How and Why Should We Evolve?
Question from a reader:
Alrighty – lots of aspects to this question (I swear, they just keep getting more complex. You’re pushing the boundaries of my brain, too :D). I’m going to combine the ones that are relevant and try to give you the best picture I can, to the best of my ability, within the confines of my current understanding.
“My question is not about the physical experience; I got that covered ;). Rather, I’m more interested in how and why we should evolve. For example, Jesus, Buddha, et al are ascended Masters. So how do we become ascended Masters? I understand there is the combining of knowledge (spiritual side) with experience (physical side) and that completes a needed segment…but what about evolution and ascension?”
Let’s start with the first one:
I’m more interested in how and why we should evolve. I understand there is the combining of knowledge (spiritual side) with experience (physical side) and that completes a needed segment…but what about evolution and ascension?
I’m going to refer back to the blog post I wrote earlier about perspective and the purpose of existence. It is there that I make the the suggestion that life is not a school, there are no lessons, and there is no growth except from your perspective within time.
Life is about experience – not just the physical experience, in a literal sense (that was kind of the feeling I got as to what you meant when you said “my question is not about the physical experience”, as in the ability to touch and feel things, but to experience emotions.
An example I often use to explain this is romantic love. In spirit, you know what romantic love is as a concept. But you love everybody and that love is an all encompassing type of love – romantic, brotherly, platonic, motherly all rolled into one – and you know that everybody is a part of you and that makes it really hard to really grasp what that experience might be like.
When you’re a child, you watch Disney movies and you know that the prince and the princess fall in love. You know what that looks like and you can imagine how it might feel, but until you grow up and you actually fall totally and utterly in love with someone, you’ll never fully understand it.
That’s the kind of experience we are talking about and that’s the ultimate goal of existence.
Now, the idea of lessons and growth come from our perspective in the physical. When we get here, we forget who we are in order for us to truly be able to understand the experience. Why? Because like I said up there in the example of romantic love, it’s really hard to understand romantic love for just one person when you really truly love EVERYONE because you know you’re all a part of each other. So you have to forget that in order to really be able to hone in on that one feeling.
As you live the experience of romantic love for the first time, you are actually just remembering it, rather than learning it. But to you, it feels like learning because you can’t physically remember where you were before you came here or that you’ve already known love in it’s most perfect sense.
It’s through the remembering process that we feel as though we “learn” and “evolve.” In the highest sense, we already know everything there is to know. We’re experiencing all of it in the eternal now moment – the only moment there is. You have no need to evolve, because you are already existing and living every possible stage of evolution as we speak. It’s merely a matter of which portion of the whole that you are currently aware of.
So how do we become ascended Masters?
Given my understanding of what I just talked about above, I might suggest that you do not “become” an ascended master. You already are, elsewhere. The “becoming” is merely your experience of your current awareness moving the process from a perspective within linear time.
In the understanding that we already are everything we need to be, we can truly let go of struggle and rather than attempting to become who we think we should be, we can just BE who we really are and always were. I’ve written about this in previous posts as deconstructing the ego and surrendering to higher self. And letting go of struggle is a “lesson” (or a remembering) in and of itself.