Nothing But Life

Alright, now we’re moving right along into the fundamental principles of Innate Ability Development.™ Rest assured we’ll get to the practices in due time. We’re a society that’s caught up in “how.” Countless “how to” books line the shelf of the traditional personal development bookstore—whether literally (which is obviously rare these days), or in cyber.

I submit to you that “how” is the lowest vibratory question you and I can ask. For how is attached to physical application… which when applied without a fundamental understanding, leaves one dependent upon the next outside source to tell them “how to” once again. Do you follow?

The higher vibratory (although not the highest) question is “why.” When you understand the fundamental why you begin to develop true wisdom and herein lies primary power.

Wisdom is the principal thingtherefore get wisdom

and with all thy getting get understanding.

 ~ Proverbs 4:7 

You see when you understand the why (a.k.a. higher purpose) you can figure out your own how (Reference IAD4). In fact, you’ll realize that there are a myriad ways to get to the same objective and anyone who tells you otherwise is:

  • Lacking in both understanding and wisdom, or
  • Desperately attempting to peddle their own wares.

“Why” allows you to fully utilize your own innate abilities, your personal functional and integrated whole (IAD Principle 2; reference IAD 10) to achieve your unique objective in your own way. To think for yourself. To truly become self-referential and self-reliant. (Reference IAD9).

Is it so bad to be misunderstood? To be great is to be misunderstood. 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Okay, just a quick recap of the two hearty and hefty principles we’ve explored thus far of IAD:

  • Principles must precede practices. This understanding gives you both potential wisdom and understanding.
  • The only true power is a functional and integrated whole. Mastery is the synthesis of both Spirit and Form; Divinity and Humanity.

So with at least a beginners understanding of these two principles we move to the next:

Principle number three: Life is all there is; and death is illusion.

Take a deep breath, sit up straight and buckle your seatbelt Dorothy because Kansas is going bye-bye.

We live in a culture that’s obsessed with death. In fact, it’s the granddaddy of all fears (there are 5 primary fears, stay tuned). The main reason we’ve invested so much time going through history in this series (starting at 10,000 B.C.E. if you’ll recall), is that I hoped to convey how we as a species have always been completely obsessed with death.

If you’ll recall, the Egyptians build their entire philosophy around “eternal life” and this was quickly adopted first by Mithraism and then Christianity with a twist. (Reference IAD7).

Remember I suggested to you that your entire mindset has been impacted by spiritual traditions (most heavily by Christianity) whether you consider yourself religious or not? Nowhere is it more apparent than in our dreaded fear of death.

We’re a culture of fear doing our best to escape death, pain, and demise

But in the meantime we forget to live!

Truly living and merely existing are two very different things. Learn more about it here.

Witness the countless dollars being spent on health and anti-aging products in our world. Witness the insatiable desire to amass large dollars in a bank account.

Some build businesses, some write books, some fill a trust, some chase fame, some have children.

Witness the estimated 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated global population.

The list is endless but when you get to the core values that drive each of these behaviors… it’s the fundamental desire to either protect ourselves, to leave something beyond our physical years, to escape, deny or suppress our physical years and old age (another of the 5 primary fears), or to in some way have “eternal life.” Please read that again.

Now to the thinking man or woman it’s glaringly apparent that all these strategies are just the latest and greatest version of the “death and resurrection” myth.

But this entire myth is built on faulty logic and limited understanding. It’s fundamentally flawed taken literally. Let me explain.

The first law of thermodynamics “The Conservation of Energy” tells us that “energy can never be created or destroyed. It only changes form.”

Let this sink in. Roll it over and over in your marvelous mind. Consider all the implications on life and living. There is no death, there is only superficial change. Do you get that?

It doesn’t matter one iota as to whether you’re “saved” or rich or famous or notorious, loved or hated, or “Godly” (whatever the hell that means—you cannot not be Godly) or atheist… you’re not going to die!!

Science and all spirituality both tell us that all things come from one source. What science calls energy, the mystic calls Spirit.

Choose whatever label you will but the message is the same. Everything from a pine tree to a Porsche; a plant to a planet, a possum to a palace is comprised of this same thinking substance that is Universal Intelligence itself. And this substance absolutely cannot die!

Nothing can work contrary to its essence… a dog must be a dog, a car must be a car, a human must be human, and Life must be Life.

I’ve written about this in many forums and formats previously but repetition is the second law of learning and transformation. You see, all the metaphors of death and rebirth…

The Phoenix rising, Osiris, Mithras, The Christ are all rooted in a limited understanding of the only thing that exists which is every expanding Life in movement, transition, fuller experience and expansion! Do you get this?

Understanding tells us that the metaphorical “rebirth” is not some grand rapture that takes us all to a condo on a cloud if we’ve been a “good person.”

It’s not some transfiguration that elevates the awakened up into the clouds. Please.

Most of us would chuckle at how the Egyptians wrapped and persevered and adorned the physical body for its post death journey.

But are we really that much different today beyond method?

Fully one third of the world’s population (at minimum) are getting ready in some-way-shape-or-fashion for “heaven” in their desperate scramble to escape death. Seriously?

The word heaven comes from the Greek “ouranos” which translates as “expansion” and “where God dwells.” Think!

The Christian prophet stated, “The kingdom of heaven is within.” ~ Luke 17:21

“The kingdom of the Father will not come per expectation. For the kingdom of God is spread upon the Earth and men don’t see it.” ~ Jesus, Gospel of Thomas 113

I don’t know about you… but I’m living in heaven now… even in the midst of my occasional hell. For I choose to Live and be Alive! Ponder oh please ponder. What do you choose?

Understanding tells us that true rebirth is the Spring of new awakening and awareness. It’s nothing more than walking away from that which must be let go of so that we take the next step forward in Life unencumbered.

True freedom is measured by that which you 

can let go of and walk away from completely

… And the above includes your relationships, your possessions, and all the false illusions upon which you’ve attached your very life force and built your fragile identity (ego).

Know before you get all upset and twisted up… the above doesn’t mean you have to walk away—not necessarily. But you can, and you will, when it no longer serves your purpose. Can you do this? (By the way there is no value in lying to yourself).

This is true Living!

Yes, your body will eventually change form (it already is)… but even it doesn’t die. Think about it… how do we define death? Dig deep. Think deeply.

How do we define death?

When you boil it down to the most basic of levels… when you cut through all the BS, the way we define death is “not moving.” But with understanding we realize that even not moving is nothing more than a limitation of our visual sensory factor.

If we were able to see at the atomic level with our naked eyes (much less the subatomic level) we’d realize that there’s no such thing as “not moving.” For science also tells us through the law of vibration that all things that appear physical are nothing more than a mass of molecules in a high rate of vibration.

Put your desk, car, computer, body, anything under a high powered microscope and you’ll quickly realize there’s a party going on. A Cosmic dance that never ends.

The dance and the journey always has, and always will, continue…

Stay Awake, Love Life, and Be Epic,

james arthur ray


12 Responses

  1. It is interesting to ponder that small children repeatedly ask “Why” as they are learning and growing. They rarely ask “how”. At the point that our ego steps in, we begin to think we need to know how. We have much to learn from children. Thanks James for inviting me to think.

  2. Thank you James! Mondays are perfect for you blog posts!!! How and why have very little [wisdom] power left in them. Knowing how to assemble and disassemble a bicycle, why the parts fit as they do, why the various metals are used and why the overall form came to exist never produces the ability to ride a bicycle [wisdom]. Understanding is a booby prize. Living in a culture that does not think or view the world through English has found me unable to explain or understand more often than I care to admit. The experience is not deadly or damaging by the way. Perhaps the firmly held beliefs based on personal mistranslations of a mistranslated multi-thousand year old document are another booby prize. We exist in a sequential step-by-step time conundrum. The path from one to three has a two in between. There is an infinite number of numbers between one and two and another infinite number between two and three. There is another infinite number of numbers between 2.5 and 2.6 and you may go on infinitely. William Blake wrote, ‘If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.’ [The period from 1750-1850 introduced a world shattering set of new parameters.] Until someone experiences the infinite, like riding a bicycle, one is stuck mentally, spiritually and physically in the finite. ‘Enlightenment is a bitch’. Our minds are deluged with homogenized thinking where no experience is ever possible, only more thoughts, none originating in ourselves.

  3. Two things, James
    Your words”…and some have children. The list is endless but when you get to the core values that drive each of these behaviors… it’s the fundamental desire to either protect ourselves, to leave something beyond our physical years, to escape, deny or suppress our physical years and old age (another of the 5 primary fears), or to in some way have “eternal life.”

    I remember learning from you that our children are our extensions of ourselves, our teachers, etc… It made a huge impact on me. When I chose to have children, it was from a heart-felt desire. I manifested from a very early age. The core value I associate with it is “love”, not fear. I have learned in leaps and bounds from having children. I am at the letting go stage now, as two of three are off to college. As a result, I am also at a transitional phase to manifest a new desire.

    Secondly, I was trained and worked in the mental health/counseling field…interesting that we were taught never to use “why”, as it was considered too intimidating for the patient, that there were ways around it to get to the core. I designed “how” with their input, how to move through it, how to cope with change, etc … My wheels are spinning. Backwards thinking? Elizabeth’s comment above made me think about it.

    Always grateful, James with Much Love

    1. Julie, as you know I’ve been trained in the mental health field as well and I fully agree with you that “why” in a situation of pain is not the right question for it only drives the feeling harder and stronger. Feeling is a higher vibration than form and how is slower and more attached to form (one of these days I’ll invest some time in what I call The Four Eternal Questions) But in designing our Lives (a different context) we want to move to a higher vibration a.k.a. Spirit/Feeling for this is where true inspiration resides. Hope this helps ~ JAR

  4. Hmmmmm…………..

    I agree with the overall direction this is headed but to say there is no death is a little dramatic. There may be no death to energy, but there is a death to physical manifestations. I believe that without an attachment to energy anything and everything will die. Even ideas and habits die when we stop giving them attention.

    When the molecules in our bodies cease to vibrate our physical form will die. Should we be overly concerned with this death? Probably not. If we are truly only spirit currently experiencing life through a human form, then as this shell fades spirit or energy may simply create another medium or vehicle in which to experience life.

    These blogs are beautiful in the way that they are awakening many minds to question “why”

    1. Eilly, I believe in your writing you came to your own conclusions–which is what I always will advocate. The one thing I will reiterate is that the “molecules in our bodies cease to vibrate” is an untruth… for they never do. Yes, they may vibrate in another form but that then begs the question “Do we really HAVE A body at all?” Or is that too just a limitation of our perception abilities. You are a particularized field of energy operating in lager ocean of energy. Is the drop independent of the ocean? Something to ponder ~ JAR

  5. I had to read this one…leave it alone for a bit…and then come back and reread it again. Very deep stuff. Stuff to think on. And I have much more thinking to do on this – and on everything else – perpetually of course. But I do wonder….

    How? And Why? I’ve been asking myself “How” all my life. How do I succeed? How do I manage to be happy? How do I finish my book? How do I be a good Mother, Sister, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Stranger? How do I find Real Love? How do I get out of the mess I’ve gotten myself into? How do I get in shape? How do I find what I’m looking and longing for….money wise, Life-partner-wise, Life Purpose wise? How do I Master Myself? All the questions I’m sure you’ve heard a million times. And I couldn’t figure it out. I guess because I was asking the wrong question. Because I was still asleep. Living and breathing, but not Alive.

    I’ve also asked myself, “Why?” all day long today, and for many days, and many years – long before you came into my life, James. Today I asked (among other things), Why did Robin Williams kill himself (Speaking of Death)? And why would people at the pond trash the chairs that were put there only so that people could enjoy the loveliness of the pond? It baffles me. Why am I in the wrong place? Away from most of the people I Love. Why do our loved ones die? Why is there illness, pestilence , pain? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are so many people stuck? Sleeping…. Why are so many people so destructive, and superficial, and selfish, and stupid…and slothful…and in a slumber…if all there is is LIFE? WHY?!?

    But…it seems that my whys are different from yours, James. Because your whys have to do with a process within us (which is God/ess), which then propels the “how” without us even trying. Your whys (for me) might entail…”Why do I feel this? And… “Why am I going there?” Why must I leave this job/ relationship? And why must I write this book, or teach this class, or save this spider instead of killing it? Why do I Love someone Deeply, from the very Depths of myself? Or defend him vehemently, even if I’ve never met him, even if I don’t know the whole story? Or why do I NOT Love someone who I once loved, I thought, and by all appearances, still should? Why must I walk in the woods, and meditate? Why must I get in shape and eat small amounts of healthful things, and turn the TV off and drink little alcohol…and be CLEAR? The “WHY” begins to become the how. Because this”why” is deep, and filled with meaning. It feeds the “how “like the Earth and Rain and Sunshine feed the plants. Because it wants more of Itself, which is Everything.

    Truth be told, you can”t do the how without the why, the real why. If you do, it won’t work, even if it seems to at first. It’s like putting the cart before the horse. And so the “WHY” of what we are doing begins to overrule the how? Because the Energy is in the “Why?”

    And why then, we ask ourselves, does this lead us to the question of “Death.” Well, I guess it is because, as you quoted, JAR, “Energy can never be created or destroyed. It only changes form.”

    One of my children once brought home that little quote scrawled in his own handwriting on an index card from his Science class, my young physicist. And me, being the metaphysician that I am, said, hm, now this is really important! And I’ve kept it all these years, even though it is now tattered and stained with coffee. I never transferred it to another piece of paper, because I thought maybe it would lose its power somehow, its potency. And I, for one, know that we don’t die, because the Spirits of those who have crossed can and do contact me. Not ghosts (although they exist too – but Spirits…Infinite Beings who still contain the essence of who they were on this Earth, because they have gone to another “computer’ so to speak. And I have much validation on this. So, while it is difficult for us to be without them physically, they, in actuality, are still very much here (and Loving us still) , just as we are “there” and Loving them still. Because there really isn’t any here or there, there is only IS. There is only NOW. And the now is always changing. It has to. So, really, if I am understanding this (please tell me if I am wrong), the only “Death” comes in not Living and Evolving. The only death comes in not moving, in staying where we are. So the stagnation, and the inertia, and the clutter (stuck energy), which also presents itself in the body and in the mind, is the real definition of Death. To die a literal death is not to die at all, but to transition into a new phase as the Dragonfly does when it is no longer a nymph.

    When I read Tarot cards, inevitably the Death card comes up, and inevitably people shreek and gasp in fear. And I tell them that Death is only change, It is nothing to fear, whether literal (which we are not supposed to speak of in Tarot), or figurative. And then I tell them to think of it more as a butterfly, than as “The Grim Reaper.” It’s only change. The symbol on that card is one of Rebirth.

    Weren’t you talking (JAR) about letting go of what no longer serves you? …that we MUST let go of something when it no longer serves our Purpose? Our Souls leave our bodies when they no longer serve us (just like Robin Williams). And while, being in this Human Condition, we cannot hope to understand it, or like it when it happens to someone we’re attached to (thus the pain, and the suffering), we can only Feel it, Live it, work through it, accept it, and keep pushing forward. Or we can deny it, suppress it, and sidestep it, which will not lead to growth or movement of any kind. Which is better, I ask.

    As Micheal E. quoted: ‘If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

    And so what does this have to do with anything? Well, when we begin to OWN that we are Divine Beings, Spiritual Beings in human form, when we begin to not only know it, but understand it, and feel it to our CORE, when we look at ourselves and cannot see anything but our own Divinity in human form, the “how” doesn’t matter any more. The “how” just happens because of the “why.” Why eat healthful things, why respect our bodies (and our minds) and take care of them, why leave all the pettiness, and negative people, and things that are holding us back behind? Because they are not developing our True Nature, they are not propagating Life. Remember what we’ve learned. The Living Universe (God) does not like inertia. It abhors a vacuum and will fill it up. So when you become alive, when you become awake, you realize that it’s your responsibility to take care of your Vessel, and your Mind. And to fulfill every little spark of creativity and inspiration and vitality you can find in yourself. And to fulfill your potential that only you can fill. And when that happens you become truly Awakened, truly Alive! And everything looks different, and feels different, and IS different because you have Awakened. And then you cease trying to do things for yourself, and forget about the “how to’s, and instead do it for the Divine. And then all the excuses melt away. “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pine (p. 138, Forbes Scrapbook of Thoughts on the Business of Life”

    And so, James asks, what do you choose? I choose to Live and to Be Alive….all the days of my life, to have nothing but Life, because that’s what it’s really all about. At least, that is my understanding thus far. And so… I choose Life. And much Love…Always…. ~ Lori

  6. Afterthought:

    Let me just say that I am not implying for a moment that to become truly awakened is to “swallow the magic pill’ as we have discussed earlier, but rather that Life Itself becomes the Magical Pill. And in so being, it does not mean that the work (Dharma) does not have to be done, because it does. It means that the work, in and of itself, becomes pleasurable, exciting, exhilarating! To sweat and moan and push yourself actively, where once you sat passively, is the Life of it, the spark of the flame that has been lit, and needs to be fanned and fed. This, I think, is what we are saying, when we speak of being Awake and Alive. To wake up every morning with a rush of energy because you are filled with vitality and an edge that moves you to Action, action that is backed by deep feeling and purpose, and drive.

    And it is not to say that this work can be done in a day. If you have been sleeping long it may take time to become clear and dust yourself off. It may take time to clean out the cobwebs and clutter (on every level) because it took a long time to build it up to where it is. So, others around you may not, at first, see the work that is being done – below the surface, But they may notice little flickers of light where there once was none. And little by little they will see the clutter clear from your body, and mind, and life/ environment. And they may not like it because they may resist the change, since they aren’t experiencing it themselves. But… If you wake up enough (and continue to keep yourself vibrant and awake (it takes energy and work on a regular basis), and thus fulfill your potentials, then maybe one day you can help wake them up too. And so a new acorn will sprout and grow to become a mighty tree, and it will give seed to another, and another. And so it goes.

  7. Damn JAR!!! No fluff here. If I could have been taught this kind of wisdom in my childhood instead of the crap I was taught no telling how many mountains I could have moved up till now. Oh well, looking ahead I see some mountains.


  8. James, this one has kept me thinking-

    -perhaps the more important question is: what is LIFE? To me, death represents the absence of life. Yet, life cannot simply be represented by motion, as you noted, as EVERYTHING is in motion-always. So what is life, then? And surely there is a distinction to be made between LIFE and LIVING.

    The wheels keep turning-

    1. Alissia… There definitely is a BIG difference between Life and Living. You can be alive yet not really be living (which is experiencing the fullness of life). I submit that VERY few are truly living. We’re too busy caught up in “trying to get somewhere” or “trying to accomplish something” that we forget to truly LIVE. Suppression is a big part of this if you’ve been following along… as is denial. I’ll leave you to your own contemplation regarding “what is Life?” Contemplation is a good thing. Stay Awake and Love Life (REAL Life ) ~ JAR

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