Friday, May 25, 2012

ANSWERING QUESTIONS RECEIVED, Part Fifteen

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VISITOR: I have been reading your books here in the U.K. and am finally understanding non-duality for the first time. I do have a query or two, though: would you please elaborate on two phrases used in your writings? (1.) "beginninglessness" and (2.) "the functioning of the totality." Thank you so very much. Colin

F.: [Continued from yesterday]

Here is the way that the functioning of the totality has been explained in previous postings:

“Functioning” refers to how all in this universe, and how all that is in all universes, has functioned and is functioning and will always function. “Totality” refers to every happening that has happened, is happening, and will happen infinitely.

Upon Full Realization, the complete understanding comes of how all has happened and how all happens and how all will forever happen. How inclusive is that understanding? Among all that is understood are the following:

*** How this universe and all prior universes came to be;

*** How consciousness manifests in a space or form;

*** Where You were in the days and weeks prior to "conception";

*** Where You Were prior to consciousness and manifestation;

*** What is relative and What Is Absolute;

*** Why no external Power or God or Goddesses or "Creator" can exist and how that can be proved scientifically;

*** Why no truth can be found except within but why a "guide" is required to focus Your search for Truth;

*** Why You Were never born and cannot die;

*** Why, post-manifestation, there will be no eternal form or body or "you";

*** Why all notions of "who-ness" are false:

*** Why notions about a "Supreme Self" are dualistic;

*** Why neither eternal reward nor punishment awaits;

*** Why abiding unnaturally and / or supernaturally is insane and why only natural living is sane;

*** Why Reality is non-dual;

*** How persons come to believe that they are in the world instead of understanding that "the world" is in them ... in their "minds";

*** Why "memories" about things relative have no validity;

*** What the difference is between awareness and consciousness;

*** Why only "the nothingness" is valid, ultimately;

*** The difference between "love" and "Real Love";

*** How to find Real Love in "an unreal world";

*** Why most persons fear independence and actually do nor prefer it at all over their dependencies and their co-dependencies;

*** Why their is nothing that is personal;

*** What Your Original Nature is;

*** How to move through the relative existence as if dancing lightly;

*** Why dual-minded persons are unstable in all ways;

*** Why all things relative are much ado about nothing;

*** How Reality can be overlaid on the relative;

*** Why I AM THAT and I AM are not two;

*** What generates instability;

*** How to "be stable";

*** How personality forms and determines thoughts and words and deeds;

*** How personality preempts the ability to choose ... to make choices;

*** Why belief in an external locus of power and control is fiction;

*** How role-assumption generates dependency and co-dependency;

*** What bliss is and what bliss is not;

*** Why you must be empty before you can be full;

*** Why there is no such thing as "peace of mind";

*** Why there is no "doer";

*** Why a "mind" and "wisdom" cannot co-exist within a person;

*** What the real cause of desire and fear is;

*** What the difference is between emotions and feelings;

*** Why freedom is a prerequisite for peace and happiness;

*** Why You have nothing to do with either "time" or "space" or "form";

*** How it is that trillions of persons have been in error regarding their ideas and concepts and beliefs and perceptions and why only a few at any given point in the history of planet earth have seen clearly;

*** What "The Ultimate Sickness" is and what "The Ultimate Medicine" is;

*** What the exact steps are that must be taken in order to be free of belief in the false "I" / "I's";

*** What the differences are between programming, conditioning, acculturation, and domestication;

*** What the relative effects of programming, conditioning, acculturation, and domestication are;

*** Why no humans have ever "made a baby" or "created a child" or "created a new life";

*** What happens when consciousness is no longer manifested;

*** How all cycles;

*** How the enculturation process puts persons to sleep even as they are certain that they are awake;

*** The beginninglessness and the expanse of infinity;

*** The limitlessness;

*** Bliss via desirelessness;

*** The source of all suffering;

*** Freedom from the pursuit of meaning;

*** Infinite Cause;

*** The link between mind and fear;

*** Why "the mind" is a total illusion;

*** Why all perceived via "a mind" is false and is illusory;

*** Why you must be out of your mind to be sane;

*** Why all knowledge is nothing more than learned ignorance;

*** Why time and timelines are illusions;

*** How illusions are taken to be real by persons;

*** What the Oneness Truly Is;

*** What you are not; and

*** Who / What You Truly Are ... to name but a portion of what becomes understood.

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