The Transition

 

Few will understand this. Even fewer will care to. Sea La Vie. I like to spell it “Sea” Just because I love the C. Smile and wave while your at the Sea and you might find the son. Words I strongly dislike are:

Slacks – what in the hell, who came up with that – nasty. Trousers and breeches – dungaree’s?

Meal as in , lets sit down and have a nice “meal”. So trite I just can’t stand it.

Top, as in lets go shop for a top. Dreadful!

Meat as in lets have some meat with our meal. I don’t visualize myself as having mastered the english language but I think we can do better than meat. But who cares what I think, Im not sure I even care what I think.

This is where I transition into my new Video and song, written a directed by “me”. Not a very graceful segway. Hey did you see the new seaways. Click on the ad below and i’ll make .30 cents. And yes that’s how fity-cent did “It”.

You know what, I’d rather see this

 

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Focal Point -Focus Like A Laser Beam!

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

–Paulo Coelho The Alchemist

 

Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. However I like to focus on progress and not perfection. How do we make progress in the art of concentration and learn to focus like a laser beam. I’ve been fortunate enough to learn from many masters the different techniques to bring the monkey mind under control. What is the monkey mind? The monkey mind is what most of us deal with on a daily basis. We find thoughts arising that have no beneficial outcome and in many cases are detrimental. Any person that is honest with themselves in taking a look at the thoughts arising will agree that many are not going to bring about enlightening creations into the world. With this in mind what are some techniques one might practice

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Breathing. Now most if not all have encountered a guru instructing the student to come into the now or the Yoga instructor directing the viewer to breathe. The reason this is cliché is because it is one of the most effective methods for learning to focus like a laser beam. A common method is to count to 5 while breathing in through the nose. Hold the breath for a count of 5 and then breath out for the same count. The beneficial results of learning how to do this are so numerous I don’t know where to begin – so I won’t – give it a try or not. I believe with practice you will enjoy some great benefits.

Tis better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles on the field. No one can take it from you, not angels nor demons, not heaven or hell.     -Da Buddha

 

If you happen to give this a try, notice how the mind wanders. I need to do the laundry. I think I have to pee. I have to remember to put the garbage out. I cannot believe that car alarm is still going off. I wonder if I left the dog in the dryer. You will see how difficult it is to direct your mind only to breathing.  We need to think about what we are thinking about, and if it’s not beneficial than we should learn how to redirect our mind. Existential detectives and redirectors. If we are not in control of our thoughts then this is a serious problem. Stress, envy, jealousy, health problems and depression stem from the inability to focus on what brings peace, love and joy. Thought alone is the source of all sadness, depression and also happiness and peace. This is heaven or hell- you get to decide. The world is completly neutral.

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The quality of your life is truly derived from the thoughts you think, change your thoughts, change your life. And so changing your thoughts- just like rebooting a computer is a concious decison that requires one to focus like a laser beam. Who is the instrument, the music and whom is playing it?  

To reiterate, consider taking 15 minutes first thing in the morning and the last thing at night to focus on your breathing. This helps train the mind. A undisciplined mind can accomplish nothing. A disciplined mind can accomplish anything.

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A Painting I just finished on wood panel. Lets call it “Pain in the neck”

 

Sticks And Stones Can Break My Bones…

Do you recall this one from early childhood -sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me. I thought it was for the weak and a pretty silly quote. But still in todays world, if one looks he will see that it is a lesson many have not understood. The false self in each of us is proud and defends any perceived attack with attack. Pride is the first stumbling block for man. When the ego is reduced or obliterated there is nothing more to defend. Eliminating pride may be the first step toward ego reduction and elimination. This article would be about correctness verses happiness. A question we can ask ourself is “do I want to be right or happy. Do I want to oppose and be against or do I want to smile and say, right on. If someone were talking to you about devil worship and mentioned that one of the premises included the idea that everyone must be responsible for their own state of mind. Could you just smile and say -right on, or would the pride in you be ready to spit back all of the reasons the other person was incorrect.

Sticks and stones can break my bones but Chinese throwing stars might kill me. Let’s take it one step further. The thoughts that we think determine our experience here. We have some limited control of what happens in our world, but we have full control over our reaction to what happens. If I can remember that one, what more do I need to know. Still if someone is throwing Chinese throwing stars at you run like hell. If they are just throwing words or concepts, no big deal. Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and they’re usually nasty and need to be wiped out. article-2206574-1521593E000005DC-711_634x431

The ego’s plan for salvation centers around holding grievances. It maintains that, if someone else spoke or acted differently, if some external circumstance or event were changed, you would be saved. Thus, the source of salvation is constantly perceived as outside yourself. Each grievance you hold is a declaration, and an assertion in which you believe, that says, “If this were different, I would be happy.” The change of mind necessary for salvation is thus demanded of everyone and everything except yourself.

The role assigned to your own mind in this plan, then, is simply to determine what, other than itself, must change if you are to be saved. According to this insane plan, any perceived source of salvation is acceptable provided that it will not work. This ensures that the fruitless search will continue, for the illusion persists that, although this hope has always failed, there is still grounds for hope in other places and in other things. Another person will yet serve better; another situation will yet offer success.        ACIM Lesson 71

If we care to look right at it, opinions, grievances and beliefs are designed to separate us from each other. They are designed to make the outside more important than the inside, and when that happens -watch out.

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Perfect Synchronicity

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When our Love of life matches the unified fields love for life, we are in perfect synchronicity.

The field is programmed to respond to this Love of Life. How do we get there? By unlearning, by removing the blocks to the awareness of our natural state. The clouds at times block the sun, however if we were flying above the clouds we would see that the clouds are a mere smokescreen that cannot even support a penny. Our blocks are imaginings, built on mental constructs of our conditioned learning in this world. How do we remove the blocks?

When a young elephant was being weaned from nursing the mother,  Circus workers would tie its foot to a stake to keep it from escaping. Try as hard as he could, he could not free himself. As the elephant grew to twelve feet high and two tons, he no longer attempted escape, believing it was hopeless he was restrained by an even smaller rope and stake. Not recognizing his great power due to conditioned behavior, completely based in the past. And so it is with us. The body is a prison for the soul. Like the elephant if we cannot see our imprisonment to conditioned response’s, we will never plan our escape, well be stuck forever tied to a tiny stake on a tiny planet.

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The only question then we must ask ourselves is: What am I conditioned to?

The mind is the brain in action. The brain contains neurons which connect and form pathways of thought. Neurons that fire together wire together. Our conditioned response is controlled by the pathways our neurons fire on. One of the greatest gift of the earthling is the ability to alter these pathways. The ability to be conscious of what we are thinking about is innate and highly developed in humans. In the genetic code of the DNA lies our ability to fight all kinds of dis-eases. That’s right, because our ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago was able to defeat a dis-ease, we now in this day and age can also.  If the point of evolution is to evolve – lets get to it and do our part. If we always do what we’ve always done we will always get what we’ve always got! If one wakes up in the morning and wanders into the bathroom to pee and brush the teeth, then go and make the coffee, get in the car and drive the same route to work……. See what I mean- nothing changes.

Our Personality will never change until we change our personal-reality.                                – Dr. Joe Dispensa

If our conditioned response is creating our reality and with the acknowledgment that we can change our personal reality it must inevitably all boil down to the thoughts that we think! With the correct thought we may bring about a Love of Life that will allow us to experience “Perfect Synchronicity”.

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Looking For A Woman That’s Never Been Born

One green eye, one blue. Let her wear a silver star tatted on her forehead, let her find us another earth, now that we’ve traasahed this one. An astrophysicist on the cover of Hustler – is that still around? A woman who draws an entire row of eeee’s during scrabble and still wins. The devils daughter but dressed in white. If whatever we think about we bring about, then go find her Miss Multiverse. Should keep you busy for a few. A girl that can make a delicate sound of thunder. Produce her in the flesh. While your busy doing all of that, I can pretend not to have time for it. Avoid any confrontations, direct contact and actually have to care. But hey, Im single by choice, just not my choice.

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I  noticed recently that I might be looking for a woman that has never been born in order to not repeat the past. Interestingly enough everything we think is based on the past, is it not. We are all familiar with people who live completely in the past, lost in their memories of long ago, but we usually label such people senile or mentally ill. Certainly we are not among them. Or are we?

In A Course in Miracles one of the lessons ask that I look around the room while I say “I see only the past”  in this book, in this pencil, in this lamp, in these photographs…….It took me several tries and then I was able to perceive that we really do only see the past. I’ve heard several speakers over the years say that we have 60,000 thoughts each day, the thing is, we have the same 60,000 thoughts each day. Now I’ve never counted, so whether that is true I do not know. I will say that once you pay attention to your thoughts you will recognize the same ones coming and going.tmg-article_default_mobile

About three years ago I decided to buy a motorhome and hit the road. I sold everything that would not fit in a motorhome, found a motorhome right down the road that was perfect. She was named Maji the Majestic. Maji, myself and my little dog Mia then hit the road. Long story short. I went out west and sat in the cathedrals of the forest of my mind. I found a incredible peace in nature but more importantly I was able to watch my thoughts. Some thoughts brought happiness but inevitably the same depressing thoughts would come back around. After several months of this I discovered that those thoughts would continue until I brought them up and looked at each one, dismantled them, forgave myself or the person involved thoroughly and then gave that thought to the Universe to burn in the fire of the sun.

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I discovered that when a incident occurs that causes you emotional distress it can put you in a mood. If this mood is held onto  for a long period, i.e.. I can’t  believe they stole from me, that mood can turn into a personality trait. The person that was stole from now is untrustworthy of everyone. We all have become a product of our experiences. We only see the past.

This is just an invitation to take a look for yourself and see what you find. To know yourself puts you on the road to conquering yourself.

A Course in Miracles – Lesson 7
I see only the past.

This idea is particularly difficult to believe at first. Yet it is the rationale for all of the preceding ones.

It is the reason why nothing that you see means anything.
It is the reason why you have given everything you see all the meaning that it has for you.
It is the reason why you do not understand anything you see.
It is the reason why your thoughts do not mean anything, and why they are like the things you see.
It is the reason why you are never upset for the reason you think.
It is the reason why you are upset because you see something that is not there.

Old ideas about time are very difficult to change, because everything you believe is rooted in time, and depends on your not learning these new ideas about it. Yet that is precisely why you need new ideas about time. This first time idea is not really so strange as it may sound at first.

Look at a cup, for example. Do you see a cup, or are you merely reviewing your past experiences of picking up a cup, being thirsty, drinking from a cup, feeling the rim of a cup against your lips, having breakfast and so on? Are not your aesthetic reactions to the cup, too, based on past experiences? How else would you know whether or not this kind of cup will break if you drop it? What do you know about this cup except what you learned in the past? You would have no idea what this cup is, except for your past learning. Do you, then, really see it?

Look about you. This is equally true of whatever you look at. Acknowledge this by applying the idea for today indiscriminately to whatever catches your eye. For example:

I see only the past in this pencil.
I see only the past in this shoe.
I see only the past in this hand.
I see only the past in that body.
I see only the past in that face.

Do not linger over any one thing in particular, but remember to omit nothing specifically. Glance briefly at each subject, and then move on to the next. Three or four practice periods, each to last a minute or so, will be enough.

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