Here is a bit of found zen.  Do choices matter**?  Intent seems to play a role.  If I do something out of love, does the result of my choice make a difference?  No matter the outcome, I have learned something and I have moved further down my path.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354– 430AD) said “Love, and do what thou wilt.” An old pagan proverb also echoed this in saying, “An ye harm none, do what thou wilt”, which oddly enough, found its way into the dubious hands of English occultist Aleister Crowley who stated “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”. This might seem a little too open-ended for many, perhaps even an invitation to hedonism, but the idea is that it makes you contemplate a reality where there are no laws except love and freewill. What would occur? Total freedom, or total chaos? Good or bad? Depends on the quality of consciousness.

– Neil Kramer – One Dream, Many Awakenings

And, so what is consciousness?  We are separate from each other, and that is due to physicality. However, conscious is not physical.  It is one.

“When we say physicality, it means a separation. The reason why you and the person sitting next to you are two separate pieces of life is because of your physicality. Though that person may be inhaling what you exhale, you are still separate because of your physical boundary. What you call as consciousness is a non-physical entity. If it is non-physical, it is naturally a union. There are no “two”. There is only “one” – one consciousness.”

– SADHGURU

We are separate physical beings, but we are one consciousness.  Consciousness does not take a physical form.  I am not the body.  Consciousness is not even mental.  I am not the mind.  If consciousness is shared then it seems that there is a link to all physical.  However, all mental seems separate which does not make sense.  I do not know what you are thinking.  I know what I think you are thinking.  I can only ever know that.  Is that true?

I watched Ram Dass Fierce Grace on Netflix the other night.  When they first met, his guru, Sri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji, knew things about him that only Ram Dass (Richard Alpret) would know.  I have heard of this dropping of veil as well in regards to The Wanderling.  Is physicality an illusion?  Can some individuals tap across the bridge of consciousness and drop the veil of physicality?  This is recognition of Buddha-nature.

“The reason everything looks beautiful is because it is out of balance, but its background is always in perfect harmony. This is how everything exists in the realm of Buddha nature, losing its balance against a background of perfect balance.

So if you see things without realizing the background of Buddha nature, everything appears to be in the form of suffering.

But if you understand the background of existence,you realize that suffering itself is how we live,and how we extend our life.”

Shunryu Suzuki

Everything exists as a balance to something else.  Our physicality is in balance to the background of this existence.  With this contrast and only looking at the foreground of our current state, we see only suffering.

The world of forms, our “reality” is dual in nature. It must necessarily be so for in this world each thing begets its opposite. The idea of suffering “dukkha” flows from change. The universe changes and the ego resists this change and so suffering results. Only by leaving duality can this pattern of suffering be broken. In oneness there is no suffering.

SAMSARANMUSING

As Buddha said:

  1. Life is suffering
  2. Suffering is caused by attachment
  3. There is an end to suffering
  4. The way out of suffering is the eight-fold path