Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A New Way of BEing

Probably the greatest difference between the lives and personalities of the 21st century, compared to that of the 20th, is the division of life into many specialties, departments, compartments, identities, fragmentation, identities, arguments and controversies that became supplanted by the one, universal consciousness limited only by one's limits that they have to be.

People don't have to think like a Democrat, Muslim, black, just because their father and grandfather did so, but can choose the total awareness possible to every conscious human being who isn't conditioned to fit into one of the pigeonholes -- which even educated liberals, think is the ultimate designations of what must be.

That is the problem of conditioning -- when it becomes redundant and unnecessary for individuals who are constantly and always learning -- and so never become fixed in that mold that proclaims, "I am a Democrat, just as my father and his father before him, and so must all my descendants also be, for that is who we are, and all we can be."

Not that there's anything wrong with being a "Democrat," or "liberal," or "progressive," or "enlightened," but there is always more of life and truth beyond that, which is always discovering and never concluding, because the mind full of conclusions, is a closed mind, and not an alert mind that is always learning, and being in that truth of the present reality.

Instead, the closed mind is always fighting the last battle and war -- and so is unaware of what is happening right now. So now they take their ancient battles and turf wars to the sidewalks, and argue over who can and cannot use the sidewalks, and who has primal right of way, when such encounters are in reality infrequent -- and it is quite possible in many places still, to have a road and path to oneself, yet still be arguing in the many forums now possible, who is exclusively "right," as though that was an entitlement for some, but not the others.

And so many foundations of that old contentiousness and arguing over nothing and everything, began to disappear and lose its relevance and significance -- despite the protests of "progressives," that they must always remain the eternal battle between the left and the right. In fact, a key teaching of the 20th century, was the very concept of duality as the essential nature of all things -- rather than its oneness, wholeness and integrity. The limitations of that paradigm (world view), was to create the problem and struggle in everything, most notably, between the present and some other time in the past or future. As such, one could never be focused fully in the present to solve the problems of the present, because that energy and attention was divided among the many realities and contrived issues, so one didn't know whether one was solving the problem of the present, or some other -- and thinking, it was the same.

And so such people, confused as they are, fight the last war and solve problems that are no longer the problem, as though that were meaningful, and think they are doing everything they can, to make the world a better place -- while doing absolutely nothing at all, or doing all they can to create the problem that they think they are "solving."