SATAN HAS BEEN PLACED IN OUR MINDS

Satan Has Been Placed In Our Mind

This has been human experience
ever since we began to plot.

When we are told to believe,
we turn aside from truth.

How does consciousness turn satanic?
The answer is through belief.

Belief is accepting something as true without proof. The opposite of belief is knowingthe truth, which is only accepting something when verified. In being led to believe, we switch off reality; we inadvertently become satanic followers.

Spiritual texts – if not tested, experienced, and realised – lead to misunderstanding and perpetual delusion. This is why the Buddha, in his wisdom, said, “Do not take my word for it.” It is not the Buddha’s words that are the truth; the truth is the realisation of those words. The truth actually does set us free – free from belief in concepts – because pure consciousness realises the expanse of reality.

The line betweenbelievingand knowingbecame blurred when we assumed that, just because we believe something, we know it.

The Solomon Asch experiment reveals how conformity works, when we fall in line with the group. The media and politics generate reactions which, in turn, fulfil the function of conformity. Whatever our reaction may be, we are still conforming!

In saying prayers, we have to know what we are doing, as this could be a danger to our sanity: our prayers may be deceiving us. Same deity, same prayer, but one experience opens our mind, while the other closes it.

Satan, the Devil, the Bogeyman … they all keep us in order.

Our true reality is uncontaminated consciousness, rather than a belief. Truth is knowable. I am talking from a Buddhist tradition which has a great number of prayers and deities – but all comes down to uncontaminated consciousness.

Satan:Hebrew śāṭān, literally ‘adversary’, from śāṭan ‘plot against’. Satan, also known as the Devil, is an entity in the Abrahamic religions that seduces humans into sin or falsehood.

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OUR SPIRITUAL REALITY IS DANGEROUSLY SIMPLE

Our Spiritual Reality Is Dangerously Simple

We can either realise our true nature at any moment and be free of our conceptual prison, or we can miss that very moment and stay embalmed, preserved in a ‘perfumed’, unaltered state. The balance between these two is fine, and that is why, on a subtle level, we feel uncomfortable and vulnerable.

We may enquire, “Is this thinking me, or am I something else?”

It is consciousness that is caught up in a mental illusion of an ‘I’. It thinks, “I know” when, before that, there was just knowingness – just consciousness. By the time we think “I know”, seeing and knowing have already taken place; we have arrived at a judgement, and off we go! We missed the pure seeing – the moment of indifference, the moment of clarity, the moment of pure consciousness, the moment of knowingness itself. This mistaken ‘I’ is a product of both our own ignorance and our environment, as those around us also believe in their illusory ‘I’. This illusionary ‘I’ separates us, and creates the excited madness in which we live. One of the main problems is that it is easily offended, and starts battles.

We are talking about the space for the wisdom of pure consciousness to be realised, before the excitement.

We escape the madness in the moment now, by seeing this ‘I’ at work … “There I go again!” Awareness is present before recognition. Initially, there will seem to be an element of time between awareness and recognition so first, we must see these as separate in order to be able to identify the actor. As we learn to drop our reactions, we gradually see that awareness and appearances are inseparable. Just like the moon reflected in water. Two sides that make a whole.

Will this change my life?

It actually does not matter whatever happens to us in life, beit pleasant or unpleasant. It matters not one hoot whether we are clever or dull witted. Whatever is happening to us is karmic anyway. Karma is like sitting in our room which is full of things we have acquired. We can either hold onto them, or recognise that they may no longer be useful.

We should not assume that only the ‘highborns’ will realise their true nature. Neither should we assume that being lowborn is detrimental to realisation.

Realisation is about the clarity of seeing, being aware, being conscious. The danger lies in thinking “I am being aware”, when in truth, there is only awareness. It’s extremely subtle. It is simply the moment now; spontaneous presence. The moment of indifference has a keen eye. In the moment now, there is no speculation, judgment, or memory: these come afterwards. If we latch onto these reactions, we are in danger of creating more of the same.

Clarity sees what needs to be dropped, and changes everything.

Enlightenment is not about creating:
it is about uncovering and dropping.
This can be painful.
This can be a relief.
This can be joyous.

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SACRED TEXT

Sacred Text

Sacred text is not something
to be worshipped through a dark glass.
Sacred text describes our own reality
and is only known through experience, face to face.

We are walking, talking encyclopedias of sacred reality.
We can see through the mumbo jumbo
of language and ritual
which causes confusion and bewilderment.

Once we smash the dark glass of confusion and bewilderment,
we will see clearly.

Our reality was turned into a religion.
Turning consciousness into a religion
obscures consciousness.

We are what we seek.
If we make this sacredness holy, our vision becomes blurred.

Pure vision is pure consciousness –
and that’s what it’s all about!

For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror,
but when we see face to face,
we shall know fully.
So capture the royal seat.

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NO ALIENS, NO GOD, NO CRY

No Aliens, No God, No Cry

As long as we are led to believe in something, we will remain subject to uncertainty, vulnerability and misery. In reality, we only need to deal with that which we can see, rather than being consumed by speculation.

Enlightenment is knowing reality through seeing.

No thing has permanent reality, as everything has a beginning and an end; things come to pass. We have a choice either to realise reality, which is the wisdom of pure awareness, or become lost in theory, emotions and sentimentality.

Of course, it’s nice to believe, and believing in something can lead us to do extraordinary things, for which we might get fame, wealth and self importance. Once we accept and hold on to an idea and invest time and energy in it, it’s hard for us to let go. We become protective of our ideas, which then push us to fantasise and exaggerate – and even start battles.

Whatever appears is down to our conscious perception.
Our reality remains the same
because pure consciousness never changes.

If we should ever actually meet aliens or Gods,
our reality will remain the same.

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THE GREAT SCAVENGER CLEAN UP

The Great Scavenger Clean Up

What else do you think the Buddha and Christ were doing?
Maverick yogis are unbranded practitioners.

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WE ARE CONDITIONED TO BE ADDICTED

We Are Conditioned To Be Addicted
to being conditioned

This is hell, and we need to wake up.

In other words, we are led down someone else’s path, and we then maintain that. We have agreed to be conditioned, and this state of affairs has both a gross aspect and very subtle aspect. On a gross level, this conditioning affects everyone, while – on a subtle level – we don’t notice this happening. Once we are conditioned, we can then be ‘sold’ anything!

This is about creating conditional happiness, which is a happiness that relies on conditions. The sinister effect of this is that if the conditions are taken away, we become unhappy and so seek a further ‘fix’. The word ‘conditioned’ comes from Latin ‘condicio’ which is ‘agreement’.

Technology, although a wonderful tool, has become our master and is fed by us. We supply the information – the input – in social media in order to get ‘like’ – the output – so creating the desire for more input. We have become the prisoner and jailer, seeking more and more gratification through the dopamine hit of ‘likes’.

Social media has been specifically designed to fulfil this purpose. A former vice-president of Facebook said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of society. He states, “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; just misinformation and mistruth.”

This is proof that there are those who deliberately create chaos, confusion, suffering. If this new world brought about harmony and genuine love, there would be a positive point to it, but it actually does the opposite by promoting antagonism and hatred. When we judge, that leads to dislike or animosity, and that is addictive. Writings about the reality of unconditional love and happiness don’t get many ‘likes’!

Our path – our actual path – addresses the obstacles to self-realisation, and those obstacles are our own confusion. Our confusion is our spiritual path.

Wake up! There are those who actually want us to be confused.

When Tulku Urgyen said, “We are free in the moment of seeing,” he meant that, ultimately, appearances and emptiness are simultaneous. Our essential nature is clear consciousness, which is sometimes called emptiness. This means that there is no clinging to appearances, and so emptiness and appearance remain non-dual. We just see, without bias.

Unconditional love is not addictive, as it is challenging. Our spiritual path to enlightenment is the path to reality, ultimate reality. To understand this, we have to clear away the mental obstacles obscuring the enlightened state, which is the realisation of emptiness, that uncontaminated reality of our being – in other words, pure consciousness.

We can either realise our original true nature,
or we can become re-conditioned entities.

We drifted away from our original state
through attraction to something other.

Waking up is recognising our conditioning
– without guilt.

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LOOK AT YOUR MIND

Look At Your Mind

Whether our mind is clear, sad, busy or depressed, it is essential to recognise that the only constant reality is that which sees. That is the truth. Everything else imprisons us in the Dark Arts.

The Dark Arts refers to rhetorical techniques to exploit human cognitive biases in order to persuade, deceive, or otherwise manipulate others into irrational acceptance of beliefs: the Dark Arts are especially common in commerce, politics, media, personal communications and religion.

The Dark Arts are concerned with self interest.

We are, however, free in the moment of seeing. First, we have to want to look, in order to see the light, giving up self interest for empathetic compassion.

There has to be Light to acknowledge the Dark, hasn’t there?
The truth doesn’t get much simpler than that!

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REALISING THAT OUR MIND IS SACRED SPACE

Realising That Our Mind Is Sacred Space

There’s no getting way from it!

Upon hearing a word or phrase,|
a significant realisation can occur:
“Why didn’t I see that before?!”.

That’s karma for you.

We may assume that anything ‘sacred’ is only for special people or places. But how can that be, when the entirety of spiritual teachings is about ourtrue nature, right now? Our mind essence?

It is because we assume – thanks to religion – that we aren’t good enough. We distance ourselves from reality, worshipping from afar, and actually go back to sleep; “Please don’t wake me, I’m having that nice dream you gave me.”

You see, waking up means taking responsibility, testing everything to realise that the essence of mind is pure and sacred. We are that essence of mind, ergo we are holiness which is separate from our selfish, mundane identity.

To be holy refers to a state of being set apart from defilement. The Hebrew word translated as “holy” comes from a term meaning “separate.” Thus, what is holy is separated from common use, or held sacred, especially by virtue of its being pure.

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THE DIVINE EYE – THE ALL-SEEING-EYE

The Divine Eye – The All-Seeing-Eye

The Eye reminds believers that
God witnesses everything, everywhere, constantly.

Of course we don’t have to believe that.

The actual all-seeing-eye
is the clarity of consciousness.
It’s what we have always been.
Without that, nothing would be known.
Without that, we can only believe.

They don’t tell you that, do they?

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THE GREAT VACCINATION AGAINST DIS-EASE

The Great Vaccination Against Dis-Ease

Meditation.
Awareness of a mental clarity
and a calm state, free of emotions

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THE PROBLEM OF TRYING TO MAKES SENSE OF EVERYTHING

The Problem Of Trying To Make Sense Of Everything

The delusion is that
we actually make sense of everything.

We are told of the all-seeing-eye of God
and despite not having seen it, we still believe.

When we understand that nothing is real
– and therefore nothing can ever make sense –
we have arrived at sanity.

There never was a problem.
We only believed there was a problem.

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OUR MIND IS SACRED SPACE

Our Mind Is Sacred Space

Whatever we allow in that sacred space
is our responsibility.

Sacredness is nowhere else.

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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why do we say what we say?
Why do we think what we think?

A. We adopted.
Q. What did we adopt?
A. A social I.

The social I is the illusion we adopt based on the reflections we receive from others’ illusions: we then run with this programme. If a dog is told, “You’re a good boy,” it believes it’s a good boy (or girl)! The same goes if we get the idea that we’re an idiot.

Why do we do react in this way? We have a predisposition from previous incarnations. You may not agree with this, but it does answer a lot of questions. Are you the ‘odd’ one out in your family? Someone who does not follow the family programming, or even the cultural programming perhaps?

The problem is that we become addicted to whatever we adopt, and so we become imprisoned in an personality. It’s all to do with belief in an adopted self image. We believe what we do, say and think is what we are. How limiting! We are not what we do, say or think : we are pure, unadopted consciousness.

Unadoptednot taken over for maintenance by a local authority! 😀 😀 😀

Why am I saying this? To prove that I’m not a idiot? To get fame? Or is there something from past incarnations that moves me? Some previous programming which is beneficial?

If we are happy – I mean truly happy – with whatever we do, say or think, then we just keep going. If, on the other hand, we are not happy – I mean truly happy – then we can change.

Have a look-see. What is holding it all together? Deciding to have a look-see is difficult as it takes courage/heart/strength in the face of pain or grief.

CourageMiddle English, denoting the heart, as the seat of feelings: from Old French ‘corage’, from Latin ‘cor’ – heart.

Ready to drop mechanical repetition?

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ORIGINAL MIND AND ORIGINATING MIND…

Original Mind And Originating Mind …
… and original sin

Original mind is just resting and relaxing in conscious clarity without an I representation. Original mind is non-dual: it is oneness, not twoness.

So when did this original mind start originating and creating? This happens when it forgets its clarity and focuses on desire, creating scenarios. The sin is forgetting, and wanting something other. That is the origin of original sin; it created a conundrum – a state of confusion.

To get out of this state, we need light, which is clarity. Using methods is useful, but this can become a crutch, engendering more scenarios.

Meditation – and its accompanying mannerisms and trappings – can become an obstacle, giving rise to a duality of me and the method. True meditation is non-meditation. It’s much simpler.

When we end a meditation session and relax … that isthe meditation! This is where we actually start; relaxing, just being aware of natural, ordinary, original mind and resting there. It does not have a name and is indescribable.

Personally, I find meditation retreats like that. When it’s all over, I leave it behind and go for a coffee and a bun. It is in that moment that everything opens up and melts away … bliss.

Do we need to go on retreat? Yes, until the penny drops.

The penny drops: A belated realisation of something after a period of confusion or ignorance, meaning. “Now I understand”.

The Oxford English Dictionary states that this phrase originated by way of allusion to the mechanism of penny-in-the-slot machines.

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THE INNER PICKLE

The Inner Pickle

Still trying to make sense of the world?

When we know that humanity is ignorant of its true nature – which is the wisdom of pure awareness – then we are never surprised that it does crazy things, and so, everything makes sense.

If, however, we are so divorced from reality that we are ignorant of the true nature of humanity, then we are in a pickle!

In a pickle” is to be in a quandary or a difficult position. Origin: Dutch or Low German
‘pekel’, which is q’something piquant’.
‘In a pickle’, meaning to be in trouble, was an allusion to being as disoriented and mixed up as the stewed vegetables that made up pickles.


How’s your inner pickle?

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POP INSIDE AND HAVE A GOOD LOOK

Pop Inside And Have A Good Look

It’s not difficult.

What is difficult
is deciding to pop inside
to have a good look.

Being more bothered about having
a good look on the outside,
we ignore what’s on the inside.

Actually, the inside is visible to all.
Every comment we make
says more about us.

How do we pop inside?
We look at our own
justifications,
motivations,
inner gossip,
so-called cleverness,
apathy,
comforts:
our ‘advancements’.

Having had an honest look,
we finally realise through meditation that
that which sees this charade
is absolute, timeless, perfect beauty.

That seeing is absolute consciousness.
It’s what we all truly are.

Whoever dares to look, wins;
then it’s not difficult.

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WE ARE EACH IMPRISONED IN OUR OWN MIND

We Are Each Imprisoned In Our Own Mind

We are each imprisoned in our own mind
Have you discovered that yet?

We spend our time impressing other inmates.
Have you discovered that yet?

All we have to do is see, to be free.
Have you discovered that yet?

Are we looking for something more authentic?
Have you discovered that yet?

It is our habitual behaviour that locks us in.
Have you discovered that yet?

Sit quietly. See the seeing.
Have you done that yet?

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WHAT IS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?

What Is Spiritual Practice?
It is remembering and resting in pure awareness.

We remember not to forget our true nature, which is pure awareness, and to be aware of the slightest distraction. That’s all.

The more we remember, the less we forget. As town yogis we rest and go and rest and go…

Some rest longer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiLMhzjDdXQ
(the comments underneath this video are illuminating)

Spiritual practice is not being dead to the world of suffering;
it clarifies space with tremendous positive energy.

This is the supreme realisation of consciousness.

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NEVER BELIEVE THE TRUTH

Never Believe The Truth

Belief has been our greatest deception.
Belief is the opposite to knowing.
Belief obscures knowing.

To ‘believe’ is to accept that something is true without proof. If we believe the truth, then we will never know the truth. To knowis to be aware, through observation and recognition. How can we believe anyone who believes? This make-believe reality has kept us in darkness for a very long time. What a farce!

This is exactly why the Buddha said, “Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself.” When someone claims, “I am”, or “It is emptiness”, or “I believe in God”, these are merely words that do not convey realisation. These words have become an obstacle to self realisation and enlightenment.

Much of this deception is to do with how something is explained, and who explains it. Can what they say be proven, or is it just a set of beliefs they have been told? We should look beyond the charisma and title.

So what is the truth that is indisputable, and in which no one has to believe?

Before we can investigate the truth, we have to realise what is doing the investigation. First things first!

We all have awareness-consciousness-perception, for without these conventional faculties, we would not survive. But that is not what we are: we have them, and these conventional faculties are biased because they are attached to memories.

To see clearly, we first have to purify our awareness-consciousness-perception. This is done through meditation, where we finally realise that when awareness-consciousness-perception looks into itself, nothing is found. We discover that it is empty, and it has always been so.

We do not have to believe this as we arefree in the moment of seeing. We have been the truth we seek all along. In that moment of this realisation, there is no ‘Emptiness’ and no ‘God’ , but just pure consciousness.

Once we are free, we can drop others’ dogma, and deal with life with our own genius – that attendant spirit present from birth, with innate abilities and inclinations.

In other words, our natural ability to love.
If we don’t know this, then what do we know?

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DON’T TAKE SPIRITUAL TRANSMISSIONS FOR GRANTED

Don’t Take Spiritual Transmissions For Granted

A spiritual transmission is a transference of consciousness or energy, and it gives meaning to life. A transmission is received only if it activates a change= we change! There is understanding, experience and realisation to the extent that we become a transmitter from a genuine lineage. This is not about repeating dogma and looking good; it’s about clarifying reality without any attitude whatsoever.

Receiving a transmission changes our life patterning. We come out of the programme. The chattering stops. When the transmission hits the spot, we neither ignore it nor take it for granted, otherwise we may abuse it and lose it, and cause problems for ourself and others.

We are here only to realise our true nature, rather than in the hope of gaining something. We have a precious moment in infinite time to be conscious, rather than trying to look conventionally clever.

In emptiness, there are no needs, but just the light of clarity.

Transmission is passing on the light.
This light is the same light,
but with a new exposure.

The test to see if the light is authentic
is whether it comes with genuine compassion.

The continuity of the light comes from the infinity of time and space.

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OVER POPULATION?

Over Population?

Some influential people
believe that this planet is over populated.

Does this belief answer questions
about decisions made in the world?
Some people just cannot share.

When the code of everything is known,
anything can be created and de-created.
This is the dark age of the Kali Yuga,
and people are suffering.

The very recognition of suffering
is the beginning of enlightenment,
because we look for the cause of that suffering
and the path that relieves that suffering;
we follow that path, becoming familiar with
and transcending suffering.

To see our mind seeing this world as sinister and hypocritical
increases our resolution to be free.
We are dealing with our own reaction,
rather than an external source.

When it is said, “We are free in the moment of seeing”,
this does not mean we are free in the moment we see;
it is in the actual seeing itself – the presence of pure consciousness.

We are free in the moment of seeing that
our mind is over populated!

Whatever appearances arise in the mind
are the spur to realising our true nature.

The mistaken live in the Kali Yuga of their own mind.
Once we understand this state of play, empathetic compassion arises.

To retaliate only makes us one of the mistaken.

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THE FINE GOLDEN THREAD OF INSPIRATION

The Fine Golden Thread Of Inspiration

We all need confidence to stay on the path as there are many levels of enlightenment. Through authentic inspiration, we evolve in steps along our path of confusion. That comes from genuine, raw, personal experience rather than a belief in someone else. I bow to the Buddha for inspiration, but bowing to the Buddha will not make me enlightened. It’s so easy to relax too much on a subtle level, not bothering with our mental obstacles. These obstacles are the karma which is our own precise teacher; karma is the result of previous actions and reactions which we hold on to, affecting our attitude and behaviour. A good teacher points out our faults to enlighten us, showing us our path – and karma does exactly that.

If we find a human teacher who can do exactly that, we are fortunate indeed. But these days, teachers have too many students to be able to hold their hands at every moment, whereas karma can!

In ascending the levels, we become happier and happier, content to face our karma rather than avoid it, covering it up. On this fine, golden path, we can feel the wobble immediately: feeling the wobble, we automatically adjust to return to balance. Being a scholar is wonderful, but we don’t have to be academic to feel the wobble! It’s spontaneous.

It is not about saying, “It is emptiness.” It is about having personally investigated where the essence of mind is, and realising that we are it, all the time.

It’s all about “Stayin’ alive”!
😀

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TO WANT TO BE ENLIGHTENED IS CRAZY TALK!

To Want To Be Enlightened Is CRAZY TALK!

It’s crazy because wanting to be enlightened is the very reason we do not recognise that the essential nature of mind is already enlightened.

In becoming a seeker, we are not seeing and recognising that actual consciousness is taking place now. It’s a very subtle and unique distraction; the dark covering the light. The nature of mind essence is luminosity, clarity, pure seeing. We are never without it because we are it. Crazy or reality? The psycho-spiritual practice is just being aware of awareness, which is pure, empty awareness, pure consciousness.

Get used to it!
😀

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CAN WE TRUST ANYONE? AND…

Can We Trust Anyone? And …
… can they trust us?

We live in a make-believe world of mental ideas upon which we fixate, and we defend that vigourously. The point is that everyonelives in a make-believe world, and that is scary. It’s scary because people don’t recognise their enlightened essence, and feed off assumptions. We have been caught up in this play for so long that it seems to be the only reality: this was illustrated by Plato 420 BC in his shadow cave of deceptions. The truth is nothing new.

Our conventional minds are governed by three principles; desire, aversion and indifference. These three principles are how we survive, but if we obsess, we become addicted to being a certain type and are thus imprisoned. Actually, this is just various levels of narcissism and self importance.

Until we become aware that we and all beings are controlled by the three universal principles of desire, aversion and indifference, we will not be free, and so cannot be trusted. Actually, the only fault (or sin) we have is not to recognise this. 😀

We are stuck in a servitude of ignorance, and have learnt to love it. Does that sound harsh? Let’s be honest; when we walk into a room full of people, there are some to whom we are attracted, some we are repelled by, and some we just ignore. Whether we like it or not, the whole universe is governed by these principles.

Is there a hidden hand guiding us? Oh yes. It’s us, as a collective! Our very being came into physical existence precisely because it ignored its true ethereal nature of pure consciousness. Through desire of wanting more, we judged whatever we desired and became adverse to it. This is our cycle of existence – a lack of compassion.

If we are not in control of ourselves and our emotions, then we are controlled by the current collective thinking; the media, corporate tyranny and the behavioural conditioning of humans sees to that!

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.” -Aldous Huxley published in 1932

Do you think this is fantasy?
We can see this happening all around us; people are suggestible and easily addicted. The majority of the world’s population is now connected to the technocratic system, which is the social conditioning of the collective.

Becoming free is simple;
we merely have to see.
It takes practice
to be honest
and worthy of trust.

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DROPPING THE PAST

Dropping The Past

The past is only in our mind, and so is the future. This is such a simple truth that we miss it at every moment, and this is why we live in a painful fantasy of illusions.

The past is full of pain, and we hope that the future will be better. That is wishful thinking. In truth, there is only the freshness of now. That is the ultimate reality.

As consciousness refines, what was thought to be ultimate truth, wasn’t. The joy of now is the simplicity of freshness.

We have a long past and, in carrying it around, it only gets heavier. The now is only light!

The past is now,
and the future is now.
There is only now.

Even though there are thousands of teachings,
they all come down to one:
the spontaneous presence of now.

What a relief!
No more guilt.

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OUR MIND IS THE TRUE BUDDHA

Our Mind Is The True Buddha

It is the very essence of our mind that is the true Buddha. Whether the contents of our mind feel depressed, irritated, angry, confused, elated, happy, dull … the essential pure nature of our mind is Buddha; enlightened, pure consciousness, God.

Who are we to believe? What sort of ‘package’ are we looking for? Someone in robes, on a throne? Someone with a long beard perhaps, or bald and smiling? Teachings given in a church, temple or gompa? Something that gives us a feeling of authority? Do we want this to feel exclusive? Do we feel safe in our ‘package’? If we have our ‘package’, then what do we feel about others’ ‘packages’?

The essence of mind is right here, right now.
We are, in truth, the essence of mind!
We are what we have always been looking for.

Thinking we cannot find it,
we look elsewhere.
Amazing!

Spiritual Packages
As humans we buy into packages. We follow the crowd – ou rcrowd. We join a group, a class, a school of thought; we become a type. As we are humans who seek our spiritual essence, we enter the realm of spiritual traditions.

If we join a spiritual group, we have to accept the complete programme. Every spiritual group comes with certain distinctions which separate it from other spiritual traditions, and a disassociation occurs. That, in itself, gives rise to elitism and a subtle pressure to conform, because every tradition comes with a modus operandi – a method of procedure through quiet persuasion, which is the routine of that particular group.

These differences are additions to the primary, essential teaching and are generally a cultural matter. In belonging to the package, we have to accept these.

In the beginning, this is an excellent foundation as it gives us something to work with. This ‘package’, however, can quickly become luggage. It’s like meeting a person for the first time; we are open and responsive but then, after just seeing, we start looking and judging. At this point, we either try to fit in or realise that we cannot.

People wear their luggage heavily, and so do spiritual groups. It’s good to get glimpses of others’ paths until we settle for what suits our temperament, but we need to be aware that this could make us lazy as we may find ourselves going along just to be entertained or to get a fix.

Gradually, we realise that all spiritual traditions say the same thing – just in different ways. It is the essence of a teaching that is of primary importance.

Unwrap the package and realise
that all contents are empty of true existence.

The only reality is what looked into the package!
We have been Buddha all along.

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SURPASS YOUR SELF

Surpass Your Self

Your self is a collection of ideas about who you think are you. The strange thing is – you can see you! You cannot be what you see, can you? So who or what is you? This is the true quest for self realisation; enlightenment.

The ideas we hold about ourselves are engraved in the mind – in modern terms, the brain’s wiring of neurons and synapses. That is the graven image! This inner behaviour is observable: push our button and off we go into our routine.

Who or what is the observer that is seeing this charade?

It is pure consciousness, empty of contaminated personality. There is just seeing, without holding on or claiming. It is holding on that causes us pain, because this self is worshipping an image of itself, which is the golden idol.

This is a Buddhist way of looking at the first three commandments of the old testament. When we stop worshipping our self, we are free – free in the moment of seeing. Our self is surplus to requirements as it holds us – and those around us – imprisoned. Clever devil!

Make no other gods before me.
Do not make for yourself a graven image to bow down to.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”

Don’t just worship pure consciousness:
be it.

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PRECIOUS HUMAN BIRTH

Precious Human Birth

What is precious about human birth? We have the opportunity, through speech, to communicate on a profound, insightful level concerning the true nature of reality. This is not about being clever, scholarly and poetic; it is referring to actual acknowledgement of our own natural, true nature. We are talking about the reality of pure consciousness being able to express itself.

This isn’t something highfaluting: it’s what we are, and it’s quite ‘ordinary’. Making it somehow ‘holy’ separates us from its true meaning, which is wholeness – acompleterealisation of consciousness.

But do we actually communicate about such things? No, because we are easily distracted and can only communicate on a mundane level about where we’ve been or where we’re going, thus obscuring this present moment. We learn a script and then play that out for the rest of our lives, claiming “This is me!”. Why claim so little, so soon?

Being human, we can ask questions. This leads to other questions, until we truly realise what we are. Asking questions so that we can merely spout answers is not the reason to communicate. Such utterances are just dream words. Even spiritual teachings can create dream arrogance.

Life is so precious because it is precarious. We acquire a view of ourselves as either mundane, unworthy, or superior; these states are synonymous with ignorance, fear, and desire – but we can change.

Pure consciousness – pure unbiased seeing – is always present, watching the good days, the bad days and the ugly days. That is precisely what is precious. Experience and realisation can make us smile at everything, especially when things go wrong … “Oh, I see why that happened!”

There are humans really trying to mess up the world for their own benefit, blaming the outcome on the people affected by the mess. Theymake the rules for usto follow.

Divide and conquer gains and maintains power by generating tension so that we cannot truly communicate. This is why there is an abundance of terror in the world. Encourage people to obsess about a belief, and that creates an opposition. Consciousness is being divided from pure to impure; this is easily done when desire and aversion are promoted. We are taught to hate the ‘enemy’, as humans like to dislike.

All we have to do is be aware. We may not be able to change a world that cannot communicate, but we can drop our own views.

There is only one view, and that is pure consciousness.
We all know that.

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BELIEVING IN LIES

Believing In Lies
Their lies; our problem

Pure consciousness is the truth.
Pure consciousness/knowingness
is our absolute reality; the only truth.
Without that, nothing would be known.

Anything we ‘know’ is a relative truth;
something pure consciousness relates to.

All the things we ‘know’ are impermanent;
they have no true reality.

Those who maintain
that impermanent things are real are, in fact, lying.

If we believe what others believe,
we will remain in their delusion.
Everything we hear and read
backs up this illusion.

Believe no one, not even the Buddha.

The Buddha said, “See for yourself”.
Recognise that pure consciousness is present now.

Don’t just believe the Buddha.
First, take it that he is lying.
Debunk his words!

What are you left with?
😀

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REALISATION COMES FROM RESTING IN STILLNESS

Realisation Comes From Resting In Stillness

Realisation comes from resting in stillness:
then the ‘cat’ stays put!

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WHEN PURE CONSCIOUSNESS BECAME A CONSUMER

When Pure Consciousness Became A Consumer…
….it became indebted

That is the definition of karma:
We consume ideas and obscure our true nature.

We bind ourselves to the religion of conceptual consumerism. That binding is the acquisition of ideas, and fixes us for life. The very word ‘religion’ means to bind, an obligation.

Undoing our habitual attitude releases us from our debt. That is the path to enlightenment. We just have to clear the books of bad assets! All it takes is a good heart, a kind heart, an empathetic heart. Until then, we have to enjoy in the devil’s playground.

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DO WE EXPERIENCE LIFE THROUGH A COMPUTER?

Do We Experience Life Through Computers?

How many times have you had a one-to-one, a heart-to-heart, a mind-to-mind, a consciousness-to- consciousness experience? Perhaps only when you patted the dog or stroked the cat? And if you don’t have a dog or cat, you probably watched another film.

One moment of reality, a glimmer, a smile, makes life worthwhile. We are here to join up those moments. It’s enlightening.

A lifetime on a computer is what this world has come to, and the future doesn’t look much better. On our grave stone, it may just read, “He/she had a lot of clicks.”

We have bodies and minds to experience the raw freshness of life, which is our spiritual teacher. This is how we dissolve our fixations. It’s enlightening.

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RECOGNISE THAT YOU RECOGNISE

Recognise That You Recognise
Recognise and become

You are the hero you seek. The Buddha, our teachers, books may all say wonderfully profound things, but what is important is that you‘get it’. You ‘get it’ because you recognise the truth. You can only recognise if you have already known the truth, but forgot. And the truth is that our essential nature is the absolute truth. It is the truth that sets us free from beliefs, assumptions and suggestions.

We are pure consciousness. That is why we can recognise and realise. There is absolutely no difference between you, your teacher the Buddha, Jesus, Krishna … or the cat … We are all pure consciousness, but are just heavily ladened – more or less – and we belittle our true reality.

It is our ideas that separate us from this absolute truth. Absolute truth is like a mirror; it just reflects. That is all it does. Being in a body, we have to maintain it in good health. Having a mind, this too has to be kept in good health. Because we belittle ourselves, we became attracted to the reflection in the mirror (our ideas), and so forgot our true reality through wheeling and dealing.

Truth is always the truth. It can never change. That which changes is the waywe view, from perception and judgement, to pure perception of consciousness. To do this, we need to sit quietly and cognise that we re-cognise (recognise = to know again!). Enlightenment is to know continually what we are, and what we have always been.

If we ignore this reality, we remain in chaos, confusion and suffering. What are we waiting for? Something better? Something more authentic? Something more organised? Something more religious? Someone to tell us what to do?

The Buddha saw that everyone has the same Buddha nature.

The Buddha’s teachings are about being ordinary:
no special or distinctive features.
Commonplace to all.
Ordinary is normal, not different in any way.

Buddha-nature isn’t special,
as everyone is Buddha nature.

It’s no big deal.
(to deal – to divide up).

If we make Buddha nature – which is emptiness – into something special,
we miss the whole point!

What are we waiting for? The second coming?
We are the second coming!
We recognise and become!

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THE TRUTH IS NOT WHAT IS WRITTEN

The Truth Is Not What Is Written
The truth is in that which is reading what is written

Becoming scholarly and book learnt in worldly or spiritual affairs, we become sophisticated, proud and even narcissistic, acquiring an unconscious self-centredness arising from a failure to distinguish consciousness from external objects. We develop a grandiose view of our own talents and crave admiration. It’s what we are taught to do and, in fact, we lose the rawness of experience which has no grandiose ideas.

The Buddha’s teachings are logical and reasonable as they followstrict principles of validation. Being kind to ourselves for misunderstanding is precisely how we ascend the levels. We all want to get to the ‘good bit’, when in fact we are the ‘good bit’.

Is it all about me, or is it all about what is before and beyond me? When we realise what we have been doing, it really hurts; this is understandable. This very recognition is realisation, self-realisation, the self-knowing dharmakaya.

Simply let experience take place very freely,
so that your open heart is suffused with
the tenderness of true compassion.”
Tsoknyi Rinpoche III

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IS RIGPA ANARCHY?

Is Rigpa Anarchy?

Rigpa is the absolute freedom of the individual.
Anarchy is the absolute freedom of the individual.

The difference is in the application; Rigpa is knowing one’s true nature, whereas ma-rigpa is not knowing one’s true nature.

If we bathe in not knowing, we think that we can do whatever we want whenever want, and act crazily.

Here, we are living on the blunt edge of a knife where whatever we do is more of the same, and there isn’t any progress. The mind is mushy.

If we bathe in knowing, then we are free from not knowing, while at the same time, we take refuge in or obey the Kayas – Dharmakaya (emptiness), Sambhogakaya (cognisance) and Nirmanakaya (unconfined compassion).

Here, we are living on the very sharp edge of a knife, as we are not free to do whatever we want: we can only work to bring about balance for the benefit of all. The mind is clear.

Anyone who wishes to be released from the dark prison of samsara (the vicious cycle of being ruled by thoughts and emotions) is therefore seen as an anarchist in the eyes of those bound in samsara. Just look back in history: how many enlightened ones have been condemned – and even killed – by the Samsara-ists?

To the conventional mind of non-practitioners, freedom of the individual to realise their true nature of pure consciousness is crazy talk.

To the enlightened mind of practitioners, freedom of the individual to realise their true nature of pure consciousness is natural to every sentient being.

From an enlightened perspective, anyone who does not obey the three kayas is an anarchist because they want their freedom to do anything they want whenever they want, which merely creates more suffering. Crazy.

Spiritual practice is about no longer being bound by conventions. Although we may play our part in humanity’s development, we are not bound.

An individual without expectations has absolute freedom, as they are not controlled by a desire for personal gain.

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HAPPINESS = HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM

Happiness = Healthy Immune System

“Anger and fear eat our immune system. Compassion keeps the immune system healthy. This is why peace of mind is so important through mind training to reduce anxiety.”
The Dalai Lama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn2q8l3NJNc

Don’t take his word for it; do it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdDOARCR3XQ

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.The more humanity trains its mind to be calm and clear, the more humanity will change for the better, and be happier. A calm and clear mind is the prerequisite for enlightenment. In fact, a constant clear and calm mind isenlightenment.This view will counteract our present circumstances where humanity is in chaos, befuddled and suffering.

It makes sense to eat natural, good food. Food is medicine after all, and the nearer that food is to its source, the better it is. It also makes sense to have a calm and clear happy mind so that we can judge whether something is beneficial or not.

So what are people fed?

Cheap, chemically-induced, processed food and violence-induced entertainment, all of which process our minds to be anxious and confused so that we do not notice everything we are digesting.


The question is why?

The Buddha said
“You are your own master!”

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IN TWO MINDS?

In Two Minds?

Our spiritual side – that is to say, pure consciousness – is simple to see and realise; that’s if we can become less attached to our human side. We may wonder which we are – this pure consciousness or this human encyclopedia. We are the ultimate reality of pure consciousness that has forgotten its true nature and became more interested in facts about the material world, where we think we have something to gain. This is the demonic activity of impure consciousness. We seem to be a little of both if we are honest but, in reality, impure consciousness has no reality. Troubling, isn’t it?

The good news, however, is that we can see all this by sitting quietly: how our mind works, its programming, the habitual thoughts in which we wander and how our emotions are created. This indicates that we cling to a me and mine.

We also become aware of that which is aware of all these influences in the mind. These ideas we hold onto so dearly are not our own. They are acquisitions from the collective, and are hard to shake off. We say and do things to survive, but then we want more and more, and for it never to stop. To be honest, this is insanity … demonic insanity. 😀

We have to know, first hand, that our true reality is realisation in order to see that these ideas have no reality of their own. The actual reality is the seeing, being aware, being conscious. Enlightenment is stability in this realisation, and as stability becomes more constant, so we ascend the levels to complete enlightenment. All we need to do is remain in empty awareness, deal with a situation and then return to empty awareness – spontaneous presence. This make everything new and fresh, rather than part of the habitual programming.

It’s a brave new world; a courageous new world.

So what’s the problem? Stories. Spiritual stories. To a beginner, these stories may be inspiring and capture our imagination, but they also do something else: they put a distance between where we are now and complete enlightenment. We listen to these stories of miracles and immediately see that we can’t do that! This creates a hurdle, or even a descension. We feel unworthy, not good enough, and this puts us in two minds. Yes, I can … no, I can’t …

We need determination.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzgeh6c4ihE

The Buddha said:
“You are your own master!”

Don’t take his word for it; do it!

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HAPPINESS IS OUR PROTECTION

Happiness Is Our Protection

Happiness is confidence; confidence in our ultimate reality being pure, natural consciousness.

“If we are the ultimate reality, why do we need protection?”

There are many levels of realisation: this is dependant upon the length of time it takes to remember and remain in pure consciousness. Tibetans give many prayers and offerings to protecting deities as there are always trouble-makers around. Whether we can provethis works or not is impossible to say, but life does seem to change and become more trouble-free. Perhaps this is to do with a change in our attitude, as we don’t see things as being a problem. Psychologically, it does work!

By my computer here I have two Thangka paintings of Avalokitesvara, the lord of compassion: one represents his peaceful aspect, and the other his wrathful one. These both symbolise loving compassion. This is obvious in the peaceful one, but the wrathful one represents energeticlove – it keeps me in order, in peace, and in happiness, saying “Grrr … do not move away from your natural state!!!” 😀

Ultimately, happiness is inner confidence that the Buddha’s teachings work, and that they cannot be destroyed. There is nothing higher than pure consciousness.

The only thing that can destroy ultimate consciousness
is ultimate consciousness itself.
It’s supposed to be like that.

This is how we ascend the levels.
We keep breaking the idea of ultimate consciousness
to realise ultimate consciousness.

There is no greater protection
than confidence in ultimate reality.

“Grrr … !”

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IS LIFE FREEDOM OR BONDAGE?

Is Life Freedom Or Bondage?

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

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

How enlightened do we have to be to accomplish freedom?

It takes just a moment!

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

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

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

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

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

😀

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THE CHOSEN FEW

The Chosen Few

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WE BECOME CAUGHT AND HELD

We Become Caught And Held

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

To awaken is to see and recognise
this illusion.

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HOW DO WE KNOW WE ARE EVOLVING?

How Do We Know We Are Evolving?

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

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

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

This is from Bronnie Ware’s writing: she was a palliative care nurse who recorded her patients’ reflections on life in their final weeks in The Five Regrets of the Dying:

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I wish that I had let myself be happier.

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

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INFLUENCES IN SOCIETY

Influences In Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

This concerns the level of consciousness.

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

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

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

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

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What Is Being Sociable?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You See

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

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

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

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

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WHY IS EMPTINESS SO IMPORTANT?

Why Is Emptiness So Important?

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

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

It is also, when realised, compassionate empathy.

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

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

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APPEARANCES AND EMPTINESS

Appearances and Emptiness

This is the key to letting go, and genuine freedom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How does that make you feel?
Empty?
But fully aware!

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

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

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FORGETTING AND REMEMBERING

Forgetting and Remembering

Methods and Liberation
The techniques and the destination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WE ARE NOT A SET OF IDEAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AS LONG AS WE ARE LOOKING, WE WILL FAIL TO SEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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