Life-Enhancing Orientation To Perceive What We Experience
July 27, 2003
What Has Conditioned Our Current
Our genetic predisposition, e.g.,
hair and eye color, height, blood type, etc.
How others responded or respond to
Our family's socio-economic level,
i.e., our placement in society's economic strata.
How insightful and inspiring our
initial guides were during the first 12 years, e.g., parents, mentors, teachers, etc.
The values that were mirrored to
us during our early childhood.
• Within Our
Our reliance on external props for
our identity, e.g., clothing, cars, vocation, looks, etc. Here we put our energy
into masks rather than investing in our authenticity.
Early thought patterns that later
become habits, e.g., using people for what we can get from them, volunteering, strong
work ethic, attitudes of inferiority/superiority, etc.
Early behavior patterns that
produced pleasure, e.g., masturbation, eating, need to get attention, constant desire to be
with friends, or withdrawal, solitude, hobbies, artistic expression.
Engaging in an active fantasy
life, e.g., dreaming, finding associations and patterns rarely perceived by others,
developing our intuition.
Choosing various forms of escape,
e.g., novels, "hanging out," alcohol, drugs, sexual activity, video games,
television, eating, walks in nature, writing.
Dealing with the need/desire for
security and/or the desire to take risks.
Resisting or caving in to peer
pressure. The habits learned while traveling through our adolescence often follows
us into our adult years.
Creating and sustaining thoughts
that reinforce our evolving inner identity while abandoning those that do not serve
Desiring to discover greater
meaning and purpose in life, or surrendering to the hunger for fitting in, popularity and
Finding a form for
self-expression, e.g., relationships, hobbies, sports, writing, building, and creating.
Needing to have some "authority"
to guide us, e.g., a mentor, Scripture, a professor, or developing the process
of thinking for ourselves.
Recognizing that values and
beliefs do not define reality. They only influence the development of the prism through
which we perceive reality, e.g., the Bible is the "Word of God," "the world is flat,"
"God will not lose even one of us."
Expanding Our Understanding Of God's
Suppose there really is free will. We can create any thought pattern, act on it and still be "saved," i.e., not damned or
eternally condemned to some form of everlasting punishment.
Suppose our salvation has nothing
to do with a cross, but with choices that originate from values that are
timeless, e.g., love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and
self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Would God have created our specie
only to allow our eternal destiny to remain in the care of our untrained,
uninformed, unenlightened and immature choice patterns?
Have we based our understanding of
God on concepts formulated by authors who wrote two thousand years ago, i.e.,
does the Bible define God in some confining and limiting ways?
Suppose God radiates only loving,
creative energy and knows nothing of injustice, evil, unhappiness,
illness, fear or discomfort. (All issues related to life as it is experienced in our solid
forms. What will become of these issues when we are only spirit?
Suppose Heaven can be any place at
any time. Suppose Heaven is a consciousness that knows only loving
creativity and is not a place.
Suppose Hell is any place where,
out of ignorance to alternatives, people cling to thoughts that cannot enhance what is
timeless, e.g., punishment, destruction, revenge, frustration, anger, and
Suppose God does not judge us ever
because we do a very thorough job of that ourselves, e.g., we cannot experience
a highly creative level of consciousness requiring skills of spirit without
having developed them.
Suppose God's plan is: "You are
free to create your eternal destiny in any fashion you choose. You are made from my
essence and you cannot fail. It may take eons for your spirit to discover this, but
when you eventually awaken, you will be at peace, create, and perceive as I do."
Suppose those who see the
clearest are those who have refined their spiritual skills, allowing them to reflect more
accurately God's nature and power. Throughout history, we have projected
onto them such image-building titles as: "prophets," "The Enlightened Ones,
"Sons of God" and "Savior." Do we not see in them that which we have the
potential to be?
Expanding Our Understanding Of
We are conscious beings who
project meaning into our physical experiences. Such definitions and our responses to
them reflect the state of our own individual evolution.
We are limited by our fears,
reticence, ignorance, values, etc.
We are not our bodies. We are
infinite beings who have entered a physical form in order to refine spiritual skills,
an education made possible through the illusion of limitation.
As a species, we are in infancy,
i.e., we have been literate for less than 10,000 years. The known use of our brain is
only 5 to 7 percent. Imagine our power when we can use 85 percent.
When our bodies cease to serve us,
we lay them aside. Rather than dying, we transition from one form to another
much like ice when it converts to steam.
The written records, such as our
Scriptures, are extremely valuable. They represent the primitive insights of
our ancestors to understand the relationship between the Creator and the Created. Much, much more information will be refined when Spirituality eventually
evolves into a science.
Jesus would have never taught the
lessons he did if he felt his timeless values were impossible to achieve.
We will make mistakes in judgment. We will
consistently forsake the substance for the shadow until we learn that
such mistakes lead nowhere. This is not a reflection of "our sinful nature" as
early writers suppose. This is merely who we are at this stage of our evolution.
God could not have created us the way we have chosen
to define ourselves. We must look much deeper. Once we
understand more accurately the nature of God, we will understand that we have been
just fine at every stage of our evolution. We have moved from caves into homes and
from covered wagons into aircraft. We are capable of creating that about
which we dream, e.g., Alchemy into Chemistry, Astrology into Astronomy and Religion into