Monday, October 03, 2005
The Inner and Outer are One
"When you make the two one, and when you make the inner as the outer and the outer as the inner and the above as the below, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male will not be male and the female not be female, when you make eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in the place of a hand, and a foot in the place of a foot, and an image in the place of an image, then shall you enter the Kingdom." (The Gospel of Thomas)I keep revisiting this quote over and over again. Here we go again.
What does the inner and the outer mean?
The inner is the world of the One, Reality, that is free from all dogmas, concepts and rituals. It is infinite purity and perfection; it is infinite Love. The inner is my true home. In the inner I don't have a body as I have in human form, I am pure light, pure awareness. There is no sense of myself or other, I simply am.
The inner has been experienced by many who have had near death experience as Light. Some people believe this Light to be God. Others, including myself, have experienced this Light in meditation or yoga. We are all that Light.
The outer is what we experience as forms. This computer I'm typing on is part of the outer. It could also be perceived as an effect of ideas that already exist in Mind. Thus, everything in the world of forms can be perceived as effects from the One Cause. My body in the outer is the cause of the inner. In other words, things which do appear on the outer are effects of that which are in the inner. There, therefore, appears to be a Law of cause and effects at work.
The problem is there is a tendency for one to be so mesmerised by the outer that you believe it is the only reality. You then try to change things in the outer instead of leaving the outer alone and revert to the inner. Changing the outer is like trying to change your reflection in a mirror.
When I continue to see the outer as an effect of the inner, there is a danger of creating a duality of the inner versus the outer. In truth, there is no outer versus inner; the inner and outer are one and the same. It is a truth everyone has to realise for himself. Then, and only then, is the One made manifest. You are then Spirit-man.
The purpose of life is to live from an awareness of One; to live as Spirit-man. Instead of seeing the world of forms as an offshoot of the inner, see all forms as the One taking infinite forms as solids, liquids, gas, light, and so much more.
For instance, this computer is still a computer but it will act in a different way depending on who is interacting with it. With someone who only believes in a material universe, a computer is just a mechanical tool that does as it is programmed. With someone who believes in ideas and Mind, a computer is an effect of Mind which one can influence from Mind. However, for someone who realises that the inner and the outer are one, this computer is the One in manifestation.
The One is not under any known laws as the One is unconditioned. With the One, all things are possible.
There is only One. The inner and outer are one and the same.
The One is infinite perfection, love, joy, wisdom, freedom and Good.
Love and Light,