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

 





As Above so Below

23 01 2013
Getting ready to ride

Getting ready to ride

Life often plays little tricks on us where we will sometimes find ourselves thrown off center. Whoops a daisy! In truth she wants us to be able to see where our center may require realignment with the great axis of Love, beauty, truth . . .

As each of us strives towards deep spiritual sustainability we come to perceive the indicators and reflections, of the assurance that the essence of life will remain the eternal dependability. Sooner or later we come to deeply understand the great principle of sustainability.  There is a paradox in this: that we are always perfect the way we are.

The strange and bizarre fact is that the most powerful tool we have in guiding our journey is consciousness itself. Because the foundation of matter is consciousness and not the other way around, therefore if you want to guide your journey, be clear in your own heart and mind. Then when you make decisions, set goals, have a plan and strive to achieve . . .then there is some chance of success.  And we must do all this while practicing being the very soul of patience and remaining open to the sweet possibilities of  rEvolutionary change.

Master this game and you may proceed. And it is only and ever a game. Have fun! For this is the truest purpose of life. It’s kinda like learning to ride a bicycle -so just keep those wheels turning or get ready to touch the ground with your feet. And hey . . .that’s OK too.

As above so below. God rides a bicycle to the shops and always gets what she wants . . .and never ever forgets what is on the list even though she doesn’t need to have one.





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.





Big Yellow Taxi and The Quantum Goddess

9 12 2012
Saraswati artwork by Steve Kilbey (yes of The Church etc) URL http://thetimebeing.com

Saraswati artwork by Steve Kilbey (yes of The Church etc) URL http://thetimebeing.com

Joni Mitchell . . .must be considered a treasure and not just a national treasure of her native Canada but i think it’s fair to say of the world. She is indeed a Global Goddess. I can remember as a young teenager in the early 1970’s hearing her hit song Big Yellow Taxi all over the airwaves. Well they never stopped playing it, but back in the day I didn’t really get it. I mean it never really occurred to me just how wonderful Joni was – and of course will always be. She is a gift to the world. You can look at live recorded performances of Joni across the years and her amazing qualities of grace and sensitivity combined with sparkling brightness and musical genius highlight the simple and profound truth. It’s hard for us to imagine what a God or a Goddess might look like if rendered in the humble guise of a human being. Looking at Joni these days with the benefit of hindsight, it could easily be imagined that she is certainly a representative of the Goddess Saraswatti – the Goddess of The Arts, music, science (surely including healing) and knowledge, learning and literature. Meanwhile the message of Big Yellow Taxi is more relevant, poignant and urgent than ever. Here’s a peek at the Goddess and a celebration of a beautiful human being.





Talvin Singh Music Ha Rhythm of Quantum Flux

28 10 2012

Love the Album Ha. Thanks Talvin Singh. You really did deserve the Mercury award for World Album of the year back in the day 1999. And to celebrate all over again let us remember with One . . .from Ha!

No ownership or copyright is claimed for the music presented below – it belongs to Talvin Singh – genius





Resonance Reproductive the Female Physique?

4 09 2012

Calla Lillies by Georgia O’Keeffe

VAGINA

One word says it all really. Vagina. Naomi Wolf is generating a new wave of awareness with a new meme. Granted vagina is not a new word to the English language but when Wolf gets her literary freak on it’s a case of look out world coz here she comes . . . again! So to speak. It was Wolf of course who arrested the attention of not just the literary but indeed also the feminist world with her book The Beauty Myth published in the early ’90s. You may recall it was hailed as a landmark feminist work by no less than Gloria Steinem and Germaine Greer. No mean feat we must imagine. The appearance of ahem . . . Vagina demonstrates on the one hand that the very word still makes many people nervous if not downright neurotic. On the other hand your Quantum detective discerns something stirring in the deeper realms of the great collective psyche with the advent of not just Vagina, but also breast and well . . .Vagina again! If the feminine resonance means anything to ya this is fascinating fare full of fun and flowing symbolism. Perhaps an explanation is in order. Shall we take a walk in the flowering quantum garden with dazzling water feature?

Your Quantum detective couldn’t help but notice that just after the release of Wolfe’s new book Vagina a story appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald concerning a scholarly review on the science of breast biomechanics by University of Wollongong academic Julie Steele.  Given the release of these two literary products being so close together and all they must then have been in production for a considerable period of overlap. And then there’s the little matter of an advertising campaign in this country (Australia) in which the word Vagina was dared used on television. It was simply too much for some. Minds closed. Some positively boggled at the prospects of resultant chaos and disorder while Cardinal Jensen predicted for the third time in a week the fall of Western civilization. Obviously he just hasn’t been paying attention.

But it all means something you see. When the female reproductive organs are just so in the news, in the media and in your head . . it means something. It is of course deeply symbolic. Perhaps the cosmos is ready to give birth to something . . .new. It is after all on everyone’s lips. The lips of those in the know. The lips of the left-wing (read feminine) philosophers of the New Age have been giving birth to a new sound for a while now. It’s time for a change they are saying. Be the Change they say. The time has come they say over and over again. Quite the chant du jour. Let’s see what emerges in the mind of the Quantum Goddess. This should be more than just slightly interesting.

Video embedded below – Bob Dylan – It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) from his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, I do not own the song or picture, or have any rights to it. AND PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW – CLICK WHERE IT SAYS COMMENTS! 





Steampunks – Fashion is a Pendant to Essence

23 08 2012

Age of Steam Classic

Transform your reality with the incomparable beauty of the steam engine and the Age of Steam aesthetic

It is hard to imagine anything more beautiful than a steam engine. When viewed from a distance that is. Getting up close and personal with this infernal device would have been far less an exercise in aesthetics if one was actually embedded in the time of their greatest glory. The Victorian era. To frame the steam train primarily as an aesthetic object and not as an example of engineering is to make a great leap, albeit a profound and valuable one.  We shouldn’t be afraid to use the word profound every now and then. It means great, deep or intense. Transforming your entire universe via how you might see a steam train is therefore a profound thing to do; a profound exercise in self-transformation; a profound quantum leap into the future of aesthetic beauty.  This is an act which will find you transiting out of the Iron Age – The Age of Kali. It’s a profound steam train ride that takes you on this journey. Enjoy.

Hence a consideration of the Steampunk genre is nothing if not interesting. Enjoy again.

Steampunk Revolution by Abney Park music video below is included for your delectation








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