Loving Oneness Now
Almost all enlightened Masters, in their teachings, emphasize the importance of learning to discern between what is True from what is false, between what is Real from what is illusion. Only rarely, however, do they present lists of what is True and what is not, preferring, I presume. that each of us work it out for ourselves through trial and error, or, as Raj/Jesus would put it, "finding out What Works and what doesn't." The implication is that the ego, with its delusional thinking and feeling, simply does not work because everything it tries to accomplish is based on fear. In other words, the ego contains the seeds of its own inevitable demise, even though this process of total ego-disintegration may take many, many lifetimes to eventuate.
By learning to discern between What is Real and what is unreal we can considerably accelerate our own Spiritual Awakenings; and this is true, individually and collectively. The lists below are not just for reading. To be effective they need to be understood at the deep level of both intuitive Knowledge and Loving feelings. Abide with them and meditate on them. So many people say to me, "Oh I know that!" when they know only the 'dictionary definition' at a superficial verbal level. The true meaning of any object, person, scene, word, idea or state is not verbal at all. The true meaning is always the way the object, person, scene, word, idea or state (within itself) works/ operates/ is). For example, if a friend introduces a complete stranger to us and says her name is Mary, do we promptly claim we know all about Mary and fully understand her personality as well as her physical well-being? Of course not. But we tend to do this all the time with words like Love, Light, Peace, Joy, Happiness, Freedom, Knowledge, God, Christ, Creation, Reality, etc. The only way these states of Mind can be Truly Known is through having profound inner experiences of them. A woman does not know what pregnancy and childbirth really are until she has actually given birth to a baby. Similarly, in a very different context, we cannot know what Real Peace is until we have actually experienced a non-thinking Light-filled Mind.
WHAT REAL AND UNREAL EXPERIENCES DO WE NEED TO DISCERN BETWEEN?
THE ITEMS BELOW ARE REAL IN THAT THEY ARE WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED BY MANY MASTERS TO BE UNIVERSAL, ETERNAL AND INDESTRUCTIBLE. HOWEVER WE MAY NOT BE CONSCIOUS OF THEM UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, ESPECIALLY IN OUR CURRENT SEPARATION AND DISSOCIATION FROM GOD.
|THE ITEMS BELOW ARE UNREAL IN THAT THEY ARE WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED BY MANY MASTERS TO BE LOCAL, TEMPORARY AND TO TOTALLY VANISH WHEN WE ALL WAKE UP. THESE ITEMS ARE OFTEN IN THE FORM OF PSYCHOLOGICAL EGO-POLARITIES WHICH WE MAY, OR MAY NOT, HAVE IN COMMON WITH OTHERS. WHILE WE SHARE MOST OF THEM WITH THE HUMAN RACE, EACH OF US TENDS TO EMPHASIZE (BUY INTO) SOME OF THEM MORE THAN OTHERS.|
|GOD, Creator, Source of All Creation NOW||ego-as-god, god of sickness, god of acquisitiveness, god of distraction, god of pseudo-love, god of self-reliance, god of war, god of depression, god of elation|
|Limitless (ego-less) Love||pseudo-love, co-dependent reliance, in polarity with hate, dislike, fear, conflict|
|Eternal Life, Is-ness, Beingness||death, body-identification, believing in lifeless matter and oblivion, only physicality exists, energy/ matter evolves itself mindlessly|
|God-Light, the Light of Understanding||darkness, perceiving through the distortions of the ego, intellectual fogginess, numbed out, befuddled|
|God Knowledge, Knowing, Revelation, Absolute Truth, Divine Meanings||learned human partial knowledge of all kinds, superficial knowing, verbal learning, ignorance, human definitions, beliefs and all dogmas including scientific ones, denial of evidence|
|Perfect Peace, Divine Tranquility in an alert Mind NOW||sleep, sleepy, dozy or doped states, downers, temporary isolation from conflict, day-dreaming, tired, lethargic|
|Permanent Joy, continuous Happiness||euphoria, manic states, la-la-land, upbeat in polarity with depression, despair, unhappiness, sadness, hopelessness, bipolar|
|Absolute Freedom and complete Loving Openness||constrictions, all fears & limitations & lacks, secretive, suspicious, boundaries, fences around people, all parental authority system judgments (see next)|
|Divine Innocence||condemnations, judgments, seeing sin everywhere, accusations of guilt, pointing the finger, feelings of shame, "I am guiltless, you are the bad guys" attitude|
|Perfect Health in a Perfect Mind/Body System||disease, god of sickness, believing in illness, ego-fears and angers dropped into the body, all psychiatric disorders|
|Real God-created Mind-Being-Self, Christ-Self, Buddha-Self, True Identity||ego-as-self, parental authority self. ego-children selves, goody-good self, unacknowledged shadow-self, private self, giving-to-get self|
|Spiritual Honesty and Integrity ( "To thine own Self be True." -from Hamlet)||deceitfulness, self-delusion, ego-as-trickster, "holier-than-thou" attitude, blunt needless "honesty," ego-pretence of any kind, feigning transparency, faking it, false facade|
|Absolute Mind-as-Such of God that He Shares with us within His Oneness, individually and collectively||artificial human-made "ego-minds" made of erroneous beliefs, conceptions, emotions, definitions, dogmas, attitudes, mechanisms, stereotypes, addictions, habits|
|Oneness, Singularity, Unity of Everything, Everywhere, Wholeness ("There is nothing outside You." -ACIM)||separation, divisiveness, exclusions, levels, social classes and castes, ranks, enemies, categorizations, racism, sexism, believing in privilege|
|Perfect Reason, Reasoning, Cognition||intellectual illogicality, faulty reasoning, reasoning based on fear and anger, rationalizing based on motives, intellectual exclusions, closed-mindedness|
|Perfect Sanity||insanity of the ego, chaotic thinking, neuroses and psychoses of all kinds, behavior disorders, all phobias, habits and addictions, socio-disorders, all conflicts|
|Spiritual Vision||distorted perception by the ego, looking through a glass darkly, spiritual blindness, ego's blinders, narrow myopic outlook|
|God's Grace as His Unconditional Gift||ingratitude, giving to get, screw you, the one with the most toys wins, unfairness, selfishness, not sharing|
|True Humility-in-God ("Thy Will Father, not mine.")||arrogance of separated-from-God ego, egocentric, ego-self-righteousness, my way Father not yours, conceited, proud, vain, self/Self-denigration, false humility, I'm a sinner, self-sufficient, I am always right and you are wrong, doormat mentality|
In all the above comparisons it is vitally necessary that we discern What is Real from what is unreal because, in God's Reality, the entire contents of the right-hand column do not exist; they are human psychological illusions of the ego, some of which are based on fantasy while others are founded on a distorting blend of partial Truth and considerable human ignorance. ("Forgive them Father for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34). This mixture of Truth and unrealities is like a mixture of tares (a weed) and wheat, of salt and sand, and it only by spiritual Knowledge and discernment that the two can be separated out, at which point the valueless stuff can be thrown away. This is most easily achieved by using the Ego-Dismantling Steps which you can find elsewhere on this website (G04).
However, it is necessary at this juncture, to point out that some illusions, once they are recognized as unreal, may be quite useful as temporary aids or catalysts which facilitate the process of dismantling the ego and of Waking up to Reality.
For example, many of our learned skills, such as reading and writing, can be used to help us (and others) along our Spiritual Path. While reading and writing have no value in an Awakened State, because all communication is instantly telepathic and perfectly understood, they have a practical value in our separated-from-God state where we, as egos, eschew such God-given attributes as direct (wordless) thought transference -- telepathy. We can read A Course in Miracles, the Tao Te Ching, the Sufi Book of Wisdom, and thousands of other spiritual books. Those books were also written in the past, therefore, over time, writing also helps spread spiritual knowledge.
More on this topic of useful illusions, as temporary adjuncts to the process of Waking up, will be explored on the next page on VIGILANCE.
Loving Oneness Now -- Copyright © 2007 Alexander Bannatyne, PhD