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Please enjoy this excerpt from “The 7 Levels of Wisdom” by Monica Esgueva.
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Most Westerners don’t relate to traditional Eastern spiritual practices, mainly because there is a disconnect between traditional Eastern approaches and modern society’s mindset and current environment. In The 7 Levels of Wisdom a path toward a more enlightened and fulfilling life is analyzed. Meant to expand both knowledge and awareness, this path offers the richness of Eastern philosophies tailored for the Western mind.
The 7 Levels of Wisdom covers different related topics crucial for understanding and leading a personal transformation, with an aim to inspire people to reach the highest levels of human consciousness, the most important goal and to see it as something they can do regardless of their responsibilities or life conditions. By assessing and describing the different stages of human consciousness, this book will help readers identify where they are on the progressive path toward enlightenment as well as what lies ahead.
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe,
a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his
thoughts, and his feelings as something separated from the
rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us
to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons
nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by
widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Even if this is not what many self-help gurus say, enlightenment has nothing to do with self-improvement and everything to do with having compassion for others. Compassion is defined as awareness of the pain of others and the desire to relieve it. It is not primarily emotional and dull and is not divorced from wisdom.
It is about reaching outside yourself and caring for people you like and dislike, people who deserve your compassion, and those who do not. Furthermore, it needs to be practiced with both victims and perpetrators. Nobody is excluded. Mother Teresa used to say: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
It is said that a feather falling from the wing of a small bird produces a thunderbolt in the far-off worlds since there is an unbreakable bond between all manifestations. We must assimilate our total dependence and interrelation with everything in life. We are all intertwined. Therefore, each thought, word, and action should come with great responsibility. Are we contributing to world peace, or are we creating conflict because there is a permanent battle within us? Are we collaborating with others, or are we competing with them? Are we cultivating kindness or selfishness? Let’s remember that cause and effect act continuously and infinitely; thus, we must be careful with our daily motivation.
We can no longer afford to be absorbed in our daily routine, performing our regular chores, caring for our family, and focusing on making money. Once you grow to the highest stages of inner development, other people’s predicaments are your business. You cannot pretend that you do not care because they are physically far away, do not belong to your group, or are evil.
As long as there is something we can do to address problems in the world, we have to take responsibility. We do not do it because we are such good people. We do it out of the source of loving-kindness in our hearts that cannot stop itself from expanding to every corner of the world.
It is not a virtue of the hands, as generosity can sometimes be understood, or even a quality of the mind to be practiced. It is an endless energy. Once you perceive you are an intrinsic part of it, you tap into it, and then you become only a bridge connecting it to all sentient beings. Once that awareness becomes patent, there is no way you cannot be compassionate. It just flows through you. Consciousness does not fight or reject anything; it simply encircles darkness with awareness.
Most people begin a personal development path out of a crisis that gives them a decisive blow and throws them to the ground. One of the benefits of suffering is that it forces people to do some reflection. When things seem to go well, and life rolls along with our wishes, we tend to become less motivated to deal with the fundamental issues of life. Only when life gets messy and our securities are shattered do we have to face our frustration and suffering and try to find ways to overcome it and possibly make a turn.
Through meditation and guided reflection, we can increase our understanding and start dissolving our self-delusions if we commit and make our practice serious. And if the work is steady, we become more sensitive to the suffering of others and attempt to alleviate it.
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