[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Taken from “The FreeMind Experience- The Three Pillars of Absolute Happiness” by Tom Fortes Mayer
FreeMind Pillar 3 – Purpose
Peace and power (Pillars 1 and 2) are important but if they are not connected to a greater purpose, real, and lasting happiness can still elude us. Therefore Pillar 3 is about connecting everything you do with a greater sense of purpose, and exploring the deeper aspects of what it really means to be part of a singular field of consciousness. Here we examine what I call ‘Oneness Philosophy’ to understand how our full and complete self-expression plays a part in the grand purpose of the evolution of the universe. As you begin to reconnect more to this perspective, unconditional love and happiness spreads through your whole life. We are filled with a light and a joy that is immediately obvious to everyone we come into contact with.
To be clear, Pillar 3 isn’t about reconnecting to oneness. That connection can never be severed. It is simply about reconnecting your awareness of the interconnected nature of life. When we go from perceiving ourselves as a small, disconnected, limited and fearful personality to understanding that we are the large, connected, unlimited and joyful universality everything begins to make sense. From there we can truly see the beauty and perfection in everything. This is the final YES of the Triple YES. This is the final pillar of absolute happiness.
Oneness at the atomic level
Our conscious minds have a limited capacity to perceive ourselves as being part of the singular field of consciousness. Fortunately science has now beautifully ratified what the ancient philosophers knew all those thousands of years ago. When I discovered that subatomic physics demonstrated that everything is interconnected, interdependent, and balanced, my epiphany felt completely supported and explained by science. The truth of all things, including us, is that everything is made up of atoms. Atoms are infinitesimally small. So small, in fact, that if you wanted to see the atoms that make up the parts of an orange, you would have to magnify that orange many times over. You would have to make it vast. In fact, if you made it the size of the Earth, each atom would still only be the size of a cherry in your hand.
Stop for a moment and consider how many cherries it would take to build a model of your house, or maybe a model of the town where you live? What about a model of the UK, Europe, or USA, or how many cherries it would take to fill the Pacific Ocean? Yes, inside every orange there are as many atoms as you would need numbers of cherries to build a model of the world. So, yes, atoms are very, very small, but even more amazing is that scientists have discovered that inside the atom there is a vast universe of space (about 99.99999999 percent of the atom’s weight/mass is in the nucleus). The nucleus is a tiny, but heavy, speck in the middle of a vast expanse of comparative space.
To give you some idea of that scale, if an atom was magnified, so that it was the size of the dome in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral (100ft across), then the nucleus would still only be the size of a grain of sand in the middle. This space however is not empty. It is filled with rapidly spinning electrons (light) circling around the center. Another way of seeing the scale would be to imagine a cat sat swinging a bee around itself on a piece of thread that was half a mile long. Yep, in every one of your cells, there are tens of millions of atoms, which are mainly spacious electromagnetic fields of light moving at 186,000 miles per second (at that speed light takes only eight minutes to travel 93 million miles from the sun to earth). You are made purely of light. That is what everything is made of.
Space and stuff
To further illustrate the scale, imagine a bowl of puffed rice cereal (for example, Rice Krispies). The bowl would appear full but if you tipped the cereal out onto a surface and then flattened it with a rolling pin, the puffed grains of rice would soon be reduced to powder, which would fit easily into one teaspoon. And that is true of everything but the scale is much more extreme. So, a world made of Rice Krispies may appear big but if all the space were squashed out of it, the actual ‘stuff’ or hard ‘matter,’ would compress to a much smaller size. The cereal analogy is useful for helping us understand the concept but the reality is much more exciting.
In the atomic arena, the ratio between space and stuff is so extreme that most people have trouble conceiving of the scale. I know I do. Science tells us that if everything on Earth was squashed down and contracted back to its weighty atomic nucleus (had all the space removed), all the matter of the known universe, would fit into the palm of a human hand! They reckon it would be the size of a pea. Yes, that’s not just the Earth but also all the other planets and stars too! That should give you some idea of just how spacious we really are. We are vast expanses of mainly space, filled with extraordinarily rapidly spinning electromagnetic energy.
It is hard to imagine how heavy that pea would be. Just the weight of all the people in the UK or the USA standing on your hand is hard enough to comprehend. What about the weight of the Earth and the sun and that is just our solar system. The mind boggles to think of all that weight in something the size of a pea. Imagine how compact it would be – and very hot too. Apparently at the point of the big bang when all of the matter was contracted, this very hot and heavy pea-sized ball would have been 18 billion, million, million, million degrees Fahrenheit. That is also very hard to comprehend. However, the following helps put this into perspective.
Imagine placing a soccer-ball-sized sphere of stone into a fire and leaving it there until it went red hot, all the way through to its center. If you removed it from the fire, it would take a long time to cool down. After a while the surface of the stone would be cool but the middle would still be incredibly hot. Well, this describes the Earth perfectly. This stone sphere has been out of that fire for over 13.7 billion years and yet it still hasn’t fully cooled down. The surface is cool enough to live on, but at the core it is still molten. What an extraordinary heat it must have been to begin with for it still, after all these years to be that hot on the inside?
What gets really fascinating about the atomic world is how that space and light behave. Traditional science, which sees things as distinct and separate, cannot reconcile the true nature of what happens in the atom. Inside the atom, all the particles behave as if they are all permanently connected. Even when they are seemingly separate and acting independently, they respond in correlation with each other and at simultaneous times. So, it isn’t like communication travels from one side of the atom to the other to affect change. The changes happen instantaneously. These findings completely challenge traditional scientific models of understanding the world but support the principle of interconnected oneness that the ancients have been talking about for millennia. In other words, you, me, this book, that tree, and that office building over there are all part of the same stuff and intrinsically connected as parts of a greater whole.
There is one fascinating experiment9 in particular, which has drawn huge global attention to these phenomena. Scientists managed to split a particle of light (a photon) into two particles. They then shot both ‘twin’ particles in opposite directions down 7 miles of fiber-optic cabling. At the end of the cable, there were a series of junctions where the particles had the choice to go left or right. These particles were now separated (according to the standard mechanical understanding of the world) by over 14 miles, but at each junction, every time, they both acted in complete correlation. They made their way through the duplicate junction maze in exactly the same way, at exactly the same time, every single time.
The scientists call this quantum entanglement, and it has rocked the foundations of mechanical science. On the atomic level, once something has been joined it remains connected and continues to interact interdependently, even though to our senses it appears separate. Bear in mind that everything that makes us up and everything in the known universe was one very small sphere of intensely connected matter. There was a time when we truly were one with everything. Just like the photon they split. Now things seem separate, but we are still connected. Science doesn’t know how yet, but they have proven this to be so. They have now tested these synchronized connections over much larger distances and the truth of universal interconnection is being born out.
So to recap:
1. Light is in everything; it is the substance of all matter.
2. Light is the power that drives everything.
3. Light is permanently connected. In other words, it knows what every other part of itself is doing and responds accordingly, immediately.
By that description light (everything/God) is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. This scientific knowledge totally ratified my firsthand experience of the interconnected oneness, which I described in Part I.
Does that mean you are not in this universe but instead actually a part of this universe? Yes!
Does this mean that you are part of a singular field of reality that cannot be threatened, wrong, out of place, inadequate, lost or broken? Yes!
Does that mean that whatever you have ever thought that is contrary to that idea is an imaginary inadequacy that may be unnecessarily causing you trouble? Yes!
Does that mean that by some description you are God? Yes!
Does that mean that you shouldn’t get too excited because so is your carpet? Yes!
Could it be that if you aligned yourself with the experience of the universe and yourself as part of that perfection then you would relax and have a much better time of it? Yes!
Is it possible that you could do that now? Yes.
Is it easy? No.
The spiritual journey
It was amazing to discover that, without the science to back them up, the ancients had just as difficult time conveying these supernatural truths. And so, I began to look at spiritual texts differently. I began seeing them as attempts to convey these wonderful and simple enlightening truths. I started seeing through the metaphors and understanding the beauty in the wisdom they were trying to promote. One day I asked myself the question, ‘Well, if God or the universe is really just another world for “light,” how might the Bible read if, wherever it said “God” or talked about the world, I replaced it with the word “light” instead?’
To answer the question, I picked up a Bible and the opening sentence of Genesis made me laugh aloud. I didn’t need to replace anything. The Bible is packed full of references to the light and being at one with it: ‘Let there be light,’ ‘be a light unto yourself,’ turn to the light,’ I am the light of the lord,’ ‘at-one-ment,’ to mention just a few. This was an absolute revelation to me. All my life I had dismissed religion as nonsense and here I was realizing that it was my confusion around the concept of God that was causing the problem.
I remember when I first dismissed religion as nonsense. I was seven and attending West House School in Birmingham in the UK. There was an act of worship and we were being told about the devil tempting Jesus in the dessert. I just didn’t buy it. Something about a separate demon didn’t feel right, so I dismissed the whole thing as nonsense. However, my experience might have been quite different if someone had explained that spirituality is about our journey to come to terms with our natural selfish desires; or had explained that the story (like all great stories) was a way of helping me to realize that true happiness lies in giving rather than taking. Had it been explained to me that we have fear inside ourselves, which can twist us into competitive and controlling demons that bring only darkness to the world, well then maybe, just maybe I would have understood that religion had something to offer me.
That is the spiritual journey and it is the source of the greatest happiness we can find. That is the home of all true freedom, but that journey itself (like all good stories) is fraught with great difficulty and danger. This is the hero’s journey that we are all on.
The meaning of life is to go from selfish to selfless.
To operate from love, not fear.
Setting out on the journey
Many people live and die without ever discovering the joy and happiness that comes from consciously taking this journey. In all of the major religions of the world, ancient esoteric texts all speak about oneness and enlightenment. In Judaism, there is the Kabbalah, in Islam there is Sufism, in Christianity there is the Gospel according to Thomas, and the non-dual text called the Cloud of Unknowing. In Hinduism there is Advaita and the extraordinarily precise teachings of Kashmir Shaivism. In Chinese philosophy, there is Taoism. In Buddhism, the philosophy centers around theories and practices about oneness and enlightenment. It seems to me that as religions became more organized, they became more dogmatic and some of these core simple truths got lost along the way. However, when you study some of the older, more esoteric texts the similarities between all of these approaches is stupefying. The single message really is deafening.
How the spiritual journey is described varies wildly and ideas about the best way to walk that path also vary massively, but underneath the cultural differences, the journey of the human heart and its’ liberation from fear is the same the world over. Water is the same the world over too, but internationally goes by many different names. How it is fetched, carried, and treated varies hugely too. Some people have to traipse 5 miles a day and back just to fill their buckets with enough water to survive, while others have water pumped directly into their homes. Some people’s natural water supply has dried up, and other people’s water has become infected or poisonous and has capacity to do them great harm. In some places, the water has had extra things added to it to make it ‘better for you,’ according to what certain people think you need. In some places, the water has been recycled and regurgitated and treated so many times that it is full of things that were never there to begin with. Some creatures have lived in water their whole lives and therefore never question it, while others are so immersed in it they don’t even know it exists.
Spirituality and the path of becoming self-aware go by many different names too. How religion and God are described worldwide also varies vastly. It goes by many different names and is fetched, carried, valued, and understood differently all over the world. Some people see it, some people don’t, some people were born into it, so they don’t question it, and in some places people add things to spirituality to make it different and ‘better for you,’ according to their idea of what is good for you. Many of us have also seen people be so poisoned by it, that we wouldn’t want to go anywhere near it. It is worth being careful where we get our water but it is equally important to respect and understand that while people might be using different names for their spiritual journey, while they may have different practices or seemingly different values, we are all on the same path and every path is deserving of love and respect.
Taken from “The FreeMind Experience- The Three Pillars of Absolute Happiness” by Tom Fortes Mayer[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]