Friday, September 14, 2018

Are you in love with the interdependent web of all existence?

Awakening is manifested in changes in a person's perception, emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Over the next few articles we will be discussing these manifestations in each of these categories.

In the area of perception, awakening involves the realization that what is seen isn't real. There is a realization that there is a whole hidden reality behind what is perceived. The bumper sticker cliche reads, "Perception is reality," or "What you see is what you get." These bumper sticker slogans make us laugh because at a deeper level we realize they point to a truth that is silly. With this realization that perceptions aren't real, life takes on a sense of absurdity and incongruity that is humorous. Contrary to expectations, awakened people are not serious, but have a good sense of humor.

The perceptions of awakened people focus on the present. They do not ruminate about the past or worry about the future. They attend to what is happening in the here and now because they realize that time has no meaning in the big picture. Time is only a device on the path of the ego born out of separation. In the Atonement there is no time. Time makes no sense and has no meaning and purpose in the Oneness.

It tells us in A Course In Miracles that "there is no order of difficulty in miracles. One is not "harder" or "bigger" than another. They are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal."

In psychology we are taught that we see what we think we will see. A mind set influences our perceptions. These perceptions born out of a mindset are called "projections" and "biases." People who have awakened have risen above mindsets and live life nonjudgmentally with unconditional love for all beings and all of life.

Awakened people take life as it comes, go with the flow, drop all expectations and requirements and are one with the Tao. This may seem impossible, and it is rare, but some people do achieve not only a respect for the interdependent web of all existence, but are in love with it.

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