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Reflection of the Source

If we look on the Self as the ego then we become the ego,

if as the mind we become the mind,

if as the body we become the body.

It is the thought which builds up sheaths in so many ways.

The shadow on the water is found to be shaking.

Can anyone stop the shaking of the shadow?

If it should cease to shake you would not notice the water but only the light.

Similarly to take no notice of the ego and its activities,

but see only the light behind.

The ego is the I-thought.

The true ‘I’ is the Self.

– Ramana Maharshi

We become whatever we look upon.

We see the shaking.

We see the illusion.

That is the way we know it is a reflection.

Without the shaking,

We see the source,

The light.

We do not see the reflection.

The ego is the reflection.

The true ‘I’ is the light

Grow a Greater You (Law of Attraction) – Part 1

Law of Attraction

As part of researching pictures and links for my last post, I ran across a YouTube audio of Greg Kuhn reading part 5 of his book Why Quantum Physicists Create More Abundance.  The audio was about using the law of attraction and quantum physics.  I had watched The Secret on Netflix a couple of times and I am pretty interested in manifesting more abundance.  As I said in the original post, I would like to be in a position where I can take care of my family, friends, and give back to the world.  The Secret talked about these things being possible and creating a vision board to see your success, but it never really clicked with me.  It felt more like positive thinking to bring you what you want, and I never really believed that.

Greg explains the law of attraction with principles from quantum physics.  I had never really tied the two concepts together before, but it just made sense.  Everything exists in the quantum field as potential.  The quantum field delivers exactly what we expect, which may not be in alignment with what we desire.  This is the rub.  How do we get our expectations/beliefs to align with our desires?  How do we change our beliefs?

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Perceiving the Bull

I keep seeing projections of myself in others

Telling my son to stop talking while watching a movie

Is like telling my thoughts to be quiet

I yell at my wife for playing on her phone instead of being present

I see myself wandering off

My mind not in the moment

The flaws that I see in others are issues that I have with myself

Thoughts

Impressions

If I can accept others how they are

I can accept myself

If I can overcome judging others

I can stop judging myself

The moment is just the moment

Without want for something else

Without projecting into the future

Or decaying into the past

If I find myself thinking about the future

I try to think positive

Better to not judge either way

When one hears the voice, one can sense its source. As soon as the six senses merge, the gate is entered. Wherever one enters one sees the head of the bull!

All sounds heard as something that is happening

No influence applied

No identification made

Sounds happening without source

Everything is a synchronicity

Timelines are formed as causality is applied

Going from nothing to something

Strings of moments floating around through all possibiilities

Separate

Parallel

Intersecting

But sounds are just sounds

Everything external is not influenced by the observer

Everything internal as well

The observer observes

Sounds happen

Thoughts happen

To hear the voice of thought

To actually hear the voice and not overlay it is to perceive the bull

What does silence sound like?

Sounds arise out of and fall back into silence, but what is silence?  It seems that there is always noise.  Noise arising out of and falling back into noise.  A dog barking against a constant background of chirping crickets.  The barking arises out of silence.  The cricket chirping arises out of silence, but where is silence?  Is silence the absence of noise?  Or is silence inner stillness where there is no such thing as sound?

If you shut your eyes, and contemplate reality only with your ears, you will find there is a background of silence, and all sounds are coming out of it. They start out of silence. If you close your eyes, and just listen, you will observe the sounds came out of nothing, floated off, and off, stopped being a sonic echo, and became a memory, which is another kind of echo. It is very simple; it all begins now, and therefore it is spontaneous.

It All Begins Now – Alan Watts

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Ghosts are acting out memories in my head.

3. Perceiving the Bull

Bull in Meadow of Clover
Hello There

I hear the song of the nightingale.
The sun is warm, the wind is mild,
willows are green along the shore,
Here no bull can hide!
What artist can draw that massive head,
those majestic horns?

Comment:

When one hears the voice, one can sense its source. As soon as the six senses merge,  the gate is entered. Wherever one enters one sees the head of the bull!  This unity is like salt in water, like color in dyestuff.  The slightest thing is not apart from self.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Bulls

We have seen the mind

Realization that everything separate from the self is the self

Teachers at every corner

Ultimately us talking to our self

Telling our self what we need to know

If we look for causation, we will fail

If we accept synchronicity, we will succeed

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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The Empty Boat

boat

There’s a Zen story in which a man is enjoying himself on a river at dusk. He sees another boat coming down the river toward him. At first it seems so nice to him that someone else is also enjoying the river on a nice summer evening.

Then he realizes that the boat is coming right toward him, faster and faster. He begins to yell, “Hey, hey, watch out! For Pete’s sake, turn aside!” But the boat just comes right at him, faster and faster.

By this time he’s standing up in his boat, screaming and shaking his fist, and then the boat smashes right into him. He sees that it’s an empty boat.

This is the classic story of our whole life situation. There are a lot of empty boats out there. We’re always screaming and shaking our fists at them. Instead, we could let them stop our minds.

Even if they only stop our mind for 1.1 seconds, we can rest in that little gap. When the story line starts, we can do the tonglen practice of exchanging ourselves for others.

In this way everything we meet has the potential to help us cultivate compassion and reconnect with the spacious, open quality of our minds.

From Comfortable with Uncertainty, pages 103-104

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ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE ART OF TYING SHOES

Source: http://www.angelfire.com/electronic/awakening101/tyingshoes.html

Have you ever heard an old Zen saying that goes something like: “When you are hungry, eat. When you are tired, rest. When you are cold, put on extra flannel.”(see)Well, tying shoes fits right in there and is a key to the understanding or grasping of things Zen.

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