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One of the deep questions that drive our practice in our Yogic Mystery School is whether our inner life is about being in control of ourselves or being in a relationship with the divine.
At first, the answer might be a “both-and.” However, to penetrate into the deep levels of consciousness, a much more involved understanding is required. This deeper understanding is that basis for our Spiritual Makeover and The Secret Life.
In our first free webinar for the year 2020, scheduled for May 16, we will explore this understanding together. In the meantime, I invite you to think deeply about your own practice in the context of such questions.
For example, is being able to be still, quiet within, and skillful in meditation practice satisfy the deep longings of our soul. Is this what our inner life is about?
These are challenging times. And these are challenging questions. If we can ask these questions in the present circumstances, and if the spiritual awakening that results from it can help us carve hope and elevated consciousness at this time, we have succeeded.
Our inner life is often subservient to what is happening in our outer lives. Whatever is happening in our relationships, our careers, our finances, our health affects our inner life as well. When things are going great in our outer life, praying, meditating, or doing spiritual practice can unfailingly take us on a spiritual high. How do we create meaningful inner conditions that foster an enriched consciousness when things are bleak in the world or in our own lives?
Similarly, when we have good reason to feel bad internally, for instance, when a core relationship is going sour, our inner life is beset with all sorts of harmful content. Anger, resentment, jealously, even hatred can be the regular forecast for our emotional weather. Does calming it down using skillful meditation techniques actually change our core identity at this time?
Or take the scenario when there are difficulties in our work spot, or we receive bad news about our health. The mind becomes extremely busy with strategic exercises in how to solve these situations. Our meditation practice might help us look away or look through the flurry of thoughts to find or create space for some much needed temporary respite. But is this what being in a relationship with the divine is about?
In the conditions generated by the current pandemic and economy, our inner life is affected by all sorts of negative thoughts and projections. Some of these are our own, a good many incited by the news and opinions of others.
Five years down the road, we are going to feel different. But how about now? What are we doing at this time to feel different, be different? Is it about control or the relinquishment of control? Is it about a relationship with the divine or the unconscious abandonment of that relationship?