By Swami Sukhabodhananda
A Zen student asked his Master, “Why does a fish in an ocean try to jump out?”
“The fish is trying to explore a world beyond the ocean,” answered the Master.
The consciousness that is present in each one of us is like the fish that wants to break out of the bounds of the familiar and explore the unknown. It compels us from within to evolve and grow.
In order to achieve this, we have to insulate ourselves from negative forces that inhibit our exploratory zeal.
Negative forces neutralise the creative energies that foster growth. So, it is necessary not to struggle in life and not allow influences to control your life negatively. One has to learn to float in life, to let go, let in the essentials and negate unessential feelings.
How do we insulate ourselves from negative influences?
Fear is a negative force. Whenever fear is present, the level of pro-life energy drops. Fear creates a hurt body and it then tries to survive leaning on philosophy and logic.
We try to offset the effects of fear by acquiring money, power, name and fame in abundant measure. These are but poor defences against fear. In spiritual terms, faith is the only effective antidote to fear.
Trust that when one door closes, another opens. This optimistic outlook takes the worry out of the sight of a closed door. In the spiritual way, one has to dis-identify with any impression of fear in the mind. This detachment or dis-identification is the insulation. In yoga it is called ‘atma smaranam’, self-remembrance. We have to remember to bring forth an impression of trust, assert our faith, and discard the spirit of distrust and fear.
Worldly forces do not affect us in our insulated state. Instead, our insulated selves rise to higher levels of energy, vibrations and understanding.
The higher centres in us are constantly communicating something profound to us, but we close ourselves to them. It is like a cup turned upside down … no amount of water can fill the cup. The moment we are available for higher vibrations, we attract the noble aspects of life. Our state of being attracts situations in life. Lower states attract lower aspects of life while the higher states attract higher aspects of life. This is the law of attraction.
Devotion activates the higher centres of our being, purifies our emotions, and allows vibrations to flow into our lives. Devotion consists not in going through long sessions of prayers or tough regimens of rituals and penance, but in submitting ourselves to the will of God in love and gratitude.
With pure devotion, our third eye or our faculty of intuition opens, enabling us to see the grand patterns and structures connecting together what we had always taken to be isolated things and events. We feel the invisible hand of God stretched over us. Devotion transforms us from physical beings to spiritual entities. It liberates us from the confines of sensory perception and leads us to the realms of intuitive understanding. In such a state, many meaningful coincidences occur in one’s life. One is able to see the mysterious hand of God’s blessing.
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Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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