Nirvana: a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth.
New Age movement: Relating to a complex of spiritual and consciousness-raising movements originating in the 1970s and covering a range of themes from a belief in spiritualism and reincarnation to advocacy of holistic approaches to health and ecology.
Comparison is a common yet corrosive way of thinking for many and it comes from a sense of feeling not good enough. One looks at someone who seems to have that touch of enlightenment/transcendence and within a blink of comparison there oozes a desire of wanting to be more like them. Within seconds as comparison takes a further hold one tends to feel some what low and then begins to look down even further on self, feeling they are falling short of this level of transcendence. In thinking that… they instantly feel lesser than and are in the pit of comparison. This happens in all areas. Comparison of beauty, wealth, intelligence, others having what you seemingly are unable to obtain. The media has fed us full of comparisons and it is not letting up.
In this time of developing human consciousness, I feel it is of more value to support (not enabling or rescuing) each other on the journey rather than looking behind and saying ‘Oh see them, well they are just not up to where we are’ (Judgment of others as less) or looking in front saying ‘ Oh see them, that’s where I am heading cause I don’t like myself compared to them. (Judgment of self as less = I am not good enough yet).
The new age advertising model has unfortunately manifested is own class system via its followers. This class system has high spiritual expectations. It has also created its own pseudo religious model of who is closer to the top of the mountain. People are again looking up into the skies to get closer to their god. God may just go by a different name. The New Age click has manifested its own religious parameters and it certainly helps if you also happen to be visually beautiful.
There are advertisements with glossy people promising the world and the fast track way to the top of the mountain with a whack of corporate pricing to go with it. ‘The New Age’ has become its own advertising corporation of products, super foods, seminars, workshops and product buying festivals.
‘Roll up, Roll up, buy your enlightenment here today!’
Unfortunately there is no money back guarantee.
If it didn’t work for you that’s your karmic issue not ours.
Signed the spiritually wealthy 1%
Spirituality is being exploited to the highest bidder. I may have mentioned this before but years ago I asked a wonderful practitioner and presenter about how could poor people be helped in this regard. He was very honest and looked at me blankly and said ‘I really don’t know, I guess they have to work on manifesting the money’. It was one of those moments where I thought to myself. Arn’t we of the conscious path meant to be inclusive rather than exclusive? Is someone to be penalized and shamed if they cannot manifest enough money to do the course that they feel they need?
There are people out there and grass roots movements that do take the less financially fortunate into account by offer volunteering, no pressure payment options or exchange and bless them for being so inclusive. I have no issues about making money, its about when money becomes the priority.
A great many unfortunately are not assisting others up the mountain when they could. I did not say ‘carry up the mountain on your back or drag them behind you cause you think they should’. I said ‘assist’.
We are all climbing the mountain to consciousness to overcome the density of suffering, we are all doing the best we can, regardless of however many lifetimes or seconds that may take, or how much money we have. There are no golden tickets to the top and if your going to look down on people on your way and suck up to the others who you assume look like they might reach the summit faster, then your missing the point and are likely to trip over, fall down a ravine, hyperventilate, get sick and even more importantly miss the incredible view and the journey moment to moment looking into the eyes of all the other people from all walks of life who are also on the journey and supporting each other along the way.
On a personal level I feel enlightenment has been advertised mainly through the masculine stairway to ‘God’ archetype. I guess that’s why I also have issues with the word ‘ascend’. I prefer the phrase ‘Conscious’. It just sounds rounder and more inclusive to my eccentric viewing mind. As you can see I am quite anti dogma in many ways although I honor and respect anybody’s individual personal faith regardless.
Each flavored movement has its own merit to bringing people into a more conscious state of being. I have no issue with the movements themselves, I just want people to have their eyes wide open and to know that you are unique and you have your own inner medicine. A little less looking up with your neck crocked, to the priest, mentor, guru, master, and the next massively expensive workshop and a little more into your own heart and your own personal journey up the mountain along with those who love you and who you love. Your soul instinctively knows the way; the lesson is in being intuitively receptive and allowing your soul to guide you deeper within towards your sovereign self, the self that is part of Great Mystery where enlightenment resides within each and every one of us.
And remember. Nature doesn’t cost a thing to be a part of.
Odette (c) Nightsky 2015