Merging the Mundane with the Divine

I have noticed that throughout my life I have felt a persistent inner power struggle. I have been able to identify this inner power struggle as a pull either towards the physical (earthly, mundane, society and family of origin conditioning) and a pull towards the spiritual (the essence of my soul).

This inner power struggle reached a pinnacle when I began the journey into middle age.  In the process of doing a lot of inner work and implementing spiritual disciplines, today I am reaching a place of being able to discern what this inner power struggle has been about and what I need to do to end the inner power struggle and create inner peace.  I see the second half of my life as a process of moving towards oneness by making peace with the inner power struggle and by merging the Mundane with the Divine.

Merge:  combine, unite, come together, join, become one, Mundaneordinary, routine, commonplace, monotonous, unexciting, boring, dull, tedious, uninteresting, humdrum, dreary, Divine:  heavenly, celestial, godly

By applying the spiritual tools of prayer and meditation towards building a strong foundation of inner peace, I have been able to move closer to oneness.  These spiritual disciplines allow inner space for the acceptance of duality.  I have experienced duality as the physical and spiritual being in  oppositional resistance within myself, feeling like if I choose one I will lose the other.   This is part of the human condition that has to be seen and experienced differently within each of us if we hope to ever manifest an external world that will reflect wholeness and oneness.

This acceptance is not a onetime event but a process.  We humans live most of our lives with an inner conflict, in a paradox, a push and pull (power struggle) within the human physical self which holds a Heavenly soul.  To find inner peace and end the power struggle we must find a way to unite what feels like opposing forces.  We can transform the physical into the metaphysical, without losing contact with either one.  For me this involves finding ways of merging the Mundane with the Divine, creating a relationship between the two that is so close it becomes one.

“When you know that you are eternal you can play your true role in time. When you know you are divine you can become completely human. When you know you are one with God you are free to become absolutely yourself …”   ~ Mother Meera ~

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The Witness

The Witness is the thoughtless observer within us, or a state of being in consciousness that is purely witnessing life take place without contemplating differences.  It is a state of complete acceptance without personal bias to alter the event, find fault, take credit or judge. Reactions are present but not with any forethought or designs on the outcome, going with the flow in a thoughtless state of observing, which consequently is minus the doer or ego. The Witness is the Soul’s first contact in consciousness, the birth state of being, before the mind developed with a personality causing the Doer to step into the picture. The Soul, Self, or Awareness is the Watcher of all and on its own sees nothing but Eternity and God, but when the Watcher is attached to consciousness it turns into the Witness of the world. Then the witness eventually turns into the Doer after staking claim in the world as an independent thinker, so the mislead mind is the doer, and the witness is consciousness without thinking, and the pure Watcher is Reality without the witness. Cultivating the pure Witness back into the forefront of your life is the purpose of meditations and a very important step for the Spiritual Seeker.

Reclaiming the universal witness that exists in all living creatures, can be done during active times and inactive times. These different states of witnessing are both relatively hard to master, however well worth the effort, and the inactive Witness is the most important part of spirituality. Meditation techniques are geared towards different states of witnessing, and the experiences that follow are milestones on the spiritual path. Any activity in life can be done by remaining in the moment as the Witness, and this is a good step in getting control of the mind by falling back into the Witness, keeps the mind at bay. Many spiritual experiences happen within different layers, but experiences in the “Samadhi State” are on a deeper level yet, which can change your outlook or understanding on life and God. In all cases, besides the finale awakening, the experiences are an indication of transitional periods in spiritually, which can be good or scary, and usually untranslatable.

The spiritual process through meditation delivers emotional stability and balance into one’s life, and it can also help you control the direction of your mind. The constant redirection towards spiritual techniques or being the Witness strengthens your control over the mind, allowing you to guide it and find the advance stages of thoughtless meditating. The pure Witness of this basic formless life force (consciousness) within is the last meditating stage before one slips into the “Samadhi State”, which is beyond observing. It can be a long process, depending of course on your determination, but keeping the mind in silent repose is the key cornerstone to Enlightenment or Self-realization. For then, there is no way to go but further in, now that the world is rendered useless, discarded as the primary attention getter you create a new focus on the Eternal God.

The above practices are helpful in quieting the false self and can lead to a sense of awakening, if this is what we believe we need to do.  I personally believe these practices help to open us to accepting grace, which is always there waiting.

The One Ultimate Reality offers no self-help teaching, path, practice, course, seminar, or therapy: all of those are made by egos and for egos. The Teachings Of the few True Incarnations who have lived are Founded primarily on Grace; and secondarily on the follower’s passionate inviting and allowing of, and thus participation in, That Grace. The true follower is looking to Reality to be Used and Consumed By That, rather than to use and consume It.
~Dava

What is enlightenment?
It is nothing. It is not an event that occurs, but is ever-present, already existing in everything. This needs to be strongly emphasized, because most people make the mistake of thinking of it as some kind of dramatic happening, some kind of “spiritual experience.” No, it is simply the fading away of ignorance, and the realization of our true nature, which is unbounded, limitless, beyond the realm of space and time. This fading of ignorance is happening slowly in everything and in everybody. Everything is moving back toward the knowing of reality, which is revealed only when ignorance is gone.
~Tim Gerchmez

We are never left without a witness of the Eternal, and in our greatest moments- in those flash-like visions of mystic grandeur- we know that we are made of eternal stuff, fashioned after a Divine Pattern.

~ Ernest Holmes ~

*If you wish to learn more about the Samadhi State, this site explains it well http://higherselfguides.com/free-articles/good-questions/what-is-samadhi/

I have no personal connection to this site.  There are many ways to learn about the Samadhi State.

Hard Edges

This morning I am thinking of ego, image, fear, and protection (all kind of the same thing).  They all bring a feeling of hard edges.  So I go within and ask myself, do I have these hard edges, if so where do they show up in my life?

They show up when I can’t look you directly in the eye because I feel I have something to hide – hard edge, when I believe our differences make any difference – hard edge, when I forget to greet the day in gratefulness – hard edge, when I shut down any of my senses- hard edge, whenever my heart is not wide open – hard edge.

If I ever start to believe I have become enlightened, I vow to humbly and kindly lower myself from my righteous perch of piousness to the realization that the closest I can hope for is a merging of my humanness and my divinity.  I will move towards softening the hard edges of the ego allowing my underbelly to show, revealing an ever so sweet tenderness, understanding, vulnerability, transparency and a never ending love.

Network of Karma

I started to write on another topic this morning and I came across the writing below.  I am guided to share this writing.

We are like silkworms; we make the thread out of our own substance and spin the cocoon, and in the course of time are imprisoned inside. But this is not forever. In that cocoon we shall develop spiritual realization, and like the butterfly come out free. This network of Karma we have woven around ourselves; and in our ignorance we feel as if we are bound, and weep and wail for help. But help does not come from without; it comes from within us. Cry to all the gods in the universe. I cried for years, and in the end I found that I was helped. But help came from within. And I had to undo what I had done by mistake. That is the only way. I had to cut the net which I had thrown round myself, and the power to do this is within. Of this I am certain that not one aspiration, well-guided or ill-guided in my life, has been in vain, but that I am the resultant of all my past, both good and evil. I have committed many mistakes in my life; but mark you, I am sure of this that without every one of those mistakes I would not be what I am today, and so I am quite satisfied to have made them. I do not mean that you are to go home and willfully commit mistakes; do not misunderstand me in that way. But do not mope because of the mistakes you have committed, but know that in the end all will come out straight. It cannot be otherwise, because goodness is our nature, purity is our nature, and that nature can never be destroyed. Our essential nature always remains the same. —Swami Vivekananda, The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, (8 Vol. set), Volume 2

We are the rainbow and….the pot of gold!

What if there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?  What if we have not found the pot of gold because we have been seeking it outside of ourselves?  Or, sometimes even our inward spiritual pursuits with possible enlightenment as our goal can create more chasing, trying to reach the ultimate pot of gold.  All this chasing and seeking  simply because we don’t believe we already have all we could ever want or need.

If we could accept this would we live our lives differently?  Would we slow down?  Would we see, hear and honor all who cross our path?   Would we put the self-help books down?  Would we eat less, purchase less?  Would we love more?

What if we recognized……..

we are not only the rainbow but also the pot of gold!

Compassion

I had an experience the other day with a friend where we sat for the longest time in the pure state of beingness, love, presence, bliss and wholeness.  I did not want to leave the experience.  My friend and I talked about how does one keep this pureness of being while functioning in the world.

This is what I am reflecting on this morning.  I am realizing that how one can keep their pureness of being while functioning in the world is through compassion.  Compassion for one’s self and for all others sharing in the human experience.  Compassion:  “co” meaning together and “passion” meaning a strong feeling. So to realize compassion we understand we are all in this together and when one of us suffers, we all suffer.  This is the understanding that brings compassion to our hearts and makes us willing to reach out and extend comfort, concern, care, and love towards another.

Today my heart is open and receptive and filled with compassion.

  • Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. —Thomas Merton
  • Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment. –Arthur Jersild
  • Compassion is not a moral commandment but a flow and overflow of the fullest human and divine energies. —Matthew Fox