If you want to wake up, it is very important that you enter into what I call “self-perception.” Be aware of what you say, be aware of what you do, be aware of what you think, be aware of how you react. Be aware of where departure, what are your motives. It is not worth living if you’re not aware that you are living.
If you are not aware that you live, you live automatically, but it is not human life, it is programmed, conditioned life. It’s like you’re a rock or log. The country from which I come, hundreds of thousands of people live in small huts, in extreme poverty. These people are barely surviving, every day doing hard physical labor, the morning slightly eat, work until dark, and then starting from the beginning. Sit down and think: “What is this life? Is this all that life has to offer us? “And then you suddenly shook the conclusion that 99.999% of the people here do not live better. You can go to the movies, drive around in a car, you can go on a cruise. Do you live better than them? You also dead as they, as you both mechanically as well as those machines you like them, just as you are a bit higher. Sadly it. It is sad to see that people are so vivid.
People go through life with fixed ideas; never change. They’re just not aware of what was going on. They could also be a wooden block, or stones, machines that speak, walk and think. It is not human. They look like dolls all kinds of things dragged around. Press the button and you will get a response. You can almost predict how will this person react. If you examine a person, I can say how they will react. Sometimes, when I’m taking a therapeutic group, write on the slip of paper that so and so to start a meeting, and so and so will not answer that. You think that’s bad? Well then do not listen to people who tell you: “Forget about yourself, love others!” Do not listen to them! All are wrong. The worst thing you can do is to forget about yourself when you go to other so-called helping attitude.
It makes you aware you can control, that which you are not aware of the controls you. You are always the edge of which you are aware. When you become aware of it, will be free of it. There is, but no longer affects you. You are no longer under the control of these things, nor are her slave. That’s the difference.
Awareness, awareness, awareness, awareness, awareness.
What I recommend here is not concentration. It does not matter. Many meditative techniques emphasize concentration, but I’m suspicious of it. These techniques include violence and often involve further programming and conditioning. What I would recommend is awareness, which is not the same as concentration. The concentration of the lamp, reflector. You’re open to everything that falls within the scope of your consciousness. When this can be disturbed, but when you apply awareness, never distracted. When awareness is turned on, there is never any distractions because you are always aware of what is happening.
Let’s say you watch those trees and I’m worried. Am I disturbed? I’ll be distracted only by trying to focus on the trees. But if I am also aware of your concerns, then I do not at all interfere. Just be aware of what is directed your attention. If something wrong or erratic, you will be immediately ready. Something is wrong! You’ll be prepared the same moment any negative feeling seep into your consciousness.
Observe all inside and around you, and when you do something is happening, look at it as if it is happening to someone else, without comment, without trial, without attitude, without interference, do not try to change it, just try to understand. As you do, you will begin to realize that the less you identify with “belonging”.
This is self-denial, self-denial, dying himself.
Some say that in this world there are only two things: God and fear; Love and fear are the only two things. There is only one evil world: fear. There is only one good in the world: love. He used to call it differently: happiness, freedom, peace, joy, God, whatever. However, etiquette is really not important. And there is no evil in the world that can not be linked with fear. Neither.
Ignorance and fear, ignorance of fear, hence comes evil, hence comes your violence. One who is truly nonviolent, who is incapable of violence, that is fearless. Only when you are afraid of becoming angry. Remember the last time you were angry. Come on! Remember the last time you were angry, and afraid to see who was behind it. What you are afraid of losing? What you are afraid that you will take away? Hence the fear. Remember some angry person, maybe someone is afraid. Can you see how this man or this woman frightened (a)? Really frightened (a), really. It is really afraid (a) because otherwise would not be angry. After all, there are only two things: love and fear.
In this retreat, I would like to stay at this kind of exposure, without a steady schedule, moving from topic to topic, and coming back to them again and again because this is the way you will really be able to understand what I’m talking about. If light does not illuminate the first time, could light up the second time, and what is unclear for one person may become apparent for another. I have a different theme, but all describe the same thing. Call it awareness, love, spirituality, freedom, or awakening, anyway. This is essentially the same thing.
Go back to itself. Watch out. That’s why I said earlier and that the self-perception of a joyful and extraordinary thing. After a while you will not longer have to try, because when the illusions begin to crumble, you begin to get acquainted with the things that can not be described. We call it luck. Everything changes and awareness becomes your habit.
There’s a story about a student who came to the teacher and said, “Can you give me some wise advice? Can you tell me something that will guide me on my path of life? “It was a day of silence teacher, so he took a sheet of paper and wrote,” Awareness. “When he saw a student, said:” It’s too short. Can you elaborate? “The teacher took it back again and written a leaflet:” Awareness, awareness, awareness. “The student said,” Okay, but what does that mean? “The teacher again took the paper and written a” Awareness, awareness , awareness – awareness means. “
This is precisely the observation itself. No one can show you how to do it, because it would have given you a technique, programmed to you. But, watch out. When talking to someone, whether you realize it or with it simply identify yourself? When you are angry at someone, whether you were aware that you get angry or you can simply equated with their anger? Later, when you have time, have you looked at your experience and whether you are trying to understand? Where does the anger come from? What caused it? I do not know any other way to awareness. You can only change what you understand. What we do not understand and are not aware of it suppress, and themselves do not change. But when you realize this, it will change.
Sometimes I am asked: “Is this growth in awareness a gradual thing, or come as a bolt from the blue?” Some lucky ones to experience such flashing. Simply become aware. Still others grow in it, slowly, little by little, more and more. They begin to perceive things. Illusions disappear, fantasy lose and come into contact with reality. There’s no general rule. It is known that story about the lion who came upon a flock of sheep and to his surprise he saw a lion among sheep. It was a lion who was fed the sheep when he was little. He gaped like a sheep and run around like sheep. Leo’s go straight to him and when he stood before him, a lion-sheep began to tremble all. Leo said, “What are you doing among these sheep?” And the sheep-lion said, “I am a sheep.” And the lion said, “No, no, you’re not sheep. Follow me. “And so he took the sheep-lion with him to the lake and told him:” Look. “And when the sheep-lion looked at his reflection in the water strongly zaurlikao, and at that moment it was changed, and never more was not the same.
If you’re lucky, and if the gods favor you, or if you are blessed with the grace of God (to use the theological term that you want), you could suddenly understand who “I”, and will never be the same, ever. Nothing you will not be able to grieve, and no one will be able to hurt you.
No one and nothing is no longer afraid. Is not it something unique? You’ll live like a king, like a queen. It’s a real royal life, and it is not nonsense when you, for example, out pictures in the newspaper, or when you have a lot of money, it is the sheer rot. No one should fear because you are perfectly satisfied with what you are “nobody”. In general you do not care for success or failure. It means nothing to you. The honor, shame, do not mean anything to you! Also it does not matter if you make a fool of himself. Is not it wonderful to be in such a state! Some people reach this goal painstakingly, step by step, applying the consciousness of themselves for months and weeks. But I promise you this: I have not met a single person that has invested time in consciousness, and that she did not notice the difference in a few weeks. The quality of their life is changed so that you no longer have to believe, because then they see, they’re different, react differently. In fact, the less reactive but more active. You see things you’ve never seen before.
You have a lot more energy, more life. People think no desire look like stumps, dead. And in fact, there would have been more tense. Get rid of your fear of failure, its tension when you succeed, and you will be who you are, you will be relaxed. More is not to drive with your foot on the brake. Just make it happen.
Tranx, the great Chinese sage gave expression to a thought that I liked so much that I had learned by heart: “When shooters will shoot a bow without thinking about a particular prize, using all her skills; you shoot to win a bronze buckle, but was nervous; when you shoot for the gold medal, blind, sees two targets, and amazed her. His skill has not changed, but his award conferred attention. He cares about the prize! More thinking about winning, but about the shooting and the need to win deprive him of power. “Is not that a picture of most people? When you do not have to live for, you own all of your skills, you will find it all your energy, relax, do not worry, it does not matter whether you win or lose.
Here’s a real, human life for you. That is life. This is accomplished only consciousness, and the consciousness will realize that glory and honor mean nothing. It’s just a social convention, and nothing else. Therefore, mystics and prophets with it are not at all bothered. There is no honor nor shame they did not mean anything. They lived in a different world, in a world awakened. Neither success nor failure are not they meant nothing. They had this attitude: “I am a fool, and you’re a fool, and then what’s the problem?”
Someone once said: “The three most difficult things for a man not physical ability, not intellectual achievements, but, first, reciprocate love to hate; Other: accept discarded; and, thirdly, to admit you’re wrong. “But they are the easiest things if you do not align yourself with” belonging “. In this case, you can say things like: “I’m wrong. That you know better you would see that I often wrong. What else could you expect from a fool’s errand? “However, if we do not identify with those of its aspects, you can not hurt me. In the beginnings of the old conditionality will again push, and you will be depressed and anxious. You will grieve, to cry, and so on. “Before enlightenment, I was depressed; After enlightenment I’m still depressed. “But there is a difference: more with it not identified. Do you know how big a difference?
Step out of yourself and observe the dumps and do not identify with her. Do not do anything that she has passed; you are perfectly ready to continue with your life while depression does not pass through the village and until it disappears. If you do not know what that means, you have nothing to look forward to. And anxiety? When it comes, you’re not worried. How strange! Depressed you. Do not worry.
Is not that a paradox? Are you ready to accept that the cloud when it comes because as soon as you fight against him, giving him more power. Are you ready to watch him go. You can be happy in their trouble. Is not that crazy? You can be happy in your depression. However, you may not have the wrong notion of happiness. Did you think happiness is excitement or elation? This is what causes depression. Did not nobody tell me? Elated you, but only prepare the ground for the next depression. Elated you, but by the time you picked up the anxiety that comes along. You wonder: “What do you take it?” It’s not luck, it’s addictive.
I wonder how many non-addicts reading this book. The average group of people there are few, very few. Do not watch the high to alcoholics and drug addicts – you may have just as much addicted as they are. When my first time in front of the eyes of a real image of this new world, I was horrified. I understand what it means to be alone when you do not have nowhere to lay his head, when all the leaves you free, and when you are free, when for no one is nothing special, and when you love all people – because this is love, warm and good and bad, given that rain fall on saints and sinners.
Can rose to say: “I will give my fragrance to good people who smell me, but I will refrain from evil”? Or, can the lamp to say, “I’ll give her light the people in this room. But I will refrain from evil people “? Or can a tree say, “I’ll give my shade to good people who rest under my crown, but I will refrain from evil”? These metaphors describe what love is.
The whole time she was here, was under our noses in Scripture, though we never tried to see her because we were so immersed in what our culture calls love with its love songs and poems – that is not love, but her opposite. This is manipulation, fear and anxiety, not love. We were told that happiness is when you have a nice tan and a cottage. Happiness is not in these things, but to me the subtle ways we make our happiness dependent on things in and around us. We speak: “I refuse to be happy until you get rid of neurosis.” I have good news for you: You can be happy right now, with neurosis. Want to hear more good news? There is only one reason you do not feel what we in India call anand – happiness, bliss. There is only one reason you do not feel the bliss of this moment, and that is to think and focus on what you do have. Otherwise you would feel bliss. You’re focusing on what you do not. But now you have everything you need for happiness.
Jesus is the uneducated, the hungry and the poor preaching common sense. He preached to them the good news, and you can preach it, or whether anyone listen? No one does not care. People prefer to sleep.
Anthony De Mello