This idea was introduced to me on a warm August evening in 1974, during my introduction to effortless meditation.
“And what’s missing isn’t out there in the world”, the teacher said. “What’s missing is inside.” Everyone is looking for this missing element, i.e. peace, fulfillment, enlightenment. Our problem arises because we’re looking outside ourselves. As an example, when he was speaking, I was an unhappy Industrial Engineer working for one of the titans of American industry, Kraft Foods. Did my career bring me peace, NO WAY. Did my marriage bring me peace, NO. And these, I thought at the time, would bring me lasting contentment.
This teacher, soon to become my meditation instructor, said that nothing “out there in the world” is ever enough unless we’ve developed our inner life. Thankfully I started the quest, acting on the message he delivered that evening. I felt I had nothing to lose and much to potentially gain; he told us, “develop the inner value of life through this meditation practice, and everything in your life will improve exponentially.”
To understand this, we just need to contemplate a basic truth of the ancient cultures. Consciousness, the energy field at the source of our thought, is primary and matter is secondary! Many labels are synonymous with word Consciousness; Absolute, Being, Higher Power, Source Energy, the Unified Field of Consciousness, Pure Awareness, and some just refer to it as Spirit. The labels aren’t important, the value comes with direct experience of the state, no matter what we call it.
The simple truths shared with me in the presentation on that August evening changed my life, because I took action on the teacher’s message. I enrolled in his effortless meditation course and began the daily practice. Then, a few years later, I embarked on the journey of becoming a teacher myself.
When a gardener brings nourishment to the root of the plant, every aspect of it, the stem, leaves, flowers, it all flourishes. Pure Consciousness or Being is our essence/root. Regularly bring your conscious attention to this level of life, and watch your life get better and better. It works, I promise.