I’ve been contemplating on President’s Day, on our past and how we got here, what our ancestors were seeking to get away from, and yet they wound up being as oppressive as those whom they crossed the seas to escape, only to oppress those already here. Funny how the very thing they disliked, they wound up doing to others. And the irony of this is that many still continue to oppress others, judge others, dislike others, seeking to control others to be like this or that particular fantasy; and that is exactly what they are; fantasies; make believe ideas that sooth the mind’s memorialized memories; the past. That’s all memories are; some event in the past long gone that no longer exists; except in one’s mind.
What would it be like to be present and not know, meaning to say not dip back into the past to figure out what to do with now, right now, without a script, without a program, without someone else’s approval about right and wrong? The truth is we don’t know, and that is the problem, the key, the solution, the way out of the madness of thinking one knows based on the past; kind of like walking backwards through life because one needs to see the past in order to navigate.
Imagine doing that to drive or walk or fly or sail? How absurd, yet we do the same thing in thinking…comparing is a dis-ease.
If we look at our past judgments, the idea of right and wrong was seriously off the mark on many accounts; just look at all the isms from the past and who was on the receiving end of all that fantasizing. If that isn’t sobering, then all one needs to do is look at our present chaotic mess of fantasy beliefs about right and wrong. These ideas we celebrate need to be more transparent or rather more apparent to us in the whole truth about them, rather than our convenient dishonest stories we believe.
So, it is obvious that the memory is the secondary problem, of living in the head thinking we know, which is the primary problem. What needs to occur is letting go of the chronic habit of thinking, of tossing out the programs and beliefs and ideas that don’t hold up to examination right here and now in the present moment. Assumptions won’t cut it, or putting one’s head in the sand, or reaching for a beer in the fridge, or sitting in front of the fantasy box called TV. Is it no wonder we have fantasy TV programs to match our fantasy of living in the head?!
What would it be like to not fantasize, to just be present with the truth that is right here, right now? Thinking about it just takes one into the past. There is no past or future; they don’t exist, so how come the many continue to believe in them? While this is an excellent question to ask, a better one is what would life be like without needing to think all the time? If you watch the mind throughout the day, you begin to become aware of the script we follow obediently; that’s the conditioning, the norm, the cultural norms, the group norms; the blind leading the blind in fantasy land.
All of the answers that are essential to our well-being are not going to be found in thinking, but rather in awareness and presence and stillness. What would the world become like if we did this? Realize no amount of thinking is going to reveal from the past what the future of presence is going to look like.
We are all from Spirit, of Spirit, not separate from Spirit except in our thinking otherwise…
Acceptance is the surrender to reality rather than a fantasy about it. Real life isn't a belief, it's life, eternal life, unconditional.
Peer pressure is about conditional love; believed love; believed life; fantasy life, where others conditions-judgments become your value.
Value is what we already are, that which is untouched and untarnished beyond belief right now in presence.
The judgments we have of others is always about our selves.
To the mind, love is a tricky business, as we THINK it’s something we have to give or get. In the end, silence reveals that neither can it be given or taken, because it is what we are and it remains eternally untouchable in the vastness of the Space of Oneness.
Love is like the Sun shining eternally upon the grace of all and if we let it, the brightness melts away the clouds of belief that obscure that which is untouchable. This is what all of us are beyond the idea of separation that creates the fantasy of distance where none ever exist.
The silence is our silence, the light our light, the peace our peace, the love our love, BEING the presence of our eternal creation.
The more experience I have with silence, the more I realize how absurd most thinking is.
In the fullness of life, all are friends; it is the judging mind that dictates otherwise.
Patriotism is not about beliefs or traditions, it's about awareness, honesty, and truth, all of which are inseparable aspects of the oneness of existence of which each of us is woven with.
"You know the meaning of normal, right? It doesn't mean good or correct. It means conforming to some standard." - Bi Janus
"The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them." - Marie Forleo
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.” - Lawrence M. Krauss
“Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought” - Eckhart Tolle
“The schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. Edgar Cayce made the same observation in his readings” - Joseph Campbell
“Our 'normal' 'adjusted' state is too often the abdication of ecstasy, the betrayal of our true potentialities.” - R.D. Jamie Laing
“We all live under the constant threat of our own annihilation. Only by the most outrageous violation of ourselves have we achieved our capacity to live in relative adjustment to a civilization apparently driven to its own destruction.” - R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise
“Attempts to wake before our time are often punished, especially by those who love us most. Because they, bless them, are asleep. They think anyone who wakes up, or who, still asleep, realizes that what is taken to be real is a ‘dream’ is going crazy.” - R.D. Jamie Laing
“Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.” - R.D. Jamie Laing
“What we call ‘normal’ is a product of repression, denial, splitting, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience. It is radically estranged from the structure of being. The more one sees this, the more senseless it is to continue with generalized descriptions of supposedly specifically schizoid, schizophrenic, hysterical ‘mechanisms.’ There are forms of alienation that are relatively strange to statistically ‘normal’ forms of alienation. The ‘normally’ alienated person, by reason of the fact that he acts more or less like everyone else, is taken to be sane. Other forms of alienation that are out of step with the prevailing state of alienation are those that are labeled by the ‘formal’ majority as bad or mad.” - R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise
“There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain. ” - R.D. Laing
"You are not IN the Universe, you ARE the Universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the Universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle." - Eckhart Tolle
“Grace is within you. Grace is your self. Grace is not something to be acquired from others. If it is external, it is useless. All that is necessary is to know its existence is in you. You are never out of its operation.”
- Ramana Maharshi
"Don't mistake collective wisdom for science. Don't mistake consensus for proof."
- Bi Janus
"Seriousness is a dis-ease of the mind creating stories where none exist in reality."
- Me, Myself, and I
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
- Mahatma Gandhi