At the surface level, it appears that the problems we are currently facing, individually and collectively, are numerous, complex, and often require expensive or sophisticated solutions...if one even believes there is a solution at all. However, if we look into the very core of many of the problems, we discover the reality of the human condition; we are the problem. What we define as "problems" are self generated, for the most part, and come from a state of unconscious conditioning. The solution is to wake up...to move beyond the limitations of the conditioned ego self and into a freedom of being that liberates our hearts, minds, bodies, and breath...bringing us into a direct and personal connection to our truest nature, each other, and the source of life.
If the process of truly waking up was easy, more people would be enlightened and society would be functioning at a much higher level. People often talk the talk of transformative change and give it lip service, but how many are actually walking the walk? Some may not know there is another way to live, but many seem to have accepted the ego identity as all there is. There is no judgment of others intended...just a realization that when we don't undertake the necessary effort to wake up, our lives suffer...we're not truly present in our moments. Waking up is nothing less than a significant, life long undertaking...a reorientation of one's life. Perhaps that's why it's called the Heroes Journey, The Narrow Way, the Road Less Traveled.
While there are many paths offered to those who desire to truly wake up, the proven paths (those that actually help people wake up) share three primary and distinct levels of movement:
The first level of movement is to be present in each moment to see what is actually happening in your life...to make conscious what has been unconscious...both externally and internally...especially your thoughts, feelings, and actions. This practice exposes what the ego nature is while connecting us to reality as it is.
The next level of movement is to stay in the present moment long enough to allow fresh, life-affirming choices to come into awareness. This practice counters auto-pilot mode and helps us see that we always have options.
The third level of movement, and perhaps the most challenging, is to live and embody these new awarenesses...to actually change. While change is often unsettling, it is empowering when done in a conscious, intentional manner. This deeper level of change is what Mahatma Gandhi was encouraging in his statement "Be the change you wish to see in the world".
Victor Frankl..."Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom".
Dietrich Bonhoeffer..."There remains for us only the very narrow way, often extremely difficult to find, of living every day as if it were our last, and yet living in faith and responsibility as though there were to be a great future.”