The holy scriptures of both bygone kingdoms and modern societies talk of "birthright"
...yet the gods still deny us the full rights to it.
Yes, heaven is good.
Yes, salvation is also good...I guess.
(I still don't know what I needed to be saved" from")
Nevertheless, our religious leaders talk of that which will be given to us in the hereafter as if it cannot be obtained here.
You see, I've always had a problem with putting off until tomorrow what can be done today.
Since the notion of divine salvation is in the realm of belief and faith, that's fine, I got that going for me...
...but I have to wait 20, 30, 60, maybe even 80 years for that?
People always talk about how life is so short, yet those are some of the selfsame people who drag themselves into work day in and day out who stare at a slow clock for 8 hours a day until they can finally blow the popsicle stand of some Mickey Mouse job.
Despite anything else, no matter how "long" or "short" this life may be, there is always constant motion.
We work with all the things that come into our life at every moment. Good things or bad things, there is always something to interact with. There are hardly any moments when we can just be totally quiet and still; even in meditation it is a constant battle to keep both your body and mind focused.
When you are constantly moving there is no time to stop and wait. You do what you can to get the desired result out of the situation.
Why can't "salvation" be the same?
Why must we wait until the hereafter for eternal bliss?
Why must we die in order to live?
I don't think it's necessary to do so.
We can make a heaven for us right here and now. How to do it? simple...
...declare that you and your surroundings is your heaven.
There is no mantra, no tantra, no scripture reading, no knowledge of vector calculus, necessary.
There is quite simply nothing to do for it; if you want it you have it.
The only problem that will keep you from getting what you want are the exasperations that it is "too simple" to do, and of course then you wont do it.
The belief in yourself is the truest faith that you can have.
You are the only one blocking your path. When you release your inhibitions nothing can stop you.
Not even the sky's the limit.
So you're going on a capital-S "Spiritual Journey", eh?
Well send me a postcard when you get there.
..."I" know where you're goin'
...but you don't.
How is it that you are going on a Spiritual Journey and you don't even know where you're going?
or that "I" have that knowledge and you don't even?
If no one has told you by now, or you haven't figured it out for yourself, let me give it to you here:
You can have any experience that you want.
You can enter into any state that you want.
(I think somebody on this site said just that.)
[I'll try my best to find the link and put it here, but as a bit of free pub. I'll just tell you to look around this site for it. You might even find something cool you weren't expecting.]
But back to the point,
How is it that you haven't even done just a little bit of introspection to find out what you want?
Isn't that like the first thing the guys with the robes and the hair tell you?
I don't mean to go on you,
It's just that this whole scene is dangerous.
You might think why that is?
You have the potential to drop a bombshell that will destroy everything around you.
It can even destroy "you" if you're not careful.
But if you are "careful" you won't be destroyed.
Though you will be destroyed if you are careless.
Obviously same goes for anything else. If you are careless to the point where you stick a pair of scissors into an electrical outlet, you can fill in the blanks.
The Spiritual Journey will wind up killing everything you know and love...
So why do you feel so compelled to go on it?
Something bigger than yourself is working.
Which is interesting since that thing that is bigger than you "is" you.
You will reach your destination when you reconcile the differences between yourself and everything else.
Of course things will never be the same...
...but they will be "always".
Meditation, and the general umbrella term of "mindfulness" of which it is a component, is seemingly the "in" thing to do, nowadays.
Also, it seems that the "in" catch-all word to describe unsavory things is "problematic"; both mindfulness in general and meditation in particular as something "to do" is problematic itself.
There is no "doing" meditation, if you are trying to get something out of it.
You don't get anything out of meditation.
It is impossible to get anything out of meditation.
You might think if that's the case, why do so many people prescribe it?
Well, many people are in the business to steal your money by selling you shoddy spiritual goods. Anyone that is able to coerce you, or even if they are gentler, "persuade" you, the result is the same.
You remain in the same depraved situation you were in before hand
...just a little poorer.
What is meditation?
There is no definition because there is nothing to get.
Meditation is silence.
You don't practice mindfulness and meditation to become more peaceful
to reduce your anxiety
to get rid of your depression
Meditation is to be done just for meditation's sake.
If you have any issues, you must fight those issues head on.
Don't hide behind meditation and think it's solving your problems.
Do not let anything disturb your peace.
First of all, it is your peace, you should not let anything or anyone take it from you without your permission.
Why does your peace get disturbed in the first place?
When one has gone through the oftentimes arduous and life-threatening journey of spiritual awakening, they will often get that sudden "eureka" moment of pure bliss and satisfaction.
To their dismay, it doesn't last.
In their disheartened state, they will question whether what they achieved was enlightenment at all, or the dreaded makyo, of the Zen Buddhist tradition where the visions of angles and supreme bliss they encounter are just figments of the imagination.
"Bliss" and "satisfaction" are just states; temporary moments of feeling slightly more evolved than one's normal feelings of "happiness", "sadness", or "anger".
Because they are more evolved, they will tend to stay longer, but even so, there will come a time in which they will be present no longer.
The question is then...
...what remains when the moments are gone?
Is there something that can always stay with you? The answer is actually yes, and that thing is contentment.
Having the ultimate knowledge of reality results in peace when you are able to see the basis behind everything around you.
This is somewhat beyond knowledge, however knowledge is there; it is feeling, intuition.
The intuition can be cultivated; this is the spiritual path.
I hope that you reach your destination soon.
In part I, we decided to take up the idea of "identity" and contend with its origin, its definition, and its natural use in society at large.
To recap, "identity" is a word meaning "wholeness" that we use in society to describe our alignments with certain things.
When we "align" with these certain things, no matter what they are, there is a trade-off between inclusiveness and exclusion.
When you choose to identify with your choice, you are embracing that collective and you are all "one" in that sense, but you have simultaneously excluded yourself and your group from the entirety of everyone else.
Now knowing this, you can see how the exclusion does not match up with the definition; oneness and division cannot exist together, so something must happen.
Everyone has done, is doing, and will continue to do this sort of thing in the foreseeable future.
We can't be blamed for our actions, our actions are our karma, the definition of which is just the total sum of our actions. There is no "good" or "bad", but what is the "result"?
The result is the imperative that we cannot keep going around deluding ourselves in a desire for equality, wholesomeness, and loving-kindness.
We must either get rid of identity or identify as true and entire "one"; one race, one species, one progress.
However, there is another option...
As the word "identity" means oneness, the word "ipseity" means uniqueness.
Let's do some clear thinking for a moment.
Ask yourself, "what do I know?"
You might be able to provide a multiplicity of answers for this question, but analyze your answers...
...they all revolve around "you" don't they.
"I" know this, "I" know that, "I" am this, "I" do that...
The "I"s have it.
By strict definition, everyone is selfish, since everyone has a self with which they move around and act.
Perhaps if we develop ourselves first before being concerned about identities with groups, or wide-reaching generalizations, perhaps it would behoove us to look inward.
Let us try finding ourselves, perhaps it might be the best thing for our future.
At least we don't have to search too far.