The Door Opens In
Too often we get caught up looking for outside sources to bring us happiness, fulfillment and love. We start to believe somewhere “out there” is a key to unlock the door of our perfect life. If we only had a love relationship, a better job or a winning lottery ticket, we could finally relax and enjoy life. We could finally be happy, at peace and content.
But when you ask people who have achieved a level of fame and fortune few will ever realize, they usually have a very different story to tell. Singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette skyrocketed to the top of the charts, winning five Grammy Awards at the age of 21 for her album “Jagged Little Pill,” released in 1995. She had fame, fortune and access to an exclusive circle – and she suddenly realized she had it all wrong.
“I grabbed the brass ring of what the American Dream told me was the ideal goal – the very definition of success – and yet there I was, still with my humanity, my challenges, my loneliness and my existential loneliness,” she says in the June 2013 Issue cover story interview. “I came to see what was offered as a ‘get out of jail free’ card, in a sense, really didn’t make good on its offer. So I just went deeper.”
Morissette discovered she needed to go within to find what she truly longed for in life. When we go deeper, and get quiet enough, we realize there is a consciousness inside that knows it needs nothing in order to be complete. It knows outside conditions will always be in flux, but inside there is an endless and steady stream of peace waiting for us to reconnect. We just need to remember it’s there.
Bestselling authors Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra took the stage together recently during a Chopra Center “Seduction of the Spirit” retreat in Carlsbad, Calif., to discuss consciousness and how we connect through present moment awareness. Elevated Existence brings you exclusive coverage from the evening event in the June 2013 issue, which also featured a surprise appearance by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Using the room where the event was taking place as an analogy, Tolle compared the people, furniture and chairs to the thoughts in our mind, and the space holding the people and furniture as the essence representing consciousne
“Without the space, the room means nothing. It couldn’t even exist,” he said, explaining the same is true within us. “There is a spaciousness within you that is continuously missed because you are so interested in the furniture in your head.”
Whether it’s through meditation, conscious breathing, yoga or mindfulness, we can all access this “spaciousness” where the soul or spirit resides. You already hold the key to your perfect life. But the door doesn’t open out. It opens in.
Blessings and love to you all!