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Spiritual Awareness

Spiritual Awareness

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Published by Reena Gagneja
Article about spiritual awareness and what it means
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Published by: Reena Gagneja on Aug 23, 2012
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We are living in a time when the ‘ordinary’ man or woman on the street is
being transformed by spiritual awakening experiences. It appears that somepeople, even without knowing anything much about spirituality, areexperiencing the light of universal truth as never before. I heard recently
of one man’s awakening, a working class factory worker, who said that he didnot even have the word ‘spiritual’ in his vocabulary, yet he experienced a
physical Kundalini1 experience whilst working at the top of a ladder at hiswork, and he was never the same again. His personal and public life becamesignificantly changed.Many Spiritual teachers
of which there are now an ever growing number, arereporting that people are showing an interest in Spirituality and wanting toexplore its nature. This interest is demonstrated by the increasing numbers
of alternative media channels that have appeared and the airtime given to ‘NewAge’ topics on TV and radio. Not to mention the in
creasing amounts ofinformation available on the internet that ranges from angels, UFOs,Ascension, meditation, enlightenment teaching and more. It seems people aresearching for answers from within.
So what is ‘Spiritual Awakening’? Let’s start from th
e beginning when we werebabies.For a baby, there is no experience of separation between him/her and the
outside world, i.e. the mother. There is no ‘me’ or ‘them’.
Everything is one. But then, one day, the baby notices that the mother(or primary carer) is out there
separate- and therefore experiences
its own self as ‘over here’ i.e. something separate from the mother.
This is when a shift takes place at core level when there is a deep innerseparation experience, underneath which is actually an element of unconsciousloss or fear. This sense of having lost something that we need to get back isat the basis of all human suffering. Once separation has been experienced,from that moment there arises a need to find wholeness again. We may notunder
stand it, and usually we don’t, nevertheless the need is there. We may
seek to explain our problems and suffering with psychological or emotionalexplanations, but deeper than even those is a sense of loss
a deep sense ofseparation from everybody and everything
even loved ones. This translates inseeking things outside of us
a relationship, alcohol, sex, drugs,excitement, money or whatever it may be.The dichotomy is the need to seek to regain Wholeness, we do this from a senseof being separate and the irony is the impossibility of Wholeness andSeparation (individuality) existing together. If we are whole then there canbe no separation. If we are separate there can be no wholeness (in ourexperience).So we do the next best thing, We try to create a persona for ourselves, anindividual identity that is whole and complete that we believe (hope isprobably more accurate) will replace this sense of separation.Consequently we spend many a long moment, day, week and finally yearsdeveloping a personal image (it matters little that this
may be ‘good’or ‘bad’ –
the important thing to us is that we have one.)
But this image always fails to satisfy in any lasting way. This is because itis not real. It is a fiction of our cunning imagination and beliefs. It is acompensation for something that we unconsciously feel is missing within us.For example, if I believe I am happy, my image will be one that reflects thatbelief so that what I say or do shows others, (and myself), that I am happy.Anything else would be outside my personal comfort zone, since my basic belief
is that ‘I am happy
’ When something unhappy occurs, the return to ‘happiness’
will be the top of the priority list as otherwise we will feel toouncomfortable.This whole game
and it is, in effect, a game - is the work of the ego orpersonality. The ego is what arose at the point of separation and it wants toachieve wholeness through this identity-creation. It is so relentless andclever that we are usually bought into its plan, believing the identity to bewho we are.And then if awakening occurs, this is what seems to happen.When a person becomes spiritually awakened is that they become tired of thisconstant process. They may not at first understand what it is that they aretired of but it is likely to be a feeling of emotional weariness oracknowledgement that quite honestly they have had enough of suffering or of
the way in which they’ve hitherto thought and acted. Clearly this may be a
traumatic time because in the process of such admission, there is an element
of defeat. But it is important to allow these feelings to arise. It’s part of
the process. As the identity the person has formed for himself and hasprojected to the outside world moves into his conscious awareness, a changebegins to occur at a more fundamental level.Some may experience the initial process as the
‘dark night of their soul’.
This is when outside help may be useful; indeed some will experience awakeningas a crisis of deepest proportions, and we see this being sadly unrecognised
in doctors’ surgeries and psychiatric units often resulting in a medical
diagnosis and drug treatment which can take such people on a route from whichit is difficult to emerge intact. Whilst drugs may, in some circumstances, beappropriate the presence and involvement of someone who can understand thedeeper, spiritual aspects of the condition is essential.Spiritual Awakening is a realisation that there is something
beyond the identity. That if we are not the identity we do not cease toexist, therefore we must be more than that.With continued inner work, to release that which is false (identity andemotional pain) it will become clear that the self- created image is bogus andunreal and that what is real is the permanent truth of our Real Self that isbeyond ego or image. The Real Self has no need for the image. In reality weare that Something, that non-religious God, that always and every-readyintelligence, that Awareness or Consciousness (whichever word you prefer
itmatters not) that is everywhere, in all people and in all things and hasalways existed. This Life Force joins us all into one embrace, into oneOcean, into Oneness. Separation was an illusion all along.Sri Ramana Maharshi, the Indian sage who attained liberation at just 16 yearssaid in explanation

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