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Although the process of living in this world may appear to be complicated and confusing, the fundamental principles which govern that process are actually quite simple and easy to understand.
From this it follows that anyone who wishes to master the process of living in this world would be wise to begin with the maxim: Do not be deceived by appearances.
The purpose of this article is to help you see through the surface appearances of complexity and confusion by revealing the underlying principles as clearly and simply as possible.
Throughout our universe, it is a well-known fact that Planet Earth is a free-will zone in which human beings are free to create their lives and their personalities by interacting with one another any way they choose.
The fundamental rule which governs this grand experiment is known as the law of cause and effect or the law of karma, according to which we reap what we sow, or stated more simply, we receive what we give.
When viewed from a higher perspective, Planet Earth is revealed to be a mystery school for the soul, the graduates of which are known as ascended masters.
The fundamental process by means of which our souls gather wisdom consists in first making choices and then experiencing the internal as well as the external consequences of our choices, the internal consequences being the creation of our personalities and the external consequences being the creation of our lives.
Thus, although everyone is free to create their lives and their personalities any way they choose within the framework of this mystery school, the fact remains that there is a fundamental curriculum which every soul has to learn sooner or later in order to graduate.
Experience shows, however, that this wondrous world of holographic illusion is like a labyrinth in which virtually everyone loses their way at one time or another.
In order not to lose our way in the labyrinth, what we also need to understand is that this polarized world of illusion has been intentionally designed to function like a hall of mirrors in a fun house for the specific purpose of giving us reverse mirror images of who we really are, which sometimes take the form of absurdly distorted reflections when we are projectively misperceived by other people.
The keys to finding one’s way out of the labyrinth so as to graduate from this mystery school can be stated very simply:
1) Love yourself unconditionally for who you really are, namely, the spiritual being who is the creator of your embodied mind, which is in turn the creator of your beliefs, your experiences, and your personality, including the subconscious portion of your personality as well as the conscious portion of your personality. (This choice will bring you joy.)
2) Forgive yourself unconditionally for having judged yourself and others, so as to release all of the judgmental emotions of fear, anger, grievance, guilt, and depression within which your outer mind has unwittingly imprisoned your personality. (This choice will bring you freedom.)
3) Cultivate an attitude of gratitude for all of the wisdom that you have gained from every choice that you have ever made and from every consequence that you have ever experienced so that you can claim your mastery by becoming whole within yourself. (This choice will bring you peace.)
In order to make these three key choices, it is first necessary to make two key distinctions:
A) The first distinction is between your inner being and your outer mind.
B) The second distinction is between the conscious portion of your personality and the subconscious portion of your personality, both of which are created by your outer mind through its choices.
Once you have made these key distinctions, you will then be in a position to understand that your personality is not who you really are, but is merely a substitute identity which your outer mind has created with its choices in order to cope with the spiritual amnesia that was chosen at the time of your birth for the specific purpose of temporarily preventing you from remembering who you really are.
Only then will you be able to gain insight into the fact that your personality has been created by your outer mind for the ultimate purpose of providing your inner being with a reverse reflection from which wisdom can be gathered by comparing your true identity (which is characterized by love, wisdom, and power) with your false identity (which is completely ignorant, totally helpless, and potentially rejectable at the time of your birth).
So long as the first distinction constitutes the only dichotomy, the process of living in this world is relatively simple and easy to understand. However, once your outer mind begins to engage in judgmental emotions, this has the effect of creating a second dichotomy between the subconscious component of your personality (which may begin to function as a punitive judge or conscience) and the conscious component of your personality (which may begin to function as the defendant who is judged and punished).
If the conscious component of your personality then responds to the experience of being judged by the subconscious component of your personality by judging the judge, this has the effect of locking both aspects of your personality into a seemingly insoluble conflict. Unless this internal conflict is resolved through the liberating choice of unconditional forgiving love, it will then give rise to various forms of psychopathology and sociopathology, manifesting in a wide variety of mental, emotional, and physical symptoms.
While there are many different ways of becoming lost in the labyrinth, the ultimate effect of all such experiences is to gradually transform the general orientation of one’s outer mind from the arrogant attitude which characterizes separation consciousness to the humble attitude which characterizes unity consciousness.
Not until one makes the liberating choice to release the ego illusion of being a separate person can the outer mind come into complete alignment with the inner being that is its creator. Although it may require many lifetimes to complete the curriculum on Planet Earth, sooner or later one’s outer mind arrives at the point of total surrender to one’s inner being, at which point they merge in unity consciousness.
It thus becomes clear that life in this world is a game of choice in which one gradually learns how to claim one’s mastery through the process of making enlightening, empowering, and liberating choices.
Life is the teacher; separation from oneself is the means; and union with oneself is the goal.
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