"Carry this Feeling with Me" painting by nakedpastor David Hayward
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I remember many years ago in my early attempts at meditation to become one with the all.
There were moments. Just moments.
I recall so clearly sitting in the woods meditating on a beautiful sunny day. I was about twenty minutes in when all of a sudden a bluejay called out just above my head. It startled me while at the same time jolting me into a kind of blissful state of awareness. It was deeply profound, and I wished that moment would last. However, experience taught me that it would eventually fade... maybe even before I walked out of the forest.
I continuously failed to carry these moments with me. Or, rather, I failed to extend these moments into my way of seeing and living on a continuous basis.
Then I read a book by Ken Wilbur
that clarified something for me. He says there are states, and then there are stages. At first, we may experience sublime states of insight. Although these may not last, we may carry the residue of these into our daily lives, remembering what we saw and experienced and came to understand in that flash of insight. When we leave our meditations and enter into the fray of life we can recall what we have come to know, get in touch with it again and again as we need, and live improved lives.
We should not give up our efforts to not only see that we are one with all things, so that eventually we may come to the place where we know, deep within, and experience it constantly. Perpetually. Always. When we get to this point, we've arrived at a different stage of spirituality.
So, like this woman in the painting who wants to carry this feeling of oneness and peace with her into her daily life, if she persists, she will eventually get to the place where she will embody this oneness, it will fill her mind, and it will change her life.
The peace of mind that comes and goes, is at once accessible then evades, will gradually become a stable state of being.
I know this from experience.
Like the sun that rises and sets, so does peace of mind. But one day, without warning and as a total surprise and as a kind of gift, that peace of mind, will rise and settle in the mind and remain as day without end. Oh, we may still experience the vacillating pulses of life, but we live as transformed within this experience.
Even though no clear answers or solutions to life's problems necessarily present themselves, you finally understand. You are finally at peace with the mystery of all that is. And that wonderful peace of mind becomes an established state of being.
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