The Nature Of
to surface within us. For example, if we
never express patience, that quality will remain dormant. If we engage in deception
and manipulation, our innate qualities of honesty and integrity will remain undeveloped. If
we remain self-absorbed, loving others with a consistent energy pattern will be
impossible to achieve. Who controls our reality? Our understanding of reality is not
genetic or environmental; we create it by our interpretation of everything we encounter.
Our understanding of reality is
relative and dependent on how informed the person is who is making the analysis of what is real. For example: Yesterday: demons; today: epilepsy. Yesterday: a sign from God; today: a
solar eclipse. Yesterday: the earth was the center of the universe; today: the earth is a tiny
speck in one galaxy among many. Yesterday: sins produced illness; today: germs and
viruses contribute to ill health. As humans evolve in their thinking and become willing to leave
traditional frames of reference behind, their understanding of reality changes.
This process of evolution is present in every realm of thought. Religious thinking, however,
appears to be the most resistant to change.
Understanding Spirituality greatly
increases a person's awareness concerning the meaning of encountered events. For example: All
events are neutral until each person assigns a meaning to them. In supplying the meaning, we
reveal our values and not the content or quality of the event crossing our path. Changing how
we think will change the event’s meaning and impact. For example, "Our 16 year old
son was killed!" Among our numerous choices are these: "We are so grateful we had him
for 16 years." OR, "How could God allow such a thing to happen when hardened
criminals roam freely?" Which response represents reality? They both do. Is one reality more
enhancing to the quality of our energy, life and purpose than the other? The answer is
What comes up for people is their
highly personalized curriculum. When we allow the focus of our perception to stop at what
offends us, we miss the value or virtue being
The physical environment we
perceive through our senses is a world very different from the spirit realm God created. For
example: Trying to communicate this difference would be like the dragonfly trying to describe its
new environment to its former
who still dwell as water bugs living on the bottom of a
pond. After our transformation from the physical realm, absolutely nothing equates to
existence, as we once knew it. Nothing material exists in the realm of spirit. When we transition
from our solid forms, the reality we used to sharpen our creative skills will vaporize as
though it never existed. The physical world will have served its purpose -- its many illusions
gave us choices that produced either our evolution or delay. We come from and return to a
non-material reality that knows only evolution of spirit as its ultimate goal.
What really matters in life is up
to us. When we do not awaken to the tasks for which we prepared ourselves prior to our entry
into solid form,
we play the game
according to the rules established by our respective
societies. Is this last statement reality or speculation? This is a matter each must decide. What is not
true will not serve the purpose of spiritual evolution. For example, the world has produced
many pharaohs, Caesars and billionaire moguls, but only a few people like Socrates,
Siddhartha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus once taught, "What good does it do for a
person to inherit the entire world if that person loses his or her soul." We cannot lose our
soul; we can only miss remembering the orientation, purpose and goals for being born. The
power that is highly prized in this world has absolutely nothing in common with the
power necessary to navigate in the realm of spirit.
The exterior world feels
antagonistic to us, i.e., we experience competition, the need to succeed, finding the
mate, having to deal with
enemies, poverty, disease, etc. BUT, all situations have the power to
strengthen us. To evolve, our interpretation of reality must communicate this message to us again
and again. For example, being a victim is a decision others or we make about an
experienced result area. If we sabotage our mission, i.e., the reason we entered into solid form, we
will only delay achieving our function. Absolutely no harm is done when we do this.
Everyone evolves at a different pace. We are not eternally punished for ignorance, as some
suppose. There would be no point for a parent to punish a child for engaging in behavior when
that child never understood that there were many other creative alternatives available.
Regarding God’s reality, there is
no divine punishment. Punitive measures teach by fear or destroy the ignorant simply because
they could not discover and follow through on the
correct path. When God engages in what we would call “tough love,” that merely
means that God allows us to experience the
consequences of our thoughts, emotions and the resulting attitudes. When human
beings are ready for the adventure that life offers them, they will reach out with both hands to the
prospect of fulfilling their own divine destiny. The motivation to reach and stretch will
always hinge on each person’s perception of reality.
There is an ultimate reality. From
the human perspective, this level of consciousness is not possible to achieve. Even highly
cannot grasp the infinite. The spirit realm is vast. The human adventure in
our limited solid forms eventually transitions into an individual purpose-driven energy
pattern. There are no exceptions. Everyone experiences this process, a process that is not
dependent on our thoughts or beliefs. Life continues in a realm that contains symbols for which
there are no physical frames of reference. If a highly evolved being were to stand in our
midst, it could only communicate about qualities of energy and levels of understanding
that are possible to achieve in this world. Specific information about the realm where
that being dwells is beyond what we could comprehend – like the butterfly describing the
powers of flight to a caterpillar. It takes faith and trust to base our lives on a reality we cannot
know. It is faith that makes the adventure what it is.
If such an evolved being spoke to
us, no doubt it would say, “Develop the qualities that will be useful to you and healing to
others wherever you find yourselves. No being created by God needs validation, assurance,
appreciation or hope. These are elements of experience that appear to be needed by those who fear
and who know nothing of their authentic identities. If you knew who you were, the adventure
would not be as challenging or as exciting. When you learn how to be at peace in the
physical world, you will know how to be at peace in any realm. God is never to be feared.
God’s will is that we remember to use our loving energy to create.