PARADIGM SHIFT....PT.1

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..."The ego may feel threatened by the radiant emptiness that has revealed itself to be your essence, your true nature, and it will do everything it knows how to make you forget who you are."

A beautiful read that I came across and would like to share.

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A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening
by
Stephan Bodian

Although spiritual awakening itself is generally a blissful, expansive experience that may be accompanied by weeks or months of extraordinary inner peace, joy, love, and freedom from reactivity, it's often followed by an extended period of insecurity and confusion. After all, you've just experienced the most profound paradigm shift imaginable--the seeming center of your universe, the separate self you've spent a lifetime cultivating and serving, has revealed itself to be a colossal illusion. Even though you may have encountered spiritual teachings that helped prepare you for this tectonic shift in consciousness, the experience itself can be frightening and disorienting as your accustomed world collapses around you.

In particular, the ego may feel threatened by the radiant emptiness that has revealed itself to be your essence, your true nature, and it will do everything it knows how to make you forget who you are. (Remember, that's its job description, its reason for being, and it's been doing its job well for a very long time.) Committed to seeing itself as a separate someone with a particular life story--with all the suffering and exhilaration, success and failure, this story brings--the ego is terrified of being annihilated. The tactics it employs may be heavy-handed or subtle and range from trying to stuff awakening back into a conceptual box to attempting to co-opt awakening for its own purposes. But the result is the same: the clouding or distortion of the truth to which you've just awakened and the reassertion of the ego's control. Here are seven of the ego's favorite ploys.
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Although spiritual awakening itself is generally a blissful, expansive experience that may be accompanied by weeks or months of extraordinary inner peace, joy, love, and freedom from reactivity, it's often followed by an extended period of insecurity and confusion. After all, you've just experienced the most profound paradigm shift imaginable--the seeming center of your universe, the separate self you've spent a lifetime cultivating and serving, has revealed itself to be a colossal illusion. Even though you may have encountered spiritual teachings that helped prepare you for this tectonic shift in consciousness, the experience itself can be frightening and disorienting as your accustomed world collapses around you.

In particular, the ego may feel threatened by the radiant emptiness that has revealed itself to be your essence, your true nature, and it will do everything it knows how to make you forget who you are. (Remember, that's its job description, its reason for being, and it's been doing its job well for a very long time.) Committed to seeing itself as a separate someone with a particular life story--with all the suffering and exhilaration, success and failure, this story brings--the ego is terrified of being annihilated. The tactics it employs may be heavy-handed or subtle and range from trying to stuff awakening back into a conceptual box to attempting to co-opt awakening for its own purposes. But the result is the same: the clouding or distortion of the truth to which you've just awakened and the reassertion of the ego's control. Here are seven of the ego's favorite ploys.

Pretend Your Awakening Never Happened

If you had no interest in awakening in the first place or didn't realize it could be so intense and unsettling, you may try to go about your life as if nothing has changed, pretending to be interested in the same achievements, possessions, dramas, and roles as before. The problem is, the awakened view keeps reasserting itself, like an abyss opening up beneath you and revealing the emptiness at the core, or a voice speaking truth from the whirlwind beyond the mind. No matter how hard you try, you just can't get your life to fit back into the comfortable little box you once inhabited. You're in no-man's-land now, uncharted terrain. The old maps are worthless, and new maps have yet to be drawn--or more accurately, can never be drawn because reality is constantly changing and doesn't lend itself to predetermined directions. Eventually, you need to find a way to accommodate your new identity.

One of my students, for example, had a lucrative, high-profile job at a software company that gave him a sense of status and power. After his awakening, status and power lost their luster, and his work revealed itself to be inherently manipulative and dishonest. But he pushed on as if nothing had happened, attempting to talk himself out of his misgivings, because he was afraid of making changes that might cause him to lose a lifestyle to which he had become attached.

Discredit the awakening

Because your awakening doesn't resemble the ones you've read about in books, you may dismiss it as inauthentic. Or because you still feel angry or afraid, you may conclude that the awakening was inadequate in some way. "After all, someone like Eckhart Tolle went from self-loathing to bliss overnight," you may argue, "and his 'negative emotions' completely dropped away. Whereas I just had this moment of insight where I realized that I don't really exist. My awakening just doesn't measure up."

However, genuine awakenings come in all shapes and sizes and don't necessarily guarantee an immediate, thoroughgoing transformation in your way of being in the world.

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