Depression, Being in the Here and Now, and Spirituality
I am starting a new thread because I do not want to hi jack the thread: Can I receive TRT 5 yrs after prostatectomy? Started by Whitehat.
There are many posters on this board who have found that changing their lives to thinking much less about the future and trying to live more in the present has been very helpful in increasing the quality of their lives. In this regard, I will share my experiences in totally changing my life by learning how to live totally in the moment without judgement and from a love space. My wisdom comes from years of study with spiritual teachers including Osho, Jesus, Buddha, other spiritual masters, and books by Ken Keyes, and Eckhart Tolle, and especially and most importantly, A Course in Miracles. However, for this exercise, I wlll use the advice of Jesus because that is the Prophet that all are familiar with. Now, my program probably has not been seen by any reader before, but before you disagree, ask yourself, “Can you think of a better way to live?”
Living totally in the moment non-judgmentally is the final key to bliss, and this is a mind problem, as are all the negative emotions of depression, fear, hate, judgmentalism, envy, and on and on. It is possible to eliminate all of these thoughts, but I cannot detail the process in just a few sentences, but I will give you a taste of what needs to be done, which is simply to understand what must be done to make the changes happen, which is not an overnight process.
Jesus taught: Love thy enemy as thyself. Lets understand love first. Love to be love has two necessary components: 1) It must be unconditional. In other words, you love without qualification. No one has to qualify for love. 2) It must be equal for all. This means that you love the most undeserving with the same quality that you love your Mother or your children. Now, before you stop reading, go further and see how this may be possible for you. Most think of love as verb, an action. Now as a verb, you can either love or not love. There is a choice. I love that one, but I do not love the other one. As long as there is a choice, equal love for all is impossible because the human mind will always be deciding who is worthy of love and how much. But lets look at love not as a verb that requires action, but rather as a noun which is a fact that is constant and unchanging. ‘I am love.” Once you understand that you are love and this cannot change ever, you no longer have the ability to decide who to love. I am love, therefore, I love all my brothers and sisters equally. Spiritual love does not create suffering; special or conditional love will always create suffering. When special love loses the object of its love, there is always huge suffering. Spiritual or real love recognizes the loss, mourns the loss and goes on loving all the other Brothers and Sisters in the Family of Man.
OK, but how do you know that you are Love? The only thing Human can positively know about “God” is that it is a higher spiritual consciousness than that which any man can possess or understand. You cannot understand or chose a higher spiritual decision or consciousness than those that you know about. The highest spirituality Man knows about is Love. Jesus often talked of love as the highest quality of Man, and of the Loving Father. So, God, or the Creator, must be a higher form of love, and we call that pure love. God created Man, but God is pure love, so the only thing that is possible for him to create in offspring is also pure love. A horse cannot birth a chicken. So, if you believe in any concept of a Higher being, you have to accept that you are Pure Love, or the very same nature as the Father. That is the way you were born and is your essence. And if that is your true essence, then you have NO choice about who you love or who you do not love, and Jesus, your teacher is the example to follow. This one thought can start the transformation of your life.
But Jesus also said, “You are born a sinner.” So, if you are born a sinner and also pure love, how does that work? Sin comes from the same Greek word,and in the time of Jesus, sin meant to miss the mark, or in our vernacular, to make a mistake. It is similar to the Muslim concept: “Islam teaches that sin is an avoidable act that harms the perpetrator's own soul. This means that there is no innate or inherited nature that prompts a person to disobey God. That is to say, it is a person's free choice whether to sin or not; and one's disposition to sin is only as much as, if not less than, their inclination to do good.” You certainly were given free choice, so how can you be doomed from birth with the “Sinner” tag?
So, what Jesus was talking about is that you are born to sin, that is, to make mistakes. Why? When you make mistakes, you suffer, and when you suffer, you will not make the same mistake again, and next time you will see a higher choice and make that, i.e. spiritual growth. This concept is found in all religions that I know of, including Buddhism. If sin has the popular meaning taught by churches that sin means to transgress against the laws of God, then that is against all that Jesus taught. There is NO instance of Jesus ever judging anyone. Calling someone a sinner in this vein is very judgmental and separating. You are a sinner, I am not, therefore you are not as worthy. However, you make mistakes, I make mistakes, we are Brothers and equal. If you doubt this, go look in a mirror and say, “I am a Sinner!” three times. Then see how that feels. Then do the same, but say, “I make mistakes!!” See which makes your heart feel the best. Thinking you are a "Sinner" in the church sense takes your power away with the idea that you need to be dependant on some outside source for Salvation. It blocks spiritual progress, (which may be the intent to keep you dependant on the church and not responsible for everything that happens in your life. Free yourself from the false teaching of "Sin")
Now, getting back to our main objective of being able to create a better quality of life by disciplining and learning more effective thought processes, we now have a new concept that may have a huge jump in our spirituality as well. There is much more to this, of course. However, here is a taste. If you want this to continue, I am happy to do so, but often new thought may not be welcome.
A Course in Miracles can be read on line at coursein miracles.com Here is the introduction:
Introduction to A Course In Miracles
This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary.
Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum.
It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time.
The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught.
It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence,
which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear,
but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.
This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
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