The Ocean of Consciousness

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"In India, one of the metaphors for God is . . . The Ocean of Consciousness." This metaphor is meant to convey that God is limitless. But the ego instead chooses to objectify itself, choosing a body floating in the ocean, rather than the ocean itself. And this limits us to becoming very powerless creatures who imagine themselves as individuals moving through time and space, rather than the infinite, eternal consciousness that we are. "But the consciousness, the oceanic consciousness, that even conceives of that, that is the very possibility of a world appearing to us, never appears in that world, just as when youre in a dream the mind thats dreaming up that dream doesnt appear in the dream." It is this unity that allows us to love, "because love is the realization we are all floating in this ocean of consciousness and that ultimately we are all waves of the same ocean." Recorded on Thursday, August 20, 2009.

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