There’s a lot we can do to match our vibration with the higher state of consciousness most of us are ready to exist in, but when it comes down to it, we don’t need spiritual ‘techniques’ to do so. All we really need to do is recognize that everything around us, even that which we perceive to be ‘bad’, is already perfect.
To find enlightenment, reach a higher vibration, etc. we only need to realize that life is divine as it is and seek to align with that divinity. Some lifestyle changes might be required for those of us who are rooted too deeply in darkness or self-service, but no technique will make those changes for us.
When it comes down to it, we only have to be willing to accept the perfection of our existence and align with the divine qualities if we want to enlighten ourselves. Effort’s obviously required, but it’s a different kind of effort than most seekers think.
The effort we’re meant to make isn’t in following cryptic techniques that promise us full consciousness if we use them. Those days are over, and we’re becoming far too aware to fall for the tricks of spiritual ‘leaders’ who promise to show us the way without any real incentive being shown on our end.
Instead, I think we’re meant to look within and discern what does and doesn’t help our growth and development.
We don’t need to strive too hard to do this, but if we really want to raise our vibration, some striving will be required. Especially for those of us who are ready to raise our vibration but are still rooted in lower qualities, effort will need to be made if we want to get from point A to point B.
I’ve mentioned before that anger is one of my biggest weaknesses (like a lot of other seekers), and I recognize that I need to transcend this distortion if I want to live the lifestyle of an enlightened seeker. We can’t greet the higher realms if we’re rooted in qualities that only resonate with the third dimension, and at a certain point, we’ll have to be willing to give those qualities up.
Here, I’d like to examine what it’s like to live an enlightened lifestyle. As we’ll learn, little is required to find enlightenment beyond the aforementioned inner changes, and even though none of us are perfect yet, we’ll find the divine ‘perfection’ we seek if we keep the things we’ll learn in mind.
We’ll move on from this sphere for greener pastures when we’re fully enlightened, and the fact that we’re still here proves that we still have a lot to learn. Most of us have a few lower qualities to transcend before we can find enlightenment, and the intent of this article is to help those of you who are also ready to align with the divine.
We’re going to hear a lot from the Upanishads in this article, so I’ll post a quick snippet about them from Wikipedia.
“The Upanishads … are a collection of Vedic texts which contain the earliest emergence of some of the central religious concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. They are also known as Vedanta (‘the end of the Veda’).
“The Upanishads are considered by Hindus to contain revealed truths (Sruti) concerning the nature of ultimate reality (brahman) and describing the character and form of human salvation (moksha).” (1)
The Upanishads contain a lot of important truths, and I’m happy to research and present material about enlightenment from these sacred texts.
First, we’re told that enlightenment requires purity of heart.
“The secret of immortality is to be found in purification of the heart, in meditation, in realization of the identification of the Self within and Brahman without. For immortality is union with God.” (2)
‘Purification of the heart’ is very important if we want to reach a state of consciousness that’s free from the negativity of the earth, and this is why it’s essential that we release our ego-driven perceptions of the reality around us and live in love as often as possible.
Love will show us the way out of this difficult and painful existence, whereas greed and various other lower, mind-centered qualities will hold us back and make it far more difficult to find any degree of enlightenment. Love is always the answer, and once we realize this, we’ll have to put our realization into play.
We’re also told that “The pure world of Brahman is attainable by those only who are neither deceitful, nor wicked, nor false.” (3)
If we’re deceitful, wicked, or false, which most of us have been at one time or another, we’ll distort our greater perception and block ourselves from everything spirit has to offer. We aren’t meant to be perfect while we’re on earth, but when we’re ready to reach the fifth dimension, we’ll have to transcend every quality that keeps us ensnared in the third.
Those qualities can’t exist in the pure love and bliss of the realms beyond – they can only exist in this limited reality we call home. Continuing to employ them will trap us in the lower realms, whereas welcoming and expressing divinity will make our journey back home much simpler.
I think it’s safe to say that most of us are ready to return home, but how ready are we? Are we ready enough to willingly transcend the qualities that hold us back – qualities we might be more comfortable holding on to? The choice is ours.
- Wikipedia: “Upanishads”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upanishads
- Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester, trans., The Upanishads. Breath of the Eternal. New York and Scarborough: New American Library, 1957; c1948, 13.
- Ibid., 36.
Continued in Part 2 tomorrow.