January 24, 2016 2:18 PM
Synchronistic events and other “little miracles” start to awaken as the ego weakens—and the ego takes a serious hit when you nurture the Soul Aspect. From the book-in-progress (First draft. Standard grammar, spelling, punctuation disclaimer)…
Living As A Soul
What is it actually like to live as a Soul? To live your life as if you live forever and that your body is nothing more than a temporary vehicle used to operate in and interact with the manifest world?
As a direct result of no longer taking the slings and arrows of life so seriously, your ego weakens dramatically and your investment in the me-me-me-thing is diminished. With the weakening of the ego, a space opens up within your identity, and vistas—previously unseen—mysteriously open: [WGW Note: Each of the following will be examined in the book] Small miraculous coincidences start to occur; fears are examined and dropped; a more authentic life is lived; the drama of the manifest world is seen as temporary; desire to control and manipulate events ease; the body is viewed as a vehicle to “drive around in;” and the fear of death quiets considerably.
To live as a Soul is to live a relaxed and carefree life—yet a life filled with the miraculous.
The Awakening of the Siddhis
The less there is of you, the more there is of the Mystery.
One of the most difficult aspects for many people to accept is the awakening of the siddhis—of new and powerful paranormal events and abilities. As the ego weakens as we shift our identity from human to Soul, synchronistic events and paranormal abilities become common—even expected. For millennia, spiritual teachers have warned that these siddhis should never be “owned” by the spiritual student lest he become identified with them. To identify with the siddhis (“I can read minds!”) is to strengthen the ego, not weaken it—to become pompous and proud, not humble and grateful. The healthy way to view siddhis is as if they are fleeting morsels of a delightful and rare fruit—a moment to enjoy and appreciate—and not as possessions to be hoarded and owned.
Synchronistic events—odds defying coincidences and good luck—start to increase as the Soul Aspect is nurtured. Later, when we address the Mystic Aspect, we’ll look deeper into the implications of these “little miracles,” but for now, I’ll just relate how the siddhis began to awaken in my life…
Though I had been practicing meditation for nearly 30 years, aside from a few fleeting glimpses of the nondual state, I had very little to show for all those years of hard work. Yet in less than three months of living as a Soul, I experienced such an intense shift in my identity as to change my life forever. Living as a Soul weakened my ego (the less there is of you…) to the point that profound spiritual change became inevitable and irreversible (the more there is of the miraculous).
In March 2007, I was broke and in debt and out of work, yet I felt remarkably unconcerned. Over the course of only a few months, I had experienced a past life, researched and digested the evidence of the Soul, and convinced both my mind and my heart that the Soul was real. I no longer considered myself a human being. My identity had shifted from assuming I was a mortal man to knowing that I was an eternal Soul. I was a Soul, I knew I was one, and just as important, I was living as one. Sitting in meditation one evening—after less than three months of living as a Soul—I had a profound experience: A “vision” that I perceived both visually and physically. From the March 6, 2007 entry of my personal journal:
Last night, as I sat in meditation, I suddenly felt a powerful movement of Light slide from above my head and down to the base of my spine. It then slowly moved back upward toward the center of my chest. Gradually it condensed into a ball of spinning white light and slowly drifted over to my upper left pectoral muscle. In my mind’s eye, I could see this ball of light swirling and condensing as the skin above the muscle grew warm and taunt. As the light swirled and compressed to about the size of a grape, it suddenly exploded out and away from my skin. What was left was a very distinct hole from which pure white light radiated outward.
This was not an exercise or a visualization. It had started out as my typical meditation: I had been reciting and contemplating my mantra, “Who am I?” as I had done hundreds (thousands, millions) of times before, when the ball of Light appeared out of nowhere, spontaneously and unsought. The Light moved as if it had a consciousness and life all its own.
To this day, I can still feel the original “hole” left by this experience—a deep “well” not in my physical body, but in some sort of psychic energy sheath that feels as close as a second skin. At the time, I called this hole a God Well, and experienced it as a hole in my ego, with a distinctly felt Divine Light shining out of it.
This God Well was the first of many siddhis to be experienced over the course of the next few years—siddhis that would manifest most commonly as odds-defying good luck, but sometimes as psychic “intuitions” or otherworldly guidance. But at the time, I didn’t understand the implications of the siddhis:
The less there is of you, the more there is of the Divine.
I suspected that I could open these God Wells on others, indeed, I ended up making a couple thousand dollars over the next few months doing just that, but—being a rational mystic—I knew I had to experiment with the idea first. In an attempt to open a new God Well on myself, I visualized placing a “water droplet” over my other pectoral muscle as a sort of “seed” to stimulate the opening, then placed my hand over my chest and redirected the Light toward the water droplet. From my journal entry of that day:
Today, as I was opening a God Well over my right pectoral muscle, I decided to insert an issue into the starting water droplet. Knowing that it would get “blasted” out of my system, I mentally placed the issue, “Financial troubles” into the droplet. Within half an hour after the Opening, I received two phone calls from people from my past. One an old co-worker who wanted to hire me to write a complex software package, and the other from an old employer who wanted me to come back and work for him. Within half an hour after the Opening. Amazing. I would not believe this if it hadn’t happened to me. I suspect others won’t believe it, the odds of it are just too astronomical.
Down on my luck, a failure as a self-published author, out of work, in debt and with no prospects for future income, yet I was living unconcerned as a Soul. Then, just when I “needed” a miracle to improve my life, multiple miracles occurred. I accepted the freelance software work and slowly rebuilt my finances.
Over the years this lesson would be repeated again and again and again: That the less there was of me—the trying, the resisting, the controlling, the obsessive me-me-me thoughts, …—the more there was of the miraculous.
Ask any spiritual seeker if they have become luckier as their spiritual faith has strengthened and overwhelmingly you’ll hear a resounding, “Yes!”
Live as a Soul—become less ego and more trans-human—and the miraculous will become the everyday.
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