Let us lay the axe at the root of the tree to begin this essay: God is not in the Universe, he does not know the identity you have created for yourself, nor does he sit on a throne above you wearing a crown, robe, sceptre, kaftan and sandals.
Now that we have that out of the way, let us discuss what is our universe made of? The answer is simple. Using the Buddha´s words “your thoughts make the world”, Nothing is good or bad except you make it that way, what you read, what you have been told about the Universe all come together to make quite a tantalising tale of solid (or sordid) material things, of races and people who do good and bad things and ourselves, the viewers idly spectating and judging the game as we see fit. Pity for the dying, judgement for the bad man and praise for the hero. Dreams both shared and individual, bring forth complexities.
Looking through our prism of experiences, we decide what is ok and not ok, in many ways we have been declared gods, in the absence of any real one. Worst still is the idea that we judge in a god´s name. Meanwhile in the darker corners, others are making judgements about us, weaving their way into our minds ideas in some form of mesmerism, whose ideas we have no choice to accept. Subtly manipulating our behaviour by hidden suggestions coming out in illness, sin, sickness and death or who we should vote for. Infecting our minds with ideas of plagues, reducing us to nothing more than lumps of flesh.
Our minds have also created solid material histories and evidences, passed to us by earlier less ethereal minds. Stories of wars and bombs and people who killed and others who suffered. We create reasons for the evil we see around us. Of course the inexplicable must be blamed on god, the old man on the throne or the young 33 year old depending on your denomination who has sent a thunderbolt down to make us suffer. Yet it is our own judgement, moment by moment which makes our world, not some superstitious Godly idea of judgement from afar.
So, it is no surprise then that we have two powers in our Universe. One which supposedly is evil and the other which supposedly is good. Yet, in a Universe made up of nothing more than suppositions, neither actually exist, except that your mind pushes and creates the world based upon your belief of these two powers. Rocked and pushed like a boat in a storm, we navigate between the great good and the ultimate evil, processed and propelled by media, movies, the medical profession and religion. All making up a beautiful tasty meal supposedly called human living. If you are really lucky, you get to enjoy 70 or 80 years.
So what is the answer to escaping then? Do we sit down and negate our world? Do we become judgemental to judge what appears to be judgement itself? Of course there is no real material answer. We do not put out fire with fire, we need a new platform with which to view and deal with the problem which only exists from a certain consciousness or point of view. Certainly the first point is to try to not react to what you see around you. This can be done with even a few moments of meditation every day. Bringing your mind to a point of quiet displaces the cries of a universe and in silence you may re-evaluate situations to see the nothingness of what is probing at your mind. This can change situations as well. Imaging the sick child, viewing him as sick does not help him, but seeing him as whole and healthy and encouraging him to sit up likely will do more good for him than a pity trip that he is sick. Quietness and stillness puts us outside of the human cries and needs, into a place of healing. In this place you find “God” the nothingness of being. It is this space where we find a quiet energy, neither judging nor condemning.
It is Peace, Health, Love and Mind.
“Standing porter at the door of thought” is also good. We can up to a point be careful with what we watch or do. But either way, that is not enough to avoid subtle more hidden manipulations, reducing you to a commodity, a sexually attractive being or something to be loved or hated based upon another´s beliefs about who will save them. Trying not to label people is another way to put out a little fire, leaving room for a quiet non judgemental approach to people we meet.
In silence we find Truth and Love
So, the answer is not in doing, the answer is stepping back to nothingness. We hear this cry from pacifists and those who refuse to fight, in many ways they are right, but also buying into these two powers puts them inside the fire, rather than stepping out of it. We hear from religious people “God is one” without understanding what it means.
Let us not fight today, let us step back into meditation and quieten ourselves. Let us find our oneness.