June 28, 2016
THE ULTIMATE INNER JOURNEY
“I want to introduce you now to some feelings you have not known before, no matter what your impressions are of Heaven or the Godhead. These feelings are feelings of joy that do not have to deny anything in order to be joyful, feelings of joy that have no undercurrent feelings of being only an intermission in an ongoing war and joy that need not hold back because of what tomorrow may bring.” (Ceanne DeRohanne, Right Use of Will)
This is the best description of the meaning of life that I have ever found and for some people, it provides an apt description of the ultimate possibilities of life, and the hoped for final destination of a successful inner journey.
Societies (pretty much all of them), impose on us a certain understanding of life,in which this potential, is eliminated from our consciousness starting at birth, passed on from one generation to the next. With such clichés as, ‘You have to take the bad with the good’, ‘Life isn’t fair’, ‘Be realistic’, ‘Too good to be true’, 'You can’t have everything you want', etc., and throughout the ‘socialization’ process, it is impressed on us that our innate understanding about the good and magical nature of life are not real and are no more than dangerous dreams and fantasies, the belief in which marks us as naïve, childish or crazy.
However, with the revelations of quantum physics that are now becoming understood, the implications can reasonably be interpreted to mean that ‘reality’, which is a manifestion of consciousness, is more dreamlike than not, consisting of energy, not matter, and that energy being most similar to the energy of thought. (From the film documentary, What the Bleep Do We Know?) What society teaches us is only a dream is now scientifically showing itself to be the only true reality. So the first step in this journey, which can start for you if and whenever you like, is to take back the destination. This is not for everybody, but if it is of interest to you, it begins with understanding what it is.
The same way red, crispy, round and tasty describe an apple; peace, love, beauty, harmony justice, and joy describe the potential of reality in its most true form. Whether this is the true destination of one’s inner journey or not is up to each individual person. If it makes sense to you, then it is yours.
If it seems reasonable to you that this seemingly dreamlike reality is your birthright, you will want to understand how and why each of us eliminated this understanding from our own individual consciousness even though it was the most basic understanding we were born with. This is difficult to find out because it was achieved before we were fully conscious of even having it. Through intimidation, peer pressure and a complicated system of false, self perpetuating rationales, we were indoctrinated into giving up our personal integrity and autonomy, our trust in our own hearts and souls, our trust and understanding of our own feelings and our self reliance, most of it in place before we graduated from kindergarten.
One of the most important parts of this process of deception is our own complicity in it, today known as denial. It involves another huge misunderstanding, regarding the permanent and inevitable nature of what we have all come to know as our unconscious.
While it is undeniable that we all have feelings stuck in a place where we don’t normally access them, it is not in the least true that this is our natural state nor that we have no power to release anything and everything which is unconscious into our consciousness at any time . Actually, somewhere along the line, not paying attention to something became known as that something becoming unconscious. But it was and is no more unconscious than anything we are at the moment not paying attention to. That which is ‘unconscious’ becomes conscious upon being triggered by intent, memory, events, thoughts, and feelings, even odors, all the time. We are all perfectly capable of beginning the process of becoming wholly conscious of everything we currently hold in a state of unconsciousness whenever we are ready to.
So the first challenge is to understand how ‘the unconscious’ came about and how we contributed to it. We have been taught, but we have also chosen to accept into our own belief systems, that some of our natural feelings and perceptions, no matter how deeply felt and obvious they seem to us, are unacceptable and we should not have them, let alone express them. These feelings and perceptions are no different from the feelings and perceptions that we accept and express, except that they have been labeled as bad and we have been taught that they must be repressed in order to maintain the illusion of a peaceful society. We also must take responsibility for personally adopting these understandings so that we may see that we have the freedom to discard them if we see fit. And to keep from creating new ‘unconscious’ memories in the future, we need to be very clear that we do not gain anything by denying (repressing) our feelings and perceptions into ‘unconsciousness.
So in the journey to the place of ever evolving joy, peace, clarity, love, knowledge and justice, known as ‘The Ultimate’ in eastern thought, it is very good to know the destination and to acknowledge consciously its high priority in your heart. The route to be taken is that of clearing the channels of understanding by becoming fully aware of the feelings and perceptions presently making up your ‘unconscious’, as well as fully aware of the longing of your own heart for complete fulfillment. In other words, becoming fully aware of all of your feelings and true responses to life. As long as what you truly feel continues to be unrecognized by you (‘unconscious’) it will inevitably continue to create insurmountable obstacles to reaching your destination.
Recognizing your feelings means opening up to whatever feelings arise within you, at your own pace, and experiencing them as raw feeling (energy), in the present, without control or interference by thoughts, . This is easier to achieve than is normally assumed, and will follow naturally when you find your own intention to do it, although professional help might be a good idea. As quantum physics tells us, there is a field of energy, known as infinite possibility, in which we all exist, and all possibilities there can be actualized by focusing conscious attention on them. In this case, in order to do that, we first must remove the ‘unconscious’ obstacles within us. We can do that simply by experiencing them as raw feeling (no thoughts) and paying attention to them.
At any time on this journey there may appear an obstacle known as an impasse, a place in the journey where it seems there is no passage possible. That doesn’t mean it is not passable. It just means it can be difficult to find the pass because we are conditioned to look for it in the wrong way.
Where we need to look is at our personal choice regarding whether or not we want to make the leap from the 'practical' familiar illusion we have always known, to the magical world of quantum reality to which we may feel drawn. This quantum world is unknown to the mind, where we have learned to put all of our trust, but is completely familiar to the heart. To resolve this choice, we have to look for doubts that we can have the kind of existence we truly desire, habitual negativity in the endless possibilities of being alive, habitual risk avoidance, fear to hope, non-productive attachment and positive thinking (denial).
As the denied feelings are resolved, it will become natural to look to the heart for guidance and understanding and leave behind the denial imbued mind with its never ending misunderstandings.
When that happens, the path of your own heart will become clear to you.