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Following Your Svadharma Whilst Understanding Your Freedom from Svadharma
Sam: I have come to work today with the little jiva feeling very overwhelmed with the work it is doing. Not the transactional work, but life in general.
Daniel: Firstly, this is a fantastic statement because it shows that you are not identified as the jiva but rather see the jiva as an object to you, awareness. Boom!
Sam: I have been giving the guna work much effort, and it is as if I have come up with “jiva resistance.” That is the best way of describing it.
Daniel: Guna management is exactly just that – management. It may help situations but it will not “fix” situations. By “fix” I mean doing an action required by the jiva in order to change its situation if need be. Resistance is an opportunity to investigate what the jiva’s svadharma is.
What suited your jiva in the past may not be the case these days. Are you following your jiva path? What kind of situations (environments or activities) are causing agitation for the jiva? These are some questions to ask.
Sam: I have brought my little black book with quotes that I ponder through the day and my little stone for reminding me of awareness, but goodness, what a strange feeling I have.
Daniel: Let’s tweak that sentence a little: “reminding me that I am awareness.”
Yes, it will feel strange until your doubts have been cleared. The truth is counter-intuitive and identification with Sam as Sam is super hardwired. But you’re doing perfectly and need not worry about it. Your first statement reveals that the knowledge is working – even if it still feels “fake.”
Sam: Do you have any pointers to get over this today, and maybe for future days?
Daniel: Continue to remind yourself that “I am awareness” even if it feels strange or fruitless. See Sam as an object to you, awareness, whilst understanding your freedom from her. Whenever possible, bring your attention back to that simple, ordinary and unchanging awareness that you are. The same awareness that watches Sam in sattvic meditation on Sundays is the very same awareness that is watching Sam feeling resistance – and watching Sam read these very lines. This ordinary awareness is who you are.
From a practical point of view, first accept the resistance. Be gentle and loving to the jiva. Use this as an opportunity to investigate the jiva’s svadharma.
Maybe play with some creative visual brainstorming or do an art collage, pasting into it ideas that feel nourishing for the jiva. You may just find yourself inclined to do something totally different with your life than what you’re currently engaging in.
Let me know what comes up. Have fun and take it easy.
~ Much love, Daniel