Originally posted by Icarus_Fallen
A good exercise to strengthen one's handle on the paradigm shift that is 'enlightenment', is to redefine the things we perceive. Instead of viewing
your world as a compilation of numerous objects, consider the many apparent objects as a group of adjectives that collectively define the One
and Only noun that exists; so that a statement, that "Here is a chair.", would be paraphrased thusly: "Here the Universe is chairish.".
The goal of this thought experiment (and others like it) is to train one's mind to see things not as objects ...but as aspects of the
only object in existence -- the Universe.
It is important to remember that what we call "I" is only a label, such as "him", "her" or "it". The "I" that actually is, is
label-less....The true state of "I" is actually a state of "is".
The universe is, and I am...therefore, we are...and, we are one, no getting around it.
Individualized (compartmentalized) consciousness is a great gift...it is the gift of physical life and makes possible the ability to experience, and
learn from experience. When we leave the physical plane, our experience carries over...because our consciousness is energy...and energy cannot be
created or destroyed...it can only change forms, because it always is, always was and always will be. The consciousness that composes, binds &
animates the universe and all that is, is that which is...and it is what the deepest, truest "self" is...and when we understand that consciousness
IS "God", and the creative force of existence (both eternal & individual)...then we start to break down the artificially imposed illusionary mental
& psychological walls of ego-centric individuality, and just Be.
I've been saying it for years now...the missing piece of the puzzle, the unifying "theory of everything" is CONSCIOUSNESS...the part of being that
IS Being. There is no past...only memory and imprints (impressions) upon the physical world. There is no future...only choice. There is only
Now...and it is ALWAYS Now. Whenever you start to wonder if you are One with the Universe...just tell yourself "This Is Happening Right Now". Know
this in ANY situation or thought, and the rest will (or should) follow naturally.
There is no distinction between Mind and God.
Gravitation, Electromagnetism, Strong & Weak Nuclear Forces...And Consciousness. Earth, Wind, Water, Fire & I.
"I" (am) the Observer of my thoughts...(is)
"God And I Are One...Times Moon, Times Star, Times Sun...The Factor Is Me".
"I Am That I Am"
edited to add a missing comma...
[edit on 12/4/2008 by JamesTheScribe]