The Pout

princess pout

Earlier I posted on Expectations and the root of suffering. As we begin to see through the illusion and see the stories playing out in our life, it can sometimes be a little surprising. As in How Could I Have Possibly Behaved Like That? Why Would I Be So Fooled? How Could I Be So Dense? Of course, we run into those little of life’s surprises periodically anyway, but they are rather enhanced as we begin to wake from the stories more completely. One of the funnier, and more personally embarrassing things though is The Pout. That expression of resistance … Continue Reading…

The Real Dream

Cloud gate

Whats a real dream, you may ask? Look around. Thats a real dream, a dream that seems real. If you have followed my posts here, you may find it a little confusing. On the one hand I talk about Living the Dream. Then I turn around and say that dreams lead to expectations lead to suffering. Perhaps the whole thing doesn’t make sense. Think about a form of dreaming you know. Don’t your dreams in the night seem real while you’re having them? Then when you wake up, they often seem silly. Even if they seemed life threatening inside the … Continue Reading…

Expectations = Suffering

Expectations = Suffering

I’ve talked here about expectations. Also about being present, in the moment. Essentially, our mind has a tendency to be attached to certain results. We desire and crave certain things. Desiring is natural, it is our motivator to do. There is no being without doing. But desire deteriorates into craving when our expectations are not met. Craving leads to suffering. Curiously, many people in our world consider suffering normal. When I say suffering, they might think starving children in Ethiopia. But the majority live lives of quiet desperation. Loosing themselves in mind numbing TV, seeking small pleasures in overeating, and … Continue Reading…

Maxwell not Maxwell?

James Clerk Maxwell wrote a series of equations that defined classical electromagnetism, establishing the properties of electricity and magnetism and that light was an electromagnetic wave. The individual equations bear the names of others, all familiar as electrical terms and laws nowadays – Gauss, Faraday, Ampere, Hertz, Ohm, and Lorentz. Maxwell did not actually originate the equations but rather derived them independently. They came to be know as a group as Maxwell’s. The interesting part though is they’re not Maxwell’s at all. Maxwell made the overlapping discoveries based on a molecular model of a vortex of aether. (remember this is … Continue Reading…

Aliens Are My Brother

So says Father Gabriel Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory. The search for forms of extraterrestrial life, he says, does not contradict belief in God. And some aliens could even be free from original sin, he speculates. …the Vatican is organising a conference next year to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the author of the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin. Not sure what to make of this. But the church is coming to Darwin a little late. That theory is on the way out. Or shall we say its evolved…. The article from the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7399661.stm

The One Truth

Choices

I talk a lot on this blog about perspective and reality. I harp a lot about what is true or real because a lot of people don’t quite grasp what these are. We are in a culture deeply rooted in the ego. A culture that makes wrong to make itself right. It sells newspapers and TV news. We are taught to think we must take a position for something and against other. We choose Darwin over Lamark, Christianity over Judaism, Democracy over Communism, Coke over Pepsi, Chocolate over Vanilla, and on and on ad infinitum. Certainly, there is absolutely nothing … Continue Reading…

What is the sub-conscious?

What is the sub-conscious?

Once again over at Tom Stine’s blog, we discussed this question – what is the sub-conscious and does it actually exist? Certainly there are many theories about it. And some experiential details. For example, its obvious we have some underlying habits. We ‘remember’ to breathe and how to walk and talk. Memories and old stories seem to ‘arise’ from our sub-conscious. But if everything is consciousness, where does this sub-thing fit in? When we say sub-conscious we’re talking about out-of-awareness, but only in the sense of mental awareness. Out of mind. It is referred to as sub as it seems … Continue Reading…

Solving all problems

Droplet

“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.” — Albert Einstein * see comments He made this same statement several different ways. He also said “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” There are 4 things to check in on in solving any problem: 1) As long as we are “inside” a problem, we have no perspective on it. Being able to step back allows us to get that perspective. This “stepping back” is in taking the higher view, raising or expanding … Continue Reading…

Stop, Look, Listen

Stop Look Listen, Beware of Trains

Over at Tom Stine’s blog, the discussion about thoughts continues. To a client he said “You will discover, if you are open to it, that much of what goes through your head, your thoughts and thinking, look suspiciously like the behaviors of a drug addict or alcoholic.” Thats very true. The mind is a habit machine and so it likes to regurgitate. We condition it with habits, stories and conditioning to function in the world. But along the way we pick up some junk, some errors in the program. Bugs, if you will. Unless we stop and run a little … Continue Reading…

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

The world we live in is all a dream. There is no “out there”. Everything is “in here”, but that inner is a much bigger inner than our heads. It is an inner than encompasses everything you know or can ever imagine, as well as everything everyone else can imagine. It is a very BIG dream. And we’re in it together. The great part is – because its a dream its up to us how we want it to be. Note I said US. Its our dream, not my dream. Any ideas you have about making it mine may contrast … Continue Reading…

The Usurper

Mushroom in Egg Cup

The ego identity is quite the cunning fox. It will take anything that comes up – events, feelings, thoughts, and intuitions – and bend them to suit its story. The ego loves doubt as that gives it a way to fork the direction of thinking. Shift it to its own agenda. What is it we call this ego agenda? Expectations. Our shadow stories about how we feel it ‘is’ are rooted in the illusory past. The flip side of the story is the expectation. This is the shadow plan for the future. How we think it “should” be. Both story … Continue Reading…