I said in a previous post that I love words. But in the last few weeks I’ve come to like them less and less and as a result pull right back on using them to express my thoughts, feelings, and intentions, instead preferring to just demonstrate and keep the chat to a minimum. What value to they really have if you are not following through on them in practice, if you do not fully embody them in your day to day behaviour? It seems I may have proved my point with the previous quote…
The transition back into the material world has been a tricky one thus far. My philosophy for life having worked well ‘on the road’ and then ‘on retreat’ is now getting a thorough testing back in this old/new environment, and the lessons through my interaction with others are coming thick and fast. Since moving I found that I wasn’t inclined to write online and latterly felt that words were falling way short of the mark. From this I thought, you know what… I think I’ll shut up for a while and just do my thing. The quote, “He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.” kept coming to mind…
What is meant by sharing these moments of clarity, insight and realisation that we have? Does it imply we are above everything and everyone around us? Erm… No. That wouldn’t be very enlightened would it…
Is it better to wait until we can fully embody an idea every waking moment of the day before we share it with others, or is it perfectly sound to share it when it is just an intention that we aim to live by? I guess it depends how much others need us to demonstrate what we talk about on a daily basis, how much they have invested in the way we naturally are.
When I share things it is because I know they are true, because I have experienced what I speak about to some degree. I’ve felt it and I want to feel it more, and so the statement I make it there to help me do that. Often I feel compelled to share it because it feels powerful. It rarely means that I have mastered it.
I have moments where I feel totally at peace, blissful, and yes, enlightened, but I don’t occupy this level of consciousness all the time because I often still resist certain thoughts, feelings and situations. And I find it hard to be vulnerable, be seen that way, when I’m connecting with someone that doesn’t encourage, or is unable to support that.
So is it better to leave such lofty quotes about enlightenment to the spiritual masters amongst us that occupy this frequency all the time, or is it useful to have those that experience glimpses of it to help spread the word about what true freedom feels like and how one might be able to experience it?
Maybe the answer is to be clearer about where one is in their own development when sharing incredible insights into the wonder of life. Perhaps by doing so one can present themselves in a more authentic light, and show they are in their integrity with what they say.
For me, if I am ever going to teach anyone anything I would much prefer it to be by example. This was the whole point of the Leap of Faith experiment from the outset - less talking, more walking. Show rather than tell.
The more I have investigated this whole area of the power of the mind, the more I’ve seen that the most important aspects are really hard to convey by the written word. To gain an intellectual understanding is great, but there is such a gulf between that and actually integrating it into your natural way of being.
In some ways, the less you read and the more you just listen to yourself and follow your inner guidance the better. Perhaps we would all reach a state of inner peace far quicker if we just stopped talking about it… We all have all the tools we need within us, so are all these words simply getting in the way…?