With the theory of Consciousness behind us, let’s make It real, because Consciousness should improve your circumstances and bring a serendipitous, harmonious flow into your life. You should be able to depend and relax into this Consciousness without fear that it will be interrupted. But are you prepared to drop your preconceived beliefs about how peace and harmony are attained?
In this episode, I talk about how little we know about the Mind and how this lack of Consciousness sets us up for danger, disease, lack, injustice and conflict. But even these dire consequences are not what they seem to be. Listen and learn that your Good has never been missing!
Believe it or not, Consciousness or lack of It, determines your experience, so, following on from podcast #4 on the subject, let’s explore Consciousness a bit more.
The trouble is, we don’t understand the meaning of Consciousness at all. And because Consciousness is our Self, we don’t understand our Self. Our lack of understanding is evident in the belief that we are body or “in” a body. But think about it…you can’t believe and act without consciousness! Your Mind and Body are instruments of Consciousness. They are for your use! The body and mind (which is often mistaken for the brain) do not control you. It’s the other way around. You are always the director. When it looks as though your body unexpectedly falls ill or has an accident, you have directed it (through your mind) with your fear of not being in control.
Consciousness is Spirit, Love, Intelligence and Power; It Is your Good. The Mind and Body would follow along if we were Conscious of this, because Mind and Body are Consciousness in different forms much like ice and steam are different forms of water. Therefore, Consciousness, Mind and Body should not be separated from one another. Consciousness (Spirit), Mind and Body are One. But it is important to remember, in addition to this, that Consciousness comes first in the Order, then Mind, then Body.
Now, when we lack Consciousness of this Order, we switch the order… we think consciousness emanates from the body. Conventional thought supposes that the activity of the brain produces consciousness. This does not make it true, but because we think it is true, our consciousness is limited down. How? If consciousness, mind and body are one…in that order…then the reversal of the order in our mind (to body first followed by mind, and finally consciousness) creates an out-of-order experience that lacks Consciousness of its own Truth. The result is that the deluded thinker must feel out of control in a world that, unbeknownst to it, is reflecting its own delusional consciousness back to its self as destruction, negativity, chaos and suffering.
What do we do about it?
Make the correction in your mind. Acknowledge the Truth. The Truth is that You are Infinite Spiritual Consciousness. You are Love, Intelligence and Power. You are your own Good. When you Know You are not limited to a body, but limitless in your Consciousness that you are Consciousness sensed as Body, you set the order straight in your mind and, as a consequence, the correct Order is directed to flow. Love, Intelligence and Power is then Revealed As your bodily experience of Good.
One of the big questions of life is – what is Truth? In this episode, it is revealed that Truth is your Spiritual Self, Consciousness of which improves your life experience. Listen how.
Humans often confuse the intellect with intelligence.
The “intellect” is the faculty of thinking; believing, analysing, conceptualizing and understanding. Although important, it is limited to what is already existing. we sense and then we think.
By contrast, “Intelligence” is the capacity for thinking; an expansion that extends into Infinity. Intelligence is “Creative” and comes prior to sensing because it produces what we sense and then think about with our intellect. Watch your intellect question this, reasoning that there is no proof.
But the intellect can’t prove Cause from the position of the result. Therefore, the intellect cannot be Intelligent.
Luckily You are not the intellect.
You are Intelligence Itself!
Nearby lived a family who ran the local food store. They had a beautiful daughter. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was pregnant. She would not confess who the father was, but after much harassment at last she named Hakuin.
Furious, the parents confronted the Master demanding a confession. “Is that so?” was all he would say. The scandal spread around the village. Nobody spoke to him. They gossiped about him and condemned him behind his back. Far and wide, Hakuin lost his Pure reputation. However, he was unperturbed.
After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. Without complaint, he took very good care of the child.
A year later the mother of the child could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth; the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fishmarket.
The parents went immediately to Hakuin to apologize, ask forgiveness, and to get the child back.
“Is that so?” said Hakuin as he yielded the child.
Why didn’t Hakuin defend himself against the injustice of slander and condemnation if he was innocent?
Because there is no injustice in Oneness. To defend himself would be to admit the reality of the injustice. Purity cannot be tarnished, and, as such is indifferent to the concept of reputation. He didn’t need defend a good reputation or restore a defiled reputation. Furthermore, in the end, he didn’t seek forgiveness because there was nothing to forgive if no injustice was done in the first place.
Only those of us steeped in duality feel the need to defend ourselves.
- Hakuin Ekaku Zenji (almostfalling.com)
The purpose of meditation is to develop Receptivity to Our Soul’s “Voice”, to become Aware of Our Spiritual Self beyond the mental realm. Mere repetition of a word actually keeps us bound to mentality unless there is a clear intention to rise above it. Sadly, that is not usually the case. More often than not, we just want to make our life happier, healthier or wealthier. And, repeating a word over and over, of itself, will not do that. It will only serve to put us into an hypnotic stupor.
It’s only as a particular word or phrase is contemplated for it’s deeper meaning, a meaning that we don’t know yet, that we rise above our normal thoughts and words into a state of Receptive Silence. This is the place where something Spiritual can enter our Consciousness.
So, if you are going to use a mantra,
- Choose the word wisely. It’s no use contemplating a word that you already know the meaning of; that you are not drawn to; or, that is nonsensical. For instance; you would only use the word “om” if you were curious to understand it’s meaning. And, in that case, why repeat it numbingly? If “om” doesn’t do anything for you, it might be better to contemplate the word “Love”, “Wisdom” or “I”.
- Don’t repeat the word mindlessly. On its own, it has no meaning whatsoever. It’s just a word. Instead, adopt a curious attitude as if you are waiting for an answer to “What is Love?”, “What is Wisdom?” or “Who am I?” Then wait. To continually repeat a word for repetitions sake would not only numb the mind, it would prevent you Hearing the Response. Moreover, you would find that you couldn’t maintain the repetition for long before you were distracted with other, more “meaningful” thoughts, like “what’s for dinner?”
- Do it privately. Our Soul speaks to Us through Our Individual Mind, never as a group. You can be in a group, but the group will not rise together. Beware of so-called spiritual activities like chanting. They can actually hinder your Spiritual progress by bolstering the ego. This was the reason why Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount…”But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Matthew 6:7
Therefore, mantras can be useful, not for the words we repeat, but for the Spiritual inner meaning of which we become Aware.
- The Sixth Limb of Yoga: Where Meditation Begins (mycrazyhealthylife.com)
Nothing bad can happen to you without your permission!
But, i don’t give permission for my problems to manifest.
Actually, you think you only give permission for the good things that happen to you, but, that is because you don’t really know who you have allowed to do your thinking.
The thinker (the one you think you are) believes it is “in” your body. But by persisting with this belief, we have inadvertently handed over our “consciousness” to a limited problematic “self”.
Don’t believe Me?
Our definition of “conscious” is to be “aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.” (dictionary.com) This would suggest that our body must be awake for us to be “conscious”. That makes us dependent on our body for our “consciousness”. But, during sleep, our bladder holds, our body rolls over a few times, our stomach digests, our heart pumps, and our lungs breathe. Obviously, there is “something” else that is Awake or Conscious, functioning our body to our benefit while we sleep. But, by our own definition, it can’t be our “conscious” self.
Despite our unconsciousness, we trust this “something” to provide rest and rejuvenation and to wake us (and our body) up in the morning. Why do we trust it? Because, deep down, We Intuitively Know that this “something” is Our Consciousness in its fullness. It is not an alien Life-force or Universal energy that our intellect would like us to believe exists, or, some outside “God” of religion. Our Body functions while we sleep because it is being Activated by the same Consciousness that functions our Body while we are awake. That Consciousness Is Us, You and Me; Infinite, Immortal and Eternal. Can Infinite Consciousness be confined to a body that sleeps?
In fact, if the intellect didn’t “wake up” and interrupt proceedings, We, Our Consciousness, would Provide everything we “need” for our existence, like It does for every other creature in the Universe. Do birds worry about their health; are there any homeless fish; do bees fight over a flower; are there poor elephants? Yes, Our Consciousness is the same Consciousness that Provides, Maintains and Sustains the Universe.
Then, why is it that we humans are the only ones that suffer with a vast number of problems?
We suffer because we identify with the intellect that believes it is “in” a body, and, therefore, we think the only way to be “conscious” is to be not-sleeping.
The Truth Is that Consciousness is All that We can be Conscious of, and, that must be Infinite. Therefore, there is nothing outside Our Consciousness. That means, even though we seem to be “in” a body separate from everything we need for our existence; food, clothing, a home, money, work, friends, health, peace, happiness, etc, all those things, (just like the rest we expect when we sleep), are really “within” Our Consciousness.
When we lack Consciousness of this Truth, that’s when we open ourselves to problems.
Well, when you are ignorant that you are Infinite Consciousness, you, the thinker, doesn’t Trust this Source to Provide for all your “needs”. Instead, the “conscious” you interrupts the Intuition and takes over your mind with its doubts and fears about its life-in-a-body. As a result, you start to depend on this “separate” body for your existence.
- When your body needs food, you are hungry,
- When your body needs rest, you are tired,
- When your body loses the roof over its head, you are homeless,
- When your body contracts a disease, you get sick,
- When your body has an accident, you are injured,
- When your body ages, you get old,
- When your body fades away, you die
But, you are not “in” your body. It is the other way around. Your Body is “within” You, Your Consciousness.
And, if you Know that Your Body is the expression of Your Infinite Consciousness, You would also Know that nothing could happen to Your Body without You. Can Infinite Consciousness be hungry, tired, homeless, sick, unhappy, lonely, old and dead?
If not, where does that leave the “conscious” self-in-a-body and its problems? Nowhere! They were only a thought conjured up by the thinker pretending to be you. Problems cannot manifest with Consciousness.
The next time you go to a restaurant, watch how people order their meal. The waiter will hand out the menu without any acknowledgement. That’s understandable. But when the order is being taken, rarely will anyone say “please”. It’s often “I’ll have…” or “give me…”.
Furthermore, when the food is placed on the table, seldom is there any acknowledgement of the service that has just been afforded to the patrons, no gratitude, no smile, no “thank you”. Not even a grunt.
The justification for the off-handedness is often that it’s their job to serve, but does that excuse the omission of common decency?
When we say “please”, we are not demanding or even expecting but asking politely and humbly for assistance. When we say “thank you”, we show our gratitude and respect. The words lift the speaker and the recipient into an atmosphere of Love.
On the other hand, by omitting these simple words from our speech shows arrogance, rudeness, presumptuousness, selfishness and general disregard for our fellow human. When “please” and “thank you” are lacking in the vocabulary of an individual, that person’s behaviour eventually degenerates into narcissism, a sense of entitlement, anger and depression.
I would even go so far as to say that the lack of a simple “please” or “thank you” would be a contributing factor in disputes of all kinds and not likely to be heard inside prison walls.
Therefore, i suggest that this would be a simple but highly effective way to lift the standard of any society.
Let’s elevate the importance of these words. Say “please” and “thank you” with Consciousness every day.
Please pass it on. Thank you.
Mind is an instrument of Consciousness or Awareness, an avenue to tell Us something “we” do not already know.
Do you know the meaning of Infinity? we have a word for it but it has nothing to do with space going on and on forever.
Do you know the meaning of Eternality? we have a word for it but it has nothing to do with time going on and on forever.
Do you know the meaning of Immortality? we have a word for it but it has nothing to do with not dying.
If we don’t understand Infinity, Eternality and Immortality, how will we understand Peace, Justice, Abundance, Love and Life?
Yet we go around purporting to know about these things despite our failure to demonstrate them.
Let’s admit we don’t know the meaning of Peace, Justice, Abundance, Love and Life because actually, they have something to do with Infinity, Eternality and Immortality.
Let Consciousness Reveal these Secrets. How? Through Your Mind because that is what the Mind is for.
The Mind is not meant to be used for something “you” thought of, or that is all you will get!