One of the greatest not-so-secret secrets of the spiritual path is this: let go. Just let go.
Most of our minds are trained to be these complex structures, and subsequently, our complex ego-minds want a complex path to spiritual awakening. We’ve thought up all kinds of tools and techniques from breathwork to meditation to chanting and so forth. And these are all beautiful things to do, ways to connect with people, and spiritual practices to pass the time. But they don’t have anything to do with awakening.
Sure, awakening can come during the times that you do those things, but it doesn’t have to. Awakening comes because at some point in time, you fully let go. You let go of all the things that you thought you are and all the things you’re trying to do. You come to this effervescent, shining sense of okay-ness with yourself, and you wake up. (You might also like: Encountering Ego’s Death)
Spiritual Awakening Can’t Be That Easy
And why not? Why does awakening have to be hard? I can tell you in my own life that in all the ways that things have been hard, I’ve been holding on to some idea of how I should be living my life. In trying to cram the expansiveness of my life into a small idea, I’ve been miserable. In all the ways, that I try to pretend that I’m not “fully awakened” yet and attempt to act in ways that don’t support who I am, I’m simply crushed and defeated. Spiritual awakening is about fully letting go into this present moment. No retreat or spiritual practice actually gets you there. There’s no process to go through at all. I’m sure that last line seems ironic given the name of this website. But the truth remains. You wake up in the singular moment when you let go of all resistance.
So What’s the Spiritual Process About?
The spiritual awakening process is about how long it takes before you fully let go. It can also be a way of managing the ego-driven reality of your life for the short term until you can manifest a way of living that aligns with your deepest self. With that said, the process should be temporary at best and often un-needed. A process for awakening is usually manifested to make the remnants of a despondent ego-mind feel better about itself and feel like it has some measure of control over life. Of course, if you’ve awakened, you know that you ultimately have no control over anything. Control is an illusion. You don’t even control your body. If some neural pathways go dead in your head, try to lift your arm. Whoops. Can’t do that anymore. So much for the idea that you even control your body.Read More