Thursday, January 31, 2013

Why be Special...When You Can Be Yourself

A couple of years ago, I went to Satsang with a teacher called Mooji. I had a specific question I wanted to ask about a woman's ability to become a spiritual master. My belief was a woman could be a devotee, mystic, even spiritually awakened, but a That's a job for the boys.

It took me two hours to get to ask my question and when I finally did, I was amazed at Mooji's response. He totally understood where my question was coming from and he spoke about the desire to be a Master. The title of this post is one of the most profound things he said to me. So, being myself is something I am now committed to.

What does it mean to be 'yourself?' It means to be completely natural. To live in the present and to self-express your feelings in each moment. The latter is a challenge for human beings because, for the most part, we hide behind bromides and platitudes like 'I'm fine.' But being natural and authentic demands that we be honest about our feelings at every moment, and honest about relations with ourselves and others actually transpire. This is the way of the Tao — effortless action.

My spiritual journey has moved from a time when I put so much effort into studying and practicing Mahayana Buddhism to now and a practice I qualify as being completely effortless. Every morning, I undertake a spiritual practice, not because of the amount of effort it requires or because I feel I have to do it to sustain a state of peace, calm, or bliss, but because I enjoy it.

The mornings that I don't do it, I acknowledge that I didn't do it and I am straight with myself about why — I don't hide behind excuses, reasons or  explanations. To be authentic and natural, it is vital that consciousness is always in the present. Past and future do not exist. The past was once the present and the future will one day be the present so all there is the present — THE NOW. With naturalness, with nothing forced, a state of enlightenment will reveal itself in the way it is meant to...naturally and effortlessly.

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