“Oh my God… he said. By saying that, unwillingly he was calling the Devil.”
How do I know if Life will take “me” through a “bad” experience?
In Life there is no “good” or “bad” but just something is necessary as it is.
It is “your” perception of what is happening what makes something “good” or “bad” based on what we believe to be “good” for us.
“ Yeah…but if I degrade “myself” …..”
That is the opportunity to go up, to elevate yourself.
A “Bad” experience will turn into “Good.” A “good” one into “bad.” That is the world in the perception of duality.
“So what is the point, if “I” am trapped in duality?”
To free yourself through the experience of non-duality just to experience duality again. To go beyond “good” and “bad” and be like the “gods” just to be a mere “mortal” again. Different experiences.
To label an action as “good” or “bad” is to fail to recognize that opposites complement each other.
God cannot exist without the Devil. They are inseparable. They are One, not two.
If you recognize something as “devilish,” then in your consciousness, God must exist as well.
Some call the “devil” as “maya” (illusion.) Thus, the duality of illusion and reality (God) has been created.
Reality exists because there is illusion. The illusion of some, is the reality of others. Those who are in “illusion” will move into “reality.” Those who are in “reality” into “illusion.”
“What about those who think to live in reality and righteousness and try to hold on to it?”
That is to be in delusion.
Why deny, reject one side of duality if the trip is to get there?
Why label something as “bad” by rejecting it, if that will be part of our experience sooner or later?
“Ehem… There is no proof that I will experience that which I reject…”
If there is an “I” there is something which “you” reject. If there is rejection, there is suffering. The proof is in your own experience.
“Wait a minute. Are you saying that to do something “wrong” to someone is “good”?
No. I am saying that it is neither “good” nor “bad” but there are consequences; which are neither “good” nor “bad” but those consequences will create further changes in the one who had the experience. In Oneness, what you do to others, you do it to yourself. If we don’t see the relationship now, we will see it later.
Life is about change of consciousness and not about human moral standards based on a particular consciousness.
Someone may misinterpret the above and believe his actions to be beyond “good and evil.”
Someone may misinterpret the above and believe to be living beyond “good and evil” by escaping from the consequences, by not getting caught.
Nevertheless, that misinterpretation will be “good” for them, for they will have the experience of the consequences in their own flesh and through that, these individuals will stop interpreting someone else’s words.
“That is a costly lesson indeed.”
For who? For you or for the one who interpreted?
In “spirituality” the interpretation of someone’s words is dishonest. The honest thing is to recognize the words of others in your own experience if you have gone through it. If you haven’t, just drop those words and find something that you could perceive as your own experience. Acknowledge the level of your consciousness, your limit at that time.
In “spirituality” what you read or the information that you get is not meant to teach you something. It cannot teach you anything. It is only meant for you to recognize what you already know through Life experiences.
To go beyond “good and evil” means to have experienced what is “good” and what is “evil.” It is through that experience how we could understand what is beyond. Those experiences may take many life times. It is the eternal journey. Everyone is in a different point in that journey, therefore; respect everyone’s path, for sooner or later, it will change.
What we have learned in the “Office world” or through human laws and beliefs does not necessarily apply to Life. An aware individual does not reject our society to embrace Life, but he is aware that society is part of Life.
An aware individual will integrate experiences rather than separate them through the limited powers of thought, analysis and logic.
Living life may be the experience of becoming one with everything that is. Living life encompasses the dance with everything. To move harmoniously under different songs played by destiny.
In life there are many dancers (seekers,) seeking different things.
Some look for riches, fame, God and even themselves… but paradoxically all of those “objects” are already present in the experience of Totality, of being life itself and not something separated, alienated and alone.
To be empty in order to be full, is yet one of the deepest paradoxes of Life.
Emptiness means to be open to life as an open door. That consciousness will give us the experience of observing and enjoying the different episodes which life could present. Nothing “good or bad” but just experiences, which arrive as consequences of our own intentions. An egotistical intention is not aware of the interdependence, inter-beingness of all.
That openness in life resides in clearing the mind from beliefs and preconceptions, that is to be “brand new” in the moment. It is not an intellectual “realization,” but the awareness of how the contents in our minds will strengthen the sense of “Me.”
Beliefs are very common. A tradition is a belief. A logical and reasonable perspective is another belief, a religious dogma is another belief, “my” own likes and dislikes, “my” own values, judgments, ideas, etc. are simple beliefs which could be dressed up with honorable words and “supporting evidence.”
“Reality” is a perspective; thus we are dealing with beliefs all the time.
The dance of life is on, and we could stop the rhythm for the sake of analysis and facts. To dance means to let go and to feel the music to move in balance.
Thinking will stop the “inner knowing,” the intuition of going with the beat of the song.
In the lack of an ample perception, resides our separation from life.
Those beliefs later will become emotions, as our innate feelings of Totality and oneness become tinted by a personality, ego. Those emotions will delineate what is acceptable, pure, pleasurable, good, godly etc. in our perception by rejecting that which is perceived as the opposite.
Then, paradoxically to embrace that which is considered “good” will strengthen our ego, our individuality for there will be a rejection of what is considered “bad.”
Our society for many centuries has embraced that duality.
Rejection is not the answer if we are aware of integration.
Let me put it in simple words:
The devil is not the opposite of god. The existence of god has created the devil under all circumstances.
A person believing that there are 2 opposite forces in the self, fighting for control may develop a schizophrenic personality.
That behavior could be labeled as “normal” in our society nowadays.
Integration means to embrace and re-direct all energetic forces in us. To do that, we need to be aware of the moment, circumstances and settings.
There is no rejection in integration, and because of that, wholesomeness could be experienced.
“Batman” embraced his fear of bats to become the “Batman.”
Every individual has a shadow. Through integration we embrace that shadow into our own light, rather than fight against it, deny it, repress it.
To integrate means to become empty in order to be everything, at every moment. It is in that consciousness of being One, when fulfillment arrives.
Darkness is part of the existence of light, not the opposite. When our darkness is integrated into light, the dance of life will continue to be experienced harmoniously in balance.
Duality is a word used by many philosophies and religious beliefs alike. That word is seldom understood practically. Most are just caught up in conceptual understanding, information, history, research, etc. All of that is “good” but paradoxically it is not important if we are looking to open our consciousness.
Heaven and Hell is a well-known duality. There is no way to separate one and the other. To choose heaven over hell is like choosing the day over the night when the practical experience is that both states need to be experienced. Practically, experientially there is no “choosing.”
We cannot experience heaven without knowing what is hell. As a matter of fact, we cannot know “good” unless we know “evil.”
Religions, philosophies and so on have taught us to label one side of the coin as “good,” while rejecting the other side as “bad.”
That is how the whole game of duality in beliefs are in existence:
Pure vs. impure, black vs. white, paradise vs. hell, god vs. satan, Lucky ones vs. unlucky ones, saints vs. sinners, etc.
As we realize now, every rejection means that our consciousness will close down and align into the “black or white” mentality and thus, choices in life.
Because we are rejecting an experience of life and there is no difference between “I” and life.
Here is another “secret formula” 🙂 for those interested in concepts:
Non-duality is Oneness.
The experience of Oneness is included in emptiness.
To be empty means to experience the canvas without paint, the soul.
Nevertheless, if we choose the soul and not the body (duality) we have not experienced the soul.
Because the experience of that soul means non-duality.
In the above “secret” formula all religions and philosophies with their different terminology are included.
The key is inclusion, integration of everything; but through our analytical minds, we only separate.
Where is God in the formula?
You are merged with “him” when you are empty. Isn’t that oneness? 🙂
If God is “love” as the cliché mentions; could love be something different from Oneness? 🙂
If we think that duality is “bad,” we have not understood anything. If we label “hell” as “bad” we have not understood a thing.
All experiences are necessary.
There is no experience that could last forever for everything is change (as mentioned in other articles.)
If we reject something, we get caught up in it.
Ego will make a trauma out of an experience which ego does not like.
That experience will not last forever. It will go away like everything else.
Do we feel sad because everything “goes away”? 🙂
Then, we have not understood anything yet.
We get back into duality again and again, that is separation by creating the emotional states of sadness and happiness.
Life flows. From one perspective (point of reference,) life flows away… that is why it will necessarily come back again. 🙂 That is the game.
Non emotional happiness is non-dual.
That is contentment, joy, elation, bliss… all of those words… but the real thing is beyond the definitions, beyond what ideas, beliefs and dogmas could bring.
Practical openness to life so we could enjoy life:Through our thoughts, feelings, good wishes… actions.
That is all. 🙂
In my walk around the Bay, a medium-sized bird jumped in the grassy area in front of me. The bird had a long beak and a small body. Don’t know the name of that bird (I didn’t ask the bird 🙂 ) After looking carefully at the bird, I saw that a small crab was in its beak.
The bird was trying to digest the crab and the crab was trying to run away.
The bird would drop the crab and peck the crab to break it apart so it could be eaten.
Despite the scene, it was an interesting time to observe myself. Thoughts were coming about “saving the crab” from the “evil” bird…but then, another thought came up about the bird needing to eat something to survive.
Animals do not kill for the “fun of it,” or because they need to make “more money,” that is human beings. Animals kill when they need to eat.
The word “kill” for some animals is the equivalent of “eating dinner” by a human being.
Then, my mind was divided. The more knowledge or information I have about things, then to “understand” the ways of Nature could be very challenging.
I dropped my thoughts altogether and merely observed without emitting judgment, without emitting human morality to understand things, just looking at the scene.
It was part of the experience of liberating myself from my own mind and from all what I had learned in the past.
Then, I wondered where those moral ideals came from? I remembered curious Billy in the Disney channel, saving his “cute” lab rat from being eaten by the “evil” snake dwelling in a crystal box inside the cold science classroom. I bet the snake doesn’t want to be there….
That snake eats lab rats to survive… but not curious Billy’s rodent! That Billy is a hero! 🙂
Forget about other rats…but Billy’s is out of the question. We don’t want to see Billy with a sad face. That wouldn’t be a “happy end” for a Disney program!
Interesting maneuver to manipulate moral standards…. But for the masses, we should save “cute” animals from evil predators, especially if they are “ours.”
I guess I did not feel that the little crab was “mine,” for otherwise the “morality” of “mine” could have attempted to save that crab…
It comes down to our sense of belonging, of possessing. That creates our morality. Take a look at any commandment; any rule. There is this sense of possession, which becomes important to “protect.”
It is my religion, my country, my family, my…that is what is important. Those things are “mine.” I have some interest over them, I posses them.
Morality is an attempt to protect what is “mine” from what is “yours.”
The interesting thing is that all of those teachings, which we have learned, only exist at the mental level. Those are human inventions, which do not fit the way “real life” works, that is Nature. Similarly, religious beliefs or any belief are only living at the mental level.
In Nature, there is balance. Predators are in balance with other species. It is only when a thinking human being enters into this balancing act; when things get out of balance. A paradox! 🙂
Then one species could disappear. Then another species could become human “pets” for they need “protection.” Then, chaos arises out of the need to “have,” to “possess,” to “accomplish.”
Then human moralists, thinkers, philosophers, scientists, etc. will create a definition, a concept for “everyone” to accept. That lost balance cannot be returned by more thinking.
Isn’t it funny how animals who don’t think live in balance with Nature whereas thinking human beings struggle to do that?
“I think, therefore I exist.”
“I think” that that phrase needs to be revised…
Breathe in, breathe out. Inhale, then exhale.
That is duality. That is life. That is the Yin and Yang.
Some may be able to realize many things about life by considering the above. No more explanations, no more words needed. Just observe it in yourself. Feel it and you will understand.
Others, may need further explanations…
Breathing just happens. It is not necessary the “will to breathe.” Do you see that? Then the intellectual questions will start and with that more confusion:
What makes someone breathe? What is the exact mechanism? Why is it that I cannot will myself into breathing? I can surely stop breathing, but I do not know how it all started? Why I am able to breathe at night while sleeping? Is it the soul controlling the body? Or is it the spirit controlling it? Or is it the brain? Someone has to be controlling my own breathing… Who is it? and who controls the one who controls “me”? I need to understand. I want to know… 🙂
Practically… It does not matter… There may not be a “controller” controlling things…
You are breathing and that experience has its own importance in your own life. To know how that happens, to have the information on exactly what makes it tick… will not allow you to control your breathing.. for you will have your last breath at one point in time. It is guaranteed.
To control your breath does not guarantee that you will live with quality in life, that you will enjoy life… Breathing happens, just like life.
Inhale, exhale. That is the dichotomy of life. The 2 opposites which come together to complement each other, for there is life in their harmonious function.
To select or prefer to inhale rather than to exhale is not real in life. That preference it is merely a mind created illusion. Both are necessary in life.
That is how all the other dichotomies in life, the “bigger questions” are born.
Are we predestined or we have free will? Why evil exists? Isn’t evil the proof that something “Good, Godly” must exist as well? See, there is man and woman. There is day and night. There is sky and earth; there is life and death… All apparent opposites… which are not.
There is individuality and totality. Your last breath in individuality will be the first one in totality… that is in “omnipresence.” 🙂 Anyone feels disturbed up to this point? Did I create an issue with a religious dogma in your mind? 🙂
It is the drop of the Ocean, which goes out as an individual just to go back to the Ocean again as part of the totality, only to appear as an individual again. It is your own breath.
We can create many religious dogmas with the above. Many philosophies and “isms.” Why not? 🙂
“You” cannot be fully conscious until you feel your connection with the Ocean. “You” cannot separate from it for “you” will go back to it.
It is in that movement of duality where life exists. “You” are life but “you” experience it at the same time.
Death does not exist… but it does.
Evil does not exist… but it does.
Good does not exist… but it does.
Life does not exist… but it does.
The form and the formless are together. One brings the other just like day brings the night, just like life brings death and good brings evil… but those labels do not exist… 🙂 but only in our minds and the dictionary… so they exist… 🙂
Yet, of course; there are some who may need more explanation, more words, more questions to answer, more analysis ….more thinking…
The answer is in you. Breathe in… then Breathe out. Do it harmoniously and you will be at peace as when the waters of the Ocean become calm, at ease… flowing while the time to experience that calmness lasts… until the next change which will be brought about by its opposite, which is rather its complementary… yeah … more words…
Today at 5 PM EST in SPANISH: “La Transformacion Espiritual.”
Monday, February 3 at 6:30 PM EST in ENGLISH: “Becoming Empty through Emptiness.”
Mr. Religion:“God will punish you, if you do wrong”
Believer: What is to do wrong?
Mr. Religion: To hurt “others.”
Mr. Religion: You have free will, but not to do evil. Then, God will punish you for that.
Believer: How evil came into existence? 🙂
Mr. Religion: Simply because, “good” exists. Duality, right?
Believer: How “good” came into existence?
Mr. Religion: Well, we believe that God created it.
Believer: Ok. Then the problem is that God created evil as well…
Mr. Religion: No! That is not possible… It was the “devil.” 🙂
Believer: Who created the devil? 🙂 …
And then, we will go into the intricacies of an ideology, made to explain their own shortcomings… Mr. Religion will tighten up the threads of his creative ideology, by saying something like: “ You must believe if you want your soul to be saved. Otherwise, you will be in hell for eternity. You are warned.”
No questions about it.
Let us see another “puppy training session:”
Mr. Religion: “If you do that action, then the law of karma will appear and you will suffer the consequences.”
Believer: I don’t want for the law of karma to punish me. What should I do?
Mr. Religion: You should do “good actions.”
Believer: If I help my neighbor because I am afraid of the law of karma, but I really don’t want to do it; is that a good action or a bad action?
Mr. Religion: It is a good action, because you acted “good.”
Believer: Can I do “good” if I think “bad”?
Mr. Religion: Ehem…Just do what I tell you and you will always do good….
Many times a donkey needs a carrot to do some heavy task just as a puppy dog may need a biscuit to perform the trick of rolling around its belly.
In the religious world of beliefs, there is nothing more precious than “heaven” or “salvation.”
You should do things to please God…then, you will be rewarded with Heaven when you die.
You should follow these teachings then, you will be saved forever. You will be resurrected and then will enjoy the Godly “government” for eternity….
Now, the serious stuff… 🙂
How on Earth our inner sensibility to have empathy for humanity will be born? Isn’t the carrot or the doggy biscuit a “basic way” to “train” someone to act “good”?
Why do we need to be scared of “karma,” “hell” or “destruction” or “everlasting damnation” when there is goodness in our hearts? Isn’t that goodness what is necessary to emerge?
If you live, it is assured that you will die. Whether you have beliefs or not. If you ARE goodness “now,” what wrong could ever happen to you in your next life?
Don’t you wonder if your “transaction with God,” of getting heaven in exchange of “doing” things, is truly making you “good”? Or is it just a “new” trick that we have learned?
The puppy dog will not roll on its belly unless there is a biscuit. Isn’t that the level of our spirituality? Anyone looking for a biscuit? 🙂
Believe it or not; there are many human beings looking for that “biscuit.” Their sensibility to beauty has been shutdown. Fear is the language to understand along with “life insurance in the afterlife,” to be “someone” in the afterlife, it is all some can understand.
To take a puppy dog to watch a beautiful sunset to awaken its sensibility to beauty will not work. A puppy dog needs biscuits, treats… just like many human beings who cannot understand that we live in connection with everything existing, not only “now,” but there are threads with our past and the future as well.
If we are able to see “that reality,” goodness should flow as an automatic response of being in continuous relationship. What you “do” to “another” you do it to yourself. In that consciousness, we could live fear free… No biscuits needed. 🙂
When religions, philosophies and “moralizers” are reminding us of our evil ways and how “bad we are;” when these individuals preach rejection of one side of the coin of duality for the attainment of the other side, the “good side;” we could see that in this “play” of life; one side of duality will bring automatically the other side.
Rejection of one side only means a more intense experience of that side.
That is how “double face” preachers of morality are in existence. Those who thanks to their own rejection to something, at the end will embrace that which they originally rejected. They will say one thing but do the opposite.
Acceptance of “what is” does not mean to “agree with it.” There is no need to either agree or disagree. It is what it is. The important item is our reaction to that which life presents.
Lack of reaction does not mean “not to act.” It means not to be affected. We don’t become “not affected” when we “make effort” not to do it; but when we have infinite acceptance of things in our “blood cells.” 🙂
That is the importance of observation. Until we have not learned to observe everything around us and in us without labeling, we will be an easy prey of the events of life. That observation needs to be meditated upon, it needs to be assimilated. Here is where solitude is of especial importance.
Just like a writer or a poet needs solitude to allow for the inside to express in words and communicate to the outside, a spiritual walker requires the same ingredients to meditate upon the story of his own life.
Those 2 ingredients are important for self transformation, greater awareness will appear as a consequence. No shortcuts in this.
The Drama of life occurs. The “recorded movie” appears in our minds. We see, we hear, we smell something. That does not mean that those things that we see, hear or smell “exist” as they are. It only means that our senses have the ability to present that “movie” to us like that.
When we disconnect from that “recorded movie,” when we shut off the senses and the screen of the mind, not believing in our thoughts anymore, we could perceive that personality going away.
That is emptiness. It is in that consciousness of being empty from that “illusion” of personality when, we could recognize ourselves, who we are; without the script of the movie of life.
Good, bad, cold, heat, elation, sadness, all of those components of duality are part of the movie which our senses bring as experiences. We are “beyond” that.
That is “we are already complete.” However, when we believe in the script of the movie, which will change from “good” to “bad,” in time; at that moment we will identify with the script and create a personality accordingly. That is the personality which rejects, labels, judges and analyzes things to fit an ideal, to something which does not exist but only in our heads. An illusion, which is a “reality” for us until we “wake up.”
The Sun is out. My senses perceive that. If that is the origin of my happiness, then I will find out that the Sun will go away as well.
Because it came out. 🙂
That emptiness of personality is what unites all of us. It is the current of that Ocean of life moving as ripples; that is the source of our togetherness.
Some may call that “atma,” or soul; however, please see that without a “movie” to play; that soul will be an empty source of bliss… that individuality is only fictitious until the “movie plays.”
It is just the “movie” covering our self realization.
Togetherness is our “original state.” Oneness. 🙂