enlightenment matters

Many people believe that there is an afterlife, and that there is karma to be balanced, and lifetimes to be led till the soul evolves sufficiently – sufficiently enough to break the cycle of cause and effect. As far as my own sense nowadays goes, it seems to me that that is part of the wider – and very alluring – story that keeps us in seeking, and ‘bettering’ mode. It’s the same as religious beliefs. They keep one focussed on a future point where all is either well (heaven) or not (hell).
If though, that whole story (whether during life or after life) is over, then what? Then there is a sense that when the me-story is no more, there is simply manifested Energy (human life, intelligence etc) and unmanifested Energy – the All That Is, from which the manifested arises. And so if the movement is from manifested to unmanifested and we’re all headed towards the Unmanifested eventually, then this question arises: Why bother with enlightenment matters?
If, in the final analysis, nothing really matters (because everything is All That anyway) then why bother with anything? Why not just continue to `enjoy` the demands of the attached self or ego? What difference does it make? Why not just continue with becoming rich, famous or a professional down and out?
Indeed why not? For in truth it makes no difference at all. There is no judgement. No karma. No retribution. No hell. Not heaven. Not in the Final Reality.
But there is a subtle and profound difference and though subtle, it’s the difference that makes the difference.
And I would describe the subtle difference in various ways, including these ways:
– The feeling of ‘separate being wrong’ goes. Oneness is remembered.
– Life is exquisitely more fun when there is a recognition of the pretense that has been having you up to the point of seeing this full on.
– Self-consciousness goes or is much diminished, and where it arises, it just arises, and so be it (rather than it becoming a statement about ‘you.’)
– Emotional stuff passes through much quicker, like a train passing through stations, sometimes it’s a heavy duty freight train and stays around for ages and sometimes an empty carriage that shoots through like it’s late for the next stop.
– A lightness is felt in the experience of daily life.
– There is an aliveness in the here and now.
– Energetically there is a shift from living in the fanatsaies – or fears – of the head, to a being with whatever is occurring here and now.
– The freedom from the prison of beliefs is immense.
[wp_ad_camp_4] Let’s look at the last point a bit more. Most people don’t even question beliefs per se, but rather seek to have better, stronger, different, more clever – or whatever the adjective may be – beliefs. We do not ordinarily know what life is without a set of beliefs, or without the movement towards having / keeping / changing beliefs. Beliefs feel VERY real and they are VERY seductive.
They are even more seductive when couched under the spiritual / new age / 2012 umbrella. These beliefs are based upon ‘just around the corner’ – whether it’s a fifth dimensional world, the golden age, a world full of awakened people, a world full of ETs, or a life that is totally transformed.
In fact many, if not most, beliefs are based upon ‘just around the corner’ or ‘at some point / one day.’ The ‘more’ belief system. More spiritual enlightenment, more higher vibrations, more money, more sex, more drugs, more beauty, more cars, more accolades, more approval, more whatever.
The subtle point that is missed isn’t having more cars – have as many as you like I say! It’s having a belief system that has you going all out, unconsciously, needing more cars. Of course the reason people have strong belief systems is a sense of a me that needs to become better, different etc. This sense of a ‘me’ arises when identity is formed at an early age.
Having said all this, it may imply that you could, if you wanted to, simply choose to let go of your beliefs and become awakened on demand. The individual hates to think they couldn’t become awakened by choice. But it doesn’t work that way. And that’s also part of the game, for even the wanting, or even believing one is belief-free or awakened is all part of the cosmic joke that we partake in. And awakened is not better – or worse – than not being awakened. Besides to believe one is awakened is just another belief, for in truth there is only ‘what is.’ It’s so simple and so non-judgmental, that it seems too simple for this to be enough for belief-ridden human beings.
So better not to say too much, except enjoy the cosmic joke, and whilst you’re at it, you may as well enjoy the beliefs you hold! If you want to bother about enlightenment then enjoy the bothering about it.
Thanks for reading.
Comments, as always, welcome.
Love,
Reena
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  • Andy Bostian
    Jan 22, 2013 6:48 pm

    What is the “Final Reality,” and do not any notions about it (or lack thereof) amount to beliefs? Indeed, what is this post sharing if not an author’s belief?

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    • Andy, Final Reality to me is the natural reality, the ‘what is’, that remains unaffected by beliefs. It is that which is seen beyond all that has been added by an attached self or identity. Yes, you could say that it is the author’s belief (this post), but to me belief is something that cannot be verified – for eg, is it a belief to say the sky is blue? No, because it IS blue. Is it a belief to say the sky is green? Yes – unless you’re watching the green lights up in Scandinavia, when it would not be a belief. In the same way, what I have written is, for me, not a belief, but I can see how you may see it that way. To me, beliefs, which were seen through some years ago, waste a whole lot of time and energy in boosting a sense of self. Nothing wrong with honing beliefs and discussing them, but just not grounded in reality.
      Beliefs are thoughts – and as such, they are always old. Reality happens, then we put words and beliefs to it. Reality comes first, then beliefs.
      Still, this (post) is just sharing – not a preach. And being questioned is good, so thank you for your comment.

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      • Thanks for your fast and thoughtful reply! I agree that reality is unaffected by beliefs, except to the extent that beliefs motivate behavior which in turn does affect reality.
        If I may, I’d like to parse your statements above together in the following way, but please tell me if I am misinterpreting:
        “Final Reality to me is… the ‘what is’, that remains unaffected by… [that which] cannot be verified.”
        The question that follows is, can that statement be verified?
        Moreover, how do we know that “All That Is” can be verified? If we’re defining reality as all that can be verified, then saying anything outside of the verifiable is not real, we’re creating a circular argument.
        Looking at it another way, please consider the following statements:
        1. (verified) There is a God or there is not a God
        2. (unverified) There is a God
        3. (unverified) There is not a God
        Number (1.) is true by simple mathematics. (2) and (3) are unverified as far as we know. But since (2) and (3) are converses, one of them is necessarily true and the other is not. Since (1) is true, we must have two possibilities:
        A. Statement (2) is true and thus a part of “Final Reality”
        B. Statement (3) is true and thus a part of “Final Reality”
        But since each of (2) and (3) is unverified, we see that Final Reality necessarily contains at least one unverified statement. Hence Final Reality cannot be only things that are known or verified. Some parts of reality are by definition unverified.
        It follows to me that bothering with beliefs about the unknown is vitally important and relevant to expanding our knowledge of a big reality which contains both verified and unverified things.
        One final thought: Columbus believed that the earth was round, when many did not and certainly none had verified it so, but that it was not yet proven did not make it any less true. In that case, a belief about an unknown motivated a behavior which changed the world.
        Thanks for the thoughtful discussion!

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        • Andy, just some responses (after –>) to what you said, so we can continue this interesting discussion:

          I agree that reality is unaffected by beliefs, except to the extent that beliefs motivate behavior which in turn does affect reality.
          –> For me, it would be a reality that is still within the matrix, ie virtual reality.
          ~~~
          “Final Reality to me is… the ‘what is’, that remains unaffected by… [that which] cannot be verified.” The question that follows is, can that statement be verified? –> Verified by whom? Verified for what purpose? It is simply a sense of self / identity that needs to verify, and even if you could verify it 100% then my question would be – so what? The impetus that needs to know, to verify is a never-ending and losing battle. Rumi said: “Two there are who are never satisfied – the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”
          ~~~
          Moreover, how do we know that “All That Is” can be verified? If we’re defining reality as all that can be verified, then saying anything outside of the verifiable is not real, we’re creating a circular argument. –> There are two realities imho (it gets a bit complex lol) – relative (matrix, the world that we take as physical and real) and natural or absolute (final) reality (that which simply is, the underlying isness/wholeness of everything, the hologram). It’s hard to put these things into words. But as long as we are attached to a sense of a me that needs to know stuff, then we’re in relative reality, embedded in story, within which we somehow believe that if we can verify something then we will be better off in some way. So knowledge and knowing and understanding all become an unconscious driving force, whereas the collapse of the ‘me’ or the me-story removes the need to know, and then knowing simply arises (or not).
          ~~~
          Looking at it another way, please consider the following statements:
          1. (verified) There is a God or there is not a God
          2. (unverified) There is a God
          3. (unverified) There is not a God
          Number (1.) is true by simple mathematics. (2) and (3) are unverified as far as we know. But since (2) and (3) are converses, one of them is necessarily true and the other is not. Since (1) is true, we must have two possibilities:
          A. Statement (2) is true and thus a part of “Final Reality”
          B. Statement (3) is true and thus a part of “Final Reality”
          But since each of (2) and (3) is unverified, we see that Final Reality necessarily contains at least one unverified statement. Hence Final Reality cannot be only things that are known or verified. Some parts of reality are by definition unverified.
          It follows to me that bothering with beliefs about the unknown is vitally important and relevant to expanding our knowledge of a big reality which contains both verified and unverified things.
          One final thought: Columbus believed that the earth was round, when many did not and certainly none had verified it so, but that it was not yet proven did not make it any less true. In that case, a belief about an unknown motivated a behavior which changed the world.

          –> Would reiterate my comments above here. Trying to logically arrive at a conclusion about God / reality is an intellectual exercise (fun though it is) that cannot verify, because God / Final Reality is seen when this need for logic and understanding are not there imho. Any verification that one feels one has arrived at will not (probably) lead to any sort of energetic shift because it remains simply intellectual – but not much else.
          Don’t know if any of that makes sense, but in the end it comes down to how embedded one is in one’s own story/intellect/identity.
          Thanks for the opportunity to THINK about these interesting lines of thought!

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  • Why people die?
    Answer -> Because they think they’re gonna die.

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  • in the world of electronic gadgets there is always the big next thing coming out in the next 6 months or so. this is just one example of the ego being fixed on a future point. there is always somthing to look forward to like christmas, then its birthdays then its easter on and on it goes. it also works against the ego, there are things we dont look forward to. these are just a few examples of the many ways the ego avoids the present moment. the older you are the more easy it is to see this game. when you are young it always seems like things are going to improve in the near future. i dont mind it being like this, i find it a bit comical.

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  • A good post.
    “Let’s look at the last point a bit more. Most people don’t even question beliefs per se, but rather seek to have better, stronger, different, more clever – or whatever the adjective may be – beliefs.”
    Indeed, you hit the nail on the head. Karma, enlightenment, etc are just another set of beliefs. They keep one focused upon some shadowy potential future, instead of the magnificent eternal now.
    Now is all that really exists, all that has ever existed, this eternal changing moment. Be content and life will take care of itself.
    Blessings

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