How can we stop hearing strange voices or experiencing other unexplainable phenomena?
Strange phenomena of unpleasant nature, come about from our fears, and will repeat themselves for as long as these fears persist. When we become aware that it is our fears that are at the root of these strange phenomena, a change occurs in our level of consciousness and these symptoms disappear naturally. In parallel to this question, we can ask another question: are these phenomena really occurring? Discussing this is of little importance since we know that every person perceives the world in his own unique way, according to his own reality. What matters is to evolve towards a higher reality. How? By recognizing that we are at every moment of our lives, simultaneously creators, observers and actors of our world. This understanding eliminates all forms of separation and shows that nothing or anyone other than ourselves, is responsible for the experiences we are going through.
What are your thoughts on karma and reincarnation?
Every soul comes into this world as a body and mind with a multitude of attachments and unfulfilled desires. Identifications made by each newborn with his new body, culture, environment, and all else that his personality identifies itself with, constitutes a new series of attachments and desires he seeks to fulfill. What we call “karma” is all these elements combined, which is the base programming of our lives, and defines our intentions, desires, choices, and with these choices, lessons every new life brings.
How can we rid ourselves of any hateful feelings we may bear towards other people?
If we wish there to be peace in the world, it is imperative to have peace within oneself. We attain this inner peace when we realize that no other person(s) is responsible for the untoward events/situations of life and this world. Society teaches us otherwise; that yes, there must be people responsible and to blame… but the truth is that the world re-creates itself at every moment in an autonomous manner. This attitude of “blame”, which we have been taught, keeps us from seeing the real causes of our problems, whose sources are found within ourselves. Instead, we prefer judging and letting our ego find justifications or arguments which seem to confirm them. It is up to us to analyze our judgments by examining the source from which they arose.
How can we free ourselves from our egotistical needs?
It’s through a continuous analysis, and understanding, of the real motives for our actions that we can then eliminate these egotistical needs. By trying to identify, with great awareness, what causes us to act in these egotistical ways, our behaviour then changes gradually and better reflects the true nature of our spiritual essence.
What is an illusion? Is it not also something real? Does illusion not possess some kind of truth in of itself?
An illusion is not clear-cut, concise or permanent. Any authenticity that we give an illusion can only be temporary. This attribution has a beginning and an ending. What has no Essence only consists of a name and shape projected by our minds. When we truly examine and understand how these unrealities come to be, our minds cease accepting them as truths. Our minds then engage on a path leading to a higher truth; a reality that surpasses anything that can be expressed by words or is composed of shapes.
How do we put an end to our fears?
Our fears end when we realize that all our feelings are internal; an object, person or action that produces a feeling of fear, cannot really touch or affect us, other than how we perceive it through us. This may seem like just a detail but a true understanding of this idea supresses our fears because we understand that everything that appears on the outside, in this world, is projected by our own selves. Every time we are a little more aware of this reality, freedom from our fears increases.
What decisions must we make to attain enlightenment?
Enlightenment is a destination, the direction in which all of humanity is headed in. Life is nothing more than a flow in which every experience leads to enlightenment. Whatever we do, whatever choices we make, the necessary experiences lighting our way, will take place. The only significant decision we can make throughout this whole process is to be aware of the self-imposed resistances made by our conditioned minds, and to free ourselves of these, so that clarity fully comes through.