Sunday, October 30, 2016

Awakening Continued


As I reflect on the past couple weeks it is becoming more clear to me what my purpose here should be.  I sit down each day and start writing and become intrigued by the words that are coming out, not because they impress me, but because the words are helping to push me forward in my own understanding each day.

I have decided to take two paths over the next few weeks to create a better understanding for the two premises that I identified in the previous article: the first will be to share my 12 step program to better mental health through reflection and critical thinking, and the other will use philosophy and questions which will help to expand our minds.  Both are paths to better mental health and both need to be traveled to find different answers.

A few years ago I wrote hundreds of thousands of words on the concept of 'awakening' and during this time I learned a lot.  I also learned that my earlier writings were searching for answers while my later ones began to find some.  I certainly don't make like of the concept of awakening as it is something I believe we are all suffering through together.  I say 'suffering' because it is a long and arduous process.

We will hear about 'spiritual awakening' as well.  I believe that we can define the awakening process however we like but it all amounts to the same questions and answers in the end.  Some will assume the concept of creation while others assume randomness.  I have chosen a side in this argument but I will not share that for the time being in the hopes that I will be able to write more objectively without a personal assumption.

Awakening can only happen from within, not without.  Because it can only happen within, this means that it only deals with the 'self'.  The self is the part where the confusion begins.  Our inner self has been referred to as the soul, the spirit, and the inner being.  It is simply the essence of who we truly are, but where it comes from is a discussion too great to be shared in a few short words.  I just assume that there is something inside of us that we don't truly understand, but we want to.

The more we understand ourselves, the more we understand the world around us.  The more we understand ourselves, the more we awaken to a higher form of consciousness.  You may hear others say that they are 'wide awake' or already awakened, I am here to tell you that they are not, yet.  When we are truly awake we have become enlightened.  This term applies to prophets from our past and we hear the term most often used when people are talking about the Buddha.  If you believe you are enlightened then you must believe you are like the Buddha.

Some will attain this in our world, but for now I can only find others who are more enlightened than the average population, because if there were a truly enlightened human on the planet, we would have heard about it by now.  It is hard to hide something like that in this new age world on the internet.

My point to this article is to explain that the answers are found within, just like with mental health issues.  I am not saying that there is not help outside of ourselves, I am simply saying that the answers to our own inner conflicts can only be found in our 'self'.  That is why we use terms like self-reflection, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-worth and so on.  Change the word self to soul and see how that makes you feel. They are the same thing to me.

Nurture your self as you would nurture your soul or spirit.  This is the main rule you will want to follow during your awakening.  Read good information and find helpful ways to do this but remember that we are all on a separate journey and your 'self' is yours alone.  Your journey is yours alone.  It does not mean that we can not travel together at times but if you want to feel your awakening, make it yours.

Ask questions, find answers and expand your mind.  These things will help you find a better state of mental health, and if you work hard enough at it, you may attain enlightenment yourself some day.  I know I am looking forward to it.

Smile and be happy today!

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