CLOSE OUR EYES, LISTEN.

A follower of this blog wrote he had tried meditation but had become depressed, attracted to the idea of “exiting”.

I know him through his many struggles with his humanity as a truly called long time Seeker.

This wrestling against the powerful attachments of human culture from birth is a well-known phenomenon in Seekers.

I wrote:  “All we can do is shut up, close our eyes and listen. The rest eventually follows as the day the night.”

To me this powerfully simple expedient really does fulfill the deepest needs at the very heart of the Seeker’s journey.

All Is Well.

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THE GOAL? 2.

A previous post under the above heading said, “Being everything I am and nothing of what I am not.” A follower wrote to me with two comments:

QUESTION: “…nothing of what I am not” does that refer to being devoid of any traits derived from ego and being human?

ANSWER: Yes! From birth, history shows how our true identity is entombed in the cultural consequences of human lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego. We believe this is our true identity. It’s not.

Mystics have seen a very different destiny for humans after death, a joyous, loving, spiritual destiny where we truly belong, not a material nor necessarily biological one.

We think we’re here to become better humans. We’re not. Historic mystic experience of Reality, (MER), proves otherwise. 

Q: A pure being here on earth is an impossible achievement for 99% of the population I think.

A: The nearest we get to ‘purity’ is the experience of the mystics and seekers. They are probably 10% of the world’s population at any time.

Mystics know what they have experienced of Reality is caught, not taught so generally keep to themselves. Reality is the only teacher of Reality.

Seekers are those the Christian bible refers to as those who were born with the instinct to hunger and thirst after righteousness. They know merely being a better human is not our life’s purpose, though they acknowledge their responsibilities as a spouse, parent, friend and citizen while here. Do No Harm could be their motto …

The remaining 80% of the population are generally oblivious to Reality or the existence of mystics and seekers.  They’re often unkindly referred to as sleep walkers. I prefer to think of them as being worthy of great respect as Reality’s seedlings.

Why I posted ‘Being everything I’m meant to be and nothing of what I’m not’ was to emphasise my encouragement to a long time follower of the Blog. He realised he is a Seeker and has been battling his worldly attachments ever since. Occasionally he loses the thread, gets frustrated, depressed …

The human path to Reality is like that! Life is like ricocheting down a tunnel, frequently banging ourselves on the sides, out of control, suffering each time as a consequence. But Seekers eventually find themselves more in control, then stay calmly centred as they’re supposed to be – like developed mystics …

All Is Well.

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SUBTLETIES OF ENLIGHTENMENT

A follower wrote to me recently:

“I have so often approached Blake’s Doors of Perception, so often been within touching distance of the Narnian Wardrobe and yet I am never granted full or lasting access.”

I replied somewhat as follows:

“I think every mystic living or dead could say the same.

“Enlightenment is individual, bespoke. Mystic experience shows you’re given only as much at a time as you are currently able to take in or bear.

“You might not be noticing the sometimes indiscernible but undeniable effects Reality is having on you.

“Overlooking the subtle changes being wrought in you is common in some enlightenment processes.

“It took a long time for me to realise what had and was going on with me …

“Keep on keeping on … “

All Is Well.

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Watching “How I Lead a Meaningful Life” by the Dalai Lama on YouTube

I’ve always struggled with being part human ever since my mystical experiences of Reality, (MER) that made me what humans call a mystic.

I am grateful the continuing lessons of those experiences enabled me to endure the human condition until my present comfortable life of reality was reached.

Much has been shed – acquaintances, colleagues, comrades, friends, family, neighbours, current affairs, religion, teachings, traditions, reading matter, toxic work – the detritus of present human primitiveness that still obstructs spiritual reality.

Now, for me, the Dalai Lama spells out how much might have been achieved earlier in my life.

Obviously I was not developed enough to understand it then anyway. Like a lot of other spiritual works, his words only shine now as a result of continuing mystic development.

With this personal development, my reading and understanding have become as if I’m reading spiritual works as if I had never read them several times already, over and over again, over many years … they have become as new. They validate my experiences with Reality. For me now, nothing merely human is worthwhile by comparison.

This attitude has become my main navigational tool through life – recognising when opinions and actions are merely human, mind stuff, entropy. I politely avoid them.

So for me the simple profundity of the direction of the Dalai Lama’s message shines like a beacon of Reality.

I hope it might for you too.

All Is Well.

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A NEW REVELATION?

Did I have what Christians would call a new Revelation?

I was reading this quotation by Ron Krumpos in his new paperback of, ‘The Greatest Achievement In Life’:

“The (mystical) experience itself is felt to be sufficient and complete. It does not come in fragmentary or truncated form demanding completion by something else. It does not look beyond itself for meaning or validity.”  Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India

It gave me a sudden, startling, serendipitous reminder of my mystical experiences, plunged me into that joyful state of knowing my true self in what I have come to know as Reality.

Reality engulfed me again; joyfully, humbly, irresistibly. I shook.

Later, I wondered if this was the answer to a persistent urge to know even more of the Reality of my experiences.   

The ‘answer’ seemed to be that difficult to explain but impossible to ignore feeling to, Just be. Be just what Reality is creating. 

I had been feeling for some time that, we are given what we are ready to absorb, as much as our capabilities can bear! No one is first, no one is last.

It also confirmed what a Sufi master once told his initiates, there really are no failures.

All Is Well.

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BELIEVE IN ‘GOD’?

QUESTION: Why shouldn’t I believe in God?

ANSWER: My more than 30 years of multiple annual spontaneous mystic experiences of Reality convince me your ‘God’ is too small.

Your religiously created ‘God’ is man made. Individual spirituality existed long before religions, if my experiences are to be believed.

(Religions only happened 10,000 years ago according to the Cambridge psychologist Nicolas Humphrey).

But if you get some sort of payoff in believing in your ‘God’ then don’t let anyone stop you, including me.

Q: Why are you so against what you call the ‘God’ of religions’?

A: Because the religions teach that their ‘God’s acceptance of you is contingent on your acceptance of religions’ rules. To me, this is an unforgivably monstrous, potentially spiritually crippling lie. 

Reality is real. It does not lay down expectations. It does not  condemn, demand worship or obedience, punish, or reward. It doesn’t care whether you believe in It or not because Reality believes in you.

Reality recreates everything known and unknown. It is satisfied with its evolving creation. It is in charge without your ‘help’ or understanding. That is the actual historical mystic experience.

You are satisfactory to Reality in all things because you are of Reality Itself. It accepts your existence unconditionally, joyously, axiomatically. You were in Reality at the beginning as you will be at any end, whether fully realised as yet or not.

Religions on the other hand are the personification of spiritual ignorance for saying otherwise because they have not recognised or accepted the historical mystic experience of the Reality which is the very ground of all existence, including us. 

Q:  Phew. 

(Long pause in silence).

Q:  Then what happens to morality and ethics without religion?

A: Morality and ethics came with human birth before religions, as you will understand if you see the startling BBC film series that followed babies from their birth to adulthood. (The Humanists agree I think but I don’t know anything about Humanism or how they arrive at this conclusion).

So far as the morality and ethics of religions are concerned you only have to read their bibles to see the endlessly disgusting preaching of the foulest perverted human behaviour in war or peace. Hardly moral or ethical teachings! 

Though people say the New Testament is different it displays the disciples as being more interested on which side of the throne in heaven they’ll be seated. It reports betrayal, denial, fantastic feats, impossible career promises to followers, even geographical error. 

Q: Then how do people find the truth?  

A: By actually experiencing what real mystics experience.

Q: But I thought you said you can’t do that?

A: True. In my experience and reading, the mystic experience of Reality, MER, is caught not taught, as I have been saying ad infinitum.  

Q: So are you saying, leave everything to this Reality of yours?

A:  Yes. But if you really are called incurably to ‘hunger and thirst’ for truth then the best solution I know is ‘to know yourself’ by listening intently in the silence.

Absorb, submit – beware of phenomena, ignore the distractions of human attachments; anything mental or physical. 

True spiritual tradition says ‘the rest will follow as the night the day’. Try it. Like most things spiritual, results come unobtrusively like an anaesthetic. But the process needs special patience and submission. 

(“That which you seek seeks you” is a traditional spiritual lesson of comfort).  

Just beware religions leading you astray. There’s no such thing as a Christian or any other kind of mystic Reality, just Reality.

All Is Well.

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IS ‘REALITY’ JUST ANOTHER NAME FOR ‘GOD’?

NO!  

The true experience of Reality is defined by markers common to all such true experiences throughout history. But revealing them here could encourage pretenders so I won’t.

Sufficient to say the traditional tribal, cultural ‘God’ of war, threats, bullying, misogyny, land theft, exclusion, plagues, disasters, coercion, fantasy, deceit, anger, favouritism, anthropomorphism and religions, are no part of the mystical experience of Reality, (MER) which so ensnared our culturally limited, undeveloped ancestors. Is this why religion all over the world is now dying?

MER is the very antithesis of such ‘godlike attributes’.

There are many names throughout history for phenomenal experiences, including the word ‘God’. Not all of them are true mystical experiences of Reality. 

I was brought up to believe in a God before my experiences began. I expected, and was bewildered, disappointed, when there was no ‘God’ of any description in any of those experiences, then or after.

I am beginning to think the make up of the Reality I experienced throughout 15 years of my life from the age of 15 is made up of the same elements found in the cosmos, including humans.

We’re told these elements include water, oxygen gas, O2, and most organic compounds, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, proteins, nucleic acids and thousands of others science doesn’t have a reason for them being there …

Nevertheless, the Reality mystics experience is not human. Reality may have all these ingredients but they are on a completely different, commanding, creative level to our as yet undeveloped selves.

Reality is in charge, according to my revelations. Reality is beyond our limited free will. It is benign, asks for nothing, not even worship or prayers. In my experience Reality is only interested in individuals. It is loving beyond human experience or description. And we are of it. The experience of Reality is an experience of total joy and trust beyond description. That’s the very basic mystic experience of Reality. 

The word ‘God’ in any language describes a false, human fantasy, ‘God’ is not the Reality in which we really live – whether we know it yet or not.

All Is Well.

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SPIRITUALITY AND THE BRAIN

This is a review of an excerpt from an article in mindbodygreen.com about a remarkable new scientific study of spirituality and the brain. My comments about it appear at the end of the excerpt.

“Spirituality and the brain: What’s the connection? We’ll admit, the neuroscience has been a bit limited (even though research has gotten closer to mapping the specific brain circuit responsible for spirituality), but Lisa Miller, Ph.D., an award-winning researcher in spirituality and psychology and the author of The Awakened Brain, is on the case. 

“Specifically, she combed through MRI scans of participants who have struggled with feelings of sadness (blues) to assess hether a sense of spirituality had any effect on their mental well-being—and, frankly, the results are astounding. “People who [had] a spiritual response to suffering showed entirely different brains,” she says on this episode of the mindbodygreen podcast. “They showed not thinning but thickening across the regions of perception and reflection, the parietal, precuneus, and occipital [regions].” 

“In other words, a sense of spirituality can have a huge impact on your brain health and mood. The question becomes: How do you incorporate spirituality into your everyday life? According to Miller, a deep sense of awareness is not tied to religion, per se—rather, the ability to connect spiritually is innate within us. 

“‘We are all born with this capacity to see into the deeper nature of life, but the muscle has been left to atrophy in the great majority of people in our country,’ she says.


MY COMMENTS

Dr Miller echoes historical reports of this latent spirituality existing in all humans. However she offers no data about ‘all humans’, though I happen to think it’s true, just that we can’t do anything about it ourselves.

However, Dr Miller seems to assume anyone can rouse this inner ‘spirituality’ on their own. My mystical experiences of Reality (MER) have, as I have reported ad nauseam on this Blog, indicated to me the experience of Reality can only be caught not taught.

So is the doctor talking about something other than MER? Has she discovered a part of the human brain that is just used by Reality to receive MER? 

And why does she seem to assume that what she has discovered is all about humans? In my experiences MER is vastly greater than any single part of the infinite cosmic creation.

For the full report, see 4 Ways a PhD Uses Spirituality to Bolster Mental Health at mindbodygreen.com.

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BUDDHA ETC

A follower mentioned how Buddha exhorted his disciples to enlighten mankind. 

Buddha probably recognised the perennial path of evolution running deeply and largely unrecognised in humans, (or what my mystical experiencees tell me is in fact the source of everything – Reality).

However, evidently the Buddha did not know or did not realise a lesson of my (updated?) mystical experiences over 2,000 years later.

This was that only Reality can bestow Itself – that the reality of all existence is only caught by those prepared by Reality itself, not taught, not even by wisdom schools, religions, etc.

It seems to me as soon as the mystical experience enters through the individual on whom it bestowed then human organisation eventually degrades it into mere human morality and ethics.

The followers’ observation was that, “Abandonment and quiet resignation are probably the only meaningful responses!”.

I replied this overlooks the realisations to be found in the Silence. You can’t abandon your humanity but you can relegate it to its true place, replace it by going into the recesses of the experience of the Silence. This will get you through the error of giving unnecessary priority to painful worldly human mind stuff …

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REALITY

QUESTION:  I’ve heard you say “we’re not ‘wired’ to know the whole of Reality yet’’.  I think I understand, but could you go into that a bit more?

ANSWER: What humans in general and physicists in particular regard as reality, that is, everything that’s physical, material, (as well as everything that’s physiological and psychological, eg. moral and ethical), are only transitory products of our current stage of evolution. 

Our knowledge of existence is currently limited to such material properties and whatever the ages we live in dictate. They are temporary.

Some world shaking physical laws like the theories of relativity for instance, evolution and DNA are only a generation or so old. As for our morality and values they seem to change with each generation.

Q: So are you suggesting reality is always changing?

A: Human reality, yes! But the Reality the mystics know should not be seen as just changing. It’s developing. And It develops us from stage to stage.

Q: Are you suggesting what you call Reality exists independently of our will and that it’s causing us to discover it?

A: Yes, real Reality is all existence, outside and inside all creation – but No, we’re not slowly “discovering” real Reality. We’re just uncovering entropic, material and human ‘stuff’.

Reality is developing everything, including us. Reality is revealing Itself – from outside ordinary, dying human experience …

Q:  So why do mystics experience this and not the rest of humanity?

A: I don’t think anyone knows. I was certainly not qualified by any standards known to humanity at the age of 15 when I first started having what I have come to know as mystical experiences of Reality, (MERs). 

Q:  A psychologist once said you are hundreds of years ahead of the rest of us!

A: Yes, but I don’t know if that’s true. I haven’t noticed particularly. The question is more of a human concern anyway.

It could be this particular psychologist thought she recognised traditional spiritual descriptions of the mystic phenomenon that she surmised described me. Her father was Brahmin. 

Q: In other words she was saying you, all mystics, are ‘wired’ to know more about existence than the rest of us?

A: I can’t speak for her, but yes! mystics are ‘wired’ to know more about existence than the rest of us.

Q: So are mystics what we are going to be?

A: Yes! Mystics are at a more developed stage of evolution. They are more ‘wired’.

All. Is. Well.

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THE BEATITUDES?

Question:  I know you are skeptical of spiritual reading matter but is there any one thing you could recommend to a Seeker from personal experience?

Answer:  Well, no, because my mystical experiences of Reality (MER) were spontaneous. So I believe such revelations are, like mine, not human; they are caught not taught.

MER is not a thought, a philosophy, an ideology, religion or social construct. Reality is all that has and always will exist. It is not imaginary. Only It can develop all existence – and without human input!

It is the keystone, bedrock of all existence everywhere, on earth and off it, throughout the cosmos and beyond, beyond even mind, beyond even remembrance or forecast.

I’ve not come across any actual evidence, human or otherwise, to refute the experience of Reality.

Q: What kind of ‘actual evidence’ would you like?

A: The actual first hand experience of MER, as opposed to literature-learned, or taught, hearsay descriptions! This would be the only acceptable evidence of personal experience of MER, Reality’s existence.

The existence of Reality is hard to ‘prove’ because It is safeguarded by being ineffable, except to those individuals who experience the phenomena!

Q: So what is the lesson of Reality to humanity, if any?

A: As Reality only addresses itself to individuals, the only lesson that humans can take from It’s existence is that the individual’s real meaning and development primarily comes exclusively from Reality, not religions, communism, socialism, communalism, fascism or other such ideologies, not even human logic or reason. These have rightly been called the enemies of mankind’s evolution – mere human ‘mind stuff’, clutter.

Q:  So getting back to my original question – nothing to recommend then as reading matter for the spiritually inexperienced or uninvited? (Laughs).

A: No. But I must say, the Beatitudes as reported in the Christian bible by Matthew and Luke are obviously the observant work of someone who knew of the existence of Reality. Hard to tell if this is the author’s actual experience though.

The mistake of the author of the Beatitudes was in thinking these eight blessings or graces, can be realised by human effort. No they can’t, not in my experience.

Only individuls prepared by Reality will be able to receive the Beatitudes in the fullness of their experiential meaning. They are not accessible to any collective social, political, religious groups or idealogical associations. Only to individuals.

Evidently however, the Beatitudes’ biblical authors thought otherwise. They understandably but mistakenly thought the Beatitudes were supposed to be taught to humans. They can’t. Individual experience is the only key to personal transformation. Only Reality has this key and It is impervious to worship or idolotry.

However, those who have experienced MER are automatically, axiomatically graced by an experiential understanding of the Beatitudes, (despite their archaic 17th century King James era translation) – each according to the level they have reached in their spiritual development.

It should be added that the Beatitudes are only a narrow selection of MER’s fullness.

They are wasted on the uncalled – those stuck at the level of merely wanting to be better humans. The called already have the Beatitudes or are getting them in other forms, and more.

Actual spiritual experience of the Reality of existence wins over mere human faith, hope or belief. There is no spiritual value in Fake it Until You Make It either!

However, to answer your question, I do think reading and studying the Beatitudes might at least provide the called with a serendipitous validation of their spiritual state of development, a refreshing interlude along their Way.

All Is Well.

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WHERE DO MUSIC, LOVE, BEAUTY AND EMOTION FIT IN WITH MYSTICISM?

They don’t! Mystics with very developed experiences of mysticism regard music, love, beauty. art and emotion as human experiences, distractions that die with humans.

In mystics they evaporate as the mystic evolves.

For this reason you often hear the description of Seekers and Mystics as people who are, “in the world but not of it.”

Human love for instance is made up of lust, anger, greed, perennially actual or mythomanic attachments, and of course ego, the last to go …

But the love experienced in MER, (Mystical Experience of Reality), is primarily complete oneness of existence in all things as all things are one in you.

The result is a powerful joy beyond anything as singular as mere human love. Human love is motivated essentially by selfishness, ego, self satisfaction.

Music appeals to ordinary humans on different levels. Mainly emotional, on escapism as exemplified in pop music for instance, particularly in rock and roll, or classical music like Bach that stirs more biologically refined, deep, personal, existential, visceral feelings.

Art rearranges the make up of our currrent human perception, our chemistry and physics too, but is just self pleasure.

Art takes us nowhere spiritually. It’s not permanent because as its name implies, it’s not real, it’s just artifice, artificial, a copy, idea or indulgence expressed in human opinion.

Beauty can be described as the same non lasting self serving state too. Beauty is another visceral womb that can become equally distractive in the call of Reality to Seekers.

Emotion can become a human addiction too. It can overcome the fundamental  evolutionary human need for logic, reason and pragmatism, with much else needed to preserve balance in personal and community life.

All these attributes are merely human cauldrons of impermanent, boiling ingredients of development at a very basic level.

You can see why some spiritual paths warn their pupils of these wasteful, distractive powers and suggest going into the Silence as a means of defeating them.

It’s interesting to note that the wisdom schools (and replicas of them like the original, pure Quakerism, Taoism, Buddhism, for examples), don’t or didn’t go in for any of the above clutter in their practices.

For all these reasons it can be seen why monks and wisdom schools separated 80 per cent of the population from themselves, why they only invited truly called Seekers and Mystics into their sanctuaries.

The sanctuaries that didn’t use this discipline are either a spiritual irrelevancy nowadays, or extinct.

This doesn’t seem to be a problem though. My experiences reveal the call to Reality is only for individuals who are, in ways yet unknown to us, called to a permanent Reality even in these early, primitive days of human evolution.

All Is Well. Reality is in charge.

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MANIPULATIVE?

Question: Your posts seem deliberately terse, brief. Is this accidental or deliberate?

Answer: Deliberate.

Interestingly, another reader of this Blog sent me her observations on how and what I write:

“Your message is ‘authentic’ and only those who have the instinct will truly be able to follow.

“The simplicity in your messages is working.

“You are passing the questions to the seeker.”

I try to stick to the point, examine it in detail, expound it simply, avoid the temptation (not always!) of deviations, additional explanatory material or background. I use my short ‘one sentiment per sentence’ formula, with no more than three sentences per paragraph, (also not always!). No clutter.

Q: Is that to make it easy to read and digest?

A: It’s to manipulate the mind not to skip through the post – speed bumps if you like …

Q: Oh! (Laughs). A friend and I were just discussing how the posts can stick in your mind! Almost like meditations … spell-like.

A: Yes, the posts can be treated as meditations. Used as such they can take you to the depths of Reality’s intentions. Depends how deep you can go, how spiritually advanced you are.

Different aspects of the depths of these posts might be explored for life, depending on how far you mature spiritually – they’re only the surface of what you and Reality are all about.

Q: But won’t different people get different answers?

A: Variations, yes. Depends on how deep their spiritual lungs can take them through the levels of experience.

Each level of discovery is different, a bit like experience or age bringing new levels of thinking and awareness into ordinary human life.

Q: Wow, I had no idea about all this … No idea … it’s like you’re casting spells. (LOL).

A: Mystics and Seekers may pick up resonances that cause them to slip into meditation. The results could make the ‘spell’ bloom, filling them with what Sufi’s call its ‘spiritual perfume’.  

Q: Alright … so whatever post you might make of this communication could be a ‘spell’?

A: Here it is, take a deep breath, try it!

All Is Well.

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KNOWING YOU’RE CALLED

Q:  How do you know you’re called?

A: I think the description of someone being ‘called’ is an inaccurate human reference to the mystical experience of Reality, (MER), that make some humans into mystics. 

Mysticism isn’t a calling as if it’s some practise/profession of human activity. Mystics aren’t called, they’re absorbed into Reality and released back into humanity.

Q:  Why?

A:  No one knows. Even serious scientists who accept the phenomenon say it’s ineffable, indescribable.

Q:  Why is that so?

A:  Because Reality is not human, it’s nothing to do with humans as humans are now. That’s my intuition. There were no humans in my MERs, even I found myself watching myself disappear eventually. There was nothing biological involved whatsoever.

Q:  The monasteries were said to examine would-be entrants for a personal ‘calling’ before they were admitted. 

A:  I don’t know the entry rules for today’s monasteries but real gurus of today do look for genuine Seekers in order to assuage what the Christian bible calls such people’s “hunger and thirst for righteousness”, (Matthew 5:6).  This passion is unique to true Seekers everywhere.

Q: Jesus said he had faithfully delivered his message to those already prepared by God. Isn’t this what mystics should be doing?

A:  No. I think it was that human desire to spread the word that inexorably made Jesus’ mission fail and finally brought the religions to their end days. Religions lack the real thing, spirituality, because MER is spiritual, and it’s caught not taught. It’s not a social ideology either.

Q: What can I do to find out if I’m really called?

A:  if you are truly called, the posts on mysticalexperiences.net may help you identify yourself as a made, genuine Seeker – separate from about 80% of the human race whether you like it or not. Each post in the blog is as genuine a representation of my MER experiences as I can make them. 

You won’t have to read the whole blog to know if you are in fact a humble, submissing Seeker or not!

All Is Well. Reality Rules.

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DEALING WITH ATTACHMENTS

Ordinarily, humans don’t notice their attachments, their umbilicals. Seekers do.

Seekers see and recognise their attachments as spiritual impediments in their way.

By regular concentration of their minds on each of their attachments until the point of enchantment if needs be, Seekers will find the attachments gone.

They may not even realise the attachments have gone for a very long time. This is because with the distractions gone Reality has moved them on their way to more important things.

Recognition of and concentration on your attachments to the exclusion of all else will be noticed!

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