Monday, March 27, 2017

The different "levels" of consciousness

When people talk about different levels of consciousness, most people think of it in terms of up and down, higher and lower, or above and below.  When someone talks about being angelic or spiritual, they think of being consciously "higher".  I never really thought much about this concept until now.

The difference between one "level" of consciousness and a "higher" one is simply the difference between seeing things from one perspective, and seeing the same situation from a more encompassing perspective. You could say being able to change your perspective is a way to "change" your level of consciousness. In the human body, we view the world around us from our body's point of view using our physical eyes, using our physical senses to be aware of our situation.  But from a "higher" perspective, you look not only from your own point of view, but you may view your situation from a 3rd person perspective.  "Above" that, you may view the situation from multiple person's perspective.  Beyond that, you may view it with non-physical senses, such as from different dimensional perspectives, different conceptual perspectives, and even beyond imagination or understanding.  I believe this is what it means to have "higher" consciousness.  You aren't literally going "higher" per-se.  You are encompassing more perspective (thus a higher vantage point).  This increase in perspective means you are taking in more awareness of the situation.  More awareness means you understand the interconnections between all the participants of a given situation.  Participants does not refer to humans only.  It is everything that makes up the situation including environment, emotions, past actions, etc.  Expanding your consciousness isn't about going up or down, but about incorporating more awareness.

If you can only see things as being black or white, up or down,  right or wrong, then you are not using higher consciousness.  If you see things as being black AND white, or up AND down, or right AND wrong, then you're starting to go higher.  If you see things as being gray, or as height, or as being a scale, that's still higher.  If you see things as being all colors, height as being something that's just a visual sensory perception, and right and wrong as judgment based on lack of information, then you're getting much higher in consciousness.  Everyone is moving higher in consciousness already.  We went from a society that just saw things as it literally was perceived, to having ideas about things in black and white/right and wrong during the religious period, to looking at things as being a personal choice in more modern times.  Humans as a whole has been moving to a higher state of consciousness because we are consciousness awakening through our experiences, which means we are getting closer to our true nature.

Given this understanding, it's easy to see how everyone can obtain a "higher" consciousness.  It literally is to see the bigger picture.  If you are able to understand situations from a broader view, it takes on a different meaning, a different focus, and a different purpose.  What you might look at from your individual perspective as being traumatic or chaotic or even pleasurable, would look different as a situational perspective if you looked from the perspectives of others.  If you saw the circumstances that lead to a situation, which requires even broader perspective, then you might realize why things happened the way they did.  This all ties in with my point about the fact that there is no such thing as random chance.  It is merely a limitation of having only one perspective.

If you can learn how to look at things from a broader perspective, you are on the road to seeing the world from a "higher" point of view.  The "grand vision" point of view might not be understood because in our bodies, we still tend to reason and deduce from a logical perspective.  But if you remove the humanistic thinking and biases of beliefs, then it's easier to see the bigger picture for what it truly is. If you consider this, along with the idea that "love" is acceptance of everything, then from a spiritual perspective, "God" is simply the idea that "God" is aware of everything and accepts everything. Therefore, if you can grow in your awareness and acceptance beyond your current limiting beliefs and thoughts, then you are growing "spiritually" towards "God". That is what it means by "do not judge" (awareness) and "love your neighbor" (acceptance). If you find it difficult growing spiritually, most likely, you have some fear that is creating the barriers towards your goals. Physical life is meant for you to experience and overcome your fears.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

What is love? Baby, don't hurt me.

I've read many times from people who have had a near-death experience return and say that the only purpose in life is to learn to love unconditionally towards all.  By "love" it is usually interpreted to mean an emotional act that leads to physical acts (giving, hugging, etc.).  And yet, this belief somewhat contradicts the concept of free-will.  In my understanding, love does not mean an emotion, which is fleeting.  The idea of love isn't something that is wishy-washy and googly-eyed.  Instead, "love" in the purest sense, means "acceptance" and unconditional love is unconditional acceptance, and true acceptance is everlasting.  That is why the feeling of love is pleasurable because that is what acceptance without judgment feels like. Being accepted purely is to be included, to be incorporated, to be merged into One.

To have love means you accept another's condition, and unconditional love means you accept another's condition without seeing any fault.  In essence, they mean the same thing.  So to say the word "unconditional" is to emphasis "complete" (such as "Heart, mind, and soul") acceptance.  When people say "there isn't enough love", most people are talking about what they think of as the feeling, which sometimes leads to acts of, "love".  What does "accept" mean?  What are you accepting?  Acceptance of another means you accept someone's choices, beliefs, appearance, situation, and anything else related to their freedom of choice.  Those things we judge as being out of our control, such as our appearance, is also our choice that was made before and during our human existence.

So what does it mean to learn to love another?  This is where the term "love" has been politicized by religion.  It has become synonymous with the ideal of feeling something good towards another.  But that is where the problem with this understanding lies.  Unlike acceptance, which simply means you do not judge another relative to your own beliefs, likes, preferences, etc., the ideological love assumes you must feel something positive towards another.  This supposed requirement to feel something positive towards another, and impossibly at all times, is not freedom of choice.  When it says that "God loves all", it simply means "God accepts all".  "God" is not sending positive emotions as "love".  The feeling of "love" is our body's interpretation.  And herein lies the crux of the world's problems.  It is not wrong to feel anger, or hatred, or jealously.  But these emotions are the result of our lack of acceptance towards that which is outside of our own ideals.  In fact, people do not love themselves as well, by not accepting their own conditions and choices and beliefs.

Because of the freedom to choose what we like or dislike, we can also hate another.  But to believe that we must love one another in terms of emotion, is not a good belief because it creates guilt when you cannot live up to that expectation.  And guilt is another emotion.  However, if you do not accept another, that is also your freedom of choice, and from this perspective, you do not have to feel guilty.  Freedom of will, which is the result of the concept of "love acceptance", means you can choose something and feel something different. In other words, you can feel something negative towards someone, but still accept their choices and by accepting them as they are, you love that person. Your feeling of hatred or anger towards them does not negate your own freedom of choice to accept them as they are. This is clearly demonstrated by most parents towards their children. A parent might be upset or angry at their child for their actions or behavior, but still accept them as their children and as individuals with freedom of choice.

In our present condition in the world, we are learning this concept of "true love", which is to learn to accept ourselves and one another as they are and their choices.  You cannot tell people to "love one another", and you cannot force another to believe what you believe.  This must be done by each individual, by learning to understand that we all have our own freedoms of choice.  This can only occur when everyone understands that there is no judgment upon anyone.  Not only do the religious believe that everyone is judged, but the non-religious as well.  This sense of justice stems from our religious heritage and humanistic beliefs about life.  The belief, and in many cases their desire, that there are consequences to our thoughts and actions outside by another (whether God or a humanistic judge) leads to the belief and desire for punishment and retribution (not just to punish, but also to get satisfaction).  As you can see, this aspect of judging is what causes difficulty in people to accept others.  The harsher the disliked act, such as taking a life, the more retribution is sought, and this because of the belief that life is a here-and-now thing, and that death creates separation from the living.  Once people realize these long-held assumptions and beliefs are not truths, then the grip of fear which feeds the need for judgment will shift.

Now, knowing the humanistic perspective, some of you might be thinking "if everyone accepts others like this, then I'll be able to get what I want".  But that isn't what "acceptance" means.  It does not mean if you ask someone for something, they have to accept your request.  Acceptance means free-will and free-will means acceptance.  Someone can choose to believe something different from you, and acceptance would mean both of you would accept that difference in belief.  In the same way, if you ask someone to be your mate, and they refuse, it isn't that they are not accepting of you.  It means they have their own freedom of choice and you accept that choice.  They accept you for your choice to make the offer, but they use their own free-will to decide to decline.  Acceptance/Love does not mean your way.

In my belief, the purpose of life is to have the freedom to choose any and every experience that will fulfill ourselves, and that freedom to choose comes from pure, unconditional "love", which means I am accepted as I am by choice, and accepts me to choose for myself whatever I desire.  Do not misinterpret this to mean "pleasures".  People who do not understand this point of view look at the words I wrote and think in humanistic terms, with humanistic ideas about what they might do with pure freedom of choice.  "Fulfillment" is not a humanistic concept. It is the answer to the question of "who am I". What makes you happy? When you are happy, then you are who you really are. The feeling of happiness is the interpretation of the concept of love, telling you that you are filled with love acceptance. Choose to do that which makes you truly happy, with integrity (meaning it isn't a temporary "high" or happiness due to overriding other's happiness)!