This has been a common question, coming in on our instagram feed and one that we thought was worth a deeper elaboration and discussion.
Self realisation, is the process of transcending your mind and body or mind body. It is a simple shift of what we identify with, moving it from the ego to our very nature or conscious being. This state of being is at the heart of many spiritualist traditions and what can only be called loosely “religions”.
Buddhism, Yogic traditions, Hinduism and Taoism are all; united in the aim to lose the mind created, personal identity, in favour of starting to fully identify and inhabit consciousness itself. Importantly, this is not a concept or a way of thinking, it is a shift in our state of being.
Over time our relationship to nature and the universe itself has become lost and distorted. Humanity has moved away from the core truth of our being, to essentially create a man made illusion of what life actually is. This illusion is full of competition, comparison and the goal of separation or to be unique within even our own species, let alone within the ecosystem of the universe.
This contrived illusion, seems to require a complete mind created identity that is separate from who we actually are. It is driven by labels, status, our wants, a huge list of preferences, opinions that we come to believe are who we are and a separation and individualism. We all want to be somebody, seemingly without realising that we are actually all one organism. This places us in competition with ourselves.
This is not nature, it is a scary and deep manifestation of ego. It essentially means that we have forgotten who we are and lost our way, hence our anxiety, overthinking and inherent need to be “somebody”, rather than to co-operate and love each other, working together for the good of the whole planet.
On changing our focus toward a new state of being, that of the truth and self realisation and on finally achieving it, we realise not only who we are but that the old state was a conditioned mistake in human evolution. Importantly, this is not thinking or an opinion though, it is our being, our whole self and the source of everything. Our connection then becomes incredibly clear and our purpose is transparent. At that point we have a deeper insight into life and see each moment in the mind/body, as precious. Importantly, we also lose our fears completely, even the fear of death. This means we are unable to be touched and affected by the outside world in any way at all. Wow, this is now true freedom!
Once this state is realised, the world changes and our insights become deeper and stronger. Once fear is gone and context is clear, the rest is simply a game to be played or not to be played, whichever you may choose.
Goals and wants, cease to be the attachment that they once were. They no longer offer false purpose and no longer need to be endlessly chased for a fix of fleeting happiness. We are now happy in our state of being and nothing can change that. Anything we do can now bring ultimate joy.
Deep experience is the purpose of life and all experiences “good” or “bad”, without those labels can be rich and fulfilling. When simply seen as variations on the beautiful adventure of life, we can enjoy them all as bringing richness and fulfilment. Without contrast there is no sensation at all, therefore we must experience both happiness and sadness, elation and fear, in order to see the full range of our own capability to feel.
Once in this state your goals will become far easier to achieve. The attachment to them has gone and you have realised that it’s the journey that matters, not the destination. Without fear and attachment, you are at a huge advantage in the human illusion of life. That said “goals” suggest chasing an outcome, which simply wastes precious moments that become a means to an end. A form of endless waiting to be somewhere other than where you are.
In the final state of self realisation, we chase nothing and treat each and every moment as an opportunity to become fulfilled and to have the deepest joy. Whilst goals and achievements are often a form of seeking separation and a method of trying to “become somebody”, they can also be a wonderful inclusive journey that is both rich and fulfilling. Clearly however, not all journeys and goals exclude the aim of separation, so on self realising, maybe the content of your goals will change. What will certainly be true is that you are not deeply attached or concerned with the outcome but will be deeply focussed on the quality of experience in the journey. It really doesn’t matter where you get to because you become whole and happy in every single moment.
Life is beautiful. An unpredictable adventure. The human illusion would have us believe that we need to be, do and become things in order to succeed at life. What we are is actually the truth of that purpose and success. Finding it and becoming it with all of our being brings a deeper richness than we could ever think possible. The goals and achievements, excluding those that bring or aim at separation, can simply be a wonderful part of the game.