“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
So long as one as Spiritual Consciousness identifies as Mind Consciousness, one will be forever limited to the form of that personal identity. While one identifies as mind/body, one will fear their demise. This fear of losing their life or fear of losing their loved ones will plague one's life like a cancer.
If one's true Self as Spirit identifies as an individual personal self, meaning the mind/body instrument then one will create a life based on limitation, separation, and duality. In identifying as an individual person that is apart from life rather than a part of it, one is limited to his or her own personal experience, rather than the omniscience of Spirit. By using the eyes to inform mind, we lose the Spiritual vision of the I that is informed by the Eternal I am (Godhead/Brahman or True Self). Meaning we live by the indirect knowledge of the eyes rather than the direct knowledge of the 'I".
Information taken from the 5 senses that informs the active Inner I or Intellect is indirect knowledge. This is opposed to direct knowledge from and as Spirit that works upon the Inner I that is still and receptive to intuition. To reiterate, one can either learn and suffer indirect knowledge via the senses in order to navigate life or one can hold a meditative I and allow the I of the true Self as Brahman to guide one. The true Self then is known as I-I - or I am that I am. 'I' is always the Intelligence (Spirit/Consciousness) while Am is the activity of that Intelligence/Consciousness Aka Soul/Love/Awareness.
Brahman (I) projects Atman (I) Aka Buddha or Christ, within its own Am/Soul/Awareness. This is the Son sitting in the womb of the One true Soul (Shakti) - sometimes referred to as the 6th sheath, even though it is not a sheath but the activity (Awareness/3 Gunas) of the true Self or Brahman. When the Son, otherwise known as Atman/Buddha or Christ projects itself within the one true Soul as Am - often known by the 3 Gunas (Tamas, Rajas and Sattva), the Mind (Subconscious/Human Soul) or the universe comes into operation.
Buddha or Christ turned inwards is Brahman, turned outwards it becomes the Ego and the Universe.
Life is living in balance. It is living as the Christ or Buddha Aka one's "Inner I" facing towards and as Brahman Aka true Self, while holding a meditative still Being within both the Am of the Human Soul/Subconscious and one true Soul.
If the mind becomes active, through rising in its own thoughts, it becomes unbalanced, which inverts the Buddha or Christ Mind causing an Ego or false sense of Self to form.
Life is holding a balance between the personal and the impersonal as the true Self. Balance cannot be maintained by Ego which is only an illusion. Everything in life - every non-thing in life is about balance and harmony of the whole.
By holding a meditative and balanced mind as the true Self flowing through and as Atman/Christ/Buddha, one lives in the dream of mind ((Human Soul) awake, rather than asleep. In other words, one becomes a lucid dreamer. One gives life to the true Self rather than an idea or mental false sense of Self.
One was born to be a dream come true, to have dominion over all matter or effect - not as an Ego but as the true Self - as Brahman being Atman Aka I-I. One cannot have dominion if one as Atman (Buddha or Christ) is not fully conscious. If one still sleeps due to facing the wrong way. One's Consciousness will be limited to merely the mental and physical realms, while completely unconscious of the Spiritual if Atman is looking outwards with the eyes rather than inwards as the I.
If Atman's projection of Mind (Human Soul or Subconscious) is active and inharmonious, it will be out of sync with the 3 modes of the Soul, causing Rajas and Tamas to overshadow Sattva - causing the true Self to be veiled causing reincarnating of the personal Soul again and again in order to be filled with the light and love of Sattva that unifies all under and as Grace.
Liberation then, means losing this sense of an individual self in favour for a sense of being the Whole. A personal sense of self must wake up to being an impersonal sense of Being through the stillness of mind. A still mind is like a mirror for Atman. In seeing himself as the I, he sees himself as the I of Brahman which allows for Self-Realization.
Self-Realization is not you personally expressing yourself as a blind Atman, in the moment, it is the whole universe (Brahman- I am) expressing itself through you as (Atman - I am), in that moment. You know longer see through the eyes of flesh but as the I of God Aka Brahman or true Self.
Do you identify EXPERIENTIALLY, not theoretically, as yourself or as Thy Self? Theoretically is just a mental concept of the true Self and not good enough. We are past that now. The new age demands for the experience - the being of the true Self that you KNOW - not believe, is true.
In other words, are you conscious of yourself as a person separate to the whole, or are you conscious of being Awareness - the whole, working through a person?
The way to gauge how close you are to becoming fully conscious is to notice how often you, as consciousness are lost in thought. If you can stay in the moment without losing yourself to thought, you are almost home.
~ Love Tracy