BOOK ONE - THE ILLUSION
This is a text for the upcoming ONE SELF TEACHINGS compendium that is due for release in 2019. This particular text is taken from BOOK ONE - I AM YOU. YOU ARE GOD which is a minor update to Story's book 'You Are God. Get Over It!' - UPCOMING BOOK DETAILS.
To be born into this reality is to enter a wonderful illusion. This illusion grants us our individualized free-will and our personal reality. To realize you are within an illusion makes this reality no less real and no less special. All realities are simply different forms of illusion. We are one; we are God; but within the illusion we experience the separation of self and other. To our incarnate being the experience of self and other is just how it is - the norm. However, from the perspective of the unity, what we experience here is wholly unique and profound. This kind of physical, temporal reality is a revolution in beingness. To enter it is a gift.
This illusion is one of the most amazing creations in all existence. Within the realization of your Godself is the realization of how uniquely special this kind of reality is. It is to see, without judgment, the beauty of what surrounds you and know that it is of you. To awaken is to be stunned by ideas such as original sin and the notion that we are in some way fallen - cast out of the perfection of Eden. We are not fallen. We are the cutting edge of God. We are pioneers. We are celebrated.
The founding mechanism of the illusion was simply that it allowed the illusion of separation, where the one could be many. At this initial conception point we knew what we were (God) and where we were (in an illusion that granted us our individualized free-will). However, even though we had our individuality, we only experienced it in a comparatively shallow way. Though we experienced self and other, we maintained our full awareness of our unity. In our desire to further explore the experience of separation we chose to enter a collective forgetting of our divinity. Only by forgetting that we were God could we fully identify with our individuality and experience ourselves as separate and distinct. In this forgetting we birthed the ability to be able to look at each other and not know we were looking at ourselves.
The illusion can be imagined as playing all the hands in a card game. If you consciously moved around each chair around a card table, playing each player’s hand, then you would know what cards each player has and there would be little enjoyment. If however each chair only carried the memory of its own hand of cards then it would be as if you were playing many different people. Our space-time reality is a wonderful game and each of our bodies is like a chair in the card game. When we incarnate, we generally choose to limit our experience to that of our body; meaning we take on individuality. By experiencing a limited aspect of All That Is we are creating new experiences of being. Separation and limitation are not a ‘bad’ thing; they are the foundation of this reality. They allow the infinite exploration of new expressions of being. They have birthed diversity within unity. You are God playing the most incredible game ever conceived.
When you physically die it is not that your individuality is destroyed. You live many lives. What you are, everything you have been, is carried forward with you. Even though you may not remember other lives, they are present in your beingness, enriching All That You Are. Your individuality is yours. It is a badge of honor, and no matter how completely you remember that you are God, that we are unified, you will never lose that badge. You cannot lose what you have been; it is integral to who and what you are.
The original entry into the game, where the knowledge of our Godhood was forgotten, could be seen as the leaving of the Garden of Eden - the leaving of the Unity. The significant difference to the story is that we, as individualized expressions of God, were not cast out. We chose to separate. The idea of eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the representation of entering duality - duality being the splitting of the unity into opposites beyond self and other, such as male-female, strong-weak, beautiful-ugly, intelligent-stupid, past-future, and love-fear.
Duality is the foundation of this great illusion. Within the illusion everything is relative. Up is nothing without the realization of down. Male energy means nothing without female energy to contrast it. To divide something in two you must name both sides. Our perception is founded on these dualistic scales, also known as polarities. These polarities are all symbolic divisions that form both our personal and our collective illusion. They are that by which we choose to separate one thing from another. They are that by which we differentiate our experience and create our beingness.
Since the creation of this reality system we have entered ever deeper into the illusion - further into differentiation, separation, and limitation. The general state of belief that we currently birth into when we enter the game is that we are not God, we are separate, we are mortal, we are purely physical, and that our will is limited. At first glance this may not look so wonderful, but having explored some profound extremes of separation we are now on the journey to returning to remember our Godhood. It is hard from within the illusion to understand just how unique and wonderful this current reality state is. We are God experiencing a state of being that is not only totally new, but from which new states of being are continually birthing.
All realities are in a state of unfolding and this reality is literally an explosion of the realization of being. This explosion is reflected in the acceleration we are experiencing in the advancement of our technology. To some it may seem that this new technology is a move away from spirituality, deeper into the illusion of physicality. This is perceiving spirituality from a historic, religious perspective that sees physicality as profane. Spirituality and technology are not separate; they are simply different faces of our beingness. The new technology is the physical manifestation of our unfolding realization of the freedom of our being. It is a spiritual unfolding. Our blossoming communication systems reflect the growing realization of our unity.
As we start to connect back into our divinity we are coming to embody the freedom, harmony, and limitlessness of the unity whilst within the illusion. This is the idea of the creation of heaven on earth. The heaven, the nirvana, which we as explorers of being seek, is not the bliss of the unity. We chose to leave the unity to come here, and we are not just seeking to undo that choice. The joy we seek is the remembering, the awakening, to the realization of our Godself within this exciting illusion that we have created.
Many of us are choosing to awaken to our Godself in this lifetime, but this is said with no sense of ‘mission’. We are not here on a mission to do anything. There is no way in which it is possible to fail. Life is not a test. We are here to be - to be in the unfolding of our beingness. Our awakening is the current natural state of the unfolding of our collective beingness. We are waking up. We are remembering. There is no mission or challenge to do this. It is happening. It is inevitable. We have already chosen it. So just sit back and enjoy experiencing your beingness. Enjoy the ride that is your life.
You are a part of the most glorious wonderful event that has ever been. You are not here by chance. You are here because you have, across many lives, been a part of creating all this. You are not here to observe the wonderment. You are the wonderment; the experience is direct. Allow yourself to experience how wonderful you are. You are amazing.