Thou Art That – June 13 2018

I don’t think mystics are set apart from ordinary people. they are just better quantum navigators. They journey into the transition zone closer to God, and while we might visit there for a few moments of joy, at most a few days, saints and mystics have found the secret of remaining there far longer. Instead of wondering about the mystery of life, a saint lives it.
Deepak Chopra, How to Know God
 
It is so easy in this world to feel as if we are separated from God. Separate from God. Yet the reality of Omnipresence would show this to be a lie. If God is everywhere and every time, every place, every thing, why am I unable always to feel that presence?
 
If we look at the universe in terms of quantum physics we can see that, though on the material level this physical body is absolutely other than and different than the table at which I sit, on the quantum level we are made up of exactly the same stuff. Quarks, leptons, bosons, all the trillions of subatomic particles and the probability of particles at the level at which energy becomes matter and matter once again folds into energy. On some level, consciousness is agreeing to express itself as flesh and bone here, and as wood there.
 
The Veda says that consciousness is all there is. God is omnipresent. Therefore, God and consciousness must be the same thing. In order to have an experience of God, we must seek that experience in consciousness. In order to feel the presence of God it is necessary for us to move to a more subtle experience of consciousness than what is our norm, a more subtle experience of reality. It is not enough to call upon God to come find us here in the material world. We ourselves must move toward the more subtle realms where God lives undisguised by separation and relativity, where there is nothing other than the flow of energy in its oneness.
 
This is meditation. The surrender of all else but consciousness. The de-excitation of our individuality in order to feel our universality. The movement of our experience of self away from physical reality and away from object-identified thinking, and toward the place of pure Being. The place of pure awareness. And in this place of pure awareness, that awareness that I am can feel itself at one with pure Being. This felt oneness is an experience of God that is undeniable. It is the beginning of living this connectedness, this oneness, in the whole of our lives, in meditation and without. This is how life is meant to be lived–knowing ourselves as expressions of this one, pure, whole, beautiful and complete thing.
 
Tat tvam asi. Thou Art That.
 
When we want enough to live this experience, we will be shown the way. We can begin today.
 
Today I will meditate and de-excite my experience of life so that I may feel the connectedness that waits deep within me. I will allow myself more subtly to feel what is within, and I will ask myself, if by doing so, do I feel less lonely in the world.
Pilings, Hudson River, NY NY
All original material copyright © 2018 Jeff Kober

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