Reply To: Readers Ask: What Is Self-Realization? How Do We Get There?

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Dear Deepak,

Thank you for responding to my question with such clarity of vision and sweeping hope for the future of humanity, as we realize there is more to our being than meets the senses.

Upon revisiting the book, You are the Universe, I opened the following passage:

“We may assume that we are in control of our responses to the world, but that’s far from the case. If two people can see the same thing and have opposite reactions, their responses are controlling them, not the other way around (YATU: 141).”

I had a thought come to me earlier today while I was meditating, where you and I were sitting on a bench on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean at the sunset. Later, I opened the book, You Are the Universe, to find the following passage:

“Human experience is the last thing anyone should want to exclude when explaining the cosmos. Let’s see if we can acquire a vocabulary of inclusion. Reality is all-inclusive, without a doubt, and almost miraculously, human beings can embrace an infinite variety of what reality has to offer. Where is the switching mechanism that decides to gaze at a gorgeous sunset while ignoring the texture of the ground beneath your feet, or indulging in the touch of a beloved while totally shutting out what the furniture in the room looks like? We do these things so automatically that we take them for granted. The critical issue is what it means to experience the world (YATU: 211).”

“Embracing an infinite variety” indeed, keeping an open mind to the splendor and infinite possibilities of the universe, while at the same time paying attention to signposts; whereby, one may find the indicated next step of unfoldment. In the words of Lao-tzu (passage: 48):

In the pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added,
In the practice of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by interfering.

This passage affirms for me when you said (to paraphrase) that spontaneity of expression is interfered with
by a limited number of experiences, we identify with.

Truly, had I limited my awareness to my physical environment I would have missed the beautiful sunset with one of my well loved and favorite spiritual teachers, the synchronized event confirming this experience in the passage of his book! And, I would have missed the validation for the talk given in response to one of my questions on this forum! We are greater than what we think, see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. And, there is design in the universe where our extra-sensory abilities can be known and counted upon, as I’ve witnessed here and in many other occasions besides this one.

What is the next step? How do we know to recognize it when it’s being given to us? @question

Love, light, warmest blessings, and always with the deepest gratitude for all you do and all that you are!

Thank you!!

<3 JenniferL

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