Karma Burning: Your Spiritual Life
When thought is in bondage, the truth is hidden…and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness. What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations? -Sengcan
The process of transcendence leads to cosmic consciousness or Unity consciousness. Whereas Discernment is a function of duality, Unity Consciousness does not recognize distinctions or ego boundaries. Discernment identifies that which is “me” and that which is “not me”, and distinctions are made as to what is desirable or not desirable based upon our judgment. Unity Consciousness encompasses All, without distinction or duality.
Sometimes characterized as the Void, Unity is the primal state from which all consciousness and creation springs. In Taoism this is sometimes called T’ai Chi, the Supreme Ultimate. When T’ai Chi evolves (or perhaps devolves) into yin and yang (duality) the ten thousand things are born or manifested. This paradigm can be seen to roughly parallel the Big Bang theory in physics. Until such time as we attain Unity, a seeker may sample many different approaches, paradigms, and spiritual techniques to further their evolution. This can be as much a hindrance as a help. If we constantly dabble without the deep commitment necessary, we are certain to take a detour into a spiritual cul-de-sac.
One definition of evil is consciously causing harm to another. This could be mental, physical, or emotional. In looking at a spiritual definition of evil, it would be a conscious decision which results in a lowering of consciousness in oneself or another, and a resultant separation from the Divine Unity. One way to interpret the story of Lucifer (Bringer of Light) is that in his spiritual progress, he became so powerful and egotistical that he placed himself above God, and refused to prostrate himself. He was then cast out from heaven. Metaphorically, Lucifer held his ego identity as a higher level of attainment and refused to let go of the small self and surrender into Unity. This results in the highest form of hubris.
For those who have experienced Unity Consciousness, you know that it can be a very delicate state. Any egoistic process will immediately drop you down to a lower level, although the memory of this state of Unity will likely persist. In one sense, Hell could be defined a state of consciousness where one has seen the Promised Land but, due to egoistic resistance or emotional / physical damage, is no longer able to enter therein.
The use of certain entheogens can induce deeply religious experiences which can possibly lead to a state of Unity, though usually these experiences stop somewhat short of the dissolution of ego into Godhead. The correct mindset, intention, and environmental setting are critical in using these substances to achieve heightened spiritual consciousness, although the same could be said of meditational practices themselves. In addition to the crown chakra, entheogens can also stimulate an awakening of the third eye. In studies of entheogens performed by Walter N. Pahnke of Harvard Divinity School* and RR Griffiths, et al, of Johns Hopkins**, almost all of the participants of their experiments reported the experience of deep and profound mystical consciousness.
At the end of our wanderings there is only the soul’s yearning to return to God – Ram Dass
When in dualistic thinking mode, we can discern yin and yang, good and evil, right and wrong. In Unity consciousness these distinctions no longer apply. What is, simply is. In Hinduism, this is sometimes referred to as the return to Godhead, where all is in unity with the divine and there is no sense of ego or the small self. At this point, our self-definition has expanded to be All. © 2012 Keith E Hall Inner-Tranquility.com . All rights reserved.
*Pahnke, Walter N., Drugs and Mysticism: An Analysis of the Relationship between Psychedelic Drugs and the Mystical Consciousness. A thesis presented to the Committee on Higher Degrees in History and Philosophy of Religion, Harvard University, June 1963. Cited in Masters, R.E.L., & Houston, Jean., The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience (Turnstone Books, 1973).
**Griffiths RR, Richards WA, Johnson MW, McCann UD, Jesse R: Mystical-type experiences occasioned by psilocybin mediate the attribution of personal meaning and spiritual significance 14 months later.
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