Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What does it feel like to be spirtually awake?

To travel is a way to wake up a little. A bored European, for example, can find it extremely exciting to have a cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts in some jerk town in America. To the Americans it is just a coffee place where they rush in to have a quick coffee. To them the weather is terrible. It is rain and snow slush outside, they are in a hurry and they have their eyes closed to everything around them. The foreigner is wide-awake. He finds everything extremely cool. The smells, the cars outside, the way people walk and talk, how they are dressed, the way they wear their baseball caps, their shoes, the stressed out woman behind the counter. Everybody looks so interesting. He expects Al Pacino or Jack Nicholson to pop in any second or at least some kind of detective. The Americans do not recognize anything. They just want their coffee. They are hypnotized to an everyday trance by their work, eat, shit and sleep kind of lifestyle. They probably need to go to Paris or Rome to wake up a little, to open their eyes to what things look like, to feel the atmospheres and smells.

This heightened awareness or alertness in unfamiliar surroundings is due to hormones, if I have it right, adrenalin and cortisol among others. All animals are more alert and apprehensive in unfamiliar surroundings. However, some people can wake up to this heightened awareness without going anywhere and some people don’t seem to experience any excitement at all even if they go to the most fantastic places, the Himalayas, Macu Pichu or Serengeti. Why is that? Some people have to use heavy drugs or weird sex or mountain climbing to create some action in their brain cells, others do not seem to need almost anything to get their juices flowing. They are like children. Small children can be extremely enthusiastic just because they have found a pool of mud in the back yard. What do they see that we don't?

What does it feel like to be spiritually awakened or enlightened? Are awakened people never out of sorts? Are they never tired or ill or sad or angry? Are people awake just because they are happy, because they are in love? Is sadness and worry always a sign of spiritual slumber?

1 comment:

Doreen said...

They can Be all these things but the difference is there is an underlying sense of peace that is constantly there. The "in love" changes to "In OneLove" with the All.

I notice that I don't have extremes of emotion. I was in an alert "worry" the other night when my son had an accident but my mind and body automatically knew exactly what to do. There was not a sense of "panic" or overwhelming worry. I did what I had to do. To be there with him, to face what Is in the field of Now. To not be Present in that type of situation serves no one. But I could not Not "Be" There, it Is the Way It functions Now.

One's "happiness, sadness, etc." just come but are not dependent on an other. These emotions arise or come but no longer do You remain trapped in them. They come and go, naturally. BUT, the peace remains, always.