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A time comes in everyone's evolutionary journey, when the adept must acknowledge and reclaim his own innate power; the empowerment that lies within every individual by virtue of their true identity as Divine Being in manifestation.
Human beings generally live lifetimes never questioning but simply accepting that only those with money and status have the ability to govern, unaware that within, they too hold innate power. Because of this, most of mankind has come to believe himself powerless. Lives lived in the density and ignorance of duality and separation, have manifested situations in which others were and still are, allowed to dictate the rules. Lives lived under the self serving rules of those in power often meant severe punishments or death to anyone daring to question this. Man, in ignorance of his true identity desperately sought for help outside of himself, and in so doing, gave away his power.
Through centuries lived in ignorance, man learned to look only outside of himself for his good, and is seeking it still, from governments, churches, gurus, and experts; looking to anyone claiming to have the answers. The myths of power have always been and still are profoundly hypnotizing tools in the hands of those who seek personal power for themselves. Keeping the masses in doubt as to their own abilities is how power and greed function in a world ignorant of truth.
Throughout time, man descended deeper into the heavy energies of duality and separation and thus became more and more receptive to voices telling him that he was a worm in the dust, basically stupid, and a sinner in need of someone "holier" than himself to "save" him and tell him what to do. To this day, many still hold to the belief that only the saints, gurus, shamans, and self proclaimed "holy" individuals are spiritual, and that the average individual can only access God through their intervention. Of course the question of who is "holy" and who is not, is determined according to the beliefs of the particular church or persons declaring this information.
Falsehoods were taught and beaten into the masses by those holding power at any particular time. In the middle ages false teachings and severe punishments were done with full approval and in conjunction with the church in order that their power and riches be maintained without question. To this day the concept is still blindly accepted in some countries that only males are capable of making important decisions, and that women must blindly obey their rules no matter how cruel, or suffer the consequences of their "sin". To this day, even in so called civilized societies, women are still being thought of as being less capable, intelligent, or privileged, than males. Those with the courage to refute or question this through words or actions are often just ignored but many still suffer severe punishment or death.
Even in the modern world, magazines spew forth articles telling both men and women how they must act, dress, or look in order to be loveable, or even successful in life. As a result, many confuse sexiness with love, and allow themselves to be degraded and used in a feeble attempt to be desirable (worthy)--a perfect and sad example of one who has given away his power. Even after these things cease to resonate, he or she may still on occasion accept what is being presented simply because of old programming--false beliefs that still resonate within their energy field. He/she through having accepted that he/she was incapable of making intelligent decisions, continues to resist the prompting's of intuition. Most individuals do not even realize that by ignoring their inner prompting's they have turned away from their innate power.
Then seemingly out of nowhere comes a grand dissatisfaction with all that seemed perfectly natural before--a sense in which what has been the norm, no longer feels right. The individual begins to question and realize that he doesn't need others to tell him what to do or for his answers. He begins to examine the status quo and develops a desire to rethink and reclaim himself. If he is a spiritual seeker, he begins to experience a deeper awareness of his true identity. As this recognition becomes his actual state of consciousness, he finds that what he needs--(be it answers, ideas, or things), manifest without the help of others. He starts to lose his fear of being wrong or of not being good enough, and to release his need to call upon others to make choices for him. This does not mean that one never seeks the advice of those more informed, it simply means that the bottom line of any decision belongs to the individual, based in intuition and a sense of self worth that comes from his knowing who he is.
This new awareness can bring with it a tendency to act belligerently and with adamant refusals to accept any outside advice. This is simply the manifestation and subsequent release of anger at self and the world for having willingly accepting and been deceived by false teachings usually presented by those in positions of trust. These negative emotions are easily released as the student realizes that every earthly experience is a part of their learning--their evolutionary journey.
Once an individual acknowledges his Divine nature and its innate power, he discovers that he is able to speak his truth, to say what needs to be said without fear. He now recognizes that every individual is a Divine Being even if they don't know or care to know it. Because of this realization, his spoken words, (even stern ones often needing to be spoken to the unenlightened mind), flow forth carrying a higher energy than if those same words were spoken in an energy of separation and anger.
Accepting the truth about oneself can be a huge and difficult process. Many live structured and comfortable lives secure in their personal beliefs of an intellectual 3D solution to everything. Mind is their master because the third dimensional world teaches that mind can formulate answers to everything. However, it must be understood that the mind has access only to knowledge already in universal consciousness, and is not a creative faculty. Anything new and as of yet unknown, does not come from mind but flows into mind from the deeper creative resources of Infinite Consciousness or is downloaded from Beings of Light assisting man to evolve. Because everyone is an individual manifestation of Source, new ideas and creations will be unique to each individual and will reflect ideas never before seen which is the essence of true artistry in all its forms. Individuals who live mind- governed, intricately planned, and secure lives often experience utter chaos when their soul is ready to evolve, for it is at this point that the "rug gets pulled out" from their structured comfort.
Everyone has chosen to be here on earth at this powerful time. Lifetimes on earth are journeys of enlightenment, willing steps into whatever experiences of duality and separation are needed and then learning from it in order to move beyond ignorance into spiritual awareness. Life on earth is not and never has been for the purpose of having better sex, becoming a millionaire, or being famous- although these things can be a part of it. Lifetimes on earth are carefully chosen by every individual through free will and most everyone has experienced hundreds of lifetimes. Through struggle and overcoming while living in the energy of duality and separation, mankind learns and becomes ready to realize who and what they really are; the Divine in manifestation-spiritual beings. This is every individual's Divine inheritance and is their power.
What does it mean to be one with source? It means that all the qualities of Source, I embody. All that I have been seeking, I AM. Lifetime after lifetime after lifetime I have looked outside of myself for what I needed-- to money, to sex, to power, to beauty, to churches, to governments, to experts, to husband, wife, child, career, etc. etc. It is as if for eons I have believed that 4 plus 4 equaled seven, and now I am finally aware that it equals 8 and my checkbook starts to balance.
Everything begins to look and feel different because I now see with new eyes. I begin to reclaim my Divine Sonship, my power--the prodigal is coming home. I AM Self sustained and Self maintained. I AM complete, whole, abundant, joyous, intelligent, wise, and all that is Real. The spiritual evolutionary journey is remembering this in every circumstance of life until it becomes the one's state of consciousness. Each time an appearance of duality or separation (good or evil) manifests personally or in the world, there must be a gentle turning away-never denying appearances, but knowing inwardly that appearances have no law to sustain or maintain them, and are simply the manifestations of beliefs held in human consciousness.
This awareness and the sincere practice of it, gradually manifests into that state of consciousness which is POWER. POWER can only be reclaimed and accepted through each one's own journey of enlightenment and cannot be bestowed by someone else.
I ALREADY AM and need nothing outside of myself.
What is unconditional love?
Most of us have been taught that unconditional love is a spiritual directive to feel an emotional love for everyone if we are to be a "good Christian". This concept teaches that regardless of whether or not we even like an individual, we must feel love for them because it is "what Jesus taught". Because we have believed unconditional love to be an emotional experience, we feel guilt and failure when we find that we are unable achieve it. It is impossible to experience an emotional love for everyone and especially for those whose actions reflect an un-evolved state of consciousness. We hear stories of people on the news, or witness them in daily living who are happily engaged in hurting and making other people's lives miserable, and we say to ourselves; "I simply cannot do it. I cannot love these people." That is... until we begin to understand what unconditional love really is.
Ordinary third dimensional living is governed by an energy of duality and separation; it is all we have ever known. Lifetime after lifetime we experienced lives that reflected good and evil and felt a sense of separation from each other, God, and all other life forms. Because of this, we learned to form judgements about everyone and everything; criticizing and feeling separate from anyone who did not conform to our personal concepts of right or wrong. We found it impossible to even like certain people let alone love them, and this has resulted in a personal dilemma for spiritual seekers.
Concepts of love are passed from generation to generation, and are based in cultural and religious beliefs that change over time. There are those who prefer someone of "authority" to tell them what to believe. Others either through laziness or ignorance, accept whatever concepts of love are currently popular on TV, in movies, magazines, or songs which more often than not present sexual attraction as love. Many simply adopt whatever beliefs their parents, friends, churches, governments, or experts etc. etc. hold, never thinking to question. Rigid and false concepts of love spew forth daily from "experts" all over the world, each claiming to be the one with the right answer. When an individual is unaware of his ability to get answers from within himself, he simply believes what he is told. These concepts then become his state of consciousness and manifest outwardly as life experiences.
The individual who is spiritually ready to shift in their understanding of love but chooses instead to simply accept whatever concepts are popular--never questioning, will find himself having some sort of life changing experience (often not so pleasant) that will force him to question; "What exactly is love? Where did I go wrong? What is my responsibility with regard to love, and how do I get there?"
The belief that love is an emotion often views the world through eyes of sex and/or romance. This romantic sense of love is continually promoted through books, TV shows, film, and news as stories of people who meet the "right one", fall in love, and then live happily ever after. The belief that one's happiness and wholeness lies in finding and being with the "right one" has caused many to go to extremes in order to meet the "right one" and then sink into depression when it doesn't happen, wondering; "What is wrong with me?" We may watch a romantic movie and be tempted to believe; "If only I had that, I would be happy." and for those who believe this, life becomes a lifelong and often indiscriminate quest to find the perfect partner. Is this what love is? How many times have you actually witnessed "Happily ever after"?
This is not to say that there is no romance in the life of a spiritually evolved person, or that the right companion won't come along, but in the higher sense of relationship it will present as a gift, the outer manifestation of the realization of completeness. You will recognize it-- the attraction of like energies. This gift feels right because "all the strings are tied" and there is none of the neediness, addiction, jealousy, game playing etc. that makes up the old sense of relationship based in duality and separation. Unconditional love between partners is a love that accepts and appreciates the other for who he or she is, not for who they can be molded into according to someone's concepts about the "perfect man or woman.
Society also strongly promotes familial love as an emotion often to the point of usurping common sense. It preaches that family is the end consideration in all actions or choices--the mother and her children, the special aunt, grandma and grandpa so loving and wonderful to have around. Sometimes...and again, a sense of guilt or failure when it all makes no sense and we choose to step out and be separate when we find we are unable to live up to these concepts.
There is the love we feel for animals, a teacher, a location or home, material goods, or an activity of work or play, and the big one--MONEY. These are only a few examples of the hundreds of things man has placed under the heading of love. But are these emotions really love, or simply the sense of comfort we experience when these things are a part of our lives? All cravings and desires for someone or something outside of ourselves represents the Soul's desire for return to the wholeness and completeness that already is our birthright but has been forgotten.
Love is the interconnectedness of all life within and of the ONE OMNIPRESENT CONSCIOUSNESS and unconditional love is how we live this realization.
When the connectedness of all within the ONE is interpreted through a very un-evolved state of consciousness (a mind imbued only with beliefs of duality and separation), it will manifest as rape, abuse, war etc. However, the connectedness of all within One Omnipresent Consciousness has never changed nor can it ever change, for it is infinite and governed by law. The outer manifestation directly reflects the awake or unawake state of the individual. "There is no unexpressed consciousness" Joel S. Goldsmith.
Unconditional love is the moment to moment living out from this attained state of consciousness. Often an individual has no conscious awareness that he is living out from an attained state of consciousness, he simply has an innate sense of all life as being sacred and worthy of respect. It is who he is. His state of consciousness is the fruitage of many lifetimes and is what is meant by the term; "Old Soul". We see it in the lives of those who recognize the beauty and gifts of every living thing regardless of the "package" it may come in. These evolved Souls have a sense of joy and humor regarding all facets of life and feel at home wherever they are because they never experience themselves as separate from others. They have no agenda for others to follow in order that they be worthy of love or acceptable. However, they do not allow themselves to be used by others and are not afraid to speak up or say something another person may need to hear, but their words always carry a respect that reflects their state of consciousness. Unconditional Love does not mean being a door mat, which simply reflects old and outdated concepts of love that lack real love for self as well as the other.
Unconditional love appreciates and is open to learning new ways of understanding the world through each individual he meets regardless of what worldly label that person may carry. Unconditional love is compassionate, but does not enter into sympathy with another for it seeks to lift the person, not wallow in heaviness with them. Unconditional love recognizes needs, not wants, and then takes appropriate action if guided. Unconditional love allows choice and never tries to "guilt" another into accepting certain beliefs as a requirement for spirituality.
Unconditional Love is simply an attained state of consciousness that recognizes consciously or unconsciously that in spite of any and all appearances every individual at his core is Divine. He lives his life saying, being, or doing what is lovingly appropriate regardless of whether or not the other knows this about themselves or is even interested in knowing it .
Evolving to a consciousness of unconditional love is a process that doesn't occur overnight or from reading a book. One cannot just decide to be there and it happens. A serious spiritual student can begin by jotting down or remembering each time emotions of judgement and criticism present themselves to thought; "When does it happen? What triggers it? "What am I believing that is making me feel this way?" Developing an awareness of one's habits and mind programing is the first step toward releasing it. Intention is a vital tool. State to your Higher Self; "I choose to release all that holds me in bondage to concepts of love because I choose to move into the higher awareness of Oneness". Use whatever words reflect your intention.
As the spiritual student practices, reads books he is guided to, and observes others who live out from unconditional love, he gradually evolves and then life becomes more of a joy. No more pressure to try and "save" everyone for unconditional love may mean allowing someone to fall flat on their face once the difference between needs and wants is recognized. No more judging and criticizing. No more living as an enabler in the false belief that enabling is love. No more trying to live up to someone else's unattainable concepts.
Unconditional Love is simply living out from a realization of ONENESS.
THE NATURE OF ILLUSION
It is taught in many religious traditions that the world is illusion; that all that is seen, heard, tasted, touched, or smelled is illusion. In the minds of those who simply believe what they are told or have not yet awakened beyond the duality and separation energy of the third dimensional belief system, this is an excuse to do absolutely nothing. In blind acceptance of this teaching, they ignorantly reason that since every evil or negative experience appearing in the world is illusion, they can feel free to do nothing to help or enlighten.
It is not the world nor its people that are illusion, it is our concept of them that is the illusion.
This world and all within it is perfect and whole; the manifestation of an omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient Divine Consciousness. How we perceive it, is dependent upon our state of consciousness and this is the secret of understanding illusion. Evil operates as mesmeric suggestion which we in ignorance, accept.
The unillumined consciousness is one that is open and receptive to every belief that has ever been thought by anyone throughout time. We add to it and we take from it each time we accept a belief just because it is out there floating around in the atmosphere or is accepted by the majority. Remember when people believed that they would catch cold if they stood in the rain? They did... Unillumined thoughts are always based in the belief of duality and separation; the pairs of opposites that constitute third dimensional energy. Mankind ignorantly accepted these beliefs as a part of the chosen experiment to see if they could awaken while seemingly separated from all knowledge of who they were. It is time to awaken, the experiment is over for those that choose.
Mind is like a bread pan and the state of our consciousness is the dough. If our dough (consciousness) is filled with the debris of false concepts and beliefs based in duality and separation, our bread (the outer form) is going to appear much less than perfect, reflecting the ingredients of our dough. When our loaf of bread is not what we hoped for, we rant and rave against an unfair God and an unfair world, and come to think of ourselves as victims, not realizing that we ourselves baked our "loaf".
Example: All there is, is One Omnipresent Divine consciousness, embodying within ITSELF all living things for it is the only life there is; there could be nothing outside of Omnipresence. The connection energy between all life in and of this Divine consciousness, is termed love, of which there are an infinite number of personal interpretations depending upon the state of consciousness of each individual. If this "connection energy" is interpreted through a mind and state of consciousness deeply unevolved and functioning fully in duality and separation, it will manifest as rape, abuse, war, and infinite other forms of gross misinterpretation. Illusion is simply the misinterpretation of a perfect spiritual universe and all its component parts. Unillumined man forms its own hell. Creator Consciousness knows nothing of what man is dreaming up in his nightmares. God is the only creator, and IT creates only ITS own image and likeness.
The nature of illusion is composed of imposed suggestions from without, which we can choose to accept or reject. How we individually and as a world consciousness believe, perceive, interpret, and understand Reality determines the outer picture. Our recognition of this, allows us to impersonalize and "nothingize" everything that tries to convince us that we are separate and apart from our good. It is our wrong thinking that objectifies these beliefs and forms the illusion. A true spiritual healer lives out from an attained state of consciousness of God alone as the reality of all that is, and that anything else is a state of illusion.
Mankind is now beginning to awaken from this long dream state and is ready to understand the truth about himself, God, and the world. He is graduating and moving beyond the old world concepts and beliefs that caused him to manifest a world of suffering and pain. This new consciousness is beginning to appear outwardly as higher and more evolved levels within all facets of life; new and better methods of healing, teaching, governing, finance, food, music,etc which are all starting now to appear. Life is beginning to be lived in more intelligent, happier, peaceful, loving, wise, illumined, and understanding ways--for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.