ARE YOU READY ?
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.)