IF WE DON’T CONFORM, WE FEEL GUILTY

If We Don’t Conform, We Feel Guilty

If we have done nothing wrong,
there is nothing to feel guilty about,
but we can still feel guilty.

Why?

Conventionally, we have to fit into society to make it work, but when conventions are exaggerated or elaborated, we may feel that this is unnatural, and so can’t follow those ideas. Unfortunately, most go along with this appearance of the new normality; the new fashion in society that infects the weak-minded.

If enlightenment is our reality but is unfamiliar, then anyone who endeavours to realise this profound understanding is seen as an outsider. Never feel guilty about your true essence, even though conformists see us as an oddity or an eccentric = unconventional.

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WE ARE A PATCHWORK OF IDEAS

We Are A Patchwork Of Ideas

We are a patchwork of ideas that never quite fit together.

Because of events when we were young, we hold ideas about life, and then try to fit everything that comes along into those ideas, and it never works. This is how and why we remain confused.

It’s like trying to fit together two jigsaw puzzles into one picture. It won’t work!
It’s like sewing with a two-headed needle. It won’t work!

This is how people turn spiritual consciousness into a religion, as they have been primed in religious beliefs and songs about unknowable holiness when young. We are introduced to traumas of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ that become a fixation infecting our later encounters; even if we don’t like the idea of a deity above, no one can get away from this priming that has sown an idea.

Our minds are patchworks of confusion;
that’s why people do not make sense.

Once we realise the complete picture,
we know how everything fits together,
and how to take it apart.

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EXPANDING THE DEFINITION OF LOVE

Expanding The Definition Of Love

Love is usually associated with desire or affection for particular people we know. This is the conventional love of attachment. It makes the world go round, and so creates opportunities for more beings to realise their true nature.

True love includes everyone, and is challenging. Love is expanded through empathy and understanding, letting go of being judgemental. We are all, in truth, enlightened nature, which we have the ability to realise.

We look, and see that others haven’t yet acknowledged this, but they know it at the back of their minds. It just has to be activated. We recognise the self-absorbed state, and this empathy equals love – not a battle weapon which we use to our advantage.

The same message has been heard throughout history; love is caring, without thought of self. If self is present, there is no love, but just attachment to ideas.

Love doesn’t think about love.
Love is understanding (standing under) the spiritual laws of the universe.

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ARE HOBBIES A WASTE OF TIME?

Are Hobbies A Waste Of Time?

No, if one is focusing one’s attention, and being mindful.
Yes, if it’s an escape from life 

but it can easily be turned into mindfulness.

Make meditation a hobby!
😀

Mindfulness is the precursor to meditation,
and meditation is the precursor to the emptiness of non-duality.

Writing is my hobby.
The consequences of hobgoblin activity is my hobby-horse.
😀

Hobby-horse: a favourite topic

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COMPLACENCY

Complacency

Complacency: a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements – self-approval – pride – I’m-alright-jack.

Complacency is self-complacent, which is a very sad state to be in.

Complacency describes our fitting into our own little world that has no room for improvement. We have our way of life, and that’s all there is. It’s comfortable.

Feeling uncomfortable has possibilities. We don’t feel right, and that the very cause of suffering – and the path to enlightenment. Whoopee!

In pure awareness, there is no time for complacency, as complacency is an idea from the past we have overlaid on to the present.

We should have compassion for all those who are complacent,
and empathy for all those who suffer.

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BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF?

Believe In Your Self?

Self-image is the prison we are all in.
We make our self beautiful, muscular, clever, witty 

It’s a shame it’s all a sham.

What we are comes before the idea of self that cause the sham.
We are consciousness, pure consciousness.

Never believe in consciousness;
realise it.
🙂

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MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Managing Expectations

Expectation: a strong belief that something will happen or be achieved.

In everyday life, we believe we can achieve a goal, but this has limitations. We narrow experience down to our limited view of life, and are always trying to anticipate and make everything familiar for safety.

Expectation is an assumption, a fixation that makes life mechanical. There are mechanics to life, but there are variables that are unknown until they actually happen – and life becomes alive.  Constantly adapting and never fixed; this is how we improve understanding.

Peace begins when expectations end.

When we find peace or equanimity, we find space to see everything afresh. We can manage expectations through meditation, realising that the author of our life is only a copyist.

Meditation keeps us balanced and less excitable.
Pure consciousness begins when expectations end.

🙂

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APPRECIATING THE TRUTH

Appreciating The Truth

To realise the Buddha’s words in this world of chaos and confusion is both a relief and a comfort. To finally find a true meaning to life after spending decades in anger and frustration is the cause of deep appreciation.

Once we realise the truth, we should never take it for granted. Realisation isn’t an achievement to be proud of. Pride is excessive self-esteem, whereas truth is the birthright of every sentient being.

Realisation is understanding the full implications of why this world is in such chaos and confusion, which can be used to gain advantage. My anger and frustration was due to programmed people enabling this evil to continue manipulating us.

Once we see it, we are free not to react.
Re-acting is self-programming.
It’s that subtle.

Because of deep appreciation for seeing clearly,
empathy and compassion arise for those who haven’t yet realised the truth.

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JUDGING AND BEING JUDGEMENTAL

Judging And Being Judgmental

We all have to discern whether something is beneficial or harmful. It’s how we get through life; we recognise possibilities. When that judgement becomes a fixation, however, we become narrow-minded, and demons of our own making.

To be sentient is to have a mind that can make decisions, and therefore there is consciousness present that sees this mindclinging to likes and dislikes. The amazing thing is that this consciousness can realise its true reality of pure consciousness, which is the goodness within that doesn’t need eloquent words.

The next time you see your own judgements and fixations,
tell ’em to fuck off and leave you alone!
They are just figments of imagination anyway.
😀

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JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING …

Just Because Someone Says Something 


Just because someone says something
doesn’t make it true.

Even if they say it’s true, it doesn’t mean it’s true.
It is for us to decide, through experience,
whether something is true or not.

We are history’s manipulation.
As long as we are told to believe
we are in great danger.

Know your own mind.
Others do!

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THE KNOCK-ON EFFECT

The Knock-On Effect

Whenever something happens in the world, there is always a knock-on effect, which is the consequence of action. Could it be that the consequence was the aim? Hatred and division have been stirred up in the world for thousands of years. All that is needed is a nudge and we react. Result? The knock-on effect .

Advertisers and governments all know this,
and so do we.

Ever made flirty suggestion?
😀

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REAL OR SYNTHETIC?

Real Or Synthetic?

Natural is being in harmony with nature.
Synthetic imitates nature.

We have to realise what is natural to us,
and what is artificial and man-made.

What is natural?
It is our original, essential nature of pure consciousness
that is always present and never fades,
and neither is it made by causes and conditions.

When we allow others to speak and choose for us,
it is we who become synthetic – an imitation, not the real thing.

Those who speak and choose for us
want humanity to become packages of beliefs,
creating conformity of unoriginality.
The cult of the manufactured individual!

Realising that we have a voice and that we have something to say,
we can choose a life that is natural and meaningful to us.

Are you synthetic, or are you the real thing?
Be very careful of the answer!

If I say that I am the real thing,
that self-identity is what the synthetic imitation that never questions would say.

If I realise that I am synthetic,
that realisation can only be experienced by pure consciousness.

Pure consciousness isn’t a big deal.
It’s what we are, and it’s nothing special or extraordinary.

We follow others who claim to be the ‘real deal’ while, in reality,
we are all Buddha nature – enlightened nature.

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MIND IS NOT YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Mind Is Not Your Own Business

It’s quite simple; our mind is what we’ve picked up.
😀

Drop it!
You don’t know where it’s been.
😀

Be aware not to be a litterbug:
a person who carelessly drops litter in public places.
😩

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KNOW YOUR OWN MIND

Know Your Own Mind

Know your own mind. Know your frame of mind. Know your mindset the mood in which we find ourselves, that causes us to have a particular attitude to something. Know why your mind behaves the way it does.

Is this behaviour you, or just an attachment to addictive memories acquired through experiences, which are created through interaction and reaction to others?

Where is you in this mind?
Can it be found?

The answer is for us to realise rather than to read or hear, which is just words. As a clue, the answer has to be that which pure and uncontaminated to see clearly. That is what we are. We are not our ideas, but somehow, our ideas govern our behaviour.

These acquired ideas are the prison that makes us go round in habitual circles. To escape this imprisonment, all we have to do is be aware that we have placed ourselves in this imagined prison through trying to please others 
 who are also in the very same predicament. 🙂

Who are we trying to impress?
Just drop out.

Drop out: to not do something that we were going to do, or to stop doing something before we have completely finished.

Reacting is pure hell. 😀 Anger and frustration arise, but do not act these out, thereby breaking the cycle of imprisonment. In that very first moment of seeing that something isn’t right and before allocating blame lies pure wisdom.

The Dalai Lama suggests, “Go and punch a pillow!” 😀

Wisdom is knowing that our true reality is that of others.
This is the power in compassion
when stupidity presents itself.

No blame, just understanding.
This is how true kindness starts.

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FIGHT OR FLIGHT … REALLY?

Fight Or Flight 
 Really?

Here is a perfect example of omitted information. A meme appears in society and, if not questioned, becomes a ‘fact’. Even at Buddhist retreats, I’ve heard the phrase “fight or flight” used many times, and I just sit there, amazed.

My chickens know that there is a third aspect to reaction, and that is freeze. We all suffer from fight, flight or freeze; when we walk into a room full of people, there are some we’re attracted to (do battle with), others we avoid (they look scary), and those we ignore (blank out).

When we add ‘freeze’ to the equation, we get the complete picture of the three poisons of desire, aversion and ignorance which, in Buddhism, represent the three wisdoms of emptiness, cognisance and compassion. How do they miss this?

The word ‘freeze’ has been introduced officially, but is used in a conventional way.

Wikipedia:
The fight-or-flight response the state of hyper-arousal results in several responses beyond fighting or fleeing. This has led people to calling it the fight, flight, freeze response (or fight-flight-faint-or-freeze, amongst other variants). The wider array of responses, such as freezing, fainting, fleeing, or experiencing fright, has led researchers to use more neutral or accommodating terminology such as hyper-arousal or the acute stress response.

Experts want to sound like experts, don’t they?
And we, not wanting to look stupid, just accept their version.

Once we realise the essence of our reality,
everything falls into its right place.

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SPREADING MISINFORMATION

Spreading Misinformation

Information spreads within an echo chamber, and we see this every day.
Those who advertise their ideas put a spin on them, showing them in a ‘good’ light.

Spin: Old English spinnan – ‘to draw out and twist (fibre’).

Anything that isn’t deliberately complete information is misinformation.
A spin is never a lie, so there is room to manoeuvrer.

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OUR ENEMY SHOWS US OUR STRENGTH …

Our Enemy Shows Us Our Strength 


Our enemy shows us our strength 


 and where we are weak.

Therefore through our karmic reactions,
our enemy is our teacher.

Who are the enemy?
Our own likes, dislikes, and indifference.

As pure consciousness matures,
the subtler the enemy becomes,
until we realise that the enemy has never existed.

Subtle: Middle English – ‘not easily understood’

Our strength is compassion.
Our weakness is lack of compassion.

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WHAT OR WHOM TO TRUST?

What Or Whom To Trust?

If the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it 
 ”, then we shouldn’t trust anyone’s word, because their life is based on trusting others.

Trust: firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.
Belief: an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially without proof.

Quite a ‘merry-go-round’, isn’t it?

It is we who are the final authority on whether something is true or not, but much depends on the quality of our judgement. We cannot really trust our mind as that has been contaminated with others’ ideas., and this is why we get upset, doubt and lack confidence.

There comes a time when we feel sick of being whirled around by assumptions, which causes stress that affects our mind and body. How do we get off the merry-go-round?

Through wisdom, we realise that we have been living in others’ illusions, and we no longer want to continue in this way.

Wisdom is first-hand, direct experience that doesn’t get carried way with emotions of self-importance. Wisdom isn’t reactionary. Through clear seeing, we do what is beneficial, and then drop it, thereby never remaining upset or causing harm. There is still a feeling of sadness, however, at the endemic indifference to our actual reality of pure consciousness.

What can we trust?
That which sees the not-so-merry-go-round-mind being upset.

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RECOGNISING THE NEED TO RECONDITION THE MIND

Recognising The Need To Recondition The Mind

Recondition: bring it back to good working order.
😀

This is the Buddha’s third noble truth.

We find a method to undo all the programmed conditioning that we have been through since birth – all those assumptions. This reconditioning can take many forms, and our karma shows us the path by whatever comes our way, with which we are naturally compatible at that moment.

The method is meditation to clear the mind and bring it to rest. In this way, it becomes more stable in its reasoning, through consciousness coming to the fore and shining. We can then contemplate, and join up the dots, by seeing what is going on in our mind, and in the mind of others 
 and why. Seeing the predictability of our programmed conditioning is quite a shock.

The fourth and final noble truth of the Buddha is activating the method and seeing for ourselves, rather than relying on theories. As we progress, the method refines and the meaning of the words changes, while being aware that ritual can turn into belief.

It’s all a matter of letting go. This is another clichĂ©, but what other words can we use? By letting go of ideas and emotions, wisdom dawns. It really does!

Incidentally, you don’t have to become a Buddhist to do this.
😀

Religion is belief.
The proof of the pudding is only in the eating!
😀

Once we know the pudding is good,
we want to share it.
😀

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ACKNOWLEDGING CONDITIONED SELF

Acknowledging Conditioned Self

The conditioned self is a mental construct that consciousness has built by relating to conditions and fixating upon those conditions, judging everything. This is how we act as human animals – by our likes, dislikes and indifferences.

Is there an un-conditioned self?
We cannot be what we see, but there is a seeing present that does not rely on conditions or names. Recognising this conditioned self – which is the very cause of suffering as it is highly reactive – is the Buddha’s second noble truth. This illusory self and that which sees this self is, in fact, the Buddha’s entire teaching.

Just look at the word ‘myself’.
We use ‘myself’ to emphasise an identity,
which creates and maintains a duality.
Myself : Old English me + self.

The cause of suffering is the constant preservation of this duality
which separates us.

What am I?
I am an illusory self and pure consciousness.
It all depends on what is most valued.

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ACKNOWLEDGING CONDITIONING

Acknowledging Conditioning

Conditioning: the process of accustoming a person or animal to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances.

We are conditioned by others who are conditioned.
Being conditioned, we do not have free-will, and so we suffer.
Acknowledging this suffering is the Buddha’s first noble truth
on the path to enlightenment.

It is only through acknowledging suffering
that we realise it is pure cognisance which sets us free.

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THE OPPOSITE OF ABSOLUTE IS LIMITED

The Opposite Of Absolute Is Limited

The opposite of the word ‘absolute’ is the word ‘limited’.
This is why we speak of absolute truth and relative/limited truth.
One is our true reality, and the other is our conventional reality.
An absolute reality is complete freedom. A relative reality is partial.

Absolute: Not being dependent on anything else = non-duality.
Relative: Relating to something else = duality.

Non-duality is just seeing, pure seeing, pure consciousness, no seer, no time delay.
Duality is constantly relating to things – me and the object – requiring time to judge whether good or bad.

We need a little I or ego to function, but when the ego – which consciousness clinging to concepts – becomes overwhelming, we (consciousness) lose all sense of absolute reality. The middle way is not too tight and not too loose.

The test is noticing this, and re-addressing the balance.
Ordinarily, we swing in large strokes like a weapon.
Gradually, the swinging reduces until it is imperceptible.

Evolution is from coarse to fine.

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SO WHERE’S THE PROOF?

So Where’s The Proof?

Where’s the proof?!

Someone once asked,
“Where’s the proof about consciousness?
How do you know it is good?”

Wanting proof without looking for oneself is mere laziness. Thinking that words are the proof is intellectualisation. Without the practice of looking and tasting, any words are like casting pearls before swine*.

‘Casting pearls before swine’ means wasting time offering something that is helpful to someone who doesn’t appreciate or understand it. They do not value what should be valued.

Those who want your proof will not understand it, and will become hostile. The proof is only in personal tasting. If I say, “Here’s the proof!”, that demands that you believe me. And that is idiotic.

*Matthew 7.6:-
“Do not give what is holy to the dogs;
nor cast your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them under their feet,
and turn and tear you in pieces”.

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ARE ‘SOAP OPERAS’ A BRAIN WASHING TECHNIQUE?

Are ‘Soap Operas’ A Brain Washing Technique?

As people mistrust the media more and more,
notice the messages in TV and radio soap operas.

Technic: early 17th century ‘to do with art or an art’): from Latin technicus, from Greek tekhnikos, from tekhnē ‘art’.
Brain wash: pressurise others into adopting radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible means.
Soap opera: a television or radio drama serial dealing typically with daily events in the lives of the same group of characters.

Still think our mind is our own?

The Cambridge Dictionary: “the lowest common denominator” is used to refer in a disapproving way to the sort of people in society who are least intelligent, and who will accept low-quality products and entertainment: ‘The problem with so much television is that it is aimed at the lowest common denominator’.

We own our mind by clearing it.
This is how meditation and clarity work.

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BEWARE OF THE EXOTIC

Beware Of The Exotic

If we are looking for the truth about our reality, we cannot find anything simpler than pure consciousness. If we are mesmerised and obsessed by the exotic, we will make truth something that it’s not.

Exotic: originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country. Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek exƍtikos ‘foreign’, from exƍ ‘outside’.

Other people’s ways/paths are their ways. Each of us has to undo our own obsessions to realise the essence of our reality. We go alone, but we rub shoulders with others for short while.

Initially, things do rub off on us by association, but there comes a time when we have to leave those ideas behind. When starting on our path, others may seem above us, and may even flaunt the information from books they have read. But once we’ve read the same books and reflected, these people don’t seem so advanced 
 and they’re still reading the same book 🙂

Let go, let go.
Gone, gone, gone beyond.

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NON-STICK PANS & MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES

Non-Stick Pans & Memory Foam Mattresses

When we get involved with someone or something, it leaves a mark, an experience, a ‘wound’, a little trauma, whether pleasant or unpleasant 
 a memory.

All too often, we hear Tibetan lamas laugh at westerners ‘wounds’, and their psychological drama. These wounds that they laugh at are merely memories – that we ALL have. Incidentally, when the students join in with the laughter, they are merely re-enacting their own memories.

Where is understanding and compassion? Their laughter at others’ wounds left a memory in my mind that’s still there thirty years later. Whenever we get involved with others, we acquire a little of their karma as well: our mind takes the shape of our experiences, and we become memory foam mattresses, creating a life of hysteria and wildly uncontrolled emotions.

In our mundanity, we believe that we don’t have wildly uncontrolled emotions 
 or so we think. I remember ‘not having emotions’ until it hit me like a bolt of lightening that the very reason I was judging people was because of emotions.

To a realised person, these emotions shout out loudly and clearly,
and that
is the path to enlightenment.

A realised person is a non-stick pan:
things still stick,
but they’re easily washed off.

😀

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HOW TO PROVE DIRECT EXPERIENCE

How To Prove Direct Experience

The problem is in the question. Who are we proving this to? Without practice, we (consciousness) don’t notice that pure perception or direct experience has jumped to the mind for a reference by which to judge. And that reference structure is what we call ‘self’.

The problem is in the word we. The word we is merely a convention, a generalisation for mind/consciousness which has lead to all our confusion. The word we means consciousness; that is what we are, but this consciousness has identified with sets of ideas, and thinks that that adornment of concepts is what we are. This inhibits direct experience.

The problem is that consciousness doesn’t trust consciousness, and goes round in circles, doubting. This confusion is our common prison of normality.

***

Direct experience is awareness without the mental clutter. In the very first instant of perception, which is happening non-stop, that perception is the clarity of pure consciousness = direct experience.

It is this very confusion that,
when acknowledged,
is the path to enlightenment.

“Confusion dawns as wisdom.”
Knowing dark is knowing light.

The solution is dropping ideas about our perception, without falling into dumb vacancy. Dumb vacancy is not knowing, a drifting dreamy state. Direct experience is fresh, raw knowingness.

Still don’t get it?
What sees the confusion?
😀

It really is that simple.

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WE CANNOT BUY TRUTH

We Cannot Buy Truth

Absolute truth comes from direct experience and realisation, both of which we have tested. If it isn’t tested, then we do not know. Information tested becomes knowledge, and gradually leads to wisdom and enlightenment. Absolute truth is our innate essence of pure consciousness.

From an enlightened point of view,
all unreliable information shows us the way.
Light reveals the shadows.

You don’t have to pay for truth;
you already own it

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ACKNOWLEDGE THOUGHTS, DON’T FOLLOW THEM

Acknowledge Thoughts, Don’t Follow Them

When we acknowledge our thoughts and don’t follow them,
we remain in equilibrium.

Equilibrium is the relief/happiness
of not being controlled by thoughts.

Relief isn’t gain; it’s release.
This is meditation in action.

Finally, we drop the meditation
so that we don’t hold on to the happiness of equilibrium,
as that is the cause of suffering.

This is how we ascend the bittersweet levels
of happiness and sadness.

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THE UTOPIAN IDEAL LEADS TO HELL

The Utopian Ideal Leads To Hell

It keeps us hoping.

The utopian ideal – satisfying one’s concept of what is perfect – leads to hell.
Why? Because people have different ideas of what a perfect world should be.

Physics or physical existence is naturally impermanent as it’s all about change, so nothing is truly existent. How does one make impermanence a utopia?

We hear people say, “We should do this”, or “We should do that”. Their ‘this’ and ‘that’ will be different to our ‘this’ and ‘that’.

When we analyse it, utopia or perfection is only within the essence of consciousness. Everything else is just a concept. A utopian society is one where everyone realises their enlightened state. That isn’t going to happen too soon, is it? As long as we live in hope and fear, we live in hell = great suffering.

If anyone says they want a utopian society,
you can bet they will want to run it!
😀

Suffering does not exist in the essence of pure consciousness.

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IT’S WORSE THAN YOU THINK, AND …

It’s Worse Than You Think, And 

it’s better than you think!

At an ordinary level, things look very bad in the world. Stupidity upon stupidity, manipulation upon manipulation, reaction upon reaction, and more stupidity upon stupidity. Trying to keep up with this stupidity creates suffering, because our reactions maintain a befuddled self-image.

We are stupid when we underestimate the amount of stupidity in the world and go round in circles, never escaping the “ring pass-not” – an allegorical circle confining all those who still labour under the delusion of separateness.

However 

It’s better than you think!

Because we are stupid and believe everything to be real or permanent, we ignore that we are all potentially enlightened beings when we’re told this. From a stupidity point of view, this enlightened state sounds ridiculous – that’s because we are stupid 😀

But if we can consider that this enlightened state is the reality that is missing in our life, then our view and behaviour change, and every stupid thing that happens reminds us that stupidity is not our true reality. We then become free of this stupid cycle of existence.

We are not just consciousness having an experience; we are the same pure consciousness as the enlightened ones.

What made us so stupid?
Believing in stupid people
who believe that they are not stupid.
That’s how I became stupid.
😀

Realisation is the fact that we are pure consciousness
– the same innate state of the enlightened ones
who have passed through the ring of delusion.

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SOMETHING I DON’T LIKE TO THINK ABOUT

Something I Don’t Like To Think About

Shunning.

Shun: to avoid, ignore, or reject 

To dislike, showing a lack of empathy and compassion.

For some reason, this applies especially to ‘religious’ people. If someone has problems with the manner of a group, and feels that they have to leave – or is kicked out – they are immediately shunned, rejected by the others.

If shunning means to avoid, ignore or reject, this is aversion or fear. Where is the empathy or compassion? Shunning shows immaturity, a lack of understanding and a fear of being contaminated by unconventional or awkward questioning.

The essence of a subject is more important than the form which attracts believers. Religions cannot help turning people into obedient and excessively servile followers to a degree that feels a little too 
 well, you can put the word in! (for me, it’s ‘creepy’ :D)

Even in Buddhism, we are expected to fall in line with mannerisms,
so we learn just to smile and walk on.

A path isn’t about joining others’ confusion. It’s an individual’s ability to cut through their personal confusion and judgements. Once we get a taste of freedom, we naturally want to share this freedom – without proselytising.

There are many traditions, and there’s a reason for that; they don’t quite see things the same way. It’s acceptable for groups to agree to differ, but when it comes to an individual within a group, difference becomes a reason to shun. Being shunned is a test of our generosity and patience – and therefore, our confidence.

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GROWING IN CONFIDENCE

Growing In Confidence

As we realise certain truths about our being, doors close on others’ ‘certainties’, and new doors open. We learn sequentially at an individual level. We do not learn en masse; we can hear en masse, but that doesn’t mean we understand en masse.

There is no one answer,
as answers opens up to more meanings.
Or they should do 🙂

It is not that others’ answers are wrong;
there are different levels of understanding.

Anyone who thinks that the Dharma (the teachings on our reality) can be taught academically is merely a scholar, a schoolchild. If we are talking about our absolute reality, scholarship is futile diligence, but good for the archives.
Scholar: Old English scol(i)ere ‘schoolchild, student’.

“There are many who practise stupidity as meditation 
without having gained clear understanding.
There are many who engage in futile diligence…”

– Patrul Rinpoche 1808 – 1887
Nyingma master of Tibetan Buddhism

When we actually realise our true essence, a person who says we’re wrong will have no effect as we understand where they are coming from, and genuine, compassionate confidence grows without arrogance.

Realisation = the great relief!

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OPEN TO THE PRESENT

Open To The Present

Open to the present.
Closed by the past.

We are closed by our past when we identify with some aspect of life, and become stuck there.

In the present moment, however, all identity vanishes, and there is merely spontaneous presence.
Open, spontaneous presence is a rare event, but can occur when we come to our senses through the unexpected – a shock, or emotion.

Or with the conscious realisation of spontaneous nowness where nothing special happens, except the relief from thinking we are special 😀

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REALISE THE OUTCOME, RECOGNISE THE JOURNEY

Realise The Outcome, Recognise The Journey

Until we acknowledge our confusion, we can never recognise how we became confused.
When we acknowledge our confusion, we can then recognise how we became confused.

Until we acknowledge that evil wants to control all minds, we can never recognise how it happens.
When we acknowledge that evil wants to control all minds, we can recognise how it happens.

Until we acknowledge that our true essence is enlightened, we will never cut through our emotions.
When we acknowledge that our true essence is enlightened, we will recognise how to cut through our emotions.

Until we acknowledge that we are consciousness rather than the mind,
we can only speculate through mental confusion and distortions.

We know so much;
we just have to uncover it.

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EASY DHARMA, DIFFICULT DHARMA

Easy Dharma, Difficult Dharma

Dharma: our natural qualities.

Ordinary dharma is easy because it’s interestingly complex 

Real dharma is difficult because of the simplicity of facing ourselves.

Being complex, we have lots of information to acquire 

Being simple, it is emptiness.

Ordinary dharma is words 

Real dharma is the experience of the meaning of the words.

Ordinary dharma talks about compassion 

Real dharma is compassion.

Ordinary dharma; a ‘path’ to enlightenment 

Real dharma; self is the path.

Ordinary dharma; there is a self and a path.
Real dharma; the realisation that neither self nor path exist.

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A GENUINE PRACTITIONER IS PRACTICAL

A Genuine Practitioner Is Practical

We all know that the world is ‘off’ in some way. When we only choose one or two aspects of this ‘off-ness’ and identify with them – making us ‘off’ as well – we do not see the complete picture. It’s a chain reaction! It has always been so.

Just because the world is ‘off’ doesn’t mean we have to be ‘off’ as well. As practitioners, we have to face our negativity to resolve its cause. To be a practitioner, one has to practise, and therefore we become practical. The practice is being aware that we are pure consciousness, empathetic and compassionate.

If we do not practise,
we will be neither practical nor empathetic.

For a practitioner, it’s all about others.
For a non-practitioner, it’s all about me.

Meditation doesn’t make us a practitioner; dropping the meditation does, because we realise the full extent of letting go of a me.

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IS THE WORLD FULL OF BOTS?

Is The World Full Of Bots?

Not all bots are machines.

A ‘bot’ is short for ‘robot’, and is also known as an ‘internet bot’. It is a computer programme that operates as an agent for a user or other programme to simulate human activity. Bots are normally used to automate certain tasks, meaning that they can run without specific instructions from humans.

Don’t be fooled
by everything you hear or read.
Bots can be controlling the narrative.

Bots are not just found on the internet. We are bots; we mimic whatever we see, hear or read, down to our day-to-day interactions with the people around us. It’s why everything about the world feels off.

Until we know our own mind, we will remain robot-ish, merely reacting to whatever comes our way.

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MEDITATION IS DOING NOTHING

Meditation Is Doing Nothing

It’s that simple.

Consciousness doesn’t do anything: it merely observes. Even while the body is doing things, consciousness is just aware. An example is fastening our shoe laces; we’re simply aware of the fingers, and no thought is required. We see something needs doing, and merely do it.

This is how meditation can take place at every moment. It’s being aware, and dropping the effort of being aware. Just pure awareness.

Unfortunately, consciousness can be distracted to become fixated on some thing, and that is the usual way for humans. We can even become distracted in meditation, when we try and do it.

We don’t have to make a big deal about meditation.
That’s just acting-meditation.

The moment when we do nothing but be aware is meditation.

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EXTREMELY SUBTLE DISINFORMATION

Extremely Subtle Disinformation

Disinformation: following the form, rather than the essence.

Form: the visible shape.
Essence: the essential nature. 

We are encouraged to look at appearances, rather than what these appearances represent.
Disinformation isn’t exactly a lie, but it is selective information. It needs to be close to the truth, otherwise it would be immediately identifiable as not being the complete picture.

Everything that we hear is tainted in some way, capturing our attention in order to obtain a reaction.
When we react, we take sides, and thus division, chaos and confusion are maintained. That is the history of the world 🙂

Belief cannot be the complete picture
as it is acceptance without proof 
 and the road to hell!

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AN EMBRYO OF CONSCIOUSNESS

An Embryo Of Consciousness

Embryo: a thing at a rudimentary stage that shows potential for development.

That is what is said to reincarnate at conception, and goes on reincarnating at every moment.

Our potential depends on our understanding. Some think our potential is their wealth and power. Others may think it’s entertainment or their mind, while a few realise their potential is enlightenment for all.

This embryo represents whatever consciousness is interested in; this has consequences, and will develop accordingly.

The full development of an embryo is enlightenment.
That is our potential.
Don’t settle for anything less.

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MIND: A PERCEPTION & RECORDING MACHINE

Mind: A Perception And Recording Machine

We may assume that it’s the mind which thinks. The mind is the software of information-programming that constructs our brain, which is the hard drive.

It is consciousness that thinks, and relies on the mind for the information that the senses have provided. We talk about my mind. Whose mind? Consciousness’s. We don’t talk about my consciousness, do we? If we did that, what would we go back to? If we don’t know what we are, that is the source of our confusion.

Those who think that they are their mind are merely walking, talking, recording machines, programmed by other social repeaters. If we ignore what is going on in our mind, we are not in control – the information is. When we talk to a repeater, it’s not much of a conversation 🙂

Know what you are, rather then what you think you are.
Information is just programming.
This is why the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it; test it.”

Consciousness is only confused by what it believes. When consciousness stops believing, it then knows. Our problem is that we want to know something special, and ignore our original naturalness of pure consciousness that, in fact, doesn’t know anything. 😀

It is knowingness itself that doesn’t need to know much
to realise its enlightened essence.

It is consciousness that knows what the senses see, smell, hear, touch, taste. Ordinary, biased consciousness relies on memories to translate what it sees, and so it never sees anything anew, whereas it is the clear light of pure consciousness that sees without preconceptions.

We don’t have to feel guilty about becoming a repeater. We just need to be open to fresh, raw experiences, and then know that knowingness is taking place. That is pure consciousness.

As sentient beings, we are ordinary, confused consciousness; incomplete and partial.
As practitioners, we are pure, unadulterated consciousness; complete and absolute.

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TIBETAN NYINGMA TRADITION

Tibetan Nyingma Tradition

This blog is in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition of Dzogchen, Rigpa and the three Kayas.
In this age of conflict, these words have to be practical.

It’s not a matter of acquiring a different culture; we are seeing what we already are within our own culture that we actually experience now.

The starting point is our emotions, which cause us suffering. Then we identify the us that is suffering, which is an imagined self-image. We then look for a practical method to end the oppressive tyranny of this self-identity. Finally, we practise, and realise that this self has no reality; it’s just a self-running programme originating from others’ ideas.

What sees?
Consciousness.

What sees clearly?
Pure consciousness.

Dzogchen, Rigpa and the three Kayas are all the same;
pure kindness.

It’s what we are.

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ATTACHMENT = LOSS OR CLARITY

Attachment = Loss Of Clarity

When attachment arises, we do not have a clear view.
It is biased by preconceived ideas.

Attachment is the conceptual mind fixating on things.
Our minds are therefore constantly preoccupied.

As long as we have attachment,
the clear view will not arise.

When we drop attachments,
the wisdom of carefree-clarity manifests.

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NEVER EXAGGERATE DEMONS

Never Exaggerate Demons

Demons – our likes and dislikes – are always with us until enlightenment.

The images of demons that we’re familiar with are either in illustrations or horror films, and these have nothing to do with demonic activity. Demonic activity lurks in the shadows of our mind when we are judgemental, exaggerating our likes and dislikes as opposed to reflecting on a situation in the moment now.

If we don’t want to hear about demonic activity, we’re not ready for it as we dislike the idea due to misunderstanding. Hmm… We may like the ideas of angels and gurus. Hmm…

We fall for demonic likes and dislikes at every moment, and when they become permanent fixtures in our mind, we live in a demonic place. This is why we have to be self-aware, and never take our eye off the ball.

The higher we go, the more we see.

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DEMONS ARE MERELY OUR EMOTIONS

Demons Are Merely Our Emotions


 and our path to enlightenment.

Once we acknowledge our emotions of pride, jealousy, desire, aversion, ignorance … our path starts to become practical and realistic. This acknowledgement is not a battle; it merely takes kindness, through the six perfections of compassion (for more detail, type ‘the six perfections’ in the search box at the bottom).

Want to see demons at work? We need to recognise our fixations as they arise. Just hearing a name, off we go! 😀 The very moment emotions are recognised, they vanish. That is the practice. Our demons don’t like the light, as it exposes our strong self-identity. These emotions become our guards that lie in ambush, ready to pounce on others. As this feels uncomfortable, we don’t see it, and pretend to not have emotions 
 or demons. To admit that we have pride, jealousy etc takes understanding.

When we shy away from acknowledging our emotions and how we really do feel, guilt arises (another emotion) and that becomes the behaviour of our life. Guilt makes us into victims, and we constantly feel vulnerable. Emotions don’t give up, as long as we are susceptible to holding on to a self image – ‘me and mine’ – which is promoted by others’ demons.

Demons have no reality.

Emotions feel real as they’re exciting,
but they don’t want to be exposed,
so they depend on us ignoring them.
🙂

Demons are our teacher. They pump us up to become wind-bags 
 or writer-bags 😀
Realising this, we are free of them, but they still bother others. As long as there are sentient beings, there is good and evil. In pure consciousness, however, there is neither good nor evil as there is no self-identity.

We can function well with a small social I,
and just enough ego to communicate and empathise.
😀

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SHARP OR DULL INTELLECT

Sharp Or Dull Intellect

Whether our intellect is sharp or dull doesn’t matter:
we all know when the sun is shining.

Within us is the ability to realise our true reality of pure consciousness which does not depend on our brain. This pure consciousness shines all the time. Anyone, at any time, can realise this. It’s not as complicated as some would have us believe. It has been made complicated by breaking down the teachings into parts, and giving those parts exotic names – which can go right over our heads. Even though we may nod in agreement, we need time to assimilate as accepting or rejecting becomes an obscuration in itself, which is a barrier to just seeing.

Don’t be put off by fancy names. Similarly, don’t store them up to sound ‘right’ by becoming a repeater. When others need help, it needs to be practical help, rather than theory.

The teaching is only about our reality of pure consciousness which is reading these words right now, while remaining neutral. It’s not something that we have to acquire.

What does it take to realise our true essence?

Leave it alone. Don’t be easily distracted, grasping at anything that comes along. Don’t try to impress. Remain neutral, without taking sides.

There is nothing wrong with the world. It is what it is. Criticising it is like saying dark is wrong, when dark is only the absence of light. People running amuck is only the absence of the wisdom which is actually present in all of us.

Wisdom is the recognition that we all have a good heart
– and that is all that’s needed.

And 
 to take a break from social and mainstream media.

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NATURAL IMMUNITY FROM SUFFERING

Natural Immunity From Suffering

Suffering: the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship.
Immunity: lack of susceptibility when something unwelcome or harmful happens.
Susceptibility: the state of being likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing.

As long as we (consciousness) identify with a self-image, that self-image is susceptible to relating to things through likes and dislikes, and therefore suffer. Things do not cause suffering or relieve suffering; our ideas do.

There is a naturalness within us all, which we can call pure consciousness, that can never suffer. It is perfect observation without there being an observer. Before we decide whether it is hot or cold, there is just pure experience. The experience of this pure observation is our natural immunity.

As long as we have desire, aversion and indifference, we will suffer. These three emotions are needed in the moment now to decide what to do, but when they become a fixture, they control our entire life and behaviour, causing a lifetime of subtle suffering.

When we let go of thoughts (past and future assumptions), we are not suffering. There may be pain, distress or hardship, but we adapt. That ability to adapt is our natural immunity 
 and it’s amazing.

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TRANSFORMATION OF BEING

Transformation Of Being

We are encouraged to be over-stimulated.

Stimulate: from Latin stimulat- ‘to urge, goad’

Our minds are full of agitation, allowing no time for silent, relaxed contemplation.
To realise our potential of enlightenment, the ability to focus our mind is essential.

The fresh light of emptiness allows the mind to retrieve deep inspirations that go back a long way.

Realisation is the actualisation, fulfilment, accomplishment and attainment of our enlightened qualities,
bringing to fruition our divine essence.

As long as we are scattered, distracted or disorganised, we will never transform confusion into wisdom.

Wisdom is the appreciation
of the cause of confusion.

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THE AGE OF CONFLICT: THE FAST AGE

The Age Of Conflict: The Fast Age

If you hadn’t noticed, it is
the age of Kali (demons),
the age of darkness,
the age of misery,
the age of quarrel and hypocrisy 

and it is also the fast track!

When life is tranquil and pleasant, why change?
When life is in turmoil and unpleasant, we want change.

The constant reminder of conflict speeds us on our way.
For this reason, demonic activity can never succeed, but can inspire.

Within us all is good and evil, and our enemy reminds us of our choice.
If we only want the pleasant, that choice is not without consequences.
If we realise the cause of the unpleasant, that realisation is not without consequences.

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