I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books:  I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to me – Herman Hesse, Prologue To Demian

I have struggled, it has not always been easy. Life has been painful, disappointing and full of surprises – many highs and lows. But it is life nevertheless, a great spiritual teacher once said that it is because of suffering that you are drawn to the spiritual search. If there wasn’t any pain or suffering in your life, would you have even started the spiritual search?

Do you really want to be on your deathbed, thinking, oh well my life wasn’t too bad, I suppose it could have been better? Do you really want that? Do you want your life to just be okay? Sometimes I feel really good, sometimes I feel really bad. Oh well…that’s how life is. Do you want to suffer or do you want freedom?

When I was suffering, what I really wanted was freedom from suffering, freedom from unhappiness. In a way, it was a blessing in disguise as it led me to start the spiritual search. Your true calling is to discover it for yourself – awaken to your original nature.

Reading books, listening to CD’s, watching DVD’s and going on spiritual retreats can only take you so far. They are helpful in your spiritual search and may point  you in the right direction but you will have to abandon these at some point and start your own spiritual search. On the spiritual search you are your own authority, you just cannot depend on others for your own liberation.

A powerful spiritual practise is to meditate deeply on the mortality of your own physical form. It’s called: Die before your die. Your physical form is dissolving, is no more. Then a moment comes when all feeling, emotions and thoughts also die. Then there is nothing left, yet you are still here.

This is the realization of your true nature. And the secret is to “die before you die” – and find that there is no death.