Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (adventure

Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (adventure

Postby Emma Millen » Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:52 pm

We are all on a spiritual journey. For everybody, this journey starts with birth and ends with death. Our life is a link between our date of birth and date of death. A link that contains all the secrets, dramas, tragedies and comedies of our lives, and we are all abandoned in this performance that we tend to forget who we are in reality.

The book of our life stretches between the two end points, and this book is the chronicle of our wanderings. The track of our wanderings is defined and determined by our thoughts, ideas, desires and our willingness and readiness to meet the expectations.

The story of these wanderings, this personal history may be infinitely varied at an individual level. Breaking through the different heights and abysmal depths along the route in the world of shapes and forms may provide the individual Wanderer with endless joy and immeasurable sorrow. By identifying with our personal history written in the world of shapes and forms we experience ourselves as individuals different from everybody else.

Some people, a small fragment of mankind are, however, able to identify with their own respective personal histories to a lesser and lesser degree. Under certain circumstances they recognize that this Journey along the road is aimless, they are led around and around in various landscapes of the world of shapes and forms. From life to life we chase the same ideas and desires.

We have recognized that we are suffering, we are suffocated in the swamp of the multitude of beliefs and ideas, and this recognition spurs us to embark on a Journey to discover ourselves.

Understanding all this is the beginning of the real JOURNEY along the road. This journey will eventually lead us out of the world of forms and shapes, back into the realm of Consciousness, free from any identification with forms and shapes.

This book is about the Journey along the Road.
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Re: Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (advent

Postby Mark Williems » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:53 am

Inspiring words. Thanks.
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Re: Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (advent

Postby treasuretheday » Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:56 pm

Emma Millen wrote: For everybody, this journey starts with birth and ends with death

Are you sure? Or maybe we are never really born and we never really die.
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Re: Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (advent

Postby Emma Millen » Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:00 pm

The First Step of the Journey

Closing the last chapter of our personal history and taking the first step on the Journey will come with the recognition of the futility of spiritual seeking.

The Wanderer stops and abandons spiritual seeking. The individual recognizes that all the objectives they have so far been looking for outside themselves, are only found within themselves.

The Wanderer will stop when they recognize the activities of the mind and refuse to follow it any longer. The Wanderer realizes that with the help of the mind they will not be able to surpass the mind. The Wanderer will experience that stopping is the inactive moment of the mind, the silence between thoughts. In that silence, the Wanderer will experience the Consciousness without forms, and recognize that he or she is in fact the Presence without thoughts.

Starting from this internal silence, the person shall start observing the functions of their mind, and shall abandon the accumulation of spiritual teachings and the search for lofty spiritual experience. From the edge (the mind) the person will turn towards the center of his or her being (the Presence appears).

That is when the Wanderer learns to use their mind appropriately. The individual will recognize that spiritual teachings are only worth as much as these are relevant to the individual’s own life.

That recognition will not be a fruit of the mind’s analytical work; it is only inspired by the recognitions starting from the inner silence. These recognitions are best comparable to seeing (in several spiritual teachings these people are referred to as „Seers”) and they work like relevances.

The Wanderer then leaves behind the spiritual seeker, with all the accumulated knowledge and lofty spiritual experience, and takes the first step on the Journey.

~Frank M. Wanderer
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Re: Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (advent

Postby Mark Williems » Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:27 pm

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Re: Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (advent

Postby Emma Millen » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:53 pm

Nice Mark....Thank you :)
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The Games Rooted in the Deepest Levels of the Mind

Postby Mark Williems » Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:41 pm

The Ego-dominated mind plays its games in daily life, and creates the characters and scenarios necessary for the games. The content of such a scenario is determined by the individual’s environment and upbringing, that is, the culture in which we grow up. As a result, entirely different scenarios are created in the various cultures of our Earth.

At the beginning of our journey, as we have seen previously, we identify with these scenarios. The scenarios provide us with the sense of a solid identity. The patterns of thoughts fixed in the scenarios are manifested in various mind games during our daily life.

In the course of our journey leading to Consciousness, our objective should not be creating a positive character, and thus a pleasant scenario, but finding the Existence behind every scenario. The first step is examining the scenarios, these conditioned thought-patterns, in the light of Consciousness.

Let us examine some of our most extensive mind games that are rooted deepest.

~Frank M. Wanderer: The Awakening of Consciousness
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Re: The Games Rooted in the Deepest Levels of the Mind

Postby Mark Williems » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:03 pm

Ambition

Ambition is perhaps the comprehensive mind game, providing one of the deepest roots of Ego.

An elementary endeavour of every Ego is growing: to be “more”, larger and powerful. They strive to be higher and higher in the hyerarchic structure of the world, conquering more and more territory. The individual’s ambitions grow and grow, reaching larger and larger areas.

Ambitions are planted in a child by parents and teachers. Parents tend to think of an even yet unborn child as someone who is going to achieve the parents’ own’s unfulfilled ambitions.

With the educational means of reward and punishment, children are conditioned to excel among their peers, to be the best, strongest, most beautiful, etc. When the children meet the parental–and thus the social–expectations, they are rewarded, when not, they are punished. They therefore soon learn to be ambitious.

These ambitions, though based upon the past, always aim at the future. All through our lives we pursue illusionary objectives, spurred by various ambitions. Naturally, it is not impossible to satisfy an ambition, but it is immnediately replaced by a thousand others, as there are so many areas of life where we have not yet reached our ambitions.

That is how we chase senseless goals all through our lives until we die, when we realize that everybody leaves this world empty-handed, even those who lived their whole lives chasing mirages of past and future. Look into yourself to see what is in you now! See what ambitions are driving you along on the sea of life and in what direction?

The Wanderer in every moment spent awake faces two alternatives: a choice is to be made between the ambitions stretching between past and future, or the quiet, simplicity, purity and emptiness, full of vibrating life, of the present. It is, however, only the latter that brings to the life of the Wanderer the Witnessing Presence!

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Re: The Games Rooted in the Deepest Levels of the Mind

Postby rideforever » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:52 pm

A new born baby wants to be fed. Is this ambition ? Is this society's evil influence ? To want ?

A black hole swallows an entire galaxy. Is this ambition ? Is this the fault of a parent ?

The nature of our situation is rooted in the very fabric of our universe. Parents and teachers are one aspect of this universe, that follows basic rules.

I want to be peaceful. Is this not ambition ?

I want to meditate. Is this not the ego speaking ? Wanting ?

Who is it that reads The Power of Now ? It is the ego. The one people are so busy trying to murder, is the very one who is waking up.

Such "analysis" is so simple and plain and obvious. Yet "spiritual" people ignore it. Incredible.

It is optimistic to think that :

(a) it is all the ego's fault
(b) my only job is to get rid of my ego
(c) inside I am already enlightened if only I can find it

These old songs of spirituality have been sung and represent an ascent of maybe two branches upwards for the monkey that man is. It is time for a better song, a more radical song.
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Re: The Games Rooted in the Deepest Levels of the Mind

Postby Mark Williems » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:18 am

The Ego

The Ego accompanies the Wanderer along the first segment of the Journey. In the following we intend to discuss this, as being familiar with the functions and games of the mind with an Ego is indispensable for identifying whether we are on the right track.

What is an Ego?

That is the first and foremost question. Ego is we ourselves, the person we see, think and feel ourself to be. Ego is the central figure of our personal history, based upon the past and looking into the future. Ego is the deepest dream of the Consciousness. A sign of awakening is when we realize that the state when we identify with our Ego is of very low order, very poor, and there are more significant mysteries behind our existence.

How Did the Ego Emerge?

At birth, we are all innocent; we do not have an Ego. Our Ego emerges as a conditioning from our parents, culture and the society we live in. Ego is the result of a cultural hypnosis, the result of a common entrancement when, as a result of our upbringing, we believe that we are what our parents, teachers, priests said we had to be.

The truth is that we are the embodiment of Life, we are born into this world as a result of a miracle, and later we are lost amidst the multitude of teachings and dogmas. After identifying with our beliefs and convinctions we forget who we really are, who the person born in us into the world in order to experience existence and get acquainted with all the teachings.

It is necessary that an Ego emerges in us, otherwise we would not be able to separate ourselves from our environment, our individuality would not develop, though these are important for the Consciousness in its process to wake up to itself.

Ego is therefore a social product, a cultural hypnosis, programmed into us by those living around us, by telling us in our childhood who we are, what our name is, how to behave well, how to meet the expectations of others. As a result of an unconscious process, we start to identify with this artificially created center, our mind with an Ego, that is, our Ego.

The Ego is a Small Part of the Personality

If we wish to understand how the Ego works, we must not disregard the fact that Ego is only a small part of our personality. Ego is a part of the personality, and its content comes from our sensory perceptions and memories (our life history and knowledge and experience gathered throughout our life). Ego is the thinking, feeling and sensing part. The part of our Ego we show the external world is termed by Carl G. Jung as Persona, the acting personality. That part of the Ego is foregrounded when we are in the company of other people. That is, in fact, the collection of our masks.

A large part of the personality is constituted by the unconscious Ego, termed by Freud as the instinctive Ego. That is where out most basic instincts (eating, sexuality etc.) are found, and also the part of the personality described by Carl Gustav Jung as the Shadow. The ”Shadow” is shaped and developed by society, almost simultaneously with our role playing personality. Children, when they wish to meet their parents’–and through them, society’s–expectations, begin to develop these masks. These masks are like what environment shapes them to be. Rejecting certain stimuli offered by the environment triggers the disapproval of our teachers, so the intention to reject stimuli is suppressed. That is how our ”shadow-personality” develops. It does exists within our personality, but our education relegates it into our subconscious.

Freud believes that the third important component of our personality is the Superego. It comprises the social values that the culture in which we grow up finds important. In the course of a long and complicated process these values are incorporated into our personality and manifests as the ideal self (the person we would like to be). These values become integral, inner parts of the personality, and surface as opinion and convinction.

The findings of psychological research suggest that more than 90% of the functions of the personality are unconscious. Large parts of the Instinct-Ego, the Persona and the Superego are unconscious. The functions of the Ego are also largely unconscious.

The Ego is responsible for the integrity of the personality, for our inner well-being. This is no small task for the Ego, as it is constantly bombarded by unconscious expectations from the Instinct Ego and the Shadow, attempting to influence its behaviour. It generates anguish in the Ego (that is, in ourselves), manifested as discomfort (we do not feel all right). The Ego wishes to escape from the anguish, so it uses also subconscious mechanisms. Such a mechanism is, for instance, projection. The Ego projects the unacceptable desires and features coming from the Shadow and Instinct Ego onto others (e. g. I am not aggressive, you are aggressive). These subconscious, protective and anguish eliminating projections are the foundations of several of the mind games to be discussed later.

The Womb From Which the Ego is Born: Identification

The Ego develops in the course and process of identification, by our identification with our thoughts, emotions, body etc. As a result of the indetification process we believe that here we are this Ego, this mind. In the previous chapters we saw that the mind, the Ego within it, and the things we identify with, are shaped by the society in which we live. Consequently, entirely different types of Ego have developed in various cultures in various parts of the world.

In most people, the term “consciousness” identifies with that socially conditioned Ego. At a number of people this identification is so powerful that they are unaware that their life is governed by a socially conditioned mind.

Those who are able to go beyond that identification with the mind recognize this state of being socially conditioned, and are also able to leave the social conditioning behind. Such a person will not identify with the mind but, increasingly, with the Consciousness (the Witnessing Presence). The Presence shall, therefore, control the mind to an increasing extent and will be manifested through the tranquilized mind.

~Frank M. Wanderer: The Awakening of Consciousness
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Re: Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (advent

Postby Emma Millen » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:02 am

What may motivate somebody to step on the road and start a journey, to exist in the “here and now,” to leave behind and abandon thoughts and mind?

There may be two reasons for someone to start the Journey.

One of the reasons is real, deep suffering, when the Wanderer recognizes the source of suffering, the mind and its functions, and is willing to give up everything (including Ego) in order to escape from suffering (that is what happened, for instance, with Eckhart Tolle).

The other factor leading one towards the Journey is intuitive knowledge, that is, when the individual reaches beyond mind spontaneously, without suffering, and recognizes the operating mechanisms of the human mind. That knowledge is in itself, however, not sufficient. There has to be a deep, internal attraction that draws the individual towards the Silence. Sometimes that attraction is referred to as primeval memory (that is what happened to Ramana Maharshi).

All other reasons that may urge people to start the Journey are derived from the Ego, so these are rather parts of the journey taking one around and around in the world of shapes and forms than the beginning of the real Journey.

One such reson can be is “affectation.” In that case, the wanderer is attempting to escape from suffering itself, but not from its roots and reasons. For the individual, staying in the Presence only serves as a method helping them to achieve a future, better and more beautiful (that is, free of suffering) state.

Another reason rooted in the mind is the endeavour to achieve spiritual development and progress. The Wanderer is looking for a method, a way that best promotes their (that is, their Ego’s) spiritual progress, through which they become a better person. The individual intends to achieve the transmutation, transformation of the Ego through the Presence.

Naturally, there is a whole range of other reasons derived from the mind, but they are all characterised by the same feature: sooner or later they lead to failure. The Wanderer is unable to stay in the Presence, what is more, they are unable to recognize that the Presence is something utterly different from merely concentrating on the current moment, on the current emotions, impressions and observations (that is, naturally, impossible to sustain in the long term even with a considerable effort).

These reactions are, however, not utterly useless, as the failures, experience thus gathered may ultimately increase the suffering of the individual or their intuitive knowledge, and the correct motivational base of the person concerned shall be created.
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Re: Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (advent

Postby Mark Williems » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:05 am

“Ego is the central figure of our personal history, based upon the past and looking into the future. Ego is the deepest dream of the Consciousness.”
~Frank M. Wanderer :D
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Re: The Games Rooted in the Deepest Levels of the Mind

Postby Emma Millen » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:07 am

“The reality is that every single person is individual and special. There has never been and will never be another person on the Earth like you!”
Frank M. Wanderer :)
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Re: Frank M. Wanderer The Awakening of Consciousness (advent

Postby rideforever » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:11 am

If we are all on a great journey, then it is not "a small fragment of mankind" that is on the journey.

If we are presence then the journey does not necessarily start with "birth and ends with death".

It is wonderful to find our presence, but we can hesitate to condemn our past or others. We can hesitate to condemn the ego.

Who is it that is reading this book ? It is the ego.

Who is it that this book is written for ? Well only the ego.

The ego itself is the culmination of eons of time, of a Universe moving through incredible time in darkness, slowly building, slowly developing, before ego can say 'me'. The ego is a miracle.

And then the ego learning and hoping, can read this book. And discover his presence.

Without the ego there is no recognition of consciousness.

We could say ego is the point of the universe, it is the hope of God ... that one day something can come home and understand how wonderful home is.

"Self inside Self, you are nothing without me"
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Re: The Games Rooted in the Deepest Levels of the Mind

Postby rachMiel » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:41 pm

Emma Millen wrote:“The reality is that every single person is individual and special. There has never been and will never be another person on the Earth like you!”
Frank M. Wanderer :)

Hallelujah!

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