We are the manifestations of the intelligent conscious presence of the universe.
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The Self emerges through biological evolution and finds in human form the ideal physical design in which to fulfil its journey
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through plant and animal forms certain traits of conscious presence are developed and explored, then in human form self-reflective consciousness arrives and asks the question ‘who am I?’
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for centuries religious and magical practices have emerged as a result of people asking this question. Science today asks the same thing.
scientists working on the hadron collider at cern in switzerland have discovered as soon as new particles, the building blocks of physical life, are created, they immediately start to form into patterns. The universe is full of repeating, fractal style patterns, and is therefore predictable in its nature, as are we, manifestations of the universal intelligence.
Ancient peoples understood this. They observed the movement of stars and planets in the sky and identified the repeating cycles of the sun, moon, venus, mars, jupiter and saturn. These six heavenly bodies taught the ancients about human consciousness as their effects on people were observed. ‘As above, so below’.
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Religious texts have been human attempts to explain the great mystery of our existence. At core they all point to the same thing. The bible says that the creator made humans ‘in his own image, male and female’. Describing himself as the source behind all manifestation, god says ‘I am That I am’. To help us remember that the core of our consciousness is the divine spark, hindu teachings developed the maxim ‘Thou are That.’
In the modern world we have become obsessed with our individual personalities (though less interested in our souls), with annihilation of the individual self for many a frightening prospect. Ancient teachings were there to show that the individual ego could surrender to its higher divine aspects. We can master our ‘animal’ drives and evolve enlightened awareness. Part of this light is to realise we are the eternal Self, the sense of self-awareness itself! Only thus can we remove our fear of death and the unknown.
The Dalai Lama said ‘The I is a mere designation’
The Toltec tradition in Mexico has a name for the essence of being – moyocoyani – which is He who is, in and by himself, the darkness from which all individual beings emerge. They say ‘moyocoyacatzin a yac oquiyocox’ which means ‘Nobody formed him, nobody created him, he made himself, of his own will.’ but they do not worship him as the father god who sets down rules for our lives. This energy of creation is considered impersonal or personal, depending on the culture, and we might be open to the possibility that the source energy has both these qualities.
Christian mystics ancient and modern also discover and report a level of unified consciousness, the singularity of our existence reveals itself to all who seek it, and sometimes takes those who don’t by surprise. Christian writer Bernadette Roberts: “We cannot come upon mature existence or right living until we first come to the egoless unitive condition. Only the true unitive Self is able to live fully and fearlessly in the world—or in the ordinary marketplace. It is only after the true Self has been lived to the fullest extent of its potential that it ultimately falls away. Self or consciousness falls away because its purpose and potential for full human existence has been completed—finished. With its completion man moves to his final divine destiny.”
Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi, the Mother of Immortal Bliss), mother guru from Kerala in southern India, teaches non-dual awareness: “Only when human beings are able to perceive and acknowledge the Self in each other can there be real peace.”
The Tao teaches that the Way or Tao exists in all things and we can improve our lives by identifying with it instead of our individuality: “One thing basic to the Taoist belief is a redefinition of “self” or “ego.” Taoists believe that the way we try to stand outside ourselves in the attempt of self-observation is the source of most, if not all, of our unhappiness and loneliness, simply because in order to observe as such, we must see our “self” as separate from other “selves.” This creates many unnecessary and troublesome illusions, and is based on an untrue assumption: that organisms are mutually exclusive.” (Bill Mason, Taoism.net)
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From ancient to modern – here a couple of quotations from Alan Watts, radical thinker active in the 1960s and 70s. “So in this idea, then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate. Not God in a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self, the deep-down basic whatever there is. And you’re all that, only you’re pretending you’re not. And it’s perfectly OK to pretend you’re not, to be perfectly convinced, because this is the whole notion of drama”.
“If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death — or shall I say, death implies life — you can conceive yourself. Not conceive, but feel yourself, not as a stranger in the world, not as someone here on sufferance, on probation, not as something that has arrived here by fluke, but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental. What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself. So, say in Hindu mythology, they say that the world is the drama of God. God is not something in Hindu mythology with a white beard that sits on a throne, that has royal prerogatives. God in Indian mythology is the self, Satcitananda. Which means sat, that which is, chit, that which is consciousness; that which is ananda is bliss. In other words, what exists, reality itself is gorgeous, it is the fullness of total joy.”
How do we shift our awareness from our precarious individuality to a confident unitive vision?
“Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return. Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. If you don’t realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready.” – Tao Te Ching (Mitchell translation), Chapter 16
SO MANY OF US ARE CHOOSING TO LIVE A MORE ‘SPIRITUAL’ LIFE. ONE THAT CONSIDERS OTHERS, WORKS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, ONE THAT CHAMPIONS TOLERANCE AND SELF-EXPRESSION, ONE THAT UPLIFTS THE VIBRATION OF HUMANITY.
BUT EVERY THOUGHT OF SEPARATION, OF INADEQUACY, OF FEAR OR SHAME ETC CUTS US OFF FROM THE GLORY OF ANANDA THAT EXISTS WITHIN US AND UNITES US ALL. THESE UNSKILFUL MENTAL FORMS MUST BE CUT AWAY, AND TO DO THAT WE NEED TO HAVE IN PLACE A CONFIDENT AWARENESS THAT WE ARE THE UNDESTRUCTABLE, ETERNAL SELF, HERE TO PLAY, GROW AND LOVE. WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – LITERALLY, STILL AT THE INFANT, OR MAYBE ADOLSCENT, STAGE OF OUR JOURNEY. THE ADULT PART COMES WHEN WE REALISE WE ARE EACH THE SAME BEING IN MANY BODIES AND ACT FROM THAT PLACE OF AWARENESS. THAT PLACE IS KNOWN AS JOY.
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More than ever before, the patterns that are innate in the universe, and as revealed by the stars and planets, are moving to make us all wake up to this fact. I sometimes think this awareness that we are fundamentally the same being in many forms will hit the planet like a tsunami, knocking most people off their ego pedestals and changing how we think about life over night. Or perhaps the truth is emerging gradually, person by person around the planet. Whichever is the case, we are approaching a tipping point when the basic understandings of human existence will change. The light of awareness is always available to us however, if we choose to turn it on.
“Shine like the whole universe is yours” RUMI
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