The practice of non-violence is usually understood as doing no harm physically. But from a spiritual perspective, non-violence includes refraining from both physical and energetic harm. In Buddhism and Hinduism, the practice is called ahimsa, which Mahatma Gandhi defined as non-violence in thought, word, and deed.
Attention, perception, and states of awareness are all partialities. Learn the difference between these common spiritual terms, and how to access a direct experience of Reality before attention or perception create any limited views of consciousness.
On the advanced spiritual path, intuition is your powerful inner guide. Intuition tells you what next step to take even (and especially) if you can’t see the path in front of you. It is very common not to have a clear view of the way forward. On the advanced path, it’s your intention to wake up that is clear, not necessarily the path itself.
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To be fully awake, to experience Reality without any modifications, all identities, ideas, and filters must be washed away. This includes the enlightened identity. The process can be disorienting, but it is the ultimate liberation.
The common pathways to enlightenment offer a set of unique tools with the same ultimate goal: full awakening. Yet any technique, strategy, practice or experience will have its limitations. Take a closer look at the various spiritual yogas, including: service, devotion, inquiry, energy practices, and mysticism, to understand their benefits, as well as their potential pitfalls, so that you can travel with eyes wide open on your own path.
During the awakening process, which has many stages, it may be surprising to find in yourself and others that some of the worst tendencies become dominant. And because developmental work and shadow work are not necessarily required to wake up, awakened ones may not have matured in all areas.
There is no universal roadmap on the advanced path. However, intuition is the compass that helps you find your way. Intuition is available through seeing, feeling and knowing. When in doubt, trust your gut.
The ego is very clever and turns itself into many forms as a distraction from authentic awakening. This results in various forms of ego-based spirituality, including spiritual materialism, bypassing, mastery and elitism. The spiritual ego can arise before and after liberation, and will continue its efforts to trap you. Ultimately, limiting identities, beliefs and practices must be discarded in order to be free.
There is no set amount of years of arduous practice required or an initiation that is needed to shift to the advanced path. However, there are two foundational skills that make the advanced path possible. Without these two skills, there is too much distraction and disharmony for the advanced path to take root.