We should know If there is intelligent life on earth, within the next 20 years!
You find yourself looking through some online classified advertisements. This one catches your eye.
Subjects, male or female for (1) year study needed.
We have recreated The Garden of Eden. It is obviously within the boundary of North America, the most beautiful place on earth. We will pay off all of your debt and handle all existing responsibilities you may have, forever. You will be placed in The Garden for a period of (1) year. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to be careless, care free and cared for by the natural surroundings. A shelter is provided in a temperate climate. Being a garden, food is provided naturally and in abundance. You may take any name you like. Moonshine, Starlight, Blossom, River, Ziggy and Crystal Rose are already taken.
After reading this you decide to make the call. The application is immediately accepted. You leave and arrive the next day.
This is exactly what happened to me. I sold everything I owned, cut all ties, bought a motorhome and went off in to the metaphorical sunset -to the west. Now, thats just the beginning.
It doesn’t begin with an adventure, it begins with a risk
As I traveled the country alone for two years, many things became apparent for me. For example, I had to set up a reminder on my iPhone. It said “you are free”. It took me a long time to get that into my thinking. Two years later that reminder is still on my phone. This is one example of conditioned thinking. I was taught, or taught myself to look at the world through a lens of extortion. One of my paradigm’s (filter in which I viewed the world) consisted of thoughts such as: can I make that work for me, what can I get out of that. How can I profit from this. Conditioned thinking, which is based on our belief of what we think is valuable, can become like the grooves in a record. To notice this as well as how the ego mind works is the beginning of awakening. If we fail to spot or learn its mechanisms, it will continue to trick us. One way this can be learned is to sit down and shut up.
It occurred to me that if I had gone this far then why not go all the way. What do I mean by this. I had quit the world, why not quit everything else. Quit eating, quit drinking coffee, quit sex, quit thinking. I would go into my mind to train my soul to play with me. I had nothing, therefore nothing to lose.
I had read all sorts of historic accounts of Ascetics, Sages and Yogi’s sitting in mediation renouncing the world. Why even Jesus had wandered in the desert for forty days and forty nights and then to be tempted by desire. I read similar stories about the Buddha as well. I fancied myself as someone who might benefit in unlearning the world by doing this. I mean historic figures are great, but the point of all of this to me is “It’s your turn now”. Can you bring the ego mind to it’s knees whence you say “I can use you, but you cannot use me any longer”. Can you shut down you hard drive and load a new and improved software package that allows a entirely new world to be witnessed. A new Heaven and a new earth. Pretty tall order!
What can be gained by such endeavors? I don’t want to promote the idea of separation from the world as such, but lets just take a look at what the mains stream is producing. Look at the condition of the world. It is a history of madness! What other creature destroys its habitat, while imprisoning or killing anything that stands in its way. It’s a sad state of affairs. We should know if there is intelligent life on earth in the next 20 years. If we cannot change our thinking, then we will come to realize that our application was accepted, we were shipped off to The Garden Of Eden, but nothing changed. Like the lottery winner who is found a few years later broke and miserable, our thinking must change in order to enjoy the bounty.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vaaaast cosmic arena. Think of all of the rivers of blood spilled by all of those generals and emperors so that in a momentary triumph they can become masters of of a tiny fraction of a dot. -Carl Sagan
If the outside world is a direct reflection of the minds of those whom live in it, and I assure you that this is so, then we must each of us become responsible for our thoughts. Beyond politics or end of the world conspiracy theories and the fascination with the fantastic, there is a Universe of peace. May you find it now.
My mother told me she was responsible for teaching me everything I knew about meditation. Quite surprised I asked, “how is that”? She said, “I was constantly telling you to sit down and shut up”.
One of the things you might find if you decide to take on such an endeavor yourself of sitting in meditation is that the experience of total happiness and peace will be followed by depression and sadness, for no apparent reason. This is the attributes of a dualistic mind. It’s completely natural. However, you might also find that you can become a peak jumper. That is when the crest of joy is reached for several hours and then you recognize yourself falling into the trough of the opposite, you can realize this and just say “know”. Know that this is happening and refuse it.
Ultimately, it is very beneficial to hire a guide. Someone to take you by the hand and walk you step by step, day by day through the labyrinth of the belief constructs you have built, until they are unwound and you are at ground zero. I call this “The Journey Back to Zero Everything. Fortunately each of us was intrinsically created with this very guide. Be still and know that I am God means to recognize that within you.
Beyond all concepts and thinking, there is a field. I will meet you there. – Rumi
PIPO -Peace In-Peace Out