I have been thinking about the best possible end results of learning, self-discovery and revelation. It seems to me that it is better if learning is not entirely focused upon teaching only facts. Learning should also provide the foundation of a tentative structure for relating facts to one to another and to the learner. It is best if the learner observes directly and relates the second hand observations of others to his/her own. Further, it is vital that we, as students and observers, consider the relationships and value of facts in relationship to purposes that engage us. This is a process of self-discovery as much as it is a process of observing reality.
Yet, education and growth are more clearly characterized by skills and capabilities than merely discovering and deciding about facts. With the development of skills and capabilities, the discoverer works out a new level of understanding and demonstrates the integration of the self with his or her understanding through application.
Going further, the ability to perform well in various capacities is not the highest end result either. It is better if the individual can evaluate potential courses of action and choose what needs to be learned and how, including developing additional skills as needed. In such proactivity, the passivity of the student’s initial journey is left far behind.
Moving beyond education and self-education, it is better yet if the individual can recognize a vastly larger scope for the process, leaving the small self behind, no matter how accomplished and self-determining that self may have become. The individual’s consciousness has thus expanded and transcended merely being a “self” to the recognition of this same spark in others encountered everywhere. This is the beginning of rising into the level of Christ Consciousness; the Bridge between seeming opposites; the Reconciler of conflict, tension and opposition.
Expanding beyond the level of recognition and appreciation for the unity that dissolved the barriers between self and others, it is again better to develop an all-embracing unity, including all that has been created whether material or biological. Such all-inclusive unity encompasses all of matter-energy and space-time as well as spirit.
Continuing beyond the embrace of creation, it is an even more profitable outcome to embrace the Creator as well. This includes the Unity, the Love and the Peace that extend from the Creator through all of creation. This stage of growth accepts the gifts of Spirit, the inspirations these bring and the revelation from the Source of all that is good.
Finally, there is Being… Being that exceeds all attributes, transcends all roles and encompasses More than all we can identify. This is the Stillness from which creation and activity extend. This is the Alpha and the Omega, that which IS… infinitely and eternally in the present… just as before the beginning and after the end. This is the Sacred Void at the center of ALL.