For those of us seeking Spiritual Enlightenment, we are constantly being reminded that the hurdle to our goal is “resistance to what IS”.
Surely then, the first question that arises is what is “IS”? And the second question follows – who or what is resisting this “IS”?
Let’s answer the second question first because it is the “who” that doesn’t understand the meaning of “IS” that “causes” the unenlightenment in the first place. The reason for this is that ignorance of what “IS” produces the appearance of duality which keeps humanity in the dark about the Principle of Oneness, “IS-ness”. You cannot know Oneness while entertaining twoness in your consciousness. Therefore, to tell this “who” that it is resisting what IS, is like telling the dark that it is resisting Light. Dark is a state of resistance which produces a “me” that thinks the dark is its reality. Consequently, dark isn’t resisting the Light. The dark doesn’t even know that the Light exists, so how can it be resisting it?.
Dark is just an absence of Light. That is, dark is without substance or law. It only seems to have power and jurisdiction in the absence of Light.
Nevertheless, human consciousness accepts duality, effectively giving evil (the dark) power over Good (the Light). Consequently, humans think disease, crime, natural disasters, poverty and all other discords are part of “what is”. So to tell humans to practice non-resistance is to tell them to submit to these conditions in the hope that, by accepting these conditions, we will somehow miraculously understand what “IS”. But this is like looking for Light in the dark, trying to find what “IS” in what “isn’t”, which simply feeds fear, despair and hopelessness because it can’t be done!
Therefore, from the position of duality, non-resistance only embeds the very conditions that we are now expected to not-resist.
So we come back to our first question. What is “IS”? IS is Oneness – Perfection, Peace, Love and Harmony. This is our True Nature, in fact our only Nature. Therefore we cannot reach Oneness through non-resistance because it would imply the reality of a nature lacking perfection, peace, love and harmony, thereby blocking Consciousness of what IS!
If we are not Conscious that Perfection IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist imperfection.
If we are not Conscious that Love IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist hate.
If we are not Conscious that Health IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist disease.
If we are not Conscious that Abundance IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist poverty.
If we are not Conscious that Peace IS, then we are effectively being instructed to not-resist war.
Now we can see what Jesus really meant when he said “Resist not evil”. He meant that by resisting evil, we give it reality. He didn’t mean submit to evil. In the Consciousness of what IS, non-resistance is seen as a natural result of an Enlightened Consciousness, NOT a means to gain Enlightenment. Because you can’t gain something which already IS through not-resisting something that isn’t.
Anyone who doesn’t think positive thinking is a good strategy for life must be a party pooper, a naysayer, a pessimist, a prophet of doom, a wet blanket or just plain negative, right? Not necessarily. Look deeper.
The Truth is, to be positive you need a negative frame of reference. That is, positive thinking needs a negative for us to recognise it as positive! So what? Well, “our” thinking created the appearance of negative conditions in the first place. Therefore it is impossible for that same thinking to create lasting positive conditions. Sure, you may have seen it work in a personal sense. But what use is positive thinking if your family, friends and the world at large can’t be benefited? Just look at the news… has it ever really worked?
This is a startling revelation for people who pride themselves on being positive thinkers. So rather than shoot the prophet of doom, let’s see what treasures might be hidden.
The positive thinker is, in effect, an idealist. At dictionary.com, one definition of an idealist is “one whose tendency is to represent things in an ideal form, or as they might or should be rather than as they are”. This definition implies that the idealist acknowledges positive and negative as real but ultimately believes that positive conditions will prevail. This is a futile hope on account of the contradictory and simultaneous admission that things are not as they “should” be.
In effect, the positive thinker’s own optimism precludes the possibility that positive conditions will prevail. Why? because optimism first admits the “fact” of the negative. We would like to get rid of negative conditions if we could, but as long as we identify with the idealist, our efforts are thwarted.
It is as if we are in a room with all the blinds drawn. The Sun is continuously shining outside but we, oblivious to this, are expecting artificial light sources (our positive efforts) to permanently expel the dark. We don’t Know that our dark room and the false light, on which we depend, are both a sham. The darkness will always engulf us because darkness cannot create its own light. Nevertheless we think our idealistic stance, positive thinking and optimistic attitude should work but the substance of our dark room is illusion and an illusion of darkness and our false attempt at lighting our own way can never contact or Know True Light. The idealist is not a Creator, it is a “creature”, an effect of its own thoughts.
Our True Self is already Universally “Positive” and any striving implies it is not, thereby embedding the belief, and the manifestation of, negative conditions. As long as we are ignorant of the illusory nature of this thinker, the “believer” in positivity and by default, negativity, we can’t Know how to Awaken from it. We can’t even see that the blind is drawn. Therefore the substance of our existence can’t permanently change.
Sound hopeless? It is for the idealistic positive thinker, but luckily that is not who We Really are!
The thinker didn’t hear that. It is a bit affronted and asks “What’s wrong with being a positive thinker?” It’s not right or wrong, it’s just misguided. Of course, positive thinking is better than negative thinking and it can work on its own level for a while, but until we see that there is no “thinking” required, our efforts to gain lasting positive conditions will be in vain.
What are we to do? When negative conditions appear, know that they are illusory appearances “created” by the thinker, who believes in both positive and negative. Recognition of this fact (Being Conscious) dispells the myth and melts the negative appearance. In other words, when We open the blinds to the True Light, We Realize that there is neither positive nor negative, just Being, which is already Harmonious, Fulfilling and Joyous. It’s Universal Love Being Revealed. That’s “Positive” without the thinking or the thinker! That’s why Buddha smiles!
What’s wrong with this picture? Not the lemons…that’s a picture of abundance. This…A person who claims to have become “Enlightened” ending up poor, lonely, sick, old or dead, or all of the above.
Recently i read an article written by such a person from their hospital bed. It brought to mind something a Syrian mystic wrote, “The way that provides not for the wayfarer, is no way to fare upon”. The quote spoke to me… if the Spiritual teaching we are following is not Spiritually Providing for our daily needs, if We are not being Spiritually Fed, Supported, Healed, Forgiven, Comforted and Protected, then one of two things is happening;
The teaching is incomplete or false. That is, it’s not really Spiritual or
The teaching is Complete but our understanding is incomplete.
Perhaps the first question we need to ask is, “What does it mean to be Spiritual Provided?”
To help us with the answer we need only to look up from “our” limited life and out the window. When we do, we notice that there is an Intelligence and Love “Providing” for every other living thing. Birds, insects and native animals have their needs met without apparent struggle or strife (until they come within range of humans). Forces such as gravity, weather, seasons and tides work cooperatively with the elements, plants and creatures of the earth and sea in a vast and generous eco-system we call Nature. In other words, every form of Life, from the smallest ant to the largest whale is Provided for, Spiritually. That is, they don’t decide to do anything separate from what their inner instincts dictate. They just go with the “flow” and that flow is Infinitely Loving and Intelligent.
However, when we look at man (not gender-specific), he seems to have been left out of the picture. Or was he?
What really happened was that man took himself out of the picture by thinking he could provide for himself. Suddenly he separated himself from the Infinite Flow of his own inner Being and experienced limitation: Limited health, limited supply, limited love, limited happiness, limited safety etc etc etc. Ignorance of this fact makes us look outside for remedies and solutions. Isn’t this a ridiculous scenario?
Now…back to the quote..”The way that provides not for the wayfarer, is no way to fare upon”. Surely then, a True Spiritual teaching will help its followers become Consciously Receptive to our very own built-in Infinitely Intelligent and Loving “Provider” (which Is our own Consciousness). This can only be done through correct and sustained meditation, because the thinking human mind has a persistent habit of judging, desiring and fearing which separates it from its own Good. Meditation quiets the thinking mind and allows “us” to become transparencies for the Infinite Intelligence and Love of the Universe to do Its thing. Eventually, We Realize that the One Infinite Intelligence and Love Is Us, Individualized (not personalized). It is already Providing, Sustaining and Nurturing, Infinitely and Eternally. “Our” role is to drop the personal sense of “us”, “me”, “we”, “i” (the one that judges, desires and fears), and Realize We are already Spiritually Provided for. That Realization translates into Harmonious conditions in our practical daily lives.
It’s worth noting that Jesus also said, “By their fruits you shall know them” – Matthew 7:16. So…is your Spiritual teaching fruitless?
When one of the most Enlightened Beings to ever walk the planet said “My Kingdom is not of this world”, he was not blowing a giant raspberry at all of us as if to say “I have exclusive rights to secret club to which you’ll never have access”. But that’s exactly how the religious world has interpreted it, and given atheists a perfectly valid reason not to believe in religion.
“This world” is simply our unenlightened consciousness continually throwing up its rumours for us to accept. Rumours of disease, poverty, immorality, danger and war. The religious world thinks that if it prays enough, repents enough, sacrifices enough, suffers enough or pays enough, it will somehow be freed from all its ills and gain access to this secret kingdom. But isn’t that just rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic? My Kingdom is NOT of “this world”, so why try to manipulate it?
Similarly, if we are not religious in the orthodox sense, we see a problem in “this world” and we either think it is unavoidable or we try to change it, reform it, improve it or heal it. But, in either case, isn’t this still accepting “this world” at face value?
On the other hand, the metaphysical and non-duality movements have suggested that we accept our suffering and problems as part of what “is”. By not judging these as “bad” in the “now”, our feelings will somehow evapourate into an emorphous “now”. But don’t we have the feelings “now”? By denying the evils of “this world” and our feelings, haven’t we given them substance just as much as if we accept them? You cannot deny something that you haven’t first acknowledged is there to deny, right? “Is” is My Kingdom, and it never included the “bad”.
We must recognize both the discordant conditions and the consequent feelings are a result of a “me” that has been fooled into thinking that “this world” of good and evil is real.
Jesus was giving us a Principle to live by. “My Kingdom” is a Consciousness of Love, Freedom, Peace, Wellness, Abundance and Joy (without any opposites). This is the “Kingdom” of which he was Conscious, that is accessible to everyone who also becomes Conscious. This “Kingdom” has no connection to “this world”, the world of the senses, which takes up all our attention. In other words, the “world” of which we are normally conscious, the world which we see, hear, taste, touch and smell, is a misperception of that which is Real (My Kingdom). Our senses cannot detect the Real (where no opposites operate), so they mislead us into believing that discord (which is just an effect of our mind’s misperception) is real.
Human consciousness focuses all its attention on the visible, audible, tangible world, not realizing that its own mind has “created” the world (through its consciousness that believes in both good and evil) which then grabs its attention – a vicious cycle. To clarify:
You cannot have a Consciousness of Freedom and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is not free.
You cannot have a Consciousness of Wellness and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is sick.
You cannot have a Consciousness of Abundance and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is lacking.
Do you see now how My Kingdom cannot be of “this world”? Our efforts and protests keep us in ignorance.
Jesus didn’t mean for you to believe what he said, he meant you to repeat “My Kingdom” within Your Secret Self, Be still, and watch “this world” melt away to Reveal Harmony.
i love that word “not”. When it’s put in a sentence unexpectedly, it makes you do a double-take. What? Why would we not want to cure the common cold…or any other ailment for that matter? Normally we are waiting eagerly for the next scientific breakthrough; the next remedy or medicine; the next magical affirmation or the next preventative technique. The secret is, there is no “you” to catch a cold, and therefore no “virus” with any power over you. So what do we need all these cures or preventions for?
The only You there is, Your True Identity, Knows nothing of disease or health because it’s nature is Omnipotence. One Power. Only by developing a Consciousness of Your True Identity, will You know that there is neither disease nor health. Just Isness (no opposites) because there is no “you” to be sick or well.
Think about it…Could a cold virus have power next to your Consciousness of Omnipotence? If we Knew there was only One power, could a cold have power over that One Power? But when we “catch” a cold, that’s effectively what we have admitted. If we could be absolutely convinced of One and only One Power, what chance would a measly cold virus have?
However, if we put our reliance on the “outer” we are immediately fearful of a power of disease because we have forgotten that We (that One Power) can’t be affected by disease. The “evidence” of the “fact” of disease is overwhelming. Just spend a day at the local hospital and you’ll be convinced that there is disease. But it is only a consciousness that admits disease that gets disease. The disease is not separate from the consciousness that produced it. Have you noticed, no sooner do we invent a cure for one disease, another more wierd and wonderful version pops up? Because the consciousness that “caused” the problem of disease cannot eradicate it.
Believing we can eradicate disease and believing there is a disease to eradicate is the problem!
This morning, i woke up with that familiar tickly throat and heavy body associated with the beginnings of a cold. The false self, i, would not know any better and would resign its self to spending the next few days feeling miserable. But my True Identity, I, doesn’t know anything about i let alone its erroneous activities. i falls for a self-created universal hypnotism that believes in the power of the cold virus over a vulnerable “me” that is simply tempting that same “me” to believe it. But can Infinite Omnipotent Intelligence get sick? Being Receptive to my own Infinite Consciousness must therefore eventually nullify the effect of sickness because Consciousness of Infinity and sickness cannot coexist!
Of course, this is a totally radical Idea that the thinking human mind will reject. But we are not appealing to that mind. Our Mind is the One Mind and it is Invulnerable, Changeless and Immortal. Again, I ask you, can some piddling sickness override that?
Sit quietly, remind your Self of Your True Identity as neither well nor sick, wait for an inner confirmation that this is, in fact, True. Then watch the symptoms lose their so-called power. Omnipotence doesn’t do anything to the disease. Consciousness Reveals it was never a power in the first place. But don’t leave out the vital point…Your Consciousness Is the only Power, because Consciousness Is All there Is, and You are That!
we don’t cure the cold. we don’t even protect ourselves against it because that would admit the reality of a power separate and apart from the One and only Power, Your Illumined Consciousness which is Omnipotent. Does that mean we don’t look after ourselves? No, but it is not you, of yourself, that can do anything to prevent illness anyway. Consciousness will Reveal the “healthy” course to take as a consequence of surrendering “your” agenda.
It might take a day, a week, a month, a year or a decade. But persistent pondering and meditation on the Idea of Omnipotence will eventually reveal the Truth. You will then Be Conscious that the so-called power of the common cold was never there to cure or prevent. In the Presence of Consciousness, the “power” of a cold virus or any other ailment, cannot function. The Real You is not subject to any outside influence, therefore the common cold does not need to be cured!
Dictionary.com defines “consciousness” as the “state of being conscious; awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.”
Notice how “consciousness” depends on a “one” being conscious, otherwise there would be unconsciousness. We are the Subject being conscious of our own existence, comprising our own sensations and thoughts in what seems to be a world of objects. In other words, we are conscious of a physical and mental world.
In neolithic times, cave-man was probably more aware of his physical needs; finding food, a mate and a place to sleep. Nowadays, as well as having concern for our physical needs, our minds are occupied with theories, opinions and concepts. That is, our consciousness has expanded. Now, presumably, since consciousness has expanded from the physical to the mental, is there any reason why it should be limited to that? The folly of assuming such a thing was well illustrated in 1899 when Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the US Patents Office apparently said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented”. Clearly the inventors in the areas transport, aeronautics, electronics and communications technology had other ideas.
So Consciousness is obviously unlimited. And since We are the “ones” being conscious, Our Consciousness must be Infinite.
Now, this supposition immediately presents a problem because Infinity is impossible for the human mind to comprehend. You see, the human mind interprets through concepts and funnily enough, “Infinity” cannot be conceptualized. Try it now! Try to imagine infinite space, going on and on forever. It can’t be done. It is outside the capacity of the finite human mind. Therefore the conceptual understanding of Infinity is incomplete and unknowable by human thought. Therefore, there comes a point where we must let go of “our” limited thought and allow the experience of the Infinite Invisible to unfold from within our own Consciousness.
Artists, designers and inventors have always known to sit still and wait for ideas…from where? Consciousness! Since Consciousness is already Infinite, It must contain every idea that has ever manifested, or is ever going to manifest. However, we can only become conscious of new ideas as we are capable of accepting them into our mind. The typewriter had to come before the computer, the horse and buggy before the car, analogue before digital.
As Consciousness unfolds, we develop aptitudes, proficiencies and talents as a result. Some of us have a consciousness for business, some for language, some for humour, some for science, some for law, some for literature, some for beauty, some for art or a combination of these. Once we have a consciousness of a particular area, we don’t lose it. For example, once we develop a consciousness for driving, we can drive any vehicle. Prior to that, we must repeat the exercise until it becomes automatic.
Similarly, we could develop an appreciation of music by listening to different genres of music. If we wanted to go further we could learn to read music, play an instrument or learn to sing. This would take physical and mental effort, but with persistence and practice we could become quite proficient.
Eventually music would become so automatic that our body and mind would not need to be consciously concentrating. With the mind free, Inspiration could flow out from the Infinite Invisible. New ideas for songs, genres, instruments, equipment or whatever was necessary for expression at that moment could fill our minds. Our bodies would follow the instruction from the mind to bring the idea into visible expression.
The more we rely on Infinite Consciousness, the more the ideas flow in Abundance.
Now comes the crunch! Up to this point, our discussion about Consciousness has been confined to the Infinite flow of new ideas. This is the result of Consciousness. It doesn’t tell us anything about its Nature. Consciousness, being Infinite includes the Universe…from the tiniest atom to the dust, the plants, the insects, birds, fish, animals, oceans, mountains, planets, stars and beyond. It includes our amazing bodies and our incredible minds. (Notice I didn’t say Us because We are Consciousness) Nothing is outside Consciousness. To keep all this working, Consciousness must be Infinitely Intelligent and Loving.
I can sense you doubt this…and there it is – our reason why we can’t comprehend Infinity. You ask, “how do discords such as disease, poverty and war fit into an Intelligent and Loving Consciousness?” They don’t. Due to a belief that we are excluded from Infinity, we suddenly believed we were separated from our needs. Our minds obliged and projected this belief in lack outwardly to produce the appearance of lack of health, lack of prosperity and lack of peace. Consequently we lost consciousness of Infinite Abundance and believed we had to provide for our needs by our own efforts. The ego was born…but not really because the ego is only an hypnotic influence believed to be real.
Nevertheless, being a consciousness of lack, the ego doubts the possibility of permanent Abundance in Health, Wealth and Peace. We can allow a consciousness of Art, Literature and Science because it doesn’t threaten the ego. On the other hand Consciousness of Health, Wealth and Peace become subject to the limitations of human consciousness. Why? Well, the ego can’t die from lack of art, literature or science, but it thinks it can die of illness, insanity, lack of money to buy food to feed its self or war. Therefore it can’t let go of its reliances on the health system, its investments or the protection of armies. The ego doesn’t realize that its outer circumstances are merely a reflection its false “state” of consciousness which then reinforces its fear of death, and around and around it goes.
If We only knew that the Infinite Invisible, our own Consciousness, looks after all our needs, if only we would let It. What stops us? It’s too risky. Infinity might be dangerous!! Well, guess what? Human consciousness is the only “state” of consciousness to experience fear because it has separated its self from Consciousness…a vicious cycle.
Let’s get off the merry-go-round. Our Consciousness is Love, Infinitely Good. The “One” being Conscious is not the ego. The ego is unconscious, ignorant, a dummy! Be still and Know that You are Love and watch the discords of humanity evaporate before your eyes.
I was pondering the promised strategies for effective meditation, and realized there needs to be some further Consciousness around the “ego”. Because without that foundation, the ego will thwart your meditation efforts. So, haha, i guess this is the first strategy for effective meditation….
The definition of “ego” varies enormously throughout philosophical and psychological literature. To add to the confusion, there is an Ego with a capital “E” which seems to pop its head up in Spiritual texts.
So, what is the difference? The one with which we normally identify is the ego, but the Truth is, You, We are the Ego. Let’s examine some differences:
There is only One Ego, I. Infinite, Eternal and Immortal. On the other hand, There are around 7 billion egos, all competing for their share of what they believe to be a finite, time-poor, dying universe.
When we start the sentence with “I”, in thought or speech, we are referring to the ego. i says, “i want this food”, “i need that car”, “i want this success”, “i need this holiday”. It’s motivation is to “get” because it believes it doesn’t have enough. Wanting and needing are the mother of envy and jealousy, maturing into corruption and greed. By contrast, I Is the Source of Thought and can only be Heard or Discerned. When the ego generates thought, that isn’t Truth. So when “you” think or speak, be aware that you limit yourself.
i has endless opinions about everything, derived from a sense of lack. i says,”i hate that politician”, “i despise that celebrity”. i is always right and the other ego over there is wrong. Bigotry, prejudice, xenophobia, injustice and inequity follow. On the other hand, I Is neutral.
i is afraid of not getting what it wants and needs, or losing what it has. Ultimately it is afraid of death. “i fear that illness”, “i’m afraid of snakes” “i’m anxious about that exam”, “i fear old age”. I cannot fear if I am already All.
i blames others for its flaws, failures and vices, but claims credit for any talents, successes or virtues, a recipe for failure. I cannot succeed or fail. I just Is.
i’s motto is “it’s all about me”. it craves attention and praise. Fame is its goal. Humiliation is its fear. I Is Oneness, so there’s no need to pump Its Self up or put others down.
i’s modus operandi is self-preservation. It will manipulate, cheat, steal or even kill to save its self, its ideology or its nation. i gets away with murder whereas I can’t kill or be killed because there Is only One Ego.
The Ego transcends the ego and is in fact our True Self, diametrically opposed to the limited and lacking ego with a small “e”. The Ego Is the One Universal Consciousness individualized as each one of Us. Its nature is Love. You know it as the Still, Small Voice, Your inner Voice. But we can only Hear it, if we are quiet enough. Remember, don’t speak or think because you just encourage the ego.
If we are silent and patient we can discern the Love of our Ego. It reassures us that we will be alright. Can you imagine Love needing or wanting for anything? Can Love be hateful or afraid? Does Love draw attention to its Self? Or leave others out? Does Love kill or die? If we answered “No” to these questions, we begin to realize the ego is not us. Love Is All there Is and We are that! Only that!
ego verses Ego. There’s really no competition. With which one do you identify?