If you can answer this and understand why, you have an idea of what consciousness is.

Clues to the answer can be read here.

What is duality?

dualityDo you want the red or the blue pill?

The world as we perceive it is a duality. It’s obvious appearance consists of a complex myriad of objects; tables, chairs, houses, bicycles, toys, flowers, animals, people, mountains, rivers, clouds, planets, stars and endless galaxies out there in space surrounded by eternity and limitlessness in all directions.

In the center of all this is me, the person that I think I am. Except for being the most important person in the universe, this body-mind organism has a name, age, sex, passport, sun sign, personality, history, education, job, nationality and a place to live. This is the person we bring to an astrologer, to be interpreted and told that we are special and unique. Like no snowflakes are alike, so does our chart resemble similar diversity. The down side is that I am also doomed to isolation. I must face the harsh reality that I am also this limited, small, incomplete, inadequate, little person separated from the rest of the world and everyone in it.

And even worse, – one day I am going to die. The body does not last forever, it wears out or can stop functioning any time without warning: Game over, the lights go out and no more me. There are rumors of life after death, but opinions varies with everything from burning in hell, to playing golden harp in realms of unimaginable bliss and beauty or modest variations in between.

This is bad news, and with it goes a deep existential feeling of lack, limitation, emptiness and nothing is ever really good enough. We always want things to be different, better or more. This causes desires, we want things and experiences that can complete us, fill us up, and compensate for this chronic dissatisfaction. So we seek security, pleasure, recognition, power, fame, virtue and innumerable wants and cravings.

According to Bernard Shaw there are two disappointments in life. One is not getting what you want. The other is it to get it…. Take sex for instance. Usually it is so good that we want more. It forms a habit and sticks in our minds as a lifelong obsession, never ceasing to fascinate. Life becomes a wheel of endless desires that reinforce themselves the more they are fulfilled. Eventually they leave us empty because the satisfaction never lasts. A cup of coffee is nice, but soon the taste and effect wears off. The high is replaced by an emotional low. This can be fixed with another cup, soon to become slaves to various addictions and cravings never giving lasting peace and contentment.

Low self esteem is another side effect to dualism. Religions have milked this for all it is worth a long time ago, telling us we are no good, sinners, doomed creatures, and all we can hope for is to get saved and redeemed by divine grace in one form or another. It also keeps the gurus in business. Because of this feeling of lack, we compare and rank each other according to status: Money, looks, intelligence, popularity, accomplishments and so on. Having something others do not have, make us special. Gurus have had extraordinary experiences, which puts them somewhere up the spiritual mountain together with Buddha, Jesus and other enlightened masters sitting on the top blissfully meditating. Further down the hillside are lesser gurus, yogis, teachers and others wannabes of variable standards.

If this is bad news, try non-duality.

non-dualityWith inquiry, duality does not hold up. There are no borders between objects, where one object begins and another ends. Like nature, it is all connected, entangled and one.

If you see a rose, where are the borders between you and the rose? First we have to locate the rose. It looks as if it is out there in the garden. What happens is that light shines on the rose. The light beams meet the eyes. Inside the eyes, the rose image is turned up side down as it makes a print on the retina. The impression is transformed into electric and chemical signals passing through nerve channels into the brain, and the rose appears in the mind as an image.

The mind itself cannot experience. It is only a mental screen on which information from the senses, emotions, intellect and past conditioning appear. For the content of the mind to have any value, consciousness has to be there to experience it. The rose appear in consciousness as an experience.

Now comes the classic question: Can the rose exist if consciousness is not there to experience it? If you can answer this, and understand why, you have an idea of what consciousness is. The answer is no, because nothing exists outside of consciousness.

Consciousness can seem like a mental ability of the mind, located in your brain or head. It is the other way around. The apparent conscious mind is an object in consciousness, which is the witness and knower. Consciousness is a way beyond the mind. It is limitless, has no beginning or end, pervades everything, is everywhere and does not exist in time and space. It cannot go anywhere, because it is everywhere. There is no evolution or new consciousness, as there is no new eternity. It does not get older or count the years, because something that always exists does not apply to time. Consciousness is not a thing, even though language makes it a word.

In a non-dual reality the rose is not only in consciousness, the rose is consciousness. If there is no separation between objects, than all objects are one. There is a reality, nothing can exist outside of reality, and I am that reality. I cannot experience myself as an object seen from outside. But I experience consciousness all the time, because everything I experience is consciousness. It is a self-aware subject that cannot be objectified, as an eye cannot look at itself. It is not empty, but full, because it contains everything. Hence the big belly of Buddha, Ganesh and other spiritual symbols to illustrate that consciousness is whole, complete and full.

A way to illustrate this is that consciousness is like a swimming pool filled with water. As long as the water is completely still, it appears as if there is nothing there, empty and nothing is happening. The moment a spin or a whirl appears in the water, there is of all sudden an object that can be experienced. Similarly through movement arising out of stillness, the whole world is projected into existence. Everything that happens is like waves in the water, but the water stays the same, unaffected and unchanged. The wave is dependent on the water, but the water is not dependent on the wave. The world appears in consciousness as objects, shapes and forms in a cosmic dance or divine play, we call life. There is no separation between objects, because it is just movements within the same non-dual reality.

A mental challenge
It is hard to understand that the world we live in is consciousness, because it seems so real. It appears real when I identify myself with my body and the person that I think I am, which is pretty much all the time. Then the world appears real and a duality, and I experience myself as a separate being. The physical laws apply, and time and space are apparently real factors. The train will leave on schedule and if I am not there on time, I will miss the train. If I move myself from A to B it will take a certain time and I will find myself in a different location. But from consciousness point of view I am not going anywhere, I am the same when I started and when I arrived, and still in the same place, completely unaffected. It is the same experience I have of myself, being the same as a child, youth, grown up and the one I am right now. Life have moved along, circumstances have changed, but I stay the same. The existence of the dualistic world can only dissolve into non-dualism through knowledge. It is not an experience, but an understanding. It is like a mirage in the dessert knowing that life exists, but it is not real.

What is real is that which does not change. Waves come and go, so does moments, days, years, thoughts, feelings, dreams and experiences. Life is a continuous process of change, birth and death, from one moment to the next. It appears to be real, but it is ripples and waves in the cosmic ocean of consciousness. If yesterday were real, one would expect that we could bring it back and take a closer look at it. The world is constantly slipping away, because it is always changing. If we try to focus on the present moment, it is already gone.

Consciousness is not something far away, mystical, transcendental and only accessible through years of meditation. Consciousness is awareness, the knowingness and the presence I am right now. It is the knowing that I exist. It is totally ordinary, always present, but we do not pay attention to it like we do not perceive the air we breathe or gravity. When fully integrated, this understanding leaves one constantly satisfied because that is the nature of consciousness.

It is not necessary to get fixed, because there is nothing to fix, except for getting rid of ignorance of my true nature. There is nothing I can do to become something that I already am. All I need is to understand.

JesusDet lød en gang et forferdelig hyl fra klosterkjelleren hvor en munk i middelalderen satt og studerte Bibelens originaltekster. Begeistret kom han opp ekstatisk forkynte, at det stod ikke «celibate», men «celebrate».

Er kristendom det som står i Bibelen, eller er det hvordan et utvalg av eksperter har valgt å tolke det som står der? Tenk hvis de tar helt feil, og det viser seg at Bibelen rent faktisk er om noe helt annet enn det man lenge har trodd? Er kristendommen da i stand til å forandre seg, eller vil man fortsette å lese «celibate», mens det egentlig står «celebrate»?

Kristus = bevissthet
Jesus er ikke en historisk person, men et symbol på bevissthet. Han døde ikke for våre synder, han ble ikke torturert og drept, ble ikke født av en jomfru, eller gjenopstod fra de døde og fløy opp til himmelen. Det er alt sammen symbolske bilder på en prosess av kunnskap og læring.

I Bhagavad Gita, hinduismens «Nye testamente»,  er Jesus navnebror Krishna en eksplisitt symbolsk representasjon av bevissthet, og sannsynligvis er store deler av Det nye testamente lignende dramatiserte fortellinger for å illustrere dypere åndelig kunnskap.

Hva er bevissthet?
Hvis alle livets bevegelser, skapninger, objekter og former er bølger på havet, så er bevisstheten havet. Hvis alle livets fenomener er som lyspærer, elektriske apparater og maskiner, så er bevisstheten strømmen. Hvis livet er en kino, så er bevissthet lyset i prosjektoren som for alt på lerretet til å leve. Alt som skjer i sinnet, av sanseinntrykk, følelser og tanker, vil være umulig å oppleve uten bevissthet. Bevissthet er den jeg er. Bevisstheten kan ikke oppleves. Bevisstheten kan ikke gjøres til et objekt. Den bare er.

Bevisstheten er verdens lys. Bevisstheten er sannheten, livet og veien. Bevissthet og Gud er ett. Bevisstheten er inne i eder. For å forstå dette må en la seg korsfeste på korset av fornuft, dø fra sine gamle forestillinger, og gjenoppstå med ny kunnskap og nytt liv av å forstå hvem jeg er.

Kan kristendommen endres?
Kristendommen har bare tatt feil av ett ord. Kristus betyr ikke mennesket, Jesus, men bevissthet. Rett dette og forstå den egentlige meningen i Det nye testamente. Alle kan ta feil, men ikke å rette opp feilen når en blir gjort oppmerkom på det, er en større feil.

ForumAstrologisk Forum nr 2 2015.

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Her er svarene


Historien om Jesus korsfestelse, død og oppstandelse og følgelig døde for våre synder er for mange selve fundamentet for kristendommen.  Det krever en del teologisk akrobatikk for å se logikken i hvordan en far synes at tortur og en lang og pinefull død av sin egen sønn, gir menneskene evig tilgivelse for all synd.

Tolket bokstavelig er dette et barbarisk blodsoffer med et sadistisk og perverst gudsbilde. Mange kristne toner dette ned og prester som Helge Hognestad går inn for å utelate det. Andre igjen synes dette er det helt store med kristendommen. De kaller det gjerne det kristne mysteriet, ikke beregnet på fornuft, men på tro.

Symbolsk halshogging
GaneshHistorien om en av hinduismens mest elskete guder Ganeesh kan kaste lys over hva som skjedde med Jesus. Ganeesh var en liten gutt med fire armer, en stor mage og med elefanthode. Han var også Guds sønn. Men i en episode av misforståelser kom Gud til å hogge hodet av sin egen sønn. Blodet sprutet, sønnen var døende og moren kom løpende og ba Gud ordne opp. Det første Gud fant var en elefant som lå og sov i veikanten, straks hogget han hodet av elefanten, kom løpende hjem med det og satte det på hodet til sønnen. Han våknet til live igjen, problemet var løst og alle var glade.

Tolket bokstavelig er dette også en barsk historie med familieforhold vanskelig å forstå. Et menneske med elefanthode og fire armer inviterer til en opplagt symbolsk forståelse. Ganeesh er et symbol på selvet eller bevisstheten. Symbolikken i denne halshoggingen er at frigjøring kun kan oppstå ved å hogge av vårt gamle hode, av gamle forestillinger og erstatte det med et nytt i form av ny kunnskap. Det er kunnskap om vår sanne natur som bevissthet som kan sette oss fri. «Sannheten skal sette deg fri», som det står i Johannes evangeliet.

La deg korsfeste
Jesus er også et symbol på selvet eller bevissthet. «Jeg er verdens lys.» Sa han om seg selv. «Jeg og Faderen er ett», «Guds rike er inne i eder», er andre kjente sitater som viser at den dypere meningen i Bibelen er en universell kunnskap om frigjøring og en ikke-dualistisk forståelse av bevissthet, i sin klareste form uttrykt i Vedanta.

Korset er et symbol på fornuft. For å bli fri må vi ta til fornuft, la oss korsfeste og dø fra vårt gamle selv i form av dualistiske forestillinger. Etter dette følger oppstandelsen til frihet, slik slavene i Platons hule frigjør seg fra lenkene i livets teater, vandrer ut i lyset og forener seg med lyskilden og blir fri.

Jesus sa at den eneste synd er ikke å tro på ham. Det er selve hovedsynden. Dersom Jesus tolkes som en historisk person virker dette snodig, og en skulle kunne forstille seg større synder enn det. Dersom Jesus Kristus er ensbetydende med bevissthet, slik Krishna for eksempel er det i Bhagavad Gita, er dette svært så fornuftig. Den eneste feiltakelse vi kan gjøre i livet er ikke å forstå hvem vi er.


Astrology holds a vision of the entire existence. Unfortunately modern versions tend to reduce this ancient cosmology into a psychology, adapting astrology to an understanding of the individual with various forms of counseling to put food on the table for the practicing astrologer. Understandable enough, but astrology contains a larger scope. Because of a limited perception of our selves, the view of astrology suffers the same fate. Astrology is a map of a landscape with doorways to knowledge of our true identity and deeper connection to cosmos. In fact, the cosmos is me. Not the limited personal me, but me as consciousness. The world is a play in consciousness, and astrology is central to its design and how it unfolds.

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