Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Heart Of That Which Exists

Blessed be you, impenetrable matter: You who, interposed between our minds and the world of essences, cause us to languish with the desire to pierce through the seamless veil of phenomena.

Blessed be you, mortal matter: you who one day will undergo the process of dissolution within us and will thereby take us forcibly into the very heart of that which exists.

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, the Jesuit priest and French philosopher, was trained as a geologist and a paleontologist. He conceived the idea of the Omega Point, and developed the concept of the Noosphere. His book The Phenomenon of Man is an incredible account of the unfolding of the cosmos. He abandoned the interpretation of creation in the Book of Genesis, and that put him at odds with the church. Most of his work was not published during his lifetime because the church condemned most of his opinions.

Pierre believed that God is pulling all creation towards him. He believed that evolution occurs in a directional, goal driven way. Evolution unfolds from cell to organism; planet to solar system; and solar system to the whole universe. Teilhard also believed the more complex the matter, the more conscious it is. Complex consciousness arranges itself into more complicated structures in order to achieve unification.

We may not believe what this philosopher believed, or we may tweak his belief in one way or another. The fact is we experience different realities when we open the back door of our conscious mind and allow our unconscious mind to express the uniqueness of what exists within it. We try to explain what we sense when that door is open, but the act of sensing changes the nature of what we are sensing. Sensing the very heart of that which exists is the act of knowing the self in all its splendor.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Pot Of Thoughts

I’m hidden behind the wall, And yet I’m right beside you. You are oppressed and suffering, Yet I am near.

You who are anxious to get Where you think you’re going, I’ll make your dreams come true. I’ll cook well every pot you try to boil.

My friend, you thought you lost him; That all your life you’ve been separated from him. Filled with wonder, you’ve always looked outside of him, And haven’t searched within your own house.

Rumi wrote those words in the 13th century. He understood that awareness is action. Awareness is consciousness feeling itself. Rumi’s conscious mind was not only focused on the physical world, it was tuned-in to his inner self. The conscious mind feeds the inner self with beliefs about the nature of reality. The conscious mind sets goals, and the inner self manifests them using the inexhaustible energy of consciousness.

We are responsible for the joy and successes we experience. We can change our perception of life by altering our belief about the inner self. As Rumi said we haven’t searched our own house for the keys that unlock doors of awareness.

The inner self is the “him” Rumi talks about. This self uses the conscious mind to experience a reality filled with the incredible richness of color and form. Our non-physical form was born in the flesh to feel its own energy physically. We cook every pot of thoughts in the energetic water of the inner self.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Perhaps This Is The Age

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Confucius, the Chinese politician, teacher, moral reformer and philosopher, wrote the symbols for those words five hundred years before anyone thought about Christianity. Confucius liked to be called as a transmitter who invented nothing. He urged his followers to study the ancient Classics. The Classics revealed solutions to the moral problems of the present by analyzing past political issues and events. He also wanted students to study the reflections of noblemen, and how those thoughts impacted working class individuals.

The foundation for his teachings was firmly rooted in moral and ethical correctness, self-cultivation and skilled judgment rather than knowledge of controlling rules. His methods were often executed indirectly using tautology, innuendo, and allusions. Confucius was never short on thoughts. Almost all of them require attention in order to be understood. Over the years, Confucius developed a knack for expressing humanism in a very unique way. The significance of attention in relation to what is important to us in political affairs has suffered a major setback. We get a failing grade for giving our attention to the methods of politicians. We pay more attention to what we are thinking rather than paying attention to what they are doing. We pay homage to the original idea or suggestion, and neglect to focus on how that suggestion is manipulated in the minds of our elected representatives.

When we focus on the original idea and overlook how it has been turned in some manner by this group, we open the doors of control. And when the altered suggestion is accepted en masse, it can become what no one wanted except the few that push the buttons of control.

When those buttons are pushed, the individual becomes unimportant. Unimportance opens the door of fear. There are countless examples of working people giving their attention to a good idea and losing freedom and individuality in the process. History is filled with examples of how we fail to understand the ins and outs of political economic games and gains.

Perhaps this is the age when we all pay attention to the idea as it evolves in the political arena. Perhaps we will wake up and begin to focus on our collective freedom and individuality. Perhaps we should start to use Confucius tactics on our elected officials. Perhaps then we can adjust their attention to our wishes instead of our gullibility.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dancing At The Dome Of Our Own Sky

Oh sun, rise.

Particles are dancing.

I see headless, footless spirits dancing with ecstasy.

Some are dancing at the dome of the sky.

Come close.

I'll tell you where they are going.

Rumi, the immortal poet, blends our thoughts into free flowing images filled with creative imagination. The ego is a product of our conscious mind’s imagination. The ego is our idea of our physical self. Our inner self-image is not unconscious even though we have been taught to believe it is. We are very aware that we are more than ego, but we limit our thoughts about how much more because our belief structure limits our awareness. We don’t believe we can dance at the dome of our own sky.

The ego can ignore the conscious mind, and when it does subsidiary beliefs develop. These invisible beliefs have an impact on our core beliefs, and that action changes our perception of reality.

The conscious mind is not a thing. It is an ever-changing phenomenon. It can be turned in endless directions by the ego. It looks outward, but it also looks inward and is able to see its own contents. We experience what we concentrate and then focus on in this reality. Reality is a composite of our visible as well as invisible beliefs. Come close. The ego will tell you where you are going.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Unconscious Beliefs About Consciousness

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. Science is in a state of change. Old truths are always being replaced with new truths in conscious time. Our beliefs are in a constant state of change. Science is just one belief in a stable of conscious mind beliefs.

It’s relatively easy for the ego to identify visible beliefs like science, religion, relationships, morality and a few more, but our invisible beliefs are a little harder to identify. We forget that our reality is formed and reinforced by conscious as well as unconscious beliefs.

Invisible beliefs become truths just like our core beliefs. These invisible truths are old school unquestionable assumptions imbedded in our conscious mind by outside influences and associations. Within our seven conscious beliefs categories, there are numerous invisible beliefs that impact our reality. The ego only uses beliefs that fit into our focused concentration point. That point is influenced by the ego’s perception of time.

The ego only perceives information that fits into a certain point of conscious time until another point of conscious time is reached. When new data reaches that point, we realize that some of our old truths were only truths in conscious time. They are not be truths in the timeless area of the inner conscious mind.