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Sep 17

Freeing the Inner – Part II

Inducing a Spiritual Awakening

A Spiritual Awakening (or Breakthrough Event) requires a certain state of mind. While many use meditation techniques to reach beyond the self, they are limited in how far they can take you. Think of the spiritual journey as leaving the near shore of your existing life to reach a distant shore. Meditation can take you beyond the near shore but the anchor still remains.Imagine what it would like to take a small rowboat to the center of a large lake. As we leave the near shore, it becomes smaller and smaller in the distance. The water becomes choppy and the wind increases in intensity. We know that we only have to row back to shore to find the comfort of the known. How would you feel if you could no longer see the shore? You would feel lost – that your life is in jeopardy – that you may not survive – that you may die! This is the state of mind that you have to bear if you want to go through a spiritual awakening. You have to be prepared to leave the near shore and not look back.

The near shore represents your life and how you experience it. The ego holds on to this life and may even crave an awakening knowing that its annihilation is the goal. If leaving your existing life behind is no great loss, then you need to make a commitment to leave the near shore until it disappears.

The method I am going describe is derived from the experience I went thru 34 years ago (see Part I). I did not knowingly use this method knowing the outcome, but used it intuitively out of desperation.

How does one let go of one’s inner world to reach the distant shore? You start by looking away from your inner life and shifting your focus externally. Since you are consciously doing this task, you may find a degree of unease in it. You have to be willing to continue regardless of discomfort. In fact, the closer you get to the Breakthrough Event, the more discomfort you will feel. It is not easy or pleasant to go through this event.

To begin, you need to be in a quiet place where you will not be interrupted for several hours. To look outward, find an object to focus on and do not break your focus until the breakthrough has taken place. You may find thoughts creeping in while maintaining your focus. You should ignore them and maintain your focus. You will need a strong determination to see this through. As time goes on, you will notice your awareness of the surroundings fade away, such that your focus on the object is all that remains. It will get intense from that point onward. Just stay with it. Whatever thoughts or feelings may emerge, you must maintain your outward focus on the object. You may feel like you are losing everything, that you are dying, but it is only the ego that is stepping aside. At the peak of intensity, the event will resolve. The resolution may include a white light that fills your vision, or just an immense sense of peace. The aftereffects of this event may include feelings of joy, bliss or connectedness to everything. It may also include cognitive insights into the nature of the universe. These are all normal occurrences.

Some of you that try to induce this event may not complete it. You may get to a certain point and find too much discomfort or find that the intensity is a bit much to take. This is also a normal response. If you are doing this as an experiment, then it is not likely you will make it to the end on the first attempt.

This Breakthrough Event requires a special motivation. You have to be willing to leave your old life behind and start on a new course. This motivation often comes from a deep dissatisfaction with one’s life and its way in the world. If you are comfortable with your life as it is, then it is unlikely you will have the motivation to proceed. Motivators can be emotions such as anger, disgust, or an attitude that “I’ve had enough and I just want to be free of my burdens”. It can be very helpful to have momentum to complete this task. A sense of urgency can help propel you so that you are willing to put up with the discomfort and intensity.

I believe that this method can be used by others to achieve the same results as I did. Do not try to force it, but if you feel ready to take the journey then make a plan and try to execute it as best as you can.

UPDATE: As I get more feedback on the usage of this method, I am finding that the breakthrough “event” that I described as happening in one event, may happen over a longer period of time. Depending on many factors, the breakthrough may be more or less traumatic, may be shorter or longer. One thing that seems consistent, is that this method starts the process of shifting one’s consciousness away from one’s inner conditioning to the freedom and liberation of pure awareness. At some point, the pull towards inner peace and silence will break the bond that ties one to their conditioning, and one will see a clear direction towards their liberation.

Warning and Cautions:

If you are under medical care for psychiatric issues,
then it is recommended that you do not attempt this method.

If you consider yourself an extrovert, then this technique is not recommended for you. If you are unsure then please refer to this Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extrovert.

You should only attempt this technique if you are comfortable with your inner life (i.e. you are an introvert or capable of introspection).

This technique will force you deal with your inner world. If this is a place you are not familiar with, then mental instability is a real concern.

USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

2 comments

  1. Laura

    Larry, I will read and see what happens. You are right about the ego, and A Course in Miracles directly addresses ego. You are right that I need some experience of being without the ego boundaries. Just, so far, hasn’t happened and it may be that my way is one of slow growth.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. Sid

    Larry,

    I knew a Catholic priest who described an onset of a spiritual experience like jumping from an airplane without a parachute.

    There is a Hindu saying:

    “There is nothing that fails like success,
    And there is nothing succeeds like failure.”

    Sid

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