To begin our discussion, let's re-examine some statements I've made during the past years about the nature of reality, so that we may see clearly the miraculous way in which the vast body of information we've been given has never contradicted itself, but rather, has made the incomprehensible understandable to us by gently providing layers of information that builds upon itself.
What we've been told about the nature of reality. It's been called:
(a) A mirror reflection
(b) An expression
(c) A dream within a dream
(d) A simulation
Let's examine how these various metaphors have been helpful in our eternal journey, by giving us pieces of the puzzle of understanding what else from our limited vantage point we cannot grasp as a whole.
(a) Life as a mirror helps us see that the external reality reflects our internal reality; it shows us what our inner experience is. (In the same way that we cannot hope to know what we look like without seeing our reflection.) This metaphor has helped us see that we are not life's puppets; that we can determine how our external reality unfolds by how we change our inner reality. By understanding the way a mirror reverses an image — why letters appear backwards in a mirror — we can also understand why unpleasant things happen to well-intended people.
- What we are
- What we judge
- What we've given away or lost
- What we have yet to develop or express
- What we admire or strive to be
In our teachings, we have aimed at understanding the laws that govern our mirrored environment, so that we can unfold a life that is not manifesting the opposite of our intentions. When we achieve this, we refer to our reality as an expression (b) rather than a mirror (a). At this point we have achieved mastery of the quality of the journey of existence.
In the ancient language of the angels, the word master means 'practitioner of the Mother's awareness'; Ma-Su-Ter — 'Mother – of awareness – doer of', i.e. one who practices the Mother's awareness.
To be continued...