A TROUBLED MIND IS DUE TO ATTACHMENT

 

A Troubled Mind Is Due To Attachment 

‘Attachment’ is holding on, which becomes a habit and then an addiction. We attach our selves to a our self identity and subtle experiences: subtle attachments will occur until the moment of enlightenment.

We are, first and foremost, consciousness – unadorned consciousness – which is detached from everything, and so sees clearly. We can look, touch, smell, taste, hear and play but, if we cling to the experience, this will cause us sorrow of some sort. There isn’t anything wrong with attachment itself, but it limits the experience and slows our evolution to realising what we truly are. In letting go – or being detached – we can look at things afresh, rather than in the same old habitual way.

Our mental health is affected by our attachment to ideas in the mind, rather than the ideas themselves. These fixations create a troubled mind, bringing about distress and unhappiness.

Detachment means that we let go. We stop clinging. It is clinging to ideas that causes us suffering due to the emotions it creates. In meditation, we get a chance to detach ourselves from ideas and emotions: these ideas still arise, but we no longer follow them, allowing them to govern our lives. We note … and let go. This ‘remaining reserved’ allows us to see afresh and maybe approach situations in a different – and more skilful – way.

We are not fettered by appearances in the mind;
we are fettered by attachment to those appearances.

Detachment brings clarity,
which cuts through habitual, conceptual thinking.
Detachment means that we can move on,
which makes life worth living!

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THE NATURE OF CONFUSION

The Nature Of Confusion

The nature of confusion is being unaware of our true nature

When we ignore our absolute nature – the timeless presence of pure consciousness which actually sees – we enter a state of unconsciousness consciousness or vacancy, where primitive brain of fight, flight and freeze takes over and runs the show. In other words, we are governed by desire, aversion and indifference. We become so involved in perceptions and associations that they become our reality.

From this misunderstanding, our lives result in a multiplicity of complexity that maintains our confusion and unhappiness. The effect is that we cannot think straight: we can only calculate and manipulate, which becomes our way of life. We cling to our accumulations for a sense of security, but this is a mistaken security as it can be upset.

At any moment, we can step out of this illusion and know knowingness itself. All we have to do is be aware that we are aware; be conscious of being conscious. When we realise that this awareness or consciousness is all there is to know, we will never be confused again. Because of being unaware of our true nature, we do crazy things to fill our lives, which merely compounds confusion and creates suffering.

In truth, we have never been confused, but merely distracted. Once pointed out to us, the moment in which we recognise distraction is the very moment we recognise consciousness that perceives.

Reflecting on this consciousness,
we realise that it is indeed a reflection of pure consciousness:
no confusion, no cry.

Compassion then arises for those who are confused:
know confusion, know cry.

In knowing the nature of confusion, love emerges.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FEELING JADED

The Importance Of Feeling Jaded

When we feel jaded about our spiritual practice – or any activity for that matter – this is often thought of as being negative. We feel bored or lack enthusiasm, and it all seems pointless: we may even experience depression. And what are we usually told? Try harder! Stick with it! In feeling jaded, we might assume that we’re being lazy because that is what we’re told – but still we find that we just aren’t as wide-eyed and full of awe as those around us.

There is a reason for everything. Gradually, we realise that a particular approach isn’t doing it for us: we may not notice that this jadedness is a precursor to the next step. It is here that something very important is happening. We are either not being taught completely and are just going through the motions, or we have outgrown that orthodox approach, the exoteric approach. It is time to transend to a higher level – something more esoteric – where we move from the exoteric to the esoteric which, in turn, becomes the exoteric for the next stage of esoteric … 😀

Remember that teachings are never just on one level; there are many levels. The God without now becomes the God within. The Buddha out there has become the Buddha within. This means that we now take on responsibility. When the Buddha said, “Do not take my word for the truth; test it for yourself”, these were precise instructions to deepen our experience and realisation.

Feeling jaded is wonderful
as it means change is taking place,
when we have shuffled off ‘this mortal coil’
that is strangling us.

We are not giving up …
we are letting go!

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FIRST MOMENT, SECOND MOMENT

First Moment, Second Moment

The first moment is spontaneous nowness of pure consciousness.
The second moment is commentary on the first moment.

The first moment is non-material essence; it creates nothing but space.
The second moment is temporal; it creates a ‘temple’ within that space.

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PRAYER

Prayer

Prayer is a reaffirmation of an ideal, a psychological perfection in our outlook.

To remain in an altruistic attitude towards all, to remember our true nature of unbiased awareness, and to do no harm – rather than make things worse.

To wish that all beings find happiness, are free from suffering, and dwell in equanimity.

To aspire that the minds of all beings – including ourselves – might find inner peace.

In this way, we remain confident that we are in facing the right direction, and can find a sense of joy in life.

We are not going to be able to change the world but we can change our view of the world by understanding why it is the way it is.

We can write our own pray!

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WHEN WE RECOGNISE THE TRUTH

When We Recognise The Truth

When we recognise the truth,
we recognise what isn’t true.

So when we recognise what is untrue,
that very recognition is
the unity of the two truths.

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GOD AND VAJRAYANA

God and Vajrayana

In Vajrayana, there are many devotional deities to choose from, each representing a different quality. Deity devotion and inspiration is as old as humanity; indigenous people know all about spirit qualities of the seasons, for example. In Vajrayana, we choose a deity (or our teacher suggest one for us) that suits our need and that symbolises a certain quality, beit protection, inspiration, compassion … it’s ‘psychological’ Guru yoga. Until we mature, it sometimes helps to have an imaginary guide that we think has superior qualities to our own. As a group, we may pray and chant to one particular deity. Does being given one deity to believe in sound familiar?

It isn’t necessary to do deity practice but it may help some temperaments. We can start at pure consciousness and bypass deities, or we can do both: as individuals, we may choose whatever practice(s) work for us.

The outcome of all practices is inner silence of non-duality where we drop everything – including the deity. Vajrayana is devotional practice but the completion stage at the end of every practice is to rest in emptiness – pure consciousness. Deities are symbolic: they are not an end in themselves but rather, a means to an end. Devotion to any deity – or God – is a duality. If we bind ourselves to a deity, that becomes a religion and is dualistic.

Buddhism is the approach to ultimate truth, which is non duality. This is ‘not two-ness’ and has its source in the Vedas and Upanishads. There is one thing that we all have in common and that is consciousness – the very subtle consciousness of non duality, where there are absolutely no differences.

We all have consciousness, because we all have awareness. Subtle consciousness is being aware of this consciousness. Very subtle consciousness is the pure state of consciousness itself. Realisation is recognising that seeing and the thing seen (or thought of) are inseparable.

When we (very subtle consciousness) identify with objects or imaginings in the mind, we become caught, held and bound. The simple solution is being aware that we are free of this in the moment of seeing. We are outside the box, and this can be unnerving because there aren’t many outside with whom we can communicate.

If we fixate either on a deity or an idea of self, we dwell in a realm of fantasy, and this becomes a false security of belief. Both believers and non-believers hold dualistic ideas, and would like us to share their conviction.

We have been led to believe and, as such, are mistaken. Such beliefs – that we are reliant, and not able to free ourselves – have affected our social and political lives to this day.

The idea of one God and one teacher is a little limited, to say the least. As long as we belong to a group, we will remain separated.

We belong to one another:
rather than taking advantage of the weak,
the strong serve the weak.

It all depend on our view.

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FIXATION: IT’S WHY WE MEDITATE

Fixation: It’s Why We Meditate

Fixating is obsessive attachment, especially to a self identity. We meditate to recognise and acknowledge fixations that limit and cloud our judgment and understanding. We meditate to see clearly and to realise that that which is conscious of these fixations is our true reality. Fixations create our darkness, while pure consciousness is the light that recognises the darkness.

In simple recognition, we become free of darkness.
Realising seeing is enlightening.

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THE SPIRIT OF CONSCIOUSNESS ISN’T SOMETHING IMPOSED

The Spirit Of Consciousness Isn’t Something Imposed

The spirit of consciousness isn’t something imposed.
It’s what we are.

It is seeing in the opposite way to the way in which we think.

Pure consciousness has no dogma attached: it is organic, having a harmonious relationship between the elements, the senses, mind and consciousness itself.

We are not original sin. We are original goodness. We merely have to tame our thinking, and avoid being fixated and dogmatic, thereby doing no harm.

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DON’T BE A BUDDHIST; BE A BUDDHA

Don’t Be A Buddhist; Be A Buddha

Don’t be a Buddhist; be a Buddha.
Don’t be a Christian; be a Christ.

If we fixate on history,
we won’t realise what we are now.
History is a subjective narrative.

We are not subjects who have to obey;
we are sovereigns over our own mind.

To understand Christ, study what the Buddha said.
To understand the Buddha, study what the Gnostics said.
Don’t be confused or be divided.

Truth is the “father” of all knowledge.
Love is the “mother” of all knowledge.
They are inseparable.

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HOW ARE YOU?

How Are You?

“How are you?” is a personal inquiry about someone’s health or mood. It focuses on that person’s state of mind and how life feels to them, and has the potential to be an intimate moment of genuine interest.

All we usually get in return, however, is “Fine” or “Okay” and then we quickly move on to a generalised topic. We don’t like to feel vulnerable, so we project an image of everything being under control, and may think that the question wasn’t genuinely meant because no one takes the time to listen anymore.

Wouldn’t the world change if we really meant, “How are you?” and then took the time to listen. For a practitioner, that is a spiritual moment of open generosity, because ordinary consciousness has taken a back seat. Generosity is the first perfection (paramita) on our way to enlightenment: it starts with empathy, recognising the cloud that obscures pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is merely original, unconditional happiness that is not subject to any conditions. When we loosen, we become free of conditions and realise that we arefineand okay, and we mean it.

It’s good to blow off steam, and to have someone to whom we can blow off steam before we explode. 😀 Meditative space allows the steam to escape and cool down. This is genuine, practical practice.

The Five Regrets of the Dying

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

I wish that I had let myself be happier.

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METHODS AND AWAKENING

Methods and Awakening

There are two approaches to the realisation of our essential nature: we can either approach it through mindful methods, or realise that we are already awake – and if we forget that we are already awake, we then use mindfulness to remember. When we realise that we are awake, we cling neither to mindfulness nor meditative vacancy.

We can spend our whole life engaged upon methods, and never realise that we are already awake. Conversely, we can spend our whole life thinking that we are awake while we’re actually in a vacancy, just going through our routine.

Simply experiencing being occupied or vacant isthe moment of realisation. We wake up! We had been caught and held, and now we are not. This realisation enlightens the darkness. It is because of the light that the darkness is known. It is because of recognising the darkness that the light is known.

It’s a win-win situation.
Recognising the enlightened state is beyond thought.

We miss the mark through doubt and lack of confidence,
and thus cling to the security of method.

We may find that we spend more time on method
than being awake.

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TRUTH IS THE OPPOSITE TO IDEAS ABOUT TRUTH

Truth Is The Opposite To Ideas About Truth

Truth is common to all.
Ideas divide us.

It doesn’t matter what we think truth is, we all have one factor in common: truth!
We are all conscious, and that consciousness is the path to realising our ultimate awakening of pure consciousness.

When consciousness relates to ideas, consciousness becomes contaminated and impure, and gives rise to suffering. Instead of thoughts, they become mythoughts. Relatingto ideas about truth is not truth: that becomes our prejudice whereby we divide and manifest hostility to others’ views, whereas the truth is our common experience of pure consciousness that has no prejudice. We see someone stumble and we want to help … but then, ideas get in the way!

When these ‘ideas’ become the orthodox view accepted by the many, then anything contrary to that is considered to be wrong view. The common experience of truth – pure consciousness – has now become an irritant, as it is guilty of being original. Crazy world 😉

Throughout history, humanity has sought truth, but ideas have been placed in humanity’s consciousness to distract it from the realisation that it has always been free of ideas and beliefs. We have unconsciously become attached to or repulsed by these ideas. When these ideas are strong, they are the foundation of religious fervour in its broadest sense, and this isolates us from each other. We lose our commonality of pure consciousness, and so we lose the truth.

Although we have a commonality of pure consciousness, the way in which we express this is unique. That uniqueness should inspire us rather than divide us.

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HUMANITY SUFFERS BECAUSE IT BELIEVES IN SOMETHING

Humanity Suffers Because It Believes In Something

We suffer because we believe in something.

The essential nature of mind is perfect, crystal clear cognisance. It’s what we are, but it remains unnoticed as we are usually occupied with ‘self’ and so we ignore this reality. This self knowing awareness is our absolute nature that, when realised, sets us free from the layers of belief inherent in ideas.

These acquired beliefs become our reference point, something to which we refer for security. This, however, is a false security that actually causes us to feel insecure and vulnerable, and perhaps hostile to other’s views. We have implants in our mind, which are ideas that programme our responses. For thousands of years, humanity has been programmed to believe, rather than know. The knowing is knowledge of our true reality, whereas belief is the acceptance of ideas that keep us in an imaginary reality. The word ‘knowing’ comes from the Greek ‘gnostic’,relating to esoteric mystical knowledge.

The idea of a self and what this relates to is a manifestation of propaganda, in that we consent to whatever we are told. We are led to believe that everything is real and permanent, and that there is either a creator or we are the creators.

Our beliefs are whatever we refer to. Whatever we refer to is our reference point. This creates a duality of consciousness and that which consciousness is conscious of. It’s all we know – or so we think.

Belief leads to imagination. Knowledge leads to wisdom. Wisdom is the realisation of our enlightened state. Our enlightened state is perfect, crystal clear cognisance. Our path is recognising that we still believe in something. Our practice is being honest.

To be a creator, we have to have a desire.
Perfect, crystal clear cognisance does not desire
as it is original primordial awareness.

So who is this creator?
Creation distracts reality.

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GOOD MEDITATION, BAD MEDITATION; IDENTICAL

Good Meditation, Bad Meditation; Identical

The mind is a jungle of concepts: whether there are clearings or tightly tangled undergrowth, this jungle simply abides in space. In meditation, whatever takes place in the mind, know that awareness, empty cognisance, pure consciousness, space is ever present. We can become so engrossed in the contents of the mind – both pleasant and unpleasant – that we lose insight into the obvious by becoming so involved in the details that we do not pay attention to the most important part, which is consciousness itself.

In understanding this, we do not have to try so hard, but merely be aware of whatever arises. The danger of misunderstanding meditation could result in us giving up, or being lulled into sweetness and light … headedness. 😀

The real practice of meditation is notpractising meditation, but merely resting in awareness, anywhere, anytime. Meditation is the method to arrive at non-meditation, where there is merely a clear view of whatever appears. In that way, we realise that following thoughts is futile because that entangles us again.

An indication of our progress is our ability to have empathetic compassion. It is not about how good we are at meditation, or how still we can be: it is in our conduct. Has it become less self-serving? We can meditate to a very high standard and yet miss the point, by becoming so entangled in our personal understanding of emptiness that we withdraw empathy and true compassion. It happens.

Realisation is our perfect space of being,
inspired by obstacles that do not exist.

No obstacles, no path, know realisation.

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WE KNOW EVERYTHING

We Know Everything

When we know good, we know evil.
When we know what is natural, we know what isn’t natural.
When we know light, we know dark.
When we know truth, we know what isn’t truth.

It isn’t knowing of opposites that matters:
It is perception itself that matters.

Pure perception of phenomena is non-conceptual.
There is just seeing, smelling, touching, tasting, hearing,
without judgement.

That is the non-conceptual emptiness of pure consciousness.
That is our natural state; it’s what we are.
That is the good, the natural, the light, the truth.

All else is a temporary play in our imagination,
while pure consciousness just watches.
In this way, we no longer become enslaved by culture;
we can be playful, relating with good humour within this illusory world.

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MEDITATION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RELIGION

Meditation Has Nothing To Do With Religion

Meditation has nothing to do with religion.
Religion turns meditation into an occasion.

Meditation is the practice of simply resting in awareness
to realise that we are that awareness.

Meditation is not an occasional event:
it’s every spontaneous moment.

We step aside from our usual routine
of being aware of some thing.

We drop all thinking;
we can do that later.

There is nothing inherently wrong with thinking,
but being attached to thoughts fossilises our mind.

Able to meditate, those thoughts now become significant inspiration.
Once acknowledged, drop the inspiration as there is more coming.

Take a break. Relax. Be aware.
Know we are awake.

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THE GARDEN OF EDEN IS NOW

The Garden Of Eden Is Now

We don’t have to harp back to the past to realise truth. If truth was true then, it stands to reason that it must be true now. We are not talking about stories that influence our judgement; we are talking about truth that cannot be interpreted. It just is. The truth is our own pure consciousness. It just is. We cannot deny it, can we?

Whatever happened in the past is happening now, and will happen in the future, and that is that we are deluded into thinking we are free. We are only free when we have the knowledgeof seeing and realising that we are not free. That is transcendent knowledge; the secret knowledge of pure consciousness beyond ordinary, human, physical existence. The majority of people in this world are denied this knowledge.

Not knowing, we are kept in a paradise of delusion that obscures our reality of pure consciousness in favour of an existence based on ‘toys’. We are denied knowledge of our true potential, and are captured in our own imagination. The true knowledge of our reality is the wisdom of the enlightened: the purity of inner consciousness that does not obsess or blindly believe. In this way, we do not give away our precious power. There has always been a battle between inner and outer knowledge; wisdom and ignorance of that wisdom.

We are encouraged to enjoy the physical, material world and rely on the wonders created for us – the Garden of Eden! Our true reality is within consciousness: all else is an illusion conjured up for us to believe. This the Matrix – a cultural, social, religious or political environment in which our ignorance develops, and which creates our confusion. Are we here merely to obey beliefs?

Gnosticism was a second-century ‘heresy’ (heresy?) claiming that salvation could be gained through secret knowledge. The word ‘gnostic’ is derived from the Greek ‘gnosis’ meaning “to know” or “knowledge”. From a Buddhist perspective, the secret knowledge is that we are what we seek, and so we are free in the moment of seeing.

Was the serpent a symbol, showing us the secret of naturally untying the knots of confusion? We are free in the moment of seeing. The truth shall set us free … but there have always been those who don’t want us to know that.

The Gnostics called God the creator ‘the demiurge’, the craftsman. The demiurge is the dark side of our nature, our self. We create our illusions, and want others to agree with these misunderstandings. This is pure make believe, whereas knowledge tells us to look within consciousness itself and realise the transcendent wisdom that is our nature.

We have always been what we seek. It is the seeing that sets us free. We have a right to know. Fake news is nothing new. See for yourself that this self identity is but a reflection of others’ ideas.

Knowledge is to know, to recognise.
To recognise is to re-know what is already known.

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KNOW ONE, KNOW ALL

Know One, Know All

There are thousands of teachings about our reality;
they all result in the realisation of non-dual, pure awareness.

Without that, nothing would be known.
Once realised, there is no further need for theories.

Sin is a word conjured up to confuse.
Knowledge awakens us from our dream of paradise.

Unaware of our reality, we speculate and argue.
When we know, we can never not know.

Acknowledging confusion, empathy arises naturally.
What else can love be?

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STILL WORRIED ABOUT EGO?

Still Worried About Ego?

When something is observed, heard, smelt, tasted or touched – or when we’re having a poo – none of these activities are ego-orientated. Ego is the collection of mental fixations to which we cling, and that governs our entire life: these fixations programme the type of person we become.

On meeting someone, there is an impression, a momentary experience. We may note an attitude, inclination or emotion, but this noting is not ego-orientated; it is the teacher of all phenomena. That is pure experience. If, however, we then hold on to that view, fixating upon it and boosting it, that is ego in action, and we will suffer, feeling uncomfortable as a result. We go over it and over it and over it, unable to just put it down.

I used to worry about ego,
until I realised that clinging to that worry is ego.

Realisation’s not so far away.
😉

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WE ARE NEVER SEPARATED FROM THE ENLIGHTENED STATE

We Are Never Separated From The Enlightened State

Not knowing that this state is within ourself,
we search for it elsewhere.
No matter how much happiness or sorrow we experience,
this enlightened state is never impaired or improved.

Being happy is being at ease with whatever happens.

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THE PRACTICE WITH NO HARDSHIPS

The Practice With No Hardships

Just be aware of awareness.
All we have to do is remember.

Alternatively, we could make it complicated:
whatever words we use, we’re saying the same thing.

Simply, barely, exactly,
precisely, entirely, absolutely, completely, totally,
aware of awareness.

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NATURE AND, OH DEAR, NURTURE

Nature And, Oh Dear, Nurture

Our nature is pure consciousness; it’s what we truly are. However, our nurture (the care and protection afforded us) is what we have acquired.

The first is our ultimate reality, while the second is our conventional reality of doing what others do. The conventional is passed on, generation after generation, with additions from time to time. We hear or see something, and immediately refer to memory and judgement that sway our reactions. We are full of ear worms – catchy tunes and ideas that runs continuously through our minds.

Consciousness is knowing one’s own mind, rather than someone else’s. Spiritual teachings can, if not properly explained and realised, also become ear worms that give rise to guilt and confusion, and can cause us to switch off. We think that we have to go higher and higher when, in reality, we are already here, but just have to clear the confusion beneath us – that which we walk upon – which is our path!

The important point to realise is that, despite all the mental acquisitions, the essence of mind – our true nature of pure consciousness – is ever-present.

We have to enquire into whatever we have acquired.
That is realised in the clear space of meditation.

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BUDDHISM IS THE KEY TO GNOSTICISM AND AGNOSTICISM

Buddhism Is The Key To Gnosticism and Agnosticism

There is no difference.

Gnostic: relating to esoteric, mystical knowledge.
Agnostic:believing that nothing can be known of the existence or nature of God.

I am about to suggest that Gnosticism is the journey, and Agnosticism, the arrival. Also that, as there were ancient, enlightened beings, there were also ancient trolls – those who pervert knowledge. The usage of many words has been downgraded, while their actual meaning is enlightening. This article isn’t for the faint-hearted, especially when we get to Sethian Gnosticism.

The main point of knowing is the essence of knowingness itself – pure knowingness – which is pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is also called ‘shunyata’ in Sanskrit, which means emptiness. In pure emptiness, there are no modifications, and nothing can be known as we have arrived at non-duality where there is only knowingness. It just is. This is synonymous with God consciousness. Love is the knowingness of our true nature; love is not something we ‘do’. Whatever we do can either be a manifestation of love, or something else.

We are constantly divided from love by separating ourselves from one another, as well as being separated by deliberate acts of deception. Religions do this ‘nicely’. To acknowledge the enlightened quality of clarity, we must go into the darkness. When the enlightened quality of clarity shines in the darkness, then darkness does not exist.

The darkness is our ignorance that collects mistaken ideas which affect our behaviour. This collection, or load, is called ‘karma’ and lowers our spirit,to the extent of becoming an Archon/demon. Through realisation of our true nature of pure consciousness, we drop reactions and so karma is dissolved. That is the redemption! Our enlightened actions compensate or redeem our faults or bad aspects.
Redemption: the action of saving or being saved from ignorance, error, or evil.

Agnosticism is the view that the existence of God, the divine, is unknown or unknowable: human reasoning is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify either the belief that God exists or the belief that God does not exist.

Gnostics (‘having knowledge’) believed that the material world is created by an emanation of a demiurge, trapping the divine spark within the human body. In Buddhism, this would be described as the ego. The divine spark could be liberated by gnosis; spiritual knowledge acquired through direct experience.

Gnosticism:

1. All matter is evil, and the non-material, spirit-realm is good.

2. There is an unknowable God, who gave rise to many lesser spirit beings called Aeons.

3. The creator of the (material) universe is not the supreme god, but an inferior spirit (the Demiurge – one who creates).

4. Gnosticism does not deal with “sin”, but only ignorance.

5. To achieve salvation, one needs gnosis (knowledge).

The following really isn’t for the faint-hearted!

Sethian gnosticism radically alters the significance of events in Eden. Rather than emphasising a fall of human weakness in breaking God’s command, Sethians and their inheritors see this encounter as the ignorance of mind and matter. The removal of Adam (mind) and Eve (heart) from the Archon’s (evil) paradise is seen as a step towards freedom from the Archons. The snake in the Garden of Eden therefore becomes their salvation, rather than an adversary of humanity. Eating the fruit of Knowledge is the first act of human salvation from cruel, oppressive powers.

To reiterate: in pure knowingness, nothing can be known, not even Buddha or God or anything whatsoever, as that would be relating and thus, a duality. It is simpler than we think! Our selfish clinging is the demiurge that creates complex havoc for others.

We are whom we seek, and we are also whomever we want to get away from. This is the eternal battle of good and evil: pure consciousness and the I.

The most subtle teaching is the moment we recognise
That recognition is enlightened clarity.

When Clarity knows Evil,
then they are inseparable.

Better the Devil we know, than the Devil we don’t!
😀

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CONFLICT CREATES CONTEST

Conflict Creates Contest

We may judge things differently, but the seeing is the same.

In reality there is no conflict, no incompatibility, no contest.
When we burst the illusory bubble of samsara
– which is all about me –
we are at one.

There is relative reality and absolute reality.
‘Relative’ means that the absolute has forgotten itself
in favour of relating to judgements.

In relative reality, we argue.
In absolute reality, there is nothing to argue about.

In relative reality, we search for truth.
In absolute reality, we are the truth.

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IT’S THEIR KARMA (PROBLEM), SO WHY BOTHER?

It’s Their Karma (Problem), So Why Bother?
That attitude creates our karma (problem).

In our ignorance, we mix up relative consciousness (all about me), and absolute consciousness (all about compassion). When we step back from our self centred, clever routine, clear insight sees all. Pure consciousness – the all-seeing eye – protects us from the tsunami  of karma!

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THE GREAT DISCERNMENT

The Great Discernment

Being original isn’t being different.

For discernment, we need clarity, and there is nothing clearer than pure, empty cognisance. To realise emptiness, we meditate. To meditate, we need right instruction. The right instruction is knowing when to drop the meditation.

For discernment, we need insight into the nature of mind. We don’t have to have scholarly degrees to do this; we can just look and see for ourselves. We are driven by hope, fear, and indifference (attraction, repulsion and ignorance), and these three principles cloud our view. It’s that simple. When we know what drives us, then we will know what drives others.

Discernment is the sharp perception to judge well, to judge wisely rather than through intolerance and opinion. A discerning individual possesses wisdom that is often overlooked by others. Complete discernment requires both the head and heart.

When we empathise with others and understand them, we identify with the problem and so can show compassion. When we know our origin of pure consciousness, we know what being original is truly about.

Being original isn’t being different. If we claim to be original, we go “down the rabbit hole” (to go down the rabbit hole is to enter a situation that may seem interesting, or begin a process or journey that becomes more and more problematic, difficult, complex or chaotic, and creates suffering as it develops).

The great discernment is being able to get out of the hole down which we followed everyone else 😀 Getting out of the hole, we find original happiness.

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WE CANNOT HAVE COMPASSION WITHOUT EMPATHY

We Cannot Have Compassion Without Empathy

We cannot have compassion without empathy,
and we cannot have empathy
without having suffered.

Love is practical rather than idealistic.

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OUR CONDUCT MUST MATCH OUR REALISATION

Our Conduct Must Match Our Realisation

Our conduct must match our realisation,
otherwise we will become arrogant.

Realisation is a “piece of cake”
(so easy that we don’t have to think about it),
while taming our mind and our conduct
is something we have to watch at every moment.

Realisation is the experience of pure consciousness. That’s easy enough: it is that which is reading these words right now, without comment. A milli-moment later, in comes old brain – old, traumatised brain – and starts its old routine. And there’s our problem.

Our conduct should one of be altruism and emptiness, without causing harm = empathetic compassion.

The writer of these words tries to clarify and understand our human problems through practice and conduct. However, Tony (old brain) is a very angry person, full of trauma and frustrations.

It’s the thing we have to work with
because it is our teacher.
When we see the problem, we see clearly,
and bring about inner peace.

Only then can we empathise with others.
As we progress our manner refines.

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IS SEEKING THE TRUTH A SIN?

Is Seeking The Truth A Sin?

If we seek the truth,
we do not accept that what we have been told is the truth.

Sin: an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.

How does one transgress divine law? Surely, if it is a divine law, it is an inescapable, absolute truth that we can prove.

‘Immoral’ is not conforming to accepted standards of morality, which would be conventional standards rather than a divine standard. The question is, whose morality and truth are we supposed to obey? Man’s idea of law, or absolute law? Mixing these up causes great confusion.

We are led to believe that a sin is something evil but, in reality, it can only exist in conventional terms. In absolute terms, evil does not exist. ‘Sin’ is just not conforming to beliefs set for us. Is it a sin not to believe? Are we born to be led by others? If so, we are not free to think for ourselves, but only to think that we think for ourselves! This is being ruled by insanity. The question then arises, “Who benefits?” The answer is the ‘Sheep-herders’.

This growing Machiavellian theme maintains guilt, day after day, until we think that belief is normal behaviour. People can say the sweetest things, but it is not what people say that matters; it is the effect of their actions. Do they show true compassion and empathy, or do they just follow rules?

These sheep-herders worship power and cannot control themselves, and chaos and confusion ensue. Ultimately – or divinely – sin is anything that causes confusion, harming the mind and body of beings. This harm delays beings realising their true nature, their enlightened nature, pure uncontaminated consciousness.

The moment we see clearly is the moment we are free. Meditation is the method of stepping away from all contrivances, taking back control of our mind and life. The future then looks good.

Don’t be a sheep, or a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Pure consciousness, having no self identity, is naked and transparent.
No beliefs necessary,
so no offence can be taken as there is nothing to hold on to.

The Buddha said, “Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself.”
Jesus said, “Seek, and you shall find.”
They were of one mind – that we have to do some work.

The absolute truth is not in the words,
but in the realisation of those words.

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IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT WE BELIEVE

It Doesn’t Matter What We Believe

What we believe is not what we are.

Before belief, there is the spirit of pure knowing that can discern:
the openness of pure knowing is the reason we naturally love.

We all love openness, and feel sadness at closed-ness.
Closed-ness doesn’t recognise the spirit of open knowingness
and so, on a relative level, cannot love.

Our beliefs divide us.

Open knowingness can only love.
This love is intensified when recognising closed-mindedness,
which can manifest either as anger
or as compassionate empathy.

NB – one of definitions of the the word ‘knowing’ in the dictionary states:“showing or suggesting that one has knowledge or awareness that is secret or known to only a few people.”😀

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HAPPINESS IS REALISING THE PROBLEM

Happiness Is Realising The Problem

We are never unhappy for no reason.
Everything has a cause.

We may be unhappy because we wanted something and didn’t get it.
We may be unhappy because we didn’t want something but got it.
We may be unhappy because we never realised
that we’ve been happy all along.

The problem is all in the mind and, as such,
it never truly existed.

Whatever life presents is our path.
Karma is an excellent teacher.

Whatever occurs,
know that pure awareness is always present.
That is truly wonderful, because it is all we need to know.

When we realise this,
we will be happy with whatever arises.
In this way, we undo the karmic effect.
Everything simplifies.

We are pure awareness.
If this isn’t good enough,
then we will remain unhappy.

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THINKING CLEARLY

Thinking Clearly

Thinking clearly doesn’t mean we have to be great thinkers: it just means thinking outside the box.

Repeating what we’ve been told may make us seem very clever, but this cleverness is still inside the box. Thinking clearly is unbiased perception.

So what’s outside the box?
Freedom, empathy and gratitude for whatever is inside the box.

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WE CANNOT FIND IT

We Cannot Find It

We cannot find it because we are it,
so there’s no getting away from it.

This ‘it’
is pure consciousness,
– or God.

Truth has to be realised, not worshipped.

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GOING TO HEAVEN?

Going To Heaven?

The greatest confidence trick ever played.

Heaven, or nirvana, is not in a realm ‘above’; it is where we are, now.

Nothing is as pure as pure consciousness. Pure consciousness = heaven = nirvana = paradise = enlightenment = here now. If we think that heaven is something to achieve or believe in, then we are not in reality.

If we think in this way, then our practice remains a half-hearted theory and realisation becomes a gentle fantasy. Our spiritual practice is remembering our true nature and cutting through those fixations we have become.

False confidence is belief.
True confidence is knowing.

In all sorts of ways,
we have given up our authority of knowing.

Even if we are told that we are enlightened right now, there is always someone ready to dress it up in a religion and culture. It is because of our attachment to religion and culture that we feel vulnerable and doubt our sanity, and so we keep going back to the teacher for more instructions. Why? Because we still believe that we do not know, and they fulfil our neediness.

On reflection, the best teaching I had from a lama was,
“Sod off!”
It hurt, but made me review everything.

“But if we are in heaven now, shouldn’t there be angels, dakas and dakinis, bodhisattvas and the holy ones all around us?” There are … and it’s all in the way in which we see. Sure, we live in a very messy illusion, but inside, we are all in contentment: we just doubt and fear because everyone one else does.

If you are not in heaven, where are you?
Purgatory?
The place to be purified?
Purification is just a matter of letting go.

Try it and see.

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THE UNDO BUTTON

The Undo Button

The undo button ends all suffering. We merely have to hold it down until we realise that the suffering does not exist, and that there was no need for a button at all.

We may think that pure consciousness is something amazing to achieve. It’s not. It’s what we are right now. This realisation is nothing amazing. What is amazing is that it to took so long to realise it!

It takes so long because we either ignore our true reality, or we dress realisation up in religion, ritual and philosophy. “But … but … realised people could fly and walk through walls!” Well, we can open a door and walk upstairs 😀

Life is too short to fantasise about what could happen. Realisation is practical; we realise our only true reality, and that is pure consciousness. Our expression then depends on the level of altruism, where there is nothing to gain.

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EXPOSING THE TRUTH

Exposing The Truth

Exposing the truth is a matter of exposing this pretentious self whichattempts to impress by affecting greater importance than it actually possesses. The truth is exposed in the moment of seeing our unconscious corruption. We are not what we see: we are the seeing. Pure consciousness.

This is important, as we can now see the true value of things. There are two aspects here. One; we no longer exaggerate. Two; all appearances spontaneously remind us that they have no permanent reality. In the moment of seeing, recognition is spontaneously present; seeing and the recognition of seeing are a union.

If we do not recognise that seeing (skilful intelligence) is taking place, then we become lost in a world of exaggerated illusions. Realisation is knowing the true value of life, which is the ability to end suffering, knowing that we are not this body and mind fixation – the private world of our experiences.

This body and mind does suffer, experiencing residues of trauma (emotional shocks following a stressful event or a physical injury, which may lead to long-term neurosis). If we cling to that ‘wound’, it will become a life sentence.

Incidentally, spiritual materialism can also cause trauma as we may be told to see things in a certain way while, in time, we start to see them differently, which can be quite a shock. We may be told that we should be“happy for no reason”,meaning that happiness does not rely on conditions. But then we realise that happiness does comes from something; it arises from the realisation that we are pure consciousness. “Happy for no reason” is a temporary occurrence, while the realisation of pure consciousness is the real thing!

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HOW WE REALISE ULTIMATE TRUTH

How We Realise Ultimate Truth

Look into the one who is looking.
Look into the one who is questioning.
Look into the one who is hearing thoughts.

“Surely it cannot be that simple!”
Who says?

Study and ritual are symbolic teachers;
they are important if we are undecided on that one truth
– the great ‘know-all’.
😀

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THE SIX PERFECTIONS = RIGHT ATMOSPHERE

The Six Perfections = Right Atmosphere

Sometimes, terms can cause confusion; we may lose interest in their true meaning and therefore don’t value them.

The six paramitas (a Sanskrit term) – or six perfections as they are called – are six conditions for enlightenment to occur. We could say that these six conditions are the blue print for the entire path: they are the causes and conditions for enlightenment. They are sometimes referred to as the ‘foundations’ but that suggests that they are at the bottom when, in reality, they permeate the entire temple to support the ‘golden roof’ – the sixth atmosphere of pure consciousness.

The six conditions are generosity/kindness, patience/tolerance, morality/conscience, perseverance/ discipline, concentration/meditation and transcendent realisation of pure consciousness.

The first five are concerned with creating the right conditions for approaching or supporting the moment of pure consciousness – the sixth pure atmosphere of emptiness.

How do they work?
In meditation, we concentrate. To concentrate, we require perseverance. To support perseverance, we need conscience that recognises right action. Moved by conscience, we develop patience. When we are patient, we have generosity towards whatever arises. Generosity is an open heart and open mind, a kind heart and a kind mind.

How do we then get to the emptiness of pure consciousness?
Through right conduct, we gradually establish the conditions for the recognition of awareness that is ever-present as pure consciousness.

The other approach is when we are directly introduced to the nature of mind being pure consciousness, uncontaminated by desires or fears and thus no longer ignorant of its true nature. This activation may be formal (the pointing out instruction) or come about as a sudden shock (‘crazy ‘wisdom).

When we meditate, we need to be kind to our discursive mind, showing generosity and patience, knowing what is right, being tenacious, and staying focused. This brings about stillness and clarity to realise that consciousness is present, and that this consciousness is ultimately pure or totally open.

Once we are kind to ourselves, then we can empathise and be kind to others. On an everyday level, generosity, patience, perseverance, conscience and concentration are normal qualities of being a decent human being. On an ultimate level, the paramitas are our conduct to remain within pure consciousness, effortlessly. In pure consciousness, these qualities are naturally present, now.

The six conditions can either be theoretical or realised.
As a theory, they become a duality; something ‘I do’.
As a realisation, they are an inseparable expression of non-dual pure consciousness; things still get done, but without an I-fixation.

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INSPIRATION FROM AN INSIDIOUS SOURCE

Inspiration From An Insidious Source

Insidious: mid 16th century from Latin insidiosus ‘cunning’, from insidiae ‘an ambush or trick’, from insidere ‘to lie in wait for’.

Deliberate memes create our norm.
Meme: an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.

We meditate – so that ignorance may dawn as wisdom.
Wisdom is seeing clearly, without distortions.
Waking up, we realise the true nature of our own mind,
rather than that of someone else.

Who is that ‘someone else’? Those who create events in the world to exploit the gullible. This is exactly why we are in the mess we’re in. Our lives have been dictated, and we unconsciously conform – or, more to the point, conform by reacting. This fantasy world, created for us, is our norm.

Ideas are introduced into a population through social engineering, to divide us from one another. They are plausible and attractive fancies placed into our consciousness, and then subtly changed to other plausible and attractive fancies … and so we are divided. We take sides, creating chaos, confusion and suffering. Don’t believe me; just look and see: do we really think that things just happen for no reason?

The power-hungry collude with the delivery system – the media – to created chaos, confusion and suffering so that we conform to maintain their illusion of power.

The life we lead is a charade that’s been played out over centuries, so that we forget what it is really all about, and end up accepting something that is far removed from our reality. Our reality is that we are wisdom beings – homo sapiens – with an ultimate reality of homo divinum – divine beings.

If we believe in anything, then we fall prey to exploitation by thosewho make full use of and derive benefit from a resource. That resource is us. Our ignorance of our true nature of pure knowing consciousness stops us from being free. If we do not awaken, then we will be ambushed by likes and dislikes. Just before these likes and dislikes manifest, there is the delight of pure awareness, and it is in that moment that we are free. Free from anxiety.

Once we are free from being controlled by likes and dislikes, it is then that we are able to chose what is of true benefit, what is habitual, and what is harmful. As the saying goes, “If you keep doing the same thing and expect a different answer, that is an indication of insanity.”

Knowing we have a real choice is the secret to real enlightenment.

An empty cushion is not the answer.
An empty mind is.

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EMPTINESS IS ALL YOU NEED, TO KNOW

Emptiness Is All You Need, To Know

When the mind is free of bias,
the view is clear.
In emptiness, my likes, my dislikes, my carelessness
are clearly recognised.

We can also recognise when others’ are imposing
their likes, dislikes and carelessness onto us.

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ULTIMATELY, WE BECOME APOSTATES

Ultimately, We Become Apostates

In the moment of pure consciousness,
we abandon all claims and beliefs.

Apostate: Middle English from ecclesiastical Latin apostata, from Greek apostatēs – apostate, runaway slave. Abandonment of a claim, right, possession, a cause, bad habit, or way of life. Renouncing religious or political beliefs or principle.

Ultimately, we become non-conformist renunciants.
Jesus was. Buddha was. Socrates was.
Anyone who transcends this mortal coil is.

Concepts and beliefs are a dangerous business. We are led to believe that an apostate is someone who no longer believes and is, at the least, shunned. No longer believing could be seen as equivalent to blasphemy, the act of insulting a deity, or showing a lack of reverence toward something considered sacred. The scary thing is that, in some social circles, one can be arrested or even put to death for not believing.

Some religions consider blasphemy to be a religious crime, so if we do not go along with religious beliefs, this could be thought of as a hate crime. Nowadays, this ‘thought crime’ extends to matters such as gender reorientation; we are told to believe what another believes.

Being shunned by fellow students is part of the fixated mindset. There are spiritual students who will not talk to others because they do not believe in the same way. Nothing changes: in the middle ages, if a man healed people with herbs and medicines he was thought of as an apothecary, whereas if a woman did the same, she would have been condemned as a witch. Simply put, we are supposed to know our place.

Religion means ‘to bind’.
It seems we have to believe what we are told,
rather than realising that we are actually free in the moment of seeing.
In pure consciousness, there in nothing to hold onto.

We should all be mindful of what we do, think or say.

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LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Levels Of Consciousness

As we train our mind, we raise the level of consciousness. By remembering and valuing pure consciousness, the frequency of forgetting shortens, and so we stay in pure consciousness longer.

Distractions cause us to wander off, and we forget what we are (distractions are mental obscurations to which we cling, and fixate about). Remembering cuts through all mental obscurations, and we are free in the moment of seeing. But how often do we remember?

The diagram below is not literal: there may be ten levels or billions of levels – or perhaps we group. They do say birds of a feather flock together… We can be the judge of this as we know how often we remember, don’t we? However we are, we can change in an instant!

Intellectually, we can see how most people live their lives, in various levels of distraction; this could be termed ‘various levels of ignorance’. Most of us live in the past or future. Conversations are either lost in history (what we’ve done) or geography (where we’ve been) … distractions, distractions, distractions… How often do people live in the moment now?

But there is something constant that goes unnoticed. The dotted line represents our endless, pure nature of conscious awareness, our Buddha nature or enlightened nature. The wavy lines indicates how often we wander off, indicating how often we return to sanity.

We all have a principle that makes our life worthwhile. In Buddhism, this principle is pure, compassionate awareness. The more we remember, the more we return and rest there.

The dotted line is our ruler, our guide: we may wander off but, in remembering, we return again and again. The trick is not to wander off! This is about the clarity of cognisance. Enlightenment occurs when we never wander off, day or night.

 

 

 

 

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THIS PERSON ISN’T ME

This Person Isn’t Me

Person: from Old French persone, from Latin persona;
‘actor’s mask, character in a play’
Later- human being.

So what am I?
We are not exactly that which is aware of this persona, this mask: that is ordinary consciousness. On a subtler level, we are aware of this. On an extremely subtle level, pure consciousness is beyond any self identification.

Don’t believe me!
😀

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THE TWO ASPECTS OT OUR BEING

The Two Aspects of Our Being

The pure, empty spirit of cognisant consciousness, and reflections of thoughts and images.

Our absolute being is like an clear mirror that reflects everything without comment. When this pure consciousness (absolute truth) attaches itself to thoughts and images, we called that relative truth, because we are relating to phenomena.

This relating is in the nature of memories and judgements, and that is why we just react, going into our usual act or programme. If we are subject to reacting to these memories and judgements, then we can be manipulated. How do we get memories and judgements? Education and the media. Oh, you thought you were original?! 😀

These images in the mind have no actual reality, but because we relate to or believe in them, they seem very real. The words and images on this computer screen are only seen in the mind via the brain mechanism and senses. We may think that thoughts are just seen, so why should we bother about whether they’re inside or outside? Well, it takes time for that seeing to be processed in order for us to make decisions. The problem is that we do not see clearly because, a milli-moment later, we relate to memories and then judgements, and that clouds our reality. We stop seeing and start relating, and we have moved from being mode to having mode.

To realise our true nature – which is Buddha nature or enlightened nature – we use six instructions that are the path to true realisation. Five relate to relative truth (our everyday experiences) and the sixth is the enlightened realisation.

These six instructions are our path to enlightenment: generosity, patience, morality/conscience, discipline/perseverance, meditation/concentration and wisdom. Wisdom (or transcendent knowledge) is the goal; that is pure consciousness.

Now, there are two paths we can take. We can either start with the five relative instructions for daily life and gradually realise the sixth, or we can start with the sixth, and use the five to support our conduct in daily life.

By the way, pure consciousness is being original!

😀

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DEALING WITH AN AGITATED MIND

Dealing With An Agitated Mind

Simply be aware of that which is aware of the agitation,
and rest that clarity.
The same goes for all emotions.

Knowing that the Sanskrit word for ‘suffering’ is ‘duhkha’
doesn’t help, does it?

There is no magic in Pali, Sanskrit, or Tibetan languages: it is the meaning that comes from silent realisation of pure experience that is important. The formulation of vowels and consonants are metered to chant nicely in those languages, and that’s all. Their only power is in our imagination – it’s psychological.

Simply adopting foreign words (where there is an equivalent in your own language) is pompous, and an unnecessary cultivation. If we cultivate, we create a cult attitude, and are blind to the greater picture. To walk into a cafe and ask for a fried yumurta anywhere other than Azerbijan would just cause confusion … 😀

It is the realisation of experience that brings forth true confidence. We deal with confusion by simply being aware of that which is aware of the confusion, and rest that clarity. We don’t need to make life more complicated.

Pure consciousness is not Buddhism. Buddhism offers a way to realise pure consciousness here and now, but we don’t have to be Buddhist to realise our true nature … the Buddha wasn’t. The same goes for God consciousness; we don’t have to be Christian – Christ wasn’t.

If we walk around with a badge saying “I’m Buddhist” or “I’m Christian” (or anything else for that matter), we will remain in a duality. Having a badge doesn’t mean the door will open. When we drop the badge, we realise that we are already through the door.

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WAKING UP TO WAKING UP TO WAKING UP

Waking Up To Waking Up To Waking Up

First, we wake up to lies and deception. Then we wake up from the pandemonium* of the pontificators** on podiums*** giving us antidotes that only make the lies and deception seem more real. Finally, we walk off into the sunset leaving it all behind, thankful that it was seeing the lies and deception that actually woke us up! 😀

* place of demons.** dogma laid down  as undeniably true*** place above an audience

We realise that life is unsatisfactory. We seek answers in philosophies or spiritual traditions that conjure up a set of ideas and rituals to counter this feeling of dissatisfaction, but all they do is create temporary antidotes. The antidotes make us feel that the dissatisfaction is real – so the dissatisfaction returns … and antidotes become a business.

Finally, we decide on what actually works for us – the realisation that lies, deception and antidotes are a way of life – and we live happily ever after, knowing that the world iscrazy, and so now it all makes sense! 😀

Realising the dream is a sign post to waking up.

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ADAPTABILITY IS THE DEFINITION OF INTELLIGENCE

Adaptability is the Definition of Intelligence

If we are not adaptable, then we are fixated.

Whatever appears in a fixated mind is a threat.
Whatever appears in an open mind is wisdom.

Ultimately, an open mind is pure consciousness,
empty of contamination.

Anything that appears within that emptiness
is our spiritual path to enlightenment.

All appearances are empty of inherent existence,
and therefore a reminder
that appearances are emptiness within emptiness.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said,
“If science proves Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism has to change.”
Have confidence in seeing rather than in beliefs.

The outcome is not taking anything too seriously!

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MEDITATION: ORDER OUT OF CHAOS

Meditation: Order Out Of Chaos

Mental chaos occurs when pure consciousness (our true reality) becomes obscured by our fixations. That loss of pure, spontaneous clarity creates chaos, confusion and suffering. We become divided when we miss the oscillation between pure consciousness and contaminated consciousness. Contaminated consciousness is based on memories and judgements rather than immediate investigation before memories and judgements kick in.

Order means returning to our natural balance of pure consciousness, which is experienced and realised through meditation. Meditation is sitting quietly, seeing whatever is going on in our mind, and realising that we are, in fact, free in that moment of seeing. The purity sees the impurity; it’s that simple. When we become divided in consciousness, we experience doubt, confusion and frustration.

The resulting suffering comes about through the belief in and projection of an obsessive self image. When life becomes unsatisfactory, we look for someone to blame rather than taking personal responsibility. Seeing the entire picture is, unfortunately, rare; not seeing the wood for the trees, we become so involved in the details of things that we do not understand or pay attention to the most important parts of it.

We’ve all heard about the ‘Illuminati’, the committee of 300, Skull and Bones, the Trilateral Commission, reptilians etc that are said to want to control the population of the world. They create disorder to promote chaos, and then present us with an alternative order in their favour (“Order Out Of Chaos” is even on the US dollar bill).

This is all a smoke screen, an exaggeration, an exploitation of power. It’s all an act. Blaming others, we become divided, as this seems to be an easier option than realising that we can be free. We allow all this nonsense while not realising that, in the meantime, our inner chaos is being exploited through our addiction to ideas.

Yes, there are captains of chaos. Yes, they create havoc and confusion in the world. Yes, they make money-making laws, guns, films, games, media, pills, religions … but we don’t have to be drawn into their fantasy playground.

All these groups are just like us, controlled by desires and aversions and ignorant our true nature of pure, compassionate consciousness. It’s suggested that there is an evil behind these groups that wants to reduce the human population so that they can gain more power – but this is just another layer of mental confusion. Of course, the wealthy want to hang on to their wealth and live long and prosper, while lacking empathy for others and feeling entitled to do whatever they want. On a conventional level, such selfish principles will never end.

The only way out of this chaos is to accept that humans are governed by an idea of self importance and a sense of entitlement. We do not, however, have to follow in those footsteps. Meditation helps us both to see clearly, and to know when enough is enough.

Everything comes about by causes and conditions so things – although impermanent – never end; energy just changes form. We cannot stop the world and get off, but we can stop being caught up in others’ fantasies. Life is too short to worry about everything. Know thy self, and that which knows this knowing. Pure consciousness cannot be altered or modified, but only distracted.

The chaos is ultimately an illusion. If we back away from this illusion, it magnifies in our imagination. When we walk up to it and investigate, it is merely a puff of smoke.

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SPIRITUALLY EMPTY?

Spiritually Empty?

Well, you can’t get better than that!
Em Ah Ho!
(how wonderful)

…what were you expecting?!
😀

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