Eternally Expansive ConsciousnessJanuary 17th, 2008 by John Wolfe
There’s a firmly seated idea within the human mind that death and the afterlife provide a permanent respite from active awareness. This holds just as true for believers as it does for non-believers in the survival of consciousness beyond the death transition. Whether viewed as a reward from the almighty to sit on a cloud and play a harp for eternity or as a means for taking the fast track into oblivion; death has somehow been equated with the end of our expansiveness.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise however, since most people shun their expansive nature during the course of their physical experience. Many assume they did their duty by playing the game of life and after they die it’s time to either turn the keys over to “whoever’s running the show” or else cease to be altogether.
The thing is- we don’t get off the hook that easy, but I have a feeling you already knew I was going to say that.
If we probe deeper into the amazingly creative energy which has the potential to fully flow through us, fueling our every experience (if we would only let it), then we find an adventurous, thrill seeking, conscious being. Most of us are so unaware of what is itching to pour through us during every second of every day that we take our lack luster view on reality along with our concepts of separation/isolation and transfer them over to the death experience as well.
Even if we feel we are going to be rewarded when we get to heaven or wherever it is we believe we are going, we still assume it all pretty much ends right there. We’ll be reunited with our loved ones and then the creator, who we believe is separate from ourselves, hands us all the answers to the mysteries of life and that’s it, we’re done.
That concept is extremely boring, lackadaisical and unimaginative. I’m not trying to belittle our reunion with loved ones and I know it sounds like I’m being judgmental here, but it’s only to illustrate a point of how limited a view we have on existence and our source of being.
Do we really think the very energy that created this entire Universe; the very energy that fuels our awareness (to whatever extent we are letting it) would end a major production, like each of our lives, on such a pathetic and limp note? Even Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Hollywood could come up with something far more entertaining than that. This adventure never ends because the Universe and our place in it never cease to expand.
I know there are theories out there that postulate our goal is to cease continuing to incarnate and to permanently rejoin the single minded source energy awareness for eternity. Yet, I can’t find anything in concepts like that which resonates with me. It’s not that I don’t feel that would be a beautiful thing, but I think those concepts short change our expansive powers, cheating us from experiencing how far we (as source) can push the boundaries and limits on our creativity.
What I’m speaking of has tentacles which reach far beyond physical incarnations. I’m talking about the potential for billions of other forms of existences to spring forth which haven’t been thought into being yet within the mind of consciousness. Each time we move into, out of, and between life experiences, the Universe (physical and non-physical) is our oyster.
We have no desire to stay stationary for long and we certainly aren’t going to nod off into non-existence. Likewise, we would not be happy sitting idle without exercising our constant unquenchable desire to create, whether we’re sculpting other dimensional existences from non-physical or finger painting again in kindergarten- creation is creation is expansive experience, and we exist to do just that.
If that were not the case then human beings never would have evolved beyond a few single celled organisms within the primordial ooze. We never would have had the potential to think and bring those thoughts to physical fruition through the amazing journey of the creative process. We never would have had the ability to procreate other human beings through the expansive creative process of the sexual experience. All signs point to the fact we are here to create and to let source energy vicariously experience our creations through these physical vehicles. And when we return fully into non-physical awareness we will continue to masterfully create as the expansive cycle continues.
The physical plane of existence is just one of our many stops along the way. We may incarnate in this environment for as long as we choose, or move beyond it after just a few lifetimes. I don’t believe there is an ultimate state of nirvana, aside from the journey and the experience itself.
At some point, in some far off distant version of reality, we may evolve beyond using the physical plane; however we will never reach a point of culmination where we fail to extend our creative minds. There’s always another realm, another potential of thought and another amazingly expansive creative process to experience. So is the mind of god/source/all that is.
If we are creative expansive beings, why don’t we come with a built in program reminding us of such as soon as we hit the ground in the Earth environment? Because we are creative beings, we have free will, but it’s up to us to find our power. No one can show us that fully except for ourselves. To be externally shown that would defeat the purpose of our having the ability to create as we choose. We must take the journey through the creative process (creating elements we like and dislike) to understand how much power we have and to better understand what we would rather experience. If we don’t know what a negative feeling feels like (within our physical self), then how could we ever understand our potential for incredible joy?
Let’s say we did come with a built in program that told us how to create our life from day one. That would be similar to someone taking an art class to become an excellent oil painter, but their instructor insists on painting their paintings for them or tells them they can only paint whatever the instructor dictates, forever.
Our physical bodies represent the painter and source is the instructor that helps guide us when we allow it to. We’re given a blank canvass when we enter into this “class” to work with as we choose. We can either listen to the instructor for the entire length of the class or not, it’s up to us. However, we may eventually realize that when we do listen our paintings develop much quicker than when we try to go it “alone.”
They become even more pleasing and beautiful as we continue to interact with the instructor and become one with its guidance. The instructor will never dictate what we are to paint, but it will give us indications and techniques, as we go along, for how to create paintings which are more pleasing to us.
Now, let’s take another extreme example, one we would have to work with if we believe in destiny. Let’s say our life was already created for us and we had no input or bearing on it one way or the other. We just came forth and lived it. That takes us right back to my example of dying, going into the afterlife, and then resting in the corner somewhere for eternity.
Source flows through us to enjoy our creative expansive experiences. We make the decisions and we create as we go. Source doesn’t sit back and phone this all in; it comes along for the ride and is thrilled by it.
We are our bodies, but we are also the source energy which fuels these vehicles. If our entire life was pre-destined it would totally stifle and defeat the creative purpose of our source energy as well as the ability of our physical selves to enjoy the sensory input of our creations.
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