THE DISTORTED MIRROR

Consciousness, Language, Spirituality, Uncategorized

I love it when I am able to feel the oceanic depths of my being as waves of effervescent joy roll through my soul, filling me with with such indescribable ecstasy, that nothing else matters. During these times, the world just fades away into nonexistence, and I get a small tantalizing hint of why we may be here, walking around on this lovely little globule of rocky dust encircled by blue, lapping waters that we call the earth, and that we decided to call our home for a brief time. This feeling is not really a feeling, but more of an inner conviction that we are forever connected to something so inconceivably vast, all that matters is the maintaining and deepening of this connection. I believe that there is no limit to how far I can descend into its magnificent depths; that the further I go, the more there will be to explore and experience.

During these times, I am surrounded and engulfed by a limitless presence, so all-encompassing and incredibly ancient, it boggles the mind. Which is a good thing. We need our minds completely and utterly boggled, discombobulated into stunned bewilderment and turned so topsy-turvy, that they stop headlong in their tracks, and are able to recede way into the background of our consciousness. Our minds have a tendency to dim the infinite splendor that is unadorned reality, fogging up the mirror of our perceptions so that we mistake the external world for what is, and thereby diminishing all of the unmitigated joy we should be having. In our desire to make sense of things, to even have a tenuous grasp onto something reassuringly solid in a capricious universe, we limit our understanding to a mere fraction of what it could be. The way we see things could be infinite. Instead, we exchange our Ultra HD 4K television, for a fifty year old black and white, rabbit-eared piece of junk, that can barely pick up two channels. We need to be constantly wiping away the dirt and the grime and accumulated gunk from our perceptual mirrors through actively seeking out incredibly rich experiences, and ideas; through surrendering to strange beguiling epiphanies, and embarking on delirious dream flights to mysterious temples where we can receive the holiest of forbidden wisdom. We need to do all these things, and more, so that our minds will be thrown for a loop, and therefore, allow us to be in the right place to taste the ethereal joys that are ever our birthright.

So, you must get rid of your soul-sapping complacency by indulging that part of your soul that craves the unfamiliar, and bravely tread the forgotten cobblestones of an uncertain path. The kind of path that will take you places that exist altogether apart from the human mind. Some of these places can be found on a map; sacred oases out in nature where we can retreat from the mind-numbing din of civilization, and immerse ourselves fully into the rapturous silence to be partaken of there. There are other, inexpressibly transcendent locales, that dwell in our spiritual imagination, and unable to be traveled to by using conventional modes of transportation. We are only given permission to traverse these expanses when we relinquish our tight grasp on a version of reality that is pathetically small. Places we can retreat to in the sanctity of our dreams, where we can replenish our tired spirits by imbibing the exquisitely piquant wines and succulent fruits gifted to us by the vibrant beings who live there.

They may appear to us as benevolent demons, phantasmagorical demi-gods, or even the old man down the street, who is seemingly conventional in appearance, yet you know he harbors incredible reserves of wisdom that he earned through many hard-fought metaphysical battles. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is what we learn in these hallowed places where bright inspiration wafts through the air, like an intoxicating breeze, of ways to transcend the monopoly that thought has placed on our awareness. The mind is like a petulant god, who will let no others intrude upon its sacred space. It has carved out a seemingly impenetrable fortress in your psyche, and now wants to become an evil beast who will frighten away the delicate flower of your higher awareness. We must not give into this tyrant. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative that you allow that which lies beyond thought to triumphantly emerge, and ascend to the main stage of your life; let it become the primary focus of your existence, and revere that exceedingly sacred part of you.

We think way, way too much. Our thoughts utterly consume us; wear us out with their exhausting energy and their endless demands. These insidious emissaries from the realm of the intellect attempt to dislodge us from our spiritual quest in every way they can think of. The mind is a motor that is constantly running, and unless you know where to look, it is so very difficult to locate the “off” switch. But we must find that switch, and give our monkey brains, chattering away all day and all night and causing us to be more than a little insane, a bit of a rest. Our civilization has exalted the mind for far too long as the mental filter through which all of reality must be experienced and digested. However, in order to progress as a species, we must dethrone the intellect from its overly exalted position, and realize that it is merely a tool. An exquisite, eminently handy tool, one which we used to build great civilizations and wonders beyond imagining, but a tool nonetheless.

You Are Never Alone

Consciousness, Homelessness, Spirituality

“Alone” would be the most awful word in the English language, to those who even consider it a possibility to be alone. However, if you had even the faintest glimmer of awareness as the ultimate truth of existence, you would realize how utterly impossible it is to be what we call “alone.” This is the trickery of the ego, the part of us that holds an entrenched belief in separateness. If you really knew the inner workings of things, you would entirely eradicate the word “alone” from your vocabulary. You are an integral part of the jaw-dropping immensity of things. You should remind yourself of this fact on a daily basis. You are one with the stars, the planets, the very galaxy itself. Your kindred soul is the dewy blade grass at your feet, as well as the individual you saw yesterday picking through the trash and wearing tattered clothing, who just happens to be homeless.

The universe is your body writ large. How could you even be alone for a nanosecond if you truly understood this? Because, as so many wise mystics have intuited throughout the untold centuries, we are all part of the one consciousness. And, this is a knowing that transcends religious belief. If you really dive deep enough into the infinite oceanic depths that comprise your being, suffering and the horrific dysfunction that is over-identification with form will all fade away into nothingness. You will see yourself as part of the oneness of things, with all that entails. So, you should go deep within and know how utterly impossible it is to be alone. If you were truly alone, you would have to utterly reject the transcendent dimension that you are an inextricable part of.

At this dimension, you cease to exist as a separate person, and that is the most empowering feeling you will ever encounter in this lifetime. We get glimpses of this interconnected during meditation. If we truly knew this, we would no longer need to incarnate on the physical plane. We could utterly dispense with these physical encumbrances we call bodies. Whenever you are tempted to feel alone, bring forth a remembrance of your oneness with the totality by meditating, walking out in nature, or by engaging in selfless service to others. Finding a way to feel connected to universal love is the way to vanquish loneliness. If you forget who you really are at the deepest level of reality, you will cut yourself from the love that not only pervades the universe, but who you are stripped of the trappings of ego. And, you will cut yourself off from joy, because this transcendent dimension is the origin of all earthly joy. All this takes is the slightest leap of faith – the ability to take one breath, and then another…and then one more, in a state of complete and utter mindfulness, and a willingness to let all thoughts slip away. It is a devotion to the simplicity of this routine that will ultimately liberate you.