I had dinner with a very strongly opinionated local French girl who had a near death experience. She said, “you probably meditate all wrong”. My ego reacted with self righteous indignation, “how dare she!” I explained, politely for the most part, that she was obviously full of shit because I had learned from the best of the best. And, every day for years I did this routine…20 minutes, incense and candles, emptying my mind..blah blah blah. She said you’re just chasing the good feelings, the light (well, who wouldn’t want to do that, that’s the point, right?); but what about really feeling the dark shadow side?” (These are my words, not her exact words).
I’m thinking, where you focus is what your reality becomes. Where your energy level is, is the place from which you create your thoughts, emotions, your projections, your reality. Well, they say, when you’re ready, the teacher appears. I seem to have a flock of them, dropping out of the sky, showing up at the end of my driveway or from behind the barn. I pay attention to some of them right away and others….maybe I have an “Aha” moment a year or two later.
…For example, a year ago, I met this stranger on an airplane. He referred a book to me that had some “aha” things that I felt were important for me to know at this time. Ironically, a year ago I was not yet at this point, which is probably why I carried his note around for months, even losing it from time to time. Only recently had I become intrigued with examining Big Love, to find my version of the “Golden Egg”.
I found the referred book to be all Quantum and combined Eastern and Western Philosophies. It spoke more specifically to the interplay of light and darkness, and other dualities that cause chaos within ourselves and in our Universe….
The book that Airplane guy wrote down for me was “The Science and Practice of Humility” by Jason Gregory. It turns out that Jason is a teacher and international speaker specializing in the fields of Eastern and Western philosophy, comparative religion, metaphysics, and ancient cultures, studying the masters in Buddhism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Hinduism, and Taoism and produced the Sacred Sound of Creation.” I have gathered and would like to share some concepts as I understood them, as well as excerpts from his book. I found it all quite interesting and believe it to be my next stepping stone in my search for “Big Love.”
Jason Gregory says, “The mind is like a paint brush and the world we see is our canvas. Mental alchemy is the art of manifestation, which is not as simple as thinking glorious thoughts. Throughout the ages these teachings have given rise to the illusion that we can create our own reality by just focusing on what we want. That is only an attempt to gain something in the material world to boost and perpetuate the ego. It maintains the illusion of separation. A mental projection coming from the ego won’t be what we truly want or need. Such delusions will not result in the manifestation of our conscious projections. In such a case attention will not be focused in one place, and there will be no force behind it to become a reality. Those who attempt to create their own reality from the egotistical side of their psyche are no better than those who are not aware that they create their own reality. Both are contributing to a collective projection of chaos and entropy because their mental states are not focused in one direction.”
The core of our spiritual awareness is to know that the universe is not separate from us but we are joined as one living, breathing conscious organism. If we are the eyes of the universe, we see that all of the war and discord on one level is actually harmony on a higher level. The chaos is necessary and is the rhythm of the eternal harmony.
ALCHEMY AND THE PHYSICAL PLANE
Physical Relationship Relative to Subatomic Particles:
Most of our problems throughout the cosmos originate from our not understanding how subatomically our world is connected to our thoughts and emotions. “Subatomic particles are controlled by the mental plane of consciousness, which creates the physical world.” Thus we create the reality we experience, every moment of it. We are distracted by ego, which focuses on the inauthentic “love and light” and wants only to experience pleasant realities.
Physical Projection and Mental Alchemy::
If we can understand the energetic world, we will begin to understand why certain situations and events cross our paths. Soon we will gain a deeper knowing and intuition. The physical world is only energy driven and shaped from the mental plane by the energy of the mind. Magnetic opposites, the physical and mental planes exist under a universal law that allows one to flow to the other.
“Physical matter is condensed energy formed and created by the force of the mind. The wisdom traditions of eternity know we create our own reality…..focusing their energy on the mental plane toward conscious manifestation, they created an ancient science known as ‘mental alchemy.’ Alchemy is the science of turning mental thoughts into golden projections upon the physical world or, in other words, turning the lead of the ego into gold.”
To find out who you are, you can use the art of mental alchemy by exploring your consciousness to discover the things that are natural to your inner being. “Then your energy will naturally flow toward that passion and then your art will be expressed on the physical plane – hence you create your own reality. One of the main goals in mental alchemy is exactly this discover of one’s purpose, which leads one down the path toward deeper realization of the true self that unfolds like a flower.”
EGO AND CHOAS
Focusing on Love and Light is not the answer:
He says, that individuals who believe they are creating their own reality by just focusing on ‘love and light’ while ignoring our darker aspects of being, are contributing to the disruption and chaos. “The result of ignorance within our being is that the subatomic world we create manifests as the physical world in a perpetual state of war. This stimulates a deep fear of all life, which maintains the illusion of separation. War is nothing more than a symptom of an individual’s conditional psyche projected into the physical plane.”
Duality and the price we pay in our search for Pleasure only:
We are focused on the illusion, as human beings, of being separate. This breeds fear but fear is not the enemy. Fear can be a guide to become more humble. We do not want to feel fear or pain, so we control that instinct by seeking pleasure. This is a control based on duality and denies that the existence of both pain and pleasure are not really separate feelings. Pain can only exist because we know pleasure and vice versus.
If we truly knew this and were able to genuinely embrace both, then we would not be gripped by fear and pain. When we identify with pleasure, we then cling to it, trying to hold on; but this only contributes to a form of suffering. In actuality, the moment we seek to hold on, we have lost the pleasure of being in that moment of pleasure. We become so attuned to the false ego that this creates the disharmonic state of mankind.
We want to believe that the chaos of the world –such as political, social, or religious–can be rectified leading us to our next evolutionary step. Evolution is dependent upon the growth of the individual and not the order of a society. Dwelling within the body-mind state of consciousness, we are trying to heal a chaotic world with a chaotic mind. When we believe they we are the identity of ego, we believe in separation. Separation is the seed of chaos. The flaw exists in all of us and our world is a reflection of that.
SEPARATION FROM EACH OTHER AND GAIA
Most of us do not understand that we are part of Earth, not separate from it. That belief is apparent today more than ever as we challenge, insult and destroy our planet, our home, thinking of it as a place to live without truly knowing that it is ‘conscious intelligence’. Ego is a manufactured mental program that operates within most sentient beings, keeping the physical plane in a state of chaos. We see the planet in a narrow form and don’t see ourselves as an integral part of a grand planetary unfoldment. “Ego is the ultimate extension of a planetary system’s sensitivity” but cannot see that the universe is constantly unfolding. Nothing begins and nothing ends. It just changes.
We accept the illusion that the source of the universe and eternity are found outside of our consciousness in the external world. This includes socially accepted slavery through transactions to obtain what we call money. This makes us even more separate in what often appears to be a dog eat dog world.
Duality and Ego Transcendence:
“The duality existing within the mental framework is built on the premise that there is the false ego and the true self. The problem with this view is the fact that the ego does not exist. Many people who tread the path of spiritual cultivation make a common mistake in this view of their own mental framework-after identifying the ego chattering within their head, they set out to battle against it. Some arrogantly set off to transcend the mind, not realizing that nothing is more egotistic than that.”
To transcend the mind, we must empty our mind in order to reestablish connection with the spiritual plane. This is the only space where duality no longer exists and opposites within and without dissolve.
Separation and Conflict:
“Humility allows the universe to be what it is, looking upon it with the same clarity as the child who sees the world with no boundaries. As the dance of chaos continues, the humble individual is unfazed, as they do not doubt their own experience. The idea that the world needs to be saved is a conditional opinion, based on our fears and anxieties, which feed our ego. The opinion of one is the opposite of another, which fuels conflict.”
SO WHAT ABOUT BIG LOVE?
It’s Bigger than carnal Love:
Throughout the ages, a collective parasite has infected us with the illusion that carnal love is real love.” Believing that our animal drives are love suppresses the evolution of consciousness.” True Love is limitless and sexual desire is a distant cousin which only ties us to the animal kingdom.
Conditional vs. Unconditional Love:
“Loving an individual or some object is conditioned by ideas and opinions about how the other and object should be”. This is not the attuned and receptive nature of the universe, thus it cannot be humility or love. “What love truly is cannot be experienced unless one is humbly receptive to all experience.” When we finally truthfully realize that love is unconditional, and not bound by the limitations of our judgments, only then can we let go of the common conceptual idea of love. In the great work of eternity, if we can truly let love go, then our real love will become present. False love is also a symptom of the illusion that the great work of eternity is in the external world.”
Every person who I’ve met that has experienced a “Near Death Experience” or every NDE’r who’s book I have read, talks about the profound understanding that all of us are connected and how they can suddenly telepathically understand everyone else.
Jason says, “One of the resulting insights into consciousness is that even though individuals appear separate from all life in the physical plane, we are more intrinsically interwoven into the fabric of matter than we can imagine. In this pure seeing we can gain knowledge that we are not only an integral part of the cosmos, but are in truth the eyes and the ears of the cosmos and planet Earth.”
From Lao-tzu’s eternal scripture the Tao Te Ching, on Duality
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and no-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and Short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but don’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.