Characters

Do you want to achieve “great things” in your life?

That’s wonderful.

But before you exhaustingly employ the means or method you’re pondering, I’d like to make a suggestion. Pause and ask yourself this question:

“Is personal achievement possible?”

Because it might be possible, but likely not the way you think.

Here’s what I mean:

You, like everyone, have been taught that who you are is a person, a separate character with a date of birth, name, and place of origin. Of course, you weren’t born thinking, “I am this person or character.” You’ve simply been conditioned to see from the perspective of this character.

What’s more, this character is fulfilling a role. Amongst fellow characters, it’s living a life that, like a dream, is unfolding as it will. But since you’ve been conditioned to believe that the character is who you truly are, you can’t recognize the unfolding dream. You think the character is controlling itself and can even alter this unfolding. Trouble is, because you’ve forgotten that it’s a dream, you’re pushing hard. Life seems serious and short. You sense burden and pressure. You want to achieve, but none of this effort is bearing fruit. And you worry that you’re destined to get nowhere.

In fact, that was my worry, too. Until many years ago, when a fellow character named Richard Carlson tapped me on the shoulder, and, while supporting my desire to achieve, reminded me of who I was, of my lack of control, and of what was actually going on here. I’m now tapping you on the shoulder with this similar reminder:

From the illusory or conditioned perspective of a character, the dream appears real. Life appears real. Personal control appears real. From the actual perspective of the dreamer or true Self, however, it’s all a dream. The notion of control or the existence of a controller is utterly foreign. Even the dreamer doesn’t control the dream.

Now back to the question at the top: Does your character want to achieve great things?

If yes, again, that’s wonderful.

But is your character at peace and in harmony? Is your character unburdened? Is your character capable of giving all it’s got? Is your character fit for achievement?

Those questions require more thorough examination. Because to answer “yes” to those questions, your character’s role must be to live life to the fullest while simultaneously understanding that it’s all a dream and there’s no such thing as control.

Is that you?

Are you poised to overcome your conditioning? To boldly live, and love, as if nothing is on the line? Are you free to achieve those things?

No need to reply. Let’s just see. The dream is unfolding right now.

Garret

Start Today

Like you, every person alive, at one time or another, has sensed that there’s something more to themselves, and something more to life, than meets the eye.

But, like you, every person alive (if they’re upfront about it) would admit that seeking to satisfy or quell this intuitive sense has merely perpetuated more seeking. And more seeking has turned the sense of something greater into downright confusion.

That is, seeking to find satisfaction in a world of objects—in religion, spirituality, thoughts, feelings, states of mind, relationships, family, outcomes, careers, hobbies, traveling, vanity, money, activism, practices, or substances—has got most of us snared in a seemingly endless cycle of pleasure and pain.

So, what now? Delving further into the objective world is clearly not the answer. Where else do you look? What else should you do?

Indeed, this concern is common. Our culture pretty much programs us to look in one direction. And that direction is “outward.”

So, here’s a gentle suggestion:

Rather than move outward toward objects, hold still. That’s it. Just be.

Plus, a not-so-gentle suggestion:

Start today.

Whatever you have planned—an activity to undertake, people to meet, a job to complete—avoid connecting your identity to it. Avoid seeking satisfaction or comfort in it.

In fact, avoid seeking entirely.

How will you know if you’re seeking?

Simple. Insecurity. Seeking and insecurity go hand-in-hand.

For sure, it will not be easy. But that’s where your ace in the hole, our community, comes in. This community’s role is to hold each other still. When one gets lost in the objective world, friends step up, providing love, support, and (rather than advice that follows insecurity further outward) a resolute guide within.

So, start today.

There’s no step from you to you. You won’t find what you’re looking for—what we are all looking for—until seeking in objects has ceased.

Garret

The Industry

Did you know that an entire industry—the self-help, counseling, spiritual-advising, mental performance, and motivation industry—has been designed around the suffering caused by the conditioned human impulse to seek?

Not only that, rather than make clear that seeking is the cause of suffering, the industry standard is to suggest coping strategies, distractions, excursions, and beliefs as suffering cures. The industry rightfully knows that the application of these cures correlates with rapid relief.

But here’s the industry’s game: the industry also knows that seeking and suffering will ramp up again. It knows that you’ll then turn to another industry cure. Then another. Then another.

Why, you might ask, do industry experts keep reinforcing this cycle? Why don’t they simply reveal that coping strategies, distractions, excursions, and beliefs don’t cure a thing? Why don’t they point out that relief only occurs upon the interruption of seeking?

The answer is that they don’t understand it themselves. If they did, they wouldn’t offer coping strategies, distractions, excursions, and beliefs.

It’s not on purpose, mind you. They, too, have been taught to apply these “cures” in their own lives. And, thus, they continue to seek, and suffer, just like you.

Perhaps it’s time for an industry overhaul.

The industry promotes seeking. When in the absence of seeking—seeking to escape one’s current experience, seeking a new and better experience, or seeking a new and better cure—suffering cannot exist.

Garret

Stay True

A brief story for your Thursday . . .

This past weekend, I spoke with the agent of a player who’s interested in working with me next golf season. Right off, I gave him my standard terms that my teaching has nothing to do with results or helping his player achieve personal success in any way.

The agent stated, “I was warned about your terms.” And then asked, “What’s the reason for them?”

I replied, “The no BS answer?”

He said, “Please.”

“This probably won’t be clear to you now, but once I realized that players don’t actually exist as we believe they exist (there’s no such thing as a separate self), and once I realized that thoughts, feelings, states of mind, golf tournaments, trophies, money, and prestige are not what we believe them to be either (they, too, are just images or transient vibrations within the whole), it became nonsensical, actually fraudulent, to treat any of these objects as if they truly existed and were worthy of attention. In other words, for personal achievement to be worthy of pursuit, a person would have to be capable of both undertaking a pursuit and achievement. And these capabilities can’t be found. My role, therefore, is to help eliminate misunderstanding and aimless seeking; to demonstrate that there's no such thing as a separate self or object; to reveal that there is only Consciousness. And this revelation is the very essence of eternal Peace, Happiness, Freedom, and Love.”

He gave it one last gasp, perhaps a bit of a test:

“Will this revelation help him be more charitable, nicer with the fans, even be more considerate to his wife.”

“Nope.”

“When can you start?”

G

A World of One

As I continue the journey of looking toward experience, and away from conditioned belief, here’s what I see clearer and clearer each day:

Provided the primary belief, “I am a separate self,” is intact, we won’t know peace.

It’s also now obvious that at the root of every calamity or misfortune the world has ever known is the belief, or lie, that separation is real. And steeped in such belief, we can protest, look to research and science, try our best to communicate and connect, pursue relief in states of mind or materialistic success, present an endless supply of ideas, strategies, and mantras, even pray to God, but because we’re living a lie, we’re spinning our wheels. The lie of separation has us dazed, confused, and incapable of harmony. In fact, we keep going deeper and deeper into the lie in order to find a cure for the isolation and suffering that the lie has caused in the first place.

Even folks like you and me (teachers, coaches, writers, and speakers) whose careers are based on helping others out of confusion—they, too, are perpetuating the lie. In order to help a separate self out of confusion, the existence of separation must be validated. And, again, validating the existence of separation is the ultimate cause of confusion. And conflict. And violence. And on and on.

And now, here in the States, to help stem the tide of confusion, conflict, and violence, one idea gaining steam is to place mental-health counselors in every school, team, and organization; on every street corner, it seems. These counselors have also been trained to believe the lie. They are taught to secure what can never be secured—the psyche or separate self. See what I mean? This is the opposite of an answer. This is the lie perpetuating the lie.

And so are these materialistic quests: Reinforcing borders, demonstrations of military prowess, retreating to groups, cultures, political parties, nations, or religions. Not to mention the lie’s ploy of promoting diversity (the illusion of separation) under the auspices of advancement. We’re even prejudiced against the prejudiced. For goodness sake, we’re waging war on ourselves.

You might now wonder: How the heck did we get here? Well, to be fair, appearances are deceiving. Our culture is essentially built on the one thing—“I am a separate self living in a world of separate objects”—that, while it appears real, has never been experienced. And it pretty much discards the one thing—“I am Consciousness itself”—that, while it appears unreal, has always been experienced. Have you ever experienced the absence of Consciousness? Course not. (And if it occurs to you to counter, “while in deep sleep” or “under anesthesia,” how would you know that absence if Consciousness had ceased?) Have you ever experienced the absence of the body or self? Of course. (And if you’re questioning this assertion, please refer back to while in deep sleep or under anesthesia when you don't know that you are a body or self living in a world.) Consciousness has always been present. It doesn’t arise and fall with the body or the world. Therefore, who you have always been is Consciousness. All things arise and fall within you. All things are one with you. There’s no such thing as separation. And while at this stage it might seem a bit fuzzy, if, like I was called to do, you explore the genuine nature of experience—and are willing to question your closely held beliefs—you’ll see it too.

To be clear, the belief in separation, and the isolation and insecurity that spawns from this belief, does not require deliberate action. We don’t, for instance, need to try to come together as one; we don’t need dynamic appeals, team-building exercises, or charismatic preachers suggesting the methods through which to love one another or unite. This is the wheel-spinning mentioned earlier. What is not two cannot unite; what is already one need not come together. Merely recognizing separation as a belief is what destroys the belief—as well as the house of cards (the artificiality that dictates our lives) that teeters on top.

Last, as I often suggest, please don’t believe a word I’ve said here. Not one. Check in with your own experience. Do you know for certain that another person, an animal, or any object can exist without you? Has anything ever appeared outside of the whole or apart from you? Is separation true? Explore for yourself. If the exploration becomes daunting or too uncomfortable, then feel free to check in with me. Indeed, the separate self, a transient image or illusion within you, Consciousness, will kickback and fight for its apparent existence. The one thing it cannot stand is to be seen for what it really is.

But we’ve got this. Our number’s been called. With unwavering love and support, this is the time and place to rigorously explore who and what we are. To thirst for truth. To take a courageous look within and uncover what’s actually going on.

The primary belief has finally met its match. While the appearance may linger, the belief in separation will soon be erased.

A world of Peace—a world of one—is so within reach.

It is Here. It is Now.

Thank you for reading these words,
Garret

The Heart of Resilience

If I was to do the math, I’m pretty sure that this would be the most-frequent question I’ve received over the entirety of my career:

“How can I handle both physical and emotional pain, or suffering, with more ease?”

In fact, sometimes this question is framed within the context of mental toughness. Such as, “Why are some people so gritty, durable, or tough?”

In my experience, though, sifting through materialistic ideas like “grittiness” or “toughness” clouds the answer. Toughness brings fleeting benefit at best. And trying to will oneself through pain, if it were possible, is not the least bit easy.

What, then, lies at the heart of resilience? 

Consider this:

Resilience is the effect of a deep knowing that pain, rather than being located within the body (or separate self), is nothing more than a transient modulation within the true Self or the infinite space we call Consciousness.

This is why, for instance, animals handle injury or bumps and bruises with ease. They don’t identify themselves as the body—how would they know to do that? Pain appears, for sure. But it’s not personalized. Pain belongs to the whole (Consciousness), and is then fluently absorbed into the whole. Plus, Consciousness has no problem with pain. Consciousness knows all things that modulate or appear within it, including injury or physical and emotional pain, as itself.

The bottom line is that those who believe that the true Self is equivalent to the body, or that who they are is the body, will grab onto pain, feel pain, own pain, complain about pain, be influenced by pain, suffer with pain, and, ultimately, attempt to will themselves through pain. Mental-toughness techniques, substances, distractions, constant visits to gurus or experts, even Zen-type practices such as yoga or meditation are the most common of vehicles.

And while this article is not meant to suggest that the experience of pain, suffering, injury, and sickness are not real, or that attempts to treat sickness are foolhardy, it does provide an uncommon direction regarding the heart of resilience.

That is, from the perspective of Consciousness, there’s nothing to treat. Whether emotional or physical, pain need not be conquered. The heart of resilience is the knowing of our own Being. That we are one with whatever appears within, and no matter what appears, we are perpetually well.

Love,
Garret

How Far We’ve Strayed

Look how far from reality we’ve strayed . . .

In our culture and lexicon today, “I am a finite and limited person” is considered normal. “I am an infinite and eternal Being” is considered heresy.

“I am a true individual” is normal. “We are truly one” is heresy. 

“Consciousness comes and goes” is normal. “The body comes and goes” is heresy.

“The body is conscious” is normal. “The body is an image within Consciousness” is heresy.

“The body (or brain) has or contains thoughts” is normal. “The body is a thought” is heresy.

“The body has experiences” is normal. “The body is experienced” is heresy.

“The body is resilient” is normal. “The body is insecure” is heresy.

“The body has wisdom within it” is normal. “The body is the veiling of wisdom” is heresy.

“Who you are is born and will die” is normal. “Who you are is the eternal space in which all things are born and will die” is heresy.

“Come together, unite, or connect” is normal. “We are not separate” is heresy.

“Believe” is normal. “Look to experience” is heresy.

“Be positive” is normal. “I am the one who welcomes all thoughts and feelings” is heresy.

“Focus on a narrow target or goal” is normal. “Swing away” is heresy.

“Find your purpose” is normal. “Explore who you are” is heresy.

“Personal control, responsibility, or burden (and thus blame)” is normal. “An absence of burden brings harmony” is heresy.

“Seeking greatness” is normal. “The true Self is ordinary, standard, basic” is heresy.

“Love is found in a person” is normal. “Love is revealed upon the dissolution of the personal” is heresy.

“Beauty is found in an object” is normal. “Beauty is revealed upon the dissolution of objects” is heresy.

“Doing research or pursuing data-driven evidence” is normal. “Self-inquiry” is heresy.

“Investigating how objects interact (cause-and-effect)” is normal. “Investigating the very nature of objects (what objects are made of)” is heresy.

“Curing symptoms or problem-solving” is normal. “Getting to the primary cause of all problems (the belief that ‘I am a separate self’)” is heresy.

“Love as a unification strategy” is normal. “Love as our very essence” is heresy.

“That all experience takes place outside of you, separate from you,” is normal. “That all experience takes place within you and is made of you” is heresy.

I could go on and on and on, but let’s just end with this:

What appears to be real is unreal. What appears to be unreal is real. Always.

How far we’ve strayed.

Garret

Your Secret Agenda

Here’s an admission: I spent a good portion of my first forty-five years with a secret or hidden agenda driving my behavior. And today, occasionally, this duplicitous habit creeps back in.

What is a secret agenda?

You’ll recognize it when described. It’s pervasive and so hard to detect that virtually all of us possess and promote secret agendas without even knowing it.

In short, doing good, serving others, or even exploring spirit or God with a “secret agenda” of personal benefit—gratification, enriching yourself, overcoming private issues—is what this article points to.

A secret agenda is:

  • Giving a homeless person ten bucks so you can feel better about yourself.

  • Delving into the nature of Consciousness (Peace, Happiness) so you can become more peaceful and happier.

  • Using the so-called “law of attraction” to attract money into your bank account.

  • Having a preacher or cleric speak to your team for the purpose of winning games.

  • Promoting the military in order to galvanize the support of your voters.

  • Tweeting about your client’s successes under the guise of, “My message is so important, I must get it out there any way I can.”

  • Praying to God for your personal salvation.

  • Writing an article about secret agendas, with the secret agenda of acquiring adulation, followers, or future business.

A secret agenda, at its root, appears when the ego hijacks our natural pull inward toward Source (this pull may be experienced as curiosity, a desire to know, or insecurity) and spins it outward, toward desperately seeking in the relationships, activities, status, or achievements of the objective world.

Now, I’m not blaming you for your secret agendas. We’re all pretty much programmed to aggrandize and benefit the separate self by any possible means. And, again, it’s so easy to miss.

Just last week, for instance, in talking about our son Ryan, who's endeavoring to work his way up the ranks as a college or pro baseball coach, Liz, my wife, innocently said: “All Ryan has to do is keep showing up as the Love that he is. You never know how that will come back to him down the road.”

See what I mean? The most caring person I know uttered this refrain innocently oblivious of the agenda behind the second sentence. The first was textbook. Then, the ego swept in with the intent of turning love into some self-fulfillment strategy. But love can’t be used that way. The ego survives and thrives by taking us on mind-bending searches to nowhere. On the contrary, “showing up as Love,” that’s the true Self in motion; Ryan expressing who he is rather than seeking to reinforce or enable the ego—who he is not—through his coaching.

My message today is stark, and essential. While the true Self has no agenda—it is complete as itself by itself—you and I have been conditioned to lack, raised to be separate, we’ve been emboldened to seek (some of us have even been taught to find wholeness through more “high-minded” behaviors such as meditating, serving others, saving the world, or worshipping God). But check in with your own experience. Behaviors with personal intent lack integrity or virtue, thus they’ve yet to bring, and will never bring, peace.

Instead, now that they’re no longer secret, when our secret agendas creep in, let’s call them out for just what they are: ego trips to suffering. You simply cannot find peace or happiness in the objective world. And yet, as Liz knew of Ryan, you can powerfully and movingly express yourself in that world.

Absent of a personal, hidden, or secret agenda, know yourself as Love, take a stand as Love, and go.

Chips fall as they may.

Garret

We Will Survive

Last week’s article, https://garretkramer.com/articles/the-only-way, generated an unusual amount of inquiry, ridicule, and pushback. This paragraph in particular:

“. . . Absent of the recognition of the Being we share, not only will a marriage or team ultimately collapse under its own weight, the same will happen to the human race. We simply cannot survive under the materialistic paradigm. It’s a paradigm of disunion, thus conflict. But please don’t fear. While the belief in separation or that objects have an actual independent existence and value will run its course, Consciousness or our infinite and eternal Being will remain as is—perfectly whole; completely undisturbed.”

This week, let’s delve into my contention that while the materialistic paradigm is destined to run its course, and, perhaps, so will life as we know it—the true Self or Consciousness will always remain as is. We will survive.

But first, to be clear, while I wrote last week’s article cognizant of the potential backlash—one reader even asked, “Garret, do you care about life on earth?”—the article was not meant to imply that I would be content if life as we know it were to end or “implode.” I was merely indicating two potential outcomes. If we don’t eradicate the belief that we are 7.5 billion separate selves living on a planet of separate objects—i.e., materialism or the materialistic paradigm—we will indeed implode. And if we do eradicate this belief, we won’t. But (and this is the crux of it) either way, nothing can diminish, harm, or change the infinite and eternal space in which all things appear; nothing can wound or wipe out the true Self or Consciousness. Who we are is indestructible.

So, this being the case, why do so many of us continue to act from fear or apprehension? Why do we keep coping, finding temporary relief for our suffering, and then coping again through materialistic tools and methods? Why do we desperately seek to become whole when nothing that occurs in experience can make us un-whole? After all, isn’t fighting an ultimate demise that can’t actually occur nonsensical? Virtually everyone is running about today trying to protect themselves or find salvation—and for what purpose?

To exemplify this pervasive lack of understanding of who we are and what we’re made of (and thus our tendency to act from fear), many are on a mad-dash mission to save themselves by saving the environment or planet. But, as I’ve insinuated before, they’ve undertaken this mission void of knowing that the planet, and everything on it, is made of the infinite and eternal space within which it appears. The planet doesn’t need to be saved. Its very essence is infinite and eternal. Our very essence is infinite and eternal. In fact, it’s the belief that who we are is a finite and limited separate self that causes human beings to do damage to the environment and each other in the first place.

Imagine, then, a world in which a Consciousness-only paradigm prevailed. Imagine if the overwhelming majority of us understood what our bodies and all things essentially are: images appearing within Consciousness. Imagine if the overwhelming majority of us understood what our bodies and all things are essentially made of: infinite and eternal Consciousness itself. Would we damage the planet? Each other? Would war be possible? Highly unlikely.

Now, alas, look in the opposite direction. Turn your attention to the materialistic model that presently prevails. Although a separate self or object has never been found, the overwhelming majority of us is certain that separation is real. That all things are bona fide independent entities. And even worse, that each separate self—a self that’s never been found—bears the burden of fending for its own personal survival. How are we faring under this model or paradigm of conflict and confusion? You tell me.

In fact, this confusion between image/appearance and reality is why, rather than continue to seek relief in objects, or delving further and further into the material world, I’m asking you to join a community that’s strictly committed to exploring the underlying beliefs that inform the less than desirable manner we’re treating each another, not to mention animals and the planet, today. As you know, we’ve tried hundreds of behavior-modification techniques and motivational strategies. We’ve tried rules, laws, and discipline. We’ve tried substances. We’ve tried protests. We’ve tried activism. We’ve tried religion. We’ve tried perpetual scientific investigation into how objects interact and work. We don’t need to try harder. We need to hold still and uncover what objects, including human beings, are made of. The current dog-chasing-tail model, materialism, is failing us. It cannot stand. We are imploding.

As I said, though, do not worry. No matter what, who we truly are remains whole. The true Self is everlasting. It will stand. And, as opposed to acting from the misapprehension, insecurity, and fear that spawned the backlash mentioned above, this is the truth that experience is crying out for us to examine: It is only by knowing ourselves—the realization that we will survive, and the inherent freedom this realization spawns—that we will generate a more prosperous, harmonious, and loving world. 

In other words, recognizing our infinite and eternal nature, our Divinity, is ultimately our greatest gift to humanity.

You see, I do care, very much so, about life on earth. But it’s finally time to stop putting the cart before the horse and become much more interested in what life is, who we are, and what it’s all made of.

Love,
Garret

The Only Way

In spiritual communities like this one, it’s not uncommon for folks to spurn the use of the word truth.

For instance:

“No one knows what’s true.”

“Truth is a mystery.”

“Who are you to say what is true?”

“Words can never accurately describe truth.”

“Your little mind can’t know truth, so don’t bother trying to find it.”

Sound familiar?

But the thing is: Everyone knows what’s true. The truth is so basic, so unpretentious, so ordinary, that it’s hiding in plain sight. And it’s the only thing that all 7.5 billion of us have in common.

What’s true?

Don’t take my word for it, I simply write the following in order to help initiate your own exploration, but here you go . . .

Nothing has ever been experienced outside of Consciousness.

Nothing has ever been experienced other than Consciousness.

Nothing has ever been experienced by something other than Consciousness.

As mapped out in last week’s article, Consciousness is the essence of all objects, creatures, and events. Consciousness is the essence of you and the essence of me. We've never known the absence of Consciousness. Consciousness has never left your side or mine—not one single time.

The truth, therefore, is that we share Consciousness. Or, if you prefer, we share an infinite and eternal Being. We are all images of this Being, within it.

And, frankly, it seems a shame that the truth is so plainly hidden, a shame that exploration in the direction of truth is avoided and sometimes discouraged or even disparaged.

Why a shame?

Because knowing that we share a Being and that all objects within this shared Being or Consciousness are made of the same “substance,” knowing that this substance makes up an indivisible whole, knowing that lines of separation cannot actually be found, knowing that it’s all one, is the true starting point for honest, moral, or ethical behavior. It’s the spirit of love. The heart of beauty. It’s our only chance to do unto “others” as we would have them do unto us. It’s the only way the world will find peace.

And further, the knowing of our own Being is the only way for harmony and trust in our marriages, families, friendships, teams, companies, and communities. It must be the foundation. A life built on the shaky ground of materialistic beliefs and methods—such as connection (why would what is not separate ever need to connect?), communication (to whom would what is not separate communicate?), managing feelings or moods (what are feelings and moods made of?), survival of the fittest (what are we made of?), or even the worshipping of a separate God—is essentially doomed to implode. Beliefs and methods are personal. They are not true. The foundation or truth that we share a Being is the only way.

In fact, if we continue down the path of these types of materialistic or personal beliefs, we will implode. Absent of the recognition of the Being we share, not only will a marriage or team ultimately collapse under its own weight, the same will happen to the human race. We simply cannot survive under the materialistic paradigm. It’s a paradigm of disunion, thus conflict. But please don’t fear. While the belief in separation or that objects have an actual independent existence and value will run its course, Consciousness, our infinite and eternal Being, will remain as is—perfectly whole; completely undisturbed.

One last reminder: As I said don’t take my word for any of the above. Explore for yourself. Discover the nature of reality; the veracity of experience. Keep going until you strip bare all of your beliefs and arrive at the only thing left standing.

Then, when you find what’s true for you and for everyone—always and under all circumstances—let’s compare notes. Rather than run in the opposite direction of truth, I look forward to holding still and checking out if my “the only way” matches yours.

Garret

We Are One—the Meaning

If you struggle, as I did for years, with the meaning of these types of assertions:

“We are all made of the same substance or essence.”

“Look within for the answers you seek.”

“You are what you seek.”

“Separation is an illusion.”

“Who you truly are does not share the limits and destiny of the body.”

“I and my Father are one.”

Then this article (and exploration into the meaning of these types of assertions) is for you. 

And to begin our exploration, I’m going to ask you to simply do this:

Imagine the vast space in which all things appear . . .

Let’s call this space “the universe.”

As you probably know, no one has found an edge to this space. The universe is infinite.

As you probably know, while objects seem to change, grow, wither, appear, disappear, or live and die within the universe, the universe always remains the same. The universe is eternal.

As you probably know (or as far as you know), no object has ever been sighted outside of the universe. No object has entered the universe from somewhere else or exited to somewhere else. There is no “outside” of the universe. The universe is all there is.

So far, so good? 

OK, cool. 

But let’s slow down a bit, because our exploration and the following questions are about to get tricky . . .

If all objects are contained within this infinite and eternal space we’re calling the universe—and, again, there is no outside of the universe—wouldn’t this mean that all objects are made of the universe? Wouldn’t all objects be made of the space within which they appear?

Tricky, right? That’s because you and I have been conditioned to see all things including this illustration from the perspective of an object, a body, within the universe.

So, rather than from the body, let’s take a stab at viewing this illustration from the perspective of the universe itself.

In other words, suspend belief for a moment—you, my friend, are the universe. 

Now, look inside yourself. Those objects you see have never appeared anywhere but precisely where you’re looking. So, isn’t the actual substance of all objects made of you?

Interesting, yes?

Even more so—since all objects are made of you, wouldn't this mean that all objects are one with you, the universe? Wouldn’t this mean that all objects are simply modulations of the universe within the universe? Wouldn’t this mean that all objects are the universe?

Let’s circle back. What do you make of these assertions now?

“We are all made of the same substance or essence.”

“Look within (the universe, not the body) for the answers you seek.”

“You are what you seek.”

“Separation is an illusion.”

“Who you truly are does not share the limitations or destiny of the body.”

“I and my Father are one.”

And let’s throw in:

“I am the universe.”

Oh, and let’s also note that the universe goes by many names, each appropriate and used based on the situation at hand, including:

The so-called “religious name,” God’s infinite Being. The so-called “scientific name,” Consciousness. The so-called “witness’s name,” Awareness. The so-called "common name,” I. The so-called “heartfelt name,” Presence. Other names: the true Self, the Now, Beauty, Peace, Happiness, Freedom, Meditation, Creation, and Love.

No matter what name you use, though, there’s no doubt about who or what we truly are.

Even the word universe is derived from the word unis

And unis means “ONE.”

Thanks for the mutual exploration,
Garret

Living Life

The articles you read here each week—indeed, all aspects of my work—are nothing more than an invitation. Rather than encouraging or supporting the seeking of solace, purpose, passion, or even love in the material world, they are an invitation to turn inward. An invitation to consider that you are made of what you seek. An invitation to examine the consequences of seeking in the relationships, activities, substances, and objects of the material world. An invitation to rigorously explore the Self.

To be crystal clear, however, these articles are not meant to recommend removing yourself from day-to-day life or discarding the material world in any way.

For example, knowing yourself as Consciousness, as opposed to a body made of matter, does not suggest the turning away from the upsets or insecurities that appear within. And in my work with teams or players, it definitely does not propose that there’s a right way to feel upon a loss or a win.

Nevertheless, some will claim that the work of teachers like me, teachers of true nature—which infers that from the perspective of Consciousness all experience is welcome—means that human beings are supposed to be OK no matter what occurs. That they don’t require support. That they shouldn’t try their hardest. That heartache is not actual.

But this is misunderstanding.

And, more important, it’s proof that teachers like me must do a better job. We must get real, authentic.

After all, if our work is about teaching the sameness or intimacy of all things, or about revealing that all objects (including thoughts, perceptions, and feelings) are made of Consciousness, of Love, why would we resist or discard anything?

Sure, in our writings, videos, or presentations, we teachers of true nature will pretty much take a beeline to true nature. We will be precise and unwavering. We will assert, without wiggle room, that all experiences, all of life, appear within Consciousness and are made of Consciousness.

In life itself, however, we must be open, non-discriminatory, and understanding. All concepts honored. Inquiry absent of animosity. No one blamed. All of it cherished.

In other words, it is precisely in light of the resoluteness with which we understand and then promote the exploration of Consciousness or the Self that teachers of true nature must set a resolute example of living life, and loving all of life, to the fullest.

Thanks for reading,
Garret