In response to my own share, a personal friend sent me an account of an overwhelming experience of Oneness that he had ten months ago. My sincere congratulations!
Notice that his is a realization whereas mine was an unfolding process.
If you’d allow me, I’ll share my most recent substantial shift in Consciousness.
My last shift came about 10 months ago. I was simply sitting, looking out the window at the trees outside. They were sloughing gently in the breeze. I was not meditating, not contemplating anything, I was just sitting, witnessing the beauty of nature.
Suddenly, it’s as if the little “me” fell way, way back into the background, hardly discernible. As that was happening, God suddenly and miraculously revealed Itself to Itself through these eyes. Its as if, God “opened the Kimono” as it were, to Itself/Himself/Herself.
My head was thrown back in total and complete amazement and awe. I couldn’t move. I was transfixed by this “vision”, or better yet, “clear seeing.”
I realized then and there that there is only Oneness and that this body is like a virtual reality suit for God (Consciousness) to experience Itself as “the world.” God seeing God everywhere, and in everything, everyone. (1)
Tears of joy streamed down my face uncontrollably. Any fear or doubt that was buried deep inside me, vanished in an instant. The experience lasted for about 3 – 4 hours. After which, the intensity slowly began to wane. But I was not saddened by this. It seemed natural somehow for the experience to wane.
The beautiful thing is that the “download” has not waned. There is a residue from that experience that has not left up to this day.
I now know without a doubt (based on direct experience and knowledge) that there is only Oneness (God, Consciousness, I Am, Shakti, etc., etc.). And if there is only Oneness, how could I possibly be anything but that!?
As a result, it was (is) seen that everything that arises is that Oneness. And that’s where the peace comes from. That clear, unequivocal recognition, and acceptance that All is Oneness (everything – all experience, thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, etc.).
Do I still have thoughts, feelings, perceptions, etc.? Yes, I most certainly do! But now they are seen as the “flow” of the Divine revealing Itself to Itself as whatever is arising in the Now. Even troubles or emotional turmoil can arise, but these too are also seen as a “flow” within Oneness (although, admittedly, these may take a little longer).
All the spiritual books, teachings, insights, etc., etc., that I have experienced over the past almost 30 years came into focus. All of it finally made sense. And the beauty is that it’s not that something “new” has been acquired or attained. It’s simply a recognition that this has always been the case [Steve: i.e., the natural state].
The other “download” that has stayed with me is that the “I” or “me” will never wake up. In fact, no human being has ever been Enlightened or Awakened. This was a bit of a shocker, as you might imagine.
God or Consciousness wakes up to Its own Reality (2) “through” the human being. How can a virtual reality suit wake up? Or a sock puppet? They can’t. We are not the “suit” or the “puppet.” Do my eyeglasses “think” that it’s they who are looking at the sunset? No. They only allow me to witness the sunset.
God or Consciousness uses these bodies in the same way.
Anyway, just thought I’d share this with you while you are in the midst of your own shift.
(1) “It seems to me that men and other living beings are made of leather, and that it is God Himself who, dwelling inside these leather cases, moves the hands, the feet, the heads. I had a similar vision once before, when I saw houses, gardens, roads, men, cattle — all made of One Substance; it was as if they were all made of wax. I perceived that it was God alone who had become all living beings. They appeared as countless bubbles or reflections in the Ocean of Satchidananada. Again, I find sometimes that living beings are like so many pills made of Indivisible Consciousness. … Again, I perceive that living beings are like different flowers with various layers of petals.” (The avatar Paramahansa Ramakrishna in Nikhilananda, Swami, trans. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1978; c1942, 357.)
“I see the body as a frame made of bamboo strips and covered with a cloth. The frame moves. And it moves because someone dwells inside it.” (Ibid., 969.)
“I see you all as so many sheaths, and the heads are moving.” (Ibid., 969.)
(2) “[The] absolute cannot be realized or experienced by another; only the absolute can realize itself.” (Sage Vasistha in Swami Venkatesananda, ed., The Concise Yoga Vasistha. Albany: State University of New York, 1984, 46.)
“Only God sees God.” (Muhyideen Ibn Arabi, Kernel of the Kernel. trans. Ismail Hakki Bursevi. Sherborne: Beshara, n.d., 48.)
“Advance, find an eye. Remedy by it. And now, look from Him to Him.
The one who journeys through all degrees and reveals Himself is Him.” (Ibid., 33.)
“I went from God to God, until they cried from me in me, ‘O thou I!'” (Bayazid of Bistun in Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy. New York, etc.: Harper and Row, 1970; c1944, 12.)