We continue today our three-part series:
Life's Gifts and Life's Tragedies - Making sense of it all
Last week I did not have a chance to put out the Bulletin as I was deeply involved in other matters and could not devote the time to it that I know this subject deserves. To those of you who were waiting for our second installment, I apologize. In the first article of this series I offered an in-depth look at the nature of ultimate reality and the purpose of God and Life. The article was loaded with esoterics, including a detailed exploration of the Soul's journey. But how to make any of that work for us in any practical way during This Life, Here and Now? That is the question. And that's what I promised we would look at next.
How, then, to apply the wisdom and the insight of Conversations with God to our daily lives? How, then, to make some sense of Life's gifts and Life's tragedies?
Well, we have to tell ourselves a whole new story about Who and What We Are. That's the beginning. We have to tell ourselves a brand new tale about our own identity and why we are here.
When Everything Changes, Change Everything, the latest book in the CwG cosmology, tells us that there are Four Fundamental Questions in Life, the answers to which form the basis of our understanding and experience of Life Itself. These questions are:
1. Who am I?
2. Where am I?
3. Why am I where I am?
4. What do I choose to do about that?
WECCE (the acronym for the above title!) also says that there are "no `correct' answers to these questions." That is, one answer is no more "accurate" than another. This is true because we are making it all up. That is, we are producing our own experience based upon what we decide. Not only about this, but about everything.
WECCE carefully explains how the Mind does this when we do it with the Mind Alone, and how the Mind does this if we do it with the Mind working in concert with the Soul.
Most people do not produce their reality through a collaboration of the Mind and Soul. Most people use the Mind alone, as a singular instrument (even though it was never intended to be used is that way). As a result, the data that most people access in order to answer the above four questions is very limited.
On the other hand, for those people who use the Mind AND the Soul collaboratively as WECCE says we were always meant to do, the data that most people access in order to answer the above four questions is unlimited. This makes a world of difference---and a difference in our world.
We must, therefore, consider Life's Four Fundamental Questions from the standpoint of the Mind AND the Soul, not the Mind alone.
When considered from this expanded perspective (that is, the perspective of the Mind and Soul looking at Life together), I answer those four questions this way:
1. Who am I?
I am an Individuation of Divinity. I am a Singularization of The Singularity. I am God, manifested in physical form in this present lifetime as a human being named Neale.
2. Where am I?
I am in the Realm of the Physical (as opposed to the Realm of the Spiritual).
3. Why am I where I am?
I am in this Realm in order to express and experience what I know my Self to be when I am in the Realm of the Spiritual. The Realm of the Spiritual is also known as the Realm of Knowing. The Realm of the Physical is also known as the Realm of Experiencing. I have entered this Realm---this place within the Kingdom of God---in order to know my Self in my own experience. I am God, "godding." I am God, in the act of Being. And what, exactly, am I being? I am being all that God is. This may take (and, indeed, does take) more than one lifetime.
4. What do I choose to do about that?
Knowing where I am and why, I now choose to use this particular lifetime to experience as much of my Self, to express as much of the essence of Who I Am, as I can. In order to do this, I must first know Who I Am. So the first part of my journey here on earth has been devoted to the process of remembering my True Identity, and the second part has been devoted to the process of expressing that Identity.
This is how it has been for most people walking the earth. While there are some, a very few, who know of a certainty Who They Really Are when they are, in earthly terms, very young (Jesus was said to be one of these, astounding the Pharisees when, at the age of 12, he taught in the Temple), most of us use up the largest portion of our years in the humble search for Who We Are---and then, after we remember Who We Are...in the acceptance of that. Very little time is then left for the expression of that. If we have some time left, this is the most sacred time of our lives.
Accepting our True Identity is not easy because, as I said earlier, it flies in the face of everything we have been taught and everything we have experienced. The second is true because everything we have experienced is based upon everything we have been taught.
Our job, then, is to "undo" the teachings. We must say to our fathers and mothers, and to all those who have taught us about this life, "you are wrong. You have been mistaken. It is not like what you think it is like. You are not who you think you are. I am not who you told me I am."
Only then can we begin to make some sense out of life. Only then can we comprehend Life's gifts and Life's tragedies. Only then can we
Understand that, in truth, there are no "tragedies"; that the idea of "tragedy" itself is a mistaken notion, because we do not live in a runaway Universe, an out-of-control environment. In fact, the opposite is true. We live in a place (the Realm of Physicality) where everything makes perfect sense, and is perfectly manifested, to produce the next perfect opportunity for Divinity to express and experience Itself as Perfection Itself.
When we understand this, we walk the earth as a Master. We perceive things as The Buddha did. We embrace "tragedy" as The Christ did (as an opportunity---yes, the perfect opportunity---for "salvation" of the Self, and, by example, of the whole human race). We see deeply into life as The Prophet did.
Now it's important that I define what I mean by the word "salvation" as I have used it above. I am not talking about salvation as in "saving the soul from everlasting damnation." There is no such thing as everlasting damnation. I am talking about salvation from not knowing and experiencing Who You Really Are, and therefore living a life that has nothing to do with that, and which, in turn, must then necessarily contain and include a great deal of suffering.
Suffering is never the result of pain. Suffering is the result of a misunderstanding of what is going on. Many mothers giving birth, for instance, do not "suffer" from the pain of childbirth, but, indeed, rejoice in it even as they experience it, for they realize Who They Are and What They Are Doing Here.
So, too, was it with Jesus, who understood that, metaphorically, he was "giving birth" to a new kind of humanity. As was The Buddha, who taught us about the end of suffering. Life, he said, is suffering...only because we don't understand Life. Life is suffering not because that's what Life intrinsically is...but because we do not comprehend what Life intrinsically is. When we do, suffering dissolves, and is no more.
Now this whole series began with a question: Why do some people suffer and die, and some people not? The answer to the first part of that question, in metaphysical terms, is that some people "suffer" because they do not understand why things are happening the way they are happening. The answer to the second part of that question is that no people "die." Death is not possible, given Who and What You Are.
When you understand this, you say, along with masters who have said it before: "Death, where is thy sting?" You do not fear death, nor do you fear life. Nor do you mourn the death of others as a "tragedy," but, rather, see death as a turn in the path on every individual Soul's journey; a turn that is perfectly designed to lead that Soul to exactly where it wishes to go next, as its own evolutionary process continues.
This is another way of saying that nothing can happen to the individual Soul that is not perfectly placed within the life and experience of that Soul, and, thus, agreed to by the Soul Itself.
And THIS is another way of repeating the extraordinary wisdom of Conversations with God when it said: "There are no victims and no villains."
Suddenly, Life begins to make sense. We begin to realize that there is a Larger Process in place of which we have lost sight. Something Bigger is going on. The Soul of the individual, as well as the Collective Soul of humanity, is continually birthing itself anew in every moment. It is becoming. It is evolving. And...like that candle flame we talked about last week...it is changing form even as it is expressing what it is "now."
A flame is never the same from one nano-second to the next. The nature of a flame itself is that it "destroys" itself, it burns itself up, even as it is "being" What It Is. Can a flame be said to be suffering because it is extinguishing itself even as it illumines? Each illumination of the flame is the result of its own "burning up." Is the burning up, then, less perfect than the illumination?
You now understand "Life Gifts and Life's Tragedies," and can, at last, make some sense of it all.
In our final installment next time: Brightening and Burning at the Same Time: a Look at a Life Well Lived.
Love and Hugs,