[The transmission of Risen information into limited, written human
language often appears dense and perplexing to grasp because it is highly
compressed information. It is suggested that one reads each sentence slowly and
carefully, and perhaps several times—especially passages that seem to resist
the understanding. Many readers of the Risen material have shared that with
each re-reading, more is revealed to the listening spirit inside. The Risen
refer to this as “worlds within worlds.”]
the fear of death
is the ultimate act of self-forgiveness.”
~ A Risen One ~
question has been asked, “Do the Risen have anything to say about what we need
to do to manifest an authentic human life?”
Risen are those who were once terrestrial humans, but have attained—or
ascended—a particular “geography of wakefulness” which is best described by the
term “Risen Authentic Self,” or more simply, Risen. The Risen, who are no longer human in the way most of us
believe ourselves to presently be, say that they cannot provide carved-in-stone
definitions of an authentic human life. They suggest that “Know Thyself” is the
open-ended answer for all sentient beings. This particular answer emerges only
as truth reveals itself through one’s individualized Self of Authorship, and that
Self’s various states of ever-emerging awareness.
At its utmost, “Know Thyself”
means that each one of us authors, authenticates,
and authorizes one’s Self. Can one truly comprehend the implication of such
an omnipotent action of total, authorized authorship—and then fully accept it?
The Risen ask each of us to consider the possibility of doing this now, rather
Self will inevitably recognize the feeling of Its truth in Its various states,
thereby recognizing Itself as an immortal individualization as It transitions
inwardly from any felt point, ever
onward (more about this point of feeling later on.)
Earth, terrestrial Nature provides only for cycling and recycling—around and
around, evolving—or mutating—only enough to sustain and replenish in ways that
are least resistant. This circular movement through time can be seen as a
spiral, and humanity is a spiraling part of Nature—it is, in fact, inextricable
the beginning of their book, the Risen ask us to …
… contemplate a spiral as we journey through
this book. The spiral is an ancient emblem of life, transcendence, and
eternity, running deep through all earthly cultures. It is revealed as a living
symbol throughout Nature—in pinecones, the petals and seed heads of flowers,
the arrangement of leaves on a stem; water spinning in a whirlpool, the shell
of a snail, the winds circling the earth; the horns of a goat, the coils of a
snake, and even a head of cauliflower. Stars, galaxies, and people dance in
waves of living spirals. Spirals are found throughout your body—in the
proportions of its components, in your fingerprints, in the movement of the
blood as it travels through the body, and in the pattern of the hair on your
heads. The very strands of your DNA intertwine in an animated spiral.
Life is also a spiral—a sacred
relationship of matter, time, and space that leads to a continual transcendence
of them. Life’s presence and actions are its own evidence—of itself and of its
immortality. The center of life’s spiral is the center of the Self as it moves
through eternity, never the same at any moment, yet never losing the essential
spirit of its Origin. Life is the Original Spirit.
The spiral often seems to be a
maze, an icon of the life journey of a human being, seemingly struggling alone
along an unknown path, while trying to discover its center. Many of you will
spend a lifetime worrying about whether you are journeying toward or away from
For those who are still
earth-embodied, your spiral path will change. In fact, it simply cannot exist
without change, for the spiral of all life is a process. Upon your transition
to places of existence beyond your planet, your journey will transmute into a
new and more intensely living motif. You will each begin this transition in your
own unique way, and then you will awaken as a Risen One into a new world.
very long time ago, Nature brought humankind as far as it could upon the Earth,
to where we became conscious, self-aware beings—primitive yet intelligent ego-mental
selves. Humanity cannot rely on Nature to take us any further, and each must
now use one’s own individual consciousness to provide the movement that will awaken
and sustain Authentic Selfness beyond ego-self-awareness. Alas, most of us
choose to continue to sleep in the primitive safety of Mother Nature's arms,
unaware that there is much more beyond them awaiting our jubilant exploration. Although
there is no harm in this sleep of non-action, nor any judgment weighed against
us for it, there will not be another chance to ascend—or rise—until we make our
transition from a terrestrial existence to a non-terrestrial existence. We can
only, and always, begin from wherever we are.
does not provide the ways and means for mutating away from its spiral—or
transmutation—other than when it is forced to relinquish its terrestrial hold
on a human spirit, which is then released into a non-terrestrial dimension by
way of a kind of “spiritual centrifugal force.” And although the spiritual body
is redirected in this way, the trajectory of the ascending journey depends upon
the development of the spirit, which may resume its spiral way of existence in
the new dimension, very much as it did on the Earth, and with very little or no
change on a cosmic scale. If we were dependent upon our ego-mind—by ignorance
or by choice—we will likely be quite lost without it, because the ego-mind does
not survive the transition. It knows this, too, and this is why those of us who
identify with our ego-mind are afraid of death. Those who are unidentified are unafraid,
and so are resting peacefully as Authentic Self. This total lack of fear is a
rather agreeable attitude to present to the question.
definition of “convoluted” is “curled
or wound, especially in concentric rings or spirals, like a leaf curled in upon
itself, or enfolded.” It also has the meaning of being vague about something in
order to mislead or deceive. Nature is continuously enfolding like a leaf, drawing
all the elements back into itself. This convolution can be seen as misleading us
in order to preserve itself. It has been perceived by most modern humans as a
selective process for the survival of the fittest. However, it can also be
perceived as the selective process for the best food, which is all that humanity’s
bodies will ever be to Nature.
so now we finally come to the best possible approach to the question, in spite
of the labyrinthine convolutions upon which you were just led. Such maze-like
logic is necessary in order to be released from the repetitive, hypnotic
centripetal force of Nature, which otherwise forces us to follow its own
logical path of cycle and recycle. To break free of this force, to first unfold
from and then leave this “wheel of existence” before the centrifugal release of the spirit, is usually difficult
and often painful. Although joyful surrender will do the trick just as well, if
us now re-ask the question in this way: “What are the qualities of Authentic
Self?” The simplest and yet also aggravating answer is that if such labels
could be found and described here, the ego-mind would attempt to simulate them
into personality traits, which the unaware reader would then pretend to have. This
is a Risen way of utilizing our tendency to prefer seriousness over humor. In
other words, they are joking, to better suggest truth.
the beginning of this wordy journey, we suggested that at Its core, Authentic
Self will inevitably recognize the feeling of Its truth in its various states,
thereby recognizing Itself as an immortal individualization while transitioning
inwardly from any felt point, ever onward.
is this point, this feeling of truth? It is inner peace felt at our core, our
center where we always are. As a psychotherapist for many years, I have watched
so many people struggle with trying to locate their core of peace, as if it was
something they lost or never had, not understanding that each of us is the location, and that it is within,
not outside. They worry because they aren’t experiencing peace in the outer
world, while failing to recognize that they
already are the place of peace which is within them. Outer peace manifests as a
result of first dwelling in inner peace. As the Risen noted earlier, such
troubled individuals may spend an entire lifetime worrying whether they are
journeying toward or away from their center core. But there is no toward, no
away, and they haven’t lost it—their awareness of it merely got covered over and
hidden by all the “symptoms” their convoluted ego-minds are so insistent upon
having and focusing on to cause misdirection, by generating worry. The Risen
said this about worry in their book:
“The only place to be is where you
are—the present. This ancient fragment of mislaid information is one of the
most important aspects of human spirituality to re-emerge in the early
twentieth century. Many are now familiar with the notions of ‘be here now’ and ‘don’t
worry, be happy.’ These concepts have been clearly held before you from every
spiritual worldview for many thousands of years, such as the Bible’s suggestion
to ‘consider the lilies of the field.’
Now, just inside the gates of the twenty-first century, you are
beginning to return to the understanding that you are the lilies of the field. There is also increasing awareness
by scientists and non-scientists that eventually we will come to consciously
experience that we are the field as well.”
can only project—rather than manifest—a
temporary, inauthentic outer world of worry around us. Awakened Authentic Self,
while outwardly aware of the meaningless aspects of the projected world around
it, remains inwardly undisturbed in its authentic place of peace. Authentic
Self does not necessarily seek meaning, although it can assign it if it chooses.
Authentic Self does not think or have thoughts. It observes them as they arise
from the ego-mind, which is contained within the infinite space of Mind.
Self can manifest—rather than
project—a temporary outer world of peace. When the feeling of Authentic Self
has awakened, all thoughts can be observed, accepted, rejected, allowed to
project, put on hold, brightened, dimmed, or dissolved from a consciously aware
reacts from its fear-based thinking; Authentic Self responds from perpetually
peaceful, non-thoughtful wakefulness. But until Authentic Self awakens, the
ego-mind is in complete control of any rising thoughts.
of us are still enfolded in the convoluted rationalizing of the ego-mind, and
so are disconnected from our feelings, unable to recognize and experience the
feeling of “the peace that passeth all
understanding.” Here, “understanding” means the ego-mind’s rationale. Because
we still rationalize in terms of symptoms—i.e., worry—perhaps we might more
easily recognize some “symptoms of inner peace” from a list compiled by author Saskia Davis,
who was obviously Risen-inspired.
Symptoms of Inner Peace
A tendency to think and act
spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
An unmistakable ability to enjoy
A loss of interest in judging
A loss of interest in judging
A loss of interest in
interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of ability to worry.
Frequent, overwhelming episodes
Contented feelings of
connectedness with others and nature.
Frequent attacks of smiling.
An increasing tendency to let
things happen rather than make them happen.
An increased susceptibility to
love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
(©1984 Saskia Davis ~ reprinted with very kind permission by the author)
the end of their book, the Risen have this to say about cycles:
“Ouroboros, the serpent with its
tail in its mouth, is a pan-mythical symbol of time and the continuity of life.
An alchemical sign of completeness, it depicts the Alpha and the Omega—eternal
life. Ouroboros contains the idea of cycles, of returning to one’s self through
one’s self. It suggests birth within death’s jaws—doors opening. It also
intimates death within birth’s jaws—doors closing. It is life emerging out of
death, then emerging out of life, year after year, over and over, seemingly
“But does it ever end?
“Yes, say the Risen, for cycles
aren’t forever. Each and every cycle is a beginning and yet also part of a
greater cycle, the vast spiral of movement of an individualized immortal soul
through space and through time—and then beyond time and space.
“This movement never ceases.”
Risen would like to clarify that as Authentic Self, we are not the movement but
the observers, whose observation manifests an experience of movement. Authentic
Self never ceases, and this “ceaselessness” or “unceasing” is actually
non-movement—a place of being at peace, at total rest. If we are identifying
with movement—which is ok—it is helpful to be aware that the movement is not who we are. In some dimensions it seems
to be where we are; in others, it seems
to be when we are. And although
sometimes we may not remember who, where, or when we are, we will never forget that we are, which is the way toward manifesting
an authentic human life.
[© 2014 August Goforth. This monograph may be freely copied in
whole or in part without permission, but with acknowledgement of authorship.]