1.4 Embracing the Shadow Self
But mindfulness is a wide-read subject, what is new to say if you can pick up 10 books from Amazon with a ten habits of mindfulness to own your life? Because they usually don’t work. Why? Because what I’m describing isn’t a formula, or really anything that can be learned.
For thousands of years, gurus, prophets, and priests have codified principles and habits of daily living in pursuit of achieving this formula. And while those guides may leave behind a noble trail for some to follow, there are still thousands of sects, transcriptions and collections claiming truth, and this is far too many for anyone to claim to have got it perfect.
But in common between all these paths is that each and every author understood something larger than could be captured in the text. For them, their outward practice was only a means to nurturing this elevated state of consciousness. And the added practices to the simplicity of the mindfulness message helps encode the mindset into their daily life. But for those coming after them, the outward actions become the focus and the mindset fades into the distant past. Only for their successors to finally realize the vanity in these hollow actions, rebelling against the faith of their fathers and the pendulum of ideological irony swings the other way.
So why then waste our time discussing a formula for enlightenment if it is ultimately corruptible? How can you instill mindset into someone if the practices guiding them to it are subjective? How can we identify ‘blockages’ in our own practice to seeing clearly into this elevated “god” consciousness?
The shadows show the way
What these ancient gurus learned long ago was that god-consciousness wasn’t anything that could be “achieved”, as if it were something to be gained. It is the purest realization of self which can only be seen after we let go of the self expected of us by the world. To be free, we have to be detached from the world, like a weightless point in space.
Guided by our own light, into the shadows
This is why spirituality can’t be taught, this high vantage point of perspective that could only be experienced, and then left up to the witness to pursue it every day for the rest of their life.
A higher perspective that knows the light from the shadows
Put another way, our experience with God is not through religion, that is the man-made vehicle to get in touch with him. We must be in the driver seat of that vehicle, a disciple of our self-improvement, choosing to follow this inner source of perspective rather than the flaky truths offered to us by the world.
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- Chapter I – Purpose
- Chapter II – Wisdom
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