It was a cool and breeze night in Spring. There was a full moon shining over the clear sky surrounded by the tranquil waters of the Bay. An inviting golden path of light touching the water, illuminated the landscape with its slow rhythmical movement, accompanied by the soothing and calming sound of the Ocean caressing the boulevard’s balustrade.
That is the ballroom dance show of Nature!
All beings are invited to take part of it, but only those who can see it, will know where to “be.”
Donald was appreciating the full moon moving across the sky, when suddenly a cloud covered the sight of the moon and the golden light.
Lights off! 🙂
That cloud finished the party! 🙂
Was the cloud purposely moving to “stop Donald’s party”?
Was the cloud really moving or it was the moon, moving in the path of the cloud?
Wait a minute, the moon does not have any light….It is the Sun….
Can the cloud move by itself, or it was the wind moving the cloud?
Is the wind able to move things by itself or is the Earth moving in rotation, which produces wind?
Donald realized that his mind was producing “deep analytical questions” which could be labeled in that moment as “ unrelented sheer stupidity.”
The time calls for unuttered appreciation and enjoyment… not intellectual questioning.
“Lights off” is part of the movement, the show…
In life there are many variables, which together produce an outcome.
Donald: Why Sally shouted at me?
Daisy: Maybe because she was angry with her parents…She had a terrible childhood, you know. It wasn’t really at you. Don’t take it personally…
Donald: But.. Why me?
Daisy: Because you were there. Because you are pretty soft. Because you are wearing a red tie, and she hates red ties… because…
We could simplify by giving “reasons” but those reasons are not complete. Something is missing.
Nevertheless, everything goes back to the observer.
The observer is the “point of reference.” We could say “that everything is relative to the observer.”
Then, as long as there is an “observer” there will be a point of reference, a point of view. Consequently, the division between the observer and that, which is observed, will be there. It is in that division where the consciousness of individuality resides.
Totality, togetherness, unity, oneness, etc. is not part of that consciousness.
Please see that for yourself.
In Spirituality, one of the “goals” is to be a “witness,” a “detached observer” of life. There is only observation. There is no observer nor a separated object to observe.
Please see that as long as there is a point of reference; that is an “observer” there cannot be a witness or a detached observer of life.
Therefore, no one whose consciousness is only located in individuality (observer) will be able to grasp and to experience the integration with Totality, for that means to be a “detached observer” in life.
Many think that to be a “detached observer” is to be calm and indifferent, someone who feels no desires…someone who is “dead.” That is possible when someone who only experiences the consciousness of individuality in his life, pretends to be a “detached observer” in life.
In the consciousness of Totality, a detached observer is completely alive, joyful, appreciative… enjoying the changes, the ups and downs, the turn around… 🙂 Just like a child.
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.
When we have the consciousness of being separated from everything else as “individuals” only, then many things appear in a certain way to our understanding and consciousness.
For instance, the belief in “free will” is the support of that individuality. “I do things because I want.”
“God has given me free will.” “I get punished if I do not follow God’s rules,” etc.
Those beliefs are deep in our “normal” psyche.
Here is “I,” here is “God,” and there is “you” and everyone else. Separation.
Predestination is viewed as the denial of that individuality. In other words, “I am a puppet of destiny” rather than the “master of my own destiny.”
See the difference in both beliefs?
Why is that consciousness of individuality ingrained in us, if we could see that there is truly interdependence on everything that exists?
There cannot be a tree just by itself. A tree is interdependent with soil, water, sunshine, wind, birds, humans…
Do we see that life or destiny is “pushing” everything in a “togetherness,” which we fail to realize?
Why are our minds so caught up in defending that individuality at all costs?
That is called consciousness.
When any religion or philosophy manifests its ideas or dogmas through the consciousness of individuality, then; it does not matter how wonderful that ideology is… it cannot be complete… 🙂 Do we see why?
Because the reality of interdependence or Totality is not there.
Under that consciousness of Totality, the words “free will” and “predestination” are useless and meaningless.
Do we see that?
It is not “ME” deciding my mission in life. It is the whole, the Totality and that Totality is not separated from “Me” for “I am” that… 🙂
Even though every human being has a “different mission” externally as individuals, in “reality” all of those differences are interrelated just like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to make up a greater “reality.”
Therefore, the change in consciousness comes when we are able to integrate into that Totality, that is to be “merged” into that Totality.
Why do we need to merge?
Because we have this consciousness of predominant individuality.
So you are saying that individuality is false, an illusion?
Individuality is just a way to manifest our consciousness. It is not the only way, but for those who can only be conscious of individuality, that is their dogmatic “truth.”
To go beyond the mental grip of “free will” and “predestination” we may need to experience a different consciousness. At that point, we could be “I” but knowing that this “I” is related with “you,” is inclusive of that “you” rather than completely isolated.
Being conscious of our eternal nature, extends our awareness into the Totality, the Drama of life, the Tao, life, Universe etc. It is in that awareness how we can walk the path without being separated from it, that is being “one” with it, being “merged” with it… with God.
That consciousness of being just an individual is limiting an “unlimited” being.
“Eat your broccoli and because you are such a good boy, then you can eat ice cream!”
“He is a good person: hard-working, a family man, churchgoer, good citizen involved in civic duties…”
“He is a hero. He fought for us to preserve our freedom against the enemy…”
The phrases above are very common. See how every one of them defines what is “good.”
No wonder, most of us believe that to be “good” means to “do” something “good.”
“Good” is an open word which we could define as we wish as long as we wear the “moral” robes.
“If you want to go to heaven, you need to “do” this.”
“Being good” is a human invention. Something “moral” to move someone to act in a determined fashion.
Moreover, there is no way that a human being could be “good,” because that word is another fantasy created by our clever moral mind.
Neither could a human being be “bad”…Who’s bad? 🙂
“A truly good man is not aware of his goodness,
And is therefore good.
A foolish man tries to be good,
And is therefore not good.”
Wait a minute… Why is that something “moral” is bad?
-It is not “bad”… It is man created according to his needs and wants…when he is no longer in touch with the Totality.
“The kind person acts from the heart
and accomplishes a multitude of things.
The righteous person acts out of piety,
yet leaves many things undone.
The moral person will act out of duty,
and when no one responds
will roll up his sleeves and use force.”
Tao te Ching – CH 38
When we perform any activity, there is a consequence. Do we see that? Until we do not see that there is a consequence, we will still believe in fantasy tales about this image of “goodness.”
Eating your entire broccoli does not make you “good.”
Being a workingman and a family man and churchgoer does not make you “good” either.
Killing other human beings in the name of freedom does not make you a “hero.”
There is no recipe to go to “heaven.”
There is a movie going on in life. All actors are dependent on each other. There is interbeingness. All of them are related whether someone sees that or not, for the movie includes all actors. It is in that awareness when we could act without thinking in a “moral” way to “try to be good.” There is no need for that.
When the awareness is in Totality, then there is common good.
The issue is when a particular actor does not look at the total package but only to an image that he ought to pursue. In other words, everything that exists is important as long as it serves him.
It is that “ego” which becomes an obstacle in feeling and being in touch with Totality.
Thus, any activity coming from that “ego” consciousness will be “egotistical.”
Being “egotistical” is not “bad.” It is just living on one side of the coin that is individuality. That is “modern living” with consequences for humanity.
When we are conscious of Totality, the individual is part of it.
Could we see that?
The above is the first step into deeper things.
Note that Avyakt7 didn’t use a religious story of salvation or punishment for all to make everyone “good.” This is not about fear anymore.
The time to stop playing with “dolls, lollipops and broccoli for ice cream” has elapsed.
No, we will not get ice cream if we eat our broccoli.
We could see, however; that there is a time for broccoli and there is one for ice cream. None is better than the other, but both are important to experience enjoyment and harmony, just like the consciousness of individuality cannot be wholesome without being in Totality.
Labeling things as “good” or “bad” does not give us the chance to see the “bigger picture,” the movie… that is Life.
We have developed a society where the consciousness of individuality is prevalent.
We can only perceive separation from “me.”
As every individual realizes that to “play” in this world in a “smart fashion” is about making sure that “I” get things/privileges/ options/ positions/money/Paradise before “you” then, a “sharp” individual will make sure to get the “job done.”
This implies the “art” of convincing others that “I” am in the right path, that “I” am arriving someplace and at the same time, convincing myself that “I am happy.” 🙂
If we cannot achieve some goal that we have in mind, then there is a “guru” available for us who can show us how to get there… We have self-help books, we have “coaches,” we have subscriptions to the “top minds in business,” and of course, we have religions as well if our goal is beyond this “materialistic degraded world.”
Someone could show you even God. Think about it!!
However, as great the possibilities may be…there is no change in consciousness.
When our consciousness is stuck in individuality anything that we “do” will be about “ourselves.”
We will be full of ourselves. 🙂
“Show the world who you are.”
Who are you? What is so great about you?
In a different consciousness, we are part of the totality of life. Another piece in the giant puzzle.
Isn’t that great?
I guess, that does not fulfill our ego, right?
“I want things to be perfect.”
Isn’t perfect what we think it is? Is there only one way to perfection? Probably that way is “our” way, right?
Isn’t perfection at the mental level nothing else but the rejection of something that we consider to be “imperfect”? 🙂
“Compete and win. Winning is everything. You are a fighter.”
🙂 If you can run faster than another human being, that is great… if someone’s gift in life is considered to be the “thing to achieve” by all, then we are in trouble.
It is another display of “me.” My “country.” My “national anthem.” “My flag.” “My people” is the best…. 🙂
If doing something in life is about “winning” that is one of the most “devastating” things that we can think of and that we can do to ourselves. It is just another way to strengthen our ego. The joy of doing something is beyond the duality of winning and losing.
When we are all tired of “seeing how this world is all about getting to be someone and to get more money” then we could pursue a religious belief in the after life.
Granted some of us had an experience from God, signaling that we are part of the “selected ones.” Our lives are meant to be “different” and to have a “greater meaning.” We are here to “help others.” We are here to “teach others.”
When our consciousness is stuck in individuality all we could achieve is to strengthen our ego. It doesn’t matter if we are “fighting” here in the material world to be “someone” or to “fight” out there in the world beyond.
Please see that as long as we could only see separation and individuality we are “doomed” to “achieve” a greater ego. It does not matter what we do in life. It does not matter what we believe in. It is the same consciousness after all.
Perhaps to “build up” our ego is “bad” for us?
Not at all. Everything has consequences though. An ego out of proportion could do lots of harm to the self and to “others,” because that ego is unable to see interdependence.
“I won a prize in a competition but I did not want to claim it for I want to be humble and want others to enjoy the prize.”
My thought of being a “winner” conflicts with my thought of being humble. The result is another thought which denies itself the experience of winning a prize for the continuation of the “ideal” of being “humble.”
That is called repression not being humble.
The word “humble” in the consciousness of individuality is just a misinterpreted word. A senseless word to repress through thinking something which dwells in a different consciousness.
To be “humble” naturally happens in the consciousness of Totality without thinking about it, without looking for a dictionary definition of that word.
Paradoxically, to be “humble” is a word, which does not exist in the consciousness of Totality.
A tiger is humble, and so a bird and a flourishing tree, but not a thinking human being.
Every human being has a way of looking at things. That is what could be called their consciousness. When human beings decide to live together, then a collective consciousness arises.
That collective consciousness is a particular way to look at things. It is “their truth.” That is how “being right” or “being wrong” arises.
We only have perceptions and when we strongly believe in a perception, that becomes our reality.
For instance the Inca Empire had a particular belief system. They worshiped Nature and their God Wiracocha was a representation of Nature, especially related with the sea. Once the Spanish conquistadores assumed control of most of South America, then their collective belief system was imposed to the indigenous people due to a ‘religious purification policy’ ( Religious beliefs which in turn came from the Roman Empire) that was going on in Europe at that time, against Christian non-believers.
The queen Isabella from Spain, claimed the indigenous people as their subjects and that is how Christianity appeared in South America.
The above example is not meant to exemplify “good people” and “bad people,” because that does not exist. What exists however is fear to accept someone who is different. The Inca Empire was built by conquering and killing “others” as well. Many smaller cultures were wiped out by the Inca Empire.
Similarly, we have seen the same behavior portrayed by the “ great protagonists” of World History: Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler, etc.
It is the belief of historians that those who have destroyed the most, should be remembered the most. 🙂
This is a clash of consciousness. Nevertheless, in such events what prevails is human brutality. The “change” of someone by the use of force.
That is the way people act even now. It is what is mildly called as “survival of the fittest.”
This is the culture of competition, the ‘winner’ mentality, the ‘cool’ but heartless fighter, the business deal with a kickback included, the “take care of number one” culture, etc.
As our awareness increases, then a sense of openness to other types of consciousness arises. That is not meant to “change you” but being open means to give yourself the opportunity to know and experience things which will be invaluable to understand “others,” by having a first hand experience.
Spirituality at this point in time, is about opening our consciousness from that individuality and rather than “tolerate others,” there is a sense of togetherness.
Reasons and logic do not change consciousness. Neither force or a belief in a particular God.
A logical and reasonable dishonest person could do harm when he only perceives “him” as being the world.
A brutal army can only kill to stop opposition when they perceive “them” as being the world.
A religion can become a tyranny once there is the perception of “them” being the only ones having the truth. The chosen ones.
However, those who have a violent life will experience a violent death.
That is the “law” in life. Not a human law.
As the consciousness of the human being remains unchanged, deeply settled into individuality and his own cultural beliefs, even though technology evolves, “progresses;” then that human being with an egocentrically babyish consciousness, will have the “toys” to continue his tantrum of destroying “obstacles” at a greater scale…until he realizes that the world is him.
Let us hope it is not too late.
“Individuality and Totality the 2 faces of Spirituality” (English)
Spirituality is change of consciousness. Our consciousness usually resides in individuality, thus; our perception of the world becomes an individualized matter.
As our consciousness opens up, we will discover Totality. It is in that Totality where current spiritual teachings reside. Brotherhood among human beings resides in the consciousness of Totality.
When we are situated in the consciousness of individuality, all we have available are moral codes, laws and regulations to interact; however, these changes in behavior do not reflect a change in consciousness.
Note: The quality of the recording is not that good. Phone is IP based. Sorry 🙂
“Que cosa es conciencia?” (Spanish)