Many of the Spiritual Masters compare the process of obtaining self-realization to the struggle of climbing a mountain. Anyone new to their spiritual practice may find this analogy daunting.
However, this upward journey can only be completed step-by-step, and it is certain that the limited knowledge you have now, will expand into new levels of Awareness with each step.
In short, the journey is a peaceful one once you accept that you will only have access to new wisdoms as they are needed. Right now, you have only experienced life through the Rational Mind, and it attempts to protect you by only allowing you to move forward when it is certain of the potential outcome.
For this reason, the path of self-realization then is also a Leap of Faith. Each step of this journey is a step into the Unknown. You must face the fear of uncertainty, and climb out of the place that you are so you can rise into realms of Higher Wisdom.
Accept now, that each step of this journey will deepen your Inner Wisdom enough to take the next step.
To achieve this, you must let go of all beliefs and patterns of the mind that are bound inside fear and doubt. The more you release and free the mind, more clarity of mind is awarded.
The first set of limiting mind patterns to release are all ideas associated with, “I,” “me,” and “mine.”
Such thoughts are Rational Mind trying to make sense of the fears belonging to the unheard emotions in the subconscious. Trust me, you will believe the logic that Rational Mind produces, however; it is these thoughts that veil your unlimited potential.
How to let go of Ego
> Realize that the stories of the Mind that produce emotions of anxiety, fear, doubt, depression, and overwhelm actually belong to deeply buried subconscious mental patterns.
> Begin to use your emotions as Spiritual Guides. For example, when you notice that anxiety or depression has taken you over, say to yourself, “This is not me, this is not my True Nature.”
And here is the key…
> Listen to the Story that the anxiety is telling you. What is it? That you are not good enough? Is the story that you might fail at the goal you are trying to achieve? Is the story that you will never have what you want?
Once you have noticed the Story of the Mind, it no longer has any power. You are no longer a prisoner of the Mind, you have become the Observer. And from this viewpoint, you REALIZE that YOU as the Observer are very different from IT, aka: The Story, (the subconscious.)
> Now breath. Smile. You have just entered a new realm of Being.
Because you have observed Rational Mind’s need for “I,” change the concept of “I” to IT.
For example, instead of saying, “I feel tired,” come to realize that the truth is better expressed by saying, “It feels tired.”
The problem with “I” is that it belongs to an illusion. It is born from the thought patterns buried as habits of an untrained mind. Each of these thoughts is an IT that wants something, and IT will never be the highest and Absolute version of You.
Stop saying “I” want, and realize “IT” wants.
Practicing this first Self-Realization will allow you to begin to untangle the unwanted, and limited thought patterns that hold you back from expressing yourself in your fullest potentiality. This shift offers you peace and freedom.
May you become this Peace.
Melinda Johnston, M.Msc.
Spiritual Philosopher and Coach, Intuitive Healer, Wellness Consultant