Humanity’s long history of self neglect and abuse has resulted in a world in which suffering and brutality are considered normal and inevitable. Even spiritual luminaries like the Buddha proclaimed that life itself is suffering and taught his followers to renounce desire in order to reach liberation. Is life really suffering? Is there truly such a thing as Original Sin? Overpopulation? Scarcity? We are constantly being bombarded by news of threats to our well being and how we need to rely on our leaders and experts to rescue us. Fragmented, bewildered, hungry, and clueless, we stumble forward eating the crumbs that have been left for us in a path that leads to more and more despair, confusion, and desperation. Are we really threatened by ruthless enemies who must be destroyed or are we being hoaxed into a fear based position? Here is my answer:
Life continues to arise in spite of countless deaths, therefore, death is no threat to life. From the mortal bodymind’s point of view, death is indeed a threat and must be avoided at all costs. Does the fact that we die mean that we are actually threatened? Is there really any way to avoid our vulnerabilities? An even more important question is “If so, should we?”
I have noticed that our vulnerability as born beings is easily exploitable and is being used as a method of control by those who purport to have our best interests at heart. However, the great value of our vulnerability and enormous sensitivities are far more important than the way in which we use them, and allow them to be used against us.
They are doorways into the central core of the heart.
Far from being mere liabilities or weaknesses, our vulnerabilities as human beings represent our greatest opportunity for illumination and realization of life, or truth, itself. Those who promise us security and safety are false prophets who themselves are scared to death. The great news is that our actual Self, the sum total of all Existence, is not threatened at all. Change and death only prove this and are reasons for great confidence in life, not doubt or despair, which is how we routinely interpret them. Change and death keep us sensitive to the preciousness and sacredness of the Presence of Life and are our great allies in the living of an inspired life. Feel good promises and campaign rhetoric are not going to sustain us for very long. What we need is Food, not pictures of food.
How did we get into this mess? The short answer is that we have misinterpreted the data of our experience. We have assumed that we are threatened by change and death and that we must cling to the shiny trinkets sold to us by the smiling but dreadful faces of the religious and scientific intelligentsia.
The first lie we unknowingly swallow is that individuation means separation and that we are marooned on an island of flesh. This assumption is just that, an assumption that we plaster onto our actual situation, which is unity and coherence with all of life. This is easily verifiable and Factual and can be observed everywhere. Humanity has traded its birthright for a bowl of porridge and, so far, has been led around by the nose by cunning minds for centuries. We are like the mother with 3 kids who puts up with her husband’s abuse because she figures she has nowhere else to go. She is so vulnerable to her love for her children, she puts up with abuse for their sake. The human race is bewildered, in shock, and easily manipulated. The Nazis, for example, learned how to program people by shattering the psyche through torture and trauma and to then insert false ideas into their victim’s vulnerable minds. In the same way, humanity is being electroshocked and programmed into panic through black psy-ops like 911 and the economic crisis.
Underneath all this garbage shines the Wonder and Glory of Life, in all its Innocence and Grandeur, radiating everywhere in all directions. It is up to us to see through the lie and stand in the actual condition in which we all inhere: seamless continuity between consciousness and matter, God and self, whole and part. Separation from Life, from God, Truth, Love is not even possible. The ego, the assumption of separation, of abandonment and betrayal, has, in fact, never really existed, except in the imagination of countless millions of individuals. It appears to be real but is in fact something we are slathering on to Reality which is always completely free and egoless and under no illusions about its own nature as all pervading Presence. This Life, this Consciousness, what we call God, is all that exists. No individual has ever had any actual existence independent of This. There is only one Self and you are it, You in your entirety, not just this personality we call “me”. God became man, the Word became flesh, the Face of the Divine Being shows up everywhere like a Grinning Fire. There is no reason to emotionally withdraw from this and become a dangerous psychotic who eats pictures of food, starving to death, endlessly insane and extremely hostile and dangerous. This monster leads its creator around like a whipped dog.
It is up to us to reclaim our actual position as conductors and embodiments of the infinite Current of Life and stand as free beings living passionately and intimately with, and as, Existence itself…the Heart of All. We have bought and sold so many lies that we now live in a plastic world that we think is Reality itself. Overcoming this self imposed illusion is the most needed and urgent task for all of us and represents authentic spiritual practice that produces real results in the real world. I suspect that the wool has been pulled over our eyes as Nature’s intelligence test, to see if we will accept what we are told or will realize the actual Position that we are in.
Christ is reported to have said, The wheat will be separated from the chaff. This is accomplished by flooding the world with shiny trinkets and false gods, to see who will take the bait and who will see that there is a hook hidden within it.
There is a famous painting at the Vatican, which depicts the hundreds of scholars and priests commissioned by Constantine, marching toward Nicea where the books of the New Testament were chosen and adopted as sacred dogma. Leading this august body is the Greek god Mercury who flies in the air ahead of the entourage. Why is a mythical, pagan archetype leading the most important Council of Christendom?
Mercury is a poisonous element that is mixed with gold ore as a way of extracting the gold from the impurities and detritus with which it is chemically bound in rock. The mercury bonds itself to the ore, leaving the gold behind. In the same way, the poisonous lie of scientific materialism and religious provincialism binds itself to the hardened heart of Man, leaving the Gold and the Wheat, free at last.