The inner world has always held an irresistible allure. While friends played with dolls and ‘dress up,’ I lay on my bed traversing inner dimensions and creating sacred space. As schoolmates whipped themselves into a frenzy over sleepovers, I withdrew to the solace and surrender of inner imaginings.
It’s no surprise then that seeking for truth was a path that beckoned. Though I was raised a Catholic, I explored many other faiths and points of view. Later, I mastered various energy modalities, initially as a pathway to physical and emotional healing and later as a tool for transformation. These are some of the insights I garnered on the adventure, that freed my essence:
- Come to know for yourself. Outsourcing your power to a belief system, even well intentioned, diminishes your discernment. When I did the Last Satsang with Zen Master Dolano, she would have us ‘investigate’ and come to our own ‘proof’ on her teaching point. Anything that’s ‘organized’- whether it’s religion or a healing system – should be explored for yourself.
- Take responsibility for your own experience. It’s comforting to have a shared experience. It feels good when others reflect your point of view. Sometimes, though, the most powerful thing you can do to ‘own your energy’ is to voice what you know to be so, even though it may be unpopular. Many religions and movements began this way, before falling into set rules. Often, it is in setting off on your own path that what is true finds you.
- Trust your feeling, more than your thinking. Rules and dogma live in the land of the mind. Your capacity to ‘feel’ connects you to the living landscape of love and limitlessness. We’re not talking about emotions here, which are the feelings + the story. This is your capacity to feel, sense and know. The more that you own your feeling, the more fine-tuned your discernment becomes.
- Spend time in the silence of spaciousness. Bask in the ‘nowhere to go and nothing to do.’ Luxuriate in the ‘nothing’s missing and there’s more.’ As you experience yourself as the pulse of life, and not the come and go of thoughts and emotions, you come to know ‘who you are.’ This can’t be taught, it can only be known.
I’m not suggesting that you flaunt the rules just for kicks, though that can sometimes be extremely freeing. I am inviting you to explore what lives in your awareness. True knowing is a living essence and cannot be contained in dogma and dictates. It’s free, just like you.
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