Re: God and higher consciousness
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tony Osime"
> Hello everyone,Yo Sri Tonyji,
> It has been a while since I last posted. I skim the daily digests
> occasionally so I may not be fully up to speed on the various threads.
> I would like to share an insight I gained during a recent meditation
> session. Please could I have your thoughts and comments.
> As I waited for my usual mind chatter to subside, one of the last
> thoughts that came was "why are you doing this?". Meaning, why was I
> relaxing my mind chatter away. As if in response I got a sense that I
> was simply accessing a higher level of consciousness that was not
> normally available to me, partly because of my mind chatter.
> I then had a sense (this is thought without thinking) that this higher
> level of consciousness was very similar or the same as that accessed by
> people when they invoke God through prayer or other means.
> While I accessed this higher level of consciousness it gave me a
> solution to a problem I was having that was completely unreasonable but
> What I find interesting is that there is no language with this higher
> consciousness. It boils down to being so still and present that you are
> receptive to the very subtle hints it gives you. It would be very hard
> live this way but my thinking is that enlightened people do live within
> this higher level of consciousness.
> Please can I have your thoughts.
Your post is something everyone who
meditates can now, or eventually, will
be able to relate to.
The "Inner Chatterer" is the villain in
this drama we label as life. Meditation
can in part be described as the activity
of gaining control over this ever active
usurper of our attention.
Real prayer/concentration is quieting the
Chatterer to such a degree that God's
wisdom can be heard and Her/His love can
be felt. This may not be a forever state,
but better to have known love once than
never to have known it at all.
Meditation, as opposed to concentration
(which it really isn't in opposition to),
is when God's "good stuff" envelops and
fills you. Or more acurately, the illusion
of separateness is re-moved, and the Truth
that has always been behind the curtain is
revealed. And this can happen without
actually sitting in meditation or praying,
or doing self-inquiry, or any "doing", but
for thousands of years, the most viable
precurser to both moments of clarity and
also to a life of an ongoing awareness of
God's presence and presents, has been
experienced mainly by those who actually
do meditate, and not just chatter about it,
without or within.
Thanks you for sharing. I always enjoy your
contributions to this forum and value it
Peace and blessings,
- Hello everyone,
Thanks Lisa and Bob for responding to my previous post.
(I had to travel suddenly so I was not able to respond right away).
Lisa, I had to read your post a few times to understand it better. I am
not sure I fully understand what you are saying but I do have a sense of
your personal experience and deep insight. When I meditate I am
sometimes torn between a fear of the unknown and a sense that I am being
guided so that I will not encounter more than I can manage.
The image I sometimes have of enlightened people is that they are
experiencing life like a movie in which they are one of the actors. It
does not matter much what role they play, as they get to see the film as
a whole and enjoy it.
Bob, thanks for kind words of insight and encouragement.
- To actually live within that higher level of conscious and
> do mundain tasks on a daily basis ... I think that would be difficultHi, Lisa -
> because much becomes contradictory.
Enlightened living accepts
the mundane tasks and does
them effortlessly - without
the emotional attachment
to outcomes that the ego
so desperately hangs onto
to preserve its falsely
assumed role as "I".
There is no contradiction.
Life goes on, and tasks
are easily undertaken.
What shifts in the awakening
and Enlightenment is the
sense of personal identity.
What before seemed like
a thinking, responsible self,
is seen as a "screen" through
which an underlying Reality
is now Known. The personality,
the persona, is now seen as
only that - a mask. It is
dropped, or only used as
a temporary convenience
for the sake of communication
with those who have not
apprehended their naturally
Enlightened Self. The Self
that can be apprehended is
the unified One, at perfect
peace of mind, unflappable,
unassailable - above all
circumstances o life, because
their temporary and illusory
nature are seen.
Yet, while remaining in
the "body", with the world
at large, an Enlightened
One participates as before.
Productivity increases as
needed. Doors open. What
were before perceived as
problems, are now issues
that resolve themselves.
Life for and Enlightened
One is lived in an
Enchanted way - with love,
and humongous gratitude.