A video journal about my particular journey through life.
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You might say that you are breathing, and there is no verbal underpinning to it. It is just happening. I am not talking about that level of action.
Take engagement with non-duality as a good example, (teaching it, or being taught). The verbal underpinnings that are accepted by both parties are three.
- There is a such a thing as personal awakening that can appear as an event.
- I teacher, declare that I have it.
- I teacher declare that you will some day have it too (or someday know that you have it).
My life experience as a teacher and my point of view, (perhaps a view from no-point) is assuredly more complete than yours. I know because I used to live like you.
Wow - is this a useful construction? Let’s see what its effect is.
Some things became apparent when people started suggesting that negating is a way to find your “true self”. I wouldn’t know about that. I do know that negating is the preoccupation of billions of the world’s people, and for them it has only brought them the world as it is. Anything that is life affirming, seems to be counter balanced with something horrid somewhere else in the world. I should just say “juxtaposed” not to intend an actual balance with any equity.
Do we need a personal event to start to shift those gears? Of course my first and most consistent action point is on myself. I have values (or I don’t) and I can apply them to my actions where I now can. I can also investigate them to see if they are truly life affirming, and change them accordingly. Values and the conscious stopping of my negating is in my hands, but only if I want to define it as a worthwhile pursuit.
!!What other possible way can the world shift, except by you shifting yourself!! I have never found one.
I think that I had a copy of this gita about 5 years ago and certain passages gave an open feeling. The one’s that I liked at the time (one by one) demolished everything.
1. I won’t repeat his letter, but I will address his points. First he relates to Exodus in the bible when “God” says “I am that I am”. "This is Advita where the knower, the knowledge and known are one."
Do we need to reach for these connections? Do they really have any significance, other than to prove someone’s point?
2. Then he finds that St. John of the Cross has adopted Neti Neti, which proves the universality of establishing yourself in the Godhead by negating. This one is not a harmless option.
Of course Christians (and Jews?) were completely ruled by guilt and shame, so negating is not a far stretch of the imagination. Is that how you want to run your life??
Negation has a heavy consequence with your feelings and in mis-directing your attention. You will always find yourself ruminating on thoughts and concepts and twisting and turning to avoid paying attention to what is your real and honest gift, your day to day life. (Where else can life be but day to day?)
On a couple of posts I said that “it is the erroneous choice of (believed in) words that limits us all”. This was met with some agreement. Yes, that is almost conventional wisdom, but let me expand upon it to make my intention a little more specific.
At this point in our lives (to those reading this) the interpretation of what we see is very automatic. It’s so automatic that it seems counterproductive to argue with that tendency. Maybe it is our nature. (Well it is our nature as a verbal creature.) I never orchestrate the war effort of trying to reverse this trend, although waging this war is almost universal in the spiritual world.
The power of recognizing this interpretive tendency is to realize that all our explanations are our current conditioning, and thus they are subject to constant updates as we experience the world.
1. With that insight I’ll ask, “what is the most limiting belief of all?” It has to be that ‘THIS IS TRUE’, doesn’t it? With that one addendum belief attached to anything, all updates are shallow, seen as a compromise, and actually out of the window. No further modification can be possible.
I posted this story some days ago and maybe some of you have read it. (No comments as of yet.) I'll leave the original post in blue so that you can trace the link and look the story over.
I have been reading a lot of short stories from various authors, a great way to get to know about lots of periods in lots of countries. Some are quick, fun reads, almost kids books, but I find some of them quite profound. Here's a fun (short) one. I want to say why I like it, but I don't want to take away your curiosity. So maybe I'll write some comments in a week or so.
The story is about a 12 year old boy, Liam, that dreams of all the things that he can become. His dreams are amazing, and of course we know that this wasn't written by a 12 year old. He has discovered many many values to run his life by, values that I would say many adults might take decades to discover. Maybe they are looking in the wrong place?
This brings up the question in me of how do we come by our values, and how do we believe that we could really embody them? First, these values are verbal distinctions, and until we have laid them out in the domain of language, I'm not so sure that they exist. We say that mother's love is instinctive, and maybe some other qualities of life are already here too, I don't know? Maybe they aren't fully activated, until they also become verbal.
1. In this case the boy has picked up these distinctions by reading gemstone manuals. He has adopted the belief that everything is imbued with a quality of energy, and gemstones are a font of pure energy, each with a particular focus or "power". Here is a list of the attributes that he seeks to add to his life.
Move into Openness as the most Effective Life
I am really enjoying my times with Fred. Notice how we are relaxing together. I look forward to the possibility of radical discovery about how the human being can move into openness.
I lay down a few distinctions that aid with living life.
- Perception is the intersection of sense organ input and the interpretation of it.
- (And there is no way to know which is predominate or by how much.)
- Perception can be either 'centric' (having something to do with what appears here) or 'a-centric' (having not much to do with what appears here.)
- It is a basic division between experience (with some thought) and thought (alone).
- Why not move most of your attention to centric perception?
- (Spiritual search is a-centric perception.)
The language of Awakening
Fred and I are committed to a series to unwind what we are really doing in our search and discovery of expanded outlooks on life. Here is our second discussion.
As a person evolves in consciousness, eventually they come to the state where they say, I don’t know what is happening anymore. This is known as a - good - sign. You see, we never really know what is happening. We only think that we do. And the only way that the mind can feel comfortable with itself, is to feel that it knows what is happening. And the only way that it can think it knows what’s happening, is by comparison. If you keep evolving, if you keep becoming more conscious, eventually you find that there is nothing to which you can compare. Because all has become so old that it is irrelevant. All the old ways have become so old, that you can’t relate to them anymore.