Un.Self.Consciously

by Christopher Lovejoy on May 19, 2013

When I was a boy, my mother told me, on more than one occasion, “You are special.” Today, with the backing of a metaphysical, cosmic, integral perspective, I view things more elaborately.

To wit: you were born to be, have, and do more than you seem able to be, have, and do while bound by bone, flesh, and blood. You are the spark that animates and activates the organism.

This divine spark is you informing yourself of your essential nature, of your true nature.

I am special; I am unique; I am more capable than I allow myself to be, more than mere human talent and physical ability would have me believe or allow. I am absolute eternal essence embodied.”

This spark that is your soul, this spark that resides with your host human animal body, is qualitatively identical to the Being of Love and Light with which you have access, which is qualitatively identical to the Sum and Source of ALL. In this Light, I am, therefore I think (sorry, Descartes).

I am: my identity is a spark of Source Consciousness, gifted by my greater Being of Love and Light, created and manifested for, with, and from the Sum and Source of ALL.

I am, therefore I think, blending human animal and amnesiac soul, mixing survival instincts and animal fears with persistent issues from other lives aiming for absolution and resolution.

I am a witness to my version of this world.

I am a witness to the thinker.

I am the receiver to the witness.

I am.

I …

Presence is not only a state of being, it is the essence of my Being.

Perhaps it is time. Perhaps it is time to acknowledge and appreciate these most basic of truths, to reflect on them, to be one with them, sooner rather than later.

Perhaps it is time to embrace (un.self.consciously) the reasons why I am here in this world: to explore and be explored, to expose and be exposed, to express and be expressed, to experience and be experienced.

Tao Te Ching, Verse 38

Verse 38 offers both simplicity and complexity. Read it once and then read it again; read it as the Being that you are.

Truly good people
are not aware of their goodness
and are therefore good.
Foolish people try to be good
and are therefore not good.

Masters do nothing,
yet leave nothing undone.
Ordinary people
are always doing things,
yet much more is left to be done.

The supreme virtue
is to act without a sense of self.
The supreme kindness
is to give without condition.
The supreme justice
is to see without preference.

When the Tao is lost,
there is goodness.
When goodness is lost,
there is morality.
When morality is lost,
there is ritual.
Ritual is the husk of true faith,
the beginning of chaos.

The greatest masters
follow their own natures,
not the trappings of life.

It is said:

They stay with the fruit not the fluff.
They stay with the firm not the flimsy.
They stay with the true not the false.

Edited slightly to enhance flow and to reflect more inclusive language

Ref: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

The message of this verse is clear: losing touch with your Being, through which the Tao manifests, has a host of consequences.

These consequences include trying to be good; trying to lay claim to what you think is right, fair, or just; trying to behave according to what seems proper; trying to conform to rites and rituals that have little or nothing to do with who you are.

The wisdom in this message is also clear: just Be who you are, as you are, wherever you are.

Ask: by way of being, what am I being invited to do now?

My Impressions of the Verse

This verse rings true for me, and at some level, for as long as I can remember, it has always rung true.

Truly good people
are not aware of their goodness
and are therefore good.
Foolish people try to be good
and are therefore not good.

Truly good people are un.self.conscious. For them, goodness flows unimpeded through their Beingness. Those who try to be good, however, fool no one, not even those who try to do good.

Masters do nothing,
yet leave nothing undone.
Ordinary people
are always doing things,
yet much more
is left to be done.

Masters and sages consistently act through being as they are, wherever they are. Striving, for them, is natural striving. Everyone else is at the mercy of striving for the sake of compensating.

The supreme virtue
is to act without a sense of self.
The supreme kindness
is to give without condition.
The supreme justice
is to see without preference.

These multi-layered lessons offer ageless words of wisdom.

They reflect an uncommon mastery with the human animal body in a dense manifest realm where insecurity is par for the course through the unpredictable, uncontrollable events of life.

When the Tao is lost,
there is goodness.
When goodness is lost,
there is morality.
When morality is lost,
there is ritual.
Ritual is the husk of true faith,
the beginning of chaos.

When the Tao is lost, when my love of serving and expressing the Tao is lost, consciousness of goodness is an unfortunate result.

Why unfortunate?

Because a consciousness of goodness is a step down from unity to duality, a step down from unitive consciousness to dual consciousness, where doing and trying replaces being and doing.

Furthermore, when goodness is lost, its opposite arises, and morality attempts to compensate.

When morality is lost, rites and rituals arise, relieving participants of the need to be moral at all.

Socially conforming rites and rituals are mere husks of genuine faith in the Tao and the beginning of chaos because the participants have lost touch with who they really are.

The greatest masters
follow their own natures,
not the trappings of life.

It is said:

They stay with the fruit not the fluff.
They stay with the firm not the flimsy.
They stay with the true not the false.

Doing through being bears fruit not fluff. Doing through being exudes confidence not diffidence. Doing through being remains true to who and what I am in relation to others, in the overall scheme of things.

What need have I to do good, to lay claim to what I think is right, fair, or just, to behave according to rites, rituals, and laws, when I can eat of the fruit of the Tao and stay firm and true to my Being?

Implications for Personal Fulfillment

Cultivating a serene relationship with the Tao begins with cultivating harmony with the human animal body.

I like to express it this way: my host human animal body is more than a temple (and much more than a mere machine), more than a vessel or a vehicle, more than mere projection or expression.

As an otherworldly soul, my host human animal body, with its own personality, is my partner for life.

Cultivating and maintaining harmony with the human animal body, however, is not always easy. My host human animal body has a mind of its own, and thankfully, a wisdom all its own.

As a spark of Being, what contribution might I make to its evolution, even as it serves my evolution?

Most times, we get along just fine, but sometimes, my body does things (or wants to do things) that I (as soul) find hard to accept or reconcile.

Rather than view this seeming waywardness as a continual source of distress or conflict, I do well to listen with stillness, to receive, reflect, and respond with due sensitivity and care.

I am Presence and Eternal Essence embodied, after all.

As and when I am, I remain aligned un.self.consciously with wholeness.

Next up: Being, Boundlessly (Living Wholeness)

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