To align the energy with the universe (also known as God), we must become one with the space around us. There are different ways we can achieve this state.
All you need is the right mindset, pure intention, and effort.
What is the right mindset?
One can activate the right mindset through practice, consistency and dedication. We can use the help of the eight elements of the Yoga sutra of Patanjali:
Asana (yoga postures)
Pranayama (breath control)
Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)
Dharana (concentration of the mind)
Dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption)
Also, the core Vedic way to expand our consciousness is possible using three elements of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. (One can follow these core three elements to achieve anything in life successfully.)
Kriya Yoga (yoga of action) — a self-discipline lifestyle
Svadhyaya — self-study a virtuous life.
Ishvara Pranidhana — reverence or devotion to the divine.
A skilled doctor can perform a successful operation on the brain in hours but know that behind that success, discipline (Tapas or Kriya Yoga), hard work of 15 plus years of studying medicine (Svadhyaya), and dedication (Pranidhana) are intensely involved.
If you see the flow of elements, it starts with Yama and ends with Samadhi. We notice everywhere that people are keen to begin with Meditation (Dhyana) to reach Samadhi, expecting results instantly, ignoring all the essential steps before Dhyana. Unfortunately, the evolution of spirituality gets halted. As our human mind doesn’t accept the fact, we start creating our own experiences and sharing them with people to obtain approval from others about our spirituality.
Now, assuming you have achieved the right mindset and pure intention and are ready for loads of effort, let’s meet the universe.
Evolving spiritually means self-discovery and not self-improvement. Self-improvement is a small reward that comes with evolved self-spirituality.
The most common action from humans is seeing, absorbing, and understanding the surroundings through our body and intellect.
We have let go of all the rules, our collected knowledge throughout our lives, and our limited understanding of the universe. If you carry a glass full, adding something newly acquired is impossible due to a lack of space.
Once you empty yourself, you will notice the unnecessary things we carry. Ego, anger, hate, jealousy, desires, worldly happiness, wants, needs, firm beliefs told by others, and negativity are just a few from the list. Let go all…
Once you mastered Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), Asana (yoga postures)
Pranayama (breath control), and Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), get ready for the ride of your life. You can now take the firm step towards meditation (Dhyana). Here you can concentrate your mind (Dharana) effortlessly now.
Look through your consciousness, piercing your universal body. Feel and experience the divine oneness with the universe.
In Tantrloka (950–1030 CE), the great Acharya Abhinavgupta stated that everything in the universe contains consciousness.
If you want to know more about Acharya Abhinavgupta, please watch this quick video.
Can you feel the consciousness in living and nonliving? Not just in humans and animals but also water, rocks, and trees. Earth, stars, planets, the milky way, the cosmos. Consciousness is everywhere and in everything, just like you and me. If you can’t feel the Consciousness in the Nature around you, it’s time to return to Yama and Niyama and start over. Don’t be disappointed; it’s all right. This is the process we all go through. Repetition and constant reminders are good things in spirituality. Consistency, dedication, self-discipline, persistence, and devotion are all you need. Willingness and time can help along the way.