THE BEAUTY OF
Letís face it,
by far the vast majority of our time is spent in mundane, boring, life
demoralising tasks, which usually if reflected upon, only lead to that
dreaded feeling of dissociation from the great stream of sparkling
consciousness that enlivens the universe.
It is as if we sat in some distant and long forgotten cave, far
away from the breathing centre of creation.
It is dull but not dead, alive but demoralised, and can lead you to
believe that you are ignored Ė perhaps even to super inflate the ego to
seek the attention you feel you are not receiving.
Isnít it funny
how we all carry images of how our well-evolved spirits will be greeted by
the universe. Somehow that
last shred of self aggrandisement and importance occupies itself with the
thought that we cannot possibly be overlooked by whatever it is that
places the signposts on the path for us; the reward must come soon and
then everything will be magical, just like the lives of those who write
the many books we read to fill up our ordinary lives.
How is it that we are ignored?
It must be because we are not living the life we should, that we
are not good enough, that we are not important enough, we must do more
But then we become
panicked with the thought that we havenít enough spare time to do Ďthe
workí, to concentrate, to adapt, to learn, to integrate.
If only we didnít have to work in mundane jobs; why werenít we
born into a culture that supported our endeavours; why havenít we enough
money to support ourselves; why arenít magical and fantastic beings
hovering over our heads with instructions to guide and support our
But, as Iím sure
you know, this is not how the path really is.
It is an inch by inch walk into the magnificent manifestation of
the truth of your creation, surprisingly facilitated by these small,
seemingly insignificant irritations of life, but only if you use them
correctly. Do you really
expect that the whole of the rest of your life will be spent healing
magnificently, inspiring with well chosen words, altering consciousness,
manifesting your absolute certain magnificence, and that everyday will be
like that when you finally enter the supreme state?
Let us get back to the nitty gritty of our everyday lives and the
pursuit of the evolution of us as human beings, let us control our
fantasies just a little bit.
So how to begin?
Well, of course, each of our lives, no matter how very important
our position or our status, is filled to the brim with ordinary, everyday
acts. What are you actually doing with your consciousness during these
ordinary acts? Are you aware
whilst you brush your amazing teeth in the morning, or is it an
absent-minded act, born out of necessity not respect.
Are you aware of your body at all as you rise from a chair, walk to
work, sit at your workstation? Is
there somewhere, small but still alight, which is conscious of the wind,
and the clouds, of the earth, the massive fire radiance of the sun, the
plants, all those secret and never to be discovered asteroids and comets
flying just around our galaxy? Can you be conscious of these whilst sitting at your desk?
Can you keep in mind the massive and the small at the same time?
Whilst you stand at the photocopier are you absentmindedly looking
into space or becoming aware of your posture, of how you are holding your
neck and head, how firmly your feet are planted onto the earth?
Are you aware of the different trance states you move in and out of
all the time? Is there some
conscious decision making about how you express your self when it comes to
arguments and points you might want to make to your work colleagues?
How true are you to that unique and sparkling song that is your
very own? Can you sing it
simply sitting there, without a word?
How many times during a day do you lose awareness of any or all of
Am I being
obsessive? Do you think for
one minute that your ultimate integration only depends on the 20 minutes
each day you spend meditating? In
the world we live in today it is a very difficult task to live as we
should do, and we have to take the teachings that would naturally have
been taught to us pathwalkers in forests and mountains into the city, into
our daily ritual at the office, the workplace, the bank, and the shops
from which we buy our food. It
is very very hard to do this. And
if anyone tells you different then they are not true pathwalkers.
It is really hard work. But
it is with these seemingly small and insignificant aspects of life that we
can practice, practice and practice and set our knowledge into reality.
All the time we have available to us the hard practical lessons of
life to which our knowledge, if at all viable and relevant, must be
applied. If it cannot be
applied here, then it is irrelevant to your continued growth.
Make no mistake
about it, being a pathwalker involves a daily and perpetual struggle
against sleep. You are in the
midst of a battle between consciousness and unconsciousness, between those
who would have humans stay as they are and those who wish humans to own
and manifest our true magnificent potential.
You are in the midst of that battle.
You are a foot soldier, right in the thick of it.
Maybe you always will be, but that is absolutely irrelevant.
Your part is significant, even if no one else notices or
acknowledges it. But if you want to stop yourself going to sleep and
forgetting the battle, the possibilities that are available, the
evolution, the growth, the consciousness, then you must try your best to
practice with, and in, the everyday.
It contains and encourages a secret strength, rather as a
musicianís daily practice refines and co-ordinates aspects of his/her
physical being, which are undeveloped in other people, until they are
This is the beauty
of the small things in your life. They
are the arenas within which you can test out your skills, your
consciousness, and they will all too readily point out where more
attention and practice is required. However,
they can also become the strong roots that support the immortal tree.
They are the raindrops that create the rainbow.
They are the mirror that truly reflects the state of your
consciousness. Use them for
the benefit of your development, rather than feeling demoralised and
defeated by their ordinariness. In this way your onward evolution can continue apace and you
are in no way disadvantaged. Press
Kala Ka La 2001