Sunday, June 12, 2016

Why Do I Feel Like I Am the Body?

Are we really just Awareness? How come I so strongly naturally gravitate towards the belief that I am a form, a body? After all, I am not aware of the object in my visual field unless I look at it. Perhaps it is because a large percentage of my perceptions in my Awareness right now seems to be of the body right now. How I am sitting, any aches or pains, the sensations of my hand touching the keyboard, thoughts that are coming into my awareness, these all constitute as what I perceive of as the NOW. Now I look up at an object, and I become aware of it as it enters my Awareness as the perception enters my Awareness. Does this mean I am now the object as it is in my Awareness? What is the difference between the object and the body? All objects and forms are made of atoms and the same subatomic particles. Is the body really different from that object? Perhaps we feel the body is alive and is different becasue we experience more of the body. There are more perceptions coming into our Awareness that we believe are of the body, so therefore we are "limited" to our bodies. Would we say that our Awareness is limited to "inside" our heads? Perhaps that is because we are experiencing mostly visual perceptions. Where would a blind person say "they" are located at? Where would a deaf person? Would they say they are the ears? Would a deaf and blind person they are the skin, as they feel their dominant perceptions are tactile? Would a person in severe sensory deprivation such as in solitary confinement say they don't exist anymore just because most of their perceptions are not of the body anymore? They dream, they have intense hallucinations, and are definitely aware of these "images", sounds, and perceptions. Are those real then, or are they hallucinations? Perhaps perceptions and sensations are lying and inaccurate all the time? What we experience as life through oncoming and going perceptions is ever changing although they may feel stagnant from time to time. 

Perhaps science can tell us what is real? Leo Gura at actualized.org has an excellent talk about the limits of Rationalism here. In essence, Science is also a framework, a model created by the human mind fueled by a human desire to make sense of the world. Is it possible that the world and the universe is actually not rational at all, or a-rational? We find one model of science which seems to explain a lot of what we think explains what we perceive and the mechanical laws of the universe. But we have holes and gaps in other areas. Maybe we just need to give science more time and it will explain EVERYTHING in the universe that can be measured objectively and what we experience subjectively from perceptions? Science is great, it has given us insights into "making sense" of the world we perceive. But it has limitations, and this is not something a rationalist would easily accept. Hardcore rationalists can be as dogmatic as very religious individuals. Both can be stubbornly in belief that only their "method" can explain the universe and the world "out there". Both are just one framework created by the human mind, forged from human desire, to make sense of something that doesn't necessarily have to make sense to the human mind at all. 


And science is only a story we tell ourselves as well. We tell ourselves facts, and this is how the universe works. And like stories, science is constantly changing and being revised all the time. What was considered a fact hundreds of years ago changes hundreds of years later. To be a scientist is to work from one framework or model, through one perceptional ability/the thinking ability. Thinking is just one perception that comes into our awareness. To be a scientist, especially a theoretical physicist or quantum physicist, is to be working on the boundaries of certainty and uncertainty all the time. Theories change all the time. And the current science from quantum physics says atoms exist as probability wave, and only when observed, does the probability wave collapse into one outcome that is perceived. Science has also "proven" that objects in the "real world" are made of atoms and that atoms are comprised 99.99999% of empty space. So as the story of science tells us right now, objects and things are not so real either. But again, science itself has its limitations, as good as it is. 


A Realization of Spiritual Enlightenment

What is Meant by these sections:


"Just stay relaxed, open and sincere, live from your natural integrity, and, as much as realistically possible, be a giver not a taker (i.e., be as generous as you can, yet don't be a "doormat" for selfish people to walk all over you and exploit you financially, emotionally, etc.). And eventually, naturally, the Sun will dawn— i.e., your True Identity simply "re-cognizes" that this Self or Awareness is the "wall-less container," the open, free Context for whatever happens. With this realization comes a profound sense of release and relief, the re-discovery that you have never been in the world, the world is in YOU, the Self of all. Here is true freedom, true peace, true bliss. Your Real Nature."


     "And when these persons do meet, at "the appointed time," what will happen? Phenomena will interact (bodies hugging, voices sounding, eyes gazing into eyes, heart feeling into heart), yet, as medieval Hindu sage Jnaneshvar declared, "it will be like taste tasting itself to savor its own Sweetness"! For there will be what has always only been the case: Absolute Awareness, ever the Self-same Self of all, abiding in/as bodiless, mindless, wordless Glory and Splendor, enjoying the play of vibrating forms made of the formless."

   
   "If your devotional heart wishes to love, honor and worship the formless I-Self as the Divine Beloved, then look and feel all around you: EVERYONE and EVERYTHING you meet in this life-DREAM is the adorable Self in disguise. And this includes the bodymind known as "Alycia." She, too, is the literal embodiment of God/Goddess. (Look in the mirror and you're seeing the manifest embodiment of God.) So, too, everyone in your life, including all the characters on the world stage (including brother W. Bush, an amazing Guru—indeed, a Divine Avatar—challenging all of us progressives to authentically live love, compassion, and kindness!)...


You are the Great Spaciousness, wide open for a world to happen in."



Credit of the following thoughts that occurred is largely attributed to the bodily entity Named Timothy Conway at 

1. http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/questions_and_answers_on_nondual_spiritual_awakening.html     and

2. http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Relationship_Spirituality.html


Realization:


       World = perceptual phenomena occurring NOW on "top" of the real YOU, AWARENESS. That tissue box and sprouted pumpkin seed bag “I” see (visual perception) on my desk, is no different from the body you see right now. They are all objects/forms occurring as perceptions and phenomena experienced by the underlying changeless AWARENESS, the real you. In a sense, to identify with the body as who you are means you might as well identify with that sprouted pumpkin seed bag that is being perceived by AWARENESS/ME. They are both forms - think form vs formless/awareness - being perceived by awareness/me via perceptions, concepts, thoughts, and beliefs that come together as a package when the perception of the body and the pumpkin seed bag is throughout AWARENESS/ME. Thoughts while seemingly not a form, are still just perceptions that come and pass. Do the tissue box and pumpkin seed bag exist? For Awareness to know if something exists, it must be perceived as a perception. Can Awareness experience some "thing" if the perceptions that makes up the experience are not in Awareness? There is no way to experience the “existence” of some "thing" without the perceptions being present via Awareness. I surmise it is a pointless question. Therefore, the world is not out there, but is in YOU, AWARENESS. You are a limitless, no boundary Awareness, experiencing a myriad of different perceptions in the forms of thoughts, feelings, desires, visual perceptions, auditory, perceptions, tactile perceptions, and so on, but ultimately, just perceptions. All of these perceptions occurring in what the human body/brain can only conceive of as, as the NOW, to which you are none of these. These perceptions over countless NOWS, form the illusion, the deception i.e. the ego. The ego has never existed. To rid of the illusion of a YOU beyond Awareness is by perceiving the truth that the perceptions over countless NOWS never was, is, over ever will be YOU, as the NOWS are experienced. The perceptions are ever changing, even though they may feel similar at times, but note that the feeling is a perception itself nonetheless. What is experienced as life is ultimately a dream in the sense that perceptions come into Awareness and change in Awareness. Perceptions are not solid or ever-lasting. And that is the dream. Dream is defined as some “thing” that is ultimately at it’s core, different from NOW … to … NOW. Perceptions comes into Awareness and changes in Awareness. Awareness is the REAL YOU because it never changes and is always consistent. Life = perceptions occurring over countless NOWS via Awareness. Perceptions = dream because it is ever changing/not consistent. Only REALITY – defined as what is real/consistent throughout the ever-changing perceptions experienced – is Awareness. The world is not out “there”. The world/perceptions is ultimately in Awareness, YOU. This is what is meant as the Divine, Infinite Awareness expressing itself in different “forms”/bodily entities. At the core, it is the Same, One Awareness perceiving myriads of “individual” perceptions over countless NOWS giving rise to the illusion of separateness.
Hence, our partner's true reality as Awareness is not "out there," but RIGHT HERE, closer to us than our own mind or body or ego-sense.”
http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Relationship_Spirituality.html
In other words, 

Other "individuals/people/beings/bodily entities” are actually closer to us that our own thoughts, concepts and visual perceptions of “our bodies”, as we are and have always been, the same, one Awareness.


“Love thy neighbor as thy self” - Jesus

Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 3:11 AM PST

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Where Will I Be in My Life in 10 Years?

Here's to 10 years from 2015, when I will be 33, looking back on this post.

Michael


Monday, December 14, 2015

Gregg Braden on How You Create Your Reality

In October I wrote a post about Creating the Future that You Want. I just want to add now that Gregg Braden's books, The Divine Matrix and Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer, are saying the same thing.

                                       Gregg Braden on the Divine Matrix Presentation in Italy

The FEELING, is the prayer! Not the words. The words are just a catalyst to induce the feeling of that which you desire, has already come to pass!


Monday, November 16, 2015

After the Paris Attacks...

Hurt people, hurt others. We have all heard of this saying. 

"Anger is simply a manifestation of hurt, fear, or frustration." - Dr. Phil

A couple days after the Paris attacks by ISIS, I wonder how humanity can create heaven on earth. To answer this question, I turn to Bashar, an individual whom I consider to be a life teacher. I am curious to know his wisdom on evil, darkness, and negative energies. 

When we hurt others, we are attempting to reconnect with others in the only way we know how to - at the moment. If we felt connected with others, we would naturally want to love them back. We would not want to hurt or kill others. Even if what you believed on core issues are different from another, i.e., religion, you will still respect them and you will care for them. So in essence, when we are hurting, we are trying to reconnect with others with a really poor tool - anger, lashing out. 

There is wisdom in this quote:

"If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world. then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation"
- Lao Tzu

If  we can love and respect ourselves, we can love and respect others. When we show unconditional love and respect to others, we teach and enforce unconditional love in them, and in turn, they will do the same for those they encounter. When we love ourselves, we will not feel the need to control, or dominate others. Those who try and gain power, who try to control or dominate others, are ironically saying to others, I have NO POWER, so I need to force myself upon you or the situation. 

Well how do we love others in the first place? Can we really choose who we connect with? We act accordingly not to what we know is true, but what we feel to be true. Our feelings are directly linked to our beliefs and viewpoints. How can we shift our beliefs? By having new experiences that overtake that old belief. When enough people are convinced of a belief, we reach a critical mass. 

"Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has finally come." - Victor Hugo

We don't think about it every time we communicate directly or indirectly with someone else, but we influence them, and they influence us. That affects their beliefs on some level. This is why Lao Tzu's wisdom is truth. When we radiate unconditional love, naturally, without trying to be consciously aware of it every interaction, we will naturally affect those we pass by in a powerful and positive way. And when that individual experiences enough of that, their old beliefs stooped in negativity will be replaced. And when they radiate with compassion and caring, we will reach heaven on earth. 

Despite the negativity of the some of the things around the world, I have an intuitive sense that humanity's collective energy is more positive than negative as of now, and will grow in the times to come. I can't prove it, but...

call me psychic.

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”


― John Lennon

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Create the Future You Want By

I once read from Erin Pavlina's blog that you can't have what you can't hold. Prayer that focuses on wanting something we currently perceive as a lack, only emphasizes to the universe and our higher selves, that we lack what we want. According to Erin and other spiritual teachers such as Bashar, the quickest way to get from point A to point B, is to know that we are powerful beings in the sense that we select which parallel reality we exist in in every moment. Every moment! Every moment, we are shifting into reality after reality, and we choose every second of our lives, what reality we select into our consciousness. Once we select ourselves into another reality, we may not perceive it as shifting into a different reality because the differences are so minute and we do not notice. Bashar states that we can select which realtiy we want to be in! We can choose to shift into the reality that we want, or not! Both exist! We are shifting into realities every second countless times, and we CAN CHOOSE! You do not need to learn how to shift, as we shift ALL THE TIME, every second, according to Bashar. Those familiar with the work of Dolores Cannon understand this concept as well. The concept that we create a new reality/parallel reality every time we make a decision, no matter how small or insignificant of a decision we perceive it to be!

So to get from where we are now, to where we want to be, is not to focus on the idea that we do not have it. We focus on emotions, visualizations, and live in the imagination and day dream of what if FEELS like to already be there! When we do this, not only do we use the law of attraction, but we are guaranteed to get to point B the fastest and surest path possible! Bashar says to never make detailed plans for the future beyond a general plan or sketch, for our conscious minds are not capable to lead us efficiently, but when we feel that what we want is already here, ie through day dreams, visualizations, and feeling those desires, we are shifting into that reality at that moment! The concept of all of time existing simultaneously is not something new to not only metaphysical and spiritual teachers, but also to many scientists, including Einstein who is in fact the originator of the idea of time being an Illusion.

"BRIAN GREENE: And this fusion of space and time would lead Einstein to perhaps the most mind-bending realization of all: the sharp difference we see between past, present and future may only be an illusion."

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/fabric-of-cosmos.html#fabric-time

If time is all existing right NOW, then it wouldn't be unreasonable to believe that we can tune into time in the "future", as it is not really in the future, but it is all happening in the present moment.

We can now see why so many self-improvement gurus and spiritual teachers, especially Bashar, teaches us to follow our passion - whatever we are inspired by to do moment to moment <-- http://www.projectglobalawakening.com/2013/12/11/let-inspiration-guide-you/

Passion translates to motivation and desire, burning desire. You naturally day dream about what you love to do. You naturally visualize what you want to succeed at, thus "attracting what you want" and shifting into that reality at that moment. Most often times, it seems like our conscious minds get in the way of where we want to get to. Because we believe we have to figure out all the steps we need to take to get there, something the conscious mind does. But as Bashar states, when you let go of the need to know everything of how you will get there, you will focus on the emotions of what it is like to already hold what you want, and that will inspire you to take the step led from inspiration, that the universe in all it's perfect synchroncity and alignment is leading you to take, and you will get there, because the universe is showing the way...


Sources:

Also check out this link from Erin Pavlina on "Manifesting That Which You Desire"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyNwxRMgJbY  <--

Waking Universe with Darryl Anka & Bashar