New Enlightenment Course
Enlightenment is often viewed as a journey rather than a destination, and it can involve ongoing growth and discovery until the complete freedom of the enlightened state is reached. It's important to be patient and kind to yourself as you explore this path.
In the cycle of duality that stretched back 13,000 years and ended in the years between 2001-2011, it was believed that a spiritual seeker could only reach enlightenment through the auspices of an enlightened guru. A guru is a traditional teacher: a living conduit through whom one connects to a particular spiritual lineage. If a lineage-bestowed guru intercedes in the enlightenment process, the seeker is then locked into a relationship with that spiritual philosophy and related methodologies. A lifetime of study and practice is the result of lineage-based enlightenment, because this approach does not allow for the seeker to move through self-actualization and personal sovereignty.
First Phase of Reaching Enlightenment – Practicing Being in the NOW
Without the aid of a guru, a perpetually constant state of enlightenment is reached by following a singular path of knowledge. This singular approach, in this case, the Knowing Way, is usually decided after an individual has explored many differing ideas of awakening. The Knowing Way path of knowledge begins with Self-Reflection and Introspection. Spending time in contemplation to understand your own thoughts, emotions, and the deeper aspects of your being. This can be done through mindfulness techniques, journaling, or spending time in nature. Meditation and Mindfulness: Regular pranayama-based meditation can be a powerful tool for calming the mind and gaining deeper self-awareness. Mindfulness practices help in being present and aware in every NOW moment. Developing Compassion and Empathy: Spiritual enlightenment often involves cultivating a deep sense of compassion and empathy towards others. Practices like loving-kindness meditation (Metta Bhavana) are essential. Balanced Living: Adopting a lifestyle that is in harmony with your spiritual values, with an emphasis on giving up the need to be right. Connecting with Nature and the Universe: Spending time in nature and contemplating the larger universe can foster a sense of connection, which is a key aspect of spiritual enlightenment. Community and Fellowship: While you may not have a guru, connecting with a community of like-minded individuals can provide support, inspiration, and exchange of ideas. Personal Rituals and Practices: Creating personal rituals, such as daily invocations, that have meaning to you can be a way to express and foster your spiritual growth. Physical Health: Maintaining good physical health through diet, exercise, and sufficient rest can support your spiritual practices. Opening to Knowing Consciousness: Being open to a continuous connection to Universal Mind allows your human spirit to fully understand its connectiveness to all of creation. In this state of connectivity, your three-fold mind is completely free to communicate beyond the senses.
Second Phase of Reaching Enlightenment
Enlightenment happens when an individual finds their direct conscious connection to Universal Mind. This is a state of complete freedom from the constraints of cultural and social consciousness. In this state, the subconscious mind releases its underlying outcome-based programing in favor of pure creativity. The obligatory state of pleasing others is exchanged for a pure collaboration of human spirit awareness with eternal soul consciousness.
And it is true that we are all connected to the Universal Mind through the presence of our eternal Souls.
In a non-enlightened state, the two-fold human spirit is driven by ancestral memory (DNA) with its instinctive reaction (mammalian survival response), and strategic intelligence (learned survival methods from previous incarnations). The spirit combines instinct and strategy as mindful intuition. Reaching higher states of connectivity to the Universal Mind, often referred to in various spiritual and mystical traditions, involves practices that expand two-fold spirit awareness into a pure, conflict-free collaboration with eternal soul consciousness. This opens a conscious spirit awareness connection with Universal Mind.
Meditation and Visualization: Engaging in deep guided meditation is one of the most effective ways to connect with the Universal Mind. Visualization techniques, where you imagine yourself merging with the universe or visualizing light connecting you to everything, can enhance this experience. Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness throughout the day keeps you present and aware of now. In now moments, we feel a part of the greater whole. Yoga and Breathwork: Yoga, especially styles that emphasize spiritual growth like Kundalini Yoga, along with pranayama (breathwork), can help in aligning your energy with Universal Mind. Mudras: the position of our hands greatly affects our subconscious mind. Mantra Chanting: Chanting mantras, especially those that are designed to expand spirit awareness (without worshiping a deity or spiritual guru), can attune your vibration to that of the Universal Mind. Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies: Engaging in rituals and ceremonies that have spiritual significance can create a sense of connection to the Universal Mind. Harmonic Healing: Certain harmonic frequencies and sound healing techniques, like singing bowls or binaural beats, can alter your state of consciousness and foster a deeper connection. Fasting and Clean Eating: Periodic fasting and maintaining a clean diet expands spirit awareness. Seeking Solitude: Periods of solitude can provide the space needed for deep reflection and connection. Solitude allows for a break from the distractions of everyday life, enabling a deeper dive into your inner world. Psycho-Spiritual Integration: Integrating psychological understanding with spiritual practices can lead to a more holistic approach to connecting with the universal mind.
It is important to remember that the path to connecting individual awareness with the Universal Mind is personal and varies greatly from individual to individual. It is therefore important to explore and find what resonates best with you and to approach these practices with an open heart and mind. That is why we offer many techniques and practices.