Breaking free from the eggshell of beliefs

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Many times, we meet the new through the “old.”
We pretend to understand something “new” based on our previous experiences.
We try to make sense of life based on our own preconditioning.

The above is neither wrong nor right. It is just a way of meeting life and newness. A limited way.

For instance, every religion has beliefs. Those beliefs will shape up the way we perceive life. A collective perception of life will give the illusion of “rightness.”

A desire that we have may bring an expectation, which needs to be fulfilled. A human tendency is to manipulate the events occurring in “reality” to fit our own beliefs.
That is why, honesty cannot survive along beliefs.

For example, we typically believe that Science is the yardstick for “truth.” We may fail to realize that scientific instruments measuring something are just an extension of our senses and those senses that we possess have a particular way of perceiving “reality.”

That is why, it is said that the only thing that we can “know” is ourselves. That is the ultimate. That knowing takes some “time” to be alone with yourself.
It takes time and patience to peel off the layers of beliefs, traditions and cultural upbringing, which are latent in our personality as a way to meet “reality.”

Let me give another example. This link will show the basic Christian beliefs. This could be for any other religion as well.

http://christianity.about.com/od/christiandoctrines/a/basicdoctrines.htm

All of those beliefs are fine if someone wants to believe in that. However, there is nothing for self-knowledge in those beliefs. That is, there is nothing that I could experience as true in myself. It is just intellectual stuff.

The above holds true for every monotheistic religion. It is about worshiping God and forgetting about “you.”
This is one of the most conflictive items in the conscience of individuality.
“I” forget “myself” to remember and worship what “I” believe to be God. That is the “method” offered by religions to forget “yourself.” To conquer what is believed to be “ego.”
If God is not meant to show you the beauty and potential of who “you” are, then who needs God? :-)

Another King to worship? Another Queen to be fearful of? Another Lord to serve in His quest to conquer evil?
If you refuse… You are doomed…. for eternity :-)
Do you see from which beliefs the above come from?

Your belief could be “real” for you, but it will not make a change in your consciousness. You may be able to look at the world and “reality” in a determined way, however. All according to your beliefs.

For instance, I could believe in predestination and time being cyclical and repetitive. This belief will not make the change in consciousness necessary to live a life of fulfillment.
It is merely intellectual information, which is unable to change consciousness; but information that could bring however, intellectual answers for a curious mind or intellectual doubts as well.

When consciousness changes there is openness to see in different ways. A belief merely narrows down the options. Obviously, we could start our own path of Spirituality from a belief, but a belief is just like an eggshell.

It protects you from something, but it does not allow you to grow.
That is why, it could be necessary to break free from the eggshell.
That is if you are ready.

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Different consciousness

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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.

Realizations

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Typically a “normal” person will go through life without having “realizations” about his own life or life in general.

For most people, it is about using their own experiences based on the location of the consciousness that they currently have. That is their “truth.”

Their life “catalog” is usually tinted with the colors of “bad,” “good” or “neutral” experiences and through them, there will be a reaction towards life.

That reaction becomes their actions and thus, because they come from a certain location of consciousness, the consequences of those actions are “limited.” They are unable to see the overall picture.

In which way are they limited?
My religion is the “true” one.
People who wear several rings in their hands are tacky.
Einstein is the greatest scientist in the world.

All of the above beliefs are limited in their scope because they come from the perception of a limited consciousness.

Generalizing something or segregating are two sides of the same coin originating from the same type of limited consciousness.

Please see that the above is not a religious thought. It is not a “dogma” or an “ism.”
It is just a realization coming from observing life through observing the self without being colored by defending a particular belief system or making life fit my belief system.

That is what I call being “honest.”

A realization typically impulses someone to perceive things in a different way. Those realizations are not intellectual reasons, but a perception, what is called an “Aha! moment“ which is driven by your intuition and supported by your feelings. There may not be a way to put those realizations into words, but it is not necessary unless you want to write those in a blog… :-)

Depending on the integrity and self-confidence of the individual, then his actions will be according to those realizations. Nevertheless; a realization cannot be set up as the “ultimate truth.” It is evolving as our circumstances and consciousness changes. It has a timing and a purpose like everything in life.

That is what I call “openness.”

The above may not be for everyone. For it entails a life of discovery. There is nothing there to take as a dogmatic truth or as the “way things ought to be.”

It is far easier to accept something coming from someone else. Someone who we may see as “illuminated,” or “awakened.” We could just follow and relinquish our own life of discoveries.

Nevertheless, someone who is already awakened could see that not everyone is in the same conscious level and rather than proselytize to feel good about his own “truth” or ideas, that individual may want to allow for every person to discover according to their particular capacity.

That is what could be called a “spiritual teaching.”

A teacher in spirituality is not someone who necessarily has the gift of gabbing or someone who has lots of information in his brain. It is not about reciting a dogmatic view of the world either.

A teacher merely gives the environment for realizations to occur. A teacher does not give the “truth” but the initial soil for a new seed to grow into a tree.

That tree ultimately will need to feed itself through its own foliage, that is; those things which it left behind through realizations, will be the leaves falling around that tree in time, which paradoxically are the true source of nutrients for that tree to grow strong, beautiful and happy.

Methods for opening our consciousness

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There are no methods. :-) End of report.

Every human being is a manifestation of the Totality of life. Every human being is a singularity with different experiences, beliefs and emotional culture.

Thus, there cannot be a method for everyone to follow.

The idea of a “method” is coming from that consciousness of individuality. In other words, someone who may perceive himself as “having arrived.” (where?) or “illuminated” may try to describe his experience by compiling those life experiences into a method for “others” to follow.

Please see that we can only follow behavior but we cannot follow a different consciousness.

Religions, intellectuals, scientists, philosophers are keen protectors of the “methodology.”
It cannot be otherwise, when there is the idea of “massification,” that is to “make everyone the same.”

That is how our educational system works and once we go through it, a “new” consciousness is developed out of the experience of going through it and not because there was a particular element, a particular method which is the cause of change.

Going through the whole experience could be considered the method. :-)

Lucy shared: “ My son (Billy) adopted Buddhism and he became a vegetarian and stopped smoking. He was very happy with that change, but then he met his old girlfriend again; who was a smoker and meat eater. My son went back into smoking and eating meat.”

For most, the culprit is the girlfriend. She is a “bad” influence. Nevertheless, once Billy abandoned the “Buddhist method,” he went back into his old ways, which made him unhappy; but at the same time, he was helpless to change.

That is how we arrive at another spiritual premise: If you really want to know if your “change” is just behavioral or a conscious change, then abandon the method and you will find out.

If Billy liked to eat meat and to smoke, then the method was merely a temporary “fix” which was causing repression in him. His girlfriend was the right excuse to go back into his “old” ways.

That consciousness will take Billy into a set of actions, which will have a consequence in his life. Those consequences may trigger a change in consciousness. Nevertheless, those consequences in life are not part of a “method” created by a human being.

As we peel off the layers of beliefs, dogma and emotional culture in us, then we could discover another “reality” which is fresh and pristine, “pure” from mental conditioning.

That experience may change our consciousness. However, that is not a method. :-)

It is a consequence to be experienced by those who are ready to wake up from their long sleep. Those who have already slept enough and are ready to get up from their cushy beds and comfortable beliefs.

If you try to wake up others who are sleeping deeply, they will fight with you. They will hurt you, for their consciousness is in a different location.
Neither “good” nor “bad,” but just a different location.

Catharsis: Short sharings via MP3 files

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Since there is a recurrent issue with the quality of the audio in the “BlogTalk radio” website; there will be a change in the format of sharing.
Avyakt7 (Ananda) will be recording for 5 to 10 minutes only. Short sharings in different topics via MP3 files.
These sharings will be available through a link here.

The purpose is to fully express what cannot be put into written words.
Hope you enjoy it!

Totality and Individuality:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B09mI7jo0YigV21FYU9PYWppOEE/edit?usp=sharing

Silence:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B09mI7jo0YigVkFMSTVTSVJ6Ync/edit?usp=sharing

La Individualidad y la Totalidad: Las 2 caras de la moneda en la Espiritualidad.(Spanish)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/1catharsis/2014/03/31/la-individualidad-y-la-totalidad-las-2-caras-de-la-espiritualidad

This is the last one via BlogTalk radio.

Interpreting “reality.”

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The perception of “what is” will be biased unless the observer is part of that which is being observed.

If we have not experienced the above, then we will always think that “my perception” is the truth.

For instance, a religious book or a religious reading is conveying information. That information has been interpreted; in that way it can be put into words.

That interpretation depends on life experiences and emotional culture of the time of the one writing the book.

“God says to love him and no one else but Him.” It is a phrase that could be interpreted in many ways according to experiences and emotional background.

If my experience of love is exclusive, then that is what my perception will be.
If my experience of God is “personal” then my interpretation will be of being into a “One-to one “relationship.

Please see that my interpretation is based in my cultural background, which will develop my own desires and those desires will shape up my “reality.” That reality will be different even among people who may “believe” the same as myself.

Have you ever wondered how “God” may perceive love to be?
No. It is all about you and your perception.
Do you think that “God” has the same consciousness as you?
Yes. Because it is all about your perception.

That is how religious and spiritual teachings become misinterpreted as words cannot describe a reality beyond words which hasn’t been experienced by the one receiving a teaching.

That is why, all spiritual teachings are merely referential. Those teachings are meant to be discovered through our own life experiences.

Sally believes that to have a small animal in the household is important to liberate the members of the family from receiving harm from others. The animal is believed to be less stronger and it could absorb the harm inflicted to a family.

In a culture were vodou and damage through spirits is common when there is envy of one another, then this practice may have some usefulness.

In other settings and cultural background, to have an animal in the household may not be desirable.

The issue is to constantly believe that something holds true for every circumstance. That is known as a “dogma.”

Sally’s experience in life is not the same as Mary’s and cannot be considered “better” than anyone else’s.

In a different consciousness, words are meaningless. Explanations are not needed.
Why?
Because the world is as it should be. What matters in to learn to enjoy that “reality.”
I can interpret things in different ways, but my happiness, my enjoyment remains.

When we have understood the above, then interpretations will be discarded for they do not add anything to my quality of enjoyment of life.

As a matter of fact, many beliefs only do the opposite, that is they become a burden to open our consciousness into a different understanding.

The perception of suffering: A modern disease

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How is it possible for God to allow so much suffering in the world?
Oh my God! For how long do I have to endure this experience?
There is so much injustice in this world. “Good” people get to suffer and “bad” people get to enjoy life!

The above phrases are very common nowadays. Atheists usually like phrase #1.
Unconscious people number 2.
The last one, is usually uttered by “moralists in pain.” :-)

When the perception we have about the world is of continuous suffering and pain, then our minds become sick and mental diseases will arrive at one point of another.

Too much emotional pain is unbearable and the mind protects itself by disconnecting from a painful “reality.”
That is why it is important to learn the art of “enjoyment.” :-) That is the medicine.

The location of your consciousness will bring you an experience.
Please take note of the above sentence.

For example, if my consciousness is located in anger, then the experiences which are simple consequences of my deeds, will be perceived as “bad.” Anger brings further animosity. Anger cannot bring love as a consequence.

John was angry with his son Paul. John went into a fight with his son and decided to expel Paul from his house.

The consequence of that was that Mary (Paul’s mother) became upset with John and because she missed Paul so much, she became very ill.
John felt guilty. Even though he knew that his son didn’t act correctly in his house. John felt bad because he thought that he was the cause of Mary’s disease.

Paul developed greater animosity towards his father. He did not want to see John ever again.

Do you see the consequences of the location of John’s consciousness?

Is this consequence “good or bad”? :-)
It is neither. It is just a consequence, which will bring a different set of consequences to different beings. Those consequences will return to the ones involved. There are no victims.

I can hear you saying: This is known as the law of karma, avyakt7. You are not telling me anything new!
:-) :-)
There is neither “bad” karma nor “good” karma. Just consequences. Isn’t this new? :-)

Come on, Avyakt7…Isn’t this consequence “bad” for John?
No, if he learns about his anger from this experience. Otherwise, how is he going to learn?
By reading a book? Or by listening to the talk of a guru?
Not a chance.
But… What about Mary? You may ask. She is innocent but yet suffering the consequences…

Well… Mary had to go through that experience to learn about attachment. How is she going to learn that?
By listening to a class on attachment? Or by praying to God?
She learns by being aware, conscious of her own actions/ feelings/ emotions.

Now, we could attempt to answer the questions from above:

Q: How is it possible for God to allow so much suffering in the world?

A: :-) Do you want for God to stop you from doing something that you want to do? You have the consequences to deal with. Do you think that God has to bail you out? How are you going to learn then? :-)
And because many people in many places do not care about what they do in life… then you have the consequence, that is what you perceive as suffering now. Simple math. It has nothing to do with God.

Q: Oh my God! For how long do I have to endure this experience?
A: As long as it takes you to give up your stubbornness of operating in the same way in life… It will be the same experience until you get tired of it, until you relinquish your old ways. Then obviously, the consequence will change.

Q: There is so much injustice in this world. “Good” people get to suffer and “bad” people get to enjoy life!

There is neither “good people” nor “bad people.” There are merely consequences of our own actions. A so-called “good person” now could have been a tyrant before. When he decided to turn into “good” then obviously, he had some debts to pay from previous deeds which are neither “good nor bad.” Just consequences.
Life says:
“Nothing personal. Just business as usual….” :-)

When the consciousness of a person is located very close to a picture in the wall; that person does not have the perspective to see things from a different point of reference.
Mary may have chosen to be that close to a picture in her living room (Or it may be her son, Paul or a cat or a dog, etc.) due to some sort of attachment. All Mary sees is that picture. That is her world.

If Mary could have the courage to step away and see the picture from a different perspective, then her experiences will be different as well.

The experience of the consequences of our actions, will give a clue about our location of consciousness. Different location means a different experience.

To wake up in life means to be aware of our own location of consciousness, as my friend Mathias told me one time.

Being conscious of totality and individuality- Sharings-

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Sharings:
“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 :-)

http://tobtr.com/s/6249105

“Que cosa es conciencia?” (Spanish)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/1catharsis/2014/03/21/que-cosa-es-conciencia

From flower to flower into freedom

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Ananda went for a walk in a magical park, known as the “witches’ park.” It was a gorgeous day in Spring time; all different kind of birds were gathered around the trees, singing melodious tunes in harmony with the bright and clear day.

During his walk, Ananda saw a small bird lying in the sidewalk close to a tree.
It was a hummingbird!

Ananda took the small bird who was powerless but still alive.
Ananda didn’t know what to do with it to “help” it… Then, he recalled the information he read “randomly” the week before about feeding hummingbirds with a mix of water with sugar. What a coincidence! :-)
That is the source of energy that a hummingbird uses to survive. It is the basic composition of the nectar from flowers.

Ananda took the hummingbird home. In the way over, he was thinking about the “gem” of having a “live” hummingbird in his own hands. Ananda was thinking about taking care of the hummingbird by making it a pet, as he was imagining how cool it could be to have a hummingbird following him around… “Some people have parrots with them, I can have a hummingbird!” He thought.

That sort of “help” was “slavery and dependency by default,” when a hummingbird is perfectly capable of taking care of itself in the wild… but Ananda didn’t think about that.
Ananda took a small container, added water into it and some sugar. He mixed everything up and offered the mix to the hummingbird who was still in his hand.

The hummingbird used his long and tiny beak to swallow the mixture and then, magically; the hummingbird started to fly!

That moment made a change in Ananda’s life, a change of consciousness. That is how life teaches us the lessons that we need to learn!

After this experience, Ananda thought about his “good action” but also, Ananda understood that the hummingbird gave him a moment of sheer elation and a day of magical happiness instead.

A bird flying from his own hands into freedom is an experience that changed Ananda’s life forever.

“Caging” someone is not the way to love; but when you see that someone is flying high from your own hands and protection and you let that one go to accomplish his/her destiny with appreciation, knowing that you were part of that destiny at one point in time; that experience adds automatic cheerfulness, gratitude and love for life.
Letting go of something, is the ingredient for another “new” thing to come in return.

Ananda and that hummingbird were ONE in that moment,for the first time.
They were united by the beautiful wings of freedom.