By Robert Cinque
Humanity’s long history of self neglect and abuse has resulted in a world in which suffering and brutality are considered normal and inevitable. Even spiritual luminaries like the Buddha proclaimed that life itself is suffering and taught his followers to renounce desire in order to reach liberation. Is life really suffering? Is there truly such a thing as Original Sin? Overpopulation? Scarcity? We are constantly being bombarded by news of threats to our well being and how we need to rely on our leaders and experts to rescue us. Fragmented, bewildered, hungry, and clueless, we stumble forward eating the crumbs that have been left for us in a path that leads to more and more despair, confusion, and desperation. Are we really threatened by ruthless enemies who must be destroyed or are we being hoaxed into a fear based position? Here is my answer:
Life continues to arise in spite of countless deaths, therefore, death is no threat to life. From the mortal bodymind’s point of view, death is indeed a threat and must be avoided at all costs. Does the fact that we die mean that we are actually threatened? Is there really any way to avoid our vulnerabilities? An even more important question is “If so, should we?”
I have noticed that our vulnerability as born beings is easily exploitable and is being used as a method of control by those who purport to have our best interests at heart. However, the great value of our vulnerability and enormous sensitivities are far more important than the way in which we use them, and allow them to be used against us.
They are doorways into the central core of the heart.
Far from being mere liabilities or weaknesses, our vulnerabilities as human beings represent our greatest opportunity for illumination and realization of life, or truth, itself. Those who promise us security and safety are false prophets who themselves are scared to death. The great news is that our actual Self, the sum total of all Existence, is not threatened at all. Change and death only prove this and are reasons for great confidence in life, not doubt or despair, which is how we routinely interpret them. Change and death keep us sensitive to the preciousness and sacredness of the Presence of Life and are our great allies in the living of an inspired life. Feel good promises and campaign rhetoric are not going to sustain us for very long. What we need is Food, not pictures of food.
How did we get into this mess? The short answer is that we have misinterpreted the data of our experience. We have assumed that we are threatened by change and death and that we must cling to the shiny trinkets sold to us by the smiling but dreadful faces of the religious and scientific intelligentsia.
The first lie we unknowingly swallow is that individuation means separation and that we are marooned on an island of flesh. This assumption is just that, an assumption that we plaster onto our actual situation, which is unity and coherence with all of life. This is easily verifiable and Factual and can be observed everywhere. Humanity has traded its birthright for a bowl of porridge and, so far, has been led around by the nose by cunning minds for centuries. We are like the mother with 3 kids who puts up with her husband’s abuse because she figures she has nowhere else to go. She is so vulnerable to her love for her children, she puts up with abuse for their sake. The human race is bewildered, in shock, and easily manipulated. The Nazis, for example, learned how to program people by shattering the psyche through torture and trauma and to then insert false ideas into their victim’s vulnerable minds. In the same way, humanity is being electro-shocked and programmed into panic through black psy-ops like 911 and the economic crisis.
Underneath all this garbage shines the Wonder and Glory of Life, in all its Innocence and Grandeur, radiating everywhere in all directions. It is up to us to see through the lie and stand in the actual condition in which we all inhere: seamless continuity between consciousness and matter, God and self, whole and part. Separation from Life, from God, Truth, Love is not even possible. The ego, the assumption of separation, of abandonment and betrayal, has, in fact, never really existed, except in the imagination of countless millions of individuals. It appears to be real but is in fact something we are slathering on to Reality which is always completely free and egoless and under no illusions about its own nature as all pervading Presence. This Life, this Consciousness, what we call God, is all that exists. No individual has ever had any actual existence independent of This. There is only one Self and you are it, You in your entirety, not just this personality we call “me”. God became man, the Word became flesh, the Face of the Divine Being shows up everywhere like a Grinning Fire. There is no reason to emotionally withdraw from this and become a dangerous psychotic who eats pictures of food, starving to death, endlessly insane and extremely hostile and dangerous. This monster leads its creator around like a whipped dog.
It is up to us to reclaim our actual position as conductors and embodiments of the infinite Current of Life and stand as free beings living passionately and intimately with, and as, Existence itself…the Heart of All. We have bought and sold so many lies that we now live in a plastic world that we think is Reality itself. Overcoming this self imposed illusion is the most needed and urgent task for all of us and represents authentic spiritual practice that produces real results in the real world. I suspect that the wool has been pulled over our eyes as Nature’s intelligence test, to see if we will accept what we are told or will realize the actual Position that we are in.
Christ is reported to have said, The wheat will be separated from the chaff. This is accomplished by flooding the world with shiny trinkets and false gods, to see who will take the bait and who will see that there is a hook hidden within it.
There is a famous painting at the Vatican, which depicts the hundreds of scholars and priests commissioned by Constantine, marching toward Nicaea where the books of the New Testament were chosen and adopted as sacred dogma. Leading this august body is the Greek god Mercury who flies in the air ahead of the entourage. Why is a mythical, pagan archetype leading the most important Council of Christendom?
Mercury is a poisonous element that is mixed with gold ore as a way of extracting the gold from the impurities and detritus with which it is chemically bound in rock. The mercury bonds itself to the ore, leaving the gold behind. In the same way, the poisonous lie of scientific materialism and religious provincialism binds itself to the hardened heart of Man, leaving the Gold and the Wheat, free at last.
Waking up in Prison
Authentic spiritual practice and discipline are founded and grounded in responsibility, not beliefs or metaphysics, which are way downstream from What is always already the case: seamless unity between matter and consciousness, self and God, part and whole. Our emotional recoil, our collapse from Reality, from Love, our assumption of separation from Truth, creates the stressful search for unity and meaning, which cannot be found because we are pushing it away. Truly, there is no discrete entity living inside my head or heart, there is only Reality fractalizing into versions of Itself that I call “me”. Failure to make this distinction results in a confusion that prevents me from being intimate with That which lives itself as me and everything else. The part is lived by the whole and there exists a deep and passionate intimacy between the two.
Thus, to “repent” means to turn back from our foray into identification with one side of the equation (matter/body), and, to “sin no more”, becomes a sacred commitment to face and embrace Reality’s descent into the body, that which I actually am. That’s right. I am the living, embodied Presence of Reality and so are you. We are embodied consciousness, intelligent Light that creates appropriate forms for its expression.
You, for example.
Waking up to this already existing Fact is crushing and humbling and illuminating because it outshines my assumption of separateness, (egoism) and relieves me of the burden of being a searcher, a somebody. Yes, I am a “somebody”, an individuated being, a self, a personality, but it’s not separate from God any more than a whirlpool is separate from the River.
We are the whirlpool and the River, human and divine, intimate with each other, lovers that are simultaneously “separate” and one. We are only apparently separate which is the way Reality incarnates, making endless distinctions and variations of Itself, playful themes and modifications of its own intense Dynamic. To assume that organic distinctions in Nature, such as the leaf on the tree, is evidence that the leaf is separate from the Tree is what creates egoism and suffering and the search for God. However, it is not God who is lost and must be found. It is we who are lost and must step back from the ludicrous and arrogant assumption of our separation from Truth (Reality), which is Love and Unity of all Life. There is only One Life living Itself as all beings and worlds.
All techniques and remedies and solutions to our self created problem, spiritual, religious, psychological, political or otherwise, are doomed to not only fail, but to guarantee our endless enslavement. It hurts to be an ego and going to the doctor or priest only hurts more because he, like us, assumes our problem to be real. Instead of telling us to take our hands off our throats and our fingers out of our eyes, he gives us a prescription for the pain and sets up another appointment. This is like waking up in prison and asking the warden for a better pillow as a solution to our feelings of despair and longing. Break out of the prison! The door isn’t even locked! We think it’s locked. It isn’t.
All the grievous maladies and injustices in the world stem from this spiritual error and nothing will change on planet earth until we wake up from our exclusive identification with a separate self, a false self, and be Who and What we already are: Love embodied, the Word made flesh.
(c)2009 Robert Cinque