Why We Must Let Go of Everything
Have you considered that in this day and age there could be something even more important than work and family?
That’s a question that goes against the grain of our culture. How many of us think it’s important to regularly create the space in our lives to temporarily let go of everything we are usually consumed by? And I do mean everything.
– Work, Family, Friends, Money, Lovers, Hobbies, Possessions, Email, Cell phones, Computers, Coffee, all the things we think define us.
I ask you now to take the risk of dropping your relationship to anything and everything except life’s most profound spiritual truths and biggest philosophical questions:
“Who am I? . . . Who am I REALLY?”
“Why am I here in this world?”
“Why does the universe exist?”
“Why did something come from nothing?”
“Does the life I live mean anything?”
“Is there an ultimate purpose to existence?”
Now throw in deep mediation: & together, deep meditation and profound contemplation make up the tried and true path to enlightened awareness. Aspiring for enlightenment requires you to do both these things:
- Sit still like a beautiful stone statue of the Buddha and continuously let go of your mind and your thoughts until you glimpse—even if only for an instant—the same awe-inspiring mystery of the empty void that he did.
- Then, when you are relatively free from the endless onslaught of conditioned thinking, become a philosopher. Like Socrates, Descartes, or Heidegger, dare to question everything you already think and already believe.
Engage in this same process day after day: spend long periods of time in deep and sustained meditative silence followed by intense sessions of heroic inquiry in which you use your mind to transcend your mind. You’ll know you’re making progress when you experience powerful and liberating breakthroughs.
The first kind of breakthrough occurs in the meditative process. It is the exhilarating experience of freedom from time, history, and personality. This feels like peace—but not an ordinary kind of peace. It is a peace in which you are simultaneously awake to the mysterious presence of a depth without end and mesmerized by an overwhelming sense of awe.
The second kind of breakthrough is the result of focused and intense philosophical inquiry. It is the emergence of a profound and shocking clarity of mind and thought. Suddenly, you are able to see more clearly than ever before, and with more depth and perspective than you have ever known. Your mind becomes vast like the sky and crystal clear like a highly polished diamond.
Achieving these kinds of breakthroughs on a regular basis—meaning at least twice a year—is, I believe, a prerequisite to living a sane, meaningful, and directed life in this often-confusing, increasingly chaotic, and sometimes-frightening world we share.
Once we wake up to this perennial truth, in order to stay awake, we only need to be willing to continue to pay the price to be enlightened beings. And if that only means taking out a weekend or a week (or more) twice a year, it’s a price most of us can surely afford.
Letting go puts us on our Edge
– To be on our edge means that we are evolving in the most important areas of our lives. And second, to live on our edge, to me, has to mean that we’ve stopped living selfishly. To put it simply, if we’re really on our edge, we’re helping to change the world.
to be on our edge and to live on our edge means that we are either aspiring for more through less, for freedom. We are no longer in this world merely for our own benefit. Such illumined ones are here solely to bring the light of higher awareness into this world so that more and more of us can awaken . . .
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. ~Hugh Downs
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Peace and Blessings