Enlightened2B wrote:Spirituality confused the shit out of me for far too long as I wrote in my post above until I realized that most of is pure nonsense.
I'm all about being human these days, and understanding that, it's simply ok.....to just be human, my flaws, imperfections and all. When I'm ok with that, I align with something much greater.
Yes, it is mostly nonsense, and occasionally something resonates, which is nice.
Good for you too E2B, for realizing that being human was all about being human. As long as we continue to believe this nonsense about achieving some higher self or transcendent nonsense, the longer we delude ourselves into thinking we are not already all we need to be right now, perfect and divine, and the longer we suffer unnecessarily. You know there are many spiritual seekers, and so called masters, that haven't ever realized what you have realized, and are still trapped in the enlightenment merry go round. During a conversation, I challenged a Buddhist nun once, and she admitted to me that she felt she hadn't quite made it yet. I just looked her in the eyes and said, "yes you have". She's still a Buddhist nun. Each to their own I guess.
I will say this. One of the bigger detriments to realizing how beautiful we truly are, is the attitude of lack of "I am not enough" and "I am not THERE yet". There are many spiritual teachings and religious teachings of course that reinforce this notion of hierarchical ascension. Ultimately, anyone is free to believe anything they so choose. Even NDE's with a more "human" slant, tend to even follow down this path.
I see expansion as something far far far different than climbing a ladder of ascension towards something that we already are. Yet, I also see great value in the belief itself at the same time, that we ARE something OTHER than this beautiful Pure Being already. It's this necessary contrast of believing we are something ELSE, which allows us to experience and create something from a place of knowing what we ARE. Any desire, any spark in our lives, any passion (we all have them) always stem from something that can mirror that or bounce off of it. That's really what this entire human experience is about I feel. Our perfection is already a given. That was NEVER in question. It's simply a matter of us realizing this perfection, realizing how beautiful we truly are, and putting it into play with this creative tapestry of physical life. We each do it in unique ways.
But, so many of us hate our human aspects. We believe that the imperfections within the human experience are something to be shunned or shamed about and we even feel a strong sense of guilt for feeling the way we do. The practice of self love is a beautiful journey into learning to be OK with being human and when you're OK with being human and you're OK with all of your conditioning and perceived flaws, you realize that you ARE aligning with that greater sense of Being of which we truly are.
One of the funny things about being human is that we LOVE to play games with ourselves and create all sorts of intricate, confusing scenarios about life and how it should or should not be, and after all, it's all just that.....more games we play. Within imagination, anything is ultimately possible. WE as Source, can play any games we so choose. There's nothing ultimately wrong with ANYTHING we think or feel. Life is just a creative exploration. If we would like to believe that we must spend decades and decades in deep deep spiritual practice, that's our choice and we are free to explore that path.
Also, NDE's, OBE's, psychedelic experiences and the like, are not so much a higher self, but instead an alternate reality, maybe even a higher dimensional experience, where form is less well defined, the laws of physics are much more fluid, like in a dream state for example. No matter how many experiences, levels or dimensions we might climb on our journey however, the center of awareness always remains mysterious and unknown.
I don't see NDE's or the like as an alternate reality, but more of the TRUE/EXPANDED reality. The way I see this human experience is merely that WE, are just focusing our attention into this limited human vehicle while the more expansive view (that people experience in NDE's and the like) is ALWAYS there already. Everything is always HERE and NOW. All dimensions and the like are NOW. Nothing is out THERE. Everything is simultaneous. We don't actually leave our bodies or go anywhere. It's a misnomer. When we "leave" our bodies, what we are actually doing is that our focus of attention is no longer limited to simply this body.
And those levels you speak of, are not hierarchical as I see it. They are simply more expansive portals of consciousness if we so choose to explore them. Anytime, we unblock a limited belief, and allow, we expand greatly. You know it when that feeling of joy takes over.