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The Veil That Cloaks Our Ordinary Awareness...
"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."
Is vision a big deal?
I don't know if the quote above is true or not. I don't know if the now is called the present because it is a gift. What I do feel like I know is that I want to enjoy being alive and I think that requires a strong link to the present. I see being on this planet as a big deal. Within our universe the level of excitement going on around us is unimaginable. At the atomic level, particles are shooting through our bodies going on to the next body at phenomenal rates of speed, but somehow our egos are so developed that we cannot even sense that we are all connected. It is not an easy thing to see given our egos are so actively engaged in describing the world to us.
If we take our bodies as an example. We can see the individual cells which gives us the idea of independence, but when one part of the body goes rogue and develops a disease, it is a very unwanted thing and the rest of the body suffers because of the treatment required by the afflicted part or the pain that part of the organism is experiencing. Just as each human cell appears to be a separate thing, the body of each human appears to be an independent thing, but you live as part of a bigger organism, called the Earth, and you and I suffer when one part of us goes rogue and starts ravaging the Earth and it's inhabitants. If you don't believe this is true, look at your life and see how you and those closest to you are affected by things like trying to care for each other. How is it for you when a person close to you cannot seem to be happy and whose attitude about life in general is bad news?
I spent several hours, yesterday, with a person who was committed to their unhappiness. I encouraged them to try bringing a higher vision to their thinking than they were currently engaging. I reminded them about the blessings that fill their life. I also recommended that they make an effort to be present to the setting where we were which was a lovely garden. They would have none of it, though. They never once became present to our being there together. According to them, they were unhappy because no one else would give them what they wanted and they had to fend for themselves. Well, we all go through times where circumstances are considered less than desirable, but one thing is clear, you and I are affected by our surroundings and the level of satisfaction in those around us makes all the difference in the world to our own well being. The whole time I was with this other person was miserable and I could not help but think that they were deep in a mist of despair created by the vision their ego was projecting into their life. This person lacks for nothing. They have good health, people in their life who love them, all their basic needs met and many luxuries to fill out the rest of the space they inhabit. From what I can tell, the veil of our ordinary awareness is heavily guarded by our ego and is found to be the main inhabitant on our planet. The state of mind of those who teach us, the programming the media drills into us, the control the government has over us all makes a substantial difference in our lives. We allow unscrupulous people to influence us in every way that money can buy, but the real joy that exists in life is found in being kind and uplifting towards the people in our lives and encouraging ourselves to be whole instead of fragmented parts of a sick society. In America, greed and the lust for material belongings has taken us into a state of myopia. We are each trying to get as much of the pie as we can. This has created a body, the Earth, to suffer and along with our planet we are suffering, too.
Each day we can start out reminding ourselves what is most important to us. We can make a choice to have more of that by the decisions we make. We can focus on what is good and satisfying in our lives and we can let go of our verbal assault on life which comes from the expression of our petty grievances. We can realize that we are creating more of the same misery over and over by the constant babbling on about what we do not like. But, and this is a big one, we must acknowledge that we, each, are personally responsible for our happiness or our unhappiness and that it is not just about us anymore. It is about our whole organism; and being aware of your part and how it is affecting the whole. If we want to be happy, we must intentionally make the choice to manifest the happiness we are capable of producing. We can lift the veil of suffocation our egos have used to keep life ordinary if we can get to the present each day. And, we can work to effectively promote the thing that is most important to us. We can start making our choices and decisions based on our priorities, and let go of the nightmare world of the ego. If it is to be it must come from this very moment.
Blessings to you. Choose to be happy and whole.