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An essay donated by Larry Langston

Perhaps life is about gathering experience, not
waiting for rewards or punishment after life.

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Just maybe the way we live this life isn‚€™t about reward and punishment in the end.¬ Maybe it is about experience.¬ Maybe there is no individual decision maker here.

I did not decide or choose to be born.¬ I did not decide where or when I was born, who were my parents, siblings, etc.¬ I did not choose my gender, hair or eye color.¬ I do not control the millions of bodily functions keeping my body alive every second.¬ I do not choose when or how I die.

I believe I am creating thought but am I really?¬ I have no idea what will be my next thought. If I am choosing or generating my own thoughts, why do I not know them in advance?¬ Why can I not stop the incessant flow of thoughts?

I believe I am making constant choices between many options, but am I really?¬ ¬ Every decision I make is based on the circumstances at hand or ‚€œwhat is‚€.¬ Since ‚€œwhat is‚€ cannot be changed or affected in any way, was a different decision ever in the picture in the first place?¬ Furthermore, if thought is flowing from beyond, then obviously, so are decisions.

Is the brain a meat computer?¬ Or is it just membrane and cellular structure sensitive to electrical activity?¬ Is that electrical activity generated within or without? I do not believe the physical ever creates the mental and the brain is physical while thought is mental.¬ Maybe our thoughts flow from the same Source that brought us here in the first place.¬ Some say, well the brain is obviously in control, just look at those who have brain damage and notice the lack of function.¬ But if Source is creating us and the life we live in such a manner as to appear real to us, would IT not also create the physical and mental conditions to make it all fall reasonably into place?

There is only NOW.¬ That means that everything is happening now from the big bang to the cell phone.¬ The Civil war is raging, dinosaurs are devouring smaller prey. World war 1 is raging as are world wars 2, 3 and 4. Tchaikovsky is busily composing the third movement of piano concerto.¬ Einstein and many other physicists concluded long ago that time and space do not exist in reality. 1¬

All experience is occurring simultaneously now as the One expresses through infinite experience.¬ There is no Tom or Mary, only Tom and Mary experiences.¬ All must happen.¬ There had to be a Hitler.¬ There had to be a Billy Graham.¬ No one chose either.¬ There is no separate God, sin, judgment, punishment or reward.¬ There is no fault or blame.¬ There is no one to be proud or superior.¬ There is no one to be inferior or ashamed.

You may be thinking, are you saying no one is personally responsible for their actions?¬ I just do whatever and consider it all fate?¬ We are what we are.¬ Most of us feel responsibility and will act accordingly.¬ If we are irresponsible we will act accordingly.¬ No one is going to throw their morals to the wind against their basic constitution.¬ The question is, is our basic constitution something we developed?¬ Certainly that is the belief of the masses.¬ However, I do not believe anyone is changing anything by trying.¬ It all boils down to where thought originates.¬ If we are actually generating thought, then yes, we keep trying to improve.¬ If, however, thought is flowing from beyond, trying to change or improve is simply futile resisting "what is".

In my opinion, there is only "what is".¬ We cannot influence, change, or alter it in any way.¬ If we have any control whatsoever, it is only in how we respond to what is.¬ Either we accept that which cannot be different or we resist.¬ Acceptance means contentment while resistance means discontent.¬ Carl Jung said, "that which we resist, persists".

There is no separate perfect God creating imperfect humans and demanding them to seek his forgiveness for the imperfection he gave them.¬ Believers try to make it work by saying, God did not create imperfection, we chose it.¬ But the statement is without foundation.¬ It is impossible for any human to achieve perfection.¬ Consequently, choice or freedom is not in the picture.

God is all and all is God.

There is only Consciousness.

I know not what or how this ‚€œknowing or awareness‚€ will evolve after this experience expires but this I do know, at least to my own satisfaction.¬ That is, that there is only Consciousness and the eternal now and I AM‚€¶..IT.

Comments welcome. Email: [email protected]

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References used:

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  1. Gevin Giorbran, "Albert Einstein and the Fabric of Time," Everything Forever, at:

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Originally posted: 2014-FEB-02
Latest update: 2014-FEB-03
Author: Larry Langston

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