are unaware of God right now only because of something we are
unconsciously doing (an act of self-contraction) in every moment.
and Eve expelled from the Garden of Eden
if, in Truth, there is no separation from God, then why are we
not aware of God right now? Why are we not aware of the nature
of Reality as I've just described?
one thing, it is not because
we are being punished! We are not being excluded from seeing God
because of "original sin", or whatever. It is not because we are
inherently separate from the Divine (because we are "creatures"),
or because we are being separated from the Divine during the lifetime
by some kind of "barrier" like the physical body, which, upon
falling away at death, will reveal God. If that were so, how do
we explain the great saints whose Revelations of the Divine took
place very much while they were alive?
there is something we are doing
(unconsciously) in every moment that actively separates us from
God, and hence from the awareness of ourselves as arising in God,
or from the awareness that God exists. Avatar Adi Da Samraj refers
to this primal act as the self-contraction.
The self-contraction creates the sense of a separate self in a
Godless universe. Wherever these self-reflecting body-minds arise,
Consciousness tends to get trapped, twisted around a body-mind,
creating a clench, an ego,
a "private consciousness", a solitary vortex, in an otherwise
Indivisible Field of Consciousness, minuscule in comparison to
the great and infinite God, but which is enough to trap Consciousness
into believing Itself to be confined to that body-mind.
sense of being a separate self is an illusion! But it is a profound
illusion, one that is constantly being reinforced on every level
— individually, through intimates, and through our culture. Messages
fly from every direction confirming that "the self" is a fact
and a fixed thing. Everyone accepts that this “self ” can be modified
(to some degree), and even improved (the literature on self-improvement
is vast), but the suggestion that it is completely and only the
result of a (profoundly unconscious) action
which, were it to cease, would dissolve the sense of separate
self is a radical and unfamiliar one!