The Art of Coming to Life

Many of you have visited museums, or art collections of some variety. Some of you prefer to stand further back, to take in the full scale of the artistry. You prefer to study the work in its completeness, as the details merely represent smaller parts of the larger whole in which you are ultimately interested in seeing. Others of you may be more inclined to stands closely to the work, to study its detail, to trace the brushstrokes. You want to feel the method and the thought to understand the completed work. From this perspective, your vision has clear limitations, yet you find you can study the minutiae. At this depth, you can learn the work more intimately. As you step back, you take in more of the imagery, more of the hue, more of the shading, and thus, learn how the brushstrokes flow into a larger, more elegant work. A step further back, another step still, and the work comes into focus. But, you know this work better. You know it intimately.

Right now, we are one inch from the canvas.

While some reformists, educators and counselors seek to accelerate the learning process by speeding up, we are going to accelerate the learning process by slowing down. Take your time. Intelligence and enlightenment have a way of showing themselves to you according to their own schedule, so rushing the process is worthless. If we go too fast, we will miss the point as we pass it. If we slow down, we can grab its reins when it passes us by.

As we move through these postings, lessons, and articles, move at a comfortable pace. Read and reread statements until they become clear to you. Think about them. Let them linger awhile in your thoughts. Then, when you have the opportunity, put these methods, thoughts and ideas into practice.

There are many subjects we could address first. However, at this point, I find it best to use the broadest strokes. So, what subject divides and unites more of us than any other? What subject to we all have in common, if only held in common by our totally differentiated beliefs on the subject? What is the one subject on which anyone, and everyone, has an opinion? God.

Initially, I welcomed all of you, Atheist or the Devout, to this forum. This greeting still applies. Whether or not you believe in God, as defined by popular opinion, really is of secondary importance. However, what must be understood is that we all, Atheists and Nihilist included, have our own God. Before you scoff, allow me a moment to explain. Before we delve into this topic, I want ALL of you to strip away any predetermined meaning from the word “God,” and pretend as though this is the first time you have ever heard the word. I will show you why we all have a “God,” by varying definitions, and we are all perfectly correct and perfectly incorrect about whatever our definition is of God. Let’s begin by a brief examination of our atheist friends.

Atheists, like most other belief systems, are partially correct and partially incorrect. The Atheists viewpoint primarily serves as a rebuttal to the positions held and the deities defined by Jeudaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and virtually every other major religion. Why is this? The Atheist mind shares much in common with the Seeker’s mind. Why should this come as a surprise? The Atheist rejects the idea of God, true enough. But, is the Atheist truly rejecting God, or rejecting God as defined by others? Atheists are typically disillusioned with modern religion, as they see the “Gods” represented and the followers of such Gods as being often sinful, hateful, judgmental, and often hypocritical. Most Atheists would agree with the words of Mahatma Gandhi, who said “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Atheists are very typically highly intelligent, and love to debate with devout religious followers of any faith. In fact, many atheists know more about the religions “practised” by many of those with whom they debate. I find this very interesting, however. If one is so disillusioned with religion, why then do Atheists make the point to educate themselves on the subject? One could say that Atheists like to arm themselves for spiritual discussions, which could be true on one level. However, doesn’t the passion held within a seeker’s heart lead him to seek? Why then, are the Atheists seeking like they do? There must be passion in their heart, on some level. Innately, they know that they are RIGHT in saying that no one has correctly defined God. God is beyond definition, if he/she exists. Yet, they don’t believe in God because they haven’t felt the hand of the supernatural in their own lives. “Where is the evidence?” says the Atheist’s mind. Well, the Athiest mind that rejects others’ definitions of God is also seeking proof of that same God’s existence. They want God to exist, but they don’t want to believe in God because they don’t want to be like those believers. Who could blame them? Yet, in doing so, they walk out of one box and into another.

My first point for the Atheists, and non-Atheists, is this; Stop Defining God. The only way one can find God is to cease seeking definition of God. Atheists don’t see the works of God because they are deeply seeking the same God that they have been taught to hate by other Dogmas. This is the God they know. But, Atheism itself is, or can be used as, a Dogma. Atheism itself comes with its own set of rules, what one can do and say, and what one can not do or say. But, Atheists are so close. If they could only give up defining whether or not they BELIEVE in God, God would have the chance to define his/herself to them. What would Atheists say if they found out that God did exist, with certainty, and that God was just Love in its purest form? Better yet, what would CHRISTIANS say? (oh, the drama!) Would it not be possible at that moment that many Atheists would have lived more Godly lives than Christians? Are there not many deeply loving Atheists? Are there not many deeply hateful Christians? Yes, there are both. I have met them. You have met them. So, is the loving Atheists, who rejects God, really rejecting God if all God is is unlimited, fully passionate, creative Love in its purest form? Furthermore, if an Atheist lives in this manner, and God is truly unbridled Love, does it matter if the Atheist publicly professes any support for a Dogmatic “God”? I say, no, it does not. To love life and to practice love is to love God, whether or not anyone is aware.

So, therein lies my first challenge. To the Christian, the Atheists, the Seeker, or anyone else reading; Stop defining yourself and stop defining God. If you do not believe in God, this should make even more sense for you at this point. By human nature, we are so limited in our perceptions that we could not possibly be correct in defining God. If he does indeed exists, he is outside of definition. If God is God, he must be limitless, without bounds, complete Love, complete knowledge, complete existence, of which our minds can not fathom. Those of you who are devout, it’s fine to continue practicing as a Christian, Buddhists, or otherwise. However, stop being mind-intentified with the paintings that depict God as an elderly grand-father throwing lightning bolts at whoever disobeys him. God doesn’t do this. Humans do this. Stop humanizing God. You may finally see God, for the first time. The walls separating you in hatred and judgement from the rest of your brothers will begin to crumble. Your relationship with God and humanity will not die, it will come to life.

When You Understand God

The primary roadblock separating believers (of any religion) and non-believers is often perception. Doubts or lack of belief in God typically stem not from a lack of belief in the God, but rather a lack of belief in the God others have described. The mind of the skeptic is highly adept at picking apart stories of a Dogmatic God because they simply don’t make sense. The skeptic is much closer to the Truth, in this regard, than the highly devoted religious follow. This is why often non-believers who experience God at a later point, whether through a near-death-experience or some other cause, often have the easiest time moving quickly along the spiritual path. They moved beyond Dogma before they ever discovered God, instead of first believing and wading through multiple misinterpretations and misunderstanding of who God truly is. The easiest way for a non-believer to eventually realize the existence of God is to first abandon all strongly held thought patterns about who or what God may or may not be as prescribed by any sort of Dogma. Nothing can describe God, and often organized religion confuses and disillusions seekers early in their pursuit. Instead of defining God, seek God for yourself and learn to feel the truth.

Some of the non-believers with the greatest potential to reach others are those with a scientific mind. Science is simply the study of what is symbolized in the Bible as the “Tree of Knowledge.” Imagine this massive tree, if you will. Imagine the multiple limbs, leaves, the detail in the trunk, and the roots running deep into the ground. Now, picture one area of science as being one limb of this massive tree. Those who are adept at a scientific field have stepped out on the farthest reaches of this particular limb. However, knowing all and knowing God is not found in the limbs, leaves or trunk. God is the root. God gave birth to the wonderful science that surrounds us. We breathe science, touch it, visualize it and experience it not because it is the antithesis of God, but rather it is God’s greatest gift to us. Our experience on this planet, the ability to experience 3rd dimensional reality and our ability to study science is the physical proof that we were given free will and a playground on which to experience it. Science is the blessing by which we can better understand this life.

The separation of Science and God (not religion) is one destined to end. It must. Science is moving further and further into the study of consciousness, and the deeper they venture, they will find the only way to solve some of the greatest mysteries in our universe is in admitting that there is a greater consciousness and energy that we cannot comprehend. They will have to call it God. I likely believe we will look back and say that the study of Black Matter was the tipping point where even Science said “We can’t explain this. There must be a God.” God is consciousness. God is the first consciousness from which our consciousness was derived, along with our creative ability and ability of abstraction. It is that very abstract nature that has kept us from understanding God, but a time is coming when we will all celebrate the acknowledgement that the Truth has been within us, and we’ve been successful in bringing it out.

Parable of the Lost Sheep

The Gospel of Thomas contains a great deal of original material, much of which is similar in nature to material found in the cannonized Bible. However, with its 113 logions, the fact that the book does not have 2,000 years of being mistranslated and misinterpreted help it in defining some of Jesus’ most uniquely paramount teachings and principles. However, authors of Thomas also seem to pride themselves on the idea that Jesus’ teaching is such that only few can grasp it. Five times in Thomas, Jesus says, “Let him who has ears hear“ (Thom: 2, 21, 63, 65, 96), compared to just 4 times in the 4 canonical gospels. This suggests that there are simply some who “have ears,” the ability to understand, and other who do not. Understanding the gospel’s various sayings is meant to be the key to avoiding death, as defined in much of the Gnostic text (Thom:1). This emphasis on discovering hidden knowledge is one of the key messages throughout the gnostic texts. It is then necessary to discuss lessons as defined in many of these texts, most specifically those found in The Gospel of Thomas.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep is one of the most often interpreted, and also one of the most under-emphasised as an avenue to reach those who need to awaken beyond Dogmatic spirituality. The parable is as follows;

“Jesus said, The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep.
One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety- nine and looked for
the one until he found it. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep, ‘I love
you more than the ninety- nine.'”

First, understand why parables are given. Parables are given as a way for one to initiate himself into knowledge. Through meditating and praying upon the parable, upon working out his own salvation, the layman can find the wisdom hidden in the parable, thus initiating himself. The parable itself is a gate-keeper. Those who lack the passion for truth will not have it given to them. They must strive to learn. They must work to understand. In this, they show that their passion is truly worthy to understand the hidden mysteries.

The kingdom spoken of here is the kingdom of salvation, of Enlightenment. Now, keep in mind that Jesus is saying that the kingdom itself, in its entirety is like all 100 sheep. The kingdom is not represented by a separation of sheep, but is, in fact, the entire herd. In that regard he makes no distiction between the 99 sheep who do not stray, and the one sheep who does stray. This is important in realizing that our possibility of perfection in the eyes of God is possible, and that it is an invitation extended to all. It further shows that the difference between the 99 sheep and the one sheep is representative of different locations of souls along the path within the kingdom. The entry ways into the kingdom may be many- there is no single-file line to God.

Out of the 100 sheep, one wanders astray. At the moment the shepherd goes to search for this lost sheep, he says two things. First, he says that he trusts that the other 99 sheep will not also become lost. He believes they are obedient. This shepherd (God) is telling the sheep (souls/humans), “I trust your obedience so completely, that I will go looking for the other sheep, and I know you will not stray. You will stay where you are. You will wait for me.” However, despite his love for the 99 sheep who stay, he is also expressing that somehow searching for this one lost sheep is worth the lives of the other 99 sheep. Although these sheep will not stray, do they not remain targets in the wild? This shepherd must find it important enough to find this stray sheep that he momentarily abandons the other sheep. This is what God says to the obedient souls who wait on him. He will return, but he has gone to retrieve those who wander. But, why must they wait while God seeks out the one who wandered?

The fact that the wandering sheep was the largest has little to do with why the sheep was sought after so intensely. Instead, it says more about why the sheep wandered to begin with. As the largest sheep, he likely felt less threatened of solitude and loneliness than the other sheep. Some part of this sheep felt he could defend himself in the wild. The size of this sheep is not unlike the size of any man’s consciousness. The more robust the individual, the more spiritually daring, the more intellectually driven, the more likely that man is to stray. This man is unafraid to venture out on his own. He doesn’t mind that he is a target, in fact, he relishes in it. He is in love with independence and his ability to experience life fully for himself. He is the one who ventures further away. He is meant to lead. Through the efforts of a man like this, the 99 who follow will become 500, and the 500 will become 5,000.

Upon retrieval of this lost sheep, despite his toil, the shepherd expresses that he loves this sheep more than the 99. Why would this be? Why would God favor those who take the independent path away from him, before being found? Because God loves rebels. Throughout history, God has used the brazen, those unafraid of ridicule, to be his mouthpiece. The robustness of a man’s soul, his willingness to experience life and to fail, will both be his undoing and his salvation. In his early life, Buddha was a prince. At the moment of his satori, his first glimpse of salvation, he dropped it all to experience the truth. He chose the hardships of a pauper. He left behind a prince’s life to find the great knowledge. He was the largest sheep who strayed, and, once found, was the one chosen to lead. Sheeps like Buddha will experience great pain, great loss, great abandonment, but God will seek him out first to be retrieved. The boldness of spirit that leads man down his own path of destruction will also lead him furthest down the path of righteousness. When this sheep comes back to the herd, he will lead from the front. He will be daring to take the first step into unknown lands, and he will be the strong, robust sheep that the others will follow. He will be the example. He will be loved, above all, by his willingness to stray and the conviction in his spirit that leads him into unchartered territory. He will become the example, and the one loved by God most dearly.

Tools of Distraction

Upon a passive notice of the current news and events in the world, two things become immediate clear. The first of which is the massive volume of news available at any moment, in varying forms, available for the consumption of the populace. The second fact that becomes quite clear is that very little of this news is of any value. In fact, most of it is rubbish. There is a purpose for this.

Every human is tasked with a clear purpose- to enlighten. While this may sound esoteric, secretive, or conspiratorial, it is not. We are endowed by God with the capability of rising to a mental and spiritual plane far beyond what most believe to be possible. It is our primary challenge to experience this, and help bring about this same change in others. Enlightenment is not a destination, it is not a goal, it is simply a nature. It is, in fact, the most natural aspect of what you are. It is a state that can be obtained by anyone, at anytime. It is, after all, your nature. If your natural is not natural, in this moment, then when? Will you find it in some “future” that is merely an abstract misunderstanding time? I have serious issues with any dogma that asserts that Enlightenment is a far away goal. The goal is not to find light, the goal is to unobstruct your already-existing light. It is within you at all times, and it becomes you once it is allowed. There is no “future” in which to find it, because we do not exist on a line plotted with dates. We live on a dot. We live on a singularity, because we are that singularity, and it is us.

As we have discussed, there is a dark consciousness that seeks to separate man and light. You may call it Satan, Lucifer, Devil, whatever you wish. It is intelligent, and once absorbed by men it creates the yearn for power and separation from our natural spirit. The man becomes a slave to the Devil inside him. When these like-minded “Devils” band together, we have the subtle creation of subversive powers that seek to undermine any process of Enlightenment. Now, if this Light is inside of you, and inside of me, how might someone seek to keep us away from this light? By attuning our focus outwardly instead of inwardly. By filling us with darkness and negativity. Distractions are created that draw us in emotionally, to establish some connection between ourselves and the outward magnet. The dark consciousness uses the media as its primary tool in accomplishing this. “Have you tasted this food that you cannot afford? Have you seen this woman whom you cannot have? Have you touched this fabric you cannot buy? Have you heard this dreadful story? Have you smelled this perfume you cannot wear?” They are all saying the same thing to us. “Do not go inward.” The darkness wants you to absorb negative emotion, and become a form of radioactive negativity that spreads it wherever you go. When people initially overlook any “conspiracy theory,” in fact, it is because they are viewing the conspiracy from a purely physical standpoint. They completely miss the aspect of dark and light consciousnesses being prevalent on our Earth and in our selves.”It makes no sense that party A would conspire to do this to party B, because there is no benefit for party A.” We typically think in terms of money, in that regard. However, if we step out of the realm of the body and view motivations from a spiritual aspect, they begin to make much more sense. The benefit for this darkness is not what they gain, it is what you and I lose. If we lose connection with our light, they win. So, they draw us further outside of ourselves, and in the process, we’re taken over by the darkness. It fills in the gaps in our soul that we willingly created.

If salvation lies within us, we are drawn out of ourselves by the world. This is the innate test we all face. Can the spirit be strong enough to overcome the five senses, the tools by which we experience the physical world? While, to many, this seems to invoke the challenge of fasting for 40 days, or something similar, we can learn balance with our physical world while still mastering our spirit. If we lived in a perfect vacuum, perhaps we could all quit our jobs and go on a hunger strike in the name of peace, but that’s not possible right now. Perhaps it would be easier to see our light if we could live this way, but some of you have bills to pay. Some of you have children to nurture. God understands your task at hand, and he also understands that you can be Enlightened in whatever you do, even with worldly responsibilities. So, how do you truly become in this world, but not of it? You live without emotional attachment to anything, but spiritual enjoyment of everything. Let your spirit overcome the body in all ways, and the distractions of the world die. Your spirit speaks to you more clearly.

While this is great, in theory, how can we put this into practice? By practicing present awareness of our emotions and where it takes us. If an interesting news story makes you angry or draws you in negatively, it creates stress on the body and havoc for the soul. Step away from the situation and notice what happened to yourself. Don’t judge yourself, because this also creates negativity for the body, mind and soul. Just simply notice the brief insanity you experienced while literally losing yourself in this story. It could be anything. These stories can be focused on Hollywood, Sports, War, Violence, or anything else being reported. Just observe yourself when you feel these emotions. Over time you can learn to not react with negativity, but instead combat that negativity with positive thoughts, prayers and meditation for anyone affected by the story or situation. If someone around you spreads negative gossip, respond in the same manner. Ask yourself why you became emotionally involved, and notice the momentary insanity it brings. Then, don’t judge, as that is only more negativity produced by the Ego. Just be. Step away, and be.

The change in your nature will start to become apparent to others, and seeing the light being uncovered in you will likely help to shine light within themselves.

Elements of Collective Social Change

The majority of social tension comes from the top and flows down throughout society. The leaders set the trends and the mindset, and condition the followers to mirror them. It stands to reason then that nearly every opinion, thought-form, belief and idea held by most citizens is conditioned and, in fact, not theirs. So, if you were once one of those people, or perhaps still are, find any question and ask yourself, truly yourself, what you believe. What do you really believe of war? I don’t want to know what your national pitchman wants you to think. I want to know, when you look through the lens of your own consciousness, what do you believe? What saddens you? What makes you hopeful? What makes you feel alive?

An important element in initializing social change is that we first recognize that we are, by designed, pushed into opposing corner from one another and given weapons to attack each other. Conflict is simply created by those who stand to benefit from it. From a common sense standpoint, am I more easily able to control a large group of people if they are united, or if I can segregate them and use them against each other? This is the nature of religious denomination, political parties, and other affiliations that appeal to the collective ego. The ego seeks approval, and finds it, when it blends in a crowd of like-minded individuals. This is one way in which is becomes satisfied and feeds itself. It further feeds and satisfies itself, once it has identified a collective presence through which it can exercise its power, by identifying other collective egos that oppose to its own beliefs. This gives the ego a chance to emphasis the otherness of others, therefore make itself right and others wrong. This can lead to anger, disagreements, crime, violence, murder, and warfare. Those who control the world do so because they are acutely aware of this knowledge, and use it to pit you against your fellow humans. How do you stop this? How do you seize back your own power? By refusing to burn bridges between yourself, or your collective self, and others.

Collective egos may manifest themselves in many ways. These include religious groups and extremists, political organizations, workers unions, collegiate affiliations and professional sports fans. Identifying the part of you that seeks the collective ego is the first step in removing madness from your life and others around you. While many may not see the similarity between religious extremists and professional sports fans, consider the recent activities in the United States. On opening day in 2011, a professional baseball fan was savagely beaten in the parking lot following a game where he simply wore a replica jersey of the visiting team, who he travelled to support. The man who was beaten, Bryan Stow, is likely to suffer long-term brain damage and remains in a coma from which he may never recover. However, this is not the first time such an event has occured. It happens quite often, especially in professional soccer where the collective egos can be quite powerful, that fans will resort to attacking opposing fans for little or no reason. What level of insanity resides at even the most basic level of the collective ego? Furthermore, have you expressed this yourself? How often have you expressed or even felt anger because you disagreed with someone of a different political or religious affiliation than you? Have you gone over the line of insanity because your college lost an important game, or your political party lost an election? It happens far too often in society that we build walls between groups of people based on eventually meaningless opinions and thought-forms. We judge on affiliation rather than the core of a person’s being. This is sickness and delusion at its most dangerous and darkest level.

Why do people do this? How can a seemingly innocent sports game or political rally turn deadly? The ego seeks to associate with the collective so that it can further identify itself. It creates a delusional state of purpose for the ego. Once we recognize this, truly see it for what it is, it becomes difficult to associate with any collective because our sense of self no longer relies on any sort of labeling outside ourselves. Awareness is the light that erases darkness. Awareness helps us to see it in ourselves and see it in others. We must first be aware that this exists on all forms of society, then be acute in our identification of it around us. Only by tearing apart these types of borders can we begin to ascend beyond the level of collective insanity that robs culture of it’s function and purpose.

Light Overcoming the Darkness

I don’t want to bore you with endless conspiratorial details. There are myriad reasons for this. First, I don’t agree with the way conspiracies are sensationalized to create drama that makes books more attracting to the consumer. Secondly, because there are thousands of books on virtually any conspiracy you could dream of, there are other sources for such information. Instead of trying to convince you that something is a conspiracy, I would rather wake you up to spiritual truth. I am not here to spread disinformation, I’m here to help you deal with anything with which life confronts you. I have my own set of beliefs on certain conspiracies that will greatly differ from what virtually anyone else thinks, but what good does it do you to convince you of that? I would rather give you the tools to better decipher truth from lies, and spread more truth than fearmonger.

However, I must touch on the fact that most of us realize that we’ve been lied to for a very long time, by many people. The problem is, we don’t know what to do with that realization and information. If you can admit this to yourself, it doesn’t matter to me what you think of individual conspiracies, but rather what you can do once you realize something is amiss. At a very basic level of spiritual energy, the universe is part negative energy and part positive energy. Please understand that both energies have intelligence. The positive energy is what is referred to when the Gnostics or New Agers refer to the “Christ Consciousness.” The negative energy is what has been mistranslated into the persona of Satan. Simply put, this is not a person, but a negative, conscious energy with intelligence. Both parts of this energy reside within each person. The spiritual, God-connected side of us is the Christ energy. This energy is what overcomes a person when he has found momentary bliss in a peaceful enjoyment, or full enlightenment of the kinda Buddha and Jesus experienced. It is Light. It is God. The animalistic, self-absorbed energy within us is the “Anti” Christ energy. While I will explain this in another sense later, please understand that there are two intelligent sides to this world that are battling for supremacy over the human psyche. The Light Consciousness and The Dark Consciousness is what we will call them going forward.

Agents of this Dark Consciousness are very real and are very active in trying to seduce humans. They attack through the five senses, but also through fear and the human ego. This is a battle that has been waged on you since the moment your soul was created. The Dark Consciousness is one that exalts itself and seeks higher position in order to satisfy the ego and its animalistic desire. It wants to consume more, have more, be more important and to domineer over the opposite sex. It will use anger, deceit and manipulation to achieve its goals, if necessary. Those who have more Dark Consciousness within them will exhibit more of these traits, while those who possess more Light Consciousness will exhibit joy, appreciation, Love, contentment, humor, and helpfulness. Only people who are completely given over to one side or the other exhibit those traits fully. They are few and far between. For the remaining 99.9% of the population, they exhibit traits of both to varying degrees at varying times. This is why most of humanity often acts in a way that can best be described as bipolar or schizophrenic.

The idea of someone given over completely to Dark Consciousness is the idea expressed in Satan and the Antichrist. There have been more Antichrists than Christs for a reason. This world is a school where we learn how to choose Light. From time to time, a blessed person comes along that helps show us the way when we are lost. But, even in other times the goal remains the same. Find the pure Light. The Dark that resides on this Earth keeps tied to the physical self by selling us ideas of grandeur and self-satisfaction. Darkness comes in multiple forms, and they can all be intoxicating. They entice the five senses with sex, food, houses, cars, jewelry and money. They appeal to the ego with stature, power and luxury. They create fear, locking us into identification with the mind and body by creating drama, horrific news stories, horror movies, and fearmongering. The more we identify with our bodies, our physicality, and the needs of the ego, the more Light we lose. This is the entire purpose behind any conspiracy you have ever suspected. It is not a battle for your life. It is a battle for your Light. It is a battle for your energy. For where there is Light, there is Life, and you are that Light. They seek to kill you by putting you in the Darkness.

The only way to combat this is to first drop any fear, including the fear of losing your own life. Understand the perspective that you have lived before, and you have died before. You died before and you still made it here with no recollection of that event. As eternal spirit, you have nothing to fear. Nothing can kill you. You are God’s child and you live on, even if you don’t believe it. Yet, if you can lose the fear of death, it will be the last death you experience. Once we have overcome the death within ourselves, we find everlasting life. Once death is conquered, fear dies with it. What is there to fear outside of death? Be wary and question any news story or world event that triggers negativity in you. Be wary of commercials and advertisements that make you lust or trigger your propensity to eat, drink or become indulged. We can enjoy these things when they are near, but we can never become so attached that the thought of losing it all destroys us. This is the nature of obsession, and that is what we are here to overcome. God knows you will make mistakes, he expects them. But, the Darkness tries to trap you into a lifetime of repetitive mistakes that threaten the progress of your soul and humanity. Be aware of these emotions when they arise, take the situation for what it is, pray for those involved, listen to your inner self, and move along. Where you feel Darkness, picture your Light instead.

Dealing With Conflict

Perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of spiritual growth is understanding how to react to conflict. Conflict can come from many sources, but most often I am speaking in terms of either personal relationships or inner turmoil over some outside influence and a decision to be made as a result. How must you react, in either situation, for both your own best interest and the best interest of others? The best react is often no reaction.

While this may sound as a passive approach, it is actually the most aggressive approach one can take to find the end of the struggle more quickly. In the case of personal relationship conflict, we must understand that we are mostly energy. The affects of our mind and our vibration on our environment are far great than the affect of our physical bodies. We share energy constantly. In fact, often times if we are within several dozen feet of another person, we can be said to be included in the boundaries of that person’s energy field. When I speak of a person’s energy field, I am referring to a shell of radiating energy that emits from each person. This energy is present at all times, and is the reason we can often feel that someone we know well is in a poor mood or is going through strife. Because of this energy field, we must be constantly aware that we are both giving energy signals that can be picked up by others and also receiving energy being sent by others. Understanding this is key to understanding what to do next. So, let’s consider an example. You come home and your significant other is at home. Something seems odd about his/her mood. Your significant other may even show hostility towards you, of which you may or may not be the cause. Commonly, we react angrily in these situations because our natural egoic reaction is to feel offended and take a defensive position. This almost always creates a situation where you now have two competing egos, each wanting to be heard by the other, and neither particularly caring to listen. Often when this happens, and the argument has subsided, you may not even remember what the cause of the fight was. Otherwise, you may remember it and now view it as trivial. At this point, the ego has exhausted itself in the fight, and present awareness has taken over instead. Think of this as similar to “buyer’s remorse,” where the ego creates a rush of adrenaline that causes one to make an ill-advised purchase, only to regret that decision once the ego is satisfied and once again relaxed. Well, in this example, you have purchased an argument with your loved one. You might say your apologies to one another and move on, only to repeat this process again.

How do you combat against this? If you notice tension in your significant other, do not be affected by the negative energy. Your goal at this point should be to mirror no aspect of the energy your partner is exhibiting. The ego is like a large fish that simply needs live bait before it bites. Don’t feed your partner’s ego. Instead, remain calm, even if your partner seems to be trying to lure you into a conflict. Go into another room. Find an interesting book to read. Whatever you do, emit positive vibrations yourself, and keep a watchful eye on your partner. After some time, the ego may disappear, and your partner may suddenly seem as though he/she is happy again. The ego waits to feed until a later time. This also allows your partner to feel as though they can come to you with problems, without fear of judgement or controversy. This type of understanding of the shared energy of the ego can create wonderful depth in a relationship.

You can react similarly if you feel strife within yourself. What if you are the one who is experiencing negative emotion, and you seek not to drag your partner into it with you? You must listen to yourself. Stay silent and trace your breaths for 60 seconds as you inhale and exhale. Think about the good in your life. Feel your pulse relax. Be aware of the negative thoughts, but don’t attach judgement to them. After a few moments of this, you may feel a calm come over you, or you may even forget why you were upset initially. It is in these moments that we realize we are susceptible to outside stress, but that doesn’t make stressors bad. Stressors are only bad if we react to them in a way that gives them, along with the ego, the upper-hand in determining our own well-being. From this position of power, we can more readily make decisions that properly deal with stressors without becoming emotionally involved or overly attached to the situation.

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