The following story is taken from my book, The New Season: Journey Toward Enlightenment. I have presented it here in order to demonstrate the symbolism of some of the most profound ancient teachings to be found. More importantly, I hope to provide examples of how to incorporate this wisdom into one’s daily life. I hope you enjoy it:
Quantum Physics and the “Light of Awareness”
Let’s look a little further into how we create ideas to attempt to fit our version of reality. It was discovered in 1932 that every particle has its opposite, an antiparticle, which is another particle with a series of opposing characteristics to its non-twin. Moreover, whenever they meet they always destroy one another. How might this fit with the principle of duality? Indeed, when we see the interconnectedness of all things, the principle of duality drops away. Furthermore, when a positron meets an electron they disappear and in their place are two photons, which immediately leave the scene at the speed of light. How might this fit with the idea of “shining the light of awareness” on an erroneous idea of the mind, causing it to disappear? The euphemisms referred to here are used as a symbolic expression of our experience with physical reality.
Once I was on a walk observing nature and it occurred to me that it might be a helpful practice to talk from the place of space and silence rather than that which divides it. As a result, we would place ourself in what I like to refer to as “space consciousness.” We might say something like, “I like the way the space is divided by the shape of the branches.”
Consequently, we would be centering attention on the space rather than the object of “tree.”
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
One night I was sitting in the hot tub gazing at the nearly full moon when suddenly I had a very lucid thought about just who and what we truly are. As I was sitting in silence feeling the stillness of the night, the words, “know thy self” came to mind, followed by “love thy self,” and the meaning hit home deeply as I felt a strong sense of compassion for the parts of me that have suffered, and which in turn, became a great teacher.
I have to say, when I had first heard of the idea “love thy self,” I had only an intellectual understanding of what it meant. However, that night while gazing at the sacred moon, I actually FELT compassion for hurt Jeff. Consequently, I now truly get what it means to love thy self. And it is powerful!
“Know thy self.”
One of the main teachings it boils down to is simply living in the eternal now and being of one mind. This differs from the perspective of the split mind, where we have created the identity of “I,” which can be described as the person I want or intend to be vs. “me,” which is the person I want to improve upon. The latter is the one we must develop compassion for, as it is the one who has suffered. And this is the very reason we attempt to improve upon it; because quite simply, we do not want to suffer.
When we seek to discover heaven or nirvana, we must know that it is ineffable and no one can describe it to us, they can merely point us in the right direction. We must discover it for ourselves, and to find the right path, we must be here now! -Jeffry C. Beers
In Buddhism it is taught that there is no “thing.” This is often misunderstood. It is not teaching, as is often thought, that the world is an illusion. Instead, it is the idea of any solid, permanent object that is the illusion. Every object is merely vibrating energy.
This has been demonstrated to be true over and over again by quantum physics. As physicist Niels Bohr puts it, “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” Ironically, we had a better understanding of this as babies, before object permanence set in, which is why many ancient teachings speak of “remembering” rather than “learning.” They implore us to remember what we knew before the birth of the ego.
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In this book series I have described a path to total self-awareness. For me, it all started with reading inspirational literature, contemplative walking, introspective reflecting and journaling. In the first book of the series, Peace: The Art of Mindfulness to Eliminate Stress, I wrote about mindfulness and how we can program the mind to change our default progressively from constant mind chatter, to less inner dialog, to mindful chatter, to mostly silent with intentionally directed internal dialog.