Steele Creek Park, COE Camp, Whitney, TX—When your personal self falls away and your wake up to your True Self, how do you make personal decisions?
How do you make personal decisions without a personal self?
The answer below the break (huh?).
From Oneness, your body is no more important to you than the chair you are sitting on. Think of Ramana Maharshi who, upon his realization, sat down on his ass, let the bugs bite him, and didn’t feed himself. He only survived because the temple priests would clean him up and put food in his mouth.
Such are the dangers of enlightenment.
From Oneness, your body (since there is no personal self) is not important to you at all. In enlightenment, the illusion of separation is seen through and you value your body no more than you value anything else. No more than a rock or a plant or a cloud.
Thankfully, unlike all those non-mystical enlightened teachers out there today (whom I’m sure have just got to be starving by now), mystics have Radiance to fall back on. Granted, there is almost no sense of self preservation at the Radiant level, but at least from Radiance we can hear Her whispers and make decisions based on what we “hear.”
So how does a mystic make personal decisions? How does a mystic hear Her whispers?
The answer is quite simple, but very hard to follow, particularly when your mind (or your heart) says otherwise: You listen to how you feel and then (and this is the tricky part) you have to have faith in those feelings.
There are three gut feelings when it comes to decisions:
- You feel tense, contracted or nauseated. This is Her way of telling you not to do something.
- You feel ambivalent or unsure. This is Her way of telling you to wait.
- You feel open and free. This is Her way of telling you to do whatever it is you are considering.
It took me about a year to figure this out—pretty much all of 2010—but now (mostly) I listen to Her more than I listen to my mind.
The less there is of you, the more there is of Her.
I’ve learned to hear Her, to open to Her, and to surrender to Her Will.
And as scary as it may sound, I’ve got to tell you, it’s a very cool way to live.
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