The real magic begins the moment you take the steering wheel. When you become the driver of your consciousness, instead of the passenger.
Who is Behind the Wheel?
Step one is finding out who is in control. It begins by finding out who is behind the wheel. You need to understand that our thoughts and emotions are just byproducts of the mind. You are not the byproducts of the mind, but the Observer. The observer is the person who is listening when we are talking to ourselves in our head. Our mind is the home of our personality and instincts. We refer to this as our Ego. These are mechanisms of the mind necessary to connect us with consciousness.
From Passenger to Driver
If the Observer is in the driver’s seat, then we are in connection with “source”. Our source is what some traditions call the spirit or soul. This is our spiritual nature which is largely ignored in the modern world. When we are behind the steering wheel, we are able to observe and direct our lives. We are fully present. And, we are able to connect more directly with “source” allowing both our intellect and intuition to work together. We are able to find the optimal balance for our individual gifts. That’s when the real magic of life reveals itself. We live in the midst of synchronistic events. We get support in unexpected ways.
The problem arises when we are just a passenger in our lives. We become obsessed with our thoughts and emotions to the extent that we believe we are them. We lose connection with our source fixated by our personality. When we live in this state, we are not behind the wheel. We are a passenger. We are on autopilot. The mechanisms of the mind, personality, and instinct are firmly in control of the wheel. With our mind driving, we react instead of thinking. We behave in ways we would not have intended. The full range of the experience of life is missing.
When you are not behind the wheel, it feels like you are being ambushed by your thoughts and emotions. They seem to come out of nowhere. The mind presents a continual cascade of thoughts you can’t control. Sometimes you can’t shut them off long enough to sleep. They can’t begin to meditate or feel present. These are symptoms of life on autopilot. Unfortunately, it’s far too common. In this situation, you are controlled by the temporal elements of personality and instincts. You are not behind the steering wheel. You are a passenger.
The Real Magic, Taking Back the Wheel
There are two ways to move from the passenger to the driver. First through the analytical understanding of the mechanism, and by direct experience of the transcendent. We experience the real observer of our lives when we meditate. We can learn to bring this presence into waking consciousness. Both of these will lead us to a magical experience.
The first step of the intellectual approach is understanding the components of the mind. The mind isn’t a bad thing. It’s what connects our body to consciousness. We simply need to learn to use them instead of letting them be in control.
So, why are personality and instincts in control in the first place? Think of these elements as our default settings. When we are born we are learning about ourselves and our world. We need a simple interface to help us connect our consciousness to our bodies. The problem as we’ve stated before is that we can get “stuck” in this default mode of operation. This why many people feel like they are missing something. They exist but don’t live.
An analytical understanding gives us the perspective to reach the magical state of awareness. The best tool we’ve found for this is the Enneagram Personality Profile. This is a simple, but scientifically verified set of questions that will identify your individual personality makeup and instinctual stack.
Many people find the results of the Enneagram paint a very accurate picture of how they think. With these tools, you can see how and why you have some thought patterns and emotional tendencies. You can “see” why you like or dislike certain things, situations, etc. With this perspective, you’ll begin to “observe” how your mind works and then slip behind the wheel instead of just letting the mind run on autopilot.
A Direct Experience of the Infinite
Nothing is more convincing than a direct experience of the infinite. We recommend meditating using a process called Japa Meditation. Even if you’ve had difficulty using other meditative techniques, this process will provide results. Japa uses a Sanskrit Mantra in a very specific and effortless process. A Mantra is a vibrational tool used in many forms of meditation. In this process, a Mantra is used silently to travel to the source of our thoughts, bliss consciousness.
Learning Japa is easy. However, you can’t learn this process from an audiotape. The mantra needs to be tuned specifically for you. And, you need to be able to give and receive feedback during the learning process. If you can’t find a credible teacher of Japa, then you can also learn this technique in the more commercially available form known worldwide as Transcendental Meditation (TM). We consider this process, (either the generic version of Japa or the commercial version of TM) as a cornerstone technique for the spiritual explorer.
Connecting with the Real Magic
A lot of things become easier once you are behind the wheel. For example, many people find they are able to meditate much easier now that they are in the driver’s seat. They feel calmer and less frantic as they move through the day. You feel more aware of your intuition and thus able to make better decisions. Their thought-life is now something they can direct in a positive way. Overall, life becomes easier and less stressful, even when things aren’t going your way. It is all because you are behind the steering wheel instead of in the passenger seat.
The real magic is something you can experience in your life. Learn that you have the ability to observe, chose and direct your thoughts and emotions. You are not a war with your ego, personality or instincts. If you are reading this then you are ready to take the next steps in your spiritual journey. We use a blended learning process as a model to deliver a number of spiritual technologies for expanding awareness and opening the doors to higher states of consciousness. The Enneagram and Japa Meditation are just two of these life-changing processes.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia