I have spent quite some time lately running around… periodically in the world, but most of the time in my head… Periodically taking pauses and stopping “to smell the roses”, but most of the time moving forward, towards more. More understanding, more insights, more love, more action, more results…
A little over a month ago, I was reborn. The whole mental image of the world I had in my head collapsed, and left place for new things to emerge. I cannot say that each and every thing is good in my life now, but the shift was huge.
However, the goal of this post is not to tell stories and insights of the past. Quite the opposite, I want to come back to this moment, to the present moment, to the only moment which still feels like it exists. And to explore what I see as true now.
A friend told me today that I still spent too much time seeking, listening to others, asking questions and reading books, instead of listening within. It’s funny how such habitual behaviors can creep in without us noticing, without us being aware that “here we are doing it again”.
So… what do I see if I look within? What do I hear if I stop and listen?
What comes first to mind is the power of being… and of being aware.
I know how most of what we seek in the world —— happiness, love, satisfaction, contentment, peace, creativity, inspiration —— are who we are. That I used to think, and many people still do, that there is something to do to become happy, there is some certain results they need to create in the world, a certain kind of life circumstances, a certain situation… And it does not work that way.
But hearing “you are what you seek” does not change anything. You can agree with the conceptual idea, but unless you become aware of its essence, of its meaning beyond the words, of its significance beyond the concept, it will be empty for you, and nothing will change in your life experience.
And this awareness comes via insight, “a sight from within”… which is, in essence, simply a new thought. A though that you never thought before, at least not at the level of awareness it brings you in the moment.
In the language of The Three Principles, this part speaks to the Consciousness.
The second part of my knowing is love. Love as the energy which runs the world. Love as the material the life is made of. Love as the kind intelligence behind all the events and circumstances. Love as the force that moves the evolution of the planet forward.
We are that love. Each of us, by living our personal life, by doing anything and everything that we do, plays a role in the magical unfolding of life through love.
In The Three Principles, this is the Mind.
The third part is the dream nature of everything but the present moment.
The past, from the early memories of our birth and up until the very last moment before Now, is nothing but a dream. It does not exist anymore. The future, from the very next moment to our death and beyond, does not exist either. It is a fruit of our imagination, sometimes pleasant (daydreaming), sometimes unpleasant (anxiety), but it has no reality.
The contents of the present moment, the world that we see around us, the people that come in and go out of our experience, the objects, the ideas, the feelings, the emotions —— that is a dream too. The living dream, “a mystery suspended between the limits of time, space, and matter” (Sydney Banks).
Everything but the present moment itself is a dream.
And the matter that the dream is made of is the Thought, the third principle.
If the present moment is not a dream, what is it then?
The present moment, is the living interaction between the three. The Mind powers it all, the Thought fills it all, the Consciousness creates our experience of it all.
And the more we let go of our personal usage of Mind, Thought and Consciousness and align ourselves with the Divine Mind, Divine Thought and Divine Consciousness (you can replace Divine with Universal or impersonal), the more our experience becomes one of bliss, our world becomes one of beauty, and our aliveness becomes one of love.
This is the Oneness at its best.
When Nothing becomes Everything.
When negative becomes positive.
When complex becomes simple.
When mystery becomes truth.
When “I” becomes “God”, and “God” becomes “I”.
And all is well.