“The true crime is that you will not admit you are god.” ~ Alan Watts
A couple posts ago I linked you guys to an Alan Watts youtube video entitled Suffering for Enlightenment. At the time I wanted only to post the video with a few short questions. I wanted to let the information sink in, for it had a tremendous impact on how I view things. A lot of what he verbalized rests inside of me, dormant and hidden. I’ve only had a few experiences where I have come face to face with the dilemma he speaks of and the video was the first time I heard it outside of myself. What he had to say was simple.
The idea that we are all pretending not to be god is the capstone of life.
Back in my younger days, I used to experiment with altered states of reality. Well in all truthfulness, I am still experiencing altered states of reality but through yoga and meditation. However, back in my youth I was obviously not using such sustainable enterprises as I do today. A lot of my journeys were basically informational overload. With constant bombardments of raw data, I had a light-speed glimpse of what life was all about. From what I could coherently piece together, life was a charade. It was play of dynamic possibilities in an otherwise static existence.
Experience was the game and it was a game we played as humans.
What I took away from my experiences was the notion that I was part of a greater whole. This whole was everything that could possibly exist. In my time afloat, I learned that I could reach degrees of realization of just how complete—or for that matter separated—I truly was. This is also an echo of my spiritual practice today. Through meditation and yoga, I experience different levels of connectivity. Albeit for shorter durations and with much more dedication, I am able to experience certain levels of awareness.
Between these vastly different experiences, there has always existed a common thread, almost like a tiny voice. One that has been spoken over its entire existence. It speaks softly and steadily but goes unnoticed. It carries a message worth all the conquests of man, yet its simplicity is blazingly self-evident. It is the secret of the universe.
It reminds us of the unthinkable crime we continuously commit.
This intuitive feeling will continue speaking until you listen to it. It will never change its simple message: the idea that you are god.
This loaded statement has already scared off half of my readers. One half flees to the anti-Christian bench while the other to the psyche-ward offensive. But before you start calling me crazy, take a moment to see this statement with new eyes.
We are god. Well what is god? For starters, it is not God. This capitalized version I will coin the Catholic/Christian/Muslim/Jewish/etc. religious figure. By now, we understand there is no man in the clouds watching over our every move, waiting to send us into the depths of hell to suffer for eternity. What I mean by god is better explained through ground-breaking frontier science than it is by modern religion (although this is not to discredit religious origins, as in their purest forms they understood what god truly was). When I speak of god, I mean energy. And by energy I mean everything that exists, seen and unseen.
With this viewpoint, it is easier to understand that we are all be god. Think of a ripple. As it expands through a pond, it bounces off of rocks, misshapen edges, protruding reeds, and also itself. Each of these ripples came from the same source, but they have taken on many different, complex forms. Eventually, they will all return to the stillness from which they came.
This is what we are. We are ripples of physical energy that have been shot out into the universe. We bounce around, creating this and thinking that. One day we will return to stillness, and then again we will form. It is an energetic pattern of creation.
The common thread between all of this is that we are pretending not to know who we really are.
Here is a great analogy from a documentary I saw: We have designed a theme park. It has huge roller coasters, amazing games, and tons of fun activities. As the creators of the park, we know every aspect of every attraction. All the curves, all the surprises, all the outcomes. We’ve made a wonderful place, but we want to experience it. If we go on the rides with all of our knowledge, we will certainly not be a fulfilled. In order to truly experience our creation, we must forget that we created it and begin anew; from a blank canvas. We decide to do something about this. We are now children who enter the park for the first time. Not knowing anything about the park, nor our role in its creation, we can experience the park to the fullest extent of its offerings.
This is our experience on Earth. We have chosen to forget we are god so that we may experience life unadulterated and raw.
I have had this picture in my head lately. It is a hand—the hand of god—that has put on the glove of life. Each finger has become a person and everyone is talking to each other. They all introduce themselves and say nice pleasantries, unknowing that they are all fingers of the same hand. This is our life. It is our comedy; our play.