Archive for February, 2009

A User's Guide to Relativism

A User’s Guide to Relativism

Just amazing – and, of course, it’s totally true!


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A User’s Guide to Relativism

A User’s Guide to Relativism

Just amazing – and, of course, it’s totally true!

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Real Estate Downfall

Real Estate Downfall

All we need to know about the current economic crisis of the United States, and, possibly even Germany is contained is this remarkable video detailing the sad plight of a homeowner just over his head with a balloon mortgage. As patriotic Americans, aren’t we all obliged to pitch in and help?

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A Highly Informative Article that Goes a Long Way in Explaining the Current World Economic Crisis

From Joshua Holland at And here is the link to the article: The Spectacular, Sudden Crash of the Global Economy

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Live Life As If Nothing Matters

When a person is uncomfortably anxious, things matter a lot. Often a multitude of external elements of a person’s assumed life take on extraordinary importance and we assign considerable weight to how things work out for us. Anxiety is fear. It is also hope. We hope that certain things will happen for us, but we fear that they won’t. Fear and hope are opposite sides of the same coin. When we are anxious, our sense of well-being is dependent on external events over which we have little capacity to affect.
With depression, it would appear that, indeed, nothing matters. But if we look with a finer eye, we can see that the depressed person has come to believe that not only does nothing matter, but that she doesn’t matter.

In fact, for a depressed person, everything has mattered greatly and a profound judgment has been rendered that life is not worth living. Depression, therefore, is the predictable outcome of anxiety. Since we have identified our happiness on the outcome of certain external events, we become depressed when they don’t happen our “needs” become unfulfilled. A person may even become depressed when things do work out for them, because beneath the veil of hope lies a deeper belief in one’s inadequacy, insufficiency, and unlovability or worthlessness. This is, what I call, the invalidation triad.
The external world has become unbearable because it has mattered so much. She has failed at this life. Viewed in this way high anxiety can be seen as a phase prior to deep depression. They are a single process. Both impose a very high degree of importance to the external world as it is perceived by the senses and evaluated by the mind.

Anytime we are tied in knots by our dependency on the external world we risk both anxiety and depression. We hope that “things” turn out well for us – But we fear that things won’t. We see that the quality of our life depends, utterly, on our getting the breaks and things in the external world.

We can see how profoundly powerless we seem to be when our lives are lived in this way. Our weak selves seem to be pitted against a mighty and often threatening world. How scary this life must be.

This is the life of living identified with the invalidation triad. It is a desperate life, full of drama, floating on a sea of hope already churned heavily by the storms that gather at the horizon. Anytime we are identified with the invalidation triad, we will reach out to an external world to save us from the disaster that that threatens us on all sides.

We are like a person treading water in a dangerous sea – always scrambling for a lifesaver to drift our way. Whether it be anxiety or depression (the proverbial Scylla and Charybdis of the human psychology), there is a normative belief operating that compels us to believe that a finely selected set of external elements in the world matter a lot to us. Anytime this belief is prominent, and let’s be honest with ourselves – it is true for most of us, we will live our lives in fear and anxiety. When we live our life this way we will never have the opportunity to express our authentic self. This is the life of the invalidation triad.

What would it be like to live a life where, literally, nothing mattered?

Try it out and see for yourself. Let’s say that I’m walking down a street and see someone grabs another person’s purse. What happens then? If it is at all reasonable, I would intervene and try to help!

You then ask, “well, if nothing mattered, why do anything?” That certainly sounds like a reasonable question, but is it true? When I say live your life as if nothing matters, what that means is that we stop believing the many voices in our mind that tell us what matters and that generate and sustain the toxic fear that governs our everyday existence. Instead, when nothing matters, we live in the immediacy of the present moment. Thus, when I see the woman’s purse taken away from her, I intervene, if it is, at all, possible and try to help. If nothing else, I offer my assistance after the crime has taken place.

When we live life as if nothing matters, we are true to our own self and not to the mass of fear-based thoughts the circulate in our consciousness. We are, finally, true to ourselves.

We find the strength and loving power that lives in the core of our authentic being.

This is Liberation.

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Escape from a Dream – Mooji

Please see my entry below this one. When we want to be “there”, we are obviously taking sides. We are saying, “there is a problem with here, so I need to be there.” Here, where we are, is the place where there is NO side taking. Here must allow things to be exactly as they are. Here is the only place of sustainable liberation. THERE must always be a position, a side and we grasp for this position/side out of a belief that we NEED something that we don’t currently possess. We need to show ourselves and, often others, that we are something. This is an expression from our place of lack and insufficiency. See it as it unfolds in your life. There is no harm or stigma to this. This is something we all do.

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A Key to Awakening

For those of use who have sought to make the “enlightenment” break-through, here is an easy pathway to finding the true self that exists as the proverbial “ground of existence.”

In the readings and as we meditate, we seek to be aware. We want to find and “be” the source of awareness. But whatever we “do” there is always the efforting, the wanting to be something we are, apparently, not. So what can we do?

If we look deeply, we note that the question points to the constancy of the personal self. So, the question evolves to, “how does the personal self manifest?”

It tends to manifest in some form of wanting, however subtle the wanting may be. As we notice wanting happening in our life, the entity that notices also tends to want. It wants the wanting to stop. It is an infinite loop of which there is no apparent escape.

Is there a way out?

There IS! By stepping back or by reframing the issue, we note that all wanting is a form of taking sides. This is the key insight or pointer. When we observe, we can also notice that we are, often, taking sides because our personality wants things to be a certain way. Thus what we have taken to be neutral observation is hardly neutral at all. It is a subtle expression of wanting. It is, in fact, a form of taking sides.

Therefore, one way out of this conundrum is to see how we are ceaselessly taking sides and then just stop taking any position on any occurrence or self-expression in our lives. Thus if we read about the tough economy, we notice a reaction of anxiety of some kind – we don’t think “I shouldn’t be experiencing anxiety – I should be neutral.” That is taking a side. This is resistance to the immediate flow of life. Instead, we can just stop taking sides in the presenting experience. If we are not feeling well, we don’t take a sides in that situation. If we loose our job and experience sadness and depression, we don’t take sides.

When we don’t take sides, we discover and entirely new and fresh way of living. We truly flow with whatever is happening in life. We allow whatever our mind/body expresses without taking any side in the situation. Our psychological compulsiveness disappears in an instant. We are free to just enjoy the show no matter what form it assumes. Even if we are dying.

This is Liberation.

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