Where do I even begin with the focus of this installment for this series?
Learning is an integral part to any and everything we do in our lives. Learning is especially important as you begin your journey to your highest consciousness. The most interesting thing, in my opinion, about this type of learning is that it requires that you forget much of what you’ve learned growing up and blow holes through most of your beliefs.
Because as you enter into this new level of consciousness you need to be a “clean slate” of sorts. I’m not talking about forgetting traditional knowledge like math or spelling. I mean you must forget most of what you’ve been socialized into believing and accepting without question. From the moment we enter this world, our experiences are going to be shaped by so many factors far outside of our immediate control.
Where you’re born. What you look like. The color of your skin. Your gender. Your socioeconomic status. The religion your parents believe in. Your sexual orientation. Your strengths. Your weaknesses. I could go on and on, but I hope you see where I’m going.
I was born into this world, perceived and received, as a black woman. For most of my early adolescence, I had no idea that this meant anything, but as I grew older I came to understand that some people may question my worthiness or equality because of the color of my skin. Some people may pay me less because I am female. That in order to be taken seriously in this world, it would behoove me to adopt traits of a more European-mainstream culture and masculine qualities to become competitive with men.
So I did. I changed so much of myself to fit into an ideal that was created by people who clearly haven’t even begun to understand the enormity of our purpose here, but it wasn’t until I began this journey that I really began to question everything…
I think when people are ready to make this breakthrough or transition, they start identifying themselves as agnostic, atheist or a non-believer in the traditional idea of religion. I stopped going to church entirely and thought much of traditional religion was in a complete state of hypocrisy and felt that it was necessary to let everyone know it. I wasn’t ashamed of it. I didn’t believe that God was an inherently good God because he allowed bad things to happen and I couldn’t understand it. And while I have matured and changed in my beliefs as I continue to grow, I still do not identify myself as religious, only spiritual. Conversely, I do know people who live an enlightened life and identify as religious.
This is why it’s so important to learn what does and does not resonate with you, you decide where you fall on the spectrum, not anyone else. There is no judgement.
I can distinctly remember a turning point for me in this learning process which was during my first philosophy class in college. My professor began discussing different philosophers and how many of them were able to write the way they did about life and their respective perspectives because they found a reason to not believe any of the things they had been told to believe. Essentially, they demolished their previous belief-system in favor of starting with a brand new foundation filled with beliefs, concepts and notions that most resonated with them.
So, naturally or unnaturally (depending on who’s reading, HA), I decided to do this as well. Often times, as we’re growing up, we’re discouraged from asking too many questions, particularly “why.” We’re told and basically taught to believe whatever we’re told until we’re either too consumed in beliefs that aren’t our own or we decide that we’re ready to wake up and begin to see life from that beautifully inquisitive perspective once again.
I would say that when we really start to grow out of our immediate childhood, we do a lot less learning and a lot more absorbing. Once you decide to start this journey, you also decide to start doing a lot more actual learning and a lot less absorbing.
If you want to get everything there is to have out of living life at this higher level of consciousness, you have got to strip yourself of many of your current or previous beliefs just so that you can open yourself up to learning everything else that is out there.
The purpose in opening yourself up to other ideas and beliefs is so that you may experience them without prejudice and then decide if that idea or belief resonates with you or not. This process of rebuilding your belief-system is exactly that, a process, and will take time and trial and error. The beauty in this, however, is that once you’ve got your foundation established you find a sense of security and truth in them unlike anything you’ve ever been socialized into believing.
The other side to the “learning” aspect in this Introduction into the Theory of Consciousness, is learning that part of what causes so much strife in this human experience is unconscious people identifying other people’s beliefs as wrong or right.
Allow me to be very clear here. There is no such thing as right or wrong because the concept of right and wrong is inherently flawed because the rightness or wrongness of something boils down to someone’s perspective of what is right and wrong. All you can worry about is what is right and wrong for you, not anyone else.
And, yes, I get it, a radical extremist killing other people, there’s absolutely nothing “right” about that according to a standard definition of “right.” But, again, I invite you to open up your eyes and perspective so that you may see that to that radical extremist, he/she did the “right” thing according to his/her definition. You know what, though, if the idea of killing innocent people to get your point across doesn’t resonate or feel right to you, the likelihood of you becoming that person is slim-to-none.
Those extreme examples of trying to prove the rightness of one’s belief and the wrongness of others’ is nothing more than a clear representation of a deviation from love.
Reminder, and referencing back to the first installment of this series, love is the core of consciousness.
In my opinion, this stage of becoming conscious is one of the most exciting stages because you get a chance to get to know who you really are. It’s like re-introducing the real, spiritual you to the physical human-experience you.
As enlightened spiritual beings, our purpose on earth in this physical-experience isn’t meant to be spent trying to convert people over into this level of consciousness, nor is it meant accepting everything we’re told at face-value. Our purpose is to live our lives in such an enlightened, naturally curious, loving and beautiful way that they, too, want to experience what it’s like to live in this way. Then and only then does it become our concern, we allow the goodness of God to stream through us so that we can help guide others on their individual journeys and paths to this wonderful place. As we learn more, we have more to share and teach. And what’s so awesome about this journey, is that it is a never-ending lesson.
Thank you for joining me for the second installment of this series. I invite you to join me for the third installment of this series where I will discuss “Meditating” and how it applies to the Theory of Consciousness.