Awareness expands beyond individuality

Spirit tells me that reality may seem to be different things to different people

But it only appears to be that way when we view Life from different

Perspectives; from top or bottom, from one side or another, from near or

Far, as well as, and more importantly, from our personal relationship to

The reality in question.

 

How can we live in such a world?

 

We do.

 

How?

 

We learn to play the game. Even love seems to bring happiness to some

And deep emotional pain to others. Everything is exactly as it seems to be

To whomever, at any particular time, even when it is an illusion.

 

Wouldn’t it be stressful..?

 

Yes, and no, depending …

 

On how seriously we take the game?

 

The game of Life is designed to be taken seriously..

 

For what purpose?

 

To develop an awareness that expands beyond our own individuality.

 

 

 

 

We need to wallow in self-pity

Spirit tells me that none of my many (too many to count)

Closed doors of relationships that once seemed destined

To last forever, ever existed to close.

 

How then can I tell illusion from reality?

 

They are one and the same.

 

But, I have cried rivers of tears.

 

Where are they now?

 

I don’t know.

 

They’ve been recycled for others to shed.

 

What purpose did they serve me?

 

You needed to wallow in self-pity to ease the pain of

Losing another illusion.

 

 

 

Awareness is Neither Knowing, nor not Knowing

Spirit tells me that awareness comes before knowing, for

Without awareness that there is something we can learn,

We are not open to learning anything.

 

Awareness is an open-ended form and quality of energy,

That can be more or less ignored, as is so-called

Common sense, in different situations.

 

Knowing suggests a certainty that awareness will

Never claim. We can be aware that something is

Not as it might seem to be if we were less aware.

Something is missing, or hidden, from the picture of

Life that we are being asked to accept as reality.

 

However, He tells me, awareness does not replace

Knowledge, however limited or misinformed that

Knowledge is that we have learned through social

Interaction, personal experience, and study.

 

Awareness does not express knowing, and yet,

It does not express not knowing, either. Instead,

It expresses knowing that there is something more

To be known.

 

Trust your awareness, Spirit advises. If you do not

Feel completely comfortable or satisfied with whatever,

Trust your discomfort and dissatisfaction.

They serve you well.

They are voices of awareness, your awareness..

 

 

 

 

Slow is faster than slower

Spirit tells me that slow is faster than slower.

 

I had been complaining, again, that I seem unable to

Either accept or adapt to unwelcome changes in my

Environment.

 

And, He adds, while we’re on the subject of

A so-called personal environment, please try

To both accept and adapt to the reality that

There is no personal environment.

 

How do I plan to respond to His seeming

Indifference to my discomfort?

I’m going back to bed.

 

Existence doesn’t depend on a belief system

 

Spirit tells me that His existence does not depend upon

My temporary belief system, or my seeming illusion that

We are separate in any real way.

 

Belief in an individual ego, He tells me, serves us well,

As long as and to the degree that it does. But,

The reality is, we are as separated from each other as

Individual neighbourhoods are separated from

The city that they are a part of..

 

Embedded within a pattern of Existence

Spirit tells me that we are, each and every one of us,

Embedded within a pattern of existence that is also

Embedded within even more expanded patterns.

 

I protest that such a reality may exist and probably does,

For I can visualize such a concept, and then my mind

Blurs the image, or does the image blur my mind?

 

It’s too deep for me, and my Spirit Teacher seems to

Sigh at my simplicity.

 

I want to live in the here and now, even knowing that

They do not exist except in the here and now and,

Even then, with little or no stability.

 

What about your desire to expand your awareness and

Understanding?

 

What about them?

 

Can they expand in your so-called here and now?

 

Perhaps I have a problem there, or here, but how

To bridge the gap between the two perspectives?

 

There is no gap and no need for a bridge.

 

Then what?

 

Simply release your hold, your identification with

Your so-called but non-existent here and now.

The fog will slowly lift and the way will become clear.

 

Spiritualism and Matrialism Co-exist

Spirit tells me that spiritual and material values co-exist.

And, in reality, neither can exist exclusive of the other.

They are as essence and form.

 

The concept of spiritual and material as being mutually

Exclusive is common in seekers of so-called enlightenment.

 

Rejection or fear of either one suggests lack of awareness

Of their interdependency. Living a spiritual life does not

Necessarily require one to reject physical or material comforts.

 

Creation and all the beauty within it is expressed in form.

We each possess creative energy. We each are creative

Energy. Some of us are inspired to create whatever with

A greater emphasis on beauty than on practical

Application, while others concentrate more on structure

Than on style.

 

The secret, He tells me, is to discover my own values.

 

Memories as snippets of reality in a sea of fiction

Spirit tells me that most, if not all of my memories, that I

Seem to think of as original videos of past events and

Experiences are no more than snippets of reality

Within a sea of fiction.

 

Are you saying that I create or created my memories?

 

Yes, to both questions. We continuously up-date our

Memories of the past, to reflect our current understanding,

Unless we have become trapped within an earlier.,more

Rigid and less developed state of awareness.

 

But, I remember…

 

Yes, but do you also remember remembering whatever and,

If you do, then you will be aware that your current

Understanding has evolved, or it has not.

 

After the show is over

After the show is over, when I finally leave

The stage of human life; after a

Wild and glorious celebration,

I know that I will collapse into

A long, deep and well-earned,

More or less, sleep.

Then I expect to awaken to

A reunion with loved ones

And learn to adapt to living within

A loving, all-inclusive and

Non-threatening relationship

With family and friends,

Not necessarily those whom I

Attempted to develop

Meaningful relationships with, here,

In the necessarily heavy atmosphere

Of matter.

 

Then I will ask Spirit, if I can find him,

What was it all about;?

If physical reality is a school,

Then what did I learn?

What was I expected to learn?

How was I expected to learn

Whatever, and why?

I always needed to know why.

 

Spirit tells me – perhaps He tells me now

So He will not have to face me later.

The purpose of physical experience

Is to teach us how to live

In community with all life, as if

We were one, and we are.