The Authentic Self and the Idea of God

I have come to think that potential, a concept which I have been contemplating for years, can be thought of as the ultimate Everything-and-Nothing, the All-That-Is, which is commonly referred to as God.

This idea of God is not a religious one. It is not our own best guess at what a person with superpowers would be like. For these sorts of gods, one might as well believe in the Avengers — they are defined by human ideas of personhood and are really no different than the superheroes of our favourite stories.

In my cosmology, God is simply everything that is possible, in a singularity of infinite Oneness. However, God is not a Self the way people are. God is not a being with a defined personality and consciousness who experiences things and reacts to them. God, rather, IS all the things, and space and time and everything.

But again, God is not a Self or a person. For to be a Self is to be contained and limited — to be set apart from the universe as a whole. Without the defining edge between yourself and the world, you would be God. And your edges are really your limits, the things that you are not. Your limitations ought to be valued, then, if you value your Self at all.

In fact, it is these limitations of Selfhood that allow for people to experience things. Only Selves experience anything, for to transcend Self is to BE everything. You see, experience requires change, such as time or circumstance. And in my cosmology, God transcends time and circumstance and physicality altogether. Moreover, God is the very thing we are experiencing — no matter what that is.

To be everything, God must ultimately be morally neutral in our human eyes. Morality is entirely created by Selves — and there is nothing wrong with that as long as you understand what that means. It means we are each free to pursue our own sense of morality: ideally what we experience and feel as being right and sacred with respect to our understanding of our authentic Selfhood. We will each have different ideas, and that is no trouble ultimately because God contains it all and is entirely neutral. Naturally, God is not a judge.

We people and everything we experience are God’s potential made “manifest” through the simple fact that we are experiencing it. By our own experience of ourselves and the world, we play out God’s imagination. Selves experience what God dreams into being, and there is value in this.

It matters what we genuinely believe and value and call sacred. It matters because we are experiencing God and Self at once, only Selves can create a sense of meaning to it all. It doesn’t really matter what you value — it matters that you value it, and bring meaning to it, and ideally this is done with careful attention to Self understanding.

Self understanding is the discovery of one’s authenticity. What you truly value is what has not been forced on you, or the result of certain insecurities and fears. What you truly value may not be what you have been taught to value. Be honest with yourself, and as you grow in awareness, allow for changes in your values too. Finding your authentic Self is not really the end goal of life; nor is it a race to the finish line. However, it is vital that you continue to learn and experience who you are. At the very least, you will find that knowing yourself allows you to create less suffering for yourself!

I have written several posts aiming to get a person thinking about what they value and who they are. There is a sort of worksheet of questions here that will help get you started: https://dreamcraftlife.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/heartwork-20-questions-for-seekers/

Also, this post about deconstructing your false desires may be of use to you: https://dreamcraftlife.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/heartwork-deconstructing-the-false-self/

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Perspectives, Experience, and States of Being

Perspective, generally, consists of the limitations of our belief systems, through which any and every experience is understood. Perspective limits experience by defining it, but we cannot experience anything without some perspective through which to make sense of it. Thus there are no absolutes, no “real truth” or anything of that sort. However, that doesn’t mean that perspectives are somehow bad. It’s how you use them that counts: because your perspective shapes you and your world. If you control your perspective, you control your experience too. 

How do we really know if our perspective is working for us? There are some clues to be had in our emotions — because emotions are to our consciousness what sensation is to our bodies; a way to judge how we are doing. But trying to simply conjure up the perspective of “feeling good” or “happiness” rings rather hollow. That’s why all those well-meaning instructions about the power of positive thinking haven’t helped you yet: you want more than to just feel good, don’t you?

There are four main perspectives to see things from. These four perspectives represent four different states of being. If you analyze your decisions, your desires, your values, and your goals through these four perspectives, you can look for trends or flaws in your thinking. Because the perspective you carry with you now should be a balance of these four states of being: the four perspectives ought to be held simultaneously as lenses through which to analyze your experiences. 

The Four States of Being

  1. Physical Existence. This is the state we feel we are “naturally born into” but it isn’t the whole story. It is the physical experience of the body and what we sense by its physical sensory apparatus. This is a perspective that tells you to tend to your body, your comfort, your health needs, and avoid injury or death. If you stop here and only perceive life physically, you will likely be selfish — wanting only your own comfort, unless benefiting others also benefits yourself. Instant gratification tends to be the rule here.
  2. Consciousness or Spiritual Existence. This is the state of the thinking mind. From this perspective, the body is not all-important, and the needs of the present moment must be tempered by the possibilities of the future. From this perspective, you may feel “ungrounded” or fail to tend to responsibilities that your body or society demands you fulfill. Spirit is not limited by space the way that physical being is; so it sees past what is manifest and possesses the power of imagination. Imagination gives us hopes, goals, and fears, as well as allowing us to worry about how we’re being judged or perceived by others. 
  3. Infinite Self/Higher Self/Authentic Self Existence. This state is imagined by the mind by removing the limits of both time and space from the self. The self then exists all-at-once and does not “need” anything — it is complete, has access to all the learning spirit could do given infinite time, and thus has abstracted wisdom from these infinite experiences. This imagined state provides a unique perspective: what would you desire in life if you had already experienced all there was? What does your authentic self value? What does your authentic self believe? The perspective of the authentic, infinite self allows us to see past the limits of society, the present moment, and everything we think we value, and get down to what the self is all about. 
  4. Infinite Being Existence. This state is imagined by removing the limit of separation between self and other, as well as the previous limits of space and time. All that can exist, does exist, and is united in a single, whole perspective. This perspective helps us see beyond the self and understand that “self” and “other” are just limitations we’ve defined, through which to understand our world. Self and other need not be separate, and this creates the fundamental value of compassion, balancing the purely physical self’s egoic desires and fears with an outlook that values the entire system in which you live. 

The four main states of being offer us ways to look at any situation or decision to be made, and examine it from four different perspectives. A belief or choice should hold true in each perspective. For instance, if you want to do something that will hurt others, you will quickly realize that this conflicts with the “Infinite Being” perspective, and then you can use the other perspectives to question why you thought you really wanted to do such a thing. 

Also, if you feel “stuck” not knowing what to do with your time, you can evaluate your life through the four perspectives and find something that is fulfilling at all levels. 

Your perspective is your god-like power to choose how you will experience it: but the key is to wield this power with a careful balance, satisfying all states of your being and existence. 

Finding Authenticity

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Authenticity is our birthright, the wisdom of the soul, and something that ought to come naturally. There can be no thinking when we enact authentic lives. The connection to our soul’s wisdom is best sought through the intuition, by feeling; meanwhile thinking is best utilized to deconstruct the false self, the one programmed to think in defined ways that closes more doors than it opens.

Beneath the false self’s programming lies a stream of “thought” too fast to parse; it is quicksilver at lightspeed, subtle but strong. This is the gut-feeling of your soul, and if you act by it, you are being authentic — this is the only measure of authenticity.

Deconstructing the false self seems an overwhelming task. However, you are seeking freedom, and freedom is not something to be hampered by endless internal debate. If you at least know your soul’s true desires and can see the problems inherent in what your false self believes it desires, as I have spoken about here, you can recognize instantly and intuitively if you are feeding your authentic self or your false self. Freedom, then, in authenticity, need not be full of fear that you are doing anything wrong, as long as your actions are in accordance with the desires of your soul.

The authentic self knows its own sovereignty and seeks only to be freed. This means letting go of the conditioned and ignorant false self, overthinking your every move, and simply connecting to your soul’s reactions in any given situation.

It can be terrifying to be authentic in a world that has taught us to act in ways that are precisely the opposite. My own soul is very childlike, desiring to create joy through imagination and laughter and play.  And the world may well disapprove. But it is the world that programmed our false selves in the first place, and by co-creation we seek to change the world from within, by changing our perspective and experience of it.

“Be yourself,” the world says, long after it has taught you who to be and how to think. Authenticity reclaims the original self, the self that is eternal in the soul, which persists beyond any circumstance and cannot be shaken.

Can you hear the subtle current of your soul’s desires, far in the depths of your consciousness? Can you connect with the soul’s natural responses and live from a place of power and peace? Can you learn to open the door to let your authenticity come through in action without thinking, censoring, or editing? To truly act naturally is to attend to the soul-consciousness within, feeling it in your gut and acting by it alone.

 

 

Journaling My Journey: 8

I have been thinking about Soul Tribes, and the inclusion of the souls of our Earthbound loved ones, whether they are still alive or not. This led me to visit the soul (or authentic, higher self) of my own partner, Willow.

I cannot aptly describe the experience of connecting with Willow’s most purified soul, stripped and healed of all the Earthbound false conditioning, desires, and wounds. I cherish every moment I spend in the Allulands with her, sometimes just watching moose go by.

So I composed this song for her (using Studio One and my Korg synthesizer). It is deeply, deeply special to me, as it speaks to my connection with my lover’s true self.

 

The Art of Compassion: 5

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The compassionate warrior always wins because they’re fighting the right war.

When you strip away the false self you aren’t getting rid of ego — you are getting rid of selfishness insofar as selfishness doesn’t work for you. There is nothing wrong with Self or Ego, when it means being your authentic self and being compassionate. Trying to get rid of Ego and Self completely is like trying to get rid of your body. The Ego exists and it is just as valid as Oneness, just as precious. Self and Other are two sides of a coin and in complementary duality; they co-exist in a deeply intertwined relationship, like quantum entangled particles. You cannot disengage Self from Other.

This complementary duality of Self and Other intrinsically implies the value of compassion. Since Self and Other are entangled principles, it is beneficial the self to practice compassion towards the Other.

When you treat the Other kindly, you are necessarily affecting yourself and ultimately being kind to yourself. This is the effect of complementary duality and entanglement of Self and Other.

Philosophers of morality have noted that one cannot tell if a “selfless” act is really possible, because all “selfless” acts benefit the self on some level, even just to satisfy our desires to be a good person. This is precisely the magic of compassion in action. True compassion is the entanglement of Self and Other and is always the best choice for both.

You necessarily honour yourself best when honouring others. Ego and Self aren’t “dirty words” — it is all in your perspective of them.

Pretending to be selfless is just as bad as being selfish. One cannot truly be selfless because one is a self. And as long as one recognizes the entanglement of Self and Other, living to benefit both, authentically, the right balance of relationship is maintained. One cannot be compassionate without recognizing the authentic self; after all, it takes a “you” and a “me” to make an “us”.

As I have written previously, here, the magic of Dreamcraft lies in being able to affect others — and even change your world — through thoughts, feelings, and actions. The genuine emotions you project are encoded in the electromagnetic field of the heart and physically affect the world around you. Solid scientific research has been progressing on this phenomenon. And that’s just the physical side of things — how much are your emotions also affecting the world around you spiritually?

 

Grounding Yourself in Your Soul

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When you have a good idea of what your authentic soul is like (techniques to discover this can be found here), “being a soul” becomes a practical and truly grounding thing. It is not at all esoteric or “airy” to be a soul — it just means being your true self, free from your mistaken desires, ego, and “false self”. Learning how to be a soul in your Earthbound life allows for a deep and practical, grounded experience.

I have already described this technique many times, in many different ways, but when you apply it to the idea of grounding yourself it becomes useful for centering, balancing, and being ready to face the world. This technique allows you to let go of any anxieties or misplaced fears, as well as bringing your attention squarely to what is truly important in your life, and what you want to do. So it is focusing, calming, strengthening, and extremely practical for approaching daily Earthbound life.

Grounding Technique for Stepping Into Your Authenticity

Close your eyes. Let go of your Earthbound, egoic false self: visualize it streaming out of you from your feet. Now seek to connect with your soul: feel yourself jump into it, and draw it down into yourself, into the crown of your head, feeling it stream in and visualizing it like vivid light. Can you feel it? Take a moment: imagine the wild potential and strength of your free soul. Realize the directions you want to take in your life. Reconnect with your own moral compass. See where you have been slipping into the egoic, false self — have you been spending too much time in mindless activities, for instance? Let go of how you have been behaving and connect with how your authentic self wants to live.

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When you ground yourself in the soul, you are aware of Earthbound struggles but you are seeing them in a new light. Seeing your life from the perspective of the soul awakens your true strength and power to calmly and intelligently deal with anything that comes your way.