Clip from the film Birdman of Alcatraz [1962]

The original film is 2:28:41 long. This clip is from 1:56:34 – 2:04:02 in the original film.

 

Observations on the most important and
critical scene in the entire story of the film

 

The scene is what is called the ‘worth the price of admission scene’ because it tells the world bluntly and truthfully what this world is about and has always been about: power and control.

Will the world ever change?

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PRIEST = Religion (played by George Mitchell as Father Matthieu)

WARDEN = Society, represented by Government (played by Karl Malden as Harvey Shoemaker)

PRISONER = The INDIVIDUAL human soul, INDIVIDUAL mind, INDIVIDUAL body on this physical planet (played by Burt Lancaster as Robert Franklin Stroud)

(Note: In real life, Robert Stroud, as portrayed by Burt Lancaster, was a notorious psychopathic homosexual. I wonder why he was psychopathic? Hasn’t the world always treated homosexuals so well?)
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SCENE:

The scene opens with:

Prisoner talking to Religion – “I’m going to wallop you today!”

Prisoner talks to Religion about the book he’s going to write.

Prisoner tells Religion exactly what the book is about, the truth he has seen in his prison life.

Religion warns Prisoner of the risk involved of publishing such a book.

Prisoner tells Religion, everything is a risk in this world, especially after living in the manure pile of the world has created while Religion / Government / Society has looked on.

Prisoner returns to his cell, only to find Government/Society is already there looking at his book. Who informed the Government/Society that the Prisoner was writing the book?

Government/Society informs Prisoner that it is confiscating the book. The Prisoner asks two questions?

“Have you read it?” “What do you think of it?”

Government/Society and Prisoner discuss the “advancements” in the treatment of Prisoners and the “reforms” prison life has undergone.

Government/Society accuses Prisoner of not having changed and threatens the Prisoner.

Government/Society asks the brazen question: “Do you think I want to punish you?”

This shows that Government/Society is blind and brutal.

Government’s/Society’s answer is that the Prisoner has only shown defiance and not once has he shown a sign of rehabilitation (meaning conformity).

Prisoner defines the word ‘rehabilitation’: “To invest again with dignity.”

Prisoner asks question to the Government/Society: “Do you think it’s part of your job to give a man back the dignity he once had?”

Prisoner states that the Government’s/Society’s only worry is:

1. How he, the prisoner, behaves.

2. Governments and Society want their puppets (we, the controlled individuals) to dance on a string with rubber stamp values (approval from Government and Society, the elite, impressed upon us, the puppets) with their sense of conformity, their sense of behavior.

That is why this world is a complete failure. We can see it and we know it deep down in our very souls.

3. The Prisoner states that Government and Society robs the Individual of the most important thing in their lives, their INDIVIDUALITY.

On the outside, individuals are lost automatons just going through the motions of living but underneath there is a deep, deep hatred for what the Government and Society have done to them. The first chance individuals get to attack Government and Society they do it. The result, more than half of prisoners go back to prison (as described in the film clip). In other words, people, in general, will return to conformity (their own internal prison) because of the impossibility to be an individual in society. In other words most give up, most conform. No one wants to make waves.

Government/Society then changes the subject to its own aches and pains in life.

Prisoner asks softly and kindly: “Where does it hurt you?”

Response from Government: “In my left shoulder and down my arms.”

Prisoner: “You should have a medical checkup.”

 

End of scene.

 

The physical pains as expressed by Government/Society are not related only to physical problems in their duties but to the spiritual pains that the Government/Society suffers for its own brutality, as manifested in its body elect, who do the ‘dirty work’ for Society at large, such as wars and in the prison industry among other ‘dirty jobs’ that “have to be done”. Government/Society thinks for a moment at the end of the scene and then leaves the difficult situation as it always does. The same problems of this world are never really resolved and viable solutions are really never found. The world we have is the world that the Earthly Human Powers want, a world of power, control, and accumulation of wealth only for the few. That is how this world has been since the beginning of recorded history and since humanity began.

The clip ends where the Prisoner sits alone in his cell (the cell of mind) and then the doors of his cell are closed by a foot soldier of the Government/Society to keep controversy controlled and to keep individuality limited. Those who are not conformists are always put away and are isolated somewhere or somehow, physically or mentally, so that the Government/Society doesn’t have to deal with INDIVIDUALITY. Snowden and Assange are cases in point. They dared to show the world the deeds being done in the name of the Government and instead of the Government defending the truth, it reacted by condemning them publicly and calling them traitors.

 

Such is life on this absolutely wonderful planet inhabited by such considerate and thoughtful leaders!

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Theism, one day, will be a thing of the past, considered as part of a system of authority that is just like the authorities in this physical world. If there is a controlling force in this Universe it must be everywhere and in everything that exists, whether visible or invisible. ‘Omneity’ [omneity (ɒmˈniːɪtɪ) n. the state or condition of being all ] is a name we could call it, the controlling force for existence. We all are Omneity, just as the drop of ocean water is the ocean and the ocean is but a multitude of drops of ocean water. The whole ocean is the totality of all the atoms that make up the entirety of the ocean of sea water, there cannot be one without the other.

The word ‘God’ is in an anthropomorphic idea of Deity. Consciousness is the mysterious nature of our very being so an image of a god or goddess is a limitation of the reality of an infinite universe and infinite possibilities. An anthropomorphic being, where someone in an infinite realm, in a limited form somewhere controlling everything, makes no sense anymore to many who have contemplated this.

Omneity, life or consciousness, is in, works through, and is connected to each individual’s mind, each individual’s life and it is what I think many would call God or a god. In any form or expression or name, God is a form of idolatry, because the vast majority cannot fathom or think of a Force or Life as a non-anthropomorphic form of being. The totality of this universe we live in is really incomprehensible in its allness, its infiniteness. Even using the words mind or consciousness to describe it is to idolize a supposed being or Omneity. Mind, consciousness, life or a life force is a way to think of what Omneity is but even that will limit it. The limitedness of any word we could use would take away from Omneity’s absolute power to be everything, anything and all things. Omneity is connected to everything. There is no separation between what Omneity is and what everything visible and visible is. To limit Omneity, or to try to put a form to it, or to name it, is futile. Ideas can become fixed. They can become a limiting concept if we try to define what Omneity is.

We all seem to worship something in our lives at one point or another whether it is a god or not. I think it may be part of human nature at this stage in our evolution to still look to external idols, or beings separate from ourselves, in one form or another. Humans still look outwardly for their outward idols, whether visible or invisible. Maybe, it will always be that way. Money, nowadays, is a god or is the de facto GOD for many. Money is a powerful force in this world. We all are so dependent on it for almost everything in our modern society. Most people don’t realize what they really worship, however, even an atheist worships something in one way or another. The idea that I can even write what I am saying and express this to you, in this essay, can be a form of worship. We all have our “gods”. Maybe, that is just human nature. Maybe, that is the way it is so far in our evolution. Maybe these gods can be transcended. Maybe we can change that. Only time will tell. Idols, whether spiritual, mental, emotional or physical get in the way of our existence. Idols take away a person’s responsibility for thinking for him or herself or for being truly him or herself. Can we really ever escape idolatry in its myriad forms?

There are many names for Omneity, but none can really describe or name that POWER or the FORCE behind this veil called physical life. Whatever name we give Omneity, it will be limited by our thinking or contemplating it, it will limit it in the grand possibilities of what Omneity is. I don’t think we can ever, ever, really and truly, understand the limitless through limited being or form. The question remains open, will we one day access the limitless and then know the Truth? Will we ever really become true homo sapiens, a fully ‘knowing being’, in the full sense of these words?

The discovery of the ‘I AM’ as the name of God in the Old Testament went unnoticed to the vast majority of Jews and Christians for centuries except for the very few people who understood and still understand its significance and its impact. Its significance is now in the process of being revealed openly at a time when occult or hidden knowledge can no longer be hidden because we, as a species together, as humanity, are in critical danger of not surviving our very selves, our very nature, our very “power” for self-destruction or for mass suicide. Which will it be? What will happen?

The real turning point when humanity shifts its thinking, like the 100th monkey experiment, where things really do begin to change and really transform in the world that it can be, that it should be and that which we all dream of in one way or another will be a reality sooner or later. The old world is dying and the new world is being birthed.

Omneity is the core of existence or ‘LIFE’ behind everything visible and invisible and every single human being and every single form of life in this universe at whatever level. Even stones and minerals have life but it is not expressed as we, individuals, are expressed. Nothing is dead. The concept of ‘death’ is not a reality. It is a human invention. There is only life. Appearances are deceiving to the reality that is.

We routinely use “I am” in most everything we say and do to describe who we are, what we are, what we are doing, and what we think, how we feel, etc. We program ourselves through our thinking. Our beliefs, many, many times are not based on evidence, fact, or any deep observation of reality as it is. This reality, what humanity has constructed, is being constructed by all of us, together. We directly or indirectly allow it to be constructed on this planet.

We, at this time, are now at a point where all of humanity needs to come to the conclusion that we must ask one of the most important questions ever asked in order to survive:

Is this life on Earth the way we really and truly want to live? Really?

Omneity is just a reflection of all that is, all of its possibilities or the ‘I AM’, the TOTALITY that is interpreted and misinterpreted all the time.

We see what we see and we have what we have, collectively, whether consciously or not. We have all participated in the world we want. That is why, collectively, we have the world we live in at this time. It didn’t happen by itself. Nature happened gradually through evolution but human creation did not. It was purposely and chaotically created as what we see now on this planet. It is the culmination of thousands of years of chaotic governance and dominance for the selfish ends of the powerful who control the strings of humanity.

This existence here on planet Earth is a life full of very primitive thinking, in my view. Humanity is still, mentally, a two to 3-year-old child. A child full of possibilities. A child can be good, yes, but also a child can be very, very destructive and prone to tantrums, screaming, yelling, murdering and can do anything to get what he or she wants and when a child doesn’t get what he or she wants, WATCH OUT! Virtually everyone on the planet, including this writer has self-destructive tendencies. We are all still two to 3-year-old children.

The ALL is our very core of being which is not our egoic self but our essential self, our very life. Omneity is our life. We are Omneity’s children. Its existence is our being.

We as a group, as human beings, did not give ourselves life. Life gave us life. Omneity is us and we are Omneity. We are in a school to learn. This life is the Great School of Life as it has been called. When, as humanity and as individuals, are we going to learn the lesson(s) of life? Life is teaching us at all times, everywhere. Life is living us, through us and in us. The outer shell, our body, the personality, is merely the instrument, the mortal self, the body we use to experience this world to learn and grow. If we choose to remain in the same exact place in consciousness our whole life during this short mortal existence, it is our choice. We all have free will to do what is best for each one of us. Our own physical self is an incomplete understanding of what life is because we, our physical selves, are finite, trying to understand and comprehend the infinite. We can, and we do, create or destroy by what we say after the words I am. We can and we are doing to ourselves and doing to the planet as a whole very destructive things. Just look and observe. What we say and what we do and what we agree to let happen or not, is happening in this world. There is no external authoritative invisible force, only we as group as individuals and as a planet are that force. What our so-called leaders, in their “infinite” wisdom, say they will do and are doing in this world is why we have this world as it is. It is a real mess and we let them do create as well as participate in what we see as human creation. To me, what we can observe in this world is the old story of the blind leading the blind, mostly. We reflect and life reflects what we think and say about our own life. Life is a mirror. What we see and recognize in others is what we see in ourselves. If we verbalize what we see in others it is because we can see it in ourselves. Remember, Omneity just is, nothing more, nothing less. We can only know Omneity by where we are in consciousness and at what mental level we are in consciousness. Our thinking can only reflect what we think we are and who we think we are deep in our hearts. Remember, life is infinite and is all possibility. That said, Omneity is also unknowable in its totality. We can only catch glimpses, like looking at the ocean and seeing the sparkles on the water reflected but not the entire ocean and its infinite depth. The whole cannot be imagined, at all, as it is too much for us finite mortals. We must settle for glimpses and little thoughts of grandiose ideas in this world but which, in reality, are nothing compared to what the whole of the infinite is. Just the word ‘infinite’ is limiting for a concept which cannot be limited. Facts help a lot in order to try to understand this physical world with physical evidence but even with evidence, the theories or opinions about these facts change as we grow and as we come to understand more and more this physical world we live in. Whether directly observed or not, the physical world cannot really express the entirety of what one observes in the visible world because we do not “see” the invisible which, also, plays a large role in this world. The invisible world can only be known through our own mind, through observations with tools we have developed and not through what others say it may or may not be. There must always be irrefutable, self-evident facts and evidence to support our observations. Science says it is beginning to be able to know and measure what people think but can that really be true? I hope not, as true privacy will end then and no one will really be free to think if we become constantly monitored, especially, in a world we have now where power and control are the main forms domination. Total control will take place and this world will be condemned to that if we allow it.

Walt Whitman expressed one of the greatest thoughts about how we should try to understand this existence when he stated in his poem, The Song of Myself:

You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books. You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, you shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.”

To me this is one of the greatest truths to understand how to think and be in this world, full of so-called authorities, whether they be religious, political, educational, medical, or any other type of “authority”. No one — no one, has ultimate authority over you, no one. Only you and Omneity can be authorities over you, your self, your very being. Know this. But don’t believe me, think for yourself and know. I hope you think what I am saying is correct but I am not the one to decide that for anyone or anything. Think for yourself, always. Be truly free as far as that is possible whether mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually. Liberate your mind, as far as that is possible for you, individually. I really try not to set in stone anything I say or do. All knowledge is discovery and humanity will always be discovering new ideas, new possibilities. It is the nature of being. It appears to be so as I write this.

In my understanding, not through religion, nor politics, nor education but through my own search for answers, my search for spiritual understanding, it was revealed to me through reading and many years of pondering and thinking and meditating on this statement, I Am. I Am expresses what it really means to be free and a free thinker. Even with this conclusion it is still a beginning and a continuation to search, always, for answers. Religion wants you to follow messengers and other people they consider as better than you because it serves the MASTER / SLAVE or FOLLOWER mentality. It fits the outer authority paradigm. That is fine for most people. People, in general, want an outer authority to tell them how to live and what to think. When you do this, you give your power over to others. That is just the way it is currently in this world for the vast, vast majority. We are in an authoritarian world, full of authorities who think they know better than others. We are also in a world of followers / slaves who let these so-called authorities do the thinking for all of us instead of all of us participating in thinking what we all want to do. Now, with the Internet, true democracy is becoming possible because everyone is becoming connected. This power of connection now can be used for a true democracy. Some say true democracy is mob control. Well, do we want control by an elected mob or do we, the mob, as the majority are called, want to control the “elected” mob. Either way, we could be doomed unless we return to the way of the Golden Rule. It’s time for a different world, a new vision, a new way, a new civilization based on self-knowledge of our true nature, our true being. When I say true, I mean self-evident. Ideas of truth, not temporary truth or facts based on our present understanding but eternal, infinite and immortal universal truths. What is our true nature? What is it really? Are we infinite Being or infinite Life which is living us as much as we are living It or are we in It? Could that be true? Is that the answer? It is said that Columbus came to the New World, however, there never was a New World only the continuation of the Old World which is still in existence. The New World has not nor will it ever come into being if humanity doesn’t deeply change its ways. Observe the present world. How could it be the New World? It can’t, not at this time.

Authorities, in doing what they do, have taken away the knowledge and understanding that they could teach humanity that each one of us has qualities and abilities just like the great Masters, the great Teachers in former times. The great Masters are always masters of themselves, not slave owners of other beings. These Masters are the great liberators. The great Prophets see through the world for what it is and what may happen if changes are not made to how humanity is moving. Humanity is moving backward in evolution, not forward, as we are led to think. Outer changes always happens. However, inner change is what will determine if we survive and really bring in the New World.

Are we moving up, down or forward, backward or, perhaps, sideways in our evolution? Those people who saw or continue to see the path humanity is taking were called visionaries. In the past, they were said to be one with the gods or the god.

Innately, dormant, like seeds, those qualities of the great Teachers are in reality in all people and in everyone. Everyone is born into this world capable of greatness in some form or another. There is no separation between you and Omneity. The lie that you are not has been propagated for millennia and still continues just like it always has. Know that you are a child of the Universe. You are not separate from Omneity. The illusion is that you are separate. You have a direct connection to Omneity through your mind, or consciousness, to all possibility. You need no outer authority in reality. Because we have been conditioned, constantly, for millennia and constantly in our day-to-day experience in whatever we see, read, and believe, we give up our own authority over ourselves to be true masters over our own inner and outer world. Truly, you do not need anyone, really, to ultimately decide what you should do or not do with your life. You should do whatever you want as long as you remember the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would do unto yourself.” The Golden Rule is how everyone should act and how everyone should be guided, but, of course, not everyone will, unless they think of the Golden Rule as a physical law, also. Actions have consequences.

Newton’s laws of the physical world, especially the third law, are proofs of spiritual laws, too, because, the physical and spiritual world are truly one world. There is no separation between the visible and invisible. They are united. They are one!

First law: When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant, velocity, unless acted upon by a net force.

Second law: In an inertial reference frame, the vector sum of the forces F on an object is equal to the  mass  m of that object multiplied by the acceleration vector a of the object: F = ma.

Third law: When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body.

All of the great religions and many of the lesser ones have the Golden Rule. It is just said in different ways.

Many, though, are not taught specifically the real connection to Omneity but are taught to look for answers outside of themselves. We were all taught or indoctrinated in this way. Our world is a world of authorities, not of knowledge, and especially, the knowledge of self or self-knowledge. Why is that?

The connection to Omneity comes about by using consciousness or mind. Using the mind we can connect to the ultimate Mind or Consciousness. Consciousness (many use the limiting word ‘God’) is Omneity. People used to worship innumerous gods and innumerous forces, then they had only one god or force and now many don’t want any gods or forces. Many do not want any connection to religion and even, sometimes spirituality, anymore. We are now down to 0 (zero) gods, in the opinion of many. Funny, that we are down to zero now because the symbol for zero is an extremely powerful symbol. It represents Omneity, the All, the Universe and it represents nothingness, the realm of all possibility.

A god is a limited view. Only a Force, Power, Life, or a totally unfathomable All is as close as we can get to name it. The name Omneity seems to fit nicely as it represents in Latin, the prefix omni, which means all or everything. It is not because I don’t believe in a higher Power or Force. Belief is for non-thinking people. It is because that force or power is something that we can know in our mind. I just refuse to limit that which is unknowable or infinite. If we have a finite form of the Infinite we have a finite, limited concept of the mind or the Mind of Omneity, if that is what it is. Any description or words will limit and define the concept so by doing that we limit it. If I need help in any situation, I just need to listen and wait for answer from the Universe. Listening is really not considered important by many but, actually, in my opinion, it IS the most important thing. Receptivity is extremely important when alone with one’s mind and thoughts. Listening always brings answers. We just have to make sure we are tuned in to Omneity and not to the useless chatter of humans. We must have a quiet mind to listen to Universal Mind. We must always consider our actions in reference to everyone and everything else in this physical / spiritual world before taking any action precipitously. Listening and being receptive is the key. Omneity knows much better than the limited self. This is not a new conclusion nor will it be the ultimate conclusion because I want to be open to newer and newer possibilities.

In Christianity, Jesus, whether he existed or not, is not more important than you or me as he is quoted as saying here:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” — John 14:12

To me, the Father, who Jesus is referring to, is not a person up in the sky but Omneity, the source of all consciousness. The source, through mind that is here and now. If Jesus is quoted as saying that we have the possibility to do even greater things than he did, why is it that we are taught that we only need to go to Jesus or any other master or prophet or whomever to intervene for us? Why do we need an intermediary? That is not liberation, it is dependency. Many become dependent on other intermediaries on the physical plane such as priests, pastors, mullahs, doctors, lawyers, politicians, rulers, presidents, etc. No real, true master of himself will tell you things about himself that are only true of himself unless they are also true about everyone, every human being. At least, the potential is there in everyone regardless of where each one is in consciousness at this moment in time. The potential is in everyone. We all are living seeds of potentiality. All of us are at different levels of awakening. Many have not awakened or have not sprouted yet. Most people are asleep or dormant, but everyone, whether in this life or another into infinite time, will awaken, will sprout, sooner or later, if not now.

Religion is not about awakening people in the true sense of freedom but about creating the necessity of dependency, of following leaders, following doctrines, following orders in a limited suffocating belief system. Belief is not freedom, it is slavery. Belief is about giving money to organizations, too. There are many religious groups that are doing fantastic social work to truly help people in need but why aren’t these churches and organizations doing something about the system of control that sustains and creates the world of poverty in the first place. All we see, instead of real solutions, is usually the application of a band-aid. It’s called charity. Poverty still continues to this day and will always be here, however, the world can solve the problem of poverty. It is not impossible. There are countries which have almost virtually solved the problem. If it has virtually been solved then why not completely yet? Jesus said “you will always have the poor with you” but in a universe full of possibilities, full of solutions that can’t be the final answer. I think, together, as a planet we can solve the major problems of the planet which haven’t been solved yet. This planet is not a planet of poverty, not at all. It is an abundant, rich and creative source of wealth. The only problem is that its vast wealth has been funneled to the very, very few. The few always want more of everything on the planet and less for everyone else. The few do not want a more fair and balanced system. By this I do not mean that all rich people are stingy. However, the greedy are keeping back the world’s wealth in what should be a world where wealth is fairly distributed to those who actively participate and work in this world. We live on an abundant “speck of dust” in the vast abundant, rich and creative universe. Governments and great religions should have answers because they have so much power and influence, yet they don’t. They use human, earthly power but not real power from above, meaning, at a higher level of consciousness. Otherwise, the world would not be in the state it is in. Look at all the good that governments and religion have done for the few at the top! Why not for the many, from bottom to top? Government and Religion are trapped in their own mindset, in their own belief systems and in their own lust for power over others. This is not a condemnation of religion. But at the same time this is not praise either. Religions serve as gateways or conduits to greater possibilities of spirituality. We can hardly even imagine the absolute, controlling external force that religion is in this world, to the detriment of the many, as always. Religions are like kindergarten, however, people should be taught to graduate and go on to spiritual high school and then to spiritual university to be liberated from oppressive types of thinking, but they never are and under this system, never will. Unfortunately, most people remain trapped in a mental kindergarten for life. At that level of thinking, throughout their whole lives, they never know and never once step onto the path to total freedom and liberation. For many people, religions are nothing but dead ends, spiritually. Thinking freely and questioning the reality of limited thinking is not taught. People never grow beyond religion because religion is not about freeing people but about dictating dogma, doctrine and teachings which only reinforce being a follower and reinforce giving oneself over to an external authority, whether it be called God or pastor, priest, mullah, etc. Religion, like politics, is a money-making system and is about group-think in it “highest” form, exactly as George Orwell described it. The very nature of religion and government as authorities is a religion in itself. Religion or government show what they truly are if one has eyes to see. People, in general, need government and religion, or they think they do. Religion and Government are a necessary evil on our path of evolution. However, religion and government could be so much different from what they really are. There are some religions that do free people to a certain extent, but most don’t. Religion, in general, does not liberate each individual to be free thinking and free to question everything no matter what. Sometimes, free thinking goes to places in mind where no one, in general, dares to go but yet that is what freedom is about, to explore and learn from experience. Fire can be used for good or evil. Poison seems evil but it can also be used for good. We learn by experience what is good for us and what is bad for us. Only through freedom is one able to choose where he or she is going in consciousness. If you don’t even believe in consciousness then you are free to do what you think is best for you, remembering, of course, the Golden Rule. Without the Golden Rule then there would be chaos, mayhem and destruction. I think that without the Golden Rule, free thinking would lead to people doing what they please in a destructive and/or negative way. Of course, people have that right, for their own life, but what they don’t have the right to do is to harm others, in any way, shape, or form. Taking someone’s life, stealing from them, or doing anything negative, is not what I am talking about. The word negative is a relative term. What I want to say about the word “negative” is in its destructive meaning for others when it means it will harm someone or something. No one can have that right. What we define as good or constructive can be different for each individual, however, in a general sense, deep inside ourselves, we know what it is to be good, as defined in the Golden Rule. That kind of goodness is what counts, is what has value and currency, that is, not doing to others what we wouldn’t want others to do to us. We seem to know instinctively what we should do when we follow the Golden Rule. We cannot force or coerce anyone to do, feel, think or be what we think they should be, do, feel or think. It means respect for everything and everyone. Everyone should be free to question because if we are not free to question then we are, in actuality, slaves to the thinking of others. That is something that I do not want for me or for others. There are many types of politics and religions who want to dictate what they, the group, want for others. That is not what liberty is about in my opinion. We should always question everything. Question and then question again, always. Yes, question me, the author, too! Question others, question, question, what you read, hear, learn and question what you think, say or do yourself, to know what is best for you and everyone around you. Knowledge is dynamic. There will always be new thoughts and understanding of what Omneity is or could be. Now when I say there is no God, no Creator nor Architect nor Originator it is because Omneity is eternal. There probably was never any beginning, and, probably, there will never be any end in the highest sense of reality, only constant change, however fast or slow it may be. Our universe began perhaps at some time in the past but the ultimate reality, the invisible and visible ultimate reality could never have begun. If Omneity had begun at some point in time then will Omneity have an end? And if Omneity ends who or what caused Omneity to begin? The Universe is dynamic; it is always creating, destroying and creating and destroying and creating again but, is there a supporting reality beyond what we can think, imagine or contemplate which must be eternal and so could never have had a beginning or end? Creation didn’t happen a long time ago, unless, you speak just of this planet. Perhaps creation has always been going on in the Universe. Destruction or change happens and is happening always; it is part of our physical reality in this Universe. Perhaps there are other realities with other laws. Perhaps it is possible, but we don’t have evidence at this time.

Most people want a beginning and an end to the story, just like their impermanent single mortal life is. Religion teaches us if we are “good” in this life we will go to heaven. What does the word “good” mean, ultimately? There, in heaven, will we go and be there, forever? It sounds like a death sentence, in a way, doesn’t it? I hope heaven is more dynamic than that. We are all eternal beings, learning and growing through time and through experiences. The key thing, though, I think is that heaven is not a destination but a dynamic journey towards something better and better and hell towards something worse and worse into eternity, forever, and ever, and ever. But, we can always change direction! There is a choice. There would have to be! Don’t we have a choice now even in an imperfect world as this?

Look at the symbol of the Tao religion.

In the symbol, there is a point of light, a seed, amidst the dark and a point of darkness, or seed, amidst the light. It is symbolic of the two forces that sustain a dynamic world. We always have a choice to go where we will. Heaven (Light) and Hell (Darkness) are journeys, not destinations.

The Creator must be more than that just a creator. It is always creating anew. Just observe life’s history in this world. The Creator must also be a Destroyer, too.

Life is a journey without end,to always learn and always grow. Many do not grow, will not grow and cannot grow because that is just who they are until they transform or change, in time, or eternity. Free will is everything. They, as a seed, will remain dormant for an eternity if they so choose to remain the same. But in eternity, since time doesn’t exist, every seed sprouts in the right soil and the right conditions. It doesn’t mean that dormancy is permanent. It just means the time has not arrived yet. Each dormant seed will sprout and grow in its own time, in its own way. It just takes longer for some.

An example of dormant life can be found in Death Valley in California. The desert appears totally dead for long, long periods of time. But sometimes, when it rains, and depending on the time frame, if it rains a lot, then, at those special times, Death Valley literally becomes Life Valley for a temporary time. Full of flowers, full of green plants and possibilities, it becomes a spectacular show. It sounds like life on this planet, Earth, doesn’t it? It seems to fit what is a perfect example of the universe, too.

Know, now, that we are already immortal. Not our bodies but our essence. Science says, energy is neither created nor destroyed, only transformed. Aren’t we energy? Maybe, energy is the principal aspect, among many, of what Omneity is. The key to eternity is that we are a reflection of eternity. Our life is Universal Life. In this Universe, we are! We are part of Omneity. Everything is in eternity. Omneity has no religion. Religion is merely a human creation, created out of a limited imagination. There are many stories of creation in many religions, cults, or groups.  Everyone wants to share knowledge. However, religions wants to codify it, authorize it and create dogma which it then can sell as a commodity. That is not what religion should be about, but, mostly, that is what it is. It is limited. As I said before, it can be a gateway to a more freeing type of spirituality where no one is our master and no one is our slave or follower. We must be leaders of ourselves, each one of us, but not create followers, only free, liberated beings with no dependency, who are self-sufficient. We can follow groups or individuals if one so desires, but if the message is not liberating you to be truly free, to be free in the core of our being, then, to me, that is not where I want to be, personally. The Master/Slave mentality still exists in this world and, perhaps, will exist for a very, very long time to come. I am so glad the Master/Slave mentality is dying out. However, it is not quite dead yet but it appears it will someday be, but at the same time it appears that it will get strong again in this new technological world we are creating. Maybe, that is just the way it will be for most. Government and Religion will always rule the masses. Maybe, that is just a given. People do want freedom in every way possible, but not real liberation, i.e., to be truly liberated and free. Many still want some form of slavery because they want to be the masters, too, and they want to show the “way” to others in a controlling way. Many believe them and willingly become their slaves because they don’t want to think for themselves. What we need now, more than ever, is to be taught how to think, critically think. Everyone should know how to think. It is by critical thinking and using the mind that we can be the ultimate judges of where we are going as individuals, as groups, as a country and, as a whole, a planet. Omneity is unfathomable and unknowable in its totality. I think we as humans can only glimpse pieces of Omneity. We are just drops in this ocean called life, this ocean of possibilities and this ocean of creation. Who are we to think we know what Omneity is thinking or where it is headed or what religion is the only true one. To me, that is human understanding that a certain religion or certain messenger is the only true one. All religions, or most of them, say they are the only way. How limited in thinking is that? It is purely egotistical and human nature at this point in time to say that there is only one way. It’s like saying there is only one way to solve a problem. It is like saying, also, there is only one way to go somewhere. Sometimes there is only one way, but not always, and it’s not an absolute law that there is only one way to solve a problem or one way to go to some place. We should not consider only one way to do something, only one way to travel on the highways of life. How limited is that? It is like saying there is only one drug to cure everything and we know that is not true. Omneity works through these religions as it works through everything else, every possibility, everything thing that is happening and everything that exists or doesn’t exist, visible and invisible! There is no separation of Omneity from us. As Omneity’s children or creation we need to think more holistically now. Holistic thinking is going to save us and save this planet. Holistic thinking will tell us that all religions, all political views, all educational systems have something of value but they don’t all have the answers. Even holistic thinking may, in the future, give way to new forms of thinking and new ideas. We cannot or should not ever limit ourselves, our thinking or our possibilities. We should not fall into the trap of stagnation. We need to learn from everyone and every possibility of thought to be able to weigh them and think through what is best for ourselves as well as for each group of people, whether in villages, towns, cities, states, countries and as a planet, as a whole.

We are now on the path of creating, through the Internet, a new way of sharing human knowledge, new possibilities that ultimately will serve to liberate, to free or, maybe, to enslave us further, to chain us down in our thinking and our possibilities. The road now is open to possibilities of every form through the Internet as long as the Internet remains truly open and unlimited for all voices, all choices and everyone and everything represented so that people ultimately choose for themselves where they want to be or become in consciousness. Which way will we choose as a country, as a planet and which way will humanity as a whole and as individual nation-states go? That is the question. Only time will tell. Let’s hope we will see the world getting better and better. It is up to all of us and to each individual in what he or she chooses for his or her own life. Where are you going in consciousness? The only thing that I can truly say that is true for me is that I know nothing. Many people think that and say that. Does anyone know everything or has anyone known everything? Many think they know everything and have all the answers. It crosses my mind, too, that I think I have all the answers in writing this. I don’t. I know, at least, that. In reality, I really do know nothing. No one has all the answers to the ultimate questions in life. Questions will always be asked and questions will always be answered, however, there will always be more questions in the evolution of what we call physical life here on this planet in this universe. If we are open to all possibilities we will always grow. However, if institutions, whether they be religious, political, educational. medical or whatever, do not change their thinking, ultimately, they will fail and die and fall by the wayside at one time or another because life is dynamic, ongoing, forward moving or backward moving, upward moving or downward moving and, maybe, even sideways moving, in every form depending on humanity’s choices in this dynamic, changing, transformational physical plane. Who knows, really, which direction life is actually going or if it is in fact, coming?! It definitely doesn’t appear to be still and stagnant. But do we really have the whole view from Omneity’s viewpoint? An open mind, is always ready to receive, filter and understand as Walt Whitman was suggesting in his poem above. We will always have to be ready for something new because we will always be in a creative and a destructive world such as we have. That is the true nature of this existence. Humanity is what it is, at this point in time. It is full of good, as well as full of evil and full of creativity, as well as destructiveness. Omneity is not stagnant, it is dynamic. Keep moving while you can still move! Believe or accept what you want to believe. I, personally, only want to know. Belief is second hand, knowledge is first hand. It is your choice. I hope, though, that you will always be open for change and transformation because, in this life, which is possibly a reflection of what Omneity is, it is just that, change and transformation!

Where are you going on this journey called life? Where are we going in this life on this planet we call Earth?

 

It has become quite popular in recent years to distinguish between spirituality and religion.

It’s true that there are valid distinctions between the two, but there are also a number of problematic distinctions which often and unnecessarily divide the two fields of thought.

One principal problem with attempts to separate religion from spirituality is that the former is saddled with everything negative while the latter is exalted with everything positive.

It is important to note the fact that many of the negative things which people attribute to religions are features of some forms of some religions (usually Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), but not of other religions (like Taoism or Buddhism).

Religion is spiritual and spirituality can also be considered religious. One tends to be more personal and private while the other tends to incorporate public rituals and organized doctrines.

The lines between one and the other may often not be clear or distinct depending on the interpretation.

Consider these definitions:

Religion is an institution established by man for various reasons. Exert control, instill morality, stroke egos, or whatever it does. Organized, structured religions all but remove god from the equation. You confess your sins to a clergy member, go to elaborate churches to worship, told what to pray and when to pray it. All those factors remove you from god.

Spirituality is born in a person and develops in the person. It may be kick started by a religion, or it may be kick started by a revelation. Spirituality extends to all facets of a person’s life. Spirituality is chosen while religion is often times forced. Being spiritual to me is more important and better than being religious.

True spirituality is something that is found deep within oneself. It is your way of loving, accepting and relating to the world and people around you. It cannot be found in a church or by believing in a certain way.

Consider the following in favor of the spiritual path:

There is not one religion, but hundreds.

There is only one type of spirituality.

Religion is for those who want to continue rituals and the formality.

Spirituality is for those who want to reach the Spiritual Ascent without dogmas.

Religion is for those who are asleep.

Spirituality is for those who are awake.

Religion is for those that require guidance from others.

Spirituality is for those that lend ears to their inner voice.

Religion has a dogmatic and unquestionable assembly of rules that need to be followed without question.

Spirituality invites you to reason it all, to question it all and to decide your actions and assume the consequences.

Religion threatens and terrifies.

Spirituality gives you inner peace.

Religion speaks of sin and of fault.

Spirituality encourages “living in the present” and not to feel remorse for which has already passed – Lift your spirit and learn from errors.

Religion represses humanity, and returns us to a false paradigm.

Spirituality transcends it all and makes you true to yourself.

Religion is instilled from childhood, like the soup you do not you want to take.

Spirituality is the food that you you seek, that satisfies you and is pleasant to the senses

Religion is not God.

Spirituality is infinite consciousness and all that is – It is God.

Religion invents.

Spirituality discovers.

Religion does not investigate and does not question.

Spirituality questions everything.

Religion is based on humanity, an organization with rules.

Spirituality is DIVINE, WITHOUT rules.

Religion is cause for division.

Spirituality is cause for union.

Religion seeks you so that you create.

Spirituality causes you to seek.

Religion continues the teachings of a sacred book.

Spirituality seeks the sacredness in all the books.

Religion is fed fear.

Spirituality is fed confidence.

Religion lives you in your thoughts.

Spirituality lives in your conscience.

Religion is in charge of the “to do”.

Spirituality is in charge of the “to BE”.

Religion is a dialectic.

Spirituality is logic.

Religion feeds the ego.

Spirituality makes you transcend.

Religion makes you renounce yourself to the world.

Spirituality makes you live with God, not to renounce him.

Religion is adoration.

Spirituality is meditation.

Religion is to continue adapting to the psychology of a template.

Spirituality is individuality.

Religion dreams of glory and paradise.

Spirituality makes you live it here and now.

SOURCE:

Religion vs. Spirituality – What’s The Difference? http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/mistic/mistic_10.htm

See also:
http://www.the-open-mind.com/7-differences-between-religion-and-spirituality-1/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-gurvitz/the-need-for-a-new-kind-o_b_627094.html
http://thespiritscience.net/2015/06/07/the-6-fundamental-differences-between-religion-and-spirituality/