Soul in action

IMG_331074902130976What is a soul? Here, we named soul the ultimate subject within us, beyond thoughts. Is not mind nor body, some people have the intuition of their existence, other people have gotten some direct contact, means their mind have perceived the soul, impressing in the mind a sense of stable identity beyond the world, and a wonderful peace impossible of forget.

Contact with the soul, meaning perceive it with the mind at some degree, transforms our point of view about everything. At a starting level one, If you do it only for a few minutes a day, while your daily meditation, the soft and sweet impression received lasts almost all the day, subtle, but real. If you often put your attention in such subtle and sweet sensation, searching it, it slowly expands in you, in your mind, and you’re in a second level of contact. As a result, peace of mind comes to you, starting to love silence, to love calm, and to be contemplative. You often looks for daily moments of solitude, of silence, and rest in contemplation of yourself and the world, as a whole.

With time, the initial duality between “you”  as a thinker, and you as a soul, leans slowly towards the soul, towards a deep sense of identity, and you become progressively more and more independent of the external world, in the sense of be calm, peaceful and happy in every situation. You don’t need nothing, or only need basic things. You don’t desire nothing, no more artificial needs. You are starting to live a spiritual life without effort, without follow any religion or tradition, naturally. We can named it the third level of contact with your soul.

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I think only few people go beyond the third level. What are there? Our mind perceive clearly the qualities of the soul: perfect loving-kindness, permanent and indestructible stability, a sense of higher awareness and an unlimited inner energy. The soul has such qualities in their highest degree, such high that our mind is not able to accept that we are that. We perceive it but can’t accept we are that, our mind says to us “is impossible I am that, I know I’m very very limited, while the qualities I’m perceiving seems unlimited!” And is right: the mind is very limited, the soul not, and while we remain identified with our mind, we also will be  very limited. A patient work of relax our ideas about ourselves is needed, patient and slow, because the progress must be slow, because there are a danger in the way: to believe we are unlimited, resulting an inflated ego. The key word is believe, a mental position. The real progress drive us to directly live more  and more the qualities of the soul, and here the key word is live: direct experience, no believe, imaginations. In this advanced fourth level we learn to express such unlimited qualities in the world through our mind and body, that acts as instruments of action for the soul. I can’t explain exactly the experience of be the soul (even in some very imperfect degree) acting on the world, because is beyond the words. Is Yoga, meaning “union with the higher self”. Is self-realization, because the soul is our higher self.

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Inspired daily acts

Always act correctly … is it possible?

In life we ​​are acting constantly, we have no choice, we must do it. Our actions may have more or less success, it will depend on the circumstances and also on our ability.

Skills can be acquired and improved by practice, while circumstances are changing, dynamic; the action that can be appropriate here and now, maybe will not be in another time and place, which is appropriate for someone does not have to be for another person. Every moment and every situation is new, it must be evaluated without falling into automatisms, in predetermined actions. Therefore, a perfect act is a new creation, linked to the instant and the conditions. Automatic, repetitive acts can only be correct in repetitive, static environments.

But evaluating each situation can be difficult, even impossible, perhaps because we do not have all the information, or because it is inaccessible, or because we do not have enough time to evaluate it, or perhaps we have preconceived ideas that prevent us from realistically evaluating the situation. In fact, we will never have the security of not being mistaken in our actions, by much experience and ability that we have.

This reasoning is valid for every act, also for acts of kindness and love. It is well known that good intentions are not usually enough to carry out actions of kindness, of helping others; It may even happen that, wanting to do good, we cause evil, that loving, we harm.

Inspiration and inspired acts


Inspiration: Act of filling with air the lungs | State in which you feel a special facility for creation.

Inspiration is usually associated with artistic creation, also to scientific discovering. But we have just seen that an act can, and should be considered as a creation that we do, is our contribution to a concrete situation. So, if every act is a creation, we can talk about inspiration linked to every act. Let us therefore think of inspired daily acts. As we know from artists and scientists, inspiration must be sought before the act; when it arrives, we are passed to such special creative state: the mind is filled with ideas, sensations, feelings, and then the act “comes out” effortlessly, and it is an act we could say “perfect”. There is no prior intellectual process, any thinking, yet you experience a creative state, and an impulse to act, your mind is filled with creative energy.

Since there is no previous reasoning process, the inspired action is always impersonal, because anything that is personal always arise from our thinking.  Indeed, you do not decide, rather inspiration, when comes, decides for you, she takes you,  you are her channel of expression. By acting in an inspired way you are not striving, even if outwardly it is a demanding, exhausting work, internally you feel no effort, you do not need to force anything, instead, you flow with action naturally. Although it is impersonal, so you are not seeking any personal benefit, however you get it: the satisfaction of performing, of materializing an inspiration, fills you as no personal action could do.

The same rule applies to acts of love-kindness: if they are inspired, they will be impersonal, and always, always, they will benefit the receiver. The mind will know, beyond all doubt, the correct line of action for the benefit of the other person. There is no longer a possible failure in an action of inspired loving-kindness. And the satisfaction of performing an act of inspired love is the greatest of all, fills you with unconditional joy. In fact, searching inspiration for the material realization of love is itself a direct path of self-realization and happiness.

How do we get inspiration?

In the same way that we acquire any skill: with practice. You have to go for it. Some indications for the work:

  • The mind must be calm, relaxed, attentive. It is not a question of thinking as much as we have to act. Quite the opposite. The mind must be in a receptive, open, even expectant state. Only in this state of mind can we receive inspiration. This is an indispensable requirement. If we practice relaxation and / or meditation this requirement will not be a big problem for us, if not, is a good point for start to meditate.
  • Mentally we “put” the situation on which we want to act “in front of us”, but without thinking about, we only contemplate it, with voluntary attention and relaxed mind. We observe, and we also put “on hold”, as if we put a question in the situation, but waiting for the answer, calmly, without forcing. In a way it is a very mindful attitude, related to Mindfulness state, because we observe without judging, with a mind in silence but that is asking, very open to what comes. Even being perhaps experts in the subject, we get into mode “beginner”, asking for an answer.
  • Keep the impersonal attitude, we are only an intermediary between the situation and the inspiration that we hope will fill us. Maintain the will to want to act, but waiting for inspiration.
  • If we are faced with a situation that really requires our immediate action, the inspiration will always come, it will not leave us in the lurch, except when we do not have the right mental state. If the mind is not relaxed, calm and receptive, it will simply be closed to inspiration.

With practice the results will come. The more we practice, if we do it right, the more inspiration we get.

When the inspiration comes, I hope she find me working.”    – Picasso

Atman awareness: the touch of God

It happened one night, a few years ago. I was dreaming a nightmare, a bloody and violent one, I don’t remember the details, but now is not important at all.

I have to add now an important detail: I hate terror movies, bloody, gore ones and so. To get  fun watching how other human beings are bloody killed is not in my temperament since my youth.

In the middle of the night, with the horror of the nightmare, I suddenly woke. In the dark of my bedroom, one question arise in my mind: how it can be that a guy that hates terror movies has these awful scenes in their mind? As I have said, I had just woken up, so I was in these mind state between to be asleep and to be full awareness. Otherwise, the question would have a quick and obvious answer: you have had awful scenes in your mind because you are dreaming, is your subconscious that makes this scenes, not you. But in these middle state, my conscious mind can’t answer the question, and the question entered, if I can say it in this way, deepest in my mind.

Then, I felt sleep again, and it happens. I’ll try to describe with words what happened, but I have to say that is almost impossible to do. First, I experienced an absolute, unlimited, pure feeling and conscious of goodness. It was an extreme goodness, without conditions, without any object. Nothing can disturb such perfect kindness. Moreover, it had a peculiar feature impossible to describe, I only can say seems pure love plus pure kindness self-contained, self-maintained. Pure loving-kindness.

In these time, I was sleep, true, but, the conscious and the feeling was real, and I never forget it. In fact, my state in these time was similar to the one that we can experience in lucid dreams. So I was able to really feel these such high state.

Deep in my mind arise the idea that these high conscious have appeared as a answer of my question: how is possible that I dream such awful dreams? But then, another question arises in my mind: wow, this is wonderful, such loving-kindness and peaceful state, but, you know, to be so kind implies also to be weak, this is a common though.

Immediately, as a reaction, the loving-kindness conscious disappears, and another conscious arises, a very different one: energy!  An extreme, unlimited, field of energy. As before, hard to describe it. But it was an answer for my second question: the origin of the kindness also was the origin of this unlimited energy, and I can say that it was terrific, such amount of pure energy is able to destroy all, and is not weak at all!

Then I wake again, but this time I cannot be able to fall sleep again, because the feelings was too strong: God, what was that? A lot of questions were coming: seems as “somebody” answer my two questions, but who? But I experienced this high conscious by myself, so, “somebody” put it in my mind … how is it possible?  I was very confused.

Next days I cannot leave my questions nor forget the feelings. I tried to search some information about it in the Internet. Maybe I have connected with an angel? Only a higher being can produce such conscious states. But why? And the most difficult thing for to understand: how is possible that I live in my own conscious such states?

With time, I become able to accept the truth: this states was my own states, not property of any other being, but mine. Deeply hidden in our own conscious there are such high states. In the Hindu philosophy the name for them is the Atman:  the spark of God in us.

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Breaking the wall of ordinary mind, courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Usually, our mind acts as a wall between our daily conscious and Atman conscious. When we are sleep, this wall can fall apart, so in some cases we can be aware of the Atman magnificence. I can say now that this short episode of my life, just a minute or so, are changing my mind and my life, slowly but without stop. My perspective has changed. I know now we are much more than we can imagine, all of us.

PD: Sorry for my bad English, I’m trying to improve it…