You might be blind, But you never lose your Vision
After living for over 15 years with asking only one primary question, what is my truth, who am I really, I’ve realized that my perspective is inherently different from most religions or most spiritual traditions, yet holds true to any mystical philosophy and true religion in its essential, connected form.
There are so many paths. Religions, practices, philosophies, ideas, practices... most if not all pertain to be directing towards once source; an all pervading God, divine force, nature, existence, call it what you may. It is said-- “Paths are many but the truth is one”, most religions hold this idea as a foundational stone, ‘Allah Hu Akbar’ – cries the Quran, Allah, god is so great, that it includes all, ‘Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai Ehad’ -- our Lord, our God is One say the Jewish mystics, the Hindus speak of the all-pervading Brahman, the Zen-Buddhist monk is seeking to dissolve into the one nothingness which envelopes all that is...
Throughout my life I had the fortune of walking the path of a Hindu priest, a Bhakti Yogi, A Raja Yogi, a Zen-Buddhist meditator, an orthodox Jewish Hasid, I got inspired by the Christian mystics, Sufi masters, Tantric practitioners, Ecuadorian Shamans and so many others, and if there was one pattern which kept showing up, it is the path of a traditional practice, all directing towards a ‘seek and ye shall find’ kind of philosophy, or perspective. Where the “answer” will always be found where I’m currently -- not. If only you’d practice this meditation, or humbly recite this prayer, then… then… the promised-land will be revealed. When following this methodology, “answers” do occasionally appear, there are numerous ‘a-ha’ moments, but those are fleeting, transient. I’ve come to realize that the challenge, wasn’t the path I’m walking, it wasn’t the type of practice I was practicing, but the way I was posing the question, and the subtle attempt to find a fixed, solid, non-moving “target”. I kept seeking a certain experience, certain states of consciousness, a very specific state of being. When you walk a number of diverse paths, even some which conflict with others, you can’t help but notice that this form of searching is in its profundity very similar if not exactly the same. A Bhakti Yogi seeks to disappear when falling in love with their beloved, when the Zen monk attains Nirvana when merging into the ocean of consciousness, this attempt towards disappearance, is inherently the exact same attempt whether you’re a Yogi, a Christian mystic, a Tantrika or Zen monk. The difference is not in the path, but with the flavor of existence you’d find when you disappear. God, truth, existence, life, doesn’t stay put... it doesn’t wait for you around the corner. It’s almost like playing hide-and-seek with something you can’t really find, but only transform yourself into. But in this type of game, what you need is a real sensitive heart, and a resolute determination to keep playing. Allowing yourself an open mind and an open heart to truly find what is and not what you wish it to be. So coming back to the hide-and-seek analogy, when we meditate, seeking for truth, instead of expecting to find something so specific, we should learn how to search sometimes with our minds, using the lens of a Vedanti, sometimes when the evening breeze is blowing and the air is sweet, allow our heart to explode with the devotion of a Bhkata, and other times, beg and pray like a Jewish Hasid, calling for the help of his own soul and guide…
SoulBound’s vision is sharing the multitude of paths in their true colors, their brilliance, their truths, but without the rigidity of a particular faith, practice or belief. It’s to inspire a truthful search and curiosity to find what is truly ours, and come back to our birthright for freedom, for a dialog with life, for a real choice.