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. Their insights help people 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 can 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, note down their pointers. How does this knowledge help to improve your life? What is the intent behind these teachings? Explore such questions in an aware manner and you’re free to choose the ideas you wish to act on. Life supports this journey toward balance, but only you can begin and complete it.
Your actions stem from thoughts, intentions, and emotions within the mind. Take responsibility for such contents by noting, allowing and transcending them. To do this, learn from experience, let go of blaming others and view imbalances as calls to grow further aware. With such awareness, it’s possible to review thoughts and their effects before taking action.
Every lesson 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 the mind without its power carrying you away. Once you reach this level of consciousness, stop searching for life’s answers through teachings and gurus. Instead, accept life as your guide. Its wisdom leads you through the right events to become an independent, wise person.
Why should you stop trying to find life’s answers?
You should stop searching for life’s answers because such acts tangle your thoughts further in the mind. When this happens, it’s easy for outside concepts and beliefs to blur your natural wisdom. By understanding this, you end the search for answers. In doing so, the mind opens as pure solutions and inspiration emerge from within.
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, stop searching for it. This action is challenging because of your mind’s ongoing habit of seeking answers and comfort. To move free from this pattern, explore why you search for information. Do you research facts and news when pain or worry arise? Does this action resolve the problem? Or does it fuel existing worries? Watch this manner of seeking and note the brief, addictive high it provides. By witnessing this behaviour, it ceases to control you. Soon, you access the timeless inner peace beneath the mind.
The mind’s natural condition is free and balanced. In this state, it doesn’t sense any struggle or need to seek peace. Once the mind aligns and settles, you’re open to life experience providing you with pointers. From here, you study and learn facts from an inspired, free and healthy state. To reach this freedom, release the struggle to find life’s answers. Instead, allow the solutions to come by resting 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, the 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 allow thoughts to arrive, serve their purpose, then leave the mind’s space.
The mind reflects life’s uncertain, shifting nature as both move and change. Can you ever know 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 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. By accepting what’s uncertain, your mind relaxes and moves with life.
The human mind works best when it accepts that realities, understandings, and ideas change. This respect ensures you don’t hang onto any thought or situation for longer than necessary. Such freedom lets go of old knowledge and allows new insights 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. The brain stores any fact that it deems important. Accept this and 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, fresh insights arise, serve their purpose, then 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. Learn how religion works this way and you respect its place. This outlook helps you accept other beliefs, while allowing the mind its freedom.
Religions intend to teach 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? By thinking about religion this way, you realise its pure intent to answer life’s questions and move people toward better morals.
The root themes of religion are moral conduct and honesty. However, in a state of low awareness, the mind can forget these traits. From here, distorted views arise as the imbalanced ego takes charge. You can see this happen when religion takes on an extreme stance. Here, it threatens or harms those who think or live in a different manner. Does this show the true theme of religion? Or imbalanced minds with little awareness? On balance, religions often mirror the mind. Use them to note the mixture of contrasts, imbalances, and thoughts within you. In doing so, you develop awareness and moral conduct.
The goal of religion is to help align your mind and life. This aim is hard to see when the brain and ego have excess momentum. On account of this, aligned religious teachings help channel your attention inward. In effect, they help you accept the mind’s thoughts and allow others to be.
What is a superstition and does it protect you from bad luck?
A superstition is an idea, method, or ritual the mind holds to avoid misfortune, discomfort, and pain. For example, to stop something ‘bad’ from happening, a person carries special objects, wears certain clothes, or avoids specific numbers. Such notions are common in many religions and traditions. Most times, they pass from one generation to the next without question. Grow wise to how these form in the mind, and they cease to affect your choices. In effect, you learn to take responsibility for your actions. This power allows you to move from your own wisdom rather than rely on superstitions.
When tragedy or change occur, the brain often senses fear and doubt. In response, it tries to protect itself by trying to make sure that you are safe. This process often causes superstitions to form in the mind. From here, you might feel safer by holding beliefs or carrying out rituals. These actions don’t offer lasting solutions, but create a brief sense of comfort. Witness how such ideas arise and move in the mind’s space. In doing so, you note them as passing methods to avoid or suppress the mind’s fear.
Bad luck is something you create by fixating on imbalanced thoughts. This focus raises their power and results in the mind gaining a negative stance. When this happens, you find more events going ‘wrong’. The reason is that you view life through a fearful lens. From here, you’re prone to falling for more superstitious ideas as they focus on negative thoughts. To free yourself from them, relax the mind’s focus. Allow its fear and desire to avoid pain. By letting these thoughts be, they soon fade and leave. From here, you no longer fear bad luck. This outlook allows you to release superstitions and face life’s challenges with wisdom.
Do you need to keep turning to religion for answers?
Once you have a firm base of knowledge and awareness, it’s not necessary 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. In doing so, you allow your mind to align.
As your mind grows more aware, you require fewer rules on how to live. Here, your choices rest on sensible wisdom, local laws, and the present task. Do you need religious rules or someone else’s words to dictate 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 person takes responsibility for their life. They also consider each thought before taking action. In this aware state, you don’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 sense 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. From now, live life your way by experiencing, learning, and connecting with its space. As you move forward in this manner, respect, but leave aside scriptures, other people’s ideas and beliefs. This action will allow you to find your own wisdom, answers, and insights. Here, you embrace life as the perfect teacher. Such direction helps you accept the path of others while living in a balanced manner. To reach this point, connect with life’s genius, then allow it to align your mind.