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Lack Is a State of Consciousness from The Jesus Trilogy
Lack Is a State of Consciousness from The Jesus Trilogy
Greetings! This is the one you have known as Jesus the Christ. When you do examine your thoughts, you discover that they have a dim view of life, of yourself, and of others. The view from the vantage point of the ego is not only fearful, distrustful, and competitive, but one of scarcity and lack: Everywhere the ego looks, it finds lack. When you look out at the world through your ego’s eyes, you see and feel that something is missing: in you, in others, in life, and in your experience. You are not enough, others are not enough, life is not enough, and you don’t have enough. This sense of lack and never having enough permeates the egoic state of consciousness. The ego is a programmed, ongoing sense of lack, which imagines lack where there is none.
This programmed feeling of lack is one of the reasons people drink, do drugs, overeat, and try to escape reality in other ways. They are trying to escape the ego’s painful illusory reality—and who can blame them? They are trying to escape the sense of not being or having enough by filling the imaginary void within themselves with alcohol, drugs, food, sex, and material things. The trouble is, imaginary voids cannot be filled, because they are imaginary.
This egoic sense of lack creates a feeling of having a problem that needs to be fixed, which the ego is glad to offer advice about. The thoughts in your mind send you here and there, trying to fix a problem that only exists in your mind. The fact that other people’s minds might agree that you have a problem doesn’t make an imaginary problem real, but their agreement does make imaginary problems seem real.
The perception of a problem and desires that stem from that problem as well as other egoic desires drive people’s activities and make the world as you know it what it is. Everyone is busy trying to fix their perceived problems and trying to get what they believe they lack and therefore what they believe they need to be safe and happy. This sense of lack drives the greed that has been so damaging to many and to the earth.
When you are no longer in the egoic state of consciousness and the ego is no longer driving you, life naturally unfolds. Part of this unfolding is that so-called problems become resolved and needs and desires get met, and if they don’t, you discover that you have the inner and outer resources to deal with that. If you don’t take on the ego’s view of reality, life will still happen, you will still do things, and you will be safe and okay. In fact, if you stop seeing reality through the eyes of the ego, you will stop feeling unsafe and not okay, and you will start feeling genuinely happy and at peace.
Once you have dropped out of the egoic state of consciousness, you experience security, okayness, peace, love, joy, and the insight and wisdom you need to move safely, effectively, and happily in the world. You don’t turn to the voice in your head to define you, define your problems, solve those problems, or steer you toward happiness. From your natural state of being, the experience is one of addressing whatever needs addressing moment to moment, of life flowing and unfolding organically, and of life naturally taking care of itself.
The idea that life takes care of itself sounds absurd to the ego. If this sounds absurd to you, and even if it doesn’t, this might be a good place to stop a moment and ask yourself what your mind’s objections are to this idea. What arguments or reservations does the voice in your head have when you hear that life is trustworthy and supportive rather than untrustworthy and unsupportive, as your ego supposes?
One of the most common reactions the ego has to the idea that life is trustworthy and supportive is to, metaphorically or not-so-metaphorically, get angry and stomp off. The ego doesn’t want to investigate the veracity of its beliefs. It tends to attack and belittle the person who suggests that the ego’s viewpoint is a lie. This is a defense mechanism, which helps keep the ego in place. Egos don’t question themselves. No real self-examination goes on in the egoic state of consciousness, just “I believe it, therefore it is true.” This is how the illusory reality is held in place.
Another response on the part of the ego to the idea that life is trustworthy and supportive might be to list all the ways that life does not seem trustworthy and supportive: “People are starving, people are being shot to death over drugs, the economy is in collapse, terrorists are trying to get us, whole species are dying off, the environment is polluted, there are no jobs, the game is rigged against the little guy, you could die anytime.”
The list goes on, without acknowledging that (except for the fact that one could die anytime) so many of the things that make life so nightmarish are created by believing what the ego believes. The ego believes there is not enough, so it takes more for itself than it needs. The ego is afraid, so it grabs for power and abuses it. The ego judges people who are different as bad or inferior and uses that as justification for killing or mistreating them. The ego makes the bottom line—money—more important than the well-being, health, and future of human beings and the planet. The ego’s selfishness, egocentricity, and belief in scarcity are behind all manner of tragedy and horror on earth.
In reality, people get sick, they get old, they get injured, and they die, just like every living thing. But this doesn’t make life unsupportive or untrustworthy. This is just the way life is on earth. The ego doesn’t like death, but there can’t be life without death. Death makes room for new life. Reality also gives life, replenishes it when it has been destroyed, and provides what is needed for life to thrive. Reality is bounteous, plentiful, unstoppably alive, and ever new. Reality provides everything you need to exist. The proof of this is that you exist.
Reality is also changeable, unpredictable, and unknowable, but this also does not make reality cruel, unfair, harsh, or even scary or untrustworthy, as the ego concludes. The ego’s conclusions are incorrect, an illusion. These conclusions create an inner climate of distrust, fear, anger, powerlessness, and hatred, which manifests in reality in ugly ways and is then mirrored back. Then the ego’s belief that life is cruel, harsh, scary, untrustworthy, and unfair becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In this way, the ego’s illusory reality is created and reinforced.
The truth is that reality is completely trustworthy in its changeableness, unpredictability, and mysteriousness. You can always count on reality changing and changing unpredictably much of the time. Reality is not personally persecuting you by being the way it is; the way it is, is just the way of life.
There is nothing inherently untrustworthy about change or about not being able to know what is going to happen. Reality only seems untrustworthy if you equate unpredictability with being untrustworthy. But that is a misunderstanding. Life is trustworthy and unpredictable. But because the ego doesn’t like the way life is, the ego believes life is untrustworthy and cruel. Like a child, the ego throws a tantrum because life is not the way the ego wants it to be: “Life shouldn’t be this way. Things shouldn’t change. People shouldn’t die. Life is cruel (because it’s not the way I want it to be).”
The person who is afraid of or angry with life, who doesn’t trust it and experiences it as cruel, harsh, and unfair is overlooking all the ways that life is supportive. How many times have you been down to your last dollar, when all of a sudden something happened to help you out? How many times have you wondered what you would do next, when an opportunity or idea suddenly arose out of nowhere? How many times have you met just the person you needed to meet or found just the book you needed to read? Everyone’s life is full of amazing stories, even seeming miracles, in which life brought something unexpectedly wonderful and exactly what was needed.
When you look for such occasions, you will find them. And many people do. These people are happy. They believe in life. They believe they are partners, co-creators, with something greater than themselves, which is helping shape their life. Life itself is a miracle, and the Intelligence behind life brings you everything you need—and more.
If life is bringing you something you do not want, then that is also what you need. You have to learn to want even that—accept even that—in order to gain from that experience and discover the gift in it. Limitation is a gift; challenges are a gift. Limitation and challenges hone and shape you and make you stronger. Other people harming you can even be a gift if you don’t allow such acts to make you bitter or broken.
Even so, most of the hurt and harm in the world is the result of the egoic state of consciousness. When that state of consciousness is no longer the predominant one on this planet, much of the hurt and harm will disappear, and what will remain is an experience of unadulterated reality. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.
Overcoming the Fear of Loss from Jesus Speaking: On Overcoming Fear and Developing Trust
Overcoming the Fear of Loss from Jesus Speaking: On Overcoming Fear and Developing Trust
Loss is a natural part of life. A more truthful way of saying this is “change is a natural part of life.” This is because “loss” is actually a story: “I’ve lost something.” It’s a subtle way the ego turns change into a sad story. The ego makes the impersonal experience of change personal by thinking of it as “my loss.” Change naturally happens, and it happens to everyone; it isn’t personal. You aren’t being personally persecuted, which is often how the ego feels. It feels victimized by change: “That shouldn’t have happened! Why me?”
This is not to deny the sadness in a loss. It’s natural to be sad over the loss of something or someone. But it is the ego that creates the kind of sadness that lingers and hurts so much. The loss of something or even someone doesn’t have to feel sad to the extent that it does. This may sound blasphemous. Many feel they wouldn’t be honoring the passing of someone or something if they didn’t feel sad. The amount of sadness someone feels over a loss is often taken as an indicator of their love for what’s been lost. But that simply isn’t true.
To even question this belief stirs up a lot of feelings in people. But I am here to free you from the unnecessary pain and misconceptions behind pain, so I must tell you the truth—what is possible in the enlightened state. I’m not saying that someone who is enlightened would never feel sad, but that that sadness is different from what most people feel, because the enlightened person’s relationship to that feeling and to all feelings is different. Sadness and other feelings created by egoic thoughts linger and affect the ordinary person much more than these feelings affect someone who is enlightened.
In the enlightened state, feelings arise, as they always have, but they aren’t identified with in a way that causes suffering. I’m making a distinction between sadness that is experienced as painful and sadness that is not experienced as painful in the same way. In the enlightened state, when sadness arises, you feel it fully, but it doesn’t become the sadness of the ordinary human being.
It’s difficult to describe that difference if you’ve never experienced it, but I will try. Those who are enlightened experience the feeling of sadness as a set of sensations, a sense of sadness, an experience. This experience moves into their awareness and becomes prominent, and then it passes, like a rainstorm. And like a rainstorm, there may even be tears, but those tears aren’t connected to a story. They feel clean, cleansing, and leave no residue. Then the sadness, like all storms, naturally ends, and other experiences take the place of that sadness. Once the storm has passed, that feeling isn’t carried over into other moments. Sadness may arise again some other time, and then it’s experienced simply and purely again for the relatively short while that it is present. In this way, feelings are not strengthened but healed.
I grant you that enlightenment is relatively rare and you have few models of it. I was but one. And yet, enlightenment is everyone’s destiny. So, you might as well know what that destination looks like so that you can point yourselves in that direction. What I’m talking about is not denial or suppression of feelings but, rather, the natural evolution of feelings within the human condition.
Ordinarily what happens with this very natural emotion is that the pure feeling of sadness gets attached to stories, which turn the feeling into something personal: “I’m sad.” Your language expresses this personalization of feeling, which helps to maintain your identification with sadness. Who is the “I” that is sad? It is the false self, for it would be impossible for the true self to be anything. The true self just is. It is only the false self that can be sad. Once a feeling has been identified with in this way, the experience of the feeling moves into the realm of suffering.
Sadness and other emotions, in fact, give life to the false self: Who are you? “I’m sad,” and so now you know who you are. You have defined yourself. The false self has been given definition. The true self’s experience, on the other hand, is an ongoing sense of wonder, love, gratitude, and joy in existence. If the true self is anything, it is the experience of these higher feeling states.
The ego both wants to be sad, since it seeks to magnify the sadness through stories, and it wants the sadness to go away. The ego pumps up feelings with stories and urges you to act them out, which further strengthens them, making them seem more real and meaningful than they actually are. Then the ego is unhappy with the feelings it has created.
Acting feelings out and giving voice to the stories behind the feelings is one of the ways the ego tries to get rid of feelings. Many believe that by telling their stories, they are processing their feelings, but mostly this just reinforces those stories and fortifies those feelings. Even many psychotherapists accidently cause more harm than relief by attempting to help people process their feelings this way.
This is one of the things that enlightened people don’t do because they don’t have a need to do it, since they don’t tell stories that turn their sadness into feelings that supposedly need processing. They stay with the simple experience in the moment of whatever sadness is present, which naturally dissipates as one’s attention remains in the here and now.
Even in a moment of sadness, there is so much more going on than the experience of sadness, including other feelings, such as love. The enlightened person is in touch with love and the perfection of life, which swallows up any possibility of resisting the sadness or telling the story that the loss shouldn’t have happened or any other story.
When you don’t resist a feeling that’s present but just experience it, the feeling naturally changes, and life moves on. That feeling of sadness may arise again, even frequently, but then it’s noticed, and in so doing honored, and that honoring of it allows it to relax and release.
If no stories are being told about the sadness, then it won’t remain any longer than its natural lifespan. Stories, even the story “It shouldn’t have happened,” keep feelings alive. Such stories create unnecessary emotional pain. This is clearly seen and understood by those who are enlightened, and so they naturally choose to forego all stories. That’s what makes them enlightened.
As I said, enlightenment is relatively rare, and you may not reach this level of detachment from thought and freedom in this lifetime. But it still seems important to point you in this direction, especially since your understanding and way of working with emotions so often only makes your feelings more difficult and unmanageable. You can learn to practice what those who are enlightened do. This is how you become enlightened, by understanding what they understand and then practicing what they do naturally.
So here is the understanding: Sadness naturally arises as part of being a human being. It naturally arises in times of loss, and it must be experienced, honored, by allowing it to be felt without telling stories about it: by noticing it, and then letting it naturally dissipate, as it will. Every feeling has a lifespan, and you must allow it to live and then allow it to “die” its natural death.
Letting it go, as it naturally will, is what’s difficult, because the ego wants to turn that sadness into something more. It wants to get something out of the sadness: It wants to get an identity, and it wants to get other feelings to grow from it! Anger, resentment, guilt, self-pity, revenge, hatred—these are the feelings you don’t have to experience if you don’t let sadness take on stories. Initially, sadness is just sadness. Then sadness takes on stories, and those stories create other more negative and damaging feelings and then more stories to defend those feelings. Feelings snowball into more feelings. This is what you can learn not to do.
Loss is part of life, because life is constantly changing. Nothing stays the same. You are constantly changing, and so is everyone and everything else. You have to go with the flow of life, as they say, in order to be happy within this flow. You have to accept that change does and will happen, including many changes that you naturally won’t like.
If you truly saw and knew the perfection of life, you wouldn’t experience much sadness. And the sadness you did experience wouldn’t be experienced as yours, but more like humanity’s sadness, the bittersweet experience of being a human being on this plane of existence. Within that sadness would be a sense of beauty, sacredness, and gratitude for the gift that life is.
Every loss is an opportunity to experience the wonder and preciousness of life. The fact that life changes and loss happens is all the more reason to love and be grateful for whatever is here now, because it isn’t a given that it will be here in the next moment. This is the state the enlightened person lives in, a place of gratitude for what is given, for what is now.
Living in Presence, in touch with your true self, is a celebration of what is, not a dwelling on what is not. What is not, is not here, so it isn’t focused on. How can you suffer over something unless you focus on it? If you focus on the fact that something or someone isn’t here, you will surely suffer. If you focus on what is here and celebrate that, you’ll never be unhappy.
This is why those who are enlightened can’t suffer over loss, because loss is a story about what was lost in some past moment. They don’t carry the memory of those moments into the present moment, and so they don’t suffer in the present moment.
They live in gratitude for the Now, which has everything you need to be happy, since it is always possible to feel gratitude for what is. There’s always so much to be grateful for. Those who are enlightened are grateful simply for existing, for the opportunity to be alive and experience this life however it is showing up. That is the enlightened state, so how could you suffer if that was your experience?
The fear of loss, like all fears, is a fear of something happening in the future. You can see what a waste of time such thoughts are, when the future you imagine doesn’t exist and will never exist as you imagine it, and your thoughts can’t affect it anyway.
Those who are enlightened are happy because they stay in the present moment and drink it in fully. They aren’t lost in ideas about the past or the future, which is where suffering lies.
What would be the point of contemplating possible future losses? Why would the ego do that? Does it serve in any way? Can you come up with one reason why someone needs to do this?
It’s quite easy to see how unnecessary it is to dwell on such possibilities, how this doesn’t serve. And yet people do this and even become obsessed with fears of some future possibility. Why? Because if you let your mind run wild, that’s what it will do. The egoic mind isn’t rational. It isn’t serving you. It’s the primitive part of the brain, not the part of the brain that is helpful to you in your life, the part that stores helpful conditioning and thinks rationally.
It’s important that you realize that the voice that you believe is your very own voice is actually a voice that brings people down, and it does this in ways that are quite insidious and not so easy to see through. My purpose is to expose the ways that your very own mind, by presenting you with fearful thoughts, causes you to suffer. This, then, prevents you from tapping into the inner resources you’ve been given to deal with life’s challenges—resources such as courage, patience, acceptance, wisdom, and love. The suffering caused by your fears is bad enough, but your fears also keep you from knowing who you really are and living as that.
The fear of loss is just more resistance on the part of the ego to the way life is. The ego doesn’t like life the way it is. It’s afraid of life, and it makes you afraid of life. The fear of loss, like all fears, pretends to be helpful by pointing out something you should be afraid of, something you should look out for. Such thoughts imply that there really is something to be afraid of, when there isn’t. They suggest that you be afraid of loss, and so you are.
But what good does it do to be afraid of loss? Even if loss were something you could predict, what good would it do to be afraid of it? Fear doesn’t protect you from loss or prepare you for a loss. Nothing can do that, and nothing is needed for that. Fear of a future loss is an imagination, so why would you need to prepare for something you have only imagined? Your true self is well equipped for dealing with any loss that might actually occur, when it occurs.
All fear does is make you unhappy with life. When you believe your fears, you are seeing life through the ego’s unhappy eyes, which means you aren’t looking out through your true self’s eyes, the eyes of gratitude, peace, and love. What’s wrong with the ego’s perspective is that it is not only negative and life-denying, but incomplete. The ego doesn’t acknowledge what else is going on besides things or people passing away. Yes, in life, you lose things and even people, but the whole truth is that you also gain things and people.
The process of life is one of constant birth and death. Life’s changes are taking away things and people as they are also bringing you new things and people. The flow of life is like traveling down a river in a boat: The scenery is constantly changing, as what you just experienced is left behind and new scenery is taking its place. If you’re always looking behind you in the boat, you won’t enjoy the ride and the new scenery. It will be there, but you won’t experience it as fully as you might.
Life unfolds in just this way, always moving forward, always changing, always something new, always things being left behind. Things and people passing away is a natural part of the flow of life.
If you get stuck in sorrow and grief over what you’ve lost, you’re likely to miss what life is bringing you. Life doesn’t take without also giving, and life is very wise in what it brings you. It brings you what you need and what your soul wants. When you celebrate what life is bringing you, happiness is always possible. Celebrate what is!