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

 

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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.





New Science of Brain and How to Deal With Stress

7 11 2012

Animal brain surrounded by something completely different

Do you know how to explain the brain to yourself? We are at a time in our history when the head-long rush into the future can be nothing short of blurringly blindingly brilliant. How does one make sense of all the details of the rEvolution that life throws us into? As you rush towards the event horizon like an astronaut making a crash landing on a strange planet . . .when do you have time to stop and consolidate your understanding? To make sense of your tapestry of experiences? Among other things if we know how to operate the brain more effectively we can make the journey a tad more manageable. And in the evolutionary game of life a slight edge can of course make all the difference to our outcomes. Apparently that edge leading to rEvolutionary outcomes may be found, in part, in the brain.

Was fortunate enough to attend a one day workshop with Dr Favardin Daliri – CEO of Tabarsi – at the Inspiration Garden on the weekend. He was presenting the mysterious science of both Quantum Theory and the new Science of the brain with a good helping of the spiritual dynamic thrown in. It seems that, given the massive emergence of this kind of consciousness with forward thinking people  . . .this is what the future is going to look like. Integrated science and spirituality.

What nuggets of GOLDEN understanding and enlightenment did we discover? Well look . . .on the one hand we might say that it’s nothing we haven’t heard before, but in fact perspective and sequence is profoundly important to our perception.  Dr Daliri puts together the material for this emergent holistic understanding in a way that is quite excellent, and that excellence includes useful. The power of emergent phenomena is the power to transform the world. That’s the news from Chaos Theory . . .the Butterfly Effect. So what did Dr Daliri say?

The limbic system is the ancient part of the brain that is concerned with the adrenalin rush of fight or flight. There’s a whole bunch of glands and sections in there that equate to the animal side of our nature. The chest thumping, the high octane responses to kill or be killed, the outlandish and unintellectual primitive rituals of belonging – just like the American election campaign – these are all being driven in and from the ancient part of our brains that is concerned with survival, fighting and putting on a display of aggression. But there is a higher side to our nature which may be thought of as having a home base in the frontal lobes, which are in fact very large. They are the big pink bits in images that you see wrapped around the (primitive and smaller) complex that sits on top of the brain stem.

When you get stressed basically the old animal part of our brains can all too easily hijack our whole life with a stress session to rival knowing you are having dinner with your new in-laws. Not stressful enough for you? OK you just got a bill from the tax department for twenty thou. Yep. That’ll do it. And the problem is (according to Dr Daliri) that your whole state of conscious being tends to go into a negative spiral of panic, stress, worry and maybe even something that may look like hopeless despair. The popularity of Yoga and meditation not to mention booze and tranquilizers is easy to understand in this light.  In a stressed out state it’s hard to think straight, eat right or do what needs to be done to deal effectively with whatever reality you might have playing.

According to Dr Daliri one important part of your strategy must be to get out of the stress reaction and to do this you need to find a way to by-pass the limbic system – for A TIME. You need to shut down the brain computer of stress which has gone into a spiraling out of control sequence. Instead focus on something pleasant, pleasurable and comPelling. This short-circuits the stress reaction and gives you an opportunity to re-pattern the sequence thus leading to vastly more positive outcomes. Of course we are, at any time, at liberty to bring the great spirit into the equation. Call on the Quantum Goddess to calm the quixotic quagmire, pray to the infinite almighty for re-alignment, ask Jesus to jolly well jump in jubilation of your future successes. Bat the ball to the Buddha of brilliant beauty. Stand tall in the garden of Spiritual Science and supplication. Vision the blessed outcome you desire as a done deal and say THANK YOU. And hey . .  . you might as well eh?

By the way  . . .Dr Quantum’s Lime Flavoured rEvolution suggests that a very powerful method to achieve the limbic by-pass would be to IMAGINE doing something pleasurable and to bring the spiritual INTO THIS IMAGINING. That’s my hot tip for de-stressing. IMAGINE playing the piane. IMAGINE surfing a wave. IMAGINE being on the beach in a tropical paradise. You get the picture and bring in the God of your understanding. He/She will not mind a bit. Invite the spirit.

Then come back to the challenge with a fresh perspective and with Mother Mary in your corner. You might as well eh?!! The simple spiritual formula is to ask for help on a metaphysical level. Just tell your ego to get with the program . . . and give it a go. All together now . . .





Growth – And What’s Wrong with The Media Anyway?

11 10 2012

Green Man – huge potential for growth

True Growth Potential Remains Unrecognized

Michael Feller (is that feller as in tree feller or feller as in bloke?) makes some dubious comments in the Sydney Morning Herald recently in an article that starts out appearing to condemn the God of Economic Growth and then makes a catastrophic error.

Media studies is required now more than ever. There are of course journalists and journalists and media outlets ditto. It must be remarked that while media organizations accept paid advertising their ability to tell it like it is will remain compromised. But this is based on a deeper issue; it is the issue of consciousness.

As far as reporting the truth and the ability to report it goes, it may be helpful to make the following observation.  People in a materialistic state of consciousness will perceive reality in a materialistic framework. And while the materialists often point to the evils perpetrated by the Churches and adherents down the centuries claiming this as proof that there is no spiritual existence, it’s a very weak argument and one which can be dismantled with some simple Aristotelian logic. You are encouraged to do the simple logical one-two-three step that disproves that fallacious argument. Onward.

To make it easy to grok the central premise we could go to Amit Goswami retired professor of physics from Berkeley California who will tell us that the basis of matter is not physical stuff at all. And being a professor of physics he might know a thing or three. Along the lines that this material world is the illusion and that the basis of matter is consciousness. So the materialists are the ones who have got it all wrong. Far from them having to suffer the smug attitudes of Greenies, vegetarians, bicycle riders, tree huggers, zen meditators and various transcendentalists, it is the sensitive spiritualists who have to suffer daily crucifixion by the dullards. Bless those bastards! You see the fact is that we get seemingly sane journalists like Michael Feller (is that feller as in tree feller or feller as in bloke?) making some fairly dubious comments in an article that starts out well enough and then makes a few catastrophic wrong turns.

Here’s what the Tree Feller says:

If a team of interplanetary anthropologists were to descend to earth in their spacecraft, they would notice that, like some distant tribe who worships a panther’s claw, a voodoo mask or the gnarled roots of an ancient tree, the human race has a strange fetish for growth.

Whereas past civilisations built their pyramids to gods who brought rain, or made the rivers flow, in ours we shop. The temple is the air-conditioned mall, where we occasionally have lunch on small rolls of tuna and rice – a tasty mix of the endangered and the engineered – before maxing out the credit card on clothes we don’t need to impress people we hate.  Michael Feller – Growth The False God of Economics SMH October 9, 2012

As the joke goes, like a hundred dead lawyers – it’s a good start.  But then a little further on his line of reasoning starts to go off the rails: he says . . . From the self-development books of Oprah and Tony Robbins to the world records in the Olympic Games, the act of standing still, or of tomorrow not being better than yesterday, is the ultimate sin. 

Yes Mr Feller I can see where you’re going and . . .that’s right. Evolution and growth, the act and art of becoming more of who you are is the goal. However. . . when you have a materialistic conception of reality then you will feel compelled to express this innate expression of self by laying waste to large tracts of nature, bullying, bulldozing and erecting . . .factories, shopping malls, skyscrapers. This is also know as conquering nature. In a word . . .rape.

And it is here that Mr Feller, having wandered somewhat from the path goes off course for a 4 wheel drive bush bash par excellence.

Yet economics beyond growth is exactly what we need if some kind of equilibrium is to be restored in the domestic and global economy. . . .we essentially need a no-growth environment.  OK . . . . i’m still istening

But how can such an agenda be pursued?  he asks wondering about the viability of both Capitalism and Socialism. And then he delivers the coup de grace.

Is deep ecology the answer? Not if you don’t wish to wear a hairshirt. Reducing our standard of living to the level of people Bono sings about is never going to be popular. Ditto for primitivism, survivalism and fundamentalist religion as well.

Now . . .i am sorry Mr Feller but this is where I deliver a rant about the crude ignorance of materialistic boof-heads. Go ahead and make up up your own rant . . .NOW!. But hey . . .Mr Feller, I understand that you tried, heroically to say some stuff about how we need to take a critical look at the God of Economic growth, except that you’ve stuffed it up brilliantly. Oh well, what the hell.

Here’s what I would suggest are the main points and how they can be clarified, improved upon and corrected.

1) Growth IS actually GOOD, just not the cancerous growth that is the product of Western style materialism. But . . . you can still have environmentally sensitive and sustainable economic growth, it just needs to be sensitive and sustainable.

2) Growth needs to be re-defined as that which has an inherent and essential metaphysical character. From this point of view we can learn how to hug trees without feeling the need to wear a hair shirt or move to Bolivia. Unless you really want to. Deep Ecology, yes we need more of that. No hair shirt required, just a little emotional honesty.

3) Once we learn how to re-define growth from the point of view of material reality being based on consciousness (a la the quantum science of Amit Goswami et al) all of the elegant, congruent and harmonious perspectives of how we can profitably align with the universe (in the deeper as well as immediate sense) will become much clearer much more easily. This will occur through self-organisation of the geometry of the mind. When your vibratory rate of consciousness changes so will your world-view – through self organizing mental phenomenon. Oh yes this might just be too revolutionary for the pop-up toaster brigade. But that’s why we have laws in society. They are not there just to help the rich get richer. No! They are there to protect the sacred balance of life from boof-heads, dickheads and various wilderbeast.

4) Ultimately it’s a choice. It’s a choice between Love and Hate, between contracting with fear or expanding with love. It’s a choice between dominating the world and nature and having dominion in nature – which will require awakened consciousness. It’s a choice . . .and there ain’t nuthin wrong with Deep Ecology. Think about that next time you’re being hailed on, stormed at, flooded, burnt, singed and shrieked at in the feedback loop of infinity. Nature is very kind, kinder than you may imagine, and She is waiting for you to awaken to this very potent fact. Quantum Out.








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