Lawyers practice law. Doctors practice medicine. They never claim to be perfect. Learn to do the same. Learn to practice living.
Practice the Art of Living
We respect doctors and lawyers in their professions for their missions. We admire many career fields because of their missions. Scientists in all disciplines, practice, and research. Musicians learn by practicing and rehearsing. Everyone understands mistakes are bound to happen. Correcting our 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.
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 profession. 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?
It takes three steps. First, learn how to access the virtues of your spirit. Second, repair unhealthy self-talk programming, then go out and practice a lot.
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 create our path, our lives become a work of art. It will lead us to the beauty and peace that nourishes our souls.
Repair Unhealthy Programming
One of the common roadblocks that keep us from living in the spirit is unhealthy programming. Unhealthy self-talk is destructive. It affects our thinking and everyone in our circle of influence.
The primary sources of unhealthy programming are religion and politics. It is important to note that not all religions are harmful. There are some which promote freethinking and inclusion.
Unfortunately, almost half of the world’s cultural narrative is under the control of relations that promote prejudice and bias. They promote discrimination while justifying violence up to and including genocide. The religions that promote this thinking are those of the Abrahamic tree. These 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 indoctrinated into the Abrahamic tree as a child, it is not your fault. However, it is your responsibility to fix your programming once you become an adult.
Create Your Own 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 the keys to open our awareness, and these tools exist. We call these tools spiritual technologies.
Everyone has their way of awakening their 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 methods stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and produce unique physiological changes. These are the tools that 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.
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(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