There are certain laws, or principles, at work in the universe that are undeniable. These principles transcend belief, meaning they exist regardless of whether or not we believe in them. The law of gravity would be one of them. If I walked up to you and asked, “do you believe in gravity,” most likely you’d look at me to see if I was feeling alright. The reason for that is of course quite simple: gravity is. It exists. It’s a fact. It’s not something that we have to believe in. Because regardless of whether or not we believe in gravity, if we step off a building, it’s safe to say we’ll be going down every single time, and not up. It’s a universal constant.
There are several of these universal constants, or principles, of which gravity is only one. In order for us to truly have a better understanding of our reality and our role in it, it’s important that we have an awareness of what these constants are.
But we can’t develop this awareness through merely an intellectual understanding. In fact, merely having an intellectual understanding is never truly sufficient when it comes to spiritual matters. The reason being that if you just believe in something because it seems to make sense, or because you were raised that way, there will always be room for doubt to creep in.
Spiritual awakening is a gradual letting go of all doubt.
So instead of just having an intellectual understanding, we must instead get down to the heart of matters. And we do that through experience. The moment you have the experience of something, belief in it no longer becomes necessary. Concepts, which we derive from intellectual ideas, are something that we can either believe in or not; but experience allows us to know.
The path of spiritual growth and awakening is one that takes us from BELIEVING in something, to actually having the EXPERIENCE of it.
Going back to the example of gravity. Why do you know that gravity exists? How can you know with absolute certainty that there is such a thing as gravity? Is it because someone told you about it? Have you read a book about it? Do you believe in gravity because everyone else around you believes in it?
If I had to guess, it’s probably none of the above.
The reason you know beyond any doubt that gravity exists, is because it’s part of your experience each and every day. It’s the very reason you’re able to sit on a chair, or stand on the ground, or even walk for that matter. Gravity is what keeps you tied to the earth. It’s the reason you’re not floating to the ceiling of the room or off into space right now.
Now, the great news here is that we can develop this same kind of experiential knowing when it comes to our spiritual growth.
In fact, isn’t that what, at some level, we’re all longing for? Going from merely knowing about God as this idea, this concept of a creator in which we can either believe in or not, to actually experiencing the Divine as a very real part of our lives each and every day.
And that’s what living the awakened life is all about. Experiencing the Divine Qualities in our lives by allowing them to express and to reveal themselves through us as we become the living embodiment of them.
- Going Beyond Belief
My intention is not to present you with something new to believe in. My goal for this website is not to promote any ideologies or belief systems, but instead to guide you beyond the world of beliefs and ideas towards a deeper reality.
This deeper reality transcends all space, time, form, and matter. And as such, it can be very tricky to try and explain it with words. For clarity purposes, I like to refer to it as Ultimate Reality.
Whenever we experience glimpses of Ultimate Reality, we experience Bliss. We experience a state of Pure Unconditional Love, a sense of Union and Oneness with All That Is. All doubt melts away because our experience has shifted to include this deeper realm. And as we make accessing this deeper level of awareness our daily practice, we begin to find that it becomes a more and more dominant part of our lives. We notice this because we start feeling more joyful, more alive, and more “on track.” Our joy starts to become independent of our outside circumstances. The reason for that is that we’re no longer looking to outside circumstances to make us happy. Instead, we’ve found the only place where any real, lasting happiness can ever come from: from the everlasting wellspring that is within each and everyone of us.
Whenever I find myself talking about these matters, I will invariably say, don’t believe what I’m saying. Don’t accept it on good faith. Instead, put it to use. Try it out. See how you feel about it. Find out if it’s true for you.
One of the greatest misperceptions in our society today is that universal truths cannot be known. After all, how could we possibly comprehend the mind of God? And even if we could, what does that even mean?
Well, the truth is that we can know the mind of God. We can know it as our own experience through turning our attention away from the distractions of superficial matters, and instead going inward. And doing that is a lot easier than many of us have been taught to believe.
Bellow are five easy steps you can take to start cultivating a deeper awareness which will help you go beyond the world of beliefs and concepts.
- Five Steps To Develop An Experiential Knowing
1. Quiet Your Mind
One of the easiest ways to leave behind the world of concepts and ideas is to simply turn your attention from it by quieting your mind. Make it a daily practice to become quiet for at least a few minutes, twice a day. Ideally, you would do this early in the morning and then again at night before going to sleep. Simply sit for a few minutes with no intention other than to simply be with yourself.
2. Become Aware Of Your Thoughts
As you sit in silence you will start noticing thoughts as they arise. When this happens, don’t try and resist them. Instead, simply allow them to be there. Observe them. You’re now deepening your awareness. Most people are unaware of their thoughts because they’re identified with them. But by becoming the observer, you begin to separate yourself from your thoughts and beliefs, and that is the first step towards transcending them.
3. Ask for Guidance from your Higher Self
Make it a practice to ask your Higher Self, God, the Universe, Divine Intelligence, whatever you like to call it, for guidance. Make yourself available to it by saying, “I surrender to what wants to unfold in my life! I am willing to raise my awareness by going beyond any all old concepts and limitations! I am willing to see clearly!” Similarly, you would of course also ask for guidance and insight when it comes to specific events in your life.
4. Act On Your Intuitions
Whenever you put out a question to the Universe, there will always be an answer. But it’s up to us to be open to this answer, in whatever form it may come, and then, to act on it. Next time you have a hunch or an intuition, rather than try and analyze it, take action on it. See where it takes you. By making it a practice to follow your intuitions, you will deepen your receptivity and clear the channels between you and your Higher Self. Over time you will find that you are becoming more intuitive on a regular basis.
5. Be open
Finally, just allow yourself to be open. The best way to go beyond beliefs is to be open, to not put yourself and your world in this little box. Be willing to surrender to the unknown, be willing to let new perspectives and insights flow into your life and guide you. Realize that life is an adventure that’s forever unfolding. I love this quote from Rumi that says, sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment.
In my next post on going beyond beliefs, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the most fundamental and most powerful metaphysical universal constants, and how we can practically apply it in our day to day lives: The Law of Attraction and Circulation.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you find this helpful. I have been absolutely loving writing this blog so far, and I would love to hear your thoughts on it. For example, what are some of your ways of getting in touch with your Higher Self?
Until next time.
Much Love and Blessings to you!