1 pointHi Gillian and David, Gillian and I had watched some you tube videos by Rupert Spira. So far I believe I am correct about some things he is saying. The most important is that everything is AWARENESS. He posits a grand awareness. The relationship of this pervasive awarenss to awareness in a person is not clear in all aspects to me yet. I think he is saying that when people are aware they participate in the grand awareness. I can see some logic to that. My continuing question is what are WE?. I think he would say "Awareness experiencing". That reminds me of the (very old) Baltimore Chatechism of the Catholic Church of my childhood. The question "Why did God make us?" The answer: "God made us to know him, love him and serve him in this world and the next". Surprisingly, that answer might just fit with what I think Ruperrt Spira thinks. There is only Awareness (God) and we participate in his life. I always feel uncomfortable when an approach leaves out my seemingly real life. However, I am going to keep listening to Rupert to try to understand how he conceptualizes the lives of individuals. I think the answer is: we have awareness and it is part of the grand awareness. Our task is to recognize we are part of that. Rupert is a poet and a writer and a potter of beautiful ceramics. He certainly does lots of activities. He is married with a daughter. What I would like to find out is; what is the purpose of our lives and modes of expression. Why do we seem to be independent if there is only awareness. Does the Grand Awareness benefit from our activities? Deep thoughts. Daniel
1 pointYes, Daniel, you seem to be speaking from the beautiful heart, the beautiful spiritual path, not the one projecting something extra-special about "me" to grip tightly. From my perspective, all we have are these six senses to discern our place. They are limited, in some respects not as sensitive as other living creatures that, for example, perceive ultraviolet or infrared light. Yet, we have this tendency to believe ourselves to be the "crown of creation" or as ushering in the means of the universe to become aware of itself and optimize its true nature. I ardently believe this reflects something likely very beautiful in our nature that really gets distorted through the lens of self, through "anthropomorphizing" you might say. Such a big word to reflect our self-importance. Sometimes I ask myself, "What is the place of the trillions of bacteria and other microbes that help compose "me" in the exalted self?...that cause this body to bloat and rot when drained of life? I don't know, but it has a way of making me feel very humble.