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I went back and watched "You're it" again. That video touches my soul. It speaks to every worry and every lie the anxiety has given me. It speaks to every fear I have had of making it in this world. It gives me courage.

The quote at the end of the video is so true.
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

I have always worried about my legacy. About leaving something behind; doing something beyond me, something that will last long after I am gone. Perhaps people will forget who I am, but somewhere someone will remember what I did, and I will have made lives better. I have always wanted to do something lasting. And the fear of it, the fear of not doing it, has left me crippled. It has crippled me and sustained me almost simultaneously.

I must be careful with this though. I can already hear the dark side of me, the negative side saying things. "So nothing matters" it says. "something beyond yourself doesn't matter. So why bother doing it? So you saved a few cats from being killed at animal control? So what. We all die anyways. Why not just let them die at the pound. Because you feel you need to do something beyond yourself? Who will remember those cats ten years from now? twenty? fifty? No one. So don't do it."
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Tai-Da Vrikaurvan replied the topic: Waking up to the Force

My mentor Streen he had a very different outlook on the meaning of life. Very wise man, still love the man to bits to this day. A quote from his work I love to read to this day.

"In order for the lake to be renewed,
It must use streams to empty itself.
At the same time it must receive water from others.
Thus, it is always whole, yet ever changing.
Savor the period of growth.
For in a life that is ever growing,
You will appreciate every moment of your existence.
Random coincidence does not exist.
What occurs is meant to occur, yet there is no plan.
However, life is your creation.
A plan of no plan: The meaning of life is to have no meaning at all.
This is the paradox of the universe."

That one part always has a comfort with me. "The meaning of life is to have no meaning at all". I always find a comfort in that.

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"Look to the future and your eyes cannot shut. Look to the past and you can't open them. Live in the moment, and you can blink."
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Katie (StormyKat) replied the topic: Waking up to the Force

Thanks for sharing that. I love it. I suppose there is something freeing in having no meaning. And I guess (after having just watched a slew more Alan Watts lectures) that it is my ego that fears letting go of meaning and doing something beyond myself. My ego that fights to prove to the lies I tell myself that I am nothing.

Not that anyone said it would be easy, but it is hard to let go of meaning when the world tells you there must be meaning. I accept that I am one with the world yet my ego gets in the way and tells me I have to be better than someone, have to prove myself. It is fascinating to me. Something new to think about.
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Tai-Da Vrikaurvan replied the topic: Waking up to the Force

Also to add to that, by having no meaning, you have the power to choose. You can shape your own reality to how you like. :)

It is good to see new members in the community progressing and starting to think outside of the normal box. In honesty Katie I think your doing an excellent job with your training. :)

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Kol Drake replied the topic: Waking up to the Force

Would a monument or some official plaque of appreciation mean you had made it? That all you had done in life had 'meaning'? That is the ego talking. Yes, there is that whole -- in ten years; 50 years; 100/200/1,000 years.

What about making a difference in the NOW?
NOW, there are kitties alive due to your efforts. They bring love and affection and are loved and cared for by others. Maybe they don't wake up each morning singing praises to the heavens for katierose but... you had an impact on their lives. (the human AND the feline!)
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You go into work and smile a huge smile to those waiting in the waiting room... or those you work with. Yes, you may not be in love with them all (heck, humanity is okay; it's the individuals we all want to punch at one time or another...) BUT, your moment of 'sunshine' may be the high point of their day. It is only a moment; a few facial muscles worth of energy and ... their NOW has that tiny bit of positive energy. It may not change their life but... it made an impact; however small it may seem to you at the time.

Half a century from now, you may be known as "that cat lady". Or perhaps, you will go on to do other positive actions in the world which make national or international headlines. Either way, each moment of YOUR days can make an impact... just as one tiny drop of rain does not seem like much -- collect all those 'one tiny drops' and you make a river or a lake or an ocean. An ocean of KatieRose smiles and positive-ness. What a wonderful world that will be to share those 'drops' together.
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Back to the titled theme -- what does it MEAN to wake up?

What is waking up? How do I know if I am awake? What does it mean to BE awake?

Grab a dictionary (or google the word) and it has several definitions...

What does it mean to be spiritually asleep?
I suppose I could hand wave about how the entire planet full of people have been 'asleep' for a long time -- possibly since before 'the dark ages' -- when, between global diseases and death and the religious killings of anything other than 'the proper faith', folks kind of shut down. What this means is that our level of awareness about the connections all around us has declined to a point where we feel separate from everyone and everything around us.

Waking up spiritually, in its more basic terms would be to recognize with your whole being your connection to everyone and everything around you. This is often referred to as the mystical experience as described by Alan Watts.
. Regaining consciousness is to remember that we have always been connected with the oneness of the universe. It is all about becoming aware. There are many levels of awareness that come with waking up and ultimately being awake.

Some people are born awake and remain awake during their lives. This is very rare but not unheard of. It is theorized that if a child is nurtured with awareness it will be more aware and able to to stay awake. Then again, catalysts such as events can also cause an awakening within a person. "Lucky to be alive" comes to mind. Powerful transformations do not have to be painful but for some it does come with a lot of pain. Some people speed up their awakening process when they experience a powerful trauma or are diagnosed with a terminal illness. There is also a concept of power leveling where an awakened or more aware soul can assist another soul in waking up faster and maintaining the higher awareness. (Be aware that the degree to which the power leveler is awake determines how much you will be able to gain in levels of awareness.)

It is why so many look for gurus or teachers who can help 'elevate' their awareness.
It is why so many come seeking answers here at the IJRS. Learning meditation skills; seeking answers inward and outward; getting 'in touch' with the Force and understanding the connections (and interconnectivity) of it all. Although waking up is a very cool and powerful thing one can go through it can also bring a lot of frustration. Frustration with the boxes that society tries to shoehorn everyone into and feeling the connections to the suffering of others here on earth can be overwhelming.

For being so 'simple', it can seem pretty hard.
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"Even the strangest and most magical things become absorbed into the routine of the daily mind with its steady geographies of endurance, anxiety, and contentment." -- John O’Donohue, Irish poet and spiritual philosopher

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Why must we answer the call to awaken?
Why must we follow the questions of our soul?

Because it is through habitual, non-inquisitive living that we lose our sense of wonder.
Because eventually, even the strangest or most magical things become absorbed into the routine of the daily mind with its steady geographies of endurance, anxiety, and contentment. Left to our own devices, curiosity dims and fear of the unknown binds us; we cling to the known. Only seldom does the haze lift, as we glimpse for a moment the amazing plenitude of being here in the heart of the greatest story ever told — our own lives.

Once you start to awaken nothing or no one can ever claim you again, pull you back into old patterns. Kiss your old habitual 'ruts' goodbye and enjoy the new horizon. Once you start to awaken, you know how precious your time here — on earth, in this body — is. You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do not nourish your true self; your patience grows thin with tired talk and dead language. You see through the rosters of expectation that promise you safety and the confirmations of your outer identity. Now you are impatient for growth, willing to put yourself in the way of change. You want your work to become an expression of your innate gifts. You want your relationships to voyage beyond the pallid frontiers to where the danger of transformation dwells. You want your personal deity (God/Goddess/Whinny the Pooh/All-That-Is/Allah/what and whom ever to be wild and to call you to where your destiny awaits.

When your soul and spirit is touched, you begin to inherit your true life, the one you were meant for. You leave the kingdom of fake surfaces, repetitive talk, and weary roles and slip deeper into the true adventure of who you are and who you are being called to become. The greatest friend of the Self is the unknown. Yet we are afraid of the unknown because it lies outside our vision and our control. We avoid it or quell it by filtering it through our protective barriers of domestication and control. This way never leads 'home'.

Unfortunately, it sometimes takes deep suffering, grief, or loss to awaken us. It could happen one evening in the middle of your life, your routines, your roles. The phone rings. Someone you love is in the grip of a serious illness that could take their life within months. It only takes a few seconds to receive that news. Yet, when you put the phone down, you are already standing in a different world. All you know has just been rendered unsure, tenuous. Your world as you have known it has been knocked off it's axis and you feel like everything is at an angle to reality. And it is in that instant, the moment of the unknown, in that mystery place, that lies the invitation to stay awake.

If you could imagine the most incredible story ever, it would be less incredible than the story of our being here alive on this earth. Ironically, it is not "just" a story; it is the Truth of our lives. Yet it takes us so long to see where we are along the path of our soul’s story. And it takes us even longer to see who we are. (sucks when we 'discover' our path and the Truth as we lay on death's doorstep!) THE single most important gift you can give yourself is the invitation to awaken to who you are and where you have landed. And you are the only person who can offer, and accept, that gift.

Plato said in The Symposium that one of the greatest privileges of a human life is to become midwife to the birth of the soul — in this case, the birth of your own soul.

And when you finally come out of the illusion — Plato’s Cave of Images — you emerge into the sunlight, into the mystery of color and imagination. When you begin to sense that your imagination is the place where you are most divine, you feel called to clean out of your mind all the worn and shabby furniture of thought. You wish to refurbish yourself with the living imagination so that you can begin to see, so that your thoughts can become what Meister Eckhart calls "our inner senses." When the inner senses are dull and blurred, you become a respectable prisoner of a mind able to receive everything except the extraordinary.

You know now what Eckhart means when he says: "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," and you undertake the difficult but beautiful path to freedom. On this journey, the chambers of your heart that seemed awkward, contradictory, and uneven are where the treasure lies hidden. Being true to yourself becomes as necessary and automatic as breathing. As Shakespeare’s Polonius says in Hamlet: "To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

From this inner dedication, you can creatively reconstruct your own values and take action. You develop from your own self-compassion a great compassion for others. Let's face it -- if you don't learn to 'love thyself' how the heck can you expect it from someone else? You are no longer caught in the false game of judgment, comparison, and assumption. More naked now than ever, you finally feel truly alive. You begin to trust the music of your own soul; you have inherited treasure that no one will ever be able to take from you.

Being open is not just physical. It is a spiritual 'thing.' And to be spiritually open, you must first choose to. In any given moment, it is your choice. Your loss or your gain. And, if you are in a habit of closing down; if you are really good at closing down, chances are, you will not open up. You are probably too used to shutting down. It has become a habit that is ingrained in to your body. But this is your challenge. You CAN open up, you just have to lead yourself, and not wait for the ‘right’ moment!! There IS no right moment! Only NOW. It's scary but it can be a wondrous 'thing'. Embrace the wonder. Take the Leap. Become 'one with the Force' and life will never be the same.
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