“He who experiences the unity of life
sees his own Self in all beings,
and all beings in his own Self.”
— Bhagavad Gita
Today is the bonus day of our 21-Day Meditation Experience. We are delighted to offer a special meditation to create a reverberation of awakening from your consciousness throughout the universe. This wave of awakening is your recognition that your core existence is the same as the core existence of everything and everyone in the universe. As you wake up to your universal status, you are sending a wake-up call to every sleepy being in the entire cosmos. But unlike a wave traveling outward from a dropped pebble in a pond, this wave of self-realization reaches the entire universe instantaneously. When pure awareness touches the depth of its own Being, it knows in a flash its own universality.
I am the universe.
I am the universe.
So, this is our final meditation in the series. We are back for the meditation that connects you to the universal energy. I am the Universe. The law of attraction is as we’ve seen as simple and elegant as it is profound and awesome. It’s the power that attracts the earth to the sun and the tide to the shore. It’s the power you have within You to attract the support of the universe, all there is on Your own journey in life. Why? Because the energy that is You comes from the same source energy that creates all living things. As Deepak tells us, there is no separation between that which is within us and that which surrounds us. As You expand your awareness You become one with the Universe. You begin to understand that you are one with the universe. And you can align your grandest dreams and allow them to expand and deepen as one with the divine. So settle in, take a deep breath and join Deepak on a special journey to become one with the Universe.
Having a wish for universal love and peace may seem very ideal and abstract. But it is also very human. In the Vedic tradition there’s a declaration from anyone who has fully awakened. Aham Brahmasmi : I am the universe. Taken in physical terms this sounds like pure imagination. No one is literally a galaxy or supernova, something else is meant. You are the Universe if you share the essence that unites everything in creation, the ground state of being. Spiritually we are the universe when we desire unbounded love and peace.
Those human qualities are also the qualities of pure awareness. So from the level of awareness we live in the human universe, not a vast cold void empty of meaning. The field of pure awareness emerges into existence through you and me and every other person. As creation emerges its sleeping potential comes awake. This potential isn’t neutral. At the very source of creation, there is an intention to evolve and reach perfection, which is why we have those intentions too. We want peace, harmony, love and happiness as part of the universe’s intentions. In an age of faith we’d see ourselves as part of the divine plan. In a secular age that’s much harder to believe. Each person needs to test it personally.
That’s what we begun in our 21-day meditation experience. By mastering the art of desire you call upon the power that upholds creation. And by witnessing what it can do, you move closer to the spiritual truth embodied in the worlds wisdom traditions. We’d say that we live in a human universe, a place that is our true home. “I am the universe” is the most profound description of who You really are, when viewed as part of the wholeness of reality. But “I am the universe” is also the simplest expression of what it means to be human. When you see yourself this way, your personal vision will bring you the ultimate fulfilment of desire. You will be a child of the cosmos.
As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought:
I am the universe.
Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Begin to be aware of your breath and just breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Now gently introduce the mantra Aham Brahmasmi . This mantra affirms the universality of Your individuality. As You repeat the Mantra feel your essence as the essence of all creation. Repeat it silently to yourself, Aham Brahmasmi, With each repetition feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Aham Brahmasmi Please continue with your meditation, I’ll mind the time and when it’s tie to end, you’ll hear me ring a soft bell. Aham Brahmasmi Just mentally, Aham Brahmasmi.
It’s time to release the mantra, continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly. When you feel ready, You can open your eyes.
As you continue with your day contemplate the centering thought.
I am the universe.
1. As you contemplate the possibilities of this final spiritual realization, formulate a silent blessing you would like to send out to the universe. Write this blessing down in your journal.
2. Remember that while your essence is the same as the essence of the universe, the converse is true as well – the universe is in you. This means that the magnificence of your spiritual status can comfortably and gracefully fit into the commonplace events of your current life: making dinner, getting the mail, driving to work, or calling a sick friend. Enlightened people can be hidden in plain sight around you. Write down some wild speculations on people you know who might be enlightened.
3. Take some time to write about ways that you can continue your daily mindfulness and meditation practice.