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“…the world of our collective experience is no more “real” than a movie.”
Wait….the movie IS real. It is a real movie.
Our five senses DO sense Reality=the rabid dog, the fire, river, tree, the “here”etc.
But they just don’t sense ALL Reality=there is more going on in many dimensions, and all at once, and everywhere. I think it’s like the visible light spectrum. We can see that, but most of us just can’t see the rest of the spectrum that is invisible to us.
However, with training and experience, and perhaps this is part of what you mean by “paying attention,” our range of perceptions can be increased, for example learning to feel and work with Qi/Chi, which is not normally part of Western cosmology.
Also, words fail. “Reality” is a slippery one…
Leonora, what you are saying is really important.
Yes, the movie is “real”, on multiple levels. It is a real reel of film (or digits on a DVD). You can hold it in your hand. When we shine light through the film, or process the digits on the DVD, colored lights flicker that our minds interpret as Luke Skywalker fighting Darth Vader (for example). We all see the same thing… the collective imagery becomes part of our collective psychological construct.
But… what do we “see”? That’s the point that I was trying to make when I said that “…the world of our collective experience is no more “real” than a movie.” If I believe that what is being depicted on the screen is an accurate and honest rendition of something that has occurred in 3-dimensional reality… I AM BELIEVING AN ILLUSION. There is no Luke Skywalker, no lightsabers…
I am not saying that the movie has no value. I’m not saying that there are no moral lessons to be drawn, or even that we should not be entertained. I’m just saying that we should value the movie for what it is, NOT as a representation of ultimate reality.
And, we should value the world of our collective experience the same way. Draw our moral lessons, our values and principles from it. Watch out for the rabid dogs, and look both ways before crossing the street. And know that what we are experiencing is NOT the whole picture, not the ultimate reality.
None of this is to contradict you in any way. I see these comments as harmonizing and building on each other, like the Beethoven I’m listening to in the background. The instruments are all playing different notes, “saying” different things… yet they all indicate a deeper harmony than any one can alone.
You may want to refer to this past “Moment” for another take on the issue of “reality”: http://praxis.commonway.org/2011/05/18/friday-20-may-2011/.
More on this subject of “reality” coming up in subsequent “Moments”!
Thanks again. Such wisdom is needed in times like these.
Love the picture, the quote, the message and the exercises! Excellent! With all the horrible news today and so many people/governments/corporations acting so uncaringly, greedily, etc…, it is easy to get lost in the “dream.” However, fear is something that we can choose or not choose as a response. In general, fear is not a place I spend much time occupying, but I find I respond in anger to a lot of the crap going on these days. Anger at its base is a fear response. I try replace it with the reminder that everything is working for all of our highest good, but that is a struggle at times. Positive action helps somewhat, like sending respectful messages to my elected representatives urging them to stand up for the good of the People and supporting people and organizations that I feel are doing good works or spreading good messages. I still have a long way to go before achieving today’s quote.
I’ve noticed that a lot of the fear I feel has to do with me, personally, feeling inadequate or limited–“I just don’t have what it takes to deal with this!”
Recently I hit a very low point and, by grace, was led to following affirmation:
“I want to live my life fully. I can live my life fully because I have all the resources I need to live my life fully. I celebrate those resources and use them freely.”
Now I use this often. This can really turn me around when I’m feeling inadequate, limited, or angry at myself. And that’s the best place for me to start to contribute to the greater good.
Nice affirmation, Holly. My own current one is, “I choose to enjoy this moment.” Wipes away fear, impatience, etc. as I become wholly present.
Yes, Leonara. Thank you.
I needed this today. Thank you. It was refreshing.
The exercise really makes the wisdom clear. We have a responsibility to our world, just as we have a responsibility to ourselves.
I wish the exercise had mentioned anger and lack. Fear, anger, and feeling of lack are all toxic emotions that should not be fed. But they are only toxic in excess.
Creating a world that works for all requires paying attention to both ourselves and that external reality. But, we need to nurture every seed of transformational consciousness and to bless, love and separate ourselves from the influence of the Breaker story as enacted by our neighbors, friends, and family.
Thanks to everyone else who commented.
Yes, we’ll be getting into the other emotional states as the “Moments” progress. And I fully agree: those emotional states are “toxic” only when they become our primary expression — only in excess. The person who tells me that they cannot get angry, or they are always happy… well, they just aren’t paying attention to the world that I see. I’ve got a few refugee camps I’d like to take them to…
“…we need to … separate ourselves from the influence of the Breaker story as enacted by our neighbors, friends, and family.”
Yes, correct. And, I know that when you say to separate from the influence, you don’t mean to separate from them. It’s only through our connection in energy that others will be able to make the shift to higher frequencies of being. As you know!