LESSON 21: GROUNDED WITHIN: GROUNDED WITHOUT

Your Self is your original, essential and divine state of who you are. Your Self is the supreme expression of the Divine. You are “It.” “It” (you) is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. “It” (you) is invulnerable, eternal and limitless…until “It” (you) decides to manifest.

The process of manifestation results in form. Form is matter. Matter is a highly densified state of “It” (you). In fact,all matter is densified “It.” Your body is a highly densified condition of “It.” If you understand this, then you understand that all matter is the Divine, including you. You would also then simplistically deduce that so are “they”…the ones you don’t like, the ones that should be punished for the things they do. But if you don’t understand this, then there is good and there is bad, and, of course, you know the difference and stand on the side of good. If you don’t understand this, then your life is also racked with the pain and struggle of reconciling duality (good and bad).

It is a fairly simple process of repetition that allows you to become robotic, mechanized, blind and a stranger to the “It” that is who you really are. The struggles of daily survival, the demands of the physical body, and the endless pursuits of the unenlightened mind take little time to jail your Self in a self-made prison of self-doubt, ignorance and fear. As a result, the Self that you are remains hidden from you as you become someone other than your Self. The funny thing is that there is nothing you can do to achieve the Self because it’s already who you are. The pursuit of the Divine cannot be realized because it is the Divine in you who is doing the pursuing. Get it? You are already who you seek to be!

“O Force -compelled, Fate-driven earth-born race,
O petty adventurers in an infinite world
And prisoners of a dwarf humanity,
How long will you tread the circling tracks of mind
Around your little self and petty things?
But not for a changeless littleness were you meant,
Not for vain repetition were you built;
Out of the Immortal’s substance you were made;
Your actions can be swift revealing steps,
Your life a changeful mould for growing gods.
A Seer, a strong Creator, is within,
The immaculate Grandeur broods upon your days,
Almighty powers are shut in Nature’s cells,
A greater destiny waits you in your front;
This transient earthly being if he wills
Can fit his acts to a transcendent scheme.”

The rediscovery of this, of learning about who you really are effortlessly results in spiritual transformation. This is truly the distinguishing mark of your life, the lighthouse around which everything else will orbit. Before, your world was ruled by everything outside of you. Daily life was like walking through an asteroid field. Chaos was the norm. Now, your world is ruled by everything inside of you. Your inner cosmos evolves closer and closer to its original state, and in doing so, creates a center that is grounded in the truth of who you really are. The inner rules the outer and your power to transform outer events strengthens. Before, the outer ruled your inner, resulting in chaos, pain and a lot of therapy. If you are grounded within, then you will be grounded when you go without, turning the hurricane winds of life and catastrophe into understanding, knowledge and blessing.

“Yet shall the godhead grow within your hearts.
You shall awake into the spirit’s air
And feel the breaking walls of mortal mind
And hear the message which left life’s heart dumb
And look through Nature with sun-gazing lids
And blow your conch-shells at the Eternal’s gate.
Authors of earth’s high change, to you it is given
To cross the dangerous spaces of the soul
And touch the mighty Mother stark awake
And meet the Omnipotent in this house of flesh
And make of life the million-Bodied One.”

Your realization of this will be your greatest gift to the world.