See Part 1 Q&A here…. We’ll pick up where we left off….
Question: What is the most important aspect of being human?
Answer: A human being is embodied potential to be both the finite and the infinite. It’s not quite clear to me how this came to be, but it seems to be the way it is.
When I see a person, I cannot focus on their superficial qualities or personality. I see something deeper that speaks to me directly – something I know and understand intimately.
I am still taken aback when I realize that the people I interact with don’t know who they are and what their awareness can grow into. Everyday life obsessions of “he said, she said” are so removed from my experience that I need to translate these dramas into something I can understand.
People want to be loved, and people mostly feel unworthy of love. There is fear. This seems to be the root of so much complexity and drama here. People define conditions and have expectations, which is diametrically opposed to embracing reality as it is. They spend a lot of time and energy trying to change life topography before they even find themselves on the map.
Nevertheless, everything the human race is going through is a stepping stone. No experience or realization is wasted – it is all raw material for the proverbial staircase to heaven.
When a human being glimpses that potential with the whole body and mind, no matter how short-lived, that is important. Then, this being knows that he or she is paradoxically becoming what one already is. Embracing this paradox is important and unique to the human nervous system, which is an exotic interface to the infinite.
Question: What does it feel like to observe people go through painful situations, even if some are self-created?
Answer: It depends. Over time, it is becoming more difficult for me to focus on individuals. Mostly, I feel the ebb and flow of the human race as a whole. Those individuals who recognize that I am noone in a body – they are easier to pinpoint because they must feel that they are the same as That on some level.
Some people – I feel like I know them, have known them, even if they are seeming strangers. I am already connected to them somehow and usually try to help them in some way. I will talk with them, give them attention, and sometimes take their pain. Of course, I never take money…. that is something I do not do. Maybe occasional food 🔆
Sometimes people say they don’t know why I care or help…. I see this dilemma as being separate from one’s true nature. If you know who you really are, you realize that there is nothing else to do but be available – you do what you are 24/7. There is no layer of planning or thinking about what I can get back. It just doesn’t work that way.
Most importantly, when I do not feel that draw to act, I don’t act. It is not my place, not my time. I trust and live that.
Question: If the enlightened being’s state is so different from the turmoil of this world, how can an enlightened being exist here?
Answer: At some point, the enlightened state will not be as rare as it is now. More and more people will break through the illusion of living as embodied shadows.
However, at this time, the difference in consciousness of the majority and the free beings is so dramatic that living here is not easy.
It is not easy to see people feel and act trapped, hearts break, and happiness be dependent on life’s conditions in a given moment.
I no longer cry except on rare occasions when there is united suffering of a group of people asking for help. I feel their pain as if it were my pain – vividly, viscerally, and running on all cylinders through my body.
But as the pain runs through me and has nothing to stick to. So, I put my attention on these people with a clear heart.
After enlightenment, attention does not wonder randomly, nor does it come with an intention for a specific outcome. Rather, the very act of such attention does what it can to alleviate pain and transmit a stable and unconditionally happy state of being automatically.
I have seen this act of attention bring healing to some. Bring clarity. It is a mystery to me how it works.
One thing is clear is that attending to people is an impersonal act – there is no agenda, just a pull to be there with all that is happening.
Does this tire me? Often. I need a lot of sleep to exist here and to allow my body to rebalance.
Question: Does an enlightened being look forward to being finally free of this world at death?
Answer: Every being feels a draw to the next level. However, in enlightenment, there is no urgency or need for a specific timeline.
In fact, the notion of time being something to grasp vanishes. There is only now, as cliche as that may sound. I am literally unaware of past memories or future anticipation. I am just here, and right now there is nowhere else to be.
One could say that I don’t think about my future, but that is not quite true. To function here, I need to address real-life situations, family and work responsibilities, and forge practical strategies for living with my family. I make an effort to plan living – physical life requires that. However, decision-making is fairly easy and quick. The compass always points north.
So, I do what needs to be done with the understanding that everything here – including my responsibilities, joys, and setbacks – all are temporary.
Living like this does not result in regrets or feelings of confusion. There are no looping thoughts and no unresolved dilemmas. The entire life is a simple, undirected unfolding – much like a flower greeting the Sun. And I am there with it all – both an observer and a participant.
I do not fear death, nor do I dwell on it. I just know when it’s not yet a good day to die.