KNOWLEDGE IS A LOT TO HANDLE

Knowledge Is A Lot To Handle

Knowledge is neutral. What we do with knowledge may become either harmful or enlightening. If we exploit knowledge to gain power over others, we are facing lifetimes of suffering. If it is used to support others’ spiritual potential, knowledge turns into inspirational, empathetic wisdom.

Many have turned to the ancient east to try and discover mysteries that will enhance their position in life. There are no mysteries, just knowledge kept from the general public that maintains their confusion.

Once we truly realise the essence of knowledge – together with genuine empathetic understanding – further realisation unfolds, and further enlightenments manifest. It’s not magic. It’s logical; reasoning assessed according to strict principles of validity.

Genuine compassion is the key to keeping sane and maintaining constancy, otherwise arrogance takes over and we start to feed off others’ adoration. It’s easily done.

Just because we know a few texts off by heart doesn’t mean we care about others. We care more about our scholarship or rituals and, subtly, our heart darkens; it’s called en-darkenment.

The great news is
that anyone just seeing this is enlightened
– more or less.
We are free in the moment of seeing.

To exploit: To make full use of and derive benefit from, or to make use of (a situation) in a way considered unfair or underhand.

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ARE SPIRITUAL PEOPLE MORE TROUBLED … AND HAPPIER?

Are Spiritual People More Troubled … And Happier?

The more we notice, the more sensitive we become.

We notice the cause of suffering.
Being troubled generates empathetic compassion.
Empathetic compassion brings confidence.
It is this confidence that brings happiness.

The result: we become more beneficial to others.

It’s all in a day’s work.

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EVIDENCE OF SPIRITUALITY

Evidence Of Spirituality

The evidence of spiritual presence
is genuine kindness,
without any standoffishness.

We may appear to be kind,
but are we actually kind?

The evidence of knowingness
is genuine kindness,
without any standoffishness.

We may appear to know
but what do we actually know?

The evidence of love
is kindness.

Standoffish: cold and unfriendly.

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THE MORE WE REALISE, THE LESS OTHERS CAN RELATE

The More We Realise, The Less Others Can Relate

We live through a glass darkly,
relating only to the scribbles obscuring its clarity,
and attracted to those whose scribbles mirror our own.

The clearer the glass,
the less others can relate to us.

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HAPPINESS IS SOLVING A PROBLEM

Happiness Is Solving A Problem

Life is one problem after another to be solved.
Life is therefore our teacher.
Complaining doesn’t teach us anything.

Others may disagree with this
– and they too have their problems to solve.

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LOVE DOES WHAT IS RIGHT

Love Does What Is Right

Love is desire-less and fear-less,
and knows the divine nature of all beings.

Human nature is selfish,
and boastful of possessions, abilities and knowledge.

Divine nature knows self to be a preoccupation,
– askew, off balance and wonky.

Love is right as it is straight, and does not deviate.

Right: “from an Indo-European root, denoting movement in a straight line.”

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BEING HAPPY WITH OUR DECISIONS IN LIFE

Being Happy With Our Decisions In Life

All the decisions we make in life come down to the present moment, now. Life may have been unsatisfactory, with all its pointless distractions and misinterpretations; all the while, there was an ‘itch’ at the back of our mind … “this can’t be right”.

That itch is the conscience of pure awareness.

Our doubt about life is our path, which is created by our karma
– the result of our reactions
to pointless distractions and misinterpretations.

Gaining confidence in understanding means that
we made the right decisions.

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WE ALL KNOW THAT WE ARE NEVER TOLD THE TRUTH

We All Know That We Are Never Told The Truth

We all know that we are never told the truth,
and we accept a life of mental poverty.

Once we realise the ultimate truth
– that we are not a powerless being –
we can never again be deceived.

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A LACK OF EMPATHY CAUSES HARM

A Lack Of Empathy Causes Harm

We cause harm
when we lack empathy.

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DEAR ILLUMINATI; KARMA NEVER FAILS

Dear Illuminati; Karma Never Fails

Dear Illuminati,

The creation of ‘A New World Order’ or ‘The Great Reset’ or ‘Build Back Better’ must be founded on compassion, on doing no harm, and on allowing people freedom to realise their true potential.

If not, this creation will sow the seeds of bad karma for both instigators and enablers for generations. Karma never fails.

Our reactions to plans that limit life are due to inherent divinity within us. That divinity is pure consciousness, and its realisation never fails.

Yours sincerely,
Tony
🙂

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PRACTICAL HUMILITY

Practical Humility

Humility: the quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance.

Humility isn’t a display of being meek and mild; it is a matter of realising the value of having no self-importance. In order to be important, we have to believe that we are special, and above others.

Self-importance is an attachment to an idolised image.

We are living in a world that forgets
the spiritual dimension of life that has no dimension.

For that, we have to leave our pleasureful life
and realise what we truly are.

The side effect:
just being happy.

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IN IGNORING THE TRUTH, WE ACCEPT LIES

In Ignoring The Truth, We Accept Lies

When a lie no longer works, another lie is added.
Even though the new lie is a contradiction,
it creates hope … and fear and hope …
… and we fall for this every time,
because we are gullible in our search for salvation.

Salvation is being free from harm
or deliverance from sin/ignorance.

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WE GAIN CERTAINTY THROUGH PRACTICE

We Gain Certainty Through Practice

But what practice?

Real practice – real Dharma practice – is gaining confidence in just being,
rather than excelling at repeating texts and chanting mantras.

Just being is esoteric realisation.
Being good at a practice is exoteric realisation.

For realisation, we do not have to become ‘spiritual’.
We just have to be aware that we are the very essence of consciousness.

The very essence of consciousness is what we all are,
and therefore, we are nothing special.

We gain certainty through spiritual practice when this results in genuine, skilful kindness; otherwise, our practice remains pointless and argumentative. Just look at Buddhist forums 😀

There is no way to realisation other than genuine empathetic compassion; this is not only the means to an end, but it also stops us becoming arrogant.

It does not matter what we have read or heard, the practice that matters is observing our behaviour, understanding mind and gaining confidence, rather than feeling superior.

Authentic spiritual practice is the generosity, patience, morality, discipline and concentration of selfless kindness. This will lead us to transcendent wisdom.

Alternatively, we realise transcendent wisdom, and selfless kindness naturally follows.

Transcendent wisdom is the knowingness of pure consciousness. As long as the way in which we work results in skilful kindness, this means we are facing in the right direction, and are of true benefit to others.

When we are truly confident,
we can never take offence

We put ourselves right
before we can put others right.

Matthew 7:4

How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’
while there is still a beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine.
If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.…”

This has to be repeated, generation after generation,
otherwise society will fall apart.

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STOP LOOKING FOR TOGYAL

Stop Looking For Togyal

It’s too needy 🙂

Tibetan Lamas say that Togyal has to taught to the right person.
We can wait a very long time …
and that, in itself, makes us needy.

Togyal is the realisation of spontaneous presence. It’s the direct approach, actually letting go and leaping over contrivances, and is a miniscule step back from Trekcho, which is cutting through/undoing. It is direct realisation, needing no explanation or interpretation. This direct seeing is pure consciousness.

Spontaneous inspiration comes in many ‘forms’.
If you see it, kill it.
It’s not what you are.

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WE DON’T NOTICE STRESS … UNTIL IT’S GONE!

We Don’t Notice Stress … Until It’s Gone!

Happiness is relief from stress.

Stress is something we have all become used to and no longer notice;
it is, however, reflected in the tensions within our subtle body.

Meditation should be about de-stressing ourselves, which influences the actions of our body, speech and mind. Once we value being de-stressed – as opposed to being distressed 😉 – we become more familiar with a quietude and inner peace that others’ stress cannot disturb. This is our actual reality of being, rather than the subtle stress of keeping up an appearance, a simulation.

The best part of meditation
is when we drop it.

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BEING WEIRD: CONSCIOUSLY CONTROLLING OUR DESTINY

Being Weird: Consciously Controlling Our Destiny

Weird: Late Middle English, originally meaning ‘having the power to control destiny’; unearthly.

If we have no control over life, and merely follow collective ideas as our ancestors did, we are born, work, have a family, leave offspring and die. Animals, insects, vegetables and fruit can do that – and they also lack control.

To take control of life, we have to know what life is. Life is consciousness.
To control our destiny, we have to know what consciousness is; its essence and purpose.
Its essence is pure, and its purpose is compassion.

Once we realise our purpose, we are released from suffering because we know our true reality and, if we are skilful, we are now able to help others realise their reality.

This is where happiness lies.

We are unearthly beings of pure consciousness,
realising that we can take control.

Be weird today … and forever.

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HOW THE MEDIA WORKS – IT INFLUENCES THE INFLUENCERS

How The Media Works – It Influences The Influencers

Psychology at work:
How easily are you influenced?
You don’t need sheepdogs … just sheep.

This video isn’t for entertainment. It’s a sad warning.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RksLFJ7A2M

Still say TV, films, music, cartoons, ads etc don’t affect you?
Neurolinguistic/image programming is our way of life.

We can recognise influencing when something is over-emphasised: this blog does that, with the proviso that you don’t take the Buddha’s word for it – you test it for yourself.

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SADNESS RESULTING FROM JOY

Sadness Resulting From Joy

Sadness is empathy and compassion.
Knowing what is natural,
sadness – rather than anger – arises when something is amiss.

Human beings, although enlightened in essence, are a devious lot.
Devious: departing from the direct route. 

We have both a light side and dark side, a positive side and negative side; we also have a choice of which way we go.

The direct route is spontaneous clarity of pure consciousness
= we have arrived.

The indirect route is self-obsession that contaminates consciousness
= we go round in circles.

It is sad that people do not notice their true nature of unity in compassionate wisdom, preferring either to drift in states of vacancy or become self-absorbed in whatever they practise. If we are angry, we misdirect precious energy into division and confusion, when that very energy could be used to bring about understanding and harmony … if there are ears to hear 🙂

We are misdirected and misled from birth to ‘better ourselves’ and be competitive. Our outer manifestation of self is our dream state, and once we understand this dream state within ourselves, we understand others better. Instead of taking advantage, we can now prepare the ground, pave the way, lay the foundation … to better their understanding.

The moment clarity recognises confusion, wisdom dawns.
Empathetic sadness arises,
and life naturally turns for the better, the good.

The way in which we then manifest this understanding
will depend on our ability to empathise.

Sadness and joy both bring tears.

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TO LIVE THE DREAM, WE HAVE TO BE ASLEEP

To Live The Dream, We Have To Be Asleep

It’s quite a shock when we realise that, although people appear to be awake, they are merely going through the motions, functioning at a basic level of predictable repetition, day after day. And yes, unfortunately, this can also apply to those on spiritual paths; for this reason, the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it …”

Meditation isn’t about repetition. It is taking stock of what we are doing and letting go, detaching from our dreams and waking up.

Our dream is a projection on the wall of our mind that we assume to be our reality. Everyone believes the dream, so we did too. We all fall for it and, in this way, we all live the dream.

It started when consciousness looked at these projections and thought, “That is what I am!” This a massive illusion – so massive that, for thousands of years, billions of humans on this planet have lived and died believing whatever they are told. We learn from birth to join the queue to be programmed, and die not knowing anything. That is shocking.

We shouldn’t assume that we know the whole programme because, in our present state, we are the result of programming, and just part of the production line. Who are the programmers? Anyone who wants us to stay programmed.

It’s a tremendous revelation when we realise that this is in action every day. All around us, people are just sleep walking and sleep talking in a made-up reality. Which reality is real, and which is the dream?

We can actually catch ourselves in auto-pilot, asleep while going about our daily routines. We may look awake, but not to those who are awake. As long as we all say the usual things in our group, we can continue to doze away happily – “Oo, look! There’s a so-and-so, and that’s a … ” It’s what four year olds do! Unfortunately, we enable other dreamers so as not to embarrass them, and that’s how we get caught up in the collective dream.

Saying something out of the blue may stir someone, or may make them feel uncomfortable, depending on the individual. They will either pull the comfort blanket back over their heads or get angry … or perhaps stay stirred a little longer, and become curious. That is when a meeting of minds can occur, but such an opportunity doesn’t last long.

Sleep talking can take place in spiritual groups; we tick off all the things we hear from the person with the unusual name, and add more decoration to our dream.

If a spiritual teacher tells us to stay calm in a traffic jam, we melt into adoring worshipfulness. Why do we do this? This statement is common sense; we already know it, but we want to give up our natural intelligence and be lulled back into dependency. That is the spiritual dream-state, adding yet more decoration to our dream-life.

Whatever we see is not the real thing.
Being truly awake is the seeing,
and the dreamer awakens in that moment.

A shock in life can wake us up
because we come out of our ‘normal’.
The trick is staying out!
“We are free in the moment of seeing.”

It’s possible to follow spiritual paths for years – even decades – and still live in a dream. We wake up when we stop following and believing, and just see for ourselves. And surprise! Waking up is recognising that pure seeing is taking place. That’s all!

Knowing is spontaneous wakefulness.
That which is known is back in the dream.

“Look what I know!”
is just our memory bank that holds the dream together.

How do we know when we are awake?
Ask, “Am I dreaming?”
To ask that question, we have to be awake!

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS DISENCHANTMENT

Enlightenment Is Disenchantment


As long as we are enchanted,
we will remain trapped in sentimentalities.

Enjoy life mindfully,
being neither obsessed, nor caught and held.

Overcome enchantments
by realising their limitation.

Realisation is disillusionment
resulting in joy … and sadness.

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THERE IS NO SECRET ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE

There Is No Secret Esoteric Knowledge

Esoteric teaching is actual, ultimate experience
in realising what we already know.

All we have to do is look and see,
and let that acknowledgement drop away
to come to rest in non-duality.

Reading or listening to teachings remains at an exoteric level,
where we exist in continual wanting.

We are all familiar with how to be happy, compassionate, caring and empathetic:
the manifestation of these qualities
is dependent on whether our understanding is esoteric or exoteric.

We always know when we are ignoring what we know
because we feel uncomfortable.

Esoteric knowing always feels comfortable.

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SEGREGATION TURNS PEOPLE AGAINST PEOPLE

Segregation Turns People Against People

The same theme is repeated throughout history; divide and conquer. Different names are used to confuse us: separation, setting apart, sorting out, isolation, quarantine, exclusion, protection, shielding, partitioning, division, apartheid, ghettos … all in the name of creating an adversary – and it works every time.

From his castle tower, the king saw his subjects waving their pitch forks and torches against him in anger. His aide said, “Do not worry, sire. We just have to tell the torch bearers that the pitch fork people want to take their torches away.” The result is that people police themselves – it only takes a minority to control the majority.

The object of war: How many can we kill?
Who kills people? Other people.

The aim is to kill the people whom we have been told are the enemy.
Who sits and watches?
Our rulers.

“United we stand, divided we fall”.
– Aesop, 620 – 564 BCE in Delphi, Greece

While we ignore our true nature,
we are divided from our common sense
and fight amongst ourselves,

When we know our true nature,
we can never be separated.

“But … but … they are bad people! They deserve what they get!!
An eye for an eye!”

That is our greatest misunderstanding.
An eye for an eye doesn’t mean we poke someone’s eye
because they poked our eye.

That is collective karma talking,
– and we will accrue the same karma.

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HOW LONG HAS HUMANITY BEEN IMPRISONED…?

How Long Has Humanity Been Imprisoned…?

Q: How long has humanity been imprisoned … by the mind?

A: For as long as humans have been led to believe
in something they cannot see.
This has been going on for thousands of years.

Here is how the deception happens:
when people agree to look outside themselves
for something to worship,
they will never look inwards and realise the truth.

Truth is very simple.
It is only due to the natural purity of consciousness
that anything is known.

For millennia, we have sought the truth
when, in reality, we are what we seek.

The deceivers will never tell you that;
‘news’ has always been about deception.

If anything is ‘sacred’ and ‘holy’,
it is our true nature.

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ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT WE ARE HAPPY

All That Matters Is That We Are Happy

All that matters is that we are happy
– and for that to be constant.

🙂

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GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

Good Mental Health

We all have to take care of both our physical and mental health to maintain wellbeing, free from anxiety. Our mind affects our body through the way we see life. We have to train our mind to stay calm, rather than getting over-excited or giving in to apathy. Trying to keep up appearances isn’t the solution; that is the way of stress that leads to dis-ease. Even if we hide our discomfort, we suffer in some way, and this anxiety shows. We are a drugged society, bingeing on excitement and apathy.

So how can we manage our stress and anxiety? Good mental health is feeling free from keeping up with a society which has no idea where it’s going.

We have to make do and mend with whatever life throws at us.

Making do is accepting karma – the result of our previous actions.
Mending is bring our mind – and so, our life – back to balance, at our level.
‘Level’: The scenario in which we find ourself, and which we can transcend.

And what if we don’t have a fancy cushion to sit on in order to meditate?
We all have bums.

🙂

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HOW MANY KNOW OUR REALITY

How Many Know Our Reality?

We may assume that we are ‘awake’, but do we know what that is?

Wakefulness is perfect, spontaneous clarity,
free of an illusory dream state which is volatile and predictable,
displaying rapid changes of emotion.

Wakefulness does not react, but works consciously,
gradually realising our conscious reality.

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SOMETIMES, THINGS DON’T SEEM RIGHT OR COMPLETE

Sometimes, Things Don’t Seem Right Or Complete

This is intuition at work.

Most of us ignore our natural intuition in favour of second-hand information that we project onto whatever we see. This is never a complete picture.

Intuition is knowledge without conscious reasoning. It is insight or the ability to understand something instinctively, before information can be translated into a communicable form. It’s an intermediate state between thought-feelings and pure consciousness, and can lead to states of minor enlightenment.

Our path is realising the cause of our own confusion; only then may we be able to empathise with others rather than criticising them, as we understand how they are working. The very moment we recognise that our mind is confused is the moment of realisation that pure consciousness is present.

We have to keep consciousness alive through experience, rather than as a scholarly exercise. The real Dharma is something we experience for ourselves. Listening to intuition can take us further than whatever is being taught.

Intuition is the door knocker.
We could stand outside, discussing the colour of the knocker,
or we could actually knock, and the door opens.
🙂

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SIMPLICITY IS NEVER THROWN BY COMPLEXITY

Simplicity Is Never Thrown By Complexity

When we know our essence of pure, compassionate consciousness, together with the three corresponding poisons of desire, fear and indifference that obscure this essence, we then know everything we need to know, as practitioners.

These prime aspects of life can, of course, be broken down into other elements, and that leads to confusion. Over the centuries, elaborations upon elaborations occurred, and became increasingly complex and distracting.

‘Pure’ means being empty of bias – transcendent wisdom.

‘Compassionate’ means caring – encompassing the five perfections of generosity, patience, morality, discipline and concentration/meditation.

‘Consciousness’ is what we actually are; we are embodied in a human form but forget transcendent wisdom.

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PURE CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Pure Consciousness Is The Elephant In The Room

The ‘elephant in the room’ is a metaphor for something that is obvious but no one mentions because it makes us feel uncomfortable.

We will talk for hours about other matters, but never about our obvious, true reality and that which obscures it. The elephant in the room is pure consciousness; it’s what, in truth, we are.

We cannot see the elephant
because it’s our very essence of empty-purity.
This essence became distracted by our monkey-mind-consciousness,
which jumps all over the place and cannot sit still.

When consciousness (monkey mind) realises through practice
that its very essence is emptiness,
monkey and elephant become a unity of non-duality,
like a mirror and its reflection.
Appearances and recognition are simultaneous.

When we ignore our true being that has nothing to gain,
we are left with a monkey mind that
that wants everything and fears everything,
and ignores its reality.

Understanding this is the gradual path of liberation.

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ONCE WE KNOW, WE CANNOT NOT KNOW

Once We Know, We Cannot Not Know

Once we know, we cannot not know.
When we know, we recognise an exaggeration or untruth.

The Age of Strife is the result of exaggerations
that cause conflict and confusion, and divide people.

If there is an exaggeration,
there must be an instigator
(even though we may not know who that is).

Just because we don’t know exactly how something became broken
doesn’t mean we give up,
because karma will then take over.

The clarity of consciousness ensures that we merely note,
rather than relying on karmic responses.

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ARE YOUR TITS TOO BIG FOR SPIRITUALITY?!*

Are Your Tits Too Big For Spirituality?!*

Spiritual practice isn’t about how you look;
it’s about how you look!

We shouldn’t feel that have to develop ‘a look’ to fit into a group but, unfortunately, many do, adopting a sort of identity. That’s form over substance, which is opposite to the essence of the teaching.

If we feel that we don’t fit in, it’s not our fault. There are other ways. We come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and neuroses (although, of course, those in the inner group, don’t have any neuroses :-D.

Spirituality is all about the clarity and kindness of consciousness, rather than being concerned with the way we want to appear.

Having the ability to listen to each other’s concerns
is being a spiritual friend.

Merely repeating dogma
is being a spiritual fiend.
😉

The only way to become a spiritual friend is to be truly confident,
having no fear.

Just be your self:
be kind and be open.

*If you want to know more about the reason for title of this article,
just ask my wife 😀

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EVIL CAN NEVER HAVE POWER OVER GOODNESS

Evil Can Never Have Power Over Goodness

Why not?

Goodness is a pure heart;
it is pure consciousness that can never be deceived,
whereas the mind can.
Know the difference.

Evil intent has no insight, and cannot recognise the emptiness or purity of consciousness; it cannot comprehend this as there is nothing to gain, and so it transfers attention endlessly. Evil is only concerned with what it can gain. The evil in us feeds off others’ emotions, and thereby seeks to exert control. It’s abuse. In its base form, it’s what trolls do on the internet. In its sophisticated and subtle form, it wants to control the populace with false ideas, false fear and false hopes.

Goodness is recognising our original reality that is, first and foremost, pure consciousness before these ideas are recognised. Evil wants us to forget our true nature, and pumps us with spurious facts that have us running around in circles, arguing and bullying one another.

Just look and see:
we are free.
Evil knows this.

The shock should wake us up but,
as most are too busy serving evil without knowing it,
that guitar gently weeps.

As evil is worldwide, it never sleeps.
Nor should we.

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HATRED FINDS NO HOME

Hatred Finds No Home

This says it all.

Hatred: intense dislike.
Hatred disturbs the mind:
we find no peace, and no home.

Home: permanent residence.
The only thing permanent is our inner reality.

Thing: that which has no specific name.

Only through the realisation
of the true inner nature of all sentient beings
can compassion arise … and we arrive home.

Without love, we are nowhere.
With love, we are now-here.

Attending to whatever we do with a good heart is always in the moment now.
In that, there is all the love and joy we could wish for;
decorating a home with a good atmosphere 🙂

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OUR SPIRITUAL PATH IS OUR GREAT UNDOING

Our Spiritual Path Is Our Great Undoing

😀

Spirituality is pure consciousness. It is not a thing; it’s … infinite reception and transmission. Our so-called path is merely our confusion which, when recognised, does not exist, so hanging on to an idea of spirituality is totally counter-productive. After all, we are what we seek. Seeking implies doing ‘something’, which may make us feel good, but we have to keep this up – it’s an artificial construct. We are already ultimate consciousness; it only has to be recognised and realised.

We (consciousness) adopted and built an attitude, and developed a self-image, just like everyone else on this planet. We have to, in order to survive. However, we became so involved in this self-identity – while oblivious to our true, original reality – that we fail to see through all the illusions presented to us.

We see, but ignore this seeing because so many are disinterested and think they are here to pass away time, and so we do too – and we doubt. This becomes a collective mindset, just like watching a film together.

Our path is a matter of undoing an elaborate concoction of self-doubt and self-importance that, once recognised, vanishes. The elaborations disappear. Stop for a moment and imagine the people you do not like: the mind starts recalling all sorts of things, and builds emotions and justifications … grrrh! … but consciousness hasn’t changed. It just sees a show in the mind. Meditation proves this by watching the mind trot off in all directions, with consciousness just following along. Psychologist know this!

Having established that this is the case, we can now repair karma (our way of life) by undoing the confusion and doubt to which we consented. Just because others do something doesn’t mean it’s right 🙂

Thank goodness we realised our path in this lifetime! If we are reading this … we must have done something good.

Karma may sound unfair,
but it isn’t a punishment.

It’s our teacher, our path,
our undoing.

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WHY DO MOST PEOPLE NOT ‘GET IT’?

Why Do Most People Not ‘Get It’?

Much depends on our early years; our infant experiences and associations (the talk surrounding us) influence and set our brain in a certain way, creating our attitude to life.

The Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it; see for yourself”,
but we don’t see.
We assume.

The essence of life – the essence of everything – comes down to one or two aspects, but this has been made increasingly complex, which gives rise to ambiguity, inexactness and confusion. Confused people conform easily to suggestion – it’s how hypnosis works.

Because we see in our way, we cannot recognise how others see, and so we cannot see what is coming. Once we are influenced, when our button is pushed, we revert to type.

The insightful author, Aldous Huxley, wrote about this in 1932 in his dystopian novel, “Brave New World”, where everyone accepts the servitude for which they have been screened. This book, together with George Orwell’s “1984” – which is about changing people’s views through fear and doublespeak while rewriting history – reveals how things were set in motion decades ago and are coming to light now.

To some, these are just sci-fi stories,
but to those who ‘get it’,
they are a precise prediction of the sequence of events.

Inner knowledge is obvious to some,
while to others, it’s a mystery,
which is why they don’t ‘get it’.

This is the Kali Yuga, the Age of Strife,
where we can make the fastest acceleration
– one way or another!

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REALISE THE PATTERN THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY

Realise The Pattern Throughout Our History

The pattern: create belief; create an enemy.

Creating a belief engenders fear and hope.
Belief gives rise to injustice and divides people.
Divided people become angry.
Angry people react.
Reaction is suppressed.
Suppression creates more reaction, maintaining the pattern.
Further reaction turns dislike into hatred.
Each set of incidents sows the seeds for further disharmony.

The answer is to actually see the pattern and know that we have been manipulated throughout history; it starts at birth with sentimental chants.

There is no creator. Everything comes into existence through causes and conditions. Whatever happens in our life is due to our karma; our life is our karma. If we believe that this is our only reality, we will just get more of the same.

Karma is being imprisoned in a set of beliefs. When we know, beliefs drop away and we are free. We still have to live with the inmates, but now we can see why they are the way they are. When we know that, we have empathy and compassion, and fear nothing.
Tip: don’t argue – listen.

Our reality is in the present. In the present moment, there is a knowingness without beliefs. It’s no good just chanting prayers of compassion; we actually have to understand and realise the predicament that we are all in. We start listening – and talking 😀

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WE LIVE IN A FIEFDOM

We Live In A Fiefdom

Fiefdom; a bound system.

The word ‘fief’ is related to the Frankish term ‘fehu-ôd’, in which ‘fehu’ means ‘cattle and ‘-ôd’ means ‘goods’, implying “a moveable object of value”.

The key is in the word.
Once we realise what the key means,
it opens the door to boundless freedom,
and we are no longer fettered by others’ ideas.

We became human when we desired more. All creatures are sentient, being conscious and having a mind. There comes a time when a sentient being sees more potential, and that is how we evolved from lower species to inspirational beings. Of course, you may disagree 😀 – we can come at our reality from many angles, because there are many paths of deception and partial understanding.

We bind ourselves through desire,
but desire also has the potential to become boundless.
There are two sides to every coin.

Having attained a human form, we want more; more wealth, more power, more excitement, more knowledge, more freedom … humans comprise types and subtypes.

We can see those who just want to play, and others who never feel they have enough wealth and power over those who just want to play. It’s all very exciting, and it feeds our base desires.

Desiring knowledge can easily be turned into the pursuit of stories and beliefs, which feeds the wealth and power of others. This is fiefdom: we belong to those who know the system, allowing them to exert power over us, and tell us what to do. We bind ourselves to a side – a religion, a political party, a group … – without realising the limitations we are placing on ourselves.

We lose our individuality by conforming.
“I don’t conform!!”

If we think we’re not conforming, we are conforming 🙂
Freedom lies in knowing that we are conforming.
Until then, we are in fiefdom.

If we are locked in fiefdom, we don’t want to acknowledge that there is an alternative view.
If we don’t believe what others believe – accepting something without proof – we become a threat, and are excommunicated.
Believers don’t want to talk to us anymore; been there, had that done!

The truth is that we are, first and foremost, boundless consciousness. It’s our origin, which we give away. The moment we wake up, we aren’t bound to anything, but then we go to the dream-state of memory and judgement, and are constrained again.

In the moment of non-meditation, when we recognise the boundaries we have created, there is only boundlessness. In the very moment of realising that, we are free again! That’s the only way we can be free; the trick is remaining free …

Don’t talk the talk,
just walk the walk.
Look, see and drop whatever is seen
and come to rest in the circle of no circumference.

In boundlessness, anything is allowed,
but not taken seriously.

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DO WE BINGE ON TEACHINGS?

Do We Binge On Teachings?
Do they become a distraction?

Is such an approach actually lazy,
obscuring genuine, personal experience
where there are no doubts?

If there are no doubts,
we know what we’re doing.
We drop the teaching and just live it.
It’s not something we carry around.

If we find the teachings exciting and want more,
we don’t realise that we’re going over old ground again and again.
This causes doubt because we lack direct, genuine experience.

Direct experience is merely being in the immediate moment now,
dealing with whatever presents itself.

There is just the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness.,
without reliance on the past.

Pure consciousness is quite ordinary,
but we miss this in favour of the exotic
– the mystical, cultural element.
That being so, the teachers oblige us with stories.

Once we know the essence of the teachings,
anyone can become a teacher.
Who gives the teacher the authority to teach?
We do.
But this relationship is not based on sentimentality:
we re-cognise what we have always known.

Always looking for a new, provocative approach – oh wonder!
we become our own teacher.

We already know.
We are walking, talking Dharma.
What obscures this knowingness is the add-ons.

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RECYCLING INFORMATION = NOTHING HAPPENS

Recycling Information = Nothing New Happens

Life becomes abundantly satisfying and worthwhile as we transcend our self-imposed limitations.

If we rely too much on ‘information’ gained from second-hand facts, we become too intellectual and serious, and our life-drama is dull and predictable.

If we lack direct, genuine experience,
we acquire a false sense of knowing.

Intellect never realises the preciousness of being alive, because intellect is too busy being sophisticated and making assumptions. On our death bed, we won’t wish that we’d acquired more scientific data; we’ll wish that we’d allowed ourselves to be more confident in our understanding of our psychology, and were therefore happier. If we spend our life relying on endless speculation and moderated news, we will end up feeling confused and pointless, and will indulge in yet more moderated news to fill a vacuum of misunderstanding.

Thoughts can only recycle the past,
ensuring that nothing new happens in our life.

Our life-drama is important to us, and only us. No one else is interested because they each have their own life-drama to bore us with 🙂 The story we create determines our acting performance in life.

Life itself is the deepest intelligence.

Intellect is merely conjecture;
it’s an opinion or conclusion
formed on the basis of incomplete information
about this intelligence.

“Know thy self.”
Who knows?

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WHEN DID WE BEGIN?

When Did We Begin?

No one can answer this question for us, but we can come to some conclusion, and see how that makes sense. It’s okay to disagree.

When we consider the question of how ‘we’ began, we are probably meaning humans, because humans have the ability to reason beyond the physical. All sentient beings have primitive mind, governed by fight, flight or freeze. Even our chickens – and interplanetary constructs – experience this in the form of attraction, repulsion and inertia.

(As a side note, people often trot out the phrase, ‘fight or flight’, but omit to mention ‘freeze’. This is because they are merely repeating what they have heard, and do not understand the need to investigate further. The essence of spiritual teaching is that fight, flight or freeze correspond to desire, aversion and ignorance which, in advanced understanding, are the three wisdoms of emptiness, consciousness and compassionate activity. For more details, enter ‘correlation between negative emotions and wisdoms’ in the search box at the bottom of this page).

The Earth sustains countless beings, some of which are just basic cell structures that feed off hosts. Are they conscious? They seek survival. Again, any conclusion is up to the individual. There is an infinite number of beings trying to survive in an infinite universe, so consciousness is everywhere, in either an advanced or basic form.

Where did I start?
It is said that, due to predisposition, consciousness enters a form, lives out its life and leaves, to enter another form that suits what has been learnt … or not. This has gone on in a timeless manner; everything moves due to causes and conditions.

Each sentient being goes through its routines until, in a moment, it becomes excited about being and a desire for more is born. That desire was – and is – the beginning of our journey to enlightenment. Over lifetimes, we have become increasingly calculating and judgemental, which leads us to an enlightened understanding or a gross understanding; we either evolve into kindness, or devolve into aggression. As we evolve, we find teachings to show us the way to our ultimate nature.

The way in which we view this will have a tremendous impact on our lives.

Matter doesn’t disappear;
it reforms due to causes and conditions.
The same applies to consciousness.

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A QUESTION TO REVEAL OUR SELF

A Question To Reveal Our Self

This could be applied to any question or assertion used to reveal our actual state of mind, rather than the state of mind we like to portray to others. Until enlightenment, we will all have an attitude that assumes we manifest good qualities.

There is no one answer to this question; just look at your response, and the response to that response.

Q. It is said in Buddhism that, due to reincarnation,
every sentient being in the universe
has been our mother.
How does your mind respond to that?

The important reality lies in what is observing the mind’s reactions.

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THINKING AND THOUGHTS

Thinking And Thoughts

Thinking

is tool, such as a hammer.
We use it for that moment,
and then put it away in the tool box so that we can find it
when it’s next needed.

Thinking is what we do to resolve something. In fact, thinking merely involves seeing and weighing up possibilities. Having then realised what is required, we drop that activity, as there is no need to hold on to it because the next immediate moment presents itself, and we need a clear head. We don’t carry one resolution to the next, as the next may require a different approach.

Thoughts

are equivalent to carrying the hammer around with us all the time,
along with all our other burdens.

This is how the continuity of karma is maintained in our behaviour.

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WHAT REALISES, AND WHAT IS REALISED?

What Realises, And What Is Realised?

We exist to realise what we are, and what we are not.
If we do not realise what we are,
we remain ignorant of our true reality.

It is shocking that we do not know this,
as we have been led to believe otherwise for millennia.

What realises? It is the clear mirror-wisdom of pure consciousness, which is just seeing these words right now, without reacting. There is nothing astonishing about that, is there?

That which is to be realised is the reactions in the mind that we believe consciousness to be. Here lies our confusion, and we spend our time judging others’ confusion –“The pot calling the kettle black”.

When there is just seeing, that is pure consciousness, which isn’t complicated or beyond us, is it? It is the moment of oneness, without an interpreter. Life becomes complex when we start comparing, interpreting, judging and dividing.

When consciousness is stuck in the reflections in the mind, it will never know its true reality. Consciousness cannot see itself; it can only realise what is happening. It may seem that there are two realities of observer and the thing observed, but there is only one – the observation itself. There is no difference between thoughts and seeing thoughts, as appearances and recognition are simultaneous.

The spontaneous moment of now is timeless,
while clinging to thoughts takes up time.

Thinking is spontaneous and alive
– it resolves and is dropped –
while thoughts are prejudgements that dominate our life.

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HOW DO WE MAKE DECISIONS?

How Do We Make Decisions?

We cannot deny that we exist, but how do we exist?
Are we just clever, human animals,
or is there something rather unique
within every individual which, when realised,
isn’t unique?

If we feel we are personally unique,
we will separate ourselves from others.
If we realise we are not unique,
compassion and happiness will naturally arise.

Our understanding of this will affect our decision making,
as the decisions we make will depend on what we think we are.

What is it that is within every individual that is unique,
but common to all?
It is pure consciousness that is undivided.

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PRAYER FOR TODAY

Prayer For Today

May the truth be exposed
and recognised.

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WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING?

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

It’s something people either ask,
or use as a statement.

God/Pure Consciousness sees suffering as a conflict in the mind.
The mind and body suffer
while pure consciousness watches.

To say God allows suffering
merely shows an infantile understanding,
because we want someone to blame for our decisions.

When we realise our true essence,
suffering is seen as a residue of past ideas.

The body gets old and sick, and dies,
but all through this, pure consciousness simply watches.

When we ignore our true essence,
we suffer.

Pure consciousness never suffers,
but is sad for those who do.

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YOU CANNOT KNOW GOD UNTIL YOU KNOW YOURSELF

You Cannot Know God Until You Know Yourself

You cannot know God until you know yourself.
Knowing yourself is to know God.
There is no difference.

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SELF, PURE CONSCIOUSNESS, GOD; IT’S ALL THE SAME

Self, Pure Consciousness, God; It’s All The Same

Self Is Pure Consciousness.
Pure consciousness is Self.
And God? Oh my God, we’re God

On a exoteric level, it is claimed that these are different,
and so we are divided.

On the esoteric level, they are the same,
and so we are a unity.

We become what we spend most time with.
Choose wisely.

Talking separates us.
True communication is in the silence of non-verbal, good company.

Silence is Ramana Maharshi’s highest teaching:
the mind is brought to silence.
It is not about doing anything.
It is not reacting mentally to anything.

Note: Self is not the same as my self.
Capitalised Self is original being.
Small character self is a mind construct.

Self = infinite mind.
self = small mind.

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WHO RULES THE WORLD?

Who Rules The World?

You do.

So why is it in such a mess?
You don’t realise that you are the power.

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WHAT’S THE POINT OF GURUS?

What’s The Point Of Gurus?

What’s the point of Gurus?
What’s the point of spiritual groups?

If we see these questions as negative,
we lack confidence in realisation.

These are valid questions.
The whole point of these questions
is to see how they are answered.

We all have to start somewhere
to know what we are.

When we know what we are,
the world is our oyster,
our teacher.

We can do anything and go anywhere,
because everything and everyone is a reminder
of emptiness and compassion.

The point is now
to help others start their quest
… and then let go.

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