Sunday, May 22, 2005

The Challenge of Practice

After the initial challenge of developing insight into ones consciousness and seeing a little of the Light for the first time, the next requirement is discipline to maintain that insight. This means the use of whatever practices helped one develop the insight in the first place, prayer, meditation, ritual, silence etc. After some time there is an apparent dulling of the bliss that accompanies the first experience of connectedness and this thereafter may result in eventual disconnectedness and a regression back to the state of prior unconsciousness and day to day unmindful existence. This is where the imperativeness of disciplined practice is paramount. Many factors can present themselves to obstruct the flow of practice and impair this discipline. Steadfastness to the goal is so important. Wariness to the pull of the material world with its motivations is vital. The practice must go on to avoid this.


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