Thursday, October 23, 2008

WHY ABIDE AS YOUR ORIGINAL NATURE RATHER THAN AS THE MANIFESTED CONSCIOUSNESS? Part Two

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FROM A SITE VISITOR: Where is the Absolute? Can you give a simple explanation of how consciousness manifests and how it becomes corrupted or blocked? Also, how can it be at rest if it’s a form of energy as you say? Thx, Troy

F.: The physical body with which persons identify—and which, along with mind and personality, sets the stage for suffering—is nothing more than vegetation material…an extension of plants that were consumed and which allowed cells to form and divide, etc.

Once erroneously programmed, the physical body and a fiction-filled mind and personality (personalities) are like tumors on My previous nature prior to manifestation (that manifestation an occurrence that happened strictly by chance).

To your question about “blockage” or "corruption," it is programming and conditioning that leads to “I am this” beliefs and to “I am that” concepts which only seemingly have validity as a result of mis-perceiving. Such erroneous perceptions block the Self from knowing ItSelf and block the seeing of truth.

What is the effect of such widespread blockage? Few will ever awaken, few will ever be liberated, and few will ever Realized and be free. Few will ever be restored to sanity, and fewer still will ever live spontaneously from a position of neutrality. Why so few?

Because six billion persons who have fixated at the religious (and/or spiritual) step will cling blindly and faithfully and unquestioningly to two concepts in particular which account for much of the “blockage” you asked about:

1. The belief in the infinite existence of a body-mind-personality triad and

2. The belief in a 13.5 billion-year-old male god (or in some cases a 6000-year-old god) who practices simultaneously (a) “unconditional love” while (b) being willing to burn and torture his “children” for eternity.

The abandonment of belief in those two concepts can only happen if preceded by a willingness to admit to the possibility that everything ever taught might be in error. For that to happen, blind faith must be questioned, and the system that programmed and conditioned six billion into being sleepwalkers also programmed and conditioned them to relish their blind faith.

(Sleepwalkers? Yes. For site visitors residing in the U.S., that Realized comic/philosopher George Carlin noted, “The reason they call it ‘the American Dream’ is because you have to be asleep to believe it.”)

If the two concepts above are not abandoned, then there will be no shift for those at the third of seven steps on the “path” to Realization. They will not advance beyond their delusion that they are “living in The Realm of the Spirit.”

Yet that delusion is also clung to because believers are seduced by the three ulterior motives associated with that “realm”: (1) benefits now; (2) a future, eternal reward; and (3) the avoidance of future, eternal punishment.

Only by questioning and then abandoning all concepts can persons move away from the blockage you mention and from the delusions that accompany their belief that they are living in some spiritual realm. Then only can they shift beyond that step and eventually fixate in (actually, "as") the Great Reality, dwelling as their original nature in a natural fashion. Please enter the silence of contemplation.
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