I receive so many questions on this topic each day. Why does my past repeat itself in the present?
Most of us suffer greatly from our relationship with our past and our unconsciousness. One of the great mysteries we all face in our lives is how this force of samsara or unconsciousness becomes manifest in our everyday lives. Some individuals tell me, “I married my father or mother,” or ask, “how come I seem to have the same painful situations arise in my life again and again?”
The reason is because anything unresolved in our past becomes projected into our present to be healed. When we discover this, most individuals, often say something like, “how do I get rid of this pain, or this sad, angry or confused aspect of myself?”
Here is a critical misunderstanding, we feel that if we get rid of an aspect of ourselves then we will be happy again. This is almost always not the way to happiness. Happiness does not come from us getting rid of our sadness, it does not come from not allowing ourselves to be angry.
Happiness comes from a willingness to meet our pain with love—allowing it to transform and allowing the jewel within our pain to be integrated within our everyday lives.
When we are able to embrace our pain, anger, sadness or confusion—these very forces become transformed into something wonderful. When we embrace pain it transforms into Peace, anger into power, sadness into compassion, confusion transforms into clarity. If we simply try to divorce ourselves from these forces they only become louder and their projections become more powerful in our lives. We all know someone who has tried to suppress their anger with drinking, or by becoming a workaholic, or with spirituality. (Perhaps that person is us). Yet we find again and again that this does not work, and notice that one day this anger will come out of us with a vengeance. Yet if we embrace this anger within us and meet it with love, we may discover a voice within us telling us we need to leave a job or a relationship—as we listen to this voice and choose to embody our truth, we become clear, powerful and ultimately happy.
The Beautiful thing about our unconscious is that it is the very map of our spiritual path. It lets us know where we need to grow, were we need to evolve next. Our unconsciousness is not separate from Life, the two work together arranging our lives for our greatest possible evolution.
During his Satsang and Meditation meetings, Craig invites us to step into the awake aware presence of our True Nature. Most of us though, spend the majority of our lives in a struggle or war with our minds, which creates a life of suffering. But there is a world we can step into which is beyond the mind, a world beyond division. This world of our Direct Experience is here right now. It is always allowing, always accepting and always free. The invitation in every moment is to live beyond our habitual way of being; it is to step into the Beauty and aliveness of this moment.
Many of us have no idea how to work with our own egoic nature. With Mindfulness, Craig explains how we work with our humanity from a place of both wisdom and love, so that this
very humanity can be transformed into an assest instead of a hinderance. Taken from one of his meditation and Satsang classes this past summer
One of the greatest gifts my teacher offered me, was the invitation to directly experience the Divine in every moment. Beyond dogma, philosophy, correct posture, asana practice, beyond knowing all the Buddhist and Hindu terms, the most important teaching is to directly experience the Divine here and now. In order to do this we must first practically know how to unhook from our habitual minds, as our identity, and discover something quite greater. The instructions here are very simple, anyone has the ability to do this, yet most choose to stay in the confusing, painful and yet entertaining world of the mind. These steps are practical and will greatly change our lives if we apply them wholeheartedly. First and foremost, we must slow down. We will never unhook from our minds unless we slow down; our mind’s trance state is sustained through the belief in the movement of our thoughts. To unhook from this trance, we have to slow down, and choose to step back and observe what is here. We must be willing to observe that which is in our consciousness. We have to be willing to see that our thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go within the space of our being.
The teaching is to stop, the habitual attachment to our own thoughts, beliefs, desires and simply notice the very presence in which these thoughts and feelings arise. What this practically means is that we feel—that we directly experience our very own presence. We can all do this. We can feel the aliveness in our hearts, in our chest, in our abdomen, and in the space we call our mind. We can notice that this space is already perfect, already free, completely alive and beautiful. If we give ourselves to this shift in identity, out of our egoic nature and into the direct experience of our Being our lives will be forever changed.