When one cycle ends and a new one begins, for example, at the start of a new year or on a birthday, many people take the opportunity to make a fresh start. It’s a chance to hit the reset button, to refocus or perhaps make some changes.
Most people approach this renewal by creating a set of goals or resolutions. We know how that generally works out; the goals are usually forgotten within weeks or even days. Not only is the result short-lived, but from the perspective of advanced spiritual practice, the approach itself is flawed, because it is fixed and leaves little room for serendipity and fluidity within the flow of life.
Another method that’s become popular over the last ten years or so is to decide how you want to feel. So for example, let’s say that instead of setting a goal to lose 10 pounds, you dig deeper and acknowledge that the arbitrary weight loss goal is really fueled by a desire to feel great in your body. As you check in with your body every day, feeling great might mean eating certain foods and avoiding other foods. It might mean more or different physical movement and better sleep. Maybe you’ll lose some weight, but it’s also possible that through exercise and conscious eating, you might build muscle and actually gain weight, yet find that you are healthier and leaner than you’ve ever been.
On the advanced spiritual path, we take an even more fluid approach, which is to consider how expansive and clear we want our awareness to be. To live in the realm of awareness is to live as the mystery, to meet the unknown as the unknown. It is to forgo all presumptions about what you should do, how you should feel, and what you want to happen, and instead, surrender to the flow of life. Each day, you can begin again and ask Spirit how it wants to move through you. Each moment can be a fresh discovery within consciousness. From that place, you will know what is needed in the present time in your body, mind, and spirit. You will act from a place of innocence and humility both for yourself and in relation to others.
When you are in the known (the world of the mind and its goals, or the world of personal desire), you only have access to the constructs and knowledge within the known. When you step into the unknown, into the mystery, you connect with an infinite realm of possibility, energy, and magic. In the unknown, you have access to vast intelligence that can guide you in a more expansive and nuanced way. And instead of trying to dictate or understand your spiritual path, which has extremely limited outcomes, living in the unknown allows the path to meet you wherever you are and take you to places you can’t yet imagine.
To say that a cycle is beginning or ending is also limited. We only reference beginnings and endings within linear time. There is actually a continuous series of transitions that flow into each other with no beginning and no end. Energy is in constant motion. That means you can be present as presence with a fresh start in each moment. It’s a lighter, more fluid, and freer way to be.
© 2020 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.