Who Am I?

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Who Am I?

Postby EricAllenBell » Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:24 pm

By Eric Allen Bell

When it comes to the subject of Enlightenment I am no authority. I do not possess special knowledge nor do I profess to speak to you now from some elevated state. On all matters Divine there is but one authority and that is The Great Mystery.

Enlightenment is often said to be a state of conscious communion with Divine Source.

According to some spiritual traditions this state is something of a finish line. One's existence is seen to be a cycle of birth, death and rebirth as one's soul perfects their karma and eventually reaches a state of Nirvana or pure bliss.

In the Judeo-Christian world the word "Heaven" is more commonly used. A person is believed to live only once and at the end of their life will face judgment. The outcome of this judgment will determine whether or not a person is worthy enough to enter the Kingdom of God or have to face eternal damnation. Something of a "get out of jail free card" is provided for those who believe in the teachings of a specific messiah or prophet and one's transgressions in this life can be forgiven such that they become pure enough enter into a state of permanent God awareness, living side by side with God forever - so long as they believe.

These are the two main theories or beliefs that dominate the world religious consciousness. Outside the sphere of religious orientation are the Agnostics who neither deny nor embrace a concept of the Divine. Less popular, but growing in numbers these days, are the Atheists who believe that any concept of God or the Divine is pure fantasy concocted by the feeble human brain which fears death. To many Atheists science is the ultimate authority - even though science is the absolute faith that what one perceives through the sense organs is real, reliable and complete. It can be argued, from this standpoint then that Atheism is in fact another form of religion since it is faith-based.

Everything I have described to you thus far is rooted either in logic or in faith - faith being the belief in things unseen. But there is another dimension of perception available to us and that is the field of pure knowing. Direct perception.

The brain-body organism that thinks it is me - that is to say the acc**ulated collection of beliefs, experiences, biases, prejudices , opinions, sensations, longings, hopes, fears, and other perceptions which all add up - which all conspire to equal a "person"... This person has had glimpses of a Divinely perfect state of pure bliss. The character that thinks it is Eric Allen Bell has thought himself to have had moments of clear God awareness. The person who I am often identified with has had a brush with total clarity from time to time, only to fall back into the survival-oriented, me-centered day to day existence that is life in the material world.

Can one then, as a person living in the world, have direct perception of the Divine? Can we experience continuous and conscious communion with Divine Source while living in this place we call the world?

There is nothing unique about me posing this question to you. The question is as old as time itself. What is Enlightenment?

How do you experience a continuous awareness of the Divine? If that which is Divine is infinite, and by its very nature it must be, then the Divine never loses its awareness of you. Therefore you are always constantly connected to God. The belief that you are apart from God is a state of ignorance.

So in an enlightened state one becomes aware of what already is. We awaken from our sleep. The awakened self already exists concurrent with the everyday mundane self who is generally unaware of who and what we are and where we came from.

The awakened self doesn't need to awaken. The Ego self, by definition cannot awaken, but will use so-called "spirituality" as a form of self help and decorate itself with its accomplishments, it's knowledge and its belief systems. It uses the spiritual experience as a means of avoiding anything spiritual at all.

As such, when asking the question "Can the self be awakened?" it is worthwhile to ask yourself who it is that is asking. Do you imagine yourself to be a person? If you do imagine yourself to be a person, know that the person can never be more or less than what it is. The person has no need for awakening as awakening runs counter to the survival-based mindset that is the mandate for the society the person is living in. Only that which is not a person, not a citizen, not a race or a gender or a set of beliefs can even begin to truly ask the question, "Who am I?"

If one adds to their arsenal of beliefs that "We are all one" that is only a thought and should not be confused for real perception. I know that New York exists, but seeing it for myself is an entirely different kind of experience.

That which is awake within you does not seek awakening. That which seeks awakening can never find it as every move it makes is in fact an attempt to avoid the experience entirely.

Call off the search. There is nothing to find for the one who has not lost anything.

Peace,

Eric Allen Bell

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Re: Who Am I?

Postby Nebuchadnezzar » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:03 am

I must admit, the only reason I have acknowledged this post is because it is among the few that has not had any response. Is is well written and I'm "Enlightened'' by your specific opinion on this matter. Why might I be "Enlightened"?...well lets just call it the "Great Mystery".

Portraying Enlightenment as a "conscious communion with Divine Source" is nothing more than an opinion of a dream, or nightmare if you will, within the realm of reality. Enlightenment can be many things, without a Divine Source.


In the Judeo-Christian world the word "Heaven" is more commonly used. A person is believed to live only once and at the end of their life will face judgment. The outcome of this judgment will determine whether or not a person is worthy enough to enter the Kingdom of God or have to face eternal damnation. Something of a "get out of jail free card" is provided for those who believe in the teachings of a specific messiah or prophet and one's transgressions in this life can be forgiven such that they become pure enough enter into a state of permanent God awareness, living side by side with God forever - so long as they believe.


Yes, this is the ideology of the Judaeo-Christian world. One that is also referred to as "Brainwash".

Less popular, but growing in numbers these days, are the Atheists who believe that any concept of God or the Divine is pure fantasy concocted by the feeble human brain which fears death. To many Atheists science is the ultimate authority - even though science is the absolute faith that what one perceives through the sense organs is real, reliable and complete. It can be argued, from this standpoint then that Atheism is in fact another form of religion since it is faith-based.


Yes, it can be argued from this point that Atheism is a form of religion. But you are forgetting the many other points that exist about Atheism. What about the people that just see Atheism as a disbelief in a God or divine source without factual scientific evidence to support their belief? There are many people in this world that don't believe in either. As far as the ones that do find science as real and reliable, they most certainly do not perceive it as "complete". There is no half way decent scientist in this world that would consider anything as "complete" due to scientific research, the door is always open! You have put a limit on a label with this statement... and quite frankly, I personally see it as nothing more than narrow minded.

The character that thinks it is Eric Allen Bell has thought himself to have had moments of clear God awareness. The person who I am often identified with has had a brush with total clarity from time to time, only to fall back into the survival-oriented, me-centered day to day existence that is life in the material world.


Please explain in more detail these moments of clear God awareness. Is it possible that you woke up from a dream (a good one at that) only to be faced with the confinements of reality? This brush of total clarity from time to time, seems to me to be nothing more than falling in and out of consciousness, only to be awakened to the realities of a Darwinian type society, where only the strong survive.

Can one then, as a person living in the world, have direct perception of the Divine? Can we experience continuous and conscious communion with Divine Source while living in this place we call the world?


My personal answer is: I don't know. There are so many personalities in this world and if someone finds peace and happiness with thinking they can have direct perception of the Divine, then power to them. As far as experiencing continuous and conscious communion with a Divine source; well, again, everyone is different. I'm certainly not going to waste my time trying to convince someone otherwise. If they're a good, decent person, Who cares what they believe?

How do you experience a continuous awareness of the Divine? If that which is Divine is infinite, and by its very nature it must be, then the Divine never loses its awareness of you. Therefore you are always constantly connected to God. The belief that you are apart from God is a state of ignorance.


You already stated you have had brushes of total clarity, but your statements suggest you haven't had continuous total clarity. Which seems to me to be nothing more than a fantasy. Claiming people to be in a state of ignorance for belief that they are apart from God, is nothing more than oppression. within the realm of this discussion; it is nothing more than religious, dogmatic, oppression. Putting people down in the sense that they are inferior for not sharing your beliefs, will never reach your goal of believing "we are all one".

To give an answer to the ultimate question of who am I? Well that's easy; You, as well as myself, are nothing more than a curious mass of energy, of intelligent life form, within this universe, searching for all the answers to our existence in this particular point in time. It's a special gift, as well as a conundrum. Some say ignorance is bliss, I say that feeling is only temporary. So don't call off the search, even if we haven't lost anything. There is and always will be much to gain.
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby mirjana » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:49 am

My answer to the question of enlightment is the following.
In this circle of thoughts between logic or mind and faith, between the essence of the being and the being which is confused with all contents of mind that has been accumulated over the time and which is not a direct experience of truth but indirect or given or even worse indoctrinated/manipulated experience, Enlightenment is possible as a momentum of awareness or Direct Experience of Truth. But even being as short it is tremendous experience that changes approach to life changing the person from the pilot living to the aware living traced with aware choices.
When I talk about these things I have some spiritual techniques in mind such as PEAT, Gnostic Intensive, and Sunjata… I have experienced them personally. They bring you into the conscious communion with Divine Source within you from where one realizes Direct Experience of Truth about self, other human beings, life, God…
EricAllenBell wrote:...

That which is awake within you does not seek awakening. That which seeks awakening can never find it as every move it makes is in fact an attempt to avoid the experience entirely.

Call off the search. There is nothing to find for the one who has not lost anything.
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I disagree. There is a dormant part which needs to be awake. Therefore the word awake, something that IS but need to be awake as it is blocked with all the trash that has been accumulated over the life and which doesn´t have anything to do with the true being which is hidden behind.
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