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From the Committee: ‘We encourage broad participation in this survey by all friends of the SOINA and friends of the Abode of the Message, regardless of whether or or not you are a mureed or what continent you reside on. Thank you!
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LIGHT MIND – DARK MIND
Journey To The Abode Of Light
By JP Wajid Gallien 2015
This new book offers an in-depth look at the fabric of the veil concealing the countenance of the Divine Presence.
A guided journey to create the inner Temple in order to discover stages of our awakening.
An exploration of the causes of our inner conflict through understanding of the Light Mind, Dark Mind internal conversation.
For more information Visit – onemindmeditatio.webs.com
To those not Enlightened, “enlightenment” is a theory.
To those who are Enlightened, the real nature of their condition is essentially indescribable, because thought and language cannot encompass True Nature. True Nature can only be known by means of Itself, not by comparison with things in space and time.
Spirituality is not a certain knowledge, spirituality is the expansion of consciousness. The wider the consciousness expands the greater is one’s spiritual vision. And when once the consciousness expands so much that it embraces the whole universe, it is that which is called ‘divine perfection.’
Having said that, I’ll pretend I know and can say something meaningful… or at least entertaining.
In a sense, there is no “path to Enlightenment” because Enlightenment is un=caused. It’s an action of pure Grace, and Grace is, by nature, gratuitous.
So there is no set of steps and there are no guarantees. I know many people who are very adept at certain practices and can get into some genuinely exalted states of consciousness — but they’re not really “awake” because they still believe certain stories about themselves and life, and they haven’t become fearless and aren’t living from a certain passion that is observable in those beings who are Awakened.
But we still have to hoist our own sail to catch the wind that blows toward the Farther Shore, or we get nowhere. Good intentions are necessary but not, of themselves, sufficient; you must, in fact, BE doing what you THINK you are doing.
“Hoisting our sail” is dedicating ourselves to the daily spiritual practice that tunes our being and awareness ever-more-finely, which increases our power (especially our will-power) and our light, and which frees us bit-by-bit from that which does not properly belong to us — the stuff put there by our parents, by our school system, by our life’s wounds, and the dross of the psychic “field” of the collective mind-world.
If you are doing that in a real way, every month will see in increase in your willpower, your inspiration, your emotional stability, your magnetism, your clarity-of-vision, your effectiveness in daily life, and your felt-sense of becoming Pure Light right down to a cellular level as the dross finds nowhere in you to “hitch.”
Your “felt-identity” will become more and more spacious and light, and your inner core more and more silent and boundless as the locus of your identity moves further and further toward the Absolute.
My response to a Facebook post promoting a book proposing to help you change your “story” using Jungian psychology & shamanism:
Don’t just change your Story. Dump it altogether. An “improved” Story is just a reaction to, and still just as false as, who you believed yourself to be before the makeover. You are just creating further duality in your being and will forever be on the seesaw of these two poles.
It’s still small potatoes and beneath your highest human and spiritual potential. Even the most beautiful Story is a prison to the soul, which longs for absolute freedom.
The message from the “Cult of Positivity” is that if we’re having negative emotions/thoughts/experiences, then we’re attracting them. The implication is that something is wrong with us … and that we should instead “think positive.”
If there were not randomness, there would not be free will. Chaos is fundamental to change and transformation.
And God/The Universe is not a vending machine.
The notion that negative emotions/thoughts/experiences are to be avoided, or are unspiritual, or are a symptom of “low vibration” is also specious.
There is great freedom inside the indeterminacy of what looks on the surface to be chaos. Positivity can be a very subtle egoic trap that actually blocks our unfoldment because we won’t allow the indeterminacy of the transition. We won’t give up control, to not put too fine a point on it.
The notion that we can steer life away from pain and chaos by maintaining “positivity” is very attractive to the wounded ego that is just looking to feel better, but it is really a counterfeit, feckless positivity if we have not developed the capacity to stare our Shadow in the face and shine the light of awareness and compassion into its dark corners.
I know that some people put great stock in “channeled” material and there is a great deal of support for the Cult of Positivity in the stuff received from dis-embodied/non-embodied entities. The problem is that there is no way to verify that the entity is what s/he says s/he is. The capacity to channel does not mean that the channel is an evolved being, either, and the channeled material is limited and shaped by the channel’s own mind and understanding. Further — and more to the point — the channeled entity is not living your life. YOU are, and it is up to YOU to develop your relationship with your own inner guidance in a way that supports your divine autonomy and inner support for the transformation that is before you.
But there are kernels of truth inside the nonsense…..
One is that when we become contracted through fear and anger, we limit our availability to the Universe to bring us what we actually do need. It’s also true that most of our fearful/angry thought/emotion states do not produce anything except more of the same. So it behooves us to discipline our heartminds (the Sufis speak of training the ego instead of killing it) to just not take thought/attitude pathways that experience shows have no “product.”
The other kernel is that some of us self-selected before incarnation to Awaken in a spiritual sense. So anything that doesn’t support that unfoldment/deepening has to go, and some of what was untenable in our lives has significant inertia or “parasitic drag” (like barnacles on the hull of our ship of journey). It just takes time to clear that stuff because some of it goes down to a cellular or sub-cellular level and the body itself has to adjust and respond to a new inner direction.
When a caterpillar pupates, its innards become soup and then re-form from something designed to handle rough material to something that assimilates nectar as nourishment. The “soup” phase is a necessary process for both butterflies and humans. We spend as much time in soup phase as we need, in accordance/alignment with a wisdom that the mind can’t fathom but which is absolutely trustworthy.
So the third kernel of truth in the Cult of Positivity crap is that we can avoid the tendency of the ego to become identified with the pain and melodrama of the soup phase by doing what supports hope and supports faith-in-the-process. Sometimes it is simply an act of conscious, deliberate intention to stay focused on hope and faith when everything seems to be falling apart, but the effort is always rewarded with a greater sense of ease, spaciousness, and fluidity.