WISDOM AND POWER

Wisdom And Power

Wisdom is silent awareness.
Power is talkative awareness.

Wisdom is ultimate power.
For power to become ultimate power,
it must surrender power.

The Buddha had to make this choice;
any Buddha has to make this choice.

Mara – the power in our mind – has its likes and dislikes.
This power cannot be subjugated
as that would give it a reality.
Mara loses its power only when it is recognised
within the space of compassion.

We have a choice:
worship power or worship wisdom.

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THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PROBLEMS TO WORRY ABOUT

There Will Always Be Problems To Worry About

As long as we believe that we need to solve these problems, there will be problems to worry about. As all things must pass, so why worry? It’s like watching the tide come in and go out; it’s what it does. Unenlightened humans stick to things and become bound; it’s what we do.

If we could get rid of all those who create problems, there would be none of us left 😀
It’s acknowledging the very cause of problems that is the path to enlightenment.
The cause is believing that problems are real, while consciousness sits and watches.

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GETTING OVER-EXCITED ABOUT THIS WORLD

Getting Over-Excited About This World

Humans can always be stirred up about something and,
in relative terms,
this is understandable.
Having identified one problem, another will come along
and we compound it.

Throw a pebble in the water and watch the ripple effect.

How on earth do we release ourselves from this ripple?
Know that the ripple effect takes place in the mind:
We become stirred up.

In actuality, it is the mind that becomes over-excited
with retaliations.

When the mind is allowed to settle,
we are free to see clearly.

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BEING ORGANISED

Being Organised
Being designed.

The trick of creating chaos and then seizing power
under the pretence of putting things back in order
is a tried and true method of deception and manipulation.

It’s the meaning behind the Latin motto:
ORDO AB CHAO meaning ORDER OUT OF CHAOS.

Create dis-order so the people will demand order.
The price of order always entails a handing over of control
and loss of freedom on the part of the citizenry.
Out of ‘chaos’ comes ‘order’.

When we become dependent, we need organising.
When recognised as the obstacle to our freedom,
karma (our addictive dependency) is our teacher.

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I’M SELFISH

I’m Selfish

I thought I had problems.
I now realise that I am blessed.
I’m sorry for having taken everything for granted.

Redemption: clearing one’s debt.
Feeling fulfilled, blessed, fully satisfied, relieved.

I cannot believe in a God,
but believers feel fulfilled, blessed, fully satisfied, relieved.
In the moment of fulfilment, how can I say we are different!

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TEACHER KARMA, KARMA TEACHER

Teacher Karma, Karma Teacher

Through karma, we find a teacher.
Through a teacher, we realise that karma is our teacher.
Karma is reactions.

As reactions diminish, karma diminishes.
That is the path to enlightenment.

Our reactions diminish due to us realising
that they have no permanent existence.

Our reactions tells us
what we need to know about our confusion –
that it was all in the mind.

Acknowledging consciousness is pure consciousness.
Teacher and karma have never been separated.
That is the path to enlightenment.

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KNOWING FACT FROM FICTION

Knowing Fact From Fiction

Tricky.

So-called facts are about the relative, physical world.
Relative refers to whatever we (absolute consciousness) relate to.

The physical universe is transient and impermanent and thus,
it has no absolute reality as things come and go.
From this perspective, calling anything in the physical world a ‘fact’ is fiction:
it is the natural laws of attraction and repulsion
– brought about by causes and conditions –
a thing that is known or proved to be true.

True: according to reality.
Reality: the state of things as they actually exist = non existent
Things: inanimate material objects as distinct from a living sentient being.
Sentient beings: able to perceive or feel things.
Perceiving: being aware, conscious.

Reality does not change;
only things change, while consciousness does not.
Everything has only an illusion of reality.

Promoting a belief that fiction is fact
is deceitful, and a sin.
Sin: an act regarded as a serious fault, offence, or omission.

What sort of world do we want to live in?
A sin-bin?

Sin-bin: a place where offenders are sent
for detention, punishment, or rehabilitation.

Facts are all in the mind,
and are therefore fiction.
The only reality that is provable is pure awareness.
😀

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‘JOBSWORTHS’ = GROUPTHINK

‘Jobsworths’ = Groupthink
= limitations = fear = lack of empathy

Jobsworth: Anyone who upholds petty rules, even at the expense of humanity or common sense.

This comes from the saying, “It’s more than my job’s worth to break the rules” – which is to say, “I was only obeying orders.”

A time comes when an individual decides to think for themselves. This, of course, has consequences. We may all consider that we do think for ourselves, but in reality, this is a rare occurrence.

If we are to realise the reality of truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, then we will be at odds with the collective mind set of groupthink that believes it already knows because of what it’s been told.

Human collectives of all kinds are prone to a mentality that values consensus and conformity above all else while, at the same time, discouraging individuality. This is an oxymoron, because we all actually admire great scientists, great writers, great musicians, great artists and great spiritual teachers who have all worked alone.

As a society, the groupthink (and even minority-groupthink) mentality discourages individuals who don’t conform or promote the ideals of the group. This limits and confuses thinking.

In order to work independently in solitude, where the mind is free to realise truth without outside pressures, we need mental space to meditate and think expansively to work through the options, without thought-police or influencers looking over our shoulder.

Unanimity is an illusion perpetrated by collectivists whose primary goal is to control; the way in which they exert control is by putting pressure on dissenters and rewarding fellow believers. They are society’s self-appointed minders who push conformity to foster the only beliefs that they know.

Realising our enlightened essence
needs freedom from both conformity and extremism.

The more we meditate and realise
our truth nature of compassionate intelligence,
the less hostility there will be in the world.

Renunciation is a matter of relinquishing those things which cause the limitations that create attachment, jealousy, aggression etc.

Compassion: we know that every sentient being is perfect and free and so, when someone ignores this fact, compassion arises because we know that ignorance is relative and temporary.

Devotion is not a dualistic dependency worshipping an external god. We are potentially Buddha, wishing to be like Buddha. We are not something separate from Buddha. We have always been Buddha, free from limitations.

We have been exploring and adventuring – and we haven’t got very far! We’ll never stop struggling until we become Buddha, when mind has no more limitation.

We love freedom.
We dislike limitations.
Limitations are created by fear.

If the world was kindness itself
then we’d want to follow the groupthink.

But it isn’t is it?

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THE LORD OF COMPASSION, CHENREZI, IS SO MUCH MORE

The Lord Of Compassion, Chenrezi, Is So Much More

Compassion: feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others; from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with’ (thereby having empathy)

From a Buddhist perspective, compassion is practical. The mantra of Chenrezi (also known as Avalokitesvara) is OM MANI PEME HUM. This represents the unity of wisdom and compassion, and is indeed the path to enlightenment. The sounds symbolise the six perfections of generosity, patience, conscience, discipline, concentration and transcendent wisdom. The first five apply to all paths of decency, but it is the sixth transcendent wisdom that changes everything as this is pure awareness, the heart of consciousness itself. We are the wisdom of compassion. We are walking, talking Dharma.

Compassion is our protection in these difficult and challenging times. We first apply the five perfections to our self to make sure that we are decent people; then, we can realise that which is aware of these relative perfections, which is our absolute nature of pure awareness. Alternatively, we can realise – or be instructed in – directly seeing the nature of mind – transcendent wisdom – and use the other five perfections to sustain this view.

It all comes down to empathy. Been there, done that, regret, want to move on. When we become decent people and know our true reality, we are then on our path to enlightenment. We just have to remember what we are about, without being distracted by elaborations.

Remembering the six perfections of compassion is our protection. All we can do is pass this on.

Compassion Diminishes Karma

How do we know when karma is losing its effect?
We become less judgemental, and gain more inspirational joy.

We react less, not taking sides.
Our pattern of behaviour changes because our view changes.

This doesn’t mean we don’t notice karmic effect,
but we are more generous, patient, moral, disciplined and concentrated,
and understand transcendent knowledge.

All Media

Our habitual reaction is karma.
All media relies on our reactions.

The more we react,
the more our karmic behaviour controls us.

If we know this,
we also know that others know this!

Compassionate activity releases us.
Wake up, and enlighten the darkness.

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DON’T BELIEVE A WORD

Don’t Believe A Word

Words are not experience.
No experience, no realisation.

Although we may agree with words,
they are not personal experience.
Realisation is experience beyond the words.

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WE MAY BE TOLD WHAT TO DO

We May Be Told What To Do

We may be told what to do and how to think,
but we shouldn’t forget
our common sense of kindness.

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LOBBING THE BRICK

Lobbing The Brick

There is a story/joke: a man visits an asylum, and is shown around by a nurse. He meets one of the inmates who’s gardening, and chats with him. The gardener was eloquent, calm and polite, and knew all about gardening and the natural world.

The visitor turned to the nurse and said, “This man shouldn’t be here!” The gardener interjected, “No, I shouldn’t be here! Thank you.” The nurse smiled and nodded, and the visitor promised to speak to the authorities about the man’s case. The two of them walked away, and a moment later, a brick hit the visitor on the back of the head … and the gardener shouted after him, “You won’t forget, will you?”

Five minutes with anyone is fine, and then we recognise the biased opinions and fixations – and the brick.

The potential of enlightenment is within every sentient being, but realisation of this has to be acknowledged through insight, in order for compassion to express itself. We need to remember this when we are about to lob our brick!

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“Don’t forget!”

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SEEKING THE TRUTH

Seeking The Truth

In seeking the truth, we realise that truth is consciousness itself for, without consciousness, nothing would be known. That is our reality because that is our constant; everything else is impermanent and, as such, has no inherent reality. Meditation is the vehicle to realise the non-duality of pure consciousness.

Once we realise pure consciousness, all fixations and negative emotions are seen as obstructing this clear view, and become an instant, perfect reminder of our pure state. As appearances and recognition are simultaneous, that is non-duality. Our karma (fixations and negative emotions) becomes our perfect teacher.

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EARTH: DREAM? NIGHTMARE? ENLIGHTENED POTENTIAL?

Earth: Dream? Nightmare? Enlightened Potential?

We are born into a world of dreams that create nightmares.
The realisation of these nightmares becomes the potential for enlightenment.

Simply put; we desire, we fear, we suffer, we look for the cause of that suffering. The cause of suffering is our clinging to those dreams about our self identity.

Our work is to transform those dreams and nightmares into enlightenment. How do we do this? There is no requirement to be religious or spiritual: we just need to see clearly that our true reality – which is pure consciousness – is already present and enlightened.

We are only here due to karma, which is our cloud of unknowingness.

This introduces the question of life before birth. We do not know what happens after death: others can tell us things about death, but we do not know.We can, however, infer, and that makes a great difference to the way in which we live.

Both the dream and the nightmare cost the earth.

Enlightenment costs nothing.
The earth should not be exploited by greed.

“We cannot serve both Truth and Mammon.”
Matthew 6.24

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HOW TO HEAL THE WORLD OF EVIL

How To Heal The World Of Evil

Don’t be part of the spin,
the exaggerations, and the deceptions.

We may think that we are just listening to the news. First, news comes from chosen ‘experts’ and then politicians put their spin on it; this is expressed through the spin of selected mainstream media, and then social media runs with these stories, and we in turn add our spin and take sides. News is information about current events, but current events have a past and current events create our future news. News just a psychological meme meant to be passed around society.

Is all news fake?

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Spin is a form of propaganda, achieved through knowingly providing a biased interpretation of an event to influence public opinion, using tactics aimed to shape ideas in society.

Overt and covert spin tactics:

Overt refers to standard public relations tactics, such as writing press releases, staging events, giving speeches and appearing in the media. 

Covert, on the other hand, refers to a range of cynical techniques to manage information – these are the more malign tactics most people associate with “spin”.

The list below contains tactics employed in a bid to exert control over the way the news media reports the message:

the leak: these are strategic leaks offered by politicians or their staff to journalists, in exchange for no scrutiny.

the freeze: punishing journalists for negative reporting

the spray: a form of bullying and intimidation, this is another way of punishing journalists for negative coverage.

the drip: the act of keeping favoured reporters on a drip of exclusive information

staying on message: the goal of every public appearance or interview by a politician the constant repetition of the same messages without answering questions

pivoting: this refers to politicians shifting away from a difficult question or issue to the one he or she wants to talk about

the vomit principle: this rule of thumb is widely referred to in political offices. The idea is that if you repeat something so often you feel like vomiting.

playing a dead bat: this refers to not responding to a media inquiry or giving a minimal response in an effort to kill the story

the truth, but not the whole truth: this refers to being selective with what one reveals, sharing only the most beneficial or least damaging information

throwing out the bodies/taking out the garbage: these tactics are used to disclose damaging information under the cover of a major distraction.

get rid of it now: the aim of this tactic is to release all of the damaging information on an issue at one time, so the negative story can be dealt with quickly rather than allowing it to bleed on for weeks in the media.

fire-breaking: setting up or staging a diversion to distract attention away from another issue. examples would be launching a new policy to distract from a negative issue in an attempt to shift the media’s attention

kite-flying: this means testing or floating an idea before making a commitment to announce it

feeding or starving a story: feeding a story means keeping it alive by commenting on it in the media. Starving a story means starving it of oxygen by not commenting on it. The theory being that after a while the media will get bored and move on

keeping out of the media/being a small target: this is a useful tactic if the politician is unpopular and affects the polls, has a controversial portfolio or is an accident-prone poor performer

flying under the radar: this refers to just quietly getting on with things without publicising it

dishing dirt: this is where old claims suddenly emerge publicly before or during an election in an effort to smear someone’s reputation. The “dirt” can come from outside or inside a party. It’s a tactic used to try to destroy someone’s career

dog-whistling: using specific subtle language and messages to target a particular section of the audience

wedging: this tactic involves raising an issue that is popular in the electorate and sensitive to the party you are opposing to “wedge” them in to a difficult position and sow division in the party. 


There is only one reality, and that is the never-changing consciousness that is aware of the daily, ever-changing news in the mind. All ‘news’ distracts and diverts attention, keeping us occupied and addicted. It can also cause division and violence.

Consciousness can read between the lines.
It sees where ‘news’ comes from
and where it is going.

Just watch how we become distracted,
and are taken in.

And we thought we were just reading the news!

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RESTLESS AND RESTFUL

Restless and Restful

Feeling something is missing in life,
we become restless.

In meditation, we come to rest,
and miss nothing.

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NATURE HAS NO EVIL INTENT

Nature Has No Evil Intent

Nature has no evil intent.
Evil employs nature.

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OXYGEN + CONSCIOUSNESS

Oxygen + Consciousness

Oxygen + Consciousness
= Good Health = Awareness = Realisation

Try it.
See how it works.
Look into it.

The Wim Hof method.
You’ll meditate better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tybOi4hjZFQ

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THE SILENT ME

The Silent Me

The silent me
and the talkative me.

We may be confused about consciousness as we cannot give up the idea of a me, and think, “I have consciousness.”

This is understandable in the materialistic existence of things that I do, I think and I say. We identify with our thoughts, and think that we are those thoughts. We see consciousness as something that allows us to perceive, so the more information we collect, the greater and more intelligent we think we are, and the more established the ego. This is okay if that’s what we want – along with all the aloofness that goes with it.

Alternatively, there is another way to see consciousness; that we are consciousness, rather than having consciousness. It is realising that consciousness has always sat quietly throughout life, observing passing thoughts. The pure, silent me observes the talkative me.

“Two birds sat in a tree;
one (lower personality self) pecked of the fruit
while the other (higher wisdom Self)
sat and watched”.
-Upanishads

In Buddhism there is neither self nor Self,
but deluded consciousness and pure consciousness.

Can you see any difference?
😀

Different exoteric traditions see the spirit differently.
Different esoteric traditions have the same spirit.
We don’t need to be separated.

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INTELLECTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND REALISATION

Intellectual Understanding and Realisation

Intellectual understanding says much.
Realisation says nothing.

Consciousness has nothing to say; it is merely aware. Through desire or aversion, however, consciousness adopts thoughts and clings to these, obscuring raw experience.

It is when consciousness silently looks in on itself and finds nothing but consciousness, that realisation takes place. This realisation is the recognition that consciousness has always been empty of contaminating thoughts that have restricted our potential. Consciousness realises that it has always been pure before the occurrence of thoughts, and that is the end of our search. Until enlightenment we are still not released from our biased behaviour, however, due to subtle desires and aversions (our karmic inclinations).

Intellectual understanding creates a clash of chattering minds.
Realisation is a union of silent hearts.
Compassion is a meeting of both hearts and minds.

A true meeting takes place in silence,
within the realisation and recognition
that nothing needs to said.

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HAPPINESS IS A FEELING OF RELIEF

Happiness Is A Feeling Of Relief

When we feel alleviated – lightened – the burden has gone.
That’s a good step to becoming en-lightened.

Isn’t that moment, free of worry, wonderful?
What else can happiness be?

We may become old and sick, and die
– that’s natural-
but ever-present consciousness is actually free of worry
– and that’s natural too.

It is thinking and worrying about
something we cannot change
that makes us unhappy.

The secret is to be grateful for where we are;
whether our past was fortunate or unfortunate,
it brought us to this point.

To want more is to create worries and unhappiness.
All we can do is help others in our own unique way.

Relief: late Middle English: from Old French, from relever ‘raise up, relieve’, from Latin relevare ‘raise again, alleviate’.
Lev: comes from Latin (levis levare) which means ‘light’ (in weight).
This root includes ‘levity’ ‘elevate’ ‘alleviate’ and ‘levitate’ to rise up, to be above.

When we talk about transcending, or ascending, or going up to heaven – or even levitating – this could mean that we are no longer being weighed down. If so, then we are already in heaven or enlightened, or whatever we want to call it. Isn’t happiness just a relief from having a problem?

Of course, the relief doesn’t last as there is always another situation to deal with, but we gradually start to appreciate that all things must come to pass!
So why worry? Be happy 😀

This world in which we live
will continue to create things
for us to worry about.

Actually, that is exactly what it does!

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CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

Crimes Against Humanity

Large-scale events, whether natural or otherwise, create a cause and effect which seems to downgrade, limit and restructure society. We can see this happening now, and our recent history amplifies this. The powerful want more power and this, in turn, denies humanity its liberty. This pattern of behaviour occurs time and time again, causing collective karma that controls us, whether through culture, politics or military might. As long as we consent to this state of play, we are part of karmic catastrophe.

For this reason, humans throughout the ages have sought freedom through thought and expression, with many turning to the source of consciousness to realise that we are not an inherent part of this karmic enterprise. It is here that our search can be subverted, and consciousness becomes inverted into believing instead of knowing.

We all have the same human frailties of likes and dislikes that are profiled and registered online, these frailties can be used against us. This is the crime against humanity.

What can we do?

We have to be aware that our mind is not our own as we have merely been following our crowd, our groupthink. People are suffering because of indifference, hope and fear which control our behaviour – we do it to ourselves by ignoring these emotional parasites.

Negative emotions of ignorance, desire, aversion, pride and jealousy can be turned on their heads now, and will no longer dominate. In the very first moment of an emotion arising, consciousness sees clearly and the mind brightens for that instant. That clear seeing is wisdom, and in that moment we are free, liberated from karmic effects. We are seeing without both our dark glasses and our rose-coloured spectacles.

Our problem is referring to memory habitually; judgements arise, and we are back, caught and held in our muddy dungeon.

Awareness is the key to this dark dungeon of existence. We have the choice either to open the door or keep it locked. This is why, for example, in some countries we are policed by consent, whereas in other countries, policing is enforced.

No one can take consciousness away;
it can only be distracted.

The source of consciousness is its purity
– it is empty of ideas –
and that is our protection

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.”

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OUR ECHO CHAMBER

Our Echo Chamber

Our mind is an echo chamber
that creates its own environment.

Echo chamber: an environment in which a person encounters only beliefs or opinions that coincide with their own, so that their existing views are reinforced and alternative ideas are not considered.

In this way, we acquire a social I; this is the validation we get back from others. We seek out those who think in the same way, in order to find our place.

Groupthink requires individuals to avoid raising controversial issues or alternative solutions and, as a result, there is loss of individual creativity, uniqueness and independent thinking.  Members of a group can often feel peer pressure to “go along with the crowd” in fear of rocking the boat and being kicked out. We learn to repeat the same scenarios, and the same ideas echo in our minds.

How often can we be honest in our group? We are required to adopt the consensus. The opposite of consensus is questioning; when we question, we stop the tinkling bell in our mind by taking the clanger out. All that remains is the silence and clarity of emptiness 😀

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OUR ULTIMATE POTENTIAL

Our Ultimate Potential

Our ultimate potential is acknowledged
through our human manifestation.

Our ultimate reality is perfect consciousness.
Our human manifestation is biased consciousness.

Our human manifestation is our karmic teacher
that reminds us when we stray
from perfect consciousness.

This doesn’t change us;
it changes our behaviour, which reduces the effect of karma
until there is no more biased behaviour.

In this way, we can be free to make the most of life.

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WITHOUT MUD, THERE IS NO LOTUS

Without Mud, There Is No Lotus

Without acknowledging dissatisfaction,
there can be no enlightenment.

We are here precisely to get over our self, to transcend this echo chamber. Repeating thoughts are not our reality; that is just the mud talking.

The Buddha had a vision in which he saw the human race as a bed of lotus flowers. Some of the lotuses were still mired in the mud, while others were just emerging from it, and yet others were on the point of blooming. In other words, all people have the ability to unfold their potential, and some need just a little help to do so.

If we think, “Well, I’m okay”, then we haven’t noticed suffering, the cause of suffering, and the inability of people to resolve their suffering. By ignoring others’ plight and just getting on with our life, we remain indifferent, busying ourselves in futile diligence. It is said that those who die while dissatisfied and confused create the conditions for rebirth in an appropriate form and circumstance. This is why we make the most of life.

Enlightenment is arising from the mud into the full bloom of consciousness, realising that the mud does not exist but still aware of its illusory effects on the unsuspecting. This is why Bodhisattvas remain rooted in the mud of this illusion, and without them, these teachings would be closed to us.

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I NEVER CHOSE TO BE OBSESSIVE

I Never Chose To Be Obsessive

I never chose to be obsessive:
I just mimicked others.

The magicians conjure up deceptions
for us to obsess over.

Observing this,
we are no longer their audience.

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THE POINT OF THE POINTING OUT INSTRUCTION

The Point Of The Pointing Out Instruction

The point of the pointing out instruction
on the nature of mind
is for us to realise what we already know
and have always known;
that we are just original consciousness.

There is nothing to learn.
Just see and realise.
Why do we continue to disregard
this ultimate truth?

Now that we know we know,
we can recognise how we devalue it.

Realising this,
empathetic compassion arises.

Right Dharma – right behaviour.

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CAN TEACHERS HELP?

Can Teachers Help?

Only the passing on of
transcendent knowledge can help us.

Teachers are conduits of this knowledge
for us to realise.

There are many teachers,
but one transcendent knowledge.

We are that non-dual, inexpressible knowledge
that manifests as compassion.

Once this inexpressible knowledge is realised,
all there is to talk about is whatever obscures it.

Appreciate the knowledge that is always within,
rather than that which is without.

If we only appreciate that which is without,
we may depreciate that which is within.

It is our resolve
that clears all our karmic confusion.
A teacher cannot do this for us.

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WALKING IN DARKNESS

Walking In Darkness

There are Dzogchen teachings everywhere;
it all depends on how we see.

In the New Testament, Corinthians 13 was written around 1,720 years ago, and is as true today as it was then – and even further back in time, as it’s timeless. Here, we are looking at line 12:

“For now we see through a glass, darkly;
but then face to face: now I know in part;

Dzogchen teachings clarify this:
‘Through a glass darkly’ is seeing through our confusion of ideas.
‘Face to face’ is seeing directly = non-duality.
‘Now I know in part’ – we only know a part of our reality.
When we realise our true reality of pure consciousness,
we will know as the realised ones know.

When we do not recognise the light of wisdom – our natural clarity of consciousness – we walk in darkness. Everything that we do, say and think takes form within this darkness, as we are ignorant of our first reality. We’ve become so used to this confusion which creates chaos that we are expert ‘Samsaric gods’ living in darkness, with no time to stop and find the switch, which would illuminate the lamp that dispels darkness.

Beautiful words about the switch
are not the same as switching.

The switch is purely meditation, where we just stop doing and being something. There is, in fact, no meditator as there is no relating, and no reference point. It’s that simple. The darkness lifts, and our fixating thoughts drop away to reveal the self-existing light of clarity that has been present all the while. In darkness, we mistakenly take sides which fogs reality, and so we see darkly. Meditation is light, whether we experience the pleasant and unpleasant.

It is because we consent to just believe that we remain in darkness. We become predictable, as we are continually bumping into the same obstacles. It all depends on how we see; when we know we are walking in darkness, the light is on! It’s all about realising that we are this light. When we walk in light, we stop stumbling into fixations and doubts.

Corinthians 13

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity (TB – unconditional love without expectations of gain), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (TB – unconditional love without expectations of gain).

What more are we looking for?

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FIRST, WE DO NO HARM TO OUR SELF

First, We Do No Harm To Our Self

Doing no harm is protection.

Being fully aware of one’s reactions to others
is being free in the moment of seeing.
No harm is done.
There is no retaliation.
No karma is produced.
That is doing good.

Being aware trains the mind.
Our Buddha nature knows this.

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KARMA IS COGNITIVE BIAS

Karma Is Cognitive Bias

We project according to our karmic filter, our perception bias, our cognitive bias. A hundred people will sit in a teaching, and won’t all hear it the same way.

From this perception, we create our own subjective reality, which is a constructed reality that dictates our behaviour. Cognitive biases may lead to distortion, inaccurate judgment, illogical interpretation – or what is broadly called ‘irrationality’. Unless we are enlightened, we are all subject to cognitive bias, and this is why we must check our motivations for whatever we think, say or know.

Even if we see clearly (and know the right words), this is only to a certain level of understanding, each of which may be correct but with the meaning changing at every level.
See https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Nine_yanas

Whatever we say or do has consequences. Even if we are correct in our view, we still need empathetic compassion otherwise we may achieve the opposite effect of the one we intended.

In the media, we can see this happening every day, where the opposite effect is the one intended. The target is our reactions, our bias that controls us. It’s the ‘click bait game’ that’s so obvious but also dangerous as it can succeed in fuelling our bias.

There are many types of bias; this is a hugely underestimated subject. Here are just three: information bias, selection bias, and confounding bias. It all adds up to collective confusion.

You’ll laugh when you see this – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases

The answer?
Know your bias!

“We are free in the moment of seeing.”
– Tulku Urgyen.

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LESSER SPIRITS (DEMONS) LIE IN AMBUSH

Lesser Spirits (Demons) Lie In Ambush

Demonic activity in the world comes in many shapes, levels and intensities … and teachings. From the point of view of consciousness, ‘Mara’ – or demonic activity – has nothing to do with external events; it concerns the reactive response in our own mind. Our likes and dislikes which have no reality.

Our lesser spirit lies in ambush, waiting to feed off situations, and so we only have to be aware of reaction in our own mind. Mara activity is absolute teaching!

“Don’t wander, don’t wander, place mindfulness on guard:
Along the road of distraction, Mara lies in ambush.
Mara is this mind, clinging to like and dislike,
So look into the essence of this magic, free from dualistic fixation.
Realise that your mind is unfabricated primal purity.
There is no Buddha elsewhere; look at your own face.
There is nothing else to search for; rest in your own place.
Non-meditation is spontaneous perfection, so capture the royal seat.”

Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche 1st.

Demon: from Latin daemon, from Greek daimōn ‘deity, genius’; also from Latin daemonium ‘lesser or evil spirit’.

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NEVER DOUBT THE PRESENCE OF PURE CONSCIOUSNESS

Never Doubt The Presence of Pure Consciousness

We have never been separated from pure consciousness;
we have just been looking the other way.

Looking the other way and finding no satisfaction, we doubt. Due to doubt, we cling even more to our ‘graven images’ (our ideas) for safety and adorn these, while at the same time obscuring the clarity of pure consciousness. We obscure the truth of our own ultimate reality. We become bound and wound-up.

Realisation is just a matter
of unwinding the stress
caused by doubt.

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WORDS ARE NOT DIRECT EXPERIENCE

Words Are Not Direct Experience

To be mesmerised by words is to miss
direct experience beyond words.

Words are open to interpretation and commentary.
Direct experience is unmistakable pure consciousness itself,
expressionless as there is nothing to express.

Then why try to express?

We need to know
that relative and ultimate truth are different
and, at the same time, inseparable.
By virtue of one, the other is known,
like a mirror and its reflections.

In the present moment of non-duality,
it cannot be said that either the relative or ultimate
exist or do not exist.

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WHAT STARTS AN ARGUMENT?

What Starts An Argument?

What starts an argument?
Karma.
What ends an argument?
Recognising the effect of karma.

‘Karma’ is a Sanskrit word for our load of acquired ideas that affects our behaviour. In modern terms, it’s our programme ‘guide’, that runs and replays our entire life. It’s what makes us predictable.

When we fixate, we become intense. If meet someone who is also fixated, there is a clash of karma. The clash of ideasisn’t the problem; it’s the intensity that causes trouble as it transforms into a verbal weapon. Because we identify with our ideas so strongly, this build-up can explode at any moment when karma creates the perfect storm.

So what do we do?
Recognise what is happening, and wait. No reaction, no retaliation.
We rant when we see something as unjust. This is normal for human beings (and our chickens do the same thing!). Trying to put things right may even make things worse, because the whole situation then seems even more real, when it’s just about ideas. Holding on is hell.

We all just want to be heard.
The karma has to play itself out.
Merely wait.
Suddenly, we’ll wonder what the fuss was about.

Such trauma is very uncomfortable; it’s something that we don’t want to face, but it’s a special, cathartic moment of release.

Cathartic: early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek kathartikos, from katharsis ‘cleansing’. 

Demons are said to cause trouble for practitioners: we become more sensitive and pick up more, so we need to be skilful. It’s just a spiritual hazard. 😀

These clashes can feel like a demon attack. Demons are ego, and ego does not exist. They’re just a mental flare ups and, if that is so, then that is wisdom. In the very first instant of anger, the mind brightens and illumines. That is pure wisdom, before our demon sets in 😀 The same applies to all negative emotions.

We do not need antidotes:
we just need to see clearly to neutralise the effects.

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WHEN DID MY IGNORANCE START?

When Did My Ignorance Start?

The universe is infinite. Sentient beings are infinite, each having an enlightened essence that goes unnoticed. We are infinite consciousness. To ask, “When did my ignorance start?” is an impossible question to answer, as it always starts and ends now.

There may be dimensions, realms and planets that are more conducive to enlightenment, but here we are, now. We can only deal with now, which is a pretty good place to start as there is so much dissatisfaction! This is because we dwell in such an illusory state that we cannot “see the wood for the trees” – unable to understand a situation clearly because we are too involved in it. This involvement created a self image, which is our forest of ideas, all made out of emptiness.

Emptiness is our natural, pure state which is fully aware, before we become involved in thoughts of this and that. We use the method of meditation to arrive at emptiness, and then the method of meditation is dropped. We stop asking questions the moment we arrive. Enlightenment is “Stayin’ arrived!”

To see how ignorance starts, watch the moment in meditation when we become attracted to the feeling of meditation – and we find consciousness wandering off … again! 😀

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THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION = CLARITY AND CALM

The Practice Of Meditation = Clarity And Calm

Meditation brings about a simpler way of life that is satisfying; we do not succumb to the collective hopes and fears. Through clarity and calmness we see what is happening – and the consequences.

There is much in the world that divides people. Even if we could eliminate whatever we think is causing division, division will still remain. It’s what humans do, even though we call ourselves ‘social’ beings.

We may agree for five minutes, and then the divisions appear. There is no point in being disappointed or expecting anything else, as we all have different backgrounds and cultures. We just remain clear and calm, and from that view, we use whatever skills of empathy we have to deal with situations. Our countenance says more than words as it reflects how open or closed we are; an open face goes a long way towards healing.

There is a rightness about everything. When we complain about the traffic jam we’re part of, who are we going to blame? If we (consciousness) ignore consciousness, we will remain confused. By becoming involved, we are entangled in a sequence of events that must come to fruition.

Trungpa Rinpoche said, “When awaiting someone’s arrival, we aren’t waiting; we are just sitting.”

Enlightened beings come along to show us a way – a path – out of our confusion, but our salvation is up to us. It is we who have to become still and calm to see clearly and realise that our confusion never existed. We just reacted and became distracted, and were thus divided from our true nature.

Humans will run around trying to make things ‘right’ but this creates conditions for further sequences of division. The world is has a ‘rightness’ about it; if we ignore, we will be confused. Our true rightness is consciousness. Within consciousness is the clarity of calmness, and that is pure consciousness. The purpose of life is to realise this ultimate truth.

Enlightenment comes to fruition through sustained calmness and clarity arising from the sequence of realisations that lead to full enlightenment.

Or … we can stay in the traffic jam.
Actually, bodhisattvas do exactly that!

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WE LIVE IN CONTRADICTIONS

We Live In Contradictions

Contradictions: ideas that oppose one another.

We live in two realities at the same time.
That is the contradiction,
as they are one and the same thing.

The two realities are ultimate and relative.
The mirror and the reflection.
Pure consciousness is the mirror,
while thoughts are the reflections.

Heaven and hell.
Dark and light.
The six pointed star illustrates two triangles,
one pointing up and one pointing down.
In truth, they are a unity,
each with a set of levels.

It is by virtue of recognising the dark that the light is known.
The more we see the dark, the more the light.
The more we are involved in the dark, the more we become the dark.

In confusion, we ascend and descend,
whereas realisation is transcendence.

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OUR MANUAL FOR LIFE IS OUR KARMA

Our Manual For Life Is Our Karma

Karma is the book of memories in our mind that is the result of causes. It affects our behaviour and so, our life. Everything that happens in our thoughts and actions is due to this library of past experiences, both good and not so good. Feelings that come up are a product of the past and, if we hold on to them, we’ll get more of the same. This is our Samsaric existence; we go round in circles.

We are here to read this book of memories and learn from it, erasing the effects that are causing us pain. We all carry wounds from our past; it’s time to heal those wounds by being aware of our reactions to everything, thereby not re-enacting. It is simple but takes discipline, and it’s this that we have to practice – to stop being us, this baggage of mental pictures.

We break out of this riddle of confusion by going into neutral, just being aware and conscious. This is being skilful and intelligent. In the moment now – pure consciousness – we are not being us; we are just consciousness, with nothing being written or laid down. It’s a relief to let ourselves go. 😀

There may be the thought, “My memories are important to me.” Being aware doesn’t mean we don’t remember: we just don’t smother our life (and that of others) with our preconceived ideas, however righteous. Pure consciousness is a fresh approach to life where seeing is instructive, educational, life changing and enlightening.

We are the book of life.
It has been individually written by us.
Now is the time to do some editing,
instead of head hitting!

😀

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DARKNESS SUDDENLY LIFTS

Darkness Suddenly Lifts

There are times (many times :D) when we feel heavy, out of sorts and down – and then, suddenly, that feeling changes and we feel happy and lighter for no reason. It’s a karmic moment from our past: we must have done something good as nothing comes from nothing.

This means all things come to fruition and all things must pass, so don’t worry too much. It’s just either a karmic cloud or clarity passing by. The more the selfless deeds, the more the clarity. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true – the more the self-centredness, the more the clouds.

“Nothing comes from nothing
nothing ever could.”

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WHAT DO WE VALUE MOST?

What Do We Value Most?
Turning the mind to reality.

If we choose money, power, football, family, friends, freedom, God, religion, science, nature … the question then arises, “What is it that values these things?”

Most will simply say, “I do”, and that’s that, but the conjuring up of desires is our dream state. This dream state arose because consciousness identified with objects and ideas rather than the origin of recognition. We are trapped in our illusion through ignorance of our true reality.

The answer must be consciousness for, without consciousness, these things and ideas would not be known. When we value consciousness, everything changes. We now see consciousness in everything, because consciousness is the reality of the observation. Everything becomes brighter – literally.

There is more.
When investigated, the very essence of consciousness is clarity and pure vision, free of human intrigue. Thus, we do not have to be scholars, academics, gurus or saints. We can be what we originally are. Now, everything makes sense because we see that whatever we value obscures this pure vision beyond intellect. This isn’t something holy or religious – it’s a fact!

Nothing compares to the joy of realising consciousness, which is free of limiting ideas. Everything is now a plaything, a toy – but then, we recognise how much others suffer for their dreams. Consciousness becomes the compassionate bridge over troubled, muddy waters!

Consciousness is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Gratitude is enabled, leading to stillness.

Recognising consciousness restores inspiration on the path.

Walking towards death, I fear nothing; clarity and compassion comfort me.

Karma prepares a table of abundance in the presence of adversity.

Goodness and inspiration present themselves, dwelling in pure consciousness forever.

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FAKE NEWS IS INCOMPLETE INFORMATION

Fake News Is Incomplete Information

Fake: an imitation of the real thing.

Fake news is selective information.
All media selects their information for us to repeat.

News is incomplete truth; it’s a version of the truth. Truth is what sees, not what is seen.

It is the element of ‘truth’ that gives incomplete truth credibility. An imitation is being economical with the truth via deliberately obscure language. As news is a version of the truth, that allows another version to be presented, thus creating a complex picture that causes confusion and division.

Advertisers, politicians, religions, corporations, scientists – indeed, all of us – are selective with the truth. Anything we speak about is selective information, and it is for this reason that there are so many ‘spiritual’ groups or traditions, all claiming to speak the truth.

Ho, ho, here it comes again … ;D
The Buddha said,
“Do not take my word for truth; test it for yourself.”

Truth never takes sides.
Ultimate truth is pure perception.
Pure consciousness.

Everything else is
a temporary illusion … fake … click bait … something to argue about …
Even the Buddha’s words are an imitation of the truth,which is our own genuine experience.

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WE NEED OXYGEN IN THE BLOOD

We Need Oxygen In The Blood

If you are feeling more tired than you should, look into the issue of the amount of oxygen in the blood. Get an Oximeter, and find out how and why to use it. There is information online by qualified doctors about this subject; they have more time to explain this problem than your GP, but go and see them anyway if you are concerned.

This is an extremely important subject, as a lack of oxygen can affect other parts of the body. This is why we need exercise, or a practice that enhances our body, brain, mind, and consciousness!

See my article “Tummo? Tummo!” a few days ago; I have only done this practice for a few days so far, but the effects are amazing. Deep breathing rejuvenates the blood and rejuvenates us.

Now you can meditate better and more clearly.
Take in some deep breaths throughout the day.
Breathing works!

It’s better than buying young blood at $8000,
or becoming a vampire.

😀

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CRUELTY WANTS TO BE SEEN

Cruelty Wants To Be Seen

Seeing cruelty and violence – even if it’s virtual – has a detrimental effect on our minds, causing reactions. For that, our immune system suffers. Why do you think there is so much killing in films and games? Everything becomes a battle. We think about good and evil as something outside ourselves, but the evil is the effect these films, games and news have on our psyche. We get used to it, becoming indifferent and dehumanising people.

Does anyone really want to kill others? No. People have to be convinced or provoked to go to war. War is deemed exciting by the young who are unaware that it involves killing, or practising killing. The pressure is constantly being stepped up to accept violence. We all know to do no harm, but we still have harmful thoughts about others because of ideas we’ve received.

There are those who stir up society, exciting us to take sides and find an enemy. Complaining, blaming and protesting is part of the process of being convinced to take sides. We do not have to be part of this Age of Strife. Agents provocateurs are those who intentionally encourage people to do something so that they can be caught in the action. There is much evil portrayed on camera for us to see, digest and react to, but as it’s all on film, we may not know what is actually real and what isn’t.

Non-violence is non-reaction. This doesn’t mean we ignore what’s going on in the world, but we just do not become part of it by being induced to join the action.

Once we understand how the mind works, we have empathy, and know what drives people. Then compassion arises, and we use skilful means to bring about balance in any small way we can.

If we learn anything from history, it’s that cruelty does not work as it’s the catalyst that wakes people up!

Hatred is lazy.
Love is challenging.

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MEDITATION INCREASES INTELLIGENCE

Meditation Increases Intelligence

Intelligence is the ability to see
consequences, causes and conditions clearly.

Meditation is firstly the practice of concentration, being able to focus without distraction. This discipline enables us to clear the mind, just to perceive and to be completely aware. It allows us to step back from preconceived ideas, however much we treasure these. This, in turn, enables us to discern what is actually beneficial and what is harmful to the state of our mind. Meditation stops us going into the pattern of our routine behaviour. We do want to improve, after all!

The next step is to be aware of the awareness, which is consciousness itself. This consciousness is the source of all that can be known. We now rest in that awareness without thoughts, seeing that thoughts still arise, and that is what we have to work on. Thoughts may seem prolific, but that is because we are noticing more. Good, eh? With the ability to clear the mind, we can now scan our mind for information to suit the situation, rather than merely reacting and being predictable. This is intelligence in action.

Now that we recognise the problem of how we become fixated in our mind (as, through repetition, the brain wires up in a certain way), we can empathise and have compassion for others, instead of condemning them. This, of course, also applies to our self, which still has bias and takes sides, and so our I.Q. rises along with our E.Q. (emotional intelligence, which is the ability to empathise).

Never think that meditation is being a vegetable. We are fully aware, fully conscious beings. We may not become scholars, but we will be confident, happy and realistic in all situations.

Gradually, we will want to know the ultimate truth, and that is the essential nature of consciousness itself – it’s pure and empty of contamination. And we have always been this pure consciousness.

Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason and wisdom, when we impose our ideas on to a situation, thereby seeing through the bottom of very dark glass, drunk on our own ego.

A fresh approach is needed for change to occur and for the penny to drop*. Eureka!

When we know the essence of something, we can be free to be more creative rather than mechanical. We don’t need to wait for someone to put a penny in our slot, thus assuming we are their machine 😀

* ‘The penny to drop’ is used to indicate that someone has finally understood or realised something. It was originally used with allusion to the mechanism of a penny-in-the-slot machine.

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CONSCIOUSNESS IS VERIFIABLE

Consciousness Is Verifiable

Realisation is the ability of consciousness
to verify its own purity
while resolving all karmic fixations,
thereby attaining enlightenment.

But what do we do now?

Hint:
Our path is clarifying our confusion
that never existed.

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WE ARE SLEEPWALKING IN OTHERS’ DREAMS

We Are Sleepwalking In Others’ Dreams

There are those who are aware of this phenomenon,
those who deny it, and those who aren’t bothered.

Globalisation is the process by which businesses
and other organisations –
develop international influence,
operating on an worldwide scale.

If we can see the consequences
of this power in the world,
their dreams do not become our nightmares.

When the Buddha came out of his ‘ivory tower’,
he saw the suffering of old age, sickness and death.
Questioning this, he changed.

We, too, have to see the suffering of greed, deception and injustice
within this technocratic age,
instead of merely accepting greed, deception and injustice.

Questioning this, we change.

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COMMON SENSE AND COMMON KNOWLEDGE

Common Sense and Common Knowledge

We all have two things in common:
common wisdom and common ignorance.

Here, we are looking from a Dzogchen/Mahamudra/Maha Ati/Zen/Unity/Non-dual point of view. In other words, pure consciousness.

I only use ‘exotic’ words so that you can reference them. They are all the same in outcome, but just different approaches to our reality of pure being, which is without contaminating thoughts and judgements.

General knowledge is conventional understanding.
Common sense is first hand, pure experience, based on the ability to perceive and understand; seeing things as they are.Common knowledge is second hand experience; something to which we refer.

Let us consider meditation.
General knowledge about meditation is thought of as considering thoughts about something or being calm.
Common knowledge about meditation is sitting mindfully, focusing on something.
Common sense meditation is beyond knowledge; it is direct perception of consciousness, that is natural to all.

The Buddha’s word is common knowledge, while common sense is the actual experience that is open to all. This is why the Buddha said, “Do not take my word for truth; test it for yourself.”

General knowledge about the Buddha is probably the fat concrete statue that sits in a garden by the pond – it’s nothing to do with ‘real’ life. Common to most garden centres. 😀

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WHEN DO OUR PROBLEMS START?

When Do Our Problems Start?

Our problems start the moment consciousness becomes attached to an idea. That first idea was ‘my self’. Why is attachment a problem? If we (consciousness) hold on to an idea, then we lose the clarity of consciousness.

There’s nothing wrong with ideas; it is fixation that causes us the problem of not seeing other possibilities. When we hold on to ideas, we build a bank of memories that now clouds everything we see or hear. We don’t just see – we see with attitude.

In the moment now, there is no attachment. There merely seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching. Attachment comes a moment later from the build up of memory, and habitual judgement occurs. These memories – pleasant and unpleasant – that we hold dear and cherish, obscure our clarity and freedom. In the moment now, there is no memory, but just nowness, direct experience, fresh experience.

When we come to our senses, we have no problems. There is just consciousness – pure consciousness. If we only rely on memories and judge from that reference point, we are constantly re-enacting the same moment, again and again. And then we start arguing!

We have never had a real problem.
There is only a personal, karmic theatre that is built on memories
to live through.

The more we experience common sense,
the less we are inhibited by common knowledge,
and the clearer the inspirations.

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TUMMO? … TUMMO!

Tummo? … Tummo!

We know that when we sit properly (or exert our body) we breath properly, and feel brighter, feel better. If we slouch, we constrict breathing; our oxygen intake is limited and we feel sluggish.

This set of videos will introduce you to understanding the benefits of breathing properly. If this breathing exercise from Wim Hof is Tibetan Tummo practice (one of the six secret doctrines of Naropa), people should know about it, because it can work for anyone. We have to bear in mind, however, that in spiritual terms, we are only concerned with the effect of getting enough oxygen into the body to feel more awake and be aware of the presence of pure consciousness, rather than an enhancement of physiology to engage in extreme sport and prowess.

Chanting, singing, physical exercise, inner wind practice and watching the breath (shamata) are all versions of or preparations for this practice of breath control, cleansing the body by ridding it of carbon dioxide, oxygenating the blood, clearing the mind, and feeling good, relaxed and at peace.

We live by breathing!

All we are doing is expelling stale energy for enriched energy. It takes some time to get used to breathing deeply, so we can feel slightly uncomfortable at first. Once we feel brighter and more relaxed, we stop the physical practice to rest in awareness. We may find that we only have to do one round of breathing to feel the benefit, and then maintain by aware of the breath throughout the day. We gradually build up an awareness of the importance of breathing properly, rather than being unaware of the breath.

This exercise also generates heat in cold conditions, and enhances the immune system. As people tend to overdo things, practise carefully and follow the instructions. Use common sense. Find the point of just letting go, and realise the presence of pure awareness, pure consciousness.

Check out the comments under the videos
and see if you agree or not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoSMm2OHnsk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cvhwquPqJ0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFSL_Qk9qKw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BNejY1e9ik

The more we are aware of the breath,
the more aware we are.
Get high on your breath, and feel brighter.

😀

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