Can We Understand Our Being?

Via on Mar 21, 2012

This walking talk is in response to the question asked by my friend George, on Facebook:

Life-long issue: intellectualizing ‘spiritual’ or ‘mystical’ experiences. My desire to understand everything makes it difficult to rest in the intuitive knowing of ‘God’ or ‘Truth’ or ‘The Universe’ or ‘Consciousness’ —whatever you want to call it. That which cannot be named. I’ve experienced it so profoundly but always return to the quest to define and comprehend it. Then I end up with a lot of concepts about what I experienced, a poor substitute for simply “being” it.

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About Ben Ralston

Ben Ralston almost joined the army when he was 18. When he was 32 he almost became a Swami. *** Now he is a healer, Reference Point Therapy teacher, and advanced Yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition . His work as a healer acknowledges trauma as the underlying cause of almost all human problems, and resolves trauma at the causal level: gut-based survival instincts. The intention behind all his work is to empower others. *** Ben splits his time between his busy international practice, training therapists, and writing. As an experienced Yoga and Meditation teacher he also runs retreats, usually on the beautiful Croatian coast. *** Connect with Ben on Facebook. Read more of his writing on his blog Grounded Spirituality.

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20 Responses to “Can We Understand Our Being?”

  1. Ben_Ralston says:

    And please leave a comment, or better yet, a question!

  2. Robert says:

    Popeye’s philosophy says it best. ” I yam what I yam and that’s all what I yam” This simple line was my first exposure to personal philosophy, even as a child I got it.

  3. ValCarruthers says:

    Terrific, Ben!

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Spirituality Homepage.

    Valerie Carruthers
    Please go and "Like" Elephant Spirituality on Facebook

  4. sarah oakley says:

    Thank you Ben, was great to see your face :)

    Can you help me understand please. When you speak of trauma, I am assuming this is from past events. By returning to the past to heal trauma – can we release emotions, thoughts, blocks that disturb us more than they need to. Bringing into play energies that are from the past not the present. So can returning to trauma ever do more pain that good? For example feeling that someone was not emotionally available, but with understanding realising that they were as emotionally available as they could manage at the time. The latter view being a more positive reflection that would bring less pain than delving into the trauma? Or could it be that I am speaking of thoughts and fears which have nothing to do with healing as it comes through the belly/heart. So actually all the above doesn't matter.

    With love.
    Sarah

    • Ben_Ralston says:

      Hi Sarah, thank you! Would be nice to see your face too!

      To answer your Q's – yes trauma is past. But not only from our own life, also from our ancestors lives. We don't need to know what happened though, in order to heal it.
      Returning to trauma CAN do more harm than good, yes. In fact, many healing modalities that use regression, or psychotherapy methods that involve repetition of the 'story' of the trauma, often do harm – because what happened in the past is not important! It is the consequences of that trauma, that are PRESENT, that are important.

      Your second point seems to be about forgiveness, right? And I would say that forgiveness comes automatically when we heal the trauma (no longer feel hurt by that person's unavailability) – then we are no longer caught up in a subjective web, but become able to see that, as you see, they probably didn't know better / did the best they could.

      Hope this makes sense and actually answers your questions!

      love

      • Sarah Oakley says:

        Yes that helped. Thank you. I am just wondering though….. it seems that your focus is on healing trauma. Please explain why you focus on "trauma" rather than focus on feeling "joy. love. peace ect". Do we need to heal trauma to find peace? Is it not more effective to find peace, and this in itself will heal trauma? Or are they both the same and I am contextualising you in a way that was not meant.
        Ps My dog Alf sends yours a friendly high five!

        • Ben_Ralston says:

          Great question that goes right to the heart of why I feel what I'm saying is so important!
          We are innately peaceful and joyful and loving. If we feel we have to *find* peace, it's because we're not really feeling who we really *are* already.
          Why is it that most people don't feel peace, joy, love (or Satchitananda)? Why is there, on the contrary, so much greed, corruption, and violence in the human world?!
          It's because our experience is tainted by the subconscious blockages that result from trauma. Instead of experiencing *reality*, we experience the veil of illusion caused by those blockages.
          And here's the really cool part – when you heal the subconscious blockages caused by trauma, you don't have to *find* anything, because beneath that layer of blockage peace, joy and love are already there, waiting to be uncovered.
          I found peace many times through meditation and yoga, but you know what, it always disappeared, and I had to *refind* it – more yoga, more meditation, don't miss a day. When I started this work I found a much more permanent state of awareness.

          • Sarah Oakley says:

            Great reply, Yes I must not forget – I don't ever need to find peace. Peace is my being, my essence not something that needs to be found. It's there all the time.

          • Ben_Ralston says:

            yep, it just gets obscured. All we have to do is get rid of the clouds :)

  5. Becky says:

    Great question. Great answer. Defffffffinately had to sit back and listen. Motion sickness to the core.

    • Ben_Ralston says:

      Really got motion sickness? Should I sit down to talk?

      • Becky says:

        Na. You should keep doing what you enjoy doing :). I have to be careful of motion sickness things all the time. I vomited after the Blair Witch Project, after some home videos, and after two out of three visits to the Omni-max theaters. I get motion sickness in boats, small airplanes, some carnival rides, and in vehicles if not by a window, ever since I was a kid. Dramamine works, especially the non-drowsy kind so I don't miss the event!

        I prop my feet up on my desk, kick back, and listen to your videos. It's good :)

  6. Jodee says:

    I love the walking talk, and you got your pup walked along with the walking talk. Good time management. :) I liked your message as well, and just newly discovered you here and on Facebook. Looking forward to seeing/hearing more. Thank you.

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