From the recently released book: From Here to Nowhere: A Spiritual Journey into the Unknown by Mu
For those that are on a path of authentic awakening, there is ultimately a profound shift from beginning and intermediate pathways to advanced practice. On the advanced path, there is no one to tell you what to do or how to do it. Instead, you discover your inner guru, which is the voice of your intuition—that deep knowing of what is right for you at all times. This inherent wisdom is your true teacher. You are an ancient being with countless lifetimes of experience, and you can harness what is residing within you to direct your own journey.
Part of this shift into spiritual sovereignty is a reorientation of your relationship to meditation and mindfulness. Becoming enlightened is a process of fully accepting and integrating the clear Light of Reality as your own form. Therefore, advanced meditation and mindfulness practices enable you to become Light.
The type of meditation that most people practice is concentration. There are many techniques to focus a noisy mind and body. When you can concentrate well enough to either slow or stop your thoughts, you have the ability to inspect your interior landscape. You come to know yourself better and can make changes about what thoughts and activities you’ll allow into your life. You can swap out what isn’t helpful for something more empowering or still.
Advanced meditation isn’t concentration nor does it employ any techniques. It is a surrender into silence and an opportunity to spend time as Light. There is no movement or strategy in advanced meditation. You simply allow yourself to be absorbed in Light. This is the Light of God, the Light of eternity, the Light of your own being. You become saturated in this Light, and you start to lighten up.
You may have profound spiritual experiences as you spend more and more time as Light. Let those come and go. If you seek or follow spiritual experiences, you will no longer be absorbed in Light. Your mind will be looking elsewhere while Light is waiting for you right here.
The hours you spend as Light will change you. You will begin to glow. Just like a flame lights up a room, so too will your presence shine. Your eyes will sparkle like stars. You will be transformed by Light.
When you’re not formally meditating, focus on Light. This is advanced mindfulness. Beginning and intermediate mindfulness are helpful when you are first investigating your mind, but those methods can cause you to become very self-absorbed. Many people get lost on their journey by trying to “fix” themselves, which becomes a continuous cycle that actually prevents enlightenment. You don’t need to perfect yourself to wake up! What you focus on, you become. If you focus on your limitations and on your ego, that’s what you will be. If you focus on Light, you will become Light.
To always be focused on Light doesn’t imply that you stop living your life. It means that you see enlightenment in everything, including yourself, all of the time. Your mind is always absorbed in Light even as you work, play, and sleep. There is no moment in advanced mindfulness that is not immersed in Light.
Awakening is not something that happens in your spare time. Advanced meditation and mindfulness require a tremendous commitment to living as enlightenment every minute of every day. Your intent is everything. The intent for awakening is singular without any competition. It must be the complete driving force of your life. It’s easy to get distracted by the world. It’s easy to forget. You have to make a conscious and continuous choice to become Light.
Eventually, you won’t have to choose Light. You will radiate Light. You will be the living presence of divinity, shining brightly as the clear Light of Reality.
Excerpted from From Here to Nowhere: A Spiritual Journey into the Unknown © 2019 Mu.
Mu is the author of four books about the direct path of awakening. From Here to Nowhere accelerates awakening and the deepening into full enlightenment, and is available on Amazon.com, CA, UK, FR and DE. Transcending the Advanced Path, a detailed exploration of the shift from realization to full enlightenment, is available on Amazon.com, UK, CA, FR and DE. Walking the Advanced Path, a clear guide for how to navigate the pathway to enlightenment with responsibility, awareness, and grace, is available at Amazon.com, UK, CA, FR and DE. Songs for the Advanced Path is a collection of lyrical verses about the journey to liberation, available at Amazon.com, CA, UK, FR and DE.