School of Life, Play of Light

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As powerful and immortal spiritual beings, we have infinite choices for experience in the vast playground of the multiverse. Some of us may enter into human bodies and fuse with them for the lifespan of the bio-vehicle in order to experience human life and all its challenges, as a way to test ourselves and gather experiences that we can then take back to our soul group, or family, and thus increase the “data base” of the whole.

Each family has a particular character, or vocation, so to speak. For example, some groups are directed towards science, some towards healing, some towards political matters, and some towards arts and creative expression, just to name a few. There are innumerable groups. Each one of us is like a cell in the body of our group, and each group in turn is like a cell in a larger spiritual body. These immense bodies are cells within an even vaster mystical body, and this goes on beyond the comprehension of the human mind in a perfection and harmonious pattern that is too marvelous for words!

many-interacting-worlds-quantum-mechanics.siEach individual cell returns again and again to incarnations in challenging realms such as this one here, refining their illumination over and again until their light outshines the veils of delusion, and there is no longer any need to appear on these humble stages for oneself, but only for the group’s elevation, insuring that not one family member is left behind.

The more experienced among us choose the most difficult lives (knowing that they are not actually “real”) because we seek increasingly more demanding challenges. As the great Chan master Hsu Yun advised, “Welcome hardship more than you welcome ease. Hardship will present you with challenges, and it is in overcoming these obstacles, that you will develop character and skill. Challenges are our greatest teachers.”

As it so happens, we all participated in the design of our present lives while we were in-between incarnational adventures. We are fascinated to discover how we will react to all the various experiences that come with being human, in the same way that those who play video games enter into difficult situations in order to test their ability to take on various challenges and increase their gaming skills.

Another way to regard this adventure might be in terms of costume changes. We like to try on different costumes, different self-images, to see how they fit. Eventually, we find that none of them are permanent, so we resume our natural nakedness. It’s all fun, like playing dress-up. None of the costumes were “wrong”, it’s just that we tend to identify with them and forget that we are not the costume, no matter how appealing or interesting or glamorous or even raggedy it might appear. We came here to try on the human costume, which includes a lot of wardrobe changes in the process.

In any case, we are progressing into light and even more light. However, true “enlightenment” is far beyond our ken while we are temporarily immersed in the heavier densities of this human “amnesia”. The human vehicle itself could not bear the intensity. In this human form, we are greatly limited by the parameters of this realm, its frequency and vibration. For example, even in so-called phenomenal reality there is no actual physical substance (matter) — only levels, degrees, spectrums of light/waves, whose properties are hardly seen, and much less understood, by the human perception mechanism.

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It is all a play of light. Light is literally the essence and constituent matter of our being, and as we attune to the vibration of the higher adaptations, so too the substance of our being expands, becoming less dense and reflecting more light. We express our own light. The light dwells within all of us as who we are, and all of us are known by our light. The greater the selflessness and illumination of our own being-ness, and the more positive our response to the higher frequencies of vibration, the purer and brighter is the light transmitted by us. The purer and stronger the light from each member of the family, or soul group, the greater is the advancement of the group soul towards the ultimate recognition that we collectively are Source Itself, playing the role of being separate individuals.

As Nanci Danison (who experienced what has been termed a “transcendental nde”) explained: “Most of us never realize we are Source pretending to be separate beings until we merge back into Source. We characters within Source’s mind continue to believe we are separate individuals even in the afterlife – for as long as we desire and /or resist knowing that we are actually Source. Once we become aware we are Source literally playing a character, the façade of a separate identity dissolves.”

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The process of incarnating into these human forms creates a uniquely challenging circumstance in which we are faced with living with a dual nature. Unifying and illuminating this dual nature is rare, because it requires absolute humility, which few seem capable of in these times, coupled with a penetrating insight into the nature of the “bigger picture”, which is not quite as rare, but still rare enough.

This realm is indeed a virtual school, and a rather elementary one, in the scheme of the totality of universal manifestation. Mostly, we assume our roles on this current stage in order to learn how to behave in various situations. This involves developing a rudimentary form of integrity, achieved by inspecting and seeing through all human motives based on greed, envy, hatred, ignorance, and pride, for starters. When we have attained sufficient mastery of these basics, we become capable of love, real love, without conditions or self-interest, and this capacity demonstrates our fitness to move on to more advanced curriculums. In Buddhism, such an attainment might correspond to the rank of “Anagami”, or “non-returner”.

The human possibility is indeed a challenge — more so than most potential incarnational circumstances — and so provides an excellent classroom for our continuing edification. It attracts us because it is so different than what we truly are, and so beckons as a fascinating opportunity to deepen our self-awareness by discovering, for example, how we will react in situations of conflict on a war-like planet like Earth. It is an educational opportunity in that regard for our soul evolution, though as long as we allow our human hosts to choose unskillful behaviors, such as anger, hatred, and violence, we may continue to be drawn back here by the compulsion of unresolved desires and self-perpetuating traumas.

Our immortal spirit, or light being, state is characterized by love and wisdom, which we temporarily set aside, so to speak, in order to fully participate in the human adventure. As Nisargadatta Maharaj noted: “Once you know yourself, it is immaterial what you do, but to realize your independence, you must test it by letting go all you were dependent on. The realized man lives on the level of the absolutes; his wisdom, love and courage are complete, there is nothing relative about him. Therefore he must prove himself by tests more stringent, undergo trials more demanding. The tester, the tested and the set up for testing are all within.”

Just as in a movie in which we might be fully identified, death may seem very real, but nobody actually dies. Nevertheless, we walk away affected by the drama we participated in, even though it was in reality just a play of light on a screen. In the process we might learn something important about “what we are made of”, and that’s what makes the adventure worthwhile.

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Humans are selfish, violent animals, driven by emotions, cunning, and instinct. They use violence to protect themselves from real and imagined threats to their ability to get what they want, to amass wealth in its many forms, and to manipulate and exercise dominance over others. Each of us can allow human emotions and instincts to characterize our human experience, or strive to bring love into the equation, and thus magnify the light of our original and true nature.

We have the innate power to remember what and who we really are, and then compassionately control our human host’s actions, which requires a discipline that does not come naturally to humans. As the Dalai Lama noted: “The purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in our daily lives.”

Consequently, we must not only re-awaken to our true nature, but also learn how to embody that realization in our behavior and relationships. If we sit back and yield to the human instinct, there will be an inevitable result, and we will be perpetually drawn back for more and more tests, until we learn to do the right thing in each situation with which we are presented. That involves the direct and living recognition that love is all that matters. Having demonstrated our adaptation to and stabilization in the capacity to freely give and receive love (even in the midst of any and all circumstances), we are fit to “graduate”, but not until then.

Q: But ultimately is there a world, or is there none?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: What you see is nothing but your self. Call it what you like, it does not change the fact. Through the film of destiny your own light depicts pictures on the screen. You are the viewer, the light, the picture and the screen. Even the film of destiny (prarabdha) is self-selected and self-imposed. The spirit is a sport and enjoys to overcome obstacles. The harder the task the deeper and wider his self-realisation.

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See also:

http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/notes-from-the-other-side/

http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/the-game/

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8 Responses to School of Life, Play of Light

  1. A says:

    Hmm .. Merci!

  2. Bob OHearn says:

    “Suffering is our best teacher because it hangs onto us and keeps us in its grip until we have learnt that particular lesson. Only then does suffering let go. If we haven’t learnt our lesson, we can be quite sure that the same lesson is going to come again, because life is nothing but an adult education class, If we don’t pass in any of the subjects, we just have to sit the examination again. Whatever lesson we have missed, we will get it again. That is why we find ourselves reacting to similar situations in similar ways many times.”

    ~ Ayya Khema, ‘Being Nobody, Going Nowhere’

  3. Bob OHearn says:

    Nisargadatta Maharaj: For anything to happen, the entire universe must coincide. It is wrong to believe that anything in particular can cause an event. Every cause is universal. Your very body would not exist without the entire universe contributing to its creation and survival. I am fully aware that things happen as they happen because the world is as it is. To affect the course of events I must bring a new factor into the world and such factor can only be myself, the power of love and understanding focussed in me.

    When the body is born, all kinds of things happen to it and you take part in them, because you take yourself to be the body. You are like the man in the cinema house, laughing and crying with the picture, though knowing fully well that he is all the time in his seat and the picture is but the play of light. It is enough to shift attention from the screen to oneself to break the spell. When the body dies, the kind of life you live now — succession of physical and mental events — comes to an end. It can end even now — without waiting for the death of the body — it is enough to shift attention to the Self and keep it there. All happens as if there is a mysterious power that creates and moves everything. realise that you are not the mover, only the observer, and you will be at peace.

    Q: Is that power separate from me?

    M: Of course not. But you must begin by being the dispassionate observer. Then only will you realise your full being as the universal lover and actor. As long as you are enmeshed in the tribulations of a particular personality, you can see nothing beyond it. But ultimately you will come to see that you are neither the particular nor the universal, you are beyond both. As the tiny point of a pencil can draw innumerable pictures, so does the dimensionless point of awareness draw the contents of the vast universe. Find that point and be free.

    Realize that your true nature is that of pure light only, and both the perceived and the perceiver come and go together. That which makes both possible, and yet is neither, is your real being, which means not being a ‘this’ or ‘that’, but pure awareness of being and not-being. When awareness is turned on itself, the feeling is of not knowing. When it is turned outward, the knowables come into being.

    ~From “I Am That”

  4. Bob OHearn says:

    Within the many diverse realms, or states of creation, for that is what they are, you have infinite opportunities of study. Each realm, or each state of thought alignment, has within it its own unique potentials for Self-creation and manifestation. Meaning, each plane of consciousness hold different possibilities for you to express, create and fulfill yourself. As you gain access to higher states of consciousness you also gain access to a broader range of possibilities for you to express, create and fulfill your identity within that. These different planes or states are not separated by any sort of wall or physical barriers, but it is more so that you gain entry into them by reconfiguring your energy resonance to ‘fade’ into new dimensions of light. In this understanding, there is no such physical ‘higher’ place, but a more refined state of reality which you enter into, which aligns itself with specific archetypes of consciousness. Understood another way, when you align your thoughts, emotions, desires – all of that which is your soul, to the purer state of the spirit, then your spirit reveals a progressively expanding reality upon you. The more and more your soul is illuminated by your ancient spirit, and less of animalistic and dualistic natures, the higher you ascend within the spectrum of possibilities.

    Study then, is often those things which souls seek to pursue within the spirit world, in order to align themselves with their ancient spirit, the wisdom and potential it provides, and the great access it enables when connection is made. This is not the only reason souls pursue study however. In fact not all souls have the desire to ‘ascend’ further into alignment with their pure untainted spirit. They are more than profoundly fulfilled, joy-full and engaged within where they currently are and with what they currently do. This is perfectly fine, for there is never any pressure or expectation to do otherwise. Souls then, in this case, may desire to remain centralised within a specific dimension and do a specific type of work there. They may aspire to take on a particular role for themselves within the identity they have created for themselves. They may simply wish to explore the vast expanse of the universe(s) and dimensions available and allow their spirit to be drawn to a particular potential. When this occurs they then may choose to have a physical life experience in association with one of these potentials. Not because they have to for some ‘ascension’ process or some karmic debt, but because their spirit is drawn to the resonance of the experiences that the physical life promises to provide. Different physical experiences provide the soul with different types of energy-realizations, energy sensations and creative-energy potentials. Much the same as you would aspire to try different types of food flavours and aromas, or try to cook new recipes.

    Many souls will study for a life they are about to lead in physical form. This is not to say everything is planned beforehand. Actually, very little at all is planned out prior to a physical life. What tends to be studied beforehand are certain skills, energy potentials that the soul aspires to take with them and work on. It may be that, within your soul group, you are doing a lot of work in one specific area which has long term benefits for many thousands, or millions of individuals. Your soul may wish to further this work within a physical life and so will bring with them very specific abilities and traits that empower them to do this work. Not all souls actually come to Earth with a set purpose or goal in mind, and they simply come because they would merely like to try it out. Same as you perhaps would watch someone else do a bungee jump, and then later pluck the courage to try it yourself for the thrill of it. This perhaps is why many human beings become home sick or feel lost or without purpose or direction. They made a rather hasty choice to have a human life experience without really thinking about what they wanted from it.
    Similarly said, those who come to Earth with a very specific aspiration in mind, will either have a profound sense of drive and purpose, or they may actually forget why they came and become depressed. They will feel depression for they know at some level they are meant to be doing something, yet they cannot quite remember what it was. They will often then live their life with this sense of ‘something is about to happen’, yet nothing ever does, for they do not manifest their intuitive heart. What is actually happening is they are beginning to reconnect with their spirit through their heart, yet they look outside of themselves for something to manifest, instead of manifesting their own aspirations.

    ~Sparrow

  5. Bob OHearn says:

    What is the Soul Group?

    The soul group is a specific energy family within which a spirit has chosen to commit itself to. The spirit will form its roots deep within this soul group over millions of years in human understanding. Each spirit within the same soul group will have a distinct direction of purpose, of aspiration and intention that mirrors one another, which enables a bond like no other. The bond in fact is so deep and intimate that the love felt for each other has no limits as to what they would do for one another.
    When we speak of soul mates and twin flames what we are really identifying is another spirit which has origins within our own soul group. The love felt almost immediately between one another, often called love at first sight, is actually your energy signature which is being recognised. The fact that you seem to get on so well with one another, mirroring each others likes and dislikes, having an intuitive sense of connection and destiny, this is merely the bond you have with each and every one of those from your soul group. It merely appears that this one person is your destined partner because there may not even be another soul from your group anywhere within 1000 miles, or even on the same planet.
    This is not then to say that you may not have a very specific spirit to whom you spend most of your time in the spirit world with, for often this can be the case for those who share a great many lifetimes with you.

    Those within your soul group will often splinter out into many corridors of the multi-verse, accessing a wide variety of potentials and opportunities for that group to grow and achieve objectives. If it is a group that focuses on the accumulation of information and knowledge, and subsequently the translation and distribution of such, then each soul within that group will aspire to do that in their own way. They will often go to great extents, and great journeys to facilitate and gather further knowledge.
    Similarly, for example, a group that focuses on healing modalities and breathing life into lifeless situations will have souls that pursue routes to put this intention into play and experiential form. In this respect they will go to great extents, and great journeys to facilitate and heal many different situations within the vast multi-verse.

    People often wonder why it is that personalities clash, minds think so differently, moral codes and ethics vary and different people seem to have such different gifts. This is because, despite familiar human appearances, behind the curtain sits quite different energy characteristics and consciousness. Because the soul journey of each individual has led such a different path up till this point, this becomes evident in the way each person thinks and feels, as well as what motivates them on a deeper level.
    Often it is that such differences are aggravated by and from the immediate physical upbringing of the person, particularly the environment the person was exposed to during their early years of growth into adulthood. So instead of differences being seen and accepted as a wonderful diversity of divine expression, they are often times delivered into the minds of many as something which creates separation, intolerance and violence.

    Within a more positive view, it is these differences in energy signature and vibration which triggers within you intuitive alarm bells. But in this instance the alarm is of a positive sense in that it invokes feelings of destiny, connectivity and positive direction. For example, someone who is suffering some sort of illness or imbalance may encounter a person who hails from a healing modality soul group, and intuitively this person will know this and be drawn to them, yet they will not know why. It will be simply felt that whenever you are near this other person you seem to feel better.
    Another example would be someone you are perhaps drawn to because of their inspirational imagination or teaching capacity. If these characteristics are something you are in need of at some point in your life then you will be intuitively drawn to beings from the soul groups that specialize with these qualities. Again, it may not immediately be apparent why you are drawn to a specific person, but eventually you will work it out.

    ~Sparrow

  6. Bob OHearn says:

    A blinding sun shoots high up into the blue sky and the universes are filled with the infinite, eternal great Light.

    The original face of both the good and the evil is this same great Light. There isn’t a single thing that is not this great Light.

    The flying birds and the crawling beasts, the running waters and the stole boulders all speak of this great Light.

    Everything brightens everything else and this great Light is a magnificent thing to behold.

    Even the most unfortunate looking form of life is filled with this great Light. And once you see this, you realize that everything is really very happy as it is.

    This great Light blinds out all other colors since those colors themselves are nothing but this great Light.

    Tong Songchol

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