Time

Time

Fabiola Medeiros Back in The Past, I spoke about how the perception of time evolves and all future and past fall into the moment. Where the idea of those multi-armed gods come from in the east. In a comments discussion over on Tom Stine’s blog, a few other aspects were drawn out. Time, as I have mentioned, arises in the movement of awareness to Itself, after it recognizes itself. Some say the future and past are illusions but thats not exactly true. The future and past do exist but they exist only in the moment, only now. In other words, … Continue Reading…

What is True?

What is True?

woodsman_dave What is true? What is real? Over on Tom Stine’s Blog we had a good discussion about these questions. I thought it worth summarizing some of the points that arose. Are thoughts true? That depends. (laughs) Theres a couple of ways of looking at this. First we have to ask to Whom are they true? For example, we could say “its all consciousness”. But to whom is that true? If we are standing in the role of individual, there are a series of levels or states of consciousness. If we are standing in the role of the one awareness, … Continue Reading…

The Magic Word

The Magic Word

VerdeSam Over at Tom Stine’s blog, we’ve been discussing if Thoughts are untrue. An interesting juxtaposition came up to that this week I thought was worth exploring. The power of words. First thing to do though is ask what words are. They are symbols that represent an idea. Apple, red, Freda. They may seem to represent some Thing, but that is only sometimes true. What about run or an? Even a noun like sky is a word that represents an idea about some thing. An idea is a symbol of what it represents, which can be a thing, another idea, … Continue Reading…

Healing the temple

Healing the temple

Danny Bradury I’ve talked in here a bunch about emotional healing. Physical healing is much the same. I have not had a lot of issues there but have had some contact with people who have. I can only offer a few observations that may help a little, should you have a healing journey. First thing is acceptance. As long as you are resisting what is, including the physical distress, healing is compromised. This includes even pain. Pain is the bodies signal that something is wrong. Allowing the signal means it is accepted and it will subside. But as long as … Continue Reading…

In the wings

In the wings

photo by eye of einstein It rather startles me sometimes how throughly the ego prepares its dramatical scripts. Recently, quite separately, a couple of friends of mine have gone through very difficult emotional periods, breaking away from old dramas. After a brief period of growing calm and happiness, plan B steps in. Or should I say pain B. The curtain opens on a new scene in the drama and it soon becomes apparent it was there, waiting in the wings. In reserve. Too often, we find a sense of self in our suffering. Closely related to the idea that an … Continue Reading…

I don’t believe I do

I don’t believe I do

photo by Simona Dumitru So which is it? Yesterday, I ran into one of those little surprises. I’ve read a little about astrophysics lately. Interesting ideas like the Electric Sun. I love good ideas, so am open to new things that may help explain our world. Yesterday, there was something new that made sense, but there was also a little reaction, a resistance. A little tape started to play that was contrary to this new idea. I had an unconscious story or belief that resisted this new idea. Some past experience had caused me to consider the subject and decide … Continue Reading…

Eckhart on Oprah 9

Eckhart on Oprah 9

Finally had a chance to watch the 9th class of Eckhart on Oprah, this one on Purpose. Here are a few notes. There is no substitute for finding your purpose. There are 2 purposes: Outer Purpose: about the future, your work, etc. It is secondary. Inner Purpose: to be here, now. Same for everyone, always fully with the present moment. Fulfillment and satisfaction are only found now. Be totally doing it, what you are doing right now. This one step, give it your best. Then the next moment comes at its best. There is always only this one step, the … Continue Reading…

Bab’Aziz

In the ways of curious coincidences, I ran into this film release, the story of a Sufi Dervish. Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul “A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director Nacer Khemir (Wanderers of the Desert) begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab’Aziz relays … Continue Reading…

On Stress

From a Discussion on Shilpan’s guest post. (now offline) Hans Selye was an early researcher into stress. He defined 2 types – distress and eustress. The second of course a positive stress like falling in love. Both can have similar biological responses but one tends to be a motivator, the other a demotivator, as you observe. Stress has a tendency to trigger the fight or flight (or freeze) response which shuts down digestion and the forebrain, the place where we are more conscious and have more problem solving skills. As you observe, stress thus reduces our ability to deal with … Continue Reading…

Happiness Everlasting

When we are kids, our parents read us ‘fairy’ stories about princes and princesses, white knights in unused armor, and happiness everlasting. The stories are a bit skewed by the message that someone or something else will come along and bring us happiness. Happiness and the damsel will be ours when we ride off into the sunset or move into the castle with the automatic garage door opener. Then we grow up and discover that Santa isn’t real. But the shadows of the stories remain as we seek our prince or house with the white picket fence. Or decide it … Continue Reading…

Greatful

Gratitude is a skill we’ve not been well taught in the west. Perhaps as a child, we were taught to respect our elders, to say thank you, and say grace before dinner. Thanks was a kind of conditional thing, laid on to be polite or ‘nice’ or even because it was simply demanded. We may have come to associate gratitude with subservience. In the east, people were often raised to choose a personal god or deity that they favor for their expressions of gratitude. The greeting Namaste means ‘I bow to the divine in you’. God is everywhere. But even … Continue Reading…