Chronicles of each moment as they pass by and descriptions meant to assist in achieving each moment's awareness to the fullest. Insights into everyday life. How to train the mind to respond without hesitation and the way to let go of all of the ego bound time related misunderstandings
Thursday, January 29, 2004
Yes emphatically. It is a mystery. Contemplation of this mystery does produce answers. These answers are self evident. Their perception must be experienced. It is only through experience that the proof of their validity exists. The idea of an all knowing being separate from who I am never appealed to me. It is why I embrace the Unity of Being which emcompasses all. It doesn't ask anything of us except to recognize in ourselves our connection to this All. The "at peace" part is that recognition and is enough.
Friday, January 16, 2004
Acknowledging the perfection within is always a first step on the way to providing a constant source of inspiration to issue forth. This way you build up certainty that this "good" for you is always there. As long as you keep on directing yourself to this imperishable source you will always get the "good" results you receive.
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
There is nothing that needs to be done. The moment is perfect in itself. Draw from it your strength and sustenance.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
It's never about making it happen and always about letting it happen.
It is to listen for the openings that are all around us. We are inside of us complete and provide the mold for everything that is or is to be. Mind continually reflects upon itself and in this self reflection are all things that both seen and unseen. The process of involution is mysterious because it goes deeper and deeper in the heart of that which always is.
The positive outflow only seems to stop. It is in fact ongoing as this current is eternal.
Inertia can only produce a backing up of the waters of consciousness. Using the power of the sun the forward motion is then verified and subsequently entered into.
Friday, January 09, 2004
The synthesis of ideas following the intention for unity in all things brings forth remarkable and yes expected results.
Truth, Creator, Jesus Mind, The One, all can be compared to the Lead in a song where harmonies are sung. The Lead voice is the dominant character of the Song. If any of you has tried to sing harmony you know that in order to do so you are always singing your note in relationship to the lead note of the harmony or chord. In order to stay in tune your note must resonate with that lead note to produce the beautiful relationship its tone and the lead make together. If you identify too much with the Lead note you'll lose your focus and start singing the Lead instead of the Harmony and thereby lose that relationship which produces the sympathetic sound of two notes in Harmony. The Harmony note is a kind of lead that lives in its own realm but only so because of its relationship to the Lead. Its role or gift is to make the Harmony with the Lead note. This Harmony goes through every change that the Lead goes through only the relationships to those changes (as in Chord Changes) are in their own space producing the Harmony which can by the way change according to the voicing (relationships between notes--which are relatively consonant-pleasant to the ear or dissonant--unpleasant to the ear--More on consonances and dissonances later on).
So too it is with our relationship to the One, the Creator, Truth, etc. When we are listening well we are in harmony with the Creator, our voice a complement to the One Song constantly being sung, adding our own special focus which produces the harmony of life.When we remember to keep this focus our lives coorespond to the beautiful harmonies we hear in music. Things go right. The way is smoothed. Everything is made to harmonize with the Creator thought. Distractions come along but we keep to our harmony voice, to who in essence we are. We do not have to become the Creator or Creator like or sing the Lead. All we need pay attention to is to be ourselves and more of ourselves in every moment to produce that harmony note which together with our attention reinforces the harmony of our lives. How to do this is the point. There is a way just for you to remain who you are and not be sent off key by the "outside external world." It is enough to just be you listening always for the good which surrounds you and harmonizing with it.
Back our musical analogy. Music passes through stages of consonance and dissonance. In most cases the dissonance is purely for the drama of returning to consonance. As a composer the primary goal of any song is to begin with the One (Root chord) and then by a series of changes simple or elegant return to the One. This returning to the One produces a feeling of satisfaction or peace. The music having gone through changes akin to emotions within the song which then is resolved before usually setting out again on the same type of journey through dissonance and consonance. Sometimes there are movements which are within this journey containing elements of resolution and change. All of this makes the song interesting which if ideally connected with the words in the song complete the thought. The song always knows where its going. The direction never changes. There is always the resolution.
Yes it is true that some kinds of music do not resolve completely for the purposes of demonstrating chaos or chaotic thinking. This type of music represents the mind in a state of chaos, going here and there but never resting, never reaching the goal of peace.
Back to the flow of our lives. It is like knowing the end of a movie will resolve. So too we will always have resolution in our lives by remembering that the One is always there for us to harmonize to. We harmonize by letting go of the dissonance in our lives which is symbolized by our chaotic thinking. Listen for the harmony note which changes your mind. Be active in your listening. Be always active for every good thought you can hear. These "good thoughts" are in the form of affirmations, prayers, thinking well of others, thinking well of yourself, contemplating nature, whatever your particular gift is that gets you thinking these "good thoughts." The primary quality of these "good thoughts" are that they bring you peace, place you in harmony with the One Thought. Another musical analogy. This one having to do with Rhythm. Lately I've been thinking about how the flow of life works perfectly when we trust it completely. That is when we know that we can reach up and receive good thoughts. Have you ever tried to keep time musically? Perhaps when dancing or tapping your foot to a song. It's pretty simple yet for some it is difficult because any distractions can interrupt concentration of cause a beat to be missed. This can happen when listening to a song which you have heard repeatedly but usually your familiarity will produce an unconscious natural rhythm with the tune being played. It is another story when you are trying to sing or play with others. The time is set by the drummer yet all equally share the focus of "keeping the time." If someone rushes then there is a temptation to change the time. A good drummer locks the groove in but it is still up to each player to keep time. Using the guitar as an example when playing rhythm or lead the keeping of time changes in perspective. As a rhythm player you have to keep in synch with the drummer and Bass Player ignoring the temptation to emulate the various rhythmic changes in the lead being played. Reaching a common groove is the goal of the rhythm section. The Lead player, in this case the lead guitar still must keep the time. In order for a lead to soar it has to make sense rhythmically. If the rhythm isn't taken into account by the lead player, then again while the notes must be in synch, so too must the rhythms all fall into place together in order to produce the pulse that is the music. Keeping this focus allows the 'band' to cook within the groove because it is the one of their consciousness of the moment that is the musical expression. Beginning, middle and end ideally all are playing together. The result is a musical expression that plays not only in harmony note by note but beat by beat. There is also consonance and disonance of a type found in the notes. Certain rhythmic phrases are more disconcerting to the basic groove. They play against the groove offering the illusion of space in the groove and the possibility that the groove will be somehow broken. Rhythmic tensions also will be resolved. The exercise through rhythm mirrors our own way of living. Here is how.
Listening is the groove and our thoughts are various tensions that affect the groove. Our facility in our lives is mirrored by our facility in navigating the rhythms of our mind. It is why the importance is stressed for the person to "Know thyself." It is not only your thoughts in the moment but the flow of your thinking that can be consciously attended to. Through practice-repeated effort, you can go from a "negative reactive mind," to a positive active mind which knows itself and can reach up at will to lift itself out of the pools of inertia created by unconscious living.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
There is perfection that must be followed in every moment. It is right action. This action is at the core a simple but elegant movement. It reinforces Being and inspires Certainty in every case. What a wonderful perfection this is that causes itself to be born into every instant. Our only objective is to move and be in this flow continually without judgement.
Ranu rode along the river close by its banks on a canoe fashioned out of the bark of Chojo tree. Swiftly he the waters glided smoothly beneath him. His thoughts were on the setting sun as its colors at this time of day were glancing off the trees and many strange plants along the banks of the Phai-Tho-Zan river. Earlier he had paddled in earnest to insinuate himself and his craft into the current which ran true and fast. His vessel perfectly balanced Ranu remained still as a sense of exisquisite peace came over him. He remained like this until the stars began to wink in signaling the end of the day. Just at that moment the current ceased entirely. Instead of frantically trying to paddle his way back into the current he kept his equipoise. It wasn't more than a few seconds and then the current began again to move him along. Many times he had travelled these waters and knew that there would always be changes but what did not change was the continuation of the current. As a child he had struggled to regain the current to no avail helplessly spinning his way around in circles. It was only when he discovered the stillness of movement that the current would again pick up and take him on his way. The moon now rose brilliantly full in this sky over timelessness revealed. Arriving now at his destination, with a smile he disembarked into the arms of his beloved, warm in her embrace and secure in familiar surroundings.
"This night it is good to be alive he remarked. As he turned the stars winked once and then again, a great smile forming in the heavens for those with eyes to see.
"Yes." came the answer from everywhere all around.
"Indeed it is very good."
Please take a moment to remember that yes it is very good and ever remains so.