Self Inflicted Nonsense
“SIN: Self-Inflicted Nonsense” Eric Butterworth
From the beginning of my last post:
When you came into this world; your mind was totally open to a world of endless possibilities. You had no KNOWLEDGE, prejudice, or belief; total innocence and no ego. Mystics and Sages have called this state “Beginner’s Mind”.
Setting the stage-
Genesis 1:31 God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so Very good! It was evening, it was morning– Day Six.
Very – Hebrew :properly vehemence, that is, (with or without preposition) vehemently; by implication wholly, speedily, etc. (often with other words as an intensive or superlative; especially when repeated): – diligently, especially, exceeding (-ly), far, fast, good, great (-ly), X louder and louder, might (-ily, -y), (so) much, quickly, (so) sore, utterly, very (+ much, sore), well.
Genesis 1:26-27 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature. So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female.
Gen 2:7-9 GOD formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive–a living soul! Then GOD planted a garden in Eden, in the east. He put the Man he had just made in it. GOD made all kinds of trees grow from the ground, trees beautiful to look at and good to eat. The Tree-of-Life was in the middle of the garden, also the Tree-of-KNOWLEDGE-of-Good-and-Evil.
Gen 2:15-17 GOD took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order. GOD commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-KNOWLEDGE-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.”
-Clearing the stage
So Man did eat from the Tree-of-KNOWLEDGE-of-Good-and-Evil and was driven from Eden.
So we have the Fall of Man; the beginning of the Rotten to the Core Dogma in Judaism and Christianity.
Where did this fall occur? It is a state of mind in Man himself. God didn’t separate Man from himself (herself); but Man chooses separation. Each one of us came into this world as totally connected to everything and we choose Separation. All the humans around you told you “you need to define self as separate from every other human and from every other thing “and we were hooked.
Now this fetish we have with defining things amazes me. We get a little knowledge about something; then we say we know all there is to know about something; and we give up the search. No wonder our definitions are poor at best.
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern. William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
I ask you; is any definition you have of anything, Infinite?
Is any KNOWLEDGE you have about anything, Infinite?
The idea that I am born in sin, separate from God, separate from all other humans, and separate from all of life, seems very alien to me.
“SIN – Separation Inducing Nonsense” © 2017 Russel Steffy
This Defining Self as Separate is like the creation of a movie entitled “The Universe I am Creating”. I assemble all sorts of KNOWLEDGE-of-Good-and-Evil; analyze & compare all this data; and then I cast myself as the leading character in the movie. I have many casting calls and I select many secondary characters; but how well do I know each character? Some of the characters who audition are only with me a few moments and I already have them defined. There are only two movie sets available; Heaven or Hell.
I am made in the image and likeness of God so I yearn to create a universe just like he did but I create this universe in my own mind. This universe that I create is it Reality or is it Virtual Reality? I suggest that it is just Virtual Reality; a mere simulacrum of the Real Universe that my body exists in. All the things I create in my Virtual Reality are just a very limited reflection of what really exists; as my KNOWLEDGE of everything around me is very limited.
Is the movie I create constantly changing or do I try to fix time and space to keep my Virtual Reality stuck where it is?
Is the movie I create objective or subjective? Do I portray things in the movie the way they really are or the way I want them to be?
Sages and mystics have told us that we must deny the self, ego, or I. Here is the dialog between one student and his teacher:
Student: Sir, if one gave up the I (self), nothing whatsoever would remain.
Ramakrishna: I am not asking you to give up all of the I. you should give up only the “unripe I.” The “unripe I” makes one feel: “I am the doer. These are my wife and children. I am a teacher.”
Renounce this “unripe I” and keep the “ripe I” which will make you feel that you are God’s servant, His devotee, and that God is the doer and you are His instrument. Sri Ramakrishna
In light of what this great teacher said; maybe the movie should be entitled “The Universe God is Creating using me as His instrument” and I am hoping I choose the movie set Heaven more often than Hell.