Human Agitators AND Spiritual Activists

The end of an old year and the beginning of a new year are a Universal “marker.”  It is, generally, a time of reflection on the past year, a time for looking forward to the coming year, usually with hope and renewed commitment and energy.  While there are many such markers in our lives:  birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and holy days, the upcoming new year celebration is the one that is globally observed by all the cultures on our planet.

I have been going over the major events of the past year:  the Arab Spring; the protests in Puerta del Sol, Madrid and Madison, Wisconsin; the execution of Troy Davis; the Climate Change Summit in South Africa; the Occupy Wall Street movement; the student and workers uprising in Chile; the unprecedented political outcry in Russia; the endless squabbles and power plays in Washington – and these are just the events that caught my attention! The most obvious common thread to me is that of critical mass:  a critical mass of people standing up for themselves, standing in their own power, recognizing (at some level) that the “powers that be” are only “powers” if we recognize them as such. A critical mass of people engaging, understanding that there cannot be winners and losers, for when one person loses, we all lose, and when the common good is expressed correctly, there can be neither winners nor losers for there is no polarity in the common good.

One of the things that’s different about the current movements from other times in history is that this is the first time that such a disruption is taking place on a global level and is rooted in peaceful demonstration.  Every one of these demonstrations began in peaceful resistance.  Every one of these demonstrations recognizes that we are all one, an excellent illustration of Oneness on the physical plane.

The human experience is about the corporeal and physical:  There are things, events, feelings, sensations that we are not able to experience without a physical body.  So each one of us Perfect Expression of Self unfolding enters this plane to experience.  And when we do, we “forget” that what we see around us is the play, the drama and that Reality is where we came from.  In that “forgetting” we get so caught up in the drama, we think it’s real and then we must “do” something about what we see.  We believe we must heal, we believe we must right wrongs, we believe we must “do something!”

The reality, however, is that the only thing we must do is simply be and remember who we are.  I say “simply,” and it is simple.  It is not easy.

Since we chose to enter this plane of existence for the experience, it behooves us to experience on the physical level.  Just think, in our bodies we are able to experience laughter, tears, a wonderful meal, birth, death, hugs, kisses, sex (BIG favorite!), running a marathon, and the list goes on.  Within our contracted consciousness, we believe that these experiences comprise life.  When our individual expression of Consciousness awakens and expands, we realize that there is life and Life, and that Life is what we yearn for.

One way that awakening Consciousness is perceived on the human level is the pursuit of justice, the awareness of social responsibility, the understanding that what we see as differences – i.e. gender, skin color, nationality, sexual orientation – are just “cosmetic”.  As we remember Self more constantly, we begin to see these “differences” for the nothings that they, in fact, are.

While we are practicing remembrance, however, we must still navigate the currents of our human understanding, and so we feel compelled to “do something.”  So we become activists: political activists, social activists, advocates for all kinds of causes.  And while activism is a wonderful thing, we need to understand that this type of activity is only treating symptoms of a perceived malaise.  The cause of the “ailment” is our inclination to forget our true nature and Life:  We are each and every one of us the Perfect Expression of Self Unfolding Perfectly Unto Infinity and when we remember that, we can see that Harmony prevails.

In Chapter 10 of his “Realization of Oneness,” Goldsmith tells us:

“Nothing happens outside the activity of mind–not a thing…If it is the activity of the mind of God, you cannot change it, you cannot alter it, you cannot improve it, and it would be quite futile to attempt to do so…But on the other hand, anything that exists as an activity of the carnal mind can be nullified in proportion to the degree of your awareness of these [spiritual] principles.”

What we perceive in our surroundings as injustices, as injuries, or even as triumphs, are activities of the carnal mind.  It is the manifestation of the Universal hypnotism that a power other than the One exists.

Goldsmith further cautions us against becoming a blotting paper.  He says:

“On every side, you are witnessing sin, disease, death, lack, limitation, unemployment, disfigurement, alcoholism, drug addiction, poverty.  All these things confront you on the streets, in the press, and on the radio, and you cannot afford to be a blotting paper.”

Goldsmith instructs us to be “consciously alert” and remember that these are just images, pictures, nothings attempting to appear as somethings.

So while we progress on our journey of Awakening Consciousness, on our journey of Remembrance of our True Self, instead of being blotters, let’s start by being human agitators – Go into Science gently, Mrs. Eddy encourages us.  Gently, we transition on the temporal level from believing we are powerless to understanding that we can take action.

At first, while we are still practicing to remember Truth, we become the social, political, economic, scientific activists.  This is the equivalent of treating the symptoms of an ailment.  We can see this play out in the temporal play:  something bothers us, we make it go away temporarily so we believe we’ve solved the problem and we forget about it until the next time it makes itself felt.  We may continue to treat the symptoms until it gets so annoying that we are impelled to seek the cause of the annoyance and to find a way to treat that.

As Therapy of the Soul practitioners we know the cause of the annoyance:  the belief in two powers.  As Therapy of the Soul practitioners, we also know the “cure”:  remembering that God and I are One.

So let us be human agitators shaking our Consciousness awake AND Spiritual Activists, for it is in the activity of Mind, in the conscious remembrance of Truth, that Harmony reigns.

More of us around the globe are becoming human agitators as evidenced by the massive protests around the globe, and with all that agitating something greater is happening:  all that “shaking” is waking something up.  From where I stand, that something is Consciousness and it becomes clearer and clearer to me that we are all, indeed, One.

Troy Anthony Davis

Over the past several weeks the story of Troy Anthony Davis, a 42 year-old-man who lived in the state of Georgia convicted of killing an off-duty police officer in 1989 and sentenced to death, has been featured prominently in both the national and international media.  Mr. Davis proclaimed his innocence to the very end.  His attorneys, family, and hundreds of thousands of supporters will continue to do so in an attempt to prevent the same thing from happening again to someone else.

There are many details to this story:  the violent act that set this chain of events into motion, witnesses stating they saw Mr. Davis perpetrating the heinous act of murder and then recanting their statements, being brought to the brink of execution three times prior to last night, the grief and desire for justice of the murder victim’s family, the grief and desire for justice of Mr. Davis’s family, all of these details are part of the human drama.  The universal hypnotism that appears to present a power of good and a power of evil.  The erroneous belief that there is more than One power.

And this is the crux of the matter:  when we witness such dramatic events, that appear to be guided by a power beyond us, that seem to be the epitome of reality, how can we continue to affirm that there is only One Power, One Truth, One Mind, One Reality?

In struggling to express these thoughts into a clearer more cogent form, I turned to my Therapy of the Soul teacher, mentor, and friend, Arnie Vargas, who most generously shares his experience and wisdom as follows:

In looking at the Troy A Davis case, human sense cannot see anything except for two powers on the scene, which to human eyes seem like good and evil at battle.  Humanly, we see a family’s need for vindication for the end of the life of their beloved relative, and another family trying to save the family member, whom they believe to be an innocent man.  Humanly, the entire episode is puzzling and we are asked by our senses, to take sides, and judge according to appearances.

Divine Metaphysics teaches us that Truth cannot be seen with human eyes.   Human sense is finite while Truth/Source is infinite and Source is All-in-all.  It is difficult to see Source in situations such as this one, just as it is equally difficult to see Source when we speak of any so called “disaster” or “calamity.”    However, metaphysical and mystical literature reveal to us that the so called tragedies of this world are nothing but human perception.  To be human is to believe in good and evil. That belief in two powers clouds our sense of Truth whereby, where only a spiritual harmonious Universe exists, human sense projects good and bad outcomes and sees a distorted world.  In human form, there is limitation and when limited, the vision of Truth is obstructed.

Returning to the Troy A. Davis case, we see a man, whom many believe to be innocent, being condemned to death.  As spiritual students, the claims jump at us: death, innocent vs guilty, a need for vindication or mercy, etc.  The world’s Scriptures in one way or another tell us that; “God is too good to behold inequity.”  If that is true, what is the truth about this seeming reality?  Here, we can turn to the statement again of “Source is All-in-all.”  Source, appearing as Troy A Davis, decides to take on what appears as human sacrifice. The killed officer (also Source in form), gives up his human form in a so called death. To human sense there are killers and there is death.  But if we believe none of that can be real, what is all of this?  Here, even human language offers the answers to these puzzles of existence to human sense.  All of it, absolutely all of it, is appearance; claims.  To many, this sounds scandalous, ridiculous, unreal, insane.  But is it any saner to believe in an all good God, the Source and maintainer of all Life, who would allow death, killings, tragedies, etc?  What kind of God would that be, who stands helpless at the acting out of humans?  Is that God omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and unconditionally loving?

Mary Baker Eddy and Joel Goldsmith, have introduced the western world to the ageless spiritual wisdom of the east, whereby God/Source is Spirit and therefore produces only Spirit and Spirit’s attributes in its many manifestations.  Man is spiritual by the very nature of being Source’s expression.  So what appears human, exists only in an unreal world created by human sense.  The tragedies of this world when they appear to our senses, are opportunities to look at the world in a different way; a spiritual way, and rise above those limitations and limited views of looking at things.  The “good” of this world appearing to our senses is equally unreal.  God is the only good and that good is unknown to humans.  Until we are able to give up a belief in two powers, we won’t know what real good is all about.  How many wonderful things have come out of what looked like real evils?  Had it not been for the horrors of slavery, humankind would not have risen to the acceptance of that type of human commerce and practice as wrong, and stand up to end it.  Could it be that “evil” appears to our senses in order to assist us to wake up from the dream of the unreal to the real?  That is what spiritual literature suggests.

In the so called evils of this world, Spirit is never hurt.  What appeared in human form as Troy A Davis is truly Divine Spirit! That Spirit continues to be alive in another form, with a spiritual body, now in another dimension. That Spirit is just as alive today, as it was yesterday.  Until we know that without a doubt through spiritual sense, yesterday’s sentence can look like there is no God, no justice, no goodness in this world, and because of that appearance, Source’s reality will be denied or questioned by many, just as the round form of the world was denied and condemned as heresy in the 15th century and before, by those who believed the world was flat because that’s how it appeared,  until it became obvious, proven as false,  and thus the new reality became accepted by the many.

The world is not yet at a point where spiritual reality in every aspect and circumstance can be demonstrated, but that day will come.  “Destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in three days,” is the spiritual teaching regarding the eternality of life.  Life is eternal and indestructible.  That is the Truth for all of us and the more we consider that possibility, the more it will become our reality.  As many consider that possibility, its demonstration will also become more universal.

We can recognize the injustice of an act but if we stop there, we are doing ourselves and the world a disservice.  We need to denounce injustices, while at the same time affirming Truth and Principle; man is one with Universal Consciousness, that includes every man, woman and form of life. Unless we embrace our Oneness, we will continue to see “otherness” out there, thus justifying why evil must be fought.  Killings and wars occur due to limitation of vision.  Humanity is not massively yet at a point where we can see ourselves in our true nature and thus refuse to fight one another.  As we continue maintaining Truth in consciousness, we are doing our part in making this a better world.  Let us denounce injustice when we see it by reminding everyone of our Oneness.  Only the awareness of our Oneness with each other and with everything will resolve human problems at every level.

WORLD AFFAIRS

As a child, I was taught that whatever happened at home, stayed at home, and that whatever happened outside the home, was none of my business and I should not be involved.  I bought into this view for a very long time.

Today, I see that since we are all One, it is ALL my business.