Why We Contain the Universe

July 17, 2017

The deeper we go within, into the depths of our own Consciousness and Psyche, the more we withdraw our attention from the outside world.  The farther within that we dig, the less influence the outside world has on us.

This can be, and I think usually is, a sign of insight and depth of vision.

As insight deepens, consciousness “shrinks”: its focus is more toward the center of one’s being, and the outer “edges” of awareness tend to shrink (or expand) with the range of focus of one’s attention.

It’s not easy to find the center at first.  It’s underneath “stuff”: the burden of unresolved past painful experience and the fuzziness of things we “learned” that aren’t really true.

The burden is called “negativity.”

The fuzziness is called “wrong beliefs.”

Together, negativity and wrong beliefs are called the “ego” or the “false self.”

Negativity and wrong beliefs are also the substance of which attachments are made.

Ego and attachments cause consciousness to be focused on the “surface” of awareness, where Soul and Matter meet to form “flesh”–that is, the body and its needs, desires, and sensations.

Someone deeply asleep in the darkness of ego is deeply identified with the body.

The bodily identity is called the “(surface) personality.”  It consists of bodily characteristics, innate personal qualities, urges, and a name and mailing address.  It also has a social group, usually a family.

The personality is temporary and constantly changing in accordance with experience.

Experience happens on the outside, in the collective dream-reality of society and sensation.  Experience registers on the inside, at the center of one’s consciousness.

The center goes all the way “in” (or “up”), to a more collective or shared version of consciousness.  The collective or shared consciousness at the center of (one’s personal) consciousness is cause, and the outer world of experience is effect.

A “point of consciousness” is a self-aware, aware, or semi-aware being (or object).  A human or dolphin is self-aware.  A dog or amoeba is aware.  An enzyme or atom is semi-aware.

All points of consciousness are “connected to” this central-consciousness database through their own centers of consciousness.  All points of consciousness are points of exchange of information between the inner center of consciousness and the outer world of experience.

What is exchanged is–and must be–information from other points of consciousness, including thoughts and sensations.

This means that when I (consciousness) look out my eyes into another set of eyes, consciousness is seeing itself–from both sides of the interaction.

In every interaction, something is shared.  This “something” is recorded in the centers of consciousness that are present in the interaction.

All the information collected and stored in the ultimate center of every center of consciousness equals the sum total of everything that has ever been experienced in the history of existence.

As experience becomes more complex, there are more unique situations and opportunities for interaction to happen and be “recorded” in the central center of consciousness.  This is one purpose of Existence: to provide a vast array of different kinds of experience.

We can accurately say that the central center of consciousness “knows all.”  A lot of people call this central center of consciousness “God.”

Since it is causative to everything that happens, has ever happened, or ever will happen, it is.  Since it knows all, it is.  Since it is everywhere all at once, it is.  Since it “can do anything” (because it DOES everything), it is.

Right there in the center.  Small as a mustard seed, small as a grain of sand.  Like a tiny candle flame that ever (not “never”) changes but is static.

This tiny center within us and everything else is enormously huge.  After all, it caused and causes everything.

It is everywhere, in everything, unable to be scraped off or squeezed out of anything.

Unable to be sliced in half.

It is huger and grander than the universe we can see or know.  It contains the universe.  The universe exists within it, surrounded and penetrated by it.

It it, we live and move and have our being.  Literally!

And it’s all there, sitting quietly and patiently, being unaffected, always, free for the taking, hidden but accessible.  Inside you.

God. In you.

THIS is why there’s a Golden Rule.  Jesus understood.  Do unto others…because they ARE you.

Namasté.

(“The divinity in me bows to the divinity in you.”)

Written on July 17, 2010, and freshly edited on July 17, 2017

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Techniques for Spiritual Advancement

November 15, 2011

These are some techniques or practices that can help anyone to advance on his or her own spiritual path. Everyone is in a different place on the path, so what works wonders for one person might be a poor choice for another.

Why do all these techniques start with the letter “M”? They just do.

1. Meditation. This is the ages-old technique for “going within” and perceiving inwardly. Basically, any technique that produces bodily relaxation while retaining sharp mental focus can be called “meditation,” including self-hypnosis, pre-sleep prayer, or even driving on the highway. The important distinction that makes a mind-awake/body-asleep practice “meditation” is its purpose. If you relax your body and focus on your “inner world” for the purpose of understanding, I call that meditation. If you do it to reduce stress, I call it therapy.

2. Mindfulness. I liken this practice to the “prayer without ceasing” mentioned by Paul of Tarsus in the New Testament. This is my preferred method because it works for me. While mindfulness isn’t “prayer” in the sense of supplication or thanksgiving, it is maintaining awareness of the NOW moment at all times. In doing so, you become more aware of your actions, the thoughts that precede them, and the memories or other background mental circumstances that precede thoughts.

In fact, you become more aware of everything: relationships, sensations, circumstances, and so on. Eventually, you can use your state of mindfulness to “see” otherwise hidden parts of reality such as other people’s motives. The most important quality of mindfulness is that, if you pursue it with honesty and determination, you can bring your conscious mind to the point of perception of reality’s Oneness.

3. Memory. Everything you do reminds you of something you did before, unless you’re truly doing something new, like bungee jumping. Even then, your current emotional state probably brings up a memory from a previous situation in which you had the same (or similar) feelings.

If you’re attentive to these subtle hints of memory, you can learn to trace your present experiences back in time to previous experiences. In this way, you learn the causality that your past experiences have on your present, and you learn that you have the simple but profound power to prevent this otherwise automatic occurrence—just by not allowing that “connection” to happen.

This disconnection of present experience from past experiences leads to freedom in the present.

The automation of experience, caused by the connection in memory of otherwise unrelated experiences, is the opposite of the awakened state. Automation, or “asleepness,” is the current “normal” state of most human beings.

4. Music. Music affects us in keeping with the state of its composer when it was written, and of its performer(s) when it is played. Like the written word, music proceeds from mental/emotional states and it tends to produce a similar state when listened to. This is why we can or can’t “get into” certain kinds of music, and it’s why our friends tend to like the same kinds of music that we do. We’re on similar “wavelengths” (which is why we’re friends to begin with!).

Certain kinds of music uplift us emotionally, and others bring us down. Some music helps us to break free spiritually, and other music focuses on limiting physical circumstances. It’s important to realize that popular music more often reinforces the status quo unless it genuinely moves us to feel appreciation or other emotions of beauty.

5. Mimicry. Although not one of the more effective self-awakening activities, sometimes it’s helpful to put oneself in the shoes of an authentic spiritual teacher. This is the way of religion: outward appearances. You might not understand why a hatha yoga master would contort his body in a certain way, but if you do it yourself you might get some inkling of why.

By the same token, if you’re a yoga master you might very well produce your own methods that someone less able than yourself could use in order to grow.

6. Mirrors. Our relationships are sometimes our greatest teachers because in other people we see ourselves reflected. What does this mean? Other people constantly give us feedback about our behavior (which is the outward expression of our “inner” selves). The closer or more intimate our relationship is with any particular person (and the more aware and committed that person is), the more meaningful and intimate will be the feedback we get from that person.

It is important to understand that people with little or no familiarity with us on a personal level can give us only limited feedback, while those who know us better will give us better—more accurate—mirroring and feedback.

While not comprehensive, the information given here can and does help to improve people’s understanding of themselves and the reality they experience. A true “spiritual” path, taken all the way to its goal of realizing that the Universe and the individual operate as a single unit, will encompass many more experiences than can be contained in a single essay.


Finding the Real God

September 23, 2011

If you really seek God, it’s up to you to search. God rewards those who persistently seek truth. If you persist in your search, you will find other people helping you along the way and circumstances will line up to lead you to the next step on your path.

God isn’t a dog that comes when called. God is an essential part of you that you have to uncover by clearing away all the garbage in your life that obscures your vision of God and truth.

A good first step in finding God is simply stopping and looking around. Everything here is for your benefit!

What’s blocking your view of God? Problems.

Get rid of them and see what’s left. Your problems, remember, are yours. You created them in some way, and it’s up to you to solve them. Solving them is an effective way to see (God) more clearly.

How do we know what problems to solve? Anything we value more than understanding blocks our view.

God is Love. There is no fear in Love. When you find the true God, your fears will stop dominating your thoughts and you will be free. God is in you and all around you. Look!

(Written in 2005 and freshly edited on December 19, 2016.)


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