Started this discussion. Last reply by Mindmaster Jul 13, 2008.
From my point of view, anything that moves a person toward an honest inner exploration concerning the true nature regarding the Law of their Being is usually an exceptionally helpful thing. However, there seems to be a flood of books being written that simply intellectualize and articulate the concepts but have yet to really focus on our experience of the Authentic Identity firsthand. These teachings are helping keep the general consciousness blindly invested in this artificial sense of ourselves and the seemingly infinite trappings that accompany it. On the other hand, these books are stirring up a more prolific sense of curiosity into subjects traditionally left to the priests and sages. For this I applaud them. But, as a seeming being unto ourselves, we can look beyond the illusion to the greater presence that gives rise to all of this imagining. We must look to a greater presence that is beyond this universe and, as well, beyond the mind itself. Even the suggestion of going beyond the mind seems to lead to a slippery slope into the abyss of the unknowable. So, what is it that lies beyond all of these experiential things? A nature of being-ness that far exceeds the capacities of our human imagination, that’s what (well, at least the recognition of this presence).
It seems that every day, more and more people are taking a more active role in their own Spiritual awareness, whatever form that may take. This is helpful only if these seeming seekers persist and move beyond the limited ideas of what these introductory glimpses offer. If so, then even the most fundamental teachings have served their purpose. Like a ringing doorbell, the events we experience draw our attention to the place where one might come face-to-face with an order of their being that, up to that moment, they have denied. It is still up to the seeming individual, the so-called seeker, to rise from their current place of comfort and open the door. This is because these books won’t even approach such realms. No teaching that originates in the world of form can pierce that veil. Reality must be experienced first-hand as it cannot be communicated. It is like trying to explain surfing to someone who has never seen an ocean or a surf board. I could explain it ceaselessly, but until there is a shift in the listener (a shift from an intellectual understanding of the moment to being present within that moment), until they actually surf, surfing will remain a mystery to them.
In spite of what claims may be made through these “new thought” teachings, the majority of them remain superficial and external, only skimming the surface. The primary concern seems to rest with wealth, affluence and abundant surroundings. This is neither good nor bad. However, it serves little more than to distract us from meditating on the current moment. Few of these texts will clue one into what awaits them on the other side of that door. This issue is often sidestepped by simply alluding to some idea, usually just partial in form, and specifically fashioned to invoke one’s trust in one or another preferred path of teaching. This method may insure that many will buy the next book, or attend the next seminar, but it will almost certainly fail to answer any of our pressing questions. It simply restates the questions in different form. Surfing will remain a mystery.
This, of course, begs the question, “What is Truth?” The Truth cannot be known while incarnate, only its reflection may be contemplated in terms that we may comprehend. The Truth is simply so vast and incomprehensible to us while incarnate that we don’t have the slightest notion or framework of reference points to even begin to understand it. The Truth is that which pre-exists opinion, belief and knowledge. Truth is the source of Wisdom, and Wisdom is the Authentic Identity – not the ego identity that we experience in this artificial place of our imaginings. When someone tells you that they have found the Truth, smile at them and say, “That’s nice”, and wait to see what it is that they are going to try to sell you (or just move away slowly). The words will generally sound quite convincing, but the contents will leave an emptiness shrouded in vague meaning. This allows for impromptu adjustments when a deeper explanation is requested (back peddling). This type of wisdom is incomplete and unfulfilling, as it leaves too much to the imagination, and it is this same imagination that we use to fabricate the emptiness we are trying to free ourselves from in the first place. When I use Truth with a capital “T”, I am referring to “the” Truth. When I use truth with a small “t”, I am referring to what we hold as true in the world of form.
Wisdom is not the result of learning. Wisdom preexists all learning just as intelligence preexists all consciousness. Every phenomenon comes without learning or wisdom (with a small “w”, meaning man’s wisdom) and the mere accounting for it is all too often labeled as “genius”, or at the very least “knowledge” at the human level. This “genius” looks at effects and traces the phenomenon back to some perceived cause. It then reduces the investigation to some sort of physical description. As I understand it, this process is called “science” – therefore, science is the “natural man’s” wisdom reduced to practice. Has this become the idea? Are we to live and express through transitory wisdom and localized truths, truths that take their meaning from the opinions and superstitions of the outside world of form? While these local truths provide what we believe is an accounting of the phenomenon we call universe, in the absolute they are transitory and have no meaning.
Do you understand that whenever we surrender our peace to any situation, it can only be as the result of resistance? The only way that this can occur is: within us, a false sense of self arises to meet with (confront) whatever is perceived as the condition (adversary), and in this instant, this incoming moment, the only way we can perceive it as a negative state is if we place this false sense of self in…Continue