The Path Towards Self-Realization: Part VII
By Karin Friedemann, TMO
TASK #3: Learn to be happy with less. Find the good in unpleasant situations, but most of all, appreciate all you have, and learn not to need unnecessary things. Drink water from the river of life one cup at a time.
Gain a broader perspective in order not to be overwhelmed by the vastness of life. What you are learning is making you more and more aware of how much there is to learn! It can be really frightening to look at the vastness of the universe and the minuteness of yourself. One canâ€™t help but wonder, â€œWhatâ€™s the use? My existences is inconsequential to the universe!â€ But you must have faith in what your inner voice is telling you, what the universal spirit is telling you through the voice of Psyche – that there is a reason for your existence, because you were born.
Everyone has a purpose which they learn upon giving up their false ego and hearing the true voice of the spirit. You have a place in this world, and you are inseparable from this world. Donâ€™t let life in the world be a prison. Let it be a door to even greater things! You are beautiful because you are a part of this grand scheme of the universe. It is a wonderful thing to discover, and worth all the pain and agony.
TASK #4: This is your hardest part of the journey. The last dry stretch of land! [insert warning about loss of friends.] It defies all rational thought. Understand that, and go on. Do not attempt this last task until you have completed the first 3 tasks [See Journey Towards Self-Realization: Part VI] as best as you possibly can. You will know when you are ready for the fourth task.
First, it is a very good idea to find a pillar of strength to guide you. A religion, a book such as â€œSiddhartha,â€ Mohammad, the Bible, a prophet or guru of some sort. Someone pure, whom you can trust absolutely. Someone who has already gone through it.
As hard as it might be, concentrate all of your energy on the inner journey. Youâ€™re ALMOST there! Though others may need your help now, it is better to finish this quest first, and then go back and help them. Donâ€™t try to pull in others with you, or try to convert them to your way of thinking. This is your journey, and it will be your treasure, which you can share with them.
Give up control over your fate. Whatever happens is destined to happen. The universe is like a big clock, and the voice which guides you will guide you correctly. Have faith in it; absolute trust, for if you let go of it, youâ€™ve lost your lifeline.
Meditate, journey into the labyrinth of your mind, remembering, accepting, remembering, shuddering, remembering! Donâ€™t stay too long in the underworld or youâ€™ll stay there forever. Stay until you have what you need, and get out again. The voice will guide you.
Then – you will find it. The thing that will rip you apart, shatter your old self – no longer will you be the same! You will experience incredible suffering, because the wound is now exposed: Donâ€™t give in! Expose every bit of it and cling to your faith and love of life and the wisdom youâ€™ve gained through your other tasks.
You will be utterly demolished and weak, and terribly, terribly uncertain and afraid. Donâ€™t worry. Sit, and wait. Meditate calmly. Now you are trying to heal the wound.
Let your feminine and masculine traits act together to create a new birth inside you. Create art, let compassion flow from within you. It may be hard to get started, but once itâ€™s going it is like rain falling on the desert! Flowers bloom, the parched earth begins to heal once more.
Now, the same aspects of your personality, whose struggling imprisoned the Psyche before, can act as life-savers. They can give you strength to go on. No longer is there separation, but peace within. There is meaning and harmony in all that you see. A love for the universe which is indestructible.
Compassion, selfless giving is the healing river, which smooths out all the rocks and jagged stones. Let it flow – through you and motivate you, for in this love there is strength and beauty. There is a balance inside you as long as you are going, flowing on the river, knowing what is important and worthwhile, giving and loving a symphony of life and nature!
If you want this truth, it is yours. If your true desire is to be set free from the prison of your self, you will be liberated.
Itâ€™s never an easy path, but remember the first step is to say: â€œI am a seeker.â€
Acknowledge that you want this something, and that you are willing to go through pain to find yourself. Your true self. The rest will follow. The Lord provides for those who seek.