The idea of the Perennial Philosophy of Aldous Huxley leads one to the idea that God is too big for any one religion. How is it that sometimes people outgrow their religion of childhood? James Fowler, among others, has mapped out a model of spiritual development. Osho says that a person cannot enter into a spiritual life until he/she rebels against childish religious beliefs. Notes On A Spiritual Life intends to explore deeper understandings of an authentic spiritual life.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Be in the world but not of the world. Just observe the drama that parades before your witness
"Meditation means awareness, alertness, watchfulness, witnessing. Witness your actions, witness your thoughts, witness your feelings, so that slowly, slowly you can see you are neither the body nor the mind nor the heart – you are the witness of it all.
Osho. Last in the Evening: 365 Relaxing Moments to Enter the Night Consciously, 14 Osho Media International. Kindle Edition.
I sometimes share with my clients in psychotherapy, "You are not your body. Your body is constantly changing. You are not your mind. You change your mind all the time. You are not your feelings. Your feelings constantly change. You are not your personality. You can change your personality once you become aware of traits you would like to change. You are not your social status and reputation because this can change easily as well. So if you are not your body, your thoughts, your feelings, your personality, your social status, then who are you? You are the witness, the soul. It is the part of you that can watch these characteristics of what we call the "self."
Some people have a more highly developed sense of witness, soul. Other people are not aware and feel victimized or rewarded by circumstances beyond their control.
The witness, to be beneficial, needs to watch nonjudgementally. If the witness makes value judgement it is prejudiced and its observations are skewed and biased. Just watch. Just watch yourself function in the world, but stay out of it so you can watch with peace, joy, and amusement.
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