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A NEW EARTH. Awakening to Your Life`s Purpose

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THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK


Is humanity ready for a transformation of consciousness, an inner
flowering so radical and profound that compared to it the flowering of
plants, no matter how beautiful, is only a pale reflection? Can human beings
lose the density of their conditioned mind structures and become like
crystals or precious stones, so to speak, transparent to the light of
consciousness? Can they defy the gravitational pull of materialism and
materiality and rise above identification with form that keeps the ego in
place and condemns them to imprisonment within their own personality?
The possibility of such a transformation has been the central message
of the great wisdom teachings of humankind. The messengers – Buddha,
Jesus, and others, not all of them known – were humanity’s early flowers.
They were precursors, rare and precious beings. A widespread flowering was
not yet possible at that time, and their message became largely
misunderstood and often greatly distorted. It certainly did not transform
human behavior, except in a small minority of people.
Is humanity more ready now than at the time of those early teachers?
Why should this be so? What can you do, if anything, to bring about or
accelerate this inner shift? What is it that characterizes the old egoic state of
consciousness, and by what signs is the new emerging consciousness
recognized? These and other essential questions will be addressed in this
book. More important, this book itself is a transformational device that has
come out of the arising new consciousness. The ideas and concepts
presented here may be important, but they are secondary. They are no more
than signposts pointing toward awakening. As you read, a shift takes place
within you.


This book’s main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to
your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in
consciousness; that is to say, to awaken. In that sense, this book is not
“interesting”. Interesting means you can keep your distance, play around
with ideas and concepts in your mind, agree or disagree. This book is about
you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless. It
can only awaken those who are ready. Not everyone is ready yet, but many
are, and with each person who awakens, the momentum in the collective
consciousness grows, and it becomes easier for others. If you don’t know
what awakening means, read on. Only by awakening can you know the true
meaning of that word. A glimpse is enough to initiate the awakening process,
which is irreversible. For some, that glimpse will come while reading this
book. For many others who may not even have realized it, the process has
already begun. This book will help them recognize it. For some, it may have
begun through loss or suffering; for others, through coming into contact with
a spiritual teacher or teaching, through reading The Power of Now or some
other spiritually alive and therefore transformational book – or any
combination of the above. If the awakening process has begun in you , the
reading of this book will accelerate and intensify it.


An essential part of the awakening is the recognition of the
unawakened you, the ego as it thinks, speaks and acts, as well as the
recognition of the collectively conditioned mental processes that perpetuate
the unawakened state. That is why this book shows the main aspects of the
ego and how they operate in the individual as well as in the collective. This
is important for two related reasons: The first is that unless you know the
basic mechanics behind the workings of the ego, you won’t recognize it, and
it will trick you into identifying with it again and again. This means it takes
you over, an impostor pretending to be you. The second reason is that the act
of recognition itself is one of the ways in which awakening happens. When
you recognize the unconsciousness in you, that which makes the recognition
possible is the arising consciousness, is awakening. You cannot fight against
the ego and win, just as you cannot fight against darkness. The light of
consciousness is all that is necessary. You are that light.

OUR INHERITED DYSFUNCTION
If we look more deeply into humanity’s ancient religions and spiritual
traditions, we will find that underneath the many surface differences there
are two core insights that most of them agree on. The words they use to
describe those insights differ, yet they all point to a twofold fundamental
truth. The first part of this truth is the realization that the “normal” state of
mind of most human beings contains a strong element of what we might call
dysfunction or even madness. Certain teachings at the heart of Hinduism
perhaps come closest to seeing this dysfunction as a form of collective
mental illness. They call it maya, the veil of delusion. Ramana Maharshi,
one of the greatest Indian sages, bluntly states: “The mind is maya.”
Buddhism uses different terms. According to the Buddha, the human
mind in its normal state generates dukkha, which can be translated as
suffering, unsatisfactoriness, or just plain misery. He sees it as a
characteristic of the human condition. Wherever you go, whatever you do,
says the Buddha, you will encounter dukkha, and it will manifest in every
situation sooner or later.


According to Christian teachings, the normal collective state of
humanity is one of “original sin.” Sin is a word that has been greatly
misunderstood and misinterpreted. Literally translated from the ancient
Greek in which the New Testament was written, to sin means to miss the
mark, as an archer who misses the target, so to sin means to miss the point of
human existence. It means to live unskillfully, blindly, and thus to suffer and
cause suffering. Again, the term, stripped of its cultural baggage and
misinterpretations, points to the dysfunction inherent in the human
condition.


The achievements of humanity are impressive and undeniable. We
have created sublime works of music, literature, painting, architecture, and
sculpture. More recently, science and technology have brought about radical
changes in the way we live and have enabled us to do and create things that
would have been considered miraculous even two hundred years ago. No
doubt: The human mind is highly intelligent. Yet its very intelligence is
tainted by madness. Science and technology have magnified the destructive
impact that the dysfunction of the human mind has upon the planet, other
life­forms, and upon humans themselves. That is why the history of the
twentieth century is where that dysfunction, that collective insanity, can be
most clearly recognized. A further factor is that this dysfunction is actually
intensifying and accelerating.

This book can be downloaded from the link below or visit pdfdrive.com and search for “A NEW EARTH. Awakening to Your Life`s Purpose

When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of
the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when
humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought. A depth
returns to your life. Things regain their newness, their freshness. And the
greatest miracle is the experiencing of your essential self as prior to any
words, thoughts, mental labels, and images. For this to happen, you need to
disentangle your sense of I, of Beingness, from all the things it has become
mixed up with, that is to say, identified with. That disentanglement is what
this book is about.


The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things,
people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and
the more deadened you become to reality, the miracle of life that
continuously unfolds within and around you. In this way, cleverness may be
gained, but wisdom is lost, and so are joy, love, creativity, and aliveness.
They are concealed in the still gap between the perception and the
interpretation. Of course we have to use words and thoughts. They have their
own beauty – but do we need to become imprisoned in them?
Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which
isn’t very much. Language consists of five basic sounds produced by the
vocal cords. They are the vowels a, e, i, o, u. The other sounds are
consonants produced by air pressure: s, f, g, and so forth. Do you believe
some combination of such basic sounds could ever explain who you are, or
the ultimate purpose of the universe, or even what a tree or stone is in its
depth?


THE ILLUSORY SELF


The word “I” embodies the greatest error and the deepest truth, depending
on how it is used. In conventional usage, it is not only one of the most
frequently used words in the language (together with the related words:
“me,” “my,” “mine,” and “myself”) but also one of the most misleading. In
normal everyday usage, “I” embodies the primordial error, a misperception
of who you are, an illusory sense of identity. This is the ego. This illusory
sense of self is what Albert Einstein, who had deep insights not only in to
the reality of space and time but also into human nature, referred to as “an
optical illusion of consciousness.” That illusory self then becomes the basis
for all further interpretations, or rather misinterpretations of reality, all
thought processes, interactions, and relationships. Your reality becomes a
reflection of the original illusion.


The good news is: If you can recognize illusion as illusion, it
dissolves. The recognition of illusion is also its ending. Its survival depends
on your mistaking it for reality. In the seeing of who you are not, the reality
of who you are emerges by itself. This is what happens as you slowly and
carefully read this and the next chapter, which are about the mechanics of the
false self we call the ego. So what is the nature of this illusory self?
What you usually refer to when you say “I” is not who you are. By a
monstrous act of reductionism, the infinite depth of who you are is confused
with a sound produced by the vocal cords or the thought of “I” in your mind
and whatever the “I” has identified with. So what do the usual “I” and the
related “me,” “my,” or “mine” refer to?

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