by Ross Bishop
God had a quandary. She wanted to bring us to an enlightened state but She could not just give it to us (we have free will). So, She had to develop the means for us to get it on our own. She had to create a process (a middle step) between ignorance and enlightenment that would facilitate our transition into enlightenment.
Enter the creation of the human being, and specifically, the human mind. The human was created to operate primarily on belief, which was a purposeful set-up, because most of the things we believe about ourselves are not true. That disparity meant that as we interacted with others our emotions would be triggered as we sought to protect what we believed. That would expose our inner feelings of vulnerability, and in exposing them, give us the opportunity to examine the validity of our beliefs and eventually come to embrace the truth about ourselves.
And every experience, even the smallest ones, if we chose to pay attention to them, would hold the potential to bring us closer to the truth. The more difficult the experience, the greater the learning opportunity but also the greater the pain, making for a difficult, but powerful learning opportunity.
Difficulties expose our most sensitive vulnerabilities and offer the opportunity to dive deeply into our core and heal the false beliefs about ourselves that drive them.
The limitation of the human mind is that it functions on knowledge which comes from experience, i.e. mental constructs of reality not reality itself. Humans learn from experience, not from a direct link to reality. With humans everything is a story. We say, “I am this,” or, “I am that,” as a way to create a context for our experiences, but we do not say “I am,” which has no context. You cannot meaningfully say, “This is what I am,” because who you really are cannot be described that way.
So although suited for social interaction, the mind cannot take us into the higher realms because those realms operate on truth, not interpretations of it. In the higher realms there is no conflict, no ego. Learning is done through compassion. In our present state it is very difficult to “comprehend” ultimate reality. We can imagine it, but we cannot experience it.
The best way to make the transition are through practices that encourage the development of the non-conscious mind. Practices like meditation, for example, leave the realm of the conscious and verge on non-experience – what at first feels like a gigantic void. When we enter that realm we do not have the checks and balances that provide a context and familiarity for our daily existence, so it can be unsettling.
Making the step into the higher realms requires leaving the world of experience and surrendering to something alien and unfamiliar. It means leaving the seeming security of the mind and surrendering to the great unknown. And that requires a great deal of faith because making that leap can be very scary! The thing is you already are “that.” The “leap” is about a two inch jump! It’s just that your beliefs keep you from appreciating it. You need do nothing to get at it, it is who you really are. If you could just stop and give it a chance, it will get at you!
Perhaps you have tried meditation and weren’t successful. You didn’t feel safe enough to let go. For many people their egos are just too afraid to be that exposed and vulnerable. This is not a flaw in the Creator’s method. It is done so that we won’t attempt the shift until we are really ready to make the transition.
In my new book Finding Inner Peace, (to be released this spring), I have attempted to address the problem of the mind’s interference in the process by providing a series of exercises that bypass the mind and allow the reader to venture into other ways of being. It’s a step that you are going to have to make anyway! Better now than later . . . .
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