Enlightenment: a degree of Perception

Introduction

The energy of creation; that which creates everything we see as a solid thing or has taken form of some ‘thing’ or another including everything we can’t see, is pure, raw, focused and extremely intelligent; we have labeled it God, Source, Universe and a myriad of other names but all fall short of the true nature of it. It must be explained, though, that its intelligence is not that which we can understand unless our focused attention is put upon it. It rests upon a degree of perception.

Humanity, with the proper use of its body and mind is the extension of that pure, raw, focused and extreme intelligence. The issues of this world we live in; the wars, politics, religion, family issues, mental and physical sickness are a direct result of humanity forgetting and walking away from the very thing that created and gave it life in the first place; we have replaced an enlightened life with things of a spiritual nature simply because we now lack the truth and understanding of life itself; and yet it is clearly visible for all to see.

Enlightenment is not spiritual

The difference between a spiritual life, and the almost mindless and endless journey it involves, and a life enhanced by enlightenment is one in which the slightest change in a degree of perception will make the difference. The journey ceases in an instant and enlightenment takes its natural place within the human body; a life changes to one of peace, joy, eternal love, and creativity; focused and purposeful, our lives become one with creation and the energy that created it; humanity will eventually come back to discover its origin. This is not to say, though, that a spiritual life is incorrect; spirituality is the search for enlightenment but to believe that spirituality is the truth is the error and the same applies to religion. Spirituality is nothing but another degree of perception which can lead you to enlightenment or, because of an ego driven mind, may remain in the endless journey of spiritual discoveries that have no real meaning or life application at all. The most common expression I hear within spiritual circles is “I am God”, but within an enlightened life, God ceases to exist as you become one with it; in many cases, this process humbles the ego which it may like or not. As a person discovers enlightenment, the ego ceases to exist in its present form; a transmutation occurs as and when that person lets go of what they believe to be true.

The ‘presence’ of enlightenment is not as spiritual as one may think. It includes and involves the recognition of the physical body including the brain and the heart, and recognition of the mind and the discovery of what the mind actually is; the mind being the most misrepresented parts of the human physical system in most resent years.

The Mind

The mind, as currently taught by many, is that part of us that thinks, but this is where things go incredibly awry. Here is the first change of perception and possibly the most important! The mind does not think…it observes thought without any involvement with the thoughts at all. It also doesn’t feel anything; again, it only observes thought and feeling. The brain is there to create thoughts and the heart is there to create feelings felt within the body. The best description of the mind I have ever heard is “The mind is the energy that creates and manifests everything the body thinks, feels and believes to be true to about itself and to itself”. If you can visualize the human body as the lens of a magnifying glass and the mind as the ‘thing’ focusing it, as the suns energy passing through it, the mind focuses the body to create a flame using the energy of the sun; the more the magnifying glass (human body) is focused by the use of its mind the better the result, otherwise the suns energy is always out of focus and the result takes far longer to manifest, if at all.

This brings into question then, “What is the human mind?” It is that part of us that has always been one with the energy that creates all we see as form and solid; it is the focused energy I spoke about in the introduction; it is the pure, raw, focused and extremely intelligent energy that is outside of us, but condensing within the human body, giving it life. It is moving through us all the time; we are not it (that’s the ego making its self important) but it is us! That’s the same as the spiritual paradox which states “Man is not God; God is man”. Biblically, as Jesus stated “I am one with the Father and the Father is one with me”.

But just as the perception of Oneness applies to the energy that created ‘it all’, the same applies to the human body, all of its components and the mind that directs it. If we can’t bring it all together within ourselves then we suffer badly either physically and/or psychologically. I will repeat what I have stated “The first change of perception must be in relation to what we perceive the mind actually is”. How to change the perception of the mind requires a bit of reeducation and the practice of using it as it was meant to be used. The mind screams at us, at times, to allow it to come back home to what it actually is and this creates emotional and physical dysfunction. We are humans; living in frail bodies with an unlimited intelligence we have not experienced for thousands of years; the mind is one with that intelligence if only you could let go of what you believe. You will either allow yourself to experience it now (or in the present moment) or you will discover it while taking your last breath. Which is it to be?

It is a Challenge or a Calling?

That last statement was not meant to put fear into you; but it is more of a challenge. The challenge is this: “Will you live life to its fullest now, or will you wait until you have no choice?” I can say this with experience; you stand so much more to gain by losing all that you believe to be true. Most of what you lose you didn’t need anyway, but you will discover that what you retain will be expanded upon to such an extent that it takes on a completely different form of intelligence living within the brain. Life then becomes something to look forward to living; your physical body, brain and heart are now working in unison with the intelligence of creation; you have become enlightened. It isn’t as spiritual as you may have thought; it’s just a change of perception, with your mind now back where it wants to be; one and at peace with itself; it is calling you back!

What does that mean for you, living a real life in a real world? Complete freedom from and/or ease of emotional disturbances that are pulling you back into a life you don’t desire to live. In short, you reinvent your whole life; excitement to be alive, with the entire creativeness that you are, takes a definite hold. If you have a business or in a relationship that is suffering, you will breathe the life back into them that you experienced when you first created them; or you may be physically suffering some sort of ailment hindering the enjoyment of life and that too can be healed. It’s really not as spiritual as you may think and certainly not as inaccessible as you may have been experiencing. “Will you learn to live life to its fullest now, or will you wait until you have no choice?” “To be or not to be that is the question” (thanks William), what’s your choice?

I do understand how all of this works and you may be feeling the call to discover more about yourself and enjoying an enlightened life, if this is the case please feel free to contact me on 0474 570 063 or email me at tonykanecounselling@gmail.com.

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Self Awareness

The Body

Self Awareness is not something that comes without a bit of work but you can begin to be aware relatively quickly. The starting point, of course is to begin to be aware of your ‘self’. Throughout history, there have been so many teachers and sages pointing to a separate ‘me’ which is permanent and more real than the ‘me’ that is perceived as being the body, including the thoughts and feelings being experienced within the physical body.

Try this and you will see what I mean:

  • Go to a mirror and observe your body for a few minutes.
  • While you are observing your body, look into the eyes of your image in the mirror
  • Now ask yourself (either quietly or aloud) “Is this my body?”
  • Now, who asked the question? Your body or something else that exists within your body?
  • Who or what is observing your body? Who is the observer and what is being observed?

This would suggest that at the moment the question was asked, whatever owns the body is not the body. And the body is not a permanent entity; it changes over a period of time and finally ‘gives up the ghost’.

Thoughts and Feelings

What about thoughts and feelings; aren’t they the ‘me’ or ‘I’? They may seem that way; in fact they may seem more ‘me’ than the body; but the truth of the matter is that thoughts and feelings come and go just like the body, and most of them are not our own or not under our control. The ego is affected by these thoughts and feelings, but the thoughts and feelings are a process of the brain and essentially not solid or real; they have no form. If thoughts and feelings are not real, then it would suggest that the ego is not a ‘thing’ in and of itself; it cannot be destroyed nor should it be considered for destruction.

The identification with thought, feelings and body is the issue that keeps us from being aware of the real self. When you become aware of the silence between thoughts; focusing on the silence, you will become aware of awareness itself; you will become aware of your real self. If you have been able to experience the ‘Mirror Image’ process above, you will have begun a process of ‘consciousness’ or awakening.

The Self that is No Thing

After experiencing the above process a few times, you will, hopefully, get a sense of being an observer; observing your body (physical) and, with a bit of focus off your mind, observing your thoughts and feelings (mental); almost as if they are not the ‘you’ you thought you were; but you are living in a body that looks the way it does and it experiences thoughts and feelings that can be observed but not have to be entertained or argue with.

The observer is what I call the ‘Natural State’. For you, enlightenment may only go as far as this level of consciousness, but there is more yet. As I understand it, if you have experienced separation from your body and thoughts, you are experiencing your Natural State otherwise known as your Ego free from external influences; some know this as spirit or essence of self. This is the way you were born before you were taught to think and allowed your thoughts to take you away from your essence. It has no form but lives within one (your body); it has no identification with anything apart from itself. It is no ‘thing’ but it is the real you.

Once awareness and consciousness is activated within a person the realization that all things are a part of the aware self and not separate from it becomes very apparent; in fact the aware self is the creation of all things but knows it is not creation itself. To intellectually understand this, it has to become a discovery via experience only. No words and no thought can adequately explain any of it.

But Wait! There’s More!

The more you step back and discover space or silence, the more conscious of consciousness you become aware of; you become consciousness itself. Consciousness itself is that energy we have inadequately called God. God, from my point of view, is Creation itself. It needs to be understood, if you haven’t understood it yet, that God is an energy that pervades everything that exists, has existed, and is yet to exist, which includes yourself. God/Creation is moving through you right now and is conscious of all your thoughts and feelings, actions and reactions. So apart from stepping back from your body, thoughts and feelings, you can step back from your ‘Natural State’ and become aware of the power of consciousness and creation that you are. Once completed, you come to the realization that because you are creation, there is no need to concern yourself with the issues that are outside of yourself that create anxiety, depression, illness and dis-ease within the body. They are there but cease to exist within you.

Creation is your right

You can then begin to create your life the way you have always dreamt. Your dreams have always been the indication of what and who you actually are. You have probably been chasing them; some have been created but then again maybe not. As you begin to become conscious and aware that you are creation, you will discover the understanding and knowledge that you are the dream right now. You begin to create your desires as if they were actually happening in the present moment. For most people this in itself is a dream; that is because they have not been able to step back from themselves to discover what they rightfully are. Most get disheartened and give up living a life of ‘boring normality’. If this is you, you need to know that you have as many chances to begin the process of creation any time you want. Right now is a great time! Never give up!

It doesn’t stop

As you become aware of your very powerful self, you will also discover your authenticity. You will become what you are and who you are; your ego will happily portray to the outside world that which you know is the real you, without any care or hang ups about what others think. You exit the ‘matrix’ and enter reality, affecting the world around you in extremely positive ways. You will become fully aware that the world and everything in it, including other people around you are connected to you through creation; you become one with creation and the rest of creation becomes one with you; no separation at all.

Relationships begin to heal

During my counseling with couples, I have taught couples to be aware and conscious of themselves and not necessarily too much of each other; this brings each partner into an awareness of themselves as creation and love; the two major foundations of all relationships. I have witnessed the relationship itself take on new life as each step of awareness comes into being within each partner. As each step is followed, new life begins to pour from each partner to each other. Healing within each partner takes place and therefore the relationship follows the healing. Not only does the relationship heal, but if there are any children involved, they too become participants and are healed of any damage created by the dysfunctional relationship. The partners become one with creation and each other, simply because they now know they are one and always have been; no separation! Rather than being ‘in love’ with each other, you are fully aware that you ‘are love’ with each other.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and have been able to remind yourself of the creation that you are. Your perfection, your life and all that is available to you can only be found within; have fun with the ‘Mirror Image’ process and discover yourself. You may be interested in The Happiness Project (click on link) in which all the above is taught and in which the participants, very easily, learn to become aware and conscious of themselves as creation. I leave you with a little poem written by Kalu Rinpoche:

“We live in illusion and the appearance of things.

There is a reality, we are that reality.

When you understand this, you will see “you” are nothing.

And, being nothing, you are everything.

 

 

 

Man versus God.

Life takes some interesting turns and twists while we journey through it. I know from my own experience that life is pretty damned exciting…even if I dislike whats going on at the time. But you see, that’s the point of living this life. Discovery and excitement.

Discovering what, you may ask? For me, its been about discovering a sense of Truth. From a very young age I was always interested in this thing we have to come know as “God”!!! Being bought up as a Catholic and later on, investigating and trying out other facets of the Christian belief (Baptists, AOG, and other “Happy/Clappy”, “tongues speaking”, “faith healing” types), I must admit to being fairly lost in it all. And all the promises of freedom, love and happiness were cut short because of the way I expressed the freedom I thought I had. I’m not blaming anyone, but it was bloody hard work and emotionally draining at the time. But I think many of us have been there when the chips are down and we are looking for some sort of answer.

But my interest in the Bible and the “so-called” Truth of it never left me. So much so, I’ve studied it for years. From a holistic counsellors point of view it became even more important to me because I was and still am working with people who are seeking answers to their particular issues…and some of them (the issues) are quite dangerous.

Over the last few years, I have been challenged by many clients. Such wonderful people they are as well. I have also been challenged by my partner, which has never been an easy thing to accept. I think we all know what this is like…at least at sometime in our lives. But the challenge kept coming through over and over again. The challenge was “Be more Authentic”! And here I was thinking and believing that I was being authentic and just being me. I had been fairly relaxed up until this point.

Anyway, one thing has led to another and I have gone digging in different books and reading things that again were challenging me in the same way. In one book I read this quote, “Man is man and God is man”. To say that it jolted me is an understatement. So I personalised it. I wrote in my journal “Tony is Tony and God is Tony”. I stared at it and began to understand the “authenticity” of that statement. Clarity rang through like a piercing bell. You see I’ve never believed that we are God as such but I’ve always wanted to now what Jesus talked about when he said. “Father and I are One”. There are many trains of thought that say and assert that we are God. I find that hard to believe…but Ive known that our thoughts but more importantly our feelings are the very things that we create life with. Everything starts with a thought and if it is coupled together with a passionate feeling…we have the ingredients for creation. So in a way we are gods (small “g”) but not God (big “G”).

Still, I go back to what I wrote in the journal, “Tony is Tony and God is Tony”. Try it if you like. _____________ (insert your name) is ______________ (insert your name) and God is _______________ (insert your name). I don’t know about you, but it meant a lot to me. So, true to form I went back to the Bible, but with a different way of reading it. I was amazed at what I found. The 10 Commandments for instance were not the same. Instead of reading them with a “Thou shalt not….” I found that they actually mean “Thou cant…”!!! That was different, but it meant that those commandments were something else again and not commandments as we know them from an “egoic” or logical point of view. Then…I read the Sermon on the Mount, The Lords Prayer, and a few other scriptures and the meanings were totally different. I began to see that the way to authenticity was understanding that within the Bible are certain texts that show 100% how to be “God is Tony”. God is God and Man is definitely Man…but God is Man. The biggest paradox of them all…and it all makes total sense. But it also means that we can very easily set ourselves up against God. We make war within ourselves about different things and war against God. The odds are stacked against man I’m afraid…but thats a good thing. Look at the mess we have created so far.

In reading books on meditation (and practicing it daily) and a practitioner of Consciousness and Awareness, I have discovered that I can become “One” with the “God is Tony”. And in many ways I have discovered an authenticity I was never aware of. I have also discovered a peace and love that I most definitely wasnt aware of.

Well, I’m going to leave this here and do some more work. I just wanted to share this with you and hope that you get something out of it. Thanks for reading!