Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Written By Mathew Naismith
I've lost count in how many people I have come across that are disillusioned and confused in regards to the ego, this is after these people have followed various spiritual beliefs and practices. In certain cases, these people are now just as much if not more disillusioned and confused, so many beliefs contradict each other on this matter, which one is absolute?
It's wise to be a aware that a controlling ego (egotism) will state which one is absolute over all other beliefs, any belief that is egotistically free, won't state which one is absolute over another. It's also wise to be aware that there is a big difference between ego and egotism, egotism being an ego in control, ego is just being. Each belief system is of the ego, it was created by ego, this means each and every belief system is of the ego to start with, basically, everything of creation is of the ego, however, not everything is of egotism.
If your not bias (egotistical) within your own beliefs, you will find the following various views from different beliefs quite interesting. They basically say the same thing even though the interpretation of ego varies in regards to certain beliefs. There seems to be a cohesive view that ego can give us the illusion of separation from, nothingness, God, zero point, oneness, inner self, our truer being and so on.
Extract: “The anitya doctrine is, again, not quite the simple assertion that the world is impermanent, but rather that the more one grasps at the world, the more it changes. Reality in itself is neither permanent nor impermanent; it cannot be categorized. But when one tries to hold on to it, change is everywhere apparent, since, like one’s own shadow, the faster one pursues it, the faster it flees.
Extract: From a spiritual perspective, ego means considering oneself to be distinct from others and God due to identification with the physical body and impressions in various centres of the subtle body. In short ego is leading our life as per the thinking that our existence is limited to our 5 senses, mind, and intellect and identifying with them to various degrees.
As per the science of Spirituality, our true state of existence is identification with the Soul or God-principle within us and living our day to day life with this consciousness. As the one and same God-principle exists within all, from a spiritual perspective there is unity in all Creation.
However, depending on the level of our ego, we identify with the God-principle within us, i.e. the Soul to varying degrees. If our ego is high, we identify less with the Soul or the God-principle within us.
Extract: In Taoist practice, when one “sheds the bones” a Taoist will finally fully wash off all the glue that holds the spirit to the bones of our stories. However, until that point of full release, a Taoist allows ego to play a bit, as it’s part of our very nature. Instead at first a Taoist learns how to live their life without that sheep dog in control of our life.
Extract: [Quran 2:54] Recall that Moses said to his people, "O my people, you have wronged your souls by worshiping the calf. You must repent to your Creator. You shall kill your egos. This is better for you in the sight of your Creator." He did redeem you. He is the Redeemer, Most Merciful.
The following gives a more collective view, it also shows a Christian and Judaist viewpoint on this topic as well.
Extract: Understanding what we call ‘the ego’ will change how you see yourself and the world around you. Your mind has been programmed to believe that the ego is you, but in reality it is just an illusion that we use to help us function in our world. In a sense, the ego is what makes us feel separate from other people.
Even though we play much of our life through the lens of the ego, we are not the ego. We are sitting outside of the ego; a pure and whole individual. We are the observer. Although the ego is in no way the enemy, the ability to see the ego for what it is gives us a lot of power and enlightenment.
It would seem as soon as a belief system states it's absolutely right over all other beliefs, this belief has become egotistical, considering that ego is a separation from our truer being, how separated is a belief system that believes it's absolutely egotistically right over all other beliefs, it's absolute?
Let's put this in a Godly sense, how much of God is a person who categorically states their belief is absolute over all other beliefs? Considering the main consensuses of each belief states that ego can indeed separate ourselves from God, how truly of God is a person who states absolutes?
Let's put this in another way, how much of the inners self or nothingness is a persons when stating absolutes in relation to their own beliefs? Considering that absolutes within anyone's belief system is egotistical, how virtuous and exact is any absolute view in this case when they are themselves obviously showing no connection to their truer being?
On numerous occasions I have had discussions with people following various beliefs, most people are open minded to one extent or another, others are absolute within their convictions. Even people who call themselves Buddhist, have spoken about absolutes for example, their is absolutely no God and soul, we are nothingness that is completely void of ego. As soon as you talk about absolutes, you are talking not just about ego but egotism. Is the view that absolutes are egotism? No, because again there are no true absolutes.
I should also state that I have talked to other people of Buddhism about other people who state they are Buddhist, but at the same time talk about absolutes. According to these people I've talked to, they are not true Buddhists.
Now my view on ego is, all motion is ego, all excessive (extreme) motion is egotism. Oneness, zero point, God, nothingness, inner self and so on, which is in my mind our truer being, are motionless therefore are ego free. The closer we become our truer being, the less motion we express therefore the less of the ego we become.
As I have always said, motion is an expression of our truer being, God if you like. There is nothing wrong or right within this expression, it's how we express our truer being that defines how destructive or constructive we will be. If you wish to judge destruction as being wrong or negative, this is your will but any judgment like this is of the ego, therefore a further separation from our truer being. Is there anything wrong in this separation? No but one should be wised that the further we separate ourselves from this truer being, the more egotistical we become and the more destructive we become, the world around us at present is a good indication of this.
Ego can be a beautiful thing, egotism can be an ugly thing in accordance to it's obvious destructiveness. It's wise not to judge the Ego as you do egotism, this is obvious within it's observation.
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Written by Mathew Naismith
The void: I had an interesting conversation with another person who has studied the Bhagavad gita and the bible, it would seem a lot of what I write, in one sense or another, relates to these ancient writings even though these writings seem so different to each other. What one should remember here, the bible is of symbolism, once you look beyond these symbols, you begin to become aware of the similarities between the bible and the Bhagavad gita even though the Bhagavad gita is also directly expressionistic of science analysis and reasoning.
One of the major similarities is what some people call God’s consciousness, basically a consciousness that is motionless, to me people like Jesus and Buddha, and even Confucius, expressed a great deal of this God’s consciousness, a connection with a consciousness far beyond normal human comprehension. I also see a lot of spiritually aware people who express love, harmony and understanding are also in one way or another expressive of this God’s consciousness.
The Bhagavad gita and the bible also don’t mention voids and illusions as such, yes we are deluding ourselves if we don’t think we are apart of this God’s consciousness, but they don’t say we are living in an illusion that isn’t real period. Taoism also doesn’t concur to voids and illusions denoting that any consciousness is unreal. Taoism is about motion and motionlessness, meaning that Taoism is about this God’s consciousness but also about yin and yang. Yin and yang are all about being in motion so in Taoism motion is real and not an illusion as such. Basically illusions refer to all motions being unreal, an illusion.
God’s consciousness = void + motionless + egoless + oneness
Human consciousness = occupied + motion + ego + yin and yang
Now I mentioned void in relation to this God’s consciousness only because I understand this God’s consciousness is void of motion, in other words it’s not occupied with expressing motions. Some people refer to this void as being void (empty) of consciousness period, this is supposed to be our true state. I’m not sure how a void is supposed to exist in this way without a consciousness being aware of it’s existence in the first place!!........But in saying this, a void in my mind exists.
It’s all to do with how this void exists, not if it exists or not, or that anything else not of this void is an illusion (unreal). A consciousness void of any motion what so ever would seem to us as a complete void of nothingness, void of any consciousness what so ever, this is all due to our conditioning. We are conditioned to think and feel through motions, anything not of this motion is going to seem to us as a complete void, a nothingness. We are trying to perceive from a point of motion to a point of no motion, it’s quite understandable we are going to see this motionlessness, this God’s consciousness, as nothingness, a complete void. So anything other than this void is going to be judged as an illusion by some people.
Perceiving beyond motion: Now observe yourself perceiving from a point of being motionless. From a point of this God’s consciousness, all you become aware of is consciousness expressing itself in various ways through motion, this doesn’t now make being motionless an illusion just because it’s motionless. Nothing is a true illusion, just like a void needs to exist, you need consciousness to judge what is and isn’t an illusion, illusions can only exist through consciousness though it’s judgment. This is why God’s consciousness doesn’t judge as opposed to observe, there is no motion in this God’s consciousness to be expressive of consciousness. This however doesn’t make observing various forms of consciousness expressing itself an illusion, even though such consciousness’s are unaware of their own God’s consciousness. This would be like saying someone I can’t see behind me must be an illusion because I am unaware of them, being unaware doesn’t denote an illusion, it’s just simply being unaware.
Let’s look at this in this way. In my last post I related a creek bed, with water running over pebbles and into rocks, to our reality. This was stating that this reality is all about motions and different types of motions depending on the types of egos being expressed. Now put yourself in a reality (a universe) of far less motion, just like we are to this reality, you are conditioned to that reality, would such consciousness’s think and perceive the way we do? They couldn’t, because each reality has it’s own unique cycles of motions that influence the consciousness’s that exist within these cycles, these motions influence how aware these consciousness’s are going to be, this doesn’t make any other consciousness existing in a different reality an illusion.
Being of motion and motionless: Some people think we are only this God’s consciousness, this one consciousness and not all these separate consciousness’s expressing various forms of motions, in other words motion is again an illusion, it’s not real.
Being of a consciousness of motion or motionless, it’s still consciousness, it’s still one consciousness expressing itself in various ways because this consciousness is of motion and motionlessness, to me, only a controlling ego would judged otherwise. Of course the ego wants to always be something more grandiose than what it is, that’s quite understandable and natural within the influences we exist under, after all, it’s a reality occupied with motion which can keep us unaware of our motionless self, or, preoccupied with our motionless self. As always, balance is the key.
If we were conditioned to realities with less motion, we would think and react completely different to what we do within realities like this one, it would be impossible to react any different to the influences of motions within a reality unless we were ourselves more aware. This is due to each reality (universe) having it’s own influences on consciousness. The reason why not all consciousness’s react the same within a particular universe, is due to becoming aware beyond these influences of motion of cycles. Each galaxy and solar system has it’s own influences as well.
Less motion = more awareness, the less of motion we are within ourselves, the less these cycles of motion will influence us, take a person who meditates a lot for example, they express less motion therefore become more aware. Modern day science expresses a lot of motion, however, the Bhagavad gita is different within it’s science understandings mainly because it expresses less motion. It’s as much about the awareness than it is the motion of this awareness. In other words the teachings of the Bhagavad gita shows an awareness of the implication of expressing such awareness before turning this awareness into motion, actually, the bible does the same, the ten commandments is a good example of this.
Consciousness works the same no matter what consciousness it is, the less it’s occupied in expressing this consciousness, the more aware it becomes due to being less preoccupied with the motion of this consciousness. We however exist in a reality of motion, all we need to do in my mind is find balance within this reality but at the same time being aware that the more of motion we are expressive of, the less aware we become. Once we find this balance, our existence will change quite dramatically I feel.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Written by Mathew Naismith
Firstly, please don’t get motionless mixed up with emotionless, motionless is to do with no or little movement as emotionless has to do with no or little feelings. This post is about a motionless expression which automatically brings on the feeling of love within oneself. I should also point out, the following is only my perception on this, this has nothing to do with absolute truth.
The one thing about spiritual awareness that is quite noticeable to me, is that spiritual awareness naturally and automatically brings on the feeling of love and oneness, we could quite easily say love is brought about by the feeling of oneness, a togetherness of the whole self. This isn’t exactly true, what I feel brings on this feeling of love is ourselves expressing less motion, the more we become aware, the less we think and the more we feel.
Feelings are not about motion, we don’t have to express feelings to become aware of them, they have naturally always been there. The thinking process is different, as soon as we think, we have motion. If you look around you right now, how many things are created through motion that didn’t take any thought process at all? Everything around us has taken a thought process to create, this means everything around you is about motion, a conscious thought instead of a conscious feeling. Yes, feelings can be put into thought therefore motion but these feelings don’t have to be put into motion to exist, they have always existed, this of course means love, as opposed to lust and desire, have always existed.
We could say here that a rock didn’t take thought to exist but it did, it took motion to create rocks through the big bang, so what I am saying here is the big bang came from a thought process way beyond our human perceptions. Many people of course call this kind of consciousness God. To me, everything created takes some kind of conscious thought process to exist, it’s all about motion but what about motionless, how much do we know about this state of consciousness?
Some people actually say this motionless consciousness isn’t consciousness at all, it’s nothingness because it has no motion. Just because this consciousness has no motion doesn’t mean it isn’t an expression of a consciousness. Like I said, to be aware of feelings you don’t have to express them through motion because they already exist, if feelings have always existed so has consciousness.
So how do we know feelings, therefore love, have always existed?
While becoming spiritually aware you can think less, this means you are less expressive of motion, however, you actually begin to feel more while thinking less unless we put these feelings into motion, into action. To express any feelings is to create motion through the processes of thought, however, the less you express these feelings within motions, the more you understand how these feelings (love) have always existed. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t express what we feel, it just means the less expressive you are, the more aware you become.
This brings us back to the observer, feelings are more to do with an observer than thought processes, once we start thinking as an observer, we loose our unbiased observations. We can still, as an unbiased observer, observe feelings put into motion but it’s advisable we don’t become too involved with these motions that are being expressed. A good psychologist/ psychiatrist follow the same rules.
Now this isn’t easy for humans to do, this is because humans are conditioned to express motion, actually they know little about any other way to exist. You can now imagine a reality that is conditioned to do otherwise, a reality conditioned to be as expressive as little as possible, this doesn’t mean they don’t feel, actually feelings within a reality like this are more about love, this is due to being aware of existing without having to be as expressive of these feelings (love).
We might ask how could we have more feelings of love without expressing such feelings?
The less you express love through thought, therefore motion, the more love you feel, this is inline with becoming spiritually aware, don’t most of us feel more love while becoming aware while thinking less? This is due to motion denoting chaos, the more people who express motion, the more chaos you are obviously going to create, however, imagine everyone becoming less about motion and thought and more about motionless and feelings. Take the motion out of thought, what would we create? You certainly wouldn’t create chaos and it’s this chaos that takes the love out of our lives.
You don’t have to be expressive of love to feel love, it is truly a natural occurrence without us trying to create this love through motion. Now the problem we cause ourselves through expressing love, is everyone has a different idea in how to express this love, a lot of love is expressed as lust and desire, this is wholly due to thinking processes. No one person has the same thinking process, this is like no one has the same exact DNA, therefore we have various expressions of love within one reality. Basically what I am saying is it’s these various and numerous expressions that creates a chaotic reality but not all realities exist like this, realities conditioned to less motional expressions are less chaotic and more about a true sense of love.
I think it’s also important to be aware of the lust for love instead of the love of love, the lust for love is all about motional thought where’s the love of love is motionless thought, or should be, this again doesn’t mean we shouldn’t express our love as such. We will feel love and so will others around us without having to express love through motion, or as much motion. In my mind, more of us need to learn to become aware that you can’t create love, the true feelings of love are motionless therefore still, peaceful and tranquil.