Our lives are defined and cultivated by how present to, interactive and expressive we are with them. The nature of our consciousness is the exact manifestation of our experience. Yet, before we may be able to reap the benefits that awareness brings, we must first wake up to all of which we are not cognizant. We must be willing to identify with all that we don’t know. In fact, we need to reveal all that we don’t know we don’t know about our lives and ourselves. We must transcend the imposition of contemporary reality and our conditioned selves to accept, embrace and live our truth.
This requires radical, unconventional thinking and instincts. It also necessitates an enlightened emotional and intuitive way of being. It isn’t for us to simply wake up, discover and contemplate the war, chaos, drama, injustice, competition and violence in the world. There is little if anything we can do about this. It is for us to acknowledge, manage and transform these characteristics within each of us that contribute to these common maladies, diseases and atrocities rampant in our society. None of these things existed until the human race outsmarted itself with its own “intelligence.”
One of the most potent and destructive vicious cycles ever invented by humanity is its relentless tendency to expand its intelligence at the cost of its consciousness. Our ordinary, two-dimensional life sentence of self-righteousness, condemnation, proving our intelligence, belief, wisdom and importance are all just expressions of our living slumber. In the presence of awareness, compassion, kindness, cooperation and love, none of these things matter. They are only traps of the mind that lead us to our self-induced prison.
Once we have chosen to wake up from the dream of reality, it is our human destiny to kindle the fire of our consciousness. How we tend it and who we are being expresses the quality and fruition of our life. We need to acknowledge and understand that being “awake” requires a true and continual intention to relate with and expand our consciousness. Our awakening isn’t an event at one point in our lives. It is a frequent, multi-dimensional experience that constantly inspires and empowers us beyond the limits of our social conditioning and fear.
One of the greatest obstacles and distractions on our path toward awakening is our ego. Its militant aspects relentlessly seek to take the spotlight from our soul. It captures us in its elaborate tapestry of thought, perception, analysis, judgment and narcissism. Yet, its intention is not one of supremacy or maliciousness. It is simply exercising its nature in the only way it can. It becomes dominant when we allow it to be an unbridled force of havoc and harm. Without appropriate observation and regulation, it becomes a multi-faceted personal weapon.
In our pursuit of comfort, security and escape from reality, we allow ourselves to become idle, complacent and ordinary. We commit the ultimate self-crime by giving our personal power away and allowing society’s artificial authority and conditioning to lull us to sleep. Life is not defined by our material successes, possessions or footprint. It is lived in our awareness, willingness and purpose. Anything that lives is always in a state of movement. The power of our life is equivalent to the measure of its expression. So it is with our awakening. Our awareness is ever progressing and expanding with our intention, commitment, empowerment and love.
There are many times in our lives when a door of opportunity is opened before us. Yet, rarely do we see it. When we do, we psych ourselves out using a number of reasons, excuses, obligations and fears. These are the possibilities that create the life we have always yearned to live. Though they may seem bold, outlandish, far-fetched and terrifying, they are glimpses of the extraordinary in a reality steeped in the ordinary. Our opportunities are frightening because they present themselves only to us for our experience. It simply requires us to choose, to live and to be them. This is how we express our power.
As human beings, we rarely, if ever, rise to the occasion of our destiny. Many of us don’t know our true purpose in life. We are forced through a process of education, indoctrination, conditioning, parental and authoritative guidance/discipline and constant peer pressure. These influences keep us in a continuous state of anxiety, bewilderment and fear. We become the effect of an elusive and hidden cause. One we witness many chasing yet only few achieving. We are lost in the maze of reality’s distractions till we are inevitably severed from ourselves.
Every moment we live is an opportunity to be in the present. This is not merely a religious, dogmatic or spiritual principle. It is our only possibility to be the fullest expression of our being. Any other way of living is a distraction from this simple yet insightful revelation. The sooner we acknowledge, accept and apply who we are to how and why we live, the sooner we will fulfill on our destiny and become whom we were born to be.
Most of us live our lives in the wake of our reactionary instincts, thoughts and the drama of our unconscious emotions. This takes us out of the present moment and separates us from our consciousness. Few are aware of the severity this inner violence has upon us and how it devastates the evolution of our lives. Who, why and how we are being in our life inspires our awakening. Our frequency of being is the avenue for our heart and soul’s expression. Its energetic signature and regularity deepens and expands our vision, truth, intention, creativity, relatedness and love.
There is no textbook, course, lecture, seminar, retreat, guru, shaman, preacher, teacher, friend or family member that can guide us to or establish our personal truth. Our truth is not offered best with our overconfidence, over-zealousness, self-righteousness, arrogance and competitiveness. In its truest nature, it is rarely spoken. It is best shared silently within us for the purpose of personal acceptance, growth and transformation. Our truth is the one thing our communities and the world needs most. Only when it becomes our way of being will it reach its fullest potential.
From the moment we are born we have millions of opportunities to wake from our reality, awaken from our perceptions and judgments, rise above our limitations and fears and establish our personal truth. For most, the expression and frequency of being in life is optional. This is the slavery of our soul. It is not some external person or elusive force that prevents us from being. It is we and we alone. There is no one else who can lead us. There is no one else who can free us. Every moment is our opportunity to free our souls. Every moment is our opportunity to be.