Richard Oldale is a freelance writer and researcher living in Naples, Italy. He is currently working on a travel book with the theme title “Journeys to Ancient Worlds: What Modern Man Can Learn From Ancient Civilizations.” The collection will include a series of eBooks, the first of which details Latin American cultures and was published in April 2015. For more information check out Richard’s website: http://richardjoldale.com. Here Richard presents his personal views on the quest for merging into the inner spirit… I am not religious. I would not even describe myself as spiritual; and yet I am aware that we are all spirits by nature. But I meditate daily, practice yoga and read tarot so am given a “spiritual” label by others. But this label is merely perception. I don’t feel any more spiritual now than I did before I was “spiritual.” The only difference now is, I am consciously aware of the God Within. And that is what is important. We all have an inner power. Buddha said, “in each of us is a God.” The Greek poet Euripides passed more meaning over this when he commented, “the mind of each of us is a God.” This is where we get the idea of God-Consciousness, except the meaning of what God is differs from one person to the next. It all depends on where you look. Organised religions teach us to look on the outside, yet the Truth is, you will only discover ‘God-Consciousness from the inside’. It’s all in the mind, but most haven’t realized that yet. Spiritual Confusion It’s typical for someone breaking out the matrix to seek help. Many look for spiritual guidance. Others follow the heart. I did both. I traveled and researched ancient scripts and myths. Spiritual guides speak in riddles. Much of it does not make sense. But once I learned what the meanings of symbols in ancient art and architecture means, the pieces began slotting into place. After that God-Consciousness came fairly quickly. Except, I do not have God-Consciousness, I have Christ-Consciousness, the creation of God in Man on Earth. Find the God within is an entirely other mind game. What I have come to understand is that we all create our own reality by acting on the thoughts we most want to manifest in life. Just as God created Heaven and Hell, if you imagine heaven and hell is an analogy of your life, your surroundings, your circumstances – where are you? Eastern philosophers explain the Parabrahman, the Absolute, comes from source consciousness and is the start of creation. The Para emerges in the mind of man as Pashyanti. This is when we become aware of Brahman (God.) As a thought. So God is within us. It is the ideas you have in your head every day, except these thoughts become lost and forgotten among the other 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts we have a day. They come from your other personalities, your angels and fallen angels. But what would happen if you became conscious of these God sent thoughts? Nigargadatta Maharaj says, “The one who understands this vital breath, the life force, is beyond all mental concepts. The one who has not understood it is a slave to his thoughts.” You need a goal, an intention. With this focus, God-Conscious thoughts will come to you. When you become aware of these thoughts you have more control over the choices you make. Put these thoughts into action and you become the Creator God we associate with Heaven. The problem is we have ego, the voice of the habitual mind. And if ego does not serve you like a God, he is your enemy. What is the habitual mind? What we are taught as children becomes ingrained into our minds. We then develop mind-habits and carry on doing what we have always done. Even though it might be the wrong thing to do. Although some break free from this prison of illusion, it is possible to go a lifetime and never discover the truth. Our minds are programmed to understand this is the way the world works. And we fall out with anyone that does not agree. The ego is bruised. The habitual mind only has one perception. Your experiences become your program, your mind’s way of telling your body what to do. From there it is easy to go into autopilot and act on impulse. As a result, body, mind and soul can stay in base conscious (666). So this is how we live. We do what “gets us by.” We keep repeating the same patterns and experiencing the same failures. Develop conscious awareness and you will discover the creator God, or Christ-Consciousness is within you. All it requires is to trust your intuition and break free from the habitual mind prison. You need will-power to sacrifice things you are accustomed to. This is the battle you face to destroy Ego and find your True Absolute God – mind over matter!