On this great planet lie deep, vast oceans with their cool refreshing waters, their tranquil scenery, and their hidden mysteries. People often go to the seashore to bathe in these waters or gaze upon their beauty. There is another ocean, far greater than the physical waters of this earth. It is an ocean that is far more permanent than the seas. It is an ocean that offers refreshing waters, not only to bathe the body but also to nourish the soul. It is the ocean of spiritual consciousness, of God, waiting to be tapped within each of us. It lies within, waiting to be discovered. It is there for everyone who seeks it.
What is spiritual consciousness? It is becoming conscious of the soul and God within us. Most of us are aware of our body, of the thoughts passing through our mind, and of the world around us. This is called body consciousness or physical consciousness. But we are more than our body and mind. We are a soul, a conscious entity which inhabits the body.
The soul is a part of God and is the power that enlivens the body. This consciousness at the level of soul, independent of our body and mind, is what is termed spiritual consciousness. Anyone who has experienced spiritual consciousness has spoken of coming in contact with divine love. God is love, our soul being of the same essence as that of God is love, and the way back to God is through love. The ocean of spiritual consciousness is an ocean of love. It is hard for us to understand this, because we as human beings think of love in a limited and narrow sense.
The love we think of as love is but a reflection of a much higher love, a divine love. It is an all-embracing, fulfilling, satisfying love that pulls close to its heart all that exists. We are all swimming in God’s love but do not know it. It embraces each of us equally, and is an unconditional love that does not see our outer differences. We may lose the love of everyone in the world, but we are sustained by this more permanent love.
When we tap into our spiritual consciousness, we not only experience love ourselves, but we expand our own capacity to love others. Whereas now the list of people we love may be short, including only our spouse, family members, and close friends, it will grow to encompass every living thing.
How to attain spiritual consciousness? We can attain spiritual consciousness by focusing our attention within through a process called meditation. Through meditation, we contact our true nature, our soul, and discover it is one with God, the source of divine love. Then we will find all the treasures of divinity available to us. We will gain all-consciousness.
Just as the ocean has been there for people of all ages, so is the spiritual ocean of love lying in wait for us within. Meditation is the first step....