Our body has some special part and possess forces which are constantly keeping a watch on anything we act or think. In India many call it a third eye. Some people may agree or some may not but it is really interesting that there is a big hard disk or server existing within our soul which is in our body.
We behave as per our basic nature, perceptions and beliefs but deep within ourselves there is a huge system which works constantly. We call it by different names like Destiny, Karma and so on to the extent we develop understanding about it. I am not talking about religion here rather striving for a constructive thought process about our inner self. Soul-searching and religion both are totally different though their meaning is known to be synonymous in common parlance. Generally religion is evolved by others and then followed, while soul-searching is always an individual approach where in it is not necessary to follow a defined set of rules, eventually it brings different experience too. So mute question comes up, how do we know about this inner system and benefit from it and start a nice journey towards complete self-realization if we really aspire for it.
Some steps we can explore are explained here:
Observation : Observing is an art. how to observe, what to observe and how to remain vigilant while observing, all these questions are very important and one has to find answers on his own by practicing observance individually. Some of the area may be like observing sunrise, inner feelings, behavior of self and others, flowing water, watching stars or moon at midnight, breathing, emotions and so on.
Thought process : It is interesting to note that once we learn observing, our thought process start getting direction. We get closer to more consciousness-centric reality. In straight words, we start having grip on our thought-process.
Meditation : There is enough literature, write-ups available everywhere but just to simplify it I would like to add that meditation can not be pursued, instead it should happen naturally. It does not always require forest or some lonely place, It is within you and let it reveal itself by being what you are in real. Our calmness is our meditation, Our concentration is our meditation and in fact our happiness is true meditation. I am not playing with words, its really true that when you are happy, that state of mind is really a true meditation.
Change : You might have heard that change is sure, inevitable and everything changes and so on. Yes I too agree with these facts but my point is think about "desired or required change". Life is so small so we can not remain aloof and let every change take place as it happens. We as an eternal soul can make changes.When meditation start happening, changes do take place positively. It is not by compulsion, it is spontaneous. Yes each of us will have a different story but meditation helps a lot.
Consistency : All of the above, if not followed or attained on sustained basis it looses consistency and thus its effectiveness eventually. Each time you meditate or observe you will enjoy to know that different avenues are opening up. You will be able to find your answers on your own and its a great fun too.
Attaining Purity : Purity may have different meaning but here it is referred for state of our soul. When our soul-searching starts it heals, it brings changes, it liberates, it affects our health positively, it increases our intuition, penance and the more we advance, more we are near to purity and transformation. All of sudden you can not talk about purity, it has to be attained by following the other points we discussed above.
Last but not least, if we really follow and feel all these the journey of self-realization starts......