by Robert Wilkinson
Times are tough all over, for some more than others. At the same time, in many areas of human existence, we are more aware and advanced than we've ever been before. "These are the best of times, the worst of times" as it was once put. That seems to be the theme at every important juncture in human history, when the few have accumulated much, and many have little or nothing, relatively speaking. Everywhere people yearn for better lives, but are frustrated by the inertia of the larger environment, which seems harder than it needs to be.
So what can we do about it? That seems to be the bottom line to any given question about human life. Sometimes that means an action, sometimes a non-action. Even when it seems we don't have many choices, there are still ten thousand we haven't thought of. That's because our Higher Consciousness always operates outside of perceptual limitations.
It's easy to go with what we know, even if that deadens our imagination. Many unnecessarily limit their options for all kinds of reasons. Some unnecessary limitations are conscious and justified by the lower mind as it clings to the sources of its own suffering. Some are unconscious, also operating through attachment, aversion, illusion, or pessimism. Here the inertia of the larger environment does not help, since it too is infected with these limiting factors.
Most limits arise from personal, social, or familial taboos and expectations, those reactions we formed at other times in our lives. These condition the personality in many ways, and bring about events that challenge us to choose our responses carefully and intelligently. That is karma. All significant events in our life challenge us to grow beyond old limitations so we can demonstrate our willingness to become our Higher Self. That is Karma.
Our inner response determines our outer response. As we encounter outside influences, both harmonious and frictional, we form attitudes toward circumstances, causes, and ways of responding. Apparent defeats demoralize the lordly mind and its assumptions, which then result in many feelings. Negative experiences are often followed by negative feelings due to conditioning. Our successes also condition us, usually programming us to want more.
Thus we are a combination of programmed responses, attached to what we believe will bring us happiness, avoiding what will bring pain. The paradox of life is a peculiar mix involving many things which once brought us happiness eventually bring pain, and much of what once brought us pain led us into unknowns that yielded great happiness. If we choose to, we can grow tremendously through both types of experience, and find love, wisdom, power, and intelligence regardless of the outer condition.
Every defeat, as well as every victory, represents a fulfillment. Since there's really nothing left to pursue in either case (except Self-Realization arising from seeing the experience in its deeper meaning), that puts us at a point of choice in life. We've already finished that set of life lessons and are confronting the emptiness of pure potential. The trick is not to allow unhelpful responses to dominate the possibilities that are there.
Eventually everybody finds themselves at various life crossroads. Since we are programmed to fear (or at least be suspicious of) the unknown, we naturally want the future to relate to the past in some better but familiar way. This conditions our attitude about unknown possibilities, and often limits the infinite potential from coming forth.
Remember - if we can imagine it, it is possible to whatever degree the spacial time field permits. We just have to find the right point of view, and persist in making real that which we have imagined. We are only limited by our "Truth-of-Being," or Dharma, which as we embrace it, our lives become a greater thing than we ever imagined.
We are told we have the power to pick up and lay down Spirit, Mind, Emotion, and Matter. How we use these things as we move through experience determines everything about what will follow. A tendency forms a pattern, which if repeated becomes a habit. We have many more unconscious habits than conscious habits.
Habits usually continue until we tire of them, or they are disrupted by external events. Then comes the void. Great possibilities exist in that moment of emptiness, but again, we are conditioned creatures physically, emotionally, and mentally. How we've been conditioned often limits our imagination so we hesitate, or fear, or wonder, or fall into confusion when confronting emptiness. These unhelpful conditioned responses are what we as Eternal Truth-seeking Souls must turn into more productive patterns on their own level.
Our Eternal Consciousness exists in its own multi-dimensional field, and is superior to all denser elements of our personalities. That's why regardless of conditioning or habits in material, emotional, or mental ways, we always have the power to choose our response to anything. Our imagination can create greater futures than we usually suspect.
If we willingly avoid looking at our power to choose to change patterns, then our lives stay stuck in past patterns until we are forced by circumstances to change. On the other hand, we can also choose to welcome unknown possibilities, moving into our potential to grow into higher awareness. That yields opportunities to become more skillful in applying our spiritual intelligence in our life, which in turn yields knowledge and understanding.
Though many things in life are difficult and we've all had painful experiences, that does not mean we need to perpetuate our suffering. Though the collective field is often weird, grim, and contradictory, we can operate as Eternal Consciousnesses in realms where we are resolving karmas and becoming part of "the corrective force of Nature Herself."
Even when unfortunate things occur, we can see them in their transitory nature. Then we can use every opportunity to become more our Higher Self. Living the Higher Self as a conscious Eternal being Love-Wisdom-Intelligence the best we're able, both alone and with others in our Soul field, is the only way to move through worldly realms where we master karmas and Karma, freed from the limitations of form, fear, and suffering.
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson