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 ...in 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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