How To Have a Spiritual Awakening
What is up and welcome to toy corner, a channel for personal and spiritual growth? I think I can speak for a majority of us in some sense on the notion of when we get into spirituality.
Most of us are seeking something, we’re looking for something we’re trying to acquire some amazing achievement.
That’s often the distance and this effort, no matter how pure it might become as we proceed, is in a sense paradoxical because the more we grow and the more we learn.
The more we will also awaken to the understanding that spiritual life gives us and the more we wonder about, how to have a spiritual awakening.
In essence, a spiritual awakening is something less we can create when we want it and more so something we have to open ourselves to receiving, something we have to embrace before it even gets here.
After all, how can experiences beyond duality and desire occur when we are living dualistic, aliy and desiring some spiritual occurrence? It just doesn’t happen, but with this being said, it doesn’t mean that you and me, and anyone can’t have a spiritual awakening.
It just means that we might have to change the method in which we allow it to occur. This is the key word here allowed, not creating not forcing not implementing, but allowing it to effortlessly appear, and this allowance is what I talk about.
Often, when I speak of spiritual awakening enlightenment nirvana, these occurrences as byproducts of the spiritual path. They are things and not even things.
But just occurrences that occur when we stop trying to force them to occur, for as Sri Ramakrishna once so eloquently put it when the flowers bloom, the bees come uninvited, and what this means that.
If we can peel back enough Of our personality, ident tea in ego layers, our true nature becomes apparent, and that’s what mostly awakens the true essence of self within all of us.
That is the divine, the whole self we get in these moments. A peek at one is a glimpse of totality beyond conception, and that little glimpse allows us to really trust in the path, to really embrace the path. When we see it, even if just for a split second, we know it’s there, and then we devote ourselves fully.
They say that enlightenment is an accident, but spiritual practice makes one accident-prone. Essentially, we can’t force these occurrences, but through these practices done purely they tend to happen more often than not.
So, how do we do it? How do we have a spiritual awakening without trying to have a spiritual awakening?
Well, there are six main steps, all of them quite simple, and we can follow one, or we can follow all six, but the main thing is not to stress yourself out over them.
Let them occur to actually practice them. Naturally, we don’t want to force ourselves right away because the ego will push back our sense of space and identity, we’ll really want to just get it out of the way.
So take your time with these steps and allow them to get to know you as you get to know that the first step is the most important step, but often the step I see most overlooked, which is turning your life into a spiritual practice.
I tweet about this sometimes, and I think, a big misconception. A lot of people have is that they can live a normal life which we can and just dedicate certain time to spiritual aspects.
Right, be a material person and meditate, be a very ego-driven person and come home and read a spiritual book every once in a while, and they wondered after doing this for months and years, why no progress occurs, and it’s because we are taking our role seriously. But not the spiritual practice seriously.
We are treating the spiritual practice as if it’s a very small thing when, in reality for it to really integrate with us and help us awaken, it has to be seen as the whole thing as a role as your job.
As your car, as the way you think, when interacting with colleagues every step of everything we do in all waking, life is our spiritual practice, not just meditation, not just chanting, but also eating speaking what we think why we are acting out certain emotions.
And if We are even aware that we are doing so in daily life, to really integrate change and to allow a spiritual awakening to infiltrate us is to see everything we do as a spiritual practice.
And that is why this first step, I can’t stress highly enough because the Rest of the steps follow suit when we do view our life out of practice because if we view our life as a spiritual practice, we stopped trying to live narcissistically almost while doing spiritual things and instead try to live, spiritually and then notice.
When we are doing selfish things or non-spiritual things or regressive things, it’s the easiest way to become aware of everything we do is by changing our perception of what daily life is and what it means, which leads to the second step on how we can live.
Our life as a spiritual practice, and that is by practicing two modes of yoga known commonly in Hinduism as bhakti, yoga and karma yoga as devotional yoga and working yoga or service physical service and mental and conscious service awareness, devotional love.
The combination of these two practices can open the hearts of anybody. I really think, no matter how they are raised, what has happened in their life or how spiritual or unspiritual they may think themselves to be.
I’ve done a video on bhakti yoga, which you can find up here, and the essence of bhakti yoga really just is having devotional practice, remembering compassion and gratitude for life itself to the notion of God or the universe itself.
However, you’d like to do so lesson your food being aware of what you are eating being thankful for it being thankful and compassionate with where you live and what you do have, and this works among many different ways.
I myself behind me have my altar with a lot of the teachers that I’ve learned the most from and a few DVS in Hinduism, whose traits I really associate with, and so, when I wake up in the morning my devotional practice.
My bhakti, my practice of love Is to just sit in front of the altar and just thank these teachers for their information, sees these deeds for the traits they represent, and thank them for opening my eyes to certain practices and when I’m in daily life. I try to think about these teachers and love everyone.
I see. I try to see that devotion in the way that you know a saint was yet or somebody with complete awareness would see reality, and that is with pure unending love, and that is bhakti and in karma yoga says it is working selflessly creating helping others doing things That benefit the whole of humanity and not just ourselves.
Because the more we do, this devotional work, the less we focus on what we or Mia coy as an individual once and the more we start to resonate with how what I do can impact the whole.
How What I do can help everyone, and not just my own desires, and that helps us step out of our closed-off space and closed-off thought process in life and really helps awaken us to the bigger picture. That is everything and everyone.
So if you want to know more about karma yoga and bhakti yoga of arguably the biggest modes to making life a spiritual practice which in turn can create a spiritual awakening.
I highly suggest reading the Bhagavad Gita. It is kind of the book on bhakti yoga in karma yoga and is thousands of years old and read by millions around the world.
The third step is a more intellectual step, and it’s known as self inquiry because self inquiry is something if we’re not practicing any spiritual practice. We really don’t ever inquire deeply into who we are and what we are.
If I am living just in the material sense of things, I see myself as koi and that I teach and that I like yoga and meditation and rock climbing, and that’s just who I am and that’s it that’s the deep as I go into myself.
I have this basis for what I am on a very simple level, something I could write on an application and nothing else, and that’s it. That’s all there is to it, but the spiritual self.
The true self is much deeper within, so we’ve been raised and bogged down with all this, this identity, stuff that we don’t even know what the true self is, and so self inquiry is a mode of realizing that and the easiest form of self inquiry is Through asking ourselves the question, Who am I and what am I.
Who am I in a ma’am, I just COI – will know that is the name that came to me. Am I my birth name, we’ll know that was also a name that was just given to me? How can I define myself as just a name?
Well, I can’t well I just by well, I can’t just be the body I exist in relation to the air. I breathe and the food I eat, so am I the food I eat an air I breathe.
Well, no, I’m not just that either and the deeper you go into seeing just how intertwined you are with everything you start to realize intuitively and not just intellectually that we are nothing in particular that I’m not a thing at all.
But I am everything and I am nothing at the same time, it’s a very liberating thing and when you really self inquire on a daily basis, you remind yourself of the wholeness. That is you, and you don’t just think.
Oh, I am the wholeness of you. You feel that you are the home and when you’re walking down the street, it’s not coy walking down the street or Sarah walking down the street.
It’s the self walking down the street and all these other cells. It is the universe in a pattern of consciously manifested human body, and so our view on things it’s much, much larger still than it even did with karma and bhakti-yoga number four is one that might be debated depending on where you are and how you practice, But it’s spending with teachers with spiritual teachers with teachers that you think you can learn a lot from on a soul level.
I myself read many books for four years, but until I started really associating with people close to me that were on their own spiritual path and deeply ingrained in it and going to temples and listening to lectures and asking questions and receiving answers, I didn’t realize how Much of what I was learning was with vague verses, really getting down to the court, really understanding things.
We can know a lot just by reading an article, but when we hear somebody talk about it for an hour, and we can ask them questions about it and pick their brain and really come to know what they are knowing and a person to person or video To video sense.
That learning with teachers sharpens and expands our understanding and perception of any spiritual path tenfold.
It is amazing how much more you learn to take in and how much deeper you go into the self and into understanding any spiritual practice. When you actually start spending time with teachers that teach about that practice and because we are now near the spiritual path.
Having teachers is a flawless beautiful way to grow exponentially inward and externally, this step is very simple, and it is a daily practice that again helps Us get rid of our identified self and thinking we’re just the ego or just are our namesake or our traits, and that is cultivating loving detachment.
Now, cultivating loving detachment simply means one understanding. The Four Noble Truths that throughout the Gotama presented to us that suffering arrives from attachment.
And it’s about through these other practices, which I’ve done videos on being detached with things, letting things be as they are, but loving them unconditionally.
No matter what life, debt, sickness, health, good, bad, getting a job, losing a job not expecting anything but working towards things, knowing that anything is possible in loving these possibilities, no matter what happens doing the best we can with any given scenario because the moment, no matter How much we practice spiritual stuff?
Something happens that goes against what we want. We get angry, we give vicious, we get jealous, we get vile, and we’re caught right back up in that ego trap. So, this practice of cultivating love and attachment is saying. Look, I hope for the best.
I expect the worst to may be happened, but regardless I will love this process and no matter what happens, I would do my best to stay aware, stay loving and to work through it progressively this alone will help us deal with so many trials.
We’re going to face in life and open us to this, this awakening process and the final step, and to me, the most important step is meditation, is meditation just like with teachers, no matter what somebody tells you, and you can learn a lot, as we just said steps before from teachers if we can’t come to truly feel something intuitively.
Those words very often fall short and what those words and sentences and scriptures might mean are just that words and sentences and scriptures and really have no depth to them until we intuitively feel It in our heart and understand experiential this experiencing really intuitively.
Knowing it it doesn’t come through meditation they’re sitting there breathing through simply unaltered awareness and letting our thoughts kind of flow freely, and this identity will disappear just being with it all.
Not just knowing oneness, but experiencing oneness, not just knowing that we are love and compassion and consciousness manifesting in a body but feeling that experiential rising within and just letting it be as it is, and letting ourselves sit as we are and enjoy all of it and the more we do that.
The more familiar we become and the more we truly understand the whole of what we are and the totality of what we encompass and meditation. After all, this stuff is done or before either or meditation is where these Satori States or Samadhi states occur by implementing all these practices and by truly loving the meditative process and taking part in it.
This is when most likely these are awakenings occur, without even expecting them, they just they appear a poof, they happen, and that’s why you know we can do all these things.
But to not meditate at the end of the day or at the beginning of the day or Whatever we have free time is really doing our spiritual practice of major disservice, so above all else, make sure you meditate, if you’d like to know how to meditate, have a guided meditation on my website.
You can find it up here, and I’ll link a few of my guided meditations in the description below, but these are the core tenets of what we can do and how we can live to allow the potential of a spiritual awakening to occur for us and when it.
Does that, that is an indescribable thing and that really will push us forward on our own personal journey to awareness, love and compassion in everyday life?
So thank you guys very much for watching this video. If you have any questions or comments, please make sure to LIKE subscribe and leave them down below and as always, I’ll see you guys next time you
How To Have a Spiritual Awakening
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