The Next Step
The last in a three part series, "The Process of Learning"
So what is the next step? Very simply moving from Conscious Competence to Unconscious Competence.
While I use riding a bicycle as my example, the shift I am working toward is the true awareness of who we are, why we are here, what we gain from that awareness and how to save ourselves, our loved ones, and our planet in the process.
If you read my Short Bio, you know that I love movies. One powerful movie I saw recently was "Alien Visitor", on streaming video from Netflix. It is not your typical UFO style, big eyes, little green man, alien visitor. In the movie, our 'visitor' is an attractive and intelligent woman who appears out of nowhere and makes contact with a surveyor in the Australian Outback. It is a fun and entertaining story if you choose to watch, but here is the essence.
She comes to bring certain things into the mindset of our Australian Surveyor whom I will call "Our Hero." She points out that we, as a species, have a level of intelligence that is less than that of a child. We live our lives in what I refer to as "Ostrich Syndrome." We totally ignore what we are doing to ourselves, our children, and our planet, simply because we choose to remain in denial, for to understand what we are doing would be considered criminal. We don't want to face that reality. We are totally Unconsciously Incompetent about what we are doing toward our own destruction at some time either in the near or distant future.
She asked of our hero, "Have you ever heard the term, intelligent species?", to which he responds in the positive, but she goes on to say, "Well, you (inhabitants of Earth) are not one of them." She goes on to ask in another scene, "Do you think these trees chose to die?"
OK. Lest I seem to be climbing on an ecological soap box, what I am trying to point out is that sometimes we just choose to ignore what we are doing that is really killing us. We are so burdened with unconscious guilt over our actions that it is more tolerable to remain in total denial. If we remain here, we will never change our level of existence. We will, in one lifetime or another, face what we have kept hidden in denial, and take action to improve our situation.
What I AM trying to get to is that this type of 'ignorance' also applies to things on a Spiritual level as well, and I am trying to introduce the idea that there is more we really need to learn about our True Being, our True Existence, and how THAT knowledge will allow us to 'heal all the wounds' we have caused to each other and to this planet we call our temporary home.
Earth is NOT our home. It is merely a place of learning...a school perhaps...but one we do need to go through, and learn all the prescribed lessons before we can return to our True Home. Our bodies are not even real, but tools through which we perceive the script of our lives...the characters in the movie we call our life...all the things that need to be undone before we can truly appreciate What and Who we Really Are and what our Real place is in the Real Universe.
This is the essence of "A Course in Miracles" (ACIM). Being open to new ideas of who and what we are, will bring us from the point of Unconscious Incompetence [not knowing at all], through the stages of Conscious Incompetence [understanding and seeing there is a lesson at hand], and with constant vigilance, focus, and practice, through the stage of Conscious Competence ['seeing' the real solution], into Unconscious Competence.
In a spiritual sense, Unconscious Competence is reached when we practice perfect Love, True forgiveness, practical compassion, and understanding without judgement, during every moment of every day, totally without effort, without thinking, and without exception.
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