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Nondual Highlights Issue #2074 Sunday, March 6, 2005
Freeing Yourself From the Laws of Form
We have a choice in life - to live by the laws of form, which are very dense and binding, or to live by the laws of our Divine Self. Life, relationships, and career begin to flow much easier when we move from the laws of form to 'higher' laws.
One of the first steps on a spiritual path of growth and evolution is to recognize that there is more to us than just a personality and a body. Who we are takes on a body when we come into form. Once we are born, we soon forget 'Who' we are and begin to believe that we are a physical body. This is the way the system is set up. We are meant to forget 'Who' we are so that we can have a full experience of individuation. It is through individuation that we are able to work on our piece of the karmatic pie of humanity. Once we become adults, part of our journey is to remember 'Who' we are.
The laws of form are very dense and confining. At different levels of frequency, there are different laws in effect. The laws of form are different than the laws of energy. For example, in form like repels like. The same poles of a magnet repel each other. In form, opposites attract - female attracts male, electrons attract protons. In energy, it is often different - like attracts like. So, for example, the energy of abundance attracts abundance.
If we wish, therefore, to have a life that flows and to have dominion (not the same as domination) over our lives, we need to shift away from being bound by the laws of form. The first step is to stop monitoring our external world and to begin monitoring self. When we constantly monitor our external world, and try to change self to fit that external world, we give our power away to whatever, or whoever is in our external world. Moreover, when we are constantly monitoring our external world, we are bound by the laws of form.
When we begin to monitor self first instead of our external world first, we come under the laws of the human self, which are less dense than our external world. It is much easier to change self than it is to change our external world. If we are in a relationship, for example, it is very difficult to change the other person. It is healthier to focus on what we need to change in self in accordance to what we need. The healthiest first step we can take in a dysfunctional relationship is to find what we need in the relationship and do what we need to do to fulfill that need. If, instead, we constantly monitor the other person (external monitoring) and try to change self to please them, we continue the dysfunctional pattern and create more pain and suffering for ourselves.
- Kris Raphael, article taken from: The Toltec Path Newsletter, Feb 2005, posted to MillionPaths
Enlightenment can be measured by how compassionately and wisely you interact with others; with all others, not just those who support you in the way that you want. How you interact with those who do not support you shows how enlightened you really are." "If you are a true seeker of liberation you've got to be willing to stand alone. At the moment of Liberation everything falls away...everything. Suddenly the ground beneath your feet is gone, and you are alone. You are alone because you have directly realized that there is no other, there is no separation. There is only you, only Self, only limitless emptiness, pure consciousness.
To the mind, the ego, this appears terrifying. When the mind looks at limitlessness and infinity, it projects meaninglessness and despair. To the ego Absolute Freedom can look terrifying. But when the mind is let go of, the view changes from meaningless despair and fear to the unending joy and wonder of Liberation.
In Liberation, you stand alone. You stand alone because you need no supports of any kind. You need no supports because you have realized that the very notion of a separate you no longer exists; that there is nothing to support; that the whole ego experience was a flimsy illusion. So you stand alone but never , never lonely because everywhere you look, all you see is That, and You are That."
We need to have patience to face this challenging task: meticulously to observe all aspects of our life so that we can see their nature, until the observer sees nothing when it looks out except life as it is, in all its wonder.
- Charlotte Joko Beck, posted to TrueVision
Maharshi : So long as egoity lasts prayatna (effort) is necessary. When egoity ceases to be, actions become spontaneous. The ego acts in the presence of the Self. He cannot exist without the Self.
The Self makes the universe what it is by His Sakti, and yet He does not Himself act. Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavat Gita, " I am not the doer and yet actions go on ". It is clear from the Mahabharata that very wnderful actions were effected by Him. Yet He says that He is not the doer. It is like the sun and the world actions.
- Ramana Maharshi, posted to RamanaMaharshi
In many ways inaction is preferable to unintelligent action, for it has at least the merit of not creating further samskaras and complications. Even good and righteous action creates samskaras and means one more addition to the complications created by past actions and experiences. All life is an effort, a desperate struggle to undo what has been done in ignorance, to throw away the accumulated burden of the past, to find rescue from the debris left by a series of temporary achievements and failures. Life seeks to unwind the limiting samskaras of the past and to obtain release, so that its further creations may spring directly from the heart of eternity and bear the stamp of unhampered freedom.
Action that helps in attaining God is truly intelligent and spiritually fruitful because it brings release from bondage. It is second only to that action that springs spontaneously from the state of God-realization itself. All other forms of action, however, good or bad, effective or ineffective from a worldly point of view, contribute towards bondage and are inferior to inaction. Inaction is less helpful than intelligent action; but it is better than unintelligent action.
- Meher Baba
You breathe life into your ego in the form of emotional addictions. Emotion is the very life-force of ego. So the point of detachment isnt to detach from things, but to detach from your emotional bonds with things. And you dont simply let go of emotional bonds; you burn through them with investigative awareness. You see them for what they are: prisons, false structures holding you in spiritual infancy. You may think that I am being a bit harsh - which I am, but awakening to truth is a harsh business. Bottom line is "What do you want more: to feel better or to realize the truth?" Sure, truth realization feels really good, but no one gets there whose driving motivation is simply to feel good. Feeling really good is a byproduct of the awakened state; it is not the state itself. The state itself is reality, and its won at the hands of unreality. Simply put, ultimate truth comes at a cost, and the cost is everything in you and about you that is unreal. The end result is freedom, happiness, peace, and no longer viewing life through the veils of illusion.
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