how we perceive ...
There came a time when the realization hit me that perhaps everything I currently believe in intellectually/emotionally/Spiritually, everything I feel, all that I've learned and adopted, how I "work" and function on basic levels ... every facet of who I think "I Am", came from an outside source. That's quite a big box to unload and one that I knew would take time unpacking, depending on how dedicated to those box/es I stay. I say boxes because once I started digging, I found, and still find, smaller boxes within boxes.
I've since came across several pieces of information that suggests approximately 3% of the mind consists of pure Consciousness. The rest of the mind is made up of UN-consciousness - the things we think and do that we're not aware of, nor in control of. I like a good challenge and want to experience life in complete awareness. Instead of letting the mind dictate my life, I started using my mind as a tool of sorts, that is directed and controlled by the Consciousness. This practice is what is known as the difference of being "asleep" and the process of "Waking Up". Aware, ascended. Aware ... fully aware and awake of one's self. This is all it is. We either live with the mind controlling us, or we take control and start living in a way that is outside the norm. In fact, once realization is fully experienced, once the veil is removed, it's almost impossible to fully go back to sleep.
Up until these recent years, I've taken great strides to create and experience my own belief systems. These are the ones where I've done my own searching and seeking and have taken these truths within me, put them into practice and made them mine. I'll admit these are usually things that run against the conditioning I was indoctrinated into, either purposefully, but most often than not by ignorance. The blind leading the blind. Conditioned people, conditioned me and in turn, I conditioned others.
Imagine what the experience would be like to take all your beliefs about life (and yourself), including the meaning of it, and turn it upside down as if all of it was false? Every bit of it, including the beliefs you've taught yourself through the years. Even those can't be trusted at this point because your beliefs you created may be rooted, or stem from another belief system that conditioned you into this "new" one. See how twisted that gets? ... it happens quickly too.
SO - I dumped it...and it's an important practice on my path because it's never ending. Over the years, I've let go of some heavy hitters in my conditioning. How I relate to people based on what I learned. How I see society based on what I've been told. I let go of the concept of GOD, because I was "told" there is one, without ever experiencing my Spirituality for myself, without experiencing god for myself. This became my number one focus because I already come with the understanding its about mind, body and Spirit. I can grasp the mind, because I experience controlling it daily ... I understand the body because well, that's what I DO for a living, but the Spirit? How does one grasp the Spirit? One can't control the Spirit, or physically touch it, like the body. It's difficult to deal with since it's seemingly invisible (or is it?). How do I go about knowing my Spirit?
There are a gazillion ways to go about this trek. Books, classes, meditations, prayers, daily practices, groups, etc. - but the way to know the Spirit is to always go "IN". Inward, always inward. Go in blind and go in brave.
... because when it comes to Perception, true perception lies in the hidden secrets of the Consciousness. As we travel the narrow road of the consciousness, we start to acknowledge and find the higher truths. These truths will burn through anything we've ever been taught and told from an outside source. Perception then starts to change frequency and the mind starts to expand. The spark of the Consciousness starts to take over the conditioning.
I'll share this with all of you, once you come across a Universal Truth of Creation - YOU WILL KNOW IT. There will be no doubt, and you may want to be sitting down for it when those truths hit you, because most likely, its going to be all about you and you'll need a thick skin to handle looking at yourself from this higher "perspective" - but this is where it HAS to start. We can't fix whats "out there", until we correct what is "in here"...
The body is a projection and emanates (like a prism) our state of inner-wellbeing based on what is going on in our minds. No matter what state the body is in, the things we do with it and TO it, is a reflection of what is happening within our minds at any given time.
Should we be living in a conscious way ... intentional and fully awake, we experience a healthy body, a relatively pain free body; a body that's working correctly without medication needed to control something. I'm not talking about needed medications due to health issues out of our control, or injuries, etc., I'm talking about the overall health of the body.
Trust me when I say this, it all starts with the health and balance of the mind. We have 2 choices here ... we either allow our multiple egos to control it - born from our conditioning, often times multiple lives of conditioning, OR, we take control and allow that 3% (suggested percentage) or so of our awakened mind, our Consciousness, come to the forefront and start to cleanse away the layers upon layers of untruths. Some call this the Christ mind, the Buddha mind, the "enlightened" mind, a state of being achieved once we reach that point of living Consciousness. No longer conditioned, no longer living by questioning ourselves, no longer suffering or struggling. Once all "matter" is cleansed from our lens', we experience correct Perception. And that's pure GOLD when that happens. That takes alchemy, but doable - it's a must really.
Approximately 7.8 Billion people need to wake up. That's amazing to me. Seems like such a big task, a deep task, a monumental TASK. Then I remember my job is just one of those people ... me. I AM my task. I'll do my work so that I can assist others. This is just part of my Legacy here ... but it's a good one and one I'm more than happy to do. But it starts with me, every single time.
It's going to start with you as well. I trust if you're reading this, came across this somehow and somewhere, it's a calling to you. A deep and direct call. I don't believe in coincidence - due to my own experiences of coming across writings such as this and it hits me in a way that I needed to hear.
So if you're reading this right now - congratulations! This message is yours should you decide to claim it.
Until next time ~ Be Well and Stay Well
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Tiffany comes from a long line of Spiritual experience and Truth seeking. Here, she shares some of her favorite topics for contemplation.