The Secret to Enlightenment. Better Light.

So what is enlightenment?

It seems to some like a secret that you have to wear fancy wardrobe and perform magical ceremonies to understand it. That ancient traditions passed down by fraternities, sororities, schools of thought, and so on are so veiled in secrecy that you have to be given a code book to unlock its secrets.

Really the truth could not be more simple. The fact is we see it as such a big deal because we do not understand certain concepts that these groups deal with. It is not that it is secret so much as you have to be ready to understand to see what is hidden. Hidden to the mind’s eye by its own preconceptions of reality and truth.

If you have time, read Plato´s allegory of the cave. It tells of how our limited world sometimes leads us to see shadow, the perception of form by the impressions those forms make under false light.

It is our desire to leave that familiar cave and venture out into the unknown. We do so to unravel the truth that reveals the secrets to our true selves and reality itself your once blinded mind held a veil over.

In short, it is not that things are being hidden form you, but that you do not understand them. You do not see them for what they really are so showing you their truth is impossible, not secret. You will not eat when not hungry. You will not know to ask for something you need if you do not realize you need it.

So therein lies the problem. We have this familiar mind we have spent our lives living with. The preconceptions it has formed from in its limited view have imprisoned us in a “cave” as Plato implied.

Allegory is the key to the transmission of these concepts. Plato was a master of this form of teaching.

There is another bread crumb. Allegory. We look to the interpretations certain groups have had by religious institutions throughout history that thought that any variation from dogma was not only flawed but morally challengeable as heresy. An assault on God himself. They did not worship the devil. That concept of a singular arch enemy to God is entirely Christian.

The thing is you can still believe the “standard” interpretation of stories like the ones we receive in the bible, AND see it as an allegorical opportunity to transmit concepts that religion is supposed to give us anyways.

If we look at the result of the persecution schools of thought received and their response by “coding” their concepts into the very belief systems of the institutions that gave them chase, we see the irony in their last word.

They have used a stagnant and linear story and the prescribed interpretation of it the “officials” of those institutions have made absolute, to transmit the transcendental concepts of “enlightenment” through them. Just brilliant. It was easy also. These concepts were in their foundation.

The reality is that those stories always were deeply allegorical as well and the skill to extrapolate meaning from them is necessary to weigh them in any form of institutionalized faith. It is not that these “enlightened” folk wished to replace God. They wished to delve deeper into the understanding of IT.

Take for example the Cabala. Jewish mysticism. It is meant to accompany the torah. It is a companion work to it. Cabalists make very clear their vision of God by their explanation of the first few lines of Genesis. They do not say “God” made the universe, but that IT, the universe, made God. Huge concept when you weigh the possible meanings. Opens up God in new ways doesn’t it?

That he is not an unreachable “identity” that we cannot understand and learn from. They see God as the very vehicle to contemplate the universe. Their aim, is to reach a higher level of understanding of the universe itself. Nothing more admirable for intellectual pursuit In my opinion.

To do so they use language and numbers to establish a coordinate system of sorts to map creation. They believe that creation was made through language. The fact is the actual letters are not important. It is all a method of deconstructing our mind and its preconceptions so as to be able to perceive alternate mind sets and alternative paths of thought.

To think inter-dimensionally about time and space, instead of linearly and 2 or 3 dimensionally, and so on.

This is extremely beneficial in accessing our minds intuition into pattern recognition for every aspect of life. This in turn leads to greater innovation, advancement in all areas, and just progress in general. It makes you appreciate life more as well. The little things.

Cabalists, as my going example of a group searching for greater enlightenment, have a deep understanding of the universe by having a system of mapping “Gods body”, so to speak. This system is not unlike the I-ching(Chinese book of changes). Goes to show you how ancient knowledge had a way of being universally accepted for its high quality and beneficial manifestations in society. Really this knowledge in its many forms is the basis for all civilization. Our ancestors had a very well thought out social order because of their belief that harmony in people, doing good things and so on, made a healthy happy God. I am simplifying things extremely for the sake of conversation. They believed in social harmony and social responsibility in light of a sort of collective hive mind and collective communal body.

Another pretty amazing concept of cabala is the thought that our state of being produces a response in “heaven” and vice versa. (Their idea of heaven being a whole new subject I wish to avoid for now).That searching for harmony would lead you to a balance with God and with yourself personally enough so to reach a higher plain of thought.

So looking from the outside in, you might say that a fundamentalist Christian might be at odds by seeing the concept cabalist’s have of the creation of God BY the universe, instead of God creating the universe and consequently they could  interpret it as an insult and heresy to their dogmatic Christian view of God. The cave would be the institutionalized view of a linear God concept. No one is replacing God, just thinking more about it all.

So the “shadow” we see as hiding truth in this situation is not hiding an underlying secret to enlightenment. It is offering us to leave the cave, and deconstruct the cave (preconceptions of our mind) and the shadows being cast in the dim light of fallacy upon forms we do not understand. Blindness of getting accustomed to the light of the brilliant and blazing sun of truth once we exit the cave might be seemingly worse since the comfort of the cave’s dim light of fallacy is almost preferable to weak eyes(minds).

It all passes though and thereafter when we see beyond our blindness. We find the truth of true light. We see form for true form, and not simply by the shadow it casts.

and so on.

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The truth behind light meditation and the lie of proprietary systems of spirituality.

So I have seen quite the up stir of online sites and people professing about their systems of color meditation claiming some seemingly fantastic results.

That this such color, or that one means this or that thing. Each system different yet each claiming to be the end all be all to color meditation.

But as I see it,

you are doing it wrong.

Any system of spirituality, any form of religion and faith, in its truest form and in its most pure expression is a method of deconstructing our mind and its preconceptions of the limiting nature of our view of the world and the universe.

These systems of thought exist to train the senses of the mind to perceive the universe without the weight (value) we place on its absolutes that we in essence create ourselves.

It is not that any of these systems cannot lead you to a path of endless progression. It is that they each reach a point of stagnation where they want proprietary rights to enlightenment. They each want to be classified in some bureaucratic spiritual system in the sky as “the one true path”.

In reality all are valid and the more you learn from them to make your own system of faith, the stronger you will become for it. Thing is I see all these people who profess an enlightened mind, yet deny their natural instinct to get mad or scared or whatever valid emotion, until it pops as not being truly in control of themselves.

The ball of destruction they form in the process is severe and seemingly unfixable to them since the ridged forms of control they took to keep their emotions bottled up then turn against them when trying to put them back in that tightly closed bottle. The stronger the defense keeping their true emotions under wraps, the stronger the resistance is once you are on the other side of it trying to pack it all back in.

I look at kids and see true wisdom. They cry like the world just ended in one moment and then are the happiest beings in the very next. They express their full emotion, no holds bar and vent it all. They then feel much better and are truly natural for it. Their system of “no system” is the closest to enlightenment. They do not have regrets, grudges or subconscious mental diarrhea.

These violet light or blue light meditations will tell you this light will produce a certain emotion and thinking about it WILL absolutely produce a specific result. I can agree to a degree but with a huge reservation.

I had a martial arts instructor that would tell us to think “pink” when we were tired and our muscles were tight. He would tell us this so we would loosen up and not be aggressive in our attack and defense but rather be easy and flowing.

It was not that “pink” had that absolute effect. He meant that we had to be less macho…less hard, since pink is a feminine color to western males. That response we had was well designed. He knew it would be produced when this guy who we all looked up to as a serious person would tell us to think “pink” instead of thinking to Bruce lee…or Rambo or some other “strength” imagery. Our minds went to ballerinas and a girl´s room. The mental imagery and emotion it produced off set our pain and aggression so we could be in control again and focus. If green had the social stigma we held to it that pink did, he would have told us to think green or whatever appropriate color to illicit that response.

To me these systems of color meditation are about emotion regulation. They exist to assist you in navigating your mind and take control of your emotions. What they should do as well is let you navigate your mind as well as survive the “storms” of your ego with your “boat” intact. That you should be able to flow easily and when a storm arises to be equipped to ride it out. Their aim should not be to encourage you to try to quiet the storm of your ego out of fear and frustration with yourself.

The purpose of navigating your mind is not to get from a perceived lower point to a higher point of mind(or state of mind). The highest point you perceive of your “evolved” mind is just another extreme in relation to your center. The whole breadth and width of the ocean your psyche is should be the area your mind navigates oriented towards enlightenment. All that you are, not just the pleasant side. Anything else is like trying to sail from Europe to the Americas without touching the Atlantic ocean.

And that brings me to MY system.

A sort of rainbow spectrum system. Imagine the color spectrum of a rainbow. What I see people trying to aspire to is the highest band of the rainbow. The “red”. This can be the noble, quiet, passive, sensitive side of you. The civilized tamed animal. The lower purple band is the emotional, passionate, raging bull of our animal nature. The savage primal beast.

There are some systems that tell you to be always is in between them both and reside somewhere in the yellow. That sounds better but since any stationary position we hold ourselves to in this spectrum would be tiresome and unnatural to maintain “at all costs” it is counterproductive to a real harmonious state with our environment. That is not free flowing and eternally lasting. It is ridged and fixed as well as finite. It leaves us no room to grow. It is not valid to the true you either. This state is not natural, but rather an artificial mentality you have to dedicate ever increasing amounts of your ego anchored in a solid state you cannot correct.

What I suggest is to not force your mind to stay at any one point of “light” (emotion) in this spectrum of your psyche. That all are valid and when you become FULLY aware of them in their entirety, you are then not limited to a point (single artificial emotional state) in the spectrum of this rainbow system. You have all of them as your corrective force of counter balance to your passions. You become capable of being the complete whole. You become white light before the prism of our preconceptions.

“White light” in this instance is not denying any of its components like the human being we are must not lie to itself and live a farce of harmony in “red” or “yellow”. True harmony with all emotions is “white”. That is the savage bull of purple and the quiet passive of “red”. Yellow is not the absolute light for it being a sort of balance to these extremes either but rather it is component of the whole as well.

It is not that white light is the absolute. In my system and the way I explained it, maybe, but this is not the end all to color analogy of mind governance for emotional harmony. It is just one way.

Like the saying goes, “there are many paths to the top of the mountain but the view is all the same”.

 

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