” Does the ‘ belief system’ and ‘feelings’ (sometimes, if not always) have/ may create conflict? If the consciousness changes, do they have harmony in between them?”
Thank you for your question.
I could see that some readers were feeling “ out of ease” with the last article. Why?
Because it went against their beliefs systems. That is all.
“Oneness is “good,” Totality is “good,” love to God is “good,” but do not share anything that is against what I believe to be true. “
With that kind of mentality, there is no hope to go into something different. Not as an “intellectual exercise,” but as something that could be understood by observing our own self in action.
The duality of thinking/beliefs and feelings is represented all the time through moral and religious systems.
We have been taught to “check” against an idea of what is “good” and to act upon that.
For example if you belong to a religion and embrace their beliefs systems, you may have been told to “do good actions.”
What are those “good actions”?
We need a definition. Right? 🙂
To build churches, to open centers, to spread the faith/knowledge/word of God, etc… to help someone else (and the meaning of what is “help” changes among beliefs) all of that are “good actions” and God will be satisfied if you “do that.”
Ananda expresses that the above is not completely true. As long as we have not aligned our thoughts with our feelings (oneness) and we know clearly our intentions (not as “another thought”) actions by itself do not matter as proof of being “good.”
For example, if Charlie wants to build a church for his religion and he is willing to give money and resources, is his aim to be recognized? Or he really means to help? or he will use that as another reason to think that he has obtained “heaven”?
This intention needs to come “raw,” without the make up of thinking, something like: “ My intention is truly to help people, that is why I am giving money for that church.”
That is a farce.
Our intention comes out “raw” as we truly are. It cannot be otherwise. That is why, Ananda states the importance of going deep inside and observe our feelings, our intentions as the source of “checking.” Life merely presents scenes. Our reaction to those is the “learning material” for an aware individual.
The religious leader may be happy to see Charlie the follower, building a new church for the religion. The religious leader may assure Charlie many things (such as Heaven, good reputation, etc.) Nevertheless if Charlie hasn’t looked into his deep intentions before, I guarantee that “his good action” is just a farce. He is not being honest with himself. As a matter of fact, that “good action” unchecked is a source of greater ego.
That is why, “good actions” are non existent (neither bad actions but there are consequences) unless we look deep into our intentions, our primary feelings. We could pretend all we want, even lie to ourselves but Life knows otherwise. The consequence will be according to those intentions.
The above may be against some readers beliefs. Ananda respects your belief. Life still continues on.
Therefore, someone who realizes the above, does not need to try to “be good” or try to “do good,” once he recognizes that “being now” is what is important and that manifests itself through our feelings which we cannot put a make-up or cultivate or to artificially change with a method.
Those feelings will be open as our consciousness changes through the assimilation of life experiences. There is a timing for every change in Life and for everyone is different.
Now, I could answer your question.
A belief system will be in conflict with inner feelings inasmuch as they are not together. That “togetherness” will change as our consciousness changes.
If our heart is truly kind without any additional effort or cultivation, our consciousness may change and that kindness will be given in that new perception of “reality” (consciousness) automatically. However, If our beliefs are the same despite the change of consciousness, there will be an inner fight, a repression. My feelings will be torn apart (known as emotions) and my actions will be just intellectual and full of duality and labeling.
Beliefs are boundaries for a certain state of consciousness, thus the need to go beyond them, to perceive something different.
This is “good,” that is “bad.” Do “good” avoid “bad.” As a consequence we will not have the oneness of feelings and thoughts, but one will prevail over the other in a fight for continuous supremacy.
Life becomes “something” when we label it. If we attach a moral value to that “something” we have created a dichotomy. Duality.
One of the greatest teachings I’ve heard is to have “good wishes and pure feelings for all.”
That simplicity brings at the same time, the greatest misunderstanding. It is not a practice. It is not something that we only “do” in particular occasions. It is a way of life without cultivation, without following a teaching or a guru. It happens when we are ready, otherwise it is not natural. Why? We will be hiding our true nature, our true feeling just to “be good” according to the church, the religion, the law.
Our essence is “good” already. To allow for that goodness to irradiate by itself, is the “work” of a “Life walker,” who is willing to strip away every single belief and perception of “truth” or idea of reaching the “truth,” or a perception of knowing or knowledge or a perception of tradition, labels and words… just to get to the core. The one who feels life without beliefs.
That is where knowledge sits already and the source of “checking and changing.”