Awakening the Mystic
The place to end this journey is of course right where it began.
With you. Super-powered, magical you.
When you began this process, you each sensed there was something more to learn, perhaps that there was knowledge to gain and powers to unlock. And so you took a leap of faith and looked outside yourselves for guidance. You did what we all do when we feel a nudge, and you lovingly obeyed that divine pull.
But what we have hoped to do for you in this time together is to take you on a loving path right back into yourself. To see that the one who nudged you was in fact you. To understand that your highest self has been teaching this course all along. And that the only true mystic was the one sitting inside your heart since day one.
On this final lesson in our sacred time together, it’s time to allow your wise, clear, empowered self to show you once again how connected you are. As you take a journey through the heart of meditation, you will be introduced yet again to the person you've been wanting to meet along - the badass sorceress witch living right there in your own heart and soul.
THE WORK FROM HERE
No matter what transpires in your life or how the shadow seems to snuff out the light at times, as long as you are meeting yourself in the infinite field of the great unknown, you will never wander far from the center of your Truth.
There is a greatly used cliche about "doing the work," and doing the work is simply this:
Sit. Every day. Close your eyes. Steady your breath. And bear witness to the whispers of your heart.
When your mind wanders, gently rein it. When your body objects, lovingly tame it. When your shadow threatens, firmly deny it.
Love yourself enough to do this work. Love yourself enough to sit in the silence each and every day and meet the powerful priestess living just on the inside of this mortal skin suit.
THE TEACHINGS OF ONENESS
What if every person is in fact you? What if each iteration, each overlap, each life is just a projection of self that you are here to experience and learn from?
In this final lesson your job is to ponder the concept of oneness through the lens of teachings from Oneness University. Founded by two Indian spiritual gurus (Sri Amma Bhagavan), Oneness teaches that our "external world is a mere reflection of the inner world" and that the answer to all the suffering in our lives lies within us. As we awaken through awareness, we free ourselves from suffering.
The following are the 11 teachings of Oneness (with explanations paraphrased based on the book A Journey into Awakening). Contemplating each of these teachings is the first of three steps to "Mukthi" or freedom from the mind. The most important pre-requisite for this process is the passion for awakening, which you have already demonstrated by making it this far. As you read each of these explanations, notice which one bends your mind the most. Where do you feel challenged? What teaching feels like a sweet homecoming? Allow the information to transform you without having to "do" anything with it.
1. THOUGHTS ARE NOT MINE.
Just as the air we breathe may have coursed through the lungs of man many thousands of years ago, so do our thoughts live in a swirling pool of time-independent existence. They do not originate in the brain but are merely processed by and experienced through the brain. When we realize that we experience thoughts but do not create or own them, our relationship to them shifts dramatically.
2. MIND IS NOT MINE.
There is only one ancient mind with a few notable characteristics - fear, comparison, longing, anger, lust, envy, and jealousy. The circumstances have changed but the characteristics remain the same. For example, ancient man worried about being eaten by an animal = fear. Modern man worries about the safety of his money/his job/his family in uncertain political times = fear.
Suffering is a result of falsely identifying with our own thoughts (which are the same basic fear-based thoughts of our ancestors). We are not our thoughts and therefore not our mind, so it cannot be ours. When we are free from identification with the mind, we can observe the thoughts that pass through it and the ideas it processes and shares with a sense of interest and observation. There is no drama.
3. THE BODY IS NOT MINE.
Our magical, complex bodies operate without any input from us. Our hearts beat. Our lungs pull in oxygen. Our digestion absorbs necessary nutrients. But none of this is by our own design. We use the body; but it is indeed not ours.
4. ALL THINGS ARE HAPPENING AUTOMATICALLY.
Just as we are not our thoughts or our minds or our bodies, we cannot claim control of their existence and function. The mind thinks, the body lives and the dance of life unfolds without input from us because there is no "us". Awakened beings realize this and watch the beauty of life play out before them without any illusion of control. Perhaps one of the most freeing truths of all time is that everything happens automatically and we need only bear witness to it.
5. THERE IS THINKING BUT NO THINKER.
As soon as you wake you notice the conversation happening in your mind. It's automatic and often incessant. Because we experience thinking we assume or connect the dots that if there is thought there must be something doing the thinking. Nope. No one is there. The thoughts are like a cosmic charge of energy moving freely with no beginning and no ending. It's like that song many of us learned in childhood, "this is the song that does not end, yes it goes on and on my friend... "
6. THERE IS SEEING BUT NO SEER.
How can we say "I am seeing" if there is no control in this process? In truth, the biological and physical process of seeing is automatic. With no input or control from anyone light hits the retina thereby allowing the optic nerve to do its job and send a signal to the brain that says, "See this". So yes we see, but there is no seer.
7. THERE IS LISTENING BUT NO LISTENER.
Much like seeing, the process of translating sound waves is beyond our influence. We experience the effect of sound waves as vibrations in the ear drum which create intelligible sounds, but we have no part in this process. There is the experience of listening but no listener.
8. THERE IS DOING BUT NO DOER.
Like the other processes in the body, doing is also automatic. When a person gets angry, a chain reaction of processes occur based on a program for "anger" in the brain, none of which are under our control. The heart beating faster, the eyes getting red...each physiological reaction is done, but we did not in fact do it.
9. THERE IS NO PERSON THERE AT ALL.
Sri Bhagavan says that, "the self is just a concept." If points 1 - 8 are all happening then there's simply nothing left but the concept. We are quite possibly living in a hologram. We are the hologram.
10. I AM LOVE.
Love is unconditional, Divine and Holy. Love is untouchable, unseen and yet we all know what it is, how it feels and the power it has in our lives. Just as you are not a body - you merely live in a body, love is not something you have or experience - it's something that you are.
11. THE WHOLE WORLD IS A FAMILY.
The essence of this teaching can be summed up by the phrase, "I am because we are." The more you go within the more you will notice oneness inside of yourself. It will go from being an experience to a knowing and that ripples out to everyone you see. You will know without a doubt that we are all connected. You are connected to the world and the world is connected to you.
This the reason why the phrase, "I am connected with..." is so important when speaking about something that you desire. We are meant to remember that we are not separate, we are all part of the whole. Think of a drop in the ocean. It's a drop and the whole ocean at the same time.
It's easy to use the phrase in relating to your desires. For example, I am connected with a new house, a certain level of health, a growing business. And yet this is all so much bigger and goes light years beyond what we desire. Use the phrase often as a support for attracting that which you desire and each time you do pause to take a moment to consider the higher implication of being connected to. As you practice saying, "I am connected" you raise the vibration of yourself and this entire world!
MEDITATION AS MEDICINE
For this final meditation it’s time to honor all the deep work you’ve done in Awakening the Mystic. You have walked through the one-way door, and now it’s time to catalogue all the sacred guidance you’ve received. And as always, may you find yourself in the spaces in between.