The Most Startling Idea of All

5 02 2013
The Buddha in Drag

The Buddha in Drag

There is a startling idea which once rightly comprehended, shatters all illusions. This one single idea is so Earth shattering, so extraordinary, so revolutionary,  that everything that comes after it represents a remarkably different phase of life to that which came before. This is so because in one sense it involves the disappearance of the universe. Just imagine, if gold from a safe were to disappear, well . . . that would be a mystery, but if the entire universe disappeared that would represent the greatest mystery of all. Of course this is the level of mystery we are talking about here.

It must be of such great interest at this time that the polar opposites of religion and science have now found an accord in this Earth shattering idea. A clue.  This indicates that the human story is about to reach, to break through to a very new and interesting place. For the human story will by definition require the creative tension of opposites to continue. And so does the mystery deepen. The new perspective; the new position that we are about to discover; into which our consciousness is about to emerge – will inevitably amaze us all. So what is this most startling idea?

The startling idea is that the universe is not of material origin at all, but a material construction whose origin is consciousness. And there it goes, it vanishes in a puff of smoke. This is the conclusion of both spiritual revelation and quantum theory. The revolutionary realization is that we are . . . simply our-SELF. Nothing more, nothing less. In the deeper sense we are simply pure consciousness, unburdened by all of the cultural and constructed meanings, beliefs, references and ideas. All of the constructions which purport to bring us closer to ourselves such as religion, politics, education and many subtle forms of social and psychic conditioning may bring us to look at aspects of self, however just at the point where we are ready to realize that we are simply ourselves, all these things just get in the way. Knowing this you may have concluded that you are close to experiencing directly that you are . . . simply yourself. Then experience away! FREE from the burden of the cosmic or psychic bureaucracy.

The sobering fact, is that there is always the final journey.  We must ever and always walk the last mile home on our own.  That is not to suggest that God-Goddess or the angels or the saints are not with us. It is rather to suggest that to enter the deeper truth of who we are – simply ourselves – we must ultimately abandon the hierarchical, bureaucratic and institutional frameworks which purport to represent the truth and become that truth. This is why the master Jesus was able to truthfully declare I am the way and the truth and the light. He had somehow managed to experience himself as simply (him) self. It is the point at which the bud of individuality upon the human tree of consciousness bursts forth as the flower. 

There is a paradox here because in order to get to that place generally we require some schooling, processes, the guidance that religions provide, lots of techniques . . . and so forth. But one day finally and at last we, each of us, must find our metaphorical Bodhi tree under which we shall sit, if not in open defiance of all institutionalized forms of learning, certainly in distinction to them and quite often in contradiction to them. The great paradox of liberated blasphemy. It is the intensely personal and revelatory journey represented so beautifully in the life story of St Francis of Assisi. He goes to Rome – the very symbol of institutional religion, as a bare footed beggar to present his revolutionarty and revelatory understanding to the Pope. If you have ever seen the beautiful film by Franco Zeferelli – Brother Sun Sister Moon, you will know well the outcome. Below are a few St Francis quotes that demonstrate his clear, present and radical consciousness. These are combined with statements attributed to some of our other great teachers. They stand in distinction to much of the old consciousness and constructions of the Kali Yuga, the Iron Age of ignorance. These words of wisdom point to new levels of consciousness and understanding which more people than ever are now demonstrating. The whole point is to get to that place where you can finally and at last speak this wisdom fresh with each breath of life within the living breathing cosmos. Here then is a sample from St Francis and others, remembering that one day you will make up your own in each moment of life.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St Francis

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. – Buddha

I am formless and everywhere – Shirdi Sai Baba

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible – Jesus

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection – Buddha

Get on with your worldly activities cheerfully, but do not forget God – Shirdi Sai Baba

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. St Francis

All that you see taken together is Myself – Shirdi Sai Baba

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart – Buddha

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. St Francis

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men – St Francis

God has agents everywhere and their powers are vast – Shirdi Sai Baba

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free – Jesus

God is not so far away. He is not in the heavens above, nor in hell below. He is always near you – Shirdi Sai Baba

You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy – Buddha

Hatred does not cease by hatred but only by love. This is the eternal rule – Buddha

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world – Buddha

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth

According to your faith be it unto you – Jesus

 





A comment on the contemporary music industry

10 12 2012
Soulman O'Gaia part of a global rEvolutionj

Soulman O’Gaia part of a global rEvolution

Is music finding it’s SOUL?

This post is a reply to Annie’s comment on Big Yellow Taxi and The Quantum Goddess

. . .sometimes as i hear the seemingly endless tide of automatic pop, junk music and disposable pap, I feel we have lost something. To balance that view perhaps we can also consider that there was also a lot of bad music made back then and we now have the luxury of selective listening. Nevertheless . . .it’s undoubtedly true that they’re not making music like they used to. There are certain complexities here that demand a deeper analysis. A laundry list of considerations follows 1) A lot of the great music that we love from that time (the 60s?) was the result of a hard-core commercial music industry. There is a relentless middle-of-the road factor playing out there. 2) The distribution channels for this music were, by today’s standards, limited and tightly controlled so what we are seeing is a very thin slice of possibility 3) Today’s commercial-industrial music is often pretty dire. House music and variants have spread virally into contemporary music so it’s hard to find pop music that hasn’t been robotized 4) There is good and even great music being made today. The advent of the internet and digital recording have brought musical production and global distribution into the reach of every-person. The results are far less tightly controlled than the music industry of the past 5) The profusion of both professional and semi-professional music available on global distribution platforms like Youtube, iTunes, Grooveshark et al means that a lot of music that was not released commercially previously and therefore carrying limited incentive for musicians to produce . . .is now available 6) New classical forms have emerged from contemporary musical culture. Classical meaning simply “excellent” music. Take for example Jazz. There is a lot of truly excellent jazz music being performed in little (and sometimes in BIG) places round the world. Add to this the influences of “world music”. 7) The bigger picture reveals a world in which consumers need to be more conscious, discriminating and aware of who they are being in relation to musical taste and consumption, and where and how they find, discover, share and celebrate and listen.  A great example is the busker or market performer. Just because they are close enough to reach out and touch or to say hello to, doesn’t mean they are not as fabulous as the famous and unreachable. This requires of us that we participate in the adventure of our own lives. If you want to break free of the restrictions the system develop some discrimination and discover what is quite likely in your own backyard. The music game has well and truly changed with more power in the hands of artists and audiences. This seems to be a journey in which we are all being given expanded opportunities and new cultural and personal responsibilities.

Rather than just talk about this as an abstract concept let’s provide an example of what is being said above. There is an excellent musician who goes by the name of Soulman O’Gaia.  Soul along with his beautiful muse and wife Kiora, does the troubadour rounds in Northern NSW and South East Queensland of Australia – out of a well traveled van. You wouldn’t hear him on commercial radio – he doesn’t have a commercial recording contract. Dr Quantum has enjoyed listening to Soul at various markets from Byron Bay to Eumundi. He has also appeared at Woodford and a variety of concerts in this area. Here is a musical treasure. I have heard Soul performing in a little open tent with ten or twelve other gobsmacked punters who were happening by. You can purchase Soul’s CDs at his little market stage for $20, or you can hire him for a private party or function or, and here’s the really amazing intersection to all this . . .you can listen to his music from anywhere in the world, or purchase his CDs online on his website. Soulman O’Gaia official web site.





The Facebook Frenzy of Furious Friending

27 08 2012

The Future – Complex and Hard to Dust

The Future Beckons Like Never Before

Why am I sooo old skool? I wanted to send emails to some people i met at a festival recently and many protested that they only use Facebook now. I don’t check my emails was the often repeated mantra. OK . . . Apparently email is just so passe. So I thought I would ask the guy at the Next Byte Apple shop in Brisbane if I am off the pace with the Facebook thing. His response? Facebook is Old School . . .email is the go again. OK . . .so in other words email is not old fashioned. Well . . .HONESTLY! how could it be? It was only invented yesterday and become within the first ten years of its ubiquity – say from 1995 to 2005 – THE indispensable communications technology of the digital age. It’s right up there with mobile computing. Huh! So where the F&%k are we NOW then? The fact is that no one really knows. But here’s what’s going on according to Dr Quantum.

The rate of change is now so rapid that the state of technology is actually in a state of fluidic flux. Technologists have itchy fingers on hair triggers. This is a breeding ground for the emergence of things that will amaze YOU. The Facebook frenzy of furious friending may well be the online experience du jour for some people. While for others it may be the deeper and more detailed content that email allows. The fact is that the gene codes for its environment. In other words if you meet folks who are into Facebook, then getting into Facebook with them may be a great thing to do. On the other hand if you’re hanging out with a group of History Professors, they may prefer email, or even letters written on parchment in copperplate with a Gooses quill, while a group of truck drivers prefer the CB radio. Context then is everything and flexibility is key.

If you’re like me and remember being sent home from school to watch the Moon landing on black and white TV, (Neil Armstrong RIP) then you may find all the communications technology just a tad overwhelming. Ganglions are twitching so rapidly that many have turned to valium or even in desperation to meditation. Shock horror gasp. There is a storm of static raging in the ethers and the blasts of noise in the multiple media rooms that are people’s lounge rooms, bedrooms, cars, bars and handbags  . . . and soon no doubt in the brain implants of what? . . .12 year olds – ARE DEAFENING. Something’s going on here that is wildly unpredictable. The upside will be truly amazing. I am holding for that upside. There are already enough negatives floating around that speculating on the dystopia is wholly meaningless at this point. The future is having a party and we’re all invited. Don’t forget to R.S.V.P. it will be a surprise. Promise.





I Want to go Back to the 60s When Things Were Simpler

13 03 2012

Popular 60s TV cooking show host . . . Chef Guevara

No I am not going to uninstall Firefox and install Google Chrome so myF%&#ing CRM will work!

That’s it! I’ve had it with all this complicated technology. Today was the last straw. I have suddenly become nostalgic for a time when things were simpler and less stressfull. Suddenly the ’60s seems like a place I want to go back to. And unlike the current bunch of teens and twenty somethings. . . dammit I was there! This is the proof. Here then is a groundbreaking historical perspective of the decade that brought you the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock, flower power and Banning the Bomb. Peace & Love.

Electronic Communication Device from the 60's - it's called a wireless . . .a radio!

Classic old Holden. The Family got around in one of these. Korean Cars, Chinese Cars . . .Japanese Cars!!! Not invented yet

There were no overweight people in the '60s. Everyone pretty much looked like this

The '60s was a Golden age of Peace Love and Happiness - even corrupt politicians were free-spirited and fun and would dance in the streets at the time of the full moon and put flowers in their hair - true!

Jimi Hendrix - Folk Guitar Legend

Every '60s Family had to have a GOAT

World's first confirmed contact with extra-terrestials made by John Lennon and his good friend President Richard M Nixon

John Lennon image above by Jeff Hopp – see more of his fabulous pshychedelic art at http://jeffhopp.net/gallery1/gallery1.htm

We hope you enjoyed this brief tour of the 1960s double checked for accuracy by MediaMind Enterprises.  Section of The Beatles Yellow Submarine animated film with psychedelic art and music below








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