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Where are we all going, in terms of evolution?
Would you agree that we are all evolving, if not physically, then at least in awareness and consciousness? As evidence, I would submit that not that many years ago, most of the people alive in the world believed that the Earth was flat, and that the sun revolved around the Earth. Most people believed the Earth was only a few thousand years old.
Historically, people generally believed slavery was good for everyone, especially those benefitting from the slaves. Many cultures were sacrificing animals because they thought that this would somehow please 'God'. Women and Indians were seen as animals, not human, and did not have any rights. Women could not own property or hold office, or even go out of the house without a head covering and long dress.
Killing those who had a different religion and committing genocide of huge numbers of unbelievers was seen as doing Gods Will, and this was a 'good' thing, both financially and spiritually speaking. Some cultures even sacrificed people to get things like rain, good crops or to get divine 'favor'. These beliefs and behaviours were all considered morally 'right' and proper at that time.
Superstitions used to abound and form the basis of popular and government behaviour. Pagans used to be tortured to death and/or burned at the stake just for not belonging to the church. Aborigine inhabitants were routinely killed in all kinds of ways, including infected blankets and exterminating their food supply.
Historically, anyone caught violating a church belief was routinely excommunicated, stoned, whipped or crucified. 'Infidels', scientists, and even translaters of the Bible to English so that the common person could read it, were excommunicated or killed. Just disagreeing with official church doctrine or a King could make you disappear.
Looking back at these examples, is it not easy to see how we have grown in awareness and diversity, just a little? These seemingly primitive behaviours still happen in the world, but much less so than a few hundred years ago. You may get people mad at you for disagreeing with them these days, but you do not lose your life as often anymore, just for being different from others. We can see where we came from with these few examples out of many. So where are we going with all of this?
Could it be that we are all here to grow and learn, through the lessons that experience in life provides for us? The bully and the dictator, the leader and the follower, the victim and the slave, all have a part to play in what people from India would call the 'Lila' or divine play, where everyone is an actor on a stage called life. Some play the parts of evil despicable people; some play the part of the hero, and some play victim or follower roles.
Often the roles are reversed in one lifetime, often multiple times. A boy who is abused as a child, becomes an abuser as an adult, but is later arrested and jailed, only to be abused again. For those who believe in multiple lifetimes, this same process can be repeated thousands of times, or even more often.
What is the point of this divine Lila? In the Indian philosophy, life is but an illusion, with a reality hidden inside of it. This real reality behind the seeming reality, is hidden in the very last place most people would look. I wonder if Ayn Rand found it? What do you think?
Most people look for what really matters and the purpose of life outside and via the use of the senses. Most people go down the wide road and look for meaning or happiness in places of power, control, privilege and wealth, as in the case of the Koch Brothers for example. The Koch Brothers certainly have their outer Kingdom, but what does it really buy, except an illusion that they cannot take with them, after they transition out of their human shell.
Most people look for meaning, happiness or the purpose of life in expensive, rare foreign possessions or cultured friends. Some associate arrival at what really matters with mental ability and/or passing a mental test. Some think they have it when they accomplish receiving a scholastic degree or graduating from a highly valued certificate program. Some look for the meaning of life in technology, inventions or in scientific pursuits. Some think they have found it in politics, either as promoters, true believers or leaders of the faithful elect.
A large majority of people find comfort in the traditions of ancient writings, outer focused beliefs and/or religious dogma. Churches of all kinds, types, belief systems and spanning an even wider range of Gods, Goddesses and saints all claim to have THE ANSWER, bar none, ahead of and better than all of the rest of the religions out there.
Just give one or more of them your money, attendance and time, and the pearly gates plus various other sundry Earthly pleasures are guaranteed, but only if you stay loyal and true to the one, true and only brand. Maybe one of them is right. Who can say for sure one way or the other? Each Holy Book promises that IT is the only one that promises everything to everyone. Only time and your experience or non experience will tell.
Most people make their choice and place their bets, either by believing or not believing. A vast majority of people have gone from being religious to being spiritual, but NOT religious. This too may be seen as evidence that humanity is evolving.
Each individual is right and perfect in their own choice, until they choose to change it. Each person is going to evolve in consciousness and awareness at their own pace and speed, using the path of their choosing. Choosing and free will is the gift that is given to all. That combination of free will and choice is the only combination needed to open what I will call the secret portal.
In the end, only a few look in the last place anyone expects to find a pearl of infinite price that can truly be experienced, beyond just blind belief and faith. No amount of money can buy this inner treasure.
Once it is found, it cannot be lost. No torture can reveal it or steal it. No violence can break down its gate or destroy it. No vile thought or intent can trespass there or gain it be force. Only the pure of heart and mind can enter, and even then, it is a narrow gate, that only a few manage to enter through. Yet it is available to all.
The infinity of consciousness and awareness that is hidden inside this secret place can take various forms. Infinite power, infinite beauty, infinite meaning, infinite purpose, infinite grace, infinite unconditional love, infinite bliss, infinite protection, infinite dimensions and more are all waiting there, at no cost or obligation.
No brand name is assigned once one opens the inner gate. No rituals, attendance at a church or memorizing dogma are needed. Laws are there, but they are written on the heart, not on paper or in treaties that politicians negotiate.
The infinities and more can be discovered and explored, but only by the rare and brave soul who dares to open the inner portal of what some describe as the unknowable knowing. Who dares to cross the inner Grand Canyon, where there is no bridge and no GPS map to lead the way? So where is this portal to infinity, which cannot be taken away (once discovered), even by death?
We can wait for someone to save us. We can wait for someone to lead us. We can wait for death to take us. We can wait for someone to kill us. We can wait for fear to overtake us. Or, we can choose to live and explore the wild, adventurous, unexplored territory that is hidden deep inside, accessible to all.
This inner gift is free for the asking, but it cannot be taken and sold. To anyone who is interested, the answer to all of life's questions is available in the infinite expanse of consciousness and the heart.
What is consciousness? What is unconditional love? What is the limit of bliss? What is the limit of infinity as an experience? The answer my friend, is blowing in the inner light and sound.
Knock, and the door will be opened. Ask and it will be given. Seek and you shall find. But a caution is in order. The way that will get you to this 'destination' may take you up and down a wild and wooly mountain path, which is not often taken by the world, churches, what is on TV or even what is learned in schools.
You may have to make your own way, through deep dark places, tangled briar patches and thorns. This journey may lead you down a long, torturous seeming detour on the way to this goal. You may have to follow someone to get there, sometimes multiple people, one after another.
But when you go that way and you find your way to the destination, be sure to leave a trail, so that others may follow you. Because if you do not give up, as sure as I say this, the I AM can guarantee that you will find what you seek, but only if you look inside. I Am that I Am is waiting for you.. Are you ready?