The Art of Pure Awareness
by Nonduality Books
An excerpt from the new book, Voyager: The Art of Pure Awareness
Twenty Thousand Leagues Above the Sea
We are not even certain that the ship that is to carry us
Over the unknown seas has not sprung a leak somewhere.
Carl Gustav Jung
We doubt too much. Fear holds us back from embracing change. Feeling uncertain about our abilities, we may never raise the anchor that holds us to our habitual shores.
Our personality often refuses to recognise the role of the higher self—we lack confidence in our own inner voice or intuition.
Life holds infinite possibilities and there are many seas to cross but uncertainty and indecision cause us to procrastinate. We vacillate as to which way to sail, and so our ship sits motionless in sheltered waters.
A ship is safe in harbour but that’s not what ships are for. —John A. Shedd
All we truly seek is peace and happiness; and peace and happiness is found where self is no longer at odds with the world.
Nature shows that everything in the universe is fundamentally connected, having its place and meaning in the grand design of life. We seem to have separated ourselves from nature, as well as each other, and to reunite will enrich all of humanity with true purpose. There is a primordial need to explore and discover for ourselves our reason for being here.
When Columbus sailed away he left behind a port shrouded in doubt and disbelief. He took it upon himself, with passionate determination and resolute conviction, to find his way across unknown seas. Columbus had an immutable faith that a new world existed; he moved beyond all fear and superstition; his knowledge and trust in his inner voice gave him the confidence to break free from the belief that the earth was flat.
Man cannot discover new oceans until he has courage to lose sight of the shore. —Author unknown
The spiritual adventurer must seek the navigational skills of the soul to safely steer and guide the ship. So raise the sails and trim all the sheets; set your course and follow the North Star.
…All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song
And the white sail’s shaking…