The Jig Is Up
Spiritual awakening is occurring worldwide in unprecedented numbers. People are waking up to who they really are and the bigger picture. We’re becoming more conscious we are eternal Divine luminous beings and our lives on Earth are fantastic opportunities to grow spiritually. The more conscious you are, the more you rise above the ego with its illusions, distortions and pain. When you’re living in an unconscious state, the ego manipulates and controls you. The current chaos of the world is a perfect example of what happens when the ego is running the show. Once you awaken to what your ego is doing, it loses its power over you. Accelerating your awakening is an effective way to break free from the ego, and find lasting happiness and peace.
Your Kindness Multiples in Others
As you awaken to your true Divine nature, you stop listening to your ego. You make different choices that are more positive, not driven by fear or greed. You also confront your fears because you realize they’re deliberately placed on your path to be overcome. Finally.
You begin to find like-minded people who also want to make the world a better place. You are each doing what you can to add more kindness and compassion to the world. With this shift into a higher consciousness, you understand how a simple kind gesture can affect many people. For example, when you open the door for a stranger, it’s likely that person will then do the same thing for others. Your small act of kindness becomes multiplied into many kind actions. You create the same positive effects when you smile at someone or let the driver merge into traffic ahead of you.
Don’t Believe Your Ego’s Lies
As you grow in consciousness, you realize that living in the past or future is a clever distraction created by the ego to keep you from staying in the present moment. The present moment is where your power lies, where you create from, and really all there is.
As you slowly transcend the ego, you continue to reach higher levels of awakening and become more enlightened. It’s the path every single one of us is on and our ultimate goal. Everyone will get there eventually.
You also come to realize you are Divine Source. There’s nothing that must be ‘done’ to become the Divine Source because you already are the I Am. It’s about remembering who you truly are and allowing your Divine Nature to shine through. Your egoic mind has dirtied the lens with its misperceptions and false identities which obscures your vision. You clean the lens by removing the ego’s grimy layers of fears, distortions and lies. Then you can see more clearly and wake up.
To accelerate the awakening process, focus on mindfulness throughout your day. Am I living in the present moment or has my pissed-off mind dragged me back into the past to replay my ‘victim movie’? When I encounter someone who makes choices different than I’d make, am I reacting with an open, nonjudgmental heart or a conditioned mind with expectations of what’s ‘right’ and ‘wrong’?
Rather than being on autopilot with your ego steering the bus, make an effort to raise awareness as you go about your day. Consciously take back the steering wheel, rather than allowing your ego to deliberately drive down back alleys that trigger you into pain and struggle. This lifetime is about stepping off the ego’s crazy ride. Or do you need another lifetime(s) to stop allowing your ego to unconsciously control you? It’s fine if you do.
Live Daily as a Nonpartisan Witness
While there are ways to accelerate your spiritual awakening, similarly there are also ways to delay it. Identifying with your ego is definitely one of them. Who do you imagine yourself to be? Do you think of yourself in terms of your gender, profession or age? Maybe you identify with your characteristics or emotions, and consider yourself to be humorous, smart, upbeat or sad. Your answers will help you understand how you see yourself.
Next, let go of all these identities. All of them. You are none of the identities your ego is desperately clinging to and has convinced you that’s who you are. You’re the one having the thoughts, feeling the feelings, playing the different roles. Instead of saying, “I’m an average, middle-aged housewife,” think “I’m having a thought which is telling me that I’m an average, middle-aged housewife.”
What’s left when you release all the labels you’ve attached to your sense of self? That’s the place you want to get to as often as possible. You simply become a witness to what flows in the present moment. Being a witness, or observer, isn’t an identity but a state of being.
When you are a witness, you’re experiencing everything beyond the limitations of your ego’s beliefs and identities. That’s a very different, untainted world. That is where you’re able to feel the sense of Oneness. You know you are a part of It and It is a part of you, inseparable.
The best way to accelerate your awakening is when you’re faced with any choice, decide whether to approach it through your ego’s ‘identities’ and beliefs or in a witness state. What you’ll come to realize is that Divine Source is the one observing, feeling, walking, breathing through you. It’s not any of your ego’s false identities.
Observe like an Anthropologist
Most people have a gradual awakening process that may take months or years to accomplish. You’ll definitely get there faster if you get in the habit of being an observer rather than reacting with your ego’s ‘stuff’. When I’m sharing a meal with family or friends, sometimes I like to imagine I’m from another planet. It makes it easier to simply sit back and observe rather than get pulled in by my ego’s judgments and reactions. Ahh, what an interesting planet we live on.