Are You Willing to Become More Conscious?
The reason that consciousness is so important is that it allows you to make sense out of all phenomena…seen and unseen. Everything has meaning. Nothing is void of meaning and everything has a relationship to the whole of things. Everything! Including all the things that create discomfort, pain and suffering for you. But if you want something for your effort in becoming more conscious, I’ll tell you what it is: You get to let go. You get to be free. You get to create new fairy tales about how life can be for you while you are alive and bring your suffering to an end. That’s right. Suffering disappears from your life. That doesn’t mean there won’t be difficult situations. It means that you will learn to look at those events differently in such a way that suffering doesn’t take place. And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg but it’s a pretty good start, isn’t it? Isn’t that reason enough to consider taking a closer look at becoming more conscious?
What I want to do is to help you build a bridge from the horizontal to the vertical because in that effort you will begin to form a unified understanding of your life and become more conscious. This unified understanding and vertical approach to your life will increase exponentially your ability to be happy, peaceful, and purposeful in your life.
So, I want to make it as easy as I can for you to accomplish that. In order to do that, I will use two words that embody the differences I am talking about: Horizontal and Vertical.
Horizontal = the daily grind, the confusion, the drama, compulsions, addictions, depression, childhood tapes, the need to survive, money, sex, relationships, religion and that which is temporary. This list will do for now but you should add your personal favorites here.
Vertical = peace, truth, love, abundance, unity, spirit, certainty, purpose, knowing you are unthreatenable, real, change, intentional and that which is eternal. It’s essentially the “light” that resides inside of you causing you to realize that you are more than your mind, more than your body, and more than your emotions. This list will do for now but you should add your personal favorites here, too.
For example, let’s take the issue of death. Every living organism eventually dies. Every human being dies. Every pet dies. So, is death tragic if everything dies? If everything dies, could it not then be assumed that the mechanism of death has been “installed” within the molecular structure of all living organisms? If I were to tell you that death is horizontal, then what is death in the vertical? Could the quality of your life then be better measured not by how long you live but the quality of your life while you are alive? Does being married for 50 years have anything to do with being happily married? Can you allow yourself to consider that something else is going on? And whatever that something else, you are not going to learn about it until you choose to become more conscious. Whatever that something else is, you are not going to learn about it until you are willing to change your mind.
A quote from Gotthold Lessing in his "Anti-Goeze" pamphlets in 1778: “The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of Truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the truth. It is not possession of the Truth, but rather the pursuit of Truth by which he extends his powers and in which his ever-growing perfectability is to be found. Possession makes one passive, indolent, and proud. If God were to hold all Truth concealed in his right hand, and in his left only the steady and diligent drive for Truth, albeit with the proviso that I would always and forever err in the process, and to offer me the choice, I would with all the humility take the left hand.”
So, what do you say? Want to go on a journey…which you’re doing whether you are aware of it or not? Want to speed things up a little? Are you willing to become more conscious?
Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix: “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes."