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Making the unconscious conscious

Repression and expression

Our equanimity is ruined when unconscious emotions like – anger, fear hatred, jealousy, greed, lust, cowardice, etc. – take control over us. Most often these emotions take control over us for no rational reason and with a strength that is out of proportion to the situation that provoked it.

The only way we know to deal with these unwanted emotion is by repression or expression, but by repression these emotions don’t go away. On the contrary it is driven deeper into the unconscious and accumulates as poison. At any moment it can explode and then it is uncontrollable.

The other alternative is – expression.  This means to dump these emotions on to someone or something else. It is even more dangerous as it perpetuates a destructive vicious cycle that can destroy relationships and the self.

The third Alternative – Acceptance

The third way is to understand the unconscious nature of functioning and use their energies for creative purposes.  It is possible to transform the negative energies into the opposite positive values by the alchemy of mindfulness. Fear can be turned to love, anger can become compassion and hatred can be transformed to friendliness. The vital key is acceptance. There is no condemnation or rejection of whatever emotion arises.  Neither is there any interpretation of whether it is good or bad. There only acceptance of what is appearing in the moment.

The key to transformation

Transformation does not occur by expression or repression but through mindfulness and acceptance. Mindfulness transforms because knowingly you cannot be angry. Just as knowingly you cannot put your hand into a flame. Once you are conscious about anger and what it does to you you cannot be angry. Its power was in being unconscious.

This is not as easy as it sounds.  Mindful meditation gives us the possibility to watch the workings of the unconscious. It gives us the possibility to access the dimension of ourselves which is beyond the mind. It enables us to accept that which is appearing without judgement. When the light of awareness is shed on all the ways of the mind you will find that it no longer controls you. The moment mindfulness is present the fight stops and relaxation happens.

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Posted by on February 18, 2018 in meditation, mindfulness


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The Quantum Leap


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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Quotes


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Remembering who we are!


What is to be remembered here is that the silence that is alluded here is the most natural thing. In fact it is the very core of our ever-present, eternal being. All sounds appear from and disappear within silence. These appearances are fleeting and temporal but what they appear in and to never changes! Unfortunately due to the years and years of conditioning and fascination for things that are perceived by the senses these appearances are accepted as the reality. The mind also has a role to play in making the real, unreal and the unreal, real. If we look deeply we realize that its not the appearances and forms that are real but the silence from which they emanate. But we can never find silence, which is our true self, because it is transparent and empty. Hence we imagine that we are a cluster of thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions. With that imagination an illusory self made out of thoughts, feelings and sensations comes into apparent existence. When this apparent self is unhappy it seeks happiness in conventional objects like, relationships, activities and so on. When these fail it seeks it in unconventional activities like meditation and so on. Through meditation we attempt to silence the mind which is a tremendously difficult task. It brings about temporary relief but we do not succeed in getting what we want – lasting, undisturbed peace. Ironically it is the most easiest thing in the world, easier than breathing as it does not require the mind or any particular set of circumstances. Silence is nothing other than the aware presence that is unchanging and everpresent. In otherwords just be as you are. Realizing our true selves as this silent aware presence frees us from the need for any particular set of thoughts, feelings or sensations to experience peace. This silence is who we really are and brings us the peace that transcends all circumstance and is infinite and eternal. Namaste!
Ranji Varughis

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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Awareness


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Opening to Love


The most powerful force in the universe is Love. It is also our natural state of being. Our relationship to the world and how the world relates to us is based totally on how we experience ourselves. In fact the world we experience is an accurate reflection of our consciousness. The ability to unconditionally love and free ourselves from the unloving conditioning around us enables us to create more successful, rewarding, enriching and harmonious loving relationships. Discovering that love is what or who we are helps us to tap the power of love for good in our lives.

We need to see that love is ever present and inherent in our being. By understanding this we stop looking for love in the wrong place. The right place to look for it is the place in us that is prior to the mind, prior too the feelings. Love is the ever present awareness in which everything appears and disappears. To take our stand there, to know what we always are, is to know true love.

We seek love because we are unaware that we are the love that we long for. It is the longing that prevents us from seeing it. Once longing is dissolved in understanding we are able to see that we are the very thing we are looking for! This presence that we are and which we share with everyone is what is truly lovable. When we experience ourselves as the open, welcoming, ever present loving Presence our mind and body realign themselves to this experience. All the unlovable awkward characteristics that seem to thwart love get ironed out by love itself, and the mind and body are slowly refashioned into a shape that is in line with love. We then find ourselves expressing and celebrating this love in our relationships.



Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Awareness


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When you introspect you will find that no matter what the contents of your mind, the most basic `I’ is something different. Every time you try to observe the `I’ it takes a jump back with you, remaining out of sight.


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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Quotes


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Rather than being your thoughts and emotions be the awareness behind them


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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Quotes


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Thoughts, emotions, body, the world; is always moving. STOP and notice what is never moving and unchanging. Just STOP and be with it


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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Quotes


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