Enlightenment in Today’s Changing World by Amoda Maa Jeevan

Amoda Maa Jeevan

Liberation from the confines of the “relative self” (also known as the ego) allows us to see that there is an “absolute self” that is undefined by personality, gender or culture. This absolute self is experienced as stillness or silence. It allows us to see that all forms – whether these be external such as the world and all its manifestations or internal such as thoughts and feelings – are temporary and the only thing that is eternal is the formlessness that lies beneath and beyond these forms. The mistake made is the belief that only this stillness or silence is real and everything else is an illusion. The problem is that although this is essentially true on an absolute level, it often leads to a subtle veneer of “spiritual superiority” and a certain numbness to the depth of human experience. The denial of the movement of life as having any validity results in a kind of nihilism that denies suffering, whether it be our own or someone else’s. In this case, true freedom becomes replaced by detachment and indifference.

Authentic awakening demands an all-embracing relationship to life that leads to a greater intimacy with the depth and breadth of both agony and ecstasy. It’s a passionate experience of the human journey in which we face everything and avoid nothing. This radical opening to what is unfolding within our own experience is what leads to compassion … and surely this is an essential component of a spiritual life? The experience of being both the ocean of consciousness and the waves of life is really what true freedom is. It means we are fully anchored in the eternal light of our essential nature – in other words, that part of us that is untouched by the vicissitudes of our inner and outer world – whilst allowing ourselves to be fully touched by the turbulence that comes and goes. This is what it means to “be in the world but not of it”. And this is especially relevant to today’s changing world.

It is precisely amidst the crashing of the waves that we have the opportunity to dive deep into the truth that is always here. Each moment of chaos, confusion, challenge or crisis is pregnant with the possibility of a new consciousness. It’s an evolutionary moment that invites us to grow beyond ego and its concerns with “me” and “mine”. The ego chooses to see “threat to self” and reacts with attack, defense, blame and judgment. This is how we have created a world of terror, war and suffering. The evolutionary call is to choose an awakened perspective in which the darkness we perceive is recognized as a reflection of where we have failed to illuminate the world with the brightness of our love. By meeting each experience in naked awareness – in other words, in seeing what is here as it truly IS – rather than through the myopic viewpoint of how we think it should be, we have to potential to see the gift of light within even the darkest situation. It is by opening our hearts to welcome everything that we come to rest in the perfect peace that underlies the rise and fall of all phenomena and it is in this opening that we discover the unboundedness of our true eternal nature. This enlightened relationship to life is the key to our power to re-create the world as a place of harmony and wholeness.

As humanity reaches a crisis point, the old egoic paradigm is no longer serving us either as individuals or as a global community. Enlightenment is no longer a luxury reserved for “spiritual seekers”, but a necessity if we are to take the leap into a new way of being and living: we either evolve or we destroy ourselves. Enlightenment is the next step in evolution.

Amoda Maa Jeevan is a spiritual teacher and the author of How to Find God in Everything and the recently released Change Your Life, Change Your World: Ten Spiritual Lessons for a New Way of Being and Living. She currently offers satsangs, retreats and public talks in the UK and has a growing global audience.

For more of Amoda’s books, articles, and video clips, view HERE

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