reply to post by Harman
Sometimes people confuse this neutrality as emotional distance, coldness, or apathy. What I'm talking about is none of the above. While some of your
comments seem to indicate that you understood what I'm talking about, others seem to tell me that you're not entirely on the mark.
The Western mind really has a hard time grasping this state of mind.
When you mentioned nihilism I had to jump in and comment.
There is no moral question raised, this isn't about an absence of morality, or some teenage-type feeling of emptiness or pointlessness.
It's time that I talk briefly on the spiritual point of view behind neutrality in hopes of making this perspective a bit easier to understand.
A neutral person does not cling to anything as entirely necessary. The feeling is that the highest consciousness that is God permeates all things, and
in any joy or hardship, you can find this divine quality.
The fundamental nature of the universe is change, everything changes, just as a shirt may get ripped, torn, develop holes, and over time, being used,
or deteriorating, it will eventually no longer resemble the shirt it once was. Nothing stays the same forever. This being the case, there is no reason
to mourn a friend moving away, or a loved one dying. Change happens everywhere, and eventually, all circumstances will change to the degree that they
will be unrecognizable to the familiar situation.
That said, everything is bound through the natural cycle of contribution, collective unconsciousness, flow of energy, and completely permeated with
divine consciousness, therefore, nothing is lost. As nothing is lost, there is nothing to mourn.
Spirit permeates all things, all things. This means that while we have come to recognize ourselves as this person we see in the mirror, from a truly
neutral standpoint, we are the mirror, the wall holding it, and everyone else. Everything around us is infinitely sacred, as we are, therefore, should
be treated with respect, admired, and enjoyed. Even though some entities may be less conscious than us, does not mean we are better, or should take it
upon ourselves to awaken them. But some of us may feel that we can toss some bread crumbs here and there, and maybe someone will take interest and
follow the crumbs to get to where we are.
This is really what neutrality is all about. It's beyond philosophy. Eventually you come to experience the truth of it in your studies, it may take
minutes, hours, years, or lifetimes, but eventually, it will make sense to everyone.
When you as a conscious being actually have a spiritual experience that allows you to feel and for a moment hold on to a truth greater than you can
convey with words, then upon that experience you may build faith.
How faith and all this is built, I've mentioned in many previous threads, so I will ignore that topic for now.
Please understand, that while everything is entirely permeated with divine consciousness, everything is sacred, and to be taken care of, treated well,
and enjoyed. There is no gap, no thought, or feeling, or idea, or consciousness, or place, or day, or time where this consciousness is lacking, or is
greater or lesser. It is all equal, and as such, all important.
With a knowledge that this divine consciousness exists everywhere, even though we may be killed, murdered, butchered, robbed, tortured, while that
reality is sad and people should work towards eliminating it, even if such a tragic event should occur, there is comfort in the knowledge that
eventually both the victims of the situation, and the perpetrators will eventually find new life, and come to understand that such things are
terrible, as you are intentionally harming a person at the physical, mental, emotional level of consciousness. There is comfort in knowing that
eventually, even the worst horrors will end, and be no more than a mere blip in a history book, and eventually, have no record at all.
The divine level of consciousness is God, it is the highest knowing and power in the Universe that permeates all things. Just below it is the level of
spirit, the highest point where there is distinction between one conscious being and another. Then there is the collective unconscious, or mind
substance, or thinking stuff, or infinite intelligence, whatever you choose to call it. Then there is the energetic or emotional level below, and
physically the material, physical world.
Matter is the densest of forms, it has a level of consciousness and understanding all it's own.
Existing within matter, as a smaller, more subtle substance, or particle, exists energy. Energy gives shape and form to all matter, and allows
movement. This is also where emotion develops.
Even more subtle than Energy, exists the Mental vibration, a higher vibration, and even smaller particle that makes up Energy. It moves Energy, and
gives it form.
Beyond and within the Mental substance, which is very subtle, exists Spirit, the highest level of consciousness that finds distinction in the
Universe. The development of this consciousness helps to guide the Mental plane. At this level, there is much awareness of the correlation between
you, and all.
Then finally, there is the most subtle substance of all. This substance is Divine Consciousness. It does not see distinction between one being and
another. It is very subtle, and few have any spiritual experience of it, and most who know of it have only theory and no experience behind it. The
Divine Substance is so refined, so subtle, that it doesn't appear to change it all, yet all of the other particles bend and change around it.
Knowing through experience, or at least very well grasping theory, one can understand these things, and in turn, cultivate neutrality, without any of
the pitfalls of nihilism, apathy, depression, emptiness, distance, coldness, or any other such feeling.
A person who is neutral works to learn, and experience without judgment, all the while making as much progress in as many directions as possible,
either spreading out their efforts, or focusing in on certain areas. It is through progress that one may find satisfaction and fulfillment in life.
It is only when you view neutrality through the spiritual lens that it truly begins to make sense, even though the average mind resists the concept
[edit on 15-8-2008 by TheGreySwordsman]