Changing life, is it a mission impossible or super easy?

Have you ever tried to change an old bad habit or a negative attitude toward yourself or life in general?

If you have, most likely there have been disappointments along the way and straight out failures. Maybe to the point where you firmly convinced that it is a mission impossible situation. You are in the Tom Cruise movie, but it never pans out in the end. It is impossible to escape the weight of the past experiences and the inner barriers keeping us from the the Good flowing in life hence why even try?

This thought leaves us in a rather desperate situation. Before we can move forward and to even consider changing our lives there is one thing that we must do first.

We must at least believe in the possibility of positive change to exist. There has to be an opening in our mind for that reality so that we can begin to step toward it.

Once that step is taken then we have to begin from where we are at by acknowledging what is our current experience in this moment. This challenges us first of all to make the choice to be aware of what is happening right now. And it may not be so simple as we have developed a mind that is rarely in the present moment and there are so many judgments about ourselves and the world that they keep us firmly distracted from the present moment.

A practice like the Art of Ascension is extremely valuable for this simple reason. It gives you a simple tool to return to this present moment in time. The answer to all the problems lies in what is here and now. By continually cultivating this experience of the now creates a connection with the more subtle reality of consciousness in all experiences. Facing the challenges or old habits from the foundation of being truly present is quite different compared to the distracted mind flying around in the past experiences or the future projections.

Trying to change the surface experience from the surface level of the mind is very very difficult. But aligning with the reality beyond fear and limitation has no difficulty in removing the limitations out of the way. In fact the mind and the body are intimately familiar with this process and will automatically line up with as the most natural thing to do if they are given proper conditions to do so. The condition that I speak about is in the inner direction of the mind and ultimately in the Ascendant reality that is beyond the mind altogether.

As we naturally connect with that level of reality in the Ascension practice, we naturally rise beyond the previous state of life experience and the limited interpretations about it that we held so tightly before.

When the reason for the smoking habit is removed from the nervous system it becomes absurdly easy to let go of the habit. A new and much more appealing experience comes more and more to the surface and in its wake holding onto the old is less and less appealing.

So whether changing life is impossible or very easy depends entirely on the angle that we approach it from. There is huge potential of growth and expansion in the hearts of every single human on this planet. Tapping into that reservoir of creativity and love there is nothing that can really hold us back. And we realise along the way that really the only thing that ever held us back was our own distorted view of life and the belief in lack and separation from what is real.

If you have taken the step toward change by trusting that it is possible, then the next step that is available is to learn the Ishayas´ Ascension techniques to make that inner connection to your own consciousness. Ascension practice does not only give you the deeply personal tools for growth, but it also gives you the necessary guidance to really utilise the practice to its fullest.

Nature fully supports growth and expansion in each moment. We can choose to align with it or struggle against the natural flow by sticking to the limitations in our own minds. 

Each individual choice to rise beyond the past limitations is the greatest gift that can be given to this world. What we do to ourselves we do to others quite literally.

Nataraja

How my thinking affects my life?

I read a few different articles discussing language and thought process and how they affect the way that we generally perceive reality. Although it seems that we share the same reality on the objective level, like the things that we physically can experience, there are vast dissimilarities in our perceptions and interpretations of any given moment. Take as an example a crime scene where witnesses share what they saw just happen. The stories rarely completely match with each other.

The words we use and the meaning we give to them and the way we structure our thinking lays the foundation for the interpretation of what happens around us. Ultimately the less cluttered my mind can be, the more consciously I can witness and have awareness of my inner world and thus clearer perception of the world.

Let´s dive into some examples.

A thought rising in my mind: ”Oh, there are just too many things to do. It will be overwhelming. How can I manage this?”

This may be a thought that you have had recently? Or in the past quite possibly. What happens on the inside here? First there is the perception of many things happening at once and a bit of a chaos. Clearly the past experience is brought in to solidify that idea. Also the fact that it has been overwhelming in the past and it will be that again now. A despondent conclusion of the thinking process leads to a question that one believes has no answer.

As I repeat these kinds of thoughts in my mind I solidify them and give them a reality that manifests in my experience and as an idea ”this is what the world is like”. Hence I create my world through this perception of it.

There could be someone else next to me facing the same situation, but in that person’s mind we could hear something like: ”Hah, I love a good challenge. I will take one thing at a time and make the best out of this!”

In my examples you can see quite easily that the approach is different and will surely create a different kind of experience. I am not revealing a big secret here. Many of us know this quite well and yet because of the extreme subtlety of our minds the unconscious layers remain in the dark and continue to create effects that baffle us. You might agree with me that our attitudes and thoughts indeed affect our lives, but what can you do about it? Or how can you direct it?

If you wish to experience deeper levels of the mind consciously, a very subtle form of thinking, the Ishayas call it Ascension, can be used as a vehicle for that purpose. The simple mechanical techniques draw the mind inwards and as a byproduct of this movement the awareness expands. The person doing the practice develops a witnessing state of consciousness naturally that allows for more conscious thinking and an actual choice how to direct your mind.

If you have not yet been introduced to this ancient practice, this is a great time to get to know it. Chaotic mind with many conflicting thought streams creates a very unstable reality. You may look outside and think that the world is chaotic, but where is it ultimately all coming from? From our minds and our thinking.

A clear mind, a mind capable of experiencing the present moment, produces a stable inner reality where one is not wasting energy on inner conflict or shattering awareness into the past or future projections. The thinking changes at those deeper levels of the mind and Ascension gives the tools to train the mind to think at those deeper levels. Sounds perhaps complicated, but the actual practice of the Art of Ascension is extremely simple. 

Nataraja

Where can I find stability in the world of change?

I believe a very large number of people are awakening to the fact that the world is changing ever more rapidly. And perhaps that reality has been in the awareness of many people for years now. No matter where each individual is at in that regard the fact is that it is harder to ignore the change anymore. The foundations of our society like finances, health, politics, religion and so on are on the brink of massive paradigm shift. Who really knows where all this is going?

As the old reliable methods of relative stability crumble we are left looking for answers. There may be growing doubt whether the politician or trusted doctor or the priest really is working for our benefit. Is the monetary system built to benefit very few individuals that base their life on greed and power over others? Who can be trusted to give real answer to all the challenges that we are facing? What is the quality of the information we are given through media conglomerates or social media platforms? The seeker is facing a sea of information of varying quality.

If this uncertainty can serve a purpose to bring universal good to all people, it may just be this. As we fail to find real support in the structures of authority and power on the outside, it can push us into the one direction where true stability exists. Of course the direction most often ignored is the one closest to us, our own inner world, our own heart, our own spirit, our own connection to the universality of consciousness. The ultimate answer is the one that we all have an access to, but that we have been conditioned to devalue and ignore.

People, who are awakened to the reality of who they really are, are impossible to control or manipulate. And this brings us to this moment in time where the greatest paradigm shift of all is taking place. We are just about to realise collectively that we are not victims, but that we are creators and that the suffering of the world is our own making and can be Ascended in this life. The dream suffering can end and Reality can be lived.

The God of technology is what modern people tend to rely on and expect that problems will be solved by increasingly more complex and powerful computers and machines. AI is the new God that saves humanity…or perhaps attempts to replace it. Yet the world view that we hold creates our world and a transformation on the inside creates vastly more profound effects than any technology or invention that a person could make.

It is of huge importance to ask ourselves these questions, what is the true anchor and stability in my life? Where is it and how can I connect with it? How do I activate the universal good to manifest in my life?

Because this paradigm shift is so fundamental there is less and less grey area of complacency and indecision. We all are coming to a point of choice. What is the world I am personally creating through my moment to moment choice? One of fear and control of the egoic little self or the universal good flowing in and through all of us as one consciousness?

The drama in the world that wants to draw our attention and lock our minds into the old world view of suffering and pain is powerful. The solutions that are offered through different authorities may give a short passing sense of stability, but that is quickly gone. If you seriously consider moving beyond that surface drama then the help is readily available.

The Ishayas know that this time is of great potential and we are offered a clear and simple path to traverse that is built on the stability of the Ascendant consciousness. The unmoving, never changing pure consciousness that we are at the core of our being. It is not struck by any of the drama that is displayed before our eyes. It is untroubled by any of the cares of the world. It offers a solid foundation for the soul to stand on and experience life in all its many manifestations here on earth.

It is not a matter of belief or an philosophical ideal. It is the base reality that everything comes from and that we have ignored as a collective for a very long time. This need not go on any longer. There is time and a chance to turn our awareness inward and experience true stability in consciousness.

If you gave it a try, who would stop you?

Nataraja

How to find my meditation practice?

There is a growing awareness that to be of healthy body and sound mind one also needs to take care of the spiritual side with a daily practice of something that is relaxing and helps to bring the mind back to the present moment. And yes, there are so many options available now and so many teachers and gurus and self help ideologies, religions and so on. So, something for each and every individual that is seeking for certain.

But what does it take to find what really resonates with you?

One who seeks will find. A heart´s desire to connect with the inner Truth will not go unnoticed. And just like with anything else the more that you have direct experiences of different possibilities the more you will attune to what it is that calls for you. As long as you don’t quit before you hear the resonance that matches your heart.

Perhaps you are attracted to a teacher that can eloquently speak of the truth and shows a good example of living it. That is a state of progress. Or perhaps you are one that desires to know the truth directly within your own experience. That is also a state of progress and one that the Ishayas have a very specific gift to give to.

The Art of Ascension is not a Guru driven Teaching nor does it tell you how to live your life. If you search for a practice that is aligning you with the natural upward rising currents of expanding consciousness, a practice that is easy to do and that can be done at all times both in eyes closed meditative practice and eyes open practice, then you may be at the door of something very powerful.

I personally dabbled in a number of different practices before I learned to Ascend. They worked to a degree, but the common thread for me in all of them was a sense of disappointment. A feeling that the practice took me just part of the way, but not really where I felt the potential was the greatest. That was just an inner intuitive experience at the time. The disappointments kept me going though and through them I kept refining what it was that I was looking for. Eventually when I found the books by MSI about Ascension I felt the resonance of something deep inside.

That was the sound of my heart resonating with the offer from the Ishayas. This may sound lofty and out there, but it was really just a simple recognition of something that was real and each step I took towards the direct experience and understanding strengthened my resolve and sense of having found exactly what I had been looking for.

Each of us have a very unique path in life and the way that we come to the spiritual practice that we can call our own varies greatly. Perhaps what is here in this text is just a simple nudge to keep going until you find something that resonates with your being. And then stick to it. There is no point in trying to do five different things at the same time. Better to find one that works and stick to it. That is the surest way to reach the goal that you have set for this life.

Nataraja

The life of a robot

Are automation, robotics and AI the future and will humanity merge with machines? This is a view that the transhumanists hold firmly and believe in. Is it coming or are we already in it? Are we programmed to do a specific thing over and over again? Or do we actually consciously choose what we focus on?

I am sure each us would want to think that we as humans are far from being robots. Let’s just dive into this idea a little deeper and see what layers are there to be seen.

Perhaps we can agree that the mind is programmable. Education, news media, social conditioning, entertainment, arts and many other facets of our society pattern and mould our brains and the mind into accepting certain programs and avoiding others. This is what happens from the very first moments of entering into this physical life as a baby.

The conditioning washes through us for the first seven years when the brain is mostly at the theta and alfa state and it very easily absorbs information. And most of this programming goes into unconscious and it will colour our life for the rest of our lives unless new programming is consciously replacing it.

So much of our lives happen at the unconscious level. Our reactions and perceptions of life are as pre-formatted even before they filter into our conscious awareness.

The advertising industry knows very well how to program the mind and use the unconscious as the weak point. You walk into a store and buy things thinking that you are choosing to buy certain things when in reality you may just be following a program that has been set in your brain in the last two weeks as you watched tv and that particular add kept driving the message into you. And the the store knows where to place the items that you will most likely pick up the ones that they want to move out and sell the most.

Many of our choices come from preprogrammed behaviours and reactions. In that sense we do not differ very much from a robot that only does what the program says. This is how google can predict what you do in the next week. The algorithms of your choices and behaviour are recorded and from that a pattern emerges, there is a very high probability that you will follow the routine 95% of the time.

Routine creates comfort and a sense of knowing what is happening and also a sense of control over the environment. The cost is that we become predictable and machine like in our behaviour. The result is that there are not very many conscious dynamic choices that come from using intuition, awareness and being in the present moment.

But do not despair. There is an upside to this condition. We can choose to program our mind in a way that it is directed into expansion of conscious awareness of the more subtle aspect of our selves. We can use the mind as a tool to step out of the prison of repetition and robotic life.

If we understand the mechanics of the mind and the body, it is easy to see how this new program can be uploaded. We need high quality content, pure thoughts, that we can fill our minds with. Ishayas call these seed thought Ascension Attitudes. They are based on Praise, Gratitude, Love and Compassion. They drive awareness to the source of all thoughts and we begin the process of deleting the limited old programming while we simultaneously also install the new software that is based on living in the present moment with conscious awareness.

This is where the robotic life turns into life of a conscious being. It is not difficult to do, but it does require choice and commitment. To be or not to be? That is a choice and that is what is one difference between humans and machines.

Nataraja

Victim consciousness

Perhaps many don’t really think and identify themselves as being a victim in their lives, but let’s make one thing very clear. We live in a world of victim consciousness because collectively that is what humanity believes to be real. So yes, there are individual differences, but we still face this creation of victim consciousness together.

What does it mean to live from victim consciousness? It is a perspective that thinks that the little self is the center of focus, but feelings, experiences and thoughts are influenced and can be directed by others. Things happen to the victim randomly and one can only shy away or attack in order to preserve the self from the outside threat. Life is coming at victim and he/she is at its mercy.

The truth is that I am the center of my own universe, just like you are yours, but this is very different than what the victim perceives. All of what  our senses experience, all feelings and all thoughts have their source within the individual. All of us create our own universe of experience and we are each responsible for what is in it. There is nothing on the outside that is doing anything to me or that could possible have power over the truth of what I am.

The ego can be hurt and feel like it has been abandoned or crushed, but the consciousness that we truly are is far beyond being affected by the outside circumstance or other people.

If we identify ourselves as being solely physical being with a limited lifespan, we are open to being wounded, destroyed, betrayed and killed. It is a fight for survival. On the other hand, if we experience ourselves as pure spirit, there is no possibility ever to be betrayed, harmed or killed in any way.

Many people do understand this intellectually and see the reality of consciousness and how the true self is pure consciousness. However, understanding does not free the individual from the victim consciousness. It is a good beginning to the right direction, a very necessary step, but knowledge becomes wisdom when you actually use it and make it manifest.

This current global situation creates a wonderful opportunity to see victim consciousness in full action. There is the threat of pandemic disease and media drums the number of deaths as the whip to create fear around it. Even had I pulled myself out of living in victim consciousness for the most part, what happens when I am pushed into a collective thought stream that is 100% coloured by the sense of being a victim to a threat from the outside? Suddenly travelling is limited or I can’t go to work. This moment shows me very clearly just how much there is investment inside of me to being a victim. What is my individual choice in that moment of time. What do I choose to make real?

This moment is here for us to fully grasp that the inner is more real than what we see outside. What we choose to put our attention on matters hugely. Our personal beliefs are what colour our lives. Our inner landscape is what becomes the the landscape outside.

The more drastic and dramatic the outside becomes the more important it is that we have a stable inner life that is founded deeper than the surface experiences and the surface thinking level f the mind. Pure consciousness rests within each of us and it is unstruck and untouched by any drama of the human realm. That is where we find the Peace that passes all understanding. No understanding is needed to know the Truth of what we are.

Ascension literally means to rise beyond. We are rising beyond this level of victim consciousness. We are doing this collectively and individually. The Ishayas have seen this time coming and the Teaching of Ascension has been given to us for this very purpose. We have a chance to bring Reality into this dream of victim consciousness…

…with Praise, Gratitude and Love.

Nataraja

Neglected Spirit

What is the most potent power in the world? What has the greatest impact on all of our lives?

Technology? Money? Political power? Spirit? God?

What you think is the answer to those questions reveals directly the underlying belief system that your particular universe rests upon. We can have what we choose for as everything that we experience with our senses is created from the mind and through our beliefs.

Think of yourself as an onion with multiple layers. The essence of who you are is at the very core and it is the most potent. It is also the most refined and subtle aspect of yourself. Far beyond the physical senses to detect. And yet very easy to connect with given the right tools to direct the mind inwards.

If I was content in my findings and solutions that are on the most surface level of things I would only have the hard shell of the onion to use. I would only use solutions and ideas that are anchored in the world presented by the senses. 

Interestingly for a long time now physicists have shown us the subtle world of atoms and molecules and so forth and yet we still cling onto the idea that physical matter is solid. Nothing about our world is solid yet we experience it so. All is energy and yet we do not see it as such. All is God yet we can live in the world that has no God in it.

Our senses are lying to us. They give us extremely limited information that we use to build our world from. And we build it through our beliefs. To change the world we need to change our minds, we need to repent. 

The most potent power in the world is pure consciousness. Sea of potential that is unmoving, clear, limitless and all-embracing. It is the foundation of all things and the source of every thought and feeling and experience we have had and will ever have.

This very neglected part of us, our true Self, has the power to give us what we are looking for. It has all the answers. It is contentment. It is completion.

Spirituality has been put into a position in our society where the truth of it is not appreciated nor experienced. But things are changing and we are stepping into the age of the spirit manifest. We have the opportunity to experience directly what is the most potent power in the world. That direct experience is the solution to all the myriad of problems that have been created within this matrix of the physical world.

It is inside of us and nobody can give it to us or take it away from us. There is no authority that can ration it to us or say that we can’t have it. It is our responsibility to make the connection and become part of the solution in our own lives and in the lives of all others.

Nataraja

 

Global Fearus Pandemia

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

— Frank Herbert, Dune

What has spread around the world at an incredible speed and efficiency is fear. That in itself has more dire consequences than any physical pathogen. It is not the virus that has put the world into a standstill. This particular virus simply does not have the power to do it. But fear does. And it has.

What we focus on grows. 

One thing that fear pushes the individual into is a flight or fight mode. Awareness becomes narrow and the body prepares to extreme hardship in order to survive. It is a mind-killer. Our attention is heavily on the outside appearances as we are trying to make sense of it all and see where the danger is coming. And what all of this does is that it weakens us physically and in our minds and in our spirit.

In other words this is when a human is the easiest to control and manipulate. This serves a purpose for certain types of outcomes, but that is not where I want to go with this.

As much as it may seem we are struggling with a crisis on the outside in our physical world, in truth we are at a great turning point on the inside and the true challenge here is this.

Are we choosing for love or fear?

This choice is not happening on the surface of the mind. This has nothing to do with surface notions of love or romance or being afraid of snakes for example. At the core of our being it is a matter of life and death, truth and illusion. Do we recognise our selves as the Spirit, the Ascendant, Life itself or do we choose to be just bodies that are subject to death and destruction with very limited life spans.

What are we really?

When fear takes over there is no space to be aware of the truth. It is a cloud that covers the sun. But there is an upside to this experience of fear. It can be turned to good use.

All that energy that is held back and locked into the experience of fear and particularly the fear of death can be used to propel the expansion into consciousness if we are willing to face it. When we are willing to look fear into the eyes and see it for what it is, we will always find it has no reality. The only reality there is, is love. But if we are not willing to move through the dark places where love seems to disappear, we are not going to make a deep and meaningful connection to what love really is.

This fear that is dancing around the world is a blessing in disguise. It is a reminder, an opportunity, an opening to realise a deeper truth about our own selves than we have yet been able to do in this life. It presents a vast amount of energy that we can collectively and individually claim and turn back into Reality. There is nothing but love. That is the message that the Ishayas repeat in all the Thunder books that MSI wrote. There is nothing but love. And we are That.

Nataraja

Life without pain?

Pain is a challenging companion especially if it has come to stay. Chronic pain changes the body and even the physical structure of the brain which can be detected in the brain scans. Pain is an experience that involves the entire brain. In comparison most other experiences affect only a part of the brain.  Chronic pain changes the personality and affects the thinking and attitudes that one has. In that pool of darkness one certainly wishes to find a solution or a path to life without pain.

Mahararishi Mahesh Yogi has famously said that “people need meditation not medication”. While that may sound radical in this world where it seems that most people are on some kind of medication, it still holds a very valid truth. A lot of what we use medication for is the result of lack of meditation or inwardness in life. The desire to seek for remedies from the outside is far greater than any notion of using the inherent healing abilities that every Body has.

This is not to say that medication is bad or that it should not be used. There is balance to everything. The question is more of what we focus on because that has the tendency to grow.

Can one Ascend pain? Is it a realistic remedy and not just a pipe dream or false hope? And what does it mean?

Fear and sense of uncertainty increase the intensity of pain and pushes us deeper into a place of feeling a victim to circumstances with little ability to affect it meaningfully. This is entirely in the realm of inner life, the mind and where we place the focus of our awareness. And this is where the true transformative power lies.

The challenge is that it does not always translate into changing our experience in the body or dissolve the experience of pain. The results can be, but often are not, felt at the surface level. Opening up to a level of reality that is far beyond the victim consciousness widens the perspective and offers the soothing reality of knowing the Self that is not limited to the body or any experience in it. Freedom from pain can be found within that experience and it is very empowering. We might even come to a point of witnessing in our own self how we have created the pain and what purpose it is serving in our life. That is a huge step away from being the victim to it and changes the individual experience from the inside out.

We all suffer from spiritual pain. That pain is the source for all other pain and it travels to the surface and creates any number of physical afflictions or challenging life situations. The spiritual pain is the belief in separation from the Source of All things, separation from the Ascendant Self. There is only one way to cure that and that is through directly experiencing Pure Consciousness right within us.

The Attitudes of Praise, Gratitude, Love and Compassion are great antidotes for any stress, fear and pain that one may have. They relax the body and expand the mind beyond the confines of limited beliefs in separation and pain. If pain can change the person on so many levels, it is also possible to reverse this flow. By choosing to use the mind for Ascension the body has a chance to heal and produce the hormones that alleviate pain. By using Attitudes for Ascension we focus our mind toward the Good and fear has no room to strangle us into victimhood and into the prison of pain. Our personality aligns with expansion and lightness.

Perhaps you are beginning to see how more meditation can serve a person in pain?

It does take an open mind and one that is willing to see deeper than just the surface level of physical experience. But if this resonates with you and there is pain in your life, then do not waste a moment to learn a practice that can open the inner doors of possibility and the Good will flow to you in ways that you can’t imagine.

Nataraja

 

Praise is pure light

In the subtle, praise is pure light; it is the most active of the Ascension emotions, that which is most closely aligned to the pure quality of bliss.

– MSI, Enlightenment!

When you learn to Ascend as taught by the Ishayas you become familiar with what we call Ascending emotions. What we use in Ascension are the emotions of Praise, Gratitude, Love and Compassion. Simple enough and makes sense, right? Everybody knows that aligning with positivity is beneficial. What is so remarkable about the Ascending emotions as vehicles to expand consciousness?

When we talk about emotions on the surface level of experience we attach them to all the relative experiences of happiness and love that we have had during our life. Praise or appreciation is expressed when something nice happens. We are grateful when somebody offers a helping hand or we are supported by great good fortune. Or perhaps we fall in love and for a period of time we see only the good in the other.

These are all nice things to have in life, but they are not what we call Ascending emotions. Ascension is not designed to please the surface of the mind, it is designed to expand consciousness. The potential to do so comes from the fact that when you move deeply into the subtle everything becomes more infused with purity and power. Praise, Gratitude, Love and Compassion in their pure state are extremely powerful and in the Teaching of Ascension they are used  in that pure state. It is a gift from the masters of Consciousness that call themselves Ishayas.

Praise is the beginning of the Ascension process. It is the first step toward the Ascendant or the Absolute. It is the engine that begins the process. So simple and so easy to align with and with such a profound effect on our consciousness. The greatest things in life are often hidden in the clothes of the most humble appearance. So easily overlooked.

This life is active.It is buzzing with creativity and movement. Praise gives us a chance to start the inner journey exactly where we are, in activity. It is constantly moving with us and with the slightest turn of our awareness towards it we connect with the Source.

And that is Bliss.

Joseph Campbell said “follow your bliss” and this is what he meant. Follow the deepest part of yourself and you will know true bliss. There is nothing more fundamental than this. Even the richest person on this planet has nothing compared to one that has mastered the Art of Praise.

“The Attitude of repeated Praise creates Union with the Now.”

Pada I sutra 1, Enlightenment!