CABALLO LAKE SP, NM—No matter how spiritually advanced you are, a needle poked into your skin is going to cause you pain.
Recently, I was disrespected by a friend. What follows is how it felt, and far more importantly, how it clarified a false assumption I’ve been making up until this point.
More below the break (huh?).
Pain serves a useful purpose: to grab your attention and inform you of something it deems important. Ignore it at your own risk.
Here’s how a simple, unconscious and unintentional “dissing” affected me:
From the Mortal Level
Since respect is important to the Mortal Level, this is where the pain was felt. I felt hurt, disrespected, and angry.
From the Soul Level
I blew it off as irrelevant in the grand scheme of an eternal life.
From the Radiant Level
I felt compassion for the friend and to her circumstances since she was simply reacting to a highly stressful situation.
From the Emptiness Level
(This is a “new” level—which I was previously calling “Oneness”)
From the Emptiness Level, the “disrespectful” action was seen as just a typical movement of life; no different than a leaf falling off a tree or a bird chirping.
(Neither Oneness nor Mystical Oneness are levels—they are both the integration of the levels. Think of the levels (Physical, Mortal, Soul, Radiance, Emptiness) as different lily pads on a pond, Mystical Oneness is the pond from which all things (the lily pads) arise.)
From Oneness, I received insight into the false assumption that the enlightened should not experience emotional pain.
From Mystical Oneness
(Mystical Oneness is just Oneness with the acknowledgement of a Divine presence.)
From Mystical Oneness, I felt a deep gratitude to Her/God for “putting me” in this situation in order to help my spiritual growth. (She told me to go for a walk—which led up to the “dissing incident”—even though my mind shouted, “No, it’s too hot out!”)
False Assumption Dropped
The false assumption I was making was that when one attains Oneness/Enlightenment, they should no longer be affected by the trials and tribulations of the Mortal level: anger, resentment, self-centered desire, etc..
The truth is that, just like we are affected by pain at the physical level, each spiritual level is susceptible to its own form of pain and when pricked we will feel it. Pain is generated at each level based on what that level deems important.
The farther along in your spiritual development though, the less seriously you’ll take the pain of the lower levels. You’ll hear the “noise” that each level generates, but their intensity is diminished when seen from Oneness/Mystical Oneness.
Insights to Come
There were a boatload of insights which arose as a direct result of this simple interaction (Emptiness, Integration, Conditioning, …), but I don’t want to detract from the message so I’ll post more on them later.
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