After announcing the passing of a student of my teachings, I received this question from a video viewer. I thought that the question and answer are significant enough to post here.
Question: How does the recent death of your student make you feel?
My Answer: The loss of anyone will come with feelings of sadness. It is a natural emotional response – a principle of emotional energy. When we connect (become more oneness) we feel an increase in emotional energy (happiness). When we disconnect (become more separate) we feel a decrease in emotional energy (sadness). These movements towards unity and separation are what drives all human desire and human choice.
Even the desire for spiritual enlightenment is based on this energetic principle. Enlightenment is the experience of oneness with all life, occurring in the strongest way when we perceive the 1st dimension of creation – the single White Light state. Accompanying this fullest experience of oneness is the strongest experience of happiness. Likewise, there also exists a fullest state of separation – characterized not by fear (because fear is a form of resistance to the experience of separation), but by the strongest lack of emotional energy. It is experienced as an aloneness from everything, including even the tiniest feeling of happiness. This is experienced as a state of Absolute Darkness.For a person to experience the greatest amount of wisdom and enlightenment, he/she must experience both states – pure Light and pure Darkness. Only then will he/she truly gain the wisdom that all experiences contain a harmony of these 2 principles and that pure Light and pure Darkness are not separate from each other. Rather they are both necessary to create the experience of life.
Both pure Light and pure Darkness appear within the clear state of Awareness, Intelligence and Creative Energy (the essence of the Soul or Self). This clear state or Pure Light or Pure Consciousness, as it is called, contains within Itself all experiences and all energies and therefore is the true state of freedom and enlightenment.
A soul will often need to experience both the pure Light and the pure Darkness to realize in fullness the knowledge of the Pure Consciousness that it is, as well as to gain genuine freedom from identification with any forms of experience existing with the interplay of pure Light and pure Darkness. This is what frees a soul from suffering and desire.
Yet even while the soul is free from suffering and desire, the physical body, emotional energy system, and mind are still creations of this interaction involving pure Light (appearance of unity) and pure Darkness (appearance of separation). The soul knows it is not these, but contains these to have it’s experience of existence, so the soul allows these forms and bodies to be as they are, change as they do, interact as they will. And the soul is free, not identified, not resisting, not desiring. The soul allows the experience of all life to be as it is, allows it’s own body, emotions and mind to be as they are, and the soul is free. This is the only way a soul can be truly free while still having the human experience.
In some spiritual groups, like certain schools (but not all) of Buddhism, there is an emphasis on being desire-less. Yet, if we examine this state, a true desire-less state is a state without movement or change. As we examine the nature of all forms, these forms are always changing and are never without movement. It is impossible to experience a 100% desire-less state without also losing awareness of everything, including one’s own awareness.
One’s awareness has the qualities of desirelessness, however for the awareness to have an experience of any kind, it has to be aware of something. Anything that the awareness can be aware of will be created through the interplay of pure Light (appearance of unity) and pure Darkness (appearance of separation) and therefore have the qualities of movement and change. The intelligence creating all movement and change has the qualities of desire. Desire is inherent within all forms which is why they are constantly interacting and changing. Desire exists as the attractive and repellent forces within atoms. Desire exists as the force that seeks unity and avoids separation in the emotional universe (astral dimension). Desire exists as the force that creates knowledge – the process of the unknown becoming known – in the mental universe (causal dimension). Desire is the reason why every soul is having an experience of life. It is also true that the Source Consciousness (God) has the desire to create the Soul and every form and experience that all Souls will have. This is identical to stating that God is desiring to experience God’s own creation.
It is common that people interpret some spiritual teachings as stating that a person should be without emotional feelings. I understand this to be an incorrect interpretation based on a lack of knowledge on the part of those who believe it and teach it. When spirituality is taught in this way, it will create confusion and suffering in the students. Everything that we experience in our consciousness is energy. This energy is manifesting in infinite forms and is constantly in a state of change. Success on the spiritual path comes from understanding how to co-exist and co-create with these forms of life. Success does not come from trying to stop these forms from appearing or changing. A successful person in spirituality has learned how to experience peace, happiness and unity with all the forms that appear in their perception. This internal state is a result of cultivating greater awareness, non-resistance, creating in harmony with the forms, and honoring one’s own innermost knowing.
When an awareness-based meditation is performed properly, it is cultivating this internal experience of greater awareness, non-resistance, creating in harmony with the forms, and honoring one’s own innermost knowing.
Blessings and Love,