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!

 

On the other side

I walked behind as my two grown up sons carried the coffin of their grandpa to the burial site. They were witnessing and also physically taking part in the process of taking care of the remains of what used to be their very well loved grandpa.

In this world of uncertainty letting go is not easy. When someone near and dear embarks on the journey to the unknown we are faced with many important and essential questions. What does it mean? Where do we go? What are we? Is this reality of the body all that there is? And where do we come from? That is equally as mysterious as the departure from this life.

These questions we have often when faced with the death of someone close to us. It is a valuable moment. Challenging yes, but it brings us so much closer to what is real in each of our lives. It is a reminder not build the house on sand, but on a foundation of reality that is unchanging, that is of the spirit.

Appreciation, Gratitude, Love and Compassion was there in that moment of gathering around the coffin. Those are the building blocks of each and every moment that has ever existed, but they are not always the focus that we as a group of people share together. The achievements at work or the possessions he accumulated in life were not the things brought to the surface. They were of friendship, support, understanding and caring that he had given to the people in his life. Those were the things that mattered in the end and that he is remembered by.

This is often lost in the fog of every day life. Busily we go about doing things and making money and entertaining ourselves. And in the end none of that really matters. The love we have for ourselves, for each other and for the truth is what matters.

That is why I find death a reminder of the truth of life. Life is eternal and it is full of love and wisdom. The bodies and things that we have last for a while and their value and purpose is to bring love and wisdom to others as we grow in love and wisdom inside our own hearts.

There is nothing to fear. We can in this life connect with the resonance of the Unchanging Absolute that gives life to all. That resonance is Life that does not have an end. It is not necessary to wait until deaths´  door to step into the unknown. We can do it here and by learning to let go, in a way learning to die, we actually become able to experience Life. It is a paradox for the surface level of the mind, for our thinking mind. But it is a very simple reality of our heart. It is Ascension.

I thought about grandpa. The twinkle and light in his eyes is what I remember. What a wonderful soul that touched my life and my sons´ lives.

Nataraja

 

 

Without A Reality

War.

This is an all too familiar word that has shaped the past in cruel ways and even today threatens to be the architect for the years to come. War is a state of mind that takes its most obvious and manifest form in the actuality of soldiers killing each other and just about anybody and anything that is perceived to be in the way of the war machines´ set agenda. Even the word WAR elicits a definite response in the human nervous system. A stress reaction in the body and fear that absorbs and freezes the mind.

Hence the opposing force for the expansion, namely the ego, is more than eager to use it to its fullest extent.

When most of us think of war, we place it into a different country and maybe into another culture far away from us. Something that is removed from our personal life experience and hence far from our reach to have any ability to meaningfully affect. For some people it is an actual inescapable everyday reality. But perhaps even they share the same feeling of inability and inadequacy to affect the reality of war. What can you do when the war machine that has no regard for human life sweeps over your village and destroys everything?

Let’s take one step away from the most manifested form of the violence here on earth. Let’s move closer to its inception, the beginning point of what indeed creates war.

War is a state of mind. It is a state of mind that has no basis in Reality, it is literally Without A Reality. What Reality are we talking about?

Look at the mind as a multilayered, multidimensional field, that has a Foundation that all of it is resting upon. This Foundation is the Source for all Life, Love, Energy and Wisdom. The lack of connection to this Foundation creates a lack of all the above mentioned. Our thinking mind that works on the 5-10% level on the surface has little or no conscious connection to the deeper layers of the mind and ultimately to its Foundation. The surface mind is Without A Reality.

This is the mind in a state of WAR. The ego reins nearly unchallenged and its manifestations are according to its rules and laws which are fear and suffering and separation and loss and ignorance.

Each one of us is a carrier of this virus called war. Each one of us in our daily lives supports this state of mind. Or actively chooses to disengage from it creating a connection to the Foundation, to the Reality that the Ishayas call the Ascendant. We always choose for One or the other, Love or fear. We Ascend or die, quite literally.

Violence seems inevitable and unavoidable in this world, but this is by appearance only. It is our belief that creates this reality of violence. Belief that is based on fear and dire lack of the Ascendant Reality.

When we take one step further back  into the subtle realm of inner choice we see a picture emerging. Each one of us is capable of dealing with this virus of war and if we desire to end it altogether we have the perfect antidote for it that is given to us by the Ishayas. They are of consciousness that is forever beyond the level of conflict and limitations created from fear.

How to end war and violence then? The answer is closer than our own heart beat. The responsibility is non other´s than our own. The power to change the world is in our own choice to do so. War is not something far away, something that a government of any given country creates or doesn’t. It is what you and I create or don’t create.

The primary concern here, and this may be more difficult to fathom, is not to end the conflicts that we see happening on the surface in the world. The primary concern is to rise beyond the inner conflict of judgment and fear and end the violence in our inner worlds. Then and only then a new manifestation can take place in the world at large.

The healing of the world always begins with the healing of the self. This is one of the few simple messages the Ishayas have given us to learn and to experience.

If you know how to Ascend as taught by the Ishayas, then you do have the keys to the mastery of Ahimsa, perfect non-violence. Without that enlightenment is not possible. Without that, the war will continue both inside and out.

Nataraja

The Matrix

The matrix movie trilogy became a phenomena at the time of its release. And I think it is because they touched on something very real about the nature of reality and perception. We live in a mind created reality that reflects our thoughts and beliefs and although it appears that we share the same reality with others, in truth we each have our own worlds based on how we perceive things to be.

We are living in a time where virtual reality games and applications are  being developed very quickly. There are more and more ways to dive into random experiences that are designed to keep the mind active and as a result of that less connected to the physicality of our human bodies.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a very real danger because of the way that our minds are conditioned to perceive reality and make the perceptions real in the first place.

Without understanding how reality is created through the mind, we are easily lost in the sea of experiences. And this is even before we step into the reality of virtuality. What we focus on grows is an accurate statement. Adding one layer of confusion on top of what is already confused creates a multidimensional challenge.

Because of this there is even more of an urgency to become aware of the inner world, the Source of it all and how thoughts flow through the mind creating the very real like experiences we have .

The scientific research shows that we use mere 5-10% of our minds. That is staggeringly low percentage. There is so much reality not being experienced because our machinery of perception is so limited by stress and limiting beliefs. Now would it not be more worthwhile to expand the capacity of the mind to experience more of life, more that potential that we have on the inside and be more in touch with the actual Reality of full human experience.

Virtual realities keep moving the awareness further out into the field of mind created illusions. Before we are too deeply invested in that (and we already are well into it with the screen culture that is all around us) there is still good time to realise what is the only real game in town. Expanding consciousness beyond the limitations of fear will give us so much more than any artificial creation of entertainment for the mind.

Do we succumb to the machine world of the matrix or do we rise beyond that and cut our connection to that which is not real. Blue pill or the red pill? Choice is the name of the game here.

Nataraja