Understanding*Religion

Many people I have encountered in my various adventures often tense up and become very akward when I speak of the word God or the prophets of God such as Mohammed or Jesus. I understand their akwardness, I feel that it may have been caused through the misinformation regarding religion.With all the religious wars (bloodshed and violence), segregating, ego abundant hate, and their confusion with the word GOD – it’s no wonder that people feel that way. But this is not what the initial message was supposed to be. I feel for the most part that religion was created for primarily the promotion of peace, but also to unify the people and guide them to the light. Like the game “telephone” its a great example of how things become misinterpreted over time when being passed off the lips of different people.

 I read a really good insert inside of Eckhart Tolle’s book “A New Earth”. I think it is vital to understanding this world, awakening to, and shattering the egotistical religious boarders between humanity by understanding this exert properly.  If you seek truth as I do, understanding this excerpt is important towards your understanding of this issue.

TRUTH: RELATIVE OR ABSOLUTE?

Beyond the realm of simple and verifiable facts, the certainty

that “I am right and you are wrong” is a dangerous

thing in personal relationships as well as in interactions between

nations, tribes, religions, and so on.

But if the belief “I am right; you are wrong” is one of

the ways in which the ego strengthens itself, if making

yourself right and others wrong is a mental dysfunction

that perpetuates separation and conflict between human

beings, does that mean there is no such thing as right or

wrong behavior, action, or belief? And wouldn’t that be

the moral relativism that some contemporary Christian

teachings see as the great evil of our times?

The history of Christianity is, of course, a prime example

of how the belief that you are in sole possession of the

truth, that is to say, right, can corrupt your actions and behavior

to the point of insanity. For centuries, torturing and

burning people alive if their opinion diverged even in the

slightest from Church doctrine or narrow interpretations of

scripture (the “Truth”) was considered right because the

victims were “wrong.” They were so wrong that they

needed to be killed. The Truth was considered more important

than human life. And what was the Truth? A story

you had to believe in; which means, a bundle of thoughts.

The one million people that mad dictator Pol Pot of

Cambodia ordered killed included everybody who wore

glasses. Why? To him, the Marxist interpretation of history

was the absolute truth, and according to his version of it,

those who wore glasses belonged to the educated class, the

bourgeoisie, the exploiters of the peasants. They needed to

be eliminated to make room for a new social order. His

truth also was a bundle of thoughts.

The Catholic and other churches are actually correct

when they identify relativism, the belief that there is no absolute

truth to guide human behavior, as one of the evils of

our times; but you won’t find absolute truth if you look for

it where it cannot be found: in doctrines, ideologies, sets of

rules, or stories. What do all of these have in common?

They are made up of thought. Thought can at best point to

the truth, but it never is the truth. That’s why Buddhists say

“The finger-pointing to the moon is not the moon.” All religions

are equally false and equally true, depending on how

you use them. You can use them in the service of the ego,

or you can use them in the service of the Truth. If you believe

only your religion is the Truth, you are using it in the

service of the ego. Used in such a way, religion becomes

ideology and creates an illusory sense of superiority as well

as division and conflict between people. In the service of

the Truth, religious teachings represent signposts or maps

left behind by awakened humans to assist you in spiritual

awakening, that is to say, in becoming free of identification

with form.

There is only one absolute Truth, and all other truths

emanate from it. When you find that Truth, your actions

will be in alignment with it. Human action can reflect the

Truth, or it can reflect illusion. Can the Truth be put into

words? Yes, but the words are, of course, not it. They only

point to it.

The Truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are

the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived

every time. The very Being that you are is Truth. Jesus

tried to convey that when he said, “I am the way and

the truth and the life.”2 These words uttered by Jesus are

one of the most powerful and direct pointers to the Truth,

if understood correctly. If misinterpreted, however, they

become a great obstacle. Jesus speaks of the innermost I

Am, the essence identity of every man and woman, every

life-form, in fact. He speaks of the life that you are. Some

Christian mystics have called it the Christ within; Buddhists

call it your Buddha nature; for Hindus, it is Atman, the indwelling

God. When you are in touch with that dimension

within yourself-and being in touch with it is your natural

state, not some miraculous achievement-all your actions

and relationships will. reflect the oneness with all life that

you sense deep witrun. This is love. Laws, commandments,

rules, and regulations are necessary for those who are cut

off from who they are, the Truth within. They prevent the

worst excesses of the ego, and often they don’t even do

that. “Love and do what you will,” said St. Augustine.

Words cannot get much closer to the Truth than that.

THE EGO IS NOT PERSONAL

On a collective level, the mind-set “We are right and they

are wrong” is particularly deeply entrenched in those parts

of the world where conflict between two nations, races,

tribes, religions, or ideologies is long-standing, extreme,

and endemic. Both sides of the conflict are equally identified

with their own perspective, their own “story,” that is to

say, identified with thought. Both are equally incapable of

seeing that another perspective, another story, may exist

and also be valid. Israeli writer Y. Halevi speaks of the possibility

of “accommodating a competing narrative,”3 but in

many parts of the world, people are not yet able or willing

to do that. Both sides believe themselves to be in possession

of the truth. Both regard themselves as victims and the

“other” as evil, and because they have conceptualized and

thereby dehumanized the other as the enemy, they can kill

and inflict all kinds of violence on the other, even on children,

without feeling their humanity and suffering. They

become trapped in an insane spiral of perpetration and retribution,

action and reaction.

Here it becomes obvious that the human ego in its collective

aspect as “us” against “them” is even more insane

than the “me,” the individual ego, although the mechanism

is the same. By far the greater part of violence that humans

have inflicted on each other is not the work of criminals or

the mentally deranged, but of normal, respectable citizens

in the service of the collective ego. One can go so far as to

say that on this planet “normal” equals insane. What is it

that lies at the root of this insanity? Complete identification

with thought and emotion, that is to say, ego.

Greed, selfishness, exploitation, cruelty, and violence are

still all-pervasive on this planet. When you don’t recognize

them as individual and collective manifestations of an underlying

dysfunction or mental illness, you fall into the error

of personalizing them. You construct a conceptual

identity for an individual or group, and you say: “This is

who he is. This is who they are.” When you confuse the

ego that you perceive in others with their identity, it is the

work of your own ego that uses this misperception to

strengthen itself through being right and therefore superior,

and through reacting with condemnation, indignation, and

often anger against the perceived enemy. All this is enormously

satisfying to the ego. It strengthens the sense of

possible alternative approaches to disease that do not treat

the illness as an enemy and therefore do not create new

diseases.

War is a mind-set, and all action that comes out of such a

mind-set will either strengthen the enemy, the perceived

evil, or, if the war is won, will create a new enemy, a new

evil equal to and often worse than the one that was defeated.

There is a deep interrelatedness between your state

of consciousness and external reality. When you are in the

grip of a mind-set such as “war,” your perceptions become

extremely selective as well as distorted. In other words, you

will see only what you want to see and then misinterpret it.

You can imagine what kind of action comes out of such a

delusional system. Or instead of imagining it, watch the

news on TV tonight.

Recognize the ego for what it is: a collective dysfunction,

the insanity of the human mind. When you recognize

it for what it is, you no longer misperceive it as somebody’s

identity. Once you see the ego for what it is, it becomes

much easier to remain nonreactive toward it. You don’t take

it personally anymore. There is no complaining, blaming,

accusing, or making wrong. Nobody is wrong. It is the ego

in someone, that’s all. Compassion arises when you recognize

that all are suffering from the same sickness of the

mind, some more acutely than· others. You do not fuel the

drama anymore that is part of all egoic relationships. What

is its fuel? Reactivity. The ego thrives on it.

DO YOU WANT PEACE OR DRAMA?

You want peace. There is no one who does not want peace.

Yet there is something else in you that wants the drama,

wants the conflict. You may not be able to feel it at this

moment. You may have to wait for a situation or even just a

thought that triggers a reaction in you: someone accusing

you of this or that, not acknowledging you, encroaching

on your territory, questioning the way you do things, an argument

about money …. Can you then feel the enormous

surge of force moving through you, the fear, perhaps being

masked by anger or hostility? Can you hear your own voice

becoming harsh or shrill, or louder and a few octaves

lower? Can you be aware of your mind racing to defend its

position, justify, attack, blame? In other words, can you

awaken at that moment of unconsciousness? Can you feel

that there is something in you that is at war, something that

feels threatened and wants to survive at all cost, that needs

the drama in order to assert its identity as the victorious

character within that theatrical production? Can you feel

there is something in you that would rather be right than at

peace?

BEYOND EGO: YOUR TRUE IDENTITY

When the ego is at war, know that it is no more than an illusion

that is fighting to survive. That illusion thinks it is

you. It is not easy at first to be there as the witnessing Presence,

especially when the ego is in survival mode or some

emotional pattern from the past has become activated, but

once you have had a taste of it, you will grow in Presence

power, and the ego will lose its grip on you. And so a

power comes into your life that is far greater than the ego,

greater than the mind. All that is required to become free of

the ego is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible.

Awareness is the power that is concealed within

the present moment. This is why we may also call it Presence.

The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is

to say, your purpose, is to bring that power into this world.

And this is also why becoming free of the ego cannot be

made into a goal to be attained at some point in the future.

Only Presence can free you of the ego, and you can only be

present Now, not yesterday or tomorrow. Only Presence

can undo the past in you and thus transform your state of

conSCIOusness.

What is spiritual realization? The belief that you are

spirit? No, that’s a thought. A little closer to the truth than

the thought that believes you are who your birth certificate

says you are, but still a thought. Spiritual realization is to see

clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately

not who I am, that I cannot find myself in all those

things that continuously pass away. The Buddha was probably

the first human being to see this clearly, and so anata (no

self) became one of the central points of his teaching. And

when Jesus said, “Deny thyself,” what he meant was: Negate

(and thus undo) the illusion of self. If the self-ego-were

truly who I am, it would be absurd to “deny” it.

What remains is the light of consciousness in which perceptions,

experiences, thoughts, and feelings come and go.

That is Being, that is the deeper, true I. When I know myself

as that, whatever happens in my life is no longer of absolute

but only of relative importance. I honor it, but it

loses its absolute seriousness, its heaviness. The only thing

that ultimately matters is this: Can I sense my essential Beingness,

the I Am, in the background of my life at all times?

To be more accurate, can I sense the I Am that I Am at this

moment? Can I sense my essential identity as consciousness

itself? Or am I losing myself in what happens, losing myself

in the mind, in the world?

ALL STRUCTURES ARE UNSTABLE

Whatever form it takes, the unconscious drive behind ego

is to strengthen the image of who I think I am, the phantom

self that came into existence when thought-a great

blessing as well as a great curse-began to take over and obscured

the simple yet profound joy of connectedness with

Being, the Source, God. Whatever behavior the ego manifests,

the hidden motivating force is always the same: the

need to stand out, be special, be in control; the need for

power, for attention, for more. And, of course, the need to

feel a sense of separation, that is to say, the need for opposition,

enemies.

The ego always wants something from other people or

situations. There is always a hidden agenda, always a sense

of “not enough yet,” of insufficiency and lack that needs to

be filled. It uses people and situations to get what it wants,

and even when it succeeds, it is never satisfied for long.

Often it is thwarted in its aims, and for the most part the

gap between “I want” and “what is” becomes a constant

source of upset and anguish. The famous and now classic

pop song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” is the song of

the ego. The underlying emotion that governs all the activity

of the ego is fear. The fear of being nobody, the fear

of nonexistence, the fear of death. All its activities are ultimately

designed to eliminate this fear, but the most the ego

can ever do is to cover it up temporarily with an intimate

relationship, a new possession, or winning at this or that. Illusion

will never satisfy you. Only the truth of who you

are, if realized, will set you free.

Why fear? Because the ego arises by identification with

form, and deep down it knows that no forms are permanent,

that they are all fleeting. So there is always a sense of

insecurity around the ego even if on the outside it appears

confident.

As I was walking with a friend through a beautiful nature

reserve near Malibu in California, we came upon the ruins

of what had been once a country house, destroyed by a fire

several decades ago. As we approached the property, long

overgrown with trees and all kinds of magnificent plants,

there was a sign by the side of the trail put there by the park

authorities. It read: DANGER. ALL STRUCTURES ARE UNSTABLE. I

said to my friend, “That’s a profound sutra [sacred scripture].”

And we stood there in awe. Once you realize and

accept that all structures (forms) are unstable, even the

seemingly solid material ones, peace arises within you. This

is because the recognition of the impermanence of all

forms awakens you to the dimension of the formless within

yourself, that which is beyond death. Jesus called it “eternal

life.”

So there it is. I will elloborate on these statements in future posts. But I think this information could do all of humanity some good to open the shutters and dust off the old book and watch, meditate, and LISTEN.

THINK ABOUT IT!!!

 

 

Marina Love Movement

Raw Divine nutritionist, Superfoodist, Superherbalist, Anti-aging expert, Well-being coach, Dancer, Model, VJ.

http://www.LoveLightDisco.com

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