The Gift of Life
It has been a long haul as for a number of months my Thought of the Day has been on personal growth aspects and ways to understand how our minds work so we can use this to our benefit. Growth is important, true, yet it is how we live our lives each and every day that matters. Sure, we can work on issues, see opportunities in our lives to become "better" people, and at times we must do this to deal with the issues we face, however, to focus on it for extended periods of time takes us away from living and enjoying the gift of life.
I see this all the time. People working to get past what ails them, what causes pain in their lives or to pursue something that they believe will lead to a better life or to fulfillment or to harmony. I have done it myself during different periods of my life. And yes, these are all worthy goals, nor are they a waste of time ... at the same time we ought not allow them to consume us or our attention. By doing so we may be allow, even facilitating our rational or thinking minds continual domination over our attention which also has the effect of also taking us away from our true selves and keeps us locked into the treadmill of ego based action and reaction.
We are born who we are for a reason, it is not random or by chance. We are born who we are because of what our true self seeks to experience so that it can awaken to it's true nature. Each life we manifest new emotions and thoughts in our reactions to experiences and the forces we manifest must be balanced so that the true self is no longer "sleeping" - it awakens.
We do this by exploring the manifest universe and all the sub-planes of energy associated with it from the causal on down to the mundane or physical plane. As what is referred to as our soul descends through these planes we build vehicles based on what our higher self puts down, that spark of life that is within us all. It gathers "mental and emotional energies" to build vehicles to express itself in these ways and finally it joins with a body. When our life is over our true self will take back the essence of what we experienced. If there is more to do, if there are still karmic entanglements so to speak, the wheel of life will continue to spin and it will again put itself into the body of a new life.
Do you remember disco balls that have little mirrors all over the surface, each reflecting the light in a different direction? Imagine that each one of those mirrors is one life, like the one you and I are experiencing right now. To us we are the disco ball, we do not see all the other mirrors, we see only the one we are and to us we are the entire ball. This is part of the illusion and is not an accident. Our higher self or true self cannot experience the physical directly, though it knows more of and about it that we ever will. So it takes aspects of itself and puts these down into life to explore them in order to balance out what it has manifested in previous lives. This is the karmic wheel, it is what "drives" our true self to incarnate. What we experience as life it knows more or less as potential, yet in that potential are all the elements of our lives. life. To us it is everything to our higher self it is more like one dream after another, dreams which continue until it awakens and is no longer bound by the karmic wheel, by the need to incarnate.
Years ago I read, or perhaps came to the conclusion that life is perfect as it is for the simple fact that "how else could it be?" In each life we manifest new dynamics and each of these must find balance so that like a ball rolling down the hill we continue to do so until there is no longer any new dynamics to manifest. The Cosmos, or God is unfolding and we are part of that unfolding. At one time there was "no thing" and over countless eons it has evolved, unfolding, expressing itself in new ways. It is not random, it is not chance. The vibrations that interact continue to do so, and in the doing manifest new reactions as the Cosmos turns. Each phase leads to more complexity and diversity of expession. This turning happens in phases as new forces are manifested, interact and come to balance and the Cosmos sleeps for a time only to be reawakened wihen the balance shifts again into manifestation and new forces come into play. These have been referred to as the days and nights of Brahman.
We do not see these, we only see our lives and so we go about our business mostly ignorant of the greater forces at play within and around us. We do not generally remember our past lives for our higher self seeks to explore aspects of what it has experienced in previous lives. Pieces of them are in each of us yet the current life dominates us and as the ego grows and becomes more powerfl we become even more separate from our true self even though we are never apart from it. This too is part of the illusion, one we are bound to repeat until the higher self becomes self aware and no longer needs to incarnate.
We remain bound to the illusion so long as we focus on what our minds are thinking or what we are feeling, yet this too is essential for this is the action reaction that leads to balance. We live many lives and repeat this cycle many times because it takes lifetimes to learn. Each and every force manifested in each and every life must be balanced, must come full circle as each new force must undergo all the "stresses" of each phase. Further, in each lifetime we balance some out and manifest more and explore these energies as well from a multitude of perspectives.
Think about the variety and different degrees of emotions you can feel and then consider the dynamics of them. I can experience and have thoughts and emotions about it yet they are unique to me and that moment and this lifetime. I can understand pain and elation from Allan's perspective only. In another life I may experience these same emotions again and explore them though it will be from a different perspective and involve other energies Allan could never experience. This is why each life is precious and none more important than any other and why your life and experiences and emotions and thoughts are no less important than mine. We are all part of the Cosmos, of GOD and each of us, being a unique crucible of creation brings forth into manifestation forces that never existed and which in turn are part of GOD. No one can express what another can and this is why no one is better, more important, more special or more valuable than another.
When we truly embrace our lives and accept that every part of it is what we have created is a reflection of our uniqueness just as everyone and everything we encounter is doing the same then we can come to realize that we are perfect just as they are. This includes what we see as our personal faults and our failings for what we experience as personality over time becomes part of our individuality all of which are part of our unique expression. If we can learn to see this in ourselves then we start to learn to accept that the same is true for everyone we encounter as it is true for all of creation.
We can spend our time exploring without, looking without for peace and harmony. We can choose to spend our time worrying about what others think of us or what the government is doing or what corporations are doing or about ascending to some higher plane of existence, yet none of this really matters. Instead we should consider merely accepting that we will get to where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to get there and not before. So, consuming ourselves with what might, should or ought to be is of no consequence save to us and our ego or "I". Life has it's moments, we may see them as good or bad but this too is irrelevant or of no consequence. Instead we should embrace it all as part of us as part of our uniqueness and an essential aspect of the oneness of which we are all a part, a oneness I call GOD.
We are neither the joy nor pain we may be experiencing as a reaction to an experience even though it may seem like the whole world to us. I encourage you, as I try to do to myself, to allow what is in your lives to be without letting yourself be defined by those experiences. They do not define you but they confine you if you allow them to.
© 2011 Allan Beveridge
Last updated on April 4, 2016