AN ESSAY ON REALITY
Eastern religions and new age practitioners want to convince you that the reality we know is an illusion. Just because the entity I know as “Me, Myself and I” is brought into being by the same force that makes every bit of matter vibrate doesn’t mean I am a dream. (see my thoughts on the God Field – repeated just after this essay for easy reference) My consciousness believes I am real.
Even if I am God’s dream, my reality is all “I” will ever have. If after 20 billion years God wakes up and the dream ends, my piece of reality will still have been real to me. I have a unique opportunity to live a human life, and through my eyes, my thoughts and my actions, so does the creator. Humanity’s interaction with nature is a complex story. I don’t care if you are observing the microscopic bugs in a river or watching the joy of a two-year old experiencing a birthday party, it is our reality.
I am a separate “self” optimizing every moment, enjoying my reality. I acknowledge that Mike’s world is God’s world and everything is created at the most basic level by the same stuff that makes all matter real. I am one with everyone and even this rock we call earth.
There is not a bunch of God goo that makes up a being that has human qualities. A God with jealousy, rage and wrath who takes sides in petty human drama does not exist in Mike’s world. I believe there is conscious thought beyond our comprehension guiding nature and it has done so since the moment our reality popped into existence over 13 billion years ago. I prefer to think this God loves creation and the complexities of the dance of life. If you dig deep enough and get past the bull about what various religions think God wants; you will find they all seem to think God is the manifestation of love.
While we live in this reality we should live every moment, optimizing the drama that is our life. It doesn’t matter if our part is playing with a child, making a tasty dinner, watching a loon fish or an eagle soar. Our responsibility is to be fully present in each moment. I hope each moment is full of love and joy but if my moment becomes pain and suffering let me fully experience it, become it, until it passes.
I may sit in the dark and meditate. If I am lucky I may find enlightenment or the radiance of divine bliss. Becoming one with creation and merging with all that is may bring me peace. The cruel fact is, it doesn’t let me off the hook or lessen the need for me to live my separate life. If I dedicate all of my cycles to visiting with the divine I still create an earthly drama that becomes a record in the file of life, but I cheat my separate story of the depth and complexity it could achieve.
Comparing the intensity of the “Big Love” that radiates from the divine onto all of creation with the joy of living each moment fully, is not fair. Both are magnificent. If you live your separate drama with boredom and lack of appreciation it is still your story, but the book will gather dust on the shelf and find no readers. If your story becomes cruel, evil, perverted or depraved it may be a page turner but it won’t contribute to joy and love.
Humans may speak for God and tell us that God does not like or want one type of story over another but we will never know during our trip through this reality who is right. I enjoy the warm glow of love and wonder much more than conflict and drama. Despite my ignorance I do know my preference. I choose each moment to live life fully bathed in wonder and joy.
I believe consciousness is eternal and the evidence for life after death is convincing. My reactions are usually kind and loving but there are stories and behaviors that would cause me to banish the perpetrators to Hell fires for eternity. The narrow focus from my slice of human drama seeks justice and revenge. It is not broad enough to embrace all of creation with penetrating love. In all likelihood God’s love is so big that even histories villains have been embraced with grace.
I hope one day to be filled with the penetrating love that allows me to embrace the warts of humanity. It is so much easier to ignore warts and pretend they do not exist. The details of perverted actions mar the joy of my soul. I may be one with everyone and everything but thankfully I am spared omnipotent knowledge. Ignorance truly is bliss.
This view of reality has developed over the past couple of years. I used to see the world from my personal perspective. Constructing a life optimized for me and my family. The focus was to keep the bosses happy to maximize the income and positive feedback, keep the wife happy to maximize good food and good loving and do everything possible to help the kids develop into responsible productive adults. I looked for ways to make life better for friends, extended family and acquaintances. I maintained my efforts in that order with progressively less effort as the scale went toward strangers.
Now with no bosses, a happy wife and no kids the cycles available for the world at large are increasing. My embrace of a relationship based on oneness with all of creation gives new avenues to impact the world. I do not need to concentrate on making life good or happy for me. I really am already so happy I am busting at the seams with a joy that runs deep.
It has never been and may never be my lot to improve the life of the poor and downtrodden. I may choose to but I have never felt responsible. At this point I certainly don’t know enough to do it right. Much harm has occured despite good intentions. Handouts are not the answer, but neither is starvation and life in destitute squalor.
Next up in this post is a repeat of the poem “The God Field” from book 3 (Mind and Soul Candy)
THE GOD FIELD
I thought of our human body as separate from God.
I thought of consciousness as the part of humankind made in God’s image and actually one with God, and our ticket to the afterlife.
Conscious awareness is the essence of our being, we are the eyewitness and God is observing the world through our human eyes.
It is a bit of a stretch to take this view farther and claim we are one with each other, linked by God.
The stretch is shorter when you take the view that God is a particle field that is larger than the universe and as the field interacts with living and inorganic matter it brings everything into mass and a part of physical reality.
We can’t comprehend God or even speculate on plans or motivations, we can only see our pages in the book.
Suddenly separation dissolves and we are one with God, humanity and every object in the universe.
Invisible fields are well documented in physical reality. We are comfortable with the electromagnetic fields, the gravitational fields and using the electromagnetic spectrum to send communication invisibly through the air. Last year the Higgs Boson, a particle from the “God field” was proven to exist.
If this is a physical manifestation of God we must change how we view God.
We can’t fall from grace; we and every particle of the universe are given mass and created each moment by God.
God’s power does not tower over us, it infuses us.
God can’t want anything from us, God has and is everything.
Ancient theology got it wrong; God does not control with wrath or condone violence to solve problems, God just is the basis of life.
The plant, animal and human drama of passing through life is the God story, the drama of life.
God is life and life is God.
God is the source of life.
Life wants nothing but to be.
Freewill lets us use and abuse life as we see fit, no demands, expectations or desires.
We create the next chapters in our story.
Creation by creativity, talk about clever now this is clever.
No one sits on high demanding worship or passing out punishment for incorrect worship.
Emotions on all points of the scale, good and evil and shades of grey are all fully owned by God, and the book is a page turner.