In our journey through life, every once in a while, we find ourselves seeking something beyond our everyday experiences. This is much like the story of the Buddha, a prince surrounded by luxury yet driven to seek answers to life’s deeper questions. He saw the suffering outside his palace walls and felt compelled to find a solution. Similarly, many of us today are inspired to look beyond conventional ideas, driven by a belief that more is possible, that there’s a truth waiting to be discovered.
Think of enlightenment as a spectrum, a sliding scale of understanding and awareness, rather than a black-and-white state. It’s crucial to believe that enlightenment is possible. If we don’t believe, how can we be inspired to seek it? This belief is the first step on the path to higher consciousness.
Bentinho emphasizes that enlightenment is within reach for everyone. Particularly now, when the world forces us to look inward, what better time to explore our true selves? We’re living in a unique moment, an involuntary retreat, which presents a perfect opportunity to focus on what truly matters.
Remember, it’s not about developing a conceptual understanding but about experiencing the truth directly. The essence of Ben’s teaching is this direct introduction to the nature of our consciousness. While words and concepts are tools, the real journey is about guiding our attention inward to discover our true nature.
In a sense, consciousness is speaking to itself through us. Understanding this unity, the interconnectedness of all things, is a key aspect of enlightenment. It’s like realizing that the varied forms we see are all part of a single, underlying reality.
So, let’s start this journey right now. Take a deep breath, let go of your immediate concerns, and focus your attention inward. Seek that unity within and explore the depths of your consciousness. This is where our journey to higher consciousness begins.
“Enlightenment is within reach for everyone; it’s a spectrum of understanding, a journey of inward discovery.” – Bentinho
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
The Bible echoes this sentiment of seeking and finding truth within. In Matthew 7:7 (NIV), it says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
John 10:38: “I and the Father are one.”
Beyond the Bubble:
Imagine consciousness as a spectrum, not a black and white switch. We can all move towards greater and greater awareness, experiencing the world with more clarity, compassion, and joy. But why bother? Well, let’s face it, our external reality can be pretty messy. This global pause we’re experiencing, for example, might feel like a forced retreat, but it’s also an opportunity to turn inward and explore what truly matters.