By Big Al
The term “archetype” has its origins in ancient Greek. The root words are archein, which means “original or old”; and typos, which means “pattern, model or type”. The combined meaning is an “original pattern” of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are derived, copied, modeled, or emulated.
I suppose it’s an archetypical story. The idea that one must lose himself to find himself. I have come to understand this as the premise for enlightenment that so many speak about with the clear understanding that the one that is ” found” has no likeness or familiarity with the one that was lost. The two have never met.
Interesting to me is the idea that I underwent this process many times and seemingly continue it now. Falling further and further down the rabbit hole, I see no end. The light at the end of the tunnel comes and goes as another tunnel appears, each time thinking; if life is a journey this must be the destination.
On the spiritual search a mystic writes: better not to begin, once begun better finish. The initiate has no idea what he is getting into as his egoic constructs are broken down one belief at a time and in a few cases all at once. I’ve heard many stories both ways. I had hoped to get it over all at once but have come to see that even when that happens the consciousness frequently spends and equal number of years researching just what in Heavens name happened (Eckhart Tolle). Purity is not confined, therefore he is forced to find the ideas and words to attempt to communicate it to the others he now feels bound to assist. (Plato’s allegory of the cave). He finds himself in a completely new Heaven and a new Earth. I find that I am never alone in this new dimension, however it can get a little uncomfortable at first. Looking forward looking back I see that I had wandered into ” It” several times on my search, discarding “It” as nothing meaningful. Here we find the value in discovering what is the same and what is different. They must be seperated- what’s real and what’s not. This can be very simple but hard to do. If it’s not eternal it’s not real, that’s simple but just try to unwind what you call your life from that perspective. There will be much nashing of teeth! One can feel like he is losing or giving up a piece of himself each day- indeed he is. Very frightful! Once he sees that the giving up of nothing is no sacrifice he might relax a little. He gives little by little of himself. One day he says enough, I quit. Too late. He looks around for the pieces of himself he gave away- they are no longer. There is no going back. Better not to begin, once begun better finish- the dismanteling.
I know this; all that arises passes away. I also see that the consciousness must come to the conclusion that he is a prisoner of his own beliefs, otherwise he will never consider an escape necessary or even possible. If I were the uninitiated reading this I would ask; where is there to go, escape from what, to what or whom am I a prisoner. ” Yes”, I would reply, now your on to it.
When Buddha wrote:
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand (outside) battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels nor Demond, heaven nor hell.
What could he possibly have meant ” conquer yourself”.
Let me pose another question for your consideration. Where is this, where are you? What city are you in? Where is that? Where is that state? Where is that country, where is that continent? Where is that continent? Where is that earth? Where is the solar system? Where is the Milky Way Galaxy? You can’t even tell me where you are. This is the beginning of your quest. Where the fuck am I, how did I get here, who am I, where am I going, what is the meaning of this? On the other hand, maybe it’s better not to ask; just do it, be happy, have no fear. How far from home does one need to go to find his way home? What is the sound of one hand clapping? Who is the you that could be lost? Who is the self that has convinced himself that he is another- seperated one – and seperated from what reality. What apparent entity has made the illusive reality that you live in and where else is there to go. We travel but in dreams my brother. Realities can be exchanged by changing our beliefs, our values. Entirely new worlds can be experienced, if only we would stop, look and consider the possibilities. There ARE many mansions awaiting you not in the future but now.
We ALL find what we are seeking because it is a law of the Universe. Seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be opened, as above so below, as within so without. Why? Because this place is all potential. Each seeker cannot but find what it is he is seeking because every sought item has an opposite answer. There are no problems only solutions. What we define as problems and answers are always evident in pairs- they exist together. They cannot exist apart, they would not be whole and this place, this dimension we are in is total, complete and whole. Is this a a Theosophy? One way to find out- believe it and try it on for size. These ideas must be born in your mind. Know you not Nicodemus you must be born again. Nicodemus ask: how am I to crawl back into thy mothers womb to be born again. Jesus states: what is born of water is water, what is born of spirit is spirit.
Picture yourSelf standing where you now actually ARE. In Nirvana standing side by side with all of the ascended spiritual masters, which are all actually one with YOU. Looking down from there what advice would you give self that thinks he is here. I would think of that advice to be; go in Peace, Love and the joy of being. Love what is! If the ascended masters or God Itself where to look through your eyes what would He see but perfection. No pas or future would reasonably only see perfection. The past can only be remembered, the future but imagined. Now see as God sees.
If that’s to much to ask go and undergo your crucifixion and resurrection into the Spirit of the One mind.