The Doorway To Self Realization is Here Now
By Angela Walker and Jafree Ozwald
Congratulations! You've graduated from the school of suffering! All past efforting to achieve success is history. You have done the work and now it's time to celebrate utter total freedom! If you are reading this email right now your soul is ready to receive the information you need to awaken to the truth of who you are. The best part of all is that you don't have to travel to the far ends of the planet to find enlightenment in any particular teacher or teaching. The real guru is dwelling inside your own heart right now. You have the choice to walk through this door to greet your inner master who has been with you all along.
"If the mind wants to comprehend reality, it will have to come out of the past and the future. But coming out of the past and the future, it is no longer the mind at all. Hence the insistence of all the great masters of the world that the door to reality is no-mind." —Osho
Perhaps you thought there was some secret rigorous spiritual practice that you must be diligently engaged in to become self-realized. This belief is simply a belief. You have the ability and opportunity to awaken to this divine being within you, in this very moment. Have you ever noticed how your thoughts, feelings, and emotions are like restless little children begging for attention? No matter how much attention you give them, they just keep showing up for more. Maybe you have been pushing them away, trying to get rid of the annoying ones. Did you notice how every time you try to ignore or push ANY thought or feeling away it comes back in less than 48 hours and you still don't feel any better? If you're caught in the habit of being dominated by your mind, here's a super powerful healing exercise you can try now...
Take a few minutes to just be still and pay attention to your breath. Take a long deep breath into your heart center and just allow all the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that arise spontaneously to be welcomed. Imagine you are hugging each thought that arises. Give total love to every thought, as if each one was an orphaned child that you are inviting back home to rest within your heart. Become a welcome-a-holic, and don't leave anyone out because these children are missing your love deeply. Hold each one of them for 15 seconds in your heart and let them all know they are sooo loved! They are lovable just the way they are, no matter how crazy, hurtful, or nasty they can be. Allow everything to be loved and lovable in your inner world. Only from this space can you rest in this the heart of pure awareness.
"We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal." —Ramana Maharshi
As you begin the great dive within you'll naturally start to slow down and bare witness to the immensity of this present moment. Soon you may start to notice what is really here, what has always been here, independent of any thought, feeling, or emotion. As real as thoughts may seem, they are not real. Thoughts are figments of your imagination. The only thing that is real is that which doesn't come or go. The chalk is what gets erased while the blackboard remains the same. The essence of who you are is this constant background. Always perfect, whole, empty yet brimming with infinite potentiality.
This bright shining awakened presence - who you are - requires no effort to attain. The sun doesn't have to try to be hot and bright, it simply is. No matter how real you believe your problems are, or how serious your life situation may appear to be, pure joy, freedom and bliss is always ready for you! You just get to let go of the mind. In the deep stillness of no-mind, resting as the silent witness, the door to your awakening is revealed. It has been with you before you were born, always with you as you, waiting infinitely for you to go deeper inside and discover this fearless divine sacred way.
"Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts." —Marianne Williamson
As you simply rest in your natural essence, allowing everything to be as it is, you will soon sense that you are not your thoughts, feelings. or emotions. Your first natural inclination may be resistance, analyzing this experience, or defending what you "believe" to be real. Your problems seem so real - how could they just be thoughts! Yet, this self-realization exploration is an invitation to really get curious. Ask yourself the question, "What am I really?" then follow the next consecutive thoughts back to where they are coming from. Find the source and notice what is always here, before...during... and after each thought. What is permanently here and does not change? Inquire within to what or who is this Self. See what remains when thought is absent. This is the most direct path to realizing the Self.
"The most intimate question we can ask, and the one that has the most spiritual power, is this: What or who am I?"
You have just discovered a magical door to accessing your true freedom and yet you may not experience anything mystical your first day walking through it. Be patient. The ego is very thick, and super slippery! The end to all suffering is HUGE and it may seem frightening or impossible to deserve in the beginning. Letting go of identification with thoughts, feelings, and emotions that have been a habit for lifetimes. When you practice liberating yourself from this false identity you will discover a vast boundlessness, a stillness, that is far more fulfilling than anything you have ever known or felt yourself to be.
The true beauty of coming home to yourself is that no matter what appears to be happening in the outer world, who you are remains the same. You are untouchable, like an eternal flame of light, you cannot be put out. Resting as the living conscious awareness is the path. In this inner exploration you are always free and always opening to the deeper truth of what you are. The layers of the mind's games/illusions fall away on their own accord as you practice this self realization exercise daily. You will more clearly see, feel, experience the essence of your true being. All that you "thought" you were ceases to exist. You will discover a deep pervasive peace that has been here all along just waiting for you to come home.
"Do everything with a mind that lets go. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end." —Achaan Chah