Seeing Things As They Really Are
by Jon Schreiber
To be published summer 2020
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We are pleased to announce the upcoming publication of our newest book this summer: Seeing Things As They Really Are. We thought that while it's at the printers, this would be the perfect time to begin sharing some excerpts with you online.
We hope you will appreciate the clarity, perspective, and inspiration that these excerpts offer and, like us, will find them especially timely.
Wishing you all the best, and looking forward to seeing you in person as soon as possible!
To relate to the aim and purpose of your life, you need to bring body, mind, and feelings together, and then enter into the present moment, which gives you a taste of your existence.
Everything that exists exists in harmony with the Totality and fulfills some cosmic purpose. We have the unique possibility to choose the level of consciousness we live in. We can be a conscious part of that harmony, and fulfill our purpose harmoniously, or we can be an unconscious part.
Each thing that appears—and the process it goes through to find its harmonious place in Existence—is part of the purpose of Existence. We have the possibility of consciously participating in the process of Existence. That’s also the way to discover and fulfill our individual purpose.
When you want to learn a foreign language, your mind learns it for you. When you want to read a map, you use your mind. But even more useful is the mind that connects to the body.
If your mind connects to your body, it can help you a lot. You can’t ask your body to be where your mind is, because your mind might be on the other side of the world right now. But you can ask your mind to be where your body is. Wherever your body is, that’s where your mind should be. And when it’s with the body, the mind is freer, more available. It can think better. You can experience the effect on your life in other ways, too. If your mind is with your body while you’re cooking, the food you cook is better. If your mind is with your body while you’re shopping for clothes, you probably buy more suitable clothes. But the real benefit of body-mind connection is the possibility it gives you of entering higher dimensions of consciousness.
The past and future are curtains that separate you from who you are. When you’re in the past, you don’t really exist. When you’re in the future, you don’t really exist. But when you remain present in the moment, you have freedom from time, and your entire past and entire future exist—in this very moment.
We think the present is something between the past and the future. That’s a mechanical way of relating to the word. That would mean the present is in the same level as the past and future. But the present is free from past and future. It’s in a higher dimension than time/space events. It has one foot in time and one in the Timeless.
So to be present, you have to rise above yourself. What self is that? The self you think you are. If you rise above it, you see that’s exactly what you are not! You are not what you think you are. You are not what you feel you are. You are not what your sensory perceptions say you are. What you think, feel, and sense are only events. But you are not an event. You are that which is conscious of events. And to be conscious of events, you need to be in a higher dimension than those events, so you can see them.
Fear is just another emotion. There’s nothing extraordinary about it. The remedy for it is to lose the fear of being afraid. As long as you don’t accept things as they are, you will always be afraid. If you accept things as they are, you lose your fear, because you see what you are. You see you are two things at the same time—your observable aspect, and your realizable aspect. Your observable aspect is in darkness. Your realizable aspect is Light. Light has to penetrate the darkness in order to create more consciousness.
As your understanding grows, your wish is not to change outer conditions just so you can live your life more comfortably. You wish to grow, so you can function harmoniously in any situation or condition.
The Earth is one ring in the cosmic chain. For Conscious energy to reach the Earth, we have to receive it. When we receive Conscious energy, the Earth receives it.
What happens at the moment you receive Conscious energy? You don’t live life reactively. You see, and you manifest in harmony. And the more harmony, the less chaos. You use time instead of being used by it.
When you have body-mind connection, you are supporting life. When you are “disconnected,” you create chaos. The more you receive Conscious energy, the more you see yourself in unity. When you separate yourself, the distance you create between you and everyone and everything else is filled up with fear. Fear is the ultimate entropy, because it doesn’t let Love, the Divine emanation of the Absolute, pass through. Fear prevents Love. But Love diminishes fear. Love connects the links in the cosmic chain, so energy can flow as it should.
If you look at the state of humanity and of the world, you can clearly see that the cause of all disharmony is that we live without participation of Consciousness or Conscience. Instead, we have thoughts and morality. Because we don’t taste that we exist, we see everything not as it is, and so we don’t really understand anything. To see reality, one must be real.
The Absolute manifests as everything that exists, as every subatomic particle, in order to know itself. That’s why the universe was created. The Absolute knows itself through you knowing yourself.
In the school of life, there are three stages. The first is growth of our essence. Then the essence is covered by the personality as it forms. The third stage is self-development—seeing through the personality and dis-identifying from it in order to feed the essence. Because of the way life is on Earth, people rarely enter the third stage. That’s why things are the way they are.
Although we live a hundred years or less, we still have the possibility of comprehending the universe. Your understanding, no matter how small, is independent of your body, mind, and feelings, because they are not who you really are. When they die, nothing actually happens to you, because you are your understanding.
If you can accept things as they are, you remain natural. Being connected to your naturalness, you find the naturalness that underlies the seemingly unnatural manifestations of life around you. You connect to the Timeless Awareness that exists in everything and cannot be destroyed or eliminated by the way things manifest in time.
At every moment, we come to a fork in the road. One direction is right and one is wrong for us. Of course, ultimately, there is no wrong direction, and even if we take the wrong road, from the perspective of Existence, it will eventually lead to the right road. But if you come to the perspective of “I am the one walking down this road,” then immediately right and wrong come in, and what you do at each moment of your life matters.
Things are as they are. This is true. But you can’t omit anything from this clarity. Within it, your choices matter, and your understanding of right and wrong, according to the degree of harmony between your consciousness and your Ultimate nature, matters. There is a certain dignity you need to have at any given moment in the face of Existence.
The weight of seven billion unconscious people, the entire weight of people’s unconsciousness, is needed to keep you believing you are your personality, separated from the totality of Existence. In reality, mass consciousness has no weight, but it appears to, unless you come to the level in which you see you are free of it. If something false becomes widespread, it appears more believable. So when seven billion people believe in separation, it appears as if it’s true. If only ten people on the Earth were unconscious, look how strange the concept of “you are separate” would seem.
When you have a moment of Consciousness, you drop all the weight of mass consciousness. That’s why Consciousness has such a definite taste.
You can’t do much to change or control the situations, people, and events in your life, but you can raise your level of consciousness and relate to them consciously. Then they become food for your growth. Every condition is really a gift given to you by Existence.