Entitlement vs. Enlightenment

Peeling a layer of an onion is paralleled to peeling a layer of one’s own consciousness. At the most outer layer is a mindset of entitlement, while at the most inner layer resides a mindset which everyone strives for…enlightenment. While both permeate the other areas, they meet somewhere in the middle. Peeling through these layers, we eventually get to the core of our essence…pure Love.

At the very outer ring of an onion is a protective layer. The layer that preserves the fruit until maturity and until ready to be consumed. This layer is similar to the ego of our subconscious minds. It is the layer that protects us from injury during our growth. It is also the layer that can keep us from peeling back any further layers while in search of eternal bliss. This is the most basic layer where our lowest of vibration controls our thoughts. On the most primitive level we instinctively want to snatch and grab anything we can, in fear  we will be stripped away of our rights, material things, or even our life.

When a person is ready they cut into the first layer of the onion, cutting into the real essence of their consciousness. Peeling the first layer the realization in the beginning is, “Wow I did it, I got rid of some extra baggage!” Once this feeling of accomplishment settles in, the individual realizes there is yet another layer and instinctively asks, “Now What?” Peeling another layer, letting go of more harbored negative behavior, there resides yet another layer.

The Pilgrim being more primitive than the Warrior, remains in entitlement thinking and feels that everyone in the world owes him something. When things don’t go well at work, he blames someone else as being their fault, because it can’t be possible that he was wrong. The pilgrim also subscribing to thought of following one path of government or another, subscribing to ‘one’ way religion, living as nobody else exists.

The Warrior, Ani Po, no longer subscribes to this lifestyle of entitlement and resides in enlightenment. In this state Ani Po no longer subscribes to the rules of the flesh: picking sides of government, picking a certain religion, or thinking She is the only person alive and everyone else owes her everything. Nope, not Ani Po. She has found an all-inclusive resort that allows everyone to be free to be themselves and never excludes anyone. She no longer subscribes to monetary systems established by society, but merely plays the game of subscribing to ‘fitting in.’

At the most primitive level of our existence we learn an entitlement behavior. This behavior is compounded by our capitalistic system. Conditioned to believe in entitlement and is  the cause for our separations in this lifetime. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, with an increasing gap between the two. Dr. David Hawkins discusses varying levels of consciousness and reports that it is possible to peel past these basic layers, attaining a higher state of consciousness.

As we peel the layers of the onion, permeation of entitlement penetrates through the protective walls of each layer until somewhere in the middle of the onion it loses the belief of entitlement and met by a force of enlightenment. Carl Jung often refers to this state of a person’s life: a shift, from the morning of their life to the afternoon of their life.

Pure enlightenment is not generally felt until all remaining layers are peeled and all that remains is the core essence of the onion…that of enlightenment. We can cut right to the core, getting a taste of eternal bliss but for it to remain in our daily lives we have to slowly peel each layer. With each layer we remove trapped emotions, trapped behaviors, until we begin learning positive behaviors. Once the lessons begin we take a step into “The Active Side of Infinity (Carl Jung),” continuing our growth with each new day.

Stepping into the Canvas without a sense of entitlement, knowing that nobody in this world owes me anything. I Am free to be Me! Having a purpose of service to my fellow brothers and sisters, I no longer sit waiting for them to come to me. Instead I will apply a little elbow grease to my daily actions and will not expect anything for free. The only thing in this world that can possibly be free is me…even that has a price that many are not willing to pay.

Coming Together As One

On the eve of Thanksgiving I ponder my day: two families and plenty of nourishment; Many emotions to be shared…some good, some not so good. Whether we enjoy the company and conversation or not, it truly is a gift that we have family to come together. It is not only a time of reflection on the immediate, but the opportunities of shining Love and Light upon those ‘others’ in need. Whether it be immediate family or a stranger passing by, may we reflect on the gift we have of making another person’s day.

Thanksgiving day is for bringing families together, reminding us to stop just for one day and give thanks for the abundance flowing into our lives. Thanksgiving day is reserved to one day out of the year, but could easily be an everyday occurrence if we choose.

I invite you, just for today, to be that beacon of Light, shining upon your family extra bright today. Take an extra pause, just for today, to count the many blessings that you may have and the many blessings that are on their way. If there is someone at the table who speaks a negative language, give them a language lesson in positivity. May Faith be Your eyes, Hope your ears, and Love be your warm embrace.

Today, I give thanks for: Internet, Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts, friendships of old and friendships of new, conversations and no conversations, opportunities to spread positivity, work, food, bare necessities. All of this I give thanks, but today will turn them off and give this day to you…Thank you Father for all these things. Thank you for the wonderful family placement and thank you for all my Brothers and Sisters.

Stepping into the Canvas extra bright today, sharing Love, Light and Life with each and every step. May gratitude fill my plate today, returning for seconds of the sweet tasting appreciation. Giving thanks not only to those whom return a feeling of goodness, but also those who do not. May today be reminder that everyday can be a holiday…Happy Thanksgiving!