Friday, August 29, 2008

THE REAL VS. THE PERCEIVED, Part Four

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FROM A SITE VISITOR: If the glass I drink from is not real, then how is it that I’m able to drink water from the glass? Michael

F.: On this site, there is no minimization of the relative misery and suffering that anyone has experienced as a result of participating in the relative “Drama of the Lie.” You never asked to be cast into the roles you played. You had no choice.

Early on, and continuing for years, “they” programmed and conditioned and acculturated and domesticated you. They trained you early on to misperceive, to be as ineffective at perceiving realistically as they are.

After all of that programming, you began playing your assumed or assigned roles in the dualistic play in “The Theater of the Lie”—in this relative existence. There, you acted out your parts without knowing all of the motives and actions of the other actors and without even knowing your own agenda that was hidden from you.

With no ability to know Reality, you misperceived the actions on the stage and you misperceived the other actors and their motivating forces as well. That is why you perceived some actors to be charming who proved to be narcissists instead.

That is also why you perceived some actors as being kind who were later revealed to be complete sociopaths. That is why you perceived some actors as being moral who would eventually be exposed as unscrupulous frauds instead.

Such are typical happenings when a person is walking about on the relative stage of “The Theater of the Lie.” Acting in the play, a person will have no clue that truth can be found only beyond the distorting smoke and the illusory mirrors that prevent any ability to witness clearly what is actually happening in the play. It was all actually a nightmarish setup from day one. Why?

Because they programmed you to dream rather than to know the Real. They conditioned you to accept a nightmare as “normal.” They taught you to misperceive. They set you up to play-act on the stage and to become engrossed in the fantasy of the play. They convinced you that magical, supernatural thinking is normal, that the unnatural is natural, and that the natural is supernatural.

Thus, during that post-programming play, you cast yourself opposite certain players that no one ever deserved to be in contact with. In “The Theater of the Lie,” the duality always includes the users and the used…the abusers and the abused…the wounders and the wounded.

The Advaitin teacher comes along to tell you that none of it was Real, meaning that none of it was as you perceived it, and that the mis-perceiving itself trapped you on the stage with those other deceptive actors. And the mis-perceiving can continue to drive you to allow the actors on the stage to deceive you as they offer you the greatest pleasures that will eventually become the greatest miseries. How does the teacher know?

The Advaitin teacher cannot point the way beyond being used and abused and wounded if she/he has not been in play, has not played the roles, and has not experienced in spades the hurt and suffering and misery that the relative can hand out to so many people who got what they never asked for and who got what they never deserved in the relative activities of the relative existence.

Nor can guidance beyond the relative suffering be offered if the teacher has not transcended that as well. Some come to this site who are seeking that transcendence. Some are ready to end the mis-perceiving and to know the Real…to be the Real. You know this second if I, the Consciousness, am speaking to You.

He/She who has not been lost in that darkest place, and who has not found the way out, cannot possibly guide anyone beyond the suffocating gloom and into the soothing light. To offer that guidance is the sole purpose of this site.

There is no ignoring of the fact that, relatively speaking, many of you have undergone relative experiences that no one should have ever undergone. These postings are not about denying, minimizing, ignoring, or diminishing the relative impact of relative suffering.

They are about seeing the truth, about allowing all ego-states and egotism to dissolve, and about finally being free.

Recently, a visitor asked what M. was asked: “Do you ever think about us? Do you ever really care about us?” And the answer was the same: “More than you will ever know.” That is the down-side of knowing the Oneness…of understanding Love:

I know the misery of all; I know that you have experienced the relative misery as well. But you can transcend the suffering, and as a result I am willing to face it daily with all who are still afflicted in spite of the awareness that few (even after all their seeking) will likely reach that moment of peripetia.

There are relative wounds that might never heal, so the invitation is to allow yourself to be guided to Your Self, to move beyond those relative wounds, to transcend the relative and its miseries and to abide in the peace of Your natural state. Tomorrow, a discussion of the peripetia, and how yours can happen, will be discussed. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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