Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What Petraeus Teaches Us About Consciousness

If you don't do the inner work, you will meet your turmoils as fate.  Just ask C.I.A. Director David Petraeus or any of the others involved in the current scandal.  You too can live at the emotional level of a high school sophomore, despite having attained worldly success.

Their accomplishments were impressive on paper.  But everybody falls from the perch of their own innocence and it's seat mate, arrogance.  We came to this physical domain to wake up and realize we're more than our physical manifestations. 

Courage wears a thousand faces, or at least more than one.  Courage? Honor your agreements, do the right thing, don't cheat if you can avoid it. Understand that nothing is private, certainly not emails or cell phones.  Wake up to your own motivations before the house of cards you've built collapses and takes you down with it.

Either way, you get to wake up and make tough choices, the kind we might hate but can't avoid because to grapple with our issues is to create growth.  And I contend we're here to grow and develop, to realize greater God-consciousness, or whatever euphemism you care to call it: Oneness.  How do you achieve oneness with the divine without having achieved some level of it from inside?  Maybe it's all a game of facing ourselves and deciding, moment by moment, whom we will be?

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