At some point I will create a page devoted specifically to Jed McKenna. Since bumping into him here in SE Asia and then discovering the true nature of the man beyond his books and his online presence – my realization of how things REALLY are and just how much the ‘enlightenment gig’ is a lie – has deepened considerably. Everything written by me in the past year or so has been testament to deepening in Clarity and seeing what is.
Self, Truth Realization, Enlightenment – are non existent imaginary dreams, well packaged and sold by many different ‘teachers’. Sitting in front of the computer and dispensing wisdom certainly beats 12 hour shifts in a factory or headaches of working in a call centre or even running own business. As for Jed.. well, he enjoys red wine, riding a dirtbike and Asian working girls, they are cheap here.
Right. Let’s go back to the title of this post. The statement ‘What I am is never born and so never dies’ has been repeated on and on by snake oil spiritual sellers, especially of the modern day non duality paradigm. Let’s examine it, and all I write is written from direct experience, not by way of logical conclusion. But words are all we have, so here goes…
‘Never born – never dies’ sentence is baseless, misleading and serves as a Terror Management Theory.
First, it is baseless because there is no ‘universal awareness’ outside the body. The body houses a human consciousness, and with it – awareness. A baby is conceived and at some point the fetus has enough of a developed central nervious system to begin to aware. It happens inside the womb, long before the baby is born. It happens in the same way a worm will become aware. The only difference is humans also have the capacity to become SELF aware. This is what separates us from the animals. Human Awareness does not precede the body. If one doubts that, they only need to ask themselves ‘Where was me at the time when the pyramids were being built?’
Second, it is misleading because humans take the statement from so called ‘enlightened’ beings literally, as some evidence that there is eternal life. How good does it sound – never dies, huh??….. Pretty good if you ask me, and who wouldn’t wish for that, right? But this is no more than a conscious (and occasionally unconscious) marketing trick, a promise of something when for a truly self realized there exists nothing to be realized. But it is hard to sell ‘nothing’ in its base form. ‘Nothing’ doesn’t sell.
Third, it serves as a Terror Management Theory, because an overwhelming majority of humans are uncomfortable at the thought of own impending physical Death. Let’s make it clear… there is no evidence of survival of individual Consciousness, no one has ever come back to report. Countless humans perished with no recall… how hard is it to not see the obvious? Apparently, very hard, beliefs and wishful thinking have a tight grip on Humankind.. humans want to believe the fairytale and invest their energy into the non existent as a way of comforting themselves.
There are also two other, purely mental aspects to the statement ‘never born – never die’. First, Self The Character has no identifiable properties, cannot be found anywhere. Show me the Character… it exists in one’s imagination and nowhere else. From that perspective it doesn’t exist at all. Logically it seems then… it was never born. Logically then… what was never born – can never die.
But logic, this by-product of Human Mind is NOT Reality, because Human Mind itself is not Reality. The Reality is that all will perish. No exceptions. We are all slowly moving in the same direction – towards the grave.
Second, a human is unborn, because anything, absolutely ANYTHING you have ever done here on this planet – is meaningless. You will be gone, there will be no trace of you, and even for those whose names echo in history.. what do they care? They are dead, no trace left of their existence, other than some dusty books. At the moment of one’s Death a human is retroactively UNBORN. None of it ever happened. Your life has never happened. You never happened.
This needs to be integrated on a cellular level, to stop one indulging in fantasies of ‘never born-never die’. In the meantime.. think of all those who benefit from the said and the ways in which they benefit.. and then live their lives to the full.
Don’t be a fool. Live your life as if there is no tomorrow. It is the only one you will ever have.