This article is my prayer for you. It’s a prayer that you will be spared the unwanted effects that occurred due to my own innocent ignorance. Its message is heartfelt. Of the nature of my mistakes, no incarceration was involved–the errors were not of that nature; but there was definitely time spent suffering, which can be avoided through clear insight. The intention within all of my articles is to offer insights related to a deeper dimension of being, so that you may also experience it directly and, thus, be spared the inevitable suffering that arises when we believe ourselves to be a separate egoic “self.”
My biggest error is that I believed that I lived for the false me. Such is the case for the majority of beings who still believe their identity is of name and form only; for without the hint of the deeper dimension of being, what else could we expect? When I state that I lived for me, I am not suggesting that all of my actions were selfish or always geared towards getting; but there’s no denying that an element of that existed. Most persons believe they have to get, to achieve, to succeed. If we contemplate this deeply, even when we’re performing an action for apparent others, there often still remains the subtle desire to get–perhaps if only to experience the accompanying “good feeling” related to giving. Some egos pin those moments (complete with day, date, and year) to their lapel like badges of honor. At least I didn’t do that.
If left to its own resources, our ego will spare nothing in its attempts to fulfill its needs. The alarm clock sounds in the morning, and our ego is (so to speak) off to the races. What follows is often a racing internal narrative being “thought-spoken” by the jockey known as “me.” Without any sense of separation from that jockey who’s riding us for dear life, we have little choice but to endure the weight of its saddle and go along for the ride–be it galloping uphill, or tripping face first downhill. The solution for this type of existence is related to the prayer at the heart of this article.
If you will commit but five minutes every day to meditation, you may avoid a great deal of needless suffering. When you “Be Still“–as stated in the Bible–“and know that I Am God” you may find yourself asking who (What) is it that notices thoughts about your job, images of your child’s messy room, or the sensation of a slight ache in your left hip. What is it that notices the intruding thoughts about upcoming repairs to your car? For the first time, you may be able to become knowingly aware and see clearly that you’re not who you think yourself to be.
With practice, a shift in perspective naturallyoccurs–from that of the person to Presence. In other words, we identify as the Source of all noticing and knowing during our periods of meditation.
This “knowing” gradually imbues our days with peace and joy
–because ITs very nature “IS” peace and joy.
Through the recognition of true Self, our apparent life will naturally shine as a beacon to our spiritual brothers and sisters. We’ll have been unsaddled from the egoic jockey that’s been riding the joy out of our life. When realization dawns within us, we’ll clearly know that to exist for the illusory separate “i” is the cause of all suffering; and that all of our so-called problems belong to the phantom jockey. True Self–Awareness–is forever removed from the polar swings related to the human story. Please trust me, this is a prayer worth making; and realization is its fulfillment.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2023 – R. Arthur Russell
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