“Becoming conscious is of course a sacrilege against nature; it is as though you had robbed the unconscious of something.” ~Carl G. Jung
Beam Me Up Scotty: Discovering Yourself
“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” ~James Baldwin
As I take a sip of my coffee, it hits me, as if a strange energy slowly descended upon me. This energy is the penetrating realization that I am simply “here”. I have been in South Korea for 5 months now, but this feeling is one as if I just got teleported here this very instant.
What is this strange feeling that many travelers happen to encounter, yet may not exactly know what’s going on, or where it’s coming from?
This feeling is the one of becoming self-aware, becoming aware of your own awareness. Typically we live in our own self-imposed bubbles, where we our lost in the conceptual images of our mind. We think we are conscious and awake but the reality is that we are psychologically asleep, and don’t realize we are asleep. Discovering yourself is the most beautiful discovery you can make.
The first step to becoming more conscious is realizing you’re asleep in the first place. This is very difficult because you need to experience what it is like to be truly self-aware and awake in the world, you need contrast to be able to compare different states of being.
Try this small experiment: sit in your couch and just simply try to remember your “Self” for 5-10 minutes, this means just keeping your attention to the feeling of being alive. Just feeling and acknowledging the living presence inside your body.
How long can you keep your attention here and now without your mind going off on some mental tangent? This will show you the level of your “Being”, if you were truly self-aware this would not be difficult, you could keep your attention on whatever you chose without it going in other directions, true will power. It’s time to discover yourself.
Are You Taking Your Life For Granted?
Living unconsciously we take for granted the most important thing in this world, which is our life, the simple acknowledgment of our existence, the feeling of “I am”, just pure simple “being”.
Like I mention in my blog, my main concern in life is to become fully awake, to live life with an unconditioned mind, to die psychologically to the past every single day. To have a mind that is young, fresh, new. A mind that does not carry the burden of the past. If you are able to have a mind that is totally free, being self-aware is your normal state.
This path is extremely arduous, but I enjoy it so much because I am constantly learning, becoming more aware, more alert, less divided.
This is the reason why I have not been able to stop living abroad. I have used it as a way to experiment with everything I learn on a daily basis.
In Discovering Yourself Knowledge Is Not Enough: Participate In Life
In trying to transform yourself, knowledge is not enough. One can possess an enormous amount of knowledge and yet not be able to do anything with it. You can actually create more problems by knowing too much. You need to live your life and create the situations in which you will truly grow.
You can read a manual on fixing engines and know it forwards and backwards, but until you actually attempt to fix the car your knowledge won’t even begin to show its value.
How Traveling Helps You Grow
“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” Alan Alda
When you become exposed to an environment that is completely different, that is out of your comfort zone, what happens….even if its for a split second is that you stump your mind. What does this mean? This means you stop the movement of your mind, or rather it stops movement on its own.
If you ever observe your mind, you will see that all it is, is a constant never-ending thought process, which is to say the mind is just movement. This never ending movement consumes so much energy, so much that it can lead to stress and depression.
What happens when your mind stops moving? You become extremely quiet, utterly still, in this stillness you are free to observe without any dissipation of energy. In fact you accumulate energy.
This energy is what causes you to feel extremely alert, yet calm and relaxed, like you just had 10 Red Bull Energy Drinks without any of the side effects. This energy is what helps you transform and go beyond your previous unconscious tendencies. You start encountering your true self. Living in moment is delightful and beyond any description I can give.
It takes a huge amount of self understanding to know that this is whats taking place. People who just catch these glimpses simply know that they like it and want more of it. This is another trick of the mind, the mind always wants to know, wants a logical answer, so it may say to you that the reason you feel like this is only because of traveling.
So now you might become a travel junkie because you want to keep experiencing these feelings. Anything the mind derives pleasure from, it seeks to continue it. This is a game you will never win.
You need to be able to see that it’s not the traveling that gave you this feeling of bliss, but that your mind became still, your new environment simply gave you a friendly push.
It’s not a question of constantly seeking new experiences with travel, but how can you make your mind quiet. Then every day is “full of life” no matter where you are or what you may be doing.
I Need Your Help
I am currently starting to work on a small guide to meditation, where I hope to demystify what meditation is and how we can practically incorporate it into our lives. Please let me know if meditation is new to you and what questions or challenges you have had in trying to meditate. Leave your comments below, I will try to address them in the near future.
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