Most of the collective mentality in the world could be “defined” by using the words: Division, separation and antagonism.
That is the “sin.” Those are the vices. That is the devil. Those are the evil ways. That is Maya.
Morality, laws, holy scriptures, mediumship of beings of light or no-light, God, etc. only represent the search for that “long lost” unity again.
Laws, holy scriptures, etc. have their own language on things. Their explanation is based on the audience that will more likely receive it. Some are for a childish consciousness others are not… All is good, for we are in different consciousness.
The perception of Division, separation and antagonism as “bad” is utterly childish.
One becomes two… just to become one again. Oneness knows about division, to be One again.
The journey between one state of being into another are experiences. Life.
“Do not do/think/feel that because you will be punished” is different from: “Everything has a consequence.” The former gives birth to the duality of “good and bad.” It is a “black or white” statement. We could add fear to it so the “point gets across” if we wish to proceed under the premise that “fear makes it happen.” 🙂
Nevertheless, that is also called manipulation.
“Everything has a consequence,” will give the opportunity to experience and to find out for ourselves. That is the opportunity to be our own teacher if aware, if honest, if conscious….
When our minds are full of division, separation and antagonism, our vision in life will carry that belief.
We see political parties. That is division. We choose one against the other. We pick what we “think to be the best.” We may not realize that for someone else, another party is the “best.”
Conflict will arise.
We have been trained to “fight” against the “other” to “get what we want.”
We could embellish the above behavior by giving those a “nice” word:
“Holy war.” “Justice.” “Freedom.” “Independence.”
Change happens when we open up, when we let go, when we join rather than oppose, for there is nothing that could remain the same. It is just a matter of timing.
Let things flow, observe and wait for the opportunity to act. That is the teaching in Nature.
If we oppose, we could either win or lose. That is Duality.
Regardless of winning or losing, we will be hurt.
When hurt, we cannot enjoy.
The river will change its course and so is the wind. The same is with us.
To try to be the “same,” unchanged, stubborn despite the circumstances is truly an aberration. It is a way to continue our ego-centered ways.
Life is not an unchanged dogma. Life is not something that we could possess. It is something to enjoy while it is happening… 🙂
I’d like to dedicate this post to a “life teacher” who just passed away, his name was Anthony Strano.
To me, he had the openness to understand his faith under different perspectives and the courage to express his understanding for the common good, and not just for a group.
I met him for a couple of days and we became friends in that time…. I found him approachable, light and with a humorous giggle which could turn into a good laugh. 🙂 We never spoke each other again after that meeting.
Never read any of his books.
However, some of his classes and the “Tao Te Ching” have been the only “spiritual” things in my Iphone to date, which I consider worthwhile to listen to besides “smooth jazz” music and “AC/DC…” 🙂
Which religion has the truth?
That question implies concepts of “truth” and falsehood. That is duality. When there is duality, we are not grasping “reality” and thus, the paradoxical “real” truth.
However, the above question makes a great introduction for philosophical talk and historical research. As a matter of fact, it is the main ingredient for debates and exchange of words.
Nevertheless, there is nothing behind all of that.. other than plenty of words.
That is the same stuff that we will find when we look for a spiritual enlightening video in ”youtube.”
No realizations, but just history. Concepts. Easy to follow explanations lingering in duality. The same repetitive concepts to dull the mind in the assurance that “we know something.”
There are very few, “spiritual teachers” who will share out of their own experiences. Most, is about “spiritual research” done by others or to relate an interpretation of “holy scriptures” written by someone and whose position is defended by a follower.
From a religious perspective, that information could be important. That means another follower signing up, another “proof” to support a dogma.
From a spiritual perspective, it is useless information.
In Spirituality, “book” information is plain useless.
When we share something spiritual, it should be able to sparkle a different view, a different perspective about our own inner world, so there is a realization, which in turn will bring another perspective, a change of vision.
That perspective when made practical becomes our new self. A new attitude is born.
Unfortunately, most are unwilling to live by the realizations of their own experiences and rather have the “comfortable ride” of just believing what someone “important” says.
“He is an expert.” “He has 500000 followers.” “He is wonderful, divine.” “He speaks very well.” “He has special powers.”
All of that creates an organized faith, which eventually replaces spiritual knowledge with just rituals to “follow.”
Spirituality is meant to uplift by sharing experiences rather than “truth,” for everyone of us has to discover their own truth. Yes, No one can walk your own path for you.
That is why, courage is needed, for there will come a time when following is not enough, for it is a matter of living life with authenticity.
At that point to throw away everything we thought we knew, may be needed.
That takes courage. It is the time to be humble and have the openness to learn.
When we are attached to our own ideas, we suffer as we do not allow ourselves to change according to our inner voice, but rather follow comfortable, well-established, traditional patterns.
Some things need to go away, before “newness” arrives.
Thinking is considered so important in our lives . We value thought. We call thinkers “intelligent,” we are amazed by their use of words and clarity of “thought,” etc.
That becomes another form of “entertainment.” Our value system as a society is meant to reward the “thinkers.” Nevertheless, those thoughts are at the same time the cause of our own “hell.” In fact, it is not that we “are” in hell, but we are in hell, because we think in a “hellish” way.
All we need to do is to watch our thoughts. This thought came. Then another, then “I” created a love story which cannot happen, then I feel sad, upset, etc. Then, my thought will take me into more pain by remembering that scene over and over… and then we say, “time will cure that pain.” However, what we do not seem to realize is that time is an invention of thought.
Because there has been a “lapse” of a recurrent thought due to a “distance,” then that thought diminishes, it goes away. We call that “time.” In fact, the “cure” is in distance, to have a distance from the object which we perceive as the source of our emotional pain. Time has nothing to do with it, because… it doesn’t exist.
Thought is clever in making comparisons as well. We use words which come with “built in” technology to “compare.”
Greater than, wiser, this versus that, lesser, etc, etc.
All of our lives, we have believed that those comparison are reality. As a matter of fact, our society works under those premises . “The best should win,” “Be number one,” “Don’t settle for less,” “Do your best,” etc, Most of those words are clichés now.
Here is where the interesting thing occurs:
We meet Spirituality.
All of the sudden, the world of “all being equal under the eyes of God,” could become a “big lie,” if we know that John is smarter than Guy. Was God able to make John smarter just for the “fun” of it? 🙂
That world of equality becomes senseless, for the physical world shows everything but that. To be competitive is appreciated. To “beat” everyone else is cool.
Under that “thought” when we understand that “few” will go to Heaven and will be saved, and the rest will not… those words, obviously are full of that “comparative” understanding.
How can you understand it any other way when we know that only “selected” ones will enjoy everlasting life and the rest will perish under the gutter of despair and eternal damnation…? 🙂
Then the “better” syndrome appears. Logical. It cannot be otherwise.
Nevertheless, the “lucky ones” have the understanding through this knowledge (Gyan) that souls are equal but numberwise. That means that I cannot compare John with Guy at anytime for they are different even though “equal.” That is a paradox.
John may be more thoughtful but Guy is a blast. John may have a great job, but Guy has the looks… John has the big house, but Guy has many friends… Numberwise.
Further, through this knowledge we know that “we could be equal under God’s eyes” because we are souls like Him, but just acting parts, roles in a cyclical eternal play called the “Drama” of life.
Nevertheless, due to our “comparative” mind, we will be stuck in the role, the ‘acting’ but we will overlook the actors.
“Look, I am an Emperor, but you are a subject.” Comparison.
“Look, I will be in heaven and you will stay here…. in hell.” Comparison.
There is always a way to compare.
Why do we compare? Because there is ego. That is all.
When we stress that comparison, we are not talking “pure” spirituality out of knowledge, but merely using our “old” language from “before” spiritual knowledge. That is “normal” language.
However, we become clever and then we say: “But God Himself talks to us like that!”
Is there any other way that we could understand at least a little bit of what spirituality is? Probably not. Comparisons we understand, numberwise, we do not. Black or white we understand, paradoxes we do not.
That is why we are stuck playing the “little children role…” Throughout all religions, is the same theme… any “holy scripture” has the same old theme.
Nothing wrong with that. All beneficial according to the Drama!