“If Theist or Atheist polarities are present in your family, social and career worlds, the unspoken (or spoken) pressure to conform, follow, or convert to their views can be a tremendous threat to your sense of well being, both in terms of emotional response and the realities of functioning in a world of such people.
This fear can have a devastating effect on ones feelings of safety in family, community, and professional life, and, in turn, on spiritual life. It can cause hesitancy, timidness, reluctance, mistrust, self-doubt, and other such emotions and reactions, which are often projections of an underlying fear.
These, in turn, are antagonists to the tranquility or peace of mind consistent with meditation and other spiritual practices.
The effect of this fear can be an unconscious reticence to pursue the deeper teachings, or to explore and surrender into the subtler processes such as with advanced meditation or contemplation. Or, the fear may be strong enough to completely stop you on your inner journey of enlightenment, even though it may remain undetected by the conscious mind.”
I find I agree. If we do not pursue the deeper teachings – if we will not surrender into the subtler processes – what are we left with? I see the fear of aging everywhere as I myself age. I see the unbelievable resources we spend – millions, billions, trillions – keeping it out and away with the fear of looking at it or feeling it or embracing any part of it.
As deeply as we are scared silly of aging, so too are we refusing to enter the 7th chakra territory of surrender and death, and so how can peace exist in us when all we do is resist?
When all we do is resist.
You do not resist you say?
Ahhhh…how willing are you to meditate then? Deeply, truly, really meditate…
“The fear often manifests as feeling you “do not have time” to meditate or do other practices, as if some invisible force is blocking the path in front of you. It can manifest as feeling you are “not ready” to go ahead on the journey.
It can feel like you are “not worthy” to have the joy of direct experience of your own true nature. It can leave you “deciding” to follow the inner journey later in life, maybe after you have a different circle of friends, after you have moved to a different city, after your children are grown, after your relationship with your spouse has changed, or after you retire from your job.”
What is the answer then? I agree with our author who says:
“If you are a sincere seeker of direct experience, it is imperative to see the nature of this fear so that you can develop the will power, the sankalpa shakti, the determination to move forward, right through the middle of these obstacles, regardless of the opinions and actions of your fellow humans, whether Theists or Atheists.
This is done by cultivating an active, passionate conviction to seek that for which your heart longs. With this awareness and commitment, and an attitude of loving perseverance, the fear is ultimately seen as a phantom and gradually dissolves into just one more past habit that no longer binds, or blocks the finer realization being sought.”
We are shapeshifters you and I.
We have all the tools at hand.
We have the possibility and the charge to move beyond the stops and blocks of fear thoughts. Just think – the entire subject of delving deep into self-realization is a NEW one for our culture! We are just beginning to embrace age old practices of meditation and concentration and make them our own. In years gone by the student would have had to prove themselves to be worthy to study. The subject itself was considered so powerful it was reserved for the few.
Now – today – we all have the freedom to shape our minds and open our hearts to what is true and enlivening without the spectre of fear running our circuits. There is work to be done, but this kind of work is love made manifest.
Make the plunge! Take charge! Be self-realized. If you are the “different one” in your family, workplace or group, I salute you. Keep going. Trust your heart. Believe in yourself. You will find the way.
If I can help you I will. Check yokibics.com for many opportunities to listen to guided meditations on many topics, or come join me or another teacher for meditation training via skype or in person. Whatever you can do – do it. You are a necessary part of new world thought and new world mind.
Let me know how it goes!