"Can one have no judgments of the world? Absolutely!" - Sherman Buck
I added a new link to the main page for classes being offered for Summer quarter. Class will repeat in Fall Quarter 2010.
I haven't written in awhile, been busy integrating the inner landscape that continues to move faster than I can write about. At the moment, doing the work requires a lot of time to be present with all that is. I've been doing structural bodywork and that has been really illuminating at this time and all that comes with that. I've been learning how to undo military patterns that have limited the range of moving and walking in my body. I am always amazed at the layers and what is energetically held in them, creating the space to let go, to allow the energies to release. Letting go at each level/layer brings up feelings, emotions, realizations, understandings, and much more. I've also been doing more acupuncture that has been opening me up as well as giving me visions of clarity surrounding five element Chinese medicine and the energetic aspects of acupuncture bringing balance, openings, and awareness. If you decide to pursue any sort of healing work, please pay attention to what the practitioner feels like to you. Just because someone has a degree, doesn't mean they have the best intentions or awareness. This is important, as they can work against your own development if it threatens theirs.
I'm continuing to read at a pace that coincides with what is going on within myself. Seems where I stop and then pickup is exactly timed with what is occurring in the unfolding process. Though there is more time in between reading doing the actual letting go work compared to reading, and that is how it should be. The inner work is more important than understanding intellectually.
Here's what I've been reading:
The Mandala Of Being - Richard Moss
Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
The Voice Of Knowledge - Don Miguel Ruiz
Beyond The Mind - Bernard de Montreal
I hope you are all doing well!
Can one have no judgments of the world? Absolutely! What is required is the ability to be free of judgments; of the need to judge. Discernment is different from judging, as it relates to being able to discern whether or not something is beneficial or harmful. An example would be identifying one's behaviors towards others; do they build harmony and peace or do they create separation and alienation or animosity. Judgments of others arise when we have that same judgment about ourselves, and in most cases one is not aware of this, as it is deeply buried within. This is the irony of dysfunction, in that by its very expression, gives a clear and concise map as to what our own issues are in need of healing/awareness. If one hates gays, it is clear that the one doing the hating has that same issue within. If one treats women disrespectfully, it is because they disrespect their own feminine aspects within. And the list goes on. If we dislike children, it is because we are frightened of our own child-like or childish qualities we are unaware of. Further contemplation on what we dislike, are uncomfortable with, detest, hate, are angered by, resent, react to are but touchstones to revealing what needs healing and acceptance within.
To the extent that one resists this, is indicative of how deeply buried the awareness is. The level of reaction is also indicative of the level of self-hatred/self-acceptance; both of these are inter-related. Acceptance negates hatred and hatred is nothing more than fear; judgments about the self. Acceptance can only occur when one stops judging that aspect within themselves. Judgments come from believing some other person's intellectual truth. Direct experience always enlightens if one is wiling to set aside judgment and use discernment. The second one steps away from self-awareness towards someone else's belief of something, they have stepped out of the present moment of awareness into the delusional world of belief in some imagined past or future. There is no imaginal value in something that is not real. When one is forced to abdicate common sense rooted in the present moment, then one has no feedback to understand and know from the experience whether it is rooted in love or fear.
Fear and judgment are critical in order to follow along a line of reasoning that is outside of authenticity.
Some interesting links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx5PI93bDyY - DMT - The Spirit Molecule - Documentary Interviews Part 1/5
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/michael_pollan_gives_a_plant_s_eye_view.html - Michael Pollan gives a plant's-eye view on TED. Some interesting perspectives most are blind too.
http://www.world-mysteries.com/newgw/cosmicserpent.htm - The Cosmic Serpent - By James Narby
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g - RSA Animate - The Empathic Civilisation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsClde6krxM&fmt=18 - Actor Will Smith's wisdom
SPACE.com -- Runaway Star Flees Birthplace at Breakneck Speed I would like for you to consider a different perspective on stars. Stars are birthed from the center of galaxies, from the womb of God/Goddess and as such they are the offspring of the divine. This particular story is about one such star being pushed out from the enormous electromagnetic fields it shared with its siblings and as such moved out on its own to form its own solar system. What does this say about consciousness and do we have a shared consciousness with our own sun? I would say we do and that our solar system is a morphogenetic field as postulated by Rupert Sheldrake. This field is also part of the larger field of the whole galaxy we are nestled within.
If you want to sing out, log in (amanda & co. in L.A.) - This video has a really profound message. I watched the movie Harold & Maude and this Cat Stevens song really struck me. Sometimes a song is just a song, until it has a deeper context revealed through a story that touches you.
Here's an interesting experiment:
Want to become aware of how entrenched patterns are in one's consciousness? Switch your computer mouse to the other hand, and watch what happens as you use your computer. It gives one a good idea how other patterns entrench one's authentic self. Habits deaden awareness! Awareness is not a habit nor a belief! Go into the control panel of your computer and click on the mouse icon and click on the box for Switch primary and secondary buttons.
On another note:
I recently reconnected with my old high school friend Tris Legacy and we were both amazed that we had gone different paths yet came to the same place. It has been warming to find a kindred spirit. You will find a few of his insightful quotes below mixed in with my own and others.
"People are like beautifully wrapped presents that never get opened. Beneath the surface lies a box with the most wondrous gift inside." - Sherman Buck
"A teacher of fear can’t bring peace on Earth. We have been trying to do it that way for thousands of years. The person who turns inner violence around, the person who finds peace inside and lives it, is the one who teaches what true peace is. We are waiting for just one teacher. You’re the one." - Byron Katie
"The distillation of love into genius is fool proof." - Tris legacy
"Happiness is no more an accident than pregnancy - we just need to come to our sense of wonder more often."
- Tris Legacy
"I have never seen anything so beautiful as an unadulterated child. Fun loving without remorse, without regret, without retaliation. What happens to adults... from what do we hide (aside from the self and others)?"
- Tris Legacy
Most react to clouds bringing rain with negativity, but they bring sustenance that is essential to life and they are teaching us how to let go of our emotional waters that humans hold onto from fear of letting go. Letting go would release all that is behind the mental dam of intellectualized fear." - Sherman Buck
"A change in the collective does not happen until the change happens in the individual. The individuals make up the collective. This is why we are here. We are looking at the collective insanity and seeing how it works, and that is the first step in liberation." - Eckhart Tolle
"Words can only trigger awareness, they are not awareness itself, experience itself, and yet the many continue to inhabit the imaginal mind of words/knowledge as if it were experience itself, by incessantly recreating the same habitual thoughts of past/future contexts, wrapping it around their being for comfort, not realizing it's a prison."
- Sherman Buck
"Respect can arise naturally when we open our eyes and our hearts to another human being, and recognize that he or she is much more like us than we had thought. Recognizing our shared humanity compels us to treat others as we would be treated, ensuring the continuance of life. But respect is also a powerful tool that c...an be developed and practiced even when it does not come naturally." - Global Oneness Project
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Respect is an imperative that guides our actions and protects the integrity of our relationships." - Sherman Buck
"Peace is prosperity's child." - Tris Legacy
"When one looks at all this destructive force being used in the mane of peace, it sheds light on the level of fear and self-loathing and self-hatred that is the driving force of the creative force. Creative energy is what it is, and the divine leaves us to learn how to wield it with the heart. For one in the head to say that they have brought peace to the world is a misnomer, rather it has brought obedience to the master's whims. Obedience to another is the lack of awareness of one's own sovereignty and responsibility to express their divine authentic nature in order to wield their own sword of divine love in the creation of harmony and balance in the world." - Sherman Buck
"The cure for heart impairment is to wake up to the realization that all that thinking and inner dialogue for the most part is completely unnecessary and nothing more than a mirage of future and past tripping designed to distract you from experiencing something greater within. In doing so you become the observer. If you are observing then who/what is doing the incessant thinking/chattering?" - Sherman Buck
"Helen Keller was deaf and blind. The many who can see, hear, and speak, have a greater affliction called heart impaired."- Sherman Buck
"All major religions carry basically the same message. That is love, compassion, and forgiveness. The important thing is they should be part of our daily lives." - Dalai Lama
"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin."
- Ivan Turgenev
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller." My response to her quote: "And there are those who have eyes to see and ears to hear and who can speak, who are the poorest of the poor pretending their hearts are open with a lot of nonsensical thinking."
- Sherman Buck
"Ignorance cannot continue to ignore the obvious. At some point the obvious slips past the ignoring and presents itself"
- Sherman Buck
"A dog cannot continue chasing its tail tirelessly" - Sherman Buck