We seem to often think that Jesus always knew perfectly that he was One in God, and that this realization never wavered his entire life. But did it?
This parable may have a better interpretation viewed through the lens of mysticism than the traditional "us versus them" approach.
The answer may be found in the question, in the identification of the "I." Who we think we are and who we really are affects how we consider life after death, and what we will thus "feel" there.
What masks do we wear? What roles do we play? What self do we think we are? It is probably not the true Self. Coming out goes deep within.
I suggest that unique waves never return, but rather the ocean continues waving. The ocean is waving in you now.
We live at the crossroads of a dual-nature. How well we bear that cross, integrating these dualities into one, may define our life.
Nihilism is a philosophy that says that life is meaningless. It says there is no objective meaning, intrinsic value, or purpose in life. What does mysticism and the mystical experience say about that?
What if we all told the truth? Why do we lie? What repercussions does this have in our lives? That's what this video from Like Stories of Old explores.
A friend asked me what my take was on the problem of evil, or theodicy, so I thought I'd write about it here.
I think the story of Adam & Eve is a mythological allegory describing humanity's "fall" of consciousness into the dualities of self-awareness, subject/object relationships, and the opposites of existence. This is symbolized in the partaking of the "tree" of knowledge of good and evil, i.e. dualities.