The most influential religion in the Universe is belief in thoughts about how things and people ‘should’ be. This is the only religion worth scrutinizing because when you recognize its untruth, the religion of mind is lost, and only Love/Bliss/Peace remains.
The greatest delusion is that you are not already free and unlimited. You are living Now exactly that which you have created up to Now according to the specifications you have offered through the frequency of your own thought.
Taking the illusion that you are bound by conditions, circumstance and/or people to be true is the only thing that prevents you from consciously choosing the direction of your life experience from this point forward.
Agree or disagree makes do difference. They are opposite extremes of the same positioning tactic employed by ego to validate the delusion that the self is separate and ‘better’ than what’s being perceived.
I understand that people have suffered and continue to suffer mistreatment and abuse by people who are ignorant of the reciprocal effects of their action. In fact, a full review of human history will reveal that, in ignorance, people of every color, geological location and culture suffered enslavement and/or other forms of racial abuse at some point in our evolution.
There is nothing “wrong” with feeling the need to unite those who are currently being projected as descendants of African people. In fact, you are focused exactly as you “should” be given what you know about history and how you identify yourself now. Because you continue to repeat the events in history that cause you to feel anger, resentment etc. against people with different racial and/or cultural labels – it’s only “right” that you “should” want to surround yourselves with only “your people” in your efforts to improve your perception of self worth and get ahead in the world.
However, the totality of those currently having a life experience is the leading edge of creation, and in the moment of Now we are always projecting for our individual and shared future by the thoughts we choose to follow.
Specifically, every thought is a prayer for the future that is constantly being created Now, and our emotion guides us as to whether we are asking for anything that we actually want to create. Thus, if we are following and verbalizing thoughts that evoke feelings of resentment, anger, etc., we are creating more of what we do not like.
From the mind’s delusional thought patterns, the idea that anyone can be oppressed by external forces is born, and we perceive the need to unite and favor people who represent a particular culture, geological area, and especially skin color in order to push back against our “oppressors”. We are drawn into this mindset because the ego depends on consistent conflict to create a sense of importance for the self image.
To keep conflict and the egoistic sense of victimhood alive, the mind grips to the past and projects future scenarios based on what is already known. In every moment that we believe the mind conceived reality, we are unconscious to the Self that is merely using our human identity as a vehicle to experience and create this time-space reality.
Because we are conditioned to live in the ego, we are largely unaware of our true identity; and from our misidentification, we are only capable of creating more conflict. While certain groups of people tend to have a sense of superiority over another for a time, conflict eventually turns the tide, the villains become victims again, and we continue to play our preprogrammed roles until we transcend the underlying mental patterns that have been commanding our awareness and creating our disturbances.
In reality, we are not the body, the mind or any label (such as African) created through our misidentification with Self. Each individual has total creative power in our own right, but that power can only be realized through awareness that penetrates mind and connects with the deeper self that knows exactly how to create the reality we want to experience.
When we release our attachment to victimhood, we realize there is no one to blame for our experience of life; and when there is no one to blame we can accept total responsibility for that which disturbs us. Acceptance is the key to global transformation because in the moment we realize that our experience is only a reflection of our being, we can forgive ourselves for the pain we have caused ourselves, and thereby dissolve the mental patterns that keep us bound to delusion and dis-ease.
However, as long as we seek to separate ourselves from any of our fellow human beings, we remain bound to what is known, and progress toward unity at the level of heart is unlikely. For instance, in the illusion of separation, we demand legislation and corporate policies that mandate “fair” treatment by other people – as if people can be forced to accept one another.
As for culture, I understand the drive to preserve that which appears to be lost, but culture is not limited to a particular skin color or descendent group. In fact, I have heard of groups who are identified as being predominantly “white” enjoying native African dance – and rediscovering African culture as part of their practice.
Many of us are now being “born” of mixed cultures, and that is fantastic because when we can no longer identify with any single racial or cultural label, we may feel free to practice the culture(s) that sing to our soul – while embracing all others. From this perspective we are preserving history while simultaneously projecting for the peace and unity that is the birthright of all beings.
When we direct the ego to answer only to our real self (despite everything we “know”), we can begin to see and understand our destiny, and create it accordingly. All beings are hereby invited to unite in the experience of complete harmony that is only available through understanding that we are all One.
Releasing “should” and “should not” from our mental dictionary is not about whether anyone should or should not take action – it’s about choosing action based on intuition rather than pursuant to our mental perception of what “should” or “should not” be done.
“Should” and “should not” are always based on mental perceptions of what we think we are supposed to do in certain situations. While doing exactly what is expected can be the same action that is in our best interest, action that emanates from our connection with Consciousness always serves our purpose.
The mind is programmed to offer thoughts that grip to expected outcomes in exchange for our action, and that is why awareness must be a CONSISTENT practice in order to be effective. When we think in terms of “should” and “should not, we create attachment to our desires – which detracts from the pure Joy experienced when action is offered as its own reward.
Attachment is delusion, and due to our worldly conditioning, we are naturally attuned to the patterns of mind that keep us bound to delusion through ego identification. Being in the present moment means acting in innocence, without the expectation that we will achieve any particular outcome as a result of our efforts.
By remembering that the journey is the destination, we may be reminded that how we feel Now is our prayer for the future that is always being created Now. Through attentiveness to our own thoughts and feelings and consistently directing our attention back to Now, we develop the overview necessary to more easily determine where we are gripping, and the trust necessary to surrender to the present moment.
Desire and even our Attachment to Desire is not a hinderance to spiritual development. Our experience of desire is the call of Source summoning us to evolve our awareness toward greater understanding of Self; and while Attachment to Desire is what keep us bound to delusion, resisting anything is in itself a form of Attachment – which can only perpetuate our delusion. However, both Attachment and Desire are inherent to the human experience, and they evoke inner guidance in the form of emotion. (See Every Emotion has Meaning for more on “emotion”)
If we are spending our energy trying to avoid or deny either Desire or Attachment, we are laboriously creating more of both as our awareness is buried more deeply in the delusion of mind. However, when we understand, embrace and enjoy both Desire and our Attachment to it (and all delusion for that matter), we return to being present automatically, and gain deeper understanding thereby.
We can only be damned or blessed through the perception of the mind. By minding the mind, we develop the ability to discern which thoughts keep us directed toward the center – where blessings abound and peace prevails.