To understand (non intellectual) the depth of that “I” in our everyday Life is to regain awareness and to experience a different consciousness.
The classical example is about the individual who “renounces” the worldly power, wealth, name and fame to embrace the “divine” Heaven, God and Angel mind set.
From the viewpoint of consciousness alone, it is the same consciousness just deferred to a seemingly different goal, but it is all about the permanence of the “I,” in this Life and “after” this Life.
That consciousness is still full of “I.”
Let us say that this individual joins a religious group due to an “out of the world” experience which makes him feel “special” and a “chosen one” (more “I” ) or for whatever “reason” we could think of.
This individual full of “I” will use the “office mentality” paradigm (That is what he has been taught) to climb up into the religious setting, for a position that will be well regarded by his peers. Rather than be called “Doctor,” he may be called “Great soul.” Eventually, becoming a dedicated “follower” will bear its fruits in some “benefits” in this Life.
Let us say that this individual for whatever “reasons” later on decides to leave that setting.
Let us observe that the state of consciousness of this individual is still the same. The sense of guilt of doing something “wrong” will be experienced to the same extent and intensity as his previous dedication to that religion.
If the ego of that individual was hurt in his religious experience, then obviously rage and hate will be the response as a reaction.
A change of consciousness was needed to “get in.”
A change of consciousness is needed to “get out.”
Do we understand why to be secluded in a box of dogmas becomes important for a religion?
Because consciousness changes all by itself, through the assimilation of Life experiences.
Why is that?
Because Life is change. We are not different than Life. The static “I” is truly one of the biggest illusions.
This example used for a religion, could be used for many things in Life.
To belong to a political party or to show adherence to a particular cause, etc. All of those require for the individual to commit to a “box of do and do not’s.”
Ananda recalls his years in high school.
No… Ananda actually, did not go to high school. Do we see that? Isn’t this paradoxical?
Ananda does not have the same state of consciousness as the guy who experienced “high school.”
Does Ananda have a desire to experience those years again?
No. Ananda’s consciousness now does not fit that experience anymore.
Many readers may be reading these things just to have further “reasons” to get out of a certain condition in their lives.
That could be a religion; that could be something else.
For whatever you “decide” to do, I’d like you to be aware that to cheat yourself may not be “desirable.” If “reasons” got you “In.” Reasons will not get you “out.”
Consciousness will. Awareness. It is automatic when the time arrives.
Nothing is static in Life. You are not different than Life.
What you believe to be “you” is what is holding “you” back.
Consciousness cannot be changed at will. The “I” wanting to change “my” consciousness is an illusion.
Just allow for the experiences of your Life to be the teacher. Be open to that possibility.
There is no doubt that the strength of that “I” is the one not allowing for change to occur, even when the heart calls for it, even if our feelings are hungry for newness.
“The world will get into a new state of consciousness.”
Yes. But man and his teachings are not causing it.
Do we see that?
Have you heard of “Crystal children”?
They are not “made.” They are born like that.
When we realize that things manifest according to time and according to our readiness, then there is no point in rushing for a fruit in a tree to “make it” ripe quickly.
Just enjoy the moment, enjoy what Life brings. That episode will change if that “I” allows it.
Balance, harmony with “what is” by opening up that closed door of the “I.”
As Guru Porky pig said: “That’s all folks!.” 🙂
Ultimately the way most individuals perceive the world, is tinted with heavy duality.
This idea of “becoming better” is very critical in our society.
Who needs to become better?
The “I,” “Me,” Myself.”
That simplicity of thought shows the issue behind comparisons and illusionary triumphs colored with setbacks. That is the “duality of Life.”
Don’t we want to “become better” in Life?
Yes. The ego loves that. It does not mean, “I shouldn’t get a better job.” It doesn’t mean, “I shouldn’t be a better person.” It means that whatever we believe that we have attained, does not mean to “be better.”
It just means a change. Growth. Just like a child becomes a teenager or an adult becomes an older individual.
What happens if that which we want does not occur in Life, no matter what we “do”?
We automatically become a “loser.” The comparison mentality keeps coming back.
When we understand that every moment in Life is what it needs to be and that there is complete benefit in it as it is, no matter how our perception at the time may be, then at that point, we cannot fight with Life.
At that point, we can drop the dualistic views about becoming “better or worse.”
By all means do your part to get that “dream job.” That is the meaning of “knocking at doors” in Life. A door may open or it may not. Change may happen or it may not… but we know that eventually everything is change…
All we need to do is to get out of our minds those magic words in duality, which bring so much suffering and misunderstanding: better and worse, good and bad, winner and loser… Those words and their ideas behind them.
A world arranged by those words is a complete illusion, when we understand that the “I” is not running the show of Life, although it may appear. Although it may be “desirable.”
Repression is therefore an ideal to manipulate Life in pursue of some other ideal.
We could repress opening our hearts to people and to situations for fear of being hurt. What is the ideal?
Not to be hurt. The ego doesn’t want to feel that pain of rejection.
What is the plan of action?
Not to allow a feeling…or to redirect the feelings towards someone else, such as God.
In childish language:
1) “Do not” for every sentence. Live in your cage for it is safe that way. 🙂
2) “This is good. That is bad.” We call that “choice.” Free will.
Repression occurs when the nature of an individual is not being considered for the name of some ideal.
In that way severity towards the self sets in.
“I must not eat rice pudding because I will get fat.”
The inner child is hurt with that severity which is meant to obtain an ideal of “not being fat” which we could embellish by using more labels, like “fit.” The ideal is to be “fit” by denying those things, which we know are “bad.”
The culprit in “gaining weight” is not in eating the rice pudding but the lack of balance of an individual.
In repression we learn to take away those things which are pleasurable and that will allow us to enjoy Life for the sake of an ideal.
Repression embraces completely the “black or white” mentality.
In childish “spirituality,” it has been taught that by following the life style of a person considered to be a “saint” is what is the ideal of “desirable.”
For example, Yogananda was a “renunciate.” Does it mean that any individual wishing to “love God,” may have to follow the same path of renunciation?
Why is that?
It depends on the nature of the individual and his mission in Life.
Yogananda’s guru was a householder with a wife and had children. According to Yogananda’s biography, his guru “knew God” but lived a “normal” Life.
Repression will occur when the aim is to escape from “what is” as a permanent solution. That “escape” translates into a rejection. It is in that life of rejection how it is impossible to assimilate new experiences in Life.
In short: Our consciousness gets stuck in a personality, which is completely artificial.
To understand repression in our lives, is a step forward into freeing the natural way of things. When repression is let go, there is an opportunity to integrate every aspect of Life, which we were taught to completely reject.
By learning to reject, we have ben set up in the world of duality. The way to live beyond it, is never “achieved” by rejecting it… but paradoxically, by embracing it.
To conquer something means to embrace it. 🙂
Awareness will allow us to perceive the on going climate inside and outside ourselves.
For example, if we are working out in a Gym, many times a trainer will say: “ Do legs squats. 5 sets of 10 reps for today.”
Have you ever asked the trainer what is the reason of his prescription?
Most probably he will not know. As far as we are concerned, we could do 4 sets of 8 reps and probably obtain the same result.
“More” is not necessarily “better.”
If we use our awareness, we could work out based not on a number of reps but on how we feel in that moment. It is called “listening to your body.” How about 80% effort?
This requires another notch of being in tune with our bodies, being aware of it rather than just following the “script” made up by someone else.
In my sharings, the word “aware” and “conscious” comes up every time.
We could listen to different stories: “God is this. God is here.” “I had an angel helping me.” “This person is holy, you must follow him,” etc.
All those stories may bring an idea of something out of the ordinary, but let us be aware that someone else’s experience or view does not have to be our own experience.
“All you have to do to be saved is to believe.”
That translates as lack of awareness from followers.
The world may show us a particular person with “extraordinary powers,” that is just another experience in Life. Let us be aware that “showing off” powers is not the measurement of a self-realized individual. If we meet a self-realized individual, his “attainment” cannot be shared with disciples. Any “magical cure” we may receive does not mean that our consciousness has changed.
Our awareness will remain in the same place.
The above have been the issue with many so called saints, gurus and “elevated individuals.” Destiny has endowed them with a particular gift. Those gifts when used in other people to heal them, to benefit them, etc. will be translated as automatic worship coming from the beneficiary. Many stories could be made up from the fact of being healed.
A religion is made in this way with followers who believe that “God himself is working through those individuals.”
It may be! 🙂
But the point is that none of that “showing off” will change our state of consciousness. No following can change our state of awareness. Paradoxically, to follow someone is not “bad” but just an experience that we may need to embrace in order to know something else.
We are surrounded by experiences in Life. We label those experiences in different ways and then we get stuck with a belief which arises out of that labeling.
An individual may be healed completely from suffering a terminal disease. That individual may obtain that disease again later on from lack of awareness, (by following the same life style) unless his awareness changes.
Being healed from a terminal disease will show the mastery and skill of the healer, but it does not show a self-realized individual.
We are eternal beings. When we are self-realized in that experience; to “die” has a different meaning.
When we read any books on spirituality or even this blog; unless we relate to what is expressed in those words, we may be wasting our time.
It is not a matter of “believing” because of someone’s display of authority or “magical” powers. It is about relating to what is conveyed, according to our current state of consciousness, our life experiences.
Going by “beliefs” sooner or later, inner dishonesty will appear. We cannot believe in something, which we have not experienced.
If there is experience, that cannot be a belief.
Moreover, we cannot believe that our personal experiences are the only “truth.”
Because everyone has their own particular experiences in Life. Their perception is according to their consciousness.
There is no particular consciousness which could be considered “superior” than anyone else. We are all travelers going through different paths.
Where are we going? Paradoxically, to the same place.
The paradox is that by “inner-knowledge,” we know everything else. After all, we are part of the Totality.
We cannot know the “other” first, or “God” first and then ourselves.
Because knowing is being. Knowing is not an intellectual description or definitions.
Being starts with BEING aware. Conscious.
That path to the simple “Being aware,” may not be that simple, after all. 🙂
Because Life is perceived in a different way by every individual, there is no “right or wrong” way. Although there will be consequences, which in turn are helping mechanisms to change our consciousness naturally. That is why, any belief system does not fit that tremendous variety of consciousness in Life. As we are experiencing according to our perception then, the most sensible thing an individual could “do” is to enjoy that experience. When Life turns into a game, there is enjoyment.
Spirituality is a label, which could mean to live with joy and fullness at every moment. That is to be aware, conscious of the wonderful opportunity to be and to experience life as it is.
To appreciate being.
That appreciation is far away from beliefs, judgments and ideas.
When we experience an empty mind, we could observe without adding our “individual” baggage to it; that is usually to add our perception of suffering and biased ideas.
To be empty means to be “pure.” Untouched by information to direct our experiences in life.
The above may sound hard to accomplish. The above may seem “too much effort,” or “work to do.”
But it is not.
We are already that. We have been that, but as we live life, we add things to our empty nature to become a “someone” who separates himself from the Totality. That is the beginning of our perception of isolation, suffering and loneliness.
Therefore, learning to unlearn becomes that “gaining” spiritual knowledge.
It is not a matter of accumulating things, such as information from books, CDs, gurus and so forth, but there is just a realization that whatever “I” think that “I” know is a layer added of additional stuff which does not allow me to be light, to be closer to my empty nature.
For many, to gain “spiritual knowledge” means to gain information. To accumulate data in our brains, so we could “talk like an expert” in the field of “spirituality.” 🙂
Intellectually, we could think that we understand things, but practically there may not be EXPERIENCE of that which we talk about and because of that our “knowledge” becomes an obstacle, another belief…. For it defines how our experiences “should be;” that is because that “knowledge” defines the “right way.”
The paragraph above has some depth.
We could say “I am not the body.” I am a spirit, a soul or another label. I could proselytize my idea or dogma; but if I am experiencing a disease in the body and that disease does not allow me to operate in joy and fullness, then my “theory” that “I am not the body” is just another idea.
The thought of “gaining” Spiritual knowledge is just another ego trip.
Another way to feel better about “myself.” Another drug to be addicted to. Another belief to hold on to, to be dependent on.
When someone is “serious” 🙂 about enjoying life without dependencies, just by being; that individual will need to put the time to observe himself. That individual will need time alone and time with Nature, just to recover the innocence of being empty, void, nothing… Because by being nothing we could be everything, full, fulfilled; that is joyful. It is paradoxical!
“Time” is needed for our consciousness to fully awaken. But we choose how to use that time.
We could choose to add things to our personality as to affirm our own ego or we could choose to subtract what is already there until there is nothing.
To be nothing is to be everything.
Wisdom reflects emptiness.
Ananda was swimming in the Ocean. Ananda felt an immense feeling of love and wanted to embrace the Ocean. Ananda opened his arms and slowly closed them. There was no water to hug! Nothing!
Ananda understood that when he separated himself through a thought from the Ocean, he could not be close to it, merged in it. However, when Ananda wasn’t “there,” that is when he wasn’t conscious of being himself as an individual entity to separate things… Then, he was everything, including the ocean… but without “thinking about it.”
There was not “Ananda enjoying the Ocean” but there was only enjoyment.
Therefore, there is no love that could be “sent to the Ocean” when you are merged in it. There is only love.
There is no difference between the thought and the thinker… Although, we may think there is.
There is no “I” without “you.”
One of the deepest aspects in spirituality resides in forgetting the mind, logic, analysis and reasoning to be able to really “see” for the fist time.
Just like looking at the Ocean is enough to understand what “wetness” is all about, without the need to define, contrast, label, etc. likewise, a different understanding where reasoning is not involved, will emerge.
“You” are an individual, but at the same time and with the same intensity, “you” are Oneness.
“You” cannot exist without “others.” It is impossible. That is why, “you” cannot be “alone”… 🙂
“You” exist because “others” exist.
Whenever someone “think” of himself as one individual; that “individual” mind is missing the other half of the answer.
What is the practical aspect of knowing this “theory”?
Mathias, the wise tree was sharing with his friends Raysha and Ananda.
Mathias: “The word –you- is referential but also it separates. The difference between using “you” as a reference or as a way to separate individuals is made in your feelings.”
Ananda: “Feelings unite, but they are expressed through words…”
Mathias: “When you use the word –you- as a reference but included in your own being; then there is a warm welcoming in your words.”
Raysha: “People are used to say negative things about themselves or negative things about others…”
Mathias: “… then they are just talking negative things about themselves…”
Ananda: “That is because they only perceive “you” as being different, another individual than themselves…they can only see one side of the coin but never the whole coin…”
Mathias: “Words are extremely important in feelings. A word uttered with feeling has the capacity to heal. A word with a negative intention is sickening. Your intention is very important and that goes along with your consciousness. Words need to be used skillfully and not be spent uselessly, just because someone is bored and wants to say something.”
Ananda: “Aha! That is why words can create “karma” without being actually “actions.”
Raysha: “ and.. that is why… what you do onto others, you do it to yourself, or succinctly explained; there are no “others.”….!!”
Many times we are caught with “ spiritual laws.” The law of karma is one of those in the conventional “Spiritual” talk.
That law could be necessary to understand intellectually when there is an individual “you” dealing with another individual “you,” living in separation. Oneness is not included in that understanding.
But to see Oneness, paradoxically is to understand the depth of the law of karma.
When we see oneness; there is no need to understand laws and to live with fear of breaking the laws… for no one in his right mind could attempt to hurt himself… 🙂
In Spirituality, there has been the need to convey consciousness found beyond the physical awareness, through words.
Those words will be experienced according to the consciousness of the listeners.
“Normal” awareness typically resides in 2 states: Thinking and feeling.
Thinking is the most predominant. Here is where intellectual knowledge is used to describe how things work in the physical realm.
There is creation, maintenance and destruction as an ongoing cycle of everything which exists in the physical realm.
A human being is born (creation) then that human being will die (destruction) and in between, there is “living” (sustenance or maintenance.)
If that ever-going cycle is not understood by the masses or if there is a need to hide greater significance behind it, then “folk stories,” “myths” were built around it: For instance, you have Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar or Shiva to signify the same aspects of creation, maintenance and destruction. We can give every personality an image, a role to be distinct from the rest, when they could be viewed as 3 different aspects of the same eternal reality. Those names will differ according to cultural background.
In Christianity, that could be understood at the Father creating, the Son, maintaining and the Father, God; destroying “His creation.” The Holy Spirit’s role has been along with the Son (Jesus) as some passages from the Bible may explain. The “holy Trinity,” the Trimurti, could be viewed as a depiction of those 3 states of the physical realm.
What is forgotten is that we are eternal; therefore, that cycle is eternal as well. Repetitive. Is our eternity a belief?
Yes. As long as we have not experienced it. In that experience of our own eternity there is no need for dividing thoughts or beliefs ever again. We are free as long as there is the experience.
Some religions have emphasized destruction over everything in that cycle, for the purpose of reforming someone with greater speed, to inflict fear to motivate certain actions or simply to exercise further control over people. There is “Armageddon,” the “last judgment,” “the second coming,” “the end of the world.” etc.
Note, that avyakt7 is not going into “how true” those statements are. That is a matter of belief. Avyakt7 is just mentioning that some religions are just emphasizing one aspect of the continuous physical reality.
Creation and maintenance or sustenance as part of that cycle, are not mentioned with the same emphasis or intensity as destruction due to other reasons.
In the “thinking” realm of consciousness, “proof” is important.
However, the “thinking” realm of consciousness is unable to “know” spirituality by experience which is extremely important. Thinking is just theory, a description, a concept. Experience on the other hand, is it.
That is why we can have many people writing about “spiritual topics.” Some with Ph.D’s and other degrees. Their writings or talks will be plain descriptions with empty messages unless those individuals have “walked the path.”
Thought brings separation. Therefore, a belief system is made implying separate things. One of the main topics in most religious dogmas is the idea of being an “individual” versus omnipresence. Some religions believe in an individual God whereas others believe in God being omnipresent.
Who is right? 🙂 Great topic for a lengthy and boring debate.
There will be God and there will be “me.” Two distinct entities. Moreover, “Me” is separated from the world. Things happen around “me,” in the “movie of life.”
If someone like the Pope is in the “movie of life,” then the Pope is separated from “me.”
Is truly the Pope part of the movie of life? Or isn’t he another individual, another “me” from his perspective?
Please see the depth on that question.
Let me put that in another way: Is the Pope an individual or is he part of the movie in relationship with “me,” the indisputable “individual”?
The Pope is both. He is an individual but at the same time, he is part of the movie (and thus omnipresent; for the movie of life is everything) it just depends on the perspective, the point of reference. (Me, the movie or him.) “Normal” people cannot understand that there are 2 answers which are equally valid. “Normal” people plainly take side on one answer and make a dogma out of that. They call that the “truth.”
If you are following me up to this point, dear reader; please now do the following… It takes great courage…
Now change the word “Pope” for the word “God.” 🙂
With greater consciousness, we can see that everything, even “me” is part of the “movie of life,” and the consciousness of “me” will only exist if “I” am coming from that consciousness of individuality… which is where 99% of humanity resides.
Let me give another example of experience versus theoretical “science.”
We can think all we want about love. We can write deep discussions about it. We can have opinions about love coming from “renown” individuals… latest experiments about love, latest research about it…all of that cannot make us understand what is love. We need to experience it. We need to feel it, to know love. To “Be it.”
That is the second realm of consciousness.