03 Mar Shining the Light on Darkness
ast week we talked about pulling ourselves out of dark places by gaining control of our thoughts and quietening the mind.
I left you with a picture from my book, “The Spiritual Dimension”, where Fred, the main character of the book, was sitting in the laboratory of his own mind, investigating and examining or watching his thoughts.
This is a good exercise because it helps us to recognise that we are the awareness behind the thoughts, the conductor behind the whole of the ‘HUMAN BEING’ operation.
It is a great practice to write your thoughts down on paper or to just watch them like an outside observer watches a movie -and something I usually ask of all my clients initially, because sometimes it reveals a pattern of thought and a trigger to the more dark or anxious thoughts. However don’t get too bogged down in all the specifics of what is happening within your thoughts and further, don’t try to make sense of this dark place. As I heard, a spiritual teacher once says: “you can get a PHD in the darkness but it won’t take you one single step closer to the light.”
What is important is to “not get scared of it”-
It only has the power you give it.
Accept what is happening.
Watch what is happening.
And most of all put SPACE into what is happening.
You know sometimes in our more affluent and developed nations- manifesting something that will assist you to make steps toward transcending your form is very difficult. What I mean is, enlightenment or spiritual growth comes from suffering, [Of course as The Buddha tells us, “until we don’t need to.”] Now suffering can result from some effect on our physical being like starvation, physical pain or limitation, or even by being forced to bear the elements by being homeless etc.
However in a more affluent society starvation or homelessness is not likely to be something you will experience and with our advanced medications and medical developments, pain and limitation is also not high on the probability charts.
However, information overload and overthinking – well that’s right up there in our society- so an attack on our mental wellbeing- well that’s easily manifested and:
it might just provide the SUFFERING we need to lead us toward our awakening.