The Library 4
WHEN MAN was first created, we were given memory. It was an essential component for the survival of our species. Without it our race would have become extinct within a very short time. To help us survive in a then alien world, we needed to remember the past.
We needed to remember what animal was dangerous and what was good to eat. We needed to remember what plants were nutritious and what were poisonous. We also needed to remember how to protect ourselves from the elements, how to light a fire to keep warm, how to not die from the cold.
This learning phase of trial and error cost the lives of many of our companions who were unlucky enough to make the wrong choices, but because of their sacrifice and our ability to remember and learn from their mistakes, the race of man as a whole, thrived.
This ability to remember the past is still essential for us today for we need to remember how to drive a car, ride a bike, cook a meal and countless other mundane tasks that help us survive in a sometimes harsh and indifferent environment. That was what the mental library of the past was originally created for.
This library was simply a reference for our use. There was no one in charge of this mental library, no librarian, we simply scanned the records ourselves when needed, otherwise we spent our time, (as we are meant to do in the present day) living in and fully experiencing the now moment.
But somewhere along the line, this mental library of the past seemed to acquire a mind of its own – an entity that we now call the ego. The ego does not really exist, it is an illusion of our mind, in reality it is our soul, or true self that has become absorbed and deluded by the library, resulting in us believing that we are the library itself.
Walking out of the library into the light spells the end of the illusion of the ego and while we believe we are the ego, those are very scary and difficult steps for us to take for we mistakenly believe it will be the death of ourselves.
It won’t be, in fact it will be our liberation from a lifetime of tyranny, but we can’t find that out without taking that first step and once taken, there is no way back, we can’t change our mind half way. This ‘not knowing for sure’ causes all our fears of death and keeps us in our deluded state.
Walking out of our library of the past into the light means the same thing as enlightenment, conscious awareness or awakening. Once we are standing outside of the library, the illusion of the ego is gone forever, the library then resumes its original purpose as a ready reference put at our disposal. A new earth dawns.
We are then able to resume our original purpose for being here, to experience what it is like to be human and we do this best by living in the vibrant and ever renewing present moment….
Dan’s Quote: “A tyrant dominates in the darkness of ignorance,
_____________To end our submission all we need do is turn on the light.”- Danny Brand
Note: Header photo is of the Huntington Library, Los Angeles. The middle photo is of the grounds outside of Huntington library and the bottom photo is of the Library of Bhutan.