事實是，我們拯救自己。沒有我們之外的，沒有一個外在的人能拯救我們，除了我們自己。神支持我們，但不是代替我們去做。思考一下，如果一個人沒有意識到自己的內在問題，不願意在自己身上努力，生活在自責、憤怒和仇恨的狀態中，不斷傷害他人 – 但他認真的向某個強大的外在存在祈禱，想要得救。你真的認為他們會被拯救嗎？
If you depend on sunlight to experience the light of your being,
then what will you do when the sun goes down?
The truth is that we save ourselves. Nothing outside us, no one external to us can save us but ourselves. God supports us, but does not do it for us. Consider a person who is ignorant to their inner issues, is not willing to work on themselves, lives in a state of blame, anger and hate, and continuously hurts others – but who prays earnestly to some powerful external being to be saved? Do you really think they will be saved?
Clear principles guide life. Karma cannot be taken away by any being. It is against the evolutionary principle of responsibility for one’s actions. Grace is real, blessings are real, prayer is your request to be noticed. But if you don’t change yourself, how can you expect others to exert this effort for you? Grace comes to those that cannot help themselves, or to those that have done all they can but need extra support. Grace cannot come to those who can change themselves but won’t, and expect others to take responsibility for them.
And even when grace comes, it is still only a form of support. Grace may help increase your inner resources, awakening more strength and courage in you, but finally you must live your life, face your problems and go through your own experiences. Human life is a choice, no one is forced to come. It is an opportunity to evolve ourselves, redeem ourselves, purify ourselves, enlighten ourselves. Incarnation is a pact we make with God where we ask to do so in order to meet our own higher aims. We choose the human form because we sense the human experience has enough depth, range, substance and dynamism to help us realize our evolutionary impulse to expand and further what we are.
If we remain dependent, suckling on breast milk, spoon-fed like a newborn, waiting to be saved, how can we do this? We are individually endowed with the same divine consciousness that pervades everything. To continue to project divinity to be beyond us, and make ourselves small in the face of that is not humility, it is a misunderstanding. We are not the All, but we are an incredible incarnation of divine light, love and intelligence, capable of the minimum task of ‘saving’ our own selves. We would not be endowed with a self that we could not take care of.
Each being must awaken to their reason for incarnation at some point. If we were simply saved, taking a quantum leap from suffering to liberation, then we would bypass the very process of learning that we came to undergo. A plea for mercy in the midst of pain cannot override our own sacred intent for incarnation. When we suffer we are either unwinding karma from the past, or realizing something needed about the human condition. Our work is to go through it, allowing the experience to be fully realized and completed within us. This non-resistance clarifies our energy field and raises our intelligence to a higher level of understanding. We are not made less by our pain; we are rather expanded by our ability to traverse it to the point of freedom from it.
And, what are we anyway saving ourselves from? There is nothing threatening the truth of our eternity anyway. We are only suffering at the hands of our own mind, our own internal state of chaos. We create our suffering and it is for us to un-create it. Asking God or a great being to pick up all the pieces of our mess does not help our cause. Any being who promises to do the work for you or to save you for you, is fooling you and themselves.
An integral path is one that leads to full self-responsibility as you being a complete creator of your inner experience. An integral path leads to the empowerment of your being and the clear seeing that what is inside you is more than enough. You are a piece of the All, a precious chance to realize the spark of divinity that you are. You save yourself. You raise yourself. Everything standing in truth will enable that knowing in you. If instead you are being led into dependency and into the idea that only an external force can save you, then it is time to reclaim the fundamental dignity of your being. Lowering yourself into inferiority is much different than realizing your intrinsic divinity but remaining humble about it. There is no need to lower your self.
Due to political and ulterior motives of people, we have been historically led into believing we are less than, that we are worth less than God, and thus need to be redeemed by God or a higher being, a messiah, avatar or saviour. Is a child worth less than a parent? A boss worth more than an employee? A government worth less than the communities is rules? Can a parent truly save a child? A parent can try to protect the child, guide the child, can even rescue them from the hands of danger a few times over, however ultimately, a child must learn to stand alone, walk alone, grow up, face life, themselves and their problems alone. God can help us in life but not live life for us.
If the human wants to set up the duality where they experience God or a perceived higher being as a force who saves them, they will actually experience it and will tell you their story with conviction. Whether you frame God as being outside you or as inside you, what saves you is the depth of your own internal process. If you want to offer credit to God, you can. But since you are not separate from the being of God, all credit eventually returns to the self. In summary, you are enough and you save yourself. External guidance is important as we begin our journey, but in the end, we must find our own way and realize the divinity inside ourselves is what saves us.