Everything that we experience in our three-dimensional human lives is an illusion. It is the result of energy which has come together to manifest a physical experience. At a sub-atomic level, we are constructed from the same energy that makes up everything in our realities. The tables, chairs, houses, computers, earth, sky, so on. Everything is made of the same energy. The most potent realisation here, then, is that we are the same as each other – every human is created from the same Source and is thus constructed from the same energy. Once we understand that the borders and barriers between one “physical” object and another are purely illusory, then it becomes clear to us that we are all interconnected on a very subtle level. At a very simple, fundamental level, we are one.
What many call “God” and what a significantly large portion of humans also refer to as Tao, Spirit, The Primordial Ohm and – my personal favourite – Source, is this energy we spoke about above. The piece of the puzzle which is yet unaccounted for is consciousness. It’s been disputed for millennia, the idea of consciousness. In exploring this idea, let’s take into account that all religions basically teach the same thing: love, compassion, respect, empathy – and the fact that we were created by some ineffable “thing”… It’s also a common belief that we – humans – were created in the “image” of this ‘God’. Based on the fact that, that appears to make life move and continue to exist is consciousness (when consciousness leaves the body, the body ceases to be in quite the same way) then we can deduce that God is consciousness. And so say that we were created in the image of God would be to say that we are an expression of the Source of all things and that all things are constructed of this energy which is consciousness.
So when asked what “God” is, I respond… To me, God is the source of all that is. It is consciousness and it is energy. It is the life force energy which comes together to compel life to be. It is all we are and all we are not. It is everything and no thing. (So that means, I am saying that there’s no white haired beardy man in the sky with a personality, conflicted morals and values and quick-to-anger temperament. This also means that there’s not some angry parent figure in the clouds who knows better than us – it means we’re not playing damage control with imperfection. This means that we – as physical humans – are looked to for the expansion of knowledge. I’m not saying you have to believe me. But this is what my life’s experiences – physical and otherwise – have shown me)
Before We’re Born
Between lives, we exist primarily in a non-physical dimension where we choose where, when, to whom and under what circumstances we are born. We choose the lives we choose based on the desires we gave rise to in previous lives. For example, if I had never truly been loved in a previous life, I would incarnate in circumstances which would allow me to fully experience what being loved feels like. So forth and so on. (We call this knowledge gained through adverse conditions, “expansion.”) During this time, our [spirit] guides choose us and we choose them. The incarnate and their guides choose each other based on the expansion that will be gained during the life. If an entity will gain expansion by observing an incarnate and guiding them through their life, then they will offer themselves as a guide. An incarnate can have any number of guides participating in their life at any one time. Often, guides come and go based on how they can help and how much expansion will be gained by themselves, the other guides and the incarnate. If a certain guide is able to bring about more expansion, they will step in. Although we have multiple guides participating at any one time, we usually have a primary guide who helps us most often. The primary guide position is filled by the guide who can offer the most expansion at any one guide.
When we die, the energy that came together to manifest the incarnate dissipates and returns to Source. During this process, nothing is lost.
The Law Of Attraction
The law of attraction is one of the laws of this reality which dictates that like attracts like. Everything is attracted and attracting. When we entertain a notion within our consciousness for any extended period of time (longer than about a minute) then the object of our focus will begin to manifest in our reality. If we think about dogs for a few minutes and then go for a walk, we’re likely to see more dogs on this walk than any others. Unless we have resistance to seeing dogs or don’t fully believe that we are the attractor and thus creator of our reality. Resistance is the thing which confuses our vibration. If we are focusing on something but have resistance to it actually manifesting in our reality then we will manifest the core of the desire in a way in which the resistance in apparent. For example, we might visualise meeting our perfect partner every day and then meet someone who seems like our perfect partner. If we have resistance – for example, the subconscious belief like “I’m not good enough to have what I truly desire,” then we may manifest this perfect partner into our lives under circumstances where we cannot be together for some reason. The nature of the reason will detail more information on the resistance.
In order to understand our suffering, we must allow ourselves to feel and explore our negative emotions. Our ego patterns guide us into negative emotion and our hearts guide us into positive emotion. When we experience suffering, that negative emotion is a signal to sit with the feeling, allow ourselves to feel it fully, explore it to learn what we can and then give ourselves a chance to heal. It’s very common, in today’s society, that we allow ourselves to slowly bleed from our hearts because we have only bandaged up a wound instead of doing what we can to help ourselves heal completely. To really heal, we must give ourselves permission to fully experience the feelings we’re having, go deeper and then pull out the splinters.
Good & Bad – Constructive & Destructive
Good and bad are entirely subjective. What’s good for one person, may not be for the next. It’s all down to each person’s ego patterns and how they see and deal with the world as a result of these patterns. Our ego patterns come from our negative experiences in early life. For example, if – as a child – we are told that we can’t be trusted then we will grow up feeling unable to trust ourselves. This would result in another asking us to do a favour for them being stressful for us as we can’t trust ourselves. So in that instance, for that person, it could be considered a ‘bad’ thing to be expected to be responsible and think for themselves and it could be considered a ‘good’ thing to have every step of the way outlined for them. In understanding that for each person the definition of good and bad differs greatly, we can begin to develop compassion for everybody we meet. This compassion can be cultivated through meditation on the fact that each person has had a unique sequence of experiences which have led them to this point. Reflection on this notion guides us into an understand that everybody is doing the best they can with what they have and thus several things become apparent… 1. There is no such thing as an overreaction. 2. Everybody is only doing what they feel is right based on their experiences and the consequential perception of “good and bad” 3. Those of us who aren’t aware of this fact may act without compassion, kindness, understanding or consideration for others perspective’s.
Because of how black and white the general perception of good and bad is, I find it to be most beneficial to drop the notions of good and bad out all together. Instead of dealing in absolutes with no grey areas, I work with positives and negatives and the constructive and destructive elements within any given situations. This allows us to entertain the nuances. Nothing in this life is cut and dry – one way or the other. There is so much potential and so many variables that to try and pigeon hole everything that we experience is an entirely futile effort! In fact it’s an endeavour which, in my experience, only tends to cause suffering.
Living From The Heart
In giving ourselves the permission to fully feel all of our feelings, we open up to a whole new world of understanding. Through meditating upon the interconnectivity present in the universe, we start to see that everything with affects another – be it positively or negatively – affects us also. Every reaction has a response from the environment. Everything is constantly attracted by and is attracting responses from the environment. When we experience something, the experience is translated into feeling by our sensory perceptions (through our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin, various esp and so on) This information is then decoded by our brains. When this happens, the information is filtered through our ego patterns which give meaning to the information. Then we have a choice… Do we react from an intellectually focused viewpoint, or do we respond from a heart-based standpoint. A careful balance of the two is what I’d recommend. It gives the individual the ability to perceive multiple angles of any given situation and respond accordingly.
In today’s modern society however, many of us rarely allow our feelings to guide us through our experience. We would much rather intellectualise and act solely on logic. And often those of us who act on emotion tend to re-act as opposed to respond. The difference between the two being a re-action is an action which is being taken again. A respond is a more balanced and considered approach to the situation. When we allow solely our ego patterns to create a reaction to what we are experiencing, the result can often be destruction. Although destruction doesn’t always mean ‘bad’, once again a careful and consider response is always beneficial.
The ego is the illusion of separateness which exists within the experience of life that incarnated consciousness has. The idea of separateness exists within the consciousness of non-physical entities also, but it less of an illusion because awareness of it’s illusory state is commonplace. Many times, the ego is fought with and resisted. Often we make an enemy of the ego with ideas like “The ego is out to get me,” “The ego is selfishness and acting based on ‘ego desires’ will only create unhappiness for me.” First off, if we believe that the ego is out to get us then – due to the law of attraction – we will have experiences which convince us that this is the case. Secondly, if the ego is the illusion of separateness and we have dubbed the ‘ego desires’ as “selfish” then it seems like we can’t win as we’re either being selfish or we are self-sacrificing.On top of this, when we make an enemy of the ego, we are reinforcing the illusion of separateness by entertaining the notion that the ego exists separately from consciousness and thus source.
So, for these reasons and many more, when it comes to the ego I say “Let’s not make an enemy of something which we share a body with day-to-day.” The ego isn’t some evil, malicious demon playing devil’s advocate with our every movement. The ego is really a very clever, very sophisticated sort of memory recorder and player-backerer. From the moment we’re born, the ego is active. It’s like a cam-corder, recording every little detail of what it experiences. For the first few years of our lives, the ego’s ‘input’ function is active but it’s ‘output’ function is mostly inactive until the child hits the “terrible twos” whereupon the child’s ego kicks-in on full power and shows the parents what they have learned from them and their habits. The parents usually hate this and punish the child.
From the age of 2 until about 6-8 (give or take) the child is programmed and re-programmed time and time again until they hit teenage where the ego kicks-in once and for all and the incarnate attempts to challenge everything they know in order to gain their own identity. Usually the ego patterns of the newly teenaged incarnate only allow for closed circles of thought and self-limiting belief patterns. These destructive ego patterns are what gives ego it’s bad name. But the truth of it is, the ego is purely a conduit and translator for the incarnate’s life experience. All the ego has done is taken the raw data, filed it, repeated it back, had it corrected and re-programmed by a third party, assimilated the new information and then enacted it once again. “A bad work-man blames his tools.” It’s not the ego that’s to blame. If we are going to blame anything, we can pick fault with the life experiences that the young child was a part of. But, better than blame is understanding, empathy and consideration. Better still, is the acceptance and approval of these patterns in pursuit of a more harmonious life.