Following is the first chapter of a work-in-progress titled Human + Being, about using our right brain’s power to access inspiration, information, guidance and big-picture perspective in solving our problems and saving the planet.
Chapter 1: Time and Eternity
Every moment of our lives is a fragment of eternity. Every particle of our bodies that we call physical is made of vibrating energy, infinite and eternal. Our thoughts, feelings, and consciousness or awareness — our wakeful state — also are energy.
Energy has no end, no limitations of time or space. It exists everywhere and anywhere at the same time.
Our human mind tries to divide existence into bite-size pieces that it can perceive, or at least imagine, think about, and pretend to control.
That mental function is expressed through our left brain, which endlessly records, compares, calculates, and predicts future outcomes based on past experiences. The left brain links together our individual moments into a story. It narrates our life in an endless chatter aptly called “stream of consciousness.”
The left-brain function is what I refer to as the “human” mind. It’s also sometimes called our ego, because it’s the source of our human identity. Our ego identity is made up of ideas about who we are, based on the left brain’s reactions to our experiences in the world. Over time, we forget that those are simply ideas rather than immutable truth. They become our human identity, and the left-brain human mind becomes very invested in protecting its creation and projecting into the world so that other people see us as powerful and desirable.
The left brain is a babbling brook that stops only when we train it to listen and observe, to be still, to rest in the moment. Or when disease or accident silences it.
The right brain, on the other hand, perceives not only what is within our energy field, including our physical body, but also infinity. Unlike the left brain, which is busy defining us as separate and individual, the left brain perceives the unity of all existence.
Rather than narrate its perceptions, the right brain experiences each moment through the body and its energy field as sensation, sound, sight, taste, smell and knowing, or awareness. The right brain observes every moment, but doesn’t divide one moment from another. It is always in the present.
I call that right-brain function our “being” mind. Through our right brain, we are able to perceive ourselves as eternal and infinite, part of the constant flow of life force energy.
Time and Eternity
Eternity is just existence without time. Our human minds create the perception of time by stringing together moments.
The human mind experiences time as linear, a river that sweeps us along from one point to another in a procession we call past, present and future. We can’t stop the river, nor can we push it. The river flows at its own pace, and our only option is to ride along and try our best to anticipate what lies ahead.
To the being mind, though, time is more like an ocean. We live in the middle of an ocean of experience, continually moving and changing, but always one ocean. To the being mind, there is no time, only presence. Only experience. Only now.
Our human mind measures seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, centuries. It looks at an ocean and sees waves, spray, drops of water.
But is the ocean really divided into waves? The ocean is water, fluid, in constant motion, every particle connected to every other particle. A wave doesn’t exist apart from the ocean.
Similarly, our human mind thinks of our lives as separate from other lives, in time and space. In reality, our energy field is never separate from the energy fields of other human beings, or from all of existence.
We are eternal, because we are part of eternity.
We are infinite, because we are part of infinity.
We create time and space by focusing our attention on a snippet of eternity and deciding to be here, now.
Using our being mind, we can equally well focus our attention on somewhere else. We can enter infinity and access the intelligent universe, or source of existence. Observing with our being mind, we can see the big picture. Separation dissolves, and suddenly we understand how to change situations that our left-brain human mind considers problems.
By integrating our human and being perceptions, in other words, we can become whole, integrated human beings and transform life on Earth.
We can become the powerful creators of what we want to experience, rather than feeling powerless to change our lives and our world.
Copyright Susan Rensberger 2017. All rights reserved.