The most important thing you can do on a spiritual journey is to transcend, to step into samadhi. The most effective way I’ve found for this is an effortless mantra meditation.
In previous articles, I’ve spoken of the importance of Community but I’ve come to see this as more important than I once placed it. Being around others on our spiritual journey helps support us and can help get us out of some of the materialist mindset.
But we also want that Community to include the awake. People who are awake give us a living example to resonate with. I don’t mean their behavior or attitudes but rather their Being. If they are connected deeply enough, they will radiate that. This will enliven our own awakening and help the Self to recognize Itself through us. There is also the “popcorn” effect. If we’re around others who are awakening, it can help us switch too.
Note here that the person does not become enlightened. We simply help support the process. And the best ways we can are direct experience within ourselves and direct experience of living embodiments. Meditation and Darshan.
Being with the awake can include their books, videos, conference calls, satsangs, and retreats. The more live, the more potent the benefit. I don’t know anyone who’s woken through a book or video but they can be helpful. I do know some who’ve woken listening to the awake on conference calls. And many more in person.
It’s notable that the awake tend to congregate because being around others awake amplifies the awakeness. So around the awake, you’ll now often find others awake. This of course makes the effect more potent.
At one time, being with the awake was a difficult thing to accomplish. As little as a decade ago, you’d probably have to go somewhere like an ashram in India. A generation before, you’d probably spend years walking around there, trying to find a suitable example. But now, the awake are showing up all over. And surprisingly large communities are coming together.
The process gets easier and easier. But don’t wait for your train to arrive. This train will come only when we begin the journey ourselves. 😉
(had a few days off so managed a couple of articles)