"As separate individuals, we live in separate cultures haunted by the vague memory of an intimacy that we all share. Let us, all together, chase the very horizon of existence, the edge of understanding, the point at which new sensations, emotions, thoughts and ideas begin to emerge… and let us bring this intimacy alive." ~Alex Mero
Isn’t the recourse of beliefs, to keep the sentiment of a spiritual essence alive, not simply one of the most primitive needs of man in order to face the hardships of today, the future and the afterlife?
Without a doubt, and it is also the driving force for change, personal transformation, transcendence to surpass oneself, in order to relate with the divine, and to simply give the world more love, respect, understanding and tolerance.
The desire for transformation is the starting point of all spiritual realizations. This deep desire gives rise to new intentions, and these intentions carry within them volition, aspirations and a much higher vision of life. Everything we focus on, fortifies itself in our lives, whereas what we pay little or no attention, disintegrates in our consciousness. If our intentions are focused towards a material existence, that is what we will develop. If, however, we have a profound desire to converge with our souls, we move from a fragmented perception of things to a much greater awareness of the Absolute.
Awakening is an inexhaustible state of mental and spiritual energy. The term “awakening” is interpreted as the cessation of all separateness or division within our person. This is referring to an integral way of perceiving, which is complete and free of any duality. When we experience this ultimate realization, we perceive less and less separation between the world and the Absolute. There remains only a state of uninterrupted creativity from which we are deeply aware that the universe is constantly sending us signs, as well as synchronized events,that lead us to experience,to the fullest, our highest goal in life.
Does God hear our prayers and will He ever answer them?
Supposing that God did indeed hear and answer all our prayers, all our demands resulting from our extremely limited view of the world -let’s imagine for an instant that God took into account the caprices of each human being and that He did in fact yield to all the pleadings and whims – could we then think of God as all-powerful? Rather He would be a God of unprecedented weakness, a God in which it would be impossible to trust. Expecting God to do all this is far from understanding His magnitude, and attributing to Him nothing more than a human vision. God is the mastermind, the Creator of all existence, and only He knows the proper order of things as a Whole. He does answer prayers but not always in the way we expect, or in the way that is immediately perceivable, but in the way that promotes harmony and unity for all.
“Do you think that one day we will be held accountable for our actions?” he asked.
“You know, Nathan, I’m originally from Columbia, a wonderful country with many religious institutions, but also much violence. I’ve lost many close friends there, but I’ve also learned something very important.” He took the time to choose his words wisely and then continued: “I think that if one day we do indeed appear before a Creator, he will not ask us why we were not stronger than our desires, or why we didn’t preach a Holy book. He won’t even ask on what basis we gave ourselves the right to take another life.”
“What will he ask, then?” Nathan asked curiously.
“The only question he will ask is: why did you not become what you truly are? “
But who are we truly? Isn’t that the question? We are Beings of light, of Love, of Truth. We come from the source of All…we are All, with unlimited possibilities. We may look different in our physical manifestations, and have different experiences, but we are all of the same essence… we are all OF “GOD”… If we remembered that in our lives, there would be nothing for a Creator to judge, because our actions would have reflected who we truly are…
The sky was turning more and more crimson, as the sun began to descend. Nathan went back to the high dune to watch the sunset. Once there, he had an open mind to the power of the images. He remarked that he had overcome hunger and that he was in a state of higher awareness. He could now concentrate with ease, and felt at peace with what was waiting for him. Daylight was coming to an end, and the dunes were taking on the color of dusk. Nathan associated this phenomenon of nature with all his feelings. He not only felt in perfect communion with the sun, but equally with the whole universe. He perceived intensely the connection between all the elements of the universe, and of all as a whole. Feeling blissful, he lay down on the sand.
We are connected with everything and everyone, but there are moments where this connection is so clear! Where we can actually feel ourselves blend in to all that’s around. It is not necessarily a “feeling”, but more a state of Being, where we feel like we are the sun, the mountains, the ocean, the trees, everything, and the “feeling” is an immensely blissful one. These are the moments where we are truly in reality, and where we’re truly ourselves, our essence, …where we’re truly “aware”.
Many people are raised with the conviction that “sin” is an act of disobedience towards a god, who not only is a separate entity from them, but can also inflict punishment. Based on this perception of “God”, certain deeds are condemned as not being in accordance with His Laws. These people consider themselves, and others, as sinners, and consequently, are overburdened with feelings of guilt. This leads to a life of fear and self-contempt because they are afraid of not being forgiven by this God. When people realize that “God”, “Consciousness”, “Love” and “Reality”, refer to the same thing, with only minor conceptual differences, then they’ll realize that God has always been with them. This is when they’ll feel liberated and experience life with more joy.