I said yesterday:
“I’m reminded that the way I exited that stage was by an act of will very similar to what Swami Saradananda talks about here: ‘Give up this unreal world of name and form with the overpowering strength of a lion and come out of it.’ (1) To exit the mask, as Ibn Arabi says, ‘takes a state which resembles a feverish crisis.'” (2)
It’s only a question of time before we need to come out of our artificial or constructed self and the Company of Heaven is shaking us and baking us, all of it designed to have us come out.
One of the sure-fire signs of someone coming out is that they may suddenly get ornery and cantankerous, uncooperative and bitchy. At any other time in the past 2,000 years, I’d say head for the hills. But not now. At this time, that could very well be the first signs of a person coming out of their act.
And I’d encourage people to allow it to happen. Sometimes an outburst is what it takes for a person to propel themselves beyond the reach of the ego. This may be their feverish crisis. This may be their lion’s roar.
Ask them how they feel and what it is they want to say. And listen to them, non-judgmentally, openly, interestedly. Don’t try to advise them or fix them. Treat everything they say as a chapter heading. They may want to unroll that chapter and they may not but if they do, get that they’re being guided by an inner hand that knows exactly where to take them to emerge from this whole thing, if they but have a competent and willing listener.
The sine qua non, the absolute pre-requisite, it seems to me, is that you have to be 1,000 percent finished with your act! You have to be sick of yourself, cannot stand being your act another day, well and truly finished with it.
Now if I can put on my explorer’s cap for a moment and give a report from this New Found World beyond the act, let me say that the love you’re looking for? It exists in copious quantities outside the artificial self. It flows as a brook, a river, and an ocean outside the self.
It’s the very constructed act which itself generates worry, anxiety, hope, fear and all the other debilitating states. Getting through life by planning, strategizing, managing our impression – all of this generates worry, anxiety, hope and fear. Who we are outside our act generates none of them.
SanJAsKa referred to the public version of our acts, here:
“Truly, you have been conditioned to grow up in and experience an illusory reality that has taught you to act and Live your Lives in certain manners that are, in many cases, serving the souls who have crafted your societies in the ways that they have in an attempt to gain and keep control over the bulk of humanity.
“We have previously discussed humanity’s complacency and the effect it has had on your ability to spread and understand the truths of your existence, but we wish for you to know that this complacency has been very carefully instilled into you, which is why we have been working from our positions as much as possible to help each of you see the orchestration that is the reality around you and to help you break the physical, mental and emotional constraints that have been given to you.
“You have indeed allowed these constraints to remain in place, because you have learned from them exponentially and grown from each lesson such limitations and your breaking away from them have bestowed upon you. It has all ultimately been designed to aid in your growth as a soul, and your breaking through of your personal shells is a remarkable feat indeed.” (3)
Thus breaking out of our shells, coming out from behind our masks, dropping our acts and filing our stories away – all these are evidently part of Ascension. We do this by an act of will – a “lion’s roar.”
Once outside one’s act, all is love. I don’t know whether that same love is stronger than a good solid blast of fear, say, at tax time or when your car runs out of gas. But, within the normal confines of life, love flows freely outside the constructed self.
Just imagine a construction crew building a tall building across the street and all is saws and hammers, trucks’ horns and workmen shouting. Then five o’clock arrives and it all stops. Just like that. Quiet.
Similarly, inside the constructed act, all is worry and anxiety, hope and fear. Outside, only quietness, stillness and love. So what you’re looking for? It’s right here. Outside your act. Outside you as a performing actor in a make-believe Punch and Judy Show.
All the hubbub only goes on within life lived as a construction, as an intentional performance. All the worry, anxiety, fear – strictly a human creation. Strictly optional. It does not live within life itself.
Outside the stage that we make of life, only serene waves flow, until another actor comes on the scene and contributes more hubbub, and then serene peace returns again. If we’re looking for the good things in life, they’re to be found outside our acts. That seems so obvious to one who is outside this performance-based world, but it would not have been obvious to me at all from inside.
(1) Swami Saradananda, Sri Ramakrishna, the Great Master. Madras, Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1979-83, 289-90.
(3) SanJAsKa, “An Entire Paradigm of Secrecy is about to be Shattered,” channelled through Wes Annac, April 24, 2013, http://aquariusparadigm.com.