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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.
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.
Here is a chance to gauge yourself. Where are you on the spectrum described below?
Your life definitions are a result of the teachings that you follow/recite. What road are they taking you down? Are you permanently on a high flying disc? Have you ever given it enough time, (sustaining openness) to see if openness is a self-reinforcing feedback loop?
1. I have never given much time to listen to Ester Hicks. But I want to use this audio to demonstrate a life of openness, which as she describes it, leads to ever-more openness.
She calls it living on a “high flying disc”. You know it because it feels good. She mentions that you are choosing your conversations, (with self and others) meaning that you choose your thoughts. Maybe you’re not choosing the exact content of thoughts, but choosing the quality of thoughts.
2. This is what I have been calling a life lived on its own authority. You need nothing else. No finger pointing at the moon.
Thoughts are either closing or opening. She defines the “vibration” of the thoughts, which is one step removed, and makes it too esoteric and kind of unapproachable. How are you going to decide, that now you are going to raise up your vibration???
Ditch the word vibration and just look at bodily contraction. Beliefs (life definitions) played on the mind are thoughts, life definitions played on the body are your level of contraction. IT”S EASY.
3. She makes it very difficult with many fancy concepts. Without them, people might be sustaining openness in great numbers. She says mystifying things like:
a) In sync with infinite intelligence, how do you do that?
b) A high flying disc effects your point of attraction (like you have to be met by something coming down the road).
c) Your emotional inner guidance system works by noting the difference between you and your invariable source.
d) The inner never deviates, so you see the vibrational variance.
4. For me there is a much more practical route to take. Just look into these beliefs which take you continuously down a limiting path.
a) Yes, I go with what feels bad so that I can stay with my friends, or with the dinner conversation.
b) There is a lot of conspiracy out there, shouldn’t we discuss it?
c) If someone is mean, they should get that reflection back.
d) Then I want to teach someone a lesson.
e) I haven’t figured out that the one I am teaching doesn’t care, and only I get damaged?
f) When certain things occur to me, I have the right to react without thinking.
5. It’s all your thoughts my friends. The best way to put non-contracting thoughts into practice is to call them an experiment. We have gone the anxiety route for decades, and we see the kind of life that it produces. What would it be like if my thoughts were different?
6. I suppose that we can mention the value of flowering in life. Some will argue that this puts too much premium on change for the better. Then I judge that my changes are not enough, or they are going the wrong way, and I feel worse.
Change is relative, perhaps to how much you're enjoying what is here. I remember times in my life where I wanted to slow down change, because I was enjoying my life at the moment so much. (Please give me more time to love this.) Life was great after the changes too.
We can also say that frozen in the movie “Ground Hog Day” is not pleasant to anyone. Of course greater and greater velocities are taken as catastrophe. So the rate of acceptable (pleasant) change is different for everyone.
Then people are also visited by catastrophe. Doesn’t that give me the right to react in a negative way? Well let’s just stay with the practical. Does that negative reaction help the situation in any way? I think that you’ll be hard pressed to see where it does?
7. In this scenario what is the drive for enlightenment? It is a desire to jump off the wagon (to who knows where). Basically you’re not enjoying anything about yourself. The whole foundation of the enlightenment drive is skewed by dissatisfaction.
Maybe you have had a spiritual experience or satori, that has demonstrated there is something way more. I think that it is always your responsibility to put that experience in its place, (as the gift that it was) and manage it such that all of life doesn’t go sour.
For me this kind of seeking is a bogus activity assured to produce misery. If true enlightenment is an accident, then let it happen when it happens. That is soon enough for me.
I want to explain myself, because some of you might be wondering why I am not scheduling "teacher" interviews at the same rhythm as last year, and "what's up " for this year. Well, really I have no grand vision that I am about to spring on you. It is just that I don't want to take you on the "great circular route", nor get too repetitious.
I do believe that we can still hear from new faces, (even 100's of them). But let's do it in a constantly new and creative way. Let's affect the lives of more and more people, and especially those who have not been attracted to the way this message is now presented. Let's also discover where we have stopped looking for ourselves. If we believe non-duality is the only truth or the next great savior of mankind, if we twinge when people talk about process or cause and effect, well, I think that we are really stuck in our own "new and improved" concepts.
I have long known about other internet broadcasters on the cutting edge. Financing makes for sophisticated systems. But what if anything are we missing, and where would we take it if resources were no limit?
Please check out my little video, and I will put a few links below, if you want to get a fuller view of what can happen in this wide open medium.
Here is part of the written history of Leo and Twit.tv (This Week in Tech, TWiT)
This is about his website, (Ours is also Drupal based, maybe we are doing a few things right?) http://twit.tv/colophon
Here's his discussion about financing: http://twit.tv/2009/12/03/whats_twit_worth_you
Here is the full video that I excerpted above, (sorry for the white flashes, I left them in, but the message is the same.) It's called the "Best. Video. About. Twit. Ever". You might have to track it down, because today it was on page one, and tonight on page 3. This week Leo is broadcasting live from a technology trade show floor in Las Vegas. (Hey, we have mobile broadcasts too.)
All very interesting because you don't need to re-invent the wheel to talk to the world. Leo wants to become the CNN for technology. I don't attach very easily to superlatives. But we could certainly touch a lot of lives on this planet. We know the message that makes a difference and we have the methods to get it out there. We are on the cutting edge, and strategically much better poised than any one Guru, Master or charismatic leader, because we include them too.
(Please Go Right to the full blog on this one, 'Read More', not the shortened version.)
A little more than 13 months ago I had the honor to sit with Ramesh Balsekar in Mumbai, and ask him a few questions. One thing that he talked about he called the "biological reaction", meaning our body's reaction to what we see, hear, think and feel, coming from this moment into our senses. He said that "we are not the doer of this bodily reaction."
Apart from that, we can all acknowledge that we do get a different feeling from each thing that we see and hear. Watching one video we get very engrossed and want the follow-up discussion right away, while another video we switch off immediately. Something remembered within our mechanism comprises our likes and dislikes and our illusive sense of "knowing". Sometimes it comes out particularly strong as feelings followed quickly by action.
An effect that I find, seemingly coming from exposure to non-dual ideas, or let's say from exposure to "straight talk about life" is that I can now find a kernel of truth in almost everything that confronts me. Sometimes that truth is pretty strong, even when it is laced with statements that my judgement machine considers missing the mark.
Harvey says, when your life is barren, ask God to fill you. I would like to ask, do we have to wait that long? Like in so many non-duality teachings talking about unbearable suffering, as if that is the major highway in. Who will step up to prove that wrong? YES can be a grand experiment. He says "God will use you from where you are".
What about Harvey's enthusiasm? At least it is a barrel of fun. Could any advaitist speaker be so dynamic? Would it work, would it be well received? Would the people listening realize "who am I". Maybe approaching truth through some imagined "suffering" is the long way around an essentially very simple affair.
(Com'on, say "Yes" once in a while, and see what happens.)
I was cleaning out hard disk space this week and I found the Gayatri Mantra sung by Bernie Heideman. I couldn't throw it away without doing something with it. Four years ago I stayed with Bernie in Hotchkiss, CO.. We stayed up late every night and talked. I was filming at a Neelam retreat, and I also participated in one of his Dances of Universal Peace.
It was always great fun with Neelam because she offered so many processes of interaction between people. What's it like when you look into your neighbor's eyes, 20 people in succession and sing "I am open to all that you are"? TRY IT!
Do you get enlightened? I guess I am not qualified to comment. Is that the point?
Last year I went to India about this time, and some of the people that I met there are about to head back or planning to go shortly.
I am in a phase where I don't even want to make a plan more than 60 days in advance. I prefer to leave a hole, where the opportunity of the moment can "fall in". Florian asked me to travel with him for all or part of his USA tour. Of course I'll be here in Chicago with him, and plan to accompany him in CA. Then instead of going back to Toronto, I thought to stay in CA for the rest of the month. This is a big hole.