Is Life Freedom Or Bondage?

To the unenlightened, life is bondage, misery, frustration, dissatisfaction, suffering; no feeling of completion. We are full of demons.

To the enlightened, life is freedom, understanding, satisfaction, compassion, completion; a relief from the bondage. Demons are now our play things.

How enlightened do we have to be to accomplish freedom?

It takes just a moment!

Our quintessential nature is consciousness – pure consciousness. It is pure, empty, unbiased knowingness before anything is known. Everything else is but a passing fancy of impermanence. Most of us will not be remembered. Our unceasing reality is right here, right now! When we realise this, that is enlightenment.

For most of us, however, this is just an unaware moment as, in the next milli-moment, we grab hold of the experience, create something, and claim it, falling into our dream life. Something may happen to wake us up (a shock), there is a reaction and we sink back again into our dream world.

The trick or practice is to remain in the first moment – or return to it as soon as possible. Write a few words and let go. Watch to see what arises. If nothing comes, rest in completion. The more we remember, or become familiar with this precious moment, the more the realisation of enlightenment.

Expect the unexpected!
It is liberating.
Stay in the shock; it’s the eureka moment.

I’ve spent my life learning to paint ‘properly’. Now, I do this.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea
– a monkey could do it –
but the experience makes me smile like a monkey.


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The Chosen Few

The chosen few are the few who choose to realise their true reality.

Many believe they are the way they are; a fixed self identity that cannot change.
A few look at that fixated self identity and realise that there is awareness of this fixated self identity. Change has taken place.

There are two aspects to knowledge – the esoteric and the exoteric.
Esoteric: understood by the few.
Exoteric: understood by the many.

Inner knowledge is the first moment – the reality.
Outer knowledge is the second moment – the seeming reality.

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

The first moment is spiritual essence; it creates nothing but space.
The second moment is temporal; it takes time to create a temple about the first moment.

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We Become Caught And Held

When our attention is caught and held,
we cling we believe we become
the dream, the illusion.

To awaken is to see and recognise
this illusion.

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How Do We Know We Are Evolving?

We are happier.
We are happy for no reason.
Why is that?
No idea!

Pure consciousness does nothing, as it is purely aware. Just sit and see. Physically and mentally, we have to work but, becoming too attached, we get stressed. It’s a relief when we just stop and just be. Just sit and just see.

When we look back on our life, we realise how complicated we made it. Why did we do that? It was because everyone expected us to do the same as everyone else. This isn’t only sad, it’s madness.

This is from Bronnie Ware’s writing: she was a palliative care nurse who recorded her patients’ reflections on life in their final weeks in 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.

This isn’t only sad, it’s madness. How did we get into this state? We ignored our natural state of happiness and devolved into unhappiness. If we do not sit and see – that is to say, meditate – we will never ever find true happiness. The clarity of meditation helps us see what is truly of value in life, and that is undisturbable happiness, which is the precursor to being able to love.

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Influences In Society

As the universe is governed by the three principles of attraction, repulsion and inertia, so is the human mind and therefore, so is society. We are all subject to desire, aversion and indifference.

When walking into a room full of people, there are those to whom we are attracted, those we keep clear of and others we just don’t notice.

As individuals, we all, to some degree, manipulate, judge and ignore.

As a collective, groups also fall under these categories: there are those who manipulate, those who are averse to being manipulated, and those who are content to conform.

When it comes to society, we are talking local, international and global. This is how the world has been ruled for thousands of years: the Roman emperors were masters at manipulating the populace though ‘games’.

Manipulators believe they have the power, and their adversaries are those who question that power. Among the adversaries there are also manipulators, and that is something to be aware of, although the majority of the world’s population merely conforms to whatever it is told.

This concerns the level of consciousness.

The balance of power in the world is in manipulation of those who are indifferent, and are influenced by suggestion. The world will therefore not be changed by the naysayers, by those who oppose.

Even though this sounds like a political situation, it is actually a spiritual view because it is all about swaying consciousness. We have to be aware that everything is not as it seems. This world is not a even playing field as we are being manipulated from womb to tomb.

Freedom is seeing, understanding, knowing and realising. Then, in everything we do, we know that we have a choice. Do we react to the crowd, or realise that, by not re-acting, we are free? We have always been free – free in the moment of seeing.

The influences on society are like a catching a cold; we get influenza-ed:D
Influenza: an outbreak of an epidemic. From Italian, literally ‘influence’

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What Is Being Sociable?

What is being sociable?
Society is an interesting phenomenon; it ‘self’-regulates.

Being sociable sounds like a nice thing, doesn’t it? It’s being friendly, getting on with other one another, fitting in to the way of things … we are part of the rules, ranks and status … we become a drop in the social ocean … society tells us what to do and say … we don’t make waves … we feel guilty or out of place if we don’t conform to collective thinking.

This is self regulating programme or meme that imitates an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation, or other non-genetic means.

Society is so well-oiled that it self-encapsulates, and limits and imprisons our ability to realise what we actually are. People are actually saying, “Stop asking questions and be like us”.

When was the last time you heard someone say something original? Our life is so much more than playing games and reading others’ news. News? What news? News is reprogramming our collective mind, one way or another, while society maintains the confusion about our reality.

Once we realise this affair, we then have a choice; either to be a player or just be the audience. We recognise that the world is, indeed, a stage and we no longer have to perform.

As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [All the world’s a stage]
William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. 

At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.

Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. 

And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. 

Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. 

And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. 

The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. 

Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
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You See

You See

Carrying on from yesterday about expansive view being the clear view of pure consciousness, the recognition of this is the moment you see, you see. There is no meditation present, as meditation is doingsomething, whereas the clear view is just seeing. We don’t even need to meditate; just be in expansive awareness, and there you are, you see.

All we actually ‘do’ is remember. Short moments, many times does the trick. We gradually become more and more familiar with this view – the view! The view is resting in emptiness where all appearances are recognised as such, and are not taken to be solid.

We play our part in life, because that is what our karma has written. Not reacting by resting in the view, our karmic lines – our sentence – are being deleted.

The more you see, you see, the more you see.
It’s natural

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Why Is Emptiness So Important?

Emptiness is just a word: there are many words for the nature of spirit or mind, the nature of our being: rigpa, mahamudra, sunyata, maha ati, dharmakaya, luminous awareness … but they all mean the wisdom of primordial purity, free from elaborations.

Emptiness isn’t nothingness, as our nature is also knowingness, awareness, consciousness.

It is also, when realised, compassionate empathy.

The opposite to emptiness is fullness. When our mind is full of ideas and information, we feel proud of what we think we know as “It’s who I am!” Oh dear. This pride has turned into clinging and has sentenced us for life; that is samsara. We are stuck in this mind clutter, and so we suffer.

Know that the nature of mind or spirit is not the tormented, worried ‘soul’ we carry around with us: it is primordially pure wisdom, free from elaborations. We are luminous awareness. For this reason, it’s important to recognise what we are, empty of contamination.

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Appearances and Emptiness

This is the key to letting go, and genuine freedom

All that we encounter, we make real, relating to everything, and giving our ‘value judgements’. We become attached to all these appearances, and that binds us to ideas in the mind. We want everything to be ‘right’ and that causes us heartache and headaches.

Our greatest upset is relating to the ‘me’ that is making all these judgments. It’s a running commentary on everything, and this is how we come to believe that we are a fixed entity – “I am, what I am!” Most of us think this way and are convinced that we cannot change; this is the status quo of humans. When we fixate, we are believing that everything is permanent, which it is not.

No thing has any true reality; things come and they pass. Our true reality of pure awareness sees all as ethereal and empty of permanence, whereas ordinary awareness focuses and relates to everything, becoming fixated by whatever it encounters. It blows everything out of proportion, and our emotions explode.

How appearances are emptiness:
First of all, phenomena has no reality of its own as all phenomena relies on other phenomena. Appearances are therefore empty of any true, inherent reality (and this includes thoughts and ideas).

When we look out of our eyes, we see and focus, and relate immediately. Try this: un-tense your focus slightly and become aware of the whole scene at once. Be aware of peripheral vision. Without looking, note phenomena at the outer corners of the eyes. It’s a little like seeing a crowd; we take it all in, as opposed to fixing on one person. When we drive a car, we are naturally aware of the whole scene and don’t fixate on any one car, unless something draws our attention. Be aware of the whole room, now. Don’t make anything of anything. No judgements. If needed, we can immediately focus wherever is necessary, and then return to an expansive view again. That panoramic view is pure awareness, and it’s natural. Practise alternating between focused attention and wide attention to see the difference.

We naturally do this all the time … wide open … focused … wide open … but we are unaware of the process and thus fall into being occupied or vacant, which clouds the view. Town yogis use this natural occurrence to be more aware and restful, and less fixated on everything.

Appearances are emptiness.
Thoughts are emptiness.
Self is emptiness.
Pure awareness is emptiness.

How does that make you feel?
But fully aware!

The world around us
wants us to fixate and take sides,
losing our detachment.

Take no part in others’ fixations,
but be compassionate to their suffering.

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Forgetting and Remembering

Methods and Liberation
The techniques and the destination

There are two views of a spiritual path; one is how we travel along to get somewhere, and the other is, on having arrived, realising that there is nowhere to go and that we are already here.

In the first view, we use mindful methods to remind us of what we are doing.

The other view is actually remembering and realising that we are already here. When we remember that we have arrived, then we do not need the methods to remind us, as now they would become a hinderance or a cause of confusion.

Whichever method works, do it, but that isn’t the destination. It is too easy to become attached to the method and, in fact, become lazy and smug as a result.

This is the difference between mindfulness and awareness. Mindfulness is the method, which is the stepping stone to awareness, while awareness is the stepping stone to realising the emptiness of awareness. In empty awareness we are liberated from thoughts and ‘doing’: we are free of techniques, rituals and practices. In Vajrayana (which employs visualisation practices known as the development stage), everything is dissolved into emptiness at the end of the practice: this is called the completion stage.

This is why, in Dzogchen, there are no visualisations, but merely the completion stage of emptiness.

The pure practice is simply being aware, being conscious.
To sit and do nothing for a moment costs nothing.

We are merely remembering what we are.
We are pure awareness, pure consciousness,
first and foremost.

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We Are Not A Set Of Ideas
It just seems that way.

It is the ideas -the running programme that we carry around with us – that sets us in a quagmire of limited views of what life is all about. Life is about being alive. “Of course!” we’ll say. Being alive is being fully functional, aware of our full potential, and it is that which makes life worth living. Quality of life is not measured by how much we can acquire.

We are timeless spiritual beings; extraterrestrial, intelligent, pure, unworldly, immaterial consciousness beyond limiting human ideas. That’s a lot to take on, isn’t it? We are aliens! Rather than science fiction-type aliens, we are spiritual aliens. At a higher level, we may actually seem to ‘glow’.

We are not these gross, busy bees; collecting, calculating and hoarding speculators. We are quite happy as we are, but this happiness does not come from blind faith but from knowingness itself. We naturally care, but everything depends on what we care about.

This is not to promote the Buddha or ‘Buddhism’; it is about the Buddha’s teaching on our true reality, which applies to the deepest levels of all spiritual teachings. Science is very clever in this physical world, but at its deepest levels, it comes to the same conclusion that everything is emptiness. If science can prove the Buddha’s teaching wrong then, of course, Buddhism has to change. This has not happened so far!

Buddhist teachings are about dropping our set of ideas as opposed to acquiring more. Rather than gaining certainty through what we know, we gain certainty in the knowingness itself, and are not longer stuck a mire ofmuddy concepts about our life. The raw experience of life is exhilarating and enlightening if we can realise knowingness.

Life is like going on holiday. We can enjoy it, but don’t become attached because we know that life will not last, and so we appreciate it while it does … and we don’t leave the hotel in a mess when we depart.

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As Long As We Are Looking, We Will Fail To See

Although we are ultimate reality,
we still look for ultimate reality.
What a joke!

How can I be the ultimate reality?
What we think of as ‘me’ is not our reality.
Before the idea of ‘me’, there has to be awareness
to even identify a ‘me’, hasn’t there ?
To say “me” is a duality: it takes linear time.

But still, how can I be the ultimate reality?
Anything and everything that is known
can only be known by awareness-consciousness.
We are aware of awareness-consciousness, aren’t we?

So what are we?
Being aware of awareness/consciousness
is the same as being aware of a ‘me’.
We are that which is being aware of awareness/consciousness.

But the question still remains,
“What am I that is aware of awareness-consciousness?”

When awareness-consciousness looks at itself,
it finds nothing but awareness-consciousness.
We are the first instant of awareness/consciousness in non-linear time;
always now, pure, ever-present awareness/consciousness.

It has no name.
It is empty of any identification
save knowingness itself.
It is pure perception before claiming.
That is the ultimate reality.

Have a look and see.
That which looks out of our eyes now – and when we were a child –
has never changed, has it?
That is the pure consciousness we are talking about.

But what about aliens all over the universe?”
Every being has the very same reality of pure consciousness,
manifesting in different forms.

What about AI artificial intelligence?”
Artificial intelligence is intelligence that is artificial.
AI may be able to perceive, but can never know its nature.
It’s nature is only what someone else gave it.

This is also true of ordinary beings.
We are, in our gross state, artificial intelligence,
having acquired the collective programming.
Until we realise our true reality – the ultimate reality – we will continue to be AI.

Everywhere in the universe is now.
Time only relates to things that are created,
dwell for a period, and then dissolve.
Matter returns to subtle matter or energy,
for the next conditions to recreate.
This being so, all things are an illusion of reality.
The only reality is pure consciousness.

As long as we are looking,
we will fail to see that seeing is already present.
What a joke!

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The Practicality Of Negative Emotions Being Wisdom
… really!

Q. How is this practical?
A. It brings a situation back to sound health,
rather than making it worse.

This question was asked: “How do we recognise the unity of negative emotions and wisdom in daily life?”

To even look at this question, we have to become town yogis, and this means being a ‘practitioner’ rather than philosopher.

We live in a collective, samsaric state of confusion, which is a vicious cycle of imprisonment. A practitioner realises the relevance of breaking out of this prison by seeing the illusion we are in. A philosopher will argue about the architecture on the door.

So, how dowe recognise the unity of negative emotions and wisdom?

Simple answer: We are disturbed, to remain in equilibrium.
Simpler answer: When someone in front of us is annoying,
we don’t make the annoyance worse.
We allow the other to rant so that they have space to be and to see.
They know what they’re doing, and have to be allow to do it.

Rant:late 16th century (in the sense ‘behave boisterously’): from Dutch ranten – ‘talk nonsense, rave’. 😀

To be honest:
For me, I have questions about things that bug me … I mean, really reallybug me. I love spiritual teachings but I have a problem with rituals, and the use of cultural terminology. Pure awareness is in ordinary, daily life at every moment, in our own culture, but we can become fixated and addicted to another’s rituals and terminology.

It was because of this confusion over terminologies that I wondered about the three kayas and the three poisons, and whether there was a connection … “Oh, eureka! My goodness!!!” Why hasn’t anyone explained this before? Was I just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is this the right place at the right time?

Some have paths of flowers, some of thorny bushes. Mine is a path of ‘nice’ and ‘not so nice’ demons, playing all sorts of games. The real Dharma is practical. Being practical is letting go of the collective influences and seeing for oneself.

Now I know what the practice is; to empathise with a disturbance, whether its an attraction or a repulsion! Here, we are reminded of the final challenge for the Buddha before enlightenment, when demons attempted to attack and seduce him (fear and hope).

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Neither God Nor The Buddha Can Forgive Us
This is not in their power.

Forgiveness comes from our own realisation through grace. Grace is being pleased, thankful and grateful for realising that the past was the past, and now is now, and we see. What we did then was unskilful and mistaken, and we were ignorant of our true potential. This is true compassionate understanding, and through this understanding we have empathetic compassion for all. Their past was just as confused as ours was. Their present is just as confused as ours was. There is no pride involved in this: just the wisdom of equality.

What is this grace? It is Buddha-consciousness or, if you prefer, God-consciousness. After all’s said and done, we are decent people with enlightened potential.

We each have individual paths of confusion with particular types of thorny bushes, sharp rocks and grit. It is nice to think that a higher being will actually make it all right, but they are merely the inspiration.

We are free in the moment we see.
Grace is the relief of “Is that all?”
Thank goodness!

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Worried About Ego?

If we observe something, share an experience or have a poo, none of these are ego-orientated. Ego is the fixations that govern our entire life.

On meeting someone, there is an impression, a momentary view. We may note an attitude or inclination, but this noting is not ego-orientated; it is the teacher of all phenomena. If we then hold on to that view, fixating upon it and boosting it, that is ego-orientated, and we will suffer as a result.

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

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In Rigpa, Nothing Sticks

Rigpa, in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition, is the word for pure awareness: it is pure, empty conscious space, the very nature of mind. It’s what we are – we are pure mind essence. When we wake up from sleep, that is our very first experience.

As it is pure emptiness, nothing sticks to it. Rigpa is just an open receptacle, like space, and thoughts and appearances do not stick. This openness is always present, even when thoughts and appearances enter the mind. Throw something into space; it doesn’t hang there, but naturally drops, and pure mind essence is actually like that.

When Rigpa (pure awareness) is not recognised however, the mind becomes sticky and clings to thoughts and appearances. Once something sticks, we create a whole chain reaction. In this way, the constant re-creation of a self is maintained, with a ‘me’ and ‘y thoughts’ and ‘my world’. We find that we are desperately holding onto our world as this fixation makes everything appear solid and real, and we seem to suffer.

In saying that we seem to suffer, this because we are holding on to an illusion: thoughts and appearances are temporary, and so is our suffering. Nothing can upset or destroy Rigpa. Thoughts and appearances only obscure it. Our thoughts obscure our reality.

In a world of ‘claiming’, this is not easy to understand. It is, however, the pure and simple truth. The more we cling, the more we suffer. The less we cling, the less we suffer. It’s obvious when we look and see.

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The Moment God Was Created

The moment God was created was the moment we became divided and enslaved, given rules and rulers.

God created everything!”
In an infinite universe of time and space, why was this planet and its inhabitants only brought into being 4.5 billion years ago?

God created Earth in a day!”
Before the earth was created, how could the length of a day be calculated?

God created man in his own image!”
Shouldn’t everyone be male then? 🙂

This planet evolved naturally through causes and conditions – the universal principles of attraction and repulsion – and so, consciousness was attracted here. Where did consciousness come from? The universe is full of consciousness. Anything that can respond to attraction and repulsion has to be conscious. This is gross consciousness. Gross consciousness evolves, feeds and creates. Gross consciousness has a karmic programme of desire.

The ancients (the ‘victorious ones’) knew that the true nature of consciousness is very subtle, pure consciousness; it is wise, empathetic consciousness, empty of bias. One without other. Beings are liberated into pure consciousness in the moment of seeing. This is liberation from gross consciousness into supreme consciousness, ‘god’ consciousness, free of hope and fear.

The truth is that we were enslaved by an idea, and have believed that idea ever since. In creating theism, we were divided from our true nature.

The Dharma is based on three principles: purity, consciousness and compassionate understanding.

Each of these principles has a corresponding, gross aspect of desire, aversion and ignorance. In planetary terms, these are attraction, repulsion and inertia.

These gross principles have been used against humanity in order to enslave it; we do this to one another and we do this to ourselves. Restrictions and limitations rule people through fears and desires, when, in reality, we have always been naturally free to discern and know whatever is harmful and whatever is beneficial.

The failure of unenlightened beings to realise their true nature was the beginning of the Kali Yuga. It is said that the Kali Yuga began approximately 5,000 years ago: it is the age of strife. Even if we do not believe in the principle of the Kali Yuga, it’s easy to see how hope and fear are imprisoning people. The Dharma is knowledge and knowledge is neutral, but it may be used either as a weapon or wisdom.

The World Is Rigged

The world is rigged
to upset us.

As long as we are upset
we can be rigged.

As long as we believe the setup
we will be upset.

Stop believing.
Stop being upset.

When we see,
that is liberation.

the rigged illusions
fade away.

When all illusions
fade into emptiness,
all that is left … is!

What is, is?

Is, is the final, knowable reality of that which is constantly true.
That is pure consciousness.
Everything else is but an illusion
that upsets the inner peace
of supreme is-ness.

We need a great shock to awaken us from this slumber to realise our true reality of purity (uncontaminated clarity), consciousness (supreme intelligence) and above all, empathetic compassion. People love to talk about love, but love can only come from the realisation that every sentient being is pure consciousness, and that we have been divided and thus separated from that.

The question, “What is the meaning of life?” has become a joke, as people believe that there is no answer. The meaning of life is knowing our true nature and that is a fulfilling life.

Start a meme,
start a fashion,
start a belief.
start an addiction …

… and stay imprisoned.







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Stillness of Mind and Stillness of Essence
The seemingly real and the reality

This is vitally important to understand and realise, in order to get out of the ‘system’ and beyond. In Shamata meditation, we focus and control the discursive mind, with its swirling thoughts. Gradually, the mind becomes settled, and rests in stillness. Observing this movement and settling of mind is consciousness – ordinary consciousness.

In the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, this would be known as the 8thconsciousness, or Alaya Vijnana. The eight consciousnesses comprise five of the senses and three of mind – perception, judgement and memory: it is memory that holds on to our karmic identity and is thus associated with an accumulated feeling of ‘I’. It is both this accumulation in the 8thconsciousness andour holding on that which have to be released. That holding on isthe cause of all our suffering as it maintains our hopes and fears. Our lack of recognition is holding us back from going beyond the ‘system’.

When we settle the mind in meditation, this 8thconsciousness calms down into stillness. It is here that we can misunderstand, becoming caught up and maintaining a duality – me and the feeling of stillness. It’s nice; it feels good and it’s relaxing, but it’s also unstable and temporary. We can become meditation gods, appearing to be enlightened.

Stillness of essence – or our essential nature – is none other than pure awareness (rigpa), the 9th consciousness of pure consciousness. It is this that is observing the stillness of mind. It’s a step back. Home. The journey’s end. In pure resting in essence, there is no duality; this is clear seeing through the mind of memories, through judgements and perception, through the senses.

The senses are neutral and non-conceptual, so when we are merely seeing, smelling etc. there is no activity occurring, other than pure perception. We may worry that, in pure essence, we should not see what is happening – we should be totally absorbed – but this is untrue. There is just seeing.

We may hear certain people claiming, “I have no judgement.” That is merely indecision, as there is still an “I” boasting. In the pure state of non-meditation, there certainly is no judgement going on. When we come down from that state however, there certainly isjudgement going on – but now it is a tool for discernment in our conduct in daily life.

Once we recognise pure essence, then whether the mind is still or active, clarity is still present. Recognising stillness or activity is merely a reminder and, as such, returns us to emptiness. This is the spontaneous unity of appearances and emptiness.

Ultimately, we – and all phenomena – are emptiness. Conventionally, we are caught up in solidifying ourselves and all phenomena.

When we know, we can play, and repay our karmic debt.
When we do not know, we play, and collect more karmic debt.

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Old Mind, New Mind

“Why do I see things differently to the way I previously saw them?”
“Why isn’t anyone seeing what I’m seeing?”

Carrying on from the box analogy, the stuffinsidethe box is our old ideas, traumas and collective fixations; the karmic load that we carry around.

The view from on topof the box (our table of all potentials) is seeing what is relevant.

There are times when these old ideas (inside the box) and new view (on top of the box) come into conflict with one another. We are thrown into a tizzy – a state of nervous excitement or agitation.

We have arrived at a situation where we think we shoulddo something a certain way, but it doesn’t sit well with how we see things now. The collective thinks one way, but we see it differently. It’s like trying to fit a large square peg into a tiny round hole.

This is the cause of most conflict, and is an especially sore point when it comes to family, and spiritual students. Emotions really do rise up and then smoulder, even to the point of being unbearable.

Sit it out. Do nothing. Watch. Wait. Breathe. Take a back seat. Rest and remain in emptiness. We don’t have to outshine others, or let them steal our joy. Life is far too short to carry resentments around all the time.

The world will still be annoying, but we’re not going to make it worse. As the Dalai Lama said, “Go and punch a pillow!” 😀

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Thinking Outside The Box Has Its Problems

A moment outside the box
could lead to a sense of superiority and narcissism,
and we are back in the box of self gain.

Outside the box
is but a stepping stone to pure awareness,
where there is no self gain, only compassion.

We have to recognise the difference between
clear thinking and clear awareness,
where we drop clear thinking
and rest in clear awareness.

It’s the good place to see.

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Thinking Is Only Outside The Box
whereas thoughts are inside.

Imagine a box full thoughts that we carry around with us; it’s our ‘workings’. Heavy, isn’t it? Thinking is whatever is relevant to us right now and comes to the forefront of our minds, lying on top of the box, which is like a table.

When the thoughts are laid out on this ‘table’, we can see clearly and sort through them to see if they join up or not. If they make sense, we can do something. If they don’t, then we need more information. Trying to join up the thinking with the thoughts in the box can and does confuse our thinking. We need a fresh eye for eurekas!

Most beings are driven by the contents of their box (mind) that were created when very young. It’s our character that we carry around with us. We spend our life repeating everything that’s in the box. We meet someone and we show them our box, and they show us theirs. Boring, isn’t it? 😀

When we work from outside the box, we become a more pliable character, and we might even seem ‘awkward’. We may, unintentionally, make others feel uncomfortable as they only work from within the box which is their set pattern. This is why it is sometimes difficult to talk to people. Boxes are a barrier.

Thinking is reasoning, and reasoning can make us depressed, angry and frustrated as we keep referring to the internal box that we think we are supposed to carry around. These symptoms show intelligence. We find ourselves unhappy, and this is the beginning of waking up to enlightenment, our natural state.

What is relevant at the moment is recognising that whatever is in the box is karma. When we take the contents out and lay them on top of the box – the table of all possibilities – and see with clarity, those contents – our karma – now become our teacher.

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We Have To Comprehend Before We Can See …
… only then we can recognise.

In order to come to any kind of decision about what is taking place in our mind, we need to have already comprehended the nature of mind that is pure, open awareness. Pure awareness is the complete, unhindered state of our pure being.

We aren’t at all what we have been led to believe. Our thoughts and emotions are not us; they are merely contents in the mind. We are that which is beyond. We are the passive observation that has not yet created a duality. Duality is our usual state of “I see.” Non-duality is just the seeing itself, before we announce that we see. It is something we miss at every moment, unless we are trained.

The Dzogchen approach is a direct realisation of this state of play. No beliefs are required, just direct seeing with confidence. Other traditions rely on the assumption that, one day, we will get it. Dzogchen is not like that. Life is far too short to just hang around, doing the same old thing and hoping for change. This is Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity!

Within the context of pure awareness, thoughts and emotions are vividly seen. We (pure awareness) are not yet involved, and remain unmoved within inner peace. This is how we liberate thoughts and emotions as they arise and thus, thoughts and emotions become wisdom. We are no longer reacting to type; everything is fresh.

Ordinary people do not notice that when a thought or an emotion arises, there are nano-moments of development taking place prior to that. Ordinary people go into reaction mode, where there is no time or space for reflection. This habitual reaction is ego orientated, where thoughts and emotions are given an extra boost. Ordinary people are unaware of awareness, of consciousness. They do not notice perception, memory and judgement taking place, which is the dualistic enhancement of the ego.

We are first and foremost empty, intelligent, compassionate, wise, space of pure being. Once we comprehend and recognise this, realisation takes place, and the habitual self programming can take a back seat.

How are we ignorant of all this? We have been ‘hypnotised’ since young by all sorts of subtle influences from our particular environment, which we reinforce through auto-suggestion, giving these ideas a boost and making them our life’s goal. Few see the need to break out.

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‘I’ Am Confused

‘I’ am confused.
‘I’ have always been confused.
‘I’ will always be confused.

But what is it that recognises this confusion? What is it that has always been there, recognising, knowing, being aware, being conscious? Confusion is always recognised, isn’t it? We are confused about this and that in this crazy world, but awareness has always been present, never changing.

Realising this is confusion dawning as wisdom.

The real I is that which recognises. That is consciousness. But here’s the thing: what is it that is aware of consciousness? Are we about to go round in circles? Not at all. We are the very heart or essence of conscious awareness itself. It has always been there … here … now. It doesn’t matter how much confusion there is in the mind, mind essence/pure consciousness is the everlasting witnessing. That is our true reality, rather than the comings and goings of programmed precepts. Pure consciousness has never been confused, but just distracted by doubts in the mind. As Gampopa said, “May confusion dawn as wisdom.”

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

May my mind become one with the teaching.
May the teaching progress along the path.
May the path clarify confusion.
May confusion dawn as wisdom.

We are a transparent circle of no circumference. This conscious, uncontaminated emptiness sees all the comings and goings of appearances in the mind. We have become the filling of emptiness by trivial concepts that cloud clarity and solidify a feeeling of ‘I’.

We are so much more.

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The complete teaching

Recognising that all dissatisfaction is fleeting
and that recognition is constant,
travelling around and arriving at the starting place,
nothing has changed,
and yet there is a feeling of completeness.

In completeness, recognition and dissatisfaction
are simultaneous.
We are unstuck in the moment of seeing.

“Not too tight and not too loose”,
holding on to neither the recognition nor the dissatisfaction.




(Of course the same goes for feeling satisfied…we drop it!)

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It’s All We Know – So We Think

We live in a collective consciousness, wound up like clockwork toys. It’s all we know. We don’t actually think; we repeat. If something comes along outside our repetitious life, either it doesn’t register or we get angry. Conscious life only starts when we find the box too restrictive and start to think outside its limitations because we recognise futile diligence.

Repeating and calculating our way through life isn’t thinking. It is attachment to pre-existing thoughts already in circulation. Actualthinking is observing, analysing, experiencing, questioning and realising that outside the box is space – gloriously empty space of all possibilities.

We evolve from the darkness of mindless repetition into the clear light of infinite possibilities. Purifying consciousness into bliss is a personal realisation. Some then choose to return to the box to help create an escape route!

When we know,
we do not have to think.
We can breathe freely.

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Calling On Enlightened Ones From Afar

We all need inspiration from someone or something that we consider more profound than ourselves. It is psychological, but also inspiring, and is something to aim for. This sense of deep appreciation or devotion may be a temporary feeling or may last a lifetime. It all depends how useful or important we feel this connection is. In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a prayer entitled “Calling on the lama (guru/teacher) from afar”. Theistic traditions call on God.

We are calling or longing for the realisation of our true reality.

Whether we consider that the deity is listening or not, or whether this is just psychological, if it works, do it. It may just feel good.

I tend to be a reasonable person using logic, but I also call on ancient wisdom so that the origin of this wisdom is not forgotten, and I am mindful that there is further to go. A nice polished ego can take us down into hell 🙂

There are formal prayers, but we can just imagine sitting with beings of light, soaking up the atmosphere. We may have a slight problem (from time to time) with living teachers, their students, their inner circle, their grand set up and their need for money 😀 but when we think of ancient ones, all the ordinary, human frailties vanish.

To be positive, even if we hate our teacher (and it’s possible), our memory of them is strong with us. We are not indifferent, so this still serves as a reminder of where we want to go, and could mean that it’s time to move on. Teachers and spiritual centres are like catalysts –  a person or thing can precipitate an event, pushing us over the edge, hitting the right button, illumining, enlightening, showing the way to go.

Just don’t hold onto annoyance: it’s never going to be a perfect world. The point is, that which sees this is perfection. It’s all about remembering.

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A Terrifying Shock

Ignorance: not recognising.
How is that a shock?

How many people on Earth recognise their true nature of pure awareness of ultimate being? They may be aware of their job, family, interests, church or being Buddhist, but how many recognise, realise and rest in pure awareness? A handful? If this is so, then most of this planet lives in ignorance.

Evolution is about progressing, advancing, evolving. Of course, we can advance in our job, dynasty, interests, church or Buddhist studies, but are we advancing in higher consciousness?

The world that surrounds us is constantly ‘upgrading’ the consumer: we become part of that ‘upgrade’, but advancing spiritually – consciously, and in compassionate understanding – means resting longer in unconditional wisdom.

Enlightenment is a continuous flat line of being, without any personal attitude; an enlightened being is therefore able to benefit others where needed.

Is that what seven billion people are doing? It’s a terrifying shock to realise that sentient beings do not recognise their true nature. Realising this is the very cause of love, generosity, patience, discipline, morality, concentration and the wisdom of universal truth. The moment we recognise is the moment of liberation. We are free in the moment of seeing.

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Seeing Good, Seeing Bad

Good = beneficial
Bad = harmful
Both have an effect on us.

Finding fault is easier than seeing good.
Seeing good needs the complete picture.

The complete picture is
both benefit and harm.

In finding fault, we become too serious.
In clinging to the beneficial, we become too needy.

The complete picture is
just so.

Just so is seeing the outcome of a cause.

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Plato’s Cave Is Nothing To Do With Me!”
Oh, really?

Plato and Buddha Saw The Same Reality
Plato knew that we are prisoner to illusions,
and that we mistake appearance for reality.

Plato’s shadow images are not merely philosophical speculation about the past: they describe what is actually happening in our minds right now.

We believe everything we encounter is real. We believe everything in our minds is real. We believe an external God is real, when the only reality we actually knowis our own pure awareness.
Why were we turned away from our true reality? It is a shock to realise that we have been believing in images, when logic tells us that it is our own consciousness that is the only reality. We are free of images in the moment of seeing.

Plato and Buddha knew this 2500 years ago, and still we do not see. Why? Because we create our own mental fantasies, and also consent to allow others to create images for us to believe in.

“Thou shall not make for thyself an image”…
nor let anyone else make an image for you.

But we do because we believe in the images on the wall.
Logic tells us these images are not real, but still we react to them.

Plato’s Cave:

Plato likened people to prisoners chained in a cave, unable to turn their heads. All they can see is the wall of the cave. Behind them burns a fire, and between the fire and the prisoners, there is a parapet along which puppeteers can walk. The puppeteers, who are behind the prisoners, hold up puppets that cast shadows on the wall of the cave. The prisoners are unable to see these puppets – the real objects – that pass behind them. What the prisoners see and hear are shadows and echoes cast by objects that they do not see. Such prisoners would mistake appearance for reality.

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Being Cynical

Cynical: believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest;
distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.

We aren’t cynical, are we?!

How do we counter being cynical? We only have to hear the words ‘religion’ and ‘politicians’ or a particular name, and we switch off. We simply distrust. We may feel ashamed to be cynical but, of course, it’s normal, because we have been conditioned. We are all conditioned beings, programmed by earlier trauma. Those who assume that they are not cynical are just play acting.

If I look at my teacher sitting on a throne in brocades and robes, holding varjas and bells and maybe wearing a head dress, I can either wonder what the point is, or accept that is the way Tibetans act. And then there is all the bowing and prostrating by the students to both the teacher and the shrine: it is supposed to be an antidote to pride, but these actions may be an act of pride in themselves.

We are either cynical or we just accept things.
The point is, both attitudes are doing ‘my’ head in 😀
Is there anything wrong with either blindly accepting, or being cynical?

It all depends on whether we are fixated with our view. Either way, we have a conditioned mind, and that is normal for unenlightened, sentient beings – so don’t feel wrong about this.

There are two ways to address this issue. One is complex, and the other, simple.

From a spiritual point of view, we can use antidotes – such as chanting, mindfulness, introspection – to counter a distrustful mind. We realise that we are cynical because of previous experiences; we have been conditioned – but couldn’t the chanting, mindfulness and introspection also simply be conditioning us?

The simple way to end cynicism is to be aware that our mind hasbeen conditioned, and that the cynicism is not usbut rather, a result of past experiences held in mind. We are merely conscious awareness noting these fixations. Weare not cynical: the conditioned mind is. In that we can trust. Of course, religion, politicians and people are tainted, but so are we, and there’s no need to throw ‘the baby out with the bath water’. At a deeper level, we all want the same thing – to be open, honest and enlightened.

It’s a big ask, but we start with our closed-minded self.

A practice: bring up a memory of someone you distrust or who seems naïve. Savour those mistrusting qualities. Are they real? No, they’re just ideas. That person is only projecting their inadequatenesses … so what? Aren’t we all?

We are free in the moment of seeing. Enjoy it! What a relief when we can leave people alone.

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Something Realised Is Something Destroyed

Knowingness destroys ignorance.
Confidence destroys doubt.
Inner peace destroys agitation.

When we have knowingness, confidence, and inner peace, we value these. This deepens our appreciation for the transmission of these qualities. Those transmissions come from spiritual teachings about the clarification of what we are. We no longer fear our inner phenomena because we can liberate them. Devotion arises from this unshakeable realisation of our ultimate reality of pure consciousness, which is now our lifetime’s duty.

Wisdom destroys confusion.
Light destroys darkness.
Simplicity destroys complexity.
Compassion and devotion destroy the ‘I’.
The dis-illusion of everything brings about
knowingness, confidence, and inner peace.

Disillusion: to realise that a belief we hold is false.

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Spirit Is Always Free

It is pure emptiness itself.
We are empty spirit.

Concepts (karma) that enslave us
are empty of any true reality.
Nothing is real.

Pure spirit is free
in the moment of seeing.
All we do is witness.

“But I want to be better than I am!”
What more do you want?
“All this just isn’t good enough!”
I see.

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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder”

On a conventional, relative level, this refers to our individual taste, which is formed by our individual understanding and opinion, and will be limited. On an ultimate level, beauty is seen as ‘rightness’. The audience goes wild when a performer does what they do well on a talent show: their performance may not be to the audience’s individual tastes but there is a recognition of rightness of effort, and love.

But it goes deeper than that.

If we drop a heavy weight on to glass, it will break. This will leave an awful mess, but that pattern of mess will have a rightness about it, due to specific causes and conditions. At that moment, the components could do nothing else; that is the rightness of the situation.

We may not like the mess – and even see the above description as a waste of time – and that too will have a rightness about it. Why? As we all have a limited view about whatever we see (we see through a glass darkly), that view we hold also has a rightness about it.

‘Right’ is not meant as the antithesis of wrong – that judgement comes later. ‘Right’ here means that all the elements – the causes and conditions – are present for something to be created or destroyed.

Evil is anything that creates harm, down to the subtlest of levels – a gesture, a look, a word – and is governed by the universal forces of attraction and repulsion (like and dislike). Evil is Dharma in reverse. The purpose of the teachings of the Dharma are to counteract the forces of attraction and repulsion. The evil actions that take place in the world happen precisely because there is nothing outside these forces of attraction and repulsion (like and dislike), and therefore, evil has a rightness about it. To reiterate: ‘rightness’ does not mean something is ‘right’ as opposed to ‘wrong’. Rather, it is in the sense that, if a person does not take care and ignores the ice on the pavement, they will slip over.

There is a beauty in this understanding. One could say that the power of physics cannot be ignored; if you place the correct pressure on something, it will break. In the first instant of seeing, we are mere observers, and the ‘eye of the beholder’ is consciousness (in its ultimate form, pure consciousness).

Conventional beauty is subjective, and limited to collective ideas. Something may appear beautiful, but all phenomena is impermanent, so external beauty isn’t lasting. Authentic beauty lies in the realisation that consciousness is pure and right, and therefore beautiful.

True beauty is in the everlasting. That is pure consciousness, for without that, nothing would be known. The true expression of beauty is caring – love, empathy and compassion – and for this, we need generosity, tolerance, discipline, conscience and concentration. And above all, wisdom. Wisdom is the realisation of the true nature of all minds, and that is emptiness. Pure spirit.

The eye of the beholder witnesses karma, which is the fruition of previous activities. Karma is therefore our teacher. The rightness of karma is beautiful. Recognising this, we are ultimately beautiful – and always have been!

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Who Rules The World?

Actually, this is the wrong question. Before we can ask, “Who rules the world?” we must ask, “What rules the world?” All sentient beings – and the entire universe – are governed by attraction and repulsion. Because we are all governed by these forces, we are all rulers!

The stronger these forces are, the more obsessed and desperate we become, and the more power we desire. This isn’t exclusive to corporations and governments: our family, friends, acquaintances, neighbours, and the person sitting on the adjacent meditation cushion, are all governed by attraction and repulsion – in other words, desire and aversion.

What created these two forces that control us all?

It is ignorance or indifference to our true nature – natural, pure, compassionate consciousness. Consenting to be governed by attraction, repulsion and ignorance, we created impure consciousness, which is constantly occupied by self interest.

This self interest is ego clinging. The devil is our own ego, as we project attraction, repulsion and ignorance on to others. Until enlightenment, we will be attacked by these forces. The subtler our practice, the subtler these demonic energies become.

We are free in the moment of seeing.
That is all we have to do.

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Thoughts Are Not The Problem

Thoughts are not the problem.
The problem is fixating on thoughts;
this fixation can last a lifetime,
creating our persona, our mask, our act.

In being fixated, we prolong a feeling; we hold on to it, we become it. It’s our security line to whomever we think we are, and we are not going to give this up easily, are we?

The point is that thoughts will naturally arise, and we do not have to block them. It’s fixating or obsessing about them that causes us heart ache, and controls our lives. This, in turn, affects others around us. The knock-on effect is that the whole population of planet Earth is hidden behind masks. We all fear being exposed, and this makes it a very tense world. We can’t complain about it because we are part of it; that would be like sitting a traffic jam, complaining that there’s a traffic jam!

We cannot expect the world to change for us. That is not going to happen. It is we who have to change our attitude towards our ideas. As we realise that our thoughts come from the collective, we realise that we are all in the same jam.

If we try to block our thoughts, we will make them seem real. Our thoughts are merely products from our past, and all we have to do is allow them to be, and let them pass, rather than reacting to them. We need space in order to be able to stand back and see – and then recognise whatever is taking place, whether beneficial or harmful. Meditation brings this clarity and, as a result, empathy and compassion.

We don’t have to be ‘us’: we can be whatever the situation demands. In the traffic jam, we do not have to ‘wait’: we can just sit.

Lose the fixation.
Lose the tension.

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We Will Never Find Reality Or Truth
by thinking about reality or truth

Reality – or truth – is the pure consciousness that is aware of the thinking. Pure consciousness never changes, whereas thinking does. This is not theory; it can be experienced.

Through the experience of just sitting and being aware of awareness (when we stop being attached to our thoughts), we realise that we are nothing other than pure consciousness.

Unfortunately, we spend our precious life being distracted by poetic trinkets, righteousness, mental torments, confusion, depression … and so, we become victims. We cannot change the collective way of thinking, but we no longer have to follow others’ beliefs.

If others’ beliefs were actually free of suffering and distortion, they would be worth consideration, but beliefs are merely someone else’s opinions – or worse (a deception).

In realising pure consciousness – and that which obscures pure consciousness – all questions can be answered.

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In Rigpa, Nothing Sticks

Rigpa is a Tibetan Dzogchen word for naked awareness – pure consciousness. It is the very nature of mind. It is cognisant emptiness. It’s what we are. Thoughts arise in the naked awareness of mind, and they are noted and let be. Naked awareness does not get sticky, clinging to thoughts and governing our lives.

The criticism from ordinary mind (that which holds on to thoughts) is that this approach lacks sensitivity. People immediately say, “Oh, so you do nothing!” In the modern world we are taught to be sensitive and value our feelings, and therefore we can become over-sensitive. This is fuel for ego fixation – for an ‘I’ fixation – and is the breeding ground for hope and fear. We feel the need either to defend our ideas or become hostile, and in our righteousness, we are quick to take offence. Ordinary mind is controlled by the collective ideas that are in fashion at any given moment: this control causes more confusion and is unsettling because it disrupts our natural knowingness.

There may be moment of selflessness – of genuine heroism – but that is only because we don’t have time to think of ourselves in that instant. That spontaneity is rigpa, but as it’s not combined with continuous practice, it is not a stable presence in everyday life.

In rigpa , everything is noted but not grasped. Pure consciousness is clarity and, in clarity, whatever is seen as beneficial is expressed in compassionate activity, and then dropped. It is dropped because we do not want any clutter from a previous moment to influence this moment. We remain in naked awareness. Not sticky awareness! 😀

Of course, as we are not enlightened, we will have a residue of attitude, and a way of dealing with things but, through practice, we refine seeing.

This is what spiritual investigation is all about … refining seeing. In refining seeing, we are liberated into the dynamic expression of compassion. How that is expressed is a matter of personal skill and experience. Maybe we can do nothing but listen; at least listening will not make a situation worse!

Stick at nothing to be free.

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What Would Be The Final Teaching?



Just to clarify:
Sit and realise pure awareness.
Exhaust all fixations on self.

To clarify even further:
Whether we’re listening to someone else
or the thoughts in our own minds,
we no longer struggle with them.
Like the moon reflected in water,
thoughts are a mere reflection in pure awareness.
There is an implied duality but ultimately,
there is just pure awareness.

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We Need A Shock To Wake Up

People are devolving rather than evolving.
Humanity is dumbing down.
That is the shock.

We are all suffering and do not recognise it. If we don’t recognise suffering, then we remain in our dream world. Actually, it’s someone else’s dream world: humanity is weakening because it is becoming reliant.

When science discovered DNA – a self-replicating material which is present in all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes that carry genetic information – the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something was understood, and science learnt to create and recreate.

There is no end to invention, so there is no end to our captivity.

The results of science make life easier, and are useful to us. We don’t realise that brings dependency and has a detrimental effect on the health of both our minds and bodies. The result is that we cannot think straight.

Our reliance on science’s lateral thinking maintains us in vertical thinking. In lateral thinking, there are questions that lead to answers that lead to questions. In vertical thinking, there only are accepted answers.

We need straight thinking – straight perception – rather than fixated thinking. To appearances in the mind, straight thinking asks, “Do I need this?”

We need to understand our own characteristics, and take back control of our lives. To do this, we become spiritual psychologists by sitting quietly in meditation, eyes open within awareness, experiencing both our acquired nature and our true nature at work. This is how we wake up from collective dream.

Now we can think for ourselves. “What is myorigin?” Who stares, wins! 😀

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Is God Buddhist?

‘Bud-dha’ means awake and pure.
Buddhism unveils our pure, cognisant, compassionate consciousness.

Sentient beings are sleeping buddhas.
When we awaken
to our true consciousness of pure cognisant compassion,
we realise
our supreme being.

As a lie can be hidden in full view,
so is the truth.

Don’t you just love wisdom?

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Illuminating Darkness Can Be Depressing

When we see clearly what we and others have done and are doing with our lives, it’s bit of a shock. It can also be depressing, as we realise that love is not all around us; wae are surrounded by self-centredness. Now our true work – our evolution – begins.

We cannot change the type of world in which we live; we can only change our view of it. It is here that we need an empathetic attitude – been there, done that, regret that. Compassion is challenging.

Real love or compassion can only come about through understanding the true nature of all sentient beings, and it is for this reason that absolute bodhicitta/altruism comes before relative bodhicitta/altruism.

With relative bodhicitta/altruism, we want to do nice things for others, but there is a significant self-gratification present.

With ultimate bodhicitta/altruism, there is an understanding of the true nature of others, which is empty cognisance, or pure awareness. In that understanding, we allow space for the situation to be seen clearly, and in that clarity, we are free of any self-gratification. That’s all that is needed.

The illuminating of darkness is depressing and sad.
And that, is the real cause of love.
We no longer see through a glass darkly.

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Antidote: A Temporary Spiritual Medicine

 An antidote is something that counteracts an unpleasant feeling,
as in ‘laughter is a good antidote to stress’.

But this does not get rid of the cause of the stress.

Chanting, singing, praying out loud does relieve stress, but this is only a temporary measure as we need to come back for more. We like it, we become dependent on it, we are addicted to it.

As with the previous article, “Quietism”, the inner realisation of pure consciousness cuts through emotions as soon as they are recognised. We are free in the moment of seeing. We don’t have to shout “Alleluia!” or “E Ma Ho!”

If we are not told – or do not recognise – that we are free in the moment of seeing, we will remain dependent upon others.

Of course, there are moments where the emotions do explode, and that is when we need anything that works to bring an end to this karmic outburst: I splatter my mind with extremely fast, inner chants of “Om mani peme hum” to drown out my mind worms, and then drop.

Thinking that we are doing something when we apply an antidote feels good. That’s fine, but temporary: chanting, singing, praying out loud may feel euphoric, but has no stability. Realising pure consciousness feels neither good nor indifferently neutral; we just remain open as we no longer need the dopamine fix of an antidote.

Peace begins when expectation ends.

Antidotes lead to anecdotes:
short amusing or interesting stories we can talk about.

In the realisation of silence,
there is nothing to discuss.
We, merely rest in inner peace.

If a thousand Buddhas then said, “You are wrong”,
we remain unmoved.

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“What is Quietism?”
It is a level above Noise-ism.

Quietism teaches that spiritual peace, and even perfection, can be achieved through quiet, inner contemplation. The practitioner of quietism seeks to subdue desire and become totally passive, spiritually.

This is the opposite of singing and praying out loud.

In quietism, one can achieve a ‘sinless state’ by inward contemplation, ridding the soul (mind) of all troubling desires. The aim of quietism is union with God, a state of pure consciousness.

The Eastern Orthodox Church suggested, “The supreme aim of life on earth is the contemplation of the uncreated light whereby man is intimately united with God”.

A state of imperturbable serenity was seen as a desirable state of mind by philosophers such as Epicurus, Pyrrhonian, and the Stoic school, and also by their Roman followers, such as the emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Quietism was mysticism within the Roman Catholic Church during the late 1600s. The Cathars’ denial of the need for sacerdotal rites has been perceived as a form of quietism. The founder of the Quaker movement, George Fox, recognised that spirituality is achieved by paying attention to the Holy Spirit – the godhead – through silence.

In these ways, Quietism resembles Buddhism.

There is a natural, silent stillness within us all;
it’s what we are … after all!

Distracting this natural, silent stillness within us all
is an unnecessary antidote.

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Living In A Brainwashed World
(by consent)

To wake up to reality, we first have to clear our minds of all the opinions and fixed ideas that we have collected and hold on to. We must acknowledge that these ideas are not our own; we took possession of them from the collective consciousness. The question is, “Who put these ideas into the playground?”

There are those who have conspired against society to manipulate humanity. The weapon of confusion controls the masses, and this starts at an early age.

There has been conscious and intelligent manipulation of our habits and opinions. Our minds have been moulded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by those we have never heard of who pull the strings of the public mind. For millennia, people have been made to believe what they have been told. Each generation has its architects, who act both consciously and unconsciously.

Edward L. Bernays,  Sigmund Freud’s nephew and the founder of the public relations industry in the US, used public relations techniques as a way for corporations to mould the mind of the masses in a desired direction. What do you think advertising, news and propaganda are all about? Make something freely available and people are hooked: through laziness, we consent to let others think for us.

Bernays defined ‘engineering consent’ as the art of manipulating people. He maintained that “entire populations, which were undisciplined and lacking in intellectual or definite moral principles, were vulnerable to unconscious influence and thus susceptible to wanting things that they do not need. This is achieved by manipulating desires on an unconscious level. The central idea behind the engineering of consent is that the public should not be aware of the manipulation taking place.”

A secret agenda depends on people NOT being able to think critically. They may joke, react and argue, but this is all still part of an agenda. Thinking critically means making reasoned judgments that are logical and well thought out. One doesn’t simply accept -without questioning – all arguments and conclusions to which one is exposed. This requires curiosity, scepticism and humility. People who use critical thinking are the ones who say, “How do you know that?”

Josef Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment for the Nazi party, wrote:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Consent to wake up to realising that you are already awake.
However cluttered our mind seems to be, pure awareness is still present.
This is why there is so much created to distract us.

Sitting in still silence,
we can see all this going on.

To test whether all the rice is cooked,
we merely have to taste one grain.

Consent not to be ‘cooked’

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The Lamp That Dispels Darkness

Dispelling Spells
Dispel: to make disappear
Spell: a state of enchantment

This is a synopsis of the precious teaching,“The Lamp That Dispels Darkness”, write in 1906 by Mipham Rinpoche. This teaching is for those who do not wish to exert themselves 😀 All that needs to be remembered is not to forget.

The lamp is the light of wisdom of emptiness that dispels the darkness obscuring the realisation of the light of wisdom. Before we can realise the nature of this light, we have to recognise what darkness is.

The enchanted darkness we all experience is our mind being engaged or vacant, and thus enchanted. We are usually in a state of vacancy – like a cow staring into space – as we are not aware of awareness.

Being aware of awareness is the lamp of potentialwisdom: it isn’t lit yet because we are still living in a duality. ‘I’ am ‘aware’. It is when this ‘I’ looks into that which is aware that we find nothing but awareness. All reasoning drops away. It is empty of speculations and beyond description. The very moment that emptiness is realised, that is the light. That is the clarity in the darkness. That is the life essence of what we are – empty clarity beyond description. The mind is neither engaged nor vacant; there is just empty awareness.

There is nothing to do but recognise and realise this fact, beyond belief. That isn’t any hardship, is it?

Whether our situation is smooth or rough, empty clarity is always present. This is the most profound secret that is no longer a secret. If this is the ultimate teaching, what on earth is going on all around us? The answer is obvious: people are unaware of the nature of awareness.

It is indifference that has obscured the light of wisdom. It is the recognition of the darkness of indifference that dispels the darkness. All the town yogi has to do now is remember, and not be distracted by the illusions of enchanted spells.

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Lack Certainty, Lack Impact

If we lack certainty about what we understand, we will lack the impact needed to achieve and realise our objective. Uncertainty leads to a lack of inner peace. Of course, certainty has many levels so, conventionally, we cannot say, “This is it!” but a firm stepping stone of certainty gives us a strong foundation for the next step. We need certainty to ‘boldly go’, to complete our efforts; then we can be ready for the next stage in our lives.

From the ultimate level, there is only one certainty,
and that is that we are pure consciousness,
embroiled and confused in a human form.

We need certainty in our uncertainty in order to jump off our present step, and into emptiness. It is ego fixation – an ‘I’ fixation – that holds us back from jumping: the Greek word for ‘I’ is ‘ego’.

If we cover up our uncertainty with bravado*, we merely obscure the feeling of weakness that we believe we must protect, and so we remain a projection, a mouth piece, instead of an expression of pure consciousness.

For years I wondered about the demonic forces in the world. How do they work?

The feeling of weakness creates a need to appear strong, to show bravado. Being ignorant of their true nature, beings are governed by the samsaric principles of desire and aversion, and they use these principles to ensnare others. Evil is Dharma in reverse.

Of course, this evil has a huge impact in the conventional world, but it is self defeating because the instigators will never find inner peace. They spend their whole lives calculating and propping up the lack of certainty that they have about their true reality.

There are three basic principles of the entire universe: the universal DNA. These principles – desire (attraction) aversion (repulsion) and ignorance (inertia) – are the demonic forces that control all sentient beings. To the enlightened, however, they are wisdoms.

What a crazy world we live in!
Gain certainty by turning everything on its head.
You are what you seek.

*Bravado: a bold manner or a show of boldness intended to impress or intimidate.

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Stop Believing In God To Know God

Our highest part is
pure consciousness, absolute consciousness, ultimate consciousness,
God consciousness.

Hebrews 13:5
God said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

Apart from not knowing who said God said this, could this statement be more practical?

As long as we believe there is a God ‘out there’, we will never realise that the truth is already within us all, and therefore we no longer have to believe. As long as we believe, we will never know. Why would anyone want us to believe rather than know?

Now read:
“ Never will pure consciousness leave you;
never will pure consciousness forsake you.”

For anything to be known, there first has to be a knowing, an awareness, a consciousness. It is consciousness that will never leave you, because you are consciousness. In its pure state, consciousness is just pure consciousness. It’s what, in essence, we are.

Our fate is in our own hands: either we stay in ignorance or we awaken to our enlightened nature. We always had a choice, but maybe it was kept from us.

Which makes more sense?

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Positive Dissatisfaction

Dissatisfaction is being no longer content or happy with something.

When evolving – rather than just looking for a change –
positive dissatisfaction is our stepping stone to the next level.

The level we are at is not wrong;
it has just worn itself out.

We find we cannot go back
to a previous way of thinking.

When karma is being undone, whatever we did previously no longer satisfies.

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What Is Meditation, Really?

Meditation is the direct recognition of the nature of mind,
and whatever obscures it.
And that which obscures it can the method of meditation itself!
In the moment of recognition,
there is no meditation.

So, if we keep meditating,
we obscure our reality.

Meditation methods simply lead to being aware of awareness, and whatever obscures that awareness. While we are ‘meditating’, we are doing something. When we finally realise the nature of mind – our essence which is beyond the meditation – we realise that we are this mind essence, free of contamination. That is pure consciousness itself, where there is nothing to do. This is self realisation: realisation arises by itself.

But aren’t we supposed to keep watching the breath?

Watching the breath focuses the mind as a tool of mindfulness. We can spent our life doing mindfulness meditation and still not realise our true nature of pure consciousness … but we become pretty good at watching the breath!

It is not a matter of stopping thoughts. When we sit still, thoughts and impressions constantly bubble away; this is merely our memories, stirring. If we relate to this bubbling, these bubbles turn into thoughts and we are gone … off with the fairies. We live in this way, relating to everything, and it is for this reason that our conventional world is called ‘relative’ reality where we live in memories – a virtual reality – bringing our samsaric world into our meditation; by following our thoughts, we give them a seeming reality.

Realising and staying in pure consciousness is absolute truth. It is the origin of ‘absolute’ reality.

In reality, in pure awareness, we do nothing.
The programmed mind makes the body talk and walk,
while pure consciousness witnesses.

We still play our part
but it’s our past that has written the script:
in seeing that, we can rewrite, until we complete the play.

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The Next Step

“Starting From The Beginning”:
the teaching is all about the beginning.
We doubt, so more text was created.

“Beginner mind, Zen mind.”

The very recognition that we are dissatisfied
is the meaning of the unity of relative and ultimate truth,
and the path to enlightenment.

Constantly recognising a disturbance in empty cognisance
takes us through the levels,
refining and refining.

The clue is in the statement:
“The very recognition that we are dissatisfied.”

There is a recognition. There is a we. There is a dissatisfaction.

That which recognises is consciousness.
That which we call ‘we’ is a contrived identification with consciousness.
That which is dissatisfied is consciousness that does not recognise
its true nature of empty cognisance.

“We are liberated in the moment of seeing.”

When, through meditation, consciousness recognises
that it is pure, uncontaminated, empty cognisance,
the idea of ‘we’ is liberated.

Rather than “I am seeing”,
there is merely seeing.

In the very moment now, there is no I.
An I is created a milli-moment later, and confuses itself.
This happens so quickly that we don’t notice it
and so we live in ignorance of our true nature.

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