Articles By Rich Rahn
Our lifetimes are spent searching for the center of the maze -- the center of ourselves. Much of that time we spend running frantically around the periphery of self, not realizing that the hedges we can't see over and that keep us hemmed in, are self made. They are constructs of the mind. We're not aware that if we want to get to the center, we have to sometimes question the way the arrows are pointing.
Unfortunately, a lot of what we've been taught by well-meaning parents, teachers and clergy, is not conducive to self-realization. We've been taught how to fit in, get by and do what we're told. That's fine for children. But there comes a time in everyone's life when you have to start thinking for yourself.
The inner journey is the only authentic journey precisely because it's yours. All real growth happens on the inside. Each person carries within themselves meaning and purpose. It's only from inner explorations that you uncover meaning and purpose and can fulfill your potential.
The maze of your life is self-constructed. You don't have to solve the maze, rather, it dissolves in the basic realization of who you are. When you pay attention to the essentials in life and not the superficialities, then you can find your true center and begin to live from it. And, I guarantee, you'll be happier and more fulfilled.
Consciousness is the uniquely human gift that allows us to get up on the observation deck and see the big picture of our lives. It's from this vantage point that we can clearly see how dynamic and creative our lives can be.
By thinking about our thinking, we can see through the illusions and evolve to know the world and ourselves better. Remember, the universe is a growing, changing and evolving place. Our understanding of it is mirrored in everything we do, whether we know it or not. That means, we are growing and changing and, most importantly, evolving.
We're evolving just like everything else on earth. People, families, societies, institutions, politics -- everything evolves following the same undeniable and irreversible pattern. Including human consciousness. The difference, however, is that human consciousness -- your consciousness -- is self-directed. In other words, you have to evolve yourself.
By accepting, cooperating with and putting your belief in what's real, you can make an evolutionary consciousness leap and get to the heart of the human experience. As much as we would sometimes like to, we can never return to what was.
To paraphrase JFK, we'd like to live as we used to, but history won't let us. The only answer is forward and through.
If you take anything away from this, let it be that evolution equals growth, development and transcendence. Its trajectory -- its direction -- is always toward higher and higher levels. Apply this undeniable principle to everything in your life, especially your consciousness.
Seek the information you need to evolve, to expand your awareness and to grow and develop your consciousness. The self-development experienced through searching for this knowledge allows you to make sense of the universe and your own life and gives you the expansion of meaning and purpose that you're looking for. It doesn't get any better than that!
It's never too late. You can re-choose your approach to living. A shift in consciousness is all it takes.
But, nobody can do it for you.
The beautiful truth is, you evolve yourself. Duh!
About The Author
Rich Rahn's personal search for meaning has taken him to Spain, Florida, Cape Hatteras, California, a thousand miles off the coast of Mexico on a tuna boat, through hundreds of books, and eventually home to Michigan. But his real journey was his inner search.