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The Veil That Cloaks Our Ordinary Awareness...

Updated on July 13, 2015

"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."

Bil Keane

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.



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    • CreatePerfection profile imageAUTHOR


      14 months ago from Beautiful Colorado

      mantita44, I am so happy your path has crossed mine. Blessings to you, Lela

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      14 months ago from london

      Thanks Lela. Choose to be happy and whole. Cool!

    • CreatePerfection profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      Dear Bobby,

      Thank you for the support and insights you share. Humans are complex and our attitudes start so early in our lives, it is difficult to tell what a person is seeing when they are reporting such misery. What you said about unconditional love is right on, and the world does truly need us to "keep painting a picture of love in spite of ignorance", as you say. You are a very insightful being. I am honored that you read my articles and take the time to comment. I am humbled by your praise. Blessings to you and all those you love.


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      Robert Morgan 

      2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi most wonderful Lela, I love that you spend time helping a hurting person find their way out of their unhappiness. Even when people appear committed to their unhappiness, we can usually find a way to break through, even when they don't acknowledge it as was the situation with this person. Loving them unconditionally, serves as an excellent a foundation, and that usually is enough to help us to be patient with them and listen to them with our hearts. Your recommendations were ones that I would have given. I love how you painted a higher vision. Even though your friends was not ready at the moment, you planted the seeds, which always sprout given loving nourishment and time. The world needs us to keep painting a picture of love in spite of ignorance. Blessings, you friend and fellow sojourner, Bobby

    • CreatePerfection profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      dear aviannovice,

      One of the things I learned many years ago, from a truly wise being, was not to complain to people who cannot do anything about it. Upon hearing this instruction I could actually 'see' what the law of conservatism was. We ALL decide what to spend our energy on, and some of us are making this decision without actually being here. By that I mean many of us are not present much less conscious. I am so in awe of being on this planet, in this universe I truly want to conserve my energy to be used in the exploration and enjoyment of it all.

      I have taken a good bit of time to think about depression. It seems to affect many and I have had times when I had to fight it. When I feel I am in the moment where I have to choose a path or be taken over by the inertia of my mood, I choose what is most important to me which is "To Be At Peace". The human psyche is much too complex for me to summarize my observations of it here, but for me personally, changing my mind changes my state of being. I sincerely feel that people who repeat their woes over and over to people who cannot do anything about it are just unconsciously massaging their ego and keeping that mind-set in place, and although I want to be a compassionate person, I do not want to enable behaviors in my fellow human beings that do not serve their full enjoyment of being in this spectacular place at this magnificent time in the universe.



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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I was thinking that this person of whom you speak may have depression. If they want for nothing and can create a happy atmosphere for themselves, that might be the malady. What do you think?

      What you have stated in this article makes so much sense. If we prioritize our lives, chances are excellent that our bodies and minds will remain in sync.

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      3 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      Dearest YFN, the joy that you bring to my life is tremendous. Peace and happiness are choices. Once we determine how important they are to us it is only a matter of making decisions which will further these experiences in our lives. Thank you for your comment. You are a wonderful person and I love you dearly.

      We received the great carving you made for us late yesterday and it means the world to us. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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      Your favorite nephew 

      3 years ago

      Great article! Once I learned these lessons from your coaching my life changed and peace is not only obtainable but sustainable. It's all about being willing to let go of ego and alter perceptions. Thanks for writing this!


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