F.: Before venturing for a few moments into three “minds” (which are being presented as examples of what happens when the corrupted consciousness engages in its constant movement and generates distorted perspectives), this caution is offered: NEVER compare. Comparing is dualistic to the core; furthermore, if the result of a comparison leads you to believe that you’re “not as bad off as others,” then your “journey” can come to a halt as egotism persuades you that “you are doing so much better than everyone else.” If you find that you are “much worse off than others,” then the angst around that can end the “journey.”
While not to be used for the sake of comparison, neither are the examples of corrupted consciousness being presented as some kind of litmus test for levels of corruption. The consciousness in motion in these three illustrations shows no evidence of having been re-purified, but they are certainly not among the severe cases of bastardized consciousness that have been witnessed over the last eighteen years.
Finally, note that these examples deal far less with specific persons and far more with the masses at large who—functioning from the auspices of their warped consciousness—are totally devoid of logic and reason, totally unstable, and totally unable to tap into the inner resource, the sixth sense, or the natural, intuitive guidance that formerly served humankind for millions of years.
The speakers will not be identified, though all three have shared these thoughts publicly on more than one occasion. Their words, which allow access to their thoughts as the “stream of warped consciousness” flows, reveal three persons who are totally embroiled in the machinations of their “minds”:
Let’s go back to the beginning, Floyd: I graduated from college and got a teaching job like I had always wanted. I loved my job, I loved the kids, I loved my peers, I hated the pay. Once I married, her income with mine made things OK. Then she got pregnant—three times in seven years—and quit work. The pressure started building up. One person couldn’t live on my salary, much less five. I started hating my job because it didn’t pay enough and I started resenting all of the financial responsibilities I faced. Of course I love my wife and kids but I have to admit that on occasion I have resented them too.
Problems got worse and then fights with my wife got worse. We went to a relative’s minister for counseling but his answer was to join the church and we’d find peace. We went for a year and things only got worse. Now, both of us are too frustrated and worn out to try to make the other one happy. A while back, I got pulled into an emotional affair at work that became a full-blown affair. People found out. I started resenting the gossipy faculty. Several more affairs followed. I would not have sex with my wife for days after each encounter because I hate using condoms and I always wanted to make sure I was clear so I wouldn’t pass on anything to my wife if I caught something.
Many days now, I don’t want to go home. I drink a lot before I even show up at the house. Some days I wish no one would be there when I pull into the drive. I don’t sleep at night because I’m angry about not being able to be with some of the other women I care about, I’m worried about money, and I’m worried about losing my job because I’m raging at the students in the classroom big time. I can name a lot more things that I hate than I love, a lot more things I’d like to have than I’ve got. It’s becoming pretty obvious that I missed the boat.
If this site were about nothing but analytical, behavioral, or differential psychology, the case above could be used to discuss the principles of those three areas of psychology for the next several months. Let it suffice to say that when that person was invited to consider that his words exposed self-absorption and dominance by the many false selves he had adopted, his visits ended. (Cassius asked Brutus, “Brutus, can you see yourself?” When Brutus answered in the negative, Cassius said, "Then let me be your mirror.” The speaker above continues to live in the mirror instead of having moved through the looking glass.)
It’s so easy to understand that “things aren’t always the way they appear” when a respected politician’s lies are exposed; when it’s learned that the esteemed director of Christian education in a church was secretly praying every day for a year that her husband would die; or when the “most wonderful son-in-law I could have wished for” turns out to be the murderer of his wife...of that speaker's daughter. The non-Realized are totally incapable of seeing that things are never the way they appear to be. The facts in Case #1 above are the exact opposite of the way the speaker perceptives things, but he is certain that his problems are caused by “others,” that he in not self-absorbed, and that he is not trapped in any personas.
So the instability of the warped consciousness is illustrated, along with proof that the Advaitin teacher spoke accurately when he said, “A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways.” Instability cannot be compartmentalized. Case 1's “love-hate,” “care about-resent,” “want-don’t want” fluctuations are typical of the warped consciousness that is forever in motion and forever generating misperceptions. The example also supports the pointer that it is much easier to accumulate than it is to de-accumulate.
Now, forget that example and focus on the consciousness that you are. Is it in movement? Does it vacillate between states of “I’m happy-I’m not happy”; between states of “I want that-I don’t want that”; and between the confusion of “I like that person-I can’t stand that person”? If you are experiencing instability and vacillation to any degree, the “journey” to Reality if for you. Please enter the silence of contemplation.
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