"Why is it not easy"?, we ask...and of course...for some of us it is becoming increasingly easy as we begin to accept our inner Mastery. But, most of us are still dealing with what I call playfully "lightening bolt syndrome"....what happens when you wake up and become awakened. It isn't easy, after years of being "asleep" and "hynotized", you have to wake up and really see and feel everything in your life. And yes, if we go through these experiences, it is because we asked for them. Nothing happens in our lives that we haven't asked to experience in some way. We always get exactly what we ask for, that is the Law of Resonance and Abundance.
When I first started the path towards "enlightenment", I encountered Zen Buddhism, and I was amazed at the harsh way that the "Master" would treat his students. It was common for a student who would beg to be admitted to the presence of the Master, to be ignored and given menial tasks to do. Since these "students" were often spiritual aspirants to the status of Master, it seemed a very harsh way to be treated. I remember reading this also in the Native American tradition, how the wise medicine men and women would require their students to act as virtual slaves before they would share any of their wisdom. Now, the common reaction is how terrible, and the person is not a master but must be on a power trip, and how this is not in alignment with the Vibration of Love. And so, we dispense with the idea of the Master. Much like throwing the baby out with the bath water.
More recently, since Michael keeps emphasizing how we need to enter into our own Master status and power, I began to wonder about these stories. It occurred to me that this kind of "introduction" to the energy of the Master is to ensure that the student is fully grounded and aware of the necessity of attending to daily life, before they embark on journeys into the Cosmic realms. And that, in this case, the Highest Vibration of Love that can be offfered is to ground that person fully into their lives, so that they can feel and experience everything on the physical level, and are not just living in a warm and fluffy space inside their own head.
"Waking Up" means realizing that we have been living in a world of illusions, and that in order to reach a state of Joy and Love, we have to be able to recognize what these feel like, and of course what they don't feel like. Many of us settle for the illusion of happiness, because that is what everyone else tells us that we need to experience Joy and Happiness. Only you know what you need, and only you can feel when you are not getting that. When you are unhappy and uncomfortable.
Many people who go through the awakening and the transition are intensely uncomfortable and traumatized, and they see this as a result of the awakening. Actually, what is being experienced is the state of your being, without the "drugs" and the "hynnosis", it is you in the fully awakened state. Now, before you get even more depressed, you can realize that once you have confronted the reality that the life you were living before was based on illusion and that you were only repressing your true feelings and desires, then you have taken the first step towards manifesting your true desires and feelings on the material plane. That is what you have chosen to come to the Earth to do. The discomfort is what will lead you to break through this vibration of "illusion" and all the things that you think will make you happy, to the understanding that the experience of life in every moment is the basis for Joy and Abundance. That moment of Now...not tomorrow or next week or in 2012, but now as you create and weave your life. And, if you create the intention to move through the vibration of empty illusion and into that of real Love, then you can be sure that you will be lifted into the Vibration that you seek. That is the Law of Resonance and Abundance.
But, of course, you need to be really clear on what it is that you really want. Many people get trapped in the lower vibrations of discomfort because they enjoy the dramas or they like the idea of enlightenment in their heads, but are unable to do the physical grounding work to create a grounded base in the material realm for the experience of the energy of Abundance and Peace. And yes, it is work, that is why we call it Light Work.
So, to get back to the Zen Buddhists and their stories. The first one that I remember was of a man who approached a Master and asked to be given the accelerated path to Enlightenment. He said he wanted this so much that he was prepared to do anything or have any experience. Well, beware of what you ask for. They were on the second floor of a building, and the Master opened the window and threw him out. When he landed he broke both legs and both arms. He got the message. It was only though intense physical discomfort that he became aware of, and responsible for, his requests. The Lightening bolt of rapid awakening. It is only from this space of acceptance and humility that we can truly grow into the Light and experience the Cosmic consciousness that resides within every cell of our physical body and every experience that we create in the physical world.
It is only when we can be grateful for every experience that we create that we can truly enter into Cosmic Consciousness, and begin to see that the Universe supports us and our growth in the most wonderful and surprising ways, and that every desire that we have is always given to us! Immediately! It is up to us to be open to receive what is given and to understand why it is given and what we need to learn from that experience.
The second story, which was sent to me quite recently, was about a young man who approaches the Master with the usual request for enlightenment. The Master asks him if he has patience, and because he imagines that this is a virtue that he needs, he replies, yes of course, and so he is allowed access to the home of the Master. But, nothing happens, there is no teaching and the master uses him as a servant. Eventually, the master starts to beat him at surprising times as well. When he asks when he will begin to learn, the Master tells him to be patient, And so it goes on. Then the Master starts to beat him at night, so that he gets no sleep, and he becomes tired and weak. But still no teaching. Just the injunction to be patient. Be careful of what you say!!! The Universe hears. Eventually, the young man becomes angry and looking at the Master sitting peacefully under a tree reading a sacred text, he wonders what the Master would do if he were to attack him with a stick, and he starts to feel power. But, the Master looks up at him and says "Don't be ridiculous, I am an Old Man".
Of course, the Master is totally self aware and aware of all that goes on around him. He is aware also that the student will only become a Master when he becomes aware of what he says and what he asks for, and the consequences of that request. Then, he can start creating experiences that are in total alignment with the reality of who he is and what he wishes to experience. Of course, the irony is, that in both cases, the student achieves Mastery, but only after having seen the emptiness of the desire to achieve Mastery by learning it from someone else. It arises from within you when you ready to awaken and receive the Higher Vibration of Love that is offered to you in every day and in every way.
So, I am not suggesting that the path of awakening is through violence, but that it is not always comfortable as we move through and beyond our illusions and our self-importance, to a place where we can truly be with what we feel and desire. And then, we can allow Spirit to co-create that which we desire through the Higher Vibration of Love, that supports our every wish and desire at all times.
So, I guess that as we move into this new Aquarian energy, we are learning to be responsible for all that we say and do, and all that we ask for. It is in this self-awareness that we can open our Hearts and fully trust the Universe, because we will allow the gentle Flow of Divine Light, and we will not be seeking for the Lightening Bolts. This is the moment when we accept our Mastery on the Earth Plane, when we allow that we need only Ask and it is Given. And that we are Already Masters, we just need to wake up and realize that. We have everything we need within us to create the Reality that we desire if we are open and accepting and trusting. And if we receive in gratitude all that is given to us, for indeed we asked for it.