Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

How To Experience A Richer, Deeper, And Fuller Life

When we choose to move beyond the boundaries of the ego, we choose to step into a different world. We find ourselves above the matrix of conceived causality, alive on a unique plane of experience. Here, much to our amazement, everything happens by itself. Grace, or effortless effort, now define our actions.

Our egoic self is characterized by its neediness. Need arises as an urge to survive. It is, in fact, a pro-survival urge that emanates from the ego. The ego thrives on its own insecurities, finding substance through elaborating its own shadows.

Stepping beyond the ego is an act of recognition. What we are recognizing is that we are more than a person.

What, however, can be transcendent to our personhood? After all, this part of us appears to be all of us.

Life is what is transcendent to personhood, particularity, and isolation.

When we recognize that we are life, an embodiment of the life-force, a marvelous and eloquent expression of consciousness itself, then we transcend the ego. We discover ourselves to be more than our narrow view of ourselves. We find ourselves to be a numinous consciousness that uses a mind, animates a body, and assumes a socialized identity.

When we thus change our conditioned view of ourselves, stepping beyond our identification with our own limitedness and stepping away from our plethora of difficulties, we see that we are the force of life itself seeking greater expansion through experiences.

This elusive concept, once grasped, creates a critical shift in our awareness.

When we acknowledge that we are more than a person, and that we are life in motion, we alter our goals to serve the greater life all around us. The instant becomes for us much more important than ruminating over our lived experience.

When we, as a life-force, as a unit of consciousness, seek to serve life-in-general, we need no longer concern ourselves with issues of survival or unfulfilled wants.

You see, our outflow of service toward all of life creates a reciprocal wave that takes care of our every need.

Those who have mastered this subtle self-transcendence will find themselves living in a whole new universe while still habituating the old, familiar one. Everything will be new and different. Serendipidity and synchronicity will happen all the time and quantum leaps in personal evolution will be a matter of course.

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Saleem Rana got his masters in psychotherapy from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Ca., 15 years ago and now resides in Denver, Colorado. His articles on the internet have inspired over ten thousand people from around the world. Discover how to create a remarkable life


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