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“Don't worry, be happy.”

Suddenly everybody’s singing this song, and there is much talk about a change in world wide consciousness ushering in a new dimension. And perhaps you look around and wonder, or even scoff, but by understanding what is really meant, you can instead add to this happiness quotient rather than to the doubts and worry.

Your consciousness is not some mumbo-jumbo out of reach mystical aspect of self - it only implies your belief system! The sum total of what you think and feel about self, life, the world, universe and God. A new dimension is not some mumbo jumbo mystical plane that will descend from the skies- it only implies the critical mass of human consciousness - enough people thinking the same way! And as enough of us expand our belief systems, we expand human consciousness, and indeed usher in an enhanced dimension to live in - in layman terms each of us makes the world a better place! And enlightenment is happening!

And if you really want to know the state of your current consciousness: look around you! For there is no separate ‘you’ or ‘life’! You and your life and your world indeed are your consciousness and your current reality is a mirror, a physical reflection indeed of your personal consciousness. And those areas of life which appear to be like misshapen eyebrows, not exactly in the shape you choose, are literally showing you where you need to thread away your limited thinking! And as you expand your limited perspectives- as your consciousness merges with its vaster aspects- personal enlightenment is happening!  And as enough of us make this change within, it indeed reflects all around and hey presto- our planet indeed progresses and we have a new dimension, an improved human experience to then further explore and add to. And enlightenment (world wide) is happening! For we don’t exist ‘in’ a dimension; our consciousness is the dimension! 

Don’t worry, be happy- yes it is a catching refrain! And a word of warning:  consciousness is more catching than the latest fashion trends! This is often called the ‘Hundred monkey syndrome’ after one of the early experiments (by Ken Keyes) which first observed this critical mass consciousness in effect! On a selected island, Ken and his team would feed monkeys their favorite food of sweet potatoes, but purposely drop these potatoes on the sand which monkeys dislike; thereby enforcing them to remove the sand before eating!  Over a time period they observed not only new born monkeys instinctively wash their potatoes before consuming… but soon the majority of monkeys even on other islands doing the same! Ken and his team realized that when ‘enough’ monkeys began to think that way…it ‘spread’ to most monkeys!

And beloved readers, humanity has seemingly gone past the hundredth human humming “Don’t worry, Be happy”! So look for your own personal symptoms of an expanding consciousness!  Do you suddenly feel a sense of ‘all is well with me and my world’? Do you find a lack of interest in conflict? Do you find yourself unable to blame, judge and condemn quite as much?    Has brooding on some nebulous past given way to looking ahead at exciting possibilities instead? Are you having sudden feelings of connectedness - with love meaning more than your relationship with lover, child or dog? Are you smiling a whole lot more?  Don’t think you have gone cuckoo! It’s the new consciousness and even as you tap into it, will it become more tangibly yours!

Now let’s jump in deeper, and understand that while the above explores what I am calling personal enlightenment, this term is truly an oxymoron. For in true enlightenment there is no personal self left. And thus paradoxically the very goal that seekers so ardently seek- personal enlightenment- is only the carrot, and the journey towards it is the real goal! For it is only through ‘knowing thyself’ and exploring, and indeed fulfilling all aspects of your personal consciousness, that you can move beyond it without fear or regret.   True surrender is when you have claimed the creator that you are, (at physical levels through your thoughts, feeling and energy signatures; at vaster levels as the architect of your blueprints; and at deeper levels as That which orchestrates the game called existence) and are in surrender to This Self. Surrender is not giving your power away to a higher or larger force, but resting, indeed abiding in all that you are and have chosen to explore as its individuation. Surrender is not a passive state but where you revel in exploring, being and fulfilling whatever you as creator have chosen through the current self or focus

And in this state of active rest, do ‘you’ the personal self then begin to move from your personal consciousness ,and even it’s desire to be enlightened - into your extended universal consciousness which knows that in true enlightenment there is no personal self left to ‘get’ enlightenment! And thus no personal self will be left to ‘know’ of its enlightenment! Paradoxically, when this eureka unfurls within ‘you’, the ardency to be enlightened leaves, the urgency leaves, and ‘you’ begin to rest in the knowing  that it will happen in its own time and own ways as and when the larger You- Consciousness- chooses! This is true surrender!  You switch your alliance from personal self and its interests and desires, to the larger universal Self that you truly are, and know that when You the larger Self has finished doing what It has chosen to through the chalice being ‘you’ the personal self… it will not need to exist in separation anymore, and its so called enlightenment will have ‘happened’ to it!  But ah… there will be no ‘you’ to pat yourself on the back for it would be an occurrence in Consciousness itself!  And when You as Consciousness deems it fit!

In linear language, true enlightenment is a process made up of finely graded stages, with no stage completely distinct other than in academic appraisal- for in real life they overlap each other!   You begin to realize that even the desires you had to live and explore all its facets; even the desires for more, even the desires to become seeker …were never ‘yours’, but consciousness’s  exploration of Itself through a chalice or form or identity called you! And when one desire is played out, the next emerges…. and when all that consciousness chooses to experience through ‘you’ are played out, ‘you’ the identity merges into the universal self and the world calls it enlightenment!

Like an orgasm, each tiny realization builds upon itself and becomes a tiny shift from personal consciousness into universal consciousness. And just like in the orgasm, ultimately there is no ‘you’ left- in enlightenment does the personal self dissolve into……! A word of caution: if your entire focus while making love is on your hair not being washed, your children not having done their home work-  on your personal consciousness - we all know the orgasm doesn’t happen! So use this as a clue and begin the move from personal consciousness into the larger! And yet paradoxically, if your entire focus is on the orgasm- as to when will it happen, how will it happen, will it happen - we all know- it doesn’t! So use this as a clue, and forget about enlightenment, enjoy the moments you call life like you would revel in making love, and enlightenment will happen! Consciousness will revel!

 Divyaa Kummar


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