The Art of Living by Cosmo Cavallaro

Our true Essence, our Consciousness, our Soul is immortal.
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The Art Of Living
by Cosmo Cavallaro

“Now he has departed from this strange world. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in quantum physics, know that the distinction between past, present, future and reality is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
-Albert Einstein

I have recently experienced a valuable lesson in the understanding of the gift of life we are blessed with from our Creator. There will come a time when all of us must leave here. Each of us becomes conscious in our own way of how exquisite life is and how inadequate our time is to experience life to its full potential. No one knows when our time on this mortal realm will end. If we did, I am convinced we would live our lives differently. Look at people you know that sense their imminent departure from this life. When someone is told they only have a few months or less to live; see how they change the way they think and live their lives; how they honor each moment as a precious gift. It would do us all well to live and love as if there were no tomorrow. After all tomorrow is just an illusion. The only tangible and unambiguous reality we can experience is the right now moment.

“We live in the illusion and appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.”
-Kalu Rinpoche

We are so identified with this material life, with its' joys and struggles, that it seems to us that we are only flesh and blood; but yet only the body is mortal. Our true Essence, our Consciousness, our Soul is immortal. It is only a superficial appearance that our existence is over in that transformation called death. Death is only a conversion experience; we can never be destroyed. It is our gateway, our portal to another dimension. There have been hundreds of books written, with thousands of reports of NDE's “near death experiences” and OBE's ‘out of body experiences” for us to completely ignore the reality of consciousness after the physical body is considered lifeless. NDE's have been written about for thousands of years. Today science has brought its objective thinking and lab experiments to prove the validity of those experiences. Over the past 50 years OBE's from around the planet have been reported more and more with the “controlled and monitored” testing of the individuals experiencing these phenomena. They are not ramblings of an insane mind; they are a proven and measurable reality.

“You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.”
-A Course in Miracles.

Our Spiritual essence is expressing itself through this material realm for a brief moment in time. But by no means are all humans the same. Our destinies are different. Like snow crystals that are always hexagonal in form, but no two are ever alike. We know from experiential knowledge that we are all creatures with self-determination. We are choice makers with the ability to decide our own direction through this journey of life. Since we have sovereignty of will and our inner life is truly our creation, there rests upon each person the responsibility of choosing as to whether this creativity shall be chaotic laced in haphazard choices or be mindful expressions saturated in love and kindness. We cannot completely control our external world. It is the creativity of the inner world that is most subject to our direction. And those choices infused with love will return to us in abundance from the universe.

“The purpose of our existence is to love. It is the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation. It is the experiential knowledge of who you really are.”
-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

In our mortal existence our Soul resides within the cloak of our humanness almost as a theory more than a reality, but as our awareness is refined our spiritual nature becomes undeniable and Self-evident. Our ever evolving Soul and Personality will exist beyond this ephemeral adventure in this mortal realm inhabiting planet earth. The Consciousness that resides within our human carbon based shell will never cease to exist. Nothing can terminate that Eternal Consciousness, the Ocean of Pure Being. Like the wave touching the shore and in the blink of an eye returns to its Source; we are all eternally One with this Ocean of Pure Being. Of course, as mortals we are virtually unable to comprehend the thought of eternity, something never beginning and never ending. Everything familiar to us has a beginning and an end.

“The infinity of the perfection of God and the greatest of all the unfathomable mysteries of God is the phenomenon of the divine indwelling of mortal minds.”
-The Urantia Book

It might be worth a little time and effort to live our lives joyfully, full of kindness and express love to all of humanity and for that matter to all of creation. Happiness and joy take origin in the inner life of an individual and yet, we cannot experience real joy living in isolation. We are relational Beings. A solitary life is fatal to happiness and real contentment. Families, friends, cultures and nations will enjoy life more and be able to reach humanity's highest and full potential if we share and express our spiritual and loving values with each other as members of the global village of our human family.

Cosmo Cavallaro
January 13, 2014

Cosmo Cavallaro:
Cosmo trained with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in Rishikesh, India to become a teacher of the TM program in 1971. Cosmo is a musician, writer, father, vegetarian, eternal optimist, court jester, spiritual warrior and a student of the human condition. His mission is to inspire and arouse the spiritual essence that is lying dormant in the sleeping Souls of this mortal realm.

For ISS website use, permission granted by author, Jan. 13, 2014.

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