Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Spacious Present

The faith that stands on authority is not faith. The reliance on authority measures the decline of religion, the withdrawal of the soul. The position men have given Jesus, now for many centuries of history, is a position of authority. It characterizes themselves. It cannot alter the eternal facts. Great is the soul, and plain. It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself. It believes in itself.

Before the immerse possibilities of man, all mere experiences, all past biography, however spotless and sainted shrinks away. Before the heaven which our presentiments foreshow us, we cannot easily praise any form of life we have seen or read of. We not only affirm that we have few great men, but, absolutely speaking, that we have none; that we have no history; no record of any character or mode of living, that entirely contains us. The saints and the demigods whom history worships we are constrained to accept with a grain of allowance. Though in our lonely hours we draw a new strength out of their memory, yet pressed on our attention, as they are by the thoughtless and customary, they fatigue and invade.

The soul gives itself alone, original, and pure to the Lonely, Original, and Pure who on that condition gladly inhabits, leads, and speaks through it. Then it is glad, young, and nimble. It is not wise, but it sees through all things. It is not called religious, but it is innocent. It calls the light its own, and feels that the grass grows and the stones fall by a law inferior to, and dependant on, its nature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay, The Over-soul brings another reality into focus that has been hidden under the blankets of religious, social, and political authorities. The soul is not limited by the authority of man, but man is limited by the belief in religious salvation and authority. Man has created a stage of illusions and has wandered away from the nature of the soul. We are lodged in the fear of a separated consciousness where authority rules the awareness of self.

The mind and soul do not take up space, but their value gives power to the brain. Our power is on auto-pilot thanks to ideas of space where emptiness has to be filled. True inner space is vital energy that’s alive and possesses the ability to transform and form all existences even the existence we call our camouflage reality of religious authority.

The mind and soul exists in the value of psychological reality where all consciousness exists. The main attribute of this value is spontaneity in the spacious present. The spacious present has the quality of duration as well as the quality of expansion, which is not connected to space expansion. The laws that exist in our camouflage universe do not exist in our inner universe, but the laws of the inner universe apply to our physical universe. Value fulfillment is one of those laws and all consciousness follow it. Energy transformation, durability, and spontaneity are the three other laws of the soul and the mind.

All consciousness exists in the spacious present in simultaneous harmony, and in a spontaneous manner with durability and needs nothing to worship. It only needs appreciation to expand in awareness.

In this realty, the theory of evolution and the theory of biblical creation might agree with their own systems and justification, but in the inner reality they are thoughts created by man’s quest to label himself within the limits of space and time. That label is a partial description of the self since life bursts apart in all directions just like the soul and the mind. The stream of consciousness is not like our physical streams; it follows its own spacious present.

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