The Absolute and the Relative

The untrained mind keeps up a running commentary, labeling everything, judging everything. Best to ignore that commentary. Don’t argue or resist, just ignore. Deprived of attention and interest, this voice gets quieter and quieter and eventually just shuts up. 
— Plato, Conversations with Plato

Whenever we encounter some new knowledge or a new belief that is not in our current schema or existing belief system, we may experience what the Swiss Psychologist Jean Piaget terms ‘cognitive dissonance.’ 

In New Thought this is called “Chemicalization.’ We reject new information as untrue because we are unable to connect with our previous understanding. We may undergo periods of denial, anger, adjustment, and disbelief and may never accept the new knowledge or information. In this case, we stay as we are, maybe stagnate.

But if we can adjust to this new knowledge or information eventually we can rewire our cognition and create new neural pathways and learning occurs.

Metaphysically, when we let go of previous limiting beliefs we undergo the chemicalization experience. This includes dying to our old selves, undergoing the dark night of the soul, or experiencing our own crucifixion before we resurrect ourselves and ascend to a new level of consciousness.

The Allegory of the Cave

Plato’s allegory of the cave originates from the fifth century BC and was presented to compare “the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature”. It is written as a dialogue between Plato’s brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates. 

In the allegory, Socrates describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners’ reality, but are not accurate representations of the real world. 

Metaphysically, when we let go of previous limiting beliefs we undergo the chemicalization experience.

Socrates explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are actually not reality at all. A philosopher aims to understand and perceive the higher levels of reality. However, the other inmates of the cave do not even desire to leave their prison, for they know no better life.

This allegory is a useful way to explain the importance of education for increasing our evolution as humans on this earth, and demonstrates the growth mindset needed for increasing awareness, consciousness, and understanding.

What is the Absolute Realm?

The absolute realm does not change. The relative realm depends on one’s point of view or point of origin. The relative realm is always changing, and we experience in our mind illusions and not the truth of who we really are. 

So using Plato’s allegory we can see the nature of relative reality is always in our mind. We create in our minds.  When we question and explore, we expand our reality and move out from the darkness into the light.

When we look at something happening in our world, we can observe ourselves as if we are seeing it from the Absolute or Relative point of view. 

A philosopher aims to understand and perceive the higher levels of reality.

When we are operating from our conscious mind we are in the NOW, present, aware moment to moment that we are in charge of our reality by the thoughts we create. 

If I am present, I am aware of my thoughts shifting from fear to love and I know I can shift the energy of others around me towards positive vibrations by lightening the mood or invoking love or gratitude.

Practical Application

With awareness and practice, we can shift our consciousness from victimhood to the highest consciousness. Integrating our head, heart, intellect and compassion as a Metaphysician will show us the way towards awakening and growing our spiritual awareness.

If you are ready to become grounded in your personal relationship with the world, I invite you to reflect on your self-limiting beliefs and explore your understanding of the absolute versus relative realm. It is then that you will begin awakening the heart-centered Metaphysician within you.

Glimpses into Ultimate Reality-TJ Woodward

Glimpses into Ultimate Reality

Only ego would want ego to die.”   
— Dr. Sue Morter

Most of us, at some point, have unexpected glimpses and awareness of our true essence. That glimpse might last for a few seconds, a few hours, or for days or weeks. In a moment of awakening, the illusion of separation falls away. More often than not, however, the ego mind steps back in to reclaim its control. However, if we remain the observer of the ego’s voice, we cannot be easily drawn back into re-identifying with it.

I have had several such experiences in my own life, most notably when I traveled to India in 2006. I had been in the darkest period of my life, which started almost a year earlier when I had entered into a deeply unconscious part of my life. I had participated in all sorts of harm to myself and others and ultimately lost everything I owned.

I had been doing the deep work of “soul searching” during that time. I was with a group on a spiritual journey that ended in Varanasi. If you are not familiar with Varanasi, it is a city in the northern part of India on the bank of the Ganges River. Many Hindus believe that if you die there, your karma will be removed and you will not need to be reincarnated. So, needless to say, the experience of death is all around. Varanasi is more than 10,000 years old and is said to be the oldest city in the world that has been continuously inhabited by humans.

In the oldest parts of the city, roads are too narrow for cars, so we approached the city by bicycle rickshaw. I could feel the spiritual energy intensifying as we approached. A chill went up my arms, and my heart began to open in a way I had rarely experienced.

Once we reached the oldest part of the city, we were escorted on foot by twin deaf boys who seemed to be about 12 years old. Their gentle energies were incredibly striking. We reached the river bank, where the Ganga Aarti, known as the festival of lights, was under way. This festival happens every evening in Varanasi at sundown. There were seven tall platforms along the river bank, each with a priest facing the river paying tribute to the mighty Ganges.

If we remain the observer of the ego’s voice, we cannot be drawn back into re-identifying with it.

Peace on the River

We boarded a boat and floated out onto the river. A profound peace entered my body and, in that moment, my ego was stripped away. A profound peace entered into my consciousness. I sobbed uncontrollably for nearly an hour.

Suddenly, the electrical power went out and shrouded half of the city in darkness (not uncommon in many parts of India). The only thing that lit up the night sky were the bodies burning in the Ghats along the river. Our guides quietly steered the boat over to the Ghat and we sat there, for what seemed like an eternity, watching the funeral ceremonies. We were only a few feet away from a burning body.

The flames filled up the otherwise dark night with beautiful, sparkling light. The experience of my sudden awakening lasted with that intensity for several hours.

 I awoke the next morning to discover that my life had permanently shifted into a new way of being.

I awoke the next morning to discover that my life had permanently shifted into a new way of being. Since that experience, my ego has continued to make its appearance in my life, but that moment allowed me to have a permanent change in my relationship with ego.

My ego did not die, I simply changed the way I see it and the way it plays a role in my life. As Dr. Sue Morter, international speaker, master of bio-energetic medicine, and quantum field visionary, so eloquently states, “Only ego would want ego to die.”