, visualizations and strict diets can be counterproductive to the spiritual cause when its connected to the physical world and feeds the ego. Some beginning meditation techniques and active mind and body meditations are helpful in the beginning but they easily turn into a crutch if the student doesn’t move past them.

 

The spiritual path these days judge you on external performances however when dealing with the spiritual it’s the internal triumphs and practices that really count.

 

In group situations talking about spiritual experiences can also become a competitive hindrance, for this stuff is best talked about in private with the teacher.  And unless you have a qualified teacher to bounce things off of you’re basically on your own.

 

Your spiritual journey is a very private and personal pursuit between your Soul, the universe and the Almighty, and I think it is best pursued by yourself in private, always on the alert to keep the spiritual ego, useless formalities and wrong information at bay.  The ego is the minds identity that is procured from a personal ideology that changes with life trends, which is fine when dealing with the world but in the spiritual field you’re dealing with Eternity.  Eternity (God) has no competition, however when life takes center stage it becomes a personal and formidable contender to overcome.  Hence the job of the spiritualist to help you break the spell so that you can find Eternity for good, but Religions and Foundations have unwittingly created a substitute centerpiece that is connected to the physical life which keeps Eternity off at a distance.  It’s ether the physical realm or the Eternal realm and the serious seeker can’t pursue both at the same time and expect liberation.

 

I believe passed down traditions with no enlightened teacher at the helm is to blame for this deviation, and now austerities, words and techniques become the way to judge progression.  This deviance from what really matters has a curb appeal with the masses via external achievements and now anyone can take the helm.

 

In search of Enlightenment or Self-realization have no real physical requirements to speak of and no special diet.  In fact, if you feel special wearing the spiritual garb and the vegetarian diet makes you look down on others who aren’t like you then you are doing it for the wrong reasons.  If your path requires you to achieve rigorous postures, abstain from sex or any type of abstinence or indulgence besides what is necessary in order to sit and meditate then theses type of accomplishments are usually without merit and you’re spinning your wheels.  Of course extreme addictions are to be avoided and moderation is the operative word in most cases.

 

Even a holy place and a holy teacher isn’t a prerequisite if you understand the essence of the process, for then where you sit for meditation is the real holy place and the holy teacher.  Research of course comes first and there are books and Realized teachers to help but be vigilant for the right knowledge.

 

Life has totally absorbed us into her clutches with all her rewarding social perks that we can easily loose our path through the trees.  People perceive life in such a grading fashion that it encroaches into the spiritual field where it really doesn’t belong.  The minute the Self-realized teacher dies the wannabes take over and fight for positioning, and eventually the new heads reorganizing everything to fit their mindset and goals.  I’m afraid that’s really unavoidable unless there’s someone at the helm with the same spiritual enlightenment.

 

The real lack of good teachers has everyone concerned with the wrong ideals, and the true spiritual ideals that lead to liberation are diluted with ineffectiveness.  In the long run they create dependence and become a hindrance to spiritual growth.  The mind helps in the way of research and then when the mind realizes its part of the problem then the Soul must take the helm and overcome this personal obstacle.

 

Dependence inhibits transcendence.

 

That’s the key here, in the long run the world and body matter not, not the words and not the thoughts, and the art of meditation is to live by this creed.  When Buddha preached detachment he meant it internally not visually or verbally and it’s done with your meditation practice.  This doctrine really encompasses everything that the mind and life can throw at you.  During meditation you let go of everything because that which pulled your attention away from Eternity and connected it to the body is life in general and now that’s the link You (the Soul) need to transcend.  It’s not easy and the purpose of this article is based on efficiency because austerities and bad practices are time and mind consuming, originally designed to reign in the restless mind, which meditation and contemplation already tackles.

 

The world is demanding all of our time and there needs to be spiritual efficiency for today’s busy person.

 

I’m trying to funnel your focus to the heart of the matter thereby giving you free-agent status to save your money and spend your time more wisely.   No longer will you need the fragile security of religions and paths that require mundane rituals with no real benefits.  No sense in spinning your wheels when immediate traction can be had with a good meditation practice.  There is no better worship than that and there is nothing better for your spiritual development than applying yourself directly to the search within.