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The True Meaning of Action
Q: I am writing you this mail with much hesitation and skepticism, because I believe deeply that no one can ever help you find the truth. The decision to write this mail is primarily a spontaneous act!
One question that has always troubled me is about action. I have seen that awareness leads to so much of sensitivity that it becomes tough to act at all, and I find it very hard to distinguish between this state of inaction and apathy. Besides the practical implication of this inaction (that one needs money for living,) there are some deeper implications too; that of self expression. With inaction there's no action at all: interesting, boring, no matter what kind. Is that what man's is born for.. or is there no way to find out...
How is one supposed to find out what one loves most? Is there such a thing like self expression at all? Why is it that all the so called "realized souls" always lectured around, trying to teach the world. Why is it that the christ, the buddhas are always preachers? Why not, say, an engineer or a doctor? Is there an action that's not a product of thought? And Is spontaneity lack of thought (both conscious and unconscious?)
I think the readymade explanation of all our problems with terms like thought / no-thought / consciousness/ no consciousness / samadhi / nirvana / have become so commonplace that they have very little meaning. I think fundamentally, we tend to find solace in paradoxes. Thought / no-thought theory provides us with excellent paradox to feel satisfied with - to stop questioning further .. to wait perpetually to come out of it one day !
How in your view can one find the true meaning of action ?
Thanks for writing.
The question is not one of action versus inaction, but always one of purpose. Discernment of purpose is very important, because one's state of mind is a result of the purpose one has chosen to align with (ego or Spirit). Peace of mind, happiness, freedom, & contentment are not dependent on whether the body seems to be active or inactive as the Spirit's Perspective reveals that all apparent behavior is a dream, an unreal effect of an unreal "cause."
Interpretation of behavior is always the ego's perception, for the ego recognizes only form and knows nothing of Content or True Meaning. True Meaning (Identity) is Abstract Light, and the world was made to cover over the Light and keep It out of awareness. An ego device for distracting away from questioning underlying false beliefs and concepts is to focus on behavior and endless questions about behavior. Behavior, as all of form, is the past and no meaningful questions can ever be asked about that which is over and gone.
What one "does" or "doesn't do" flows from the purpose the mind has chosen to identify with. The ego uses the body for pride, pleasure, and attack. The ego's purpose is to reinforce separation and protect the false belief in private minds and private thoughts. The Spirit uses the body solely as a communication device. The Spirit always communicates that mind is unified and that everything is connected, being one tapestry of wholeness. Apparent actions or inactivity inspired by the Spirit's Purpose are always helpful, and apparent actions of inactivity motivated by the ego's purpose are never helpful. Discernment is, therefore, being clear about what Purpose is helpful and what purpose is not helpful.
Apathy is ego motivated. Joy is Spirit inspired. "Working" for a "living" is always ego motivated. Trusting Divine Providence is always Spirit inspired. The perception of "needs" is always ego motivated, the miraculous synchronicity of "all things work together for good" is always Spirit inspired. Real Self expression is joyful, while ego "self" expression is but an attempt to reinforce an illusion that could never be. Be aware that as long as the mind believes in duality, the choice of which purpose to align with (Spirit or ego) is a choice of which Self/self to believe is real. This moment "to Be or not to Be" is the choice, and in the ultimate decision to accept Atonement is "choice" undone forever.
"How is one supposed to find out what one loves most?" Forgive the illusion and recognize that Love is One and "most" is meaningless. Love makes no "comparison" for there is nothing to compare in Oneness.
"Why is it that all the so called "realized souls" always lectured around, trying to teach the world. Why is it that the christ, the buddhas are always preachers? Why not, say, an engineer or a doctor?"
The form may seem like a "preacher" or a "teacher" yet the Content is One Spirit. A mind emptied of all false self-concepts is freed to recognize the Self, the Spirit. Forgiveness is the release of all "tiny" ego self-concepts, and even forgiveness must give way to the Truth beyond all dreaming. Forgiveness shows the meaninglessness of fragmented perception and offers a happy dream for but a moment. You might say that this forgiven world is learned as the ego is unlearned, for the reflection of light and darkness have no meeting point.
"Is there an action that's not a product of thought? And Is spontaneity lack of thought ( both conscious and unconscious?)"
All thought-forms (opposites), including apparent "action" and "inaction," are within the domain of the ego. A miracle is a spontaneous choice of the Spirit's Purpose in which form is one or whole and the cosmos is perceived from the Spirit's Perspective Which sees the false as false -- for there is no sense of "otherness." The miracle collapses time and seems to shorten the need for learning forgiveness or unlearning the ego. The Holy Instant is a Still Thought in God which time cannot touch and in which "action" and "inaction" have no meaning.
"I believe deeply that no one can ever help you find the truth."
This is true, for truth is a recognition that there is no "other"
than One Self. The opening to this recognition is discernment, and only
the Spirit within can make the discernment of which I speak. Do not
look to any "body" to make it for you, for there is nothing
"outside" and the Voice for God alone can be understood. Meaning
cannot be found in images, so seek not to "figure out" or
"understand" what has no meaning. The recognition of Self
as God created Self is everlasting Meaning, and nothing else has ANY
meaning. This seeming leap of faith is but a simple recognition, and
this natural and
Love and Blessings always.
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