Saint Teresa of Avila has been a great inspiration for me. My study of her writings has changed my whole view of spirituality. I have come to regard Saint Teresa of Avila’s description of the human soul as a castle made of a single diamond to be one of the clearest, truest analogies I have encountered in my own spiritual quest through meditation.
She says our consciousness is like a diamond — pure, radiant, majestic and beautiful. She tells us we have all the love, peace, wisdom, joy, intuition, vitality and courage we need, for these qualities are ever within us.
India’s renowned scripture, the Bhagavad Gita, echoes this same truth: This Self is never born, nor does it ever perish; nor having come into existence will it again cease to be. It is birthless, eternal, changeless, immutable, all-permeating, ever calm and immoveable, eternally the same.
In the New Testament of the Bible, Saint Paul affirms: " Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
Even modern science proclaims our innate potential by affirming that we are manifesting only a very small portion of our capacity.
We have forgotten our native state of brilliance. I have come to the realization, shared with great spiritual minds and hearts of the past and present, that our only problem is that we have accumulated mud on our Diamond Consciousness.
Unfortunately, we habitually focus on our limitations, thinking we are inferior. Very often we begin to feel and identify with victim consciousness. Through the residue of childhood traumas, parental and peer pressures, cultural stigmatization and limiting beliefs, we feel ourselves to be wounded physically, mentally and spiritually. These experiences often increase and harden the mud on our Diamond Consciousness so that we become blind to its radiance.
I remember one of my meditation students saying that, in his case, it felt more like concrete than mud.
It takes time to understand and peel away the effects of these adverse experiences to reveal our true nature. We can change and remove the mud of limitations by affirming and eventually experiencing the grandeur of our sacred Self.
Meditation is the means by which you can remove the encasing mud of limiting thoughts and habits to uncover your divine essence. As you progress in meditation, you will come to greater understanding and compassion for your own humanity. You will see your divine potential unfolding. You will move into a state of contentment and balance. Gradually, you will find that you are better able to motivate and assert yourself, to reach out and attain your own internal and external goals in keeping with your noblest values and ideals.
You will come to realize that you are an exquisite, beautiful being endowed with an infinite, eternal divine consciousness.