The Electric Sun

Over at the For Now blog, some notes on “the electric model” as seen in the film Thunderbolts of the Gods. They don’t see the Sun, and all other stars, as an atomic furnace burning itself up and separated by great distances of empty space. They see the sun as electric, a giant anode, interconnected with other stars in a mesh of electric fields, with giant dual filaments crossing millions of light years. Black holes are not holes at all but rather confluences of electrical energy. No weirdness to explain it all – just simple and matching the evidence. Scalable … Continue Reading…

Desire vs Craving

When I was writing some notes about the recent show with Eckhart on Oprah, I realized I had not posted on this important point. How to tell when a desire arises from ego and when it arises from deeper within, from our purpose. We might say the difference between craving and desire. Eckhart observed that it takes practice to get to know the difference and that the hallmark of egos desire is that fulfillment of the goal does not satisfy. It arises in a kind of nagging need that has no obvious value, like overeating or overspending. This is craving. … Continue Reading…

Eckhart on Oprah 8

This week was the 8th of 10 classes Oprah is doing with Eckhart Tolle on his book A New Earth. They get better each week. I made notes on a few points that struck me. They follow with some of my own comments. “You can’t leave your mind, you can only go beyond it”. This after joking about how we would have left a person long ago who treated  us like out ego does. An excellent discussion on overcoming addictions and addictive behaviors. Just being aware of the issue as it arises, seeing it as it is without judgment. In … Continue Reading…

Queerer than we suppose

In this 22 minute presentation at the famous TED ideas conference (July ’05), Richard Dawkins gives a talk called “Queerer Than We Suppose: The strangeness of science.” He asks if the universe is queerer that we suppose, or queerer than we can suppose. He speaks about how our perspective and story is an adaptation to our experience in what he calls the “middle-sized” world. He discusses how what we consider ‘real’ is completely based on how we perceive the world, through what we have supposed. A scientists view of ‘what is really?’ with many great examples. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6308228560462155344 It should be … Continue Reading…

Deepest Being

Back on the post How Deep?, I asked if it was going too deep to try and define what gives rise to existence in a blog format like this. In comments here and over at Takuin.com, it became apparent the real issue is if one can offer clarity in a short article. Certainly there are those sutras of wisdom like ‘All this is That’ or ‘everything is Being’. They offer clarity in the moment but not a framework with which to understand the world we experience. A context that can satisfy the mind to get it out of the way. … Continue Reading…

Do Be Do

Sounds like song? Do Be Do, Be Do Do…  It also points to a principle. In order to be, we must do. This may sound wrong. In meditation, we’re taught to leave the field of doing and visit the field of being. To settle the busyness of the mind and shift into silent peace. But really, this is about balance, about wholeness, about bringing the other side of the coin on board.  Opps – mixed metaphors. Reality is about both – silent being and active doing.  We need both aspects to be whole.  Much of western culture is focused on … Continue Reading…

Really?

Back on Takuin, the discussion continues about being. His points drew out some further thoughts, worthwhile as a post… If the reader is ready, the message will be heard. If it reflects reality well, it will have layers of meaning that can be grasped from where they are. Asking the speaker what they mean is a good habit, to not assume. It is indeed the art of listening. Better, the art of hearing. And that is the art of knowing. If we cannot ‘hear’, what is there we can learn? Keep in mind that if everything exists within consciousness, that … Continue Reading…

Pain

Pain, as in physical pain, can be a deeply challenging experience. It can overshadow our experience and quality of life in a number of ways. But the surprise is, you can handle it in much the same way as emotional pain. The saying “what you resist persists” also holds true. It can certainly be difficult to allow and go into the pain. But this acknowledges the signal from the body. It will often stop when its fully allowed, the signal heard. At an introduction to EFT yesterday, Andy Bryce, one of only 2 master practitioners in Canada, talked about some … Continue Reading…

How Deep?

I was taking a bit more of a look around Takuin.com and came across his article on Being. He answers the question what is being? But we can then ask what is the source of being? What comes before existence? I drafted a response post but on first read wonder if its, as the blog name suggests, too deep. Explaining the source of being requires a framework for the whole enchilada, a picture that took a whole chapter to explain. A chapter thats at the end of the book, after much prior framework building. This rather comes to the core … Continue Reading…

The 8th Fire – a film

The 8th Fire, a film on First Nations prophesies Trailer web site:  http://www.the8thfire.org/ Evidently, the 8th Fire is the fire within… “this beautiful movie inspired by a “Vision” of peace in a world at the crossroads.” Special screenings listed on web site. Dave Courchene Jr., whose traditional name means LEADING EARTH MAN is an Elder and spiritual advisor from the Anishnabe Nation, Eagle Clan. Descended from a long line of chiefs and leaders of his people, he felt “Compelled by forces beyond his control” to quit his job as an educator and go on a ceremonial expedition of peace around … Continue Reading…

Intention requires

Just listening to the second short free workshop by Lynne McTaggart on Intention. http://www.theintentionworkshops.com/ While they are an intro to a workshop intensive series coming, they cover some great material. In the talk she suggests Intention requires: – compassion – specific (exact and actual) – surrender – resonance with other – community It was interesting to hear her having discovered a few things I’ve also found. Always refreshing to hear good ideas spoken out and being heard. I speak about the value of gratitude for example. I find its a first step towards compassion. Compassion requires a higher level of … Continue Reading…

Insight part 2

Last month, I wrote in Stroke of Insight about Jill Bolte Taylor’s conscious experience of a stroke. A fascinating presentation she gave at TED. While I disagreed with her understanding of the experience (brain hemispheres vs resolution of consciousness), it was a remarkable process for a brain scientist to have a systematic experience of a brain disabling disorder. This month, the ‘What the Bleep’ folks interviewed Jill about this and her book. Its quite an interesting interview about how some of the thinking about brain function has changed. Some great points about being able to have whole brain functioning, although … Continue Reading…