Loving Oneness Now
WHAT ARE THE VARIETIES OF CONSCIOUSNESS HUMANS CAN EXPERIENCE?
In the following list, I
will start with the lowest, or most least aware type of consciousness and
end the list with the highest. The use of a lower-case initial letter on words
indicates they have a non-spiritual meaning, whereas words with a capital
initial have a Spiritual meaning.
EVERYDAY EGO CONSCIOUSNESS:
The ego is not really Conscious
at all. Rather, it lives in a state of Spiritual ignorance, an ignorance
that perceives this world and daily events only very superficially. This
very limited ego-perception is mostly based on verbal labeling and our
everyday practical personal "usage" of things (e.g., the car, the
kitchen, computers, one's workplace). Ego consciousness mostly uses
oversimplified popular verbal definitions as well as rote-learned "book
meanings" to look out on a world of unrelated material
"objects." The ego's superficial, very limited consciousness is
not only founded on ignorance, but also on distorted perceptions, which,
in turn, stem from indoctrinated beliefs, trained prejudices, conditioned
attitudes, stereotyped judgments, inculcated habits as well as numerous
distracting addictions—such as, for example, television and games. Note that
the ego itself is a fabricated, false, personal identity
which is composed of a loose conglomeration of sub-personalities (I call them
ego-children) as well as a "Parental Authority System" (PAS). We have
absorbed our ego's PAS from all the authority figures around us from birth on
up, until the age of late adolescence. Eons ago when we separated from
God and His Reality, and from one another, we invented our spurious
loveless composite ego-identities as a substitute for our Real
Selves—Selves we buried in the deepest recesses of our Minds.
As we first begin to
become dimly aware that "there has to be a better way," or that
"there has to be more to life than competition, distraction,
acquisitiveness and success," we start searching outside the ego's 'little
box' for what that more might be. As Raj/Jesus says, "Your eyelids
begin to flutter as the first signs of your Awakening to Reality."
It is not the
ego's pseudo-consciousness which initiates this quest for "something
more." It is our own (buried) stirring, inner Higher Self that does
so, because we, as egos, have finally decided to no longer "go it
alone." Our emergent Higher Self re-emphasizes to us that our egos
are both a dream and a sham. So, once we reach out for Guidance and help,
our Guides, Masters and God Himself, seize every little opportunity we willingly
give them, to download to us the necessary specific Knowledge we each need in
order for us to take the next step (or two) along the Path of our Journey Home.
Consciousness is gradually accelerated until we reach half-way along our
Path—and that is the point-of-no-return. This is not the time to
look back in nostalgia, as did (in the legend) Lot's wife which caused her ego
to snap back and consolidate. This transitional half-way point is a time to be
both vigilant and discerning because our opportunist egos will use
every deceptive trick to fool us into a relapse. One of the ego's favorite
tricks at this time, is to identify itself with our Spiritual traveler
and say, "Great! I love this spiritual stuff, and now I will climb onto
this 'spiritual bandwagon' and I will blow my spiritual trumpet for everyone to
hear, so they will realize what a spiritual person I am. I am excellent at
playing and acting the role of a devout personality so that everyone can see my
'purity' and façade of holiness." Of course the term "spiritual
ego" is an oxymoron of the first order.
As our Genuine
Consciousness increasingly unfolds, it merges with our Observer
Consciousness which has also been called Self-Awareness. In order to
truly understand the Nature of this Observer Consciousness we need to
realize that the Mind-as-Such of God is fully Aware of Itself in every
way. God, in Whose Mind we Are (in Which we Exist Now), shares with us
His Attribute of Self-Awareness. Our God-given Self-Awareness is
therefore an aspect of our emerging Awakening Consciousness which we can now
call "Our Observer Self." For eons we have kept this God-given
Observer Self buried under layers of ego-denial and projected judgments and
distractions, including numerous addictions.
It is our Awakening
Observer Self which is vigilant and discerning. It is the Observer
Self who is very aware of the difference between what is True in us, and
what is ego-false, and then asks us to ego-dismantle the false; to relinquish
all that is not Real. Our Guides and Masters are always more than happy to help
us to accomplish this ego-dissolution process—which A Course In Miracles
calls "The At-One-Ment process."
But please do not think
of this Observer Self-Aware Consciousness as some kind of monitor
of "good" and "bad" behavior, or some kind of inner
conscience which will tell us when we need to be rewarded or punished by some
PAS god; that is all ego nonsense. Our Observer Selves are the Loving facets
of our Real Selves which give us Spiritual feedback about what we still need to do
to hasten us along the Path that leads directly to Home. Our Observer Selves
also inform us when we have been truly Loving and truly Helpful, not for
the purpose of ego-aggrandizement, but in order to share the Joy and Peace of
our helping in the process of Waking everyone up.
I am inserting this
Buddhist idea here because Self-Aware Mindfulness is another function of
the Observer Self, a function which can help us stay in the NOW-moment,
which ACIM calls the "Holy Instant." All genuine Spiritual Paths and
Masters tell us to let the past go, and to yield our future to
God's Plan. Of course, we have to realize (in full Self-Aware Consciousness)
that the only time we Really Live is in the Present Moment,
a Present that, in Fact, is devoid of not-Now-existing past
and future events. [I cannot expand here on this idea of "the only time is
Now" because it would take many pages to do so. You can find deeper
explanations on my Website LovingOnenessNow.org,
Pages H2 and P15]
Ideally, our Observer
Selves are vigilantly keeping our attention focused on each NOW-moment, even as
we allow God to Create our Moment-by-Moment unfolding Lives in
accordance with His Plan for each of us. Admittedly this is not so easy to do,
because most humans think there is a cause-and-effect consecutive sequence
between our immediate past, the present moment and out immediate future,
but this is NOT true—unless that is the sequence of ego-events we
desire and believe in. It is as we agree to show a willingness
to accept God's Plan, that "non-consecutive" Miracles
can occur and beneficial events can abruptly happen to us and others. Why?
Because Real Creation is only a flowing, infinite, Loving Matrix of
synchronistic patterns of events occurring right NOW in the Mind-as-Such
of God—Whose Mind we all Universally share.
GOD LEVEL INFINITE
CONSCIOUSNESS OF SELF
It is easiest for me to
list the Attributes and Facets of our God-Level Consciousness, even though most
of us will find some of them difficult to believe. Strangely some of the hardest
to believe are already proven [in laboratories] beyond a doubt in Quantum
Mechanics, even though most scientists studiously ignore them. Also, many
Masters have attested that the following are True.
Instant communication across the universe. Even photons, electrons and
other particles do this.
Direct thought communication through non-verbal telepathy.
There are no secrets, even though our egos erroneously believe there are.
All Awake Beings know all that goes on everywhere in the universe of universes.
Everyone who is Awakened Loves all Beings everywhere in the
universe of universes.
In Reality there is no fear and nothing to fear.
Each Being has an eternal individuated Identity that is
Eternal in God's Mind, and each Son or Daughter is always Free to do whatever he
or she likes, Lovingly, when Awake in the Mind of God.
The opportunities for Awakened ones to Lovingly Create whatever
they like in the universe of universes are limitless.
The Mind of God and our Real Awakened Minds are eternally full of Love,
Light, Peace. Joy, Happiness, Freedom, Knowledge, Beauty, Harmony, Ecstasy, Fun,
Laughter, and Universal Loving Intimacy.
These Attributes only
become remembered and realized in us after we fully Re-Awaken. I say
"Re-Awaken" because we were originally Created in an Awakened State by
God and remained Awake—until we decided to separate from Him in our Minds and
fabricate false ego-identities for ourselves.
Loving Oneness Now -- Copyright © 2009 Alexander Bannatyne, PhD