Update (Nov 2011): See the sidebar (top right) for info on an upcoming Deeksha event in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK: full day workshop on Dec 3rd 2011 starting at 10am, suggested donation for the day: £10. A chance to experience Deeksha for yourself.
I promised to share with you more about how to connect with the wonderful field of energy I keep talking about in The Secret Of Life, and the greatest assistance I've so far found is from something called "Deeksha" (also known as the "Oneness Blessing").
Deeksha is a transfer of energy which has been brought into the world by two avatars in southern India, Sri Bhagavan and Sri Amma. It nurtures a feeling of Oneness - connection with "all that is" - in those who receive it. It dampens down the individual ego and encourages us to think of ourselves as part of the wider family of humanity. Which is a useful mindset to have if you like the idea of global peace and harmony, a distant dream though this might seem at the moment.
So how is this energy transferred exactly? Some of you might be thinking of old science fiction movies, with metal helmets connected by wires and a high voltage transformer. But I'm pleased to be able to report that it's all a lot less scary than that. Deeksha is simply transferred by a laying on of hands, the same as in Reiki or spiritual healing, with which you may be familiar. Indeed, Deeksha itself has a similar healing effect, as well as promoting this helpful change in consciousness.
I've been going on in this blog about "waking up", about enlightenment, about "living in the moment", about making what is really only a subtle change in perspective and the benefits which this might have for us all. If we could only stop listening to the voice of our ego, carping on in our minds all the time like an interfering aunt, with fears for the future, regrets of the past, and telling us all the things we have to do to keep up the image of ourselves we feel we have to present to the world! If only we could drop all that and reclaim the joy of simply being ourselves in this moment, free to experience whatever is happening now to its fullest extent, and tapping into a source of infinite power.
In isolated moments, I've experienced this feeling myself - and I've even strung such moments together from time to time (as I've described in the previous post). But it is possible - so we are told - to live like this all the time, and what is so remarkable is that all it will take to do it is this subtle change in consciousness: so easy to understand yet so hard to put into practice from day to day. We have grown up with a whole different way of thinking: to watch out for ourselves and those we are close to above all else, to think of ourselves as in competition, rather than in subtle connection, with the rest of humanity. The consequences of this perspective are all too clear to see, in our own lives and on the global political stage. We desperately need our mental program "rewriting" - and I don't think that Windows Vista is going to do it.
Fortunately, various teachers and practices - some of which I've talked about in this blog - are available to help us in this, and like I say, the most powerful one I've found for myself is Deeksha. I've been receiving it for about eighteen months now, and I guess it's a large part of the reason I'm doing this blog. I've tried various other teachings and practices over the years, but although I've found them impressive on a short term basis, I don't seem to have allowed them to make much practical difference to my life. It's like I've gone "Oh gosh, wow - yes!", but then the old familar program has clicked back in again as though nothing has happened. The difference with Deeksha is that I am now aware of how I'm acting on a day to day basis. Most of the time, my old mindset is still in operation, but now I'm aware of the unhelpful ways in which I'm thinking and behaving and how they might be different. This self-awareness is the first step towards change.
We all change at a different rate, however. Instantaneous enlightenment can happen with Deeksha, though for most of us, the change will be much more gradual than that. We need to carry on our normal lives while this is happening, and rapid change will usually make this difficult. What you are very likely to experience if you do try Deeksha, however, are moments of connection with Oneness, with the source of energy I've been talking about in this blog. So if you've been wondering what on earth I've been going on about, now's your chance to find out... Even here, though, it's best not to have expectations. Deeksha is different for everyone, and as with all spiritual practices, it's best just to accept whatever happens.
If you would like to find out more about Deeksha, here are a few links. Deeksha is now available in a great many parts of the world, and you may well find that there is a Deeksha event not far from you. The main web site is Oneness University, and this has links to a great many others worldwide. The US site is Oneness Movement and the UK site is Oneness University UK. You can use these sites to find Deeksha events near you. (In the UK site, search here.) The UK site also contains some interesting articles about the neurological effects of Deeksha on the brain by the neurophysicist Christian Opitz.
I urge you to approach Deeksha in the same way as everything else I mention in The Secret Of Life: if you are drawn to it, try it and see what you think! But it's probably important to mention here that this isn't some new religious movement. Here's a quote from the Oneness University site:
The University does not propagate any particular belief, dogma, religion, faith or teaching. The underlying concept behind every one of its activities is the thought of Sri Bhagavan and Amma that says, "Truth however profound, when it is not yours still remains untruth." Accordingly the university aims to put every individual in touch with the truth of his faith via the medium of a personal experience.
It's like I've said before: this isn't about belief. It's about what's real.
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