The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.
In a previous post I mentioned how the body is for communication and perception of the world and others. People use the body to communicate with eachother and to interact with everything around them. Because of this, it is easy to see why one might confuse their identity with the body. But the true person, the one you see when you look into their eyes, exists independently of the body. It’s the person who exists after the body dies.
The mind exists independently of the body. Meditation enables people to access the mind while letting go of the body for awhile. The mind thinks and the thought it thinks about are not necessarily ones that originate from the thinker. Thoughts are of energy and to some extent, people are telepathic, but at a level beyond conscious awareness. So thoughts can be received instead of originating within your own mind. This can be inspiration and if accepted, might as well be thought of as your own thought. The point of this is to illustrate how people are not the thoughts they think either. They are not their body, they are not their thoughts.
They are their conscious mind which processes thoughts plus their soul. The mind may even be considered as part of the soul. The identification with the body leads to the ego. The body mind is the ego mind. When you think, ‘I’, and put you attention on yourself, you feel your body. That is the ego. When you put your attention on someone else and think ‘I’, you feel a different resonance.
This leads to a very useful exercise. Make a statement beginning with I and see how you feel resonance with the body,
Put your full attention on someone else, whether in imagination or not, and restate the sentiment while looking at them.
Feel where the resonance is and how it changed. The body resonates with the ego (when you think I with attention on yourself), and the mind and soul (you) resonate when your attention is outside of yourself. Your essence is more truly expressed when you interact with your attention away from yourself and the ego, you are “in the zone” of yourself.
There is nothing more dis-empowering than a spiritual ‘expert’ telling you that your problems are due to a soul contract and there’s nothing you can do about it. It may be that your circumstances suck, but you still take control of your life by taking control of your mind. If things seem to be out of control, then your thoughts about what is going on are being mid-managed. When your ‘soul contract’ karma shitstorm is in full swing and you are being made to feel like you deserve it so suck it up and learn from it, the only thing within your immediate control is how you respond to it.
You might recognize that you don’t deserve it, in the sense that you are a bad person that needs to learn a lesson, but you need to claim responsibility for your behavior and attitude that may or may not have contributed to it. The idea of Karma suggests that there are no innocent victims. Even children are fulfilling appropriate punishment from something they did in a previous incarnation that they deserve. This mindset creates a callous outlook toward people who are suffering, giving them a ‘you earned it’ attitude. Unfortunately, if it is some kind of payback, the complete lack of awareness of what they are being punished for makes the ‘lesson’ ineffective. Karma ‘lessons’ would only work if the person in the midst of it was aware of what they are supposed to be learning. This requires an attitude of, ‘well I deserve it since I am a sinner.’ So new age karma aligns well with the biblical, ‘we are born sinners’ philosophy.
A more healthy, empowering viewpoint is gotten from completely disregarding the past, looking at things as they stand right now, and deciding to take full responsibility for your life. You may currently be receiving the short end of the stick, but who know what led to this point since you weren’t really paying attention (especially if it happened in a previous life). It is my belief that our subconscious minds are filled with all sorts of good stuff left over from previous life experiences. If we do not examine our behavior, responses, and thoughts carefully to understand what may be lurking in there, we may find ourselves living the same shitty circumstances over and over again. If you find yourself responding in an unexpected way to something that, after careful review, might have seemed benign, but was transformed into a future karmic lash back because you were in full swing, unthinking reactive mode, then there may be a subconscious issue you have not examined. The new age recommendation may be to settle into a meditative Yoga pose and channelling some uplifting energy while clearing the mind, but this leaves you without any understanding of what happened.
When an unexpected, unpleasant response emanates from you, just stop, take a look at what was going through your mind, at what emotion you were feeling, and at what you were expressing. Sit down and do a post-mortem slowly and deliberately. Turn the scene over in your head to see it from the other perspective as well as yours. What triggered the response? If you can pin-point this, then you can trace that back to why the response happened and what belief is causing it. We all have beliefs buried within our subconscious, safely out of our awareness, so that we seem out of control of ourselves sometimes, wondering why we are behaving as we are when we don’t want to be.
Instead of calling our unpleasant circumstances Karma, we can call it subconscious programming and take back power into our lives. Anytime we find ourselves in an unpleasant situation, you can decide consciously to change the course of your life. Soul contract is to value ‘life’, not suffering. No one needs to suffer if they decide they no longer want to suffer. Your soul contract is to manage your mind appropriately so your soul doesn’t suffer.
“Truth is without illusions and therefore within the Kingdom. Everything outside the Kingdom is illusion. When you threw truth away you saw yourself as if you were without it. By making another kingdom that you valued, you did not keep only the Kingdom of God in your mind, and thus placed part of your mind outside it. What you made has imprisoned your will, and given you a sick mind that must be healed. Your vigilance against this sickness is the way to heal it. Once your mind is healed it radiates health, and vigilant on God’s behalf. The ego speaks against His creation, and therefore engenders doubt. You cannot go beyond belief until you believe fully.”
– A Course In Miracles
Truth is a universal law or set of laws that applies regardless of belief. Like the Law of Attraction. Illusions are perceptions that result from beliefs. Beliefs result from thoughts you keep thinking and experience. Thoughts result from perception. So illusion can be self-reinforcing. To break free of an illusion, you to to apply conscious will to change a belief, by thinking new thoughts to create new experiences. This re-inforces your new belief until it is some thing you no longer consciously think about and it recedes into your ‘subconscious’ mind. Everyone one has a subconscious filled with unrecognized beliefs. If you are happy, the beliefs are working for you. If you are conflicted, you have a preferred belief arguing with your actual belief. If you are miserable, you have beliefs that are betraying you.
The ‘Kingdom’ referred to in the quote above is the physical reality in which we live. The truths are the universal laws. The physical reality exists due to the universal laws which can be regarded as the beliefs of God. So say God is holding these beliefs as his truths. He is like a person on Earth who created a society with a worldview, a thought system with a set of rules. As he views his creation, he decides it would be nice to have someone to share it with and so has kids. His kids are consciousness who for some reason we’re attracted to Earth to experience his world. He loves his world and his kids. He wants his kids to love his world or at least share in his love for it. If they don’t, that’s ok because he loves them unconditionally. They are free to be themselves, express themselves as they see fit. It would hurt him to experience their rejection of him or his world, but as any parent would, he would still love them and wait for them to discover theirselves and eventually come to appreciate his world and him. Like they did when they first decided to participate in it in the first place.
In the quote, making another kingdom refers to the people who came into this world and rejected the rules, beliefs of the creator of it and made their own rules. Their own rules were created from their thoughts which a rose from their perceptions, which formed beliefs and solidified illusions. And are now self-perpetuating. They are illusions because they can be changed with conscious will. Maybe this world hurt and they weren’t use to hurt and so they fell out of sync with the unconditional love provided by the creator of it because how could he love us if this happened to me? So their perception of this reality is now defined by their experiences which may have been misunderstood. If you did not create this reality, then you do not have the knowledge and experience of the original creator to navigate it in joy. Not until you start thinking like a creator as opposed to one who looks to the original creator to take care of him or fix things for him, or just accuse him of creating a sucky experience. The original creator, ‘God’ loves life, his creation, and matches that love with anyone who can feel it.
Think like a creator. Think like an equal to God, as if you’ve finally grown up and you can look Dad in the eyes as an equal and say, ‘thank you, Dad for bringing me into this world, for providing me with loving care and supporting me as I struggled to learn about myself. I know now that we are brothers. I hope you can love my creations as much as I love yours.’
In my opinion, there is nothing more important than the belief in God. This belief removes the underlying stress of the idea of mortality and always provides a source of unconditional love. It enables people to believe that life supports them, that love binds them, that life is eternal.
It is hard to believe in a nebulous concept of an omnipotent being so I will share my concept of God. Each person can personalize their own concept in a way that suits their personality best. There is an underlying vibration, backround energy that supports all life within this universe, and that energy feels like unconditional love. A state of bliss if one were basking in it. This energy is the love of God which is always there for us, no matter where our free choices take us. Imagine an eternal being who imagined a reality like this physical universe. He created new life in a manner similar to us having children here on Earth. He loves everything within his creation because he loves life and existence itself. His love permeates the physical universe and connects all of us at the soul level.
If we lost all memory and had no beliefs, we may be in alignment with our souls which resonate with this background energy we experience as love, joy, bliss. Our beliefs and thoughts keep us from experiencing this energy as fully as we could. They act as blocks to the free flow of the energy of creation through our bodies and ourselves. Our natural inclination is to align with this energy and our pain is an indication of how out of alignment we are. We are like children who left home, the comfort of the unconditional love of a parent, determined to experience life as individuals and discover who we are. All of are resulting experiences produced thoughts and beliefs that took us out of alignment of that nurturing love. Similar to teenagers who leave home here on Earth, determined to make it on their own no matter what. They don’t want to return home, they want to become their own successful person, be their own creator in their own right. The parents look on in support and love, but have to be ok with them falling and getting hurt now and then because they learn from the experience. They keep learning until one day they are like their parents.
Our mindful path is the key to leading us back to the right way of thinking to be creators ourselves, capable of unconditional love. It will enable us to realign with that energy, remember our origins, connect with the source of life here and perhaps one day, become a creator of our own reality, one much larger than our own personal experience.
The belief in God enables us to feel connected to each other, helps us recognize that all life is supported by a loving energy. We can relax in the knowledge that death is a transition to a different perception, that life is eternal, that the universe is bound by love. That we have the equivalent of nurturing, loving support from the idea of God. This idea removes a lot of underlying stress from the mind. We are not these bodies, we exist beyond them, our conscious minds and souls continuing on from life to life (body to body). If one reaches such a state of dispair that they no longer want to live, they can lose the body and return to bask in the nurturing energy of God, love before they incarnate into a body again. This is a belief you can choose to have or not have, but there is no downside to having it. Without it, there is mortality and dispair. With it, there is a sense of confidence in the benevolent nature of life. That the worse thing that can happen to you is a trip back to heaven before you leave home to try again.
The body is a living organism we are intimately interacting with in order to sense our environment. It is a way to perceive this reality and communicate/interact with others with others. It is also very receptive to energy. Our thoughts are expressed as emotions so that we can feel and see through expressions of our conscious selves. Our souls/spirit is always aligned with joy and love. Our thoughts and beliefs enable us to alter this experience of love and joy through both conscious and subconscious acceptance of thoughts. These thoughts coalesce into beliefs and concepts which define our perception of our reality. This perception defines our experience which is expressed through the body in this reality.
If we are expressing negative emotion, we are thinking negative thoughts about our experience. We can alter our perception for a more positive experience if we step away from our thoughts and just observe them. Ask why you think each one and adjust accordingly.
Our bodies are directly effected by our emotions which are expressions of our thoughts and beliefs. If the body feels unwell then there is a thought that is part of a belief producing an emotion that is negatively effecting the body. This is the visible expression of your thoughts, not yourself. Your conscious self is the cumulation of all thoughts and beliefs which become visible when interacting with something, but you, as a being also incorporate a soul. The soul is that part of you that is connected to the same energy as every living thing in the universe. This could be said to be the energy of God, Love, Zero point energy field, instant communiction.
The you that is eternal is the soul and mind. The body is for perceiving whichever reality it is adapted to. Identifying as the body impresses you with the belief you are mortal, imperfect and subject to suffering. You are the caretaker of the body as a living expression of the same energy as your soul. It responds to your love. Separate thoughts of yourself from thoughts of your body and you can establish a loving relationship without having to identify as it.
When you come face to face with another body, recognize the being inside (mind and soul) as that of your brother having the same soul energy. The bodies are gifts to be used to communicate, perceive, interact and explore this reality. When the body dies, you continue on, but your experience on this Earth, in this very dense reality filled with amazing people, colors, expressions of life comes to an end. The only way to perceive it then is by looking through the consciousness of one who is still in a human body.
There are no idle thoughts. (p. 27), A Course in Miracles
Mindfulness is a concept which proposes that to be in alignment with yourself, you need to train your mind. You need to be a viligant observer of your thoughts. You need to be aware of your emotions, what you are currently feeling in the moment and aware of which thoughts are producing those emotions. This is the way towards inner peace, the elimination of conflict within the mind.
New Age concepts seem to be centered around the idea that everyone is the embodiment of love and to express it is the key to alignment. This may work in the long run, but it seems to be a much more arduous path to take. Mindfulness leads to awareness whereas New Age ideas emphasize action without being aware of why it may work.
Meditation is a New Age activity which is the action of emptying the mind and filling oneself with an overall sense of peace and well being. If you can match that feeling when not meditating, then it may be a solution, otherwise people just snap back to their ordinary non-peaceful state. Mindfulness trains you to be watchful of yourself so that you understand why you are not in a peaceful state.
Also, filling yourself with a feeling of well-being by chasing away whatever non-peaceful emotion you may have been feeling removes the potential of discovering the underlying cause of the emotion. It may be a pattern of interaction you are stuck in and so the emotions will keep returning until you understand the interaction. Otherwise, you are just covering it up or avoiding the issue.
Mindfulness is a path that leads to permanent solutions to mental and emotional conflict. Understanding yourself means understanding your neighbors and makes off more peaceful interactions for everyone.
What connection do all of these share? This will emphasize the importance of getting to know your own mind and body (emotions).
Channelling presents direct evidence of communication with a different level of reality that is not visible to us. There are intelligent brings, human consciousnesses who can communicate with us via our minds. The better one knows their own mind, the more accurate the channelled information is. The communication happens via impressions sent which are interpreted by the channeller’s mind. The impressions are in the form of a feeling sense of something containing possibly some imagery and emotion. If you are not aware of your own impressions, you could confuse your impressions with those received from a non- physical consciousness communicating via channelling. Your interpretation of the impressions is determined by your beliefs. So the same impression sent to different people could be translated differently by each one. The more one is aware of their own thoughts and impressions, the more one can accurately receive impressions from an outside entity.
Spirit removal is a rare occupation filled by people trained to detect and remove some of these non-physical consciousnesses who are bothering people. This can be an unwelcome channelling entity, an entity who is sending impressions of negative emotion and/or negative thoughts. Dome entities can be felt physically as a slight force applied to the body. Most of the problems come from being plagued by tormented thoughts. The impact of interaction with a negative consciousness can be alleviated by knowing ones own mind – being familiar with your own thoughts, impressions and resulting emotions. Your own thoughts should resonate within your body because they resonate with your beliefs. If a thought produces a negative body response, then it is possibly being introduced by a negative entity or is your own which you haven’t yet dismissed. If it persists and seems out of your control, a negative entity may be involved. This is when a spirit removal expert is benefial. You can train yourself to be aware of your own thoughts and ignore the persistent negative ones. This can discourage the negative entity from interfering. Inexplicable waves of emotion can also be caused by the interaction with a non-physical entity. The conclusion here us that we are not alone one Earth, we live in a physicality that has many levels of existence, including less dense ones. This dense reality is perceived through or bodies. When we die and leave our bodies, we perceive differently because we no longer have the mechanism to interact with and perceive this dense reality. So the non-physical beings interacting with us are currently not incarnated in a human body.
Religion has been around as long as humans have existed. The persistent theme is good vs evil and the human trying to adhere to strict standards of goodness. Within much of the Christian religious texts are encouragements to get to know thyself. In this way, a person can withstand evil which originates in the mind with a negative thought. If you keep thinking a negative thought that resonates in your body with a negative emotion, you acclimate yourself to feeling bad. This becomes your comfort zone. Any feelings outside of this zone are rejected. You need the use if your conscious mind and self-discipline to overcome this slip into temptation. Religion references channelling and non-physical entities (dead people for instance). A negative entity is known as a demon and can influence your weaknesses (temptation) so that you are more likely to give in. They can also give you impressions similare to your own, but slightly different so that you are influenced to behave in a way you otherwise wouldn’t or to change a belief you otherwise wouldn’t.
I’d like to address more of these ideas in future entries. All of these ideas rely on mindfulness, or an awareness of one’s own mind and self discipline to become aligned with your true self regardless of outside influence. This includes influence from peers in society as well.
It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.
I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.
I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human. …
More in the PDF at the link.
In the process of interacting with our environment, we form impressions via our senses. Our impressions are influenced by our beliefs, which act as a filter to our experience. Thoughts automatically come as we process our impressions and form ideas and opinions about them. So we begin with a set of beliefs, interact with our world and form opinions based on our initial impressions. Take the belief about beauty regarding gardens, for example. Most people identify beauty with cultivated flowers and the weeds are an eye sore. But if you let a garden go ‘to the weeds’, then take the time to look at it from a neutral point of view, it will show you a different kind of beauty. One that grew without deliberate design, but naturally, filled with life, color, texture, and contrast. You can re-define your idea about a beautiful garden by letting go of the initial belief and just observing what’s there, keeping yourself completely open to observing something new. Looking at things in a neutral way by suspending current beliefs about them allows you to see them in a new and maybe surprising way.
I apply this idea to my kids frequently by trying to suspend my pre-conceived notions about how I think they will behave and just watching what they do. For instance, instead of defining for them how their summer day might go, I let them define it themselves with complete acess to video games, tv, etc. With this freedom and the possibility of unlimited acess to those activities that are usually looked down upon, they actually choose a variety of activities on their own, which includes time playing outside, crafts, visiting the neighbor, choosing when to eat, watching very little tv and making up games to play. It’s a great way to truly see them for who they are as they express themselves naturally once given the freedom to follow their own choices. And they do surprise. One example is their own motivated cultivation of a potted plant garden consisting of the plants in the plants vs zombies video game. Who knew? It’s some thing I would never have seen in them if I banned them from playing video games because they integrate all of their activities into their life, so that a video game, for instance, leads to gardening.
It’s a challenging, but great way to practice mindful raising of kids and allowance of things that may challenge existing beliefs.
13 Things I Can Hear Right Now
To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
A washing machine
The breeze through the leaves of the trees
Birds calling to each other
Kids talking and playing
The drone of an airplane in the distance
Distant lawn mower
A nearby truck passing by
My heart beating
Wasps and bees buzzing around
A faint, high-pitched buzzing sound
The most surprising sound is the last one. I’m not sure if that was an insect or even external.