WHAT IS AVATAR?
"There are moments on The Avatar Course when all thought processes stop, and one becomes fully aware of existence without creating any reaction or response to it. Self moves beyond the scope of daily concerns, slips time and definition, and realizes itself as a facet of the descriptionless source from which all things, real or imagined, have their beginning. It is a moment of intuitive insight, an epiphany. The Avatar student learns firsthand that no words or symbols will ever contain this state. And even though it is the source of description, it is itself always beyond description.
This is the transcendental experience. It turns the abstractions of philosophy into an experience that is profoundly more real than any other life event. It is a spiritual awakening. A wave of understanding is released that flows backward into the past and forward into the future of your life. The upsets and injustices of the past are soothed. The fears and anguish of the future fade back into the imagination. This is consecrated ground. This is the divine connection, the source from which all differences arise and to which all differences ultimately return. It is an eternal moment in which the seer and the seen, the knower and the known, share the same root.
In this state there is no conflict with the interests of others, no struggle between opposites. With crystal clarity, you know both your own suffering and the suffering of the world as the result of the arbitrary structures of indoctrinated preferences and judgments. The illusion of separation vanishes. In all probability, your eyes will overflow with compassionate tears, and your heart will open to more love than you can imagine. Attention-energy, once trapped in emotionally painful memories, returns to empower the senses to new thresholds of perception. Detail and beauty return to the world.
You realize that this state, which is far closer to your true essence than the labels you wear in ordinary existence, is always available to you. It is deeper than the changing qualities of the world. It prioritizes the importances of life. In all probability, you will have a good laugh.
Buddhist scriptures have called this state of awareness nirvana. Hindu scriptures have called it Brahman. Christian scriptures have called it Christ consciousness. But the experienced Buddhist, Hindu or Christian will all quickly tell you that nirvana, Brahman, or Christ consciousness are really just labels that point to an experience that cannot be described or conveyed by words. The mind struggles with concepts such as “eternal and infinite sea of awareness,” "being a clear descriptionless void," "formless and unnameable wellspring of life."
"Do you ever feel that your life is like the computer that crashes at that most inappropriate time when you are in the middle of pulling a major project together, corrupting data and losing previously unsaved work? The event sets you back, forcing you to start again, hoping that you can recapture some of that creative power.
You may think that the problem lies in your application software or even in faulty hardware, but really it is deeper and less obvious than that.
When things go wrong in your life you look for reasons. Eventually you move on with a new plan, some new goals and affirmations for success.
But the problem may be caused by a belief, a belief buried so deep in your subconscious that you can not either reach it or detect it with conscious or intellectual effort.
This belief is like a bug in your computer's operating system, an ever present destructive "do-loop" that appears to activate itself just when everything appears to be on track.
Maybe you read a book, do a course or get some counseling. But the bug is still there.
Making mental plans, new goals and creating affirmations is a bit like updating your application software. While it might give you renewed resources, it is still running over the top of, and dependant upon your operating system.
When you get running again, and all is looking good, there is every likelihood that your destructive little "do-loop" will kick in and crash the system again.
Analyzing the event mentally is like searching through the error logs of the applications software. The bug in your operating system, the belief, is so deeply beneath the applications error recording systems that it cannot be detected.
So again you set about upgrading your application software. Maybe you read a book, do a course or get some counseling. But the bug is still there.
Avatar is your answer. It is the diagnostic software that first flushes out the bugs in your operating system, then as a bonus, it expands your systems resources, optimizes your application and installs a feature that allows you to optimize your use of all of your applications' power and features.
Now, it doesn't relieve you of the job of sitting at the keyboard, you are still the operator, but when you do start to type, your power to create will know no limits."
-John Toomey (Avatar Graduate)