“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.

Lifestyle tendencies of enlightened beings.

Q: Why do most people who reach enlightenment live in isolation?

A: Wouldn’t you live in isolation too if you didn’t live out of fear?  People are drawn together by the similarities in their consciousness; people hang out with like-minded people.

When someone is more identified with the watcher, though, they have less in common with most people, so there is less of a pull.  They may find themselves dwelling more in solitude, or not then.  70% of enlightened people live away from people.  So this does not mean that all enlightened people are isolated, or that just because you’re a hermit you are enlightened!  It’s just a tendency.

Q: How do they pay their bills though?
A: If you step back at it, aren’t bills like a karmic debt, in a way of speaking?  Your mortgage, your student loans, your car loan, your credit card debt, your taxes, etc., all stem from you wanting something, do they not?

Well, what happens if your karma is running out, and you don’t find yourself wanting anything?  You would probably have a lot fewer bills, right?  So in a way, most enlightened people have “downsized.”

Why do we have health problems? Why do I have so much pain?

Q: Why do we have health problems?

A: That’s a pretty big question, but it all does come down to a couple of simple facts. First, we partake in destructive behaviors: we smoke, drink, don’t exercise, don’t eat right, are negative, and so on.  All of this is bound to make us sick in some way.  Another major complicating factor is some of the negative baggage that we carry around with us.  These repressed emotions literally come out through a bodily illness, because we repress them in our psyche so much.  The last thing that makes us sick is our genes, or, in other cultures, what is called our karma.  It’s the stuff that we are born with.  However, working with the first two will minimize the expression of our genes in a negative way.

Q: Why do I have so much body pain?

A: You have so much body pain from your karma, it’s your karma to have this pain, and it’s your karma to try and fix it. Eventually you will fix it, not someone else, but I cannot tell you when or how, because this is also in the karmic package.  When you are done with this whole karmic package, it will all make sense.  You could use past life recall to aid you as well, both by yourself and with others.