Realization is the fruition of something imagined in the spirit or planned by the ego. However, there is a difference between self-realization (ego) and SELF-realization (spirit). As we grow up and are repeatedly experiencing familial and social interactions we assimilate what we do and what we are told about our behavior with whom and what we are. This eventually comes to a point in early adulthood where we realize our ‘self’. At any time during this ‘self-realization’, we can go beyond the limitations of external reality and come to a realization of ‘SELF’. But how do we actualize this realizationwhen we become so absorbed with ‘self’? We either come to a ‘dark night of the soul’ moment or we consistently enter into a state of peace within us each and every day.
Realizing ‘self’ is a reaction to an external chaotic environment where familial and social ‘pressures’ are exerted on us to perform and ‘step up to the plate’. Realizing ‘SELF’ is a proaction from consistent internal peaceful experiences where the perceived ‘pressures’ are released and a true ‘realization’ of our connection exists with the Divine. It’s a place where we come to know that we are NOT separate from the Divine but are individualized expressions of the Divine. This is where our true personal power exists! Not in an externalizing of sheer force, but in internalizing the free will, grace and agape freely given to us by the Divine.
Divine realization of ‘SELF’ is the beginning of developing a true understanding of how things truly work. It reveals that being right or wrong isnot what is important. What is important is that we share love with humankind because the Spirit of God is within them as it is within us. It doesn’t mean that we allow them to tread upon our understanding of how things work or that we argue with them about how things work; it means that we listen, respect and allow their viewpoint without it affecting our individual understanding of our role in this life.
Respecting others’ connection to the Divine means that even if they don’t respect their own connection, we still need to extend love and understanding into their spirit no matter what they say or do. Be honest and stay focused on the truth in the face of ignorance, posturing and violence for within another is the understanding from the Divine that our spirit can connect with if we share joy, understanding, peace and love. Otherwise, we move from being victorious in our realization of ‘SELF’ into being a victim in our realization of ‘self’.
Be who you are and what you were created to be by being Divine in everything you think, say, speak and do. This way you are truly sharing the gifts you have been freely given. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)