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

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Dear @Deepak,

The word “relationship” stood out for me as I listened to your explanation of Buddha’s Wheel of Awareness. I thought of this word’s universal application to indicate all relationships, in all phases of life, even beyond the physical into the cosmic reaches of our awareness. I often ask myself (or rather, God), ‘what’s the relationship?’

The work, so far as I’ve experienced it, is one of relating or relationships. So often, when I’m doing spiritual reading, I’m looking at synchronicities or the relationships between events and the common thread that brings it all together. To help us use a common language, I understand so far that the common thread is the continuity of consciousness seen woven throughout all experiences. When worked with consciously, in my experience so far, aids in spiritual unfoldment.

Today, I continued to work with this discussion and had the following reading come through for us (I hope it’s okay to share this here.):

Light of the Soul: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Alice Bailey: 338-339

42. By one-pointed meditation upon the relationship existing between the body and the akasha, ascension out of matter (the three worlds) and power to travel in space is gained.

The akasha is everywhere. In it we live and move and have our being. All is but one substance, and in the human body are found the correspondences to the various differentiations.

When a man knows himself, and is aware of the relationship existing between the energies working through the seven centres and the seven states of matter and consciousness, then he is liberated and free and can contact at will and without time limitations all those states. There is a relation between one of the seven states of matter and one or other of the centres; through each one of the centres is the door to a certain plane of the planetary spheres. When the disciple has worked out into his life in correct realization the various means of yoga dealt with in the previous books, certain keys and knowledge, certain words and formulas, can be entrusted to him which will, through concentrated meditation give him the freedom of the heavens and the right to pass through certain gateways into the Kingdom of God.

There’s always a moment in doing this work where it seems so familiar as if to say, ‘Of course, I knew that!” At the same time, there’s a recognition for what’s new to the witnessing awareness and a sudden “ah-ha” moment: the knower, the knowable, and the knowing. Spiritual reading can make it seem like a person is a “know it all”. And, it’s true, according to what I’ve come to know so far through my spiritual practice; we do know it all. It’s a question of how to bring it forth for our understanding and right use, which is a very in the moment kind of practice. Never meant to say, I know something more than you do, as you know, is an attachment to limited experience. It’s rather a flow of energy – what’s brought through – where two or more come together.

There’s also a moment in doing this work when we realize doors open and we meet people.

Love and Deepest Gratitude for coming together on this forum!
<3 JenniferL

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