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The Metaphorical Meaning of Sacrifice and Bliss in Mythology

Update: 10/8/14 – Reading over this post, this thought/feeling seemed to “bubble up from my archetype, from my soul:

“When you surrender, the life that is waiting for you will arrive.”

It feels an awful lot like Joseph Campbell’s famous quote:

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”

Notice how “give up” and surrender or sacrifice are synonymous. Ah, wait! I just had an Ah Ha! moment about what this means: You’ve got to quit planning on what you are going to do, just start doing the thing that you love. So you are surrendering control, control of the outcome, control of the results, and instead living, engaging inside that activity that you love to do because you love to do it in and of itself. You love the process of that activity (ie, writing, music, art, acting, but it could also be business or science, just as long as you are engaging your creative, visionary side to these activities, and of course, above all, it is something you truly love, in and of itself, and not for the money. But enough philosophizing! The meaning of the statements is to begin doing it, right now! Go start singing, go start writing, go start dancing and acting, or whatever it is you love. It doesn’t matter if people say you aren’t good enough. If you love the process, you are immune to criticism, and you don’t have an Ego that cares about the results. It cares about the activity itself. And when you are engaged in it, you are living your purpose. You’re on the edge of excitement all the time, as Joseph Campbell used to say.

So, what you are surrending is philosophy, philosophizing, talking about it, and what you are accepting, what you are leaping into, is activity. The activity will guide you, open doors, send “magical” helpers, not the philosophy. Not the thought.

Update: 3/28/13: Now that it’s Easter, and today is Maundy Thursday, if you wanted to bring the Mythology alive in your own life, you could practice, right now, for instance, sacrificing your need to hold on to the past, and your need to control the future. And then by this act, this psychological act, the irony is, you psychologically “rise above” the duality of time, and for that matter all dualities, and you arrive at an “a priori” transcendence, in which letting go and surrendering, ironically, paradoxically, wins you back your true nature, your true gift, your “sacred” treasure and power. When you sacrifice your need to control time, you wind up in a timeless world, living a transcendent life.

Update 3/26/13: I was blown away just now when I learned that the word Islam itself means, literally, “surrender.” Fate, kismet, “Wyrd” are all common archetypes in religion, and so it makes sense that this idea of “surrender”and or “sacrifice” would also be an important archetype that is found in all religion or mythology. These two fundamental archetypes are symbiotic, and almost call out to each other.

“You can’t control your destiny, Jack. You’ve got to just let it wash over you like a bad spray tan that won’t take.” – from “40 Rock”

“You’ve gotta learn to let go. You can’t try and control everything all the time.” – From Celeste and Jesse forever.

“This isn’t turning out the way I wanted it to!” – Debbie, from this is 40 exactly the 44 minute mark.

Orpheus died to himself, in order that he may live on through everybody else. What does that mean, “to die to yourself”? Think about this for a minute. It means surrender. It means letting go. It means dying to your ego, the sense that you and everything else in this world are separate. It means dying to your inner self which only worships eating and sex, and then also dying to your outer self, which has the potentiality for achievement and greatness, but only worships at the feet of social recognition, the addiction or the endorphin rush of attention, of being worshiped yourself.

Sacrifice of the flesh is metaphorical of this idea of dying to the ego. The ego is this psychological structure that is blocking out transcendence and bliss both from the outside and from with in you.
(“The Kingdom is within you and is without you. If you will know yourselves, then you’ll be known and you will know that you are the sons of the Living Father.” – Jesus, from The Gospel According to Thomas.)

Bliss is like a secret underground fountain that’s bubbling up within you naturally, and also like a ocean that’s trying to pour into you from the outside.
But ego blocks off both of these sources that naturally would be flowing, like a damn, or like something that’s blocking off the root of a tree.

So the idea of sacrifice, in part, is this willingness or this sense of psychologically dying to your ego, letting the ‘rat’ that’s in you, secretly nawing at the root of the sacred tree, the Axis Mundi, die. Or letting the “damn” or “dike” that’s in you, which is trying to control and manipulate the waters of life, nature herself, letting that psychological structure be destroyed, not giving it any more energy or “soul” food. Your sacrificing the inner desire of hunger and the outer desire of pride, in order for the waters to flow again through you, or the light to once again shine through you after having become transparent, once again, to transcendence. You’re trying to balance the truth of who you are, of where you came from (“the rag and bone shop of the heart”) without crushing the totality of the human potentiality going forward, but also without cutting off those supply lines from which this very potentiality, the Cerebral Cortex, is made from. Remember Indra had the power to kill Leviathan, the snake that was blocking out the waters of life from nourishing the world, but in doing so he also brought down his own potentiality out of pride of the very act. So one could say that sacrifice is a religious archetype that has been needed to enable life to carry on evolving, while at the same time not losing touch with its origin, its essence, it’s soul.

Paul: “Wouldn’t you rather have me around for less years and I’m incredibly happy rather than longer and I’m miserable?”
Debbie: “Yes, and I just realized that just now!” – This is 40 – 47:15

“I guess the party didn’t turn out like you had planned.”
“Yeah, but it was a good party.”

Here’s another good example of an everyday way of putting this idea into practice: Sacrifice your Ego’s need for attention, and instead put that same energy in the direction of your bliss, you’re “calling”, the things or thing that makes you happy in and of itself, and not because it makes you money or gets you attention (Social Reward). In this post I have used “Ego” and “Flesh” sort of interchangably both in the ideas of “Dying to the Ego” and “Dying to the Flesh.” I think there are two good reasons for the comparison: 1) In Hindu, it is the outward, most superficial “body” of all of our “bodies” that is the most cut off from spirit (the inner body, “Atman”) and needs “religion” (re-linking) back to the soul and 2) If you think about your everyday life, its the experience of your body, the impulses of the flesh, and the experience of the senses that most feed this “illusion” of ‘Ego’.

The ideas of Yoga and Meditation are Eastern exercises in metaphorically “Dying to the Ego” or “Dying to the Flesh.” It’s not that you want to really die to your flesh. It’s that you want to think of the metaphor, the psychological aspect of it. The purpose here is to rebalance psychologically so that you are experiencing the impulses of the “subtle” body (Soul) at least as strongly, or some would say more dominantly, than you are experiencing the impulses of the “Ego Body.”

Neither are wrong. Both are natural. And in a way, the aspirations of a “New Religion” going forward would perhaps be a Unification or “Marriage” of these two separate bodies. That may be the true, ultimate life experience and fulfillment. In a way it’s sort of like the current goal of cutting edge physics is to “Marry” if you will Quantum Theory (Metaphorical of the Subtle Body) and Relativity (Metaphorical of the Physical Body).

I just realized that this idea of “Destiny” and “Letting go” or “Surrender” or in our terms here, “Sacrifice” (When thought of as ‘sacrificing’ your need to control) have a lot in common, that they almost are born from each other. So, if you sacrifice your Ego, then your true Destiny will take over, and then your life’s adventure will be automatic. “It” will begin. You won’t have to try. It’ll be like getting on a ride at Disney World.

The question I still have, that’s burning inside me, is how does one, in practical terms, in terms of your everyday life, actually “Die to Yourself” or “Die to Your Ego”? That’s the question that’s burning in me: how do you do this metaphorically in the everyday, “real” world of your life?

Cosmic Consciousness Vol. II

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman, taken from Max Tegmark’s, the famous physicists’, webpage.

“The side-effect of doing what you love, what you’re supposed to be doing, is perfect health.” – Dolores Cannon [Youtube Link]

{I would take this mean psychological/spiritual as well as physical.}

“Infinite love is the only truth. Everything else is illusion.” – David Icke, describing the message he received during an Ayahuasca experience.

“Being shoots and unstoppable arrow through reality.” – Stephen Pickering

One instant is eternity;
eternity is the now.
When you see through this one instant,
you see through the one who sees. – Wu-men

– See more at: http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/blog/2011/03/14/wu-men-one-instant-is-eternity/#sthash.Z8ZpuAom.dpuf

“The Universe is always talking to you, and the true miracles seem to come when you take the time to listen.” – Nikki Gudis

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”
– Deepak Chopra

“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” – Paulo Coehlo

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

“The divine is your constant companion, and that constant companion has never left your side.” – Panache Desai

“What people call knowledge, is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.” ~Sri Aurobindo

“Let the waters settle, and you will see stars and moon mirrored in your being.” – Rumi

“For 30 years I was looking for God. After that time, when I opened my mind, I found that he was looking for me.” ~ Bastami

“Being (sat) is the sense of giving yourself up to the energies of the world, of the universe, letting go, and letting them carry you.”

“Life in this world is a vast dream, dreamed by a single being.” – Schopenhauer

“We are actually ourselves bringing about what seems to be happening to us.” – Thomas Mann

“All phenomena merely arise from the false notions in the mind,” – Ashvaghosha

“I stood with the pious and I didn’t find any progress with them. I stood with the warriors in the cause and I didn’t find a single step of progress with them. Then I said, ‘O Allah, what is the way to You?’ and Allah said, ‘Leave yourself and come.’” – Bayazid Bastami

“Man has free will to the extent that he knows who he is.” -Alan Watts

“As our minds begin to quiet down, we notice that the thoughts and feelings associated with meaninglessness come and go, and that there exists, in the space between these arisings, a way of being that is not affected by these mind-states. The Soul, we discover, seeks not meaning; its “meaning”, to borrow that Ego-concept, is self-evident.” – Ram Dass

“Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness. You are not separate from it, and there is no objective world out there. Every moment, your consciousness creates the world that you inhabit.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

“When you say, ‘I am beautiful,’ you are inviting the beauty in.” – Joel Olsteen.

“The Great Way has no gate; there are a thousand paths to it. If you pass through the barrier, you walk the universe alone.” – Wu-Men
(*As a sidenote, I didn’t know who “Wu-Men” was. Turns out he was a Chinese Zen Master, one of the primary authors of the “Zen Koans.” Man, when I read his “Koans” they just floor me. Here’s a link to one collection, “The Gateless Gate”, and also here’s the webpage where I found this link as well as a nice little bio, plus it looks like it has other resources, including sacred poetry from around the world. http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/W/WuMenHuikai/)

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” – Alduous Huxley

“Your true self is unlimited. Know that you are already a complete spiritual being. The path forward is just a matter of waking up to your true, unlimited self.” – Deepak Chopra

There is a field beyond space and time from which everything emerges.” – Deepak Chopra on The Akashic Field

“Because the world is not going anywhere there is no hurry. One may as well ‘take it easy’ like nature itself, and in the Chinese language the ‘changes’ of nature and ‘ease’ are the same word. This is a first principle in the study of Zen and of any Far Eastern art: hurry, and all that it involves, is fatal.” -Alan Watts via @AlanWattsDaily

“When neurosurgeon Eben Alexander went into a coma and had one whale of a near-death experience, he received three messages:  “You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever,” “You have nothing to fear,” and “There is nothing you can do wrong.” – Martha Beck from her blog here.

“You are not too old and it is not too late to dive into your increasing depths where life calmly gives out it’s own secret” Rilke (Twitter Link)

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How Metaphysics and Physics are Coming Closer Together

There’s always those quotes that bypass the Ego gate and strike a chord deep within what Jung might call your “Collective Unconscious,” and this was one of them for me. One reason this strikes me is that it seems to relate or come very close in a metaphysical way to the Physical Scientific Fact that all of us have wave functions that fill up not just the entire Universe but also the infinite number of Quantum Multi Verses, as well as all of time past and all of time future, forever and ever without end. That sounds Metaphysical, but it’s actually a Scientific fact. It almost feels like how they built the railroads in the 19th century, one group working from the West Coast inwards, the other from the East, and then they met in the middle. It seems like the more Science discovers or rather “uncovers” the more the images seen in the telescopes and the microscopes seem to resonate with the images of Metaphysics, Mythos, and what is coming out of the Collective Unconscious.

The great barrier in the Metaphysical picture painted above is the Ego, which is symbolized by Dragons, serpents, and other creatures that are cutting off this natural flow of “Cosmic” energy. In the Fairy Tale and Myth, “Slaying the Dragon” is symbolic of “Slaying” your own “Ego” which by its very nature of seeing itself as separate from “Nature” and the rest of the World and Universe, destroys Spirit. For in this picture, “Spirit” like the bloom on a flower is the by product of Nature, something created by nature, not something separate or to be imposed on nature.

Makes me start to think that the Wave Function is the equivalent of “Consciousness” as in the famous Vedic expression: Being> Consciousness> Bliss (Sat, Chith, Ananda in Sanskrit) So, the second of that Trinity. “Being” seems to be the initiator of a great track opening up. But what is “Being”? That seems to be the great mystery and key.

https://twitter.com/DeepakChopra/status/221966445419036672

 

Cosmic Consciousness Quotes Vol. 1

“The total number of minds in the universe is one. In fact, consciousness is a singularity phasing within all beings.” – Erwin Schrödinger

“We are asleep. Our Life is a dream. But we wake up sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
[Link to Deepak Chopra saying these lines on Facebook Video at about the 10:20 mark.]

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“I understood that our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit. We may choose not to find access to it, we may even deny its existence, but it is indeed there inside us, and there are chemicals that can analyze its availability.” – Dr. Alexander Shulgin, creator of MDMA or “Ecstasy.”

“If you completely accept something, it changes. If you completely accept it, it shifts.” – Eckhart Tolle http://youtu.be/AO3wRY9lWSk

“Resist nothing, and you will receive unconditional love.”

“You are the one. You have all the answers.” – Taylor Marie channeling spirits during a Ayahuasca experience.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“It’s weird, huh? It’s like the minute you kinda give up control you just know what to do without doing anything.” – Aubrey Plaza’s Character from “The To-Do List” movie, exactly at the 45:05 mark.

“When we heed the call of our deepest desires, we fulfill our true destinies.” – Deepak & Oprah

“You are no more in your body than Beethoven is inside your radio.” – Deepak Chopra

“Faith, consciousness, and awareness all exist beyond the thinking mind.” – Ram Dass

“The Self is not in the realm of thought. The Self is in the gap between our thoughts. The cosmic psyche whispers to us softly in the gap between our thoughts.” – Deepak Chopra

“Calmness is the criterion of spiritual progress. Plunge the purified mind into the Heart. Then the work is over.” – ~Ramana Maharshi

“The worldly person is insane from the point of view of the spiritual person.” – Robert Thurman

“Our practice is not to clear up the mystery. It is to make the mystery clear.” – Aitken Roshi

“If the mind would let go of itself, stop grasping to and for itself, then the real you would come out, like a genie out of it’s ‘bottle,’ and a real adventure would begin.” – Stephen K. Pickering

“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.” – Albert Eintein [link]

“God writes spiritual Mysteries on our heart,
where they wait silently for discovery.” ~ Rumi

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“The earth has disappeared beneath my feet,
It fled from all my ecstasy,
Now like a singing air creature
I feel the Rose
Keep opening.”
~ Hafiz

“When you follow your bliss a kind of track opens up, that’s always been there, waiting for you. And the life that you should be living, is the one that you will be living.” – Joseph Campbell

“You must let go of the life you have planned in order to accept the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell

“The fundamental message of Mythology and Fairytales is that the natural energy of the Cosmos, the Universe, the Ground of Being, can’t get through, is being blocked. You’re only job is to remove the obstruction. When that’s done the energies that come pouring up through you, will automatically carry you to a life of adventure, to your destiny. You don’t have to ‘do’ anything. You don’t have to ‘try.’ These energies will automatically carry you to where you need to be.”

“If you could release the god that is in your soul, the one hiding in embryo, then anything would be possible.”

“The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.” – Atisha (It just occurred to me that “Letting Go” is the essence of it all)

“Knowledge has organizing power inherit in it. It is simply enough to know.” – Deepak Chopra

“I always tell my students follow your bliss. When you have that feeling then stay with it and don’t let anyone throw you off.” -Joseph Campbell.

(Check out this link to Bill Moyer’s website where all 6 episodes of “The Power of Myth” are available in audio by way of SoundCloud for free!)

“Real happiness lies in that which never comes nor goes, but simply is.” – Ram Dass

“I want to be alone with those who know secret things, or else, be alone.” – Ranier Marie Rilke

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats

“Uncovering your real desires can be terrifying. It can also set you spectacularly free.” ~Mark Epstein

“There is no happiness until the mind is still. The cause of all sickness and sadness is the fluctuation of the mind.” – Russell Simmons

“Existence is awareness without boundaries. Perception is awareness with boundaries #SpiritualSolutions’ – Deepak Chopra

“The whole universe exists inside you. Ask all from yourself” -Rumi

“What you seek, you already are.” – Deepak

“Your awareness has its source in unity. Instead of seeking outside yourself, go to the source to realize who you are.” – Deepak

“When the mind is still the whole universe surrenders” – Maharishi Yogi

“Space and time are not objects of perception, but qualities of awareness” – Deepak chopra

“All descriptions of matter are descriptions of modes of human perception within consciousness.” – Deepak Chopra

“The Universe is a mirror of consciousness…” – Deepak

“Be still and know…”

“You cannot find it anywhere because it is inside you. Happiness is your natural state.”

The “watcher” or the Atman (the god inside U) is everlasting & blissful when the noise is gone. All that’s left is the “God consciousness”

The spirit or the consciousness that “watches” never dies. Step back and “be the watcher.”

“Craving security is the cause of insecurity. Freedom is knowing that the only point of arrival is now.” – Deepak

“Consciousness experiences, brain records the experience.”

“Meditate on every sentient beings happiness for the new year. If it doesn’t work for them it will work for u!!”

“When we transcend our own thoughts, we get in touch with the womb of creation.” – Deepak Chopra

“The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.”

-Chogyam Trungpa via Ram Dass’ Facebook Page.

“When you’re inspired by some great purpose some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, you’re mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new and a great and a wonderful world, and then he said dormant forces, things that you thought were dead, dormant forces, faculties and talents, come alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be: you discover yourself to be God, and these dormant forces just follow after you and take care of it for you.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer quoting Patanjali in conversation with Eckhart Tolle

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