I’ve mentioned here and there, that during the most painful times of my life, when all my beliefs were systematically broken down, I found myself viewing life from a completely different perspective. It was shocking and uncomfortable, but like a person who has been in the dark for a long time, the light of comprehension attacking my eyes so violently began to stream in with less resistance. I got used to this new way of seeing, and all my ‘strange’ experiences and abilities in my former life began to take on meaning. This perspective produced such a sense of peace with a seemingly turbulent world, and such a deeper understanding of my egotistical self, that I realized I was seeing through the eyes of God.
In this post, I’m going to share some of these perspectives (I’ve called them ‘The Principles of Existence’) but to know them, one really does have to gain direct experience of them. Direct experience means that one observes these principles within the fabric of life itself (it’s not a matter of faith), and one’s life changes because of them (not through choice, but because Truth speaks for itself).
There are many who see the world the same way, and all of us have come to this point through our own transformational processes. Not one of us can, or ought to, try to convince others that our perspectives are the one true way of looking at things. All we can do is share our own insights with wonderment. Perhaps some of you who read this are on the verge of these types of insights, more of you may already see through this lens, but just want to know that other people are seeing what you see. Even more of you may say ‘well yeah, so what’s new’. A large number of readers may not have a cooking clue what I’m talking about, and are just here to enjoy a different perspective on life for a few minutes! Whoever you are, get out of it what you will! These are ‘The Principles of Existence’ as I discovered them, as Truth was unfolded to me.
PRINCIPLE 1: At the source of everything manifest in the universe is one unifying essence. Some call this ‘God’, ‘Goddess’,’ Higher Self’, ‘Spirit’ or ‘True Self’. This essence, whatever we name it, is who we truly are. We do not need to seek it, for we already are it. We act out of that True Self when we use our intuition, use our psychic abilities, or sense the profound. We rest in the True Self when we allow our minds to leave the confines of the beliefs that limit our perceptions of the world, and allow ourselves access to other dimensions of experience.
PRINCIPLE 2: All human beings, although many may not be aware of it, are on a journey bound for recognition of the True Self. Although those who call themselves ‘seekers’ may think otherwise, they are not seeking ‘God’ since we are all already this Divine essence. Instead, through their journey, they are systematically removing the beliefs that insist they are lost and separate from the True Self.
PRINCIPLE 3: The path to our inner world, the place where we are Divine in nature, is a spiral one that unfolds in stages.
We start out totally focussed on the material world, convinced of its authenticity. There is no sense of who we truly are and we are identified by the body and our environment. All our sense of self-worth comes from external sources. We believe we are worthy human beings if others tell us this is so. If we get qualifications, make money, possess fashionable things, we believe our lives have been a success. Success is defined by external sources. We are totally reactive in our responses to life’s circumstances, not understanding that we are acting out of beliefs that are given to us, and that create illusions of reality.
In the second stage of unfoldment, we discover that we have an inner life, and that there is more to our nature than the physical. We learn that all sense of self-worth comes from our own perception of ourselves, and that we can accept or reject any beliefs that society promotes. In this phase of the inward-bound journey, we begin to reclaim our sense of power from the external world. We start examining established rules of behaviour and evaluate their effect on our lives. We look for the beliefs that limit us and replace them with more powerful ideas that make our lives more fulfilling. In this second stage, we take responsibility for our experience. With this mindset, we replace negative beliefs with positive ones. We move from being victims of the world to assertive contributing members of society. We recognize that we are a part of everything, are worthy whatever we do, and apply those same principles of love and respect to other people.
The third stage of unfoldment is the most difficult, but enlightening phase of all. It is a phase wherein we are challenged to move into the True Self and operate from this point of awareness. To do this, however, one must remove all beliefs that separate us from this True Self. We move from a belief in duality, i.e. the belief that the personality and the True Self are separate, into the knowledge that the True Self and the personality is one and the same. We discover that all of life is an illusion, and that nothing we see is actually the way that it appears. It is a time in which the personality undergoes a slow death, with every idea under scrutiny. We begin to see with the faculties of the True Self, and the universe in its full spectrum comes into focus. We have access to all dimensions of experience and there we become aware that everything in the universe is of one source, that all things are connected. We become aware of this through experience and we become the embodiment of this True Self.
PRINCIPLE 4: In this journey inward there is no punitive ‘God’ who sits in judgment of our ‘sins’. There is no ‘sin’. There are only beliefs that harm us and we live the consequences of those beliefs until we recognize and release them. We are already the True Self, and the True Self is absolute love. Heaven and hell are reflections of our beliefs; if we have positive beliefs about ourselves, we live a heavenly life. If we don’t, we suffer the torments of our own inner hellish ideas. A woman who is abused by her husband will never leave him if her beliefs tell her that she is not worthy of any life better than the one she is leading. Her belief therefore creates her hell. The True Self, which is Divine love, is not capable of hurting us, but our beliefs are.
PRINCIPLE 5: The True Self and the personality are one and the same, though our awareness moves from one aspect of the Self to the other. Imagine building a large house with many rooms. To appreciate the rooms, you have to walk to each one and focus your awareness on its features. Just as we have to walk through a house to acknowledge its scope, so our awareness moves from its True Self into the personality in order to experience its manifestation. In the sleep state, we move back into the True Self, and in the waking state our awareness is in the manifestation of our beliefs.
The personality is the True Self wrapped up in its ideas and their resulting manifestations. Human existence is about the True Self destroying its ideas so it can free itself. The True Self has a systematic, fail-safe approach that is planned down to the minutest detail.
PRINCIPLE 6: The human self, or the personality, has no control whatsoever over the direction that its life will take. All decisions appear in the mind from the True Self, and all outcomes are already determined. The True Self has ‘designed’ the layout of its life, using a DNA configuration. In other words, you have already manifested your life, using the numerous patterns of beliefs that you intend to release. You cannot in any way alter the course that your life will take; it is only your ingrained belief in the power of the personality that convinces you otherwise.
Surrender to this knowledge will bring peace by allowing you to let go of guilt for any difficult paths down which you have travelled. All ‘choices’ that you have made were inevitable, since they arose out of the beliefs that you firmly held, and were pre-determined by you in the awareness of your True Self. If your ‘choices’ have had negative impact on other people in your life, it is because they too had something to learn. We are all interconnected, and joined by similar patterns of ideas. There was never any other ‘choice’ that you could have made, for our ‘choices’ lead to the undoing of old patterns of belief in ourselves and others, and ultimately result in our freedom.
PRINCIPLE 7: Just as the True Self controls your breath, heartbeat, digestion and other involuntary body functions, so it controls your thoughts. You do not choose your thoughts. All thoughts arise from belief systems which are activated through circumstances. The True Self arranges its life in a pattern as it would a set of a carefully arranged line of dominoes. When one domino is pushed, the others fall in perfect sequence, one domino affecting the other until the desired result is obtained; all dominoes fall and the line is demolished. As you go through your life and encounter its events, so your thoughts are activated in a domino-effect. When thoughts appear out of ‘no-where’, they are passed to you from your True Self which requires that you process an idea within the context of any life event.
PRINCIPLE 8: Everyone in your life, family and otherwise, is a reflection of your beliefs. Those who are in your life over a long period of time share similar beliefs, all mirroring ideas back and forth. Your environment is a mirror of your ideas. The country you live in, the culture that surrounds you, the house you inhabit, the car you drive, the words you use, your manner of behaviour, the way you move, the way you look and the state of your health, all arise from the wellspring of your ideas. You are the living embodiment of your ideas.
PRINCIPLE 9: Judging others is a good thing, for then you can see the full spectrum of your own beliefs, your own personality. Often, we suppress the more negative aspects of our personality, covering them with opposing positive behaviours. This may be because we want to be perceived more positively by others, or because we have learned a better way to be. Whatever the reason, it remains that we are not confronting our negative ideas and we continue to experience their manifestation in our lives. By judging others in our lives, we get to see who we are, since everyone close to us reflects the hidden parts of ourselves.
The way in which you perceive the world, other people, and events, is wholly a reflection of your own beliefs about yourself. What is actually happening ‘out there’ always has another story and this story is subjective to every individual who is judging. No one story will ever be the same. When a person describes the state of the world, they are describing their own state of mind. When I criticize another for behaving in some inappropriate way, it is my own inappropriate thoughts that I am despising. When I make an assumption about someone’s life, I am basing this judgment on my own experiences and beliefs. Human nature is set up to perceive life through a framework of individual ideas. There is no other way that we can possibly be.
PRINCIPLE 10: The world is perfect in its imperfection. Everyone and every other living species is on a journey. All the horrors of the world are happening for a reason. To wish the world to be any other way is to wish that no human being or any other species would heal. When we try to save others, we are not doing it for them despite what we tell ourselves. We are doing it for ourselves because the cause we choose reflects our own pain.
These principles have made my life far for peaceful. I no longer stress about the state of the world, nor do I waste my energy trying to transform it. I do my bit without imagining that I have any control over the way things are. I love this way of living, and recommend it to everyone!