Vision of the physical or material goal in life differs widely with each person according to his desires, needs and his emotional and mental expectations and experiences. But the spiritual goal remains the same for us all, not only by the fact of our inevitable ultimate physical demise but by the existent urge within man to become intelligently aware of his Creator and to know the purpose of his own existence.
Individual life is totally satisfying when we understand our own nature and our place in the scheme of things. So ‘Know thyself !’ remains a classical directive to assist in the art of living.
This knowledge implies that we will come to recognize our psychological make up and become aware of our physical, emotional and mental skills and talents and be sensitive to the natural direction of one’s inherent ambitions and desires. We must in other words, become aware of our life equipment which will allow us to live a vital and satisfying active life.
This would seem simple enough, but for the complex and changing factors both of external circumstances which influence us and for the alterations which take place within our nature as we mature.We need a starting point for our personal assessment. One route is popularly taken in the study of our inherent characteristics both good and bad. These positive and negative traits are indicated in our astrological birth sign and more explicitly in our personal horoscope which describes in detail all the influences and ingredients which comprise our personality make-up.
In regard to observing and understanding our personal behaviour it is perhaps rather easier as each of us tends to be fascinated by ourselves and even our personal habits may charm us, even though proving irritating to others. We find it more comfortable to excuse ourselves and smile in self indulgence rather than applying self censure and consequently have much to learn about ourselves.
One method of analysis of oneself is to question your intimates and ask what they consider are your good qualities, negative traits and bad habits. One must be brave in order to make such a request and it is not always advisable particularly if your loved ones are of honest disposition! However, these considerations are in regard to your personality only. One’s inner nature is known only to oneself where resides the true self which may be quite different in its inclinations and motivations than your outer personality expresses itself or appears to others. Applying one’s efforts to harmonise the personality with our inner self or soul develops integrity.
The quality of balance reminds us to apply ourselves equally in self understanding and that of others. Too much introspection develops an encrustation around one’s own ego and personality and too much attention to others makes one lazy in our own self discipline.
Graduating from the admirable purpose of self understanding and understanding of others, we seek to focus upon the desire to philosophically consider all human beings and aspire to the spiritual need to know the Absolute – God.
For our personal consideration and choice of philosophy we have the assistance of all the thinkers and experiences of life who have gone before us and left their mark and some guideposts. For the spiritual quest we not only have traditional religious thought to present us with a starting point but can resort to our capacity for thought and our own intuition which seldom leads us astray.
All formal religions are suffering lack of support in the climate of thought today, with many people seeking to progress from the teachings of tradition to prove the truth by their own experience. This follows the spirit of scientific experience which can be applied to the spiritual as well as the physical world of matter. However, we are wise to save time by graciously accepting the treasures from our cultural and religious inheritance where we can and when we see merit.
We usually select ideologies and philosophies which we find comfortable and which suit our understanding and which result in a happier and more productive life. But those who seek for truth vigorously pursue their goal with the eagerness and sense of adventure and with the innate humility which accompanies any scientific study which considers, tests and applies knowledge. Rather than accept dogma, we have been advised to awaken our own intuition and our own spiritual perception. Our personal capabilities in arriving at deductions and decisions in relation to the spiritual life require maintaining clear and trained mental faculties and perceptions including that of insight.
We possess two main portions of the brain and two major processes associated with their function. So we have two eyes which are closely connected to these particular functions. Together, the eyes focus upon externals, and allow us to see. Together, both mental processes when working together produce that which allows comprehension when we can say “I see” or “I understand”.
Both eyes are required for perfection perception and physical sight. Distortion of dimension occurs through only one.
When a person sees things with mental bias, we call him “one-eyed”. When both aspects are in balance we call him “fair minded” or “just”. But when the deeper centre of our intelligence functions with a total perception we have whom we name a “visionary”. And this superior vision which is a blend of all, is represented as the “third Eye” of wisdom which perceives the truth.
This symbol was known as the Eye of Horus in ancient Egypt. This culture also reflected their understanding of the law and justice by two individuals, one male and one female , joint Pharaohs sitting in the halls of Judgment and seeking to apply both severity and compassion in their rulings.
The basic process of thought requires recognition and measuring of opposites, the two points of view which together create for us a measure by which we balance thought components for assessment to eventually arrive at a central truth. Spiritual insight comes with a capacity to observe the whole.
The energy centre in the human psyche where Oneness is perceived is known as the Ajna chakra between the eyebrows and is used as a focal point in meditation practices.