Welcome to Friends Talk.
Two States of One Self – November 21-2023.
People become locked into using words rather than understanding their meaning, We see that when we attempt to uncover what is our true nature and the concepts that abound regarding enlightenment. All that involves joining different groups, and seeking teachers and gurus without ever just trusting their own knowledge.
Of course, such a desire for spiritual development is not for everyone because most people are too busy living in ignorance and adjusting to the world’s desires acquiring wealth and material goods seeking pleasure and happiness in such indulgences.
However, there are more mature people who realize that lasting happiness does not come from possessions, and beyond the material world greater states of Being exist.
For instance, over the centuries there have been great teachers, sages, and enlightened people like you and me who have shown that in the world, we are still able to experience profound freedom, peace and joy without material gains.
Mostly we need to realize that only through passive surrender to the Truth within we are able to open our consciousness to the Light and understand what lies beyond the baubles of the world, and that world is one of ignorance and illusion.
Only by becoming open and aware of the pain and suffering of living a sensual existence that keeps us imprisoned in a body, we will never know the truth unless we turn our attention away from all objectivity.
We remain blinded and live in the darkness that enshrouds our limited body consciousness. There is that great beyond and the Eternal consciousness is everywhere, but because our consciousness is limited to a body we remain ignorant of what we really are.
We are unaware that we have a body and can still have the freedom to be enlightened and still have a separate body living in the world.
Did not Jesus say: ’I am in the world and not of the world’? What do we think he meant? He was saying I have a body, therefore, I am in the world, and as well, I am the eternal Self, so that means I am aware of my true nature and I am the Eternal Oneness.
The two states are separate but they are One, We cannot dismiss either state of being our reality, for while we are not a body, for some reason we cannot dismiss its presence because what is our true being and Self is connected to the body through the minimum consciousness the body has, but that consciousness in the body is the same eternal consciousness that lies beyond the body.
And what Jesus was saying was that he is Pure Consciousness of the Self beyond the world and exists in the world through the consciousness in the body. But that consciousness can only remain in the world as long as the body exists.
When you become aware of being the all-pervading consciousness of the Self then you will have the realization of your oneness in the self and that is the only enlightenment there is.
It is not a matter of renouncing the world but realizing the truth of what you are.