If Everything Is A Story, Then Where Does This Leave Us?
“When you let go of who you are, you become who you might be.” — Rumi
When looking at the astrological perspective of the rapid changes I see so many people currently going through, it is the time of a “rebirth”; the beginning of a new chapter. Old wounds have been revisited during the last Full Moon (or Harvest Moon) of September 25th (or 24th, depending on your location). We’re older and wiser now, though, and therefore capable to rise above our usual reactions to certain triggers – or that’s the invitation anyway…
“So if you’ve been a magnet for drama of late, consider where & how you’ve fuelled that process by swinging emotionally between love & war, (the lesson of this polarity of Libra / Aries) rather than finding the centre point within & seeing the situation from a higher perspective.”
What we experience in our inner world we see reflected in our outer world. And yet, all they are, is stories we tell ourselves. That is, when we take the perspective of non-duality.
When we look with the “I”
When we look for the “I”
— Mooji (Sayings of Mooji Baba – Mooji.org)
A new “guru” has entered my life, and his name is Mooji. I was already familiar with the perspective of non-duality (beautifully described in this article from Giovanni Dienstmann, by the way), but nobody had explained it to me quite this way before. As is often the case when discovering a guru.
To give you a taste, I have added a video of one of his satsangs below. A mere 18 minutes, the maximum time of a TED Talk, so perfect for your full attention!
Moreover, at 6:00, Mooji introduces a small exercise to “drop everything…like stepping out of water”. I have done this exercise several times, and it really brings me peace. Peace at the one small moment where I am, well, not “me” anymore. Where the stories have stopped, where there isn’t even an image in my mind anymore (something that I am normally an expert in for entertainment!). It’s an experience that is hard to put to words, because it is the experience that counts. Writing about it just seems to not do it justice at all as well as enhance any story that we are already creating about it (wink!).
But if everything is a story, then where does this leave us?
I have had plenty of discussions about this lately. Both with myself, internally, as with others. As Mooji asks in many of his (video) replies: who is asking this question? You, as a body, a brain, or even an Ego? Or the Self?
Never the Self.
The Self simply is. It doesn’t require confirmation of being (like we do). It’s not attached to anything or anybody. It just IS.
Isn’t it amazing how another source I have been following, and using for my stories, is saying exactly the same thing?! This is written in Lesson 128 of A Course In Miracles (ACIM):
“All things you seek to make your value greater in your sight limit you further, hide your worth from you, and add another bar across the door that leads to true awareness of your Self.
Pause and be still a little while, and see how far you rise above the world, when you release your mind from chains and let it seek the level where it finds itself at home. It will be grateful to be free a while. It knows where it belongs.”
– A Course in Miracles, Workbook Lesson 128
So where do the stories end? Again, with the Self.
There’s no rational way to get there, you cannot think your way in – let alone out. It is in the practice (for instance of Mooji’s exercise as portraid above) that the stories end and the Self begins. It is, therefore, for you to find out and for me to rest my case now.
[The original version of this post can be found on my blog: businessconjunctions.com/blog]