Spiritual practices are our commitment to our realization. What we are realizing?
We speak of renunciation and detachment as giving up attachment and aversion, but ultimately we are not giving up anything. We are becoming everything. We are letting go of differences realizing we are omnipresent awareness. We are releasing limited desires with attachment to outcomes realizing we are unlimited universal intelligence and power.
We speak of surrender as ceasing resistance and submitting, but ultimately we are surrendering to God, who is everything, thus becoming That which we surrender to. We are ending a limited understanding of ourselves and realizing we are universal consciousness.
In meditation, we become absorbed in the true Self. We quiet the mind and realize the source of mind, universal consciousness. Each time we do this we expand our experience of this omnipresent awareness as our true Self and take a bit more of it into activity. Eventually we live that omnipresence in full activity, becoming the witness of waking, dreaming and deep sleep. This is a process of absorption that culminates in the many being realized as one and other seen as Self. We experience absorption in God.
When we are purified of the tendency to see differences, we are able to perceive the divinity in all names and forms that exist in the universe. Then we live in the realization, “All Is That”. Simultaneously we live with our thoughts and ego while knowing we are within God and God is within us. The impure ego that caused us to see names and forms as different from us has shifted. Before we realize the true Self, we experience I am a male or female, I am an adult or child, I am a doctor or lawyer, I am this body and thoughts, I am different from you. After we realize the true Self, we experience I am the Truth, I am bliss, I am omnipresent, I have merged with God. The quality of ego has changed once we realize the true Self. Our identification has shifted from other to One.
There is only God. There is only the One consciousness and power that has become us and this universe. We hesitate to say that we are God. We like to say God is within or the light of God shines inside of us. We feel more comfortable with this subtle separation. But in reality, God is all that is. We are God. God has become us, the tree, the mountain, the sky, the angel. He acts out his roles, in his play, within Himself. There is no such thing as difference, separation, or other. We meditate and do our spiritual practices to realize who we are.