In my last post, I covered a little about the view of deity in Synthesism. I mentioned that deities are composed of awareness and energy. Similarly, you, as a human being, are made up of combinations of awareness, energy, and matter.

The burden of manifesting as humans is that we have matter, physical bodies, that experience pain, sickness, and aging. This is very distracting to our awareness. However, the blessing is that being embodied we can experience so much! Many bodies can touch, taste, see, speak, and have physical pleasure.

Because you are a unique manifestation of the Divine these experiences are so important. You are the means by which the Divine can experience expression, connection, and well-being. As we grow, so does the Divine grow. We know that the universe is constantly expanding. Growth is the movement of nature.

We must care for self and others, witness and learn, express and create. We must be in cooperative community with our fellow manifestations. Relationship is important, including relationship with the Divine. The Divine needs us. This is our purpose.

As I mentioned above, we are a synthesis of awareness, energy, and matter. Other’s might call this soul, spirit, and body. What many call “soul” is simply the individual awareness, or consciousness, that each of us possesses. What many call “spirit” is the energy that binds that awareness to the matter, or body, until death.

As an individuated fragment of a greater awareness, the soul’s deepest longing is to experience blissful unity. However, just the fact that the soul is embodied, it is limited in its ability to do this. Let me emphasize: YOU DID NOTHING WRONG. This is no divine punishment; this is human nature. The natural effect of being a fragment of awareness combined with matter is ignorance. There are three main ignorances that limit the awareness, or soul and cause suffering:

  1. Over-identification with Individuality
  2. Over-differentiation
  3. Over-attachment/over-aversion

Over-identification with one’s own individuality looks like believing that you are incomplete, imperfect, insignificant, limited, not Divine. This shows up as thoughts, “Something is wrong with me,” and “I am not [good] enough.”

Over-differentiation involves perceiving reality dualistically by seeing differences without seeing the underlying unity. Personally, this makes you believe that you are distinct and apart. The accompanying thoughts to this belief are, “I’m different,” and “I don’t belong.”

Over-attachment is grasping onto external experiences or items while over-aversion is the opposite. When you act out of attachment and aversion, the thoughts that arise are, “I need this to be happy,” or “I won’t be happy until this is gone.”

These are the three main barriers to fully realizing unity with the Divine and a blissful existence. The important thing to understand here is that you are not alone, you are not separate from the Divine nor the rest of reality. You are like a wave rising in the air that does not realize it is part of the ocean. You are a facet of the gem of the universe and just by existing as you, you make a difference.

So, how does this land? What here feels true to you? What is still unclear? Please let me know in your comments! You can co-create the view.

In my next post, I will talk about the reunion with the Divine in Synthesism. You can read a new installment on the Synthesist view every two Saturdays.

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