Conscious Communication, Or Just Noise?

Consciousness is our true inner state; the intelligence centre. It is concerned with the practicalities of maintaining a conscious life, one that can investigate the nature of reality scientifically through meditation = uncontaminated seeing!

The ‘noise’ is the chattering interference that wants yet another song, game, possession, party, book on the history of ‘noise’ … and has nothing to do with conscious intelligence.

For this reason, true communication is so rare. If we want entertainment, we only need to look more closely at whatever we’re doing thinking and saying – which is amusing when we know that we are so much more than chatter.

Chatter: To imitate; incessant childish, meaningless or unimportant talk.

We are conscious beings
– all worthy of veneration –
who can laugh at our own stupidity
rather than that of others.








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Bewilderment And Panic Create Stress

We may never know the cause of something, but we can see and feel the effect – stress. It doesn’t matter whether a scenario originated from ignorance or intention, we see the effects all around us. Once we acknowledge the effect, we can dismantle it.

If we can’t stand back and acknowledge all possibilities, we will adhere to one side or another, and this will only serve to build bias and confusion, causing more damage than the original scenario.

Stress affects both the mind and body, using up precious energy. When our mind and body over-react, we become stressed and ill. Stress is a serial killer as it is contagious. If our days are filled with stress, the hormones in our body direct us towards fight (desire), flight (fear) or freeze (confusion). When we’re stressed, we are toxic both to ourselves and to those around us.

Stress hormones overload our immune system, shutting it down. We all have disease, parasites, viruses and bacteria in our bodies, but a good immune system can deal with this naturally. Dis-ease causes disease.

Our natural state is calm abiding. We heal stress through understanding and acknowledging reactions. Meditation is the method by which we recognise stress and wanderings in the mind, thus enabling us to cut through thoughts and release the body’s reflexive behaviour that comes from the mind’s habitual patterning.

When we’re under stress, we are less intelligent because we are more reactive. All media creates division and stress; people are stirred up, and the ‘subtle body’ reacts. If we become caught up in the fear-and-hope cycle of existence, we can end up taking pills, and that shuts down our life.

Stress happens because we ignore
our true reality of unconditional love.
When we take sides, we lack love.

By making do and mending,
we de-stress ourselves, and those around us.

Love clears the way for clarity.
Clarity clears the way for love.

We can either start from right intention
or from right understanding.

Don’t become part of any hysteria.

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What Truth Can You Rely On?

There are three significant words here: truth, you and rely.
When we know both the absolute and relative meaning of these words,
we know the Dharma.

‘Truth’: truth is that which never changes – pure consciousness.
‘Truth’: truth is the three laws of attraction, aversion and indifference
that obscure pure consciousness

‘You’: absolute you is pure consciousness that never changes.
‘You’: relative you is karmic ideas to which pure consciousness unwittingly adheres.

‘Rely’: rely on this singular, absolute truth.
‘Rely’: rely on the fact that this bag of karmic ideas has no reality.

The Buddha just looks, sees, drops all ideas.
One taste, and you’ll know!


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Captivated By Perception

Through perception,
we are imprisoned by our clinging to a chain of concepts
while remaining unaware of that which is aware of perception.

It may sound strange, but we need to train in awareness.
Why do we need to do this?
It is our source of sanity – unbiased consciousness

Simply become aware of the sense of smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch.
Note that there is no thought process involved at this stage.

Now become aware that there is awareness of this fact.
Still note that there is no thought process involved.

Resting in non-thought, awareness expands.
Maintaining this silence of awareness,
we note that there is nothing other than awareness.
We are now free of perceptions.

One more step – the key to freedom.
Seeing that there is nothing other than awareness,
the identification with a see-er drops away,
leaving pure awareness.

And that is what we truly are!
No longer captivated.

There is nothing grandiose about pure awareness, pure consciousness.
When we shut up and just listen, that is it.

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Realisation Is Discovery

In a confused world,
all we will get is confused messages.

Genuine discovery uncovers
the realisation of a conscious being, without additives
and before opinions, elaborations, beliefs, hopes or fears.

Be careful what you read or hear,
and how you read or hear it.

Much ‘spirituality’ is dressed up in group-think,
when all we have to do is be aware that we are awareness
which enables us to function within others’ illusions.

Spiritual advice has to offer common sense and sound judgement
in both practical and spiritual matters.

Platitudes are not common sense;
they are merely commonplace platitudes of group-think.

How we deal with this viral epidemic
will depend upon whose reality we are living in.

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Gurus Don’t Do It For Me
😀 😀 😀

The term, “doesn’t do it for me”, usually means something is no longer satisfying.

In the context of our progress, the experience of the teaching is more important This leads us nicely to realising that the teacher cannot do it for us; it is we who have to realise!

Never feel guilty.
It is an inferior position.

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Do You Know What Is Real?

Nothing that we see has any reality
as it’s all impermanent.
Reality is in the seeing.

When we understand this,
life is no longer serious
and we can be happy.

The world is full
of physical and mental viruses;
all the while, pure reality just is.

We note the causes, the reactions,
and the consequences.
Unshaken, we remain pure reality.

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Is Covid-19 World War Three?

People have been talking about WW3 for years …
it turns out that we are the enemy!

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In These Abnormal Times

In these abnormal times,
don’t try to act normally.

Normality is conforming to a standard.
 Abnormal: Latin abnormis ‘monstrous’

When we realise our true reality is pure awareness,
anything ‘normal’ is a monstrous standard of deviation.

We are God and the Demon.
We are the light and the dark.

In pure awareness, this is seen clearly and understood,
and so there are no problems, no surprises.
The world is confused, chaotic and misled.

The gold standard is pure compassion,
born of wisdom, rather than common platitudes.

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How To Become An Alien

To become an alien, we detach ourself
from organised political, social and religious associations.

Alien: Belong to another
ie not belonging to organised political, social, and religious associations.

“The organised political, social, and religious associations of our time are at work convincing the individual not to develop their convictions through their own thinking but to assimilate the ideas they present to them. Any one who thinks for themself is, to organisations, inconvenient and even ominous as they do not offer sufficient guarantees that they will merge into the organisation.”
Albert Schweitzer 1875-1965

Pure consciousness is beyond Samsaric machinations.
If we do not fit in, then we are an alien – simple.
In truth, we are all aliens!

Thank goodness.
Who’d want to join anything?

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This Serious World Health Crisis

This serious world health crisis
could become even more serious.

COVID-19 is a serious world health issue. We’re right to be concerned, and action is needed to protect those with poor immune systems, and contain the spread of this virus.

This crisis won’t last forever. Nothing does. We must be vigilant that no residue is left behind in society to limit our freedom. We can be made to believe that situations last for ever. Just consider events such as 9/11 and the ‘banking crisis’ which left a residue in society. History is full of beliefs that run on to this day. All we need is a bogey man to keep us in line – we learn that as children!

We have to be aware that any crisis can be exploited in order to make people feel ‘safe’, when it actually does the opposite. We may have more limitations put on our lives, so that we end up with less freedom. We are already self-imprisoned, and this just adds more locks.

Being made to feel grateful puts us in an inferior position. We may feel safe, but we are still reliant, and this has a devastating effect on the quality of our life.

True gratitude is an appreciation of realisation.

We can play the game without believing in the game – it’s just a game.
The more we believe in the game,
the more karma we consent to acquire,
and the more imprisoned we become.

We can easily take back control by knowing what our reality is, and how little we actually need to survive. We have been led by the nose and become reliant on entertainment, superficial education, soporific food, drink and drugs … so much so that we cannot think or see straight.

As everything comes into existence by causes and condition, let’s see where these current conditions – this crisis – lead us.

Clear the mind of clutter.
Know that consciousness has always been free,
and can never be destroyed, but only distracted.

Meditation is a start to this process.
When we just stop our mental activity
and focus on awareness/consciousness,
we become less excited, less tired, less anxious.

This body is not here for ever.
The body changes,
while consciousness doesn’t.

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Fear And Fearfulness

Normal fear is alerted when anything in the present moment is seen as a danger or precarious, which might be a physical or mental situation that we have to deal with. This isn’t really fear; it’s being alert, being aware. We are skilful when doing or saying anything.

Fearfulness, on the other hand, is being full of fear, and is a constant state of anxiety, of being a victim. Once we become a victim by some trauma, we can be induced and manipulated into passivity or excitement.

1. A person harmed, injured, or kill
2. A person who is tricked or duped.
3. A person who has come to feel helpless and passive in the face of misfortune or ill-treatment.

There are ‘influencers’ in the world. Influence: from Latin influere, ‘to flow’. All forms of media spread exaggeration and distortion about the material world, turning our attention away from consciousness itself: we don’t realise the influence this turmoil of hope and fear is having on our mental state.

When saying,
“Do not take my word for it”,
the Buddha implied, upon entering a sacred place,
don’t leave your brains at the door!







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Enlightenment, Constant Enlightenment And Super-duper Enlightenment

Realising pure consciousness and purifying karma.

Constant enlightenment:
Realised pure consciousness and purified karma.

Super-duper enlightenment:
Carrot before donkeys.

There is no carrot. There are no donkeys.

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This Is Exactly The Right Time For Spiritual Progress

Like the Buddha, we see people suffering and we see that life is tenuous. In these turbulent times, the Dzogchen teachings on Rigpa (pure consciousness) are perfectly relevant to know what is real and what is seemingly real. We suffer because of identification with this body and the contents of the mind.

Pure consciousness – that which actually sees – can never suffer as it is non-material. We may wonder if something non-material exists; we cannot see it because we are it. It is extremely subtle, but obvious when investigated – which means that we have to investigate 🙂 Being told something isn’t realising it. We have to see pure seeing in experience, and there are no shortcuts.

We can empathise with others’ suffering and, in this recognition, are moved to be of benefit, avoiding the creation of further harm and suffering.

Our precious opinions of blame are unnecessary. We must maintain inner sanity for the sake of others, and this inner sanity comes from understanding, experience and realisation of the true nature of things and self. This is why it is said, “Know thy self.” It isn’t said, “Make assumptions about thy self.”

Knowing that death is not the end, we never give up. It is because we see the impermanent nature of things and self that we know this is all an illusion. What knows? Pure consciousness.

Illusions may feel real, but that which sees without comment is the real reality. Whatever is seen has no reality – things and self image come and go. When we realise that we are not this self image, our view changes. It is our desperation to hold on to illusions that causes us suffering. When we wake up, we see that we have been living others’ dreams. Who have we been trying to impress?

Whatever happens in the next moment is uncertain, but what is certain is that pure consciousness is always present. That is the most important realisation we can achieve, by simply doing nothing.

With this understanding, our actions, speech and thinking will be a guide.

The time is always now.
There are no excuses in Dzogchen.
Every moment is a teaching.

Get up, see what needs to be done, and relax.
When we look after our world,
our world will look after us.

If we make assumptions about our world,
the world will reflect our assumptions.

If the teachings are present in every moment,
love is present in every moment,
and our world is brighter.

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Why Do We Doubt Our Enlightened Reality?

Why do we doubt our enlightened reality?
The answer is that we were – and are – misguided.

Our practice is to “Act the part” of being enlightened,
becoming familiar with both understanding and compassion.

As long as we doubt our true reality, we will continue to
“Act apart”,
not wanting to understand or be compassionate.

Why do we persist in this delusion?
We are more familiar with finding fault in others
than understanding compassion.

It gets tougher.
We need understanding and compassion
for those who claim to be understanding and compassionate.

True, empathetic compassion is
the inseparability of appearances and recognition.

Whatever is expressed is observed by virtue of pure consciousness.
We have – and are – that enlightened ability.

Never doubt that.

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Time To Know What To Value

World freedom is being restricted. It’s like a science fiction horror film. Only the body and mind can actually be restricted, however. The witness, the audience, pure consciousness, looks on without any restriction.

That witness has been with us all our life.
We are that witness.
That is what to value.
Anything else is a theatre of illusion.

Illusions come to pass, while our ultimate reality of uncontaminated consciousness is ever present. When we recognise this only reality, then we know we are free. Practise stillness, and realise this one truth.

This body and mind isn’t supposed to last forever, but we can enjoy every moment without fear or hope. It is hope and fear that drive us to believe in the illusions presented to us.

This moment can either appear as medical imprisonment (or martial law), or a perfect time to retreat from collective hysteria. We simply focus on whatever we have to do mindfully, let go and come to rest.

Solitary confinement is actually freedom.
This is the perfect catalyst for enlightenment.

We are not here to entertain ourselves, or pass the time away with pointless activities when we can find meaning to life. Find the one point that gives meaning to life, and value it. That will make life precious and never boring.

Simply look closer:
pure consciousness is already enlightened.

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A View Of Karma

Karma is what we carry around with us; it’s our ambience, our vibration of ideas. It’s an aura surrounding a person. All the people whom we know … we know! Say a word or name to someone, and off they go. The main point is that whatever we recognise in others is within us also. They can see our aura!

This karma is like an anchor, weighing us down with ideas and emotions. Recognising what is weighing us down is our teacher; ‘the teacher of all phenomena’. When we recognise the karmic effects that inhibit our abilities to love, then we cut the links to the anchor of self.

We are afraid of love because we think of our self too much. That is the karmic effect. When we can listen without reacting, we are free to love without expectations – and then we are free of karma.

No one said it was easy … 😀

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Inaccurate Balance In Life

We have two aspects to our life: material consciousness and spiritual consciousness.

Material consciousness is our ordinary thoughts, while spiritual consciousness is that which perceives ordinary thoughts. To put it simply, our reality is the knowingness of knowing.

It is the misunderstanding of our reality that is the pernicious trap in which we live, especially when it comes to considering the unveiling of enlightened essence and the use of meditation.

Merely reading and hearing about consciousness doesn’t mean we are conscious. Such activity is just part of our material consciousness. To understand consciousness accurately, we must first realise the experience in everything we do and say. We not only do things mindfully, but with conscious awareness. We can recognise the truth, but that is not the same as realising the truth.

Imagine a see-saw; one end represents material consciousness and the other, spiritual consciousness. If we are only concerned with material consciousness, then the see-saw at that end goes down and spiritual consciousness goes up-in-the-air! Conversely, only being concerned with spiritual consciousness, we become ineffectual in the world – and our material life goes up-in-the-air! 😀

These two extremes are termed ‘eternalism’ and ‘nihilism’ – everything either feels permanent or is not worth bothering about: in this way, we end up either in fixations or depression … or we see-saw in between.

When our material consciousness and spiritual consciousness are in balance, it’s like seeing a reflection of the moon in a pool of water: the moon and the reflection are simultaneous, a unity, non-dual. We can enjoy the senses and, as we are in balance, we no longer have to hang on to either the experience or the experiencer. We remain in experiencing.

At the start of our journey, the see-saw is long. As we progress, the see-saw gets shorter and shorter, until there is only the fulcrum left. We are on a sharp knife’s end! 😀 “Not too tight and not too loose.”

The unknowing of knowingness:
Knowingness experiences at first hand
rather than second hand.
We constantly feel the situation.





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Covid-19, Isolation, Unusual Times

These are empathetic times: we isolate so that hospitals may cope more effectively with caring for the sick. Isolation can be seen as a retreat. It is a chance to focus on our moment-to-moment routines and, for that, we need discipline to realise what is truly beneficial, and what is now unnecessary.

Living with others is challenging, so we have to know when to stay silent and remain happy with whatever occurs – that is the discipline. We don’t become drawn into others’ neuroses. Neurosis comes from an over-reactive mind. Staying resolute and disciplined, we keep our sanity and that will give direction to others. Being precise in whatever we do is mindfulness meditation.

A retreat is a wonderful chance to observe our own neuroses without feeling guilty, and understand how these neuroses develop, and why we hold on to them.

We are not this neurosis: we are pure consciousness. The neurosis is of a temporary nature, and does not actually exist. It’s time to realise that everything is known from the pure, uncontaminated state of consciousness. Our opinions about the world are not necessary. We merely deal with whatever occurs and create an atmosphere for others to be happy.

This will be challenging but, through inner conflict and awareness, we rise above the mundane. It is a chance to review our life – and cooking and dining together will become very important!

All things must pass.

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Practical, Three-Month Isolation Retreat

Practical, Three-Month Focused Exercise, Educational Meditation
and Fresh Air Retreat = Gardening!
Or window box-ing.

Maintained by focused weeding … but you can eat the nettle tops.
In three months, you will have your own food, and enough to spare.

When you stop digging, you will end up with perfect meditation.


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Dis-ease Lies In Ambush

“Mara (demons) lie in ambush.
Mara are our likes and dislikes.”
-Tsoknyi Rinpoche 1st

It is our likes and dislike that create dissatisfaction.

In the moment now, there are no hopes or fears;
we simply deal with whatever occurs
to bring about balance – to be at ease.

Likes and dislikes create an imbalance in our mind,
affecting the immune system
and running down our energies.

Whatever occurs will still occur,
but we’re not making it worse with anxiety.

The final point is that when the body can no longer cope,
we no longer need it.
That moment will come to all of us.

Be at peace.
Be at ease.
Be grateful for the choice
to be in control.

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Having Our Consciousness Drained

Be aware that the consciousness of others can drain us,
and this is why we do not react.

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The Transference Of Consciousness

True teaching is done through the transference of consciousness. It is non-verbal. This is why the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it.” We can all learn the words and become trapped in our intellect, while our very subtle energies of being say more than our words.

In silent consciousness, we know.
All we then have to do is shut up.

In this way,
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
truth is in the eye of the beholder.

Don’t be seduced by titles, images and charisma.
It is the genuine transference of consciousness
that is of utmost importance.

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Sensitivity Isn’t Irritation

Becoming spiritually sensitivity, we develop insight.
Becoming sensitive to our attachments, we develop irritation.

Trapped by our intellect and drowning in a reservoir of ideas about our self and our world, anyone who projects their view irritates us.

Insight is the ultimate witness of pure consciousness; our essential nature that feels and understands other energies. Do you know what? Even dogs know this! (watch the dog-whisperer Cesar Millan at work).

As a practitioner, we dedicate our life to consciousness, not the mind. Now, when we encounter others’ ideas, we merely recognise that that is the way that their consciousness sees. There isn’t anything to argue about or become irritated by.

Sensitivity is coming to one’s senses and just perceiving, noting and learning. People-whispering is like that – we can transfer consciousness!

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Perhaps We Should Revert To Ancient Greetings

Perhaps we should revert to ancient greetings,
showing recognition, appreciation, respect
and reverence for life.


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Be Aware Of Consequences

Mara activity makes situations worse.
Mara: demonic consciousness (Sanskrit).

Being aware of consequences,
we are no longer be surprised.

Mara lies in ambush in all our minds, looking for weaknesses in others and exploiting them. Mara mentality uses natural differences, exaggerating them to divide and conquer. Always look at the sequences of events that lead up to a situation, and the compound after-effects. Be aware of misdirection and redirection.

Has the world gone back to where it was before the destruction of the twin towers in 2001, or the banking crisis in 2008, or the Arab Spring in 2010? No; there have been massive repercussions to all these events. The older generation is blamed for climate change. Covid-19 is now called ‘Boomer Remover’ by the young (‘baby boomers’ were children born just after world war 2, so there are a lot of us about!)

The outcome of Mara activity is always the same; over-reaction and aggression.

We all have demonic forces within our mind when we succumb to likes and dislikes. The hidden hand of Mara creates hopes and fears. Be aware, and don’t be surprised.

The only thing that we can control is our own mind. We do that by knowing the essence of mind, which is pure consciousness, and recognising whatever obscures this. We are controlled by being wound up = wounded.

In troubled times, be full of understanding, empathy and compassion.
Awareness is self-healing.

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Spiritual Merit

The more that we engage in spiritual practices of understanding, empathy, compassion, generosity and so forth … the more we attract good fortune. The more selfish we are, the more we attract misfortune. A happy mind or an unhappy mind. A good heart or a heavy heart.

In spiritual practices there is no personal gain, but we do find that our mind is calmer and insightful. We simply do whatever is necessary, and we also find that we are given space and time just to be.

A good heart = an easy path, a light path.

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Understanding Fellow Beings

Our relative reality is created by consciousness relating to everything. This is our dualistic existence; we believe appearances in the mind to be real. The mind is where our world takes place – but there is something we forget 🙂

Ultimately, nothing can be said to exist, as everything is a temporary event in the mind to which we have been relating. All appearances in the mind are witnessed by pure consciousness that does not relate to anything. Pure consciousness is our ultimate reality, and just is. Ordinary, relative consciousness has cluttered itself with relationships within the ultimate reality of empty cognisance.

From an ultimate point of view, appearances and recognition are simultaneous; there is no relating. Now, if we choose, we can relate but this is no longer a permanent arrangement. 😀

In relative reality, we rely on dependency, and so remain needy because we doubt our ultimate reality of pure consciousness. We create associations, such as God and someone to blame (the Devil/Mara). God and the Devil represent hope and fear. In ultimate reality we are free of doubt, and there is no need for dependency on either a God or someone to blame.

Our original nature is pure consciousness, which is all encompassing wisdom and compassion. It is our ego – our ideas – that deny this purity of consciousness.

Ultimate consciousness is the clear mirror.
Relative reality is the reflections in the mirror
to which we relate and believe to be real.

Esoteric, relative reality is vertical thinking – “It is this!”
Exoteric, ultimate reality is lateral thinking – “What is it?”

(Vertical thinking is a sequence of logical steps to come to a conclusion from information gained.  Lateral thinking, on the other hand, is directly questioning the source of that information to see if it is valid.)

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If You Were God

If you were God,
would you want humans to believe only in you,
without knowing that you represent their pure heart,
which is able to recognise deceit?

If you were the Devil,
would you want humans to believe only in God,
without knowing that you represent deceit?

When humans recognise both goodness and deceit
then, as God,
my job is done and they no longer need me.

When humans do not recognise either goodness or deceit
then, as the Devil,
my job is done and humans still need God.

A pure heart is non-duality.
An impure heart is duality.

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A Very, Very Important Video For You By Sadhguru 

Sadhguru: “If you generate a powerful thought, you can make certain things happen. You can have a certain power over other people and situations. This will give you a high, but it is not the ultimate solution to life. You may be effective in the world, but within yourself, you’re still a mess.”

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The Code That Conveys Our Unique Life

This code is karma.

Whatever we think of as our unique self is merely a misunderstanding of what we actually are. Consciousness, through specific desires, creates a code that takes form to satisfy those desires, and that has consequences.

It is because we forgot our true reality that this code is now controlling us, as revealed through our reactions and behaviour. This code develops from the universal code of desire, aversion and indifference to which we all respond – it’s the universal virus! We are released from the code when we recognise and tame the habitual re-enactments of our body, speech and mind. That karmic code is our teacher; in this way, all karma becomes wisdom.

When realised, it is seen as the wisdom of emptiness, cognisance and compassion; in Sanskrit, this is known as the three Kayas.

This is how negative emotions are wisdoms.
This is how karma becomes our teacher.
This how we crack the code.


Letting go is so satisfying:
it means we have learnt something
and can now move on.

If we don’t let go,
nothing changes.

Enlightenment means no longer being controlled.

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Is Madness Catching?

I’m afraid so 😀 … but it’s temporary.

A state of having a serious mental illness – unable to control one’s mind.
Extremely foolish behaviour – unable to control one’s speech.
A state of wild or chaotic activity – unable to control one’s body.

Be aware of what we are doing, and be shocked.

If we cannot be aware,
then we seek help from someone who is sane.

If we can recognise someone who is sane,
then we don’t need help.

Sanity is also catching!

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What Do You Like To Hear About?

The positive or the negative?

There are two aspects to spiritual teachings on consciousness; the goal, and that which prevents us from scoring the goal. If we don’t know how to play with the ball, we’ll never score!

We all want to hear that, in reality, we are enlightened beings – brilliant footballers! – so is that all we need to know? It’s only when we can be precise in acknowledging that which prevents this realisation that enlightenment can occur.

If we only want to hear good things, we are malfunctioning within our belief system. The very acknowledgement of an obstacle means that we can then clear it. In spiritual terms, these obstacles don’t exist; they belong to belief. Being able to acknowledge obstacles is the way in which we become spiritual engineers/scientists/psychologists/doctors/reliable friends who can empathise.

Only wanting to hear good things is the devil’s work.
Knowing how the devil works is the good thing.

“The devil is our own likes and dislikes
waiting in ambush.”
-Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Meditation isn’t to make us feel good.
We meditate in order to acknowledge we are awareness itself.

Then we know – and knowing is satisfying!

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Sinking Back Into Ordinary Consciousness

If we don’t recognise our original state of consciousness (what we are), we are bound up in ordinary consciousness that remains confused. The original state of consciousness is constant, but is covered by concepts and fixations about its self – protecting its self, playing with its self and constantly rehearsing as a result of desire.

We think that life as its portrayed around us is normal, and we assume that whatever we do is real and right. As everyone else feels the same way – that they are right – we argue over whatever ordinary consciousness thinks, and are actually servicing one another in a mental institution ;D

We are knowingness itself before the colours of the walls of this institution are discussed. We are beings of light and clarity. Although matter and ideas can be manipulated and elaborated upon, very subtle consciousness just stays as pure light – ‘enlightened’. We all have a pure essence, but dress this up to our way of thinking.

People become uncomfortable when anyone dares to suggest that we are more than ordinary consciousness because, to admit this, they would have to drop their ordinary views and engage in training their mind to dissolve the mental imprisonment they are upholding. For that, we need a catalyst; an event or person causing a change or conversion (derived from the Greek word katalύein, meaning “to dissolve”).

That catalyst is meditation!

Well, meditation to start with. Disillusionment and conversion occur when we drop the meditation, and come to rest within consciousness itself, where we drop the observer for pure observation. The conversion takes us from duality to non-duality. We become self-less.

Once realised, we never sink back totally into ordinary consciousness, and life becomes brighter; we are back in the light of clarity. Our happy place. Once the light is realised, the more the shadows dissolve. All we to do is simply look and see … and drop!

A good practice:

Go into a thought = ordinary consciousness.
See the thoughts and drop the thoughts = original consciousness.

Become familiar with these two aspects.

The more we become familiar with ordinary consciousness,
the more it becomes simultaneous with original consciousness.

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We Saturate Our Self With Worldly Affairs

There comes a time when we realise that such obsession will never be satisfying,
as there will always be worldly affairs to worry about.
We realise that we have been holding on to ideas that actually cause us suffering.

Our attention now turns to anything that may lead us to the truth about our existence,
rather than a version of the truth. This takes discipline and determination:
we need to saturate our self with truth rather than a narrative about truth.

Discipline comes through genuine interest and, as such, no longer requires effort.
It is genuine enjoyment and, above all, it’s satisfying. Once we know what truth is,
we know what isn’t the truth.

We are talking about unshakeable confidence that not even the Buddhas can unsettle. Duty becomes joy; our unique expression of compassion for all.
To our surprise, our realm of existence becomes wisdom and empathy.

This doesn’t mean that our actions are perfect, but we know that we’re on
the path of transcendence. Karma will bring up increasingly subtle obstacles to learn from and help us to go beyond. In this way, we are gracefully prepared for anything.

The six perfections of generosity, patience, morality, discipline, concentration and wisdom are our unfailing allies. Instead of saturating our self with worldly affairs, we now saturate our self with kindness. This is the good virus!

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As long as we are vague about our and others’ reality, believing in mysteries and magical mantras, we might feel safe but will go no further in our evolution. Teachings will never become practical and we cannot be relied upon because we are merely adhering to theoretical Dharma. It’s easily done; we slip into routines, and never realise that we are still clinging to a confused cycle of existence.

The question is why.

As long as we are vague, we stay needy and fearful, and feel that we have to follow covert rules, thus showing submissive obedience. We mistakenly think that the more humble we appear, the more the teacher will notice our piousness. This merely exposes our hopes and fears.

An idea, a mystery, a mantra may make us wonder, or may inspire us for a while, but that is only in the beginning. We need to do some work to cut through our acquired ideas, and question everything until there are no more questions.

Only when we know the meaning of an idea, a mystery or a mantra can these devices become practical. We can spend years – decades even – chanting OM MANI PEME HUM and hope it’s doing something for us, but that is merely to remain within a belief system (I remember a Tibetan teenager asking the Dalia Lama what it meant. I was shocked …)

OM MANI PEME HUM is said to be the mantra of compassion – but how? That is still vague; we have to know what it means.

There are several aspects to becoming a decent person, and showing compassion – in the Tibetan system – is said to be the five perfections: generosity, patience, discipline, morality, concentration.

These reminders help us to be able to listen with a compassionate ear. Many Buddhists can’t do this as all they want to do is chant OM MANI PEME HUM or another mantra :D. It’s all about their compassion, whereas true compassion takes self identity completely out of the picture.

These five perfections open us up to be responsive – that is, if we are practising their meaning. Once we are open and less contaminated with self interest, we can then start to realise the wisdom of beyond, and that is the pure consciousness that is aware of a situation within a compassionate atmosphere of these five perfections. That is the sixth perfection – the wisdom of pure consciousness itself.

Once realised, then the five perfections help sustain this pure view through our conduct: we live in accordance with OM MANI PEME HUM. It is now practical advice to cut through the cloud of vagueness and confusion in the mind.

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Why Do People Believe?

Ever wondered why so many people believe in a God? Perhaps we should look at world history 5,000 years ago. Was it a political aim to control the masses through belief? Did that have the effect of creating a more subtle belief? If we believethat others’ beliefs are ridiculous, we consider them to be wrong, and that becomes a part of the belief scenario. Thinking something is ridiculous might make us feel superior, while we ignore the truth within all of us.

5,000 years ago, in the area of Iran/Persia, there were two groups; the Aryans and the Zoroastrians.

The Zoroastrians believed in God the creator, and this led to Judaism, Islam and Christianity – and all their variations.

The Aryans realised consciousness to be the source of creation. That understanding migrated to northern India and led to the Vedic system, early Hinduism and Buddhism – and all their variations.

The rest of humanity believed in the ideas of survival and entertainment given to them.

To look for the truth, we need personal investigation rather than personal assumptions that are merely reactions to others’ beliefs. There is truth in everything if we look in the right way and, for that, we need to recognise and value consciousness itself.

The enquiry into consciousness is all about what we actually are; that which is beyond this body/mind consciousness – pure consciousness, ultimate consciousness, god consciousness.

There is much truth in the Bible and other spiritual texts, but we have to be aware of how this may have been elaborated and exaggerated – and watered down. Spiritual text has to be practical, and never a belief. Spirituality has been presented as a belief by those who do not see – or want us to see – clearly. Once we give up belief and addiction to the contents of our mind, we will all realise that the very nature of consciousness is pure and uncontaminated. We are pure consciousness, ultimate consciousness, god consciousness.

What is the purpose of life, the universe, and everything?
We are the ultimate answer
to the ultimate question.

It’s so simple, we won’t believe it!

(Ever wondered why, in polite company, we’re told never to discuss religion or politics? If we consider this ‘one’ subject, we may discover the truth – that’s if people can put their prejudice away for a moment. If we keep making assumptions, we remain in a fantasy. We are so easily programmed: equally, we are so easily awakened – and that’s why there are so many distractions 😀 )

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If We Are Unconscious, We Are The Problem

If we are unconscious, we are the problem.
The solution to this is becoming conscious.

Being unconscious is being unaware of consciousness:
we are therefore unable to control our mind and behaviour.
In this way, we cause harm.

Being conscious is being aware of consciousness:
we are therefore able to control our mind and behaviour.
In this way, we do not cause harm.

Harm is anything that obscures the natural clarity of the mind.
This pure consciousness is never confused.

The more we see what is harmful,
the more refined the quality of consciousness.

It all depends on what we choose to see as important.

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Premeditation is the intention or plan to act in a certain way: this is how we maintain our self-programme. If we are not in meditation, then we are in premeditation! And if we are stuck in meditation, then we will not realise après-meditation = non-meditation of pure awareness.

For this reason, we have to let go!
But the question is how?

Both good and bad things happened to us in the past. We will not forget these things, but holding on to them creates consequences, and those consequences create suffering. Holding on is the result of a deliberate intention to justify re-enactment, which is premeditation – our plan, our programme, our path to more confusion. This premeditation is actually a crime against consciousness: we are driving ourselves crazy.

Our reactions are usually ill-managed – like a sledge hammer to crack a nut – when, in fact, every moment can produce a different response which is measured by circumstances, and is therefore spontaneous. We become more skilful, and more intelligent.

If, on the other hand, we hold a grudge, then situations become exaggerated, and harm results. A measured response is all about balance: that does not mean that we don’t take action, but we don’t re-act with equal force all the time as the same situation at a different time could induce a different response. If we don’t let go, we will continue to replay the same niggling scenarios – and that is how our crimes imprison us.

We let go because we can then upgrade realisation.

Now, that’s a good plan;
a good premeditation
to release from a self-obsession.


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It’s Not What We Say That’s Important

It’s not what we say that’s important:
it’s what we are that matters.

Whatever we talk about only concerns
our part in collective confusion.

Once we know what we are,
we realise and can clarify
the source of this collective confusion.

What is the source of collective confusion?
A belief in a separate self.

What are we?
We are the wisdom of compassion.

When do we want it?!!!


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Being Interested in Spirituality But Not Going Beyond

Knowledge can either be used as a weapon for us to control others and feel superior, or it can help us to find our path to realising our true reality of pure awareness, and gain freedom from ‘weaponised’ knowledge.

Of course, we think that we do good, do no harm, and have a trained mind. This is what all humans think, isn’t it? From a spiritual perspective, however, the very opposite is happening. Our actions are always directed to me first – my knowledge, my comfort – and thus, in subtle ways, we cause harm. We develop pride or jealousy and find fault, becoming competitive, antagonistic and angry, and create a dark place in our mind through our likes and dislikes which are born of ignorance of our true nature. We constantly separate ourselves from others.

All beings have the potential to evolve further and further, until we see the light of enlightenment. How long this process takes is up to us.

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How Is Life Our Spiritual Teacher?

There are two aspects to life: one is the material-mental world which is impermanent, and the other is the reality that is aware of this material-mental world.

That which is observed
and that which is observing.

In the material-mental world, there are many spiritual teachers, but they are only a reminder of what to look for. The teaching is a generalisation, rather than the actuality. Neither the teacher nor the words are the reality; our pure experience is. Don’t even take any Buddha’s word for it. In this way, we find the nowness – the uniqueness for this age – to express this universal reality.

Whatever occurs in life reveals our reactions and beliefs that obscure the reality within. This is why we should be grateful and – most of all – happy with life. The life in which we exist is a product of our past. All those little decisions that we made built up to this moment, and all those reactions that build up are our karma.

Whatever occurs, go gently … 😀

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Opinions Can Turn Into Addictions

and addictions ruin lives.

It’s a shock to recognise addiction,
but understanding this upgrades consciousness.

There is a connection between plain seeing and becoming an addict or a fundamentalist. Fundamentalism usually has a religious connotation that indicates unwavering attachment to a set of irreducible beliefs but, as each of us sticks to our ideas, we can say that we are all fundamentalists in one way or another, which is sobering.

We have to judge in order to survive and, from that position, we form an opinion at the level of our understanding. This judgement arises after pure consciousness and recognition, pure consciousness being our state of empty cognisance from which everything originates. Recognition is memory – we re-cognise.

If we hold on to that judgement or opinion, we become ‘opinionated’, and the process has moved on to addiction. This is similar either to being drunk or being a drunkard: one is a temporary state, and the other is a lifestyle. All the ideas we hold on to have the very same effect, and this is how humans become addicted to a subject, the first being our ‘self’.

‘Self’ is a mental projection that constantly relates to everything, creating its own story. Actually, it’s no different from others’ stories, as we all base our existence on ideas gleaned from others’ ideas. It is because of this weakness and gullibility that we can be controlled by being tempted into further addiction, and we end up in a very dark place.

Meditation is the method of cutting through our addiction to a self image held together by thoughts. It frees us, whereas addiction to thoughts will freeze us. 😀

In the first instant when we see, hear, touch, smell or taste, there are no thoughts, judgements or opinions. There is no addiction, but then we quickly refer to memory for safety, and our programmed mechanism starts up. Being bound is being religious: we become fixated – even being right, we can still be fixated – and chug along our usual grooves.

Pure seeing is freedom from an addicted you.
Focus on the moment now, and there you really are!


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Don’t Mistake Information For Intelligence

Likewise, don’t mistake teachings on consciousness for realisation.

We act on information:
intelligence sees the act.

We do not become wise through information. We become wise through the experience of testing and, to test, we need clear unbiased seeing, unfettered by ideas.

We become wise through raw experience, raw data*, lateral thinking; “What is it?”

We become programmed through acquired second-hand information, vertical thinking; “It is this!”

We can either survive in a programmed world, or play in a programmed world. Wisdom is understanding the joy in every moment. If we take life too seriously, we miss out on joy. Enjoying every moment means accepting hot or cold as just pure experience, where we do not have an opinion about it and can simply either put a jumper on, or take it off.

The senses do not think as they merely convey experience: seeing, hearing etc doesn’t mean we are thinking. Thinking happens in the mind and is our interpreter, while we – pure consciousness – merely watch this interpreter at work. The wisdom of pure consciousness can never be destroyed, but merely distracted.

Information is not realisation.
Realisation is total experience.

Through the wisdom of empathetic experience,
we realise compassion.

This why the Buddha said,
“Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself.”


*’Raw data’ is data that has not been processed for use. 

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Practical Philosophy / Practical Wisdom

Practical philosophy
is doing something mindfully.

Practical wisdom
is understanding the emptiness of everything
with perfect awareness.




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Consciousness Is Free

Consciousness is free:
we don’t have to pay for it.

Understanding the nature of this consciousness is also free:
we merely have to look.

If we doubt, then we just continue to pay
for misunderstanding consciousness.

Pure consciousness has always been free
because it is our innate essence.

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If We Think The World Is Mad …

… then what is our part in it?

Humans are unenlightened beings
and are therefore governed by our neuroses and fixated ideas.
We are potentially enlightened, but chose to ignore this.

Our madness is maintained by winding ourselves up,
running away from being wound up
– which still winds us up –
or ignoring the fact that we are wound up.

When we become wound-up, we become wounded.
This is another name for suffering.

Acknowledging suffering
is the path to enlightenment.
Enlightenment is freedom from our own tyranny.
As soon as we see, we are free.

This isn’t a matter of being free from others:
it is being free of the way that we see.
It is pure seeing, pure consciousness that is free.

Madness is merely part of a universal process
whereby all beings seek lasting happiness.
Each individual in their own good time
will realise their enlightened nature.

Whatever we do will not change the world.
As a collective, it will change in its own good time.
While we are made busy condemning others,
we delay our own progress.

Madness is believing that everything is permanent,
but this madness is not a permanent state.
While the universe is in constant change,
that which recognises change never changes.

Be happy unwinding the wind-up!

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Everything Counts

This is how karma works,
and this is why we must be aware.

Whatever we do, say, and think causes our programming, our behaviour, and we create our programming by consent. The Sanskrit word ‘karma’ means the results of our actions are stored in our minds. This is the glass which we see through darkly!

If we are careless, then that creates an effect.
If we are careful, then that creates an effect.If we ask question, we get answers that help us step out of this programme.
If we don’t ask questions, we don’t get answers; our programme and behaviour remain the same.

Realisation means to resolve, to bring to an end the mind’s programming. The ‘robot’ can now switch its self – its programme – off. When we resolve or realise what has happened to us, we can then see what is left: ultimately, we realise that all we are is pure consciousness. The moment that we realise pure consciousness, our karmic programming starts to fall apart and “We are free in the moment of seeing” (Tulku Urgyen).

Ordinary human consciousness is only concerned with survival, which becomes our programme, the same as all other creatures: flight, fight or freeze. We are blind to subtle cause and effects, and the consequences of our reactions.

As we evolve, however, we realise that everything matters. We pay more attention, and our presence is required all the time. Life itself becomes more and more meaningful – not in an academic sense but in a liberating way, directly showing us our spiritual path to resolve everything.

Karmically, our deeds are counted out, and that dictates our future. It’s not fate – we wrote it – and there is nowhere to hide as the calculator follows us everywhere.

Karma is our teacher to release us from the effects of karma. The realisation that we have been following karmic charisma is a hot potato . . . Follow the teaching, not the charisma.

It is easy to become charismatic with an ostentatious identity
when we have the knowledge
and others do not.
This creates a perpetual separation.

The teacher and the teachings are reminders.
That’s it.

In solitude, we realise the teaching of non-duality.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
All that is required is pure presence.

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Feel Good About Yourself
You should!

Usually, we talk about the ‘self’ as an illusion, a make believe personification of what we think we are – our karmic neuroses. This self is created by our confusion and, as such, is our precise path to liberation and enlightenment. Feeling good yet?

There are those who are totally caught up in their self image and self importance, and so are more narcissistic: they lack empathy and want to be adored, and are well and truly running around in circles loving themselves and whatever they do. Be kind to them, as we have all been through that stage.

Once we see that this attitude of ‘self first’ has got us nowhere, and we are in fact suffering – or at least dissatisfied – we reach a stage of conflict. It’s a truly uncomfortable but wonderful moment because we are starting to recognise this self image, and how it is holding us back. That is the start of inner discovery, inner happiness and inner wealth – that old self was making us feel unworthy.

Our self is like a doll that we keep with us. It’s precious to us but, gradually, the more we look at it, we find that it’s fading and bits have dropped off. We use what’s left of it to interact with other dolls, but now we see through the doll to that which is holding on to it – an enlightened consciousness that has gone unnoticed.

This self (our karmic load) is our teacher.
Having recognised this feels good,
as the attachment has loosened.

The more we puff up this self with exotic practices,
the more we delay the process.

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