What is Real Being?
Real Being is the ground or root of Being. Real Being gives rise to the various modes of being and becoming. Real Being is an ontological truth. All knowledge seeks in some way or another to approach Real Being. Real Being is thus the primary object of the human intellect.
Real Being is the antithesis of all that is false, untrue and unreal– in other words the nonexistent.
Real Being is knowable in so far as we make contact with what is real and true within our own Self, and insofar as we liberate ourselves from illusion. The Sages of the world call this enlightenment.
Some people talk about enlightenment as if it is an all or nothing event. One moment you are a laggard and the next moment you are enlightened. This is a dualistic notion, and thus is false. For, duality is ultimately unreal.
Enlightenment is a mode of Being grounded in Real Being. It is a way of inhabiting Real Being as the ground or root of one’s own life. Real Being is always present and given. And yet, there is a necessary effort to obtain knowledge of the Real.
For guidance, we often turn to those who say they have realized ‘enlightenment’. There are many people around the world peddling ‘enlightenment.’ But how will we know if they are real or true?
The most important capacity that we can develop within life is the ability to discern that which is true and that which is false. This takes a commitment within ourselves to that which is true.
“Always speak the truth unless it harms”. This is the wisdom of the Sage Adi Shankara. Seek out truth in all things and in all places, and the world becomes spiritually alive. Our heart is the greatest spiritual teacher!
Enlightenment involves a commitment to the truth– our own personal truth– in order to become true for us. The truth is not academic; it is ours when we realize the ever-present ground of Being.
The art, poetry and philosophy of the Sages is the greatest source for those who seek to know the true nature of Being. But philosophy and spiritual teachings are not enough.
In order to know that which is real and true, we must find it within ourselves. This means confronting the falsehoods and illusions within our own Being. The place and space of enlightenment is our own Self.
Carl Jung once said: “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” In other words, we cannot know truth unless we are conscious of the illusions which bind us.
Archetypal images and forms which Jung investigates are important because they help us to get in touch with the nature of truth and illusion. Spiritual symbols populate the inner-world, guiding us to perceive Real Being, and helping us to discern that which is true from that which is false.
Spiritual work entails a move inward, into inner life. This inner movement is a movement toward Real Being. Spiritual symbols emerge spontaneously within personal dreams, meditation, visions, and artistic representations. Spiritual symbols transcend phenomenal existence. They emerge from the depths of life, and call us to realize the true nature of Real Being.
Carl Jung mapped the various archetypal forms which express the highest spiritual realizations of human beings. Spiritual symbolism bypasses cultural ideology and dogma, urging us forward toward a universal truth. For those committed to truth, spiritual symbols quite naturally guide the mind toward knowledge of Real Being. Working with spiritual symbols can also help us to know and understand the nature of illusion.
This is the work of enlightenment. Work which transcends culture or time or teacher. My writings on Carl Jung are from a spiritual perspective. They are intended for those on the path of enlightenment. This is a commitment to both knowing the light and making the darkness conscious.
Blessings on your path!