Where do we come from
A human is the infinite consciousness of the great mystery of God expressed as a point of awareness. The transcendent spirit of us existed before this body, and will exist after our body expires. That spirit is timeless and is the essence of what we are. We are one species of creature in the vastness of creation and that the interdependence of all of life is critical to the healthy existence of this living breathing entity, ecosystem and home called planet Earth.
Why don’t we know this?
We all carry beliefs that come from family of origin, culture, media, superstition, and trauma to name a few sources. This knowledge has been villainized and virtually wiped out by colonization and is precisely why we suffer here on Earth. Our human Ego has been fed a host of stories as if they are facts about the nature of creation, creator, and our purpose.
It is up to us to restore the relationship that our ancestors had to the great web of life before we humans destroy ourselves and countless other life forms through ignorance and ignore-ance driven by greed and fear.
We are born into this world knowing precisely what we are and why we are here.
Unfortunately we cannot use language, and must learn to use our body, and communicate. That self knowing is over-layed by all of the influences in our early development. We grow up taking on beliefs that are in direct conflict with truth. What we are at the core is not lost but buried under all the masks of the false self we created. We created these masks in order to hide our unacceptable nature. We believe ourselves to be unacceptable by how we were trained to be in the world. In fact, even if we had the best parenting in the world, we are being trained how to be in this world by people who are teaching us the tools, skills, and beliefs that they learned in the world they grew up in. That world in fact does not exist. My pain is my parents pain is my grandparents pain going back so many generations that we can’t even point a finger and say “they started it”. What is that pain you might ask? The very belief that we are anything other than an emanation of the great mystery born of the great Mother Earth. We are not a creation of the sky god out there waiting to judge us. This left us as wounded children forever inadequate except by something outside of ourselves.
Since our parents were raised by wounded children, they could not teach us a full set of adult coping mechanisms. We appear to be wounded children throwing sand in each other’s faces. We set out into the world to try and make our way with an internal conflict between what we know to be true, and what we think in our minds. Our education trained us to believe our thinking mind is us rather than a tool for our awareness to use. We believe every thought we have and we believe the thinker is us. So we identify with our beliefs and take a mental position, as if they are fact. Ultimately we came to believe that we are consciousness trapped in a bag of skin put there by the God we are supposed to serve who will judge us for the life we lived. This being will keep a count of every deed. It is no wonder we are lost and suffering, seeking any sensory experience to quell the feeling of inadequacy. Our mind is our identity, our wounding makes that mind our personal torture chamber and we are trapped. We have been trained into an almost schizophrenic mindset believing that our mind is us and that the quiet voice or essence of awareness is somehow separate from us. That quiet voice is awareness, essence, source, us. That is what we are. Ever say “if such and such happened I could not live with myself” Sounds as if there are two entities in there.
We do this work to learn that our mind is not our identity; I have a mind not I am my mind. I learn to be present with what is, without judging it or needing it to be other than it is. We have been so trained to believe that this thing or that thing that we will do next week or next month or next year will complete us. The belief that something outside of us that will come in the imaginary future is another part of our delusion and suffering. When I come into the present moment I become aware and present to what is happening in this moment, what this body is feeling, seeing, learning, without needing to judge it, or create a story about it, or a problem with it. Then I can come to the transcendent place of spaciousness.