Here at Infinitely Mystical, we explore enlightenment and spiritual awakening in simple, clear English
“Could God and creation be the same reality, like water and ice, both sharing the exact same essence? The mystic says, “Yes!” and the implications are mind-blowing!”
“You are not simply connected to God; every aspect of your being is divine! God is not just deep within you at a special place; you are divine at every level!”
“It will seem as if you are opening to more and more of God’s love yet you will finally see that God’s love for you has always been infinite and perfect at each and every moment.”
“When we celebrate both our uniqueness in form and our unity in our Divine Essence, we find the deepest inspiration that opens up our loving hearts to everyOne. It is only through the many that we can share the One Love of God.”
- Thomas Razzeto from his book, Living the Paradox of Enlightenment.
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This is perhaps my single most important essay. I write passionately about this profound ancient wisdom because I want to help ignite the process where these concepts are transformed from mere ideas into a living truth that burns within your soul.
In this summary overview of spiritual awakening, I present three key awakenings which occur when you intuitively recognize the following three points:
• You exist fundamentally as pure awareness, as the open capacity for experience.
• The awareness that is looking out of your eyes is the same awareness that is looking out of my eyes and the eyes of every sentient being. There is only One Awareness.
• This awareness arises as each and everything that it is aware of. This is why my mentor, Timothy Conway, and I refer to this awareness as “Source-Awareness.”
Here’s what I like to say:
Your fundamental identity is the Actor, Source-Awareness, the one, uncreated, formless Divine Essence.
Your nonfundamental identity is the totality of created reality, the stage, the props and all the characters. This is what you are through the process of creation.
And your functional identity is the combination of the Actor and the one character (person) you appear to be. All of creation is thoroughly divine since God is not merely infinitely intimate with all of creation, God is creation.
It is God who is arising as everyOne and it is God who is doing everything. How wondrous!
Reading this 3-page essay is the fastest and easiest way for you to find out if my work will resonate with you. I hope you will enjoy it.
Here's the essay: The Loving Heart of Enlightenment
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Way back in 1980 I started to read some of the Seth books, which were channeled by Jane Roberts. I found Seth to be wise, insightful, compassionate and humorous. I quickly felt comfortable with his refreshing ideas and applied the material to my life, as best I could.
Seth often joyously proclaimed, “You create your own reality!” In my opinion, this means that you create both your own emotional state of being and the circumstances that arise around you. Let’s take a look.
Let’s start with these two important points:
1) Your core beliefs are the key factor in the creation of your emotional state of being.
2) Your circumstances are a reflection of your core beliefs, emotions and actions.
Since your core beliefs are at the beginning of this creative process, this is where all effective change takes place. And since your circumstances are just a reflection, you simply focus on your state of being. If you desire a change in your state of being, you change your core beliefs and then take wholesome (unselfish) action that corresponds to your new belief. Once you understand these two points, you will no longer focus on trying to fix your outer circumstances by directly manipulating them.
And here is one more very important point: You cannot just create anything you want. The specific outer circumstances of the future are always unknown.
This is true even though all outer circumstances are just a reflection of your core beliefs, emotions and actions. For example, if you believe that you are not good enough to be loved, you will feel unloved and your examination of your circumstances will seem to verify this belief. Yet even if you do believe that you are good enough to be loved, you still will not be able to dictate that certain people will love you in the way that you want. But you will now be open to the love that God will bring you through the kindness of some of the people around you, perhaps in ways that you did not even expect. So you will now have the experience of living in a loving world. What a profound shift!
So the universe is not your personal mail order catalog simply waiting for you to clearly make up your mind and place your order as some people have claimed. This is not about creating specific outer circumstances so that you can then become happy. If you are not happy most of the time, then you must first change the core beliefs that are preventing you from being happy.
Your most natural state of being is the one filled with joy and peace. Think about that for a while. And notice that it takes no effort to simply be in your natural state. When you let go of fear, this is what you relax into. And in a very beautiful way, this is the optimum state for God’s love to flow through. It is easier for a happy person to be a loving person.
At its deepest level, this is about releasing limiting beliefs such as “I am not good enough to be loved” or “I don’t fit into this world” and embracing the core beliefs that you are good enough to be loved and that you do fit into this world beautifully. This allows you to be open to the changes that God’s love, wisdom and power will bring you.
As your trust in God grows, you will discover that peace and joy are always available to you, no matter what your circumstances are. This recognition gives you the freedom to comfortably put your values of caring and sharing into action with a spontaneous aliveness that you have not known before. How beautiful is that?
You can read more in my 5-page essay: Seth: “You create your own reality!”
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The word “nondual” means “not two” and we use it because God and creation are One Reality, not two. This wisdom holds that the unseen Creator arises as the world we see all around us. This is like an actor arising as a character. There is a difference between the actor and the character since the actor is the source of the character. It’s not the other way around, the character is not the source of the actor. Furthermore, the character cannot go on the stage without the actor. And yet, the actor can drop the role of the character at any time. Because of this, it is wise to make a distinction between the transcendent source (the actor) and the dependent construction (the character).
And yet when the actor comes forward as the character, they are one. Every single quality or aspect of the character is truly a quality or aspect that is being exhibited by the actor, and every single action that appears to be done by the character is really done by the actor. What appears to be the will and power of the character are really the will and power of the actor. If you are standing in front of the character and you want to find the actor, you do not need to dig into a deeper and deeper layer. No. When you look into the eyes of the character, you are looking directly into the eyes of the actor. They are one.
So which is it? Are the actor and the character one or are they two? Both words reveal important aspects of the reality at hand. Yet neither word works well completely by itself so we use a new word: “nondual.”
A similar thing is happening with God and creation. It is God (the One Invisible Actor) who is arising as everyOne, and it is God who is doing everything spontaneously without a script.
You can read more in my 3-page essay: Why Do We Call It Nondual Wisdom?
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It is your personal consciousness (your soul) that is becoming enlightened and even though there is no universally accepted definition of enlightenment, here are the two key criteria that I use:
1) Being fully awake to the intuitive understanding of your True Self as the One Divine Source-Awareness, the One Self that arises as all apparent selves and
2) Being completely free from all selfish or self-centered desires and tendencies.
These two aspects work together to automatically produce the unhindered flow of all the divine virtues such as loving kindness, compassion, peace, humility, generosity, patience, and the divine bliss that holds all human emotions. In this way, your personal consciousness (your soul) becomes a well-tuned instrument in the hands of God, sharing the fruit of enlightenment with everyOne, including yourself. So we see that being fully awake and being completely free leads to being entirely available for the sharing of the One Love of God, without any fear at all.
You can read more in my 8-page essay: What Is Enlightenment?
All my essays and excerpts are here.
While the message that I offer is truly ancient, I hope that my fresh presentation will help you understand this delicious material in the deepest way possible. Perhaps my work will inspire us all to respect one another, treat each other kindly, and work together for both personal and world peace.
By the way, my mentor is Timothy Conway, who truly embodies this open-hearted wisdom. Much of my work reflects what I have learn from his spiritual meetings, which I attended almost every week from June 2005 to July 2016. That was when Timothy and his wife Laura moved to Arizona. I am sure we will still keep in touch but for me, there was nothing quite like those weekly gatherings. I cherish them dearly.
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Here's the back cover of my book, expanded just a bit for my website:
Living the Paradox of Enlightenment
Spiritual Awakening in Simple, Clear English
Your True Self Is the One Divine Awareness!
My most passionate teaching offers you the idea that you exist in the most fundamental way as pure awareness, as the open capacity for experience. We have all heard it said that you are not a human being having a spiritual experience, but instead, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. While that shift in understanding is of course very important, there is still a deeper wisdom. In truth, you are not a being of any kind, physical or spiritual. You are pure awareness! And most importantly, this awareness is the Divine Awareness, the only reality that was not created. This Divine Awareness is the source of all of creation and it is the only witness to it. This is your true fundamental self and this Source-Awareness is looking out of your eyes right now!
By “fundamental self,” I mean what you are when stripped of everything that is not essential to what you really are. Although you are fundamentally “only” pure, formless, transcendent Awareness, through the mystery of creation, you arise as the totality of created reality (all form) and you experience your life from the perspective of your own “personal self.” In this way, the One Self arises as all apparent selves. This is how the One becomes the many. The intuitive recognition of this is what creates tremendous love and compassion for everyOne. You are inspired to engage in life in a wholesome, unselfish way and to make the world a “better” place, as seen from the perspective of our ordinary world.
The deep, intuitive recognition of your True Self is one of the core aspects of enlightenment. The other aspect is the ability to unselfishly flow in harmony with all that life brings forth. This book will help you become more skillful in the art of love and acceptance and in doing so, you will more easily experience a deep and lasting personal peace.
Yet you were not created to just sit still in a state of peaceful acceptance. You are here to joyfully and fearlessly dive head first into your life in your own unique way. Many of us have heard the phrase “you create your own reality,” but this does not mean that the universe is your personal mail order catalog, simply waiting for you to clearly make up your mind and place your order. If you are open to a deeper understanding of that phrase, then you are ready to make some real progress. This is about removing blockages, not pursuing specific outer circumstances.
When you release your limiting beliefs about yourself, the world, and how you fit into it, you will be free to put your values of kindness and compassion spontaneously into action with an aliveness that cannot be matched!
So what do you think? Are you inspired to learn more about the paradox of enlightenment? If so, this book just might offer you the clarity you have been looking for!
My book is at Amazon
In truth, I honor your divine nature.
Thanks for visiting, Thomas Razzeto
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