At birth, the mind is completely open; No walls to break up the continuity of thought or consciousness. We can see the Allness of the everything. We have an unbroken stream of consciousness. Then, as we get older, walls are constructed in the form of societal norms, taboos, opinions, prejudices, rules & laws. We learn that these walls (conformity) are "good". The mind is now incapable of continuity, because it has been broken. We exist within a series of closed compartments. At some point, we will invariably experience things that will blow holes in these walls. The mind will become further broken. Now there are paths by which the stream of consciousness can go from one point to another, but it is very maze-like and can cause much confusion.
At this point, there are three options.
Continue in this phase: Leave the breaks in the walls, but don't allow the walls to fall. This is, I believe, where most people get stuck. This is a place where you are somewhat open to higher truths, but still have the illusion of safety behind the walls. This can be an advantage if used only as a transitional state, but can become far too confusing in the long term, and will most likely lead to insanity. I am referring here not only to what society in general terms as "insanity", but to true insanity as well. One can only live on the fence for so long before something has to give. Examine the statements of the majority of mental patients who are hospitalized for suicide attempts or ideations, and I am certain that a trend will be found with regard to this phase. I have been there myself.
completely reject any ideas that may do further damage to the walls. Repair the damage already done and make them indestructible or nearly so. Continue to live life "safe" within the confines of ignorance, AKA: Conformity. There are advantages here. This is the phase/mindset (interesting word here: Mindset..appropriate) which is most acceptable to the majority of Western society, especially those in power (ie: Lawmakers, law enforcement, traditional educational institutions and those running "the business world"). This means that one who chooses to stay in this mindset will most likely encounter little or no opposition in trying to "make it" in this society, climb the so-called "ladder of success", etc. This is probably because this person does not question authority; doesn't ask, "Why must I do this? Who made these rules and what is their purpose?" Such an individual simply accepts limitations and/or directives imposed by others as "the way things are". This way of looking at life is considered stable; good; acceptable. This type of person often rises to positions associated with "success" by most. That would be ideal if material gain and social status were all there was (not to mention attainable by all!). A few truly believe this to be so. Most do not. So, the disadvantages, one would think, will be purely of the spiritual nature. That may be so on the surface, but the walls/compartments prevent one from being able to think laterally. As I have stated earlier, the stream of consciousness is broken. Any line of thought that requires thinking outside a given sector, or that would overlap from one "compartment" to another is impossible. This, then, affects the cognitive functions as well. When one's cognitive ability, that is, one's ability to think is affected, then the ability to get things done in day-to-day life is affected. This, in turn is likely to cause insecurity and/or inadequacy. This is emotional. So, this "purely spiritual" concept, suddenly involves the mental and emotional as well. But it doesn't stop there. When the mind cannot function up to par, one may be unable to support oneself, to provide for basic needs. This is also true of not being emotionally up to par. Now the physical is affected as well. So, this individual who, on the surface and by conventional social standards, seems to be of the most stable and functional type, may actually be on the brink of complete breakdown at any given moment, not in spite of their "stability", but, in truth, because of it.
Allow the walls to finish falling. Thoroughly examine all the pieces and clean up the debris. Let the mind revert to the wide-open state. this choice takes a large about of courage initially, but the rewards can more than make up for it. With the walls down and a truly open mind, the individual is now capable of free thinking in its truest form. This is not the "narrow path", though it is traveled by relatively few. those who choose this for their path are not "trail blazers", as many have called us. That implies that there is a specific path that one must follow and this defeats the whole concept of free thought . Throughout the existence of humankind, there have been many trailblazers and many more who have blindly followed along those trails. With an open mind, there are no established trails to follow.. Each individual is free to make their own path, to choose whatever route works best for that person. One need not go into this blindly, however. Though there are as many paths as there are people to create them, many overlap, cross or parallel at various points, so that one is never alone for too long. Also, we, as stated earlier, are not trailblazers, most are willing to share how we have found our own path and to assist others in creating/discovering theirs. Often, an individual's route will start out following someone else's, but to experience total freedom, it is necessary to seek your own. This is not to advocate the rejection of all others' ideas or teachings, but to encourage each individual to examine ideas, teachings or beliefs and to weigh them against one's own experience, thoughts, desires and beliefs, rather than simply comparing them to existing societal standards. In other words, be true to self. Each of us knows, at some level, what is truly best for us. This is referred to as "heart of hearts", "soul", "higher self", "Godhead", and many other terms. The key to finding that standard lies within the open mind. All walls consisting of societal, moralistic concepts of morals, sin, ethics, right vs. wrong, taboo, etc. have been demolished, and what remains is truth. This is enlightenment.
This all laid out before you... Which option will you choose?
This all laid out before you... Which option will you choose?
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