It has been a real kick in my ass going from stout Atheist to Agnostic! It is a difficult topic to put into words, especially since I have had a couple of beers… Maybe I will be able to elaborate more clearly later, but I am still going to let it fly here!
I think it was Asimov that said, “my writing is thinking through my fingers.” I probably misquoted and don’t have the source correct, but that feels right.
Anyway, I can’t nail down a set date for my Awakening. It was definitely after I got out of the Navy and began to regularly explore my imagination and consciousness with regular medical Cannabis use. Of course, another argument is that my spiritual awakening has been taking place all of my life!
So, to be more accurate, I guess I am describing my Awareness of my Awakening, yeah that sounds right.
Each of us who has undergone something like this, (and I am still in the midst of this), describe it differently, but with a couple of similarities. I feel the statement is true when someone says, that we all walk this journey in our own ways.
These are some of the similarities that I see in people discussing this online or in person. These are just my worthless observations, as always!
People feel connected as one to something immensely giant. I hear about this all the time. We have all heard “we are all one”, but this is a realization that millions are coming to believe.
The beauty of this idea is that it doesn’t matter what religion, dogma or science you follow. Let me give a couple of examples. Let’s start with Atheists, which I was, from age 13 to 28 (roughly).
When I was an Atheist, I believed in oblivion after death and only accepted facts and proof within my perception. So, I felt a deep connection to the chemical and gene swarm on Earth which we were all a part of. I felt we are all a part of one Earth surface.
Some others feel this “all are one” idea in the form that we are all a part of god, or whatever they may believe in.
I have seen ideas that there is a supreme light singularity consciousness which our brains tune in to. I like that idea.
A stillness in the moment. This is a common theme that I feel a deep connection to when Eckhart Tolle speaks about this.
Losing apprehensive about the future. Another off shoot of existing with all my being in the moment is that the future fades away to something which is not a big deal and will come naturally without me having to worry about it.
When it comes, it will be in my moment and focus. I will deal with it. The future is completely unpredictable, so now I live in the moment, which used to be a future anyway!
All of these events in the past and future are not only displaced from our experience in time, but in space as well. Our past negative interactions are trillions of miles away since we are hurtling through space as we also experience time!
I don’t see any point in stressing and beating myself up about an event which I wish I would have reacted to differently. Also, I see no benefit in allowing a future event to grab my attention and let my imagination ruin my day with the possibilities of how catastrophic things may turn out.
I suppose this is a declaration of optimism!
Have a good night or day or whatever is appropriate for the three of you read this!