Thursday, July 29, 2010



You Can Hang On To All The Old Ways of Doing Things.
The Essence of That Is
You Give Your Allegiance To Teaching And Re-Enforcing Fear;

Start The Process Of Letting Go.
By Doing So It Follows Naturally That You Will Begin To Teach And Re-Enforce The Concept Of Self-Love.

Remember This
It's Only A Process
It Undoes Years Of Training.

Fearfulness is An Idea

Fearfulness is an idea and so are you. In perception, everything you experience is an idea.

As you begin to explore your life, it is important to free yourself from the ideas that burden you or inhibit you. There is no right way to free yourself, but in every case the first step is to be willing to look clearly at your perception of how you think things are.

When you can honestly see the effect of a habit, substance or concept, you can offer to the universe your willingness to eliminate it from your life.

Some have used the words "addiction, obsession or compulsion" to describe something their ego believes it must have or do, in order to survive.

This is a useful concept to understand. It applies not only to the physical substances but to behaviours, things, people and beliefs.

All addictions, obsessions or compulsions are imprisoning. It must be remembered that it is not the thing itself that binds you, but your belief in IT and your ego believes that IT is necessary for you to have so you can continue on in life’s journey.

When you attempt to overcome an addiction or obsession or compulsion through sacrifice, by only giving up the thing while retaining the belief that IT is a necessity for you to have faith in to do for you what it has always done, you are not free.

Freedom is attained when you become willing to accept that the thing itself is unnecessary, and your faith in IT is released and turned back into the universe to find ITs way home. At the same time you become willing to search out a thing called spiritual and become involved.

If you are willing to be free, then the Pattern you are living, working in conjunction with a Higher Power, will reveal freedom to you. IT may come in strange ways from places you would least expect it, but it will be shown to you. IT will be yours to act on and you will know what to do and how to do IT, probably even where to do IT; when to do IT is always left up to you. You may not like what is revealed but there IT will be staring back at you waiting for you to do something with IT.

An imprisoning idea is any idea that inhibits your enjoyment of your abundance and or the expression of your creativity or the full experience of God's joy.

Your abundance or the expression of your creativity or the full experience of God’s joy may seem different, but their effect is the same.

Experience Has Taught Me That

Sooner or Later

I will have to deal with the concept that:

“IT Is Waiting For Me

To Do Something With IT.”

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Things I Have Learned While I Sat & Listened

When the trauma in life has been hidden away from our conscious mind for prolonged periods of time, what I have found is that the integration of new information about the past is a deeply disorganizing and disorienting exercise to attempt. Basically it plays hell with my self esteem, that much I know is true.

Mother Nature "knows" when to shut people down who are caught between the rock and the hard place ... Festinger’s theory on Cognitive Dissonance. She also knows when it is time to open people up again, to begin the process of reintegration, to open up those things to the light of day that have been compartmentalized at great cost over the years. It is important to understand that the reopening and shining the light of day into the darker and deeper reaches of the past can be a painful thing to do.

One of my greatest eureka’s came when I noticed that as people recovered their own feelings, their sense of their humanity, they also came to a place of realization about the gravity and the grief from their past that has not been dealt with, and just how inhumane it was to have been them for prolonged periods of time. This was big for me. It is during this period of recovery that people often come to a greater sense of unhappiness and of sadness. This can be very painful and is referred to in the recovery material as the Original Pain work. The end product of recovery is that the individual ends up with more of themselves available to have a life with, with more of their truth(s) at their finger tips, and with more opportunities for an authentic and satisfying life style.

this observation came overtime ... lots of it ...NDT

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Laws of Paradox at Work!

Ask yourself whether you are happy? Then notice that when you do, you cease to be so ... The Laws of Paradox at work!

A long time ago long before I ever considered writing these lines, I made an interesting discovery. At the time it was more of an observation then discovery. It took all the intervening time for me to realize I had made a discovery, I suppose it was the slowest epiphany on record. What I also discovered was that most people in some way shape or form have been aware of it since the dawn of time. Yet, I think the word discovery is appropriate, because even though well known, I had never come across it described or theoretically explained by the relevant branch of higher learning, which in my case happens to be psychology.

So, directly and indirectly I spent the intervening 25 or so years, nearly a quarter century, investigating this elusive phenomenon, directly or indirectly in my practice of psychotherapy.

What I had noticed a long time ago was that happiness is not something that happens at random fault.

This thing has form and it follows rules and they seem to be:

o Happiness does not happen because of good luck or because the fickle finger of fate picks you out for some grand event. No one is special.

o Happiness is not something that can be purchased nor can it be controlled or for that matter caused to occur on command by some grand authority.

o Happiness particularly does not depend on the world about us, although conversely the world about us can affect some of the various outcomes of it.

o Happiness seems to be more an interpretation of the world both about us and within us, all taken in some sort of strange mix or recipe that is constantly changing and is difficult to replicate.

o Happiness, in fact, seems to be a condition that we must be prepared for, that we must cultivate, and then be prepared, if necessary to de¬fend, but not from a place of unity but rather from a place of deep privacyas an individual.

o It also seems that people who learn to work with inner experience(s) will in fact be able to determine the quality of their lives as it relates to having or not having happiness, which, it seems is as close as any of us can come to being happy.

o It also seems a given that we cannot reach happiness by consciously searching for it. The very effort of trying to search for it seems to defeat our every effort to have or possess it.

o Happiness cannot be owned; it can only be experienced.

o Happiness seems to be the process of being fully involved with every detail of your life, subjectively not objectively.

o The key statement in describing the process of being involved in life seems to be as completely as possible, and completely as possible does not seem to depend on any opinion or definition of what is good or bad or how those cognitive markers are held in the mind of the beholder. Just because you are prepared to fight to the death for your beliefs doesn’t mean they are true.

o Happiness seems to occur because of the intensity of the involvement with life and not in the outcomes that intensity seems to want to provide so that it could be easily seen and judged by others.

o Degree of intensity of the involvement necessary to induce happiness will vary from individual to individual as well as situation-to-situation. Thus it follows that degrees of intensity i.e. very intense to mildly intense is not a marker that can determine the outcome of creating happiness. It is just a necessary factor that varies from time to time.

o The Laws Of Paradox seems to effect the outcome of having some or not; for instance: don't aim for it because the Laws Of Paradox will tend to cause you to increase the size and shape of the target you have set for yourself and then at the same time cause you to miss with greater frequency. Something like Chinese handcuffs, the harder you try the more difficult it becomes.

o Happiness and success cannot be pursued for their own sake.

o Happiness and success, to be most effective must sneak up from behind and envelop us ... It is something that happens to us while we are busy doing something else … as the inadvertent, unintentional after-effect of our efforts to simply get on with the business of being ourselves and by doing whatever is next simply because it is there and needs to be done. Then this seems to need to be taken into consideration with the effort made by the individual to be willing to work in the shadow of his or her spiritual self and then deliberately attempting to work with the spiritual forces of the Greater Way of Things.

Again paradox. The Art of Trying Not to Try.

So how can we reach this elusive goal that cannot be attained by a direct route? My practice and practices of the past 25 or so years has convinced me that there is a way.

It is a circuitous path
Of going nowhere the long way
In search of someone who was not lost
And there all along …
It can only begin
With a willingness
By the participant
To want to make the journey.

Feeling Like You Are In Charge Of Life

Feeling like you are in charge of life … having a sense of control … is never easy … sometimes it’s painful.

In the long run, Optimal Experiences can add up to A Sense Of Self and more importantly to A Sense Of Mastery Of Self. These are different places in the psyche and when they are in a healthy ratio … very complementary.

The sense of Optimal seems to be influenced directly by the sense of, and again, the degree of or intensity of, one’s participation in life.

The participation and intensity factor being a determin¬ing factor in the recipe for contentment. Again paradox, because participation in combination with intensity seems to be as close as we can come to actually having happiness in any objective form.

Through my practice I tried to understand and appreciate as exactly as possible how people felt when they most enjoyed themselves, and more importantly, why they were enjoying themselves. My practice involves people from all walks of life, some who could be considered as "experts in their field" … artists, athletes, musicians, chess masters, mothers and heart surgeons, people who seemed to spend their time in precisely those activities they preferred and in the fashion that they preferred. After listening to their accounts of their lives … what it was like for them to do what they were doing, it became apparent that for some, happiness and optimal experiences were interchangeable and formed the basis for an individual’s innate ability to be in sync with the deeper, unseen, spiritual or esoteric aspects of life … The Way Of Things.

There is a quirk that comes along about here in my observations that those who seem to possess this facility of being connected to the Greater Way Of Things do not make it an overpowering overt practice of attempting to be connected. It seems that they just get on with what they are doing, in fact, it seems that whatever it is that they are doing hardly ever gets noticed as being the spiritual but the sense of it seems to be that spirit is ever present in what ever it is that they are doing. For some reason they have it or it has them. This facility is considered by mystics and theologians as the essence of life and sometimes referred to in esoteric literature as the processes of the soul.

An Optimal Experience can be described as that state of mind, body and soul in which the individual is so involved in what he or she is doing that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so amenable that individuals will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of the experience of doing the thing.

Conversely: An addiction is an activity or substance we repeatedly crave to experience, and for which we are willing if necessary to pay a price or negative consequence .

There are pretenders to the Optimal Experience and by this I mean that they don’t seem to have depth of heart. Those who seem to fall under the category of pretender are often defined as being addicted, or being compulsive or obsessive. They seem to be striving for the Optimal Experience but without the sense of soul or without a perception of the spiritual connection. Again Horvath’s definition of addiction rears its head, because it is almost the right recipe but … the soul or the heart aspect is missing. The motivational factor of why we do this … searching out the optimal or searching out the addictive experience … seems to be the same … it is done for the sheer joy of doing it and nothing else seems to matter.

Ask any heroin addict.

So over the past 20 or so years I sat with well over a thousand souls from many different walks of life and I simply observed. My time in the trenches suggests that it does not seem to matter; men and women, young and old; regardless of cultural differences, describe Optimal Experiences in the same way. It somehow has for them the connection to or with a deeper, inner, mystical or esoteric experience; this connection is always reported as being an essential for the process to be complete or full … oddly enough, it does not seem to matter the language or the culture that are used to frame the description of the experience. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Office Worker, Housewife, Trucker, it usually is described in a similar fashion.

I have read and been in contact with other therapist worldwide and they report similar findings. I also understand that a formal research paper was done at University of Chicago and in conjunction with the University of Milan on this topic. The concept of spirit in the therapeutic process has been discussed and argued many times. The concept being a part of the Greater Way Of Things or Being Hooked Up To Spiritual seems to be an intrinsic part of a recovery process. The Introduction Of Spiritual has been found useful by therapists who study the human dilemma … it seems to help people search out their own forms of happiness quotients, life satisfac¬tion formula(s), and fundamental motivation; by anthropologists or recovery counselors who are interested in the phenomena of collective sparkle and rituals. The problem is; the spiritual connection is not just an academic subject; it is a process that needs to be experienced.

The Business Of Any Therapy Practice Is To Provide An Opportunity For The Individual To See Themselves Differently … Thus A Secondary Object Of The Process Is To Provide An Opportunity For The Individual To Be In A Place To Improve Their Quality Of Life; Spiritual Connectedness Seems To Want To Point That Way.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Experience Has Tuaght Us 175 Missing Pieces

#75 - On Seeing Clearly the Fantasy and the Reality

EXPERIENCE has taught us that to mature and heal we must come out from our soul’s hiding place and move out into a world with which we are unfamiliar to face our destiny, whatever that may be.

So it is important to know that we took shelter there for many good reasons. Basically, the drama and trauma early in our life’s experience came on like gangbusters, and we were overwhelmed at every conceivable level.

Simply too much noise, and the soul said, “No more, I’m stopping here . . . only a fool would go any further.”

Yet There It Waits,

But Only For Those Who Dare.

Experience Has Taught Us ---175 Missing Pieces is available at

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

So You Think You Have Problems

taken from Cape Town News  the whale breached and I guess did not notice the boat ... here is the after math ...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

An Observation on Truth ... Projection Makes Perception

Projection Makes Perception” ... ACIM ... page 445 in the Text.

The Observation:
By deliberately changing the internal image of who we think we are ... the defining quality of our reality ... We can change our world. Perhaps the only limits to our life and circumstance are the ones we whole heartily believe in.

Just because you are willing to fight to the death for your beliefs does not make them true.

The Experience:
I, like many, have had a series of experiences in my life that brought me to a place of understanding that we only seem to be separate ... we only seem to be in our own special, little and separate realities ... but ... in actual fact we are all connected and all part of the Greater Whole ... all part of the Way of Things ...

The truth of the matter is we can learn things about life and the way of things by looking out into our world but there seems to be more to be learned if we look inward. It’s a different sort of thing... not the reality we might first expect, but something that is actually far more a part of my day to day reality than I might have expected at first.

By looking into what I suspected was my tiny interior I have discovered that there is more in there then there is in the vast expanse of all that is out here. It was in the examining of my inner vision that lead me (or anyone else who looks) to the universal conclusion of we are all part of the Greater Way of Things.

...I am connected...

...I belong...

...I am that I am
In my heart I am free...

When you look inward, it seems to me that the universal conclusion that is there to be discovered by each of us, is that we are all here to learn and to act in the service of the Greater Way of Things. Another interesting discovery that happened to come to the surface is that when we die there is as great a diversity of experience as there is when we are living... Of course where this all seems to end is that the farther you go inward the more you realize you are intrinsically part of the whole ... of all that is ... the Way of Things...

“I Am!”

Concepts adapted from Willis Harman (1919-1997) former director of policy research at Stanford Research Institute, Former President of the Institute for Noetic Sciences and a consultant to Fortune 5000 corporations ...

"Global Consciousness Change: Indicators of an Emerging Paradigm" by Duane Elgin

As the world's senior scientists have warned, the industrial era paradigm is now generating far more problems than it is solving. The only way the human family can understand and solve these problems is by shifting to a larger paradigm that includes the entire Earth as a living system. Such a transformation seems to be underway. Peter Drucker, the well-known management expert, is just one observer who believes that the western world is undergoing a paradigm change:

"Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society -- its world view, its basic values, its social and political structures, its arts, its key institutions -- rearranges itself. And the people born then cannot even imagine a world in which their grandparents lived and into which their own parents were born. We are currently living through such a transformation."

"As pervasive as the communications revolution is, it seems to be taking place within a larger and deeper revolution in consciousness and culture. We are living in a time of paradigm shift. What should we call the emerging paradigm? In this report, we are calling it the "reflective/ living-systems" paradigm or perspective. This name incorporates the two primary features of this perspective. The first is our growing capacity for self-reflection. ...A second hallmark of the new consciousness is its 'whole-systems' or 'living-systems' view.
" the emerging perspective, seemingly empty space is not empty, but filled with immense amounts of energy. Our cosmos is seen as a living, unified system. This new paradigm moves from a view of separation and isolation to one of profound wholeness and interconnection. At a fundamental level, people are viewed not as separate beings, but as intimately involved with one another in the deep web of life. If everything is intimately interconnected, then the quality and integrity of all kinds of relationships are of paramount concern. A natural expression of this paradigm is to bring into balance all the key relationships in our lives -- inner and outer, masculine and feminine, personal and global, intuitive and rational, and more. This perspective tends to bridge differences, connect people, celebrate diversity, harmonize efforts, and look for higher common ground.

A reflective/living-systems orientation brings a unifying approach and offers hope in a world facing deep material, social, and spiritual fragmentation."

Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. In 2005, Duane received the Japanese “Goi International Peace Award” in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His books include: THE LIVING UNIVERSE: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009); PROMISE AHEAD: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (2000), VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (1993 and 1981), and AWAKENING EARTH: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993). With Joseph Campbell and other scholars he co-authored the book CHANGING IMAGES OF MAN (1982). In addition, Duane has contributed chapters to sixteen books, and has published more than seventy articles.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Food for Thought

The business of Creative Thinking (incubation): is the business of using the mind’s deeper processes to work on solving life’s problems without the outer bench markers of “my ego” to assist in the process. Better said, it is getting past the habits of my own best thinking. The habits of my own best thinking were developed in “school of hard knocks”.

To be able to think imaginatively or creatively,

We have to be properly prepared by life.

When a creative person is prepared by experience, education and concentration; when the problem or the creative necessity is addressed, visualized, struggled with or studied; when all the relevant data is fed into the unconscious mind, now is the time to let go. Let the deeper part of you ... the non egotistical aspect ... do its thing. Don’t give it a time line, just let go of the problem and let the deeper part of you deal with the problem. It is what I call the idea processor ... incubation. It works out of sight behind the conscious mind.

The state of our consciousness and the mode of our knowing about our world are both conditions that are predetermined by our experience with our world (operant training). If that learning is coupled with our attempts to undo some of our original experiences to offset our original pain, then all this processing can limit how we can see our problem or the possible solutions to the problems. The greater unconscious doesn’t have this problem but the conscious mind needs to step aside and allow the deeper processes to go to work.

Once we have inputted all (the information and experience) we can about the problem then the next step is to simply let go ... get out of the way ... let the greater part of our thinking apparatus do its work. Once we have acknowledged that we have done what we can do now is the time for the deeper forces to do their work ... let it happen. Let the incubation begin. Go do something else. It will happen in its own good time but the answers or thoughts will filter through into the conscious mind. Maybe be the conscious mind will notice things in your surroundings ... things that were there all along to be seen but never noticed as part of the solution. Sometimes it will be a totally new, fresh and innovative way of doing things or thinking about things.

Robert Louis Stephenson wrote his books this way. He suffered night terrors and to get around them he developed a creative thinking mode of using what he called the “pixies” (imaginary beings) to go off into his deeper unconsciousness and bring back stories for him to be entertained by rather than the night terrors that disturbed him. One of the stories that came out of all this was Treasure Island.

Albert Einstein dreamt E=Mc2 ... he saw it written in the dust on a mirror in his mind ... he awoke and wrote it down ... then he proved it.

Brahms and Mozart all reported similar processes of hearing or seeing things in their creative mind’s eye. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of examples.

Dr Richard Morse Bucke a Canadian psychiatrist and best friend of Walt Whitman, discusses this concept in his 1892 book Cosmic Consciousness.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Imagine That ... Wisdom Is Acquired

As people begin to notice that they had never fully met or come to know themselves or learned how to deal with their feelings or for that matter how to deal with their own immortality (because the set and various subsets of their life skills [they inherited] don’t work), they begin to suspect something is missing in their lives.

What most find out about themselves as they begin to investigate into what seems to be missing, is that who and what they think they are had always been encouraged to withdraw from their feelings, particularly those that are predetermined to be unpleasant or painful and thus labeled as bad or wrong. Blanket Coverage! The great unknown in this whole matter is held in the feelings that are being avoided ... they hold the secret to life’s deeper meaning, flavour and texture.

What they discovered about themselves was that the very thought of unpleasant now acted as gate keeper or keeper of the keys¾they have become their own jailer.

In their attempts to avoid: avoid fear; avoid feelings; avoid life; avoid pain ... they begin to notice that they need to avoid what was predetermined to be unpleasant is now locking the door to their future. They can’t be safe and at the same time have the life they say they want to have. Life is risk taking.

Life’s task at this point seems to be to move past the predetermined fear structure learned in early years and move out into the world and have the life we were intended to have.

Imagine That:

A Place for

My Fear, My Feelings


My Life


My Life

Friday, July 9, 2010

Open to Creativity --- Part Three --- The External Elements That Come Into Play Too

Externally all we need is two very basic concepts to be in place for us to play with creativity.

Psychological safety: this is a place in my mind where I feel accepted, I have a sense of unconditional worth ... There is no external evaluation ... basically no criticism ... but what there is present is an empathic understanding by those who surround me of what I am trying to accomplish. I don’t have to live with the fear of the Judge peering over my shoulder making sure I am getting everything right their way no mine.

Psychological Freedom: is fostered when I am permitted complete freedom of my symbolic expression. What I have come to learn is that this freedom allows me to think, to feel, to dream, wish and want the way I do; to be whatever is most true for me. This should not be confused with permissiveness, which is soft and indulgent; this freedom is permission to be free. I don’t need anyone’s approval ... which in actual fact is permission for the me to be responsible for what I do, how I do it etc ... under this umbrella of freedom(s) is also the freedoms for me to be wrong or afraid or to feel confused or not know.

There is a hook that goes with this; because these concepts are not limited to one’s work place but instead to all the situations that life provides, then to foster such beliefs in your surroundings, in your life style is fostering a way of thinking that provides and promotes the constructive aspects of creative breakthrough thinking for all.

Rising Above

The Conditional


Restrictive Thinking

Of Our Early Childhood

Open to Creativity --- Part two ---Necessities that Enhance the Process

Having An Internal Locus of Evaluation: I have to know who I am ... where I am going ... How I am planning on getting there ... be comfortable with all that and understand that it is ok to be wrong in my basic assumptions ... all at the same time ... I have to be comfortable being me ...

My creativity is not the measure of who and what I am established by the praise or criticism I receive from others or by my material well being or lack of it. It is the business of me being comfortable with me, not what I do or who I seem to be, but rather ... just with me being me.

This does not mean that I am oblivious to the insights of others, their judgements and or observations of me, I’m not, but the final evaluation on who and what I am lay in my own hands ... in my own orgasmic reaction to, and appraisal of, my creation, and for that matter Creation itself. It is right when it feels Satisfying and Authentic.

Having The Ability to Toy with the Elements and Concepts I am considering is the need for me to play spontaneously with the ideas, the colours, the shapes, the sizes, the relationships of the elements, people or situations I am working with. To be able to juggle elements into juxtapositions, to be able to shape wild and odd concepts and hypotheses, to take the given as problematic, to be able to comfortably express the ridiculous, to transform opposites into improbable but logical equivalents. It is from this spontaneous toying and exploration ... sometimes called play ... that a hunch arises and as that hunch moves more into consciousness it becomes a vision of what could-be and what could-be can become what is and as it does ... that is the product of creativity...

To Be Open to Experience --- Part One

To Be Extensionally Open to Experience: This idea of being Extensionally Open is the opposite to psychological defensiveness, of rigidity and rigid boundaries (with and in ... concepts, beliefs, perceptions and hypotheses), black and white thinking. Extensional Openness has room in it for growth and understanding because you are making it so.

When you are truly open you can listen and actually hear what is being said or in what is happening around you. You don’t have to be forming a defence strategy in your head while others are attempting to communicate with you in some fashion. Because you can listen, you are open to the total experience you are sharing at that moment in time.

This does not have to be with people BTW ... It happened once to me that there I was on a hot afternoon staring down a coiled rattlesnake ... It was years ago and I was in the RCMP ... and we were running radar on the TransCanada Hwy just west of Portage la Praire. I was in the ditch with the radar machine and the guys were down the road flagging speeders ... I was calling they were catching. I have no idea where he ... the snake ... came from or how he got to be next to me ... but there he was looking at me ... me at him ... I was trying to figure out what to do so I would not get bit ... then I just relaxed. I got into sitting with the snake and spent about an hour with him while he sunned himself and I suppose warmed himself up then off he went forging for his next meal. Just him and me spending part of an afternoon together ... it was interesting because at first it was very visceral for me then it sort of settled down through my body and I became accustomed to being with the snake ... I gave him a name, “Fred,” and we shared a bloc of time. I swore he could read my mind and I his, but when he warmed himself, off he went.

Or another example, you can tolerate ambiguity where and when it actually exists. Sometimes there is just no clarity for a situation in that moment and that is the way of things.

When you are truly open to an experience there is an ability to receive information from conflict ... especially from that body of information that seems to conflict with you or your own belief structure.

Nothing is personal in the sharing. Your identity is not caught up in the outcome of the conflict.

You display tolerance for someone else’s point of view. There is no effort to bring the sharing to a halt either openly or covertly because of the perceived stress or the grind from either any of the other parties to the conversation or situation or because of the information being shared. You are not taking it personally. There are literally hundreds of ways to close off the sharing of complex thoughts and concepts that seem to want to overpower you, but if you just stay steady in the moment and let it be what it is ... just a sharing and not an identity crisis ... you may find that some of these closure methods that you use to bring peace to the table actually feed the problem that is trying to be resolved...

But if you are Extensionally Open
Then you are free to be fully involved 
With the experience you are having
As your having it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

There was a Wise Old Man

There was a wise old man who lived on a mountain top some place in the hinterlands. Some place very obscure. His home is a small stone hut, with an old wooden tucket sitting on the front veranda.
This old gentleman would sit inside his humble home and meditate, sometimes for days at a time. He called this Communing with his Maker.

Then he would come out and sit for a day or two on his tucket and wait. He would hold dharma. People from the surrounding valleys and mountain tops would come from miles around just to hear him speak of his experience with his Maker. Now he would speak of his experience.

He always spoke in a soft and gentle voice, he said:

“Within the makeup of Spirit lies a lattice work of Joy, Happiness, Freedom and Perfection. This lattice work extends through time, deep into your past and forward into your very distant future. It actually has no boundary as far as time is concerned. Time is more it’s instrument. There is no real sense of time within those markers of Joy, Happiness, Freedom and Perfection. Spirit is beyond time.

Joy, Happiness, Freedom and Perfection ... Just Are

This is why your every moment is exactly as it is, exactly the way it is supposed to be, an expression of the perfection of the Creation. Your every moment is your observation of that expression of Perfection by the Creator. Most, if not all may disagree at times about the perfection of it all, but that is the Way of Things. The Way of Things is far beyond our ability to imagine. Imagine that, something that is far larger than we can possibly imagine.

Spirit brings a state of mind that is completely aware of the present moment. It knows just how full every moment really is. We humans really have no idea ... but Spirit does and by the Grace of the Creator we are all a part of All That Is.

As Spirit settles over you; as you allow it to become one with you; you will notice there is an accompanying feeling that all is well in this moment. Everything is exactly the way it is supposed to be.

Spirit coupled with your awakened awareness allows gratitude to emerge from the awakening soul of your beingness. That gratitude will emerge in direct proportion to your acceptance of The Way of Things being what they are.

This state of awakened beingness encourages The Appearance Of Miracles in your world. That is what is meant when it is said that all power lay in the present moment, because it is here in the present moment where life is fullest.

This is your gift ... from your Creator... to you ... You need to come to terms with it.”

When he was through, he would offer all who came tea and sweets. When all were satisfied he would then disappear back inside his stone hut leaving them all to ponder what exactly it was that he had said. Some would linger for several hours. Then they would drift away. He always left them to ponder. After all, it was their life to live and their moment to appreciate. Sometimes he would smile.