A: I wouldn’t worry about it. When you’re done, you’re done. That being said, the ego’s questions and problems are endless, so you can always manufacture more questions and problems for me to answer. Also, the Self is forever expanding, growing, and evolving. So there will be continuous questions and answers. There is no “end”. The “end” is a fabricated concept of the ego. It creates time, and like I said, time can be used as a tool, but eventually, the tool takes over and starts to run the show, leaving stress, anxiety, depression and all sorts of human suffering. Learn to respect time, but live in the moment. Now that’s something to contemplate.
Q: My contemplation for the day is “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son.” Does this have a different meaning other than how it is traditionally interpreted? Is there another way to see this other than God sending a savior to save us?
A: Yes and no. Yes, He literally gave His son so that humanity could be saved. This can be a little hard to comprehend, that God has a son, literally, and that you are now “saved” because of his sacrifice. So there is another way of looking at it as well.
Upon close examination of your contemplation for the day, we find that not only are we saved if we accept this, but that we are unconditionally loved. For some reason, this is not emphasized near as much as the fact that Jesus is our Savior that God sent for us. But if you stop, pull back from your absorption in your everyday tasks, you can feel God’s love enveloping us. It feels like an all-encompassing peace, a peace that is there at all times, in all situations.
So, to answer your question, yes, God really did give his only begotten son because he so loved the world. And if you really want to feel the gift in this, stop and feel God’s love all around us. When the world seems like it has gone mad, God’s love is always there, will always be there, Amen.
Different types of meditation. (Part 2)
(continued from previous post)
There is meditation of ego consciousness. This meditation is not best done in a quiet space, unlike the awareness meditation. It is analogous to a meditation on the inner parent consciousness. It is actually best done while partaking in your everyday activities.
During this meditation, you watch your ego, as you go about your activities of daily living. You watch yourself eat breakfast, you watch yourself read the news, you watch yourself watch TV, you watch yourself go to work. In this way, you become very aware of your ego, and as you become more aware, you naturally align yourself more with your higher self, your witness consciousness.
This can become very automatic, and is a great meditation to perform every day. Most people know about sitting down or lying to meditate, but do not practice this type of waking, day-to-day meditation, and, therefore, their sitting or lying meditation is confined to the meditation cushion instead of filling their daily lives.
In this way, you can perform sitting or lying meditation for years with little to no change. Incorporate waking walking meditation into your life, consistently, every day, for a huge shift in consciousness.
It is important to note that the parent consciousness often does not accept the animal consciousness (inner child), or the adult consciousness (witness consciousness). It is often the source of criticism, prejudices, and strife, both inwardly and outwardly. Also, by not accepting its other parts, its keeps us stressed and limits our spiritual growth.
It is important to note that the parent consciousness (ego) is rooted in fear, and its biggest fear is losing control. It sees accepting the adult and child consciousness as losing control, and this is why it is constantly at war with them.
There is also a meditation of the animal consciousness, or what is known as the “inner child.” This mediation is best done by watching what happens when you are stressed, upset, want something, and so on. It is the part of you that wants what it wants, when it wants it, and if doesn’t get it, it will pout, be outwardly aggressive, inwardly aggressive, or passive aggressive.
It is important to watch this part of your consciousness when it arises, and not take action on its behalf. Taking action based on the feelings of the inner child will most often result in unwanted repercussions later on or immediately in life. This is also the most difficult meditation to perform. To watch your animal consciousness in the heat of an argument is a very difficult and advanced thing to do.
So, as you can see, all three meditations bring you back to the ultimate meditation, the meditation of consciousness. Perform the inner adult (witness) meditation during times of peace, the inner parent (ego) meditation during your daily life, and the inner child (animal consciousness) meditation during times of stress.
All three will strengthen your higher self, or witness consciousness, and ultimately allow for a more peaceful, happier life.
“Beingness” and “doingness.”
Q: How can we relax more into “beingness” rather than “doingness”?
A: People see beingness and doingness as a duality, and that is the problem. From the ego’s perspective, it’s either/or. However, doingness is contained within beingness.
To relax more into beingness, you just have to take a step back, get a wider perspective, and become both the witness and the doer of actions. Both the witness and the doer are contained within beingness. Beingness is all inclusive, not either/or or exclusive. But to think of beingness from the point of view of the ego creates a duality. In reality, there is no duality, and herein lies the error.
Practice this, contemplate this definition. Have faith that this shift within your consciousness will happen. You are responsible for the work you put into this, but not the outcome. Realizing this in and of itself will take the wind out of the sails of the ego and put you more into the state of consciousness of beingness.
Learning this is kind of like any other skill in your life. It seemed like it took forever for little me to learn to ride a bike, but now that little me knows how, he will probably never forget. Realizing beingness is kind of like that.
Also, just as one person may learn something very easily, one may learn beingness easily, or it may be very difficult for another person. It may take a long or short time. All this is karmically determined.
But if one remembers that they are responsible for the effort put in, not the outcome, and practices humbly (remember, true humility is a sign of non-attachment, just as impatience is a characteristic of ego), it will take the stress out of learning, and the state of beingness will be reached much more quickly.