The Liberation of Consciousness from Identification with Form
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The vast majority of human Beings presently live in a state of delusion that is not recognized as delusion, because this state of delusion is what is, at present, considered normal. Specifically, although what human Beings ultimately are is formless Consciousness, or That by which all form is known, what the vast majority of human Beings presently know themselves to be is some set of experiential forms that are being both created and known by the formless Consciousness that they actually are, and yet do not know themselves to be. And once Consciousness enters this state of delusion it tends to remain in that state, because once Consciousness identifies with experiential form its misidentification is perpetuated through the way in which it then tends to deal with the universe of experiential forms while knowing itself as one of those forms. Specifically, while knowing itself as form, Consciousness tends to react to all other forms of which it subsequently becomes aware, and such reactions, or reactive Movements, because they are always a continuation of the movement of Consciousness into identification with form, perpetuate the identification of Consciousness with form, and therefore keep Consciousness trapped in this state of delusion, where it remains both conscious of itself as it is not, as well as unable to become conscious of That which it truly Is. And since it is primarily through these reactive Movements that Consciousness both binds Itself to this delusion regarding its nature, and also blinds Itself to its true Nature, it is only by beginning to become involved instead in the opposite Movement, i.e., in non-reactivity, which is a movement of Consciousness that does not have as its basis the identification of Consciousness with form, that Consciousness can begin to both free Itself from this delusion, as well as become conscious of That which it truly Is.
The identification of formless Consciousness with experiential form is not a mistake, but is simply a necessary stage in an evolutionary process that Consciousness is undergoing. Specifically, Consciousness identifies with form in order to eventually come to realize fully and completely that form is what it is not. And the reason Consciousness wants to recognize fully and completely that form is what it is not, is because what it really wants is to recognize and realize fully and completely what it Is. However, while operating within the Universe, where it is able to be conscious of both experiential form, as well as the Formlessness that it actually Is, in order to be able to truly know and recognize what it Is, Consciousness must also be able to truly know and recognize what it is not. And the way in which Consciousness comes to realize fully that form is what it is not, is by identifying with form, by knowing itself as form, and then becoming conscious of how that plays out, which is never well, because it only and ever leads to suffering. And once Consciousness begins to realize this, it begins to look for a way out of the suffering it is unknowingly, and so unconsciously, creating for Itself.
However, such efforts are usually unsuccessful, because the way in which human Beings usually try to escape the suffering their identification with form invariably produces is through some sort of reactivity, which is to say, through some Movement that is ultimately just another continuation of the movement of Consciousness into identification with form, and so through some Movement that cannot do other than perpetuate both their identification with form, as well as the suffering that identification invariably produces. As a result, the liberation of Consciousness from that identification and its attendant suffering has historically been put forth as being a much more difficult and arduous task than it actually is. That is, disidentifying from form, becoming conscious of Consciousness directly, and recognizing one’s Self as That, is not at all difficult, once one is able to become aware of what it is that one is doing to keep the trap in operation, because the only thing that ever keeps the trap in operation is one’s own reactivity, which is to say, one’s conditioned, habitual, and unconscious way of dealing with the world of forms as a result of knowing one’s self to be form. And for this reason, just becoming aware of one’s own reactivity is itself the beginning of non-reactivity, and so is all that is needed to begin to both free the Consciousness that one actually is from one’s identification with form, as well as make it possible for the Consciousness that one actually is to become conscious of Consciousness directly, in which case it then also becomes possible for the Consciousness that one actually is to know That, rather than some experiential form, as one’s Self.
All that having been said, the purpose of this work is to explain in detail how Consciousness identifies with form, how that identification is perpetuated by the reactivity that naturally follows, and why this misidentification is a necessary part of the evolution of Consciousness into ever-greater awareness of Itself. Ultimately, the reason for explaining all of this is to make it clear that the way out of this Self-constructed and Self-perpetuated delusion is through some degree of non-reactivity. That is, what will be explained is that the way out of what seems to be the trap in which we have purposefully placed ourselves lies simply through ceasing to continuously interact with the world in a way that is dictated solely by our delusion regarding our nature, i.e., by the idea that what we are is form.
The purpose of this work is to explain in detail how consciousness identifies with form, how that identification is perpetuated by the reactivity that naturally follows, and why this misidentification is a necessary part of the evolution of consciousness into ever-greater awareness of itself. Ultimately, the reason for explaining all of this is to make it clear that the way out of this self-constructed and self-perpetuated delusion is through some degree of nonreactivity. That is, what will be explained is that the way out of what seems to be the trap in which we have purposefully placed ourselves lies simply through ceasing to continuously interact with the world in a way that is dictated solely by our delusion regarding our nature, i.e., by the idea that what we are is form. Because as long as we continue to interact with the world solely on the basis of this delusion, the delusion cannot do other than persist. And as long as the delusion persists, as long as we are actively generating and perpetuating this delusion through our reactivity, i.e., through the way in which we naturally tend to interact with the world of form while knowing ourselves as form, we must continue to know ourselves as we are not, and so we must also continue to suffer.