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I titled this painting 'Within'. As I worked on this painting there was an inner dialogue that persisted and prompted me to discuss my feelings. �and maybe plant some seeds in the process.
I have been increasingly troubled by the unhappiness I see in the world. People are restless, moving from one thing to another in an endless frustrating search to fulfill themselves. Though there are many beautiful places, people and things in this world, they tend to offer only fleeting happiness, and so the search continues. What I have learned and would like to pass along is that what they�re really seeking can only be found within.
I have learned the following from the teachings of Self Realization Fellowship and its founder, my Guru, Parmahansa Yogananda. Though this is not the only path to follow to learn this, it is my path, and I feel very blessed.
A few seeds�
1 � We all are created with the desire to feel the complete love and bliss of our creator. We are meant to return to our true home of oneness with pure spirit. For this reason no sensory pleasure, person, or object will give us the lasting satisfaction our soul craves.
2 - Whether you�re aware of it or not, there�s a sustaining flow of cosmic energy (prana) coming into your body at all times. This energy flows into the brain then to the nerves and into the senses and muscles. This energy flow makes the physical world the main object of all our interests �people, objects, etc.
3 - When we think of ourselves as having a mind and living in a body, this is known as ego consciousness. What the ego does is to flow with this cosmic energy and give us suggestions of situations, people, things that will bring us true happiness. We can and do experience some happiness from many of the ego�s suggestions, but we are still left wanting... something. Has any relationship or object brought you complete contentment and bliss?
4 - For thousands of years the science of the East, chiefly India, has focused on the science of consciousness. The system of yoga (union) works to change the flow of the energy that feeds our senses to one that penetrates and stays within our beings.
5 - Unseen to most people, we have a subtle astral body (aura) that vibrates at a high rate and surrounds and interconnects with our physical body. This astral body consists of the astral spine, and the astral brain. The astral spine has powerful centers of spiritual perception (chakras) and the astral brain is where we experience complete transcendence. When the techniques of yoga are used, the now internal energy is directed to these centers and we experience our higher self, or soul.
6- This redirection doesn�t happen all at once, and takes steady effort and discipline to accomplish. Even from the beginning there�s a certain peace and calm that comes as a �proof� of this inner world.
The most powerful aid in my life has come from understanding the basic science of these metaphysical energies and laws. After many years I am just a visitor on the periphery of this realm, but I attest from my own experiences the truth of all I have written. This is not just an intellectual concept. Without the love and devotion in meditation, it�s easy for outside world to be your focus again.
The real treasure you seek is from within.
July 19th, 2011
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