Thursday, July 23, 2009

Silken as a Moonbeam Sliding across a Frozen Lake.

We look at things, not into them. As a result, we operate on their surface meaning. What this means is that any deception which may be operating in the presentation is not being computed. We conspire in the deception by seeing what we desire which colors and shapes what appears. There is a collection of archetypes that exist within the human consciousness and they set ‘parameters and definitions’ as well as ‘limits and meaning’. You can juggle those two sets of terms and see a similarity there. Is it redundancy or an effort at greater clarity?

Archetypes have a resonant state of purity at the level of their being. As the force of their presence precipitates down the ladder into the murk, their meaning becomes ever more adjustable to those performing under the aegis, until they become the opposite of what they represent ...but the claim is made that they still do. It is out of just this sort of a mindset that our political and religious leaders speak to us ...and those who pretend to operate on behalf of humanity but serve only their own interests.

Most of us are familiar with examples of Zen art as well as other Buddhist and Taoist art. Perhaps you have seen one of a man seated by a lakeside contemplating the full moon on the water. Various observers are going to come up with different explanations for what the picture is meant to represent. Does it mean oneness with nature? Does it indicate a man at peace with himself? Is it a man sitting by a lake under the full moon, then something else and then... once again a man sitting by a lake under a full moon?

Still water in nature is a mirror. Everything is a projection of our minds. Everything is formed out of mind stuff and mirrored in nature or mirrored in our minds. Physicists have proven that the universe is thought born. Hard science has proven the existence of the primary thinker but people opposed to the concept will spin it the way they spin the Bible and the way they put together things like the NIST report. In some cases the Bible and the NIST report are very similar.

Okay... Let me see if I can communicate a simple and profound truth, the apprehension of which can radically alter your state of being and grant you control over yourself and all phenomena. Let me see... whatever appears in your mind takes life from your attention. Your mind is an airport. Planes land and planes depart. For most people a busy airport is a normal state of being. This is not normal in the ultimate sense. This is an example of a mind not in the control of the resident self. Who is the resident self? Ah... there’s your answer ‘in a nut-shell’.

If you can control what enters and leaves your mind you have attained a certain mastery of yourself and the world. The beginning of all spiritual achievement, illumination and realization begins with the control of the mind and goes nowhere without it. Job one is being able to refuse entry. Simply casting out every thought that enters will give you a taste of something marvelous. It depends on the individual how long this might take. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Try it and see. Patanjali’s Yoga Aphorisms/Sutras is all about this. My favorite is the Alice Bailey translation but you must suit your own temperament.

So... what is the man sitting by the lakeside doing? He’s not doing anything. His mind is a mirror. His being is resplendent in the purity of existence sans qualities. He could be thinking about getting his fishing pole and he could be thinking about anything. The interpretation is whatever the observer gives it. That is why the largest mass of humanity sees what they are shown according to the intentions of a controlling agency of temporal sway. There is a portion which is mad and that would include both those who are truly mad/deluded as well as the seer, the prophet and the mystic. Madness is a requirement on the path or... madness will be the result. One who has not gone mad cannot possibly deal with the things that exist above and below the frequency of the hamster world. One is well advised not to go below but one must be master of both. The good news is that the master is already present and will always be the master to the degree that it is allowed. Think of it as something like an unruly child who tears away from his mother’s hand in pursuit of the attractions of the playground. The mother knows what the child will encounter but her great love does not permit her to detain him. Her eye is on the child as the child experiences the impacts of the world upon the mind. It’s all part of the story anyway.

Both types of humanity use this ability for good and for ill. This is why it is all important that one be grounded in selfless intent. There are many instances of seekers acquiring powers as a result of spiritual austerities and then being plunged into unfortunate circumstances as a result of not being grounded in selfless intent.

I am writing this in response to the Smoking Mirrors post that treats with the Time Monks predictions. It does appear that there are going to be enormous changes and uncertain conditions coming upon humanity in a short time. Though it appears to be taking place outside of you, it is actually taking place in your mind and will have the power and the life that you give it to the degree of your attention and your belief in the mind-shaped mirror mirage that forms before you. Mind comes first. Then comes the shapes and sounds within and without. Is the outside in control or is the inside in control?

This may seem confusing and not expressed with the clarity one might hope for ...but that’s intentional. Unless one is rooted in a particular understanding then confusion is the result. As the mind descends ever deeper into identification with external phenomena the confusion increases and that is what we have today. That confusion is going to be blown away and it won’t be pleasant depending on the degrees of attachment to external phenomena. This is what materialism results in... anywhere, any time, any place.

Cast all thoughts out of your head and center on the indwelling awareness. This is what is in charge and you acknowledge and join with that to the degree that you reject the other. Do not buy into the other. What is real, that which is enduring beyond recycling of the temporary or the temporary? It sounds clear, simple and easy to do. Try it. Then you see what you’re up against. What you are up against is yourself. That’s cleared right up if there is only one of you but... there seems to be at least two of you. One is watching in an unchanging state and one is performing in a constantly changing environment.

When you see... do you actually see what is outside you or do you see it inside your head? Consider how the sense of sight operates. Consider also that when you learned to walk you saw the world upside down. This was the difficulty that you encountered in learning to walk. An adjustment was made which turned the world right side up (if that can be called, ‘right side up’). Think about a camera works or looking into the surface of a still lake.

If we learn to cast out all thought and focus on the indwelling singularity of our eternal self we shall not be at the mercy of the foolish misapprehensions of our temporary self occupied with a temporary period of adjustment in a world of endless ongoing adjustments. Is the boogeyman going to get you? How real did you make him?

Will the New Shangri-La become real? Is it not already as real as anything is? Does it not need to exist in your mind before it exists as an extended environment? Is it not present wherever you are? Must you not act as if you are already there in order to arrive there? The point is not in creating a community. That is an extension of you. You are that community at this very moment. There are people walking on this Earth at this very moment who are also constantly walking in the Kingdom of God. That is also a state of mind. You don’t ‘go’ there. You are there or you are not. Heaven begins where your feet touch the ground.

You are that man or woman (as if there were actually a distinction) sitting by the lake. We are all sitting by the lake but we are not all seeing the same thing. Every animal that goes to the water to drink sees the image of themselves and thinks that is what is real.

We have conspired to bring ourselves to this point in order to learn. Will we embrace the truth in what we are shown or ...will we resist it on behalf of what we think we want defense of what we think we have? You don’t need to be affected beyond what you are going to allow entrance into your mind as being real. Nothing is real but something is. Set your mind on the real and the details will operate to that end.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Grand Emporium of Spiritual Deceit

I’m not a fan of Gurdjieff. This is mostly because my path is different. It is also because, regardless of the appearance of balance that most teachers insist that they project, Gurdjieff’s teachings are predominately ‘left-brain’. Some of us (me, most certainly) are predominately ‘right-brain’. Of course, balance is the key but the means of acquiring it differ. I understand things intuitively and others understand things via their reason. More on this later, even though different examples may be used at that time, this is not about intuition or reason anyway.

There’s a rumor that has persisted in occult circles that Gurdjieff didn’t like Ouspensky and deceived him in certain respects. It’s also been said that there is much he didn’t tell him. Certainly there would have been reason for this. Osho, nee Bhagavan Rajneesh puts an elevated spin on it. I’m no fan of Osho either. It’s not the 90+ Rolls Royces, though that’s a problem. It’s not the security guards with the machineguns, though that’s a little too Elizabeth Claire Prophet paranoid for me. It’s not the excessive, protected, casual sex with the burning 50 gallon oil drums at the communes for incinerating the used condoms; although that’s problematic too. It’s more along the lines of my experiences with his followers that I have encountered and the life choices they have prevailed in since Osho’s departure from this plane. I do judge a tree by its fruit.

I have read Gurdjieff, except for his larger works, which I freely toss into the burning oil drums. I’ve read Rajneesh though I am a little appalled at the way he lifted ideas, so freely and still intact, from great minds which preceded him. We all (unconsciously) plagiarize to an extent but there are degrees of what is acceptable. Gurdjieff had encounters with groups and individuals who initiated him and opened his centers to the deeper universal truths. Rajneesh had experiences that gave him certain Siddhis. In both cases, former lives played no small part in what followed.

As is the case generally, these early paragraphs are a setup for something I hope I am able to effectively outline in order to make my case.

A very powerful teacher, whose company I was in for a time, once explained that he was like a traffic cop. He sees you coming and he waves you to the right or the left or straight ahead. Sometimes he holds up his hand to stop you. Perhaps it is in order to allow the other traffic to flow or perhaps it is for other reasons. This man was/is a living saint and I saw other teachers tremble when they sat next to him, even though he was possibly not five feet tall and certainly weighed no more than 80 pounds. When I met him he was over a hundred years old with the unlined face of a young boy.

Spiritual masters are not something you can fathom with the self-conscious mind. The best thing any seeker can do in their presence is to control the reactive mind. Let the information pass unfiltered and do not attempt to interpret it. It is directed at a place within for a purpose that is compromised by any interference on the part of the listener. I am, of course, speaking about real spiritual masters and referring to the time when you finally realize this. Otherwise it is good to be watchful.

Spiritual masters and spiritual teachers are not the same thing; for the purpose of this argument. A spiritual master has the force of the divine rooted in their being. A spiritual teacher is a conduit. All spiritual masters are spiritual teachers. All spiritual teachers are not spiritual masters. I should also mention that there are a number of so-called spiritual masters/teachers who possess certain powers which come to them due to past life effort, present life effort or a gift from the divine in order to show what happens when someone undeserving or poorly seated in the truth is given something they can’t handle. These people appear to be a source of wisdom or a font of truth but this is not the case. They possess the special effects but not the essence and one should be on the lookout via ‘trust but verify’. There are quite some number of these roaming around at present and their powers are going to become more dramatic because of the dynamics of the needs of the times in relation to the points that are about to be made in real time.

What a real spiritual teacher can do is dependent upon the capacity of the seeker. The first thing the seeker has to do is empty out. Sometimes, for whatever the reason, this is done for the seeker. If this is not done then the capacity to receive can be very limited and the seeker won’t be staying around long. The seeker has to realize his/her responsibilities in the exchange. A spiritual master can put you in the shit as easily as take you out of it depending on what you are demanding. This is why seekers need to avoid filtering the information. Often what they are hearing is not what is being said. The words are only transport vehicles carrying passengers which, once arrived, leave the vehicle and become the information.

The seeker needs humility and those other ‘protections’ which you would think any real seeker should possess; sincerity, purposefulness and determination, attentiveness, endurance and so on and so forth. Why do I call these protections? How hard do you want to make it on yourself? The spiritual master may be human but there is something else present as well and it deals in results. It does not cater. It activates and eliminates. The master could well deceive you if you are deceptive. He can confound you if you have ill intents. No one should come to a spiritual master unless they are willing to let go of everything they want and think they know. It’s the difference between something falling away from your skin and something being ripped from your skin and perhaps taking some skin with it. I speak from experience.

There will always be far more false teachers than real ones. There will always be more Hollywood gurus than real ones. It will always be more about the money and exposure than it is about the work itself. The pull is just that great and especially so now. Look at this website and then click on ‘events’ at the masthead. Then there’s ‘gift’ and ‘kits’. You can also search out the Las Vegas style new age conventions for this year via any search engine. It should make you cringe. As vapid and self promoting as these slaves to self-interest appear under the guise of helping you, there are worse dangers. Some seeming masters/teachers can appear to be very real and cause you real problems. It’s been said, “When the student is ready the master appears”. This is the gospel truth. Only the seeker can prepare the ground even though the master may be doing it. If that makes no sense it is supposed to and if that makes no sense it is supposed to also.

The seedy, pandering, low rent humbuggery that you see at this website is also present in yogic circles, occult societies and traditional religious organizations. One needs only visit a place like Assisi to wish they hadn’t had lunch before they arrived.

I’m not here to criticize names mentioned in this posting. Many people have gotten real value from some of these individuals and even more people think they have. It’s also a well-known truth that a false teacher can be the cause of enlightenment in a follower depending on the sincere intensity of the follower. However, you have only to look at a road atlas to see just how many roads there are and how many ways there are to get to the same place. You can go around the world and still do it but is that what you want? Actually, in many cases that is, ‘just so’.

Real spiritual masters/teachers are exceedingly rare; humming bird’s teeth comes to mind. Real spiritual understanding is just as rare. There is no limit to how deep you can go but there is a limit to how deep you want to go. This is where genuine conviction and the varieties of casual interest part ways. This is where one finds out about themselves and it is often not pretty. I’ve said enough for now.

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This last link has hours of video that can make you wonder, laugh, furrow your brow and etcetera. I'm only putting it up for your perusal. I don't subscribe to it though I am well aware that some form of what they are talking about exists. I'm just not sure they're speaking for them although they may well be.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

An Experiment in Knowing and Unknowing

Twice a month I have a radio show which alternates between the Smoking Mirrors and Visible Origami perspectives. Tonight the Visible Origami-metaphysically inclined- broadcast will be happening. The shows are about twice the length of the usual postings found at these sites. Today I’m going to write out half of the broadcast and then you can catch the rest on the radio if you want. This isn’t a move to get more people to listen. I don’t really think about that and you can download the show on Tuesdays (or possibly even earlier) from the Visible Radio Shows link at the blog being represented. I’m doing it this way because it saves me some time (sorry about that) and the fact that I often repeat myself anyway so... on with the show, so to speak.

Greetings Earthlings, this is Starfleet Commander Visible. I’m once again back in my saucer pod some miles below The Mothership which hovers in a cloud of invisibility somewhere in the early reaches of space above me. The reason I like to do these shows from my pod instead of simply recording them in my home studio is that I have access to transmissions in a direct telepathic link instead of relying on the intuitive feature where sometimes I miss an important thought or concept.

Tonight I would like to address two things that have a great deal to do with each other. One of these is the present state of the world of appearances (keeping in mind that appearances are a lie) and our options in the face of it. In respect of the second, I and a number of readers here at the blogs have set about forming a living community which is presently called The New Shangri-La. You can access the forum devoted to this by going to or by going to Visible Origami blog and finding the link in the article and clicking on it. Presently we have 70 registered members and there will be many more. Most of the members have a host of remarkable talents that put me to shame and I’ve little doubt as to our capacity to make something happen.

I know that a number of members would like to see something happen with all possible speed. I’m a turtle with things like this for very good reasons. The community already exists in a virtual sense and has for awhile. All righteous ideas naturally precipitate down from the ethers in their own time. I’ve learned not to push the river. These times can seem desperate and compelling toward conditions of confusion, panic and flight but... there is a divine overlord to the sequencing of this masked ball that is called life and it is best to move a step at a time rather than race forward beyond the light of the guiding illumination. Think of it as running beyond the area of the flashlight’s reach on the highway on a moonless night ...and into darkness beyond. I’ve actually done this and not had good results.

We have discovered several wonderful locations already, with new possibilities occurring as we go. As with all undertakings, financing is a concern of the moment. There is a need for a substantial gift of funds to be delivered through the good offices of divine agency and we’re prepared to receive that when it happens. We’re not looking to manifest this on a wing and a prayer but would prefer to fly into the landscape upon the whole bird. This makes for a more secure landing. Some may doubt the potential for this and some may doubt the awareness of the divine in respect of our aspirations but no one can doubt the evidence of the vast history of events that precede our endeavor. It’s happened many times before and in much less worthy scenarios.

Let’s put that all aside for the moment and turn our attention to the world at large. The first thing to focus on is that the world operates in cycles. The world itself is round and rotates around a sun which also rotates around yet another, presently unknown sun and so on and so forth. The vastness of the universe is reflected in the microcosm of our bodies. I would suggest that one way of controlling the world is to control yourself. Notice how the mind seems to automatically slide away from thinking about this in any depth. We tend to nod our heads without thinking; we’ve heard this before. We tend to put it aside, maybe we will think about it later. Or we just move on to the next sentence and ‘the next sentence’ can be understood in several ways. Perhaps we won’t think about that either or... perhaps we will.

The world at large is a projection of our minds. That is to say, our interpretation of what we see is based on what we believe is true. Much of what we believe is true is not. The basic truth is that we do not know. The truth of our conditions is that we make ourselves prisoners of our own assumptions. The place to start is with the firm conviction of, “I don’t know.” The fact is that you do not know. I do not know. No one knows. Everything you hear from anyone is what they have assumed to be true. Even the larger perspectives of groups, societies and nations are just assumptions.

Here is a veritable truth that will provide much fruit to those willing to test it. When you think you know, then you have preempted the divine and the divine does not know. You are thrown on the mercy of your assumptions and presumptions for the working out of said conditions for the single purpose of bringing you to the state where you recognize that you do not know. It would be better to recognize this prior to all the events necessary to prove it to you. I’m talking about the pain of existence on the road to realization. When you understand... when you have realized that you do not know, then the divine does know and you don’t have to assume or presume. You have only to accept and surrender. It is at this point that you are welcomed into the divine community of impersonal interaction with those of your fellows that you could not see prior to this fundamental awakening.

There is nothing that I am going to tell you that is in conflict with the ancient teachings of ageless wisdom. For myself, I have sifted through what the world tells me and I have sifted through what those who are not of the world have told me and I have looked for consistency in the comparisons. It seems that there are enduring lies and simple enduring truths. The lies are universal and self-generating out of the interaction of the false self with a false world. They are always the same lies in a new costume, like models presenting the season’s fashions on a runway to nowhere. Each season devours the one before and composts them into the raw material out of which are created the new and fashionable lies of each and any age. Throughout the recurrent fantasies of one temporary stage set replacing another runs an unbreakable thread of truth. One could, at any time, step from one to the other but there are the imperatives of self-interest and the hesitations of atavistic fear that work against this shift.

There comes a time in the turning of every age where the shifting is made possible by a force beyond our ken and it is in a time such as this where we find ourselves today. By the virtue of cosmic grace we are being given an undeserved opportunity to move to another level of consciousness. This opportunity exists wherever you may be and in whatever community you may find yourself. The difficulties of the world of this moment are the resident distractions for your ability to see, to believe and to act. Whether you have been working all along or not is the determinant of how great an effort may now be required of you.

It should be understood that anyone who is able to compute what is being said here and who feels any degree of kinship with the ideas presented is in a position to make the shift. If you are inclined toward the possibilities and willing to engage, you may be assured of success regardless of whatever trials may lie before you.

We are coming to the end of the written portion of our broadcast and will be now moving into the second segment of the show. We won’t be breaking for commercial because this entire show has been a commercial for our sponsor who requires nothing more than your attention and natural affection. All of our sponsor’s products are free for the taking. Feel free to accept and acquire as much as your capacity to hold makes possible. For all of us here at Central Command we thank you for your time and your consideration.

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Alright then... on to the strictly audio portion of the evening.

The big problem in any endeavor has always been the seeming differences of objective in the minds of the individual within the framework of the many. One has only to look at society to see this. The fact is that we all want the same things unless we are completely dominated by self-interest or psychopathic. Self-interest and psychopathy proliferate when materialism is preeminent in human affairs as it is today. This is why there are so many of them.

Various sexual mores also proliferate when materialism and the artificial world dominates the world of nature. The vast majority who present themselves as representative of certain lifestyles are not actually what they think they are. They are the victims of overcrowding, as any number of experiments with lab rats has shown and which Tom Wolfe beautifully delineated in his article, “Oh Rotten Gotham, Sliding down the behavioral sink.” Vested interests will rail against this perspective and they are welcome to. They remind me of the people who tortured Galileo for saying the Earth revolved around the sun and pretty much for the same reason which is to say that the sun revolves around them.

When we seek to identify and define ourselves according to external forces and phenomena we are going to find ourselves lost in a false identity and on the fast track to guaranteed suffering. Under the aegis of political correctness, normality is becoming a crime. This pernicious form of thought control was exemplified by the Chinese Red Guards and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia with horrific results. It comes out of distortions in the Marxist mindset whose intention is a dictatorial rule over every aspect of human life under the presumption of an equality of status for all. The flaw in this is that it is governed by an elite that are not subject to the rules they create to achieve it.

We as a people, across the globe, are way out of balance with our essential nature. The only place this isn’t happening is in certain tribal and ethnic societies on the rare occasions that they have managed to avoid the corruptions of so called civilization. This is usually because they are in some desolate or difficult to reach location which is not sitting on resources coveted by international corporations.

Because we are so far out of our natural balance an adjustment is required. In many cases this adjustment is going to be painful and in some cases fatal. This adjustment is going to happen and there is no human or national objection to it that is going to affect it in the slightest. Nature and the ineffable presence behind it is not impressed by our insistence on having what we want at the cost of what we are. This is actually a compassionate position on the part of our author. We’re too deluded to know what’s good for us but the ineffable is not. The ineffable sees in all directions to the point where they contact their opposite and knows the beginning and end of all things. Our arrogant assumptions and ridiculous poses are nothing more than the death rattle of mortality.

The degree of decadence that has appeared due to our opting for comfort over awareness has brought us to the cosmic place of the spirit informing matter which can be liked to the action of a sword. Indeed, The Ace of Swords means just this. If we are soft and open to the ineffable it will be a sweet piercing that opens us to a greater capacity. If we are hard and unyielding it is going to hurt. It’s going to happen all the same. It’s historically proven that you can’t tell people and expect them to hear. They have to find out on their own. This is why civilizations rise and fall. This is why calamity comes upon us. Sometimes the only way to wake someone up is with a two by four. It is preferable to being burned alive in your bed of dreams.

People would save themselves so much hardship and difficulty if they just went in the right direction to begin with, if they felt the subtle pulling of the reins as they pushed off in the direction of self will run riot but most often they do not and they wind up in the ditch or the intimidating wild spaces where wild things roam. Heeding the pull of the reins is wisdom and setting your will against The Charioteer is a vain folly that resolves itself in the lessons of sad experience best exemplified in “sadder but wiser”.

I’m speaking from experience in these matters and also by way of the intuition insofar as I am led to say what I am saying. There are things coming up on the horizon of which you truly wish to be aware... unless of course, you are a fool. Cosmic forces are impacting on the physical realm. They are also impacting on our emotional and mental realms. Those hearing are in a position to make priceless adjustments. Those who are ignoring the call are being pushed into perversions of experience and perspective that are the opposite of the good being offered. One can take the good or one can come to know the good through bitter trial and regret. That’s a personal decision. One way or the other realization is in your future by whatever path you take.

It needs to be said again and again because for some reason, the dualistic perspective of the mortal state seems to think that there are two forces opposed to each other and of equal strength as if God and the devil were in a constant struggle for the soul of humanity. This is not the case. God and the devil are the same thing. It’s a matter of what you are ...which of these you see. The Devil is the way the wicked and unrighteous see God. Of course it’s an unreal presentation but it is very real within the context of the unreal. The voice of God in the Garden of Eden and the voice of the serpent in the Tree of Knowledge are the same. Consider that portion of The Lord’s Prayer; “Lead us not into temptation.” This is a prayer to God why would one be asking God not to lead them into temptation? Think about it.

This is also the meaning of that phrase, “be not deceived, even the devil is transformed into an angel of light at the given moment.” This phrase has been severely altered of late to hide the wisdom in the words and to give the impression that Satan turns himself into an angel of light to deceive you. That is not the actual meaning. The actual meaning is that he works for God. Everything and everyone works for the divine, is rules out of the divine and is composed of the divine but blinded consciousness sees it not. The mind deceived by the manifest does not see the sacred nature of all things but rather the perversion of aspects in relation to one another. A profane mind sees the profane. This is the meaning of the shame that is supposed to have come upon Adam and Eve. The actual meaning of scripture is quite a bit different if not the exact opposite due to the agendas of those translating it for the purpose of control and gain. Religion is business.

In your heart you already know the truth but it is our nature not to go there for confirmation. We look outward for confirmation and that is madness because the outward world confirms nothing but confusion which leads to enslavement because that is the business and purpose of the world. You are placed here in order to come to understand what is worth having and what is not. The whole masquerade is necessary for you to be given an environment in which to discover your own divinity which is something that is finally conferred through having acquired understanding through realization. It is not something you achieve. Our personal works are vain and it is finally a matter of grace.

Dear friends... I know only a very little myself and I am in and out of my own personal darkness as is ever the case with partial realization but... I encourage you to look within and to look with intensity and determination. We are not talking about weekend seminars where you get some new age certificate that says you are a master. We are not talking about half-measures or occasional efforts. Surely what is to be gained is precious beyond imagining. One should not think it’s commonly available in the supermarket of the world.

We’ve come to the end of another radio show and I will see you in a fortnight if there is one. May you be protected and encircled by the divine. Aloha.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

In the Time of the Lifting of the Veils.

A lot of people are losing their minds. I don’t need to provide links at Visible Origami. You read about it. You hear about it. People in powerful positions, people with wealth and name recognition are exhibiting odd behavior or... are we just seeing it more now? Politicians are getting themselves caught in financially and sexually compromising situations. Religious figures and even entire priest classes are being exposed for similar behaviors. Big business operatives are being caught out at fraud, theft and all the variations of the same.

Nations that have been the beneficiary of a fabricated good will, as well as a consistent white-washing of their casual brutalities and crimes, are being exposed to the eyes of the world. Even as this happens, they are being compelled to behave even more outrageously. Events that fail to achieve media coverage are being broadcast around the world through alternative devices.

This is the time of The Apocalypse. This is the time of the lifting of the veils over what is and what has been. It is not just in the outer sense that the veils are being lifted. The veils are being lifted within also ...and we are seeing ourselves. Our own corruptions and weaknesses are being revealed to us. This is why some people are losing their minds. This inner revealing is having another effect as well. A certain amount of people are being driven to transform themselves. To participate in the transforming of themselves and they are not losing their minds. They are discovering their true nature.

Losing your mind or regaining your true nature; neither one of these is an entirely pleasant experience. One of them is certainly less pleasant than the other. Consider what it must be like to lose your mind when that is all that was holding together your idea of yourself and the world. Suddenly, everything that was familiar to you has become strange and threatening. Those driven by self interest carry a great deal of fear. When your mind can no longer coordinate and define conditions and phenomena, according to your wishes and whims, then it becomes a little like a bad acid trip.

If you haven’t spent very much time in your life trying to discover who you are, what begins to be revealed to you can be pretty scary. It can also make you vulnerable to certain behaviors that can be very compromising in terms of the world that used to be your oyster and now you no longer know what an oyster is. The oyster is suddenly much larger and it has teeth. This is all happening in your mind so... maybe you didn’t lose your mind. Maybe you can’t lose your mind. Maybe you just lost the control you thought you had over its operations.

These days a lot of good people with too little faith, certitude and determination are in a quandary and often at the brink of despair over what they see as the mendacious control of the world by a syndicate of remorseless psychopaths. They look outward and see a vast uncertainty of confusion. They see wars and financial turmoil. They see jackbooted thugs dressed up as the neighborhood policeman. They see corruption in every theater of operation. They see banal, brutal and pornographic entertainments. They see a select few who are able to act with impunity as they plunder and murder at will. They see the rule of law become a mockery which protects those who pervert it for their own uses and wield it against their critics. These good people are missing something. With all the revealing that is going on they are not seeing a critical point.

This is all taking place in the mind. There is a single controlling force in the mind of these good people and the psychopaths. All sense of balance and symmetry exist only so long as this controlling force maintains it in any particular mind. This controlling force is propelling these good people and those others to an individual and a collective summing up. As that point approaches, whatever you are comes up against what is. Depending on your distance from what is... well, the adjustment will be more or less severe.

Good people should not allow themselves to be deceived by appearances. In the Tarot card, “The Devil”, the ridiculous character sitting on the throne is holding up his right hand in a gesture that says, “What you see is all there is.” If you believe that then guess who is sitting on the throne in your mind? Even good people have the true ruler of their thoughts displaced by a shadow that represents the world of appearances. Job one is to restore the rightful ruler to the throne. Of course, behind this fantastic character is the angel of light who is transformed “in a given moment”. This means you must see through appearances. There is only one force. It can be seen in myriad permutations of two different aspects.

The good people serve the will of the divine and the psychopaths and those deluded by them serve a single master who appears in two different aspects. As I have mentioned on several occasions, God is the Devil the way the wicked perceive him. You see what you are. Being weak and lacking faith is all that is required to give shadows a power over you through the current of your fear.

Once you are able to convince yourself of the truth that there is only one prevailing force you will no longer find yourself in a quandary and on the brink of despair. You will develop an unshakeable confidence through the awareness of the presence of the divine in every aspect of your life. Every event in your life... even the most insignificant seeming event is a special treatment of god with your soul. This I have heard and this I believe. Practice the presence of the divine.

We need to practice the presence of the divine in everything we do. What do we do instead? We practice the presence of our temporary selves and we rely on our temporary selves to manage the course of our lives. Unfortunately we don’t know what we are doing. The divine allows us to attempt to direct the course of our lives in order to discover that we do not know what we are doing or who we really are. We don’t know anything at all. We know what we assume and sooner or later our assumptions come up against what is. It is much better to hand over what we think we know. As long as we know, God does not. Once we realize we do not know... God does. We are a critical player in the destiny game. It is true that we are all going to be realized eventually but... the road to that event can be a long and torturous road indeed.

We suffer by our own hand. Others suffer at our hands as well. It is not our business to concern ourselves with the operations of psychopaths. Their judgment is fixed and outworking as you read these words. Does it matter if one rules the most powerful armies on Earth if they cannot rule their own mind? What happens when their power to rule is removed? What happens when an army loses its rudder and cohesive will? What happens when seeming gold turns into sand? What happens when the support of one’s position is removed? Do not doubt that this is the case. You are in the viewing booth of an object lesson. It is not necessary and possibly not desirable to imagine yourself on the screen.

A large part of the game is to make you believe that you need to be a part of it. You are already a part of something, should you choose to make the connection in that regard. Some things can be said and heard and some things have to be intuited. There are none of us without recourse to this and this is a critical time in which to exercise it. The volume is being turned up for your benefit. Take the opportunity to listen.

In this hour of judgment and revealing, there are many blessings and precious gifts being dispensed. You have to open yourself up to receive them. You are already in the community you imagine yourself inhabiting. Acting as if this were true causes it to reveal itself.

Build your own community.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Approaching the Event Horizon.

Let’s move on to other things. The New Shangri La Forum is up and running and we shall see how that evolves on its way to manifestation.

I wanted to use the personal aspect in my post today because it relates to a lot of what happens here and also explains why certain things happen here that might not seem to fit or be necessary. The fact is that these things serve purposes other than what is contained in any specific post. I’ve touched on this before occasionally but I feel the need to do so again because it’s the sort of thing that will come up on its own up the road.

Because of something that happened to me in the woods of Virginia and, no doubt, because of karmic accumulations over a series of lives, I have found myself in the unenviable position of being identified as a spiritual teacher/master by some or, at least, given a similar status at various times and places. This has been happening for a long time and for most of that length of time, I have done what I could to dispel this foolishness, even if that meant acting badly in order to diminish that perception. I know very well how I fail in certain critical areas and I’m not going to allow false labeling to take away from what little good I might do with what little I have.

I’m not being humble or modest about this. It is the truth as far as my observations upon myself tell me. This is why I sometimes put human- all too human- comments into the comments section; joust with snarky, anonymous contributors and use words that the more pure among us wish I did not use. I could easily avoid all of this but I don’t. Too many people make too many claims about themselves or allow others to do so and do not take the trouble to enlighten their readers or supporters to the clear reality of the matter. A real spiritual master is a remarkable piece of work. I know this because I have one. I cannot do what he does... not by any stretch. When you receive useful things from me and when, as is often the case, you feel that I am speaking the thoughts right out of your own minds, it is because of this teacher.

As you are reading this, some of you are thinking that you have read nearly the same words before. You have. I’ve got good reason for this. I have the benefit of knowing some few of the things that are going to be coming up for us. I have a general idea of where things are going for me but... as I have been told... I have no idea; this said in a very positive way.

Let me say a little something about everyone who achieves at certain things and comes to the attention of their fellows. You instantly acquire enemies. These enemies are generated automatically, due to their idea that they could do it better. They’re like old west gunslingers, “I hear you’re fast.” In every area of endeavor there are frustrated souls; musicians, writers, business people, politicians, religious leaders... you name it and there is someone to resent you for it. They’ll tell you that this person puts his pants on in the morning, one leg at a time, just like you do. I’ll point out that I often sit on my couch and put both of my legs into my pants at the same time, just to counteract this image (true story).

A lot of these people want to know who the Hell you think you are when... you may not even be thinking you are anyone. It is other people who are saying these things about you. If a person allows a false, positive image to be generated about them and does nothing to clarify that, then they are complicit in that false image.

I’m not much different than any of you and I make some of the same mistakes every day. I appreciate that people profit from my efforts but I can’t take credit for them... I’m a horse; don’t mistake me for the rider. I get a lot of emails where people say certain things to me. I thank you for them but I pass them on to where they are meant to go. Getting trapped in the misfortune of believing your own press is not a sane place to be.

I like the idea of a community and I’m going to do what I can to make that happen for those of you who aspire to such a state of living. I’ll work alongside you but... I may or may not be around for whatever takes place later on and if I am, I’m going to be just like you and, no doubt, learning a great many things that I do not presently know.

The shit’s about to hit the fan in a big way shortly and no one knows exactly what shape that’s going to take. This is a good thing because it is going to be opening the door to many possibilities that don’t exist at the moment. It’s important to remember that the power within is far greater than any external appearance of power. If you can get that solidly into your belief system you are going to be alright and... should you be promoted early that’s no bad thing depending on where you were headed to begin with. The journey continues whether you are here or not. It continues right on from wherever you find yourself.

It is of paramount importance to you that you make the understanding that ‘everything is under control’ a living part of yourself. This is true and to the degree that you are assured of it, to that degree you will move with ease through everything you encounter. Realizing that everything is under control and being able to make, “I don’t know” a mantra will grant you power beyond what you might imagine.

You’re here for a reason and that reason is ‘realization’. Nothing else is important except to remember to serve as you go and to be grateful. Every day grants us opportunities to serve. Start looking for it and you will be amazed at the frequency with which you encounter it. It is always happening but most of us have closed our eyes to this due to the focus of self-interest.

There is a very selfish point to ‘serving as you go’. It immediately begins to adjust your way through the turmoil into the most expedient and protected pathway. Thinking about it in consideration of this is not the best idea anyone ever had but it behooves us to at least know that it is true. You also make friends and alliances for further up the road and you can never have too many of these.

The way existence is designed is to always work to our benefit. If this is not happening then there is something we are doing that is going counter to it. Whenever there is a problem of any kind, look to yourself and see if you can find the source of the matter. This is another practice that will pay huge dividends and you will be freeing yourself of the condition at the same time. It’s a win-win situation.

I hope some of this has been useful to you and, as for the other stuff; I’ve got my reasons to be saying it at the moment and hopefully won’t have to bring it up again.

We’re about to enter a new phase and the opportunity for very rapid growth will be there to be had, for those capable of seeing it, as it applies to whatever they have turned their mind and hearts and hands to. Soon enough, everything we do which is selfless, positive and serving is going to be handing out major bonus points that weren’t being handed out before.

Certain times are different than other times and this is one of them.