Emancipated: The truth that sets all men free:
A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.
How can this world seem so real and yet be an illusion at the same time? The answer is very simple. Many only believe what their five senses tell them but ignore the unseen dimension of stillness that is the true reality. The Hebrew Scripture beautifully describes the unseen dimension this way. “Be still and know I Am God.” It is out of stillness that all things or form, known through the five senses, exist and where all form(s) eventually return.
All suffering is born of the mind because of the minds attachment to form which is impermanent. The mistake most humans make is allowing the mind to become their master and the spirit its slave. For lack of the perfect word escription, we are a spiritual “being” trapped in form. Stillness or spirit is the unseen dimension that the mind and ego cannot comprehend. The mind should be the servant of spirit not its master.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
The mind cannot fully grasp the concept of stillness because stillness is the formless. The formless “one” life which is God. The mind likes to label everything it encounters and the ego loves to place titles upon those things. That one is a Christian that one is a Buddhist or that one is a homosexual ect, ect. The very nature of title’s and labels is they separate. The reality is nothing is really separate because life through form(s) evolves from that one source. Let me put it this way. There are over seven billion humans on the face of the earth. Yet there is only one being. It isn’t human beings but human being! You can never escape who you are because it isn’t “your life”; you are “life” itself.
The word or pointer we use for God is actually that “one” life. You are the likeness and manifestation of that one life. Or “the word that was made flesh” as the Hebrew Scripture so elegantly describes not just the “Christ” but all of us. The mind and the human ego is the cross all humankind will bare if trapped by the illusion of separation and time based reality. That is the reason all of us have experienced moments in our lives where god seems to have abandoned us. Jesus himself cried out from the cross, My God, my God…why have you forsaken me? Yet as you can see, the truth or concept of God forsaking or abandoning us is totally impossible.
"You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14(a)
Again, this mind centered illusion and its fixation on form and permanence is the underlying cause behind all suffering. All living beings are trapped in this vicious circle of suffering because of its attachment to the impermanent nature of all form. All form(s) is energy. Everything in this universe is energy on one level or another. This universal energy is always changing and vibrating at different frequencies producing different forms. When you become attached to any form, suffering will be its only outcome because all form eventually passes away.
This timeless truth has caused great suffering in a world that is totally unconscious of its true self, its true essence. That self being the timeless one life from which all forms originate. Again, what the world has known and labeled as God.
STILLNESS: The Eternal Kingdom
His disciples said to him (Jesus),"When will the kingdom come? "It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Rather, the Father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don't see it." The Gospel of Thomas
The kingdom of God is here, now! Eternity lies in the very stillness that permeates every moment. Humankind has suffered needlessly because this truth has been hijacked and converted into many systems that by their very nature only segregate’s humanity. Any form of system, practice or religion is really an obstacle to the truth. The truth is you have already arrived and the kingdom of heaven or god is found in the very stillness of who you are and where you came from and where you’ll eventually return.
This was the message of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that the kingdom he knew was not of this world because he knew the world of the five senses was only an illusion. His kingdom was the timeless dimension of the present, now moment. Even though humans don’t see it, all of eternity dwells here and you have instant access to it as.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
This verse perfectly describes the very nature of god which is presence or being. Stillness is always stillness, it never changes. God isn’t some long grey bearded grandfatherly type who dwells beyond the stars in a far away kingdom where angels dwell and the streets are made of gold, GOD IS! God is without time both past and future. GOD IS! When the mind places its thoughts on the past or thinks the fathom future is the salvation that awaits, then god will always appear to be absent. The very present moment is the dwelling place of the divine. Where all suffering comes ends and is consumed by the pure presence of consciousness.
In light of this truth, what then is the purpose of your life? There are two purposes’ that define your life. One is primary and the other is secondary purpose. The kingdom of heaven isn’t a place but the truth found in your primary purpose. Your primary purpose is found in the timeless now, the present moment. There has never been any other moment in your life except for the one you find yourself in now. Suffering occurs when you dwell in the past or place your hopes and dreams upon a future event that hasn’t yet occurred. The past is but a memory and the future is simply a thought form.
What we think, we become. Buddha
Your life’s purpose never consisted more than any one moment and that moment is this very one. The now is elusive if your mind is the master because it cannot comprehend stillness. If you entirely focus on everything that is occurring in the moment as the forms play out, then problems and suffering cease to exist. The mind will always tell you otherwise. This is the truth that again sets you free because there has never ever been any other moment in your life except this present one.
The kingdom of heaven is always present and always now. Your primary purpose is always the present moment and involves no time. Whereas your secondary purpose involves physical or clock time. Your secondary purpose becomes the results of the choices you make in the only moment that ever really exists, the now. This is the truth of how your life plays itself out. You are in control of your destiny and the ironic thing is it all begins where you’re at this very present moment.
When realized and the present moment becomes your friend in any situation that arises in it, then suffering is no longer something that ever has to dwelt with. It simply dissolves in the light of all existence which is the eternal and sacred. You are a result of all you have ever thought or desired. That makes you the creator of your journey. You are formed in the very likeness of God because you are the very essence of all creation.
Creation born out of Stillness:
IMO some of the most significant teaching in Christianity is found in the teachings of Jesus in Matthew Chapter six. Jesus taught how nature effortlessly plays itself out both in the animal kingdom and the physical realm. Jesus taught us the ancient wisdom that all spiritual masters know and pay the price in revealing it. Truth always comes at a high price. Religious dogma will call it sacrifice on one level or another. The cross’s we bare come in one form or another. Yet it doesn’t need to be this way. You alone know the truth according to your own experience.
"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear?' "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6: 25-34
We are conditioned to believe that we can only experience this eternal, everlasting kingdom paradise when we die. So we live our lives worrying, striving and struggling trying to reach that glorious end. Try living your life as Jesus so beautifully and effortlessly as the natural world. This is the message of Jesus in Matthew chapter six. Remember, Sufficient for the day is its own trouble!Be or live fully present and experience the divine and eternal in everything you encounter.Everything then becomes sacred. You are glorious, you are complete. When you acquire enough courage to simply believe in you own self which is immortal and interwoven in the very fabric of the entire universe, then this becomes the truth that sets you and all men free.
James Robert Kessler
Because of Him Art Ministry 2011