Living in a '3D' world means, among other things, living with Danger, Deception and Deliverance.
A person can hang onto their boat, crashing from one rock to the next in crisis mode, capsizing, going over waterfalls, sputtering, screaming, and nearly drowning (it's called survival) — or...
They can be master of their craft, gliding easily around obstacles, taking the rapids with confidence, and soaking up the sun and sights and sounds of nature with pleasure and appreciation.
Which would you choose?
Looking around, how do you see people living?
Our world has been geared from the beginning for danger and deception, for existing and surviving but not fully living. Even those who accumulate wealth or live on the edge or have thousands of adoring fans — are they really fully alive?
How many spiritual leaders, for example, are spiritual egos who capitalize on a single aha! moment to create a 'comfortable' life for themselves? Are they self aware, honest and responsible? I don't know and don't judge. My sense, though, is that none living are living fully their potential.
Aliveness to me begins with awareness, aware first of my inner life and how it is reflected in my daily experience. It is the most essential yet the least mentioned. Public education and human society, so far as I know, teach skills for survival in the world, but not skills for living.
How can one go through life in anything more than survival mode?
And there IS more, much more. But the 'more' is hidden from view to almost everyone. Some have glimpses there could be more, some actually embody more. They are the rare few.
In these days, people and organizations claiming to offer 'more' are popping up like mushrooms after a rain.
'We're making a better world,' they say, 'with more freedom and equality for everyone.' Yet they limit their new world by making themselves important, exclusive, and competitive. And words like 'equality' and 'respect' tend in organizations — making such pronouncements — to be realized in slogans rather than actions.
'We're modeling a new paradigm,' they claim, 'come get your spot before your neighbor does.' They are doing nothing more than regurgitating the old paradigm of exclusiveness, competition, greed and fear for survival. A new gift-wrapping does not change what is inside.
Deception includes self-deception, and many who deceive others are not aware they are controlling and manipulating. Wherever there is hierarchy, the smell of control can be detected. Consider the teacher and student, practitioner and patient/client, employer and employee, leader and follower. Not all of course are deceptive or dangerous, and much is well-intentioned and seemingly beneficial. The danger to the deceived is in giving their power away. It happens subtly. To avoid being a perpetrator or one who is perpetrated against, for starters,
'Don't allow yourself to be needy, greedy, seedy or bleedy (a victim or a taker.)'
The deliverance from this situation by the student, patient or follower is by accepting the gifts offered by the moment with gratitude, staying centered in one's own power throughout it, and moving on (not getting stuck) from it when the moment is complete. That will vary some from one person and situation to the next, but means in general to listen to what others say then listen deeply within before acting.