“Whether it is a tree, a bird, an insect, a worm, an elephant, or a human being – everything is made up of the same simple material. We call this intelligence that makes life happen “consciousness.” If you are unconscious, you do not even know whether you are alive or dead. If you are in deep sleep, you are alive, but you do not know it. The only reason why you experience life and aliveness is because you are conscious.“
– SADHGURU (Yogi, Mystic, and Visionary)
-By Paloma Cardenas-Diaz
Paloma Cardenas-Diaz has been an avid seeker of spiritual knowledge and practices since a very young age. She has spent over 25 years immersing herself in the study of various spiritual disciplines across Guadalajara and other states in Mexico. However, in 2009, she discovered A Course in Miracles, which transformed her thought system and paradigms completely. This discovery marked a significant turning point in her life, and she has since devoted herself entirely to studying and practicing the Course. Paloma has delved deeply into the teachings of A Course in Miracles and has become an expert in the valuable material provided by Ph.D. Kenneth Wapnick, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest teachers of the Course.
This article inspires and guides readers on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening. The write-up encourages individuals to explore the depths of their minds, challenge their limiting beliefs, and choose a path toward a higher truth.
Imagine climbing the highest mountain, where the greatest Silence is, and the best views you can imagine of an indescribable Infinity.
Imagine the Silence. Imagine the views.
Now, take a few moments to breathe there.
Breathe in that Immensity.
Breathe deeply, facing the Silence of this Consciousness.
Then imagine that your life, and therefore your mind, was absolutely and totally dedicated to the purpose of waking up from this physical dream of separation and duality and being able to achieve what very few succeed, being able to break the almost endless and almost infinite chain of thousands of cycles of birth and death.
Imagine this whole process of awakening and breaking these chains, this veil of illusion and ignorance, as an analogy of a hiker determined to reach Everest’s highest peak.
Imagine the long and deep mental, psychological, and spiritual process that was your own path to Everest, understood as your own great challenge, the ascending way and the challenging process that your mind took in its decision to wake up from this dream of separation and guilt, and to tirelessly walk what had to be walked to achieve this goal and to be able to awaken back to your Reality, to be able to awaken to what You Truly Are far beyond this physical veil.
This is a long journey; it is a process that will last a lifetime of practice, and most likely after many other lives before this one, where you were already heading with your goal set and directed to this one and only mountain, the Indescribable Everest.
Now, you just imagine this goal achieved. Just imagine that you were able to achieve it. You did it. Yes, you could achieve it.
And just imagine yourself already awake in front of this Immensity.
Despite everything that came your way, YES, you did it, one step at a time, step by step, you climbed to the end, to the highest.
Before achieving it, you already went through many other processes, many other paths, and many other mountains; there were hard dark nights of the soul, there were misplacements, there were delays, there were setbacks, there were devastating storms, there were earthquakes, there were avalanches, but there was also an excellent willingness to want a better path, there was sincerity when asking for help, there was total commitment every time you had to choose again, and there was perseverance, intuition and a lot of Heart to recognize The Truth when it was presented to you.
And then, all the help of Heaven came to guide you in your firm decision to wake up from the dream, and for this reason, now we are talking about Everest, the goal, the most desired challenge of your soul. When you finally want to wake up, you are determined to achieve it.
Climbing this Everest is another process; climbing is a total commitment to the Truth.
It’s not easy; it will never be easy, but the only certain thing is that it will be worth it. There will be avalanches almost the entire way, but in exchange, there is also a great promise from Heaven: you have been promised with all the Force of Heaven that you will never, ever be left helpless.
And in this middle of the path, you will also have beautiful gifts, profound experiences, and endearing glimpses of the most beautiful Truth that awaits us.
There will be Revelations, faithful Faith and consoling Hope, genuine inspiration, and infinite joy for a walk with other companions, brave walkers like you who tried. Who gave you shelter, kindness, blessings, guidance, water, comfort, a big hug, a compass, encouragement.
Some are no longer here, but they marked your path with their soul, friendship, and hugs. Some others will continue with you and walk in a pack; they embark on this deep internal journey just like you; they hold hands in kind mutual help whenever they need each other, all of those, your friends and brothers, brave walkers on a mountainous path, very challenging and arduous.
And now, for this moment, and as a comforting respite from the daily avalanches or from the harsh gales that want to make you falter, today you will imagine yourself at the top of your beautiful Everest, and you will imagine having already reached the goal.
And you will imagine yourself having left behind all sense of individuality because to reach that peak, you will have to leave everything aside and want nothing more than The Truth.
Achieving this goal represents total remembrance of the Sacred Presence of God, there, in your highest and most profound mind.
The Great Mountain Top is where the memory of your valid Identity with God is finally revealed to you.
Just imagine that the difficult climb up this mountain represents this achievement already accomplished.
For this reason, you require training to reach the top of Everest. Only the one who has the strongest mind will arrive.
You depend one hundred percent on an extraordinary and exaggerated vigilance of your mind and an extreme selection of all your thoughts from everyone, without exception, all the time.
To achieve your goal, you will become highly aware of your thoughts. Only and only then will you know the path that leads you to experience infallible mental Strength, how much you commit to your training, how much you have the desire to arrive, how much you are willing to let go of your ego, how much you are ready to monitor your mind, and trying hard and getting back up and starting again will mark how far you will reach your peak.
How willing are you to choose again and again and again and to be totally ready to think differently because everything here will test you, there will be lessons that will seem to stop you, and there will be seasons where you feel and believe that you can’t take it anymore. There will be intense storms and extreme fatigue. You will need an unstoppable fighter mentality.
You will need the certainty of purpose, clarity, conviction, drive, and character to know how far you are willing, what station, what peak you are betting on, and how far you will climb?
On an Everest climb, the master guide tells his hikers, if you already feel exhausted, just take the next step, just one step at a time, just look forward, don’t look back, focus inward, focus on the top of your mountain.
The author of the incomparable book and infallible method of profound metaphysics of A Course in Miracles would say, when you are tired, be still deeply, your undefended is your Strength, remember Who You Are, identify yourself Being Mind, watch your thoughts, choose again, think the Truth, remember your goal, your destiny, focus on God, focus on the joy of not having given up, focus on the Plenitude that awaits you with open arms, focus on that extraordinary Love that has always called you to return.
Focus your attention on God, his Silence, his help, and the Presence of His Goodness that dwells in your mind; focus because not only do you have an ego mind, but you also have a united Mind that reminds you of your most Deep Truth.
Your True Mind reminds you with certainty and clarity that far beyond a physical body, You Are already, right now, the most beautiful Unity. You are right now the most extraordinary Fullness that belongs to God Himself.
So, for this reason, today, we will focus on that extraordinary and indescribable peak, which has been waiting for us since Always, which is waiting for us now, which is calling us to unite again with It.
Summit is waiting for you right now.
And to give ourselves encouragement and courage on the tiring days, let’s imagine what it would be like to have already achieved it.
Let’s imagine our immense joy at having been much, much, much more than just brave because to have already achieved it, we were absolutely persevering, persistent, stubborn, and resilient students, in retraining as minds, over and over again, in choosing again for the Truth of our Eternal Identity United with God, ours and that of all the others.
To achieve it and be at this Summit, we have already chosen the vision of Our True Being as ours within such a suffering egoic world. We already forgave everything that was always false, and we stopped making real everything that rose like thick walls to stop us. We have unified our thoughts to a single purpose: Innocence, Forgiveness, Unity.
To achieve this, we have already gone through hundreds of opportunities to choose again and think differently, and we have already taken advantage of each opportunity to gain a miracle of Peace and then feel differently within the world of the ego and feel safe and in serene Unity.
And if today is a difficult day, if our path today makes us feel exhausted, tired, exhausted because we think that it is too much, or depressed, dazed, today can become a very kind day because we will stop to breathe deeply in the Silence of our Consciousness and we will focus on God and all his extraordinary love that is waiting for us.
Mind, today you will give yourself a comforting rest, and you will imagine with great joy, with all your passion, with absolute certainty, you will imagine in detail, you will take it for granted, that you breathe at the top of your most beautiful Everest, and from there, you will contemplate with Peace, with serenity, with maturity, with wisdom and with much kindness, your own process of climbing your mountain.
Therefore, we will look into our future for a few moments today. And we will imagine the experience of having already reached the most extraordinary and highest Summit of our own ascent. Imagine your goal achieved. Imagine that you finally reached the top of Everest, at the very top.
Imagine that you already achieved it. Imagine that you were able to climb your own mountain. And awaken in your Being.
You left behind all, all, absolutely each and every one of your limiting beliefs until you reached total Peace, total Power, total Forgiveness, total abstraction, Total Love.
Imagine what it feels like to be there and be only and only That. You are mind, synonymous with Perfect and Complete Spirit.
Imagine just Being MIND. Abstract, Infinite, Eternal, Unlimited. Only Love, only Total Peace, Endless Joy. A totally and absolutely Strong and Powerful Mind.
Imagine yourself being only That. Just Being That beautiful and loving, immense and all-powerful Total Abstraction.
Imagine the Immensity of being Everest. Imagine being in total Love. Absolute Peace, Omnipotent Stillness. IMAGINE IT. Take your time.
Take a deep breath and imagine it.
Mind, imagine Yourself remembering the indescribable Mind that You Are. Imagine that you finally conquered the Peace that You Are, permanently. Imagine the views.
Imagine your beauty.
You are this Fullness.
You are this Immensity.
You Are That Permanently.
Imagine what it feels like.
Live That, Be only That, intensely and permanently.
Imagine that you finally accepted totally and completely to experience what You Truly Are.
Imagine that you finally totally and entirely accepted that You Are An Infinite and magnificent Mind.
Now, breathe from that state.
Breathe from that top.
Breathe above the beautiful Everest that You Are.
Imagine yourself being An Abstract Totality. Without any form, without any limit. Just imagine the indescribable.
Just Imagine the Great and Powerful Abstract Love That Is Your Source.
Imagine yourself hanging your ribbon, flag, and banner on the top of the mountain.
You did it. You made it!
You forgave absolutely everything. Forgiveness is understood as a change of mentality regarding absolutely everything.
You looked with the Truth at your side and went through everything: fears, hatred, guilt, resentment, specialties, attachments.
You let go of absolutely everything; you let go of yourself by being a little “I.” And now all is only Peace, Goodness, serene Joy, and extraordinary Freedom. And you did it.
You trained hard, and you maturely examined your every thought repeatedly. And every act of true forgiveness was worth it all and bore abundant fruit.
All your training deeply healed your unconscious mind. And you did it.
Mind, you managed to reach the Summit of Truth, to Be That You, and experience yourself again as a United Mind, and now it is Forever. So now, imagine breathing on this peak of your indescribable Everest.
Take a few moments to breathe deeply in the Sacred Silence of this Consciousness. And just imagine the indescribable.
Imagine what it feels like to have no endings, no edges or limits. Imagine what it feels like to be Absolute Love.
What it feels like to be in Absolute Peace.
Just breathe and imagine it.
How it feels to be only Absolute Bliss.
How it feels to be a Bliss without end.
Just imagine being immersed in complete happiness, of Being Serene’s Absolute Peace, and of Being totally, completely, and absolutely happy. The only thing you can now Be and feel is total happiness in You Being the Total Unity.
Mind, you were able to achieve it; you climbed to the top, to the highest peak, and now you recognize that You Are Everything again, and in this Total Abstraction, You are totally thrilled again.
And now, only and only do you recognize with sincere gratitude the Truth of what has been given to you, for You are Mind, you belong to a Mind, and you are nothing but mind.
And now you recognize that your mind is magnificent and infinite. You are a serene Mind with total certainty, a single purpose, and the security of being absolutely loved and absolutely endless and deeply valuable. You feel absolutely cared for and safe, always having the warmth of unfailingly secure protection.
“And yours is a Stillness that cannot be disturbed by anything. You possess a meekness that is eternally invulnerable, as well as a deep and abiding sense of well-being. A Mind where a rest is yours so perfect that nothing can ever interrupt it.” (from A Course in Miracles).
You maintain such a state of mind that nothing can disturb your Peace. And you feel totally sure that you are loved and that you are eternally safe.
You are this mind being only Peace extended to eternity.
When you know this state, when you manage to advance to this top of your mountain, when you imagine or sustain this most beautiful experience, feel with total certainty and with all your grateful Heart the following:
Yes, I Am Mind, I am absolutely Happy, I am entirely Invulnerable, I am totally Strong, I have been given all Power, there is nothing I cannot do, I am safe, I am Oneness with God, and I am the deep Peace of him. I am Beautiful Total Abstraction.
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