Spiritual Awareness: a Car Metaphor

Simple Awareness is like this: you are sitting in your car and looking out the windows at the world, and the glass is covered with dirt and bird poo, but you say to yourself, “That’s how it is, the world looks like a mottled mess of dark matter. My body is this car and the dashboard is the brain with all the things I can do with it. We can drive around, listen to music, see the lights, feel the sensations of hot and cold on my skin. I can get stuff and carry it around. If I have someone with me, this is our world, what else do you need?”

What if you cleaned off the glass, on every side, and looked out? You would see a lot more. You would be aware of a wider range of landscapes and skies, of roads that lead to unknown places, other animals and people that you could get to know better, and how they are all connected. So much more is available. The tiny holes of light that appeared through the mud, would be open to perception and knowledge. You would be amazed at how much was out there, that you were missing.

Our bodies are just the vehicles for higher learning. In the Kabbalah the word is Merkabah, meaning a chariot, a carrier of movement through time and space. The Soul is the real carrier which transcends both. When we do the work of clearing out the debri that has accumulated over the years, our true selves become vehicles for ascending new heights of awareness.

When we die, the body goes but you can take awareness with you. It is a valuable commodity in the afterlife. The work you do here to make spiritual awareness a growing asset for the future will pay off, even if you can not see it right now.

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