When I was in my early twenties I had my first awakening experience and vision. It was a very cosmic moment. The vision was alive and sort of like the above fractal image, as well as similar to an Escher 3-D image, which went of for infinity. The vision gave me an understanding of infinite and being eternal. Because of my early Christian background, I called it my Christ experience. In that moment and for the next 48 hours I was infinite and One with creation. I saw the Universal Cycles of Creation….. cycles within cycles within cycles.
It has taken me 40 years to grow into the vision and to be able to hold the vision with an understanding of the Universal Cycles without short-circuiting my brain. The higher self is born into a Universal Cycle. All souls come from the same Nothingness but requires a higher self as a vehicle. Which cycle was your higher self born into? Aside from being Nothing and Everything…. who are you? What do you know about your higher self? Where were you before coming to this earth school and given a 3-D body? Where will you go after you have graduated from here? What does it mean to be angelic?
In the Advaita and non-duality community, I have seen people thinking that to have an opinion is unenlightened and undesirable!!!! My perception and opinion 😉 is this: concerning enlightenment, it matters not if we have opinions or not. What matters is our attachmentand identification to theopinion that we make. This shows a subtle and important distinction and understanding of Self.
The ego is not the issue or problem. It is our attachment to what the ego does and says, which keeps us from enlightenment. It is our beliefs we are the ego/body foremost and this denies soul it’s due reign over all parts of Self. Sometimes in the process of giving soul it’s due we go to the other extreme and deny our opinions and then we appear cardboard like. This reveals we our identifying our Self, on some, level as the ego/body. The ego/body self is our vehicle. We do not exist without the container of some kind of ego/body and higher self. The ego is not the part of Self, which identifies. So then what deeper part of us is doing the identifying? It is the part of us, which is in the process of waking up to Self and why we chose to come to earth school.
We become handicapped when we deny or don’t recognize all parts of Self. To be balanced and whole is to embrace having an opinion and an ego while knowing we are soul/consciousness foremost and so live our lives surrendered to Consciousness and soul. Our higher self, which many do not realize exists, is the part of us which is the bridge between the other two parts of Self and that, which is awakening to Self. While on earth we are all three parts of Self. Jesus Christ called these three parts of Self the Father (soul/Consciousness), Son (human body) and Holy Ghost (higher self). When not incarnated on earth-like schools, we are the soul and higher self in the higher dimensions of a school. Higher self can be known and directly connected and communicated with via our meditations.
Enjoy your opinion!
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~ by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Le Phénomène Humain (1955)
I do not hold any one teaching or group to be “the” truth… for Truth is about Knowing the Whole of Everything.
The non-duality understanding of Oneness has always existed. The Vedic word for Oneness is Advaita and translated means ‘not two’. It is derived from the Upanishads, which are thought to be the final commentaries and interpretations of the ancient, Vedic texts. Vedas means ‘Knowledge’. Many believe the ancient Vedic scriptures have also existed since the beginning of history. These ancient scriptures were written down by sages over a period of time, between 1500 BCE and 500 BCE. It is said, that prior to this time, the teaching of Knowledge was given orally from one person to another.
The word Upanishad means “sitting down near”, implying sitting at the feet of the one with Knowledge and is the basis for the relationship between teacher and student and ‘the spoken word’. ‘The spoken word’ is a way of transmitting and pointing to, that which cannot be spoken. The ultimate lesson of Advaita Knowledge is beyond the realm of conceptual thought and form. This non-thing or void that will always remain wordless is True reality and at a certain stage in our perception, it is seen as the only thing that exists as Real. All else seeming to be separately real is but a Dream! From this ultimate perception, individuals and separation do not exist. The separate self is an illusion, a lie, the Dream. It is the ego in each of us, which believes itself to be separate, with individual power to create and choose. The ego is the Dream self and does not realize itself to be a fictional character of the Dreamer. Self Realization happens when Oneness awakens from the Dream into the knowledge of its True Self. Waking up from the Dream is not something an individual ego can control or make happen faster or even happen at all, because again, in Truth, there are no individuals with individual power.
Advaita thought is an essential pointer to understanding Reality beyond the words and concepts. India may be credited to having the oldest and most doctrines, as well as teachers teaching Advaita concepts, Ramana Maharshi being the most famous, but the essence of this understanding is universal and can be found at the root of all myths and religions of the world. Throughout time, there have been teachers emerging with various degrees of this understanding. Joseph Campbell, in his 1988 ‘Power of Myth’ series, was able to explain this transcendent understanding to a western audience, on national TV. It seems that this was the beginning of our western culture, to collectively, go deeper into the knowledge of this Ultimate Understanding, allowing for more acceptance and diversity among us.
We come out of Oneness to explore Self… we awaken and see our separation is a dream… We return back to One… We are Infinity… we are All that exists.