Saturday, January 11, 2014

Moving Toward Authentic, Rather Than External, Power

As I’ve written these messages I have had a difficult time trying to explain the role intuitive knowing has become to me. In general terms this is the awareness I have that I am not a human with a soul, but an already-loved spirit that temporarily has a body. Sometimes I have described this knowing as Knowledge without the use of my five senses; sometimes as the Knowledge that comes from intuition or experiential faith.
In any event I recently re-read a book I had perused many years ago called “The Seat of the Soul” by Gary Zukov (Simon & Schuster, 1989). He has hit the nail on the head in his description of the evolution of humankind from external power to authentic power, which is the reason we’re all here. He builds the case that we are evolving from a five-sensory modality of physical reality based on survival  (the basis of external power) to a perception of the invisible, but larger, dynamic systems of which physical reality is only a part (the basis of authentic power).
In short, we are evolving from external to authentic power.
In Chapter One of the book he explains that acquiring external power was the goal of humans who were in the 5-sensory modality. That is the physical world, as experienced and known by our five senses, and it was all we thought reality consisted of. There are still many who cannot comprehend anything other than the “reality” of the physical world and our perceptions of it. “That was a wonderful sermon (or book or movie or documentary),” we might hear someone say. “But now lets get back to the ‘real’ world.” These are the kinds of comments made by those who believe external power is all there is – because it is all they have experienced and all they can see.
In discussing the face of external power Zukov writes: “Money is a symbol of power. Those who have the most money have the most ability to control their environment and those within it.... [Money,] education, social status, fame, and things that are owned, if we derive a sense of increased security from them [underline mine], are symbols of external power. Anything we fear to lose … is a symbol of external power. What we fear is an increase in our vulnerability. This results from seeing power as external.” [p. 24]
Zukov goes on [pp 26-8]: “After millennia of brutality to one another, individual to individual and group to group, it is now clear that the insecurity which underlies the perception of power as external cannot be healed by the accumulation of external power…. This is how we have evolved until now, and this is what we [have to] leave behind….
“Authentic power has its roots in the deepest source of our being. Authentic power cannot be bought, inherited, or hoarded. An authentically empowered person is incapable of making anyone or anything a victim…. [T]he idea of using force against another is not a part of his or her consciousness…. We are evolving from five-sensory humans into multisensory humans. Our five senses… form a single sensory system that is designed to perceive physical reality. The perceptions of a multisensory human extend beyond physical reality to the larger dynamical systems of which our physical reality is a part. The multisensory human is able to perceive, and to appreciate, the role that our physical reality plays in a larger picture of evolution, and the dynamics by which our physical reality is created and sustained. This realm is invisible to the five-sensory human.
“It is in this invisible realm that the origins of our deepest values are found. From the perspective of this invisible realm, the motivations of those who consciously sacrifice their lives for higher purposes make sense, the power of Gandhi is explicable, and the compassionate acts of the Christ are comprehensible in a fullness that is not accessible to the five-sensory human….
“From the perspective of the five-sensory human we are alone in a universe that is physical. From the perspective of the multisensory human, we are never alone, and the universe is alive, conscious, intelligent and compassionate. From the perspective of the five-sensory human, the physical world is an unaccountable given in which we unaccountably find ourselves, and we strive to dominate it so that we can survive. From the perspective of the multisensory human, the physical world is a learning environment that is created jointly by the souls that share it, and everything that occurs within it serves their learning. From the perspective of the five-sensory human, intentions have no effects, the effects of actions are physical, and not all actions affect us or others. From the perspective of the multisensory human, the intention behind an action determines its effects, every intention affects both us and others, and the effects of intentions extend far beyond the physical world. “
Perhaps what those that blog or channel spiritual entities – concerning Gaia’s rising consciousness or humankind as being an evolving star-seed – is this same awareness they are trying to communicate. Perhaps these writers have had the same difficulty verbalizing their awareness as I have.  I know that my sense of reality changed significantly when I got sober and began trying to apply the principles of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in all my affairs. Although still grounded in my 5-sensory modality, I had been transported to another level of conscious awareness that had been invisible to me.
Now, some twenty years later, I am finding the truths behind A Course in Miracles (ACIM) resonating with these same thoughts. Although ACIM goes further than Zukov – e.g., the physical world is merely a bad dream; it doesn’t really exist – his explanations are exemplary. He has found the words that I simply couldn’t.
Zukov goes on [p. 29]: “The larger frame of reference of the multisensory human allows an understanding of the experientially meaningful distinction between personality and soul. Your personality is that part of you that was born into, lives within, and will die within time. To be a human and to have a personality are the same thing. Your personality, like your body, is the vehicle of your evolution.
“The decisions that you make and the actions that you take upon the Earth are the means by which you evolve. At each moment you choose the intentions that will shape your experiences and those things upon which you focus your attention. These choices affect your evolutionary process. This is so for each person. If you choose unconsciously, you evolve unconsciously. If you choose consciously, you evolve consciously.” As ACIM explains, there is no sin, only error. If I make an error the Holy Spirit encourages me simply to choose again – with His guidance if I ask for it and then still myself and listen for it as well.
This is a bit of a bite to chew on. I know. But chew anyway. It’s good for your teeth. Peace.
Although these messages are mostly for me, thanks for listening. As always – feel free to forward this message to your friends, family, and those accompanying you on your spiritual journey.
#2 January, 2014

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