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#75 The Choice for What’s Nearer to Truth

Posted: February 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »

(If it helps to improve your understanding of nonduality, you can exchange every first person pronoun representing the writer/reader here with “this point-of-view”. All other pronouns can be seen in the light of “that point-of-view”. The aim here is to cognize that human interaction is not between separate entities, but point-of-views which play out different stories. If we’re going to try to write while keeping the nouns correct in the context of nonduality, it’d take rigorous effort so I’ll just say what I think in the simplest manner.)

I’ve recently responded to the comments on post titled “#73 Non-Duality, By Greg Goode”.

After considering it, I thought it would be good to turn the response into a new post.

See many people who read this blog may probably share the commenters’ sentiments.

Some may ask, “I know that what I do comes as a result of my choice, isn’t that free will?”

Others may disagree, and attempt to exert their will over others.

If the above describes you, this post is for you.

But honestly, I’m really writing this to save myself time from responding to similar comments in the future.

May you find it useful.

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Kirk Crist: for the life of me i cannot understand why the thought ‘i would like to take a walk’ is not one of free choosing. i look at the woods think about them and then i decide to walk in them. i am sorry but it seems to me that many non-dual teachers [greg goode, rupert spira] really bend the laws of logic to fit their premise and therefore their conclusions for instance i freely chose to write and email this opinion now.

Reply:

I agree. With the conventional way of thinking, I couldn’t agree more. The reason why I accepted nonduality is because I’ve eventually inquired far enough.

More often than not, people accept what they have been told, without inquiring further into the truth of a situation. For example – we believe in the free will of choosing what to do. The question is: Where is this free will coming from?

If you think it came from the brain, the brain is just matter. In science, it’s just referred to as a machine that interprets/works with electromagnetic waves. By itself, it’s like a chip in a computer – without electricity, it’s a static object that serves no purpose. If you’d research into the source of matter, you’d find out that everything is energy. Even atom – magnified down into its core, is just energy that appears from and disappears into nothingness constantly. In other words, despite seeing your body as a solid object, emptiness is actually its base. You may even have learned that your body when you’re 30 is a completely different body than when you’re 10. So where is this you who created thoughts?

Then, we have people who believe in the existence of the soul as religions refer to the word. However, are you satisfied with the explanation that free will is generated from the soul? Is it a belief, or is it the truth?

Given the choice, which of the previous two options would you prefer to know more about?

Back to your view about free will. I held the same perception, until I realize how many things are not within my control. e.g. You’re rushing for work. Once you’re out of the home, you realize you forgot your keys. Now, did you, as the person with free will, planned to forget about taking your keys beforehand?

If you believe that you came up with your thoughts, then where do your thoughts come from? Did they – appear out of nowhere? If this is the case, can you prove me wrong when I say that they may not come from the character named as [your name], but is served to you from somewhere?

That they have arisen, but not created?

When you try not to fear, but nervousness still arise, did you will the circumstance to happen?

You mentioned that the few authors above have bended logic to their premise.

What if because of classic conditioning, we have accepted a faulty premise and thus bended all logic?

We can hold on tightly onto our age-old beliefs, which could be based nowhere close to truth. Or we can simply be present and observe, with clarity, what is nearer to it. We can believe a movie is real, or we can see it as it is,
and work on what counts.

All I did was ask questions that allow me to do more of that.

Some people may not want to ask these questions.

And even that, by itself, is not wrong after all.

Because at the end of the day, no one is ever wrong.

It is all perfect.

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Ted Snyder: Just stopped by, by accident, and could not help but feel sorry for you. Please do not continue this ridiculous line of thought. You are wasting your life away with constant thought about thought. I had no idea that there was a group of people wasting time and energy on such thinking. The politicians must love the idea that people would waste their time away in such a fashion. Please for the sake of your own sanity and your usefulness to others stop wasting time and do something. It is plain that you are well read, but you have read all the wrong books and sought for all the wrong answers.
Read the Bible again and this time look for your self there. Then regardless of what you think do something for someone. Bake some cookies for the widow downstairs or volunteer in your local school or take a child to the park, just stop wasting time. Just food for thought.

Reply:

I could almost imagine that if you bump into someone who suffers from anorexic disorders, this might be the comment that ensues:

“Why won’t you just eat? Please do not continue this ridiculous line of thought that you’re fat. I can’t believe you’re wasting your life away with constant thought about being fat. Please for the sake of your own sanity and your usefulness to others stop wasting time and eat something. Regardless of what you think put food in your mouth and swallow it, just stop wasting time. Just food for thought.”

If the speech healed the person on the spot just like that, great job.

But chances are, the commenter would be ignored for being deemed shallow.

I’m asking questions about thought because the answers may potentially solve much of the mental distresses that people are suffering from today.

So that we can have greater understanding about life, to have peace, to have fulfillment in our hearts.

That’s why we have doctors/psychologists/therapists who’re willing to investigate into the causes of physical/mental disorders.

Asking questions to solve the problems that we face.

If the logic still doesn’t appear to you, that’s fine.

On the topic of the bible – my father’s a pastor. I’ve lived decades of years as a Christian, in a strict Christian environment. Surely, I have reasons why I eventually steered away from the book. If you’re interested to know why by any reason, check out my blog post titled “#70 Religions and the Theory of Oneness”. It’d explain more.

In the end – I can only wonder whether the book(s) you’ve read are actually beneficial to mankind, since their affect on you makes me feel yucky.

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In the course of history, the difference of opinions will always be present.

My intention for these posts are meant to inform, and not to push any opinions onto others.

For people who feel the need to push their opinions onto me, I can only say:

Prove yourself right.

Convince me of your truth.

Because otherwise, you’ll only establish evidence in your ignorance.

Anyways, the way I see it –

All opinions are part of the play.

And it looks like, I’ve been writing to entertain it.

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Thanks for reading.


#74 Everything Now Makes Sense

Posted: February 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | 6 Comments »

What is life?

Who created life?

Where did life come about?

It seems that the questions which have always been keeping my curious mind unsatisfied have finally been answered.

And now, I course through life in a more relieved way.

See, remember those moments when you can explain most of something – but not the other parts of it?

For example, like how science can describe to us the natural laws of the universe (e.g. gravity, growth, electric), but could never explain how they first exist?

Or how religions can explain why you’re living on earth, but can hardly give you a factual, convincing & down to earth answer when you ask about the purpose of being alive?

Well, I’m relieved.

Because now, perhaps I could stop being bothered by the countless of questions I have in my mind.

Previously, life has always remained a mystery that I could never figure out.

I’m not saying that now I’ve solved its mysteries, but at the least – I’ve found out how to live with them.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:

An answer that can merge together everything in life,

A hope for the living to grasp onto and
move forward with despite how difficult the circumstances are,

A path that suits those who are honest


Nonduality.

If you have been following my blog for some time, you probably would’ve known some of the reasons why I’ve picked the path of nonduality.

By asking simple questions that point back to the source of all things, we could discover who the Creator really is.

As it is proven by science, all matter in the most fundamental form is created by the compression of energy.

Further investigation can show anyone that energy doesn’t have a defined shape or form – and appears out of nowhere.

Considering these points, one can only wonder how the whole world is actually kept together.

Something, someone, some force, has been allowing all the things in the world to work they way they do.

Although we see each other as separate entities, in the most fundamental scientific sense, we are energy that disappears and appears out of nowhere – the point that links all of us together.

That is why spiritual teachers have repeated that the world as we see it is an illusion.

An illusion convince us that it is true, absolutely true, if we didn’t see the truth behind it with our own eyes.

And this life you and I are living, everything that appears can convince you of its reality – but all of it would only remain illusionary, until you discover the source that made all of their existences possible.

On the path towards finding happiness and leaving pain behind, I’ve tried almost every illusionary way that can provide me with the relief I need.

In their places, I found impermanency.

I found ineffectiveness.

I found inconsistency.

I got tired.

And only when I let everything go, that the answer which had always stared straight into my eyes eventually materialize in my vision.

Ahh!!! After I’ve seen it, I breathed a sigh of relief, followed by one of the most satisfactory smiles I’ve ever expressed. So that is what it is.

Nonduality presented itself to me in such a sweet way, no other explanations about what life is could be sweeter to me at this time and age.

It describes that separation never really exists in the most fundamental sense.

There is no inside, and outside, of you.

You are all that is.

Everything that you see in the world that appears to be separate – they are actually just a play of motion functioning as the world has been directed to function.

You, as nothingness or the consciousness that is aware, was never just a small part of it, but all parts of it.

You could be aware of these words right now, because you are ever observing.

Life could appear to be painful instead of joyful, but as the director who’ve created the play, you were just there to see things from start to finish as you’ve planned it to be.

Seeing things from the point of view of just one mind, perhaps you could never understand life.

It’s like taking a tiny fragment out of a beautiful masterpiece.

The small piece could never paint everything that the big picture is able to convey.

But altogether, it makes sense.

Everything now makes sense.

Your thoughts, which continues to appear out of nothingness, nowhere, is the result of no particular person.

It does not belong to you, the one who has a name, who is seen by others today as a separate individual or figure.

Every idea, every action, every story that has ever arisen does not ever belong to a separate identity.

Rather, they all appear from a same place.

Nowhere.

Call it consciousness, God, the Creator – it doesn’t matter.

Nonduality describes that everything happens in accordance to what is.

Therefore, there is no reason for any minds to worry.

For, who they are is making sure that the play is performed perfectly.

Once again, looking at the tiny fragment of the picture – the mind may struggle to be satisfied.

But seeing the big picture, nothing ever needs to be said.

It is all beautiful.

It is all perfect.

Being consciousness, the awareness of everything completes the show.

Nothing ever needs to be pushed, for it all happens despite control.

Nonduality describes that if you like this post, it’s not because you liked it.

Rather, it’s because the thought of liking this post arose within your mind.

The character’s mind whose name is [your name].

It’s a pretty fun perception of life isn’t it?

Puppets talking to other puppets about being a puppet.

All while the master who pulls the strings stays one and the same.

It’s the perfection in the creation of this world that made this illusionary world we live in seems so real.

If we can understand that, we can begin to receive better the understanding of nonduality.

In nonduality, God is perfect.

As is you, and everything in the world.


#73 Non-Duality, by Dr. Greg Goode

Posted: February 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | 6 Comments »

(These articles when read slowly can give you a much, much clearer understanding of their message than if you were to just skim through the words. I hope you’ll find them entertaining. Please enjoy.)

No Separation

Years ago, there was lots and lots of vigilance in my life. Before and during spiritual seeking, I wasn’t badly suffering or in pain or unhappy with circumstances in life or stuck in dysfunctional patterns. Instead, I felt a deep sense of loneliness, alienation, lack of fulfillment, and a strong yearning from the heart and mind to know “What is it all about? What is the purpose of life? What happens after? What are all these mystical truths that are spoken of? Where is fulfillment to be found?” I was very vigilant about it.

Going back 30+ years, I tried many, many different paths, from Ayn Rand’s icy “Rational Selfishness” to the strictness and ecstasy of Born-Again Pentacostal Christianity. Years later, this all settled down to an intense inquiry.

For about 5 years, one question kept itself rooted in front of me. “What is the core of me?” I couldn’t help it – I’d ponder this in every spare moment the mind wasn’t engaged in something else. It was a sweet and relentless yearning. I really wanted to burrow into the deepest secrets of this. After a few years, the question refined itself. “What or where is this choosing, willing entity that seems to be in evidence?” “Is that the me?” “But where is it?”

The answer came one day while I was reading a book about consciousness. I was standing on the Grand Central subway platform during the evening rush hour, and the answer came. It didn’t come as a conceptual statement like “It is ABC.” Rather, it came by way of the world and the body imploding into a brilliant light, and the willing, phenomenal self thinning out, disappearing in a blaze of the same light. No separation was experienced; no time or space was experienced, yet I knew myself as the seeing itself. All “willings,” “desirings,” “thoughts” and other mentations were deeply experienced as spontaneous arisings in awareness, happening around no fixed point or location. And it wasn’t personal. Not only the entity “Greg,” but all apparent personal entities dissolved.

Out of nowhere, lightness, sweetness, brightness, and a fluidity of the world became qualities of everything, and became one with all experiences. My long-standing question had vanished along with what I had believed was “me.” There arose resiliency, joy, and an untouchable happiness.

This experience uncovered the realization that without the conceptual structures that make things seem real, there is no presumption of a separate center. There is no suffering and no basis for suffering. There is no feeling that things should be different than they are. This is a sense of peace far beyond what happens when we get what we dream about.

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Free Will and Freedom

The question of free will is from the perspective of the person. Does the person have free will? Many of the person’s actions are forced or determined by factors over which it has no control. Some of these actions are accompanied by the feeling of being lived, of being in the flow, in the “zone.” People often count these as the best times. But are at least some of the person’s decisions and actions freely chosen? To establish free will, as is discussed in Philosophy 101 classes everywhere, it is not necessary to show that every action is free. Even one free action would be sufficient.

Case 1:
“Will that be coffee or tea?”
“Hmmm, let me think…. I’ll have tea, thanks.”

Case 2:
(Thought bubble rising:) “I’d love to take a walk in the beautiful woods. I’d like to surround myself with peace and serenity and inquire into my true nature.” (Putting on hiking boots, opening the camper door and stepping out), “Here I go.”

From the perspective of the person, if the decision process is not analyzed, the actions and decisions in both cases above seem to be perfect examples of free will. Upon analysis however, a free action and a free chooser cannot be found. A thought comes, followed by a desire, followed by a decision, followed by an action. Tracing backwards, the action is controlled by the decision, the decision is controlled by the desire, the desire is prompted by the thought. The thought arises spontaneously, itself unbidden, un-asked-for, unchosen. First the thought is not there, then it is. Nowhere in this process can a free will be found. Nowhere can a freely-acting chooser be found.

It is even too much to say that the actions, decisions, desires and thoughts can control or prompt each other. These cause-and-effect dynamics are not even observed. Rather, they arise as inferences and conclusions about what happened, that is, they arise as thoughts that rise and fall.

In something like Case 1, the decision might even be accompanied by a small feeling of freedom, lightness, and spaciousness. And maybe also accompanied by a thought, “I’m choosing tea but I could freely choose coffee instead.” But the feeling of freedom and the thought “I could” also arise unbidden. That is, the feeling of freedom is not freely chosen.

The person is not the locus of freedom.

The person and the rest of the world cannot be found apart from the awareness in which all things appear. The person, the mind, body and world arise as thoughts, feelings, and sensations. These are nothing other than objects in awareness, and are nothing other than awareness itself. The person does not experience; the person is experienced. As awareness, we are That to which these objects appear. Thoughts, feelings, sensations – these objects arise from the background of silent awareness, they subsist in awareness, and they slip back into awareness. The awareness in which they appear is not itself an object but the background of all objects. It is our true nature. But the objects come and go unbidden, without autonomy. They are powerless and cannot do anything on their own. Objects cannot possess or contain freedom.

Is there freedom?

The silent awareness in which all objects appear is the true nature of all things. Awareness says YES to everything. Even if a NO arises, awareness says YES to the NO. Awareness is without resistance, without limits or edges, without refusal and without obstruction. Awareness is not free, it is freedom itself. What we truly are is not the person but this awareness, this freedom.

The person wants to co-opt this freedom, to own it, to behold it, to be present to use and enjoy it. But in spite of this desire from the perspective of the person, the person can never own That in which the person appears.

What about teachings that emphasize free will?

Entire religions and ethical systems are based on this idea. Ramana Maharshi told a questioner that all actions are determined except the ability to inquire into one’s true nature. Isn’t Case 2 above different from Case 1?

Sometimes teachings and exhortations about personal freedom are a beautiful, effective and necessary step for freedom from the idea of being a person. A person who prematurely adopts a “no-free-will” teaching can lapse into depression and antinomian behavior. “You have to be someone before you can be no one.” The teachings on free will borrow from the freedom that we are. Among the many objects that arise in the mirror of awareness, some objects arise as images of mirrors. These images are taken as representations of their source. Like a mirror appearing in a mirror, Ramana’s teaching serves as a pointer to freedom. Case 2 is not different in this respect from Case 1. As objects, all cases and their characters, and all teachings and all discourse (even this one!) are not themselves free or self-powered, but they arise from freedom and consist in freedom.

The person is never free.

As awareness, we are never bound.

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Physical Objects Disappear!

George Berkeley’s THREE DIALOGUES BETWEEN HYLAS AND PHILONOUS is a remarkable book. It is a short, well written set of dialogues, arguing in exemplary style that there can be no external physical objects which are somehow perceived by our sensory apparatus.

And over 20 years ago, it had the most amazing effect on the globality of my experience.

Who is Berkeley? You know that old philosophical question about the tree in the forest, would it make a sound if no one were there to hear it? He’s the guy in the 18th century who answered “No.” Berkeley argued tirelessly that there is no external physical substance. Our thoughts do not point to external objects like rocks and automobiles. Rocks and automobiles do not cause our thoughts.

When I was in grad school going for a philosophy doctorate, my teacher Colin Murray Turbayne was acknowledged as one of the world’s great Berkeley scholars. But to get a good grade in his class, you could never write anything against Berkeley. So we had to study Berkeley really carefully, because his ideas sounded so utterly unintuitive, crazy really. But after several months, they began to make sense.

One day after a lot of reading, Berkeley’s arguments crystalized, and it felt like a fog cleared from my mind. The feelings and convictions about supposed external objects vanished! The concepts of material substance and the attandant inside/outside distinction vanished. Nor were they necessary to explain our experiences. I was shaking with excitement, and not just because I thought I’d now get an “A” in Professor Turbayne’s class.

I went to Professor Turbayne’s office. He instantly saw that something was different. He looked questioningly at me, and I could only nod. He smiled and said, “Aha! Now go write about it!”

Since that time, over two decades years ago, the inside/outside disctinction has been useless to me. The notion of “material substance” has been just like the notion of “Santa Claus.” And amazingly enough, the dissolution of these notions has made it easier for me to interact in what is often called the physical world. Because I haven’t seen anything as physical for decades, there has been no fear factor. I learned to rollerblade and ride a bicycle with no brakes in the traffic-filled streets of New York City.

Perceptions that are usually called “physical” occur as a kind of language that has no inside or outside, where each concept refers to other concepts in a growing and consistent way. But there’s nothing Out There to which any of these ideas refer.

In my case, it was an excellent shake-up, like a mental Vege-matic blender, preparing me for non-dualist teachings.

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To know more about Dr. Greg Goode and his work, please visit: http://www.heartofnow.com/files/links.html

Physical Objects Disappear!

George Berkeley’s THREE DIALOGUES BETWEEN HYLAS AND PHILONOUS is a remarkable book. It is a short, well written set of dialogues, arguing in exemplary style that there can be no external physical objects which are somehow perceived by our sensory apparatus.

And over 20 years ago, it had the most amazing effect on the globality of my experience.

Who is Berkeley? You know that old philosophical question about the tree in the forest, would it make a sound if no one were there to hear it? He’s the guy in the 18th century who answered “No.” Berkeley argued tirelessly that there is no external physical substance. Our thoughts do not point to external objects like rocks and automobiles. Rocks and automobiles do not cause our thoughts.

When I was in grad school going for a philosophy doctorate, my teacher Colin Murray Turbayne was acknowledged as one of the world’s great Berkeley scholars. But to get a good grade in his class, you could never write anything against Berkeley. So we had to study Berkeley really carefully, because his ideas sounded so utterly unintuitive, crazy really. But after several months, they began to make sense.

One day after a lot of reading, Berkeley’s arguments crystalized, and it felt like a fog cleared from my mind. The feelings and convictions about supposed external objects vanished! The concepts of material substance and the attandant inside/outside distinction vanished. Nor were they necessary to explain our experiences. I was shaking with excitement, and not just because I thought I’d now get an “A” in Professor Turbayne’s class.

I went to Professor Turbayne’s office. He instantly saw that something was different. He looked questioningly at me, and I could only nod. He smiled and said, “Aha! Now go write about it!”

Since that time, over two decades years ago, the inside/outside disctinction has been useless to me. The notion of “material substance” has been just like the notion of “Santa Claus.” And amazingly enough, the dissolution of these notions has made it easier for me to interact in what is often called the physical world. Because I haven’t seen anything as physical for decades, there has been no fear factor. I learned to rollerblade and ride a bicycle with no brakes in the traffic-filled streets of New York City.

Perceptions that are usually called “physical” occur as a kind of language that has no inside or outside, where each concept refers to other concepts in a growing and consistent way. But there’s nothing Out There to which any of these ideas refer.

In my case, it was an excellent shake-up, like a mental Vege-matic blender, preparing me for non-dualist teachings.

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#72 Not Reacting to Content – Eckhart Tolle

Posted: February 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »


May you enjoy this video.


#71 Everything Is?

Posted: February 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | 9 Comments »

I read an interesting quote by author Francis Lucille from a newsletter (The Non-Duality Newsletter – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights) today.

According to the writer:

“Words are what we do to keep the mind busy while the transmission happens in the silence.”

And it makes sense, because recent scientific researches have shown us that the human brain sends out electrical impulses (to form actions) even before the intellectual mind decides to do so.

That as we commit to an action, the process actually seems something more like this:

Brain sends nerve impulses for action.

Mind follows up thinking it was the source.

Brain sends nerve impulses for action.

Mind follows up thinking it was the source.

Brain sends nerve impulses for action.

Mind follows up thinking it was the source.

Now the question then becomes – if everything just happens, as is, even despite the control of the mind…

Then what is individual free will really?

I can only smile at the thought.

Because the answer, the real answer in the end, is truly positive & empowering.


#70 Religions and the Theory of Oneness

Posted: February 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | 8 Comments »

I did some thinking again, in the past few days.

If the world was created out of something, created by the one we refer to as God, Consciousness, the Creator who’s naturally perceived as perfect in every way, would the world in itself be a perfect creation?

I stumbled upon this question because of a conversation I had with a friend.

We came from devout Christian backgrounds, and so we’re innately interested in the concept of God.

But because of our curiosity, we had also questioned the truth behind this almighty religious figure.

What we really didn’t understand, with our logical minds, is –

“Why would our God who is supposed to be perfect in every way, and the most loving amongst all that ever exists according to the bible (he knows everything, is everywhere, has all the power) sometimes act in ways that are less than what a human is capable of?”

From what I learned, people who worship him goes to heaven, and others to the place where they are punished with the worst of punishments for eternity.

Why would a God who has so much love do that to anyone at all?

Why would this God who knows everything (omniscient), created sin for us to commit, and then decides to punish us – for eternity, because of what He has done?

The same goes for the God as referred to by Islams.

I don’t mean any offense for anyone’s beliefs in this post.

That is not my intention at all.

On the other hand, what I really mean to do is bring forth a logical argument that we can ponder over, especially if it could bring more love, peace & happiness into our lives.

As a human, if I were God – I would know that everything acts and exists in the way it is because It Is.

Because I have made it that way, and that is why it exists the way it does.

Now, I’m not saying that I could ever understand things the way God does.

But with the mind that he has granted me, with the consciousness he’d allowed me to have, with the intelligence that he has filled my mind with – it just doesn’t make sense to me why the God as described in doctrinal religions can ever be accounted as the one who is perfect in every way or the most loving of all.

Eventually, I could only arrive at this understanding right now:

That everything in this world is perfect.

See my friend brought up a good point the other day when we were talking.

He said, consider all the things that exists within the Universe.

With its wonder, beauty, amazement – it is only logical that the God who created them is beyond their qualities.

We casually talked about how, if the planets surrounding the sun would have just slipped and gone off its course, disasters would happen.

But they didn’t.

The earth has rotated around the sun for millions of years without ever leaving the track.

With this understanding, we could only deduce that since perfection exists within his creation, the Creator himself must be beyond Perfect – and as such would most likely create existences which are nothing less than perfect in themselves.

If you would, think about this:

Without sadness, would we have appreciated happiness?

Without things that chain our expressions, would we have yearned freedom?

Without the poor, would we have specifically desired to be rich?

It is as if everything that has ever existed was created because they were made to complement each other!

It was as if, everything was made to be perfect since the beginning of time.

I thought about the many people who could offer unconditional love irregardless of what they are faced with.

And then I thought about the God as described by Christianity & Islam.

I couldn’t accept that my God could be less loving than I can be e.g. in the context of heaven and its counterpart – and that is why I’ve decided to put them aside on my path towards happiness.

So we have talked about two religions.

Now what about Buddhism or Hinduism?

First, I have to clarify what I’m referring to as Buddhism and Hinduism:

For me, any religions with statues of worship is disregarded.

But that’s only because I believe that God is above them all (and could just be All) and defining this figure would be like putting a limitation on the Creator.

What many people don’t know is that Buddhism and Hinduism has several (perhaps just two) sides to them.

One is idol worship.

Another side advocates the teaching of Oneness.

What Oneness implies is that everything that exists in this world is actually One and the same.

This means, even as you’re reading these texts out of your computer, you are still the computer and the computer is still you (denoting your true nature, not your character).

So is everything else which ever exists.

The way this can be understood is not by literally taking the words I’ve said above with a logical mind. You would have to understand them from a spiritual sense, following what’s described below.

Another direction which both these religions similarly point to is the concept of Consciousness.

How you could put Oneness and Consciousness together is perhaps by seeing the world in this way:

Everything is actually a play in motion happening at once, only being observed by Consciousness (which is referred to as God).

So even though we are two different individuals, you and I – we are in this context the same Consciousness, only being separated by some condition(s) in the play of Life.

In this case, one can assume that one is simply a character that lives, moves and thinks irregardless of one’s true Self, and that the Self is actually just God  –

Observing.

In this case, the world can be considered perfect in every way.

Even though the character we assume as our Self experiences pains, peace, sufferings, happines or anything, it was actually already meant to be.

The world was created to function in the perfect way (according to God, not our minds) that it is.

As God, you’re really just observing how everything Is.

Of course, not everyone will understand this post at first glance.

Not even I fully understand what I just wrote.

All I know is that I’ve thought about this – and everything I wrote would be how I’d piece the picture of Life together right now if the concept of the Creator, God or Consciousness truly exists.

May this post be informative to you in any way.

Thanks for reading.

P.S. If you want to entertain yourself with questions, here’s one you can have fun with sometimes:

Ask yourself, “Where do ‘my’ thoughts come from?”

Some people will answer, “My mind, my brain, my _____ etc.”

Of course, those answers are mostly correct – when thought upon from the individual/character’s perspective.

But what if you are consciousness itself, only ever observing (or perhaps, maybe, sometimes, influence what thoughts would come up) the character which is called [your name] separately from all other beings that exists?

It’s interesting, huh?

For me, the answer then becomes: “Thoughts aren’t really ‘mine’ per se, but arises out of a field which exists to fulfill that which has always been made to happen.”

You’re rushing for work, you’re out of your door, you forgot your car keys.

Hm… why does the thought that you forgot your car keys appear now, and not before?

Did you, [your name], came up with the plan so it happens that way?

Are your thoughts ‘yours’ (the character’s), or are your thoughts out of someone else’s arrangements in perfect synchronicity?

Of course, this question is posed just for fun purposes.


#69 The Ultimate Secret of Life

Posted: February 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »

I myself can’t really believe what a year can do to change a person.

A year ago, I had great ambition, only with a closed mind.

A year later, I have great ambition, only with a conscious mind.

And that by itself, is actually supposed to be a HUGE change.

I guess this is what spirituality is all about.

It’s about a journey, a series of experiences that changes a person in the way he/she sees the world.

And it isn’t so much about changing your mind, really.

It’s more about changing who you are, and as a result what you do.

As who you are changes, despite things staying exactly the same way as they were, they are now entirely different.

A metaphore that I could come up with right now is:

It’s as if in the past, life is like a very aggressive river gushing you along its stream as it sometimes drown you within itself.

However, now – as a wholly grown person, even though the river carries the same characteristics, your mind, body & soul has functioned in a way that’s much more different than before, that despite being put in the same situation, you are able to remain in control of where & how the stream will float you.

Previously, I thought living a certain ‘way’ of life could make one become happier.

Or that, a certain ‘way’ of life is wrong, and another right.

But what life forced me to understand was that, the path to happiness is actually not a single path, but a combination of ALL paths  as one – that if someone were to be truly enlightened, what he/she has to do is understand and see all of the paths in life, accept all of them as a part of each other, and then decide to live the unique life which is meant for him/her through conscious decisions which are made from him/herself as much as it is possible all of the time.

The tiny little joke here is –

The world will stay the same as it has always been.

But it will just never be the same again.

In the past, the earth may appear to be this dark character always throwing pains, sufferings & torture your way, causing your life to be miserable, never showing you light in the worst of situations.

In the present moment however, with the understanding of how life works and the exercising of this knowledge from within, it may appear more like a nurturing mother perhaps, bright and cheery, always making sure that you are taken care of on your journey towards growth as a human being, rewarding you for your actions as they make her proud.

I guess you might have deduced the key to this message by now.

Because it’s really all about living the same life – only with down to earth consciousness this time around, with power solely belonging to you, with decisions clearly made from within you, and with you knowing what to do in times of trouble (and doing it) because of what you learned from all your painful experiences in the past.

Living with a certain sense of Selfishness, but without the negative side of selfishness, because who you are inside is clear, clarified & wise.

Another thing I learned was:

When life becomes plain, flat or completely depressing, you could always decide on two things to do:

Do nothing, or give yourself some distractions.

Distraction carries with it no negative side, if you consciously choose to be distracted.

Which in this case – can be described as just directing your attention from what’s bad to good.

It could be something like coming up with a big picture of how you want your life to be, and then working yourself towards it.

Any activity that could keep you occupied, and benefit you in terms of something new to learn, a skill to be sharpened, some small fun to be gained, etc.

Or something as simple as looking forward to attending a party or event tomorrow, on the weekends, few more days, preparing yourself for it (shopping maybe?) and so on.

If not, doing nothing until time passes and sends something your way works fine too (just not as good perhaps, when you’re in a bad state).

You could always keep yourself in a state of power and get something out of it, if you’re conscious.

You can always make the world work in favor of you.

Combine everything you have, know or can do, work them in a conscious way that is unique to you, and I believe that you would have retrieved your rights to the ultimate secret of life, to become happy, to live without regrets.

I hope this piece of article has been of value to you.

Thanks for reading.


#68 We, On Earth, Are But an Invisible Speck

Posted: February 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »

How many times in life have we kept ourselves troubled with petty matters that could be brushed off if we wanted?

I won’t describe specifically what ‘petty’ means in this context, because it really depends on where you perceive life from.

If your eyes are shrouded by the waves of life, chances are you could be peeved with the smallest of problems – e.g. allowing negative emotions to take over you for not seeing others act exactly the way you want them to, not having what you want exactly according to your expectations, or not experiencing what you want exactly according to your taste, and etc.

On the other hand, if your eyes are cleared by the waves of life, and you could see life as it really Is – chances are you could live life in a way that no matter what happens, you’ll still be grateful, content or at peace.

It’s not an easy choice to pick between those two circumstances, mind you.

If it is, all of us would have been picked the path of happiness.

But the fact remains that within each human lies this thing called Ego.

What we could safely refer to as the mind, with its own soul.

Now ego has an offer most of us couldn’t resist.

It is a master of preference, who has the ability to give us stories that highly entertain us (with factors usually created by two sides of the extreme, e.g. empowering pleasure/excruciating pain, extreme excitement/depressing apathy, immense satisfaction/raging dislike & etc.) for as long as we choose to feed it with power.

The only down side is – it’s like making a deal with the devil (watched the movie “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”?).

With every pact he makes with you, you are sure to give him more.

He never loses.

What then should we do?

How should we live life in this case?

In the end, which is the way that can fulfill us the most?

The most honest answer I can give you is:

I don’t really know.

But here’s my observation –

Those I know who are most genuinely happy in this world are the ones who are generally more conscious of what truly matters in life.

And the higher they view life from, the lesser problems of all kinds bother them.

After all, human lives, when seen from the edges of the Universe, are but existences that could be easily dismissed.

For descriptive purposes, I think this video can show you a more vivid imagery of the above statement.

May it benefit you in any way – please enjoy: