The North Star is famous for holding still while the entire northern hemisphere sky rotates around it.
You, my friend, have this fame, too.
The true Self you; the unconditioned-Love-pure-peace you, is always peace. Always unconditioned Love. Always the pure light of Consciousness. Even when what spins within you is tumultuous, chaotic or broken.
You, like whirling dervish who spins and spins and never loose their balance, are always steady, clear, at peace.
And how do you be that rock steady, whole and perfect you, no matter what whirls within the space of awareness that you are?
By turning within.
This ‘turning within’ is perhaps the most tricky aspect in awakening. Even the most tried and tested meditation practice can miss the mark.
To turn within is not to turn within your body. It is to turn to Consciousness. To question all the beliefs, concepts, ideas and memories of who you think you are.
Sincere and dedicated questioning of who you think you are reveals the magnificence of what and who you really are.
Let’s turn to a couple of sages for clues;
Mahatma Gandhi put it like this.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
As with all good pointers there’s a paradox in Gandhi’s statement.
What does it mean to lose yourself? It is to discover that who we really are is not who we think we are.
We lose our self when we realize that beliefs, memories and thoughts are beliefs, memories and thoughts. Not the life force that brings them to life.
When the ‘belief of me’ me no longer appears real the self-less true Self becomes revealed. And when the ‘belief of me’ me is no longer convincing, the ‘story of others’ also appears less convincing.
What then unfolds in relationship is self-less service; where the true Self moves the body-mind with no agenda other than to express it’s nature – unconditioned Love.
So actions arise not from a story of ‘me’ that wants to help or do good, but as a natural, authentic movement of Life falling in love with itSelf.
Enza Vita describes the fruits of turning within like this:
“True freedom is when all the stories, all the insights, all the realizations, concepts, beliefs and positions dissolve. What remains is what you are; a vast, conscious, luminous space simply resting in itself, not knowing a thing, at the point where all things are possible.”
When we turn within and question what appears to be the ‘real me’, the light of Consciousness reveals that the ‘story of me’ is not fixed or solid.
Then force of life that we are is open and free of conditions and bias. We experience the whole of experience with no resistance.
What previously seemed broken is seen without a story of broken-ness. What was previously judged as ‘not enough’ is perceived without lack or comparison.
We experience the whole of life as one and the same with the wholeness our essential nature.
We may slip back into the ‘story of me’ and find ourselves seeking for answers, solutions or people to make us happy, deserving or valuable. But the more we turn within the sooner we feel again the pull of peace and fulfillment by simply being our true Self.
Follow the pull. All your sensitivity to the pull of peace to develop. Let yourself be guided, moved and startled by the vast brightness of your own being.
December’s Awakening Circle
This month in The Awakening Circle we’ll explore the relationship between Healing and Awakening.
We’ll brush away misunderstanding about what healing is and how it happens and open the windows of our mind to illuminate what it means to be perfect, whole and complete just as we are.