Q&A #2 on the Spiritual Path 3/3

Ryan begins this Q&A with a discussion of The Greatness of Saturn, an astrological text about the planet Saturn, which illustrates the idea that we experience what is within us. If you have a negative state within you, someone is going to provide an experience for that negativity to come out. It’s important to remember that all experiences are an expression of God within this material world (or the gunas playing themselves out). Meditation and yoga practice help you get out of those negative states so that you no longer have those triggers, those experiences within you to come out within the world.

Are there any guidelines or methods for making a leap of faith from one personal reality to another—to be more open, loving, healthy, wealthy etc.?

The first thing to consider is that everything you experience in your life is a result of the actions that you have put into play. Fate is simply the accumulation of past free will, of past actions. If you’re consistently experiencing negativity in one area of your life, it’s because your thoughts and states of consciousness have contributed to it. If you really pay attention to what you’re thinking and what you’re feeling when you are experiencing negativity, more often than not, you have a negative loop going on in your head in some way, shape, or form. You have to do whatever it takes to get that out.

The way you change is by deciding right now not to think and feel that way anymore, and then start acting, pretending, that you are feeling a different way and do until it becomes just as natural as the negative state that you were experiencing. That’s the only thing that really works. In the beginning, making that change can feel difficult and fake, but the more you do it, the more natural it becomes.

Meditation helps you pull back and disidentify with the things you’re attaching yourself to. The more you can do that, the easier it becomes. Who you think you are is really just who you think you are. It becomes solid within your mind because you’ve told yourself that over and over again. If you’re identified with who you think you are, then it’s going to be painful to change that. But if you want to experience something different, you have to think, feel, and do things differently.

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