Guillermo , Izabal, Guatemala 2013
Unaltered picture taken with a cellphone at sunrise in Sinchi Runa
Do you believe in God? Whatever that concept may be to you, is important to know from heart if you believe in it fully or not. If there is any hesitation or is a profound no then you might check the picture above and tell me what do you feel. What or who do you think is behind that sunrise? Look at the picture very closely and please, close your eyes and make sure your heart is still beating. Wake up, you are alive. Now close your eyes and try to feel that same picture inside. What do you feel? Stop for a moment and do this just for a second.
There are spiritual paths designed by religious institutions, ideologies, gurus or obscurantist sects that have certain specific steps, levels or positions to which to aspire. All based on incomplete perceptions of life depending on its rigidness or exclusions. Many are distorted over time by misinterpretation and others are designed for political purposes. All believe they possess the absolute truth and promise us a place in heaven if we live our lives according to their belief system. Finally, in these stories, we will be judged by God and evaluated to see if we win a place in heaven or if we lose the test, go to hell for the rest of our existence.
This perspective gives us the idea that there is a person in the sky, watching every action we make and if we do something out of the rule book, God will take note for our judgment day. Besides the constant planting of fear that has this way of presenting God, it castrates our own free will and development of our human nature. It also promotes the idea that God is out there somewhere and only through belief or dogma, we can deserve his love, compassion and mercy. Undergoing ideologies created by man in the name of God has proved to be the deception of the era. Only has brought immense suffering, along with wars of ignorance towards ourselves and planet earth. We have become a chained soul at the cost of a false search for God, disguised as spirituality, but with the only purpose of acceptance and social recognition. We are definitely not acting like we would know what God wants from us, so why hold on to the same belief system? Why hold on to the same way of relating to God?
So why did we stop feeling God inside of us and started looking for him outside? Because when he gave us free will we thought we were separated from him and we stop feeling and listening to him. This also led us to believe that we were separated from each other. We believed that we came into this life to enjoy and not to serve, and has led us to ambitiously seek the individual benefit and not the collective one. We believed that God judges and condemns, and this obliges to protect us from ourselves, spreading guilt and fear in our own human nature. And mainly, because we forgot that from the beginning and always, God has been present throughout all our existence, with us, within us.
We have the opportunity as humanity to open our hearts and remember our divine relationship with the universe. It is possible only to be, and not be what you think you are now, but a free being. Free of beliefs and paradigms, a being with universal consciousness. A being with divine connection, intuition and in harmony with its surroundings. A being of compassion and love. In other words, a real human being.
How can we find our own path? To find our true spiritual path we must turn within to the center of our heart and arouse genuine interest to serve God or the universe. This is where we connect and intensify the flame that resides in the core of our selves. It serves also as a call to the cosmos ‘ ready to do what we came here to do.’ This flame is a mean by which we communicate with the cosmos, in other words, one could say that this flame is a part from God or the universe. It serves as a compass to guide us through the needed steps that have to be taken to give a purpose and direction to our lives.
By strengthening our connection with spiritual exercises and establishing a transparent relationship with ourselves, we allow the fusion of our soul with the universal flame that all living beings carries within. The only way to listen to what is required from us is by contemplating our being in silence. Do not try to quiet the mind; it is not possible and not necessary either. Rather, forget the mind and feel what your heart is telling you. You will certainly know what it is that your heart is saying when you feel it and that is what you are being asked to do and without much analysis, take action. This is how we relate to the cosmos, demonstrating our unconditional faithby the action of doing what we are asked without turning back.
If there is enough faith and purity in our action, the universe will conspire to our advantage so we can keep diving inside ourselves. This path will show us our true selves and on the side, we will discover our own inner light. This relationship will take us to the spiritual path that is suitable for each and every one. I must clarify that there are so many ways to reach a spiritual path as there are personalities, so even if it is “crazy” what you feel you should do, you should do it with all the love and purity you possess. This is the kind of faith that the universe requires from us to have.
Your spiritual path will make you comprehend through out the journey, with much inner healing work, discipline, hope, faith, patience and perseverance, your true purpose in life. There is no magical short way. Without sacrifice and suffering, there is no comprehension, and without comprehension, there is no healing. There is no magic pill, no magic potion or magic wand, much less a messiah or savior who will do it for us. The will and the power to take action lies in each and every one of us.
The healing of our soul is essential to integrate and comprehend in our hearts the energy of compassion. Only by reaching compassion, we can try to reach the energy of real love. And only being love, we can achieve harmony and the peace that we all long as humanity. We have to become aware of this and take it in into our hearts.
We don’t have to change governors; we don’t have to change the system. We have to turn the face to the mirror and ask ourselves how much more we will continue to promote ignorance and fear which has caused so much suffering. We have to acknowledge that everything around us is a reflection of our inner state as humanity.
Take action! The time is now, it only depends on us. We are eternal beings with interdimensional capacities and with immense possibilities. Let’s awaken our hearts, let’s honor the light that we all share within and let’s undertake our path to true freedom.