It is much the same with our lives once we realize the immensity of the power that we control. Even though we may not be aware of this power or our ability to direct it consciously, this is something that we can learn as we increase our awareness.
Waking Up is All About Being Aware
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes.”
It’s hard to believe that we have been hypnotized into seeing a world that does not even exist where we feel and act like pawns in a game where we have no control. Just being told this is not merely enough because it seems so natural.
This is something that we must prove to ourselves or we will never accept it.
Awareness is all about keeping things simple: it is recognizing what true is true, and what false is false.
Although this sounds quite simplistic it is the key to our freedom. When lost in a world of complexity where very few things make sense, it is extremely difficult to see beyond the distractions to the simple truth.
A decision must be made by our willingness to put our current beliefs on hold in order to make room for a more enlightened view of things. Of course, resistance is to be expected since we have learned to cherish our idols.
Our idols are illusions of what we think will make us happy. They are similar to the toys we played with when we were young and gave them powers that they really didn’t have.
What we really fear is waking up and facing the truth. When a person has been imprisoned for many years the uncertainty of freedom becomes more fearful than staying put with the familiar.
Or a person who has been in a cave for years, and then suddenly experiences the light. It does take a while to adjust.
“One day, as he slept in a cave, he dreamed that he saw his own body sleeping. He came out of the cave on the night of a new moon. The sky was clear, and he could see millions of stars. Then something happened inside of him that transformed his life forever. He looked at his hands, he felt his body, and he heard his own voice say. “I am made of light, I am made of stars.”
He looked at the stars again, and he realized that it’s not the stars that create the light, but rather the light that creates the stars. “Everything is made of light,” he said, “and the space in-between isn’t empty.” And he knew that everything that exists is one living being, and that light is the messenger of life, because it is alive and contains all information. (xvi)”
“The Four Agreements”
Beyond the Fear of Waking Up
When we are used to doing things a certain way it is scary to make changes. We much rather stay within the “safe” confines of our comfort zone than risk things getting worse. The ironic part of this is that it is not very safe at all because it contributes to our pain and suffering.
We have been brainwashed over the years to believe excellence, mastery, and ingenuity do not require much effort; they will just take care of themselves. This leads to quitting and abandoning our dreams and goals when things get a bit tough.
We figure we must be on the wrong road instead of making a few adjustments and having some patience.
This has resulted in a culture that lacks commitment, doesn’t keep promises, and is ready to bail out with the first sign of difficulty.
Instead, we must recognize that challenges are good for providing us with opportunities to create alternative paths and strengthen our resolve. Success is all about who we become as a result of achieving an objective rather than the temporary elation of getting what we want.
When we are ready to experience the very edge of our assumed limits, we then have displayed the devotion necessary to expand as individuals. The uncomfortableness of the journey of discovering our special talents and abilities becomes a source of ultimate satisfaction.
Knowing that we have done our best and seeing the results of our endeavors is one of the most satisfying things that we can experience. We must stretch ourselves past any assumed limitations and doubt. This is the type of dedication that is oh so lacking in our modern world.
It is up to us to become the role models most desperately needed today.
A Few Simple Steps to Take Along the Way
- Take an honest inventory of strengths and weaknesses
- Practice being more present by observing our surroundings more consciously and by simply asking ourselves whenever we remember to do so, “Am I present now?”.
- Record any uncomfortable thoughts and/or feelings as these will lead to the awareness of the underlying beliefs responsible for those thoughts and feelings.
- Accept that we are responsible for all that occurs and that we have the power to make constructive change.
- Be compassionate with ourselves and others in this awakening process.
It takes a bit of effort and persistence to break the inertia of being stuck in our old ways of thinking and doing things in order to awaken our brilliance and be aware of all the opportunities that already exist.
Waking Up and Being Fine Tuned
“Do not live as if you have ten thousand years left. Your fate hangs over you. While you are still living, while you still exist on this Earth, strive to become a genuinely great person.”
There’s no better time than now to break free from old patterns of mediocrity in all areas of our lives. We do this by waking up to who we truly are and not accepting less.
Let’s tune into ourselves and discover the power and ability to make constructive change that has been always there but ignored by our lack of awareness. As we awaken we see for ourselves the magnificent beings that we truly are.
Becoming heroic is not easy, but it is much preferable than being stuck in ordinary and neglecting our potential for greatness.
Our largest opportunity exists where our most pain and discomfort lie. We need to go where the most resistance shows up as this is where we can expand and grow the most.
Let’s journey toward our great possibilities and gain the freedom we truly deserve. When we embrace our greatest qualities we extend beyond our imagined limits and create in ways that we never dreamed possible.
We reclaim our power by embracing our fears to such an extent that we are able to experience their innate “nothingness”. At that point there is no pretending; we “know” that we are free. By tuning into our “Real Selves” we have reclaimed the awe and innocence of our childhood.
Peace & Love within the Light,