[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
Can anyone ever say that they know someone else? Can anyone ever promise anything to anyone else? Can anyone say I love you to any other? Yes, anyone can say those things; anyone can promise anything to anyone else, anyone can say they love someone else but what is that worth in reality? It’s just feelings, emotions, desires. It’s what is wished but where is the power that makes it all real? Where is the power that guarantees what you want; what you claim; what you desire above all else? Where is your power to “make it so!” and assures you that nothing can ever change your commitment?
Oh yes, I can already hear those who claim that some ‘higher power’ can do that. But you know what that is like? It’s like a certain book that makes the claim for itself that it is not to be doubted. That is like a man who says something is true because he says it is true, and because he says it, it needs no further proof, or evidence. “I feel it, other people feel it too, and that’s as good a fact as any.”
Then there’s the lesson of history; the lesson of experience; the lesson of one’s life. Do we discount such evidence in favour of hopes, desires, claims based on feelings?
Our problem as human beings – and yes sooner or later we become that kind of complex entity – is that we exist in-between worlds and we’re always trying to escape the pull of one or the other. For the most part we cling to any claim or theory that says we are earth creatures, evolved mammals not much different than the animals around us. True evolutionists will even take a further step up the ladder of false research and deceit and put some animals a step above man in intelligence. I have to admit it’s a tempting step to take, and I’ve hinted at that more than once myself. But it simply is not true. The creature that calls itself man is highly intelligent, whether it uses that intelligence for good or ill; or whether it uses it at all: it’s still there and a very large part of it is not shared or shareable with other earth animals. Evidence? Well, let’s see… would writing be acceptable evidence? Philosophy? A space shuttle? A garden hoe? A bubble-packed MP3 player? How about a nuclear submarine equipped with a dozen Trident missiles? Come on dolphins and chimpanzees, beat that huh? You simply cannot define intelligence one way one day and another way the next.
And back to the beginning: we know we should be fully able to know someone else; we know we should be able to fulfill and keep our promises and we know we should be able to say to someone, I love you, and never have to wonder if that state of mind, or that feeling, is going to peter out and leave us stranded, empty, incapable of re-awakening the fire of love we experienced; if we’re going to eventually have to admit we are no longer in love, and bail from the relationship or settle with it and make our bed as comfortable as we can for the duration.
We have a nature totally alien to any other nature on this world. It encompasses at least two realities that never blend: the spiritual and the physical (or material). Our “spirit” exists on a non-physical plane whereas our bodies and attendant desires exist within the constraining, limiting, terminal material order of things. That’s the fact of the matter, and the source of our endless confusion, or state of denial.
So, I’m a human being. I am both a spirit being and a material being. Now comes the million dollar question: which source do I take orders from? What is going to rule my dualistic life? Will I develop my intelligence enough to enable myself to work with both sources that define ‘me’ as a human being? Or will I develop into a primarily spirit (non-material) entity, or a more physically-centered one?
If I choose a more spirit type of expression, chances are I’m going to become a religious type of person. I’m going to make myself believe that some unseen and highly improbable deity has control over my life and I’m going to have to learn to serve that deity. Maybe I’ll even study theology in order to “prove” to myself that what I am doing is correct and proper, and is saving me from becoming a pagan, or worse, an atheist who ardently denies the existence of God, or gods, billions of people like me believe in, worship and serve in various ways. I will thus rob myself of half of myself.
If I choose a more material type of expression, chances are I will become an atheist. Chances are quite good also that I will begin to denigrate religions in whatever form as nothing more than superstitious nonsense. I will likely seek to anchor myself in scientific knowledge that will help me counter the religious mindset. I will most likely accept and support the theory of evolution as a better explanation for life as I find it than if I read the biblical book of Genesis. I will thus rob myself of half of myself.
The dualistic entity has to take sides; it’s condition gives it no choice in the matter: faith in invisible sky wizards who demand adoration or faith in a material universe that science is in the process of explaining, and will eventually explain to everyone’s satisfaction or confounding. There is a saying, that you cannot serve two masters for you will like one and abhor the other. You cannot serve both, “God” and “Money” or we could make that the “spirit realm” or the “material reality” as our brain/body encounters it.
So there’s the rub. How can a human being exist under such conditions; under the strain of such a powerful dichotomy? How can a human being ever know itself, never mind anyone else? Simply put, we cannot. So, with a little help from the propaganda ministry, we learn to fake it. We fake it for God; for the school, for the nation; for the corporation; for the family; for altruism; for the evolution of mankind even. We make claims for ourselves outside of ourselves and we go through our lives as mindless slaves of a system we can’t begin to keep pace with, or as leaders within the same system we still have no clue how it works. And that pretty much describes mankind in general.
Does it have to be that way? Of course not. There is a part of me that is totally and truly mine, neither spirit nor flesh. That’s my mind. I can evolve myself into a state of mind where I reside neither in the spirit realm nor in the physical realm but have reality in both. I can decide for myself to become a mind being. That’s the place where everything slows down for me and I can see/sense a new reality of all things. This is the place where neither faith, hope or love have any worth for they are no longer needed. Think about that, for my rejection here isn’t paltry. These are three of the often quoted greatest virtues in the world of man. The dualistic person could never function without some aspect of these three forms of energy. Only the self empowered mind being can do that, and in a very real way.
I have mentioned this before many times and I know that few people actually “get it” and I’m not surprised. The dualistic person cannot live in self-empowerment, it’s quite impossible, for it needs a “master” or someone/something to love, to hope for, to have faith in. It needs these things in order to dream its two-dimensional dreams, dreams that pull it forward towards some sort of goal, however short term (going out for a fun time with the girls tonight) or long term (Jesus loves me, I’m going to heaven) so that goal has to promise something good for the “faith-hope-love” self.
To the mind being such goals become totally meaningless. We don’t have “goals” we have a clearly set purpose and we link our entire existence to this purpose. The purpose doesn’t change in nature, it’s the purpose being who changes to become the purpose. If you follow my reasoning then, the mind-being is autonomous, self-empowered, and makes all her choices based on her set purpose. There is no longer any gray areas; no longer any doubts. There are no longer any fears as to short term happenings. No need to confide in anyone, no need to make promises, no need to need. That’s right: the self-empowered being has no need to need anything… or anyone. The mind-being neither seeks death nor eternal life for we transcend both.
You’d like to recognize us if you ever meet one of us? It’s not hard. We don’t do love; we don’t do special or exclusive relationships and we never worry about what could happen to us, physically or spiritually. We exist in self-awareness and self-knowledge, independent of all controllers including all divinities. We really never have enemies since we do not seek friendship (though we may have detractors and may leave trails of very angry “faith” types in our wake and may well find ourselves dead at their hands). Others may freely befriend the self-empowered, but they will ultimately be disappointed if in doing so they expect to become special in the relationship. They will be frustrated when the self-empowered refuses to listen to their “secrets” and their gossip. The self-empowered already know all the secrets and all the gossip. They are aware that for the most part these secrets, that gossip, are intended to hurt and that’s not part of their reality any longer.
What makes us different is our ability to see through the fakeries of System teaching. We’ve examined love, found it wanting, and replaced it with compassion. Why? Because compassion can only be produced from self-empowerment. Unlike love which is reciprocal in nature and requires input in order to continue to output. Even God is constrained by this energy requirement in his stated relationship with humans. We’ve considered faith and found it disempowering. Instead of trusting in things that by nature and history we know to not be trustworthy we choose to “believe all things, believe in nothing.” We do not build arguments against others’ beliefs, nor do we accept any of them as legitimate except for those who hold on to them. As for hope, that is the realm of the child. A child should hope; needs hope in order to develop. But once having reached the age of reason a human no longer needs such training wheels. There is no longer any hope, just reality, and the willingness to travel back in time to past lives and experiences, then push oneself ever-farther into that nebulous future using one’s purpose as one’s personal “ship” to explore realms beyond time.
This question has already been asked: “Who needs to hope for what they already have?”
Perhaps a good close would be to say, we don’t live in details but in generalities. We don’t need to know because we already know. We don’t need to make promises because we don’t want anything from anyone and we have no control over events thus making any promise futile. And if we exude compassion, any sort of love could only be a hindrance on our path.