Firstly, learn to be calm. Value calmness. Do not assume that being worried is natural and get trapped in that myth.
Secondly, the moment you are a witnessing consciousness, unnecessary thoughts will reduce. Learn not to language an experience but be without words. Use words only when needed, otherwise be devoid of them.
Thirdly, you will find your thoughts will further reduce. Learn not to identify with your inner self-talk. When thoughts come, do not identify or participate in them. Do not say I like this or dislike that, as this is another form of identification.
You will slowly slip into a witnessing consciousness and thus a new ‘presence’ opens up within you. Whenever you are free, for example, while in flight, observe your breath. The breath is in the present, and thus by observing your breath you will also be in the present. If you are driving, do not observe your breath, but be alive to the present. Be open to it without verbalising it. Practise the art of being in the present and see the miracle happening in your consciousness.
How does prayer help enlightenment?
More than prayer, it is prayerfulness that helps. Just be prepared and available for the divine. You cannot go after the Lord, for you do not know his address. Nevertheless, the Lord knows your address. You should be worthy for His grace to descend. Then you will find yourself enlightened.
Reflect on these stories.
A fragile built Zen master used to push huge rocks. When someone sought the secret of his strength, he said, ‘I pray to the rocks and the rocks also help me mysteriously. Suddenly some force makes it all happen.’
A Chinese carpenter used to make masterpiece furniture. When asked how he could make them consistently, he replied that he would go to the trees and prayerfully make a request to fell them. Only when a tree would give him an intuitive nod, he would cut that tree. Thus each piece of furniture was a masterpiece. Let your prayer teach you how to surrender, prepare and be patient.
We are unhappy because we have chosen to be so. Why then, does one choose to be unhappy?
There is no other reason except ignorance. If unhappiness exists, we keep it alive; we identify ourselves with it. We say, it will take time for the unhappiness to vanish, but because we give time, we keep unhappiness alive.
Learn to surrender unhappiness and believe that the impossible will happen. If it does not, then there is a cosmic purpose.
Allow it to be. If you can surrender your Ego that life should happen the way you define, then a spiritual energy will descend. Ego brings with it an ordinary energy, whereas surrender brings a spiritual or a divine energy.
By surrender, you transcend the physical body and enter the spiritual body. In the environment of a spiritual body, you experience what is beyond the known structure of logic.
By Swami Sukhabodhananda