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In Search of the Missing Light

I almost weakened my ego (unconsciousness/compulsive mind) when I became aware of my consciousness (thoughts). I found peace in my solitude but since I was conditioned by the past, tradition, the society, people’s words, I couldn’t help but expect things out of situations/events and they freak me out. I may not have matured as a person for being tactless and easily fretted. While it is true, as far as my ego is concerned I was forced to free myself from identification with form. I was convinced that the more I identify myself in the outside, the more I will crave for many other things. Now that I’m totally free, it’s easier for me to stop thinking and be still. I couldn’t care less for I fear nothing even if I don’t have anything (material things) or anyone (family, friends, relationships) to identify with and I am guilty of nothing because have accepted all that I am (my appearance, my mistakes, my past) and the responsibility that goes with my true nature (formless).

Doing public service was indeed a fulfilling experience but I felt something was missing and I couldn’t figure it out. Only to find out, I am complete, I am whole, and I am one with all things and nothings. In my quest for deeper understanding I have learned from reading Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life” that there are five purposes of a person’s life: 1. worship (to know and love God); 2. fellowship (to be a part of his family; love each other); 3. discipleship (to be like him; be an effective part of the body of Christ ); 4. ministry (to serve him; service to believers;  considering your SHAPE – spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, experiences); and 5. mission (to tell others about him; service to unbelievers; share the good news). These were simplified by our parish priest in his homily when he said that our purpose in life is “to bring Christ alive in the world.”

The deeper meaning of this statement underpins the message of Eckhart Tolle to the world in his attempt to awaken those whose mind imprisoned their life leaving them with unending suffering. He believes that the teachings of Buddha, Jesus, and other great individuals have all the same meaning or at least goal and that is to end suffering (enlightenment) or to receive heaven or the kingdom of God (salvation). Interestingly, I found that there is a universal consensus in all religions that: 1. nothing stays the same, all things change; and 2. nothing is independent, with everything affecting everything (http://just-be-it.com/). Tolle, in his “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” concludes that one must do all things in a sacred way since divinity is in the depth of every individual, the only treasure which can never be taken away:

Once you are awakened, it will be easy for you to answer this question: Who are you? Consciousness that has become conscious of itself… As each human being is an integral part of the collective human consciousness, we (the awakened) will (or are expected) to affect the world much more deeply than is visible on the surface of our lives. That is, to endow the seemingly insignificant (activities, which are in fact,) with profound meaning. Our task is to do everything in a sacred manner – to bring spacious stillness into this world by being absolutely Present in whatever we do. Where there is consciousness, there is quality in everything we do, even the simplest task. The very reason for our existence in human form is to bring that dimension of consciousness into this world. The pain-body will diminish not through fighting it but through bringing the light of consciousness to it.

Love is the only thing I am holding on to and it can be shared to anyone or anything through compassion, healing and awakening of the world.

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I just learned that Freud’s definition of ego is different from that of Tolle’s. In Freud’s theory of personality, the ego functions in the consciouspreconscious, and unconscious mind. It acts as a mediator to balance the id (the unconscious part of the mind that is instinctive and primitive), the super-ego (the moral part of the mind which embodies ethical values) and the external world. On the other hand, Tolle’s concept of ego is the unconsciousness itself. It is the ‘false self’ because it completely identifies with thought and emotion. As the blueprint of dysfunction, it is, by nature, the source of human insanity, the very reason why there is individual and collective dysfunction that created all the social and physical devastation in this world.

Speaking of Life on earth, I also learned that, according to Frued, there are only two drives that motivate a person’s activities: sex (Life Force) and aggression (Death Force). The former represents the “drive to live, prosper, and produce offspring” while the latter represents the “need to stay alive and stave off threats to our existence, our power, and our prosperity.” Rick Warren ingeniously keyed out the five purposes of human existence: to know and love God (worship); to love each other (fellowship); to follow Jesus to be able to grow to maturity (discipleship); to serve others (ministry); and to spread the Good News to the world (mission). The Catholic Church teaches that in order to live meaningful life is to bring Christ alive in the world. It seems that this is a simplified statement of the five purposes that Warren identified. By following Christ, who lived a purpose driven life, I become like him. This will create a multiply effect to future generations.

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While reading, this paragraph made me think of my past experience:

“If you are not familiar with “inner body” awareness, close your eyes for a moment and find out if there is life inside your hands. Don’t ask your mind. It will say, “I can’t feel anything.” Probably it will also say, “Give me something more interesting to think about.” So instead of asking your mind, go to the hands directly. By this I mean become aware of the subtle feeling of aliveness inside them. It is there. You just have to go there with your attention to notice it. you may get a slight tingling sensation at first, then a feeling of energy or aliveness. If you hold your attention in your hands for a while, the sense of aliveness will intensify. Some people won’t even have to close their eyes. They will be able to feel their “inner hands” at the same times as they read this. Then go to your feet, keep your attention there for a minute or so, and begin to feel your hands and feet at the same time. Then incorporate other parts of the body – legs, arms, abdomen, chest, and so on – into that feeling until you are aware of the inner body as a global sense of aliveness.”

 

When I was in High School, Father Emmanuel Escaňo demonstrated this exercise during our retreat in Baguio City in 1998. He asked us to close our eyes, relax our muscles, and focus our attention to the “light” inside our head down to the different parts of our body and limbs. As he guided us, there was instrumental music background. I don’t remember if he talked about God’s presence or made us aware of the tingling sensation or any feeling while we were doing it except that he wanted or rather expected us to feel alive after we opened our eyes. I noticed most of my classmates smiled while others took a deep breath. Thinking too, I didn’t feel anything different and I was trying to convince myself that I felt better. Perhaps, I have been aware of my Being even before I was given a chance to find myself.

If I’m not mistaken, I have been thinking (aware / being conscious) about my Being (existence not as a person but a creature where there are countless life and lifeless forms all around). Some times in my early life, while travelling or before falling asleep, I saw myself as a dot or a light. From an aerial view, it instantly flashes outward from my location to the world, the stars, the universe, and beyond. After seeing myself as part of God’s creation I started to ask these questions: What on earth am I here for? What is my role in this world full of so many different creatures and creations? Why did God create me? Why do I exist? What am I in this world? Who am I for God? What am I living for? Why are there many people on earth and I am one of them? Is there a God? Is He really the source of everything? Will I ever see Him?

Surprisingly, the answer is too simple yet difficult to fathom – I have a purpose. This remained an enigma until I have read the book, entitled Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren which was given to as a birthday present in 2004. After six years, I finally had the chance to have a clearer view of what this purpose is all about. I believe, if not hope, that I will be able to achieve my purpose in life (easier) for I have found an affirmation on the discovery of my awareness that made me aware of my unconsciousness from the life-changing revelations of Eckhart Tolle found in his book entitled A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

I cannot claim this moment as my spiritual turning point for two reasons: first, I have always been living my principle of practicing what is good in the eyes of God as I follow Christ’s examples, though not as perfectly as what my ideals are; and second, I have not started making a significant effort to enhance my “purpose-driven” life.