Vector8 Journals

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The Uncaused Self

"Everything comes from Intelligence. There is nothing but Unity; there is nothing but Freedom; there is nothing but Completeness; there is nothing but Totality." (The Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes)
I have written in previous articles about the uncaused being. How can one live as the uncaused being? By realising that one's identity is the uncaused being and that there is nothing but the uncaused reality.

The uncaused being is Self. Self is not the self in myself. The uncaused, formless, Self has no beginning or end, It is ever-existing and knows nothing of cause or effect, time or space. The unconditioned Self is, therefore, not attached to anyone or thing. Self is consciousness. Self is also known as Presence.

We "live and move and have our being" in omnipresent Self. If you're one who looks for a tangible presence then you will not be aware of the presence of Self. Self is Spirit, thus, It cannot be experienced with the senses.

Because Self is everywhere, It is sometimes regarded as either the One or the "Us." Whether you think of Self as the One or "Us," Self cannot be divided. Self is always experienced in its fulness: One or Us.

While we as humans think of ourselves as having a self, in truth, there is no self. There is only the unconditioned, formless Self. Some may experience Self as a presence (though not discernible to the senses), but Self is not a possession that you can claim as yours. On the other hand, the totality of Self is yours, mine, and ours; for there is nothing but Self.

There have been many Masters who have realised that reality is Self. The biblical Jesus is an example. Jesus was expressing the totality of Self. He may have been more aware about his identity as Self than others but he is no more Self than you or I. Each of us is the totality of Self. Each of us might experience Self in our own unique ways but Self is always Self.

Let's take love as another example. There seems to be many expressions of love according to the individual's interpretation. No matter how one expresses love, it doesn't change the truth - the totality of love is always present. You cannot express a portion of Love because the nature of love is eternal, timeless, infinite and undivided; it's either all or nothing. You are either expressing love or you are dreaming.

The first time I experienced the Self in its totality was after being involved in a car accident. For a moment I was Consciousness, not a part of consciousness but Consciousness in its entirety. (see Accident or Omnipresence at Work?) I have since realised Self in inner silence. In silence, I am uncaused Being.

It makes no difference to Self what is going on in the human realm. A murderer might be regarded as having a low level of consciousness, while a saint might be regarded as being at a higher level of consciousness. As the uncaused Self, both levels of consciousness are irrelevant.

"The Lord is everywhere
And always perfect:
What does He care for man's sin
Or the righteousness of man?" ("Bhagavad Gita - The Song of God" translated by Swami Prabhavananda & Christopher Isherwood)
You are either being the Self or you are being not-Self. What is not of the uncaused Self is of no consequence; it is a nothing. You could be the most generous individual but if it is not Self expressing through you, your actions are nothing. When Jesus was called "good" his response was:

"Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God." (Luke 18: 19)
If you are not expressing Self you are dreaming.

To be the uncaused Self one has to let go of the idea that there is a self apart from Self. For generations, man has competed against Self, rejected Self, or been completely unaware of Self. Man's ignorance has not changed the truth nor will it ever change the truth: Self is.

Man can create new theories and doctrines about what Self is but it will not change the truth: Self is.

Being something other than the Self reminds me of the different breeds of dogs and cats. Man has created many pedigrees of dogs and some of these new creations can hardly move with the same grace and playfulness as their "ancestors." Yet these breeds are considered by some to be beautiful and entered into competitions. Just as I was writing this a headline in a newspaper was brought to my awareness about a breed of dog costing £1,000 each.

Some might argue that the breeders must have got their ideas from somewhere. It is possible the emergence of these pedigrees is man's search for perfection. Man is aware at a deep level that perfection is his true nature. In the world of mortals there is birth and death, health and sickness, beginning and end. In the eternal is immortality. Perfection is eternal. Can perfection be found in the temporal? I think not. Mortals' idea of perfection is not Self's idea of perfection, for while mortals strive for perfection, Self is Perfection.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD." (Isaiah 55: 8)
It is also written in the scriptures:

"Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Psalm 16: 11)
When one realises that there is only the Uncaused Self, the Presence is both life and the "path of life." When Self is the "path" there is only one narrow way home; you are already home. Whether the experience is the same for everyone I can't say as we are all unique in our ways. All I can say is that if you find your ways are no longer like your old ways, don't panic. Relax. You're not going mad. You're simply in your right mind.

Life is Uncaused Self.

I am Uncaused Self,

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