Just Be Yourself…

Ramana Maharshi said self-realization is just being ones self. Not knowing or becoming anything.

That’s not necessarily an Absolute Truth, but that is what one man said, because he found what worked for him. People connected with what he found worked for himself and wanted to imitate or achieve that. And it could be any or all other spiritual ‘teachers’ ‘gurus’ ‘masters’ as well.

I see people really struggling to achieve a certain spiritual ‘level’ or ‘state’. Believing there is somewhere to get to, some thing or state to accomplish in order to be ‘enlightened’, or awakened or Realized. Thinking they must become something or someone other than they are to get ‘there’, wherever they think or have heard ‘there’ is. I think it’s much simpler than most ever realize (pun intended). When Everything is holy (‘spiritual’), it’s not a separate place or state of being to get to. As I always say, it’s All connected. It’s All God. There is nothing that is not. Including me, including you. Just be yourself.

We ALL stumble around in the dark. Every human ever in a body – nobody is/was excluded. Some have found something that works for them, that makes this experience easier (or easier to cope with trauma, pain, suffering etc.) temporarily or for however long. It works for them. That’s all. But it is not necessarily the highest/ultimate/be all or end all for everyone else.

Some things are an inherent part of this experience. There will always be what we call ‘ego,’ fear, suffering, and all the ‘good’ stuff as well. For me, allowance of all works. Befriending the ego. Befriending the fear. Befriending all of it and allowing it to stay…or go. It’s not always easy, but it’s easier than fighting with, disapproving of, or resisting what is or apparently is. It can be challenging for me during times of extreme pain or discomfort. But when I am in the center of that ‘either way is okay’ place… it’s All holy and all god… it is okay to stay in this body, or not be in this body… there, there is peace.

There, I am not knowing or becoming anything. I am just being myself. There, I feel free.

mu
December 13, 2014

The Petri Dish of Suffering

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“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”
~ Ben Okri

This life is full of tragedy and loss. Sometimes, it is challenging to wrap the mind around it, and painful to wrap the heart around it. What a trip… what a ride.

To ignore the sorrow or tragic aspects of the Whole, and attempt to “be” or see only the easy soft lovely ‘beautiful’ parts; to deny the juicy messy ‘ugly’ painful parts, is life only partially tasted, partially lived. It is unawakened or partially awakened believing it is fully awakened. When we transcend, even if only for a moment in time (literally) we then know it is all part of the deal. Not just some of it. ALL of it. It is then that the shadow, painful, tragic aspects, can also be seen as ‘beautiful’ if one chooses.

We are here right now in the midst of an earthly physical/mental firestorm day-to-day. How we think, act and react to whatever is, has been, or will be — including the tragedies, losses and suffering in our lives and the lives of our extended earthly family, is the material realm petri dish where TRUE heroes, TRUE sages, TRUE awakened and enlightened beings are born… again and again and again.

No human is excluded from this experiment, so let’s each, from wherever we are right now, consciously love one another in our individual and collective suffering. And let’s be courageous and embrace a little of the shadow aspects of our individual and collective humanity today — even if we weep until the sun rises tomorrow.

– mu

July 17, 2014