Would you be surprised to learn that we live simultaneously in two parallel worlds?
One is the external world that we experience – everything outside of our Self. In this external world, everything we experience is bound by time. It is a world full of constriction and regulation, of barriers and difficulties.
The other world is the subtle world within our Self. It is timeless and expansive, full of freedom and true purpose. In this world of timelessness, we can see reality as eternal and we become non-divisive and unified with all. In this realm, it is easy being in the present and our senses can flow freely without boundaries. Our mind becomes quiet and our brain can function as it is mean to: at its peak capacity.
Yet much of the time, we become stuck in the mundane world alone, and our mind becomes trapped by our little self whose main objective is to create division and a sense of separation. When our little self keeps us focused on the external, it controls us and all our thinking, feeling, and actions. Under the time-bound nature of our little self and this external world, we live within a chain of lies - we are under the illusion that we are free thinkers and that we have no limitations; that whatever we are imagining is coming from freedom. In reality, our little self is keeping us from true freedom and limitless thinking and being.
Most of the time we are unaware of all of this. We do not recognize that our mind is caught in the realm of time and space. We do not understand that this external world ruled by the smaller self controls our thoughts, emotions, and feelings. We do not realize that when we struggle with living under the influence of fear, regret, guilt, blame, and shame, it is because we have given all the power to our smaller self.
"We march for equality and inner peace, yet we fail to come out of our divisive self."
We march for equality and inner peace, yet we fail to come out of our divisive self. And how can we unite with others if we cannot unit within our own Self? We fail to take the time to look within; to acknowledge that we are being ruled by the external world and to go through the work of changing this.
Given the chance, we would likely all prefer to live only within our inner world – to know only joy and freedom rather than difficulty and restriction. But both the worlds are necessary. We cannot know one without the other. We could not know freedom without restriction, joy without pain. We need the external world to experience heaven on earth. But to live in both opposing worlds simultaneously and to find balance between the two - learning to live in a timeless awareness while functioning in a time-bound manner - we must practice; we must spend time learning, looking within and becoming aware.
We invite you to join us for our Monthly Meditation on Sunday, June 28th as we explore and discuss how to look within and how to learn the balance of living in both worlds.
At the Happyness center our main aim is to help you develop mindfulness and deeper awareness of your inner self. We learn to see ourselves in silent observation and enquiry rather than act from the noisy activity outside.
We all lead busy lives, and meditation can help us relax and renew. We will share, learn, and practice together. Group meditations has many advantages that can reinforce our desires of daily practice that inspires us and others.