Living life in joy means to take the training wheels of beliefs, off the bike. You can fall, you can hurt yourself… but with courage, you will know how to ride the bike.
Someone whose consciousness perceives “good” and “bad,” is not ready to perceive Oneness.
“Yes… I BELIEVE in Oneness, but you have done wrong and you will be punished.”
The game of “good” and “bad” requires to reject that which we perceive to be “bad.” The fight against evil.
“ Err… but if “I” don’t fight against evil, what should “I” do?
The “I” should do nothing. Anything the “I” does will only perpetuate that which the “I” wants to fight against.
This could be misinterpreted as Gandhi’s “ahimsa,” when some people whose consciousness is full of “I” are told to suck it up and do nothing in front of their perceived “enemy.”
“Yes… but it worked. The British left the Indians alone.”
Observe how your response keeps separating people, that reflects your consciousness: British = bad, Indians= good.
Indians kept fighting against each other. Violence between religions appeared. Gandhi himself was a victim of that violence.
A person whose consciousness is not able to see how “good” and “bad” are interrelated is truly stuck in the belief that God is “good” even though, that person may not believe in a God.
“How is that?”
They believe to be “God” themselves. What they do to be “right.”
Notice how the word “God” is interpreted in different ways and assigned to different entities or beings through the belief of different religious systems, but the bottom line is that this word, “God” represents “good” and thus there is the opposite, evil, bad.
“If God is neither “good” nor “bad,” then what is what he does?”
NOTHING but to allow for Life to be as it has to be.
A religion in Oneness full of BELIEVERS is a dishonest endeavor.
Oneness is change of consciousness not of beliefs.
“Yes… but I should start believing in something, so that belief could be a reality later on.”
That is another belief. Be honest with your current level of consciousness. It has something to teach you.
It is time to acknowledge that consciousness makes the change and not a belief system. Consciousness changes through the assimilation of Life experiences and not through the indoctrination of a belief system.
Whether someone believes in God or not, it does not matter at all.
What truly matters is how open a person’s consciousness is to accept and appreciate all.
The duality of “good and evil” can only create fear and fear is not a vehicle for changing consciousness but only behavior.
Someone who behaves like an “angel” is not truly an angel but a fake.
Could you envision God and the Devil (Maya) together in an effusive embrace of Love? 🙂
Observe how your belief is not allowing you to perceive beyond your comfort level.
“It is the belief in God “bad” then?”
For God’s sake, it is not “bad.” Believe in whatever you wish. But acknowledge that your belief has as much weight as someone else’s. That is all.
Your “spiritual experience” is as valid as someone else’s.
The bottom line is opening in consciousness.
Have the openness and courage to change when your consciousness is capable of perceiving something different in the horizon, get out of your rigid mind and accept what your heart is calling for. Be honest with yourself.
That is the beginning of inner knowledge where beliefs are no longer needed. The training wheels are left aside.
“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.
The “good deeds” of one consciousness does not apply necessarily to another type of consciousness.
When the “I” is of most importance, then “helping others” is seeked out as the opportunity to show our care for mankind. After all, we may need to demonstrate to ourselves and the world that “we are good, worth of being in Paradise!”
In the consciousness of Oneness, there is no such a thing as “helping others.” There are no “others” as everything goes back to the whole rather than the part. That is the meaning of being part of the “common good.”
Help is there, but there is no “I” helping “others,” a “Me” helping around.
The action is the same but not the intention.
Is it hard to grasp? No worries. It is nothing intellectual. It is a question of feelings.
Yes, our language is designed to separate, but our feelings are not.
To feel we need to go beyond the separation of time.
Want to be tolerant when dealing with someone? That is to be “good,” right?
“Look, I don’t care what you say… but let me swallow your words anyway, for the sake of being tolerant, in that way; I can add a golden star in my chart towards “my” earning Paradise…”
If we could see how the ulterior motive arrives every time we would like to be “good,” we could catch our 2 faces, our dishonesty.
Oneness is more than a concert in the Park where everyone hugs and hold hands together, it is way more than a belief system promising Paradise and what not, when “you die,” it is more than a meditation with the promise of continuation in the “afterlife.”
Oneness is not Life insurance for the “I.”
“No… I don’t want to change what I believe. I have found the truth.”
Sure. Do you realize about the truth of your own change? What are you going to hold on to? Ideas, dogmas, intellectual musings, beliefs, spiritual experiences?
Those things do not change. They are static …whereas Life is change.
Is your truth reflecting your change?
“What change? I am the same. It is good to be that way.”
Right. “You” are different than Life. You cannot be One with Life.
Some start their spiritual career by choosing “good” over “bad.”
When that idea is challenged by another human being, it is easy to brush it aside, but when that idea is challenged by Life itself, there is no option but to listen.
There is either change with Life or “You” die in the attempt to hold on to your ideas and beliefs.
Either way, the “I” will die… Funny, huh? 🙂
From the standard of “good or bad,” the “change” is into : “No absolutes.”
By saying “No absolutes,” we are still living an absolute in the mind. We went from one extreme into the other, which will teach us to trust Life. To trust change.
At that point, perhaps we will realize that rather than putting significance to our own morality and changes interpreted through our thinking, we could look inside into our feelings and connect without words and structured beliefs into “what is.” That requires another consciousness.
We may discover in that, the “One” in everything.
We perceived light and then perceived darkness. We saw 2 separate things.
We labeled light as “good” and darkness as “bad.”
With those labels, our perception of “morality” arrived and people divided themselves into “sinners” and “saints” to feel shameful or to judge others based on their value system.
The division progressed, as a “God” appeared to support a moral system and to condemn another.
That is how “being better than thou” arrived. We became engaged in building a “cookie cutter” society which kills all possibilities to explore being yourself… All in the name of “being righteous” instead.
As some individuals were busy selecting “good” over “wrong” or light over darkness, some realized that it is artificial to say that light is “good” and darkness “bad.” After all, if light exists it is because of darkness!
Then it is a matter of balancing light and darkness to feel “right,” was thought. Balancing the “opposite” was the perception to live by.
That was thought to be more “elevated” and “good.” 🙂
Then came Oneness.
Why do we perceive light and darkness as opposite or complements?
When we perceive them as opposite, we have the fight of supremacy, “good” against “evil.”
When we perceived them as complements, we have the quest for inner balance. Out of balance= “bad.” 🙂
What happens if we perceive them as One?
That will be an inner lie! Everyone knows that light is different than darkness!
But… few know that they are One indeed!
Let me explain. What makes day and night or light/darkness?
Timing. It is the same manifestation. The Earth rotates in its axis, that rotation, which is related with time, makes the difference. Day and Night is rotation, movement, change… See? 🙂
“But… Someone is making that movement to happen!”
You are expecting that “someone.” That is your belief system.
“ Yes, but light is better than darkness. We should make this world better.”
Better?? It is what is! Enjoy it!
“Come on! People are suffering! There is hunger, war and loneliness…
That needs to change!!”
Life IS CHANGE.
The problem is when the “I” wants things to fit his perception, his moral standards, his ideals… When the “I” interferes in that way, the “I” creates more of that which he wants to get rid of.
Because the “I” is different than the “other” there is opposition. Because of opposition, there is suffering, hunger, and loneliness…
Can’t we see that?
“ OH, I get it! then… I need to change myself to change the world!”
You have not understood. 😦
Here we go again… Life IS CHANGE.
Oneness is to be part of it, to integrate in it, to love it.
Be part of the change, allow it to happen.
“But… how do “I” know if that change is not good for ME?”
You have not understood. 😦
Here we go again: Life IS CHANGE.
And here… the deep riddle for Y’all:
Light and darkness depend only on the eyes looking at. But, “What is” is not depending on a pair of eyes.
Thus, Light and darkness are ONE.
Every individual will have different experiences in Life.
Experiences are not meant to be “interpreted” they are meant to be “experienced.” Out of the internal assimilation of those experiences, a new consciousness will emerge. Not through understanding of words.
For example; we hear that “judgments” are “bad” or “good.”
The word “judgment” is interpreted in many ways according to the person’s experience.
“To judge is good, because it is to discern. By judging a person I can discern if the person is good or bad according to standard human moral values. Because I have judgment, I am liable for my actions.”
“To judge a person is “bad” because with that label we are defining his destiny in our minds.”
“You know, that Carl is a bad person…” That judgment does not give the opportunity for Carl to change in our minds.
“God is the ultimate judge. We shouldn’t judge anyone. We are brothers and sisters of the same Father.”
Every single “reason” above is merely an interpretation of the word “Judgment.” Lost in thinking we could be open for many useless intellectual debates. Why useless? Because we are only lost in words and meanings of those words. We are lost in thinking …and thinking means automatic separation.
Is separation “bad”?
NO. It will just give us a state of consciousness.
Thinking is not “bad.” It has its place. If we want to enjoy Life and the different scenes, we may not want to use our “thinking” for that. We need to feel. Become intuitive.
When we live in the moment for instance, I may not feel right being close to a dog nearby. I may go away. End of report. The issue is when I “think”: “That dog is bad. I better go away.”
That judgment is through thinking. That thinking conveys labeling and separation. Once a label is placed, it is a very sticky one 🙂
Let me put this in another way.
When we are lost in the consciousness of “I,” then the separation is already there. “I am different than anyone else.”
If already my consciousness perceives that separation as a “fact,” how is it possible to live together as One or to love each other as religions try to teach?
In the consciousness of “I,” a higher moral figure is needed. A God.
“God is the father and we are brothers and sisters.”
This set up works marvelously in the consciousness of “I.”
“I” am still an individual but at the same time, “I” can relate to the idea of brotherhood, because for most individuals that is part of their Life experience. “I” can interpret that experience in a Godly setting.
God being the “father” means to obey him. The world is a family. “We are the world, we are the children.” How can I judge my brother? How can I judge my sister? God is the only one who can do that accurately.
From that point on, every experience will be interpreted under that paradigm.
In another consciousness, we could perceive that thinking has brought that separation. We could perceive that a single individual is a partial fact for that individual exists in relationship with everything else, just as a tree exists because there is sun and water and sky and air, etc. The thinking mind however, has made that separation of individuality.
If we continue on with our inquiry, we may perceive that this “I” is part of everything there is, just like a drop of water is in the Ocean. The perception and awareness of being just the drop brings further separation from everything else.
Perhaps at one point, we could perceive Oneness.
Then, all the other concepts and words that separate items could be perceived as an illusion of language for that “new” consciousness, but yet understood as a “reality” for those still dwelling in thoughts and separation. The “I” consciousness.
In Oneness, there is no need to add the word God, to make the “I” separated from “him.” It is not a matter of a concept or a belief. In oneness we perceive oneness.
The “movie of life” is one movie. We cannot separate from it.
It is in that consciousness how the word “judgment” is meaningless.
Am I judging myself in Oneness? Isn’t that schizophrenic?
Therefore “moral values” such as “to judge is bad or good” are unnecessary.
Change through fear is unnecessary: “God will punish you if you judge your little brother.”
Comparisons are illusions of the “I.”
“I” am better. “We” are better.
– Everyone is as they are.
“We should be better.”
– Change is already built is this movie of Life.
“but we could change to become “worse”…”
– Suffering is a great teacher. You may learn not to reject it. It is a sure way to change consciousness without using the “training wheels” of beliefs.
“but this is the only time that we have to be better…”
– This is the only time we have to enjoy “what is.”
The thing is not to “become better” (that is to compare) but through enjoyment of “what is,” through appreciation of “what is,” through being thankful of “what is” …. what could happen?
Being “better?” 🙂
May you be “better” without looking to be “better.”
Until March 16th. Enjoy, appreciate and be thankful! That is to be ONE with the common good.
” Does the ‘ belief system’ and ‘feelings’ (sometimes, if not always) have/ may create conflict? If the consciousness changes, do they have harmony in between them?”
Thank you for your question.
I could see that some readers were feeling “ out of ease” with the last article. Why?
Because it went against their beliefs systems. That is all.
“Oneness is “good,” Totality is “good,” love to God is “good,” but do not share anything that is against what I believe to be true. “
With that kind of mentality, there is no hope to go into something different. Not as an “intellectual exercise,” but as something that could be understood by observing our own self in action.
The duality of thinking/beliefs and feelings is represented all the time through moral and religious systems.
We have been taught to “check” against an idea of what is “good” and to act upon that.
For example if you belong to a religion and embrace their beliefs systems, you may have been told to “do good actions.”
What are those “good actions”?
We need a definition. Right? 🙂
To build churches, to open centers, to spread the faith/knowledge/word of God, etc… to help someone else (and the meaning of what is “help” changes among beliefs) all of that are “good actions” and God will be satisfied if you “do that.”
Ananda expresses that the above is not completely true. As long as we have not aligned our thoughts with our feelings (oneness) and we know clearly our intentions (not as “another thought”) actions by itself do not matter as proof of being “good.”
For example, if Charlie wants to build a church for his religion and he is willing to give money and resources, is his aim to be recognized? Or he really means to help? or he will use that as another reason to think that he has obtained “heaven”?
This intention needs to come “raw,” without the make up of thinking, something like: “ My intention is truly to help people, that is why I am giving money for that church.”
That is a farce.
Our intention comes out “raw” as we truly are. It cannot be otherwise. That is why, Ananda states the importance of going deep inside and observe our feelings, our intentions as the source of “checking.” Life merely presents scenes. Our reaction to those is the “learning material” for an aware individual.
The religious leader may be happy to see Charlie the follower, building a new church for the religion. The religious leader may assure Charlie many things (such as Heaven, good reputation, etc.) Nevertheless if Charlie hasn’t looked into his deep intentions before, I guarantee that “his good action” is just a farce. He is not being honest with himself. As a matter of fact, that “good action” unchecked is a source of greater ego.
That is why, “good actions” are non existent (neither bad actions but there are consequences) unless we look deep into our intentions, our primary feelings. We could pretend all we want, even lie to ourselves but Life knows otherwise. The consequence will be according to those intentions.
The above may be against some readers beliefs. Ananda respects your belief. Life still continues on.
Therefore, someone who realizes the above, does not need to try to “be good” or try to “do good,” once he recognizes that “being now” is what is important and that manifests itself through our feelings which we cannot put a make-up or cultivate or to artificially change with a method.
Those feelings will be open as our consciousness changes through the assimilation of life experiences. There is a timing for every change in Life and for everyone is different.
Now, I could answer your question.
A belief system will be in conflict with inner feelings inasmuch as they are not together. That “togetherness” will change as our consciousness changes.
If our heart is truly kind without any additional effort or cultivation, our consciousness may change and that kindness will be given in that new perception of “reality” (consciousness) automatically. However, If our beliefs are the same despite the change of consciousness, there will be an inner fight, a repression. My feelings will be torn apart (known as emotions) and my actions will be just intellectual and full of duality and labeling.
Beliefs are boundaries for a certain state of consciousness, thus the need to go beyond them, to perceive something different.
This is “good,” that is “bad.” Do “good” avoid “bad.” As a consequence we will not have the oneness of feelings and thoughts, but one will prevail over the other in a fight for continuous supremacy.
Life becomes “something” when we label it. If we attach a moral value to that “something” we have created a dichotomy. Duality.
One of the greatest teachings I’ve heard is to have “good wishes and pure feelings for all.”
That simplicity brings at the same time, the greatest misunderstanding. It is not a practice. It is not something that we only “do” in particular occasions. It is a way of life without cultivation, without following a teaching or a guru. It happens when we are ready, otherwise it is not natural. Why? We will be hiding our true nature, our true feeling just to “be good” according to the church, the religion, the law.
Our essence is “good” already. To allow for that goodness to irradiate by itself, is the “work” of a “Life walker,” who is willing to strip away every single belief and perception of “truth” or idea of reaching the “truth,” or a perception of knowing or knowledge or a perception of tradition, labels and words… just to get to the core. The one who feels life without beliefs.
That is where knowledge sits already and the source of “checking and changing.”
A human being has a duality within. That is the male/female energy, which is manifested through a body.
When we identify with the form, we call ourselves “male or female.” Nevertheless, our psyche has to agree with that denomination as well. If it doesn’t then we have the other shades of colors besides the “black and white,” male-female type of standard.
To be aware of our own eternity is to recognize that we had the experience of being a male and a female. To be aware of our own energies is to balance and harmonize male and female. There is no one who is a “pure female” or a “pure male” energy. A “macho guy” represses his femininity to the point where he will be in extreme need of female energy. At that point that neediness has been labeled as “love.”
When someone embraces the path of a seeker, sooner or later loneliness will be faced. That loneliness increases for the need of finding a complementary energy will be always there. It is part of Nature.
Inside ourselves, there is the “inner kid” which most psychologists now agree “exists.” However, there is a “full-family” inside every individual. There is the male- female and kid energies.
To balance those energies is of utmost importance to find that wholeness inside without neediness.
Once that wholeness is found, then to integrate that oneness with “others” is the next step.
“Loving yourself” is more than a “nice spiritual phrase.” It is to recognize our value, worthiness and respect for being. We could start with self caressing ourselves, pamper ourselves, to use this body to manifest that which we would like in a partner.
Obviously the above may not be accepted for there is a strong taboo against touching our own bodies or allowing complementary, natural energies within to manifest.
All of those beliefs are detrimental in harmonizing our energies. We have learned to repress and to live by stereotypes which have given us the notions of what is “good and what is bad.”
Unless we learn to balance our own energies, to live by yourself harmoniously may not be possible. Everyone will go by in our lives. We need to learn to live in balance with ourselves.
By identifying ourselves with a particular “role model” or stereotype, we deny our own manifestation. The “black and white “ belief that a “man” has to be this way and not that way, or “this is the way a woman should act..” is nothing but a belief and as such it is worth only as long as someone gives value to it.
Therefore, to integrate the “family” within is of great value to experience that oneness which is needed to embrace a greater oneness with all.
We cannot pretend to be One when we are needy. We cannot pretend to live harmoniously in a relationship with another person, when we look for our needs to be satisfied by another.
Coffee and milk get together to bring their own flavor into the mix to create something different with their own oneness.