Tuesday, May 29, 2012
--- John Cage
Silence is golden. We are bombarded by a constant media overload every day of our modern lives. We hear cars, trains, buses, construction, commotion. We use our telephones, our stereos, our MP3 players, our televisions. Most of us (myself included) talk too much.
As a species, we have forgotten how to listen. We have forgotten to appreciate silence.
There are many kinds of listening. For me the most important is the listening that occurs during meditation.
This is what John Cage refers to above, but it is much deeper than that.
Guro Fred taught me that the essence of us is our soul. This soul comes to us manifested (currently) in our physical body. The eternal soul has its own memory and its own mission; to eveolve and grow toward the ultimate goal of enlightenment. To do so, our soul must cleanse of all wrongdoing. We purify our soul through our diet, through our breathing, through our meditation. In meditation we go deeper into our conciousness until we reach the place where we can begin to LISTEN.
What do we hear? This voice is the voice of the soul. It will speak to you and tell you what to do. Not in the simple material sense (such as asking you to pick up a carton of milk), but in the broader, spiritual sense. The voice will tell you your life work; your mission, and how to proceed down your own path to enlightenment.
I contend that much of our unhappiness, frustration, and unease comesf rom the simple fact that we forgot how to listen to our voice. Disconnected from our soul, we feel disconnected from everything else. In this state we cannot truly relax. If we fail to listen, after we die our soul will go to sleep and start over. We lose spiritual momentum and our soul will pick up where it left off in our next incarnation.
By contrast, through meditation, breathing, diet we begin to listen again. By listening we start to change our life to be closer to the path our soul wants for us. Our unique destiny. This explains how some people feel they were "born to do something", and in doing so they reach a state of fulfillment that could not have been possible any other way. This is a happiness which most people will never reach, but which any person could have. If he/she would just LISTEN. This happiness is not a delirious, giggling happiness (not all the time, anyway). Rather, it is a sense of quiet confidence and CONTENTMENT. This is true and lasting happiness.
There is no magic formula for this. It is very simple.
Then...LISTEN. I promise you will like what you hear.