When asked what is most important in our lives, most of us could answer the question.
We would naturally find different answers, but that’s not the point; the fact is, we are able to respond. But as long as we are able to respond, we remain detached from the higher levels of Consciousness. How is this possible?
The nature of higher consciousness:
If we are to find out how this is possible, we must first examine the nature of the Higher Consciousness. A number of people have experienced these higher levels, and there are thousands of reports of this state of consciousness.
However, if we go deep into this experience, we find that no higher level of Consciousness exists, only Consciousness itself. This Consciousness has only two states that we can experience: one identified with various shapes and forms, and the other free from shapes and forms.
Consciousness identified with shapes and forms:
What does this identification mean? This means that we identify with a form (for example our name) which originally did not belong to us (we were all born without a name), but thanks to identification, this specific form has become a part of our existence.
When the Consciousness identifies with a form, the Ego appears. The Ego always means a kind of identification, of self-determination (I am a man, I am a father, I am an Englishman, I am a Christian, etc.) The Ego, therefore, rests upon our identification with things that are important for us.
If I am able to answer the question “What is important to me?” I am in a state of identification with shapes and forms. This state of consciousness is always restrictive and exclusive. Identification is always preceded by a selection process: this thing, this form, is important to me, while that one is not.
We generally choose the shapes and forms that we find beautiful, good, and precious because they should make us beautiful, good and precious people. Selection is always accompanied by anxiety and fear of losing what is important to us and, with these things, we can get lost.
The identification process does not stop just because we have become spiritual helpers. But now different things become important to us, for example, the extended state of consciousness or the experience of astral projection.
In this state of Consciousness, we identify with these experiences, these are the factors that are important to us, they provide the identity of our spiritual Ego. Nothing has really changed, other than the shapes and forms with which we identify.
Consciousness free from shapes and forms:
There are moments in everyone’s life when our identification with shapes and forms loosens up a little for a short time, and at that moment we can experience a completely different state of consciousness.
When our identification with a form ceases, a new space is generated between us and the form and we can see and recognize that we are not identical with this form. With the dissolution of identification, the Ego also disappears.
When we are in this state of consciousness and we are asked what we find important in life, we are simply unable to answer the question, because everything that we previously considered important has disappeared with the ego. Still, we sense that we are alive, and we did not disappear with the Ego.
What we experience then may perhaps be better called Being. There is only pure existence, we are eyewitnesses, contemplating the dance of the shapes and forms that surround us.
We do not identify with anything, we are a Consciousness free of the obligation to make choices. We are free and independent of shapes and forms and the need to choose among them. All our suffering and problems have disappeared, we are surrounded by peace and tranquility.
Awakening from the stupor of identifications:
In most cases, one can only experience this state of consciousness without identification for very short periods. It is, however, one of the most wonderful and certainly one of the most important experiences of our lives. It awakens us, in fact, shakes us out of the stupor of identifications.
Once this experience is lived, our vigilance will increase and we will pay more and more attention to the present moment. When we are alert and shift the center of our existence into the “here and now”, our identification with shapes and forms becomes looser.
Such moments can, therefore, appear more and more frequently in our life. As we are less and less bound to shapes and forms, the periods and the intensity of these experiences increase. In the end, this will remain the only reality for us.