There are 4 stages of realization.
- You are fully occupied by your beliefs
- You start questioning your beliefs
- You become aware of something bigger than yourself
- You see everyone and everything as an extension of yourself
1. You are fully occupied by your beliefs
This is the normal stage that 95% of people are in. You perceive the world through your senses and react to situations that come before you. In this stage, you are aware of yourself as an individual typically with a vocation. Like I’m a doctor, I’m a lawyer etc. You are very much attached to your name. You call others by their names and objectify things. You may be an analytical person or a creative one. You have a strong sense of caste, religion, color etc. Whatever you have gathered or has been taught to you, those beliefs are strongly imprinted in your mind. The beliefs also are a part of your personality. You tend to think that there are clear distinctions between what is right or wrong. Every day, you seem to be following the same pattern making some material progress on a day-to-day basis. Your dreams typically are to amass wealth, find love, have a healthy body, be famous etc.
2. You start questioning your beliefs
This is where 5% of the people are. When you get bored of the daily routine and notice that it’s not leading you to happiness, a new stage sets in. You start questioning your own beliefs. You start throwing a spotlight on what you perceived to be right or wrong and other colored beliefs. It’s like returning back to being a kid. When you were a child, you had so many questions, only to be stifled by authoritative answers from your parents, relatives, friends, teacher, the society etc. You were asking so many why’s, the final answer always seems to be ‘Because I told you so’. Fear sets in. And somewhere you stopped asking those questions. So much so that, when you are an adult, you get used to the conditions, without questioning much. Now when you reach this stage, you naturally have a lot of these fundamental changes. It’s a good and worthwhile step to question yourself. You will find that most of these beliefs are baggage’s you have been carrying without any reason.
3. You become aware of something bigger than yourself.
Now the awe sets in. You wonder at things like sunlight, trees, kids and so on. You know that there is something bigger than yourself out there. For example, how do trees grow, why do kids play, how come the sun is always up at the right time and so on. You slowly slide into a dream state. The emphasis that you had about yourself seems to be slithering away. You suddenly become aware of a force bigger than anything that you have known before. You enter the stage of grace because you clearly know that all the things happening around you is not by chance, but by an intelligence, far greater than that you have ever contemplated. This force (call it God, Universe etc) beckons you and you start hearing cosmic whispers. The world is the way it is because this very force is acting through you and every other thing. Suddenly you become aware of this force and submit to it, only to find that you get luckier than you were earlier.
4. You see everyone and everything as an extension of yourself
Once you are in touch with your higher power, a strange thing begins to happen. The boundaries around you vanish. You are no longer a physical body circling from birth to death. You realize that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. There is no end to the power that this spiritual being has. You become part of this higher power (You always were, but now you are conscious) and realize that everything around you is a manifestation of the supreme. Then dawns the idea that you are not separate from them. You are all connected. So much so that you see yourself in others, in other things and suddenly you are everywhere. That table, that chair, that person – everything is your extension. This is the time when your right brain (the internet router) takes an upper hand over your left brain (the local computer). You tune in to the cosmic plan, realizing that all the plans that you had in your head pale’s in front of what the supreme holds for you. You live life with gratitude. Because that is all that is required, rest of the plans, all fall in place.
To your success. God Bless !