Do It Yourself Instructions
17 Feb 2006
How to Create Your Own Awakening
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How To Experience Your Own Awakening
There are several routes to awakening, cosmic consciousness,
enlightenment or illumination. There are many names for the experience
that I refer to simply as Expanded Self-Awareness. Those who have had this
experience agree on many things.
- That we are all one consciousness.
- That each of us contains and operates as the whole.
- That we are already unconsciously wielding astounding power.
- That individual awakening is an element of the awakening of our
Before I jump in to explaining how to awaken yourself, Iíd like to
answer a question Iíve been asked a lot. "What is awakening?í
We have many misconceptions about awakening so let me share a short
list of what awakening is NOT. It is not...
- a sudden absolute clear understanding of everything and how
- a sudden transformation to Universal Love.
- the solution to all problems or challenges in life.
- a spontaneous elevation to a high spiritual and moral plane.
And yet...there is an element of all of those in the experience of
awakening, itís just different that we imagine in our un-self aware
state. So hereís a list of what awakening IS.
- a sudden (although momentary) direct experience of self as
- an understanding of many answers to previous questions, with a
simultaneous birth of many new questions.
- a new understanding and experience of Love, and a simultaneous
realization that most of our current human notions of love are about
- the birth of a memory of undeniable truth about our nature which we
carry into life after awakening.
Awakening changes you. While it is a moment of astounding clarity and
expanded perspective of yourself, it is followed by chaos. Everything
you thought you knew is suddenly secondary to what you now KNOW from your
direct personal experience. Itís very exciting, even when you begin to
realize that all your previous unconscious mind activity is still
functioning and is in conflict with what you KNOW is true about you.
Confusion can result as you begin encountering and reviewing your old
beliefs that supported your previous experiences. Your unconscious belief
programs must be re-thought and created a-new. Thatís one of the
surprises that accompanies awakening. Collectively, we believe that wisdom
and understanding are important elements of living a peaceful life. While
there is an element of truth to that, itís one of those beliefs that
gets rearranged by an awakening experience.
One of my favorite quotes is from Lief Smith. "We must free
ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail
in high winds." That expresses very well the mistaken beliefs that
when we are awakened, spiritually advanced, or healed of all impurities we
will experience only the calm seas of life.
Awakening is not about restricting the Universe to protected bays,
sunshiny weather, nice words and money trees in every yard. Itís about
recognizing yourself in the very fabric and power of the Universe - inner
and outer. The Physical Universe is built by never ending explosions,
eruptions, collisions and opposing forces. Planets are able to support
life because of their fire and ice - producing active water so powerful it
can submerge entire cities, hectares of land and, if our legends are
accurate, entire continents.
Awakening is recognizing Self as all of that and seeing that it is
Love. It makes us simultaneously aware of self as the powerful ocean and
the sailor mastering his fear. It makes us realize that the sailor has
access to the same power, and calm, expressed as the ocean. It doesnít
make us overnight master sailors. It sets us on a new journey of self
discovery but hands us a lamp that lights the way. That lamp is KNOWING
who we are. Faith is a feeble light in the face of KNOWING through direct
Many of the gurus in India (and now in America) claim that awakening
must be "given" or "passed" from another awakened
human. That is kinda-sorta true but itís the age old question of which
came first, the chicken or the egg. Our human searches are stimulated by
becoming aware of something we want to search for. That search can
certainly be shortened by one whose intent is to help you do that.
However, once you know the basics about how the mind works you will
understand that a guru can not even appear in your life until you have
asked for it in some way.
Richard Bucke, in his classic book, Cosmic Consciousness,
noticed some interesting patterns in recorded awakenings. One is that most
awakenings occur after the individual has reached full maturity, usually
in their thirties or forties, occasionally into late fifties. Another is
that over 90% of awakenings that have been recorded, occurred in the First
half of the year and 80% of them occurred in the Spring or early Summer.
Itís a time of growth and expansion.
The rest of Richard Buckeís list of conditions required for awakening
(compiled in the late 1800's) are about lineage, high mindedness and
physical strength. With the exception of physical strength, if those
things were true I would not have had an awakening experience, and it
could not be the evolutionary event that is occurring within our species.
Hereís what I do know about how to awaken. Itís
available to anyone who desires the experience. Eventually
itís going to be a routine human "aha" and will begin
occurring at younger and younger ages.
Primary Step one: Desire the experience with such
force that you demand it. Combine that desire with the fullest
determination and certainty of fulfillment you can manage. KNOW that
you will awaken to your true self. Thatís it. Thatís the only
step. There are many ways to give focus and energy to that step, but that
one is key. Make your awakening manta, "I know how to awaken, and
I do it gracefully and joyfully."
Secondary steps that can help you hold and focus your attention
- Read the writings of awakened masters. Read Leaves of Grass
by Walt Whitman, and many other books containing the words of
awakened gurus or masters. You can read scriptures but the more
current the awakening experience is, the clearer the description will
be. That's because each new awakening adds more information that
speeds the collective awakening of our species.
- Know that you will awaken to your self and that all the steps are
being taken to support that experience. Never accept that anything in
your life can keep you from the experience of awakening to true or
- Attend or listen to tapes of satsungs (meetings where an awakened
master answers questions).
- Attend retreats led by awakened people. These may be yoga retreats,
silence retreats, or combinations of events.
Thatís more than enough to get you to the experience of awakening,
enlightenment, or whatever term calls you. After the Primary Step, the
first two secondary steps are the only ones I gave much energy to. I
attended a handful of scattered satsungs after my awakening and
I wish to make the point that there is no magic to
awakening except the magic you wield unconsciously every moment -
that magic of your thoughts, desires and expectations contained in Primary
Step One. That step is the one and only one that produced every awakening
experience that has ever occurred throughout our history, and it will
produce yours if you set it in motion.
Wishing you the Awakening of your dreams.
Author: Joyce Morris. You can read more of Joyceís articles and books
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