Brain Tracks – From the time we are born, maybe even earlier, we are learning. We grow up heavily influenced by our environments; at home, at school and wherever else our experience takes us. We learn what is perceived as right and wrong, good and bad, how to act and react in various circumstances, etc. etc. We even learn who we are, or at least who we think we are.
The majority of our thinking and behaviors are learned. We have no idea how much we run on these automatic programs until we come to the realization that there is something else beyond them, that there is a part of us that is clear and peaceful and joyful. We may catch glimpses of this bigger Self from time to time: doing things we really love; listening to music; being in nature. And then we go back into our every day world and back to the learned thinking that runs our lives.
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Life/Presence – I use the words Life or Life Itself predominantly to describe that which is indescribable. Life or Presence is formless and therefore nameless in reality. However, words can help point the way just as using your finger to point at the moon helps, but it does not mean your finger is the moon.
There are countless words that can point the way. Life, Divine Intelligence, Universe, Presence, Infinite Intelligence, God, Christ Consciousness, Energy, Spirit, Inner Being, Source, Allah and Buddha are just a few of these words. I use them interchangeably. So please substitute in your mind whatever words work for you, remembering they are only words. The essence is something you know for yourself from your own experience.
Awakening – Awakening is the process of becoming conscious, of coming to the realization that we are first and foremost energy from the One Source which has taken on a form in a physical world of form. All that is form (knowable) comes into being and disintegrates again. That which is formless is eternal and unknowable. It is the still, small voice, the deep and peaceful inner being. (Again, words can only point the way since the deep is formless and unknowable).
In this process, we become aware that who we think we are and who we really are can be radically different. It is like a homecoming, where you come home to the Self again after having lived for a while, maybe a long time, in the wilderness of the mind.