Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Holiness: It's Just Not Worth the Effort

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

“And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.
--Amos 8:12

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
--Philip K. Dick

Holiness --> Hol-i-ness --> Whole-i-ness

Wholiness: The condition of being whole.

Remember this.

Questionable Beliefs

So often, particularly in the West, people have been led to believe that they can become “holy.” They’ve been led to believe that if they read more scripture, listen to more sermons, and do a bunch of other external, mind-engaging things that these doings will make them more holy, that these doings will get them closer to God.

In a way this is true. For example, through the act of reading authentic, truly-enlightened scripture we are picking up on the pure energy invested within the text. This means that, to some extent, the energy that is “us” is interacting with the purer energy that is embedded within “the text” and our consciousness is actually rising as a result (if only temporarily and too subtly for conscious awareness).

However, such practice can only do so much.

What these externally-oriented practices do little to affect—which, consequently, is the biggest determinant of all—is our own internally-based belief structure. Our belief structure colors our life experience, or, more accurately, off-colors it.

Let's keep in mind that:

What we believe we perceive; what we neglect we deflect.

Following the above example, this means that even one's interpretation of scripture will be misguided to the degree that the reader's existent belief set interferes with any as yet unknown meanings.

Truth: Probably Only as Real as Our Beliefs About It

The problem of carrying beliefs is this:

If we believe what is untrue, we may never actually realize it to be untrue for we are going to perceive that untruth—as “truth”—because “truth” is the implication of belief.

Our perception is thus one of a distorted “reality”—an illusion—for, to conscious awareness, belief renders all contradictory information and sensory input as false.

Think about it…

We say: “No, I don’t really have any false beliefs. My beliefs are regularly proven correct.” Yeah. Right. And isn’t that what all the other 7 billion people of the world are saying? So how can we all be right in our own view yet so wrong by everyone else’s?

It is because we are each the creator of our own personal illusory life experience—one that appears so real and operates with such mind-boggling fluidity within the collective experience that we’ve mistakenly come to believe that it is Reality.

But let’s keep in mind that Truth is Truth. It stands for itself—always. If something is really True, it doesn't matter what opinion a few Tom, Dick, and Harry's would like to hold fast to. The fact is that Truth can’t change; it just is, and therefore can only be Known or unknown. If something requires a belief in order for its existence to be maintained, it cannot be True because belief is merely a fixed opinion—it is not Known nor has any place in Reality.

This is important because so many of us get thinking and believing: I want to be holy, and to be holy I have to believe this or better understand scripture or follow this dogma or whatever.

But are any of these things actually doing what we believe them to be doing—making us more holy?

Well… To be blunt about it: Not so much.

You see… Belief is an intellectual activity. Yet the intellect consists only of 10% of mind function. Accordingly, if we create a belief about everything we experience or revive old beliefs in order to define new situations—which is exactly what we’re unwittingly doing all the time—we end up shutting out any and all aspects of existence that cannot be grasped intellectually—including those aspects which have intellectual implications incongruent with the beliefs we’ve already chosen.

This means we are denying at least 90% of that which leads us to full-blown conscious awareness of life, the universe, and everything.

Wholiness Over Holiness

Do you remember how this all began?

Holiness --> Hol-i-ness --> Whole-i-ness

Wholiness: The condition of being whole.

And what is the condition of being whole?

It is not about intellectually attaching to more data, more beliefs, more rules, more separatist and limiting ego-mind-fodder, and so on.

Instead, to be “whole-y” is to unlearn it; to unlearn everything; to remove from one’s self the arrogance of so-called “knowing”; to return to our natural state of pure and simple child-like beingness—perceiving Reality, the Truth, as it exists before definitions and distinctions, before division.

God is All. God has created us in his image and likeness. This means that—belief and false perception be damned—we are inseparable from the All.

We are the All.

And thus we find that our attempts to become holy are fruitless, for such activity is an externally-based, picky-choosey endeavor founded on the misconception that our perceptions, by which we create our beliefs, define Reality and Truth, define God.

Contrarily, yet in fact, since it is belief that determines perception, so must belief distort Reality and Truth—and God—to fit within the illusory experience we have chosen by taking on belief in the first place.

Thus, our true quest must be to avoid being holier-than-thou; to seek out and heal all internally-based obstacles—beliefs—that prevent us from Knowing without bias. Only then will we not just become whole-y but our attainment of wholiness will, in fact, take care of itself.

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 48 by Lao Tzu
As translated by J. H. McDonald

One who seeks knowledge learns something new every day.
One who seeks the Tao unlearns something new every day.
Less and less remains until you arrive at non-action.
When you arrive at non-action,
nothing will be left undone.

Mastery of the world is achieved
by letting things take their natural course.
You can not master the world by changing the natural way.

Note: This text is a modified version of a post originally published on 6/14/13 to former personal blog “Without a Story.”

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