If you keep thinkin’ like you’re thinkin’, you’re gonna keep gettin’ what you’re gettin’.
Relative Reality is kind of an ego thing, or a material thing. The “flavors” (a word Mira Prabhu got from a guru and which she continues to use to describe relative reality because these are not stages or steps but overlap) are:
- Inherent imperfection
- No ownership
- No accident
- No fixed judgements – transformation is always possible
- Everything is the result of past thought, speech or action
Questions around this are
- Is everything imperfect or are we looking at it as imperfect?
- I slap my material table. In a few years, I may use it for firewood.
- Ownership: Do we really “own” anything? Ancient Egyptians thought they did and tried to take it with them. I don’t think it worked. I wonder if this isn’t more in the “Absolute” view?
- Accidents and coincidences aren’t really accidents and coincidences. From the Eastern perspective, the word coincidence is a word we made up because we don’t understand everything happens for a reason. We may not know the reason so we call it a coincidence, or an accident.
- I know Judgements! Unfortunately, darn it, things change and transformation is possible.
- Karma isn’t what we are given to believe. Essentially, we create the ‘matrix’ in which we live with our thoughts, words or actions. Of course, this is the way we are taught to think, speak and behave. In most ‘spiritual’ encampments there is a lot of focus on changing this. Whatever works for you.
In Vipassana, there are only three flavors:
- Suffering, usually the result of a belief in permanence or ownership.
- Realization of non-self.
All this is part of the relative reality where most of us live. Our educational system promotes this and polarizes us while so doing. We are usually given two choices: pick one! Are you Republican or Democrat? Liberal or Conservative? Christian or Pagan? Muslim or Infidel? Tory or Whig? These labels become part of our illusionary, polarized identity. I like Denzel Washington. In his roles, he never plays a black man. He plays a man who happens to be black: sometimes a good man, sometimes a bad man, but always a man.
We are also polarized by sex and gender. Sex is about pleasure or procreation. Pick one. In this case, both are allowed for some. Girls are girls and boys are boys, period! Girls do this and boys do that. Few take into consideration we are genetically unique and have our own occupational and sexual preferences and proclivities. We are conditioned into homogeneity. Thank heavens, this conditioning is breaking down in the relative reality. More and more are becoming aware of who we are, relatively speaking. I see this as a behavior of love: self-love.
This brings us to Absolute Reality: that which is unchangeable. In Buddhism, this is called the “un-manifest self.” It is that which is permanent, and our primal consciousness.
I’ve been learning a little about quantum mechanics. One of the things I learned is particles can be waves, depending on how we look at them. I also learned two other things:
- All matter is standing waves (including our material body) and
- Tesla noted there were two kinds of energy: transverse waves as seen in the electromagnetic spectrum and longitudinal waves emanating from the node of the transverse waves. These longitudinal waves are also called scalar energy. They are also called Chi or Prana in Eastern languages.
There are all kinds of ways of looking at the human body. We can view it as a collection of organs or a collection of cells or molecules or atoms or even at the sub-atomic level. We can look at it at the unique genetic level. To my knowledge, no one yet has looked at it as a collection of standing waves or what frequencies they might be? I find it humorous that Reiki and other energy healers don’t have numbers. They feel the energy from our “kinky” Chi and straighten it out.
Since I am manifest in the material form, I must realize this manifestation is based on standing waves: energy. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It is permanent. It can change its form. We see this every day when we turn on a light (electric to light energy) or nuke a potato (electric to microwave energy to heat energy). The standing waves, along with all the other ways of looking at my body in the relative reality are who I am. The standing waves I have shaped in my life are my essence, that which cannot be destroyed. It is one way of looking at this concept.
Now comes the good part. All material is standing waves. This means the trees and plants and other critters are also standing waves. Hang on! This also means the Earth and all the astro-goodies in the Universe are also standing waves. Here comes the real kicker! Everything is sentient! Physicists a long time ago, split a photon into two particles. As they experimented with one, the other responded simultaneously in a like fashion. Einstein called it “spooky stuff.” So, we are not just connected with each other; we are connected with everything!
I know I am connected with my pup and I know she feels things. Science has found ‘feelings’ and communication in plant life, but not as we understand human feelings or communication. I sometimes can feel the energy from trees. I need to spend more time there.
Of course, most of us are polarized into the Relative Reality and can’t see the Absolute as anything but woo-speak that won’t buy you a cup of coffee. Then, there are a few who live in the absolute and are really ascetic! I think the name of the game is to live in both, viewing the relative through the eyes of the absolute. This unites the ‘duality’ we argue about. The Great Cosmic Joke then diminishes to the foibles and false perceptions of man.