Friday, October 28, 2016

The "Necessary Order": Enlightenment, then Realization, then Liberation and Freedom, then Happiness, The Conclusion

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TODAY’S CONSIDERATIONS 

The first condensed excerpt from "The Vision" was shared yesterday. The remainder of the abbreviated version will be offered for consideration today. 

Suddenly, a bird’s head forcefully breaks the surface, but it is not the head of a raven. Instead, the head of a gull—the bird of ignorance—comes forth, gasping for air. You find that you are no longer observing the gull, but have transitioned into the gull. A third degree of separation from what you had left outside the arch, then by the pool, and now through the raven, has manifested. The gull surfaces further and then begins flapping its wings. 

Leaving behind the cleansing, baptismal waters, you in the form of this gull fly and play and dart. You feel like a child again, flying high, until suddenly crashing into an eagle. More truthfully, you feel yourself merging into—maybe even dissolving into—the eagle. For a time, the eagle soars, glides, and mainly just witnesses. 

You feel the remnants of the gull; you sense the remains of a raven; you look at “you” seated at a fire and see only a mental image; you look through the arch and see the figment of a body imagined. Another degree of separation. But now You the Eagle have no time to contemplate, for you feel yourself being pulled deeper into the universe through a clear-walled tunnel in the remotest part of the heavens. 

You feel yourself accelerating at the speed of light. In fact, at the end of the tunnel, you can see nothing other than light. Your speed now nearly doubles, and just as you reach that point of mach two, with the deafening sounds of the winds racing by your ears, you crash through a veil of sorts and find yourself in a mostly dark, crystal cave. 

You stop abruptly and then are swooped into an upright position, floating near the ceiling of the cave. You feel at this moment as if you are exactly between nowhere and . . . nowhere. Never have you known such peace. Sensing yourself in only the vestige of a human-like form, you drift toward a lake below that covers most of the bottom of this huge cavern. 

You experience a fifth degree of separation—as if estranged from all illusionary roles, as if removed from a phony world left behind, as if moving closer to a degree of connection with the Real. Your slow descent allows time to study the cave. Across the way a dome glows brightly, the source of the vivid light you’d seen through the arch and more recently at the end of the tunnel. A huge pipe organ sounds from the highest peak of a cliff on the far left side of the gigantic grotto. 

To your left and to your right drift millions of forms, and on closer inspection, You see that they are . . . You! Each looks to be a clone—maybe a transparent clone but a clone nevertheless—of You! As You near the water, You automatically pivot so that Your back faces the opposite shore. Sinking shoulder-deep into the water, You feel Your feet rise. Your entire body stiffens momentarily, 

Your feet rise further, You float onto Your back and then You bob on the surface of the water. Now relaxed, You begin to be moved along, gently propelled toward the opposite side of the cave. Your movements just happen, no effort on Your part required. The music of the organ—ethereal and heavenly—sounds softly, beautifully; the waters are now calm and warm. 

 You float with millions of Your likenesses, or so it seems, flowing toward gigantic, granite steps cut amphitheater-like into the opposite wall of the cave. Yet the likenesses aren’t likenesses at all. They Really Are You! The steps ascend from underneath the waters, breaking the surface and then rising and narrowing upwards, converging on one point—at the door to the dome. As You near the steps, You feel Your body stiffen again. 

This time You rotate in the water so that You sail along face down. Just before Your head might have bumped into the steps, You are stopped. Your feet begin to be lowered, and You find yourself in an upright position, standing on steps in chest-high water. You begin to ascend the steps, leaving the water behind. You, and millions of Yous, walk in exactly the same fashion, moving toward the narrowing peak that leads to the door of the dome. 

You wonder, 

How could so many be entering the dome? It really isn’t that large, now that I can see it more clearly. It seems that much that You perceived as more is really . . . less. But the nearer You All move toward the door, the more You witness a siphoning effect of sorts. As All near the door, All seem to dissolve into a form of light being drawn inside. As You approach, You feel the last remnants—remnants of whatever 

You had formerly thought yourself to be—gradually fading away. The dissolving seems to be occurring in slow motion, and you feel ecstatic. It’s almost as if You are feeling blissful as your beingness seems to be dissolving into non-beingness. Finally, You merge with the All, into the light, and it seems . . . it seems over. 

It seems as if everything is over, is finished, is very near complete. Then some degree of consciousness seems to linger after this additional degree of separation fades. Even without a physical body or an earthly mind or a spiritual body, a subtle body detects a series of chambers leading to other universes. All then fades into light. 

It is sensed that nothing represented in the vision is the Real. It is understood that only by peeling back all the layers of false identities—including the body, the mind, the spiritual identity, the child ignorance, the witness, even the True Self—could That Which One Really Is be known. It is understood that what You Really Are Is That, That which is often removed from awareness through many degrees of separation. 

In the fading moments, as beingness transitions into non-beingness, You come to know that You Are That common building block of All in this universe, in All universes. No wonder some can say, “I don’t even know who I am.” You finally Realize how far removed most are from the knowledge of the original unicity as a result of conditioning, programming, and dogma. 

Then, before fading into the perfect peace of rest in the Totality, Your last consciousness is of the process that had moved That Which You Are from the rest state in the Absolute, past the non-being and into being, and then into whatever that True Self was. 

You see how you came to witness, how the learned ignorance corrupted the pure consciousness of the child state, how spiritual and religious roles were assigned, how mental identities were accumulated, and how dominated the existence was by the physical body’s fears and desires. You KNOW. And then, even that dissolves. THAT is all there is. 

[Note that pointers via The Vision are available for those interested in "SELF-Inquiry" as well as for those taking the approach adopted later on by Maharaj when he suggested that "self-inquiry" (that is, inquiry into the false self / false selves which have been assigned and / or assumed) is enough if one merely finds all that one is not.]

Many seekers have testified over the years that the entire vision provided them with what it provided here many years ago: enlightenment, then realization, then liberation and freedom, then happiness. That is why "The Vision" is shared annually, this year with illustrations. 

Those Vision postings will begin soon, after a pause to allow time for the content of this series to be considered. For now, the invitation is to consider the content in the silence until its truth begins to be revealed; until it resonates throughout that “inner resource” which is available; until its truth becomes fixated at the very core of your being;

until you become liberated from belief in ego and false selves and the egotism which is used to defend them; until you are in conscious contact with both reality and Reality (i.e., the AM-ness and the THAT-ness); and until you stabilize in an awareness of that which allows for differentiating between Truth vs. whatever you have been told and taught is supposedly true. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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