See Clearly.
February 26, 2017

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See clearly the only direct experience one ever has IS Awareness.

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In Suffering.
February 11, 2017

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In suffering, there is often an accidental overlooking, avoidance & fear; a dismissal, denial & diminishing, of the privilege & gift that has already been given: our ability to spontaneously/naturally eavesdrop on Eternity; to access the ever-present flame of inner wisdom, intuition & insight with which to guide our life.

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Unnoticed.
February 4, 2017

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Unity is so obvious – it goes unnoticed.

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More on renewal…
March 5, 2008

Ilona made a very astute comment on the World Café Europe blog about how humanity struggles around renewal… 

“ But somehow we seem to be very resistant to renewal ”.  

I think this is very true and it’s true not only on an emotional level, but also a psycho/physiological level.  Resistance is “naturally” hard wired into our body/mind as the flight/fright/freeze response.  The old brain while useful in the face of “real” danger unfortunately overshadows most of the cognitive process.   Our very thinking is driven by the “drive to survive”, and it can occur at very unconscious levels.   Renewal implies change, and for most of us the idea of change while sometimes attractive, romantic or inspiring will also bring up for most of us fear that triggers to some degree the flight/fight/freeze response. 

Depending on the particular circumstance or situation the person will be perceiving reality through veil of this “drive to survive” filter to some degree.   When it is unconscious we will have a tendency to avoid change (renewal) at all costs.  We will deliberately attempt to live our life in very safe ways, as a way to avoid addressing the imagined fears that have been associated to change (renewal) and our biological tendency of avoidance. This has devastating results both on a personal and collective level.  We attempt to hold on to out dated modes of thinking, acting, doing and being, and why not?  Our mind/body is programmed for survival!  We simply create rules, regulations, beliefs, cultures, political systems and social systems that mirror the resistance to renewal and change and god forbid anyone come along to rock the boat!  

Genius is bold, irrational, and unpredictable.  It is driven by the new brains ability to tap directly into creativity itself.  To come up with new and different ideas that transcend the day to day thinking that keeps us locked into the same repetitive results.  It is not necessary to be a genius to be able to tap into the creative soup of renewal though, for each and every body/mind was given the new brain and a hidden talent that was also hardwired into the brain: we have the ability to become aware of the fact that we are aware.  This gift allows us to momentarily step out of predetermined, out dated ways of thinking and being.  To tap directly into the same source of inspiration and creativity that we assumed was limited to only a chosen few.   

This is why some of the most simple methods or practices (such as spending time in nature or meditation) can elevate our thinking process to heightened levels awareness.  This is place where renewal and inspired thought occur naturally as we slip out of the modus operandi of the “drive to survive”.  This is the place were our nervous system (brain) settles down, and our body/mind experiences a state of restful alertness where we can be reminded of the freedom and wholeness that is ever present within us.   

In perceived change there is a changeless factor, you!   And when we take the time to cultivate the inner stability that comes from connecting to this resource, we are once again reminded that renewal can become a very natural day to day occurrence.  All our choices, all our thinking and all of our doing can be calibrated from this place and we can give up some or all of the struggle or limitations that were once associated to this necessary occurance.  We can orientate our lives and the world around us from this place…     

Ode to Ganesha…
February 7, 2008

Ganesha (also known as Ganapati/Vinayaka) is one of the most famous deities within the Hindu tradition/religion. Appearing as a man with an elephants head as his image.  He has many attributes and the reverence his followers have for his specific divine interventions: lord of beginnings (success), lord of obstacles (removing and placing), Deva of the intellect and wisdom have boosted his popularity to iconic levels. 

Within Yoga theory there is a suggestion that with practice, one can specifically activate certain energies through the use of our attention.  Using meditation, mantras, icons and images, it is believed that one can harness the very qualities and characteristics of the many expressions of the One divine being…

There was a period in my life when I was actively exploring various archetypal energies with the desire to enhance their particular attributes within “my” own consciousness.  My seeming pre-disposition towards and partial mastery of suffering clearly qualified me as a candidate for the charms and intervention of Ganesha. 

Ganesha had also been one of a select few deities, archetypes and energies that had grabed my attention consistently over the years in the pages and pictures of various readings “I” had stumbled on and pursued.   While success is very appealing having the ability to “remove” obstacles was clearly my ace of spades, so “I” dutifully meditated, chanted and payed homage to my new friend and teacher.  Over periods of weeks and months I began to spontaneously examine and contemplate my own experience of the word “obstacle”; how “I” defined it and how “I” experienced it.  I began to look at the perceived obstacles “I” had and their impact in my life and over my present lifetime.  The imagined list was very detailed, an endless, infinite list of ramblings ~ self engendered thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations and memories of a neurotic mind.

 At one point “I” kept coming back to the same idea, the realization that the biggest and most important obstacle “I” really had faced in my life was in fact me!  The me that “I” saw when “I” looked in the mirror, the me that “I” saw when things were “bad”, the me that “I” felt when “I” was triggered by some external circumstance, situation, person or thing.  It also occurred to me that there were also many occasions where “I” experienced flow, where “I” experienced great joy, inspiration, creativity and Bliss in my life .  As “I” became more attentive to those moments, as “I” contemplated the significance of this insight “I” started to realize that in my most creative moments of Being there was a nonappearance of “I”, an abstention of the cognitive process were my now was filled with moments of no thinking, there was no inner consideration of what “I” needed to do in the moment, there was no “I” moderating the moment.

Showing up while also having the ability to step aside in the moment for most seems to be a spontaneous, rare, somewhat fleeting occurrence.  It’s very easy for the mind to slice and dice our experience.  Losing our Self in the resulting confusion is only further aggravated by our identification to the judgment we place on every consecutive moment of now. 

The art of learning to show up while also stepping aside to allow the moment to unfold with fineness and timing appears for most to be a lifetime journey of insight and practice, but it is the greater commitment of renunciation ~ not of habits, objects or things, but of the self that we imagine ourselves to be.  It is the “I”, the “me” and the “mine” that begs to be relinquished, discarded and abandoned.   As the concept “I’ is banished from our Consciousness through practiced wisdom and inquiry, the perception of diversity loses its edge and “we” have the potential to elevate our experience and our ability to express the art of Being in the world.

 

On a final note to fellow bloggers, Ganesha is also considered to be the “patron of letters”.  It is considered to be very auspicious when he name is invoked during writing sessions…

 O M   G U M   G A N A P A T A Y E I   N A M A H A !

Curving back…
January 27, 2008

 

 

Curving back within

 

itSelf,

 

 

 

it

 

 

 

creates again and again.

 

 

 

 

First;

 

 

 

he

 

 

 

creates his mind,

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with that mind

 

 

 

she

 

 

 

creates her body,

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with that mind while in that body,

 

 

 

they

 

 

 

perceive and experience

 

 

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s t i l l n e s s

 

 

 

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There is only a quiet sense of Being…

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