Mind Floss by Allen Tager. Several chapters
MIND FLOSS: – Total egoism is like a short circuit. It closes down all spiritual power you could possibly have.
– But still, a family – especially if one is a dedicated partner and parent…
– Only this makes a real family.
– …well, a family eats up time. How can one claim to be free if one has so many duties?
– True freedom is never the freedom from duties and connections! You don’t need to live on an island to be free. Freedom is a state of mind.
– So if you’re a slave to your family, you’re really free?
– You know it’s not what I mean. A family is a necessary, crucial and beautiful first step in connecting to mankind. But if you are only able to love your family, then you are not yet free. Again, dedicating oneself totally to one’s family is often the path of least resistance – but it is not the right path.
– I’m confused now. Didn’t you say it’s good to care for your family?
– I did, and it is. It is very valuable in itself, and it opens up spiritual channels, but it should not be the end of the way. The next step is a deep connectedness with larger groups of people. Only this way can one become a leader, and the world needs spiritually developed leaders. Besides, if you concentrate all your feelings on your children, it’s not good for them.
– What, loving your children isn’t good for them?
– Loving only your children isn’t good for them. As a parent, you must learn to let go. You can only truly accept your children as adults and let them be free if they are not your only interest.
– Oh yes, I get that. It sounds as if you knew my parents.
– I don’t, but there are so many people who’d like their grown-up children to turn into babies.
– Another question. You said that sex can achieve a high spiritual level only if one cares about its goal and not merely about having fun.
– I couldn’t have put it any better.
– Okay. But frankly, I still don’t get how exactly one is supposed to make sense of all this reincarnation business. How exactly do I – gosh, am I really saying this? – find out which soul wants to be reincarnated and put it into my girlfriend’s tummy?
– More scientific discoveries are necessary to control this process. When the fact of reincarnation is proven beyond all doubt, the progress will be very quick. Reincarnation will become the main interest of many different branches of science.
– You seem so damn sure!
– Yes, I am. This is because energy always follows thought. When we all become aware of reincarnation, our worldview will change drastically: this means that our life here does not start from scratch. No baby is a tabula rasa. Your life is not only a chance to achieve new goals but also a priceless opportunity to pay debts from your previous incarnations, to achieve peace, to recognize old friends from previous lives, to repair what had been broken. The eternal question, “Why am I like this? Why does this happen to me?” will be answered. This change in world view will also influence the view on partnership and sexuality, of course.
– Well, as long as science hasn’t proven the existence of reincarnation, I’ll remain skeptical.
– That’s your right! Just wait and see. In the meanwhile, though, ask yourself this. If thousands and thousands of people who have been through clinical death or those who could achieve enlightenment through meditation are quite convinced of reincarnation, what is more probable – mass psychosis or true shared consciousness?
– That’s a trick question, right?
– In a way. You see, consciousness is the only reality there is. All life is an emanation of consciousness.
– Yeah, well. I still need proof.
– Then you’ll have to wait for a couple of decades at least. Have you ever heard the expression, “Intellect kills reality?”
– No. It sounds rather weird to me.
– It’s an Eastern saying about the intellectual approach which does not accept anything without concrete proof. Narrow intellectualism and formal logic can be enemies of reality and sense. Rationalism is only a part of deep thinking processes. At the very least as importantly, we need intuition. True intuition is underdeveloped in most intellectuals. Intuition is very much like a sensory organ. In fact, we’ve got seven senses. Apart from the usual five, there is the mind and intuition.
– Isn’t it enough to add one? The mind isn’t a sensory organ, is it?
– Oh yes, it is. These two senses cooperate. Intuition is a quality of mental matter, and it is on a higher level than consciousness. Intuition is an immediate and absolute approach to truth, a synthetic realization of the essence. A well-developed mind can perceive the existence of the world of sense, but only intuition can understand it. It is important to keep track of your thoughts’ origins, to learn differentiating between what comes from your intellectual mind and what comes from your highest intuitive mind and intuition.
– Is that intuition of yours diametrically opposed to intellectual thinking?
– No, but it is important to keep knowledge and wisdom separate.
– What exactly do you mean by knowledge and what by wisdom?
– Knowledge is the product of your rational mind; wisdom comes from consciousness and intuition. Knowledge is merely a library of processed information; wisdom is connected to spiritual self-expression. Knowledge concerns things that change and pass; wisdom concerns the eternal. Knowledge is crucial for everyday life; wisdom matters for the soul. Knowledge can be shared in an abstract way; wisdom cannot be summed up in words or graphs in its entirety, it can only be fully accepted from within, with much mental preparation.