Have you ever walked through a dark room and stubbed your toe or tripped over furniture as you tried to maneuver around objects in the room? Now think about this, you probably had this experience in an environment that you are familiar with like your bedroom or living room. Now consider maneuvering through a dark room that you are not familiar with and instead of carefully taking small steps you are running; what happens? You most likely will run into more objects/obstructions and you will feel greater pain when you do. All in all most of us would agree that running through a darkened room full of objects that we could run into or trip over would not be a smart thing to do.
Even though we would agree that running through a dark room full of obstructions is a dim (pun intended) idea many people live their life this way. Many people live an unaware life moving at breakneck speed and in doing so inevitably run into obstructions which cause damage to their self.
“Understand the obstructions you are putting in the way of love, freedom, and happiness and they will drop. Turn on the light of awareness and the darkness will disappear. Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something you have; love is something that has you”
- Anthony de Mello
When we are unaware, we might as well be sleep running through life! It is often because of our unawareness that we manifest all kinds of obstructions into our life and that we allow these obstructions to create havoc in our life.
When we become aware, it is as if you flicked the light switch on and flooded the room with light and it is this light which enables you to clearly see your path and all of the obstructions along the way. For some awareness is like the flicking on of a light switch, for others it is more like turning a dimmer switch and slowly bathing your life in light. Whichever way it works for you is okay, the key is that to truly experience that which you are here to experience in the most joyous way possible one must turn on the light of awareness.
Of course the light of awareness does not discriminate, it does not just shed light on that which we perceive as positive, it bathes everything of our world in light. This means that we have to summon up the courage to see all that lay before us, not just that which we perceive as “good”. In the dark, one can look in the mirror and never see what is there, in the light of awareness we must see what is truly in the mirror and accept that which we see as that which is real and if we don’t like what we see to be able to understand what actions we need to take to facilitate change and growth.
For me the light of awareness is like the dawning of a day. The light of awareness gradually envelopes my life, at first some things may remain in the shadows of the dawn, however as I increase my awareness the shadows begin to diminish and I am able to see more and more. When the light of awareness hits it’s apex I believe that is when I will shift from this level of being to the next. At the next level I will again go through another awakening, another process of bringing the light of awareness to full power so that I will understand what I am and the growth that I need to achieve.
One may ask, how do I switch on my light of awareness, how do I come to remember the love that is me, the happiness that is me? How do I flood my world with this light of awareness? The answer is quite simple, one must turn inward and come to remember and know your authentic self which is love. Each of us has the ability to become aware through shifting our thoughts and in doing so we are able to shift from ego (our false self) to a state of true being. It is when we make this shift that the darkness will fall away and we will come to know the power of our love and all that love is and attracts into our life!
Still not sure how to become aware? Begin by simply shifting your thoughts, words and actions to a perspective of love. Ask yourself, is what you are thinking, what you are saying, what you are doing an expression and motivation of love or is it coming from a place of ego, selfishness, greed, revenge, resentment, etc. Trust me, you will know the difference. Begin today to make the shift, become aware of your thoughts, words and actions and you will turn on the light of awareness which will flood your life with more joy than you can imagine!