I am very lucky: the questions my students send me have caused me to have a deeper understanding for my own work.
These students are often seeking new insights in their pressing circumstances from me. Lately it is all about making a decision to stay or leave, to let go or to fight.
It is a huge responsibility to talk to people who are looking for answers.
If they use the insights I give them and don't make them their own, they run the risk of making a decision "because" I said so.
One of my students asked "is it a matter of meditating over this decision now?"
This particular student has been a meditator for five years. The particular form of meditation he is doing with some master is to open up his ability to gain insight from All-of-it.
And this seemingly intelligent move, to meditate to gain insight is what I want to talk about today.
If you are a "normal" human being, brought up by parents or caregivers, if you went to school, if you live in a family or any other community, you are conditioned to have a world view that is airtight.
It is the world view that considers society, family, country, a life-partner, important and inevitable.
"This is how it has always been..." it looks, but it is not true. All those "institutions" are against the Original Design.
Ever since those institutions have been in place, human consciousness has not grown.
Consciousness has stayed in the confines of "someone or something else is responsible for how it is..."
Without total personal responsibility for everything that you can be responsible for, consciousness doesn't go to the next level, consciousness doesn't grow.
Albert Einstein said: "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." People quote it, then they knowingly, smugly smile, as if they knew what they are talking about.
Consciousness levels are not linear: in consciousness there are huge jumps. One such jump is going from being an effect to being a cause.
At this very moment, only seven people have made that evolutionary jump, the rest of humanity are still in the "effect" bin...
Responsibility, from the point of view of consciousness, is much like integrity, is much like pregnancy. You either are or you are not. There is no sense to the word: a little bit responsible, or a little bit pregnant.
Human Being, the consciousness we call "human being" as an evolutionary stage, was caused by a single digit number of people, millions of years ago. And just like in other areas of life, this number didn't change with the explosion of humans living on the planet.
Why? Let me talk about one aspect of this, that I just saw today.
As a spiritual innovator, as a self-appointed avatar, I have been dealing with the question for quite some time: why is it that people that have attained that evolutionary jump, (call it enlightenment, if you want,) have made no difference in the number of people that also reached that stage?
Great question if I don't want to be just one of those people that tried and failed... would you agree?
I have been complaining, grumbling, accusing these people of talking and talking and talking, for their self-gratification, for money, doing nothing else. Today I saw why they had to talk.
If I consider myself and my experience typical in any way, without hearing and internalizing coherent thoughts of masters I would have never gotten where I am. And the process is never-ending, I still read a book a week, by masters. Transcriptions of talks.
Unless you are shown the inner workings of the "next paradigm" called "consciousness: human being," I would be still only having the picture of the world as it is, goodness, truth, beauty, the other, community is more important than the individual.
For me it began with Landmark, then Werner Erhard and Associates. 1
I learned bricks of the new paradigm exactly the way I learned languages. The similarity is not accidental: languages are accurate mirrors of the predominant world views of the societies that speak it.
The tone of voice, the timber of the voice, the words, the phrases are all consistent with the world view.
Have you ever noticed that men whose mother tongue is Arabic, speak with a high-pitched voice, and really loud as well? You'll notice the same phenomenon with Hindu men.
Why? Both cultures consider life on this planet just a necessary evil, and they hope to live eternal bliss in the afterlife. Which comes from the ultimate low of no responsibility, of being an effect.
Buddhists, from the same countries, speak with deep voice: there is no god in Buddhism.
Chinese is also a godless society: pay attention to their tone of voice.
Also, listen to the difference between women and men: societies that suppress women's education, or going to a place of worship: women speak with a deeper voice.
Now, I may be just imagining these differences, so please don't argue with me if you think so: what I am trying to convey is this: the language is a reflection of the dominant world view, and it is near impossible to think outside of that world view without adding words, or re-negotiating the meaning of old words.
This latter is what Werner Erhard did: he added new meaning to old words. Big mistake, if you ask me, but this is what he did.
The revolutionary distinction that he taught was the distinction of responsibility. He, single handedly, could have created thousands of "enlightened" beings, but he didn't. Why?
Because of two reasons:
- his distinction "responsibility" is not deep enough. It is more like a move, not a profound new eyes to look at the world through. In my 27 years of participating in that education, I didn't meet one single person, including the leaders, that was 100% responsible for what they can be responsible for. You can only be responsible for what you own. And the only things that you own are your thoughts, words, attitude, and actions. You can be responsible for those, 100% of the time. Anything outside of that is not responsibility, it is ego, or delusion.If you change the word "responsible" to "cause" you can see the difference clearly: you can never cause another person's behavior, you can never (directly) cause rain, snow, a revolution, or a divorce, bad feelings, anger, etc.Between what you think/say/do and the seeming effect, there is nature, physical laws, and another person and their history. Thinking otherwise is delusional.
- Werner Erhard is so deeply rooted in the current world view: community, society, that he can only teach from there: so most of the things he teaches serve "the other" more than it serves you. In another word: he is teaching you to be politically correct and make the best of the current world view, without ever having to become an individual, without ever having to break your ties with the current world view, without becoming enlightened.
But what can a single person do? What would be a course of action that could be causing the students to "jump out of the water, look down and say: 'water!' before they splash back into the water again?"
Sometimes that profound insight can be enough for a person to start on the journey of self-realization, of individuation, of developing responsibility. Can be... I said, I didn't say "will be".
It is possible that if the fish sees the water through the mind, it won't make any difference, it will become just one more piece of information.
This is why my main effort has been to get people out of their mind long enough so that their intelligence, the no-mind seeing/hearing can develop.
The Harmonize The Planet audio seems to do miracles in that arena as well: getting you out of your mind!
It is like being in the presence of a giant being with his giant "aura"... you become like it by means of harmonizing or entrainment.
If you haven't tried that audio, you should. It is amazing. Not what is said on it, not at all... it actually sounds boring and annoying. While I was recording that audio, I entered the "Avatar State" of consciousness, and stayed in it for about 10 minutes. The recording re-creates that state of consciousness, and changes your consciousness in turn. Simple, powerful. You don't even have to hear the words: the vibration does all the work.
I have always suspected that just talking would not be enough.