I was just talking to a friend who had just returned from a month-long meditation retreat at Mooji’s place in Portugal. She said she was very impressed by the spiritual vibes and the energy level created in the commune there. This came as no surprise to me as she is a prime example of a spiritual seeker. I respect her because she walks the walk and gives positive vibes wherever she goes.
Concerning positive vibrations, I often hang out with a small group of individuals at my local gym who consciously try to create a positive vibe there. Some days it works better than others. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the gym with a head full of steam and jagged thoughts arising from a business deal I was involved in. I needed a strenuous workout. The positive vibes gang were there, and their energy certainly gave me a lift. I left the gym a new man.
There is much to be said for a positive attitude. I recently met a charming and intelligent man who had just published a book. He gave me a copy. It is a book about the power of affirmation and how to proceed along a path that will lead to a positive and fruitful outcome. It looks like the author’s affirmations worked out well for him. He is a happy and financially successful man.
I’ve never believed in writing lists about what I want from life to make it happen. Yes, I could have been more successful in life, although I do not see myself as a failure. There is nothing new about the affirmation mindset. I recall a little painted sign outside Buddha Hall in Poona One that declared, ‘Be positive and transcend mind. Be negative and self-destruct.’ What strikes me about the people who usually promote the idea of affirming what you want is that they are all already successful. I’ve never heard a beggar or a disabled person say they affirmed in their mind how they wanted their life to turn out.
Can we think things into reality? Can we visualize what we want to make it happen? I’ve been visualizing winning the Euromillions jackpot to fund a commune for decades, and it still hasn’t manifested. Am I getting something wrong?
Somewhere down the line, I adopted something from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. I read in ‘I am That’ that one must learn to embrace whatever life brings and love animals, which will bring me to my true self. Has it worked? I don’t know. Have I arrived at my true self? I don’t know that either, which brings me to my ultimate question: How do you know when you have reached your true self?