About July twenty-eighth, in two thousand and eleven, I awoke and immediately spoke. I laid in the same bedroom I had had for fifteen years, in San Francisco, a physical person in modern life; these words coming though my own lips would change my life. I heard a voice, a voice from my own throat but of whose origin I was not sure. It said words not authorized by my conscious mind: “I’m moving to LA.”
Did the these words, this not before considered ides come from my unconscious mind? Of course. It had to. That must be the origin, I decided. But I was not one hundred percent sure. Might it have come from some spirit outside of me? I speculated. Possibly. Was this God speaking? Yeah, well. Do I really want to go there? Maybe.
What if all three are perspectives, views, aspects, parts, angles, ways of looking at the same thing?
Why move? As soon as I asked, I knew why. For Life. For the finding and living of my life. I realized that if I were ever going to allow myself to experience my life as more than only as a biological unit, as more than as an accidental creation of evolution and chance, this was the opportunity. I am happy to be a biological unit, a physical being. But this was an opportunity to understand myself as also something more. I might not have another.
For the previous twenty years, I had practiced hard-core agnosticism, including months of flirting with atheism; for the preceding ten, I had been religious; before that, in my first fifteen, I remember a lot of questioning and running through woods. That morning in July, 2011, however, I did what I had not done before. Not with the same degree of trust. I jumped from a high cliff into the sea. I plunged into the spiritual, feet first. I was open to wherever the experience would lead me. I jumped in with hope, desire, and trust, not with plan. I subsequently learned, after years of swimming, that I need not throw out my conscious, rational, materialistic mind, that I did not have to always swim, or to live without standing on land. I even more importantly learned that it, the conscious, rational, material mind, is not the only mind that exists. It is of, but not the whole of, a greater mind. Of Life. Whether we know it or not. Acknowledge it or not. Life which transcends religions or, at least, can be seen in and through religions and other belief systems. Each and all are a perspective, a part, a reflection of the Great Mind, the Spirit, which holds all life together. Which is Life itself.
Now to bring it down to you, dear reader. Please forgive me for being so direct but I figure sometimes directness is called for. These are crucial questions which we all must answer, whether we do so knowingly or by following the herd.
What are you about? What are you doing, who are you being in this life?
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