Talking about asceticism 


Mystics throughout the ages have sworn off, given up and ceased the pleasures of the senses in order to become closer to their diety. In truth the diety and Self are one. In this light one may deprive the senses in order to realize the true self. From retreating to caves, cabins, temples or Ashrams seekers have realized God, the Tao that cannot be named or Buddha nature. Whatever we Earthlings name the Divine, seeking “it” has been written about and studied since either existed.

I was speaking with my daughter recently about spirituality. Her comment was ” I didn’t think anyone did that anymore”. Even though she regularly attended Yoga classes. I mentioned that Yoga meant union with God but I m not sure she heard me. Many but not all western instructors and then students who participate in Yoga assume it’s the stretching of body parts. In any event, I wondered if the idea of spirituality becoming extinct was only my daughters opinion? Does the fact that our electronic gadgets, the current world smorgasbord of appeals to the senses along with the lighting fast change going on all around us blind us to the idea.

There is nothing so blinding as perception.    -ken wapnick

Our perception is continually bombarded with images and sounds. Keep up or get run over and better get yours before it’s all gone attitudes prevail. The idea that we are all one, connected into the Unified field has debatebly been proven. This idea either has not permeated the culture or everyone may always be engrossed with getting their share.  This is how it’s been for ages. The fact that we are one with nature and our brother, are comical to most in this day and age. Yea, yea, I’ve heard all that before, is the reaction of a majority. However together with a strong movement of Spiritual seekers across the globe as well as awareness of the destruction of the planet there is potential for change.

 The outside world is a reflection of the inside condition of the state of mans mind.

This world is so old that everywhere you stand someone either died or was buried there. Twenty-five thousand people die every hour. Twenty- five thousand six-hundred are born every hour. This apparent world is a field of flowers arising, flowering and then decaying to make room for the next. It’s been going on for longer than anyone knows.

 

All that arises passes away, this I know!

Will the earth and its inhabitants pass away also, and if so when. I suppose it’s inevitable. In the context of eternity time is a mere dot. Time is the distance between cause and effect. That is, the illusion of what we have attempted to create “time” is the distance between our eternal Self and the identity we have created or the “me” we have come to believe we are.

Tibetan Zen Buddhist practice the art of dying. In the Tibetan book of the dead these techniques are outlined.

The opposite of Love is fear, but what is all encompassing has no opposite. What is everything leaves room for nothing else. Love is the removal of all fear, including death. Do not fear death but prepare and embrace it when it comes. This fear of death is one element of Socrates teachings. He would place a skeleton by his students side and say in effect- look right at it. That’s YOU! When we feel as though we have nothing in common with our brother,  think about that. We all have a great deal in common with each other. We come from and end up in the same place, and not too far from now.  With this fact one might see Everything in a new light. I have nothing special that you do not have, however I have focused like a laser beam on the ethereal unseen for many years. Once in meditation I was taken out past the Omniverse so that I could look back and see that this entire Cosmos of matter is merely a fabrication utilizing mental constructs. Simply-it’s ALL mind. Time as well is only an idea. At some level you certainly know this as well. How might one use this knowledge. Inevitably we all consider the point of being here? With consideration of the declaration that space and time are illusions, what is the purpose.  Practically speaking, what good are these concepts to us today. Let’s look at an idea together.

 Every decision one ever makes will stem from what he thinks he is! 

I won’t go through what that statement means to me, rather I would like to invite you to take it with you. Examine it, talk about it, use it. See if it serves any use for YOU. What might you be in reality vs what you have come to believe you are. This is how all true science operates. Imagine an idea then seek to find out if it holds true for you. This is only slightly different as it is the science of your mind. Our experience is the final test.

Back to Zero Everything

By Alex Williams
  
It seems so obvious really. And you know this. Just a reminder. 

 We have all created these characters called “me”. Then furiously rush around gathering and seeking in order to add to that fictional character. Of course we then get lost when we realize we have created nothing from nothing and it leads to nothing. However there is a turn right back down the road we can still make. It leads to being fully human. Some call it whole mind, Buddha nature, whatever we earthlings might call it, call upon it now! It’s being fully organically physically Human. I see it as the highest art form of the earthling.   

  It has nothing to do with the attachments and prisons of the world. It doesn’t watch the news although it can. It focuses on being while doing. It finds happiness inside of the doing. The form varies infinitely. It doesn’t sit in a cave and meditate although it might. It’s never lonely or alone. It doesn’t throw its pearls before swine because it doesn’t know “swine”. Expression is an outlet and in this there is no contempt or judgement, it’s all applauded. It just entertains itself. This or that is fine. Happy in the Sun or rain, waves crashing or calm, it remains unaffected. Content in poverty or gaining riches. It’s not stale and it’s not still although it can be. Love- yes it’s ALL love- that’s all it is, nothing else. Not graspation copulation although it might. It never gets lost, never is in conflict. It’s the happiness and freedom of getting out for Summer break. Every nights a Friday night and every day a Saturday. It’s every moment. It’s the complete undefinable paradox of the Omniverse. Why? Because it’s not going anywhere. It is the other side, THIS is the OTHER side. This is IT! It does nothing and leaves nothing undone. It has no name and every name. It is your daughters children and your grandfathers mother. It’s all and nothing. It’s the unified field, the Holy Spirit, God and the MOTHER of all of these. Get in it, waller around, get the smell of it on you, take it with you to nowhere.  

 Stick with me- I’ll teach you nothing!

The echoes of the laughs

Popping of the fire

Tires crunching over the gravel

Colored leaves fall

Tree shadows grow long into the night

I’ve got to enjoy it more somehow

It’s precious value has faded

Already can I see the future when I look back and only then notice what I missed

Even knowing that, I can’t seem to change it now

Why can’t I be in it now as its happening

I can be and I AM

Setting The Goal

By Alex Williams 

 This is a revealing image. I’ve seen many of us swimming upstream and I might have spent some time doing the same. On the other hand it reminds me of a friend I know who is always bragging about adding six months to his life by jogging. I have to giggle every time he mentions this. I don’t want to tell him he’s spending them jogging.

  
Now profoundly serious, I would like to make a statement here. Keep in mind it’s just one aspect of a cornucopia of choices one is offered here on this dimensional plane. This plane is composed of laws. We might say that the Universal field is on auto pilot. One of the premises or one of these laws works in this way. I think we all know this one but do we utilize it? 

 “I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me: I ask for, and receive as I have asked.”

                                            – ACIM

It says that whatever you look for you will find. Whatever you hold in your heart and seek you will realize. This has been stated in many writings in many different ways. You and I might want to experiment with this and see if it is true. I have and it is for me. An old adage says ” be careful who you wish for because you just might get it”. With that in mind, refine just what it is you are seeking. I have spent a great many years researching and looking at this process of defining what I wanted. Traveling down dead end dirt roads, making u-turns, and getting stuck in the mud. My goal in this article is to teach on the basis of what I want to cement in my learning with the realization that what I teach is teaching me: and to pass on this to another in order that he may save time by my coming before him or her. With that in mind I will state again: define what it is that you want. Set the goal. 

  

 What might save you time is the notion that whatever you believe you seek is merely a symbol for what you truly desire. No matter how I boil it down, I find that what I seek is Peace, love and Joy, which all are attributes of happiness. In other words they all go together and are not realized without each other. What am I saying here. Seeking anything outside of your being will bring nothing. Why? Because nothing from nothing leads to nothing.

There is no object, person, place or circumstance that can bring you anything, joy or sadness. In fact there is nothing outside of YOU at all. It is our thoughts alone that bring us pain. We might even expand that to say, it is our thought system alone that will decide our experience. Below or underneath our thought system lie our values and beliefs. These beliefs are mental constructs or filters in which we see the world. I want to say right now that they must be torn down and shredded that is, if your experience in this dimension is not working for you. If that is the case even slightly, don’t feel to upset about it, most experiences here are not working. The learning that we have allowed the world to teach us is all inside out and backwards. The great news is it can be changed or transcended. 

 To summarize those last few lines: its not the person, object or place that brings you joy, it is your belief anything outside of you has the power to cause anything. The Buddhist have a saying ” even you happiness is Dukka”. The new puppy we bring home today already contains within it the suffering of losing the dog a short time later when it dies. What I am trying to say is that there is a happiness inside you right now that is not circumstance dependent. There is nothing outside of your mind that needs to happen to bring it about. It is being happy for no reason. It arises from within, from nowhere and radiates all around you.   

  Also what I have stated is that if one’s beliefs are not bringing happiness they can be swapped out or traded. Much like a computer can be updated with a more efficient software package. I was raised with a strong work ethic, that is I taught myself if I wanted to be happy I would have to struggle and suffer long hours working in order to; get married, buy a house, raise children, save for a 401k …….Moreover I was taught to follow like a sheep in the footsteps of all of the preceding generations. One time I was in the kitchen at Thanksgiving. My sister was cooking the turkey and it was time to bring it out of the oven. She did this with a small audience watching in the kitchen. My daughter noticed that the end of the turkey was cut off and asked why. That’s how we do it here, she was told. But why, she asked. My sister looked at my mom and asked the same question. Apparently my mother had been taught the same way. My mother went and asked asked her mother why it was done this way in our family. My grandmother said that she cut the end of the Turkey off because her baster was only so long, not long enough for a large turkey. What am I saying here. Look at everything you do and ask why. Trace it all the way back to the beginning. In my circumstance I could have asked; why do I have to get married and have children and so on. Research and analyze why it is that you do what you do. 

Think about what you are thinking about. 

Ultimately one must end up telling the mind what to think. This may sound strange but try it. Or not.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.         -Buddha dude

  

Watch the mind. If the goal is happiness then an unhappy thought does not serve your goal. Simply throw the thought out. Notice how the mind will attempt to bring up all kinds of events that happened in the past. Another place it likes to live is in the future, Things will get better tomorrow. When this happens one needs to have a mantra that he believes in ready such as, If not now when or what if this is as good as it ever gets. We have to come to see that it can never get any better than right now. If we don’t see this we will live in past memories and future imaginings. 

 One thing I consistently behold in this world is that people are unhappy, they say they want help but when an idea is suggested it is heavily resisted. It appears that they simply want the world to change to fit them. In effect they think, if this person would only behave the way in which I feel they should or if only this list of events would take place then I could be happy. This is not anything new, we have all probably seen this in ourselves or others. I suppose I am just now really seeing and experiencing this again as I attempt to help others when they ask. We say we are not satisfied with life but we think incorrectly that it has nothing to do with our thoughts. Denial is the deadliest form of unhappiness. I see how relevant the Bible story still is today in which the man addressing Jesus ask what else he could do to enter LIFE. Jesus responded “sell all of your possessions, give the money to the poor and come follow me.” The man went away disappointed, for he was a wealthy man. We want to enter the happiness of true life, but we want to do it our way. 

 I attended AA for a number of months. One of the elements of that system is to have a sponsor. I saw over time that many of the sponsees would ask for help but when it was offered they simple began debating the advice or simply never followed it. When we ask for a guide it must be up to us to follow. What causes us to resist is of course change. We want everything around us to change but not ourselves. This is why many spiritual thought systems are of value. It forces us to change to fit a different thought system. 

Choose One Follow it, then shed it!

Like the Caterpillar transforming into a Butterfly the mechanism must ultimately be shed. Why? One of the dangers of a thought system is becoming identified with it, forming rigid belief constructs and them projecting them onto others. This is of course has been the basis of many wars etc. Every thought system is a trap. Every spiritual practice or psychoanalysis mechanism must be transcended in the end. You will know when the end has come, Your mind will simply become free or whole and you will know.

Regarding relationships

I can see that the best shortest route to helping someone is to see them as completely, eternally perfect beings. what does that look like? One simply overlooks all error, personality and ego. If one is called by another apparent consciousness to help, this must be regarded to him as a call for love and NOT a call to point out all of the error you may see to that person. Every call to you can simply be put into two different categories, a call for love or an offer of love. Let’s say that someone is in the middle of a bad break up of a relationship. Over and over they state all of the reasons for that breakup and the pain they are experiencing. What might be your reaction? There are a smorgasbord of possibilities however I see that the only viable one is to continue to see that person as perfect. To see past the error and view the consciousness as before the error of the creation of the ego and all of it’s difficulties. If this ability has not been realized in you as yet, you might even comment either out loud or to Yourself “That’s great”! What do I mean by this? If you have not heard of the “Peace Pilgrim” stop right now and look her up. There are a few youtube videos and articles out there regarding her. In one conversation I heard an interviewer ask her what she did when she had a problem, her comment was that she enjoyed problems because she took them as an opportunity to knock herself back on course. This is how it is in this relationship classroom called earth. Problems are a wakeup call that can allow us to get back on course.fractal If this world is a reflection of your state of mind, that is, an outside picture of an inward condition, then a perceived problem is an invitation to wake up to what the state of your mind is. Ask yourself, where am I right now, what is my state. I can always tell when I have drifted off the correct track or path of my mind because I no longer feel joy. Any worry, anxiousness or unhappiness is a sign that I have thought an incorrect thought or pictured a series of fearful images which is exactly what we do with thoughts. We turn them into images and believe them real. Thoughts in pictures are not real and have no reality, this is called image making and replaces true vision. By pointing out to another that the issue they are going through is a wonderful opportunity to learn this lesson correctly once and for all in the classroom of life we change the purpose of life. Now we have a meaningful goal. Everything is now seen as an opportunity and not another dread repeating itself.

Finally my goal is to walk around this world with one word ringing through my mind. That word is extraordinary. Indeed if one is not in awe consistently then he is not paying attention or is engaged in image making or the cornucopia of illusions that the mind engages in. In reading about all of the recent clinical trials being conducted regarding Psychedelics and their potential use in treatment of all sorts of ailment including depression. When the elements are given to the patients the brain scans show a marked decrease in the subjects brain activity very similar to that of skilled meditators. Exactly how this all works I will not attempt to fool you into thinking I know. I will say that in the ancient spiritual text it is said that driving around in the neighborhood of your mind is the source of suffering. Get out of your mind as frequently as possible. That is until one masters his mind, which is one aspect of what I believe we are here for.  

-Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

-However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act upon them?

Mind over Matter

This is Big Al Will-I- Am,  broadcasting live in high digital perceptual streaming, on the One Mind broadcast network, which is everywhere you want to be.

Mind over matter- yes. Pyramids, Stone-hinge, nuclear fission, the Internet, Jesus raising the dead and so forth. Well let’s look at the idea of matter. I mean no one can even find it. What are we down to now- quarks, Higgs-Bozon’s,  positive and neg charges of quarks, I’m no expert. I suppose we will keep going until we find some sort of base. For now matter does not seem to exist. I am told that our individual and collective consciousness formulates particles into objects based on our beliefs about our reality. Can we change our core genetic beliefs at all or enough to actually see a change. Seems like it could and will be done over generations.

Just to restate clearly what I am looking at with you. Earthlings cannot find matter. According to Scientist what our senses inform us of is in question. This is not new data and particularly quite ancient when one studies the spiritual text. It seems it’s based on belief. Can one overcome the mental constructs embedded within the genetic code of the DNA. Not only can it be done,  it has. This is the transfiguration one undergoes such as the Buddha and the Christ as well as many other ascetics and spiritual seekers through the history. Are we to look upon these historic references in awe or are we to emulate their paths of the middle way and the crucifixion and reserection of the ego body. Why? After careful thorough study of the “matter” many point to the earthling ego as the culprit and cause of the core issues demolishing, destructing and desolation of our dear planet.

 At a different level this is being demonstrated everyday as evidence of earthlings running faster, jumping higher, creating what was thought to be impossible yesterday. Since the formulation of the planet the single cell ameba that says it can’t be done was generally being passed by the one doing it. We have harnessed electricity, created bombs, the internet all the while destroying out habitat. Can we utilize consciousness to create peace. If the outside world is a reflection of our collective minds it would seem a correction is in order. Since all minds are connected, the highest idea is one that says “we must at the least all individually take responsibility for the quality of our thoughts.”

And the men who hold high places

Must be the ones who start

To mold a new reality

Closer to the heart, closer to the heart

The blacksmith and the artist

Reflect it in their art

They forge their creativity

Closer to the heart, yes closer to the heart

Philosophers and ploughmen

Each must know his part

To sow a new mentality

Closer to the heart, well closer to the heart

You can be the captain

And I will draw the chart

Sailing into destiny

Closer to the heart, yes closer to the heart

-Rush

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