A Greek philosopher from approximately 250 AD had some interesting comments regarding achieving enlightenment and fulfilling a desire for lasting happiness and well-being. He remarked that rather than looking at finding satisfaction from matter, that one’s attention should be directed toward a higher source of creation.
This philosopher believed that what you align yourself with, you become that. You become one with that which you desire to be or acquire. We might say that his viewpoint is very similar to the concept held by the American Indian. If you want to know how a bird or animal feels, you become that animal in your consciousness, through becoming and placing yourself within that being. That is knowing and not believing.
This philosopher believed that we are facing the wrong direction in our desires and thereby our energies are being aligned with a form of matter existing below us. If our attention would be focused toward our spiritual source, we will become that. Now this philosopher laid out a philosophical system that stepped down from the ONE source, which next created Spirit, or the energy and force underlying all existence, to a Soul which was individualized in each body of matter.
Plotinus believed that if we long to resonate with the energies that have created and sustained us that we would become one with these energies of greater awareness and ability. Now he remarked that we humans are always attempting to possess something. Today in our world it might be our desire to have the job, car, partner or home. Often, whether in Plotinus’s period or ours, we don’t quite seem to get it right and when we finally possess the item of our desire, it doesn’t always meet our expectations.
Plotinus stated that if you want to know something or achieve something you had to become that something. Now I realize it sounds a bit roundabout, but he was pointing out to not get lost in the contemplation of how to become something, but to place yourself in that state of awareness immediately. Or, “true contemplation is knowledge, not an attempt at knowing.”
“It is not seeing what we want, but sight. Not was has been created, but the Creator. Not signs of Spirit, but Spirit itself. Not thoughts of unity, but actual oneness.”
Of course it is easy for me to share these concepts with you but what might seem ‘heavy’ is merely a slight juxtaposition of awareness. It is the difference between the seer and what is seen, the hearer and what is heard, the knower and what is known.
Now Spirit, the underlying aspect of all matter, we can become in resonance with if we are able to contemplate it deeply enough. How? Through the recognition that there is a life sustaining energy of existence that permeates everything. Everything! It is the same energy in substance behind all individualized things. This energy becomes individualized as a Soul as it animates matter. Can you see that all is connected and part of the One?
If you can recognize and resonate with the underlying energy of all things, then you become Spirit. Actually you already are that Spirit, so you are now recognizing that fact. You will know everything that Spirit knows, and whatever Spirit can do, which is anything and everything, you will be able to do that also to the degree of your awareness of this fact. You will have a more enhanced awareness of possibilities. You will create and desire to be a part of a larger and more profound creation.
Now this picture is meant to show you that it is about gentleness and beauty. It is about a greater knowing in all that you do. You become a more enhanced YOU. Sense of humor, greater. Sense of Self, greater. Sense of Health, greater. Sense of LOVE, GREATER.
It is about walking and not just talking. It is about being and not desiring to be. What you imagine, you become. Act as you desire to be. Nothing I’ve shared is new or different. These concepts have existed a very long time. Much longer than the many books that abound at this time. I actually feel that today there are too many new systems with too much new rhetoric stating concepts that were explained in a more direct and simply manner in the past.
Have a wonderful last week in 2016. New Year’s resolution? What more is possible! I intend to spread more laughter, excitement, fun and love in 2017. So watch yourselves.
With love, in love and through love to you.