DON’T TAKE YOURSELF FOR GRANTED

Don’t Take Your Self For Granted

Don’t take your self for granted.
It’s all you have to work with!

It is because we make mistakes 
that we can become enlightened.

Our path is
to see that we suffer;
to see that our ‘self’ is the cause of this suffering;
to see that we can bring an end to suffering;
to work with that suffering … which never existed.

This self is the accumulation of ideas.
This accumulation is karma.
So karma – our self – is our teacher.

See carefully.
Speak carefully.
Think carefully.

Be grateful that you can see your self
and don’t take it for granted!

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PHANTOM SPIRITUALITY

Phantom Spirituality

Phantom: a figment of the imagination.
Our self image is a figment of our imagination.

For spirituality to be practical, there can be no wishful thinking, no mind games. It is spirituality – or pure consciousness – that sees the mind’s pattern of behaviour.

Spirituality is the acknowledgement of personal psychological tendencies, and their transcendence. Our true nature is consciousness; its essence is emptiness – our uncontaminated reality which is the very source of intelligent, compassionate, human communication. 

No holy ghost here.
Just wholeness.
Complete and harmonious unity.

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ESOTERIC TEACHINGS IN THE WEST

Esoteric Teachings In The West

We live in a profoundly non-monastic and non-contemplative society. To adopt profound and esoteric contemplative practices without sufficient context is highly problematic. What is being given in a traditional manner may not be received in a traditional manner.

These esoteric teaching have to make sense within our culture, within our own mind.

Merely adopting another’s tradition and culture isn’t our way; it’s someone else’s way.

We need a proper foundation – or, more accurately, atmosphere – in which to practice, and have to know why we are doing something, and where we are going. It’s not a singalong!

If a tradition within a country is centuries old, the value of a practice is easily accepted. In a non-contemplative society, we have to be aware of our own psychology and that which drives us within our own culture, along with our own specific problems.

Just having a taste of Dharma will not do, and doesn’t work. Having to live in two cultures (one at home, and another at the spiritual centre), people develop split personalities, and conflict ensues.

We have to start with reason,
and that could require a shock,
rather than pseudo loving kindness.

The genuine shock of dissatisfaction and suffering
produces genuine realisation.

Genuine looking
produces genuine seeing.

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EVER WONDERED ABOUT MODERN WARFARE?

Ever Wondered About Modern Warfare?

A few bombs, bullets and missiles here and there
but the weapon of choice is information.
The modern tactic; disinformation and reaction.

Create disharmony and fear,
and people will fight one another
and surrender their freedom.

If this is true,
we are at war.

If that is true,
we have been at war
for millennia.

If this is true,
we are being encouraged to war with ourselves.

If that is true,
we distract our ability to know our true nature.

The devil’s ways work,
and go unnoticed.

Our task is to see the devil in action.
The devil is our own likes and dislikes
that are used against us.

Still want to raise to the top of the pile?

It is a war on common sense;
seeing things are they are,
rather than being told how they are.

You may ask why?
When we are not in control of ourselves,
someone else is!

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AM I WRONG OR AM I PERFECT?

Am I Wrong Or Am I Perfect?

This I is an accumulation from past experiences and reactions that has resulted in present doubt and confusion. I do this, say that, and think this, while regretting all the things I did, said, and thought.

None of this, however, is what I am. What am I? Pure consciousness that just sees. This consciousness cannot be found, or even realised; realisation is a phenomenon following the experiencing of non-dual pure consciousness. Moreover, this accumulation of confusion is our path to enlightenment, transcending this precise confusion.

Acknowledging this,
may confidence and peace and peace be everywhere.

There is a rightness about our mistakenness in that, if we ignore this, that will happen. Noting this, ignorance drops away,  and “we are free in the moment of seeing.”

The Isha Upanishad
That is perfect; this is perfect; perfect comes from perfect.
Take perfect from perfect, the remainder is perfect.
May peace and peace and peace be everywhere.

Truth isn’t old;
it’s timeless.

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HAPPINESS AND SUFFERING = NO DIFFERENCE

Happiness And Suffering = No Difference

When there is no difference between happiness and suffering,
we have actuated the view.

The ‘view’ is pure consciousness; we simply attend to whatever presents itself in our presence. When we focus, pay attention, are mindful, are in the moment now, rest in pure consciousness, there is neither happiness nor suffering. That judgement comes a moment after, when we revert to type.

When we say ‘attend to’, we mean heal.

There is no time to admire what we have done
as there is the next moment – the next patient – to attend to,
thus maintaining the continuity of contented confidence.

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HOLINESS IS MORE THAN BEING HANDY

Holiness Is More Than Being Handy

Holiness: possessing moral and spiritual qualities.

This applies to all of us, if we but realised it.
Saying someone is ‘holy’ separates us,
and we idolise that symbol.

The moment that we recognise the symbol, 
we should remember, appreciate and respect those same qualities within us.

If we deny our true qualities, we remain Homo habilis (handy man), 
instead of Homo sapiens (wise man).

Better still … become Homo luminous (enlightened being). 😀

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NOT FINDING IS FINDING

Not Finding Is Finding

Not finding anything else within pure consciousness, we have arrived.
Conversely, not finding and missing is definitely not finding.
😀
What is it that we miss?
The claiming, and a feeling of satisfaction.

When resting in the spontaneous moment of now, there is nothing to refer to and so, nothing to become attached to. That is our pure state of being. Resting there, consciousness becomes aware of clarity, simply seeing without looking. All idealisations drop away and we remain at peace. 

When we re-establish within materiality, this spontaneity is ever-present. We can then either work with mindful clarity – “What is it?” “What does it need?” – or fall back into a fixated world of habitual procedures – “I do this and then this and then this….”

We are already that which we seek.
Don’t believe a word!
😀

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“WHAT IS THE USE OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?”

What Is The Use Of Spiritual Practice?”

The point of spiritual practice is to reduce suffering in the world.
When suffering is reduced, happiness is increased.
It’s that simple.

The problem is that
we are too excitable.

“So what do we do?”
We sit and do absolutely nothing, focusing and taming the mind.
That ends suffering …it’s gone!

But our pattern of behaviour starts up again.
“What about all the suffering in the world?
We can’t just do nothing.”

We start by understanding the cause of our own suffering.
I am the problem.
We are the problem.
It’s that simple.

Compassionate understanding heals the world.
“But I want change now!”
It’s not that simple.

Bringing a total end to our own suffering takes time and practice.
Enlightened beings took time to realise the true nature common to all
in order to heal the world.
They left teachings for us to do the same.

Heal thy self. Heal our world. Heal the world.
It’s that simple.

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START AN INFORMATION DIET

Start An Information Diet

Be aware of information overload 
that overloads us with incomplete information.

Be grateful for the exposure of our pattern of behaviour 
that is due to information overload
– especially in times of anxiety.

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OBSCURING THE TRUTH

Obscuring The Truth

The truth itself isn’t extremely subtle; 
it is that which is obscuring the truth that is extremely subtle. 

Pure consciousness is what we are; it sees every moment that we think we are seeing, surveying without comment. It has done so since birth. It’s not holy. It’s whole and complete consciousness. 

Most traditions suggest that pure consciousness is a rare, esoteric event that deserves special language and rituals. It doesn’t! All that leads us astray. Those things are for the materialistic spiritual mind (spiritual materialism) that is content just to follow, counting prayers and mantras. For those who are actually looking, they realise that they see, and no longer need elaborations.

Esoteric are the few who realise. Exoteric are the many who theorise.

Esoteric is the actual recognition and realisation of our true nature. For those who merely follow, the esoteric teachings remain at the level of the exoteric; even though it may appear that we are receiving esoteric teachings, they are received as exoteric theories. 

At every moment, we are Buddha but, at every moment, we ignore this truth. We are so indoctrinated with material ‘facts’ and spiritual ‘facts’ that we assume we know. It is that which distracts pure consciousness that is extremely subtle. Choosing to look no further, we become attached to a particular teaching, separating ourselves from others; in this way, we maintain our likes and dislikes, and thus lack compassion. 

This is Mara working extremely subtly in all situations.
Mara: the personification of evil, opposed to enlightenment.

The 19th-century poet Charles-Pierre Baudelaire wrote: 
“The devil’s deepest wile is to persuade us that he (it) does not exist.” 

Many fall into the notion that the Devil or Mara does not exist. The attempt to do away with the idea of the Devil (or evil intent) has led many to reject their divine nature along with any moral boundaries in favour of obsequiousness – being obedient an excessive degree to something less than truth. Mara is clinging to our own likes and dislikes. 

By concealing the identity of the Devil (our own likes and dislikes) we turn away from esoteric truth to exoteric attention-seeking. Isn’t that exactly what demonic intent wants?

Like a criminal boss, the Devil conceals its identity in order to achieve its objective. What is that objective? To enslave.

The truth itself isn’t extremely subtle; 
it is that which is obscuring the truth that is extremely subtle. 

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EMPATHETIC ENTITIES

Empathetic Entities 

Entity: from late Latin ens, ent- ‘being’ – (intelligent)
Being: essence of a person.
Essence of person: pure consciousness.

Words may stir consciousness, but it is the spacious acknowledgement behind the words that illumines consciousness. There are qualities within a person that express truth without words.

Due to karmic propensities of cause and effect, a timeless entity of consciousness passes time in an appropriate body, but we are, ultimately, beyond these karmic propensities of habitual behaviour. Teachings on entity – pure being – merely show us how to learn from karma, as it is karma that keeps us bound to a pattern.

We may say that we are free to chose but, in reality, our choices are the result of habit. We are so much more than the sum of our ideas. Our view will affect how we live.

Choose battles wisely. Be selective of the problems and confrontations. Focus on the most important aspect – the thing that matters – and let go of the rest. We are here to acknowledge what we all are and, when we realise this, empathetic compassion arises. To get into someone else’s head, we look into our own mind first, and remember.

This embodiment is an expression of the quality of entity.

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BUDDHISM IS VEDANTA

Buddhism Is Vedanta

The Buddha studied the Upanishads and realised their meaning.

At the lower levels of any spiritual endeavour, there will seem to be differences in the meaning of words and names. They all, however, point to the end of confusion and suffering; the end of duality.

Dzogchen (non-duality) and Advaita (non-duality) point to the same reality. Whether we call it ‘the Self’, or ‘unfabricated awareness’ or ‘pure consciousness’, these are indistinguishable from one another. They bring an end to doubt and suffering.

If we obsess on adherence to a side, we will never realise non-duality. Non-duality is experience, beyond words and names. It’s beyond Buddhism, Vedanta, Maha Ati, Mahamudra, God, Self … Look into Jesus’s words – they also reflect Advaita and Dzogchen. Translations are just different. Separation is an illusion.

What are we?
In non-duality, you know.

But … but … I’ve been told there is no me, no self! I disappear!”
True teaching brings an end to confusion and doubt.
The point is, what knows the end of confusion and doubt?

The I is an illusory attachment.

Divinity is to be divine – godlike!
Have no doubts.

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INTROVERT AND EXTROVERT

Introvert and Extrovert

Seeing is the relief we seek.

When we understand what is going on in our mind, we become clearer, quieter and enlightened. In every conversation, there is always some truth to be had that is both challenging and inspiring.

Let’s take the process of small talk – what is it, and what is it for?
Small talk has its purpose, and can either be an opener, or a lifetime’s occupation, bearing in mind that there are degrees and levels. Small talk is closely related to the need for people to maintain a positive face, and feel approval from those who are listening to them.

Small talk:
Small talk is the kind of conversation you make when you want to talk to someone but neither of you wants to get into a very deep or complicated conversation. It’s ‘small’ because you talk about unimportant things in a way that fills up silences and makes you both feel more comfortable and friendly with each other. 

Small talk can also be a barrier created between people. People who are introverted tend to prefer substantial conversations rather than chit-chat and can be easily intimidated, bored or exhausted by small talk.

An introvert is often thought of as a quiet, reserved, and thoughtful individual who prefers a minimally stimulating environment. Most people believe that an extrovert is a person who is friendly and outgoing, and while that may be true, it’s not the complete picture. An extrovert is a person who is energised by being around other people. 

Introverts need time alone to recharge, while extroverts refuel by being with others (which could be said to be feeding off others). 

The word ‘introvert’ is often used as a derogatory term to mean shy or timid, but it’s just a type of person – it’s their uniqueness, in the same way as extrovert has its uniqueness. The mind can either be a monster that demands continually to be fed, or it can be given nutrition for introspection. 

Introspection: observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes

Ultimately, introverts prefer a less stimulating environment. This is meditation leading to non-meditation without stimuli.

Ultimately, extroverts prefer a stimulating environment with total distraction to pass the time.

When we realise this,
peace begins and expectation ends.

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TRUTH ISN’T AN EXAGGERATION

Truth Isn’t An Exaggeration

To build our reality, 
we may use errors, omissions, distortions, restructuring, 
denial, minimisations, exaggerations, justifications.

The only reality is in the seeing without comment.
Seeing isn’t believing; it’s knowing.

An exaggeration is not the truth:
it is stretching the truth to fit a fabricated reality.
We fabricate a reality to disguise our motivation
because we do not know our true reality.

Is a lie conscious or unconscious?
If we feel uncomfortable, it’s subconscious.

Taking sides is conventional reality.
In seeing without taking sides,
we remain in sanity within insanity.

😀

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MINDFUCK

Mindfuck

(yes, it’s a word!)

Mindfuck: a disturbing, confusing experience caused by deliberate psychological manipulation. 

The psychology of evil is ever-present.
It starts with conforming to a small idea that infests the entire system:
just like a virus,
we catch it from others!

Evil, as defined by Philip George Zimbardo, an American psychologist and a professor at Stanford University: “Evil: Intentionally behaving, or causing others to act, in ways that demean, dehumanise, harm, destroy, or kill innocent people.”

German philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who witnessed parts of Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, argued that Eichmann was a plain bureaucrat, seeing himself as “a law-abiding citizen” who “did his duty” and “obeyed orders.” She called this, “the banality of evil.”

At Yale, psychologist Stanley Milgram tested whether ordinary people who were ordered to do evil things by a figure in authority would do them.

The Soloman Asch conformity experiments were a series of psychological experiments conducted during the 1950s: Asch found that people were willing to ignore reality and give an incorrect answer in order to conform to the rest of the group.

We do not free our mind by becoming ‘spiritual’:
that’s just one more mindfuck.

We free our mind from polished distortions 
by clearing our mind through meditation.

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APOLOGIES FOR THE CASCADE OF ARTICLES

Apologies For The Cascade Of Articles

When the tap is open,
it keeps running.
😀 😀 😀

Don’t bother reading it all;
it’s all the same substance!

Look at it this way.
It’s free.
It only costs a moment.
😀

Substance:  the quality of being important, valid, or significant. From Latin substantia ‘being, essence’, from substant- ‘standing firm’.

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“FINDERS KEEPERS”

Finders Keepers”

Once we have found or realised our true nature of pure consciousness,
we can never lose it again.

To keep hoping that the teacher will tell us where we are
perpetuates doubts and fears.

See for yourself.

Sit and just see,
and everything will be revealed.
“Knock and the door shall open.”

The saying, “finders keepers” continues “losers weepers.”

If someone else finds what you have lost
don’t get irritated.
Recognise that you recognise,
and you are a finder!

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NO LONGER A SEEKER

No Longer A Seeker

When we realise what we are,
we stop seeking
and behave accordingly.

Knowing we are all pure consciousness,
inspiration flows and everything is surrendered, even meditation.

My guru is my self,
with me until perfect enlightenment.

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IF WE THINK WE ARE RIGHT…

If We Think We Are Right …

If we think we are right,
we will be mistaken.

We are only right
when we just see.

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GOD, MYSELF AND ME

GOD, MY SELF AND ME

God: illusory outer being.
Self: illusory inner being.
Me: illusory pure consciousness.

Although we equate ‘me’ with a self,
we have to designate who the speaker is.

In pure consciousness, 
there is no me and no self – and even no pure consciousness.
It has gone, gone, gone beyond … 

We have to relate to others via a little i
in order for them to relate to us,
otherwise we would just stare at one another
hoping to get the message!

😀

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SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE IS ONLY A GENERALISATION

Spiritual Knowledge Is Only A Generalisation

(all knowledge is a generalisation)

Knowledge may inspire, but we cannot know if it is true until we practise it. Knowledge then becomes personal, practical wisdom. Whatever is said here is according to the writer’s understanding: you may see it differently, because you will have a different background and motivation.

Practical wisdom is knowingness – if it works and we are happy with it – but we should be prepared to change when convinced. We may use Occam’s razor, but here’s the problem … and this is where it gets personal!

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Occam’s razor: supposing there exist two explanations for an occurrence, the one that requires the smallest number of assumptions is usually correct. Another way of saying this is that the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely the explanation.

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ORIGINAL SIN

Original Sin

The origin of sin is the denial of the origin of truth.
Original truth is that we are pure consciousness.

The origin of sin is to ignore pure consciousness in favour of being conscious. Being conscious downgrades consciousness into a watcher by ignoring our first, spontaneous nature: this watcher is a self-created identity clinging to likes and dislikes – a second nature. 

Our first nature is seeing. 
Our second nature is judging whatever is seen, 
giving rise to likes and dislikes.

Why is this so important?
Our second nature created both
God (judgement) and the Devil (likes and dislikes).

We might assume that, if there is a creation, there must be a creator when, in fact, the universe is just doing its thing, subject to attraction and repulsion. Suns – through perpetual action, reaction and inaction – set in motion movement/energy that changes matter and attracts life – and so, consciousness. When a sun dies, its repulsion creates more movement/energy and matter changes in an infinite beginning-less universe.

By ignoring consciousness, we have not ‘sinned’; we are merely mistaken. If, however, we hold on to those mistakes – consciously or unconsciously – we mislead.

Convincing people to believe in a creator manipulated humanity to avoid looking within, and thus realise that we are the truth we seek. In this way, the creators and interpreters have caused immense harm to the world.

The greatest trick ever played on humanity was to believe in a God and a Devil out there that never existed.

As long as we believe in something ‘out there’, 
we will never look within. 

Original sin is the denial of original truth.

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NO MUD, NO BUDDHA

No Mud, No Buddha
Know Mud, Know Buddha

It is only by acknowledging 
the sticky mud of obsessions which causes us suffering
that we can become free.

The moment the mud is recognised
is the moment of Buddha mind.

If we ignore the mud in the mind, 
we join the ranks of dream-waders.

Buddha is plain seeing.
Ignorance is plain daft.

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WHAT’S THE POINT?

What’s The Point?

Asking what is the point is the important question.

What is the point of studying spirituality? The point is to know our own mind, and how and why it works in a certain way. This understanding is the healing necessary to break the cycle of doubt and confusion. Once our mind is clear, it can never be controlled again, and no one can pull the wool over how we see.

It is psychology that runs the world.
But who is fooling who?

Ordinary psychology studies the mind. Spiritual psychology studies both the mind and the essence of mind. When we know why and how our mind works in a certain way, we realise there is ‘something else’ present.

That something else is consciousness, and the essence of consciousness is purity – god-hood or buddha-hood or primordial self-hood … 

Ordinary psychology cannot realise that something else: it wants us to identify with the contents of the mind placed there by our own acquisition. When we do not know our mind, someone else does! The point of spiritual endeavour is to realise our true nature: what makes us tick and what stops us seeing the ticking.

Spirituality is definitely not about following a formula, a dogma, a ritual, a belief – and being bound. We do this in ordinary life already! Spirituality is about seeing, and what is seen.

We are looking into our own mind and taking back control, seeing through the mind with insight.

If we just turn up to go through a routine without seeing our own mind at work … 
… who is fooling who?

Spiritual psychology is complete healing.

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CAN YOU SEE ANYTHING BETTER?

Can You See Anything Better?

We are the pure light of consciousness, the pure light of clarity. It is that which sees and can know. When we forget, ignore, aren’t bothered or become indifferent to this pure light, all that is left is ordinary consciousness that functions only on a personal survival level and has very little insight. 

This is actually reptilian brain mode of flight, fight or freeze. It’s why we go shopping instead of knowing what we are. We hunt for a bargain or a philosophy; we judge whether to pounce or not, and we ignore the warning signs of obsession. 😀

It is because of forgetfulness that we only attend to mundane things, and this pure light becomes obscured, dimmed, not clear. The more we ignore our inner light of consciousness, the darker we our mind becomes because we ignore life itself.

The ‘normal’ for people is only to be concerned with the mundane, arguing about this and that in dark corners. Until something wakes us up and we question, we will continue to walk in darkness. The more we become lost in thoughts, ideas and elaborations, the further into the dream world we go, and the more vulnerable, touchy and emotional – even hostile – we become. 

What wakes us up? 

The shock of realising that what we and others have been doing causes doubt, confusion and dissatisfaction.

Life is too short to pretend, speculate, philosophise and have theories about our reality.
The victorious ones who realised enlightenment stated clearly how and what we are. We are the clear light of bliss, a state of perfect happiness which is the release from suffering.

The light is goodness because it sees clearly, directly, and with insight. It is insight that sees the same potential wisdom within others. That insight is love, and compassion now arises through empathy. 


Even if you think that this is all made up, 
can you see anything better?

Truth is a complete circle. 
It starts at self, 
moves away from self, 
and returns to self.

Realisation is complete self-knowledge.
What could be more perfect than this?

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IGNORANCE: OBLIVIOUS TO PRIMARY EXPERIENCE

Ignorance: Oblivious To Primary Experience 

So what? I’ve got things to do!”

And there we have it. Instead of being, we have become. Through being ‘managed’ by karma, we fail to notice that we are being distracted … all the time because, at any moment, we can wake up. It’s that crucial. We live on a knife edge of reality and non-reality.

When we slow down … “I can’t slow down … things to do!” … we allow pure experience to take place, seeing the reflections in our mind that teach us simply to appreciate life without expectations.

Being speedy, busy and ‘justified’, our life dwindles away; our potential of wisdom fades, and so we live in a sitcom.

Sitcom: The term sitcom derives from the words ‘situation comedy’. This entertainment is a show that entails a regular cast of characters in a sequence of episodes in the same location. A sitcom is a make-believe.

When we look closely at our sit-com, we actually see a sit-tragedy. In order to be funny, things have to go wrong. This is interesting and addictive, and becomes our life’s routine. We play the same role until death do us part.

In the primary experience of knowingness, there is no regular part to play: there is merely an ever present, fresh view. Every day, we can either renew our vows or divorce: in this way, life is no longer a habitual act. We chose at every moment to review our sit-uation.

Ignoring our potential, 
we live in a conditioned hell.

Acknowledging our potential, 
we live in the perpetuity of love. 

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“ALL FORM AND NO SUBSTANCE”

All Form And No Substance”

Paying more attention to outer appearances
than the wisdom within.

The most important experience in life is discovering the difference between form and substance. Form is the outer ‘self’, while substance is the inner ‘self’.

What proportion of time and effort do we spent on our outer form/life, and what on our inner life? To what degree has form influenced our choices and decisions in life?

We use form to fill the holes: the emotional states of sadness, desperation, loneliness, anger, depression, worthlessness, fear, inferiority and the like. Why? Because we don’t know what substance is, or how to focus on inner wisdom.

The inner pure light of compassionate consciousness is always present, while our form (body and mind) changes. When we consider this, we may turn to religion or spirituality as they deal with our inner world beyond body and mind, while science only deals with the form – body and mind.

Religions and spiritual groups, however, can still fall prey to form and elaboration.
We may learn many words, but have little personal realisation beyond those words.

Interestingly, it is adherence to the many words and a lack of personal realisation of those words that creates doubt, and so we go back for more words! In realisation, there are no doubts, no words, no this and that.

The Buddha said, “Do not take my word for it; see for yourself”.
Whatever we learn is form. It is the seeing – the substance – that is the important experience. The ultimate meaning of the word ‘substance’ is emptiness.

We can only acknowledge the emptiness of pure consciousness when the outer and inner dialogue (our noise) shuts up, and stops confusing itself.

This is why we meditate.
This is also why we can may remain confused: we meditate (sit in silent awareness = emptiness) to realise the true quality of ‘substance’. But … if we stay in meditation, meditation becomes form. Within meditation, we have to drop the meditation to realise that substance is silent recognition – empty awareness. We now only meditate when we forget this realisation. By virtue of knowing that we forget, we remember. The moment emptiness recognises form it recognises emptiness = non-duality.

This brings us on to the Heart Sutra:

“…Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form.
Emptiness is no other than form;
form is no other than emptiness…
… all dharmas are emptiness…”

https://www.dharmanet.org/HeartSutra.htm

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IDEAS OCCUPY OUR MIND

Ideas Occupy Our Mind

It may take time but,
through our understanding,
these occupiers remove themselves.

The dissolution of relative self-esteem
reveals unique originality.

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REALISATION ISN’T BELIEF, TRUST OR CONFIDENCE

Realisation Isn’t Belief, Trust Or Confidence

Belief / trust / confidence is a trick played by the ego-devil 
turning consciousness away from actual now experience.

Clinging to belief or trust or confidence
subtly brings us down into reifying experience.
The ‘devil’ is merely ego claiming experience.

We are only free when we realise we are already free,
rather than merely thinking we have to be free,
which is the confidence trick of mindfulness.

Escape before it’s too late!

We may wish to inspire confidence
but that is a deception:
we must go one step beyond.

In the Nyingma Buddhist tradition, there are eight levels of consciousness + one. Five are of the senses and three are of mind + one. The three of mind are perception, judgement and memory. We perceive (6th consciousness) through the senses, and that impression goes up to memory first (8th consciousness), and then down to judgement (7th consciousness) – and we manifest a reaction. Memory is the storehouse of information where karma is held; it is ego’s resource. In this way, we skid through experience and miss the vital point.

When we meditate, we are aware of sitting, of being aware, of being conscious. This is the eighth consciousness because we are relating via memory, which is a duality. 

When we let go of the dualistic memories (that we are so proud of), we realise the ninth level of pure consciousness. In the Nyingma tradition, this is called Rigpa, or non-duality. Other traditions have other names, but it all comes down to “not two”: awareness without doubts.

It is now that we come to the display of genuine uniqueness, where direct confidence manifests. With realisation, change takes place, and there is no going back.

Realisation is the absence of doubt.

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INSTITUTIONALISED

Institutionalised

Institutionalised: apathetic and dependent
The formula of futile diligence; fear and false security.

Through ignorance, people follow other people; we cling and stick together. By being
institutionalised, we stop thinking for ourself and learn the formula. 

We want to be where ‘it’s’ at, not realising we’re already where ‘it’s’ at. 

We adopt behavioural patterns to surviving in the group. That is, however, the key that locks us into this institutionalised relative reality.

Relative reality is created by consciousness relating and reacting to reflections on the wall of consciousness. This entrapment has become our second nature; we bind ourselves to collective thinking. It doesn’t matter which side we take, we are still involved with the reflections on the wall and so, we become a type instead of the prototype; the original. Our first nature.

When realised, our ultimate reality of pure awareness / pure consciousness is free and belongs to neither body nor mind. 

Institutionalisation is diligent dependency.
Liberation is independent empathetic insight.

If we live a life of cover-up and false securities,
we will never realise happiness. 

To truly appreciate happiness,
we have to know unhappiness.

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DON’T READ THIS … MEDITATE!

Don’t Read This … Meditate! 
🙂

If you have time to read this, 
you have time to sit in silent awareness 
for a moment or two.

Just be aware of the breath, and all the senses.
Now be aware of awareness.
Experience that you are that awareness and nothing else.
Note that, as there is nothing else but awareness,
that is pure consciousness.

Once you realise pure consciousness …
stop meditating and just be.

We only meditate to remember to be.
If it satisfies, stay a moment or two longer.

Don’t read this twice a day: do it.
Be it.

🙂

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WE AREN’T COMPLETE PEOPLE … YET

We Aren’t Complete People … Yet

We are partial: existing only in part; incomplete.
We are body, mind and consciousness.

As long as we don’t recognise consciousness, we will continue to live a limited, materialistic existence within certain boundaries.

Becoming aware of consciousness is the stepping stone to understanding our reality. It is through meditation and instruction that we realise that that which is aware of consciousness is consciousness itself, rather than the mind considering consciousness.

It is through consciousness that everything is known. It’s that important! Through experience, all ideas about consciousness simply fall apart. Those ideas are a comment on whatever is seen, which comes along a milli-moment later. Consciousness is the only thing that is important. If we do not recognise consciousness, we are merely reactive entities. Recognising consciousness, we become mindful of everything we do, say … and think. We upgrade as a person.

Realising our true nature doesn’t give us the right to do and say whatever we want, but we now take responsibility for the space we occupy. That entails generosity, compassion and wisdom. We recognise the boundaries of others. When we look, we see that we have been through every emotion that others go through – to some degree – so we can truly empathise with misunderstandings. 

The realisation of our true nature still isn’t the complete picture as there are remnants of partiality hanging around. The complete picture is now that those remnants simultaneously remind us of consciousness, and so we are one with seeing.

We are complete when we recognise that we aren’t complete.
We are free in the moment of seeing.

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CONSCIOUS-MESS

Conscious-mess

That’s us!
😀

Conscious-ness.
And that’s also us!

We have become a duality.
The moment conscious-ness recognises conscious-mess
is the moment of non-duality.
Appearances and recognition are simultaneous.

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DON’T TAKE YOUR SELF TOO SERIOUSLY

Don’t Take Your Self To Seriously

It makes life happier.

We become self-obsessed due to the set of ideas we’ve acquired. Clinging to this collection creates an I, an ego. The more we cling to ideas and beliefs, the more egocentric we become, the more narcissistic we become, the less empathetic we become.

We are individual pure consciousness. Believing we are part of a collective consciousness gives rise to inner conflict. Feeling ‘split’ is the foundation of either mental illness or enlightenment: there’s a very fine line between sanity and insanity. Once we take sides, it’s very difficult to know the complete truth. We need to be able to see both sides as one, and that is the key to non-duality. Appearances and recognition are simultaneous.

We are a mess because we take our self (our side) too seriously. We ignore the fact that we actually have individual experience which is conscious awareness; life itself. That is significant. Life itself – conscious awareness – comes way, way, way, before whatever we acquire and develop into an idea.

This self identity became important to us in order to shine within the collective. We are proud of it … and so are the other inmates. We hope our projection makes people think well of us, and we prefer this projection to our true reality of emptiness – uncontaminated consciousness. As humans, we believe that we – and what we do – is important, while it is the first moment of conscious awareness that is the key to sanity. But even that cannot be taken seriously as to do so would still be an idea. Our reality is way, way, way beyond that – and it’s nothing special. We are all ordinary pure consciousness – and “nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about …”

Watching is meditation. In watching – being consciously aware – we realise that there is no self. Who are we? We are pure seeing. Meditation ‘seeing’ pierces the illusion of a self. There is merely observation without an observer – but we have to actually do it to see (‘doing’ is sitting, seeing, dropping all reactions and expectations).

If we keep complaining about others, 
we may miss the thin line between sanity and insanity. 

Life is significant, but we are not significant. 
We/self is a personalised addiction, 
while the source of life is consciousness. 

When consciousness looks at itself, a self cannot be found. 
There is only watching. 
We are whom we seek.

Not taking our self too seriously,
we can have more fun
as there are no limits.

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IF WE BELIEVE IN WORDS, WE BECOME SPELLBOUND

If We Believe In Words, We Become Spellbound

Belief in words is never the truth.
It is the experience of the words that brings forth realisation.

Put simply:
Shut up and ……. !
🙂

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WE ARE THE OCCULT

We Are The Occult

There is no mystery.

Occult: hidden, concealed, covered over. Only communicated to the initiated; esoteric.

An illusory self image hides (occults) our true nature in plain sight. Plain sight is pure consciousness; it’s what we originally are. 

We see, but we do not see that we see.

Our true nature – pure consciousness – is covered by fixations and so stays hidden. This is the illusion, as it is that which sees the fixations and makes us feel uncomfortable 🙂 . It is thus in plain sight, and is precisely how we are deluded.

We believe in mysteries because we like to believe in the mysteries we are told by the unenlightened, the uninitiated, the exoteric. The inmates of this world are blind to reality.

Exoteric: intended for or likely to be understood by the general public
Inmate: late 16th century denoting a person who shared a house…(a culture or world :D)

We – a deluded manifestation – live in a collective occult world of ignorance.
The cleverer we get, the more the occult is a mystery, 
and the more hocus-pocus goes on.

Hocus-pocus: talk used by magicians to bring about change.

Occult is only supernatural because 
‘hidden’ consciousness is beyond physical nature.

This is esoteric realisation.

Esoteric: Inner knowledge known by the few = wisdom realised by the few.

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WE ALREADY KNOW EVERYTHING

We Already Know Everything

We all know everything we need to know – and that is knowingness itself. Knowingness is just another name for conscious awareness, the essence of which is unsullied.

When we realise that this unsullied consciousness is the source of everything there is to be known, anything created for our enjoyment becomes an occupying force. Thoughts are not a permanent fixture: they are fashioned within a culture, and we become bewitched, fascinated and spellbound. Creations have no reality of their own: the creator spellbinds us.

Fascinated: late 16th century (in the sense ‘bewitch’): from Latin fascinat- ‘bewitched’, from the verb fascinare, from fascinum ‘spell, witchcraft’. A snake deprives prey of the ability to resist or escape by the power of a gaze.

Apart from the essentials of life, we only need time and space to reflect and realise our true nature rather than being bound by the occult – that which seems hidden. The happiness we seek is hidden from us; the essence of consciousness, our own essence of unsullied clarity.

Running around complaining about the spells that we are under is pointless. It only gives rise to more running around. We are free when we see, and the mystery drops away. A residue is still left in the mind and we can either rekindle this to maintain future confusion, or just accept that residue, and it will clear itself.

When we do not know, we are totally distracted.
When we know, we are never distracted.

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SUFFERING IS THE RESIDUE OF OUR PAST

Suffering Is The Residue Of Our Past

We carry around a heavy load of karma (a reactionary attitude) which creates our present understanding and behaviour. That load is but a sticky residue from our past, and if we do not notice our karmic reactions when the ‘right’ trigger occurs, we merely rekindle that karma, and off we go … !!!

If, however, we see this reaction about to take place and drop it, we are free. The more we become familiar with this process, the more the residue lessens and we feel lighter. Once free of all karmic reactions, that is enlightenment. 

Enlightening our load lets the past go. We don’t forget the past, but its effects loosen. The chain reaction stops. Whatever we feel about the past, it has got us here, right now, so that is something to be grateful for. Until final enlightenment, we will feel the effects of karma. And yes, it is challenging!

Our body and mind have changed much since we were born, but conscious being has always remained the same purity. 

We can stop the past running into the future … now.

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WE CONFORM BECAUSE WE FEAR

We Conform Because We Fear

The more we fear, the more we accept authority,
and the more we become dependent.

We want to belong to something or someone 
because we lack confidence in our own power
and thus, we give it away.

Don’t take my word for it!

This article talks about disease, but it’s also true of ideas and beliefs which can all create fear.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3641067/

It’s a bit lengthy… here’s a synopsis:

“According to a “parasite stress” hypothesis, authoritarian governments are more likely to emerge in regions characterized by a high prevalence of disease-causing pathogens,” the researchers wrote. They define authoritarian governance as “highly concentrated power structures that repress dissent and emphasise submission to authority, social conformity, and hostility towards outgroups.”

The book The Parasite Stress Theory of Values and Sociality: Infectious Disease, History and Human Values Worldwide further outlines how populations respond to the uncertainty felt during pathogen spread. The authors discuss how reducing social prejudice and authoritarianism can be accomplished by emancipating people from infectious diseases. However, the authors also note that a government which desired more authoritarian powers – including “full-blown fascism or genocide” – could achieve this goal by “promoting widespread mortality and morbidity from infectious diseases.”

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TURNING PEOPLE INTO THE ENEMY

Turning People Into The Enemy

Turning people against themselves.

If we give in to others’ fears, beliefs and conformities, 
we will avoid people and separate ourselves,
becoming divided and conquered. 
We lose our sense of both humanity and spirituality.

There are ‘elements’ that turn us against ourselves,
where we don’t know what to think anymore.
We compete with one another.
We dislike one another.

Once a population is convinced,
it goes to war.
Nowadays, it’s a domestic war.

Why?
Unity, harmony and good health aren’t conducive for business
which needs the power of science, technology and the media.
And we end up confused.

We are free in the moment of seeing the effect of what is happening to us:
empathy is missing.

Get the empathy vaccine today.

Vaccine: a substance used to stimulate the production of
antibodies and provide immunity.

When we have empathy, we know what dis-ease is like,
and we will never be indifferent again.

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TAKING LIBERTIES

Taking Liberties

Taking away freedom?
We give it away!

Liberty: the state of being free within society  from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s behaviour or political views.

Taking liberties: To tell lies and deceive people.

We allow our freedom to be taken away because we do not recognise our true nature of pure consciousness. Consciousness can never be enslaved; it can only be distracted, and that is done through games in our minds. ‘Mind’ is our ideas within consciousness. Through society, education and the media, we are made to believe that we are this body and mind, and this is reinforced daily; “Look at me, and what I’m doing”.

We give away our freedom through self-admiration. If society, education and the media are not talking about the reality of consciousness, their agenda is about deception. We need some education to survive as humans in this confused world, but we don’t have to believe that this is all there is.

Self-realisation is about liberating consciousness from the mind, rather than the mind confining consciousness. 

The mind is what we acquire.
Consciousness is what we are. 

The essence of consciousness is 
silent awareness that is the actual knowingness.

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SILENT AWARENESS

Silent Awareness

For some, the idea of emptiness or purity is obscure; it’s too far away, beyond them … which it is! 😀 

‘Silent awareness’ is just another phrase for pure consciousness, or empty cognisance. We are inner beings of silent awareness. We perceive through a body of senses. In the very first instant of smelling, tasting, hearing, touching or seeing, silent awareness is present before any identification or judgement, and remains non-conceptual. We just open the door and look out … !

The mind is then scanned for information formed through experience, and it is then that thoughts are created, and we express those thoughts. Through this familiar behaviour, habitual patterning is set up and concepts are moulded.

This is where scanning the mind can become distorted. Instead of scanning for deeper insights, we overlay perception with fixed ideas and become stuck in predictable reactions. Our fixed ideas may be smart, but without skilful empathy, they remain reified, cemented in concepts. This also applies to spiritual and philosophical jargon: instead of empathising with the situation or person in front of us, we spout dogma. 

By staying in silent awareness, we can review the situation, waiting for insight to bring about clarity rather than merely conforming to type. We aren’t trying to be modern psychologists who want to bring us (or the situation) back to conventional ‘normal’: we are searching for the inspiration to uplift.

Of course, we may find that inspiration – which is our eureka – but it may still not penetrate another’s matrix-fixations. 😀 Been there, done that, still doing it! It is here that we need to scan the mind again in order to find the words to explain how we arrived at this eureka, so that it makes sense to another. That is empathy. 

The more we are introduced to raw experiences,
the more our empathy.

Still, there’s no guarantee of success. 
Maybe silence is golden.

Silent awareness
allows another time to scan.

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LIFE IS BOTH TOTALLY INSPIRING AND TOTALLY CHALLENGING

Life Is Both Totally Inspiring And Totally Challenging

Many have looked to the European intelligentsia of the 60s and 70s, and found what they said to be incomplete. This is why some of us turned to the east, and discovered what we were looking for – and it became apparent that those intelligentsia took their ideas from the east; the seat of wisdom.

Language is a metaphor for experience. Depending on the level of experience, the meaning of words changes. Words are second-hand knowledge, and sticking to those words literally will inhibit experience. Wisdom is genuine, direct experience, and realisation ensues. This has to be tried and tested.

We have every right to choose our path to understanding. 
Mixing paths (metaphors) can be detrimental to personal progress. 

I only talk from a Buddhist point of view, and from my own experience as that makes sense to me. With realisation, we no longer talk of what so-and-so said; we talk from experience.

Theory entertains the mind. We become the audience watching Plato’s shadow images on the wall of the mind.
Theory: via late Latin from Greek theōria ‘contemplation, speculation’, from theōros ‘spectator’.

There comes a time when we have to drop all theories and see for ourselves, rather than believing someone else’s version. Buddhism isn’t about theories: it is about direct experience. Not what to look for, but the realisation of the seeing itself. Once we see that, everything else is a distraction on which we fixate.

For me, Buddhism is practical, and reveals the point of life.
Life is both totally inspiring … and totally challenging.

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THERE IS NOWHERE TO HIDE

There Is Nowhere To Hide

There is nowhere to hide.
That is why we feel vulnerable.

While we still believe that we are our thoughts,
we will experience anxiety and fear 
because our thoughts aren’t our complete picture.

There is nowhere to hide because, whatever we think and do, 
consciousness is observing.

If we believe that we are thoughts,
we are then others’ thoughts.

This why we are half-hearted: we don’t totally believe our self
because our self is just an accumulation of ideas. 

We no longer need to hide when we realise that we are not these ideas.
We can be free of all that.

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SELF-CONSCIOUS

Self-Conscious

Self-conscious: Uncomfortable, embarrassed, or worried about what people think about us. 

Being self-conscious inhibits our potential to evolve and our ability to empathise, because it’s ‘all about me’. Despite appearing to be confident, we actually lack confidence, but it’s still all about me, self, I, ego.

Pride – and inverted pride – can make us aggressive. People talk much, and say nothing. It’s like a maze from which we can never escape. The “gift of the gab” is the ability to speak easily – while saying nothing. It’s a verbal conjuring trick to transfer focus on to some thing, and it’s all a front, a mask. Politicians and hypnotists know all about this trick.

True confidence only comes from knowing our essential nature, our essence, which is pure consciousness that cannot be created or destroyed. 

We don’t need a self-conscious projection. 
We need to know the light of that projection, which is consciousness itself.
Our true nature.

It’s nothing to be uncomfortable or embarrassed about. 

😀

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HIDING BEHIND A MASK OR LABEL

Hiding Behind A Mask Or Label

In hiding behind a mask, we create a persona – a de-personalised reality which is a conformity to a type. This persona is a subconscious inhibitor. We keep ordinary consciousness happy by feeding it the dopamine effect (the main chemical of pleasure or reward) while, at the same time, the subconscious is infiltrated with subliminal ideas and we become addicted to political correct-mess. 

Obviously we see the manipulation … but we still do it. We have become submissive by consenting to obscure consciousness, and our perception changes as a result. This training reframes perception and alters personality with a mindset replacement. Becoming dependent lowers IQ. Is education – or a lack of it – screening for certain labels?

Spiritual awareness sees through all this confusion. Meditation is clarity training, undoing the mask. We train in order to have courage to deal with the shock of seeing what’s going on, and how – the dopamine effect – is working on people.

Through all pain and pleasure,
pure consciousness is always present 
and absolutely reliable.

Take at look and see today.
Meditation only takes a moment for us to break free.
Once free, we can stay free.

There is nowhere to hide.
Pure consciousness is always present, 
has no need to hide.

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PYRAMIDS OF HUMANITY

Pyramids Of Humanity

Humanity: Pyramid of Ignorance
Humanity: Pyramid of Buddhas

Both pyramids have levels of self-consciousness.

Self-consciousness has two aspects:
awareness of self
and 
self aware.

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BUDDHISM HAS NO BELIEFS

Buddhism Has No Beliefs

When we believe, we consent to go along with a version of the truth
which turns us aside from the truth.

People are mistakenly believing that there is something wrong with them.
Buddhism is about knowing that we are truth.

In the early stages, however, we need stepping stones; as we step on to a new stone, we have to leave the present stone behind.

Buddhism is about personal verification to realise the truth. Sacred scriptures, faith in a teacher and reason – although valuable – are not sources of ultimate authority. The source of ultimate authority is our personal realisation. As important as faith is as a stepping stone along the path to wisdom and enlightenment, each idea about a step becomes obsolete as we are always now, here. 

We are inseparable from the truth, 
which is non-dual pure consciousness:
looking and seeing are indivisible. 

We have been Buddha from beginning-less time.
The first step and the last step are identical.
Beginner mind, Zen mind.

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THE MIND HAS A BACK DOOR

The Mind Has A Back Door

The mind has a back door – it’s consciousness, or rather the subconscious.
Through consciousness, we can see what is going on in the mind.

The problem is that others can also look in 
and plant little packets of ideas in the mind in our subconscious. 
These packets are memes.

A meme is an idea, behaviour, or style that becomes a fad and spreads by means of imitation from person to person within a culture and often carries symbolic meaning representing a particular phenomenon or theme. It is a unit of cultural information, as a concept, belief, or practice, analogous to the transmission of genes.

If you don’t know about the back door, 
you won’t know who else has been in there!
😀

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