The two worlds: the Inner World and the Outer World
We have experienced periods in this life and previously when we felt more connected to the earth, to nature, and to ourselves, to our instinct, our spirit, in tune with life, in the flow. This is the beauty of being in tune with the Inner World, not lost in it imagining light bubbles and chakras, but in harmony.
Our lives in the modern world especially are so busy, and so full of distractions that it’s understandable that we can get sucked into the Outer World, the physical plane, and think that our experience represents who we are.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens. – Carl Jung
Let’s keep the Inner World simple – God, Source, infinite potential, spirit.
The Outer World is actually more misunderstood, it is not entirely who we are, it is both a rough reflection of what we have manifested, and what vibrations require our attention, a delayed response. We are infinite potential, and God knows what more. This human experience is what we have chosen to come here to learn from now and grow from, not escape. But perhaps we are also living in many other dimensions and galaxies having contrasting journeys. I have spoken previously about living at present as a reptilian being as well as this human embodiment. What requires our attention in this physical plane is the vibration that matches ours, that we witness in others, the people and experiences around me that draw out a vibration within me of joy or anguish, anxiety and so on. This is live feedback. But we have become conditioned to think the outer world is actually a fair representation of who we are.
We all know people who seem financially successful, career successful, relationship successful, but perhaps we know them a little better than most, and we can see they have their own struggles, and from the outside they may look like they’ve “made it”, but we might not want their “success”. At the end of the day we’d often take back our own problems rather than the problems of others. And when you think about it, that makes total sense, our own problems, as tough as they may be, we have created them from our higher self. They are fully ours, chosen, drawn in to learn from, not accidents or bad luck.
Avoiding buying things is quite different to not feeling the need for things.
So we spend our lives pursuing the Outer World, ticking boxes, finding a mate, a place to live, decorating and furnishing that place, new car needed or desired, new mate perhaps, children, holidays, the list is endless, there’s always more stuff to acquire. Now some blame capitalism or label it consumerism, well, you chose to enter the world in this age and culture, and you are free to say no, you are free to not pursue the next iPhone or new shoes, do you really need them? I’m not against consumerism or capitalism, quite the opposite, for those of us who need to get complete with the Outer World, chasing these distractions seeking fun or fulfillment, go for it, get your experience, get complete with the pursuit. We chose to come here to a material plane, it’s wonderful to see and work with all these things, man made and God created. Issues arise when we think these things will fulfill us, or that they define who we are, but even then there is no issue, we’ll evolve through it.
Although I’d like those things and experiences, I do wonder why I want them
- Is it because on some level I think they will fulfill me
- Or is it because I expect to be happy enough, content enough to be able to enjoy them?
Ohhh No. 2 is tricky! What if I manage to manifest my wonderful Porsche only to find I’m still rattled inside with fear and anxiety? What then? What if I change jobs to escape my boss, or move to the mountains or the beach, only to find the restlessness within me shows up in the locals in the supermarket or cafe, the dog walkers and joggers on the beach. What if I lose that weight, I eat that military strict diet for weeks, but I still don’t feel at peace?
I’m not suggesting don’t change jobs or move to the serene mountains. I’m not suggesting you don’t buy the Porsche. I am suggesting we need a good dose of self awareness, and self honesty, to assess why we are taking such steps.
If the first choice, that we think these things will fulfill us, then we’re on shaky ground, I can’t help you, I guess we need to get out there into the world and gain enough experience to realise that the acquiring of possessions does not make us happy, although of course can make life more manageable, it’s nice to have clean drinking water, a roof over our heads, a warm bed. But there seems to be many around the world who don’t have these things, who long for these things and think their lives would be so much better with them, yet most of us in the West do have them, and don’t seem too grateful for them. I think experiences are greater for us than mere possessions. The holiday, the journey, a day with friends, to be in a career that we enjoy with people who we like and who are supportive, this is worth aiming for, these provide well-being and these times we remember and appreciate. But, I also don’t recommend trying to skip over the desire to enjoy possessions. Follow your gut, if your gut seeks something, then there is potential growth in it, this doesn’t mean it will be entirely pleasant, just that you will grow from it. Avoiding buying things is quite different to not feeling the need for things.
As above so below, as within so without
The human experience is overwhelming. We are saturated in our senses, and we can become dependent on them to make us feel alive. The pursuit of pleasure which goes hand in hand with the avoidance of pain. The human sensual experience is all encompassing. In my view our Higher Self does have a story arc of learning and expansion, there is a map of this journey, and there are pre-planned targets along the way. So this life is not just random, we are on a much greater journey that this perhaps confusing existence makes perfect sense from an overall perspective.
There seems to be a middle ground
I rarely watch YouTube videos on spirituality. I go through phases of reading constantly, often about specific subjects or people, and then phases where I have no interest in reading for months and months. But I try to stick to my own journey and honour the direction that comes through me rather than being swayed by other peoples experiences. My point is, trust your Self, follow your path, and that becomes easier and more harmonious the more we work with that Inner World.
There is a strong movement of those who wish to either get off the planet, who curse this human experience and the struggle of being here. Its good to remember: this is a game, the more I learn and master the rules, the more fun I can have in the game. I’ll still be a human on earth so I know I have work to do to clear my limitations and baggage and facilitate a higher vibration, but also to be conscious of that journey. If I thought we were all just going to be blasted into the X dimension then I could just put my feet up, indulge in the plentiful vices on offer here and await my newfound state of bliss. Now as it so happens I don’t really buy any of that fluffy spirituality stuff, yes I think we are undoubtedly rising to a higher state of consciousness, but I can’t tell you when or who will experience this, or to what degree each will, it could be in 6 minutes, or 43 years, maybe for some who have done the work in this and previous lives, but perhaps others have many lifetimes to go yet.
If indeed I am God then surely I can play a role in my own evolution, I can clear this heaviness and prepare my own body, mind and spirit, and along the way learn the tools to do this, which in turn can be used to help others pull themselves out of their struggle…note I did not say “which in turn can be used to help others, full stop.”
We also have people who use the senses to gauge their quality of life, the more sensual pleasure they can attain the better their existence. We can be forgiven for thinking this equates to a decent quality of living. Although many of the greater minds who have gone before will tell us that the pursuit of pleasure is ultimately unfulfilling, and seems to become an endless journey of escape. This is where philosophy parts ways with experience. We grow through materialism, we can’t sidestep the actual lesson because we read it on fluffy-spirituality.com.
When at peace in any given moment, there is no need for pleasure, for we are happy, content. The desire for pleasure comes from the deeper lack within us, the unresolved pain from this or previous lives. The modern world is built on the premise that we escape this pain, either through bettering ourselves often economically, or in the so called spiritual sense, by “thinking positive” and other distractions. I have no gripe with any of this (although it’s not for me), if it works for you, I would encourage you to dive into it. And it won’t take long to test it and either see results, or see there may be a flaw.
To be fully at peace in this life requires a foundation that no amount of material, relationship, career etc success will provide. Naturally I’m conditioned like everyone else, I seek the material world I too, more these days to enjoy, than needing it to fix me.
My life truly began to change as I began to take responsibility for everything, across the board in my life, if it enters my world then I have a choice how to deal with it. Notice that we tend to embrace our “out there” manifested reality if we like it, we’re proud of our family, career, health etc and we like to see it as a reflection of our creative energy, when it’s to our liking. However, when not to our liking we’re ever so quick to reject it and not take ownership for what we have still created, it’s easy to play victim, or call it bad luck and so on. Now in my experience there are layers upon layers of this awareness, it’s not a single switch, or has not been for me anyway. It takes time, and along the way we will be seriously tested again and again.
So wearing this flesh suit, drenched in these senses, it’s not difficult to lose track of who and what we are, what we’re doing here. So give yourself permission to slip up, it’s all learning. I apply a little bit of pressure, to keep myself moving, growing, learning, but I’m no longer extreme with myself, although how I live now is seen as extreme to many others, but I can live with that.
In a later article I will discuss the simplest steps to connecting to the inner world and strengthening that awareness.
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