Our life experiences are confined to that of which we are individually consciously aware.
In this condition of complete mental isolation, we realize that pure consciousness is the only substance and exists only within ourselves… not somewhere “out there”. It is infinite in scope and is without any physical dimension. By definition it is “spiritual” without any ecclesiastical connotation. Webster defines “spiritual” as that which is, “incorporeal; a life-giving force; an animating principle; having no material body or form”. This is our true identity.
But there is a seeming paradox.
We also seem to be aware of an opposite, finite, structured material universe that exist outside of us. This is an example of the Law of Opposites.
The Law of Opposites is a natural law, which states that everything of which we are aware is opposed or challenged by some implied opposite. OPPOSITES are defined by Webster as,
“elements that are so far apart and diverse as to be totally
irreconcilable; clear and unequivocal diametric opposition”.
Opposites cannot be commingled or be justified one to the other. Where one is real, its opposite is unreal. They are opposites. Opposites abound everywhere: black and white, assets and liabilities, profit and loss, short and tall, light and darkness, positive and negative and on and on and on. I doubt that you can think of anything that does not have an implied opposite.
To effectively articulate this paradox in words is next to impossible. One cannot describe infinity in finite terms. It would be like trying to describe light from a premise of darkness. It is not unlike the situation wherein a blind man attempts to discern the size and shape of a snowflake by touching it. The very act of touching the snowflake completely changes its characteristics and makes any possible comparison impossible.
Logic demands that we accept the fact that what appears as an external world is, in reality, only an inverted projection of its infinite, internal cause. It would be a contradiction of terms to suppose that there could be anything beyond infinity. We must discipline ourselves to be constantly aware of this phenomenon of opposites and strive to discern the difference between the real, infinite, all-inclusive consciousness on the one hand and the finite, limited, fictitious appearance of events and circumstances on the other. Trying to justify these opposites is the reason we have so much conflict and chaos in the world.
If we are to experience a world where none of its chaos, conflicts threats and predictions of doom will “come nigh thy dwelling place”, we must claim our true identity, consciously align ourselves with the “creative and controlling forces of the universe” and rejoice in experiencing a freedom beyond anything the “world” can offer.