As a college student who recently learned Transcendental Meditation, it is my belief that reaching enlightenment will not happen over night or come with force, but with ease and great passion towards unlocking the inner core of the silent Self. Fulfillment of this goal comes with perseverance in bettering the current state of living and reflecting on the past, present and future to move forward to a greater state of being. My goal is to continue living with the knowledge and great guidance of those who have come before me and to view life as a weightless journey filled with everyday opportunities that arise from focus, perseverance and positivity.
Life has a funny way of throwing you into hard situations that require decision-making and tough choices. There will always be rough points in life which may be difficult to overcome. Not handling a crisis well creates a crooked path into the future. The best way to avoid this is to limit the obstacles that could arise in your life through reflection and the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM). Preparing for the future isn’t an innate skill set but one that can be learned with knowledge of living accurately.
According to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement, “every thought springs from the deepest layer of the mind but is only appreciated consciously when it reaches the superficial level of ordinary awareness. Re-organization of mental material goes on in the depths at the subtle levels. Creativity consists in the ability to appreciate and make use of these subtle levels, and this ability in turn depends on the capacity of the individual to allow his mind to become still. One cannot see into the depths of a pool unless the surface is perfectly calm.” (Anthony Campbell, Seven States of Consciousness: A Vision of Possibilities Suggested by the Teaching of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 137).
Reaching those deeper levels of pure tranquility through the practice of TM helps to release your mind and strengthen your inner creativity. The fact is that creativity is already in existence within you but buried behind the barriers of everyday life. This is the life I want to live and grow from, to be aware of my surroundings and take in the world around me and not be clouded by fear or worry. I want to help others and be the person who spreads the light of guidance to those before me.
Imagine all of the possibilities to cherish life during every moment without having to understand why it is that you are doing what it is you are doing but to simply embrace every moment of existence. This is the path I want to run down – not the crooked uneasy path laid with uneven stones which complicate the surface. The surface of my path should be made smooth by my own reflection and habitual practice of meditation. I want to embrace my inner creativity and relish every aspect of life while inspiring others to feel the same.
About the Author
Kaylee Johnson is student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.