Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Road Not Taken

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

ROBERT FROST

 

In Defence Of The Ego

Many spiritual writers, myself included, sometimes fall into the trap of seeing the Ego as the enemy . We can see that the Ego is stopping us from ending the separation with our spiritual Self . But from the Ego’s point of view, it believes it is protecting us .

I Think therefore I Am

It is not the Ego, as such, that is the problem but its belief system which is mistaken in its view of reality . Below I list some of these false beliefs :

  • God/Life is the enemy
  • Death and birth exist
  • The body is real
  • The physical world is real
  • There is not enough
  • We are able to be hurt
  • The physical world is our home
  • We are separate from each other
  • We need something

The main erroneous belief is the first one above – that God/Life is our enemy . From this belief, the Ego has erected defences against our Self and the world we see is the result . It thinks (because everything is in the Mind) we are under attack from God and that we would lose something by ending the separation . This is not true as all we have to lose by rejoining is the fear, guilt, hate and death etc which we believe to be real .

Yet, it thinks it is only acting in our best interest and should be viewed from this perspective . Think of it as an overprotective friend who has been raised in a dysfunctional family, with strange beliefs but only needs a bit of re-education as to the nature of reality .

At the deepest level of existence there is no separate Ego but it allows us to experience Life as an individual which contributes to All There Is . Yet somewhere along the line, wires got crossed and the Ego’s belief system came into being .

The Ego is not the enemy but a tool to experience Life – all that is needed is a change in its Mind .

 

The Big Illusion

From A Course In Miracles Lesson 132 : “I loose the world from all I thought it was”  :

What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs ? And what can save the world except your Self ? Belief is powerful indeed . The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions are as strong in their effects as is the truth . A madman thinks the world he sees is real, and does not doubt it . Nor can he be swayed by questioning his thoughts’ effects . It is but when their source is raised to question that the hope of freedom comes to him at last .

The world is nothing in itself . Your mind must give it meaning . And what you behold upon it are your wishes, acted out so you can look on them and think them real . Perhaps you think you did not make the world, but came unwillingly to what was made already, hardly waiting for your thoughts to give it meaning . Yet in truth you found exactly what you looked for when you came .

But healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world and can accept the lesson now . There is no world because it is a thought apart from God, and made to separate the Father and the Son and break away a part of God Himself and thus destroy His Wholeness . Can a world which comes from this idea be real ? Can it be anywhere ? Deny illusions, but accept the truth . Deny you are a shadow briefly laid upon a dying world . Release your mind, and you will look upon a world released .

 

Heaven

You may not realise it but you are in “Heaven” now and always have been . There has never been a moment when you have not been in heaven . But I hear you say, this is not heaven and my life is closer to hell . How can I possibly be in heaven ?

It is impossible for us to leave the Source and we are only imagining this separation . This dream consists of death, pain, illness, war, poverty etc but it does not really exist as “heaven” is the only real experience and our human reality is false .

From The Bible : “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept” . Nowhere does it say that Adam awoke .

We are dreaming a dream of separation and death . Some people have referred to the consciousness shift as “The Awakening” and this is close to the truth . We are waking up from a long dream and for some, it has been a nightmare but that is all it is .

A common characteristic of dreams is we soon forget them once we are awake, and even the nightmares do not frighten us for long, as we realise they are just dreams . This is how we will view this world when we awake . We will realise we have just been dreaming and the nightmarish figures in this dream are not real and cannot harm us .

We have never left heaven and it is impossible, as heaven is all there is . You are in Heaven right now, right here .

 

The Deeper Secret

No you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
And if you try sometime you find
You get what you need .

Jagger & Richards – The Rolling Stones .

I have recently read a very interesting book called The Deeper Secret by Annemarie Postma . The book was influenced by the success of The Secret, which was yet another self help book which proclaimed by reading the book, the reader would be able to’manifest their desires’ . As anyone who has tried ‘manifesting’, you quickly find out some desires come true but the majority do not and you are left with a sense of disappointment .

Annemarie Postma realises that the Universe is not concerned with our egoist desires but cares very deeply about our spiritual growth and will supply us with what we need for this growth, rather than pandering to our whims .

This advice feels very timely as our world, both on a personal level and on a collective basis, lurches from one dramatic event to another .

Only through acceptance, will we be able to pass through these’challenges’ and leave behind our selfish, with a small s, nature and return to our Selfish, with a large S, Self (if you get my drift ) .

Below is a quotation from a section of the book which describes the difference between our will and the will of the Universe :

Willpower is excellent fuel for surviving . But in order to learn how to live and to receive the real abundance of the universe, we need more advanced tools, tools like self-knowledge, courage and surrender, and trust . Most people find it easy to let go of things that are not very dear to them ; they allow the universe or god to handle that part .

If something is very important, we try to solve it ourselves . At the same time, we notice that when we do let go of what is most important to us, the universe takes cares of things as well .

Will helps us part of the way . But at the end of the path you can “achieve” lies a path that you simply must travel : an unknown path with no reassurance or guarantees . A path beyond the will, yet one that is your true path . And it is here that one of the keys to The Deeper Secret can be found .

Instead of imposing your will on reality to get what you want, learn to want what appears . You often think that you know what is good for you . But what is good for you is usually taking place at that moment . By resisting the path that lies ahead for you, you may miss the universe’s real message .