There is one thing in our life which severely prevents us from simply being. We permanently compare one thing with another and permanently appraise something. Better, worse, good, bad: all such stereotypes are imposed on us since early childhood, if not since birth. As far as I remember myself, a voice in my head has always been offering to evaluate or appraise something. “As a matter of fact, appraisal of oneself and other people with subsequent comparison originates from one’s animal nature” (AllatRa). But if I am in the Here and Now point, do I really need such tool? Frankly speaking, I don’t. I need it only to perform certain actions in this material world.
From the AllatRa book:
Comparison mechanisms have been built into human nature to enable man to learn, get and process experience, acquire skills, borrow a behaviour style, etc. faster, through imitation and the associative way of thinking. Owing to this, a person can be taught various actions and behaviour patterns, and he or she can also explore the surrounding world very quickly. However, all this is associated with identification and contrast, in other words, with comparison. After all, there must be a comparison for a judgment. And here, a lot depends on what predominates in a Personality as an Observer – the Spiritual Nature or the Animal Nature.
When the Spiritual Nature prevails, comparison plays a secondary role. It is only needed for the transfer of your spiritual experience through available associations. In a spiritual practice, the cognition process takes place due to the feeling of intuition, expanded awareness, lack of necessity to compare, and inner understanding of all processes that are completely new for a person and cannot be explained by logic. The person feels he or she is a part of the spiritual world, a part of a big whole, of the true reality.
When the Animal Nature prevails, the Personality entirely immerses himself or herself into the game of illusions of the material world. He / she is permanently comparing himself / herself to someone based on some attributes (intellectual, professional, appearance, type of a person, etc.).
The animal nature offers us extremes. It never has a mean: everything is either wonderful, when megalomania is “satisfied”, or totally bad. I even fail to notice when surrounding items become a reason for me to satisfy some desires or body needs, when this starts applying to people as well, and when I begin to exploit and manipulate others. At that, everything starts with a banal appraisal and the words: “It would be good if…”, while in Here and Now everything is already in place. There is no even such word as “good”, for there is nothing to compare with – everything is unified. And in such state you feel so calm.
Received from Darya (Russia)