What is the Human Condition ? Good Question , one that has been asked and answered with a variety of definitions. Here I want to explore it as a type of imbalance that exists with regards to the “conditioned” human mind.
We all know balance is the key to growth and expansion , so this is not about defining The human mind or ego as good or bad , I simply want to bring into the light that it is out of balance on this planet , which is the reason for much of the individual and collective insanity that runs rampant down here on the earth plane.
The mind is simply a tool , just like the body , just like any “form” that consciousness uses or animates to have experiences. The problem we have currently on this planet is the over identification with the monkey mind.
Humans actually “believe” they are their thoughts, they actually believe they are their life situations, stories, humanity is lost in the narrative of the mind, the never ending stream of thought that is continuously , analyzing judging, predicting , completely focused on the future or the past … humanity is essentially lost in a repetitive time loop !
The cure to this aspect of the Human Condition is of course being present, when we are present we are in the most powerful state of being there is , presence is our best chance at turning humanity around , of curing ourselves of the individual and collective psychosis.
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The Present Moment , Living in the moment, Being Present . These popular catch phrases, these ideas are hot topics in the awakening discussion , and when understood and “Lived” are vital to staying sane in an insane world , but what does it actually mean to be present, to live in the moment .
All of the great teachers out there talk about being in the present moment as perhaps the most important aspect of awakening , why … because the present moment is all that really exists, past and future or just ideas, constructs, thoughts coming from the world of form.
The key to actually living in the moment is really about understanding the “Human Condition”. So what is the human condition , well the general connotation is that of … suffering, although there is so much more to “Being” human, much of it is quite wonderful , joyous and exciting !
So … what is causing the suffering part ? Well … all I can share is my own personal experience , although from what I hear from others out there , we are all very similar , we are experiencing very similar challenges when it comes to trying to stay present and live in the moment .
It appears much of the challenge comes from our “over identification” with form , which includes our thoughts generated by the conditioned mind , our ego , our persona , most of which we inherited through our culture via indoctrination.
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Present Moment Awareness is where it’s at baby ! Don’t let any one tell you differently , they are just trying to suck you into the past or future , which is where the scared little ego is running around trying to make a life for itself .
Present Moment Awareness is about living in the moment , in a state of no mind , Zen like , yet still managing to keep the mind in a holding pattern so to speak .
Your mind is a useful tool no doubt about it , and you can learn to use it “just” when you need it , no sooner , no later, you keep it on short leash , so it doesn’t go off on tangents.
You see there is a real addiction to thinking , in fact thinking is probably the most wide spread addition on the planet . Perhaps I’m being a little bit silly here , but not really , yes there is constructive thinking , analytical thinking , all types of thinking that are useful in the creation process.
However much of the thinking going in peoples minds is not constructive at all , in fact it’s counter productive , because most of it is negative or dis empowering , all these old programs running in the back ground , much of it is from the conditioning we get from society or the group mind , there not even our own original thoughts … ouch !
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One of the main aspects of the awakening process is integration. Integration to me is acknowledging that I am a multi dimensional being with many aspects or parts that make up the whole being , what we might call higher self the over soul and beyond.
The human body is essentially energy patterns that consciousness has created to experience physicality , so in that sense the physical body is a type of thought form .
The Pain Body is also another type of thought form , I first heard the term “Pain Body” used by Eckhart Tolle and I like the way he uses it to explore the idea of how there is an aspect of ourselves, a construct we have crated unconscionably , that stores all the pain we have suffered through out our life both physical and emotional.
From this persepctive we can recognize the pain body as a separate entity with its own agenda , which of course at it’s root, is survival at all costs , that is the agenda of all things in the world of form , they are all seeking energy , to stay alive , because they have no source energy of their own , with out source energy all form dissipates.
As we awaken , we become less identified with form , we become more present , and we understand that “We” Are Source Energy” “We” breath life into “Things” or “Forms ” with our attention .
From this level of awareness we can begin to notice the energies of the pain body as a self created and self maintained thought form , that we feed with our attention , we keep it alive , and only when we drag it into the light of presence can we begin to witness it as separate from our awareness ,from “What We Are” … now … we are becoming aware observers.
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Over the years there have been many , many voices for the Apocalypse, who are helping to unveil all of the lies that we have been told , and all of the lies we tell ourselves.
However for me there are two voices that stand out from the crowd, these two voices are completely unique in their approach to the awakening process yet they are totally in resonance with each other.
Eckhart Tolle focuses on the over identification with form and the conditioned mind, his information, we won’t even call it a teaching, is about becoming present or living in the present moment, what we call present moment awareness
This of course is our true place of power of course because it’s the only true reality, past and future are of course concepts, mind created.
The idea here is to understand that the mind is a wonderful tool however it is not what we are, we are infinite consciousness playing the part of being human, so once you know this and you understand how the mind operates you can learn better how to stay present and not become absorbed by the mind.
This concept is probably the most fundamental step in the awakening process and is the reason why it’s at the focal point of Eckhart Tolle work.
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Eckhart Tolle is a very resonate” voice of the Apocalypse. His Message is at the very heart of the awakening process.
He does an incredible service of sharing with us his unique persepctive of “All That is” . I really enjoy his demeanor , his casual , calm presence which actually helps to put you in this relaxed state of presence.
He just has a wonderful way of expressing himself and the nature of reality that we find ourselves in upon awakening, and he does so with a sense of humor and by not taking himself or anything too seriously.
Awakening is more than just understanding physicality and the workings of nature, mankind, human civilization, and creation throughout the cosmos.
While understanding these things helps you to navigate this process we are going through in very practical ways , there is nothing more practical then going deeper , and that’s what Eckhart and many others are doing now.
Eckhart says “Ego only exists when you don’t know it exists” , and “Ego can only operate in you when you give it your complete identification”.
To put it another way , if your living from Ego your essentially living in an unconscious state , when you see the ego for what it is , when you shine the blinding light of consciousness on ego its game over.
He goes on to say that people who are living from Ego, do not know about ego , becasue they are in it, they are “It” , and this is the trap many people are still in and why they are so easily manipulated by “outer circumstances”.
Once you see the Ego , once you acknowledge its existence , then you are on the road to further awakening , becasue you now have a choice.
Eckhart has become very popular and has sold millions of books worldwide, and his increasing popularity is testament to the tide of humanity that “are” waking up to “what” we are.
And what we are is infinite consciousness, and what Eckhart is sharing with us is that when you can live in the moment , when you can exist within the “present” , what he calls “presence” , your life will become more fulfilling on all levels.
Its the same message that we are all “getting” right now , our collective voices are talking about , we are re-awakening to this most powerful realization and we are stepping outside of our Egos, outside of our stories, our so called lives, our “programs’ and we are acknowledging the true nature of “what we are”.