The Illusion of Challenge

Written by Master Charles Cannon


“The ascent from earth to heaven is challenging.”

Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

This statement reveals a truthful perspective on life and should be contemplated as a metaphor for the evolution of consciousness within human experience.  Earth represents the dense dimensions and heaven the subtle dimensions.  The human evolution of consciousness from dense to subtle is indeed challenging.

Challenge, however, is illusion.  From a truthful perspective, the evolution of human consciousness is but appropriate play.  We experience challenge when we are identified with the illusion that our experience should be other than it is.  Which means we are really saying that consciousness should be other than it is.  Illusion is fragmentation and separation.  It is the imposition of a fraudulent duality upon unified source consciousness.  But in truth, there is only one, and it is all and everything.  In truth there is no duality.

Life as a progressive process of ever-increasing integrative wholeness is only challenging if we are mired in the illusions of fragmentation.  On the other hand, illusion yields to truth through balance and proportional wholeness.  Such are the simplified mechanics of evolving consciousness within human experience.

How do you know if you are experiencing wholeness?  The more whole you are the less you judge your experience.  From a holistic perspective, judgment is delusion.  Source consciousness, as one, as all and everything, is as it is and as it is not.  It is always appropriate as it reflects itself to itself for its evolving delight.  Such is its nature.  It is constantly unified within the recognition of itself.

This is another way of saying that within holistic experience Being replaces Doing.  Being one unified consciousness requires no Doing.  Being is a substantiated trust that source consciousness is orchestrating the show.  It just flows as it flows, evolves as it evolves and experiences itself as appropriate within each moment.  It is creative and new and always more than it has ever been.  It is filled with wonder and delight.  Such is the magic and miracle of unified consciousness.

Doing is illusion.  It is the illusion of separation that you as other than consciousness could orchestrate your experience.  Such experience is challenging because all illusory experience is challenging.  It is the relative dominance of illusion over truth, of fragmentation over wholeness.  Yet, even it is appropriate because through such experience consciousness progressively evolves its wholeness and that is its primary intention.

So how can we clearly state the bottom-line in a way that is appropriate at all levels of evolving human consciousness?  Perhaps it is that we are simply experiencing the experience that is happening, whether illusory or truthful, as the experience whose time has come….. and all experience is valid.  So, you will experience whatever you are experiencing in the way that you experience it and that is all that need be said about it.  Illusion….. truth….. challenging or not….. your consciousness is evolving through your experience.  So, experience your experience as you experience it which is somehow sourcefully inevitable and be as you are within it.  Interestingly enough, this is what is always happening.  Yes!

About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.