Archive for August, 2009

This is a cup, or is it?
August 28, 2009

 

 

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It really all depends upon where you standing. 

To explain; at the level of language or more specifically the English language, and to someone who has been indoctrinated or schooled in the English language it is safe to say this is a cup.  However, it would be more accurate to say that this in fact is NOT a cup.  Why? Because the label “cup” only remains consistent to someone who has an understanding, perception and skill in the English language, this only remains consistent as a cup, if we are standing in the English language with regard to familiarity and understanding of the English language.

If I am standing in a different language, lets say French, it would be “Tasse”, Spanish: La taza and Polish: Kubek.  If I don’t speak English it certainly is NOT a “cup”, and if for some reason, a person may never have seen what we call in English a cup, they would not know what it is; it would simply be an “object” without a frame of reference.  In fact it would not exist for them experientially or cognitively.  Theoretically, what ever we decide to call a cup is also in fact just a label for an object and the label is not the object, the name is not the thing.

Prior to the word and label “cup”, this is not a cup. 

 

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This is of course is only true at the level of language and is a very superficial example, but the premise remains consistent.  If we jump or stand in another dimension ~ let’s say the physics dimension, what we call a “cup” takes on a whole new meaning.

At the level of the physics dimension, the object we call a cup is not a cup but in fact a field of energy and information.  In the science of quantum physics and the English language, we could say that this thing we call a cup that appears to be solid and separate from all other objects is in fact NOT solid and NOT separate; while it may appear to be something called a cup, it is in fact not a cup.

In Quantum physics, a cup would be more realistically seen and understood as something made up of atoms which are in turn made up of subatomic particles that have been “labeled” with terms like protons, electrons, quarks and bosons.  While these labels appear to qualify and on some level quantify this object in language that we call a “cup”; while these labels may imply distinction and separation; subatomic particles and anything in the physical universe are not things or even particles, but in fact fluctuations of energy and information in a huge void of energy and information. 

At the quantum level, everything that is anything in our Universe, appears at this level and eventually becomes all that we see, hear, taste, touch and smell in our physical universe.  So, something like a cup that appears to be solid and real is in fact not solid and not real in this particular dimension or at this level of perception.  This cup that previously appeared to have an inherent existence only maintains its perceived existence at a very conventional level of thinking and understanding within language and the external world; things begin to shift dramatically as we begin to perceive, something that appeared to be solid, on the subtler level of quantum physics. 

 

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While a cup may appear to be different than a plate or spoon at the level of the human senses, at the quantum level those distinctions disappear; a cup, plate and saucer are the same, barring the exception of the arrangement and quantity of the impulses of energy and information “they contain”.  Prior to the physical, external world and the labeling and language of the thinking dimension, a cup is not a cup.

As long as your sense of perception and awareness is trapped at a particular level or dimension you will only, ever, experience a very conventional, very skued and very, very, limited perception and awareness of what you call reality.  This is intrinsically the source of not only your suffering, but also that of humanities suffering. 

Our senses deceive us by providing a very narrow perception of reality.  As long as we are fixated, “stuck”, or determined by one particular dimension, we will struggle in the potential we have of experiencing our full human potential and our ability to navigate any or all the dimensions that awareness has access to.  While we may “exist” in a universe with an infinite spectrum of possibility and colour, our senses by nature, conditioning, circumstance and self engendered perception, can for the most part, only presently provide us with an experience or perception that is black and white.

 

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This is a cup?

But it is only a cup to the nervous system of a human.  If we are standing in or at a biological level of perception it is shaped more by our senses.  To a different nervous system within a different species and senses for example, this cup would not be a cup.  To the nervous system and experience of a Bat, this cup is experienced less through sight and more so through sound; primarily a nervous system that uses biological sonar called echolocation. 

Sounds are emitted into the environment, or in this case, cup, which then reflect back to provide information/energy as to the size, shape and distance of the object in the environment.  To stretch this idea further, to the nervous system of a honey bee, this cup would provide an un-discovered spectrum of UV colours and patterns, exclusive to the eye of a honey bee and inaccessible to the human eye; a whole new experience and world would immerge.

 

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We continue this exploration in deconstruction and consciousness by pushing it further into a field of ambiguity.  If I’m standing in the emotional dimension this perceived cup takes on a whole new perception for me as an observer.  It might be easy to think that an inanimate object such as a cup has no emotional dimension, assuming there is no one there to observe it.  But this cup has a story to it and as I engage the story ~ the story I have attached to this cup, I create the opportunity to add a spectrum of experiences, memories and emotions to my perception of this cup, that were previously unavailable.  By nature, I also begin to blur the dimensions of my experience together.  I begin to fuse or collapse the dimensions of the external world, with the thinking dimension, and the emotional dimension.

This cup was given to me by one of my dearest friends who recently passed away as a result of leukemia.  It was given to me by my friend Louise, as a birthday gift a few years ago.  You might notice that the word love is written on the cup in beautiful Japanese characters.  This is very poignant and significant to me on an emotional and thinking (memory) level, because Louise played such a strong roll in my life as mentor, friend and role model.  For me, she was and is one of the strongest role models of unconditional love that I have ever experienced in life, and this cup is a constant reminder to me of the blessings I received as a result of the friendship I had in knowing Louise.

We suffer greatly when the dimensions of our experience fuse or collapse together, our reality becomes blurred and we are no longer able to distinguish the present moment, because it is overshadowed by one or more of the dimensions of awareness; often, we become fixated on one of the dimensions alone.

We suffer where we lack the freedom, skill, understanding and awareness to experience or navigate any, all, or none of the dimensions of our existence.  To be human is not to err, but to experience the function, fullness and potential of all dimensions deeply, while also recognizing that our essence by nature is essentially beyond those dimensions themselves.  When we fail to distinguish between those dimensions, when we fail to appreciate those dimensions of awareness with attention, we deny those dimensions. By denying those dimensions they determine who we are being. 

Subjective freedom occurs when we master/surrender our capability of appreciating those dimensions by allowing our attention to be present with the fullness of those dimensions, where they can inform who we are being. Subjective freedom through multi dimensional awareness is the ability to appreciate and know experientially and inherently that Who We Are at an essential level, occurs within and beyond the external, biological, thinking, emotional or physics dimensions.

At its most essential, level the purpose of Yoga [Union ~ yoke] if there indeed was one, is to loosen the grip we have on our perceived reality, so that we might engage it more fully from the level of Being.  To recognize that for most, reality itself is a subjectively skued, selectively informed, trance induced experience, within those dimensions. 

 

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As we begin to “yoke” (“pull back” or “harness”) our awareness within the field of those dimensions is freed, to enable us to appreciate the depth and potential of not only that dimension but also the expression of our humanity that occurs in that dimension.  We, as awareness, are no longer trapped within a self induced coma of a particular dimension.  We are freed to be informed by one, more, or neither of those dimensions as needed.  We are freed to experience not only those dimensions, but also the essence of our Being, that lies beyond all dimensions. 

With each dimension of awareness there is a perceived story.  Most of us, our deeply attached to our story within those dimensions, we are fixated and fused to the story we been told, and told ourselves within a particular dimension.  We live our life investing time and energy, thought and belief, emotion and understanding into the story of those dimensions and who we imagine ourselves to be within those dimensions; there is a perceived loss of Being, as we  identify ourselves falsely to and as those dimensions.

Our story is always the source of our suffering; of all human suffering.  Our story is the canvass upon which the psychology of who we imagine ourselves to be, expresses itself.  It is a role, a bit part in a drama that infringes upon eternity and the expression of Being.

Sometimes; well actually mostly, we appear to lose ourselves in the story (dimension) of who we imagine ourselves to be.  We loose ourselves in the drama and nonsense, the confusion and doubt, the fear, sadness or even perceived success of a particular story, within a particular dimension.  We lose ourselves in the success, tragedy, devastation and limitation of who we think we are within that dimension.

The seduction of the story (dimension of awareness) is that it has both an upside and downside.  We imagine that if we are in the down, and we focus on the up, we will be able to survive, improve or change the nature of the down and the dimension, permanently.  In that struggle or success, however adept our failure, success or strategies may be, we only reinforce the self, we imagine ourselves to be.  We lose ourselves to the role player, who lives, breathes and dies in the dimensions and roles of who we think we are.  We abandon our true Self for a pseudo self that can only at best, provide us with the illusion of failure, success or change, in a dimension and world that by nature, is constant change and limitation.

Refining the role of who we imagine ourselves to be, immersing ourselves in that role, only further enmeshes us within that role.  If we don’t know we are in a role, how can we ever get out of a role?  As long as we continue acting as though we are that role, how can we ever get out of that role?

In the story of who we are, there is an actor, a pseudo self that lives, breathes and acts out the performance of a lifetime with all the rewards and challenges that any great performance demands.  Within the seduction of that story, role and life, we remain spell bound by its potential, hypnotized by the infinite distractions that can occur within each story line.  

To have the ability to move freely within those dimensions, allows us to be in a story, but not of that story; to recognize that we might be in a role, but inherently and essentially are not THAT role.  Each dimension provides a taste of the divine, but should never be worshiped as the divine or diabolical.  Each dimension of awareness can elevate or subjugate our experience depending on the degree to which we are aware of that dimension and the relationship that it has to Who We Are.

 

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This, is a cup?

But it is only a cup, depending upon where we are standing.

There is a promise; the seed of freedom lies in our ability to embrace each dimension of awareness with complete fullness of attention.  In the fullness of that attention we can investigate, inquire, question, dismantle, let go of, and move beyond ideas, notions, beliefs, thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations and memories that presently limit the expression of Being, that dwell as concepts, within those dimensions. 

Established in complete awareness of the present moment we are free to navigate any, all, are none of the dimensions simultaneously and spontaneously, without need or effort.  We are free to step into the moment, the presence of our essential nature and the playground of eternity, and the once unnoticed background of Being, spontaneously shifts, to become the foreground of reality…

Insight #55 ~ ZEN Shredding…
August 21, 2009

 

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Switch is the only way to ride in life!

 Through conditioning and fear, we imagine that there is only one way to live life, one way to see, one way to be, one way to “do” life.  There are no formulas, no plans, and no universal methods that work for everybody, the same way, the same time.  Flexibility, versatility and diversity of styles, experience, approaches and ways of being, provide the foundation for a life of simplicity and ease.

Extended commentary:

 Life happens…

 Sometimes experiences occur in life that are opposite to the “up” in life that most of us desire, seek or attach ourselves obsessively too; we want the more of the “good” and the “happy” and less of the “pain” and the “suffering”; and then life happens! 

I want to be clear in saying upfront that I know longer believe that the “Universe” provides us with experiences in the form of “lessons” for growth, learning or evolution.  With a little awareness and deconstruction, it is easy to see this is simply an anthropomorphic projection of the mind onto reality that has no basis in truth what so ever, in either material conventional world or what we deem to be “the spiritual world”. 

While we can learn and do “learn”, there is no external power forcing us to learn. While we can and do “grow”, transformation or evolution of consciousness is not forced or placed upon us as some hidden agenda to our experience.

At a much deeper level, we give meaning and understanding to our experience as a result of psycho/biological response of our nervous system (the old-brain) which is hardwired to organize chaos (survive).  This impulse is picked up by our more sophisticated new brain which creates a story or reason as to why something happened or is happening to us; a selective speculation and interpretation of the mind on our so called reality, that occurs in space time after the experience has occurred. 

When spiritualized with a more abstract projection, we create collective philosophies and belief systems such as Karma to explain the unexplainable, to organize the discomfort of chaos that appears to be the heart of our existence.

In my on life, especially over the last year, I been have faced a series of very challenging experiences: loss of day job, loss of place to live, the premature death of a very dear friend and the end of a new friendship that “I” had placed a great deal of meaning, importance, and value on.  When the mind is “forced” into an experience of reality that falls outside the day to day flow and routine; the ease of a safe and tidy life, our old brain often kicks in automatically into its flight, fight, freeze, response in order to “handle” the stress of that change and discomfort of the unknown. 

Experiences that are perceived to be, or become a threat to our immediate intentions, trigger a response mechanism within the body/mind that occurs at a pscho/bilogical level and our body/mind reverts and resorts to “handling” the situation as it has been hardwired (flight, fright, freeze) or conditioned (diverse set of conscious and unconscious coping mechanisms adopted and learned since birth).  Since there is no separation between the body and mind, our very thinking can and will in most cases become survival orientated. 

The degree of perceived threat or stress will trigger a series of biological responses in order to cope with the perceived danger to our well being: heart rate and blood pressure will increase, blood will be redirected to our muscles, prepared for the clotting of platlets, breathing will quicken, masive amounts of adrenalin and the stress hormones cortisal and norepinephrine will be dumped into our bloodstream.  Attention will become narrow, focused, skewed to sensory based stimuli.  We will sweet!  

Momentary activation of the stress response when needed is essential i.e. avoiding that pedestrian who just stepped out into your vehicles pathway, but prolonged exposure to stress as a result of environmental or situational circumstance is highly detrimental to our well being on all levels and can contribute to a weakened immunity, the provocation of “shock” or “trance” like states, addictive behaviors and the surfacing of depression or psycho/emotional disease within our body/mind. 

Chronic stress is now considered to be a contributing factor and ground from which many of our contemporary and most challenging physiological disorders can develop including: coronary heart disease, anxiety, insomnia, digestive disorders, heart attack, strokes and various expressions of cancers and addictions.

The regular, consistent practice of meditation is considered by many to be an excellent tool to help navigate the day to day challenges that occur as part of life’s expression.  Some of the most exciting information continues to surface with regard to the impact of a meditative lifestyle as an antidote to stress. 

Many studies over the years have indicated that with regular meditation there comes: decreased heart rate, normalization of blood pressure, reduction of stress hormones and an overall strengthening of the immunity system.

Through meditation, we have the ability to access stability while in the midst of the chaos.  The once illusive stillness of a quiet mind can reveal the necessary experience and wisdom to enhance our ability to navigate the day to day activities and challenges that often seem to overwhelm and derail the expression and experience of overall well being. 

While stress may distract and derail the expression of our essence, meditation reveals what was there all along, behind the guise of nonsense and drama that may be occurring in our life.  Through meditation we elevate the having and doing of life, from a place of Being…      

 

Is there another way of seeing, being or doing your life?

 

To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:

 

http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000161942

OR

Check out “Living The Dream”, the gift book version of the slideshow/movie that is available to view free on You tube or the ZEN Shredding website; an inspiring read with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…

 

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/322380

 

AND

 When you get a chance, please visit the home of my latest work:

 

Soulananda;

The Essentials of a Good Life…

 

http://www.soulananda.com

 

(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

Insight #54 ~ Zen Shredding…
August 13, 2009

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Engage your own Spirituality.  

 All too often many of us adopt external methods of appreciating what we can call the mystery of life.  While it is valuable to observe, honor and expose yourself to the process of others who have journeyed or are journeying into the mystery of their own life and Soul, you should not assume that it is the only method or way of Being.  Realization, peace and purity can be found as easily on the slopes of a mountain, an apartment downtown or a cabin in the woods.

 

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Where ever you go, you are…

The time has gone; if it was ever needed, where we need to rely on outside sources for a taste of the divine.  The shift in consciousness is the shift of our attention from “out there” to “in here”.  No longer need we be reliant or dependent upon external sources that take the form of dogmas, priests, prophets, or so called saviors, to provide us with the knowledge, understanding or experience necessary  to travel the path of our inner, “spiritual evolution”. 

Divinity surrounds us, and in our willingness to see with new eyes; as we abandon old ways of thinking and being in the world, we peel the veil of ignorance away one layer at a time.  We begin to realize there is no where we can go that the divine is not immediately available, that it speaks to us, in some way, with everything we see, hear, touch, taste and smell.

In stillness, the background of Being pervades all forms and all phenomena. Emptiness becomes form; form becomes emptiness. Like the sweet fragrance of a flower that fills the air but remains unseen, our essence only temporarily seems to lie beyond the present reach of our perception.  While we may seem to pause in moments of amnesia, we can also trust what the greatest of teachers have implied; that no one and no thing is beyond the reach of its scent and perfection.

The mind is considered to be the greatest of perceived obstacles to the realization of truth that resides within us.  The divinity we so desperately seek and need, hides behind the illusion, delusion and distraction of self engendered thinking.

It is the mind as thought and belief, that filters our direct perception and experience of Being.  It is the mind that entertains the belief in its separation that causes the greatest angst, turmoil and conflict within the hearts of those who seek an intimate awareness of its company. 

The implications in the belief in separation, spawns untold ripple affects in our life including further psycho/emotional influences that contribute to the majority of the suffering we experience in both our “internal” and “external” worlds and the infinite ideas that spin out of misperception and ignorance of Who We Are.

The wandering mind needs to be yoked into stillness once and for all, to settle its self absorbed allegiance to dispute and distinction.  In stillness, conventional reality begins to lose its grip; the mind is freed from its need to perceive reality in fixated, socially accepted, culturally conditioned, ways of being.

As we begin to remove the obstacles of erroneous thinking and conceptual understanding; the very ideas of who we presently imagine ourselves to be, we make way for the unimaginable; in stillness, we create the space for the unity of Being to be realized; to reveal the sacred union that is an inherent part of our expression and birthright!

 

Delusions of Being:

 

I am separate from Being.

I have done something that has caused me to be separate from Being ( I used to Be in Being and now I’m not in Being or there is something wrong with me, that prevents me from Being).)

I need to get back to Being.

Only a chosen few can experience or “get” to Being.

 I need to discover Being.

I can get back to Being if I do something, be something, fix something, change something or have something.

I need to go somewhere in order to experience Being.

I need the intercession or intervention of someone or something else, in order for Being to be realized.

I need time to reach Being.

I need technique for Being.

I need knowledge and understanding for Being.

I can think myself back to Being.

I can feel my way back to Being.

By having more and doing more, I will experience Being more.

Your Being more enables my Being more.

Once I reach Being, everything will be perfect: I will find the perfect job, perfect relationship, experience abundance, work miracles and finally be permanently happy in being.

“I” will realize Being.

  

It’s only at the level of the body/mind/emotions, that these ideas exist. 

Prior to the idea of separation you ARE. 

Prior to any and all ideas you ARE! 

If you do not depend upon, identify, or use your thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations, memories and body/mind…

YOU ARE!

 How can you deepen your journey into the mystery of your life?

 What are you seeking?

 

To order a copy of ZEN Shredding please visit:

http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000161942

OR

Check out “Living The Dream”, the gift book version of the slideshow/movie that is available to view free on You tube or the ZEN Shredding website; an inspiring read with full color photo’s of Whistler/Blackcomb Alpine…

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/322380

AND

When you get a chance, please visit the home of my latest work:

 

Soulananda;

The Essentials of a Good Life…

 

http://www.soulananda.com

 

(c) Copyright – Michael Sean Symonds. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

 

Ten Questions for a New Humanity ~ Epilogue…
August 3, 2009

 

At the level of the mind questions can be very valuable; they direct focus, reveal, add and unlearn what has been learned.  The shift in consciousness is not related to the kind of questions we ask ourselves, although those questions may in themselves serve as a vehicle to point the you you imagine yourself to be in a more valuable direction.

What is critical, what is essential, is that your attention eventually be placed on the One who is asking the questions; the One who is seeking change, the One is concerned, the One who appears to be in fear, and the One who is inspired, passionate and already awake.  We are moving our attention from the part of us that seeks to be in the world, distracted in the “having” and the “doing” and instead reverse it to place it instead on the aspect of us that seeks Being in the world.

A teacher once said to me that “your presence alone is enough to heal the world”.

By itself, this is a profound statement; a hint and pradox of simplicity  What is even more profound is that the world does not “need to be saved”. We ask ourselves, who might be responsible for the necessary changes needed in the world?  At the deepest of levels, nobody is responsible and everybody is responsible. 

Your gift to the world is the annihilation of ignorance, facilitated by the discovery of Who You Are.  Once you know Who You Are; in the knowing of THAT real nature, your very Being becomes the light of the world which directs the call of action or non action. Once you know your real nature, your very existence alone becomes a blessing to all.

By putting an end to the denial of Who You Are, by shifting the focus of your attention from the foreground of conventional reality to the background of Being, a space is created for something greater to happen, or not.  A space is created for action or non action that is based out of peace, stillness and detachment.

The desire to help the world; the desire to save the world, however noble and honorable, will never permanently alleviate the cycle of suffering that exists in our world, that is the experience and expression of a coexistence of all opposites.  There may be moments of peace, affirmation, improvement and prosperity facilitated by one or many that may occur, but in the end, nothing or no one in the world, will save the world.

The One who knows the Self, the One who has seen beyond the world, is the One who will improve the world.  To “save” the world requires that you step out of the world, freeing yourself of the judgment, evaluation and significance that exists only in this world.  Then “your” action or non action will be in complete alignment with the impersonal, rather than the personal. 

The personal will never overcome the seductions of the world, for it is both distracted a deluded by its own narrow, attached sense of want, need and desire.  With the impersonal, comes detachment, and “you” know what needs to be done.  In the action or non action of that knowing, you do what needs to be done, leaving success or failure to the unknown, and in that process, in that growth and expansion of awareness, the change sought, spontaneously arises, or not. 

To see things as they are is of the greatest value is where the bound becomes unbound.  In your redefinition of Self ~ a sense of Self based on the value of Being; the “being”, the “doing” and the “having” take care of themselves…

 

If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

 

You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

 

Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life 

Q #10 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
August 2, 2009

 

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously, mindfully, and purposefully, whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth, that it will spark greater levels of congruence within that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends or more who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue and vision.

 If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

 You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

 Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life

 

***

 Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

The sum total of your life lived, will not be what you have done nor gained, but in who you have been while journeying on this little blue planet called Earth.  The courage and risk needed for meaningful success on this journey and adventure can only be enhanced once you acknowledge and recognize the only change you ever needed was not outside yourself, but in fact within. 

  In the finding, cultivation and practice of innocence, in the subjective experience of freedom that occurs as a result of finding out Who You Are, you rediscover a divinity and peace that lies within you, and the emergence of a new life and humanity dawns. The unfolding experience of awareness and inner wisdom is the only true doorway to find the freedom and peace you seek in your own life and the world you live in.

The most important relationship you will have in life is in fact, the relationship you have with the Self.   It is through the relationship you have to your Self that will create a relationship with life.  It is the level of intimacy that you achieve with that Self, that will draw you into an intimate relationship with life and through the internal growth and cultivation of that inner relationship you will be inspired and strengthened to cultivate and express within all external relationships.

 The dialogue of this inner conversation and transformation will be less about doing and more about being. The bond of this relationship and the opportunity within the experience called life, is rare, precious and delicate; its consummation, profound.  To know the Self is the greatest gift you could bring to all your relations; your life is the story of this adventure.

[ In the course of my life I will ask myself many questions. ]  To know where I am heading I just need to listen to the questions I ask myself in every moment.  Sometimes when I ask those questions I will receive a response to every situation as it occurs and other times I might need to sit with those questions, to accept those unresolved questions unconditionally, as part of the mystery of my life experience. 

Most will search outside themselves for answers; they will seek a personal happiness and will never really be satisfied.  Many will ask questions that dwell only on the practical necessities of life and as a result, live lives of mediocrity.  As I practice asking myself my most meaningful questions, I will learn to navigate not only the journey of my life but also, the mystery of my Soul. 

I will ask questions only my Soul can answer; questions that bring clarity, purpose and meaning to my life.

I will traverse my life experience with questions based on concern, inquiry, need and affirmation.

I will ask my Self TEN Questions to provide a foundation for the emerging new “me” and life.

 And,

while I ask myself these questions, I will also become attentive to the Spirit of the ONE who is asking, the ONE who listens, the ONE who see’s, the ONE who smells, the ONE who feels, the ONE who tastes.

I will be attentive to the ONE source of all humanity…

 

Here’s the 10th and final question:

 

Recognizing that my life is both interdependent and interconnected with all people and things, what three principles am I willing to commit to, affirm and cultivate to elevate a sustainable, ethical way of being for my Self and the planet I live on?

 

 

Q #9 ~ Ten Questions for a New Humanity…
August 1, 2009

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In January of this year [2009] I completed a small, self published title: Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life.  Within this book there is a segment called “Ten Questions for a New Humanity”.  I believe this to be a very important piece that has value, meaning, and relevance for those who are interested in creating a life that is congruent with their highest aspirations; for those who are looking to be the change in their own life and the world they live in.

My intent is simple, to stimulate a ripple effect by encouraging others to engage these ten questions consciously, mindfully, and purposefully, whether that be by journaling, meditative contemplation or direct dialogue with another or even within a group format.

For the next 10 consecutive days I will publish one question a day from Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life and Ten Questions for a New Humanity. It is my hope that these words may inspire you to begin or perhaps even deepen your own journey of enquiry into Who You Are.  It is my hope that by engaging these questions you will begin or extend your present conversation and connection you have with Self, “others” and our Earth, that it will spark greater levels of congruence within that One relationship.

 I encourage you to send a link from this blog to three of your friends or more who you think might be interested in participating within this conversation.  I want to invite you to post your own responses to each question when you feel guided, so that we all can share in the inspiration and words of wisdom that may unfold out of your own inner dialogue and vision.

 If you would like to further support this initiative AND my work, you could also visit the online publisher of Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life; and, for a small investment, order the full colored “booklet”…

 You can take a sneak peek inside the pages itself by visiting this link:

Soulananda; The Essentials of a Good Life

 

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Changing your world, ONE Question at a time…

 

We are facing a critical moment in the expression of our humanity and the well being of our Earth where radical transformation is needed in the way we think and live our lives.  We are involved in the midst of a cathartic moment as we stand on the precipice of change that will determine the plot of our storyline for the next one thousand years or more. 

Will we continue to live our lives based on ways of being that focus on “the having” and “the doing” in life at the greater expense of Self and the One Earth community or will we confront and surrender our tribal, survival based thinking to the crucible of consciousness itself; to be cradled by its inherent impulse of evolution? 

Are we willing to compromise and even abandon what we were told about how to live our life, in order to elevate the inherent knowingness we have within, to guide us through this inner and outer transformation?

We all have a shared responsibility for the well being of ourselves, others, and the Earth we live on.  As we discover, cultivate and express our own inner resilience, as nature’s intelligence expresses itself from within us, we have the potential to access and express, the necessary ingredients, inspiration and innovation for a new humanity to emerge. 

First, we need to acknowledge the present moment and its contribution; to be informed by the moment as opposed to being determined by the moment.  We need to witness what clearly and unequivocally does not work, by recognizing our co-dependence and interdependence with all creation, in regards to the “good” and the “bad”. 

Now is a time to recognize that there is no “other”; that there is no “their”, “I” or “mine”.  There can only be “ours”.  Now is the time to realize there is no “out there” or “in here”, that universal, collective “responsibility” can only be achieved by first igniting the fire and passion of “individual” awareness and “responsibility”; for in the light of this awareness, all states eventually merge to become One.

Here are some facts you may not be aware of:

 

On Hunger:

The number of people who are now hungry in the world, has reached an historic high: 1.02billion or a sixth of the 6.7billion people.  June 19th 2009.

UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

On Armed Conflict:

More than 250,000 girls and boys under the age of 18 are fighting in armed conflicts, in over 30 countries around the world. 

cybershoolbus.un.org.

On Hiv/Aids:

In 2007 there was an estimated 33 million people living with Hiv/Aids.  30.8 million were adults, 15.5 million, or 50%, were women, and 2 million were children.  In 2007 Africa had an estimated 11.6 million aids orphans.

 www.avert.org

On Poverty:

Approximately 3 billion people in the world live on less than $2 a day.  Of the 2.2 billion children in the world, 1 billion live in poverty; each day approximately 30,000 children die each day as a result of poverty related issues.

globalissues.org

On Deforestation:

Forests cover approximately 30% of the worlds land area.  Between 2000 ~ 2005 global forested areas shrunk by more than 36 million hectares or 1% of the total forested area.  Swaths the size of Panama (78,200 SQ. KM) are lost each and every year.

nationalgeographic.com 

On Depression:

It has been suggested that at some point in their life everyone will be affected by depression ~ their own or someone else’s.  Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or 9.5% of the population aged 18 and older.  15% of the population of most developed countries suffers severe depression. 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment, 15% will commit suicide…

www.upliftprogram.com

On Literacy:

According to Unesco, there are about 1 billion non literate adults in the world ~ approximately 26% of the worlds population.  Women make up two thirds of all non literates.  98% of non literates live in developing countries.  There is a direct correlation between income and literacy: per capita income in countries with a literacy rate less than 55% average about $600; per capita income in countries with a literacy rate above 96% is 12600

www.sil.org

On Consumption:

 The wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption; the poorest fifth just 1.5%.

World Bank development indicators 2005.  

www.globalissues.org

 60,000,000 plastic bottles are thrown into US landfills each day.  It takes 1.5 million barrels of crude oil each to produce these bottles or enough to run 100,000 cars for a year.

2,150,000 barrels of oil would be saved if 100,000 homes installed eco-friendly geo thermal heating systems.

Airzoneblog ~ www.cleanairsys.com

“ The 4.8 pounds of grain fed to cattle to produce one pound of beef for human beings represents a colossal waste of resources in a world still teeming with people who suffer from profound hunger and malnutrition.

According to the British group Vegfam, a 10-acre farm can support 60 people growing soybeans, 24 people growing wheat, 10 people growing corn and only two producing cattle. Britain—with 56 million people—could support a population of 250 million on an all-vegetable diet. Because 90 percent of U.S. and European meat eaters’ grain consumption is indirect (first being fed to animals), westerners each consume 2,000 pounds of grain a year. Most grain in underdeveloped countries is consumed directly.”  

From “The Case Against Meat” by Jim Motavalli

http://www.emagazine.com/view/?142

On Pollution:

It’s estimated that this year 222 million tons of waste will be generated by Americans.

Americans’ total yearly waste would fill a convoy of garbage trucks long enough to wrap around the earth six times and reach halfway to the moon.

Since 1950, people in the United States have used more resources than any generation who ever lived before them.

Each American individual uses up 20 tons of basic raw materials annually.

At the consumption level of the average American, at least four additional planets worth of resources would be needed to support the planet’s six billion inhabitants.

By comparison, the average North American consumes ten times as much as the average person living in China and thirty times as much as the average person living in India.

Why they call it junk mail…the U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 87 billion pieces of direct mail (advertising and promotional mail) every year.

http://www.dumpandrun.org

On extinction:

“Extinction is forever.  Extinction is the disappearance brought about by natural or unnatural means, of an entire species.  It is estimated that about 125 species of birds and mammals have become extinct since 1600.  Currently there are approximately 1000 ~ 1100 species of birds and mammals facing extinction…”

www.uen.org

 

Is it the destiny of humanity as a species, to be next on this list?

 

Here’s the ninth question:

 

What can I do to elevate the shared responsibility I have in the stewardship of this ONE Earth and ONE humanity towards the intention and goal of creating ONE global, just, sustainable and peaceful society?

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