The news filling the airwaves these days—terrorism, war, starvation, severe weather, threats of epidemics, financial upheavals, and incessant litigation – has a palpable ripple-effect on all of us. The worse it gets “out there,” the more we are challenged to find meaning in our personal lives. A lot of people are asking: why would an omnipotent, loving, compassionate God allow such worldwide pain and suffering to continue? Surely this could not be part of the divine plan.
Based on our limited, human knowledge of how things get done, we assume that since there is a creation, there must, logically, be a creator – an all-knowing, all-powerful supreme being that designed all this and brought it to pass. He, She, or It must be responsible and must surely be in charge.
This assumption is what has us locked into the very pain and suffering we want to escape. We keep praying for the some heavenly God to intervene. To my way of seeing things, there is no creator separate from the creation itself. The entire universe is no more (and certainly no less) than the Oneness experiencing itself infinitely.
In order to have the greatest range of experiences, the Oneness – akin to a vast cosmic hologram – veils itself with a series of filters that simulate varying degrees of separation and multiplicity. These successive frequencies of consciousness (also called densities) are much like the colors of the visible spectrum. Humankind currently lives at the third density, analogous to the yellow band of color. Below us are the plants and animals, which perceive through the second, or orange, stage of consciousness, and the elemental (air, earth, fire, water) kingdom – the most heavily veiled – which inhabits the first, or red, level. The densities above us range from the fourth through the seventh, matching the spectrum colors of green, blue, indigo, and violet.
Every aspect of creation is a point through which the Oneness perceives itself. As an individual bit of awareness progresses upward through the densities, successive veils fall away and the degree of consciousness increases. At the eighth density no veils remain, and, losing all sense of personal identity, we merge back into the Oneness. When people talk about the impending shift on Planet Earth, they are referring to our ascension from the third density into the fourth.
The range of experience in Earth’s third-density illusion is both rich and challenging. At the third density, consciousness has risen sufficiently to be able to observe the grand mystery of the universe while simultaneously feeling separate from and abandoned by source. This condition brings about the full panoply of human emotions, as well as the tension of opposites that characterizes the third-density, human experience: good versus evil, light versus dark, feminine versus masculine, and so on. We live in an illusion of polarities deliberately designed to pit us against ourselves. This is also the first level of consciousness where co-creation is possible through the exercise of individual free will. Our part in creation’s great experiment is to see what kind of existence and interrelationships Oneness (as us) might create under these conditions.
The world we see and experience is our great masterpiece hanging on the wall of the cosmos. We continually add to it masses of data that can only come through the dance of opposites: exquisite kindness and generosity in the face of greed and cruelty; love in the face of fear.
To those who pray for only peace and goodwill to prevail upon Earth, I would respond: “Why, then, did you step into this illusion of polarities in the first place, if not to experience all the challenges of conflict? Step back for a moment and appreciate how the wild diversity of the human experience reflects back to Oneness its infinite nature. In the infinite, all things are possible and ultimately find expression. It is curiosity’s nature to poke into every conceivable nook and cranny in search of itself.”
Our illusion is as disharmonious as it is because we’ve made it that way. This density’s template held within it the world as we know it as one probability. We could have opted for a myriad other scenarios. There is no external God to rescue us from our misery. We made this mess ourselves through the exercise of our free will. With the power to create comes the responsibility for the result – and the capacity to change it if we want to.
If one believes the timetable set by the predictions of the Mayans, Hopis, and other indigenous peoples, then we have precious little time left to mend our ways. I suggest we stop looking either to the skies or to our nations’ leaders for miracle answers. If we are in deep trouble, it is because we have failed to embrace our individual responsibility and power. It is time for us to grow up and stop pretending to be helpless and incapable. To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, “We must be the God we want to see in this world.”
Jean-Claude Gerard Koven is a writer and speaker based in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. He was a featured weekly columnist for the UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum and is the author of Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense, recipient of both the Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award and the USABookNews.com Award for the Best Metaphysical Book of the Year.
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