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 come to enlightenment on our own. She had to create a process (a middle step) between ignorance and enlightenment that would facilitate our transition.
Enter the creation of the human being, and specifically, the conscious mind. The conscious mind was created to operate primarily on belief, which was an intentional set-up, because most of the things we believe about ourselves are not true. That disparity meant that as we interacted with others, there would be conflict as we sought to protect what we believed.
That conflict would eventually cause us to question our beliefs. And that would expose our inner feelings of vulnerability, which drive our beliefs. In exposing our feelings of vulnerability we would then have the opportunity to examine their validity and eventually, through trial and struggle, come to embrace the truth (especially about ourselves). This is the process of evolution that God created for us.
Look at your life – every experience, even the smallest ones, if we chose to pay attention to them, hold the potential to bring us closer to the truth. The more difficult the experience, the greater the learning opportunity. That makes for a difficult, but powerful learning experience, but difficulties at all levels expose our sensitive vulnerabilities and offer us the opportunity to resolve them.
The limitation of the human mind at this stage of our evolution is that it functions on knowledge, which comes from experience, i.e. mental constructs of reality, not reality itself. We learn from our experiences, 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 in that way.
So although well adapted to the accumulation of knowledge, our minds must develop and expand so that we can move to the higher realms. Your computer, for example, can give you access to all the knowledge of humankind, but it cannot give you the wisdom to use it. Partly that wisdom comes from experience, so your experience as an earth being has by no means been a waste, but wisdom comes from an acceptance of the truth, which can only come through freeing the mind of the influence of ego (fear).
Making that transition means leaving the world of the conscious mind and surrendering to a realm that is alien and unfamiliar. It means leaving the seeming security of what we “know” and surrendering to a realm we can only imagine. In our present state it is very difficult to “comprehend” ultimate reality. We can imagine it but we cannot experience it. And surrendering requires a great deal of faith because making that leap can be pretty scary!
The ironic thing is that you already are that to which you aspire. The “leap of consciousness” is about a two inch jump! It’s just that your beliefs keep you from recognizing it. You need do nothing to get at it, it is who you already are! If you could just stop thinking long enough to give it a chance, it will get at you!
The best way to make the transition are through practices that encourage the development of the non-conscious mind. Techniques that are designed to end our enslavement to non-stop thinking. Practices, for example, that operate in the still space between conscious thoughts. Practices like meditation.
These approaches leave the realm of the conscious and verge on non-experience – what at first feels like a gigantic void. It does not have language and it’s experiences seem at first like voids! The closest we come to those experiences in daily life are things like beauty, love, creativity, music and art. When we enter those realms we do not have a rational context like thought, (although we try hard to put them in the intellectual box), but even so, it can be unsettling. But try as we might, as Gregory Bateson used to say, “The map isn’t the territory.”
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 threatened to be that exposed or that 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 conscious mind’s interference in the transitional 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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