A selection of articles: Footprints in the Sand , Letting Go, The Spiritual Vision, The Fear to Love, Spirituality
Footprints in the Sand
Any true spiritual insight or realisation leaves no trace in the memory. This is because the quality of the spirit is timeless and can only be realised in the immediacy of the present. What happens is that when people try to hold onto their inner revelations, the purity of spirit is degraded and creates a track of past within the psyche like footprints in the sand.
People love to talk about what happened yesterday, on their holidays, and even what they had for dinner last night. This creates a psychological dependency on the past to provide security for their personality to function in the world. The personality is the face of the self in the world. When someone becomes serious in living their truth, the hold of the personality weakens in the light of diminishing ignorance.
The man or woman begins to emanate a new authenticity through being more conscious and present in their body. Activities once eagerly pursued fail to give the same satisfaction as before. Friends tend to fall away because the personality of the individual is no longer prevalent, which can be both challenging and bewildering to others still attached to the past and the need for emotional stimulation.
Every setback and difficulty encountered which causes emotional pain and suffering is a preparation for a deeper realisation of truth and a step closer to reality. This reality is God which, to our sensory perception of the objective universe, is nothing. When a lover leaves unexpectedly or when hearing the news of the sudden death of someone, the reaction to the discontinuity of life is a state of shock. The spiritual process is the preparation to consciously enter this void, which without right catharsis would instantly obliterate the person and bring about a state of madness.
The motivation of the world is the acquisition of material possessions and the pleasure of sensual experience. We’re taught to revere success and praised for being ambitious and hard-working citizens. There’s a place for such aspirations; but underneath the scramble for worldly recognition is the attachment to achievements and the fear of loss of what’s been gained. To realise God an individual cannot be engaged in gathering experience by driving into the world as before. He or she continues to participate in the activities of ordinary living, but without the attachment to any expectations of the world to affirm their sense of existence.
The footprints in the sand are eroded through the waves of consciousness. One by one the indents of past experience are retraced and purified in each living sequence of the life’s journey. These lead all the way back to the womb and beyond to the moment of eternity. This is the moment of God when all is lost and there in the reflection of inner space ‘I am’.
What happens next? There is nothing to perceive, not even the footprints in the sand. And yet something extraordinary remains. This is freedom, the pure knowledge of reality or God, but without knowing or need for reference to the past. The footprints were the path on the journey back through life to the beginning which has no end.
People are often advised to ‘just let go’ of any emotional pain or anxiety as though it’s something that can be done without first confronting the source of negativity. If it were a case of simply letting go, then everyone would be free and able to detach at will from the demands of self. It’s the emotional pain of the past that refuses to let go.
The past is an effect of intelligence operating below the speed of light. Unless the substance of the past is continually let go in the moment through being present in the senses, the flow of life becomes impeded and creates emotional blockages in the psyche. The past obviously has no place in the present. This substantive energy needs to be continually eliminated through being conscious in the body; otherwise the emotional content hardens as attached matter to the flesh.
The flesh is not the sensory appearance of the body but the inner sensation which resonates to the frequency of love. Love is the swiftest intelligence which is beyond the speed of light and enters existence as the speed of now. What happens in most people is that love degenerates to emotion, which is the slowest frequency of intelligence that’s possible for life to exist. Love is not an emotion since all emotion is an effect of the past.
The past is kept emotionally alive through ruminating on the events and circumstances of yesterday or the last moment. This creates a dull vibration of self, often registered as a dark and depressive shadow. The impulse is then to find something to elevate the negative feelings through some form of stimulation. Sexual excitement, thinking about good times in the past or projecting numerous possible scenarios in the future all speed up the dull vibration to a faster rate. Although this temporally lifts the cloud of depression, once the excitement peaks, the person plunges back to a low and the cycle repeats itself.
There’s no chance of letting go when the emotional force of self is rampant. Once activated in the mind and compounded by the thinking process, the energy must complete its cycle. The best that can be done in these times is to contain the inner pressure and the impulse to react. The challenges of life must come, but increasing stillness and sensitivity to the inner state creates a spiritual centre of purified space.
The key to it all is that whatever I the individual acknowledge then returns as the circumstances and quality of the life. To effectively let go of the past as any emotional suffering is to practise letting go in the good times, not the bad. Acknowledge pain and it returns, only magnified with the psychic force of other unresolved emotions in the body. Acknowledge with gratitude any good in the life, such as being able to perceive the wonder of the sensory world, and something is retained as consciousness which is accessible at any time. This is the spiritual essence of the being, which transforms the past into the presence of love.
The Spiritual Vision
The spiritual vision is an ever-widening perception of reality. Although somewhat of a rarity as an uninterrupted state of being, there can be momentary openings which many people have experienced as psychic visions, especially when close to physical death. The primary focus of the spiritual life is to realise the profound knowledge of immortal life while alive in a physical body. Everything else undertaken in the world fades into insignificance compared with this mighty task.
Anyone who dares to tell others of any spiritual revelation will often be ridiculed – or be reasonably assured that what they experienced was due to hallucination or an over-imaginative mind. The difference between hallucinations triggered by an emotional impulse (which includes any drug-induced perception of reality) and the mystic’s spiritual realisation is retained within the integrity of the psyche. Nobody ever found God or truth by any external agency such as drugs, rituals or religion. Not the real God anyway. This is because of the integrity of the spiritual system, which filters the purity of formless life through the echelons of the psyche into sensory existence. When a true spiritual vision happens, there’s no mistaking its impact as anything that can be refuted in the light of its enduring reality. At the highest level of mind, the spiritual vision has no form.
When the balance between the spiritual, psychic and material realms is even minutely disturbed, a ripple effect is created along the psychic flow of reality. So when someone perceives a spiritual truth or vision through religious belief or ingesting drugs, the integrity of the psyche must adapt to what’s been taken out of context of the human psyche as a whole. This is why it often takes religious fanatics or heavy users of narcotics many years for their psychic systems to catch up with the timeless energy of reality. The tragedy is that many are unable to reconcile the energy of truth within them with their need to project their reactionary emotional self into the world.
As a creative cell within the great body of humanity, we’re each on an epic journey to realise the truth of existence. Every experience of the living process produces an expanding vision of reality. Whether someone is aware of this at a conscious level is irrelevant to the impersonal movement of life. However, this can be demonstrated in everyone’s experience when attitudes change with the passage of time. Events and circumstances are seen to have a profound meaning beyond the appearance of things as the dull ache of the world is transformed to a higher octave of love and inner clarity. As the spiritual vision continues to widen, there can be a profound realisation that everything that has happened, whether perceived as good or bad, has been necessary within the integrity of the whole.
The deeper the love of the indefinable God, the more the tangible materialism of the world is seen as a transitory phase where being alive or dead becomes increasingly irrelevant to the spiritual vision that encapsulates the whole. This is not possible until the element of self has been surrendered sufficiently in the process of dying to existence. During this process the individual must be able to bear for increasingly long periods the absence of experience, which to the mind appears as nothing. People are protected from the unbearable emptiness of this state until it’s time because of their attachment to the world of experience.
When the conscious focus on nothing can be held without the wavering of the mind, there’s a merging with the incoming current of reality within the purified space of the psyche. Then the man or woman is no longer a personal being but a visionary able to perceive things as they are. And they can then begin to fulfil their divine purpose to be a source of inspiration for the betterment of humanity.
The Fear to Love
The fear to love arises as a reaction to the experience of life in a loveless world. This is now a global neurosis which undermines the power of love. Love is a natural restorative and healer when free of the impediment of fear, and provides a sense of wellbeing that is constant and all-sustaining. Fear is synonymous with self. Self arises through sex, which becomes an unconscious negative force when unabated and able to control the mind and emotions of anyone it can possess.
The fundamental cause of the fear to love begins very early in the drama of life. At birth the infant body enters existence, having absorbed the emotional stress of the mother from the placenta in the womb. This negative energy is actualised the moment the umbilical cord is severed. It’s the young girl who’s most vulnerable to the forces of the world since the female consciousness is more naturally attuned to the original state of love than that of the male. The fear to love is registered at a deeply subconscious level in the presence of the father and any other males in the household or environment. They may be kind and loving, but their psychic emanation of sexual tension will imperceptibly infect the minds and emotional bodies of the young. All men are sexually frustrated, even the most promiscuous, until the self-obsessive drive for control over another has been transformed through love.
By the time the teenage girl reaches puberty she’s absorbed the anxieties, not only of her immediate environment but through the competitive regime of school and exposure to the sexual content generated through the internet. This energetic residue hardens as an emotional clot near the entrance of the vagina. When love is made for the first time, the virgin female is physically prepared but inwardly fearful and reliant on the loving reassurance from her lover. What happens is that she’s traumatised to some degree by the experience; the lovemaking was not what she expected it to be. And this is every woman’s story, more or less. She was looking for love while he was looking for sex. Her natural protection, which is her innocence and divinity of love, could not offset the forces of the sexual self. And if the lovemaking was beautiful, the man leaves soon afterwards – and in so doing breaks her young heart. Woman never gets over this first betrayal of love.
Woman fears sex without the presence of love. Her self-doubt often arises through her conflict between her yearning to be with man and the fear to enter a new relationship and suffer another broken heart. The solution is to be in command of love, but with the knowledge of what causes her pain. A woman must know what she doesn’t want, having experienced the highs and lows in her relationships. In this way the traumas of the past serve as the wisdom distilled through the living process of life. But she must be prepared to die for this, whatever the price in personal loss and material security. For example, she must be willing to put honesty to love first by refusing to compromise with anything that makes her emotional in her relationship with man.
For a woman who puts love first, it would be intolerable to her to be with a man who frequently cuts off from communicating or undermines her in any way. The hurts and disappointments from the endeavour to love in the past are able to serve in the present as warning signs, not unlike a burglar alarm that’s set off when triggered by an intruder. Although it’s less common for a man to realise at a sufficient depth of the psyche that he was born to love, and to undertake to reach woman with his great passion and divine inspiration, he is out there. And a man who is worthy will always appear at the behest of love to any woman who refuses to give in to man’s sexual self.
It’s essential in love for a woman to be as wise as a serpent and as a gentle as a dove. A woman can sometimes be overly assertive and critical of a man in situations where it’s not appropriate. This is often to disguise her fear as a safeguard to being hurt again, as she was when vulnerable to love in the past. Alternatively, a less assertive woman often submits to the demands of man to avoid any confrontation with the source of her inner pain. In both instances, it’s the fear to love which undermines the honesty of the interaction and right discrimination necessary to deal with the situation effectively.
When a woman knows what she’s doing, and is true to her innate wisdom and virtue, she’s invincible – and never again need fear to love.
What is it to be spiritual? Is it to wear a robe and shave the head, or perhaps to go to church and be reverent in the eyes of the world? Many people associate being spiritual with a traditional religion, or a psychic teaching that involves visualisation and positive affirmations to attract good fortune and prosperity. Then there are those who are devotional in their endeavour to ease the burden of others, such as charity workers, healers and those in the caring professions. Could it be, however, that the most spiritual man or woman is the most ordinary, distinguished only by their extraordinary self-knowledge of life and reality?
The beauty of the sensory earth is the impersonal reflection of the spiritual vision of life. Spirituality begins with the senses, created for us by divine intelligence so that we may appreciate the magnificence of this sensual world. The elemental aspects of the earth are as much a part of us as the hereditary traits of the species. It’s through the love of nature that the mythic realm can be intuited as the spiritual calling of God.
A man or woman sensitive to the essence of the spirit has learned not to interfere with anything that doesn’t concern them. Such an individual is attentive but not looking to make an impression on the environment beyond the needs of the situation. To be present and alert in the senses is a conscious state which enables things to be seen as they are and not interpreted through the wall of emotionality. For someone inwardly focused but also externally aware, there’s a pause between each action to acknowledge life in all of its manifestations. This inner poise emanates as an absence of force which is pleasing for people to be around.
A spiritual man endeavours to purify his sexual self. He avoids pornography and joking with mates about his sexual exploits, or sly innuendos in the company of women. This is not done through suppression or with a sense of missing out, but by knowing what he’s doing. Such a man is resolved to transform his negative emotions by being more gracious and loving, so as to transcend the unconscious demands of his self. When this becomes a continual focus for a man, the life starts to be lived with a profound sense of purpose. His actions and communication to others are supported by a bracing new energy, reflecting an authority not reliant on the personality as before.
In woman, the spirituality of the female principle is an emanation of the ineffable mystery of love. This, however, may be so subtle that it escapes recognition by the world at large. But she will reflect a quality to someone sensitive to the beauty of love that is recognised as something divine. She’s soft in her absence of force, yet able to be firm when necessary in response to the demands of the world. A spiritual woman adores the nobility of man, her opposite principle, but she puts love first as honesty to her own spiritual nature. Such a woman knows that some men will try to undermine her integrity, particularly in the workplace. Man knows that if he can make a woman emotional, he’ll be able to manipulate her for his own selfish desires. When a woman doubts herself she becomes vulnerable to being exploited in this way.
To be spiritual is to have nothing to defend as an attitude or position when someone’s critical of what you say or do. It’s to resist the need to having the last word, either in an altercation or to justify a past action. The idea is to surrender in the moment anything which would reinforce the self’s emotional clinging to the world. Humility is to be open to the truth of life wherever it appears. Someone who’s opinionated and has an answer for everything (except what’s important) is a long way from home. Spiritual pride is an iniquitous thread of ignorance which often impedes the direct experience of reality. This is why it’s often impossible to communicate the truth to someone indoctrinated by a religion, or attached to a particular teaching or philosophy.
Bruce Lee, the renowned exponent of the martial arts, when asked to describe his particular style of Kung Fu said that it was ‘the art of fighting without fighting.’ To me, living the divine life is the art of being spiritual without being spiritual. This is because I cannot know when I’m being spiritual – only when I’m not, such as when I catch the mind wandering or when emotionally provoked. People are in the enlightened state for longer periods than they realise; it’s just the identification with the emotional turbulence of everyday living that suggests they’re further out than in.
It’s not necessary to be spiritual in the eyes of the world to find God or to realise any higher state of consciousness. All that’s required is the good common sense to know what causes emotional pain and to desist from making the same mistake again. In my work I’ve had the great privilege of speaking about love and truth to many thousands of people from all walks of life. I’ve often been deeply touched by the humility and innocence of those who speak so openly about their lives. This demonstrates to me that the people are God; and it’s these ordinary people I love and endeavour to serve. Only by being ordinary can that which is extraordinary be realised amidst the drama of life.