Many religions speak about the fall. But fall from what? How did we fall? Where were we before we fell?
The fall in its essence is a metaphorical shift in perception. Somewhere along the line we individually and collectively lost sight of the bigger picture of who we are. Every problem, issue, pain, trauma and heartache suffered by Humanity today can be traced back to this one point. In fact, this shift in perception and awareness is responsible for all the suffering in your life.
Also, in actual fact and not understood by even theologians, we have never before in our history had this awareness we are told we fell from by the Christian religion amongst others. In our distant past, as the curve of consciousness illustrated by the regional period of Mayan long count calendar shows, we had a more direct awareness of our interconnection to all things, and this is what we supposedly fell from. Yet, in reality, while the Shaman of this time knew he could call on the elementals, nature spirits and gods with whom he was intimately connected, they still in his perception all existed apart from him (I say him because this tribal function was done by the male members of the tribe).
We then fell away from this perception as our awareness shifted yet again in the intervening periods up to now. What then happened is we ‘contracted’ our awareness to form the ego, which gave each of us a sense of personal identity. And this was all a necessary part of our evolution. Yet this contraction came with a steep price to pay. We are now a collection of nation states warring amongst ourselves, humans are responsible for the 6th mass extinction of bio-diverse life on the planet threatening now our very survival – let alone functionally destroying the quality of life we once enjoyed by fouling the air we breathe and the water we drink. Our foods are largely empty of nutrition, our minds are given over to fear and mind-control that has been skillfully manipulated by the very religions and ‘one percent’ entrusted with stewardship of this planet’s life.
Everywhere we turn we see this contraction and separation perception on steroids. Technology has dumbed us down from our true essence and potential, money has been perverted to serve the few at the expense of the many. Our governments, controlled from behind the scenes by these isolated special interests are at war with the citizenry they were formed to serve. The medical establishment does more to harm health than to facilitate it through its ignorance of the bigger picture, again driven by special money and power interests that haven’t a clue of their true purpose here in this life.
I could go on for days pointing out all the ills we’ve cast upon ourselves through this ignorance of who we are. And yet, there is no evil, no wrong being committed, despite the religions casting about for a devil or Satan to blame. Good/bad, right/wrong, etc. are all dualistic perceptions from a limited vantage point of separation consciousness. Jingoist Americans are claiming god’s destiny to club the Middle East for its oil resources, while Jihadist’s are claiming its Allah’s destiny to defend themselves.
We can only blame the person we see in the mirror, for that person looking back at you has truly fallen from grace. The only terrorist is the one looking back at YOU! You are in terror; everyone is in terror, and quickly blaming the ‘other guy’ so as not to take on any responsibility. The elites are terrified of the masses, the masses hate the elites, nature is to be raped and pillaged to run up the stock flavor of the day propped up by a pack of dogs clamoring for a piece of the ‘steak’ created out of thin air by a more clever few who figured out how to get the world to do their bidding by creating fiat money with a keystroke. While these magicians may be commended for their mastery of human nature, they are themselves dark by their very ignorance of their own shadow self. Despite appearances, they have fallen further from grace than anyone.
Human nature is a simple understanding, we each, by our ego and survival drives of our primitive brain, seek to preserve our self. And I make a key distinction here, the self I’m referring to is the ego ‘I’, the self with a small ‘s’. It is the self that sees everything as being apart from everyone and everything else. I’ve got mine, you get yours is the motto of this small self. It acts purely from self interest, and even when appearing to be acting for the ‘greater good’ is actually, upon closer examination, only giving from a very conditioned place. In elite circles, it is known as ‘scientific giving’ – only giving with the expectation of a return at some point. Microsoft is a good example (yet by no means alone!), it gives software to schools with the full knowledge that once weaned on their applications, these students will take them into their professional lives at which point the corporation recoups on it’s faux philanthropy. Never mind the fact it was given tax advantaged write-offs for this ‘giving’ that it can use against it’s current earnings. Ivy League preppies think this is sophisticated behavior. In the final analysis, it demonstrates just how far from grace this planet has fallen. And only because we have lost sight of just what the Self is.
Self interest or self preservation are neither bad nor good, it is only from what perspective are your motivations. It is not the thing itself, whether it is money or resources or knowledge. It is the intention of the user of the thing, and his or her awareness of the Self. For any entrepreneur or investor reading this, ‘enlightened’ Self interest and ‘enlightened’ Self preservation yields a vastly greater return in the long run! No waste, no resistance, win-win-win, and best of all – no enemies! Your heart will thank you.
The concept of a hot air balloon flight serves as a useful analogy here; it is akin to your perspective – ground level or 50,000 feet up. The key to the kingdom, the return to Grace is simply a matter of expanding our awareness of the self (the ‘ground level’ ego self with a small ‘s’) to the awakened Self (with a capital ‘S’ seeing life from 50,000 feet up). So what exactly does this mean?
This awareness is the evolution into one’s Beinghood. As we grow up from childhood into adulthood our perceptions of the world expand. When we grow up and mature into our Beinghood from our immature stage of victimhood/egohood, we shift our relationship to life as a whole, and this is entirely why we incarnate into Earth University – to learn this contrast by first our ignorance of it.
Ego self, because it perceives everything as separate, acts in a manner that harms others – and even harms itself! Allopathic drugs and medications are a prime example – the side effects can kill you – so what have you gained? It’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul, only in this case they are both inside your own body. Holistic medicine has no side effects, because it knows the body system is one interconnected, interdependent whole and treats it as such. When you act from an expanded awareness of the Self, you act in a manner that is truly helpful to others – and life as a whole. You serve all because you know you are all.
So what is the real distinction we are making here? What is required to return to Grace? And what did I mean when I said we’ve never been here before? Simply this – at every other point in history a perception was held that everything outside of you was another, a discreet entity unto itself. And while it may appear so, when you really look from a wide enough perspective you see these all to be anthropomorphic projections of your ego self. At every point in history, even when we knew the intrinsic inter-relationship to the whole, we were still operating from a degree of separation perception. These projections and metaphors can be useful for discussion sake, yet only when you hold them from a higher perspective of the truth of consciousness so as to avoid rigidity and fundamentalism.
What we are coming to awaken to now is not only are we one interdependent and interrelated web of life – there is in fact no us or them. No ‘other’ as gods or elementals or angels or terrorists or whatever. There is only a constant, indivisible ocean of consciousness, of which we are but the cresting of a wave upon it. A blip in time, yet a vital and beautiful expression of the whole, to be revered and honored, admired and appreciated. Yes, there is even no space or time; however, I’ll save that for another post.
When approached from this awareness, the Self as one unified consciousness, every choice, every act, is tempered with this realization. When enlightened with this knowing, we look to the effect or lifecycle of our choices, we become each others keeper, because we know we are simply being the keeper of our Self. We are now moving toward expansion, the natural flow of our life-force. We’ve grown up and have stepped into our Beinghood. “Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven” isn’t a hollow Sunday prayer, it’s how you live your life knowing ‘Thy Will’ means what serves ALL of creation – you included – in harmony, in synergy and in synarchy (see BEINGHOOD – Book Two for more on this).
Near death experiences where you get to glimpse beyond the limiting ego or shamanic practices using Ayahuasca are two lightning paths to this realization. However, there are more gentle methods. It’s really a matter of what suits your temperament and what your Soul needs for you to get. Just by sitting quietly alone for a day in Nature deeply listening will begin to open your ‘field’ and expand your awareness. Grace is waiting for you, are you ready to return home?