Friday, January 13, 2017
The Path To 'Self': The Path To Peace
Hard times in life can cause much pain, but they also force us into a self-reflective state. The great 'ego awakening' that is occurring in the world is happening, and this evolutionary upgrade is forcing everyone into self-reflection whether we like it or not. Self-reflection is the path to our inner self, but our ego will resist at every corner.
After a time of personal self-reflection my personal goals have shifted into a more forward way of thinking once again. I have been hoping to help others with mental health issues in the same way that society is. I am learning that although counseling, therapy, medications and other medical help is easing the suffering of many, it is still just a 'band-aid' solution, and the system just keeps looking for more bandages instead of going to the source of the issues.
Just like when a part stops working on your car it must be fixed in order to have it operating in an optimal state. Problems in our minds need to be repaired in the same way. We cannot simply work backwards in the hopes that we will find the source, and hope that by doing so that we have fixed the problem. We can use psychotherapy and other forms of therapy to find the sources of our mental issues, but the problem still needs to be fixed. And the problems are all in the same place, no matter who you are!
All of our problems stem from the same place, our 'self'. Every problem we have is based within our perception and not with the perceived problem itself. The only way to stop the mental health epidemic we are faced with right now is to fix the source of it all. If we begin to find ways to fix our 'self' then everything else will fall into place.
I had a discussion/argument with a narcissist once about how to truly help people fix their inner issues. I was faced with the argument that we need to appear to be on the outside, who we want to be on the inside and therefore the only way to help someone improve their state of being is to work from the outside in. This was a profound discovery for me because I had learned how completely messed up a person's way of thinking can be, and these people are thriving in our dysfunctional society.
The only way to help someone in this way is to start with their 'self', because without that, we are nothing. Anyone who wants to be a better human has only one starting point, but getting in touch with our inner self is certainly not an easy task, especially when there are so many distractions around us at all times.
For years I have been researching philosophy and religions in the hopes that I would find some words or a simple premise to truly believe in. Most of the philosophies I have studied are quite sound but the religions I have read all have similar issues at their base. Any religion that is based in the betterment of human existence and wellness, I hope it will thrive in this new world. If it based in power and control of their followers I wish them no harm, but I do know that those ones will fall apart on their own. Karma has a way of doing that.
I have decided that I will move forward with the words of someone I believe to be one of the only truly enlightened beings on our planet at this time, Mr. Eckhart Tolle. Through enlightenment and becoming completely awake, he has shared his path and journey to his greater understanding. If you have every read his books you can easily see that the words come from an enlightened individual.
Many people have a hard time understanding his books because they have never been where he is now. You first need to find your 'self' and be at peace with your own being before the words he shares will truly make sense. If you are looking for your path to peace, the understanding of his words will certainly help you find your way.
If you are someone who is experiencing the awakening process and need a little help on your journey, Eckhart's books will literally speak to your conscious mind and show you the way. If you are someone who is saying to yourself, 'I am already completely awake', that is your ego speaking and it loves to play games of illusion because that is all it has. Tell it to be quiet because you are not fully awake at this time, I guarantee it. If you were, your inner self would already be at peace and your ego would not be able to keep creeping into your thoughts.
Remember that you are not the 'thinker', you are the stillness that is watching the thinker. This statement alone will awaken something within you right now that you may not recognize, but this is the self you are searching for.
As I am finding my own peace once again I can feel enlightenment right in front me, just out of reach. I am re-reading Eckhart Tolle's books currently for the 'umpteenth' time in order to knock down my last couple of barriers. I plan to blog about this as much as possible over the next few weeks to sort out some of the words I am reading. Some of the explanations and words in his books can be difficult to understand for many, which I have learned from being part of a few discussion groups on Facebook. I will share his words in a more simplistic way so that we can all better understand what he is trying to say.
I will not attempt to call Eckhart Tolle a 'prophet' at this point, but he is one of the closest people we have on Earth right now that would fit the definition. His words are extremely important and need to be shared with all those who are trying to awaken to a better world.
The faster people awaken, the better the human race will become. Many will be consumed by their egos and we can already see who those people are. This is going to be a difficult journey for us all but I do believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. Those who are recognizing ego in others are the 'awakened ones', while those who are consumed by their egos will continue to prey on the weak.
Just know that the only journey for you at this point is to awaken and find your 'self'. When you find this you will finally know what peace is. Once you find peace and can learn to exist in the present moment, whatever happens simply happens at that point. Worry and anxiety disappear and your best 'self' will be ready to handle anything that is thrown at it.
Have a peaceful and glorious day!