This post helps realise what place teachings, gurus and religion have in becoming free from suffering. It explores the methods of each approach and how they help you live an authentic life. In effect, you realise your place as a unique being that doesn’t depend on any guru, religion or outside crutch.
What is the purpose of a guru or teacher?
The purpose of a teacher or guru is to provide knowledge. You use their insights to live a healthy, informed, balanced life. Despite this truth, you must not depend on any person for knowledge. Consider the teachings of others, but let life guide you toward becoming independent and wise.
The journey of inner balance is something only you begin. No person or teacher can do this on your behalf. Instead of worshipping such people, debating their powers or believing every word they say, write a list of their pointers. How can you use this knowledge to improve your life? What is the intent behind these teachings? As you explore such questions, you become more aware. From here, you choose the ideas you wish to apply. Life supports you in this journey toward balance, but only you can begin and complete it.
Your mindset forms the root of your actions and their effects. If they result in suffering, see them as wake-up calls to become more aware. You then live and learn from your own experience. When you’re aware of your mindset this way, you consider your thoughts, actions, and their effects.
Every lesson you learn in life intends for you to grow and balance as a person. As this growth takes place, teachings and pointers help save time. Vital life lessons often take years to grasp. Yet, you can learn the same wisdom in a few weeks with correct guidance. This advice helps you to grow wise in how life works. It’s then easy to witness your mind without its power carrying you away. Once you reach this awareness, stop searching for life’s answers through pointers, teachings and gurus. Instead, accept life as your guide. Its wisdom leads you through the events you need to become an independent, wise person.
Why should you stop trying to find life’s answers?
You should stop trying to find life’s answers because such acts tangle you further in your mind. When this happens, it’s easy for outside concepts and beliefs to blur your natural wisdom. Once you understand this, you end the search for answers. In doing so, the mind opens as pure solutions and inspiration emerge from within you.
The path of inner peace begins by growing aware of your mind. You then realise how life’s answers come without struggle. To find peace, you must stop searching for it. Such actions pose a challenge because of your mind’s habit of seeking answers and comfort. To move free from this mental pattern, explore why you search for information. Do you research facts and news when you sense pain or worry? Is it a means to find relief? Or to justify your thoughts? Watch this manner of seeking and note the brief, addictive high it provides. By witnessing this behaviour, it ceases to control you. In time, you access the timeless inner peace within.
Your mind’s natural condition is free and doesn’t sense any struggle or need to seek peace. In this state, you’re open to life experience providing you with pointers. From here, you study and learn facts from an inspired state. Here, your wellness doesn’t depend on any knowledge, and you allow your mind to be free. To reach this freedom, release your struggle to find life’s answers. Instead, allow the solutions to come as you rest in a space of openness. Ideas to act or follow up on something then arise without effort. In effect, your drive to quash imbalanced thoughts leaves. Here, your mind opens as solutions and inspiration emerge.
What is an open state of being?
An open state of being is where you accept life’s changing nature. Here, you don’t hold on to any specific understanding or fact. By doing this, you realise that life is a journey of constant learning. This openness is where you’re welcome to insights that arrive, change and leave your space.
Your mind reflects life’s uncertain, shifting nature as both move and change. Can you ever know your future thoughts or life events? What happens when you seek certainty, resist change, or force control? Most times, you will sense mental and physical conflict. Witness this when a loss or challenge presents itself. Here, you often take a rigid stance to your thoughts, leaving less room to allow and explore them. Does this stand let the brain flow with life’s drifting nature? Such a stance only creates pain. As you accept what’s uncertain, your mind relaxes and moves with life.
The human mind works best when it accepts that understandings and ideas change. This respect ensures you don’t hang on to any material for longer than you need. Such freedom lets go of old knowledge and allows new visions to come forth. This open state allows you to work with the mind’s changing ideas.
If you need knowledge from earlier times, the challenges of the present bring it out when necessary. For this reason, don’t fear losing valuable lessons and trust that you never forget a valid understanding. Your brain stores any fact that it deems important. When you accept this, you realise how worthless it is to search for answers by digging into the past. Instead, release your efforts over thoughts and attune to the present life flowing in and around you. In this open state, you allow fresh insights to arise, change, and leave your space.
What is religion?
Religion is a group of beliefs centring on various ideas and ways of life. Its impact shapes the actions of many people today. When you learn how religion works this way, you respect its place. This outlook helps you accept other beliefs, while allowing your mind’s thoughts their freedom.
Religions intend to help people how to live and offer answers to questions that perplex them. In short, they cater to those seeking knowledge. Within many faiths, you find stories, poetry and music that ponder over life. These often include advice on conscious living. To confirm this, make a list of religious teachings that echo your core values. Do these help you grow more aware? With this alertness, are you able to act wiser in future? As you meditate on religion this way, you realise its intent to answer life’s questions and move people toward better morals.
The root themes of religion are moral conduct and honesty. In a state of low awareness, your mind can forget these traits. From here, extreme and harmful views arise as the imbalanced ego takes charge. It then attacks and defends those who oppose its stance. You can see this happen during religious wars. Do these show the overall theme of religion? Or imbalanced minds with little awareness? If the mind loses its poise, it can also lose its core traits. Grow wise to this and you develop inner strength and wise conduct.
The goal of religion is to help you align your mind and life. This aim is hard to see when your brain and ego have excess momentum. Under these circumstances, aligned religious teachings help you note an inner trait that needs attention. In doing so, they serve their purpose to help you accept your mind’s thoughts and allow others to be.
Do you need to keep turning to religion for answers?
Once you have a firm base of knowledge and awareness, you don’t need to keep turning to religion for answers. You also trust that those who use religion seek guidance that’s best for their level of consciousness. By learning this, you accept where others are on this path and move to the next step of letting your mind align.
As your mind grows more aware, you require fewer rules on how to live. Here, your choices rest on your wisdom, local laws, and the present task. Do you need someone else to tell you how to move, eat, drink, dress, and relate to others? If so, you’re not ready for higher awareness. The reason is that a conscious mind considers each view before taking its next action. In this aware state, it doesn’t live by books, teachers or religious rules.
You can observe some traditions, even religious paths, out of choice in a state of balance. For example, you may wish to visit a temple to enjoy an event or feeling of connection with life. In either case, you make an aligned choice – without fear or force.
Life’s space, intellect, and the cosmos existed long before religion. Verify this through the study of natural history and science. To find this space, put aside all religious books and beliefs. From this point, you live life through your own means by experiencing, learning, and connecting with its intellect. Realise that you’re a unique person and life creates you this way to express itself. It cannot fulfil this purpose if everybody lives and thinks the same. Such vision helps you accept the path of others while living your life how you wish. To reach this point, move beyond religion, connect with life’s genius, then allow your mind to align.