Posted January 16, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
– Madame De Stael (1766-1817)
Could it be true that every single man and woman who has ever lived not only represents the greatest book ever written, but actually is the greatest book ever written? Now, there is a theoretical proposition which challenges one’s intellectual and philosophical engineering skills for sure. As each ultimate masterwork of writing – each human being’s life journey – is being written, the book is simultaneously being adapted to the big screen. The big screen, the movie, is the life each lives on Earth, followed by movement into the infinite and eternal.
Abstract has been defined as “apart from specific matter, theoretical, and hard to understand”. So, what is there to gain from entering into the idea that every person is the greatest story ever told, and because of that there is no higher or lower, better or worse, valuable or less valuable? Answer: the awareness that in ultimate reality there is no difference whatsoever between human beings. Here one sees the truth behind what Christ was saying when he spoke the words, “whatever you do to the least among you, you do to me.”
But surely this is an idea that is too big for the year 2014. Yet, it is representative of eternal truth which is infinitely more dramatic than the “you can’t handle the truth!” line delivered by Jack Nicholson in the movie; eternal truth which resides in the souls of each man and woman. The eternal truth is ineffable – that which cannot be described. Those who have gone through a near death experience (NDE) have experienced eternal truth, yet are unable to find the words to fully describe it, because it is ineffable.
Fortunately those who have had NDEs are able to describe the scenery of eternal truth, yet it is nigh impossible to describe what eternal truth is. There is a consensus among the men, women, and children that their experience had profound messages; most concentrated around love. Is it possible that personal NDE accounts offer humanity the greatest nearness to a supreme aspect of life, and surpasses the masterworks of philosophers and artists and scientific thinkers until now in 2014?
Although death is the greatest fear that people have, what is there to gain by facing death intentionally and directly? It is possible that facing death squarely and directly will allow one to feel a camaraderie with every human, animal, and plant on Earth. Pantheism means: “the doctrine or belief that God is not a personality, but that all laws, forces, manifestations, etc. of the self-existing universe are God; belief that God is everything and everything is God.”
Now, this writer is not one who has any desire to “convert” others or “proselytize”. I find no satisfaction at all in proving any sense of “higher” knowledge or insight into the meaning of life, but do feel that a shared exploration through the inner worlds every person can reach through thought can lead to previously undiscovered territories of the mind and soul.
Now, this kind of exploration has nothing at all to do with being the “first” to discover an idea or concept. One could look at this kind of intellectual effort as one which has as the goal finding a new way of looking at life on Earth. This includes all the miraculous philosophical and spiritual works and writings of men and women through history until today. There is absolutely no doubt that individuals have articulated tremendous concepts through the centuries – leading humanity to very dazzling heights on metaphysical mountains.
Can humanity climb any higher metaphysically?
Mount Everest has a peak; a point where it is impossible to climb higher. From the perspective of metaphysics, the branch of philosophy concerned with ultimate nature of reality, there is no available proof of the existence of an analogous metaphysical “peak” like the physical Mount Everest. Perhaps the most realistic assessment of the success or failure of collective metaphysical thought is found from examining conditions on Earth.
When one begins to look at conditions on Earth in 2014, it does not take very long (think “in a heartbeat”) to become aware that humanity can climb higher metaphysically. While humanity climbs to ever higher heights and finds out more about the ultimate nature of reality, it simultaneously goes deeper inside – to the places in the heart. If humanity is fortunate there will be a collective discovery of that place in every human heart, and the heart of all living things, where resides the ultimate nature of reality.
“I know now that there is no one thing that is true… It is all true.”
– Ernest Hemingway
Humanity is on an evolutionary path swiftly leading to a worldwide state of affairs where thoughts, words, and actions are in service to ultimate realty – unconditional love. Oh, but that is only so much mumbo-jumbo and gobbledy-gook; a wishy-washy utopian “pipe dream” that will never happen. Roman statesman and philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 B.C.-65 A.D.) said, “There never has been a genius without some touch of madness.”
So, take comfort in the words from Seneca spoken in the first century. What you may mistakenly feel is experiencing of some type of madness is actually your brushing up against the universal, inherent human quality of exceptional natural ability. Correct this misperception once and forever, and remove this powerful, unnecessary self-infliction of pain. Understand that being human includes possessing higher, nobler, and more truly powerful benevolent resources – discovered in silence with gentle exploration.
Rest assured and know that the human race will correct its collective misperceptions, unlock the doors to exceptional natural ability, and walk through the entrance to ultimate reality.
And soul by soul arriving at unconditional love, forgiveness, oneness, and heaven on Earth.
“He that hath ears, let him hear. There is a light within a man of light, and it gives light to the whole world. If it does not give light, there is darkness.”
– The Gospel of Thomas
(Thanks to Tom Kane @ YouTube)