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Jenny Munday kicks off this issue with Part Two of The Conditioning Process and Its Conclusion. "You can safely validate yourself and honor the One within by ignoring nearly everything you have been told thus far."
Jim Dreaver follows with an article on religious belief: "By insisting on clinging to beliefs or concepts about reality, people are literally keeping a lid on consciousness."
Finally an anonymous contributor sends a letter from Self to Self: "Now I know I cannot focus on God, because it is God »who« is focusing."
THE CONDITIONING PROCESS AND ITS CONCLUSION -- Part Two
by Jenny Munday
We take our drugs then (prescribed or
street) but they no longer work or the side affects are worse
than the original problem. The pharmaceutical giants are making billions on prescribed drugs that
cause permanent biological and psychological damage. All TV ads say to "ask your doctor" and
unfortunately, more and more doctors are going with the pharmaceuticals.
Our crisis occurs and possibly for the first
time in our entire life, we finally STOP and start
asking questions. GREAT ! We're headed home now. Because actually there's no other place to go. We
have discovered that this material realm has not yielded what it promised to. Thank g o d (whatever
that is). We will soon start wonder if our beliefs about that are also conditioned and therefore -
From here on in the journey becomes
"eradicating the conditioning" --- or maybe
mindset" or maybe "self individuation or enlightenment" - whatever.
The one thing for certain is: IT WILL NEVER
AGAIN BE WHAT IT ONCE WAS. ACCEPT THE CHANGING
SELF/UNIVERSE/CONSCIOUSNESS - OR STAY AS YOU ARE.
If we face the fact of our conditioning and
come to understand it as something that happened; and
can be changed, then we are in a good place to start some positive approaching to being different.
If we just become angry at what was apparently "done to us" we will get nowhere. Those who "did it
to us" had it also done to them. That's how they learned it.
The higher dimension of understanding awaits
our decision., While we have no actual free will - we
each are given "decision making" possibilities. Although a seeming contradiction on the plane of
logic - it is not a contradiction on the plane of consciousness or spirit for that plane is of a
different nature than this.
WHAT IS YOUR DECISION ?
If you have read this far you will probably
be a candidate for change. Or you may read this far and
say "I don't believe a word of this. It's all nonsense". In which case it will be logged somewhere
in your inner library as something to be never thought about again - or - as something which can be
retrieved after you have tried some more of lower mind's collective remedies for mind/body/ spirit
Whatever "your" decision is - it
won't make a lot of difference anyway because we are all going
where we have been programmed to go by the program of the Spirit or that Causeless Cause that
becomes our salvation and peace-maker. If we follow it's leading Life can change dramatically
quickly. If we continue to follow our small limited Will and it's ways, it will be a tough journey.
Even collective mass has come to believe
this to be a time of great evolutionary change where-in
much of the negative forces of greed, hate, force will give way to a kinder environment. It has
been called the commencement of a higher spiral on the ladder of evolution - the beginning of the
Fifth Root Race. And that is another story and a fascinating topic for exploration. If you choose
to go with this great tide of change, just begin by analyzing your present mind-set; your beliefs,
where you got them from, have they worked for you, what you want to do with them if they haven't.
In short, realize that you can change no one else - only yourself. You can receive love best by
giving it out. You can safely validate yourself and honor the One within by ignoring nearly
everything you have been told thus far. You can make a 180 degree turn - if you are willing - and
as Life unfolds it's next chapter - you can go with IT or keep fighting against it. The choice is
(seemingly) yours !
by Jim Dreaver
At the heart of every religion, there is a
core of truth that gave birth to the story, to the
belief system. Most religions are built upon an original revelation of lifes fundamental unity and
harmony, a revelation that came through a particular prophet or master. Unfortunately, not all of
those who came after, and who gave form to the religion itself, who organized it, politicized it,
and endlessly revised the story around it, had the same degree of insight and compassion. They
didnt share their founders awakening, or enlightenment.
Much of the time all they had were the
words, the dogmas and, using the mechanisms of guilt,
coercion, and fear, a pervasive need to control other people, rather than set them free. It is
worth remembering that Jesus was not a Christian, and Buddha was certainly not a Buddhist.
Indeed, both individuals held to the big picture, and saw themselves as being beyond the
limitations and restrictions of any one religion or practice. Jesus essential teaching was
forgiveness and love, and Buddhas was awakening to the truth of being, to inner freedom, so that
we could love.
Now, many people of coursein fact, the
vast majoritystop here. They dont look too deeply
themselves, and they dont really question the religious beliefs, the stories, that they have been
fed, or that they have chosen. Consciousness, in a very real sense, is still asleep in them. It has
not evolved, flowered. It cant. By insisting on clinging to beliefs or concepts about reality,
people are literally keeping a lid on consciousness.
Now, it is also true that many people find a
certain level of inner peace with religion, especially
if their faith is strong. But, I emphasize again, that faith is tied to the beliefs they hold. Take
away the beliefs, and their faith doesnt have ground to stand on.
Q. What if I am a very religious person, and
do see the futility of relying on money, other people,
the government, and so on for my happiness, but just rely instead on my inner belief in God, or a
higher Power, or Jesus, if I am a Christian? Surely that would suffice? I mean, if my belief is
really solid, grounded, firm?
It works well in theory, and is in fact the
basis of all religions. Just believe what we teach you,
and the peace of God, or at least salvation in the afterlife, will be yours. The problem with
religions, all religions, is that regardless of how long they have been around, or how many
adherents they have, or how noble or sacred their traditions, they are essentially just stories
about the origin, meaning, and purpose of life.
If you can believe the story, embrace it
fully, and live according to your particular religions
precepts and dogmas, then you probably will have a fairly good chance of being happy. And some very
devout, sincere people actually do this apparently successfully. However, in my observation, the
ones that benefit the most from traditional religion are those who connect with the spirit of the
religion, the essential message of the scriptures, rather than the rules and the dogmas.
Its just a fact that most religious
beliefs, whether they are about how we got to be here, or
where we are going when we die, strain credulity, at least in the minds of those with educated,
inquiring, skeptical minds. That was certainly the case with me, and it is probably the case with
most who are interested in awakening to the deepest truth knowable. The bottom-line is that the
majority of people, in this scientific, technologically sophisticated age we live in, find most
religious beliefs just too un-believable. It is trying to believe in Santa Claus againor the
Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy.
That doesnt meant to say religion cant
serve us. It does. There is much in all religions that is
good, true, beautiful, but the goodness, truth, and beauty lie in the common human and spiritual
values most religions espouse. I am talking about such values, or virtues, as mercy, charity,
kindness, compassion, love, gratitude for the gift of life, and so on.
©Jim Dreaver, 2006
The focus or the attention can be directed towards the stream of information coming from the senses, towards thoughts, emotions, towards memory and/or immagination.
The attention cannot be directed towards the Self the same way as one cannot hear its own ear. It is imposible to focus on the source of the focus. It simply is and it moves all the time. To become aware of the Self or to become one with the Self which is the same, it is usefull to »zoom out«. No effort is needed to do so. You need effort to zoom in, to pay attention or to concentrate on something particular. To zoom out from any direction of attention is a completely effortless process. So, who is the one who is zooming out?
It is the Self it is God. It is nothing sensational as I was used to expect from the various forms coming out from immagination or from the books, which I believed to be God. Now I know I cannot focus on God, because it is God »who« is focusing.
As the sun is not choisy about what its countless rays are going to shine on, so is the Self.
Zooming out from any direction, from any object of attention the Self is. When the Self has zoomed out from any words and immagination I am the Self.
It is very difficult to say it or write it down. Nevertheless, I just love to do it. I love to share it. I know it is not mine so I need to give it to anybody who would love to read it. From your eyes and from the eyes of any person the same Self is writing and reading all the words. I think the Self love to do it because I love to do it.
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