There are two special gurus in my life. The daily Abraham quote and the first question I am drawn to on IQ.
This morning Abraham said:
And Snow, posed a question Snow Asked. I will say right now that I don't have an answer to Snow's dilemma, but his question strikes a chord within me. I have been told similar things most of my life. Rather than possibly hijack his valid and worthwhile question, I thought it best to begin a new post.
So, now, I am drawing on my inner resources and the Group Mind of Inward Quest to answer the question that I am asking Me. Come along for the ride if you like. I warn you, it just MAY be a slippery slope!
Where is the Joy in my life? I know that I attract/create situations. I realize that I have allowed (I am trying to put this in the past) situations to build to the point that I take a hard action that disturbs me and others in my environment. This does not lead to my Joy.
When my inaction leads to inappropriate action that disturbs my Joy and thereby the joy of participants in my world, I am not happy. And Source does not care. I do not believe that Source has much interest in whether there is Joy in my world or not.
Source loves energy! If my energy is disruptive, Source loves it and gives me more disruption. Source has great power, in fact Source is the only power. I feel myself heading into darkness right now. I can't fight Darkness, to try will increase Darkness.
Look for the Light, Bill. Use the Force, Luke. Explore the contrast of this perfect balance of the World. Must it be that the greater the contrast, the greater the energy? Is the effortless drawing of manifestations boring? Is boredom a lack of contrast?
Somehow, enjoyable contrast hybridizes Source and physical.
I used to play video games. In these games I explored various environments. There were tools, weapons, traps to avoid and monsters to defeat. Rules to be followed. These rules were rarely defined in advance, I had to learn by trial (I lived) and error (I died, and reincarnated to a previous point, but with the memory of what happened and the ability to choose a new strategy). Hmm a "life metaphor?"
Strategies to successfully interact with the environment. And as I progressed in expertise, the game got harder. The more successful I was, the harder the game became.
Let me rephrase, the more I struggled to win, the greater struggles were presented to me.
Sound like my life? You bet!
But wait a minute. There was a better way to "win" the video game. GOD MODE!!! I could put myself in "God Mode!" I no longer had to obey the rules of the game, the physical environment. I walk through walls! I do not fall into traps. Monsters cannot hurt me. I float EFFORTLESSLY through the game.
The game now has NO CONTRAST! BORING!!!! Could this be what Source experiences? So Source animates a physical body, us, to be able to experience physical contrast?
So where, oh where is the joy? Is there more energy, more challenge, more contrast in defeating the Boss Monster, or floating down a river watching the world go by? Do I want, do I yearn to fight the Boss Monster? Hey, as long as I have my BFG (Big F**king Gun), I'll take on that SOB in whatever battle he wants!
"Effortless"? Not for long, not for me.
Would I be happy, Joyful, if everything was "effortless"? Remember Abraham's quote above,
"flowing, seemingly effortlessly into your experience." Does "effortless" and "exploring contrast" fit in the same world? I think it must, but HOW?
What would it be like to log into IQ and find that there was no-one seeking answers to their problems?** All was effortless? Would we be attracted to IQ?
Can we, do we even really want "effortless"? If we really did, I think that we would already have it.
As always "To be continued".......
I equate effortlessness with fun. When you perceive something as fun then the effort required to do it is not important. I helped a friend who was going to tile a room in his basement. He had a busted knee at the time and had a hard time doing a very physical part of the project. I said no problem , It was a dirty ,sweaty, muscle burning job .. but you know what I had fun so that effort was ..negated... So when contrast shows up say to yourself "lets have fun with this"
answered 09 May '13, 02:36
A really excellent and thought-provoking question, Dollar Bill.
I would say, absolutely, a life of contrast and struggle is by turns both dramatic, exhilarating, and exciting...in its own way. It can also involve a lot of stress and negative emotions. Goes with the territory. I seem to remember Abraham saying something to the effect of, "Earth is where the action is." I.e., souls incarnate here so they can experience the limitation and struggle that this world offers.
I am reminded of so many movies where the "Hero" or protagonist is put (or puts himself) through absolute hell during the story. He experiences a whole litany of awful negative experiences. He is put through his "darkest moment." Just like in Empire Strikes Back, where (spoiler alert!) Luke gets his hand cut off and then finds out his most hated arch-enemy is his own father. Talk about a double-whammy. But later in the plot of that grand tale, these distressing experiences give rise to moments that allow our hearts to soar, and experience feelings of absolute triumph and exhilaration. We experience one so we can have the other.
Right now there is a popular (and brilliant) show on TV (and series of books) called "Game of Thrones" which focuses even more on the dark, on the struggle, on the negative. Yet it is very entertaining...enjoyable and stressful at the same time. There's a reason why the show is so popular.
The horror movie genre is also immensely popular. It allows people to experience overwhelmingly negative emotions...horror...terror...fear...etc.. Tens of millions of people absolutely love experiencing this!
I once had a little debate with a friend of mine. He explained that he liked evil women better than "good girls" because they were more fun and exciting. He also told me that he'd prefer to go to hell rather than heaven because, "that's where all the interesting people were." To each his own, I guess.
These are all absolutely valid choices.
This, too, is a valid choice.
It reminds me of a Bashar clip I heard recently. Someone asked him if he creates art on his homeworld. He said yes, he was creating a piece of art at that very moment. It was a giant sphere made out of an ultra-thin, extremely hard material that was aligned with the structures of other dimensions. Within this crystalline structure were compartments, 27 of which were filled with artistically-created energy fields representing the fluctuating energy of the 27 different planetary races that Bashar was currently simultaneously making first contact with through telepathy!
This seems like a good example of "God mode." It doesn't need "the dark" or "the struggle" to be enjoyed. Yet it seems like it would also be pretty fun and pretty cool. You could spend your entire existence just going on vacation. Seeing a wide range of amazing places, and interacting with fun, amazing, and interesting beings.
The end of the movie The Neverending Story is about how I imagine "God mode" to be. The main character, Bastian, is granted unlimited wishes to create whatever fantasy he wants:
Most of my life, I enjoyed the struggle of light and dark, the contrasts. I had a good run with it, but lately I've been starting to tire of it. About the same time I found Inward Quest.
God mode seems like it could be pretty fun. I'd like to try it for a while. If one gets bored with it, I suppose the struggle will still be there for those who desire to return to it.
effortlessness as in 'Illusions'
answered 08 May '13, 17:33
Man if you'd had the life I've had, you'd welcome effortless completely, 90% struggling and lack, 8% neutral, 2% joy. "God Mode"? Lol, yeah right, I've tried to hook into that mode, it doesn't work in my life computer.
answered 09 May '13, 12:34
I do want it to be effortless yes....
If you ask a man who has nothing, or a man who is homeless, I'm sure he would want it to be effortless.
I want most things in my life to come to me effortlessly, I don't really care about going through the 'tough' journey or whatever, it just means nothing to me at this point in my Life.
answered 09 May '13, 12:35
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