Archive for September, 2010
The thought “I like” this music is noticed.
To the unawakened, who are identified with their minds, there is the belief that I like this music is perceived as truth.
To the awakened, where identification with the mind has ceased, the thought “I like this music” is merely an expression of pleasure devoid of belief. There is only pleasure – a fleeting feeling.
That is the difference!
Where there is identification, a mind translates the experience of pleasure and attaches it onto the story of a me.
That is the only difference.
Try experiencing pleasure as pleasure and pain as pain. No me – no story.
Everything that is perceived is just like that … fleeting sensation. Even actions are brief sensations happening within this same unmoving, timeless seeing.
It seems that right now everything just … sucks.
Morons and fascist wannabes have taken over the airways. The planet’s whole ecosystems are in chaos and decline. Extinction is the main theme of the natural world. I read today that about 20% of the world’s plants are facing extinction and I also read that about 80% of the world’s drinking water is under threat of contamination.
And no matter how crappy things appear to be, we seem to know in our hearts that they will probably get worse.
How do we deal with all of this “bad” news?
I will speak only from my own perspective.
The persona who takes on these problems as his own lives as a “fear-self” who has created a compelling story that these stories are his to bear. He can use his visibly passionate caring as a way to separate himself from the ignorant rabble. Or his fear-self can use all of this information to allow himself to identity as a single suffering victim among the billions of other victims. The moment we assume that an object is what we are, our reservoir of fear can use this object to create a persona to compensate for the fear that is inwardly denied. Or, he can assume ownership of the object and take it on as “his” burden. This is what most of do.
The “fear-self” that labels this information as “bad” has passed judgment on systems and processes that, in truth, he cannot understand. If nothing else, natural history shows us just how incredibly resilient the earth is. No matter how pervasive the loss of habitat and the extinction of so many species, the earth will always bounce back with or without human beings.
Thus as much as I find the news painful and frustrating, I also realize that the ever-bright “I am” transcends the spectacle and possesses the tranquility to deal with problems as best as his body/mind can do in the moment they arise. I know that “I am” is neither the source of these problems or their solution. Rather, the light of “I am” allows the seeing to happen just as it does. The seeing pierces my heart and engages the body/mind in the challenges of the time with compassion and focus, but it does not define the “I am”.
In this way, life can never be a burden. Rather, it is light filled with feeling and fleeting knowing.
Instead of being a burden, the “information” received by this body is the very invisible blood that connects us all with everything. It is the unavoidable profound connections that bind us together in this time and place. All of the light manifests inside each and all of us.
Where is the burden of life? It cannot be found.
This is just fantastic!
Now notice how this feeling sense is “carried” or attached from this moment to the next moment. It is as if the moment itself needs to be touched and filled by this sense! But is that true? Does every moment need to be filled with your apparent psychology and conditioning?
You might want to notice how this “self” sense attaches to both the bodily self, as well as the object observed through attention. Don’t try to get rid of this “self” sense. That would be just be the action of an ego wanting to be perfect. The self sense is essential … it just doesn’t need to dominate. That is the key.
The more you get a sense of this personal vibe-like quality, which seems to attach itself onto much of conscious experience, the more free you will be from its inevitable effect.
As this grasping is revealed in awareness, a glimpse of what this moment is without this grasping and attachment will arise effortlessly.
Sometimes I just got frustrated with all of the false philosophy and empty spirituality that I observe in the world. There is a way to tell the difference and I try to make that very clear in this video.
The purpose of nearly all theology is not to liberate a person from the illusions of ignorance. Rather, it is console the human being thrust into a life of sacrifice, toil, and suffering. Thus, the real purpose of theology is to do exactly the opposite; it is to make bearable the trials and tribulations of this life by concocting absurd stories the seek to undermine direct experience and create hopeful fantasies of the world to come. And one of its “red” flags is it insistence on obedience by its followers. Any system that depends on obedience, with the threat of punishment (and even eternal damnation) to control its flock is just another manifestation of external authority and control on our lives. Religion is a source of profound personal disempowerment.
So much for what passes as spiritual philosophy and teaching is just wishful thinking created by an ego desperately clinging onto false beliefs. Even if such fools do not mention god, they imply a god who only loves and that love is all there is. Thus everything we experience as the absence of his love is just our error. Such philosophies loudly declare that all is perfect and all is love.
Nothing could be further from the truth. This is just mindless belief, no different from the mindlessness of any other orthodoxy. People love hearing about how loving and perfect the universe is, because, just like their mindless teachers, they are living from a place of underlying insufficiency and inadequacy. They need to believe in a loving and perfect universe in order to compensate for their own experience of pain and suffering, as well their feelings of self contempt.
Religious leaders have been spouting this kind of nonsense ever since the first people were divided into the singular ruler and the many who are ruled. The division of labor between master and slave began a time when “wishful” thinking became essential to quell the restless and oppressed soul. The agony of laboring through a life without meaning created the need to create an alternative universe governed by vastly different, but entirely imaginary rules.
This is exactly, the message and the truth that people would prefer not to hear. Rather, people, in pain, want to be consoled, they want to be soothed, they want to stay asleep. They need to have their fear-based feelings of insufficiency to be compensated through a psychological projection that is designed to keep them safe and at distance from the underlying connection with truth.
From the very start, we learn the very hard lesson that if we insist on being ourselves, we will pay the price of isolation and condemnation. In order to “earn” the love of our parents, we must do as we are told. We must tow the line. We cannot indulge in our own imagination, we cannot explore as we wish, we cannot express our true feelings, or if we are given some rope, that rope has very definite limits. If we are to “earn” the love of our parents we need to be as they wish and project us to be. Thus the false, fear-based life is given form. The same lessons are repeated in school. Do as you’re told and you will be rewarded. And then we finally enter the work force, where we must do as we are told or risk the terrible consequences.
Then religion steps in mirroring the same cruel blueprint. If you don’t tow the line, you will be punished and not just in the here and now, but for all of eternity! The capacity of civilization to punish, negate, and minimize knows no bounds.
All of these lessons are about obedience. We are deterred from every being ourselves through the threat of punishment and the removal of love and validation anytime we cross the line.
This is the very world of pain and suffering. So out of this crippled world of the Wound (see Liberation from the Lie) comes the theology of love and perfection. We cannot make any sense of this crazy world without such a theology. It comes in many forms. One of the popular ones with roots in India asserts that all of this complexity and madness is just illusion, that the suffering human being and her world is no different from a dream. Some religions promise that if you’re a very good boy or girl, then you will be rewarded by a life in heaven.
It’s always the same – if you believe, if you behave, then, and only then will you be rewarded. This world of pain and suffering must create this theology of goodness and false liberation. Without such a theology we can only resign ourselves to the unacceptable and cruel. Without this theology, we might even become revolutionaries of the truth. That would threaten all of the institutions (starting with the family) that negate the sacred, Authentic Being.
We are so indoctrinated, that we are blind to any alternative. We have lost touch with who and what we truly are. We don’t know where to turn. We don’t where to start. We don’t remember what it means to be ourselves.
So, when someone says, “just be yourself”, we have a very difficult time figuring out what that means.
Returning to our original theme, to truly see the false as the false, we must see the whole trajectory of the ideology designed to keep us obedient and orderly. We must see this wherever it can be seen, which is nearly everywhere. But that which sees, that which spreads its light onto this world, that very light is as pure as any light that exists in the universe. In fact, it is that very light. That which sees is the very return to the truth. Seeing the false as the false, and thus allowing the truth to arise effortlessly into this very light of being is liberation – freedom – awakening.
The slave finds freedom in first discovering his shackles. For if we are ever to break free of these shackles, the first step must be to see that they are real. Then, and only then, does the true pathway merge into consciousness in this very moment.