Chapter III – Pursuing Clarity
Our present-ness is always slipping away
How do we get back on track when we feel ourselves slipping away? Sometimes we feel worn out and empty when intuition isn’t there at all to guide us. It feels like we’ve lost contact to this inner light and we’re floundering as to what we can do to bring it back.
Chasing the Dragon
One day we take the scenic way home, the road that runs along the coast. There are a few more stoplights, but you take the detour anyway in favor of the gorgeous ocean views. When you finish the drive, you feel a deep sense of calm and are amazed that such astounding beauty was minutes away from you this whole time. You make up your mind to always take that way home in order to experience the same daily release. Well, only after a few days you’re stressed again and that detour home doesn’t cut it.
“Why can’t I calm down?” You ask yourself while driving home, trying harder and harder to feel the purposeful sensation as clearly as you once did. You force yourself to concentrate on this present moment, all its sensuously sacred elements: the rippling ocean, the breeze rifling the palm branches, you’re trying so hard to reach the same transcendental experience. But it doesn’t come. The harder you try, the further away it seems.
Mastering the Mind
When we reach breakthroughs, like that moment of spontaneity that first inspired the detour, they are short-lived. These great expansions of spirit come when trying out something new, breaking out of the crusty monotony of routine by invoking our free will. But as soon as the novelty of its freshness fades, we can feel our spirit retreating and we don’t know how to make it stay.
If we relate to a present state of mind through our religion, we’re familiar with using practices to ‘keep the fire lit’, but things like prayer, going to church, and bible studies can become an outward, empty action. We all have our fire grow dim from time to time, and it sucks, we simply have to rough it until the next breakthrough.
The climax of this entire manifest is that nothing in itself is sacred. The only way to dig ourselves out of depression is seeing behind “holy” practices to the higher principles which they are symbolic of. We make things sacred by something mundane reminding us of something precious. At that moment, something spiritual is triggered, an ineffable burden is released, and it breathes inspiration into our lifeless body. This manifest is here to tell you those moments don’t come from outside of you, or by some religious rite, because “chasing” this sensation doesn’t work. Peace is only available when we are quiet, calm, still listening for the voice of inner intuition.
This chapter will speak to you if you
- Struggle against negative thoughts, habitual demons that plague your thoughts
- Need spiritual habits to stay grounded and not consumed by these thoughts
- Are curious about how chakras can enhance your understanding of the spiritual body and improve your habits and devotions.
- Want to explore meditation as a vehicle to reprogram your mind
Pursuing Perspective – Manifest
- Chapter I – Purpose
- Chapter II – Wisdom
- Chapter III – Clarity