There's something deeper meant to come out of your heart in this life. What is it?
As humans we shift into and out of illusion and reality. We have the power to create, to imagine, and to make believe.
As much as we delight in the fantasy-lands of the mind, we also crave knowledge. Hard facts. Deep understanding. Truth.
These seemingly different realms are very much entangled. They are both defining features of human identity.
There is an aggressive pathway to creative expression as well as knowledge—the one where the “small self’s” quest for praise, validation, and power is dragged into the quest to create or to understand. Then there is another path, where recognition and acceptance of an ever-present, non-personal power eliminates the need for external validation and orients the soul to its purpose. Meditation helps us to see the difference.
Then there is another path, where recognition and acceptance of an ever-present, non-personal power eliminates the need for external validation and orients the soul to its purpose.
I say this not to create categories for positive and negative judgment. I simply am pointing out that there is a difference in the paths. Don’t overthink this and “try” to get on one path or the other—simply continue in your commitment to observe. You might catch yourself veering toward attachments and then it’s your choice whether you keep going or change direction.
What is your project?
Meditation can support the development of skills that empower us in our explorations of expression and truth. Open, genuine contemplations and inquiries create a pattern shift into wakefulness.
To what would you want to bring wakefulness? Do you play music? Are you an artist? An athlete? A caregiver? A student? A politician? What area of your work would you be interested in bringing wisdom to?
To what would you want to bring wakefulness?
What are you creating, what do you want to know, and what inside you do you desperately want to express that seems inexpressible?
There is a way to bring light and form to your confined expression. The following are just a few touchstones for moving and expressing wakefulness.
Don’t expect perfection. Don’t expect anything at all.
As you proceed in your meditation practice and your project, take notes along the way. Map your findings. Learn the many languages of the soul. Don’t be afraid to talk about it, but don’t feel pressured to either. We can be informed by one another's journeys.
Then revisit. Revise. Return to the practice. Let the insights brought on by inquiry inform your actions—let the practice bring depth and luminosity to your creative expressions and intelligence and structure to your projects.
If you have not yet been united with your purpose, or if you have lost touch, consider that you may now be closer than before, and remember that becoming disconnected creates a beautiful opportunity to reconnect in a profound way.
Begin the Journey of the Self. 21 days of meditation and inquiry.