What is the cause of the fears with which we may be born? The phobias we are plagued with? One possible reason is fear of karmic retribution due to guilt. Something we experienced and know about buried within our subconscious. A lot of people hate insects, especially spiders. A tiny eight legged creature that generally doesn’t harm humans is a terrifying thing to many humans. A bee or wasp has a more significant record of harming humans than a common spider. But the fear of spiders is more common.
An example of how guilt can play a part in creating a fear of insects, or creepy crawlies, is in how the being interacted with this type of consciousness in the past. Not in how they interacted with the form of bug here on Earth, but with the actual consciousness of the being or the portion of the being who is in that state of consciousness. If the phobic being has a karmic history of preying on and taking advantage of a being who is currently much less aware and in a more helpless state, then he knows somewhere within himself that he has karma with this type of consciousness. By interaction, I’m referring to the interaction on the consciousnesses directly, not through the incarnated forms.
Consciousness that express as some type of insect, or a fragmented consciousness that expresses a portion of itself this way have a history of being prey to the spider. This may create a phobia. Many types of bugs are part of a colony that works with a central authority. All drones work to feed and protect the queen or authority figure. This is seen in human behavior as communism. The expression of people as worker bees without independence from an authority is anti-life for a higher consciousness. This behavior denies the spirit and awareness of the people. It makes no sense whatsoever that it is expressed unless the consciousnesses involved contain the attributes of the insect kingdom: fear, defer to authority because they don’t want to take responsibility for their lives, and don’t have a will to live or take control over their own minds. It is self-defeating and always results in decay. It succeeds with insects because they have ceased thinking and are mindless. Life in this case always refers to the honest expression of consciousness, which results in the highest and best outcome for all (the philosophical idea behind communism).
Insects feed, eat eachother and are constantly eaten. It is a more accelerated version of life than that in the human form. They die, are reborn and die continuously in a short frame of time. Some would consider that a consciousness or a portion of one (like a fragmented mind) at this level, would be experiencing hell at the level of his spirit/soul. It is a consciousness that does not have a desire to think, live or be responsible or aware of itself. The Earth uses this type of consciousness, which at this point can be considered just energy and not thought because no one is aware of the thought (maybe something like – I hate myself) in a life affirming way for itself. The Earth is the energy of life. The insects recycle decay back into life giving nutrients and soil. They are like a clean up crew and essentially exist in service to the Earth. The bugs experience is closer to a nightmare if they were aware of it and the Earth’s experience is positive. This is the difference between positive and negative thinking, consciousness. Because these are essentially negative entities in the Earth consciousness, but this environment, thriving with spirit and life uses that for a positive experience.
Some humans with painful minds, like schizophrenics, but in fairly healthy bodies are most likely receiving guidance and help while incarnated in human form. They could have had portions of their consciousness lost in the experience of insects and that remains with them to work out and bring into their awareness in their human life. This life then for them is still a dream because all expression in the physical is within the imagination of the consciousness (and another positive being is helping maintain the form). A real feeling experience, like human dreams, but felt within the mind because that is where our awareness is. So a being dreamt in a very lucid sense, an experience as an insect. If he expressed it as an incarnated bug form on Earth, then it was made real. The physical here grounds the mind/imagination to a body, not our own since ours is sleeping, but one that does not conform to our imagination, anchoring it in a reality with physical, painful consequences. Within ones own imagination, we don’t experience consequences because we can imagine any problem away and make everything up. Here, others see us, our behavior, and the body reacts to our actions and actual buried thoughts in a painful way.
As all of the stories tell, these human forms were created in the image of ‘God’. God became ‘men’, as in his wariness is attached to these human forms when one is receiving guidance. God is our truth, our own spirit/soul self accountable to the life force energy itself. The ones giving guidance are many, not one. Their reality could be considered God’s reality, the reality where we become our spirits, we become people aligned with our highest expression of joy, mind body and soul. This place is a gift to those striving for awareness, enlightenment. The help we receive here is priceless. Except it doesn’t feel like a gift to most because it is hard work becoming responsible adults aware of our every thought and action. Becoming aware of our flaws and weaknesses and accepting those. Becoming aware of the flaws in others and accepting them. The process is painful. But more painful on our own. We have beautiful life affirming environments to interact with and beautiful works of art to inspire us. Inspired Music touches the soul and puts the mind at peace. It is gifts like this that make it more bearable and let us know we are not alone in this process. We just need to give to receive. Give effort to receive help. Give appreciation to receive it. It is an opportunity and a tremendous amount of awareness is being given at this time to make the process accelerate if we are open to it.
A human body is a form made to integrate with consciousness so that a person can experience the expression of himself. More than one consciousness (person) can interact with a human form. Guides can be set up to work intimately with another consciousness in the form. This results in two people living the same life together. All the ingredients for the creation of a soul mate experience.
This type of guidance is set up by having the guiding consciousness integrate with the human form. The one receiving the guidance is observing and is within his own, less dense physical form. Together, they share thoughts through the human mind. They each perceive each others thoughts as if they were their own. They each perceive the human mind as if it were their own, neither one being aware of the other (although this was set up with their knowledge). The observer feels as if he is the human and can sense the human body. The guide feels like he is the human and can sense the observer’s body. They are, in a sense, a blended consciousness.
The one receiving the guidance may be stuck in negative patterns of thought so that he is essentially a negative being. If he has any positive attributes to resonate with, the guide can bring this out in him by resonating with those attributes. The guide’s natural tendencies, thought patterns, are to be positive and uplifting. This is necessary when blending with a negative consciousness. Since the tendency of beings is to feel better, the positive inclinations of the guide will more likely be followed than the negative influence of the one receiving guidance. Since the guide is the human, the one receiving guidance will experience the perspective of a positive person. He will experience behaviors and thinking not normally his own which are meant to break his patterns of negative thinking. As they share thoughts, the observer may may have negative thoughts every time, and the guide will think along with him, both in the mind of the human body, until a better feeling thought is reached. This means the thought feels better both in the body of the human guide and the body of the observer. The success of this relies on the guide being one who will not do anything against his/her values and beliefs.
The perspective of the human guide, in this example, is that the human mind is his own and he is thinking things through by himself. The observer is effectively channelling through the human. Both may be speaking at the same time, each one saying parts of whatever the human is speaking. Both see this as themselves speaking. So a sentence may be made up of words spoken by the observer and words spoken by the guide. In this way, neither consciousness is expressing only himself. They are expressing in a blended fashion. Neither one is able to see the expression of only himself. The drawback to this is that the guides thoughts are corrupted by the observer and the observer’s thoughts are effected by the guides. I say corrupted because the positive is corrupted by the negative. The result is hopefully more positive than negative.
The guide, however, is the one in control of the life of the human body. His energy is integrated, so he determines the health and longevity of the body. The negative energy of the observer would result in the death of a human body from disease or suicide if the guide were not providing his own energy. This allows a negative person to have a human experience without having to deal with the health of the body. Hopefully they get to a state positive enough to incarnate into their own body and be able to keep it alive and well.
The observer feels only his own body, which is a less dense physical matter/energy than the human form. He can sense what the human body senses by having his body interact with the less dense energy of the guide. The human guide feels both the human body and the obsever’s body. So the guide feels the emotions of the observer as if they were his own. Then his inclination will be to get to a better feeling place via better feeling thoughts. This is a real experience for the observer to learn how to become a more positive person. He realizes this experience as his own accomplishment since he participated in thinking through every problem and saw it as himself. The guide builds up positive resonance as support. Any positive thought would receive support.
In this way, both go through life in sync with eachother. The guide gets to know the observer intimately – how he thinks, what he thinks, how he feels about everything. The observer also gets to know the guide. Neither will remember themselves until the life is over unless they go through the enlightenment process together. If the two had a positive experience together, they can become soul mates – two people who know eachother better than anyone.
Of course someone receiving this type of guidance, in this example, is a troubled soul which can result in a hard life for both. The goal is to reach a state of being that is more positive than negative by breaking negative thought patterns and interactions and allowing the observer to experience life through the perspective of a positive person.
So keep this in mind when interacting with troubled souls out there. You never know what their story is.
The ancients said, “Clear in the essence, eating and drinking are all for the benefit and health of one’s being; ignorant in the mind, even Zen discourses and utterances are nothing than just meaningless manipulations of consciousness.”
Duality is a conflict of interest derived from our experience as ourselves (soul) and our experience of ourselves through our perception into physicality via the body and mind (ego). We can perceive ourselves in physicality because we have bodies. When we see us, we are then inclined to start defining who we are compared to everyone and everything else. This gives the ego an identity that we use to define ourselves and all of our brothers and sisters. If we chose not to do this, but instead looked outside of ourselves and put our attention on the experience of our interactions without noticing how we respond to the interaction because we are so immersed in the experience, then we would not be limited by definitions.
This is a concept which is outside the context of our life experience in bodies because we are currently not remembering life without them. If we had no body with which to interact with, we could not perceive ourselves and define ourselves. For instance, if we were crying, we would not know it because we can’t perceive tears, but we would know we were not enjoying the interaction. We would not be able to see the expression of ourselves, but we could still feel ourselves. This difference between feeling ourselves and seeing ourselves creates the dichotomy of ego and soul. The feeling ourselves applies to the sense of ourselves irregardless of what the body is feeling.
The body is a suit worn to interact with the physical and interprets energy from you and the environment. You can feel what the body feels, but you would need to train yourself to understand whether you are feeling feedback of yourself or feedback from the environment. Another point to distinguish is the fact that people interact despite their bodies – our consciousness (energy) effects eachother with or without bodies. This can apply to the energy of all things, all of which are made up of the energy of consciousness, and we can interact with that directly if we train ourselves. Otherwise, we are only interacting with the physical portion, ie body to body, thing to thing, body to thing.
For the reasons stated above, life in physicality is ruled by duality for those that are unaware of how things are. A simple synopsis of how things are follows.
We exist outside of physicality. We can connect with this portion of ourselves if we put attention on ourselves by listening to the thoughts that pass through our minds, maintaining awareness of our feeling sense and the interaction causing it (via thought or something else). In a peacefully aware state, we should be able to enjoy our environment without any thought, just experience. Thoughts are the building blocks of physicality. Our minds are used to create via thought so we can have an experience. For this reason, we are not our minds, we just use them as we would use our hands to pick something up.
We are currently experiencing a physical universe defined by patterns of thought which manifest the physical – everything in it. On earth, humans manifest with their thought. Outside earth, all things are manifested via a mind and thought patterns. Our bodies enable us to interact with physicality. Our minds enable us to create in physicality, ourselves, souls, experience physicality.
Physicality has become like a game. We came here to experience and got lost in the experience, which has become like a dream. If we become Lucile in the dream, we reconnect with ourselves and once again control our experience. The game is to regain awareness of ourselves.
There are many consciousnesses in this reality, all at differing levels of awareness. What does awareness mean? Our level of awareness is determined by how much of this reality we are aware of. We can expand our awareness, becoming aware of the conscious energy behind all things, becoming aware of ourselves as we exist outside of physicality, seeing ourselves as beings creating an experience for ourselves. If we look at physicality as a vast holographic projection of conscious energy, then expanded awareness can include perceiving any part of and all of physicality. Because any small part of a hologram contains information of the entire hologram. That is why you should be able to contemplate any object and perceive any part of physicality.
So ther are consciousnesses that have achieved this advanced state of awareness, which technically is where we all began. When immersed in an experience, (in the zone) you can become unaware of what is happening around you, and somehow people get lost and forget. You can remember, increase awareness and get lost again. But thankfully, people look out for people and are always there, In an advanced aware state to help us remember. This can be seen all over Earth right now, with the tremendous dump of information on understanding how we create our own reality right now. Also throughout history with Jesus, Buddha, etc. coming down here with the challenge of regaining awareness in order to leave an instruction booklet behind.
Consciousness comes in all different kinds of personalities which is where the game part comes in. Information is given showing us The Way Out and ther are plenty of people with a great desire to ‘awaken’. These people probably came here to help create a momentum of regaining awareness and are on a path to remember. Ther are opponents in this game. Consciousnesses that like to watch and see if people can regain awareness while they are fed misleading information to go with the instruction booklets. Our challenge is to become aware of ourselves and the fact that there are others both benevolent and not so. The not so like having unaware people around.
To the not so benevolent, unaware people provide them with a means of experiencing through us whatever they can get us to do or feel. As currently unaware beings, other consciousnesses can perceive through our consciousness into our experience. They can manipulate how we feel, put their thoughts into our awareness, if we think our thoughts define us, then they can define us. If we think our feelings i our bodies show us who we are, then they can define who we are. We are interacting with conscious energy at all times. We can be tweaked to their amusement if we do not take responsibility for our awareness. Thankfully, many exists to knock us out of our stupor, but you have to want it. Because you can be made to feel sexually excited when another consciousness wants to have sex through you – and that cange a pleasurable experience, but it is much more pleasurable when you are aware of it and consciously agree to it. Otherwise you end up in relationships that weren’t right for you. This is just one example.
But if you ever see conflicted people working against their own interest and being miserable because of it, they are letting themselves be swept up in energies that are not necessarily reflective of themselves. Everything is still a belief, but we are supposed to consciously create beliefs for our own story, not someone else’s. Otherwise we are being used to live out other consciousness’ fantasies. Their thoughts ca argue with us in our minds, their feelings, energy can effect how we feel and we can’t see them unless we expand our awareness to include the subtle energies around us.
This dynamic is also played out in the physical Earth by humans, but at least we can perceive them and they maybe influenced. The negative side of life on Earth goes against human nature and appears to be insane. Let’s become aware of the reason for the insanity and have compassion for our fellow beings struggling in unawareness while people who want to help vie for our attention and people who want to use us hide.
This game of experience in physicality is a chess game. If you are unaware, you are a pawn. If you are aware, then you are free. Some may even find out they like playing with pawns.
Not die to the lifeless self,
then the immortal nature cannot come alive;
Not quite alive to the immortal,
then one has not quite died to the lifeless;
To live with what is alive and to die to what is dead is only half correct,
To die to the living so the dead come to life,
then the world will be at peace.
Move image, image moving,
image after image arising,
Water waves, waves on water,
ripple after ripple born,
Empty the mind,
the mind of emptiness,
Emptiness just is,
I am aware, aware of “I,”
“I” after “I” follows on.
Grievance must have a culprit, debt its creditor,
Name-calling is quite unnecessary,
The green hills already have many corpses,
Beholding grudge in the Light, then came the Dust.
– Shih, Miao Tsan
Who is seeing, who is listening, who is talking,
Spring flower, spring breeze, the Spirit’s beauty;
Not blind, not deaf, nor speechless,
No eye, no ears, yet wondrous in many ways.
Restless and hurried man pursues in suffering,
cold and warm the seasons passed one by one;
from morning to evening the householder makes a living,
deluded and disoriented the hair turned white;
right and wrong, what day will it all end?
Worried and perplexed, when can it cease?
Clearly and obviously there is a path to cultivate;
no matter what, regardless, people are unwilling to practice.
Functions of Attention
– How to Understand the Mind
by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Attention has four functions:
(1) to focus the mind on a particular object,
(2) to fix the mind on that object,
(3) to prevent the mind from moving from the object, and
(4) to serve as a basis for mindfulness and concentration.
Without the mind being focused and fixed on an object through the power of attention there is no possibility of developing mindfulness and concentration. Every mind has a certain degree of attention, though some minds, such as non-ascertaining perceivers, have very weak attention, whereas others, such as those that occur when we are in an agitated state, have unstable attention that flits from one object to another. To develop concentration we need both strong and stable attention.
DIVISIONS OF ATTENTION
There are two types of attention:
1. Correct attention
2. Incorrect attention
Correct attention is an attention whose engaged object exists, and incorrect attention is an attention whose engaged object does not exist. All wrong awarenesses have incorrect attention.
There is another twofold division of attention:
1. Appropriate attention
2. Inappropriate attention
The former is the same as correct attention and the latter is the same as incorrect attention.
Doubts will exist as long as we live in the world.
Yet, pursuing with joy the road of virtue,
Like the man who observes the rugged path along the precipice, we ought
Gladly and profitably to follow it.
The Essence of Buddhism, Sir Edwin Arnold
“There is no such person as Buddha. Buddha is simply a Sanskrit word meaning “initiate.” The Absolute is immanent in every man’s heart. This “treasure of the heart” is the only Buddha that exists. It is no use seeking Buddha outside your own nature. Prayer, scripture-reading, fasting, the observance of monastic rules—all are useless. Those who seek Buddha do not find him. You may know by heart all the Sūtras of the twelve divisions, and yet be unable to escape from the Wheel of Life and Death. One thing alone avails—to discover the unreality of the World by contemplating the Absolute which is at the root of one’s own nature.
There is no Buddha but your own thoughts. Buddha is the Way. The Way is Zen. This word Zen cannot be understood even of the wise. Zen means ‘for a man to behold his fundamental nature.
The highest truths cannot be written down or taught by speech. A man who cannot write a word, can yet contemplate his own heart and become wise. Knowledge of 1,000 Sūtras and 10,000 Shāstras cannot help him to realise the Absolute within him.”
– Zen Buddhism and its Relation to Art by Arthur Waley
Buddhism recognizes four different kinds of attachments:
1). Sensual attachments to “sounds, odours, tastes, tactile objects, or mental images, objects past, present, or future that arise in the mind, and either correspond to material objects in the world outside or within the body, or are just imaginings”. This is the primary form of attachment because of the appeal of sensual pleasure the world provides.
2). Attachment to opinions which are mainly derived from customs, traditions, ceremonies and religious doctrines. We hang onto opinions that are desirable and worth clinging to. We should always be open to modifying our beliefs, or to not holding onto any beliefs.
3). Attachment to rites and rituals which are meaningless practices that people hold sacred. They have been passed down through generations and are performed without undestanding of their meaning. They are thoughtless attachments to traditional practices. Examples are rituals before going to sleep or eating and beliefs in spirits, celestial beings (including angelic) and magical objects. Understanding why you are doing anything you do is part of understanding your mind.
4). Attachment to the idea of selfhood is the root cause of all suffering. The idea of ‘self’ embodies the ego. This idea encompasses the defintion of self, defining who you are, such as, ‘I am a person who does this, is like this, identifies with this…’ Comparing yourself to others, concerning yourself with how your image appears to others, competing with others fall into this category.
From The Zen Experience by Thomas Hoover
There is a Zen legend that a bearded Indian monk named Bodhidharma (ca. 470-532), son of a South Indian Brahmin king, appeared one day at the southern Chinese port city of Canton, sometime around the year 520. From there he traveled northeast to Nanking, near the mouth of the Yangtze River, to honor an invitation from China’s most devout Buddhist, Emperor Wu of the Liang Dynasty. After a famous interview in which his irreverence left the emperor dismayed, Bodhidharma pressed onward to the Buddhist centers of the north, finally settling in at the Shao-lin monastery on Mt. Sung for nine years of meditation staring at a wall. He then transmitted his insights and a copy of the Lankavatara sutra to a successor and passed on—either physically, spiritually, or both. His devotion to meditation and to the aforementioned sutra were his legacies to China. He was later honored as father of the Chinese Dhyana, or “Meditation,” school of Buddhism, called Ch’an.
The first patriarch of Zen, Bodhidharma’s pathways to enlightenment:
There are many ways to enter the Path, but briefly speaking, they are two sorts only. The one is “Entrance by Reason” and the other “Entrance by Conduct.”6
The first of these paths, the Entrance by Reason, might more properly be called entrance by pure insight. The path advocated seems a blending of Buddhism and Taoism, by which the sutras are used as a vehicle for leading the seeker first to meditation, and then to a nonliterary state of consciousness in which all dualities, all sense of oneself as apart from the world, are erased. This is an early and eloquent summary of Zen’s objectives.
By “Entrance by Reason” we mean the realization of the spirit of Buddhism by the aid of scriptural teaching. We then come to have a deep faith in the True Nature which is one and the same in all sentient beings. The reason that it does not manifest itself is due to the overwrapping of external objects and false thoughts. When one, abandoning the false and embracing the true, and in simpleness of thought, abides in pi-kuan [pure meditation or “wall-gazing”], one finds that there is neither selfhood nor otherness, that the masses and the worthies are of one essence, and firmly holds on to this belief and never moves away therefrom. He will not then be guided by any literary instructions, for he is in silent communication with the principle itself, free from conceptual discrimination, for he is serene and not-acting.7
Bodhidharma is given credit for inventing the term pi-kuan, whose literal translation is “wall-gazing,” but whose actual meaning is anyone’s guess. Pi-kuan is sometimes called a metaphor for the mind’s confrontation with the barrier of intellect—which must eventually be hurdled if one is to reach enlightenment. In any case, this text is an unmistakable endorsement of meditation as a means for tranquilizing the mind while simultaneously dissolving our impulse to discriminate between ourselves and the world around us. It points out that literary instructions can go only so far, and at last they must be abandoned in favor of reliance on the intuitive mind.8
The other Path (or Tao) he described was called the “Entrance by Conduct” and invokes his Indian Buddhist origins. The description of “conduct” was divided into four sections which, taken together, were intended to subsume or include all the possible types of Buddhist practice.
By “Entrance by Conduct” is meant the Four Acts in which all other acts are included. What are the four? 1. How to requite hatred; 2. To be obedient to karma; 3. Not to seek after anything; and 4. To be in accord with the Dharma.9
The first Act of Conduct counseled the believer to endure all hardships, since they are payment for evil deeds committed in past existences.
What is meant by “How to requite hatred”? Those who discipline themselves in the Path should think thus when they have to struggle with adverse conditions: During the innumerable past ages I have wandered through multiplicity of existences, all the while giving myself to unimportant details of life at the expense of essentials, and thus creating infinite occasions for hate, ill-will, and wrong-doing. While no violations have been committed in this life, the fruits of evil deeds in the past are to be gathered now. Neither gods nor men can foretell what is coming upon me. I will submit myself willingly and patiently to all the ills that befall me, and I will never bemoan or complain. In the Sutra it is said not to worry over ills that may happen to you. Why? Because through intelligence one can survey [the whole chain of causation]. When this thought arises, one is in concord with the principle because he makes the best use of hatred and turns it into the service of his advance towards the Path. This is called the “way to requite hatred.”10
The second Rule of Conduct is to be reconciled to whatever comes, good or evil. It seems to reflect the Taoist attitude that everything is what it is and consequently value judgments are irrelevant. If good comes, it is the result of meritorious deeds in a past existence and will vanish when the store of causative karma is exhausted. The important thing to realize is that none of it matters anyway.
We should know that all sentient beings are produced by the interplay of karmic conditions, and as such there can be no real self in them. The mingled yarns of pleasure and pain are all woven of the threads of conditioning causes. . . . Therefore, let gains and losses run their natural courses according to the ever changing conditions and circumstances of life, for the Mind itself does not increase with the gains nor decrease with the losses. In this way, no gales of self-complacency will arise, and your mind will remain in hidden harmony with the Tao. It is in this sense that we must understand the rule of adaptation to the variable conditions and circumstances of life.11
The third Rule of Conduct was the teaching of the Buddha that a cessation of seeking and a turning toward nonattachment brings peace.
Men of the world remain unawakened for life; everywhere we find them bound by their craving and clinging. This is called “attachment.” The wise, however, understand the truth, and their reason tells them to turn from the worldly ways. They enjoy peace of mind and perfect detachment. They adjust their bodily movements to the vicissitudes of fortune, always aware of the emptiness of the phenomenal world, in which they find nothing to covet, nothing to delight in. . . . Everyone who has a body is an heir to suffering and a stranger to peace. Having comprehended this point, the wise are detached from all things of the phenomenal world, with their minds free of desires and craving. As the scripture has it, “All sufferings spring from attachment; true joy arises from detachment.” To know clearly the bliss of detachment is truly to walk on the path of the Tao.12
The fourth Rule of Conduct was to dissolve our perception of object-subject dualities and view life as a unified whole. This merging of self and exterior world Bodhidharma calls pure mind or pure reason.
The Dharma is nothing else than Reason which is pure in its essence. This pure Reason is the formless Form of all Forms; it is free of all defilements and attachments, and it knows of neither “self” nor “other.”13
HOW WE APPEAR
• The identity I project to the outer environment
• Who I want you to think I am
• The facade
• Ideal for the world
WHO WE REALLY ARE
• How I feel
• Who I really am
• How I am an the inside
• Ideal for self
– Joe Dispenza, “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself”
The mind is split between loyalty to the ego and yourself. Your consciousness and the ego form the duality. The ego is the you as you define yourself with a body, the I that you compare and contrast yourself against everything that is not yourself. The ‘inner being’ that reflects your true self, or ‘higher self’, is the you that you feel when you look out at life while forgetting yourself. To experience this version of yourself, you would be so absorbed in what you were paying attention to that you are focused on your experience of it rather than watching or feeling yourself experience it. These two ways of experiencing yourself is the duality or split mind.
This split is referred to as the separation. At some point in our existence, we decided to explore, ‘I’, and began perceiving life from the perspective of our own identity. This need to define ourselves, contrast ourselves with all external things and beings is the source of the ego. Our bodies enable us to perceive ourselves. Without them, we would just experience without perceiving ourselves – we would just feel ourselves and explore who we are through interactions with others. The others would perceive us based on their experience of us, but we would not be paying attention to how we appear.
Seeing ourselves via a body has led to a fascination with ourselves to the point where our existence is now defined by defining who we are. Without bodies, or even with a body, but without perceiving via the ego, our existence would consist of experiencing interactions. We would discover ourselves by discovering our preferences resulting from interacting. With the ego, we are not exploring our true selves, we are trying to define ourselves, limiting ourselves by trying to fit ourselves into a pre-defined mold (like ‘I am a person who…’). Without the ego, we would just say, ‘I like that’ or ‘I prefer something else’, not ‘I am that’.
Because of our focus through bodies, we are constantly in conflict between pleasing our ego, or need to define ourselves, and following our highest excitement that aligns with our true selves – the consciousness that perceives through the body. Our minds are split between loyalty to one or the other. Our deepest desires come from our souls, our true selves. Our desires born of life in physicality which sees all as separate, considers only the ego, the ‘I’ you talk about as yourself to others.
This separation is only an illusion to enable us to experience the idea of being an isolated, completely autonomous being. It is an illusion because our consciousness consists of energy that is connected to all life. Consider that we live immersed in the conscious energy of God. This alone connects us to an intelligence that is connected to all life. Whether we perceive it in bodies or not, our consciousness shares thoughts and the energy of emotions with every interaction. Our bodies die, but we live. This illusion of separation and the bodies that make it possible gave us a new paradigm of mortality. Our souls know we are immortal. Our ego knows we are mortal. This is one of the primary conflicts that plays out in religion and is a source of fear.
Giving ourselves the illusion of separation makes us feel cut off from God, Source, the communion with life, the communion with the true selves of every person we interact with. All emotions stem from this conflict with the exception of love. We cannot experience real love until we shed our ego selves. We come closest to this with the experience of having children and loving them without thinking of ourselves at all.
The goal of mindfulness is to return to a recognition that we are not our bodies. That our minds are the source of how we feel. That our minds are only sane if we think as beings that are bodiless, but are just using bodies to perceive physicality, not to define ourselves. To do this we need to interact with our attention fully on whomever we are interacting with so that we are not aware of ourselves – how we appear, who we are in comparison, etc.
To become our true selves, we must essentially ascend from the perception of ourselves as individuals separated via bodies. We must stop identifying ourselves. We must let go and follow our hearts, our souls. This is very difficult to do if you are enjoying life here with your current identity. That is why a rich man finds it impossible to get into heaven and why so few people become ‘enlightened’. Letting go of identification seems like letting go of a distinction of yourself as compared to others. But there are people living among us without ego identification that are unique individuals as examples of how we don’t lose a sense of ourselves. We gain a love of ourselves because we are finally living according to our preferences, without judgement and with love. It is interesting to ask someone who does not identify with the body, ‘who are you?’.
“The ego justifies this on the grounds that it makes you seem “better” than they are, thus obscuring your equality with them still further.”
“Do not allow the body to be a mirror of a split mind. Do not let it be an image of your own perception of littleness. Do not let it reflect your decision to attack.”
‘You dream of a separated ego and believe in a world that rests upon it. This is very real to you. You cannot undo it by not changing your mind about it.’
“The separation is merely another term for a split mind.”
“It is solely a device of the ego to make you feel different from your brothers and separated from them. The ego justifies this on the grounds that it makes you seem “better” than they are, thus obscuring your equality with them still further.”
“Do not allow the body to be a mirror of a split mind. Do not let it be an image of your own perception of littleness. Do not let it reflect your decision to attack.”
“A split mind is endangered, and the recognition that it encompasses completely opposed thoughts within itself is intolerable. Therefore the mind projects the split, not the reality. Everything you perceive as the outside world is merely your attempt to maintain your ego identification, for everyone believes that identification is salvation. Yet consider what has happened, for thoughts do have consequences to the thinker. You have become at odds with the world as you perceive it, because you think it is antagonistic to you. This is a necessary consequence of what you have done. You have projected outward what is antagonistic to what is inward, and therefore you would have to perceive it this way. That is why you must realize that your hatred is in your mind and not outside it before you can get rid of it; and why you must get rid of it before you can perceive the world as it really is.”
“God gave you the real world in exchange for the one you made out of your split mind, and which is the symbol of death. For if you could really separate yourself from the Mind of God you would die.”
“You cannot trust your own love when you attack it. You cannot learn of perfect love with a split mind, because a split mind has made itself a poor learner. You tried to make the separation eternal, because you wanted to retain the characteristics of creation, but with your own content. Yet creation is not of you, and poor learners do need special teaching.”
“In a split mind, identity must seem to be divided. Nor can anyone perceive a function unified which has conflicting purposes and different ends. Correction, to a mind so split, must be a way to punish sins you think are yours in someone else. And thus does he become your victim, not your brother, different from you in that he is more guilty, thus in need of your correction, as the one more innocent than he. This splits his function off from yours, and gives you both a different role. And so you cannot be perceived as one, and with a single function that would mean a shared identity with but one end.”
“Until the “separation,” which is the meaning of the “fall,” nothing was lacking.”
“A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct. This sense of separation would never have arisen if you had not distorted your perception of truth, and had thus perceived yourself as lacking. The idea of order of needs arose because, having made this fundamental error, you had already fragmented yourself into levels with different needs.”
Separation = a detour into fear