Are you a soul or a body?

If you believe that you are a soul (or space or energy or the universe itself) then why do you get wrapped up in form?

According to Eckhart Tolle, there is space consciousness and object (or form) consciousness.

Elkhart Tolle talk explaining space vs object-consciousness

When we get wrapped up and even obsess over object consciousness, we are not aligned with our true soul, rather caught in an egoic world.

If you haven’t read any of his books or others like his, these words may sound foreign to you.

Some phrases everyone has heard of are:

“Don’t sink to their level.”

“Rise above it.”

Michelle Obama says, “When they go low, we go high.”

“Cream rises to the top.”

and so on.

To me, it all means the same thing: Don’t get caught up in this world. Don’t allow your ego-mind to create a problem that isn’t there. Don’t dwell on any circumstance, rather be the observer. Raise your level of consciousness. No one is really attacking you like your object- conscious mind would have you believe. The world is not against you when an unforeseen or unfavorable circumstance arises.

There’s no reason to feel ashamed, defensive, distraught or any other negative feeling. If emotions arise, which is inevitable, simply be the observer and allow them to transcend (go beyond) or flow through you. Don’t hold on to them.

Truly, there are no problems; only circumstances. There are only a few ways one can respond to any circumstance: to change it, to accept it, to get away from it or to live in misery over it. That’s it.

I write this on a day, only an hour after I lost my job.

My first reaction was “not again” (financial trouble) Why me? What have I done wrong? Why so close to Christmas? Where will I find work? How will we pay for my (very expensive) prescription? I’m letting people down. I’ve let myself down.

But then I STOPPED. I became the observer of this situation. I remembered that in a few years from now this moment won’t matter. I remembered some things I learned from reading or listening to some of my role models (Eckhart Tolle, Alan Watts, Ram Dass, Buddha, Khalil Gibran, Rumi and so many others).

No one DID anything TO me.

The parent of my pediatric patient is going a different route (than having nursing services in their home) that is better for her family for financial and other reasons.

There comes a point in life that some people just get tired of suffering. Tired of staying up late at night worrying over something when they could be in space-consciousness enjoying the bed, blanket, pillow, night air and sounds, darkness, comfort, rest and peace.

If we have a choice, and we all do, why do we choose to feel miserable? It makes no sense whatsoever, yet we all do it. This crazy world has somehow conditioned us to believe that the object-filled world matters. It doesn’t.

On this day, considered Black Friday, which could also could be considered “day of mass object-consciousness” I am sitting here next to my husband, who also has the day off, and our dogs, in our comfortable (I did not say luxurious or perfect!) home, feeling more peace than I have in a very long time. It’s almost as if a burden has been lifted.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have the task of finding a job and paying the bills, but I, for once, can finally feel, at least for this moment, that I am the observer. I am allowing myself to be the space for this situation instead of dwelling on the form.

May you be happy and well,

The less there is of you, the more there is of the Divine.

Do everything for Love and everything you do will make you happy.

Quotes by Wayne Wirs

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