Sunday, September 19, 2010

Distractions and missing the point

There is a lot of division nowadays. Right vs. Left. Conservative vs. Liberal. Democrat vs. Republican. Muslim vs. Everyone Else. You name it. There are even factions caught somewhere in the middle. Moderate ________'s, where the blank could be the name of a political party, religion, or nothing at all.

The whole thing is a twisted mess of fights within fights, conflict within conflict. People with advanced degrees in Political Science, Economics, Psychology, and even the Sciences and Engineering cannot sort it out, let alone people without that level of knowledge.

Some people give me hope, however, though I will not say who. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed to hear a supposedly "spiritual" man the other day giving a talk and essentially taking sides in these conflicts. He happened to be siding with the "liberal elites" or the so-called "enlightened" Left, which is a fact, but not the point. The point is he took a side, and that disheartened me.

See, here's what I really think of all these conflicts: on the highest level of awareness, they are fake. Worse than that, they are a distraction. At best, however, they are an opportunity to become aware.

When you focus on Oneness, none of these things are an issue. Religion, economy, and philosophy do not exist. There is only the Eternal, which does not change and encompasses everything there ever was, is, or will be in its cloak of space and silence. The POINT of all these conflicts in the world is not to WIN or LOSE, but to show us that they CANNOT be won or lost. No one will ever prevail in the conventional sense, and even if someone did, they would fall again soon thereafter, just like every Empire, political system, or philosophy has so far.

That's because these things are not Real. They are there to show us that the way to win the fight is to leave the fight all together. However, it is not a typical kind of leaving I describe. What I am advocating here is Observation. If enough people could pay attention to the part of all of us that is One, and allow enough other people to find that part also, then a critical mass could be achieved whereby the conflicts just stop.

Now, I am not stupid. In the meantime, people who cannot find this part of themselves are going to rage and fight, and die a lot. Things are going to get "bad", or worse depending on your point of view. However, there is nothing that can be DONE about that which would have any lasting effect, and death is just as fake as the conflicts anyway. The wars which produces victories and defeats are only bandaids on the problem that mask the symptoms of a sickness we all have, the sickness of forgetting our common True selves.

My solution is let them fight. Defend yourself in your own limited physical space as best you can, and be aware as best you can, for as much time during the day as you can. Then if you get pretty good at that, try to awaken others. While doing that, try to look out for people and not let them get hurt, if you can. Care for those who are sick and injured without judging them, and have compassion on them not just because they are hurt, but because they are still learning how to access the One and All, just like we all are.