Every time we interpret an experience, we create a belief.
Every time we find an intellectual explanation supporting our belief, we have made a dogma.
A dogma cannot stand the movements of Life. A dogma is destined to collapse or to continually re-create itself to survive.
In my Life experience, I had some people telling me about my future. We call those “fortune tellers.”
It is my experience that their prediction became a reality, even when my Life at those past moments did not show any remote likelihood of what I was being told.
Obviously we have different kinds of “fortune tellers.” My experience was with the “good ones.” 🙂
Do we want an explanation about the power of “fortune telling”?
If we live under Yogananda’s experience, we could say something like: “ That person is able to tune into God’s mind.”
If we live under the consciousness of a fundamentalist Christian, we could say: “That is the work of the Devil.”
If we live under the scientific “know it all” consciousness, we could say something like: “It was a subliminal message. You were influenced through that story and you acted it out.”
Do we see that in all of the different consciousness interpreting an experience, there is an explanation?
Which is one right?
That is not the right question. Just observe that there are different states of consciousness formulating an explanation.
Some years after this “fortune telling” experience, my destiny brought me into a religious group who believed in something they call : “The cycle of time.”
Basically, it is the “eternal return” explained by Nietzsche in the West, but understood by many other ancient cultures from different parts of the world with their own spin.
In a nutshell: Every moment is eternal. We could say that every moment will repeat again; however; that is merely intellectual “information.”
In “reality” every moment is completely new.
Paradoxically, because every moment already “has happened,” some “fortune tellers” with that gift, could see it. Life is a movie and some individuals have the gift of “fast forwarding” or “rewind” the movie of Life.
The above merely shows that the “I” is an illusion. We are part of that movie, not something separated.
From that perception, we could perceive the beauty of Totality which others may call “omnipresence” and yet others, “God.”
Let us say that I believed in the religious explanation of the cycle of time given by this religion.
“This is the time to change your destiny. If you don’t do it now, you will not be in Paradise and that unfortunate event will repeat for ever.”
Obviously, my experience of “fortune telling” was supported by the explanation of “eternal return” which at the same time was interpreted in a religious way by some religion due to another experience that I had.
What is the result of so many interpretations?
A dogmatic view of Life.
The fact of recognizing that the “I” is an illusion in a continuously changing world, will clearly allow me to see that the “I” is not “doing anything.” Because everything changes there cannot be a static entity such as the “I.”
Nevertheless, the consciousness of the “I” and the “Me,” (normal consciousness) will compel me to see the “reality” of the “I” doing things.
“I need to go to Paradise.” “I need to achieve God consciousness.” “I need to be saved.” “I need to become a guru.” “I need to be an angel.”
All of that is the illusion of the ego to maintain the “I.”
Are you saying that we are predestined and that there is no free will, then?
I am saying to forget that intellectual nonsense of believing in labels and to feel the moment as “it is,” that means to enjoy it. Isn’t that “good karma” after all?
I am saying, that Life is not pressuring anyone to accomplish anything. Just enjoy the moment.
I am saying that “YOU” as “YOU” are right now, cannot go to Paradise or any other “holy” place until that “YOU” goes away… and at that point, there is no need to go anywhere….
Ananda’s Life experience is already showing in the palms of his hands. Ananda’s Life is related with the position of the planets and stars in the sky. Why?
Because Ananda belongs to everything and he is related with everything. Ananda is not something existing by itself.
The ego arrives and says: “ I can do whatever I want with my life.”
Right. Just like regulating my breathing or stopping my heart beats or changing my consciousness or stopping my thoughts or becoming “more intelligent”… Sure, we can change all of that at “will.” No self-help books needed or Gurus for that…
Are you saying that “I” am a “puppet” of destiny then?
No. Once the “I” goes away, the “right” answer in that consciousness will arrive … all by itself. 🙂
If the “I” remains then the duality of being “predestined” or having “free will” will exist and with that, more beliefs to believe in…
As we come to terms with suffering as an opportunity to renew our consciousness, then that rejection of suffering as a traumatic experience disappears. Suffering becomes another experience and its intensity only matches the size of our ego driven life.
Therefore, do we want to pray to God to “deliver us from evil”?
Do we want to ask God to “take away our suffering”?
For the one who understands that life is not a random event but a planned game of eternal but yet ever-changing conscious energies meant to recycle itself, for that person there is no worship necessary or a divine indulgence needed to live life.
Paradoxically we could express ourselves like Voltaire:
“May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies. “
But for the one who does not indulge in the duality of thinking, we could express, as Master Kahn would say:
“Deal with evil from strength, but affirm the good in man through trust.”
Different states of consciousness.
The child will cry to obtain a favor from his Father. A man will deal with issues with his acquired wisdom and trust in life.
When a man comes out of the consciousness of a child, religious games of eccentric beliefs are naturally discarded.
There is no need to act in a certain way for fear of punishment or everlasting damnation. Actions are meant to happen according to what a man has in his heart. Those actions are neither “good nor bad” but necessary as the state of consciousness “is.” However, there is a consequence that will be experienced.
That consequence is not labeled either as suffering nor pleasure but just as life experiences.
What becomes important to learn is not to distinguish between “good and bad” actions, but to discover the intention of our hearts. Those intentions are the seeds for feelings and those feelings will be the ones displaying our essence in life, the way we manifest to others.
In Life we do not learn about “good or bad.” That is for little children. We learn to be in balance by not rejecting energies but by transforming them according to the need of time and circumstances.
As such there cannot be a “code of conduct” that will be acted upon on every single occasion, but rather the different experiences in life become the sand box for manifesting the feelings behind the actions.
When we are aware of those feelings, we could transform our lives.
Someone sent me an email about a “scientific paper that will reveal God.”
There cannot be God’s revelation through a paper, or any human idea. There can only be your own revelation in harmony with “what is.” That, does not require any wording or writing.
Someone sent me an email stating the date for Armageddon, destruction.
When you are living life from your heart, there is always a new beginning. Life is not a man-made by-product, thus; man cannot destroy it. There has always been transformation and nothing is static but ever-changing.
In a childish mind, we could be prompted to join a religion so we could “save ourselves” from being destroyed. Destruction and Creation happens all the time at every second. Consciousness is eternal and it is not dependent on anyone to exist.
It just is.
As we dispose ourselves from the diapers of a childish consciousness, we may see that the immensity of life cannot fit in the security of a baby’s crib.
A child is meant to grow up and live life, to learn by living life (not by making mistakes) to develop by engaging his life with the Totality… that is unless he wants to hold onto his childish beliefs.
There is no philosophy or religion able to describe in words “what is.”
“When you die, you either go to Paradise or hell forever.”
That is just a belief. It is not true for those who have experienced life as continuous movement and consciousness as eternal. It is not true for those who have experienced the paradoxical aspect of self and no self.
“Life is a return journey where souls go through a process of purification.”
That is a belief. Again, continuity of life as “is” entails no “home run,” no “return” for everything is new but paradoxically that “newness” could only be seen intellectually as a return.
Any intellectual knowledge as in:” This works this way therefore; there are 2 possibilities, it is either this or that. One is truth and the other is false.”
That sort of analytical dualistically mind, cannot quench his own doubts with reasons.
When to know means to “live it,” then to speculate things intellectually is just another belief system.
Obviously, what Ananda is sharing according to his experiences in life, is another belief system for someone else.
But… “This knowledge comes directly from God and your realizations are from your own crazy mind.”
🙂 There is nothing coming from “God” that could be put into words. Why?
Words can only express duality, “black or white” understanding. What is beyond duality cannot be explained in words, it needs to be experienced to be understood.
Then we could believe the answer is in “non-duality.” Right?
Have you listened to a so-called “non-duality” teacher?
It is one of the most boring intellectual things I’ve ever heard. Lots of reasoning to teach “happiness” through thinking…
But… Happiness is a feeling.
To connect with life through feelings is to encounter a different dimension of living life. This we could experience for ourselves without beliefs or dogmas.
When we realize that anything spoken by anyone is just a perception due to a limited experience of life, (his own experience) how could we pretend that this small piece of life could explain everything there is?
Life is not meant to be “explained.” It is meant to be “lived.”
When our life becomes integrated into “what is” without dogmatic beliefs, when our heart becomes open and ready to give the best of us through continuous feelings in every experience that life offers, then at that point; we could understand that the Universe is constantly playing with us, it is seducing us to open up, to unwind, to let ourselves be in that feeling of togetherness and appreciation of life itself. It is at that point, when we could be in love with Life… and that my friends, is the “highest religion” there is.
The above is not a “belief system.”
Ananda is not looking to “save souls” when there is nothing to save. Ananda is not looking to “help others,” when life itself performs that wonder all the time. Ananda is not looking to build the “true religion” for that is a narrow vision of the immensity of Life. Ananda is not looking to be an “instrument of God,” when everyone is that already.
Ananda only shares his experiences for the common good, that is all.
Renunciation is used as a “tool” from many belief systems. That tool is supposed to allow the aspirant to gain a “higher state of consciousness.”
In the world of duality, to renounce what is considered to be “mundane” and “pleasurable” has been translated as “evolved,” “high,” “divine.”
It is just a game of words.
I remember a book which introduced the concept of renunciation in my younger perception: “The autobiography of a Yogi” by Yogananda.
That book describes many of the unique experiences that Yogananda had. Those experiences were interpreted according to Yogananda’s beliefs at the time.
In that context to become a “renunciate” is the highest path. From that “concept” many have copied it.
For Yogananda, to practice his path of what he understood as renunciation was natural. It is what he was meant to do.
Therefore, there was no renunciation in his life.
Many”seekers” started following that idea of “renunciation.” They needed a “guru” to follow and some especial practices to become “better.” Thus for these people to “renounce” became a source a repression, for this path was not natural to them. They had to “make effort.”
Ananda would like to share one of his most cherished realizations in life.
There is no established path or religion or philosophy or teaching which when followed by itself, to the dot, 100% is able to return a higher state of consciousness.
Consciousness does not change by following a certain method or by doing a “holy” practice.
Consciousness changes all by itself when we are ready according to our assimilation of the experiences offered in life. In short, greater openness to life, means greater awareness thus, less ego.
Renunciation is duality. To select something as “divine” and another thing as “mundane” is duality, and because there is duality; there cannot be integration with the Totality.
It is that separation between what is “godly” and what is not which brings a person into a state of self-righteousness, which is an illusion.
There is no such a thing as the “true” way when we are dealing with perceptions of what we call “reality.”
We could name anything as “reality” but that is not, for all we could observe is a perception.
Do we want for God or a guru to tell us about the “highest reality” there is, which we are not able to experience?
That is a belief, for “what is” cannot be put into words.
The highest, the lowest, the pure, the impure, the rich the poor… are all dualities which are static “realities” in a mind which is incapable of seeing change and continuous transformation of everything.
“Reality” is not a picture but a movie.
We can describe with words a still picture with details, but not a changing movie.
Because everything changes continuously there is no “arrival” or destination.
Therefore, to renounce life as it presents itself, just so we can accommodate ourselves to our belief or dogma, is to deny ourselves to transform, to change, to evolve.
What is that change that we deny to ourselves?
To live Life.
To renounce part of life to the pursue of a “higher” destination is senseless, when we realize that there is never a static point, a destination.
To renounce part of life due to a belief that we will attain something better in the future is to ignore completely that rejection is hidden in renunciation.
When there is rejection there cannot be oneness.
Without oneness, there is no love.
Without love, there is no joy.
Let us say that the world is a “shoe box.” There is “John” all by himself in it.
What would be “moral or immoral” for John? What would be “right or wrong” for John?
Answer: What he believes to be.
Let us say that there is another person who joins John later on.
What would be “moral or immoral” to do? What would be “right or wrong” to do?
Answer: it depends on their belief.
Besides beliefs, there are matter of fact consequences. John may enjoy the company of that other being for he was alone before, but at the same time, John likes to have his own space all for himself.
If john was a “black or white” type of individual; he will either choose to be alone or to have company. There is no awareness of integrating both experiences without choosing.
The paradoxical and beautiful thing about the world is that every moral value, every belief system that someone may cherish as “truth” is contradicted by another living species in Nature.
Do you think that a caste system, a hierarchy based on being born in certain social class is “bad”?
Take a look at bees and ants.
Do you think that family life is a thing of the past?
Take a look at how wolves live.
Do you think that to be a loner and to mingle with the opposite gender just to procreate is to take advantage of someone?
Take a look at the life of tigers.
If we observe life as it is in Nature and not the artificially created “world at the office,” we will discover those beautiful contradictions, which make this world what is.
What could be God’s law then, in the observation that every species of “his” creation acts contradicting any written law that could ever be?
Perhaps there is a law for every species?
I have not seen any written codes of conduct for Tigers yet. But because there is that diversity around, could I make myself such a narrow minded, judgmental person who takes sides to label something as “good or bad”?
If there was a law of “good and bad” coming from God himself wouldn’t that be a contradiction of what already exists?
That is why many individuals have decided to create their “own world” in their own “shoe box” to fit their beliefs as “righteous” in their world.
As John’s “shoe box” becomes populated, there is obviously a problem of “logistics” in the human world that animals are unaware of.
Thinking, logic, analysis creates that contradiction which a human being will pretend to resolve through moral standards.
An animal adapts and harmoniously is able to live in balance with its surroundings.
A thinking, “rational” human being is unable to adapt like that.
The question is not “why is that?” because that will take our logic and rationality into greater contradictions.
The point is to observe, feel and act.
Nature has a completely different way of manifesting beyond logic, rationality and belief systems… well beyond our “office world” morality.
The “world of the office,” John’s “shoe box” has rationality, analysis, judgment, comparisons, separation, and, ifs, or, not … computer operations, that we have learned to troubleshoot by breaking the problems in “halfs” until we discover the “culprit.”
Nature does not work like that.
Which world do we choose?
Wrong question if we could see beyond duality, but a rational “good” question for those who cannot.
Integrate everything. Welcome the “office world” and Nature. Experience both.
At that point, we could understand practically that “God” could never have given us any laws to be followed, but to allow us to make sense of things for ourselves…Not intellectually, but by using our “instincts.”
That is insight, intuition, love for the Totality, appreciation of what is, gratefulness and a sense of balance.
When we discover in ourselves what is beautiful, then we have discovered what we have in common with “his” creation.
There is no way to explain into intellectual “knowing,” about “no-self.”
Words cannot convey that.
In “spirituality” this lack of “experience” was mitigated when the students/seekers where allowed to live with the master/guru, etc. so they could observe the teacher in his activities.
The aim was for the student to be “impregnated” with the subtlety of vibrations, energy from the teacher, for that experience of “no-self” to happen little by little, gradually, in a subtle way.
In time, those teachings changed. It was about “copying” what the master said and the way he acted. Following words and deeds was the aim and the standard of “truth” and “righteousness.”
That is how today, we observe that “spirituality” is another subject like history or math. The student is “taught” information which he is supposed to make it “practical” in life.
That will not happen, for a change of consciousness does not occur with intellectual information, no matter how “well explained” something is. Explanations are just pointers not to be taken literally, for life is unexpected, ever-changing and “unmanageable.”
Intellectual knowledge, to “know” is of no use in living life with joy when what matters is to “be.”
If we observe a child, we could begin to understand “no-self.”
If we observe animals in the wild, there is “no-self” as well.
Animals in captivity have the tendency to “pick up” some sort of personality from their “masters.”
“Self” appears when the notion of complete separation is born. Then, that personality will be strengthened by the different experiences in life which will be observed in a biased way, from the perspective of a “center” looking at things and experiencing those things, the “I.”
Cultural traditions, beliefs with their corresponding emotions and the indoctrination coming from the world of the “Office,” religions, philosophies, etc. will shape up that personality, which paradoxically believes to enjoy “free will.”
The awareness of all of the above, will “inspire” some to react, to be against something, to “fight against.” That awareness is trapped in the rejection of their own experiences.
To be against something is the easiest way to live life caged in a jail of emotions. The way to get out is to “accept” the experience and to move on. That “rejected experience” is without a doubt, the trigger of awareness, which allowed someone to become aware, conscious of another “reality.” It is a necessary part of an individual path in life.
When there is “no-self” this “liberation” happens immediately, because in that state to live “in the moment” is “what is,” just like a bird, a child, an ant, etc.
“Self” is not evil. Self is another type of experience. The “office world” requires “self.” Our society requires “self,” but when we want to integrate life and to “know” directly without e-books, Google and Wikipedia; then we need “no-self” to be one; to be in union, to be total… in the Totality.
Self and no-self are together. Not knowing/experiencing “no-self” means to seek, to become a “spiritual seeker” and to start looking for a purpose in life.
The “purpose” may be hidden in no-self.
Mathias the wise tree, explained to Ananda that he had a deep connection with his ancestors. Our family members are not there out of a random pick of destiny. There are many threads in the family clan, which will be entangled and disentangled, as life in the physical world manifests.
Raysha and Ananda are siblings. They have a relationship of many lives. Mathias acts as the “coach” at this time. However, Mathias has mentioned that they are all related.
Raysha’s father is in the hospital, almost ready to “take off” into another experience. Due to the high sensibility of Raysha to energy, she was able to feel in herself how death appears and how the body shuts down, the fear of change, of not being there anymore with the “loved ones,” all of that.
Raysha had more than a vision. A lively experience. She experienced her father, herself and Mathias walking through a beautiful valley. Raysha knew that his father was there in that experience with her, even though his body was at the hospital.
Mathias explained to Raysha’s father that there is a parallel experience of life. There, in that “place,” there is no time. There is no matter in that realm; accidents do not happen. In that realm, there is no need for breathing air… but breathing happens through the feelings of the heart…love.
Raysha felt like a “medium,” half in that world and half in this one.
Raysha’s father asked Mathias if his wife could be in that place as well.
Mathias answered: “I assure you that she will be here.”
Perhaps, everyone will go there…
In that experience, Raysha understood that his father will continue on. Her role was to help him to go across and with that to close a chapter of the family clan.
In the meantime, the experience of suffering in the physical world, at the hospital… was the urn to change.
Suffering is the ultimate purifying experience when nothing else will work to change our consciousness.
“Life is suffering” is what the Buddha said. However, to interpret that as “living life is suffering” is the door to ascetic practices and stoicism. It is a misinterpretation when there is no experience and recognition.
With experience, we could recognize that suffering is the door for a different consciousness. The life of a dedicated seeker will be about embracing suffering, not as a “bad” thing or “good thing” but as a way to find that “I”… which avoids that very same suffering, for the fear of change, of being “nothing.”
A day later, Ananda asked Mathias about an explanation of how his father was at the hospital but also there, walking with them.
Mathias answered: “ Ananda, that is like pretending to understand the immensity of life with a book. Just have faith in life.”
Many times we pretend to understand intellectually things that are well beyond intellectual understanding. We ask questions, but the question defines already the type of answer. The best answer, is the one the questioner could understand. “Truth” is bound by that understanding.
Happy with information, definitions and concepts, we think, “we know.”
That is furthest from the “truth.”
Can you imagine if Ananda with his “intellectual ability” and religious experiences interprets the experience that Raysha had?
“Raysha and his father went to heaven. They were walking with an angel, Mathias. His father had to go through suffering in the hospital to burn his last karmic accounts before he could be free from his karmic debt.
That suffering is actually the tribunal of the God’s from Olympus. Mathias had the role to present Raysha’s father to them. If the Gods found imperfections in him, then he would have to go back to Earth to burn his sins. He may go back to suffer in his old body.”
Obviously, the above is just an interpretation made out of ideas, hand-me-down religious stories and a “black or white” consciousness.
Raysha did not put her experience into the framework of a religious view, she did not label it a “miracle;” she merely had an experience which explained her about the whereabouts of his father and life in general.
That experience does not have the seal of approval of the scientific community, for them it may be “nonsense.”
Nevertheless, that experience changed Raysha’s consciousness.
If that change of consciousness is nonsense, perhaps we may need more of it.
Consciousness is such a delight to be aware of.
The doctors at the hospital have a different role, which add to the experience of this episode: To maintain Raysha’s father artificially alive as long as possible.
They are the “good guys” of the movie, turning away the “claws” of death.
If they only knew…
For Raysha’s father, that experience of being semi-conscious but without the ability of expressing himself, is another experience.
Who knows what is going on inside Raysha’s father?
Only he knows but that experience will pass, it will move on like anything else in life.
Change of consciousness is guaranteed, whether he stays “here” or “there.”
In the meantime, Ananda could create a religion. Make Mathias as the “new savior.” Put his teachings into a dogma and get the worshipping started… but he will not do that.
How to put the immensity of life into a religious dogma?
The answer is open to interpretations. 🙂