My Mantra Explained

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Question everything and rejoice in the honesty that we know very little.
Understand all life is precious and is to be respected.
Have regard for those with different beliefs to our own.
Fight the egos wish for separation and see we are all one.
Understand that in our current form the only certainty is there is none.

Very early on in my awakening, I was inspired to write the very short mantra above . What amazes me is that while much of my thinking has shifted time and time again over the past two and a half years, this mantra still remains true to me. I thought I would elaborate on each line for those that are new to my work or this way of thinking.

Question everything and rejoice in the honesty that we know very little.
Questioning is not welcomed in many areas of life as it is considered rude, disrespectful and at worse heretical. At one time in the west Christianity held all the cards, that is to say it dictated how millions of people thought about themselves and the wider universe then came along science with its ‘dangerous’ and ‘blasphemous’ ideas. At first science was mocked in most areas of the world but as it questioned more and more people began to waken to the idea that maybe religion did not hold all the answers. We now live in a time where Science rules but despite this many of the great questions still remain unanswered. Ask any scientist about the big bang and you will soon find that just as much faith is required to support the idea as any religious creation tale. We are now in a time where we must stand up and be honest, we no more know if this universe is the result of god or a great cosmic fluke. Personally I believe to carry on debate after debated is pointless. If you respectfully question everything you will lead yourself to a place where little can be relied on, What you may have once held as right and wrong blend together, once this state is reached you are just in a place of simply being, free from the need to know more or be right.

Understand all life is precious and is to be respected.
Many tribes that live precariously both now and in the past have given respect, thanks and worship to the animals they kill for food and clothing. It is a fact that in the ‘modern’ food chains animals are not respected, they certainly aren’t given any thanks as they are slaughtered on mass on their way to be devoured generally thoughtlessly with fries and a coke. I know from a non-dualistic point of view life never ends and the forms we see around us are simply expressions of the oneness (divine matrix). That said it is my personal preference all life should be acknowledge and respected for the divinity that flows through it, doing so helps to refocus how we are all interconnected. As a vegetarian I do not eat any form of flesh that has been born, that is my own personal choice. I can not hold any moral high ground because of the way I live or judge those that chose to kill that which I believe has a right to live. The smugness many vegetarians display can easily be trumped by those that are vegans. But even vegans require life to be given up, be it in the form of vegetables. Many would say that was just silly, but is it? Does not life force energy drive a sheep as much as a carrot? I think a simple giving of thanks not in any great ceremonial way to all things be they animal, vegetable or mineral simply maintains an acknowledgment to this energy that is flowing though all things it also helps us focus on the now and the wonder of life.

Have regard for those with different beliefs to our own.
Throughout history, those that are different have been culled simply for that reason. Very few, if any country on the planet stands unstained by the blood of others simply due to this perceived difference. These pointless wars still go on, indeed it is highly possible that it will result in the demise of mankind. As we look back at history every culture that was deemed ‘Savage’ or subhuman has also been found to hold great wisdom and knowledge that we still marvel at today or wish we had. Very few if any people are Belief free, often even within a group that holds a common belief much variation and division can occur. The dogmatic cry of ‘we are the true faith’ or ‘we are the true believers’ has been used as motivation to arms and often the justifications of the most ‘ungodly acts. Personally I find all beliefs fascinating but ultimately limiting, but I see no reason to persecute people for having them. I know that I have at this moment in time a luxury of such an opinion, in times gone by, and I dare say in the future, such an ideal would get me in hot water. For someone who fails to condemn a ‘perceived enemy’ is often deemed to be the enemy as well.

If a bunch of religious zealots came to my door with weapons asking me to convert to their faith or else, my regard for others beliefs would truly be tested. I may choose to die rather than be forced to go along with someone else’s belief system or I may decide to live and just go with the flow. I believe in a non-dualistic outlook, whatever I decided in such a situation wouldn’t really matter which really is the bottom line for me, it ultimately doesn’t matter what people think or do for our current forms will fade away soon enough no belief lasts very long from a universal perspective. Dyeing for a cause or a belief is just one of a million ways to die and it ultimately hold no more or less merit.

Fight the egos wish for separation and see we are all one.
I have talked on this subject a great deal in this blog so I won’t go on about it. The Ego sows seeds of discontent daily. Only by questioning every thought that arises can we begin to see that it really does very little to improve our life experience. Believing we are better or worse than others, does very little to heal the human condition. Like wise thinking that we could live or succeed without others is the greatest lie ever told… There is no such thing as a self made man or woman. We are all One, like it or not we are all a part of this great everything. The ego may sow daily seeds of separation but I would suggest what is ultimately reaped from such a limited mind set is a ugly crop indeed.

Understand that in our current form the only certainty is there is none.
We are highly evolved beings when compared to a turnip but beyond this planet we could be regarded as dribbling baboons. Our concepts and ideas can seem as misguided as those that perceived the world as flat. We believe that tomorrow will be very much like today, that events we have planned for in the future will happen but of course it is the ultimate pie in the sky… We live upon a rock hurtling through space which could at any moment cease to exist for any number of reasons. None of us have an unlimited life span we all daily take our lives in our own hands and function on blind trust. The truth is at any second you could be snubbed out, certainty does not exist except in a world where nothing ever changes and no one has yet discover such a place. We are all free falling through life and everything you cling to is doing the same. So you can live every day in fear or just let go and enjoy the ride because in a hundred years time none of us will be here in this form… as the saying goes seize the day or more correctly Seize the Now…

Final thoughts
While I call this a mantra I think there is little to be gained by being able to recall it verbatim, in fact if you asked me in the street to say it without error I doubt I could. This mantra holds no power, none do, it is simply a string of words attempting to once again point to a state of being that ultimately defies all our ability to describe.