One thing that people really want these days is a way to live forever. As our standard of living increases and we accumulate more and more stuff, we soon realize that we will inevitably lose it all upon death. What a wonderful thing, then, if we could keep all that stuff and live forever.
But the truth is, in reality, we don’t want to live forever – we just want to think that we’re going to live forever. There’s a huge difference, with one of the main contrasts between the two being that the latter is actually possible. I’m not talking about brainwashing yourself though – this isn’t any lame trick of the mind. What I’m going to propose here is actually a fairly non-significant consequence of regularly practicing spirituality and meditation.
Aligning with Pure Consciousness as Identity
As I’ve mentioned many times before, meditation is a pretty good thing. It opens doorways to lowering stress levels, achieving inner peace, and gaining access to some phenomenal insights. But did you know that it also sets you on the path to immortality? Now, you may be thinking, “that’s impossible! No one lives forever.” And you’d be right. No one person lives forever.
All forms will die, whether we like it or not. But the same is not true of consciousness. In this context, meditation and the like is essentially a way of separating your identity from form, ego, and your human self, and merging it with oneness, the infinite, and consciousness.
And like I said, it’s not just a brain trick. When you make the leap “into the river that flows into the ocean consciousness”, as a well-cited example often goes, you set out on a journey that will eventually lead to a certain realization. This realization is that you are exactly the same thing as everyone else. Behind (and beyond) the myriad of forms and identities, we are all basically the same underlying field of energy. And hopefully you’re familiar with your science, because if you are, then you know that energy never disappears. It simply does what? It changes forms.
So what does this mean?
How to Achieve Immortality
After your identity is aligned with consciousness, you no longer care much what happens to your human body. You want to take care of it and respect it, of course, but there is no longer a subtle background fear of death. Why? Simply put: because you are immortal, and you know you are.
As you walk around each day, you understand that the thing you really are is something that can’t ever go away. It’s simply impossible. All of the fears and limitations we have due to our fear of death disappear. This allows an incredible freedom, and the dissolution of many other fears that had their root in the fear of death.
How cool would it be to walk around with the real subjective experience that you are immortal without having to be self delusional? It’s ironic then, that in order for most to convince themselves that they will be immortal, they have to plunge into ever-increasing unconsciousness, yet awareness and true consciousness naturally leads to the same result.
A Fantastic Enlightenment Book
This is definitely a cool little idea. I think the seed for this article was first planted in my head what I read a book lovingly called Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality. I really love the complete lack of reverence with which the author describes his spiritual experiences and overall life story – it was hilarious. But anyway, in one of the chapters he describes his experience of enlightenment (even though he claims that he is not enlightened – whatever).
He says that he was passing over a bridge while walking to work, feeling rather peaceful, when it happened. All of a sudden, he felt an incredible sense of clarity, and he had the strangest sensation of looking around him, at the trees, dirt, water, and so on, and he felt like he was looking at himself. Like, he was really looking at himself. Imagine the sensation you get when you look in a mirror, and you just know that the person staring back is you. Well, he had that for every single thing around him. He looked at the trees and understood the bark and limbs as himself. He looked down at the water and saw not only his reflection as himself, but the entirety of the water itself. Talk about trippy.
This is such a cool thing because that really is what the experience of enlightenment does. It helps us understand that we are the universe, not just our little monkey-esque selves – though we are cute, sometimes. And when that happens, we understand the truth about our mortality.
That is, that it is a sham.
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