Level 16: Awakening the Veritable Self
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In the past, we have talked about ego and staying in a neutral position when we are dealing with or observing others as they go through their life lessons. It has been most difficult for us to stand by at times and let others go through their paces to get to the next stage.
While staying out of ego and in a void like neutral space, little did we know that there was a step beyond the neutral state. We are calling it the Veritable Self. Trying to put words in defining this is again very difficult.
This is the energy and intelligence of creation, creating something from absolutely nothing. We are tapping into the actual pulse of the universe. The energy keeps pushing us forward causing us to question and seek the truth through our personal spiritual development and compulsion to become more awake and more aware. This is the Veritable Self.
As we go through life learning our different lessons and releasing blockages that have occurred in our past, there comes a time when you get to the true veritable self. Recognition of the TRUTH is the discovery of true consciousness. As our motives become clearer and clearer, you will come from a centered, egoless state. You will have a wholesome passion to create something that is new. It emerges only to the point that ego has been transcended. For the sake of the evolution of consciousness itself, this pure motive will naturally be experiences as a true heartfelt connection to your higher purpose and potential. It cannot arise from the personal self or ego. Pure motive is one of the drivers of your veritable self, your personal drive to create the future.
Next comes the action or do part. Truth based motive must always be actualized so that you act with integrity. You simply and consistently follow through on that pure motive. Pure motivation arises from the first chakra, which is located at the base of the spine; it progresses through all the chakras thousands of times before it becomes an action thus bringing it into our reality and the world. Truth and integrity in action is not just an inner experience. It has visible, tangible effects on the complex and challenging matrix of human relationships and the world in which we live. In order for the veritable self to function uninhibitedly, the individual has to be willing to continually let go and embrace ever more of the world of form in every moment.
We (Loren and Diane your woo-woo specialists) have the ability to restore and create an undestroyable connection that starts at first chakra (base of the spine), flowing through all the chakras. This connection is between the rising of pure motivation and the spontaneous expression of integrity in action that means that at the deepest level of the individual has become aligned with the egoless passion of the veritable self. Your human life becomes a clear reflection of that dynamic wholeness that created and is still creating the whole universe.
The veritable self is only concerned about creating the future in the now. What can I do today to make a better tomorrow? There is no more procrastination, no doubt in your abilities or no confusion; you are committed to go forward. You have an inner drive to do what you have come here to do; bringing a deeper feeling of joy and an inner confidence, a passion and pure conviction about being here and doing the things that feel right in order to create a better future. This is the vary reason that we are here. You are consciously experiencing your creative ideas taking form and becoming part of the universe. When you take the step from formless to form, you become one with the creative principle that has forged this whole process out of nothingness.
It seems like we have been on this path forever. It has been a journey from the ego, to the center of your being, to the imperative self……. a journey from a separate self, to no self, to the veritable self.
We first have to understand and recognize that blind and unchecked identification with ego always gives rise to an inherently false picture of reality, because this picture is built upon a fundamental assumption of isolation and separation. In the spiritual vision, this position is seen to be an illusion, because the essence of authentic revelation is the direct apprehension of non-duality, no-otherness, or non-separateness as the underlying ground of all there is. The ego’s separate identity, which is based upon an unrelenting need to see itself as being unique, always manifests as a wholeness-denying, love-denying, negative relationship to life. The face of ego is pride; arrogant self-importance; narcissistic self-infatuation; the need to see oneself as being separate at all times, in all places, through all circumstances – and that ego is the enemy of all that is wholesome in this human experience. When you take the mask of this ego off, one finds oneself literally face-to-face with a demon – a demon that thrives on power, domination, control and separation, that cares only about itself and is willing to destroy anything and everything that is good and true in order to survive intact and always in control. This demon lacks any capacity for empathy, compassion, generosity or love; delights in its perfect invulnerability; and will never acknowledge that which is sacred.
Without the depths of our life experiences, it is difficult to look directly into the darkest regions of the human soul, how many among us will have such love for the truth alone that we will courageously remain unmoved and immovable?
Do you remember why we started on this path? Ours was for the desire to be free from this experience of alienation, a desire that expresses itself as the pull to go beyond any and all notions of inhibition or restriction. The path eventually leading us to the mysterious compulsion to transcend the human experience altogether, to be free from the whole process of life and death and the struggle to exist or just be. It is the longing for final release, the desire to go back to zero – before the beginning, before the big bang, before time began. It is the desire to go from a trapped, deeply conditioned relationship to life, to no relationship whatsoever – to absolute, unparalleled freedom, abiding for eternity in the infinite peace of the ground of being.
From this vacant empty ground, beyond life and death, there arises a pure impulse to become, to take form. This inner drive to evolve or God impulse, when experienced directly, is felt as absolute love – an ecstatically positive, completely unified surge towards manifestation. Utterly life-affirming the expression of this imperative in the awakening human is defined as the veritable self.
So the path goes from awakening, to the prison of ego, to its dissolution in the ground of being, to reemergence as the veritable self. You could compare it to, a negative relationship to life, which we could call minus one, to no relationship to life whatsoever, which we could call zero, to a positive relationship to life, which we could call plus one. Minus one, to zero, to plus one. Ego self, to centered self, to veritable self. That is the essence of the path.
Plotinus (204-271 C.E.) wrote, “What do you feel in presence of the grace you discern in actions, in manners, in sound morality, in all the works and fruits of virtue, in the beauty of souls? When you see that you yourselves are beautiful within, what do you feel? What is this Dionysiac (wild) exultation that thrills through your being, this straining upwards of all you Soul, this longing to break away from the body and live sunken with the veritable self?
But what is it that awakens all this passion? No shape, no colour, no grandeur of mass: all is for a Soul, something whose beauty rests upon no color, for the moral wisdom the Soul enshrines and all the other hueless splendour of the virtues. It is that you find in yourself, or admire in another, loftiness of spirit; righteousness of life; disciplined purity; courage of the majestic face; gravity; modesty that goes fearless and tranquil and passionless; and, shining down upon all. The light of god-like Intellection.
Withdraw in to yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. So do you also: cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labour to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiseling your statue, until perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine.
When you know that you have become this perfect work, when you are self-gathered in the purity of your being, nothing now remaining that can shatter that inner unity, nothing from nature, wholly that only veritable Light which is not measured by space, not narrowed to any circumscribed form nor again diffused as a thing void of term, but ever un-measurable as something greater than all measure and more than all quantity- when you perceive that you have grown to this, you are now become very vision: now call up all your confidence, strike forward yet a step- you need a guide no longer- strain, and see.”
Ego self, to centered self, to veritable self. That is the essence of the path. Once that we have said yes, we must succeed, because we have seen with our own eyes, felt with all of our senses, and recognized with our own mind what integrity, authenticity, transparency, and conscience truly are: the only solid ground in the universe.
We have to wake up to the fact that there’s no one else who is going to save us. To accept responsibility for the future means we know without a doubt that it is on our own shoulders-each and everyone of us – to create that future right now. And now means NOW. Those of us at the leading edge (that means you and all of us) have to stop waiting, stop hiding and stop pretending. We have to be the ones to take this leap, because there literally isn’t anyone else to do it. Yes, it is going to take divine intervention, but we have to be the divine interveners. We literally have to choose to be God, which we define as the creative or evolutionary impulse itself. Cohen writes that billions of years ago, something exploded out of nothing. And who but God could have made such an audacious choice – to create an entire universe? That powerful urge to become is now actually beginning to wake up, through the unique capacity for self-reflective awareness that is our human birthright. Through us, God, or the energy and intelligence that is driving this whole process, is just beginning to awaken to itself. So becoming God in an evolving universe means we have to be the ones to carry this process forward at the deepest and highest level, to consciously evolve in the biggest way possible for our collective salvation and transformation.