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Worlds and Self


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[1 of 7] Anonymous (3000 BC-current, World): primary subject "Reality, observations on" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": detail "From ‘The Gospel of Philip’ in the 'Nag Hammadi Texts'"
People cannot see anything that really is without becoming like it. It is not so with people in the world, who see the sun without becoming the sun and see the sky and earth and everything else without becoming them.
 Rather, in the realm of truth, you have seen things there and have become those things, you have seen the Spirit and have become Spirit, you have seen Christ and have become Christ, you have seen the Father and will become Father.
 Here in the world you see everything but do not see yourself, but there in that realm you see yourself, and you will become what you see.

[2 of 7] Anonymous (3000 BC-current, World): primary subject "Reality, observations on" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": detail "‘Maitri Upanishad’"
Samsara, the transmigration of life, takes place in one’s own mind. Let one therefore keep the mind pure, for what a man thinks that he becomes: this is a mystery of Eternity.

[3 of 7] Barnett, Lincoln (1909-1979, USA): primary subject "Reality, observations on" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": detail "From ‘The Universe and Dr. Einstein’ p. 21"
Since every object is simply the sum of its qualities, and since qualities exist only in the mind, … the whole objective universe … does not exist except as a construction of the consciousness.

[4 of 7] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Reality, observations on" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Cosmic Consciousness": detail "From 'Life and Doctrines of Jacob Boehme' by Franz Hartman"
If you will behold your own self and the outer world, and what is taking place therein, you will find that you, with regard to your external being, are that external world.

[5 of 7] Eucken, Rudolph (1846-1926, Germany): primary subject "Reality, observations on" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": detail "From 'Der Sinn und Wert des Lebens""
The key to the puzzle of man lies in the fact that he is the meeting point of various stages of Reality. All his difficulties and triumphs are grounded in this.

[6 of 7] Jung, Carl Gustav (1875-1961, Switzerland): primary subject "Reality, observations on" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": detail "From 'Commentary on the Tibetan Book of the Dead'"
There are, and always have been, those who cannot help but see that the world and its experiences are in the nature of a symbol, and that it really reflects something that lies hidden in the subject himself, in his own trans-subjective reality. It is from this profound intuition, that the Chonyid state [a stage after death] is entitled ‘The Bardo of the Experiencing of Reality.’

[7 of 7] Plotinus (c. 204-270, Egypt): primary subject "Reality, observations on" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Philosophy of Plotinus: Gifford Lectures 1917-1918, vol.1": detail "Commentary by Dean Inge"
This reality is neither an independently existing external universe, nor a subjective construction thrown off by the mind. It is constituted by the unity in duality of the spiritual faculty and the spiritual world which it 'beholds' in exercising its self-consciousness. Spirit and the spiritual world imply and involve each other; neither has any existence apart from its correlative. If we call the spiritual world the self-externalization of Spirit, we must add that with equal propriety Spirit may be called the self-consciousness of the spiritual world.