Principle 37

This entry is part 33 of 98 in the series Principles

Becoming – or – Eternal Progression

(1) What is the difference between the state of being and becoming? What state are you in now?

Being and Becoming are merely two aspects of the great duality. Other manifestations of duality include such things as positive and negative, male and female, hot and cold, up and down, light and dark etc.

Many teach that the state of Being is the most desirable or even the ultimate state of existence, but that is like saying one sex is better than the other or hot is better than cold. The truth is both parts of duality are essential and pretty much equal in importance in the overall scheme of things.

The state of Being is a state of rest or inactivity where an entity recharges and absorbs the qualities of his last stage of Becoming. But after the rest is finished the pilgrim will again venture forth into the state of Becoming so he can continue to grow in intelligence and enjoyment of existence.

Both states are eternal just as duality itself is eternal.

(2) Most of the religions teach of an ultimate goal or salvation that, when reached, the entity will rest in bliss for eternity. Why would this be a disaster?

The answer to this should be obvious, but unfortunately it is not for billions of religious people throughout the world. They really think they can be in some static and blissful state with God for eternity and be satisfied. But think about it. No matter how good a food is you will get bored with it if that is all you eat. No matter how fun a ride is you would be driven crazy if you did it 24 hours a day. No matter how much you enjoy sleep, sooner or later you have had enough and want to rise and do something.

All life desires and flourishes with change and variety.

(3) Why is eternal progression desirable?

If we were to cease to progress then we would have no purpose. Without purpose there are no decisions and without the exercise of decision life itself diminishes until it becomes as if it never was. Because life needs the food of progress and change we move forward and continue our existence toward the Great Unknown.

(4) What is the one thing that never changes?

The only thing we know for sure that never changes is change itself. It is always occurring and will continue to occur in future universes.

We, as humans, often approach change kicking and screaming with resistance but, if accepted with the right attitude, change works toward our own good.

Even though all creations of form appear, disintegrate and reappear, time and cycles themselves eternally manifest. This means we can eternally progress and are eternally Becoming. In between cycles of Becoming we enter cycles of Being and blissful rest.

It is the natural desire of our lower nature to want an ultimate reality or achievement so when this is reached one can cease in the great struggle and enjoy bliss and satisfaction forever. What needs to be realized is that after a period of achievement and resting on the laurels of the past the pilgrim becomes bored and again desires to enter the game and struggle of life.

We ourselves are subject to a great cycle and that is the cyclic impulse to manifest, to live and to move forward no matter what the risk. Because of this we are in a state of eternally Becoming and eternally progressing. It is fortunate indeed that we never reach a state that makes us eternally content. If we did then all that gives life meaning and purpose would cease to be. Instead we decide TO BE and Becoming cyclically manifests.

To be, or not to be, that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to: ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;

To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub:

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come…

Shakespeare

Copyright 2014 by J J Dewey

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