BOOK TWO - INDIVIDUALITY VERSUS UNITY-CONSCIOUSNESS
This is a draft text for the upcoming ONE SELF TEACHINGS compendium that is due for release in 2019. This particular text is taken from BOOK TWO - THE MATTER OF CONSCIOUSNESS which is a heavily updated and expanded version of Story's 2004 book 'The Messiah Seed' - UPCOMING BOOK DETAILS.
Within the human-form there is an interplay between our experience of individuality (which is focused through physicality) and the unity-consciousness that we experience outside of physical-form. The non-physical state of unity is often portrayed as a divine, harmonious utopia and is presented through the unquestioned idea that we should naturally / logically want to leave what we are here (human) in order to be what we are there (spirit). However, the paradox is that to perceive unity-consciousness as superior to individuality you must be within the polarization of individuality (rather than within the inclusive perception of unity-consciousness). What we as individuals perceive of as ‘the quality of unity’ is not experienced without the relative position of our individuality. This means that without the separation of individuality there is no quality of not being unified, against which we can experience the quality of being unified.
To come to know you possess the ability to experience both unity-consciousness and individuality is a part of the process of awakening to the wider nature of consciousness and represents the end of being perceptually-contained by the experience of individuality. Instead, the experiences of unity-consciousness and individuality become like a perceptual-staircase within you that you can go up and down, depending on whether you are seeking a unified or individuated perspective on whatever it is that you are perceiving. This staircase of perceptual vantage-points creates a fluid experience of self that is able to bridge the contrasting experiences of separation and unity that are always both present within the human-experience.
To release any fears or doubts that becoming human was not your choice, recognize that unity-consciousness and individuality are of equal value. To do this, open yourself to the perspective from which they are not different (not separate), but are two ends of a single pool of consciousness that are both expanding through their relative experience of each other. This is to feel the unity that exists across our human-individuality and to know that it is a part of you. This is because to become human is not to become only physical; it is be a state of consciousness that bridges the non-physical and the physical. We are each the unified-consciousness transforming itself through the creation of our diverse experience of being human.
I choose to embrace the full diversity with myself that spans the full spectrum of experiences from unity-consciousness to individuality.
DEFINITIONS & CLARIFICATIONS
Through personal experiences of unity from within embodiment (the feeling at one with everything), the feeling of unity can often seem to be more desirable than the feelings of separation and isolation that can be felt within physical-form. However, understand that ‘the consciousness that you are’ is already present within the unity (because the unified state of consciousness encompasses all time and space), even if you as an individual are currently choosing to perceive yourself to be disconnected from it.
The human feeling of separation is a part of the illusion of this world; there is nothing that you are truly separate from. To understand that our experience of separation is only perceptual in nature, is therefore to equally realize that there is nothing for us to return to (because we never left). We cannot return to where we already are. That which you seek is not to return from where you came or to ascend to a superior plane of existence; within human-form we seek the conscious realization that we are already where we seek to be.
The state of ‘being awake’ that ideas of ascension or enlightenment point at is therefore best described as a remembering of All That We Are, rather than its discovery. However, this is not to say that there is not an experience of discovery within the wider experience of remembering; for to remember from within the state of forgetting is an experience of relativity that those who have never forgotten they are connected to everything do not have. ‘To awaken’ to unity-consciousness from within the forgetting of individuality is to experience something new in remembering something old.
What is being pointed to is how individuality and unity-consciousness are created through an interplay of consciousness and unconsciousness (that which is experienced as known and not-known). What we are as human is not therefore a state of ‘pure individuality’; it is one state of consciousness that includes both the experiences of individuality and unity-consciousness and, according to our determination of our own level of consciousness of the illusional nature of separation, we experience ourselves as existing in relation to them both.