Spiritual Wisdom From Albert Einstein

When A Scientist Speaks Spiritually

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
— Albert Einstein

Do you ever feel like you are in a prison of your own body and mind?

Some people can reach a point where being human feels strange. It’s as if they have not always been a human being, but at the moment they seem to be. Have you ever just looked at your hands, your arms and legs, noticing that they are far different to how they looked when you were a child? Have you ever noticed how your personality has changed over the years? Have you ever really wondered – “Who am I?”

Albert probably did. As he suggests, widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures is certainly a way to connect with the universe that exists outside of our own little selves and our own little lives, and merge into something greater that we are a part of.

Freeing Ourselves From Our Selves

It seems that resisting ourselves in any way leads us to feeling more trapped within our own smallness. If I resist having a body, I will feel even more strongly tethered to its physical aspects. If I resist having a mind and personality that seeks to function continuously to sustain itself, then I will feel stuck directly within all of it.

The solution does not seem to be to fight against what holds us hostage internally. If you have a terrible thought or worry, the fight against that will make it seem even more looming and dominant, and all you can do is seek distractions to try to avoid it.

At a certain point, we transcend our own limitations by dying into them. Not physically dying, in this case, but psychologically yielding to them so that the resistive entity within that is trying to constantly struggle away from its own smaller aspects, starts to wane and fall away. It is the straining away from our own egos that makes our egos seem like real things.

If we were to no longer try to be spiritually perfect, deciding how much ego we have or don’t have, and instead yielded to the current experience, whatever it is, then the fight begins to end, and the ego starts to dissolve within its own battle.

Losing Isolation

Yielding to the experience means you no longer feel you are a separate, isolated entity that is struggling against the whole universe. The entire moment begins to consume your negativities, and you feel your energy once again joining with the whole.

Accepting your body, forgiving your body, being willing to fall inside of your own body means that you find a dimension beyond it which is not limited to it.

Yielding to your own ego, no matter how annoying it is being, means that there is nothing left for the ego to stand on.

It is a strange thing, and a counter-intuitive thing, that when we are no longer putting up walls to our own demons, they can’t land anywhere anymore.

Einstein was on to something. I don’t know if it's ever been said, but I reckon he was quite clever.

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