So, like I said yesterday–there’s nothing to fix to realize the amazing groovy beings that we are. Right? Nothing to do. Just sail away into the sunset and you’ll be enlightened by age 85 or 90, hands down, just by doing nothing!
I don’t believe it for an instant.
If we do nothing, we’ve got a 96.4% chance of remaining deeply ingrained into our patterns into the next lifetime and the next and the next. (Assuming you believe in lifetimes, that is.)
What I’ve discovered for me is a definitive need to undo. To learn to become more aware. To inquire more deeply into the patterns and reactivity. This is distinctly different from fixing the self in order to make it more lovely, more palatable, more in sync, more acceptable.
So how do we become more aware? Wise Mr. Buddha said there are 8,400 ways to reach enlightenment. Since he lived so very long ago, I’ll bet technology added another 1,600. So we’ve got 10,000 ways to realize our awareness.
Anything a spiritual teacher tells you to do is suspect.
Because Life itself is leading us down one of the 10,000 paths.
Each of us has a very unique path into which to open.
My path is not yours. Yours is not your neighbors. We each must follow that internal beacon which calls us to the left, to the right, downstairs, upstairs, into the forest of ourselves.
I just met a marvelous guide on my path and wanted to share. It’s entitled “The Gift of Our Compulsions” by Mary O’Malley and it’s magnificent!
It reveals how our compulsions arise as guides for our awakening. Instead of spending a lifetime fighting the little buggers, there exists a possibility of turning toward them to question what they want.
Compulsions arise in many of us when we’re uncomfortable with a feeling. We reach for something which makes us feel good. However, because we’re not dealing with the original challenged feeling, the substance or activity never satisfies and, in fact, turns against us.
O’Malley guides us into inquiry and deeper attention. We can become deeply curious about our compulsions and develop a deeper relationship with them. Since compulsions often keep us from the present moment, this “technique” of attention can be seen as a non-doing way of untangling the knots which prevent us from harnessing the power of Now.
The untangling of inner knots through attention begins to relax painful suffering which keeps us tied to the wheel of karma.
I thoroughly recommend this sage book for those who feel compulsions result in suffering. O’Malley succinctly invites us to participate in exercises of awareness which dissolve patterns which separate us from realizing the love which we are.