Lawyers practice law. Doctors practice medicine. They never claim to be perfect. Learn to do the same. Learn to practice living.
What Does Art of Living Mean?
It is a catchphrase today associated with a radio program of the same name. Long before NPR used the term, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi talked and wrote about the subject. Living artfully is something we do when we are centered and grounded. It is our original state of being free from any cultural programming.
To get back to our original state of bliss, we need to unlock our spiritual gifts. These gifts will help us forge a path of happiness. Sounds great, doesn’t it.
He called detailed this in his book, the art of living and the science of being. The science of being is what makes “living” an art form.
We respect doctors and lawyers in their professions. We admire many career fields because of their missions. Scientists in all disciplines, practice, and research. Musicians improve by practicing and rehearsing. Everyone understands mistakes are bound to happen, and correcting errors is one way we learn to be better.
Our culture allows them to “practice” the execution of the decisions and skills throughout their careers, understanding that practitioners make errors, and there is always room for improvement. Science embraces the idea that innovations build upon previous successes and failures. The happy accident is often the catalyst for discoveries.
How to Practice the Art of Living
Let’s break down the artful practicing of living into three steps. First, learn we must learn how to access the virtues of the spirit. Yes, you have them. These are the legacy of our ancestors. They are spiritual gifts that we have in our DNA. Second, we also need to repair or remove any unhealthy programming and self-talk programming. The last step is the easiest; we go out and practice a lot.
Learning to practice the art of living is just as noble an undertaking as any profession. I submit living is a more noble aim than any career. The goal is learning to connect with our purpose and life mission. Living a fulfilling is everyone’s mission. Don’t you think this deserves as much or more respect than what we “do”? How do we learn how to do this?
Discover the Virtues of the Spirit
The realization that there is more to life than working and earning money. Maharishi’s book The Science of Being and the Art of Living (1) outlines how we can make life an artful journey. He proposes this journey starts with proper meditation. Japa, or what he calls Transcendental Meditation, is the process to establish the grounding of pure consciousness.
Being grounded is the key. Once we gain access to the thread of pure consciousness, we open up the “virtues of the spirit.” Opening these gifts allows the Universe to speak through our intuition. Being is the essence of life. Being finds itself in multiple expressions of life on our planet.
To practice the art of living, you must first be grounded. Japa Meditation is the most direct way to do the ground state of pure awareness. The popular commercial name for this process is Transcendental Meditation (TM).
Once you are grounded, the next steps in this awakening process come naturally. The virtues of the spirit are the keys to revealing other spiritual gifts. Opening these gifts will help you create your path. When we start to develop our “own” way, our lives become a work of art. It will lead us to the beauty and peace that nourishes our souls.
Repair Unhealthy Programming
Unfortunately, almost half of the world’s cultural narrative is controlled by those who promote prejudice and bias. The world’s three most popular religions promote discrimination while justifying violence up to and including genocide.
You ask, what are these religions? They are the Semitic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism (2). These religions are not new. They result from rebranding Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions.
If you were subject to indoctrination as a child, what you believe is not your fault. However, now that you are an adult, it is your responsibility to fix your programming.
Creating A Unique Spiritual Path
Developing your path involves applying tools to expand awareness and investigate higher states of consciousness. We call the use of these processes spiritual exploration. It’s all about developing your potential.
The dimensions of time and space are not barriers to our consciousness. We do not exist between our ears. The real you, the person you talk to inside your head, have no limits. Our consciousness has a foundation of pure awareness, enabling us to access higher states of consciousness. All we need are methods to opening these doors. We call these tools spiritual technologies.
Everyone has their way of awakening the unique spiritual gifts sleeping in their DNA. Awakening is a process. When we open them, it sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our minds to new potentials.
The research of consciousness and learning to access these spiritual gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. The investigation of consciousness is something many ancient cultures thought was necessary, and we enjoy the benefits of generations of research. These early pioneers give us several tools for exploring consciousness.
We call the processes of these early explorers spiritual technologies. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable methods that produce measurable physiological changes. These tools enable us to reach higher states of awareness that differ from waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
We use a blended learning model incorporating those processes which are safe and reliable. We are not the first to use this eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s strategy was to adopt techniques proven effective. The research of these early pioneers stands the test of time.
You owe it to yourselves to learn how to practice the art of living. We highly recommend you take advantage of this marvelous opportunity to experience life in beautiful and affirming ways.
Are you interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. We offer this curriculum through our individually tailored virtual learning academy and our traditional face-to-face sessions. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey (3). Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions.
(1) The Science of Being and the Art of Living (2001), by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
(2) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia