True Exaltation

True Exaltation

“When a person tries to understand subtle things by mathematical calculations alone, he has come into the dense sphere.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

The need to develop fine perception is very important if we wish to live a spiritual life. Everything that exists on this earthly plane is intelligible, but the spirit that resides within us is fine. No worldly understanding can ever explain the spirit in it’s totality. To do so is to make that which is fine into something that is gross. The spirit transcends this plane of existence and can never be boxed up in any kind of understanding that derives from this impermeable reality.

When we attempt to understand the spiritual aspect of our being through the lenses of this reality, we become rigid. Our beliefs and thoughts surround us in a structure that is placid and solid. Very little change and results can occur from such beliefs/thoughts. We need to be like water, malleable to whatever comes into our field of experience. The ability to change our beliefs and thoughts with the directing of our will is invaluable. This allows us to understand the finer things of nature, which cannot be conceptualized by any mathematical equation or scientific understanding.

“When I become Thou and Thou becomest me, neither canst Thou say that I am different, nor canst Thou say that Thou are different” – Indian Poet Khusrau

True exaltation isn’t some kind of level of recognition or accomplishment. Nowadays most people think that rising through the ranks, making more money or becoming famous is the way of true exaltation. Everyone competes with one another to get to the top, a survival of the fittest type of mentality. In the end though, pursuing life with this mentality is simply vain and shortsighted.

True exaltation is a state of being one with the Creator. When you’re reconnected with the source of unconditional love, joy and happiness your experience is never-ending sense of bliss. Your life becomes the embodiment of happiness because of the reunification with the Prime Creator. The Creator becomes one with you and you become one with the Creator. This is what it really means to become God-like, this is the realization of the divinity within oneself.

“Looking at the rising sun, watching the setting sun, looking at the horizon from the sea, being in the midst of nature, looking at the world from the top of a mountain, all these experiences– even such an experience as watching the little smiles of an innocent infant– these experiences lift one up and give one a feeling which one cannot call sensation: it is exaltation. – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Exaltation is the way of perceiving the world through the eyes of our Creator. When we truly operate from this state of being, everything around us becomes exalted. The setting of the sun or the smile of an infant become realizations of the Creator all around us. We see everything through the eyes of our God, because we are all one. This exalted feeling helps to purify ourselves and reveals the beauty that’s been around us all the time.

Since our experimentation with separation, we’ve truly forgotten what it is like to perceive reality like our Creator does. We’re constantly trying to find God; mainstream Christianity indoctrinates us to follow rules setup by man. This is a false paradigm meant to impose fear upon humanity and keep them in servitude. Jesus had no intention of starting a religion, he simply wished to show man the way to godliness through his example.

Being in communion with God is a state of being and cannot be attained, it can only be realized. When you realize yourself as being one with God, you see God everywhere. You see God in the trees, the birds, in the wind and the earth. Everything becomes a reflection of our Creator. We’ve numbed ourselves from the presence of our Creator to the point where God is always with us, but yet we don’t recognize it.

Look at the miracle of life, of how a tiny little seed can turn into a magnificent tree; or how a little baby child can become a genius who can change the world such as Nikola Tesla. That is God in motion, God is everywhere, God is perceivable, but yet not tangible at the same time. God can be understood, but not fully. God is in the words we speak, the food we eat and the people we interact with. See the world and yourself as the embodiment of the Creator and you will know thyself as God.

“Exaltation comes by forgetting the self and destroying selfishness” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

To achieve a sense of exaltation we must practice selflessness and not selfishness. Serving others is the ultimate key to coming into realization of the Creator within us. When we start doing things that will benefit the whole of humanity, we get closer to experiencing that moment of exaltation that will forever change us. Be mindful of others and assist in any way you can. Of course, this doesn’t mean to ignore your own needs, but instead focus on your own bare necessities and then serve others to the best of your ability. There is an balance that is needed and only you can find what works for you. The key is not to overextend yourself or take the joy away from what you are doing. Serve others with a joyful heart, not a bitter one.

The key to remember is that exaltation is a form of purification. When we start to exalt ourselves, we start to relinquish that which isn’t us. It is the dismantling of the old and the construction of the new. The old paradigm is one based on fear and separation, which is solidified by the sensations we experience. Exaltation though is beyond sensation, it is a state of being one with the Divine. It isn’t pleasure or comfort, it is the nectar of God, pure ecstasy in divine form.

The third aspect of exaltation comes by touching the reason of reasons and by realizing the essence of wisdom. – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Setting out to understand the nature of existence inevitably leads us upon the path of discovering the wisdom that surrounds us. When we use the mind to understand God, we become exalted. Divine wisdom doesn’t reside within knowledge, wisdom is derived from experience and knowledge put together to form a understanding that transcends this earthly realm. The ways of our creator cannot be put into words, but it can be conceptualized to a certain extent.

Wisdom is understanding existence through the finer ways of perceiving reality. When we combine our worldly knowledge with divine understanding, it forms everlasting wisdom. The world becomes a mirror of the divine and every time we look around we see the divine within us, because all that we perceive is the divine perceiving itself. We are one with the Creator, so what we see, the Creator sees, what we experience, the Creator experiences. We are fragments of Divine Light helping our Creator better understand itself and creation. My question to you is, do you want to be one with the Creator?

Purification Of The Heart

Purification Of The Heart

Feelings derive from our heart space and have a greater power than our thoughts. We need to focus on our emotional world just as much, if not more than our mental world. Emotions are the means to manifest desires. Thus purity of heart should be considered a necessity. One cannot live long with a tainted heart and the longer we allow psychic garbage to collect within our heart space the more our emotional, spiritual, physical and mental bodies will suffer. A tainted heart is something that all should strive to avoid because it is the smearing of your true self.

As rust is natural to iron and as milk turns sour, so the feeling of the heart which by nature is as pure as milk, turns when it becomes rusted– Hazrat Inayat Khan

The transformation of the natural to the unnatural is a process that takes time. Slowly the innocence fades into nothingness as our heart goes sour. This is imperative to understand because it reveals to us all that this process of souring occurs over a duration of time. We can see that our innocence is intact at the beginning of life, but as we grow older and live life many of us start to rust, thus our spiritual heart suffers greatly. Once this happens it is very difficult to turn things around, to restore oneself.

The way to cleanse our heart is to submerge it in the stream of love. A continuous in-flowing of love will help heal our heart. This means we have to be willing to receive this love, because that’s the problem many of us face. It’s not that love isn’t sent in our direction, but instead it’s our inability to absorb this love that keeps us in lack of it. Love is constantly flowing from the Creator to us, but because of our free-will and ignorance many of us cannot take in this love. We’ve hardened our heart with so much fear that it’s a very difficult task for love to penetrate.

Allowing love to enter one’s being is much easier than what we believe it to be. It can be simply described as being present in the Eternal Now. The Eternal Now is where you reside at all times, it is beyond the concept of time/space, thus it is the aspect of your being that exists in another realm of existence. This is where your higher self resides and this facet of your being has the capacity to give you all the love you need. How do you become present in the Eternal Now you may be wondering, three words sum it up quite well; Love, Acceptance and Joy. By accepting yourself and life you allow love to flow, by loving yourself and others, you allow love to flow, by being joyful to yourself and others, you allow love to flow. These three traits are invaluable when beginning the journey to self empowerment.

“For it is the good quality of heart that will keep away undesirable impressions and thoughts, so that the heart will only reflect good impressions and desirable influences.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Only by nurturing the good qualities within ourselves will we be able to prevent the rust from settling within and around our heart. Good qualities are pretty self-explanatory, anything that makes you feel good and wholesome. Such as love, compassion, acceptance, joyfulness and forgiveness. These qualities allow love to be channeled into every fiber of our being. This divine love will enrich our aura and allow healing to take place on the many subtle levels of being. The practice of mantras can assist in this endeavor and one mantra that Hazrat shares is the following:

“My thoughtful self! Reproach no one, hold a grudge against no one, bear malice against no one; be wise, tolerant, considerate, polite, and kind to all.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

The need to remove and erase every undesirable impression is paramount in cleansing one’s heart. That means we need to be brave enough to explore aspects of our being that have been neglected for great many years. We cannot think that we can just be positive and that will suffice, one must dive deep within their own consciousness and locate the darkness and negative impressions we’ve allowed to fester in our ignorance and lack of awareness.

When one begins to locate their own various character flaws and fears, we are provided with an opportunity to transform them into assets(Divine Love). Only by becoming aware of these negative impressions can this be done. Thus one should take the time to think about his/her state of being, mental processes and unconscious aspects whenever possible. Many of us are stuck in reactionary mode, we don’t quite understand why we do what we do or feel what we feel. Much of this has been programmed into our unconscious and subconscious minds without much awareness on our end. We pick up most of these learned behaviors from our parents, TV, school, media, internet, etc….

A perfect example of a programmed response is something along the lines of this. Let’s say you’re having a discussion with someone about UFOs and extraterrestrials, you start to make a claim and the individual whom your speaking to reacts very hostile and skeptical. They’ve been programmed with stereotypes that tell them that UFOs and extraterrestrials is absurd. This is a perfect example, because even though the person hasn’t done the research himself/herself they still react negatively. I’ve encountered this many times since my awakening and most of the time when I try to express to them the need to discover the truth themselves, they still dismiss it and choose ignorance. This is a reactionary behavior, we’ve been bombarded with so much fear that we perceive our reality through the modality of negativity. Thus everything is misconstrued to satisfy this bleak outlook we’ve incorporated into our belief system.

Many would rather be deceived rather than know the truth, because they’re afraid of the prospect of being lied to. We have this fear of being wrong as if it invalidates who we are. We don’t want to believe that things could possibly be that bad, that our government would lie to us, that people would kill to get what they want and corporations would suppress technology that would benefit mankind. This is reinforced by our fear of change as well, the prospect of many UFOs, extraterrestrials, free energy theories being correct would change the world. They subconsciously resist it because of the fact they’ve invested so much into this false paradigm.

That is the type of behavior we must become aware of within ourselves, we need to dive deep into these beliefs and discover the root cause. Upon exploration of my inner-world I discovered that I was skeptical over a great many things because of fear. Fear is the reason many people choose ignorance, because as the saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss” and it’s easier for many to deny something than to confront it. We’ve been conditioned to resist change, especially if it differs from our reality in such a dramatic display. When I discovered this within myself, it suddenly opened the doors to my real self and I’ve learned a great deal since then. This can only be achieved if you have the willingness to explore oneself.

Hazrat emphasizes the need of developing innocence. Not innocence in the sense of avoiding being at fault, but instead innocence in the sense that your desire is to be your real self. Our innocence is reproached upon when we give into the ideas of our synthetic self. The synthetic self identifies with things of this world, constantly attempting to build its kingdom upon quicksand. As you all will no doubt learn over time, any attachment to this world will not satisfy one’s soul. This world is based upon the principle of impermanence, all shall return to the earth. Our bodies will decompose, our money will turn to dust and our thoughts will become psychic dust.

Innocence is a state of being that embraces the constants in life. When one firmly plants their feet on the immutable constants, innocence will increase. Loving, listening, accepting, appreciating and assisting others is the pathway to innocence, these are the constants that will assist thee. Bear no homage to the ways of cleverness, for they seek nothing but worldly knowledge that can benefit oneself. To be clever is to identify with one’s own mortality. Cleverness is a trait that is fleeting and temporal, eventually it shall fade back into the black or you will encounter someone whom is more clever than oneself. Time diminishes cleverness, with age does one’s intelligence and cleverness start to wane. Thus it is an self-defeating delusion of attempting to gain significance within the temporal plane of existence. In the words of Hazrat:

“The innocent are oftener blessed by Providence than the worldly-wise who are always trying to get the best of everyone and to seize every opportunity that may seem in any way advantageous.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

He who develops innocence is truly capable of removing the fear from the lives of others. Only they are able to bridge the gap between fear and love for their fellow brothers and sisters. They whom are innocent within the heart are the shepherds that shall lead humanity once again to freedom. The clever and worldly wise cannot do so, because they operate upon this plane of existence, while they who are innocent dwell within the consciousness of the divine. Only through the innocent shall the lost be found, only through the heart shall we be freed from the chains of fear.

“Purity of heart is the only condition that allows the inner stream to rise. The pure-hearted see more deeply, though they say little.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Through innocence we rise through the different octaves of our being. Slowly ascertaining to who we are, why am I alive and what is the purpose of life. By purifying our hearts we get closer to these inner truths. Within us lies the answers to all our questions. Purification of the heart and development of innocence allows these answers to come into our awareness. This is the journey all must eventually embark upon in order to return to the source. Unavoidable this is, because in the end; we’re all One.

Timothy Frappier

Quotes are from the book: The Art of Being and Becoming