Are we the same people in our middle age, that we were at 21, or at 10; or even as newborns? Well, you know the answer already: yes and no. Save for the physiological changes, one might be hard-pressed to describe how one is the same, and how one is different, from the child we once were. Our evolution can be traced back to the moment of conception. At the point of conception, an unimaginably complex process of cellular production and differentiation begins. We do not create anything outside of ourselves, or inside, for that matter, since everything is being created for us by the women (our moms) whom God entrusts with our safekeeping – until we are grown enough to live independent of the womb.
How much of your early years do you remember? I still recall bits of my terrible-twos; but before that, nada. ‘Remembering’ is a process in which the grey matter is ‘hardwired’ to physically store our ‘data.’ It does this in much the same way a computer does: first we form the intent, consciously or not, to recall something. Next, we search our storage for items relevant and piece the memory together. At this point the mental picture is fully formed in our active conscious mind, and we can consciously work with it. Similarly, a computer retrieves ‘memories’ from where they are stored on its hard drive and places them in RAM. Here the data is readily available; but the computer’s ‘brain’ (the CPU) cannot do anything with the data sitting in RAM; it must select what it needs from RAM and bring pieces of the ‘memory’ into its registers.
When it is time for a new computer, you would not take the hard drive out of the old one and use it to replace the drive of the new one, for obvious reasons. First, it is used, and not likely to last as long as a new one. Second, you can easily transfer all of your files from the old computer to the hard drive of the new unit. The fact that some of the programs you used to run (especially the old DOS games!) might not work on your new system, obliges you to leave some of your past computer life behind.
When humans reincarnate, they cannot bring the old ‘hard drive’ with them into the new life; their prior existence grey matter has long since turned to dust. Nor could memories that were hardwired into the brain be preserved, unless another way exists to bridge the ‘reincarnation-gap.’ There has to be a non-physical, energy-based means of doing so. The Jungian racial unconscious could describe one such mechanism.
The Grid provides the ‘infrastructure’ responsible for facilitating memory transference across generations and individual incarnations. We know that the first three dimensions -length, width, and height -are only relevant in the 3rd Emanation, material world. Time exists as a linear construct in the 3rd Emanation; but is a bona fide dimension of the 2nd Emanation. It has the quality of being reversible (a characteristic of the Big Bang Reconciliation phase). Because of this, discrete mathematics can no longer provide an adequate descriptive model, and we must resort to quantum physics and calculus to characterize 2nd Emanation phenomena. In the 2nd Emanation, all things exist on a continuum with respect to time. Spiritual life is not discrete, though the physical forms it gives rise to in the 3rd Emanation, are. It is not possible to define the beginning of this continuum, anymore than it is to mark the beginning of a circle. We can only say, at a given point in time, we are here, or there; somewhere along the arc. Our spiritual life has no beginning and no end. If we exist at all, we are eternal; and it is the eternal infrastructure of the Grid which is facilitating the passage of individual and collective memory from one 3rd Emanation instance (incarnation) to the next. Reincarnation is, therefore, not a possible feature, but rather an inherent feature of existence. We are primarily energy; an admixture of light and dark forms, just as the universe is, and the Grid is what holds the whole thing together, and all of its parts in communication.
Think of the Grid and Emanations this way: emanations of energy originating in the 1st Emanation permeate through the 2nd and into the 3rd Emanation; while the energy ripples responding from the 3rd Emanation navigate through the 2nd to the 1st Emanation. These emanations of energy are like waves moving across the lake, striking the shore, then rebounding back out toward their source. The outgoing wave (with respect to the 3rd Emanation) is somewhat different from before it struck the shore.
Psychiatry acknowledges that causal relationships often exist between pathologies of the mind and body. Psychiatrists do not always know, in particular cases of mental or physiological dysfunction, which leads to the other. The role environmental factors play is well understood, but the role the soul plays may be a surprise to most people. The soul is a factor in our health, whether we understand how or not. Master Sha, in his book, Soul Wisdom, asserts that our three aspects – mind, body, and soul – are wholly integrated.
The soul has no capacity to think, remember, and evaluate. For these it requires the mind – the I AM. The soul is one-third of the Mind – Soul – Soul body triad which comprises the permanent essence of every living thing. I believe the holy triads of individuals who have passed on, would appear to us as ghosts, other spirits, and angels.
The holy triad appears to support cognition and the ability to discern between itself and all others. I cannot consciously recall any past existence because the physical cells I would require for the purpose are now dust. In fact, a conscious attempt may actually create static and limit my ability to recall; by interfering with my soul-connection to the Grid. It may be as if the need to know how I know, is actually preventing me from knowing. In this case, it is not the mind, but the mind bound by ego, which is responsible. The non-egoic mind is open to knowledge from wherever and whenever. The non-egoic mind focuses on discovery and discernment. Herein lies the virtue of meditation: achieving the discipline to bypass the ego-conscious mind to get at the subconscious level. The subconscious, once accessed, becomes the active conscious.
I often describe the relationship between the spirit and the body using the analogy of the driver and the automobile: the spirit is the driver – the body is the automobile. When the automobile becomes inoperative, the driver does not die along with the car (exclude accidents for the sake of the analogy); he or she simply obtains another car. The Driver persists, even though the automobile does not.
The body dies. The spirit does not die -at least not right away. When the body de-energizes and decays, as must all living things, the spirit (the holy triad of mind, soul body, and soul) will be granted a new one if it reincarnates into the 3rd Emanation. The soul-body is plainly visible if the perceiver’s reference frame is the 2nd Emanation; but if one is observing from the 3rd Emanation, using only their 3rd Emanation senses, they are effectively blind to what is going on in the 2nd. The organs responsible for sight, sound, and smell, are not useful tools for interacting with the physical world. No one would think to touch a thought, or a ghost; how is it that anyone can expect to see them with their eyes, or hear them with their ears?
I believe people are capable of ‘seeing’ through the ubiquitous veil of sensory interference that ego puts up in the 3rd Emanation which allows them to perceive and engage 2nd Emanation ‘objects.’ Certain mental dysfunctions cause people to see what is not; on the flipside, special mental acuities exist allowing people possessing them to see what really is there. Freedom from ego is the way to unlocking this faculty in each one of us.
A salient example of the Yin and Yang phenomenon was the Crusades. The crusaders of the First Crusade (1099) committed great evil against the citizens of Jerusalem (Jews, Christians, and Muslims). They murdered nearly everyone – men, women, and children – after taking the city. Furthermore, the nobility and Roman church took advantage of the religious fervour of the lower classes to abet an invasion which was motivated purely by greed. Their terrible deeds notwithstanding, the crusaders returned home with the Arab world’s medical knowledge; enabling Europe to emerge from the medical dark ages. Some good came of the great evil of the Crusades.
Another example is the 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre. An opportunistic right-wing U.S. administration used the attacks to gain public support for a new social order wherein the application of due process and constitutional protections for individuals are no longer guaranteed.[i] The Bush administration ‘increased’ public safety at the cost of unprecedented levels of government intrusion into the privacy of its citizens. This could be a case where ‘the cure is as bad as the disease,’ and the Yin-Yang is in balance. In fact, it only appears this way: the U.S. already had ample means in place to prevent such an attack; it was a breakdown in collaboration among various security agencies (ego), which was primarily responsible.
Lastly, an example of a lot of good with a little bad: taxation. In the world of egos, aka today’s socio-political climate, taxation is a suicidal word. The party which vows to raise taxes is a party that will not be governing any time soon. Given this, it is understandable that governing-hopefuls avoid the word; however we non-political, straight-up Canadians should not allow ourselves to think this way: taxes are the fairest way to distribute wealth, in the way of services and material support, across society. Extreme inequality of wealth may only be rationalized if extreme inequality among citizens is acceptable. I will stress here that no group or individual can be characterized as better for, or more crucial to, the general health of society than any other. Despite how many of us like to over-value ourselves with respect to the value in others, all are essential, and our mutual engagement is essential. Let the employer/manager see how his/her business runs without any labourers, or the labourers, without any employers/managers. By treating everyone as essential and providing the proper support for material, educational, and healthcare needs, societies renew and strengthen themselves; societies broaden and deepen the resource pool upon which they rely. This promotes social engagement, thereby strengthening a society’s intrinsic vitality.
I said, earlier on, that 3rd Emanation existence is imperfect and time-bound. This does not apply to the intent that engenders them. Intent is 2nd Emanation level; and it could be purely good or purely evil. A simple example is the government policy which has an adverse effect upon some of its citizens, but helps many others. The money budgeted for one program, for example, is not available to finance other programs.
Conversely, entities in the 2nd Emanation can, and do, exist in their pure forms. Consider the components of the atom. Electrons are negative-charge particles; distinct from one another. Protons are positive- charge particles, also distinct from one another. Protons and electrons exist at the level of the 2nd Emanation in their pure state; but in the 3rd combine to form atoms. The fact that things can exist in pure form is a distinguishing feature of the 2nd Emanation.
The soul-body relates to the physical body in the way that an entity in Plato’s world of Ideas relates to his world of Forms – the perfect expression, imperfectly expressed. The ‘imperfection’ of the 3rd is why everything material ages and passes away. Because all things pass, how can anyone expect to live forever?
In the greatest of goods there is a little evil; the reverse might also be true. This is Yin-Yang. That is why Plato averred nothing in his world of Ideas could be copied perfectly into his world of Forms. Something is invariably ‘corrupted’ in the translation.
The soul is to the body what the Sun is to the solar system: without it, the body would be lifeless. The soul is an energy matrix. Its function might best be described as a ‘karmic’ magneto; able to accept and to generate energy – positive or negative. The quality of the energy it accepts and generates is determined by the ‘egoicity’[ii] of the mind. Because the soul is energy, it has the potential to remain active, and to persist forever in its current form.
The soul’s quality is changeable; its compositional matrix being determined by the modality of the soul-sheath. The soul’s modality is determined by the accumulation and character of the choices one makes. Put another way, the soul’s modality will be egoic to the extent the mind’s is.
The soul’s direction of rotation (soul-spin) determines whether it is placing positive, or negative energy, onto the Grid (and in the process, developing its modality). At the end of our soul’s gestation period – aka our physical lifespan – a general tendency will have been established according to the number of times we chose to do good rather than evil, the number of times we chose selflessness over selfishness.
The post-gestational quality of your mind, soul, and soul-body is likely fixed; because you are no longer obliged to choose among two mutually exclusive, competing modes of consciousness, as you are while in 3rd Emanation form. If you were a “baddie” on Earth, if you were, on the balance, ruled by ego, your soul will continue to generate negative energy with an intensity determined by your soul spin’s rotational velocity. If, on the other hand, you sought to be a good person on Earth; if you generally sought to give, rather than take, to understand rather than to be understood, to forgive rather than to be forgiven,[iii] then you will certainly experience an intensification of joy and peace of mind in the next phase of your life. In the worldly phase, you were blessed every time you chose to do good rather than to do evil; every time you put the needs of others ahead of your own.
At this point, it is worth recalling that the most likely fate awaiting the predominantly evil, aka ego-conscious, post-natal soul, is that it will eventually consume itself and become lifeless; the mind and soul-body along with it. The spirit will persist, for a time, as a negative entity in torment, interacting with the energies of like spirits. Most Faiths believe something of the sort. Despite my expectation for utter disintegration of the egoic spirit, God may have something different in mind. With God, anything is possible.
A teacher of the Course in Miracles once told me that the soul cannot be destroyed. If that is correct, then negative soul spin and negative energy are not fatal; the type of energy being stored up and disseminated by the soul would be of no consequence. The soul does persist beyond physical death, but it is the quality and duration of its afterlife that is in question, and over which the teacher and I differ in our opinion.
The soul that generated negative energy on Earth will continue to do so in the afterlife (2nd Emanation), right up to the moment it consumes itself. Conversely, the soul that predominantly generated positive energy on Earth will be generating and receiving positive energy in the afterlife. While negative energy does indeed energize the soul body, it does so in the way refined sugar energizes –without providing bodily nourishment. Obliged to nourish itself, the physical body begins to consume its own fat and muscle tissue, progressively enfeebling itself. The soul body, on a negative energy diet, in like manner, will begin to consume its own matrix in search of the nourishment the soul is not capable of providing.
It is incumbent upon us to choose non-egoic consciousness and behaviours, in order to facilitate our soul’s generation and reception of positive energies; providing nourishment to our permanent selves. A healthy spiritual diet, which comes of the intention to do good, will ensure our continuance beyond physical death; and by virtue of the positive energies our souls are generating and disseminating across the Grid, we will be helping others to achieve the same.
We know that some collaboration among individuals is necessary to create life in the 3rd Emanation – excepting of course among entities that are asexual. “Create” is not technically correct, however, since the life being ‘created’ existed in its spiritual form (the triad) in the Prime and 2nd Emanations, before appearing being instantiated in the 3rd. The soul animates the human body, and the body’s incarnation on Earth requires the sexual union of two individuals. Sexual union is requisite to the propagation of most species. The individual so ‘created’ is a 3rd Emanation instance of the individual’s permanent being. The process of 3rd Emanation instantiation is an intermediary step belonging to a greater process. What we call ‘birth,’ is more properly described as the ‘extension’ of our pre-existing spiritual being into the 3rd Emanation. God is unitary and eternal. Everything that is an attribute of God must have existed, in one form or another, for as long as God has. God in fact did not create life. God extended life – His Life. When we say, “God creates” we are in fact describing the act of moulding that which already exists, into new forms. Likewise, everything we create is a rendering of that which already exists, into new forms. This process is known in the canon of physics law as the Conservation of Mass and Energy, described by Einstein’s famous equation, E = mc2.
Ultimately, then, God is all there is, and we are all a part of God. God’s Love for His creation, Agape, is the most fundamental operative of the universe and responsible for all the goodness, both realized and anticipated, within it.
The fact that life can be created between two people who hardly know each other, let alone love each other, is further demonstrative that what is created in the 3rd Emanation, is insignificant in comparison to the spiritual “substrate” underlying it. The holy triad, the spirit, of an individual has existed within God from the ‘beginning.’ Whereas the duration of the physical body is like the arc of a circle, having a discrete beginning and end, the spirit, or soul body, which it gives rise to it is like the circle itself: comprised of an infinite number of arcs, each with their own beginning and end points. Spirits are ageless. They have no beginning and no end. So, when I use the term “create” with respect to God’s activity, or ours, I really mean to extend that which already exists, into new forms.
Our bodies do not even qualify as a low-definition image of our soul bodies. When compared to the substantiality of the soul body, the material body pales to the quality of illusion – a wisp of smoke, nothing more. This must have been why Jesus was so focused on ‘the heart’ – and by this I believe he meant the spirit – in everyone he met. He knew that what was visible to the eye represented so little of the complete package that, per se, it was of little significance; rather more of a distraction than anything else. What was invisible to the eye, the soul body, was much, much more significant and worthy of attention.
It was much more real.
The preceding paragraphs answer the question, “Did God create or extend the Life that existed within Him?” We know that God could not have been created, and since God comprises all life and is all life, then all life existed with God from the very beginning. What is constantly changing and what we refer to as ‘creation,’ is the newest instance of something that already existed. Things are born; they grow, mature, and then die. Species appear and disappear. Everything at this level is transitory; however, every living thing is based upon a very specific blueprint- the mind/soul/soul body Triad.
Why things change, how things change – these considerations are within the purview of science and the humanities. Science is continually illuminating the material world, and may have begun to get a sense of something significant existing outside its traditional purview – a sense of the Divine, perhaps. Science will one day discover more of what lay beyond the 3rd Emanation, to wit: more of the 2nd Emanation. Did God create all of this? Well, yes and no. God extended life, and life is extending itself. Like God, all of life’s attributes have existed since the beginning.
I have described how the soul relates to the spirit, and how our the 2nd Emanation spirit (triad) relates to its physical, 3rd Emanation instance. It is now time to establish how personality is involved. Our personality is reflected in the choices we make, and also in the way we interact with and react to the world. But personality is a behavioural construct: and we humans do not always act in accordance with it: the most callous individual might occasionally empathize and commiserate; the most sympathetic individuals can, at times, act or speak cruelly. How might we account for these reversals in our normal patterns? It is because personality is not the person and that personality does not ultimately determine the choices we make. ‘Personality’ is the result of the mind’s choice to be egoic or non-egoically conscious. The mind’s choice determines how the individual interprets and responds in a particular engagement, and therefore, the outward form of ‘personality.’ But the mind, the I AM, is the chooser.
The mind is not the ego. The ego, like the personality, is a construct; it is not a part of who we truly are. It serves, at minimum, to differentiate each from the other, but, at the point of total reconciliation with all that is (aka God-consciousness), the ego has little relevance. We no longer think of ourselves as Joe or Josephine; we just think. We just are.
Our actions reflect how we have chosen. Our actions are the ‘fruit;’ not the proverbial tree. Ego is a 2nd Emanation phenomenon, and like all 2nd Emanation phenomena, there is an immutable something in the Prime Emanation which gives rise to it. Ego is a form of consciousness; but consciousness itself presupposes it. Consciousness belongs to the Prime Emanation. Consciousness – the I AM – is who we are. The mind may be differentiated into two distinct forms: egoic, and non-egoic, according to the way it is choosing to be conscious. The mind is what does the choosing; therefore the mind is who we are.
The mind observes, evaluates what it observes, and imagines; it discerns but does not judge, it imagines, and then creates, what is not. The mind is consciousness. Consciousness is I am. Consciousness is who we are. Consciousness is what we are.
We’ll shelve the discussion of ego for now. Suffice it to say that the ego is comparable to the Faustian version of a bad angel perched on the character’s left shoulder, opposite the good angel sitting on the right. The ego is the ‘fruit’ of who we are only for as long, and as often, as we are listening to the bad angel.
God’s purpose is to create. It is likewise our purpose. God ‘creates’ by extending Himself. In extending Himself, He created us; thus we are “made in His image.” Free will gives us the choice, and the opportunity, to create what we will. What we will is truly an extension of ourselves, if and only if, we are non-egoic. We would therefore create, as God creates; experience, as God experiences: experiencing what our minds have chosen to create.
Depending on the choices we make and the consequences of those choices, we will experience an emotional reaction; repeated often enough, the emotional reaction becomes our default emotional state. Our default emotional state ‘colours’ the lens through which we view the world; but the quality of our lens, the clarity it affords for seeing the world and people as they truly are, is determined by our choice of consciousness. It is our mind choosing whether we are true to God and ourselves (the exact same thing) or whether we are going to construct and ‘live’ an ego-contrived illusion.
The choices we make have the effect of imparting a positive or negative momentum to the soul. We know which way our souls are spinning by virtue of how we are feeling. I believe feelings are the expression of changes in the soul’s energy-state: comparable to the generation of heat from exothermic reactions, or the absorption of heat in endothermic reactions. Humans will absorb from, or express to others, sadness, happiness, anger – any of the emotions humans can express. If this is true, there is a most significant inference to be made:
If you are feeling angry, sad, anxious, or alienated, it is ultimately by your own choice. You can only feel this way if you have first made the decision to be conscious of these things, and not something more pleasing. Your chosen mode of consciousness is imparting a negative impetus to your soul, and draining it of the energy of Creation. Conversely, being happy, showing love, understanding, mercy, forgiveness, and so on, is presupposed by your choosing to be non-egoic. This puts a positive spin on your soul and is a regenerative influence upon your soul’s constitutional matrix. You will ensure a positive soul spin by showing love. Be ever-ready to offer it. Love has always been a gift from the soul; it is not something which can be taken or earned. I believe that the Holy Spirit is the incarnation of Love.
Here’s how I think it works: Giving expends energy of the positive ilk, producing an energy-packet loss in your soul that is immediately replaced with an infusion of Divine Love. The Love of the Divine, Agape, is all around you. It surrounds and infuses givers the way water surrounds and infuses fish. It enters your soul whenever you make room for it; and you can only make room for it by giving. When you give, you are not seeking to be filled; replenishment just happens. This is why truly giving people are never truly exhausted – they always have it within them to give more, when the situation demands. This is why the ultimate selfish act, in the way of doing what is truly best for yourself, is altruism. You are, with each act of giving, being replenished with the Love of the Divine.
In order to be refreshed and revitalized, you must give without conditions, or the expectation that your giving will be properly (in your opinion) acknowledged by the recipient.
The defining attribute of the mind is the capacity for awareness –the capacity for knowing. The mind is consciousness itself, and belongs to the Prime Emanation. It is, ultimately, who you are. It is crucial to differentiate between what is known, and the mind that knows it. This is what I hope to convince you of:
Your thoughts are not you, and you are not your thoughts.
You are, however, the owner of your thoughts, and as such, you are obliged to manage them. You must choose which thoughts to direct your attention toward(to be conscious of) and to develop, and which ones to release. That is what the mind is supposed to do. The mind is the Knower. It is a question of the difference between consciousness, and consciousness of…you are consciousness, the I AM.
A metaphor may be helpful:
The painter has a palette containing a set of many colours. The painter will choose from these colours according to what it is he/she wishes to create on the canvas. The painter will deem which colours are appropriate to the final product. The final product is that which the painter has deliberately formed the intention to create.
The painter is the Knower, the Mind – you. The appropriateness, of a particular colour, to what you are producing, is determined by your mode of consciousness: egoic or non-egoic. The colours on the palette are your thoughts. The ones you dwell upon are the ones you choose. These you paint your world with. The ‘painting’ is the world you are creating for yourself.
Thoughts are no more the Knower, than the palette of colours or the painting, is the painter. The painter’s subject could be anything; from the world to the painter herself; regardless, it can never amount to being anymore than a painting. Not one of us could confuse the painting for the painter; how is it that we are able to confuse our thoughts and perceptions for who we are? Consciousness is the painter. Consciousness is who we truly are. I AM. Only ego is capable of believing in I AM THIS, or I AM THAT. Truly conscious people are not limited by ego; therefore the I AM…
We are, however, able to infer a painter’s intent from their painting, and from their intent, the aspect of consciousness that the painter has chosen; Intent is the Knower’s state of consciousness: the mood, as it were, of the I AM. Intent defines the connection of the Knower to the World in which the Knower lives and interacts. The aspect of the Knower is changeable, and, it follows, the quality of its connection to the world. The Knower, however, is unchangeable and permanent.
The soul of the individual exists in the Prime Emanation. It is uncreated, undifferentiated, and utterly reconciled with God. The soul has all of the Prime Emanation’s potentials: positive and negative, good and evil, etcetera – as yet undifferentiated. The definitive attribute of all living things is that they have souls; for without souls they would be lifeless. The soul provides the energy, the mind provides the awareness, and the soul body is the individual’s 2nd Emanation instance and 3rd Emanation blueprint.
This perspective obliges me to recall the fallaciousness of our country’s legal distinction between the fetus and the person. Whereas Canadian law provides that the fetus is a person only upon separation from the mother; given what we know of the soul, we are obliged to admit the individual is a ‘living’ entity, from the precise moment of conception, onward. That it is reliant upon the mother to support its development for a short while, is no more reason to deny its right to life than it is to deny that right to any person who cannot look after themselves and depends on others in order to survive.
Without a soul, the individual is lifeless. Conversely, and more to the point, with respect to the legal definition as issue here, with a soul, the individual is alive.
The distinction between fetus and person is at the same time both arbitrary and foolish. If left to its own devices, the fetus will separate itself from the mother in less than a year. It will dedicate itself, the entire time it is in the womb, exclusively to being capable of living on its own; independent of the mother. It is only by our direct interference, with rare exceptions, that this does not happen. To conclude, therefore, that what is being fashioned in the womb is not a person until a certain time afterwards, is arbitrary, and runs completely afoul of reason. The Canadian Charter expressly upholds the human rights of individuals. It expressly prohibits the discriminatory application of these rights with respect to the disabled. The individual inside the womb is, for a short while, ‘disabled;’ while it is developing, it is relying on the mother’s assistance to eat and breathe for it. By the Charter, the legal distinction between a ‘fetus’ and ‘person’ is illegal. Only ego is capable of entertaining such blatant disregard, for so obvious a fact. Without a soul, the product of the sexual union of two individuals would remain lifeless. The soul drives the development of the fetal individual, reprising the first act of creation – that of God creating the universe.
The soul is capable of generating both positive and negative energies. The soul links the individual to God and to all Creation through the Grid. Each soul represents a node on the Grid. Soul energy is converted to matter according to Einstein’s famous equation. Souls are therefore the source of all matter and energy – light and dark – comprised of the same material which is the basis of all existence.
The mind of the individual determines which of two possible filters through which it views and interacts with the world. Its job is to actively manage the “gate,” if you will; to be ever vigilant; to keep the gate open to certain kinds of thoughts, while keeping it closed to others, and effectively determining its mode of consciousness. It is not possible for the mind to be operating in both consciousness streams simultaneously, any more than it is to think two thoughts at exactly the same time – still, the mind’s agility is such that it can flip back and forth between the two so quickly that they appear to be concurrent. As with computers, one mind can multitask, but it takes two working in selfless collaboration to truly multiprocess. With respect to the soul’s constitution, the mind is what guides the process of differentiating the soul’s undifferentiated material. It imagines what could be, either for good or for evil, and then creates it. It is the mind’s choosing which is the prime determinant of the constitution, and output, of a particular soul, for better or worse.[iv]
Our emotions, thoughts, and intentions exist in the 2nd Emanation. If perception is reality, then, at this level, the mind is creating that which is compatible with the consciousness mode it has chosen to operate in. When ego is driving the filtering, perception is unreality; therefore, what is created by the ego-bound mind is unreal. There is a feed forward / feedback loop operating throughout the emanations. The general tendency of the mind’s choosing one mode of consciousness over the other determines the soul’s composition; while the soul’s composition influences the general tenor of one’s thoughts. A ‘conscious’ effort to be non-egoic is the only way to improve your soul and mental states. The cultivation of non-egoic consciousness is a form of exercise, just like jogging is: the more you do it, the more you are able to do, and the better you are able to do it. Letting slip into ego, conversely, is analogous to sitting on the couch and operating the remote.
The physical body belongs to the 3rd Emanation. Our brains, and the cellular networks which store our memories, belong here. In the 3rd Emanation, energies interact, combine, and alter form, but nothing remains pure and static for very long. In the 2nd Emanation, things may endure in a state of purity, or impurity; but, in contrast to the 3rd Emanation, their state is unalterable. A defining characteristic of the 3rd Emanation is that it provides opportunity for spiritual development – free will being the catalyst.
Nikos Kazantzakis captures the quintessential purpose of 3rd Emanation existence, in the following passage from his book, The Last Temptation of Christ:
the dual substance of Christ-
the yearning, so human, so superhuman, of man to attain God…
has always been a deep, inscrutable mystery to me.
My principle anguish and source
of all my joys and sorrows
from my youth onward
has been the incessant,
merciless battle between
the spirit and the flesh…[v]
I take the “spirit and the flesh” to mean the two sides of the universe’s consciousness dichotomy. Kazantzakis says the soul is the arena in which the universe’s opposing forces vie for influence; but it is the mind where these opposing forces duke it out. It is in the soul where these battles are felt.
- The soul of the individual is the microcosm of the Universal Soul; the undifferentiated substance and motive of God. It is perceivable at the level of the 1st Emanation. All that is, is, at this level, non-specialized -save for its unique quality as the material from which all other materials and energies derive. It is capable of generating good or evil – positive or negative energies, light or dark energies, or matter in any form. The soul is the life-force, representing the energy on the left side of Einstein’s equation, from which all the materials (and light) of the universe derive.
- The mind of the individual is the microcosm of the Mind of God. It is independent and has the capacity to exercise free will. The mind is the gatekeeper. It chooses how it will be conscious. When we choose ego, we are effectively un-conscious. This simple choice fully informs our interactions with, and view of, the world and God’s creation.
- The soul body of the human individual is the microcosm of the Soul Body of God. It is the blueprint upon which the universe is based. The 2nd Emanation corresponds to Plato’s World of Ideas.
- Together, the soul, mind, and soul-body comprise our spirit, our permanent being, our holy triad.
- The ego is not something we can completely rid ourselves of. Its presence in our spiritual matrix is necessary insofar as it is required to differentiate one individual from every other individual. Fractionation is a feature of the 2nd Emanation; whereas reconciliation is a feature of the Prime Emanation. Ego facilitates the process of distinguishing one soul from every other in the Second, but may interfere with the process of reconciliation in the Prime.
- Ego is, therefore, always with us. We would not be fully conscious, complete beings without it. Our total consciousness is who we totally and truly are. Egoic consciousness is limited because its perspective is limited: it is self-centred. It cannot think inclusively or progressively. It can only think in exclusive, reactionary terms. Whereas ego-free individuals proact, the ego-bound react. The tension felt in the mind is the result of life’s unmitigated requirement for us to choose, minute by minute, act by act, between egoic and non-egoic perspectives. Ego functions best in providing consciousness of other, albeit dubious alternatives. This is necessary to the exercise of free will.
- The ego will be the first voice you hear speaking in your mind; the trick lies in making sure it is not the last you listen to, before you act. The ego is necessary to the implementation of free will and the prosecution of God’s ultimate purpose -to extend Love and Creation. The presence of ego abets this process, albeit in a backhanded sort of way, by permitting us to know the difference; presenting the opportunity to not extend God’s Love, and to repurpose Creation for selfish, ultimately destructive ends.
- Our human experience appears to begin with the ego and non-ego in a healthy balance; but the mind could develop an unhealthy predilection for egoic perceptions because of the adversity individuals inevitably encounter(the cluttering of John Locke’s tabula rasa with ‘experience’). This is simply a defence mechanism, more often than not. The ego-bound mind makes-believe ego is the individual’s saviour, but in fact is leading the individual away from salvation. The individual’s true saviour is non-ego. The saviour is who you really are. Some refer to the non-egoic mind as the higher-self. Just to be clear: remember there are not two selves; only one self, the I AM, with two potentials.
Purity is a state supportable in the 2nd Emanation. The state of the soul in the 1st Emanation at the time of physical death may remain static until such time the 2nd Emanation spirit is instantiated again into the 3rd Emanation, where the opportunity is presented for change; thus further reconciliation with God.
This means if you were generating, on the whole, positive energies during your time on Earth, you will most likely continue to do so in the 2nd Emanation -potentially forever. If you were generating negative energies for the most part, you are likely to continue doing so from then on -right up to the point where your soul is consumed by the “all-sugar” diet you have been feeding it.[vi] For these people, their entire essence might be permanently destroyed.
It is possible, perhaps even likely, that God provides these souls with another opportunity in the 3rd, sometime down the road. Reincarnation is intended to provide opportunity to break the ‘sugar-addiction,’ before the point of no return is reached. I want to believe that, in the end, no one is left behind; that we will all enjoy eternal life and a general state of wellbeing. The purpose of life is a life of purpose,[vii] but the goal of life is to create and to share happiness. This is not a choice God can make for us. It is rather a choice each one of us must make for ourselves; one that God hopes we will. Why else do you suppose He would have created us?
- All that we need do to progress spiritually, is prevent ego from having the final say. To give it the final say is tantamount to giving your five-year-old daughter the final say on how to spend your weekly paychecks. The ego is too limited to manage our lives properly.
- Acknowledge the ego for what it is: a state of mind framed by only two things: the pursuit of immediate gratification and the pathological addiction to control. Both are anathema to the spirit. The mind bound by ego would actually trade its entire future for a bowl of lentil soup.[viii]
- The ego is innocent because it is not equipped to properly appreciate anything other than how things affect it. It cannot intend evil because it is only concerned with what it wants, and what it does not want. But it can still do evil, because morality and ethicality are considerations of the non-egoic sort.
- We are consciousness. The mind chooses the form our consciousness takes. We can be truly conscious and alive (non-ego), or truly unconscious and dead (ego). Free will was given us by God so that we can choose how we want to be; but consciousness is what we are. The mind is the facilitator of free will and the arbiter of modes of consciousness.
- Together, the triad of mind, soul, and soul-body comprise the complete individual.
- The physical body is 3rd Emanation expression of the 2nd Emanation spirit; Plato’s perfect idea, imperfectly expressed.
- We avail ourselves of Divine wherewithal simply by intending to do good. Behind the intention to be good, is non-ego. It is the distraction of ego that constricts the flow of nourishing energies to our souls over the Grid connection.
- We cannot hear or sense God at all if we attend to ego because it never stops talking. While we are listening to the ego, we cannot be conscious of, or in communication with, anything, or anyone else.
- The ego does not care to know the truth. The ego might tell us, for example, that there is no global warming; or that social tiering is not detrimental to the viability of societies. But the deleterious consequences of global warming are already quite visible and gaining momentum. It is self-evident that two-tiered societies imply the existence of two kinds of citizen, when there can only be one, just as there is only one type of human being. And of course, only ego is capable, out of its unbridled ignorance, to proclaim that there is no God.
In order to cultivate non-egoic consciousness and become appreciative of the beauty in life and in one another, we need only self-monitor. We simply detour our thinking every time it becomes self-centred. That’s it. The moment we actively desist from egoic modes of thinking, awareness of the Divine spontaneously begins. The Divine wants to guide and assist every soul through its evolution, but the ego is concerned only with what it judges itself to be lacking in; this based on a very limited capability for knowing. It does not listen to the Divine, or for that matter, to anyone else. Being thus limited, the ego is unable to understand how it is solely responsible for the harm it is doing to the individual.
When we are non-egoic, we increase the capacity of our Grid connection and our capability to accept the Divine Energy (Chi) abounding in the universe. When we fall back into ego, we constrict the flow of Chi through us, and provide impedance to the circulation of Chi in the universe.
Hamlet’s tragic flaw was that he could not make up his mind. Rather than accept and act upon what his intuition and the ghost of his dead father were telling him, Hamlet alternated between rashness and indecision, with tragic results. Each of us has a tragic flaw, and we should determine what that is. We need to do this so that we may progress in our spiritual evolution toward self actualization, joy, and eternal life.
Nothing can remain alive if it continues to expend more energy than it receives, and nothing dies while it is energized. We are properly energized through the act of giving. In the act of giving, we function as conduits of God’s Love. We are choosing to fulfill the very intent God has in creating us: to extend His Love.
The hamartia of humankind is that we are afraid to let go of the very thing which is denying us, our loved ones, and the world we live in, most of the joy and beauty of living – ego. It is the hubris of ego that is preventing us from seeing ‘The Garden’ all around us, and from appreciating that we are destroying it. It is the pathological self-focus of ego that prevents our consciousness of a universal and timeless truth:
You gain manifold by giving.
This is not counter-intuitive; but it is counter-ego. Ego is limited in its awareness and can only appreciate scarcity and separation. That is not to say ego is incapable of giving. It does mean, however, that ego cannot give without attaching conditions, in order to get something in return.
It is so simple a notion, I cannot believe it took this writer as long as it has, to grasp what Jesus, Gandhi, Mohammed, John Lennon, all Faiths, and the Christ, are clearly messaging us:
- Give without expectation; you will receive without limit
- If you are prepared to give all, be prepared to receive all as well
- Take, and all that you have will be taken from you
What you call your God, how you worship your God, the things you do to honour your God -these are all expressions of one root process: Love. Show Love. Give Love. Unconditionally. Never Force. Never Take. The tenets and outward forms of a given Faith are not the most important consideration, for without Love underlying and supporting them, they cannot be bona fide tenets of Faith.
This means, for example, that there can never be a holy war; for war is violent and coercive; neither of these being attributes of unconditional love. Still, the adherents of many Faiths make war upon one another. Religious wars are about coercion and ego. They are not about faith or truth. The Bible, for example, tells us to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” not, “Do violence unto others before they do violence unto you.” I am certain the other Faiths also express this, each in their own way.
There can never be a just or holy war.
There can never be social exclusion of individuals, any individual, because of who they are (this is not to say, however, that certain individuals should not be kept separate from society, and given the opportunity to atone, if they have violently victimized others). Love is boundless and all-inclusive. If you show only love, extend love (Love, I believe, is personified in the Holy Spirit), then you can never go wrong. You could never, say, start a war over religion; you would readily accept the religious practices of others, and never try to force your belief system upon them. You would help them to build their own place of worship. You would never tell someone they are going to hell because they call their God, “Allah,” or because they call Jesus, “God.” You would allow them to worship and come to God in the way they need to, since this is entirely between them and God, and there is no place for a middleman. If the person in question shows love – does right by others, and does right by Mother Earth – he/she is extending love – God’s Love. What can anyone possibly find wrong in that?
It is possible not to believe in God at all. I do not believe God will condemn anyone for that. It is the effect of egoic entrenchment to block one’s sense of God, and in allowing that, we condemn ourselves. By wallowing in ego, we actively deny ourselves the Grid’s positive, soul-nurturing aspects; most especially the life-sustaining energies that circulate all around us. At the same time, we increase our exposure to the Grid’s negative, soul-denaturing aspects; in particular, energies that are soul-corrosive: anger, jealousy, greed, callousness, dishonesty. I do not believe the God who made us would condemn us; our fate is determined wholly on the basis of our choices and the application of free will.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.[ix]
An apathetic mindset will conduce a soul-energy ‘slow leak,’ arising out of making and persisting in the choice not to act.
The apathetic soul maintains a tenuous connection to the Grid and is no longer supplying or receiving much energy. This state of non-contribution allows evil to do what it will, unrestrained.
The mind and soul body reflect the state of the apathetic soul as clearly as the car’s headlights reflect the state of its battery. Is the apathetic soul condition resolvable? Is it recoverable? The answer must be “yes,” since with God, all things are possible. Jesus, was, for a time, fully resurrected in the 3rd Emanation, three days after leaving it. If it is possible for Jesus to be resurrected, then it is possible for the apathetic soul.
Death is the absence of energy. The apathetic soul is not completely devoid of energy. It is, rather, ‘asleep.’ It can be re-awakened, if aid is provided. We will know when the apathetic soul is alive again, the moment the individual begins to re-engage the world and to create. Their soul has reacquired its capacity for generating positive energy and for extending God’s Love.
Clearly, apathy is an egoic response. Ego is not truly concerned with anything besides itself. Its concern for other people and things is completely couched in the value they represent to the ego. Remember, in the egoic extreme, an individual sees the world as being all about them. In the non-egoic extreme, individuals are all about the world, and each other, without ever having to think about it.
The Grid is the infrastructure that supports the circulation of Divine Energy among all things with souls. Depending on the direction of rotation, a particular soul contributes positive-light (Love-Creative) energy or negative-dark (Hatred-Destructive) energy. The third possible condition is apathy, in which the soul ostensibly does nothing, and in doing nothing, is abetting the progress of evil. When the soul spins positively, it gives and receives the motive energy of creation. The relationship of the soul to the Grid reflects the intimate relationship between God and what God creates, or rather, extends: Himself. This relationship points to the definitive attribute of all life:
Everything which is an attribute of God is also an attribute of that which is created by God, since everything created by God exists within God.
It is similar to the concept of inheritance in the object-oriented program model. If God is immortal, and God creates a soul, then the soul is immortal -because God is. God wants to create because God has a mind which is forever imagining, and a soul ever-ready to provide the loving impetus for bringing into being what His mind imagines. God is able to create because God is alive. The individual is able to create because the individual is alive. For as long as the individual is creating, their soul is being replenished with the energy of creation. The energy each soul is generating and expending goes throughout the Grid. The universal inventory of energy is constant; however the quality of that inventory is affected by the contribution of each and every soul. Over time, the Universal Energy Balance(UEB) will shift somewhat, favouring the negative or the positive, evil or good, dark or light, according to the overall net effect of these choices.
All beings that cannot exercise free are contributors too; however their energy contribution is fixed in quantity and quality. Unless their numbers change, their contribution will not impact the UEB in either direction.
Karmic energy is part of Divine Energy. We affect the Grid by choosing to do evil or good; by giving and receiving, with or without conditions. Right action enhances our Grid connection’s ability to channel positive energies while at the same time impairing our connection’s ability to channel negative energies. This is done by modulating the soul sheath’s polarity. A soul is alive for as long as it remains positively energized, and a soul will remain positively energized for as long as its Grid connection is open to the transmission of positive energies.
It was not ego-consciousness which compelled God to create us; in fact it was precisely the opposite. If God/ the Divine were driven by ego, He might not have created us at all, or if He had, it would have been for the express purpose of entertaining Himself with worship and cries for help; helping those who worship him and encouraging them to perpetrate great evil upon all those who do not – including innocent children. As ridiculous as the thought of God behaving so egoically is, the egoic pattern of behaviour matches, to a great extent, the God of the Old Testament. It is more likely the God of the Old Testament reflects the ego of the Hebrew elite: if God really was so beholden to his own ego, He would not have given us free will, because He would have wanted to micromanage His creation; to have absolute control, just as a puppeteer does over his puppets. If God were all ego, He would have created only one kind of person, and allowed only one type of culture, since uniformity makes the job of control orders of magnitude simpler. On the contrary, God appears to have included variation among the primary attributes of creation. Variation is everywhere – even ‘no two snowflakes are the same.’ How many mistakes do you suppose the Big Guy is capable of making? God must have seen wisdom in diversity within and among species, still people of every sort (save for those not bound by ego) wallow in bigotry, and continue to miss the point He is making. People will even resort to violence in order to convince others that theirs is the only path to God – His ubiquitous example notwithstanding. This is the face that the egos of men have put on religion – this is not, however, God’s Face.
God made man in His own image,
Then men made God in theirs.
Some did get the point. They were Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, adherents of Faiths long forgotten, or even Beatles and Led Zepplin-ers. They have a sense of the connection between all people and all living things. They feel what other souls feel. The empathic sensitivity afforded by an open Grid connection motivates them to help, rather than to take advantage of, other souls, because whatever they do to others, it would be as if it were being done to them. Given this, they would want as much good for others as they would for themselves.
The Grid is the “circuitry” conducting Karmic energy throughout the Universe. As you sow, so shall you reap, Jesus once said; a reference to Karma. This begs the question: “If Karma is real, how is it that Jesus, who showed kindness to the Romans and to his own people, would be rewarded for his goodness with ridicule, calumny, abandonment, and a most violent death? How is that Karma? Jesus did not appear to reap what he had plainly sown.
Karma does not always provide immediate results. To borrow from yet another of Jesus’ metaphors:
the farmer plants the seed but waits until harvest to reap his reward. At harvest, he reaps something much greater than the seed he planted…
Now, that is often how Karma works: in the 3rd Emanation, you cannot expect to receive immediate and equal value for what you have given.
As for Jesus, he gave all of his love, strength, courage, and wisdom. In the end he was rewarded with all the love, strength, courage, and wisdom of the universe. Because he gave so thoroughly, his connection with God and the universe would have been wide-open and thoroughly receptive to the positive, nutritional, sustaining energies of the universe.
Jesus’ karma permitted him to interact with 3rd Emanation entities even after physical death (Mary Magdalene, the Apostles) . In the 2nd Emanation, since things can exist in their pure forms, Jesus might now experience pure joy, love, and knowing (Faith by another name); tools with which to counter opposing energies and continue the eternal struggle to keep evil in check. He and other kind souls are still fighting to maintain a proper universal balance. He need no longer experience the doubt he felt in the Garden of Gethsemane; nor the anger he felt toward the temple money-changers; security, certainty, and happiness are Jesus’ eternal reward. It is the goodness he gave to others, visited upon himself.
From the standpoint of the Emanations model:
The Grid paradigm reveals two major attributes of God, which, being attributes of God, are attributes of all that is within God; which is to say, everything created by God:
- We are intrinsically immortal; it is only by our own choices that it is possible for us to forfeit immortality.
- In giving and receiving without condition, we enhance our Grid connection’s affinity for positive energy, thus availing ourselves of the wherewithal which is ever present in the universe. The attachment of conditions to giving and receiving is an attribute of ego, and creates resistance to positive energy exchanges as it preferences the negative kind.
The corollaries are:
- By giving and receiving with conditions, or by doing evil, we cultivate a bias in our Grid-connection for channelling negative energies. This could, potentially, result in our soul’s utter disintegration.
- Negative energies energize; but they cannot provide what is needed to sustain and renew the soul’s matrix. Like sugar, negative energies provide fuel without providing nourishment. Negative energies are corrosive to the soul’s constitutional matrix. They permit the soul’s matrix to degrade to the point that, like a dead battery, it can no longer provide or hold a charge.
We have the potential to be fully empowered, by God and the universe, because we are a part of God and the universe. The phenomenon of empowerment suffices to explain how people like Abraham, Joseph (son of Jacob), Moses, Solomon, Jesus, Mohammed, Ghandi, and John Lennon, were capable of doing such great things – though none of them, during their 3rd Emanation instances, were perfect people. These great souls were not larger than life people which God parachuted into the throng of humankind; they were ordinary people who came to fully sense their relation to God. In that they were special. Awareness of God is what opened them up to the power of God and the universe. These people became conduits; choosing to allow God’s Love and power to flow through them, never resisting. They might not have even know it was from God, but they do now. The sort of “greatness” these particular souls exhibited, all of us have the capacity for – otherwise we would not be human. We need only listen for God’s voice. Some might prefer to call this, “the voice of the universe,” or their “inner voice.”
Jesus once said:
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel,
but on a candlestick;
and it giveth light unto all that are in the house (Mathew 5:15).
Well, the candle has already been lit for you; it is what gives you life. When you choose not to show love to the world, you place a cover over that “candle.” No light will escape; but neither can any enter, and you imperil your own existence. When you choose to block the flow of God’s love, you at the same time prevent yourself from receiving it.
In fact, “opening up” amounts to no more than the relinquishment of the ego’s control over your mind, to the ‘light’ within you. Allow it to work, to do its thing. Do not become anxious over how your light might be perceived by others, for that is an egoic attempt to control them. Remember that ego is pathologically addicted to control, especially over others.
No human being exists in isolation. Humans are connected to and exchange energy with God and all other souls in the universe, over the Grid. Separation is an illusion that can only achieve credence inside the sandbox of the egoic mind. Free will allows us to choose the type of energy we exchange with others over the Grid.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
How might predestination and free will be reconciled? In truth, they cannot. Predestination describes an a priori process of Divine selection which determines who is going to Heaven, and who is going to hell. The Calvinist doctrine, in its purest form, proposes that you do not get into Heaven unless you have been selected by God –this is established before you actually do a thing to deserve it. Potentially, despite a lifetime of selfless dedication to the cause of the vulnerable, someone like Mother Theresa could still be hell-bound because of an arbitrary choice. This clearly violates the principle of free will and the process of Karma. Calvinism unwittingly allows for the possibility of a preselected Hitler getting into Heaven, and an unselected Ghandi, Mohammed, or Jesus, going to the other place. Really?
A note to philosopher Calvin: Come on, man!
If Jesus doubted in the Garden of Gethsemane, then afterwards resolved to fulfill his purpose, he was exercising free will –the gift ‘the Father’ gave him. He could just as easily have chosen not to fulfill his mission. His own soul’s status was determined by the choice he made to extend his consciousness, therefore his actions, beyond the limits of ego. His choice was what gained him entry, or re-entry, into Heaven.
If, as some ideologies posit, the human soul experiences multiple incarnations along its path to God-consciousness, then the existence of predestination could be supported in this way:
During the nth-1 instantiation of Jesus’ spirit (his nth incarnation being the one in which he was crucified), he so nearly succeeded in achieving God consciousness that it was nearly certain the next time around he would. Not a gimme, mind you; but about as certain as the team leading by ten scores with a few seconds remaining may be of victory. Jesus himself doubted, just before crossing the finish line. Jesus chose to fulfill God’s purpose.
I do not support Calvin’s doctrine of predestination. Even if Jesus had reincarnated several times prior to 6 B.C.E., moving incrementally closer to God-consciousness each time; even if, on the basis of his previous life’s accomplishments, it was a mathematical certainty the next time around he would be the window through which God’s Light shines upon the world, the most crucial and defining act on his part remains the choice he made at Gethsemane, when the opportunity to choose anything but the cross was still his.[x]
Free will is a primary attribute of Creation and therefore inalterable. Predestination is the appearance of something else. Being an appearance, it lacks substance and is completely false. Predestination and free will are mutually exclusive notions. Predestination cannot be an attribute of Creation if free will is –and I hope I have convinced you that free will is.
When my youngest daughter was four, she broadsided me with the question every parent must dread having to explain to their child: “Why do people die?” To this I replied, “People are like caterpillars. When they die they go into a cocoon and come out a butterfly,” meaning, of course, an angel. This made sense to her. Until that moment, I had never thought of death in that way.
Years later, my mom asked me why she had to die? Cancer was only a few days away from taking her, and I well remember the aspect of innocent enquiry her face took on as she asked the question. It was as if she had come full circle in her own life and was once again a child; her spirit leaving the world in the exact same way it had entered.
I am not inclined to believe in a place called ‘Heaven;’ or a region within the 2nd Emanation, spatially separate from everything else; where Heaven is located. If a place like Heaven (a utopic place) exists, then it is coextensive with everything else in the 2nd. Heaven must exist within God, not apart from God. It is most certainly not a place where God can sit on a throne. I am inclined to believe the terms “Heaven” and “hell” are referring to polar energy-states, rather than spatially separate areas in the 2nd Emanation. Heaven and hell are distinguishable in the same way the subcomponents of the atom are distinguishable from the perspective of quantum physics. The spatial relationships existing among the subcomponents of the atom are of such a nature that, among all sciences and religions, only quantum physics is able to properly characterize them.
One important difference between Newtonian(classical) physics and quantum physics is the ability to fix an atomic sub particle’s location in time. Just as no two components of the atom may be in the same place at precisely the same moment without denaturing or destabilizing the atom, Heaven and hell must either be physically separate – in a Newtonian sense -or they are physically coextensive, while maintaining a quantum-like separation in time.
The Emanations model infers Heaven is all around us. The notion of a ubiquitous Heaven was proposed in the apocryphal Gospel of Judas, where Jesus says,
The Kingdom of Heaven is within you, and all around you.
The substantive and permanent portion of the human individual is the spirit. Although it does not readily lend itself to perception by our physical senses, it nevertheless forms the major portion of what we are. That part of us which is perceivable by the physical senses is a veneer, a container our spirits need to get around in, in the 3rd Emanation. The incarnation of the spirit into its human ‘physical’ form might be an example of Plato’s notion of the imperfect expression of that which is perfect.
Whereas in the 3rd Emanation, the thought inspires the action, in the 2nd Emanation, the thought is the action. In the 3rd Emanation, however, things need to be actuated – pushed or pulled – by some mechanical means, visible or invisible, after the mind has formed the intention to act. In the 2nd Emanation, things happen at the speed of thought. This is incomparably faster than the speed of light.
I believe there have been people who came to be aware of this, and were able to use this 2nd – Emanation attribute to good effect while they were 3rd Emanation – resident. This might account for Jesus’ ability to perform miracles, and to out-think those clever Pharisees and Sanhedrin who were trying to entrap him.
If our consciousness survives physical death, just what sort of life might we then expect? The soul is key. The soul was contained, but is now free of, the limitations of the earth-body. Its functionality does not change after leaving the material body. It remains an integral part of the human spirit.
If our soul spin were negative, we would continue to generate and receive negative energy; we would continue to suffer, and to motivate suffering in others, just as we did on Earth – but with greater speed and efficiency. We might even be able to influence the choices of people in the 3rd Emanation – if they are so impaired by their own ego as to accept our energy. But we will never know joy -the highest attainment of spiritual being. Quite the opposite, we will be miserable; our only respite perhaps being taken in the perverse joy of knowing other souls are miserable too.
In Mathew 8:5-13 Jesus encounters a centurion whose servant is dying. When Jesus offers to go to the centurion’s home, the centurion says it is not necessary, that Jesus need only say the word, and the servant is healed. Jesus appreciated the centurion’s sincerity. “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” The centurion’s faith was knowing; the perceptive capability which comes of a healthy Grid connection and non-egoic consciousness.
Jesus perceived the centurion’s goodness. The centurion similarly perceived the goodness and love in Jesus. The energies of the two worked together to heal the servant. This was how faith made the servant whole again. Perhaps that was why Jesus commonly asked the people he was about to heal, if they (or in the above case, someone who deeply cares about the infirm person) believed that he could heal them. Jesus, the centurion, and the servant were connected to one another, as are all living things with souls, over the Grid. They would have connected intimately, without ever having met before. Both Jesus and the centurion were energetically in tune with one another, and with the servant, or the healing could not have been possible. Because of their great love for one another, they were in fact extending God’s Love across the Grid, from their souls (nodes) to the soul (node) of the servant, and from there into the servant’s 3rd Emanation body. They were simply conduits of God’s Love; and it was God that healed the servant.
Faith is not ‘blind;’ it is knowing. ‘Faith is but the highest level of perceptive acuity – a level that is only possible when Love is the lens through which the mind is perceiving the world. When the mind is in non-ego conscious, Love is the lens through which the world is perceived.
John Lennon of the Beatles shared his own knowledge of the ability of love to ‘conquer all,’ when he sang:
All you need is Love.
Love is all you need.
It really is that simple.
Opposites attract. Likes repel. Every child with two magnets and a good science teacher will know this. With respect to human behaviour, however, things are a little more complex. The mode of consciousness is the determinant of whether opposites attract and likes repel, or the other way round. In ego mode, opposites do attract, while likes repel; but in non-ego mode, there is affinity for likeness. There is an aversion to opposition which is paralleling the motive of reconciliation.
I use the term ego to describe the mind which is ego-bound. Left entirely to itself, the ego feels inferior around goodness. Ego never likes to feel inferior. Its reaction is to attack the goodness in others, find a way to undermine it, so that it can start to feel good about itself again.
The Three Worlds of Gulliver: In the movie, Gulliver shipwrecks onto the shore of a very strange land. He is different from anyone who lives there -not only in size, being many orders of magnitude larger than a Lilliputian- but also in spirit; Gulliver is motivated to be good, purely for goodness’ sake. He desires no reward. He is a kind-hearted, peaceful man. But the Lilliputians wish to leverage the opportunity presented by his great size and strength in their ongoing war with their neighbours, the Blefuscudians. The two tribes are disputing which end of the egg is the proper end to open for eating. He resolves the dubious conflict without using violence. Since Gulliver refuses to annihilate their enemy, the Lilliputians conclude he is the enemy, and in league with the Blefuscudians. This is the ego’s ‘if you aren’t with me, then you are against me,’ way of thinking. Gulliver is forced to flee Lilliput for his life.
Gulliver had no selfish motive. He desired no personal reward, nevertheless the Blefuscudians and the Lilliputians took to manufacturing sinister ‘realities’ about him. They did this because the notion of someone offering help without conditions or expectation of payback was totally foreign to them and they could not trust it. They made themselves believe, without any facts to support it, that Gulliver had a personal, insidious agenda. At the end of the movie, Gulliver explains this strange phenomenon for the viewer:
“People attack what they don’t understand,” says Gulliver to his friend.
The Lilliputians and their adversaries could not accept that Gulliver had no other concern save for the Lilliputians and Blefuscudians should stop fighting over eggs.
Gulliver’s friend observes how much fear and mistrust there is in the world – everywhere – not just in the Kingdom of Lilliput. He wonders, “How can one overcome so much fear?” Gulliver’s answer:
Gulliver’s story has many parallels to that of Jesus. Whether or not Satan actually met Jesus on a mountaintop and offered him the world if Jesus would bow to him just once, the episode demonstrates the Law of Attraction of Opposites. The goodness of Jesus and the conscientiousness with which he extended it to others is without question. No wonder Satan went after him. Jesus was so intensely good that he drew to himself the attention of the most evil being in existence. This was inevitable. In our interactions with one another we may observe the same sort of thing; however it is not always overt, and people may do it without even realizing it.
Another example is the child abuse accusations targeting Michael Jackson. For the life of me, I cannot believe a person who creates a theme park for children called Neverland, where children never have to grow up, could also have it within them to do such a thing. MJ’s enjoyment of the company of children was not borne of disgustingly perverse, predatory lust; but rather because children would be ‘real’ toward him. Being children, they could have no appreciation of the significance of being one of the greatest artistic talents ever –and one of the wealthiest. They would not swayed by it. They would have no hidden personal agendas. To them, Michael Jackson would be just another adult, and they would behave, in his presence, as children. He wanted to experience, albeit vicariously, their idyllic world -a world he himself could hardly have known, given that he was already working when kids of that age begin elementary school. If there is any truth to the accusations directed at Michael Jackson, that truth weighs heavily on his soul, and will surely affect his afterlife prospects.
Why have so many purveyors of love and compassion met with violent ends? I am thinking not only of Jesus, but also of Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Princess Diana, and many others. There is a saying, “Only the good die young.” Perhaps that is true.
It may be useful to reprise an earlier observation about ego: it is always the first to arrive at a conclusion and the first to speak, because it already has all the ‘facts’ it requires, in order to render judgement. The ego is an incorrigible reactionary; it is loathe to allow time for proper consideration. It already knows what it wants, and that’s all it needs to know. It is crucially important not to allow ego the last word before you speak or act. If you are “quick to judge,” it is because you are allowing your cognitive processing to be short-circuited by ego.
But humans can also display attraction for kindred spirits, or likes. Those projecting goodness attract and are attracted by others who are also projecting goodness. The non-ego conscious individual is sensitive to the interconnectivity of all things. One is never alone even in places where they have never been before, among people they have never met, because they and the people in their physical proximity will readily perceive they have much in common; enough to be friendly and comfortable conversing with one another, if not to view each other as brothers and sisters. In the world of non-ego, one never need fear being judged – what they do might not be for everyone; however what they do is no threat to anyone, and so it is tolerated and accepted. No one is preoccupied with making a name for themselves, because they are consumed with giving their life the kind of meaning and purpose that can only come of providing service to others. Interconnectivity ensures that the good things we do, and the positive energy we generate, can only benefit everyone and every thing. Each time we rise to a non-egoic state of mind, we benefit ourselves and others.
Of the wonderful potentialities and realities that exist in the world, our ego may gain some knowledge, through a trickling down of awareness that has its origins in the non-egoic mind state. In the world of non-ego, diversity replaces uniformity, collaboration replaces competition, tolerance replaces coercion, understanding and compassion replace judgement and condemnation, sharing replaces hoarding. No one, but no one, spends a dime on something that is not needed to survive and develop while there are other people, especially children, in their neighbourhoods and in their world, who do not have what is needed to survive and thrive.
This is not to say that buying luxuries is inherently evil or immoral; neither is it to say being rich or well off is inherently evil and immoral. What is morally reprehensible is accumulating wealth while there are children who are not being properly provided for. In the non-egoic world, no individual would buy that new BMW if they knew the difference in price as compared to a Ford or GM could provide opportunities to children and parents who otherwise not have had them. Those who are not bound by ego will not permit the continuance of a social milieu (poverty) which, being infertile as sand, can only produce unhealthy adults from seeds which contain the blueprint of near-perfection.
An attribute of goodness is that it is cumulative. No act of creation – Creation itself being the quintessential expression of God’s Love -will involve the destruction of any other creation, but might build upon it. Each act of creation brings something into being which previously was not – it is the whole of creation, of God, which is involved in the Holy Spirit’s (aka Love’s) continuous improvement program. Evil, on the other hand, is compelled to destroy that which already exists.
Projection is interjection of your own perceptions, reactions, and fears into someone else’s life experience. It is a subjective (aka egoic) process which always results in a watering down of the truth and consequently, error in judgement. The absence of facts does not greatly concern the projector, because the ego is adept at creating enough ‘facts’ to fit its judgement.
How the ‘target’ is feeling; their motivation, their thoughts – the projectors think they already know. Projectors form judgements which are in fact based on their own expectations, feelings, and motivations. Their judgement of others is a reflection of their own state of mind; not at all that of the person they are judging. Projectors miss important objective clues because they are too busy manufacturing their own. Projection operates very much like a Freudian dream: each personality in the dream is really an aspect of the dreamer’s own consciousness. In the words of Simon and Garfunkel:
Still a man sees what he wants to see,[or dream]
And disregards the rest…[xi]
Resonation is the effect someone is having on you. Suppose you encounter a stranger on your morning walk. The stranger wishes you a genuinely warm “Good morning,” as you pass by. Notice how this makes you feel. Now, suppose you are the good natured stranger; wishing others a warm “Good morning,” as you go by. If someone responds with a non-committal stare and silence, or worse, fear because you, a stranger, spoke to them -notice how that makes you feel. This is resonation.
When the energy exchange is positive, you need do nothing – just feel good and go with it. You will pass this energy along to the next people you encounter. On the other hand, when someone puts their negative energy upon you, effort is required on your part to resist responding in kind (egoic response). You will divert or dissipate this energy; your mind and soul collaborating so that your soul will not resonate in the same mode as the offender’s. The most effective way to neutralize the influence of negative energy projection is to extend your mind’s focus past the ego-level response; wallowing in your ego only serves to facilitate the absorption of negative energy into your soul. The attack reveals much about the projector; little to nothing about you. The non-egoic mind will frame its approach to confrontational people with these three notions:
- The confrontational person(s) believe they have a good reason for acting that way, and it is worthwhile to try and determine what the reason is, and
- The reason existed long before you came around, and
- It’s mostly about them; don’t let your ego turn it into something about you.
If you adopt the non-egoic approach with difficult people, what happens is, your soul will quickly ‘catch its breath;’ regaining its positive aspect by a switch in mental focus; from confrontation to resolution, and from ‘righteous’ anger to empathy. You restore your soul. If you return “tit-for-tat,” your soul continues to generate and receive negative, corrosive energy. Your egoic entrenchment is deepened. You learn nothing from the situation, and you have nothing worthy to offer.
The unfriendly person may have just been diagnosed with terminal cancer; or they may have lost their job. Given knowledge of this, would you not respond with sympathy, compassion, and understanding? When you encounter confrontational people and situations, the best thing you can do for yourself, and for the other person, is to speak little and listen lots.
If we can project goodwill and by doing so, attract goodwill (or its opposite, Evil – depending on which consciousness is predominating among those we interact with), what might we do when there is no one around to exchange positive energies with? What if there are no opportunities to do good; say, to pick up trash left by others in your neighbourhood while you are on daily walk? How then might we keep our positive energies flowing?
Positive energy is generated by showing love and performing loving acts.
The times when there are no opportunities to provide service to other people, are opportunities to pursue ours and God’s ultimate purpose – creation. Whether it is building something new, writing a novel, or starting a new community program, these are the times to do it. No matter how low or downright cranky you might be feeling, you will feel happy again (the restoration of your soul’s positive rotation and momentum) by creating. This is no lie. Try it some time. Once you truly get going, notice how good you feel. Joy signals a condition of right-wise or positive soul-spin.
If such a simple thing can have such a profoundly regenerative effect, it is because the process of creation is so fundamental to the operation of the universe and to the spirit of God, like walking and breathing is to us. Creation is both the means, and the end, of life. In life, there is nothing more significant for us to do, but to create and to serve. It is our life-purpose. There can be nothing of greater spiritual benefit to ourselves and to others. With respect to creation, Love serves as both motivator and implementer.
But if love motivates all creation, how does one explain the creation of, say, weapons of mass destruction?
In creating the universe, God perforce made manifest the streams of egoic and non-egoic consciousness. He did not per se create evil. Evil was, rather, a side-effect of Creation. Egoic consciousness is encapsulated within an expanded framework of consciousness which also incorporates the much larger non-egoic component. The potential to behave egoically is therefore present in all sentient beings; however the individual can only think and act egoically if he insists in being focused that way. It is the behavior and intent arising from the mind’s ego-cultivation that can turn to evil.
At the moment of the Big Bang, ego was co-expressed along with non-ego; but at the precise moment critical mass was met, the universal consciousness was unitary -singular and uniformly non-egoic. Whether it is because God was alone at that exact moment, or because all sentient beings, having achieved utter reconciliation, were conscious in exactly the same way and now thinking in lockstep – our aspect of permanence supporting the latter – the effect would have been the same. There was consciousness of nothing beyond self which motivated God to create something. The creative act marks the point where critical mass is exceeded, the 3rd Emanation universe begins to form, and consciousness is no longer singular.
As time moves forward, consciousness becomes more fractionated, and ego becomes more of a factor. Individual sentient beings become more conscious of ego, and its ‘pull’ grows stronger. It becomes more certain that evil will manifest just as Good will. The individual mind oversees the process.
Good has incomparably higher standing in the universe than evil does. The difference between evil and Good is, whereas Good can only create and collaborate, evil can only destroy and coerce. The former can only lead to peacefulness, contentment, and joy. Goodness and Love are primary attributes of the universe; whereas evil and hatred are secondary, reactionary attributes – their existence and operation contingent upon some act of Creation having been accomplished first.
The interaction between Good and evil is expressed in the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth; the Big Bang scenario being its grandest demonstration.
Good and evil are inextricably linked. The admixture of the two is Yin and Yang. Inherent in the creation of weapons of mass destruction is the potential for either Good or evil. Good if they are never used; instead providing a means to prevent a much stronger country from attacking a weaker one; evil if they are ever used, at any time, or if they are used to coerce. It is for us to choose.
At Nagasaki and Hiroshima, in 1945, we chose poorly. In today’s world, Iran and North Korea aspire to become nuclear powers, and have even threatened to use them pre-emptively. This could spawn an all-out global nuclear confrontation, in which there will be no winner. The egos of these nuclear sabre-rattlers render them silly enough to think that they could win in a nuclear war.
In defiance of common sense and despite being presented with irrefutable logic, there remain people who foolishly persist in the expectation of an apocalyptic renewal for humankind. The survivors of such an event, however, will be terrible disappointed. They will not see Zion descend from Heaven. They will not hear angelic heralds proclaiming the advent of God’s Kingdom on Earth. Our legacy to post-apocalyptic children will be ashen, wind -swept landscapes trembling under sunless, starless skies; accompanied by the ‘sound’ of birds forever silenced.
Although biblical prophecy has the expectation of a catastrophic cleansing of the world before the advent of God’s Kingdom, these expectations were formed on the basis of ancient events which were by no stretch global. God’s Kingdom can only arrive by virtue of a wholesale inversion of human consciousness. In all truth, God’s Kingdom cannot ‘come,’ because it is already here. It’s just that we are ignoring it.
The “wholesale inversion” of consciousness implies that non-ego will become our default mode of interaction with one another, and with the rest of Creation. The mind will no longer need to extend itself beyond the level of ego in order to be conscious of, and fully experience, Joy. In fact, your own capacity for Joy will be infinitely expanded by the soul’s rediscovered ability to sense the Joy flowing into and being generated by the souls of others. It will be as if their happy experiences had happened to you. The corollary is, your soul will react to the sad experiences of others, as if they had happened to you.
With the advent of God’s Kingdom, the neutralization (but not the destruction) of the egoic half of the Universal Stream of Consciousness will be effected, since all minds, now unburdened by ego, would never have cause to re-engage it.
The Age of Aquarius, heralded in my youth by the angelic voices of the 5th Dimension, will come to pass and humankind will find the Garden.
Ego and non-ego would have been competing just as strongly for attention in the mind of the scriptural author, as they do in our own. It is necessary to accept that the authors of scripture were human; like the rest of us, they would be prone to filling in the gaps in their knowledge with what they want to be truth. We must also accept that the distraction of ego ensures we cannot always be listening to the Voice of the Divine even though it is always speaking.
Our to-and-fro between egoic and non-egoic modes of consciousness is very subtle. We might not be aware it is even happening – and that is the best-case scenario. Those contributors to the world’s scriptures who were genuinely and divinely inspired to write about God were certain to have made a few, or even a great many, innocent mistakes.
The worst-case scenario begins with the writer having a political agenda, and ends in presenting, as the Will of God, the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children. I am thinking of the Old Testament of the Judeo-Christian bible. Plainly, there were times when these scriptural authors chose to promote their agendas over God’s Truth; because God’s express Will for humans has always been to respect all life. Would God create a group of people, put them in Canaan, and then promise the land to the Hebrews, or anyone else? What kind of God would do that? Why wouldn’t God have obliged the Canaanites to set up homes in some other land; knowing He was going to promise the land to the Hebrews? He could easily have saved many Canaanite and Hebrew men, women, and innocent children, from misery and slaughter. What kind of God would not do it that way? Please think about this. No realtor is stupid enough to sell a home to one family, when they already have a contract with a different family. How can anyone believe God is more stupid than a realtor?
I do not mean to imply that all scripture, or even the greater portion, is false; but I strongly advise against a fundamentalist interpretation of scripture. We must, so as to honour the lives and sacrifices of the true heroes and heroines of scripture, and the Truths scripture contains, be careful to separate objectivity from egoic subjectivity, fact from fiction, in order to know the ‘gospel truth.’
The hand which penned the scriptural texts was not God’s, but human. Most scripture began as oral tradition which later took on written form. What people do, and how they do it, is entirely disposed of their free will – there is no way of getting around this. If God left the communication of His Message to the choices made by Mohammed, Gandhi, Jesus, et al., He would likewise have extended the same latitude to the scriptural authors. Anyone who tells you that their hand was moving on its own as they wrote, is living in a world of egoic fantasy. I do not believe God would find it meet to violate free will in such an obtuse manner. Only ego is able to seriously consider doing that.
The role the author’s ego plays in deviating from God’s intent is only one-half the problem; the other half is the role of the reader’s ego. If the reader’s understanding were not a significant part of the truth equation, why are there so many interpretations of scripture – from literal to metaphorical; orthodox to heretical – and why have these interpretations evolved over time?
God speaks through every living person, some of the time; God speaks through no living person, all of the time; since no person is non-egoic all of the time.
Every soul that has ever or will ever exist, is connected to the Grid. The Grid is God’s “circulatory system.” It is also God’s “nervous system.” The Grid fully exists and operates within God. The connectivity of the Grid facilitate and maintain the exchange of energies, positive and negative, among all things with souls in the universe. Each act of unconditional giving “catalyzes” the spontaneous reception of Divine Energy; and it is for this reason our “spiritual batteries” can never be drained by giving. While the soul is energized, the spirit lives; with one important caveat: whereas positive energies supply the soul nutritionally as they energize, negative energies provide only energy to the soul, the way refined sugar does to the body. After enough negative energy is applied, our souls may lose their ability to hold or accept a charge, and the spirit will die. Soul apathy describes a condition wherein the individual behaves as if their soul were dead. The soul and the spirit’s fate is entirely determined by each individual, by conscious (or unconscious) application of free will; not by anything on the other side of its Grid connection. When you choose to do good, you open the door to goodness; and goodness comes flooding in from the Grid. When you choose to be selfish, a door still opens; but it is the door through which only egoic energies can pass. Perhaps God intervenes in these situations the way a good parent would (so that the ‘child’ is able to experience the consequences of their dubious choices as a ‘sting’ rather than full-force), the concept of free will notwithstanding, rather than allow a soul to perish. Finally, nothing God creates can die in the way we humans think of death. Physical death is not the end at all, but a transition, a point of inflection along the continuum of the human spirit’s development. The change in venue is quite radical; but can it be any more upsetting than the experience of our birth, when we are so indelicately expelled from our nice, cozy placental environment, squeezed and pulled on, and then suddenly finding ourselves out in the cold air?
My mother demonstrated throughout her life, that we are capable of giving far more than we would ever think possible. She could not help giving; even though as a child, she had very little. Rather than pursue material gains for herself, she made do with less, so that her children would have more. Whenever we needed something, we went to her. Five children, one of whom had polio – and a husband, sisters, and mother to boot. Somehow she managed to keep up. She gave without restraint or condition. Because she built no barriers to the outpouring of energy from her soul toward others, there was nothing blocking the way for Divine Energy to enter her soul. By virtue of sharing her soul-energy stores, her own soul is filled, nourished, and fortified.
So long as we give without attaching conditions or expectations, we offer no resistance to the replenishment of Divine Energy, and our souls end up better off than before we gave. When we are not experiencing opportunities to give, we keep our souls spinning right-wise by creating something. When we encounter negative people or situations, the energies could precipitate a momentary, spontaneous spin reversal, or drag, upon our souls. These lapses are often associated with the egoic cycle of reaction and guilt.
Creation is a fundamental operative of the universe. Without it, nothing could exist outside of the infinitely dense little ball which contained the universe. Everything is created out of Love. Because you express love in the intention and in the act, creating energizes and nurtures your soul. The more you create, the more Divine Energy your soul will process. The creative act permits us to scuttle the ego-captained sinking ship, and to know the Joy God experiences.
But there are situations when we might not be in a creative mood – say, when we are ill and bed-ridden. When we are in pain, we tend to become very selfish, because the pain is clamouring for our attention, and we respond by focusing on it. As we get older, many of us become angry and cantankerous, under the burden of health issues and disappointments which have accumulated over time. Over the years, bad things will have happened to us, deserved or not. We may have, at times, been unjustly maligned, ridiculed, rejected, cheated, harassed, bullied, or lied to by the ones we love and trust. We have had personal disappointments: many of our dreams were perhaps not realized. We are met with misunderstanding; but most of the time, we are ignored. We want to get on with our lives in peace, to be loved, to feel worthy, and for others to see us the way we want them to.
When we are in pain, the tendency is to focus on the pain. The pain can be either emotional or physical -and one can easily lead to the other. Our mind’s focus on the pain will encourage the negatively spinning soul to spin faster, or the positively spinning soul to slow down, since it has opened the gate to these energies. If the eyes are the window to the soul, the mind is the soul’s gatekeeper; facilitating the flow of one type of energy across the Grid connection while at the same time blocking the other. Remember, when the gate has been opened to negative energies, it is closed to the positive kind, and vice versa, since the mind can only think one thought at a time.
The degree to which physical and emotional pain impact our spirit is wholly determined by the degree to which the mind’s attention is directed by ego. While we indulge ego, everything we think, say, and do, is bound to be affected: the world is suddenly become all about us, and we become all about pain.
Have you ever wished “Good morning” to someone with whom you happened to make eye contact in passing, and simply ignored? Did you find out afterwards this person had lost their job, or had been diagnosed with cancer, or was the recipient of some other negative, life-altering news? How could you have known? And when you came to know, did you not feel even worse; recalling your own negative reaction to theirs? Guilt is a powerfully negative egoic response.
The person may be forgiven in this situation, and, of course, so can you. Neither of you meant to make the other feel worse. Neither of you would want to make another feel worse under any circumstances; yet we often do just that, out of ignorance, fear, anxiety, or-any one of the plethora of negative emotions associated with ego. This is how negative energy is engendered and propagated among people. We can generate, without realizing, a whole lot of negative energy; and it all ends up on the Grid.
The foregoing describes one of the most basic mechanisms associated with egoic consciousness – the egoic cycle of reaction and guilt. Remember that ego is the only aspect of our consciousness that ‘feels.’ When we react to the egoic behaviours of others, our hurt often becomes anger, and we might reciprocate with ego of our own. After the egoic fire of our anger has reduced itself to embers, we are often left feeling badly about how we left things.
Does your emotional or physical pain really matter? Of course it does – to you, because you are the one feeling it. Feelings are of the ego precisely because they are yours. Your feelings also matter to everyone who cares about you; but because this is an egoic response to what is happening to you, and not to them, it is impossible for them to feel it as intensely as you do. Do you want to suffer more? Do you want those who care about you to suffer more? If the answer is yes, then continue to focus on your pain; this will reinforce your soul’s negative spin, and what you communicate in your words, acts, and body language to those who love you will cause them to feel more miserable also. If the answer is no, then resolve to do your best to set your pain aside as much as you possibly can. Accept your pain, for your sake, and for the sakes of those you care about.
In the last months of her life, my mother endured intense pain. Yet she remained a mother until the very end, and not a cancer patient. She never gave voice to the pain which was eating away at her. One of her last projects was to cobble together a photo album for each one of her children; an extensive collection of photographs spanning our entire lives. She chose non-ego up to the very end, and, as hard as the end was on her, it would have been worse, had she taken the egoic route. She was the most courageous person this I will ever know.
This is the simple truth – we are generating energy all of the time. Our energy has no where to go but onto the Grid. We are affected by the energy others are putting on the Grid. We can, however, easily avoid the negativity of others and disrupt the egoic cycle of Reaction and Guilt by r consciousness – no one else does. Not even God wants to take it away from you.
It is important to recognize that the thoughts which randomly enter your head moment by moment, you do not yet own. You do, however, acquire ownership and give them life, by dwelling on them. The longer you hang onto them, the more they become yours. It is for you, and you alone, to choose which of these thoughts you will give life to, and which you will not.
You are not your thoughts – you direct your thoughts. You are conscious of your thoughts, yes, but you are the thinker, not the thought! You are the I AM.
What is you is that which makes a conscious decision to admit certain thoughts, while discarding others – you are consciousness, and consciousness is of the mind. The key to managing your emotional or spiritual pain lay in directing your attention elsewhere, including toward how to assuage the pain, and even heal the cause. “Seek and ye shall find,” Jesus was quoted as saying. If you are looking for pain, you will find it. If you are looking for Joy, you will find that to. Even when pain is present, all the while you are looking for Joy, you will not feel the pain, the pain will not exist for you, until you are once again conscious of it. It is, of course, nigh impossible to ignore, to not be conscious of excruciating pain; but it is equally true that, the more you are distracted by something else, the less you will feel it.
If you want to experience Joy, direct your attention toward the things which bring you joy.
You can think only one thought at a time – true multiprocessing can only be done by several processors working together, and individual human beings have just one, albeit together, we are many. While you are contemplating something joyful, you cannot, at precisely the same moment, be conscious of the pain you are experiencing, even though it is still there. The mind is very powerful. Do not ever forget this.
The more Joy you are feeling, the more positive energy you are putting on the Grid, and the more you are wanting to serve and create. Underlying this: your soul is becoming more positively energized, its matrix more viable, as the energies expended in non-egoic activities are replenished with the energies of the Divine. Your soul is spinning faster and gaining momentum in the positive direction, as the soul sheath further modulates toward the preferencing of positive energies and the rejection of negative energies. The more energized your soul is, the more alive you are. The more alive you are, the more momentum your soul has acquired and the harder it will be for any external (or internal) influence to slow, or reverse, its direction of rotation.
One Fall day, on my way to work, I noticed a man cheerfully wishing “good morning” to a group of people as he passed them. His cheerfulness was so genuine, from afar off, I had assumed that he knew them. When the distance was closed between us, he wished me a cheery “good morning” also. I responded in kind. Continuing past, he then wished me “good day.” The man continued on his way, offering a merry “good morning” to everyone he met along the way. I realized he didn’t know any of the people he was so cheerfully greeting. He appeared to be an “average Joe” by the look of him; but he was performing a world-class job by extending God’s Love – to people he had never met; who are, nevertheless his brothers and sisters because they too were created by God.
That morning, I had awoken with many different negative scenarios running through my head. I had gotten up on the wrong side of the bed – an indication that my soul was labouring under the weight of my ego. Then I passed this man on the boardwalk. As the distance between us increased, I encountered the people he had left in his wake; they were all smiling, and they wished me a “good morning” too.
Because of him. Because he was pumping his positive energy onto the Grid, opening up the souls of those he encountered, who subsequently put more positive energy onto the Grid in their turn.
People often engage in spying on one another. Before the Smartphone, I believed this was a behaviour exclusive to governments, spies, police, and of course, neighbours with small side-windows.
We of the big city are also wary of strangers. We react to their presence with caution, by default; as if they were more likely to be a menace than not; as if they are not fellow souls. We are often mistrustful of one another and constantly on the alert. Watch people on the subway, bus or elevator – anywhere strangers are obliged to be in close contact. Eyes dart back and forth; cycling from faces to mindless subway poetry and advertisements, then onto nothing at all. We avoid direct eye contact, because when we make eye contact, we have connected. That stranger ‘knows’ you exist. That stranger also knows you know they exist. Now your ego’s control of its surroundings is shared with that other ego. This makes your ego uncomfortable, and you break off eye contact in favour of studying that poster of the puffy faced, teary-eyed woman blowing her nose. We are so accustomed to doing this, we are often unmindful of doing it at all.
Might it not be better to strike up a conversation with those we do not know, if we are obliged to sit together for a short period of time? This is what folks in small communities are given to doing. We would discover 99.99999 percent of the time, these strangers are no threat at all – that they are souls trying to make their way, just like us. As for the others, inform the police about them.
The separation we feel from souls whom we share our world with is ego-created fantasy. Ego is constantly creating a world of its own, wherein it has none of the foibles it so readily perceives in others. Ego creates the illusion of separation, of us and them, to protect itself from the judgement of others, to be sure; but also from self-judgement: so that it can justify hoarding what is necessary for its survival and wellbeing, to the extent of creating a shortage for other, less fortunate souls.
It is easier to judge others than to understand them, since to understand others requires mental effort and patience; neither of which are to be found in great supply in the ego’s emotional stores.
We must refrain from condemning others. We must infuse our interactions with the honesty of a child; while extending trust tempered by discernment. In this way we are able to avoid separation; that among strangers being the most obvious, because strangers, in good time, with sufficient contact and non-egoic interaction, inevitably become friends.
People connect with one another through ego’s ‘wall’ – modulating the wall’s porosity according to the level of trust they feel. The more porous the wall, the more honest the connection. In the most spiritually intimate relationships (sexual intimacy, only takes on meaning if it is expressive of an underlying spiritual/emotional intimacy), the wall has become so porous, it is no longer a factor; meaning ego is no longer a factor.
This wall, we might imagine, permits us to control the energy we are sending and receiving over our Grid connection. If we are feeling animosity toward someone, say, we can still extend the semblance of positive energy by smiling, and they will be none the wiser. Our walls are therefore something we can use to hide behind; however its effectiveness in this regard is tantamount to that of a child putting their hands in front of their eyes and concluding that because they cannot see others, others cannot see them. The ego-wall affords comfort in maintaining the duplicity of appearances.
The promotion of appearance over reality, a dominant motif in several Shakespearean dramas, can fool the ego, but not the Grid. You cannot pass off negative energy as positive, or positive energy as negative. The Grid is itself discerning. It can only, by virtue of Karma, return negative energy across the link where negative energy is received, and positive energy across the link where positive energy is received. It cannot do otherwise, since it is the modality of your own soul sheath which is preferencing the propagation and reception of one type of energy over the other. This is not to say one cannot return non-egoic energies for egoic energies sent your way; in that case, your ego is simply not involved. Because of your non-egoic perspective, the Grid restricts the flow of negative energy into your soul, while it is encouraging the flow of positive energy out of your soul. From the negative sender’s perspective, the Grid connection operates precisely opposite.
We begin by being true to ourselves -we cannot be true to others, or tolerant and respectful of others, unless we are. We should never have to bear condemnation from our fellows because of how we think or act, unless it interferes with their free will. Every issue between people must be resolved on a collaborative, rather than competitive, basis.
Separation from others is an illusion only ego is able to maintain. The most viable and durable relationships among individuals are those founded upon honesty, because honesty is the unshakeable foundation of trust, and trust is the operative principle in all viable, enduring relationships.
Without honesty there can be no trust; without trust there can be no relationship.
Without tolerance, there will be very little honesty.
[i] The 2011 version of the Harper Conservatives shamelessly used the cowardly attack on Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in 2014 to gain public support for their so-called antiterrorist legislation, Bill C-51, and with the same despicable aim as the Bush administration: to remove the citizens’ constitutional and charter rights to privacy and due process.
[ii] Okay, I invented a new word here. By it, I simply mean the extent to which something is egoic or non-egoic. I use it as a convenience only.
[iii] These words recall the prayer in the movie, Mother Theresa, starring Olivia Hussey.
[iv] This recalls for me John Locke’s idea of the tabula rasa, or clean slate, which every human soul enters the world with. Interestingly enough, the notion extends back to Aristotle and even prior. Plato, on the other hand, averred the mind pre-existed somewhere else, before being instantiated on earth, which is the way I am also leaning.
[v] Cite properly: from the book by Nik K.
[vi] Remember: Egoicism, in any of its forms, renders the soul preferentially receptive to and generative of ego-compatible energies. Negative energies sustain the soul / soul body in the same way sugar sustains the physical body: without providing any nourishment. No entity, physical or spiritual, is sustainable for very long without nourishment; a regimen of ego-compatible energies will only destabilize the soul matrix as the soul consumes itself in order to supply the missing nutrition, and will eventually cause it to disintegrate.
[vii] Cite this. It is from Deepa Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (I think) – this citation might have been lost during reformatting – check early versions –it might still be in there.
[viii] A reference to the dubious biblical story of Jacob and Esau. That anyone, no matter how blind, could mistake one of their grown children for another, is utterly ridiculous; then the purveyors of this tale would have us believe that the elder brother was hungry enough to trade his inheritance for a bowl of soup…..Ah, come on, man! How do we know that the author of the tale intended it as a bedtime story for his children? This is more likely than intending it to form a part of scripture.
[ix] Edmund Burke.
[x] This last point forms the basic dramatic question in The Last Temptation of Christ.
[xi] Simon and Garfunkel. The Boxer.