The integration of consciousness is a result of having achieved balance within the bodies. Each body must be in alignment with the next: the physical with the etheric (vibrational), with the emotional, with the mental, and finally with the spiritual. In order for each to come into harmony with the next, all must be under the auspices and guidance of the higher self. If the higher self is not operational or only operational some of the time, then any of the bodies may act out, like children who feel they have free range and can run wild when their parents go away for a few hours.
An individual must make a conscious choice: the choice to follow the personality and ego mind, or the choice to follow the higher self. The higher self exists without duality; it does not split. It is connected to, and is, Oneness. There is no question. There is no indulgence in lower emotions. There is no over-riding the body. This aspect of your consciousness is always ready to serve you. It awaits your conscious choice to empower it, and then it steadfastly, swiftly, and impeccably acts on your behalf. The higher self acts as a loving parent whose only interest is to love the child and to always act in the child’s best interest.
When you experience synergistic, harmonious energy, the higher self is at work. Most people have a hit or miss experience of the higher self because they have not consciously chosen to surrender to its guidance all of the time. Having succeeded in aligning with it once in a while, we are given the experience of alignment, synergy, and harmony, so we know that this level does exist. Inner spiritual training can teach us how to find this alignment and stay there. This is the beginning of the end of suffering. As you develop this alignment over time, inner conflict begins to melt away, questions are resolved, and abiding trust takes the place of self-indulgent behaviors. The polarities begin to settle into Oneness.
There are five simple steps to begin the end of internal suffering:
1. Commit to a daily meditation practice of at least 20 to 30 minutes.
2. Learn how to do deep, yogic breathing called The Golden Circle Breath.
The Golden Circle Breath can be done in an upright, seated position, with the spine erect, or can be done lying down. Inhale through the nose, drawing the breath in slowly. Contract the back of the throat slightly, making an “ahhhhh” sound as you draw the breath in. The mouth remains closed in meditation. As the air passes over the windpipe, it sounds like a tire being inflated. By contracting the back of the throat, the air flow can be regulated, thereby allowing the inhalation and exhalation to be prolonged. Continue with long, slow inhalations. Let the abdomen relax and expand as you inhale and receive the breath. Exhale slowly to fully empty your lungs. Control the flow of the breath. Naturally and gradually, as you relax into the breath, the breath will start to “breathe itself.”
3. During meditation, promise yourself to bring your attention back to the sound and sensation of the breath each time you see your mind wandering.
4. As you “witness” or watch yourself from within, make no judgments; simply observe what arises and continue to go back to the breath.
5. Drop any expectations of what a successful meditation looks like. Be grateful for the mini-victory of simply being willing to sit with yourself for a few minutes each day.
This may sound too simple to effect any real change, but with time and commitment, you are allowing your higher self to be front and center each day. You are thereby giving yourself the opportunity to change your habitual reactions to the irritations that arise daily, simply by doing nothing other than sitting and breathing consciously. This is entry training to inner development and the beginning of the end of suffering.