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I am Grateful

Inspired by this post by Lorane Gordan, I want to stop and really list out what I am grateful for.

It’s not so much the expression you make 5% of the time that combusts into a manifestation. It’s the expression you make 95% of the time that is creative. – See more at: http://yourhappinessway.com/gratitude-fuels-the-law-of-attraction/#sthash.vuDJrP8w.dpuf

Where our mind is at the 95% of the time is what we attract into our lives.  What an amazing insight!  I can spend time when I meditate or am alone to think about the things that I want and where I want to be.  But that makes me lose focus on where I am and the gratitude that I should show.  At one time or another, I thought about what I wanted.  The reality that I am living in now is pretty much based on that thought.  My discomfort with the moment is where I am vs. where I think I should be.

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There is no Rush, Center First

It starts at home

Develop your talents

There is no rush

Center first

Make mistakes

Get up

Do it again until you get it right

Stop hanging onto possibilities

Images of people in the past

Projected into the future

When you don’t know what to do….

Meditate

 

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Free Will vs. Control

101_0139 (Modified%20(2))If all action and thought spring from this exact moment, then we either have the total ability to modify our thoughts and actions, or we are just along for the ride.  If all possibilities are played out then we exist as one of those possibilities that is allowing the universe to examine itself and maybe take stock of where it is in the scheme of things.  A certain awareness through a certain lens.  So at the point of awareness in the current moment we realize that all possibilities have occurred to bring about this moment, and this moment represents all possibilities from this moment.

s33said: “we” might have a grain of total control but we also evanesce out toward control which is less than total but also to a presence with less we and more they.

Through identification with the individual we assume that there is something to control.  With loss of identification and causality, there is nothing to control.  Free will comes, but it is not really needed.  Free will isn’t really freedom to make whatever choice you want.  That is irrelevant.  The true meaning is a freedom from desire or will.  Acceptance without want to change.

“Desires are just waves in the mind. You know a wave when you see one. A desire is just a thing among many. Freedom from desire means this: the compulsion to satisfy is absent.
Nisargadatta Maharaj

The more I find myself trying to control the moment, the more I realize that the control is not needed.  My attempts at control only end in disappointment when the goal is not met.  And I realize that this is because I am not self-realized.  Attempt at control is a want.  Release of control is true freedom from will.  It seems to be a balance.  Very odd.  Again, sort of the middle pane aspect of being caught in the middle.  Maybe I should start of a site of middle panes from different comic strips.

Awareness is for all times, not just when you are sitting with your eyes closed.  Do not mistake action for thought or thought for action.

We’re Already Dead (But That’s Okay)

A harmonic oscillator in classical mechanics (...When you compare yourself to others, you are automatically creating a separate self.  How can you be better or worse than anyone else if everyone else is a projection of your mind?  A collapse of the wave function causes all potentialities to go to a specific state.  Does the observer collapse the wave?  Or does it spontaneously decay into a specific state?  If it is spontaneous, then that implies that the observer is not in control.  The observer is merely the observer.  Or is it when the observer performs judgment or identification with the observed that the wave collapses?

The Oxford team, led by Dr David Deutsch, showed mathematically that the bush-like branching structure created by the universe splitting into parallel versions of itself can explain the probabilistic nature of quantum outcomes.

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2007/09/n–one-of-the-m.html

The thought that whatever you think happens when you die is what happens is an intriguing one.  And if what I think happens is that when I die I go back and live all other parallel universes then that is what happens.  That is what is happening.  A series of higher dimensional deaths rising through all dimensions.  At all times remember that you are simultaneously on all layers in all possibilities.  All all times remember that you exist and do not exist simultaneously in all layers in all possibilities.  Or maybe it is best to just forget it all.

And what is considered death?  The death of attachment?  We continue on to the next thought based on perceived past and current situation.  We cling to that next thread in the story.  Certain events, like sleeping, meditation and death allow for a larger break in thought and a larger release from clinging.  This is the time of no-thought.  As the Wanderling points out below, no-thought is not absence of thought.  There is always thought.  No thought is the absence of thought within thought.  Since there are always thoughts, then any thoughts that I think that I am having are not the true thought itself, but thoughts within a thought.  Or if you like, thoughts about thought itself.

Those larger consciousness shattering events allow us a larger break with continued ego identification.  in the break and silence we spin through the higher dimensions rotating and landing in a different spot on the return.  The less we try to control ourselves in that spin the better.  As the Platform Sutra points out, once there is an identification, we are ego clinging to that line of thought and we cannot get out until the next break.  It is really even further, we cannot pull ourselves out until the next awareness of the break.  The good news is that we don’t have to wait until death or even sleep for a break.

The moment you realize you are not present, you **ARE** present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.

Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

There does seem to be a pull to a specific line of thinking.  A line of thinking that makes this world and existence possible.  It is hard to deny that the reality that we are currently experiencing is one that has been identified as being important or useful for growth.  Otherwise we would just float around without any attachment.  I think that this is where the ego does come in handy and it helps provide a linkage between conscious and unconcious thought.

The Wanderling’s thoughts on Kensho and the “attainment” of no-thought:

The locus classicus for the concept of no-thought is the Platform Sutra, and in regards to no-thought says in so many words:

“No-thought” means “no-thought within thought.” Non-abiding is man’s original nature. Thoughts do not stop from moment to moment. The prior thought is succeeded in each moment by the subsequent thought, and thoughts continue one after another without cease. If, for one thought-moment, there is a break, the dharma-body separates from the physical body, and in the midst of successive thoughts there will be no attachment to any kind of matter. If, for one thought-moment, there is abiding, then there will be abiding in all successive thoughts, and this is called clinging. If, in regard to all matters there is no abiding from thought-moment to thought-moment, then there is no clinging. Non-abiding is the basis.

As we can see, after the break in thought, successive thoughts continue to flow, but one no longer abides in, or clings to, these thoughts. Nowhere is there mention of any kind of disappearance of, or absence of thought. “No-thought” refers to nothing other than an absence of abiding, or clinging. Other seminal Ch’an texts, such as the Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment, characterize no-thought in precisely the same manner.

http://the-wanderling.com/kensho.html

Be here now, no other place to be
All the doubts that linger, just set them free
And let good things happen
And let the future come into each moment
Like a rising sun

Mason Jennings – Be Here Now

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Lessons from a Master

I love it when my 6 year old son is talking about something that he is excited about. You can see the light in his eyes and the expression on his face exudes confidence that everything will turn out the way that he envisions it. Just perfect. My pessimistic side wants to prepare him for the worst. I want to let him know that things may not turn out how he likes, but I hold myself back. I keep my own thoughts at bay to not poison his mind.

And the thing is, when things turn out different than how he imagined, he doesn’t really dwell on it. He may be upset depending on what it is or he may not even remember what he had originally in mind. In either case, he bounces along with it and is no worse the wear for the lack of my pessimistic preparation.

Now to apply the same principle to my own thoughts. …to let myself free to experience the outcome without the pessimistic preparation. …to not be anxious about the event before, during, or after. …to let go of regret. …to look forward to something, but to have no expectations of it. …to learn from my son.

Patterns

It is definitely something about patterns.  I keep seeing myself in old pictures and I am judging how I look.  Or am I seeing myself for how I was?  Am I clinging to a thought about myself, and when is that thought occurring?  Is it a thought I had in the past and I am remembering it now?  Is it a thought in the present about how I was in the past?  Or is it a thought in the present about how I am now that I am applying to the past?  It most absolutely has to be the last one.

A thought can only occur in the present.  Since the past is not happening now, whatever image and identification that I have with it is all based on the thought of myself in the present.  I am actually deciding on a moment by moment basis what past that I need to support my current image of myself.  Then I hit on something that might be negative and I want to let go of it.  I want that image gone.  Or I find something positive and I want it to last.  The key seems to be to attach to neither.

Can the present exist as part of a pattern?  If the present were part of a pattern then it would be tied to a past to support it and a future that it is trying to predict.  How can that be the present?  The present moment must stand on its own, tied to nothing.  Does the present represent all possibilities past and future?  If so, the present represents everything and nothing, and it is outside of time.  The real question is, “What can observe that?”

Realizations

Patience.

Realization that the path is laid out.

Realization that I am and have always been on that path.

Realization that everything is the path.

Realization that there is absolutely nothing to control.

I can just observe.

We all know.

We just forget.

There is nothing to forget.

There is nothing to remember.

Everything is unfolding as it should.

Made-up Past

View from the Massanutten Lodge Area of Skyland
View from the Massanutten Lodge Area of Skyland (Photo credit: dherman1145)

You are influenced by the past, but in reality there is no past.  The past is something that you made up that just simply jives with whatever you can accept as your reality.  It contains your fears that you will relive until you overcome them.  But it also contains your hopes and your joys.  The suffering that you may have encountered has taught you a lesson.  All of this combines to make you who you are today.  Every choice made you the person reading these words.  You are alive.  That is pretty fucking amazing.  How can any of that be wrong?

Your Own Best Friend

Imagine how life would be if your best friend lived your life for you. You would still be you, sitting on a cloud, enjoying a magnificent view. Your best friend would be down on Earth living life. You, on your cloud, would become your best friend’s guru. You would have a direct link to your friend’s mind and you could give advice as you read their thoughts.

From your cloud, what would you tell your friend when they worry about how they look? What would you tell your friend when they feel like they can’t handle a situation? From your cloud, you would fill your friend with confidence and help them to develop amazing habits. You could console them through heartbreak and guide them on amazing adventures.

This is the power that you have over yourself. The only thing that gets in the way is your self. How could you have such confidence in your friend, but doubts about yourself? You just need to find your cloud and become your own best friend.

Zen Mister

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