It can be easier

I’m struck by how many of the awakening experiences I’ve recently read that were filled with deep challenges. The link to an interview with Byron Katie over at Suffering is Optional, for example. It lead me to Suzanne Segal’s excerpt from her book “Collision with the Infinite“. What is more notable here is that she had some framework for understanding her experience but rejected it out of hand. This is the trickster, the ego at it’s finest. The ego does not fear death of the body. It can last past that. What it fears deeply is loss of itself, threats … Continue Reading…

How I learned to stop arguing with reality and pick up my children’s socks

The above is the subtitle to a short article by Byron Katie in the latest Shared Vision magazine. The article is called “Suffering is Optional“. “What I came to see was that my suffering wasn’t a result of not having control; it was a result of arguing with reality. I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, … Continue Reading…

The Top Ten Tenets for Creative Living

The Top Ten Tenets for Creative Living 1) Take responsibility for your internal experience 2) Follow your Internal Guidance and express your personal brilliance 3) Manifest your world consciously and with intent 4) Create your personal vision of paradise and spread it among those you love 5) Create community and hold it as a necessary foundation of our future 6) Be grateful for all your experiences and all that is 7) Release attachment including being attached to non-attachment 8 See simplicity as the core of sacred living 9) Express unconditional love 10) Look for the universal Oneness in your life … Continue Reading…

Is God Real?

Is God Real?

Or another question, do you believe in God? At some point, everyone deals with these questions, either through consideration or acceptance of some teaching. Many people have primitive ideas of God they picked up when they were young, like some old man in the sky. If we do try to reconsider the question as adults, we are faced with a barrage of extremes, from Dawkin’s “God Delusion” to some rather odd beliefs indeed. Many people form some sort of compromise. Like the concepts expressed by the author in Rethinking Science. Some become Atheists simply because the ideas of God that … Continue Reading…

More Memory

In Deep Memory, I explored the nature of memory and its deep roots in experience. This leads to some practical applications. If we understand that memory is at the root of all experience, that it gives structure to everything we know, then we have a deep insight into the nature of experience. Understanding what it is we experience and how we experience allows us step back a little, to step out of the experience and choose to experience it another way. Rather than being caught up in it, we can shift gears and allow what is much more easily. We … Continue Reading…

Deep Memory

remember

Memory is an interesting bird that is quite different from other forms of thought. In What is True? I outline ways that thoughts arise. But memories are different, they are pre-structured. They arise whole, like an idea. They pop into your head. What is memory? Mind is a field of energy. Memory is a pattern in mind. We can go a little deeper though. Rupert Sheldrake said “memory is inherent in nature”. This implies a broader idea of mind than ‘in the head’. In Mental States, I spoke of the values of mind as it expresses from open, through intuitive, … Continue Reading…

Time changes everything

Time changes everything

Back in Time, (yuk yuk) I spoke about the nature of time, its source and how past and future are both here, now. But thats pretty abstract and not the average experience. I’ve also spoken about history, the way time cycles, patterns in time and future trends. But I have not touched on how we experience the passage of time. Thats an interesting one. We can say that up until a certain point in our evolution, our inner awareness experiences through our physical body and senses. Our senses take data from vibrations in the air, photons of light, and various … Continue Reading…