Self-Realization vs. Law of Attraction!

Sri Ramana Maharshi

Many have asked me what I think about the book or movie ‘The Secret’ and The Law of Attraction.  For those of you unfamiliar with what this is, it is the notion that it is our birthright to have abundantly whatever we desire in regards to relationship, career, money, health, and spirituality.  The concept is we attract everything to us with our positive and negative thoughts.

From my perspective, there are many levels of understanding Reality.  There is nothing wrong with thinking positively and using the concepts of the ‘Law of Attraction’ to create what you desire if this be your destiny.  This may be your lifetime to explore such concepts. The thing I wish to share at this time is this: if you seek Self Realization, than the concepts of The Secret and The Law of Attraction will not take you very far and you will stay lost in the Dream. The path of Self Realization ultimately leads to a diminishing of the ego in order to Realize all physicality is illusionary.  The ego’s desire to have and control leads to more desire rather than egolessness in order to Realize Self.

The Law of Attraction supports the notion that the ego/mind is who we are and has the power to control life.  This level of Reality sees the Universe as a giant replicator like in Star Trek, which can make all your desires come true if you can keep your mind focused on what you want.  As I stated, there is nothing wrong with this perspective (or any perspective for that matter), except that it will leave you empty if you hunger for Knowledge of True Self.  The path to Self Realization is about ‘waking-up’ and realizing that the individual self is a Dream.  It is not about living in a Heaven where we receive everything we want via our thoughts, although that would be a lot of fun, but not what the earth school is about!  Knowledge brings True freedom.  Good and bad to the Self-Realized being is relative.  For a Self-Realized being, the ego and its desires and attachments have been diminished, so only True Self is seen.  A sage lives in mental stillness and does not have unconscious thoughts nor give much power to thoughts… there is harmony with their thoughts.  The sage does not have goals or desires towards success.  The drive to become somebody special is not there for it is understood they already are Source or Oneness, which is supreme.

Ramana Maharshi is thought to be one of the greatest sages of our time.  His teachings illuminated the dark and inspired many great teachers and thinkers. After seeing the illusion, Ramana was content to wear only the traditional Indian diaper and have a simple life.  Ramana decided he wanted to live in a cave in the meditative state of samadhi for many years.  When he decided to do something else instead of living in a cave in the state of Samadhi and came out earlier than planed, the person who was assigned to watch over his body during this time, sued him for breech of agreement!  Ramana died from cancer when he was seventy-one because there was no desire to fight the disease.  Ramana completely accepted his death. His simple life does not look masterful or abundant from the Law of Attraction perspective.  Seekers of light, who saw him and his light, only saw awakened Consciousness.  They cared not about his diaper, poorness or ill health. There are many misconceptions to what awakened or enlightenment is, but one thing I can say is: it is not about mastering and controlling your thoughts to manifest your desires.  Enlightened or awakened means the ego, desires and attachments have been diminished along with worldly goals and notions of success.

From my perception, each soul is given exactly what they need emotionally and materially to evolve.  The difficult challenges, as well as the so-called easy stuff is all destined and necessary for the soul to have the experiences for growth.  There are no mistakes in life.  If we practice moment-to-moment awareness and grow through the lessons we are given we will become more and more fulfilled from the inside and will no longer look for fulfillment outside of us.  We will be given what is ours to have materially and emotionally when it is our time to have it.  Life is a very unique path for each soul.

Sheilan 2007

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Fragments Of Understanding

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“One cannot know what and who they are, in totality, before the ego has almost, entirely been dimensioned and surrenders it’s position of authority.  Until this time one has only fragments of understanding.” ~Sheilan

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Life’s Challenges

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 Challenge, or opposing forces, is part of being alive.  The perspective that we hold when the challenges arise will help us to either ride the wave or drown beneath it.  If we hold or practice holding, a more awakened perspective that all is as it should be, the waves will appear less dramatic and allow for a more graceful ride through the soul’s destined life.  When we find ourselves drowning beneath the waves, we need to reach out for a lifeline, so we can transcend from identifying with the ‘me’ or body/ego personality who is drowning, to True Self or our Higher Self, who is the Eternal Cosmic Surfer and rider of waves. The lifeline to True Self can be as simple as a walk in nature, inspirational words or deep meditation and prayer. Let yourself be guided to the way that will work best for you to connect and shift into the infinite.  The Infinite is everywhere and is everything, so the ways to get there are unique and infinitely varied!

Let go and feel the emotion and move through it.  If we hold the perspective that whatever is happening is wrong and should not be happening we will torture ourselves and continue the spiral downward, all the while wondering why we are being challenged and how it could have been prevented.  We are conditioned to blame ourselves or someone else for what is happening, rather than accepting the happening as part of life’s perfection and needs to be happening for soul/Higher Self’s growth.

What would life be if we accepted what happened as necessary, so destiny could continue to unfold as it is meant to?  In other words, we would live more fully from the perception of our Higher Self, seeing life as perfect the way it is in every moment.  This perspective does not need to stop us from making choices and taking action, but will bring us a deeper peace and clarity from which action can spring forth.

If we ride above the waves we will keep from getting battered, swallowing water, being confused and not flowing and enjoying the ride of life.  I wish for you all a more graceful ride through the big waves.


Sheilan

2007

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Ego Identity

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When we no longer identify ourself as the ego, deep peace prevails and we are free. We no longer have the need to make judgments.  From this perception all is One.  All is Consciousness or Source.  No single thing or being can be more of this Oneness or more special than any other single thing or any less than everything else.  There is only One of us. Therefore, no one being or group has the corner on Consciousness or Source or Truth. The ‘special’ value comes at the individual level, when there is a personal preference or resonance with someone or something.

Someone is not more special if they are beautiful, talented and famous or have money and power. Someone is not more special because they are a seeker of Truth and on a spiritual path.  Someone is not more special if they are in a human body verses an animal plant or mineral or piece of plastic etc.  All existence is spiritual… All is Source.  Someone who is awakened is not more special for having realized Truth.  All actions are Consciousness or Source happening through us.  We are not the doers… My apologies to the ego that believes itself to be special, important and in control of life!  All beings and the roles that we play in the drama, called life, are equally illusionary.

Becoming awakened is not as special as the ego might think it to be. The role of an awakened being is still illusionary and they are still growing like everyone else.  However, seeing the Dream for what it is does bring an end to confusion and suffering and boosts feelings of compassion towards others in the Dream and makes one a pointer of Truth.

~Sheilan  2005

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