Experience your own immortality

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The point of reference is our own immortality.
Until our consciousness is able to perceive that, we will be immersed in the world of fear and beliefs.

Everything in life changes. There is no belief, which could be the “holy truth” for our perception will be tinted by our consciousness at a particular time.

That consciousness will naturally change. That is the tendency, unless we are willing to stop our inner growth by following a dogmatic practice.

Beliefs are not “bad.” They have their timing like anything in life. If a belief is constant, then there is no opportunity to meet life as it is, but rather as we think it should be.

“Intelligence” (as defined in the office world) is merely information gathering combined with analytical, logical thinking. Those skills are useful in the “office world” but when it comes to life, those skills are just rudimentary skills which are not truly useful for a different understanding or consciousness.

If we are aware of our immortality many types of suffering and fears will be automatically dismissed.

“End of the world” beliefs will not matter once we know that everything continues yet in a different form or shape, but consciousness “is” and remains changing.
Matter changes as well. It cannot be destroyed or created. It is “what is.”

Someone who I know (Phil) experienced the death of his mother a few months ago. Yesterday, his fiancée from many years had a massive heart attack.

Phil is devastated.
Phil is a very “intelligent” man. He has answers for everything in the “office world” and he has a sound judgment on things.

When it comes to life beyond the “office,” Phil is helpless.
Even though there is death and dying from a form in a physical way, everything continues on.

We are tourists in life and our attachment to things causes unnecessary suffering.
We don’t want for life to change even though we understand that life is change.
Isn’t that the ultimate in irrationality? :-)

There is no belief system that will give Phil comfort. There is no connection with God that could give him back what he wants and misses.

If Phil could have a different consciousness, a different way to celebrate the changes in life… then those deaths could have a different meaning.
It is not a “loss” for it was never meant to be a “gain.”

Celebrate the moment, Phil! Accept it and move on with enjoyment of that change.

Hopefully Phil, could recognize someday that enjoyment of “what is” … is not a belief, but a different way of seeing this beautiful life, when many things happen as in a movie, but there is no plot in itself, that is unless I make up one.

My plot will be as “I am.”

On Godly experiences

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Some of us may have had the experience of what we could label as “Godly experience.”
Those experiences come in different shapes and forms all according to our beliefs.

That particular experience was the “bait” needed to start a particular path, to gain a different consciousness.

Please be aware that the keyword is consciousness.

In life, we may want to make sense of it. We may want to find reasons for it and for our existence and the experiences will be there to start our journey. Nevertheless as shared many times, everyone has a different point of reference, a different culture and upbringing, which definitely will influence our “free will” and our ability to interpret things.

Please be aware of the keyword: Interpretation.

In life we are like those blind people, who are trying to make sense of what they can perceive through their sense of touch. It is an elephant , but a blind person touching the tail will believe that an elephant is like a snake. If that person had a “Godly experience” while touching the tail, that is not meant so he can keep his belief in the tail being the elephant, but rather it is the starting point in knowing the elephant. The tail is not the elephant but part of it.
Consciousness changes, it evolves but a hard-core belief, typically restricts that free-flow movement.

Many will decide to touch different paths: The trunk, the tusks, ears, etc. but still they will be left with interpretations. Touching is just one way to partially know something. It is a state of consciousness.

Nevertheless, religions and philosophies many times are preaching a point of view. The tail of the elephant is a path to know the elephant. But it is not the only path.

The “Godly bait” was given to some people so they could begin to fish. The type of fishing pole that someone picks will be according to that person’s circumstances.
What the person is able to fish will be according to his fortune; that is, what that person is supposed to experience at that time.

Fishing a shark or a Tilapia and calling that “the truth” or God is not really the teaching. It is not about what we get, but it is about finding the individual behind the fishing pole.

Blind people could never “see” an elephant. They could only have beliefs about that elephant or hand-me down experiences from others, which are beliefs.

Nevertheless, it is not about the elephant. It is about the realization that what goes outside is a giant mirror always pointing to that “Me.” Hopefully “I” learn to enjoy that experience.
Touch the tail. Enjoy that. Touch the husks. Enjoy that. Be there.

Paradoxically, it is when “you” are not there, that is when the ego starts dissolving, how we could perceive something different. At that point, all there is … is the elephant… and there is “no-one” there who needs to “see” something. No “blind people” around.

Being the elephant itself resides in non-being.

All religions may teach about the sense of “I,” the ego; but many times rather than looking at that which is in “us,” we rather go around the branches of the tree and embrace colorful beliefs and life styles, completely unaware that the big mirror is only reflecting “me” at all times.

The bait of the “Godly experience” wasn’t there to be worshiped or to hang on to it as a dogma.
Guaranteed …or your money back. :-)

Mindfulness, no-mind and compassion

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Many times we hear those words (Mindfulness, no-mind, compassion) in “new age” spirituality, which are borrowed from Buddhism and Zen.

The interesting thing to note is that without the experience of “what is,” we are left with pretty concepts to talk about, discuss so the “I” can look knowledgeable in “spiritual matters.”

The mentality of the follower who only picks up concepts here and there, is not the inner work required to live those words.

In Information technology and the “office environment,” we could sound “very knowledgeable” if we just repeat some concepts and spit them out at every meeting.
TCO (total cost of ownership) ROI (return on investment) IaaS (infrastructure as a service) etc, etc.
All you have to do is to use those acronyms left and right to amaze those who do not know them.

When we transfer that “office mentality” into living life with joy, we will find out that “talking the talk” will not get us an “interview” or a “salary increase” with life.

The duality of mindfulness and no-mind needs to go.
To use the mind to be in the moment, focused in the moment is achieved as well when there is no mind.

No-mind may sound “illogical” but not for a follower of Zen. That concept, “no-mind” is part of their repertoire of beliefs.

Playing in the duality of mindfulness and no mind we forget about feeling, we forget about compassion.

Compassion is not something coming from mindfulness or no-mind. It comes from the heart.

Compassion is not to feel pity for another. “Oh… poor thing…” Compassion is to recognize every aspect “out there” in yourself.

Bryan has a friend who is a heavy smoker. “Albert” just turned 30 this year. Bryan mentioned to him that to be healthy is very important to enjoy life.
Albert understands that intellectually but he says: “I started smoking when I was 15 and it is very hard to quit.”
Albert threw away his cigarette after the brief talk.

The next day, he was smoking again.

Compassion could be the feeling at that point.
Bryan is able to recognize that according to Albert’s consciousness; further suffering may be needed. That is part of his path in life. Bryan recognizes that many times his understanding about his own situation in life was lacking, so suffering was needed to draw the line.
It is not a matter of “will power” alone which is a kind of suppression combined with violence to the self. It is not a matter of further “preaching.” There has to be an internal understanding and love to life and living which is beyond a concept, to be able to change ways into something different.

That change will happen naturally as the product of a new consciousness and not because of some external compulsion, fear or “black or white” law.

Compassion is not coming out of mindfulness or no mind. It is coming out of inner understanding and respect for everyone’s processes in life.

To be addicted to mental concepts without the experience of what something is, may be one of the greatest ways to increase our ego.

That may be “good” for the office world, but that is not part of learning to live life with joy. :-)

The many players in the game of life

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“Life is like a monopoly game. There are players playing on the board of life, but also there are other players who are influencing the players in the game.”
Mathias, the wise tree; said that to his friend Ananda.

Many “spiritual,” metaphysical paths bring the awareness of the players who are influencing the “real” players on the board of life.
They call them “beings of light,” “ghosts,” “spirits,” “archangels,” “angels,” etc.
These beings are the ones influencing the game.
We don’t see them. We may not be able to communicate with them, but they can do that with us if needed.

Some may know the darker side of this experience for there are many types of consciousness in the “spirit” realm reflecting the human world.
But some may know the beneficial side of this experience when a being of light contacts someone. A being of light contacts a human being, chooses a human being. It cannot be the other way around.

Yet for some, all of the above is nothing but rubbish.

It is all according to what we need to experience at the time. Everything changes and as our awareness increases, we could be able to experience other things in life.

A being of light may be playing “Santa Claus” for some individuals. Worshiping them has been the typical behavior from many. As our consciousness develops, then we could see that the motive for such a connection is to increase our consciousness, our awareness for our next level of experience.

The path is different for everyone, although it is the same path. This is paradoxical.

If we are able to perceive our own immortality then because of that our acceptance of what life offers becomes complete and unconditional. The seed for a new state of consciousness is born at that time. When the student is ready, the teacher may appear…
However, just like when we change grades in school, we also change teachers.

Self-realization may be the apparent destination, but that journey has so many different paths according to the state of consciousness of the student.
Self-realization is a “one-to-one” individualized training. It cannot be put as a “mass teaching” in a book or in a religion. Of course, “Mass teachings” and religions are not “bad” but part of the experience of life. Those experiences are the “agents” for change in consciousness.

That is why, anything and everything that occurs throughout our paths in life is necessary, useful and perfect. When we learn to accept that without thinking about it and move on, life can flow through us and change the chapter onto the next one.

When we complete the different chapters of the book of life, the book is no longer needed and then we may discover that reading the chapters of the book until the last page, was meant so we could start forgetting about it…
What is the purpose of living then?
To enjoy the experience. :-)

Life out of the box

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The intention behind the action is the determining factor in the consequence of it.

We cannot hide our intentions to life, although we could dress them up with pretty words to defend our “morality.”

That is how “Being” is before “Doing” and Karma is not understood unless the intention, the feeling behind that action is identified.

For a religion or a society it may be easier to judge individuals according to their actions. That will give them some objectivity.
It is easier to punish someone and call him “bad” or “evil” in that way, but it is very difficult to pinpoint the feeling the intention behind it.

Being virtuous in life is not a matter of “working on a virtue” or “making effort.”
In that realm of understanding, we are caught up with conceptual living.

Love is “good” but love is not a definition to practice, to be “better at.” To work on “being loving” or to “make effort” to love is just strengthening the “I.”

Unless there is a change in consciousness, that means opening our own limits to life itself, we may not be able to grasp a new consciousness.
There may be plenty of pretty words and rules to follow to give us the idea that we “are being good,” but a concept cannot do the trick.

When we open ourselves to the experiences that life is bringing, we will be out of our comfort zone. That means, the “I” will be challenged.
Any ideas, beliefs or preconceptions of the “I” could be challenged.

If there is no selection coming from an “educated” trained mind, but rather; there is the feeling to flow with life without “making decisions,” our journey will be aligned with “what is.”

“What is” is not the understanding of the “I.”

To live in a “box” of comfort is the tendency of most human beings.
That “box” has “life insurance” for us. There is a step-by-step path to follow that humans have made up to get someplace, even to get to Paradise after we die.

Ahnanda is saying that it is not like that.

Every individual has its own path based on his own experiences in life and his own consciousness.

Life presents different flavors to taste. Humans like to think that by tasting all, the “I” could select what he likes and what he does not, creating in that way a duality which rejects life by rejecting one side of the duality.

Ahananda is saying that every flavor is to be tasted and appreciated when it is happening. That is, enjoyed in that moment to the fullest.

For that a tremendous ability to be open and accepting to life is needed, something which there is no religion or commandment that could teach.

To honor life, to trust it, to live it, to enjoy it, to appreciate it… to be in awe and wonder, to be open without armors… to dissolve the “I.”

That is all.

Having, Doing, Being … and … Non-being

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“I have too many things to be thankful about.”
“I am doing the best I can.”
“ I am someone.”

The “I” world is in town again…
Do we want to “transform” that “I” into a “better” “I”?
Obviously that would be a trip to “Ego-land.”
All expenses paid.

“Having” comes from “Doing” and doing comes from “Being.”
That has been the repetitive mantra for “self-transformation.”

In fact, “Being” what?
That is a hard question to answer, unless we would like to add pretty words to that answer, such as: “good, kind, friendly, loving, etc, etc.”
If we are “something,” we will act according to what we are.
There is a subtle depth in the above phrase.

If we are “something,” we cannot think about “changing the world” for what we are will compel us to act in a certain way under all circumstances and perceive the world with the glasses of who we think we are.
We are framed, stuck by what we think we are.

Nevertheless, Life is change.

Johnny found 20 dollars down the street.
Johnny wanted to be “good.”
He was the typical “Johnny be good.”
Johnny asked to all of his “spiritual” gurus what he should do with that money. He was expecting the “right” answer to be the same from everyone. After all, there must be only one right answer. That is logical. :-)

Master A: Why did you pick up that $20 bill? You should have left it alone there. There is karma associated with picking up something, which is not yours.
Master B: We have a box for donations, so we could do “good” to others who need it. Place the bill there. That is a good “deed.”
Master C: You don’t know what to do with it? Give it to me then.
Johnny was confused. Johnny thought that there was a “right” action to do under every circumstance.
Johnny HAS a $20 bill. Johnny did not know what to DO with it… because Johnny wanted to BE good.. Obviously… he wasn’t “good” enough, for otherwise he should know what to do. :-)

Johnny is completely framed by thoughts and philosophies from others of what “being good” is.
That is the problem with trying to “be” someone when you are not “being.”

It is in that insincerity or lack of honesty with the self, when “morality” appears.
Here “Johnny be good,” these are your commandments, the codes, the laws for you to follow so you are “good.”
That is the issue with the “I” trying to be someone who is not.

Fortunately, there is non-being. It is in that state of consciousness when “help to others” and being “good” automatically is “done” without thinking about it. In non-being, there is only Totality, the common good.

Being “good” is not dependent on actions as in the example of the $20 bill.
It is dependent on how egoless, that is “non-being” we could “be.”
That is why we need to be honest with our intentions when residing in the consciousness of “I” and “being.”

If our consciousness is located in non-being, there is a different “law” for that, which could be easily misunderstood by those who haven’t experienced it.
It cannot be written, it cannot be spoken about, it cannot be framed into a philosophy.
Being comes from Non-being. :-)

The religion of perceptions

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I wonder how many readers are able to perceive the depth of Blavatsky’s quote above? Wish I had the words to explain it…and if so, wish that I couldn’t be misunderstood… :-)

The way we have perceived “reality” is not “real” but just a perception of it.

Ananda may not be understood with the above or in this article, but in fact; this could be one of the deepest realizations in his experience so far.

Let me expand on it.
The “collective consciousness,” the “normal Joe” is typically engaged in supporting “free will” or “predestination.” Philosophies and religions have been created to support both beliefs. This is what is being taught at school or the “office mentality” as an intellectual concept to memorize and to repeat, just to sound smart and educated… :-)

In that consciousness, the depth of thinking can only go as far as the “I.”
Basically:
Is the “I,” “Me” a puppet of destiny or not?

1. To be able to grasp that predestination and free will are just conceptual views of the “I,” requires certain insight.

2. To be able to perceive that predestination and free will are the 2 sides of the same conceptual coin, is another notch of depth into that insight.

3. To be able to perceive that free will and predestination are only “non- existent” concepts, is for sure, a different notch of insight.

4. To be able to perceive that free will and predestination could be perceived in any of the above 3 ways by different people at different times and that this perception will shape their “reality”… is surely a deeper notch of insight.

It is in this perception, when we realize that to affirm: “This is the truth” is pointless, useless and even ego-centric.

Even to say: “God said this, therefore it is the truth” is obviously, a perception for as mentioned before, our reality is shaped by our consciousness. Our consciousness will give us a perception of reality… and consciousness is changing all the time…unless the “I” cling to a belief system to stop the natural change of consciousness.

Let the river flow.
That can only happen when there is no ego in us.

Consciousness is all there is. That consciousness manifests through different species in different ways according to what is needed at the time.

When Ralph brings in his belief of individuality, ego; a personality is born by using that consciousness. That is how “Totality” is perceived as a fraction of it, that is individuality.

The Universe, Nature, etc. “uses” consciousness to recycle itself.
“We” are the agents of that eternal recycling.

Because consciousness is all there is, how there could be “predestination” or “free will”?

That only exists when the “I” arrives into the picture.
When “I” arrive, the world of separation, antagonism and compulsive thinking appears…