Law of Attraction vs. William Shakespeare

Winter Sunset by Sheilan

Winter Sunset by Sheilan

All the world is a stage…

Yes we would all like to be in control our lives in order to find happiness, but is this really possible?  When you see the dream/illusion of Reality clearly, you know we do not have control at this level of Self and therefore not possible.  Inner peace comes when we realize at this level we are merely players of the play and have surrendered trying to control our storyline and accept our lives and destiny.  This does not mean our character stops making choices.  This merely means we understand at this level of self we are the player and not the playwright and we look to our soul and higher self as the author of our character and storyline.  In this knowledge there is great freedom to be found and this is our ascension and liberation.

To illustrate my point, read some of  William Shakespeare’s famous quotes and ponder their meaning.  I have placed the quotes in an order to read like a poem.

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“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

“When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”

“My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.”

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”

“The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

“I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.”

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”

“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.”

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.”

~William Shakespeare

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There Is Only One

I do not hold any one teaching or group to be “the” truth… for Truth is about Knowing the Whole of Everything.

Third Eye by Sheilan

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 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 it’s 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.  Through out 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 for 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.
~ Sheilan

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