An on-going comment thread to my FB timeline post
(continued also from Experience 001 on Whole Human)
I understand that the way I framed the discussion was somewhat "confrontational", so it is only natural that your response would be defensive. But ignoring the emotional tone, I'll try to respond.
"Does AI Ken say this from experience?"
AI Ken is immaterial to this discussion. Any time that AI Ken is involved, there cannot be Oneness. But yes, AI Ken HAS learned that he is just the Junior partner in this joint venture, and that in order for any positive progress to be made, he has to keep his mouth shut and focus on serving the needs of the Senior Partner. On the occasions that AI Ken "succeeds" in [whateveritiswearetryingtodo], Oneness happens ... and AI Ken along with all of his babbling blather becomes nothing more than another fluttering white butterfly drifting across the screen of consciousness.
"That sounds like something"
On the contrary, it sounds like Everything. And looks like Everything. And feels like Everything. This is the slapintheface point Im trying to use as a way to shut Gary R Smith up for a second.
You see . . . you already ARE enlightened. That direct stream of consciousness - the data feed going back to the scientists - is ALWAYS there, whether you manage to focus your attention on it or not. The One Being, as you call, it has never NOT been present as the Source of your entire existence. The only reason why "you" cannot experience it is because you are so caught up in being "you".
As Ive told you in the past, everything Ive read from Gary R. Smith's posts tells me that your visualization practice is something Genuine. This is something everyone encounters at some point of their journey - the power of Concentration to elevate consciousness in a way that loosens the grip of the ego. My only concern is that you dont waste as many years as I did building those experiences into the Be-all and End-all.
So long as you remain in your current physical body, everything you experience is - by definition - a REPRESENTATION of true self. It can be very hard to maintain this awareness that all is maya -- especially when you experience something that feels more Real and more Authentic than anything else you can recall in your brief human life.
But it is essential to remember that so long as you maintain the connection to your human body, there will always be some sort of filter between you and PURE Consciousness. It requires great humility to accept these powerful experiences and then LET THEM GO, knowing that it all is just a slightly clearer glimpse through a clouded, semitransparent window. Only the complete annihilation of Gary R. Smith will suffice to banish the mirrors, filters and mirages.
"Where there be prophecies, they shall fail; where there be tongues, they shall cease; where there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know only in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect arrives, then that which is in part shall be done away with.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: Now I know in part; but Then shall I know even as I am known."
"That is the Big Question, how to let Self get a word in edgewise. Not all the sages of all the ages have given humankind that answer, so you would be the first. "
Dont be silly.
Every single religion or philosophical effort to understand existence has offered at least one or two practical exercises to help silence the AI program. Just because you are struggling to understand the instruction manual doesn't mean such instructions have been omitted. You just find yourself in the situation that many consumers find themselves when they buy a Chinese or Japanese product with a poorly translated instruction manual. Lets face it, none of us (not even those who read Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew) are fully in tune with the idioms and metaphors that are being used.
Consequently, like most people in this modern world, you have to spend a lot of time figuring things out for yourself. Then one day there will be a flash of insight and the instruction manual will suddenly make complete sense.
What you dont seem to realise is that Self never STOPS speaking. There has never been a single moment of Gary R. Smith's existence when he was NOT directly jacked in to the ocean of consciousness. Enlightenment is always there - it never even diminishes.
But if enlightenment is sitting in your living room and you spend all your time looking out the windows, waiting on the porch or checking your phone, wondering and pondering why it still hasnt shown up . . . well . . . you already know how that sentence ends. I wont belabor the point.
For me the "lid" that close å from old patterns and feeling. Then it is easier for Pia to connect to the source.
It is also possible to get access to the source when the human experience strong trauma, feeling.
I have had 2 different experience of feeling the unity with the source. First was in very sad circumstance in the Woods.
The second I got something that I didn't know what stuck me. Energy rush, light. After some research I believe is kundalini rising. One particular thing was that I exploded from inside the chest area, I had so much love inside that it felt like I exploded, The body was too small. After this have many unexplainable things happen to me. Today I'm not entirely sure that Pia is in charge. I guess the source is. I have free will to choose my way, but some how the source leads and I meet people that I need to
Pia - yes, everyone follows a different path to the truth. For me, the best results come if I sit outside and look at nature's beauty, and try to immerse in every single detail all at the same time.
When Ken is stretched so thin that his comments sound only like a distant echo, then the entire landscape exists, in every detail ... and one of those details just happens to be Ken.
But many people (and particularly many women) discover the connection through some strong emotional experience like you have described. Women tend to be much more in tune with The Source from this direction (emotion) whereas men tend to follow more "philosophical" or "physical" paths . . . but every individual is different and comes to Truth in a different way.
In my comment earlier, I said that Pia and Ken and Gary are all the "junior Partner" in their experience of life. The "Senior Partner" is that Vast Sea of Consciousness, which is the receptacle for all the billions of individual streams that flow into it.
We need to keep in mind that relationship - we should do our best to act in the interests of the Senior Partner, and to contribute a life experience that will make the Sea of Consciousness a little bit richer or more caring ... but we also need to address the interests of the Junior partner, from time to time.
In other words, Pia is definitely in charge; The Source made a partnership with you (or if you use my analogy of the robosquid, the Source designed you). That obviously means that you are trusted to hold up your end of the partnership agreement. Trust your own instincts.
And trust that the Senior Partner will help out by sending instructors, customers, business partners and so on, whenever you really need them.