Recipient of seven book awards, this spiritual classic is a sparkling jewel in the field of personal growth and enlightenment. It is filled with ageless wisdom that brings a new level of understanding to our journey of healing and personal transformation.
Outstanding for it's precision, depth, ease of understanding, density of information, and uniqueness of format, this book helps to shift the readers perspective into a higher state of consciousness with simple words that carry tremendous power. It is both a thought-provoking mind feast and a step-by-step road map to healing and becoming more conscious and free.
This book will help you discover:
• the purpose of the ego and the seven stages of its development
• how to heal and transform the ego-mind into consciousness in the seven energy bodies or charkas
• how to move from thought to sound to silence
• how to transform thoughts into self-awareness and presence
• the importance of trust and surrender for spiritual transformation
• how to break through personal and collective conditionings
• how to transform fears, pain, and suffering and find inner strength and wholeness
• the importance of meditation and self-observation for healing and personal transformation
• answers to seekers questions with regards to the topics described in the book
• multitude of techniques to help you heal into consciousness
• author's personal story of how she found liberation from the mind and experienced enlightenment
Note: Also, look for companion NO-YES Active Meditation CD by Eliza Mada Dalian
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About the Author
Excerpt from Chapter 1:
HEALING INTO CONSCIOUSNESS
While sitting in meditation one day, a deep sadness and despair at the state of the world enveloped me. I felt a thick dark cloud of pain surrounding the planet like a heavy blanket. The pain and weight of it in my soul and in every cell of my body was excruciating. I knew that it was we, humans, who were creating this cloud of pain. Tears welled up from the depth of my being and I wept for myself, for humanity, for trees, for animals, and for the planet. I felt like I was in a dark cave without one ray of sunlight that could light up my soul. I wept and wept. Then, like the calm after a storm, the sobbing stopped and everything became quiet and still. A ray of light suddenly penetrated the dark cave, bringing the warmth of the Sun with it.
I realized then that the Earth is suffering because we are suffering. Regardless of how much we feel separate from one another and the world around us, we all live on the same Earth and breathe the same air. What happens to the animals, trees, and humans anywhere on the planet affects us all. The differences between us are superficial. They only exist in our appearances and minds. Our diverse personalities, perceptions, body constitutions, and the different paths we take on our journey determine how we live in the external world. Internally, however, we are inseparably the same.
Our attachment to our identity creates our suffering. To create a better world, we must first let go of our attachment to our differences. Every one of us needs healing from suffering created by our ideologies, fears, hatred, jealousy, arrogance, resentment, blame, judgments, and lust for power.
Ouridentification with our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs keeps us in unconsciousness. We think if we get more money, the dream job, house, car, and perfect relationship we will be happy. Yet, when we do get what we want, we still feel unfulfilled and want more. We continue to follow our mind's desires, even if they harm us, others, or our planet and its creatures. We continue to suffer when we fail to recognize that satisfaction and inner fulfillment can never be found outside of our being.
To find happiness, we need to surrender our ego-mind and grow in consciousness. Joy and peace are a direct result of a surrendered ego. To surrender the ego and grow in consciousness, we must look inside and understand that our ego-mind has nothing to do with our being. Our being is as mysterious and unknowable as the universe, untouched by the suffering created by the mind.
Love, joy, and peace always exist in the present moment independent of the past or the future. Joy is our nature, an innate part of who we truly are. Our being has nothing to do with our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, or self-identity. Our being does not need healing - it is already healthy by nature. It is like the hollow core of the bamboo flute, empty and silent yet full of divinity and joy of creation when played. The music arises out of the hollow emptiness of the flute the way joy and love arise out of the emptiness of our being.
When we experience our inner truth, we unlock the door to the miraculous nature of existence, and, for the first time, recognize that we have everything we need within us. Our feelings of aloneness, insecurity, abandonment, alienation, and not feeling loved evaporate the moment we experience the purity of our silent being. Within this silence, there is balance, peace, freedom, love, health, and all the happiness we long for.
The closer we get to our transparent innocence, the healthier, more conscious, and whole we become. When we understand and experience first-hand that joy, peace, love, and abundance are the qualities of our own inner being, we begin to manifest the limitless creativity hidden within us.
Our being is our most precious treasure - the miracle that we all seek consciously or unconsciously. This miracle exists at the core of each one of us regardless of our gender, the color of our skin, our beliefs, or religion. To find this miracle, we must tear down our ego's false identity and let go of our attachment to our beliefs, desires, and conditionings. Experiencing and knowing the being has been called enlightenment, self-realization, awakening, liberation, and union with God. I call it healing into consciousness. Healing into consciousness includes both the search and the sudden moment of awakening to the truth that "I am what I have been searching for." Like the phoenix that is reborn out of its own ashes, we are healed into consciousness through the fire of our destroyed ego-mind.
LOOKING IN: THE CONSCIOUS SEARCH
Everything within the universe, including humans, already exists in its true nature. Unfortunately, we try to discover the truth of existence outside of our own nature. Instead of looking within to find the source and mystery of existence, we focus our eyes on the horizon outside of ourselves. Whether we are aware of it or not, our genuine search for truth begins when we ask the most fundamental questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Why do I do what I do? What will happen to me when I die? To find the answers to these questions we must let go of our attachment to who we think we are. If we keep looking in and continue questioning, we will eventually realize that it is impossible to find the answers with the mind alone. It's not enough to hear or think about the truth, we must experience it for ourselves if we are to truly know it.
In Zen, they call the search for Truth the search for the "original face." The original face is our pure essence before our personalities, beliefs, and conditionings covered it like layers of the onion covering its inner emptiness. Each one of us is responsible for searching and finding the original face for ourselves. To uncover it, we must embrace the present moment and the unknown it contains.
What stops us from finding the original face is our mind's fear of losing our ego-identity and disappearing into the unknown. We are afraid of the unknown because in the unknown our ego-mind cannot function. Out of fear, we cling to what we know and are familiar with: our past, our beliefs, and our relationships. Instead of embracing the unknown moment to moment, we avoid it by distracting ourselves with different activities like working, eating, having sex, watching TV, smoking, fantasizing about the future, etc. When we search for happiness in the future, we miss living the abundant joy that is already present inside us every moment.
To live in joy and fully manifest our true potential, we must let go of our desires and attachment to the past and the future and be excited about living in the unknown. If we can live in the unknown, no matter how afraid we are of losing what is familiar and known, all our problems will quickly vanish. The miraculous is the unknown, which is always revealed moment to moment in the stillness of the present.
HEALING: THE JOURNEY INTO CONSCIOUSNESS
Health is a state of consciousness. It has nothing to do with age, illness, or even the health of the body or mind. Whether we are aware of it or not, every step we take towards healing is a step towards consciousness. Everything we do in life is part of our healing journey towards the ultimate health of our true nature.
Only consciousness can heal our pain and suffering. Each moment contains an opportunity to awaken from the suffering of the ego-mind into the health of consciousness. Our bodies are full of suppressed thoughts, emotions, fears, desires, insecurities, and judgments. These create and sustain our ego-mind. In our unconsciousness, we keep our identification and attachment to our body, emotions, desires, and the world. Many unconscious thoughts and emotions are stored layer upon layer as patterns hardwired into our body's cells. These patterns create energetic blocks in the body and cause physical and psychological pain and suffering. We heal into consciousness by peeling away these layers.
Only in our thoughts is there happiness and unhappiness, right and wrong, birth and death. When we stay identified with this ever-changing play of opposites that only exists in our mind, we fail to see what is permanent - the eternal presence of our being. As we get closer and closer to our being, we gradually move away from the duality of the mind and transform the ego into consciousness.
All our physical and psychological ailments point us to where we need to focus our attention so we can transform our energy into consciousness. Usually, we believe that our pain is a misfortune that needs to be fixed, but in fact, all pain (physical, mental, and emotional) is a necessary step towards becoming conscious. When we try to avoid pain, loneliness, and death, we also avoid finding our being.
In a very real way, all pains are growing pains. When we are ready to heal from an unconscious belief or behavior pattern, we experience symptoms such as pain, anxiety, depression, and ill health. If we try to fix something on the outside instead of trying to find out the cause of our ailments from within, we continue to suffer. When we let go of our identification with who we think we are, our body and DNA literally change. Healing into consciousness is the most arduous task that can ever be undertaken. There are many fears, obstacles, and ups and downs along the way. We need courage and trust to face the darkness of our unconscious. If we persevere and stay committed to our awakening, the journey will become easier and we will even begin to enjoy it and be excited by it. No matter how intense our pain and suffering, if we stay devoted to our healing journey, we will undoubtedly come face to face with the miraculous that abides within our own existence.
WHERE AM I?
THE SEVEN STAGES OF THE HEALING JOURNEY
For those of you who are beginning your healing journey consciously, and for those of you who are already on your way, it might be helpful to think of your healing journey as a kind of "school of life," a process similar to our educational system. The school of life can be divided into seven stages that correspond to Pre-school, Elementary, High School, Undergraduate University, Graduate University, PhD Student, and finally Professor. Unlike the school system, however, this process is not linear, and the stages are not distinct, but rather subtly blend into one another. The stage at which you start your healing journey depends on the level of self-awareness you bring from your previous lives and your understanding of the journey itself. As you progress through the school of life, your awareness of yourself and the world increases and your consciousness expands. Depending on your choices and level of consciousness, you may move through some stages faster than others.
(The descriptions of each phase and Q & A section follow to complete this chapter...)
Table of Contents
Editor's Introduction xiv
1. HEALING INTO CONSCIOUSNESS
Looking In: The Conscious Search
Healing: The Journey into Consciousness
Where Am I? The Seven Stages of the Healing Journey
Witnessing: The Key to Healing into Consciousness
Meditation: The Tool for Strengthening the Inner Witness
NOW is the Time and YOU are the Place
Questions and Answers about the Healing Journey
2. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EGO
What Is Ego?
The Purpose of the Ego
The Seven Stages of the Ego's Development
Questions and Answers about the Ego's Development
3. SURRENDERING TO WHAT IS: THE SEVEN PATHS
What Prevents Us from Surrendering?
Learning to Surrender
The Power of Surrender
Healing into Consciousness through the Seven Paths of Surrender
Questions and Answers about Surrendering to What Is
4. THOUGHT: THE THIRD INGREDIENT FOR HEALTH
Silence: The Key to Ultimate Health
From Silence to Sound
From Sound to Thought
From Thought to Consciousness
Thoughts and Emotions Are One
Five Characteristics of Thought
The Four Stages of Healing into Consciousness
Eleven Practical Ways of Moving Beyond Thoughts
Questions and Answers about Thought
5. THE JOURNEY HOME: MOVING THROUGH THE SEVEN BODIES
The Absolute: Our Original Home
The Beginning of Life
Leaving Home: The Descending Journey Through the Seven Bodies / Chakras
The Purpose of the Human Body
The Ascending Journey Home: The Journey of Healing into Consciousness
The Seven Bodies
Stumbling Blocks Along the Healing Journey
Purifying the Seven Bodies
Completing the Ascending Journey at Death
Questions and Answers about the Seven Bodies and Chakras
6. DEVELOPING AND HEALING THE EGO-MIND INTO CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE SEVEN CHAKRAS
1st Chakra: Foundation of Life
2nd Chakra: Ensuring the Survival of the Physical Body
3rd Chakra: Developing Self-Power and Decision-Making Ability
4th Chakra: Transforming Instinctual Lust into Unconditional Love
5th Chakra: Developing Individuality and Freedom of Expression
6th Chakra: Developing Wisdom and Intelligence and Discovering Your Being
Signs of the third eye opening
Pitfalls and dangers surrounding the opening of the third eye
7th Chakra: Dissolving the Ego
Physical signs of experiencing death and leaving the body
Completing unfinished business
Transcending the fear of death while still alive
Questions and Answers about Healing the Ego in the Seven Chakras
7. BREAKING THROUGH THE THREE VEILS OF ILLUSION
The Three Veils of Illusion (personal, collective, cosmic)
The World: Our Mirror Image
Self-Observation: the Key to Breaking through the Three Veils of Illusion
How to Break through the Personal Veil of Illusion
Signs of the Personal Veil Breaking
How to Break through the Collective Veil of Illusion
Signs of the Collective Veil Breaking
How to Break through the Cosmic Veil of Illusion
Signs of the Cosmic Veil Breaking
Questions and Answers about the Three Veils of Illusion
8. ONE SPIRIT'S JOURNEY
Once Upon a Time
Another Opportunity_to Awaken
Embracing the Light
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Reading this book has transformed my life beyond words. This book is friendly and extremely practical, making the concept of enlightenment actually seem achievable. The book allows ease to set in a true seeker. I have subsequently met with the author and feel like a renewed human being. I genuinely feel I have moved forward "lifetimes" and am so grateful to have found this gem of a book which led me to Mada Thank you Mada dearest.
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There are many profound insights, suggestions and signposts for every seeker of truth. It's a refreshing and timeless book. I refer back to it every now and then. Each time I read it I discover something new and deeper within myself.