THE PESSIMIST AND THE OPTIMIST

The Pessimist And The Optimist

Pessimism: a belief that this world is as bad as it could be, or that evil will ultimately prevail over good.

Optimism: that this world is the best of all possible worlds, and that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe.

Two paths; the maintenance of good (positive) or evil (negative).

A pessimist thinks that evil will prevail because they do not know what good is, and will forever be negative about everything. Bordering on narcissism, they lack empathy for others; any affection is based on sentimentality.

An optimist will prevail because they know the nature of goodness, which is the light of pure consciousness of within beings.

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GOODNESS IS WELL-BALANCED WELL-BEING

Goodness is Well-Balanced Well-Being

Well-being is experienced in the present moment, through mindfulness.
When we live through our memories, mindfulness is lost to a contest of ideas.

Mindfulness is the quality of being consciously aware, through focusing on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.

Mindful conversations are amicable, as both experience just that present moment, before the judgement contest sets in. Judgement is a memory-conversation that creates conflict as our experiences and memories differ, taking us away from the present moment.

Mindfulness is wisdom.
Its expression is compassion.

Use it, or lose it.

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LETTING GO OF THE PAST

Letting Go Of The Past

If we hang on to the past, nothing fresh will occur, and we will never break out of our karmic bubble. Bubbles can easily be burst, so we steer clear of anything that might seem to threaten it.

Unfortunately, when people huddle together for safety, they become a froth blown around by a collective karmic wind.

Spiritual consciousness is all about now.
Religion is all about the past.

The moment when we let go of the past,
karma drops away, and we see with insight.

Froth: a mass of small bubbles; impure matter that rises to the surface of liquid.
Frothy: light and entertaining, but of little substance.

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IF THIS IS OUR ONLY LIFE …

If This Is Our Only Life …

If this is the only life that we have, what are we doing with this one, precious time?

Our reality is pure consciousness – the essence of enlightenment – without which nothing can be known. All but a few ignore this supreme state, in preference for self-entertainment.

Do we think that we know more than a Buddha?

Just consider that consciousness can enter and leave the body.
There is no harm done in just reflecting on that.

This makes a huge difference to the way in which we conduct ourselves, as life now has consequences. Good karma sees life as precious and inspiring.

We may have inclinations that have nothing to do with our family or our environment:
a feeling of deja vu …

“Ah! People like you only want to believe in reincarnation to feel good.”
Yes, I do feel good 😀

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BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW …

Better The Devil You Know …

That’s what Buddhism is all about.
😀
Being free in the moment of seeing.

The devil does not exist; it is simply our confusion, and our obsession with a self-image. When we (consciousness) realise our obsession, we are being taught something.

The conundrum:
the non-existent devil is therefore our teacher.
We become enlightened through realising the nature of the devil.
😀

The complete saying is, “Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t”, which means becoming familiar with our obsessions – usually about other people, who are also driven by the devil of confusion.

The path to enlightenment is realising the essence of consciousness, and whatever obscures that. If we do not see the devil of confusion at work, we are trapped in a cyclic existence of ignorance.

There is confusion everywhere, and thus everyone is our teacher.

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WHY KEEP IT SIMPLE?

Why Keep it Simple?

Modern life is extremely complicated and wealth-consuming, and becomes all-absorbing.

Spiritual matters are also extremely complicated and wealth-consuming, and become all-absorbing.

Both temporal and spiritual matters rely on our guilt, fear and hope in order to keep functioning.

The quicker we realise our true nature, the more confident we become. Life simplifies, and we stop wasting our time being beholden to an idea.

Once free, we may be able to be of benefit to others without any expectations which, in themselves, can make life complicated and wealth-consuming, and become all-absorbing.

In this age of inflation,
a simpler life will help us deal with whatever occurs.

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A LIFETIME OF FAILURE WAS A SUCCESS!

A Lifetime Of Failure Was A Success!

A lifetime of failure was a success! Not a success in a worldly way, and nothing to do with the opinions of others. In fact, being disliked and ignored has helped 🙂 The Dharma is about seeing and understanding.

No empathy, no dharma.
Know empathy, know dharma.
😀

Success is remaining in balance, giving time and space to review a situation, decide what is essential, and gain confidence. The more the negativity in the world, the more the teachings are remembered, and the more the success – and the more helpful we can be.

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LET’S KEEP IT SIMPLE

Let’s Keep It Simple

Sit for a moment. Relax. Be one with the senses and the elements … breathe air … see light … smell odour/scent … taste flavour … feel touch. These are our direct connection with the world, before we start judging and becoming distracted. Being one with the breath seems to be the gold standard 🙂

We then become aware of that which is aware of the senses. Realise: we have always been one with awareness, as we are that awareness which is uncontaminated.

The world is driven by confusion, turmoil, sickness and manipulation.
Even a Buddha can’t change that.

We cannot change the world,
but we can change our reactions and attachments to it.

All we can do is take note of what is happening, and be prepared as best we can, without making a big deal out of everything. Unless we can follow a sequence of events – both externally and internally – we will never understand our true reality.

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THE ESOTERIC ISN’T IN A BOOK

The Esoteric Isn’t In A Book

The written word is exoteric, available to be read by anyone. It is frozen knowledge from the past, and has no life to it.

The esoteric is the direct experience of whatever occurs. It is fresh, mindful knowledge in the moment now, and is full of life.

It doesn’t matter whether we think, “I don’t understand it” or “I understand it”; this is exoteric intellectualisation. The exoteric is the scholarly baggage that we all carry around which makes us feel either proud or a failure and, as such, is a monstrous trap. These self-judgements are merely ideas that we cling to that govern our lives.

What is the esoteric?
The esoteric has nothing to do with mystery. It is about our true being of pure consciousness.

Esoteric: from Greek esōterikos, from esōterō, comparative of esō ‘within’.

When awareness is aware of that which asks the question “What is this?”, we have simply arrived at the esoteric. It’s not complicated, secret knowledge, as some with their nonsense symbols would have us believe; this actually has the opposite effect of turning people off from realising their true reality.

What is a mystery?
Why have people accepted that they don’t know?

Real answer:
There are those who don’t want us to know.

Is your knowledge direct or hearsay?
When we know, we are free.

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TRAPPED IN SPACE

Trapped In Space

Not realising that we are pure consciousness or empty cognisance, we become trapped in the space of our own reality through distraction.

Consciousness, like space, never changes.
Nothing created them;
they just became cluttered.
😀

Through natural evolution, bodies are created to which a certain misunderstanding of consciousness is attracted. Mind then develops due to the type of misunderstanding of each individual.

Once, through meditative practice or training, we recognise that we are this empty cognisance, we never become perpetually lost again.

If there are other incarnations, we won’t remember being ‘us’, but a certain level of consciousness resulting from previous incarnations will be present. If there are no further incarnations, space still doesn’t change, and neither does consciousness.

Space: the final frontier.
To boldly go where not many have gone before!
😀

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INFORMATION EVERYWHERE … AND WISDOM?

Information Everywhere … And Wisdom?

It is only when we question information that we start to sift out the knowledge gained through personal experience. We test it, and then we know. If we go further into the stillness of the mind, this can lead to wisdom, the direct uncontaminated experience of reality in this present moment.

Information is others’ pre-packaged opinions that we adopt,
and impose on this present moment now.

Jury trials are all about finding what actually happened,
rather than relying on hearsay or personal opinions.

Repeating hearsay makes fools out of us, and there is one born every minute.
This is why we should never take sides until we actually know both sides
– and even then, we should wait and see.

Sides have their advocates and specialists that might seem sensible,
but this may not be the complete picture.
The complete picture is what is happening to consciousness.

The middle way; not too tight and not too loose.

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I’M OKAY WITH MY ANGER

I’m Okay With My Anger

Anger, in the very first instant, illuminates the mind. Something is seen that doesn’t seem right and awareness brightens. This precious moment is called ‘mirror-like wisdom’.

One of two things can happen in the moment of anger – or any emotion such as pride, jealousy, fear, desire … We can either see our own mental process clearly without immediately judging and reacting and therefore remain in equilibrium, or we can allow the emotion to take over and lose control.

From an enlightened point of view, when an emotion arises, the mind becomes alert. This is wisdom in action, looking more deeply and taking in the whole picture before responding – or not. Whatever happens, there is no residue of the emotion left behind.

The other effect of anger (or any emotion) is biased judgement that ignores wisdom-space and reacts out of habit; the result is a smouldering residue of emotions.

Emotions can either control our life,
or illuminate our life with wisdom.

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CONTEMPLATIVE ESSENCE

Contemplative Essence

Contemplation: a place of sustained observation.

Contemplative observation is our absolutely reality,
resulting in wisdom,
and manifesting in our relative reality as compassion.

From this viewpoint,
the world is seen as constant and compounded misinformation.

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THE PERFECT BUSINESS MODEL = KEEP ‘EM UPDATING

The Perfect Business Model = Keep ’em Updating

The perfect business model is getting people to update their toys, or their consciousness.

Business and religions both want us to join their club – their gravy train – and that’s hard to get off without feeling a failure.

We have enough,
if we know how to use what we have.
And what we have is karma!

Karma – the results of our previous actions that we are living through right now, which can limit our understanding. It’s not a punishment; karma shows us our fixations that have to be abandoned to realise our perfect reality.

The universe can instruct us, revealing what is natural and what isn’t. That which is unnatural speaks volumes! The pleasant and unpleasant are under the same umbrella of our perfect reality of pure consciousness.

A club needs money, and that’s okay.
We don’t have to belong to a club, and that’s okay.

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INFLUENCERS INFLUENCE INFLUENCERS …

Influencers Influence Influencers …

Influences influence influences,
who influence us.
We in turn influence others.

This is a meme at work –
an element of cultural behaviour
passed from one individual to another by imitation.

TV, the media, films, our chit-chat
– all do this very well.

These influences are the packages that we carry around in our mind.
In the moment now there are no packages,
just the emptiness of awareness, free of influence.

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MY KARMA IS WORRY

My Karma Is Worry

Worry has been with me all my life. This worry isn’t overwhelming; it’s just seeing possible consequences of an action or inaction. Things have to be ‘repaired’, but which one first? Should I write, or not write? Will anyone understand what I’m trying to say?

All through this lifetime of worry, there been this observation taking place that is separate from the worry. I later this found to be consciousness. It was always there, and I realised that this consciousness is, in essence, pure and uncontaminated.

I no longer worry about my worries; they’re part of my baggage, and consciousness is happy with that because it is aware of it, and shows concern. This concern turns the thought that worry is bad karma into good karma.

“Always look on the bright side of life.”
– Eric Idle

“Some things in life are bad;
They can really make you mad.
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle,
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best
And
Always look on the bright side of life …”

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CONTEMPLATIVE ESSENCE

Contemplative Essence

Contemplation: a place of sustained observation.

Contemplative observation is our absolutely reality,
resulting in wisdom,
and manifesting in our relative reality as compassion.

From this viewpoint,
the world is seen as constant and compounded misinformation.

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ARE PEOPLE WHO TRUST THEMSELVES A NUISANCE?

Are People Who Trust Themselves A Nuisance?

Are people who trust themselves a nuisance?
Do people think that truth stops at a guru?
Is religion institutionalised guilt?
Have we adopted a persona?
Do we have to use cautious language?

It is all finally down to us.
Do we let the light shine, or do we pretend to be dim?

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SHOULD WE BE MORE SKEPTICAL?

Should We Be More Skeptical? 

Just accepting whatever we are told is plain daft! Don’t trust anyone who expects you to believe what they say to be true. Test it for yourself.

Skeptic: a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions.

Is our life sufficiently precious for us to question everything?
Does our life have a purpose, or is life so insignificant that we try to make something of it?

Question the status quo and status symbols.

The final answer to all our questions
is that which questions.

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IQ &EQ = TYPES OF HUMAN BEING

IQ & EQ = Types Of Human Being

Our IQ (intelligence quotient) is a measure of a person’s reasoning ability, and how well someone can use information and logic to answer questions or make predictions.

Our EQ (emotional quotient or emotional intelligence) is our ability to understand other people, including what motivates them and how to work cooperatively with them.

A high IQ but low EQ…
A low IQ but high EQ…
A high IQ and a high EQ…
A low IQ and a low EQ…
A medium IQ and a medium EQ…

This seems to sum up the world,
and why we either get along or don’t get along with others.

IQ is of the mind.
EQ is of the heart.

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THE ESSENCE OF MIND IS CONSCIOUSNESS

The Essence Of Mind Is Consciousness

The essence of mind is conscious cognisance, the ability to know.

Whatever is known is then stored as content in the mind, as memories in the form of our thoughts and feelings. Whatever is thought or felt, know that that which is aware of these thoughts and feeling is consciousness. That consciousness is our being – it’s what we are. Without consciousness, nothing would be known, and you wouldn’t be here.

What is the essence of consciousness?
The essence of consciousness is pure, fresh, uncontaminated knowingness, with the ability to know what it is, and what it is not.

What it is: the well-being of ethereal presence.
What it is not: permanent, judgemental memories.

In memories, we are the mind’s contents, fixating upon things.
In essence, we are content in peaceful happiness

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THIS IS HOW TRUTH WORKS

This Is How Truth Works

Absolute truth is wisdom.
Relative truth is compassion.

Wisdom: realising our true being of pure consciousness.
Compassion: the manifestation of that wisdom.

We can only have true compassion (love)
when we realise that that very same wisdom is hidden within others.

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HOW THE WORLD WAS WON

How The World Was Won
The world was won by mediocracy.

Mediocre: of only average quality; not very good.

Mediocracy: a dominant class consisting of mediocre people, or a system in which mediocrity is rewarded: a mediocracy of successful careerists and yes-men.

When we know our true nature, everything less is inferior.
Except love.
😀

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IS BEING, INTERESTING?

Is Being, Interesting?

The less reified we become,
the less ‘real’ we become,
the less interesting we become.

Become: begin to be.
🙂

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS

The Psychology Of Consciousness

It’s what spirituality is all about.

Understanding how consciousness works will help us realise how we work. If we don’t know the essence of a subject, how can we know about it? All we will do is go through a routine or ritual.

Consciousness or awareness is what we are; this is embodied in a form, created by karma, which is the result of previous actions. The room we are sitting in now is our creation – or we allowed it to be created.

However, consciousness gets involved in this and that, being driven by desire and aversion because of not knowing its true nature (‘not knowing’ is referred to as ignorance).

When we start to open up to the psychology of consciousness through meditation, we discover something unique about ourselves, about consciousness … it has a pure state. This is sometimes called the clear light of bliss. That is home.

The clear light of bliss isn’t about being organised and uniform.
It is carefree and playful.

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THE MIRROR: THE WEAPON OF CHOICE

The Mirror: The Weapon Of Choice

We are all pure consciousness – mirrors that reflect images.

The question is; do we believe in these images, or do we see them as mere reflections?
The way in which we react to these reflections can either be our downfall, reflecting our ‘goodness’ that we project to others = hell, or reflect our faults and become our teacher = heaven.

Imagine a battlefield. A realised person holds up a mirror to an army of mara (demons) who want to bring that person down. All mara sees is their own reflections, which causes them to see what they don’t want to see.

The battle of mirrors.
As all beings are reflecting mirrors, so are these demons who, in retaliation, hold up their mirrors to the realised ones in the hope that the realised ones fall for seeing their own ‘goodness’.

The realised ones can either succumb to their own ‘goodness’, or realise that there no reactive effects whatsoever. This is why our enemies are our best teacher.

Every day, someone wants us to rise to the bait, and be caught in our own reflection.

Realisation isn’t concerned with admiring the reflections;
it is knowing that we are the mirror

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NOT GUILTY JUST MISGUIDED

Not Guilty Just Misguided

The world around us portrays an image of itself for us to emulate. Being confused about this state of affairs we follow along. We become misguided.

Religions are like that. One never feels good enough, with all the elaboration projected at us, and so feeling embarrassed we emulate. Which comes from the word rival.

The act that ‘spiritual’ people go into is appalling and misguided. Do the smiles have any wisdom or kindness to them? Or, do they just want us to be like them, so they don’t feel so bad. 🙂

The idea seems to be that if people are made to feel worthless, they will easily conform. This is taken for granted, and we leave our brains at the door. Don’t ask any awkward questions like, why are we doing this?

We are Buddha nature now. It just have to uncovered, rather than pile-up with elaborations to feel better about ourselves.

It’s all in the eyes.
Are they open or fixed.
Are they interested or afraid?
😀

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OUR REACTIONS TO OTHERS’ REACTIONS

Our Reactions To Others’ Reactions

Our reactions to others’ reactions tells us everything that we need to know about ourself. Our reactions are usually defensive, and then become aggressive because of our need to preserve our precious self-image of which we are so proud.

If we don’t react, and instead understand what is happening, we are free of conflict, giving space for the other to either see what they are doing.

When mara (demonic mind) cannot get a rise out of us, it has to move on to someone else, until it realises that trying to feed off others’ reaction only feeds its own misery. We have all been little demons at some time, and found it unsatisfactory 🙂

The love that we give is the love that we receive.

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LULLED INTO A FALSE REALM OF REALITY

Lulled Into A False Realm of Existence
That’s us.

We are lulled into doing things, and because we get so involved in doing these things, we talk about them as if we are experts. Experts in trivia. But trivia is not our reality. However clever we are, that is not our reality. Our reality is pure perception, before we become involved in things, family, career, entertainment-news…

Sit in silence, and ponder why you chose to do what you did; what are the results, and what are you doing now? Ask yourself, “What am I?”

Having made our decisions, we have to play them out. We cannot just walk away… they follow us 😀 What we can do is stop clinging to trivia, and see how life takes some timely turns for the better, towards the important things in life, and an experience of our true reality.

The natural universe wants the best for us and every living thing,
expanding to our full potential.
The natural universe is all about constant development
and, to do that, things must be put in their right place.

Choose wisely. On our death bed, will we wish we had more wealth and power? Or will we be content to have realised our true reality, with the answers to all our questions?

Wealth only makes us excited, while we remain in poverty to the wisdom of transcendental insight into our true being.

Who are we trying to impress?

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LOOK FOR YOUR SELF

Look For Your Self

Truth is the absence of self.

Look for your self.
Describe this self.
Self-image is an illusion.

In pure awareness,
there is nothing but pure awareness.

Our reality is pure observation,
without the idea of an observer.

This doesn’t mean we suddenly vanish.
What vanishes is the illusory self.

That which was hidden for a very long time
is now realised.

Looking never fails.

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ARE REALISED PEOPLE (SLIGHTLY) SCARY?

Are Realised People (Slightly) Scary?

😀

Realisation may make a person seem different to the conventional way of being, and possibly unnerving and provocative. We don’t know what to expect from them as they are spontaneous, and their behaviour may come across as outrageous, crazy or even annoying to our ordinary way of thinking.

There are some beings whom we may avoid, as we feel they may potentially invoke a shock to our system. I know a Tibetan lama who said he feared meeting a certain high lama as, to ask a question of him would mean walking into the unknown, and the answer may suggest something he didn’t want to address. Some teacher aren’t all smiles (thank goodness 🙂 ); they are direct, cutting through the crap.

There’s a text by Padmasambhava that I don’t read too often as he is very strict, but just the idea of him keeps me focused!

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THOSE WHO COMPLY RUN THE WORLD

Those Who Comply Run The World

They enable.

It is the students who give a teacher the authority to teach. No follower, no teacher. When we simply go along with the official narrative of any organisation, we not only give away our power, we also give away our brains.

If the majority comply, the easier it is to control the whole. The curtailing of free speech initiates the silencing of the few who do not see things the same way as the followers, and they are shunned.

Shun: Old English scunian‘abhor’, shrink back with fear, seek safety from an enemy.

Clear thinking isn’t as easy as we might suppose as our minds are full of cliches, and words have many connotations and can easily – if not deliberately – be misunderstood. If we do not speak out, however, we allow the misguided to run our lives.

Goodness knows whatever evil knows.

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THE AGE OF IDEAS

The Age Of Ideas
We become whatever we identify with.

We think this is the age of things, when it is actually the age of ideas. We are sold ideas from birth to reinforce either a weakened or strong self image. This age of ideas is the age of conflict, separation and competitiveness.

For thousands of years, humanity has been sold ideas and beliefs so that we never look within, beyond those ideas. Buying into beliefs has cost us heavily; a lifetime of misplaced effort.

Belief takes away our power, which is the same old pure awakened consciousness that has been distracted to create enslavement through a belief in ideas. Is life just what we have been told to believe?

Once we realise that which sees this insidious deception,
life will never be the same again.

Insidious: from Latin insidiosus ‘cunning’, from insidiae ‘an ambush or trick’.

Eyes open, mind open, consciousness open.
In clarity, there is no better way to live.
It’s unstoppable.

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FREE TO REALISE OUR OWN TRANSLATION

Free To Realise Our Own Translation

The ultimate truth has always been within,
without the words of others.

Pure consciousness is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

It makes me to rest in naturalness, leading to the quiet waters of my mind.

It restores realisation, guiding me on the paths of righteousness to enlightenment.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death and confusion, I will fear no evil, or I am that pure consciousness; the unpleasant and the pleasant, being of one taste, they comfort me.

Karma presents a life in the presence of my enemies.

I realise I have abundance.

Surely goodness and caring will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in pure consciousness forever.

Just because words are written down does not mean they are the ultimate truth.
The ultimate truth is our realisation of those words.

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IGNORANCE IS BLISS – PERFECT HAPPINESS

Ignorance Is Bliss – Perfect Happiness
So they say …

If one is unaware of an unpleasant fact or situation, one cannot be troubled by it. That is the ultimate oxymoron.

Ignorance means that we succumb to the negative forces of jealousy, pride, fear and desire, which make life not only uncomfortable, but a living hell. We have become so used to this way of life that we don’t notice the alternative, the inner wisdom of pure consciousness – the great know-all! 😀

This ignorance reflects on the way in which we conduct ourselves, and is neither wise nor understanding.

There are two aspects to realisation on the path to enlightenment. One is knowing that we have always been pure consciousness – we don’t have to make it happen – and the other is realising the veil that obscures pure consciousness (‘veil’ is an interesting arrangement of letters – it can also spell evil!).

The opposite of ignorance is the wisdom of absolute reality
– the great know-all! 😀

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HOW MANY KNOW?

How Many Know?

How many people know their (our) true nature? Some know about our true nature, but that doesn’t mean they know or experience it: it is still theory.

How would we know that they know? 🙂 Well, first, we’d have to know our true nature to be able to recognise that there was something in their conduct indicating an awakened consciousness.

How often do we meet such a person?

Most people on this planet do not know their true nature, and that they have a reality beyond the conventional. They haven’t a clue what’s going on in this world of manipulation. Everything has a cause, and everything can be made to appear to be an accident.

People are encouraged to be involved in this as opposed to that, always taking sides and never realising that they have lost their true reality for someone else’s translation of reality.

Manipulators who are involved in this and that do not know their true nature, but they do know how easily we become addicted through repetition, and they use this knowledge to get what they want.

Wake up!
Open sesame!
(Sesame seeds splits open when they reach maturity,
and so the phrase relates to unlocking a treasure.)
😀

Knowing that we are being controlled and exploited on all fronts should shock us out of complacency but, unfortunately, it doesn’t. Why not? Because we are so used to suits, uniforms, white coats, and robes making us believe that they know, so we now know.

When we realise our true reality,
no one can pull the wool over our eyes ever again.

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ORDINARY CONSCIOUSNESS & PURE CONSCIOUSNESS

Ordinary Consciousness And Pure Consciousness

It is a good practice to experience the difference.

Pure consciousness is open presence – ready for anything.
Ordinary consciousness is closed presence – not ready for anything.

If we don’t know pure consciousness, we remain closed in our views. When, however, we do realise pure consciousness, we don’t wander too far into the closed mindedness of ordinary consciousness.

We naturally move in and out of pure consciousness and ordinary consciousness, but may not notice this. Sometimes, we are happy for no reason! Which conscious we stay in longer depends on what we practise 🙂

In pure consciousness, there is just observation. In ordinary consciousness, we start relating. From the perspective of pure consciousness, relating can take a moment. From ordinary consciousness, we fixate on that relating, and so become caught and held – maybe for our entire life.

The practice:
Rest in being totally open to the moment,  without relating to anything. That is pure consciousness.
Now, relate to your environment, and see the I starting to identify – before words manifest.
Stop, and return to pure openness.
It’s that simple, and that familiar. It’s nothing strange.

This switching is quite natural; we do it all the time. It is only a matter of being aware both of just being there, and of not quite being there. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to fall into a vacancy, but again, if we are just aware of that vacancy, we are back in pure consciousness.

Realise where contentment lies,
and where trouble starts.
😀

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WHY DOES EVIL USE STRESS?

Why Does Evil Use Stress?

Our stress point is our weak point that can be worked on. A little anxiety can be made into worry, fear and even hatred. The evil in us knows how to wind others up, and some of us do this very well  -deliberately.

We can feel stress when we are taken away from our natural state of equanimity, which is uncontaminated consciousness. Our contentment zone.

We lose this equanimity when we are unable to control our emotions, and thus create stress for others. Stress is catching … “I’d been trying so hard to stay calm, but in the end, I just lost it.”

The trick to staying calm:
Know that you are being wound up – deliberately.

We are all naturally different.
If we pick away at our differences, the wound will fester.

Diversity: from Latin diversitas, past participle of divertere ‘turn aside’.

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THE BATTLE OF GOOD AND EVIL …

The Battle Of Good And Evil Is …
never out there.

The battle of good and evil is never out there; it is within our own mind. The only good and evil out there is within the minds of others. Once we conquer the evil within by realising that it is just based on ideas and, as such, never existed, we can then address others’ non-existent evil by knowing what good is.

What is evil?
Evil is an illusory self-image of personal identity of gain that veils the goodness of pure consciousness.
It’s extremely subtle, but obvious when pointed out.

What is good?
Good is pure consciousness that sees this illusory self-image of personal identity of gain.
It is extremely subtle, but obvious when pointed out.

Why is good, good?
It is beneficial well-being for all.

Why is evil, evil?
Evil creates stress for all.

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IF WE DO NOT MEDITATE …

If We Do Not Meditate …

If we do not meditate,
we will not know how to drop it.

In dropping the meditation, we realise the final answer.

No one became enlightened through meditation.
They became enlightened by dropping the meditation.

Questions arise about the truth of our being, but these questioners only want the final answer so that they can tuck it away in their mental filing system, but still know nothing. Truth has to be personally sought through sequential deduction and subtraction. Every question has an answer, until we realise that there are no more questions.

There is no short cut.

Well, there is …
but that means dropping all our concepts and fixations … now!

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SEEKING THE RIGHT (MAGIC) WORDS

Seeking The Right (Magic) Words

All my life, I’ve searched for the phrase, or set of words – the magic spell that would awaken us. I’ve come to realise that this will be different for everyone, as it has to be heard at the right time and in the right place, and probably said by right person.

Every day, a phrase comes to mind, and I wonder, “Does this fit? But who is there to hear it?”
Some days, a phrase will repeat itself – and, at the moment, that phrase is, “Fresh or frozen”.

Fresh is whatever is happening in this present moment, which is juicy and nourishing.
Frozen is whatever is brought in, prepackaged or borrowed from elsewhere, and is cold and dry.

We have come to believe that “fresh-frozen” is fresh. It isn’t. For this reason, the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it”. To experience this, we have to refine our taste by knowing that a fresh mind is pure consciousness, whereas a frozen mind is full of intellectual acquisitions.

The only way we can stay fresh and open is to drop all our ideas through meditation. We then have uncluttered clarity and are in the right place, free of contamination and fully receptive.

Right consciousness – right mind – right words – right empathy.

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WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE TRUTH?

What Is The Ultimate Truth?

It’s for you to know!

Without the ability to know,
what is the point of knowing the ultimate truth?

We are that knowingness, pure consciousness.
We have always been what we seek:
that is the cosmic joke.
🙂

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SCIENTISTS WANT TO PUT CONSCIOUSNESS INTO A MACHINE?

Scientists Want To Put Consciousness Into A Machine?

Their view of consciousness is a perception-memory-decision-making device; the favoured think that they will live forever in a machine.

Consciousness is not a thing. It is life itself, and cannot be switched on and off. Machines can be made to do anything and remember anything, but that’s all. They only appear to be sentient because some scientists think that consciousness is just a decision-maker.

Whatever it is that they think they are putting into a machine will forget it was a living being, beyond perception and memory.

A machine is a just recording device – which, like a dream, could turn into a nightmare. Machines can neither love nor have empathy.

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IF WE AREN’T WILLING TO CHANGE …

If We Aren’t Willing To Change …

Surprise!
We stay the same and learn nothing new,
just going through set routines.

Seeing things afresh is exhilarating and inspiring. We let go of old habits to take the next step. This is how we learn sequentially through practical experience; we cannot be taught sequentially as individuals have different complications. Letting go of old concepts, we are on the verge of new realisations. We cannot just jump ahead to the answer as we have to do some work to form the right question. Don’t just accept what others say as being true; it’s only true for them.

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UNDERSTANDING PSYCHE

Understanding Psyche

Psyche: via Latin from Greek psukhē ‘breath, life, soul’.

Psyche is present before thought and the idea of a self-image. Psyche is consciousness itself, although there can be other interpretations. Once we adhere to an interpretation, however, we also create and maintain our psychological profile – a self, a mental characteristic, an attitude. We downgrade the breath of life into a concrete being of likes and dislikes. We fossilise.

Psyche or consciousness is fluid and free of contrivances, but became excited about being free and therefore looked for more stimulation. We can, at any moment, return to our natural state of contemplative clarity and see what is actuallynecessary in our life. Psyche wants to return to its natural state; the equilibrium of happiness.

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DECEIVED BY OMISSION

Deceived By Omission

Deception initiates a complicated cascade of confusion; a social domino effect that feeds our karma.

How?
Razzamatazz = Razzle-dazzle = show business:
a media that deliberately inflates ambiguous language
which omits original truth.

We are so involved with the the show/appearances that we forget to investigate who is writing our script. Unless we know our own reality of uncontaminated consciousness, we will forever be an actor on the stage, trying to impress our audience.

Know what self is, and how it is constructed. Most of all, know that pure consciousness is always watching – the real all-seeing-eye! 😀

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WHERE WE WENT WRONG!

Where We Went Wrong!
😀

Basically, consciousness – what we are – becomes excited about being conscious, motivating us to want more, which creates our karma, our life story. And we’re doing this right now …

If reincarnation is correct, then we have been doing this for infinite life times. This is why our habits of likes and dislikes are so strong. Even if we don’t accept reincarnation, this distraction is still evidence that we are constantly moving away from our true reality. And we’re all doing this right now …

How to go right 🙂
We merely recognise what is happening in our mind at every moment. Don’t feel guilty; we are all in the same boat. We all forget our true nature of pure consciousness.

Resting in pure consciousness is our happy place of equilibrium. All we do now is neutralise the results of karma, the product of previous decisions that we have to live through right now. We do this by no longer exaggerating, being over-stimulated and re-enacting.

Life isn’t a mess to entertain us.
It’s our training ground … or gentle bootcamp!
😀

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SPIRITUALLY UP-TIGHT

 Spiritually Up-Tight

Up-tight: anxious, angry, tense, and difficult to be with.

Basically, this is fear.
Been there, done that.
😀

Ordinary people are mostly up-tight, but so-called spiritual people are a little more so!

Being up-tight is holding on the rules, while making life hell. Rigidly conventional in manners, unable to express true feelings, unwilling to loosen up and let go are all signs of up-tightness and immaturity. Some express a pseudo-carefreeness, but they’re just being flakey and unreliable 😉 Where there is up-tightness, there is conformity, friction, conflict and … “Do I have to be like that?”

How do we become truly carefree and un-up-tight?
Merely by recognising that we are up-tight and controlling
gives rise to honest, empathetic humour,
manifesting from relaxed confidence.

Where does confidence come from?
From knowing that everyone’s true essence is pure consciousness.

Other people are not the enemy.
Our mind is.
Our mind is also our precious teacher.

You are good.

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FINDING OUR INDIGENOUSNESS

Finding Our Indigenousness

Our indigenousness has a deep connection
with those who may or may not be alive,
but we have a strong empathy
with their qualities and guidance.

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PROSTRATING TO A PEDESTAL

Prostrating To A Pedestal

Pedestal: the base for a statue.
Putting someone on a pedestal: to think of someone as a perfect person with no faults.

In Tibetan Buddhism, we call the teacher ‘Rinpoche’; the precious one. Other traditions give other titles, all of which distance us from the supposed heights of their perfection. When we accept this view, we over-idealise the teacher and see ourselves as insignificant.

Being in awe of decorative paraphernalia, robes and buildings sets us apart. When we indulge in admiration of the facades, the statues, the art … we are looking in the wrong direction.

The bar to perfection is set so high that we ordinary mortals cannot comprehend the wonders of heaven/nirvana, seeing such symbols as meaningful while we are meaningless – or so we think.

This isn’t about insurrection;
it’s about our reality.

If we are adoring a representation rather than realising our true nature,
we have lost the plot.

Don’t devalue your self.
This self is our true teacher.

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