“…by watching yourself in your daily life with alert interest with the intention to understand rather than to judge, in full acceptance of whatever may emerge, because it is here, you encourage the deep to come to the surface and enrich your life and consciousness with its captive energies. This is the great work of awareness; it removes obstacles and releases energies by understanding the nature of life and mind. Intelligence is the door to freedom and alert attention is the mother of intelligence.” (Nisargadatta Maharaj (1973) Quote on the last page of the MBSR workbook)
And the mother of intelligence is the subconscious, which is very susceptible to suggestion. “By means of suggestion, the force concentrated by acts of attention is carried into manifestation for the modification of external conditions.” (B.O.T.A. Strength Card) She runs on suggestion of thought. And formulating a thought, vision, or desire, requires focused attention. So the old adage, “What you focus your attention on grows” (or something like that)
This is why setting our intention for what we desire not for what we don’t desire is so imperative. The subconscious is not wired to take out the ‘don’t’ or the ‘not’. It only deals in the positive. And what’s more positive than desire-the most potent form of suggestion.
So how do we get there?
Let’s circle back to the quote, ““…by watching yourself in your daily life with alert interest with the intention to understand rather than to judge, in full acceptance of whatever may emerge, because it is here, you encourage the deep to come to the surface and enrich your life and consciousness with its captive energies.”
We get there or here or to the deep core of our truth by having an alert interest in our lives and all without judgment. Enter the no judgment zone-the place where we accept what is.
And how do we get there?
We get there or here or deep inside to the core of our truth with a daily mental practice. We get there with mindfulness meditation. And at first, it’ll be a highly personal experience but then, and this is where it gets exciting, it becomes a universal experience and with this daily practice your subconscious will change and your desires will become positive and you will manifest and your karma will unknot into unlimited possibilities. And at that moment we become all and our purpose becomes larger and we unfold to a deeper and wider wisdom with a broader and more encompassing compassion.
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such attainment is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.” (Albert Einstein, New York Times, March 29, 1972)