I am sitting in a room of about 30-40 men and women who have come together to discuss an unflattering revelation. Every one of them (including myself) has become painfully aware that something is horribly wrong with their behavior in life. They have all noticed a certain unpleasantness and primitive nature in their character, which does not fit in with their notions of true humanness and spiritual goodness.
Here is my report on their efforts and approach:
This group of concerned seekers feels that the problem they are facing is more difficult and complex than most religions or churches are prepared to tackle. The group includes priests, new agers, artists, musicians, scientists, psychologists and those of different religious faiths.
In a nutshell, there is agreement among all of us that, in spite of our rapid technological advances and being large-brained creatures, we have somehow “bought into” going through life in a diminished state of cognition—called the cubicle self-mind™. All the problems in the world are a result of millions of people living this way and not knowing better.
The group discuses ways of verifying that we mostly live in a diminished cognitive state and that our spiritual potential requires both acknowledging this unflattering predicament and a struggle to tap into a “higher” or “inspired-self” mind that lays dormant within us.
The lower, cubicle-self mind simply goes with the flow but the higher or inspired-self mind™ knows the ultimate reason and purpose of why we are here on this planet.
Our lower cubicle-self mind is habitual, set in its ways and reacts in a mechanical manner (through associative thinking and feeling). It tries to solve the problems of the world and its relationships with others through its boxed-in and limited field of vision. But unfortunately, real and permanent solutions lie outside that limited field of vision.
The difficulty in overcoming our lower cubicle-self mind is that it has become second nature. We have come to identify with it. So it hides behind our very illusions. And even if you accidentally happen to observe it, you can fight it for a while, but it springs back into full action as soon as you lose energy or are seduced again by the vanities and allurements of the world.
Because of this, it takes a committed group to keep everyone energized and reminded of each other’s predicament—to pierce through the hypnotic condition of the cubicle-self mind and reconnect with the higher spiritual mind. In spite of the different faith traditions they each may have been born in, when they begin to experience higher self, their religion evolves and changes as well!
For instance, the higher spiritual mind interprets God’s Holy Word differently than the cubicle-self mind. Members of this group have begun noticing and discussing new ideas in Scripture that were previously overlooked or unrecognized. They see the Bible’s warnings to “wake up” and “sleep not” are actually references to the cubicle-self, and even more impressively, that Revelation and the Lord’s Second Coming refers to reconnecting ourselves with our higher spiritual minds and God—not a physical return.
This is impressive to me, since my wife and I are the only Swedenborgians in the group! These individuals represent one of the many ways the Lord is now establishing the New Jerusalem on earth.