What is the point (advantage) of Self-Realisation?

In essence it helps towards world peace.  This because one realises as a consequence that all men are indeed Brothers (as i recall Eleanor Roosevelt wished for in a speech to the new United Nations), and all women Sisters, whatever their ethnic group or religion.  This form of dissent is thus removed at a stroke.

Further, the experience confirms that there are in essence no intermediaries between anyone and God.  This removes the divisive influence of the Church, and its political power over ‘ordinary’ people.

A Self-Realised person is in one sense above all (Man-made) religions; in another sense a living example of a truly religious person.

This experience also changes a person’s world view (Weltansight) and ethos (Weltanshaaung); away from greed and selfishness towards being more useful in society.

Also, there is a stronger sense that all people are equal.  It is a big mistake to regard oneself as superior to others; or to allow worship from others.  This results in instant demotion in a Spiritual sense, back down the snake in the symbolic game of Snakes and Ladders.

The above paragraph especially applies to politicians; pontiffs; gurus; academics, and captains of industry.  Clearly Osho the Rajneesh guru made this mistake, as did Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.

It seems to me that Osho misled many by giving (formal) lectures on Enlightenment, as if it were an academic topic.  This probably led people to believe it is an intellectual insight, which it is not.

But i appreciate his joke: “Why do you want to be Enlightened?  You might not like it!”

Who else gets it?

Given the fragile state of the world at present, there is a tremendous need for more individuals to become Self-Realised.  What the world most needs to know is that Man is a son of God, with all the response-ability that this knowledge brings with it (i.e., to look after this world and straighten out our society).

Perhaps the ‘Noosphere’ and/or ‘Omega point’ posited by Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) is to be comprised of Self-Realised individuals.

It isn’t that difficult!  I am able to provide (free) advice on how to become Self-Realised (i.e., Enlightened).

Ask and it shall be given.

NB  Please see ‘Purpose’/Archives/June 2016 et seq for complete information.

 

The so-called problem of evil and other objections.

Such questions in the human mind stem from a lack of Spiritual awareness, due in part to the early removal of relevant material from the Bible: specifically, material on reincarnation.

For most there is no way to qualify to enter Paradise (many levels higher than this one) in but one lifetime.  And if someone else does it for us, what is the point of being here?

Free will is a given.  Consequently, some beings will misbehave, especially younger evolutionary beings.

Given free will, there is a no interference policy (except of course when an individual asks for help).  The general safeguard is firstly that there is no extinction (no death of the consciousness), secondly that there are Karmic consequences of misbehavior.

No interference extends to incorrect beliefs which are allowed to persist even after ‘death’, in particular a belief that there is no afterlife.  People with this belief end up safe but permanently asleep, so i am told.  Goodness knows if or when they will be awakened: there are large numbers of them.  A friend’s discovery, not mine.

Karma includes every cent that is acquired dishonestly, which will have to be paid back in some other life as a human being -refer Edgar Cayce.

I know Karma exists because one afternoon apropos of nothing i suddenly ‘knew’ that i had no karmic debt.  Perhaps all Karma has to be paid off one way or another before Self-Realisation can be given: through suffering and/or good works.

When individuals suffer or are killed as a result of the actions of others we do not know the karmic state of the first party, and we do not know what sacrifice they may have decided to make at their Soul level, in order to provide an example or a teaching for others and/or to quickly pay off their karmic debt.

There is a case in the psychotherapy literature of a daughter who could not get on with her parents.  Regression in hypnosis suggested that in another life she was a in a death camp, and her parents were then her prison guards.  Reincarnation of all parties together to facilitate eventual forgiveness?

Similarly we can imagine reincarnation as an African-American for a member of the KKK, and as a poor Palestinian for an extremist Israeli.  ‘Justice is Mine saith the Lord’. ‘What goes around comes around’ can also operate in this lifetime, of course.

On the naive question of what was before God, this illustrates thinking within linear time.  But time is not necessarily linear; even our physicists know that in the Big Bang it was not.

God exists outside of time and space, which dimensions were both created and are thus artificial.  So the question is naive, hubristic and ultimately meaningless.

 

 

Why so few have direct contact with Spirit?

Perhaps more do, but are afraid to admit to it for fear of criticism by Spiritual ignorami, including it may be noted some supposed Zen masters.

Should i call myself a Spiritual master?  Absolutely not: the point is that these experiences are open to all, given that i am an ordinary person.

I believe many people’s perceptions are blocked or shut down thanks to unresolved childhood trauma.  Sigismund Freud was entirely correct in pointing to (Freudian) denial and repression of such traumatic events; children are far more sensitive than is generally admitted by (disaffected/blunted) adults.

Mainstream psychology has yet to admit to the extent of this problem, which inter alia would mean many psychologists having to face their own psychic pain.  It also does not admit to the long term storage of negative emotion (i.e., psychic pain) from infancy or childhood in the human energy system.

But two qualified experts have spoken out; namely Arthur Janov -even if he is a bit dogmatic- and the Swiss psychoanalyst Alice Miller (1923-2010).

Attachment Theory (John Bowlby; 1907-1990) explains much, and is also being ignored by current discussion of family violence.  It is politically incorrect to attribute responsibility to women for a lack of nurturing or mothering of subsequently angry and violent men who go on to abuse women.

A barrier in the mind or neurology against repressed internal material works both ways, i.e., against external psychic perception too.

We can talk about blockages in acupuncture meridians and chakras in this context, not yet admitted to by that mainstream science which does not yet know of the different kinds of electricity mentioned by Edgar Cayce.  He also spoke of atoms having a memory of where they had been in the Universe -what does our present science make of this?

Thus anyone on the Spiritual path needs to attend to their own psychology (i.e., self-healing) first; not jump straight into fancy Eastern meditation!

I recall a question on the internet years ago from an American as to why no Westerner had yet become Enlightened despite many years of Buddhist or other meditation.  The answer is given above: the subtle energy system needs to be unblocked first!

Eastern meditations are a fine way to avoid initial attention to one’s own psychology, avoidance being but one mechanism in psychological denial.

I was it seems guided to do things the right way around, in which some courage (to face one’s shadow side) is required.

Ten year’s work in total before Self-Realisation occurred in my case.

 

Enlightenment 2

As mentioned before, this topic comes under the general heading of ‘Is there a God?’

As to this question, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) put forward five attempted intellectual or logical proofs of God’s existence in his Summa Theologiae.  Most ingenious, but this topic is beyond logic and beyond the intellect.

Thomas cannot have taken to heart the Muslim scholar Al Ghazali (c.1058-1111) -‘the truth is not arrived at by reason alone’.

My argument is, as this blog suggests, that direct experience is the only way we can know anything for sure -and yes, I am aware this ignores Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, also the possibility of self-delusion. But in practice the power of the experience now in question is such that these counter-arguments are simply obliterated.

So my argument is Arthurian rather than Thomasian.  To explain: T.H.White (1906-1964), the English author of ‘The Once and Future King’ employed a particular literary device in his story of the education of the young King Arthur by the magician Merlin. The device and principle was that one can only really know what a fish (or other being) is by becoming it for a period of time.  Accordingly, Arthur was magically turned into a fish (etc.) as part of his education.

This is consistent with the well known saying that one can only know another person by living in their shoes for some time. Accordingly, one can only know God by temporarily becoming this Being.  This is called at-One-ment, arguably a New Testament phrase, and nothing whatever to do with ‘atonement’, this last commonly used in the Old Testament. It is Realisation of the higher Self, as opposed to the lower day to day experiential self.

This refers directly to Psalm 82,6:- ‘I said, “You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High”’; also to John 10.34:- ‘Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?

So ‘Enlightenment’ is, at least in my experience, synonymous with at-One-ment, as one might have expected from the meaning of being filled with light.  I realise this is inconsistent with a view of the Sanskrit word Nirvana as emptiness, but this was absolutely not my experience. My experience was of being ‘blown out’ like a flame, in that my name; personality, and ego were temporarily overwhelmed and obliterated by infinite love.

Sunrise

awakening me:

myself.

A feeling

a glow-

love.

More!

overwhelmed;

Dissolved.

Here: wordless,

timeless

I AM.

This is consistent with the Hindu understanding of Nirvana as union with Brahman (God), and with the literal translation of Nirvana as ‘blown out’.

It was an experience of total bliss and absolute completion.  This is presumably what is meant by the ‘peace that passeth all understanding’. There was also a sense of immense potential creativity; also of (my) individuality: we are not God, we are individualized Spirit.

And in this general context it is apparent that the Grail Cup is the human psyche and/or nervous system.

Love from an Angel was in my experience (see a previous article) less than infinite, in that there was no Nirvana. It felt like much more love than a human being can generate though.

On this basis I take the Enlightenment or Self-Realisation experience as proof of the existence of a much higher Being than an Angel.

Obviously one person’s experience will not, and should not, persuade another person. But a report from a trained observer should give cause for some thought in others.

How else may God be known?

Also in my experience, God is one who will let a person know, directly or indirectly, about their particular character flaws, to the extent of what their ego can handle at the time.

Clearly God wants us to evolve psycho-spiritually, if we are open to it and have invited such feedback.  We are evolutionary beings.

A number of points need to be made in relation to this remarkable event:-

(i) A psychic told me months earlier that I was to be ‘Greatly blessed’, and my Guides weeks before, that there was to be ‘A reward for effort’.

(ii) Kundalini (the Holy Ghost?) rose up and moved around inside my skull in a very particular manner (as in a friend) a couple of weeks beforehand, so I assume this is a prerequisite, a cleansing or strengthening of the nervous system.

And please note ‘perfection’ is NOT necessary!

(iii) Clearly the above event is what is actually meant by ‘dying to oneself’ (Matthew 16:25; Mark 8:35) and ‘being born again’ (Peter 1:22; John 3:3, 3:3, 3:7).

So we can now understand how much Spiritual awareness has been lost in (what remains of) our religions, in which the form (or pretense) of a ritual has lost its substance.  As an example, one is NOT ‘born again’ merely by saying so, no matter how solemn (or hypnotic) the occasion.  And ‘dying to oneself’  is clearly NOT understood by contemporary commentators on the Christian religion -nor by the writers of the Bible.

(iv) After the event in question a voice in my head said “Now all you need is a mantra”.  Not quite correct, as there was more work to do on my character flaws and attitudes over the next 16 years (to date).

As mentioned before, perfection is not necessary for the Grace of Self-Realisation: it is available to very many, given some personal effort

(v) The fact is, the power of this event is a CONSIDERABLE shock to the system, and it takes months or years to ‘get over’.  All my own mind could offer when it recovered was “What!!??”.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) comes to mind in this general context. It was the nicest ‘stress’ imaginable though.

(vi) The fact that no modern ‘guru’ mentions this aspect strongly suggests to me that NOT ONE of them is or was actually Self-Realised or Enlightened, as pointed out by Geoffrey D. Falk in his 2009 E-book ‘Stripping the gurus….’

Some will not be convinced their favourite ‘guru’ is inauthentic, because of their ‘energy’.  But i know what it is to have (had) an inflated ego: there is a tremendous amount of power to influence others in that state.

(vii) Clearly there is no such thing as being partly Enlightened: in practice it simply is or is not given.