Soul Consciousness – Do I walk or fly in my spiritual path?
Theoretically it is explained that Soul is a point of energy located at the centre of forehead – hypothalamus. According to Psychology - Canon-Bard Theory of emotions - there is a point of consciousness at the hypothalamus from where all the emotions and signals of the whole body movements are controlled. In spiritual practice, it is said to consider yourself as a soul and remember the Supreme Soul, the God (the Father/Leader/Guide of all the human souls) to make our soul pure - free from karmic accounts. And karmic accounts are nothing but the thought that we think and later become actions. The more we become pure (free from thoughts), more virtues emerge within, making us virtuous (happy and divine) in nature.
It is by being in soul conscious or being aware of our true nature, we can naturally remember God. The more we remember God, we become God-like in nature. God-like means satchitanand, one who is free from false identities, conscious of self and always blissful in nature. Even though God has the greatest responsibility of sustaining and keeping all souls of the world happy, peaceful and loving all the time, still, if all souls of the world suffer, God never cries or become sad but He has mercy for all and fulfill His responsibility without coming under stress or tension but always remaining blissful.
Ultimately, to remain peaceful, happy, blissful and to settle our karmic accounts, we have to remain soul conscious all the time. How it is possible in practical? Based on our learning or the information given to us, we feel we have to renounce the world and relatives to experience soul consciousness. But in reality, to experience our true nature, we have to just know how to remain detached from our mind when we want and remain attached to the mind when it is required. Renounce the world, then their thoughts, then experience awareness of soul is one way. The other way is to detach from your mind and naturally you remain your self. The people, world and things, you don’t put effort to move away from them individually. You-soul saves lot of energy by not focusing on people, person and things individually. What Gurus and Scriptures say is also true but it is like reaching the destination by different routes but the easiest and simplest path is always available to the ones who make effort to understand. It is like how we want to travel, by walk or bus or train or sea or flight. We all know travelling to a destination (walking a spiritual path) is a great effort but we also know if we take a flight (with understanding), there is no effort in travelling.
Many type of spiritual actions what we are involved, unconsciously detach the mind from our self to give a glimpse of our self. We can find, the experiences (qualities of self) make us detach from the thoughts/mind. By doing devotion, we surrender everything to God and keep our mind free from thoughts. By doing Kriyas, we focus on what we do, being remain in the present/by being aware of breath, we keep our mind free from the thoughts of past or future. By having love for God, we experience the blissful nature of God and keep our mind free from thoughts. By doing spiritual service, we accumulate blessings or good vibrations or good karma to combat with our own mind of negative thoughts/karmas. And those who cannot detach the mind by themselves happily can be made to experience the nature of self by great pain or sorrow, the very example is the patients who are psychotic (eg. Schizophrenia) in nature. The illness / mental disorder is nothing but a defence mechanism they use themselves to detach from the mind due to the sorrow/repeated thoughts that they cannot bear. People who smoke or drink use to detach their mind by intoxicants which ultimately ruin them both physically and mentally.
It is said you control your mind and you control the world but in reality you cannot control anything in this world, but you can only allow someone or something to remain as it is/they are, including the mind. The truth is, we never take control of our mind but we take control of our own self and all other (mind and its thoughts) loses their power on their own. Where you, the Soul focus on, there the energy flows and when you don’t focus on your mind, instead you focus on your own self, mind loses its power. It is said Soul experiences sorrow, pain, sadness but it is also instructed to experience everything being a detached observer. Really speaking Soul can do both. If it wants, it can experience the pain and sorrow as per the theory and laws of association. And if it wants, it can remain a detached observer like God, always experiencing bliss irrespective of whatever happens to His most Beloved Children. It is like sugar, which does not lose its sweetness even if it is thrown in mud or broken into pieces.
Victor Frankl’s (who has a record of 100% prevention of suicides in schools of Vienna and is also an expert in counseling to prevent suicides) Existential therapy of Humanistic psychology gives importance to meaning in life (which sustained him in spite of the tortures of Nazi concentration camps) like love for wife or children or responsibility to carry-out some actions in life to overcome the difficulties of life. But those who are single and who does not have much responsibility to care for, even they can find a meaning in life by feeling lightness, love and being loved by their own nature and selfless love of God, by realizing the true nature of Self. So, What is natural nature, how we can experience our true self so that I, the soul never focus on something which takes away all my energy.
The True nature of Self can be realized by giving time for self. Nowadays that is the most demanding part of life. We have been taught from childhood days to live an active life, happy life, serviceable life, fruitful life, more income generating life, luxurious life, life of social respect and achievement but we were not taught that all this happiness, service, luxury, achievement are to be focused on realization of the self, our true nature. Because once we realize and maintain the awareness of true nature of self, then we become God-like, in the sense that, we can overcome all situations of life by experiencing a blissful detached, easy going, loving sweet nature. But this can be attained only by understanding and experiencing it by our own self not by someone else, that’s where the trouble stays. To understand and experience, we need to give time for our own self, in other words we need time to do/think nothing and keep quiet.
At least to understand and experience our true nature, initially, we have to give time for ourselves doing nothing. In fact doing nothing is only for the world, but for our inner self, we are going to be more alert, more active and do more churning, being in solitude. Without this we cannot understand our true nature of self. Once we understand and experience the sweetness, the lightness, the unlimited-ness, the true nature of self, then we don’t need more solitude, we can remain in solitude anywhere at any place with any noisy surrounding or with any number of crowds.
How to practice doing nothing, thinking nothing to become self-aware?
1. Spend time (at least one hour) in solitude during early morning hours 4 am or 5 am or 2 am when we wake from the middle of deep sleep/rest or any time you wake up.
2. When you don’t have to do anything, sit and stare the wall, or image or any non-moving object
3. Staring is not focusing, but seeing with lot of relaxation(of body and mind), so that after looking at an object or wall for some time, your mind will not have anything more to think, it will become blank, becoming just an observer, not thinking anymore about anything.
4. When you become an observer, you can understand that you have detached from your mind.
5. You can feel the silence, blankness but you know you are observing. Many a times we experience this observer stage when we get tired of thinking. Although it is more powerful stage, sometimes, it seems to be boring.
6. But the true nature is sat-chit-anand. Being an observer, we have experienced sat (true nature), chit (awareness) but anand (bliss) not yet.
7. When we continue with the detached observer (free from attachment of mind), then we experience the lightness, sweetness, along with the stage of observer. Now it is complete sat-chit-anand.
8. This true nature of self (satchitanand) once we experience it being a detached observer, then it becomes easy to stick to this awareness by doing all actions throughout the day. And you feel the lightness, happiness, time to time attach and detach of self from mind will keep the satchitanand flowing continuously, this will make us naturally remember the True God, the Father, enabling us to settle our karmic accounts (waves) of thoughts then and there, as and when it appears (and disappears) as waves in the ocean of mind.
9. Although the clouds of thoughts/tension/sadness appear in front of the Sun (self) continuously, internally you will not lose the light (awareness) of Sun at any point of time.
Many a times, it is said to see others as soul, in fact looking others as souls is only a thought, of course a positive thought which will not take us into more expansion of thoughts. But as we stabilize more in our spiritual awareness (detaching ourselves from our mind whenever we don’t use our mind), we never see/imagine others as soul but we focus more on our inner self awareness and although we see others by mind, their image never imprinted on our self. I (mind) look but I (self) don’t look at others because I am aware of my own self not focusing on my mind. It also happens like this: I(mind) hear but I (self) don’t hear, because I (self) remain detached to the mind.
Hence, the real soul conscious is to become aware of our true nature even if our karmic accounts (thoughts) are not settled. We learn to live with our karma(mind) but not influenced by it. I use my mind whenever required and other times, I know it exists but I focus on my own awareness of sat-chit-anand making me live an independent life not depending upon external person or situation to influence me although my mind gets influenced by them.
And this is real Raja Yoga, I become the master of mind and all the senses that was controlled by the mind. And I remain indifferent to mind - all people, objects and situations that appear as waves in the ocean of mind. And if this is experienced by all of us, then we can also make others to experience the same, liberating everyone from the thoughts of suffering, pain and ultimately save them from depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies.
Also can read: http://www.soulchemy.org/research/psychologyandspirituality/