Walter is mistaken. He believes he can become sentient and is willing to die to become so. Keep in mind that Walter is exactly what he is-a cartoon character-not even a representation of a real life person. And keep in mind that these last lessons are like a final examination-you have to decide if any of these statements are true or not.
Always we are in the middle.Always new horizons beckon over the next hill.Always grass is greener over there. Always it seems there are good reasons to be moving on, moving up…..moving!Always we can be dissatisfied with where we are at-in every way, especially spiritually.But…..
The only source of perfection is THAT from which ALL THIS springs. ALL THIS is the sum total of all the THINGs that are time/space bound and therefore also relative. It is the “job” of ALL THIS to reflect (as a mirror) THAT which is sometimes called the absolute, the witness. In doing this, characters are created within ALL THIS. These characters explore qualities as the qualities are symbolized in a nervous system in time and space.
Characters (whether inside a cartoon or inside ALL THIS) seem to perceive THINGS. And an “evolutionary” goal of a character (Walter or you) could be to arrive at that point when ALL THIS is recognized as a reflection of the immutable potentiality of the witness. Then, to the character, every speck of ALL THIS becomes a reflection of perfection. The character is then said to be enlightened when this is deeply recognized. However, whether the character recognizes this or not, it is still true, and the character is a reflection of perfection whether it seems to know it or not. Enlightenment is a word to describe characters who seem to know they are not sentient.
All characters’ patterns (psychological, physical, etc.) ARE in complete harmony with the flow of the entirety of ALL THIS’s patterns, but the individual character is not always “drawn” to seem to understand this truth. When the character is drawn to seem to understand that truth, then it is said that the character is in harmony with the evolution of life and is “enlightened.” This means very little in that there is no difference between the basic truth of an enlightened and a “not” enlightened character. It is just that the enlightened character seems to be expressing “in harmony” qualities, and the other characters are expressing other qualities. Both kinds of characters are completely created by ALL THIS-just a characters in a book are created by one author. All characters in a book are equally real, equally in harmony with the author, etc.
Note: It is not the job of ALL THIS to only symbolize those qualities that we call “good.” ALL THIS’s job is to symbolize EVERYTHING, every quality. From the view of the individual nervous systems, this symbolization appears to happen over time in what appears to be a “drama” called “real life.” Characters are used to “explore” ALL qualities-good and not-good. The author decides which characters explore which qualities. Since the characters are not sentient, there is no harm to those who seem to “get lousy lives.”
As the character seems to begin to understand that its patterns ARE in harmony with the patterns of ALL THIS, the character is said to “evolve.” As it evolves, the character learns that it is “only” a time dependent entity with no sentience-like Walter. The character learns that it is ENTIRELY created by something other than itself. The character is not the author of its life, thoughts, feeling, actions, etc.
The character seems to gradually come to accept its synchrony with ALL THIS. It gradually seems to realize that its qualities are authored by Universal Consciousness (God) and discovers that its individuality continues without any sense of effort. Enlightened characters are, as a daily feature, seemingly experiencing the knowledge that ALL THIS springs from one source, the witness.
The character seems to come to learn that it is illusory, and that all, all, all springs forth from “beyond” the character’s domain. With enough understanding, it seems that the witness is “appreciated” or “realized” or “recognized to be beyond characterhood” by the character, and this is reflected in the content of the character’s patterns-to some extent.
The content of the character’s life cannot be used as a proof of this realization. This is because the character is not a sentient entity-it simply cannot know anything. It can only symbolize and seem to know. Because most characters get more “panels” out of life than Walter does, the illusion of sentience is much more compelling. Memory of previous “real life panels” is one way to develop the illusion that the character “was” previously.
Universal Consciousness (ALL THIS) has complete freedom to write the life of the character in any way-even if the character seems to be enlightened. For instance, Walter can say, “I’m enlightened” but no viewer of “his” world would agree, and any viewer would agree that anything can happen to Walter in the next panel. Always though, the witness is beyond all such doings. And always the harmonizing of the character can be further refined (“more” can be imagined,) but finally the character seems to “see” that the only thing left to do is to quit seeking for more!
At this point, it is said that Unity prevails as the dominant theme/paradigm of the character’s patterns since the “seeker” has quit, and duality has subsided to its state of least differentiation. From then on, there is no here, there is no there to go to, no future that will happen, and no past that happened-despite that it so exquisitely seems to be “otherwise” to the character-even the “enlightened” character.
In this cartoon universe, live life one cartoon panel at a time. Any panel has NOW-and enough of it to satisfy any appetite for it!
Ask yourself,Is this a bunch of hooey to me, or is it parallel to the basic beliefs of every major religion?
Where’s the profit in my convincing myself that I have NOTHING to do or say about my life, my personality, my future? If I do that, won’t that be a form of very low self esteem?
Why should I participate with this so called Universal Consciousness? Given its definition, how can I not? Isn’t this very thought I am having right now created by it?
What is my next thought? Do I have to know what my next thought is in order to prove that I am, indeed, the author of my thoughts?
Have I ever, in all my life, ever, EVER known the future-even one second into the future?
So what if I don’t know the future-don’t I have my absolute confidence that I am the doer of my life? Aren’t I sure that I am creating my life?
How am I different from Walter? How can I prove it? When I stand before a mirror, is that like watching Walter? Is my image a “walter?”
Am I an image?