I would like to teach you a few words to say with me. The words are RAYE NAVAR. Please say them with me now. RAYE NAVAR. This is an appropriate invocation for our subject. RAYE NAVAR means, in a rough sense at least, “to shed the mind” because it deals with a level of education that is beyond what is normally considered to be education here. It also translates to mean “to part the mind” because the mind has a center line between the rational and the intuitive. There is a seam that joins the two aspects of your personal mind, and it can be parted. What this reveals is a seed of light, not the kind of light that you see in a light bulb, but a seed of Presence, a greater expression of your being in the world.
There are three stages in one’s overall development. There is dependence. There is independence. And there is interdependence. In the simplest way, this is demonstrated in a person’s life by the fact that they are very dependent when they are infants and young children, slowly growing out of dependence to a state of independence as an adolescent or young adult, when they begin to differentiate from their parents and family. Then there is interdependence, when they are married and have a family, or unite with other people in spiritual community and so forth.
Everyone wants freedom – the freedom to survive, the freedom to be secure, the freedom to meet the basic needs of life: food, water, clothing and shelter. Everyone wants the freedom to pursue their goals and interests. Everyone wants the freedom to establish meaningful relationships with others.
You are not your mind. You are not your intellect. Who you are is not your thoughts. You are not your beliefs. You are not your memories. You are not your conflicts. You are not those things that you identify with.
To advance in The Way of Knowledge, to learn of the world and to find your contribution, you must be able to learn from others. So, let us now explore this together. Positioning yourself as a student offers you a great advantage and can in many ways protect you from your own destructive tendencies.