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Often we start out spiritual discussions, saying the only thing you know is that you are alive.  Then we use this statement as a springboard to prove that your essence is awareness.

Is this true?

In my experience the only thing that I am aware of is change. If nothing changes nothing hits the radar.  When we say fish don’t know water, we allude to that which is always present, unmoving.  We also use the same metaphor about full consciousness, saying that it is always here.  But we can’t know the unmoving, so it remains an hypothesis, an extrapolation, another mental gyration. 

If hypothetically we could glimpse it once in a while, these moments are so minuscule that they are a wrong place to put our attention. There is no way to test them, or to know if most of that attention is just on imagination. The scientist of the minuscule is really the dismisser of the richness that now appears.  For what purpose?  Ignoring what is here is a shortcut to a wasted life.

Change might be a direct observation, but most often the detection of change relies on memory.  It didn’t used to be this way, but now it is.  It must have changed.  Change is always relative to a benchmark or a mental standard.  Therefore if the human instrument only interacts with change, that instrument is built upon relative movement. All perception and all knowing relies on your past conditioning to be able to touch it.

There is nothing absolute about a human being, or let’s say about the perceptions of a human being. Conditioning changes, that’s why evolution is so easily possible.

Then what makes sense to you?  Without conditioning the entire life becomes incoherent, nothing makes sense. Nothing relates to anything else. You stop expecting sense. You stop seeing patterns.  You allow everything to fall apart.  Isn’t that the common definition of insanity?

Yet a few people are willing to call the absence of past standards as enlightenment.  It would be free fall, wouldn't it. Pure not knowing. Please - - - not for me.

If perchance the human is a relative machine, then it would pay to cultivate the tools of the relative.  Those tools are your words. I can cultivate the power in my words, make them always mean something to me.   It is called empowerment.  Distinctions are what make action possible.  Without distinctions there might be some movement and some bumbling, but nothing of value is recognized nor retained.  Without distinctions there are no values.

In non-duality we go the other way.  We dismiss words and distinctions.  We also dismiss action.  Action happens, but we lie about it.  We say, “I didn’t do it.”  Try that in court in front of the judge.  You’ll be in jail quickly.  You are already in the jail of your fear to move forward, and of your fear of responsibility.

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Response: You have conceded

Response: You have conceded that the aliveness within a moment cannot be controlled by man. So how could man empower the words within the moment? This is contradiction to the conceded.
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The Interval is Allowed by the Moment

Hi Marcus,

 

Your comment is a confusion of “the moment” with the interval.  I think that you’ve said this before, that once upon a time I conceded something, so you are probably wedded to this belief.

 

People’s hardware (body-mind) live in the moment, as does everything.  People’s software (words-ideas-actions) live within the interval. They are inert within the moment.  We are perfectly capable of interacting with ideas in the interval. (Unless some of us must always make the same choices?) Too bad for them?

 

Have you ever brought your interval equipment down into the moment? Not hardly. Only technically it is there, but not for any practical endeavor. So you really don’t know what goes on there.  Only by hearsay, extrapolation and belief.

 

Let’s see if we can go over this again.  I said some pretty strong things if you are believing that non-duality is the highest truth and the greatest good. It is nothing of the sort.

 

1) First and foremost I said that the human instrument that you and I know operates only in relative awareness.  That means that what I see is compared to what I remember, and from that all recognition, sensations and feelings flow outward.

 

2.  Action is always motivated by a feeling.  Some feelings generate out of the autonomic nervous system. We retract from fire.  That produces action too.   But the feelings that I’m referring to are those produced from thoughts. Thoughts of justice and unjust produce some of the strongest feelings. The sight of a baby song bird with a hurt wing will produce thoughts of “Oh that poor thing.”  You may even take it in and feed it until the wing is healed.

 

Thoughts produced by a baby fish out of the water, suffocating with its mouth ripped by a hook might produce thoughts of “Oh, fresh fish dinner, Yum”.

 

Thoughts come from conditioning.

 

Conditioning and beliefs produce thoughts that produce feelings and emotion that produce action or inaction.  That is the human equation.  It works in the interval, and the interval is allowed by the moment.

 

3.  None of the above was come upon by denial, or to prove anyone wrong.  So that what other people are saying or claim to experience has nothing to do with it.  They work for the greater part in the same equation. Their beliefs and conditioning may be different, but they still generate thoughts, feelings, emotions action, and inaction.

 

How is that relevant to you?  Do you want my experiences?  Do you want anyone else’s experience?  You’ll never have them.

 

4.  Now just for fun, let’s back off a couple of notches.  Let’s just say that in all humility only 90% of what I said SEEMS to be true.  What the other 10% is doing I haven’t caught on to it as of yet.  Really, what does that mean.  Should I place 90% of my attention on the hypothetical 10% that might be missing?  I think not.  Why would you ignore 90% of your life for a dream?

 

What’s worse is that it is a lying dream.  It says that the 90% is really glorious, but just ignore it as much as you can and search for nothingness with as many hours of your time as you can muster.  Of course with none of your attention on the 90% it becomes a drudgery, and the nothingness is a relief. Disassociate from and dismiss all that you have known.  And you’ll emerge out the other end of this nightmare, knowing what glory has always been here.

 

Who would buy such rubbish, and invest a third of their life in it? You poor lost sheep.

 

5.  The other way to go about life is to ignore the figment of 10% and give yourself totally to your life as only you know it.  Don't engage in proving your theory right and others wrong. That war is a closing activity. Learn the links between thought and feeling (contraction), and start choosing thoughts that open your body and mind.

  

In that evermore opening state, whatever 10% that might seem elusive might rush in and thrill you. There will be no prerequisite of belief, experience or knowledge.

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Hi Richard, Understand an

Hi Richard,

Understand an interval is made up of moments, which the human mind is not in control to empower its contents. The moment in life is real, the interval is not, it is an illusion only in the mind and not in life. 90% + 10 % are included in the interval which is illusory, the moment in life alone is real, timeless, thoughtless without interval.

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