Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tempest In A Net

Riding backwards this wooden horse, I’m about to gallop through the void. Would you seek to trace me? Ha! Try catching the tempest in a net.

Kukoku, the 14th century Japanese poet, is expressing his thoughts about the freedom of creativity within all of us. We only remember a small portion of the self as we ride backwards in this three dimensional world. The power of consciousness has no limits as it forms the framework of this reality. We create ill health, wars, death and destruction using our creativity and we call it a world.

Every disaster, accomplishment and status quo, is the result of our ability to form the experiences that produce these episodes of life. We check our inner progress by assessing our physical materializations. But, there is nothing to check within the void of consciousness.

Like a tempest in a net, we unleash our creativity, and we experience what we think. What we think, we become, and what we become is just a trace of what we are.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Perpetual Becoming

Many times the mountains have turned from green to yellow So much for the capricious earth! Dust in your eyes, the triple world is narrow; Nothing on the mind, your chair is wide enough.

Muso Soseki, the 13th century Japanese poet, used his inner senses to express his multidimensional personality. Everything within our three-dimensional world occurs simultaneously. Every action of consciousness creates other probable actions. The infinite energy of the universe is never still. The whole of consciousness is more than the sum of its parts.

Time and duration are distorted. We consider duration an existence within a time framework, but existence and experience are not dependent on those limited bedfellows. Everything happens at once. There is no beginning or end. Consciousness has no expiration date.

Our concept of growth and development implies a journey toward perfection, but consciousness never reaches a point where development ends and creation stops. The freedom within consciousness, guarantees our perpetual becoming.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Tool Designed By The Soul

Vainly I dug for a perfect sky, Piling a barrier all around. Then one black night, lifting a heavy Tile, I crushed the skeletal void!

Muso Soseki, born in 1275, was a Japanese garden designer, poet and calligraphist. He left an enormous body of poetry behind, but his best known work was Muchu Mondo or Dream Conversations. We don’t realize we have several layers of consciousness adjacent to our focused one, but we do, and we use these layers in our dreams.

We experience these layers as our consciousness blinks in and out of focus. We move from one reality to another, but we don’t recognize what we are doing as we do it. Our beliefs tell us we live in one reality until death, but that fact is just as distorted as the earth being flat. At some point we will recognize when we use these other layers when we are awake. When we do, we will remember our innate truth, which is consciousness is a tool designed by the soul. That attribute can be turned in several directions. We are not our consciousness, but it does belong to us, and our soul. We are on this journey to learn how to use that tool.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Echoes of Silence

A Spark Of Gratefulness

Lights The Eternal Presence

An Act Of Peacefulness

Brings Love To Separation

The Glow Of Thank You

Magnifies A World

Of Beauty

Hal Manogue. From His 2014 Collection of Poetry

Friday, October 18, 2013

Dressing In Truth

And yet if we only knew how each loss of one’s viewpoint is a progress and how life changes when one passes from the stage of the closed truth to the stage of the open truth; a truth like life itself, too great to be trapped by points of view, because it embraces every point of view . . . a truth great enough to deny itself and pass endlessly into a higher truth.

Sri Aurobindo viewpoint regarding truth is an interesting one. Truth is never trapped, but it’s often tangled in a web of distorted beliefs. As Aurobindo explains truth does not only embrace our perceptions, it embraces all perceptions. Closed truths adhere to our perceptions. They are a copulation of beliefs, and our beliefs are always in motion.

Open truths are more than graduated thoughts. We only identify perceptions and actions as truths, but there are other truths that move across the vastness of our inner reality. Love, appreciation, and the eternal light of being are some of the truths of knowing. Knowing is the action of awareness dressing itself in truth

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Certain King

A certain king in India, who was of a very realistic and logical mind, went to Shankara to receive instructions as to the nature of the Absolute. When Shankara taught him to regard all of his kingly wealth and power as no more than mere phenomenal illusions arising out of the absolute self which is the ground of all things, the king was incredulous. And when he was told that the one and only Self appeared multiple only because of the dualism of his ignorance, the king straightaway decided to put Shankara to a test and determine if the sage really felt this existence was no different from a dream.

The following day, as Shankara was approaching the palace to deliver his next lecture to the king, a huge and heat maddened elephant was deliberately turned loose and aimed in Shankara’s direction. As soon as the sage saw the elephant charging, he turned and fled in an apparently very cowardly fashion and as the animal nearly reached him, he disappeared from sight. When the king found him, he was perched at the top of a lofty palm tree, which he had ascended with remarkable dexterity. The elephant was caught and caged and the famous Shankara, perspiration pouring off him, came before the student.

The king naturally apologized for such an unfortunate and nearly fatal accident. Then, with a smile breaking across his face, but pretending great seriousness, he asked why the venerable sage had resorted to physical flight, since surely he was aware that the elephant was of a purely illusory character.

Shankara replied, “Indeed in highest truth, the elephant is non-real and illusory. Nevertheless, you and I are as non-real as the elephant. Only your ignorance, clouding the truth with this spectacle of non-real phenomenally, made your Highness see illusory me go up a non-real tree.

Shankara the 9th century Indian philosopher formatted the doctrine Advaita Vedanta. His teachings are based on the unity of the soul and non-dualism (Advaita). Shankara amusing story does shine a light on reality. Reality is a mind-consciousness tool and there are an infinite number of those tools to experience. We believe reality must be objective, solid and grounded in our three dimensional time-space-environment, but that is a very limited way to view our creativity.

This three dimensional reality is just of many probable realities we experience. Certainly a charging elephant is very real, but it is also a product of one of our probable experience. In another reality like our dream reality the elephant is an illusion, but it certainly is real in that dream state.

Shankara’s message is too open the mind and sense our own creativity. We are focused one objective state, but it’s not the only state we live in.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

What Is Consciousness?

We have been taught that the word consciousness means the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings. The dictionary also describes consciousness as the awareness or perception of something by a person. Both of these meanings are credible descriptions of our objective consciousness, but as most of us know we are much more than the objectivity we express. Consciousness is not limited by our description of it. In fact, nothing limits consciousness as it continues to expand in the action and energy of awareness.

The billion dollar question is how does consciousness act in its subjective state and how does that action affect our physical being? The answer may surprise some of you. Others may discount the answer based on individual beliefs. No matter what you belief, the fact that all physical objects exist in a subjective region of consciousness before they become objective is a metaphysical and a recent scientific truth.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Atomic Awakening

The progress of science has now reached a turning point. The stable foundations of physics have broken up. . . The old foundations of scientific thought are becoming unintelligible. Time, space, matter, material, ether, electricity, mechanism, organism, configuration, structure, pattern, function, all require reinterpretation. What is the sense of talking about a mechanical explanation when you do not know what you mean by mechanics?

Alfred North Whitehead wrote those thoughts in his 1967 book, Science and the Modern World. Scientists have been studying atoms and how they act when they show themselves in our system of reality for years, but they still don’t understand the nature of the atom. Scientists understand there are spectrums of light, but they fail to realize there are spectrums of matter as well. We are conditioned to think in single-line thoughts so we believe events are complete actions. But in the probable system of life, those events are just a fraction of their entire existence.

If the atom was capable of phasing in and out of what we call time then these same atoms would appear in other systems of reality. If the atoms that support the body exist in other realities, our consciousness would function in these realities as well.

The mechanical explanation for these mind-blowing truths is right around the corner. Hang on. We’re in for quite an atomic awakening. We might begin to understand other portions of the self and the atoms that support it.