What if I told you, you weren’t real? Would that be a shock? Or would you simply reply “duh!”?
Reality is a trick; an illusion.
What if I told you God didn’t create the universe, we did? Let’s entertain that thought. God is all loving, non-judgemental and many other magnificent descriptive words. But God is also us, and we are also God. We are not made from God, we are God.
Recently I read a book that suggests that we created consciousness when we became independent from God and broke the spiritual reality of unity with God. This book is The Disappearance of the Universe: Straight Talk About Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness by Gary Renard. It ties in very nicely with Dr. Helen Schucman’s A Course in Miracles which teaches how to use forgiveness to work your way to enlightenment.
I guess you could say that we as a collective consciousness rebelled against God and against our true selves. During this rebellion, consciousness formed and then along came the protective and yet destructive force of the ego. The ego convinced us to fear God – we had after all rebelled and we didn’t want God to punish us. Renard says that every wrongful action we perform is merely a projection of our subconscious inward guilt from having parted from perfection. It’s a bit of a ‘crazy’ idea, but I understand the point he’s trying to make.
Anyway, this fear convinced us to build a world where God couldn’t find us. So, humanity was created. To be honest I still can’t fully get my head around that idea, but it’s an interesting notion nonetheless. From the beginning the ego used fear to hold us back but disguised it as a form of progression with the continuation of humanity. Some may say that this also contributes to our fear of death and dying; we are afraid of the ‘wrath of God’, which, to be honest, we all know doesn’t exist. A large majority of religions have solidified and manipulated this notion of fear of God’s punishment for their own ends which has been extremely damaging to or higher selves, our consciousness, but has been extremely rewarding for our egos.
So, here we are, living life with the shadow of fear hanging around like a bad smell. We are essentially living a lie because we’re not allowing our true selves to come forward. Our egos give us the illusion of safety, meanwhile our higher selves are working hard to get our attention to show us our true path. Imagine for a moment having no fear. None at all. How would your life look? Who would you be? With no concept of fear we’d be more in tune with our higher selves.
**Let me first point out that I’m talking about fear, not danger. There’s a striking difference. Danger is being at risk of physical harm, whilst fear is an illusion. It’s a concept that exists only in the mind and so becomes an emotional block to taking action towards what your heart truly desires.
I know that if fear didn’t seem to have me in chains I’d have got so much done in my life. But that’s neither here nor there. I’m learning and I have this life and other lives to do all these things!
My aim was to have you realise how strong and how present fear is in our lives and how it limits our potential — potential that is by the way, LIMITLESS.
The journey in overcoming fear isn’t easy. You have to confront the demons and haunted rooms of your soul. You have to be willing to put yourself in that position. It’s a difficult journey, but one that EVERYONE is capable of seeing through until the end. It’s a journey where EVERYONE comes out stronger and become better versions of themselves. I’m making it sound horrendous, and it really isn’t, but the thought of confronting your demons and all those buried emotions doesn’t really sound that fun does it?
NEVER think that should you choose to embark on this kind of journey – or shall we call it an adventure? It sounds more fun, and besides you’re discovering new aspects of yourself, so yes, adventure. NEVER think that should you choose to embark on this kind of adventure you’re going alone. You’re not alone, and you will never be alone. There is always, ALWAYS support – whether from friends, family, counsellors or from those in spirit. You’re NEVER alone.
“Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.” ~ Lesson 332 in A Course in Miracles.
Set yourself free. Destroy the chains of the ego by forgiving yourself. Through forgiving yourself you will naturally forgive others. You may have heard from numerable spiritual teachers that forgiveness is the only way. Forgiveness is quoted so often and it’s because forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door to a happy, peaceful life. You must learn to forgive yourself and one way of learning how to do this is through recognising how judging yourself and others holds you back.
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” ~ Wayne Dyer.
What we judge in others becomes a projection of how we judge ourselves. Next time you find yourself judging someone – and you’ll be surprised how many thoughts are judgements – think about why you’re really judging them. Are you judging someone for the clothes they wear? Why? Is it because you wish you had the confidence for self-expression? Maybe you feel so uncomfortable with yourself that it’s easier to make fun of someone than confront those difficult inner feelings?
Try and be objective. Watch how you judge yourself. Below is an excerpt from one of Ram Dass’ blogs. His view on judgement is very helpful and leads nicely onto how to become forgiving of yourself once you realise where the issues have been hiding.
“Judgement comes, in part, out of your own fear. You judge other people because you’re not comfortable in your own being. By judging, you find out where you stand in relation to other people…When somebody provokes your anger, the only reason you get angry is because you’re holding on to how you think something’s supposed to be…Then you see it’s the expectations of your mind that are creating your own hell. When you get frustrated because something isn’t the way you thought it would be examine the way you thought, not just the thing that frustrates you. You’ll see that a lot of your emotional suffering is created by your models of how you think the universe should be and your inability to allow it to be as it is.” ~ Ram Dass.
Be happy. Be you.
Here are the links to buy the two books I mentioned earlier if you’re interested 🙂