January 17, 2016
I've spent much of 2014-2015 working on my inner development. I've crammed an extensive amount of spiritual books, lectures, documentaries, etc., especially since I had time with being supported by a part-time ego based job. Most of all, I probably meditated more these last two years feeling different states of consciousness (awareness) and having plenty of "ah-hah" spiritual moments.
Astrologically, I was told that my life doesn't start getting good until the age of 29+. I turned 29 in December of 2013. Though I hated 2014-2015 from going through a break-up with someone I was with for 7+ years, to the inner journeys into my shadow self where I had to address my Black Moon in Aries issues, I could not help but continually assess the positive statement from my astrologer where the following years post 29 years of age were difficult. However, with the help of proper meditations (really where you are placing your awareness), I was able to release quite a bit of emotional barriers which also had physical expressions of feeling much lighter. Some meditations have really felt like obtrusive bowel movements, though flowing out of a grounding cord into the great purifier, Mother Earth. I guess you could say, the age of 29 is where I began my transformation.
Within that time-frame, and in my Now moment of January, 17, 2016, I believe that traveling into the inner psychological depths of the psyche to everything that limits us (makes us feel bad, stops us from moving forward, etc.) is probably one of the majors keys to spirituality. A spiritual cleansing if you will, of the numerous emotional blockages held in the body in the form of muscular tension and anxiety, is a method to assist in further embodying spirit. Overall, the highest definition of a goal for spirituality that I have come across would be to Be Unlimited, or having our spirit not limited by the dense situations we face in the realm of matter. How do you release these dense situations? Well, by not being attached to them, by not letting circumstances dictate your inner vibration, your inner feeling. To fully embody/embrace spirit seems to be the end game of "spirituality". Hence, anything in opposition of such should be defined as the devil, the demons, the great opponent. ("Satan" means the opposer). Such would be your fears, your insecurities, your trigger objects (circumstances), these are all the roots of evil. For do not the murderer, thief, etc., commit terrible acts because they feel limited somehow, limited in finances, limited love, limited in thrills, etc. Going through this process, I'm led to think, was Jesus/Siddhartha really tempted by the Devil/Maya while they were going through the final stages of their meditations, or were they simply facing their shadow side.
In addition, viewing the great opponent as something to despise will only keep you attached, since you're feeding it energy. The shadows are placed before us so that we can gain wisdom through experience, wisdom that will solely release the veil to who we really are. Hence, I conclude that the demons or the devils in our mythologies and fantasies are NOT the real opposition to God as expressed through dual teachings of God v. Devil. The true opponent is simply false limiting beliefs that we hold as truth, which is shown to us as "devil/evil" to really help us assess our beliefs. For, an external form of evil/suffering will only have an effect on you if it lowers your own vibration, your own feeling, and really, only you yourself can control your own vibration/feeling. External objects lowering our vibration are really something reflecting back to us that we Believe To Be True. Hence, switch that belief system, that level of awareness of external/internal stimuli, in order to remain in your highest level of vibration. Anything lowering you would be the devils, the demons, who are really "illuminating" aspects of your shadows self to help you clear limitations. Remember, a small candle light remains self-luminous despite the degree of darkness within a room.
With that, the opponent, which really is not an opponent at all, is simply an attachment to beliefs that inhibit you from recognizing who you really are. Spirit/Atman/Brahaman.
Overly educated and continuously exploring and revealing more behind the veil.
"It cannot be too highly emphasized that the mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns."
-James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions