Written by Jafree Ozwald
“You are the all-pervading, all-transcending Reality. Behave accordingly.” ~Nisargadatta Maharaj
If you look back in history at all the wars and religions that were formed throughout time, they were all based on one thing. People did not feel intimately connected with their divine spiritual nature. If they did feel this real connection inside themselves, there would be no reason to fight for anything. They would have felt the deep healing peace of being at one with the divine.
When you know deep down in your heart that you are one with your Divine spiritual nature, all is well. You feel perfect peace inside no matter what is happening in the outer world. It just doesn’t matter.
You realize it is all temporary and not as important as the bliss available from being free. All your complaints and problems fade into the lightness and joy of your infinite spiritual nature, like how a candle flame disappears when held up to the blazing of the
All of your daily suffering boils down to this one simple thing. The belief in your separation from your infinite spiritual nature. It is a divine disconnection from the God Source. This is all part of the soul’s greater plan of awakening, so there’s nothing wrong here. The ignorance of our spiritual nature is exactly how to re-discover and back come home to experience your divine spiritual nature. You must first close a door in order to open it up.
The enlightened state is a way of being, where the mind is at peace with itself. The demands and issues of the world no longer have the push and pull on us. We are no longer forcing ourselves to be on time, to stay busy, and constantly achieving something. The enlightened being is more interested in an exploration of the source of being free, which means having an abundance of leisurely time, sitting around, deeply relaxed, and doing absolutely nothing. This is what it takes to open up to finding the enlightened
What I find interesting is that even when we do take time to relax and do nothing, the mind continuously goes on searching, scheming, planning, avoiding, pretending, and pondering. It’s completely wrapped up in itself, caught in its own spider web that it’s continuously weaving.
The mind thinks over 60,000 thoughts a day on average, so it can be quite a drain on your energy to have to understand, organize and feel into them all. How to manage all these thoughts, be more positive about them, stick to the good thoughts and transcend the bad ones. I’ve found that whatever all these thoughts are about, it doesn’t really matter. Our true enslavement is created from one thing.
We are unaware that we are continuously following thoughts, one after the other, like innocent little sheep.
Most people are addicted to following the white sheep (good thoughts) and avoid the black sheep (bad thoughts). They were taught through social behavior that this is what you to do to reach happiness, find success and always survive.
Yes, there is much truth to this, yet that mind game is never going to lead you to the ultimate freedom. What I’m suggesting that you try is something radically new. Stop following any of these sheep, no
matter what size, shape, or color they are.
We all have been following our inner flock of sheep for a very long time. Wherever they seem to wander, we just tag along. These sheep have you in a very deep trance, believing your thoughts are Reality. You may think that you don’t have the option to step back from any of your thoughts at all.
You’ve followed the same exact routes the sheep walked yesterday, and perhaps the day before that, so what else could there be?
Be careful…these are Lions in sheep clothing. If you aren’t aware that you’re always following sheep, you may do this your whole life, and then one day you’ll look at yourself and realize you’ve become one of them!
The very instant you stop following your flock
of sheep, you will start to experience something very powerfully new. Don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself. Practice stepping back from your sheep just for just one day, see what happens. Get a bird’s eye view on the entire pasture, and then step back from that thought inside your mind.
Explore the experience of watching your flock of sheep with detachment. It all starts with being present to your own soft sweet presence, instead of the thoughts. Feel what is inside your heart instead of what’s up in your head. A soft simple pure awareness is always there, resting as the core of you.
They say the level of intense desire that a drowning man has to inhale just one more breath of air is the same level of intensity you will need to find freedom from your mind. Freedom happens to those who do whatever it takes to wake up from the perpetually dreaming mind.
By constantly following your thoughts, you become imprisoned in an addiction to serving them. Every thought you believe is true causes you to maintain the walls inside this
“thought prison”. Wherever the sheep wander, you must follow them. How free is that?
A truly free being has the option to follow the flock or leave the pasture at any moment. This is all I’m asking you to explore. Your soul really wants to experience being free from the mind, otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this article this far.
When you have tried every spiritual technique in the book, and still have not found freedom,
take the chance to explore what I’m saying here this week. This is not about improving, changing, or “fixing” yourself. It’s much easier than that. This is simply seeing who/what is already free from these thoughts. This one little inquiry can take you beyond the stars.
Before you eagerly pounce on this quest, I must warn you. The addiction to following these sheep is very very deeply ingrained. You may think that you are wiser, stronger, or smarter because you are following these sheep. You might receive loads of positive feedback for the wonderful sheep you’ve accumulated in your pasture.
It may be very very challenging to ignore your flock. Your flock is so soft sweet and naturally innocent. The addiction to following sheep is very ancient. It’s what you’ve done your
entire life, so it’s not going to be easy.
The mind is what enslaves us and eventually liberates us. We are constantly hypnotized by its power and caught in the matrix of ideas it has formed around us. Our whole lives
we were taught that we must do something, become someone, earn something, and
make some success of ourselves if we wanted to be free.
We’ve believed we must follow these thoughts because they will give us those things we are searching for in life. It’s only when you go beyond the mind, into pure consciousness,
awakeness itself, that you’ll know you are free. Discovering your true nature is what will unblock you from manifesting what you really want in life.
Let me be crystal clear about my message. I’m not saying the sheep are the problem here, they are just sheep. The problem lies in the unconscious addiction to following them, and the ignorance that you are this amazing Lion full of light and magical manifesting power.
Yet, everybody else is addicted to their minds, so it becomes a survival instinct to do what everyone else is doing. Follow the crowd. This is the habit that is deep in our psyche. Remain with your flock, and never ever step out of the queue.
There are many succulent thoughts that will pull you in. Deep desires that your heart is burning for will pull you back into the pasture every time. I’m not saying to try to get rid of them or that it’s wrong to live your life eating the same grass in the soft green pasture every day. Simply understand how to remove your sheepskin and reveal the wild free Lion raging inside you. Then you’ll be eating the sheep instead of always following them around.
When you know your mind intimately, you can easily choose not to follow the same sheepish beliefs others have. You can see the beliefs you inherited growing up and not buy into their stories. You know your inner flock intimately, and see how predictable and fixed it is. With this level of awareness, you can enjoy eating the soft green grass all day long (fulfill your desires) and not ignore your spiritual path.
Be highly aware…the pasture of awakening is not for those who are attached to their comforts. You might become so content and sleepy there that there is no desire to explore any higher level of freedom at all. Comforts are ok, yet it’s our attachment to them that becomes the problem.
Sooner or later there will come a time in your life when you realize that your ego is never ever satisfied with anything. It’s definitely not satisfying for the ego to stop following these sheep. This is because the ego IS the entire black and white flock! It’s also the tight controlling electric fence surrounding them.
There is no way to escape from this hypnotic addictive flock until you rip off your disguise and reveal the wild Lion within you. You must use every power and resource inside you to do this. Do whatever it takes to be free from the sheep. Walk around every day yelling ‘Blah bah bah’ if this is what it takes to let everything go.
I hope you realize by now that the purpose of this article is to provoke you, shake you, wake you, and stir up more awareness inside you, so that perhaps one lazy weekend when you’re checking your email, you have the insatiable burning desire to be free. If you truly want to be free in this lifetime it takes courage, curiosity, and vigilance.
The courage to be real, the curiosity to keep you innocent, and the vigilance for stepping back from this habit of the following sheep. If no radical new thinking is introduced, your mind will continuously follow the wandering lost hungry flock of sheep, lifetime after lifetime.
To begin freeing your mind from its long history of enslavement, turn up the volume on your longing desire to explore the spiritual mystery of who/what you really are. What this means is that every chance you get, take the time to dive into this question. Who am I? You are not these thoughts, so who are you?
Freedom will come more quickly, the more often you inquire into this. Use all the free time you have to sincerely ask yourself this question.
Every time you’re waiting in line at the store, in traffic, or anywhere, take time to relax,
breathe deeply, slowly, and feel into the space which separates you from the next imposing thought coming in. Practice practice practice letting the space between your thoughts get wider and wider.
You can let go of the thinking machine and become that which is aware of it, existing
beyond it, gently observing being the non-attached observer who is allowing all thoughts to pass on by. Be silent, be still, if you want to be centered. Imagine what it’s like to be free from all thoughts, and just feel the soft stillness inside you. This is the first step to total freedom.
The second step is being eternally patient with
yourself. The good news is that you have an infinite amount of time to get it right. Your soul has been trying to reach the ultimate state of freedom for lifetimes, and it is going to keep getting lost and unaware that you’re lost again in the pasture following the butt of yet
another sheep, until you are fully integrated in this new perception. The black and white wandering sheep are always going to be surrounding you, for they are actually what is assisting you in your awakening process.
It’s good to remember that when anybody has a truly revolutionary spiritual realization, it doesn’t make the front page of the papers. It usually goes by unnoticed. The collective consciousness of society cannot utilize it, so it remains hidden in the dark basement in safe storage. The secrets that will liberate people from all their suffering is inside the basement of the subconscious mind. The only way to access it is through quieting your mind, which comes through practice, patience and consistent self-inquiry.
Your thoughts will always attempt to shake you up or put you to sleep. They will do this until you are far beyond the flock. You must move gently and persistently through the flock with a burning desire to get beyond it. If you are truly persistent in your devotion for freedom, you will move beyond the sheep and one day you will see the golden sunrise and infinite pastures beyond the rolling green hills. The Universe will invite you, push you, pull you and entice you so that one day you are forced to master yourself.
“All the greatest treasures are hidden behind that which we wouldn’t want to be with.
You’re this ultimate mischief and brilliance. All the wisdom, compassion, and treasure is within…so where are you going to hide it?” ~Pamela Wilson
Life will always feed you feelings of suffering and ecstasy until you master your thoughts. It will constantly invite you to pay attention to that “super important” sheep who is standing right in front of you. Remember one thing here, this Universe is divinely intelligent and designed to liberate you in the most mysterious way.
It is here to turn you into an enlightened master, so that you manifest everything you want in your life. Every person you meet is actually a teacher, showing the next step to liberate yourself from your thoughts. If you honestly want this experience of absolute freedom in your life, you simply have to pay more attention to your burning desire to be free.
The next piece of wisdom that I’m going to share just might be the greatest sacred secret that will transport you into total freedom. That’s right, I haven’t told you yet!! It is deeply powerful, and will transform your entire life when applied.
So please use it, meditate on it the very moment you wake up in the morning. When you consistently practice this little secret I’m about to tell you, you will stop all suffering in your life. It may not be easy to remember, and you are very likely to forget it because there are soft white fuzzy sheep all around you, in every direction you look! So write it down and post this one little question on your fridge and bathroom mirror…
What is beyond form and formlessness?
The greatest secret to freedom will come to you from sitting and feeling into the answer. Yes, this can turn into another sheepish thought for the mind to think about, yet truly this is the Lion that will take you beyond them all! To ride the back of this Lion you must FEEL the answer in your bones. You have to get beyond your head to win the jackpot.
You must feel into it with your heart and soul and get a sense of what the answer really means. The mind is too small of a container to hold the answer, so you’ll need to step beyond your mind and stop using the mind to discover the answer. The spiritual being who you are is formlessness, the body is form, yet what is beyond these both? Meditate on this until you have a direct experience of it.
“Don’t rely on the mind for liberation…just have faith and act on it. You are the sum cause of the entire universe.” ~Nisargadatta
Very soon you’ll discover your true infinite nature. It is that which is beyond words, time and timelessness. Yes, we want to honor the fact that you are this body, and yet you are not this body. You are these thoughts and yet you are beyond them. You are the spirit, and yet you are something beyond the ideas of
what we think a “spirit” is.
WHO ARE YOU REALLY?
You are beyond the form and the formlessness. You are beyond that which can be spoken. Who and what you are is infinite and this means you are beyond language. If we could talk about it that would create a limitation on it.
When you realize that you are beyond form
and formlessness then everything changes. You become the master of your reality. You realize that YOU already are the ultimate sheep herder of all the sheep in the entire Universe! So it doesn’t matter if there’s 300 sheep surrounding you, or if some old mean sheepherder in the black sheep
pasture pulls you into his dark flock.
You are that which is beyond the herd, beyond the green grass, beyond the seasons, and
beyond time. When this discovery is made from the heart, something deep inside you surrenders and relaxes. You feel the bliss of pure being. So meditate on this and FEEL what its like to be that which is beyond form and formlessness. Once you let it sink in it will bring such a deep relaxation into your life.
When every cell in your body relaxes into this understanding, you will truly become unstoppable.
The concept alone that you are beyond this form and formlessness is not the goldmine. The true wealth comes from the experience
that you are beyond the form and formlessness. This experience is the
ultimate state of freedom. There is no higher peak to climb. You can stop here, your spiritual search can end here. You can simply merge with this peak. It will instantly come into you if you surrender to it. Let it slip into you, for you cannot push yourself into
it. Do this daily and you will be free from any future suffering.
It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Realize this and nobody can ever disturb you again. You will be beyond the pasture and freed from the prison of unconsciously following another sheep ever again.
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