“Dear Brother, I must say this blog is the best thing to happen. People who have started their journey always end up in conflicting concepts and belief systems (thats how the journey starts i beleive). But this blog is awesome where anyone can share their journey and every journey is different as is the role! Coming to my question, I have the habit of churning the gyan that i read or listen (I developed it automatically, didnt plan it) and try to apply it in my life, I talk to god and god answers me, but i dont meditate as such on a particular time. My intitution has always been very strong even before i started reading about spirituality, Its like “Oh i knew this would happen”. But i have realised of late that no matter how intituive i am, i cannot stop certain things from occuring or let me put it the other way, how can i use my intuition to my and others benefit,i sometimes feel although i know the occurence of certain things, something pulls me back. Later, i feel whats the point of thinking now when i could not stop it from happening. please enlighten on whats intitution and how does it work? Om Shanti”
Thank you for your kind comments. They are appreciated! 🙂
As you point out, every belief system; will have conflicting information, for the amplitude and changes in life as well as the magnitude of the spiritual realm cannot be confined with a description of words and concepts which will make up a particular view, with particular concepts which sooner or later will lead into a dogmatic view of life. Nevertheless, a belief system is a way to protect individuals in their “initiation of spirituality,” for it will give the support needed to start the growing phase of spirituality, which paradoxically; could be stopped by that original supporting belief which was helpful at the beginning.
Life teaches openness, amplitude of mind, acceptance..
In a few words, your belief will allow you to grow; but at the same time; your belief will stagnate you after the time for initial growth comes to an end.
A boy becomes a teenager. That is growth. If the boy behaves like either a teen or a boy as he experiences adolescence, he will not be able to be an adult.
As far as your question on intuition, I would recommend you to read this article:
Here intuition is explained.
Intuition is fast and there is a need to act right after it. Otherwise, there is an space for some emotion to appear, which will color that intuition. If you are intuitive about something that will happen soon, then act on that intuition if there is something that you could do; otherwise, consider that as just information. Some know about things after the fact, others may know before the fact. Therefore, “timing” of action is the important item.
Also, it is important to realize that many times we cannot let ourselves be driven by a feeling, which we may call “intuition.” The reason is that many times we are not in a “healthy state of being,” we could have bothering thoughts, feelings that are confused because of something and thus, at that point we need to recognize not only the feeling that we have, but also to observe the time and the circumstance as being appropriate to act, to be accurate.
Being is living. What we truly are has been there for eternity. Some may know “that,” with a label: A soul, a spirit, purusha; etc.
The experience of that which we are is all that matters, for that is all that we could ever know. The rest are perceptions.
Feelings are the expression of that being.
When activities are performed in that awareness of that “inner being,” then our activities are “in-tune” with the “outer” spirit of life.
Some call that “Drama,” others call it “Tao,” others call it “Life.”
Therefore, there is a universal consciousness, which brings unity to everything there is, everything that happens. Nothing exists in isolation.
When the perception of that unity is lost, then the “mirage,” the “illusion” of separation exists. When we separate, we build individuality. When that individuality overtakes our personality; it becomes known as ego.
Suffering then is a consequence of that separation from the totality of life.
Ego manifests its power through thoughts and emotions.
Thoughts usually become our perception of being separated which will manifest into actions and further thoughts. This repetitive cycle is what is known as “sanskara” or predisposition. An ego performing actions, will be actions with ego.
When a thought colors the original feelings of the “inner being,” they become emotions. Those emotions express themselves through the body: a disease, a sensation, a pain in the heart, upset stomach; etc. Those disturbances we name as : fear, love, hate, etc. When we express emotions, the body will experience the consequence of it.
Emotions are dualistic. A high elation is followed by a low depression. Their intensity is the same but in opposite directions.
The seed then is a thought. That thought is one of separation between “you and me.” That is the importance of recognizing thoughts.
Therefore, the “cure” for this “disease” of separation, is to go back to the original nature of Oneness. That means that our consciousness needs to be in the awareness of what is “true.”
This has been called “witnessing,” detached observer, trustee, presence, careful awareness, etc. Different names for the same thing.
When that “witnessing” comes with feelings originating in the self; it has been known as “yoga.”
Therefore, the cure of separation and suffering is to remember that oneness. That means to experience it constantly.
This sense of oneness, has been named as experiencing God for some, or to be in bliss for others; note that the experience of being with someone like God or by itself, are both accurate as long as there is the sense of unity, communion. That makes the experience of spirituality complete. The descriptive words are not as important as the experience itself. The proof of that spiritual experience is in our activities. We do what we are.
Let us say that John is a challenging employee. John does not care about his supervisor’s role. He will challenge his supervisor continuously. Roy supervises John and Anne supervises Roy. That is the “chain of command.”
Before Roy was hired, Anne supervised John. Anne believes that John is necessary in the organization, even though John continually gets in trouble with other employees due to his “know it all” attitude.
John is very knowledgeable in what he does and despises “slow people.” John has a big ego.
John manipulated his work schedule as he wished. He wanted Roy, his supervisor; to sign for it. Roy refused on the grounds that John never asked for permission to change his regular schedule.
John was upset. He mentioned that he has been always a tireless employee in the organization, willing to go the “extra mile.”
John complained to Anne about this.
Anne was a caring woman, who believed in John at all costs. John has saved “her skin” in many occasions due to his know-how.
Anne met with Roy about this incident. At the end it was Anne, the one making the final decision.
In the rational world; John didn’t have any valid ground on his posture. However, in the “real world,” we have Anne’s emotions which are coloring her decision. Anne does nto want to cause issues on her “star employee,” but at the same time; she wants for Roy to feel good.
Roy had some “choices.”
1) He could try to enforce his position (ego) over John. By asking Anne to fully comply with his refusal to sign his time sheet. By doing so, Anne’s emotions will appear and defend his “star employee.”
2) Roy could just explain his position and become part of the “movie;” that is accepting whatever Anne decides to do. Many could take this as lack of “ aggressiveness” from Roy; but in the “movie of life,” we know that it all depends on how important this episode is for Roy. That “importance”becomes an expectation. That is a desire to enforce his supervisory position over John.
Many times life will offer us the same episode. As long as there is separation between “me” and “you” at any thought level; we will have a desire. If that desire is fulfilled or not; it will lead into further desires to strengthen the separation. That is how ego strengthens itself.
Roy could be totally “unshakable” if he just becomes a witness; that is a detached observer with “unlimited disinterest” on the outcome. Anne’s decision will not affect him as long as Roy’s ego is not around. Roy still will obtain a paycheck and the law of karma will do the needful. In which way?
If Anne decides to agree with John; then John will simply “bypass” Roy at all times.
John will keep pushing his way until Anne will not be able to take it anymore. Roy just needs to “get out” from being in between.
As long as Roy lets everything unfold, without having his ego included in this; things will flow according to the spiritual laws. This is known as being “empty,” a “trustee.”
However, that “emptiness,” can only be “true,” if it comes from the experience of the self. That is continuous remembrance of our eternal quality. That remembrance is experiential. Without this experience, it will be just “acting.” When we “act” we are not “original,” and the consequence of that is an emotion building up in the self. We can stop emotions from being shown at a particular time; but that emotion will be waiting there to “explode” at a later time. That is known as a “sanskara” emerging; but note that the origin was a repressed emotion.
We cannot stop the flow of energy but just redirect it. Transform it. What we produce, will come back to us.
In this spiritual path, there are many experiences. All of them “good,” all of them “right.”
Sakar Murlis mention about “experiencing Baba’s hands in our life.” “I sit with you, I eat with you, etc.”
Many will feel that experience to be accurate. Many will feel protected. Many will feel that God is particularly with them. That is great.
Meera had visions of Krishna. For her, that was real, according to Gyan, it was a “vision.”
Other souls from other religions had visions as well. Those are called “Godly visions,” or “Godly experiences.”
That is “good.” Their experiences go along with their roles.
Nevertheless, Where is soul consciousness in that? 🙂
Sometimes I feel to be the one around who doesn’t want for Baba to treat me like a little child. I feel that I need to grow up. I feel that eventually being the master of the self is more than that feeling of being “Baba’s eternal little child running for his protection.” “You eat with me, you sleep with me, you wake up with me.” 🙂
Until I finally found the depth of the avyakt Murlis.
All of that “little child” language which is fine, OK for some but not for me anymore; is translated into being a Detached observer. I like that! 🙂
If we are just into getting “concepts right,” we will never experience what it is. For we have already a concept of what should be. Let me ask someone what a “detached observer is,” then let me look up the words in the dictionary and then, I will make up my own “performance” of being a detached observer.
It is not something that “I act” or pretend to be. “From now on, I will be a detached observer.”
Through the experience of meditation, there is a point where all thoughts and thinking are “packed up.” At that point, we could experience the self. In that experience of the self, THIS EXPERIENCE BECOMES REALITY. Then we can automatically understand what is a detached observer without thinking about it, for that experience will change us. It is almost like having little bites of sugar every time we meditate, eventually the body reacts to all the sugar we have placed in our system.
Similarly, after experiencing the self in its blissful state; there will be a change in our vision and outlook of life. This change is not a “simple performance” or acting made by our thoughts on what should be a “detached observer.”
In that experience, “we are like the Father.” When you are “like Him, you have His company.”
To discover soul consciousness is to experience it. Taste it!
I could write a “recipe” of things that I “should be” by being soul conscious.
The typical recipe includes:
Half a spoon of Sweetness, 1 full spoon of being loving, 3 or 4 leaves of detachment, a sprinkle of salty caring, half a glass of oily merciful-ness, and 3 tea spoons of giving without taking. Presto!
All of that is just a ‘belief’ of what soul consciousness is, based on the experiences of certain qualities which we have observed on others or the self.
That “recipe” of “nice words,” will define our own experience. In other words, until, I do not “get that,” I will not think that I am experiencing soul consciousness.
In the quest of soul consciousness, many will start with “acting.”
Let me copy the well known cooking chef that I see on TV and everyone likes. Let me act “loving, sweet, detached, etc.” That is, come up with my “own flavor” of “soul consciousness.”
All is good until a real “test” arrives in my life. That is the end of the cooking show. 😦
Because I have acted, I will not be able to contain my own emotions or thoughts, when someone “pushes my buttons.” Acting does not change sanskaras.
Back to “normal.” Time to feel disappointed, guilty, etc.
If we hear: “You must not cry under any circumstances.” Then, we believe that this is “soul consciousness,” and I start “acting.”
When “bad news” arrive. I will suppress my desire to cry; to shed a couple of tears and then tell to myself and others, proudly that “I passed the test.”
Wrong. You thought you did.
You just acted tough and made yourself believe that.
In soul consciousness there is the experience of the manifestation of the soul, the being. There is stability of stage, which comes in feeling fulfillment while experiencing the true self.
Meditation could bring this state, but also walking while in consciousness of that which is beyond the senses (to put a name) or while sitting and watching my thoughts fly by and become aware of the “timeless,” “a-temporal” state between thoughts.
That is what gives the sense of “being.” That state brings changes in the self automatically.
Greater experience of this state means greater transformation of sanskaras, because our emotions and thoughts are naturally stopped by the overwhelming presence of fulfillment, of being complete, of not needing a thing.
That is emptiness of thoughts and “mind noise,” that is sheer awareness without any effort.
Then, love, sweetness, mercy, etc. are no longer “pretty words,” but living experiences.
The dish recipe is valuable if there is constant nourishment in that tasting experience.
Bon Appetit! 🙂