The essence of this post:
“The “self” a mental projection, is being created [juxtaposed] against the entire universe and everything in it, which in turn creates a division – where none actually exist. This means that there can be no freedom or freewill until the false projection, of a ‘self” existing separate from the universe comes to an end”.
” This is something beautiful, seeing truth, we do not need to fix our problems we need to stop creating them”.
” We all represent a ripple on the surface each ripple contributing to the tidal wave of ignorance”.
We are free to choose but we are not free to choose what we choose. Sometimes! When we ask why we chose something – who is it that we expect to answer? If we knew why we chose something we would not be asking the question. Think about where the “true” answer come from! Why we like a certain style of something while others prefer a different style, demonstrates easily a choice we seemingly have little control over. The style appeals to us because we like certain aspects, “why” ultimately this “why” will go unanswered. I think perhaps that the understanding lies in diversity. Nature has done a fair amount of programming, think of an animal blending into its surroundings, utilizing camouflage for self preservation. Animals do not make this choice concerning their appearance. All this programing indicates that nature operates as a whole rather than as through separate entities.
Whether or not we are responsible for our actions, we will still be held accountable, knowing that will make most people”not take another life” even though they might want too. So here, you are choosing and you know why. This is just one example of choosing and knowing why. It however does not demonstrate being free, here is why. The key to “free’ – lies in the word “from”. From is a contingency and as long as the contingency exist, then the state of actual freedom is impossible, because freedom is relying on something and that is an oxymoron. So the question is this: Is there a part of consciousness that is not influenced by knowledge? ie, Unencumbered Freedom. (of course freedom is unencumbered) The reason we must put this question is because every possible circumstance we encounter automatically produces the contingent “from”. Hence if there is no such “space” then the question (do we have free will?), will be debated until human consciousness comes to an end. You cannot understand what you do not have. Being free to ask why you choose what you choose doesn’t mean you are free. Knowing why you choose something ( to avoid punishment) is still not freedom. (There’s a [from], there) Having a choice is actually – in some cases a sign of confusion, because when your mind is clear you do not choose, you act. The mind is ( Tabula Rasa) the unconditioned mind, what is mind when thought is quiet? Until we understand that (if we can understand that) then the question is this. Is it even possible for a human to have free will? And this of course means with-in the context of the human dimension. To clarify, we are asking, is the human mind capable of being in a state where the, minds consciousness – has free will? And we are asking this because as it now stands our definition of “free will” encompasses a state where our freedom relies on something thus producing a psychological contradiction. With all of what was just said it seems clear that we are not free, however it may be an indication that it is thought that can never be free. I am saying this because ultimately if we did not have the possibility to go wrong, or to go right (a choice) then we would simply be machines. We are not machines, and life certainly does not have to be the constant state of conflict we live in, manifesting through over 5,000 wars with millions killed, while millions more have died from starvation. All this taking place while we are actually living in conflict with the very [nature] that sustains us. We are not being forced to live like this, and this activity is proof positive that we’ve made a wrong turn, so that means that a right turn is possible. It is not that we’ve made a wrong turn in the past and we are suffering the consequences of a past mistake, the wrong turn is constant. Consider that if we made a right turn it would not be static it would be constant, and we would continually reap the benefits of going right just like we are constantly struggling against the negative aspects of going wrong. So it is clear, that it is with-in our power to go right or wrong. The question then is this, what is the wrong or right turn and is it really a choice? I am unfolding this as I go along, perhaps it comes down to seeing clearly. Can we see what it is, we are doing that would constitute a wrong turn? Perhaps we make the wrong turn because we are not seeing things as they actually are. When the mind is clear then it doesn’t choose it acts. This leads me to say that going right is the result of clarity while going wrong is the outcome of confusion. Isn’t this a profound thing to understand, even without the understanding of what it is that constitutes the wrong turn. Can we see, what is it that clearly demonstrates our confusion? The simple act of observation demonstrates humanity’s confusion because the world we all create is hardly the outcome of clear thinking. Repeating, millions dead from wars, starvation, pollution, constant conflict etc.
What is the wrong turn? What is it that every living being on Earth is doing right at this moment and what is the center of that activity? Remember we are constantly making the wrong turn, it is taking place right now, in every mind on the planet.
Obviously we are all thinking and we are all thinking through a center we call ‘self”. The reason nothing ever gets, set right once and for all, is because when thought arises to fix things it has the cause of the problem built into it. Yes the self, intertwined in our thought process is our problem. The “self” a mental projection is being created [juxtaposed] to the entire universe and everything in it which in turn creates a division where none actually exist. This means that there can be no freedom or freewill until the false projection of a self existing separate from the universe comes to an end. Can we see that this observation is like nothing we’ve ever contemplated? All of our solutions to fix our problems are rooted in self achievement, self satisfaction, self salvation even self sacrifice. Religious, political and national efforts to improve our lives have not only failed to solve our problems they are the cause of most of them. Seeing the “self” as cause ( the actual truth) of humanities problems doesn’t cure the problem it prevents the problems from arising in the first place. This is something beautiful, seeing truth, we do not need to fix our problems we need to stop creating them. This puts us on the precipice of being in tune with nature, the universe and the movement of creation.
In other words when the self is gone so are all our problems. The self is not actual it is a mental image that is no more the real person than an image of an actor, on a movie screen is the actual actor. The notion of self does indeed serve a purpose, it allows us to interact with our surroundings, we need it to function, it is like software. Thinking has turned the (self) from software into our hard drive. This thinking has become habitual and making matters far worse is all the problems set in motion though the actions of this fictitious (self) reality. Even after the self is explained we still see this explanation through the self. Asking how to end this, is still the self. Yet it must end! It is actually very simple, it is thought that is muddling it up. The mind is in a natural state, – seeing the role that thought plays, in everything, is the beginning, – and if we see it clearly, it also the end. Do not move away from this insight. Of course we will because thought is running and we are not in control of it. It has become the “From” Seeing the trap verifies the wrong turn which also verifies the “right turn” Is this just a bunch of nonsense or is it what it seems, and that is a viable explanation for the way things are and why we can never make things right? No one can answer that for you, which indicates the important role we all share in being human. It tells very clearly that we are responsible for the way things are, our world is a reflection of us, and right now that reflection is in turmoil. We all represent a ripple on the surface each ripple contributing to the tidal wave of ignorance. Yes we (as selves) are the problem which also makes us the solution.
If humans did not take a wrong turn, there would have been no wars, no people dying from starvation, no pollution and there wouldn’t be nearly eight billion people to miss the point of existence. How can there be individualism when every single person on Earth is doing the exact same thing? Every person is living out their lives in a very narrow field of consciousness centered and revolving around the fragmented notion of a self. To be fully alive as an individual, each one of must see that we are part of the movement of life. In a way we are just like birds or fish all turning in unison as individuals taking part in the collective movement of life.